2019-06-12: News Headlines

Charles Pierson (2019-06-12). How Not to Honor Jamal Khashoggi. counterpunch.org After the Saudis murdered dissident journalist Jamal Khashoggi in their consulate in Istanbul, the Trump Administration swung into action—and approved permits to transfer US nuclear technology to Saudi Arabia. We learned this from Senator Tim Kaine on June 4. Senator Kaine, Hillary Clinton's 2016 running mate, represents Virginia where Khasshogi was a permanent resident. More

WSWS (2019-06-12). Berlin's Humboldt University plans to finance right-wing think tank. wsws.org Humboldt University's Academic Senate will decide on June 18 whether to finance a think tank on dictatorships initiated by the right-wing extremist professor Jà∂rg Baberowski.

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."…

Jacob Hornberger (2019-06-12). More US Dictatorship Against Cuba. counterpunch.org Lamenting dictatorship in Cuba, the U.S. government has decided to tighten restrictions on the freedom of Americans to travel to Cuba. Never mind that the restrictions were not enacted by Congress and signed into law by President Trump. When it comes to fighting totalitarian dictatorship, the reasoning goes, it's necessary to adopt dictatorial policies here More

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…

Elijah J. Magnier (2019-06-12). A Russian-American-Israeli Meeting of National Security Advisors in Jerusalem: Syria and Iran on the Table. globalresearch.ca This month of June, the National Security Advisors of Russia, the US, and Israel, Nikolay Patrushev, John Bolton and Meir Ben-Shabbat, respectively, are expected to meet in Jerusalem to talk about Iran and Syria and what Israel considers the …

Tony Cartalucci (2019-06-12). The Last Bastion of Al Qaeda in Syria: US Propaganda Blitz Ahead of Idlib's Liberation. globalresearch.ca A concerted effort is being made to once again flood Western headlines with now familiar and long-since discredited war propaganda as Syrian forces and their Russian and Iranian allies move in on Idlib in northern Syria to liberate it from …

teleSUR (2019-06-12). Israel Bombs Syrian Army in Southern Syria. telesurenglish.net The Israeli forces carried out a new attack against the Syrian military in southern Syria last night, state-owned SANA reported. | RELATED: | Moscow Responds to Trump: Strikes in Syria Target 'Terrorists' | The SANA report claimed that the Israeli forces fired several missiles towards the town of Tal Al-Harra in Syria's Daraa province. | The Syrian military reportedly intercepted several Israeli projectiles as they attempted to hit their bases in Tal Al-Harra last night, SANA add…

Sheila Fitzpatrick (2019-06-12). Vasily Grossman in War and Peace. thenation.com Vasily Grossman in War and Peace…

teleSUR (2019-06-12). Chaos Hits Hong Kong as Protesters Turn to Violence. telesurenglish.net The Hong Kong police have fired rubber bullets and tear gas at the demonstrators on Wednesday after the latter protested the latest extradition bill that would allow people to be sent to mainland China for trial. | RELATED: | Hong Kong: 'Occupy' Leaders Plead Not Guilty to Nuisance Charge | Tens of thousands of protesters had gathered peacefully in the Chinese-ruled city before tempers flared and demonstration turned to chaos, some charging police with umbrellas. Police warned th…

Manlio Dinucci (2019-06-12). Russia-China: The Summit Which the Media Ignored. globalresearch.ca On 5 June, the media projectors zeroed in on President Trump and the European leaders of NATO, who, for the anniversary of D-Day, auto-celebrated in Portsmouth "peace, freedom and democracy in Europe," vowing to "defend them at any time, wherever …

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

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…

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.

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.

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.

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."

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

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.

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

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

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…

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…

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…

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."

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

Elliott Gabriel (2019-06-11). Child Molesters in Alabama Will Now Be Chemically Castrated. theantimedia.com (TMU) — Republican Alabama Governor Kay Ivey signed a bill into law Monday that will require some sex offenders to undergo chemical castration one month prior to being released from custody, and will also ensure that offenders have to foot the bill for the treatment. Under the law, offenders "convicted of a sex offense involving …

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.

Maj. Danny Sjursen (2019-06-11). The Generals Won't Save Us From the Next War. truthdig.com Editor's note: This article was originally published on The American Conservative. | Poll after poll indicates that the only public institution Americans still trust is the military. Not Congress, not the presidency, not the Supreme Court, the church, or the media. Just the American war machine. | But perhaps that faith in the U.S. Armed Forces is misplaced. I…

Mark Gruenberg (2019-06-11). Former White House Counsel John Dean compares Trump to Nixon. peoplesworld.org WASHINGTON—There's a big Watergate parallel between Donald Trump and Richard Nixon: Special Counsel Robert Mueller's report is the Trump equivalent of the briefcase of grand jury evidence against Nixon which then-Special Prosecutor Leon Jaworski sent to Congress 45 years ago. And that briefcase of evidence of cover-up and conspiracy helped oust Richard Nixon from office …

Jake Johnson, staff writer (2019-06-11). Legal Expert Says 'Congress Must Repeal the AUMF' After Supreme Court Rejects Yemeni Man's Appeal for Release From Gitmo. commondreams.org "The Supreme Court can no longer be trusted to enforce due process. If Congress doesn't put a stop to this unconstitutional cruelty, no one will." | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…

commondreams (2019-06-11). Pro-Peace Coalition Delivers Petition Urging Congress to Block Trump's Path to War With Iran. commondreams.org ______________________________…

Cassie Miller (2019-06-11). Accusations in a Mirror: How the Radical Right Blames Rising Political Violence on the Left. splcenter.org In early April, Congress held its first hearing on white nationalism since the deadly 2017 "Unite the Right" rally in Charlottesville, Virginia. What was supposed to be an opportunity to address the rising threat of far-right extremism was, at certain points, upended by conservatives who insisted the real threat came from the left.

Staff (2019-06-11). Jon Stewart Lashes Out at Congress Over 9/11 Victims Fund. truthdig.com The comedian and longtime advocate says "sick and dying" responders traveled to find few House panel members in attendance at the hearing.

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

RT (2019-06-11). 'You should be ashamed': Jon Stewart shreds members of Congress for skipping 9/11 victims hearing. rt.com Comedian and former talk show host Jon Stewart ripped lawmakers to pieces when many skipped out on a hearing on funding for victims of the September 11 attacks, calling the poor attendance a "stain" on Congress.

South Front (2019-06-11). Video: Al Qaeda Militants Suffer Large Casualties in Clashes in Northern Hama. globalresearch.ca Fierce clashes have been ongoing in northern Hama since June 6 when Hayat Tahrir al-Sham, Jaysh al-Izza, the Turkish-backed National Front for Liberation (NFL) and their allies launched an advance on Syrian Arab Army (SAA) positions there. | Initially, militants seized …

Vanessa Beeley (2019-06-11). In the Western Media Narrative, SAA-Targeted Underground Bunkers and Terrorist-Run Prisons Become "Hospitals" mintpressnews.com We should not allow ourselves to be collectively hypnotized into believing the media hype that would portray armed-group murderers as heroes, and the Syrian people and government struggling to expel them from their country as the villains.

Alexander Rubinstein (2019-06-11). Media Paints Jihadist Commander Who Pledged Allegiance to ISIS as a Soccer Star with the Voice of an Angel. globalresearch.ca If you've read the headlines about the death of "Syrian activist" Abdel Basset al-Sarout, you probably think he was a pretty cool guy. Headlines referring to him as a "Syrian footballer, singer and rebel" make him seem like he …

teleSUR (2019-06-11). Nearly 100 People Massacred in Central Mali, 19 missing. telesurenglish.net Nearly 100 people were killed in Mali last night when a unknown group carried out a ruthless attack on a villages inside the central region of this African nation. | RELATED: | UN Security Council Debates Military Group to Address Violence in West Africa | Local officials told the AFP News Agency that "armed men, suspected to be terrorists, launched a murderous attack on this peaceful village." | The government, giving a provisional toll, said 95 people had bee…

Vijay Prashad (2019-06-11). Peace Is a Word That the West Has Taken From the Afghans. commondreams.org An Afghan man and his son watch as soldiers from the U.S. Army 82nd Airborne Division prepare to sweep their home November 7, 2002 in southeastern Afghanistan. Soldiers discovered over a dozen mines and grenades, 14 rocket propelled grenades, and plastic explosives as they searched several compounds as part of Operation Alamo Sweep. (Photo: Scott Nelson/Getty Images) | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…

Jessica Corbett, staff writer (2019-06-11). In Just One Decade, Corporations Destroyed 50 Million Hectares of Forest—An Area the Size of Spain. commondreams.org Major corporations involved with commodities like beef, palm oil, and soya pledged in 2010 to end deforestation over the next decade—but instead of fulfilling that promise, a new Greenpeace International analysis found the companies are set to destroy at least 50 million hectares of forest worldwide by 2020. | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…

teleSUR (2019-06-11). Nicaragua Frees 50 Prisoners Under New Amnesty Law. telesurenglish.net Nicaragua released 50 prisoners following the National Assembly's passing a new amnesty law June 8. | RELATED: | US Body 'Laid Groundwork For Insurrection' In Nicaragua | The new law, passed Monday, granted a one-off amnesty to those who committed crimes during the nation's drawn out, right-wing protests last year. The measure will apply equally to those with or without act…

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…

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…

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).

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.

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.

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.

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