2020-06-18: News Headlines

Editor (2020-06-19). Editorial/Celebrating Juneteenth during an uprising. workers.org On Juneteenth, commemorated on June 19, African Americans mark the anniversary of the day in 1865 when union troops arrived in Galveston Island to inform the enslaved people in Texas that the heinous system of slavery had ended. The delayed announcement forced an estimated 250,000 African descendants to languish under . . . |

Monica Moorehead (2020-06-19). The 1921 Tulsa massacre: U.S. 'ethnic cleansing'. workers.org Since Trump announced that his first campaign rally would be in Tulsa, Okla., on June 19, there has been renewed interest in the 1921 racist Tulsa massacre that targeted "Black Wall Street." The rally has since been rescheduled for June 20. Decades later, Tulsa has continued its white supremacist legacy . . . |

Peoples Dispatch (2020-06-19). Bolivians demand freedom for female political prisoners and immediate general elections. peoplesdispatch.org A large group of Bolivians, mostly consisting of women, demonstrated in the capital, La Paz, on June 17. They demanded freedom for all female political prisoners, who have been arrested on false charges by the de-facto government led by far-right Jeanine àÅñez, after the coup against President Evo Morales in November 2019. In addition to the liberation of the political prisoners, they also called for immediate general elections in the country. àÅñez has been trying to delay using the COVID-19 pandemic as a pretext, in pursuit of her imperialist and neoliberal policies. | At around 10 am, wearing face…

Helen Buyniski (2020-06-19). VIDEO: The "Lock Step" Simulation Scenario: "A Coronavirus-like Pandemic that Becomes Trigger for Police State Controls" globalresearch.ca First published on February 5, 2020. In-depth analysis of the Simulation of a pandemic conducted in 2010 under the auspices of the Rockefeller Foundation. | By now, those following the novel coronavirus epidemic are familiar with Event 201, the pandemic

_____ (2020-06-19). Hancock promises shielding announcement imminent — leak confirms end July. truepublica.org.uk An announcement on a possible end to the coronavirus shielding programme in England will come "very soon", the UK health secretary, Matt Hancock, said Tuesday 17th June, after healthcare charities called for clarity on the government's plans. The scheme affects roughly 2.2 million "clinically extremely vulnerable" people, a category that includes those who have had transplants, are having …

Dean Henderson (2020-06-19). The Federal Reserve Cartel: The Eight Families. globalresearch.ca The Four Horsemen of Banking (Bank of America, JP Morgan Chase, Citigroup and Wells Fargo) own the Four Horsemen of Oil (Exxon Mobil, Royal Dutch/Shell, BP and Chevron Texaco)…

Melissa Dykes (2020-06-19). US Court Ruling: You Can Be "Too Smart" to Be a Cop. globalresearch.ca Relevant to the present crisis, this article was first published on GR on December 18, 2014 | Can a person actually be "too smart" to be a cop in America? "Considering all the police brutality and officer-involved shootings in the news …

Peter Salisbury (2020-06-19). The Globalization of "Fast Food". Behind the Brand: McDonald's. globalresearch.ca This article was first published in The Ecologist in 2011 | In the first of a major new series following on from the ground breaking Behind the Label, Peter Salisbury takes a look at one of the biggest brands in the …

Scott Ritter (2020-06-18). John Bolton's new book slating President Trump may have delighted the MSM, but seems to be driven by venom, not facts. thealtworld.com Former National Security Advisor John Bolton's book "The Room Where It Happened" accuses Trump of incompetence and …

Ali Salam (2020-06-18). Armed Israeli Settlers Level Palestinian-owned Land near Jericho. imemc.org An Israeli settler, on Wednesday, levelled vast amounts of Palestinian-owned lands in the Bedouin al-Malihat area, northwest of Jericho, in the eastern occupied West Bank, local sources said. Fatah official, Suleiman Malihat, told Palestinian WAFA News Agency that an armed settler levelled 350 dunams (87 acres) of nearby Palestinian-owned land, …

Ali Salam (2020-06-18). Israeli Colonists Raze Palestinian-owned Lands near Nablus. imemc.org Illegal Israeli settlers, on Wednesday, razed several dunams of land that belongs to the Palestinian village of Qusra, south of Nablus city, in the northern occupied West Bank, to be used for a road for illegal colonial projects, according to a settlements-watch group. Palestinian official, Ghassan Daghlas, chief monitor of …

Abayomi Azikiwe (2020-06-18). Ballots, Bullets and the African American Struggle in Georgia. globalresearch.ca Continuing problems with voter suppression and the brutal execution of Rayshard Brooks in Atlanta highlights racism and national oppression in the contemporary South | *** | "This is why I say it's the ballot or the bullet. It's liberty or it's death. …

Sharon Lerner (2020-06-18). Coronavirus Pandemic Deepens New York's Hunger Crisis. zcomm.org Some longtime advocates say they have been warning for years about the hunger the pandemic has exacerbated.

Andrew Korybko (2020-06-18). Modi's Major Himalayan Mistake Crushed The Indian Military's Morale. thealtworld.com The death of at least 20 members of the Indian military during non-firearm clashes with China along their disputed frontier in Kashmir has been extremely demoralizing for this already distressed institution, but it's all due to Modi's major Himalayan mistake in thinking that he can reap immediately tangible benefits from his new American patron by making a show out of "containing" China. | Modi's Latest Mistake Was His Worst One Yet | At least 20 members of the Indian military were killed during non-firearm clashes with China earlier this week along their disputed frontier in Kashmir, which crushed the morale of…

Ed Rampell (2020-06-18). If Black Lives Matter, must 'Gone with the Wind' be gone? peoplesworld.org In 1953 author Simone de Beauvoir asked Must We Burn De Sade? regarding the French Marquis and his sadomasochistic books. Today, as the multiple plagues of COVID-19, widespread economic displacement and police brutality disproportionately ravage the African-American community, we're likewise asking: Must Gone with the Wind be gone? On June 10, the birthday of Hattie …

Mark Gruenberg (2020-06-18). 'Workers First' car caravans drive mass turnouts nationwide. peoplesworld.org WASHINGTON—From Fairbanks to San Juan and from Bangor to Honolulu, workers nationwide turned out June 17 in car caravans, at press conferences, and in call-ins to lawmakers to demand solons "Put Workers First For Racial And Economic Justice." Their top demands are additional economic aid during the coronavirus pandemic, for workers, not bosses, and for …

Mark Gruenberg (2020-06-18). Study of key nations: Pandemic could have been 90 times worse. peoplesworld.org BERKELEY, Calif.—It may be stating the obvious, but while the coronavirus pandemic is bad — 6.2 million sufferers and 444,563 dead worldwide as of mid-morning June 17 — it could have been worse, a lot worse, a new comprehensive study shows. Try almost 90 times worse. What would that mean, in practical terms? Though the …

Yves Engler (2020-06-18). Justin Trudeau Continues the Conservatives Pro-Corporate/Empire International Policies. dissidentvoice.org The international community's rejection of Canada's bid for a seat on the United Nations Security Council isn't a surprise. In the below introduction to my recently published House of Mirrors: Justin Trudeau's Foreign Policy I detail how Liberal foreign policy has largely mimicked that of Stephen Harper who lost a bid for the Security Council …

Editor (2020-06-18). 'We are unified as Pueblo on the removal of monuments that glorify murderers'. workers.org Pulling down hated statue of conquistador butcher, Juan de Oñate. The uprising in response to the murder of George Floyd has become a movement against white supremacy. Generations of anger have exploded against settler colonialism and slavery and all white-supremacist historical monuments. In New Mexico, the Pueblo Nations still seethe . . . |

Olujimi Alade (2020-06-18). Reflections on the protests and Black Liberation — a WW commentary. workers.org Philadelphia On May 30, after sleeping in after a long work shift, I decided to make my way down to City Hall for the protests planned in the wake of George Floyd's murder. Making my way down to the parkway and to the art museum, I was astonished by the . . . |

Conn Hallinan (2020-06-18). Trump threatens to re-start nuclear weapons tests, undoing 50 years of agreements. peoplesworld.org If the Trump administration follows through on its threat to restart nuclear tests, it will complete the unraveling of more than 50 years of arms control agreements, taking the world back to the days when school children practiced "duck and cover" and people built backyard bomb shelters. It will certainly be the death knell for the Comprehensive …

Ben Norton (2020-06-18). Leaked documents reveal right-wing oligarch plot to overthrow Mexico's AMLO. thegrayzone.com Mexico's economic oligarchs and establishment political parties have united in a secret alliance to try to remove left-wing President López…

_____ (2020-06-19). DfID merger — "signals a hollowed out state forced to rely on corporate partners to function" truepublica.org.uk By TruePublica: Following the election, Boris Johnson wanted the Department for International Development (DfID) to merge into the Foreign Office. This move would accelerate the hijacking of the aid budget into a tool for the benefit of British interests, rather than a means of fighting global inequalities, which is what the British taxpayer has always …

Adriaan Alsema (2020-06-18). Alleged election fraudster to preside Colombia's senate while in court. colombiareports.com Controversial Senator Arturo Char will have a tough year presiding over Colombia's senate while trying to prevent the Supreme Court from destroying President Ivan Duque's coalition. The conservative Radical Change…

_____ (2020-06-19). Britain to join despised TTP: Wikileaks — "a huge transfer of power from people to big business" truepublica.org.uk TruePublica Editor: I have always maintained from the soon after the EU referendum that Brexit was a con. The team here at TruePublica have relentlessly warned that far from taking back control, Brexit was a trojan horse for big business, to gain control and dominate our lives. Half of our modest lobbying budget went to …

yenisafak (2020-06-18). US Supreme Court rules against Trump bid to end 'Dreamers' immigrant program. yenisafak.com The U.S. Supreme Court on Thursday dealt a President Donald Trump a major setback on his hardline immigration policies, ruling against his bid to end a program that protects from deportation hundreds of thousands of immigrants, dubbed "Dreamers," who entered the United States illegally as children.The justices upheld lower court rulings that found that Trump's 2017 move to rescind the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program, created in 2012 by his Democratic predecessor Barack Obama, was unlawful.

RT (2020-06-18). Supreme Court 'more important than ever' Trump says in 2020 election pitch after DACA setback. rt.com After the US Supreme Court delivered him a lemon verdict, President Donald Trump set out to make lemonade, announcing he would release a shortlist of SCOTUS nominees as part of his re-election pitch to make the court conservative. | A new list of "Conservative Supreme Court Justice nominees" will be released by September 1, the president tweeted on Thursday afternoon. "Based on decisions being rendered now, this list is more important than ever before," he added, listing the right to bear arms, religious liberty and abortion as the issues that would depend on the court in the future. …Based on decisions be…

United We Dream & others (2020-06-18). Monday 6/22: #HomeIsHere DACA Digital Rally hosted by United We Dream. indybay.org Online rally…

SIREN & other groups (2020-06-18). Thursday 6/18: #HomeIsHere: Car Caravans for DACA SCOTUS Decision & BLM in SF Bay Area. indybay.org Caravans in San Fransisco, San Jose, Oakland and throughout CA…

_____ (2020-06-18). Let's Not All Rush Out And Buy John Bolton's Book. strategic-culture.org The world of arts and letters is atwitter this week. John Bolton has a new book coming out—provided it can clear the gauntlet of Donald Trump's censorious rage, that is. Bolton's tome is called The Room Where It Happened, and despite what the title might suggest, it contains no details about the author's conception.

A Guest Author (2020-06-18). 'We marched against the system' in Austin, Texas. workers.org Austin protest, June 7. By Ananya Sabharwal and Isabella Ricks Austin, Texas On June 7, the Austin Justice Coalition, an activist-led organization founded by Chas Moore and oriented toward battling institutional racism, led a protest spanning two miles from Huston-Tillotson University to the Texas State Capitol to bring awareness to . . . |

Mike Davis (2020-06-18). How LAPD chief William H. Parker influenced the depiction of policing on the TV show Dragnet. mronline.org LAPD Chief William H. Parker was initially wary of Dragnet but also saw the opportunity to publicize his views on law and order. LAPD advisors closely examined the script to guarantee that the LAPD officers on Dragnet were ethical, efficient, terse and white.

Al Neal (2020-06-18). Possible framework for restarting the baseball season? peoplesworld.org Will there be a season, or won't there be a season? It's the urgent question—almost heartfelt plea for divine intervention—hanging over all baseball fans as June double-times it toward July; the initially projected month to restart the 2020 Major League Baseball season. As of now, the chances of us seeing live baseball are 50/50. But …

Judy Greenspan (2020-06-18). Close to victory: Campaign to end the Oakland School Police Department. workers.org Black Organizing Project banner, Oakland, Calif., June protests. Oakland, Calif. June 14 — For nearly 10 years, the Black Organizing Project has been fighting to defund and dismantle the Oakland School Police Department. Oakland is the only school district in Alameda County with its own police system. After years of . . . |

Monica Moorehead (2020-06-18). Why the police cannot be reformed. workers.org These edited remarks were made at a June 11 webinar sponsored by Workers World Party: "Why we must abolish the police." What a historical, earth-shattering shift just three months has made! Who would have thought the main debate in the country and the world would be whether the police should be . . . |

A Guest Author (2020-06-18). Bolivia. Morales alerta a comunidad internacional: àÅñez se aferra al poder. workers.org Por Resumen Latinoamericano Según concluyó una investigación independiente, el informe hecho por la misión de observación electoral de la OEA a las elecciones del 20 de octubre de 2019 en Bolivia, y que sirvió a la oposición para generar un golpe de Estado contra el presidente Evo Morales, tenía serias . . . |

Workers World Boston bureau (2020-06-18). Multinational unity wins another battle at Harvard. workers.org Harvard University custodial staff take a knee. During the recent worldwide upsurge for justice, the Black and Brown workers' fight to save their jobs — at the flagship bourgeois enterprise Harvard — led to the university's first antiracist action on June 9. A multi-union worker-organizing initiative drew close to 70 . . . |

Staff (2020-06-18). Why You Should Give a F*ck | Ep. 2 | Unemployment. therealnews.com We take a look at what it means to be unemployed, while diving deeper into the impact unemployment can have on daily life.

Sonali Kolhatkar (2020-06-18). If we're going to defund militarized police departments, why not add the Pentagon? mronline.org The U.S. military's budget, like so many police department budgets, is bloated, and diverts our tax dollars into forces of domination and violence. Now is the time to question our spending priorities at the local and federal level.

Eds. (2020-06-18). Abolition will not be randomized. mronline.org In the wake of the current uprising in support of Black Lives Matter, there has been increasing interest in the use of mainstream empirical methods in economics—like randomized control trials (RCTs) and administrative data evaluation—to address issues of racism and violence in the institution of policing.

Liberation Staff-Seattle (2020-06-18). King County Labor Council votes to expel Seattle Police Officers Guild. liberationnews.org "As unions, it's our responsibility to fight for all forms of justice, and there can be no justice without racial justice."

Staff (2020-06-18). Tearing Down White Supremacist Monuments Isn't Empty Symbolism. therealnews.com The monuments represent more than just the people they honor. They symbolize the brutal legacy of white supremacy, racism, colonialism, and genocide we live with today.

Voces en Lucha (2020-06-18). Daniel Gallardo and the Spanish walls. peoplesdispatch.org Prisons drag themselves through the humidity of this world, | walking the gloomy road of the courts: | They search for a person, they search for a people, | they chase them, absorb them, devour them. | Miguel Hernández | Spain has a long history of jails and penitentiary centers and thousands of social and political prisoners have passed through their walls. Not all of them survived. Since ancient times, punishment has been part of stratified societies, but the concept of ‚Äã‚Äãprison that we know today is a relatively modern idea. In the 16th century, prisons where prisoners o…

Patrick Munger and Monica Johnson (2020-06-18). Rebellions against racism continue in Atlanta after police killing of Rayshard Brooks. liberationnews.org Patrick Munger and Monica Johnson On June 17, protests assembled across Atlanta in response to the police killing of Rayshard Brooks and in solidarity with all victims of racism and police violence. The night before, community members and local activists had mobilized immediately after learning that another Black man, Brooks, had been killed by the …

Eds. (2020-06-18). Revolutionary ideals of the Paris Commune live on in Black Lives Matter autonomous zone in Seattle. mronline.org The Capitol Hill Autonomous Zone in Seattle—or Chaz as it has come to be known—was set up on June 8 in the Capitol Hill area of Seattle. It came about as a result of BLM protesters moving in after the Seattle police abandoned the precinct due to clashes with protesters.

Staff (2020-06-18). Stir Crazy! Episode #56: We Will Win. therealnews.com On today's show: TRNN visual producer Andrew Corkery, Law Enforcement Action Partnership Director Neill Franklin, and "Why You Should Give A F*ck" co-host Genevieve Montinar. Hosted by Kim Brown. If you have questions/comments/suggestions for the show email us at stircrazy@therealnews.com

RT (2020-06-18). ALL levels of Australian govt., critical infrastructure hit in 'sophisticated cyber attack' by 'state actor' – PM. rt.com Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison has said that his country has been targeted by a large-scale cyber attack seeking to disrupt the work of the government as well as the operations of essential services providers. | "We know it is a sophisticated state-based cyber actor because of the scale and nature of the targeting," Morrison said, addressing the nation on Friday morning local time. | Morrison did not point the finger at any particular country that might have been behind the cyber attack, which he said was designed to bring the operation of the government as a whole to a halt, as well as to cripple th…

Betsey Piette (2020-06-18). Delbert Africa, Warrior for the people! workers.org Delbert Africa's daughter Yvonne Orr-El: 'They murdered my father.' Delbert Orr Africa passed away on the evening of June 15 surrounded by friends and his MOVE family. A June 16 press release from MOVE describes Africa as "an early counterpart 42 years before George Floyd." In 1978, Delbert Africa was . . . |

Betsey Piette (2020-06-18). Too late to reform, time to disband Philly police. workers.org Philadelphia The Philadelphia Police Department, the fourth largest in the U.S., is one of the oldest municipal police agencies, founded in 1854. Its history has been marked by patterns of police brutality, intimidation, coercion and disregard for constitutional rights. Philadelphia protest, June 6. Recently, a statue of former Police Commissioner . . . |

Staff (2020-06-18). Rashad Robinson on Recent Spike in Hanging Deaths, the Cancellation of "Cops" & Boycotting Facebook. democracynow.org For more than a decade, the racial justice organization Color of Change led a push to cancel the long-running TV show "Cops," which glorifies police aggression. Now the show has been cancelled, along with A&E's "Live PD." "The thing about these shows is that they call themselves reality programming, but they are only from the vision of the police officers," says Rashad Robinson, president of Color of Change. "These shows have served as a PR arm for law enforcement." He is now calling on Netflix to cancel "Border Security: America's Front Line."

Staff (2020-06-18). Murder Charge for Atlanta Cop Who Shot & Killed Rayshard Brooks Shows the "Power of a Movement" democracynow.org Prosecutors have charged the Atlanta police officer who shot and killed Rayshard Brooks with felony murder, and accuse Garrett Rolfe of twice shooting Brooks in the back and then kicking him as he lay dying. A second officer, Devin Brosnan, faces four charges, including assault. We talk to Rashad Robinson of Color of Change about the charges in Atlanta and growing calls to defund the police. "For the last 20 years in this country, violent crime has basically steadily went down," Robinson says. "At the same time, police budgets have continued to rise, continued to expand. We've militarized police."

Staff (2020-06-18). "Tear Gas Is a Weapon": Amnesty Report Reveals Police Use of Tear Gas Fuels Rights Abuses Worldwide. democracynow.org As police officers in nearly 100 U.S. cities and towns have fired tear gas on protesters in recent weeks and left many with severe injuries, a new Amnesty International report finds the use of tear gas continues to grow each year, and fuels police human rights violations against peaceful protesters on a global scale. "Everywhere we look, police are just very quick to use tear gas, which is not a safe product and can cause real injuries," says Brian Castner, senior crisis adviser on arms and military operations for Amnesty International.

Staff (2020-06-18). "Movements Work": As Activists Occupy Seattle's Capitol Hill, City Bans Tear Gas, Expels Police Union. democracynow.org In Seattle, the fight to demilitarize and defund the police continues as the King County Labor Council voted to expel the Seattle police union Wednesday, following weeks of protest. Seattle police sparked outrage for responding to massive protests against police brutality by using pepper spray, tear gas and flashbangs on demonstrators and reporters. Activists then formed an autonomous zone in response to the police department's abandonment of a precinct building. On Wednesday, President Trump threatened to send troops into Seattle to dismantle the community-run Capitol Hill Occupied Protest, which extends over se…

pip.hinman (2020-06-18). Stop Adani protests 'greenwashing' Marsh Insurers. greenleft.org.au

Al Jazeera (2020-06-18). Planet Earth Police Department Blew Up Seven Innocent Black People in Somalia, Including a Child. anti-empire.com The United States military has not adequately investigated two air raids in Somalia earlier this year that have killed at least seven civilians, including a child, according to the Human Rights Watch (HRW). [HRW is a major lobbyist for regime-change wars, and as such they're very tame on the Pentagon. If they say seven there was likely more.] | In a report released on Tuesday, the rights group said the killing of the civilians was in apparent violation of the laws of war. The HRW was referring to incidents on February 2 and March 10 in Jilib and Janaale, where no evidence of a military target involving the al-Sha…

Liberation staff (2020-06-18). Milwaukee Pride for Black Lives Matter. liberationnews.org Well over 3,000 people turned out to a "March with PRIDE for #BLACKLIVESMATTER" rally and march, brought together in only a couple days by members of the Black and Brown LGBTQ community in Milwaukee. Signs such as "White Silence is Violence," "Queer and Trans for Black Lives Matter," and "Black and Brown Unity," put the …

Eds. (2020-06-18). Persecuted Egyptian LGBTQ activist Sarah Hegazy dies of suicide. mronline.org 30-year-old Sara Hagezy was in exile in Canada since her release from jail in 2018. She was arrested after she waved a rainbow flag at a concert in Cairo…

RT (2020-06-18). 'No room' for embodiment of 'violent bigotry': Pelosi demands removal of 4 portraits of House Speakers who joined Confederacy. rt.com US House Speaker Nancy Pelosi has demanded that four portraits of her predecessors who served in the Confederacy be taken down as a measure to "combat bigotry" as America continues to reel from massive anti-racism protests. | Pelosi penned a

RT (2020-06-18). 'Nazi' or 'Antifa'? Trump campaign ads removed as Facebook rules RED TRIANGLE violated 'organized hate' policy. rt.com Several Donald Trump presidential campaign ads were axed by Facebook for violating its policy with a red triangle, which critics say is a Nazi reference. Conservatives insist it's meant to symbolize Antifa, crying political bias. | The ads in question were posted to the Facebook pages for the president, Vice President Mike Pence, and Team Trump, and blasted "Antifa" and "far-left mobs" for "destroying" American cities. | However, it's not the verbiage of the ads that has raised eyebrows, but rather an inverted red triangle seen right before social media users were asked to sign a petition celebrating Trump's d…

Mike Walter (2020-06-18). The Heat: China-U.S. Relations and COVID-19. america.cgtn.com Top diplomats from the United States and China meet in Hawaii. Could this be a turning point for better relations?

RT (2020-06-18). No mask, no service: American Airlines bans #WalkAway founder for not complying with Covid-19 rules. rt.com Conservative activist Brandon Straka has been banned from flying with American Airlines after he was booted from a plane for refusing to wear a mask as part of the company's Covid-19 guidelines. | "American Airlines thoroughly reviewed an incident on June 17 involving one of our customers, Brandon Straka," the company said in a statement on Thursday. "As a result of this review, Mr. Straka will not be permitted to fly American, as he failed to comply with our stated policy and crewmember instructions." | Straka is the first person in the US to be banned by an airline for not wearing a mask. He will continue t…

RT (2020-06-18). Russian Deputy PM believes Covid-19 second wave can be avoided, Moscow denies lockdown to resume in fall. rt.com The dreaded second wave of coronavirus in Russia can be avoided if safety measures are observed, according to Russian Deputy Prime Minister Tatyana Golikova, who has fronted the country's response to the pandemic. | Read more | | Meanwhile, Moscow's Department of Education has firmly denied media reports that self-isolation rules will again be introduced in the capital on September 20. The department slammed such speculation as provocative and untrue. | "The depart…

RT (2020-06-18). 'Independent' Facebook fact-checker exposed as partisan smear factory packed with CNN alumni. rt.com Facebook fact-checker Lead Stories is a biased outfit bristling with ex-CNN staffers that presents itself as neutral, despite most of its employees having donated to the Democratic Party, a conservative outlet has revealed. | The National Pulse (TNP), whose story about supposed financial links between Black Lives Matter, Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden, and fundraiser ActBlue was flagged as "partly false" by Lead Stories on Facebook, did some

RT (2020-06-18). Berlin's threats will 'not be left unanswered' Russian ambassador says, after Germany links Chechen ex-militant's murder to Moscow. rt.com The Russian envoy to Germany, Sergey Nechaev, has blasted Berlin for blaming the murder of a former Chechen insurgent leader on a Russian "state entity". Such accusations lack proof and only hurt bilateral relations, he said. | "We consider the accusations leveled against the Russian authorities to be baseless and unsupported by evidence," Nechaev said in a statement, commenting on the latest indictment issued by the German prosecutors in relation to a high-profile murder that took place in Berlin's Tiergarten Park last August. | A 40-year-old man, Zelimkhan Khangoshvili, was shot by a suspect identified as a…

RT (2020-06-18). Putin: 75 years after WW2, new global crisis calls for victorious anti-Nazi coalition to work together again. rt.com In 1945, they defeated Hitler and Imperial Japan. Now, 75 years on, Vladimir Putin believes that the present global health and economic crisis requires the Second World War allies to unite once more. | In a lengthy op-ed, first published in American foreign policy journal 'The National Interest' on Thursday, the Russian president discusses the reasons behind the rise of Adolf Hitler. He also outlines the benefits of…

RT (2020-06-18). About face: Northam is speaker for Virginia Dems even though they called for his resignation over blackface photo. rt.com Governor Ralph Northam is speaking for Virginia Democrats at an upcoming convention, a decision being blasted, because the same group had previously called for his resignation over a controversial blackface photo. | "We're honored to have @GovernorVA speaking at our virtual state convention coming up in just a few days!" the Democrat Party of Virginia wrote on Thursday, in a tweet that left many scratching their heads. | We're honored to have

RT (2020-06-18). 'I was ahead of our times': Trump says both he & CHAZ anarchists in Seattle opted for building BORDER WALL first. rt.com US President Donald Trump has pointed out that an anarchist community that took over a part of Seattle first built a barrier around it, choosing to take that as an endorsement of his wall on the US-Mexico border. | Taking to his social media of choice on Thursday, Trump styled himself as a true visionary as he half-jokingly suggested that the builders of the anarchist utopia (or dystopia, depending on one's point of view) in Seattle might have drawn inspiration from his own mega-project. | "First thing the anarchists did upon taking over Seattle was 'BUILD A WALL.' See, I was ahead of our times!" Trump tweeted…

Stephen S. Roach (2020-06-18). Walking on Thin Ice: Can America's "Exorbitant Privilege" and King Dollar Survive a 17.9% Budget Deficit? anti-empire.com The era of the U.S. dollar's "exorbitant privilege" as the world's primary reserve currency is coming to an end. Then French Finance Minister Valery Giscard d'Estaing coined that phrase in the 1960s largely out of frustration, bemoaning a U.S. that drew freely on the rest of the world to support its over-extended standard of living. For almost 60 years, the world complained but did nothing about it. Those days are over. | Already stressed by the impact of the Covid-19 pandemic, U.S. living standards are about to be squeezed as never before. At the same time, the world is having serious doubts about the once widel…

Marko Marjanoviƒá (2020-06-18). Kim Jong Un's Well-Timed 'Surprise' Portends Another Nuke Crisis. anti-empire.com If there is one thing I have learned about making a career out of studying North Korea it is this: the Kim regime loves to tell those who pay attention to its unique propaganda many times what it is going to do before it does it—sometimes even telegraphing for us in clear language the next crisis it intends to start. | If that holds constant now, then Pyongyang seems once again hellbent on sparking

Red Friday (2020-06-18). Military COIN Experts Claim They Can End US Unrest in Just 17 Years. anti-empire.com Military experts in counterinsurgency and nation-building claim they can bring nationwide protests against police brutality under control in just 17 years, sources report. | "The unrest in our country is something we can fix, no problem," Bob Egon, CEO of the Center for Perpetual War, said today. "We have a civilian population upset at their government. They're overwhelmingly peaceful, and they have a positive view of the US Military. This is a situation we've dealt with many times before." | "If we send in the troops now, we can have these protesters making IEDs inside a week." | "We had some random guy in the o…

Sheren Khalel (2020-06-18). The Empire Declares a "Maximum Pressure" War of Economic Strangulation on Devastated Syria. anti-empire.com The United States has imposed a sweeping set of new sanctions against any country, individual or entity that provides support to the Syrian government – a campaign that experts warn may devastate the lives of ordinary Syrians trying to survive and rebuild after nine years of war. | The Caesar Act, passed in Congress

Matt Purple (2020-06-18). America: Too Weak to Rein in Its Own Empire. anti-empire.com A grievous blow to international security has just been dealt. President Donald Trump has announced that American troops are to be withdrawn from…Germany. Yes, Germany. Why are American troops in Germany? Because we have to fight them over there so we don't fight them here, you see, and there are few generators of terrorism and chaos in the world today quite like the Berlin club circuit. | 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…

Paul Antonopoulos (2020-06-18). France's Call on NATO to Stop Ignoring the "Turkey Problem". Further Divides the Alliance. globalresearch.ca The Soviet Union collapsed in 1991, and this calls to question why NATO still exists today. Since the collapse of the Soviet Union, NATO has militarily intervened in many sovereign countries such as Yugoslavia, Iraq, Afghanistan, Libya, while also expanding …

Mark Taliano (2020-06-18). Trump's Order to Withdraw US Troops from Syria Good-for-Nothing. globalresearch.ca Mark Taliano, author and activist, says the US troops' deployment to the oil fields areas in Eastern Syria is an act of reoccupation, indicating the futility of US President's order to withdraw its forces from the Arab country. | *** | Speaking …

Pavan Kulkarni (2020-06-18). Socialist Party's manifesto promises revolutionary change in Zambia. peoplesdispatch.org The Socialist Party of Zambia released its election manifesto on June 18, Wednesday, promising universal education and healthcare, as well as the expansion of housing and sanitation facilities for the masses…

Aaron Maté (2020-06-18). Crippling new sanctions punish Syrian civilians for US defeat in proxy war. thegrayzone.com As Syria tries to recover from a nearly decade-long war, the US has imposed crippling new sanctions under the Caesar…

Stephen Lendman (2020-06-18). The Plot to Make Trump a One-Term President? Why Do They Want him Out? Will a Biden Presidency Make a Positive Difference? globalresearch.ca Why would perhaps a majority of the US ruling class want Trump defeated in November? | Even though he's far from a prototypical Western leader — a businessman/reality TV personality turned politician — he aided and abetted the greatest wealth transfer …

Stephen Lendman (2020-06-18). Now It's DPRK-Gate: North Korea to Attack US 2020 Presidential Election? "Don't Mess with Us" globalresearch.ca North Korea is one of countless numbers of nations that have been grievously attacked and otherwise harmed by the US. | Throughout its post-WW II history, it never attacked another country preemptively — not South Korea or any others, threatening none …

South Front (2020-06-18). Video: Idlib Militants Attack Turkish-Russian Patrols as Turkey Shifts Focus to Northern Iraq. globalresearch.ca On June 16, a joint convoy of the Turkish Army and the Russian Military Police became the target of a new IED attack during a patrol along the M4 highway in southern Idlib. The explosion damaged a BTR-82A armored personnel …

Staff (2020-06-18). Headlines for June 18, 2020. democracynow.org Former Atlanta Police Officer Who Shot Rayshard Brooks Charged with Murder, Rayshard Brooks Described Struggles with Criminal Justice System in Video Recorded Before His Killing, Trump Calls Protesters "Anarchists, Terrorists and Looters" as Vigilantes Attack Peaceful Marches, George Floyd's Brother Calls on United Nations to Probe U.S. Racism and Police Brutality, Coronavirus Infection Rate Hits Record in States That Eased Social Distancing, Florida COVID-19 Cases Surge as Gov. DeSantis Promises to Keep Restaurants Open, Tulsa Mayor "Not Positive That Everything Is Safe" as 19,000 Plan to Attend Trump Rally, Bra…

Prof Michel Chossudovsky (2020-06-18). Global Capitalism, "World Government" and the Corona Crisis. globalresearch.ca The COVID-19 crisis is marked by a public health "emergency" under WHO auspices which is being used as a pretext and a justification to triggering a Worldwide process of economic, social and political restructuring.

Prof Michel Chossudovsky (2020-06-18). Michel Chossudovsky: Biographical Summary. globalresearch.ca There are a number of deliberate "errors" and omissions in Michel Chossudovsky's wikipedia entry. Defamatory statements. | The same applies to the wikipedia entry for Global Research which has been merged with Chossudovsky's entry. The objective is to smear GR. …

Ricardo Vaz and Lucas Koerner (2020-06-18). Venezuelan Oil Output Continues Decline as Refinery Resumes Operations. venezuelanalysis.com Venezuelan crude exports on track for 70 year low as Washington continues to target tankers and shipping companies.

Ralph Nader (2020-06-18). From the Covid-19 Battle Can Come Unstoppable Citizen Power to Propel "Full Medicare for All" through Congress. dissidentvoice.org Frontline healthcare, transit, and grocery clerk workers are too busy risking their lives helping and saving people exposed to the deadly Covid-19 pandemic to see themselves emerging as the force that can overcome decades of commercial obstruction to full Medicare for All. These heroic, courageous, and selfless people are getting the job done, often without …

Philip Giraldi (2020-06-18). America's Recessional: Time to Bring the Troops Home. globalresearch.ca Two weeks ago a senior Trump Administration official revealed that the president had decided to

Zero Hedge (2020-06-18). USAF Paints Fighter Jet Russian Color Scheme to Prepare for Dogfights. globalresearch.ca A General Dynamics F-16 Fighting Falcon at Hill Air Force Base, located in northern Utah, recently had an exterior makeover paint scheme that mimics the Russian Sukhoi Su-57 stealth fighter, reported The 576th Aircraft Maintenance Squadron painted …

Norman Solomon (2020-06-18). California "Berning" for Ro Khanna to Chair the State's Delegation to DNC. zcomm.org Sanders defeated Biden by a margin of 8 percent in the California primary. But hidebound tradition as well as raw political power are arrayed against the Bernie delegates pushing for Khanna to chair the delegation…

Norman Solomon (2020-06-18). California "Berning" for Ro Khanna to Chair the State's Delegation to Democratic National. indybay.org Inclusion or charade?>

WSWS Repost (2020-06-18). 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.

R. Robertson (2020-06-18). "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.

newsnetwork.mayoclinic (2020-06-18). Minnesota mass gathering participants eligible for COVID-19 testing. newsnetwork.mayoclinic.org ROCHESTER, Minn. — Minnesota Governor Tim Walz recently announced that any Minnesota resident who participated in a protest, vigil, or other mass gathering, including first responders, are eligible to receive a COVID-19 test. Mayo Clinic and Mayo Clinic Health System sites in Minnesota are helping to support public health departments in local communities and have …

yenisafak (2020-06-18). Black EU lawmaker claims harassment by Brussels police. yenisafak.com A Black member of the European Parliament claims that she was harassed by the Brussels police.Pierrette Herzberger-Fofana, a 71-year-old German lawmaker said that police brutally handled her near the Northern Railway Station of Brussels on Tuesday."It would not happen to white members of European Parliament "she said while participating in a debate on the anti-racism on Wednesday.The European Parliament's plenary session had been discussing anti-racism in the wake of protests ragging many cities across the globe following the death of George Floyd in the US.She said the incident happened when she saw nine police…

_____ (2020-06-18). Community Control Of The Police — And A Whole Lot More. popularresistance.org The wave of people's protests across the nation, backed by solidarity actions in cities around the world, has caused the corporate oligarchy and its servants to make promises they can't keep and give lip service to programs they have always resisted. The Congressional Black Caucus, the vast bulk of whose members backed militarization of local police and elevation of cops to the status of "protected" class, now claims to favor limits on police arsenals, less legal immunities for cops and a grab-bag of other reforms they previously dismissed out of hand. Mayors that know damn well they will have to cut spending acr…

_____ (2020-06-18). Here's What 'Nonlethal' Weapons Can Do To The Body. popularresistance.org Civil unrest in the wake of George Floyd's death has spread around the world, and in some places, protesters are being met with tear gas, rubber bullets, stun guns, and other tactics intended to control crowds without taking lives. | Known as nonlethal or less-lethal weapons, many of these tactics were originally pitched as a way to make warfare more humane by incapacitating a person or encouraging them to flee. Law enforcement agencies later adopted these weapons from the military as an alternative to using firearms. | Yet people who study nonlethal weapons wonder if reclassification is in order, as research con…

_____ (2020-06-18). Reporter Sues Newspaper For Prohibiting Her Coverage Of Protests. popularresistance.org A reporter in Pittsburgh is suing the newspaper she works for after the company prohibited her from covering the city's Black Lives Matter protests because of a tweet concerning the issue. The suit claims that Ms. Johnson was prevented from pursuing stories on jailed protesters or social-media efforts to raise bail funds after she posted a tweet on 31 May highlighting the different treatment black and white people regarding property damage. | "Horrifying scenes and aftermath from selfish LOOTERS who don't care about this city!!!!!" the tweet says. "…. oh wait sorry. "No, these are pictures from a Kenny Chesney…

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

Black Youth for the People's Liberation (2020-06-18). Friday 6/19: Black Youth Led Oakland Juneteenth Protest. indybay.org DeFremery Park | 1651 Adeline St, Oakland, CA 94607…

Milestone in History (2020-06-18). Columbus Statue Finally Removed from Telegraph Hill. indybay.org After decades of protest, going back in memory to 1992, the 500th Anniversary of Columbus' arrival in the Americas, when we were able to move the Columbus Genocide Parade from Market to Fisherman's Wharf, the latest anti-racism movement, Black Lives Matter, finally moved the City & County of San Francisco to take down the Columbus monument outside Coit Tower on Telegraph Hill today.

NLG-SF (2020-06-18). 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…

Revolutionary United Front (2020-06-18). Tuesday 6/23: Community Meeting on Police Brutality and the George Floyd Protests Pt. 2. indybay.org Willow Park | Oakland, CA 94607…

Aquatic Park Swimmers Group (2020-06-18). Friday 6/19: Swimmers Floating Protest for BLM. indybay.org San Francisco's Aquatic Park…

Andrea Duca, Irdi Memaj, Federico Zanardi, Carlo Preti, Andrea Alesi, Lorenzo Della Bella, Elena Ghezzi, Fabiano Di Marco, Ferdinando Luca Lorini, Serena Venturelli, Stefano Fagiuoli, Roberto Cosentini (2020-06-18). Severity of respiratory failure and outcome of patients needing a ventilatory support in the Emergency Department during Italian novel coronavirus SARS-CoV2 outbreak: Preliminary data on the role of Helmet CPAP and Non-Invasive Positive Pressure Ventilation. thelancet.com The population of patients suspected for COVID-19 infection presenting at our ED showed a very high rate of severe respiratory failure, with urgent need of a large amount of intensive care resources. Mortality rates of critically ill patients with confirmed COVID-19 (76.5%) are similar to previously reported studies with similar population. CPAP/NIPPV could be a valid strategy to treat severely hypoxic patients that cannot be intubated in the ED due to lack of intensive care resources.

Newsclick (2020-06-18). Covid-19 and Dexamethasone: Some hope for serious patients. peoplesdispatch.org A randomised and controlled clinical study conducted in the UK has found that the readily available steroid drug, Dexamethasone, could be a game changer in treating critically ill COVID-19 patients.

Dr. Bachar al-Jaafari (2020-06-18). "Main Victim of Caesar Act Is the Syrian Citizen." Ambassador Bashar Al-Ja'fari. globalresearch.ca The Caesar Act comes at a time when the whole world is suffering not only in the health arena (Covid-19) but also in the financial one. | Syria specifically is suffering from great duress. Coming out of a ten year long …

William John Cox (2020-06-18). As a Police Policy Maker, Prosecutor, and Public Interest Lawyer, This Is What I Fear, and This Is What We Can Do Together. globalresearch.ca There is a new contagion sweeping across America, more deadly than the COVID-19 virus released by our collapsing environment, and even more dangerous than the world-wide economic collapse triggered by the pandemic. The widening collapse has undermined our local and …

Peoples Dispatch (2020-06-18). Irish housing rights group demands ban on evictions during COVID-19 crisis. peoplesdispatch.org A Day of Action was observed on June 17 on the call of the Community Action Tenants Union of Ireland. The COVID-19 lockdown has worsened the plight of tenants and homeless people in Irish cities…

Brasil de Fato (2020-06-18). Brazil: Minister of Education announces his departure from Bolsonaro government. peoplesdispatch.org Brazil's Minister of Education, Abraham Weintraub, announced on the afternoon of Thursday June 18 that he is stepping down from the government of Jair Bolsonaro. He made the announcement through His fall comes after the minister participated in a series of anti democracy rallies principally against the Supreme Federal Court (STF). According to sources from the Planalto Palace, his…

MPCSSRR (2020-06-18). The Case for Nationalizing the Fossil Fuel Industry. peoplespolicyproject.org The climate is in crisis. Scientists have repeatedly warned policymakers that to have a reasonable chance at limiting global warming to 1.5 ∫C, emissions need to be rapidly wound down. But the power of the fossil fuel corporations, armed with hundreds and hundreds of lobbyists on the Hill, won't have any of it. They must extract, extract, extract. Corporations are unwilling, and markets are simply incapable of rapidly phasing out the industry that is destroying our planet. | There is another way. Peop…

Colin Todhunter (2020-06-18). From Toxic Food to Agrarian Disaster: Dirty Deals Done Dirt Cheap. globalresearch.ca During the early days of the coronavirus lockdowns,

Eleni Schirmer (2020-06-18). Jane McAlevey's Vision for the Future of American Labor. zcomm.org Systematic grassroots organizing is the key to repairing today's ravaged democracy…

Lucas Leiroz de Almeida (2020-06-18). Why Japan Cancelled Installation of American Missiles in Its Territory. US Military Presence Threatens Japan's Security. globalresearch.ca Since 1945, when the United States bombed the cities of Hiroshima and Nagasaki with nuclear weapons, Japan has entered an era of total submission to Washington, demilitarizing and abdicating its own real sovereignty. Tokyo came under the umbrella of American …

Michael Jansen (2020-06-18). Lebanon Is Victim of Its Deeply Entrenched Political Elite. globalresearch.ca Lebanon is the victim of its deeply entrenched political elite, which has refused to adopt and execute meaningful reforms since tens of thousands of Lebanese poured into the streets last October to demand an end to mismanagement, corruption and the …

Craig McKee (2020-06-18). The Plot to Kill Martin Luther King: Survived Shooting, Was Murdered in Hospital. globalresearch.ca Pepper was able to piece together what really happened on April 4, 1968 in Memphis right down to who gave the order and supplied the money, how the patsy was chosen, and who actually pulled the trigger.

Tom Gammage (2020-06-18). Skating on Thin Ice in the Antarctic: Threat to Polar Sea Ice from Escalating Plastic Pollution. globalresearch.ca Plastic pollution has now been found in Antarctic sea ice, which has far-reaching consequences for the health of the planet and underlines When we hear about plastic pollution, it's normally …

Ben Barbour (2020-06-18). Demilitarizing the Police and Ending "Qualified Immunity" globalresearch.ca Before proposing solutions to demilitarize the police, decrease abuses by law enforcement, and increase accountability for law enforcement, it is imperative to understand how US law enforcement became an extension of the military. | On May 25th, George Floyd …

Caoimhghin àì Croidheáin (2020-06-18). Redrawing the Cultural Cityscape: The Destiny of Colonial Monuments in Ireland. globalresearch.ca "Symbols are what unite and divide people. Symbols give us our identity, our self-image,our way of explaining ourselves to others. Symbols in turn determine the kinds of stories we tell; and the stories we tell determine the kind of history …

IMEMC & Agencies (2020-06-18). Al-Zahar: 'Calm, in Return for Calm' Can't Last Forever. imemc.org In a new statement to media outlets, influential Hamas leader in Gaza, Mahmoud Al-Zahar, warned that the continuation of the Israeli siege and the 'calm, in return for calm' on both sides of the borders, can not last forever. Al-Zahar's remarks, which were reported by local Palestinian media outlets, including …

Peoples Dispatch (2020-06-18). US imposes new sanctions on Syria under Caesar Act. peoplesdispatch.org The US administration announced a new set of political and economic sanctions against Syria on June 17, Wednesday, under the Caesar Syria Civilian Protection act. The act was enacted in the US in December 2019 and made part of the National Defence Authorisation act for the year 2020. | The Caesar act asks the government of Syria and its allies, Russia and Iran, to halt military operations aimed at retaking territories captured by armed militias and rebel forces supported by Turkey and the US in Syria. The Syrian government has rejected the act, saying that it cannot allow such a division of the country. | The exe…

Robert Koehler (2020-06-18). Defunding 'justified' murder. zcomm.org At its core, there is always an enemy, conveniently dehumanized so that his or her death is virtually always justified. Justification is so easy when you don't imagine a victim's 8-year-old daughter waiting for him in her birthday dress…

Abdel Bari Atwan (2020-06-18). Starving Syria and Lebanon into submission. thealtworld.com Hezbollah and its allies won't wait for their countries to be crippled before retaliating for the 'Casear Act' | As the so-called 'Caesar Act' came into force on Wednesday, the US announced the imposition of individual sanctions on 39 prominent Syrians — including President Bashar al-Asad and his wife Asma al-Akhras — while Secretary of State Mike Pompeo served notice that additional, more punishing, sanctions are to follow. | It is futile to point out that this Act is illegal, or set out all the evidence that those who will be punished most by it are the ordinary people of Syria, the great majority o…

_____ (2020-06-18). Nigel Farage — culture wars supremo. truepublica.org.uk In a world awash in conspiracy theories, simplistic stories that have a single, clear message are quickly taking over just as traditional (real) journalists struggle to keep pace and get the right balance in their investigations, conspiracy theorists who pitch simple "us vs. them" scenarios are getting more airtime. One example noted in this article …

news.un (2020-06-18). UN refugee chief laments nearly 80 million people forcibly displaced. news.un.org Global displacement reached a staggering 79.5 million people last year – almost double the number of people in crisis registered a decade ago — owing to war, violence, persecution and other emergencies, the UN refugee agency, UNHCR, said on Thursday.

Jeff Cohen (2020-06-18). Let Us Name the System: "Racial Capitalism" zcomm.org At every stage in U.S. history — beginning with the brutal dispossession of Native Americans and continuing through modern methods of injustice from redlining to mass incarceration and private prisons — U.S. racism has been inextricably embedded in the system of profiteering.

Justin Podur (2020-06-18). Policing Is Irrelevant for Public Safety. zcomm.org Here Are Some Alternatives That Are Proven to Work…

Todd Smith (2020-06-18). The Face-Masking of America. dissidentvoice.org "What is the Secret of Soylent Green?" — leading question from the theatrical trailer to the 1973 major motion picture release Soylent Green. We live in an age of Fake News based on Alternative Facts spanning the full spectrum dominance of mis-to-disinformation. One rides the painted pony of the Major Media Circus and this "brave …

_____ (2020-06-18). We should abolish modern slavery before statues. truepublica.org.uk Guest Writer —Erin Rizzato Devlin: In this historical moment, when our reality is being reshaped by new forces to fight discrimination and slavery, the best practice employed for such a task seems to be the popular fashion of removing statues. The frigid and (quite literally) stony-hearted bodies of bearded oppressors and senile slave-owners have been dragged …

Philip A Farruggio (2020-06-18). Low Budget America! Living at the Outset of a "New Normal". Economy Slowed Down to a Crawl. globalresearch.ca The great British rock group The Kinks, stars of the 60s 'British Invasion', outdid themselves in 1979 with 'Low Budget'. Check out these lyrics: | Cheap is small and not too steep | But best of all cheap is cheap | Circumstance has …

Matthew Ehret-Kump (2020-06-18). Cecil Rhodes' Project for a Renewed Single Anglo-Saxon Empire. Submission of the "Uncivilized World". "We are the Finest Race" globalresearch.ca In 1877, while laying out his agenda for the formation of a secret society to recapture Britain's lost colony of America and the submission of "inferior" races (ie. non anglo-saxon) under the control of a renewed British Empire, Cecil Rhodes,…

_____ (2020-06-18). From Dodgy Dossiers to the Sacking of Whitlam: The British Empire Stands Exposed. strategic-culture.org I used to believe as many do, in a story called "the American Empire". Over the last decade of research, that belief has changed a bit. The more I looked at the top down levers of world influence shaping past and pre…

Adriaan Alsema (2020-06-18). Colombia's coronavirus aid used to pay pack election contributions? colombiareports.com Colombia's Inspector General said Tuesday he was investigating $12.5 million (COP47 billion) in coronavirus aid funds ended up in the pockets of elections campaigns sponsors. The granting of government contracts…

Adriaan Alsema (2020-06-18). Pablo Escobar's involvement in 1985 palace of justice siege another urban myth? colombiareports.com The popular belief that late drug lord Pablo Escobar ordered and financed the 1985 guerrilla attack on Colombia's Palace of Justice increasingly appears to be a far-right urban myth. The…

Adriaan Alsema (2020-06-18). Colombia's potential cocaine production reached all-time high in 2019: UN. colombiareports.com Colombia's potential cocaine production reached a new high in 2019 despite a drop in registered hectares of coca, the base ingredient of the illicit drug, according to the United Nations….

yenisafak (2020-06-18). UK's Johnson, France's Macron to discuss coronavirus, Brexit: spox. yenisafak.com Prime Minister Boris Johnson and French President Emmanuel Macron will most likely talk about the global fight against the novel coronavirus and Britain's future relationship with the European Union at talks later on Thursday."President Macron is visiting London to mark an important event in the shared history of our two countries and to commemorate the sacrifices made during the Second World War," Johnson's spokesman told reporters."But it is also an opportunity for the PM and the president to discuss a range of other issues and I expect them to talk about the global fight against coronavirus and also for our fu…

_____ (2020-06-18). 70 per cent of 'red wall' voters want deal with EU — majority frightened by Trump's America. truepublica.org.uk By TruePublica: Even the hornblowers in the right-wing media are beginning to get the message that this government have lost all credibility when it comes to Covid, the economy and then Brexit. The Spectator gets it — "It isn't news to say the Johnson administration doesn't understand how to fight Covid-19 or reopen schools or …

newsnetwork.mayoclinic (2020-06-18). 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 (2020-06-18). Mayo again ranked among 'Best Children's Hospitals' by U.S. News & World Report. newsnetwork.mayoclinic.org ROCHESTER, Minn. — Mayo Clinic Children's Center has again been ranked as the top-performing children's hospital in the five state region including the Dakotas, Minnesota, Iowa and Wisconsin on U.S. News & World Report's 2020-2021 "Best Children's Hospitals" rankings. "As in years past, the Mayo Clinic Children's Center ranks among the top Children's Hospitals in …

newsnetwork.mayoclinic (2020-06-18). 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 …

yenisafak (2020-06-18). Aramco CEO says to use cash, debt to pay dividends. yenisafak.com Saudi Aramco will use a combination of cash and debt to pay its dividend of $18.75 billion for the first quarter of this year, the company's chief executive said on Thursday."It will be a combination of both," Amin Nasser told reporters during a phone call, when asked whether Aramco would tap debt markets to cover the dividend or use its own cash."We would like to use our free cash definitely most of time, but other debt instruments from banks or bonds are also available for us as we have a strong balance sheet."

yenisafak (2020-06-18). Russian maneuvers in Libya poses risk: US AFRICOM. yenisafak.com US Africa Command (AFRICOM) revealed new evidence of active Russian aircraft in Libyan airspace Thursday, saying it poses a risk for all civilians."Russia's sustained involvement in Libya increases the violence and delays a political solution," AFRICOM head of operations US Marine Corps Brig. Gen. Bradford Gering said in a statement. "Russia continues to push for a strategic foothold on NATO's southern flank and this is at the expense of innocent Libyan lives."Two images of MiG-29 and Su-24 Russian aircrafts flying through Libya was shared by the command.In late May, AFRICOM reported at least 14 MiG-29s and sever…

yenisafak (2020-06-18). Merkel urges EU compromise on COVID-19 recovery package. yenisafak.com German Chancellor Angela Merkel has called on EU member states to reach a quick compromise on the COVID-19 economic recovery package, and warned that the bloc is facing the biggest challenge since its foundation.Addressing lawmakers in parliament on Thursday, a day before a key summit of European leaders via videoconference, Merkel said the coronavirus crisis has deepened inequality within the EU, indicating the bloc was vulnerable."Cohesion and solidarity in Europe have never been as important as they are now," she stressed, adding that no country can withstand this crisis alone.Merkel urged EU members, which ex…

yenisafak (2020-06-18). UK death toll from confirmed COVID-19 cases rises by 135 to 42,288. yenisafak.com The UK death toll from confirmed cases of the new coronavirus has risen to 42,288, an increase of 135, the latest daily figures from the government showed on Thursday.

yenisafak (2020-06-18). Russia: Almost 500 doctors die from COVID-19. yenisafak.com Almost 500 doctors died due to the novel coronavirus in Russia, contracting it at work, the country's Federal Service for Surveillance in Healthcare announced on Thursday.Russia was not fully prepared for the COVID-19 outbreak, with problems in the beginning, including lack of protective means, head of the service Alla Samoylova said at a video-conference in Moscow.Authorities have so far managed to fix most of them, and the complaints about security flaws are "rather rare" now, Samoylova added."As of today, we say the spread of the virus is not over yet. More than half a million people in Russia are ill, over 7,…

yenisafak (2020-06-18). Five more Iraqi lawmakers test positive for coronavirus. yenisafak.com At least five more Iraqi members of parliament have tested positive for the novel coronavirus, local media reported on Thursday.Mahasin Hamdun Dali, Alaa Nasi and Laith Dulaimi from Mosul are among the lawmakers tested positive for the virus, Hoshiar Karadag, the head of the parliament, told reporters.The parliament would not be suspended due to the latest developments, Karadag added.Wahdi Jumeili, another lawmaker, also announced on social media that he tested positive for COVID-19.No information was provided regarding the identity of the fifth lawmaker, who contracted the virus.On Wednesday, an Iraqi medical so…

yenisafak (2020-06-18). NGO sounds alarm on use of wild plants to cure COVID-19. yenisafak.com Wild plant species are under pressure due to its usage to treat COVID-19 and make money, according to the report published by the international wildlife watchdog TRAFFIC on Thursday."Wild plant species used in herbal treatments of COVID-19 are set to come under heightened harvesting pressure, both as a result of increased demand and because of more people turning to wild harvesting as an alternative source of income during times of high unemployment and economic crisis," TRAFFIC said.The report asserted that herbal products containing wild plant ingredients are used to prevent and treat COVID-19 in South America,…

yenisafak (2020-06-18). Russia revises sharply higher coronavirus death toll among medics. yenisafak.com Russia has revised steeply higher, to nearly 500, the number of medical workers who have died after contracting COVID-19, illustrating the severe toll the pandemic has taken on its frontline doctors and nurses.The Health Ministry had reported on May 26 that 101 medics had died from the coronavirus, a figure that was much lower than an unofficial tally of 444 deceased medical workers compiled online by Russian doctors.Alla Samoylova, the head of a Russian healthcare watchdog, updated the official figure on Thursday to 489, the TASS news agency reported, some 6.4% of the overall nationwide death toll.Russia, which…

yenisafak (2020-06-18). Iran's daily death toll from coronavirus drops below 100. yenisafak.com Iran on Thursday confirmed 87 more fatalities from the novel coronavirus over the past 24 hours, bringing the nationwide death toll to 9,272.Iran's daily number of COVID-19 fatalities dropped under 100 for the first time after the last four days.Health Ministry spokesman Sima Sadat Lari said a further 2,596 people tested positive for COVID-19, raising the overall count to 197,647.A total of 156,991 people have recovered and been discharged from hospitals so far, he said, adding that 2,795 remain at hospitals in critical conditions.Over 1.34 million tests have been conducted in the country to date, Lari said.Afte…

yenisafak (2020-06-18). Britain approves spending of 3.5 billion pounds on railway bailout. yenisafak.com Britain has so far approved spending of 3.5 billion pounds ($4.38 billion) to keep its railways running during the coronavirus pandemic, the government said on Thursday.Under emergency measures brought in on March 23 for six months, the government has been providing financial support to rail companies to keep trains running for key workers despite overall passenger numbers plunging by as much as 96%.The government has approved 3.5 billion pounds of spending to ensure rail services continue to operate and it was not yet possible to provide an estimate of the total cost incurred to date, junior transport minister C…

yenisafak (2020-06-18). Turkey fully prepared for high school entrance exam. yenisafak.com Turkey has taken all preventive measures against coronavirus prior to the high school entrance exam (LGS) which will take place on Saturday, the education minister said Thursday."The number of examination centers has been increased to around 18,000 from 13,000 because we want the students to be comfortable," Ziya Selcuk told Anadolu Agency Editors' Desk.The number of invigilators has also been increased to 353,000 from 148,000 to provide better assistance to students, he added.He said separate centers have been allocated for children who are quarantined due to coronavirus.Prior to entering the examination hall, s…

yenisafak (2020-06-18). Turkey: Lockdown set for university, high school exams. yenisafak.com There will be a general lockdown on June 20 and 27 between 9 a.m. and 3 p.m., said a ministry statement.People taking the exam and using public transport to get there as well as relatives dropping off the students will be exempt.Municipalities will take necessary measures to prevent disruption in public transportation, with more service offered as needed, the statement said.During the lockdown, bakeries, markets, grocery stores, and butchers will remain open, it said.

yenisafak (2020-06-18). Turkey denies harassing French vessel in Mediterranean. yenisafak.com The allegations were baseless, and the Turkish Armed Forces (TAF) have been a major contributor to the NATO military alliance for the past seven decades, said a senior Turkish official, who asked not to be named due to restrictions on speaking to the media."The Turkish Armed Forces has the experience to tell the difference between hazardous moves, harassment, friendly activities, cooperation, solidarity, and coordination," he added. | Rebuffing foreign press reports quoting France's military as saying the Turkish navy harassed a French warship, the official said such one-sided coverage of a simple issue — w…

yenisafak (2020-06-18). Magnitude 7.4 tremor hits N. Zealand, no tsunami threat. yenisafak.com A powerful earthquake of 7.4 magnitude shook the northeastern coast of New Zealand on Thursday, the state-run media said.According to Radio New Zealand, the authorities placed preliminary vacation warning."Civil Defense is asking coastal residents from the East Coast, up to eastern Northland, who felt it 'long and strong' to move to higher ground as a precaution," it reported.The government research agency GNS Science is still evaluating the tsunami threat from the quake, it added.However, the National Emergency Management Agency said in a recent update: "There is no tsunami threat to New Zealand following the M7…

yenisafak (2020-06-18). EU 'strongly' urges Israel not to annex West Bank. yenisafak.com EU strongly urges Israel to refrain from the annexation of any occupied Palestinian territory, the bloc's foreign policy chief said on Thursday. | Josep Borrell was speaking at the plenary session of the European Parliament. | It would be a "serious violation of international law" if the Israeli government decided unilaterally to annex any parts of the West Bank, he said. | The majority of EU member states can only accept "a negotiated two-state solution, based on international parameters". | Borrell said he had recently informed the new Israeli ministers on foreign affairs and defense, Gavriel Ashkenazi and Benj…

_____ (2020-06-18). COVID-19: A Polygraph For These Times. popularresistance.org Like a lie detector, COVID-19 has made obvious at least two phenomena that have been taking place already over the past few years: the decline of the U.S. empire and the failure of capitalism. For a number of years now, the U.S. has been losing this super-power status, its economy has lost range, and the dollar has hit the skids. Its international reserves do not cover even 2% of the exorbitant external debt and it is not sufficient for even 2 months of imports (hence the desperation to re-open the economy in the midst of the pandemic.) for decades, the U.S. has imported more than it has exported, and its commerc…

_____ (2020-06-18). New NDAA Omits COVID19, Escalates Great Power Conflict. popularresistance.org A summary report of the Senate Armed Services Committee's proposed version of the 2021 National Defense Authorization Act reveals a disconcerting disconnect between the U.S. government's approach to national security and the impact of COVID-19 on America's economy and society. | The novel coronavirus has killed more Americans than all but two of the country's wars. It has undermined the prosperity of most of the rest of its population. It has laid bare the country's racial inequalities and devastated the global economy. Relief efforts are incurring federal debt on a scale certain to reduce funding for other purpo…

_____ (2020-06-18). Second COVID-19 Wave And The US Economy. popularresistance.org It is increasingly likely that things are about to get worse in terms of US public health. And as that happens, so too will the US economy experience a further negative impact from the virus. A second wave now emerging means not just a further decline in public health, but an eventual second wave of problems for the US economy as well. | What a second wave all but ensures is that the US economic recovery will not be 'V-Shape' but will be 'W-Shape'; that is, a W shape recovery characterized by periods of short and shallow GDP growth, followed by brief periodic economic relapses thereafter. These short, shallow rec…

_____ (2020-06-18). US Trails World In Coronavirus Response And Almost Everything Else. popularresistance.org Data from around the world on how nations are handling Coronavirus makes clear that, as in most things (this claim is documented below), the United States is exceptionally awful. Among wealthy countries, only Sweden, which has chosen to intentionally allow the disease to spread, has done worse. A handful of countries in Latin America and the Middle East are doing worse than the United States, though some are doing better. As in many world rankings, as documented below, the United States looks fair to middling as a third-world country, but off-the-charts terrible as a wealthy country — much less as a country…

_____ (2020-06-18). A Majority Of Workers Are Fearful Of Coronavirus Infections At Work. popularresistance.org The majority of workers and roughly 70% of Black and Hispanic workers who are currently working onsite at their workplaces, and not at home, believe they face considerable risks from the coronavirus. These workers are not being provided with sufficient protection on the job. Moreover, new polling commissioned by EPI shows that vulnerable workers are not receiving extra compensation proportionate to the risks they are being exposed to. Workers require and deserve both safety protections and extra compensation in these circumstances, and they should not be forced to choose between their health and having an income.

_____ (2020-06-18). What Would The Black Panthers Think Of Black Lives Matter? popularresistance.org The U.S. ruling class, whose capitalist system is the historical midwife of modern racism, is not threatened by the racialist and black-capitalist BLM. But just to make sure that black anger is kept within safe political boundaries, a critical, cash-rich arm of concentrated wealth agreed last year to lavishly fund the group and a significant number of black middle class-led policy and advocacy groups coming in under its rubric. | In August 2016, when I first heard that BLM had scored $100 million from the Ford Foundation and other elite philanthro-capitalists (including the Hill-Snowden Foundation, the NoVo Found…

imperial.ac.uk (2020-06-18). WHO COVID-19 vaccine co-lead appointed to head Business School Advisory Board. imperial.ac.uk Sir Andrew Witty, a World Health Organization Special Envoy, has been appointed chair of the Business School's Advisory Board.

Dwight A Ost (2020-06-18). Friday 6/19: Workers' Collective Mourns Victims of Covid19 and Broken Promise of Emancipation. indybay.org AMAZON FULFILLMENT CTR-6015 Giant Hwy-Richmond CA…

Lynda Carson (2020-06-18). In the midst of the Covid-19 pandemic Oakland McDonald employees take legal action. indybay.org Coronavirus Covid-19 Pandemic:…

FRED (2020-06-18). 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…

Oakland Privacy (2020-06-18). Wednesday 7/15: Oakland Privacy: Fighting Against the Surveillance State in the Age of Trump and Pandemic. indybay.org Online via Zoom. | Check here: oaklandprivacy.org/next-meeting/ starting a few days before the meeting.

Patrick Schreiner (2020-06-18). 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.

Santa Cruz Police News (2020-06-18). "I Can't Breathe": Remembering David Cross, Killed by Corrections Officers in Santa Cruz County Jail. indybay.org David Cross, a 44-year-old local plumber, was killed on September 18, 2005 in Santa Cruz County Jail while experiencing a mental health crisis. Corrections officers who responded that day to address his health issues decided Cross needed to be restrained, so they sat on his back as he lay on his stomach and "hog tied" him on the floor of the jail. Cross screamed, "I can't breathe," "I'm going to die," and "Please get off me," before his body went limp after 3 1/2 minutes of being restrained. Fast forward to 2020, and it is likely that many will see the killing of David Cross in a new light. The world is currently…

Steve Pleich (2020-06-18). Defunding the Police: An Idea Whose Time Has Come. indybay.org Nothing is More Powerful Than an Idea Whose Time Has Come…

Nestor Machno (2020-06-18). 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?>

Juneteenth to Allegiance (2020-06-18). Friday 6/19: Juneteenth to Allegiance: March with us to City Hall! indybay.org Louden Nelson Community Center | 301 Center St, Santa Cruz…

United Front Against Displacement (2020-06-18). Monday 6/22: Houseless Community Mounts Defense Against Illegal Eviction. indybay.org Oakland City Hall | 1 Frank H Ogawa Plaza | Oakland, CA 94612…

Friends of Scott, Alexis and Taun Hall (2020-06-18). 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…

Adopted from Bill George (2020-06-18). 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?>

Palo_Alto_Action_4 _Justice (2020-06-18). Friday 6/19: Defend Black Lives Event in Palo Alto. indybay.org Palo Alto City Hall's King Plaza | 250 Hamilton Ave. | Palo Alto 94301…

Robert Norse (2020-06-18). The Questions Grow More Pressing. indybay.org I've been persistently raising issues of police abuse with the SCPD. Most recently, I sent a letter to Chief Andy Mills with a variety of questions, following up on issues raised months (and often years) ago. He roplied. I responded to his reply a few days ago. So far no reply.

Speak Out Now (2020-06-18). Sunday 6/21: Socialism 101: Reform or Revolution: The Role of the State (online). indybay.org Online meeting, see link for details…

Sit.Walk.Listen. and SF Sanghas (2020-06-18). Sunday 6/21: Sit. Walk. Listen. Because Black Lives Matter. indybay.org Civic Center Plaza (Polk & McAllister)…

Movement for Black Lives (2020-06-18). Friday 6/19: #SixNineteen: Nationwide M4BL Actions to Defend Black Lives Juneteenth Weekend. indybay.org SF Bay Area, across the USA, & Online…

Friends Committee on National Legislation (2020-06-18). Friday 6/19: Juneteenth Film Discussion of 'Suppressed: The Fight To Vote'. indybay.org Online via zoom…

John Kendall Hawkins (2020-06-17). Band of Brothers, Tangled Up in Blue. counterpunch.org Let America be the dream the dreamers dreamed— Let it be that great strong land of love Where never kings connive nor tyrants scheme That any man be crushed by one above. (It never was America to me.) — Langston Hughes, "Let America Be America Again" (1936) Keep on keeping on — that's what one

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

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…

sputniknews (2020-06-17). Trade Rep Lighthizer Refutes Bolton's Claim That Trump Sought Re-Election Help From Xi Jinping. sputniknews.com In his to-be-published tell-all book John Bolton, Trump's former national security adviser, according to an extract revealed by The Washington Post, claimed that the president asked Chinese leader Xi Jinping to ensure that POTUS was re-elected in the upcoming 2020 presidential race.

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 US' top trade official has forcefully denied an allegation by ex-national security adviser John Bolton that President Donald Trump went to his Chinese counterpart for help with the 2020 election, insisting it "never happened." | Excerpts published from Bolton's forthcoming book on Wednesday claim that, during a sideline meeting at last year's G20 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,…

RT (2020-06-17). Trump saw Venezuela as 'really part of the US,' thought invasion was 'cool' — but backtracked because of Putin, Bolton claims. rt.com US President Donald Trump thought it would be "cool" to invade Venezuela but was persuaded not to by "Soviet-style propaganda" from Moscow, claims former national security adviser John Bolton in book excerpts leaked to the press. | Trump said invading Venezuela would be "cool" and described the South American country as "really part of the United States," according to the Washington Post, one of three publications that were given access to some content from Bolton's memoir, 'The Room Where It Happened.' | | So Bolton says in his boo…

Staff (2020-06-17). Bolton's New Book Alleges Trump Asked China's Xi to Help Him Win 2020 Election. truthout.org According to a book written by former National Security Advisor John Bolton, set to be made public next week, President Donald Trump sought the help of China's President Xi Jinping to benefit politically in this year's presidential race. | Bolton makes the startling allegations in his book, The Room Where It Happened: A White House Memoir. The alleged interaction between Xi and Trump took place at the Group of 20 Summit last year. | As Bolton tells it, Xi had complained to Trump about critics…

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!"

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…

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.

Mark Gruenberg (2020-06-17). LGBTQ unionists hail ruling but say hearts and minds are another matter. peoplesworld.org WASHINGTON—Winning at the U.S. Supreme Court, with its ban on job discrimination in the workplace is one thing, say LGBTQ federal workers. Changing hearts and minds, however, is quite another. At least that's what a group of them, convened by the Government Employees (AFGE) for a Zoom discussion, reported. The union's Women's and Fair Practices …

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 …

F. William Engdahl (2020-06-17). America's Own Color Revolution. globalresearch.ca Color Revolution is the term used to describe a series of 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 down the Polish communist regime in the late 1980s.

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…

_____ (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…

Howard Lisnoff (2020-06-17). Nonviolent and Violent Protest. counterpunch.org Author, activist, and intellectual Chris Hedges referred to an often quoted statement by the late Stokely Carmichael (Kwame Ture): "In order for nonviolence to work, your opponent must have a conscience. The United States has none." The former leader of the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee and the Black Panthers Party's observation was made in reaction to Black

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 …

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…

en.mehrnews (2020-06-17). Maudro warns EU not to interfere in Venezuela's internal affairs. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, Jun. 17 (MNA) — President Nicolas Maduro has warned the European Union (EU) against interfering in Venezuela's domestic affairs.

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 …

Thomas Klikauer — Nadine Campbell (2020-06-17). Three Populists and Three Women. counterpunch.org Looking at the total Covid-19/Coronavirus global death statistics on Saturday, 13th June 2020, three things become noticeable. The first remarkable issue is that Donald Trump's USA has just exceeded the total number of fatalities it suffered during World War I. In that war, the USA lost 116,516. On Saturday morning, the USA had lost 116,795