2018-06-13: News Headlines

Thomas Altfather Good (2018-06-13). New York nurses rally for safe staffing ratios. peoplesworld.org STATEN ISLAND, N.Y. — The New York State Nurses Association rallied outside Staten Island University Hospital on Sunday demanding the state government in Albany pass the "Safe Staffing for Quality Care Act." On yet another rainy day in New York City. NYSNA members and their supporters stood outside SIUH's North Campus, umbrellas in hand and […]…

Thomas Knapp (2018-06-13). North Korea: Pelosi Versus Peace. counterpunch.org Which is worse: The specter of nuclear war, or giving US president Donald Trump credit for a significant diplomatic accomplishment? In her official statement on Trump's Singapore summit with North Korea's Kim Jong-un, US House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi makes it clear that a few million incinerated human beings are a small price to pay More

Eldar Mamedov (2018-06-13). Iran Deal As A Question Of European Sovereignty. iranian.com As President Donald Trump was celebrating his four-point declaration of intentions on the "denuclearization of the Korean peninsula" with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un in Singapore, EU foreign policy chief Federica Mogherini was addressing the European Parliament on the consequences of the US withdrawal from a real working nuclear agreement: the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) with […]

Russell Mokhiber (2018-06-13). Predatory Gambling in the USA. counterpunch.org Les Bernal is working on a ranking of the states with the worst predatory gambling problems. He hasn't completed it yet. But he gave us a sneak preview. Bernal is the national director of the public interest group Stop Predatory Gambling. If he were to call it right now, which would be the five worst More

Arshad Khan (2018-06-13). The Plight of Birds and the Hand of Man in the Sixth Great Extinction. counterpunch.org As birds become fewer, wildflowers vanish, butterflies disappear, and animals in the wild are threatened, extinction and a grim future haunts. How often did Rumi write about birdsong … there is a reason. Nature revives the spirit. June 5th was World Environment Day. A UN outreach program hosted by a different country each year, it is More

Thomas Knapp (2018-06-13). Let's Call the Farm Bill What it is: Corporate Welfare. counterpunch.org Zippy Duvall, president of the American Farm Bureau Federation, doesn't want the Agriculture Improvement Act of 2018 — the "Farm Bill" — used as a political bargaining chip. "Our nation's farmers and ranchers are not pawns in a political game," he writes. "They are the lifeblood of our nation." Duvall's claims might be more convincing More

Staff (2018-06-13). Voters Reject GOP's Rep. Sanford After Trump Points to 2009 Love Scandal. truthdig.com Rep. Mark Sanford, a vocal critic of President Donald Trump, lost his South Carolina congressional seat Tuesday hours after the president injected himself into the bitter Republican primary by stoking memories of the incumbent's public extramarital affair [in 2009]. | In the most dramatic result in primaries across five states, Sanford was the second incumbent House Republican to lose a primary this year — the latest victim of intense divisions among the GOP in the Trump era. Though he has a generally conservative voting record, his criticism of Trump as unworthy and culturally intolerant made him a target of the president's most dedicated supporters, who often elevate loyalty over policy. | Sanford was defeated by state Rep. Katie Arrington, who spent her campaign blasting Sanford as a "Never Trumper." And hours before polls closed, Trump posted a startlingly personal attack on Twitter, calling…

Anthony Tarrant (2018-06-13). Gaza and the Psychopaths. counterpunch.org Psychopathic Adjective 1. Suffering from or constituting a chronic mental disorder with abnormal or violent behavior. This is Oxford's best shot at describing a condition I feel quite comfortable framing within its succinct parameters the State of Israel, the vast majority of its population — if the analysis of Max Blumenthal and Norman Finkelstein mean More

Lawrence Wittner (2018-06-13). Who Benefits from the "Booming Economy"? counterpunch.org Although the U.S. mass media are awash with stories about America's "booming economy," the benefits are distributed very unequally, when they are distributed at all. Buoyed by soaring corporate profits and stock prices, the richest Americans have reached new and dazzling heights of prosperity. As of May 2018, the growing crop of billionaires included corporate More

Juan Cole (2018-06-13). Top 8 Ways Iran Deal Was Way Better Than Trump's North Korea Commitment. iranian.com 1. Trump met with and embraced Kim Jong Un, a brutal dictator. Obama never met with Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, never joked around with him, never got friendly with him. 2. During his meeting in Singapore with Kim, Trump committed to cancelling joint military exercises with South Korea in two months. Obama did not cancel any […]

Hamed Jafari (2018-06-13). Google Blocks Iranian Businesses From Accessing Its Map Services. iranian.com On June 8th, a number of Iranian online businesses reported that they have been banned from using Google Maps Services. After investigating the situation, we found out that Google has blocked the IR domains which use Google Maps' API. The reason behind this ban seems to be the new changes made in Google's pricing and […]

Andrew Korybko (2018-06-13). What Does It Really Matter If NATO Won't Help Israel Against Iran? iranian.com NATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg articulated the bloc's policy during an interview with the German publication Der Spiegel, explaining that Israel isn't a member of the alliance and therefore ineligible to receive multilateral mutual defense commitments from it. This came as a shock for some people who had hitherto assumed that the organization would take Israel's side in […]

Gary Leupp (2018-06-13). The "Ugh!" Heard Round the World: Mika Brzezinski on the Kim-Trump Summit. counterpunch.org Morning Joe on MSNC, Tuesday morning. Ugh, she says. Donald Trump and Kim Jong Un just had a successful Singapore summit resulting in a signed statement lifting the specter of war from the Korean peninsula. And MSNBC's Mika Brzezinski says Ugh. He's a dictator! Trump praised him for his "talent." Ugh. Can we trust the North Koreans? More

Jonathan Cook (2018-06-13). Knesset Foils Efforts to End Israeli Apartheid. counterpunch.org 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 houses of 750,000 Palestinians it exiled in 1948. Soldiers in the "most moral army in the world" reputedly cried as they were compelled to shoot Palestinian "infiltrators" trying to return home. And all this occurred in what Israelis claimed was the Middle East's "only democracy". More

George Wuerthner (2018-06-13). How Fuel Breaks Actually Fuel Wildfires (and Spread Invasive Weeds). counterpunch.org This past winter, the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) began preparing two Environmental Impact Statements to review the environmental consequences of creating a region-wide series of "fuel breaks" that will add thousands of miles of new linear pathways across the Great Basin portion of Nevada, Idaho, Oregon and Utah. The goal of fuel breaks is More

Staff (2018-06-13). The Devastating Cost of Fossil Fuel Investment. truthdig.com European and Chinese scientists have identified a simple new way to become poor: fossil fuel investment. Not only could it leave you without a penny to your name. It could perhaps precipitate a global financial crash within one generation. | Coal, oil and natural gas are already huge investments. The International Energy Agency foresees price rises until 2040, and investor confidence is high. But researchers from the Netherlands, the UK and Macao don't see it that way. | They warn in the journal Nature Climate Change that, whatever the markets think, and whatever governments do, change is on the way. | Other forces are now driving global power and transportation in directions that suggest a dramatic decline in demand for fossil reserves. These will become what the money markets call "stranded assets", and their value will slump some time…

Mike Luckovich (2018-06-13). Buttons. truthdig.com

Kweli Nzito (2018-06-13). A Tale of Two Bigotries: World Football and American Football. counterpunch.org The US, is a country whose national sport is almost uniquely American — American football. At the international level, Canada, Mexico, and Japan are regarded as 2ndtier, while Austria, Germany, and France rank as 3rdtier. All of these countries rank far below the United States. But American arrogance is in full display when labeling local champions More

George Ochenski (2018-06-13). Crackdown in Yellowstone. counterpunch.org Under the cover of "reorganization," Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke has pulled the rug out from under Dan Wenk, the highly respected superintendent of Yellowstone National Park. Citing no reasons, Zinke reassigned Wenk to Trump's swamp in Washington, D.C. — which is not a national park. Wenk, finding no reason to join the swamp, announced he would More

Dean Baker (2018-06-13). Robert Samuelson Tells Us About the Cowardice of the Pundit Class. counterpunch.org Not deliberately of course, but he once again used his column to demand that Congress take steps to cut Social Security and Medicare. He denounced the politicians who don't share his agenda of making the lives of seniors harder as "cowards." Okay, nothing unusual here. But let's take a step back into reality. The economy More

Tehran Times (2018-06-13). "Dressage" Receives Two Nominations At Shanghai Filmfest. iranian.com Iranian director Puya Badkubeh's debut drama "Dressage" has been nominated for best film while the film's star Negar Moqaddam received a nomination for best actress at the 21st Shanghai International Film and TV Festival, the organizers have announced. The film is competing in the Asian New Talent Award section of the festival, which will be […]

Kenneth Surin (2018-06-13). The Official Inquiry Into London's Grenfell Tower Fire. counterpunch.org Photo by Guido van Nispen | CC BY 2.0 | The official inquiry into London's high-rise Grenfell Tower fire is now underway. The blaze occurred on June 14, 2017 and killed 72 people. Most such official inquiries end-up being a whitewash, and so far, this one has displayed some worrying signs regarding this prospect. | At root for the inquiry are two general sets of considerations: (1) the immediate emergency response to the conflagration and what transpired subsequently; and (2) the causes and conditions, primarily political and bureaucratic, which made a disaster on this scale possible. Given existing circumstances, was the fire foreseeable? Could it have been avoided, and could more have been done to put preventive measures in place? | The available evidence indicates that none of the firefighters was really equipped to reach the victims of the Grenfell Tower fire,…

Ali Nejad (2018-06-13). Iran Crushes France 7-0 In Blind Football World Cup. iranian.com Iran's national blind men's soccer team crushed France 7-0 in its group B match at the Spain Blind Football World Cup on Sunday in Madrid, Spain. The Persian footballers were led by Sadeq Rahimi with a hat-trick. He scored three goals in the 16th, 35th, and 37th minutes. Hossein Rajabpour netted the ball twice for […]

amnesty.org (2018-06-13). Honduras: Authorities are denying due process to people arrested during post-election protests. amnesty.org Honduran authorities have continued to violate the human rights of people arrested during last year's post-election protests by denying their right to due process and holding them in inhumane conditions, said Amnesty International in a report released today. | Protest prohibited: Use of force and arbitrary detentions to suppress dissent in Honduras documents how the authorities used excessive force and arbitrary or prolonged pre-trial detention, among other measures, to suppress the wave of demonstrations that followed the elections on 26 November 2017 and to discourage further dissent. | "Not only did Honduran security forces use excessive force to repress peaceful protesters in the immediate aftermath of last year's contested election; the state then held detainees in deplorable conditions for months on end while denying their rights to due process and an adequate defence," said Erika Guevara-Rosas, Americas Director at Amnesty International.

wsws.org (2018-06-13). After G7 summit, Merkel calls for European rearmament. wsws.org German Chancellor Angela Merkel declared that Germany "must promote our principles and values in Europe, potentially in alliance with Canada or Japan"

wsws.org (2018-06-13). Court sanction of AT&T-Time Warner merger strengthens corporate grip on news and entertainment. wsws.org Coming just one day after the termination of net neutrality, the federal court ruling sets the stage for the further consolidation of monopoly control and suppression of oppositional points of view.

wsws.org (2018-06-13). The Singapore summit and the growing war threat. wsws.org The meeting between Trump and Kim heralds not a new era of peace in Northeast Asia, but rather the continuing shakeup of the global geopolitical order that is paving the way to war.

wsws.org (2018-06-13). Las Vegas casino workers to vote on sellout deals. wsws.org The Culinary Workers Union is pushing through contracts with Caesars and MGM without giving casino workers time to read and study the agreements before voting June 14 and 19.

wsws.org (2018-06-13). Artists Tony Garnett, Davide Dormino and Costantino Ciervo demand freedom for Julian Assange. wsws.org Film and TV producer Tony Garnett said defending Julian Assange "is part of the fight for freedom, for the rights of the individual against state oppression."

wsws.org (2018-06-13). The dissolution of ETA: A political balance sheet of Basque nationalism—Part two. wsws.org This is the second part of a three-part series on the Basque separatist group ETA (Euskadi Ta Askatasuna—Basque Homeland and Freedom) announcing its dissolution.

wsws.org (2018-06-13). The oligarchy rules: Amazon and corporations veto Seattle homelessness tax. wsws.org It took just four weeks for the Democratic Party-controlled city council to completely capitulate to the campaign by Amazon and other corporations.

wsws.org (2018-06-13). "Workers all over the world need to unite together" wsws.org Some 1,500 Auto workers are set to be laid off June 22 at the General Motors assembly plant in Lordstown, Ohio.

wsws.org (2018-06-13). Germany's Left Party embraces policies of far-right AfD. wsws.org The Left Party's congress, which took place in Leipzig over the weekend, was dominated by a bitter conflict over refugee policy.

amnesty.org (2018-06-13). Honduras: Prohibido protestar: Uso de la fuerza y detenciones arbitrarias como estrategia para reprimir la disidencia en Honduras. amnesty.org Las fuerzas de seguridad hondureñas hicieron uso excesivo de la fuerza para reprimir las manifestaciones que surgieron después de las elecciones del 29 de noviembre de 2017, y detuvieron a cientos de personas. Varias de ellas enfrentan procesos penales por supuestos delitos cometidos durante las protestas, sin que se les haya otorgado todas las garantías del debido proceso, e incluso fueron enviadas a prisión preventiva mientras esperan el juicio. Este documento expone algunas de las estrategias desplegadas por las autoridades hondureñas para reprimir las protestas y disuadir a las personas de participar en ellas, así como las implicaciones de la privación de libertad para aquellas personas en detención preventiva.

amnesty.org (2018-06-13). Vitalina Koval, LGBTI activist from Ukraine. amnesty.org

wsws.org (2018-06-13). Thousands of jobs to go as UK retail chains rationalise operations. wsws.org The latest threats to retail jobs come on top of mounting closures and retrenchments in the retail and food industry.

wsws.org (2018-06-13). Memphis, Tennessee: A portrait of inequality and social crisis in the southern US. wsws.org The headquarters of global shipping giant FedEx, Memphis also holds the dubious distinction of being number one in the country in child poverty.

wsws.org (2018-06-13). University of Michigan Center for Social Media Responsibility provides cover for Internet censorship campaign. wsws.org The new program has been established to provide the theoretical backing and material resources needed to further the ongoing efforts to censor the Internet.

Human Rights Watch (2018-06-13). Protecting Women in Germany from Violence. hrw.org Messages of mourning, candles and flowers are placed by people for Susanna F., the teenager who was found dead two days ago, in Wiesbaden-Erbenheim, Germany, June 8, 2018. | © 2018 Reuters | The murder of a 14-year-old girl in Wiesbaden, near Frankfurt, in late May shocked many in Germany. According to police, a 20-year-old man from Iraq, who failed in his bid to claim asylum in Germany, confessed to the crime at the weekend, just days after girl's body was discovered. | The case has drawn particular attention because the killing of the girl, identified only as Susanna F, is one of several highly-publicized cases in recent months in which girls and women have been murdered by non-German men, some of whom arrived in the country as asylum seekers. German media outlets have focussed…

wsws.org (2018-06-13). Canadian establishment rallies behind Trudeau in trade war with US. wsws.org The collapse of last weekend's G7 summit into acrimony and recrimination has thrown the Canada-US alliance into unprecedented crisis.

Human Rights Watch (2018-06-13). Saudi Arabia: Reveal Young Poet's Whereabouts. hrw.org (Beirut) — Kuwaiti authorities have arrested and extrajudicially deported a young dual SaudiQatari national. Nawaf al-Rasheed, 29, was deported to Saudi Arabia on May 12, 2018 during a visit to Kuwait and has been held incommunicado since. Saudi authorities should immediately reveal the whereabouts and circumstances of al-Rasheed's detention. Nawaf al-Rasheed | © Private | Using his Qatari passport, al-Rasheed, a poet and university student who lives in Qatar with his family, entered Kuwait lawfully on May 9 to attend a dinner in his honor organized by a prominent Kuwaiti poet, Abdelkarim al-Jabari. Kuwait authorities detained him on May 12, as he attempted to board a flight back to Doha. Kuwait's Interior Ministry confirmed the deportation in tweets on May 15, saying it was at the Saudis' request…

amnesty.org (2018-06-13). Honduras: Protest prohibited: Use of force and arbitrary detentions to suppress dissent in Honduras. amnesty.org The Honduran security forces used excessive force to suppress the wave of demonstrations that followed the elections on 29 November 2017. They detained hundreds of people. Several of those arrested for crimes allegedly committed during the protests face criminal proceedings and are being denied their right to due process, including by being held in pre-trial detention. This document exposes some of the methods used by the Honduran authorities to suppress demonstrations and discourage people from taking part in them. It also highlights the consequences for those deprived of their liberty of being held in pre-trial detention.

wsws.org (2018-06-13). Fifty years since the release of Stanley Kubrick's 2001: A Space Odyssey. wsws.org 2001: A Space Odyssey attempts to encompass four million years of human evolution, from prehuman man-apes in Africa, through to 21st-century space travelers.

amnesty.org (2018-06-13). Team Brave: Defending human rights in Russia. amnesty.org

Human Rights Watch (2018-06-13). Israel: Apparent War Crimes in Gaza. hrw.org Tear gas fired by Israeli forces fall near Palestinian protesters on May 14 east of Jabalya in the Gaza Strip. | © 2018 Mahmoud Abu Salama | (New York) — Israeli forces' repeated use of lethal force in the Gaza Strip since March 30, 2018, against Palestinian demonstrators who posed no imminent threat to life may amount to war crimes, Human Rights Watch said today. Israeli forces have killed more than 100 protesters in Gaza and wounded thousands with live ammunition. | The United Nations General Assembly should support a resolution that calls for exploring measures to guarantee the protection of Palestinians in Gaza, and a UN inquiry mandated to investigate all violations and abuses should identify Israeli officials responsible for issuing unlawful open-fire orders. The killings also highlight the need for the…

wsws.org (2018-06-13). Committee For Public Education urges participation in June 17 Assange rally. wsws.org The governments attempting to silence Assange are attacking the right of students and educators to a fully-resourced public education.

wsws.org (2018-06-13). New report reveals Assange under 24/7 surveillance in Ecuadoran embassy. wsws.org The Spanish El Diario writes: "The government of Ecuador spied on every movement of Julian Assange in its embassy in London."

RT (2018-06-13). Secret missile-launch or lens flare? Bizarre streak over naval station triggers conspiracy theories. rt.com A missile launch? Or just a meteor flash? A mysterious object has been spotted over an air base in Washington state. The puzzle has led to a of speculation and questions, but so far there have been no solid answers.
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Middle East Monitor (2018-06-12). 300 Global Figures Write Open Letter Accusing Israel of War Crimes. mintpressnews.com Israel's forcible transfer of thousands of Palestinians has been denounced as a war crime by over 300 elected officials, legal scholars, academics, artists, faith leaders and activists from around the world. | The universal show of solidarity to the Palestinians was published in an open letter which voiced strong opposition to Israel's plans to forcibly transfer thousands of Palestinians living in farming-shepherding communities in the occupied West Bank. | Signatories include 90 members of parliament, many of whom are from the EU and UK parliaments. Other notable signatories include ten Israel Prize laureates, film director Ken Loach, artists Ai Weiwei, author Alice Walker, academic Noam Chomsky and several musicians. Dozens of Rabbis have also signed the letter denouncing Israel for what many would describe ethnic cleansing. | "Forcible transfer — by direct physical force or by creating a coercive environment that makes…

Ilana Novick (2018-06-12). DOJ Backs Claim of Free-Speech Violations at University of Michigan. truthdig.com The Trump administration has decided that anti-bullying policies on college campuses are a threat to free speech rights and is using the resources of the Justice Department to go after them, most recently at the University of Michigan. | The New York Times reported Tuesday that the department filed a statement of interest in a federal court brief in Michigan's Eastern District, supporting a student group called Speech First that alleged that its members were discriminated against for wearing "Make America Great Again" hats and supporting President Trump. | "Instead of protecting free speech, the university imposes a system of arbitrary censorship of, and punishment for, constitutionally protected speech," John M. Gore, an acting assistant attorney general, wrote in a brief. | The Times reports that the suit takes aim at "a series of events at Michigan, including an incident in which Charles…

Staff (2018-06-12). Frustrated AMA Adopts Sweeping Proposals to Cut Gun Violence. truthdig.com CHICAGO — With frustration mounting over lawmakers' inaction on gun control, the American Medical Association on Tuesday pressed for a ban on assault weapons and came out against arming teachers as a way to fight what it calls a public health crisis. | At its annual policymaking meeting, the nation's largest physicians group bowed to unprecedented demands from doctor-members to take a stronger stand on gun violence — a problem the organizations says is as menacing as a lethal infectious disease. | The action comes against a backdrop of recurrent school shootings, everyday street violence in the nation's inner cities, and rising U.S. suicide rates. | "We as physicians are the witnesses to the human toll of this disease," Dr. Megan Ranney, an emergency-medicine specialist at Brown University, said at the meeting. | AMA delegates voted to adopt several of nearly a dozen…

Merula Furtado (2018-06-12). Why Anti-Fascist 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…

Ilana Novick (2018-06-12). Sexual Harassment Rampant in Science, Report Reveals. truthdig.com A new report from the National Academies of Science, Engineering, and Medicine (NASEM) reveals that half of women studying and working in STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) positions at American universities have been subjected to sexual harassment. And, as STAT, an online journal of biotech, pharma and life sciences, reports, "there's no evidence that current policies are significantly helping to stem the issue." | Researchers spent two years surveying female students and faculty who were the targets of sexual harassment, compiling data from women at the University of Texas and Pennsylvania State University school systems, representing 10,000 undergraduates, graduate students and female faculty. | As The Washington Post observed, "Between 20 percent and 50 percent of female students in science, engineering and medicine, and more than 50 percent of faculty, said they had experienced harassment." | Researchers also found that…

C.J. Atkins (2018-06-12). Despite Trump's record, there are positives from the Korea summit. peoplesworld.org It was no Reagan-Gorbachev moment, nor was it some earth-shaking leap toward permanent peace. But contrary to what you might be hearing or reading, the Trump-Kim summit did achieve some net positives…or, at least, potential ones. Many liberal commentators and media personalities are so eager to oppose whatever Donald Trump says or does, however, that […]…

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 →

Samantha Borek (2018-06-12). A New Day for the Korean Peninsula With Denuclearization Pledge and New Peace Process. truthout.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. | TRANSCRIPT: | AMY GOODMAN: We go back to President Trump's news conference this morning. | JOHN ROBERTS: The denuclearization—nuclear weapons and biological weapons and whatnot—is one problem in North…

Joe Lauria (2018-06-12). Trump-Kim Summit Raises Cautious Hopes for Peace. mintpressnews.com In time it will become evident whether the joint statement signed by U.S. President Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jung-un on Tuesday will lead to a formal end to the Korean War, denuclearization of the Korean peninsula and an end what the North sees as U.S. provocations against Pyongyang. | On the morning after, we are only left with the atmospherics and images from the historic meeting between Kim and Trump in Singapore. The two leaders—who just months ago were hurling insults at each other, with Kim calling Trump "dotard," and Trump calling Kim "Little Rocket Man,"— left Singapore and the details of the negotiation to their administrations. | As the document they signed has not yet been released, it is difficult to know what exactly they have agreed to. Trump held it up briefly so that reporters could read that…

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 …

Jeremy Sherman, AlterNet (2018-06-12). America is Suffering an Epidemic of 'Dishonest Fake Belief' — Promoted by the People Who Took Over the GOP. alternet.org Just call yourself a Christian, a patriot or a True American and you can get away with anything. | "The True Believers" is a psychology classic, a study undertaken by Eric Hoffer, a longshoreman moonlighting as a psycho-philosopher shortly after WWII. It profiles the characteristics of an authoritarian fanatics, the kind we see falling for ISIS and here at home, for Trumpism or Evangelicalism. To lump all such believers together as "true" seems a mistake. For starters, there are true and false believers. False believers think that declaring their commitment is enough. They don't have to actually follow the beliefs or change how they act. They're members in good standing simply because they declare themselves to be. Authoritarian movements thrive on growth so they often make accommodations to false believers to fatten out their ranks. They don't demand what anthropologist Bill Iron called "costly. . .

Cody Fenwick, AlterNet (2018-06-12). Trump Administration Can't Even Keep It's Story Straight About What It Agreed to with North Korea. alternet.org Coming out of a historic summit, it's not even clear if military exercises in the region are still on. | President Donald Trump came out of his summit with North Korean leader Kim Jong-un with a startling a concession: The U. S. will stop participating in military exercises on the Korean peninsula, a major facet of the American alliance with South Korea. But not even a day after that decision was announced, it wasn't clear anybody else in the administration was on the same page as the president. Even Vice President Mike Pence appeared to disagree with Trump, reportedly telling senators the military exercises would continue, according to Sen. Corey Gardner (R-CO). "[Pence] was very clear: regular readiness training and training exchanges will continue," Gardner said on Twitter. "Less than 24 hours and already there are two versions of what happened," said CNBC reporter Christina. . .

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, Independent Media Institute (2018-06-12). North Korea Has the Upper Hand in Negotiations with Trump. alternet.org It is significant that Kim and Trump met to "have an equal conversation. " | North Korea's Kim Jong-un met with Donald Trump of the United States in Singapore. This was the first meeting of the heads of government of these two countries. The United States has been at war with North Korea since 1950. Three years into that war, which destroyed most of the infrastructure in North Korea, the two countries—and South Korea—agreed to a halt in the active fighting. But the war did not end. It remains intact. A massive military deployment by the United States at the edge of North Korea maintains the fear inside the Korean Peninsula of annihilation. This is what makes the summit between Kim and Trump so important. Threats of war are now at a low point. ChinaNorth Korea's Kim arrived in Singapore on an Air China. . .

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

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."

Cody Fenwick, AlterNet (2018-06-12). Fox News' Shep Smith Tears into Trump's North Korea Summit: 'Kim Jong-un Got It All for Actually Doing Nothing'. alternet.org "In a private meeting, promises were apparently made. " | Fox News' Shep Smith on Tuesday broke down exactly why President Donald Trump's efforts at the Singapore summit with North Korean leader Kim Jong-un were nothing short of an unjustified capitulation to an autocratic regime, without receiving any meaningful concessions. "America demanded complete, verifiable, irreversible denuclearization — there's no guarantee of that, no words to that effect," Smith said of the statement signed by Kim and Trump. "And we may not know for years whether we're actually now on that road or left in the potholes of paths past. "He continued: "But Kim Jong-un? He wanted the photos, the seat at the table. He wanted the legitimacy that came with the event, the handshake with America's president. And he wanted those military exercises with the Americans and the South Koreans that happen every year to. . .

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 […]

Chris Sosa, AlterNet (2018-06-12). CNN's Jim Acosta Fires Back at Fox News for Complaining About 'Grandstanding' Questions to Trump and Kim: 'Democracy… Drink It In'. alternet.org The anchor was unphased by the unprofessional attack. | Fox News decided to follow President Donald Trump's lead by attacking prominent CNN journalist Jim Acosta for his questions to the president and North Korean dictator Kim Jong-un. The outlet claimed the "Trump-bashing newsman" both "hollered" at Trump and "shouted" at Kim during his "grandstanding questions. "These offending questions included such offenses as, "Mr. President, how is the meeting going so far, sir? "There was also this vicious broadside: "Will you give up your nuclear weapons, sir? "Acosta had a short and snark response to Fox News' ridiculous attack. "Democracy. . . drink it in people," he commented in a retweet of a snarky assessment of the right-wing outlet's coverage. Democracy. . . drink it in people. t. co/lKew4PnbWK— Jim Acosta (@Acosta) June 12, 2018 | Related Stories: CNN's Jim Acosta Fires Back at Fox News for Complaining About 'Grandstanding' Questions to Kim Jong-un: 'Democracy. . . Drink It In'Army Veteran Calls Trump Campaign Operative 'Monumental Idiot' or 'Extraordinary Liar' for Praising Trump Summit with Kim Jong-unTexas GOP Senator Rebukes Trump's Praise of Kim Jong-un: 'I Have No Earthly Idea' if He Is 'Talented'

Ajamu Baraka (2018-06-12). Democrats Out-Right the Right on North Korea. mintpressnews.com 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. | The Democrats asserted that the planned summit could only be judged successful if the North Koreans agreed to dismantle and remove all their nuclear, chemical, and biological weapons, end all production and enrichment of uranium, dismantle its nuclear weapons infrastructure, and suspend ballistic missile tests. | Those demands would constitute an unconditional surrender on the part of the North Korean leadership and will not happen, and the Democrats know it. | But as problematic as those demands are, here is the real problem that again demonstrates…

Cody Fenwick, AlterNet (2018-06-12). 'What Is Wrong with Him?': MSNBC's Nicolle Wallace Bursts into Laughter Discussing Trump's Bizarre Attempts at Diplomacy. alternet.org The host asked for the video of Trump to be replayed because she couldn't believe he said what he said. | While the Singapore summit between President Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong-un has sparked a range of emotions, one moment, in particular, elicited a reaction from one MSNBC panel that you don't expect from nuclear weapons negotiations: outbursts of laughter. On the show "Deadline: White House," host Nicolle Wallace could barely keep it together while listening to comments Trump made after the meeting about North Korea's real estate prospects. "They have great beaches," Trump said of the autocratic regime. "You see that whenever they're exploding their cannons into the ocean, right? I said, 'Boy, look at that! Wouldn't that make a great condo! ' And I explained, I said, you know, 'Instead of doing that, you could have the greatest hotels in. . .

teleSUR (2018-06-12). Citing US Sanctions, Nike Moves to Block Iran's National Team From Using Their Shoes. mintpressnews.com United States-based sport and clothing company Nike announced it will not provide cleats to Iran's national team ahead of the 2018 World Cup, scheduled to begin on June 14, citing U.S. sanctions. | "The sanctions mean that, as a U.S. company, we cannot provide shoes to players in the Iran national team at this time," Nike said in a statement Friday. | U.S. President Donald Trump announced last month the U.S. withdrawal from the 2015 nuclear deal between six world powers and Iran, which aimed to halt Iran's nuclear ambitions in return for an end to economic sanctions against Tehran. | The decision was accompanied by new economic sanctions. The U.S. Treasury can impose a penalty of up to US$1 million and 20 years in prison against any company or person who violates the sanctions. | Despite their justification, many are outraged…

Elizabeth Preza, AlterNet (2018-06-12). Trump Attorney Michael Cohen Has Told Friends He 'Expects to be Arrested Any Day Now': Vanity Fair's Gabriel Sherman. alternet.org Friends of the president say the president "should be super worried about Michael Cohen. " | Donald Trump's longtime personal attorney Michael Cohen "has told friends that he expects to be arrested any day now," Vanity Fair's Gabriel Sherman reports. In a text message to Sherman, Cohen insisted the reporters "alleged source is wrong," but Sherman says Cohen has told friends an indictment is imminent. Friends of the president say the president "should be super worried about Michael Cohen. ""If anyone can blow up Trump, it's him," a former White House aid told Sherman. "It's going to hit the fan pretty soon," a friend told Sherman. Though Trump is outwardly projecting focus on his meeting with North Korean leader Kim Jong-un, Sherman notes people close to Trump say he's "very worried" about the progression of special counsel Robert Mueller's investigation. Mueller is expected to deliver his findings on obstruction of justice next month, Sherman reports.

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

Staff (2018-06-12). Former Georgia Prison Officer Who Raped Inmates Gets 4 Years. truthdig.com The women in this case said Edgar Daniel Johnson forced them to have sex with him. Even if the sex had been consensual, it would have been illegal.

Merula Furtado (2018-06-12). Trump's Attacks on Health Care Threaten 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…

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 meeting 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 has lied about the summit. He can't help himself. And now he has not only lied about what took place at the summit, he has also insulted Justin Trudeau for reporting about what the signatories agreed to. | The Washington Post reports…

Steven Rosenfeld, Independent Media Institute (2018-06-12). The Supreme Court Just Dealt Another Big Blow to Our Voting Rights. alternet.org Ohio voter purge decision will have consequences for years to come. | This week's Supreme Court ruling upholding Ohio's Republican-led voter roll purges may end up as one of the decade's most consequential anti-voter rulings, shadowing its 2013 ruling gutting the National Voting Rights Act's enforcement provisions. The Court's conservative majority, in a 5-to-4 ruling, applied a narrow technocratic reading of the National Voter Registration Act of 1993 (NVRA) over the method that Ohio removed registered but infrequent voters. The NVRA laid out a process where someone who did not vote in four years—two cycles—would get a postcard informing them of their inactive status, and pending removal, if they didn't vote in the next federal election. But the NVRA's wording was ambiguous, laying out a four-year trigger for starting the removal process, but elsewhere stating voters couldn't be purged "by reason of the. . .

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 …

Clarrie Feinstein, Salon (2018-06-12). Trump's White House Isn't Just a 'Miserable Place to Work' Like John Kelly Says — It's Dismantling the Democratic System. alternet.org While the revolving door of staff members in the White House has become routine, and therefore normalized, it indicates a troubling aspect on the current state of American democracy. | It's not news to anyone that inside the doors of 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue lies pure chaos. Numerous White House staffers continue to resign or be fired by President Donald Trump, leading vacancies to pile up in spite of a campaign promise to hire "the best people in the world. " The president's Office of Science and Technology Policy, for one, has been describedas a "ghost town. "The inner workings of Trump's White House were exposed in great detail in Michael Wolff's much-anticipated book, "Fire and Fury" in January, which claimed that the president is unafraid of firing any person who opposes him — and also relishes in creating a chaotic. . .

Samantha Borek (2018-06-12). The Great Return March and the Women of Gaza: Why Palestine's Feminists Are Fighting on Two Fronts. truthout.org "I am here because I heard my town call me, and ask me to maintain my honor." Fifty-seven-year-old Um Khalid Abu Mosa spoke in a strong, gravelly voice as she sat on the desert sand, a white tent protecting her from the blazing sun. "The land," she says with determination, "is honor and dignity." | She was near the southern Gaza Strip town of Khuza'a, the heavily fortified barrier with Israel in plain sight and well-armed Israeli soldiers just a few hundred meters away. Abu Mosa's left arm was wrapped in a sling fashioned from a black-and-white-checkered kuffiyeh, or scarf, and a Palestinian flag. Israeli soldiers had shot her in the shoulder with live ammunition on March 30th as she approached the barrier to plant a Palestinian flag in a mound of earth. The bullet is still lodged in her collarbone. Three weeks…

MintPress News Desk (2018-06-12). Read Lula's Jailhouse Manifesto to the People of Brazil. mintpressnews.com "We govern for the people and not for the market. It is the opposite of what the government of our opponents, at the service of financiers and multinationals, who abolished the historic rights of workers, reduced real wages, cut off investments in health and education."

NRMHS (2018-06-12). Oath Keepers boss Stewart Rhodes goes all-in on a conspiracy theory too wild for even Alex Jones. splcenter.org Oath Keepers president Stewart Rhodes has thrown his weight behind a conspiracy theorist who's been nicknamed "Screwy Louie" by other members of the militia movement and who's made allegations that are too wild even for the king of conspiracy theories, Alex Jones.

Mark Gruenberg (2018-06-12). Progressives take on regular Democrats in Maryland primaries. peoplesworld.org

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.

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. . .

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 …

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

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 contractors have broken ground More

Eric Zuesse (2018-06-12). America's Genocide in Yemen's Al Hudaydah Starts Today. mintpressnews.com The Houthis in Yemen are expected to start being slaughtered en-masse on June 12th. The U.S.-Saudi-UAE plan is to destroy the Yemenese port city of Al Hudaydah, which is the only entry-way by which food reaches approximately seven million Shiites, members of the Houthi tribe, who occupy the western third of Yemen, and who had recently ruled all of Yemen. The U.S. provides the weapons and the training, and the United Arab Emirates supplies the pilots for this operation, which is financed mainly by the Saudis. The objective is to establish a joint UAE-Saudi-run government of Yemen. | On Monday, June 11th, the New York Times bannered "U.N. Pulls Out of City in Yemen, Fearing Bloody Assault by Arab Coalition". That report didn't mention that this is America's fundamentalist-Sunni coalition of Arab monarchies, using American weapons, in order to bomb and blockade,…

Cody Fenwick, AlterNet (2018-06-12). Here's Why Trump's Explanation for Canceling the 'War Games' with South Korea Makes No Sense. alternet.org "We're not going to play the war games anymore — do you know how expensive that is? " | President Donald Trump's claim that he wants to end the "war games" that the U. S. carries out with South Korea is highly suspicious. He's made the claim about the war games, which refers to joint military exercises between the allied nations as a demonstration of their mutual commitment and as practice for any potential future conflicts, several times since his summit with North Korean leader Kim Jong-un. He made it again Tuesday night in an interview with Fox News' Sean Hannity. "We made a lot of progress, tremendous amount of progress," he said, referring to the recent summit. "One of the things that I'm very happy about: We're not going to play the war games anymore — do you know how expensive that is? We're flying. . .

leili (2018-06-12). Hewlett Packard (HP) Faces $120 Million in Potential Losses Due to its Complicity in Israel's Violations of Palestinian Human Rights. bdsmovement.net Hewlett Packard (HP) Faces $120 Million in Potential Losses Due to its Complicity in Israel's Violations of Palestinian Human Rights : BNC Statement Economic Boycott Boycott HP Student solidarityFour million-strong Indian student federation joins the BDS movement & pledges to boycott HP | June 12, 2018 | By: | | Palestinian Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions National Committee (BNC)

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: | | Palestinian Campaign for the Academic and Cultural Boycott of Israel (PACBI)

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."

Eric A. Gordon (2018-06-12). Young Asian-Americans pursue dreams of success in 'As We Babble On'. peoplesworld.org LOS ANGELES—"Adulting is hard AF" reads the subtitle of Nathan Ramos's As We Babble On, whose production is now playing in downtown Los Angeles, a collaboration between East West Players (EWP), in association with the Los Angeles LGBT Center. Featuring a winsome cast of five young Asian-American characters pursuing their dreams, the play asks whether […]…

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 …

Chris Sosa, AlterNet (2018-06-12). Fox News Claims Rosenstein 'Threatened' GOP-Led Committee Members — Justice Department Fights Back Against 'False' Characterization. alternet.org The war between the right-wing and Justice Department just got uglier. | Fox News obtained emails that claim Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein "threatened to 'subpoena' emails, phone records and other documents from lawmakers and staff on a Republican-led House committee during a tense meeting earlier this year. "This report from the right-wing network comes as Republicans reach a new low-point in their relationship with Rosenstein. Both Fox News and CNN reported Tuesday that Rosenstein plans to "call on the House to investigate its own committee staff" over the matter. The Justice Department says the characterization of the meeting in the Fox News report is untrue. "The FBI Director, the senior career ethics adviser for the Department, and the Assistant Attorney General for Legislative Affairs who were all present at this meeting are all quite clear that the characterization of events laid out here. . .

Chris Sosa, AlterNet (2018-06-12). The View's Meghan McCain Blasts Trump's 'Buddy' Routine with Kim Jong-un: 'Closest Thing to Hitler's Germany'. alternet.org The president did nothing to address the country's egregious human rights record. | Meghan McCain said Tuesday on The View that she supported a diplomatic meeting between the U. S. and North Korea but was unimpressed with President Donald Trump's behavior toward dictator Kim Jong-un. "This is a totalitarian communist dictator in the same vein as Hitler — murder, enslavement, imprisonment, sexual violence, starvation, forced abortions, political, racial, religious persecution," she explained. "It is the closest thing to Hitler's Germany that exists in modern times," McCain continued. "My problem with was how far it went, with the sort of buddy-buddy and there was no talk whatsoever of the human rights violations. "North Korea is estimated to imprison up to 130,000 people in concentration camps where they are tortured, starved and treated as slave labor. The president was widely criticized for his complimentary behavior toward. . .

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

Olivia Riggio (2018-06-12). Spiked Pittsburgh Post-Gazette Cartoonist Speaks Out. fair.org One of Rob Rogers' anti-Trump cartoons ( 5/18/18) that was killed by the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette before his recent run of six drawings spiked in a row. | Cartoonist Rob Rogers' section on the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette website has remained static for the past week, displaying the same "Trade War" cartoon since last Tuesday ( 6/5/18). Before that, six of his cartoons in a row were killed (FAIR.org, 6/6/18), all of which criticized President Donald Trump or satirized US racism. | Since his most recent cartoon was published, Rogers has opted to take personal days off, saying he has not heard from his editors since the spate of spikings, and the conflict has yet to be resolved. | Rogers told FAIR he believed the publishing of Tuesday's cartoon created an illusion of resolution: "When they finally printed the trade cartoon it…

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

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