2018-06-11: News Headlines

Massoud Nayeri (2018-06-11). G7 Summit, Working People and Trumped-up "Peace" globalresearch.ca What is the significance of G7 summit for hard working families in the U.S. and around the world? The conclusive answer is absolutely nothing! | Would a successful G8 (with Russia) or G6 (without Russia and the U.S.) summit make the …

Samantha Borek (2018-06-11). Partisan Gerrymandering Could Soon Be Unconstitutional. truthout.org Some time before June 25, the US Supreme Court is expected to hand down rulings on two cases with momentous impacts on who controls power in state legislatures and the US 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…

Binoy Kampmark (2018-06-11). Anthony Bourdain's Universal Eater. counterpunch.org Bruce Chatwin considered movement the indispensable feature of the human species. Sedentary natures killed through asphyxiation; a refusal to move suggested an acceptance of death. Walking he considered a virtue; tourism the ultimate sin. For the late Anthony Bourdain, a chef turned walker and explorer, no dish was odd enough or peculiar to be avoided More

Hamid Dabashi (2018-06-11). Columbia Professor Hamid Dabashi: Mohammed Bin Salman Is World's Richest Zionist. iranian.com Pro-Israeli campaigners appear to be hunting for another scalp in their assault against free speech. The victim this time is a tenured Columbia university professor whose crime was nothing more than to speak out against Israel. A network of pro-Israel activists surged against comments made by Iranian Professor Hamid Dabashi on social media. The professor […]

History News Network (2018-06-11). The Discovery of a Map Made by a Native American is Reshaping What We Think About the Lewis & Clark Expedition. alternet.org "Monumental doesn't fully cover the importance of this discovery. " | An important historical map drawn by a Native American leader for renowned American expedition leaders Meriwether Lewis and William Clark was recently discovered in the Bibliotheque Nationale de France. "Monumental doesn't fully cover the importance of this discovery," says historian Clay Jenkinson. "This is easily the best-preserved of the Native American maps drawn for Lewis and Clark, and represents the most important discovery in the Lewis and Clark world since 55 letters by William Clark were discovered in a Louisville attic in the 1980s. " Discovered by a University of New Mexico graduate student who was working on Native American cartography, the map was drawn by an Arikara leader named Too Né, whom Lewis and Clark met on today's North Dakota-South Dakota border on October 8, 1804. It came to the attention of. . .

Christopher Ketcham (2018-06-11). Cooking Show Suicides and Other Inanities. counterpunch.org Recent information unearthed by CounterPunch's crack investigative team has revealed that Anthony Bourdain killed himself in the wake of discovering he suffered from a terminal illness brought on by the breakneck pace of his work as an entertainer. The condition, called disassociative camera-subjectivity disorder, or DCSD, widely afflicts people in the rarefied realms of the More

Patrick Cockburn (2018-06-11). All Facts Are Not Equal: Inside Claud Cockburn's MI5 File. counterpunch.org Photo by Anonymous9000 | CC BY 2.0 | My late friend Christopher Hitchens once told me that his American friends often expressed surprise at the number of articles and books he was able to produce. He said that there was a simple reason for his high productivity, which was: "I never watch television." | He was definitely telling the truth about this, since the only television in his apartment in Washington was in the spare bedroom where I was staying and it did not work. | Christopher was right to believe that time spent watching television was time largely wasted, or could be spent more usefully in some other activity. Television supplies less information, and at a slower speed, than newspapers, books or radio. | The internet is more efficient, speedy and weakens state and elite monopolies over news and knowledge. Misused…

Chris Hedges (2018-06-11). Scapegoating Iran. truthdig.com The wars in the Middle East are the worst strategic blunders in American history. But don't expect U.S. politicians and generals to accept responsibility for the mess when they can blame it on Iran.

Gary Leupp (2018-06-11). Why Do Democrats Want to Sabotage North Korea Talks? counterpunch.org Amazing how partisan politics shape this country's foreign policy. Seven Democratic senators have written the president urging that any agreement signed with North Korea must be permanent; must be subject to "anywhere, anytime" inspections of all nuclear-related sites and facilities; and must include the dismantling and elimination of all of the regime's ballistic missiles and programs. (One thinks of Mike Pompeo's demands on Iran to renegotiate the Iran Deal by making infinite concessions.) More

Kevin Zeese (2018-06-11). The Foundation for International Justice Is Anti-Imperialism. globalresearch.ca The United States has had a policy of imperialism beginning after the Civil War. The US way of war, developed against Indigenous peoples, spread worldwide as the US sought to extend its power through military force, economic dominance and …

Dennis J Bernstein (2018-06-11). The Curious Case of the Left's Silence on Julian Assange. mintpressnews.com Julian Assange remains cut off from the world in Ecuador's London embassy, shut off from friends, relatives and thousands of supporters, leaving him unable to do his crucial work, as John Pilger discusses with Dennis J. Bernstein.

Fred Gardner (2018-06-11). Kate Spade's Suicide Used for Sales Pitch. counterpunch.org Super-salesman Doug Jacobs published the following opportunistic and duplicitous letter in the New York Times June 6 re Kate Spade's suicide: The suicide of an admired, accomplished, creative person stings, stirring us to explain why. The common underlying disease is usually depression, and today sadly only about 50 percent of those afflicted enter treatment. The More

SouthFront (2018-06-11). Russia: US-backed Syrian Rebels Preparing Another Chemical Weapons "Provocation" in Syria. mintpressnews.com Major General Igor Konashenkov said Russia has intelligence that the Free Syrian Army is going to stage a "chemical attack" in the village of Haql al-Jafara to accuse the Syrian government of conducting it.

Jessica Corbett (2018-06-11). As Net Neutrality Officially Ends, Internet Defenders Gear up for a Fight. mintpressnews.com As the FCC's rollback of net neutrality protections officially took effect on Monday, a broad coalition of free press and digital rights campaigners vowed to maintain pressure on members of Congress to either restore the federal rules " or prepare to face our wrath" in the November midterm elections. | Supporters of net neutrality rules—which require internet service providers (ISPs) to treat all online content equally—are aiming to convince House Speaker Paul Ryan and additional Republicans to support a Congressional Review Act (CRA) that would overturn the FCC's party-line vote. | Last month, a few Senate Republicans joined with Democrats to pass the CRA, which was spearheaded by Sen. Ed Markey (D-Mass.). | "Now we're fighting an uphill battle to get the House of Representatives to do the same," explains the BattleforNet coalition, which includes Fight for the…

Paul Rosenberg, Salon (2018-06-11). Progressive Strategists Find a Way to Break the Divide: Focus on the 'Strategic Racism' Used to Keep us Apart. alternet.org Is this a blueprint for progressive victory? | On the same day California's primary election produced decidedly mixed results last week — encouraging for Democrats, less so for progressives — progressive advocates gathered in Los Angeles learned about how politics in California (and nationwide) could be dramatically transformed by driving a stake through the heart of coded, dog-whistle racism, and by confronting it head-on with a call for cross-racial unity to create a better shared future. The message — delivered in a two-hour presentation by communications expert Anat Shenker-Osorio (author of " Don't Buy It: The Trouble with Talking Nonsense about the Economy," my review here) — was the result of ayear-long research partnership between her, Ian Haney López (author of " Dog Whistle Politics: How Coded Racial Appeals Have Reinvented Racism and Wrecked the Middle Class") and Demos, the. . .

Whitney Webb (2018-06-11). IDF Videos Aimed Squarely at Spurring Arab-on-Arab Hate and Sectarianism. mintpressnews.com The head of the IDF's Arabic language media division has been making a series of videos hoping to undermine Arab support for Palestine and foment hate against Iran.

Peter Koenig (2018-06-11). G7 vs. G6+1 — The War of Words. globalresearch.ca Background | The war of words has intensified between the U-S and G-7 allies after President Donald Trump retracted his endorsement of the communiqué of the once-united group. | The German chancellor called Trump's abrupt revocation of support for a joint communiqué …

Mike Garrity (2018-06-11). Unlogged Forests are the Healthiest Forests. counterpunch.org Politicians in the West have increasingly been repeating scientifically-discredited timber industry propaganda that logging national forests is somehow beneficial for the health of our publicly-owned forests, wildlife, and fisheries. What they regularly avoid mentioning is that some of the best wildlife habitat in the West is in unlogged areas like the Bob Marshall Wilderness in More

Gary Leupp (2018-06-11). Iran, India And Pompeo's Demands. iranian.com 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 […]

Mark Taliano (2018-06-11). Bartlett Pierces the Fog of War Lies and Omissions at Toronto's Al-Qud's Day Rally. globalresearch.ca Controlled media frames what Canadians think, hear, say, and do. An important component of controlling the message is omission. Major media outlets, for example, were conspicuously absent from yesterday's (June 9, 2018) Al-Quds rally in Toronto, ON. | Consequently, the evidence-based …

True Publica (2018-06-11). The UK's Conflict, Stability and Security Fund. globalresearch.ca The Foreign and Commonwealth Office website page makes clear what the objectives of the 'Conflict, Stability and Security Fund' are. It states that it: "provides development and security support to countries which are at risk of conflict or instability. It's …

ADRIAN KUZMINSKI (2018-06-11). The Politics of Virtue. counterpunch.org The Wikipedia—which may be the closest thing we have to a common standard of what things mean in our culture—tells us that a demagogue is "a leader in a democracy who gains popularity by exploiting prejudice and ignorance among the common people, whipping up the passions of the crowd and shutting down reasoned deliberation. Demagogues overturn established customs of More

Merula Furtado (2018-06-11). Can We Stop FERC From Rushing Us Toward Climate Catastrophe? truthout.org It could be argued that, outside of the companies involved in the actual extraction, transmission and sale of fossil fuels, no group of people on Earth can take as much responsibility for our current climate catastrophe as the commissioners at the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC). | In 1977, FERC was established to regulate national energy policy independently of Congress and even, to a great extent, the president. The commissioners are nominated by the president and then confirmed by the Senate. Under the Natural Gas Act (1938), FERC reviews interstate pipeline applications for "convenience and necessity," as well as compliance with the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA). | Around the US, leaks and explosions, as well as air, soil and water pollution have motivated people to push back against pipelines and compressor stations. While FERC has ostensibly reviewed the proposals, it is…

Sarah Burris, Raw Story (2018-06-11). HBO's John Oliver Exposes the Horrifying Way Fox News' 'Sh*ttiest Conspiracy Theory' is Changing Minds on the Mueller Investigation. alternet.org The bad people are winning the argument. | During his Sunday episode of "Last Week Tonight," HBO host John Oliver explained that approval for the investigation into President Donald Trump stood at 26 percent in July 2017, but today, that number is 54 percent. "If that number keeps dropping [Trump] may well feel empowered enough to actually [end the investigation]," Oliver warned. It might all come down to the opinion of the American people, which is easily shifted by the likes of Fox News. He then revealed three horrifying ways in which the Trump team has managed to move the American public into thinking that special counsel Robert Mueller's investigation needs to end. Noting that Trump and his lawyers have managed to do their own dirty work to undermine Mueller, Oliver called out Fox News for using their airwaves to. . .

Shamus Cooke (2018-06-11). Fighting Capitalism With Revolutionary Strategy. counterpunch.org An ongoing discussion around the strategy of "base building" has occupied sections of revolutionary socialists. One notable proponent of this strategy is Sophia Burns, whose essays have gained growing acclaim due to their insight and provocativeness. Burns has written several pieces about base building that have influenced different sections of the revolutionary Left, including the More

Don North (2018-06-11). From the Ghettoes, Reservations and Backwoods of America. globalresearch.ca Standing here at the base of the Grecian columns on the south side of the Lincoln Memorial there will be a very striking view of the funeral procession of Senator Robert Kennedy. | The first sight of the procession will …

Chauncey DeVega, Salon (2018-06-11). Why Are Poor People in America So Patriotic? One Man Went on an Odyssey to Find Out. alternet.org How do poor and working-class Americans reconcile such enthusiastic support for a country that has in many ways failed them? | The evidence is not hidden. Ninety percent of the wealth in the United States is held by 1 percent of households. Intergenerational class mobility has been stagnant for several decades. The racial wealth gap continues to persist. It is so extreme that economists and other experts predict that African-Americans as a group will have zero wealth by 2053. "Tax reform" has continued to divert money upward to the very rich and away from all other Americans. Political scientists Martin Gilens and Benjamin Page have shown that America's elected officials are almost wholly unresponsive to the political demands of the average American. There can be no real democracy in a country where the courts have decided that money is speech.

Ed Sadlowski, Jr. (2018-06-11). Edward E. Sadlowski, 79; a champion of labor. peoplesworld.org Edward Eugene "Oilcan" Sadlowski (September 10, 1938 — June 10, 2018) "Oilcan" passed away today June 10, after a hard struggle with Lewy body dementia. He was born in Chicago, IL, on September 10, 1938, across the street from the Steel Workers Organizing Committee (S.W.O.C) Union Hall. He was the son of Edward and Mildred (Sanders) Sadlowski. A great […]…

Elizabeth Preza, AlterNet (2018-06-11). Ex-CIA Head: U.S. Should Be 'Ashamed' of Trump's 'Unstable, Erratic and Thin-Skinned' Attack on Canada's Trudeau. alternet.org "Trudeau did not make President Trump look weak," Michael Hayden said. | Retired General Michael Hayden on Monday slammed Donald Trump for his "unstable, erratic and thin-skinned" attack on Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, arguing "President Trump made President Trump look weak" with his crusade against America's closest ally. Hayden said he met the Trump administration's attack on Trudeau with "a mixture of sadness and frankly anger, because no country deserves to be treated that way. ""Certainly having officials in one government criticize the head of government in another country, I don't think where have ever seen that before," Hayden said. "And for God's sake doing it against Canada after the prime minister issued a fairly mild statement about the Canadians just standing their ground. And then to have him attacked on the Sunday morning talk shows. ""It reminded me every inch of [former White. . .

Matthew Rozsa, Salon (2018-06-11). Here's Why Michael Avenatti Feels Sorry for Melania Trump. alternet.org The attorney representing Stormy Daniels opened up about Rudy Giuliani's sexism — and Michael Cohen's wit | Michael Avenatti, the silver-tongued attorney who has suddenly become the center of the Stormy Daniels saga, has been very public and vocal about defending his client's interests — particularly in the face of recent sexist attacks. He was quick to call former New York City mayor Rudy Giuliani a "pig" after the president's new personal lawyer dismissed her claims by arguing that Daniels "has no reputation. If you're going to sell your body for money, you just don't have a reputation. "The adult film star claims Donald Trump's lawyer, Michael Cohen, paid her $130,000 in October 2016, one month before Trump was elected president, for her silence about an affair with "The Apprentice" star at a Lake Tahoe event a decade. . .

Staff (2018-06-11). Syria: Raqqa in Ruins and Civilians Devastated After U.S.-led 'War of Annihilation'. truthdig.com Civilians are asking why U.S.-led Coalition forces destroyed the city, killing hundreds of civilians in the process of "liberating" them from Islamic State.

Julia Kassem (2018-06-11). The Arab World and the Struggle Against Austerity. counterpunch.org For five days, Jordanians took to the streets to protests measures by the government to increase taxes. Demonstrators also demanded access and improvements to city services, the lack of which compounds the high rate of unemployment to which Jordan's population is subjected. In the largest protests the country has seen since 2011, Jordanians unseated prime minister Hani Mulki in a matter of days due to popular discontent with staggering austerity, issues with affordability, and poverty. More

Mark Gruenberg (2018-06-11). Gebre: 'Court will decide if workers still have a voice'. peoplesworld.org

Valerie Tarico, AlterNet (2018-06-11). What the Unborn and the Undead Have in Common. alternet.org Religious opposition to abortion is based on a kind of magical thinking much like that in zombie stories | One freakish thing about zombies is that they look like people even though they aren't. What does it mean to be a person? For philosophers, the answer isn't simple but it has to do with being able to think and feel, recognize one's own existence, and make choices rather than simply following a programmed set of responses. Sometimes stories and movies explore personhood by drawing us into the lived experience of mythical creatures who don't look like humans but who share our capacity to think and feel, suffer and love, and cherish conscious life. Consider, for example, Bambi or E. T. or Horton Hears a Who, or more seriously, Ex Machina or District 9. Zombie stories do the opposite—they take us into a world. . .

James Carey (2018-06-11). Erdogan Prepping New War Pitched as an Anti-PKK Operation. mintpressnews.com On Friday, the Turkish government announced yet another illegal incursion into a neighboring country. This time the target isn't Syria but Iraq, more specifically, the headquarters of the Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK) — a group deemed terrorists by Turkey, the European Union, and the US — in the northern Qandil Mountains. | According to remarks made by Turkish Prime Minister Binali Yildirim on Friday, Turkey is already prepared to launch this operation and that the military has already "been positioned some 30 km into northern Iraq, working to prevent infiltrations and terror activities there." Much like the operations in Syria, Yildrim says Turkey is again only doing what is necessary for "border security." | Unlike Turkey's Syria campaigns, Yildrim did say that this time Iraq (and their ally Iran) would not oppose a larger Turkish presence as…

Donald Johnson (2018-06-11). 'New York Times' Teams Up with Israel to Smear Slain Medic Razzan al-Najjar as 'Complex,' Not Innocent. globalresearch.ca The New York Times today printed a long article giving credence to Israeli claims that Razzan al-Najjar, the young medic killed by an Israeli sniper a week ago, was not innocent. The article takes at face value Israel's desperate …

Ruth Hayhurst (2018-06-11). Climate Change Risks of Fracking Outweigh Benefits. globalresearch.ca Featured image: Cuadrilla's Preston New Road fracking site near Blackpool, 1 May 2018. Photo: Ros Wills | The scale of harm from shale gas to health is uncertain, but the danger of exacerbating climate change is not, two professors of public …

Staff (2018-06-11). Infinite War: The Gravy Train Rolls On. truthdig.com Washington need not even bother to propagandize the public into supporting its Global War on Terrorism. By and large, members of the public are indifferent to its very existence.

Geoffrey O'Neill (2018-06-11). The American Exceptionalism Myth and the Selling of U.S. Domination. counterpunch.org I believe in American exceptionalism with every fiber of my being. — Barack Obama, 2015. From birth, Americans are expected to believe in the notion of U.S. superiority over other peoples in other nations. The daily school ritual of pledging allegiance to the flag and playing the national anthem at sporting events—whether the Super Bowl or More

Donald Kaufman (2018-06-11). Puerto Rican Day Parade Shines Light on Hurricane Devastation. truthdig.com The New York City event points up the continuing struggle on the island, where many are still without electricity and thousands must seek more federal aid.

David Neiwert (2018-06-11). London 'Free Tommy' protest turns violent as police are targeted as 'Nazi scum&#039. splcenter.org Protest over jailed anti-Muslim 'Identitarian' activist begins with speeches, but becomes a melee in the heart of the British capital.

Uri Avnery (2018-06-11). Have You Been Brainwashed About Gaza? counterpunch.org It's frightening. Unprincipled psychologists, in the service of a malignant regime, use sophisticated techniques in order to control the mind of a person from afar. The term "brainwashing" was born in 1950. It is a Chinese word ("xinao", literally wash brain). Originally it served to describe a technique used — so it was claimed — More

Common Dreams (2018-06-11). 'There's a Special Place in Hell' for Those Who Defy the President, Trump Adviser Warns. mintpressnews.com After President Donald Trump drove the U.S. into an all-out trade war with Canada on Saturday with his Twitter outburst threatening to hit America's northern neighbor with even more punitive tariffs, Trump's top trade adviser Peter Navarro placed blame for soaring tensions entirely on Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau in an interview on Sunday and warned "there's a special place in hell" for those who cross the president. | "There's a special place in hell for any foreign leader that engages in bad-faith diplomacy with President Donald J. Trump and then tries to stab him in the back on the way out the door," Navarro said in an interview on Fox News, referring to Trudeau's decision to move ahead with retaliatory tariffs against the U.S. after Trump refused to back down from his recently announced steel and aluminum penalties. | Watch:…

Ted Rall (2018-06-11). Why Blended Primaries are an Assault on Democracy. counterpunch.org California's "jungle primary" system, in which the two candidates who win the most votes advance to the general election in November regardless of their party affiliation, might have resulted in several bizarre outcomes. Look out: given the state's role as a political trendsetter, this weirdness could go national someday. Two Democrats could have wound up More

Arnold Isaacs (2018-06-11). Islamophobia at the Highest Levels As Trump Mainstreams Anti-Muslim Bigotry. mintpressnews.com Given the continuing well-funded campaigns by the Islamophobes and continuing support from their enablers in the Trump administration, starting with the president himself, it seems unlikely that this trend will be reversed any time soon.

Adam Garrie (2018-06-11). In China the SCO Is Conducting a Productive and Civilised Summit While the G7 Is One Big Argument Inside a Political Circus. globalresearch.ca The sun rising in the east | The Shanghai Cooperation Organisation (SCO) summit in Qingdao has not formally begun and already the Presidents of China and Kazakhstan have met to discuss deepening trade ties with a particular emphasis on Astana's participation …

Samantha Borek (2018-06-11). From Trade War to Class War: Screw Pfizer's Drug Patents. truthout.org Wars always have unpredictable outcomes. It is unlikely that George W. Bush anticipated that the Iraq war would destabilize the Middle East for two decades, and possibly quite a bit longer. World War I resulted in the collapse of four European empires and emergence of the Soviet Union as a world power. | In this vein, we can hope that something positive may emerge from Donald Trump's ill-conceived trade war. Specifically, it may lead the United States and the world to re-examine the system of patent and copyright monopolies that we have been expanding and extending for the last four decades. | While the Trump administration's tactics and goals seem to be constantly shifting, the one thing that has won applause from the Washington elite is cracking down on China's "theft" of our intellectual property. As Washington Post columnist Catherine Rampell aptly

Robert Koehler (2018-06-11). The Great Waking Up. counterpunch.org I don't blame all of the planet's ills on the Republican Party, but I find hope in the possibility that it's on the verge of collapse. I'm not talking politics here. I'm talking deep vision of humanity: a sense of who we are and how we impact Planet Earth and all its occupants. A smallness More

ZeroHedge.com (2018-06-11). White House Releases Agenda For Tuesday's Historic Trump-Kim Summit. mintpressnews.com The White House has released the much-anticipated agenda of Tuesday's Trump-Kim summit — which will be a one-day event after all — and discloses that Trump will meet with the North Korean leader tomorrow morning at 9: 00 a.m., after which the two presidents (or dictators according to Abby Huntsman) will participate in a one-on-one meeting, with translators only and no media, an expanded bilateral meeting, and a working lunch. | The U.S. delegation at tomorrow's expanded meeting will also include Sec. of State Mike Pompeo, Chief of Staff John Kelly, and National Security Advisor John Bolton. Press Secretary Sarah Sanders, Ambassador Sung Kim, and National Security Council Senior Director for Asia Matt Pottinger will join for the working lunch. | And echoing Pompeo's earlier comments that talks are going quicker than expected, Trump — just like Kim — is expected to depart…

South Front (2018-06-11). Video: Syrian Army Repels Series of ISIS Attacks on Syrian-Iraqi Border. globalresearch.ca Last weekend, the Syrian Arab Army (SAA) and its allies repelled another series of ISIS attacks on the town of al-Bukamal at the Syrian-Iraqi border. ISIS used several suicide bombers and car bombs to break the SAA defense but failed …

Prof Michel Chossudovsky (2018-06-11). "The War is Worth Waging": Afghanistan's Vast Reserves of Minerals and Natural Gas. globalresearch.ca The war on Afghanistan is a profit driven "resource war".

Samantha Borek (2018-06-11). Louisiana Homeowner Left to Hold Bayou Bridge Pipeline Accountable for Damaging Her Home. truthout.org Melinda Tillies learned about the controversial Bayou Bridge pipeline the day its construction began next to her home a couple months ago. As workers prepared the site for the pipeline, the activity made it feel like an earthquake had struck her home, she said, waking her family as their home shook on its foundation, cracking walls and dislodging tiles. | Tillies lives in Youngsville, Louisiana, a suburb of Lafayette. She purchased her dream house just over a year ago, but now she regrets buying it. "The pipeline is way too close to my house for comfort. If I had any idea there would be a pipeline built next to my house, I wouldn't have bought it," she told me. | The pipeline, owned by Bayou Bridge Pipeline LLC, a subsidiary of Energy Transfer Partners, runs the length of Tillies' property…

Elijah J. Magnier (2018-06-11). A Weak and Divided Iraq Is Stumbling Towards an Unbalanced Future. globalresearch.ca The US, Iran and Saudi Arabia have each sent their respective representatives to Iraq to support the re-election of Haidar al-Abadi. This aim, far from achieving a stable Iraq, will rather keep the country weak and politically divided between …

Dr. Andrew Glikson (2018-06-11). Crimes Against the Earth. globalresearch.ca "To ignore evil is to become an accomplice" (Martin Luther King) | Humans are of the Earth, physically adapted to its range of climates, gravity, radiation, electro-magnetic field and composition of the atmosphere. Had there ever been a single …

Stephen Lendman (2018-06-11). G6+1 on Russia. globalresearch.ca Following G6+1 talks, Trump left early for a Tuesday Singapore summit with North Korea's Kim Jong-un — without signing the forum's eight-page communique, released on Saturday. | It was unjustifiably tough on Russia. In response to Trump's call for readmitting the …

Staff (2018-06-11). U.S. Says North Korea Talks Moving Quickly, Trump to Leave Early. truthdig.com The abrupt change in schedule comes shortly after U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo seemed to lower expectations for the historic meeting between the president and North Korea's Kim Jong Un.

Mustafa Barghouti (2018-06-11). Lies Will Not Save Israel From the Responsibility of Killing Razan Najjar. mintpressnews.com We are deeply shocked at the amount of lies that the Israeli officials and spokesperson of the Israeli army are trying to spread to justify the horrible war crime of killing the innocent young first aid provider, Razan Al-Najjar, who was volunteering with our organization the Palestinian Medical Relief Society. | Razan, only 21-years-old, always tried to help as many injured civilians as she could. | On the 1st of June she was killed by an Israeli sniper who shot her in the chest. The sniper also shot two of Razan's colleagues in the legs while they were standing with a group of four other PMRS first aid providers away from protesters — preparing for the next round of helping injured civilians. They were shot even though they were wearing white vests and clear markers showing they were medical personnel. | The Israeli…

Dimitris Konstantakopoulos (2018-06-11). Korea, Russia, China: The Neocon-Trump's Strategy. globalresearch.ca More than 15 years ago, while I was covering one of the annual Munich Forums on Security, as a journalist, I asked Brent Scawcroft, former US National Security Advisor, what should be the relations of the West with China and …

Mohammed Nuruzzaman (2018-06-11). How Saudi Arabia Lost Out To Iran And Turkey Over Failed Qatar Blockade. iranian.com The 5th of June was the first anniversary of the Saudi-led blockade of Qatar. Imposed on the accusation that Qatar was sponsoring terrorism and destabilizing the Middle East region, the blockade came as a big shock, a bolt from the blue for the Qataris but they have managed to survive it well. Qatar's capacity to make […]

Stephen Lendman (2018-06-11). Trump Brings Sticks, Not Carrots, to Summit with Kim Jong-un. globalresearch.ca US administrations don't negotiate. They demand, wanting other nations subservient to their interests. | US global political influence is waning, not growing. Yet its military strength is an ominous force to be reckoned with — armed with super-weapons, willing to do …

Jeff Danziger (2018-06-11). Flag. truthdig.com

Staff (2018-06-11). Pope Francis to Big Oil: You're Going to Hell If You Don't Go Green. truthdig.com Pope Francis on Saturday forthrightly reminded Big Oil that climate change is a moral issue. | The Pontiff quoted his Encyclical, Laudato Si, to representatives of ExxonMobil, Total, BP and many others, saying, "There is no time to lose: We received the earth as a garden-home from the Creator; let us not pass it on to future generations as a wilderness". | Unlike President Trump, the Vatican has a whole bevy of science advisers. What a comedown for Americans proud of our First Amendment and republican spirit, that the Vatican is now demonstrably more progressive than is the United State of America. | The Pope said, | "Air quality, sea levels, adequate fresh water reserves, climate control and the balance of delicate ecosystems — all are necessarily affected by the ways that human beings satisfy their "thirst" for energy, often,…

Patrick Martin (2018-06-11). Trump EPA to Shred Rules on Toxic Pollution. globalresearch.ca Featured image: Houston, Texas pollution [Photo: Michelle Rivera] | At the direction of the Trump administration, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is radically revising its method for determining health and safety risks associated with toxic chemicals, considering only the impact of …

Brad Reed, Raw Story (2018-06-11). 'He's Mentally Ill': Trump Ghostwriter Warns 'Fragile' and 'Unstable' Trump Will Continue Attacking U.S. Allies. alternet.org Tony Schwartz knows a thing or two about how Donald Trump operates. | Tony Schwartz, the ghostwriter who actually wrote "The Art of the Deal," said that President Donald Trump's wild attacks on longtime American allies will likely only grow worse. Schwartz began by saying Trump's behavior is entirely consistent with how he's behaved in the past when he's let his ego destroy personal relationships with others. "His interest is almost entirely about how he is seen or how he thinks he's seen," Schwartz explained. "And therefore his perspective is a very. . . it's wearing blinders. All he cares about right now, particularly in light of what happened at the G7, is that he can restore in his own mind his sense of self. And what's so fragile in Trump is his sense of self. "Schwartz went on to say that Trump instinctively lashes out at. . .

Jeff Mackler (2018-06-11). Reprieve for Death-Row Prisoner Kevin Cooper? counterpunch.org Executions are scheduled at one minute after midnight at San Quentin Prison, just over the San Rafael Bridge in Marin County and overlooking the San Francisco skyline. On the cold winter night of Feb. 10, 2004, death-row inmate Kevin Cooper was being fully prepped for the hereafter, dressed in a new set of clothes while More

Reza Varjavand (2018-06-11). The American Dream Is Still Alive, But Harder To Achieve. iranian.com I remember vividly when I enter the United States for the first time from Iran in 1973; it was a blustery cold day at the JFK airport in New York City. Things were quite different those days from how they are today. At that time, I was not forced to take off my jacket, belt, […]

Stephen Lendman (2018-06-11). Trade and Protectionism: Is Trump Trying to Destroy the Western Alliance? globalresearch.ca What a glorious idea. The Trumpophobic NYT ignored reality claiming it, referring to the Quebec, Canada G7 summit ending acrimoniously, the US president refusing to sign a concluding statement over trade issues. | Post-WW II, Washington constructed a Western alliance, NATO …

Edward Curtin (2018-06-11). "American Values: Lessons I Learned from My Family" by Robert F. Kennedy, Jr. globalresearch.ca When a book as fascinating, truthful, beautifully written, and politically significant as American Values: Lessons I Learned from My Family, written by a very well-known author by the name of Robert F. Kennedy, Jr. and published by a prominent publisher …

Eric Zuesse (2018-06-11). The Geostrategy that Guides Trump's Foreign Policies. globalresearch.ca According to Alastair Crooke, writing at Strategic Culture, on June 5th: | "Trump's US aims for 'domination', not through the globalists' permanent infrastructure of the US defence umbrella, but through the smart leveraging of the US dollar and financial …

Robert Fisk (2018-06-11). Lebanon's Mountains Are Being Destroyed. counterpunch.org Rarely are journalists lost for words. But how do you describe the destruction of entire mountains, the slashing down of tens of thousands of pine trees, the very shape of the landscape changed by more than 3,000 quarries which have ripped apart the geography of Lebanon and made a new map of its blessed and ancient land — More

Henry Giroux, The Conversation (2018-06-11). Scholar Henry Giroux: Trump's Relentless Lies Demand We Make Truth-Telling Great Again. alternet.org The time has come for progressives and others to develop a political language in which civic values, social responsibility and the institutions that support them become central to invigorating and fortifying a new era of civic imagination. | U. S. President Donald Trump is a serial liar who appears to exult, if not take pride, in every petty deceit, particularly if it casts him into the glare of publicity. With Trump preparing to meet with North Korea's Kim Jong Un in Singapore in a highly anticipated summit this week, it's worth a reminder: Not unlike Kim, Trump lies to hide the brutally of his cruel policies. He lies to discredit reliable sources of information and to discredit those public institutions that educate a public to create informed citizens who are able to distinguish between the truth and falsehoods. He will lie about the summit.

John Pilger (2018-06-11). The Eerie Silence Surrounding the Assange Case. globalresearch.ca In a recent communication between Randy Credico, an Assange supporter, comic and radio producer, and Adam Schiff, the ranking member on the House Judiciary Committee, Assange's fear of arrest and extradition to the US was confirmed by the …

Mark Gruenberg (2018-06-11). Sotomayor says Puerto Rico recovery "decades" away. peoplesworld.org WASHINGTON—Relying on constant communication with family and friends there, U.S. Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor says Puerto Rico's recovery from last year's smash by two hurricanes is still decades away. And, she adds, the island's difficulties are compounded by "a great deal of red tape" from the federal government. Hurricanes Irma and Maria virtually smashed […]…

Eva Bartlett (2018-06-11). Torture, Starvation, Executions: Eastern Ghouta Civilians Talk of Life Under Terrorist Rule. globalresearch.ca Featured image: The author with Douma residents | Last week I wrote about what civilians from Ghouta told me regarding unverified claims of the Syrian Army attacking them with chemicals, but they also talked about crimes committed by terrorists and the …

Donna Nevel, Truthout (2018-06-11). The Dangers of Conflating Anti-Zionism With Anti-Semitism. alternet.org Finding fault with Zionism is not the same as finding fault with Jews. | Recently, Batya Ungar-Sargon, an editor at the Forward, wrote an article about the "failings" of intersectionality, and the specific "failing" of the left to include anti-Semitism in its analysis of oppressions. She also makes claims that opposing the inclusion of Zionism in social justice movements means the exclusion of Jews. The article has serious conceptual flaws as well as factual inaccuracies that mischaracterize and do a disservice to movements for justice, and, as a result, make accusations of marginalizing Jews that are not rooted in reality. To say, as the author does in her article, that "As a paradigm, intersectionality has failed Jews" makes little sense. As a lens through which to understand multiple dimensions of power — where and how they do or don't intersect or connect —. . .

Samantha Borek (2018-06-11). Here's Why Only One in Four Women Who Have Been Sexually Harassed Tell Their Employers. truthout.org On May 30, a grand jury indicted Harvey Weinstein on charges he raped one woman and forced another to perform oral sex on him. And new allegations and lawsuits against the movie producer continue to pile up. | Since the earliest reports of his abuse came out in October, scores of women in Hollywood have taken to social media and shared their own stories of sexual assault and harassment by Weinstein. And thanks to the #MeToo movement, women in a range of professions have also found their voices heard, helping topple dozens of other once-powerful men in entertainment, media, sports, business, politics and the judiciary. | But a question #MeToo has been asking since the beginning is how will this affect the lives of women far from the high-powered worlds of Hollywood and Washington. Is this…

The Conversation (2018-06-11). What Donald Trump Doesn't Know About the War of 1812. alternet.org Donald Trump was under the mistaken impression that Canadians once burned down the White House. But he's not the only one who has a fuzzy sense of the history of the War of 1812. | President Donald Trump has defended his position that protective trade measures against Canada are necessary for reasons of national security and, in">www. cnn. com/2018/06/06/politics/war-of-1812-donald-trump-justin-. . . a phone call with Prime Minister Justin Trudeau leading up to what became a contentious G7 meeting in Quebec, told his Canadian counterpart: "Didn't you guys burn down the White House? " | After details of the May 25 phone call were leaked, the War of 1812 was actually trending">https://twitter. com/CdnEncyclopedia/status/1004429749937029120″>trending on social media. I was oddly giddy. Millions of dollars spent for bicentennial celebrations in Canada in 2012 had been incapable of achieving such attention for this little-understood war.

Human Rights Watch (2018-06-11). Medical Workers Shot in Gaza Demonstrations. hrw.org A medic looks on during a demonstration near the separation fence with Israel in southern Gaza, May 18, 2018. | © 2018 Reuters | According to the Gaza Ministry of Health, an Israeli sniper fatally shot 21-year-old paramedic Razan al-Najjar inside Gaza near the separation fence on June 1, 2018. According to a medical volunteer with al-Najjar when she was shot, al-Najjar was clearly identifiable as a medical volunteer and aiding injured demonstrators. The Israeli army has said "no shots were deliberately or directly aimed towards her." | On May 14, 2018, an Israeli sniper shot Dr. Tarek Loubani in the leg near the separation fence. He is one of 25 medical workers and first-responders injured by live fire in demonstrations in Gaza between March 30 and June 2, according to Gaza's Health…

wsws.org (2018-06-11). Trump: An American Dream—Documentary traces rise of New York real estate billionaire. wsws.org The series depicts the swamp of financial speculation, capitalist politics and degraded culture out of which Trump emerged to claim the presidency.

wsws.org (2018-06-11). Quebec City anti-G7 protest forced to "run police gauntlet" its entire route. wsws.org The massive military-style deployment in Quebec's capital underscores that Canada's ruling elite, like those of its G-7 allies, is intent on criminalizing social opposition.

wsws.org (2018-06-11). New evidence of more Australian special forces' war crimes in Afghanistan. wsws.org After years of official cover-up, a third closed-door inquiry is being conducted in an attempt to whitewash the abuses.

wsws.org (2018-06-11). This week in history: June 11-17. wsws.org 25 years ago: US military slaughters Somali civiliansOn June 11, 1993, six months after US troops landed in Somalia for the supposed purpose of feeding starving people, US warplanes reduced large parts of the capital city, Mogadishu, to rubble, while United Nations troops carried out house-to-house raids and cold-blooded massacres.

RT (2018-06-11). US issues more anti-Russia sanctions related to alleged cyber activity. rt.com Washington has imposed new sanctions against Russia. The restrictive measures that affect three individuals and five entities were introduced in response to allegations of "cyber-activity" by Moscow, according to the US Treasury.
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RT (2018-06-11). 'There's a special place in hell' for Trudeau for backstabbing Trump, White House trade adviser says. rt.com It's open season on Justin Trudeau in the Trump administration, with the White House trade council chief launching an attack on the Canadian PM, saying there is a "special place in hell" for anyone who double-crosses his boss.
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wsws.org (2018-06-11). Two refugee suicides follow Trump's "zero-tolerance" order. wsws.org The deaths are a direct consequence of the attack on refugees and immigrants ordered by the White House.

RT (2018-06-11). Eyewitness images reveal devastation of Colorado wildfires (PHOTOS, VIDEOS). rt.com Authorities have issued a forest-wide closure order in Colorado, warning residents and ramblers to stay out of the forest while the threat of wildfires remain high.
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wsws.org (2018-06-11). Videos show recent beatings committed by Mesa, Arizona, police officers. wsws.org In a press conference Friday, Police Chief Ramon Batista claimed that incidents such as these "would not be tolerated." But another whitewash is being prepared.

wsws.org (2018-06-11). Allegheny Technologies steelworker speaks out on teachers' strikes. wsws.org A longtime steelworker, and veteran of the bitter Allegheny Technologies lockout of 2015-2016, explains her support for the struggles being waged by teachers.

amnesty.org (2018-06-11). Vitalina Koval, LGBTI activist from Ukraine. amnesty.org

wsws.org (2018-06-11). The G7 summit collapses. wsws.org The acrimonious breakdown of the G7 summit gave jarring expression to the tensions ripping apart the crisis-ridden world geopolitical order.

wsws.org (2018-06-11). The pseudo-left stabs Assange in the back. wsws.org Despite initially voicing opposition to the attack on Assange, the entire gamut of the middle-class "left" has either ignored, downplayed or supported Assange's persecution.

wsws.org (2018-06-11). Spanish Socialist Party Prime Minister Sánchez appoints right-wing cabinet. wsws.org The makeup of the new cabinet indicates a restructuring of bourgeois politics even further to the right.

wsws.org (2018-06-11). Australian government has obligation to protect Julian Assange. wsws.org The Turnbull government must exercise its discretion to request from Britain the safe passage of Julian Assange to Australia.

Democracy Now! (2018-06-11). Michael Eric Dyson on NFL Protests, Malcolm Jenkins & Listening to Black Americans on Issues of Race. democracynow.org Last week Donald Trump abruptly called off a planned visit by the Super Bowl-winning Philadelphia Eagles, tweeting, "Staying in the Locker Room for the playing of our National Anthem is as disrespectful to our country as kneeling. Sorry!" While not a single Eagles player kneeled during the national anthem in the 2017 season, Eagles safety Malcolm Jenkins did protest by raising a fist during the national anthem, in what has become one of the most enduring images of the protests. Last week, Eagles safety Malcolm Jenkins silently held up a series of signs to reporters in a team locker room in response to their questions about the cancellation of the team's White House visit. For more, we speak with Michael Eric Dyson, professor, political analyst and author. His latest book is "What Truth Sounds Like: Robert F. Kennedy, James Baldwin, and Our Unfinished Conversation About Race in America."

Human Rights Watch (2018-06-11). Remembering UK's Grenfell Tower Blaze. hrw.org A year ago, the London district of North Kensington awoke to disaster. Street art in Ladbroke Grove, West London, commemorating the victims of Grenfell Tower fire, December 2017. | © 2017 Benjamin Ward/Human Rights Watch | A horrific night-time fire had ripped through Grenfell Tower, a high-rise block containing mostly social housing. It killed 71 people and a stillborn baby. It injured seventy, left hundreds homeless, and traumatized thousands. The tragedy resonates far beyond the local area. | Justice has been a key demand for the families of those who died in the June 14 blaze. The UK government has a responsibility under human rights law to investigate deaths that may be the result of a failing by the state, such as poor fire safety rules, and ensure those affected can…

RT (2018-06-11). Woman drives children in cages as 'no room in car,' gets charged after VIDEO goes viral. rt.com A Memphis grandmother has been arrested after a video went viral which appeared to show her releasing two children from animal cages in the back of her car.
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wsws.org (2018-06-11). Trump and Kim prepare for Tuesday's unpredictable summit. wsws.org No matter the results of the meeting, it will only exacerbate the underlying US conflict with China.

wsws.org (2018-06-11). More than half of Australian workers in part-time insecure employment. wsws.org Decades of job destruction have produced a "gig economy," with many young workers unlikely to ever hold a full-time job.

RT (2018-06-11). There and back again: RT looks at Facebook eyeing humans for 'fake news' check. rt.com After getting rid of its news trending team and switching to algorithms to combat fake news, Facebook seems to be back on track at hiring human news-checkers. RT looks at the twists and turns of social media giant.
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Jon Schwarz (2018-06-11). Who Cares What Trump "Gives" North Korea at the Summit? What Matters Is Preventing Him from Starting a Nuclear War. theintercept.com We should all pray that Tuesday is the beginning of long, drawn-out negotiations — whether extremely successful or empty and fruitless.

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