2019-07-06: News Headlines

RT (2019-07-06). 'Now it's the Democrats begging for war?' Lee Camp demolishes critics of Trump-Kim peace overtures. rt.com Diplomatic headway made between Donald Trump and Kim Jong-un is unacceptable because it could lead to peace, Lee Camp said, poking fun at those criticizing the US president for meeting with Kim.

Staff (2019-07-05). Anti-Trump 4th of July Protest in DC Features 'Baby Trump' Blimp. therealnews.com The peace group CodePink organized a protest on the Washington DC Mall, just prior to Trump's militarized Independence Day extravaganza. The protest featured the 'Baby Trump' balloon from London, many speakers, and a reading of Frederick Douglass' speech, "What To The Slave Is The 4th Of July?"

CGTN America (2019-07-05). What's really happening in Sudan? cgtn.com On the latest episode of The Heat Podcast, guest host Mike Walter joins columnist and activist Azaz El Shami to discuss the uprisings in Sudan and the road toward peace.

Butterfly Williams (2019-07-05). The Alchemy of Manhood: A Celebration of Healthy Masculinity for SGL GBTQ Black Men. indybay.org Oakland Peace Center | 111 Fairmount Avenue (@ 29th Street) | Oakland, CA 94611…

Kate Zeller (2019-07-05). Senate Bill Tackles Tax Evasion, Secrecy and Money Laundering. indybay.org Senators Ron Wyden (D-OR), Marco Rubio (R-FL) and Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI) introduced the Corporate Transparency Act of 2019, which would reveal the secret owners of shell corporations to law enforcement.

Renee Parsons (2019-07-05). Complexities of 5G and National Security. "China, The Dominant Malicious Actor" globalresearch.ca In case you missed the kickoff, there is an unprecedented 'must win' wireless race for the US to cross the 5G finish line before China as alluded to during the recent Senate Commerce Committee oversight hearing on the Federal Commerce …

Rev. William Alberts (2019-07-05). Joe Biden's Alternative White Reality. counterpunch.org Democratic presidential front-runner Joe Biden is playing with a stacked racial deck. His recent pitch is that, as president, he would be a bipartisan consensus-builder. He cited the "civility" of the Senate in the past, when, as a young senator, he was able to work with avowed segregationists, Senators James Eastland and Herman Talmadge, both More

Eva Bartlett (2019-07-05). Voices from Syria's Rukban Refugee Camp Belie Corporate Media Reporting. globalresearch.ca Eva Bartlett visited refugees in Syria escaping the horrid conditions in the Rukban Refugee Camp, a desolate outpost in the US administered deconfliction zone. What she found was very different than the 'reality' depicted by the Western press. | *** | A …

The Canary (2019-07-05). After UK seizure of Iranian tanker, ex-official says Iran should seize an 'English tanker' in response. thecanary.co On 4 July, Royal Marines helped to seize an Iranian oil tanker heading to Syria in order to enforce European sanctions on the war-torn country. Now, a former commander of Iran's Revolutionary Guard ( IRGC) says his country should seize a British tanker in response. | Rezaei, who led the IR…

teleSUR (2019-07-05). Iran Can Seize UK Tanker If Iranian Vessel Is Not Freed: IRGC. telesurenglish.net A senior official from Iran's Revolutionary Guard's warned that the Islamic Republic could seize a British oil tanker if the U.K. did not release their vessel, which was seized off the coast of Gibraltar on July 4th. | RELATED: | UK Navy Seizes Tanker Filled With 'Iranian Oil' Meant for Syria | The IRGC official Mohsen Rezai tweeted on Friday that Iran could seize a British tanker if his country's vessel was not released from Gibraltar. | senior commander warned that it coul…

pip.hinman (2019-07-05). Labor votes for Coalition's billions in tax cuts for the rich. greenleft.org.au It is an image that captured Labor's class betrayal on July 3, the first day of the new federal parliament. | A division had been called in the House of Representatives over the Coalition government's bill for huge tax cuts, which will disproportionately benefit the rich, erode progressive income tax by making marginal tax rates flatter, and force more cuts to public health, education and welfare. | On one side sat the sole Greens MP Adam Bandt and independent MP Andrew Wilkie. On the other, Labor and Coalition MPs. | The tax cuts then passed through the Senate the following day, with only Greens senators voting…

Dan Corjescu (2019-07-04). If These Be Men… dissidentvoice.org Considerate se questo è un uomo Che lavora nel fango Che non conosce pace Consider if this be a man Who works in the mud Who knows no peace — Primo Levi, Se questo è un uomo published in 1947. Globalization is about many things. It's about flows. It's about identities. And, perhaps most importantly, it's about …

pip.hinman (2019-07-04). Freedom, justice and peace for Sudan. greenleft.org.au The Sudanese community and supporters turned out across Australia on June 22 and 30 in support of the revolution in Sudan. | Rallies in Perth, Melbourne, Brisbane, Canberra and Sydney have featured energetic dancing, poetry and singing, with protesters chanting "Peace, justice, freedom in Sudan" and "End the killings now". | Dozens of protesters have been killed by the military regime in Sudan. One of the victims was 26-year-old engineer Mohamed Mattar, whose favourite color was blue. This prompted #BlueForSudan, with people wearing blue clothes at rallies around the world to remember the victims. | Speakers call…

teleSUR (2019-07-04). Colombia: Revered Social Leader and Activist Killed in Colombia. telesurenglish.net Social leader Tatiana Paola Posso Espitia, 35, was shot twice in the head Wednesday morning in front of her house in El Copey located in the Department of Cesar when two men on motorcycles fired at the activist and fled the scene. | RELATED: | FARC Stresses Support for Peace as Santrich Whereabouts Unclear | The assassination occurred just as Espitia's taxi driver, Wilson Ortega Palomino, arrived at her home to take the social leader to work, according to local media reports.

susan_p (2019-07-04). Palestine: Trump's 'deal of the century' rejected as more of the same. greenleft.org.au Palestinian leaders have criticised US President Donald Trump's much-hyped and long-awaited vision for Middle East peace, unveiled on June 25 in Bahrain, as more neo-colonialist containment. | Trump has touted the plan as the "deal of the century". Jared Kushner, Trump's son in law and architect of the plan, described it as the " opportunity of the century". | The proposal, "Peace to Prosperity", is the latest in a <...

teleSUR (2019-07-04). Egyptian Foreign Minister Pushes for Peace During AU Summit. telesurenglish.net Egyptian Foreign Minister Sameh Shoukry is throwing his support behind the "Silencing the Guns" initiative that urges African nations to retire their weapons and end their bloody fights. | RELATED: | S.Africa's Court Rejects Bid To Abandon Apartheid Anti-Riot Law | During the African Union's (AU) Summit this week in Niamey, Niger, Shoukry encouraged construction and econom…

Special To The Black Star News (2019-07-04). New York Senate Majority Leader Announces New Public Election Financing Appointees To Counter "Dark Money" That Influences And Misinforms Public. blackstarnews.com New York Senate Majority Leader Andrea Stewart-Cousins released a statement yesterday warnin about the corruptive influence of "dark money" in New York politics… | "New York's electoral system is in desperate need of reform. Dark money routinely pours in to control public opinion, misinform voters, and benefit special interests," said Stewart Cousins. "The Senate Democratic Majority passed historic reforms this past session, including closing the LLC loophole and improving government transparency, but more must be done. I am proud to appoint DeNora Getachew and John Nonna to the public financing commission and…

Staff (2019-07-04). Ta-Nehisi Coates: Reparations Are Not Just About Slavery But Also Centuries of Theft & Racial Terror. democracynow.org We speak with renowned writer Ta-Nehisi Coates on the lasting legacy of American slavery, how the national dialogue about reparations has progressed in the past five years and his testimony in favor of reparations at a historic hearing last month, in which he took direct aim at Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell. Coates says, "It is absolutely impossible to imagine America without enslavement."

teleSUR (2019-07-04). Brazil: Bolsonaro Gov't Wants to Investigate Glen Greenwald. telesurenglish.net In a seemingly retaliatory show of power, Brasilian Federal Police is calling for an investigation into the personal finances of well-known investigative journalist, Glenn Greenwald. | RELATED: | Brazil: Moro Testifies to Senate to Discredit Intercept Exposé | A spokesman for the federal police said he could not confirm nor deny the agency had called on the finance ministry to look into the journalist's finances. "The investigation we have is to investigate the hacking of the d…

Staff (2019-07-04). Michigan Rep. Justin Amash Quitting Republican Party. truthdig.com GRAND RAPIDS, Mich.—Rep. Justin Amash of Michigan, the only Republican in Congress to call for impeachment proceedings against President Donald Trump, said Thursday he is leaving the GOP because he has become disenchanted with partisan politics and "frightened by what I see from it." | In an opinion article published in the Washington Post, on July 4, Amash said partisan polit…

Staff (2019-07-04). Danny Glover & Ta-Nehisi Coates Make the Case for Reparations at Historic Congressional Hearing. democracynow.org On June 19, a subcommittee of the House Judiciary held a historic hearing on reparations for slavery—the first of its kind in over a decade. The hearing coincided with Juneteenth, a day that commemorates June 19, 1865, when slaves in Galveston, Texas, finally learned that the Emancipation Proclamation had abolished slavery. This year marks the 400th anniversary of the transatlantic slave trade. Lawmakers are considering a bill titled the "Commission to Study and Develop Reparation Proposals for African-Americans Act." It was introduced by Democratic Rep. Sheila Jackson Lee of Houston, after former Congressm…

Barry Grey (2019-07-04). Amid Revelations of Fascist Network at Customs and Border Protection, Ocasio-Cortez, Other Congress Members Threatened by Border Police. globalresearch.ca A delegation of more than a dozen members of the Congressional Hispanic Caucus reported feeling unsafe and facing taunts and ridicule from Border Patrol agents during a visit Monday to immigrant detention facilities in Texas. | The Democratic legislators included Representative …

Staff (2019-07-04). The Declaration of Independence Is Sexist, Racist, Prejudiced. truthout.org It is painful to write about the shortcomings of the Declaration of Independence. The historic document was officially approved by the Second Continental Congress in Philadelphia on July 4, 1776 — a mere two days after the Lee Resolution formally declared the American colonies to be independent of the British Empire. Because the American colonists ultimately prevailed in their revolution against King George III, the document has been immortalized as one of the opening salvos in the ongoing fight for human freedom that continues to this very da…

Tyler Durden (2019-07-04). US Congressman Justin Amash Quits the Republican Party. theantimedia.com (ZH Op-Ed) — Update: That was quick. President Trump has apparently taken a quick break from preparing for today's festivities to take one last swing at Amash on his way out the door. In a tweet, Trump called him "the dumbest & most disloyal [man] in Congress". Trump insisted Amash "knew he couldn't get the nomination to run again …

Eva Bartlett (2019-07-04). Voices from Syria's Rukban Refugee Camp Belie Corporate Media Reporting. mintpressnews.com Eva Bartlett visited refugees in Syria escaping the horrid conditions in the Rukban Refugee Camp, a desolate outpost in the US administered deconfliction zone. What she found was very different than the 'reality' depicted by the Western press.

Arabi Souri (2019-07-04). Iran to Reach the Mediterranean Through the Proposed Iran-Iraq-Syria Railway Corridor. globalresearch.ca Iran will get to the Mediterranean bypassing the dangerous waters of ever challenged Strait of Hormuz, Arabian Sea, Gulf of Aden, the Red Sea, and the Suez Canal, where US satellite states and US Navy are present and threatening this …

Jason Ditz (2019-07-04). British Marines Seize Oil Tanker Suspected of Bringing Iranian Oil to Syria. theantimedia.com (ANTIWAR.COM) — British Royal Marines seized an oil tanker in Gibraltar on Thursday. They suspected the tanker was headed to Syria, which would be a violation of US and EU sanctions. The Grace 1 oil tanker was believed to have started its journey in Iran. "That refinery is the property of an entity that is subject to European …

Eric W. Maroney (2019-07-04). An Open Letter to Randi Weingarten and the American Federation of Teachers Regarding the Humanitarian Crisis at the Border. commondreams.org That collective imagination, that boldness to dream, is exactly what is needed in this moment of national crisis when families and children are being detained at the border, kept in squalid conditions and held, in what Congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez rightly calls, concentration camps. (Photo: Joe Raedle/Getty Images) | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…

RT (2019-07-03). Hawaiian man wears blackface to court, accuses judge of treating him 'like a black man' (VIDEO). rt.com A Hawaian man made a bizarre appearance in court for his sentencing, wearing blackface and launching a racially charged attack on both his lawyer and the presiding judge for allegedly treating him "like a black man."

CGTN America (2019-07-03). Could Huawei help US — China relations? cgtn.com On today's episode of The Heat Podcast, guest host Mike Walter joins Huawei Chief Security Officer Andy Purdy to breakdown the looming trade war between China and the U.S., and how Huawei could play peacemaker.

Kevin Zeese and Margaret Flowers (2019-07-03). Popular Movements Are The Invisible Hand Of Social Change. dissidentvoice.org (Photo from Common Dreams) The political consensus in the United States is changing rapidly. While the corporate media is focused on the Democratic Party presidential debates and Trump's tweets in response, the issues that have been advanced by the movement for economic, racial and environmental justice, as well as peace, are becoming central to the …

Marilyn Bechtel (2019-07-03). California gig workers eye a win if landmark bill passes state Senate. peoplesworld.org SAN FRANCISCO—If a law now wending its way through the state legislature passes its final hurdles this summer, hundreds of thousands of California workers now called "independent contractors" will be poised to gain essential benefits like Social Security, unemployment insurance, overtime pay, and workers' compensation, as well as vital rights like collective bargaining. Assembly Bill …

Emile Schepers (2019-07-03). Trump proposes dumping migrants into Guatemala, a supposedly "safe third country" peoplesworld.org The horrific image of a drowned father and his little daughter in the Rio Grande on the U.S.-Mexico border has intensified efforts in and out of Congress to deal with the situation of refugees and migrants trying to reach the United States from the Northern Triangle of Central America—Guatemala, Honduras and El Salvador—and points beyond. …

Quashon Avent (2019-07-03). From North Carolina, a Cautionary Election Tale. progressive.org With accusations of political machinations, exorbitant spending by outside political groups, and a demographically shifting state, is North Carolina's Congressional District 9 election a sign of things to come?

United Nations (2019-07-02). Tuesday's Daily Brief: Hunger crisis in DR Congo, Swine Fever in Asia, Venezuela death investigation call, updates on Eritrea and Syria. un.org This Tuesday, UN News covers: Growing food crisis in DR Congo; Swine Fever threatens millions of livelihoods in Asia; Human Rights Council told of persistent violations in Eritrea; and the humanitarian impact of on-going fighting in Syria.

susan_p (2019-07-02). If war breaks out with Iran, it won't be an accident. greenleft.org.au Some things are still unclear about US President Donald Trump's recent decision to bomb Iran — and his rapid-fire follow-up decision not to. | We still do not know what he or his bomb-Iran cheerleaders — National Security Adviser John Bolton and Secretary of State Mike Pompeo — thought the bombing would actually accomplish. | We also do not know why Trump decided to recall the bombers. (Trump claimed it was because a general told him 150 people would die in the attack. But given Trump's indifference to civilian c…

Jonathan Cook (2019-07-01). In Bahrain, the Horizon of Peace stretched Further Away from Palestinians. dissidentvoice.org Donald Trump's supposed "deal of the century", offering the Palestinians economic bribes in return for political submission, is the endgame of western peace-making, the real goal of which has been failure, not success. For decades, peace plans have made impossible demands of the Palestinians, forcing them to reject the terms on offer and thereby create …

Staff (2019-07-01). Headlines for July 1, 2019. democracynow.org Trump Sets Foot in North Korea in Historic First, Hong Kong Protesters Take to Streets, Enter Gov't Building, U.S. and China Ease Trade Tensions, Trump Lavishes Praise on MBS at G20 Summit, At Least 10 Killed in Sudanese Anti-Gov't Protests, Afghanistan: Violent Attacks Kill 100s in Recent Days as U.S.-Taliban Peace Talks Resume, Italian Police Arrest Captain of Migrant Ship After She Rescues 53 Refugees, Senate Rejects Effort to Prevent Trump from Attacking Iran Without Congressional Approval, Charles Koch and George Soros Team Up to Fund New Anti-Interventionist Think Tank, SCOTUS Rejects Alabama Ban on Most Co…

Fight Back (2019-07-01). Dallas rally to demand "Close immigrant concentration camps!" fightbacknews.org Dallas, TX – Activist groups in Dallas are calling a rally at the Grassy Knoll, 7 p.m., July 2, that will demand the closure of President Trump's concentration camps where refugees and immigrants are detained. There will be speakers from peace and justice, immigrant, and socialist groups. | "We demand that President Trump close these inhumane concentration camps. The camps are cold, unsafe and dirty. Thousands of children are forced to sleep on the hard concrete floors with no mattress. There is no soap or toothbrushes. Children are dying there!" said Sydney Loving of the North Texas Action Committee. | Loving…

Lecia Brooks, SPLC Action Fund (2019-07-01). SPLC Action Fund: Congress should adopt NO HATE Act to neutralize growing threat from white supremacists. splcenter.org Members of Congress recently introduced new legislation that would improve reporting on hate crimes and expand assistance and resources to hate crime victims.

United Nations (2019-07-01). New UN-Syrian Action Plan signals an 'important day' for child protection, says UN envoy. un.org The top UN official charged with representing the interests of children caught up in armed conflict, has signed a landmark new agreement on child protection with the Force Commander of a main Syrian opposition military alliance, it was announced on Monday, aimed at ending and preventing the recruitment and use of children under the age of 18.

Fight Back (2019-07-01). Israel unleashes missile attack on Syria. fightbacknews.org Washington, DC – According to Middle East press reports, Israel warplanes over Lebanon unleashed missile attacks on Syrian military sites in Homs and the outskirts of Damascus, July 1. | The Syrian Arab News Agency is reporting that a child was killed, and many more civilians were wounded. | Israel has stepped up its attacks on Syria. With the backing of the Trump administration, Israel recently annexed a portion of Syria, the Golan Heights.

United Nations (2019-07-01). Monday's Daily Brief: US-DPRK relationship reset, 'Horrific' Kabul bombing, Anti-conscription plan in Syria, Climate change heat stress, Security Council in Iraq. un.org This Monday, we cover: Guterres welcomes possible US-DPRK diplomatic upgrade; Taliban attack hits schools; UN-Syria action plan on child soldiers; Climate change heat stress impacts economy; and first-ever Security Council visit to Iraq.

Paul Kawika Martin (2019-06-28). Most Senators Oppose War with Iran Without Congressional Approval. peaceaction.org Washington, D.C. — June 28, 2019 — In response to the Senate voting 50-40 in favor of an amendment to the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) to block funding for military action against Iran without congressional approval, Paul Kawika Martin, Senior Director for Policy and Political Affairs at Peace Action, released the following statement: "Because …

Alex Emmons (2019-06-28). Political Ploy by Mitch McConnell Blocks Attempt to Stop War With Iran. theintercept.com Senate Republicans narrowly defeated an amendment Friday that would have limited President Donald Trump's ability to attack Iran without congressional approval. The 50-40 vote gave the measure a majority of votes cast, but due to parliamentary maneuvering by Senate leadership, it needed 60 votes to pass. | The measure was intended as a rebuke of Trump's threats and escalatory policy toward Iran and drew four Republican votes. Trump has publicly threatened Iran with "obliteration" and said he…

Staff (2019-06-28). Kamala Harris Challenges Biden on Opposing Busing & Integration in 1970s: "That Little Girl Was Me" democracynow.org The second night of the first Democratic presidential debate was billed as a face-off between front-runners former Vice President Biden and Senator Bernie Sanders, but it was California Senator Kamala Harris who took command of the stage Thursday night. Harris sparred with Biden over his recent comments about working with segregationists in the Senate and for his opposition to Delaware's attempts to bus students in an effort to integrate its schools in the 1970s. "There was a little girl in California who was part of the second class to integrate her public schools, and she was bused to school every day. That lit…

Staff (2019-06-28). Headlines for June 28, 2019. democracynow.org Supreme Court Says Partisan Gerrymandering Can't Be Challenged in Federal Courts, Trump Threatens to Delay Census After Supreme Court Blocks Adding Citizenship Question, Kamala Harris Takes on Joe Biden over Working with Segregationists and His Opposition to Busing, Congressional Hispanic Caucus Decries New Border Bill as an Unacceptable Betrayal, U.S. Helps Block Progress at German Climate Summit as Europe Sizzles in Record Heat, With a Smile, Trump Tells Putin at G20 Not to Meddle in U.S. Elections, Trump's Chief of Diplomatic Protocol Resigns After Accused of Carrying Whip at Work, Brazilian Air Force Officer…

Aída Chávez (2019-06-28). Josh Gottheimer Warned Democratic Leaders He Had Votes to Block Bill Mandating Better Conditions for Children in Detention. theintercept.com The bill passed by Congress "does nothing to hold a rogue agency accountable for its cruelty," said Rep. Pramila Jayapal.

CGTN America (2019-06-28). How Trump's arms deal impacts US — Saudi relations. cgtn.com While the Congress will take up an arms deal with Saudi Arabia next month, President Trump has already vowed to veto any legislation. On the next The Heat Podcast we talk with Joel Rubin, professor and the U.S. State Department's former senior official to the House Foreign Affairs Committee.

Staff (2019-06-27). She the People's Aimee Allison: We Need a Candidate to Support Economic, Racial and Gender Politics. democracynow.org The first night of the two-part 2020 presidential debate kicked off Wednesday night with a focus on the economy, healthcare, immigration, gun control, Iran and climate change. It was a historic night with three female candidates taking part: Senators Elizabeth Warren of Massachusetts and Amy Klobuchar of Minnesota and Congresswoman Tulsi Gabbard of Hawaii. It marked the first time more than one female candidate appeared in a major political party debate in the United States. We speak with She the People founder Aimee Allison about the women in the race and foreign policy in Afghanistan and Iran. Allison won an ho…