WSWS (2019-06-15). Democrats seize on Trump comment to push their anti-Russia campaign. wsws.org The reaction of the Democrats to Trump's latest comments underscores the entirely right-wing, pro-war basis of their opposition to the most reactionary president in US history.

WSWS (2019-06-15). Benton Harbor, Michigan: School board votes to oppose governor's ultimatum to close high school. wsws.org Thousands of students and residents of Benton Harbor have rallied to the defense of the city's only high school, opposing the diktat of Michigan's Democratic governor.

aljazeera (2019-06-15). Modi's economic paradox: Strong growth, but where are the jobs?>. aljazeera.com Modi won a landslide election, but with unemployment in India at a 45-year high, what went wrong in his first term?>

Ed Sykes (2019-06-14). Chuka Umunna's tweets come back to haunt him as he joins Lib Dems. thecanary.co Twitter users aren't letting new Liberal Democrat MP Chuka Umunna forget his past comments. In particular, he'd previously insisted he 'couldn't forgive' the Lib Dems for propping up Conservative austerity under the 2010-2015 Coalition government.This is the third party Umunna has been a member of in the space of a year — after Labour and the failed 'Change UK'.'I could never ever turn a blind eye to Coalition austerity': In one post, which has now gone viral, Umunna s...

Nick Licata (2019-06-14). How SDS Imploded: an Inside Account. counterpunch.org Fifty years ago, this June, the Students for a Democratic Society held its last united National Convention. It was torn apart by ideologically driven factions, each claiming to have the only correct approach for saving America. Ironically, SDS was initiated by the anti-authoritarian, but socialist oriented, League for Industrial Democracy. Al Haber, SDS's first president, More

Sen. Bernie Sanders (2019-06-14). Video: Bernie Sanders Defines His Vision for Democratic Socialism. globalresearch.ca On Wednesday June 12th, 2019, Democratic presidential candidate Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT) spoke about his views on democratic socialism and why it would be good for the USA in a speech at George Washington University in Washington, DC. | The publication ...

CGTN Africa (2019-06-14). Uganda repatriates' relatives of Ebola casualties to DRC. cgtn.com Ugandan authorities on Thursday repatriated the relatives of two people who died of Ebola back to the Democratic Republic of Congo. | World Health Organization (WHO) officials talk to Ugandan medical staff as they inspect ebola preparedness facilities at the Bwera general hospital near the border with the Democratic Republic of Congo in Bwera, Uganda, June 12, 2019. REUTERS/Samuel Mambo | The cases marked the first time the virus has crossed an international border since the current outbreak began in Congo last August. The epidemic has already killed 1,390 people in eastern Congo. | The family sent home on Thursd...

Staff (2019-06-14). Federal Watchdog Agency Recommends Kellyanne Conway Be Fired. truthdig.com The U.S. Office of Special Counsel calls the Trump aide a "repeat offender" of the Hatch Act for her disparagement of Democratic candidates.

Jessica Corbett, staff writer (2019-06-14). Pramila Jayapal, Motivated by Wave of Right-Wing Attacks on Reproductive Rights, Draws Praise for Sharing Her Abortion Story. commondreams.org Congresswoman Pramila Jayapal's decision to share the story of her abortion in a New York Times op-ed Thursday—as right-wing politicians enact a series of anti-choice laws that ultimately aim to end the right to terminate a pregnancy nationwide—was met with admiration and gratitude from fellow lawmakers, 2020 presidential candidates, reproductive rights advocates, healthcare providers, and the Washington Democrat's constituents. | https://www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files/styles/cd_special_coverage/public/headline/thumbs/jayapal_1.jpg...

Sen. Bernie Sanders (2019-06-14). Video: Bernie Sanders Defines His Vision for Democratic Socialism. globalresearch.ca On Wednesday June 12th, 2019, Democratic presidential candidate Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT) spoke about his views on democratic socialism and why it would be good for the USA in a speech at George Washington University in Washington, DC. | Bernie Sanders ...

Staff (2019-06-14). The Fight to Restrict Abortion Could Cost Republicans the 2020 Election. therealnews.com As conservatives restrict abortion access state by state, women have begun to win political offices and even challenge President Trump for the highest office in the country. A discussion with feminist icon Katherine Spillar co-founder of Ms. Magazine and Executive Director of the Feminist Majority...

Special To The Black Star News (2019-06-14). NEW VOTING RIGHTS AND INTEGRITY COALITION "SEAN" LAUNCHES TODAY. blackstarnews.com Secure Elections for America Now (SEAN) has just launched as a new unifying voice in the voting rights community. | The SEAN organization is a pro bono coalition comprised of experts in the elections field, dedicated to passing election modernization reforms that secure American elections without every infringing on an eligible voter's right to vote. | SEAN will be led by Executive Director Allison Javery, Senior Advisor Brad Bauman, and an advisory board. Members of the board include Co-Founder of Data for Progress Sean McElwee, former Virginia Commissioner of Elections and ERIC Chairman Edgardo Cortez, Executi...

WSWS (2019-06-14). New Zealand government extends Iraq and Afghanistan troop deployments. wsws.org Contrary to statements by the Greens and pseudo-lefts, the Labour Party-led government is strengthening New Zealand's alliance with US imperialism.

Special To The Black Star News (2019-06-14). Six-Figure National Advertising Campaign Launched To Support Bipartisan Immigration Legislation. blackstarnews.com Advertising campaign launched to promote American Dream and Promise Act immigration legislation... | FWD.us today launched a substantial nationwide six-figure digital and radio advertising campaign in support of a bipartisan group of lawmakers who voted in support of the American Dream and Promise Act. | This vital legislation would create an earned path to citizenship for more than two million Dreamers, DACA-eligible individuals, TPS holders and DED recipients. | The ads will run online and on radio in nearly 30 states, focusing on the seven Republicans and more than two dozen Democratic Members from moderate co...

CGTN Africa (2019-06-14). WHO helping east African states respond to Ebola. cgtn.com Desy Shabani, a psycho-social assistant, talks to suspected Ebola patients at an Ebola treatment centre in Butembo, in the Democratic Republic of Congo, March 27, 2019. Picture taken March 27, 2019. REUTERS/Baz Ratner | The World Health Organization (WHO) is coordinating with east African governments to contain Ebola, officials said on Friday. | Solid interventions are already in place to prevent the spread of Ebola from the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) to neighboring countries, said Julius Wekesa, manager in charge of outbreaks and crisis response at WHO regional office for east and southern Africa. | "The...

Staff (2019-06-14). Trump 2020 Campaign Ad Payments Hidden by Layers of Shell Companies. truthout.org The Trump 2020 campaign funneled money to a shell company tied to ad buyers at the center of an alleged illegal coordination scheme with the National Rifle Association (NRA) as recently as May 2019, according to new government records analyzed by OpenSecrets. The previously unreported ad buys for Trump's re-election campaign routed through a secretive limited-liability company known as Harris Sikes Media LLC were revealed in Federal Communications Commission (FCC) records in OpenSecrets' political ad database.

Staff (2019-06-14). When Will Presidential Candidates Propose Ending the Criminalization of Poverty? truthout.org Multiple Democratic presidential candidates have staked their campaigns on promises to fight for economic justice and protect low-income people from ruin. So it's mysterious and frustrating that none of these candidates have proposed to end our justice system's criminalization of poverty — at least beyond the occasional nod to ending money bail. | These candidates are missing an opportunity. The incomes of people in U.S. prisons and local jails are overwhelmingly low, and one...

pip.hinman (2019-06-14). Solidarity with the people of Sudan. greenleft.org.au The Australian Socialist Alliance released the following statement on June 9, in response to the brutal crackdown on Sudanese pro-democracy protests. | * * * | The Socialist Alliance joins the international community in expressing condemnation at the massacre of innocent protesters in Sudan's capital, Khartoum. | This act of violence was unleashed at a critical time for the pro-democracy forces, which have been negotiating for the establishment of transitional civilian bodies that will govern Sudan and prepare the country for democratic elections. | This was only made...

CGTN Africa (2019-06-14). WHO: Ebola is not international emergency. cgtn.com A woman and her child arrive for ebola related investigation at the health facility at the Bwera general hospital near the border with the Democratic Republic of Congo in Bwera, Uganda, June 14, 2019. REUTERS/James Akena | The U.N. health agency convened its expert committee for the third time Friday to assess the outbreak, which has killed more than 1,400 people. Some experts say the outbreak met the criteria to be designated an international emergency long ago. | At a press briefing following the meeting, Dr. Preben Aavitsland, the acting chair of the committee, announced that the outbreak is "a health emergenc...

Whitney Webb (2019-06-14). Amid Sudan's Brutal Crackdown, Trump Admin Appoints Envoy Who Helped Worsen War in South Sudan. mintpressnews.com Trump's clear goal is to ensure that power in Sudan stays firmly in the hands of those who will serve the interests of the U.S.' top regional allies, even if it means scuttling all hopes of a future, democratic Sudan.

Staff (2019-06-14). Headlines for June 14, 2019. democracynow.org Secretary of State Mike Pompeo Accuses Iran of Attacking Oil Tankers, Federal Elections Commissioner Warns Trump over Foreign Help for Re-election, Sarah Huckabee Sanders to Step Down as White House Press Secretary, Federal Watchdog Recommends Kellyanne Conway Be Fired for Hatch Act Violations, Teen Mother and Premature Baby Found Neglected in Border Patrol Custody, Whole Villages Evacuated Amid Record Heat and Drought in India, Study Finds U.S. Pentagon Emits More Greenhouse Gas Than Portugal, Accused New Zealand Mosque Shooter Pleads Not Guilty to Terrorism and Murder, Palestinian Medic, Shot in the Head by Isr...

United Nations (2019-06-14). Ahead of 2020 elections, situation in Burundi shows encouraging signs but remains fragile. un.org A UN Security Council meeting on the security and political situation in Burundi was held on Friday, as the country continues to grapple with a four-year-long crisis and is gearing up for new elections in 2020.

aljazeera (2019-06-14). Albanian parliament censures president for cancelling local polls. aljazeera.com PM Edi Rama vows to go ahead with local government elections on June 30, calling President Ilir Meta's action 'insane'.

susan_p (2019-06-14). Turkey steps up military intervention in Iraq. greenleft.org.au Turkish jets began bombing the Xakurke region of northern Iraq on May 26. The following day Turkish helicopters transported troops into the area. | This was the latest step in Turkey's growing military intervention in the predominantly Kurdish north of Iraq. Before the Xakurke invasion Turkey already had 18 military bases in Iraq. No doubt this number will rise. | Turkey has been intervening militarily in Syria for several years. Turkish troops moved into northern Syria around the towns of Jarablus, Azaz and al-Bab in August 2016. Their aim was to block the further advance of the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF), w...

Staff (2019-06-14). "Chernobyl" Undermines True Socialism at a Time When We Need It Most. truthout.org In contemporary society, ideology functions in really complicated ways. Take HBO's "Chernobyl," which is currently the top-rated show on IMDb. Since the show's recent finale, partisans of the left and right, Democrat and Republican, have seen within it reflections of their ideological positions. | A recent dust-up on Twitter encapsulates the paramet...

John Nichols (2019-06-14). The First Democratic Debates Shape Up as Unfair and Unfocused Spectacles. thenation.com The First Democratic Debates Shape Up as Unfair and Unfocused Spectacles...

Staff (2019-06-14). Bernie says Gulf tanker attacks must not be used as 'pretext' for 'disastrous' war with Iran. rt.com Democratic presidential hopeful Bernie Sanders came out swinging against Washington's effort to pin blame on Iran for purported attacks on tanker ships in the Gulf of Oman, warning they are being used as a "pretext for war."

Rob Urie (2019-06-14). Capitalism Versus Democracy. counterpunch.org It was always just a matter of time before the reemergence of establishment Democrats reminded people why they were booted from power in 2016. As ugly as Donald Trump is and as not constructive as his tenure in the White House has been, the Democratic establishment would rather lose with establishment candidates and retrograde policies than loosen its grip on its service to the oligarchs. More

David Ochieng Mbewa (2019-06-14). WHO holds IHR Emergency Committee meeting on Ebola. cgtn.com FILE PHOTO: Director-General of the World Health Organization (WHO) Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus attends a news conference after an Emergency Committee meeting on the Ebola outbreak in the Democratic Republic of Congo at the United Nations in Geneva, Switzerland, August 14, 2018. REUTERS/Denis Balibouse/File Photo | The World Health Organisation Director-General Dr Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus on Friday opened the meeting of the International Health Regulations Emergency Committee on Ebola where a review and recommendations regarding the outbreak are to be made. | The Emergency Committee is made up of international e...

WSWS (2019-06-14). Michigan Democrats drop all charges against Flint water poisoning conspirators. wsws.org While the Democrats claim they will restart the investigation, Flint residents are deeply skeptical—and with reason.

Paul Street (2019-06-14). It Can't Happen Here: From Buzz Windrip and Doremus Jessup to Donald Trump and MSNBC. counterpunch.org It's my sort, the Responsible Citizens who've felt superior because we've been well-to-do and what we thought was 'educated,' who brought on the...Fascist Dictatorship... * Doremus Jessup, a liberal and social democrat, reflecting ruefully from an American fascist prison in Sinclair Lewis's novel It Can't Happen Here (1935) There's something happening here. What it is More

aljazeera (2019-06-14). 'Can't give up': Rise in attacks against Thai democracy activists. aljazeera.com Pro-democracy activists are the target of increasing physical assaults and intimidation since the March elections.

United Nations (2019-06-14). Friday's Daily Brief : Sudan and South Sudan, Ebola, ECOSOC elections, risks of 5G tech. un.org This Friday, we cover: Ebola in central Africa still not declared an international emergency, by the World Health Organization; looming famine in South Sudan; humanitarian concerns in Sudan; new elections at the UN's Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC); and how 5G technology can jeopardize early warnings of natural disasters.

pip.hinman (2019-06-14). Government ignores deforestation crisis. greenleft.org.au While Australia was in the throes of a federal election campaign, the United Nations released a report warning that nature is declining globally at rates unprecedented in human history. | The Intergovernmental Science-Policy Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services (IPBES) report, Global Assessment Report on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services, is the most comprehensive ever completed. Compiled by 145 expert authors from 50 countries over the past three years, with inputs from another 310 contributing...

aljazeera (2019-06-14). Moldova power struggle ends as Democratic Party cedes power. aljazeera.com Caretaker PM resigns, ending crisis which saw two rival governments jostle for power after an inconclusive election.

Staff (2019-06-14). Warren Overtakes Progressive Rival Sanders in Trio of Recent Polls. truthout.org Sen. Elizabeth Warren, D-Mass., has pulled ahead of Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., thus far her chief rival for the mantle of progressive alternative in the 2020 Democratic presidential primaries, in a trio of recent polls. | The first result comes from a recent Economist/YouGov poll, which finds Warren ahead of Sanders by a margin of 16 percent to 12 percent nationwide. Thus far, Warren has been trailing Sanders in national polls as both candidates grapple for the same base of progressive voters. If this trend br...

WSWS (2019-06-14). Hong Kong extradition bill debate delayed as additional protests called. wsws.org None of the demands for democratic rights in Hong Kong or throughout China will be won through the "pan-democratic" opposition parties or by appeals to US imperialism.

susan_p (2019-06-14). Fighting the far right in Germany. greenleft.org.au Sibylle Kaczorek, a member of Germany's main left party Die Linke and an activist with Aufstehengegen Rassismus! (Stand Up Against Racism!) was interviewed in May by Dick Nichols, Green Left Weekly's European correspondent. | *** | Polls are showing that the racist, xenophobic and anti-Islamic Alternative for Germany (Alternative fºr Deutschland, AfD) could be the leading party in elections later this year in the East German states of Saxony, Thuringia and Brandenburg. How did things get this bad? | The trigger for their ascendency was the 2015—...

Edward Burmila (2019-06-14). Is Andrew Yang Serious or Kidding? It's Dangerous Either Way. thenation.com Is Andrew Yang Serious or Kidding? It's Dangerous Either Way.

Michael T. Hertz (2019-06-14). What should progressives do to get a progressive government? nationofchange.org In 2016, I outlined the following strategy for Bernie Sanders: | "Before we get to the convention, Bernie should advance the idea of selecting a cabinet to campaign with the presidential and vice-presidential nominee. This is an original idea in the U.S., but it's completely common in parliamentary systems to have a "shadow cabinet" that is ready to spring into action immediately following an election. In fact, the Green Party in the U.S. has a shadow cabinet. Bernie should begin to assemble people who would be willing to be in the cabinet regardless of who i...

Juan Cole (2019-06-14). Trump broadcasts free ad via Disney to thuggish regimes, requesting hacked dirt on Dems. nationofchange.org Ann Arbor (Informed Comment) — Trump revealed again on Wednesday that he has no legal or ethical compass. In an interview | with ABC news Chief Anchor George Stephanopolous, Trump was asked if he | would go to the FBI if a foreign government contacted him with dirt on | his Democratic opponent or if he would accept the information and use it | in the campaign. (See video at bottom of this page). | Trump began by being cautious, saying he would do "both." | Some pundits are suggesti...

aljazeera (2019-06-14). Tight security as Indonesia court considers election challenge. aljazeera.com Presidential candidate Prabowo Subianto claims 'systematic' fraud and abuse in Joko Widodo's April vote win.

C.J. Atkins (2019-06-14). Sanders, socialism, social democracy—What does it all mean? peoplesworld.org The word socialism is on everyone's lips these days. On the far right, President Donald Trump, worried about the threat of higher marginal tax rates and health care for all, roars that "America will never be a socialist country!" Bernie Sanders, meanwhile, outlines his vision of "democratic socialism" as the fulfillment of President Franklin Roosevelt's ...

teleSUR (2019-06-13). Sanders Defends Democratic Socialism to Republican Detractors. telesurenglish.net U.S. Senator and presidential hopeful Bernie Sanders has recently come under fire over his democratic socialist views from members of the Republican Party. | RELATED: | Bernie Sanders Calls for Release of Brazil's Ex-President Lula | Sanders defended the principles of democratic socialism as a natural extension of former President Franklin Roosevelt's New Deal and accused his Republican critics of "corporate socialism." | The senator from Vermont said his vision of democratic s...

Juan Cole (2019-06-13). Trump Requests Hacked Dirt on 2020 Democrats From Foreign Regimes in Free Ad Aired on Disney's ABC News. commondreams.org He has already committed obstruction of justice a dozen times or so, which is much more serious than speculating what he might do in a hypothetical situation. (Photo: Screenshot) | https://www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files/styles/cd_special_coverage/public/views-article/thumbs/screenshot_0.jpeg...

Staff (2019-06-13). Government watchdog says Kellyanne Conway violated Hatch Act, calls for her removal from office. rt.com A federal watchdog agency has recommended that White House aide Kellyanne Conway be terminated, as her criticism of Democratic candidates violate the Hatch Act, a law that restricts the political activity of federal employees.

amnesty (2019-06-13). Mozambique: Refugees, asylum seekers held arbitrarily. amnesty.org Fifteen refugees and asylum seekers (14 men, one woman) from the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) and one male refugee from Ethiopia are currently held at the Third Police Station in Pemba city, Cabo Delgado Province in Mozambique. They have been held since 17 January and are not being given necessary medical care and adequate food.

Eric Levitz (2019-06-13). Democratic Socialism: 'There Is No Alternative'. commondreams.org https://www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files/styles/cd_special_coverage/public/views-article/thumbs/bernie_8.jpeg...

WSWS repost (2019-06-13). Democratic candidates demand the US prepare to fight the "wars of the future" indybay.org Democratic Party presidential contenders former Vice President Joe Biden and South Bend, Indiana Mayor Pete Buttigieg vie to "out-hawk" President Donald Trump in their race to win support from Wall Street and the US Military-Intelligence communities.

WSWS (2019-06-14). European Union threatens to sanction Italy over budget deficit. wsws.org The dispute over Italy's state debt has flared up once again following the European elections.

RT (2019-06-13). 'Completely baseless': Tulsi slams US media smears against her campaign. rt.com Democratic presidential candidate Tulsi Gabbard took the media to task for what she called biased and misleading coverage of her campaign, arguing the facts no longer matter to some outlets.

Staff (2019-06-13). 'They ALL do it!' Trump and the Democrats go head-to-head on 'oppo research' from foreigners. rt.com With the liberal media excoriating President Donald Trump for admitting that he'd listen if foreigners dug up dirt on his opponents, the president did openly reveal one of Washington's dirty secrets: everyone's doing it. |

RT (2019-06-13). Government watchdog says Kellyanne Conway violated Hatch Act, calls for her removal from office. rt.com A federal watchdog agency has recommended that White House aide Kellyanne Conway be terminated, as her criticism of Democratic candidates violate the Hatch Act, a law that restricts the political activity of federal employees.

Staff (2019-06-13). Democrats Worry as Trump Unleashes Money on 2020 Digital Ads. truthdig.com The president's campaign has already spent $10 million, and strategists fear that number could climb as high as $1 billion by Election Day.

Staff (2019-06-13). 'Completely baseless': Tulsi slams US media smears against her campaign. rt.com Democratic presidential candidate Tulsi Gabbard took the media to task for what she called biased and misleading coverage of her campaign, arguing the facts no longer matter to some outlets.

RT (2019-06-13). 'They ALL do it!' Trump and the Democrats go head-to-head on 'oppo research' from foreigners. rt.com With the liberal media excoriating President Donald Trump for admitting that he'd listen if foreigners dug up dirt on his opponents, the president did openly reveal one of Washington's dirty secrets: everyone's doing it. |

Kim Petersen (2019-06-13). Why Would China and Huawei Commit Economic Self-Ruin? dissidentvoice.org It could be construed as a badge of professional honor that a news broadcaster is open to presenting a wide range of views. This might especially be considered so when the corporate-state media is parochially aligned to portraying an unskeptical right-wing, warmongering bizzaro worldview where left-wing (defined as socialist, communist, anarchist... not Democrats or Liberals ...

aljazeera (2019-06-13). Taiwan leader Tsai Ing-wen gets party nod to run for re-election. aljazeera.com Ruling DPP opts for Tsai Ing-wen, known for her hawkish stance on China, to run in January election.

aljazeera (2019-06-13). Hundreds arrested in Kazakhstan over election protests. aljazeera.com The Kazakh prosecutor-general's office says 957 were found guilty of offences, 670 of whom were jailed.

John Feffer (2019-06-13). Democracy desperately needs a reboot. nationofchange.org If you're a supporter of Donald Trump | — or Jair Bolsonaro in Brazil or Matteo Salvini in Italy — you probably | think that democracy has never been in better health. | Recent elections in these countries | didn't just serve to rotate the elite from the conventional parties. | Voters went to the polls and elected outsiders who promised to transform | their political systems. That demonstrates that the system, that | democracy itself, is not rigged in favor of the "deep state" or the | Bilderberg global elite — or the plain vanilla leaders of the center | left and center right. | Moreover, fr...

Mark Gruenberg (2019-06-13). With nurses watching, lawmakers push OSHA on anti-workplace violence. peoplesworld.org WASHINGTON—With National Nurses United members in the crowd monitoring them, the Democratic-run House Education and Labor Committee voted on party lines to push the federal Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) to, within a year, unveil a rule to force hospitals and nursing homes to create and implement programs to reduce workplace violence. The measure, ...

Jerry Omondi (2019-06-13). UNICEF launches Ebola response plan in Uganda. cgtn.com The United Nations children's agency on Thursday announced the launch of an emergency Ebola response plan in Uganda following the deaths of two victims in the East African country. | The two were confirmed to be a 50-year-old grandmother and her five-year-old son, who are believed to have visited the Democratic Republic of Congo, the epicenter of the disease. | UNICEF in it's announcement on Thursday said health authorities across Uganda needed to take quick measures to ensure the disease does not spread further. | "As our thoughts are with this young boy's family, this is a tragic reminder that even one case...

WSWS (2019-06-13). Los Angeles schools superintendent warns of "reckoning" after failure of property tax measure. wsws.org In an effort to justify its shutdown of the LA teacher strike in January, the unions told educators to look to the Democratic Party-backed tax measure to increase school funding.

aljazeera (2019-06-13). House Intel panel subpoenas former Trump aides Gates, Flynn. aljazeera.com Move escalates battle between the White House and House Democrats, who are investigating the president.

Staff (2019-06-13). House Panel Votes to Hold Top U.S. Officials in Contempt. truthdig.com WASHINGTON (AP) — A House committee voted Wednesday to hold two top Trump administration officials in contempt of Congress for failing to bncomply with subpoenas for documents related to a decision adding a citizenship question to the 2020 census. | The Democratic-controlled House Oversight Committee voted 24-15 to advance contempt measures against Attorney General William Barr and Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross. Rep. Justin Amash of Michigan, who has said he supports an impeachment inquiry against President Donald Trump, was the sole Republican to join with Democrats. | The vote sends the contempt measures...

aljazeera (2019-06-13). UK Conservative Party election: First round of voting on Thursday. aljazeera.com The first round of voting takes places on Thursday among Conservative members of parliament in the UK in the contest to become the country's next prime minister.

Jessica Corbett, staff writer (2019-06-13). 'This Exchange Cuts to the Heart of Our Crisis': Watch DNC Chair Hide Behind Party Rules to Argue Against Climate-Focused Debate. commondreams.org Author and activist Naomi Klein responds to a video of an activist with the youth-led Sunrise Movement challenging Democratic National Committee (DNC) chair Tom Perez on his refusal to hold a 2020 primary debate on the climate crisis and candidates' proposed solutions. | https://www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files/styles/cd_special_coverage/public/headline/thumbs/perez_0.jpg...

teleSUR (2019-06-13). Brazil's Congress Summons Moro to Hearing on Intercept Leaks. telesurenglish.net The Lower House summoned Justice Minister Sergio Moro to a hearing on June 26 to testify about the content of documents leaked by The Intercept in which he and Attorney General Deltan Dallagnol appear to have coordinated a joint action to prevent former Brazilian President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva from running in the 2018 presidential elections.

Eds. (2019-06-13). Belgium Worker's Party obtains excellent results in federal, regional and European elections. mronline.org After a phenomenal and social campaign, the Belgian Workers' Party (PTB-PVDA) has confirmed its progress throughout the country, with results ranging from 6.6% in Flanders to over 12% in Brussels and 13.5% in Wallonia. The genuine left thus sends 12 members to the federal parliament, 1 member to the European Parliament, 11 members to the [...] | Source

aljazeera (2019-06-13). US gov't watchdog: Trump aide Kellyanne Conway should be fired. aljazeera.com The Office of Special Counsel says Kellyanne Conway should be fired for disparaging Democratic presidential candidates.

Eoin Higgins, staff writer (2019-06-13). Texas Progressive Jessica Cisneros Announces Primary Challenge to Unseat "Trump's Favorite Democrat" in Congress. commondreams.org "Our grassroots progressive movement has an opportunity to build a more accountable Democratic Party by unseating one of the worst amid our ranks and ushering in a new generation of leaders." | https://www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files/styles/cd_special_coverage/public/headline/thumbs/cisneros.jpeg...

WSWS (2019-06-13). New Zealand protest opposes persecution of Julian Assange and Australian journalists. wsws.org Tom Peters of the Socialist Equality Group warned that press freedom and democratic rights are "not compatible with endless war and endless attacks on living standards."

Nick Pardee (2019-06-13). California's Democratic supermajority offers a path forward that is safe for landlords. liberationnews.org Given the opportunity to pass basic renter protections in California, Democrats killed or weakened all such legislation.

Jonathan Cohn (2019-06-13). “Electability” Is Astrology for Pundits. commondreams.org Candidates up and down the ballot routinely disprove the notion that only white or male or centrist candidates can win a competitive election. (Photo illustration by Matt Whitt/Photos via Getty Images) | https://www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files/styles/cd_special_coverage/public/views-article/thumbs/astrology.jpeg...

The Canary (2019-06-13). Watchdog urges sacking of Trump aide Kellyanne Conway over repeated legal violations. thecanary.co A US federal watchdog agency is recommending that White House counsellor Kellyanne Conway be fired for repeatedly violating a law that limits certain political activities of federal employees. | The US Office of Special Counsel said Conway has become a "repeat offender" of the Hatch Act by disparaging Democratic presidential candidates while speaking in her official capacity during television interviews and on social media. | A White House spokesman calls the Office of Special Counsel's actions "deeply flawed". | The office is unrelated to special counsel Robert Mueller's office. | Career government officials fou...

Mark Gruenberg (2019-06-13). Invoking FDR, Sanders lays out his agenda for "democratic socialism" peoplesworld.org WASHINGTON—Invoking the "unfinished business" of President Franklin Delano Roosevelt's New Deal, Democratic presidential hopeful Bernie Sanders laid out a comprehensive "democratic socialist" platform of an "Economic Bill of Rights" to benefit the entire country, rather than the oligarchs, right-wing politicians, and corporate elite at the top. That platform would mandate "quality health care for all," ...

Staff (2019-06-13). Donald Trump Interview Ignites New Calls for Impeachment. truthdig.com Democrats issue a call to action after the president says he will accept dirt on his 2020 election opponents from a foreign power.

aljazeera (2019-06-13). Pelosi criticises Trump's remark on foreign election interference. aljazeera.com Top House Democrat says president's comments on readiness to accept help from foreign entity is insult to US democracy.

WSWS (2019-06-13). French prime minister announces further social cuts and attacks on immigrants. wsws.org douard Philippe's announcement of the Macron government's "Act II" shows that its response to the European elections is a further shift to the right.

CGTN Africa (2019-06-13). Second Ebola patient dies in Uganda, Kenya on high alert. cgtn.com World Health Organization (WHO) officials talk to Ugandan medical staff as they inspect ebola preparedness facilities at the Bwera general hospital near the border with the Democratic Republic of Congo in Bwera, Uganda, June 12, 2019. REUTERS/Samuel Mambo | A second patient affected with the deadly Ebola virus in Uganda has died in the current outbreak, a health ministry official said on Thursday. | "A grandmother also died last night," Emanuel Ainebyona, Uganda health ministry spokesman told Reuters. | The first fatality, a five-year-old boy who had crossed into Uganda from Democratic Republic of Congo, died lat...

Deconstructed (2019-06-13). Why Won't the Democratic Candidates Move to the Left on Foreign Policy? theintercept.com Subscribe to the Deconstructed podcast on Apple Podcasts, Google Podcasts, Stitcher, Radio Public, and other platforms. New to podcasting? Click here.

Staff (2019-06-13). Democrats Worry as Trump Unleashes Money on 2020 Digital Ads. truthdig.com The president's campaign has already spent $10 million, and strategists fear that figure could climb as high as $1 billion by Election Day.

Curt Ries (2019-06-13). Defining Democratic Socialism. commondreams.org Democratic socialism boils down to a belief that all people ought to live with dignity and that it is our collective responsibility as a society to guarantee that life for everyone, without exception. (Photo by Sarah Silbiger/Getty Images) | https://www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files/styles/cd_special_coverage/public/views-article/thumbs/gettyimages-1149502837.jpg...

Staff (2019-06-13). Bernie Sanders Proposes New Economic Bill of Rights. truthout.org Presidential candidate Bernie Sanders delivered a full-throated defense of democratic socialism in his June 12 speech at George Washington University. Sanders quoted FDR's 1944 State of the Union address: "We have come to a clear realization of the fact that true individual freedom cannot exist without e...

Jerry Omondi (2019-06-13). DR Congo makes formal request to join East African Community. cgtn.com The Democratic Republic of Congo has expressed interest in joining the East African Community (EAC). | Congolese President Felix Tshisekedi formally wrote to his counterpart Paul Kagame, who is also the current EAC chairman. | In the letter, President Tshisekedi says his country's request is based on growing relations with the EAC member states. | The EAC currently has six members, including Rwanda, Kenya, Tanzania, South Sudan, Burundi and Uganda. | The Rwanda New Times reports Olivier Nduhungirehe, Rwanda's State Minister for EAC affairs, to have placed a formal request to have the DR Congo's interest put in...

Staff (2019-06-12). US presidential hopeful Buttigieg promises Americans won't pay for Israeli annexation of West Bank. rt.com The US won't "help foot the bill" if Israel annexes the settlements it has built in the West Bank, Democratic presidential candidate Pete Buttigieg declared in a policy speech, deviating from the usual US deference to Israel.

Staff (2019-06-12). Sanders to Discuss 'What Democratic Socialism Means to Me'. truthdig.com Seeking to rebut Trump's attempts to cast him as too liberal, the Vermont senator plans to speak on the philosophy that has guided his career.

Binoy Kampmark (2019-06-12). The Danish Elections: Social Democracy with an Inhumane Face. counterpunch.org The great centrist European tradition of social democracy has been receiving a rattle for the last few decades. The European Parliament elections were a reminder how much their appeal has diminished. In Denmark, by way of contrast, they have established something of a bridgehead, defeating the centre-right coalition led by the Venstre party's Lars L∏kke More

Special To The Black Star News (2019-06-12). If States Adopt Oregon Bill White House Would Be Guaranteed To Candidate Winning Most Votes. blackstarnews.com Oregon Governor Kate Brown signed legislation making her state the 15th to require that the White House is won by the popular vote... | Governor Kate Brown signed Oregon's National Popular Vote bill into law on Wednesday. | With the governor's approval, Oregon becomes the 15th state, along with the District of Columbia, to join the National Popular Vote Interstate Compact, which would ensure 270 electoral votes and the presidency to the candidate who wins the most popular votes across all 50 states. With Oregon's seven electoral votes, the Compact now has 196 of the 270 electoral votes necessary to become effecti...

CGTN Africa (2019-06-12). Five-year-old boy dies of Ebola in Uganda. cgtn.com A five-year-old boy has died of Ebola in Uganda, a health official said on Wednesday, in the first case of the disease crossing the border from the current outbreak in the Democratic Republic of Congo. | The boy died overnight, the official told Reuters, after entering Uganda from Congo with his family. His mother had returned to Congo to nurse her father, who died of the disease, the health minister said on Tuesday. | Uganda's health ministry and the WHO sent a team to the western town of Kasese to trace likely cases and vaccinate those who might have come into contact with the family, the statement continued...

RT (2019-06-12). US presidential hopeful Buttigieg promises Americans won't pay for Israeli annexation of West Bank. rt.com The US won't "help foot the bill" if Israel annexes the settlements it has built in the West Bank, Democratic presidential candidate Pete Buttigieg declared in a policy speech, deviating from the usual US deference to Israel.

Mark Gruenberg (2019-06-12). Lawmakers take another crack at solving multi-employer pension plan problems. peoplesworld.org WASHINGTON—Heeding the pleas of workers and unions who could see their pensions go down the drain in the next six years, the Democratic-run House Education and Labor Committee approved HR397, to fix multi-employer pension plans' problems. The 26-18 vote on June 11 was on party lines. If eventually approved, the measure would help those financially ...

John Nichols (2019-06-12). Bernie Sanders: 'We Have to Talk About Democratic Socialism as an Alternative to Unfettered Capitalism'. thenation.com Bernie Sanders: 'We Have to Talk About Democratic Socialism as an Alternative to Unfettered Capitalism'

WSWS (2019-06-12). German parliament passes draconian deportation law. wsws.org The new law against refugees and immigrants is an integral part of an attack on the democratic rights of the entire working class.

Staff (2019-06-12). Bernie Sanders Makes Impassioned Case for Democratic Socialism. truthdig.com In a speech at George Washington University on Wednesday, Sen. Bernie Sanders laid out his vision of a democratic socialist society and made the case for why an ambitious agenda centered on economic rights for all is the only way to confront America's deep inequities and defeat far-right authoritarianism. | "We must recognize that in the 21st century, in the wealthiest country in the history of the world, economic rights are human rights," said Sanders, a 2020 Democratic presidential candidate. "And that is what I mean by democratic socialism." | Decrying an economic system that has left millions of families one...

Aleksandar Sarovic (2019-06-12). The Future of Democracy. dissidentvoice.org The word democracy derives from the Greek words that means "people govern." Generally, it is assumed throughout the world that the democratic way of decision-making is the best possible and therefore, the most acceptable. The only problem is that nobody knows what exactly it means. It would be ideal if people mutually agree and create ...

Robert Reich (2019-06-12). Video: The Seven Biggest Failures of Trumponomics. globalresearch.ca Donald Trump and Republicans in Congress keep crowing about the economy, when in reality Trumponomics has been a disaster. Here are its 7 biggest failures: | 1. Trump promised to bring down America's trade deficit " as fast as possible."...

Connor Sheets (2019-06-12). Wasted funds, destroyed property: How sheriffs undermined their successors after losing re-election. nationofchange.org Alabama sheriffs who lost reelection in 2018 personally pocketed funds and deleted public records, an investigation by AL.com and ProPublica found. It's a longstanding tradition that sheriffs aren't typically held accountable for.

Dan Corjescu (2019-06-12). A Green Global Party? dissidentvoice.org Following the lead of the late Ulrich Beck in works such as Risk Society and Power in the Modern Age the time has now come to ask ourselves whether or not the Green party is already or is about to become a global political party. First a little background in theory. Beck was, of course, ...

Eoin Higgins, staff writer (2019-06-12). 'The Ocasio-Cortez Effect': Democratic Grassroots Ignoring Establishment Threats as Yet Another Progressive Announces Plan to Primary Incumbent. commondreams.org Andom Ghebreghiorgis is, as of Wednesday, the latest young, left-leaning Democrat to challenge an incumbent member of Congress in a primary | https://www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files/styles/cd_special_coverage/public/headline/thumbs/andom_2.jpg...

teleSUR (2019-06-12). US House Approves Suing Trump Advisers Who Ignore Subpoenas. telesurenglish.net The Democratic-led U.S. House of Representatives voted Tuesday to give lawmakers clear authority to sue Trump administration figures who defy congressional subpoenas. | RELATED: | Trump's Son in Law's Firm Got $90m from Offshore Tax Haven | In an escalation of wide-ranging probes of President Donald Trump and his inner circle, lawmakers voted 229-191 along party lines to approve the measure. | It authorizes House committees to file lawsuits in federal court seeking orders from judges...

Alison Weir (2019-06-12). US Senators Meet with Jewish Leaders in Semi-secret Annual Event. globalresearch.ca An article in the Times of Israel reports that "Jewish leaders are meeting with Senate Democrats today." According to the report, this is an annual event. A quarter of the Senate was in attendance (see list below). | All except one ...

WSWS (2019-06-12). Democratic candidates demand the US prepare to fight the "wars of the future" wsws.org As former Vice President Joe Biden called for a "united front" against the "threat" of China, Pete Buttigieg declared that "our military capabilities exist for a reason... we stand ready to use force."

CGTN Africa (2019-06-12). Uganda: Two new Ebola cases rise fears of further spread. cgtn.com Mwamini Kahindo, an Ebola survivor working as a caregiver to babies who are confirmed Ebola cases, holds an infant outside the red zone at the Ebola treatment centre in Butembo, Democratic Republic of Congo, March 25, 2019.REUTERS/Baz Ratner /File Photo | Uganda announced two more cases of Ebola on Wednesday, confirming the first spread of a deadly outbreak beyond the borders of the Democratic Republic of Congo. | This comes following the death late Tuesday of a 5-year-old boy who had contracted Ebola. | The two new confirmed cases include the 50-year-old grandmother and 3-year-old brother of the deceased, accord...

Staff (2019-06-12). Hope Hicks Agrees to Judiciary Interview. truthdig.com WASHINGTON — Former White House communications director Hope Hicks has agreed to a closed-door interview with the House Judiciary Committee, the panel announced Wednesday, a breakthrough for Democrats who have been frustrated by President Donald Trump's broad stonewalling of their investigations. | The Judiciary panel subpoenaed Hicks, a close and trusted Trump aide who worked for the presidential campaign and in the White House, last month as part of its investigation into special counsel Robert Mueller's report and obstruction of justice. Her June 19 interview will mark the first time a former Trump aide...

CGTN Africa (2019-06-12). Nigeria elects new parliament speaker. cgtn.com Congressman Femi Gbajabiamila of Nigeria's governing All Progressives Congress (APC) party on Tuesday emerged as the country's new Speaker of the House of Representatives when the 9th National Assembly was inaugurated in the capital Abuja. | Congressman Femi Gbajabiamila (Getty Images) | Gbajabiamila, 56, representing the southwestern state of Lagos, was the favored candidate of the Nigerian ruling party for the House leadership. | The former majority leader of the 8th National Assembly, which was dissolved Thursday, emerged through an election to lead the lower chamber of the Nigerian bi-cameral legislature. | T...

commondreams (2019-06-12). Beth Rotman, Founding Director of Connecticut’s Successful Citizen Election Program, Brings Invaluable Expertise to Common Cause. commondreams.org ______________________________...

WSWS (2019-06-12). Germany: Former union official at Porsche cashes in with ‚Ǩ500,000 annual salary. wsws.org Hºck's trajectory exposes the true character of the Social Democratic Party and its trade union allies.

Ashley Curtin (2019-06-12). Democrats bring net neutrality to Senate floor, McConnell ignores their will. nationofchange.org "With voters from across the political spectrum overwhelmingly united in support of an open internet, it's only a matter of time before net neutrality is restored."

RT (2019-06-12). Realistic goals 101: Biden vows to 'cure cancer' if elected US president. rt.com Not content with the usual impossible campaign promises, Democratic presidential frontrunner Joe Biden has promised to cure cancer if he's elected, raising eyebrows on social media.

Elizabeth Rowley (2019-06-12). Canadian Communist leader: Extreme right danger looms over fall election. peoplesworld.org Developments in Canada this spring have been disturbing. Tory (Conservative) governments have been elected in Alberta, New Brunswick, and Prince Edward Island, joining Tory governments in Saskatchewan, Manitoba, Ontario, and the right-wing CAQ in Quebec. The federal election campaign will be a watershed election, and a volatile electorate will decide the outcome on October 21st. ...

Steve Sweeney (2019-06-12). Prosecutorial misconduct: Brazil's justice minister implicated in election plot against Lula. peoplesworld.org Former Brazilian President Luiz Incio Lula da Silva was the subject of a plot to keep him in jail and stop him winning the 2018 presidential election, according to leaked documents. The Intercept website accused Brazilian Justice Minister Srgio Moro of leaking information and advising prosecutors working on a lengthy anti-corruption probe into high-profile business ...

teleSUR (2019-06-12). Countdown Begins for Guatemala's Presidential Candidates. telesurenglish.net More than eight million Guatemalan voters are expected to elect the country's next president Sunday with a total of 19 candidates competing for the highest office in the land. | RELATED: | US Troops Deployed in Guatemala to 'Halt Migration' | Opinion polls indicate that candidate Sandra Torres, running under the banner of the social-democratic National Unity of Hope Party (UNE), is leading the race. Following her is a great number of contenders led by Alejandro Giammattei of the newly crea...

Jake Johnson, staff writer (2019-06-12). Democratic Ways and Means Chairman Richard Neal Reportedly Doesn't Want Phrase 'Medicare for All' Used During Medicare for All Hearing. commondreams.org Neal, a major recipient of insurance industry donations, said he wants the hearing to focus on "universal healthcare and access," not Medicare for All | https://www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files/styles/cd_special_coverage/public/headline/thumbs/richard_neal_medicare_for_all.jpg...

Staff (2019-06-12). Bernie Sanders blasts Trump as 'socialist for rich & powerful'. rt.com Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders has called out President Donald Trump and Wall Street for embracing "corporate socialism for the rich and powerful" while denying its benefits to average Americans.

Staff (2019-06-12). The Lula Conviction Was a Gigantic Legal Farce. truthdig.com The Intercept's revelation that the Operation Car Wash team sabotaged the 2018 presidential elections shows what everyone already knew but couldn't prove concretely: that the Lula conviction was a gigantic legal farce. | In any nation that was even minimally civilized the case against Lula, as well as a good part of Operation Car Wash in general, would have been dismissed a long time ago due to the glaring disregard of the right of innocent until proven guilty and due process. | Related Articles: ...

Dan Corjescu (2019-06-12). A Green Global Party? counterpunch.org Following the lead of the late Ulrich Beck in works such as Risk Society and Power in the Modern Age the time has now come to ask ourselves whether or not the Green party is already or is about to become a global political party. First a little background in theory. Beck was, of course, famous for introducing the More

Jessica Piper (2019-06-12). Koch brothers float possibility of backing congressional Democrats in 2020 primaries. nationofchange.org Over the last two decades, the Koch network's major groups — AFP and Freedom Partners — have cumulatively spent about $120 million in independent expenditures supporting Republican candidates or opposing Democratic candidates.

WSWS (2019-06-12). Burma's Suu Kyi joins Hungary's Orbn in promoting anti-Muslim chauvinism. wsws.org Aung San Suu Kyi's meeting with Hungary's far-right leader Viktor Orbn is an indictment of all those who promoted Suu Kyi as a defender of democratic rights.

RT (2019-06-12). Bernie Sanders blasts Trump as 'socialist for rich & powerful'. rt.com Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders has called out President Donald Trump and Wall Street for embracing "corporate socialism for the rich and powerful" while denying its benefits to average Americans.

Jake Johnson, staff writer (2019-06-12). Watch Bernie Sanders Deliver Speech on Why Democratic Socialism 'Only Way to Defeat Oligarchy and Authoritarianism'. commondreams.org "We must recognize that in the 21st century, in the wealthiest country in the history of the world, economic rights are human rights. This is what I mean by democratic socialism." | https://www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files/styles/cd_special_coverage/public/headline/thumbs/bernie_socialism_speech.jpg...

Mark Gruenberg (2019-06-12). Dem lawmakers push extending overtime pay to more workers. peoplesworld.org WASHINGTON—Saying they want "to give millions of middle-class workers the overtime protections they deserve," four top congressional Democrats whose committees handle workers' issues introduced legislation to mandate that workers earning less than $51,064 be automatically eligible for overtime pay, starting next year. Their measure would write into law Obama-era Labor Department overtime pay rules that ...

Doug Johnson (2019-06-11). As First 2020 Debate Looms, Most Democrats Are Still Persuadable. counterpunch.org Ahead of the first 2020 debates beginning in two weeks, a majority of Democratic voters are undecided or are open to changing their first choice. Twenty Democratic candidates will argue their case, with ten candidates each spread out over two nights in Miami June 26-27. Interest in the contest remains remarkably high while certainty around its outcome remains much lower than sometimes acknowledged. More

teleSUR (2019-06-12). Johnson To Support Hard Brexit Without Another Option. telesurenglish.net During his launch for prime minister in London, former Foreign Minister Boris Johnson insisted Wednesday that the United Kingdom has to leave the European Union (EU) at the now-negotiated Oct. 31 date. | RELATED: | Corbyn Accuses Trump of 'Interfering' in Britain's Race for PM | "After three years and two missed deadlines, we must leave the EU on Octobe...

George Ochenski (2019-06-12). Politicians Should be Doing the Jobs They Have, Not Campaigning for the Jobs They Want. counterpunch.org The 2020 elections are almost a year and half away, yet Montana's politicians elected to statewide positions are now concentrating not on the jobs they were elected and paid well to do, but on campaigning for their next job. Montanans are fully justified in asking why, since they all stressed how much they wanted to More

Gregory Glover (2019-06-11). News Hounds Ignore Red Meat in D.C., Gnaw on Bone in New York. truthdig.com Monday's House Judiciary Committee hearing was just getting started when the first reports came in: New York. Aircraft. Building.

Jerry Omondi (2019-06-11). Ahmed Lawan elected new president of Nigerian Senate. cgtn.com Ahmed Lawan, the Senator representing Yobe North constituency, has been elected the new president of the Nigerian Senate. | Lawan beat Senator Ali Ndume of Borno South in the secret ballot vote that was conducted before the swearing in of 107 senators in the upper legislative chamber. | Both Lawan and Ndume are affiliated to the ruling All Progressive Party (APC), but Ndume went against party orders to step down for Lawan, and was himself endorsed by the opposition People's Democratic Party (PDP). | All 107 senators participated in the Tuesday vote. | Lawan emerged victorious after garnering 79 votes, and was...

Jake Johnson, staff writer (2019-06-11). 'We Have to Fight Back': Progressives Call for Mobilization as Koch Brothers Open Their Pockets to Protect Corporate Democrats. commondreams.org "While we might not have millions of dollars from fossil fuel barons or wealthy elites, we have thousands of grassroots activists who are motivated by the vision of a just future for all." | https://www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files/styles/cd_special_coverage/public/headline/thumbs/charles_koch_0.jpg...

Special To The Black Star News (2019-06-11). While Trump Fumes and Fails, Democrats Outline a Sound and Sensible Border Plan. blackstarnews.com Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer dispels Trump's lie that Democrats have no immigration border or refugee plan... | While Trump continues to propose more cruel and nonsensical policies destined to fail, Democrats are embracing a sensible, humane and effective way forward. | Witness Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer's floor speech yesterday, during which he refuted Trump's bogus suggestion that Democrats don't have a plan for the refugee crisis at the border. As Senator Schumer notes, Senate Democrats introduced a formidable plan weeks ago — progress echoed by the passage of the Dream and Promise...

Blake Stewart (2019-06-11). Tennessee Republicans Take Voter Suppression a Step Further. progressive.org The new law is already having a chilling effect on voting rights groups' work to register voters in underrepresented communities.

WSWS (2019-06-11). Trump expands network of immigrant concentration camps. wsws.org The Democratic Party is facilitating Trump's escalation of attacks on immigrant workers as well as his moves toward unchecked presidential power.

Staff (2019-06-11). Gov. Jay Inslee Slams DNC for Refusing to Hold Climate Debate. truthout.org The Democratic National Committee is facing criticism after rejecting calls to host a debate solely focused on the climate crisis and for threatening to blacklist any candidate who takes part in a non-DNC debate on the issue. DNC Chair Tom Perez recently told climate activists that it is not practical to hold debates on specific issues. We speak with Washington Governor Jay Inslee, who was the first Democratic presidential candidate to call for a climate-focused debate. He's accusing the DNC of attempting to silence the voices of those who want to debate climate solutions. "This is our last chance to defeat cl...

Jake Johnson, staff writer (2019-06-11). Biden Tells Donors and Lobbyists at Fundraiser That GOP Will 'Know Better' After Trump and Wall Street Bankers 'Are All Positive'. commondreams.org "Trying to decide which of 'Wall Street: they're all positive' or 'Republicans know better' would be a more fitting slogan for the Joe Biden campaign." | https://www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files/styles/cd_special_coverage/public/headline/thumbs/joe_biden.jpg...

aljazeera (2019-06-11). Kazakh election: Observers question vote count. aljazeera.com Tokayev has won more than 70 percent of the votes cast in a 77 percent turnout, a result he insists is authentic.

Dave Lindorff (2019-06-11). US election meddling extends to Britain. nationofchange.org So now we have pompous Mike Pompeo, America's current Secretary of State, on a visit to the U.K., assuring a group of British Jewish leaders in a closed-door meeting that the US would work to prevent Labor leader Jeremy Corbyn from becoming prime minister if his party were to win enough votes in the next national parliamentary election to get the opportunity to try and form a new British government. | In a recording leaked to the Washington Post, Pompeo assured a group of Jewish leaders in Britain yesterday that the U.S. government would "push back" against Corbyn becoming prime minister in such a case, workin...

MAIL (2019-06-11). "We Are Facing an Existential Crisis": Gov. Inslee Slams DNC for Refusing to Hold Climate Debate. democracynow.org The Democratic National Committee is facing criticism after rejecting calls to host a debate solely focused on the climate crisis and for threatening to blacklist any candidate who takes part in a non-DNC debate on the issue. DNC Chair Tom Perez recently told climate activists that it is not practical to hold debates on specific issues. We speak with Washington Governor Jay Inslee, who was the first Democratic presidential candidate to call for a climate-focused debate. He's accusing the DNC of attempting to silence the voices of those who want to debate climate solutions. "This is our last chance to defeat clima...

Ryan Grim (2019-06-11). Ways and Means Committee Chair Doesn't Want Medicare for All Hearing to Mention "Medicare for All" theintercept.com Rep. Richard Neal told fellow Democrats on the committee that the hearing should instead focus on ways to achieve "universal health care."

Staff (2019-06-11). "We Are Facing an Existential Crisis": Gov. Inslee Slams DNC for Refusing to Hold Climate Debate. democracynow.org The Democratic National Committee is facing criticism after rejecting calls to host a debate solely focused on the climate crisis and for threatening to blacklist any candidate who takes part in a non-DNC debate on the issue. DNC Chair Tom Perez recently told climate activists that it is not practical to hold debates on specific issues. We speak with Washington Governor Jay Inslee, who was the first Democratic presidential candidate to call for a climate-focused debate. He's accusing the DNC of attempting to silence the voices of those who want to debate climate solutions. "This is our last chance to defeat clima...

RT (2019-06-11). House Dems summon Watergate witness for bizarre 'historical perspective' on Mueller report. rt.com House Democrats, no longer content to merely shout that Russiagate is just like Watergate, have actually hauled in Richard Nixon's White House counsel to testify on the Mueller report in a surreal attempt at guilt-by-association.

aljazeera (2019-06-11). US House to vote on measure making it easier to enforce subpoenas. aljazeera.com Vote comes as House Democrats ramp up their investigations related to Trump and the Mueller probe.

RT (2019-06-11). They do agree on something! Bipartisan crackdown on US 'tax havens' pops up in Congress. rt.com Normally bitterly opposed Democrats and Republicans have joined forces to support bills cracking down on shell companies and internal tax havens such as Delaware, dubbed the "Switzerland of the US."

Manuel E. Yepe (2019-06-11). Ottawa and the Worst of the Venezuelan Opposition. counterpunch.org Canada has not only financed and supported opposition parties in Venezuela, but has also openly allied itself with some of that country's most undemocratic and extremist elements. The Canadian liberal government has openly supported the Voluntad Popular (VP) party's offer to seize power by force since January 2019, although Ottawa has actually given its support More

WSWS (2019-06-11). Democrats bring back John Dean of Watergate fame for first hearing on Mueller report. wsws.org Rather than seriously challenging Trump's authoritarian actions, the Democrats have decided to proceed with hearings that have the character of political theater.

Jerry Omondi (2019-06-11). Rwandan President Paul Kagame meets Nigeria's Muhammadu Buhari in Abuja. cgtn.com Rwanda's President Paul Kagame arrived in Nigeria on Tuesday for an official two day visit, which he begun by gracing an anti-corruption conference alongside President Muhammadu Buhari. | The Rwandan leader called for a new approach in the fight against graft, urging for more participation from the public in the process. | "Corruption needs to be tackled from the top down. This is not only the fairest approach, it is also the most effective, because it empowers the public to join the fight and hold leaders accountable, through elections and other means," Kagame said in his speech at the National Democracy Day...

teleSUR (2019-06-11). Argentina: VP Candidate Cristina Fernandez on IMF Loans. telesurenglish.net Former Argentinian President Cristina Fernandez (2007-2015) said Tuesday that she had to strip away her ego to make the decision not to run for the country's presidency, and instead choosing to become a candidate for vice president. | RELATED | Argentina: Marci Allies Lose 9 Out of 10 Local Election Seats | "I am already there, and for some it might be hard to understand the decision I made a short while ago, but when I said to everyone, 'I have already been president', I felt,...

Julia Conley, staff writer (2019-06-11). 'Not a Popular Position,' But a Consistent One: To Fight Corruption on Capitol Hill, Ocasio-Cortez Backs Pay Raise for Congress. commondreams.org Calling for cost-of-living increases for all workers including Americans who serve in Congress, Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez on Tuesday decried House Democratic leaders' decision to table a spending bill that would include a small pay raise for senators and representatives. | https://www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files/styles/cd_special_coverage/public/headline/thumbs/ocasio_cortez_3_0.jpg...

Ryan Grim (2019-06-11). Ways and Means Committee Chair Doesn't Want Medicare-for-All Hearing to Mention "Medicare for All" theintercept.com Rep. Richard Neal told fellow Democrats on the committee that the hearing should instead focus on ways to achieve "universal health care."

Staff (2019-06-11). Democratic Leadership Shoots Own Feet, Reloads, Shoots Own Feet Again. truthout.org The hearing held on Monday by the House Judiciary Committee was titled, "Lessons From the Mueller Report." It should have been titled, "Yet Another Example of Democrats Making Fools of Themselves While Wasting Valuable Time." It was a comprehensive disaster. Some of us saw this televised fail coming a mile away, and Donald Trump's defenders had themselves a field day. | The entire hours-long endeavor served no purpose whatsoever in the search for knowledge regarding the Trump administration, but provided a...

United Nations (2019-06-11). UN health agency identifies 5-year-old Congolese boy as first confirmed case of Ebola in Uganda. un.org The World Health Organization (WHO) and Ministry of Health, confirmed on Tuesday the first case of the deadly Ebola virus in Uganda, stemming from the nearly year-long current outbreak in neighbouring Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC).

Ilana Novick (2019-06-11). Mitch McConnell Has a Vested Interest in Blocking Election Security Efforts. truthdig.com The Senate majority leader gets lobbying money from voting machine makers as he ignores bipartisan support for measures after the 2016 election...

WSWS (2019-06-10). Greens make gains in Ireland's European and local elections. wsws.org Irish results in the European elections showed setbacks for Sinn Fein and the pseudo-left groups.

Jeff Bryant (2019-06-10). Charter Schools Are a Major Dividing Line for the 2020 Democratic Candidates—Education Fights in Pennsylvania Point the Way. commondreams.org Pennsylvania’s surging charter school costs are direct causes of rapidly rising property taxes across the state. (Photo: Bill Pugliano/Getty Images) | https://www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files/styles/cd_special_coverage/public/views-article/thumbs/gettyimages-945839562.jpg...

Jerry Omondi (2019-06-10). President Xi congratulates Tokayev on election as Kazakhstan president. cgtn.com Chinese President Xi Jinping on Monday congratulated Kazakhstan's president-elect Kassym-Jomart Tokayev following his victory in Sunday's vote. | Xi in his message reiterated the mutual friendship that China and Kazakhstan enjoy, one he hailed as being sincere and trustworthy. | The Chinese president also noted that he attached great importance to further development of China-Kazakhstan ties, adding that he is willing to establish a close contact with Tokayev in carrying forward bilateral relations with steady progress. | Tokayev won the Kazakhstan presidential election with over 70 percent. | The 66-year-old...

aljazeera (2019-06-10). Brazil's Lula convicted to keep him from 2018 election: Report. aljazeera.com Brazil's top prosecutors reportedly plotted to convict Lula and prevent his party from winning 2018 elections.

WSWS (2019-06-10). Mass protests erupt in Hong Kong. wsws.org The fight for democratic rights in Hong Kong will go forward only to the extent that it turns to and champions the struggles of the Chinese workers for their democratic and social rights.

Middle East Monitor (2019-06-10). US Congress Moves to Challenge Trump Over Weapons Sale to Saudi Arabia. theantimedia.com (MEMO) — A bipartisan move to block US President Donald Trump from circumventing a long-standing precedent that allows lawmakers to review major weapons sales is underway. Two senators — Republican Todd Young and Democrat Chris Murphy — both of whom sit on the Foreign Relations Committee, are planning to introduce a bill today designed to force a ...

Jerry Omondi (2019-06-10). Kenyan defender set to miss 2019 AFCON with knee injury. cgtn.com Brian Mandela is helped off the field after he sustained an injury. [FKF Images]Kenya has lost defender Brian Mandela to injury ahead of the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations which is scheduled to begin later this month. | The Maritzburg United player injured his knee in during a Harambee Stars' training session on Monday, and hence will not be available for selection for the elite continental competition. | "Brian (Mandela) got injured in training. He is one of our key players and will not be available for Afcon. We will need to find a solution," coach Sbastien Mign confirmed. | "It is not good for us and for him as...

Staff (2019-06-10). The Supreme Court Nixes Corporate Contributions for the 2020 Campaign. truthout.org A few weeks ago, the Supreme Court delivered a surprising rebuke to those who think corporations just don't have enough influence on U.S. elections. In declining to hear the case of 1A Auto, Inc. vs. Sullivan, the court essentially guaranteed that corporations will be sidelined for at least the next election cycle. | Some background: since the passage of the Tillman Act of 1907, corporate contributions have been banned in federal elections. The Tillman Act was violated most famously by President Nixon's re-election campaign in 1972, in which illegal corporate money was used to fund even more illegal campaign a...

Mark Gruenberg (2019-06-10). With labor support, House OKs bill to keep Dreamers, TPS beneficiaries in U.S. peoplesworld.org WASHINGTON—With strong support from organized labor, the Dreamers, Latinos, and Asian-American groups, the U.S. House approved legislation to keep an estimated two million Dreamers and hundreds of thousands of Temporary Protected Status beneficiaries in the U.S. The 237-187 vote in early June, with seven Republicans joining all 230 voting Democrats, sent the measure (HR6) to ...

CGTN Africa (2019-06-10). WHO notes significant reduction in new Ebola cases, deaths. cgtn.com Medical stuff and an Ebola survivor treat Ebola patient Ibrahim Mupalalo inside the Biosecure Emergency Care Unit (CUBE) at the ALIMA (The Alliance for International Medical Action) Ebola treatment centre in Beni, in the Democratic Republic of Congo. REUTERS/Baz Ratner | The World Health Organisation said there has been a significant reduction in the number of new Ebola virus disease cases and deaths reported in Democratic Republic of the Congo in the last weeks, according to its latest weekly bulletin. | The WHO says that while observed declining trend is positive and encouraging, it is still too early to make a...

Jerry Omondi (2019-06-10). DR Congo's First Lady calls for women's unity in tackling social injustices. cgtn.com DR Congo's First Lady Mrs. Denise Nyakeru Tshisekedi [Right] chats with Rwanda's First Lady Jeannette Kagame. The Democratic Republic of Congo's First Lady Mrs. Denise Nyakeru Tshisekedi has urged women to come together to tackle social injustices that they face. | "For us to keep valuing the woman and families in Africa we need to work together. Together as women we are strong, very strong," she said. | The 52-year-old made the remarks in Rwanda, where she is conducting an official visit. | Mrs. Tshisekedi is hosted in Rwanda by her Fellow First Lady Mrs. Jeannette Kagame. | The two on Monday visited Isange One...

Staff (2019-06-10). DNC Chair Says Hosting 2020 Debate on Climate Crisis "Not Practical" truthout.org Confronted by activists during a fundraiser for the Florida Democratic Party over the weekend, DNC chairman Tom Perez insisted it would be impractical to make one of the dozen scheduled 2020 presidential primary debates solely about the global climate crisis and candidates' proposed solutions. | "A lot of young people say we should have a single debate focused on climate change," Perez told activists after delivering a speech at the gala. Bu...

commondreams (2019-06-10). Stand Up America Ramps Up Pressure on House Democrats to Start Impeachment Inquiry Based On Mueller Report Evidence. commondreams.org ______________________________...

Human Rights Watch (2019-06-10). Nigeria: Widespread Violence Ushers in President's New Term. hrw.org | | Nigeria's military guard the campaign headquarters of President Muhammadu Buhari in Abuja, Nigeria, Feb. 25, 2019. | © AP Photo/Jerome Delay | (Abuja) — The Nigeria elections in 2019 that brought President Muhammadu Buhari back into office for a second term were marred by political violence, some of it by soldiers and police officers, Human Rights Watch said. Buhari should take concrete steps to address the widespread political violence, and to ensure accounta...

teleSUR (2019-06-10). Guatemala's Elections: Big Challenges Await Next President. telesurenglish.net Guatemala will hold a presidential election next Sunday while the country is facing many difficulties including widespread corruption and an unpopular president have set the stag for an election characterized by a huge number of mostly unknown presidential candidates. | RELATED: | Mexico May Send Troops to Guatemalan Border to Avoid US Tariffs | With around 18 presidential aspirants participating in the race, many Guatemalans are undecided, and a lot of them do not know the p...

Eoin Higgins, staff writer (2019-06-10). 'Shenanigans' on Progressive Kat Brezler in White Plains NY Democratic Primary Endemic of Intraparty Struggle. commondreams.org https://www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files/styles/cd_special_coverage/public/headline/thumbs/brezler_0.jpg...

Jake Johnson, staff writer (2019-06-10). 'The DNC Is on the Wrong Side of History': Challenged by Activists, Tom Perez Says Hosting 2020 Debate on Climate Crisis 'Not Practical'. commondreams.org "What's actually unrealistic: the Democratic establishment saying we'll stop climate change when they aren't even willing to have a debate on it." | https://www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files/styles/cd_special_coverage/public/headline/thumbs/tom_perez_dnc_climate_debate.jpg...

Margaret Wurth (2019-06-10). What Life is Like When Abortion is Banned. progressive.org "As Republicans around the country pass sweeping abortion bans, I think about what life could be like for women and girls if these laws take effect. I don't have to use my imagination."

WSWS (2019-06-10). Democrats, Mexican president collaborate with Trump's anti-immigrant crackdown. wsws.org The US also announced it will house 3,000 to 4,000 immigrant children at army base internment camps.

unitedEditor (2019-06-10). Kazakhstan elections, Moldavia turmoil, G20 and protests in Sudan. uwidata.com Kazakhstan elections The successor of the first president of Kazakhstan, Kasym-Zhomart Tokayev, won the early presidential election with 70.96% of the vote. His lead over the rest of his rivals was big enough to secure the victory but smaller than what Nursultan Nazarbayev had gotten himself. Opposition candidate, journalist and former deputy minister Amirjan Qosanov ...

Jerry Omondi (2019-06-10). Nigerian president accepts retirement of former chief judge. cgtn.com Nigerian president has accepted the voluntary retirement of former chief justice Walter Onnoghen after his conviction earlier this year. | Onnoghen was accused of of breaching an asset-declaration rule. He was then sacked on 18 April by the Code of Conduct Tribunal (CCT), which said it had found him guilty of hiding the extent of his wealth. | Onnoghen had earlier in January been suspended by President Muhammadu Buhari, a few weeks before the West African nation held its presidential election. | Nigerian laws require that all senior servants and government officials declare their assets before taking office as...

Staff (2019-06-10). There Is Bipartisan Support to Stop Trump From Selling Arms to Saudi Arabia. truthout.org A Republican and a Democratic senator join forces on Monday to introduce a bill they hope will check President Donald Trump's ability to sell arms to Saudi Arabia. | The bill, which will be introduced by Sens. Chris Murphy of Connecticut and Todd Young of Indiana, would compel the Senate to vote whenever arms sales and other forms of military support are provided to Saudi Arabia, according to NBC News. Both Murphy and Young are members of the Senate Foreign Relations committee, which gives them...

Staff (2019-06-10). Democrats Face Decision On Impeachment. therealnews.com To impeach or not to impeach? Do Democrats win in 2020 with impeachment, or does Trump? Jeff Cohen and Kamau Franklin discuss the topic with host Jacqueline Luqman...

plenglish (2019-06-10). Bolivian Opposition Continues Actions Against Morales' Re-election. plenglish.com 10 de junio de 2019, 19: 36La Paz, Jun 10 (Prensa Latina) The ex-minister of the Presidency, Rene Martinez, denounced this Monday that the Bolivian opposition continues with the impulse of actions to prevent the re-election of President Evo Morales in the general elections of October 20.

Bob Price (2019-06-10). Analyzing the European Parliament elections. indybay.org New Valencia Hall | 747 Polk Street (by Ellis), San Francisco | (near Civic Center BART, Muni Lines 19, 31, 38, 47 49) ÔÉ©...

aljazeera (2019-06-10). US House Democrats to get some Mueller evidence: Nadler. aljazeera.com Compromise came as the House Judiciary panel began the first of a series of hearings to examine Mueller's findings.

Philip Farruggio (2019-06-10). Serving the Empire & NOT the People!! nationofchange.org Eric Holder, former Attorney General under President Obama, was being interviewed by that 'bulldog' of a reporter Chris Cuomo on his CNN show (where he earns the 'Blue Collar' salary of at least $4 million). Holder was commenting on this new field of Democratic presidential hopefuls, and of course, the fact that he, Holder, had ...

Walter Clemens (2019-06-10). Why Republicans Should Sack the President. counterpunch.org Dear Republicans: As one who voted for Eisenhower in 1956 and Nixon in 1972 and endorsed many policies of George H. W. Bush, I write to you in sorrow as well as alarm. You owe it to the Republican Party, the American people, and—indeed—all humanity, to help remove Donald Trump from the presidency without delay. More

aljazeera (2019-06-10). Greek president approves Tsipras's call for July 7 snap election. aljazeera.com Greece to dissolve parliament, hold early national election on July 7 after Syriza's heavy defeat in European elections.

Jake Johnson, staff writer (2019-06-10). 'Truth Will Prevail,' Says Lula, After Leaked Documents Suggest He Was Imprisoned to Prevent Victory in Brazil's Presidential Election. commondreams.org "There is no question the procedures against former President Lula are tainted by extremely serious issues when it comes to violations of fundamental guarantees and denial of one's rights." | https://www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files/styles/cd_special_coverage/public/headline/thumbs/lula_brazil.jpg...

unitedEditor (2019-06-09). Elections in Kazakhstan: maintaining geopolitical balance in Eurasia. uwidata.com On June 9, Kazakhstan has its presidential election. While elections were scheduled to take place in 2020, the interim president of the country, Kasym-Zhomart Tokayev, decided to begin the process ahead of time. According to expert estimates, although Tokayev will win the election, it will only be the beginning of a difficult transition period. UWI ...

Staff (2019-06-09). To Be Effective, Socialism Must Adapt to 21st Century Needs. truthout.org Is socialism making a comeback? If so, what exactly is socialism, why did it lose steam toward the latter part of the 20th century, and how do we distinguish democratic socialism, currently in an upward trend in the U.S., from social democracy, which has all but collapsed? Vijay Prashad, executive director of Tricontinental: Institute for Social Research and a leading scholar in socialist studies and the politics of the global South, offers answers to these questions. |

teleSUR (2019-06-09). Rep. Ilhan Omar Ordered to Reimburse Campaign Expenses. telesurenglish.net The Minnesota Campaign Finance Board ruled Thursday that U.S. Democratic Congresswoman Ilhan Omar violated state campaign finance rules and asked her to reimburse her campaign committee for about US$3,500, plus a US$500 civil penalty. | RELATED: | Ilhan Omar Calls US Iraq Invasion 'Illegal' on 16th Anniversary | "I'm glad this process is complete and that the Campaign Finance Board has come to a resolution on this matter," Omar said in a statement. | The democratic representati...

RT (2019-06-09). Joe+Barack=BFFs: Biden recycles cutesy friendship bracelets photo. rt.com Recovering from his about-face on the Hyde Amendment, Democratic presidential frontrunner Joe Biden has fallen back on his most reliable asset — his friendship with Barack Obama — tweeting an old photo of their matching bracelets.

Glenn Greenwald (2019-06-09). Exclusive: Brazil's Top Prosecutors Who Indicted Lula Schemed in Secret Messages to Prevent His Party From Winning 2018 Election. theintercept.com A massive archive exclusively provided to the Intercept confirms long-held suspicions about the politicized motives and deceit of Brazil's corruption investigators.

teleSUR (2019-06-09). Argentina: Local Elections a Thermometer For General Elections. telesurenglish.net Argentinian voters in four provinces will go to the polls this Sunday to elect their governors, and one other will vote on primary elections to choose candidates for the gubernatorial race. | RELATED: | We Underestimated the Economic Situation in Argentina: IMF | People from Tucuman, Entre Rios, Jujuy and Chubut will vote for new governors, whereas the Mendoza province will vote in primary elections where 11 aspirants are hoping to become candidates for their respective parties.

Julia Conley, staff writer (2019-06-09). As Democratic Candidates Gather in Iowa, Sanders Marches Alongside McDonald's Workers to Demand $15 Minimum Wage. commondreams.org Rallying McDonald's workers in the same way he worked alongside Disney and Amazon employees in their fight for fair wages and union representation, Sen. Bernie Sanders marched alongside workers at a rally Sunday in Cedar Rapids, Iowa. | https://www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files/styles/cd_special_coverage/public/headline/thumbs/screen_shot_2019-06-09_at_2.39.25_pm.jpg...

aljazeera (2019-06-09). Kazakhstan interim President Tokayev poised for election victory. aljazeera.com Kassym-Jomart Tokayev, the handpicked successor of ex-leader Nazarbayev, is running against six little-known rivals.

Dr. Binoy Kampmark (2019-06-09). The Danish Elections: Social Democracy with an "Inhumane Face" globalresearch.ca The great centrist European tradition of social democracy has been receiving a rattle for the last few decades. The European Parliament elections were a reminder how much their appeal has diminished. In Denmark, by way of contrast, they have established ...

aljazeera (2019-06-09). Malawi protests: Opposition demands president's resignation. aljazeera.com Malawi police used tear gas on Thursday to disperse the supporters of the opposition party protesting against President Mutharika's re-election.

Jerry Omondi (2019-06-09). Voting begins in Kazakhstan's presidential election. cgtn.com Kazakhstan's presidential election kicked off on Sunday as voters seek to elect the country's first new leader in nearly 30 years. | The Central Asian country's election come following the resignation of former leader Nursultan Nazarbayev in March. The 78-year-old has ruled the country since it became the last Soviet republic to declare independence from the USSR in 1991. | Kassym-Jomart Tokayev took over from Nazarbayev as interim president, and is in contention to replace the latter on a full capacity. | Tokayev is joined by six other candidates on the ballot, all of whom are not considered as popular as he...

Satya Mohapatra (2019-06-09). Indian election: Victorious Modi masks attacks on workers with far-right bigotry. liberationnews.org As a campaign tactic the BJP managed to conceal and divert the narrative away from concrete material issues...

Staff (2019-06-09). Case Open: Democrats Begin Public Airing of Mueller Report. truthdig.com WASHINGTON—President Donald Trump says it's " case closed." But Democrats are just getting started with Robert Mueller. | House Democrats have scheduled a series of hearings this coming week on the special counsel's report as they intensify their focus on the Russia probe and pick up the pace on an investigative "path" — in the words of Speaker Nancy Pelosi...

teleSUR (2019-06-08). G20 To Speed Up 'Digital Tax' on Transnational Giants. telesurenglish.net During the Ministerial Symposium on International Taxation being held in Fukuoka, Japan, the Group 20 (G20) finance ministers and central bank governors agreed to define rules to create a common taxation system on large digital corporations such as Amazon, Google or Facebook. | RELATED: | G20 Summit: BRICS Pushes For 'Democratic International Order' | This...

teleSUR (2019-06-08). Poland: Warsaw's Biggest Gay Pride Defies Conservative Hate. telesurenglish.net Tens of thousands of people joined a pride march in Warsaw Saturday as gay rights continue to become a major issue in Poland's election campaign. | RELATED | Poland: Gay Atheist MP Promises Social Transformation | The parade, which was expected to be the biggest of its kind in the city, came as the ruling conservative Law and Justice (PiS) party ramped up it...

WSWS (2019-06-08). Far-right Alternative for Germany wins European election in eastern Germany. wsws.org Voters in eastern Germany showed their strong opposition to the established political parties in the European elections held May 26.

WSWS (2019-06-08). Social Democrats return to government in Denmark with xenophobic programme. wsws.org The Social Democrats want to limit immigration from non-Western states and set up reception centres for asylum seekers outside the country.

WSWS (2019-06-08). Mexico to deploy 6,000 troops to southern border as Trump postpones tariffs. wsws.org No faction of the American or Mexican ruling class offers any genuine opposition to the assault on immigrants and democratic rights.

WSWS (2019-06-08). Students at Dresden School of Art protest against the far-right AfD. wsws.org The trigger for the protests was the candidacy of library director Barbara Lenk for the AfD in a local election...

Chris Jarvis (2019-06-08). The Greens' Magid Magid sums up Tory leadership race like no one else could. thecanary.co The Green Party's Magid Magid has been making waves again. The former lord mayor of Sheffield and newly elected MEP appeared on BBC Newsnight and summed up the Conservative Party leadership race like no one else could. | On the show, he branded the contest "Britain's next top bigot". He also laid into Boris Johnson's long-running histor...

Ashley Curtin (2019-06-08). DNC will not host climate-specific presidential primary debate and plans to punish candidates that participate in one. nationofchange.org "The DNC is silencing the voices of Democratic activists, many of our progressive partner organizations, and nearly half of the Democratic presidential field, who want to debate the existential crisis of our time."

Staff (2019-06-08). Georgia Probe Highlights Political Problems With State Ethics Commissions. truthout.org The new head of Georgia's ethics commission has filed subpoenas demanding extensive financial, bank, and payroll records from the campaign of Democratic gubernatorial candidate Stacey Abrams and several left-leaning groups that registered and turned out voters — particularly minority voters. | The Atlanta Journal-Constitution recently obtained the subpoenas, which were filed on April 26. That they were filed comes as no surprise: Four days after he starte...

Workers World West Virginia bureau (2019-06-08). WV educators refuse to back down, once again. workers.org Following the successful defeat of the West Virginia omnibus education bill, SB 451, in February 2019, Senate Republicans called for a special session in June to reintroduce the same legislation. SB 451 tied a school employee pay raise to anti-public education proposals, such as for-profit charter schools, increased class size . . . | Continue reading WV educators refuse to back down, once again at Workers.org

WSWS (2019-06-07). Bernie Sanders uses NY Times op-ed to reassure big business. wsws.org In response to attacks on socialism from within the Democratic Party as well as by Trump and the Republicans, Sanders has made clear he has no intention of challenging the profit system or the property of the ruling class.

RT (2019-06-07). Fact checking gone mad: Democrats tell Trump 'the Moon is not part of Mars'. rt.com President Donald Trump announced that he wants America to explore Mars as part of the next Moon mission. The Democratic party showed its dedication to nitpicking by reminding Trump the Moon is "not part of Mars." |

WSWS (2019-06-07). Austrian ruling class closes ranks following collapse of government. wsws.org Austrian President Alexander Van der Bellen swore in a "government of experts" Monday to run government affairs until new parliamentary elections planned for this autumn.

MAIL (2019-06-07). Headlines for June 7, 2019. democracynow.org Bowing to U.S. Pressure, Mexico to Deploy 6,000 Troops to Guatemala Border, House Judiciary Chair Pushes for Presidential Impeachment Inquiry, House Ways and Means Chair Has No Plans to Acquire Trump's New York Tax Records, Russian President Says U.S. Is Shunning Negotiations on Nuclear Arms Treaty, African Union Suspends Sudan over Massacre of Sit-in Protesters, Study Finds Limiting Climate Change Would Save Thousands from Heat-Related Deaths, Jay Inslee: Democratic National Committee Refusing to Hold Debate on Climate, SEIU Becomes First Major Union to Endorse Green New Deal, Report: Earth's Oceans More Contami...

Russell Mokhiber (2019-06-07). Boeing, Obama A Gold Watch and 346 Dead. counterpunch.org Democrats want to make Donald Trump the issue in 2020. If they do, they will lose again, the way they lost in 2016. Instead, the 2020 election should be about corporate power in all of its manifestations, its hold on the culture, our country and both major political parties. Take the case of the two More

Staff (2019-06-07). GOP Paid Millions to Operative Who Pushed Census Question Aimed to Help "Whites" truthout.org The gerrymandering expert who was revealed to be behind the push to add a citizenship question to the 2020 census — on the premise that it would help Republicans and "non-Hispanic whites" — was paid millions by the Republican National Committee until his death last year. | After Thomas Hofeller passed away last summer, his daughter discovered files on his hard drive revealing that he authored a study showing that a census citizenship question wo...

Corporate Crime Reporter (2019-06-07). Boeing Obama a Gold Watch and 346 Dead. globalresearch.ca Democrats want to make Donald Trump the issue in 2020. | If they do, they will lose again, the way they lost in 2016. | Instead, the 2020 election should be about corporate power in all of its manifestations, its hold on ...

Akela Lacy (2019-06-07). Revenge of the Machine: New York Party Bosses Rally to Melinda Katz in Pivotal Prosecutor Race. theintercept.com One year ago, the Queens Democratic machine, which has controlled the politics of the borough in one form or another for decades, was stunned by the surprise loss of longtime party boss Joe Crowley to 28-year-old Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez. | The borg quickly reformed itself. Crowley was subsequently reelected chair of the county party, became a powerhouse lobbyist, and his Brooklyn-based protege, Rep. Hakeem Jeffries, eased into Crowley's vacated leadership position in the House of Representatives. | The lo...

John Nichols (2019-06-07). Dammit, Democrats! Organize a Climate Debate! thenation.com Dammit, Democrats! Organize a Climate Debate!

teleSUR (2019-06-07). Saint Vincent and Grenadines Voted into UN Security Council. telesurenglish.net Saint Vincent and the Grenadines was voted in as a United Nations Security Council non-permanent member Friday, along with five other nations, including Vietnam and Estonia. | The vote took place June 7 at the U.N. headquarters in New York. All 193 member states cast their votes for the 2020-2021. | Venezuelan Foreign Minister Jorge Arreaza congratulated Saint Vincent and the Grenadines for the "historic" election. | RELATED: | Afro-Latinos Among Most Underprivileged in Region | "Venezuel...

Helen Buyniski (2019-06-07). Election? What Election? The EU Elite Will Censor Their Way Out of this Mess. globalresearch.ca The neoliberal establishment is wringing its hands in the wake of European elections that proved a resounding victory for populist parties across the continent, casting around for someone to blame but utterly incapable of realizing their own interference has doomed ...

Thomas Neuburger (2019-06-07). Four Ways to Expand the U.S. Supreme Court. commondreams.org That the Supreme Court was failing its constitutional role had been clear to close observers since the 1976 decision in Buckley v. Valeo, which ruled that election spending was "speech." (Photo: Joe Ravi/CC-BY-SA 3.0) | https://www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files/styles/cd_special_coverage/public/views-article/thumbs/supremecourt_2.jpeg...

Andre Vltchek (2019-06-07). Hundreds Died 'as a Result of the Indonesian Elections'. asia-pacificresearch.com ...

Andrew Levine (2019-06-07). Democrats Get Ready. counterpunch.org The 2020 election, now a "mere" seventeen months away, has been sucking up political oxygen for months. Remember that the next time anyone questions "American exceptionalism"! That our electoral seasons grind on for so long is only one of many reasons why our political culture, like our gun culture, is off the charts exceptional — More

Staff (2019-06-07). California Senate Shelves Bill Tying Affordable Housing to Climate Crisis, Public Transit. therealnews.com Senate Democrats have removed SB 50 from the docket for the 2019 legislative session. Aiming to tackle housing, public transit and wildfires, it came under fire for loopholes and weak mandates, but policy conversation now proceeds in other venues.

United Nations (2019-06-07). Friday's Daily Brief: electronic hopes and fears, Security Council elections, updates from Libya, Syria, Australia and the Philippines. un.org Wrapping up this week, our top stories are: how new technologies are a "vector for hope" and "source of fear", according to UN chief Guterres; new members at the Security Council; the plight of migrants in Libya; war rules violations in Syria; human rights in Australia and the Philippines.

James Wright (2019-06-07). Jeremy Corbyn smashes the ruling class in invigorating victory speech. thecanary.co After winning the Peterborough by-election, Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn took aim at the ruling class in an energetic victory speech. | "Bring it on": | From the constituency, Corbyn said: Bring it on. We are ready for a general election at any time... Britain will not be a country that in one year alone...

Wolfgang Streeck (2019-06-07). Four Reasons the European Left Lost. globalresearch.ca The setbacks for centrist parties in the European elections showed that the EU's crisis is anything but over. Yet the Left's lack of strategy and identity has hobbled its ability to provide an alternative. | *** |

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CGTN Africa (2019-06-07). Malawi police use tear gas to break up protests. cgtn.com Armed police used tear gas to disperse demonstrators demanding the resignation of Malawi's president, Peter Mutharika. Mutharika narrowly won re-election in the southern African country in May. | Critics say the election was rigged. | Teargas is seen outside the Malawi Congress Party headquarters in Lilongwe, Malawi June 6, 2019, in this still image obtained from video taken from social media. Ulemu Msungama (Malawi Congress Party)/via REUTERS. | Thousands of supporters of opposition parties marched in the streets of the capital, Lilongwe, a Reuters witness said, with one group occupying a complex housing the pre...

Rebecca Solnit (2019-06-07). The Curious Case of Elizabeth Warren and the "Charter School Lobbyist" Who Wasn't. commondreams.org 2020 Democratic presidential candidate Sen. Elizabeth Warren pictured with educator Sonya Mehta at rally in Oakland, California last week. | https://www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files/styles/cd_special_coverage/public/views-article/thumbs/screen_shot_2019-06-07_at_12.09.32_pm.png...

Staff (2019-06-07). Free Traders No More? GOP Warms Up to Trump's Use of Tariffs. truthdig.com WASHINGTON — With President Donald Trump threatening to slap tariffs on goods from Mexico, his transformation of Republican Party trade policy is nearly complete. | Republican lawmakers usually don't like tariffs. They're viewed as a tax on consumers and unwanted government intervention in free trade. But many Republicans, unwilling to buck Trump, are prepared to follow the president's lead and support 5% tariffs on Mexico in his dispute over illegal immigration. | It's a crossroads for the GOP as the White House is taking the party in a...

aljazeera (2019-06-07). Peterborough sends chilling message to UK Conservatives. aljazeera.com Brexit Party failed to win any seat in parliament, but did beat governing Tories into third place in by-election.

John Shafthauer (2019-06-07). Change UK declares victory in Peterborough by-election. thecanary.co It's been something of a week for Change UK. Only a few days ago, it lost half its MPs. Now it's declaring victory in the Peterborough by-election. | To do this, it's using the same 'logic' that led its MPs to believe the UK needed another bland centrist party. | Nothing has Changed: | Speaking to a gaggle of journalists, Mike Gapes announced: Looking at the results, it's clear that the only parties who didn't lose this election were Labour and Change UK. | At this point,...

teleSUR (2019-06-07). Brazil's Bolsonaro and Argentina's Macri Meet in Buenos Aires. telesurenglish.net In his first official visit, Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro met with his Argentine counterpart, Mauricio Macri, in Buenos Aires Thursday to discuss Mercosur, shared economies and the upcoming elections in Argentina. | RELATED: | We Underestimated the Economic Situation in Argentina: IMF | At their day-long meeting, the Brazilian president praised Macri for his negotiations with European Union officials to reach a trade agreement between Mercosur and the EU, which Macri's admini...

Staff (2019-06-07). Headlines for June 7, 2019. democracynow.org Bowing to U.S. Pressure, Mexico to Deploy 6,000 Troops to Guatemala Border, House Judiciary Chair Pushes for Presidential Impeachment Inquiry, House Ways and Means Chair Has No Plans to Acquire Trump's New York Tax Records, Russian President Says U.S. Is Shunning Negotiations on Nuclear Arms Treaty, African Union Suspends Sudan over Massacre of Sit-in Protesters, Study Finds Limiting Climate Change Would Save Thousands from Heat-Related Deaths, Jay Inslee: Democratic National Committee Refusing to Hold Debate on Climate, SEIU Becomes First Major Union to Endorse Green New Deal, Report: Earth's Oceans More Contami...

WSWS (2019-06-07). Michigan governor announces closure of Benton Harbor High School. wsws.org Students, parents and community members denounced Democratic Governor Gretchen Whitmer's unilateral decision to close Benton Harbor High School at a school board meeting this week.

aljazeera (2019-06-07). Kazakhstan Elections: Vote for new president on Sunday. aljazeera.com Kazakhs will vote for the new president for the first time in almost 30 years. Interim President Kassym-Jomart Tokayev has been handpicked by former President Nursultan Nazarbayev.

CGTN Africa (2019-06-07). Algerian interim president urges dialogue in election preparation. cgtn.com A demonstrator holds a banner depicting Algeria's interim president Abdelkader Bensalah during a protest demanding the removal of Algeria's ruling elite in Algiers, Algeria May 10, 2019. The banner reads: "Leave, you don't represent us". REUTERS/Ramzi Boudina/File Photo | Algeria's interim President Abdelkader Bensalah called on Thursday for all parties to launch an "inclusive dialogue" to prepare for presidential elections, following the constitutional council's scrapping of a vote set for July 4. | Bensalah, in a speech broadcast on state television, did not set a date for the new contest. | The constitutional...

kathy_f (2019-06-07). Union panel discusses 'Right to Strike' campaign. greenleft.org.au About 60 people attended a forum organised by Right to Strike NSW on June 4 where a panel of union activists discussed the struggle for union rights after the re-election of the Scott Morrison Coalition government. | Assistant national secretary of the Maritime Union of Australia (MUA) Warren Smith noted the election result meant "the Liberal government will have renewed confidence to attack working-class rights and organisation, with a likely further erosion of industrial protections for workers. | "The assault on the right to exercise class solidarity will increase. Individual contracts and agreements will beco...

Karina Piser (2019-06-07). The European Left's Dangerous Anti-Immigrant Turn. thenation.com The European Left's Dangerous Anti-Immigrant Turn...

WSWS (2019-06-07). Biden drops support for abortion-funding restriction after political firestorm. wsws.org The leading candidate for the Democratic presidential nomination had sought to stake out a right-wing position on access to abortion.

Jason Ditz (2019-06-06). Republicans, Democrats Seek to Block Trump's Sale of Weapons to Saudi Arabia. theantimedia.com (ANTIWAR.COM) — A bipartisan group of senators are planning the introduction of 22 "resolutions of disapproval" related to President Trump's recently approved arms sales to Saudi Arabia, intended to cover each of the individual arms deals involved. Sen. Bob Menendez (D-NJ) said the move shows the Senate isn't going to stand idly by "while the president erodes Congressional ...

David Ochieng Mbewa (2019-06-06). South Africa selectors do not regret not recalling AB de Villiers. cgtn.com South Africa's AB de Villiers during nets Action. (Images via Reuters / Paul Childs Livepic/File Photo) | Cricket South Africa on Thursday said it has no regret over the decision not to recall former batsman AB de Villiers following his reported decision to come out of retirement for the 2019 ICC Men's Cricket World Cup. | CSA National Selection Panel convenor Linda Zondi said that the body had urged de Villiers against retirement in 2018 but he insisted he was at peace with his decision. | "AB is undoubtedly one of the best players in the world, but above all else, we have to stay true to our morals and principl...

Jim Miles (2019-06-06). Modern Apocalypse. The Human Condition. globalresearch.ca The following text is a selection from Jim Miles book entitled Modern Apocalypse | The entire text of Jim Miles book is available in E-book pdf format | The Human Condition | Within the universe I am completely insignificant. Insignificance opens up the ...

Staff (2019-06-06). Has Indonesia Bucked the Global Rightward Trend? therealnews.com The conflict between incumbent and winning president Jokowi and his conservative challenger Prabowo has led to violent protests, 8 deaths, and hundreds of injured, but Prabowo's challenge to the election result has largely failed. Does this mean that the rightward shift has been halted?

WSWS (2019-06-06). Bernie Sanders answers attacks on socialism with defense of capitalist "democracy" wsws.org In response to attacks on socialism from within the Democratic Party as well as by Trump and the Republicans, Bernie Sanders has published a cowardly op-ed piece in the New York Times that omits the "S" word and makes clear he was no intention of challenging the profit system or the property of the ruling class.

Jessica Corbett, staff writer (2019-06-06). New Greenpeace Report Breaks Down Why Next US President Has No Choice But to Prioritize Total 'Fossil Fuel Phase Out'. commondreams.org As public demands for the Democratic Party to allow a 2020 primary debate centered solely on the climate crisis ramped up Thursday, Greenpeace USA released a new report that implores the next president—whoever it is and with help from Congress—to enact ambitious policies that urgently phase out oil, gas, and coal production to prevent planetary catastrophe. | https://www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files/styles/cd_special_coverage/public/headline/thumbs/gp_report.jpg...

Philip Giraldi (2019-06-06). Tulsi Gabbard Pushes No War Agenda — and the Media Is Out to Kill Her Chances. globalresearch.ca Voters looking ahead to 2020 are being bombarded with soundbites from the twenty plus Democratic would-be candidates. That Joe Biden is apparently leading the pack according to opinion polls should come as no surprise as he stands for nothing apart ...

Middle East Eye (2019-06-06). Saudi Arabia Secretly Purchased Ballistic Missile Technology From China: Report. theantimedia.com (MEE) — Saudi Arabia has "significantly" expanded its ballistic missile programme through recent purchases from China, CNN reported on Wednesday. The purchases expanded both its missile infrastructure and technology, the news agency said, citing three unidentified sources with direct knowledge of the matter. Key Congressional Democrats discovered the weapons expansion programme outside of "regular US government channels", ...

Jake Johnson, staff writer (2019-06-06). 'This Is an Emergency. We Need the Democrats to Act Like It': Outrage as DNC Announces It Will Not Host 2020 Debate on Climate Crisis. commondreams.org "The DNC is silencing the voices of Democratic activists, many of our progressive partner organizations, and nearly half of the Democratic presidential field, who want to debate the existential crisis of our time." | https://www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files/styles/cd_special_coverage/public/headline/thumbs/sunrise_0_0.jpg...

RT (2019-06-06). House Democrats plan mental health panel to diagnose Trump in absentia. rt.com House Democrats are planning a meeting to showcase "concerns" about President Donald Trump's sanity from psychiatrists who've never examined him, doubling down on years of insistence that he is too crazy for the office.

Jake Johnson, staff writer (2019-06-06). 'Are You Kidding Me?' Frustration Grows as Powerful House Democrat Refuses to Accept New York Offer of Trump Tax Returns. commondreams.org "As numerous tax experts and members of Congress have already laid out, there is no reason for Chairman Neal to hesitate to use this law once it is enacted." | https://www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files/styles/cd_special_coverage/public/headline/thumbs/richard_neal_trump_tax_returns.jpg...

Staff (2019-06-06). Trump Dodges His Own Benghazi as Pentagon Closes Probe Into Niger Ambush. truthout.org After a U.S. consulate in Benghazi was attacked and four Americans were murdered in 2012, the Republican-led House of Representatives ordered eight congressional investigations, including a special select committee whose two-year, $7 million probe lasted longer than the main Watergate investigation. But after four American soldiers were ambushed and killed in neighboring Niger five years later, House Republicans opened no such investigations. Nearly two years after the...

Jim Hightower (2019-06-06). If corporations have rights, so does nature. nationofchange.org From the very start of our nation, | the most popular forum for debating and shaping our democratic rights | was not stately legislative halls, but rowdy beer halls. | Indeed, "pub democracy" remains | strong across our country, as is now being shown by a hardy group of | democracy rebels in Toledo, Ohio. | The people of this city on the edge | of Lake Erie were literally sickened in 2014 when a toxic algae bloom | poisoned the lake, which is the source of their drinking water. People | were outraged that state officials, who were in the pocket of the | polluters, did nothing to protect the lake from more pois...

Jake Johnson, staff writer (2019-06-06). Citing Fears of Americans Getting 'Screwed,' Progressive Democrats Call Out Pelosi for Crafting Pharma-Friendly Drug Pricing Bill in Secret. commondreams.org "If we don't address this in a big and bold way, a lot of us should go home and start knitting," said Congressional Progressive Caucus co-chair Mark Pocan | https://www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files/styles/cd_special_coverage/public/headline/thumbs/pelosi_drugs.jpg...

Human Rights Watch (2019-06-06). DR Congo: No Justice for 2014 Massacre. hrw.org | | An 18-year-old student who was shot while fleeing an attack by unidentified gunmen on a church service in Mutarule, South Kivu in Democratic Republic of Congo on June 6. 2014. | © 2014 Human Rights Watch | (Goma) — The government of the Democratic Republic of Congo has failed to deliver justice for the killing of at least 30 civilians in Mutarule, South Kivu province, in June 2014. For five years, victims and their families have sought justic...

CGTN Africa (2019-06-06). WHO: 25 percent of Ebola infections in eastern DR Congo go undetected. cgtn.com Roughly a quarter of Ebola infections in eastern Congo are estimated to be going undetected or found too late, a World Health Organization (WHO) expert said on Thursday. | Health workers dressed in protective suits carry a Congolese woman confirmed to have Ebola as she is admitted to the Ebola treatment centre in Butembo, in the Democratic Republic of Congo, March 28, 2019. Picture taken March 28, 2019.REUTERS/Baz Ratner TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY | Some 2,025 cases and 1,357 deaths have been recorded since the epidemic began in August in the Democratic Republic of Congo's North Kivu and Ituri provinces, said Dr. Mike...

Jon Queally, staff writer (2019-06-06). 'Abortion Up to Conscience, Not Government,' Declared Bernie Sanders... in 1972. commondreams.org The 2020 Democratic contender, says one top aide, "has been fighting these battles for decades, even when it wasn't politically advantageous." | https://www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files/styles/cd_special_coverage/public/headline/thumbs/bernie-sanders-abortion-joe-biden-roe-wade1.jpg...

CGTN Africa (2019-06-06). Chinese tyre manufacturer sets up base in Zambia to explore African market. cgtn.com Fujian Haian Rubber Company Limited director Africa market Eric Lin (right) at Zambia's premier agricultural mining, industrial, networking enterprise expo held from June 4 to 6, in Kitwe in the Copperbelt of Zambia. (Xinhua/Nkweto Mfula) | KITWE, Zambia, June 6 (Xinhua) — Fujian Haian Rubber Company Limited, a tyre manufacturing firm from China, has established its base in Zambia to market its products and services in Africa. | The company supplies its products to the mining industry in Zambia, Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), South Africa and Senegal. | Eric Lin, company director for the Africa market,...

teleSUR (2019-06-06). Kazakhstan to Confirm Veteran Politician as President. telesurenglish.net The interim president of Kazakhstan, Kassym-Jomart Tokayev, is set to be confirmed in a permanent role as the Central Asian country's leader. | RELATED: | Crew From Botched Launch Lands Safely at Space Center | Tokayev, who took over after Nazarbayev resigned in March, is the only heavyweight candidate in the presidential election. Six others have been unfamiliar faces to most Kazakhs until launching their brief campaigns last month. | Currently, there are no opposition parties in the...

susan_p (2019-06-06). India: Left faces tough challenges following Modi's re-election. greenleft.org.au The Indian left is facing tough challenges following the reelection of Narendra Modi's Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) government. | The Communist Party of India (Marxist Leninist) Liberation (CPIML) said in an editorial in Liberation magazine that the election outcome had defied the groundswell of disillusionment, anger and desire for change that had been reflected in state election outcomes in traditional BJP strongholds in December. | There was an expectation that the Modi regime would...

kathy_f (2019-06-06). Manus Island, Nauru refugees appeal for help. greenleft.org.au Prime Minister Scott Morrison famously awarded himself a trophy for stopping the boats in the lead-up the recent federal election. That trophy looks a little odd now, with recent reports of several boats full of asylum seekers fleeing Sri Lanka and attempting to reach Australia. | However, since the election the situation on Manus Island and Nauru has become even more dire. Dozens of people have attempted suicide in the past few weeks and there were reports of guards beating up sick refugees in a hospital in Port Moresby on May 31. | A young Sudanese refugee, Fares, wrote a note before he attempted to hang himsel...

aljazeera (2019-06-06). 'Anti-immigrant left' wins election as Danes reject far-right. aljazeera.com Social Democrats adopt anti-immigrant rhetoric from the far-right to secure national election victory in Denmark.

Hans Stehling (2019-06-06). Boris Johnson as Interim Prime Minister Could be a Disaster for the UK and British Interests. globalresearch.ca Boris Johnson as interim Prime Minister — even for a short period up to the next UK General Election — could prove extremely dangerous for both democratic government and for Britain as a sovereign, independent power. | Johnson is not only ...

kathy_f (2019-06-06). The good news election story from May. greenleft.org.au This year will be forever etched in our collective memories as the year Labor lost what was widely seen as the unlosable federal election, leaving unionists everywhere reeling at the prospect of another three years of Coalition government. | However, more than 20,000 Australian Services Union (ASU) members in Victoria and Tasmania will also remember 2019 as the year our branch held its first contested leadership election in 30 years, when an almost unheard of three tickets ran for office. | Voting closed in the ASU election three days before the federal election and the incumbent ASU United team, with Lisa Darman...

Andre Vltchek (2019-06-06). Hundreds Died "as a Result of the Indonesian Elections" dissidentvoice.org It truly looked grand, impressive — the fourth most populous country on earth voted in general elections, which were held on 17 April 2019. Hundreds of positions were for grab: that of the president, the vice president, members of the People's Consultative Assembly (MPR), and members of local legislative bodies. There were 190 million eligible voters in the country, and ...

aljazeera (2019-06-06). Algeria interim leader urges 'dialogue' over election. aljazeera.com Abdelkader Bensalah calls for an election date to be set 'as soon as possible' days after planned vote was pulled.

Ryan Grim (2019-06-06). At Democratic Retreat, Chiefs of Staff Coached on Schmoozing With K Street. theintercept.com A Democratic retreat for congressional chiefs of staff includes a panel on how to work with K Street, and a happy hour with lobbyists.

plenglish (2019-06-06). DPRK Accuses US of Violating Sovereignty and Dignity. plenglish.com Pyongyang, Jun 6 (Prensa Latina) The Democratic People"s Republic of Korea (DPRK) on Thursday accused the United States again of flagrantly violating the country"s sovereignty and dignity...

susan_p (2019-06-06). India: Left faces tough chanllenges following Modi's re-election. greenleft.org.au The Indian left is facing tough challenges following the reelection of Narendra Modi's Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) government. | The Communist Party of India (Marxist Leninist) Liberation (CPIML) said in an editorial in Liberation magazine that the election outcome had defied the groundswell of disillusionment, anger and desire for change that had been reflected in state election outcomes in traditional BJP strongholds in December. | There was an expectation that the Modi regime would...

teleSUR (2019-06-06). Algeria Interim Gov't Calls for Dialogue To Advance Elections. telesurenglish.net Algeria's interim President Abdelkader Bensalah called Thursday for all parties to launch an "inclusive dialogue" to prepare for presidential elections, following the constitutional council's scrapping of a vote set for July 4. | RELATED: | Algeria: Protesters Demand Presidential Elections Be Delayed | Armed forces chief, Lieutenant-General Ahmed Gaed Salah, who has bee...

plenglish (2019-06-06). Africa Increases Presence at the UN. plenglish.com By Ibis Frade Brito | United Nations, June 6 (Prensa Latina) After the Nigerian diplomat ¥s election, Tijjani Muhammad-Bande, as President of the UN General Assembly at its upcoming 74th session, the African continent is becoming more prominent in the multilateral organization.

pip.hinman (2019-06-06). Coalition win means the poor will get poorer. greenleft.org.au It's almost enough to make you believe in conspiracies. | During the campaign for the recent federal election the Coalition promised "more jobs in a stronger economy". Economic growth would continue, wage growth would increase and living standards would improve. | Even the "independent" Reserve Bank of Australia (RBA) chimed in nicely, keeping interest rates on hold at 1.5%, where they have been since August 2016. The expecta...

Emily Apple (2019-06-06). Ann Widdecombe may be a new MEP for the region, but the South West has told her exactly where to go. thecanary.co Ann Widdecombe may have won a seat in the EU elections in the South West, but the region has told her exactly what it thinks of her hateful views. | The new Brexit Party MEP was due to perform her one-woman show in Penzance, Cornwall and Ilfracombe, Devon. But theatres cancelled the bookings after she re-stated her support for so-called ga...

teleSUR (2019-06-06). Elizabeth Warren's Campaign Staff To Unionize. telesurenglish.net Democratic presidential candidate Elizabeth Warren Thursday endorsed her campaign staff's decision to unionize, an expected move from the United States Senator from Massachusetts who has made workers' rights a major part of her 2020 platform. | RELATED: | US Election: Elizabeth Warren Proposes Canceling Students Debt for over 40M People | The staunchly pro-labor senator joins three other Democratic presidential candidates - U.S. Senator Bernie Sanders of Verm...

RT (2019-06-06). Not enough support for impeaching Trump 'right now,' leading Democrat says. rt.com A leading House Democrat has suggested there is not enough support for impeaching President Donald Trump "right now," but added that "it may come to that," as Speaker Nancy Pelosi urged patience.

Sarah Mukabana (2019-06-04). 13 civilians killed in Ebola zone after rebel attack in Congo. cgtn.com Soldiers from the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) look at the distant hills near the town of Kibumba at its border with Rwanda after fighting broke out. | REUTERS | Authorities in eastern Congo say at least 13 civilians are dead after rebels attacked a town affected by the Ebola virus outbreak. | Residents on Tuesday blamed the overnight violence near Beni on rebels from the Allied Democratic Forces group. | Beni's interim Mayor Modeste Bakwanamaha said two Congolese soldiers also were killed. Spokesman Zachee Mathima said one attacker was killed and a teenage girl was taken away as hostage. | Calm returned by...

kathy_f (2019-06-06). Manus Island, Nauru refugees appeal for help. greenleft.org.au Back when he was immigration minister, Prime Minister Scott Morrison was famously gifted a trophy for stopping the boats. In the lead-up the recent federal election, Morrison gave out replicas to others. Those trophies look even more odd now with recent reports of several boats full of asylum seekers fleeing Sri Lanka for Australia. | However, since the election the situation on Manus Island and Nauru has become even more dire. Dozens of people have attempted suicide in the past few weeks and there were reports of guards beating up sick refugees in a hospital in Port Moresby on May 31. | A young Sudanese refugee,...

Jessica Corbett, staff writer (2019-06-05). Citing Threats to Abortion Rights, Sanders Endorses Marie Newman's Democratic Primary Challenge Against Anti-Choice Incumbent Dan Lipinski. commondreams.org In a clear rebuke of Democratic Party leadership and the mounting threats to abortion rights across the United States, Sen. Bernie Sanders on Tuesday endorsed Marie Newman, who is challenging anti-choice Illinois Congressman Dan Lipinski in the 2020 primary after she narrowly lost to the Blue Dog Democrat in the last cycle. | https://www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files/styles/cd_special_coverage/public/headline/thumbs/marie.jpg...

Staff (2019-06-05). The Media Are Legitimizing a Century-Old Nazi Trope. truthdig.com When Norwegian right-winger Anders Breivik invoked "cultural Marxism" as the reason for his 77-person killing spree in 2011, many observers placed the notion in the same category as the killer—the fringe. But since the election of Donald Trump, Brexit and the rise and re-election of other far-right governments around the globe, "cultural Marxism" has become a well-known nationalist buzzword, alongside "globalism": Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro denounces it, and the media empire of former White House...

David Ochieng Mbewa (2019-06-05). WHO calls for sustained political commitment to end Ebola. cgtn.com Medical stuff and an Ebola survivor treat Ebola patient Ibrahim Mupalalo inside the Biosecure Emergency Care Unit (CUBE) at the ALIMA (The Alliance for International Medical Action) Ebola treatment centre in Beni, in the Democratic Republic of Congo. REUTERS/Baz Ratner | The World Health Organisation Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus called for sustained political commitment to improve the response to the current Ebola outbreak in the Democratic Republic of Congo. | Ghebreyesus' statement comes in the wake of the DR Congo's Ministry of Health confirming that the number of Ebola cases reported has exceed...

Julia Conley, staff writer (2019-06-05). To Fight Establishment's Framing of Biden as Presumptive Nominee, Warren Tells Voters, 'Get Up Off Your Butt and Volunteer!'. commondreams.org At a town hall in Lansing, Michigan, Sen. Elizabeth Warren urged a voter to take action to fight his concerns that Joe Biden is already poised to win the Democratic presidential nomination more than a year before the party officially elects its nominee. | https://www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files/styles/cd_special_coverage/public/headline/thumbs/d8rn104xsaesc_f1.jpg...

MAIL (2019-06-05). Republicans Clash with Trump over Proposed Tariffs of Up to 25% on All Mexican Imports. democracynow.org Mexican officials are meeting with Vice President Mike Pence and Secretary of State Mike Pompeo today in Washington, D.C., to discuss President Trump's plan to impose a 5% tariff on all imported Mexican goods. Over time, tariffs could increase to as much as 25%. Trump announced tariffs over what he claims is Mexico's failure to stem the flow of Central American asylum seekers and migrants into the United States. Citing potentially devastating consequences to the U.S. economy, Senate Republicans defied the president Tuesday, announcing their opposition to the tariffs. We speak with Laura Carlsen, director of the M...

Mark Gruenberg (2019-06-05). GOP moves to ban teacher strikes in West Virginia. peoplesworld.org CHARLESTON, W. Va. (PAI)—The Republican-run state House here will take up legislation on June 17 to boost charter schools and vouchers to parents of private school kids, outlaw public school teacher strikes, fire all public workers—not just teachers—who strike, and withhold pay from strikers. The State Senate approved the bill on an 18-15 party line ...

CGTN Africa (2019-06-05). Zimbabwe moves to ban strikes and protests. cgtn.com Zimbabwe's leaders are expected to enact a law this week that will bar workers from staging strikes and other protests before using other measures. | Zimbabwean schoolchild awaits transport from school during a teachers' strike in Harare, Zimbabwe, February 8, 2019. REUTERS/Philimon Bulawayo | The country has dealt with several strikes by doctors, teachers since its disputed general elections took place in 2018. Zimbabwe is currently facing a threat of a strike by the Zimbabwe Nurses Association (ZINA). ZINA recently issued a two-week notice to the Health Services Board. Nurses are threatening a walkout over sala...

Steven Rosenfeld (2019-06-05). America Is Missing Its Chance to Fix Our Election System Before We Vote in 2020. commondreams.org What evidence can be presented to a polarized electorate to legitimize the results? (Photo: CHUCK BURTON / ASSOCIATED PRESS) | https://www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files/styles/cd_special_coverage/public/views-article/thumbs/voting_5.jpeg...

Middle East Eye (2019-06-05). US Transferred "Nuclear Expertise" to Saudi Arabia After Khashoggi Murder. theantimedia.com (MEE) — The Donald Trump administration issued two authorizations for the transfer of technical "nuclear expertise" to Saudi Arabia after the murder of journalist Jamal Khashoggi late last year, US Senator Tim Kaine has revealed. Kaine, a Democrat from Virginia, where Khashoggi resided, called the decision "shocking" — as it came amid global outrage over the Saudi journalist's gruesome ...

Staff (2019-06-05). House Democratic Leadership Must Find the Courage to Impeach. truthout.org Ain't nothing like the real thing, baby... — Marvin Gaye and Tammi TerrellHave you heard? House Judiciary Chairman Rep. Jerrold Nadler (D-New York) will open impeachment hearings on June 10! | No, wait, that's not right. Chairman Nadler will open hearings about impeachment on June 10. Apologies for the confusion; all this chickenshit is affecting my sinuses. | According to reports, Rep. Nadler's proposed proceedings will begin with a hearing titled, "Lessons From the Mueller Re...

Elizabeth Drew (2019-06-05). To Impeach, or Not to Impeach. commondreams.org Launching an impeachment process now, she fears, would undermine her main goals: to avoid jeopardizing the Democrats’ hard-won control of the House and to maximize the party’s chances in the presidential election next year. (Photo: Getty) | https://www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files/styles/cd_special_coverage/public/views-article/thumbs/pelosi_4.jpeg...

Alexandra Jacobo (2019-06-05). 10 Democratic candidates would ban fracking. Here are the others who won't. nationofchange.org Nearly half of all Democratic presidential candidates would support banning fracking if elected, according to a new presidential candidate survey released by the Washington Post. | Cory Booker, Pete Buttigieg, Bill de Blasio, Tulsi Gabbard, Jay Inslee, Wayne Messam, Bernie Sanders, Eric Swalwell, Elizabeth Warren, and Marianne Williamson all support a ban on hydraulic fracturing, or fracking. | Michael Bennet, Steve Bullock, John Delaney, Kirsten Gillibrand, Amy Klobuchar,...

WSWS (2019-06-05). Australian Federal Police raid journalists over exposures of government spying, war crimes. wsws.org The raids, targeting a News Corp journalist and the Sydney offices of the Australian Broadcasting Corporation, are part of an expanding assault on democratic rights and press freedom.

C.J. Atkins (2019-06-05). Bernie Sanders at Walmart shareholders meeting: "End starvation wages" peoplesworld.org Democratic presidential candidate Sen. Bernie Sanders, Ind.-Vt., took his fight against corporate greed and inequality into the den of the most anti-union retailer in the nation today—Walmart. Appearing on the floor of the company's annual shareholders meeting in Rogers, Arkansas, Sanders blasted executives and owners for paying what he called "starvation wages" and lent his ...

Staff (2019-06-05). Republicans Clash With Trump Over Tariffs on Mexican Imports. truthout.org Mexican officials are meeting with Vice President Mike Pence and Secretary of State Mike Pompeo today in Washington, D.C., to discuss President Trump's plan to impose a 5% tariff on all imported Mexican goods. Over time, tariffs could increase to as much as 25%. Trump announced tariffs over what he claims is Mexico's failure to stem the flow of Central American asylum seekers and migrants into the United States. Citing potentially devastating consequences to the U.S. economy, Senate Republicans defied the president Tuesday, announcing their opposition to the tariffs. We speak with Laura Carlsen, director of th...

RT (2019-06-05). Literally who? RNC spokesperson compares Democratic candidates to Mussolini. rt.com While Democrats routinely compare US President Donald Trump to Adolf Hitler, a GOP spokeswoman fired back by likening the Democratic presidential candidates to fascist Italian dictator Benito Mussolini.

Andrew Jackson (2019-06-05). After the Fall of the Berlin War: Between Dystopia and Democratic Socialism. globalresearch.ca After the fall of the Berlin Wall, there was a widespread sense that liberal capitalism had triumphed in the battle of ideas, and that socialism as a plausible alternative was pretty much dead. But the many crises of contemporary ...

Staff (2019-06-05). Biden Campaign Admits Plagiarizing Part of Climate Plan From Fossil Fuel Groups. truthout.org Almost immediately after releasing a climate plan Tuesday that green groups slammed as woefully inadequate in part due to its embrace of industry-backed proposals such as "carbon capture," presumptive 2020 Democratic frontrunner Joe Biden faced accusations of plagiarizing language from a number of sources, including a coalition consisting of major fossil fuel c...

Rev. William Alberts (2019-06-05). Beware of Authoritarian Christians. counterpunch.org Christianity and authoritarianism are commonly believed to be at opposite ends of the democratic-autocratic continuum. A commonly held belief is that Christians, guided by The Bible, are accepting and caring of each other and others, and are thus democratic. Yes, many Christians do good with-and-for others, inspired by Jesus' Sermon on the Mount's emphasis on mercy and forgiveness and peacemaking (Matthew 5: 1-10), his teaching that doing to others as you would have then do to you is the bottom line of religion (Matthew 7L 12), and his saying that the greatest commandments are to love God and one's neighbor as on...

Staff (2019-06-05). America Refuses to Fix Its Broken Election System. truthdig.com As 2020's elections edge closer, recent troubling developments are casting new light on an old question—what will it take for the results to be trusted? | The emergence of powerful forms of online political propaganda, the absence of progress in 2019 state legislatures on improving audits and recounts, and new revelations about the extent of Russian hacking in 2016—accessing more election administration details than previously reported—all point to the same bottom line: what evidence can be presented to a polarized electorate to legitimize the results? | To be fair, some policy experts who netwo...

Nadia Bazuk (2019-06-05). The Ukrainian State's Interference in Church Affairs. globalresearch.ca The recent presidential elections in Ukraine ended quite unexpectedly — the comedian Volodymyr Zelensky whose bid for presidency hadn't been taken seriously by experts and voters in early 2019, defeated Petro Poroshenko and won a landslide victory. The margin between ...

RT (2019-06-05). Grand gesture: Dems pass migrant amnesty with zero hope of becoming law. rt.com House Democrats have passed an immigration bill creating a path to citizenship for 'dreamers' — illegals brought into the country as children. Like its numerous forbears, the bill is effectively doomed to never become law.

Jake Johnson, staff writer (2019-06-05). Over GOP 'Build the Wall' Shouts and Sabotage Efforts, House Democrats Pass 'Historic' Bill to Shield Dreamers From Trump Deportation Force. commondreams.org "After years of GOP refusal, the House finally voted on the Dream Act under a Dem majority. The people's cheers brought many, many members to tears. What a moment. This is why we fight." | https://www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files/styles/cd_special_coverage/public/headline/thumbs/dream_act.jpg...

RT (2019-06-05). Biden campaign caught plagiarizing parts of his 2020 climate plan, says it forgot citations. rt.com Democratic US presidential candidate Joe Biden, whose first campaign was sunk by plagiarism, has been caught plagiarizing bits of his 2020 climate plan. The campaign claims it merely "left out" the citations.

Staff (2019-06-05). Oshawa GM Plant Workers "Collateral Damage" therealnews.com The GM plant in Oshawa has shrunk from 23,000 jobs in early 1980's to 300 today. Taxpayers bailed out GM to save jobs and productive capacity. A democratic just transition that saves the community and the jobs are possible, says former Assistant to the President of the Canadian Autoworkers Union, Sam Gindin...

Staff (2019-06-05). Republicans Clash with Trump over Proposed Tariffs of Up to 25% on All Mexican Imports. democracynow.org Mexican officials are meeting with Vice President Mike Pence and Secretary of State Mike Pompeo today in Washington, D.C., to discuss President Trump's plan to impose a 5% tariff on all imported Mexican goods. Over time, tariffs could increase to as much as 25%. Trump announced tariffs over what he claims is Mexico's failure to stem the flow of Central American asylum seekers and migrants into the United States. Citing potentially devastating consequences to the U.S. economy, Senate Republicans defied the president Tuesday, announcing their opposition to the tariffs. We speak with Laura Carlsen, director of the M...

aljazeera (2019-06-05). Peterborough voters prepare for landmark by-election. aljazeera.com Vote triggered after former Labour MP Fiona Onasanya was jailed for lying about a speeding offence.

Staff (2019-06-05). The Media Is Legitimizing a Century-Old Nazi Trope. truthdig.com When Norwegian right-winger Anders Breivik invoked "cultural Marxism" as the reason for his 77-person killing spree in 2011, many observers placed the notion in the same category as the killer—the fringe. But since the election of Donald Trump, Brexit and the rise and re-election of other far-right governments around the globe, "cultural Marxism" has become a well-known nationalist buzzword, alongside "globalism": Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro denounces it, and the media empire of former White House...

Staff (2019-06-05). Austria's Far Right Gains Ground Despite Massive Corruption Scandal. therealnews.com Austria's right-wing FPñ party was forced to leave the governing coalition in the wake of a serious corruption scandal, but nonetheless went on to increase its vote in European Parliamentary election. We analyze why with Walter Baier...

aljazeera (2019-06-05). Denmark election: Opposition set to win. aljazeera.com Exit polls show leftist bloc set for majority in Danish parliament after campaign that focused on climate, immigration.

Jessica Corbett, staff writer (2019-06-04). Warren's New $2 Trillion Green Manufacturing Plan Welcomed as 'Win-Win' for Climate and Workers. commondreams.org As new polling showed Tuesday that public support for Sen. Elizabeth Warren's presidential campaign has continued to rise as she's introduced a series of ambitious policy proposals, the Democratic candidate unveiled a $2 trillion renewable energy and green manufacturing plan welcomed by climate campaigners as a boon for both the planet and U.S. workers. | https://www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files/styles/cd_special_coverage/public/headline/thumbs/warren_15.jpg...

Staff (2019-06-04). Have Democrats Abandoned Ohio Auto Workers to Trump? truthdig.com Once a manufacturing hub, the city of Lordstown has fallen on hard times. Only a truly radical economic agenda will appeal to its voters.

George Szamuely (2019-06-04). Strange Defenders: Assange and the Press. globalresearch.ca In recent days, in response to the Trump administration's issuance on May 23 of a 17-charge indictment against WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange, a number of prominent liberal columnists and Democratic politicians have come out with highly critical comments. Understandably, ...

Jeffrey C. Isaac (2019-06-04). Trump, Impeachment, and the Question of Democratic Legitimacy. commondreams.org Pelosi too boldly declares that Trump is the democratically elected President. (Photo: Charlie Neibergall / AP) | https://www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files/styles/cd_special_coverage/public/views-article/thumbs/pelosi_3.jpeg...

CGTN Africa (2019-06-04). Sudan military council calls for election in 9 months. cgtn.com Sudan's Transitional Military Council (TMC) on Tuesday announced it had cancelled all previous agreements with the main opposition coalition and called for snap elections following deadly violence in the capital Khartoum. | Sudanese protesters gesture as they chant slogans along a street and demanding that the country's Transitional Military Council hand over power to civilians in Khartoum, Sudan, June 3, 2019. REUTERS/Stringer TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY | This is after security forces moved to disperse the main protest camp outside the Defence Ministry. | The announcement came as the military faced mounting internati...

RT (2019-06-04). Hypocrite Hillary? Clinton berated for painting Sanders as sore loser in election run. rt.com Hillary Clinton has no nice words to say about Democratic candidate Bernie Sanders, claiming that he will 'burn the place down' if he loses a district in the election. Her words were met with mockery and cries of hypocrisy.

RT (2019-06-04). Big Tech caught in antitrust crosshairs of both Trump & Congress. rt.com Silicon Valley tech giants Amazon, Apple, Facebook and Google are finding themselves targets of antitrust probes by both the Trump administration and Democrats, in what appears to be a power struggle ahead of the 2020 election. |

United Nations (2019-06-04). Tuesday's Daily Brief: Bicycles for the environment, new leader for the UN General Assembly, UN values, Ebola, Syria and Libya. un.org This Tuesday, we cover: Bicycles in China; a new President elected for the 74th session of the UN General Assembly, to start in September; vital food crops destroyed in Syria; migrants and refugees in Libya's detention centres; Ebola in the Democratic Republic of the Congo surpasses 2,000 cases; and the UN deputy chief in London pushes for UN values.

Ari Paul (2019-06-04). 'Cultural Marxism': The Mainstreaming of a Nazi Trope. fair.org When Norwegian right-winger Anders Breivik invoked "cultural Marxism" as the reason for his 77-person killing spree in 2011, many observers placed the notion in the same category as the killer—the fringe. But since the election of Donald Trump, Brexit and the rise and re-election of other far-right governments around the globe, "cultural Marxism" has become ...

Staff (2019-06-04). Democratic Divide: New Progressives in the Party at Odds With the Establishment. truthout.org As the 2020 election heats up and calls for President Trump's impeachment continue, we look at the deepening divide within the Democratic Party with Ryan Grim, Washington, D.C., bureau chief for The Intercept. He is the author of the new book We've Got People: From Jesse Jackson to Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, the End of Big Money and the Rise of a Movement. In it, he writes, "Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez may seem like she came from nowhere, but the movement that propelled her to office — and to global political stardom — has been building for 30 years." | TRANSCRIPT: | AMY GOODMAN: This is Democr...

Satya Vatti (2019-06-04). Proof of Census conspiracy against Latino vote: gerrymanderer dies, daughter tells all. liberationnews.org Given the track record of the U.S. government, with its racist history of deportations, incarceration and family separations under both the Democratic and Republican parties, the citizenship question on the census is sure to incite anxieties and fear among immigrants who are repeatedly scapegoated by politicians for mass unemployment and poverty that are in fact products of the capitalist economic system.

RT (2019-06-04). Collusion enthusiast Adam Schiff warns of Russian 'deep fake' videos in 2020. rt.com One of the chief Russiagate conspiracy theorists, Congressman Adam Schiff, is at it again, warning that the Kremlin will try to "influence" the 2020 presidential election in new and nefarious ways.

aljazeera (2019-06-04). Sudan protesters reject military election plan after crackdown. aljazeera.com Heavy security presence and gunfire in Khartoum as protesters reject military plan to hold elections in nine months.

teleSUR (2019-06-04). Sudanese Military Scraps All Agreements With Protesters. telesurenglish.net Sudan's ruling party, the Transitional Military Council (TMC), announced on Tuesday that they were canceling all of the agreements they made with the main opposition, vowing to hold elections within nine months. | RELATED: | Death Toll Climbs to 9 in Sudan After Security Forces Attack | This move by the Transitional Military Council came on the same day that the Sudanese military stormed a protest camp in Khartoum, killing at least 35 peaceful protesters. The group had earlier sa...

aljazeera (2019-06-04). After bloody attack, Sudan army scraps agreements with protesters. aljazeera.com Ruling military council says it will hold elections within nine months as crackdown on protesters draws condemnation.

RT (2019-06-04). Senate unanimously passes bill to deny entry to non-citizen 'election meddlers'. rt.com The Senate has unanimously approved a bill barring individuals "who improperly interfere" in US elections from entering the country, in a display of legislative virtue-signaling. It's unclear who the act is supposed to affect.

Staff (2019-06-04). Joe Biden's Climate Plan Falls Woefully Short. truthdig.com Progressive groups on Tuesday welcomed a new 22-page policy proposal to deal with the climate crisis from former Vice President and current 2020 Democratic presidential primary contender Joe Biden, but said that the plan still wasn't enough. | Biden's proposal comes after the former vice president endured sustained pressure from grassroots organizations demanding he provide a clear path forward for solving the ongoing environmental catastrophe. | https://t.co/Xf2uYJSQqJ | — Jeff Stein (@JStein_WaPo) Vanessa Mbonu (2019-06-04). NAACP President: "Congress must make election security a top priority" naacp.org NAACP President and CEO, Derrick Johnson, issued the following statement after a report detailed Russian intent to sow discord in U.S. elections: "Nothing in these documents comes as a surprise. We have known for some time the disturbing level of tampering by Russian nationals in the 2016 presidential election. The Mueller report confirmed that Russia had interfered "in sweeping and ...

MAIL (2019-06-04). Headlines for June 4, 2019. democracynow.org CBP Confirms 2 More Migrants' Deaths in Recent Days, Judge Denies Dem Request to Block Funding of Border Wall, Mexico, U.S. Lawmakers Hope to Avert Trump Tariff on Mexican Goods, U.S. Sends Border Patrol Agents to Guatemala, Trump Meets with Theresa May as Protesters Blast His U.K. Visit, Sudan: Death Toll from Anti-Protest Raid Mounts, as Transitional Gov't Sets Timeline for Election, Reports: Car Bomb Kills At Least 14 People in Northern Syria, Swedish Court Rejects Detention Request for Julian Assange, New Images Appear to Contradict Reports of Killings of High-Level North Korean Officials, House Passes Disast...

Jessica Corbett, staff writer (2019-06-04). Sanders Hands Over His Social Media Accounts to Walmart Workers Ahead of Attending Annual Meeting to Advocate for Employees. commondreams.org Sen. Bernie Sanders turned over his social media accounts to Walmart workers on Tuesday—one day before the Democratic presidential candidate is set to attend the retail giant's annual meeting, at the invitation of some employees, to advocate for higher wages and introduce a shareholder's proposal that aims to ensure hourly workers are represented on the company's board. | https://www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files/styles/cd_special_coverage/public/headline/thumbs/walmart_worker.jpg...

Stephen Lendman (2019-06-04). House Democrats Laying Groundwork to Impeach Trump? globalresearch.ca According to Speaker Pelosi's aides, impeachment proceedings against Trump may be coming though nothing is certain at this point. | Third-ranking House Dem Jim Clyborn said the groundwork is being laid. "I think we've already begun," he said on Sunday, dubiously ...

Alexandra Jacobo (2019-06-04). 'There is no middle ground:' Bernie Sanders says Democrats must not compromise on key issues. nationofchange.org "In my view, we will not defeat Donald Trump unless we bring excitement and energy into the campaign, and unless we give millions of working people and young people a reason to vote, and a reason to believe that politics is relevant to their lives."

aljazeera (2019-06-04). US judge denies Democrats' lawsuit to stop border wall funds. aljazeera.com Ruling comes in contrast to decision by different judge, who paused the use of some funds to start wall construction.

Dylan Dusseault (2019-06-04). You Know Nothing John Delaney... About Medicare for All. commondreams.org Democratic presidential candidate Rep. John Delaney (D-Md.) speaks during the 2019 California Democratic Party State Organizing Convention in San Francisco on Sunday, June 2, 2019. (Photo: Jeff Chiu/AP) | https://www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files/styles/cd_special_coverage/public/views-article/thumbs/you_know_nothing_john_delaney.jpg...

Mark Gruenberg (2019-06-04). California Democratic Party elects union leader Rusty Hicks as chair. peoplesworld.org SAN FRANCISCO—A low-key effective "union organizer to the core," Rusty Hicks, is now running the California Democratic Party, an important post heading into the 2020 elections. Hicks "believes the only way we can give working people a fair shot is by old-fashioned organizing," adds California Labor Federation Communications Director Steve Smith, who knows the players ...

aljazeera (2019-06-04). Sudan's military government calls for elections in 9 months. aljazeera.com Protesters say they do not trust the military government and call for an immediate transfer of power to civilian rule.

RT (2019-06-04). Judge throws out House Dems' attempts to block Trump's border wall. rt.com A federal judge has denied House Democrats' efforts to block President Donald Trump's use of Pentagon funds for his promised wall on the border with Mexico, arguing they lacked constitutional standing to challenge the move.

WSWS (2019-06-04). German Social Democratic Party leader Nahles resigns. wsws.org The crisis in the SPD leadership is the latest stage in the decline of a party that has gone through 15 party leaders since 1987.

Staff (2019-06-04). Judge Blocks House Democrats' Right to Block Funds for Trump's Border Wall. truthout.org A judge has ruled against House Democrats in a federal lawsuit, which attempted to block President Donald Trump's ability to fund his long-promised wall along the U.S.-Mexico border. | "While the Constitution bestows upon members of the House many powers, it does not grant them standing to hale the executive branch into court claiming a dilution of Congress' legislative authority," U.S. District Judge Trevor N. McFadden wrote in a 24-page decision regarding the Democrats' lawsuit to block the transfer of funds appropriated for other means to Trump's wall. "The court therefore lacks jurisdiction to hear the Hou...

Staff (2019-06-04). 10 Democratic Candidates Support Fracking Ban. Biden Stays Mum. truthout.org With climate disruption looming over the 2020 elections, 10 Democratic presidential candidates have announced that they support a nationwide ban on fracking. | Hydraulic fracturing, or fracking, is the oil and gas production technology that has positioned the United States as the global leader in fossil fuel production and caused environmental controversies across the country. While some Democrats have pushed for tougher regulation of the industry, fracking has generally enj...

MAIL (2019-06-04). Democratic Divide: Ryan Grim on the New Progressives in the Party at Odds with the Establishment. democracynow.org As the 2020 election heats up and calls for President Trump's impeachment continue, we look at the deepening divide within the Democratic Party with Ryan Grim, Washington, D.C., bureau chief for The Intercept. He is the author of the new book "We've Got People: From Jesse Jackson to Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, the End of Big Money and the Rise of a Movement." In it, he writes, "Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez may seem like she came from nowhere, but the movement that propelled her to office—and to global political stardom—has been building for 30 years."

kathy_f (2019-06-04). LNP wins election and the poor get poorer. greenleft.org.au It's almost enough to make you believe in conspiracies. | During the campaign for the recent federal election the Liberal-National Party Coalition promised "more jobs in a stronger economy". Economic growth would continue, wage growth would increase and living standards would improve. | Even the 'independent' Reserve Bank of Australia (RBA) chimed in nicely, keeping interest rates on hold at 1.5%, where they have been since...

WSWS (2019-06-04). SEP Australia meetings on Labor's election debacle and the defence of Assange. wsws.org The leftward movement of workers and youth can find no way expression within the present political framework. It must be developed into a conscious political movement, based on a socialist perspective.

WSWS (2019-06-04). Algerian army suspends July 4 presidential elections. wsws.org The decision came amid continuing mass weekly protests of workers and youth in cities across Algeria, opposing the elections, Interim President Bensalah and the military dictatorship.

International Rosa Luxemburg Conference (2019-06-03). Hands Off Venezuela! Resolution of the Solidarity Event in Berlin on May 28, 2019. globalresearch.ca Venezuela is under attack. An alliance led by the United States and supported by most states of the European Union, including Germany, has set itself the goal to oust the government of President Nicols Maduro, which was democratically elected one ...

teleSUR (2019-06-03). Mexico President Announces Start of Work on $8 billion Refinery. telesurenglish.net Mexican President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador has officially launched the US$8 billion construction of an oil refinery, affirming that the history of large-scale corruption scandal named Odebrecht won't repeat itself in this development project. | RELATED: | AMLO's Party to Score Major Victories in Governor Elections | "Zero intermediaries, zero traffic (of influences), zero bribes, zero of any of that," he said at the Inauguration Ceremony at Dos Bocas, adding that "I have asked u...

aljazeera (2019-06-03). Why Afghanistan needs peace before elections. aljazeera.com President Ashraf Ghani's insistence on holding elections in September could derail peace negotiations with the Taliban.

CGTN Africa (2019-06-03). Tunisia PM Chahed elected as leader of new secular party. cgtn.com FILE PHOTO — REUTERS | Tunisia's secular Tahya Tounes party, founded this year, elected Prime Minister Youssef Chahed as its president on Sunday, confirming expectations of his leadership months before parliamentary and presidential elections. | The new party was formed in January after months of wrangling within ruling coalition party Nidaa Tounes, resulting in the resignation of dozens of leaders. | The fragile coalition, which also includes the moderate Islamist party Ennahda, is struggling to pass economic reforms demanded by foreign lenders. | Tahya Tounes party (Long Live Tunisia) includes ministers in...

WSWS (2019-06-03). Fourteen Democratic presidential hopefuls campaign at California convention. wsws.org The presidential candidates who spoke at the convention offered various types of vague reformist pabulum that will be rapidly abandoned once the party's nominee is chosen.

Norman Solomon (2019-06-03). Why Joe Biden Was Afraid to Face California's Democratic Party. indybay.org Corporate Joe skips out...

Miko Peled (2019-06-03). For the US and Israel, Iran Works Best as a Perpetual Threat. mintpressnews.com Both Israel and the U.S. need Iran: they need to be able to point to Iran as a threat, as a menace, as the source of terrorism and evil in the world. That threat is also an important part of any election campaign for politicians in both countries. The fact that Iran is none of those things is beside the point.

Azaz Zaman (2019-06-03). Does Modi's Re-Election Threaten India's Muslims? Religion is Poisoning Indian Politics. globalresearch.ca India's general elections were the most wide-ranging and possibly most expensive election campaign in the nation's history. More than 2,000 parties and over 8,000 candidates contested 543 seats in the Lok Sabha, the lower house of Parliament, and some 900 ...

Diablo Rising Tide (2019-06-03). Climate Shenanigans at the California Democratic Convention in San Francisco. indybay.org Climate Shenanigans at the California Democratic Convention in San Francisco. | California's biggest secret is that Big Oil continues to dominate the conversation on fossil fuels and climate change in the largest Democratic controlled state in the country. Our goal is to fuck with that.

Staff (2019-06-03). Bernie Sanders' Rallying Cry for the Democratic Party. truthdig.com Inspired by Sen. Bernie Sanders's speech at the California Democratic Convention in California—in which the 2020 contender took a thinly veiled shot at fellow White House hopeful Joe Biden's centrist policy approach—progressives made the Twitter hashtag #NoMiddleGround go viral on Sunday in an effort to make clear that there can be no compromises when it comes to confronting the global climate crisis, providing healthcare to all as a right, and battling inequality. | "We have got to make it clear that when the future of the pla...

barry_h (2019-06-03). East German reality finds some reflection in new film. greenleft.org.au Gundermann
| Directed by Andreas Dresen
| Starring Alexander Scheer, Anna Unterberger, Peter Schneider, Bjarne M§del & Milan Peschel
| German with English subtitles
| Showing as part of the German Film Festival | Gerhard Gundermann was a successful singer/song writer in the former German Democratic Republic (DDR, East Germany). He maintained his popularity in the eastern regions after the fall of East German Stalinism in 1990, reflecting the dissatisfaction with the newly-imposed capitalism. | He was a brilliant songwriter and his political sp...

MAIL (2019-06-03). How Voter Suppression & Gerrymandering Cleared the Path for Unprecedented Abortion Bans. democracynow.org As Louisiana, Mississippi, Kentucky, Ohio and Georgia attempt to outlaw abortions after six weeks, Missouri legislators approve an eight-week ban and Alabama passes a near total ban on abortions, we speak to journalist Ari Berman about how the widespread attack on abortion rights across the country is tied directly to voter suppression. He writes in a recent piece for Mother Jones, "These states have something else in common: a systematic effort to distort the democratic process through voter suppression and gerrymandering. These tactics have greased the way for near-total bans on abortion and for other extreme r...

Julia Conley, staff writer (2019-06-03). Connecticut Set to Become 7th State With Family Leave Law as US Still Lags Behind Rest of Developed World's Policies. commondreams.org Connecticut's Democratic governor is poised to sign the nation's most generous paid family and medical leave bill into law as pressure on policymakers builds to prioritize paid leave as a labor issue. | https://www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files/styles/cd_special_coverage/public/headline/thumbs/15784751072_c873693753_o1.jpg...

Norman Solomon (2019-06-03). Why Joe Biden Was Afraid to Face California’s Democratic Party. commondreams.org Democratic presidental hopeful U.S. Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) speaks during the California Democrats 2019 State Convention at the Moscone Center on June 01, 2019 in San Francisco, California. Several democratic presidential hopefuls are speaking at the California Democratic Convention that runs through Sunday. (Photo: Justin Sullivan/Getty Images) | https://www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files/styles/cd_special_coverage/public/views-article/thumbs/joe_biden_california_democrats_warren_sanders.jpg...

Ruth Conniff (2019-06-03). The SCOTUS Will Soon Decide if Republicans Can Cheat. progressive.org Cases on gerrymandering and the new Census citizenship question will shape the political playing field.

Gal Kirn (2019-06-03). European Progressive Future? Failures of the Leftist Parties. globalresearch.ca One cannot and should not turn away from the disastrous results of the recent European Parliament elections, especially considering that Leftist parties across the European Union (EU) expected to gain 38 Members of the European Parliament (MEP), achieving around ...

Shawgi Tell (2019-06-03). Joe Biden Supports Privately-Operated Charter Schools. dissidentvoice.org Joe Biden is one of about two dozen 2020 democratic candidates running for President of the United States. This is not his first presidential campaign. Biden served under President Barack Obama as Vice President for eight years. Obama became well-known for many antisocial policies in many spheres, especially education, including the aggressive promotion of privately-operated ...

Ellen Brown (2019-06-03). The Banking Model That's Bankrupting Americans. truthdig.com This article is excerpted from Ellen Brown's new book Banking on the People: Democratizing Money in the Digital Age, available in paperback. | The U.S. federal debt has more than doubled since the 2008 financial crisis, shooting up from $9.4 trillion in mid-2008 to over $22 trillion in April 2019. The debt is never paid off. The government just keeps paying the interest on it, and interest rates are...

Michael Payne (2019-06-03). Republicans, Democrats; solemn oaths of office, the US Constitution. nationofchange.org Will the American people, becoming fully aware of all the elements of this impeachment process and the extensive evidence presented, then stand by and support Democrats and also castigate Republicans for their disloyalty to their country?

Mark Gruenberg (2019-06-03). Not discussed at MoveOn presidential candidate forum: Impeachment, workers' rights. peoplesworld.org SAN FRANCISCO—It was a forum of Big Ideas. But two of them were missing. One by one, eight Democratic presidential hopefuls marched to the stage of an auditorium in San Francisco the weekend of June 1-2, there — in five minutes apiece — to tell hundreds of MoveOn activists one "Big Idea" that motivates their ...

Paul Street (2019-06-03). Nancy Pelosi's False Dichotomies. counterpunch.org The corporate Democrats can see through false dichotomies when it suits them to do so. When National Rifle Association Republicans ritually assert (after big mass shootings, like the recent one in Virginia Beach) that "people kill people, guns don't kill people," smart corporate Democrats point out that the extreme number of people killed by other people wielding guns in the United States cannot be understood without factoring in the weakness of gun laws and the remarkable availability of lethal weaponry in the nation. Most corporate Democrats rightly call out "the people kill people" vs. "guns kill people" dicho...

Staff (2019-06-03). Sanders Says With Future of Planet at Stake, There's #NoMiddleGround. truthout.org Inspired by Sen. Bernie Sanders's speech at the California Democratic Convention in California — in which the 2020 contender took a thinly veiled shot at fellow White House hopeful Joe Biden's centrist policy approach — progressives made the Twitter hashtag #NoMiddleGround go viral on Sunday in an effort to make clear that there can be no compromises when it comes to confronting the global climate crisis, providing healthcare to all as a right, and battling inequality. | "We have got to make it clear that when the future of...

Chris Hedges (2019-06-03). Manufacturing War With Russia. truthdig.com Despite the Robert Mueller report's conclusion that Donald Trump and his campaign did not collude with Russia during the 2016 presidential race, the new Cold War with Moscow shows little sign of abating. It is used to justify the expansion of NATO to Russia's borders, a move that has made billions in profits for U.S. arms manufacturers. It is used to demonize domestic critics and alternative media outlets as agents of a foreign power. It is used to paper over the Democratic Party's betrayal of the working class and the party's subservience to corporate power. It is used to discredit dtente between the world's tw...

WSWS (2019-06-03). Conservative Party implodes amid rise of Brexit Party. wsws.org The ability of pro-Remain forces to even influence the contest, let alone win it, is close to zero after Nigel Farage's Brexit Party virtually wiped out the Tories in the European elections.

Miko Peled (2019-06-03). Netanyahu is Gambling on New Elections to Stay in Power. mintpressnews.com JERUSALEM — For the first time in the history of the state of Israel, the head of the party that won the largest number of seats has failed to form a coalition government. Rather than allowing the head of the party that came in second to attempt to form a government, the Knesset voted to hold re-elections only six weeks after Israelis first cast their ballots. | Could this be the end the political career of Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu? It seems that this is indeed what the heads of several political parties here are determined to achieve. Not unlike hyenas who see a broken down and weak lion a...

plenglish (2019-06-03). Bolivia Opposition Fails against Evo Morales. plenglish.com La Paz, Jun 3 (Prensa Latina) Local media have reportedly stated that the Bolivian opposition is currently insisting on its attack against President Evo Morales" re-election for the October 20 general election.

WSWS (2019-06-03). "Yellow vest" protesters speak on the European elections. wsws.org "I came today to support the people fighting against this government that I am against, and because I want a real democracy," Jennifer, 31, told campaigners for the Parti de l'galit socialiste (Socialist Equality Party, PES).

CGTN Africa (2019-06-03). Burundi's application to join SADC rejected. cgtn.com The Southern African Development Community (SADC) has rejected Burundi's application to join the bloc, saying Bujumbura did not meet all the requirements. | Through a statement issued last week on Tuesday quoted the SADC chair, Namibian President Hage Geingob, as saying that Burundi did not meet the bloc's admission requirements after the latest assessment. | While Speaking in Tanzania, President Geingbob said, "The SADC assessment mission was in Burundi, but recommended that it is not yet beneficial for Burundi to be admitted into SADC," due to what he called the unresolved democratic process in that country.

Register Peace & Freedom or Green (2019-06-03). Abortion Bans; S.F. Anti-Abortion Marches; Free Abortion on Demand. indybay.org As the United States gets ready to join the backward countries of the world with a ban on abortion, we must ask, how did we get to this point? Why have the Democrats been promoting anti-abortion candidates? How did at least 5 anti-abortion Supreme Court justices get confirmed? Why didn't Democrat Obama who had a Democratic majority Congress in both houses in his first two years sign a law legalizing abortion so we would not have to depend on a pro-abortion majority in the Supreme Court? What kind of society is this that allows constant wars on women and the right to abortion? Why don't we have free abortion on de...

commondreams (2019-06-03). Ten Democratic Presidential Candidates Would Ban Fracking. commondreams.org ______________________________...

John Nichols (2019-06-03). If Democrats Pull Their Punches, Donald Trump Will Knock Them Out. thenation.com If Democrats Pull Their Punches, Donald Trump Will Knock Them Out...

Richard D. Wolff (2019-06-03). American History and the 2020 Election. counterpunch.org Whatever distractions candidates promote to win voters, some underlying issues will wield their influence on 2020 election outcomes in any case. The biggest of these are the historically accumulated anger and betrayal felt by millions of working class Americans. Since the 1970s, their relative position within income and wealth distributions has declined. Real wages stagnated More

Andre Vltchek (2019-06-03). Europe in Irreversible Decay, EU Elections Are Proof of It! globalresearch.ca Europe, an "old" colonialist continent, is decaying, and in some places even collapsing. It senses how bad things are going. But it never thinks that it is its own fault. | North America is decaying as well, but there, people are ...

Dr. Binoy Kampmark (2019-06-03). Cults of Impeachment: The Mueller Report, Trump and Wedging the Democrats. globalresearch.ca It is a giddy intoxicant, and making all who partake fall over in puddling nonsense. The Mueller Report is not turning out to be the cleansing agent any of its readers were hoping for. Originally encouraged to identify the cause ...

Staff (2019-06-03). How Voter Suppression and Gerrymandering Cleared the Path for Abortion Bans. truthout.org As Louisiana, Mississippi, Kentucky, Ohio and Georgia attempt to outlaw abortions after six weeks, Missouri legislators approve an eight-week ban and Alabama passes a near total ban on abortions, we speak to journalist Ari Berman about how the widespread attack on abortion rights across the country is tied directly to voter suppression. He writes in a recent piece for Mother Jones, "These states have something else in common: a systematic effort to distort the democratic process through voter suppression and gerrymandering. These tactics have greased the way for near-total bans on abortion and for other extrem...

MAIL (2019-06-03). Ari Berman: GOP Docs Prove Census Citizenship Question Is About Preserving White Political Power. democracynow.org Newly surfaced documents reveal that a now-dead senior Republican strategist who specialized in gerrymandering was secretly behind the Trump administration's efforts to add a citizenship question to the 2020 census. The New York Times broke the story last week in an article that called Thomas Hofeller the "Michelangelo of gerrymandering." When Hofeller died last August, he left behind a computer hard drive full of his notes and records. Hofeller's estranged daughter found among the documents a 2015 study that said adding the citizenship question to the census "would be advantageous to Republicans and non-Hispanic...

unitedEditor (2019-06-03). Rising Tide of Populism: What the EU Parliamentary Elections Signal. uwidata.com Right-Wing Triumph Across the European Union, exit polls for the recent union-wide parliamentary elections showed sweeping right-wing victories — on nearly all fronts. And, ironically, the appeal of these new representatives-to-be lies in their populist skepticism for the very institution in which they'll be serving. In Hungary and Poland, the incumbent right-wing populist ...

Staff (2019-06-03). Congress Finally to Send $19B Disaster Aid Bill to Trump. truthdig.com WASHINGTON — Congress is finally shipping President Donald Trump a $19.1 billion disaster aid bill, a measure stalled for months by infighting, misjudgment and a presidential feud with Democrats. | The House is approving the measure in its first significant action as it returns from a 10-day recess. It is slated for a Monday evening vote in which Republicans whose home districts have been hit by hurricanes, floods, tornadoes and fires are set to join with majority Democrats to deliver a big vo...

WSWS (2019-06-03). Fourteen Democrat presidential hopefuls campaign at California convention. wsws.org The presidential candidates who spoke at the convention offered various types of vague reformist pabulum that will be rapidly abandoned once the party's nominee is chosen.

Jessica Corbett, staff writer (2019-06-03). Sunrise Movement Vows to "Turn Up the Heat on Biden" as New Survey Details 2020 Dems' Climate Policies. commondreams.org Four of the 23 Democratic presidential hopefuls did not participate in the Washington Post's new survey on climate policy, "but Joe Biden remains the biggest enigma of them all," according to an analysis the newspaper published Monday as activists vowed to increase pressure on Biden to back bold plans to combat the global crisis. | https://www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files/styles/cd_special_coverage/public/headline/thumbs/joe_biden_reality_check.jpg...

Jake Johnson, staff writer (2019-06-03). #NoMiddleGround Goes Viral as Sanders Backers Say Democrats Can't Afford to Compromise on Medicare for All, Reproductive Rights, and Bold Climate Agenda. commondreams.org "We cannot go back to the old ways, we have got to go forward with a new and progressive agenda," Sen. Bernie Sanders said at the California Democratic Party convention | https://www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files/styles/cd_special_coverage/public/headline/thumbs/bernie_sanders_8.jpg...

WSWS Repost (2019-06-03). Why is the Democratic Socialists of America silent on the persecution of Julian Assange? indybay.org Having been silent about defending Julian Assange and Chelsea Manning, the Democratic Socialists of America is exposed as imperialist and undemocratic. It is not a true socialist party.

teleSUR (2019-06-03). AMLO's Party to Score Major Victories in Governor Elections. telesurenglish.net Mexican President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador's (AMLO) political party, MORENA, is set to win the governorships in two state elections, scoring them their first major victories since AMLO took office. | RELATED: | Mexico, US Brace for Tariff Talks, Trump Doubles Down on Threat | The National Electoral Institute reported that MORENA candidate Luis Miguel Geronimo won 42.5% of votes with just over half of the ballots counted, comfortably ahead of his nearest rival. | MORENA was a...

WSWS (2019-06-03). After EU election, Podemos backs Spanish social democrats' repressive policy. wsws.org Podemos aims to join Spain's social democratic government, which is preparing draconian attacks on social programs and new measures against Catalan political prisoners.

John Atcheson (2019-06-03). Neoliberalism Is Dead—But the Neoliberal Elite Didn’t Get the Memo. commondreams.org Former U.S. Vice President and Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden speaks during a campaign kickoff rally, May 18, 2019 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Since Biden announced his candidacy in late April, he has taken the top spot in all polls of the sprawling Democratic primary field. Biden's rally on Saturday was his first large-scale campaign rally after doing smaller events in Iowa and New Hampshire in the past few weeks. (Photo: Drew Angerer/Getty Images) | https://www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files/styles/cd_special_coverage/public/views-article/thumbs/joe_biden_and_the_neoliberals.jpg...

teleSUR (2019-06-02). Sanders Cheered, Delaney Booed at California Dem Convention. telesurenglish.net United States (U.S.) Senator Bernie Sanders on Sunday called on California Democrats to unite against Donald Trump, kicking off the 2020 presidential campaign, by calling Trump "a racist, a sexist, a homophobe and a religious bigot" in a speech capping off the state's Democratic convention. | RELATED: | No One Knows Joe Biden's Plans for Healthcare, Maybe Not Even Joe Biden | The Convention drew fourteen of the 24 candidates to make their case before 5,000 delegates, gue...

Les Leopold (2019-06-02). Will the Democrats Abandon Lordstown to Trump? commondreams.org GM Lordstown workers rally outside the GM Lordstown plant on March 6, 2019 in Lordstown, Ohio. (Photo: Jeff Swensen/Getty Images) | https://www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files/styles/cd_special_coverage/public/views-article/thumbs/lordstown_0.jpg...

Intercepted (2019-06-02). "We've Got People": Ryan Grim on the Democratic Party, Nancy Pelosi, and the 2020 Campaign. theintercept.com In this bonus episode, The Intercept's Ryan Grim joins for an extended conversation about his new book, "We've Got People."

Eoin Higgins, staff writer (2019-06-02). 'Read the Room': Hickenlooper Booed at California Democratic Convention for Decrying Socialism, Calling for Pragmatism. commondreams.org The former Colorado governor, who's raised 91 percent of his 2020 campaign haul thus far from big donors, once drank fracking fluid to prove the chemicals weren't dangerous to the environment | https://www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files/styles/cd_special_coverage/public/headline/thumbs/hickenlooper.jpg...

Jeff Bryant (2019-06-02). Why Democratic Presidential Candidates May Have to Choose Between Teacher Pay Raises and Charter Schools. commondreams.org Milwaukee public school teachers, parents, students and supporters stage a picket line in Milwaukee on April 24, 2018. (Photo: Charles Edward Miller, Flickr cc) | https://www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files/styles/cd_special_coverage/public/views-article/thumbs/milwaukee_public_school_teachers_and_supporters_picket_outside_milwaukee_public_schools_adminstration_building_milwaukee_wisconsin_4-24-18_1130_26864819927_0.jpg...

RT (2019-06-02). Protester storms stage, seizes mic from Democratic presidential candidate Kamala Harris (VIDEO). rt.com Democratic presidential candidate and US Senator Kamala Harris's microphone was suddenly seized from her by a protester who stormed the stage during a talk, inciting a barrage of questions online about the event's security.

Intercepted (2019-06-02). "We've Got People": Ryan Grim on the Democratic Party, Nancy Pelosi, and 2020 Campaign. theintercept.com In this bonus episode, The Intercept's Ryan Grim joins for an extended conversation about his new book, "We've Got People."

Staff (2019-06-02). Europe Dodged Far-Right Takeover But Autocracy Remains a Global Threat. truthout.org In 1991, the late Harvard political scientist Samuel Huntington wrote an influential essay in the Journal of Democracy entitled "Democracy's Third Wave." Huntington's essay, published several months prior to the fall of the Soviet Union, surmised that modern democracy was associated with "waves" of democratic growth followed by "reverse waves" of autocracy. | He identified a "long" first wave beginning in the 1820s, characterized by a global increase of male suffrage that continued until the 1920s. This first wave was subject t...

teleSUR (2019-06-02). Algeria Scraps July 4 Presidential Election. telesurenglish.net Algeria cannot hold a presidential election planned for July 4 due to a lack of valid candidates, its constitutional council said Sunday, prolonging the country's transition after President Abdelaziz Bouteflika resigned two months ago. | The move will likely extend the rule of interim President Abdelkader Bensalah, who was meant to stay only until the vote to elect a new president after Bouteflika ended his 20-year rule in the wake of mass protests. | Demonstrations have since continued, with protesters demanding Bensalah's resignation. | In a statement on state television, the constitutional council said it...

Staff (2019-06-02). National Referendum on Elections: A Way Forward for Venezuela (3/7). therealnews.com Venezuela's opposition and government are at an absolute impasse about how to get the country out of its current crisis, the best way forward is to renew the electoral authority and have a referendum on holding new elections across the board, says Edgard Lander...

unitedEditor (2019-06-02). European elections: the first signs of a need for change. uwidata.com The European parliamentary elections showcased the rise of some interesting new political forces beginning to take root throughout the continent. It also indicated the first symptoms of Europe's deep divisions which are slowly beginning to threaten the EU's existence altogether. Issues like anti-immigration and Euroscepticism saw a sharp rise in support alongside the victory of ...

Jonathan Cook (2019-06-02). A Second Israeli Election proves Netanyahu's Grip on Power is Slipping. dissidentvoice.org In a sign of how politically vulnerable he has rapidly become, prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu plunged Israel into new elections last week — less than two months after his far-right bloc appeared to win at the ballot box. Netanyahu was forced to dissolve the 120-member parliament to block his chief rival, Benny Gantz, from getting ...

Eoin Higgins, staff writer (2019-06-02). 'Gatekeeper Mentality' of DCCC Blacklist Adding to Divisions Within Democratic Party. commondreams.org "I'd like to see a majority of women in Congress, and it’s not going to happen with this policy." | https://www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files/styles/cd_special_coverage/public/headline/thumbs/prog_dems_1.jpg...

Staff (2019-06-02). Biden Declares LGBTQ Rights His Top Priority. truthdig.com COLUMBUS, Ohio—Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden declared Saturday that the Equality Act would be his top legislative priority, an effort to enshrine LGBTQ protections into the nation's labor and civil rights laws. | The former vice president shared his hopes of signing the legislation as part of a keynote address to hundreds of activists at the Human Rights Campaign's annual Ohio gala on the first day of Pride Month. In a half-hour at the lectern, his remarks ranged from emotional...

Jerry Omondi (2019-06-02). DR Congo forces kill 26 rebels in shootout. cgtn.com The Democratic Republic of Congo's army says its forces on Thursday killed 26 rebels thought to have links to Islamic State. | The soldiers engaged the rebels in a shootout in a village near the city of Beni, an area where more than a dozen different militia groups and associated armed gangs are said to operate, and the epicentre of country's worst ever Ebola epidemic. | The army's spokesman for east Congo, General Leon-Richard Kasonga, said the insurgents from the Allied Democratic Forces (ADF) attacked a position in Ngite village and that soldiers returned fire and pursued them. | "Twenty six rebels were neu...

Ruth Conniff (2019-06-01). Middle America: The Politics of Our Constitutional Crisis. progressive.org How Democrats might address the crisis spurred by Trump's lawless administration.

Ellen Brown (2019-06-01). The Bankers' "Power Revolution": How the Government Got Shackled by Debt. dissidentvoice.org This article is excerpted from my new book Banking on the People: Democratizing Money in the Digital Age, available in paperback June 1. ***** The U.S. federal debt has more than doubled since the 2008 financial crisis, shooting up from $9.4 trillion in mid-2008 to over $22 trillion in April 2019. The debt is never paid off. ...

RT (2019-06-01). 'I wouldn't let DARPA cat sit!' Lee Camp digs into Microsoft & Pentagon fixing election system. rt.com The US elections system, heavily relying on computers, is said to be prone to meddling and various pesky hackers. Solution? Send in the Pentagon and corporations to make it "secure" and "transparent."

Thom Hartmann (2019-06-01). If Democrats want to beat Trump, they better not nominate a 'free trade' candidate. nationofchange.org If the Democrats promote pro-corporate trade policies in 2020, get ready for four more years of Donald Trump gloating at us all from 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue.

Jake Johnson (2019-06-01). Joining wave of GOP anti-choice attacks, Louisiana's Democratic governor signs abortion ban authored by Democrat. nationofchange.org "Women are the base of the Democratic Party, and if you're not fighting alongside us, you don't deserve to represent the American people."

Zero Hedge (2019-06-01). Escalation: US Coalition Attacks Syrian Oil Transport Boats On Euphrates River. iranian.com In a huge development out of eastern Syria, where US-backed Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) share tense front lines with pro-Assad forces on the other side, the American coalition has reportedly attacked at least two Syrian government boats that were transporting oil across the Euphrates River to the government side. The news broke via the Beirut-based Middle East ...

RT (2019-06-01). Oops, Trump campaign Twitter page denies he called Meghan Markle 'nasty'... by posting video of it. rt.com In what may be a social media management epic failure, US President Donald Trump's official 2020 re-election campaign Twitter account slammed CNN for saying he called the Duchess of Sussex 'nasty'... and posted a video where he did.

Mark Gruenberg (2019-05-31). California cracks down on 'independent contractor' dodge. peoplesworld.org

susan_p (2019-05-31). Turkey: Leyla Gºven ends hunger strike. greenleft.org.au Peoples Democratic Party MP, Leyla Gºven ended her 200-day hunger strike on May 26. Gºven had been consuming only sugar and salt solutions and vitamins. | Gºven, a member of the Turkish parliament, began her hunger strike in prison. She was arrested for criticising the Turkish invasion of Afrin, a predominantly Kurdish area of northern Syria. | Gºven's hunger strike was a protest against the isolation of imprisoned PKK (Kurdistan Workers' Party) leader Abdullah ñcalan, who has been imprisoned since 1999 and has not been allowed visitors, including family members and lawyers, f...

Paul Street (2019-05-31). Russiagate Trumps Environmental Catastrophe for the Dismal Democrats. counterpunch.org If historians still exist years from now, some of them will be struck by how Donald Trump's Democratic Party critics and their media allies obsessed over the 45th United States President's real and alleged connections to Russia while saying comparatively little about his enactment of a soulless anti-environmental agenda that accelerated humanity's march towards extinction in service to the United States' own homegrown corporate polluters. More

Charles Davis (2019-05-31). What Would Democratic Candidates Do About Syria? counterpunch.org Something peculiar happened along the way to stopping a war: in order to prevent U.S. soldiers from marching on Damascus—a real possibility according to people who don't seem to follow such things—some decided that the cause of what they call "peace" required turning a blind eye to several wars that already existed. Neoconservatives, forever on More

Staff (2019-05-31). Netanyahu Government Falls — Will New Elections Change Anything? therealnews.com Lia Tarachansky unpacks the power struggle between former Defense Minister Avigdor Lieberman and his former ally Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu, and the split between right-wing secularists and ultra-Orthodox Jews...

susan_p (2019-05-31). Italy: Big win for far right Salvini in European elections. greenleft.org.au In all likelihood, the next European Parliament will still be led by a pro-European Union (EU) coalition, including the European People's Party (PPE) and the Progressive Alliance of Socialists and Democrats (S&D), despite both parties experiencing a drop in votes. | To form a majority the PPE and S&D will need to expand their coalition to include the Alliance of Liberals and Democrats for Europe (ALDE), which had their best result ever, winning 107 seats. | The right-wing nationalist Europe of Nations and Freedom (ENL), raised their vote to 8%, which translates to 57 seats. | The good news is that the Greens (Gre...

susan_p (2019-05-31). Spain: Podemos meltdown in European and local elections. greenleft.org.au The European establishment's scare campaign about a far-right surge at the May 26 European Parliamentary elections worked out quite nicely for it. | Guarding the power structures of the neoliberal European Union (EU) becomes trickier now that the duopoly of the European People's Party (EPP) and the Progressive Alliance of Socialists and Democrats (S&D) has ended, with a loss of 75 seats. | However, the Alliance of Liberals and Democrats for Europe (ALDE), supported by French president Emmanuel Macron's En Marche group, has partly come to the rescue with an additional 38 seats — making it the biggest winner.

Kevin Gosztola (2019-05-31). UN Special Rapporteur On Torture: 'The Collective Persecution Of Julian Assange Must End Here And Now'. shadowproof.com In a blistering statement against democratic countries collaborating to prosecute and enable the extradition of WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange, the United Nations Special Rapporteur on Torture condemned the "collective persecution" against him. "In 20 years of work with victims of war, violence, and political persecution, I have never seen a...

MAIL (2019-05-31). U.N. Special Rapporteur Calls for Julian Assange to Be Freed, Citing "Psychological Torture" democracynow.org The United Nations special rapporteur on torture is warning that WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange is suffering from the effects of "psychological torture" due to his ongoing detention and threats of possible extradition to the United States. The U.N. expert, Nils Melzer, also warned that Assange would likely face a "politicized show trial" if he were to be extradited to the United States. Melzer writes, "In 20 years of work with victims of war, violence and political persecution, I have never seen a group of democratic states ganging up to deliberately isolate, demonize and abuse a single individual for such a lo...

Staff (2019-05-31). Col. Larry Wilkerson on Mueller and Courage to Impeach Trump. therealnews.com Chuck Schumer to Nancy Pelosi, Democrats are cowardly, incompetent and without courage to begin impeachment proceedings says Col. Larry Wilkerson...

unitedEditor (2019-05-31). The future of the European People's Party. uwidata.com On May 26, elections to the European Parliament were held. High voter turnout came as a surprise as the numbers had been falling lower and lower for the last forty years... Yet, in 2019, 51% of Europeans came out to vote. Results of elections In the new EP, fragmentation is clearly taking place. The right ...

Andrew Levine (2019-05-31). Chutzpah, Corporate Media Style. counterpunch.org American politics is awash in hypocrisy. It always has been, but the problem has become worse in recent years, mainly, but not only, since Donald Trump became president of the United States. The level of hypocrisy surrounding, say, charges of Russian "meddling" in the 2016 election is staggering, but it seldom rises to the level More

Adriaan Alsema (2019-05-31). Colombia's opposition supporters told "the only way left is death" colombiareports.com Colombia's opposition parties reiterated their concern on Thursday after far-right group "Aguilas Negras" threatened to kill "all leftist followers of Senator Gustavo Petro," who lost last year's election to President...

pip.hinman (2019-05-31). Unions face urgent challenge to transition from coal. greenleft.org.au The furious commentary accusing the federal Labor Party of losing the election because it was "too left" and "tone deaf" to the importance of coal is disputed by those who are closer to the ground. | Long-term mine worker Peter Kennedy believes Labor paid the price for "doing nothing" for workers in the Newcastle seat of Hunter, where it faced a 10% swing against it. | Kennedy has been operating heavy equipment in mines for 54 years and is an environmentalist. He told Green Left Weekly that, while he is not a supporter of One Nation, he is pleased that Hunter, the coal capital of New South Wales, has become a mar...

susan_p (2019-05-31). Greta Thunberg: 'Act as if your life depended on it, because it does'. greenleft.org.au Hundreds of thousands of students and environmentalists took to the streets around the world as part of the Global Strike for Future climate actions on May 24. Elections for the European Parliament took place two days later, on May 26 and resulted in Greens (along with the far right) gaining votes. | In Copenhagen, Denmark, 40,000 people took part in the People's Climate March on May 25. Swedish student and environmentalist Greta Thunberg addressed the rally. An abridged transcript of Thunberg's speech follows. | * * * | It is absolutely crazy that things have gone so far that children feel like they must sacrifi...

United Nations (2019-05-31). UN expert criticizes States for 'ganging up' on Wikileaks' Assange; warns against extradition, fearing 'serious' rights violations. un.org After visiting Julian Assange in a London prison, an independent UN human rights expert expressed urgent concern on Friday, for the Wikileaks co-founder's well-being, accusing "a group of democratic States" of "ganging up" on the prisoner to "isolate, demonize and abuse" him and warned against extraditing the controversial publisher to the United States.

Marco Teruggi (2019-05-30). Maduro plans early legislative elections. workers.org This article was published in pagina12.com.ar on May 21. Translation by Michael Otto. May 20, 2018, is the date used as the focus of the narrative justifying the current attempted coup. On that day, Nicols Maduro won the election for president. A large grouping of rightists had announced months before . . . | Continue reading Maduro plans early legislative elections at Workers.org

Consortiumnews (2019-05-30). The Real Bob Mueller. consortiumnews.com Robert Mueller Wednesday implied he would have indicted Donald Trump if he could have, resurrecting his saint-like status among Democrats who will now likely go for impeachment. But who is the real Bob Mueller? Ex-FBI official Coleen Rowley explained on... Read more →

Colin Benjamin (2019-05-30). Robert Muller: It's Congress' Job To Impeach Obstructionist Criminal President Donald Trump. blackstarnews.com Robert Mueller says Congress must act against lawless President Donald Trump... | On Wednesday, Robert Mueller debunked the notion he cleared Donald Trump of criminality in the Russian investigation saying, "if we had had confidence that the President clearly did not commit a crime, we would have said so." | Mueller basically told America Donald Trump is a treacherous criminal who should be prosecuted. He hinted at the Trump Administration's "efforts to obstruct the investigation." | The only question now is: will Democrats find their spines to do the right but difficult thing? Or, will political passivity, and a...

Staff (2019-05-30). Victorious Grassroots Caucus Faces Challenge From Longtime Incumbent in Teachers Union Election. therealnews.com In Baltimore, longtime teachers union incumbents have demanded a re-election after a grassroots slate's surprise victory. Now the American Federation of Teachers may decide the outcome.

pip.hinman (2019-05-30). Rally vows to defend refugees' rights. greenleft.org.au Three hundred people rallied on May 24 to show solidarity with refugees, who face increasing attacks following the re-election of the Coalition government. | Lucy Honan, representing the Refugee Action Collective which called the rally, said the election result had been "bruising" for refugees and their supporters. Even though Labor and the Coalition shared bipartisan policies of offshore detention and boat turnbacks, refugees had hoped for some changes from a Labor government. | Labor had promised to accept New Zealand's offer to take 150 refugees a year from Manus and Nauru. This had raised the hopes of th...

MAIL (2019-05-30). Denied Entry to US, Palestinian Diplomat Hanan Ashrawi on US "Peace Plan" & Israeli Political Crisis. democracynow.org Israel will hold new elections after Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu failed to form a coalition government in six weeks of negotiations following the April 9 election. This marks the first time in Israeli history a prime minister-designate has failed to form a coalition government. The news comes as the United States is continuing to promote a controversial Middle East peace plan drawn up by President Trump's son-in-law Jared Kushner, who is in Israel today along with special envoy Jason Greenblatt. But the Israeli newspaper Haaretz reports that the political crisis in Israel could kill the U.S. plan, which wil...

G. Dunkel (2019-05-30). Elections held for European Parliament May 23-26. workers.org Early projections report that more than 200 million people, out of the 400 million eligible, voted in the European parliamentary elections. This turnout is a significant increase from the last election five years ago and indicates a growing concern about the future of the European Union. While right-wing parties were . . . | Continue reading Elections held for European Parliament May 23-26 at Workers.org

unitedEditor (2019-05-30). The Impact of the European Parliament Election on Iran's Foreign Policy. uwidata.com The results of the European Parliamentary elections held earlier this month astonished the world. Nationalist and populist parties rose to unprecedented levels, their dramatic increase in votes showing that European people are looking for more empowered and sovereign governance at home. This approach could profoundly affect Iran, which will have to carefully develop relations with ...

Martha Grevatt (2019-05-30). VW and Trump's NLRB: partners in union busting. workers.org Bulletin: After the NLRB denied the UAW's petition for a vote, the Board then allowed the union to file a new petition, which it did. On May 29 it was announced that the election for union representation will take place June 12-13 — a huge victory for the workers! Volkswagen, . . . | Continue reading VW and Trump's NLRB: partners in union busting at Workers.org

pip.hinman (2019-05-30). Queensland vote: Right's noisy triumphalism is more due to its surprise. greenleft.org.au Mainstream talk of Queenslanders embracing the Coalition at the federal elections is louder than ever. | The implication is that, here, everything is cut from the one cloth. But, just as the inner-city seats of Brisbane, Melbourne and Sydney moved against the Coalition there is no evidence that there is a conservative tide sweeping regional Queensland. | Central Queensland with Rockhampton and Mackay, north Queensland with Townsville and far-north Queensland with Cairns all vary from each other in climate, economics, culture and, of course, politics. | A week into the vote count, the far-north Queensland electora...

Fra Lockley (2019-05-29). The only certainty of Brexit is rising racism in the UK. thecanary.co This article is one of three Opinion pieces looking at what's next for Brexit in the aftermath of the EU elections. You can also read Josh Funnell argue why Labour must now campaign fully to Remain and Tracy Keeling on why Labour mustn't support a second referen...

Tracy Keeling (2019-05-29). Here's how much the democrat-when-it-suits-us Remainers have now fu*ked up Britain. thecanary.co This article is one of three Opinion pieces looking at what's next for Brexit in the aftermath of the EU elections. You can also read Josh Funnell argue why Labour must now campaign fully to Remain and Frea Lockley on how racism has been the biggest winner from Brexit. | Nigel Farage's...

Eds. (2019-05-29). Michael Harrington and his afterlives. mronline.org Doug Enaa Greene gives an overview and critique of the political journey of Michael Harrington, founder of the Democratic Socialist of America, and his influence on reformist socialism to this day. | Source

Joshua Funnell (2019-05-29). Corbyn-supporting Labour members like me have tried to make Brexit work, but it's time to dump it completely. thecanary.co This article is one of three Opinion pieces looking at what's next for Brexit in the aftermath of the EU elections. You can also read Tracy Keeling argue why Labour mustn't support a second referendum and Frea Lockley on how racism has been the biggest winner from Brexit. | You don't hear much about people like...

Vanessa Mbonu (2019-05-30). NAACP President: "Mueller's Statement Confirms Integrity of Our Democracy Continues to be at Risk" naacp.org NAACP president and CEO, Derrick Johnson, released the following statement: "Special Counsel Robert Mueller's statement on the Russia investigation confirms that the integrity and security of our democracy continues to be at risk. Mueller reminded us that '[t]here were multiple, systematic efforts to interfere in our election. And that allegation deserves the attention of ...

Fight Back (2019-05-29). Communist Party of Greece makes gains in elections. fightbacknews.org Fight Back News Service is circulating the following statement from the Communist Party of Greece (KKE). | KKE emerges as a consistent force of resistance | On May 26th triple elections were held in Greece — European Parliament, regional and municipal elections. | KKE succeeded in re-electing the two Parliament Members that it had in the European Parliament, amassing 257,360 votes or 5.5% (with 83% percentage of integration). | Moreover, the ballots of the People's Rally passed into the 2nd round in the 5 Municipalities which had communist mayors, while in the regions and municipalities overall, "Peopl...

Staff (2019-05-29). Theresa May's Resignation Could Mean a Hard Brexit. therealnews.com The chaos in Britain's politics has only intensified in the wake of Theresa May's resignation and the tremendous losses that Conservatives suffered in the European Parliament election. Prof. Leo Panitch analyzes the result...

MAIL (2019-05-28). Green Party Wins Record Support in EU Elections as Youth-Led Climate Strikes Grow. democracynow.org The Green Party soared in popularity in many nations in the European parliamentary elections, placing second in Germany and making gains in Finland, France and Ireland. The next president of the European Commission will likely be Bas Eickhout of the Dutch Green Party. We speak with Luisa Neubauer, a youth climate activist and member of the German Green Party, about the party's next steps.

MAIL (2019-05-28). Headlines for May 28, 2019. democracynow.org Missouri Gov. Signs 8-Week Abortion Ban as Federal Judge Blocks Mississippi Abortion Ban, Judge Blocks Redirecting of Federal Funds to Build Parts of Border Wall, European Parliament Elections See Greens and Far-Right Gain Ground But Pro-EU Parties Retain Majority, Trump Says Regime Change in Iran Not the Goal After Sending 1,500 More Troops to Region, Trump Dismisses North Korean Missile Tests, Welcomes Anti-Biden Comments, Saudi Airstrike in Yemen Kills 12 Civilians, Including 7 Children, Head of Citizenship & Immigration Agency Resigns as Trump Admin Purge Continues, Landmark Oklahoma Opioid Trial Against John...

United Nations (2019-05-28). DR Congo: Strengthened effort against Ebola is paying off, but insecurity still major constraint — UN health agency. un.org Although the Ebola response in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) continues to make headway thanks to the determination of health workers on the ground, insecurity is still hampering the response, the World Health Organization (WHO) said on Tuesday. This has led the UN to establish a new coordination structure in the hopes that access to at-risk areas can be improved.

unitedEditor (2019-05-28). EU elections, Theresa May resigns, Iran VS US. uwidata.com European Parliament elections The elections for the European parliament took place this weekend. According to the results, the European People's Party won 179 seats, and the EP's second largest faction, the Progressive Alliance of Socialists and Democrats, won 150. The Alliance of Liberals and Democrats for Europe came in third with 107 mandates, followed by ...

Liberation Staff (2019-05-27). Interview with the Sudanese Communist Party: "Wrench the power from the hands of the military" liberationnews.org The SCP's main aim is to continue the fight 'til final victory; to dismantle and liquidate the dictatorial regime thus creating the basis for the completion of the tasks of the national democratic revolution and paving the way for the building of socialism in Sudan.

MAIL (2019-05-27). Chomsky: By Focusing on Russia, Democrats Handed Trump a "Huge Gift" & Possibly the 2020 Election. democracynow.org As the Democrats consider launching impeachment inquiries, we speak with world-renowned political dissident, linguist and author Noam Chomsky about what he sees as the political perils of "Russiagate."

MAIL (2019-05-28). Paul Mason: Brexit Party's Success in EU Elections Shows Failure of Conservatives & Labour. democracynow.org On the heels of Prime Minister Theresa May's resignation, the Brexit Party led by Nigel Farage came in first place in Britain's European parliamentary elections with 31% of the vote. The ruling Tory Party placed fifth. We speak with journalist Paul Mason about what the election means for the Labour Party and the future of Brexit. We also speak with David Adler, the policy coordinator for the Democracy in Europe Movement, or DiEM25.

MAIL (2019-05-28). EU Parliamentary Elections: Left and Far-Right Parties Gain as Centrists Falter. democracynow.org The European Union elections concluded over the weekend, with centrist parties losing dozens of seat while far-right and Green candidates made significant strides. In France, the far-right National Rally party led by Marine Le Pen narrowly beat the centrist alliance led by French President Emmanuel Macron. In Italy, the far-right nationalist League party placed first, winning 34% of the vote. The party is led by Italy's Deputy Prime Minister Matteo Salvini. While right-wing euroskeptic parties slightly increased their power in the EU assembly, about 75% of voters still backed parties that support Europe. We speak...

Fight Back (2019-05-27). IAM files charges against anti-union Delta Air Lines. fightbacknews.org Washington, DC - The International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers (IAM) filed election interference charges with the National Mediation Board (NMB) against Delta Air Lines, May 15. | The IAM has overwhelming evidence that Delta Air Lines has interfered with the Flight Attendants and Ramp employees' lawful right to seek a vote for union representation free from interference, influence or coercion exercised by the carrier. | "The IAM has provided the NMB with evidence showing Delta has run an unlawful, systematic anti-union campaign that includes intimidation, discipline and terminations of union a...

MAIL (2019-05-27). Chomsky: Trump Radically Interfered with Israel's Election to Help Re-elect Netanyahu. democracynow.org Israel Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has begun a record fifth term in office after narrowing defeating former military chief Benny Gantz. In a discussion with Democracy Now!'s Amy Goodman, Noam Chomsky talks about how President Trump directly interfered with the Israel election by repeatedly helping Netanyahu, from moving the U.S. Embassy to Jerusalem to recognizing Israel's sovereignty over the Golan Heights in defiance of international law.

Ben Norton (2019-05-24). Trump's charges against Assange are historic attack on press freedoms. Media and Obama helped set the stage. thegrayzone.com It is not just Trump, but the media, Obama, Bush, mainstream "human rights" organizations, Republicans and Democrats alike that put...

CGTN America (2019-05-17). Which Democratic candidate can actually beat Trump? cgtn.com With over 22 candidates and counting, we break down which candidate has the best chance of taking down Trump in the 2020 US Presidential Election. On this episode, we are joined by XM Radio Host Joe Madison.

unitedEditor (2019-05-26). 5 facts about the EU elections 2019. uwidata.com In total, citizens of 28 countries, including the United Kingdom who has not yet officially left the EU, will take part in the 2019 European elections. In total, 426 million voters are eligible to participate in the elections. Today the #EUelections2019 begin ‚§µÔ∏è 23 May üá≥üá±üá¨üáß 24 May üáÆüá™üá®üáø 25 May üá±üáª&u...

Ricardo Vaz (2019-05-21). Venezuela: Maduro Proposes Early Parliamentary Elections as ANC Extends Mandate. venezuelanalysis.com "Let's see who gets the most votes," Maduro challenged the opposition.

Jonathan Cohn (2019-03-31). These Democrats Represent Some of the Bluest Districts. So Why Don't They Support Medicare for All? millennialpolitics.co Medicare for All is more popular than ever, with even a majority of Republican voters supporting the policy. Tell the Democrats in deep blue districts.

Millennial Politics Team (2019-03-30). Housing as a Human Right: A Discussion with Henry Kraemer. millennialpolitics.co Data for Progress Housing Fellow Henry Kraemer explains the case for housing as a human right and analyzes the housing policy of 2020 Democratic presidential candidates.

google (2019-03-25). Puerto Rico's Botched Disaster Relief, Unsustainable Debt, and Economic Failure Linked to its Colonial Status. google.com Mark Weisbrot
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