2019-06-09: Social Media Postees

Iran Says New US Sanctions Show Offer To Dialogue 'Hollow'
telesurenglish.net | 2019-06-09
Iran said Saturday that new U.S. sanctions on its petrochemical industry show the hollowness of President Donald Trump's claims to be open to fresh negotiations with Tehran. | RELATED: | The Spoils of Economic War: How the US, Saudis Profit From Sanctions on Venezuela and Iran | "Only one week was needed for the U.S. president's claim that he was ready to negotiate with Iran to be proven hollow," foreign ministry spokesman Abbas Mousavi said. | Tr…

Selected Articles: Israel's Attack on The USS Liberty
Global Research News | globalresearch.ca | 2019-06-09
A future without independent media leaves us with an upside down reality where according to the corporate media "NATO deserves a Nobel Peace Prize", and where "nuclear weapons and wars make us safer". | . | . | | | If, like us, this is …

US Treasury Department Tightens Sanctions on Venezuela Oil Sector
Ricardo Vaz | globalresearch.ca | 2019-06-09
The US Treasury Department has announced a hardening of measures against Venezuela's oil industry. | In an amendment to the Venezuela sanctions published on Thursday, Washington stated that the existing licenses, which allow certain companies to continue dealing with Venezuela state …

The Solidarity and Unity of Venezuelans against U.S. Interventionism
Nino Pagliccia | globalresearch.ca | 2019-06-09
The foreign policy of the United States has never been rational and consistent. Its imperial ideology obfuscates the minds of its politicians who become blind to the consequences of their decisions. We have seen that clearly in their actions in …

British Writer Launches Poetry Show Based On "New Cross Massacre" Which Killed 13 Blacks
Colin Benjamin | blackstarnews.com | 2019-06-09
Black British poet Jay Bernard revisits the 1981 New Cross Fire which killed 13 Blacks… | Award-winning Black British writer Jay Bernard has recently launched a theatrical multimedia poetry show based on London's deadly New Cross Fire, notoriously known as the "New Cross Massacre" which killed 13 young Blacks in 1981. | In this work, Bernard, 31, conjures the voices of the victims by using stage poetry fused with archival audios and videos, related to the event, to tell the story of this disaster–an apparent racist firebombing attack. | In this new show "Surge," Bernard revisits the tragic topic of the Ne…

Threats and Bullying: Trump's Mexico "Trade Deal"
Stephen Lendman | globalresearch.ca | 2019-06-09
That's how former WTO head Pascal Lamy described the deal Trump forced Mexico to accept last week — using tariffs or their threat to pressure and bully other countries to bend to Washington's will, Lamy adding: | "If there's a rule | …

Trump Threatens Turkey: Pull Out of S-400 Deal with Russia, Or Else. Ankara Intimates Pulling out of NATO
Stephen Lendman | globalresearch.ca | 2019-06-09
In December 2017, Turkey agreed to buy Russian S-400 air defense systems, categorized by military analysts as the world's best, able to destroy multiple hostile aircraft, ballistic missiles, and other aerial targets up to 250 miles away at high and …

US Sanctions against Cuba. US Cruise Lines Begin to Withdraw. Sea Crossings to Cuba from the US are Declared "Illegal"
Bertha Mojena Milián | globalresearch.ca | 2019-06-09
As international condemnation of the latest U.S. sanctions continues to grow, three cruise lines operating on the island began to withdraw and apologize to their guests for changes in itineraries, with some 800,000 passengers affected | *** | As international condemnation of …

'Absolute chaos:' 1 killed as crane smashes into Dallas apartment block due to storm (VIDEOS)
rt.com | 2019-06-09
One person has died after a falling crane tore through an apartment complex and a garage in downtown Dallas amid gusty winds. Videos from the scene show damaged apartments and cars in mangled heaps. | …

Israel's Attack on The USS Liberty: An Act of War, A False Flag, A Gross Betrayal
Craig McKee | globalresearch.ca | 2019-06-09
It is one of the greatest lies that most Americans — in fact most people around the world — have never heard of. And it reveals much about the true relationship between the United States and one of its "closest …

On Global Capitalist Crises: Systemic Changes and Challenges
Dr. Jack Rasmus | globalresearch.ca | 2019-06-09
The following is an excerpt from Dr. Rasmus' May 2019 interview by American Herald Tribune reporter Mohsen Abdelmoumen | *** | Mohsen Abdelmoumen: Why in your opinion can the capitalist system only generate crises? | Jack Rasmus: There are six major …

Trump's New Travel Restrictions Harm Both US and Cuban People
Prof. Marjorie Cohn | globalresearch.ca | 2019-06-09
Escalating his policy to economically strangle Cuba, Donald Trump has imposed new restrictions on travel to Cuba by U.S. persons. The Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) will no longer allow the popular "people-to-people" educational travel and they will deny …

Pakistan-Russia Relations: Upcoming Putin-Khan Meeting on Sidelines of SCO Summit
Andrew Korybko | globalresearch.ca | 2019-06-09
Russian President Putin and Pakistani Prime Minister Khan will reportedly have their first-ever meeting later this week during the SCO Summit in the Kyrgyz capital of Bishkek, but while the symbolism of this possible interaction shouldn't be downplayed, observers also …

The Danish Elections: Social Democracy with an "Inhumane Face"
Dr. Binoy Kampmark | globalresearch.ca | 2019-06-09
The great centrist European tradition of social democracy has been receiving a rattle for the last few decades. The European Parliament elections were a reminder how much their appeal has diminished. In Denmark, by way of contrast, they have established …

General Roméo Dallaire Denies the "Canadian Genocide" and Distorts Rwanda's
Yves Engler | globalresearch.ca | 2019-06-09
Is Roméo Dallaire a genocide denier? | After a (question free) talk at Concordia University this week I followed the famous Canadian general out of the room to ask why he still supports ruthless dictator Paul Kagame. Kagame is the …

Libyan navy rescues 22 migrants off western coast
CGTN Africa | cgtn.com | 2019-06-09
Libyan navy on Saturday announced rescuing 22 migrants of different African nationalities off the country's western coast. | Picture showing the shipwreck of an overcrowded boat of migrants off the Libyan coast (Getty Images) | The migrants were rescued some 55 km off the coast of Sabratha city, some 70 km west of the capital Tripoli, the navy said in a statement. | The rescued migrants have been provided with humanitarian and medical assistance and taken to a reception center in eastern Tripoli, the statement said. | Migrant flows from western Libya toward Europe have increased significantly during the past few…

Venezuela, Russia to Use Rubles in Trade to Bypass US Sanctions
plenglish.com | 2019-06-09
09 de junio de 2019, 08: 49Caracas, Jun 9 (Prensa Latina) Venezuela and Russia are working nowadays on the creation of a trade mechanism with payment in rubles to bypass the blockade imposed by the United States, Tareck El Aissami, Vice President of Economy, pointed out.

Don't Call Latest Abortion Bans 'Heartbeat Bills,' Doctors Say
Julia Conley | indybay.org | 2019-06-09
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.

President Diaz-Canel Ratifies Unity between Cuba and Venezuela
plenglish.com | 2019-06-09
09 de junio de 2019, 09: 10Havana, Jun 9 (Prensa Latina) President Miguel Diaz-Canel on Saturday said that Cuba and Venezuela will win over the aggressiveness by the United States, thanks to the unity and dignity that characterize the two countries.

Court to Big Fracking Company: Trespassing Still Exists — Even For You
Staff | truthout.org | 2019-06-09
EQT had a lease that entitled the company to the gas directly beneath their farm, but it also wanted to use a new, 20-acre well pad to gather gas from 3,000 acres of adjacent or nearby leases. | The company ignored their warnings. It built roads and drilled a well, and it put in horizontal pipes stretching for miles in all directions. | Crowder and Wentz sued — and they've been fighting EQT in court ever since. On Wednesday, the West Virginia Supreme Court ended the matter with a surprisingly straightforward and unanimous conclusion: Going onto someone else's land without their permission is trespassing.

Stop Privatizations Of Veterans Hospitals! AFGE Members &. Vets Speak Out At Ft. Miley
Labor Video Project | indybay.org | 2019-06-09
As part of a national day of action on June 6, 2019 members of AFGE Local 1216, veterans and the Veterans for Peace rallied and spoke out about the privatization of the Veterans healthcare system.

President Signs Disaster Aid Package with Billions in Relief For Puerto Rico
Kate Zeller | indybay.org | 2019-06-09
President Trump signed a disaster relief bill Thursday that will provide of $1 billion in aid to hurricane ravaged Puerto Rico.

Iheanacho axed from Super Eagles squad for 2019 AFCON
Jerry Omondi | cgtn.com | 2019-06-09
Nigeria's Leicester City striker Kelechi Iheanacho has been dropped from the Super Eagles squad set to represent the country at the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations tournament in Egypt. | Iheanacho had a silent season in the Premier League, scoring only once in 30 appearances, 21 of which came as a substitute. | Other than Iheanacho, Nigeria head coach Gernot Rohr also dropped defender Semi Ajayi who plays for Championship club Rotherham United. | Rohr included Mikel John Obi for the continental tournament, alongside fellow England based players like Arsenal's Alexander Iwobi and Leicester City's Wilfred Ndidi. | Th…

An Iranian Activist Wrote Dozens of Articles for Right-Wing Outlets. But Is He a Real Person?
Murtaza Hussain | theintercept.com | 2019-06-09
The writer Heshmat Alavi pushes regime change in Iran. But an MEK defector says the controversial, exiled, opposition group created the persona.

IAAF extends ban on Russia over doping
Jerry Omondi | cgtn.com | 2019-06-09
The International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF) has voted to extend the doping ban imposed on Russia, a decision that could bar the country's athletes from competing at the 2019 World Championships in Doha. | IAAF took the decision at a council meeting in the French city of Monaco, the 11th time it has voted to maintain the ban. | Russian athletes have been banned from world competitions since 2015 after an alleged discovery of state-sponsored doping. | Under the terms of the IAAF ban, Russian athletes are not allowed to compete under their own flag. | However, athletes who have met the IAAF dopi…

D Day: Mythology of America as Liberator Feeds Trump's Militarism
Staff | therealnews.com | 2019-06-09
It was the Soviet army that broke Hitler's back at Stalingrad, but the myth that the American army liberated Europe, serves aggressive U.S. policy, including Trump targeting Iran — historian Peter Kuznick joins Paul Jay…

West has just Ravaged the Middle East, Iranian FM Says
plenglish.com | 2019-06-09
09 de junio de 2019, 09: 23Tehran, June 9 (Prensa Latina) Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammed Yavad Zarif has afirmed that the West just ravaged the Middle East and its duty now is to normalize relations with the Islamic Republic. Zarif stressed on the lack of commitment by the rest of signatories of the Comprehensive Plan of Joint Action (JCPOA) or nuclear agreement after the US withdrawal.

South Africa, Nigeria lose opening Women's World Cup games
David Ochieng Mbewa | cgtn.com | 2019-06-09
Soccer Football — Women's World Cup — Group A — Norway v Nigeria — Stade Auguste-Delaune, Reims, France — June 8, 2019 Nigeria's Faith Michael reacts to her team's loss at the FIFA Women's World Cup. REUTERS/Christian Hartmann | South Africa and Nigeria both suffered defeats in the opening group games of the 2019 FIFA Women's World Cup in France. | South Africa lost 3-1 to Spain at the Stade Océane in Le Havre while Nigeria lost 3-0 to Norway at the Stade Auguste-Delaune in Reims. | In Group B, World Cup debutants South Africa took a shock lead against Spain when Thembi Kgatlana scored wi…

Sub-Saharan Africa 2019 growth to rise to 2.9%: World Bank
David Ochieng Mbewa | cgtn.com | 2019-06-09
FILE PHOTO: Locals walk towards the Mogalakwena platinum mine in Mokopane, Limpopo province, South Africa. REUTERS/Siphiwe Sibeko//File Photo | The World Bank says it expects the economic growth of Sub-Saharan Africa to pick up to 2.9% in 2019 in its latest report. | The Bank further expects the region's economic growth to accelerate to 3.3% in 2020 on the back of an improvement in investor sentiment toward some of the large economies of the region improves. | The Bank also says that a recovery in oil production by large exporters and robust growth in non-resource-intensive economies underpinned by continued stro…

US tactical vehicle damaged on firing range in Niger
David Ochieng Mbewa | cgtn.com | 2019-06-09
A Nigerian soldier stands guard. (Photo credit BOUREIMA HAMA/AFP/Getty Images) | The United States Africa Command confirmed that an American tactical vehicle was damaged on a firing range on Saturday in Niger. | In a post on its official Twitter account, AFRICOM said that as at the time of reporting there were no casualties in the incident and the cause of the damage was yet to be determined. | The United States and Niger are cooperating to deter and defeat terrorist threats in the West African nation and across the Sahel region. | West Africa's Sahel region has seen a number of attacks in 2019 on military and ci…

#WearOrange: National Events Weekend Against Gun Violence 2019
WearOrange.org, Everytown for Gun Safety | indybay.org | 2019-06-09
Various peaceful events around the San Francisco Bay Area, throughout California, and nationwide…

Media's Russiagate Obsession Smears Black Activists
Staff | therealnews.com | 2019-06-09
Specious claims that Russians plan to use disaffected African Americans in a covert war against the U.S. reveals the long history of corporate media blaming "outside agitators," dismissing the Black freedom struggle…

Pakistan' PM to Meet Russian President
plenglish.com | 2019-06-09
09 de junio de 2019, 09: 33Islamabad, June 9 (Prensa Latina) Local press reported on Sunday that Pakistani Prime Minister Imran Khan will meet with Russian President Vladimir Putin during the 19th Summit of the Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO).

To Be Effective, Socialism Must Adapt to 21st Century Needs
Staff | truthout.org | 2019-06-09
Is socialism making a comeback? If so, what exactly is socialism, why did it lose steam toward the latter part of the 20th century, and how do we distinguish democratic socialism, currently in an upward trend in the U.S., from social democracy, which has all but collapsed? Vijay Prashad, executive director of Tricontinental: Institute for Social Research and a leading scholar in socialist studies and the politics of the global South, offers answers to these questions. |

Iran Denounces Trump's 'Hollow' Offer of Negotiations After US Imposes Latest Sanctions
Julia Conley, staff writer | commondreams.org | 2019-06-08
Accusing the Trump administration of "economic terrorism," Iran's foreign ministry said Saturday that the latest sanctions imposed by President Donald Trump demonstrate that the U.S. is not serious about pursuing negotiations regarding Iran's nuclear power. | www.commondreams.org/sites/defau…

US-backed Saudi regime tortures dissidents on eve of threatened beheadings
wsws.org | 2019-06-08
Among those slated for execution is Murtaja Qureiris, arrested at age 13 for participating in a peaceful protest against the monarchy.

Trump Reinvents The History of World War II, Honoring US Vets and Talking Peace While Waging War
Stephen Lendman | globalresearch.ca | 2019-06-08
The US was Soviet Russia's junior partner in the battle to defeat Nazi Germany. History taught US students otherwise. So do US presidents, Trump no exception. | In Colleville-sur-Mer, France, the Normandy American Cemetery, commemorating the 75th D-Day anniversary, launching the …

Venezuela Reopens Border After 'Humanitarian Aid' Failure
telesurenglish.net | 2019-06-08
Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro says the government is opening several bridges along its border with Colombia. The Simon Bolivar, Union and Santander bridges in Venezuela had been ordered closed to traffic since Feb. 22 when the Colombian government tried to allow 'humanitarian aid' from the United States to illegally enter the country from its border city of Cucuta. | RELATED: | US Sanctions on Venezuela Illegal Under UN, OAS and US Law | "In full exercise of our sovereignt…

Trump Administration Making It Harder to Find Out Whether It's Fighting White Supremacist Terror
Natasha Lennard | theintercept.com | 2019-06-08
White nationalists, neo-Nazis, and members of the "alt-right" march during the "Unite the Right" rally in Charlottesville, Va., on Aug. 12, 2017. | a death threat she and fellow Muslim representative Ilhan Omar had received in the mail. "A good Muslim is a dead one," the letter had read. The hearing, called "Confronting White Supremacy: Adequacy of the Federal Response," featured the FBI's Assistant Director for Counterterrorism Michael McGarrity. Tlaib wondered why t…

Trump Admin Prioritizes Border Wall Makeover As Children Lose Resources & Detention Conditions Worsen
Special To The Black Star News | blackstarnews.com | 2019-06-08
Trump immigration detention policy is inhumane says America's Voice… | This week, the Trump administration announced the gutting of resources for migrant children in detention while at the same time continuing to unconstitutionally direct money to the ineffective border wall. | This is only one of the many attacks the Trump administration has carried out on migrant children, as DHS Watch, a project of America's Voice, laid out in detail today. And while these children stand to lose schooling, legal aid, access to sports and outside activities, active-duty troops are assigned a border wall makeover to "impr…

FAA's Boeing-Biased Officials: Recuse Yourselves or Resign
Ralph Nader | commondreams.org | 2019-06-08
The Boeing-driven FAA is rushing to unground the notorious prone-to-stall Boeing 737 MAX (that killed 346 innocents in two crashes) before several official investigations are completed. Troubling revelations might keep these planes grounded worldwide.

To the People of Cuba: Is Washington Preparing a "Soft Coup"? The Co-optation of Cuban Intellectuals
Prof Michel Chossudovsky | globalresearch.ca | 2019-06-08
The Cuban Revolution constitutes a fundamental landmark in the history of humanity, which challenges the legitimacy of global capitalism. In all major regions of the World, the Cuban revolution has been a source of inspiration and struggle…

Sky News and the Western Press Have Once Again Failed Syria
Vanessa Beeley | mintpressnews.com | 2019-06-08
By whitewashing the role of the Idlib mercenaries and extremist groups, the Western press acts as de facto protection racketeers for the very forces exploiting civilians as human shields in Idlib and preventing their exodus via the Russian/Syrian-established humanitarian corridors.

Social Democrats return to government in Denmark with xenophobic programme
wsws.org | 2019-06-08
The Social Democrats want to limit immigration from non-Western states and set up reception centres for asylum seekers outside the country.

Video: Al Qaeda Militants Use Turkish Weapons, Equipment in Hama Advance
South Front | globalresearch.ca | 2019-06-08
On June 6, joint forces of Hayat Tahrir al-Sham (the former official branch of al-Qaeda in Syria), other al-Qaeda-linked groups and a coalition of Turkish-backed militants known as the National Front for Liberation launched a large-scale advance in northern Hama….

Far-right Alternative for Germany wins European election in eastern Germany
wsws.org | 2019-06-08
Voters in eastern Germany showed their strong opposition to the established political parties in the European elections held May 26.

Students at Dresden School of Art protest against the far-right AfD
wsws.org | 2019-06-08
The trigger for the protests was the candidacy of library director Barbara Lenk for the AfD in a local election…

Wear Orange to Raise Awareness for Gun Violence
Vanessa Mbonu | naacp.org | 2019-06-08
June is Gun Violence Awareness Month. On average, 100 Americans are killed with guns each day, and many of the victims are young and Black. Hadiya Pendleton was one of these victims. At the age of 15, she was shot and killed. To honor her and speak up for gun safety, her friends wore orange–and now so …

Italy's M5S 'Minibot' Proposal Illegal: Economy Minister
telesurenglish.net | 2019-06-08
Italy's Minister of Economy Giovanni Tria warned Saturday that creating a kind of parallel currency to pay public debt would be illegal and useless. | RELATED: | EU Could Fine Italy US$3.9 Billion Over Heavy National Debt | "It would be illegal and useless for Italy to issue bonds to pay its suppliers because that would violate the rules of the European currency and also add more debt to the existing one," said Tria during the Group 20 (G20) ministerial meeting being held in Fukuok…

It's Time to Embrace Nuclear Energy
Chris Wright | dissidentvoice.org | 2019-06-08
It is a tragic irony of the contemporary environmentalist movement that in its opposition to nuclear energy, it is doing the bidding of the fossil fuel industry and increasing the likelihood of climate apocalypse. This is the inescapable implication of the new book A Bright Future: How Some Countries Have Solved Climate Change and the …

Brazil's Central Bank Breaks With Bolsonaro on Unified Currency
telesurenglish.net | 2019-06-08
In a statement issued Thursday, the Central Bank of Brazil rejected a proposal made by the Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro that promotes a "monetary union" with Argentina, however, the president doubled down Friday dismissing the Bank's statement. | RELATED | 'Told You, I Don't Understand the Economy': Bolsonaro | Brazil's principal institution for financial control in the country indicated that it has no ongoing projects or studies related to a monetary union with Argentina. They also cl…

Special To The Black Star News | blackstarnews.com | 2019-06-08
New York City Public Advocate Jumaane Williams, above third from right, at a Buffalo rent regulation forum… | This week, New York City Public Advocate Jumaane D. Williams concluded a tour of upstate cities to rally support for rent reforms and tenant protections. Williams did this as Albany lawmakers consider a package of nine bills to renew and expand rent regulations ahead of the June 15th deadline. The legislative push has been driven forward by a grassroots advocacy and coalition of activists from across the state. | "The need for affordable housing, for tenant protections, for strong rent laws, is not an u…

Poland: Warsaw's Biggest Gay Pride Defies Conservative Hate
telesurenglish.net | 2019-06-08
Tens of thousands of people joined a pride march in Warsaw Saturday as gay rights continue to become a major issue in Poland's election campaign. | RELATED | Poland: Gay Atheist MP Promises Social Transformation | The parade, which was expected to be the biggest of its kind in the city, came as the ruling conservative Law and Justice (PiS) party ramped up it…

America's "Golden Age" Might Lead to "Energy Colonialism"?
Andrew Korybko | globalresearch.ca | 2019-06-08
Igor Sechin, the CEO of Rosneft and one of the most powerful people in Russia, isn't jumping on the Alt-Media bandwagon of speculating about America's supposedly imminent demise but is instead warning that it might actually be about to …

The unseen threat: Noise in the Arctic marine environment
Martin von Mirbach | nationofchange.org | 2019-06-08
In recent years we've experienced a growing awareness that the noise generated by humans in the world's oceans affects life beneath the waves. That noise comes from a variety of sources — including acute sounds associated with military sonar, oil exploration, mining and seabed construction — but the most common and widespread source is the chronic noise made by ships as they travel. | This chronic noise affects a variety of marine species, including fish and invertebrates, but it can be particularly disruptive for mammals like whales and seals that use sound to communicate — sometimes over va…

Alberta's UCP government attacks workers, rewards business with tax cuts
wsws.org | 2019-06-08
The path to power for Alberta's new hard-right government was paved by the previous trade union-backed NDP administration.

Ginsburg Warns of More 5-4 Supreme Court Decisions Ahead
Staff | truthdig.com | 2019-06-08
The justice's remarks come as high-profile cases involving the census and electoral maps are still pending before the term ends June 30.

As Trump Signals Support for Israel's Proposed West Bank Annexation, Lawmakers and Rights Advocates Condemn Plan to Commit 'War Crime'
Julia Conley, staff writer | commondreams.org | 2019-06-08
A top Trump administration signaled Saturday that the U.S. would welcome Israel's reported plan to break international law by annexing parts of the West Bank, angering advocates for Palestinian rights. | www.commondreams.org/sites/defau…

US and Russian warships nearly collide in the Philippine Sea
wsws.org | 2019-06-08
In an encounter coinciding with a visit to Russia by Chinese President Xi Jinping, a US warship nearly collided with a Russian destroyer on Friday in the Philippine Sea.

Palestinians Slam US Ambassador to Israel's Annexation Remarks
telesurenglish.net | 2019-06-08
Reacting to comments by the U.S. ambassador in Israel, Palestine Liberation Organization Chief Saeb Erekat said Sunday that U.S. President Donald Trump's vision of Palestine was "annexation of occupied territory, a war crime according to international law." | RELATED: | Palestinians Unable To Govern Themselves Yet: Kushner | In an interview published Saturday in the New York Times, U.S. Ambassador David Friedman said Israel did not rule out an Israeli move to annex parts of the occupied…

Der lange Arm der Bilderberg Gruppe
Manlio Dinucci | globalresearch.ca | 2019-06-08
Zur diesjà§hrigen Sitzung der Bilderberggruppe, die vom 30. Mai bis 2. Juni in Montreux in der Schweiz stattfand, waren drei Italiener eingeladen. Es waren mit Lili Gruber, der Moderatorin des Fernsehsenders La7, eine weitere Journalistin, der stà§ndige Moderator der …

UK people have spoken on who should be the next PM. Boris Johnson won't be pleased
James Wright | thecanary.co | 2019-06-08
Front-runner for the Tory leadership Boris Johnson, won't be pleased with a new YouGov polling. And neither will any of the other candidates. Because the UK public selected "none of the these" over all others to become party leader: | "Which of the following do you think would make the best Conservative party leader and Prime Minister?" | [All those polling 3%+] | 20% ~ None of these | 19% ~ Johnson | 7% ~ Stewart | 6% ~ Javid | 5% ~ G…

Australian police chief links media raids to US-led "Five Eyes" spy network
wsws.org | 2019-06-08
Gaughan's statement points to the targeting of journalists in order to cover up Washington's preparations for wars and mass political surveillance.

The Pentagon's "Pacific Bellicosity" Is Threatening Both Russia and China
Andrew Korybko | globalresearch.ca | 2019-06-08
The Russian military claimed that the U.S.' guided-missile cruiser Chancellorsville suddenly changed course early Friday morning while on a patrol in the East China Sea and almost collided with the Admiral Vinogradov destroyer that was passing through these waters at …

Tightening the Noose on Cuba
Dr. Chandra Muzaffar | globalresearch.ca | 2019-06-08
On the 2nd of May 2019, the Trump Administration decided to enforce Title 111 of the Helms-Burton Act. Title 111 authorises US nationals with claims to confiscated properties in Cuba to file suits in US courts against persons that …

Internet Free Speech All but Dead
Philip Giraldi | globalresearch.ca | 2019-06-08
The Internet was originally promoted as a completely free and uncensored mechanism for people everywhere to exchange views and communicate, but it has been observed by many users that that is not really true anymore. Both governments and the service …

USS Liberty 1967: Israel Murdered U.S. Sailors and Tried to Sink Their Ship … A Failed False Flag Attack Against the U.S
Washington's Blog | globalresearch.ca | 2019-06-08
Firs published by February 15, 2015 on Washington Blog and Global Research | Fifty two years, on June 8, 1967, Israel attacked the American naval vessel USS Liberty in international waters, and tried to sink it. | After checking the Liberty out …

Wireless Radiation: Stop the 5G Network on Earth and in Space, Devastating Impacts on Health and the Environment
Arthur Firstenberg | globalresearch.ca | 2019-06-08
If the telecom plans for 5G come to fruition, no person, no animal, no bird, no insect and no plant on Earth will be able to avoid exposure, 24 hours a day, 365 days a year, to levels of RF radiation that are tens to hundreds of times greater than what exists today…

Why Do We Think We Own the Earth?
Lesley Docksey | globalresearch.ca | 2019-06-08
We are now in climate crisis. Almost every week another major scientific study hits the news, telling us we are losing this, destroying that and completely obliterating the other; whole ecological systems under threat while those with the power to …

New Evidence Proves Israel Attacked USS Liberty With Orders to Kill 294 Americans
Aaron Nelson | globalresearch.ca | 2019-06-08
America is commemorating the 52nd anniversary of the Israeli attack on USS Liberty. | This article was first published on November 14, 2014 | Fresh evidence presented in an exclusive Al Jazeera investigation into the Israeli attack on the USS Liberty that …

What is so rare as a — fake news — day in June? *
Frank Scott | dissidentvoice.org | 2019-06-08
While the continued mental assault on what is left of public consciousness still features the idiot fiction of Russiagate, or how the evil Putin arranged to trash our great American democracy and defeat holy mother Hillary on behalf of cursed father Donald, the month of June offered not one but two major fictional treatments of …

US defense secretary unveils plans to phase Turkey out of F-35 program
rt.com | 2019-06-08
The acting head of the Pentagon has sent a letter to the Turkish defense minister, detailing the US plan to exclude Ankara from the F-35 stealth fighter jet program over its acquisition of the Russian S-400 air defense systems. | …

President Signs Disaster Aid Package with Billions in Relief For Puerto Rico
Kate Zeller | indybay.org | 2019-06-08
President Trump signed a disaster relief bill Thursday that will provide of $1 billion in aid to hurricane ravaged Puerto Rico.

Congress Can End the Yemen War This Summer, Despite Trump
Staff | truthout.org | 2019-06-08
On April 16, President Trump vetoed one of the most historically significant pieces of legislation to emerge from Congress during his presidency: S.J.Res.7, the Yemen War Powers Resolution. This bill would end U.S. military involvement in Saudi Arabia's and the United Arab Emirates' (UAE) disastrous war on Yemen. A veto override vote in the Senate a few weeks later passed with a simple majority of 53-45, but did not achiev…

Nigerians call for redefining of broadcasting laws as media station gets shut down
CGTN Africa | cgtn.com | 2019-06-08
Nigerians have called for the redefining of laws guiding local media following the recent suspension of the operating license of a popular broadcast station in the country. | The Nigerian Broadcasting Corporation (NBC) on Thursday halted the operation of Daar Communications, owner of the African Independent Television (AIT), Raypower FM and Faaji FM, for allegedly violating broadcast rules in some aired programs. | The station was accused of airing "hate speech, divisive and inciting comments," breaching the provisions of the NBC's code and had been summoned in the last two years, the director-general of the Nige…

Seychelles president meets Irish counterpart in Dublin
Jerry Omondi | cgtn.com | 2019-06-08
Seychellois President Danny Faure on Saturday met with his Irish counterpart Michael D.Higgins in Dublin, as part of his visit to Ireland. | The two leaders held bilateral talks, touching on economic ties, cultural relations, climate change, maritime security among others. | President Higgins lauded President Faure for his recent keynote address on ocean protection and for being nominated, along with former President James Michel, for the National Geographic Planetary Leadership award. | On his part, the Seychellois president thanked his counterpart for the warm welcome extended to him and his delegation, and…

Niger, Tunisia elected non-permanent members of UN Security Council
CGTN Africa | cgtn.com | 2019-06-08
Representatives of the newly elected five non-permanent members of UN Security Council (L to R: Prime Minister of Saint Vincent and the Grenadines Ralph Everard Gonsalves, Niger's Minister of Foreign Affairs Kalla Ankourao, Estonian President Kersti Kaljulaid, Tunisian Foreign Minister Khemaies Jhinaoui and Vietnamese Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs Le Hoai Trung) pose for a group photo at the council chamber of the UN headquarters in New York, June 7, 2019. (Xinhua/Li Muzi) | UNITED NATIONS (Xinhua) — The UN General Assembly on Friday elected Estonia, Niger, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, Tunisia and…

Activist Walked From Sweden to Palestine to Protest Occupation
Staff | truthout.org | 2019-06-08
By the third day, blisters were beginning to form on his feet. But Benjamin Ladraa continued his trip. He would keep walking for another 11 months. | In August 2017, the 25-year-old Swedish activist embarked on a 3,000-mile solo journey through 13 countries to raise awareness about the plight of the Palestinians. Beginning in Gothenburg, Sweden, Ladraa carried a Palestinian flag and walked through Germany, the Czech Republic, Slovakia, Austria, Slovenia, Croatia, Serbia, Bulgaria, Greece, Turkey, Lebanon and Jordan. | It took him more than 300 days to complete the journey, landing him features in such internat…

Don't Call Latest Abortion Bans 'Heartbeat Bills,' Doctors Say
Julia Conley | indybay.org | 2019-06-08
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.

Stop Privatizations Of Veterans Hospitals! AFGE Members &. Vets Speak Out At Ft. Miley
Labor Video Project | indybay.org | 2019-06-08
As part of a national day of action on June 6, 2019 members of AFGE Local 1216, veterans and the Veterans for Peace rallied and spoke out about the privatization of the Veterans healthcare system.

Georgia Probe Highlights Political Problems With State Ethics Commissions
Staff | truthout.org | 2019-06-08
The new head of Georgia's ethics commission has filed subpoenas demanding extensive financial, bank, and payroll records from the campaign of Democratic gubernatorial candidate Stacey Abrams and several left-leaning groups that registered and turned out voters — particularly minority voters. | The Atlanta Journal-Constitution recently obtained the subpoenas, which were filed on April 26. That they were filed comes as no surprise: Four days after he starte…

When the Journalists Ganged Up on Assange They Ganged Up on Themselves
Dr. Paul Craig Roberts | globalresearch.ca | 2019-06-08
Journalists did not appreciate the implications for themselves of the contrived and false indictment of Julian Assange by a corrupt US government. It was obvious to a few of us that the indictment by the US government, a government constrained …

An Israeli Double-Feature: 52nd Anniversary of Israel's Attack on the USS Liberty
Dr. Paul Craig Roberts | globalresearch.ca | 2019-06-08
Two days ago the US celebrated the 75th anniversary of D-Day with accolades to the armed forces and thanks to surviving veterans. The country stood strongly with the military. But today two days later is the 52 anniversary of a …

#WearOrange: National Events Weekend Against Gun Violence 2019
WearOrange.org, Everytown for Gun Safety | indybay.org | 2019-06-08
Various peaceful events around the San Francisco Bay Area, throughout California, and nationwide…

86 displaced South Sudanese return home following peace deal
Christine Maema | cgtn.com | 2019-06-08
The group comprising of 86 women and children at the UN's air terminal ready to return to their homes (UNMISS) | Thousands of families who were displaced after a civil war broke out in South Sudan finally returned home to rebuild their lives after leaving a special protection site at the United Nations base in Wau. | The families were in the protection site in the capital of South Sudan for almost six years after seeking sanctuary from the violent conflict that erupted during the outbreak of civil war. Some of the children were even born in the camp and have never experienced life outside. | With a reduction in v…

10-man Mali fall to Italy in U-20 World Cup quarterfinals
David Ochieng Mbewa | cgtn.com | 2019-06-08
Mali striker Ibrahima Kone reacts after scoring an own goal in his side's quarterfinal game against Italy at the FIFA Under-20 World Cup at the Tychy STadium in Tychy, Poland. (Photo credits: FIFA) | Mali was eliminated from the FIFA Under-20 World Cup following a 4-2 loss to Italy on Friday at the Tychy City Stadium in Tychy, Poland. | The Malians fell behind to a bizarre Ibrahima Kone own goal after 12 minutes and things got worse nine minutes later when Ousmane Diakite was sent off for a dangerous foul on Italian midfielder Luca Pelligrini. | Mali leveled the match on 38 minutes through Sekou Koita after a bri…

US military airstrike kills one militant in Somalia
David Ochieng Mbewa | cgtn.com | 2019-06-08
A military drone. (Getty Images) | The United States military said it killed a militant in an airstrike near Tortoroow in Somalia. | The U.S. Africa Command (AFRICOM) said no civilians were killed or injured in the latest airstrike but it would release more details as appropriate as a post-strike analysis continues. | The airstrike, which took place on Wednesday, is the first in the area in about a month. | On May 5, three al-Shabaab terrorists were killed by an airstrike in defense of Somali security forces. The security forces were engaged by Al-Shabaab militants during an operation to disrupt the terrorist net…

NYPD, Apology for Stonewall Not Accepted
Staff | truthout.org | 2019-06-08
What the NYPD did in Greenwich Village on June 28, 1969 was not an exceptional event. There was nothing new about cops busting up a queer bar, beating people up and putting them in police cars. In 1969, that was commonplace. Every queer person knew what the red flashing lights meant: arrest, getting beaten or perhaps raped. What was unique on June 28, 1969 was that queer people stood up and fought back, not only for that day but for four days afterwards, in what became known as the Stonewall Riots. This uprising and the plethora of organizations that emerged afterwards were the birth of the modern LGBTQ+ right…

Julian Assange and the increasing threat to freedom of the press
Derek Royden | nationofchange.org | 2019-06-07
The continued persecution of Manning and Assange shows that while actual war criminals are showered with praise and given lucrative sinecures, those who reveal their crimes are the ones who will face punishment.

UN Special Rapporteur on Torture Warns Julian Assange Could Die in Prison
Kevin Reed | globalresearch.ca | 2019-06-07
In a June 1 interview with ABC Radio Adelaide, UN Special Rapporteur on Torture Nils Melzer warned that Julian Assange could die in prison if his persecution is not stopped immediately. | Last week, Melzer issued a scathing denunciation of Assange's …

WikiLeaks warns US Justice Department preparing more charges against Assange
wsws.org | 2019-06-07
The threat of new charges against the persecuted journalist, already facing 170 years in prison, comes amid fresh fears about his health after his father reported a "short notice" medical appointment.

Venezuela's Bolivarian Revolution in the Crosshairs of US Imperialism
Roger D. Harris | dissidentvoice.org | 2019-06-07
With the likes of John Bolton and Elliot Abrams directing US foreign policy, the US government has abandoned all pretense of "plausible denial" for its illegal regime-change initiatives. The "humanitarian" bombs may not be falling but, make no mistake, the US is waging a full-bore war against the Bolivarian Revolution in Venezuela. Back in 1998, …

Venezuela's Bolivarian Revolution in the Crosshairs of US Imperialism
Roger Harris | counterpunch.org | 2019-06-07
With the likes of John Bolton and Elliot Abrams directing US foreign policy, the US government has abandoned all pretense of "plausible denial" for its illegal regime-change initiatives. The "humanitarian" bombs may not be falling but, make no mistake, the US is waging a full-bore war against the Bolivarian Revolution in Venezuela. Back in 1998,…

Daily Kos aims for 100K names on anti-Iran War petition to Congress
Mark Gruenberg | peoplesworld.org | 2019-06-07
OAKLAND, Calif.–Daily Kos, a top group blog and Internet forum for grassroots activism, is aiming for 100,000 signatures on a petition to Congress against President Trump's threatened war on Iran. The group will deliver its petitions on June 10. "Let's storm the gates 100,000 strong!" originators Paul Hogarth and Erin Tulley of the Oakland, Calif.-based …

Santrich Goes Free While Peace in Colombia Still Held Hostage
W. T. Whitney | counterpunch.org | 2019-06-07
Former FARC guerrilla commander Jesús Santrich, imprisoned on April 9, 2018, went free on May 30. Colombian authorities had held him pending extradition to the United Sates. Their plan violated the peace agreement signed in November 2016 between FARC guerrillas and Colombia's government. Santrich, born Seuxis Hernández Solarte, personifies turmoil in Colombia stemming from the…

Santrich Goes Free While Peace in Colombia Still Held Hostage
W. T. Whitney | counterpunch.org | 2019-06-07
Former FARC guerrilla commander Jesús Santrich, imprisoned on April 9, 2018, went free on May 30. Colombian authorities had held him pending extradition to the United Sates. Their plan violated the peace agreement signed in November 2016 between FARC guerrillas and Colombia's government. Santrich, born Seuxis Hernández Solarte, personifies turmoil in Colombia stemming from the…

Colombia: Top Prosecutor Says Sinaloa Cartel Present in Country
telesurenglish.net | 2019-06-07
Colombia's highest prosecutor and oversight official, Carlos Negret denounced the presence of Mexico's Sinaloa drug cartel in southern Colombia, in the department of Caqueta, one of the areas most affected by armed violence for decades. | RELATED: | Protect Ex-Farc Members or Risk Losing Peace: UN Tells Colombia | "I am worried about extortion, ill…

Colombia: Duque Ratifies Special Jurisdiction for Peace Law
telesurenglish.net | 2019-06-07
Colombian President Ivan Duque signed his approval on the Special Jurisdiction for Peace (JEP) legislation on Thursday after years of debate and trepidation. | RELATED: | Protect Ex-Farc Members or Risk Losing Peace: UN Tells Colombia | Approved as part of Colombia's Peace Agreement in 2016 and negotiated by the administration of former President Juan Manuel Santos, the JEP was monumental in ending half a century of violence between right-wing paramilitary groups and the countr…

James Jackson: Communist leader and pioneer fighter for civil rights
Tim Wheeler | peoplesworld.org | 2019-06-07
James E. Jackson Jr., (1914-2007), a leader of the Communist Party USA for many years, began his eventful life in political action at age 16 and he remained an unwavering fighter for equality, democracy, world peace, and socialism all his days. Not the least of Jackson's achievements was his role in the early 1960s as …

US Treasury Department Tightens Sanctions on Venezuela Oil Sector
Ricardo Vaz | venezuelanalysis.com | 2019-06-07
Washington is targeting diluent imports, hurting Venezuela's ability to export oil and produce fuel.

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