Daily Archives: June 9, 2020

2020-06-09: News Headlines

Eds. (2020-06-09). Why is tear gas banned in war but not from peaceful protests? mronline.org In the midst of national protests against racism and police brutality, President Donald Trump on Monday walked a short distance from the White House to St. John's Church. The visit was for a photo op in which Trump held up a bible as though it were a ticket he had just plucked from a raffle …

T.J. Coles (2020-06-09). Nukes in Space: the Extinction Rebellion Yet to Be. counterpunch.org In January 2017, President Trump ordered the Department of Defense to conduct a Nuclear Posture Review. The document published a year later makes clear that the US possesses nuclear weapons, in part, so that "our diplomats continue to speak from a position of strength on matters of war and peace." The Nuclear Posture Review cites Russia as the evil menace against which the US must defend by renewing its nuclear stockpiles.

Stephen Lendman (2020-06-09). US Elections and Trump's Sinking Approval. Main Street Depression and Unemployment. globalresearch.ca It's a political lifetime from now to November 3 presidential, congressional, and local elections. | Things can swing back and forth numerous times between now and then. | Most often, Americans vote with their pocketbook. | If unprecedented main street Depression and unemployment …

Ajamu Baraka (2020-06-09). Video: Ajamu Baraka on George Floyd Protests. globalresearch.ca Ajamu Baraka, National Coordinator for Black Alliance for Peace joins Camila on From the South to discuss the rebellion which has come in response to the killing of George Floyd by Minneapolis police. | Black Alliance for Peace has called …

Rick Sterling (2020-06-09). SouthFront Is Censored Under Cover of Pandemic. globalresearch.ca Introducing SouthFront | Where do you find daily news, videos, analysis and maps about the conflict in Syria? Detailed reports about the conflicts in Libya, Yemen and Venezuela? News about the rise of ISIS in Mozambique? Original analysis of events in …

William J. Astore (2020-06-09). "Light 'Em Up": Warrior-Cops Are the Law — and Above the Law — as Violence Grips America. globalresearch.ca From their front porches, regular citizens watched a cordon of cops sweep down their peaceful street in Minneapolis, Minnesota. Rankled at being filmed, the cops exceeded their authority and demanded that people go inside their houses. When some of them …

Peoples Dispatch (2020-06-09). Palestinians across the West Bank protest Israeli annexation plans. peoplesdispatch.org On June 8, Monday, thousands of Palestinians protested against the proposed Israeli plan to annex large parts of the occupied West Bank. These non-violent and peaceful protests were met with brutal repression from Israeli security forces. | The demonstrations were part of the commemorations marking the 53rd anniversary of Naksa (letdown) Day, when, in 1967, the Israeli occupation of the West Bank, East Jerusalem and the Gaza strip began. This was following the six-day war. | As per multiple media reports, demonstrations were held in the occupied West Bank towns of Bil'in, Ni'lin, Kafr Qaddum, Hares, Qusin and cit…

William Astore (2020-06-08). "Light 'Em Up": Warrior-Cops Are the Law—and Above the Law—as Violence Grips America. counterpunch.org From their front porches, regular citizens watched a cordon of cops sweep down their peaceful street in Minneapolis, Minnesota. Rankled at being filmed, the cops exceeded their authority and demanded that people go inside their houses. When some of them didn't obey quickly enough, the order — one heard so many times in the streets

Mark Gruenberg (2020-06-08). Congressional Dems unveil big police reform package. peoplesworld.org WASHINGTON—Responding to the mass movement for comprehensive change in the nation's police departments — which itself is just one facet of the wider movement against racism in the U.S. — congressional Democrats have unveiled a massive package of police reforms. The lawmakers flew into D.C., despite the coronavirus pandemic, to showcase the Justice In Policing …

James Bovard (2020-06-08). Media Buries George W. Bush's Lies and Atrocities. counterpunch.org Former president George W. Bush has returned to the spotlight to give moral guidance to America in these troubled times. In a statement released on Tuesday, Bush announced that he was "anguished" by the "brutal suffocation" of George Floyd and declared that "lasting peace in our communities requires truly equal justice. The rule of law

Vanessa Beeley (2020-06-08). Dr Bouthaina Shaaban speaks to Vanessa Beeley, Damascus. thealtworld.com Dr Bouthaina Shaaban on the hybrid war strategy being waged by the West, Israel, Turkey, Gulf States against Syria and her allies. | We had a meeting, during which we discussed most aspects of the maximum pressure campaign the sado-barbaric US Coalition is imposing upon Syria and all the nations who would defend her or provide economic support, trade and military collaboration. | Covid19 was discussed and the deliberate westernization of this alleged "pandemic" to further tighten the screws on an already economically devastated country that has endured 10 years of war, plagued by the various terrorist gangs cr…

Gordon Duff (2020-06-08). Joseph Bolognia, 54, Philly Police Inspector off the streets, facing possible attempted murder charge. thealtworld.com When we thought we had seen it all, we then get this pig faced motherfucker and his Trumpist Nazi friends. Watch him bash the head of a teenage (white) girl during an attack on peaceful demonstrators. This guy has a lifetime history of far more than the complaints on record, it goes much further with allegations yet to be proven of a police "special squad" working with human traffickers and drug dealers, keeping them safe and protecting them from prison for cash. Time that was looked into and a couple of dozen Philly boys in blue sent to do a few decades of federal time including for felony murder, what they do w…

WSWS (2020-06-08). Buffalo, New York mayor protects police in attack on 75-year-old. wsws.org The Democratic mayor's comments follow another week of vicious police assaults against peaceful protesters across the country.

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

Staff (2020-06-09). Headlines for June 9, 2020. democracynow.org Thousands Pay Their Respects in Houston as George Floyd Is Remembered by His Family, Chauvin Appears in Court, Bail Set at Over $1 Million, Video Shows Texas Police Killing Black Man After Minor Traffic Violation as He Pleads "I Can't Breathe", New Mexico Officer Charged with Killing Man in Neck Restraint During Traffic Stop, Democrats Unveil Police Reform Legislation, Take Knee to Remember George Floyd, Ramsey Orta, Who Filmed Police Killing Eric Garner, Released from Prison, Peaceful Protesters Injured and Killed Around the Country by Cars Ramming into Crowds, Protesters Establish Autonomous Zone Around Seattle…

Staff (2020-06-08). "The Time Is Now": Tens of Thousands in NYC March for Justice, Peace & an End to Racist Police. democracynow.org As hundreds of thousands took to the streets nationwide and around the world to call for police accountability and demand Black lives matter in the wake of the police killings of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor and Ahmaud Arbery, Democracy Now! spoke to some of the people who joined the historic protests Saturday in New York City.

Andrey Areshev (2020-06-08). Trump's Path to Historical Ignominy. strategic-culture.org History has always treated harshly those tyrants and strongmen who have been gratuitously violent toward their subjects and citizens and believed in purposely creating misery for their charge. Donald John Trump, the third impeached president of the United States, decided to clear peaceful protesters gathered a full block from the White House, so he could have his photograph taken standing in front of a church. It was not any church, but St. John's Episcopal Church, dubbed the "Church of the Presidents," owing to the several chief executives who have worshiped there over the decades. | To prepare for Trump's photo…

Addison Blu (2020-06-08). Syria Sends Advisors to Aid US Rebels. anti-empire.com WASHINGTON — As the United States works through its immense internal challenges with human rights, equality, and government use of force, Syrian president Bashar al-Assad seeks to help the US in the same way the US helped during the recent Syrian civil war. | "We're sending advisors from our elite special operations units to, you know, help foster peace," Assad told reporters while hiding a smirk. "I can't tell you how valuable it was to have a foreign influence stoking the fires during a period of violent unrest. The least we can do is return the favor." | Assad's aides exchanged high fives in a symbol of…

ahtribune (2020-06-08). Syria: Will the Great Middle Eastern War Begin in the Levant? ahtribune.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…

R. Robertson (2020-06-09). "Equality Is the Soul of Liberty" Peaceful Protest in Palo Alto Pt. I. indybay.org Speakers called for major structural change in policing policies, with some protesters demanding defunding of the Palo Alto Police Department at a rally of thousands on June 6. Photos here are of the rally at King Plaza. | Pt. II will feature photos of the 4 mile march through downtown streets and Palo Alto neighborhoods.

Staff (2020-06-09). Joe Biden and Top Democrats Won't Defund Police — But Our Cities Can. truthout.org Facing attacks from President Trump, Joe Biden's campaign said on Monday that the presumptive Democratic presidential nominee would not answer the call from hundreds of thousands of people who have taken to the streets to defund local police departments. However, most local police departments are run by city governments, and momentum toward abolishing policing as we know it today is building at the local level. | Instead of slashing federal funding for local cops, Biden and Democrats in Congress have pr…

Staff (2020-06-08). Trump's New White House Barrier Transformed Into Black Lives Matter Memorial. truthout.org As peaceful protests continued to flower and grow in U.S. cities and around the world over the weekend, a newly-erected security fence established around the White House in Washington, D.C. became what one reporter described as a "

Staff (2020-06-08). Thousands in New York City March for Justice, Peace and an End to Racist Police. truthout.org As hundreds of thousands took to the streets nationwide and around the world to call for police accountability and demand Black lives matter in the wake of the police killings of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor and Ahmaud Arbery, Democracy Now! spoke to some of the people who joined the historic protests Saturday in New York City. | TRANSCRIPT: | This is a rush transcript. Copy may not be in its final form. | AMY GOODMAN: We end this broadcast in the streets of New York, where hundreds of…

The Canary (2020-06-08). Giving drivers £6,000 to switch to electric car would be 'fantastic move'. thecanary.co Motoring and environmental groups have welcomed the prospect of a new car scrappage scheme encouraging motorists to switch to electric vehicles. | The AA described it as "fantastic" while Greenpeace said it would be "moving in the right direction". | Boris Johnson is considering launching plans to give drivers up to £6,000 to exchange their petrol or diesel car for an electric model, the Daily Telegraph reported. | In March the government reduced the maximum grant available for electric car buyers under the Plug-In Car Grant by £500 to £3,000. | But it has been urged to help manufacturers hit ha…

en.mehrnews (2020-06-08). Hashd al-Sha'abi, Iraqi Army launch op. against ISIL near Syrian border. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, Jun. 08 (MNA) — Hashd al-Sha'abi and the Iraqi Army launched a large-scale operation on Monday to identify and destroy ISIL terrorist elements near the Syrian border.

sputniknews (2020-06-08). Belgian Police Warn of Strikes After Clashes During Anti-Racism Protests in Brussels. sputniknews.com BRUSSELS (Sputnik) – Belgium's two biggest police trade unions on Monday warned of a strike following riots in central Brussels, which started as a peaceful rally against racism.

yenisafak (2020-06-09). Turkish charities send 3 truckloads of aid to Idlib. yenisafak.com Three truckloads of humanitarian aid gathered by various charity association in Turkey were sent Tuesday to vulnerable people in war-torn Idlib, northwestern Syria, where millions of people are in need of assistance due to internal conflict in the country.Several relief organizations and benefactors collaborated to prepare the humanitarian aid which included water, flour and dry food.The trucks carrying supplies arrived in Turkey's southern Hatay province to be transferred to Idlib.The aid will be distributed among residents of rural areas in Idlib.Syria has been ravaged by a civil war since early 2011, when the…

yenisafak (2020-06-08). UN sends 72 truckloads of aid to Idlib, Syria. yenisafak.com The UN on Monday sent 72 truckloads of humanitarian aid to northwestern Syria, where millions of people are in need of assistance due to internal conflict in the country.The trucks carrying supplies entered Idlib, Syria through the Cilvegozu border gate in Turkey's southern Hatay province.The aid will be distributed among 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-…

Mike Garrity (2020-06-08). There's a Much Better Way to Create Forest Jobs Than Ron Wyden's Big Timber Welfare Act, Pass NREPA Instead. counterpunch.org Oregon's Democratic Senator Ron Wyden recently introduced a bill (S.3684) that uses the coronavirus pandemic as an excuse to throw another $10.6 billion into the Forest Service budget. That's on top of the $5.7 billion Congress already appropriated to the agency this year and comes out to a whopping $45 million a day, most of which would be

_____ (2020-06-08). Joe Biden Is A Racist Who Loves Police Brutality. popularresistance.org Biden's history of enthusiastic racism stretches back decades. From the moment he entered the U.S. Senate in the early 1970s, he vocally opposed busing to achieve school desegregation. "Opposing busing" has long been racist code for opposing Black and brown children going to school with white children. At a time when "separate but equal" was beginning to become politically unpalatable, Biden's leadership against busing, in the most generous possible interpretation, provided cover for segregationists to continue their work. He has spent his life fighting for policies that make life worse for Black, Indigenous, and…

RT (2020-06-07). Cops and protesters brawl in London, as PM declares demonstrations 'subverted by thuggery'. rt.com After a peaceful demonstration at the US embassy, some 'Black Lives Matter' protesters in London showed up at Downing Street where the scene grew more chaotic. Police clashed with the crowd in an attempt to restore order. | The gathering at London's US embassy on Sunday drew

RT (2020-06-07). 'You talk like Goebbels': Global Times editor-in-chief shoots back at Pompeo's parallels between China & Nazi Germany. rt.com The editor-in-chief of a major Chinese tabloid slammed Mike Pompeo for comparing his country to Nazi Germany, likening his words to those of Hitler's propaganda chief and reminding the secretary of state of America's endless wars. | Hu Xijin took to Twitter on Sunday venting his anger about Mike Pompeo's remarks. | "You are inciting radical hostility and ripping the world apart. You aren't like a top diplomat, instead, you talk like Goebbels of Nazi Germany. I'm worried that world peace will eventually be destroyed by extreme politicians like you," he wrote. | You are inciting radical hostility and ripping the…

RT (2020-06-07). Black Lives Matter protest in Sweden descends into violence and vandalism (VIDEOS). rt.com The Swedish city of Gothenburg has been shaken by street violence, after an initially peaceful 'Black Lives Matter' protest turned into a riot. Police clashed with demonstrators, who threw stones and smashed storefronts. | Defying the Swedish government's coronavirus guidelines — which ban gatherings of more than 50 people — an estimated 2,000 people assembled in the city of Gothenburg on Sunday, to show solidarity with the worldwide protests that broke out after the killing of George Floyd by a Minneapolis police officer nearly two weeks ago. | Although the protest began peacefully, by late afternoo…

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…

Israel Shahak (2020-06-07). "Greater Israel": The Zionist Plan for the Middle East. globalresearch.ca When viewed in the current context, the war on Iraq, the 2006 war on Lebanon, the 2011 war on Libya, the ongoing wars on Syria and Iraq, the war on Yemen, must be understood in relation to the Zionist Plan for the Middle East…

IMEMC & Agencies (2020-06-07). Israeli Troops Shoot, Wound Five Palestinians in Kufur Qaddoum. imemc.org On Saturday afternoon, Israeli occupying soldiers in Kufur Qaddoum village, on the outskirts of the Palestinian West Bank city of Qalqilia, reportedly shot and wounded five local Palestinian peaceful protestors with rubber-coated steel bullets. Local Palestinian sources said that an Israeli army troop attacked a peaceful protest near the Omar …

Tom Coburg (2020-06-07). Protesters attacked by the police and their allies have the moral right to defend themselves. thecanary.co Across the US, Black Lives Matter protesters are under violent attack by the police and the national guard. Far-right white supremacists are also visible. But people can only take so much, and if attacked, protesters have a moral right to defend themselves. | State violence: | The assaults on protesters by police and the national guard have been widespread. | For example, in Chicago: | Has nobody in charge of US police realised that everyone has mobile phones and that their violence against protesters will be filmed and sent around the globe? Each mindless attack on peaceful protesters adds fuel to the fl…

Eileen Appelbaum (2020-06-07). New Labor Department Guidance Allows Risky Private Equity Investments in Workers' 401(k) Accounts. commondreams.org Eugene Scalia attends his confirmation hearing to become the next U.S. labor secretary in front of the the U.S. Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor and Pensions (HELP) on Sept. 19, 2019. (Photo: Astrid Riecken/Getty Images) | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…

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…

Staff (2020-06-07). Top Recipients of Police Money Include Trump and Leading Congressional Democrats. truthout.org Police reform is now a congressional priority following nationwide protests against police violence and systemic racism after the killing of George Floyd by Minneapolis police. Many of the protests in cities across the country, including Washington, D.C., have been met with militarized force and violence. | Black Lives Matter, one of the main organizing bodies behind the protests, has long fought for transparency and accountability in response to police violence against Black communities. With Fl…

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…

_____ (2020-06-07). National Guard Troops Refuse Trump's Race War. popularresistance.org Courage to Resist is currently assisting members of the National Guard who resisted Trump's orders to violently attack people on the streets of Washington DC peacefully and lawfully protesting racial injustice. Now that Trump is threatening to use the 1807 Insurrection Act to send active-duty troops in cities across the US, it's time for every member of the military to search their conscience. We want to make sure we're there to support the brave men and women who continue to refuse these illegal orders. | One Guardsmen who is resisting Trump's orders originally hoped to join medical missions assisting in natural…

Mark Perry (2020-06-06). WON'T TOUCH IT WITH A SIX-FOOT POLE: Pentagon Is Afraid Saving Taxpayers From Rioters Would Stain Its Sainted "Troops" anti-empire.com The president had barely finished his remarks in the Rose Garden late on Monday afternoon, when senior retired and currently serving U.S. military officers weighed in on his threat to deploy military units to help end the nationwide demonstrations resulting from the killing of George Floyd. | While declaring he was an "ally of all peaceful protesters," Trump described the disturbances as "domestic acts of terror" and called on local law enforcement officials to "dominate the streets" to end them. But Trump's payoff quote sounded more like an explicit threat than a political ploy: "If a city or state refuses to ta…

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). 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). 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). From White House to Golden Gate: Massive crowds rally nationwide to protest the death of George Floyd (VIDEOS, PHOTOS). rt.com Thousands of protesters flooded the main streets, squares and bridges in nationwide protest over the death of George Floyd, leading some to question whether a second wave of Covid-19 is imminent. | Chicago, Washington, DC and New York all saw large groups gather to march and demonstrate, all of which have been peaceful as of Saturday afternoon. | Massive, peaceful turnout today at Union Park in

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 (2020-06-06). 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…