2018-06-06: News Headlines

Mark Taliano (2018-06-06). Canadian News Fabricators regarding the So-called "Syrian Opposition" globalresearch.ca Canadian government News Fabricators would have us believe that the so-called "Syrian opposition" and its "peace negotiations" will benefit from a continued growth in the participation of Syrian women in the peace process. The picture below projects perceptions of equal …

Global Research News (2018-06-06). 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 …

C.J. Polychroniou, Truthout (2018-06-06). 'Labor Flexibility': Misleading Unemployment Numbers Are Part of a Neoliberal Ruse. alternet.org Poverty is deepening and the standard of living is declining in the US, even as the national unemployment rate has hit historically low levels. | Poverty is deepening and the standard of living is declining in the US, even as the national unemployment rate has hit historically low levels. Meanwhile, wages remain stagnant and inequality is worsening with every passing year. What explains this anomalous state of the US economy, and what can be done about it? In this exclusive interview with Truthout, economist Robert Pollin, co-director of the Political Economy Research Institute at the University of Massachusetts at Amherst, analyzes the perverse and extreme nature of the neoliberal economic landscape in the US. C. J. Polychroniou: Bob, the official US unemployment rate was at 3. 8 percent in May 2018, which is the lowest rate since 2000. Is this an indication of the. . .

Chauncey DeVega, Salon (2018-06-06). From 'Star Wars' to Our Wars: What the Force Has in Common with 'Thank You for Your Service&#039. alternet.org Max Brooks explains why the U. S. is neither Empire nor Rebel Alliance (and why we really hate Jar Jar. | George Lucas's "Star Wars" film universe and the associated toys, comic books, TV shows, video games and other ancillary products have earned billions of dollars since his original film debuted in 1977. But "Star Wars" is more than a commercial juggernaut which helped to create the very idea of the "Summer blockbuster. " For many people around the world it is generation-defining film that influenced their lives in ways both small and large. "Star Wars" is also an example of what literary scholars, anthropologists and others have described as the "monomyth" (or "the hero's journey"), a set of omnipresent storytelling conventions and archetypes in (Western) storytelling. In many ways, the monomyth is an extension of the collective subconscious and how human beings try to. . .

Paul Edwards (2018-06-06). In the Beginning was the Word. counterpunch.org How much longer can it be before demand is openly made for universal abandonment and eradication of Capitalism? Already a few wise, principled, deeply informed voices are fiercely, acutely critical of the system. Some assert it can't be reformed, ameliorated and argue that efforts to broaden it, make it better, more inclusive, are futile, useless. More

Merula Furtado (2018-06-06). Misleading Unemployment Numbers and the Neoliberal Ruse of "Labor Flexibility" truthout.org Poverty is deepening and the standard of living is declining in the US, even as the national unemployment rate has hit historically low levels. Meanwhile, wages remain stagnant and inequality is worsening with every passing year. What explains this anomalous state of the US economy, and what can be done about it? In this exclusive interview with Truthout, economist Robert Pollin, co-director of the Political Economy Research Institute at the University of Massachusetts at Amherst, analyzes the perverse and extreme nature of the neoliberal economic landscape in the US. | C.J. Polychroniou: Bob, the official US unemployment rate was at 3.8 percent in May 2018, which is the lowest rate since 2000. Is this an indication of the underlying strength of the economy under the policies of the Trump administration, as some pundits seem to be suggesting? | Robert Pollin: After the…

Michael Welton (2018-06-06). Payam Akhavan's Search for a Better World. counterpunch.org Payam Akhavan is a professor of Law at McGill University, a Member of the International Court of Arbitration, and a former UN prosecutor at the Hague. He has discovered in his work as legal counsel for the International Court of Justice, the International Criminal Court as well as the European Court of Justice and the More

Cherise (2018-06-06). Warren Vows to Introduce Anti-Corruption Legislation to Padlock "Revolving Door" in DC. truthout.org "Change is coming," Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) declared Tuesday at a War on Regulations symposium hosted by the Coalition for Sensible Safeguards and Georgetown University Law School. In her live-streamed speech, Warren revealed plans to introduce anti-corruption legislation to protect the American public from the Trump administration's corporate-friendly deregulatory agenda. | "When we send a message that corporate profits and powerful interests cannot overpower the health, safety, and economic well-being of hardworking families, we fire a warning shot," she said. "This is our time, our responsibility, our chance to build a country where government works, not just for the rich and powerful, but government that works for the people." | In her 30-minute address, Warren highlighted the Trump administration's efforts to defang the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB), an agency she helped establish. "The agency is under attack now. The Trump…

Merula Furtado (2018-06-06). Afro-Brazilian Trans Women Fight Pervasive Racialized Misogyny. truthout.org Dália Costa, a transgender college student, was attending an event centering on LGBT inclusivity at the Federal University of Pernambuco's Recife campus in Brazil this past March. As she was walking to the bus stop with some friends after the event, she was berated by a cis man who constantly asked her and her friends if she was a woman. Disliking Dália's response, when she walked away, the man threw a stone at her and punched her face. She said the man was joined by other attackers, who during the physical assault, touched her inappropriately and threatened to "break her face." | Sharing her horrific ordeal and injuries on Facebook, Dália wrote about how much the transphobic and racialized-gendered assault took a toll on her physically, emotionally and psychologically: | I have not cried for a long time, and today I cried.

ZeroHedge.com (2018-06-06). In Heated TV Interview, Putin Dares Host to Ask the US State Department About George Soros. mintpressnews.com Russian president Vladimir Putin gave a tense interview to Austria's ORF television channel which at times got so heated, he spoke in German to ask host Armin Wolf to let him finish his answers. | The interview was held ahead of Putin's Tuesday meeting with Austrian Chancellor Sebastian Kurz and Vice-Chancellor Heinz-Christian Strache during a trip to Vienna, the first since Putin's March inauguration to his second consecutive term (and fourth term in total). | After several interruptions by Wolf, Putin asked the host to "be patient," before switching to Wolf's mother tongue of German to ask him to put a cork in it. "Seien Sie so nett, lassen Sie mich etwas sagen (Please be so kind as to let me say something)," said Putin. | When the topic of troll farms came up, Putin said that Moscow "has nothing to do"

Michael S. Wilson, Noam Chomsky, Modern Success (2018-06-06). Noam Chomsky Explains Exactly What's Wrong with Libertarianism. alternet.org Anarchism "assumes that the burden of proof for anyone in a position of power and authority lies on them," explains Chomsky. | The following is the adapted text of an interview that first appeared in Modern Success magazine. So many things have been written about, and discussed by, Professor Chomsky, it was a challenge to think of anything new to ask him: like the grandparent you can't think of what to get for Christmas because they already have everything. So I chose to be a bit selfish and ask him what I've always wanted to ask him. As an out-spoken, actual, live-and-breathing anarchist, I wanted to know how he could align himself with such a controversial and marginal position. Michael S. Wilson: You are, among many other things, a self-described anarchist — an anarcho-syndicalist, specifically. Most people think of anarchists as disenfranchised punks throwing. . .

Joe Emersberger (2018-06-06). The Empire's Media and the Quest for Veto Authority in the Americas. fair.org Christian Science Monitor ( 4/11/18) | In April, the Summit of the Americas in Peru predictably led to articles fretting about declining US influence in the Western Hemisphere. Analysts were quoted (Christian Science Monitor, 4/11/18) worrying that Trump's belligerent and racist outbursts would weaken Washington's power in the region. | Closer ties to the United States, concerned "experts" suggest, would be the logical and inevitable choice of democracies in the region, if only US policy makers used enough finesse. Alfonso Serrano's New York Times op-ed ( 4/16/18) suggested the US should counter Chinese influence with "friendly gestures" such as "re-enter[ing] the Trans-Pacific Partnership"—a trade agreement designed to give foreign corporations veto power over regulatory policies voters might want their governments to enact. | A few months earlier, a New York Times editorial ( 2/5/18) headlined "China, Elbows…

Shane Quinn (2018-06-06). US Planned Nuclear Attacks on Every City in the USSR and China. globalresearch.ca In mid-December 1960, a conference was held at Strategic Air Command headquarters near Omaha, Nebraska, to outline America's nuclear war strategy. During the meeting, plans were revealed whereby Moscow alone would be hit by 40 megatons of nuclear weapons. That …

Beatrice Fihn (2018-06-06). Weapons Of Male Destruction. iranian.com With some 15,000 nuclear warheads around the world, the chances of a catastrophic conflict are frighteningly high, and the risk is compounded by dangerously impulsive men who have their fingers on the button. The only way to guard against total destruction is to take the weapons away from those bragging about their willingness to use […]

Stephen Lendman (2018-06-06). Will US Agree to What North Korea Wants Most? globalresearch.ca It's clear what both countries want. For Washington it's "complete, verifiable, irreversible (DPRK) denuclearization." | Pyongyang's willingness to comply depends on assured security guarantees — what Washington rejected for seven decades, including under less belligerent administrations than Trump's. | Under both …

Staff (2018-06-06). Secret Obama-Era License Let Iran Tap Dollars. truthdig.com The previous administration secretly sought to give Iran access — albeit briefly — to the U.S. financial system by sidestepping sanctions kept in place after the 2015 nuclear deal.

Chauncey DeVega, Salon (2018-06-06). The Philadelphia Eagles and 'Their President': Trump's Act of Potent Symbolic Racism. alternet.org Trump disinvited the NFL champs to an event they didn't want to attend — and couldn't even fake "God Bless America" | It is a an American tradition that the winner of the Super Bowl is honored with a visit to the White House. But these are not normal times. Like the petulant man-child he is, President Donald Trump cancelled the 2018 NFL champion Philadelphia Eagles' visit to the White House. On Twitter, Trump announced it this way: The Philadelphia Eagles Football Team was invited to the White House. Unfortunately, only a small number of players decided to come, and we canceled the event. Staying in the Locker Room for the playing of our National Anthem is as disrespectful to our country as kneeling. Sorry! Trump was angry that most of the Eagles team had declined the invitation because of his repeated insults towards black NFL. . .

Kelli Kennedy (2018-06-06). School shooting survivors: Register and vote out NRA candidates. peoplesworld.org PARKLAND, Fla. (AP)—A day after graduating, a group of Florida high school shooting survivors announced they'll spend their summer crisscrossing the country, expanding their grass-roots activism from rallies and school walkouts to registering young voters to help accomplish their vision for stricter gun laws. David Hogg, Emma Gonzalez, Cameron Kasky, Jaclyn Corin, and about two […]…

David Bacon (2018-06-06). We can change an unjust immigration policy. peoplesworld.org Testimony given by David Bacon at the People's Tribunal at the West County Detention Center in Richmond, CA We've heard the living experiences of people who have had no alternative to leaving home to escape violence, war and poverty, who now find themselves imprisoned in the detention center in front of us. And we have […]…

Chris Wright (2018-06-06). The Stupefying Mediocrity of Barack Obama. counterpunch.org As a Marxist, I'm not very interested in the psychology of the powerful. I don't think it matters much, and it tends to be pretty uniform and predictable anyway: self-overestimation, self-justification, moral rationalizations for every horrendous decision made, brutal callousness to human suffering beneath (at best) a veneer of concern, energies directed to machinations for increased power, cowardly accommodation to the path of least political resistance, a collective insularity of the golden-boy culture gilded with sycophants, etc. On the other hand, as a despiser of the complacent powerful, I enjoy belittling their grandiose pretensions. So sometimes I do like to wade into the muck of their psychology. More

Elizabeth Preza, AlterNet (2018-06-06). Ivanka Trump Facilitated Contact Between Michael Cohen And a Russian Offering to Facilitate a Trump-Putin Meeting. alternet.org Russian athlete Dmitry Klokov "offered to introduce Donald Trump to [Vladimir] Putin to facilitate a 100-story Trump tower in Moscow," BuzzFeed News reports. | Special counsel Robert Mueller and congressional investigators tasked with probing the 2016 presidential election have questioned witnesses about contact between Donald Trump's daughter Ivanka Trump and a Russian contact offering to "expedite a Trump tower in Moscow," BuzzFeed News reports. According to BuzzFeed, Ivanka Trump "connected her father's personal lawyer," Michael Cohen, with Russian athlete Dmitry Klokov, "who offered to introduce Donald Trump to [Vladimir] Putin to facilitate a 100-story Trump tower in Moscow. " Cohen is under investigation in the Southern District of New York for bank fraud, among other alleged crimes. The contact occurred as Trump was campaigning to be president, BuzzFeed reports. Ivanka Trump, then an executive vice president of development and acquisitions at the Trump Organization,. . .

Jessica Corbett (2018-06-06). UN Calls on US to "Immediately Halt" Policy of Detaining Migrant Children. mintpressnews.com The United Nations human rights office says the practice "amounts to arbitrary and unlawful interference in family life, and is a serious violation of the rights of the child."

Elizabeth Preza, AlterNet (2018-06-06). Rudy Giuliani Accuses Robert Mueller of Trying to 'Frame' Trump. alternet.org Giuliani said the special counsel is trying to "get [Trump] in trouble when he hasn't done anything wrong. " | Donald Trump's lawyer Rudy Giuliani accused special counsel Robert Mueller of trying to "frame" Donald Trump, echoing the president's charge that "13 highly partisan Democrats" are trying to "get him in trouble when he hasn't done anything wrong. "Giuliani made the remark at the Globes capital market in Tel Aviv, CNBC reports. He also repeated the claim Trump has the power to pardon himself, but doesn't have a crime to pardon himself for. Giuliani, who serves at the president's outside legal counsel and public relations point man, has made a series of dubious claims about Trump's authority. Tuesday, Giuliani was forced to clarify after he remarked Trump could shoot former FBI Director James Comey and not face charges as president. Giuliano told the Huffington Post he meant that suggestion as a "hypothetical. "

Merula Furtado (2018-06-06). Despite Reforms, US Remains the World's Most Incarcerated Nation. truthout.org Despite a growing appetite among policy makers for criminal legal reforms, the United States is still the most incarcerated country in the world by a long shot. Even more progressive states have a higher percentage of their population behind bars than most other countries. | Thirty-one US states have a higher incarceration rate than any single nation worldwide, including countries with authoritarian governments, such as Russia and China, according to a new report by the Prison Policy Initiative. The US also leads the world in the incarceration of women. Only 4 percent of women live in the US, but the US accounts for over 30 percent of incarcerated women worldwide. | To calculate total incarceration rates in the US and individual states, the Prison Policy Initiative included available data on the number of people who are confined in jails, juvenile detention centers,…

CP Editor (2018-06-06). Jackson Browne: NPR Music Tiny Desk Concert. counterpunch.org

Cherise (2018-06-06). Can Your Insurer Retroactively Deny Coverage for "Avoidable" ER Visits? truthout.org Visiting the emergency room is expensive, and a whole lot of Americans hit the ER every year — with some critics claiming that many of these visits are unnecessary. | In fact, one insurer thinks it's come up with an excellent way to addressing this issue: Anthem refuses to pay for visits it deems " avoidable." And that can leave some patients holding very large bills. | The way people utilize emergency departments can be complex. For people who are underinsured or uninsured, the ER may be seen as the best way to quickly access treatment. For those with good insurance coverage, poor communication about access to urgent care — which provides appointments quickly within regular work hours — can be an issue. At other times, long waits for available appointments may push people to the ER,…

Lauren Walker (2018-06-06). Things Trump Can Do, Technically. truthout.org

Staff (2018-06-06). EU Sets Date to Start Retaliatory Tariffs on U.S. Imports. truthdig.com Calling President Trump's decision to tax European steel and aluminum imports "illegal," the European Union says it will impose duties in July on U.S. steel, agricultural products and other items.

Gary Leupp (2018-06-06). The Assad-Kim Summit with Iran in the Background. counterpunch.org Foreign leaders who discern little logic or consistency in Trump's foreign policies conclude politely that he is "pragmatic," or that his actions simply fulfill his campaign promises and are designed to appeal to his base. All who have met him seem to have been briefed by their intelligence services about his narcissistic personality and know More

Andrew Korybko (2018-06-06). Russia Building the Trans-Arabian Railway Will Make the Saudis More Multipolar. globalresearch.ca The CEO of Russian Railways, the state-backed leader in this industry, announced his company's intent in participating in the Trans-Arabian Railway during last week's Saint Petersburg International Economic Forum (SPIEF), thus drawing attention to a project that's been on the

David Edwards, Raw Story (2018-06-06). 'God Complex': Fox News Conservatives Demand 'Narcissistic' Eagles 'Pay Tribute to This President'. alternet.org "They're unwilling to work with this administration simply because they have a god complex," conservative Fox News commentator Candace Owens said. | Conservative Fox News commentator Candace Owens on Wednesday blasted players on the Eagles NFL team and accused them of having a "god complex" because they declined an invitation to meet President Donald Trump at the White House. During a panel discussion on Fox & Friends, Charlie Kirk, founder of Turning Point USA, a pro-Trump super PAC, complained that "only in America" could football players win the Super Bowl and "not pay gratitude to our president. ""Pay tribute to the greatest country in the history of the world, pay tribute to this president," Kirk said. Owens, who also works for Turning Point, argued that the players could not have a productive conversation with Trump because they are too "narcissistic. ""What we're really seeing is a. . .

Olivia Riggio (2018-06-06). Anti-Trump Cartoons Stopped by Censor at Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. fair.org The work of Rob Rogers, longtime political cartoonist for the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, has been notably absent from his paper's opinion page during this past week. Aside from a cartoon criticizing the trade war posted on Tuesday, June 5, the most recent of Rogers' drawings appeared last Thursday, May 24. | So where was Rogers all of last week? He did not simply "have the day off," as printed in last Tuesday's issue of the Post-Gazette. | Keith Burris, the Post-Gazette's editorial director since March, when it merged its editorial board with the co-owned Toledo Blade, refused to publish six of Rogers' cartoons in a row. Four were directly critical of President Donald Trump, and two alluded to racism. | Despite not being published in the Post-Gazette, Rogers continued posting these cartoons on Twitter, as he does with all of his work.

Staff (2018-06-06). The World's Great Cities Hold the Key to Fossil Fuel Cuts. truthdig.com The great urban centers, hotspots of global wealth creation, are major emitters of greenhouse gases. Civic leaders could be among those best placed to save the planet.

Laura Duggan (2018-06-06). Irish women make history, overturn abortion ban. peoplesworld.org DUBLIN—Saturday, May 25, was a historic day for Ireland. The Eighth Amendment to the country's constitution, which was introduced in 1983 and effectively banned abortion in all but the most extreme circumstances, has finally been removed, and the face of Ireland is changed utterly. Contrary to what the establishment political parties have already started to […]…

Elizabeth Preza, AlterNet (2018-06-06). Samuel L. Jackson Demands 'Muthafukker' Trump Prove He Knows the Words to the National Anthem. alternet.org The famous actor is not convinced Donald Trump can even sing "The Star Spangled Banner. " | Actor Samuel L. Jackson on Wednesday offered his own take on the ongoing battle between Donald Trump and the NFL, insisting the president prove he knows the words to the national anthem he demands people stand for. I want Proof, the Muthafukker demanding folks stand for the Anthem actually knows the words to the Anthem! ! — Samuel L. Jackson (@SamuelLJackson) June 5, 2018Jackson is the latest to voice his discontent with Trump's relentless attacks on the NFL, a fight that marks the president's latest political calculus in his favorite culture war du jour. Monday, Trump disinvited Super Bowl winners the Philadelphia Eagles from the White House after incorrectly accusing those players of kneeling during the national anthem. Trump has his own problematic relationship with the national anthem. As the Washington Postreports, Trump has appeared to forget the lyrics to songs like the national anthem and "God Bless America" at least four times since he assumed the presidency.

Elliott Gabriel (2018-06-06). New US Ambassador to Berlin Vows to "Empower" Europe's Xenophobic Far-Right. mintpressnews.com "The comments made by Richard Grenell give the impression that the new U.S. ambassador still hasn't adjusted to his new role. At least the Russians make an effort not to be seen to be meddling in other countries' affairs."

Cherise (2018-06-06). Naomi Klein: 4,645 Deaths in Puerto Rico From Hurricane Maria Were "State-Sponsored Mass Killing" truthout.org We look at Puerto Rico as it continues to recover from Hurricane Maria, which devastated the island last September. Researchers at Harvard recently revealed the death toll from Hurricane Maria may be a staggering 70 times higher than the official count. The official death toll still stands at 64, but the new study estimates a death toll of at least 4,645, with some projections topping 5,700. The Harvard study found that "interruption of medical care was the primary cause of sustained high mortality rates in the months after the hurricane, a finding consistent with the widely reported disruption of health systems. Health care disruption is now a growing contributor to both morbidity and mortality in natural disasters." We speak with Naomi Klein, author, journalist and a senior correspondent for The Intercept. Her new book is titled "The Battle for Paradise: Puerto Rico…

Adam Johnson (2018-06-06). With Literal Nazis Running for Office, NYT Suggests Candidate's Israel Criticism Is Antisemitic. fair.org The New York Times (5/29/18) crafts its headline around a baseless charge from political enemies. | Eight overt white nationalists are running for office in 2018—a new record, according to the Southern Poverty Law Center. Overt fascists, inspired by the rise of President Donald Trump, have found a place both within and just outside the margins of the official Republican Party. Over 20,000 people voted in a GOP primary this past March for former American Nazi Party member Art Jones, making him the Republican candidate for the US House in Illinois' 3rd District. Patrick Little, who told NBC ( 5/3/18) that the "monstrous nature of the Jewish people must be known to the public," ran as a Republican for Sen. Dianne Feinstein's seat in California, and got more than 50,000 votes. | With the increase on the US right in…

Binoy Kampmark (2018-06-06). A Literary Vice: Me Too Enthusiasm and Junot Díaz. counterpunch.org It all happened at break neck speed. Before the dust settled, Junot Díaz was on plane from Sydney back to the United States. The Sydney Writers' Festival had received a severe spiking of flavour from another Me Too, stop that and what to do skirmish. The occasion needs some teasing out. It began with fellow More

Dean Baker (2018-06-06). Farm Prices and the Dollar. counterpunch.org Around a decade ago, I was talking with a staffer of the Senate Commerce Committee about infrastructure. I gave a list of potential projects, including trains. He interrupted me and said that they don't care about trains there. I asked if I was hearing him correctly. He explained that trains were a divisive issue among More

Joachim Hagopian (2018-06-06). Tribute to the Last Honorable US Senator: The Story of Paul Wellstone's Suspected Assassination. globalresearch.ca On October 25th, 2002 the last great hero of the common people in the US Senate was very likely murdered by agents of the shadow US crime cabal government otherwise known as the Bush-Cheney regime. His wife and …

Chris Sosa, AlterNet (2018-06-06). DOJ Watchdog Finds Comey Engaged in 'Insubordinate' Behavior During Clinton Email Probe: Report. alternet.org The draft appears to contradict the former FBI director's account. | ABC News reports that sources confirm the Justice Department's internal watchdog will release a report concluding that fired FBI director James Comey engaged in "insubordinate" behavior during the 2016 election cycle. According to ABC,The draft of Horowitz's wide-ranging report specifically called out Comey for ignoring objections from the Justice Department when he disclosed in a letter to Congress just days before the 2016 presidential election that FBI agents had reopened the Clinton probe, according to sources. Hillary Clinton has repeatedly cited Comey's unorthodox letter to Congress as a major factor in the election of President Donald Trump. The conclusions of the watchdog are at odds with answers Comey gave during an April interview with George Stephanopoulos. At the time, Comey said he would not defy an order from former Attorney General Loretta Lynch and that he "believe[s] in the chain of command. " Related Stories: EPA Chief Pruitt Used Official Rank to Attempt Scoring His Wife a Chick-fil-A FranchiseWarriors Star Steph Curry Agrees with LeBron James—NBA Series Winner Won't Visit Trump White HousePutin Tells Interviewer That He and Trump 'Regularly' Talk on the Phone

Richard Galustian (2018-06-06). Russia Bashing: Will the West Secretly Try to "Embarrass" Russia During the World Cup? globalresearch.ca Featured image: The Russian President Vladimir Putin and FIFA President Gianni Infantino attend a meeting in Sochi on 31 May (Photo: Sputnik/Aleksey Nikolskyi) | "I can assure you that all aspects have been taken into account and we have taken note …

John Carroll Md (2018-06-06). Haiti in the Shadow of the Citadel. counterpunch.org The instructors of the course were Haitian physicians and US ED physicians and Physicians Assistants. The course was held at New Hope Hospital which is located a few miles south of Cap Haitien. We were outside on the large hospital patio. The patio had a roof but no walls which protected us from the sun More

TGRT (2018-06-06). Global Research: Delivering the Facts before They Get Erased. globalresearch.ca At Global Research, our goal has always been to bring you timely information and analysis on current events, free of charge. Although our content may be free, making sure that everything is in place in order to deliver that …

Elliott Gabriel (2018-06-06). Amnesty: US-Led Coalition Committed War Crimes In Raqqa, Syria. mintpressnews.com "Everyone we spoke to in Raqqa agreed that Isis had to be defeated. But they asked why their families had to be killed and their city destroyed in the process."

W. T. Whitney (2018-06-06). Fallout from Colombia's New Association with NATO. counterpunch.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 interventions. And in May 2017 Colombia and NATO agreed that the former would become a NATO "global partner." More

Ellen Isaacs (2018-06-06). Could a One-State Solution Eliminate Racism Without Getting Rid of Capitalism? counterpunch.org As we reflect on the latest brutality against protestors in Gaza and the struggle to end the outrageous Israeli occupation of Palestine and oppression of Israeli Palestinians, it is important to formulate a goal for what we would hope to attain. This goal does not have to be achievable in the near future or even More

Adeyinka Makinde (2018-06-06). Putin's Endgame in Syria: Victory or Stalemate? globalresearch.ca In a recent article for Foreign Policy magazine, Jonathan Spyer, a research fellow at the Jerusalem Institute for Strategic Studies, argued that Russian President Vladimir Putin was content with what Spyer perceives to be the current situation in Syria: …

Staff (2018-06-06). The Military-Industrial Complex Strikes (Out) Again. truthdig.com Did you know the U.S. Air Force is working on a new stealth bomber? Don't blame yourself if you didn't, since the project is so secret that most members of Congress aren't privy to the details.

Jack Rasmus (2018-06-06). Italian Debt Crisis Erupts—Is This a Greek Debt Crisis Writ Large? counterpunch.org This past week, as the Italian populist party, '5-Star', began to form a government, suddenly the realities of the Italian debt (government and bank) and the 7 year stagnating Italian economy got the attention of media, investors and politicians. 5-Star and its parliamentary ally, the League, campaigned during the recent Italian election on a program More

Elizabeth Preza, AlterNet (2018-06-06). Kellyanne Conway Ties Herself in Knots When Pressed on Whether Aide Who Mocked McCain Can Stay At the White House. alternet.org Conway accused CNN host John Berman of trying to re-litigate Kelly Sadler's distasteful joke about Sen. John McCain | White House counselor to the president Kellyanne Conway on Wednesday was confronted over the termination Kelly Sadler, the former White House communications aide who sparked controversy last monthg when an insensitive remark about Sen. John McCain (R-AZ) leaked to the press. "Why doesn't Kelly Sadler work at the White House this morning? " CNN "New Day" host John Berman asked. "I spoke to her," Conway replied. "She no longer works on this complex and there are a number of open positions throughout the administration for those who wish to submit for them, interview for them andIi think that they match up nicely with different individuals, press and communication skills. In addition I know that Kelly Sadler had a career in the private sector before she came. . .

Staff (2018-06-06). Judge in Brock Turner Sexual Assault Case Is Recalled. truthdig.com Aaron Persky, who sentenced a former Stanford athlete to six months in jail instead of a long prison term, is the first California judge recalled since 1932.

True Publica (2018-06-06). Trump's Trade War Throws Traditionally Unified G7 into Chaos. globalresearch.ca It is not enough that Donald Trump has destroyed some of the most important international agreements in the democratised West. Trump is now moving on to the next stage of his grand plan. | With just a few days to go …

Chris Sosa, AlterNet (2018-06-06). Trump Asked Trudeau to Answer for War of 1812 in Trade Spat: 'Didn't You Guys Burn Down the White House?&#039. alternet.org This inaccurate reference is to an incident involving British troops. | President Donald Trump had an embarrassing phone call with Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau on May 25 about steel and aluminum import tariffs that found Trump accusing Canada of burning down the White House in 1812. The exchange occurred when Trudeau requested justification for the stated "national security" interests of tariffs on Canada, since the nation is among the closest and most reliable U. S. allies. Trump shot back, "Didn't you guys burn down the White House? "This inaccurate reference is to an incident during the War of 1812, when British troops burned down the White House, as the Ontario region was then a British colony. At no point did any Canadian burn down the White House. This is just the latest example of a bumbling president who misunderstands the most basic points of American history. Related Stories: 'Insulting And Unacceptable': Justin Trudeau Delivers Stunning Rebuke of Trump Labeling Canada a National Security ThreatHow Russia Is Weaponizing International Students in the New Cold WarTrump Ambassador to Germany Says He's There to Support Right-Wing Movement — Left-Wing Party Head Calls for Expulsion

Vern Loomis (2018-06-06). The Lady and the Trump. counterpunch.org Isn't it time? You know it's dangerous to leave her out there on her own. She's vulnerable and prone to poor judgment. She forgets to lock doors and who knows what kind of people she's letting in. She repeats herself incessantly and the words are like totally disconnected from reality. She's just not taking care of herself More

Michelle Zacarias (2018-06-06). Roseanne failed to capture spirit of the U.S. working class. peoplesworld.org In response to a series of racist tweets ABC abruptly pulled the plug on the Roseanne reboot last week. After Roseanne Barr compared former Obama aide Valerie Jarrett to an ape and called billionaire George Soros a "Nazi" who "turned on his fellow Jews," the broadcasting company decided they would no longer be airing any […]…

Staff (2018-06-06). GOP, Democrats Dodge Disaster in California Primaries. truthdig.com Republicans will get a shot at the governor's mansion in November's election, while Democrats avoid being shut out of House races in the state's "top-two" open primary. Nationally, female candidates make gains.

Middle East Monitor (2018-06-06). Qatar Blockade: Between A Corrupt US President And impulsive Middle Eastern Despots. iranian.com Like his war on Yemen, heir apparent to the Saudi throne Mohammed Bin Salman no doubt felt confident that adding another belligerent policy to his name — an act of war no less — against another one of his neighbours would deliver a swift outcome. The newly appointed Crown Prince had, after all, the backing of three other […]

South Front (2018-06-06). Video: Roadmap for Manbij, Explosion Near US-French Military Base in Northern Syria. globalresearch.ca On June 4, the US State Department officially acknowledged that Turkey and the US had endorsed a roadmap for the northern town of Manbij. The announcement came after a meeting between Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlàºt àáavu≈üoƒülu and U.S. State Secretary …

Cody Fenwick, AlterNet (2018-06-06). Here's How a Single Preposterous Tweet Unleashed Trump's Latest False Attacks on the Russia Probe. alternet.org Though it's been repeatedly debunked, Trump is still talking about "spygate. " | Even after many of President Donald Trump's own allies have rejected his unfounded assertions of a massive FBI conspiracy against his campaign, he is continuing to hold on to the theory without a shred of evidence. His latest attack against the FBI over what he has ludicrously dubbed "spygate" stems from a single tweet and rests on a patently absurd interpretation of the relevant texts. "Wow, Strzok-Page, the incompetent & corrupt FBI lovers, have texts referring to a counter-intelligence operation into the Trump Campaign dating way back to December, 2015," Trump tweeted on Tuesday night. "SPYGATE is in full force! Is the Mainstream Media interested yet? Big stuff! "As Axios and others pointed out, this new twist on Trump's fraudulent attacks on the FBI comes from a wholly dubious source. A. . .

Merula Furtado (2018-06-06). New Banking Deregulation Could Lead to More Lending Discrimination. truthout.org

| Today we bring you a conversation with Alexis Goldstein, a senior policy analyst at Americans for Financial Reform, which is a coalition of about 200 organizations that fight for a safer and a fair economy. Goldstein discusses recent bipartisan bank deregulations, what defanging the Volcker Rule would mean, and…

Jessica Corbett (2018-06-06). Betsy DeVos: Actually, School Safety Panel Won't Study Role of Guns. mintpressnews.com "Secretary DeVos is just admitting what we knew all along—that the Trump administration's pledge to keep kids safe from gun violence was not serious," said one gun control advocate.

Elizabeth Preza, AlterNet (2018-06-06). The View's Whoopi Goldberg Shuts Down Meghan McCain for Claiming Hillary Clinton Was 'Complicit' in Bill's Affair. alternet.org Did we take a time machine to 1998. . . or 2016? | The hosts of "The View" on Wednesday took on Bill Clinton's recent "tone-deaf" response to a question about the "Me Too" movement, prompting Meghan McCain to blame Hillary Clinton for her husband's personal indiscretions. Clinton on Tuesday night tried to "do over" his combative response to a question about whether he owes former White House intern Monica Lewinsky an apology for how he treated her after their affair, telling Stephen Colbert the interview "wasn't [his] finest hour. "Sara Haines wondered if his "clear anger and frustration" was the product of him feeling "inconvenienced" by the question. "He's been dealing with it pretty much everyday," Whoopi Goldberg said, adding he's also "watched his wife deal with it""Why does he always get a pass? " McCain demanded. "You should expect this question! "McCain also wondered why Clinton discussed. . .

Staff (2018-06-06). Midwives are Caught in a Culture War Deeply Rooted in Race and Class (Video). truthdig.com What makes maternal health care in other affluent countries look so different than the U.S.? Among other things, midwives.

Rick Sterling (2018-06-06). Russia's Putin and Israel's Netanyahu Negotiate… About What? globalresearch.ca Last week major state and corporate news outlets reported that Russian President Vladimir Putin and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu had met and agreed on removing Iranian troops from Syria and/or Iran's border with Syria. Then, on June 3rd, Haaretz

Brad Reed, Raw Story (2018-06-06). GOP Candidate Promises to Use His 'Second Amendment' on Any Man Who Treats His Daughter Like Trump Treats Women. alternet.org One Trump supporter yelled "shame on you" when the Oklahoma GOP candidate made the remark. | Danny Stockstill, a Republican running for Congress in Oklahoma's 1st Congressional District, minced no words during a debate this week about President Donald Trump's treatment of women. Tulsa World reports that, during a Tuesday night debate, a moderator asked GOP candidates if they considered the president to be a proper role model for children. At this point, Stockstill absolutely unloaded on the president's treatment of women and shamed his fellow Republicans for being so silent on it. "Why are we so afraid to say, 'There's no way I want my son to act like (Trump)? '" he asked his fellow candidates. "If my daughter ever dates a man who treated her like he treats women, I'm going to use my Second Amendment. "Stockstill went on to say "shame on us" if "we can't stand up and say out loud, 'I disagree with President Trump in the way he treats people. '"One Trump supporter in the audience yelled, "Shame on you! " at Stockstill, although others in the audience either applauded or grumbled, according to Tulsa World.

South Front (2018-06-06). Video: The US-Turkey Roadmap for Northern Syria. Kurdish YPG Forces Withdraw from Manbij. globalresearch.ca Units of the Syrian Army's 11th Armoured Division have been deployed in the northern part of the Syrian-Lebanese border where they are set to replace Hezbollah fighters. The area of Qusayr has been one of the key Hezbollah footholds in …

Walter Einenkel, Daily Kos (2018-06-06). Alabama Sheriff Who Pocketed Around $750,000 in Prison Food Money Loses Re-Election Bid. alternet.org Todd Entrekin will not remain the sheriff in Etowah County, Alabama, this coming November | Etowah County, Alabama, Sheriff Todd Entrekin has conceded to his opponent, Rainbow City Police Chief Jonathon Horton. According to AL. com, Horton will become the next Etowah County sheriff as there are no Democrats currently running for the position. The race became especially heated in its final weeks, with much of the controversy playing out online. An anti-Horton website called Expose the Snake went live last month with videos slamming the candidate and court documents that showed that Horton had been accused of domestic violence in the past and that in 2006 he crashed into a car while driving under the influence, injuring the driver. Meanwhile, a number of anti-Entrekin Facebook pages – such as Million Dollar Sheriff, which posted cartoons and memes that poked fun at the. . .

Joseph Gelfer (2018-06-06). Is Alexander Dugin an Undercover Queer Theorist? counterpunch.org Alexander Dugin is a Russian philosopher and political analyst famously known for being, in the words of Foreign Affairs, "Putin's brain." A recent ThinkProgress report outlines the rise of Dugin and his alignment with the far-right in America, including white supremacists such as Richard Spencer, who have offered him a platform outside of Russia (as it happens, More

Staff (2018-06-06). Recall Denies Democrats a California Senate Supermajority. truthdig.com The California Democratic Party, which temporarily lost its supermajority in the state Senate in February when a lawmaker accused of sexual misconduct resigned, loses another seat.

Cherise (2018-06-06). Trump's Disinvitation of the Philadelphia Eagles: An Act of Symbolic Racism. truthout.org It is an American tradition that the winner of the Super Bowl is honored with a visit to the White House. But these are not normal times. | Like the petulant man-child he is, President Donald Trump cancelled the 2018 NFL champion Philadelphia Eagles' visit to the White House. | On Twitter, Trump announced it this way: | The Philadelphia Eagles Football Team was invited to the White House. Unfortunately, only a small number of players decided to come, and we canceled the event. Staying in the Locker Room for the playing of our National Anthem is as disrespectful to our country as kneeling. Sorry! | Trump was angry that most of the Eagles team had declined the invitation because of his repeated insults towards black NFL players (and other athletes) who have chosen to take a knee during the national anthem in…

Marilyn Bechtel (2018-06-06). Protesters outraged as Trump administration tears immigrant children from parents. peoplesworld.org

John Wojcik (2018-06-06). D-Day anniversary: Remembering how World War II was actually won. peoplesworld.org June 6, 1944 was D-Day, the day the U.S. and western Allied forces landed on the beaches of Normandy in France, opening up a second front against the Nazis in World War II. For the 74th anniversary commemoration, there have been numerous televised and printed memorials of that day when brave Americans lost their lives […]…

Mark Curtis (2018-06-06). The Raw Truth About the UK's Special Relationship with Israel. globalresearch.ca Britain has a special relationship with Israel that is little recognised in the mainstream media but unmissable in light of the killings in Gaza. With more than 110 protesters dead, Britain is in effect defending Israeli actions. The British government …

Strategic Culture Foundation (2018-06-06). As Neo-Nazis in Ukraine Keep Gaining Power, the West Keeps Turning a Blind Eye. mintpressnews.com No one, including the most ardent pro-Kiev advocates in the West, disputes the existence of the far-right and openly neo-nazi groups in Ukraine. However, the common western reaction to this is that the numbers of their followers are negligent and therefore their impact on the political climate and life in the country in general can be easily dismissed. | This was the position of US and EU leaders from the beginning of so-called "Maidan Revolution" to the present day. | Well, the facts tell us a different story since those who are familiar with the real situation in Ukraine are sounding a great alarm that the influence of extremists is actually on the rise and, moreover, it can sway the results of the upcoming presidential elections, the shape of the new government and future parliament (Rada). | These days one has to be…

Rick Sterling (2018-06-06). Palestinian Courage Should Spur International Action. globalresearch.ca After 70 years, the Israeli-Palestinian conflict is still unresolved. The conflict simmers for a few years, then erupts again with new massacres and violence. This article describes recent events, the failure of the "two state solution" and need for a …

Sheila Carapico (2018-06-06). The Saudi Arabia & UAE Slaughter In Yemen Isn't A Proxy War With Iran. iranian.com Alongside their throttlehold over which reporters can visit what parts of Yemen, and thus what story they can tell, Saudi and Emirati investments in public relations, lobbying, think-tanks, and political consultants are shaping the narrative about their war there. Headline writers, pundits, Wikipedia, news correspondents, and even some so-called experts frame the asymmetric conflict as […]

Middle East Monitor (2018-06-06). Israel Forces Just Killed 21-Year-Old Izz Al-Din Tamimi, Relative of Ahed. mintpressnews.com Anti-settlement activist from Nabi Saleh, Bilal Tamimi, said that Israeli occupation forces prevented Palestinian medical teams from reaching the youth to help him before he was taken away by the soldiers.

Staff (2018-06-06). Trump Commutes Kardashian-Backed Drug Offender's Sentence. truthdig.com Alice Marie Johnson, 63, has served more than 20 years for cocaine trafficking. Reality TV star Kim Kardashian West championed her cause in a recent visit to the White House.

Stephen Lendman (2018-06-06). All Gazan Casualties Are Intentional, Not Accidental. globalresearch.ca On June 1, Israeli snipers murdered 21-year-old voluntary Palestinian paramedic Razan al-Najjar in cold blood — threatening no one, shot in the neck and back, an exploding dum dum bullet destroying her heart, killing her instantly. | Clearly identified as a …

ZeroHedge.com (2018-06-06). Did Robert Mueller Threaten to Charge George Papadopoulos as Agent of Israel? mintpressnews.com The claim was made in interviews with the Daily Caller and the Washington Post – where Simona also said George Papadopoulos pleaded guilty to avoid the Israel-linked charges.

Mac Slavo (2018-06-06). U.S. "Fingerprints" Are All Over Nicaragua's Bloody Civil Unrest. globalresearch.ca Bloody protests against Nicaragua's President Daniel Ortega's government have the United State's fingerprints all over it. Over 100 people have been killed since the civil unrest broke out in mid-April and it doesn't take much to realize the US …

Jessica Corbett, Common Dreams (2018-06-06). This 94-Year-Old Is Fighting City Officials to Keep Her 'Impeach President Trump Now!' Lawn Sign. alternet.org "What else could I do? " says Myra Becker. "Our democracy is in danger. " | "I can't march anymore, and I can't protest anymore, but I can put up a sign," said 94-year-old Myra Becker, who plans to appeal attempts by local officials to force her to take down her massive "Impeach President Trump Now! " lawn sign. "What else could I do? " Becker, who uses a walker to get around, told CBS Chicago. "This is a serious thing. Our democracy is in danger. ""Somebody's got to speak up," she added to another local station. "I think the Republican congresspeople are wimps. "Becker, who lives in Elgin, Illinois, commissioned her sign as well as a spare and one for her neighbor—all which measure three feet by three feet, eight inches—in February. "It's big. I didn't measure it, but it's bigger than I am," said. . .

Elizabeth Preza, AlterNet (2018-06-06). Speaker Ryan Sides with Gowdy over Nunes and Pours Cold Water on Trump's Unfounded 'Spygate' Claim. alternet.org Speaker of the House Paul Ryan (R-WI) doesn't believe there's any evidence to back up Donald Trump's claim his campaign was illegally spied on. | Speaker of the House Paul Ryan (R-WI) on Wednesday sided with House Oversight Committee Chairman Trey Gowdy (R-SC) over House Intelligence Committee Chairman Devin Nunes (R-CA) when asked about Donald Trump's unfounded "spygate" claims. Trump has charged the FBI and he predecessor, Barack Obama, with embedding a "spy" into his campaign in order to illegal surveil his operation. Nunes, who served on Trump's transition team, has worked tireless to give credence to the president's unfounded attacks on the intelligence community. After receiving a briefing on the embedded FBI source, Gowdy said he's convinced the FBI operated in a manner consistent with the organization when opening the investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 election. Ryan on Wednesday agreed. "Normally I. . .

DPCR (2018-06-06). The Absence of Diplomacy Is Isolating Washington. globalresearch.ca The dissolution of the Soviet Union removed the constraint on Washington's unilateralism. The neoconservatives, who had just risen to power, seized the opportunity and replaced diplomacy with threat and coercion. One infamous example is from the George W. Bush regime …

Dr. Binoy Kampmark (2018-06-06). The Power of Self-Pardon: Trump's Novel View. globalresearch.ca "If a president was dumb enough to pardon himself that would be such an arrogant statement of power that the House would probably impeach him in a week and the Senate would convict him." — Newt Gingrich, Jun 5, 2018…

Jake Johnson, Common Dreams (2018-06-06). Despite Rightwing Fearmongering, Experts Say Now Is the Time to Expand Social Security. alternet.org "Social Security is a solution to our looming retirement income crisis, the increasing economic squeeze on middle-class families, and the perilous and growing income and wealth inequality. " | As corporate media outlets predictably trumpeted the right-wing narrative that Social Security is in dire financial straits after the Social Security Trustees' annual report was released on Tuesday, advocacy groups and experts were quick to denounce the fearmongering and correct the record, arguing that the new analysis shows the program is " stronger than ever. ""Each year, the release of the trustees report provides an occasion for Social Security scaremongering by those wanting to shrink our social insurance system," Monique Morrissey, an economist with the Economic Policy Institute, noted in a blog post on Tuesday. "But not only can we afford current benefits, we can afford to expand them. "In addition to. . .

Lawrence Davidson (2018-06-06). The US is at War With Itself. counterpunch.org The United States is at war with itself. It is actually a function of the nation's heritage—the past contesting specific aspects of a modern present. This results in traditions in flux. Some examples of this are the racism, the pseudo-frontier mentality, and the religious fundamentalism that persist into the present moment. These are traditions that More

Mark Gruenberg (2018-06-06). Election results: Mixed results for progressives, confusion in California. peoplesworld.org

RFE/RL (2018-06-06). Iran's Soccer Team First To Arrive In Russia For World Cup. iranian.com Iran's soccer team became the first to arrive in Russia for the World Cup on June 5, nine days before the opening match of the tournament, which runs from June 14 to July 15. The team was welcomed at Moscow's Vnukovo airport by the Russian Minister of Physical Culture and Sports of the Moscow Region […]

Cody Fenwick, AlterNet (2018-06-06). Mueller Is Targeting New Evidence to Uncover the Secret Communications Between Witnesses in the Russia Probe. alternet.org Out of fear of a subpoena, witnesses have reportedly complied with the special counsel. | Special counsel Robert Mueller has asked witnesses to hand over new evidence potentially related to the Russia investigation, according to a new report from CNBC: cell phones containing encrypted messages. The report found that the witnesses have complied with Mueller's request out of a fear of a subpoena. The evidence could be key to uncovering any wrongdoing on behalf of central figures in the investigation, and the fact that they used secure messaging apps such as WhatsApp or Signal that encrypt users' data could be evidence that they were aware they were violating the law. Paul Manafort, President Donald Trump's former campaign manager, was accused this week by the Mueller team of attempting to tamper with witnesses using an encrypted messaging service. Read the full report at CNBC. Related Stories: Trump 'Continues to Obstruct Justice in Broad Daylight': Democratic Lawmaker Explains How Mueller's Case Keeps Getting StrongerStephen Colbert Exposes Trump's Ridiculous 'Self-Pardon' Idea for the Farce that It IsStephe Colbert Exposes Trump's Ridiculous 'Self-Pardon' Idea for the Farce that It Is

Cherise (2018-06-06). The Slippery Slope of Dehumanizing Language. truthout.org Comparing people to animals seems to increasingly be a part of our political discourse. | When Roseanne Barr tweeted that former White House senior adviser Valerie Jarrett was the child of an ape, it came only a couple of weeks after Donald Trump called immigrant gang members, " animals." | Trump has been a target himself: On the cover of its April 2 issue, New York magazine depicted the president as a pig. | @NYMag | Cover story by @jonathanchait: t.co/xFhlgA6M0x pic.twitter.com/3PcXI0Izue | — Yashar Ali (@yashar) April 2, 2018 | As a psychologist who studies social attitudes and intergroup relations, I get a bit uneasy when I see these types of insults get normalized. At their core, they're a way to dehumanize others — a practice that can have pernicious effects. | In a…

David Bush (2018-06-06). What's at Stake in the Ontario Election? globalresearch.ca With just days to go until Ontario voters go to the polls it is worth remembering what is at stake in this election. | The Ontario Liberals have been in power since 2003. It is clear their government is well …

Staff (2018-06-06). First Native American Woman Is On Track for Congress. truthdig.com As primary results in dozens of races across the nation came in on Wednesday, climate action and immigrant rights groups were among those celebrating former New Mexico Democratic Party leader Deb Haaland's victory in the primary for the state's 1st congressional district. | "Deb Haaland's primary win is a historic victory for the climate movement," said May Boeve, executive director of 350 Action, in a statement. "Deb is the type of climate leader we've yet to see on Capitol Hill. She is inspiring people everywhere with her unapologetic progressive platform to stand up for Indigenous rights and keep fossil fuels in the ground. We need leadership like Deb's in Congress to move us toward a fossil-free world that works for all of us." | Haaland has focused her campaign on progressive causes including fighting against new fossil fuel infrastructure while expanding…

Serge Halimi (2018-06-06). Trump's EU Doormats. counterpunch.org All of Emmanuel Macron, Angela Merkel and Boris Johnson's entreaties and demonstrations of affection to President Donald Trump were utterly pointless. He responded by humiliating them. Now, he threatens trade and financial reprisals if they fail to break the deal their countries made with Iran three years ago. Trump has reversed the US's position, and More

The Conversation (2018-06-06). How Russia Is Weaponizing International Students in the New Cold War. alternet.org The country considers international recruitment to be an important geopolitical goal. | Russia is a top destination for international students and the most popular place for students from former Soviet countries to study. The country currently hosts more than 243,752 international students and considers international recruitment to be an important geopolitical goal. More recently, Russia has resurrected and intensified the Soviet tradition of politicising student mobility. The government has requested that Russian students studying abroad should leave their new countries, when Russia's political relations with those destinations deteriorate. Rossotrudnichestvo — a Russian government agency primarily responsible for administering civilian foreign aid — issued an information campaign, "Highly Likely Welcome Back, –∏–ª–∏ –ø–æ—Ä–∞ –¥–æ–º–æ–π! ", in April, with the aim of bringing Russian students back home from these "hostile" countries. The agency explained: There are serious safely issues for our young people studying. . .

Oliver Tickell (2018-06-06). Renewables 'Revolution' Well Under Way — but Governments Must Do Better. globalresearch.ca Featured image: Mulan is located approximately 170km north east of Harbin City in Heilongiang, China's northenmost province. (Flickr/Land Rover Our Planet, Creative Commons) | The increasingly dynamic renewable power sector is enjoying "falling costs, increased investment, record-setting installation and new, innovative …

wsws.org (2018-06-06). Trump expands claims of autocratic power. wsws.org Trump's assertion of supreme power comes in the context of a massive and unprecedented assault on democratic rights by the entire political establishment.

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

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