2019-06-07: News Headlines

Labor Video Project (2019-06-07). Stop Privatizations Of Veterans Hospitals! AFGE Members &. Vets Speak Out At Ft. Miley. indybay.org As part of a national day of action on June , 2019 members of AFGE Local 1216, veterans and the Veterans for Peace rallied and spoke out about the privatization of the Veterans healthcare system.

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.

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…

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.

South Front (2019-06-07). Video: Syrian, Russian Forces Pound Militants in Greater Idlib. globalresearch.ca ISIS cells have used an IED to blow up a Syrian Army vehicle on the road between Naamer and al-Khirbet in northern Daraa, the ISIS-linked news agency Amaq said on June 4. According to the report, 3 soldiers were killed …

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

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…

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.

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.

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

CGTN Africa (2019-06-07). CAF president freed without charge. cgtn.com President of the Confederation of African Football, CAF; Ahmad Ahmad, was released by French anti-corruption officials on Thursday evening without charge, according to reports. | CAF president Ahmad Ahmad | A section of the reports said that his passport had been handed to him, meaning he was free to travel. Ahmad was in France to attend the 69th FIFA Congress which ended on Wednesday. | He was being questioned in connection into the alleged misappropriation of $830,000. | In April, former CAF Secretary-General Amr Fahmy accused Ahmad Ahmad of alleged bribery and misappropriation of funds after awarding a contrac…

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.

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

pip.hinman (2019-06-06). Help stop violence against woman. greenleft.org.au I attended the vigil for Courtney Herron in Geelong on May 31. There were 20 or so people in Johnstone Park mourning the loss of yet another young woman in a public place in Melbourne. | Cortney was the fourth young woman to be killed in the past year, including the June 2018 rape and murder of comedian Eurydice Dixon, 22, at Princes Park. | Courtney was only 24 years old and homeless. She left a party with her alleged killer, a 27-year-old also homeless man, who bashed her to death. | The tragedy is shocking in so many ways. But the worst is that Courtney's death continues the seemingly endless killings of women…

CFJPIME (2019-06-06). Islamophobia and the 2017 Quebec City Mosque Massacre: Motion M-153 Does Not Honour Mosque Victims. globalresearch.ca Canadians for Justice and Peace in the Middle East (CJPME) is deeply concerned that Motion M-153— which purports to honour the victims of the January 29, 2017 Quebec City mosque massacre — is an attempt to avert a proper tribute …

Thomas Knapp (2019-06-06). Instead of a US Peace Plan for the Middle East, How about a US Peace Plan for the US? counterpunch.org US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo describes the Trump administration's plan for peace between Israel and Palestinian Arabs as "unexecutable." President Trump says Pompeo "may be right." Good! As addiction counselors say, the first step is admitting you have a problem. With addiction, the way out is not "if at first you don't succeed, try, More

Fréa Lockley (2019-06-06). Theresa May and Donald Trump accused of peak 'hypocrisy' on D-Day. thecanary.co Theresa May and Donald Trump stand accused of peak hypocrisy on the 75th anniversary of D-Day. A leading pacifist group said they spoke "of peace while preparing for war" and failed to honour the memory of those who died. | "Abusing the memory of people who died on D-Day": | A press release from the Peace Pledge Union (PPU) accused May and Trump of "abusing the memory of people who died on D-Day". Instead, the peace group said they used the "75th anniversary to ramp up support for military force today".

CGTN Africa (2019-06-06). African Union suspends Sudan for violence against protestors. cgtn.com Sudanese protesters set up a barricade on a street, demanding that the country's Transitional Military Council hand over power to civilians, in Khartoum, Sudan June 5, 2019. REUTERS/Stringer | The African Union's Peace and Security Council voted on Thursday to suspend Sudan from all AU activities until a civilian government has been formed. | The council made the announcement after a meeting in Addis Ababa of the member states of the pan-continental body. | The decision follows an upsurge in violence in Sudan that erupted on Monday, as its ruling military council and opposition groups vye to take charge of the tr…

Stephen Lendman (2019-06-06). The US/UK "Special Relationship": Anglo-American "Common Values and Shared Interests" Threaten World Peace? globalresearch.ca In his 1946 Fulton, Missouri "Iron Curtain" address, Winston Churchill coined the US/UK "special relationship" term. | Until its 1776 declaration and war of independence, Britain colonized the US. Now it's the other way around. | The same is true for post-WW …

pip.hinman (2019-06-06). Help stop violence against women. greenleft.org.au I attended the vigil for Courtney Herron in Geelong on May 31. There were 20 or so people in Johnstone Park mourning the loss of yet another young woman in a public place in Melbourne. | Cortney was the fourth young woman to be killed in the past year, including the June 2018 rape and murder of comedian Eurydice Dixon, 22, at Princes Park. | Courtney was only 24 years old and homeless. She left a party with her alleged killer, a 27-year-old also homeless man, who bashed her to death. | The tragedy is shocking in so many ways. But the worst is that Courtney's death continues the seemingly endless killings of women…

Stephen Lendman (2019-06-06). Fundamental Palestinian Rights: Trump's "Deal of the Century" "No-Peace/ Peace Plan", Derogating "The Right of Return" globalresearch.ca From what's known about the scheme, subject to change, Trump's so-called "deal of the century" has nothing to do with regional peace or treating Palestinians equitably. | It has everything to with serving US and Israeli interests at the expense of …

teleSUR (2019-06-06). African Union Suspends Sudan After Army Crackdown on Protests. telesurenglish.net The African Union (AU) has suspended Sudan Thursday from the regional bloc in response to its brutal crackdown by the military on protesters. | RELATED: | UN Calls for Probe Into Sudan Army's Killing of 35 Protesters | The AU's Peace and Security Department said on Twitter that Sudan's participation in the AU is immediately suspended "until the effective establishment of a civilian-led transitional authority" is established as the only way to "exit from the current crisis." | Si…

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…

WearOrange.org, Everytown for Gun Safety (2019-06-06). #WearOrange: National Events Weekend Against Gun Violence 2019. indybay.org Various peaceful events around the San Francisco Bay Area, throughout California, and nationwide…

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 …

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 …

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…

Jessica Corbett, staff writer (2019-06-06). Sanders Demands McConnell Allow Senate Vote to Raise 'Absurdly Low' Federal Minimum Wage to $15. commondreams.org Arguing that "millions of Americans are sick and tired of working longer hours for lower wages while almost half of all new income goes to the top one percent," Sen. Bernie Sanders demanded Thursday that Republican Majority Leader Mitch McConnell allow the Senate to vote on the Raise the Wage Act of 2019. | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…

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.

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

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", …

teleSUR (2019-06-06). Chile: Congress Refuses to Erase Che's Feats From Textbooks. telesurenglish.net The Chilean Lower Chamber of Congress voted on Tuesday against a right-wing project to have Ernesto "Che" Guevara's accomplishments erased from school textbooks and to include instead alleged "war crimes" committed in the Cuban Revolution. | RELATED: | The Legacy of Ernesto 'Che' Guevara | "The Chilean right seeks to distort the historical reality of our country and now the rest of the world," Communist Party legislator Carmen Hertz emphatically said when taking the floor, adding that…

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

CGTN Africa (2019-06-06). CAF orders replay of African Champions League final. cgtn.com The second leg of the African Champions League final will be replayed after the original fixture was abandoned and the match awarded to Esperance. | The Confederation of African Football's executive committee, meeting in Paris on the fringes of the FIFA congress, decided on Wednesday to re-stage the match at a neutral ground in a decision that could spark an immediate legal challenge. | Tunisian club Esperance was initially handed the title after Moroccan side Wydad Casablanca walked off an hour into last week's return match. | At the time, Esperance was ahead 1-0 in the second leg and 2-1 overall. Wydad Casab…

teleSUR (2019-06-06). AOC Slams FBI for Racial Prejudice in Handling Terrorism Cases. telesurenglish.net Congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio Cortez (AOC) questioned an FBI officer over not charging white supremacists' acts of violence as domestic terrorism in the United States but doing the same for violence carried out by Muslims. | RELATED: | Ocasio-Cortez: 'Time to Open Impeachment Inquiry Against Trump' | During a hearing before the House Oversight subcommittee on civil rights and civil liberties on "Confronting White Supremacy," various Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) officia…

Marilyn Bechtel (2019-06-06). Bill tightening California standards for police lethal force advances in legislature. peoplesworld.org Among the waves of bills that passed from California's Assembly to the state Senate last week was one that observers say could move the state from having one of the loosest standards for police use of force to one of the strictest. That measure, hotly debated since Assemblymembers Shirley Weber, D-San Diego, and Kevin McCarty, …

commondreams (2019-06-06). Sanders Calls on McConnell to put $15 Minimum Wage Bill on the Senate Floor. commondreams.org ______________________________…

commondreams (2019-06-06). Statement: Senate Steps Up on Climate With Bill to Stay in Paris Climate Accord. commondreams.org ______________________________…

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

Steven Sahiounie (2019-06-06). US Forces Destroy Syrian Oil While Enforcing Sanctions. globalresearch.ca The U.S. military attacked three Syrian oil tankers, destroying all and killing four of their drivers. The tankers were carrying Syrian oil, pumped from Syrian oil wells, and driving on Syrian territory. The U.S. justified the attack and murders …

United Nations (2019-06-06). Syria: Urgent, concrete actions needed, to protect children too young to 'make sense of this senseless war'. un.org New firsthand reporting by UN staff in Syria reveals "increasingly horrific brutality" by all parties in the de-escalation area of the country's northwest, causing "significant civilian causalities" and hundreds of thousands displaced, a senior humanitarian official said on Thursday.

Israel Shahak (2019-06-06). "Greater Israel": The Zionist Plan for the Middle East. globalresearch.ca When viewed in the current context, the war on Iraq, the 2006 war on Lebanon, the 2011 war on Libya, the ongoing wars on Syria and Iraq, the war on Yemen, must be understood in relation to the Zionist Plan for the Middle East…

Caitlin Johnstone (2019-06-06). New 'Call Of Duty' Encourages Support for Syria's White Helmets. theantimedia.com (CJ Opinion) — The official trailer for the latest Call of Duty was released a few days ago, and it features the Syria narrative management operation known as the White Helmets depicted in heroic roles. Characters wearing the organization's signature headgear are seen clearing rubble in part of the trailer for Call of Duty: Modern Warfare. To give you an idea how popular the …

Mark Taliano (2019-06-06). Coalition Airstrikes against Syria and Iraq: "Counting" Civilian Casualties, Fake Atrocity Narratives. globalresearch.ca Washington-led Empire is a global gangster state[1]. It corrupts all organizations that stand in its way, including supposedly "non-governmental" agencies[2]. | These agencies are government and/or foundation-funded. They are not neutral. They serve and advance Empire's crimes. They fabricate consent by …

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…

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). 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.

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

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 …

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…