2018-06-08: News Headlines

Ben Dangl (2018-06-08). Anarchism in Latin America: Striking and Dreaming from Tierra del Fuego to Tijuana. counterpunch.org àÅngel Cappelletti (1927-1995) was an Argentine philosopher who spent much of his career teaching at Simón Bolívar University in Venezuela. He also translated numerous works from Greek and Latin, and wrote over two dozen books, primarily on philosophy and anarchism. One of his later books is the classic survey Anarchism in Latin America , now available More

Thomas Klikauer (2018-06-08). Bulldoze the Business Schools! counterpunch.org Burying business schools under a heap of rubble sounds like a good idea. Shutting them down might not be enough. One of the problems is that universities are generally understood to be institutions with responsibilities to the societies they serve. Why then do we assume that degrees in business should only teach one form of More

Kathy Kelly (2018-06-08). Digging Deeper. counterpunch.org Here in Kabul in early June, outside the home of several Afghan Peace Volunteers, a large drilling machine is parked on what was once a lovely garden. To this now muddy patch, workers will soon arrive for another noisy, dusty day of digging for water. The well dried up a week ago. As of today, the household More

Sazzad Haider (2018-06-08). Trump's Singapore Mission: Neutralize North Korea From Iran? counterpunch.org US President Donald Trump's decision to pull the US out of the Iran nuclear deal is neither unexpected nor insane; his move is very much related to his 'North Korea peace mission'. For a decade the US, the number one global player has faced two obstinate, unfathomable but tiny enemies, North Korea and Iran. If the More

Simone Chun (2018-06-08). Toward a Truly Indigenous Peace in the Korean Peninsula. counterpunch.org Last month, I took part in an international women's peace delegation to South Korea, led by Nobel Peace Laureate Mairead Maguire and Women Cross DMZ founder Christine Ahn. It was my first visit to my native Korea in over 3 years. Everywhere I went, I witnessed the afterglow of the inspiring candlelight movement that restored More

Rev. William Alberts (2018-06-08). Alternative Biblical Facts. counterpunch.org They gathered to celebrate the opening of the new American embassy in Jerusalem, marking America's recognition of Jerusalem as the capital of Israel. A reported "800 religious conservatives and right-wing politicians from both countries sang 'Hallelujah.'" Israel's prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu "exulted . . . 'What a glorious day!'" He "spoke of peace with 'all our More

Jeffrey Shampnois (2018-06-08). The Radical Derelict: Giving Up the Work Ethic for Peace. counterpunch.org The same relentless energy driving a toddler in its Terrible Twos still drives that voice in my head. However, when I see a toddler, I know I'm in the presence of a genius, albeit a naàØve one. It's not the size of the intellect, but the velocity of learning that describes its intelligence. I, on More

Majid Karimi (2018-06-08). The Triangle of Conspiracy Against Iranian Nuclear Deal. counterpunch.org Donald Trump president of America finally withdrew from the nuclear deal with Iran on May 8, 2018. He said, "The deal was an embarrassment to him as a citizen." It was not unprecedented, because when he came to power in 2017, promised to exit from the agreement. Apart from the reaction of Islamic republic of More

Dave Lindorff (2018-06-08). We Need a Mass Movement to Save and Expand Social Security and Medicare. counterpunch.org The latest report of the Social Security Administration trustees is out, and as usual they are issuing dire warnings that the Social Security system is heading for the rocks. The Trust Fund — extra money deliberately collected from workers and employers since 1983 to build up a surplus so as to fund the cost of More

Peter Crowley (2018-06-08). Crying Wolf: Israel's Great March of Return Atrocities in the New York Times. counterpunch.org When you want to kill unarmed protesters you don't like, cry wolf. At least that's how Donald Trump, Nikki Haley, Binyamin Netanyahu and the Israeli military operate. And who parrots this excuse to mow down Gazans inside their prison? Most of the mainstream media, and the touchy-feelie liberal New York Times. On Nakba Day, the More

Ramzy Baroud (2018-06-08). The Colonization of Palestine: Rethinking the Term 'Israeli Occupation'. counterpunch.org June 5, 2018 marks the 51st anniversary of the Israeli Occupation of East Jerusalem, the West Bank and Gaza. But, unlike the massive popular mobilization that preceded the anniversary of the Nakba — the catastrophic destruction of Palestine in 1948 — on May 15, the anniversary of the Occupation is hardly generating equal mobilization. The More

Kary Love (2018-06-08). The Pardon Power: "The Power Not The Right" — What If Trump Shot Melania? counterpunch.org When I saw media reports Melania Trump had not been seen for 20-some days, I started thinking again about the Constitution, the Pardon Power and the nature of the rule of law. Such are modern times. What if Trump did it? I wondered. What if he had "shot someone on 5thavenue in broad daylight?" What More

Staff (2018-06-08). Detention Centers Fill Up; Border Detainees Sent to Prisons. truthdig.com SEATTLE—More than 1,600 people arrested at the U.S.-Mexico border, including parents who have been separated from their children, are being transferred to federal prisons, U.S. immigration authorities confirmed Thursday. They said they're running out of room at their own facilities amid President Donald Trump's crackdown on illegal immigration. | The move drew condemnation from activists who said the detainees may have legitimate claims to asylum and don't deserve to be held in federal prisons. | Washington Gov. Jay Inslee and Attorney General Bob Ferguson issued a letter Thursday night seeking more information from the Justice Department and U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement after learning that ICE had transferred dozens of mothers who had been separated from their children to the Federal Detention Center at SeaTac. | "The Trump Administration's new family separation policy is inflicting intentional, gratuitous, and permanent trauma on young children…

Philip Giraldi (2018-06-08). How Washington Has Lost Its Way. globalresearch.ca One might well think that the only serious foreign policy imperative of the Donald Trump administration is to defend Israel. A president elected because he promised to put United States' interests first has turned out to be little different than …

Gary Leupp (2018-06-08). Iran, India and Pompeo's Demands. counterpunch.org Iran and India are two of the world's most ancient countries, and they have deep historical links. The Aryans who meandered into the Himalayan foothills from around 1500 BCE migrated through Iran; indeed "Iran" and "Aryan" are cognate words. One speaks of Indo-Aryan migrations. Indian Hinduism reflects many Iranian (Zoroastrian) influences. The Avestan language in More

Ron Jacobs (2018-06-08). Jim Brown: Superstar/Superman. counterpunch.org When I was a kid, the National Football League (NFL) was not the most popular sports league in the United States. In fact there wasn't even a Super Bowl until the year I turned twelve. That game, won by the Green Bay Packers, was quarterbacked by Bart Starr, one of the two NFL players whose name More

Graham Peebles (2018-06-08). Inequality Social Dysfunction and Misery. counterpunch.org Year on year the economic divisions and subdivisions in the world deepen, and the associated social ills increase: The rich, comfortable, and the very extremely rich keep getting richer, and the rest, well, whilst some may be raised up out of crippling poverty into relative poverty, the majority of people continue to live under a More

Roger Harris (2018-06-08). Venezuela's Narrowing Options. counterpunch.org " °Patria o muerte!" (fatherland or death) is the traditional slogan of Latin American revolutionaries. It is also the grim choice that the US government is imposing on the people of Venezuela, as the Washington consensus (e.g., Foreign Policy) screams "it's time for a coup in Venezuela." Washington Rejects Electoral Transition The runner-up in the May 20 More

Mel Gurtov (2018-06-08). Trump's War on the Poor: An Impeachable Offense. counterpunch.org Were it not for the source, it would hardly be news to learn that the United States can't take care of its most needy—that it may be the richest country, but it is also increasingly, appallingly, unequal in how its wealth and opportunities are shared. When the various dimensions of human security are examined, critics More

Brett Wilkins (2018-06-08). US-led Strikes Kill 100 Syrian Civilians as Amnesty Reports Potential War Crimes in Raqqa. counterpunch.org US and coalition warplanes over the past several weeks have been pounding areas of Syria's Deir Ezzor and al-Hasaka provinces still controlled by Islamic State militants, reportedly killing around 100 civilians, including more than 30 children, in the process. This, as the human rights group Amnesty International released a scathing report on Tuesday accusing the More

Thomas Knapp (2018-06-08). Trump the Politician: Anti-Abortion vs. Anti-Immigration. counterpunch.org In early June, Masterpiece Cakeshop v. Colorado Civil Rights Commission ("the gay wedding cake case") soaked up most of the Supreme Court decision media limelight, even though (or perhaps because) the court's ruling doesn't really dispose of the major issues in the case. Another case, also not decided on its merits, got much less attention. More

Binoy Kampmark (2018-06-08). Roseanne Barr and the Issue of Proportion. counterpunch.org Can anything be said that doesn't warrant an empaneled jury of twitting twats to determine the fate of an individual? It is evident that branding, marketing and selling can only be done in a context of controlled hypocrisy. Companies long happy to use celebrities as fronts for promoting products and the image of a television More

Eva Sahana (2018-06-08). As SCOTUS Sanctions Bigotry, Pride Means Fighting Back. counterpunch.org The month of Pride should be a time of celebrating love, sharing our beautiful differences and embracing our shared humanity. Yet today the Supreme Court ‚Äãissued a ruling that targets and dehumanizes LGBTQ people, preventing us from living our lives free from discrimination and hatred. We've lost the right to buy wedding cakes, soon we'll More

Franklin Lamb (2018-06-08). Putin Gives Israel the Green Light, Iran the Red Light and Assad/Trump the Yellow Light in Syria. counterpunch.org Why does Israel get a Putin Green Light? Israel has found itself is a relatively strong position militarily and politically with respect to Iran/Hezbollah in the Middle East over the past half year. Achieved partly by agreeing with the White House to be patient and adhere to the American-European-Russian plan for dealing with Iran in More

Andrew Levine (2018-06-08). Trump's Saving Grace. counterpunch.org What a nauseating spectacle — the language police at CNN and MSNBC castigating Samantha Bee for calling Ivanka Trump a "feckless cunt!" | Their producers should have told them that if truth isn't a defense, it ought to be, and that prissiness àºber alles is for self-righteous prigs. | She said "feckless," not, as was sometimes reported, "fucking." Part of the confusion may be that on those liberal (actually centrist) networks, "the f-word," like "the c-word," is routinely spelled out when mentioned at all. | I wonder whether this is because the network bosses are worried that c-h-i-l-d-r-e-n might be watching. | Apologies to Kinky Friedman for that; it is a relief, in times like these, to think of the immortal Kinkster. | It could all change in the blink of an eye, should the T-word give the Saudis and the Israelis…

Richard Hardigan (2018-06-08). Mainstream Media's One-Sided Coverage of the Great March of Return: a Case Study. counterpunch.org More>

Jeremy Brecher (2018-06-08). A Climate Constitution in the Courts and the Streets. counterpunch.org What's the Constitution got to do with climate? Current legal cases are now addressing that question. They are using the U.S. Constitution to bring climate protection into the courthouse. These cases range from youth demanding their constitutional right to a stable climate to activists who block fossil fuel pipeline construction and justify their action as More

Paul Street (2018-06-08). Rotten to the Heart: Authoritarian Chickens Roosting at Home. counterpunch.org Wall Street's control of Washington and the related imperial agenda of the "Pentagon System" were advanced more effectively by the nation's first Black president than they could have been by stiff and wealthy white Republicans like John McCain or Mitt Romney. The reigning U.S. system of corporate and imperial "inverted totalitarianism" was given a deadly, fake-democratic re-branding. The underlying "rightward drift" sharpened, fed by a widespread and easily Republican-exploited sense of popular abandonment and betrayal, as the Democrats depressed and demobilized their own purported popular base. More

Dan Corjescu (2018-06-08). The World That Hitler Made. counterpunch.org "It is just when we think we may be moving away from him (Hegel) that he is most likely to be sneaking up behind us." — Attributed to Jacques Lacan "Nothing great has been accomplished in the world without passion." — Hegel The Twentieth "short" century, to put it mildly, was a very disturbing era. Most notably it More

Paul Tritschler (2018-06-08). Negative Capability: a Force for Change? counterpunch.org Picasso learned to paint in the ways of the old masters towards the end of his second decade, but it took a further three to learn to paint like a child. His journey towards childlikeness via self-forgetfulness, a process of becoming through undoing, was fruitful but arduous. Arduous because it is the hardest thing to More

Jeffrey St. Clair (2018-06-08). Israel's Attack on the USS Liberty: A Half Century Later, Still No Justice. counterpunch.org In early June of 1967, at the onset of the Six Day War, the Pentagon sent the USS Liberty from Spain into international waters off the coast of Gaza to monitor the progress of Israel's attack on the Arab states. The Liberty was a lightly armed surveillance ship. Only hours after the Liberty arrived it More

Peter Certo (2018-06-08). Nevermind the Wall, They're Building Warehouses. counterpunch.org Most mornings lately, I've woken up to two things. First I hear my toddler, sounding off that it's time to get up. Then I see the news stories about other toddlers our immigration authorities ripped away from their parents. For weeks, I've felt the gnawing need to write something, anything, about it. But God, where More

Roy Morrison (2018-06-08). The China-U.S. Trade Dispute in a Broader Context. counterpunch.org The headlines are filled with news of China — United States trade disputes and imposition of damaging tariffs on steel and aluminum by the U.S. and countervailing tariffs by China on U.S. agricultural and other exports. Will trade disputes escalate into a trade war between the world two largest economies? A trade war is a More

Ron Jacobs (2018-06-08). Jim Brown: Superstar/Superman. counterpunch.org When I was a kid, the National Football League (NFL) was not the most popular sports league in the United States. In fact there wasn't even a Super Bowl until the year I turned twelve. That game, won by the Green Bay Packers, was quarterbacked by Bart Starr, one of the two NFL players whose More

Kenn Orphan (2018-06-08). The Real World. counterpunch.org "You must love nature," she said as she passed; a stranger noticing me picking up the careless refuse dropped by another who apparently doesn't. Her comment strikes me as a somewhat absurd but common sentiment, and it stays with me throughout my hike. Industrial society seems to easily compartmentalize nature as just another interest or a hobby. I More

Tony McKenna (2018-06-08). The Rumble in the Jungle: How Muhammad Ali Shook the World. counterpunch.org He had fought dangerous men before. His first world title fight had been against the indomitable Sonny Liston some years earlier, and he had been the underdog then too; the rank outsider, who was thought too smooth, too pretty, too graceful — to stand a chance against the flinty, powerful Liston with his brutal, surly More

Laura Finley (2018-06-08). NFL Anthem Protest Policy and Faux Patriotism. counterpunch.org Like many, we are fundamentally opposed to the NFL's new policy requiring players who are on the field to stand for the national anthem or remain in the tunnel or locker room. Teams can be fined if players or any team personnel do not stand for the anthem, including attempts to sit or kneel, as More

Katalina Khoury (2018-06-08). The Problems with Gentrification: a Meeting of the DC Grassroots Planning Coalition. counterpunch.org According to the literature, gentrification is a two-fold process: the first step is the invasion of an area by a moderate-to-upper income (MUI) mostly white demographic; and the second step is the displacement of the principally low-to-moderate income (LMI) "minority" people, or people of color, who had been living there prior to the invasion. This More

Barry Barnett (2018-06-08). Passive Protest and the Census Citizenship Question. counterpunch.org Passive protest suggestion: I plan to leave the citizenship question blank on the upcoming US Census, even though I am a US citizen. If every resident in the United States, or as many as learn about this idea and are willing to do so, do not answer this question, it may skew the results so More

Peter Turner (2018-06-08). The Washington Post and the Councilman: How the Post Covers Up Local Corruption. counterpunch.org The Washington Post is known for aggressively reporting on local corruption in D.C., but it makes an exception for Jack Evans, the city's longest-serving councilmember. In early May the Post reported that an LLC setup by Evans and a lobbyist received $50,000 from a company that Evans was advocating for. Evans claims he returned the funds, but More

Staff (2018-06-08). Ex-Senate Aide Charged With Lying About Contacts With Reporters. truthdig.com In a related action, the Justice Department seizes the phone records and emails of a New York Times journalist allegedly connected to the case.

Ralph Nader (2018-06-08). Slogan Voters — The Road to Political Masochism. counterpunch.org Nearly a year and a half into his presidency, Donald Trump continues to hold his base and maintain an approval rating of around 40% — close to the same percentage he polled at just after his inauguration. Let's try to figure out why. It can't be because he lies as a matter of daily routine. More

Jill Richardson (2018-06-08). 'Pro-Family' Homophobia Rips Families Apart. counterpunch.org Happy LGBTQIA Pride Month! … is not what the Trump White House is saying this June. Instead, LGBTQIA Americans are being acknowledged by the government in the form of a Supreme Court ruling allowing a baker to refuse to bake a cake for same-sex weddings due to religious beliefs. June is Pride Month, and it's my first one as More

Lizet Ocampo (2018-06-08). The Truth About 'Sanctuary Cities'. counterpunch.org In a recent White House meeting on "sanctuary cities," President Trump called some undocumented immigrants "animals" — a disturbing new low even for someone who's demonized immigrant communities from the beginning. The president painted a picture of "sadistic criminals" who are being given "safe harbor" through so-called sanctuary policies. While Trump and his right-wing supporters would have people believe More

Pete Dolack (2018-06-08). Hiding the Real Number of Unemployed. counterpunch.org Only working people who are receiving unemployment benefits are counted as "unemployed" in official statistics issued by countries around the world. Thus the actual unemployment rates are much higher than the "official" rates, generally about twice as high. Most governments make it difficult to find the actual rate, and the corporate media does its part by reporting the official rate as if that includes everybody. More

Brandy Baker (2018-06-08). Breaking Away From the Democrats. counterpunch.org Saturday, we at the North Star in a panel co-sponsored by Verso Books, wrapped up a session on DSA and the Democrats: For Independent Electoral Politics. We on the North Star editorial board were open in our advocating that DSA fully break from the Democratic Party and for DSA, along with others, such as the militant wings of labour, More

Josh Hoxie (2018-06-08). Back When College Was Debt-Free. counterpunch.org As May gives way to June, the last college grad ceremonies are wrapping up and the last parties are coming to a close. Now the job hunt for recent grads begins in earnest — with the looming specter of student loan payments drawing ever closer. Today's average student debt is around $37,000. But in America's More

Thomas Knapp (2018-06-08). Election Omens: Blue Wave or 2018 Flushes? counterpunch.org Coming out of the 2016 presidential election, Democrats had reason for optimism about their House and Senate prospects in 2018. In the last 21 midterm elections (starting with FDR's first term), the president's party has gained seats in both houses of Congress only twice (1934 and 2002) while gaining seats in one house but not More

Tanya Harrell (2018-06-08). My Fast Food Nightmare. counterpunch.org Three years ago, when my grandmother fell ill, I chose to delay my studies to work full time at McDonald's to pay for her prescriptions and medical care. I knew at the time that my starting pay of $7.45 an hour wouldn't be enough to live on. I even knew that I'd have to resort to More

Jonathan Latham (2018-06-08). Inside Scott Pruitt's Shady 2011 Real Estate Deal. counterpunch.org Scott Pruitt, President Trump's embattled EPA administrator, finds himself under attack this week after news broke that he had rented a Washington townhouse at below-market rates from the wife of a lobbyist who represents major fossil fuel companies. That was not the first time Pruitt has exercised questionable judgment around a property transaction, according to documents obtained More

wsws.org (2018-06-08). UK: Bureaucrats walk out of University and College Union congress. wsws.org Union leaders walked out of the UCU congress after motions were put forward criticising their sell-out of the lecturers' strike.

wsws.org (2018-06-08). US demands swift passage of Australian "foreign interference" bills. wsws.org US officials "sought assurances" of parliamentary support for the laws directed against China and free speech.

wsws.org (2018-06-08). Gestapo-style immigration raids in Ohio: An urgent warning to the working class. wsws.org State repression against immigrant workers is an attack on the democratic rights of the entire working class.

RT (2018-06-08). Trump will stay at G7 for women's rights, but not ecology. rt.com The White House says US President Donald Trump will cut his trip to the G7 summit short, skipping a climate change session while staying for one on women empowerment. Trump is increasingly at odds with the other group members.
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wsws.org (2018-06-08). Study notes "devastating ramifications" of Trump's anti-abortion "global gag rule" wsws.org Trump's revised Mexico City Policy, known by its critics as the global gag rule, essentially blocks US federal funding for international organizations that provide counseling, referrals or services for abortion in low-income nations.

wsws.org (2018-06-08). Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Chris Hedges endorses June 17 Sydney demonstration in defense of Julian Assange. wsws.org Assange's "defense is the cutting edge of the fight against government suppression of the most fundamental democratic rights," said Hedges.

wsws.org (2018-06-08). UPS loaders describe working conditions and union-management collusion. wsws.org With the contract covering 230,000 United Parcel Service workers is set to expire on July 31. The WSWS spoke with two loaders who work in suburban Portland, Oregon.

RT (2018-06-08). To spy or not to spy? Tucker Carlson grapples with Democrat Rep. over 'spygate' informant. rt.com Was the alleged informant in the Trump campaign a spy? And is it okay to hire somebody to spy on a rival party? According to Rep. Eric Swalwell (D-California), it is, because, of course, Russia. |
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wsws.org (2018-06-08). Grenfell Tower inferno: Experts' reports highlight "culture of non-compliance" on fire safety. wsws.org Manufacturer Arconic, which produced the Reynobond PE panels used at Grenfell Tower, accepted that the cladding "was not of limited combustibility," and that this "should have been obvious to any construction professional."

RT (2018-06-08). Murderer who ate his own eyeball is crazy, but that won't stop his execution — court. rt.com A death row inmate in Texas, who gouged out both of his eyes in jail, eating one of them, has been told that his severe mental illness is not reason enough to commute his sentence. However, alleged racial bias by the jury may be.
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wsws.org (2018-06-08). Workers Struggles: Europe, Middle East & Africa. wsws.org The World Socialist Web Site invites workers and other readers to contribute to this regular feature.

wsws.org (2018-06-08). New Zealand Labour government's budget fails to address health crisis. wsws.org Patients across the country are suffering because successive governments have starved the healthcare system of funds.

wsws.org (2018-06-08). Workers at Wisconsin Wendy's restaurant walk out, demand living wage. wsws.org Eight workers shut down a Wendy's restaurant last week after deciding they could no longer tolerate unsafe working conditions, low wages and excessive hours.

wsws.org (2018-06-08). Twenty-year-old construction worker killed in Baltimore trench collapse. wsws.org Kyle Hancock was killed Tuesday after being crushed by dirt and debris that had collapsed on top of him while working on a backed-up sewage line in Northeast Baltimore's Clifton Park.

wsws.org (2018-06-08). Turkish sympathizing group of the ICFI adopts new name. wsws.org Toplumsal Esitlik (TE—the Social Equality Group) has changed its name to Sosyalist Esitlik (SE—Socialist Equality Group).

RT (2018-06-08). Ahead of North Korea summit, Trump softens Iran rhetoric. rt.com Discussing the upcoming summit with North Korean leader Kim Jong-un in Singapore, US President Donald Trump seemingly strayed off-topic to hold out the prospect of a new nuclear deal with Iran.
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wsws.org (2018-06-08). New York City transit workers demand freedom for Julian Assange. wsws.org Train operators and bus drivers expressed strong opposition to the persecution of Assange, linking the fight for his freedom to the defense of democratic rights and free speech.

wsws.org (2018-06-08). Anti-"fake news" bill gives French state unchecked Internet censorship powers. wsws.org Judges will be allowed to force service providers to take down material posted on the Internet simply by asserting that they believe it to be "fake news."

RT (2018-06-08). Trump unloads on 'indignant' Trudeau for 'killing' US agriculture. rt.com US President Donald Trump has gone on a Twitter offensive against Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau for mentioning the two countries' long-time alliance. Trudeau recently said Washington's new import tariffs were "insulting."
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RT (2018-06-08). Ex-CIA Director John Brennan must testify on 'spygate' — Sen. Rand Paul. rt.com Senator Rand Paul called for former CIA Director John Brennan to testify about whether he received secret information on Trump's campaign from European or British sources. Paul wants him to testify before Congress under oath. |
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RT (2018-06-08). Trump sets off Twitter storm after requesting thanks for firing James Comey. rt.com US President Donald Trump's suggestion that Americans should thank him for firing former FBI director James Comey backfired somewhat, setting off another Twitter storm.
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wsws.org (2018-06-08). Guatemalan government ignored calls for evacuation ahead of deadly Fuego volcano eruption. wsws.org With at least 101 people dead and another 196 missing, the indifference and negligence of the official response becomes increasingly clear.

Chris Sosa, AlterNet (2018-06-07). White House Sent Out a Mass Email to RNC Staffers to Fill South Lawn With Fake Eagles Fans. alternet.org Turns out the crowd was actually filled with the president's allies. | If the alleged Eagles fans at President Donald Trump's ridiculous charade of patriotism at the White House on Tuesday looked fake, it's because they were. "We're all staffers," one of the formally-dressed attendees at the event told a reporter. The individual was Jenna Webster, a student at the University of Wisconsin-Madison and intern at the Republican National Committee. She received a mass email from the White House inviting her to the event. The absurd event found the president mumbling through "God Bless America" seemingly unaware of the words. But he remembered to plug his administration's alleged achievements. "We're the largest economy in the world and getting a lot larger, and fast," he told the crowd filled with phony sports fans. "It's happened very quickly — actually, quicker than I even thought. "

Eric A. Gordon (2018-06-07). Considering racial injustice from a humanist perspective: Meet Dr. Anthony Pinn. peoplesworld.org LAS VEGAS, Nev.—"If we believe in 'deeds, not creeds,'" says Dr. Anthony B. Pinn, "then Sunday service is the least important time and place for us. What are we doing the rest of the week?" Dr. Pinn is a professor of humanities and religion at Rice University in Houston, Texas, and, in addition, is director […]…

Merula Furtado (2018-06-07). Sanders-Inspired Activists Push Referendum for Universal Health Care in Washington State. truthout.org Activists in Washington State are busy gathering signatures in the hopes of putting a universal health care system on the ballot for a referendum in 2018. | Organizers for Whole Washington, who are leading the effort, tell Truthout they have about 60,000 signatures and need a total of 259,622 by July 6. Such a high threshold is difficult for a grassroots organization to meet, but head organizers — who were largely brought together from their experience working for Bernie Sanders's presidential campaign in 2016 — are hoping to defy the odds. | If Initiative 1600 (I-1600) makes the ballot, the state would vote on it in November. The plan would create the Whole Washington Health Trust, the agency created by the state to create and administer the health system. It would lead to universal coverage and save the state $9…

Dr. Binoy Kampmark (2018-06-07). Dazzled by Tech: Robotic Universities, Googlification and Microsoft. globalresearch.ca The mechanical, robotic striving of university politburos and their jack boot managers have always been interesting when it comes to one particular topic: the role of technology and its adoption. For it is in technology that the mediocre paper clip …

Stephen Lendman (2018-06-07). Argentinian Footballers Cancel Match with Israel, Infuriating Netanyahu. globalresearch.ca Responding to campaigning by BDS activists, Palestinian human rights supporters, its footballers and others, highlighting Israeli high crimes against peaceful Gazan demonstrators, Argentina's national football team cancelled what was billed as a friendly match with Israel. | Originally scheduled in Haifa, …

David Badash, The New Civil Rights Movement (2018-06-07). Dictionary.com Has a Word for the 'No Gays Allowed' Hardware Store Owner. alternet.org The site's Twitter account remains delightfully snarky. | Possibly one of the most entertaining Twitter accounts to follow is Dictionary. com's, which offers insightful or snarky tweets on news of the day. For example, on Tuesday Dictionary. com offered this advice: Queer has been reclaimed by the LGBTQ community, but it's not OK to throw around unless a queer person identifies that way (and says it's OK). #PrideMonth #KnowYourWords t. co/7IMpjYkz7D— Dictionary. com (@Dictionarycom) June 5, 2018On Thursday, many on social media were furious after an anti-gay Tennessee hardware store owner inaccurately interpreted the Supreme Court's ruling this week on the Christian baker's wedding cake case. Jeff Amyx posted a "No Gays Allowed" sign on his door, making clear he was invoking what he thinks are his "rights of freedom of speech & freedom of religion. " That warning happens to be posted on another. . .

Middle East Monitor (2018-06-07). Trump Requested Saudi Oil Support Before Iran Nuclear Decision — Sources. iranian.com A day before US President Donald Trump withdrew from the Iran nuclear deal, one of his senior officials phoned Saudi Arabia to ask the world's largest oil exporter to help keep prices stable if the decision disrupted supply. Riyadh, Tehran's arch rival, has long been a close Washington ally, but direct pressure on a member of Organization […]

Staff (2018-06-07). U.S., Chinese Telecommunications Firm Make a Deal. truthdig.com President Trump has drawn fire from Congress for intervening to rescue the company, which violated U.S. sanctions against two rogue nations that have been pursuing nuclear weapons programs.

Philip Giraldi (2018-06-07). Ex-CIA Officer Lists Three Reasons Why Netanyahu's EU Charm Offensive Failed. globalresearch.ca European leaders would significantly benefit if they oppose Washington's sanctions, re-imposed following Donald Trump's withdrawal from the Iran nuclear deal, former CIA officer Philip Giraldi told Sputnik, commenting on Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's recent European tour. | Israeli …

Travis Gettys, Raw Story (2018-06-07). Internet Rains Alanis Morissette Jokes on Trump After He Prefaces Mueller-Bashing Tweet with 'Isn't It Ironic?&#039. alternet.org "It like rain on your inauguration day. " | President Donald Trump was deluged in mockery after tweeting how "ironic" it was that he was under investigation for Russia collusion while also undertaking presidential tasks. The president started Thursday morning griping again that the special counsel investigation was a "witch hunt" that was distracting from his duties, which he for some reason found "ironic. "Isn't it Ironic? Getting ready to go to the G-7 in Canada to fight for our country on Trade (we have the worst trade deals ever made), then off to Singapore to meet with North Korea & the Nuclear Problem. . . But back home we still have the 13 Angry Democrats pushing the Witch Hunt! — Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) June 7, 2018Other Twitter users were reminded of Alanis Morissette's 1995 hit, "Ironic": Isn't it Ironic? Did Alanis Morissette hack his account? — Surly Stoic. . .

Baroness Cox (2018-06-07). Voices from Syria. Baroness Cox and Revd David Thomas. globalresearch.ca Introduction | There are no easy solutions to the problems in Syria. This is partly because there are many different layers to the conflict: the fighting between Government forces and Islamist militias; struggles between Kurds and Turks; and the proxy wars …

Middle East Monitor (2018-06-07). Israel Rejects Palestinian Teen Ahed Tamimi's Request for Early Release. mintpressnews.com A parole board in the Rimonim prison rejected a request filed by detained Palestinian teen Ahed Tamimi's lawyer to reduce her sentence and grant her early release. | Israel's Channel 10 reported that Tamimi, who was sentenced in March to eight months in prison, filed a request to be released before serving the last third of the sentence, but a parole board rejected the request. | The channel added that the Israeli public security service, Shin Bet, had recommended earlier that Tamimi not be released early under the pretext that she has "dangerous ideology" and she should remain in prison for deterrence purposes. | During her parole session, Tamimi stressed: "I will get out of prison with my head up," the channel reported. | Ahed Tamimi was arrested on 19 December 2017, after her mother Nariman posted footage online of the teenager…

Ashleigh Atwell (2018-06-07). Tanzanian Tribe Says Luxury Safari Companies Are Burning Down Their Homes and Stealing Their Land. globalresearch.ca Luxury safaris favored by wealthy foreigners have prompted the Tanzanian government to seize land promised to the Maasai people in previous government agreements, The Guardian reports. | The global elite favors the safaris and often pay large sums of money for …

Jared (2018-06-07). Return of the Unbelievable Trump. truthout.org A freak election transforms a conspiracy monger into… the Unbelievable Trump.

James M. Dorsey (2018-06-07). Israel Scores Painful Own Goal in Run-up to the World Cup. Argentina Cancels "Friendly" Match with Israel. globalresearch.ca Argentina's cancellation of a friendly against Israel because of Israeli attempts to exploit the match politically is likely to reverberate far beyond the world of soccer and spotlights the risks of Israeli efforts to persuade the international community to recognize …

William F. Pepper (2018-06-07). OAS Faces Call for New Probe into Robert F. Kennedy Murder. mintpressnews.com Robert Kennedy was shot on June 5 and died June 6, 1968, fifty years ago today. A new examination of evidence is forcing human rights organizations — including the OAS— to consider probing the case.

Cherise (2018-06-07). A Democracy in Exile Fights Against Fascism. truthout.org

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The Conversation (2018-06-07). When is it Ethical to Euthanize Your Pet? alternet.org In many cases the lives of pets are needlessly prolonged, which can cause undue suffering for the animals and an increased financial burden for families | In the 1960s, I knew people who, before going on vacation, would take their dogs to a shelter to be euthanized. They reasoned that it was cheaper to have a dog euthanized — and buy a new one upon returning — than pay a kennel fee. Two decades later, I was working at Colorado State's veterinary hospital when a group of distraught bikers on Harley-Davidsons pulled up carrying a sick chihuahua. The dog was intractably ill, and required euthanasia to prevent further suffering. Afterwards, the hospital's counselors felt compelled to find the bikers a motel room: their level of grief was so profound that the staff didn't think it was safe for them to be riding their. . .

Brett Barroquere (2018-06-07). 'I told you it was going to happen&#039. splcenter.org When the violent and deadly melee at an Ohio prison had ended, John C. Stojetz had one thing to say to a corrections officer.

Andrew Korybko (2018-06-07). Trump's Withdrawal from the Iran Deal Is Partially a Power Play Against the EU. globalresearch.ca Instead of looking at Trump's withdrawal from the Iran deal as being solely motivated against the US' top Mideast foe, it's worthwhile to consider whether it was also a preplanned power play against the EU. | There's been plenty of analysis …

Roy Morrison (2018-06-07). The China-US Trade Dispute: Will It Escalate into a "Global Trade War" globalresearch.ca The headlines are filled with news of China — United States trade disputes and imposition of damaging tariffs on steel and aluminum by the U.S.and countervailing tariffs by China on U.S. agricultural and other exports. | Will trade disputes escalate into …

splcenter.org (2018-06-07). Recent ICE raids undermine due process rights. splcenter.org The following statement was delivered by Michelle Lapointe, acting deputy legal director for the SPLC's Immigrant Justice Project, during a congressional briefing in Washington, D.C., on June 7, 2018.

Global Research News (2018-06-07). Selected Articles: In Unanimous Vote, House Says No Legal Right to Attack Iran. globalresearch.ca Dear Readers, | More than ever, Global Research needs your support. Our task as an independent media is to "Battle the Lie". | "Lying" in mainstream journalism has become the "new normal": mainstream journalists are pressured to comply. Some journalists refuse. | Lies, …

Brendan Joel Kelley (2018-06-07). PragerU's Influence. splcenter.org "I'd really rather stop talking about this, but the video at this link has nearly 10 million views now, so … buckle up," Princeton history professor Kevin M. Kruse tweeted on May 15.

Free Press (2018-06-07). Net Neutrality Advocates to Congress: Sign the CRA Petition Before the FCC Repeal Takes Effect or Face the Internet's Wrath. globalresearch.ca Today, Demand Progress, Fight for the Future and Free Press Action Fund announced plans for mass online actions on June 11, the day the FCC's resoundingly unpopular repeal will go into effect. | The groups behind BattleForTheNet.com, a site millions have …

John Whitehead (2018-06-07). Someone Tell Trump: There Is No 'Get Out of Jail Free' Card for Presidents. mintpressnews.com Someone needs to alert Donald Trump: there is no "Get Out of Jail Free" card just for being president. | According to Trump's Twitter feed, he believes that he has an absolute right to pardon himself of any crimes for which he might be charged while serving in office. | He's not alone in this imperial belief. | Two of Trump's lawyers have attempted to float the idea that " the president's powers are so broad as to make it impossible for him to have obstructed justice." | Rudy Giuliani, another of Trump's enablers, insists that Trump could even get away with shooting the FBI director in the Oval Office and not be prosecuted for murder. "In no case can he be subpoenaed or indicted," Giuliani argued, claiming a president's constitutional powers are that broad. | It's a losing argument.

Al Neal (2018-06-07). NFL cheerleaders march on the NFL bosses. peoplesworld.org Let's talk a bit more about football (I can't help myself). Trump's "Celebration of America" event was absurd and laughable at best—let's leave the Fourth of July in place. White House staffers had to fill in empty spots in the crowd, a few proud Eagles' fans showed up, one guy took a knee, and the […]…

Philip Giraldi (2018-06-07). They Disagree on Everything but Israel. globalresearch.ca There is currently considerable agitation in Congress over what is loosely being referred to as "free speech." The crux of the matter appears to be that many self-identified conservatives appear to believe that rules put in place by many college …

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