Daily Archives: June 2, 2019

2019-06-02: News Headlines

Sadegh Abbasi (2019-06-02). 8-10 Million Iranians Died over Great Famine Caused by British Empire (1917-1919), Documents Reveal. globalresearch.ca This article was originally published in November 2015. | The document in the American Archives, reporting the widespread famine and spread of epidemic disease in Iran, estimates the number of the deceased due to the famine to be about 8-10 million….

Azaz Zaman (2019-06-02). Is Saudi Arabia Joining Trump's Political Game? globalresearch.ca In quest of seeking the support of the Arab Muslim leaders for an international stance against Iran, Saudi Arabia is hosting three consecutive summits at the holy city of Mecca after Iran's alleged attacks on Saudi Arabia's oil installations. Saudi …

Middle East Eye (2019-06-02). Rising Tensions, US Strike Group to the Gulf. Iran Once Again Passes IAEA Nuclear Inspections. globalresearch.ca The International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) said in its quarterly report that Iran has stayed within the main restrictions of its nuclear deal at a time when tensions between Washington and Tehran remain high. | The report on Friday found that …

Global Research News (2019-06-02). Selected Articles: America's Policy of "Creative Chaos" globalresearch.ca 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 …

Stuart Littlewood (2019-06-02). Palestine sends a Plain Message to Trump and Kushner in Run-up to their "Deal of the Century" dissidentvoice.org Dr. Riad Malki, Palestine's Minister of Foreign Affairs Freedom not conditional liberty. Sovereignty not limited autonomy. Peace not subjugation. Chatham House, the international affairs think-tank in London, recently invited Dr Riad Malki, Palestine's Minister of Foreign Affairs, to talk about the future of Palestine ahead of the 'deal of the century' dreamed up by the …

Staff (2019-06-02). U.S. Begins Vastly Expanded Visa Screening. truthdig.com WASHINGTON—The State Department is now requiring nearly all applicants for U.S. visas to submit their social media usernames, previous email addresses and phone numbers. It's a vast expansion of the Trump administration's enhanced screening of potential immigrants and visitors. | In a move that's just taken effect after approval of the revised application forms, the department says it has updated its immigrant and nonimmigrant visa forms to request the additional information, including "social media identifiers," from almost all U.S. app…

Jeff Bryant (2019-06-02). Why Democratic Presidential Candidates May Have to Choose Between Teacher Pay Raises and Charter Schools. commondreams.org Milwaukee public school teachers, parents, students and supporters stage a picket line in Milwaukee on April 24, 2018. (Photo: Charles Edward Miller, Flickr cc) | www.commondreams.org/sites/defau…

John Catalinotto (2019-06-02). Imprisoned soldiers rebelled during Vietnam War. workers.org The following report is based on a chapter in Catalinotto's book, "Turn the Guns Around: Mutinies, Soldier Revolts and Revolutions" (World View Forum, 2017), which tells the story of the American Servicemen's Union, an anti-war, anti-racist organization of U.S. active-duty service members during 1968-75. On the evening of June 5, . . . | Continue reading Imprisoned soldiers rebelled during Vietnam War at Workers.org

Adrian Weir (2019-06-02). Cuba's New Blockade. globalresearch.ca On 2 May 2019, the Trump administration implemented Title III of the 1996 Helms Burton Act. In doing so, it unleashed the most severe economic sanctions against Cuba since the blockade was first introduced by President Kennedy in 1962. | Title …

F. William Engdahl (2019-06-02). Do We Face a Global Food Disaster? globalresearch.ca No, this is not at all an endorsement of the apocalyptic scenarios of AOC or that famous young Swedish climate expert, Greta. It is, however, a look at unusual weather disasters in several key growing regions from the USA to …

Manlio Dinucci (2019-06-02). Italy's Assault Ship for the New Crusaders. globalresearch.ca On 25 May 2019, Head of State Sergio Mattarella, Minister for Defence Elisabetta Trenta, Minister for Economic Development Luigi Di Maio, and the highest military authorities, were all present for the launching of the ship Trieste, built …

Yossi Gurvitz (2019-06-02). Benjamin Netanyahu: The Fugitive Crime Minister. globalresearch.ca In a move considered surreal even two days ago, the Israeli Knesset — elected on April 9th — dissolved itself last night (Wednesday). Some new Members of Knesset didn't even get to get to give their maiden speech. | The vote …

Manlio Dinucci (2019-06-02). O navio de assalto dos novos cruzados. globalresearch.ca Na presenàßa do Chefe de Estado, Sergio Mattarella, da Ministra da Defesa, Elisabetta Trenta, do Ministro do Desenvolvimento Económico, Luigi di Maio e das mais altas autoridades militares, o navio Trieste, construído pela Fincantieri, foi lanàßado ao mar, em 25 …

Sonali Kolhatkar (2019-06-02). Plastic Is Just as Destructive to the Climate as Oil and Gas. globalresearch.ca The phenomenon of climate change invokes images of black smoke billowing out of smokestacks, emissions from exhaust pipes on an endless highway of bumper-to-bumper traffic, or the insect-like cranes of hydraulic fracturing (fracking) and drilling operations dotting the landscape. We …

Jonathan Cook (2019-06-02). A Second Israeli Election proves Netanyahu's Grip on Power is Slipping. dissidentvoice.org 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 forced to dissolve the 120-member parliament to block his chief rival, Benny Gantz, from getting …

Jerry Omondi (2019-06-02). Ethiopia, Somalia leaders hold talks in Addis Ababa. cgtn.com Somali President Mohamed Abdullahi 'Farmajo' arrived in neighbouring Ethiopia on Sunday for talks with Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed. | According to the Ethiopian Prime Minister's office, the two leaders "held discussions on bilateral issues, including further strengthening cooperation in regional peace & security." | Farmajo was accompanied in the trip by Somalia's First Lady Zeinab Abdi. | To mark their visit to Ethiopia, President Farmajo and First Lady Zeinab planted tree seedlings within the Prime Minister's compound to mark the friendship enjoyed by the two countries. | PM Abiy visited Somalia in June 2018,…

Labor Video Project (2019-06-02). Capitalism, Fukushima, Creative Reconstruction & The History Of Olympics. indybay.org Professor George Wright discusses the history of the Olympics and how privatization and control by the corporations of the world have led to in allowing the Olympics going to Japan and the contaminated Fukushima. The three broken nuclear reactors still have melted nuclear rods which must be cooled with water. He discusses the systemic corruption of the Olympic Committee and how it is now ignored the safety of the athletes and the public.

plenglish (2019-06-02). Association of Democratic Lawyers Asks to Unfreeze Venezuelan Fund. plenglish.com Caracas, Jun 2 (Prensa Latina) The International Association of Democratic Lawyers is developing a campaign to demand the unfreezing of Venezuelan state capital from the Novo Banco de Portugal, Foreign Minister Jorge Arreaza said on Sunday.

Prof Michel Chossudovsky (2019-06-02). Desperate MH17 "Intelligence" Spin. Ukraine Secret Service Contends that "Pro-Russian Rebels had Targeted a Russian Passenger Plane". "But Shot Down Flight MH17 by Mistake" globalresearch.ca According to Ukraine's Secret Service, the alleged design of the pro-Russian rebels was to shoot down a Russian passenger plane, with a view to blaming the Ukrainian government and justifying a Russian invasion.

Aggregate Space Gallery (2019-06-02). TEN-Forward >> A Fundraiser for the Future of ASG. indybay.org Z Space Theater | 450 Florida St, San Francisco, CA 94110…

CGTN Africa (2019-06-02). Libyan gov't forces progress against east-based army in southern Tripoli. cgtn.com Forces of the UN-backed Libyan government on Saturday progressed against the rival east-based army in south of the capital Tripoli, as the armed conflict continues between the two parties. | "Following a well-established plan, our forces managed to progress in two axes in southern Tripoli, destroyed a number of vehicles belonging to Haftar's forces (army), and captured a number of their fighters," Mohamed Khalid, a field commander of the government forces, told Xinhua. | "We progressed several kilometers and the clashes are still going on violently," Khalid added, confirming one of their soldiers was killed an…

Register Peace & Freedom or Green (2019-06-02). Abortion Bans; S.F. Anti-Abortion Marches; Free Abortion on Demand. indybay.org As the United States gets ready to join the backward countries of the world with a ban on abortion, we must ask, how did we get to this point? Why have the Democrats been promoting anti-abortion candidates? How did at least 5 anti-abortion Supreme Court justices get confirmed? Why didn't Democrat Obama who had a Democratic majority Congress in both houses in his first two years sign a law legalizing abortion so we would not have to depend on a pro-abortion majority in the Supreme Court? What kind of society is this that allows constant wars on women and the right to abortion? Why don't we have free abortion on de…

plenglish (2019-06-02). Guangdong is China's Gateway to Latin America and the Caribbean. plenglish.com Beijing, Jun 2 (Prensa Latina) The southern province of Guangdong consolidates as China"s gateway to Latin America and the Caribbean with a trade of 13,360 billion dollars so far in 2019, 10 percent more year-on-year.

Toby Blome (2019-06-02). CODEPINK Monthly Golden Gate Bridge Walk for Peace. indybay.org Gather at the SF or Marin end of the eastern walkway of the Golden Gate Bridge. Parking available on all 4 "corners", just remember to take the last exit on hwy 101 as you approach the bridge, or the first exit after you leave the bridge. Arrive early for best parking. | Gather at 10: 45 am at either end of the bridge. | 11: 00 am Walk on the eastern walkway from the north or south ends, to converge in the middle. Short, silent vigil in the middle. | 12: 00 pm: Rally on SF side after the bridge walk. | BE GREEN AND CARPOOL | See http: //tripplanner.transit.511.org for public transit options. | Golden Gate Transit Bus…

plenglish (2019-06-02). Guangdong is China's Gateway to Latin America and the Caribbean. plenglish.com 02 de junio de 2019, 06: 23Beijing, Jun 2 (Prensa Latina) The southern province of Guangdong consolidates as China"s gateway to Latin America and the Caribbean with a trade of 13,360 billion dollars so far in 2019, 10 percent more year-on-year.

Khubaka, Michael Harris (2019-06-02). Discover the expansion of California Juneteenth Freedom Day Celebrations. indybay.org Juneteenth is our National Freedom Day. Before, during and after the US Civil War (1840-1875) California has a "hidden story" to tell that honors our California Pan African legacy and contributions by over 200,000 "unknown" US Colored Troops, "Gospel Soldiers" who gallantly fought and died for the freedoms we enjoy today.

plenglish (2019-06-02). China Alerts over Worsening Economic Context Due to US Protectionism. plenglish.com Beijing, Jun 2 (Prensa Latina) China has warned on Sunday that the United States with its protectionist policy "America First" disrupts industrial and supply chains, destroys market confidence and puts under serious threat the recovery of the global economy.

Michael Steinberg (2019-06-02). Three Mile Island Nuke Finally Shutting Down. indybay.org The notorious Three Mile Island nuclear plant is finally shutting down for good.

Staff (2019-06-02). National Referendum on Elections: A Way Forward for Venezuela (3/7). therealnews.com Venezuela's opposition and government are at an absolute impasse about how to get the country out of its current crisis, the best way forward is to renew the electoral authority and have a referendum on holding new elections across the board, says Edgard Lander…

David Howard (2019-06-02). Volunteer Group Launches Anti-Gun Violence Campaign to Protect Youth. indybay.org Louder than a Shot Volunteer Group Launches Anti-Gun Violence Campaign to Protect Youth | Program Launched in Advance of National Gun Violence Prevention Day, June 7th, 2019 #WearOrange…

Staff (2019-06-02). US History Is Defined by the Use of Torture. truthout.org Soon after 9/11, the US began holding people in secret prisons around the world in places called "black sites." Black sites were secret and what happened within them was unknown. When we did learn about the techniques our government was using to extract information, we were told it was not torture but something called "enhanced interrogation." It sounded new and not so brutal. But it was torture. An updated version of it, but torture nonetheless, which forced us to think about what we were willing to do to other human beings in a state of war. In this episode, Rebecca Gordon argues that enhanced interrogation…

Jerry Omondi (2019-06-02). DR Congo forces kill 26 rebels in shootout. cgtn.com The Democratic Republic of Congo's army says its forces on Thursday killed 26 rebels thought to have links to Islamic State. | The soldiers engaged the rebels in a shootout in a village near the city of Beni, an area where more than a dozen different militia groups and associated armed gangs are said to operate, and the epicentre of country's worst ever Ebola epidemic. | The army's spokesman for east Congo, General Leon-Richard Kasonga, said the insurgents from the Allied Democratic Forces (ADF) attacked a position in Ngite village and that soldiers returned fire and pursued them. | "Twenty six rebels were neu…

plenglish (2019-06-02). Nuclear Deal First, then We Talk, Tehran told Washington. plenglish.com Tehran, Jun 2 (Prensa Latina) Iran"s Foreign Minister Mohammed Yavad Zarif has reportedly asserted on Sunday that the fulfillment of the nuclear deal Tehran signed with six world powers is a prerequisite before starting any talks with the US government.

Staff (2019-06-02). Conservative Groups Are Stifling Criticism of Israel On and Off Campus. truthout.org On March 22, tenured English professor Anthony Alessandrini was startled to see a photo of himself in the New York Daily News. The picture accompanied an article by reporter Larry McShane. The headline was damning: "Kingsborough professor, during campus event, urged donations to group with alleged ties to Palestinian terror group." | Alessandrini (who is this reporter's colleague at Kingsborough Community College) had not been contacted by either McShane or other Daily News staffers before the article was publishe…

Staff (2019-06-02). Trump's Arms Sales to Saudi Arabia: An Impeachable Offense? therealnews.com Trump pulled an end run around Congress when he declared a national emergency letting him sell arms to Saudi Arabia. We speak to RootsAction's David Swanson about whether the move is an impeachable offense…

Staff (2019-06-02). While Combating Trump, We Must Set Our Sights on Total Liberation. truthout.org "Marcuse believed in 'a universe where the sensuous, the playful, and the beautiful become the form of society itself'," says cartoonist Nick Thorkelson, who illustrated the new graphic biography Herbert Marcuse, Philosopher of Utopia. How did philosopher Herbert Marcuse develop this belief, and what can it teach us as the U.S. flounders in political crisis? In this interview, Thorkelson discusses the work of Herbert Marcuse, his relationship to the radical movements of the 1960s and how his philosophy remains pertinent in the era of Trump. | Samantha Borek: For many people, especially younger radicals like my…

Staff (2019-06-02). Europe Dodged Far-Right Takeover But Autocracy Remains a Global Threat. truthout.org In 1991, the late Harvard political scientist Samuel Huntington wrote an influential essay in the Journal of Democracy entitled "Democracy's Third Wave." Huntington's essay, published several months prior to the fall of the Soviet Union, surmised that modern democracy was associated with "waves" of democratic growth followed by "reverse waves" of autocracy. | He identified a "long" first wave beginning in the 1820s, characterized by a global increase of male suffrage that continued until the 1920s. This first wave was subject t…

unitedEditor (2019-06-02). European elections: the first signs of a need for change. uwidata.com The European parliamentary elections showcased the rise of some interesting new political forces beginning to take root throughout the continent. It also indicated the first symptoms of Europe's deep divisions which are slowly beginning to threaten the EU's existence altogether. Issues like anti-immigration and Euroscepticism saw a sharp rise in support alongside the victory of …

Jerry Omondi (2019-06-02). Morocco's 27-man provisional AFCON squad unveiled. cgtn.com Morocco national football team's coach Herve Renard on Sunday named a 27-man provisional squad for the Africa Cup of Nations scheduled for later this month. | The Atlas Lions will be hoping to replicate the result realized by their Africa-based players who won the 2018 African Nations Championship. | The 2019 AFCON tournament will be staged in Egypt between 21 June and 19 July. | Coach Renard included Dutch-based duo, Hakim Ziyech and Noussair Mezraoui both with Ajax, Borussia Dortmund left back Achraf Hakim and Al-Duhail defender Medhi Benatia. | Al-Nasr forward and Saoudi League best player and top Scorer Ab…

Staff (2019-06-02). Dramatic Increase in Political Violence in Colombia due to Abandonment of Peace Agreement. therealnews.com Recent human rights reports show that murders of social leaders have skyrocketed since Colombia's right-wing President Ivan Duque came into office in 2017. Activist Manuel Rozental speaks to us about the situation from one of the most affected areas…

APTP (2019-06-02). Anti Police-Terror Project Statement on AB 392, the California Act to Save Lives. indybay.org From our inception, the Anti Police-Terror Project has never subscribed to the belief that policing in America can be fixed. The system is not broken and thus cannot be made to right itself. Born of the slave trade, policing in America was then – and is now – about the catching, killing and incarcerating of Black and Indigenous bodies. We are an abolitionist organization committed to interrupting and rapidly responding to state violence, radically transforming the way in which we as a society define public safety and develop new practices to implement community security that are not rooted in race-based capitalis…

Caitlin Johnstone (2019-06-01). Assange Is Reportedly Gravely Ill, and Hardly Anyone's Talking About It. globalresearch.ca Julian Assange's Swedish lawyer Per Samuelson has told the press that "Assange's health situation on Friday was such that it was not possible to conduct a normal conversation with him." | This jarring revelation has been reported by a small …

Dr. Leon Tressell (2019-06-01). UN Condemns the Psychological Torture Inflicted Upon Julian Assange. "Coordinated" by UK, US, Sweden and Ecuador. globalresearch.ca The UN Torture Expert, Nils Melzer, has strongly condemned the psychological torture inflicted upon WikiLeaks publisher Julian Assange by a coalition of countries led by the United States and United Kingdom. | The WikiLeaks publisher has spent over 7 weeks …

Craig Murray (2019-06-01). Julian Assange and the Unrelenting State. globalresearch.ca We are seriously worried about the condition of Julian Assange. He was too unwell to appear in court yesterday, and his Swedish lawyer, Per Samuelson, found him in a state where he was unable to conduct a conversation …

Dr. Binoy Kampmark (2019-06-01). Findings of Torture: The UN Rapporteur and Julian Assange. globalresearch.ca 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 …

Ben Armbruster (2019-06-01). How Mainstream U.S. Media Is Failing Us On Trump and Bolton's March To War With Iran. commondreams.org National security advisor John Bolton listens to President Donald Trump talk to reporters during a cabinet meeting at the White House in Washington on Feb. 12. (Photo: Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images) | www.commondreams.org/sites/defau…

Ashley Curtin (2019-06-01). Sanders at top of Greenpeace bold climate action scorecard; Biden at bottom. nationofchange.org "Show us you have the mettle to take on the oil executives standing in the way of progress towards the green, prosperous future our country deserves."

Venezuela Analysis (2019-06-01). Venezuela Talks in Norway End as Mike Pence Telephones Juan Guaido. theantimedia.com (VA) — The second round of dialogue between the Maduro government and the opposition concluded in Oslo on Wednesday. The Norwegian government issued a statement praising the "willingness" of both parties to "move forward in the search for an agreed-upon and constitutional solution for the country, which includes political, economic and electoral matters." Norwegian Foreign Minister Ine Eriksen Sà∏reide …

By Amy Liu (2019-06-01). Trial begins for Scott Warren, facing 20 years for aiding migrants crossing desert. liberationnews.org We demand that all charges be dropped immediately!

Jake Johnson (2019-06-01). 'Beyond Barbaric': Internal Government Report Reveals Migrants Forced to Stand on Toilets for Breathing Space at Overcrowded US Detention Center. globalresearch.ca "This is insane. Not only can they not move, they can't breathe, they can't eat, they can't do anything like this. Children have died and will continue to die if this is not stopped now." | *** | A federal immigrant detention …

WSWS (2019-06-01). Australian billionaires celebrate soaring wealth, while wage case leaves millions in poverty. wsws.org The annual Rich List, along with the outcome of the latest minimum wage case, underscore the acceleration of social inequality in Australia and around the world.

Staff (2019-06-01). Justice Department Readies Antitrust Probe of Google: Reports. truthdig.com WASHINGTON—The U.S. Justice Department is readying an investigation of Google's business practices and whether they violate antitrust law, according to news reports. | The search giant was fined a record $2.72 billion by European regulators in 2017 for abusing its dominance of the online search market. In the U.S., the Federal Trade Commission made an antitrust investigation of Google but closed it in 2013 without taking action. | Now the Justice Department has undertaken an antitrust probe of the company's search and other businesses, according to reports by The Wall Street Journal, The New York Times and…

WSWS (2019-06-01). New Zealand budget delivers billions for the military, starves public services. wsws.org The Labour Party-led coalition government's "well-being budget" deepens the program of austerity and militarism supported by all the parties in parliament.

Eoin Higgins (2019-06-01). US Remains in Denial About How Many Civilians They Killed in Iraq and Syria. theantimedia.com (CD) — The U.S.-led coalition that launched airstrikes against Iraq and Syria against ISIS admitted Friday that those attacks killed civilians, but the number they reported—1,302 deaths in a nearly five-year period—was immediately dismissed as too low by the human rights organization Amnesty International. "While all admissions of responsibility by the U.S.-led coalition for civilian casualties are …

Amnesty International (2019-06-01). US-led Coalition Admission of 1,300 Civilian Deaths in Iraq and Syria. globalresearch.ca Responding to today's announcement by the U.S.-led Coalition that at least 1,302 civilians have been unintentionally killed by Coalition strikes in Syria and Iraq between August 2014 and the end of April 2019, Amnesty International's Senior Crisis Response Adviser Donatella …

RT (2019-06-01). Your Facebook please: US begins demanding full social media background from visa applicants. rt.com The US State Department has begun requiring visa applicants to submit five years' worth of social media history, threatening "serious immigration consequences" for those who attempt to conceal their accounts.

WSWS (2019-06-01). Arch-communalist Modi sworn-in as India's prime minister for second time. wsws.org Big business, reports the Economic Times, wants the government placed on a "war footing" to rapidly implement "investor friendly reforms."

Philip A Farruggio (2019-06-01). Spectators, Shoppers and Voters… NOT Citizens! globalresearch.ca I begin my column with the profound words from the great anti empire documentarian Paul Edwards, at the end of his fine new piece Idiocracy: | "The naive cry out for answers to our absurd paralysis, but there are none. …

Fight Back (2019-06-01). United Steelworkers authorize strike against Alcoa. fightbacknews.org Washington DC – On May 31, the United Steelworkers (USW) said that members of local unions representing more than 1,500 Alcoa (NYSE: AA) workers have granted their negotiating committee the authority to implement a strike if necessary at the company's facilities in Warrick, Ind.; Massena, N.Y.; Gum Springs, Ark.; Point Comfort, Texas; and Wenatchee, Wash. | The aluminum workers strike authorization votes were conducted during meetings at each location over the course of the past two weeks. USW members have continued to work under the terms and conditions of a contract that was set to expire on May 15, 2019, when…

Allen Barra (2019-06-01). An Unabashed Tribute to 'The Warriors' on Its 40th Anniversary. truthdig.com Roundly trashed by critics when the gang-themed film debuted in 1979, the cult classic's influences still creep into popular culture today.

WSWS (2019-06-01). UK Labour Party's civil war blows up in aftermath of European election debacle. wsws.org In the absence of any genuine attempt to overcome the divisions sown in the working class by the 2016 referendum, the European elections became a de facto plebiscite on Brexit.

Eoin Higgins, staff writer (2019-06-01). Youth Activists Holding Coordinated Press Conferences to Raise Awareness on Landmark Court Case. commondreams.org "Climate change is the most pressing issue for our generation." | www.commondreams.org/sites/defau…

WSWS (2019-06-01). At least 12 dead in Virginia Beach mass shooting. wsws.org Mass shootings in America are a product of mounting social inequality at home and unending wars abroad.

Eoin Higgins, staff writer (2019-06-01). On Thin Ice: March Warming in Alaska Led to Eight Deaths, Disrupted Fishing. commondreams.org www.commondreams.org/sites/defau…

IPBES (2019-06-01). Nature's Dangerous Decline: Animal and Plant Species Extinction Rates 'Accelerating'. globalresearch.ca Nature is declining globally at rates unprecedented in human history — and the rate of species extinctions is accelerating, with grave impacts on people around the world now likely, warns a landmark new report from the Intergovernmental Science-Policy Platform on …

CP Editor (2019-06-01). Rising Seas Could Generate 187 Million Climate Refugees by 2100. counterpunch.org

Eric Margolis (2019-06-01). India's "Trump" Wins Big. commondreams.org Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi at the BRICS Conference, 2017. (Photo: Russian President) | www.commondreams.org/sites/defau…

Andrew Korybko (2019-06-01). Malaysia's Prime Minister Mahathir Has Dismantled the West's Official Narrative About Malaysian Airlines MH17. globalresearch.ca Malaysian Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad surprised observers when he unexpectedly spoke out against the MH-17 cover-up and dismantled the West's official narrative blaming Russia for this tragedy. The nonagenarian leader raised questions that no non-Russian had hitherto dared to publicly …

WSWS (2019-06-01). Fifty-five inmates killed in Brazilian prisons. wsws.org This escalating slaughter has been caused by a 300 percent increase in the prison population in the last two decades.

Mark Taliano (2019-06-01). The Policy of Creative Chaos: America's Project for a "Middle-East Holocaust" globalresearch.ca The Project for a New Middle East[1] is a Project for a New Holocaust. It is happening now. The policy of "Creative Chaos"[2] underpins the holocaust. Empire willfully destroys the sovereignty and territorial integrity of prey nations such as Libya, …

WSWS (2019-06-01). France illegally arming Libyan coastguards to stop refugees from Africa. wsws.org The policy has been condemned by multiple human rights organizations because of the prevalence of torture, rape, slavery and murder in the camps.

Ellen Brown (2019-06-01). The Bankers' "Power Revolution": How the Government Got Shackled by Debt. dissidentvoice.org This article is excerpted from my new book Banking on the People: Democratizing Money in the Digital Age, available in paperback June 1. ***** The U.S. federal debt has more than doubled since the 2008 financial crisis, shooting up from $9.4 trillion in mid-2008 to over $22 trillion in April 2019. The debt is never paid off. …

Maha Hilal (2019-06-01). There's a Simple Explanation for Racial Disparities in Terrorism Prosecutions: Racism. commondreams.org A Black Lives Matter protest, November 2015. (Photo: Johnny Silvercloud, Flickr) | www.commondreams.org/sites/defau…

Al-Masdar News (2019-06-01). US State Department's "Updated Maps" Show Golan Heights as Part of Israeli. globalresearch.ca The US State Department has changed its maps to show the disputed Golan Heights as Israeli territory, spokesperson Morgan Ortagus confirmed on Thursday, after Israel's Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said he had received one of the updated versions. | "I know …

South Front (2019-06-01). "Fort Trump": Permanent US Military Base in Poland. globalresearch.ca Polish authorities appear to have become obsessed with establishing the "Fort Trump" permanent military base in Poland, but the US does appear to be in no hurry to make any such deployment. | Moreover, periodically there are reports that Washington has …

Dr. David Halpin (2019-06-01). Political Upheaval in the United Kingdom. globalresearch.ca Here in these beautiful isles there are many good people. Those not affected by class or university 'education' say 'We should have been out of the EU within a few weeks of the vote. The EU is a racket. We …

Staff (2019-06-01). Apartment Tenants in Baltimore Link Up to Fix Deteriorating Living Conditions. therealnews.com Activists from the Bolton House Tenant Coalition urge Baltimore mayor Jack Young and city councilman Eric Costello to alleviate the deteriorating conditions at the Bolton House apartment complex…

Staff (2019-06-01). Brazilian Students Stage New Mass Protests Against Bolsonaro's Education Reform. therealnews.com As President Jair Bolsonaro's approval ratings plummet, students make a massive show of force, opposing his plans to drastically cut education budgets. Mike Fox reports from Brazil…

Prof Michel Chossudovsky (2019-06-01). "Manufacturing Dissent": The Anti-globalization Movement is Funded by the Corporate Elites. globalresearch.ca The People's Movement has been Hijacked…

kathy_f (2019-06-01). The dire need for self-reflection: A response to Joe Hildebrand. greenleft.org.au "I don't see how reflecting on myself is going to stop women being bashed or murdered.": | Joe Hildebrand's words, in the wake of the latest victim of extreme violence directed at a young woman in Melbourne, are at the root of contemporary debates with the #NotAllMen faction, which by definition declines to engage in thoughtful reflection. | We have, thankfully, moved on from the abjuration of sufferers of domestic violence to progressive action, such as the establishment of the Royal Commission into Family Violence, an act of retrospection in it…

Consortium News (2019-05-31). UN Torture Report: "Demonized" Assange Has Faced "Psychological Torture" theantimedia.com (CN) — The UN special rapporteur on torture has issued a stinging rebuke to the United States, Great Britain, Sweden and Ecuador for "deliberately" exposing WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange to years of "cruel, inhuman or degrading treatment or punishment," which can only be described as "psychological torture." "In 20 years of work with victims of war, violence and political …

Dave Lindorff (2019-05-31). Sri Lankan Refugee Family That Hid Snowden in Hong Kong Now Trapped in Limbo. counterpunch.org Hong Kong. The bipartisan vengeance of the US government and it's pervasive intelligence apparatus, on display currently in its rabid hounding of Wikileaks founder Julian Assange, appears to know no bounds. But as ugly as the full-court effort to bag Assange, already trapped by US the combined efforts of complicity government in Britain and Sweden More

Ben Norton (2019-05-31). US greenlights missiles for al-Qaeda-linked, Turkish-backed Salafi-jihadists occupying Syria's Idlib. thegrayzone.com The Trump administration has approved a Turkish shipment of US-made anti-tank missiles to al-Qaeda-linked Islamist rebels fighting a Russian-backed offensive…

Daniel Carmody (2019-05-31). Activists protest John Bolton's commencement speech at U.S. Coast Guard Academy. liberationnews.org Bolton has been unabashed in his campaign to launch new wars against Iran, North Korea, and now Venezuela.

Alan Macleod (2019-05-31). MintCast Interviews Filmmaker Robbie Martin: The Neoconservative Endgame. mintpressnews.com MintCast co-hosts Alan MacLeod and Whitney Webb recently spoke to Robbie Martin ( @FluorescentGrey), a filmmaker whose recent documentary series A Very Heavy Agenda explores how prominent Bush-era neo-conservatives have continued to dominate the Washington foreign policy debate and have been instrumental in creating and fomenting Russiagate and Cold War 2.0. | Neoconservatives, or Neocons, have been a key force in Washington for decades and seem to maintain their…

Maureen McCue (2019-05-31). We Must Prevent War with Iran. progressive.org It is time for Congress and this administration to recommit to the deal between the United States, our allies, and Iran, to prevent unnecessary destruction, suffering, and death.

WSWS (2019-05-31). US escalates threat of force against Iran. wsws.org Threats of "force" and a "very strong response" have accompanied Washington's unsubstantiated claims of Iranian responsibility for attacks in the Middle East.

Melvin Goodman (2019-05-31). Congressional Catering to Netanyahu Must End. counterpunch.org Four years ago, the U.S. Congress invited Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to address a joint congressional session as part of his campaign to defeat the Obama administration's efforts to negotiate the Iranian nuclear accord. Netanyahu's address was an unacceptable interference in the U.S. domestic political arena and should have been challenged. President Obama refused More

Vijay Prashad (2019-05-31). The world divided by a line is a dead body cut in two. mronline.org A war against Iran—as Hamid says—will be catastrophic, not only for Iran but for Eurasia. It would divide the world into two, vultures and hyenas feasting on both halves. | Source

RT (2019-05-31). US to investigate reports N. Korea executed senior diplomat after Hanoi summit failure — Pompeo. rt.com Following a slew of reports that North Korea had executed a senior envoy who participated in the Hanoi peace summit with US President Donald Trump, US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo has said he's 'checking it out.'

Charles Davis (2019-05-31). What Would Democratic Candidates Do About Syria? counterpunch.org Something peculiar happened along the way to stopping a war: in order to prevent U.S. soldiers from marching on Damascus—a real possibility according to people who don't seem to follow such things—some decided that the cause of what they call "peace" required turning a blind eye to several wars that already existed. Neoconservatives, forever on More

amnesty (2019-05-31). Nigeria: Human rights agenda. amnesty.org The human rights situation in Nigeria is marked by serious human rights violations such as extrajudicial executions, arbitrary arrests and detentions, torture and other ill-treatment, enforced disappearances, violence against women and girls, restrictions on the rights to freedom of expression, association and peaceful assembly, mass forced evictions, environmental pollution and lack of accountability for human rights violations and abuses. Amnesty International is proposing the following human rights agenda and recommendations to the government to improve respect for the human rights of everyone in Nigeria.

amnesty (2019-05-31). Zimbabwe: Seven activists arrested, charged with treason. amnesty.org Seven activists, arrested on different dates, are facing charges of treason after they attended a training organised by the Center for Non-Violence Action and Strategies (CANVAS) in the Maldives. Five of the activists have already appeared in court and are remanded in custody until 6 June. The offence 'subverting a constitutional government' carries a penalty of up to 20 years in prison. These arrests are part of an ongoing crackdown on human rights defenders, activists and opposition members in the country and are an attempt by the government to stifle peaceful protest over the recently implemented austerity mea…

Fight Back (2019-05-31). Minnesotans say "No coup! No war! Hands off Venezuela!" fightbacknews.org Minneapolis, MN – 30 people held signs reading "Hands off Venezuela" and a big banner saying "No coup – no sanctions – no war – hands off Venezuela" on a bridge from Loring Park to the Walker Sculpture Garden over Interstate 94 in Minneapolis during rush hour, May 30. Ten lanes of traffic filled with rush hour traffic traveled underneath. The protesters heard hundreds of honks of agreement that the U.S. shouldn't intervene in Venezuela. | Afterwards protesters gathered to hear from Tracy Molm, a member of the MN Anti-War Committee, to hear an update from Venezuela, "Today we were seen by thousands of people in Mi…

MAIL (2019-05-31). Headlines for May 31, 2019. democracynow.org Trump Threatens Tariffs on Mexican Goods in Bid to Halt Migrants, Trump Administration Plan Would Bar Most Central Americans from Seeking Asylum, Louisiana Governor Signs Anti-Choice Bill as Missouri's Last Abortion Clinic Is Set to Close, GOP Gerrymandering Expert Led Push to Add Citizenship Question to Census, Civilians Flee Russian-Backed Syrian Assault on Last Rebel-Held Province, North Korea Executes Special Envoy to the U.S. After Failed Trump Summit, Colombia Releases Ex-Guerrilla Leader Wanted by the U.S. on Drug Charges, U.S. Drug Agency Targeted Honduran President in Cocaine Trafficking Probe, Hondurans…

WSWS (2019-05-31). Trump to impose tariff on Mexico in attack on immigrants as Democrats denounce Russia. wsws.org The working class has no ally in the faction fight between reactionary partisans of US imperialism.

Ralph Nader (2019-05-31). Society Is In Decay — When the Worst is First and the Best is Last. counterpunch.org Plutocrats like to control the range of permissible public dialogue. Plutocrats also like to shape what society values. If you want to see where a country's priorities lie, look at how it allocates its money. While teachers and nurses earn comparatively little for performing critical jobs, corporate bosses including those who pollute our planet and More

Eoin Higgins, staff writer (2019-05-31). US Figure of Casualties in Iraq and Syria Hides True, 'Devastating Scale' of Civilian Deaths, Says Amnesty. commondreams.org www.commondreams.org/sites/defau…

WSWS (2019-05-31). The German government prepares military intervention in Syria. wsws.org Military support of a "safe zone" in northern Syria would mean a massive escalation of Germany's participation in the Syrian war.

William A. Blunden (2019-05-31). Edward Who? The Snowden Affair Ends with a Whimper. dissidentvoice.org Do not send to those who tout secure drops, Tor, crypto-comms — these are traceable, diagrammable via basic net transmission tech. — Cryptome It's been more than six years since Edward Snowden went public. After all the breathless headlines, Hollywood movies, book deals, Pulitzer prizes, and glossy prime time biopics. What, pray tell, has come …

2019-06-02: Social Media Postees

Rising Tensions, US Strike Group to the Gulf. Iran Once Again Passes IAEA Nuclear Inspections
Middle East Eye | globalresearch.ca | 2019-06-02
The International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) said in its quarterly report that Iran has stayed within the main restrictions of its nuclear deal at a time when tensions between Washington and Tehran remain high. | The report on Friday found that …
globalresearch.ca/rising-tensions-us-strike-group-to-the-gulf-iran-once-again-passes-iaea-nuclear-inspections/5679272

8-10 Million Iranians Died over Great Famine Caused by British Empire (1917-1919), Documents Reveal
Sadegh Abbasi | globalresearch.ca | 2019-06-02
This article was originally published in November 2015. | The document in the American Archives, reporting the widespread famine and spread of epidemic disease in Iran, estimates the number of the deceased due to the famine to be about 8-10 million….
globalresearch.ca/8-10-million-iranians-died-great-famine-caused-british-late-1910s-documents-reveal/5679286

Is Saudi Arabia Joining Trump's Political Game?
Azaz Zaman | globalresearch.ca | 2019-06-02
In quest of seeking the support of the Arab Muslim leaders for an international stance against Iran, Saudi Arabia is hosting three consecutive summits at the holy city of Mecca after Iran's alleged attacks on Saudi Arabia's oil installations. Saudi …
globalresearch.ca/is-saudi-arabia-joining-trumps-political-game/5679280

Selected Articles: America's Policy of "Creative Chaos"
Global Research News | globalresearch.ca | 2019-06-02
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 …
globalresearch.ca/selected-articles-americas-policy-of-creative-chaos/5679292

Palestine sends a Plain Message to Trump and Kushner in Run-up to their "Deal of the Century"
Stuart Littlewood | dissidentvoice.org | 2019-06-02
Dr. Riad Malki, Palestine's Minister of Foreign Affairs Freedom not conditional liberty. Sovereignty not limited autonomy. Peace not subjugation. Chatham House, the international affairs think-tank in London, recently invited Dr Riad Malki, Palestine's Minister of Foreign Affairs, to talk about the future of Palestine ahead of the 'deal of the century' dreamed up by the …
dissidentvoice.org/2019/06/palestine-sends-a-plain-message-to-trump-and-kushner-in-run-up-to-their-deal-of-the-century/

Why Democratic Presidential Candidates May Have to Choose Between Teacher Pay Raises and Charter Schools
Jeff Bryant | commondreams.org | 2019-06-02
Milwaukee public school teachers, parents, students and supporters stage a picket line in Milwaukee on April 24, 2018. (Photo: Charles Edward Miller, Flickr cc) | www.commondreams.org/sites/defau…
commondreams.org/views/2019/06/02/why-democratic-presidential-candidates-may-have-choose-between-teacher-pay-raises?cd-origin=rss

Imprisoned soldiers rebelled during Vietnam War
John Catalinotto | workers.org | 2019-06-02
The following report is based on a chapter in Catalinotto's book, "Turn the Guns Around: Mutinies, Soldier Revolts and Revolutions" (World View Forum, 2017), which tells the story of the American Servicemen's Union, an anti-war, anti-racist organization of U.S. active-duty service members during 1968-75. On the evening of June 5, . . . | Continue reading Imprisoned soldiers rebelled during Vietnam War at Workers.org…
workers.org/2019/06/02/imprisoned-soldiers-rebelled-during-vietnam-war/

Cuba's New Blockade
Adrian Weir | globalresearch.ca | 2019-06-02
On 2 May 2019, the Trump administration implemented Title III of the 1996 Helms Burton Act. In doing so, it unleashed the most severe economic sanctions against Cuba since the blockade was first introduced by President Kennedy in 1962. | Title …
globalresearch.ca/cubas-new-blockade/5679289

Benjamin Netanyahu: The Fugitive Crime Minister
Yossi Gurvitz | globalresearch.ca | 2019-06-02
In a move considered surreal even two days ago, the Israeli Knesset — elected on April 9th — dissolved itself last night (Wednesday). Some new Members of Knesset didn't even get to get to give their maiden speech. | The vote …
globalresearch.ca/benjamin-netanyahu-fugitive-crime-minister/5679277

Do We Face a Global Food Disaster?
F. William Engdahl | globalresearch.ca | 2019-06-02
No, this is not at all an endorsement of the apocalyptic scenarios of AOC or that famous young Swedish climate expert, Greta. It is, however, a look at unusual weather disasters in several key growing regions from the USA to …
globalresearch.ca/do-we-face-global-food-disaster/5679267

Italy's Assault Ship for the New Crusaders
Manlio Dinucci | globalresearch.ca | 2019-06-02
On 25 May 2019, Head of State Sergio Mattarella, Minister for Defence Elisabetta Trenta, Minister for Economic Development Luigi Di Maio, and the highest military authorities, were all present for the launching of the ship Trieste, built …
globalresearch.ca/assault-ship-new-crusaders/5679269

Plastic Is Just as Destructive to the Climate as Oil and Gas
Sonali Kolhatkar | globalresearch.ca | 2019-06-02
The phenomenon of climate change invokes images of black smoke billowing out of smokestacks, emissions from exhaust pipes on an endless highway of bumper-to-bumper traffic, or the insect-like cranes of hydraulic fracturing (fracking) and drilling operations dotting the landscape. We …
globalresearch.ca/plastic-destructive-climate-oil-gas/5679284

O navio de assalto dos novos cruzados
Manlio Dinucci | globalresearch.ca | 2019-06-02
Na presenàßa do Chefe de Estado, Sergio Mattarella, da Ministra da Defesa, Elisabetta Trenta, do Ministro do Desenvolvimento Económico, Luigi di Maio e das mais altas autoridades militares, o navio Trieste, construído pela Fincantieri, foi lanàßado ao mar, em 25 …
globalresearch.ca/o-navio-de-assalto-dos-novos-cruzados/5679310

A Second Israeli Election proves Netanyahu's Grip on Power is Slipping
Jonathan Cook | dissidentvoice.org | 2019-06-02
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 forced to dissolve the 120-member parliament to block his chief rival, Benny Gantz, from getting …
dissidentvoice.org/2019/06/a-second-israeli-election-proves-netanyahus-grip-on-power-is-slipping/

Capitalism, Fukushima, Creative Reconstruction & The History Of Olympics
Labor Video Project | indybay.org | 2019-06-02
Professor George Wright discusses the history of the Olympics and how privatization and control by the corporations of the world have led to in allowing the Olympics going to Japan and the contaminated Fukushima. The three broken nuclear reactors still have melted nuclear rods which must be cooled with water. He discusses the systemic corruption of the Olympic Committee and how it is now ignored the safety of the athletes and the public.
indybay.org/newsitems/2019/05/27/18823644.php

Association of Democratic Lawyers Asks to Unfreeze Venezuelan Fund
plenglish.com | 2019-06-02
Caracas, Jun 2 (Prensa Latina) The International Association of Democratic Lawyers is developing a campaign to demand the unfreezing of Venezuelan state capital from the Novo Banco de Portugal, Foreign Minister Jorge Arreaza said on Sunday.
www.plenglish.com/index.php?o=rn…

Guangdong is China's Gateway to Latin America and the Caribbean
plenglish.com | 2019-06-02
02 de junio de 2019, 06: 23Beijing, Jun 2 (Prensa Latina) The southern province of Guangdong consolidates as China"s gateway to Latin America and the Caribbean with a trade of 13,360 billion dollars so far in 2019, 10 percent more year-on-year.
www.plenglish.com/index.php?o=rn…

TEN-Forward >> A Fundraiser for the Future of ASG
Aggregate Space Gallery | indybay.org | 2019-06-02
Z Space Theater | 450 Florida St, San Francisco, CA 94110…
indybay.org/newsitems/2019/05/30/18823677.php

Volunteer Group Launches Anti-Gun Violence Campaign to Protect Youth
David Howard | indybay.org | 2019-06-02
Louder than a Shot Volunteer Group Launches Anti-Gun Violence Campaign to Protect Youth | Program Launched in Advance of National Gun Violence Prevention Day, June 7th, 2019 #WearOrange…
indybay.org/newsitems/2019/05/29/18823662.php

Morocco's 27-man provisional AFCON squad unveiled
Jerry Omondi | cgtn.com | 2019-06-02
Morocco national football team's coach Herve Renard on Sunday named a 27-man provisional squad for the Africa Cup of Nations scheduled for later this month. | The Atlas Lions will be hoping to replicate the result realized by their Africa-based players who won the 2018 African Nations Championship. | The 2019 AFCON tournament will be staged in Egypt between 21 June and 19 July. | Coach Renard included Dutch-based duo, Hakim Ziyech and Noussair Mezraoui both with Ajax, Borussia Dortmund left back Achraf Hakim and Al-Duhail defender Medhi Benatia. | Al-Nasr forward and Saoudi League best player and top Scorer Ab…
africa.cgtn.com/2019/06/02/moroccos-27-man-provisional-afcon-squad-unveiled/

Trump's Arms Sales to Saudi Arabia: An Impeachable Offense?
Staff | therealnews.com | 2019-06-02
Trump pulled an end run around Congress when he declared a national emergency letting him sell arms to Saudi Arabia. We speak to RootsAction's David Swanson about whether the move is an impeachable offense…
therealnews.com/stories/trumps-arms-sales-to-saudi-arabia-an-impeachable-offense

Desperate MH17 "Intelligence" Spin. Ukraine Secret Service Contends that "Pro-Russian Rebels had Targeted a Russian Passenger Plane". "But Shot Down Flight MH17 by Mistake"
Prof Michel Chossudovsky | globalresearch.ca | 2019-06-02
According to Ukraine's Secret Service, the alleged design of the pro-Russian rebels was to shoot down a Russian passenger plane, with a view to blaming the Ukrainian government and justifying a Russian invasion.
globalresearch.ca/desperate-mh-17-intelligence-spin-by-ukraine-secret-service-pro-russian-rebels-had-targeted-a-russian-passenger-plane/5395501

US History Is Defined by the Use of Torture
Staff | truthout.org | 2019-06-02
Soon after 9/11, the US began holding people in secret prisons around the world in places called "black sites." Black sites were secret and what happened within them was unknown. When we did learn about the techniques our government was using to extract information, we were told it was not torture but something called "enhanced interrogation." It sounded new and not so brutal. But it was torture. An updated version of it, but torture nonetheless, which forced us to think about what we were willing to do to other human beings in a state of war. In this episode, Rebecca Gordon argues that enhanced interrogation…
truthout.org/audio/us-history-is-defined-by-the-use-of-torture/

China Alerts over Worsening Economic Context Due to US Protectionism
plenglish.com | 2019-06-02
Beijing, Jun 2 (Prensa Latina) China has warned on Sunday that the United States with its protectionist policy "America First" disrupts industrial and supply chains, destroys market confidence and puts under serious threat the recovery of the global economy.
www.plenglish.com/index.php?o=rn…

Libyan gov't forces progress against east-based army in southern Tripoli
CGTN Africa | cgtn.com | 2019-06-02
Forces of the UN-backed Libyan government on Saturday progressed against the rival east-based army in south of the capital Tripoli, as the armed conflict continues between the two parties. | "Following a well-established plan, our forces managed to progress in two axes in southern Tripoli, destroyed a number of vehicles belonging to Haftar's forces (army), and captured a number of their fighters," Mohamed Khalid, a field commander of the government forces, told Xinhua. | "We progressed several kilometers and the clashes are still going on violently," Khalid added, confirming one of their soldiers was killed an…
africa.cgtn.com/2019/06/02/libyan-govt-forces-progress-against-east-based-army-in-southern-tripoli/

While Combating Trump, We Must Set Our Sights on Total Liberation
Staff | truthout.org | 2019-06-02
"Marcuse believed in 'a universe where the sensuous, the playful, and the beautiful become the form of society itself'," says cartoonist Nick Thorkelson, who illustrated the new graphic biography Herbert Marcuse, Philosopher of Utopia. How did philosopher Herbert Marcuse develop this belief, and what can it teach us as the U.S. flounders in political crisis? In this interview, Thorkelson discusses the work of Herbert Marcuse, his relationship to the radical movements of the 1960s and how his philosophy remains pertinent in the era of Trump. | Samantha Borek: For many people, especially younger radicals like my…
truthout.org/articles/while-combating-trump-we-must-set-our-sights-on-total-liberation/

Europe Dodged Far-Right Takeover But Autocracy Remains a Global Threat
Staff | truthout.org | 2019-06-02
In 1991, the late Harvard political scientist Samuel Huntington wrote an influential essay in the Journal of Democracy entitled "Democracy's Third Wave." Huntington's essay, published several months prior to the fall of the Soviet Union, surmised that modern democracy was associated with "waves" of democratic growth followed by "reverse waves" of autocracy. | He identified a "long" first wave beginning in the 1820s, characterized by a global increase of male suffrage that continued until the 1920s. This first wave was subject t…
truthout.org/articles/europe-dodged-far-right-takeover-but-autocracy-remains-a-global-threat/

Ethiopia, Somalia leaders hold talks in Addis Ababa
Jerry Omondi | cgtn.com | 2019-06-02
Somali President Mohamed Abdullahi 'Farmajo' arrived in neighbouring Ethiopia on Sunday for talks with Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed. | According to the Ethiopian Prime Minister's office, the two leaders "held discussions on bilateral issues, including further strengthening cooperation in regional peace & security." | Farmajo was accompanied in the trip by Somalia's First Lady Zeinab Abdi. | To mark their visit to Ethiopia, President Farmajo and First Lady Zeinab planted tree seedlings within the Prime Minister's compound to mark the friendship enjoyed by the two countries. | PM Abiy visited Somalia in June 2018,…
africa.cgtn.com/2019/06/02/ethiopia-somalia-leaders-hold-talks-in-addis-ababa/

Nuclear Deal First, then We Talk, Tehran told Washington
plenglish.com | 2019-06-02
Tehran, Jun 2 (Prensa Latina) Iran"s Foreign Minister Mohammed Yavad Zarif has reportedly asserted on Sunday that the fulfillment of the nuclear deal Tehran signed with six world powers is a prerequisite before starting any talks with the US government.
www.plenglish.com/index.php?o=rn…

Conservative Groups Are Stifling Criticism of Israel On and Off Campus
Staff | truthout.org | 2019-06-02
On March 22, tenured English professor Anthony Alessandrini was startled to see a photo of himself in the New York Daily News. The picture accompanied an article by reporter Larry McShane. The headline was damning: "Kingsborough professor, during campus event, urged donations to group with alleged ties to Palestinian terror group." | Alessandrini (who is this reporter's colleague at Kingsborough Community College) had not been contacted by either McShane or other Daily News staffers before the article was publishe…
truthout.org/articles/conservative-groups-are-stifling-criticism-of-israel-on-and-off-campus/

Abortion Bans; S.F. Anti-Abortion Marches; Free Abortion on Demand
Register Peace & Freedom or Green | indybay.org | 2019-06-02
As the United States gets ready to join the backward countries of the world with a ban on abortion, we must ask, how did we get to this point? Why have the Democrats been promoting anti-abortion candidates? How did at least 5 anti-abortion Supreme Court justices get confirmed? Why didn't Democrat Obama who had a Democratic majority Congress in both houses in his first two years sign a law legalizing abortion so we would not have to depend on a pro-abortion majority in the Supreme Court? What kind of society is this that allows constant wars on women and the right to abortion? Why don't we have free abortion on de…
indybay.org/newsitems/2019/06/02/18823702.php

Discover the expansion of California Juneteenth Freedom Day Celebrations
Khubaka, Michael Harris | indybay.org | 2019-06-02
Juneteenth is our National Freedom Day. Before, during and after the US Civil War (1840-1875) California has a "hidden story" to tell that honors our California Pan African legacy and contributions by over 200,000 "unknown" US Colored Troops, "Gospel Soldiers" who gallantly fought and died for the freedoms we enjoy today.
indybay.org/newsitems/2019/06/01/18823699.php

Dramatic Increase in Political Violence in Colombia due to Abandonment of Peace Agreement
Staff | therealnews.com | 2019-06-02
Recent human rights reports show that murders of social leaders have skyrocketed since Colombia's right-wing President Ivan Duque came into office in 2017. Activist Manuel Rozental speaks to us about the situation from one of the most affected areas…
therealnews.com/stories/dramatic-increase-in-political-violence-in-colombia-due-to-abandonment-of-peace-agreement

Three Mile Island Nuke Finally Shutting Down
Michael Steinberg | indybay.org | 2019-06-02
The notorious Three Mile Island nuclear plant is finally shutting down for good.
indybay.org/newsitems/2019/06/01/18823697.php

Anti Police-Terror Project Statement on AB 392, the California Act to Save Lives
APTP | indybay.org | 2019-06-02
From our inception, the Anti Police-Terror Project has never subscribed to the belief that policing in America can be fixed. The system is not broken and thus cannot be made to right itself. Born of the slave trade, policing in America was then – and is now – about the catching, killing and incarcerating of Black and Indigenous bodies. We are an abolitionist organization committed to interrupting and rapidly responding to state violence, radically transforming the way in which we as a society define public safety and develop new practices to implement community security that are not rooted in race-based capitalis…
indybay.org/newsitems/2019/05/31/18823688.php

Guangdong is China's Gateway to Latin America and the Caribbean
plenglish.com | 2019-06-02
Beijing, Jun 2 (Prensa Latina) The southern province of Guangdong consolidates as China"s gateway to Latin America and the Caribbean with a trade of 13,360 billion dollars so far in 2019, 10 percent more year-on-year.
www.plenglish.com/index.php?o=rn…

National Referendum on Elections: A Way Forward for Venezuela (3/7)
Staff | therealnews.com | 2019-06-02
Venezuela's opposition and government are at an absolute impasse about how to get the country out of its current crisis, the best way forward is to renew the electoral authority and have a referendum on holding new elections across the board, says Edgard Lander…
therealnews.com/stories/national-referendum-on-elections-a-way-forward-for-venezuela-3-7

DR Congo forces kill 26 rebels in shootout
Jerry Omondi | cgtn.com | 2019-06-02
The Democratic Republic of Congo's army says its forces on Thursday killed 26 rebels thought to have links to Islamic State. | The soldiers engaged the rebels in a shootout in a village near the city of Beni, an area where more than a dozen different militia groups and associated armed gangs are said to operate, and the epicentre of country's worst ever Ebola epidemic. | The army's spokesman for east Congo, General Leon-Richard Kasonga, said the insurgents from the Allied Democratic Forces (ADF) attacked a position in Ngite village and that soldiers returned fire and pursued them. | "Twenty six rebels were neu…
africa.cgtn.com/2019/06/02/dr-congo-forces-kill-26-rebels-in-shootout/

European elections: the first signs of a need for change
unitedEditor | uwidata.com | 2019-06-02
The European parliamentary elections showcased the rise of some interesting new political forces beginning to take root throughout the continent. It also indicated the first symptoms of Europe's deep divisions which are slowly beginning to threaten the EU's existence altogether. Issues like anti-immigration and Euroscepticism saw a sharp rise in support alongside the victory of …
uwidata.com/3706-european-elections-the-first-signs-of-a-need-for-change/

CODEPINK Monthly Golden Gate Bridge Walk for Peace
Toby Blome | indybay.org | 2019-06-02
Gather at the SF or Marin end of the eastern walkway of the Golden Gate Bridge. Parking available on all 4 "corners", just remember to take the last exit on hwy 101 as you approach the bridge, or the first exit after you leave the bridge. Arrive early for best parking. | Gather at 10: 45 am at either end of the bridge. | 11: 00 am Walk on the eastern walkway from the north or south ends, to converge in the middle. Short, silent vigil in the middle. | 12: 00 pm: Rally on SF side after the bridge walk. | BE GREEN AND CARPOOL | See http: //tripplanner.transit.511.org for public transit options. | Golden Gate Transit Bus…
indybay.org/newsitems/2019/05/30/18823667.php

Assange Is Reportedly Gravely Ill, and Hardly Anyone's Talking About It
Caitlin Johnstone | globalresearch.ca | 2019-06-01
Julian Assange's Swedish lawyer Per Samuelson has told the press that "Assange's health situation on Friday was such that it was not possible to conduct a normal conversation with him." | This jarring revelation has been reported by a small …
globalresearch.ca/assange-reportedly-gravely-ill-hardly-anyones-talking-about-it/5679207

Julian Assange and the Unrelenting State
Craig Murray | globalresearch.ca | 2019-06-01
We are seriously worried about the condition of Julian Assange. He was too unwell to appear in court yesterday, and his Swedish lawyer, Per Samuelson, found him in a state where he was unable to conduct a conversation …
globalresearch.ca/julian-assange-and-the-unrelenting-state/5679231

UN Condemns the Psychological Torture Inflicted Upon Julian Assange. "Coordinated" by UK, US, Sweden and Ecuador
Dr. Leon Tressell | globalresearch.ca | 2019-06-01
The UN Torture Expert, Nils Melzer, has strongly condemned the psychological torture inflicted upon WikiLeaks publisher Julian Assange by a coalition of countries led by the United States and United Kingdom. | The WikiLeaks publisher has spent over 7 weeks …
globalresearch.ca/un-condemns-psychological-torture-inflicted-julian-assange-coordinated-international-attack-uk-usa-sweden-ecuador/5679209

Findings of Torture: The UN Rapporteur and Julian Assange
Dr. Binoy Kampmark | globalresearch.ca | 2019-06-01
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 …
globalresearch.ca/findings-torture-un-rapporteur-julian-assange/5679205

How Mainstream U.S. Media Is Failing Us On Trump and Bolton's March To War With Iran
Ben Armbruster | commondreams.org | 2019-06-01
National security advisor John Bolton listens to President Donald Trump talk to reporters during a cabinet meeting at the White House in Washington on Feb. 12. (Photo: Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images) | www.commondreams.org/sites/defau…
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Sanders at top of Greenpeace bold climate action scorecard; Biden at bottom
Ashley Curtin | nationofchange.org | 2019-06-01
"Show us you have the mettle to take on the oil executives standing in the way of progress towards the green, prosperous future our country deserves."
nationofchange.org/2019/06/01/sanders-at-top-of-greenpeace-bold-climate-action-scorecard-biden-at-bottom/

Venezuela Talks in Norway End as Mike Pence Telephones Juan Guaido
Venezuela Analysis | theantimedia.com | 2019-06-01
(VA) — The second round of dialogue between the Maduro government and the opposition concluded in Oslo on Wednesday. The Norwegian government issued a statement praising the "willingness" of both parties to "move forward in the search for an agreed-upon and constitutional solution for the country, which includes political, economic and electoral matters." Norwegian Foreign Minister Ine Eriksen Sà∏reide …

Venezuela Talks in Norway End as Mike Pence Telephones Juan Guaido

Trial begins for Scott Warren, facing 20 years for aiding migrants crossing desert
By Amy Liu | liberationnews.org | 2019-06-01
We demand that all charges be dropped immediately!
liberationnews.org/trial-begins-for-scott-warren-facing-20-years-for-aiding-migrants-crossing-desert/

'Beyond Barbaric': Internal Government Report Reveals Migrants Forced to Stand on Toilets for Breathing Space at Overcrowded US Detention Center
Jake Johnson | globalresearch.ca | 2019-06-01
"This is insane. Not only can they not move, they can't breathe, they can't eat, they can't do anything like this. Children have died and will continue to die if this is not stopped now." | *** | A federal immigrant detention …
globalresearch.ca/internal-government-report-reveals-migrants-forced-stand-toilets-breathing-space-overcrowded-us-detention-center/5679220

Justice Department Readies Antitrust Probe of Google: Reports
Staff | truthdig.com | 2019-06-01
WASHINGTON–The U.S. Justice Department is readying an investigation of Google's business practices and whether they violate antitrust law, according to news reports. | The search giant was fined a record $2.72 billion by European regulators in 2017 for abusing its dominance of the online search market. In the U.S., the Federal Trade Commission made an antitrust investigation of Google but closed it in 2013 without taking action. | Now the Justice Department has undertaken an antitrust probe of the company's search and other businesses, according to reports by The Wall Street Journal, The New York Times and…
truthdig.com/articles/justice-department-readies-antitrust-probe-of-google-reports/

New Zealand budget delivers billions for the military, starves public services
wsws.org | 2019-06-01
The Labour Party-led coalition government's "well-being budget" deepens the program of austerity and militarism supported by all the parties in parliament.
www.wsws.org/en/articles/2019/06…

Australian billionaires celebrate soaring wealth, while wage case leaves millions in poverty
wsws.org | 2019-06-01
The annual Rich List, along with the outcome of the latest minimum wage case, underscore the acceleration of social inequality in Australia and around the world.
www.wsws.org/en/articles/2019/06…

US-led Coalition Admission of 1,300 Civilian Deaths in Iraq and Syria
Amnesty International | globalresearch.ca | 2019-06-01
Responding to today's announcement by the U.S.-led Coalition that at least 1,302 civilians have been unintentionally killed by Coalition strikes in Syria and Iraq between August 2014 and the end of April 2019, Amnesty International's Senior Crisis Response Adviser Donatella …
globalresearch.ca/us-led-coalition-admission-1300-civilian-deaths-iraq-syria/5679226

US Remains in Denial About How Many Civilians They Killed in Iraq and Syria
Eoin Higgins | theantimedia.com | 2019-06-01
(CD) — The U.S.-led coalition that launched airstrikes against Iraq and Syria against ISIS admitted Friday that those attacks killed civilians, but the number they reported–1,302 deaths in a nearly five-year period–was immediately dismissed as too low by the human rights organization Amnesty International. "While all admissions of responsibility by the U.S.-led coalition for civilian casualties are …

US Remains in Denial About How Many Civilians They Killed in Iraq and Syria

Your Facebook please: US begins demanding full social media background from visa applicants
rt.com | 2019-06-01
The US State Department has begun requiring visa applicants to submit five years' worth of social media history, threatening "serious immigration consequences" for those who attempt to conceal their accounts. | …
rt.com/usa/460784-us-social-media-history-visa/

At least 12 dead in Virginia Beach mass shooting
wsws.org | 2019-06-01
Mass shootings in America are a product of mounting social inequality at home and unending wars abroad.
www.wsws.org/en/articles/2019/06…

An Unabashed Tribute to 'The Warriors' on Its 40th Anniversary
Allen Barra | truthdig.com | 2019-06-01
Roundly trashed by critics when the gang-themed film debuted in 1979, the cult classic's influences still creep into popular culture today.
truthdig.com/articles/in-unapologetic-praise-of-the-warriors/

On Thin Ice: March Warming in Alaska Led to Eight Deaths, Disrupted Fishing
Eoin Higgins, staff writer | commondreams.org | 2019-06-01
commondreams.org/sites/default/files/styles/cd_special_coverage/public/headline/thumbs/comparison-alaska-warming-1200x675_0.jpg…

Nature's Dangerous Decline: Animal and Plant Species Extinction Rates 'Accelerating'
IPBES | globalresearch.ca | 2019-06-01
Nature is declining globally at rates unprecedented in human history — and the rate of species extinctions is accelerating, with grave impacts on people around the world now likely, warns a landmark new report from the Intergovernmental Science-Policy Platform on …
globalresearch.ca/natures-dangerous-decline-animal-and-plant-species-extinction-rates-accelerating/5679216

Spectators, Shoppers and Voters… NOT Citizens!
Philip A Farruggio | globalresearch.ca | 2019-06-01
I begin my column with the profound words from the great anti empire documentarian Paul Edwards, at the end of his fine new piece Idiocracy: | "The naive cry out for answers to our absurd paralysis, but there are none. …
globalresearch.ca/spectators-shoppers-and-voters-not-citizens/5679212

Arch-communalist Modi sworn-in as India's prime minister for second time
wsws.org | 2019-06-01
Big business, reports the Economic Times, wants the government placed on a "war footing" to rapidly implement "investor friendly reforms."
www.wsws.org/en/articles/2019/06…

Youth Activists Holding Coordinated Press Conferences to Raise Awareness on Landmark Court Case
Eoin Higgins, staff writer | commondreams.org | 2019-06-01
"Climate change is the most pressing issue for our generation." | www.commondreams.org/sites/defau…
commondreams.org/news/2019/06/01/youth-activists-holding-coordinated-press-conferences-raise-awareness-landmark-court?cd-origin=rss

UK Labour Party's civil war blows up in aftermath of European election debacle
wsws.org | 2019-06-01
In the absence of any genuine attempt to overcome the divisions sown in the working class by the 2016 referendum, the European elections became a de facto plebiscite on Brexit.
www.wsws.org/en/articles/2019/06…

United Steelworkers authorize strike against Alcoa
Fight Back | fightbacknews.org | 2019-06-01
Washington DC – On May 31, the United Steelworkers (USW) said that members of local unions representing more than 1,500 Alcoa (NYSE: AA) workers have granted their negotiating committee the authority to implement a strike if necessary at the company's facilities in Warrick, Ind.; Massena, N.Y.; Gum Springs, Ark.; Point Comfort, Texas; and Wenatchee, Wash. | The aluminum workers strike authorization votes were conducted during meetings at each location over the course of the past two weeks. USW members have continued to work under the terms and conditions of a contract that was set to expire on May 15, 2019, when…
www.fightbacknews.org/2019/6/1/u…

Rising Seas Could Generate 187 Million Climate Refugees by 2100
CP Editor | counterpunch.org | 2019-06-01
counterpunch.org/2019/06/01/rising-seas-could-generate-187-million-climate-refugees-by-2100/

Malaysia's Prime Minister Mahathir Has Dismantled the West's Official Narrative About Malaysian Airlines MH17
Andrew Korybko | globalresearch.ca | 2019-06-01
Malaysian Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad surprised observers when he unexpectedly spoke out against the MH-17 cover-up and dismantled the West's official narrative blaming Russia for this tragedy. The nonagenarian leader raised questions that no non-Russian had hitherto dared to publicly …
globalresearch.ca/malaysia-dismantled-wests-official-narrative-mh-17/5679202

India's "Trump" Wins Big
Eric Margolis | commondreams.org | 2019-06-01
Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi at the BRICS Conference, 2017. (Photo: Russian President) | www.commondreams.org/sites/defau…
commondreams.org/views/2019/06/02/indias-trump-wins-big?cd-origin=rss

Fifty-five inmates killed in Brazilian prisons
wsws.org | 2019-06-01
This escalating slaughter has been caused by a 300 percent increase in the prison population in the last two decades.
www.wsws.org/en/articles/2019/06…

France illegally arming Libyan coastguards to stop refugees from Africa
wsws.org | 2019-06-01
The policy has been condemned by multiple human rights organizations because of the prevalence of torture, rape, slavery and murder in the camps.
www.wsws.org/en/articles/2019/06…

The Policy of Creative Chaos: America's Project for a "Middle-East Holocaust"
Mark Taliano | globalresearch.ca | 2019-06-01
The Project for a New Middle East[1] is a Project for a New Holocaust. It is happening now. The policy of "Creative Chaos"[2] underpins the holocaust. Empire willfully destroys the sovereignty and territorial integrity of prey nations such as Libya, …
globalresearch.ca/project-new-holocaust/5679214

The Bankers' "Power Revolution": How the Government Got Shackled by Debt
Ellen Brown | dissidentvoice.org | 2019-06-01
This article is excerpted from my new book Banking on the People: Democratizing Money in the Digital Age, available in paperback June 1. ***** The U.S. federal debt has more than doubled since the 2008 financial crisis, shooting up from $9.4 trillion in mid-2008 to over $22 trillion in April 2019. The debt is never paid off. …
dissidentvoice.org/2019/06/the-bankers-power-revolution-how-the-government-got-shackled-by-debt/

There's a Simple Explanation for Racial Disparities in Terrorism Prosecutions: Racism
Maha Hilal | commondreams.org | 2019-06-01
A Black Lives Matter protest, November 2015. (Photo: Johnny Silvercloud, Flickr) | www.commondreams.org/sites/defau…
commondreams.org/views/2019/06/01/theres-simple-explanation-racial-disparities-terrorism-prosecutions-racism?cd-origin=rss

US State Department's "Updated Maps" Show Golan Heights as Part of Israeli
Al-Masdar News | globalresearch.ca | 2019-06-01
The US State Department has changed its maps to show the disputed Golan Heights as Israeli territory, spokesperson Morgan Ortagus confirmed on Thursday, after Israel's Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said he had received one of the updated versions. | "I know | …
globalresearch.ca/us-state-department-confirms-updated-maps-show-golan-heights-israeli/5679236

Political Upheaval in the United Kingdom
Dr. David Halpin | globalresearch.ca | 2019-06-01
Here in these beautiful isles there are many good people. Those not affected by class or university 'education' say 'We should have been out of the EU within a few weeks of the vote. The EU is a racket. We …
globalresearch.ca/political-upheaval-in-the-united-kingdom/5679109

"Fort Trump": Permanent US Military Base in Poland
South Front | globalresearch.ca | 2019-06-01
Polish authorities appear to have become obsessed with establishing the "Fort Trump" permanent military base in Poland, but the US does appear to be in no hurry to make any such deployment. | Moreover, periodically there are reports that Washington has …
globalresearch.ca/fort-trump-permanent-us-military-base-in-poland/5679249

Brazilian Students Stage New Mass Protests Against Bolsonaro's Education Reform
Staff | therealnews.com | 2019-06-01
As President Jair Bolsonaro's approval ratings plummet, students make a massive show of force, opposing his plans to drastically cut education budgets. Mike Fox reports from Brazil…
therealnews.com/stories/brazilian-students-stage-new-mass-protests-against-bolsonaros-education-reform

Apartment Tenants in Baltimore Link Up to Fix Deteriorating Living Conditions
Staff | therealnews.com | 2019-06-01
Activists from the Bolton House Tenant Coalition urge Baltimore mayor Jack Young and city councilman Eric Costello to alleviate the deteriorating conditions at the Bolton House apartment complex…
therealnews.com/stories/apartment-tenants-in-baltimore-link-up-to-fix-deteriorating-living-conditions

"Manufacturing Dissent": The Anti-globalization Movement is Funded by the Corporate Elites
Prof Michel Chossudovsky | globalresearch.ca | 2019-06-01
The People's Movement has been Hijacked…
globalresearch.ca/manufacturing-dissent-the-anti-globalization-movement-is-funded-by-the-corporate-elites/21110

UN Torture Report: "Demonized" Assange Has Faced "Psychological Torture"
Consortium News | theantimedia.com | 2019-05-31
(CN) — The UN special rapporteur on torture has issued a stinging rebuke to the United States, Great Britain, Sweden and Ecuador for "deliberately" exposing WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange to years of "cruel, inhuman or degrading treatment or punishment," which can only be described as "psychological torture." "In 20 years of work with victims of war, violence and political …

UN Torture Report: "Demonized" Assange Has Faced "Psychological Torture"

Sri Lankan Refugee Family That Hid Snowden in Hong Kong Now Trapped in Limbo
Dave Lindorff | counterpunch.org | 2019-05-31
Hong Kong. The bipartisan vengeance of the US government and it's pervasive intelligence apparatus, on display currently in its rabid hounding of Wikileaks founder Julian Assange, appears to know no bounds. But as ugly as the full-court effort to bag Assange, already trapped by US the combined efforts of complicity government in Britain and Sweden…
counterpunch.org/2019/05/31/sri-lankan-refugee-family-that-hid-snowden-in-hong-kong-now-trapped-in-limbo/

US greenlights missiles for al-Qaeda-linked, Turkish-backed Salafi-jihadists occupying Syria's Idlib
Ben Norton | thegrayzone.com | 2019-05-31
The Trump administration has approved a Turkish shipment of US-made anti-tank missiles to al-Qaeda-linked Islamist rebels fighting a Russian-backed offensive…
thegrayzone.com/2019/05/31/us-missiles-al-qaeda-turkey-syria-idlib/

Activists protest John Bolton's commencement speech at U.S. Coast Guard Academy
Daniel Carmody | liberationnews.org | 2019-05-31
Bolton has been unabashed in his campaign to launch new wars against Iran, North Korea, and now Venezuela.
liberationnews.org/activists-protest-john-boltons-commencement-speech-at-u-s-coast-guard-academy/

US escalates threat of force against Iran
wsws.org | 2019-05-31
Threats of "force" and a "very strong response" have accompanied Washington's unsubstantiated claims of Iranian responsibility for attacks in the Middle East.
www.wsws.org/en/articles/2019/05…

Congressional Catering to Netanyahu Must End
Melvin Goodman | counterpunch.org | 2019-05-31
Four years ago, the U.S. Congress invited Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to address a joint congressional session as part of his campaign to defeat the Obama administration's efforts to negotiate the Iranian nuclear accord. Netanyahu's address was an unacceptable interference in the U.S. domestic political arena and should have been challenged. President Obama refused…
counterpunch.org/2019/05/31/congressional-catering-to-netanyahu-must-end/

MintCast Interviews Filmmaker Robbie Martin: The Neoconservative Endgame
Alan Macleod | mintpressnews.com | 2019-05-31
MintCast co-hosts Alan MacLeod and Whitney Webb recently spoke to Robbie Martin ( @FluorescentGrey), a filmmaker whose recent documentary series A Very Heavy Agenda explores how prominent Bush-era neo-conservatives have continued to dominate the Washington foreign policy debate and have been instrumental in creating and fomenting Russiagate and Cold War 2.0. | Neoconservatives, or Neocons, have been a key force in Washington for decades and seem to maintain their…
mintpressnews.com/neoconservative-push-war-russia-iran-venezuela-robbie-martin/258908/

We Must Prevent War with Iran
Maureen McCue | progressive.org | 2019-05-31
It is time for Congress and this administration to recommit to the deal between the United States, our allies, and Iran, to prevent unnecessary destruction, suffering, and death.
progressive.org/op-eds/we-must-prevent-war-iran-mccue-190531/

The world divided by a line is a dead body cut in two
Vijay Prashad | mronline.org | 2019-05-31
A war against Iran–as Hamid says–will be catastrophic, not only for Iran but for Eurasia. It would divide the world into two, vultures and hyenas feasting on both halves. | Source…
mronline.org/2019/05/31/the-world-divided-by-a-line-is-a-dead-body-cut-in-two/

US to investigate reports N. Korea executed senior diplomat after Hanoi summit failure — Pompeo
rt.com | 2019-05-31
Following a slew of reports that North Korea had executed a senior envoy who participated in the Hanoi peace summit with US President Donald Trump, US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo has said he's 'checking it out.' | …
rt.com/usa/460730-north-korea-executions-investigation-pompeo/

What Would Democratic Candidates Do About Syria?
Charles Davis | counterpunch.org | 2019-05-31
Something peculiar happened along the way to stopping a war: in order to prevent U.S. soldiers from marching on Damascus–a real possibility according to people who don't seem to follow such things–some decided that the cause of what they call "peace" required turning a blind eye to several wars that already existed. Neoconservatives, forever on…
counterpunch.org/2019/05/31/what-would-democrat-candidates-do-about-syria/

Nigeria: Human rights agenda
amnesty.org | 2019-05-31
The human rights situation in Nigeria is marked by serious human rights violations such as extrajudicial executions, arbitrary arrests and detentions, torture and other ill-treatment, enforced disappearances, violence against women and girls, restrictions on the rights to freedom of expression, association and peaceful assembly, mass forced evictions, environmental pollution and lack of accountability for human rights violations and abuses. Amnesty International is proposing the following human rights agenda and recommendations to the government to improve respect for the human rights of everyone in Nigeria.
amnesty.org/en/documents/afr44/0431/2019/en/

Zimbabwe: Seven activists arrested, charged with treason
amnesty.org | 2019-05-31
Seven activists, arrested on different dates, are facing charges of treason after they attended a training organised by the Center for Non-Violence Action and Strategies (CANVAS) in the Maldives. Five of the activists have already appeared in court and are remanded in custody until 6 June. The offence 'subverting a constitutional government' carries a penalty of up to 20 years in prison. These arrests are part of an ongoing crackdown on human rights defenders, activists and opposition members in the country and are an attempt by the government to stifle peaceful protest over the recently implemented austerity mea…
amnesty.org/en/documents/afr46/0450/2019/en/

Minnesotans say "No coup! No war! Hands off Venezuela!"
Fight Back | fightbacknews.org | 2019-05-31
Minneapolis, MN – 30 people held signs reading "Hands off Venezuela" and a big banner saying "No coup – no sanctions – no war – hands off Venezuela" on a bridge from Loring Park to the Walker Sculpture Garden over Interstate 94 in Minneapolis during rush hour, May 30. Ten lanes of traffic filled with rush hour traffic traveled underneath. The protesters heard hundreds of honks of agreement that the U.S. shouldn't intervene in Venezuela. | Afterwards protesters gathered to hear from Tracy Molm, a member of the MN Anti-War Committee, to hear an update from Venezuela, "Today we were seen by thousands of people in Mi…
www.fightbacknews.org/2019/5/31/…

Headlines for May 31, 2019
MAIL | democracynow.org | 2019-05-31
Trump Threatens Tariffs on Mexican Goods in Bid to Halt Migrants, Trump Administration Plan Would Bar Most Central Americans from Seeking Asylum, Louisiana Governor Signs Anti-Choice Bill as Missouri's Last Abortion Clinic Is Set to Close, GOP Gerrymandering Expert Led Push to Add Citizenship Question to Census, Civilians Flee Russian-Backed Syrian Assault on Last Rebel-Held Province, North Korea Executes Special Envoy to the U.S. After Failed Trump Summit, Colombia Releases Ex-Guerrilla Leader Wanted by the U.S. on Drug Charges, U.S. Drug Agency Targeted Honduran President in Cocaine Trafficking Probe, Hondurans…
www.democracynow.org/2019/5/31/h…

Trump to impose tariff on Mexico in attack on immigrants as Democrats denounce Russia
wsws.org | 2019-05-31
The working class has no ally in the faction fight between reactionary partisans of US imperialism.
www.wsws.org/en/articles/2019/05…

Society Is In Decay — When the Worst is First and the Best is Last
Ralph Nader | counterpunch.org | 2019-05-31
Plutocrats like to control the range of permissible public dialogue. Plutocrats also like to shape what society values. If you want to see where a country's priorities lie, look at how it allocates its money. While teachers and nurses earn comparatively little for performing critical jobs, corporate bosses including those who pollute our planet and…
counterpunch.org/2019/05/31/society-is-in-decay-when-the-worst-is-first-and-the-best-is-last/

US Figure of Casualties in Iraq and Syria Hides True, 'Devastating Scale' of Civilian Deaths, Says Amnesty
Eoin Higgins, staff writer | commondreams.org | 2019-05-31
commondreams.org/sites/default/files/styles/cd_special_coverage/public/headline/thumbs/destruction.png…

The German government prepares military intervention in Syria
wsws.org | 2019-05-31
Military support of a "safe zone" in northern Syria would mean a massive escalation of Germany's participation in the Syrian war.
www.wsws.org/en/articles/2019/05…

Edward Who? The Snowden Affair Ends with a Whimper
Bill Blunden | counterpunch.org | 2019-05-31
"Do not send to those who tout secure drops, Tor, crypto-comms — these are traceable, diagrammable via basic net transmission tech." –Cryptome It's been more than six years since Edward Snowden went public. After all the breathless headlines, Hollywood movies, book deals, Pulitzer prizes, and glossy primetime biopics. What, pray tell, has come of it?
counterpunch.org/2019/05/31/edward-who-the-snowden-affair-ends-with-a-whimper/

Global Rebellion to Save Our Planet
Graham Peebles | counterpunch.org | 2019-05-31
"The greatest threat to the Earth is thinking someone else will save it." The responsibility is ours; politicians and governments are complacent, dishonest and buried in the ideology of the past. Despite repeated warnings nothing substantial has been done and time is running out. No one else is going to Save Our Planet; a global…
counterpunch.org/2019/05/31/global-rebellion-to-save-our-planet/

China Has Reportedly Developed Plan For Rare-Earth Export Ban on US
Tyler Durden | theantimedia.com | 2019-05-31
(ZH) — Despite last night's disappointing PMI print, the latest sign that the trade-war backlash is hurting the mainland economy (especially since the credit injections from earlier this year are fading into the distance), Beijing is apparently undeterred, and on Friday, it continued to ratchet up threats about invoking the "nuclear option" of curbing exports of rare earth …

China Has Reportedly Developed Plan For Rare-Earth Export Ban on US