2019-06-04: News Headlines

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…

Eds. (2019-06-04). Constitution — Title I: Fundamental Principles (Art. 1-9). mronline.org Article 1: The Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela is irrevocably free and independent, basing its moral property and values of freedom, equality, justice and international peace on the doctrine of Simón Bolívar, the Liberator. Independence, liberty, sovereignty, immunity, territorial integrity and national self-determination are unrenounceable rights of the Nation. | Source

Jake Johnson, staff writer (2019-06-04). 'Blatant Attempt to Intimidate': Trump Administration Proposal Threatens Pipeline Protesters With Up to 20 Years in Prison. commondreams.org "This dangerous proposal threatens to undermine Americans' right to peaceful assembly and free speech." | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…

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. |

Mark Weisbrot (2019-06-04). Puerto Rico's Botched Disaster Relief, Unsustainable Debt and Economic Failure Linked to Its Colonial Status. counterpunch.org Here is a scandal: Puerto Rico has a Financial Oversight and Management Board (FOMB), created by the US Congress and appointed by the president of the United States, in charge of its finances. Its budget, financed by Puerto Rico's taxpayers, is $1.5 billion over five years, or $300 million a year. How much money is More

Special To The Black Star News (2019-06-04). America's Voice Recommends Passage Of American Dream And Promise Act With No Damaging Amendments. blackstarnews.com Congress Should Act on the Will of the American People and Pass Permanent Protections for Dreamers and TPS and DED Holders. | On Tuesday, June 4th, the House of Representatives will vote on H.R. 6, the American Dream and Promise Act, which would provide permanent protections for immigrant youth — Dreamers and Temporary Protected Status (TPS) and Deferred Enforced Departure (DED) holders. America's Voice recommends a vote for the rule, against the Motion to Recommit, and for the final passage of the bill without damaging amendments. | The following is a statement from Frank Sharry, Executive Director for Ame…

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.

South Front (2019-06-04). Video: Israeli Military Intensifies Attacks on Syria. globalresearch.ca Overnight on June 2, the Israeli Defense Forces (IDF) carried out a missile strike on Syrian Arab Army (SAA) targets in the southern part of the country. According to the IDF, the missiles hit 2 artillery batteries, observation and intelligence …

Jason Ditz (2019-06-04). Israeli Military Intensifies Attacks on Syria, Killing 15. theantimedia.com (ANTIWAR.COM) — After killing ten people in a flurry of attacks early Sunday, Israeli warplanes continued with a second round of strikes into the evening, killing at least five more, and bringing the death toll to 15. Overall, four Syrian soldiers have been confirmed killed in the attacks, while seven others from the early attacks were described as foreign …

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.

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) | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…

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, …

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.

United Nations (2019-06-03). Sudan: UN chief deplores excessive force used against pro-democracy protesters, calls on military and civilian leaders to 'stay the course' in negotiations. un.org Security forces in Sudan fired on pro-democracy protesters in the capital Khartoum on Monday, leaving a number of dead and many more injured, prompting the United Nations chief's condemnation and an appeal for "peaceful dialogue" to resume.

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…

plenglish (2019-06-03). Syria Wants Peace, Patriarch of Greek-Orthodox Church Says. plenglish.com Damascus, Jun 3 (Prensa Latina) The Syrian people want peace and despite pains and suffering, shakes off the dust of war, terrorism and extremism, Juan X Yazigi, Greek Orthodox Patriarch of Antioch and All East, stressed on Monday.

Andrea Germanos, staff writer (2019-06-03). Pompeo Admits Kushner Peace Plan Likely Unworkable as Trump's Son-in-Law Openly Dehumanizes Palestinian People. commondreams.org "I get why people think this is going to be a deal that only the Israelis could love," secretary of state says in leaked audio | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…

Staff (2019-06-03). Climate Science Denied as Trump Admin Orders Halt on Long Term Projections. therealnews.com One way in which climate change deniers are getting their way in the Trump administration is by subverting the application of scientific findings by ignoring long-term projections when setting policy. We discuss the implications with Senior Greenpeace Climate Campaigner John Noel…

Toby Blome (2019-06-03). CODEPINK Monthly Golden Gate Bridge Walk for Peace. indybay.org Gather at the SF or Marin end of the eastern walkway of the Golden Gate Bridge. Parking available on all 4 "corners", just remember to take the last exit on hwy 101 as you approach the bridge, or the first exit after you leave the bridge. Arrive early for best parking. | Gather at 10: 45 am at either end of the bridge. | 11: 00 am Walk on the eastern walkway from the north or south ends, to converge in the middle. Short, silent vigil in the middle. | 12: 00 pm: Rally on SF side after the bridge walk. | BE GREEN AND CARPOOL | See http: //tripplanner.transit.511.org for public transit options. | Golden Gate Transit Bus…

Party for Socialism and Liberation (2019-06-03). Film Showing of "Pride" in celebration of 50th anniversary of Stonewall. indybay.org San Jose Peace & Justice Center, 48 S. 7th St.

RT (2019-06-03). Leaked Pompeo tape adds to growing doubts over Trump's 'deal of century' for Middle East. rt.com US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo reportedly admitted that many have doubts over the US peace plan for the Middle East and it may fail. The "deal of the century" was already rejected by Palestine and earned skepticism from the EU.

WSWS (2019-06-03). Sydney Peace Prize recipients demand Australian government defend Assange. wsws.org The statement was a powerful indictment of the Australian political and media establishment, which has abandoned the WikiLeaks founder or openly participated in his persecution.

CGTN Africa (2019-06-03). IGAD urges progress toward implementation of South Sudan peace deal. cgtn.com The Intergovernmental Authority on Development (IGAD) has urged parties in South Sudan to effectively engage on transitional security arrangements towards the timely implementation of South Sudan's latest peace accord. | "The timely implementation of the Revitalized Agreement on the Resolution of the Conflict in South Sudan (R-ARCSS) significantly revolves around the transitional security arrangements," Wais, IGAD Special Envoy for South Sudan, was quoted as saying by an IGAD statement issued late Saturday. | South Sudan's new peace deal calls for the reunification of all fighters involved in the civil conflict,…

plenglish (2019-06-03). Cuban FM Advocates For Defending Peace in Latin America. plenglish.com Havana, June 3 (Prensa Latina) Cuban Foreign Minister Bruno Rodriguez advocated on Monday for defending peace and sovereignty of the peoples of Latin America and the Caribbean "ahead of having invoked the aggressive and dangerous Monroe Doctrine".

Raymond Arke (2019-06-03). Lindsey Graham faces challenge from ex-Podesta Group lobbyist. nationofchange.org Anna Massoglia contributed to this story. | Already backed by fundraising money from lobbyists and foreign agents, a former Podesta Group lobbyist launched his campaign to unseat Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) on May 29. | Jaime Harrison, a longtime revolving door | member with a lengthy lobbyin…

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…

ACLU (2019-06-03). Who Controls Our Genes? Congress Is Deciding Right Now And It Could Harm Our Health. aclu.org Draft legislation will try to undo Supreme Court precedent forbidding patenting of human genes. | This morning the ACLU, along with 169 other civil rights, medical, scientific, patient advocacy, and women's health organizations, including the Mayo Clinic, Breast Cancer Action, Lung Cancer Research Foundation, the Huntington's Disease Society of America, the Women's March, University of Washington, and many others sent a letter to the Senate Judiciary Committee's Subcommittee on Intellectual Property strong…

Jack Rasmus (2019-06-03). Mueller Talks and the Tyrant Walks. counterpunch.org Special counsel Mueller went before the cameras and in nine minutes essentially said his report was all he had to say and he wouldn't go before Congress, even if subpoenaed, to say anything else. Mueller summarized his recent report in the nine minutes. Here's what he concluded were its main points: First, there was insufficient More

Glen Ford (2019-06-03). Half of Black Caucus Signs on to Israeli Stance on Syria, in Defiance of Black Public Opinion. globalresearch.ca The Congressional Black Caucus sides with its party's war mongers and in fear of the Israel lobby, while large Black majorities believe Israel is neither an ally nor a friend. | "The Black Caucus' tolerance of apartheid Israel's barbarism is infinite."…

Jake Johnson, staff writer (2019-06-03). 'Absolutely Disgusting': West Virginia Senate Passes Bill That Would Ban Teacher Strikes. commondreams.org The Republican measure was condemned as "pure retribution" for the mass teacher strikes that swept the state last year | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…

teleSUR (2019-06-03). Moscow Responds to Trump: Strikes in Syria Target 'Terrorists'. telesurenglish.net The Russian government responded Monday to U.S. President Donald Trump criticism against the country's ongoing military operations in the Syrian northern province of Idlib, saying that such attacks are meant to "neutralize terrorists." | RELATED: | Turkey, Russia to Fight Terrorism, Establish Safe Zone in Syria | "It goes without saying that bombardments by terrorists from Idlib are unacceptable and measures are being taken for neutralizing their fire emplacements," Kremlin's s…

Middle East Eye (2019-06-03). Israeli Strikes Hit Iranian and Hezbollah Positions in Syria, Killing 10. theantimedia.com (MEE) — Israeli strikes on positions in Syria killed 10 people on Sunday, including three Syrian soldiers and seven foreign fighters, according to an activist group, and they were later followed by further strikes in Homs province, state media said. According to the UK-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, Israeli missiles fired from warplanes struck areas south …

Jason Ditz (2019-06-03). US Warplanes Destroy 3 Oil Tankers in Syria, Killing at Least 4 People. theantimedia.com (ANTIWAR.COM) — On Friday, US warplanes attacked and destroyed three oil tankers that were traveling through Syrian Kurdish territory. At least four people were killed in the course of the attacks. Details are still scant, and the US hasn't made a formal statement on what happened. The tankers are believed to have entered from Iraq, and were heading …

Press TV (2019-06-03). Scandalous Details of Trump's 'Deal of Century' for Palestine. globalresearch.ca US President Donald Trump's "the deal of the century" wants Palestinian refugees to be naturalized and settled in several countries, including Lebanon, Syria, Jordan and Iraq, Israeli daily Haaretz reports. | As the world marked the International Quds Day on Friday, …

Margaret Kimberley (2019-06-03). No Chemical Attacks in Syria. Misleading Public Opinion. Blaming Bashar Al Assad. The Media's "Humanitarian" Pro-War Narrative. globalresearch.ca The corporate media is concealing a leaked UN agency report that shows Syrian government innocence in an alleged chemical attack. | "Americans have been fed a steady diet of 'Assad the butcher' and any counter narrative is disappeared." | The corporate media …

RT (2019-06-03). Impeccable record, good with email: Why shouldn't Hillary Clinton give speech on cyber security? rt.com She's only just learnt that you can use separate emails for work and home, but Hillary Clinton is to deliver a keynote address at the Cyber Defense Summit. RT looks at the expertise offered by the ex-presidential candidate.

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. | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…

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.

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. | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…

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

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) | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…

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 Nicolás Maduro, which was democratically elected one …

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?

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…

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…

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.

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…

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 …