Daily Archives: June 8, 2019

2019-06-08: News Headlines

RT (2019-06-08). Consolation wall? White House fence to double in size. rt.com The White House is replacing its fence with one nearly twice as tall after several attempts to storm the presidential residence — one wall President Donald Trump will finally get without fighting Congress tooth and nail.

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

WSWS (2019-06-08). US-backed Saudi regime tortures dissidents on eve of threatened beheadings. wsws.org Among those slated for execution is Murtaja Qureiris, arrested at age 13 for participating in a peaceful protest against the monarchy.

Stephen Lendman (2019-06-08). Trump Reinvents The History of World War II, Honoring US Vets and Talking Peace While Waging War. globalresearch.ca The US was Soviet Russia's junior partner in the battle to defeat Nazi Germany. History taught US students otherwise. So do US presidents, Trump no exception. | In Colleville-sur-Mer, France, the Normandy American Cemetery, commemorating the 75th D-Day anniversary, launching the …

Frank Scott (2019-06-08). What is so rare as a — fake news — day in June? *. dissidentvoice.org While the continued mental assault on what is left of public consciousness still features the idiot fiction of Russiagate, or how the evil Putin arranged to trash our great American democracy and defeat holy mother Hillary on behalf of cursed father Donald, the month of June offered not one but two major fictional treatments of …

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

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

Christine Maema (2019-06-08). 86 displaced South Sudanese return home following peace deal. cgtn.com The group comprising of 86 women and children at the UN's air terminal ready to return to their homes (UNMISS) | Thousands of families who were displaced after a civil war broke out in South Sudan finally returned home to rebuild their lives after leaving a special protection site at the United Nations base in Wau. | The families were in the protection site in the capital of South Sudan for almost six years after seeking sanctuary from the violent conflict that erupted during the outbreak of civil war. Some of the children were even born in the camp and have never experienced life outside. | With a reduction in v…

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

Andrea Germanos, staff writer (2019-06-07). #ImpeachTrump Day of Action Announced Because "It Is Clear That Congress Won't Act Unless We Demand It" commondreams.org www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…

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…

Camille Erickson (2019-06-07). Pharmaceutical hulk Johnson & Johnson keeps up lobbying efforts as lawsuits pile on. nationofchange.org Amid an onslaught of lawsuits, Johnson & Johnson has kept pace with its historically hefty lobbying efforts as it wrestles to maintain influence in the halls of Congress.

Mark Gruenberg (2019-06-07). Daily Kos aims for 100K names on anti-Iran War petition to Congress. peoplesworld.org OAKLAND, Calif.—Daily Kos, a top group blog and Internet forum for grassroots activism, is aiming for 100,000 signatures on a petition to Congress against President Trump's threatened war on Iran. The group will deliver its petitions on June 10. "Let's storm the gates 100,000 strong!" originators Paul Hogarth and Erin Tulley of the Oakland, Calif.-based …

Staff (2019-06-07). Puerto Rico to Receive New Disaster Relief, but Colonial Status Prevents Economic Recovery. therealnews.com Congress passed a new disaster relief bill, to provide Puerto Rico an additional $1.4 billion. But colonial status, a financial oversight board with conflict of interest, and unfavorable laws ensure that the Island remains mired in poverty…

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.

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

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

Vanessa Beeley (2019-06-07). As Suqaylabiyah: The Syrian Christian Town Near Idlib the West Has Never Heard Of. mintpressnews.com Vanessa Beeley reports from the town of As Suqaylabiyah, Syria – a Christian enclave under attack from Al Qaeda affiliated militants in the nearby Idlib province.

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

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 …

W. T. Whitney (2019-06-07). Santrich Goes Free While Peace in Colombia Still Held Hostage. counterpunch.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 turmoil in Colombia stemming from the More

teleSUR (2019-06-07). Colombia: Duque Ratifies Special Jurisdiction for Peace Law. telesurenglish.net Colombian President Ivan Duque signed his approval on the Special Jurisdiction for Peace (JEP) legislation on Thursday after years of debate and trepidation. | RELATED: | Protect Ex-Farc Members or Risk Losing Peace: UN Tells Colombia | Approved as part of Colombia's Peace Agreement in 2016 and negotiated by the administration of former President Juan Manuel Santos, the JEP was monumental in ending half a century of violence between right-wing paramilitary groups and the countr…

Tim Wheeler (2019-06-07). James Jackson: Communist leader and pioneer fighter for civil rights. peoplesworld.org James E. Jackson Jr., (1914-2007), a leader of the Communist Party USA for many years, began his eventful life in political action at age 16 and he remained an unwavering fighter for equality, democracy, world peace, and socialism all his days. Not the least of Jackson's achievements was his role in the early 1960s as …

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.

teleSUR (2019-06-07). Colombia: Top Prosecutor Says Sinaloa Cartel Present in Country. telesurenglish.net Colombia's highest prosecutor and oversight official, Carlos Negret denounced the presence of Mexico's Sinaloa drug cartel in southern Colombia, in the department of Caqueta, one of the areas most affected by armed violence for decades. | RELATED: | Protect Ex-Farc Members or Risk Losing Peace: UN Tells Colombia | "I am worried about extortion, ill…

Staff (2019-06-07). After Sudan Massacre, Opposition Demands Immediate Return to Civilian Rule. therealnews.com Sudan was suspended from the African Union following a military attack on peaceful demonstrators that killed over 100. But Saudi Arabia and UAE continue to support Sudan's military regime. We discuss the situation with Prof. Khalid Ahmed…

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.

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

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.

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

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

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

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

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

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.

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…

Rebecca Solnit (2019-06-07). The Curious Case of Elizabeth Warren and the "Charter School Lobbyist" Who Wasn't. commondreams.org 2020 Democratic presidential candidate Sen. Elizabeth Warren pictured with educator Sonya Mehta at rally in Oakland, California last week. | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…

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

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…

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…

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…

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). 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…

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…

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…

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…

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 …

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…

2019-06-08: Social Media Postees

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Consolation wall? White House fence to double in size
rt.com | 2019-06-08
The White House is replacing its fence with one nearly twice as tall after several attempts to storm the presidential residence — one wall President Donald Trump will finally get without fighting Congress tooth and nail. | …
rt.com/usa/461352-white-house-fence-trum…

WV educators refuse to back down, once again
Workers World West Virginia bureau | workers.org | 2019-06-08
Following the successful defeat of the West Virginia omnibus education bill, SB 451, in February 2019, Senate Republicans called for a special session in June to reintroduce the same legislation. SB 451 tied a school employee pay raise to anti-public education proposals, such as for-profit charter schools, increased class size . . . | Continue reading WV educators refuse to back down, once again at Workers.org
workers.org/2019/06/07/wv-educators-refu…

Trump Reinvents The History of World War II, Honoring US Vets and Talking Peace While Waging War
Stephen Lendman | globalresearch.ca | 2019-06-08
The US was Soviet Russia's junior partner in the battle to defeat Nazi Germany. History taught US students otherwise. So do US presidents, Trump no exception. | In Colleville-sur-Mer, France, the Normandy American Cemetery, commemorating the 75th D-Day anniversary, launching the …
globalresearch.ca/trump-reinvents-ww-ii-…

#WearOrange: National Events Weekend Against Gun Violence 2019
WearOrange.org, Everytown for Gun Safety | indybay.org | 2019-06-08
Various peaceful events around the San Francisco Bay Area, throughout California, and nationwide…
indybay.org/newsitems/2019/06/05/1882375…

Stop Privatizations Of Veterans Hospitals! AFGE Members &. Vets Speak Out At Ft. Miley
Labor Video Project | indybay.org | 2019-06-08
As part of a national day of action on June 6, 2019 members of AFGE Local 1216, veterans and the Veterans for Peace rallied and spoke out about the privatization of the Veterans healthcare system.
indybay.org/newsitems/2019/06/06/1882378…

US-backed Saudi regime tortures dissidents on eve of threatened beheadings
wsws.org | 2019-06-08
Among those slated for execution is Murtaja Qureiris, arrested at age 13 for participating in a peaceful protest against the monarchy.
www.wsws.org/en/articles/2019/06/08/saud…

86 displaced South Sudanese return home following peace deal
Christine Maema | cgtn.com | 2019-06-08
The group comprising of 86 women and children at the UN's air terminal ready to return to their homes (UNMISS) | Thousands of families who were displaced after a civil war broke out in South Sudan finally returned home to rebuild their lives after leaving a special protection site at the United Nations base in Wau. | The families were in the protection site in the capital of South Sudan for almost six years after seeking sanctuary from the violent conflict that erupted during the outbreak of civil war. Some of the children were even born in the camp and have never experienced life outside. | With a reduction in v…
africa.cgtn.com/2019/06/08/86-displaced-…

What is so rare as a — fake news — day in June? *
Frank Scott | dissidentvoice.org | 2019-06-08
While the continued mental assault on what is left of public consciousness still features the idiot fiction of Russiagate, or how the evil Putin arranged to trash our great American democracy and defeat holy mother Hillary on behalf of cursed father Donald, the month of June offered not one but two major fictional treatments of …
dissidentvoice.org/2019/06/what-is-so-ra…

Social Democrats return to government in Denmark with xenophobic programme
wsws.org | 2019-06-08
The Social Democrats want to limit immigration from non-Western states and set up reception centres for asylum seekers outside the country.
www.wsws.org/en/articles/2019/06/08/denm…

Mexico to deploy 6,000 troops to southern border as Trump postpones tariffs
wsws.org | 2019-06-08
No faction of the American or Mexican ruling class offers any genuine opposition to the assault on immigrants and democratic rights.
www.wsws.org/en/articles/2019/06/08/immi…

Bernie Sanders uses NY Times op-ed to reassure big business
WSWS Repost | indybay.org | 2019-06-08
What was the Democratic candidate for president Bernie Sanders hiding in an op-ed he just wrote for the New York Times? | Tom Hall tells us in this article from the World Socialist Web Site.
indybay.org/newsitems/2019/06/07/1882378…

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

CAF president freed without charge
CGTN Africa | cgtn.com | 2019-06-07
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…
africa.cgtn.com/2019/06/07/caf-president…

Puerto Rico to Receive New Disaster Relief, but Colonial Status Prevents Economic Recovery
Staff | therealnews.com | 2019-06-07
Congress passed a new disaster relief bill, to provide Puerto Rico an additional $1.4 billion. But colonial status, a financial oversight board with conflict of interest, and unfavorable laws ensure that the Island remains mired in poverty…
therealnews.com/stories/puerto-rico-to-r…

Daily Kos aims for 100K names on anti-Iran War petition to Congress
Mark Gruenberg | peoplesworld.org | 2019-06-07
OAKLAND, Calif.–Daily Kos, a top group blog and Internet forum for grassroots activism, is aiming for 100,000 signatures on a petition to Congress against President Trump's threatened war on Iran. The group will deliver its petitions on June 10. "Let's storm the gates 100,000 strong!" originators Paul Hogarth and Erin Tulley of the Oakland, Calif.-based …
peoplesworld.org/article/daily-kos-aims-…

Pharmaceutical hulk Johnson & Johnson keeps up lobbying efforts as lawsuits pile on
Camille Erickson | nationofchange.org | 2019-06-07
Amid an onslaught of lawsuits, Johnson & Johnson has kept pace with its historically hefty lobbying efforts as it wrestles to maintain influence in the halls of Congress.
nationofchange.org/2019/06/07/pharmaceut…

#ImpeachTrump Day of Action Announced Because "It Is Clear That Congress Won't Act Unless We Demand It"
Andrea Germanos, staff writer | commondreams.org | 2019-06-07
commondreams.org/sites/default/files/sty…

Malawi police use tear gas to break up protests
CGTN Africa | cgtn.com | 2019-06-07
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…
africa.cgtn.com/2019/06/07/malawi-police…

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

Bernie Sanders uses NY Times op-ed to reassure big business
wsws.org | 2019-06-07
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.
www.wsws.org/en/articles/2019/06/07/sand…

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

Video: Syrian, Russian Forces Pound Militants in Greater Idlib
South Front | globalresearch.ca | 2019-06-07
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 …
globalresearch.ca/syrian-russian-forces-…

Friday's Daily Brief: electronic hopes and fears, Security Council elections, updates from Libya, Syria, Australia and the Philippines
United Nations | un.org | 2019-06-07
Wrapping up this week, our top stories are: how new technologies are a "vector for hope" and "source of fear", according to UN chief Guterres; new members at the Security Council; the plight of migrants in Libya; war rules violations in Syria; human rights in Australia and the Philippines.
news.un.org/feed/view/en/story/2019/06/1…

As Suqaylabiyah: The Syrian Christian Town Near Idlib the West Has Never Heard Of
Vanessa Beeley | mintpressnews.com | 2019-06-07
Vanessa Beeley reports from the town of As Suqaylabiyah, Syria – a Christian enclave under attack from Al Qaeda affiliated militants in the nearby Idlib province.
mintpressnews.com/as-suqaylabiyah-syria-…

After Sudan Massacre, Opposition Demands Immediate Return to Civilian Rule
Staff | therealnews.com | 2019-06-07
Sudan was suspended from the African Union following a military attack on peaceful demonstrators that killed over 100. But Saudi Arabia and UAE continue to support Sudan's military regime. We discuss the situation with Prof. Khalid Ahmed…
therealnews.com/stories/after-sudan-mass…

Stop Privatizations Of Veterans Hospitals! AFGE Members &. Vets Speak Out At Ft. Miley
Labor Video Project | indybay.org | 2019-06-07
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.
indybay.org/newsitems/2019/06/06/1882378…

Colombia: Duque Ratifies Special Jurisdiction for Peace Law
telesurenglish.net | 2019-06-07
Colombian President Ivan Duque signed his approval on the Special Jurisdiction for Peace (JEP) legislation on Thursday after years of debate and trepidation. | RELATED: | Protect Ex-Farc Members or Risk Losing Peace: UN Tells Colombia | Approved as part of Colombia's Peace Agreement in 2016 and negotiated by the administration of former President Juan Manuel Santos, the JEP was monumental in ending half a century of violence between right-wing paramilitary groups and the countr…
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#WearOrange: National Events Weekend Against Gun Violence 2019
WearOrange.org, Everytown for Gun Safety | indybay.org | 2019-06-07
Various peaceful events around the San Francisco Bay Area, throughout California, and nationwide…
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Colombia: Top Prosecutor Says Sinaloa Cartel Present in Country
telesurenglish.net | 2019-06-07
Colombia's highest prosecutor and oversight official, Carlos Negret denounced the presence of Mexico's Sinaloa drug cartel in southern Colombia, in the department of Caqueta, one of the areas most affected by armed violence for decades. | RELATED: | Protect Ex-Farc Members or Risk Losing Peace: UN Tells Colombia | "I am worried about extortion, ill…
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Santrich Goes Free While Peace in Colombia Still Held Hostage
W. T. Whitney | counterpunch.org | 2019-06-07
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 turmoil in Colombia stemming from the…
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James Jackson: Communist leader and pioneer fighter for civil rights
Tim Wheeler | peoplesworld.org | 2019-06-07
James E. Jackson Jr., (1914-2007), a leader of the Communist Party USA for many years, began his eventful life in political action at age 16 and he remained an unwavering fighter for equality, democracy, world peace, and socialism all his days. Not the least of Jackson's achievements was his role in the early 1960s as …
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Michigan governor announces closure of Benton Harbor High School
wsws.org | 2019-06-07
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.
www.wsws.org/en/articles/2019/06/07/beha…

Revenge of the Machine: New York Party Bosses Rally to Melinda Katz in Pivotal Prosecutor Race
Akela Lacy | theintercept.com | 2019-06-07
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…
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Boeing Obama a Gold Watch and 346 Dead
Corporate Crime Reporter | globalresearch.ca | 2019-06-07
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 …
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Biden drops support for abortion-funding restriction after political firestorm
wsws.org | 2019-06-07
The leading candidate for the Democratic presidential nomination had sought to stake out a right-wing position on access to abortion.
www.wsws.org/en/articles/2019/06/07/hyde…

Fact checking gone mad: Democrats tell Trump 'the Moon is not part of Mars'
rt.com | 2019-06-07
President Donald Trump announced that he wants America to explore Mars as part of the next Moon mission. The Democratic party showed its dedication to nitpicking by reminding Trump the Moon is "not part of Mars." | …
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Democrats Get Ready
Andrew Levine | counterpunch.org | 2019-06-07
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 –…
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California Senate Shelves Bill Tying Affordable Housing to Climate Crisis, Public Transit
Staff | therealnews.com | 2019-06-07
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.
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The European Left's Dangerous Anti-Immigrant Turn
Karina Piser | thenation.com | 2019-06-07
The European Left's Dangerous Anti-Immigrant Turn…
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Boeing, Obama A Gold Watch and 346 Dead
Russell Mokhiber | counterpunch.org | 2019-06-07
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…
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The Curious Case of Elizabeth Warren and the "Charter School Lobbyist" Who Wasn't
Rebecca Solnit | commondreams.org | 2019-06-07
2020 Democratic presidential candidate Sen. Elizabeth Warren pictured with educator Sonya Mehta at rally in Oakland, California last week. | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…
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Biden drops support for abortion-funding restriction after political firestorm
wsws.org | 2019-06-07
The leading candidate for the Democratic presidential nomination had sought to stake out a right-wing position on access to abortion.
www.wsws.org/en/articles/2019/06/07/hyde…

Boeing, Obama A Gold Watch and 346 Dead
Russell Mokhiber | counterpunch.org | 2019-06-07
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…
counterpunch.org/2019/06/07/boeing-obama…

Dammit, Democrats! Organize a Climate Debate!
John Nichols | thenation.com | 2019-06-07
Dammit, Democrats! Organize a Climate Debate!
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At Democratic Retreat, Chiefs of Staff Coached on Schmoozing With K Street
Ryan Grim | theintercept.com | 2019-06-06
A Democratic retreat for congressional chiefs of staff includes a panel on how to work with K Street, and a happy hour with lobbyists.
theintercept.com/2019/06/06/dccc-democra…

Citing Fears of Americans Getting 'Screwed,' Progressive Democrats Call Out Pelosi for Crafting Pharma-Friendly Drug Pricing Bill in Secret
Jake Johnson, staff writer | commondreams.org | 2019-06-06
"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…
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Saudi Arabia Secretly Purchased Ballistic Missile Technology From China: Report
Middle East Eye | theantimedia.com | 2019-06-06
(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", …

Saudi Arabia Secretly Purchased Ballistic Missile Technology From China: Report

Trump Dodges His Own Benghazi as Pentagon Closes Probe Into Niger Ambush
Staff | truthout.org | 2019-06-06
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…
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AOC Slams FBI for Racial Prejudice in Handling Terrorism Cases
telesurenglish.net | 2019-06-06
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…
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New Greenpeace Report Breaks Down Why Next US President Has No Choice But to Prioritize Total 'Fossil Fuel Phase Out'
Jessica Corbett, staff writer | commondreams.org | 2019-06-06
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…
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