Daily Archives: June 5, 2019

2019-06-05: News Headlines

Seiji Yamada — John Witeck (2019-06-05). Attacks Mount Against Philippine Human Rights Advocates. counterpunch.org by John Witeck & Seiji Yamada Approximately 300,000 or one-fourth of Hawaii's population is Filipino. Hawaii's substantial economic, personal, and family ties with the Philippines means that all of us here have a great stake in what is happening there. The government of Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte has been threatening and attacking a growing number More

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…

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 …

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…

teleSUR (2019-06-05). Russia Denies Sharing Intel With Trump on Venezuela. telesurenglish.net Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov sat down for an interview with the RBC Group on Tuesday to discuss a number of topics affecting his country. | RELATED: | Moscow Responds to Trump: Strikes in Syria Target 'Terrorists' | During the interview, Lavrov was asked about U.S. President Donald Trump's claims that Russia informed him about the withdrawal of their military personnel from Venezuela. | Lavrov rebuffed Trump's claims about Russia informing him of their personnel withdra…

Arabi Souri (2019-06-05). Video: US-Sponsored Kurdish Militia Burn Wheat Fields in Northern Syria. globalresearch.ca The Kurdish separatist militia SDF and its affiliates from PYD and Asayish are burning wheat fields in the territories under their occupation northeast of Syria. | Some of the most fertile lands as well as territories rich with oil are under …

Arabi Souri (2019-06-05). ISIS Remnants Regroup and Attack Syrian Army Posts in the Desert with U.S. Help. globalresearch.ca ISIS terrorists, defeated by the Syrian Arab Army in the major battles of Der Ezzor and Albukamal east of Syria, have regrouped and launched a new wave of attacks against the SAA posts in the dese…

teleSUR (2019-06-05). Chinese President Arrives in Moscow To Meet With Putin. telesurenglish.net Chinese President Xi Jinping has arrived in Moscow Wednesday for his first state visit to the Russian Federation this year. | RELATED: | China Warns US Can't Pressure Them to Force Trade Deal | According to reports, Xi plans to meet with his Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin as they discuss a wide range of topics, including North Korea, Venezuela, and Syria. | The two leaders are also expected to sign or witness the signing of important cooperation documents, and attend a gathering ce…

Tammy Baldwin (2019-06-05). Commemorating 100 Years of Women's Right to Vote. progressive.org U.S. Senator Tammy Baldwin on the unanimous Senate passage of the resolution she co-sponsored celebrating a century since the passage and ratification of the Nineteenth Amendment.

Alleen Brown (2019-06-05). Trump Administration Asks Congress to Make Disrupting Pipeline Construction a Crime Punishable by 20 Years in Prison. theintercept.com The proposed legislation would put anti-fossil fuel organizers at significant legal risk for providing training or support to peaceful protesters.

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…

Mattias Lundblad, Johannes Frandsen (2019-06-05). PHOTOS: 'I Haven't Met Anybody in the Area Who Actually Wants to Take the Walls Down'. thenation.com PHOTOS: 'I Haven't Met Anybody in the Area Who Actually Wants to Take the Walls Down'

Liberation Staff (2019-06-05). Massacre in Sudan: Revolutionaries vow to fight on despite deadly repression. liberationnews.org The Party for Socialism and Liberation is outraged at the horrific massacre carried out on Monday by forces loyal to the high command of the Sudanese armed forces against peaceful protesters conducting a sit-in in Khartoum outside army headquarters. It is now estimated that at least 100 people were killed in the attack. The camp …

W. T. Whitney Jr. (2019-06-05). FARC leader Santrich freed, but peace is still held hostage in Colombia. peoplesworld.org Former FARC guerrilla commander Jesús Santrich, imprisoned on April 9, 2018, went free on May 30. Colombian authorities had held him pending extradition to the United Sates. Their plan violated the peace agreement signed in November 2016 between FARC guerrillas and Colombia's government. Santrich, born Seuxis Hernández Solarte, personifies the turmoil in Colombia stemming from …

Kim Petersen (2019-06-05). Plutocracy V: Subterranean Fire. dissidentvoice.org Plutocracy V: Subterranean Fire, written and directed by Scott Noble, continues the run of quality documentaries by Metanoia Films. The film provides the historical context that allows the viewer to understand why inequality reigns while social justice and peace lag today. The, at first blink, curious title stems from a quotation by the American labor …

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

CGTN Africa (2019-06-05). Gianni Infantino reelected FIFA president. cgtn.com Gianni Infantino was re-elected as president of football's world governing body FIFA for a second term. | FILE PHOTO-REUTERS | The 49-year-old Swiss-Italian lawyer ran unopposed and during a lengthy speech before FIFA's congress highlighted the accomplishment of his first term at the helm with an eye toward FIFA and football's future. | "Nobody talks about a crisis at FIFA any more or rebuilding it from scratch. Nobody talks about scandals or corruption, we talk about football. We can say that we've turned the situation around," Infantino said. | Infantino took over the organization in 2016, succeeding Sepp Batte…

teleSUR (2019-06-05). Argentina's Top Court Upholds Glacier Law, Rules Against Mining. telesurenglish.net Argentina's supreme court unanimously rejected Tuesday a challenge to the law brought by the Canadian miner Barrick Gold, Minera Argentina Gold, and San Juan's province, who attempted to topple the national Law prohibiting mining, oil and gas projects in glacier and in permafrost areas passed by the country's Congress in 2011. | RELATED: | Argentina Protests Gender Violence, Demand Right to Abort | "Miners have long marked this region for its rich gold, silver and copper deposits, a…

plenglish (2019-06-05). Supreme Court of Colombia to Subpoena Santrich. plenglish.com Bogota, Jun 5 (Prensa Latina) The Supreme Court of Justice of Colombia on Wednesday announced the decision to subpoena the leader of the Alternative Revolutionary Force of the Common (FARC) and congressman, Jesus Santrich.

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.

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

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.

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). 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…

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

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

plenglish (2019-06-05). U.S.: Democratic Presidential Candidate for Expanding Ties with Cuba. plenglish.com Washington, Jun 5 ( Prensa Latina ) Democratic Senator and presidential candidate Amy Klobuchar today called for moving forward U.S. relations with Cuba after Donald Trump"s administration imposed more travel restrictions to the island.

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…

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 …

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…

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.

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 …

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…

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,…

Patrick Walker (2019-06-04). Climate terrorism: The politically farsighted way to impeach Trump. nationofchange.org In short, there are potent Constitutional grounds to impeach Trump for climate terrorism, and doing so would forcefully deter any Republican "rightist revolutionary" from pursuing similar ecocidal policies.

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.

Firas Samuri (2019-06-04). Israel Continues Its Interference in the Syrian Crisis. globalresearch.ca On June 2, the Syrian Arab News Agency reported on Israeli aggression on the T4 airbase, located in the eastern countryside of Homs province. It's recognized that the Syrian Air Defense System managed to destroy two missiles. The remaining rockets …

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 …

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…

Elijah J. Magnier (2019-06-04). Trump's Bellicosity Sells Weapons but Also Boosts Iran and the Palestinian Cause. globalresearch.ca When the "Islamic State" (ISIS) occupied large territories in Iraq and Syria, it shifted Middle East and world attention to it, moving the focus away from the Palestinian cause. The countries affected by the ISIS horror concentrated on recovering their …

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 …

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.

United Nations (2019-06-04). Vital food crops destroyed in Syria amid upsurge in fighting across Idlib, Hama. un.org Thousands of acres of crops have been destroyed in Syria's Idlib and north Hama provinces amid ongoing deadly violence, the World Food Programme (WFP) said on Tuesday, in a call to the warring parties to stop using food security to hold people "hostage".

Staff (2019-06-04). The US Cult of Bombing and Endless War. truthout.org From Syria to Yemen in the Middle East, Libya to Somalia in Africa, Afghanistan to Pakistan in South Asia, an American aerial curtain has descended across a huge swath of the planet. Its stated purpose: combatting terrorism. Its primary method: constant surveillance and bombing — and yet more bombing. Its political benefit: minimizing the number of U.S. "boots on the ground" and so American casualties in the never-ending war on terror, as well as any public outcry about Washington's many conflicts. Its economic benefit: plent…

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.

ACLU (2019-06-04). New Hampshire Repealed the Death Penalty. aclu.org New Hampshire's legislature overrode the governor's veto to end the use of capital punishment in the state. | As of Thursday, May 30th, New Hampshire is a state without the death penalty. It took decades to be able to say that. In the end, it came down to a single vote in both the state House and Senate. Thursday's Senate vote means that all of New England is free of the death penalty, making it the first full region of the country to reject capital punishment. | The victory is a credit to the 279 representatives and 17 senators who voted in support of the repeal bill earlier this year, and a particular credit to…

Ashley Curtin (2019-06-04). 'GOP retaliates against the people who educate our children:' West Virginia passes education bill that bans teacher strikes. nationofchange.org Lawmakers in West Virginia recently passed an education bill with an amendment that would ban teachers strikes. The legislation, which passed the Senate, heads to the state's House of Delegates later this month. | While the right-to-work state already doesn't give employees collective bargaining rights, many call the amendment "pure retribution, retaliation." | "This is just I think another stab at trying to punish us, making the law perhaps a little more severe with such language," Fred Albert, president of the West Virginia chapter of the American Federation of Teachers (AFT). | The amendment would "specify…

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.

United Nations (2019-06-04). Newly-elected Nigerian UN General Assembly President pledges focus on 'peace and prosperity' for most vulnerable. un.org The global reach of the United Nations makes it "the world's best hope for peace and security, sustainable development and the promotion and protection of human rights and social progress", said the top Nigerian diplomat who will be the next President of the General Assembly.

United Nations (2019-06-04). Colombia: Rights experts condemn killing of reintegrated former rebel fighter, call for respect of peace process. un.org Against a backdrop of challenges in implementing the peace process in Colombia, six independent UN human rights experts condemned on Tuesday the killing of a former member of the FARC-EP guerilla movement, which they said constitutes a "violation" of the guarantees made by the Government in the 2016 peace agreement.

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Attacks Mount Against Philippine Human Rights Advocates
Seiji Yamada — John Witeck | counterpunch.org | 2019-06-05
by John Witeck & Seiji Yamada Approximately 300,000 or one-fourth of Hawaii's population is Filipino. Hawaii's substantial economic, personal, and family ties with the Philippines means that all of us here have a great stake in what is happening there. The government of Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte has been threatening and attacking a growing number…
counterpunch.org/2019/06/05/attacks-moun…

Attacks Mount Against Philippine Human Rights Advocates
Seiji Yamada — John Witeck | counterpunch.org | 2019-06-05
Approximately 300,000 or one-fourth of Hawaii's population is Filipino. Hawaii's substantial economic, personal, and family ties with the Philippines means that all of us here have a great stake in what is happening there. The government of Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte has been threatening and attacking a growing number of human rights advocates, labor, church…
counterpunch.org/2019/06/05/attacks-moun…

10 Democratic candidates would ban fracking. Here are the others who won't
Alexandra Jacobo | nationofchange.org | 2019-06-05
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,…
nationofchange.org/2019/06/05/10-democra…

Republicans Clash with Trump over Proposed Tariffs of Up to 25% on All Mexican Imports
MAIL | democracynow.org | 2019-06-05
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…
www.democracynow.org/2019/6/5/republican…

Republicans Clash With Trump Over Tariffs on Mexican Imports
Staff | truthout.org | 2019-06-05
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…
truthout.org/video/republicans-clash-wit…

Congress Passes Disaster Relief for Puerto Rico, US States and Territories
Kate Zeller | indybay.org | 2019-06-05
After repeated blocks by Republicans in the House of Representatives, a disaster relief bill is finally on its way to be signed by President Trump.
indybay.org/newsitems/2019/06/04/1882373…

GOP moves to ban teacher strikes in West Virginia
Mark Gruenberg | peoplesworld.org | 2019-06-05
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 …
peoplesworld.org/article/republicans-mov…

Video: US-Sponsored Kurdish Militia Burn Wheat Fields in Northern Syria
Arabi Souri | globalresearch.ca | 2019-06-05
The Kurdish separatist militia SDF and its affiliates from PYD and Asayish are burning wheat fields in the territories under their occupation northeast of Syria. | Some of the most fertile lands as well as territories rich with oil are under …
globalresearch.ca/us-sponsored-kurdish-m…

ISIS Remnants Regroup and Attack Syrian Army Posts in the Desert with U.S. Help
Arabi Souri | globalresearch.ca | 2019-06-05
ISIS terrorists, defeated by the Syrian Arab Army in the major battles of Der Ezzor and Albukamal east of Syria, have regrouped and launched a new wave of attacks against the SAA posts in the dese…
globalresearch.ca/isis-remnants-regroup-…

Chinese President Arrives in Moscow To Meet With Putin
telesurenglish.net | 2019-06-05
Chinese President Xi Jinping has arrived in Moscow Wednesday for his first state visit to the Russian Federation this year. | RELATED: | China Warns US Can't Pressure Them to Force Trade Deal | According to reports, Xi plans to meet with his Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin as they discuss a wide range of topics, including North Korea, Venezuela, and Syria. | The two leaders are also expected to sign or witness the signing of important cooperation documents, and attend a gathering ce…
telesurenglish.net/news/Chinese-Presiden…

Russia Denies Sharing Intel With Trump on Venezuela
telesurenglish.net | 2019-06-05
Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov sat down for an interview with the RBC Group on Tuesday to discuss a number of topics affecting his country. | RELATED: | Moscow Responds to Trump: Strikes in Syria Target 'Terrorists' | During the interview, Lavrov was asked about U.S. President Donald Trump's claims that Russia informed him about the withdrawal of their military personnel from Venezuela. | Lavrov rebuffed Trump's claims about Russia informing him of their personnel withdra…
telesurenglish.net/news/Russia-Denies-Sh…

Commemorating 100 Years of Women's Right to Vote
Tammy Baldwin | progressive.org | 2019-06-05
U.S. Senator Tammy Baldwin on the unanimous Senate passage of the resolution she co-sponsored celebrating a century since the passage and ratification of the Nineteenth Amendment.
progressive.org/dispatches/100-years-of-…

Massacre in Sudan: Revolutionaries vow to fight on despite deadly repression
Liberation Staff | liberationnews.org | 2019-06-05
The Party for Socialism and Liberation is outraged at the horrific massacre carried out on Monday by forces loyal to the high command of the Sudanese armed forces against peaceful protesters conducting a sit-in in Khartoum outside army headquarters. It is now estimated that at least 100 people were killed in the attack. The camp …
liberationnews.org/massacre-in-sudan-rev…

Beware of Authoritarian Christians
Rev. William Alberts | counterpunch.org | 2019-06-05
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…
counterpunch.org/2019/06/05/beware-of-au…

Plutocracy V: Subterranean Fire
Kim Petersen | dissidentvoice.org | 2019-06-05
Plutocracy V: Subterranean Fire, written and directed by Scott Noble, continues the run of quality documentaries by Metanoia Films. The film provides the historical context that allows the viewer to understand why inequality reigns while social justice and peace lag today. The, at first blink, curious title stems from a quotation by the American labor …
dissidentvoice.org/2019/06/plutocracy-v-…

Abortion Bans; S.F. Anti-Abortion Marches; Free Abortion on Demand
Register Peace & Freedom or Green | indybay.org | 2019-06-05
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…
indybay.org/newsitems/2019/06/02/1882370…

Film Showing of "Pride" in celebration of 50th anniversary of Stonewall
Party for Socialism and Liberation | indybay.org | 2019-06-05
San Jose Peace & Justice Center, 48 S. 7th St.
indybay.org/newsitems/2019/06/03/1882371…

PHOTOS: 'I Haven't Met Anybody in the Area Who Actually Wants to Take the Walls Down'
Mattias Lundblad, Johannes Frandsen | thenation.com | 2019-06-05
PHOTOS: 'I Haven't Met Anybody in the Area Who Actually Wants to Take the Walls Down'…
thenation.com/article/belfast-peace-line…

Trump Administration Asks Congress to Make Disrupting Pipeline Construction a Crime Punishable by 20 Years in Prison
Alleen Brown | theintercept.com | 2019-06-05
The proposed legislation would put anti-fossil fuel organizers at significant legal risk for providing training or support to peaceful protesters.
theintercept.com/2019/06/05/pipeline-pro…

Plutocracy V: Subterranean Fire
Kim Petersen | dissidentvoice.org | 2019-06-05
Plutocracy V: Subterranean Fire, written and directed by Scott Noble, continues the run of quality documentaries by Metanoia Films. The film provides the historical context that allows the viewer to understand why inequality reigns while social justice and peace lag today. The, at first blink, curious title stems from a quotation by the American labor …
dissidentvoice.org/2019/06/plutocracy-v-…

FARC leader Santrich freed, but peace is still held hostage in Colombia
W. T. Whitney Jr. | peoplesworld.org | 2019-06-05
Former FARC guerrilla commander Jesús Santrich, imprisoned on April 9, 2018, went free on May 30. Colombian authorities had held him pending extradition to the United Sates. Their plan violated the peace agreement signed in November 2016 between FARC guerrillas and Colombia's government. Santrich, born Seuxis Hernández Solarte, personifies the turmoil in Colombia stemming from …
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Citing Threats to Abortion Rights, Sanders Endorses Marie Newman's Democratic Primary Challenge Against Anti-Choice Incumbent Dan Lipinski
Jessica Corbett, staff writer | commondreams.org | 2019-06-05
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. | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…
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Gianni Infantino reelected FIFA president
CGTN Africa | cgtn.com | 2019-06-05
Gianni Infantino was re-elected as president of football's world governing body FIFA for a second term. | FILE PHOTO-REUTERS | The 49-year-old Swiss-Italian lawyer ran unopposed and during a lengthy speech before FIFA's congress highlighted the accomplishment of his first term at the helm with an eye toward FIFA and football's future. | "Nobody talks about a crisis at FIFA any more or rebuilding it from scratch. Nobody talks about scandals or corruption, we talk about football. We can say that we've turned the situation around," Infantino said. | Infantino took over the organization in 2016, succeeding Sepp Batte…
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Gianni Infantino reelected FIFA president
CGTN Africa | cgtn.com | 2019-06-05
Gianni Infantino was re-elected as president of football's world governing body FIFA for a second term. | FILE PHOTO-REUTERS | The 49-year-old Swiss-Italian lawyer ran unopposed and during a lengthy speech before FIFA's congress highlighted the accomplishment of his first term at the helm with an eye toward FIFA and football's future. | "Nobody talks about a crisis at FIFA any more or rebuilding it from scratch. Nobody talks about scandals or corruption, we talk about football. We can say that we've turned the situation around," Infantino said. | Infantino took over the organization in 2016, succeeding Sepp Batte…
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Supreme Court of Colombia to Subpoena Santrich
plenglish.com | 2019-06-05
Bogota, Jun 5 (Prensa Latina) The Supreme Court of Justice of Colombia on Wednesday announced the decision to subpoena the leader of the Alternative Revolutionary Force of the Common (FARC) and congressman, Jesus Santrich.
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Argentina's Top Court Upholds Glacier Law, Rules Against Mining
telesurenglish.net | 2019-06-05
Argentina's supreme court unanimously rejected Tuesday a challenge to the law brought by the Canadian miner Barrick Gold, Minera Argentina Gold, and San Juan's province, who attempted to topple the national Law prohibiting mining, oil and gas projects in glacier and in permafrost areas passed by the country's Congress in 2011. | RELATED: | Argentina Protests Gender Violence, Demand Right to Abort | "Miners have long marked this region for its rich gold, silver and copper deposits, a…
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Biden campaign caught plagiarizing parts of his 2020 climate plan, says it forgot citations
rt.com | 2019-06-05
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. | …
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U.S.: Democratic Presidential Candidate for Expanding Ties with Cuba
plenglish.com | 2019-06-05
Washington, Jun 5 ( Prensa Latina ) Democratic Senator and presidential candidate Amy Klobuchar today called for moving forward U.S. relations with Cuba after Donald Trump"s administration imposed more travel restrictions to the island.
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To Fight Establishment's Framing of Biden as Presumptive Nominee, Warren Tells Voters, 'Get Up Off Your Butt and Volunteer!'
Julia Conley, staff writer | commondreams.org | 2019-06-05
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. | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…
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US Transferred "Nuclear Expertise" to Saudi Arabia After Khashoggi Murder
Middle East Eye | theantimedia.com | 2019-06-05
(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 …

US Transferred “Nuclear Expertise” to Saudi Arabia After Khashoggi Murder

Why Joe Biden Was Afraid to Face California's Democratic Party
Norman Solomon | indybay.org | 2019-06-05
Corporate Joe skips out…
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To Impeach, or Not to Impeach
Elizabeth Drew | commondreams.org | 2019-06-05
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) | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…
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Grand gesture: Dems pass migrant amnesty with zero hope of becoming law
rt.com | 2019-06-05
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. | …
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Biden Campaign Admits Plagiarizing Part of Climate Plan From Fossil Fuel Groups
Staff | truthout.org | 2019-06-05
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…
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Bernie Sanders at Walmart shareholders meeting: "End starvation wages"
C.J. Atkins | peoplesworld.org | 2019-06-05
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 …
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Grand gesture: Dems pass migrant amnesty with zero hope of becoming law
rt.com | 2019-06-05
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. | …
rt.com/usa/461096-house-democrats-pass-d…

Biden campaign caught plagiarizing parts of his 2020 climate plan, says it forgot citations
rt.com | 2019-06-05
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. | …
rt.com/usa/461091-biden-campaign-plagiar…

After the Fall of the Berlin War: Between Dystopia and Democratic Socialism
Andrew Jackson | globalresearch.ca | 2019-06-05
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 …
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Australian Federal Police raid journalists over exposures of government spying, war crimes
wsws.org | 2019-06-05
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.
www.wsws.org/en/articles/2019/06/05/raid…

WHO calls for sustained political commitment to end Ebola
David Ochieng Mbewa | cgtn.com | 2019-06-05
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…
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Over GOP 'Build the Wall' Shouts and Sabotage Efforts, House Democrats Pass 'Historic' Bill to Shield Dreamers From Trump Deportation Force
Jake Johnson, staff writer | commondreams.org | 2019-06-05
"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." | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…
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Oshawa GM Plant Workers "Collateral Damage"
Staff | therealnews.com | 2019-06-05
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…
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Climate terrorism: The politically farsighted way to impeach Trump
Patrick Walker | nationofchange.org | 2019-06-04
In short, there are potent Constitutional grounds to impeach Trump for climate terrorism, and doing so would forcefully deter any Republican "rightist revolutionary" from pursuing similar ecocidal policies.
nationofchange.org/2019/06/04/climate-te…

Proof of Census conspiracy against Latino vote: gerrymanderer dies, daughter tells all
Satya Vatti | liberationnews.org | 2019-06-04
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.
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Video: Israeli Military Intensifies Attacks on Syria
South Front | globalresearch.ca | 2019-06-04
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 …
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Trump's Bellicosity Sells Weapons but Also Boosts Iran and the Palestinian Cause
Elijah J. Magnier | globalresearch.ca | 2019-06-04
When the "Islamic State" (ISIS) occupied large territories in Iraq and Syria, it shifted Middle East and world attention to it, moving the focus away from the Palestinian cause. The countries affected by the ISIS horror concentrated on recovering their …
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Israeli Military Intensifies Attacks on Syria, Killing 15
Jason Ditz | theantimedia.com | 2019-06-04
(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 …

Israeli Military Intensifies Attacks on Syria, Killing 15

The US Cult of Bombing and Endless War
Staff | truthout.org | 2019-06-04
From Syria to Yemen in the Middle East, Libya to Somalia in Africa, Afghanistan to Pakistan in South Asia, an American aerial curtain has descended across a huge swath of the planet. Its stated purpose: combatting terrorism. Its primary method: constant surveillance and bombing — and yet more bombing. Its political benefit: minimizing the number of U.S. "boots on the ground" and so American casualties in the never-ending war on terror, as well as any public outcry about Washington's many conflicts. Its economic benefit: plent…
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Vital food crops destroyed in Syria amid upsurge in fighting across Idlib, Hama
United Nations | un.org | 2019-06-04
Thousands of acres of crops have been destroyed in Syria's Idlib and north Hama provinces amid ongoing deadly violence, the World Food Programme (WFP) said on Tuesday, in a call to the warring parties to stop using food security to hold people "hostage".
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Tuesday's Daily Brief: Bicycles for the environment, new leader for the UN General Assembly, UN values, Ebola, Syria and Libya
United Nations | un.org | 2019-06-04
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.
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