2018-06-12: News Headlines

Kathy Kelly (2018-06-12). A Mile in Their Shoes. counterpunch.org This past Friday in Afghanistan's Ghazni province, Hazara girls joined young Pashto boys to sing Afghanistan's national anthem as a welcome to Pashto men walking 400 miles from Helmand to Kabul. The walkers are calling on warring parties in Afghanistan to end the war. Most of the men making the journey are wearing sandals. At More

Consortiumnews.com (2018-06-12). Trump-Kim Summit Raises Cautious Hopes for Peace. consortiumnews.com The U.S. and North Korean leaders have ended their historic summit in Singapore temporarily silencing the naysayers but only time will tell whether it will bring peace to the Korean Peninsula, reports Joe Lauria. By Joe Lauria Special to Consortium… Read more →

Merula Furtado (2018-06-12). Why Antifascist and Pro-BDS Work Go Hand-in-Hand. truthout.org Shortly after presidential candidate Donald Trump's hateful rhetoric and eventual rise to power emboldened a bigoted and anti-intellectual backlash at universities across the US, several colleagues and I who are engaged in Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) tactics against the Israeli state established a national network to fight fascism on college campuses, called the Campus Antifascist Network (CAN). | Zionists attacked us soon after. They targeted us precisely because we were also active in BDS work. The conservative blog Legal Insurrection sounded the alarm: | Palumbo-Liu and [Bill] Mullen, the organizers of the campus Antifa [sic] network, are two of the most aggressive anti-Israel pro-BDS faculty members in the country. They each have long histories of demonizing Israel and supporting the academic boycott of Israel…. | The teaming of the BDS and Antifa movements is the single most dangerous development I…

Andrew Korybko (2018-06-12). The Indo-Pacific Command Is All About "Containing" China Through India. globalresearch.ca The US military rechristened its Pacific Command to the Indo-Pacific Command as a means of strongly signaling its growing interest in India and its eponymous ocean. | The importance of this development shouldn't be underestimated because it sets the strategic basis …

Chris Hedges (2018-06-12). Scapegoating Iran. iranian.com Seventeen years of war in the Middle East and what do we have to show for it? Iraq after our 2003 invasion and occupation is no longer a unified country. Its once modern infrastructure is largely destroyed, and the nation has fractured into warring enclaves. We have lost the war in Afghanistan. The Taliban is […]

Vijay Prashad (2018-06-12). The War of Hunger That Afflicts the World's Poor. counterpunch.org It is impossible to go anywhere in India without being confronted with the terrible enormity of hunger. One in two Indians goes to sleep at night without a full stomach. At the outskirts of Delhi, which was once farmland, shacks house those who work across the city. They are the people who build houses and More

Juan Cole (2018-06-12). After What Trump Did To Iran And Canada, Why Should North Korea Trust Talks With Him? iranian.com On the face of it, Trump's erratic behavior with allies and his violation of the 2015 accord on Iran's civilian nuclear enrichment program ought to give North Korea pause about negotiating with him. It does not. The Iran deal in particular was closely negotiated over the course of years. Iran gave up 90% of its […]

ZeroHedge.com (2018-06-12). Trump Suspends War Games, North Korea Agrees to Denuclearization, China Emerges Victorious. mintpressnews.com "President Trump committed to provide security guarantees to [North Korea], and Chairman Kim Jong Un reaffirmed his firm and unwavering commitment to the complete denuclearization of the Korean peninsula."

Staff (2018-06-12). North Korea Summit: Trump Says Denuclearization Must Be Verifiable. truthdig.com The U.S. president tells reporters that North Korea's denuclearization will have to be total as he prepares to head home from his historic summit with Kim Jong Un.

The Conversation (2018-06-12). Nutrition Expert Explains the Shoddy Science Behind Gwyneth Paltrow's Bogus Claim You Should 'Detox' With Charcoal Lemonade. alternet.org From gas and bloating to binding with your intestines, here are four reasons to avoid Goop's "charcoal lemonade. " | On her Goop website, Gwyneth Paltrow claimed that charcoal lemonade was one of the "best juice cleansers". That was in 2014. Today, charcoal products — from croissants to capsules — are everywhere. Even high street coffee chains have taken to selling charcoal "shots". Some vendors of these products claim that activated charcoal can boost your energy, brighten your skin and reduce wind and bloating. The main claim, though, is that these products can detoxify your body. It's easy to see where the claim that activated charcoal can detoxify the body comes from: it is used in emergency medicine to reduce the toxic load when someone has consumed poison or overdosed on medication. Charcoal binds to poison in the gastrointestinal tract and. . .

Prof Michel Chossudovsky (2018-06-12). War and Natural Gas: The Israeli Invasion and Gaza's Offshore Gas Fields. globalresearch.ca The issue of sovereignty over Gaza's gas fields is crucial…

Heather Digby Parton, Salon (2018-06-12). Donald Trump Went to North Korea for a Giant Photo-Op — And Nothing Else. alternet.org As usual, the self-congratulatory press conference he gave after the summit was downright delusional. | I hope most of you reading this had the good sense to turn on Netflix or catch up on your reading on Monday night (and Tuesday morning) rather than doing what I did: Watch the endless, tedious cable news coverage of the North Korea summit in Singapore. Over the course of many hours there were a few photo ops of Donald Trump and Kim Jong-un shaking hands, smiling, sitting across from each other at a table with staff, eating lunch and walking around the property together. Trump repeatedly said that it was a "great honor" to meet with the North Korean dictator while Kim indicated that it was hard to get there but was glad they were meeting. Before anything happened at all Trump said he was sure. . .

John Hutchison (2018-06-12). Bobby in Repose. counterpunch.org In the early morning after the 1968 California Democratic primary I was aboard a bus on my way to work. Dave Glick, a co-worker with whom I'd been staying temporarily, was next to me in a side seat up front. "Wonder who won the primary," he said absently. I nudged him to look down the More

Don Qaswa (2018-06-12). How is This Legal? counterpunch.org In the U.S. it is possible to secure a list of Superfund sites from the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) by simply writing to them. I've had my list for awhile, but just the other day I noticed something shocking. West Salem High School is an active Super Fund site located at 1776 Titan Drive in Salem, Oregon. The EPA More

Shane Quinn (2018-06-12). US Firestorming of Tokyo Rivaled the Hiroshima Bombing. globalresearch.ca Featured image: Charred remains of Japanese civilians after the firebombing of Tokyo on the night of 9—10 March 1945. (Source: Ishikawa K≈çy≈ç / Wikimedia Commons) | In the early hours of 10 March 1945, as America's heavy aircraft dropped over 1,600 …

Mark Gruenberg (2018-06-12). Recovery of Hurricane Ravaged Puerto Rico is Still "Decades" Away: Sonia Sotomayor. mintpressnews.com 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 the island's schools, hospitals, civic buildings, roads and other infrastructure to smithereens. A Harvard Medical School study recently revealed 4,645 Puerto Ricans, at a minimum, died. That's far in excess of the official death toll of 64. | The numbers, however, may understate the case. The justice said, a Puerto Rico native — who later migrated to New York City with her parents — gave a snapshot view of conditions there during an informal Q-&-A at the American Constitution Society's luncheon on June 8 in D.C.

Elizabeth Preza, AlterNet (2018-06-12). 'Very Disappointing': Ex-CIA Deputy Chief Nails Why Prior Agreements with NK Were 'Stronger' And 'More Encompassing' than Trump's. alternet.org Bruce Klinger warned the new agreement between Donald Trump and Kim Jong-un fails where a lot of former accords succeeded. | Bruce Klinger, the former Central Intelligence Agency deputy division chief for Korea, on Tuesday called Donald Trump's "historic" agreement with North Korean leader Kim Jong-un "disappointing," arguing the six-results of the party talks that took place between 2003 and 2007 were "stronger" and "more encompassing" than this new accord. Klinger, now a senior research fellow at the Heritage foundation, spent 20 tears at the CIA and Defense Intelligence Agency. In a tweet, he also expressed concern over the president's failure to mention of Complete, Verifiable and Irreversible Dismantlement (CVID), verification or human rightsThis is very disappointing. Each of the four main points was in previous documents with NK, some in a stronger, more encompassing way. The denuke bullet is weaker than. . .

Ben Norton (2018-06-12). US-Backed Coalition Bombs New Cholera Treatment Center in Yemen. mintpressnews.com The US-backed Saudi/Emirati coalition bombed a newly constructed cholera treatment center in Yemen run by Doctors without Borders. Ther attack comes as Yemen suffers through the worst cholera outbreak in recorded history.

Kevin Zeese (2018-06-12). Foundation of Anti-Imperialism. counterpunch.org 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 diplomatic hegemony. Imperialism is driven by what Rev. Martin Luther King, Jr. identified at the end of his life, the More

Dana Sinopoli (2018-06-12). Stop Border Separation of Children from Parents! counterpunch.org Open Letter from Mental Health Professionals This Open Letter was written by Dana Sinopoli and signed by over 1,100 mental health professionals and 11 organizations. We would like you to remember what it feels like to be a child. To take a moment and remember how big and sometimes scary the world felt and how, More

Rachel Leah, Salon (2018-06-12). School Valedictorian Lulabel Seitz Tried to Speak About Sexual Assault — Then Her Microphone was Cut Off. alternet.org Petaluma High School claims she went off script, but 17-year-old Lulabel Seitz believes she was silenced. | It was supposed to be one of the most joyous moments of Lulabel Seitz's life. She had earned the distinction of being the valedictorian of her class at California's Petaluma High School, and she was also the first member of her family to graduate. But, midway through her speech to her classmates and family, school administrators abruptly cut off her microphone. Seitz, 17, views this as an attempt to silence her. About four minutes into her speech on June 2, Seitz wanted to address alleged sexual assaults on campus — and what she describes as inaction by the school in its handling of the problem. But, before she could, her microphone was disconnected. "Let her speak! " some people in the audience chanted. Frustrated, and after almost a minute. . .

Andrea Germanos (2018-06-12). Survivors of Domestic and Gang Violence Will No Longer Qualify for Asylum. mintpressnews.com In just the latest addition to the Trump administration's mounting collection of "cruel" policies aimed at closing off the nation to refugees and asylum-seekers, Attorney General Jeff Sessions released a new Justice Department guidance on Monday declaring that migrants will no longer automatically qualify for asylum if they present concerns of domestic abuse or gang violence. | The U.S. is supposed to be a haven for people fleeing persecution. Asylum-seekers often face uncertainty: t.co/clmZR8uiyd | Today, Jeff Sessions overturned a key case that granted asylum to a woman who was raped, beaten by her former husband: t.co/gIqzFFx1RY | — ProPublica (@ProPublica) June 11, 2018 | "In what world does the United States turn its back on people who have suffered persecution, trauma, and extreme distress from domestic or gang violence?" said Denise Bell, a researcher for refugee and migrant…

Jared (2018-06-12). Allies of Evil. truthout.org Welcome to the new world order.

Jonathan Cook (2018-06-12). Knesset Foils Efforts to End Israeli Apartheid. globalresearch.ca For most of the seven decades after its establishment, Israel went to extraordinary lengths to craft an image of itself as a "light unto the nations". | It claimed to have "made the desert bloom" by planting forests over the razed …

Dean Baker (2018-06-12). More Crisis Mongering By People Who Insist on Not Learning the Lessons of the Housing Bubble. counterpunch.org OMG! It's the Mother of All Credit Bubbles!. That's not my line, Steven Pearlstein is beating the drums in the Washington Post telling us we should be very afraid because a number of corporations are taking on too much debt. His basic story is that corporate America is getting heavily leveraged, with many companies likely More

Samantha Borek (2018-06-12). Henry A. Giroux: Trump's Relentless Lies Demand We Make Truth-Telling Great Again. truthout.org US 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 brutality 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. He can't help himself. | The Washington Post reports that in his first 466 days in office, Trump has made more than "3,001 false or misleading statements," averaging "about nine claims a day."

Merula Furtado (2018-06-12). The False Choice Between Jailing Children and Separating Families. truthout.org The Trump administration is giving Congress an ultimatum: overturn legal limits on the incarceration of children and expand family detention, or the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) will continue to separate families who illegally cross the border. | The administration is asking Congress to roll back protections for migrant children in immigration laws to allow DHS officials to more easily jail and deport them. The changes would also make it more difficult for children to pursue asylum. | Moreover, White House officials are blaming Democrats for an increase in migrants at the border, saying their refusal to spend more on border security has given immigrants fleeing Central America incentives to enter the US without permission. "The current immigration and border crisis … are the exclusive product of loopholes in federal immigration law that Democrats refuse to close," Stephen Miller, the president's…

Merula Furtado (2018-06-12). Trump's Attacks on Health Care Threatens Treatment for People With Opioid Disorders. truthout.org Once again, the Trump administration's efforts to undermine the Affordable Care Act (ACA) are threatening to reverse progress made toward addressing the nation's opioid woes. | Last week, the administration announced it would not defend the ACA against a lawsuit filed by conservative states, and the Justice Department filed a brief asking a federal court in Texas to throw out the individual mandate to buy insurance, along with popular provisions preventing insurers from denying or charging more for coverage based on pre-existing medical conditions, including opioid use disorders. | About 130 million Americans who are too young to qualify for Medicare have a pre-existing condition, including an estimated 1.9 million living with an opioid use disorder. Despite efforts by Congress public health leaders to expand access to treatment in response to an epidemic of deadly overdoses, only a fraction of…

Stephen Lendman (2018-06-12). Net Neutrality Ends, Battle to Save It Continues. The FCC's "Restoring Internet Freedom Order" globalresearch.ca The battle for digital democracy, the last frontier of press freedom crucial to preserve, continues on a day that will live infamy. | On June 11, the FCC's Orwellian-named Restoring Internet Freedom Order took effect, giving predatory telecom and cable giants …

William Hawes (2018-06-12). American Rage. counterpunch.org "The Bonaparte dynasty represents not the revolutionary, but the conservative peasant; not the peasant who strikes out beyond the condition of his social existence, the small holding, but rather one who wants to consolidate his holding; not the countryfolk who in alliance with the towns want to overthrow the old order through their own energies, More

Cody Fenwick (2018-06-12). Rand Paul Calls War Hawk Lindsey Graham 'A Danger to the Country'. mintpressnews.com "What you've seen with Lindsey Graham is a naive worldview where he believes that war is always the answer, and that also means that expenditures for war are always the answer."

Gareth Porter (2018-06-12). How Corporate Media Got the Trump-Kim Summit All Wrong. globalresearch.ca For weeks, the corporate media have been saying that the Trump-Kim summit could have only two possible results: Either Trump will walk away angrily or Kim Jong Un will trick him into a deal in which he extracts concessions from …

Federico Pieraccini (2018-06-12). As the G-7 Implodes, SCO Meeting Confirms the New Century of Multipolarity. globalresearch.ca The historical changes we are witnessing have never been so evident as in the last few days. The G7 summit highlighted the limits of the Atlantic alliance, while the SCO meeting opens up unprecedented possibilities for Eurasian integration. | At the …

Mark Gruenberg (2018-06-12). Retiring UAW President Williams: Union stronger than four years ago. peoplesworld.org DETROIT—With growing membership, a budget back in the black and a strike fund that is rising by the year, the Auto Workers are much stronger than they were four years ago, retiring union President Dennis Williams says. And if you really want a comparison, Williams added one bombshell at the end of his keynote address […]…

Emma Fiala (2018-06-12). Keffiyeh-Clad Roger Waters Scores Point for Palestinian Cause at French Open. mintpressnews.com Waters' wearing of a keffiyeh in the pubic eye may seem a small gesture in light of the impending threat from Israel, but his actions and willingness to be vocal and engage on the topic have brought the issue to the attention of countless people.

Peter Sloan (2018-06-12). This is Not a Border Wall. counterpunch.org Last Saturday, a few hundred border residents, including myself, gathered to register our discontent with the ongoing and escalating militarized assault on the borderlands waged by the Trump administration, and by administrations before that. We assembled down in Santa Teresa, New Mexico, just west of the Port of Entry there, where federal contractorshave broken ground More

Whitney Webb (2018-06-12). Outcome of Assange Case Could Undermine the Rights of Millions. mintpressnews.com If Australia reneges on its obligations to protect Assange and fight for his rights, the implications such actions would hold for every other citizen of the country are as vast as they are chilling.

Gary Leupp (2018-06-12). "They Threw Russia Out": On Trump's Understanding of Recent History. counterpunch.org Before leaving for the G7 meeting in Quebec, President Trump made this off-hand, unexpected, ungrammatical statement to reporters: "You know, whether you like it or not — and it may not be politically correct — but we have a world to run and in the G7, which used to be the G8, they threw Russia More

Ajamu Baraka (2018-06-12). The Democrats Out-Right the Right on North Korean Summit. counterpunch.org If more proof was needed to persuade anyone that the Democrats are indeed a war party, it was provided when Senator Chuck Schumer and other Democrat leaders in the Senate engaged in a cynical stunt to stake out a position to the right of John Bolton on the summit between Trump and Kim Jong Un. More

Kevin Gosztola (2018-06-12). As Chicago Removes More Homeless Residents, a Federal Judge Dismisses Lawsuit Challenging Evictions. mintpressnews.com A federal judge dismissed a lawsuit against the city of Chicago's evictions of homeless people, even as officials continue to remove homeless people and fail to provide affordable housing. | Andy Thayer, an activist with Uptown Tent City Organizers (UTCO), requested a public assembly permit for a protest encampment at Stewart Mall after the city indicated it had plans to renovate two viaducts under Lake Shore Drive, where homeless Chicagoans lived. | This location is across from the office of the ward's city council member, James Cappleman. Organizers believed the site would offer homeless people a "highly visible location in order to protest the lack of affordable housing in the city of Chicago." | The permit was denied in March and April of 2017, and on behalf of Thayer and UTCO, the Uptown People's Law Center (UPLC) requested an injunction to prevent the…

ziyaad (2018-06-12). Palestinian artists and broadcast journalists: Boycott Eurovision 2019! bdsmovement.net Palestinian artists and broadcast journalists: Boycott Eurovision 2019! : Open Letter Cultural BoycottIsrael's regime of military occupation, settler-colonialism and apartheid is shamelessly using Eurovision as part of its official Brand Israel strategy | June 12, 2018 | By: | | Various

Noor Al-Sibai, Raw Story (2018-06-12). Watch: Customer Calls Out Lowe's for Racial Profiling After Exposing 'Inner City' Store's Controversial 'Loss Prevention' Policy. alternet.org "I want . . . some redress for the communities they have racially profiled, targeted and harassed," the customer said. | Lowe's is suspending its controversial receipt-checking protocol after a Philadelphia man exposed the racial profiling inherent in the process. Philadelphia's WHYY radio station reported that in "high-theft" stores, employees of the nationwide home improvement chain were instructed to check customer's receipts for proof of purchase. That tactic was at the center of a complaint publicized by black customer Will Mega, who found it odd that receipt-checkers stationed at exits went through all the items he purchased at a West Philadelphia Lowe's when he'd paid for them mere feet away. The protocol led Mega to conduct a social experiment: He went to a Lowe's in Haverford, a Philly suburb about a mile from his home. Upon exit, he asked his cashier if he'd need. . .

Samantha Borek (2018-06-12). TransCanada's New "Best-in-Class" Gas Pipeline Explodes in West Virginia, Causing Fiery Blast. truthout.org Last week, residents of Marshall County, West Virginia, awoke at 4: 15 a.m. to a major natural gas rupture and explosion on TransCanada's Leach XPress pipeline on Nixon Ridge — a quickly built pipeline only half a year old. | The fire was visible for miles, local TV news reported. Police warned anyone who could see the flames to evacuate — and the Emergency Management Agency director of neighboring Ohio County said officials had received dozens of 911 calls from locals able to see the fire, which was extinguished roughly four hours later. The blast was so powerful that one resident told a local CBS affiliate it felt like a tornado was passing through. | No one was injured, and no property damage was reported, TransCananda said in a statement released last week, adding that the cause of the explosion was not…

Binoy Kampmark (2018-06-12). Elite Atrocities: Australia's Special Forces in Afghanistan. counterpunch.org "Further into the Afghanistan mission, after multiple deployments, soldiers began to refer to members going 'up the Congo'." — Chris Masters, The Sydney Morning Herald, Jun 9, 2018 They operate with impunity in areas already deemed lawless by their civilising superiors. Afghanistan, derided as a country of anarchic sensibilities, was never going to be a More

Ron Jacobs (2018-06-12). Petulance as Statecraft: Trump Does Canada. counterpunch.org When it comes to Donald Trump, I tend to ignore his self-centered shenanigans. I figure the substance (when there is any) will become apparent later when his staff clarifies the mad king's meaning. However, the recent series of events around the G-7 were something beyond the norm. This is especially true when one notes that John Bolton was by Trump's side when the now infamous picture of him sitting across the table from much of the rest of the capitalist world with his arms folded and an angry look on his face was taken. The combination of Trump and Bolton is a dangerous one. Bolton's demonic designs for world conquest have always been part of the neocon program, but other powers have held his most maniacal plans in check. Donald Trump is less likely to do so and John Bolton knows this. One can be sure he is already plotting how to start the next war. More

Samantha Borek (2018-06-12). An Employer Can Unilaterally Force Employees Into Secret Arbitration Systems. truthout.org Janine Jackson: Just as the #MeToo movement demonstrates the power of solidarity in fighting workplace harassment, a Supreme Court ruling aims to force individuals with workplace complaints back into isolation. In Epic Systems v. Lewis, the Court's conservative majority ruled that lower courts have to enforce individual arbitration clauses in employment contracts, which means that workers have to address complaints not through the courts, but in closed-door, one-on-one proceedings. | The ruling affects millions of people on the most fundamental level, but it didn't get a great deal of explanatory press coverage. Joining us now to discuss what the ruling could mean, and how we can resist its impact, is Joanne Doroshow, founder and executive director of the Center for Justice and Democracy, and cofounder of Americans for Insurance Reform. She's also adjunct professor at New…

Ajamu Baraka (2018-06-12). The Democrats Out-Right the Right on North Korean Summit. globalresearch.ca If more proof was needed to persuade anyone that the Democrats are indeed a war party, it was provided when Senator Chuck Schumer and other Democrat leaders in the Senate engaged in a cynical stunt to stake out a position …

Amanda Marcotte, Salon (2018-06-12). NRA's Nutty Florida Questionnaire Suggests Gun Lobby's Power May Be Slipping. alternet.org Is God against gun control? Unhinged Florida questionnaire suggests the NRA may be in a downward spiral | The National Rifle Association (NRA) in Florida, under the state leadership of long-time lobbyist Marion Hammer, has had a death grip on power in state politics for years, even decades. But after two of the most high-profile mass shootings in American history, the Orlando nightclub shooting two years ago this week and the Parkland high school shooting in February — which collectively led to the deaths of 66 people and injured another 70 — the political tide may be turning against America's biggest gun lobby. In March the nearly unthinkable happened when Gov. Rick Scott, a Republican, signed a bill passed by the Republican-controlled Florida legislature that actually bucked the NRA by passing a modest set of restrictions on gun. . .

wsws.org (2018-06-12). As constitution convention opens, UAW promotes Trump's trade war and remains silent on corruption scandal. wsws.org Remarkably, the lengthy report by UAW President Dennis Williams did not once refer to the corruption scandal ravaging the union.

RT (2018-06-12). Florida hostage-taker kills 4 children, commits suicide after 21-hour standoff with police. rt.com Four young children held hostage by a felon were discovered dead following a 21-hour standoff that began after the suspect shot an Orlando police officer in the face. |
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wsws.org (2018-06-12). US and North Korea strike a deal in Singapore. wsws.org Trump's meeting with Kim Jong-un will heighten already sharp tensions between the US and China.

wsws.org (2018-06-12). Australian public high school teachers support campaign to free Julian Assange. wsws.org Socialist Equality Party member Will Marshall moved a resolution in defence of Assange at Footscray City College.

wsws.org (2018-06-12). US Justice Department seizes New York Times reporter's records in leak investigation. wsws.org The DOJ seized telephone and electronic communications records belonging to journalist Ali Watkins during an investigation into suspected leaks of classified information emanating from the Senate Intelligence Committee.

Democracy Now! (2018-06-12). Prof. Bruce Cumings: U.S. Bombing in Korea More Destructive Than Damage to Germany, Japan in WWII. democracynow.org President Trump's historic meeting with North Korean leader Kim Jong-un follows another historic meeting only weeks earlier between Kim and South Korean leader Moon Jae-in, where the two leaders agreed to work to formally end the Korean War. After Tuesday's summit in Singapore, Trump called the Korean War "an extremely bloody conflict" and expressed hope that the war would soon formally end. For more, we speak with University of Chicago historian Bruce Cumings, author of several books on Korea, including "Korea's Place in the Sun: A Modern History" and "North Korea: Another Country."

Democracy Now! (2018-06-12). Trump Vows to End "Provocative" War Games on Korean Peninsula After Historic Summit with Kim Jong-un. democracynow.org President Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong-un have wrapped up a historic summit pledging to work toward complete denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula, with President Trump announcing the end of U.S.-South Korean war games. The summit marked the first-ever meeting between a sitting U.S. president and a North Korean leader. For more, we speak with investigative journalist Tim Shorrock in Singapore.

amnesty.org (2018-06-12). Vitalina Koval, LGBTI activist from Ukraine. amnesty.org

RT (2018-06-12). Trump meets Kim: Diplomacy driven by personal touch. rt.com Whatever the outcome of the Singapore summit between US President Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong-un, it has already made history. Experts give RT insight on what lies beneath all the speculation and spin.
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wsws.org (2018-06-12). Demands grow that Australian government act to free Julian Assange. wsws.org Assange's lawyer Jennifer Robinson insisted that the Turnbull government can and must intervene on behalf of the WikiLeaks editor.

wsws.org (2018-06-12). Italian government turns away ship with 629 refugees aboard. wsws.org A decree by the new right-wing Italian government has prevented a ship with more than 600 refugees from landing in Italy. It is the result of the entire EU refugee policy.

wsws.org (2018-06-12). The dissolution of ETA: A political balance sheet of Basque nationalism—Part one. wsws.org This is the first part of a three-part series on the Basque separatist group, ETA (Euskadi Ta Askatasuna—Basque Homeland and Freedom), announcing its dissolution.

wsws.org (2018-06-12). Trump administration rescinds right to asylum for victims of gangs and domestic violence. wsws.org The decision is a legal travesty and will result in the rejection of thousands of asylum applications.

wsws.org (2018-06-12). Recriminations, threats between US and allies continue after collapse of G7 summit. wsws.org The level of acrimony and division following the unprecedented failure of the latest in a long line of summits points to a fundamental and irreparable breakdown of the post-World War II economic order.

Human Rights Watch (2018-06-12). Time to Get Kids out of Hazardous Workplaces. hrw.org A child walks between bales of tobacco on an auction floor in Harare, Zimbabwe. | © 2017 Tsvangirayi Mukwazhi/AP Photo | Today is the World Day Against Child Labor, and this year's theme highlights the global need to improve the health and safety of young workers and eradicate hazardous child labor. | Worldwide, about 85 million children work in hazardous conditions. The International Labour Organization (ILO) estimates a staggering 22,000 children are killed at work every year. Children who work often miss out on an education, and studies show they are less likely to find decent-paying jobs as adults. Human Rights Watch has documented the risks child workers face in agriculture, mining, the apparel industry, and other sectors. | On tobacco farms in Zimbabwe, Indonesia, and the…

RT (2018-06-12). 'Only in Florida': Gator rambles across airport runway, shocks plane passengers (VIDEO). rt.com Passengers onboard a plane landing in Florida were reportedly delayed by a plucky alligator, who was spotted crossing the tarmac at Orlando International Airport. |
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amnesty.org (2018-06-12). Team Brave: Defending human rights in Russia. amnesty.org

wsws.org (2018-06-12). Parents of 43 disappeared Mexican students demand reopening of investigation. wsws.org A panel of judges found that the original investigation of the Ayotzinapa case was incomplete and fraudulent.

RT (2018-06-12). 'Nobody goes for vegetables': KFC's 'vegetarian chicken' polarizes opinions (POLL). rt.com The company's entire business model rests on the greasy goodness of fried chicken, but American franchise KFC is preparing to ditch the fowl in favor of a vegetarian option.
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wsws.org (2018-06-12). Lockout at Quebec aluminum smelter enters sixth month. wsws.org The workers are determined to resist ABI's concessions demands. But the Steelworkers union is adamantly opposed to making their struggle a rallying point for opposition to the big business assault on jobs, wages and working conditions.

Democracy Now! (2018-06-12). Headlines for June 12, 2018. democracynow.org In Historic Summit, Trump & Kim Jong-un Pledge to Pursue Denuclearization of Korean Peninsula, Jeff Sessions: Domestic & Gang-Based Violence Will No Longer Be Grounds for Asylum, Honduran Asylum Seeker Who Died by Suicide After Being Separated from Child Was Fleeing Violence, "Systemic Traumatization": Psychologists Slam Policy of Separating Families at Border, Supreme Court Rules 5-4 to Uphold Ohio's Decision to Purge Voting Rolls, Dozens Arrested Nationwide at 5th Week of Poor People's Campaign Protests, Ivanka Trump & Jared Kushner Earned $82M While Working at White House Last Year, Yemen: U.S.-Backed Saudi Coalition Bombs Doctors Without Borders Cholera Clinic, Syria: Nearly 1 Million People Internally Displaced During First 4 Months of 2018, Vietnam: Over 100 People Detained Protesting Special Economic Zones, Naples Mayor Condemns Italy's Decision to Turn Away Refugee Boat as "Crime Against Humanity", Education Dept. Probing Handling of Sexual Abuse Claims Against USC Gynecologist…

wsws.org (2018-06-12). Supreme Court upholds Ohio purge of registered voters. wsws.org The Court's 5-4 decision is the latest in a series rubber-stamping efforts by Republican-controlled state governments to reduce turnout among minority and low-income voters.

Zaid Jilani (2018-06-12). Elizabeth Warren: "There Are Not Enough … Democrats Willing to Take On the Billionaire Class" theintercept.com Earlier this year, 17 Senate Democrats joined every Senate Republican in voting to weaken bank regulations put in place after the 2008 financial crisis. | The most strident opponent of these changes was Massachusetts Democratic Sen. Elizabeth Warren. A former bank bailout oversight chief and longtime expert on financial issues, Warren explicitly excoriated her Democratic colleagues for supporting the changes in a last-bid effort to stop them. It is rare for a member of Congress to openly castigate members of their party over a high-profile vote. | In an interview with The Intercept's Mehdi Hasan for his Deconstructed podcast, Warren at first avoided criticizing her Democratic colleagues when asked about that vote. | "So on the bankers' front, we have the Dodd-Frank law. Ten years on from the financial crash, parts of it are repealed in a vote…

RT (2018-06-12). 'Danger to our country': US senator blasts fellow Republican over North Korea. rt.com Senator Lindsey Graham (R-South Carolina) is a "danger to the country" for suggesting a US war against North Korea, said his colleague Rand Paul (R-Kentucky) as Americans waited for the historic summit in Singapore.
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wsws.org (2018-06-12). Mass layoffs announced at French retail giant Carrefour. wsws.org Carrefour announced last week that it would close down 272 stores it purchased from the Dia retail chain, laying off thousands of workers.

wsws.org (2018-06-12). Workers Struggles: the Americas. wsws.org The World Socialist Web Site invites workers and other readers to contribute to this regular feature…

Democracy Now! (2018-06-12). Rep. Ro Khanna: If U.S.-North Korea Summit Happened Under Obama, Democrats Would Be Cheering. democracynow.org As President Trump prepared for his historic summit meeting with North Korean leader Kim Jong-un, Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer and other top Democrats penned a letter last week threatening to maintain or even strengthen sanctions against North Korea if Trump did not ensure that the country completely dismantle all of its nuclear, chemical and biological weapons. The lawmakers wrote, "Any deal that explicitly or implicitly gives North Korea sanctions relief for anything other than the verifiable performance of its obligations to dismantle its nuclear and missile arsenal is a bad deal." Progressives have blasted the letter for its hardline stance. Fifteen Democratic congressmembers, including Ro Khanna of California, penned a letter to President Trump, writing, "diplomacy is the only path to resolve the tensions between our countries." In Washington, D.C., we are joined by Rep. Ro Khanna.

Glenn Greenwald (2018-06-12). Glenn Greenwald Interviews Democratic Primary Challenger Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez of New York. theintercept.com Congressman Joe Crowley, D-N.Y., now seeking his 10th term, has been in the U.S. House of Representatives since 1999. It has been 14 years since Crowley has faced a primary challenge, thus receiving the Democratic Party nomination automatically every two years since 2004. | During that time, Crowley has risen to the top ranks of the party's House leadership, becoming chair of the House Democratic Caucus, and has simultaneously consolidated his iron-clad control over the Queens Democratic Party machine through increasing amounts of corporate donors as well as his position as chair of the Queens Democratic Party. | This power has earned him the name "King of Queens," and he has become the classic New York machine boss, having obtained both his 1990s seat on the New York City Council and his seat in Congress through a combination of dynastic…

wsws.org (2018-06-12). The Guardian mounts defence of British government lies over Skripals. wsws.org The Guardian is acutely aware of the widespread and entirely healthy scepticism towards anything the government says on the Skripal case.

RT (2018-06-12). Trump says Kim Jong-un accepted his invitation to the White House (VIDEO). rt.com North Korea's Leader Kim Jong-un has agreed to visit the White House, according to US President Donald Trump.
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wsws.org (2018-06-12). The end of net neutrality: The US ruling elite escalates campaign of internet censorship. wsws.org The move marks a major milestone in the efforts of the US intelligence agencies, technology monopolies, and both political parties to undermine free speech.

RT (2018-06-12). 'I knew things were gonna change': Rodman cries and plugs crypto in bizarre interview about N Korea. rt.com The internet reacted with all its usual wit and invention as former NBA star, and self-styled diplomat, Dennis Rodman turned in a bizarre TV appearance following the meeting of Donald Trump and Kim Jong-un.
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RT (2018-06-12). 'Get a picture so we look thin': Twitter roasts Trump over summit lunch gaffe (VIDEO). rt.com The look on his face perhaps said it all: Kim Jong-un appeared bemused, aghast and utterly galled by Donald Trump's call for photographers to make both men look "nice, handsome and thin" prior to their working lunch in Singapore.
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Democracy Now! (2018-06-12). A New Day for the Korean Peninsula: Christine Ahn Hails Denuclearization Pledge & New Peace Process. democracynow.org On Tuesday, President Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong-un sat down for two hours in private, with only their two interpreters, for a historic summit held in Singapore. In a joint statement following the meeting, Trump and Kim pledged to recover the remains of American prisoners of war and those missing in action from the Korean War. The commitment was one of four plans outlined by the leaders after their historic summit, where they promised to work toward complete denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula. For more, we're joined by Christine Ahn, founder and international coordinator of Women Cross DMZ, a global movement of women mobilizing to end the Korean War.

wsws.org (2018-06-12). Australian workers and youth back June 17 Sydney rally in defence of Julian Assange. wsws.org "Assange is a symbol of freedom of speech and justice for ordinary people. It is critical that we free him."

Cody Fenwick, AlterNet (2018-06-11). 'We Will Have a Terrific Relationship': Trump Calls It an 'Honor' to Meet North Korea's Dictator Kim Jong-un. alternet.org Trump gave no sign of concern for the dictator's abuse of his people and extreme violations of human rights. | In a meeting that was both historic and deeply troubling, President Donald Trump praised North Korean leader Kim Jong-un as "honorable" and spoke optimistically about the prospect of working together. But as they met in the relative serenity and peace at a Singaporean resort, Trump made no mention of the dictator's oppression of his own people, his lawless regime that has killed Americans, or the extraordinary level of human rights abuses that continue under his watch. "We will have a terrific relationship, I have no doubt," Trump said. Kim's comments, as told through a translator, were somewhat more measured. "Well, it was not easy to get here," he said. "The past worked as fetters on our limbs, and the old prejudices and practices worked as obstacles. . .

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. . .

Samantha Borek (2018-06-11). Inside the Public Health Crisis of Rising Suicide Rates in the United States. truthout.org A new report by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has found the US suicide rate rose by 25 percent over the past two decades. Topping the list was North Dakota, where suicides have risen by 57 percent from 1999 levels. Suicide is the 10th leading cause of death in the United States. For more, we speak with Dr. J. John Mann about this public health crisis. He is a psychiatry professor at Columbia University, a division director at the New York State Psychiatric Institute and a past president of the International Academy of Suicide Research and the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention. | TRANSCRIPT: | AMY GOODMAN: A new report by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has found the US suicide rate rose by 25 percent over the past two decades. Topping the list was North Dakota,…

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

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…

Samantha Borek (2018-06-11). Giving a Pass to Anti-Muslim Bigotry. truthout.org Imagine that a nominee for secretary of state had shared platforms with white nationalist Richard B. Spencer and been given a major award by his National Policy Institute, which describes itself as "an independent organization dedicated to the heritage, identity, and future of people of European descent in the United States and around the world." With that on his record, is it likely the nominee would have been confirmed, or nominated in the first place, to head the State Department? | Or what if someone under consideration for a top White House job had written an admiring foreword for a book by Holocaust denier David Irving or perhaps one by the psychologist and alt-right sympathizer Kevin MacDonald, who describes Jews as " a hostile, adversary elite" conducting "ethnic war" against Christianity and "traditional institutions of European-American culture"?

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

Hatewatch Staff (2018-06-11). In Romania, Alliance Defending Freedom works with allies tied to far-right Christian nationalism and white supremacy. splcenter.org On Tuesday, June 5, the day after the anti-LGBT hate group Alliance Defending Freedom (ADF) celebrated a narrow victory in the U.S. Supreme Court representing a baker who refused service to a gay couple, ADF's international arm took to Twitter to denounce a landmark decision by the Court of Justice of the European Union (CJEU).

Hunter, Daily Kos (2018-06-11). Trump Plans to Ignore North Korea's Human Rights Abuses in Summit with Dictator. alternet.org The totalitarian leader seems to be facing no responsibility for his horrific abuses. | Well of course Trump isn't going to bring up human rights when meeting with the North Korean dictator. That'd be insulting to the nuclear rogue state, and Trump is only insulting to U. S. allies, not dictators. But two administration officials tell NBC News the U. S. has decided not to bring up human rights at the summit. And Trump has made clear he would be willing to offer security guarantees and financial aid to Kim if he gives up his nuclear arsenal. Just to refresh the national memory, an American college student recently died after being subjected to brutal treatment in a North Korean prison, one of hundreds of thousands to suffer violence and abuse by the family-run dictatorship. Trump made a big blustering deal of it. . .

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

David Badash, The New Civil Rights Movement (2018-06-11). Top State Department Spokesperson Tried to Troll CNN — And It Failed Spectacularly. alternet.org In a ridiculous tweet, Heather Nauert tried to troll Trump's least-favorite news outlet | The President of the United States is at an important summit in Singapore, supposedly negotiating nuclear disarmament (or trying to) with North Korean dictator Kim Jong-un. Trump himself blasted U. S. allies for what he claimed was a lack of support and for not focusing on his talks, but Trump's own State Dept. spokesperson apparently didn't get the memo. In a ridiculous tweet Heather Nauert tried to troll Trump's least-favorite news outlet, possibly in an attempt to curry favor with her boss's boss. Hey @cnn where was @Potus today? Meeting with his national security team and greeting our dedicated embassy colleagues from US Embassy Singapore! Without them, #SingaporeSummit wouldn't be possible. pic. twitter. com/WO6lCMTMRD— Heather Nauert (@statedeptspox) June 11, 2018Apparently from Singapore, Nauert tweeted what appears. . .

Cody Fenwick, AlterNet (2018-06-11). 'They Could Have Skyped': MSNBC's Nicolle Wallace Mocks Trump for Tamping Down Expectations Ahead of North Korea Summit. alternet.org Trump's goals for the summit have been all over the map. | As President Donald Trump heads to his summit with North Korean leader Kim Jong-un, expectations for the meeting are all over the place. MSNBC's Nicolle Wallace pointed out Monday that Trump himself now seems to be setting up expectations to be pretty low — especially after the disastrous G-7 meeting last week. "Fresh off the heels of a diplomatic debacle in Canada in which Donald Trump managed to clash with some of America's oldest and closest allies, Trump is trying his luck with one of America's adversaries, Kim Jong-un, in the hope that upon meeting Donald Trump, Kim will agree to denuclearize the Korean peninsula," Wallace said on her show "Deadline: White House. " "That's the stated goal of America's Secretary of State Mike Pompeo: The complete and verifiable denuclearization of North. . .

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 …

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, […]

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 …

Global Research News (2018-06-11). Selected Articles: G7 Summit — Another Trump Reality Shows? globalresearch.ca Global Research is a small team that believes in the power of information and analysis to bring about far-reaching societal change including a world without war. | Truth in media is a powerful instrument. As long as we keep probing, asking …

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