2019-06-18: News Headlines

Staff (2019-06-18). Headlines for June 18, 2019. democracynow.org Ousted Egyptian President Mohamed Morsi Dies, U.S. to Send 1,000 More Troops to Gulf as It Ignores Calls for Restraint, Mexico Deploys 6,000 Along Southern Border, Trump Tweets ICE Will Start Removing "Millions" of Immigrants from U.S., U.S. Cuts Aid to Central American Countries over Immigration, Nigeria: At Least 30 Killed in Suicide Bombing, U.N. Warns It May Suspend Yemen Food Aid, Israel Announces Plans for "Trump Heights" Settlement in Occupied Golan Heights, SCOTUS Rules Against Virginia GOP Appeal to Gerrymandering Case, SCOTUS Rules States and Federal Gov't Can Prosecute over Same Criminal Offenses, Tria…

teleSUR (2019-06-18). US to Begin Deporting 'Millions of Illegal' Immigrants: Trump. telesurenglish.net U.S. President Donald Trump announced on Monday that the U.S. authorities will begin removing millions of immigrants who are in the United States illegally. | RELATED: | Trump Cuts Aid to Central America Over Migration, Warns Millions Will Be Deported | "Next week ICE will begin the process of removing the millions of illegal aliens who have illicitly found their way into the United States," Trump tweeted, referring to the Immigration and Customs Enforcement a…

Robert Fisk (2019-06-18). Trump's Evidence About Iran is "Dodgy" at Best. counterpunch.org The crackpot president of the United States of America has so snarled up the gangplank to truth these past 29 months that no matter how much "evidence" he and his crew produce to prove that the Iranians have been trying to blow up oil tankers in the Gulf of Oman — or not quite blow them up — the pictures have a kind of mesmeric quality about them. More

Eds. (2019-06-18). Without a shred of evidence, U.S. accuses Iran of attacking tankers. mronline.org Mike Pompeo, in a press conference, accused Iran of engineering the attacks on tankers in the Gulf of Oman. However, he cited unnamed intelligence reports and other vague references in support of his claim. | Source

The Mind Unleashed (2019-06-18). Nobody Believes US Claims That Iran Attacked Those Oil Tankers. theantimedia.com (TMU Op-ed) — While Secretary of State Mike Pompeo was quick to rush to the conclusion that Iran was the key actor behind alleged attacks on oil tankers in one of the world's most strategically important oil routes—the Strait of Hormuz—the world has grown increasingly weary of the tall tales spun from Washington in its pursuit of …

Yoav Litvin (2019-06-18). Catch 2020 — Trump's Authoritarian Endgame. counterpunch.org On Thursday, US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo claimed Iran was responsible for attacks on two oil tankers in the Gulf of Oman, a version of events quickly challenged by Iran and the owner of the tanker. These accusations are reminiscent of similar charges lobbed at the Iranian regime in May, with some in the More

Medea Benjamin, Nicolas J. S. Davies (2019-06-18). U.S. Sanctions: Economic Sabotage that is Deadly, Illegal and Ineffective. counterpunch.org While the mystery of who is responsible for sabotaging the two tankers in the Gulf of Oman remains unsolved, it is clear that the Trump administration has been sabotaging Iranian oil shipments since May 2, when it announced its intention to "bring Iran's oil exports to zero, denying the regime its principal source of revenue." More

Jake Johnson, staff writer (2019-06-18). 'Barreling Towards Another Catastrophic War,' Trump Orders 1,000 More Troops to Middle East to Threaten Iran. commondreams.org "None of this would be happening if Trump didn't back out of the Iran nuclear deal," said Rep. Ilhan Omar | www.commondreams.org/sites/defau…

Staff (2019-06-18). U.N. Officials Fear Trump Planning 'Massive' Bombing Campaign in Iran. truthdig.com A troubling new Jerusalem Post report raises the specter of a possible aerial strike on a facility linked to Tehran's nuclear program.

WSWS (2019-06-18). US preparing "assault" against Iran. wsws.org The Jerusalem Post reported that the Trump administration is actively planning a "tactical assault" on Iran, involving a massive air attack on an Iranian nuclear facility.

Caitlin Johnstone (2019-06-18). Report: US Planning "Massive" Airstrike on an Iranian Facility. theantimedia.com (CJ Opinion) — According to a new article from English-language Israeli publication The Jerusalem Post, the Hebrew-language Israeli publication Maariv has reported that diplomatic sources in the UN are assessing a US plan to conduct a "massive" airstrike on "an Iranian facility linked to its nuclear program" in response to alleged attacks on two sea vessels in the Gulf of Oman. "The sources …

Philip Giraldi (2019-06-18). False Identities Become the New Weapon: War with Iran Promoted by Fake Journalists. globalresearch.ca One of the claims made about alleged Russian interference in the 2016 U.S. election was that Kremlin-controlled entities were using fake identities to create dissension and confusion on social network sites. This should surprise no one, if it is true, …

teleSUR (2019-06-18). Iran Urges Global Resistance Against US 'Economic Terrorism'. telesurenglish.net Speaking in Russia Tuesday, a senior Iranian official blasted the U.S. and called for resistance around the world against U.S. "illegal bullying," following Donald Trump administration's attacks on sovereignty and international security. | RELATED: | Iran Says It Dismantled a US Cyber Espionage Network | "If a wide range of countries decides to stand up to the illegal US blackmail and bullying, we can make the US retreat and adopt a rational and responsible behavior in the international…

Jake Johnson, staff writer (2019-06-18). 'If This Is True, They Are Even Bigger Lunatics Than We Realized': UN Officials Reportedly Believe Trump Planning 'Massive' Bombing Campaign in Iran. commondreams.org "There would be no going back from this. There's no such thing as a 'one and done' military strike on Iran." | www.commondreams.org/sites/defau…

Manlio Dinucci (2019-06-18). Chi sono gli incendiari di petroliere. globalresearch.ca Mentre gli Stati uniti preparano una nuova escalation in Medio Oriente, accusando l'Iran di attaccare le petroliere nel Golfo di Oman, il vice-premier Matteo Salvini incontra a Washington il segretario di Stato Mike Pompeo, uno degli artefici di tale strategia, …

Michael T. Klare (2019-06-18). Bolton Wants to Fight Iran, But the Pentagon Has Its Sights on China. counterpunch.org The recent White House decision to speed the deployment of an aircraft carrier battle group and other military assets to the Persian Gulf has led many in Washington and elsewhere to assume that the U.S. is gearing up for war with Iran. As in the lead-up to the 2003 invasion of Iraq, U.S. officials have More

John McMurtry (2019-06-18). Koch-Oil Big Lies and Ecocide Writ Large in Canada. counterpunch.org As we know, big lies can run free across borders with few joining the dots.For example, no media reports that China's growing dispute with Canada is based on Canada's enforcement of the Trump administration's unilateral and illegal embargo against oil-competitor Iran. A cynical reply is that this is predictable. Canada attacks any designated US Enemy in junior partnership with global corporate command.But this time there is a new twist. Canada is attacking itself without knowing it. More

Maj. Danny Sjursen (2019-06-18). The Drumbeat for War With Iran Sounds All Too Familiar. truthdig.com From the U.S.S. Maine to the Gulf of Tonkin, the U.S. has a history of using alleged naval provocations as a pretext for military conflict.

teleSUR (2019-06-18). Iran Will Not Go to War Against Any Nation: Rouhani. telesurenglish.net Iranian President Hassan Rouhani stated on Tuesday that his nation has no plans to enter a war with any nation, including the United States. | RELATED: | US to Send Additional 1,000 Troops to Middle East As Warmongering Continues | "Iran will not wage war against any nation," Rouhani said in a speech broadcast live on state TV. "Those facing us are a group of politicians with little experience." | He added, "Despite all of the Americans' efforts in the region and t…

Tyler Durden (2019-06-18). Iran's Ambassador: "Unfortunately We Are Heading Towards a Confrontation" With US. theantimedia.com (ZH) — The Iranian Ambassador to the UK Hamid Baeidinejad warned that the United States and Iran are "unfortunately headed toward a confrontation which is very serious for everybody in the region." In an interview with Christiane Amanpour, the Ambassador reacted to rapidly escalating tensions between the two countries — late on Monday the US announced …

NationAction (2019-06-18). Take Action Now: Stop Trump's Phony War With Iran. thenation.com Take Action Now: Stop Trump's Phony War With Iran…

Pepe Escobar (2019-06-18). Iran at the Center of the Eurasian Riddle. globalresearch.ca With the dogs of war on full alert, something extraordinary happened at the 19th summit of the Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO) late last week in Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan. | Virtually unknown across the West, the SCO is the foremost Eurasian political, economic …

Staff (2019-06-18). The U.S. Is Only Further Isolating Itself From Its Allies Over Iran. truthdig.com Lawrence Wilkerson, former chief of staff to Colin Powell, assesses the Trump administration's dangerous brinksmanship in the Middle East.

WSWS (2019-06-18). UK: Tory government positions itself as most loyal US ally against Iran. wsws.org One hundred UK Royal Marines will be deployed within weeks, where they will join naval ships operating from a new UK naval base in Bahrain.

Tara Sepehri Far (2019-06-18). I Funded My Own Twitter Troll With Taxpayer Dollars. thenation.com I Funded My Own Twitter Troll With Taxpayer Dollars…

Kevin Zeese and Margaret Flowers (2019-06-18). US Foreign Policy Exposed. dissidentvoice.org Protest against US Foreign Policy in the Philippines (Source EPA) In the last week, the realities of US foreign policy have been exposed by a leaked audio tape, a leak about a US attack on the Russian electrical grid, and US attempts to extradite Julian Assange. All the information points to a foreign policy that …

Kevin Zeese (2019-06-18). US Foreign Policy Exposed. globalresearch.ca In the last week, the realities of US foreign policy have been exposed by a leaked audio tape, a leak about a US attack on the Russian electrical grid, and US attempts to extradite Julian Assange. All the information points …

Staff (2019-06-18). Julian Assange Indictment "Criminalizes the News Gathering Process," Says Pentagon Papers Lawyer. democracynow.org A London judge has ordered WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange to appear before a court in February 2020 to face a full extradition hearing. Prosecutors in the U.S. have indicted Assange on 18 counts, including 17 violations of the Espionage Act. This is the first-ever case of a journalist or publisher being indicted under the World War I-era law. Assange said that his life was "effectively at stake" if the U.K. honors a U.S. request for his extradition. Assange is currently serving a 50-week sentence in London's Belmarsh Prison for skipping bail in 2012. We speak with James Goodale, former general counsel of The Ne…

WSWS (2019-06-18). Shrewsbury 24 flying picket Terry Renshaw: "Only the power of the working class, not the official courts, is going to provide any perspective for freeing Julian Assange." wsws.org The former building worker explains, "To defend class war prisoners like Julian Assange, the perspective has got to be to raise the awareness and mobilise the masses."

Prof Rodrigue Tremblay (2019-06-18). The Trump-Bolton Duo Is Just Like the Bush-Cheney Duo: Warmongers Using Lies to Start Illegal Wars. globalresearch.ca [False flag operations: ] "The powers-that-be understand that to create the appropriate atmosphere for war, it's necessary to create within the general populace a hatred, fear or mistrust of others regardless of whether those others belong to a certain group of …

Ajoke Williams (2019-06-18). How the Coup in Venezuela and the US Housing Crisis are Inextricably Connected. mintpressnews.com Trump's war against Venezuela has triggered reflection on our country's priorities. While Trump demands more missiles, residents in D.C. and Baltimore ask why there's money for war but not dignified housing.

David William Pear (2019-06-18). US and Canada Are Backing an Elite White Supremacist Minority in Venezuela. globalresearch.ca "Racism is one of the main engines and expressions of the current counter-revolution. In Venezuela the revolutionary struggle to end white supremacy and for self-determination is slow, and complicated by white elites, backed by US imperialism, and by the denial …

teleSUR (2019-06-18). Brazil: Odebrecht to Avoid Bankruptcy Through A Recovery Plan. telesurenglish.net The Brazilian construction conglomerate, Odebrecht (ODB), which has admitted to paying out about US$7.88 billion in bribes over the past 20 years to win public contracts in Latin American countries, requested to file for bankruptcy Monday before a Sao Paulo court. The measure would allow the corporation to negotiate "recovery plan" with its creditors with the hope to avoid a shutting its doors. | RELATED: | Another Senior Peruvian Politician Gets Jail For Corruption | Given the "e…

Kevin Gosztola (2019-06-18). Pentagon Has Emitted Over a Billion Metric Tons of Greenhouse Gases in Its War on Terror. mintpressnews.com With over 800 military bases in more than 80 countries, the Pentagon remains the "world's largest institutional user of petroleum" and "producer of greenhouse gases."

teleSUR (2019-06-18). Brazil: Odebrecht to Avoid Bankruptcy Through Recovery Plan. telesurenglish.net The Brazilian construction conglomerate, Odebrecht (ODB), which has admitted to paying out about US$7.88 billion in bribes over the past 20 years to win public contracts in Latin American countries, requested to file for bankruptcy protection Monday before a Sao Paulo court. The measure would allow the corporation to negotiate "recovery plan" with its creditors with the hope to avoid a shutting its doors. | RELATED: | Another Senior Peruvian Politician Gets Jail For Corruption | G…

Ahmed Abdulkareem (2019-06-18). Downing of US MQ-9 Drone Over Hodeida Shows Direct US Involvement in Yemeni War. mintpressnews.com Yemen's Houthi-allied military has made significant strides in its air-defense sector and has become a real threat to Saudi-led Coalition and U.S. operations over Yemen.

Steven Sahiounie (2019-06-18). Gulf of Oman Recalls Gulf of Tonkin Lies. The Use of "Deepfake Videos" Could Lead to Global War. globalresearch.ca If a picture is worth a thousand words, then a video is worth a million. Online videos uploaded to the internet and shown around the world via news media, as well as social media, are telling a visual story, …

Sasha Abramsky (2019-06-18). The Florida GOP's Assault on Democracy. thenation.com The Florida GOP's Assault on Democracy…

teleSUR (2019-06-18). Chinese President to Discuss Denuclearization With Kim Jung Un. telesurenglish.net The visit comes as the peninsula settlement process has reached a deadlock after the Hanoi summit between Kim and US President Donald Trump. While Washington demands that Pyongyang completely dismantle nuclear facilities in the country in order to get sanctions relief, North Korea wants part of restrictions to be lifted before denuclearization begins.

Han Gil Jang (2019-06-18). People's Tribunal on War Crimes by South Korean Troops During the Vietnam War. asia-pacificresearch.com

Larry Chin (2019-06-18). False Flags: The Process of "False Flagging" the World towards War. The CIA Weaponizes Hollywood. globalresearch.ca Almost all wars begin with false flag operations. The coming conflicts in North Korea and Russia are no exception. Mass public hysteria is being manufactured to justify aggression against Moscow and Pyongyang, in retaliation for acts attributed to the North Korean and Russian governments, but orchestrated and carried out by the CIA and the Pentagon.

teleSUR (2019-06-18). Russia Approves Law to Withdraw From US Missile Treaty. telesurenglish.net Russia's lower house, or State Duma, has approved a law to suspend the 1988 Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces Treaty (INF), a multilateral agreement signed by Russia and the United States that prohibits deploying or testing both short- (500-1000 km) and medium-range (1,000-5,500 km) missiles. | RELATED: | Russia Warns US of 'Unpredictable Consequences' of Arms Race | "We are making this decision based on the need to protect our national interests," Duma spokesperson, Vyacheslav Vol…

WSWS (2019-06-18). New York Times reports secret US cyberattacks on Russia. wsws.org The activities described are incredibly reckless, threatening to escalate into open warfare with a nuclear-armed power.

Andrew Korybko (2019-06-18). NATO Consolidation: The "Baltic Reassurance Act" Is a Ruse for Provoking Russia. globalresearch.ca The proposed "Baltic Reassurance Act" aims to more closely integrate the Baltic countries into NATO, but its most controversial clause is the suggestion that "the United States should lead a multilateral effort to develop a strategy to deepen joint capabilities …

WSWS (2019-06-18). The murder of Walter Làºbcke and the right-wing terror networks in the German state apparatus. wsws.org The murder of Làºbcke, who became a target of the extreme right after he defended refugees in 2015, is the outcome of the systematic rehabilitation of fascist politics by the ruling class.

Andrew Korybko (2019-06-18). US-India Military Cooperation: Pompeo Might Have the "Perfect Carrot" to Dangle in Front of Modi's Mouth. globalresearch.ca The US is planning to include India on its International Traffic in Arms Regulations (ITAR) list in order to place it at par with its NATO allies, "Israel", and a few others for the export of high-level military technologies, which …

Max Blumenthal (2019-06-18). Behind the Syrian network for human rights: how an opposition front group became Western media's go-to monitor. mronline.org Top media outlets turn to the Syrian Network for Human Rights (SNHR) for figures on deaths and detentions, never noting the group's seamless connection to Syria's opposition, the support it receives from states that waged war on the country, or its open lobbying for US military intervention. | Source

Jim Miles (2019-06-18). The Management of Savagery — How America's National Security State Fueled the Rise of al-Qaeda, ISIS, and Donald Trump. globalresearch.ca Even though the ending is known, Max Blumenthal's book The Management of Savagery draws the reader through an intriguing tale of media management, political management, financial management all with the goal of achieving the management of savagery. The title …

Fight Back (2019-06-18). U.S. admits large unmanned aircraft shot down over Yemen. fightbacknews.org Washington, D.C. — In a June 16 statement, the U.S. military admitted that a large unmanned aircraft, a drone with a 66-foot wing span, was shot down over Yemen. According to a statement from the U.S. Central Command, CENTCOM, "a U.S. MQ-9 was shot down over Yemen by what we assess to be a Houthi SA-6 surface to air missile on Jun 6, 2019. The altitude of the engagement indicated an improvement over previous Houthi capability…" A single MQ-9 costs about $16 million. | Yemen's progressive, national democratic Houthi movement is resisting a war of aggression led by Saudi Arabia and the U.S.

Gary Leupp (2019-06-18). Marx and Walking Zen. counterpunch.org In March 1866 (the year before Volume One of Das Kapital was published), the 48-year-old Marx was vacationing on the Dutch coast, at Margate. He wrote a letter to his cousin Antoinette Philips, daughter of Lion Philips, a tobacco merchant in nearby Zaltbommel. (Lion was the husband of a woman who had married Heinrich Marx, More

Thomas Hon Wing Polin (2019-06-18). Color Revolution In Hong Kong: USA Vs. China. counterpunch.org Once again, the local government has "knelt down" before the forces of darkness. Mustering mass, violent protests, Hong Kong anti-Communists and their backers in the Anglo-American Empire have shown that they can grab the final say on crucial matters in China's premier Special Administrative Region (SAR). They have forced local authorities to shelve an important, More

Dean Baker (2019-06-18). The Wall Street Journal Doesn't Like Rent Control. counterpunch.org We know that because of the way it presented the results of a study of the impact of rent control in New York City. The article showed the average savings on rent controlled units by borough, by income quartiles, and by race and ethnic group. It showed that the average savings were by far the More

Thomas Knapp (2019-06-18). Opposition Research: It's Not Trump's Fault That Politics is a "Dirty" Game. counterpunch.org In a June 12 interview with George Stephanopoulos of ABC News, President Donald Trump freely admitted that he would listen to foreigners offering him "dirt" on his political opponents: "I think you might want to listen, there isn't anything wrong with listening …. Somebody comes up and says, 'hey, I have information on your opponent,' More

Staff (2019-06-18). Mohamed Morsi: Six Years After Coup, Egypt's First Democratically Elected President Dies in Court. democracynow.org Former Egyptian President Mohamed Morsi, 67, died Monday after collapsing while in a glass cage inside a Cairo courtroom. The Muslim Brotherhood leader was elected in 2012 in Egypt's first, and still only, democratic election. He was overthrown a year later in a military coup led by Egyptian army chief General Abdel Fattah el-Sisi. Morsi's death comes as el-Sisi continues to jail tens of thousands of people in what the Associated Press has described as the heaviest crackdown on dissent in Egypt's modern history. In his final comments, Morsi insisted he was still Egypt's legitimate president. Morsi spent the last…

The Canary (2019-06-18). Sajid Javid warns against leadership race looking like Oxford Union debate. thecanary.co Sajid Javid has warned that the Tory leadership race risks looking like a debate at the Oxford Union if the final candidates are all from similar backgrounds.Ahead of the second round of voting, the Home Secretary — who is among six MPs vying to replace Theresa May — described himself as "less Homer's Iliad and more Homer Simpson". | "My oratory is less Homer's Iliad, more Homer Simpson but I try my best to connect." | Tory candidate @sajidjavid says he is in "a unique position"

Staff (2019-06-18). NAFTA 2.0 Is Just Another Gift to the 1 Percent. truthdig.com Mick Mulvaney, a millionaire who is President Trump's acting chief of staff and director of the Office of Management and Budget, awarded himself another job last week: spokesman for labor. | Referring to the proposed new NAFTA, he told the Wall Street Journal, "We know that labor supports it." | That, right there, is the probl…

WSWS (2019-06-18). Baltimore teachers' contract set to expire at end of month. wsws.org Neither one of the factions fighting for control of the Baltimore Teachers Union offers educators any way forward to fight the bipartisan attack on public education.

John Shafthauer (2019-06-18). Rory Stewart denies working for 'intelligence'; says 'I've always worked for the Tories'. thecanary.co Potential Tory leader Rory Stewart has (potentially) been exposed as a spy: | Tuesday's Daily TELEGRAPH: "Mystery of Stewart's past links with MI6" #bbcpapers #tomorrowspaperstoday pic.twitter.com/MuPuM3GluW | — Allie Ho…

Fight Back (2019-06-18). NYC event on repression of Puerto Rican liberation struggle. fightbacknews.org New York, NY – On June 16, organizers in New York City held a discussion entitled "Las Carpetas: The FBI's War on Puerto Rican Liberty." The event was co-hosted by New York Boricua Resistance (NYBR) and the Committee to Stop FBI Repression (CSFR), and featured additional comments by Jocelyn Rodriguez of Jornada: Se Acabaron Las Promesas. | The talk began with a history of the FBI's repression of national liberation struggles, from the time of the Pinkertons up until today. Jessica Schwartz, speaking for CSFR, explained the connections between the FBI's attacks on Carlos Montes, Rasmea Odeh, the Anti-War 23, the B…

The Canary (2019-06-18). Sajid Javid warns against leadership race looking like Oxford Union debate. thecanary.co Sajid Javid has warned that the Tory leadership race risks looking like a debate at the Oxford Union if the final candidates are all from similar backgrounds.Ahead of the second round of voting, the Home Secretary — who is among six MPs vying to replace Theresa May — described himself as "less Homer's Iliad and more Homer Simpson". | @sajidjavid says he is in "a unique position" to attract a wider range of voters #r4today

Eric A. Gordon (2019-06-18). Anti-war play 'Many May Not Return' revived in Chicago. peoplesworld.org

WSWS (2019-06-18). Australian whistleblower trials shrouded in secrecy. wsws.org The government's determination to block any public scrutiny of these crucial hearings constitutes wartime-like censorship.

Mark Gruenberg (2019-06-18). Democratic hopefuls roll out anti-poverty plans at Poor People's Campaign. peoplesworld.org WASHINGTON—Hoping to gain activists and energize a large voting bloc, nine 2020 Democratic presidential hopefuls — including one nobody's ever heard of — tackled the problems of the poor and voter suppression of black and brown people, among other topics, at a candidate forum here June 17. The eight-hour-long session, minus a dinner break, marked …

The Canary (2019-06-18). Online fundraiser launched to help cover Farage milkshake attacker's costs. thecanary.co An online fundraiser has been set up to help the man who threw a milkshake over Nigel Farage cover his compensation and court costs. | The GoFundMe page was set up to raise the £520 Paul Crowther has been ordered to pay, and within three hours had almost reached its target. | Should it exceed its target, the organiser said he and the 32-year-old defendant will put the surplus towards an anti-racism cause. | Organiser Graeme Rayner wrote: I set up this page for Paul Cr…

RT (2019-06-18). WikiLeaks' Vault7 CIA leaker tried to start 'information war' against govt — prosecutors. rt.com The ex-CIA leaker who gave WikiLeaks the 'Vault7' documents smuggled phones into a Manhattan jail with the intention of waging an "information war" against the US government and "finally revers[ing] US jingoism" from behind bars.

Cira Pascual Marquina (2019-06-18). Chavez, a mirror of the people: a conversation with Edgar Perez. mronline.org An organizer and intellectual from Caracas' La Vega barrio talks about the dialectical relationship between Hugo Chavez and the popular movement. | Source

teleSUR (2019-06-18). Death Toll in Congo Climbs to 161 After Renewed Fighting. telesurenglish.net Nearly 161 people have been killed in the Democratic Republic of Congo's Ituri province over the past week, local officials said on Monday. | RELATED: | WHO: Congo's Ebola Outbreak Not International Emergency | According to the officials, the killings are reported to have been ethnically targeted in an apparent resurgence of clashes between farming and herding communities. | Although identities of the attackers has not been confirmed, fingers point to violence between Hema herders and…

Aboulfotouh Kandil (2019-06-18). Morsi, Egypt's freely elected and imprisoned president, killed by regime. peoplesworld.org After six years of solitary confinement at a secret prison, Egypt's legitimate president, Mohamed Morsi, died yesterday after the latest in a string of judges ignored pleas to deal with his failing health. He has suffered from numerous medical conditions including heart failure and diabetes for years and has had not received necessary medical attention …

South Front (2019-06-18). Video: Turkish Artillery Struck Syrian Army Positions Near Idlib. globalresearch.ca On June 16, Turkey said on that its forces had struck positions of the Syrian Arab Army (SAA) in response to an attack on one of its observation posts in the Idlib de-escalation zone. | According to the Turkish Defense Ministry, …

Eric Blanc (2019-06-18). US Teachers' Strikes: A New Class Politics Emerging. globalresearch.ca In the spring of 2018, teachers and school staff across the United States fought back and won. By walking out for better pay and school funding, hundreds of thousands of educators etched their imprint onto the course of history. The …

Tom Clifford (2019-06-18). Hong Kong's Extradition Bill Is Not in China's Interests. globalresearch.ca One country, two systems. One event, two interpretations. The crisis in Hong Kong was sparked by chief executive Carrie Lam's efforts to champion an extradition bill that would allow both residents and visitors to be sent to China for …

Rep. Ron Paul (2019-06-18). Medical IDs: Enemy of Privacy, Liberty, and Health. globalresearch.ca Last week, the House of Representatives voted in favor of a Labor, Health and Human Services, and Education appropriations bill amendment to repeal the prohibition on the use of federal funds to create a "unique patient identifier." Unless this prohibition, …

Food & Water Watch (2019-06-18). Letter to Pennsylvania Governor Tom Wolf Demands Fracking Permit Pause, Investigation of Cancer Crisis. globalresearch.ca Over a hundred groups and more than 800 individuals from Pennsylvania signed onto a letter to Governor Tom Wolf calling for an official investigation into recent reports of rare cancers in counties heavily impacted by shale gas development over the …

teleSUR (2019-06-18). British, Irish Businesses Explore Investment in Cuba. telesurenglish.net Some 18 businesses from the United Kingdom and Northern Ireland are attending the Cuba Initiative (IC) Monday and Tuesday in Havana in order to explore new, mutual investments and business deals between the nations. | RELATED: | Cuban Private Sector Hit Hard by Recent US Sanctions | "Cuba continues to take steps to facilitate and support the establishment of foreign investors who, in addition to providing capital, allow us access to advanced technologies and management methods," Cuban Fo…

teleSUR (2019-06-18). Nicaragua Creates 2,000 'Reconciliation Commissions' for Peace. telesurenglish.net The Sandinista government of Nicaragua has established 2,000 "Reconciliation Commissions' around the country in a fresh bid to bring peace to the Central American country, one year on after right-wing protests calling for the ouster of President Daniel Ortega. | RELATED: | Nicaragua: New Law To Support Victims of Right-Wing Violence | "Nicaraguan families want security, work, prosperity, peace and we are winning it, it is the truth, because the majority of Nicaraguans want to l…

Staff (2019-06-18). Wilkerson: US Further Isolate Itself Over Iran. therealnews.com With the announcement that Iran will break the terms of its nuclear agreement, for stockpiling enriched uranium, the stage is set for a confrontation between the US and its European allies. The situation will contribute to greater US isolation, says Col. Wilkerson…

CGTN Africa (2019-06-18). UN: Western Sahel must reduce child marriage rate. cgtn.com West Africa's Sahel region must reduce rates of child marriage to end spiralling ethnic and jihadist conflict, the regional head of the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) said on Monday. | Marrying girls off as teenagers leads to them having more children, and explosive population growth is one of the main reasons Sahel states are struggling with hunger, terrorism and competition over resources, said Mabingue Ngom. | "I think very often there is a failure to connect the dots, to see child marriage as a driver of poverty, as a driver of fragility," he told the Thomson Reuters Foundation. | "This part of the w…

CGTN Africa (2019-06-18). China is Tanzania's largest investor. cgtn.com China is leading in Tanzania with huge investments followed by Britain and the United States, the east African nation's investment watchdog said on Monday. | Geoffrey Mwambe, the Executive Director of the Tanzania Investment Center, said factors that made investors to invest in Tanzania included the prevailing peace and political tranquility, economic stability, investment guarantees and rich natural resources such as arable land, natural gas and tourism. | Speaking at a business dialogue in the commercial capital Dar es Salaam, Mwambe assured investors that the government will continue improving the business…

Staff (2019-06-18). Mali's Civil War Fueled by Climate Crisis and Corporate Greed. therealnews.com Baba Aye discusses the failure of French and German peacekeepers in Mali and the real role they play, after almost one hundred people were killed in a Dogon village and Fulani are blamed for the attack…

Staff (2019-06-18). Legal Victory Strengthens LGBT Activists as Threat From Bolsonaro Looms. truthout.org On Thursday, June 13, after months of postponement, Brazil's Supreme Federal Court officially made homophobia and transphobia —— locally known as "LGBTphobia" —— a crime and outlawed discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity. In an eight to three ruling, the remaining judges of the Supreme Federal Court voted to criminalize LGBTphobia under existing anti-discrimination law…

Christine Maema (2019-06-18). UN Humanitarian Chief condemns bombings in Nigeria. cgtn.com UN Humanitarian Coordinator in Nigeria Edward Kallon (REUTERS/Afolabi Sotunde) | The UN Humanitarian Coordinator in Nigeria, Edward Kallon, has condemned the multiple suicide bombings in the Borno State that killed 30 people and injured 40 others. | Through a statement released on Monday, Kallon said that it was a sad day for civilians in northwest Nigeria and for the humanitarians who are working to help them. Among the deceased was a community volunteer who was contributing to the humanitarian response in the area. | "The UN and its partners deplore these abhorrent acts of violence and call for those responsibl…

Staff (2019-06-18). Wilkerson: US Further Isolates Itself From Its Allies Over Iran Policy. therealnews.com With the announcement that Iran will break the terms of its nuclear agreement, for stockpiling enriched uranium, the stage is set for a confrontation between the US and its European allies. The situation will contribute to greater US isolation, says Col. Wilkerson…

Shane Quinn (2019-06-18). World War II: US Military Destroyed 66 Japanese Cities Before Planning to Wipe Out the Same Number of Soviet Cities. globalresearch.ca The extent of devastation inflicted upon Japan by the American military during World War II is not broadly known, even today. In reprisal for the attack over Pearl Harbor, which killed almost 2,500 Americans, US aircraft first began unloading bombs …

Jerry Omondi (2019-06-18). Over 300,000 flee DR Congo ethnic clashes. cgtn.com More than 300,000 people have fled their homes in northern Democratic Republic of Congo since early June due to inter-ethnic violence, United Nations aid agencies said on Tuesday. | Local officials say that at least 161 people have been killed in the northeastern Ituri province in the past week, in an apparent resurgence of ethnic clashes between farming and herding communities. | "Violence in northeastern parts of the Democratic Republic of Congo is reported to have displaced more than 300,000 since early June. The situation in Ituri province has deteriorated since the middle of last week, with multiple attac…

Staff (2019-06-18). Trump Orders 1,000 More Troops to Middle East to Threaten Iran. truthout.org With U.N. officials reportedly worried that the United States is planning to carry out a bombing campaign against Iran — a move that ultra-hawkish Sen. Tom Cotton openly advocated over the weekend — the Trump administration late Monday announced the deployment of 1,000 more troops to the Middle East following attacks on two oil tankers in the Gulf of Oman. | The…

plenglish (2019-06-18). Scarce public in Copa America: Economic Crisis, Expensive Tickets. plenglish.com 18 de junio de 2019, 07: 49Brasilia, June 18 (Prensa Latina) The economic crisis and high prices of tickets to the stadiums appear today as two of the main reasons for the low public presence in the Copa America in Brazil, according to journalists.

Staff (2019-06-18). US Sanctions Are Deadly, Illegal and Ineffective. truthout.org While the mystery of who is responsible for sabotaging the two tankers in the Gulf of Oman remains unsolved, it is clear that the Trump administration has been sabotaging Iranian oil shipments since May 2, when it announced its intention to "bring Iran's oil exports to zero, denying the regime its principal source of revenue." The move was aimed at China, India, Japan, South Korea and Turkey, all nations that purchase Iranian oil and now face U.S. threats if the…

Staff (2019-06-18). Six Years After Coup, Egypt's First Democratically Elected President Dies. truthout.org Former Egyptian President Mohamed Morsi, 67, died Monday after collapsing while in a glass cage inside a Cairo courtroom. The Muslim Brotherhood leader was elected in 2012 in Egypt's first, and still only, democratic election. He was overthrown a year later in a military coup led by Egyptian army chief General Abdel Fattah el-Sisi. Morsi's death comes as el-Sisi continues to jail tens of thousands of people in what the Associated Press has described as the heaviest crackdown on dissent in Egypt's modern history. In his final comments, Morsi insisted he was still Egypt's legitimate president. Morsi spent the la…

Jason Ditz (2019-06-18). Kremlin Thwarts US Cyber Attacks on Russia's Power Grid. theantimedia.com (ANTIWAR.COM) — Expanding on weekend reports that the US had been carrying out cyberattacks against Russia's electricity grid and other infrastructure, Russian news agencies are quoting unnamed security sources who say that the US attacks were thwarted. Kremlin officials said they consider the reports "worrying," and that a major cyber war was possible. Security officials said that so far they …

Staff (2019-06-18). The World Bank Helps Investors Choose the Law They Want (1/2). therealnews.com This is one of many examples that show how far the world has shifted from the paradigm of peace and social justice proposed in Philadelphia after WW2, to today's concept of 'Total Market' where human beings are like ammunition in a capitalist competition and financial markets are the final arbitrator and supreme legislator of human…

Staff (2019-06-18). Julian Assange Indictment "Criminalizes the News Gathering Process" truthout.org A London judge has ordered WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange to appear before a court in February 2020 to face a full extradition hearing. Prosecutors in the U.S. have indicted Assange on 18 counts, including 17 violations of the Espionage Act. This is the first-ever case of a journalist or publisher being indicted under the World War I-era law. Assange said that his life was "effectively at stake" if the U.K. honors a U.S. request for his extradition. Assange is currently serving a 50-week sentence in London's Belmarsh Prison for skipping bail in 2012. We speak with James Goodale, former general counsel of The…

Andy Rowell (2019-06-18). Arctic Warming & Climate Change "Should Be the Number One Urgent Conversation Right Now" commondreams.org "Every year there's a new temperature record, it's getting worse and worse and you feel like a broken record saying it." (Photo: Rasmus Tonboe twitter) | www.commondreams.org/sites/defau…

Jerry Omondi (2019-06-18). AFCON 2019 will be "like a war" — Alex Iwobi declares as Nigeria arrives in Egypt. cgtn.com Nigerian midfielder has likened the upcoming Africa Cup of Nations to a war, dismissing talk of the Super Eagles' having an easy ride in the Group stage. | "Everyone is always going to say that on paper that we should go through, that we should qualify with ease, but we know it's not going to be easy. Every team is in there to try and do their best, to try and win. It's going to be almost like a war. It's going to be a serious battle and fight. Every game is going to be really competitive," the 23-year-old said. | The 2019 AFCON will be Iwobi's first appearance at the elite continental competition, and he hope…

Patrick Morgan (2019-06-18). ISIS threatens to blow up Bavaria. indybay.org One of German media resources published a message from the Islamic State addressed to the German authorities with a warning to organize terrorist attacks in Bavaria.

plenglish (2019-06-18). Chilean Teachers Multiply Protests. plenglish.com 18 de junio de 2019, 09: 34Santiago de Chile, Jun 18 (Prensa Latina) The Chilean teaching profession grows with the continuation of the indefinite national strike of the College of Teachers while preschool education will also carry out this Tuesday a warning strike.

Party for Socialism and Liberation, Sonoma (2019-06-18). Revolution in Sudan – A Group Discussion. indybay.org A'Roma Roasters 95 5th Street, Santa Rosa, CA 95401…

Special To The Black Star News (2019-06-18). NEW YORK SMART GROWTH COALITION STATEMENT ON SENATE PASSAGE OF "GREEN LIGHT NY" BILL. blackstarnews.com Senate Majority Leader Andrea Stewart-Cousins supports "Green Light NY" driver's license legislation for immigrants… | On behalf of the New York Smart Growth Coalition, spokesperson Will Brunelle released the following statement today, applauding the State Senate for passing the "Green Light NY" bill and supporting economic opportunity for hundreds of thousands of immigrant families: | "The passage of this legislation is a tremendous victory for every New Yorker, and we are exceptionally grateful to Senator Luis Sepulveda for sponsoring the bill and to Majority Leader Andrea Stewart-Cousins for ensuring i…

Staff (2019-06-17). Headlines for June 17, 2019. democracynow.org More Mass Protests in Hong Kong as Activist Joshua Wong Freed from Prison, Iran Closes In on Uranium Stockpile Limit as U.S. Ratchets Up Tensions, 6-Year-Old Migrant Girl from India Dies in Arizona Desert on Way to Seek Asylum, Youngest Separated Migrant Was 4-Month-Old Baby, ICE Quarantines 5,000+ Migrants After Exposure to Mumps, Electrical Grid Failure Causes Massive Blackout in South America, Trump Lashes Out After NYT Report on U.S. Incursions into Russian Cyberspace, India Imposes Retaliatory Tariffs on U.S. Goods, Ex-First Lady Leads Presidential Vote Tally in Contested Guatemala Election, Sudanese Ex-Lead…

teleSUR (2019-06-17). US to Send Additional 1,000 Troops to Middle East. telesurenglish.net Acting United States (U.S.) Defense Secretary Patrick Shanahan announced on Monday the deployment of about 1,000 more troops to the Middle East for what he said were " defensive purposes." | RELATED: | US Blames Iran for Attacks on Oil Tankers in Gulf of Oman | The high ranking official approved the U.S. Central Command request to increase forces to "addr…

Timothy Alexander Guzman (2019-06-17). False-Flagging the World to War: A Gulf of Tonkin Incident in the Gulf of Oman. globalresearch.ca Washington is playing false flag again, but this time, in the Gulf of Oman as Washington has accused Iran of attacking two commercial tanker ships from Japan and Norway while tensions in the region are at an all-time high. Why …

2019-06-18: Social Media Postees

US to Begin Deporting 'Millions of Illegal' Immigrants: Trump
telesurenglish.net | 2019-06-18
U.S. President Donald Trump announced on Monday that the U.S. authorities will begin removing millions of immigrants who are in the United States illegally. | RELATED: | Trump Cuts Aid to Central America Over Migration, Warns Millions Will Be Deported | "Next week ICE will begin the process of removing the millions of illegal aliens who have illicitly found their way into the United States," Trump tweeted, referring to the Immigration and Customs Enforcement a…
telesurenglish.net/news/US-to-Begin-Deporting-Millions-of-Illegal-Immigrants-Trump-20190618-0001.html

Trump's Evidence About Iran is "Dodgy" at Best
Robert Fisk | counterpunch.org | 2019-06-18
The crackpot president of the United States of America has so snarled up the gangplank to truth these past 29 months that no matter how much "evidence" he and his crew produce to prove that the Iranians have been trying to blow up oil tankers in the Gulf of Oman — or not quite blow them up — the pictures have a kind of mesmeric quality about them.
counterpunch.org/2019/06/18/trumps-evidence-about-iran-is-dodgy-at-best/

Without a shred of evidence, U.S. accuses Iran of attacking tankers
Eds. | mronline.org | 2019-06-18
Mike Pompeo, in a press conference, accused Iran of engineering the attacks on tankers in the Gulf of Oman. However, he cited unnamed intelligence reports and other vague references in support of his claim. | Source…
mronline.org/2019/06/18/without-a-shred-of-evidence-u-s-accuses-iran-of-attacking-tankers/

Catch 2020 — Trump's Authoritarian Endgame
Yoav Litvin | counterpunch.org | 2019-06-18
On Thursday, US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo claimed Iran was responsible for attacks on two oil tankers in the Gulf of Oman, a version of events quickly challenged by Iran and the owner of the tanker. These accusations are reminiscent of similar charges lobbed at the Iranian regime in May, with some in the…
counterpunch.org/2019/06/18/catch-2020-trumps-authoritarian-endgame/

Catch 2020 — Trump's Authoritarian Endgame
Yoav Litvin | counterpunch.org | 2019-06-18
On Thursday, US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo claimed Iran was responsible for attacks on two oil tankers in the Gulf of Oman, a version of events quickly challenged by Iran and the owner of the tanker. These accusations are reminiscent of similar charges lobbed at the Iranian regime in May, with some in the…
counterpunch.org/2019/06/18/catch-2020-trumps-authoritarian-endgame/

Nobody Believes US Claims That Iran Attacked Those Oil Tankers
The Mind Unleashed | theantimedia.com | 2019-06-18
(TMU Op-ed) — While Secretary of State Mike Pompeo was quick to rush to the conclusion that Iran was the key actor behind alleged attacks on oil tankers in one of the world's most strategically important oil routes–the Strait of Hormuz–the world has grown increasingly weary of the tall tales spun from Washington in its pursuit of …

Nobody Believes US Claims That Iran Attacked Those Oil Tankers

U.S. Sanctions: Economic Sabotage that is Deadly, Illegal and Ineffective
Medea Benjamin, Nicolas J. S. Davies | counterpunch.org | 2019-06-18
While the mystery of who is responsible for sabotaging the two tankers in the Gulf of Oman remains unsolved, it is clear that the Trump administration has been sabotaging Iranian oil shipments since May 2, when it announced its intention to "bring Iran's oil exports to zero, denying the regime its principal source of revenue."
counterpunch.org/2019/06/18/u-s-sanctions-economic-sabotage-that-is-deadly-illegal-and-ineffective/

US preparing "assault" against Iran
wsws.org | 2019-06-18
The Jerusalem Post reported that the Trump administration is actively planning a "tactical assault" on Iran, involving a massive air attack on an Iranian nuclear facility.
www.wsws.org/en/articles/2019/06…

U.N. Officials Fear Trump Planning 'Massive' Bombing Campaign in Iran
Staff | truthdig.com | 2019-06-18
A troubling new Jerusalem Post report raises the specter of a possible aerial strike on a facility linked to Tehran's nuclear program.
truthdig.com/articles/u-n-officials-fear-trump-planning-massive-bombing-campaign-in-iran/

'Barreling Towards Another Catastrophic War,' Trump Orders 1,000 More Troops to Middle East to Threaten Iran
Jake Johnson, staff writer | commondreams.org | 2019-06-18
"None of this would be happening if Trump didn't back out of the Iran nuclear deal," said Rep. Ilhan Omar | www.commondreams.org/sites/defau…
commondreams.org/news/2019/06/18/barreling-towards-another-catastrophic-war-trump-orders-1000-more-troops-middle-east?cd-origin=rss

Report: US Planning "Massive" Airstrike on an Iranian Facility
Caitlin Johnstone | theantimedia.com | 2019-06-18
(CJ Opinion) — According to a new article from English-language Israeli publication The Jerusalem Post, the Hebrew-language Israeli publication Maariv has reported that diplomatic sources in the UN are assessing a US plan to conduct a "massive" airstrike on "an Iranian facility linked to its nuclear program" in response to alleged attacks on two sea vessels in the Gulf of Oman. "The sources …

Report: US Planning “Massive” Airstrike on an Iranian Facility

False Identities Become the New Weapon: War with Iran Promoted by Fake Journalists
Philip Giraldi | globalresearch.ca | 2019-06-18
One of the claims made about alleged Russian interference in the 2016 U.S. election was that Kremlin-controlled entities were using fake identities to create dissension and confusion on social network sites. This should surprise no one, if it is true, …
globalresearch.ca/false-identities-become-new-weapon-war-iran-promoted-fake-journalists/5680990

False Identities Become the New Weapon: War with Iran Promoted by Fake Journalists
Philip Giraldi | globalresearch.ca | 2019-06-18
One of the claims made about alleged Russian interference in the 2016 U.S. election was that Kremlin-controlled entities were using fake identities to create dissension and confusion on social network sites. This should surprise no one, if it is true, …
globalresearch.ca/false-identities-become-new-weapon-war-iran-promoted-fake-journalists/5680990

Iran Urges Global Resistance Against US 'Economic Terrorism'
telesurenglish.net | 2019-06-18
Speaking in Russia Tuesday, a senior Iranian official blasted the U.S. and called for resistance around the world against U.S. "illegal bullying," following Donald Trump administration's attacks on sovereignty and international security. | RELATED: | Iran Says It Dismantled a US Cyber Espionage Network | "If a wide range of countries decides to stand up to the illegal US blackmail and bullying, we can make the US retreat and adopt a rational and responsible behavior in the international…
telesurenglish.net/news/Iran-Urges-Global-Resistance-Against-US-Economic-Terrorism-20190618-0011.html

Chi sono gli incendiari di petroliere
Manlio Dinucci | globalresearch.ca | 2019-06-18
Mentre gli Stati uniti preparano una nuova escalation in Medio Oriente, accusando l'Iran di attaccare le petroliere nel Golfo di Oman, il vice-premier Matteo Salvini incontra a Washington il segretario di Stato Mike Pompeo, uno degli artefici di tale strategia, …
globalresearch.ca/chi-sono-gli-incendiari-di-petroliere/5681017

'If This Is True, They Are Even Bigger Lunatics Than We Realized': UN Officials Reportedly Believe Trump Planning 'Massive' Bombing Campaign in Iran
Jake Johnson, staff writer | commondreams.org | 2019-06-18
"There would be no going back from this. There's no such thing as a 'one and done' military strike on Iran." | www.commondreams.org/sites/defau…
commondreams.org/news/2019/06/18/if-true-they-are-even-bigger-lunatics-we-realized-un-officials-reportedly-believe?cd-origin=rss

Koch-Oil Big Lies and Ecocide Writ Large in Canada
John McMurtry | counterpunch.org | 2019-06-18
As we know, big lies can run free across borders with few joining the dots.For example, no media reports that China's growing dispute with Canada is based on Canada's enforcement of the Trump administration's unilateral and illegal embargo against oil-competitor Iran. A cynical reply is that this is predictable. Canada attacks any designated US Enemy in junior partnership with global corporate command.But this time there is a new twist. Canada is attacking itself without knowing it.
counterpunch.org/2019/06/18/koch-oil-big-lies-and-ecocide-writ-large-in-canada/

Bolton Wants to Fight Iran, But the Pentagon Has Its Sights on China
Michael T. Klare | counterpunch.org | 2019-06-18
The recent White House decision to speed the deployment of an aircraft carrier battle group and other military assets to the Persian Gulf has led many in Washington and elsewhere to assume that the U.S. is gearing up for war with Iran. As in the lead-up to the 2003 invasion of Iraq, U.S. officials have…
counterpunch.org/2019/06/18/bolton-wants-to-fight-iran-but-the-pentagon-has-its-sights-on-china/

Bolton Wants to Fight Iran, But the Pentagon Has Its Sights on China
Michael T. Klare | counterpunch.org | 2019-06-18
The recent White House decision to speed the deployment of an aircraft carrier battle group and other military assets to the Persian Gulf has led many in Washington and elsewhere to assume that the U.S. is gearing up for war with Iran. As in the lead-up to the 2003 invasion of Iraq, U.S. officials have…
counterpunch.org/2019/06/18/bolton-wants-to-fight-iran-but-the-pentagon-has-its-sights-on-china/

Take Action Now: Stop Trump's Phony War With Iran
NationAction | thenation.com | 2019-06-18
Take Action Now: Stop Trump's Phony War With Iran…
thenation.com/article/take-action-now-stop-trumps-phony-war-with-iran/

Iran at the Center of the Eurasian Riddle
Pepe Escobar | globalresearch.ca | 2019-06-18
With the dogs of war on full alert, something extraordinary happened at the 19th summit of the Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO) late last week in Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan. | Virtually unknown across the West, the SCO is the foremost Eurasian political, economic …
globalresearch.ca/iran-center-eurasian-riddle/5680947

Iran Will Not Go to War Against Any Nation: Rouhani
telesurenglish.net | 2019-06-18
Iranian President Hassan Rouhani stated on Tuesday that his nation has no plans to enter a war with any nation, including the United States. | RELATED: | US to Send Additional 1,000 Troops to Middle East As Warmongering Continues | "Iran will not wage war against any nation," Rouhani said in a speech broadcast live on state TV. "Those facing us are a group of politicians with little experience." | He added, "Despite all of the Americans' efforts in the region and t…
telesurenglish.net/news/Iran-Will-Not-Go-to-War-Against-Any-Nation-Rouhani-20190618-0002.html

Take Action Now: Stop Trump's Phony War With Iran
NationAction | thenation.com | 2019-06-18
Take Action Now: Stop Trump's Phony War With Iran…
thenation.com/article/take-action-now-stop-trumps-phony-war-with-iran/

The Drumbeat for War With Iran Sounds All Too Familiar
Maj. Danny Sjursen | truthdig.com | 2019-06-18
From the U.S.S. Maine to the Gulf of Tonkin, the U.S. has a history of using alleged naval provocations as a pretext for military conflict.
truthdig.com/articles/the-drumbeat-for-war-with-iran-sounds-all-too-familiar/

Iran's Ambassador: "Unfortunately We Are Heading Towards a Confrontation" With US
Tyler Durden | theantimedia.com | 2019-06-18
(ZH) — The Iranian Ambassador to the UK Hamid Baeidinejad warned that the United States and Iran are "unfortunately headed toward a confrontation which is very serious for everybody in the region." In an interview with Christiane Amanpour, the Ambassador reacted to rapidly escalating tensions between the two countries — late on Monday the US announced …

Iran's Ambassador: "Unfortunately We Are Heading Towards a Confrontation" With US

I Funded My Own Twitter Troll With Taxpayer Dollars
Tara Sepehri Far | thenation.com | 2019-06-18
I Funded My Own Twitter Troll With Taxpayer Dollars…
thenation.com/article/iran-state-department-smear-campaign-twitter/

The U.S. Is Only Further Isolating Itself From Its Allies Over Iran
Staff | truthdig.com | 2019-06-18
Lawrence Wilkerson, former chief of staff to Colin Powell, assesses the Trump administration's dangerous brinksmanship in the Middle East.
truthdig.com/articles/the-u-s-is-only-further-isolating-itself-from-its-allies-over-iran/

UK: Tory government positions itself as most loyal US ally against Iran
wsws.org | 2019-06-18
One hundred UK Royal Marines will be deployed within weeks, where they will join naval ships operating from a new UK naval base in Bahrain.
www.wsws.org/en/articles/2019/06…

US Foreign Policy Exposed
Kevin Zeese | globalresearch.ca | 2019-06-18
In the last week, the realities of US foreign policy have been exposed by a leaked audio tape, a leak about a US attack on the Russian electrical grid, and US attempts to extradite Julian Assange. All the information points …
globalresearch.ca/us-foreign-policy-exposed/5680952

US Foreign Policy Exposed
Kevin Zeese and Margaret Flowers | dissidentvoice.org | 2019-06-18
Protest against US Foreign Policy in the Philippines (Source EPA) In the last week, the realities of US foreign policy have been exposed by a leaked audio tape, a leak about a US attack on the Russian electrical grid, and US attempts to extradite Julian Assange. All the information points to a foreign policy that …
dissidentvoice.org/2019/06/us-foreign-policy-exposed/

Shrewsbury 24 flying picket Terry Renshaw: "Only the power of the working class, not the official courts, is going to provide any perspective for freeing Julian Assange."
wsws.org | 2019-06-18
The former building worker explains, "To defend class war prisoners like Julian Assange, the perspective has got to be to raise the awareness and mobilise the masses."
www.wsws.org/en/articles/2019/06…

Julian Assange Indictment "Criminalizes the News Gathering Process," Says Pentagon Papers Lawyer
Staff | democracynow.org | 2019-06-18
A London judge has ordered WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange to appear before a court in February 2020 to face a full extradition hearing. Prosecutors in the U.S. have indicted Assange on 18 counts, including 17 violations of the Espionage Act. This is the first-ever case of a journalist or publisher being indicted under the World War I-era law. Assange said that his life was "effectively at stake" if the U.K. honors a U.S. request for his extradition. Assange is currently serving a 50-week sentence in London's Belmarsh Prison for skipping bail in 2012. We speak with James Goodale, former general counsel of The Ne…
www.democracynow.org/2019/6/18/p…

The Trump-Bolton Duo Is Just Like the Bush-Cheney Duo: Warmongers Using Lies to Start Illegal Wars
Prof Rodrigue Tremblay | globalresearch.ca | 2019-06-18
[False flag operations: ] "The powers-that-be understand that to create the appropriate atmosphere for war, it's necessary to create within the general populace a hatred, fear or mistrust of others regardless of whether those others belong to a certain group of …
globalresearch.ca/trump-bolton-duo-like-bush-cheney-duo-warmongers-using-lies-start-illegal-wars/5680929

How the Coup in Venezuela and the US Housing Crisis are Inextricably Connected
Ajoke Williams | mintpressnews.com | 2019-06-18
Trump's war against Venezuela has triggered reflection on our country's priorities. While Trump demands more missiles, residents in D.C. and Baltimore ask why there's money for war but not dignified housing.
mintpressnews.com/how-the-coup-in-venezuela-and-us-housing-crisis-are-inextricably-connected/259305/

US and Canada Are Backing an Elite White Supremacist Minority in Venezuela
David William Pear | globalresearch.ca | 2019-06-18
"Racism is one of the main engines and expressions of the current counter-revolution. In Venezuela the revolutionary struggle to end white supremacy and for self-determination is slow, and complicated by white elites, backed by US imperialism, and by the denial …
globalresearch.ca/us-canada-backing-elite-white-supremacist-minority-venezuela/5681004

Brazil: Odebrecht to Avoid Bankruptcy Through Recovery Plan
telesurenglish.net | 2019-06-18
The Brazilian construction conglomerate, Odebrecht (ODB), which has admitted to paying out about US$7.88 billion in bribes over the past 20 years to win public contracts in Latin American countries, requested to file for bankruptcy protection Monday before a Sao Paulo court. The measure would allow the corporation to negotiate "recovery plan" with its creditors with the hope to avoid a shutting its doors. | RELATED: | Another Senior Peruvian Politician Gets Jail For Corruption | G…
telesurenglish.net/news/Brazil-Odebrecht-to-Avoid-Bankruptcy-Through-Recovery-Plan-20190618-0005.html

Pentagon Has Emitted Over a Billion Metric Tons of Greenhouse Gases in Its War on Terror
Kevin Gosztola | mintpressnews.com | 2019-06-18
With over 800 military bases in more than 80 countries, the Pentagon remains the "world's largest institutional user of petroleum" and "producer of greenhouse gases."
mintpressnews.com/pentagon-emitted-billion-metric-tons-greenhouse-gases-war-terror/259324/

Brazil: Odebrecht to Avoid Bankruptcy Through A Recovery Plan
telesurenglish.net | 2019-06-18
The Brazilian construction conglomerate, Odebrecht (ODB), which has admitted to paying out about US$7.88 billion in bribes over the past 20 years to win public contracts in Latin American countries, requested to file for bankruptcy Monday before a Sao Paulo court. The measure would allow the corporation to negotiate "recovery plan" with its creditors with the hope to avoid a shutting its doors. | RELATED: | Another Senior Peruvian Politician Gets Jail For Corruption | Given the "e…
telesurenglish.net/news/Brazil-Odebrecht-to-Avoid-Bankruptcy-Through-A-Recovery-Plan-20190618-0005.html

Downing of US MQ-9 Drone Over Hodeida Shows Direct US Involvement in Yemeni War
Ahmed Abdulkareem | mintpressnews.com | 2019-06-18
Yemen's Houthi-allied military has made significant strides in its air-defense sector and has become a real threat to Saudi-led Coalition and U.S. operations over Yemen.
mintpressnews.com/downing-of-us-drone-over-hodeida-shows-direct-us-involvement-in-yemen-war/259298/

The Florida GOP's Assault on Democracy
Sasha Abramsky | thenation.com | 2019-06-18
The Florida GOP's Assault on Democracy…
thenation.com/article/florida-gop-voter-suppression/

The Florida GOP's Assault on Democracy
Sasha Abramsky | thenation.com | 2019-06-18
The Florida GOP's Assault on Democracy…
thenation.com/article/florida-gop-voter-suppression/

People's Tribunal on War Crimes by South Korean Troops During the Vietnam War
Han Gil Jang | asia-pacificresearch.com | 2019-06-18
asia-pacificresearch.com/peoples-tribunal-war-crimes-south-korean-troops-during-vietnam-war/5628705

People's Tribunal on War Crimes by South Korean Troops During the Vietnam War
Han Gil Jang | asia-pacificresearch.com | 2019-06-18
asia-pacificresearch.com/peoples-tribunal-war-crimes-south-korean-troops-during-vietnam-war/5628705

False Flags: The Process of "False Flagging" the World towards War. The CIA Weaponizes Hollywood
Larry Chin | globalresearch.ca | 2019-06-18
Almost all wars begin with false flag operations. The coming conflicts in North Korea and Russia are no exception. Mass public hysteria is being manufactured to justify aggression against Moscow and Pyongyang, in retaliation for acts attributed to the North Korean and Russian governments, but orchestrated and carried out by the CIA and the Pentagon.
globalresearch.ca/false-flagging-the-world-towards-war/5421649

Chinese President to Discuss Denuclearization With Kim Jung Un
telesurenglish.net | 2019-06-18
The visit comes as the peninsula settlement process has reached a deadlock after the Hanoi summit between Kim and US President Donald Trump. While Washington demands that Pyongyang completely dismantle nuclear facilities in the country in order to get sanctions relief, North Korea wants part of restrictions to be lifted before denuclearization begins.
telesurenglish.net/news/Chinese-President-to-Discuss-Denuclearization-With-Kim-Jung-Un-20190618-0004.html

New York Times reports secret US cyberattacks on Russia
wsws.org | 2019-06-18
The activities described are incredibly reckless, threatening to escalate into open warfare with a nuclear-armed power.
www.wsws.org/en/articles/2019/06…

Russia Approves Law to Withdraw From US Missile Treaty
telesurenglish.net | 2019-06-18
Russia's lower house, or State Duma, has approved a law to suspend the 1988 Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces Treaty (INF), a multilateral agreement signed by Russia and the United States that prohibits deploying or testing both short- (500-1000 km) and medium-range (1,000-5,500 km) missiles. | RELATED: | Russia Warns US of 'Unpredictable Consequences' of Arms Race | "We are making this decision based on the need to protect our national interests," Duma spokesperson, Vyacheslav Vol…
telesurenglish.net/news/Russia-Approves-Law-to-Withdraw-From-US-Missile-Treaty-20190618-0009.html

NATO Consolidation: The "Baltic Reassurance Act" Is a Ruse for Provoking Russia
Andrew Korybko | globalresearch.ca | 2019-06-18
The proposed "Baltic Reassurance Act" aims to more closely integrate the Baltic countries into NATO, but its most controversial clause is the suggestion that "the United States should lead a multilateral effort to develop a strategy to deepen joint capabilities …
globalresearch.ca/baltic-reassurance-act-ruse-provoking-russia/5680969

NATO Consolidation: The "Baltic Reassurance Act" Is a Ruse for Provoking Russia
Andrew Korybko | globalresearch.ca | 2019-06-18
The proposed "Baltic Reassurance Act" aims to more closely integrate the Baltic countries into NATO, but its most controversial clause is the suggestion that "the United States should lead a multilateral effort to develop a strategy to deepen joint capabilities …
globalresearch.ca/baltic-reassurance-act-ruse-provoking-russia/5680969

The murder of Walter Làºbcke and the right-wing terror networks in the German state apparatus
wsws.org | 2019-06-18
The murder of Làºbcke, who became a target of the extreme right after he defended refugees in 2015, is the outcome of the systematic rehabilitation of fascist politics by the ruling class.
www.wsws.org/en/articles/2019/06…

US-India Military Cooperation: Pompeo Might Have the "Perfect Carrot" to Dangle in Front of Modi's Mouth
Andrew Korybko | globalresearch.ca | 2019-06-18
The US is planning to include India on its International Traffic in Arms Regulations (ITAR) list in order to place it at par with its NATO allies, "Israel", and a few others for the export of high-level military technologies, which …
globalresearch.ca/pompeo-might-have-perfect-carrot-dangle-front-modis-mouth/5680978

US-India Military Cooperation: Pompeo Might Have the "Perfect Carrot" to Dangle in Front of Modi's Mouth
Andrew Korybko | globalresearch.ca | 2019-06-18
The US is planning to include India on its International Traffic in Arms Regulations (ITAR) list in order to place it at par with its NATO allies, "Israel", and a few others for the export of high-level military technologies, which …
globalresearch.ca/pompeo-might-have-perfect-carrot-dangle-front-modis-mouth/5680978

Behind the Syrian network for human rights: how an opposition front group became Western media's go-to monitor
Max Blumenthal | mronline.org | 2019-06-18
Top media outlets turn to the Syrian Network for Human Rights (SNHR) for figures on deaths and detentions, never noting the group's seamless connection to Syria's opposition, the support it receives from states that waged war on the country, or its open lobbying for US military intervention. | Source…
mronline.org/2019/06/18/behind-the-syrian-network-for-human-rights-how-an-opposition-front-group-became-western-medias-go-to-monitor/

The Management of Savagery — How America's National Security State Fueled the Rise of al-Qaeda, ISIS, and Donald Trump
Jim Miles | globalresearch.ca | 2019-06-18
Even though the ending is known, Max Blumenthal's book The Management of Savagery draws the reader through an intriguing tale of media management, political management, financial management all with the goal of achieving the management of savagery. The title …
globalresearch.ca/management-savagery-how-americas-national-security-state-fueled-rise-al-qaeda-isis-donald-trump/5680944

U.S. admits large unmanned aircraft shot down over Yemen
Fight Back | fightbacknews.org | 2019-06-18
Washington, D.C. — In a June 16 statement, the U.S. military admitted that a large unmanned aircraft, a drone with a 66-foot wing span, was shot down over Yemen. According to a statement from the U.S. Central Command, CENTCOM, "a U.S. MQ-9 was shot down over Yemen by what we assess to be a Houthi SA-6 surface to air missile on Jun 6, 2019. The altitude of the engagement indicated an improvement over previous Houthi capability…" A single MQ-9 costs about $16 million. | Yemen's progressive, national democratic Houthi movement is resisting a war of aggression led by Saudi Arabia and the U.S.
www.fightbacknews.org/2019/6/17/…

Marx and Walking Zen
Gary Leupp | counterpunch.org | 2019-06-18
In March 1866 (the year before Volume One of Das Kapital was published), the 48-year-old Marx was vacationing on the Dutch coast, at Margate. He wrote a letter to his cousin Antoinette Philips, daughter of Lion Philips, a tobacco merchant in nearby Zaltbommel. (Lion was the husband of a woman who had married Heinrich Marx,…
counterpunch.org/2019/06/18/marx-and-walking-zen/

Opposition Research: It's Not Trump's Fault That Politics is a "Dirty" Game
Thomas Knapp | counterpunch.org | 2019-06-18
In a June 12 interview with George Stephanopoulos of ABC News, President Donald Trump freely admitted that he would listen to foreigners offering him "dirt" on his political opponents:…
counterpunch.org/2019/06/18/opposition-research-its-not-trumps-fault-that-politics-is-a-dirty-game/

The Wall Street Journal Doesn't Like Rent Control
Dean Baker | counterpunch.org | 2019-06-18
We know that because of the way it presented the results of a study of the impact of rent control in New York City. The article showed the average savings on rent controlled units by borough, by income quartiles, and by race and ethnic group. It showed that the average savings were by far the…
counterpunch.org/2019/06/18/the-wall-street-journal-doesnt-like-rent-control/

Color Revolution In Hong Kong: USA Vs. China
Thomas Hon Wing Polin | counterpunch.org | 2019-06-18
Once again, the local government has "knelt down" before the forces of darkness. Mustering mass, violent protests, Hong Kong anti-Communists and their backers in the Anglo-American Empire have shown that they can grab the final say on crucial matters in China's premier Special Administrative Region (SAR). They have forced local authorities to shelve an important,…
counterpunch.org/2019/06/18/color-revolution-in-hong-kong-usa-vs-china/

Mohamed Morsi: Six Years After Coup, Egypt's First Democratically Elected President Dies in Court
Staff | democracynow.org | 2019-06-18
Former Egyptian President Mohamed Morsi, 67, died Monday after collapsing while in a glass cage inside a Cairo courtroom. The Muslim Brotherhood leader was elected in 2012 in Egypt's first, and still only, democratic election. He was overthrown a year later in a military coup led by Egyptian army chief General Abdel Fattah el-Sisi. Morsi's death comes as el-Sisi continues to jail tens of thousands of people in what the Associated Press has described as the heaviest crackdown on dissent in Egypt's modern history. In his final comments, Morsi insisted he was still Egypt's legitimate president. Morsi spent the last…
www.democracynow.org/2019/6/18/e…

WikiLeaks' Vault7 CIA leaker tried to start 'information war' against govt — prosecutors
rt.com | 2019-06-18
The ex-CIA leaker who gave WikiLeaks the 'Vault7' documents smuggled phones into a Manhattan jail with the intention of waging an "information war" against the US government and "finally revers[ing] US jingoism" from behind bars. | …
rt.com/usa/462105-schulte-cia-information-war-wikileaks/

Australian whistleblower trials shrouded in secrecy
wsws.org | 2019-06-18
The government's determination to block any public scrutiny of these crucial hearings constitutes wartime-like censorship.
www.wsws.org/en/articles/2019/06…

Anti-war play 'Many May Not Return' revived in Chicago
Eric A. Gordon | peoplesworld.org | 2019-06-18
peoplesworld.org/article/anti-war-play-many-may-not-return-revived-in-chicago/

Sajid Javid warns against leadership race looking like Oxford Union debate
The Canary | thecanary.co | 2019-06-18
Sajid Javid has warned that the Tory leadership race risks looking like a debate at the Oxford Union if the final candidates are all from similar backgrounds.Ahead of the second round of voting, the Home Secretary — who is among six MPs vying to replace Theresa May — described himself as "less Homer's Iliad and more Homer Simpson". | @sajidjavid says he is in "a unique position" to attract a wider range of voters #r4today
thecanary.co/breaking-news/2019/06/18/sajid-javid-warns-against-leadership-race-looking-like-oxford-union-debate/

NAFTA 2.0 Is Just Another Gift to the 1 Percent
Staff | truthdig.com | 2019-06-18
Mick Mulvaney, a millionaire who is President Trump's acting chief of staff and director of the Office of Management and Budget, awarded himself another job last week: spokesman for labor. | Referring to the proposed new NAFTA, he told the Wall Street Journal, "We know that labor supports it." | That, right there, is the probl…
truthdig.com/articles/nafta-2-0-is-just-another-gift-to-the-1-percent/

Baltimore teachers' contract set to expire at end of month
wsws.org | 2019-06-18
Neither one of the factions fighting for control of the Baltimore Teachers Union offers educators any way forward to fight the bipartisan attack on public education.
www.wsws.org/en/articles/2019/06…

Gulf of Oman Recalls Gulf of Tonkin Lies. The Use of "Deepfake Videos" Could Lead to Global War
Steven Sahiounie | globalresearch.ca | 2019-06-18
If a picture is worth a thousand words, then a video is worth a million. Online videos uploaded to the internet and shown around the world via news media, as well as social media, are telling a visual story, …
globalresearch.ca/gulf-oman-recalls-gulf-tonkin-lies/5680940

NYC event on repression of Puerto Rican liberation struggle
Fight Back | fightbacknews.org | 2019-06-18
New York, NY – On June 16, organizers in New York City held a discussion entitled "Las Carpetas: The FBI's War on Puerto Rican Liberty." The event was co-hosted by New York Boricua Resistance (NYBR) and the Committee to Stop FBI Repression (CSFR), and featured additional comments by Jocelyn Rodriguez of Jornada: Se Acabaron Las Promesas. | The talk began with a history of the FBI's repression of national liberation struggles, from the time of the Pinkertons up until today. Jessica Schwartz, speaking for CSFR, explained the connections between the FBI's attacks on Carlos Montes, Rasmea Odeh, the Anti-War 23, the B…
www.fightbacknews.org/2019/6/17/…

Online fundraiser launched to help cover Farage milkshake attacker's costs
The Canary | thecanary.co | 2019-06-18
An online fundraiser has been set up to help the man who threw a milkshake over Nigel Farage cover his compensation and court costs. | The GoFundMe page was set up to raise the £520 Paul Crowther has been ordered to pay, and within three hours had almost reached its target. | Should it exceed its target, the organiser said he and the 32-year-old defendant will put the surplus towards an anti-racism cause. | Organiser Graeme Rayner wrote: I set up this page for Paul Cr…
thecanary.co/uk/news/2019/06/18/online-fundraiser-launched-to-help-cover-farage-milkshake-attackers-costs/

Rory Stewart denies working for 'intelligence'; says 'I've always worked for the Tories'
John Shafthauer | thecanary.co | 2019-06-18
Potential Tory leader Rory Stewart has (potentially) been exposed as a spy: | Tuesday's Daily TELEGRAPH: "Mystery of Stewart's past links with MI6" #bbcpapers #tomorrowspaperstoday pic.twitter.com/MuPuM3GluW | — Allie Ho…
thecanary.co/off-the-perch/2019/06/18/rory-stewart-denies-working-for-intelligence-says-ive-always-worked-for-the-tories/

WikiLeaks' Vault7 CIA leaker tried to start 'information war' against govt — prosecutors
rt.com | 2019-06-18
The ex-CIA leaker who gave WikiLeaks the 'Vault7' documents smuggled phones into a Manhattan jail with the intention of waging an "information war" against the US government and "finally revers[ing] US jingoism" from behind bars. | …
rt.com/usa/462105-schulte-cia-information-war-wikileaks/

Sajid Javid warns against leadership race looking like Oxford Union debate
The Canary | thecanary.co | 2019-06-18
Sajid Javid has warned that the Tory leadership race risks looking like a debate at the Oxford Union if the final candidates are all from similar backgrounds.Ahead of the second round of voting, the Home Secretary — who is among six MPs vying to replace Theresa May — described himself as "less Homer's Iliad and more Homer Simpson". | "My oratory is less Homer's Iliad, more Homer Simpson but I try my best to connect." | Tory candidate @sajidjavid says he is in "a unique position"
thecanary.co/breaking-news/2019/06/18/sajid-javid-warns-against-leadership-race-looking-like-oxford-union-debate/

Chavez, a mirror of the people: a conversation with Edgar Perez
Cira Pascual Marquina | mronline.org | 2019-06-18
An organizer and intellectual from Caracas' La Vega barrio talks about the dialectical relationship between Hugo Chavez and the popular movement. | Source…
mronline.org/2019/06/18/chavez-a-mirror-of-the-people-a-conversation-with-edgar-perez/

Morsi, Egypt's freely elected and imprisoned president, killed by regime
Aboulfotouh Kandil | peoplesworld.org | 2019-06-18
After six years of solitary confinement at a secret prison, Egypt's legitimate president, Mohamed Morsi, died yesterday after the latest in a string of judges ignored pleas to deal with his failing health. He has suffered from numerous medical conditions including heart failure and diabetes for years and has had not received necessary medical attention …
peoplesworld.org/article/morsi-egypts-freely-elected-and-imprisoned-president-killed-by-regime/

Death Toll in Congo Climbs to 161 After Renewed Fighting
telesurenglish.net | 2019-06-18
Nearly 161 people have been killed in the Democratic Republic of Congo's Ituri province over the past week, local officials said on Monday. | RELATED: | WHO: Congo's Ebola Outbreak Not International Emergency | According to the officials, the killings are reported to have been ethnically targeted in an apparent resurgence of clashes between farming and herding communities. | Although identities of the attackers has not been confirmed, fingers point to violence between Hema herders and…
telesurenglish.net/news/Death-Toll-in-Congo-Climbs-to-161-After-Renewed-Fighting-20190618-0003.html

Video: Turkish Artillery Struck Syrian Army Positions Near Idlib
South Front | globalresearch.ca | 2019-06-18
On June 16, Turkey said on that its forces had struck positions of the Syrian Arab Army (SAA) in response to an attack on one of its observation posts in the Idlib de-escalation zone. | According to the Turkish Defense Ministry, …
globalresearch.ca/video-turkish-artillery-struck-syrian-army-positions-near-idlib/5680923

US Teachers' Strikes: A New Class Politics Emerging
Eric Blanc | globalresearch.ca | 2019-06-18
In the spring of 2018, teachers and school staff across the United States fought back and won. By walking out for better pay and school funding, hundreds of thousands of educators etched their imprint onto the course of history. The …
globalresearch.ca/teachers-strikes-new-class-politics-emerging/5681006

Hong Kong's Extradition Bill Is Not in China's Interests
Tom Clifford | globalresearch.ca | 2019-06-18
One country, two systems. One event, two interpretations. The crisis in Hong Kong was sparked by chief executive Carrie Lam's efforts to champion an extradition bill that would allow both residents and visitors to be sent to China for …
globalresearch.ca/hong-kongs-extradition-bill-not-chinas-interests/5680973

Medical IDs: Enemy of Privacy, Liberty, and Health
Rep. Ron Paul | globalresearch.ca | 2019-06-18
Last week, the House of Representatives voted in favor of a Labor, Health and Human Services, and Education appropriations bill amendment to repeal the prohibition on the use of federal funds to create a "unique patient identifier." Unless this prohibition, …
globalresearch.ca/medical-ids-enemy-privacy-liberty-health/5680982

Letter to Pennsylvania Governor Tom Wolf Demands Fracking Permit Pause, Investigation of Cancer Crisis
Food & Water Watch | globalresearch.ca | 2019-06-18
Over a hundred groups and more than 800 individuals from Pennsylvania signed onto a letter to Governor Tom Wolf calling for an official investigation into recent reports of rare cancers in counties heavily impacted by shale gas development over the …
globalresearch.ca/letter-wolf-demands-fracking-permit-pause-investigation-cancer-crisis/5680980

US Teachers' Strikes: A New Class Politics Emerging
Eric Blanc | globalresearch.ca | 2019-06-18
In the spring of 2018, teachers and school staff across the United States fought back and won. By walking out for better pay and school funding, hundreds of thousands of educators etched their imprint onto the course of history. The …
globalresearch.ca/teachers-strikes-new-class-politics-emerging/5681006

British, Irish Businesses Explore Investment in Cuba
telesurenglish.net | 2019-06-18
Some 18 businesses from the United Kingdom and Northern Ireland are attending the Cuba Initiative (IC) Monday and Tuesday in Havana in order to explore new, mutual investments and business deals between the nations. | RELATED: | Cuban Private Sector Hit Hard by Recent US Sanctions | "Cuba continues to take steps to facilitate and support the establishment of foreign investors who, in addition to providing capital, allow us access to advanced technologies and management methods," Cuban Fo…
telesurenglish.net/news/British-Irish-Businesses-Explore-Investment-in-Cuba-20190618-0008.html

Kremlin Thwarts US Cyber Attacks on Russia's Power Grid
Jason Ditz | theantimedia.com | 2019-06-18
(ANTIWAR.COM) — Expanding on weekend reports that the US had been carrying out cyberattacks against Russia's electricity grid and other infrastructure, Russian news agencies are quoting unnamed security sources who say that the US attacks were thwarted. Kremlin officials said they consider the reports "worrying," and that a major cyber war was possible. Security officials said that so far they …

Kremlin Thwarts US Cyber Attacks on Russia's Power Grid

ISIS threatens to blow up Bavaria
Patrick Morgan | indybay.org | 2019-06-18
One of German media resources published a message from the Islamic State addressed to the German authorities with a warning to organize terrorist attacks in Bavaria.
indybay.org/newsitems/2019/06/18/18824031.php

Julian Assange Indictment "Criminalizes the News Gathering Process"
Staff | truthout.org | 2019-06-18
A London judge has ordered WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange to appear before a court in February 2020 to face a full extradition hearing. Prosecutors in the U.S. have indicted Assange on 18 counts, including 17 violations of the Espionage Act. This is the first-ever case of a journalist or publisher being indicted under the World War I-era law. Assange said that his life was "effectively at stake" if the U.K. honors a U.S. request for his extradition. Assange is currently serving a 50-week sentence in London's Belmarsh Prison for skipping bail in 2012. We speak with James Goodale, former general counsel of The…
truthout.org/video/julian-assange-indictment-criminalizes-the-news-gathering-process/

Revolution in Sudan – A Group Discussion
Party for Socialism and Liberation, Sonoma | indybay.org | 2019-06-18
A'Roma Roasters 95 5th Street, Santa Rosa, CA 95401…
indybay.org/newsitems/2019/06/15/18824000.php

Wilkerson: US Further Isolate Itself Over Iran
Staff | therealnews.com | 2019-06-18
With the announcement that Iran will break the terms of its nuclear agreement, for stockpiling enriched uranium, the stage is set for a confrontation between the US and its European allies. The situation will contribute to greater US isolation, says Col. Wilkerson…
therealnews.com/stories/wilkerson-us-further-isolate-itself-over-iran

Revolution in Sudan – A Group Discussion
Party for Socialism and Liberation, Sonoma | indybay.org | 2019-06-18
A'Roma Roasters 95 5th Street, Santa Rosa, CA 95401…
indybay.org/newsitems/2019/06/15/18824000.php

The World Bank Helps Investors Choose the Law They Want (1/2)
Staff | therealnews.com | 2019-06-18
This is one of many examples that show how far the world has shifted from the paradigm of peace and social justice proposed in Philadelphia after WW2, to today's concept of 'Total Market' where human beings are like ammunition in a capitalist competition and financial markets are the final arbitrator and supreme legislator of human…
therealnews.com/stories/the-world-bank-helps-investors-choose-the-law-they-want-1-2

Legal Victory Strengthens LGBT Activists as Threat From Bolsonaro Looms
Staff | truthout.org | 2019-06-18
On Thursday, June 13, after months of postponement, Brazil's Supreme Federal Court officially made homophobia and transphobia —- locally known as "LGBTphobia" —- a crime and outlawed discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity. In an eight to three ruling, the remaining judges of the Supreme Federal Court voted to criminalize LGBTphobia under existing anti-discrimination law…
truthout.org/articles/legal-victory-strengthens-lgbt-activists-as-threat-from-bolsonaro-looms/

Scarce public in Copa America: Economic Crisis, Expensive Tickets
plenglish.com | 2019-06-18
18 de junio de 2019, 07: 49Brasilia, June 18 (Prensa Latina) The economic crisis and high prices of tickets to the stadiums appear today as two of the main reasons for the low public presence in the Copa America in Brazil, according to journalists.
www.plenglish.com/index.php?o=rn…

Trump Orders 1,000 More Troops to Middle East to Threaten Iran
Staff | truthout.org | 2019-06-18
With U.N. officials reportedly worried that the United States is planning to carry out a bombing campaign against Iran — a move that ultra-hawkish Sen. Tom Cotton openly advocated over the weekend — the Trump administration late Monday announced the deployment of 1,000 more troops to the Middle East following attacks on two oil tankers in the Gulf of Oman. | The…
truthout.org/articles/trump-orders-1000-more-troops-to-middle-east-to-threaten-iran/

US Sanctions Are Deadly, Illegal and Ineffective
Staff | truthout.org | 2019-06-18
While the mystery of who is responsible for sabotaging the two tankers in the Gulf of Oman remains unsolved, it is clear that the Trump administration has been sabotaging Iranian oil shipments since May 2, when it announced its intention to "bring Iran's oil exports to zero, denying the regime its principal source of revenue." The move was aimed at China, India, Japan, South Korea and Turkey, all nations that purchase Iranian oil and now face U.S. threats if the…
truthout.org/articles/us-sanctions-are-deadly-illegal-and-ineffective/

Chilean Teachers Multiply Protests
plenglish.com | 2019-06-18
18 de junio de 2019, 09: 34Santiago de Chile, Jun 18 (Prensa Latina) The Chilean teaching profession grows with the continuation of the indefinite national strike of the College of Teachers while preschool education will also carry out this Tuesday a warning strike.
www.plenglish.com/index.php?o=rn…

Six Years After Coup, Egypt's First Democratically Elected President Dies
Staff | truthout.org | 2019-06-18
Former Egyptian President Mohamed Morsi, 67, died Monday after collapsing while in a glass cage inside a Cairo courtroom. The Muslim Brotherhood leader was elected in 2012 in Egypt's first, and still only, democratic election. He was overthrown a year later in a military coup led by Egyptian army chief General Abdel Fattah el-Sisi. Morsi's death comes as el-Sisi continues to jail tens of thousands of people in what the Associated Press has described as the heaviest crackdown on dissent in Egypt's modern history. In his final comments, Morsi insisted he was still Egypt's legitimate president. Morsi spent the la…
truthout.org/video/six-years-after-coup-egypts-first-democratically-elected-president-dies/

China is Tanzania's largest investor
CGTN Africa | cgtn.com | 2019-06-18
China is leading in Tanzania with huge investments followed by Britain and the United States, the east African nation's investment watchdog said on Monday. | Geoffrey Mwambe, the Executive Director of the Tanzania Investment Center, said factors that made investors to invest in Tanzania included the prevailing peace and political tranquility, economic stability, investment guarantees and rich natural resources such as arable land, natural gas and tourism. | Speaking at a business dialogue in the commercial capital Dar es Salaam, Mwambe assured investors that the government will continue improving the business…
africa.cgtn.com/2019/06/18/china-is-tanzanias-largest-investor/

Mali's Civil War Fueled by Climate Crisis and Corporate Greed
Staff | therealnews.com | 2019-06-18
Baba Aye discusses the failure of French and German peacekeepers in Mali and the real role they play, after almost one hundred people were killed in a Dogon village and Fulani are blamed for the attack…
therealnews.com/stories/malis-civil-war-fueled-by-climate-crisis-and-corporate-greed

Wilkerson: US Further Isolates Itself From Its Allies Over Iran Policy
Staff | therealnews.com | 2019-06-18
With the announcement that Iran will break the terms of its nuclear agreement, for stockpiling enriched uranium, the stage is set for a confrontation between the US and its European allies. The situation will contribute to greater US isolation, says Col. Wilkerson…
therealnews.com/stories/wilkerson-us-further-isolates-itself-from-its-allies-over-iran-policy

AFCON 2019 will be "like a war" — Alex Iwobi declares as Nigeria arrives in Egypt
Jerry Omondi | cgtn.com | 2019-06-18
Nigerian midfielder has likened the upcoming Africa Cup of Nations to a war, dismissing talk of the Super Eagles' having an easy ride in the Group stage. | "Everyone is always going to say that on paper that we should go through, that we should qualify with ease, but we know it's not going to be easy. Every team is in there to try and do their best, to try and win. It's going to be almost like a war. It's going to be a serious battle and fight. Every game is going to be really competitive," the 23-year-old said. | The 2019 AFCON will be Iwobi's first appearance at the elite continental competition, and he hope…
africa.cgtn.com/2019/06/18/afcon-2019-will-be-like-a-war-alex-iwobi-declares-as-nigeria-arrives-in-egypt/

World War II: US Military Destroyed 66 Japanese Cities Before Planning to Wipe Out the Same Number of Soviet Cities
Shane Quinn | globalresearch.ca | 2019-06-18
The extent of devastation inflicted upon Japan by the American military during World War II is not broadly known, even today. In reprisal for the attack over Pearl Harbor, which killed almost 2,500 Americans, US aircraft first began unloading bombs …
globalresearch.ca/us-military-destroyed-66-japanese-cities-before-planning-wipe-out-same-number-soviet-cities/5680934