2020-06-20: News Headlines

Marjorie Cohn (2020-06-20). Massive Uprisings Confront White Supremacy. zcomm.org This transformational moment is becoming a transformational movement. The time to effect revolutionary change is now.

Stephen Lendman (2020-06-20). America's Dysfunctional Economy. Massive Unemployment. Economic Collapse. globalresearch.ca The US ruling class bears full responsibility for the economy's unprecedented dysfunctional state. What was unimaginable long ago is reality today, redefining what house of cards economic conditions are all about. | It's an unsustainable situation certain to implode ahead with …

Stephen Lendman (2020-06-20). US Supreme Court Rules for Dreamers. globalresearch.ca From inception, "America the beautiful" was and remains pure fantasy. | Throughout US history, its "lamp beside the golden door (alone welcomed) huddled masses yearning to breathe free" of the "right" race, ethnicity, and religion. | The welcome mat for people of …

Javier Guerrero (2020-06-20). Supreme Court rules against Trump in DACA case. liberationnews.org Until another victory is won in the streets, the current more than 600,000 DACA recipients will continue to renew their permits.

Daniel Taylor (2020-06-20). Defunding, disarming, defeating and abolishing the police. mronline.org Is abolishing the same as defunding? Does either one mean the police have been defeated? What does it mean when liberals start saying abolishing the police isn't all that scary? A socialist take on an exciting set of slogans.

Prof Michel Chossudovsky (2020-06-20). Video: COVID-19. The Unspoken Truth. The Most Serious Global Crisis in Modern History. globalresearch.ca This video featuring Prof. Michel Chossudovsky is part of a Global Research series on the corona virus crisis. First released on April 10, 2020 | The unspoken truth is that the novel coronavirus provides a pretext to powerful financial interests …

Martha Grevatt (2020-06-20). Labor vs. police: Learning from working-class history. workers.org Led by oppressed youth, a working-class revolt has erupted, initially over the police lynching of George Floyd. It needs and deserves the unconditional solidarity of organized labor. Unfortunately, what top labor officials have delivered is something much less. GM strikers battle police on Jan. 11, 1937. Consider a recent statement . . . |

Julia Thomas (2020-06-20). Sowing solidarity: Reflections on Zapatismo from the International Gathering of Women Who Struggle. peoplesdispatch.org At the inauguration of the international gathering of women who struggle, the women members of the Zapatista National Liberation Army welcomed the arrival of thousands of sisters from around the world with a performance in formation, bows and arrows at their sides, on liberated sacred land in Chiapas, Mexico. The attendees traveled from 49 countries — in collectives or movements, as individuals, with their children, in a caravan of buses — to participate in the Encuentro de mujeres from December 26-29, 2019. | The Zapatistas, an autonomous Indigenous movement of armed people that launched their uprisi…

Deirdre Griswold (2020-06-20). Toppling a mass murderer. workers.org It seems that in Britain, similar to here in the U.S., the ruling class has made sure to sing the praises of those who have committed the worst crimes against humanity in their "service" to the empire. Crowd downs statue of Edward Colston in Bristol, England. And, as here, the . . . |

Ricardo Vaz (2020-06-20). Venezuelan oil output continues decline as refinery resumes operations. mronline.org Venezuelan crude exports on track for 70 year low as Washington continues to target tankers and shipping companies.

Ronda Shelton (2020-06-20). Uprising topples racist statues from Belgium to Tennessee. liberationnews.org The international uprising against racist police terror have been in the streets for weeks. The people have taken it upon themselves to destroy statues dedicated to white supremacist figures. From the UK to Belgium to the United States, over a dozen statues glorifying white historical figures involved in genocide, white supremacist rhetoric, slavery, and colonialism have …

Gloria Rubac (2020-06-20). Black Lives Matter in Bastrop, Texas. workers.org With the whole world exploding in support of the Black Lives Matter movement that is sweeping through large U.S. cities and small towns alike, Black Lives Matter may finally become a reality in Bastrop, Texas, for death row prisoner Rodney Reed. Outside court hearing for Rodney Reed, February 2015. WW . . . |

Paul Wilcox (2020-06-20). Anti-racist solidarity brought victory for all dock workers in 1934 San Francisco General Strike. liberationnews.org What's the union behind the Juneteenth West Coast Port Shutdown?

Calvin Deutschbein (2020-06-20). Protesters blockade Central Prison in North Carolina. workers.org June 13 marked the beginning of the third week of protests in Raleigh, N.C., the state capital and home of the murderous Raleigh Police Department and more than 70 other law enforcement agencies. Different days have drawn different groups with varying goals, but not a day has gone by without . . . |

Thomas Zenteno (2020-06-20). Reclaiming Our Homes fights water shutoff in El Sereno. liberationnews.org Benito Flores reclaimed his home in El Sereno in March 2020 along with other families and elders seeking shelter from the COVID-19 pandemic. As COVID-19 cases began to rise throughout Los Angeles County, the 59,000 people without permanent shelter began to look for a way to stay "safer-at-home" as per the dictates of Los Angeles …

Juan Cole (2020-06-20). Trump at Tulsa as 21st Century Typhoid Mary. zcomm.org Science has laws, and we can't change them by glaring at them or shouting at them or wearing a partisan campaign button…

Max Blumenthal (2020-06-20). De 'Occupy' a la ocupación: La israelización de la seguridad interior en EEUU. thegrayzone.com Uno de los primeros estudios exhaustivos sobre el entrenamiento de los funcionarios policiales locales y federales de los Estados Unidos…

ahtribune (2020-06-20). EU's Aviation Deal with Israel 'The Pinnacle of Hypocrisy'. ahtribune.com I had barely finished my rant against the British Government for showering new rewards on the Israelis (see ' The UK-Israel Trade and Partnership Agreement signed last year comes into force next January. The Government says it loves this relationship and is committed to strengthening it. "We will seek to work with counterparts in the new Israeli government to host a bilateral trade and investment summit in London." This will "

Robert Fantina (2020-06-20). Trump vs Biden: Lose/Lose for Palestine. globalresearch.ca With the Netanyahu regime of Israel on the cusp of violating international law once again, this time by annexing large parts of Palestine, the United States is not only not opposing, but actually encouraging this crime. Of course, the U.S. …

Eds. (2020-06-20). ‚Äã‚Äã‚Äã‚Äã‚Äã‚Äã‚ÄãRe-embracing internationalism and class solidarity in the time of #BlackLivesMatter. mronline.org The struggle against systemic racism and the police state in the U.S. is integral and linked to the struggle against U.S. wars of aggression overseas.

United We Dream & others (2020-06-20). Monday 6/22: #HomeIsHere DACA Digital Rally hosted by United We Dream. indybay.org Online rally…

SIREN & other groups (2020-06-20). 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…

Norman Solomon (2020-06-20). California "Berning" for Ro Khanna to Chair the State's Delegation to Democratic National. indybay.org Inclusion or charade?>

ahtribune (2020-06-20). How Did Syria Control the Pandemic So Well? ahtribune.com How is it that Syria, targeted by war and economic siege, has had such striking success in controlling the COVID19 pandemic? With epidemics raging on either side — across Europe and all around the Persian Gulf — how did the embattled Syrian Arab Republic emerge (by mid-June) with so little damage, and indeed with the lowest number of cases and deaths in the entire Middle East region? | This was not due to luck, nor to a laissez-faire Swedish style practice, as some pandemic denier friends of Syria have reported. On the contrary, the Syrian government: (1) took the virus threat seriously, communicat…

Dave Martin (2020-06-20). Americans in Vietnam — Tax Collectors for the Landlord Class. anti-empire.com Another big difference between My Lai and other atrocities is that it was perpetrated on the ground and not from the air. The testimony at Chapel Hill and at Detroit came largely from conscience-stricken soldiers—mainly enlisted men—who saw their victims, often face to face. The

James Holmes (2020-06-20). It Will Take More Than One B-1 Bomber Run From South Dakota to Faze Russia's Black Sea Fleet. anti-empire.com Related:
| It has become clear that the U.S. Air Force now regards itself as an implement of sea power. Its metamorphosis is a beautiful thing to behold for any Western-leaning nautical enthusiast. In recent years, land-based warbirds have trained to

Charles Hugh Smith (2020-06-20). The Fed's Casino Is in Flames, but Please Continue Gambling. anti-empire.com Those taking seats at the gaming tables in the Federal Reserve's casino believe that they can't lose. Or more precisely, any losses they suffer will quickly be made good by the house, i.e. the Fed, which can digitally print as much currency as needed to restore order to the gambling. | The punters crowding around the tables have forgotten that gambling is inherently risky. The Fed can digitally print currency, but it can't force punters to play. | Unfortunately for all the punters crowding around the tables, the casino is on fire. The Fed's rigged games are in flames, and Head Tout/Fixer Jay Powell is telling all…

Fraser Myers (2020-06-20). Every Brand Under the Sun Supports Black Lives Matter. Why? anti-empire.com It can't have escaped people's notice that the Social media were awash with black squares as every brand under the sun took part in #BlackOutTuesday in favour of the protests. Apple — the

Guo Yingzhe (2020-06-20). China's Economic Rebound Continues, but Slower Than Expected. Might Hit 2% Growth for 2020. anti-empire.com China's economy continued its gradual recovery from the fallout of the Covid-19 pandemic in May, as major indicators released Monday showed investment, consumption and industrial output all improved from the previous month. But the recovery wasn't as fast as economists expected, as the surveyed unemployment rate in big cities hit a record high. | More economic activity resumed last month as China brought its domestic outbreak under control. The economy also got a boost from government policies that expanded infrastructure investment and measures that offered relief to hard-hit businesses. The central governmen…

Jeff Schogol (2020-06-20). US Navy Decides Against Reinstating the Crybaby Who Took a $6 Billion Carrier Out of Commission Over a Cold. anti-empire.com Editor's note: The ship has a crew of 5,680. Pretty much everyone was exposed, of whom 1,273 were susceptible and became infected. Of these, the vast majority developed only mild symptoms. 10 were hospitalized and 1 died. One death is a tragedy but you don't succumb to a hysteria over a coronavirus with a 1 in 5680 exposure lethality. |
| The captain of the USS Theodore Roosevelt will not be reinstated following an investigation into a massive outbreak of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) aboard the ship that sickened 1,273 sailors and ultimately led to the acting Navy secretary to resign, a Congressional aid…

Peter Koenig (2020-06-20). Coronavirus — The Aftermath. A Coming Mega-Depression… globalresearch.ca Scientists, microbiologists and medical doctors from all over the world, are questioning the worldwide shutdown because of the corona virus. They all say, these draconian measures are not necessary to contain a pandemic with a relatively low fatality rate.

Justice for Chinedu and others (2020-06-20). Sunday 6/21: Defund the Police State: Call to Divert Police Funds to Communities of San Mateo County. indybay.org Courthouse Square | 2200 Broadway, Redwood City, CA 94063…

Kevin Ryan (2020-06-20). Is the Coronavirus Scare a Psychological Operation? globalresearch.ca First published June 3, 2020 | Governments have used psychological warfare throughout history to manipulate public opinion, gain political advantage, and generate profits. Western governments have engaged in such tactics in the war on terrorism as well as in its predecessor, …

Peoples Dispatch (2020-06-20). Close to 3 million Afghans remain displaced, says UNHCR report. peoplesdispatch.org Of Afghanistan's total population of 38 million, one-fifth are former refugees who have returned in the past two decades. However, in 2019, only 8,400 returned, the lowest in many years…

Sharmila Devi (2020-06-20). [World Report] COVID-19 resurgence in Iran. thelancet.com Iran was one of the first countries to experience a COVID-19 epidemic, and began relaxing restrictions in April, but cases have since rebounded. Sharmila Devi reports.

Fight Back (2020-06-20). NYC marches for Juneteenth. fightbacknews.org New York, NY – At noon, June 19, several hundred gathered outside of City Hall Park to celebrate, rally and march for Juneteenth. It was the first of several dozen actions happening throughout the boroughs and was called by the December 12th Movement. | Dozens upon dozens of the red, black and green flags were waving in the hands of protesters, as music played. The organizers ensured that protesters were wearing masks and kept social distance by lining them up to march. | This year's Juneteenth has reached mainstream levels of attention as the country enters its 22nd day of protesting for Black lives. As protes…

Boaventura de Sousa Santos (2020-06-20). The statues of our discontent. zcomm.org When statues come under assault, they leap from the past to become part of our present…

John Zarocostas (2020-06-20). [World Report] Plain packaging ruling hailed as a victory for tobacco control. thelancet.com The decision of the World Trade Organization's appeals body is expected to spur more countries to implement similar stringent packaging laws. John Zarocostas reports from Geneva.

Jamaal Bowman (2020-06-20). Challenging One of the Most Powerful Democrats in Congress. zcomm.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 Eliot Engel…

Maximilian Huhn, Myrto Samara, Stefan Leucht (2020-06-20). [Correspondence] Antipsychotics for schizophrenia and substance misuse — Authors' reply. thelancet.com Alain Dervaux raises concerns about the generalisability of our findings in patients with schizophrenia who also have comorbid substance abuse disorder. Indeed, in our analysis we excluded studies in which patients had specific characteristics, such as first episode patients, patients with predominantly negative symptoms, treatment-resistant patients, and patients with comorbid substance abuse disorder (as stated in our protocol registered at PROSPERO, CRD42014014919). The basis of this decision was to preserve transitivity.

Steven Sahiounie (2020-06-20). The US Supports New Kurdish Unity to Destabilize the Middle East. globalresearch.ca

news.un (2020-06-20). Refugee athletes stay focused on countdown to delayed Olympics. news.un.org With the Tokyo Olympics delayed until 2021, UN News has spoken to two recipients of Refugee Athlete Scholarships, an initiative of the International Olympic Committee (IOC), and UN refugee agency (UNHCR), to find out how COVID-19 lockdown measures are affecting their preparations for the games.

Hans Lund, Carsten Juhl (2020-06-20). [Correspondence] Doing meaningful systematic reviews is no gravy train. thelancet.com Imagine all the scientific papers, it is not hard to do. But, imagine all these papers without any kind of syntheses or summing up: it would be returning to "intuition, unsystematic clinical experience, and pathophysiologic rationale as sufficient grounds for clinical decision making".1 No doubt, a systematic review is not the perfect solution and faces a lot of challenges, not least the ones highlighted by Richard Horton2 and Ian Roberts.3…

Helen Strongman, Alexander R Lyon, Isabel dos Santos Silva, Liam Smeeth, Krishnan Bhaskaran (2020-06-20). [Correspondence] Cancer and cardiovascular disease — Authors' reply. thelancet.com We thank Nasra Alam and colleagues and Jonathan Knisely and colleagues for their comments about our cohort study.1…

Germán Gorraiz López (2020-06-20). Is Kashmir a US Trap to Confront Russia and China? globalresearch.ca The Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO), founded in 2001 by the Shanghai Five (China, Russia, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan) and to which Uzbekistan, India and Pakistan were later added would be the ALBA and Iran countries hard core of resistance to world …

Tariq Kewan, Fahrettin Covut, Mohammed J. Al—Jaghbeer, Lori Rose, K.V. Gopalakrishna, Bassel Akbik (2020-06-20). Tocilizumab for treatment of patients with severe COVID—19: A retrospective cohort study. thelancet.com In patients with severe COVID-19, tocilizumab was associated with significantly shorter duration of vasopressor support. Although not statistically significant, tocilizumab also resulted in shorter median time to clinical improvement and shorter duration of invasive ventilation. These findings require validation from ongoing clinical trials of Tocilizumab in COVID—19 patients.

William rivers Pitt (2020-06-20). Armed Extremist Groups Were Galvanized by GOP. zcomm.org These people did not spring up from the ground like mushrooms. They are products of a long-standing cultivation project undertaken by the Republican Party and its media allies to agitate and radicalize its political base…

IMEMC & Agencies (2020-06-20). Israeli Navy Forces Palestinian Fisherman off the Coast of Gaza. imemc.org The Israeli Navy, early on Friday, forced Palestinian fishermen to flee the coast fearing for their lives, blocking their ability to provide for their families. According to Palestinian sources in the besieged coastal territory, Israeli Navy vessels intercepted fishermen sailing in the north of the Gaza strip, in the Al-Sudaniya …

Peoples Dispatch (2020-06-20). This Juneteenth, workers strike for black lives. peoplesdispatch.org This year on Juneteenth, all over the US, strikes were organized to mark the occasion. The biggest strike action was organized by the International Longshore and Warehouse Union (ILWU), which stopped work for eight hours at all 29 ports of the West Coast of the US.

The HALT-IT Trial Collaborators (2020-06-20). [Articles] Effects of a high-dose 24-h infusion of tranexamic acid on death and thromboembolic events in patients with acute gastrointestinal bleeding (HALT-IT): an international randomised, double-blind, placebo-controlled trial. thelancet.com We found that tranexamic acid did not reduce death from gastrointestinal bleeding. On the basis of our results, tranexamic acid should not be used for the treatment of gastrointestinal bleeding outside the context of a randomised trial.

Saul McLeod (2020-06-20). The Milgram Shock Experiment: "Obedience to Authority" globalresearch.ca The Corona crisis is marked by "Obedience to higher authority" despite the lies and fabrications. The lie is sustained by a fear campaign. | "Milgram (1963) was interested in researching how far people would go in obeying an instruction if it …

Nasra Alam, Alison K Wright, Darren M Ashcroft, Andrew G Renehan (2020-06-20). [Correspondence] Cancer and cardiovascular disease. thelancet.com Helen Strongman and colleagues1 concluded that "survivors of most site-specific cancers had increased medium-term to long-term risk for one or more cardiovascular diseases compared with that for the general population." The accompanying Comment2 argued that there should be further research into whether cancer should be included in cardiovascular risk prediction tools and refers to cardiovascular models such as Framingham3 and the Pooled Cohort Equations.4…

Daniel Marchalik, Dmitriy Petrov (2020-06-20). [Perspectives] Seeing COVID-19 through José Saramago's Blindness. thelancet.com Some 6 months into the COVID-19 pandemic, the emotional devastation, socioeconomic impacts, and pressures on front-line health-care workers continue to shape our world. While words cannot always do justice to the extent of individual suffering from this disease, fiction can sometimes offer a way to process the present moment, and this feels particularly true of Portuguese writer José Saramago's Blindness (1995).

Jaap J van Netten, Sicco A Bus, Nicolaas C Schaper, Jan Apelqvist, Benjamin A Lipsky (2020-06-20). [Correspondence] Doing meaningful systematic reviews is no gravy train. thelancet.com Richard Horton1 questions the reliability of systematic reviews. We agree that it is time to "hear this story".1 However, we would like to suggest a way to move forward with meaningful systematic reviews.

Jonathan P S Knisely, Sonia A Henry, Shahryar G Saba, Lindsay L Puckett (2020-06-20). [Correspondence] Cancer and cardiovascular disease. thelancet.com Helen Strongman and colleagues1 provide valuable information on cardiovascular consequences that affect adults surviving a wide range of common cancers. We are concerned that some important signals might be obscured by inadequate data on known risk factors for cardiovascular disease.

Niall Boyce, Bianca Brandon, Gabriella Merry, Joanna Palmer, Jonathan Pimm, Maneet Virdi (2020-06-20). [Comment] Wakley Prize Essay 2020: medicine and plain truths in a pandemic year. thelancet.com "Sorrow and Truth, sit you on either side of me, whilst I am relieved of this deadly burden…Lend me art, without any counterfeit shadowing, to paint and delineate to the life the whole story of this mortal and pestiferous battle."1 When London-based Renaissance author Thomas Dekker came to write his account of the 1603 plague outbreak, he renounced the "silver-tongued muses", feeling that only plain words and plain truth could do justice to the moment. Four centuries on, the COVID-19 pandemic demands a similar response.

Dave Zirin (2020-06-20). NBA Players Face the Question: To Boycott or Not to Boycott. zcomm.org Many players feel the issues of racial justice and stopping police violence are pressing, now is not the time for pro basketball…

The Lancet (2020-06-20). [Editorial] Global governance for COVID-19 vaccines. thelancet.com The COVID-19 pandemic has uncovered serious gaps in the health-care systems of many nations. In particular, it exposes a fragmented global governance system that does not have the structures to coordinate the pooling and sharing of resources needed to combat pandemics. Since the early days of the pandemic, medical protectionism has emerged as nations scrambled for their own stocks of personal protective equipment and ventilators. COVID-19 vaccines could be the next example. Already there is a danger of a vaccine bidding war, with governments competing for a limited number of doses, well before a vaccine even reac…

Journeyman Pictures (2020-06-20). Video: Covid Nurse Exposes New York Hospital. People Have Been Lied To. It's Destroying Life. The Numbers are a Lie. globalresearch.ca Registered nurse, Erin Olszewski, spent a month at the epicenter of the epicenter, Elmhurst Hospital in NY. | After witnessing the same malpractice matching testimonies of other outspoken nurses in the U.S., she decided to wear a hidden camera to …

Ola Innset (2020-06-20). Workers of Europe: Compete. zcomm.org In response to neoliberalism's internationalism, European workers have turned to the nation state. It is time for the left to reclaim the narrative…

Kim Petersen (2020-06-20). US Military Presence Everywhere. The Arctic, the Middle East, The South China Sea, The Caribbean… globalresearch.ca Tensions in the skies. RT presented a news story of the United States intercepting a fleet of Russian bombers off the Alaskan coast. Four Russian Tu-95 bombers, accompanied by Su-35 and MiG-31 fighters jets, flew from Siberia toward Alaska where …

IMEMC & Agencies (2020-06-20). Arab Leaders Express Criticism of Israeli Annexation Plans. imemc.org Three key Arab countries, including Jordan, Bahrain and the United Arab Emirates (UAE), have expressed their opposition to the Israeli leadership's plan to expropriate Palestinian lands, expected to be implemented in July. For his part, King Abdallah II of Jordan, asserted, in a phone conversation with the Emir of Abu …

Martina Kaika (2020-06-20). The case of refugees in Greece. peoplesdispatch.org Successive Greek governments have done nothing to to ensure decent living conditions for the uprooted people. Instead, they are also evicting those who have been granted asylum from their accommodation facilities…

Dr. Jacques R. Pauwels (2020-06-20). Why America Needs War. globalresearch.ca GR Editor's Note: This incisive article was written on April 30, 2003 in the immediate wake of the war on Iraq, by renowned historian and political scientist Dr.

Abdul Rahman (2020-06-20). Imperialist occupation and wars are the driving force behind the displacement of people. peoplesdispatch.org In its annual "Global Trends" report released on June 18, Thursday, the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) noted that the total number of displaced persons globally rose by a record 9 million in 2019. Though most of them are internally displaced, the number of people forced out of their countries, or international refugees, is also increasing. | The spread of COVID-19 globally has caused renewed concern about the safety and well-being of the world's refugee population, most of whom are living in unsafe conditions. While health infrastructure in refugee camps, particularly in third world countri…

Annelies Wilder-Smith, Steven W Lindsay, Thomas W Scott, Eng Eong Ooi, Duane J Gubler, Pamela Das (2020-06-20). [Comment] The Lancet Commission on dengue and other Aedes-transmitted viral diseases. thelancet.com The past 50 years have seen the emergence of epidemic arboviral diseases transmitted by the urban mosquito, Aedes aegypti. More than 120 countries are affected by frequent and cyclical dengue epidemics that result in an estimated annual 400 million infections and 100 million symptomatic cases.1 Chikungunya virus re-emerged in 2004 from east Africa and spread to Asia, the Pacific, the Americas, and Europe.2,3 Zika virus spread from sub-Saharan Africa through Asia and the Pacific to the Americas, where it caused a major outbreak associated with severe birth defects and neurological complications.

Alain Dervaux (2020-06-20). [Correspondence] Antipsychotics for schizophrenia and substance misuse. thelancet.com In their network meta-analysis of the efficacy and tolerability of 32 oral antipsychotics for the treatment of schizophrenia in adults, Maximillian Huhn and colleagues1 found some efficacy differences between antipsychotics. However, treatment studies in patients with schizophrenia have generally excluded those with past or current substance use disorders. A systematic review and meta-analysis showed that schizophrenia and substance use disorder comorbidity was highly prevalent among adults (41 ∑7%).

Peter Baker, Alan White, Rosemary Morgan (2020-06-20). [Comment] Men's health: COVID-19 pandemic highlights need for overdue policy action. thelancet.com The COVID-19 pandemic is shining a cruel light on the state of men's health globally. In 38 out of 43 countries for which provisional data were available, as of June 10, 2020, more men than women have died from COVID-19 despite a similar number of confirmed cases in each sex.1 In several countries, including the Netherlands, Dominican Republic, and Spain, about twice as many men as women have died from COVID-19.1 International Men's Health Week on June 15—21 is an opportune time to focus attention on this issue and the need for a new and systematic approach to improve the health of men generally.

Peoples Dispatch (2020-06-20). How China broke the chain of infection. peoplesdispatch.org How was China able to contain the spread of the novel coronavirus? We take a look into the multi-pronged strategy taken on by the Chinese government that was successful in saving hundreds and thousands of lives…

Sara Gasparini, Claudia Torino, Damiano Branca, Edoardo Ferlazzo, Umberto Aguglia (2020-06-20). [Correspondence] Testing rimegepant for migraine—time to revise the trial design? thelancet.com We read with interest the results of the phase 3 trial by Robert Croop and colleagues1 on the use of rimegepant for treatment of acute migraine. We feel that this study, like other similarly designed trials, has major problems in its methods, which suggests caution should be taken when examining the results.

The Poor People's Campaign (2020-06-20). Poor People's Moral Justice Jubilee Policy Platform. zcomm.org Legislative and Policy Priorities of the Poor People's Campaign: A National Call for Moral Revival…

Joanna Palmer (2020-06-20). [Comment] Framing health stories: Highlights 2020 photography competition open for submissions. thelancet.com The video and pictures of the killing of George Floyd in Minneapolis, MN, USA, as police officer Derek Chauvin knelt on Floyd's neck while he pleaded that he could not breathe, as well as photographs of subsequent anti-racism protests around the world, are some of the most powerful images this year. These pictures highlight the devastating impacts of structural racism and the deep inequities in our societies, and have given renewed urgency to the Black Lives Matter movement. This year has also brought moving and sometimes shocking photographs of health-care staff working in challenging conditions—too often…

Robert Croop, Peter J Goadsby, David A Stock, Richard B Lipton (2020-06-20). [Correspondence] Testing rimegepant for migraine—time to revise the trial design? — Authors' reply. thelancet.com We thank Sara Gasparini and colleagues for their critique of our work.1 In stating that single-attack studies of acute treatments for migraine with no active comparator have major problems in their methods, however, they ignore their own recommendation that clinical studies should take regulatory requirements and the needs of clinical practice into account.2 Studies of single migraine attacks are the global standard for establishing the efficacy of acute treatments of migraine and the cornerstone of regulatory approval in the USA.

Colin Todhunter (2020-06-20). From Toxic Food to Agrarian Disaster: Dirty Deals Done Dirt Cheap. dissidentvoice.org During the early days of the coronavirus lockdowns, in some quarters there was a certain degree of optimism around. Although millions of people were suffering, the hope was that the Covid-19 crisis would shine light on societal and economic systems across the world, exposing some of the deep-rooted flaws of capitalism. There was a belief that people …

Suzanne Gordon (2020-06-20). Trading One Uniform for Another. zcomm.org Can Police Be "De-Militarized" When So Many Cops Are Military Veterans?>

yenisafak (2020-06-20). Restrictions back as virus spreads in Australian state. yenisafak.com Coronavirus restrictions were reimposed in Australia's southern state of Victoria on Saturday, following a persistent rise in infections over the past few days.At a press conference, Premier Daniel Andrews said 25 cases — a two-month high — were recorded over the past day, making restrictions necessary to stem the virus' spread.Under the new rules, gatherings at homes will be limited to five people, while plans to increase the number of people allowed in restaurants, libraries, and places of worship from 20 to 50 have been deferred until at least July 12.Expressing "disappointment" and "frustration,"

The Canary (2020-06-20). An Australian state is set to reimpose restrictions as coronavirus cases increase. thecanary.co The Australian state of Victoria is set to reimpose household restrictions from Monday 22 June after recording double-digit increases in coronavirus (Covid-19) cases for a fourth consecutive day. | Daniel Andrews, the premier for Victoria, said household gatherings will be restricted to five guests and outdoor gatherings to 10 people until midnight on 12 July. | Andrews said Victoria recorded 25 new cases on Saturday 20 June, the biggest daily increase in two months. The planned easing of restrictions for cafes, restaurants and pubs, from a maximum of 20 guests to a maximum of 50, will be deferred for three weeks…

Adriaan Alsema (2020-06-20). Colombia's president urges "that we shouldn't talk about who's to blame' for his mistakes. colombiareports.com Colombia's President Ivan Duque admitted his idea to organize a tax-free shopping day in the midst of a pandemic was a mistake, but stressed "we shouldn't ask ourselves who's to…

yenisafak (2020-06-20). Egypt asks UN intervention to resolve Nile dam dispute. yenisafak.com Egypt has requested the UN Security Council to intervene to resolve a dispute with Ethiopia over a controversial Nile dam project.In a statement late Friday, the Egyptian Foreign Ministry said it asked the Security Council to "intervene to affirm the importance of the three countries resuming the negotiations with goodwill…to reach a fair and balanced solution" over the Ethiopian dam.The ministry said the move came after negotiations to resolve the dispute over the Nile dam stalled "as a result of Ethiopian stances that are not positive".Ethiopia is building a hydro-electric dam project on the Nile, which Egypt…

Anders Perner, Morten Hylander Mà∏ller (2020-06-20). [Comment] Tranexamic acid for severe gastrointestinal bleeding. thelancet.com Severe gastrointestinal bleeding is frequent and associated with use of blood products and endoscopic and invasive procedures, including emergency surgery, which increases the risk of mortality.1 Interventions to stop bleeding include the use (often in an escalating manner) of proton-pump inhibitors, transfusion of blood products, therapeutic endoscopy, endovascular coiling, and open laparotomy.1,2 Tranexamic acid is also used in some patients in an attempt to inhibit blood clot breakdown by fibrinolysis that can occur in some cases.

Andrew Green (2020-06-20). [Obituary] Larry Kramer. thelancet.com HIV/AIDS and LGBT rights activist and author. Born in Bridgeport, CT, USA, on June 25, 1935, he died of pneumonia on May 27, 2020, in New York, NY, USA, aged 84 years.

Manlio Dinucci (2020-06-20). From 1945 Until Today — 20 to 30 Million People Killed by the USA. globalresearch.ca The study documents the wars and coups d'État executed by the US in 30 Asian, African, European and Latin-American countries. It reveals that US military forces are directly responsible for between 10 and 15 million deaths, caused by the major wars — those against Korea and Vietnam and the two wars against Iraq.

newsnetwork.mayoclinic (2020-06-20). National campaign, big names calling on COVID-19 survivors to help others defeat it. newsnetwork.mayoclinic.org A national coalition, including Mayo Clinic, is launching a nationwide push for plasma donations to help fight COVID-19. The campaign has some big names behind it. Today a coalition of more than 30 organizations is launching a national donor recruitment campaign — "The Fight Is In Us" — with the goal of connecting survivors with …

newsnetwork.mayoclinic (2020-06-20). Mayo Clinic Q and A: COVID-19 and gastrointestinal concerns. newsnetwork.mayoclinic.org Dear Mayo Clinic: I've been hearing so much information about COVID-19 that I'm worried that every ache or pain may be related. I have been having stomachaches and then I began having diarrhea. I'm wondering if those are symptoms of COVID-19 and if I should get tested? Answer: There is certainly a lot of information …

newsnetwork.mayoclinic (2020-06-20). Plan ahead with an advance directive for medical care decisions. newsnetwork.mayoclinic.org While you never hope to use one, an advance directive outlines your preferences for medical care if you become ill and are unable to make decisions for yourself. An advance directive is a legal document that you can complete at any time. It allows you to decide what kind of medical care you want in …

The Canary (2020-06-20). Washington DC protesters topple statue of Confederate general Albert Pike. thecanary.co Black Lives Matter protesters have toppled the only statue of a Confederate general in the US capital and set it on fire on Juneteenth — the day marking the end of slavery in the US. | Cheering demonstrators jumped up and down as the 11ft statue of Albert Pike, wrapped with chains, wobbled on its high granite pedestal before falling backwards. | Protesters then set a bonfire and stood around it in a circle as the statue burned, saying "No justice, no peace!" and "No racist police!". | Eyewitness accounts and videos posted on social media indicated that police were on the scene but did not intervene. | Donal…

yenisafak (2020-06-20). Libyan premier arrives in Algeria for talks. yenisafak.com The head of Libya's internationally-recognized government on Saturday arrived in Algeria in an official visit to discuss the ongoing conflict in his country.According to the official Algerian TV network, Prime Minister Abdelaziz Djerad, Foreign Ministers Sabri Boukadoum and Interior Minister Kamel Beldjoud received Libyan premier Fayez al-Sarraj at the capital's Houari Boumediene Airport.Al-Sarraj's one-day visit is expected to focus on the latest developments in Libya.On Friday, Libyan local media said the country's Interior Minister Fathi Bashagha and al-Sarraj would meet Algerian President Abdelmadjid Tebboune…

yenisafak (2020-06-20). Libya says 190 bodies found in mass graves by Haftar. yenisafak.com The Libyan army said Saturday 190 corpses have been found in mass graves south of Tripoli and the city of Tarhuna since June 5. | In a statement, the army said 106 bodies, including children and women, were found with signs of torture inside a hospital morgue in Tarhuna on June 5. | A further 37 bodies were found in another hospital in the city, of which 14 corpses were identified, the military said. | According to the statement, 15 additional bodies were found in Qasr bin Ghashir area, south of Tripoli. The military said those bodies belonged to persons kidnapped by militia of warlord Khalifa Haftar. | The remai…

yenisafak (2020-06-20). India claims Pakistani drone shot down in Jammu and Kashmir. yenisafak.com India's border security forces on Saturday announced that they had shot down an unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) belonging to Pakistan at an outpost in the disputed region of Jammu and Kashmir.The Border Security Force (BSF) shot down the Pakistani Hexa copter drone allegedly carrying an assortment of arms at the Pansar border outpost in Kathua district."Alert troops of BSF shot down a Pakistani Hexa copter drone carrying 01 M4 carbine machine (US Made), 02 filled magazines (60 Rds), 07 Chinese grenades," the BSF said in a statement on Twitter.The aircraft was spotted by a BSF patrol at in the vicinity of the borde…

yenisafak (2020-06-20). Africa: Virus cases pass 286,000, deaths near 7,700. yenisafak.com According to the latest update, the death toll on the continent is now up to 7,693, while 132,412 people have recovered in 54 countries.With 91,800, Southern Africa leads in the number of cases, followed by North Africa with 77,200, West Africa 59,500, East Africa 30,000, and Central Africa with 28,000.At least 3,200 people have died in North Africa, 1,900 in Southern Africa, 1,100 in West Africa, 915 in East Africa, and 621 in Central Africa.Southern Africa also has the highest number of recoveries at 49,700, followed by North Africa's 31,700, West Africa 26,500, Central Africa 12,400, and East Arica with 12,100…

yenisafak (2020-06-20). Turkish sailors freed after 3-month captivity in Eritrea. yenisafak.com Three Turkish sailors on a world tour detained in the East African country of Eritrea were freed Saturday as a result of Ankara's intervention.Selim Ekmekcioglu, Ibrahim Ignak and Erman Lutfu Atamer regained their freedom under the instruction of President Recep Tayyip Erdogan and the intervention of Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu, according to diplomatic sources.Seyda Ekmekcioglu told Anadolu Agency that her husband called her to say they had been freed."I spoke to my husband for the first time today since April 25. H sounded fine. He said their condition was very good and that they were treated very well in…

yenisafak (2020-06-20). Serbians to go to general, local polls. yenisafak.com As the world wrestles with the novel coronavirus pandemic, Serbia on Sunday will hold general, local, and autonomous region elections.Voters will head to the polls to determine the names and parties that will govern the country both locally and nationally for the next four years.In Serbia, the effect of the pandemic has disappeared for the most part, with casualty numbers and daily cases having decreased to the 50-100 band and major measures removed.More than 6.5 million voters have registered to cast their ballots and elect lawmakers from among 21 election lists competing to enter the 250-seat national assembly.

yenisafak (2020-06-20). Turkey rejects UN group's claims on activities in Libya. yenisafak.com Turkey has rejected "unfounded" allegations by the UN Human Rights Special Procedures."We reject the unfounded and unfortunate allegations in the press release of the UN Human Rights Special Procedures," Foreign Ministry spokesman Hami Aksoy said in a statement.Aksoy said Turkey, extending its support to the internationally recognized Libyan government upon its request and pursuant to UN resolutions, emphasized from the very beginning that there was no military solution to the conflict in Libya."In this context, Turkey spares no effort to ensure a lasting and sustainable ceasefire and to reinvigorate the politica…

yenisafak (2020-06-20). Top Pakistani diplomat hails Bozkir's UNGA presidency. yenisafak.com Pakistan's foreign minister on Saturday congratulated Turkey's Volkan Bozkir on his election as president of the next session of the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA)."On behalf of the people and government of Islamic Republic of Pakistan, I would like to extend my warm felicitation on your unanimous election by all member states as the President of the historic 75th Session of the UN General Assembly," Shah Mahmood Qureshi said in a letter.He said Bozkir's unanimous election reflects the international community's "trust and confidence" in his abilities to lead the UNGA "at this time of unprecedented global…

Brenda Norrell (2020-06-20). Navajo volunteers race with food and water as governments fail. indybay.org When a young Dine' man asked if anyone needed water and supplies, there were more than 100 responses. They are the blind, those without water, and those in hogans without phones. They are the young people living in tents in quarantine, they are the families living in tents.

Richard Horton (2020-06-20). [Comment] Offline: A novel solution to live with coronavirus. thelancet.com "Could you spare half an hour for me to get your advice on a potential safe and effective (and rapid) way out of the UK's current situation?" The text message was from a professor of medicine and epidemiology at an English university. I called him. He had an extraordinary proposal. Given where the country is now, he said, we needed more radical ideas about not only how to save lives but also how to save the economy. The country is collapsing. This coronavirus will be with us for some time. We can't live in lockdown forever.

Oakland Asian Cultural Center (2020-06-20). Saturday 7/11: Healing Around Race: Creative Writing Workshop #1. indybay.org Online: Zoom…

Ilona Gazarova (2020-06-20). Friday 6/26: United Nations International Day in Support of Victims of Torture. indybay.org Advocacy for Humankind is Hosting an Event for United Nations International Day in Support of Victims of Torture.

Milestone in History (2020-06-20). 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.

Robert Norse (2020-06-20). 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.

Dwight A Ost (2020-06-20). Friday 6/19: Workers' Collective Mourns Victims of Covid19 and Broken Promise of Emancipation. indybay.org AMAZON FULFILLMENT CTR-6015 Giant Hwy-Richmond CA…

Oakland Privacy (2020-06-20). 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.

Lynda Carson (2020-06-20). Wheaton Mayor signs Pride Week proclamation after making $1,000 Jeanne Ives contribution. indybay.org Pride Week Proclamation Signed By Mayor:…

Revolutionary United Front (2020-06-20). Tuesday 6/23: Community Meeting on Police Brutality and the George Floyd Protests Pt. 2. indybay.org Willow Park | Oakland, CA 94607…

United Front Against Displacement (2020-06-20). Monday 6/22: Houseless Community Mounts Defense Against Illegal Eviction. indybay.org Oakland City Hall | 1 Frank H Ogawa Plaza | Oakland, CA 94612…

Santa Cruz Police News (2020-06-20). "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…

WSWS Repost (2020-06-20). PG&E pleads guilty to 84 counts of involuntary manslaughter for wildfire deaths. indybay.org With the help of California Governor Gavin Newsom, Pacific Gas & Electric receives a mere slap on the wrist for what has been deemed the deadliest US corporate crime ever prosecuted.

Nestor Machno (2020-06-20). 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?>

NLG-SF (2020-06-20). Victory for the People of Oakland: OPD Restraining Order Restricts Teargas, Flashbangs & Projectiles. indybay.org Judge issues Temporary Restraining Order against Oakland Police Department: A Victory for Oakland, A Victory for All…

Oakland Asian Cultural Center (2020-06-20). Saturday 7/25: Healing Around Race: Creative Writing Workshop #2. indybay.org Online: Zoom…

Norbert Trenkle (2020-06-20). Climate crisis and social transformation in the age of Corona. indybay.org Material wealth in the form of useful things and utilities is only a means subordinated to the objective of capital accumulation and is sacrificed when that objective can no longer be achieved… Without the state, capitalist society would fly apart immediately. The state, however, is an essential precondition for abstract wealth production and dependent on it.

Nathan Sheard, EFF (2020-06-20). Victory! New York's City Council Passes the POST Act. indybay.org

Movement for Black Lives (2020-06-20). Friday 6/19: #SixNineteen: M4BL Juneteenth Livestream to Defend Black Lives (online). indybay.org Online livestream…

Peter Maiden (2020-06-20). Street in Front of Fresno City Hall painted with "Black Lives Matter" indybay.org Over four hundred people came out to downtown Fresno June 18 to paint "Black Lives Matter" in twenty foot tall letters on P Street where it passes in front of City Hall.

Friends Committee on National Legislation (2020-06-20). Friday 6/19: Juneteenth Film Discussion of 'Suppressed: The Fight To Vote'. indybay.org Online via zoom…

NAACP (2020-06-20). Friday 6/19: NAACP Juneteenth Black Family Reuinon & Virtual Town Hall (1pm & 3pm). indybay.org Online…

Ralph Nader (2020-06-19). From the Covid-19 Battle Can Come Unstoppable Citizen Power to Propel "Full Medicare for All" Through Congress. counterpunch.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

Mark Gruenberg, Roberta Wood (2020-06-19). Latino groups, AFL-CIO hail Supreme Court's pro-DACA decision. peoplesworld.org WASHINGTON—Immigrant rights groups, the AFL-CIO and other human rights organizations hailed the U.S. Supreme Court's June 18 decision which effectively leaves in place the Obama-era Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program and blocks President Donald Trump's long campaign to end DACA and toss its 700,000 recipients — the Dreamers — out of the country. …

Staff (2020-06-19). How DREAMers Defeated Trump: Supreme Court DACA Win Shows "Sustained Pressure of Activism" Works. democracynow.org In a 5-4 decision led by Chief Justice John Roberts, the Supreme Court on Thursday blocked President Trump's attempt to end Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, or DACA. The federal program created by President Obama in 2012 protects from deportation about 700,000 immigrants who arrived in the U.S. as children. Luis Cortes, one of the lawyers who defended DACA at the Supreme Court, says the key to the victory was being able to share the stories of DACA recipients. "What moved Chief Justice Roberts in our case was the stories," says Cortes, who is a DACA recipient himself. We also speak with Erika Andiola, advo…

Ashley Curtin (2020-06-19). Supreme Court extends life of DACA in 5-4 ruling. nationofchange.org "We took our power to the streets, the hallways of Congress, to the highest court in the land and we won."

WSWS (2020-06-19). Supreme Court blocks Trump administration's plan to "immediately end" DACA. wsws.org A 5-4 majority cited the administration's failure to provide a "reasoned explanation" as the basis for Trump's decision to rescind an executive order issued by Obama in 2012.

Staff (2020-06-19). Headlines for June 19, 2020. democracynow.org Supreme Court Blocks Trump from Ending DACA in Victory for Immigrants, Global COVID Death Toll Tops 450,000 as Cases Keep Growing in 77 Nations, Navajo Nation Reinstates Lockdown Due to New COVID Surge, "Trump Death Clock" Heads to Tulsa for Trump Speech, Juneteenth: Longshore Union Shuts Down West Coast Ports; Trump Claims He Made Holiday "Very Famous", Atlanta Officers Involved in Killing of Rayshard Brooks Turn Themselves In, Probe Launched over Use of Military Surveillance Planes to Monitor Protesters, High-Ranking Black State Dept. Official Resigns to Protest Trump's Actions, Klobuchar Removes Herself from V…

Staff (2020-06-19). Supreme Court DACA Win Shows "Sustained Pressure of Activism" Works. truthout.org In a 5-4 decision led by Chief Justice John Roberts, the Supreme Court on Thursday blocked President Trump's attempt to end Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, or DACA. The federal program created by President Obama in 2012 protects from deportation about 700,000 immigrants who arrived in the U.S. as children. Luis Cortes, one of the lawyers who defended DACA at the Supreme Court, says the key to the victory was being able to share the stories of DACA recipients. "What moved Chief Justice Roberts in ou…

WSWS (2020-06-19). Bolton account of Trump White House: Another volley in the conflict within the US ruling elite. wsws.org Press reviews indicate that Bolton's book attacks Trump entirely from the right, expressing particular bitterness that the administration did not go to war against Iran.

Paul Antonopoulos (2020-06-19). Trump Signed a Bill Calling for Sanctions Against China's So-called "Treatment of Uighurs" globalresearch.ca Leaked excerpts from the upcoming memoir The Room Where It Happened has made stunning allegations against U.S. President Donald Trump. Former U.S. National Security Advisor, John Bolton, claims in his book that Trump attempted to interfere in a …

sputniknews (2020-06-19). 'Horse Out of the Barn': US Judge Says 'Difficult' to Stop Release of Bolton's Book on Trump. sputniknews.com WASHINGTON (Sputnik) – A federal court judge told a hearing on Friday that it would be practically impossible to take legal action to recall all copies of former national security adviser John Bolton's new book disparaging US President Donald Trump prior to the Tuesday publication date.

ahtribune (2020-06-19). John Bolton, The Room Where It Happened. ahtribune.com The title of John Bolton's revenge insinuates highly explosive internal affairs by a guy who's, besides the Chief of Staff, the most important person besides the President in the White House. John Bolton was President Donald Trump's Adviser for National Security from 8 April 2018 until 10 September 2019, where Trump fired him. The question arises why Trump took Bolton in the first place. | When President-elect Donald Trump was in the process of forming his team, John Bolton also begged for a job. The reason why Trump didn't want him was his Stalin-like mustache. There would have been a better reason why Trump…

Marko Marjanoviƒá (2020-06-19). Trump Says Should Have Fired Bolton for Botching NK Talks, but Bolton Had Already Sabotaged Talks Under Bush. anti-empire.com Trump now He also blames Bolton for setting him back on the North Korea process so much so the consequences are still felt to this day: | twitter.com/realDonaldTrump/status/12736… | twitter.com/realDonaldTrump/status/12736… | Trump says he should have fired…

Ali Salam (2020-06-19). Israeli Forces Shoot, Injure Ten Palestinians at Kufur Qaddoum Weekly Protest. imemc.org Ten Palestinian civilians were injured, on Friday, by Israeli soldiers during the weekly peaceful demonstration against illegal settlements, in the northern West Bank village of Kufur Qaddoum, according to a local source. Morad Eshteiwi, coordinator of the popular resistance in the village, told Palestinian WAFA News Agency that Israeli forces …

Ali Salam (2020-06-19). Israel To Demolish A Palestinian Home Near Occupied Jerusalem. imemc.org The City Council in occupied Jersusalem informed, Thursday, a Palestinian family of a demolition order targeting their home in the Sawahra town, southeast of the occupied Palestinian capital. The home is owned by Yassin Taha Zaatra, and was built 10 years ago, sheltering him and his family. The property is …

Amanda Mills (2020-06-19). Sen Bernie Sanders calls out GOP for inadequately addressing police violence in new bill. nationofchange.org "Now is not the time to think small or respond with superficial, bureaucratic proposals."

Combined Sources (2020-06-19). United Nations calls for reparations to confront legacy of slavery and colonialism. peoplesworld.org GENEVA—Reparations should be paid and countries must confront the legacy of slavery and colonialism to better understand continuing "systematic discrimination," according to UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Michelle Bachelet. She was speaking at the UN session in Geneva on Wednesday in an urgent debate in response to the killing of George Floyd at the …

news.un (2020-06-19). Human Rights Council calls on top UN rights official to take action on racist violence. news.un.org The UN's top rights official, Michelle Bachelet, is to spearhead efforts to address systemic racism against people of African descent by law enforcement agencies, the Human Rights Council decided on Friday. The resolution — decided unanimously without a vote – follows a rare Urgent Debate in the Council earlier in the week, requested by the African group of nations, following the death of George Floyd in the US state of Minnesota.

_____ (2020-06-19). Barbaric U.S. Sanctions on Syria Are Futile Extension of Failed Regime-Change War. strategic-culture.org A total blockade of war-torn Syria is the desired effect of sweeping new sanctions imposed this week by the United States. The purpose is to prevent the Arab nation from achieving reconstruction and international normalization after suffering nearly a decade of war. | Washington's objective is to make regime change in Damascus inevitable by making social conditions in the country as unbearable for the population as it possibly can. | With cruel Orwellian irony, the American sanctions implemented this week bear the words "Syria Civilian Protection Act". | The U.S. legislation was passed by both parties in the Cong…

Ahmed Abdulkareem (2020-06-19). Yemen: Saudi Airstrike Kills Four Children as UN Removes Kingdom From List of Child Killers. mintpressnews.com Adrianne Lapar, director of Watchlist on Children and Armed Conflict said the decision "sends the message that powerful actors can get away with killing children."

A. Majumdar (2020-06-19). PDF of June 18 issue. workers.org This week's issue is a 16-page PDF. Justice for Rayshard Brooks! Stonewall means unite and fight back! TEAR DOWN THE WALLS: Gov't, Klan & the state; New hearing for Rodney Reed; Free Jalil, Mutulu! CeCe McDonald & right to self-defense; WORKERS STRUGGLES; COVID_19 CRISIS: the Bronx; domestic violence; ANTI_RACIST REBELLIONS: . . . |

Nick Alexandrov (2020-06-19). Twin Histories: Segregation and Police Violence in Minneapolis. counterpunch.org George Floyd's murder tape gives sight, if you look closely, of a world little-named in pieces on his killing. Sustained police savagery marks this world, one city bureaucrats worked, long ago, to segregate, and more recently to keep that way. It is Minneapolis. And knowing its linked police and housing histories is crucial to making sense of today's protests. These histories show a city saturated in violence—state-sanctioned violence.

Pete Dolack (2020-06-19). The Political Economy of Covid-19. counterpunch.org Governments around the world are attempting to prop up a failing capitalist system by — surprise! — throwing money at wealthy individuals and corporations, especially in the financial industry. In other words, in this time of unprecedented crisis and economic difficulty, it's business as usual. We were here not much more than a decade ago,

Staff (2020-06-19). Climate Crisis: Keystone XL Supreme, Cap and Trade Takes Hit and California Geoengineering. therealnews.com The Trump administration tries to push Keystone XL to the US Supreme Court, California's appellate court rules on cap and trade, and California's governor backs away—but not really—from solar radiation geoengineering.

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 . . . |

Aaron Morrison, Kat Stafford (2020-06-19). Juneteenth: A day for national action. peoplesworld.org In just about any other year, Juneteenth, the holiday celebrating the day in 1865 that all enslaved Black people learned they had been freed from bondage, would be marked by African American families across the nation with a cookout, a parade, a community festival, a soulful rendition of "Lift Ev'ry Voice and Sing." But in …

Joseph Winters (2020-06-19). Masks, gloves — the ocean is filling up with COVID trash. peoplesworld.org Are oil companies the true heroes of the COVID-19 pandemic? That's sure what they'd like you to think. In a recent flurry of "corporate reputation advertising" highlighted by Emily Atkin in the newsletter HEATED, oil and gas companies, plus the American Fuel and Petrochemical Manufacturers (AFPM) — an industry group that counts Chevron, Exxon, Citgo, and many others …

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 . . . |

Adan Santiago Plascencia (2020-06-19). Justice for Robert Fuller Jr. liberationnews.org "For them to dismiss it and say that it's a suicide, before y'all even get a proper autopsy, y'all trying to shut us up."

Judy Greenspan (2020-06-19). Free Muntaqim, Mutulu and all U.S. political prisoners! workers.org Two prisoner liberation movements in the U.S. have finally awakened people to the fact that there are political prisoners in the U.S. The first is the international outcry during COVID-19 letting the world know that people are being held in prisons, jails and detention centers without personal protective equipment, adequate . . . |

Andrew Levine (2020-06-19). Unsimple Twists of Fate in an Election Year, a Pandemic Year, and Year Four of Donald Trump. counterpunch.org What we expect comes to pass far more often than what we do not, though it can sometimes seem otherwise because an improbable turn of events is remarkable in ways that an expected outcome is not. Sudden transformations of longstanding states of affairs are especially remarkable, even when — indeed, especially when — they make

Staff (2020-06-19). Why Disbanding Plainclothes Police Units Isn't Enough. therealnews.com There's reason to be skeptical of the NYPD's claim it disbanded its notorious plainclothes units, says Brandon Soderberg, author of the upcoming book I Got A Monster: The Rise and Fall of America's Most Corrupt Police Squad.

Rachell Tucker (2020-06-19). San Antonio activists seek justice, demand reopening of police killings. liberationnews.org Like in other places around the country, thousands are in the streets in San Antonio demanding justice for victims of national significance like George Floyd and Breonna Taylor, but also for local victims of police terror.

Staff (2020-06-19). Union Leads West Coast Port Shutdown On Juneteenth. therealnews.com Former political prisoner Arthur League talks about the ILWU shutdown and the campaign to free Black political prisoners, some of whom have been imprisoned for over 50 years.

Glen Ford (2020-06-19). Community control of the police — and a whole lot more. mronline.org Abolition of the police begins with community control, in which community representatives not only hire, fire and oversee the cops, but decide the nature of the policing that is necessary and acceptable.

Vijay Prashad (2020-06-19). Ten-Point agenda for the Global South after COVID-19. mronline.org In 1974, the United Nations General Assembly passed a New International Economic Order (NIEO), which was driven by the Non-Aligned Movement (NAM).

Eva Bartlett (2020-06-19). The Caesar Act: The Latest Western Attack on Syria Didn't Drop From a Plane. mintpressnews.com As Syria struggles to recover from over a decade of US-imposed conflict, it faces a new deadly threat in the form of sweeping sanctions under the Caesar Act.

Mark Gruenberg (2020-06-19). High Court says California can stay a sanctuary state. peoplesworld.org WASHINGTON—By a 7-2 vote, but without a written decision being issued, the U.S. Supreme Court has ruled California can stay a sanctuary state for undocumented people — a position the state's union movement strongly pushed to passage several years ago. Technically, the justices rejected the anti-Hispanic anti-migrant GOP Trump regime's demand the justices hear the …

W. T. Whitney Jr. (2020-06-19). Economic collapse and unemployment councils — then and now. peoplesworld.org Hunger, homelessness, and evictions were features of the Great Depression in the United States. Jobs disappeared and working conditions deteriorated. Some "250,000 teenagers were on the road." And how many others? By 1933, one-third of farm families had lost their farms. Unemployment that year was 25%. The lives of working people were devastated. The federal …

Alan Macleod (2020-06-19). Speight of Black Men Found Hanged Sparks Fears of Wave of Racist Terror. mintpressnews.com As the nation grapples with long-simmering racial tensions reignited by the murder of George Floyd, a series of suspicious hanging deaths of black men is sparking fears of a new wave of anti-black terror.

Staff (2020-06-19). Why Do American Police Keep Shooting People In The Back? therealnews.com Despite promises of reform, police are still killing. PAR examines the case of Rayshard Brooks, shot in the back twice as he fled police, and speaks with James McLynas, who says his lack of law enforcement experience makes him the perfect candidate for sheriff.

Eds. (2020-06-19). Struggle Theater: Don't let theatrics shroud the reality of systemic oppression. mronline.org 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.

Maxximilian Seijo (2020-06-19). Place, Participation & #Unis4All with Benjamin Wilson. mronline.org Economist Benjamin Wilson joins Money on the Left to discuss heterodox approaches to place, participation, and the politics of university finance. Associate professor of economics at SUNY Cortland, Wilson received his interdisciplinary Ph.D. from University of Missouri, Kansas City (UMKC), where he took courses with some of the leading lights of heterodox economic theory, including …

Andre Vltchek (2020-06-19). Do Not Belittle Protesters in the U.S. by calling their Struggle a "Color Revolution" dissidentvoice.org For almost a decade, I have been covering "Color Revolutions" in virtually all parts of the world. While making a film for TeleSur, I was facing Egyptian tanks, risking my life under sniper fire, getting roughed-up in the middle of clashes of the supporters of al-Sisi and Morsi. Together with Syrian commanders, I was also …

Eds. (2020-06-19). Antifa movement: Anti-establishment rebels. mronline.org A day after Donald Trump's election victory, Hispanic students at Royal Oak High School in Michigan were harassed by their classmates who started chanting, "Build the wall!" Once installed in office, the White House occupant announced the immigration ban on Muslims and a few hours later, someone set fire to the local Islamic Center in …

Staff (2020-06-19). Stir Crazy! Episode #57: Juneteenth!! therealnews.com On today's show: Action Now Chicago's Deborah Harris, activist and recording artist Eze Jackson, and Detroit Action's Branden Snyder. Hosted by Kim Brown. If you have questions/comments/suggestions for the show email us at stircrazy@therealnews.com

Special to People's World (2020-06-19). AFL-CIO endorses Juneteenth celebrations happening across the country today. peoplesworld.org The nation's largest labor federation issued a special statement today calling Juneteenth "a day of profound meaning to Black workers, as it should be to all workers." The statement noted that workers across the country are observing this special day, many of them for the first time. The full statement follows: On June 19, we …

Leslie Feinberg (2020-06-19). Black Trans Lives Matter! CeCe McDonald: the right to self-defense. workers.org This is the first part of an article published Dec. 7, 2012, in Workers World in the series of articles by Leslie Feinberg on the local, U.S. and international campaign to "Free CeCe!" Trans woman McDonald was charged with murder for defending herself and friends when attacked by a white . . . |

Conn Hallinan (2020-06-19). Tipping the Nuclear Dominos. counterpunch.org If the Trump administration follows through on its threat to re-start 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.

Ron Jacobs (2020-06-19). The Israeli Defense Forces is a Misnomer. counterpunch.org Unless one defines defense as attacking others with overwhelming force, the Israeli Defense Forces have never been a defensive force. As scholar and author Haim Beshreeth-Zabner makes clear in his just published history An Army Like No Other, the IDF was designed to be an offensive armed force intended to take and keep territory. In

Liberation Staff (2020-06-19). Historic marches in Boston and NYC say 'Black Trans Lives Matter!'. liberationnews.org Thousands rally in Boston and NYC.

Gary Olson (2020-06-19). Was It Only "Fear Itself?": FDR and Today. dissidentvoice.org Police and National Guard Attacking Protestors Outside the White House in 2020 (Erin Schaff, New York Times) "Movement" politics is how the people flex their power, while electoral politics under the corporate duopoly is the domain of the moneyed classes. — Glen Ford, Black Agenda Report While it's myth that after the stock market crash …

Yoav Litvin (2020-06-19). Living the Panther Dream — An Interview with Black Panther Party Veteran Member Aaron Dixon. counterpunch.org On May 25, 2020, George Floyd, a Black man, was murdered by Derek Chauvin, a white Policeman in Minneapolis, Minnesota. Captured on camera and viewed by millions, Floyd's brutalization inspired an uprising in multiple cities across the United States and the world. In Seattle, WA, protesters in an area termed "Capitol Hill Occupied Protest," (CHOP),

Richard D. Wolff (2020-06-19). How Workers Can Win the Class War Being Waged Against Them. counterpunch.org Organized labor led no mass opposition to Trump's presidency or the December 2017 tax cut or the failed U.S. preparation for and management of COVID-19. Nor do we yet see a labor-led national protest against the worst mass firing since the 1930s Great Depression. All of these events, but especially the unemployment, mark an employers' class war against employees. The U.S. government directs it, but the employers as a class inspire and benefit the most from it.

RT (2020-06-19). Katie Hopkins permanently suspended from Twitter to keep platform 'safe' from 'hateful conduct'. rt.com Twitter has permanently suspended the account of right-wing British media personality Katie Hopkins, who had amassed over a million followers and was retweeted by US President Donald Trump. | "Keeping Twitter safe is a top priority for us. Abuse and hateful conduct have no place on our service, and we will continue to take action when our rules are broken," the social media company said in a statement on Friday. | Hopkins was banned from the platform shortly after complaining that her blue-check verified status had been removed. The company claimed the Briton violated their "hateful conduct policy," but did no…

Adriaan Alsema (2020-06-19). Colombia's 21st century social cleaning: saving money on chainsaws. colombiareports.com Colombia's president Ivan Duque must be proud of himself. He enriched his allies by killing countless people without using a single chainsaw. One may argue that killing Colombians for profit…

Adriaan Alsema (2020-06-19). Colombia's 21st century social cleansing: saving money on chainsaws. colombiareports.com Colombia's president Ivan Duque must be proud of himself. He enriched his allies by killing countless people without using a single chainsaw. One may argue that killing Colombians for profit…

The Canary (2020-06-19). PM's £1bn 'catch-up' plan criticised for leaving out nursery and college pupils. thecanary.co Boris Johnson's £1bn plan to help pupils catch up with learning has come under fire from education leaders.Head teachers say they weren't consulted on the details of the proposed scheme. It will give the most disadvantaged children in England access to funds to pay for tutors, while the majority of the funding will be shared across schools to help pupils from all backgrounds affected by the lockdown.Criticism: College and nursery leaders have criticised the government for leaving their pupils out. This came after the government announced that for the 2020-21 academic year, £650m will only go to…

Staff (2020-06-19). 99 Years Later, Wounds of the 1921 Tulsa Race Massacre Have "Never Been Remedied" democracynow.org President Trump's first campaign rally since the start of the pandemic takes place Saturday in Tulsa, Oklahoma, despite a spike of COVID-19 cases there. Trump rescheduled the rally to Saturday after facing backlash for saying it would happen on Juneteenth — a celebration of African Americans' liberation from slavery — amid a nationwide uprising against racism and police brutality. 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 known as "Black Wall Street." For more on this…

Staff (2020-06-19). Juneteenth: A Celebration of Black Liberation & Day to Remember "Horrific System That Was Slavery" democracynow.org June 19 is Juneteenth, celebrating the day in 1865 when the last enslaved Black people in the United States learned they had been freed from bondage. As momentum grows to enshrine it as a national holiday, we speak with author and historian Gerald Horne, who says that while the story of Juneteenth is "much more complicated and much more complex than is traditionally presented," increased recognition of the day "provides an opportunity to have a thorough remembrance of this horrific system that was slavery."

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pip.hinman (2020-06-19). Somyurek and Labor's stinking mess exposed. greenleft.org.au

David S. Cloud (2020-06-19). US Wants to Surround China With Missiles, but Its Asian Clients Don't Want to Host Them. anti-empire.com The governor of a Japanese territory where the Pentagon is thinking about basing missiles capable of threatening China has a message for the United States: Not on my island. | "I firmly oppose the idea," said Gov. Denny Tamaki, the governor of Okinawa, in an email to The Times. | Officials in other Asian countries are also signaling they don't want them. | But Pentagon planners aren't backing down after the Trump administration withdrew last year from a 33-year-old arms control treaty that barred U.S. land-based intermediate-range missiles in Asia. | Senior officials now say that putting hundreds of American miss…

bne IntelliNews (2020-06-19). Russian Deputies Introduce Bill to Un-Ban the Excellent Telegram Messaging App. anti-empire.com Russian Duma deputies from the minority fraction Fair Russia have conceded defeat to reality and have introduced a bill to un-ban the popular messaging service Telegram that belongs to Russian tech whizz-kid Pavel Durov. | Three deputies — Fedot Tumusov, Dmitry Ionin and Alexander Terentyev — have submitted a draft bill to the Duma to terminate the attempts to outlaw Telegram. | The company and the Kremlin clashed after the widely used service refused a request by the Federal Security Service (FSB) to hand over digital keys so the security forces could eavesdrop on conversations on the service. | Tele…

Eric A. Gordon (2020-06-19). 'Proud': Episodes of the long march for LGBTQ rights in France. peoplesworld.org Timed for release during LGBTQ Pride Month, the 2018 French "episodic cinema" Proud (Fiertés in French) is now available for a wider viewing in the United States opening on June 19 in virtual cinema in select cities though Kino Marquee. Proud consists of three episodes, each about 50 minutes in duration, focusing on the evolution …

CounterSpin (2020-06-19). Ezra Young on Supreme Court LGBT Ruling. fair.org Media…

RT (2020-06-19). Beatles-glorified Penny Lane NOT actually named after slave trader, museum finds. rt.com There's no evidence linking the legendary Liverpool street Penny Lane to slave trader James Penny, the city's slavery museum has said. The street was recently vandalized, amid Black Lives Matter protests. | The widespread misconception that the road was named after an 18th-century slave merchant was debunked by the Liverpool-based International Slavery Museum (ISM) on Friday. | Penny Lane shot to international fame back in 1967, thanks to the Beatles song named after it, and its original street sign was included in the ISM's display when the museum first opened in 2007. Now, however, "comprehensive research" h…

Bruce E. Levine (2020-06-19). Lesser of Two Evils: Chomsky vs. Greenwald . . . and the Ignored Factor. counterpunch.org Noam Chomsky believes that it is so imperative that Trump be defeated that he will vote for Biden, while Glenn Greenwald challenges the political strategy of the lesser-of-two-evils dictum. It is difficult to imagine anyone more intellectually commanding than Chomsky, but Greenwald is no inferior. Chomsky and Greenwald are unbroken, rational warriors who apply contrasting

Matthew Daly (2020-06-19). Pelosi ordena retiro de retratos confederados del Capitolio. peoplesworld.org WASHINGTON (AP) — La presidenta de la Cámara de Representantes Nancy Pelosi ordenó el retiro del Capitolio de retratos de varios presidentes previos de la legislatura que fueron parte del gobierno de los Estados Confederados del sur. En una carta al secretario de la cámara baja, Pelosi pidió el retiro inmediato de los retratos de …

RT (2020-06-19). Twitter pulls Trump's 'manipulated' CNN parody video after media outcry, citing copyright violation. rt.com Twitter has removed a satirical video shared by US President Donald Trump — a parody CNN clip it flagged as "manipulated media" — after the broadcaster saw red over the tweet and following complaints from the owner of the footage. | The meme clip, which featured a mock CNN chyron and was meant as a dig at what Trump and his supporters see as biased media coverage of his presidency, was pulled on Friday after a company representing the original creators of the video complained to social media platforms, saying the footage was used without permission. In addition to Twitter, Facebook has also deleted…

The Canary (2020-06-19). Celebrating Juneteenth, the day the last enslaved Black people were freed in the US. thecanary.co People across the US and beyond are celebrating a key national day which has a much higher profile this year amid widespread anti-racism protests sparked by the death of George Floyd.Juneteenth — celebrated each year on 19 June — marks the day in 1865 when slavery was abolished in Texas — two and a half years after president Abraham Lincoln signed the Emancipation Proclamation.Now, with support growing for the racial justice movement, 2020 may be remembered as the year the holiday reached a new level of recognition.While the Emancipation Proclamation freed enslaved Black people in the South in 1863…

The Canary (2020-06-19). Missed targets, blunders and U-turns mark the Tory government's response to pandemic. thecanary.co This week saw the government perform U-turns on free school meals and plans for its own contact tracing app.Here, the PA news agency looks at where the government has missed targets and backtracked during the coronavirus (Covid-19) pandemic.Coronavirus testing target: On 2 April, health secretary Matt Hancock set a goal of 100,000 coronavirus tests a day by the end of the month.At the government's daily briefing on 1 May, Hancock said testing figures had hit 122,347 on 30 April.However, the figures included the number of home tests (27,497) that had been sent out as well as the number of tests sent out to…

The Canary (2020-06-19). Government spent more than £11m on tracing app contracts, figures show. thecanary.co The government awarded contracts worth more than £11m to companies to help develop its contact tracing app before its U-turn to work with Apple and Google, figures indicate.According to government records published online so far, 11 contracts have been awarded to private firms aiding the app's development totalling £11,297,811.The records indicate that software firm Zuhlke Engineering was awarded more than £5m across two contracts for development and support on the app.(PA Graphics)The Department of Health and Social Care also awarded more than £4.8m to developer VMware and its subsidiary…

RT (2020-06-19). PANDERMONIUM: Snapchat yanks cringeworthy Juneteenth filter that asked users to 'smile to break chains'. rt.com Snapchat has removed a Juneteenth-themed that encouraged users to "smile" to break the chains of slavery, something that was quickly flagged by social media users as an offensive attempt to pander to Black Lives Matter activists. | If users chose to use the filter, they could photograph themselves in front of an African flag with the words "Juneteenth" and "Freedom Day" captioned. The user was then told to smile as chains appear and then suddenly break, a clear nod to the day being a celebration of the end of slavery in the US. | The filter was disabled after numerous complaints and removed from the service in…

Sam LaGrone (2020-06-19). US Navy Lacks 'Clear Theory of Victory' Needed to Build New Fleet. anti-empire.com The Navy and the Department of Defense haven't finished their homework needed to inform how the Navy builds its future fleet, a panel of naval experts told a House panel on Thursday. | The debate in Congress and in the Pentagon on naval power has been pegged on the last assessment of the number of hulls the Navy needs to meet the future requirements — 355. However, the underlying mission of what a newly structured fleet would do is unclear, said the panel addressing the House Armed Service subcommittee on seapower and projection forces. | The Navy never released an unclassified maritime strategy in conjunct…

RT (2020-06-19). China denies capturing Indian soldiers during recent border clash, despite media reports alleging Beijing freed 10 servicemen. rt.com Beijing has ruled out that there were any Indian soldiers captured during a confrontation along the border earlier this week. Indian media claimed that a number of troops had been released by China. | "China hasn't seized any Indian personnel," Foreign Ministry spokesperson Zhao Lijian told reporters on Friday. | Earlier in the day, a number of Indian media outlets citing sources suggested that Beijing had released a group of 10 servicemen, including officers. They had been freed and handed over to New Delhi after high-level talks between the nations' armies, it was reported. | However, Zhao's choice of words…

RT (2020-06-19). Tucker Carlson becomes target of SPELLS, with #WitchesAgainstTucker trending amid slander lawsuit and BLM controversy. rt.com As Fox News defends host Tucker Carlson's show against accusations of not being factually accurate, the hashtag #WitchesAgainstTucker began trending on Twitter, conjuring up some highly unusual critics of the commentator. | "We, the witches of Poland will no longer tolerate the behaviors of @TuckerCarlson. I am calling on all witches of Poland to cast your spells on him," humorous rapper and successful Twitter troll Elijah Daniel tweeted, appearing to kick off the #WitchesAgainstTucker hashtag, which has received support from thousands of users. | Daniel followed up with a tweet written in Polish, stating, "Yo…

RT (2020-06-19). 'Destructive course': US seeks space superiority by making up threats — Russian Foreign Ministry. rt.com Washington's Defense Space Strategy is provoking an arms race in outer space and threatening international security while trying to blame a nonexistent Moscow threat, the Russian Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MFA) has said. | "To justify the implementation of this destructive course, which provokes an arms race in outer space and destabilizes the international security situation, Washington has resorted to the usual tactics of blaming others," the MFA said in a In…

RT (2020-06-19). 'Adverse consequences': UK, France & Germany warn against further US sanctions on Iran, but want weapons embargo to remain. rt.com Britain, France and Germany have jointly warned against the US imposing further sanctions on Iran, saying it would have "adverse consequences" at UN level, though they agree an embargo on arms sales should remain in place. | "We firmly believe that any unilateral attempt to trigger UN sanctions snapback would have serious adverse consequences in the UN Security Council," their joint statement read; it was released following a meeting between the nations in Berlin. | They also said sanctions against Iran would be "incompatible" with the Iran nuclear deal, which the nations are looking to "preserve." They say th…

RT (2020-06-19). EU Parliament meddles into US affairs as it condemns Trump's response to protests and declares 'BLACK LIVES MATTER'. rt.com A lengthy resolution by the European Union legislators denounced US President Donald Trump for wanting to use force against rioters and condemned the "appalling death of George Floyd" and arrests of journalists. | In a Condemning the "appalling death of George Floyd" — a Minneapolis,…

RT (2020-06-19). Trump warns 'protesters, anarchists & agitators' they face a 'much different scene' at his Oklahoma rally. rt.com President Donald Trump has warned any "protesters, anarchists" and "agitators" who show up at his Oklahoma rally that they'll be met with a very different response than police have shown during the George Floyd protests elsewhere. | Trump, who is due to hold his first political rally since the beginning of the pandemic on June 20, tweeted on Friday that "any protesters, anarchists, agitators, looters or lowlifes" who head to the Oklahoma venue will be treated differently than they have been "in New York, Seattle, or Minneapolis." | Any protesters, anarchists, agitators, looters or lowlifes who are going to Okl…

RT (2020-06-19). Surf's up? Planets with oceans likely far more common than we thought, says NASA. rt.com Water is central to the ongoing search for life and potentially habitable worlds within the Milky Way. According to NASA planetary scientist Lynnae Quick, there could well be far more such 'waterworlds' than we previously thought. | Typically, when examining potential candidates for study, and potential colonization, astrophysicists and astrobiologists will seek out worlds located in the 'Goldilocks' zones of their stars — just right for liquid water to exist somewhere on the planet. | We are currently aware of around 4,000 such exoplanet cousins to the watery moons in our solar system, Saturn's Enceladus…

RT (2020-06-19). Hands off, Uncle Sam! Omsk official believes constitutional amendments will give Russia back status of Soviet era. rt.com If proposed changes to the constitution are adopted next week, Russians will take back control of their country from the Americans. That's according to the Governor of the Omsk region, who believes Russia is ruled by US law. | Read more | | In Alexander Burkov's opinion, the world's largest country is currently dominated by "Uncle Sam." But that could all change with the passage of the new amendments. | "Whe…

RT (2020-06-19). PANDER-MONIUM: Snapchat yanks cringeworthy Juneteenth filter that asked users to 'smile to break chains'. rt.com Snapchat has removed a Juneteenth-themed that encouraged users to "smile" to break the chains of slavery, something that was quickly flagged by social media users as an offensive attempt to pander to Black Lives Matter activists. | If users chose to use the filter, they could photograph themselves in front of a Pan-African flag with the words "Juneteenth" and "Freedom Day" captioned. The user was then told to smile as chains appear and then suddenly break, a clear nod to the day being a celebration of the end of slavery in the US. | The filter was disabled after numerous complaints and removed from the service…

RT (2020-06-19). 'Nobody has entered our borders,' Modi says after India-China clash. rt.com Prime Minister Narendra Modi said on Friday that India's borders are secure and its military is capable of defending them. The statement came after 20 Indian soldiers were killed this week in a frontier clash with Chinese troops. | "Nobody has entered our borders or captured our posts," Modi said in a televised statement at the end of an all-party meeting called by his government to discuss the clash, Reuters said. | India will continue to develop its border infrastructure rapidly, and will not bow down to external pressure, Modi said. | China has returned 10 Indian soldiers captured during a deadly border cla…

RT (2020-06-19). Indian Congress leader ARRESTED for spreading 'FAKE NEWS' about China border clash in leaked call. rt.com An Indian Congress leader from Ladakh was arrested after "berating" the country's army and making up "fake news" about deadly military clashes between India and China in the disputed border region. | Local media reported that Congress Councilor Zakir Hussain was arrested for "sedition" and "spreading of false information" on Friday. His comments came after the bloody confrontation which claimed the lives of 20 Indian soldiers earlier in the week. | In leaked audio, Hussain can be

RT (2020-06-19). Guilt by association? Stepmom of Atlanta cop who shot Rayshard Brooks fired from mortgage firm in dubious circumstances. rt.com The stepmother of Atlanta ex-cop Garrett Rolfe has been fired from her job at Equity Prime Mortgage. The company gave conflicting reasons for the firing, and many suspect it has more to do with who her son is than her work.

ahtribune (2020-06-19). European Court of Human Rights Upholds Right to Boycott Israel. ahtribune.com "Criminal conviction of activists involved in the BDS campaign boycotting products imported from Israel had no relevant and sufficient grounds and violated their freedom of expression" | That is the heading on the 11 June 2020 press statement from the European Court of Human Rights (ECtHR), announcing that it had overturned the conviction by a French court of eleven individuals for engaging in BDS activity. | The Court ruled that their conviction violated Article 10 of the European Convention of Human Rights — the right to freedom of expression — which states: | "Everyone has the right to freedom o…

ahtribune (2020-06-19). Do Not Belittle Protesters in U.S. By Calling Their Struggle A "Color Revolution"! ahtribune.com For almost a decade, I have been covering "Color Revolutions" in virtually all parts of the world. While making a film for TeleSur, I was facing Egyptian tanks, risking my life under sniper fire, getting roughed-up in the middle of clashes of the supporters of al-Sisi and Morsi. | Together with Syrian commanders, I was also facing the terrorists in Idlib; challenged the Ukrainian fascists; encountering Bolivian indigenous elders high in the Altiplano, after the revolution of Evo Morales and MAS was crashed by the U.S.-sponsored coup in 2019. I regularly worked in Venezuela, Lebanon, and Iraq. And of course, ag…

ahtribune (2020-06-19). Caesar Tries to Suffocate 17 Million Syrians. ahtribune.com Since 2011, the US and allies have promoted, trained and supplied militants trying to bring about The new law is fraudulen…

ahtribune (2020-06-19). Foreign Troops: What Is Too Close for Comfort? ahtribune.com Tensions in the skies. RT presented a news story of the United States intercepting a fleet of Russian bombers off the Alaskan coast. Four Russian Tu-95 bombers, accompanied by Su-35 and MiG-31 fighters jets, flew from Siberia toward Alaska where they were shadowed by US F-22 fighters. The US and NORAD admitted that the Russian planes stayed in international airspace and did not enter American sovereign airspace. | http: //youtu.be/jmqgpkixULo | Siberia and Alaska are close. At its narrowest point the Bering Strait separates Russia and the US by only 88.5 km (55 mi), so it wouldn't take long upon leaving one coa…

Brian Cloughley (2020-06-19). Floundering NATO Tries to Surface by Confronting China. anti-empire.com On June 8 Jens Stoltenberg, the Secretary General of the U.S.-NATO military alliance, gave a speech at NATO's new New on the Stoltenberg list is China, which is a long way from the North…

Miachael Arria (2020-06-19). Biden VP Front Runner Susan Rice Has a History of Criticizing Israel…While Also Letting Its Government Do Whatever It Wants. anti-empire.com The Associated Press

Ben Aris (2020-06-19). Economic Ministry Forecasts Russia Won't Climb Back to Pre-Lockdown Levels Until Late 2022. anti-empire.com Russia's Ministry of Economy has released a fresh forecast for 2019-2022. The ministry said there will be no V-shaped recovery: after a 5% plunge in 2020, real GDP will only recover starting in mid-2022. The Ministry of Economy predicts GDP growth of 2.8% in 2021 and 3% in 2022. | The Urals price stays below the base budget price of $42, at which point the Russian budget breaks even. Urals will average $31.1 per barrel this year, rising to $35.4 in 2021 and only in 2022 will it return to the breakeven price of $42.2 when Russia Inc. goes back into profit. | That means the Ministry of Finance will rely on the Nati…

Sam LaGrone (2020-06-19). After Spending $1 Billion Japan Gives Up on Installing a Costly (and Unproven) US Missile Shield. anti-empire.com Japan is backing away from installing two Aegis Ashore ballistic missile defense (BMD) systems in the country over technical concerns, Minster of Defense Taro Kono told reporters on Monday. | "In view of the cost and time [necessary] for the deployment, we will halt the process," Kono told reporters, according to In particular, Kono said there were concer…