2018-06-04: News Headlines

Vijay Prashad (2018-06-04). Four Years of Modi. counterpunch.org It is impossible to miss the brutality. Each day, a video surfaces with an atrocity against Dalits or Muslims or someone else who has a fleeting hold of power in today's India. The most recent video was brought to light by Gujarat's new member of the Legislative Assembly, Jignesh Mevani. Mevani tweeted a video that More

Patrick Cockburn (2018-06-04). The Faked Assassination of Arkady Babchenko. counterpunch.org The faked assassination of Arkady Babchenko is a bizarre affair which has intriguing features similar to the murder of another journalist in Ukraine 18 years ago. The difference is that this previous killing was all too real, but in both cases the Ukrainian government and its security services showed the same weird capacity to discredit More

Javier Sierra (2018-06-04). Administración de Trump: El pez se empieza a pudrir desde la cabeza. peoplesworld.org Pierde uno la cuenta de los abusos y vejaciones que estamos sufriendo casi a diario: Un abogado amenazó con delatar a ICE a los trabajadores de un restaurante de Nueva York por hablar en español con sus clientes. En Montana, ICE detuvo a dos ciudadanas estadounidenses en una gasolinera por hablar español. En Florida, un […]…

Cesar Chelala (2018-06-04). Gun Violence is a Symptom of a Troubled Society. counterpunch.org Every time a horrific incident of mass violence occurs, we should study it with the same care that we study any subject in which our own life is at a stake, because it is. Mass shootings in the United States have reached levels unacceptable in a civilized society. The abundance of guns plays an important More

Jim Kavanagh (2018-06-04). Sacrificing Gaza: The Great March of Zionist Hypocrisy. counterpunch.org The Great March of Return is a startling, powerful expression of Palestinian identity and resistance. Thousands of Palestinians have come out, bravely and unapologetically, to say: "We refuse to remain invisible. We reject any attempt to assign us to the discard pile of history. We will exercise our fundamental right to go home." They have done this unarmed, in the face of Israel's use of deadly armed force against targets (children, press, medics) deliberately chosen to demonstrate the Jewish state's unapologetic determination to force them back into submissive exile by any means necessary. More

Robert Fisk (2018-06-04). Syria's New Housing Law Will Displace Tens of Thousands of Refugees, But Even That Won't Help the Regime Win the War. counterpunch.org When wars end, the winners redraw the maps. That's what the British and French did to the Ottoman Empire after the First World War. It's what Hitler did in Eastern Europe when he thought he was winning. And what the Allies did after the Second World War. It's what the Israelis did during the Palestinian More

Robert Koehler (2018-06-04). The American Way of War: Evolution Stops Here. counterpunch.org America does what it wants. This is obvious, except it's also monstrously unnerving. Let's at least add some quote marks: "America" does what it wants — this secretly defined, self-obsessed, unelected entity that purports to be the United States of America, all 325 million of us, but is, in fact, a narrowly focused amalgam of More

Staff (2018-06-04). Scores of Immigrants Dead After Boat Sinks Off Tunisia. truthdig.com Sixty-eight are rescued, at least 46 are confirmed dead, and many more are missing. Authorities say the vessel was believed to have been carrying about 180 passengers.

Dean Baker (2018-06-04). Trumpian Boasts About the Trump Tax Cuts. counterpunch.org Folks may remember that the Republicans sold their tax plan, which centered on a big cut in corporate taxes, with the promise that it will lead to a flood of investment. This would mean higher productivity growth, and therefore higher wages. Well, we aren't really seeing much evidence of that increase to date, but that More

Staff (2018-06-04). Volcanic Eruption Kills at Least 25 in Guatemala. truthdig.com The latest fatalities are discovered in the community of San Miguel Los Lotes. Rescuers are struggling to reach rural residents cut off by the eruption of Volcan de Fuego.

Middle East Monitor (2018-06-04). Russia Snubs Saudi Threats Over Qatar Military Deal. iranian.com Russia will supply Qatar with an anti-aircraft missile system despite reported Saudi threats to take military action over the deal, the state-run Sputnik news agency reported. A Russian lawmaker made the remarks on Saturday, after French daily Le Monde reported that the Saudi King had warned he might use force to prevent Qatar from acquiring the S-400 system. "Russia seeks its own […]

David Mattson (2018-06-04). Monuments to the Ego. counterpunch.org Some rich bourgeoisie newcomers have perpetrated yet the latest in a series of atrocities upon the small valley where we live, entailing an assault on the sensibilities of virtually everyone and everything living there. Adding insult to injury, this has all been done with apparent utter disregard for us, our neighbors, our dirt road, the wildlife, the native vegetation, and everything sacred and beautiful. More

AFSCME en Español (2018-06-04). Trabajadores de un hospital en D.C. votan para unirse a AFSCME. peoplesworld.org WASHINGTON, D.C. — Trabajadores del hospital Providence en Washington, D.C., votaron poderosamente a favor de unirse a una unión fuerte, superando una campaña de intimidación de la gerencia del hospital. Al lograrlo, han conseguido una voz en el trabajo para mejorar la atención al paciente y resolver importantes temas como la falta de personal y […]…

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 […]

Laura Flanders (2018-06-04). Throwing Shade Not Light on Youth Voting. counterpunch.org It's the summer before midterm elections, and the political forecast is already promising heavy showers of skepticism about young voters. The seasonal downpour is especially important this year because, for the first time, 18-35-year-old "millennials"—and their even younger counterparts, "generation z"—will be America's single largest voting block with power to swing the result if they More

Andrés Castro (2018-06-04). Ropa Vieja in Cuba and Puerto Rico. counterpunch.org The dish of Ropa Vieja I was served in Old Havana, where tourists come to play, was tough—was very tough— was indescribably tough— much like I remember eating in the countryside on my island. After visiting Cuba for the first time last week, I returned to New York City, where my attention quickly turned to More

Anthony Papa (2018-06-04). Is Trump is Using his Pardon Powers the Right Way? counterpunch.org President Trump and the use of presidential pardons is all over the news. Earlier this week the President met with Kim Kardashian to discuss the case of Alice Marie Johnson, a grandmother who has spent more than 20 years behind bars on a drug charge. And Friday he used his power to pardon to grant relief to Dinesh D'Sousa, More

Uri Avnery (2018-06-04). Oh, Gaza, Strong as Death. counterpunch.org Strong as Death | Oh, Gaza. Strong as death is love. | I loved Gaza. That is a play on words. The Biblical Song of Songs says that love is strong as death. Strong in Hebrew is Aza. Aza is also the Hebrew name of Gaza. | I have spent many happy hours in Gaza. I had many friends there. From the leftist Dr. Haidar Abd al-Shafi to the Islamist Mahmoud al-Zahar, who is now the foreign minister of Hamas. | I was there when Yasser Arafat, the son of a Gazan family, came home. They put me in the first row of the reception at the Rafah border, and that evening he received me at the hotel on the Gaza sea shore, seating me next to him on the stage during a press conference. | I met with a friendly attitude everywhere…

wsws.org (2018-06-04). Trump lawyers claim unlimited presidential authority. wsws.org The purpose of the January letter was to respond to pressure from the special counsel for Trump to testify under oath about a range of issues.

wsws.org (2018-06-04). US Border Patrol execution of undocumented Guatemalan woman sparks anger and nationwide protests. wsws.org Claudia Gomez Gonzalez, 19, was summarily executed by a Border Patrol agent in the border town of Rio Bravo near Laredo, Texas, on May 23.

wsws.org (2018-06-04). Papua New Guinea government plans to block access to Facebook. wsws.org The threatened month-long ban is part of a shift toward more authoritarian forms of rule, aimed at suppressing opposition to austerity measures and official corruption.

wsws.org (2018-06-04). US ramps up threats to China and North Korea. wsws.org Whatever the outcome of a Trump-Kim summit, the US confrontation with China will escalate.

wsws.org (2018-06-04). Solo: A Star Wars Story—Adventure without much substance. wsws.org The fourth Star Wars film released by Disney serves as a shallow adventure story with some reference to world politics, but very little that will be challenging to viewers.

wsws.org (2018-06-04). Deep divisions over US trade policies at G7 finance ministers meeting. wsws.org The statement from the G7, agreed to by Canada, the UK, Germany, France, Italy and Japan, pointed to the "negative impact of the unilateral trade actions of the United States."

wsws.org (2018-06-04). French riot police launch mass expulsions of refugees from Paris. wsws.org On Wednesday, hundreds of French riot police assaulted one of the biggest refugee camps in France, at the Saint Denis Canal in the 19th district of Paris.

Human Rights Watch (2018-06-04). Morocco: Another Crackdown on Protests. hrw.org Riot police block demonstrators during a job protest after two miners died while working in a clandestine coal mine, in Jerada, Morocco, December 27, 2017. | © 2017 Reuters | (Tunis) — Moroccan police responded to March 2018 protests in the impoverished mining town of Jerada with weeks of repression, Human Rights Watch said. Security forces used excessive force against protesters, recklessly drove a police van into a 16-year-old boy, who was severely injured, and arrested protest leaders and reportedly mistreated them in detention. | The repression mirrors the response to similar protests over economic grievances and perceived government neglect in 2016-2017, in the Rif region, also in northern Morocco. The authorities said protesters in Jerada were arrested after the protests turned violent and protesters damaged property. While some protesters threw stones on March…

wsws.org (2018-06-04). Union announces deals to prevent strike by Las Vegas casino workers. wsws.org Workers should demand the full contract and sufficient time to study and discuss it before any ratification vote.

wsws.org (2018-06-04). Facebook expands censorship of news organizations with restrictions on political ads. wsws.org Facebook's new restrictions on political ads have begun to affect news and media organizations, including the World Socialist Web Site.

wsws.org (2018-06-04). Singer-songwriter Roger Waters calls for defence of Assange. wsws.org Waters emailed the World Socialist Web Site last month to convey his support for international action to defend Julian Assange.

wsws.org (2018-06-04). Florida jury awards $4 to family of man killed by police. wsws.org Gregory Hill was only 30 years old, and leaves behind three young children.

wsws.org (2018-06-04). Petrobras chief resigns as Brazilian truckers end strike. wsws.org The truckers' blockades were supported by an overwhelming majority as an act of resistance against the economic suffering endured by hundreds of millions of Brazilians.

wsws.org (2018-06-04). Lies and contradictions pile up on Ukraine's faked murder of Babchenko. wsws.org Western governments and media outlets fear that the crudity of Ukraine's state operation will discredit their anti-Russia campaign.

wsws.org (2018-06-04). UK: Grenfell victims' relatives unable to commemorate loved-ones due to government anti-immigration policies. wsws.org Government policies bringing about heartache for Grenfell relatives are having the very impact the government desired—making it more difficult for them to testify at the public inquiry.

wsws.org (2018-06-04). Lawyer Julian Burnside endorses June 17 Sydney demonstration for Assange's freedom. wsws.org "The Turnbull government must help Julian Assange now. He must be helped to leave the Ecuadorean Embassy without being arrested."

wsws.org (2018-06-04). 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 (2018-06-04). US media turns blind eye to the death of 5,000 Puerto Ricans. wsws.org The Harvard study on the impact of Hurricane Maria on Puerto Rico is a damning exposure of one of the most monstrous cover-ups in US history.

wsws.org (2018-06-04). Lift the ban on communications! Free Julian Assange! wsws.org The American state and its allies are seeking to destroy WikiLeaks and Julian Assange in order to intimidate every critical and independent media organisation.

amnesty.org (2018-06-04). Tunisia: Truth and Dignity Commission Must Be Kept Alive. amnesty.org

wsws.org (2018-06-04). CWA continues token strikes at AT&T Midwest—workers demand decisive struggle. wsws.org One CWA worker in Detroit told WSWS reporters: "People are getting tired and they're saying we're not going to wait for the union anymore. We have to do this ourselves."

wsws.org (2018-06-04). This Week in History June 4-10. wsws.org Eight immigrants die in wreck of Golden Venture on Rockaway Beach On June 6, 1993, the wreck of the freighter Golden Venture on the shores of Rockaway Beach, New York revealed a modern form of the slave trade, in which Chinese immigrant workers were packed into the holds of ships and smuggled into the United States to work as sweatshop labor.

wsws.org (2018-06-04). Libyan militias shoot 15 dead after mass escape from migrant torture camp. wsws.org The business of kidnapping and ransom payments is booming in Libya, with dozens of camps in which refugees from across Africa and the Middle East are confined, tortured, sold or murdered.

wsws.org (2018-06-04). Dozens drown in Mediterranean as Europe cracks down on immigrants. wsws.org At least 55 people died at sea over the weekend—the direct product of the anti-immigrant policies implemented by the governments of Europe.

Global Research News (2018-06-03). The Globalization of War. Anti-war Panel in Regina, Sask. Michel Chossudovsky, David Orchard, David Gehl. globalresearch.ca PUBLIC PEACE PANEL | Jun 8, 2018, Regina, Saskatchewan organized by the Regina Peace Council | This important event will focus on the history of America's wars of aggression, the role of Canada in supporting US led wars and the need to …

Global Research News (2018-06-03). Selected Articles: Peace Is a Cliché. globalresearch.ca Dear Readers, | More than ever, Global Research needs your support. Our task as an independent media is to "Battle the Lie". | "Lying" in mainstream journalism has become the "new normal": mainstream journalists are pressured to comply. Some journalists refuse. | Lies, …

Andre Vltchek (2018-06-03). Peace Is a Cliché: When the West Cannot Control the World Unopposed It Means War. globalresearch.ca Featured image: Kibera Slum in Nairobi with over 1 million inhabitants | The West likes to think of itself as a truly "peace-loving part of the world". But is it? You hear it everywhere, from Europe to North America, then to …

Prof. John McMurtry (2018-06-03). Understanding the U.S. War State. globalresearch.ca This incisive article by Professor John McMurtry was first published by Science for Peace and Global Research fifteen years ago in May 2003 | *** | "It is easy. All you have to do is tell the people they are being attacked, …

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,. . .

Chris Hedges (2018-06-03). The Second Sight of W.E.B. Du Bois. truthdig.com The famed sociologist saw what most white intellectuals could not: the savage nature of an American empire intent on suppressing and exploiting people of color in the U.S. and across the world.

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…

True Publica (2018-06-03). China's Petro-yuan "Becomes Real": India Joins International Group Dumping US Dollars in Oil Trades to Bypass US Sanctions. globalresearch.ca When Donald Trump's administration decided to withdraw from the Iran nuclear deal, the goal was to partner with allies to push Iran to negotiate a new agreement through even tougher sanctions. The new agreement would cover nuclear activities …

Gregory Kulacki (2018-06-03). Nuclear Hawks in Tokyo Call for Stronger US Nuclear Posture in Japan and Okinawa. globalresearch.ca Donald Trump's plan for a more muscular US nuclear posture got a ringing endorsement from the increasingly right-wing government of Japan. Not long after the Trump administration released its Nuclear Posture Review ( NPR) in early February, Foreign …

Staff (2018-06-03). Israeli Forces Kill Palestinian Nurse, Injure 100 Protesters. truthdig.com Ma'an News Agency reports: Israeli forces shot and killed a 21-year-old Palestinian woman paramedic on Friday, as she was treating injured protesters during ongoing demonstrations along the Gaza border with Israel, in the southern Gaza Strip. The Gaza Ministry of Health reported that 21-year-old Razan Ashraf al-Najjar, from the Khan Younis-area town of Khuzaa, was shot in the stomach as Israeli forces deployed near the border fence opened fire on a group of five paramedics, including al-Najjar, as they were aiding injured protesters near the fence. The spokesperson of the ministry, Ashraf al-Qidra, added that more than 100 protesters were injured on Friday, 40 of them with live ammunition, while the others suffered from tear-gas related injuries. Al-Najjar was one of at least two medics who had been killed by Israeli forces since the "Great March of Return" began in Gaza on March…

Middle East Monitor (2018-06-03). Israel Party Leader: Netanyahu Must Resign Over Spying On Mossad For His Planned Iran Strike. iranian.com Israeli opposition leader Avi Gabbay has called on Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to step down over reports that he spied on a number of security officials, Israeli media has reported. On Thursday night, an investigative news program reported that Netanyahu in 2011 had asked the head of Shin Bet, Israel's domestic security agency, to monitor […]

Elizabeth Preza, AlterNet (2018-06-03). Jon Stewart Defends Samantha Bee: Trump Says 'C*nt' Instead of 'Please&#039. alternet.org Comedian Jon Stewart suggested Donald Trump might not actually be offended by Samantha Bee's word choice. | Jon Stewart on Sunday night defended his former protégé Samantha Bee's use of the word "c*nt" to describe White House adviser Ivanka Trump, suggesting the Trump administration's peal-clutching over Bee's use of profanity is faux-outrage on the president's part. "They don't give a shit about the word 'c*nt,'" Stewart said bluntly. "[Donald Trump] says that instead of 'please,' I'm guessing. "As the Daily Beast's Matt Wilstein reports, Stewart made the remark during an audience Q&A with the San Francisco Chronicle's Peter Hartlaub. Stewart, who was set to perform late Sunday at Clusterfest, told the Q&A audience he thinks Donald Trump can be defeated—but warned his side isn't playing fair. "Please understand that a lot of what the right does, and it's maybe their greatest genius, is they've. . .

Mehr News Agency (2018-06-03). Iranian Mat-Woven Products Exported For First Time. iranian.com Some 800 mat-woven products from Khuzestan province were exported for the first time last week to Qatar and the United Arab Emirates. A special plan has been implemented from last year to support mat-weaving in Southern provinces and create more jobs in this field, said Amir-Mehdi Taherifar, the director of the plan named 'Karevan-e Peivand'. […]

Staff (2018-06-03). Many With Breast Cancer Don't Need Chemo, Major Study Finds. truthdig.com The study says up to 70,000 women a year who have the most common form of early-stage breast cancer can skip the harsh drug therapy without hurting their chances of beating the disease.

Martin Cizmar, Raw Story (2018-06-03). Southern Baptist Seminary President Said It Was 'Good' Student was Raped and Tried to 'Break Her Down' in Investigation: Report. alternet.org The report also details allegations involving Patterson's apparent argument that abused women should stay with their abusers going back almost 20 years. | Explosive new allegations have been made about Paige Patterson, who was the president of a Texas Southern Baptist until being fired this week. Patterson said that it was "a good thing" that a student was raped by another student and sought to get the survivor alone to "break her down," according to the woman's attorney as reported in the Star-Telegram. "I am told he said it was a 'good thing' my client had been raped and that her future husband wouldn't care if she was a virgin or not," the woman's lawyer told the Star-Telegram. "He threatened to sic lawyers on her [mother] for questioning his leadership at the school when she asked why the assailant was allowed on campus. "The report also details allegations involving Patterson's apparent argument that abused women should stay with their abusers going back almost 20 years. Watch a video with interviews from the survivors below. | . mcclatchy-embed{position: relative;padding: 40px 0 56. 25%;height: 0;overflow: hidden;max-width: 100%}. mcclatchy-embed iframe{position: absolute;top: 0;left: 0;width: 100%;height: 100%}. . .

Andrew Korybko (2018-06-03). Pipeline Geopolitics: The US is Against Russia's Nord Stream II Because of the "Three Seas Initiative" globalresearch.ca The second direct underwater pipeline between Russia and Germany is continuing to come under heavy pressure from the US, which is completely against its construction and even threatened to sanction those who are involved with it. Germany is the EU's …

Jon Queally, Common Dreams (2018-06-03). 'Ludicrous': Critics Slay New Memo Claiming Trump Above the Law. alternet.org Under this legal argument, warned one lawmaker, the president "could shoot a federal employee on 5th Ave and still not be able to be indicted, or even subpoenaed. " | 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,. . .

Colin Todhunter (2018-06-03). The Empire Strikes Back: Leaving Indian Farmers in the Dirt. asia-pacificresearch.com

Judith Deutsch (2018-06-03). The Canadian Pension Plan: The Deadly Hand of the Market. Investing in Weapons and Fossil Fuel. globalresearch.ca A recent article in the Toronto Star and its accompanying photo bear comment. The reaching hands are not of rioting, starving people grasping for food but of stockbrokers on the trading floor. The article, about protecting individual portfolios, counsels people …

DJRP (2018-06-03). Why America Needs War. globalresearch.ca GR Editor's Note: This incisive article was written on April 30, 2003 in the immediate wake of the war on Iraq, by historian and political scientist Dr. Jacques Pauwels. | The article largely pertains to the presidency of George W. …

Jon Queally, Common Dreams (2018-06-03). Bernie Sanders: 'We Need to Shame Disney' Over Poverty Wages. alternet.org While Disney gobbles up hundreds of million in taxpayer subsidies, Sanders joins workers to rail against corporate largess that denies people a living wage and fuels inequality | Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt. ) hosted a forum with labor groups and employees of the Disney corporation in California on Saturday and castigated one of the wealthiest and most powerful media companies in the world for showering its executives and investors with millions of dollars while lower-level workers continue with "poverty wages" that make it nearly impossible to make ends meet. "We are talking about a company that has received huge tax breaks from the tax payers here in Anaheim, but in addition to that, received over $1 billion in tax breaks from Trump's tax giveaway to the wealthy," Sanders told the crowd Saturday morning at the event that took place near the company's iconic Disneyland. . .

Yves Engler (2018-06-03). Pro-Israeli Groups "Weaponize" Jewish Cultural Initiatives to Amplify Their Campaign against Palestinians. globalresearch.ca Should "Jewish Heritage Month" be used as a cover for Israeli nationalism and to suppress Palestinian protest? | A recent incident at a Toronto high school demonstrates the depravity of the pro-Israel lobby. It also illustrates their use of Canadian cultural …

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…

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). 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.

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

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