Daily Archives: June 11, 2020

2020-06-11: News Headlines

MBNJSD (2020-06-11). Defund the Police, defund the Military. dissidentvoice.org Defund the police, defund the military (Credit: CODEPINK) On June 1, President Trump threatened to deploy active-duty U.S. military forces against peaceful Black Lives Matter protesters in cities across America. Trump and state governors eventually deployed at least 17,000 National Guard troops across the country. In the nation's capital, Trump deployed nine Blackhawk assault helicopters, …

Dave Lindorff (2020-06-10). In Astonishing Move, Both Defense Secretary Esper and Joint Chiefs Chair Milley Tell Troops to Defend Constitution and People's Freedom, Not President. counterpunch.org President Trump really went a bridge too far with his bizarre Bible photo op and his order for federal troops to attack peaceful White House protesters to allow him to exit his white house bunker and walk unimpeded across the street to a church to have his photo taken holding it up (after having it

Editor (2020-06-10). FTP! Cops out of labor movement, youth in! workers.org The American Federation of Labor was founded in 1886 and the Congress of Industrial Organizations in 1935. The two union federations merged in 1955. For most of this time police organizations — wrongly referred to as unions — were not affiliated with the U.S. labor movement. The International Union of . . . |

WSWS (2020-06-10). Protests erupt in Syria as the economy collapses. wsws.org The Syrian pound has fallen precipitously following Lebanon's economic crisis last October and now the US's Caesar Act allowing President Donald Trump to impose fresh sanctions.

IMEMC News (2020-06-10). Soldiers Injure Several Palestinians in Hebron. imemc.org Many Palestinians suffered, late on Tuesday at night, from the severe effects of teargas inhalation after Israeli troops fired tear gas canisters towards a peaceful Palestinian protest in the center of Hebron city, in the southern part of the occupied West Bank. Local media sources and eyewitnesses reported that the …

news.un (2020-06-10). Rights experts condemn use of force against journalists covering US protests. news.un.org Journalists covering ongoing protests denouncing systemic racism and police brutality in the United States must be able to do their job in peace, two experts on the right to freedom of expression said on Wednesday.

Fight Back (2020-06-10). Tampa Bay students lead rally for community control of the police, justice for George Floyd. fightbacknews.org Tampa, FL – On Monday, June 8, Tampa Bay Students for a Democratic Society (SDS) and Tampa Bay Community Action Committee (TBCAC) led a crowd of around 500 on a march through the historic neighborhood of Ybor City to demand community control of the police in the Tampa Bay Area. The march ended at the Hillsborough County Sheriff's Office (HCSO) building, where protesters demanded charges be dropped for the hundreds of protesters arrested by HCSO over recent weeks. | Elizabeth Kramer, an organizer with TBCAC, stated, "The vast majority of arrested protesters have been completely peaceful, and the manner in which HC…

Peoples Dispatch (2020-06-10). Palestinian authority hints at declaration of sovereign state if Israel continues with annexation plan. peoplesdispatch.org Palestinian prime minister Mohammad Shatyyeh reiterated PA's rejection of the so-called Peace Plan proposed by US president Donald Trump, and said that the PA has devised a counterproposal…

Adriaan Alsema (2020-06-10). Colombia's finance minister open to universal basic income, but fails to see urgency. colombiareports.com Colombia's finance minister promised Congress on Tuesday he would look into the possibility of implementing a universal basic emergency income in response to the economic crisis caused by the coronavirus….

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 …

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.

Rick Sterling (2020-06-09). SouthFront is Censored under Cover of Pandemic. dissidentvoice.org Censorship of alternative media is becoming more widespread in the COVID19 era. This article documents the case of SouthFront. 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 …

Staff (2020-06-10). Buffalo Police Assaulted a 75-Year-Old Longtime Peace Activist, Now Trump Is Attacking Him Too. democracynow.org We look at the story of peace activist Martin Gugino, who was hospitalized in critical condition after being pushed to the ground by a police officer in Buffalo last week — an attack captured on video that has been viewed millions of times. On Tuesday, President Trump attacked the 75-year-old activist on Twitter, suggesting he staged his fall and was "an ANTIFA provocateur," echoing baseless claims from a segment on the far-right channel One America News Network. We speak with Lu Aya, a member of the New York-based group The Peace Poets, who organized with Martin in the group Witness Against Torture. "Marti…

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…

Andrey Areshev (2020-06-10). Christopher Steele's Very Stupid Dossier. strategic-culture.org "Whom the gods would destroy they first make mad." So declared Henry Wadsworth Longfellow. But he was wrong. The gods don't make them mad — they make them stupid. | Christopher Steele's famous dossier, back in the news now that the U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee has begun

Marko Marjanoviƒá (2020-06-11). The Powers That Be Are Ecstatic That the Left Believes the Biggest Problem Right Now Are Statues of Dead White Men. anti-empire.com In the US and the EU both, we've witnessed the biggest monetary heist in history. We're sailing into a depression that central banks have set up for us over the past two decades. And we're doing so in the worst possible condition thanks to the Draconian, harebrained and unnecessary lockdowns that the politicians imposed on us. | Several of Empire's wars and occupations continue in Afghanistan, Somalia, Yemen, and Syria. Tension is being needlessly cultivated with China and Russia, and the entire architecture of nuclear arms control is just about done being thrown in that trash bin of history. | Simultaneously the…

ahtribune (2020-06-09). SouthFront Is Censored under Cover of Pandemic. ahtribune.com 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 the US and Russia? SouthFront is unique and influential, reaching a global audience of hundreds of thousands. They have opinion articles but their reports and videos are informational and factual. Their website says, | "SouthFront focuses on issues of international relations, armed conflicts and cri…

R. Robertson (2020-06-11). "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.

excerpt (2020-06-11). California Reparations AB 3121 – Did the Roman Catholic Church Endorse Slavery? indybay.org Today, Speaker Nancy Pelosi courageously led the Congressional Leadership through a special ceremony in Emancipation Hall, Washington D.C. In the Rotunda of the California State Capitol is a celebration of Spanish State Sponsored Terrorism with the Roman Catholic Church blessing. If Restorative Justice is possible, then full and accurate consideration is essential. As the California State Legislature considers AB 3121 let courageous leadership flow from sea to shinning sea.

RT (2020-06-10). Putin stresses importance of Libya ceasefire in phone call with Erdogan. rt.com Russian President Vladimir Putin spoke by phone with his Turkish counterpart Recep Tayyip Erdogan on Wednesday and stressed the importance of a ceasefire in Libya as soon as possible, the Kremlin's press service said. | The two leaders expressed "mutual concern over the mass armed clashes ongoing in the country," the statement said. Putin also stressed the need for renewed inter-Libyan dialogue. | Discussing Syria, Putin and Erdogan underlined the need to implement Russian-Turkish agreements on the Idlib de-escalation zone. | The presidents discussed joint efforts during the coronavirus pandemic, and noted the…

RT (2020-06-10). 'Homage to hate, not heritage': Pelosi demands removal of all Confederate statues from US Capitol. rt.com US House Speaker Nancy Pelosi has called for all Confederate statues in Congress to be removed, insisting they represent "cruelty and barbarism" and are a "grotesque affront" to American ideals. | The call to scrap the monuments came on Wednesday, with Pelosi penning a "Monuments to men who advocated cruelty and barbarism to achieve such a plainly racist end are a grot…

RT (2020-06-09). Trump celebrates Senate approval of 'FIRST-EVER African-American military service chief' as Charles Brown takes over USAF. rt.com The US Senate has confirmed General Charles Brown to be the chief of the US Air Force, the first time an African-American has headed a branch of the military. President Donald Trump jumped the gun to take a victory lap on Twitter.

en.mehrnews (2020-06-10). Iran, Russia voice concern over humanitarian crisis in Yemen, Syria. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, Jun. 10 (MNA) — Iranian Foreign Minister's Senior Assistant for Special Political Affairs Ali Asghar Khaji held a phone conversation with Russia's Deputy Foreign Minister Sergey Vershinin over the humanitarian crisis in Yemen and Syria.

yenisafak (2020-06-11). Cherry season ensues in Idlib, Syria. yenisafak.com Syrian civilians have started harvesting cherries in the Idlib de-escalation zone in the northwest of the country amid relatively secure environment since cease-fire agreement inked between Turkey and Russia on March 5.Idlib is home to hundreds of thousands of cherry trees.However, farmers returning to their homes after the cease-fire have been badly affected by skyrocketing fertilization, tree pruning, transportation and fuel prices."We suffered a lot during the migration period. We returned to our land after the cease-fire. We look forward to this month every year," Syrian farmer Haci Ahmet Muhammad told Anadol…

yenisafak (2020-06-10). Erdogan, Putin discuss Libya, Idlib over phone. yenisafak.com Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan on Wednesday spoke over the phone with his Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin to discuss the latest situation in Libya and Idlib, northwestern Syria.According to the Turkish Communications Directorate, the two leaders also discussed regional issues and steps to be taken in…

yenisafak (2020-06-10). UN dispatches 57 trucks carrying aid to Syria's Idlib. yenisafak.com The UN on Wednesday dispatched a total of 57 trucks carrying humanitarian aid for needy people in Idlib city of northwestern Syria.Truckloads of supplies entered the Syrian city through the Cilvegozu border crossing of 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-escalation zone forged under an agreem…

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…

_____ (2020-06-10). America's Forever Wars Have Come Home. popularresistance.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

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 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 …

WSWS (2020-06-09). Democrats announce toothless police reform bill. wsws.org The "Justice in Policing" bill, a collection of minor reforms that has no chance of being passed by the Senate and signed by Trump, is aimed at containing and dissipating mounting social protest.

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…

sputniknews (2020-06-09). Floyd's Death Sparks Int'l Reaction in Wake of Garner, Martin, Diallo and King: Why Him, Why Now? sputniknews.com On this episode of The Critical Hour, Dr. Wilmer Leon is joined by Dr. Colin Campbell, TV news reporter with more than 20 years of experience. As a senior Washington, DC, correspondent since 2008, he has been a reporter-at-large covering two presidencies, Congress and the State Department.

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.

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

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

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 …

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…

RT (2020-06-08). All is forgiven? 'Racist' Romney hailed by media & #Resistance, heckled by everyone else, for marching with BLM. rt.com Republican Senator Mitt Romney has further distanced himself from the GOP by appearing at a Black Lives Matter protest — but while mainstream media celebrated the move, few on social media had forgotten his past transgressions. | The anti-Trump Utah congressman was spotted at a protest march in Washington DC on Sunday. Romney later tweeted a protest selfie with the caption "Black Lives Matter." | An aide to the senator told the Washington Post that Romney wasn't intending to "publicize" his participation in the protest, having "spontaneously" joined the march after coming across a group of 1,000 to 1,500…

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…

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.

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-…

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.

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…

teleSUR (2020-06-08). Montreal Police Disperse Peaceful Protesters With Tear Gas. telesurenglish.net Demonstrators were gassed Monday in Montreal, Canada as they were protesting against racism and police brutality. | RELATED: | Protester gathered in the center of this Canadian city to march peacefully, as part of the global display of repudiation stirred by George Floyd's murder last May 25, suffocated to death when in custody by U.S police. | This is the second time in a week when people take Montreal streets to…

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…

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…