2020-06-17: News Headlines

Andrew Korybko (2020-06-17). The US' Planned Imposition of Draconian "Secondary Sanctions" on Syria. Targets Any Entity Doing Business with Syria. globalresearch.ca The US hopes that making Syrians even more desperate than they already are could catalyze another Color Revolution at one of the country's most critical moments in its history, which could then be exploited for regime change purposes. | Reuters reported …

Stephen Lendman (2020-06-17). US Congress Calls it "Civilian Protection": Washington Wants 17 Million Syrians Starved Into Submission. globalresearch.ca Implementation of the so-called Caesar Syria Civilian Protection legislation (Caesar Act) is the latest shoe to drop in Washington's long war of aggression on the country, its legitimate leadership, and 17 million people. | Signed into law by Trump last December, …

Sam Pizzigati (2020-06-17). The Rich Are 'Defunding' Our Democracy. zcomm.org On matters both petty and profound, America's deepest pockets are quietly getting their way…

Peter Koenig (2020-06-17). The Global Reset — Unplugged. "The Deep State" globalresearch.ca Imagine, you are living in a world that you are told is a democracy — and you may even believe it — but in fact your life and fate is in the hands of a few ultra-rich, ultra-powerful and ultra-inhuman …

Medea Benjamin (2020-06-17). Why Cuban doctors should receive the Nobel Peace Prize. zcomm.org Due to Cuba's extraordinary commitment to humanity, to public health and to internationalism, a group of human rights organizations and social movements across the world have launched a campaign to award the Nobel Peace Prize to Cuba's Henry Reeve medical brigade…

F. William Engdahl (2020-06-17). America's Own Color Revolution. globalresearch.ca Color Revolution is the term used to describe a series of remarkably effective CIA-led regime change operations using techniques developed by the RAND Corporation, "democracy" NGOs and other groups since the 1980's. They were used in crude form to bring …

Lawrence Wittner (2020-06-17). Let Them Eat Weapons: Trump's Bizarre Arms Race. dissidentvoice.org In late May of this year, President Donald Trump's special envoy for arms control bragged before a Washington think tank that the U.S. government was prepared to outspend Russia and China to win a new nuclear arms race. "The president has made clear that we have a tried and true practice here," he remarked. "We know how to win …

Staff (2020-06-17). Reimagining Public Safety In One Of America's Deadliest Cities. therealnews.com Mayoral Democratic primary winner Brandon Scott discusses calls to cut the Baltimore police budget to fund social programs, his approach to the drug war, and economic development in a city that's long subsidized corporations at the expense of taxpayers.

Eds. (2020-06-17). "And This Happened in Los Angeles:" Malcolm X describes police brutality against members of the Nation of Islam. mronline.org There was police brutality and there was atrocity, and the press was just as atrocious as the police. Because they helped the police to cover it up by propagating a false image across the country, that there was a blazing gun battle which involved Muslims and police shooting at each other.

Miko Peled (2020-06-17). The Murders of Floyd and Halak Exposed the US and Israel as Settler-Colonial Enterprises. mintpressnews.com The systemic oppression faced by blacks and Palestinians in the United States and Israel is indicative of a deeply rooted racism rarely found in true democracies.

Eleanor Goldfield (2020-06-17). Struggle Theater: Don't Let Theatrics Shroud the Reality of Systemic Oppression. mintpressnews.com America's power brokers are hoping murals, kente cloth, and a series of half-baked legislative reforms will appease activists into giving up the fight for real change.

Joshua Hanks (2020-06-17). CHAZ Seattle: Imagining the police-free future. workers.org In the wake of George Floyd's murder at the hands of Minneapolis police May 25, demonstrations, protests, marches, rallies and rebellions have spread across the U.S. This is now the largest display of civil unrest in decades, a true revolt against the racist police state that has occupied this stolen . . . |

Arielle Robinson (2020-06-17). Atlanta's Black community demands: Justice for Rayshard Brooks! workers.org June 13 — Amid existing protests in support of Black people murdered by police and white supremacists in Georgia and elsewhere, Atlanta protesters continue to brave the streets to fight for Rayshard Brooks — murdered by Atlanta police on Friday night, June 12. Demonstrators near I-75/85 in Atlanta to protest . . . |

Eds. (2020-06-17). An "Autonomous" three block-long Seattle street threatens America — what? mronline.org President Donald Trump from his New Jersey private golf club tweeted this past Friday morning June 12, that "The terrorists burn and pillage our cities."

John Bachtell (2020-06-17). Support grows in Chicago for a new approach to police accountability. peoplesworld.org CHICAGO- This city is the national epicenter of police torture of African American men. So, it's not surprising tens of thousands have taken to the streets following the police execution of George Floyd. "The wounds run deep here. Many protests make this an uprising," Jazmine Salas, 28, co-chair of the Chicago Alliance Against Racist and …

Editor (2020-06-17). Stonewall means unite to fight back. workers.org The reactionary rulers of the U.S. are attempting to discourage, divide and defeat poor, oppressed and working people in any way possible, at any possible opportunity. Look at the psychological operations ploy tried by white supremacist Trump in setting his first 2020 campaign rally in Tulsa, Okla. — site of . . . |

Editor (2020-06-17). Stonewall still means fight back! workers.org The reactionary rulers of the U.S. are attempting to discourage, divide and defeat poor, oppressed and working people in any way possible, at any possible opportunity. Look at the psychological operations ploy tried by white supremacist Trump in setting his first 2020 campaign rally in Tulsa, Okla. — site of . . . |

Eds. (2020-06-17). 1973: Ernest Mandel on Marxism and ecology, 'The dialectic of growth'. mronline.org There is a fairy tale that Marx was first of all an admirer of technology and that he considered it 'the foundation of what exists and the engine of the future'. Although this fairy tale has been refuted countless times, people continue to believe it.

Rachel Domond (2020-06-17). 'Black workers matter!' Dorchester non-profit workers fight illegal union retaliation. liberationnews.org College Bound Dorchester/Boston Uncornered laid off 8 workers in illegal retaliation against staff unionizing efforts.

Staff (2020-06-17). Florida Wants To Reinstate A 'Poll Tax' For Ex-Felons. therealnews.com The state's appeal to require payment of court fees before voting access is restored would amount to a poll tax, says Phil Telfeyan.

Staff (2020-06-17). Stir Crazy! Episode #55: Gonna Be A Hot Summer. therealnews.com On today's show: Sociologist Taure Brown, political commentator Marcus Ferrell, and TRNN political editor Don Rojas. Hosted by Kim Brown. If you have questions/comments/suggestions for the show email us at stircrazy@therealnews.com

Ellen Knickmeyer (2020-06-17). Near Trump's rally site, African American Tulsa lives with fiery legacy. peoplesworld.org TULSA, Okla. (AP) — In the real world, 74-year-old Donald Shaw is walking on the empty, parched grass slope by Tulsa's noisy crosstown expressway. He's on the other side of the city's historical white-black dividing line from where President Donald Trump will hold a rally Saturday with his overwhelmingly white supporters. But Shaw can conjure …

Staff (2020-06-17). Meet Jamaal Bowman, the Bronx Principal Challenging One of the Most Powerful Dems in Congress. democracynow.org In the Bronx, the second most economically unequal district in New York state, the insurgent primary campaign of former middle school principal Jamaal Bowman threatens to unseat 16-term Democratic congressmember and House Foreign Affairs Committee Chair Eliot Engel. Bowman supports defunding the police, Medicare for All and a Green New Deal. He has also gotten high-profile endorsements from Senators Elizabeth Warren and Bernie Sanders, Representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and The New York Times editorial board. "I've worked in this district for the last 10 years as a middle school principal," Bowman says. "Ove…

Paul Antonopoulos (2020-06-17). Can Serbia Trust Washington's Assurances in Upcoming Meeting with Kosovo? globalresearch.ca It came as a shock to everyone when it was announced yesterday that discussions and negotiations between Serbia and Kosovo will take place at the White House in Washington on June 27. This came as a surprise as it was …

South Front (2020-06-17). Video: Russian Surface-to-Air Missile Systems in Syria Shoot Down Militants' Drones. globalresearch.ca Tor short-range surface-to-air missile systems have downed more than 45 unmanned aerial vehicles launched by Syrian militants, according to the chief of the Russian Air Defense Forces Lieutenant General Alexander Leonov. | "Since the start of combat duty, the calculations …

yenisafak (2020-06-17). UN sends 49 truckloads of aid to Syria's Idlib. yenisafak.com The UN on Wednesday sent 49 trucks carrying humanitarian aid to Idlib, northwestern Syria, where millions of people are in need of assistance due to internal conflict in the country.Truckloads of supplies entered Idlib through the Cilvegozu border crossing of Turkey's southern Hatay province.The aid will be distributed among residents of Idlib and nearby rural areas.Syria has been ravaged by a civil war since early 2011, when the Assad regime cracked down on pro-democracy protesters.Hundreds of thousands of people have been killed and more than 10 million displaced, according to UN estimates.Idlib falls within a…

R. Robertson (2020-06-17). "Equality Is the Soul of Liberty" Peaceful Protest in Palo Alto Pt. II. indybay.org At a rally in Palo Alto's King Plaza on June 6, protesters called out loudly for defunding the Palo Alto Police Department. After the rally of thousands, they marched a 4.6 mile route through the city.

Steve Pleich (2020-06-17). Defunding the Police: An Idea Whose Time Has Come. indybay.org Nothing is More Powerful Than an Idea Whose Time Has Come…

ahtribune (2020-06-17). After the West Bank When (How Soon) Will the East Follow? ahtribune.com Whatever percentage of the West Bank Israel begins to annex in July, it will eventually annex the rest. Will it then turn to the east bank of the Jordan river? | Since the 19th century, the Zionist project was based on the seizure of all Palestine, including territory east of the Jordan. The map of 'Israel' presented to the Paris peace conference in 1919 extended northwards into what is now Lebanon and included the city of Sidon; in the northeast, all the Golan Heights and Syria almost as far as Damascus; in the southeast the entire Jordan River valley, with the territory it desired extending almost to the tow…

Global Research News (2020-06-17). Selected Articles: America's Own Color Revolution. globalresearch.ca By Color Revolution is the term used to describe a series of remarkably effective CIA-led regime change operations using techniques developed by the RAND Corporation, "democracy" NGOs and other …

Len Yannielli (2020-06-17). The bitter aftertaste of fascism—and a foretaste. peoplesworld.org Fascism must leave a bitter aftertaste. Like tasting the rotten area of an apple, it shows as eyes narrow and lips squeeze together, as if to prevent any more entering one's body. Punta Arenas is the last city at the end of continental South America, at the very tip. I was on a plane heading …

Caoimhghin àì Croidheáin (2020-06-17). The Fate of Capitalism as a Globalist Runaway Train. dissidentvoice.org Western countries see the rest of the world as their playing field fit only for exploitation. — Pramoedya Ananta Toer in conversation with Andre Vltchek, in Jakarta, 2004 The "global playing field" is "level" only from the perspective of the west. — Robert H Wade Spoiler alert Introduction The success of Bong Joon-ho's film Parasite …

Mark Gruenberg (2020-06-17). Critics: Trump executive order on police solves nothing. peoplesworld.org

Eds. (2020-06-17). Black socialist leader: 'Demands must clarify our reality'. mronline.org You see, not all Black folk look or think alike. And not every organization will have the same political analysis of the events before our eyes.

Betsey Piette (2020-06-17). Delbert Africa °Presente! workers.org MOVE's Minister of Defense Delbert Africa, 73, died from cancer on June 15 at home and surrounded by his family. Delbert was one of the MOVE 9, who all received life sentences following a racist Philadelphia police raid on the MOVE house and headquarters in 1978. Delbert Africa, January 2020. . . . |

Staff (2020-06-17). "Disruptor on Road to Reconciliation": Trump Doubles Down on Rally in Tulsa, Site of 1921 Massacre. democracynow.org President Donald Trump says he will push ahead with a massive campaign rally in Tulsa, Oklahoma, on Saturday, even as COVID cases are surging there as the state reopens. Trump delayed the rally by one day after it was originally scheduled for June 19, Juneteenth, a celebration marking the emancipation of enslaved people. Tulsa is also the site of one of the deadliest massacres in U.S. history, when a white mob in 1921 killed as many as 300 people in a thriving African American business district. "The rally is troubling to a lot of people because of both the venue, Tulsa, and because of the timing," says Hannibal…

Staff (2020-06-17). No Oversight of $1.5 Billion Electric Project Raises Alarm over Privatization of Puerto Rico's Power. democracynow.org As hurricane season begins, we look at moves to privatize Puerto Rico's electric grid and a new investigation that reveals the island's government failed to follow proper oversight or examine the environmental impact when it issued a $1.5 billion contract to a company for the first large power generation project since Hurricane Maria, that will continue its reliance on fossil fuels. Former Puerto Rico Chief of Staff Ingrid Vila Biaggi co-authored the report and calls it "an ill-conceived project full of fiscally irresponsible practices."

pip.hinman (2020-06-17). Moreland council rules out dealings with coal companies. greenleft.org.au

pip.hinman (2020-06-17). Profits win over animal welfare. greenleft.org.au

pip.hinman (2020-06-17). Housing activists: 'End evictions and provide rent relief'. greenleft.org.au

Saul Kanowitz (2020-06-17). Fearing a greater rebellion, Supreme Court rules for protection of LGBTQ workers. liberationnews.org The ruling, while welcome, was surprising given the conservative nature of the current court.

RT (2020-06-17). Collusion with China, wanting to stay in office forever: Leaked Bolton book excerpts cash in on anti-Trump frenzy. rt.com Former national security adviser John Bolton has leaked excerpts of his book to major newspapers, accusing President Donald Trump of colluding with leaders in China and Turkey, and obstruction of justice "as a way of life." | Facing a DOJ lawsuit seeking to block the publication of his memoir for containing classified information, Bolton decided to go to the press, leaking parts of the book to the New York Times, the Washington Post and the Wall Street Journal on Wednesday. | | Breaking News: John Bolton says in his new book that the House…

Eds. (2020-06-17). Shut up, Obama. Protesters don't need your advice. mronline.org Barack Obama has offered some advice to the protesters flooding streets across the United States. Not that anyone asked him, mind you. But he was the First Black President‚Ñ¢, so people better shut up and listen.

Andrew Korybko (2020-06-17). India must urgently refrain from its strategy of regional aggression. thealtworld.com Monday night, according to the Chinese side, after Indian troops provoked and attacked Chinese personnel upon illegally crossing the Line of Actual Control (LAC) in Aksai Chin, a fierce physical fight broke out between the two troops. | The two BRICS and SCO partners have been engaged in a tense weeks-long standoff following similar acts of Indian aggression in last month, but Beijing believed that it had reached a positive consensus on the situation with New Delhi following high-level military talks last week. | Regrettably, the Indian side still decided to resort to its strategy of regional aggression for in…

RT (2020-06-17). 'Absolutely untrue': US trade envoy denies Bolton claim that Trump sought re-election help from China's Xi. rt.com The top US trade official has forcefully denied ex-national security advisor John Bolton's allegation that the president went to his Chinese counterpart for help in the 2020 race, insisting it "never happened." | Excerpts published from Bolton's forthcoming book on Wednesday claim that, during a sideline meeting at last year's G-20 summit in Japan, President Donald Trump asked Chinese leader Xi Jinping to boost his country's purchases of US agricultural goods, believing it would aid his re-election bid. Pressed about the claim at a Senate hearing later on Wednesday, Trump's top trade envoy, Robert Lighthizer,…

RT (2020-06-17). You better 'reconsider': G7 urges China not to impose its law on Hong Kong. rt.com The Group of Seven countries have attempted to press China into changing its mind on imposing its national security law on Hong Kong, which they view as Beijing stripping the city of its Western-backed autonomy. | The foreign ministers of G7 on Wednesday expressed their "grave concern" about China's move. The statement insisted that the change contradicts local laws, international treaties and a UN declaration. | We strongly urge the Government of China to re-consider this decision. | As an international community we all have a stake in üá≠üá∞success & prosperit…

RT (2020-06-17). Trump signs bill allowing anti-China sanctions over alleged Uighur human rights abuses. rt.com President Donald Trump has signed a bill that would allow the US to sanction Chinese officials for the alleged repression of Uighur Muslims in China's Xinjiang Province. The bill passed Congress with bipartisan support. | Trump signed the act into law on Wednesday, and a statement from the president accused the Chinese government of the "systematic use of indoctrination camps, forced labor, and intrusive surveillance to eradicate the ethnic identity and religious beliefs of Uyghurs and other minorities in China." | The president will now have 180 days to submit a report to Congress identifying the officials re…

RT (2020-06-17). NATO squabbling over Libya continues, as France accuses Turkey of 'hostile and aggressive' acts in blocking UN arms embargo. rt.com France and Turkey are at loggerheads over Libya. After a confrontation between their navies off the coast of the country, France is now calling Ankara's "hostile and unacceptable" behavior an obstacle to peace. | Though it was a NATO bombing campaign that reduced Libya — once an oil-rich and prosperous nation — to rubble and civil war, the alliance is split on how to rebuild the shattered country. Turkey backs the UN-recognized Government of National Accord (GNA) in Tripoli, while France claims to be a neutral party in the GNA's war against the Tobruk-based Libyan National Army (LNA). | French Foreig…

RT (2020-06-17). Atlanta cop charged with murder in Rayshard Brooks shooting may face DEATH PENALTY, after partner turns witness. rt.com Police officer Garrett Rolfe is facing eleven charges, including felony murder and aggravated assault, in the killing of Rayshard Brooks, after his partner turned state's evidence. Rolfe faces a possible death sentence. | Fulton County District Attorney Paul Howard announced the charges, which include three counts of aggravated assault with a deadly weapon for allegedly firing his weapon "recklessly" in the effort to bring down Brooks, on Wednesday. In addition to felony murder, Rolfe has been charged with violating his oath as a police officer, for not properly arresting Brooks and for standing on his body af…

RT (2020-06-17). Potential new NASA mission aims to unearth mysteries of Neptune's weird moon Triton. rt.com A new NASA mission, which could be greenlit next summer, aims to untangle the mysteries of Triton, Neptune's largest moon. | Slightly bigger than the dwarf planet Pluto, Triton is the only large moon in our solar system that orbits in the opposite direction to its planet's rotation and has a retrograde orbit. But the whimsical nature of this extraterrestrial rock doesn't stop there — and when NASA's That was because Vo…

RT (2020-06-17). Canada loses bid for UN Security Council seat. rt.com Canada has officially lost its bid for a seat on the United Nations Security Council, which it contested with Ireland and Norway, despite an extensive lobbying campaign led by PM Justin Trudeau. | UN officials met in New York to cast their votes on Wednesday. Canada, which under Trudeau has billed itself as a model of multilateralism and global citizenship, was pipped at…

RT (2020-06-17). Trudeau's anti-Palestinian record & support for Israel is out of touch with what Canadians want — survey. rt.com Prime Minister Justin Trudeau is out of touch with Canadians' views on Israel's annexation of the West Bank, a survey reveals. As Canada vies for a spot on the UN Security Council, its pro-Israel record may hamper its chances. | A new

ahtribune (2020-06-17). The MLS Set to Resume with Innovative New Tournament Format. ahtribune.com The wait is soon over for soccer fans all over the US after Major League Soccer announced this week that they would be returning to competitive soccer, albeit in a new format. | The new competition is called the MLS is Back Tournament and will kick-off on July 8th in Orlando Florida. The twenty MLS teams will compete in a three match group stage followed by a round-of-16 and the remaining knockout stages. The MLS is Back Tournament Final will be played on August 11th. | All matches will be played in Orlando, Florida at the ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex at Walt Disney World. Teams are already scheduled to a…

Arif Husain (2020-06-17). After the Lockdowns, a Global Hunger Crisis (And the Mother of All Migrant Crises). anti-empire.com The [irrational response to the] coronavirus pandemic and its punitive economic effects are about to set off the next global hunger crisis. | In the last four years, conflicts, climate change and economic instability raised the number of people suffering acute hunger — when the absence of food endangers people's livelihoods and, in some cases, their lives — from 80 million to 135 million people. The pandemic could drive 130 million more people into that state by December. More than a quarter of a billion people are likely to be acutely hungry in 2020. | Rising Hunger: | The [irrational respons…

William Booth (2020-06-17). Vaccine Developers Have a Problem: the Virus Is Going Away Too Quickly on Its Own. anti-empire.com Related:
| The top teams rushing to develop coronavirus vaccines are alerting governments, health officials and shareholders that they may have a big problem: The outbreaks in their countries may be getting too small to quickly determine whether vaccines work. | A leader of the Oxford University group, one of the furthest ahead with human trials, admits the reality is paradoxical, even "bizarre," but said the declining numbers…

Kim Hjelmgaard (2020-06-17). North Korea Blows Up Joint Liaison Office Building With South Korea After Announcing End of Interest in US Relations. anti-empire.com Andrei Lankov: "Pyongyang has long resented Seoul's failure to live up to its grandiose promises. The North scoffs at mere symbolic exchange, but the South risks angering the U.S. by pursuing anything more substantial." |
| North Korea blew up a liaison office building it operates with South Korea, officials in Seoul said Tuesday, as

Staff (2020-06-17). Headlines for June 17, 2020. democracynow.org U.S. Coronavirus Deaths Surpass World War I Toll; Nine States Report New Highs for COVID Cases, Trump to Hold Rally in Tulsa as COVID Cases Reach New High in Oklahoma, Prison COVID Cases Double in U.S.; Nursing Home Deaths Top 50,000, U.S. Exports Record Amount of Pork as Meatpackers Risk Lives to Keep Factories Running, WHO Hails New Study Showing Widely Used Steroid Could Reduce COVID-19 Deaths, Daily Coronavirus Deaths Reach New Highs in India & Pakistan; Beijing Locks Down Again, Honduran President Tests Positive for Coronavirus, U.S. Extends Border Closures with Mexico & Canada, Study: 450,000 Coronavirus Ca…

Zero Hedge (2020-06-17). IRGC Gears Up For 'Routine' Fuel Shipments To Venezuela, Defying Trump. iranian.com Here we go again — Iran is prepping a round two of major sanctions-busting gas delivery to fuel-starved Venezuela, which is of course rich on heavy crude oil but currently lacks the capacity to refine it based on its derelict and badly in need of repair facilities. Amid continued White House threats of military intervention to uphold a sanctions …

Rose Saxe (2020-06-17). SCOTUS Must Now Ensure LGBTQ People Are Not Turned Away From Taxpayer-Funded Programs. aclu.org On Monday, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled in a

Josh Gerstein (2020-06-17). With LGBT Ruling, Supreme Court Hands Liberals a Surprise Victory. zcomm.org Two of the court's Republican appointees joined the court's Democratic appointees to deliver an unexpected 6-3 triumph for LGBT advocates…

Chase Strangio (2020-06-17). Supreme Court Bars Workplace Discrimination Against LGBTQ People. zcomm.org Ruling May Be Transformative…

Noam Chomsky (2020-06-17). Communities of Resistance & Working Class Culture in the Age of Trump. zcomm.org Interview on a variety of topics…

South Front (2020-06-17). Towards a Baghdad-Moscow Axis? Russia's Massive Oil Projects in Iraq. globalresearch.ca In Iraq, a seldom mentioned and noteworthy oil cooperation is carried out between Baghdad and Moscow. Russian companies, namely Rosneft and Lukoil have developed new oil fields in Iraq. | A notable project is Lukoil's West Qurna-2. | West Qurna-2 field

yenisafak (2020-06-17). Taliban kill 21 Afghan forces in overnight raids. yenisafak.com At least 21 Afghan security forces were killed in the Taliban's overnight raids in northern Kunduz and Jawzjan provinces, officials confirmed on Wednesday.A member of the Jawzjan provincial council, Bismillah Sahel, told Anadolu Agency the Taliban insurgents stormed joint check posts of the army and police in the Aqcha district last night. He said at least 15 security forces were killed and six others wounded in the attack that saw the Taliban overrun multiple check posts.In neighboring Kunduz, the Taliban staged a coordinated attack on an army check posts on the outskirts of the capital Kunduz city early on Wedn…

Alan Macleod (2020-06-17). "It Will Take Me Just Under Twenty Five Years to Pay off the First Surgery" — Journalist Blinded by Cops Speaks Out. mintpressnews.com "The only reason I'm dealing with this so well is I think poverty and low wage work is just as brutal and visceral as losing an eye to a police bullet." – Linda Tirado…

Stephen Lendman (2020-06-17). "America is a Culture of Violence": Trump's Illusory Police Reform Executive Order. globalresearch.ca Police aren't the problem in the US. They operate as trained and ordered by higher authorities. | They serve and protect privileged interests at the expense of beneficial social change — the real systemic issue vital to address getting no attention, …

_____ (2020-06-17). How An Internet 'Persona' Helped Birth Russiagate. popularresistance.org Four years ago today, on June 15, 2016, a shadowy Internet persona calling itself "Guccifer 2.0" appeared out of nowhere to claim credit for hacking emails from the Democratic National Committee on behalf of WikiLeaks and implicate Russia by dropping "telltale" but synthetically produced Russian "breadcrumbs" in his metadata. | Thanks largely to the corporate media, the highly damaging story actually found in those DNC emails — namely, that the DNC had stacked the cards against Bernie Sanders in the party's 2016 primary— was successfully obscured. | The media was the message; and the message was that…

Caitlin Johnstone (2020-06-17). On Maintaining Perspective In The Year 20 Fucking 20. thealtworld.com ~ Liane Moriarty, "Big Little Lies" | Whenever an author, filmmaker or other artist sets out on the noble endeavor of pointing people toward the ideal of living life to its fullest, they usually wind up depicting a character going off on all sorts of wild adventures, skydiving, trekking across the Himalayas, and so on. | In my opinion reminding people to live life to its fullest is the artist's single most important job, but this is also where most storytellers get it wrong. Most people who live wild, interesting lives sleepwalk through the whole ride just like everyone else; in the end they're left with a few am…

_____ (2020-06-17). German Party Calls For Sanctions On Israel. popularresistance.org Germany's left-wing party Die Linke is calling for sanctions on Israel if it proceeds with its planned annexation of large parts of the occupied West Bank. | In Germany there is a strictly enforced — but intellectually lazy and morally repugnant — elite consensus that unconditional support for Israel and inaction in the face of its crimes against Palestinians are necessary to atone for the murder of millions of European Jews in German government death camps. | Few prominent German politicians have the courage or moral clarity to understand that genuine and principled atonement would mean applying the…

Peoples Dispatch (2020-06-17). Brazil sees record spike in COVID-19 infections with close to 35,000 new cases on Tuesday. peoplesdispatch.org Brazil recorded its highest daily spike in the number of COVID-19 infections on Tuesday, June 16 with close to 35,000 new cases and more than 1,200 deaths. As of June 17, Brazil has more than 923,180 cases of infection with over 45,240 deaths, second only to the United States. | According to the country's health ministry, within 24 hours on Tuesday Brazil recorded a total of 34,918 fresh cases of infection and 1,282 deaths which is one of the highest in the world since the COVID-19 was declared a global pandemic on March 11. | This happened a day after the top official in charge of handling coronavirus in the cou…

Peoples Dispatch (2020-06-17). Danish communists protest granting government aid to companies operating from tax havens. peoplesdispatch.org Protests across Denmark were organized by the Communist Party between June 9-13 against the government providing financial aid to foreign companies operating from tax havens as part of the COVID-19 relief packages…

_____ (2020-06-17). Real world leaders show up the populists in Covid crisis. truepublica.org.uk Jacinda Ahern, the prime minister of New Zealand, who was not well-known on the global stage — has now announced that her nation is now virus-free and all Covid-19 restrictions are being lifted. Germany's leader Angela Merkel used her scientific background to enable her to logically explain Germany's pragmatic strategy for dealing with Covid. Germany's …

Gissela Moya (2020-06-17). Let's Bridge the Digital Divide. progressive.org COVID-19 has shown us that the digital divide isn't sustainable if we want all Americans to have a fair shot at success.

Parth Satam (2020-06-17). Korybko to Indian Media: India Is Doing America's Bidding Against China. asia-pacificresearch.com

Tom Clifford (2020-06-17). India and China Dispute: The World's Longest Unmarked Border. globalresearch.ca Incongruous, deadly, bizarre. Two nuclear powers engaging in a fatal skirmish over a piece of territory with no economic resources, using rocks and clubs with protruding nails. A stone-age fight in the nuclear era. | Einstein said he did not know …

Binoy Kampmark (2020-06-17). Sticks, Stones and Death in Galwan Valley. dissidentvoice.org Things along the Indian-Chinese border in the Himalayas have rarely lacked interest, notably along the secretive, heavily patrolled 3,488 km Line of Actual Control. Neither China nor India have ever quite sorted out their differences on that front, plagued by territorial claims over unclearly demarcated boundaries. The administration of Narendra Modi might well have wood …

Grist staff (2020-06-17). Black environmentalists are organizing against worldwide injustice. peoplesworld.org

DRVPBHEGAR (2020-06-17). Climate change is killing Americans. Health departments aren't equipped to respond. nationofchange.org How a decade of neglect and politics undermined the CDC's fight against climate change…

news.un (2020-06-17). 'New contract' needed with nature to keep drought and deserts at bay. news.un.org The UN Secretary-General has called for "a new contract for nature" to address ongoing global challenges connected to land degradation, such as forced migration, hunger and climate change.

Graham Peebles (2020-06-17). Global Issues Require United Action and a Reinvigorated UN. dissidentvoice.org Whatever corner of the world one happens to live in, the most pressing issues of the day affect everyone. Pandemics/epidemics and the environmental emergency; war and terrorism; poverty and food insecurity; overpopulation and the displacement of persons. Such crises cannot be limited by borders or controlled by nation states; no government or corporate power can …

Middle East Eye (2020-06-17). Israel Increases Secretive Nuclear Stockpile to 90 Warheads: Report. globalresearch.ca Israel may have increased its nuclear stockpile from 80 warheads in 2019 to 90 in 2020, according to a new report by a leading global arms watchdog. | The Stockholm International Peace Research Institute (Sipri) said in its

Kester Kenn Klomegah (2020-06-17). Controversy over History of World War II. Russia Marks 75 Years, Military Parade. globalresearch.ca The world celebrates the year 2020 to mark the 75th anniversary of the Victory over Nazism during the World War II. For the first time in history, Russia postponed its military parade traditionally held on Moscow's Red Square on May …

Peter Frost (2020-06-17). The Horrible Truth About Winston Churchill. globalresearch.ca This article was first crossposted in 2018. | George W. Bush installed a bust of Winston Churchill in the Oval Office at the White House. When Barack Obama came to power he had the bust returned to Britain. | Obama's Kenyan grandfather, …

Tony Cartalucci (2020-06-17). America: An Empire Eating Itself. globalresearch.ca The United States finds itself in a less-than-unique position of an empire in terminal decline. With nations around the globe standing up economically, militarily, and politically — closing off once lucrative avenues of exploitation — the US finds itself turning …

Steven MacMillan (2020-06-17). Imperialism, Diamonds and Power: The Plan of Cecil Rhodes Secret Society for Global Control. globalresearch.ca The question of whether a statue of Cecil Rhodes should be taken down has been raging in Britain in recent weeks, fuelled by the George Floyd protests that have swept the world. Personally, I am not a fan of people …

Richard Enos (2020-06-17). Why this 'Pandemic' Is Looking More Like a Social Engineering Experiment. globalresearch.ca Yesterday my wife, a native of Korea, made the arduous trip to her homeland from Toronto in order to help her mother, who had been diagnosed with Stage IV cancer, with the protocols of High-Dose Vitamin C and a natural …

Carla Stea (2020-06-17). "I Can't Breathe, Please, Please!" The Martyrdom of George Floyd, Tortured and Murdered by US Police in 8 Minutes and 46 Seconds, May 5, 2020. globalresearch.ca "Power concedes nothing without a demand. It never did and it never will. Find out just what any people will quietly submit to and you have found out the exact measure of injustice and wrong which will be imposed upon …

IMEMC News (2020-06-17). Israeli Army Demolishes Many Structures, Stores, Near Jerusalem. imemc.org On Wednesday morning, Israeli soldiers, accompanied by bulldozers, invaded Abu Dis town, east of occupied East Jerusalem, before demolishing a shed, an under-construction building, and several stores, owned by Palestinians from the town. The WAFA Palestinian News & Info Agency has reported that the soldiers demolished a shed owned by …

The Palestinian News & Info Agency (2020-06-17). UN experts: Israel's annexation of West Bank land a serious violation of UN Charter, Conventions. imemc.org GENEVA, Tuesday, June 16, 2020 (WAFA): Israel's planned annexation of large swaths of the occupied West Bank land starting July 1 constitutes a serious violation of the United Nations Charter and the Geneva Conventions and the international community has a duty to prevent it, today said 47 of the independent …

IMEMC News (2020-06-17). Army Uproots Palestinian Lands Near Bethlehem. imemc.org Israeli army jeeps and armored bulldozers invaded, Wednesday, the al-Badia ash-Sharqiya area in the al-Freidis village, east of the West Bank city of Bethlehem, before bulldozing and uprooting Palestinian lands. Hasan Breijiyya, the head of the Bethlehem office of the "Colonization & Wall Resistance Commission," has reported that the Israeli …

IMEMC & Agencies (2020-06-17). Israeli Forces Close an Archaeological Site in Nablus City. imemc.org Israeli forces closed, early on Tuesday, an ancient archaeological site in the northern occupied West Bank city of Nablus. Mayor of Sebastia village, north of Nablus city, Mr. Mohammad Azem, confirmed that Israeli troops invaded the village in the early hours of dawn, and began cordoning off the Sebastia archaeological …

IMEMC News (2020-06-17). Soldiers Abduct Seven Palestinians, Including Four Children, In Silwan. imemc.org Israeli soldiers abducted, on Wednesday at dawn, five children, in addition to a mother and her son, in Silwan town, south of the Al-Aqsa Mosque, in occupied East Jerusalem. The Wadi Hilweh Information Center in Silwan (Silwanic) has reported that the soldiers stormed and ransacked many homes in the town, …

Marwa Osman (2020-06-17). Lebanon in Economic Free Fall—MES EP.58. thealtworld.com 1st segment | Lebanon's worst economic crisis in decades has already cost thousands of jobs, with unrest stirring again as protesters lashed out at the government's response. The depreciation in the Lebanese Lira is driving up prices, hitting disposable incomes and forcing many Lebanese to rein in the free-spending lifestyles they'd become accustomed to. To discuss this issue with us from Beirut is Dr. Hussein Gharbieh academic and political commentator. | 2nd segment | Libya's conflict has taken a new twist after an attempt by eastern-based commander Khalifa Haftar to seize the capital, Tripoli, crumbled rapidly…

Peoples Dispatch (2020-06-17). In India, Left leads fightback against govt.'s inhumane policies. peoplesdispatch.org Brinda Karat, Polit Bureau member of the Communist Party of India (Maxist), talks about the all-India protest day organized by the party on June 16. She analyses the multiple failures of the government during the lockdown, as well as its anti-worker and anti-democratic policies. She also talks about the resistance emerging from the ground against these policies.

Max Parry (2020-06-17). Beware the hijacking of U.S. Protests into a "Color Revolution" dissidentvoice.org The May 25th killing of George Floyd, an unarmed African-American man, at the hands of a white police officer in Minneapolis, Minnesota shocked the world and set off mass protests against racism and police brutality in dozens of cities from the mid-western United States to the European Union, all in the midst of a global …

Barton Kunstler (2020-06-17). A different war: For my father on Father's Day. nationofchange.org The shabbier and more senseless the war…the more hollow its objectives and justifications…the more one-sided our advantage…the more distorted the news from the front…the more random the casualties on all sides.

William rivers Pitt (2020-06-17). From Trans Rights to Black Lives Matter, Trump Supporters Are Outnumbered. zcomm.org An F-5 tornado has roared through Trumpland, the rural/exurban village where Trump's base resides with Fox News playing on one channel and OANN on the other…

news.un (2020-06-17). 'I am my brother's keeper', Philonise Floyd tells UN rights body, in impassioned plea for racial justice. news.un.org The UN Human Rights Council in Geneva on Wednesday heard powerful testimony from the brother of George Floyd, whose death, captured on video, while a police officer knelt on his neck for over eight minutes in Minneapolis, has sparked worldwide protest.

_____ (2020-06-17). Johnson's 'high-level' EU meeting. truepublica.org.uk TruePublica Editor: Yes — the main image shows the scale of the governments' latest endeavours to get a deal done with the European Union. Somehow this photo-stunt is supposed to provide renewed confidence to the electorate that all will be well because BJ and Michael Gove are at the forefront of leading the charge. It's …

Peoples Dispatch (2020-06-17). Environment groups sue planning authority in Malta. peoplesdispatch.org The lawsuit was filed over the Maltese Planning Authority's failure to withdraw a controversial development brief prepared for the redevelopment of the site of the former Jerma Palace Hotel in Marsascala…

Jason Hirthler (2020-06-17). Liberal Hypnosis and Graveyard of Protest. dissidentvoice.org Spellbound. Hypnotized. Entranced. Narcotized. Captivated. Anesthetized. Mesmerized. Fascinated. Mystified. Stupefied. From literature to film, our culture is rife with stories of men and women coming under the mental sway of diabolic schemers. Wielding the conditional clauses like a wand, Iago spellbinds Othello to a state of jealous rage, which leads him to kill Desdemona, his …

Andrew Emett (2020-06-17). Buffalo protester Martin Gugino diagnosed with fractured skull. nationofchange.org After the incident, officers Robert McCabe and Aaron Torgalski were suspended for shoving Gugino. On June 6, they were charged with second degree assault.

Peoples Dispatch (2020-06-17). French health workers hit the streets, demand government to save public health system. peoplesdispatch.org Health workers organized massive demonstrations in Paris and other cities across France Tuesday June 16 to demand that the government save public hospitals. The call for mobilization was given by Inter-urgences and Collectif-inter-hà¥pitaux, and supported by several unions, including the General Confederation of Labor (CGT) and Solidaires. | According to reports, a hundred thousand people marched in Paris alone, along with tens of thousands in other French cities like Marseille, Toulouse, Lyon, Lille and Nantes, among others. Protesters denounced the government led by Emmanuel Macron for weakening the public…

Ruth Conniff (2020-06-17). Trump, True to Form, Stokes 'Fear and Division'. progressive.org President's incoherent ramblings on police peg him as hopelessly lost.

Peoples Dispatch (2020-06-17). UN experts condemn Israeli annexation plan. peoplesdispatch.org UN experts, in a joint statement on June 16, said the controversial Israeli plan to annex the Jordan valley and the illegal settlements in the occupied West Bank is illegal and would be a grave violation of the human rights of Palestinians…

Ian Sinclair (2020-06-17). Coronavirus crisis: Where is the British left? peoplesworld.org

_____ (2020-06-17). Report: Unemployment by Christmas could reach over 3 million. truepublica.org.uk Boris Johnson has been warned 10 per cent of the British workforce could be unemployed by the end of December, due to the economic fallout of the coronavirus crisis. A ten per cent unemployment figure would mean 3.3 million people out of work in the UK. These levels (numerically, not a percentage of population) have …

yenisafak (2020-06-17). Police detain PKK/YPG terror sympathizer who jumped on PM Johnson's car. yenisafak.com British police on Wednesday detained a sympathizer of the terrorist YPG/PKK after he allegedly tried to jump on Prime Minister Boris Johnson's car in front of parliament.The man is thought to be among a small group of protesters who carried symbols of the YPG/PKK in Parliament Square.According to eyewitnesses, the man jumped on the prime minister's car while Johnson was leaving the House of Commons after Prime Minister's Questions – a weekly session where lawmakers ask the government questions.A security vehicle hit Johnson's car when it had to break suddenly due to the incident, but there are no reports of injur…

Adriaan Alsema (2020-06-17). Colombia projects 41,000 coronavirus deaths before end of 2020. colombiareports.com Colombia's government informed the Constitutional Court that it expects the coronavirus to kill more than 41,500 citizens before the end of the year, local media reported Tuesday. Between March 6…

Adriaan Alsema (2020-06-17). US deports Medellin Cartel founder Carlos Lehder to Germany. colombiareports.com US authorities deported Carlos Lehder, one of the co-founders of the Medellin Cartel, to Germany where he arrived on Tuesday. The 70-year-old Lehder, who has both a Colombian and a…

Craig Murray (2020-06-17). The Miracle of Salisbury. The Skripals Affair. globalresearch.ca It turns out that the BBC really does believe that God is an Englishman. When the simple impossibility of the official story on the Skripals finally overwhelmed the dramatists, they resorted to Divine Intervention for an explanation — as propagandists …

Andrey Areshev (2020-06-17). Boris Might Make Britain 'Great Again' in Brussels, but Not Where It Counts: Washington. strategic-culture.org It's welcome news that Boris Johnson is being tough with EU negotiators, who, clearly don't really want to negotiate on fair terms Britain's future relationship with Brussels. But the 'let's get Brexit done' mantra from Boris which got him into Downing Street comes with a heavy price as the number of policy blunders and dithering which also accompany the PM are mounting. | As news just comes in that the UK has the lowest confidence

Mimi Kennedy, Steven Rosenfeld (2020-06-17). 2020 Voters' Calendar—The General Election Starts in August. commondreams.org Activists are winning no-excuse mail voting and COVID-19-excuse mail voting in many states. (Photo by JASON REDMOND/AFP via Getty Images) | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…

Alex Kane (2020-06-17). Here's Exactly Who's Profiting from the War on Yemen. globalresearch.ca Priyanka Motaparthy, a researchers for Human Rights Watch, arrived at a market in the Yemeni village of Mastaba on March 28, 2016, to find large craters, destroyed buildings, debris, shredded bits of clothing and small pieces of human bodies. …

yenisafak (2020-06-17). Scores of Israelis storm Al-Aqsa complex in Jerusalem. yenisafak.com The official with the Jordan—run Islamic Waqf Department said 171 settlers toured the site under the protection of Israeli police. The official spoke on condition of anonymity due to security concerns. | The Waqf department has repeatedly called on the Israeli government to halt settler visits to the holy site as they trigger confrontations with Muslim worshippers.. | Al-Aqsa Mosque is the world's third-holiest site for Muslims. Jews call the area the "Temple Mount," claiming it was the site of two Jewish temples in ancient times. | Israel occupied East Jerusalem, where Al-Aqsa is located, during the 196…

Manlio Dinucci (2020-06-17). Facebook Surrounds Africa. globalresearch.ca Many industries and service companies are failing or shrinking due to the lockdown and subsequent crisis. Instead, there are those who have gained from all this. Facebook, Google (YouTube owner), Microsoft, Apple and Amazon — writes The New York Times…

Massoud Nayeri (2020-06-17). Bipartisan Deadlock: Working People and Youth Must Call for President Trump's Resignation Now! Joe Biden is Not An Alternative. globalresearch.ca The deep and insolvable differences among the wealthy elite indicate that the next U.S. President will be in the office by use of force, not through election and votes. Both the Democratic and Republican parties are preparing the American people …

Muhammed Shabeer (2020-06-17). "The Netanyahu government is a betrayal of the people's mandate" peoplesdispatch.org The Communist Party-led Hadash has emerged as a major force among the leftist groups in Israel. Hadash has displaced the exhausted Israeli left bloc of the Labour and Meretz in the recently concluded elections to the Knesset. Here, Peoples Dispatch (PD) talks to Arafat Bdarny, Secretary-General of the Israeli Communist Youth, regarding the relevance of the communist movement in contemporary Israeli politics and the peace process. | Peoples Dispatch (PD): What has been the status of the COVID-19 spread in Israel and what has its impact been on the people, especially the working class? How effective has been the go…

Peoples Dispatch (2020-06-17). Hamas calls for greater Palestinian unity to resist Israeli annexation plan. peoplesdispatch.org The Hamas movement has called for a broader unity among Palestinians to confront Israel's proposed annexation of parts of the occupied West Bank from July 1. Addressing the media on Monday June 15, senior Hamas official and member of its political bureau, Salah al-Bardawil said that a united struggle will bring the "Palestinian project back on track." | Israeli prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu has announced that his government will start the process of extending Israeli sovereignty in the Jordan Valley and in areas of the occupied West Bank where illegal Israeli settlements are located beginning on July 1. Accor…

newsnetwork.mayoclinic (2020-06-17). On the road again: COVID-19 safety tips for commuters. newsnetwork.mayoclinic.org Many commuters are back on the road as COVID-19 restrictions are lifting across the country and businesses are reopening. For commuters using public transportation, car sharing services and carpooling, close proximity to fellow commuters may raise concerns about safety and risk of infection. That's because COVID-19 is thought to spread mainly from person-to-person through droplets produced …

newsnetwork.mayoclinic (2020-06-17). Is too much vitamin C harmful? newsnetwork.mayoclinic.org Your body needs vitamin C, but megadoses can cause many digestive problems. Find out how much of the nutrient you really require. While vitamin C (ascorbic acid) is an essential nutrient, it's possible to have too much of it. Vitamin C is a water-soluble vitamin that supports normal growth and development and helps your body …

West Africa Newswire (2020-06-17). New twist in preparations for Ghana's election. peoplesdispatch.org Ghana's Electoral Commission has come under intense fire from 100 professors from more than 50 universities in the country for its decision to compile a new voters' register. The professors insist that with only six months to the elections, the compilations of a new voters' register would lead to the disenfranchisement of many qualified voters. | The largest opposition party, the National Democratic Congress (NDC) and the Peoples National Convention (PNC) have already accused the Electoral Commission of trying to rig the December 7 elections in favor of the sitting President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo. | In an o…

yenisafak (2020-06-17). EU hopes to provide COVID-19 vaccines in a year. yenisafak.com The EU plans to provide COVID-19 vaccines to its member states within 12-18 months, according to its new strategy announced on Wednesday.The European Commission will sign agreements with vaccine producers on behalf of EU member states to help the development and production of vaccines against the virus.The deal will contribute to the cost of research and development in exchange for delivering a certain number of cures in an agreed period of time.The EU hopes to start the vaccination program within 12-18 months from now, if not earlier."This is a moment for science and solidarity. Nothing is certain, but I am conf…

yenisafak (2020-06-17). 'Turkish social aid program reached over 6M households'. yenisafak.com The Turkish state helped millions of families through social assistance programs and offered financial support worth billions of dollars during the COVID-19 outbreak, a top government official said on Wednesday.The government launched the Social Protection Shield program to cater to citizens' needs during the pandemic, Zehra Zumrut Selcuk, Turkey's family, labor and social services minister, told Anadolu Agency's Editor's Desk.She said the program includes services such as short-time work allowance, unemployment benefits, cash support, and social assistance.According to the minister, the government has so far ex…

yenisafak (2020-06-17). Iran's virus death toll rises by 120 to hit 9,185. yenisafak.com Iran on Wednesday confirmed 120 more fatalities from the novel coronavirus over the past 24 hours, bringing the nationwide death toll to 9,185.Iran's daily number of COVID-19 fatalities decreased to under 100 in mid-April and recorded as 34 on May 25, but daily figures have shown an upward trend in last four days after authorities took measures to ease restrictions.Health Ministry spokesman Sima Sadat Lari said a further 2,612 people tested positive for COVID-19, raising the overall count to 195,051.A total of 154,812 people have recovered and been discharged from hospitals so far, he said, adding that 2,789 rema…

yenisafak (2020-06-17). Italian FM's Turkey trip postponed. yenisafak.com A planned Wednesday visit to Turkey by Italy's top diplomat has been postponed to Friday, according to the Turkish Foreign Ministry.Italian Foreign Minister Luigi Di Maio's visit to Turkey, "previously scheduled for today (17 June 2020) is postponed to Friday 19 June," the ministry said in a statement Wednesday.At Friday's meeting, Di Maio and Turkey's Mevlut Cavusoglu are set to discuss Turkish-Italian relations, Turkey's EU accession process, and the fight against COVID-19.The talks are also expected to cover current regional and international issues.Di Maio will be one of the first foreign ministers to visit T…

yenisafak (2020-06-17). Pakistan: Government ally party quits ruling coalition. yenisafak.com A key partner in Pakistan's government on Wednesday announced it was quitting the ruling coalition.The Balochistan National Party (BNP), which has four seats in the 342-member lower house — the National Assembly — left the coalition led by Prime Minister Imran Khan's center-right Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI), accusing the ruling party of failing to fulfill an agreement it had made during the government's formation after the 2018 general elections.The BNP's demands revolved around various issues being faced by the inhabitants of the country's southwestern Balochistan province, a key route of multi-billion-doll…

yenisafak (2020-06-17). China says it has agreed with India to de-escalate border situation. yenisafak.com China and India have agreed to de-escalate the situation at their border as soon as possible following a clash between the their troops, the Chinese foreign ministry said on Wednesday.Senior Chinese diplomat Wang Yi told Indian Foreign minister Subrahmanyam Jaishankar during a phone call on Wednesday that India should severely punish those responsible for the conflict and control its frontline troops, the Chinese ministry said in a statement.China and India have blamed each other for the clash on Monday, which killed at least 20 Indian soldiers.

yenisafak (2020-06-17). 'Turkey can benefit most from supply chain shift'. yenisafak.com Turkey stands to benefit the most from a shift of supply chains away from China, according to the regional head of the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD).Addressing a virtual meeting held by the Foreign Economic Relations Board of Turkey (DEIK) on Wednesday, Suma Chakrabarti stated that the coronavirus pandemic forced companies to put considerable emphasis on the resilience and diversification of their supply chains."They will have to do so to survive, to recover, to flourish," he added.Stating that the EBRD regions have the potential to significantly scale up their exports, Chakrabarti said:…

yenisafak (2020-06-17). Experts urge diplomatic talks to defuse India-China tensions. yenisafak.com The border clashes between Indian and Chinese armies that led the killing of 20 Indian soldiers in the Ladakh region has shocked the country's diplomatic and military community.Since 1975, this is the first time, when causalities were reported in a border clash between the two countries.However, both military and diplomatic experts have urged the government to raise the level of dialogue from military to diplomatic or even to political level to end the standoff and deescalate tensions.Speaking to Anadolu Agency, former diplomat G.S. Iyer, who had also a long stint in Beijing from 1968-74 said the latest incident…

yenisafak (2020-06-17). Coronavirus vaccine could be on market in mid-2021. yenisafak.com A vaccine against the coronavirus pandemic by CureVac could be on the market in mid-2021, the unlisted German company said on Wednesday.CureVac might be able to apply for approval early next year, Klaus Cichutek, President of German vaccine regulator PEI, added during a joint videoconference.

yenisafak (2020-06-17). Virus case tally surges in Oman, Morocco. yenisafak.com Oman confirmed two more fatalities from coronavirus on Wednesday, while Morocco reported fresh infections. | In a statement, the Omani Health Ministry said the country's death toll from the virus rose to 116 after two people had died. | A further 810 new cases were registered over the past 24 hours, bringing the overall infections to 26,079, the ministry said. | According to the ministry, 708 patients have recovered, pushing the number of recoveries to 11,797. | Meanwhile, Morocco's Health Ministry said 54 people tested positive for the disease, while 23 patients have recovered. | The country's toll now stands at…

yenisafak (2020-06-17). Turkish police arrest 34 over suspected links to FETàñ. yenisafak.com At least 34 suspects were arrested Wednesday for their alleged links to the Fetullah Terrorist Organization (FETO), the group behind the 2016 defeated coup in Turkey.Local police in the central Nigde province carried out simultaneous operations in 10 provinces in coordination with the Chief Public Prosecutor's Office, according to a security source, who asked not to be named due to restrictions on speaking to the media.The operation against the terror group's infiltration into the judiciary covered the provinces of Nigde, Elazig, Aksaray, Afyonkarahisar, Adana, Kahramanmaras, Zonguldak, Tokat, Kayseri, as well as…

yenisafak (2020-06-17). Turkish ministers visit Libya, Tripoli government says. yenisafak.com Turkish government officials including the foreign and finance ministers arrived in Tripoli on Wednesday to meet Libya's internationally recognised Government of National Accord (GNA), the GNA said in a Facebook post.Turkish support has been critical to the GNA in staving off a 14-month assault on Tripoli by the eastern-based Libyan National Army (LNA), which is backed by the United Arab Emirates, Russia and Egypt.

yenisafak (2020-06-17). Turkish first lady marks desertification, drought day. yenisafak.com Turkey's first lady on Wednesday marked the World Day to Combat Desertification and Drought that is celebrated annually on June 17 across the world."Land is life, love, homeland, our future. Our children do not deserve a world with depleted resources, rather blue sky, fertile lands and verdant forests," Emine Erdogan said on Twitter.This fact should be remembered again on the World Day to Combat Desertification and Drought, she stressed.Desertification is the degradation of land in arid, semi-arid and dry sub-humid areas. It is caused primarily by human activities and climatic variations, according to the UN.Obse…

yenisafak (2020-06-17). Turkish | cat nurses abandoned newborn bunny. yenisafak.com An 18-year-old Turkish youth did not expect to witness an amazing spectacle of motherhood when he brought home a newborn rabbit that had been abandoned in a cornfield in Turkey's southern of province Osmaniye.The Karaoƒülu family cat, Sarƒ±kƒ±z (roughly translating into "Yellow Girl"), which had recently given birth herself, welcomed the uncommon guest wholeheartedly and decided to breast-feed the little bunny along with her litter."The rabbit, which we named Pamuk, was hungry and exhausted when i came across it. I first fed it to the best of my abilities. Then I suddenly saw our…

yenisafak (2020-06-17). Hijab | and Fashion: Modest | clothing | shapes | Muslim women's | style | choices | in | India. yenisafak.com An article penned by Priti Salian of the UAE-based The National takes a look at how modest fashion has transformed in the country which boasts the world's third largest Muslim population, India.37-year-old Nighat Ahmad drew great criticism when she first built her brand, "The Hijab Lee," which produces mainly maxi dresses, pantsuits and abayas decorated with traditional hand embroidery in India in 2014."I was constantly asked how I could mix hijab and fashion. Some people said, if you are a hijabi, wear a burqa with it, or give up your hijab," she said.However as the years went by, haters became lovers and are no…

_____ (2020-06-17). Neoliberalism Is In Critical Condition. popularresistance.org Now is the moment to transition away from an economic system that thrives on exploitation. | The Covid-19 pandemic is tearing the neoliberal playbook apart as politicians and citizens realise that, in times of pandemic, markets won't save the day. | The privatisation-deregulation-austerity recipe is becoming obsolete, leaving ways for a diversity of interventionist policies. Meanwhile, outside of markets, solidarity initiatives are blooming, creating the experiential and affective base for a paradigm shift away from self-interested individualism. | This is an opportunity for a long-awaited transition away from an…

_____ (2020-06-17). FBI Misled Congress: Black Activists Still Under Investigation. popularresistance.org As Black activists around the country lead protests for racial justice, following the police murders of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor and other Black people, MediaJustice and the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) today reveal that the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) is still surveilling Black activists using a dated designation they testified to Congress was no longer in use. Of one million pages of documents, responsive to a FOIA request filed by MediaJustice and the ACLU, up to one-third of the pages are on open investigations of Black people as "domestic terrorist" threats for potential "Black identit…

_____ (2020-06-17). Life And Times At The Capitol Hill Autonomous Zone. popularresistance.org Over the past few weeks we have witnessed one of the largest uprisings in recent US history. The police killing of George Floyd in Minneapolis, Minnesota, brought millions of people in the US and around the world out into the streets in aggressive demonstrations. In cities across the country, police precincts were set on fire, corporate stores looted, and as the police turned their sights on the protests, the numbers only grew. | In Seattle, Washington, confrontations with protesters in a gentrified part of the city known as Capitol Hill led to law enforcement's retreat from their office. Organizers and community…

_____ (2020-06-17). Will Moscow Save The West Bank From Annexation? popularresistance.org Palestinian efforts against Israel's plans to annex Palestinian territory are being exercised on three levels. Locally, Palestinians have severed all relations, including security coordination, with Israel and the United States. Regionally, Jordan has been spearheading the Arab response to the Israeli plan, including efforts by the only two Arab countries that have a peace plan with Israel: Jordan and Egypt. | On the international level, Palestinian energy has been largely focused on three members of the Middle East Quartet — the European Union, the United Nations, and Russia. The focus is on these three in…

_____ (2020-06-17). Solidarity And The Absent State In Puerto Rico. popularresistance.org Puerto Rican artists, entertainers, and athletes have been conspicuous in calling for protests against the government, which the pro-statehood New Progressive Party (PNP) firmly controls. Indeed, January 2020 was uncannily similar to last July, when El Residente, Bad Bunny, Ilde, Daddy Yankee, Ricky Martin, and other artists roused scores of thousands of their fans to rise in opposition to Governor Ricardo Rosselló. Seven months later, as the government failed to take any decisive action toward a relief effort, anger was building against Rosselló's hapless successor. Even more damaging for the practice of democra…

_____ (2020-06-17). How To Effectively and Safely Topple A Statue Using Science. popularresistance.org From Bristol, England to Birmingham, Alabama, people all over the world have been grappling with the legacy of racism by tossing their grappling hooks around the heads of problematic monuments. | Should you happen to find yourself near a statue that you decide you no longer like, we asked scientists for the best, safest ways to bring it to the ground without anyone getting hurt—except, of course, for the inanimate racist who's been dead for a century anyway. The force required to pull down a statue isn't as great as you think, says mechanical engineer Scott Holland. Most statues are bronze, using an alloy o…

_____ (2020-06-17). Is Universal Credit prepared for two million new claimants as winter arrives? truepublica.org.uk New research from Citizens Advice has found that out of 500 people surveyed who have applied for Universal Credit as a result of the coronavirus outbreak, more than half (53%) have faced hardship during the five-week wait for their first payment. The charity, which is presented evidence on the five-week wait at last week's Work …

Peoples Dispatch (2020-06-17). Prensa Latina completes 61 years in the service of truth. peoplesdispatch.org On June 16, Cuban news agency, Prensa Latina (PL), celebrated its 61st anniversary. On June 16, 1959, the news organization transmitted its first news report, which was circulated in over 11 countries across Latin America and the Carribean. Prensa Latina is one of the first people-centered news media organizations in the Americas. For the past six decades, it has been working to serve the truth and spread an emancipatory and anti-hegemonic view of the world. | PL was born after the triumph of the Cuban Revolution in 1959. In the face of the disinformation campaigns against Cuba and Cuban Revolution by large inter…

imperial.ac.uk (2020-06-17). Podcast: Vaccine production, safety on public transport, and emerging economies. imperial.ac.uk In this edition: How to make a billion COVID-19 vaccines, why women feel unsafe on public transport, and how emerging economies fare under COVID-19.

imperial.ac.uk (2020-06-17). Imperial celebrates the 2020 winners of the President's Awards for Excellence. imperial.ac.uk Imperial has announced the winners of this year's President's Awards for Excellence.

Staff (2020-06-17). Fauci Will Not Attend Trump Rally, Citing COVID Risks. truthout.org As President Donald Trump prepares for his upcoming rally in Tulsa, Oklahoma, this Saturday, Anthony Fauci, a member of Trump's coronavirus task force, is saying he wouldn't personally attend any campaign event at this time, due to the possibility of contracting the disease. | Fauci, who is the director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, explained

Staff (2020-06-17). Trump Administration Sued for Denying Loans to Small Business Owners With Record. truthout.org A coalition of civil rights groups including the ACLU sued the Trump administration on Tuesday for denying coronavirus relief loans to small business owners with criminal records, arguing the restrictive policy violates the law and perpetuates systemic racial injustices by discriminating against people of color. | "The excluded small business owners are more likely to be Black and Latinx because of bias in our criminal legal system, and their communities are hardest hit by Covid-19," ReNi…

Staff (2020-06-17). Health Care Anti-Bias Tools May Be Endangering Classes of Essential Workers. truthout.org Bias is so baked into health care delivery that COVID-19 forces us to rethink how we allocate resources so Black and Brown people don't suffer more than they already have. | Health care providers worldwide are now considering how to most fairly

Staff (2020-06-17). Trump Doubles Down on Rally in Tulsa, Site of Race Massacre, as COVID Cases Rise. truthout.org President Donald Trump says he will push ahead with a massive campaign rally in Tulsa, Oklahoma, on Saturday, even as COVID cases are surging there as the state reopens. Trump delayed the rally by one day after it was originally scheduled for June 19 — the day of the Juneteenth celebration marking the emancipation of enslaved people. Tulsa is also the site of one of the deadliest massacres in U.S. history, when a white mob in 1921 killed as many as 300 people in a thriving African Americ…

Staff (2020-06-17). Post-COVID Economy May Have More Robots, Fewer Jobs and Intensified Surveillance. truthout.org Spurred on by the coronavirus pandemic, global capitalism is on the brink of a new round of worldwide restructuring based on a much greater digitalization of the entire global economy and society. This restructuring began in the wake of the 2008 Great Recession but the changing social and economic conditions brought about by the pandemic will vastly accelerate the process. It is likely to heighten the concentration of capital worldwide and worsen social inequality. Enabled by digital appli…

Staff (2020-06-17). It's Trump vs. Bolton, and I'm Rooting for a Meteor. truthout.org I thought it was over in September 2019, when Donald Trump and his third national security adviser, the execrable John Bolton, got into a "You're Fired/I Quit!"

Lynda Carson (2020-06-17). In the midst of the Covid-19 pandemic Oakland McDonald employees take legal action. indybay.org Coronavirus Covid-19 Pandemic:…

WSWS Repost (2020-06-17). Journalists expose CIA spying on Assange and demand his freedom. indybay.org This is a summary of a significant recent online discussion about those spying on Julian Assange and figures close to the Trump administration and the CIA.

FRED (2020-06-17). Federal Criminal Complaint Links Attack on SC Sheriffs, Oakland Security Officers to Boogaloo Movement. indybay.org U.S. Air Force Sergeant Steven Carrillo has been charged federally with murder and multiple other counts in connection to the attacks on Santa Cruz Sheriff's deputies in Ben Lomond on June 6, as well as the attacks on federal security officers outside the federal building in Oakland on May 29. The attacks on law enforcement officers left two dead and three injured in total. Evidence in the federal criminal complaint links Carrillo, a right-wing libertarian extremist, to the Boogaloo movement. Also charged is Millbrae resident Robert Alvin Justus Jr. for aiding and abetting in the murder of the federal officer. Ph…

Patrick Schreiner (2020-06-17). From the irrationalism of the market to the irrationalism of life in neoliberalism. indybay.org The only thing that matters is whether the market rewards the efforts or not. By definition, compulsion does not come from the market. The distribution results of functioning markets are always just and superior to any other distribution variant, according to Hayek.

Friends of Scott, Alexis and Taun Hall (2020-06-17). Tuesday 6/16: Justice for Miles Hall: Walnut Creek city council report on policing. indybay.org Watch online and comment remotely: walnutcreek.granicus.com/GeneratedAgenda…

Gay Shame (2020-06-17). Abolition is the Floor Not the Ceiling. indybay.org It is important to remember that institutional violence flows not merely from the bullets of the police but in fact moves through all elements of the social fabric.

Labor Video Project (2020-06-17). LWU Local 10 & 34 Leaders On Juneteenth & Fight Against Racism & Worker Action. indybay.org ILWU Local 10 president Trent Willis and ILWU Local 34 president Keith Shanklin talk about why their union is stopping work on Juneteenth on the west coast and the fight against racism and the system that perpetrates it.

Friends Committee on National Legislation (2020-06-17). Friday 6/19: Juneteenth Film Discussion of 'Suppressed: The Fight To Vote'. indybay.org Online via zoom…

NLG-SF (2020-06-17). Civil Rights Class Action Filed in Reponse to Oakland Police Abuses of George Floyd Protesters. indybay.org "It was so heartening to see so many young Black people expressing their outrage and wanting to be part of the change, and they were attacked by our police department, that tells them 'don't come out here, because we will make your life hard, we will hurt you if you organize, we will hurt you if you say that there is anything wrong with society.'" | — Walter Riley…

John Malkin (2020-06-17). Chris Krohn & Drew Glover – Interview – May 29, 2020. indybay.org Interview with former Santa Cruz City Council members Chris Krohn and Drew Glover, recently recalled in March, 2020.

Aquatic Park Swimmers Group (2020-06-17). Friday 6/19: Swimmers Floating Protest for BLM. indybay.org San Francisco's Aquatic Park…

David Giesen (2020-06-17). Saturday 6/20: The moral ambiguity of Land Value Taxation as restorative justice. indybay.org ZOOM: zoom.us/j/94355008491?pwd=bHJlOXBXN0Yzb2…

Speak Out Now (2020-06-17). Sunday 6/21: Socialism 101: Reform or Revolution: The Role of the State (online). indybay.org Online meeting, see link for details…

Black Youth for the People's Liberation (2020-06-17). Friday 6/19: Black Youth Led Oakland Juneteenth Protest. indybay.org DeFremery Park | 1651 Adeline St, Oakland, CA 94607…

What Happened to Tamario Smith?!? (2020-06-17). Thursday 6/18: What Happened to Tamario Smith Protest. indybay.org The Clock Tower | Pacific Avenue and Water Street, Downtown Santa Cruz…

Sit.Walk.Listen. and SF Sanghas (2020-06-17). Sunday 6/21: Sit. Walk. Listen. Because Black Lives Matter. indybay.org Civic Center Plaza (Polk & McAllister)…

Movement for Black Lives (2020-06-17). Friday 6/19: #SixNineteen: Nationwide M4BL Actions to Defend Black Lives Juneteenth Weekend. indybay.org SF Bay Area, across the USA, & Online…

Nestor Machno (2020-06-17). Millions of Black People slaughtered in Congo – for cellphones! indybay.org BLM is a pretty cool movement but why is it stopping in the 1st World? | Are smartphones more important than African Lives?>

Strike Debt Bay Area (2020-06-17). Saturday 7/11: Strike Debt Bay Area Book Group. indybay.org Online via Zoom…

Juneteenth to Allegiance (2020-06-17). Friday 6/19: Juneteenth to Allegiance: March with us to City Hall! indybay.org Louden Nelson Community Center | 301 Center St, Santa Cruz…

Adopted from Bill George (2020-06-17). Should the Centerpiece in our California State Capitol be relocated? indybay.org Sacramento Historical Society reacts to the removal of the statue of John Sutter at Sutter Hospital and is preparing for future challenges, Should the centerpiece in the California State Capitol be relocated?>

Andrey Areshev (2020-06-17). Battle of Belorussia — June 1944: The Greatest Victory That Still Shapes Our 21st Century World. strategic-culture.org On June 16 this year, U.S. President Donald Trump announced he was removing another 10,000 U.S. troops from Germany reducing American troop levels there to a derisory 24,500. | The move came only a week before the 76th anniversary of the start of the most decisive battle of World War II, the destruction of the heart of the fearsome and monstrous Nazi war machine — Army Group Center — in the Battle of Belorussia. It was an achievement that continues to shape our 21st century world. | The COVID-19 pandemic and George Floyd tragedy have at least shut up the usual childish fairy tales that flood the U.S.

Andrey Areshev (2020-06-17). J.K. Rowling Should Coach Drew Brees on How to Handle America's Cultural Revolutionaries: Never Apologize. strategic-culture.org The world just got a lesson from two public figures — J.K. Rowling, the author of the Harry Potter fantasy books, and Drew Brees, quarterback of the New Orleans Saints — on how to deal with an increasingly influential group of individuals, wrongly identified as 'social justice warriors'. Ironically, Rowling defended herself from an all-out blitz from the mob far better than the NFL star. | In these angry, hysterical times, when merely stating biological fact is enough to trigger the electronic lynch mob, most people prefer to keep their opinions to themselves. And in the event that a person does fi…

Andrey Areshev (2020-06-17). America: Too Weak To Rein In Its Own Empire? strategic-culture.org The real surprise isn't that we're pulling troops out of Germany; it's that they're still there 75 years after World War II ended. And according to the White House, they aren't even all being withdrawn, just a quarter of them, a reduction of 9,500 that will leave 25,000 American boots on German soil.

news.un (2020-06-16). Syrian refugees resort to ever more desperate measures to resist pandemic impact. news.un.org The COVID-19 crisis has caused a dramatic spike in the number of Syrian refugees in need of emergency assistance in the last three months, UN humanitarians said on Tuesday, in an appeal for funding to confront new challenges posed by the health emergency.

news.un (2020-06-16). Security Council: Time is on no-one's side in Syria, warns top UN envoy. news.un.org With war-weary Syria in economic freefall and protesters back on the streets, all sides — domestic and international — must find a way forward that helps its people overcome their suffering and shape their own future, UN Special Envoy Geir Pedersen says.

yenisafak (2020-06-16). Lavrov: Russia, Turkey, Iran to hold summit on Syria. yenisafak.com Ankara, Moscow and Tehran agreed to hold a videoconference and then a face-to-face meeting on the Syrian settlement, Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov announced on Tuesday.The presidents of the three countries will discuss Syrian issues in a videoconference and then will hold a summit in Tehran, Lavrov said at a news conference following a meeting with his Iranian counterpart Mohammad Javad Zarif."Today, we confirmed the agreement of the three presidents of the Astana format countries that the summit will be held in Tehran within terms that will be determined considering the situation developing due to the c…

yenisafak (2020-06-16). NATO concerned by Russia's growing presence in E.Med. yenisafak.com Russia's growing presence in the Eastern Mediterranean region is a cause for concern for NATO, the military alliance's chief said on Tuesday."NATO is also concerned about the increased Russian presence in the eastern Mediterranean in general, in Syria, but also, of course, in Libya. And we have to follow and monitor that very closely," Jens Stoltenberg said in response to a question in an online news conference ahead of the NATO defense ministers meeting on June 17-18.He said the situation in Libya was not on the meeting agenda, but could be discussed, adding: "It has a direct impact on the security of especially…

Tim Anderson (2020-06-16). Trump's 'Caesar' Style Siege on Syria, A Sign of Impending Regional Failure. iranian.com Would be emperor Donald Trump has announced the 'Caesar Syrian Civilian Protection Act', to tighten the genocidal siege on the Syrian people. Without a hint of irony, this new edict imposes even more serious obstacles to the Syrian people getting access to energy, food and medicines, while claiming its purpose is to 'protect' those same …

Staff (2020-06-16). Defund The Police Movement Gains Momentum As Police Killings Continue. therealnews.com "What have the police been good for?" Samantha Master of Organize Black said. "They have not prevented crime." | Organizing Black, the group she works with, had just shut down a street in downtown Baltimore, blocking it off with cars so that others could paint 'Defund the Police' in giant letters in front of Baltimore's City Hall. It was June 12, and inside of City Hall, the city council was considering cuts to the police budget, interrogating Commissioner Michael Harrison and other members of command about the Baltimore Police Department's budget of more than half a billion dollars a year. | "What we know is tha…

Sam Pizzigati (2020-06-16). The Rich are Defunding Our Democracy. counterpunch.org How can you tell if you're living in a democracy? The answer can get rather complicated. Simple yardsticks can often confuse more than clarify. Take the notion that you have democracies where you have elections. Ballots over bullets. Sounds good. But authoritarians have been brazenly manipulating elections — to cement their rule — for generations.

Binoy Kampmark (2020-06-16). Trump at West Point: Un-Policing the World. counterpunch.org Donald Trump claims to be the law-and-order president of the United States. There does not seem much sign of this as the stitching of the Republic gets undone. Protestors have been given a considerable roughing up across several states; police forces are in retreat before proposals of defunding while protocols for arrests are being changed.

Michaela Malone (2020-06-16). San Diego protesters call to defund police. liberationnews.org "The whole world is with us right now. … That's because we have the power of the people—the only power that matters."

Myles Hoenig (2020-06-16). Why This is Not an Emmett Till Moment. dissidentvoice.org Why is this not an Emmett Till moment? The quick, simple response is because the Democratic Party is where social movements go to die and this will be absorbed into their own conservative narrative. The open casket for Emmett shocked the nation, the white nation that is. It was neither shocking nor surprising for the …

_____ (2020-06-16). July 1: Call To Action To Confront Israeli Annexation, Free Palestine. popularresistance.org We know that many Palestinians in exile and supporters of Palestine are, like Samidoun's members, engaged in the uprisings and mass mobilizations taking to the streets to confront anti-Black racism and demand the defunding and dismantling of police and other structures of oppression. Confronting Israel's annexation plans — fully backed by U.S. imperialism and inspired by Zionist racism — also comes as part of the global fightback against racism, colonialism and imperialism. Israel's crimes are backed by $3.8 billion in military aid from the U.S. each year as well as unlimited diplomatic, political and…

RT (2020-06-16). No defunding: Trump's police executive order to ban chokeholds, urge safer policing. rt.com US President Donald Trump has signed an executive order urging police departments across the country to "adopt the highest professional standards," including increased use-of-force training and a partial ban on chokeholds. | Trump announced the order at the White House on Tuesday, after meeting with several Black Lives Matter families. It would ban chokeholds — except for when the police officer's life is at risk — and prioritize federal funding to departments that meet high standards on use of force and de-escalation training. | Police would also be encouraged to use new nonlethal weapons, and sh…

Medea Benjamin (2020-06-16). Trump Hammers Cuba While Cuba Cures the Sick. mintpressnews.com Not content to sabotage Cuba's domestic health sector, the Trump administration has been attacking Cuba's international medical assistance, from the teams fighting coronavirus to those caring for underserved communities in 164 countries.

Paul Antonopoulos (2020-06-16). Trump Risks Losing Washington's Closest Allies to Defend Megacorporations that Support Biden. globalresearch.ca The

Andrey Areshev (2020-06-16). British Leaders Have No Idea How Bad Slavery Was. strategic-culture.org Patrick COCKBURN | Conservative leaders snigger at protesters seeking the removal of statues memorialising those whose fortunes came from the exploitation of slaves. Diagram illustrating the stowage of African slaves on a British slave ship. Image Source: the United States Library of Congress — Public Domain | The leader of the House of Commons, Jacob Rees-Mogg, implied facetiously this week that such demands are on a par with seeking to knock down

Kevin Zeese and Margaret Flowers (2020-06-16). The Uprising Is Only Beginning: Building Power To Win Our Demands. dissidentvoice.org The current uprising against police violence and racism is just beginning. It is rapidly shifting public consciousness on issues of policing, violence against Black people and others, and systemic racism. The movement is deepening and becoming broader as well as putting forward solutions and making demands. The confluence of crises including recent police violence, the COVID-19 …

Rep. Ron Paul (2020-06-16). Is the 'Second Wave' Another Coronavirus Hoax? globalresearch.ca Just a week or so ago the mainstream media and thousands representing the "medical community" told us we must throw out the "stay-at-home" orders and go to the streets to protest the death of George Floyd at the hands of …

Max Blumenthal (2020-06-16). From Occupation to 'Occupy': The Israelification of American Domestic Security. globalresearch.ca In October, the Alameda County Sheriff's Department turned parts of the campus of the University of California in Berkeley into an urban battlefield. The occasion was

Peoples Dispatch (2020-06-16). Establishment parties defy people's mandate in Ireland, agree on coalition government. peoplesdispatch.org Rival establishment parties Fianna Fail and Finn Gael have agreed to form the new government in the Republic of Ireland with the support of the Green party which is led by Eamon Ryan…

Staff (2020-06-16). Climate Crisis: Trump's Regulatory Attack, DNC On Climate, California Fires, And Brazil COVID Chaos. therealnews.com Under the cover of COVID-19 and protests, Trump hacks away at bedrock environmental law. Plus, a Democratic Party committee lays out its climate platform, wildfires erupt in California, and climate chaos engulfs Brazil and the Amazon Rainforest.

Ben Norton (2020-06-16). Meet Wikipedia's Ayn Rand-loving founder and Wikimedia Foundation's regime-change operative CEO. mronline.org Wikipedia has become a bulletin board for corporate and imperial interests under the watch of its Randian founder, Jimmy Wales, and the veteran U.S. regime-change operative who heads the Wikimedia Foundation, Katherine Maher.

Peoples Dispatch (2020-06-16). Colombians mobilize against hunger and state negligence. peoplesdispatch.org Thousands mobilized against state negligence, repression and the precarious conditions that communities are forced to endure amid the global health crisis. The protests were attacked by the police and ESMAD agents…

Jonah Raskin (2020-06-16). Cold War Bully: the Life and Crimes of Roy Cohn. counterpunch.org Ever since the spring of 1954, when I was a precocious 12-year-old kid who watched the Army-McCarthy hearings on TV, I have loved to hate Roy Cohen (1927-1986), Joe McCarthy's co-conspirator and dark twin. One year earlier, Ethel and Julius Rosenberg died in the electric chair at Sing Sing—the single most significant event in my

Dan Wakefield (2020-06-16). From Emmett Till to George Floyd. counterpunch.org Several years ago a man called me and apologized for taking my time, but explained he had to speak with me since he was writing about the Emmett Till murder trial and "you are the only one who was there who is still alive." I am still here, and I now see headlines comparing the murder of George Floyd in Minneapolis to that of Emmett Till in Mississippi in 1955.

Joe Allen (2020-06-16). The Return of the 'Hamburgs'? White Vigilantes, the Chicago Police, and Anti-Fascism in Chicago. counterpunch.org Chicago has seen some of the largest and most militant demonstrations in the United States during the two weeks that followed the murder of George Floyd. Thirty thousand people marched and rallied on June 6 in Union Park, for example. While demonstrators have suffered repeated acts of violence by the Chicago Police Department and seen

Manuel García, Jr. (2020-06-16). Living With Global Warming. counterpunch.org I modeled mathematically the thermal imbalance of our biosphere, which we call global warming, so as to gain my own quantitative understanding of the interplay of the two major effects that give rise to this phenomenon. This is a "toy model," an abstraction of a very complicated planetary phenomenon that teams of scientists using supercomputers

Melvin Goodman (2020-06-16). Donald Trump: Finally Caught Crossing A Red Line. counterpunch.org Donald Trump has crossed many red lines over the past three and a half years, but he has finally crossed one that could cost him politically. The trappings of his fascist march to St. John's Episcopal Church and his blasphemous display of a bible (held backwards and upside down) in front of the church have elicited significant criticism, including from the highest military and civilian leaders of the Pentagon. The military obviously didn't share the view of Trump's press spokeswoman, Kayleigh McEnaney, who compared the president's bible-toting stroll to something "Like Churchill…inspecting bombing damage…." <...

G. Dunkel (2020-06-16). Massive mobilization in France charges racist police murder. workers.org Ever since Adama Traoré, a person from the West African country of Mali living in a northern suburb of Paris, died in 2016 while being questioned by three members of the French national police, the coalition The Truth About Adama Traoré has been campaigning to expose this as a significant . . . |

Caitlin Johnstone (2020-06-16). "Normal" Isn't Coming Back, Prioritize Your Mental Health: Notes From The Edge Of The Narrative Matrix. thealtworld.com I wouldn't invest any emotional energy in the hope that things will eventually return to normal. They won't. The good news is that what we think of as "normal" is actually as crazy as a species could possibly be, and we may in fact be clumsily stumbling toward actual sanity. | Speaking of which, please prioritize your mental health at this point in history. Like, really, truly prioritize it. Things are only going to get more unusual and confusing from here on out, and you'll need to keep your feet underneath you. | ~ | Keep truthfully saying what you believe to be true in each moment and eventually you will have…

Jim McMahan (2020-06-16). Seattle's 60,000-strong march propels anti-racist struggle in Washington state. workers.org Seattle June 13 — Some 60,000 people, propelled by the ongoing global struggle against racist police repression, took part in Seattle's June 12 march and statewide general strike. The march, called and led by Black Lives Matter of Seattle and Martin Luther King County (BLMSKC), followed two weeks of protests . . . |

John Catalinotto (2020-06-16). Conflict arises over renaming military bases. workers.org June 14 — The massive Black Lives Matter uprising has aroused demands that the U.S. Armed Forces rename the 10 military bases named for Confederate generals and ban the use of racist symbols — such as the Confederate battle flag. For the second time in weeks, top military officers must . . . |

Staff (2020-06-16). Civil Rights Activist Annie Chambers Is Marching Again Against Police Brutality. therealnews.com Reverend Annie Chambers marched for civil rights with Dr. Martin Luther King throughout the 60s. This month she took to the streets to demand an end to police brutality when Baltimore City joined the nationwide movement calling for justice for George Floyd, a Black man killed by police in Minnesota. | The lifelong organizer says that while history repeats itself, racism is even worse than in her youth. "In the 50s and 60s we were taught to suffer. We got beat and shot and attacked by dogs. And you heard what Donald Trump say—get the dogs out on them," Chambers said in a phone interview with The Real News on…

Stefanie Dazio (2020-06-16). Feds to review cases into hanging deaths of Robert Fuller and Malcolm Harsch. peoplesworld.org LOS ANGELES (AP) — Federal authorities will review local investigations into the hanging deaths of two black men in Southern California to determine whether federal law was violated, officials said Monday. Local authorities have said there is no evidence of foul play in the deaths of Robert Fuller in Palmdale and Malcolm Harsch in Victorville …