2018-06-02: News Headlines

Samantha Borek (2018-06-02). Noam Chomsky: Building Spaces of Resistance. truthout.org

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Mustafa Habib (2018-06-02). US And Iran Face Off In Former Extremist-Held Iraqi Town. iranian.com Locals in Al Qaim, Anbar, worry that the current stable security situation can't last. It's being upheld by US troops and Iran-allied militias, whose antipathy toward one another is becoming more overt all the time. The people of Al Qaim, a town in the far west of Anbar province, near the border with Syria, is […]

Emily Wells (2018-06-02). Man Sent Back to Prison After Receiving Commutation. truthdig.com Such celebrities and influencers as Kim Kardashian West and Chelsea Clinton are tweeting about the strange case of a Nashville man who, although he committed no new crime, has been returned to prison after being released under a presidential commutation. | Matthew Charles served more than 20 years before being released early under President Obama's commutations for drug offenders. Now, after Donald Cochran, a U.S. attorney for Tennessee, successfully appealed for a reversal of his release, Charles is back behind bars to complete his original sentence. | According to the website Heavy, Charles, 51, served 21 years of his original 35-year sentence for dealing crack cocaine before being released in 2016. His early release was related to a change in the penalties for dealing the drug. Before this change, convictions related to the possession of one gram of cocaine were the same…

Staff (2018-06-02). China's Trade Plan May Cause Lasting Harm. truthdig.com Possibly the most ambitious and far-reaching development scheme ever launched, China's trade plan, the Belt and Road Initiative (BRI), may pose an unacceptable risk to the environment, scientists say. | Launched in 2013, the BRI plans a huge expansion of trade routes linking Asia, Africa and Europe, involving China itself and 64 other countries, and affecting about two thirds of the world's people and one third of its economy. There will be new ports on the Pacific and Indian Ocean coasts, new roads, and a rail network linking China to north-west Europe. | But an international group of scientists, writing in the journal Nature Sustainability, expresses serious doubts about the possibility of completing the scheme without causing permanent environmental damage. | Economy vs. Environment | The scientists write: "Economic development aspirations under the BRI may clash with environmental sustainability goals, given…

Andrea Germanos (2018-06-02). Amid New Threat Of War, Former Mossad Chief Admits Israel Had 2011 Plan To Attack Iran. iranian.com As critics warn that President Donald Trump has dramatically intensified the threat of war with Iran, the former head of Israel's spy agency disclosed in a television interview on Thursday that Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu did, in fact, order the military to prepare a preemptive an attack on Iran back in 2011. The interview with […]

Ajam Media Collective (2018-06-02). Remembering To Forget: The Myth Of The "Indian Style" Of Persian Poetry. iranian.com The early twentieth-century invention of sabk or style as a way to periodize the Persian language has been one of the most consequential and enduring trends of Persian literary history. The study of style has posited the simplistic notion that Persian literary production may be periodized into four self-contained and regionally-identified entities: the Khorasani, 'Eraqi (Iraqi), Hendi (Indian), and Bazgasht (Return) styles. Since the […]

wsws.org (2018-06-02). Backlash against US over tariffs. wsws.org The European Union is pushing ahead with counter-measures against the US. It is expected to announce its final list of products to be targeted later this month.

wsws.org (2018-06-02). Government report shows sharp rise in US teen deaths. wsws.org The new statistics on deaths among US children and teens expose the social crisis confronting America's youth in the form of gun violence, suicide, the opioid crisis, poverty and war.

amnesty.org (2018-06-02). Tunisia: Truth and Dignity Commission Must Be Kept Alive. amnesty.org

wsws.org (2018-06-02). Google says it will not renew Project Maven—but collaboration with Pentagon will continue. wsws.org The decision is a response to widespread opposition among employees and the public to Google's role in the illegal US drone murder program.

wsws.org (2018-06-02). 1968: The general strike and the student revolt in France. wsws.org Fifty years ago, in May-June 1968, a general strike brought France to the brink of proletarian revolution. This eight-part series describes the events and draws the political lessons for today.

wsws.org (2018-06-02). The campaign against comedian Samantha Bee over her comments on Ivanka Trump. wsws.org The attack on Bee comes only days after Roseanne Barr's television series was cancelled after the actress posted a racist tweet.

RT (2018-06-02). Pentagon will 'compete vigorously' with Beijing in South China Sea — Mattis. rt.com Defense Secretary Jim Mattis has claimed that since Beijing's South China Sea policy contradicts Washington's strategy of "openness," the US will have to "compete vigorously" wherever cooperation is impossible.
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wsws.org (2018-06-02). Australian government vows to pass "foreign interference" bills. wsws.org Thousands of people could be forced to list themselves on a register because they communicate with "foreign" individuals or groups.

wsws.org (2018-06-02). Germany: IG Metall union and works councils agree to job and wage cuts at Opel. wsws.org The union and works councils have signed up to almost every demand of PSA boss Carlos Tavares and Opel chief Michael Lohscheller.

wsws.org (2018-06-02). Rank-and-file Lake Orion workers organize opposition to GM-UAW deal to hire low wage subcontract labor. wsws.org Anger is simmering in the plant following the revelation that the UAW signed a secret memorandum, without a vote by workers, to replace veteran workers with low-wage subcontractors.

wsws.org (2018-06-02). Extreme right takes power in Italy. wsws.org The new Italian government sworn in yesterday in Rome is the most right-wing since the fall of the fascist Duce Benito Mussolini in 1945.

wsws.org (2018-06-02). Union blocks strike by 50,000 Las Vegas casino workers. wsws.org Union leaders have made clear that the tentative contract does not include significant improvements to wages and working conditions.

wsws.org (2018-06-02). Workers Struggles: Asia, Australia and the Pacific. wsws.org The World Socialist Web Site invites workers and other readers to contribute to this regular feature.

wsws.org (2018-06-02). Far right promotes UK fascist Tommy Robinson as free-speech "martyr" wsws.org Robinson's media stunt is an attempt on his part to stake a leading role in an ongoing recruitment of Britain's far-right.

wsws.org (2018-06-02). Over 100 killed in Bangladesh "anti-drug" crackdown. wsws.org Hundreds of police and Rapid Action Battalion personnel are being mobilised against slum dwellers.

RT (2018-06-02). Douglas Fears named Trump's homeland security adviser, taking seat vacant since Bolton's ascent. rt.com Rear Admiral Douglas Fears has been named the new homeland security and counterterrorism adviser to the US president, filling the seat left vacant since his predecessor resigned shortly after John Bolton's appointment.
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wsws.org (2018-06-02). Spain's Popular Party government falls after no-confidence vote. wsws.org The pseudo-left Podemos played the key role in bringing to office a government committed to sweeping austerity measures directed against the working class.

wsws.org (2018-06-02). At least eight dead after shooters fire on mass Mother's Day demonstration in Nicaragua. wsws.org The violent crackdown on what was likely the largest single demonstration since 1979 is a growing sign of escalation.

Gregory Shupak (2018-06-01). Burying the One-State Solution in Palestine/Israel. fair.org The one-state solution is the idea of bringing justice and peace to Palestine/Israel by having all inhabitants of historic Palestine—the land that includes Israel, the West Bank, Jerusalem and Gaza—living in one, binational country, where everyone has equal rights and political matters are settled on the basis of one person, one vote. This arrangement differs from the two-state solution, which would partition historic Palestine into two states divided along ethno-religious lines, and contrasts with present conditions, in which Palestinians live as second-class citizens inside Israel, and under Israeli occupation in Jerusalem, the West Bank and Gaza—the last of which is subject to a merciless siege. | The one-state option is gaining traction, but media coverage consistently suggests that the only possible scenarios for Palestine/Israel are either the two-state solution or the continued regime of Israeli occupation, colonization…

Robert Fantina (2018-06-01). Palestine and the World Community: What's Next? counterpunch.org It is just two weeks since U.S. President Donald Trump defied nearly the entire international community, and his own military advisors, and moved the U.S. embassy in Apartheid Israel to Jerusalem. Israel celebrated this event by killing 60 unarmed, peaceful Palestinians who were participating in a demonstration to demand their internationally-guaranteed right of return. These More

Franklin Lamb (2018-06-01). Syrian Students: We pray the "Mother" of our Revolution is Scylla. counterpunch.org Damascus University Were one to credit the notion that Bashar Assad, Ali Khamenei, Hassan Nasrallah, some Gulf countries, Israel, the USA and several countries in the West, among others, are Stepmothers of ISIS and coddled them to varying degrees since the March 2011 Syrian Revolution—Well, who's the Mother? Spending a spring afternoon with a group More

Ishmael Reed (2018-06-01). The Segregated Media Says It's All Roseanne's Fault. counterpunch.org Beginning in 1968 and until 2005, I held classes in Literature and writing at the University of California at Berkeley. Once in a while, I ran into a student who tried to get a rise out of me by writing a racist story or making a racist comment. I'd instruct the class that they could More

Katalina Khoury (2018-06-01). A Decolonized Praxis: an Outsider's Rudimentary Deconstruction of Black Civilization. counterpunch.org I am an anthropologist in that I have been trained in and study, in both university and professional work settings, the science of qualitative variables. This entails conducting interviews, participant-observation, focus groups, archival and literature-based research, surveys, and other anthropological research methods in a reasonably objective manner. I come to the topic that is the More

Chauncey DeVega, Salon (2018-06-01). Professor Targeted by Right Wingers for Teaching Course on 'White Racism&#039. alternet.org Ted Thornhill taught a class on the history of racism — and was attacked by racists: "I didn't cede any ground" | The 2017 academic year has just ended at most colleges and universities. The students who have graduated are planning their next steps. Other students are working to pay for next year's tuition bill. Lucky students are able to vacation and enjoy a few months of rest before the pressures of life become too heavy again. College professors and other instructors are taking the time to do the writing and research that most have to put aside during the school year to attend to the demands of teaching and navigating the bureaucracy that comes with a career in higher education. Like many students, those underpaid college instructors who do not have year-long contracts and are employed on an "as needed" contingent basis,. . .

Abby Zimet (2018-06-01). A Black Life in America Is Worth Less Than Five Dollars. mintpressnews.com When Hill heard the cops knock, he opened the garage door, saw them, and began closing it again, at which point deputy Christopher Newman shot him three times.

Mel Gurtov (2018-06-01). Who Is Kim Yong-chol? counterpunch.org General Kim Yong-chol is arriving in New York to discuss North Korea's denuclearization with top US officials, including Secretary of State Mike Pompeo whom Kim has met twice. The meetings promise to be difficult because Kim has a reputation as a tough negotiator who is very familiar with intelligence and weapons issues. Kim may also More

Joseph Natoli (2018-06-01). Damage Done. counterpunch.org "My own view is that however ferocious the current hour feels, American history tells us that the people, when properly engaged in politics, have always managed to survive even the most divisive of presidents and the most depressing of eras." — Jon Meacham "Civilization is the agreement, slowly arrived at, to let the abyss alone." More

ZeroHedge.com (2018-06-01). Iran To File Lawsuit Against "ISIS Founder": United States. mintpressnews.com After a US federal judge in New York ordered Iran to pay billions of dollars to the families of victims of the September 11 terror attacks earlier this month in a largely symbolic default judgement, Iran is reportedly prepping to sue Washington for terror attacks carried out against Tehran within the last year. | Iran says the US is responsible for the rise of ISIS, and is therefore indirectly to blame for twin terror attacks that rocked the Iranian parliament building and a popular religious shrine in June 2017, which left 17 civilians dead and 43 wounded, according to Iranian media figures. | "During the presidential campaign, Trump clearly spoke about the performance of his rival, Mrs. Clinton, saying that the US has created the ISIL," Abolfazl Aboutorabi, a member of parliament's judicial commission, announced on Tuesday in comments carried by…

Ramzy Baroud (2018-06-01). Eight Things I learned About Palestine While Touring Eight Western Nations. counterpunch.org On February 20, 2018, I embarked on a global book tour that has, thus far, taken me to eight nations. The main theme of all my talks in various cultural, academic and media platforms was the pressing need to refocus the discussion on Palestine on the struggle, aspirations and history of the Palestinian people. But, More

Staff (2018-06-01). North Korea Summit Is Back on Track, Trump Says. truthdig.com "We're going to deal," the president tells reporters after meeting with a top North Korean official who delivered a letter from Kim Jong Un.

Kaveh Afrasiabi (2018-06-01). India's Hidden Message To UN On Iran. iranian.com In a remarkable and somewhat unprecedented rebuke of the US administration, India's Foreign Minister Sushma Swaraj has announced that India will not respect unilateral U.S. sanctions on Iran and will recognize "only the UN sanctions." Bound to raise tensions with Washington, India's brave decision reflects both India's political evolution and the primacy of her own […]

Chauncey DeVega, Salon (2018-06-01). Roseanne and America's White Victim Complex — and Why Canceling Her Show Isn't Enough. alternet.org The narratives and larger political imagination she channels need to be challenged on an ongoing basis | On Tuesday, comedian and actress Roseanne Barr took to Twitter and, as she has repeatedly done in the past, channeled the fumes of the right-wing conspiratorial fever swamp by saying that the liberal activist and financier George Soros was a Nazi collaborator. George Soros is Jewish. Her claims about him are untrue. Roseanne Barr then proceeded to bloviate about Valerie Jarrett, who was an Obama White House aide, saying that "muslim brotherhood & planet of the apes had a baby=vj". This is not the first time Roseanne Barr has compared black women to apes. In 2013, Barr said that White House National Security Adviser Susan Rice was like " a man with big swinging ape balls. "This is who she is. Thus, Roseanne Barr's racist comments should have. . .

John Feffer (2018-06-01). Trump's Korean Shell Game. counterpunch.org Conmen always keep up a patter. While they're extracting the wallet from your pocket, they maintain a nonstop monologue so that you focus on their mouth and not what they're doing with their hands. Beware the voluble stranger. Donald Trump has always been a talker. Even before he discovered Twitter, Trump was constantly bending people's More

Erik Molvar (2018-06-01). Not So Fast With That Wyoming Grizzly Hunt. counterpunch.org The Wyoming Game and Fish Department just authorized a plan to open a grizzly bear hunting season this September. Not so fast. A federal judge in Missoula could place the Yellowstone grizzly population back under Endangered Species Act protection before then, with a hearing on several lawsuits (full disclosure: including one by Western Watersheds Project More

Elizabeth Preza, AlterNet (2018-06-01). Even Fox News Defended 'Disgusting Human Being' Samantha Bee After This Ex-Trump Aide Demanded She Lose Her Job. alternet.org Former Donald Trump deputy campaign manager David Bossie believes in the free market. Except when he doesn't. | Former Donald Trump deputy campaign manager David Bossie on Friday went on a tangent demanding TBS fire comedian Samantha Bee—and his own Fox News co-hosts shut him down. Discussing the continuing controversy involving Bee's use of a word some consider profane, Marie Harf, the former State Department deputy spokeswoman, wondered if there will "be consequences for free speech [Bee's] allowed to use? "Dagen McDowell incorrectly argued Bee's use of the word "c*nt" was "not protected speech" and is "not protected under the First Amendment" (it is). Harris Faulkner jumped in to suggest it's a "free market" question, asking, "do people have a right to say these things? "Comparing the Bee controversy with Roseanne Barr's racist attack on former Barack Obama adviser Valerie Jarrett, Faulkner noted that "context matters. . .

John Dassieu (2018-06-01). Smokescreens Fuel the Art World. counterpunch.org In the artworld of today, the more an artist is outspoken about what he is failing to observe right in front of his bright nose, the more his mouth seems great, the more he is considered a brilliant and valuable artist. But a true artist doesn't need to exist through endless immature rhetoric that resonates More

Reverend Aaron (2018-06-01). Jordon Peterson's Public Tantrum of Inner-Turmoil. counterpunch.org Jordon B. Peterson: The little known Canadian college professor who made his entre into the broader public perception by throwing down a public freak out over the use of pronouns and how to avoid being a complete piece of shit when you use them. That is to say, no one had ever heard of this More

Lauren Walker (2018-06-01). Trump Peddles False Hope to the Terminally Ill With Right to Try Law. truthout.org With the latest revelations about his soured relationship with Attorney General Jeff Sessions dominating cable news and accounts of migrant children ripped from their mothers' arms under "zero-tolerance" immigration policies trickling in from the southern US border, President Donald Trump was eager to sign so-called Right to Try legislation on Wednesday and declare a victory for the White House. | The legislation, championed by free-market groups and ushered through Congress by Republicans with a spattering of Democratic support, gives patients with terminal illnesses the Right to Try experimental medications that have passed initial safety trials but have not been rigorously tested and approved by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA). Right to Try has plenty of critics in the medical field, but Trump has always been more of a pitchman than a policy wonk during his short…

Lauren Walker (2018-06-01). Trump's Gag Rule Is an Effort to Undermine Access to Birth Control. truthout.org | | In these troubling and surreal times, honest journalism is more important than ever. Help us keep real news flowing: Make a donation to Truthout today. | Janine Jackson: People like to say, "The devil is in the details." For its account of the Trump administration's proposed changes to rules around family planning programs, the New York Times headline " Trump Rule Would Bar Some Abortion Advice at Federally Funded Clinics" suggests details might be where it's at; it's just some advice at some clinics. Even more so, the headline chosen by the Washington Post: "Is It a Gag Rule After All? A Closer Look at Changes to Title X Funding Regarding Abortion." | But what if the devil, as…

Richard Klin (2018-06-01). When He Was Good: Grappling With Philip Roth. counterpunch.org One of my bookshelves is entirely filled with the works of Philip Roth. Although an avid reader of his work, there are a host of other writers whose work I love more. My Roth-heavy bookshelf is indicative of many things: a long and prodigious output, for one. His oeuvre was enormous. Much of it was More

Jarrid Green (2018-06-01). A Future for Homeownership. counterpunch.org At this point, it's no secret that America has an affordable housing problem. Home ownership, long the staple of the "American Dream," is increasingly a privilege enjoyed only by the wealthier and whiter. For many young people, the opportunity their parents had to build stable wealth through home ownership seems like a cruel joke in More

Mike Luckovich (2018-06-01). Russian Interference. truthdig.com

Staff (2018-06-01). Spain's New Leader Takes Aim at Corruption, Austerity. truthdig.com MADRID — Prime Minister-elect Pedro Sanchez vowed Friday to root out the corruption that helped bring down Spain's outgoing conservative government and pledged to help people affected by years of public spending cuts under his predecessor, Mariano Rajoy. | Minutes after narrowly winning a no-confidence vote in parliament, the Socialist party leader signaled a change in tone and priorities from Rajoy's unbending commitment to reducing the national debt during his more than six years as prime minister. | Sanchez, the 46-year-old head of what has been Spain's main opposition party, has never held a government post. | He said he would address what he called the "social emergencies" of Spaniards after years of government austerity. | "I'm aware of the responsibility and the complex political moment of our country," Sanchez said in brief comments to reporters after the 180-169 vote in the Congress…

Martha Rosenberg (2018-06-01). No Ambien Does Not Make You a Racist But It Does A Lot of Other Concerning Things. counterpunch.org "While all pharmaceutical treatments have side effects, racism is not a known side effect of any Sanofi medication," tweeted Sanofi-Aventis after Roseanne Barr blamed her tweets on the sleeping drug Ambien. While the drug maker may look like the good guy now——and enjoy a boost in Ambien/zolpidem sales——12 years ago it was a different story. More

Anna Feigenbaum (2018-06-01). The Rise of Resistance and Resilience to Tear Gas. mintpressnews.com Tear gas must be considered in its material form — as an object designed to torment people, to break their spirits, to cause physical and psychological damage. Tear gas is a weapon that polices the atmosphere and pollutes the very air we breathe.

Andrew Levine (2018-06-01). Democrats are From Hell; Republicans are From Hell's Lowest Circle, and Trump is From Somewhere Else Altogether. counterpunch.org For nearly three decades, the right has been going after the Clintons — first mainly Bill, then mainly Hillary — for all the wrong reasons. The right reasons are the many ways that the Clintons and those who think like them — that would be most Democrats — are like Republicans. More

Roy Morrison (2018-06-01). The Challenge of a Trump Era: What's Coming Next? counterpunch.org How do we move on from the soul killing and depressing depths of a Trump era? Undoubtedly, the wanton excesses of the political, economic, moral, and social carnage of a Trump presidency is leading to countervailing and healing responses. Now's not the time for half measures, or a liberal restoration, but for pursuing new pathways More

John W. Whitehead (2018-06-01). Whose Country Is This? Is the Constitution Even Welcome Here Anymore? counterpunch.org "The first time it was reported that our friends were being butchered there was a cry of horror. Then a hundred were butchered. But when a thousand were butchered and there was no end to the butchery, a blanket of silence spread. When evil-doing comes like falling rain, nobody calls out 'stop!' When crimes begin More

Gary Leupp (2018-06-01). Trump is Alienating Europe, and This Is a Good Thing. counterpunch.org Thesis: the main achievement of the Trump administration to date has been to alienate European allies, in particular Germany, France and Britain, thus weakening the Atlantic Alliance. Originally concerned by candidate Trump's questioning of NATO's continuing relevance, they have been satisfied by Trump's re-commitment to the alliance (even as he moans about the member countries' More

DDCW (2018-06-01). The True Cost of the Fossil Fuel System Is Massive and Obscured. mintpressnews.com By understanding the key reasons why the global economy behaves as it does today, we will be in a better position to discern the core patterns underlying economic behaviour and, if we choose, to change them.

Paul Edwards (2018-06-01). The Bully's Pulpit. counterpunch.org Efforts at taxonomy of the creature Trump have failed. Vituperation and execration have exhausted their utility. Define the beast by its behavior. Taking him at his word—absurd, of course—that his actions are intended to make America great again—has to show what that must mean for him. His triumphs, then: to favor obscene wealth in taxation; More

Staff (2018-06-01). Defense Department to Handle Federal Background Checks. truthdig.com The change aims to fix a security clearance system whose weaknesses were exposed by the case of a Navy contractor who gunned down a dozen people at Washington's Navy Yard in 2013.

candice (2018-06-01). Trump Supports Another Racist March. truthout.org Chicago Police have every right to legally protest against the mayor and an administration that just won't let them do their job. The killings are at a record pace and tough police work, which Chicago will not allow, would bring things back to order fast…the killings must stop! | — Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) May 25, 2018 | Donald Trump recently tweeted his support for the Chicago police who marched on May 23 in protest outside Chicago's City Hall, saying, "The Chicago Police have every right to legally protest against the mayor and an administration that won't let them do their job." Trump claimed that killings are occurring at a record pace in Chicago, and that "tough police work" would restore order quickly, if only Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel would allow it. In reality, 198 people have been killed in Chicago…

Jeffrey St. Clair (2018-06-01). Badge of Impunity. counterpunch.org What does it take to awaken a somnambulant media these days? Getting shot in the back 8 times by trigger-happy cops while standing in your grandmother's backyard while holding a cell phone? That was the fate of young Stephon Clark on the night of March 18 in the Meadowview neighborhood of Sacramento, whose ghastly murder More

Martha Burk (2018-06-01). Long Live the Litigators. counterpunch.org Shortly after Donald Trump was awarded the presidency by our perverted and antiquated electoral system, I got desperate calls from some normally non-political family members and friends. They wanted to know what they could do to counter the governing debacle they knew would come. Most asked where they could give money. I had only one More

Dana Cook (2018-06-01). "What is Going On in My Country?" RFK's Assassination, 50 Years Later. counterpunch.org Barely two months after civil rights leader Martin Luther King was murdered in Memphis on April 4, 1968, the New York Senator and Democratic presidential candidate Robert Kennedywas gunned down in a Los Angeles hotel kitchen on the night of June 5, after having won the California primary. George Carlin, Lauren Bacall, Andy Warhol, Sammy More

Ricardo Vaz (2018-06-01). "Pueblo a Pueblo": Building Food Sovereignty in Venezuela. counterpunch.org San Agustín is a neighbourhood that starts close to the centre of Caracas and then runs up the hills. With an Afro-Venezuelan majority, it is known for its music, artistic talent and cultural riches, and more recently for the cable car that connects San Agustín to the centre of Caracas. Nevertheless, our visit to San More

PAI (2018-06-01). Federal workers union sues Trump over executive order. peoplesworld.org WASHINGTON (PAI)—The nation's largest union for federal workers, the Government Employees (AFGE), formally sued the Trump administration on May 31, demanding the courts throw out one of his three anti-worker executive orders—the one banning federal payment of "official time" for federal union shop stewards. The three anti-worker orders drew denunciations from AFGE President J. David […]…

Cody Fenwick, AlterNet (2018-06-01). Anthony Scaramucci Defends Trump's Constant Deception—Because It's Not 'Absolute Lying&#039. alternet.org This is the new "alternative facts. " | President Donald Trump's former communications director Anthony Scaramucci on MSNBC Friday evening defended the president's frequent and excessive lying by saying he simply has a unique "communication style. " Trump's tendency to embellish, Scaramucci argued, is not the same as the "absolute lying" that the media accuses him of. The topic came up on the show "The Beat," when filmmaker Rob Reiner asked Scaramucci why Trump "lies all the time. " "There's different shades of that," Scaramucci said. "He is an embellisher of stories, he is a macro-wave surfer, if you will. And so he will tell a big tale and a big story, and so now the media is conflating that with absolute lying. "Scaramucci didn't explain what "absolute lying" is. But Trump does demonstrably lie all the time and has done so in public for years. He. . .

Consortiumnews.com (2018-06-01). Bolton Flunky Fleitz Raises Stakes for Iran. consortiumnews.com From the Archive: Islamophobe & Bolton pal Fred Fleitz has been named chief of staff for the National Security Council. Fletiz was a danger a decade ago in the Bush administration and is even more so now, recalls Ray McGovern…. Read more →

Cody Fenwick, AlterNet (2018-06-01). 'I May Be in for a Big Surprise!': Trump Admits He Didn't Read Kim Jong-un's Letter Moments After Touting How 'Nice' It Was. alternet.org He described a letter from Kim Jong-un as "nice" and "interesting. " Then he said he never read it. | While announcing that the summit with North Korean leader Kim Jong-un on June 12 will still take place after having been canceled, President Donald Trump struggled to keep a few basic facts straight that seem crucial to the negotiations between the two countries. The revival of the summit came after Trump met with a North Korean emissary on Friday afternoon at a meeting that extended for nearly two hours, much longer than was expected. Kim's ally, General Kim Yong Chol, delivered a letter straight from the North Korean leader himself, which Trump described to reporters as "very nice" and "very interesting. "He even taunted eager reporters with its contents, saying, "Oh, would you like to see what was in that letter. " He even pretended to. . .

Emma Fiala (2018-06-01). Lockheed Martin Opening Jerusalem Preschool for Israelis. mintpressnews.com JERUSALEM — American aerospace contractor and maker of the F-35 stealth fighter jet, Lockheed Martin, is opening a "one of a kind" science-focused preschool in Jerusalem, with plans to serve Israeli children as young as five, according to a press release from Jerusalem's municipality. | In May of this year, an Israeli military official openly bragged that "Israel was the first regime in the world to have used the U.S.-made F-35 stealth fighter jets in attack mode." In December of 2016, Israel received the first two F-35s out of the 50 ordered from the United States. | Lockheed Martin invested over $1 billion in Israel between 2010 and 2017. | The new preschool will belong to a larger Lockheed Martin project in Israel that has already seen schools open in Be'er Sheva and Kiryat Malachi. The Kiryat Menachem neighborhood will…

Brad Reed, Raw Story (2018-06-01). Arnold Schwarzenegger Slams Trump's Coal Bailout Plan in One Hilarious Tweet. alternet.org Schwarzenegger has regularly taunted Trump on Twitter by mocking him over his low approval ratings, among other things. | Actor and former California Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger on Friday slammed the Trump administration for going out of its way to bail out struggling coal plants by forcing grid operators to buy electricity from them. "I eagerly await the administration's regulations protecting pagers, fax machines, and Blockbuster," Schwarzenegger wrote. Arnold ‚úî@Schwarzenegger I eagerly await the administration's regulations protecting pagers, fax machines, and Blockbuster. twitter. com/jendlouhyhc/status/1002386812038414338 . . . 8: 41 AM – Jun 1, 2018 4,441 1,614 people are talking about this Twitter Ads info and privacyThe administration's reported plan to artificially prop up coal. . .

Howard Lisnoff (2018-06-01). Back in the USSR? No, It's Actually Back in the U.S. counterpunch.org Yes, readers, it's official, the U.S. is a country with all kinds of hate. I opened the Internet on Memorial Day thinking about my father-in-law, Bill Solomon, who said that he fought in World War II to stop Hitler. He was wounded in battles in North Africa and on D-Day, but never really wanted anything More

Andres D. Medellin (2018-06-01). Yanga: The Forgotten Rebellion Against Colonial Rule in Mexico. counterpunch.org At the beginning of the 17th Century, hiding in the coastal highlands of Veracruz in New Spain (the territory which encompasses Mexico at present), the members of the palenques (communities of escaped slaves) attacked both merchants and soldiers, with weapons that were captured from their erstwhile Spanish slavers. Spain was unable to contain the resistance for more than More

Mark Sumner, Daily Kos (2018-06-01). The U.S. Government Has Spent More Than 4 Times the Cost of Mueller's Investigation to Let Trump Play Golf. alternet.org Robert Mueller's special counsel investigation has cost an estimated $16. 7 million its first year. Trump's golf outings have cost $67 million. | The Justice Department has released a reporting showing the cost of Special Counsel Robert Mueller's investigation into foreign entanglements of the Trump campaign. Through just over a year, the total comes in at $16. 7 million. Naturally, this resulted in a morning tweet from Donald Trump. Trump had previously pegged the cost of the investigation at $20 million, an exaggeration modest enough that he likely had someone at the DOJ check the books for him. And while Trump may be wishing he had that cash so he could grab some Florida real estate for a Russian oligarch, the cost of the ongoing investigation does seem . . . perfectly reasonable. Compared to the estimated $67 million the government has providing Trump with. . .

Enrique Armijo, The Conversation (2018-06-01). A Legal Scholar Explains How Sandy Hook Parents Can Achieve Justice Against Conspiracy Theorist Alex Jones. alternet.org Defamation laws do not provide an easy answer for grieving families targeted by Alex Jones. | Alex Jones, a well-known media personality, falsely claims you were an accomplice in faking the murder of your own child. You sue him. It seems such a case should be easy to win, given the nature of those statements. But defamation law does not provide an equally easy answer. I am a legal scholar who studies the intersection between the First Amendment and online speech. A court battle now being fought illustrates the difficulties in winning such a case, and how current law needs modernizing in order to address the needs of the aggrieved and the ways we talk about public tragedies. Sandy Hook: Fact and fiction Here's the background: On Dec. 14, 2012, gunman Adam Lanza shot and killed 20 6- and 7-year-olds at the Sandy. . .

Jill Richardson (2018-06-01). Unlearning Racial Bias Takes Time, But It's Worth It. counterpunch.org Starbucks recently closed its stores for a one-day racial bias training for all its employees. Unfortunately, I think there's a good chance it won't make much difference. How can I say so confidently that a day of training will have no effect? Because I teach sociology of race at the college level. I know what it takes More

Colin Todhunter (2018-06-01). From Bernays to Trump, Hooked on Misery. counterpunch.org The father of modern public relations and spin, Edward Bernays was a cold, cynical manipulator of mass perception. He knew that by shaping people's desires in a certain way, governments and corporations could sell just about any notion to the masses and manipulate them at will. Whether it was whipping up fear about the bogeyman More

Cody Fenwick, AlterNet (2018-06-01). New York Times Deletes Tweet After Getting Slammed for Ridiculous False Equivalency Between Trump and Obama on Race. alternet.org The backlash was swift and biting. | The New York Times posted a tweet to promote a new story comparing the different ways the presidencies of Barack Obama and Donald Trump as they relate to racism in the United States — and the paper quickly regretted it. In the since-deleted tweet, the Times wrote: "Obama offered balm. Trump drops verbal bombs. But both were accused, in a polarized country, of making racial tensions worse. "The blowback was immediate, and the tweet, which linked to this article, was quickly removed. Twitter slammed the paper's egregious false equivalency in the tweet. "Go home you are drunk," was Twitter user Southpaw's response. Others parodied the tweet's equivocation between those who call out Trump's blatant racism and the racists who attacked the country's first black president for making "racial tensions" worse. "Some say the guy who sang. . .

Salam Ali (2018-06-01). Shi'ite-Communist coalition wins most seats in Iraq election. peoplesworld.org In Iraq's recent parliamentary elections, the Sairoun (Forward) Alliance, whose main partners are the political forces of Shi'ite cleric Muqtada al-Sadr and the Iraqi Communist Party, won the largest number of seats. In the interview below, Salam Ali, the international secretary of the Iraqi Communist Party, explains how Sairoun came out on top. For further […]…

Louis Proyect (2018-06-01). The Secrets of Katyn. counterpunch.org Now rentable on iTunes, Amazon and other VOD platforms for $5.99, "The Last Witness" is a narrative film about the Katyn massacre of 1940. This joint Polish-British production is well worth seeing both for its dramatic power and for its probing examination of how England served Stalin's Great Russian chauvinism by covering up the massacre More

Nick Pemberton (2018-06-01). Ivanka's Full Frontal. counterpunch.org Good my lord, You have begot me, bred me, loved me. I return those duties back as are right fit: Obey you, love you, and most honor you. — Cordelia, King Lear Last Sunday Ivanka Trump posted a curiously timed photo of herself nuzzled up to her son with the caption "Sunday Morning." This came More

CounterSpin (2018-06-01). Joanne Doroshow on Forced Arbitration Ruling, Julio López Varona on Puerto Rico's Predators. fair.org Media…

Jonah Raskin (2018-06-01). Eric Mann: Public Organizer. counterpunch.org "I think that the left has a lot to offer today, if you don't jump too far ahead and don't think you're anyone's vanguard." — Eric Mann, Los Angeles May 28, 2018 Eric, I know that you're written a dozen books, including most recently "Playbook for Progressives," and that you're now writing about your own More

Staff (2018-06-01). Who Would Lose in a Trade War. truthdig.com Cheesemakers in Wisconsin, farmers in the Great Plains, distillers in Kentucky and employees of such iconic American brands as Harley-Davidson and Levi Strauss are all standing in the line of fire.

Mark Gruenberg (2018-06-01). Union nurse in chaotic Iowa Dem gubernatorial primary. peoplesworld.org DES MOINES, Iowa—It's been overshadowed by congressional primary conflagrations in California, but Cathy Glasson, leader of a large Iowa nurses' union—running on a platform that includes Medicare for All, Fight for $15 and a union, making it easier to unionize, and other progressive causes—is smack in the middle of a chaotic Democratic gubernatorial primary there. […]…

Tamir Sorek (2018-06-01). Racism on the pitch: Jerusalem soccer team wants 'Trump' in its name. peoplesworld.org In a nod of appreciation to Donald Trump's decision to move the U.S. Embassy to Jerusalem, the Israeli soccer club Beitar Jerusalem announced that it would like to change its name to Beitar "Trump" Jerusalem. The willingness of a major sports team to openly embrace a polarizing politician might come as a surprise to American sports fans. In the […]…

Jared (2018-06-01). Origins of the Opioid Crisis: Purdue Pharma Knew of OxyContin Abuse in 1996 but Covered It Up. truthout.org An explosive New York Times report has revealed that manufacturers of the drug OxyContin knew it was highly addictive as early as 1996, the first year after the drug hit the market. The Times published a confidential Justice Department report this week showing that Purdue Pharma executives were told OxyContin was being crushed and snorted for its powerful narcotic, but still promoted it as less addictive than other opioid painkillers. This report is especially damning because Purdue executives have testified before Congress that they were unaware of the drug's growing abuse until years after it was on the market. Today, drug overdoses are the leading cause of death for Americans under age 50. While President Trump claimed Tuesday that numbers relating to opioid addiction are "way down," the latest statistics show there was an increase of opioid-related deaths and overdoses during Trump's first…

Carole Avalon (2018-06-01). Accolades for 'The Americans' series finale. peoplesworld.org

Ilana Novick (2018-06-01). Most Americans Feel Racism Is Getting Worse, Poll Shows. truthdig.com Perhaps the most shocking statistic in the NBC News poll is that 47 percent of respondents say the subject of race relations never comes up in conversation with family and friends.

Ahmed Abdulkareem (2018-06-01). A View from the Rubble of Sana'a: What Happens When an Airstrike Hits Your Street. mintpressnews.com Ignored by the Western media and unseen by the rest of the world, the Saudis abide by few rules of war, in their attempt to ethnically cleanse this nation of 27 million people, and clear a path for Western powers to seize control of its mineral resources and its gateway ports.

David Yearsley (2018-06-01). Carrots, Moors and Semele in Berlin. counterpunch.org The Comic Opera (Komische Oper) stands a few blocks from where the most fortified section of the wall that encircled West Berlin ran from 1961 to 1989. Near the edge of the former East Berlin and a hop-skip-and-a-jump from Hitler's final bunker, the Comic Opera is one of the three opera houses in the German More

David Badash, The New Civil Rights Movement (2018-06-01). 'Like Talking to a Toddler': Veteran Whose 14-Year-Old Was Killed in Santa Fe School Shooting Slams Trump's Response. alternet.org Trump told reporters he was going to "have a little fun" speaking with victims' families. | The parent of one of the students murdered in the Santa Fe, Texas high school massacre was not impressed with President Donald Trump's Thursday visit. Trump flew to spend some time with the victims' families before heading on to a fundraiser in Dallas. Trump repeatedly referred to the Santa Fe shooter as "wacky," Army veteran Rhonda Hart told The Associated Press. Hart's 14-year old daughter, Kimberly Vaughan, was killed during the massacre. "Maybe if everyone had access to mental health care, we wouldn't be in the situation," she says she told the president. Hart also suggested to Trump that schools employ veterans as "sentinels," to keep watch over the students. "And arm them? " Trump asked her. She replied, "No," but said Trump "kept mentioning" arming classroom teachers. "It was. . .

Cody Fenwick, AlterNet (2018-06-01). GOP Senate Majority Leader Warns Trump Could Get 'Snookered' by North Korea. alternet.org Trump announced that a summit is back on Friday — but members of his party still have concerns. | President Donald Trump is clearly eager to achieve a major deal in negotiations with North Korean leader Kim Jong-un, but a top GOP senator is warning that his eagerness may give Kim the upper hand. If Trump is too quick to deal, the United States could end up giving away the store. "If you fall in love with a deal, and it's too important for you to get it, and the details become less significant, you could get snookered," said Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) on Friday. Trump later announced that the summit with Kim scheduled for June 12 in Singapore is back on after he had canceled the meeting last week. McConnell is not the first to warn that Trump may agree too. . .

Brad Reed, Raw Story (2018-06-01). Border Patrol Agents Seize 64-Year-Old American's Life Savings — And Won't Return It Despite Not Charging Him With a Crime. alternet.org Cleveland resident Rustem Kazazi was strip searched by customs officials at an airport last year. | U. S. Customs and Border Protection agents are being accused of seizing a 64-year-old man's life savings — and then refusing to give it back to him even after they declined to charge him with a crime. The Washington Post reports that Cleveland resident Rustem Kazazi was strip searched by customs officials at an airport last year because officials suspected he was involved in smuggling, drug trafficking or money laundering. As part of the search, officials seized $58,000 in cash that Kazazi was carrying on him — and they still haven't given it back even though they did not uncover enough evidence to charge him with a crime. Kazazi denies that he was involved in any nefarious activity, and he says that he was carrying that much. . .

Media Matters Staff, Media Matters for America (2018-06-01). CPAC Head Matt Schlapp Says Trump Should Abuse His Pardon Powers to Warn Mueller Against Going 'Too Far&#039. alternet.org "If that's the message [Trump] is sending to Mueller, I'm fine with that" | From the June 1 edition of Fox News' America's Newsroom: MATT SCHLAPP (CHAIRMAN, AMERICAN CONSERVATIVE UNION): President Trump has sympathy for these well-known, celebrity-like figures who get prosecutorial excess partly because of their fame. They might commit crimes, but the question is did the prosecutors go too far? And I think what we're seeing over and over again is that prosecutors tend to go too far, and I think it could be true with Mueller, and if that's the message he's sending to Mueller, I'm fine with that as well.

Jared (2018-06-01). Unemployment Falls to 3.8 Percent in May, Wage Growth Remains Modest. truthout.org The Bureau of Labor Statistics reported the economy added 223,000 jobs in May. With upward revisions to the data from the prior two months, this brought the three-month average gain to 179,000. The job growth also pushed down the unemployment rate to 3.8 percent, tying a low hit in 2000 (the next previous low is December 1969). | The unemployment rate for Black people fell to 5.9 percent, an all-time low. The drop in unemployment was most notable for Black women 20 years and older, falling 0.4 percentage points to 4.7 percent, and for black teens, with a reported 9.2 percentage point drop to 19.8 percent. Both are record lows. | The other data in the household survey were overwhelmingly positive. While the overall employment-to-population ratio (EPOP) ticked up 0.1 percentage points to 60.4 percent, tying its high for the recovery, the prime-age…

Sam Pizzigati (2018-06-01). How Life-Affirming Tales of Modest Multi-Millionaires can Reinforce a Troubling Message. counterpunch.org Sylvia Bloom died in 2016, an unknown 96-year-old. Now the world knows all about her. The New York Times recently profiled the remarkable fortune Sylvia Bloom quietly accumulated over the course of her 67-year career as a legal secretary. That fortune totaled over $9 million. And Bloom has now left the bulk of that wealth, the Times reveals, to help children More

Finian Cunningham (2018-06-01). The Sinister Choreography of the MH17 Probe to Smear Russia. mintpressnews.com The Dutch-led probe into the 2014 Malaysian airliner disaster has the hallmarks of a psychological operation to frame-up Russia and to justify further sanctions and aggression from the NATO powers. | The so-called Joint Investigation Team (JIT) released an update last Thursday on its ongoing probe into the MH17 air disaster over Eastern Ukraine, in which all 298 people onboard were killed. The JIT's latest release moves the accusation of culpability closer to Russia, with the team claiming that an anti-aircraft Buk missile, which allegedly shot down the plane, was brought into Ukraine by Russia's 53rd Brigade based in Kursk, southwest Russia. | Then on Friday, the day after the high-profile JIT presentation, a news report compiled by US-based McClatchy News and UK-based self-styled online investigative website Bellingcat was published claiming to have identified a senior Russian military intelligence…

Lauren Walker (2018-06-01). As Hundreds of Civil Rights Cases Are Dismissed by Education Department, National Groups Take on DeVos. truthout.org Help Truthout supply a counterpoint to the dangerous rhetoric and misinformation spewing forth from Washington, DC. It takes less than thirty seconds to contribute via card or PayPal: Just click here! Weeks after civil rights advocates began receiving notifications from the Department of Education that their cases regarding discrimination in schools were being dismissed, three … Continued

David Underhill (2018-06-01). Waffle House Serves History Scrambled: Arrest of Chikesia Clemons Follows Familiar Recipe. counterpunch.org Only saturation in Clorox could create somebody whiter than me. By ancestry, upbringing and appearance I'm as standard Euro white as any American can be. Yet there I was—almost the only white face in a packed black church, in a black neighborhood squeezed between the railroad tracks and the swamp and known as the Blackjack, More

Samannaz Rohanimanesh (2018-06-01). Ali Azimi; Of His 'Love And Other Demons'. iranian.com On the modest stage of Central Stage Theater, Berkeley, California, chants a coy savvy musician who developed a heady reputation with his hit song 'Prelude' (PishdarƒÅmad), back in 2014. Ali Azimi -musician, guitarist, singer and songwriter- once again steps into the limelight by showcasing his upcoming album 'Of Love and Other Demons' in a private […]

Chauncey K. Robinson (2018-06-01). 'Cargo': Netflix's Australian zombie film spotlights Aboriginal talent and struggle. peoplesworld.org George A. Romero's 1968 movie Night of the Living Dead was seen as one of the first subversive horror films. It used supernatural terror and monsters to challenge the status quo of not only the genre, but the wider society by bringing focus a range of socio-political themes. Night had strong central female leads, an […]…

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