2018-06-09: News Headlines

Sam Husseini (2018-06-09). Anthony Bourdain: The Last Gasp of CNN's Original Vision. fair.org Anthony Bourdain on a train in Sri Lanka (Parts Unknown, 10/29/17) | CNN began with the slogan, articulated by its founder Ted Turner: "The news is the star." | That has long since ceased to be a reflection of what CNN does. Despite promoting itself with its dubious "facts first" slogan, the network endlessly touts its celebrity pundits and anchors: Wolf Blitzer, Anderson Cooper, Chris Cuomo, Christiane Amanpour, Fareed Zakaria, et al. The view of the world that they depict is what the viewer needs to understand—not the world itself. | Anthony Bourdain didn't join CNN until 2013, didn't do "news" per se, and his own personality was certainly a major part of his show, Parts Unknown, but the lens was largely on the places Bourdain went, whether Armenia or West Virginia, and the people he met there. This work was more…

Staff (2018-06-09). Activists in New York Put Spotlight on Puerto Rico (Photo Essay). truthdig.com Author Naomi Klein teams up with other journalists, Puerto Rican organizational leaders and other activists to maintain focus on the embattled island.

Staff (2018-06-09). Rallying for Puerto Rico. truthdig.com

Staff (2018-06-09). Beware the Democrats and Their Good Billionaires. truthdig.com When I was 16 or 17, I used to drive to Pittsburgh from the small town where I lived to pretend to shop in Shadyside, a neighborhood with a relatively ritzy little shopping district, and, more importantly, to sit for at least an hour in the Starbucks on Copeland Street, where the most beautiful boy I'd ever seen worked. He was thin and had close-cropped hair and was probably a freshman in college—deliriously and seductively older to a high school kid like me. Half the time he wasn't even there, and I'd just sit nursing a drink and hoping he'd somehow materialize to start a shift. We spoke exactly once: I was feigning interest in the shelf of whole beans and bric-a-brac for sale, and he asked if I needed assistance. I can't imagine what I choked out in response before I fled…

wsws.org (2018-06-09). US-European tensions erupt at the G7 summit. wsws.org The bitter denunciations of America's trade war measures by its closest allies are just one manifestation of the divisions ripping apart the world geopolitical order.

wsws.org (2018-06-09). Japan's ruling party calls for a doubling of military expenditure. wsws.org Tokyo's agenda increases the danger of war and the suppression of democratic rights at home.

wsws.org (2018-06-09). Oakland Education Association announces contract negotiation impasse. wsws.org Oakland teachers must draw the lessons of this year's teachers strikes to prepare their own struggle when schools reopen.

RT (2018-06-09). Did Trump just fail the G7? RT looks at US leader's short trip to the summit. rt.com The world has seen increasingly tough talk between G7 leaders and Trump, who seemed to show disrespect towards the group. But did he actually fail the summit in Canada? RT takes a closer look at the feuds gripping the G7. |
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wsws.org (2018-06-09). As UAW Constitutional Convention opens: the class issues facing autoworkers. wsws.org The UAW 37th Constitutional Convention is being held against a backdrop of rising worker militancy under conditions where the union is more discredited than ever.

wsws.org (2018-06-09). Police to investigate London Fire Brigade over Grenfell fire: The real criminals remain at large. wsws.org The announcement is part of a cover-up by the authorities, aimed at shifting responsibility away from those responsible for the disaster onto those who attempted to stop the blaze—the firefighters.

wsws.org (2018-06-09). Brexit constitutional stand-off reaches UK Supreme Court. wsws.org The escalation of tensions risks becoming a conflict not only between England, Scotland and Wales, but between London and Brussels.

RT (2018-06-09). Florida issued 1000s of concealed carry permits without background checks for more than a year. rt.com A Florida agency in charge of vetting applicants for concealed gun carry permits didn't run tens of thousands of them against an FBI database, as an employee could not log in. The state saw a spike of applications at the time.
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wsws.org (2018-06-09). Workers Struggles: Asia, Australia and the Pacific. wsws.org The World Socialist Web Site invites workers and other readers to contribute to this regular feature.

wsws.org (2018-06-09). Italy: Immigrant harvest worker shot dead. wsws.org Young immigrant shot just hours after Italy's new far-right government took office.

wsws.org (2018-06-09). Australian officials visit Julian Assange as campaign to free him expands. wsws.org The meeting occurred within the context of a growing international campaign to defend the WikiLeaks' editor.

wsws.org (2018-06-09). US suicides increased by 25 percent from 1999 to 2016. wsws.org The dramatic increase in suicides shows that, despite claims of the end of the Great Recession in mid-2009, increasing numbers of people are facing incredible personal and financial hardships.

wsws.org (2018-06-09). Mexico responds to Trump's trade war measures with tariffs on US goods. wsws.org Retaliating against US steel and aluminum import tariffs, the government of Mexico imposed tariffs on 71 products exported by the United States.

wsws.org (2018-06-09). Cincinnati, Ohio area fentanyl overdoses increase by one thousand percent over the last five years. wsws.org The surge of fentanyl related deaths in Ohio's third largest city exposes the depth of the social crisis which continues to rage across the United States.

wsws.org (2018-06-09). Illinois Governor calls for reinstatement of the death penalty. wsws.org Republican Governor Bruce Rauner issued an amendatory veto to gun control legislation which would, if approved, make the killing of two or more people or police officers capital crimes.

wsws.org (2018-06-09). Trump EPA to shred rules on toxic pollution. wsws.org The chemical industry is writing the rules that will regulate its discharge of toxins.

amnesty.org (2018-06-09). Vitalina Koval, LGBTI activist from Ukraine. amnesty.org

amnesty.org (2018-06-09). Team Brave: Defending human rights in Russia. amnesty.org

wsws.org (2018-06-09). Professor Stuart Rees, former director of the Sydney Peace Foundation, calls for Assange's liberty. wsws.org "Julian Assange has worked tirelessly to support free speech and to expose abuses of power by governments."

wsws.org (2018-06-09). Right-wing populist Doug Ford wins Ontario's election. wsws.org Ontario's Ford-led Conservative government will quickly come into headlong conflict with the working class, as the ruling elite uses it to push politics across Canada far to the right.

wsws.org (2018-06-09). Nashville teachers, school workers denounce pay freeze. wsws.org At a public hearing earlier this week, school employees denounced city officials for handing out corporate tax cuts while starving the public schools of resources.

RT (2018-06-09). Details unknown: Top generals from US & Russia have 'constructive' talks in Finland. rt.com Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Joseph Dunford and his Russian counterpart, Valery Gerasimov, had a "constructive" meeting in Finland, where they discussed the situation in Syria and European security.
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wsws.org (2018-06-09). Trump administration to send 1,600 ICE detainees to federal prisons. wsws.org The government is carrying out the first large scale transfer of immigrants to federal detention facilities under the Trump administration's "zero tolerance" policy.

wsws.org (2018-06-09). Australian "foreign interference" bills seek to protect "US secrets" wsws.org Andrew Hastie's comments underscore the intense pressure being applied to the Turnbull government by the US military-intelligence establishment.

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

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

Samantha Borek (2018-06-08). Kathy Kelly on Afghanistan: Destitution and Hunger Must Be Addressed to Achieve Peace. truthout.org Afghan President Ashraf Ghani has announced an unconditional ceasefire with the Taliban to last until June 20. The ceasefire comes after Muslim clerics in Afghanistan issued a fatwa—or religious ruling—against suicide bombings, after an attack Monday, claimed by ISIS, killed 14 people who had gathered for a clerics' peace summit in Kabul. This comes as the BBC is reporting that the number of bombs dropped by the US Air Force has surged dramatically since President Trump announced his Afghanistan strategy and committed more troops to the conflict last August; new rules of engagement have made it easier for US forces to carry out strikes against the Taliban. We speak to Kathy Kelly, co-coordinator of Voices for Creative Nonviolence, a campaign to end US military and economic warfare. She has made many trips to Afghanistan and just returned from a trip this week.

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

Valerie Vande Panne, Independent Media Institute (2018-06-08). Meet the Artist Using Media to Defang Capitalism. alternet.org Humor and truth help expose profound colonialism, racism, and straight-up ridiculousness used to sell luxury products. | You may have heard of Shinola, the racist shoe-polish company of the early 20th century whose brand was reinvented by hypercapitalists from Texas into the feel-good story of Detroit, marketing $1,100 watches and bicycles for more than what many Detroiters would pay for a car. Shinola's marketing might make rich white folk feel like they're "saving" Detroit by purchasing one of those incredibly overpriced, made in China/assembled in the USA by poor black people, pieces. But what the company is really doing is reinforcing a racist, plantation mentality, and selling it to the world like they are martyrs saving Detroit with each and every watch that bears its name. But, if you're not media and history savvy, you probably don't know that. Enter. . .

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

BAFP (2018-06-08). Peace, Social Justice, The Struggle against War and Militarism: Upholding Black Radical Internationalism. globalresearch.ca A wise person said being attacked by one's enemies means you have become effective. Events over the last weekend at the Left Forum in New York City prove the Black Alliance for Peace (BAP) is now seen as a threat, …

Global Research News (2018-06-08). TODAY: 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 …

Fran Korten (2018-06-08). Partisan Gerrymandering May Soon Be Unconstitutional. mintpressnews.com Sometime before June 25, the U.S. Supreme Court is expected to hand down rulings on two cases with momentous impacts on who controls power in state legislatures and the U.S. Congress. "These cases are likely to be the most important democracy cases in decades," says Michael Li, senior counsel at the Brennan Center for Justice at New York University. | The cases test the constitutionality of partisan gerrymandering. They involve Wisconsin and Maryland, but the court's decisions will have much broader effects. After the 2020 census, all states will redraw their electoral maps to account for population shifts within their states. | Under current law, redistricting presents a ripe opportunity for extreme political gerrymandering, especially in states where a single party controls the state legislature and the governorship. North Carolina, where Republicans control both houses of the state assembly and have a Republican…

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

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

Chris Sosa, AlterNet (2018-06-08). Is Trump Becoming a Dictator? He's Already Showing 7 of 10 Notable Signs. alternet.org Our president represents the threat to democracy many feared upon his shocking election. | In late 2016, Harvard University's Robert and Renée Belfer professor of international relations Stephen M. Walt wrote a 10-point list for analyzing whether a president is a dictator. Less than half-way through his first term, Trump has fulfilled seven of the 10 criteria. Trump Systematically Attempts to Intimidate the MediaThe president routinely bullies the press, creating environments that range from hostile to physically unsafe. This began during the campaign and continues to this day, as Trump riles rally crowds against the press and repeatedly attacks them on social media. "These people, they hate your guts," he recently told a rally about the press. The president reportedly told a reporter off-camera that he intentionally bullies the press to "demean" and "discredit" them. Trump Politicizes Domestic Security AgenciesThis requires little explanation, as the president attacks. . .

Samantha Borek (2018-06-08). The Universal Declaration of Human Rights Is 70 This Year — but Where's the Justice for Chagos? truthout.org People like to talk about "conspiracy theories," but now-declassified records show that in the 1960s there was a literal conspiracy instigated by the British Foreign Office, at the behest of the US, to cleanse the population of the Chagos archipelago so that the US could build a military base there. The islands are located in the Indian Ocean, south of India and east of Africa. The largest of the islands is Diego Garcia. From there, the US has bombed Afghanistan and Iraq without needing further refuelling bases. | The Universal Declaration of Human Rights (UDHR) is 70 this year. Not only should it protect the people of Chagos, the survivors and their offspring who now live in the UK and Mauritius, but in addition, the tragic case of the islanders reveals that Britons are citizens on paper but de facto royal subjects. It…

teleSUR (2018-06-08). Opposition Intensifies Propaganda War Against Mexico's Leftist Presidential Candidate. mintpressnews.com Disguised as opinion polls, Mexicans are receiving automated campaign calls against the National Renewal Movement's (Morena) Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador, the front-runner for the upcoming presidential elections in Mexico. | Citizens started receiving the calls, which claim to be from "Mexican Institute for Democracy," recently, however, an investigation done by Mexican newspaper El Universal found no records of its existence. | "Morena has Nestora Salgado, currently in a criminal process accused of kidnapping, and Napoleon Gomez Urrutia, a fugitive living in Canada running away from accusations of fraud against the Mining Union, in their list of plurinominal candidates for the Senate. If you were aware of this, press 1. If you weren't press 2," says a female voice at the beginning of a recorded phone message, without specifying what's the purpose of the call. | Another question says "Do you consider that proposing…

Noor Al-Sibai, Raw Story (2018-06-08). 'Jesus Would Have Baked That Cake': Local Pastor Weighs in on Neighboring Baker's Anti-LGBT Supreme Court Case. alternet.org "Jesus worked with folks on the periphery of society, mistreated and marginalized. " | After the Supreme Court ruled narrowly in favor of a Colorado baker who refused to make a wedding cake for a gay couple, a pastor in a neighboring city used his church's signpost to send them a message. "Jesus would have baked that cake" reads the sign outside Denver's South Broadway Christian Church, and in an interview with NBC affiliate KUSA, Pastor Dustin Adkins explained his decision to make the statement in the wake of the Masterpiece Cakeshop ruling. "Jesus worked with folks on the periphery of society, mistreated and marginalized," the pastor said. "Those folks are the ones he welcomes the most. "KUSA's report notes that the SCOTUS case didn't involve David Mullins and Charlie Craig, the couple who attempted to order their wedding cake from the Lakewood,. . .

Andrew Korybko (2018-06-08). One Door Closes, Another Opens: Trumps Withdrawal from Iran Nuclear Deal Plays to Pakistan's Strategic Advantage. globalresearch.ca Trump's withdrawal from the Iranian nuclear deal actually plays to Pakistan's strategic advantage and should be silently celebrated by its decision makers. | The whole world is wondering what will happen next after Trump pulled the US out of the Iranian …

Helen Caldicott (2018-06-08). The Malfeasance of the US Military. Fallible and Negligent Men Armed to the Teeth with Missiles and Nuclear Bombs. globalresearch.ca In 2015, 92 U.S missile officers were suspended because they had been cheating, taking drugs, or sleeping in the missile silos. These men are employed to guard and operate 150 nuclear missiles at F.E. Warren Air Force Base in Wyoming that stand "on hair trigger alert" 24 hours a day…

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

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

Hatewatch Staff (2018-06-08). Last month in Europe. splcenter.org The following is a list of activities and events linked to American white supremacist, neo-Nazi, anti-LGBT, anti-immigrant and anti-Muslim groups and personalities in Europe. Organizations listed as hate groups are designated with an asterisk.

Middle East Monitor (2018-06-08). At Least 525 Palestinians Injured Today by Israeli Forces on the Gaza Border. mintpressnews.com At least 525 Palestinians have been wounded on the Gaza border by Israeli occupation forces who violently suppressed protests as part of Al-Quds Day, the Ministry of Health said today. | The Gaza Ministry of Health said at least seven people were in critical condition as a result of their injuries. Israeli soldiers fired tear gas canisters and live ammunition at demonstrators as they called for an end to the stifling 11-year blockade. At least three journalists have been wounded as they attempted to cover the protests, with Muhammad Al-Baba suffering injuries to his right leg after a gunshot wound. | #ŸÖŸÑŸäŸàŸÜŸäÿ©_ÿߟџÇÿØÿ≥ ÿ¥ÿ±ŸÇ ÿ∫ÿ≤ÿ©. pic.twitter.com/F8DOk1VIHM | — ÿ¥ÿ®ŸÉÿ© ŸÇÿØÿ≥ ÿߟÑÿ•ÿÆÿ®ÿßÿ±Ÿäÿ© (@qudsn) June 8, 2018 | Activists on the ground in the east of Khan Younis also reported that ambulances were being targeted with gas bombs by Israeli forces. | Palestinian factions,…

David Yearsley (2018-06-08). Stucky's Footprints, Lutoslawki's Shadow. counterpunch.org I flew to Berlin on WOW! airlines, an outfit touting scandalously cheap tickets for passage on a minimally-appointed, purple-painted fleet of Airbus 320s that aren't cleared for uninterrupted travel over the Atlantic and therefore must stop in Iceland on the way to Europe. Nothing is included in the price of conveyance other than your seat 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

Staff (2018-06-08). How Racial Profiling Goes Unchecked in Immigration Enforcement. truthdig.com A Pennsylvania judge heard uncontested evidence that ICE agents violated constitutional rights during an arrest last year, but that wasn't enough to stop deportation proceedings.

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

Merula Furtado (2018-06-08). Marine Heat Waves, Changing Ocean Currents and Capitalism's Threat to Life. truthout.org

| It would have been unthinkable not many years ago to imagine the impending death of the Great Barrier Reef. The world's largest living structure and a world heritage site unsurpassed for its tremendous beauty, the Great Barrier Reef has been one of the planet's most important ecosystems. Now, after consecutive years of prolonged, extreme marine heat waves in 2016 and 2017, one-half of the reef is dead. | Yet the reef, which has gone through immense challenges over millions of years of changing climates, is not entirely gone yet. Leading…

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

Adam Johnson (2018-06-08). Media Treat Trump Administration's Partisan Fear-Mongering as Objective 'Government' Report. fair.org AP ( 6/5/18) | On Tuesday, dozens of media outlets broke what at first seemed to be a major story about "the government" announcing that Social Security and Medicare will be broke in less than 20 years: | Medicare Will Become Insolvent in 2026, US Government Says (AP, 6/5/18) | Medicare's Trust Fund Will Be Depleted in 2026: Trustees Report (The Hill, 6/5/18) | Trustees Report That Social Security Benefits Are at Risk in 16 Years (Forbes, 6/5/18) | Social Security Must Reduce Benefits in 2034 if Reforms Aren't Made (CNN, 6/5/18) | If the lifelines of millions of poor, elderly and disabled were going to crumble in less than a generation, this would be major news indeed. But they're not really. Or, at least, we have no objective reason to believe they will, since the authors of…

Louis Proyect (2018-06-08). The 2018 Human Rights Film Festival. counterpunch.org In advance of the 2018 Human Rights Film Festival that opens on June 14th, I was able to preview three scheduled documentaries that would be of great interest to CounterPunch readers both for the subject matter and for their artistic merit. Given Hollywood's indifference to character development as it pursues blockbuster ticket sales based on special 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

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

Prof. James Petras (2018-06-08). "Appeasement" as Global Policy. Trump's "Will to Power". America's Drive for World Domination. globalresearch.ca EU kowtowing to President Trump's grab for global power, has only aroused his desire to dominate their markets, dictate their trade relations and defense spending. Trump tells the EU that his enemies are theirs. Trump believes in the doctrine of unilateral trade and 'deals' based on the principle that the US decides…

Manlio Dinucci (2018-06-08). VIDEO — Die Kunst des Krieges. Italien hinter der Parade. globalresearch.ca Das Ereignis am 2. Juni (der Tag, an dem Italien 1946 eine Republik wurde) war keine Milità§rparade, nicht einmal eine Parade, sondern ein ‚ÄûRàºckblick", laut dem Verteidigungsministerium, das sie ausgerichtet hat (der letzte Akt von Minister Pinotti). | Die Parade bei …

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

Cody Fenwick, AlterNet (2018-06-08). Former Prosecutor: 'If Trump's Campaign Chair Conspiring with a Suspected Russian Operative Isn't 'Collusion,' What Is?&#039. alternet.org "This should force the Trump team and the media to change their narrative regarding 'collusion. '" | President Donald Trump frequently insists that there was "no collusion" between his associates and Russia, but a new indictment from special counsel Robert Mueller makes that talking point completely futile now, as former federal prosecutor Renato Mariotti explained Friday. Paul Manafort, Trump's campaign manager during a crucial portion of the campaign, had already been charged with several counts of money laundering, tax evasion, and failing to register as a foreign agent. But the new allegations in Mueller's indictment on Friday show a direct link to an individual, Konstantin Kilimnik, believed to have ties to Russian intelligence. "This 'superseding' indictment replaces the D. C. indictment and adds new charges against Manafort," Mariotti explained on Twitter. "Specifically it adds charges that Manafort and Kilimnik conspired to obstruct justice by working. . .

Gabe Ortiz, Daily Kos (2018-06-08). 1,600 Immigrants Are Headed to Federal Prisons Because Trump Administration Detainments Are So High. alternet.org The number of migrant children locked up by the federal government has also surged by more than 20 percent. | The Trump administration is arresting so many undocumented immigrants that it is preparing to send as many as 1,600 people—including some asylum-seekers who have been separated from their kids at the U. S. /Mexico border due to new policy—to five federal prisons in California, Oregon, Texas, Washington: Under former President Barack Obama, many immigrants without serious criminal records were allowed to await their court dates while living in the United States. Others were housed in immigration detention facilities or local jails. ICE has used federal prisons in the past but not on this scale, sources said. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) told Reuters that the agency is "working to meet the demand for additional immigration detention space," but it's the Trump administration's actions. . .

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

Samantha Borek (2018-06-08). Economic Update: Standing Up. truthout.org This week's episode discusses life expectancy in China, Ireland's abortion vote, US unemployment and how Johnson and Johnson put profits before public health. We also look at the success of die-ins at Publix grocery stores, union backlash against French President Emmanuel Macron, how the Poor People's Campaign exposes poverty in the US and the super-rich spending wildly. Dr. Harriet Fraad also joins the episode to discuss the #MeToo movement and its economic and social effects. | Download the show | To see more stories like this, visit Economic Update: Your Weekly Dose of Revolutionary Economics | To listen in live on Saturdays at noon, visit WBAI's Live Stream | Economic Update is in partnership with Truthout.org | Your radio station needs Economic Update! If you are a radio station,

Chris Sosa, AlterNet (2018-06-08). Anthony Bourdain Talked Openly About His Mental Health Struggles in This 2016 Segment. alternet.org The television host was candid about his depression in the resurfaced video. | Celebrity chef Anthony Bourdain talked on-camera with a therapist about the struggles he faced with depression and how it related to his work on a 2016 episode of "Parts Unknown. "Bourdain committed suicide today at the age of 61. "George Orwell once said something that really upset me, he said, 'Human beings are essentially tubes into which we shove food,'" Bourdain said in the unearthed clip. "And this is my job, I travel around the world with these people and they turn on the cameras and, for a certain period of time, my job is to shove food in my face. "Bourdain elaborated on his depressive tendencies by discussing feelings of isolation. "I feel kind of like a freak and I feel very isolated," he said. "I communicate for a living but I'm. . .

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

Cody Fenwick, AlterNet (2018-06-08). Federal Judge Knocks Down Part of Trump Ally's Scheme to Purge Voter Rolls. alternet.org "Voting is our constitutional right and we must ensure every voice is heard," Jane Heneger, executive director of the ACLU of Indiana. | Though President Donald Trump's bogus Commission on Election Integrity based on his fabricated claim that millions of people voted illegally against him in 2016 is now defunct, the commission's leader, Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach, remains committed to restricting the American people's ability to vote. But on Friday night, a federal judge blocked the implementation of Kobach's "Crosscheck" system that would automatically purge voter rolls of supposedly ineligible voters in Indiana. The Indiana Senate Enrolled Act 442 was passed to use the system to eliminate voters from the rolls who are registered in other states. Advocates such as the ACLU and Common Cause Indiana argued that the law had the potential to unjustly remove legitimate voters from the rolls, especially. . .

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

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

Cody Fenwick, AlterNet (2018-06-08). Florida Didn't Run Background Checks on Concealed Weapons for a Year for the Most Ridiculous Reason: Report. alternet.org Agriculture Commissioner Adam Putnam has called himself a proud "NRA sellout. " | Florida gubernatorial candidate Adam Putnam oversaw an office that failed to run required background checks on people applying for a concealed weapons permit for over a year because the worker in charge was unable to log in to the system, according to a new report from the Tampa Bay Times. The Times cited a report from the inspector general that uncovered the problem. It began in February 2016, when the Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services ceased accessing the National Instant Criminal Background Check system — meaning that people who were ineligible for such a permit may have been erroneously approved. Records suggest that hundreds of thousands of people applied for permits in this time. The Times notes that Putnam, who serves as agriculture commissioner, made an effort to "streamline" the. . .

Consortiumnews.com (2018-06-08). From the Ghettoes, Reservations and Backwoods of America. consortiumnews.com Don North was part of an ABC News team on the route from St. Patrick's in New York to Arlington Cemetery of the funeral procession of Robert Kennedy who was buried 50 years ago today on June 8, 1968. Here… Read more →

Dr. Jack Rasmus (2018-06-08). The US Government Survey on 'Precarious' Jobs. globalresearch.ca The US Government's Labor Department today, June 7, 2018, released a report on the condition of what's called 'precarious' jobs in the US. The meaning of precarious is generally assumed to be contingent labor, alternative work arrangements, and, most recently, …

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

Johann Hari, AlterNet (2018-06-08). This One Shocking Factor Can Make You 4600 Percent More Likely To Become an Addict. alternet.org It was discovered quite by accident — in part of a study of a totally different subject. | One of my earliest memories is of trying to wake up one of my relatives, and not being able to. As I got older, I understood why. We had addiction in my family. And as I watched some of my other close relatives become addicts, I asked myself several questions, but one in particular seemed haunting and insistent: why does addiction so often run in families? Why does it seem to pass from mother to daughter, from father to son, as though it were some dark genetic twist? I went on a long journey to find the answers to these questions — I describe it in my book 'Chasing The Scream: The First and Last Days of the War on Drugs. ' My research was book-ended. . .

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

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

Jack Healey, Independent Media Institute (2018-06-08). Why the Confirmation of Gina Haspel to Head the CIA Is a Huge Loss to Our Nation. alternet.org We should make sure no one will ever be tortured again by American forces. | Two weeks ago, a bipartisan Senate panel voted to confirm Gina Haspel, former head of perhaps the most notorious "black site" in U. S. history, as the new head of the CIA. As her name and face flashed across the screen of my television, I kept thinking instead about other faces—those of the men and, sometimes, women—who had been tortured under her watch. The faces that we, as the American public, will probably never see, whose stories we do not know. Despite a 549-page " Senate Report on Torture" (Melville House Publishing) that was released in 2014, and an outcry of public condemnation for the CIA's treatment of both foreign and American citizens in its custody, this Senate voted to confirm Haspel, who played a leading role in. . .

PFSR (2018-06-08). Physicians' Prescription for Action on North Korea. Promote Diplomacy, Prevent War. globalresearch.ca In the run-up to the June 12 summit with North Korea, a group of prominent physicians today urged Congressional leaders to promote diplomacy and prevent a war that could result in massive casualties. In a sign-on letter organized by Physicians

Andre Damon (2018-06-08). Facebook Security Officer: Not All Speech Is "Created Equal" globalresearch.ca Alex Stamos, Facebook's chief security officer, presented an overview of the Orwellian censorship regime implemented by the world's largest social media company last week at an annual military conference in Tallinn, Estonia. | Speaking before an audience of generals, intelligence agents …

Mark Maxey (2018-06-08). Oklahoma toil and soil run in my veins. peoplesworld.org PADEN, Okla.—"We came over in a cevvered wagon. Daddy drove the horses, and my sisters and I rode in the back," Ora Myrtle Smith Maxey, my paternal grandmother, told me as a child. She was nine years old when her family left Mountain Home, Ark., to head to Broken Arrow, Okla., a 228-mile journey in […]…

Nathan Kalman-Lamb (2018-06-08). Are We All Drinking Kool-Aid From the Stanley Cup? counterpunch.org Last night was a moment for the celebration of a hoisted Cup, the end of a grueling and gratifying journey of athletic triumph for the Washington Capitals. I'm not here to talk about that. Because now, in the immediate afterglow of that achievement, is precisely the moment when we need to pause and consider what More

Staff (2018-06-08). Humans Put Conservation Areas at Increasing Risk. truthdig.com A new study reveals that at least one-third of all the forests, grasslands and wetlands notionally protected by laws to safeguard the wild things that evolved with them are under intense pressure.

Mike Whitney (2018-06-08). Dems Put Finishing Touches on America's One-Party 'Surveillance Superstate'. globalresearch.ca The Democratic Party has made a strategic decision to bypass candidates from its progressive wing and recruit former members of the military and intelligence agencies to compete with Republicans in the upcoming midterm elections. The shift away from liberal politicians …

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

Elizabeth Preza, AlterNet (2018-06-08). Obama Pens Touching Tribute to Anthony Bourdain: He Made 'Us a Little Less Afraid of the Unknown&#039. alternet.org Anthony "Tony" Bourdain killed himself Friday. He was 61 years old. | Barack Obama on Friday posted a touching tribute to Anthony Bourdain, the chef, journalist, novelist and cultural ambassador who killed himself Friday at a hotel in Paris. Obama, who appeared on an episode of Bourdain's CNN series "Parts Unknown" set in Hanoi, Vietnam, took to Twitter to acknowledge Bourdain's unique "ability to bring us together. ""'Low plastic stool, cheap but delicious noodles, cold Hanoi beer," Obama wrote. "This is how I'll remember Tony. He taught us about food — but more importantly, about its ability to bring us together. To make us a little less afraid of the unknown. We'll miss him. ""Low plastic stool, cheap but delicious noodles, cold Hanoi beer. " This is how I'll remember Tony. He taught us about food — but more importantly, about its ability to bring us. . .

Ian Berman (2018-06-08). The Intercept and Reality Winner: When a Conflicted News Organizations Should Pass the Baton. mintpressnews.com While The Intercept skillfully shows the audacious federal government's attack on whistleblower Winner is a threat to our democracy, it woefully obfuscates its own multiple failings to protect sources.

Daniel Kovalik (2018-06-08). Pompeo's Speech Against Iran Reveals Failure Of US Foreign Policy. iranian.com 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 Saudi […]

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 …

Cody Fenwick, AlterNet (2018-06-08). 'They Feel the Noose Closing': Democratic Senator Argues Trump's Defenders Are Getting Desperate. alternet.org "Trump is not King. " | The defense strategy for President Donald Trump and his allies has become increasingly brazen and outlandish in recent weeks, and it now includes sweeping claims of executive power and a dismissive attitude toward opponents. But Sen. Mazie Hirono (D-HI) argued on MSNBC's "The Beat with Ari Melber," these bold assertions are likely signs of the precariousness of the president's position, not his strength. Last weekend, the president's lawyer argued that it was essentially impossible for the president to obstruct justice, given his office. And this week, Trump has repeatedly claimed that he is certain he can pardon himself — an ambiguous constitutional matter that has never been ruled on — leading many to argue that he sees himself as unconstrained by the legal requirements. "They're taking the extraordinary position that the president is above the law," she said. "So. . .

James Cogan (2018-06-08). Ecuador Continues Playing Hardball With Julian Assange. mintpressnews.com On Monday Ecuadorian Foreign Minister María Fernanda Espinosa was elected to a one-year term as president of the United Nations General Assembly. On Tuesday she declared that her government would continue blocking WikiLeaks editor Julian Assange from all communications and deny him any personal visitors. On Wednesday it became 10 weeks since Ecuador's government deprived Assange of his rights, which it is obliged to honor after granting him political asylum in its London embassy in 2012. | The General Assembly vote in support of Espinosa was a substantial: 128 votes for 62 votes for the other nominee, Honduras's UN ambassador, Mary Elizabeth Flores Flake. There were two abstentions. Washington was believed to favor Honduras because its right-wing government supported the provocative relocation of the U.S. embassy in Israel to Jerusalem. After the vote, Espinosa again hinted that Ecuador is working to force Assange…

Al Neal (2018-06-08). Trump talks White House invites for uninterested athletes. peoplesworld.org Donald J. Trump wants to personally meet with NFL players and other athletes who protest racism and police brutality during the national anthem by taking a knee, to discuss possible solutions to our current unfair justice system. Go ahead, read that first sentence again, then let it sink in. This president who has taken a […]…

C.J. Atkins (2018-06-08). Ontario election: Cheap beer and tax cuts win it for Doug Ford. peoplesworld.org TORONTO—Beer in Ontario, Canada's largest province, will soon be $1 again now that Conservative Doug Ford has been elected premier. Cheap booze was one of the major campaign promises made by the right-wing populist leader during the provincial election, which wrapped up Thursday night with a decisive victory for his party. Others included cheaper gas, […]…

The Conversation (2018-06-08). To Talk or Not to Talk? We're Facing a Tough Dilemma of Suicide Contagion. alternet.org Our kids are facing a tough dichotomy. | In recent years, research has shown that suicide has the potential to spread through social networks — a phenomenon some have dubbed "suicide contagion. " | Sophisticated, diverse statistical modeling techniques have largely reached the same conclusion: if someone is exposed to the suicide attempt or death of a friend, it increases that person's risk of suicidal thoughts and attempts. | The consequences can be devastating for families, classmates and townspeople, who are left struggling to understand why clusters of suicides are occurring in their communities, from Newton, Massachusetts to Palo Alto, California. | It's a challenging question that scientists have struggled to answer for decades. The role of suicide contagion is perhaps one of the least understood aspects of suicide, which puts us at a significant disadvantage when it comes to. . .

Peter Koenig (2018-06-08). Venezuela: Vanguard of a New World. Iran to Follow in the Same Footsteps? globalresearch.ca Venezuela is a champion in democracy, in democratic elections, as proven twice within the last twelve months and more than a dozen times since 1999. Never mind that the lunatic west doesn't want to accept it — simply because the …

Cody Fenwick, AlterNet (2018-06-08). 'Pardoning Blagojevich Would Be Stupid': GOP Pushes Back on Trump's Idea to Free the Corrupt Governor. alternet.org The former Illinois governor and Martha Stewart are among the high-profile people Trump has suggested he might pardon. | As President Donald Trump enjoys the thrills of wielding his constitutional pardon power, some members of his own party are warning him to not go too far. But they're not warning him against pardoning Michael Flynn, Paul Manafort, or even himself — they're warning him against pardoning former Illinois Governor Rod Blagojevich. Blagojevich is serving a 14-year sentence after he was sentenced on multiple charges of political corruption, including the allegation that he was attempting to sell President Barack Obama's vacated Senate seat after the 2008 election. The governor became a national disgrace after the conviction, known for the colorful language he used on private recordings related to the charges. GOP lawmakers from Illinois are unsurprisingly concerned, then, about Trump's recent suggestion that he might. . .

Mark Gruenberg (2018-06-08). Miners: Tax cut for coal firms threatens black lung benefits. peoplesworld.org TRIANGLE, Va. — A tax cut for coal companies, scheduled to take effect on January 1, threatens to undermine the black lung benefits which desperately ill retired miners and their survivors depend upon, the Mine Workers say. Their solution? Keep the current tax each coal company pays for every ton it mines, which funds the […]…

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