2018-06-05: News Headlines

Emma Fiala (2018-06-05). Saudis Threaten Military Response if Qatar Deploys Russian Anti-Aircraft Missiles. mintpressnews.com RIYADH, SAUDI ARABIA — Saudi Arabia's King Salman has threatened to take military action against Qatar if the nation follows through with plans to install a Russian S-400 anti-aircraft defense system. The Saudi king penned a letter to French President Emmanuel Macron, expressing his concern over negotiations between Qatar and Russia: The kingdom would be ready to take all necessary measures to eliminate this defense system, including military action." | While Salman stated that Saudi Arabia aims to maintain peace in the region by preventing the sale of the Russian defense system, the kingdom's actions speak otherwise. Under the guise of maintaining peace, Saudi Arabia is responding to the perceived threat of a growing alliance between Iran and Qatar due to Iran's economic growth as well as anti-western imperialist ideology in the region. | In 2017, Saudi Arabia severed diplomatic and economic…

Ilana Novick (2018-06-05). California Mayor Has a Radical Plan to Fight Poverty. truthdig.com Universal basic income has gained traction as a weapon in the war against poverty. The policy, often referred to as UBI, nearly made it all the way onto Hillary Clinton's policy platform as she ramped up her 2016 presidential campaign. Clinton claimed in a 2017 interview with Vox that she "couldn't make the numbers work" nationally, but Michael Tubbs, the 27-year-old mayor of Stockton, Calif., is starting smaller. | As Reuters reports in a story published Monday, Tubbs is planning to offer a group of city residents a no-strings-attached income of $500 per month as part of a campaign to fight poverty. The experimental program should start in early 2019, with an as-yet-undecided number of Stockton residents in the test pool. The program is being funded by the Economic Security Project, a philanthropic network started by Facebook co-founder…

Juan Cole (2018-06-05). Is There Too Much Democracy In The Middle East? iranian.com In the Washington Post last week, historian of the US Yoav Fromer of Tel Aviv University published an article about how the problem with the Middle East is too much democracy and not too little. Fromer seems to take at face value George W. Bush's policy of "democratization." That was a slogan to cover the embarrassment of […]

Chris Sosa, AlterNet (2018-06-05). Fox News Apologizes After Using Misleading Image to Bolster Trump's Attacks on Kneeling NFL Players. alternet.org Someone should tell the network that prayer often involves kneeling. | During a report about President Donald Trump canceling a visit by the Philadelphia Eagles to the White House, Fox News played at least one misleading image of the NFL players in prayer (seen above). The image was presented as an example of the players kneeling during the national anthem in protest against police brutality. Fox News' Christopher Wallace, executive producer of the show on which the footage aired, released a formal apology on behalf of the network following the misleading reporting. "During our report about President Trump canceling the Philadelphia Eagles trip to the White House to celebrate their Super Bowl win, we showed unrelated footage of players kneeling in prayer," the statement said. "To clarify, no members of the team knelt in protest during the national anthem throughout regular or post-season last. . .

Dan Corjescu (2018-06-05). Atheism and Wonder. counterpunch.org Nicht wie die Welt ist, ist das Mystische, sondern daàü sie ist. (The mystical is not how the world is, but that it is) — Ludwig Wittgenstein What can be asserted without evidence can be dismissed without evidence. — Christopher Hitchens Feuerbach, Marx, Nietzsche, Freud, and in our time Richard Dawkins and Daniel Dennett have all espoused a More

Christopher Brauchli (2018-06-05). The Selflessness of Trump. counterpunch.org It has been a period of exciting ups and downs for the average United States citizen, as well as for Kim Jong Un. The reasons are, of course, different. The ups and downs for Kim Jong Un were first the possibility that he would be able to have a summit conference with Mr. Trump, and More

Sophia Akram (2018-06-05). CODEPINK's Medea Benjamin Takes A Look Inside Iran. iranian.com Medea Benjamin's entry into the public sphere came with disruptive vigor in May 2013, when she interrupted an address by former US President Barack Obama to object to his then policy on the use of armed drones. Obama responded to Benjamin at the time saying, "The voice of that woman is worth paying attention to… […]

candice (2018-06-05). Aid Groups Issue Grave Warnings as Trump Considers Major Escalation of US Military Role in Yemen. truthout.org In a " horrifying" development that international aid groups and independent critics warn could worsen what is already the world's most devastating humanitarian crisis, the Trump administration is reportedly considering a plan to greatly expand the US military's role in Yemen in an effort to help Saudi-backed forces seize the country's main humanitarian aid port. | According to the Wall Street Journal—which first reported the details of the plan on Sunday—the Trump White House "is weighing an appeal from the United Arab Emirates (UAE) for direct US support" for Saudi-forces that are closing in on the port city of Hodeidah, where nearly 80 percent of all humanitarian aid and food arrives. Hodeidah is currently controlled by Houthi rebels. | "Secretary of State Mike Pompeo has asked for a quick assessment of the UAE's plea for assistance…

Tom H. Hastings (2018-06-05). Big Man politics, Africa to America. counterpunch.org We in the civilized, modern, savvy, worldly, urbane part of the world scoff and pity the poor African countries that can't seem to move past a nearly village-style form of Big Man governance. Those poor benighted foolish people, still trying to learn the ways of sophisticated countries like us. I mean, when western journalists refer More

candice (2018-06-05). Going "Full Dictator"? Trump Claims He Has Right to End Mueller Investigation or Pardon Himself. truthout.org As President Trump celebrated his 500th day in office Monday, many legal experts warned that the country could soon face a constitutional crisis as the president continues to attack special counsel Robert Mueller's investigation. On Monday, Trump tweeted, "The appointment of the Special Counsel is totally UNCONSTITUTIONAL!" He also tweeted, "As has been stated by numerous legal scholars, I have the absolute right to PARDON myself." Over the weekend, The New York Times published a 20-page confidential letter written by Trump's lawyers to special counsel Robert Mueller, in which his lawyers claim Trump is above the law and thus cannot have illegally obstructed the Mueller investigation. Trump's attorneys also claim the Constitution gives the president power to terminate the Mueller probe. We speak to Philadelphia Daily News columnist Will Bunch in Philadelphia. His latest column is headlined "The week Trump went full…

George Payne (2018-06-05). History Will Vindicate Modern Abolitionists. counterpunch.org The Fugitive Slave Act was passed by the U.S. Congress on September 18, 1850, as part of a fateful compromise between Southern slave-holding interests and Northern Free-Soilers. The law stipulated that "all escaped slaves, upon capture, be returned to the one who purchased or inherited them and that officials and citizens of free states had to More

Janine Jackson (2018-06-05). 'Wealthy People Saw Puerto Rico Could Be Attacked'. fair.org Janine Jackson interview Julio López Varona about Puerto Rico's predators for the January 5, 2018, episode of CounterSpin. This is a lightly edited transcript. | Media…

Elliott Gabriel (2018-06-05). OAS Panel Dutifully Ignores Zionist Abuses, Pushes Venezuela Regime Change. mintpressnews.com On May 29, the OAS panel of "independent experts" convened in Washington to build the case for toppling the Bolivarian government and prosecuting Maduro at the International Criminal Court.

Staff (2018-06-05). DeVos Says School Safety Panel Won't Explore Role of Guns. truthdig.com The education secretary tells a congressional hearing that firearms are beyond the scope of the commission, which was established after a mass shooting at a Parkland, Fla., high school.

Barbara Nimri Aziz (2018-06-05). What Remains Hidden: Beyond the Preoccupation With Memoirs of Muslim Women. counterpunch.org More>

The Conversation (2018-06-05). Here's How Skateboarding Flipped Its White Male Image to Welcome the Entire World. alternet.org Having cast aside narrow stereotypes as to who a rider should be, skateboarding's new found diversity is its greatest strength. | For many, skateboarding still conjures up images of Californian dudes called Brad and Jay tearing up sun-baked swimming pools in the 1970s, their tanned torsos and blonde hair contrasting perfectly with blue skies and billowing palm trees. Or perhaps, since the rise of street-based skateboarding in the 1990s, skateboarders are more commonly thought of as roving bands of risk takers, usurping public squares, stairs and handrails to create a punkish alternative to "normal" city life. While both these versions of the sport still thrive, skateboarding is no longer the preserve of urban rebels. There are around 50m riders, thousands of skate parks worldwide , and skating has been officially recognised as an Olympic sport. From the testosterone-fuelled features of. . .

Elizabeth Preza, AlterNet (2018-06-05). Ex-Fox News Reporter Carl Cameron Details How the Russia Government Coordinated with Trump's Campaign. alternet.org Carl Camoen explained how Roger Stone connects the Trump campaign to WikiLeaks and Russia. | Former Fox News Channel chief political correspondent Carl Cameron detailed how the Russian government coordinated with Donald Trump's presidential campaign, in an interview published Tuesday by ThinkProgress. In a series of interviews, Cameron explained the connection between the campaign, longtime Trump adviser Roger Stone and WikiLeaks—the self-described "transparency" organization critics say functioned as an arm of the Russian government during the 2016 presidential election. "Trump confidant Roger Stone's success was having the connections and creating the opportunities for [Russian intelligence officer] Guccifer2. 0 and other Russian groups to really start taking advantage of social media and pounding these negative memes that Hillary's a crook, et cetera," Cameron told ThinkProgress's Joe Romm. Cameron walked through Stone's combination with Guccifer2. 0, the Russian intelligence officer who masqueraded as a lone hacker to divulge. . .

Kevin Gosztola (2018-06-05). What if Chelsea Manning Had Been Home When Police Broke into Her Home for 'Wellness Check'? mintpressnews.com As a friend told the Intercept, "If Chelsea had been home when these cops arrived with guns drawn, she would be dead."

Colin Todhunter (2018-06-05). The Empire Strikes Back: Leaving Indian Farmers in the Dirt. counterpunch.org By 2050, if current policies continue, India could have numerous mega-cities with up to 30-40 million inhabitants and just two to three hundred million people (perhaps 15-20% of the population) left in an emptied-out countryside. Given current trends in the job market, it could mean tens of millions of city-based rural migrants without much work: victims of the ill thought More

Heather Digby Parton, Salon (2018-06-05). Donald Trump's Trade War Masks a Darker Agenda: Aiding the Far Right in Europe. alternet.org U. S. ambassador to Germany vows to help the far right, and Trump's foreign policy looks even more sinister | Amid all the brouhaha about President Trump's lawyers declaring that he is above the law, there is other news, some of it just as alarming as the idea that Trump has decided that he has "absolute power" to pardon himself. I touched on the growing trade war in my Monday column and discussed how Trump is alienating America's traditional allies in Europe and North America, while cozying up to strongman dictators who clearly see him as a mark. Even his good pal, French President Emmanuel Macron, is in the doghouse for failing to properly kowtow. CNN described a phone call about migration and trade between the two leaders: "Just bad. It was terrible," one source told CNN. "Macron thought he. . .

Jason Hirthler (2018-06-05). Staying the Course: the Long March of Middle East Destruction. counterpunch.org The gist of the story should be plain. The United States government is an imperial capitalist juggernaut that is pursuing a singular policy of global domination regardless of which half of the duopoly inhabits the White House (built by black slaves in 1792). There's a checklist in the Oval Office consisting of the seven countries Wesley Clark named, with Russia and North Korea having been penciled in as late additions. Each president crosses one or two off the list and leaves the rest to his successor. Trump will likely attempt to wreck Iran and possibly North Korea. More

candice (2018-06-05). Staggering Debt and Shattered Hopes: How Law Schools Fail Students of Color. truthout.org Law school applications are up this year in what some are calling a " Trump Bump," since around a third of applicants were inspired to apply by Trump's election. Nearly half of them identify themselves as members of a minority group. They've seen lawyers fighting Trump administration policies that discriminate against their communities and want to do the same. If these minority applicants succeed, they could change the balance of power in American society. If they fail, they will find themselves crushed under a lifetime of debt. But few are aware that they are taking this enormous gamble in a rigged game. | On average, minority students end up in lower-ranked law schools, which they pay more to attend than white students, resulting in higher debt burdens. Minority law graduates have lower bar exam passage rates, employment…

Marty Kaplan, Forward (2018-06-05). Did Michael Pollan Kill God? Inside the NYT Food Columnist's Exploration of Magic Mushrooms. alternet.org From Pollan's new book "How to Change Your Mind" — currently on top of the New York Times best-seller list — it looks like he got what he was after. | Michael Pollan had enlightenment envy. Unlike most patients in clinical trials of psilocybin, when Pollan ate a magic mushroom, he wasn't terrified by a terminal illness, he wasn't suffering from alcoholism or depression and he hadn't been diagnosed with a personality disorder. But he "envied the radical new perspectives" of the people in psychedelic therapy whom he interviewed, and he found the idea of "shaking the snow globe" of his mental life appealing. "I also wasn't sure I'd ever had a spiritual experience," he said, and in late middle age, he felt "time was growing short. "From Pollan's new book "How to Change Your Mind" — currently on top of the New York. . .

JoAnne Sweeny, Salon (2018-06-05). Yes, Michael Cohen, Spousal Rape is a Real Thing — as Your Client Ought to Know. alternet.org Michael Cohen is a dreadful lawyer — but maybe his profound ignorance of rape laws has performed a public service | Michael Cohen is not a good lawyer. He has made several mistakes and opened himself to ethical complaints during his representation of President Donald Trump. He doesn't seem to know the law, which is not the best trait for a lawyer to present. Cohen's most recently-discussed factual error is his statement, made in 2015, that spousal rape does not exist. Here's the context: He was threatening a Daily Beast reporter who was writing a story about Ivana Trump's claim that Trump violated her while they were married. This week, an audio recording was released that brought that story back into the news. Let's forget the detailed aggressive threats that Cohen made to the reporter — those are nicely laid out. . .

Elizabeth Preza, AlterNet (2018-06-05). Judge Rules Trump Must Sit for Deposition in Ex-Apprentice Star's Defamation Case. alternet.org Summer Zervos claims Donald Trump groped her after she appeared on "The Apprentice. " | A Manhattan Supreme Court judge on Tuesday ruled that Donald Trump must sit for a seven-hour deposition by Jan. 31, 2019, the New York Post reports. The deposition will occur as part of a defamation brought last year by former "The Apprentice" contestant Summer Zervos, who accused Trump of groping her in 2016. Trump later called the allegation "fiction. "As Politico reports, Manhattan Supreme Court Justice Jennifer Schecter imposed a timeline for both parties to issue demands for documents (July 13) and provide responses (Sept. 13). The case will go to trial after June 7, 2019. "We will do our best to abide by those dates and deadlines," Trump's attorney Marc Kasowitz said, arguing "there are significant attendant duties that the president must perform. " The judge had previously denied. . .

Mehr News Agency (2018-06-05). Iranian 3D Short 'Light Sight' Accepted Into 2019 Student Academy Awards. iranian.com Iranian 3D animated piece 'Light Sight' directed by Seyed Moslem Tabatabaee has been accepted into the 2019 Student Academy Awards competition. [dropcap]D[/dropcap]irected by Moslem Tabatabaee, 'Light Sight' will vie at the 2019 Student Academy Awards competition, the winners of which will be eligible for Oscars consideration. […]

Elizabeth Preza, AlterNet (2018-06-05). Philly Mayor Rips Trump's 'Kneel to Me' Philosophy over White House Eagles Invite: 'Not a True Patriot'. alternet.org Mayor Jim Kenny said Trump is "embarrassed about throwing a party no one wants to attend. " | Philadelphia Mayor Jim Kenney on Tuesday took umbrage with Donald Trump's decision to disinvite the Philadelphia Eagles from the White House, describing the president as a childish "egomaniac" who's "embarrassed about throwing a party no one wants to attend. "In a statement on Monday, Trump complained the Eagles "disagree with the president because he insists that they proudly stand for the national anthem, hand on heart, in honor of the great men and women of our military and the people of our country. " The president added he will have his own ceremony Tuesday afternoon to "honor our great country. " Kenney said the White House decision "proves that our president is not a true patriot but a fragile egomaniac, afraid of crowd size and embarrassed about throwing. . .

Staff (2018-06-05). Miss America Pageant to Drop Swimsuit Competition. truthdig.com The event began nearly 100 years ago as a bathing beauty contest, but it has run into resistance to the swimsuit, and to a lesser extent, evening gown competitions, which have come to be seen as outdated.

Samantha Borek (2018-06-05). Plastic Tsunamis Threaten Coast in Latin America. truthout.org

| Rio de Janeiro — Although Latin America produces just five percent of the world's plastic, it imports billions of tons annually for the use of all kinds of products, some of which end up in the sea as garbage. | It thus contributes to this kind of artificial tsunami that threatens the biodiversity of the oceans, where 13 million tons of waste, mostly disposable plastics, are dumped each year at a global level, according to UN Environment — enough to wrap around the Earth four times. | The impact is such that it also affects human health, as this resistant waste enters the food chain, and has led the United Nations to declare "Beat Plastic…

Media Matters (2018-06-05). Fox News Host Abby Huntsman Attacks NFL Players After Trump Disinvites the Philadelphia Eagles from the White House. alternet.org "What do these players not get about what's going on in the country right now? " | From the June 5 edition of Fox News' Fox & Friends: ABBY HUNTSMAN (CO-HOST): To your point, what do these players not get about what's going on in the country right now? If you took a poll about the national anthem and whether or not you should stand for the anthem, I'd want to be where the American people are. And they all say, stand for the natiom (sic), stand for that American flag. BRIAN KILMEADE (CO-HOST): But, they do.

Elizabeth Preza, AlterNet (2018-06-05). The View's Meghan McCain Melts Down Over Players Refusing to Visit Trump's White House — And Gets Immediately Schooled. alternet.org Meghan McCain simply couldn't understand why the Philadelphia Eagles would want to shun a sexist, bigoted president who called kneeling NFL players "sons of b*tches. " | Meghan McCain on Tuesday could not wrap her head around why players for the Philadelphia Eagles would refuse to meet with Donald Trump—despite his history of bigoted attacks on the NFL. "I think when you get invited to the White House you should go, period," McCain said, arguing the presidency is "bigger than one man. " The co-host also repeated her complaint about "how political sports has gotten. ""Sports should bring us together," McCain insisted, adding "when you're invited to the White House, I don't care who you are, [you go]. "As Joy Behar noted, former Ravens receiver Torrey Smith on Tuesday explained the rationale behind players choosing not to attend a meeting at the White House. "If I. . .

Samantha Borek (2018-06-05). Eligible for Financial Aid, Nearly a Million Students Never Get It. truthout.org

| Last year alone, more than 900,000 low-income students who applied for and were found eligible for state financial aid for college never received it, because states ran out of money, according to a new analysis of state data by The Hechinger Report. | The number is likely much higher — many states don't keep track of the number of eligible students they turn away, even though they acknowledge that they have run out of money before all eligible students have been served. | And it's not just a few states that have a severe shortage. In ten states, more than…

Whitney Webb (2018-06-05). Over 70 Syrian Tribal Leaders to Join Syrian Arab Army in Battling US Occupation. mintpressnews.com The formation of a new, local and sizable resistance force to challenge the U.S. will likely undermine the U.S. government's claims that its occupying presence in Syria is supported by local communities in Northeastern Syria.

Staff (2018-06-05). Documents Show Private Intelligence Web Behind Global Surveillance Program. truthdig.com Editor's Note: This is the second installment of a two-part investigation into Cambridge Analytica/SCL's global operations. Read the first part here. | Internal documents exclusively obtained by the Grayzone Project (and embedded after this article) show how Cambridge Analytica's UK-based parent company, SCL group, conducted a surveillance operation in Yemen called Project Titania. The initiative relied on psychological profiling, "strategic communications campaigns," and infiltration of foreign operatives into indigenous communities through unwitting local partners whom they were instructed to deceive. | According to the materials detailed here, Project Titania was to be implemented by SCL "on behalf of Archimedes." Archimedes is a US-based private contractor that advertises its ability to provide "Systems Integration, Engineering, and Mission Support solutions to government and businesses worldwide." | The partnership between SCL and Archimedes highlights the seamless web of relationships between private intelligence firms and…

Jared (2018-06-05). The Life Cycle of a Slur. truthout.org From word of oppression, to reclamation and onward.

Dave Lindorff (2018-06-05). Welcome to Police-State America, Weary Traveler. counterpunch.org My wife Joyce and I came home last week from a three-week trip to Manila in the Philippines, and to Hong Kong and Beijing in China. Even though Philippines President Rodrigo Dutarte has an ongoing program of murdering drug dealers on the streets, and China has a penchant for locking up critics of the regime More

Matthew Rozsa, Salon (2018-06-05). Blue Wave or Flameout: How Will Tuesday's Packed Primaries Will Shape the Crucial 2018 Midterms? alternet.org While the main focus is on California's chaotic races, other big contests will come into sharper focus this week | As the eyes of America turn once again toward the 2018 midterm elections, most of the political world's attention on Tuesday will be focused on the messy congressional primaries in California, where Democrats hope to win as many as seven new House seats. But several other states are holding primaries this week as well. In Mississippi, for instance, two Republican-held Senate seats are up for election at the same time — an unusual occurrence brought about by the recent retirement of Sen. Thad Cochran. His appointed replacement, Sen. Cindy Hyde-Smith, faces a right-wing GOP primary challenge from state Sen. Chris McDaniel, a onetime Tea Party darling whose star seems to have faded. But despite overweening Democratic optimism, whichever one of them wins the. . .

candice (2018-06-05). The Hidden Horrors of "Zero Tolerance" Policies at the Border. truthout.org Immigrants are facing mass trials and family separation at the US-Mexico border, as the government implements "zero tolerance" policies directed at those trying to enter the United States. Mass trials for crossing the border, and scattered cases of family separations, have taken place since "Operation Streamline" was first introduced in 2005. But last month, Attorney General Jeff Sessions announced the federal government will now prosecute "100 percent of illegal southwest border crossings." For more, we speak in Austin, Texas, with independent journalist Debbie Nathan. Her new report for The Intercept is headlined "Hidden Horrors of 'Zero Tolerance'—Mass Trials and Children Taken from Their Parents." | TRANSCRIPT: | This is a rush transcript. Copy may not be in its final form. | AMY GOODMAN: This is Democracy Now! I'm Amy Goodman, with Juan González. | JUAN GONZàÅLEZ: We turn now to the US-Mexico…

Peter Korzun (2018-06-05). G7 Summit Appears Doomed to Fail Before It Even Starts. mintpressnews.com Those who are unfriendly toward Russia keep on spreading the myth that Moscow is isolated on the world stage. The reality is quite different, but the idea of Russia as an outcast who has been expelled from the international community is something they badly want to be true. The fact that Russia is not a member of the G7 is usually used as an example to prove this point. The group's 2018 summit is to take place in Charlevoix, Quebec, June 8-9. The attendees are supposed to be a united group of key global players who are coordinating their efforts to lead the world in the right direction. And now, what has happened just before this annual event? | May 31 will go down in history as the day the US declared war on its key allies, hitting the…

Mark Gruenberg (2018-06-05). Weingarten, Domestic Workers Alliance protest Trump policy ripping families apart. peoplesworld.org WASHINGTON—The leader of one big union, the Teachers' Randi Weingarten, and the labor-backed National Domestic Workers Alliance joined thousands of other people who took to the streets on June 1 in a mass protest against GOP President Donald Trump's policy to rip families apart. Weingarten and her teachers, NDWA, United We Dream, the American Civil […]…

Miko Peled (2018-06-05). An Israeli Addresses Iranian Students And Revolutionary Guard Cadets. iranian.com YAZD, IRAN — As I looked at the two hundred or so young cadets sitting on the floor of the prayer hall, all I could think of were my two boys, Eitan and Doron, who are about the same age as they. The previous day I visited the families of Iranian martyrs, boys who fell during […]

Staff (2018-06-05). Trump Falsely Blaming Democrats for Border Separations. truthdig.com No law mandates that parents must be separated from their children at the border, and it's not a policy Democrats have pushed or can change alone as the minority in Congress.

Travis Gettys, Raw Story (2018-06-05). Here's Why Mueller's New Manafort Allegations are a 'Major Signal' to Trump and Giuliani. alternet.org Mueller asked a federal judge to jail Manafort or alter the terms of his pretrial release after witnesses told prosecutors the former Trump campaign chairman tried to influence their testimony in his federal tax and money laundering case. | MSNBC analyst Jeremy Bash explained the message sent by special counsel Robert Mueller in his allegations of witness tampering against Paul Manafort — and he said President Donald Trump should be worried. Mueller asked a federal judge to jail Manafort or alter the terms of his pretrial release after witnesses told prosecutors the former Trump campaign chairman tried to influence their testimony in his federal tax and money laundering case. Bash, a former chief of staff to Leon Panetta at both the CIA and the Department of Defense, told "Morning Joe" that Mueller's announcement — which came out of nowhere as the president and. . .

Brett Wilkins (2018-06-05). The Salvador Option: the US is Once Again Supporting Death Squads in Central America. counterpunch.org Beginning with George W. Bush in 2003, successive US administrations have provided tens of millions of dollars in aid for Salvadoran military and police in support of the government's "Mano Dura" ("Firm Hand") security program, an aggressive campaign to combat out-of-control gang violence in a country with one of the world's highest homicide rates. More

Andrew Stewart (2018-06-05). The Janus Case: What Will Be, What Could Be. counterpunch.org The forthcoming Janus v. AFSCME decision is going to seriously hinder labor unions as we know them. The suit goes after the ability of unions to collect dues, a precedent that was created by the 1977 Abood v. Detroit Board of Education decision, and would turn the entire public sector "Right to Work" overnight. On May 21, More

Elizabeth Preza, AlterNet (2018-06-05). Hoax SWAT Call Sends Police to the Home of Parkland Survivor David Hogg. alternet.org David Hogg is the latest target of "swatting"—a harassment technique that tricks emergency services to visit a person's home. | A fake emergency call sent police to the home of Parkland survivor David Hogg in an apparent "swatting" prank, ABC 10 reports. Authorities converged on the Hogg's family home Tuesday morning after the Broward Sheriff's Office received a call about a hostage situation in the affluent neighborhood. Upon further investigation, Coral Springs Fire Rescue determined the call was fake. As ABC 10 reports, Hogg was not home at the time—he and his mother are visiting Washington, D. C. , where Hogg will accept the RFK Human Rights award. Hogg has become a vocal gun control advocate since February 14, when a gunman killed 17 students at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School. His advocacy has drawn the ire of some on the right, who've targeted the teen. . .

candice (2018-06-05). Donald Trump's Trade War Masks a Darker Agenda: Aiding the Far Right in Europe. truthout.org Amid all the brouhaha about President Trump's lawyers declaring that he is above the law, there is other news, some of it just as alarming as the idea that Trump has decided that he has "absolute power" to pardon himself. I touched on the growing trade war in my Monday column and discussed how Trump is alienating America's traditional allies in Europe and North America, while cozying up to strongman dictators who clearly see him as a mark. Even his good pal, French President Emmanuel Macron, is in the doghouse for failing to properly kowtow. CNN described a phone call about migration and trade between the two leaders: | "Just bad. It was terrible," one source told CNN. "Macron thought he would be able to speak his mind, based on the relationship. But Trump can't handle…

Al Neal (2018-06-05). Trump cancels Eagles visit, chooses to "celebrate America" instead. peoplesworld.org Bulldozing back into controversy with an escalated attack against activist NFL players, Donald Trump on Monday canceled a visit to the White House by the Super Bowl Champions, the Philadelphia Eagles. He referenced his own personal war against players' taking a knee during the National Anthem, protesting racism, police brutality, and oppression. Trump who initially […]…

CP Editor (2018-06-05). La Dura Complete: The Hardest Rock Climb In The World. counterpunch.org

Howard Lisnoff (2018-06-05). The Empire Strikes Out. counterpunch.org Watching the debacle unfold that is the contemporary U.S. is like watching a tsunami approach an ocean shore and knowing that it's pretty much time to kiss, well, readers can catch the drift of this line of thought without too much reliance on imagination. Now we stand on the precipice and the conclusion is not More

Staff (2018-06-05). David Koch to Retire From Business, Politics. truthdig.com NEW YORK—Billionaire conservative icon David Koch is stepping down from the Koch brothers' network of business and political activities. | The 78-year-old New York resident is suffering from deteriorating health, according to a letter that older brother Charles Koch sent to company officials Tuesday morning. | Charles Koch wrote that he is "deeply saddened" by his brother's retirement. "David has always been a fighter and is dealing with this challenge in the same way," he wrote. | David Koch is leaving his roles as executive vice president and board member for Koch Industries and a subsidiary, Koch Chemical Technology group, where he served as chairman and chief executive officer. Koch is also stepping down as chairman of the board for the Americans For Prosperity Foundation, the charity related to Koch brothers' primary political organization. | Charles Koch had assumed a more visible leadership…

The Conversation (2018-06-05). White Politicians Have Been Coercing African-Americans to Vote Since Before the Civil Rights Era. alternet.org It is impossible to describe the US as having been a full democracy for any more than five decades. | During a recent campaign rally in Tennessee, Donald Trump claimed that most African-Americans have been voting for the Democratic Party for over a century. He told supporters, "African-Americans vote for Democrats, for the most part. Vast majority. They've been doing it for over a hundred years. "A number of commentators have pointed out that Trump's comment is historically inaccurate because most African-Americans in the south could not vote until the Voting Rights Act was passed in 1965. Additionally, many African-Americans who could vote before the 1960s — located mostly in the north — were supporters of the Republican Party, the party of Lincoln and emancipation. This was especially true before Franklin Roosevelt introduced the New Deal during the Great Depression,. . .

Erin L. Thompson, TomDispatch (2018-06-05). Minority Lawyers Face Crushing Debt As They Fight Trump Administration Policies. alternet.org They're taking an enormous gamble in a rigged game. | Law school applications are up this year in what some are calling a " Trump Bump," since around a third of applicants were inspired to apply by Trump's election. Nearly half of them identify themselves as members of a minority group. They've seen lawyers fighting Trump administration policies that discriminate against their communities and want to do the same. If these minority applicants succeed, they could change the balance of power in American society. If they fail, they will find themselves crushed under a lifetime of debt. But few are aware that they are taking this enormous gamble in a rigged game. On average, minority students end up in lower-ranked law schools, which they pay more to attend than white students, resulting in higher debt burdens. Minority law graduates have lower. . .

John G. Russell (2018-06-05). Racist Contortionism. counterpunch.org Recently, I was reminded of a high-school friend of mine who during group discussions would calmly lean forward and slowly, deliberately roll up the cuffs of his trousers whenever someone spouted a brazen lie. When I asked him why he did this, he said it was to protect himself from the flood of bullshit being More

Sheldon Richman (2018-06-05). How an Anti-Semitic American Law Helped to Create the State of Israel and a Whole Lot of Trouble. counterpunch.org Shlomo Sand, a remarkable scholar who studies how "peoples," including the Jewish people, have been invented through myths propagated by court historians and politicians, makes a startling yet obvious connection in his book The Invention of the Land of Israel (2014): In fact, it was the United States' refusal, between the anti-immigration legislation of 1924 and the More

David Edwards, Raw Story (2018-06-05). Basketball Star Lebron James Says Winner of the NBA Finals Won't Visit Trump's White House Either. alternet.org LeBron James expressed solidarity with NFL players who've been maligned by Donald Trump. | Cavaliers basketball player LeBron James on Tuesday expressed support for Eagles NFL players who were disinvited from a White House event after many threatened not to attend. James, who is facing the Warriors in the finals, told reporters that the winner of the series would not be going to the White House. He said that it was "typical" of President Donald Trump to rescind the entire team's invitation because some of the players refused to attend. James also argued that winning a championship is "way bigger than getting to the White House, especially with [Trump] in there. "June 5, 2018LeBron says he's still "digesting" Trump disinviting the Eagles to the White House, but said "I'm not surprised. That's typical of him. " LeBron added no one who wins this series wants to go to the White House either. — Kerith Burke (@KerithBurke) June 5, 2018LeBron says winning a championship is "way bigger than getting invited to the White House, especially with (Trump) in there. " "You just laugh to stop you from crying. "— Reid Forgrave (@ReidForgrave) June 5, 2018

WTWJ (2018-06-05). Colombia joins NATO, and that means trouble. peoplesworld.org It was no surprise. Already Colombia had sent personnel to military training schools in Germany and Rome and troops to the Horn of Africa to fight Somali pirates, all under the auspices of the North Atlantic Treaty Organization. Already, in 2013, Colombia and NATO had agreed to cooperate in intelligence-sharing, military-training exercises, and so-called humanitarian […]…

The Conversation (2018-06-05). Only 1-in-4 Women Who Have Been Sexually Harassed Tell Their Employers — Here's Why They're Afraid. alternet.org While women will often complain to family or even on social media, most don't tell their companies of the misconduct. | On May 30, a grand jury indicted Harvey Weinstein on charges he raped one woman and forced another to perform oral sex on him. And new allegations and lawsuits against the movie producer continue to pile up. Since the earliest reports of his abuse came out in October, scores of women in Hollywood have taken to social media and shared their own stories of sexual assault and harassment by Weinstein. And thanks to the #MeToo movement, women in a range of professions have also found their voices heard, helping topple dozens of other once-powerful men in entertainment, media, sports, business, politics and the judiciary. But a question #MeToo has been asking since the beginning is how. . .

Special to PeoplesWorld.org (2018-06-05). New report on efforts to beat plastic pollution. peoplesworld.org NEW DELHI — Released June 5, World Environment Day, a new report from UN Environment finds a surging momentum in global efforts to address plastic pollution. The first-of-its-kind accounting finds governments are increasing the pace of implementation and the scope of action to curb the use of single-use plastics. In what is framed as the […]…

Myles Hoenig (2018-06-05). Interview: Brandy Baker on the Premiere of "Under the Knife" counterpunch.org Brandy Baker's new play, Under the Knife, will have its world premiere at the Toronto Fringe Festival July 6. She discusses the ideas for the story with Myles Hoenig, a producer of the play. Was there any catalyst that pushed you to write this play? I was taking a devising class in Theatre Studies in More

David Schultz (2018-06-05). Trump's Nixonian Moment has Arrived. counterpunch.org Trump just had his Nixon moment. In asserting via a tweet that he had the power to pardon himself President Trump veered into the direction of Richard Nixon who said to David Frost in the famous 1977 interviews that "when the president does it, that means that it is not illegal, " or he was More

Jake Johnson (2018-06-05). US Ambassador to Israel Tells Journalists Who Report Truth About Gaza: 'Keep Your Mouths Shut'. mintpressnews.com David Friedman insisted that American news coverage is biased against Israel, but media analysts have concluded that the precise opposite is the case.

Jake Johnson (2018-06-05). Grave Warnings Issued as Trump Considers Major Escalation of US Military Role in Yemen. mintpressnews.com In a " horrifying" development that international aid groups and independent critics warn could worsen what is already the world's most devastating humanitarian crisis, the Trump administration is reportedly considering a plan to greatly expand the U.S. military's role in Yemen in an effort to help Saudi-backed forces seize the country's main humanitarian aid port. | According to the Wall Street Journal—which first reported the details of the plan on Sunday—the Trump White House "is weighing an appeal from the United Arab Emirates (UAE) for direct U.S. support" for Saudi-forces that are closing in on the port city of Hodeidah, where nearly 80 percent of all humanitarian aid and food arrives. Hodeidah is currently controlled by Houthi rebels. | "Secretary of State Mike Pompeo has asked for a quick assessment of the UAE's plea for assistance such as surveillance…

Janine Jackson (2018-06-05). 'An Employer Can Unilaterally Force Employees Into Secret Arbitration Systems'. fair.org Janine Jackson interviewed Joanne Doroshow about the forced arbitration Supreme Court ruling for the June 1, 2018, episode of CounterSpin. This is a lightly edited transcript. | Media…

Staff (2018-06-05). Trump to Sub Patriotic Show for Scrapped Super Bowl Event. truthdig.com Instead of hailing the NFL's Philadelphia Eagles for their work on the field and in their community, the White House is staging a "Celebration of America" featuring music provided by U.S. military bands and choruses.

Brad Reed, Raw Story (2018-06-05). 'Propaganda': Eagles Star Slams Fox News for Passing-Off Photo of Him Praying in Segment About Players Kneeling. alternet.org "I feel like you guys should have to be better than this," Zach Ertz said. | Zach Ertz, the star tight end of the Super Bowl champion Philadelphia Eagles, slammed Fox News on Tuesday for using footage of him praying with his teammates to make it look like they were kneeling during the national anthem. A Fox News segment that aired Tuesday morning used multiple photos of Eagles players kneeling on the football field. However, these players were not kneeling during the national anthem and were actually praying before the start of the game. In fact, no Eagles knelt during the national anthem during the 2017 NFL season. Ertz watched the segment and reacted angrily to photos of him and his teammates being ripped out of context. "This can't be serious," wrote the Pro Bowl tight end. "Praying before games with my teammates,. . .

Samantha Borek (2018-06-05). Ballot Measures in Southern States Would Further Restrict Abortion Rights. truthout.org In a widely watched referendum held on May 25, the citizens of Ireland voted by a 2-to-1 margin to repeal an amendment to their constitution that effectively outlawed abortion. That country's abortion laws are currently among the most restrictive in Europe, with Irish women forced to travel abroad to obtain an abortion or to resort to clandestine and potentially dangerous procedures. Research has shown that laws restricting abortions don't lower rates but make them less safe. | But while Ireland is joining most of Europe in making abortion legal, at least in the early stages of pregnancy, the United States — and the Southern states in particular — are moving in the other direction. And this November, voters in two Southern states, Alabama and West Virginia, will weigh in on ballot measures that would add anti-abortion provisions to their…

Staff (2018-06-05). Bobby, He Hardly Knew Ye. truthdig.com Editor's note: Robert Kennedy was assassinated on June 6, 1968. To honor Kennedy's legacy 50 years after his death, Truthdig is republishing this piece by Robert Scheer that first ran in The Nation on Feb. 3, 2000. | The only problem with this book is that there is no good reason to read it. Ronald Steel is a very bright fellow and his Lippmann biography ("Walter Lippmann and the American Century") is a classic, but "In Love With the Night" does neither the author nor its subject, Bobby Kennedy, justice. | This slim volume carries a disclaimer: It is not intended as a biography but rather as an essay on the enduring popular misconception of Bobby, a deconstruction of myth, as some reviewers have claimed. That does not absolve the author of his failure to understand that which continues to excite in the…

Carl S. Mumm (2018-06-05). More Wisdom, Less Harm. counterpunch.org More>

RT (2018-06-05). Michigan State University physicist accused of having sex with a dog. rt.com A Michigan State University staffer has been charged with bestiality for allegedly having sex with a dog. It comes after the college was implicated in the Larry Nassar case and as a former dean faces sexual assault charges.
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wsws.org (2018-06-05). Jordan's prime minister resigns amid massive protests against IMF-dictated austerity. wsws.org On Saturday, despite King Abdullah's announcement suspending price increases for fuel, electricity and water, some 200,000 took to the streets.

Democracy Now! (2018-06-05). Headlines for June 5, 2018. democracynow.org Amnesty: U.S. Airstrikes in Raqqa, Syria, May Have Constituted War Crimes, WSJ: U.S. Considers Expanding Role in Yemen War, Israeli Soldiers Kill Cousin of Slain Palestinian Medic Razan al-Najjar, Trump Claims He Has Power to Pardon Himself, Prosecutors Accuse Paul Manafort of Witness Tampering, Supreme Court Sides with Baker Who Refused Cake to Same-Sex Couple, Afghanistan: 14 Killed in ISIS Suicide Attack on Gathering of Religious Leaders, Jordan: Prime Minister Resigns Amid Mounting Anti-Austerity Protests, Guatemala: Death Toll from Volcanic Eruption Rises to 69, Voters Head to Polls for Primaries in California and Other States, Dozens Arrested at New Poor People's Campaign Nationwide Day of Action, Trump Disinvites Philadelphia Eagles from Visiting White House, Bill Clinton Faces Criticism After He Says He Doesn't Owe Monica Lewinsky an Apology, Seniors Killed in Parkland School Shooting Honored at Graduation…

Democracy Now! (2018-06-05). In Narrow Ruling, Supreme Court Sides with Baker Who Refused Cake to Same-Sex Couple. democracynow.org The Supreme Court ruled Monday in favor of a Colorado baker who refused to make a wedding cake for a gay couple, citing his religious opposition. In a narrow 7-2 decision, the justices faulted the Colorado Civil Rights Commission's handling of the claims brought against baker Jack Phillips, saying the commission had shown a hostility to religion. Though the case pitted claims of religious freedom against the fight for gay rights, the ruling stopped short of setting a major precedent on whether businesses can deny people services because of their sexual orientation. For more, we speak with Ria Tabacco Mar, senior staff attorney with the ACLU's LGBT & HIV Project and counsel of record for Charlie Craig and David Mullins in Masterpiece Cakeshop v. Colorado Civil Rights Commission.

Human Rights Watch (2018-06-05). US Slammed for Failure to Address Poverty and Health. hrw.org People walk around the neighboring streets around the Fred Jordan Mission, in Los Angeles, California, U.S. May 12, 2018. | © 2018 Reuters | Philip Alston, the United Nations' special rapporteur on extreme poverty and human rights, did not mince words when he issued his recent report on poverty in the United States. | Recent policies under the Trump administration "seem designed to remove basic protections from the poorest, punish the poor and make even basic health care a privilege to be earned rather than a right of citizenship." | Alston's damning assessment is a stark reminder of the consequences of the US government's failure to recognize the right to health under international law. Articulated in the Universal Declaration of Human Rights in 1948, the right was then codified by the International Covenant for…

Democracy Now! (2018-06-05). Trump Cancels Philadelphia Eagles' WH Visit Amid Feud with Players over Racial Justice Protests. democracynow.org On Monday evening, Donald Trump abruptly called off today's planned visit by the Super Bowl-winning Philadelphia Eagles, after it became clear that most of the team had opted out of the event. In a statement announcing the decision, Trump said, "The Philadelphia Eagles are unable to come to the White House with their full team to be celebrated tomorrow. They disagree with their President because he insists that they proudly stand for the National Anthem, hand on heart, in honor of the great men and women of our military and the people of our country." But not a single Eagles player kneeled during the national anthem in the 2017 season. Several members of the Philadelphia Eagles announced in February that they wouldn't visit the White House for the traditional Super Bowl victory celebration, as a protest against President Trump. Among them are Malcolm Jenkins, Torrey Smith and Chris Long. For more, we speak with Will Bunch, longtime columnist for the Philadelphia Daily News.

wsws.org (2018-06-05). John Pilger and Courage Foundation announce "urgent campaign" to free Assange. wsws.org The Courage Foundation, which raises funds for the legal defence of persecuted whistleblowers and journalists, has endorsed protests and vigils in defence of Julian Assange later this month.

Murtaza Hussain (2018-06-05). U.S. Airstrikes Violated International Law in "War of Annihilation" in Raqqa, Syria, Says Amnesty International. theintercept.com As the battle for Raqqa, Syria, raged last October, a family in the Harat al-Badu neighborhood bunkered down in their home in an attempt to survive the fighting between the U.S.-led coalition and Islamic State militants. Mohammed Fayad, a man in his 80s, had lived in the same home in Harat al-Badu for the past 50 years. When the fighting began, Fayad refused to flee the property that he had put a lifetime of labor into, remaining in the home with his daughters and other relatives. As coalition airstrikes began pounding the city, Fayad's home also became a refuge for other terrified neighbors and their families seeking safety from the attacks. | Their safe haven would not last. On the night of October 11, a coalition airstrike hit Fayad's home. As Ali Habib, a local man who had been sheltering his family with…

RT (2018-06-05). Trump blames Dems' 'bad legislation' for his own child-separation policy. rt.com Donald Trump has blamed Democrats for immigrant children being separated from their parents at the US border with Mexico, saying it is "the fault of bad legislation" passed by the party.
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wsws.org (2018-06-05). Terry Hicks, father of former Guantánamo Bay prisoner David Hicks, supports Julian Assange. wsws.org "We pulled apart all the government and media lies and character assassination against David and we never gave up. This is what we have to do for Assange."

wsws.org (2018-06-05). A day of reaction at the US Supreme Court. wsws.org In two separate decisions, the US Supreme Court set back rights for immigrants, the right to abortion, and protections for gay and lesbian couples.

wsws.org (2018-06-05). UK: Final tributes to victims of Grenfell fire denounce corporate and political elite. wsws.org Testimony has repeatedly included denunciations of the ruling elite for the social murder that claimed at least 72 lives last June 14.

wsws.org (2018-06-05). Australia: Private health giant Healthscope axes 400 jobs. wsws.org The company is shutting down two hospitals in order to help secure a more favourable takeover bid.

RT (2018-06-05). Mueller wants Manafort locked up for interfering with Ukraine-lobbying witnesses. rt.com Former Trump campaign manager Paul Manafort has reportedly given a head-ups to two witnesses in his pending trial, so they would provide false statements on his lobbying work on behalf of Ukraine, court papers reveal.
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Democracy Now! (2018-06-05). Going "Full Dictator"? Trump Claims He Has Right to End Mueller Investigation or Pardon Himself. democracynow.org As President Trump celebrated his 500th day in office Monday, many legal experts warned that the country could soon face a constitutional crisis as the president continues to attack special counsel Robert Mueller's investigation. On Monday, Trump tweeted, "The appointment of the Special Counsel is totally UNCONSTITUTIONAL!" He also tweeted, "As has been stated by numerous legal scholars, I have the absolute right to PARDON myself." Over the weekend, The New York Times published a 20-page confidential letter written by Trump's lawyers to special counsel Robert Mueller, in which his lawyers claim Trump is above the law and thus cannot have illegally obstructed the Mueller investigation. Trump's attorneys also claim the Constitution gives the president power to terminate the Mueller probe. We speak to Philadelphia Daily News columnist Will Bunch in Philadelphia. His latest column is headlined "The week Trump went full dictator and no one tried to stop him."

wsws.org (2018-06-05). Australian unions shut down state Labor conference to suppress discussion of anti-refugee policy. wsws.org The CFMMEU, presented as a "left-wing" and "militant" union, blocked a motion that questioned the brutal repression of asylum seekers.

Micah Lee (2018-06-05). Police Broke Into Chelsea Manning's Home with Guns Drawn — in a "Wellness Check" theintercept.com Shortly after Chelsea Manning posted what appeared to be two suicidal tweets on May 27, police broke into her home with their weapons drawn as if conducting a raid, in what is known as a "wellness" or "welfare check" on a person experiencing a mental health crisis. Manning, a former Army intelligence analyst turned whistleblower and U.S. Senate candidate, was not at home, but video obtained by The Intercept shows officers pointing their guns as they searched her empty apartment. | The footage, captured by a security camera, shows an officer with the Montgomery County Police Department in Bethesda, Maryland, knocking on Manning's door. When no one responds, the officer pops the lock, and three officers enter the home with their guns drawn, while a fourth points a Taser. The Intercept is publishing this video with Manning's permission. | "This is what a…

amnesty.org (2018-06-05). Tunisia: Truth and Dignity Commission Must Be Kept Alive. amnesty.org

wsws.org (2018-06-05). Toronto Star endorses NDP-led government in Ontario. wsws.org The Star's endorsement signals that an important faction of Canada's ruling elite now believes an NDP-led Ontario government will be the best means to suppress the class struggle, while boosting the "competitiveness" of big business.

Zaid Jilani (2018-06-05). How a Ragtag Group of Socialist Filmmakers Produced One of the Most Viral Campaign Ads of 2018. theintercept.com Bronx activist and community organizer Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez is challenging longtime New York Democratic Rep. Joe Crowley in his primary on June 26. By all measures, the former Bernie Sanders organizer is an underdog, going up against the powerful chair of the House Democratic Caucus who has more than $1.6 million in cash on hand (Ocasio-Cortez has raised around $200,000). | But in a social media-focused campaign video released on May 30, Ocasio-Cortez sought to turn this money gap into a liability for Crowley — telling a story about her life and the lives of thousands of other working-class New Yorkers who continue to be squeezed by the high cost of health care, education, and housing. | "This race is about people versus money," Ocasio-Cortez says in the ad. "We've got people. They've got money." | Within a day, the video…

wsws.org (2018-06-05). Facebook security officer: Not all speech is "created equal" wsws.org Facebook's censorship apparatus is targeting people promoting "radical politics" because they "feel they have been ignored or oppressed," the Facebook official told a military conference last week.

wsws.org (2018-06-05). Washington considers direct intervention in siege of Yemeni port city. wsws.org The Saudi-led and US-backed assault on the Red Sea port city of Hodeidah threatens to plunge millions more into famine.

wsws.org (2018-06-05). Ecuadorian foreign minister asserts treatment of Assange is "not censorship" wsws.org Assange is not only being censored, but faces imminent danger of being forced into the hands of his persecutors.

wsws.org (2018-06-05). SEP holds Paris meeting on 50 years since May 1968 general strike. wsws.org The Socialist Equality Party of France held a meeting on the political lessons of the May 1968 general strike on Sunday in Paris.

RT (2018-06-05). Facebook & Google sued over election ads in Washington state. rt.com Silicon Valley social media giants may face millions of dollars in penalties from two lawsuits filed in Seattle, Washington, arguing that they have failed to comply with state and local laws on election advertising. |
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Human Rights Watch (2018-06-05). Colombia: Mend Transitional Justice Law. hrw.org (Washington, DC) —The Colombian Constitutional Court should address significant flaws in the justice component of the peace accord with the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC), Human Rights Watch said today in an amicus brief to the court. The court is set to review a bill passed on November 30, 2017, that details how the Special Jurisdiction for Peace, a judicial system negotiated with the FARC as part of the peace talks, will operate. | The brief outlines shortcomings in the bill that could allow war criminals to escape meaningful punishment. One of the problems is the definition of "command responsibility," the basis on which military commanders can be held criminally responsible for crimes committed by their subordinates. Human Rights Watch also asked the court to ensure meaningful participation by victims in proceedings before the Special Jurisdiction for Peace. | "While…

RT (2018-06-05). Secret Pentagon program will use AI to predict and detect enemy missile launches. rt.com Secret Pentagon programs could see AI scanning through huge amounts of data to look for signs of an imminent missile launch. The research is highly classified, and is another sign of growing US interest in AI. |
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wsws.org (2018-06-05). Death toll rises as volcanic eruption buries entire towns in Guatemala. wsws.org When such natural disasters strike a society built on capitalist exploitation and extreme inequality, the poorest and most vulnerable always pay the heaviest price.

Democracy Now! (2018-06-05). "Hidden Horrors": Reporter Debbie Nathan on Mass Trials & Kids Separated from Parents at the Border. democracynow.org Immigrants are facing mass trials and family separation at the U.S.-Mexico border, as the government implements "zero tolerance" policies directed at those trying to enter the United States. Mass trials for crossing the border, and scattered cases of family separations, have taken place since "Operation Streamline" was first introduced in 2005. But last month, Attorney General Jeff Sessions announced the federal government will now prosecute "100 percent of illegal southwest border crossings." For more, we speak in Austin, Texas, with independent journalist Debbie Nathan. Her new report for The Intercept is headlined "Hidden Horrors of 'Zero Tolerance'—Mass Trials and Children Taken from Their Parents."

wsws.org (2018-06-05). 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.

RT (2018-06-05). Child, 9, brings loaded gun to New Jersey school. rt.com A police investigation has been launched after a 9-year-old child reportedly brought a loaded gun to his elementary school in New Jersey, Tuesday morning. |
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