2018-06-03: News Headlines

Middle East Monitor (2018-06-04). NATO Chief: Alliance Will Not Defend Israel If Iran Attacks. iranian.com NATO's secretary-general says the alliance wouldn't come to Israel's defence in case of attack by arch enemy Iran. Jens Stoltenberg told German magazine Der Spiegel in comments published on Saturday that Israel is a partner, but not a member of the alliance and that NATO's "security guarantee" doesn't apply to Israel. Stoltenberg says NATO is not involved in Middle […]

Hal Brown , Daily Kos (2018-06-03). Renowned Economist Turns Psychologist on Donald Trump: 'He's a Delusional, Psychopathic Threat&#039. alternet.org Jeffrey Sachs wants to remove the president using the 25th Amendment | The word is getting out. Finally. After numerous psychotherapists weighed in on assessing Trump as being not only psychologically unfit to be president, but alarmingly (as the expert contributors to a best selling book put it in their title) a dangerous case. Jeffrey Sachs is an " American economist and director of the Earth Institute at Columbia University, where he holds the title of University Professor, the highest rank Columbia bestows on its faculty. He is known as one of the world's leading experts on economic development and the fight against poverty. " ( Wikipedia). Renowned Economist Jeffrey Sachs Rips Trump As A Gibbering, 'Delusional' Threat He calls for removal of the president using the 25th Amendment. American economist Jeffrey Sachs

Ted Cox, Stinque (2018-06-03). Here's What Happened When I Went Undercover at a Christian Gay-to-Straight Conversion Camp. alternet.org My weekend was filled with crying, singing, and wrestling, as 30 men struggled to overcome their attraction to other men. It was also the first time I felt another man's erection. | I don't remember exactly when I felt his erection pressing into my back. It might have been while he whispered in my ear, "Long ago, you were the Golden Child. But, somehow, that Golden Child was hurt, and you put up a wall to protect yourself. " Or it might have been when other men in the room broke out in song: How could anyone ever tell you | That you're anything less than beautiful? | How could anyone ever tell you | That you're less than whole? I sat on the floor between the outstretched legs of a camp guide, my head leaning back against his shoulder. The guide sat behind me,. . .

Anton Woronczuk (2018-06-03). Noam Chomsky's Political Analysis Comes to Life in Graphic Novel. truthout.org

| What was the importance of the Occupy Movement? What lessons does it hold for future activism? What is the importance of solidarity movements? Truthout interviewed Jeffrey Wilson about the answers to these questions that he learned from Noam Chomsky. | Mark Karlin: In your conversation with Noam Chomsky, there seemed to be a great deal of emphasis on the importance of group activism. Why is this so important? | Jeff Wilson: Coming together through activism is one way to imagine and experiment with creating a better future. The Occupy Wall Street Movement is one example we explore in the book. Chomsky begins by discussing aspects of…

Staff (2018-06-03). Thousands March in New York Gun Protest. truthdig.com NEW YORK—Thousands of demonstrators have marched across New York's Brooklyn Bridge in a protest against gun violence. | A student-led group called Youth Over Guns organized Saturday's protest. The group formed after the deadly mass shooting in Parkland, Florida, in February. | The protesters marched across the bridge and then rallied in lower Manhattan. Most wore orange to show their support for gun violence awareness. | Aalayah Eastmond, a survivor of the shooting at Parkland's Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School, addressed the crowd. Actresses Julianne Moore and Susan Sarandon also were in attendance. | The march was one of several taking place around the country to protest gun violence and urge lawmakers to pass gun restrictions. | Truthdig is running a reader-funded project to document the Poor People's Campaign. Please help us by making a donation.

Anton Woronczuk (2018-06-03). "Ludicrous": Critics Slay Memo From Trump Lawyers Claiming President Above the Law. truthout.org Government watchdogs and legal experts called collective 'bullshit' against the legal team of President Donald Trump on Saturday after it emerged his lawyers had sent a memo to Special Counsel Robert Mueller claiming that the president cannot be charged with obstruction of justice because, as the government's top executive, he has nearly unlimited authority over ongoing Department of Justice investigations and could also, if he desired, issue pardons for those found guilty of misdeeds or illegal behavior. | In what the Times characterized as a "brash assertion of presidential power," the 20-page letter—dated Jan. 29, 2018—states: | It remains our position that the President's actions here, by virtue of his position as the chief law enforcement officer, could neither constitutionally nor legally constitute obstruction because that would amount to him obstructing himself, and that he could if he wished, terminate the inquiry, or…

Staff (2018-06-03). Why You Should Urge Everyone You Know to Vote (Video). truthdig.com The largest political party in America isn't the Democratic Party or the Republican Party. It's the Party of Non-Voters. | 94 million Americans who were eligible to vote in the 2016 election didn't vote. That's a bigger number than the number who voted either for Trump or for Clinton. | All of which means that voter turnout will determine who wins control of Congress next November, and who becomes president in 2020. Turnout is everything. | This is why it's so important for you to vote — and urge everyone you know to vote, too. | Truthdig is running a reader-funded project to document the Poor People's Campaign. Please help us by making a donation.

Ray McGovern (2018-06-03). Bolton Flunky Frederick Fleitz Raises Stakes For Iran. iranian.com On a recent TV appearance, I was asked about whistleblowing, but the experience brought back to mind a crystal-clear example of how, before the Iraq War, CIA careerists were assigned "two bosses" — CIA Director George Tenet and John Bolton, the Under Secretary of State for Arms Control and International Security, the arch-neocon who had been […]

Media Matters (2018-06-03). WATCH: Rick Santorum Blames Obama for Trump's Racism. alternet.org The ultimate victim-blaming. | From the June 3 edition of CNN's State of the Union: DANA BASH (GUEST HOST): President Obama said something, according to a new book by his former adviser Ben Rhodes, that really is interesting because it's really about this whole notion of a culture war. He said the following, "maybe we pushed too far. Maybe people just want to fall back into their tribe. Sometimes I wonder whether I was ten or 20 years too early. " For him, you know, he's talking about culture, he's talking about identity politics. Do you agree? KARINE JEAN-PIERRE: Look, I can understand that the president, President Obama, is now reflecting. Especially what we've seen in the last two years. Look when I was in the White House the first two years, I worked on both elections, and what we saw was pretty horrific. You. . .

Staff (2018-06-03). Why Pro-Israel Advocates 'Heart' Roseanne. truthdig.com Actor Roseanne Barr has some unexpected supporters; the Democratic Party's decision to take legal action against WikiLeaks put the first amendment at risk; meanwhile, Coca Cola's claims about water are proven false. These discoveries and more below. | Roseanne Barr Is Convenient Scapegoat for Right-wing Racism and Anti-Semitism | Pro-Israel advocates embraced the disgraced Hollywood star despite — or possibly because of — her history of deranged outbursts. | Why No One Answers Their Phone Anymore | Telephone culture is disappearing. | By Suing WikiLeaks, DNC Could Endanger Principles of Press Freedom | In April, the Democratic National Committee, the governing body of the Democratic Party, announced that it was suing WikiLeaks and Julian Assange—along with a number of other defendants, including the Trump campaign and Russian operatives—for their alleged involvement in the theft and dissemination of DNC computer files…

Anton Woronczuk (2018-06-03). Beyond Honey Bees: Wild Bees Are Also Key Pollinators, and Some Species Are Disappearing. truthout.org Declines in bee populations around the world have been widely reported over the past several decades. Much attention has focused on honey bees, which commercial beekeepers transport all over the United States to pollinate crops. | However, while honey bees are a vital part of our agricultural system, they are generally considered the chickens of the bee world — domesticated and highly managed for specific agricultural use. They are not native to North America and often can't be used as a surrogate for understanding what is happening with native wild bees — the focus of my research. | There are about 5,000 native bee species in North America. Many have shown no evidence of decline, and some are thriving in highly urbanized areas. But other species, including some that were previously common, are becoming harder and harder to find. As…

Jared (2018-06-03). Following Massive Layoffs, the Denver Post Is in Distress. truthout.org

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