Daily Archives: June 12, 2020

2020-06-12: News Headlines

Stephen Lendman (2020-06-12). Trump's Executive Order on Police. No Defunding, No Disbanding. "Our Police have been Letting Us Live in Peace." (sic). globalresearch.ca It's being prepared for release in the coming days. More on it below. | In early February 2017, days after his inauguration, Trump signed what the White House called "pro-law and anti-crime executive orders (to) support the dedicated men and women …

Jason Holland (2020-06-12). The Implications of Social Hierarchy and Questioning the Right to Rule. dissidentvoice.org Society must return to truth or cease to exist. — Pyotr Kropotkin, The Conquest of Bread, 1892 In these times the establishment continues to bellow out hippie like rhetoric that we're all in this together, that we must find unity and peace, put down our differences, sing kum ba yah, and hug this shit out. …

Bruce Jackson (2020-06-12). Buffalo Cops—And All the Other Cops. counterpunch.org All we know is that a line of cops, for no apparent reason, charged a group of apparently peaceful demonstrators and began beating them, after which shots were fired, a car injured three police officers, one seriously, a woman was shot, and three people were arrested. Someone gave the order to attack, and they did.

Mark Gruenberg, John Wojcik (2020-06-12). Movement grows against Trump's looting of taxpayers. peoplesworld.org WASHINGTON—Progressives in Congress and in mass organizations, among them Democratic Sen. Sherrod Brown of Ohio and the pro-worker group Public Citizen, are raising alarm over the Trump administration's refusal to release the names of corporations that have received bailouts from the $500 billion coronavirus stimulus package passed recently, and over plans by GOP Senate Majority …

Steven Sahiounie (2020-06-12). The US Admits They Are to Blame for Hunger in Syria. globalresearch.ca United States Special Envoy to Syria,

_____ (2020-06-12). The scale of computational propaganda applied to get your consent. truepublica.org.uk By TruePublica: The coronavirus crisis has exacerbated tensions over the role of disinformation in international politics. Indeed, few weeks seem to go by without the world's major powers trading accusations of carrying out disinformation campaigns. But while many reports focus on dramatic allegations of countries interfering in the affairs of rival nations, the Peace Research …

Lu Aya (2020-06-12). Buffalo Police Assault 75-Year-Old Longtime Peace Activist. zcomm.org Now Trump is attacking him too…

Adriaan Alsema (2020-06-12). Colombia's VP admits after 23 years brother is a convicted heroin trafficker. colombiareports.com Colombia's Congress hasn't even begun investigating evidence of President Ivan Duque's ties to drug traffickers or local media revealed the brother of his vice-president is a convicted narco. News website…

Telesur (2020-06-12). US Troops in Colombia "Associate with Illegal Groups", Killing Farmers, Seek to "Spark a War with Venezuela" globalresearch.ca Colombian senators on Wednesday said that U.S. troops that arrived in the South American country in early June are allowed to associate with illegal groups and seek an eventual international confrontation. | The Democratic Congressman Ivan Cepeda revealed that the current …

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, …

South Front (2020-06-11). Video: Syrian Army Repelled Militant Attack in Southern Idlib. US Air Force C-130 Plane Crashed in Iraq. globalresearch.ca The Syrian Army and the National Defense Forces have repelled an attack on their positions in southern Idlib. | On June 8, forces of the Ghurfat Eamaliat wa-Harid al-Mu'minin coalition of al-Qaeda-linked militant groups stormed the villages of Tanjarah and Fattirah. …

Marwa Osman (2020-06-11). Israel's Arbitrary Detentions—MES EP.57. thealtworld.com Tough Israel regularly arrests Palestinians and keeps them under illegal detention for months, the number of such arrests have risen in the last couple of months. In complete violation of all established human rights norms, Israel has continued the practice of holding Palestinian detainees without any charge or formal trial for months before they are formally charged with baseless accusations and unfairly tried or released. | To discuss this issue with us from Madrid is Alberto Garcia Watson, activist and member of the International Solidarity Movement. | Dozens of people in the southern countryside of Syria's no…

news.un (2020-06-11). Women integral to battling coronavirus and pushing for lasting peace and security. news.un.org The coronavirus pandemic has brought into sharp focus the differentiated impacts that COVID-19 is having on women, including new obstacles to their meaningful participation in peace processes.

WSWS (2020-06-11). A timeline of abuse by the New York Police Department. wsws.org A peaceful protester arrested in New York City tells the WSWS about her experience…

Peoples Dispatch (2020-06-11). Finnish communist youth slam proposal to remove friendship memorials. peoplesdispatch.org A Conservative MP in Finland has proposed the removal of the Hakaniemi World Peace Statue in Helsinki and the Friendship of Peoples Monument in Ità§keskus, both symbolic of friendship with the people of Russia…

Scott Ritter (2020-06-11). Romantic Republicans seeking a return to Cold War aggression are deluded — no-one values America's tarnished values anymore. thealtworld.com Right-wing members of Congress have issued a report calling for the US to move to defend itself against a reimagined global threat. But it ignores the fact that, after George Floyd, America's world standing is irreparably damaged. | A

Arabi Souri (2020-06-12). Video: Hearing Is Not Like Seeing: NATO's Terrorists Burning Syrian Wheat Crops. globalresearch.ca A video clip shared by local farmers from Ras Al-Ayn showing an inferno burning their livelihood before their eyes, hundreds of acres of wheat on fire just as the crop is due to harvest. | We've been reporting about these fires …

Staff (2020-06-11). "He Didn't Deserve to Die Over $20": George Floyd's Brother Urges Congress to Stop Police Killings. democracynow.org A day after George Floyd's family laid him to rest in his hometown of Houston, his brother Philonise Floyd addressed lawmakers on Capitol Hill to demand an end to police violence. "I'm tired. I'm tired of pain," he told the House Judiciary Committee. "People of all backgrounds, genders and races have come together to demand change. Honor them. Honor George."

Staff (2020-06-11). Headlines for June 11, 2020. democracynow.org As U.S. Confirms 2 Million Coronavirus Cases, Hospitalizations Surge in Many States, White House Coronavirus Task Force Goes Quiet as Mike Pence Flouts Social Distancing, British Research Backs Universal Adoption of Face Masks to Slow COVID-19, Coronavirus Pandemic Worsens as Global Infections Reach New Records, George Floyd's Brother Asks Congress to Ensure "His Death Is Not in Vain", Louisville, KY Police Filed Nearly Blank Report After Killing Breonna Taylor, Black Lives Matter Protests Held for 16th Consecutive Day, Statues of Columbus and Confederates Toppled in Cities Across U.S., Trump Will "Not Even Consi…

Andrey Areshev (2020-06-12). Syria in Seattle: Commune Defies the U.S. Regime. strategic-culture.org The marriage of post-Lockdown and George Floyd protests has nurtured a rough beast that is still immune to any form of civilized debate in the U.S.: the Seattle Commune. | So what really is the Capital Hill Autonomous Zone cum People's Republic all about? | Are the communards mere useful idiots? Is this a refined Occupy Wall Street experiment? Could it survive, logistically, and be replicated in NYC, L.A. and D.C.? | An outraged President Trump has described it as a plot by "domestic terrorists" in a city "run by radical left Democrats". He called for "LAW & ORDER" (in caps, according to his Tweetology). | Shades…

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 (2020-06-12). Trump's 'Caesar' Style Siege on Syria, A Sign of Impending Regional Failure. ahtribune.com Would be emperor Donald Trump has announced the 'Caesar Syrian Civilian Protection Act', to tighten the genocidal siege on the Syrian people. Without a hint of irony, this new edict imposes even more serious obstacles to the Syrian people getting access to energy, food and medicines, while claiming its purpose is to 'protect' those same people. | However the move comes as (1) a shrinking US military presence faces resistance attacks in both Syria and Iraq, (2) Washington's allies are abandoning the US-led 'coalition' in Iraq, (3) Trump has undermined his local allies in Lebanon and Iraq, by threats and economi…

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.

RT (2020-06-11). Congressman claims Chicago cops lounged in office, made popcorn & coffee while looters destroyed city (PHOTOS). rt.com Chicago officers, including supervisors, were called out by the city's mayor over footage of them lounging and snacking in a South Side office while the city faced volatile protests. | "They were in a mode of relaxation, and they did not care about what was happening to businesspeople, to this city," Democrat Congressman Bobby Rush said at a Thursday press conference about the cops. "They didn't care. They absolutely didn't care." | Rush revealed his office was broken into and burglarized on June 1 while protests over the death of George Floyd took place throughout the city. Video from around one in the mornin…

en.mehrnews (2020-06-12). Syrian MP terms US sanctions as 'war crimes'. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, Jun. 12 (MNA) — A member of the Syrian Parliament, Mohammad Fawaz, said that the US is committing war crimes by imposing new sanctions against Syria.

yenisafak (2020-06-12). Israeli forces injure 3 photojournalists. yenisafak.com Three photojournalists along with dozens of Palestinians in the occupied West Bank were injured and suffocated by the Israeli army's live and rubber bullets, and tear gas.Murad Shtaiwi, coordinator of the Popular Resistance Committees in the town of Kafr Qaddum, Qalqilya, said the Israeli forces used rubber bullets and teargas to disperse peaceful demonstrators.Shtaiwi said three photojournalists and two Palestinians were injured, while tens of protesters suffered from tear gas suffocation.People in Kafr Qaddum organize weekly protests against Israeli occupation and against the Israeli settlement activities, whic…

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…

South Front (2020-06-11). Video: Explosion Targets Russian Military Police Patrol in Northern Syria. Who Was Behind It? globalresearch.ca On June 9, an improvised explosive device exploded on the route of the patrol of the Russian Military Police near the town of Ayn al-Arab (also known as Kobani) in northern Syria. Initially, Kurdish sources claimed that at least 3 …

_____ (2020-06-11). Capitol Hill Autonomous Zone Forms Around Emptied East Precinct. popularresistance.org The first night in the so-called Capitol Hill Autonomous Zone that has formed in the wake of police giving up the week-long blockade of the East Precinct was rainy and peaceful and full of speeches from activists, agitators, poets, and socialist city council members. | "I guess whatever the fuck we're doing is effective," one organizer identified as Magik said over a megaphone early in the night as police were still clearing the area. "They are going to move up. They are going to get everybody out of here and we are free to move through these streets and protest and march." | "Yesterday we were on 11th and Pine.

_____ (2020-06-11). Fortress On A Hill: Interview With Larry Wilkerson. popularresistance.org Powerful. That's how I'd describe today's episode. A deep dive into the mind of COL(R) Larry Wilkerson, his career as a U.S. Army officer to include combat in Vietnam, his close professional relationship with Colin Powell, his time at the State Department during the Bush II era, his thoughts on various conflicts to include Iraq and Syria, and his thoughts on the murder of George Floyd amidst the COVID-19 era. | Lawrence Wilkerson's last positions in government were as Secretary of State Colin Powell's Chief of Staff (2002-05), Associate Director of the State Department's Policy Planning staff under the directorsh…

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.

en.mehrnews (2020-06-11). AIPAC has poisoned US politics for years, says Iran Foreign Minister. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, Jun. 11 (MNA) — Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif in his Twitter account reacted to the recent report by the 'Jewish Telegraphic Agency' on American Israel Public Affairs Committee's (AIPAC) order to the US Congress on the Zionist plan to occupy the West Bank.

sputniknews (2020-06-11). US Senate Panel Approves More Funds for Missile Defence in 2021 NDAA Act. sputniknews.com WASHINGTON (Sputnik) – The US Senate Armed Services Committee approved additional funding for missile defence, including for hypersonic weapons, in the National Defence Authorization Act (NDAA) for the fiscal year 2021, a summary of the draft bill revealed.

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

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…

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 . . . |

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…

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.

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 (2020-06-10). 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 (2020-06-10). 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…

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…

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.

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….

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

The Canary (2020-06-10). Woman hit by police horse at London protest 'shocked' by force's response. thecanary.co A woman who was hit by a police horse at a Black Lives Matter protest on Saturday said she was "shocked" by the police response to the incident.Mounted police were brought in to control the largely peaceful protest, which was attended by thousands in London.However, after an officer fell from her horse after riding into a traffic light, the animal ran on to the street in Whitehall, knocking down nursing student Jessie Tieti Mawutu in an incident which she said left her "traumatised".Mawutu told the PA news agency that local authorities could not process her complaint about the incident, which has now been referre…

_____ (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