2018-06-07: News Headlines

James Heddle (2018-06-07). The California — New Mexico Nuclear Connection. counterpunch.org Target: 'Nuclear Alley,' New Mexico In the past few weeks — un-reported in the scandal/crisis-pre-occupied American main stream media — New Mexico has become the epicenter of an on-going national controversy: how to responsibly manage the tons of radioactive waste accumulated at all the nuclear energy reactors around the country so far in the Nuclear More

Michael McCaffrey (2018-06-07). Trump as Deadpool. counterpunch.org WARNING: This article contains spoilers for Deadpool 2and Avengers: Infinity War. Deadpool 2is currently resonating with audiences to the tune of $600 million at the box office, which does not bode well for Democrats in the 2018 mid-term elections. What does Deadpool 2 have to do with the elections this fall? Well, popular culture, most notably More

Emily Wells (2018-06-07). Voters Choose Woman to Replace Recalled Judge. truthdig.com Cindy Hendrickson is known for her work in support of marginalized communities. She replaces Judge Aaron Persky, who was recalled for issuing a light sentence in a 2016 Stanford sexual assault case.

Jo Simmons (2018-06-07). North America's Healthcare Sham. counterpunch.org The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) made headlines this month after announcing they would not approve lifetime limits on Medicaid from any state. The ruling came shortly after CMS had also knocked back a request from Kansas state to impose three-year periods on its Medicaid eligibility. These moves may seem surprising from an administration that More

Dan Kovalik (2018-06-07). Pompeo's Speech Against Iran Reveals Failure of US Foreign Policy. counterpunch.org After 28 years of military involvement in the region, the United States has caused the deaths of 4 million people in the Middle East, destroyed untold historic sites and antiquities, and done trillions of dollars of damage. Despite provoking further conflicts via the rise of ISIS in Iraq and Syria, as well as supporting the More

AWJL (2018-06-07). GMO Golden Rice Offers No Nutritional Benefits Says FDA. counterpunch.org The biotech industry and its supporters have promoted GMO Golden Rice for decades as an urgently needed solution to vitamin A deficiency. But, in a surprising twist, the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has concluded its consultation process on Golden Rice by informing its current developers, the International Rice Research Institute (IRRI), that Golden Rice does not More

The Saker (2018-06-07). Is Putin Really Ready To "Ditch" Iran? iranian.com The topic of Russian actions in Syria still continues to fascinate and create a great deal of polemics. This makes senses — the issue is exceedingly important on many levels, including pragmatic and moral ones, and today I want to stick strictly to the pragmatic level and set aside, just for a while, moral/ethical/spiritual considerations. Furthermore, I will […]

James Rothenberg (2018-06-07). One Last Institution to Distrust. counterpunch.org American distrust of institutions is at or near historical highs. These include Congress, presidency, Supreme Court, justice system, medical system, big business, banks, public schools, media, and religion, as Gallup puts them. This is precipitated by, and reflective of, the contradictions and class antagonisms in civil society. Why so much inequality, poverty, disrepair, and police More

Arturo Desimone (2018-06-07). Against the Cuba Embargo, Man-Made Hurricane, Wall before the Wall. counterpunch.org The island in the shape of a caiman has held its breath for 40 years. When will the blockade fall? How could the West have spoken of the fall of iron curtains, and then kept this one iron curtain, the blockade, oxidizing and cutting the toes of the island people while sermonizing to their need for freedom? What is the revenue the bastards and patent office made on that Miamian concoction, the mixed drink "Cuba Libre"? And where's the crystal river of agua ardiente(literally, "burning water") liquor, promising forgetfulness and severance, adding melody to melancholy? More

Binoy Kampmark (2018-06-07). 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

George Ochenski (2018-06-07). The Mining Industry Shows Its True Colors. counterpunch.org "Fool me once, shame on you. Fool me twice…I won't be fooled again." -President George W. Bush, 2006 Montana has been raped — in every sense of the word — by the mining industry for a century and a half. Anyone who doubts that need only look across our beautiful state at the ugly, dead, and polluting More

Nick Pemberton (2018-06-07). A Tale Of Two Worlds: America's Police State Vs. College Campuses. counterpunch.org America is a police state. 2.3 million people are held in prison. People go to jail 11 million times a year. People go to jail most often without conviction of a crime. Many cannot afford to post bail and are caught in jail until their trial. 1 in 5 incarcerated people are in jail for a drug offense. 1 in 37 US adults are under correctional supervision. The U.S. has 21% of the world's prisoners, with 34% of them being African American. These prisoners are often treated as slave labor, with few to no laws protecting their rights. More

RT (2018-06-07). Aerial footage shows entire Hawaiian neighborhood devoured by lava (VIDEO). rt.com New aerial footage shows the Hawaiian neighborhood of Vacationland has been consumed by lava as devastating volcanic eruptions continue to destroy homes on the Big Island.
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wsws.org (2018-06-07). G7 conflict set to deepen at leaders' summit. wsws.org The G7 has been called the G6 plus one, as Canada, the EU and Japan seek to coordinate their response to US tariffs.

wsws.org (2018-06-07). Free Julian Assange rallies called in Sri Lanka and India. wsws.org The SEP and supporters of the ICFI will demonstrate in Colombo, the Sri Lankan capital, and Sriperumbudur, in the southern Indian state of Tamil Nadu.

RT (2018-06-07). Kim 'begged on hands and knees' for summit with Trump, US president's lawyer says. rt.com Trump's lawyer Rudy Giuliani has risked causing another diplomatic uproar after he claimed that North Korean leader Kim Jong-un was "on hands and knees," desperately trying to save the June 12 summit after Trump briefly withdrew.
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wsws.org (2018-06-07). US primary elections in eight states confirm rightward shift by Democratic Party. wsws.org At least five candidates with a background in the national-security apparatus won Democratic congressional nominations Tuesday, continuing a year-long trend.

wsws.org (2018-06-07). Australia's disability scheme prepares to restrict access for people with autism. wsws.org The move to reduce autism services underscores the cost-cutting character of the NDIS.

wsws.org (2018-06-07). US war crimes in Syria exposed. wsws.org Unlike the hysteria generated over the fake gas attack in Douma earlier this year, the revelations of massive US war crimes in Raqqa have been treated as a non-event by the media.

wsws.org (2018-06-07). Vote no to sellout of New Zealand nurses! Build rank-and-file committees! wsws.org The SEG calls on health workers to break from the unions, build new organisations and fight to unite the working class against the Labour government's pro-business agenda.

wsws.org (2018-06-07). Sri Lanka: Filmmaker Prasanna Vithanage and author Aruna Premarathne endorse Julian Assange campaign. wsws.org "Only those who are anti-democratic or against humanity could say what Julian did is a crime."

wsws.org (2018-06-07). Mass immigration raids shatter Ohio communities. wsws.org Tuesday's Gestapo-style raid is a warning to the entire working class.

wsws.org (2018-06-07). Oxford Union debating society threatened with legal action over censoring criticism of CIA. wsws.org The February 27 event is not being censored on legal grounds or on the basis that "sensitive information" has been revealed, but because it is deemed necessary to suppress critical opposition to the US security apparatus and its activities.

wsws.org (2018-06-07). Workers Party in Argentina seeks to "refound" Fourth International in alliance with Stalinism. wsws.org The attempt to create an international tendency based on suppressing the lessons of the history of the Fourth International can result only in the betrayal of the working class.

wsws.org (2018-06-07). Cop who punched woman on New Jersey beach will not face charges. wsws.org In a video viewed over 7,000,000 times, an officer can be seen punching the woman twice.

wsws.org (2018-06-07). Judge in Stanford sexual assault case recalled from office following law-and-order campaign. wsws.org There is nothing remotely progressive in the campaign to recall judge Aaron Persky, which was centered on demands for harsher sentencing of those convicted of sexual assault.

RT (2018-06-07). 'Hero' hacker who shut down WannaCry faces 4 more charges, including lying to FBI. rt.com Marcus Hutchins, the hacker who stopped the WannaCry ransomware and was arrested by the FBI soon after, accused of creating and distributing malware himself, has asked for donations to cover legal costs as he faces more charges.
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wsws.org (2018-06-07). Israel's Netanyahu tours Europe to advocate action against Iran. wsws.org For all their differences with Trump, and evident distaste for Netanyahu, the European leaders did not seek to distance themselves from his demands because they know he speaks for Washington.

Human Rights Watch (2018-06-07). Greece: Asylum-Seeking Women Detained with Men. hrw.org A migrant girl plays near the window of the pre-removal detention center in Fylakio, Greece, April 30, 2018. | © 2018 Alkis Konstantinidis/Reuters | (Athens) — Greek authorities are routinely confining asylum-seeking women with unrelated men in the northern Evros region, at the land-border with Turkey, putting them at grave risk of sexual violence and harassment. Authorities should immediately stop holding asylum-seeking women and girls in closed facilities with unrelated men. | Human Rights Watch research in Northern Greece in late May 2018 found women and girls housed with unrelated men in sites for reception and/or detention of asylum seekers. Twelve women and two girls interviewed said they had been locked in cells or enclosures for weeks, and in one case for nearly five months, with men and boys they did not know. Four said…

wsws.org (2018-06-07). Horwath seeks to disingenuously disassociate Canada's NDP from its right-wing record. wsws.org With her absurd claim that the anti-worker policies pursued by the only ever Ontario NDP government were an aberration, Horwath is seeking to conceal the fact that social democratic governments the world over have played a key role in enforcing capitalist austerity.

Human Rights Watch (2018-06-07). North Korea: End Repressive Rule, Rights Abuses. hrw.org North Korean leader Kim Jong Un attends the Third Plenary Meeting of the Seventh Central Committee of the Workers' Party of Korea (WPK), in this photo released by North Korea's Korean Central News Agency (KCNA) in Pyongyang on April 20, 2018. | © 2018 KCNA/via Reuters | (New York) — The North Korean government should immediately undertake meaningful reforms that will end the dire human rights situation in the Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK), Human Rights Watch and more than 300 nongovernmental organizations said today in a letter to North Korean leader Kim Jong Un. | "North Korea's increased dialogue with other countries is a positive step, but before the world gets too excited they should remember that Kim Jong Un still presides over perhaps the most repressive system in the world,"

Human Rights Watch (2018-06-07). Zimbabwe: Lack of Reform Risks Credible Elections. hrw.org Zimbabwe President Emmerson Mnangagwa announces the date for the general elections in Harare, Zimbabwe, May 30, 2018. | © 2018 Reuters | (Harare) — The Zimbabwe government's failure to carry out legal and electoral reforms threatens the credibility of national elections scheduled for July 30, 2018. Despite President Emmerson Mnangagwa's repeated promises that elections will be free and fair, the ability of voters to freely choose their leaders is in serious doubt. | Human Rights Watch research in May, including interviews across the country, found that security force involvement in the electoral process, abusive laws that remain in effect, and violence and intimidation by the ruling party all contribute to an environment that is not conducive to free and fair elections. | "President Mnangagwa needs to go beyond mere rhetoric and take genuine…

wsws.org (2018-06-07). The #MeToo movement and the case against Charlie Chaplin: How and why the American establishment constructs sex scandals. wsws.org With the help of the American media, J. Edgar Hoover and the FBI concocted a sexual and political smear campaign that damaged Chaplin's film career, isolating him from his audience and eventually forcing him to leave the US in 1952.

wsws.org (2018-06-07). The Demise of Savas Michael's "New Era" wsws.org This examination and exposure of the inveterate opportunism of Savas Michael-Matsas, was originally published on August 11, 1989 and appeared in the Fourth International magazine.

wsws.org (2018-06-07). Socialist Equality Party wins significant vote in California primary elections. wsws.org David Moore, the SEP candidate for Senate, won 14,465 votes, or 0.4 percent, and Kevin Mitchell, the SEP candidate for House in the 51st district, received 900 votes, or 1.9 percent.

wsws.org (2018-06-07). Sri Lankan workers and students defend Julian Assange. wsws.org Many of those who spoke to the WSWS compared the attacks on WikiLeaks to the Sri Lankan government's measures against journalists.

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 …

Chris Sosa, AlterNet (2018-06-06). Sleeping Too Much or Too Little Could Increase Your Risk of Death and Dementia: Study. alternet.org More research is needed to determine the relationship between sleep quality and quantity. | A new study from Kyushu University in Japan sheds additional light on the relationship between sleep time and the risk of both early death and dementia. People who slept fewer than five hours or over 10 hours showed substantially elevated risk of early death and dementia than others. Newsweek reports of the study: Their study involved 1,517 elderly people without dementia in a Japanese community. The individuals were part of a group screened for dementia prospectively in the decade following 2002. Of the total participants, 294 developed dementia, and 282 died. The individuals were asked to report how long they slept, and were categorized into five groups. Those who slept for fewer than five hours; between five and 6. 9; seven to 7. 9; eight to 9. 9; and over 10. The study also found. . .

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. . .

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.

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

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

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…

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…

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. . .

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"

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…

Staff (2018-06-06). Dinosaurs' Deaths May Hold Clues for Climate Change. truthdig.com US geologists have identified the moment of the dinosaurs' death in the Earth's deep past as the time when the climate changed, even faster and more severely than it is changing as a consequence of human action. | That fateful moment occurred on the day around 65 million years ago when a vast comet or asteroid smashed into Earth over what is now Chicxulub in the Yucatan peninsula of Mexico and brought the Cretaceous era to a close. | The scientists used tiny bits of fish scales, teeth and bones to compose a temperature chart for the last 50,000 years of the Cretaceous, and the first 100,000 years of the Palaeogene, when planet Earth changed forever. | The planetary average temperatures rose around 5 ∞C [9 F] and stayed perilously hotter for at least another 100,000 years, and in the course of…

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 …

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 […]

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 …

Mark Sumner, Daily Kos (2018-06-06). Trump Will Face One Big Problem at the North Korea Summit — He's a Terrible Negotiator. alternet.org The president can't stop himself from being impulsive. | At the moment the on, off, on summit between Donald Trump and Kim Jong-un appears to be in the on phase. "Appears" because that's before North Korea has responded to claims from Rudy Giuliani that Kim begged Trump for the summit on his knees. But Trump does seem to be sticking to giving Kim exactly what he wanted otherwise—a meeting as equals, on neutral ground, with no preconditions. All of which means that getting to this stage scores a lot of points for the North Korean leader. While Trump isn't laying out any advance conditions, he does have some goals for the meeting. The White House wants North Korean leader Kim Jong Un to commit to a timetable to surrender his country's nuclear arsenal when he meets President Donald Trump next week. . .

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 […]…

Cody Fenwick, AlterNet (2018-06-06). Trump Will 'Drop the Constitutional Bomb': Conservative Author Warns the President Could Issue 'Dozens of Pardons&#039. alternet.org Here's what that could mean for the state of the United States' institutions. | Charlie Sykes, a conservative author and columnist warned Wednesday that President Donald Trump has a plan to "normalize" the use of presidential pardons so that he can use them for nefarious purposes. "The report suggests you're talking about dozens of pardons," Sykes said on MSNBC's "Deadline: White House" with host Nicolle Wallace. "This is one of the most unchecked, absolute powers of the presidency. And after several dozen, it will be just another pardon. When he does drop the constitutional bomb, pardoning somebody who is a target of the investigation, or a witness against him, or perhaps even himself, will it have the shock value we would have had a few days ago? "He continued: "This is a president who has really excelled at taking the unthinkable and making it. . .

Robert Reich (2018-06-06). Donald Trump's Unconstitutional New Power Grab. truthdig.com The Trump administration's decision to alter the 2020 Census to ask people if they are American citizens is an unconstitutional power grab that would hurt many disadvantaged Americans. It must be stopped. | The U.S. Constitution calls for "actual enumeration" of the total population for an explicit purpose: To count the residents — not just citizens, residents — of every state to properly allocate congressional representatives to the states based on population. | Asking whether someone is a citizen could cause some immigrants — not just non-citizens, but also those with family members or close friends who aren't citizens — not to respond for fear that they or their loved ones would be deported. In the current climate of fear, this isn't an irrational response. | The result would be a systemic undercounting of immigrant communities — with two grossly unfair results.

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

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

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.

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

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 …

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

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.

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…

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…

Cody Fenwick, AlterNet (2018-06-06). 'A Shame and a Disgrace': Former Prosecutor Slams Giuliani's Outrageous Claim that Mueller's Team Will 'Frame' Trump. alternet.org "He knows better, and it's an outright lie. " | President Donald Trump's lawyer Rudy Giuliani claimed on Wednesday that special counsel Robert Mueller is trying to "frame" the president — but a former colleague of Giuliani demolished the baseless assertion Wednesday night on MSNBC. Giuliani implied that the fact that some of the people Mueller has hired are Democrats suggests that they are out to get to the president, even though Mueller himself is a Republican. "The outrage is that he and I served in the Southern District of New York," said John Flannery on "The Beat" with host Ari Melber. "We were Republicans and Democrats appointed by a Republican U. S. Attorney during the Nixon administration. And we prosecuted Democrats and Republicans. The separation of your choice of how you vote is very separate from the professional responsibility to choose to go after one. . .

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 …

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

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.

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 […]…

Marshall Auerback, Independent Media Institute (2018-06-06). Italy's Political Crisis Is a European Union Crisis. alternet.org The EU's elites must relent on austerity, lest the euro blow to pieces. | Do leopards change their spots? Because that's really the question everybody has to ask, now that Italy's president, Sergio Mattarella, has finally approved a new Italian government. The new coalition represents an odd mixture of euro-skeptical technocrats and populist xenophobes from two anti-establishment parties, Five Star Movement and the League, who finally cobbled together a mutually acceptable Cabinet that secured presidential approval (earlier vetoed). Can the Brussels elites, who increasingly call the shots in Europe, live with this new government, or will their ongoing insistence on the austerity-biased policy status quo cause the new coalition to fall apart? If the latter, it will almost certainly lead to a new, more radical political configuration that could amount to a referendum on Italy's continued membership in the monetary union. This has. . .

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…

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 …

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."

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

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…

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

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 […]

Hunter, Daily Kos (2018-06-06). Trump's Actual 'Plan' for the G-7 Summit Is to Just Go Around Confronting World Leaders. alternet.org The president is ready to embarrass the nation yet again. | The word "plan" here, is, I suspect, badly overstating things: President Trump plans to confront other world leaders at a summit in Quebec on Friday over what he believes is a global economic system tilted against the United States, several people briefed on the plan said, escalating tensions with U. S. allies who have expressed outrage at his pivot toward protectionism. The news here is that Trump's staffers expect the Quebec meeting to go badly—in fact, they seem to expect it's going to be an outright fiasco. They are therefore setting the stage for a claim that Trump meant to do that, by way of some nebulous "plan" that consists primarily or exclusively of Trump treating all the other assembled leaders like shit and everyone else in the White House nodding their. . .

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. . .

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."

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

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 …

Cody Fenwick, AlterNet (2018-06-06). 'I Am Starting to Regret Sitting Here': Sarah Sanders Embarrasses Herself in Ridiculous Interview on CNN. alternet.org She still refused to answer questions about her own conduct. | There's absolutely no reason to take what White House Press Secretary Sarah Sanders says at face value, given how often she has misled or blatantly lied to the public about important matters. But CNN's Chris Cuomo did his best to give her the opportunity to set the record straight on one matter Wednesday night: Why did she say President Donald Trump didn't dictate his son's statement about a shady meeting held with Russians at Trump Tower during the campaign, since we now know that Trump did dictate the statement? Even as he gave her multiple opportunities to set the record straight, though she kept delivering the same, robotic non-answer that she's given multiple times in the White House briefing room. "This is a legal matter, and the appropriate people to answer questions on a. . .

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

Mike Luckovich (2018-06-06). Pardons. truthdig.com

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

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 …

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. . .

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

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. . .

Cody Fenwick, AlterNet (2018-06-06). 'These Text Messages Are Explosive': Avenatti Details Why Stormy Daniels' New Lawsuit Could Be Disastrous for Cohen. alternet.org The porn star suing the president brought new charges against his fixer on Wednesday. | Stephanie Clifford, better known as porn star Stormy Daniels, brought a new lawsuit today against President Donald Trump's lawyer and fixer Michael Cohen. She alleges that Cohen colluded with her previous lawyer, Keith Davidson, in her negotiations over a hush money agreement she signed to keep quiet about an affair she says she had with Trump. Michael Avenatti — Clifford's new lawyer — took to MSNBC's "Deadline: White House" on Wednesday to explain the accusations made in the new lawsuit. The court filing includes text messages that allegedly show a close relationship between Cohen and Davidson and coordination between the two on Clifford's media strategy. "It is one of the largest sins you can engage in as an attorney," Avenatti told host Nicolle Wallace. "These text messages are explosive. "The. . .

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 …

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 […]…

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 […]

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 […]…

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 […]

Cira Pascual Marquina (2018-06-06). Venezuela Condemns New OAS Resolution Opening Way for Expulsion. venezuelanalysis.com Approved by 19 votes, the measure, nonetheless, falls short of the two-thirds majority needed to invoke the Inter-American Democratic Charter.

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.

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 …

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