2020-06-01: News Headlines

Staff (2020-06-02). Social Justice Is The Way To End Riots. therealnews.com Eddie Conway talks with Jacqueline Luqman about the myths surrounding peaceful protests, uprisings, economic oppression and capitalism, valuing property over people, and the country's founding on violence.

Medea Benjamin, Nicolas J. S. Davies (2020-06-01). Who Are the Secret Puppet-Masters Behind Trump's War on Iran? counterpunch.org On May 6th, President Trump vetoed a war powers bill specifying that he must ask Congress for authorization to use military force against Iran. Trump's "maximum pressure" campaign of deadly sanctions and threats of war against Iran has seen no let-up, even as the U.S., Iran and the whole world desperately need to set aside

Leonid Savin (2020-06-01). Will There Be A New War In Asia? thealtworld.com A major military conflict is brewing at the heart of Asia. It could come to nothing, or it could affect four countries. It all depends on how valid the actions of those involved are going to be and whether other countries are going to undertake peacekeeping efforts. | On 23 May,

Black Alliance for Peace (2020-06-01). From George Floyd Back to the Structural Violence of Capitalism. dissidentvoice.org Third degree murder for 3/5 for a devalued life Knee in throat air gone, gasping dying under the color of law! George Floyd had no chance! The gang of state sponsored assassins had already signed his death warrant! They think we should be grateful for watered down justice that has not and will never be …

Fight Back (2020-06-01). Thousands in Tampa Bay demand justice for George Floyd and all victims of police brutality. fightbacknews.org Tampa, FL – Tampa Bay Students for a Democratic Society hosted a protest May 30 to demand justice for George Floyd and community control of the police. The event corresponded with the National Alliance Against Racism and Political Repression's national day of protest. Reporters estimate 5000 people in attendance at the height of the protest. | A crowd began to form a half-hour before the scheduled time. Hundreds marched to the Temple Terrace Police Department, chanting, "Say his name! George Floyd!" and "No justice, no peace! No racist police!" The protesters circled back to the corner of 53rd Street and Fowler…

The Global Research Team (2020-06-01). Global Research: Reader-funded Research and Insight. globalresearch.ca Dear Readers, | While we must always hold on to hope, true peace can only be achieved through awareness and action. With recent tragic events in the US, we are reminded of Professor Peter Dale Scott's words: "The future of our …

news.un (2020-06-01). UN appeals for restraint, 'social cohesion' as protests across the US continue. news.un.org Responding to on-going protests that have spawned violence on all sides across dozens of US cities, the UN Spokesperson on Monday reiterated the Secretary-General's appeal for grievances to be heard in "peaceful ways", met with restraint by police and security forces.

Jon Rainwater (2020-06-01). Urge your Reps to help end police violence! peaceaction.org George Floyd should still be alive today. Since we can't bring him back to his family, we must take action for justice. We need to take action for justice for George as well as for Breonna Taylor, Ahmaud Arbery, Oscar Grant, Philando Castile, Sandra Bland, Eric Garner and ALL the thousands of people whose names …

Jake Johnston (2020-06-01). An Impending Crisis: COVID-19 in Haiti, Ongoing Instability, and the Dangers of Continued U.S. Deportations. counterpunch.org Prepared remarks by Jake Johnston to Congresswoman Frederica S. Wilson's forum on COVID-19 and ICE's deportation of detainees to Haiti First, I want to thank Congresswoman Wilson for convening this forum and for her leadership on this issue. The introduction of legislation mandating a halt to these deportations is a concrete and necessary step. I'd

Dean Baker (2020-06-01). Republican Attacks on State and Local Government Are Yet Another Assault on Black People. cepr.net Democrats in Congress have been pushing for a large amount of assistance for state and local governments in the next pandemic aid package. The finances of these governments have been devastated by the pandemic, with all of them seeing massive shortfalls in revenue due to the shutdowns and the weak economy that is projected for …

news.un (2020-05-30). From fighting with guns to fighting the pandemic. news.un.org In countries suffering from conflict, readjusting to life in a peaceful society is a challenge, both for former fighters and the wider community. Since the spread of the COVID-19 crisis, the UN is having to refocus many of its programmes, aimed at reducing violence in communities, and rehabilitating combatants.

Dean Baker (2020-05-30). Trump Veto Student Loan Debt Relief Measure Will Save Government 0.02 Percent of Projected Spending. cepr.net Yesterday Donald Trump vetoed a resolution passed by Congress, which would have left in place rules making it easier for students to default on debt owed to for-profit colleges that had engaged in deceptive marketing practices. The Washington Post told readers that this veto is expected to save the government $11 billion over the next …

Tim Wise (2020-05-29). Protest, Uprisings, and Race War. counterpunch.org The moralizing has begun. Those who have rarely been the target of organized police gangsterism are once again lecturing those who have about how best to respond to it. Be peaceful, they implore, as protesters rise up in Minneapolis and across the country in response to the killing of George Floyd. This, coming from the

news.un (2020-05-29). Peacekeepers exemplify 'service, sacrifice and selflessness', in face of pandemic. news.un.org To honour the more than 3,900 women and men who have lost their lives under the UN flag since 1948, Secretary-General António Guterres laid a wreath at the Peacekeepers' memorial on Friday, International Day of UN Peacekeepers.

Joe Emersberger (2020-05-27). In 2007, acclaimed US physician Paul Farmer pushed for Cuban Medical Brigades to be awarded the Nobel Peace Prize. zcomm.org Today Code Pink is making a push for that. It would be a lock in a civilized world. Click below to here to read Farmer's letter. In it, he glowingly sums up his decades of working closely with Cuban doctors in Haiti.

Julia Conley, staff writer (2020-06-01). 'They Need Our Help': As CBO Projects $16 Trillion GDP Loss Due to Pandemic, Sanders and Schumer Demand Relief for Working Families. commondreams.org Sens. Bernie Sanders and Chuck Schumer demanded to know on Monday how Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell can remain committed to passing no additional coronavirus relief for working families. | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…

RT (2020-06-01). Bellingcat's (race) war against RT: Russians didn't kill George Floyd, but are STILL BAD, say internet 'sleuths'. rt.com Bellingcat, the UK-based enablers of Western narratives in Syria and Ukraine now fueling US race riots, selectively translated a satirical post from Russian social media shared by RT's editor in chief to get her "canceled." | On Sunday, Margarita Simonyan shared a Telegram post by Dmitry Steshin, a war correspondent for the newspaper KP, which purported to give "advice" to rioters in the US how to make their uprising more "successful" along the lines of the US-backed 2014 coup in Ukraine. | Given that…

The Canary (2020-06-01). Brexit transition uncertainty 'poses threat to stability in Northern Ireland'. thecanary.co Uncertainty and lack of time before the end of Brexit transition poses a "potent threat" to prosperity and stability in the north of Ireland, a report has warned.Businesses in Great Britain could decide it is economically unviable to continue operations across the Irish Sea unless flexibility is shown in the EU negotiations, a House of Lords committee warned.The country will have to follow EU rules on agriculture and manufactured goods, ensuring access to its single market and keeping the border with the Republic of Ireland free-flowing in a key concession maintaining a decades-old peace.The group of peers said:…

Staff (2020-06-01). Headlines for June 1, 2020. democracynow.org Minneapolis Protests at Epicenter of Nationwide Uprising Met with More Police Violence, Louisville Police Shoot and Kill Man at Protest, New Yorkers Take to Streets Around City, Shut Down Traffic as NYPD Arrests Hundreds, Attacks Peaceful Crowds, Rep. Joyce Beatty and Two Columbus City Officials Pepper-Sprayed by Ohio Police, Video Shows 9-Year-Old Seattle Child in Distress After Reportedly Being Maced by Police, Protesters Rally in Front of Capitol, White House, as Trump Retreats to Presidential Bunker, Black Sacramento Teen Recovering After Being Shot in Face with Rubber Bullet, Atlanta Police Officers Fired Af…

Staff (2020-05-29). "It Was Murder": Minneapolis Demands Charges in Police Killing of George Floyd, Calls to Defund Cops. democracynow.org As thousands take to the streets of Minneapolis to protest against the police killing of George Floyd for the third night in a row, we go to Minneapolis to speak with City Councilmember Jeremiah Ellison. Police pointed an automatic rifle at his head in 2015 when he was peacefully protesting the police killing of another African American man, Jamar Clark. We also speak with Kandace Montgomery with the Black Visions Collective, which is calling for the abolition of police.

Andrey Areshev (2020-05-31). Silicon Valley Has Effectively Banned the Freedom of Speech. It's Time We Take It Back. strategic-culture.org Somewhere along the road of America's development, corporations were blessed with not only 'personhood,' but with the power to sanction what sort of messages were permissible to enter the public realm. Let's be clear: This sort of corporate control, which borders on pure fascism, has no place in a democracy. | There is no need to ask. There is no need to be polite. There is no need to debate. It is only necessary to point to the First Amendment of the U.S. Constitution for this fundamental human right, inscribed into law over 200 years ago, to be returned to the American people. | "Congress shall make no law resp…

White Silence Equals White Consent (2020-06-01). Gravestones in Garden for George Lloyd and Others Murdered by Police Pt. II. indybay.org In Palo Alto on May 31, the Raging Grannies and members of the Women's International League for Peace and Freedom paid respect to 8 Black Americans murdered by police, including two women. Neighbors participated and shared sentiments.

Palo Alto Report (2020-06-01). Gravestones in Garden for George Lloyd and Others Murdered by Police Pt. I. indybay.org In Palo Alto on May 31, the Raging Grannies and members of the Women's International League for Peace and Freedom paid respect to 8 Black Americans murdered by police, including two women. There are many more whose names should not be forgotten.

VFP (2020-06-01). Veterans Call on the Minnesota National Guard to Stand Down. indybay.org Veterans For Peace calls for the immediate withdrawal of the Minnesota National Guard. We are appalled to see military weapons, vehicles and equipment once again deployed in U.S. cities to control community members who are reacting to a long history of state-sanctioned violence. When an already embattled community is subjected to militarized intimidation, by design, their environment becomes a war zone. We call on all those who are serving with the National Guard to refuse to serve violent and racist interests.

RT (2020-06-02). Piles of BRICKS mysteriously sprouting near riot hotspots all over US have journalists demanding answers. rt.com Stacks of bricks left seemingly unattended in riot hotspots across the US – as if begging to be snatched and thrown by unruly mobs – have protesters and journalists wondering whether the violent street clashes are orchestrated. | It's not every day one sees a stack of bricks just lying around unattended, especially when there's no construction to be seen – but a rash of reports of pallets of bricks turning up as if by magic in over half a dozen cities over the weekend has investigators trying to get to the bottom of who's seemingly giving would-be rioters the tools they need to turn what began as peaceful prot…

RT (2020-06-01). 'I'm proud of her': NY Mayor De Blasio defends daughter following her arrest during Manhattan protest. rt.com New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio has said he is "proud" of his daughter after it emerged that she was arrested at a protest in Manhattan at the weekend for reportedly blocking traffic and refusing to disperse. | "I am proud of her that she cares so much and is willing to do something about it," De Blasio told reporters during a Monday press conference. He said he had asked her to recount the whole story and that she assured him she was "acting peacefully." | "She believes everything she did was in the spirit of peaceful, respectful protest," he said, later adding: "I admire that she was out there trying to c…

RT (2020-06-01). 'He was about peace': George Floyd's brother speaks out against riots, pleading 'channel your anger elsewhere'. rt.com Street violence isn't the way to secure justice for George Floyd, who stood for peace and was "a gentle giant," the slain Minnesotan's younger brother said, urging rioters to stop destroying their own communities. | "Don't tear up your town! All of this is not necessary, because if his own family and blood is not doing it, then why are you?" Floyd's younger brother told ABC. The slain man's family will "go another route" to seek justice, which, they believe, will eventually be served. | "Sometimes, I get angry and I want to bust some heads, too," Terrence Floyd told ABC. But the demeanor of his late brother ha…

sputniknews (2020-06-02). Coronavirus Pandemic to Reduce US GDP By Almost $16Trln Over Next Decade, Budget Office Says. sputniknews.com WASHINGTON (Sputnik) – US Gross Domestic Product (GDP) output will fall by almost $16 trillion, or more than 5 percent less than what was projected at the beginning of this year because of the economic impact of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, the Congressional Budget Office (CBO) said in a projection.

yenisafak (2020-06-01). UN sends over 100 truckloads of aid to Idlib, Syria. yenisafak.com The trucks carrying supplies entered Idlib, Syria through the Cilvegozu border gate in Turkey's southern Hatay province.The aid will be distributed to residents of Idlib and nearby rural areas.Syria has been ravaged by a civil war since early 2011, when the Assad regime cracked down on pro-democracy protesters.Hundreds of thousands of people have been killed and more than 10 million displaced, according to UN estimates.Idlib falls within a de-escalation zone forged under an agreement between Turkey and Russia. The area has been the subject of multiple cease-fire understandings, which have frequently been violated…

yenisafak (2020-06-01). Turkey marks 109th anniversary of air force. yenisafak.com The Turkish Air Force on Monday marked its 109th anniversary.Marking the occasion, Defense Minister Hulusi Akar released a message lauding the air force's modern technology and top-flight personnel with over a century of experience.Akar added that the air force plays an important role not only in Turkey's anti-terror operations but also in supporting peace efforts on the international stage.Underscoring the rising risks, threats, and dangers, especially in Turkey's neighborhood, Akar stressed the importance of having an effective, prestigious deterrent in the Turkish Armed Forces.Founded on June 1, 1911, the Air…

news.un (2020-05-27). On Peacekeepers Day, UN to spotlight vital role of women peace operations. news.un.org In observance of the International Day of United Nations Peacekeepers, on Friday, Secretary-General António Guterres will lay a wreath to pay tribute to all the UN blue helmets who have lost their lives since 1948.

Frank Clemente (2020-05-27). Pandemic Relief Makes the Rich Richer. progressive.org In the midst of the greatest medical and economic crisis in modern history, Congress chose to give a tax break almost exclusively to Americans making more than $1 million a year…

Ryan Cristián (2020-05-26). Closer Look At The COVID Profit-Motive, Bill Gates' Flexner Report 2.0 & Congress' Quiet Israel Push. thelastamericanvagabond.com Welcome to The Daily Wrap Up, a concise show dedicated to bringing you the most relevant independent news, as we see it, from the last 24 hours (5/25/20). As always, take the information discussed in the video below and research it for yourself, and come to your own conclusions. Anyone telling you what the truth …

Liberation Staff (2020-05-21). La Riva designated presumptive Peace & Freedom Party presidential nominee in California. liberationnews.org The following statement was originally published by the Peace and Freedom Party.

Ryan Cristián (2020-05-21). Israel Uses COVID To Further Infiltrate US Cybersecurity & US Gov Sets Fire To Wheat Crops In Syria. thelastamericanvagabond.com Welcome to The Daily Wrap Up, a concise show dedicated to bringing you the most relevant independent news, as we see it, from the last 24 hours (5/21/20). As always, take the information discussed in the video below and research it for yourself, and come to your own conclusions. Anyone telling you what the truth …

Kathy Kelly (2020-05-13). Vigil for Peace in Yemen: A New Norm. zcomm.org U.S. national security leaders and stakeholders in war, as they shelter in place, have an extraordinary opportunity to set a new norm and link with the vigil for Peace in Yemen…

Paul Kawika Martin (2020-05-12). Action Alert: Call Your Rep to Cut Pentagon Spending. peaceaction.org ‚òéÔ∏èüó£Call your Reps. to ‚úÇ Pentagon spending Over the last few weeks, we've alerted you that the Pentagon is trying to direct funds for COVID-19 relief into its own bloated coffers. In the last three years alone — during a time of relative peace — we have already increased annual Pentagon spending by more than …

Jeff Jurgens (2020-05-07). Once Again Trump Scoffs Congressional War Powers with Republican Help. peaceaction.org Once Again Trump Scoffs Congressional War Powers with Republican Help Washington, D.C. — May 7, 2020 — In response to the veto by President Trump yesterday of a bill (S.J.Res.68) to reclaim congressional war powers in regards to Iran and the anticipated failure today of the Senate override vote, Paul Kawika Martin, Senior Director for …

Jeff Jurgens (2020-05-06). U.S. Reverses Policy On Use of Landmines. peaceaction.org On May 6, Senator Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.) and Rep. Jim McGovern (D-Mass.) headed a congressional oversight letter with 107 other members of Congress to Secretary of Defense Mark Esper expressing disappointment to the Trump Administration's reversal of the policy limiting the use of antipersonnel landmines to the defense of South Korea, and seeking answers to …

Jeff Jurgens (2020-04-30). U.S. Organizations React to Global Military Spending Report. peaceaction.org Joint Statement: U.S. organizations react to global military spending report April 27, 2020 Our diverse group of 39 think-tanks, non-profits, faith-based organizations, and advocacy groups based in the United States find the exorbitant amount of money spent on militaries worldwide to be an irresponsible and harmful use of global wealth. The Global Military Expenditures Report …

Jeff Jurgens (2020-04-30). Take Action: Keep COVID Stimulus $$ Away From the Pentagon. peaceaction.org Congress is putting together additional and much needed stimulus packages in response to COVID-19. That's the good news. The bad news is that the Pentagon is trying to weasel billions of dollars out of these stimulus bills! All just to keep the mega-profits rolling for weapons dealers and the military-industrial complex. As people here at …

Jon Rainwater (2020-04-23). A Myriad of Ways to Wage Peace During These Times. peaceaction.org As we shelter in our homes to protect ourselves from this global pandemic, we wanted to share some of the many ways you can remain active and impactful in the work for a more peaceful world. Peace Action has long been a leader in organizing international conferences, marches, and rallies around the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty …

Jeff Jurgens (2020-04-15). Peace During Pandemic — Support the Global Ceasefire. peaceaction.org "The fury of the virus illustrates the folly of war." That's is what United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres exclaimed as he delivered an appeal to warring parties around the world to lay down arms in a global ceasefire. The United States, which is currently engaged in war hostilities on nearly every continent of the world, …

Alexander Kentikelenis, Daniela Gabor, Isabel Ortiz, Thomas Stubbs, Martin McKee, David Stuckler (2020-04-09). [Comment] Softening the blow of the pandemic: will the International Monetary Fund and World Bank make things worse? thelancet.com The coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic is not only stretching health systems to their limits, it is rapidly becoming a threat to the entire global economy, on a scale much greater than the 2007—08 financial crisis. Policymakers from high-income countries have been quick to respond, pledging unprecedented amounts of support to citizens and businesses. The EU announced a "no limits" commitment to protect European economies by purchasing sovereign and corporate debt, while the US congress has agreed a US$2 trillion stimulus bill.

Lilly Dragnev (2020-03-20). Peace Action Supports Wyden-Klobuchar Bill to Protect Democracy and Ensure Safe Elections. peaceaction.org Statement of Jon Rainwater, Executive Director, Peace Action, on the introduction of the Natural Disaster and Emergency Ballot Act (NDEBA) by Senators Ron Wyden (D-OR) and Amy Klobuchar (D-MN). This bill would help ensure that elections can take place in a safe and secure way throughout the pandemic and beyond. March 19, 2020 Peace Action …

Lilly Dragnev (2020-03-13). Latest U.S. Military Strikes Are as Reckless as they are Cruel. peaceaction.org Washington, D.C. — March 12, 2020 — In response to reports that the U.S. has carried out five airstrikes on Iranian-backed militia sites in Iraq, Jon Rainwater, Executive Director of Peace Action, released the following statement: "At a time of one of the greatest global challenges of our lifetimes, it is shocking that the Trump …