2020-06-07: News Headlines

Elijah Magnier (2020-06-06). Syria: Will the Great Middle Eastern War Begin in the Levant? thealtworld.com The world is in turmoil. 2020 has already brought major multiple crises, with the Iranian-American clash in Iraq which followed the US assassination of Major General Qassem Soleimani, and the COVID-19 health pandemic and economic disaster that struck all continents and stole the lives of over 400 thousand people around the world, costing tens of millions of jobs. None of this, however, prevented America from imposing even more sanctions on Iran, Syria and Venezuela. Iran — already under maximum sanctions since 1979 — sent five tankers to Venezuela to break the embargo on components and spare parts muc…

Fight Back (2020-06-06). Police brutality protesters gather in Lansing and Grand Rapids. fightbacknews.org Grand Rapids, MI – Protesters gathered in several major Michigan cities last weekend, including Grand Rapids and Lansing, demanding justice for the Minneapolis Police Department's killing of George Floyd and for all victims of police brutality. | On Saturday, May 30, protesters in Grand Rapids gathered at Rosa Parks Circle for what was planned to be a silent march through the city. Instead, protesters crowded around the Grand Rapids Police Department shouting, "I can't breathe!" "No justice, no peace!" "Hands up! Don't shoot!" and "Say his name: George Floyd!" Thousands of people surrounded the building containin…

Elizabeth Woodworth (2020-06-06). JFK, MLK, RFK, 50 Years of Suppressed History: New Evidence on Assassination of John F. Kennedy, Martin Luther King and Robert F. Kennedy. globalresearch.ca Fifty years of research shows that three humane visions of global peace were thwarted by three covert assassinations. In each case eyewitness accounts were written out of history. In each case the "lone gunman" fiction denied society a true understanding of the deep politics of history…

news.un (2020-06-06). First Person: Collecting the 'Book of Life' for coral reefs. news.un.org With the climate crisis threatening coral reefs around the world, a researcher in Hawaii is part of a team pioneering new techniques to preserve living coral sperm and larvae, and ultimately save the biodiversity and genetic diversity of coral reefs not just in Hawaii but across the world.

Monica Moorehead (2020-06-05). In response to George Floyd lynching, sports figures in solidarity with Black Lives Matter. workers.org "When civility leads to death, revolting is the only logical reaction. The cries for peace will rain down, and when they do, they will land on deaf ears, because your violence has brought this resistance. We have the right to fight back! Rest in Power George Floyd." Colin Kaepernick on . . . |

Staff (2020-06-05). Police Brutality Protesters Met With More Brutality: Is Martial Law Next? therealnews.com Police across the US have met protesters with violence, tear gas, and rubber bullets. We speak with Otto the Watchdog, injured by police in Denver, and Tawanda Jones, who has led peaceful anti-brutality protests since her brother's death in custody.

W. T. Whitney Jr. (2020-06-05). New U.S. military intervention subverts peace in Colombia and Venezuela. peoplesworld.org The United States Embassy in Bogotá announced on May 28 that the U.S. is sending 50 or so soldiers of the Army's 1st Security Force Assistance Brigade (SFAB) to Colombia. They would be carrying out consultations with Colombian Army commanders and providing them with technical assistance, both in order to fight narco-trafficking. The collaboration will …

Eds. (2020-06-05). What is the Bougaloo Movement? mronline.org There has been persistent speculation that peaceful protests against racism and police brutality may have been infiltrated by white provocateurs.

Peoples Dispatch (2020-06-05). Uruguayan workers strike and mobilize against neoliberal legislation. peoplesdispatch.org On June 4, Uruguayan workers went on a 4-hour national strike and mobilized in the capital Montevideo. The action was taken to protest the Urgent Consideration Law (LUC), promoted by the ruling right-wing government of President Luis Lacalle Pou. | Under the slogan of "the emergency is the people", wearing face masks and maintaining social distancing measures, thousands of citizens and workers took to the streets. A massive demonstration was held outside the headquarters of the General Assembly, while the Senate was debating to vote on the said law. | The call for the strike and mobilization was given by the Urug…

Eve Ottenberg (2020-06-05). Killing Workers (and Customers) — With No Liability. counterpunch.org Republicans want to help businesses kill workers. They want to force employees to return to Covid-19 hotspots, like slaughterhouses, by depriving them of unemployment checks if they don't clock in. In addition, Senate Majority leader Mitch McConnell wants to give these businesses and others, like nursing homes, legal immunity for deliberately exposing workers to a

pip.hinman (2020-06-07). After peaceful protests, NSW Police take their violent revenge. greenleft.org.au

Staff (2020-06-05). Watch: Police Pepper-Spray Black Filmmaker in Face at Peaceful Protest & Medics Help Him Survive. democracynow.org As the nationwide uprising in defense of Black lives continues, demonstrators are recording videos of police brutality on the streets. We speak with Chris Frierson, an African American documentary filmmaker and cameraman who was filming a Black Lives Matter protest on Saturday in Brooklyn, New York, when police moved in on demonstrators. As Frierson filmed, police pepper-sprayed him directly in the face. Chris kept on filming as he struggled to the sidewalk crying in agony from the pain. Within seconds, someone took his arm and guided him to volunteer medics who came to his aid. We air his footage and speak about…

Staff (2020-06-05). Trump Threatens Protests with Troops, But Police Have Already Been Militarized — With Deadly Results. democracynow.org The American Civil Liberties Union and Black Lives Matter announced Thursday they are suing President Trump and Attorney General William Barr for authorizing an "unprovoked and frankly criminal attack" on protesters at Lafayette Park in Washington, D.C., where the National Guard and officers dressed in riot gear fired tear gas, rubber bullets and flashbangs to disperse peaceful protesters on Monday so Trump could have a photo op with a Bible in front of St. John's Episcopal Church. We look at the increasing militarization of the police with Stuart Schrader, author of "Badges Without Borders: How Global Counterins…

Silence is Violence (2020-06-07). Saturday 6/6: Peaceful Protest and March: King Plaza Palo Alto. indybay.org In front of Palo Alto City Hall in MLK Jr. Plaza | 250 Hamilton Ave. | Palo Alto 94301…

Community (2020-06-07). Friday 6/5: Say No to Racism – Peaceful Solidarity Protest (Palo Alto). indybay.org Greer Park | 1127 Colorado Ave, Palo Alto…

JH (2020-06-06). Friday 6/5: Fire Jared Yuen – One Week After Peaceful Protest (San José). indybay.org San José City Hall | 200 E Santa Clara St.

DLI (2020-06-06). 100,000 Covid19 deaths later, USA empire blames China instead. indybay.org After getting lots of info and warnings on then emerging global Covid19 pandemic in January & February, the USA ruling elite chose to ignore and sidestep best practice measures to combat the impending disaster. Instead, both White House and Congress continued bipartisan bickering, in addition to simply blaming China and the WHO for not getting the word out sooner. This is the typical m.o. of a serial global bully, who offers nothing but wild criticism of others while doing nothing to resolve urgent problems.

Congresswoman Barbara Lee (2020-06-06). Friday 6/5: Police Violence Discussion on FB Live w/ Alicia Garza, Kyndra Simmons, Rep. Barbara Lee. indybay.org Online: www.facebook.com/RepBarbaraLee/

The Canary (2020-06-06). Horse bolts through crowd as police harass demonstrators at peaceful Black Lives Matter rally. thecanary.co A horse bolted through a crowd of people in central London during a Black Lives Matter protest on Saturday 6 June. The incident took place after police mounted on horses clashed with protesters at a peaceful rally outside Downing Street.The London protest was carried out peacefully for much of Saturday afternoon, but scuffles began at around 6pm when police tried to harass protesters. Videos circulating on social media showed mounted police charging through protesters to try and disperse them. One officer appeared to fall off their horse, which then bolted — sending crowds of people scattering.The trouble fl…

RT (2020-06-06). Ilhan Omar takes heat after backing call to disband Minneapolis police & replace with 'non-violent' alternative. rt.com Minnesota Democrat Ilhan Omar has joined a growing call to disband the Minneapolis police force, arguing it is "beyond reform" after the killing of George Floyd. Critics have pilloried the suggestion as dangerous and "asinine." | The congresswoman took to Twitter on Friday to endorse an The Minnea…

RT (2020-06-06). George Floyd protest is 'for the benefit' of 'democratic struggles' abroad, says US group known for promoting regime change. rt.com The National Endowment for Democracy, a soft-power group mostly known for splashing government dollars on pro-US influence campaigns overseas to enforce regime change, has endorsed protests against police brutality at home. | Also on rt.com | | In a statement on Friday, the NED came out in support of the protests against the police killing of unarmed black man George Floyd, which, while originally peaceful, spiralled into violence, wreck…

RT (2020-06-06). George Floyd protest is 'for the benefit' of 'democratic struggles' abroad — US group NED, known for promoting regime change. rt.com The National Endowment for Democracy, a soft-power group mostly known for splashing government dollars on pro-US influence campaigns overseas to enforce regime change, has endorsed protests against police brutality at home. | Also on rt.com | | In a statement on Friday, the NED came out in support of the protests against the police killing of unarmed black man George Floyd, which, while originally peaceful, spiralled into violence, wreck…

RT (2020-06-06). Texas CHAINSAW counter-protester: Man arrested after confronting demonstrators with infamous 'massacre' weapon (VIDEO). rt.com A chainsaw-wielding Texan has been detained after threatening a group of demonstrators with his lumber-cutting mechanical tool. Thankfully, the altercation did not devolve into Hollywood-inspired violence. | A small group of seemingly peaceful protesters in McAllen, Texas briefly found themselves in a real-life slasher film, after a man with a chainsaw rushed at them while shouting profanities. | Footage of the bizarre incident shows a man pointing the deadly tool at protesters as he shouts at them. | "Move! Go home!" he yells above his roaring chainsaw. | He then uses a racial slur while warning against prote…

RT (2020-06-06). Judge BLOCKS Denver police from using tear gas & plastic bullets on 'peaceful' protesters. rt.com A federal judge in Denver has barred police from using tear gas, plastic bullets, and any projectiles against demonstrators, saying the threat to protesters' physical safety and free speech outweighs the threat to property. | R. Brooke Jackson, a US district court judge in Colorado, has

RT (2020-06-05). US military launches airstrikes against Taliban as Afghanistan ceasefire ends. rt.com The US conducted its first airstrikes against the Taliban since a rare ceasefire between the insurgents and Afghan forces ended more than a week ago. The two assaults took place on Thursday and Friday, in Farah province in the west and in Kandahar in the south, spokesman Sonny Leggett tweeted on Friday. | "These were the 1st US airstrikes against (the Taliban) since the start of the Eid ceasefire," he wrote. "We reiterate: All sides must reduce violence to allow the peace process to take hold," he added. | The airstrikes were intended to foil the militant group's plan to launch attacks on Afghan security force…

sputniknews (2020-06-06). Egyptian President Announces Cairo's New Peace Initiative for Libya Including Ceasefire. sputniknews.com CAIRO (Sputnik) – Egyptian President Abdel Fattah Sisi announced on Saturday Cairo's peace initiative for Libya that envisages ceasefire and conditions for a political settlement of the conflict.

sputniknews (2020-06-05). US Carries Out First Airstrikes Against Taliban Since End of Afghan Ceasefire – Official. sputniknews.com A ceasefire, which was part of the peace deal negotiated between the Afghan government and the Taliban with the mediation of the United States earlier this year, expired on 26 May.

yenisafak (2020-06-07). With new life, Afghan peace push a race against time. yenisafak.com A continuing cessation of hostilities and an uptick in exchange of Taliban and government prisoners has given the Afghan peace process, often fragile and near collapse at times, a new lease on life.Analysts believe the three main sides in the decades-long conflict — Kabul, the Taliban, and the US — have covered a lot of ground in the march towards a sustainable peace deal.However, it is also a shared view that they are pressed for time and on a path that remains tricky, as each side's strategy oscillates between diplomatic bargaining, tactical maneuvers, and all-out use of muscle."The Taliban should c…

yenisafak (2020-06-07). London police chief says 14 officers injured during anti-racism protests. yenisafak.com Fourteen police officers were injured in "shocking and completely unacceptable" assaults during anti-racism protests in central London on Saturday, London police chief Cressida Dick said on Sunday.After a largely peaceful day, small numbers of protesters briefly clashed with mounted police on Saturday after thousands gathered to voice their anger at police brutality after the killing of George Floyd in Minneapolis."I am deeply saddened and depressed that a minority of protesters became violent towards officers in central London yesterday evening. This led to 14 officers being injured," Dick, who is Commissioner o…

WSWS (2020-06-06). Protester explains how he was brutally assaulted by Secret Service officials in Washington, D.C. wsws.org The demonstrator explained how federal officials provoked and then assaulted peaceful demonstrators outside the White House last weekend as protests against police brutality swept the country.

Matthew Daly (2020-06-05). Grassley blocks Trump nominees over watchdog firings. peoplesworld.org WASHINGTON (AP) — Republican Sen. Chuck Grassley says he is blocking two Trump administration nominees until the White House provides adequate reasons for the termination of two inspectors general. The Iowa senator, a longtime advocate for the watchdog role of inspectors general, pledged to block Senate consideration of Christopher Miller to be director of the …

RT (2020-06-05). 'They don't do that': Governor Cuomo denies NYPD brutalized peaceful protesters despite video evidence. rt.com New York Governor Andrew Cuomo denied accusations that New York City police officers have used batons against people peacefully protesting against the death of George Floyd, even though multiple videos show them doing so. | During a press briefing on Thursday, Cuomo called the allegations "incendiary rhetoric," asking the reporter who brought them up: "Do you think there's any sensible police officer who believes their job is bludgeoning a peaceful person with a baton?" | "It's not a fact! It's not even an opinion! That is a hyper-partisan rhetorical attack!" he continued, adding that NYPD officers "don't do t…

RT (2020-06-05). ENTIRE emergency response team of Buffalo Police Department resigns over suspension of cops who pushed elderly protester. rt.com All 57 members of the Buffalo Police Department's Emergency Response Team have quit their unit in protest after two officers were suspended without pay over their unprovoked attack on an elderly peaceful protester. | The officers resigned from their positions en masse on Friday after their colleagues were suspended without pay the previous night as a "show of support and disgust," local media The Erie County District Attorney is investigati…

RT (2020-06-05). George Floyd protests will be Covid-19 'seeding event,' CDC director warns while taking heat over pandemic response. rt.com CDC head Robert Redfield has faced wrath online after urging protesters to be tested for Covid-19 and lamenting that his agency's message is not getting through. He was reminded of the CDC's own clumsy response to the crisis. | During a congressional hearing on the government's handling of the pandemic on Thursday, Redfield told lawmakers he was "very concerned" that the CDC's message on the virus is not "resonating" with the public. He warned that crowded anti-police brutality demonstrations held in scores of cities over the last week could propel a spike in new cases. | "I do think there is a potential, unfo…

Tom Duggan (2020-06-05). Western Governments Collectively Punishing Syrian Civilians with Criminal Economic Embargoes. globalresearch.ca The Syrian Government is trying to keep medicine at an affordable price for the consumer by limiting the price of medicines, but the pharmaceutical industry inside Syria needs to raise the prices to sustain production. | This is due to two …

en.mehrnews (2020-06-05). Iran urges lifting of 'all inhumane sanctions' against Syria. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, Jun. 05 (MNA) — Tehran has reiterated its support to the Syrian government and nation, calling for the removal of all sanctions, which have hampered Damascus' efforts in the reconstruction of the country.

yenisafak (2020-06-05). Palestinians recall 1967 war, observe setback day. yenisafak.com Amid Israel's plans to annex occupied West Bank, Palestinians marked the 53rd anniversary of Naksa or setback day on Friday. | The day also marked the displacement of tens of thousands of Palestinians from their homelands at the end of the 1967 Six-Day War, also known as the June War, resulting in the defeat of Arab armies of Egypt, Jordan, and Syria. | As a result of the war, Israel took control of the Palestinian-populated West Bank, Gaza Strip, Egypt's the Sinai Peninsula and Syria's Golan Heights. While the first displacement of Palestinians had taken place in May 1948 soon after the establishment of the Jewi…

news.un (2020-06-05). Terrorist groups exploiting COVID-19 in Sahel, UN peacekeeping chief tells Security Council. news.un.org COVID-19 is complicating an already complex security situation in the Sahel, with terrorist groups exploiting the pandemic as they step up attacks on national and international forces, the UN's peacekeeping chief said on Friday.

Paul Cantor (2020-06-05). Thank You, Peaceful Protesters! counterpunch.org Protest! No Justice No Peace. Sunday May 31st. Location: Stop & Shop. That was the message I received in my email Saturday. So Sunday I set out on a two mile walk to join the protest. And as I did so my mind took me on another trip entirely. First stop 2009. I am sitting

Workers World staff (2020-06-05). WW statement in solidarity with rebellion. workers.org The following Workers World Party public statement was issued on June 4. In SOLIDARITY we demand: Withdraw the Police & National Guard! End Mass Arrests & Curfews! Drop All Charges! Hands Off Antifa! Stop Attacks on Anti-Racist Protesters! Smash White Supremacy! No Justice! No Peace! Black Lives Matter! Minneapolis protest . . . |

Abigail Devereaux (2020-06-05). Unemployment Far Worse in Lockdown States, Data Show. globalresearch.ca The novel coronavirus has done severe economic damage all over the globe. The Congressional Budget Office (CBO) stated on June 1, 2020 that

Eoin Higgins, staff writer (2020-06-05). #WeveSeenEnough Images and Video of Police Violence, Activists Say in Call for Congressional Action. commondreams.org "We're at the point of saturation. The question is, when is it enough?" | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…

Andrey Areshev (2020-06-05). Washington's Hong Kong Hypocrisy Backfires. strategic-culture.org The mass protests raging across the United States over the police killing of yet another African-American man have had the salutary effect of exposing Washington's rank hypocrisy in international relations. | In particular, before the gruesome death of George Floyd at the hands of police officers on May 25, President Donald Trump and Congressional lawmakers were building a provocative campaign of vilification against China. That campaign was related to groundless claims that Beijing had engaged in an alleged cover-up of the coronavirus pandemic. | U.S. efforts to undermine China were given added impetus after Bei…

Brenda Norrell (2020-06-05). Lakota and Navajo respond as police blind and beat reporters and peaceful protesters. indybay.org Lakota and Navajo respond, as news reporters and peaceful protesters are shot, blinded and beaten during Black Lives Matter protests. In Albuquerque, The Red Nation group was stalked and confronted by white vigilantes working with Albuquerque Police officers.

One Richmond (2020-06-05). Thursday 6/4: We Demand Justice Caravan – Peaceful Protest. indybay.org Meet at JFK Drive in Golden Gate Park.

Staff (2020-06-05). Pandemic and Digital Divide Threaten Accurate Census Count of Native Populations. truthout.org Every 10 years, the U.S. government undertakes the largest peace-time mobilization effort to count the nation: the U.S. census. People from marginalized communities are…

en.mehrnews (2020-06-05). Russia backs Iran's peaceful satellite launch. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, Jun. 05 (MNA) — Russia has defended Iran's right to launch a satellite, dismissing US claims that Tehran was defying the UN resolution endorsing the 2015 nuclear deal between Iran and six major powers by sending it into space.

_____ (2020-06-04). Millions Of Tenants Are Ready For A Rent Strike Revolution. popularresistance.org Calls to "cancel rent" are catching fire. First came a couple of tweets on Twitter. Then progressive firebrands like Congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez endorsed the #CancelRent movement. Now, millions are on a rent strike. Even presumptive Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden has declared his support for rent and mortgage forgiveness. As millions of tenants mobilize to cancel rent, they are not asking nicely or relying on lip service from politicians. Rather, millions of tenants are taking action by using a powerful time-tested strategy: rent strikes. | As the desperation builds and another month of bill…

Dave Lindorff (2020-06-04). Calling Trump 'Brave' for Ordering Soldiers to Attack Peaceful Protesters So He Can Do a Photo Op is Pathetic. dissidentvoice.org 'Hero' Trump brandishes a Bible to frighten away devilish protesters his DC National Guard may have missed in their brutal assault on them clearing the way for his photo-op. The wretched and ignorant former governor of Wisconsin, Scott Walker, has praised President Trump for his "courage" in supposedly "braving" protesters in the nation's capital to …

RT (2020-06-04). Air defense systems repelling 'Israeli agression' in Hama province — Syrian state media. rt.com Anti-aircraft defense systems have been activated in Syria's province of Hama, responding to "Israeli agression," SANA news agency reported. "Loud blasts" have been heard in the outskirts of the city of Masyaf. | The air defense systems were activated late on Thursday, engaging incoming targets on the outskirts of the city. The attack has been attributed by Syrian state media to Israel, which has repeatedly launched air strikes on the country's soil over the past few years. | Footage circulating online shows several flying objects, presumably missiles, in the skies above the city. RT has not yet been able to v…