Daily Archives: June 16, 2020

2020-06-16: News Headlines

yenisafak (2020-06-16). NATO concerned by Russia's growing presence in E.Med. yenisafak.com Russia's growing presence in the Eastern Mediterranean region is a cause for concern for NATO, the military alliance's chief said on Tuesday."NATO is also concerned about the increased Russian presence in the eastern Mediterranean in general, in Syria, but also, of course, in Libya. And we have to follow and monitor that very closely," Jens Stoltenberg said in response to a question in an online news conference ahead of the NATO defense ministers meeting on June 17-18.He said the situation in Libya was not on the meeting agenda, but could be discussed, adding: "It has a direct impact on the security of especially…

yenisafak (2020-06-16). Lavrov: Russia, Turkey, Iran to hold summit on Syria. yenisafak.com Ankara, Moscow and Tehran agreed to hold a videoconference and then a face-to-face meeting on the Syrian settlement, Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov announced on Tuesday.The presidents of the three countries will discuss Syrian issues in a videoconference and then will hold a summit in Tehran, Lavrov said at a news conference following a meeting with his Iranian counterpart Mohammad Javad Zarif."Today, we confirmed the agreement of the three presidents of the Astana format countries that the summit will be held in Tehran within terms that will be determined considering the situation developing due to the c…

Vijay Prashad (2020-06-16). Who deserves the Nobel Peace Prize in a time of pandemic? mronline.org A few weeks ago, I was talking to Noam Chomsky about the state of the world. At one point, Noam smiled and said that he is not aware of any German doctors in Italy, even though both countries are in the European Union; instead, Cuban and Chinese doctors went to Italy to help the Italians …

Staff (2020-06-16). Climate Crisis: Trump's Regulatory Attack, DNC On Climate, California Fires, And Brazil COVID Chaos. therealnews.com Under the cover of COVID-19 and protests, Trump hacks away at bedrock environmental law. Plus, a Democratic Party committee lays out its climate platform, wildfires erupt in California, and climate chaos engulfs Brazil and the Amazon Rainforest.

Peoples Dispatch (2020-06-16). Why Cuban doctors should receive the Nobel Peace Prize? peoplesdispatch.org Since the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic, Cuba has taken an active role in extending international solidarity to nations hard-hit by the virus. So far, they have sent medical brigades to 27 countries to assist in the fight against coronavirus. Due to Cuba's extraordinary commitment to humanity, to public health and to internationalism, a group of human rights organizations and social movements across the world have launched a campaign to award the Nobel Peace Prize to Cuba's Henry Reeve medical brigade. | On the

Lu Aya (2020-06-16). Buffalo Police Assault 75-Year-Old Longtime Peace Activist. zcomm.org Now Trump is attacking him too…

Brad Wilson (2020-06-16). Smashing the Illusion 'Farmer Clout:' Part II. zcomm.org This is Part II Part I is here: zcomm.org/zblogs/smashing-the-illusion-f… (Continuing from Part I.) Specific Farm State Data I've also started crunching the commodity crop numbers for various "farm states," such as states where House and Senate Agriculture Committee members are based. For example, Iowa (Tom Harkin, Charles Grassley & Steve King, Leonard Boswell) and Kansas

_____ (2020-06-16). Colombia: US Troops In Country Seek International Conflict. popularresistance.org Colombian senators on Wednesday saidthat 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 manuals of the U.S. special forces (SFAB) that arrived in Colombia "mention the function of advising non-governmental militias and illegal partners." | "We can end up like Libya, a destroyed state that has become a field for the multinational oil companies," the opposition congressman added. | The arrival of U.S. military personnel in the country…

R. Robertson (2020-06-16). "Equality Is the Soul of Liberty" Peaceful Protest in Palo Alto Pt. II. indybay.org At a rally in Palo Alto's King Plaza on June 6, protesters called out loudly for defunding the Palo Alto Police Department. After the rally of thousands, they marched a 4.6 mile route through the city.

Peoples Dispatch (2020-06-15). 'Trump Heights': The newest Israeli-approved illegal settlements in occupied Golan Heights. peoplesdispatch.org The Golan Heights is Syrian territory occupied by Israel following the 1967 war. Israeli settlement activities inside the occupied territories are in complete violation of international laws…

Philip Giraldi (2020-06-15). America's Supernational Sovereignty. thealtworld.com Iran and Syria again on the receiving end of sanctions | One of the most disturbing aspects of American foreign policy since 9/11 has been the assumption that decisions made by the United States are binding on the rest of the world, best exemplified by President George W. Bush's warning that "there was a new sheriff in town." Apart from time of war, no other nation has ever sought to prevent other nations from trading with each other, nor has any government sought to punish foreigners using sanctions with the cynical arrogance demonstrated by Secretary of State Mike Pompeo. The United States uniquely seeks to pen…

Elijah J. Magnier (2020-06-15). US Congress "Caesar's Law" Directed against Syria: Who Does It Target and How Will It Affect President Assad? globalresearch.ca In mid-June, the US sanctions against Syria will escalate, with the enactment in Congress of "

Andrew Korybko (2020-06-15). Pragmatic Advice For Peaceful Protests. thealtworld.com It's imperative that all protests, whether about anti-racism or any other issue, remain peaceful and within the realm of the relevant laws of whichever country they're occurring in otherwise people could get hurt or worse. | The anti-racism protests that have erupted all throughout the West since the death of George Floyd in police custody at the end of last month have unfortunately transformed into a

Staff (2020-06-15). "He Wanted to Hurt Me": New York Protester Hospitalized After NY Officer Shoved Her to the Ground. democracynow.org In a rare development, a New York police officer has been charged with assault, criminal mischief, harassment and menacing, after a viral video showed him violently shoving a peaceful protester to the ground as he shouted an expletive and a misogynistic slur. We speak with Dounya Zayer about the attack she faced during a protest against police brutality in Brooklyn on May 29 and how she suffered a seizure and was hospitalized with a concussion. We're also joined by one of her attorneys, Tahanie Aboushi.

WSWS (2020-06-15). Germany's Social Democrats, Greens and Left Party organise police violence against peaceful demonstrators. wsws.org The police attacks are part of an effort to criminalise anti-capitalist tendencies.

teleSUR (2020-06-15). Colombia: 200 FARC Ex-Combatants Killed Since Peace Agreements. telesurenglish.net The Alternative Revolutionary Force of the Commons (FARC) party denounced Monday that the ex-combatant Mario Tellez Restrepo was murdered in North Santander, Colombia, marking 200 killed ex-fighters since the peace agreements were signed on Sept. 26, 2016. | RELATED: | Restrepo, a father of three, was working on the field when he was shot down by people who have not been identified yet. This killing marks the 26th alone in 2020 so fa…

teleSUR (2020-06-15). UN to Hold Hearing Over 'Systemic' US Racism, Police Brutality. telesurenglish.net The United Nations Human Rights Council (UNHRC) agreed Monday to hold an emergency debate Wednesday on "systemic racism, police brutality and violence against peaceful protests" in the United States and elsewhere. | RELATED: | UNHRC's decision followed a request last week by Burkina Faso on behalf of 54 African countries in response to the killing on May 25, of George Floyd, a black U.S. citizen, under the knee of…

Paul Craig Roberts (2020-06-15). The Joys of Diversity and Multicullturalism Have Come Home to Roost. thealtworld.com Hi Dumbshit American. Have you had enough of diversity and multiculturalism? If not, vote a Democrat president, and the second wave of peaceful protests will loot and burn down your homes and neighborhoods. Be sure you understand that diversity means no more white statues and white history, because they are racist. Multiculturalism means no more white civilization, which is racist. You may have to give up your language as well, because English is racist. | I have been telling you for years that you are living The Camp of the Saints. Having failed to become aware, you have no idea what is happening. When it finall…

AJ Albrecht (2020-06-15). The federal government shouldn't be trying to salvage our broken food system—we need a new one. nationofchange.org Congress is considering an allocation for the mass killing of farmed animals.

commondreams (2020-06-15). After Years of Wasted Spending, Congresswoman Lee Calls to Cut Pentagon Budget, Reprioritize Programs that Keep Us Safe. commondreams.org ______________________________…

_____ (2020-06-15). Unfinished Revolution: Where Do The George Floyd Protests Go From Here? popularresistance.org Will we release some steam for a few days, be satisfied with the prosecution and (if we're lucky) conviction of a few cops, accept a few reforms of a police system that will never be accountable to anyone else but their maker — the ruling class? Will we settle for mere survival, be content not to be killed, so that we can live under the peace of everyday violence and robbery forced upon our communities, our health, and our lives? | Will we hang onto illusions that equate equal opportunity with being as exploited as a vanishing group of white, middle-class workers are or as a few black and brown faces rising…

_____ (2020-06-15). Members Of Congress Receive COVID-19 Small Business Loans. popularresistance.org Members of Congress obtained disaster loans for their businesses through the Small Business Administration's Paycheck Protection Program (PPP). | The program has been embroiled in controversy since it launched in March. Large corporations received multimillion-dollar loans. Minority-owned businesses were shut out of aid. Seventy-four members of Congress own businesses or have relatives or spouses who own businesses. Of this number, only 14 of them responded to repeated inquiries stating that they did not apply for federal loans, including those with considerable wealth. The CARES Act does contain a conflict of in…

yenisafak (2020-06-15). Israel owns 90 nuclear warheads: Report. yenisafak.com Israel is believed to possess between 80 and 90 nuclear warheads, the Stockholm International Peace Research Institute (SIPRI) said on Monday. | In a report, SIPRI said Israel continues to pursue a policy of ambiguity regarding its nuclear program. | It said that the number of nuclear warheads in Israel rose to 90, up from 80 warheads in 2019. | "The nine nuclear-armed states—the United States, Russia, the United Kingdom, France, China, India, Pakistan, Israel and the Democratic People's Republic of Korea (North Korea)—together possessed an estimated 13,400 nuclear weapons at the start of 2020," the S…

sputniknews (2020-06-15). Jeff Bezos Willing to Testify Before Congressional Antitrust Committee, Says Amazon Representative. sputniknews.com Lawmakers in the United States have been pushing to receive confirmation from the CEOs of large tech companies to testify before an antitrust committee over anti-competitive behaviour, especially the use of third-party sellers and data collection.

Julia Conley, staff writer (2020-06-15). DNC's Climate Council Urges Party to Go Beyond Biden Plan, Calling for Fracking Ban and $16 Trillion Renewable Energy Investment. commondreams.org The Democratic National Committee on Monday attempted to dismiss its own climate council as an "insurgent" group that isn't "taken seriously" after the panel released policy guidance that goes far beyond presumptive Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden's own climate platform. | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…

Pepe Escobar (2020-06-14). Syria in Seattle: Commune Defies the U.S. Regime. The Capital Hill Autonomous Zone (CHAZ). globalresearch.ca 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 …

Pepe Escobar (2020-06-14). Syria in Seattle: Commune Defies the U.S. Regime. dissidentvoice.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 …

yenisafak (2020-06-14). Top Russian officials' visit to Turkey postponed. yenisafak.com A planned Sunday visit to Turkey by Russia's foreign and defense ministers has been postponed, Turkey's Foreign Ministry said.In a phone call, Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu and his Russian counterpart Sergei Lavrov decided to hold contacts and negotiations between their deputy ministers in the days to come, said a ministry statement.Ministerial talks will also take place at a later date, it said.Russia's foreign and defense ministers were expected in Turkey for dialogue on regional issues.Moscow and Ankara frequently consult on the situation in Syria and Libya, and the two issues, particularly the lat…

sputniknews (2020-06-14). Militants Shell Settlements in Syria's Latakia, Idlib, Aleppo, Russian Military Says. sputniknews.com MOSCOW (Sputnik) – The Hayat Tahrir al-Sham* terrorist group has attacked settlements in Syria's provinces of Idlib, Aleppo, and Latakia, Rear Admiral Alexander Shcherbitsky, the head of the Russian Defence Ministry's centre for Syrian reconciliation, said on Sunday.

RT (2020-06-14). 'Media? I don't give a sh*t!': Reporter shoved as police chase protesters in Portland (VIDEO). rt.com Police used smoke bombs, flash bangs and brute force to disperse George Floyd protesters in Portland who grew aggressive as night fell. One local reporter got shoved in the process despite shouting he was part of the media. | It was a heated night in Portland as riot police were deployed to prevent protesters from allegedly establishing an 'autonomous zone' — similar to CHAZ in Seattle. | After a peaceful rally earlier in the day, another group of around 1,000 people attempted to dismantle the security fence erected around the Multnomah County Justice Center. | The police said they charged at the proteste…

Stephen Lendman (2020-06-14). Donald Trump Peacenik? "The American Warrior, Noble and Righteous" globalresearch.ca From day one in office to now, Trump breached virtually all his positive pledges to the American people. | No "transferring power from Washington, DC, and giving it back to you, the people" occurred. | No governance serving all Americans equitably, "starting …

Kanya Bennett (2020-06-14). Congress Can Lead the Charge on Divesting From Law Enforcement. commondreams.org Police use tear gas during protests against the killing of George Floyd in Seattle, Washington on May 30, 2020. (Photo: Jason Redmond/AFP via Getty Images) | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…

Staff (2020-06-14). House Dems' Reforms Are Not Enough — Congress Must End Federal Policing Funding. truthout.org The unending killing of Black people at the hands of police forces, and the sustained, relentless and highly visible police violence inflicted on protesters represent a grave and immediate national crisis. | The

yenisafak (2020-06-13). Turkey rescues 381 asylum seekers in a week. yenisafak.com Turkey rescued 381 asylum seekers over the past week, the Turkish Coast Guard Command said on Saturday.Between June 5 and 11, a total of 381 asylum seekers were held or rescued in 14 incidents, the coast guard said on Twitter.Three smugglers were also arrested, it added, sharing four photos from the rescue operations where the Turkish teams in full protective gear were seen taking asylum seekers' temperature.Turkey has been one of the main routes for asylum seekers wanting to reach Europe, especially since Syria's civil war started in 2011.Turkey hosts nearly four million Syrians, more than any other country in t…

RT (2020-06-13). Seattle cops banned from using tear gas & stun grenades amid 'anarchist takeover' endorsed by mayor. rt.com Seattle Police have been ordered to stop using pepper spray, tear gas and flash-bang grenades following a lawsuit, further tying their hands as the so-called 'Capitol Hill Autonomous Zone' sprouted around their abandoned precinct. | Handed down by US District Judge Richard Jones on Friday, the order concludes that "on some occasions [Seattle police] used less-lethal weapons disproportionately and without provocation," having a "chilling" effect on free speech amid ongoing demonstrations over police brutality. | "What brings the parties to this Court today are peaceful protesters desiring to engage in their rig…

RT (2020-06-13). People 'are just enjoying themselves': Get insight into life in Seattle's 'autonomous zone' (VIDEO). rt.com 'Capitol Hill Autonomous Zone', also known as CHAZ, has grabbed the attention of people in the US and beyond ever since it was established earlier this week. RT's Caleb Maupin got a sneak peek into what happens down there. | Established around an abandoned police precinct on June 8, a six-block area of downtown Seattle has since evolved into a sort of commune controlled by anti-police brutality protesters. But how are the Seattle would-be revolutionaries faring in their police-free social experiment? | "Mood here is completely peaceful," Desiree DeLoach, an American travel blogger and anti-capitalist, who foun…

The Canary (2020-06-13). Right-wing violence escalates and white man urinates next to police memorial. thecanary.co A man urinated next to a memorial dedicated to the police officer killed in the Westminster terror attack amid violent clashes between far-right protesters and police in central London.Several hundred demonstrators, mostly white men, attended the protest organised by far-right groups, including Britain First, which claimed they wanted to protect statues such as Winston Churchill from vandalism. Meanwhile, anti-racist Black Lives Matter (BLM) demonstrations were peaceful.But fights erupted in areas near the Houses of Parliament and Trafalgar Square, as demonstrators repeatedly assailed officers with foul-mouthed c…

Fred Silverman , Robert Barnett (2020-06-13). Black Lives Don't Matter to the Supreme Court. commondreams.org Supreme Court Chief Justice John Roberts arrives to the Senate chamber for impeachment proceedings at the U.S. Capitol on January 16, 2020 in Washington, D.C. (Photo: Drew Angerer/Getty Images) | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…

Ashley Curtin (2020-06-13). Congress introduces EARN IT Act, which would end encryption programs but violates the Constitution. nationofchange.org "EARN IT is anti-speech, anti-security, and anti-innovation. Congress must reject it."

teleSUR (2020-06-13). Bolivia: Añez Decides Not to Enact September Election Date. telesurenglish.net Bolivia's coup-born regime led by Jeanine Añez on Friday decided not to promulgate the law that sets the elections' new date, previously scheduled for September, and asked Congress to justify it with an epidemiological study. | RELATED: | Añez asked the Senate for an epidemiological report to show that it is completely safe to hold the presidential elections on Sunday, Sep. 6. | Senate President Eva Copa received…

Fight Back (2020-06-13). New Yorkers march against NYPD crimes, repeal Bill 50A. fightbacknews.org New York, NY – Tuesday evening, June 9, roughly 1000 New Yorkers gathered at City Hall for a rally and march organized by Justice Committee and the families of many of those killed by the NYPD. The rally featured a mix of speakers and cultural performances. | The families involved centered the action around these main demands: Defund the NYPD; fire all officers who have killed our loved ones; repeal Bill 50a; and pass the PoliceStat Act and the Bailey-Perry special prosecutor bill. | The families have since won all of the legislative demands — the New York state senate passed the bills over the past three d…

_____ (2020-06-13). Seattle: The Demands Of Collective Black Voices At The CHAZ. popularresistance.org In credit to the people who freed Capitol Hill, this list of demands is neither brief nor simplistic. This is no simple request to end police brutality. We demand that the City Council and the Mayor, whoever that may be, implement these policy changes for the cultural and historic advancement of the City of Seattle, and to ease the struggles of its people. This document is to represent the black voices who spoke in victory at the top of 12th & Pine after 9 days of peaceful protest while under constant nightly attack from the Seattle Police Department. These are words from that night, June 8th, 2020. | For ea…

_____ (2020-06-13). International Lawyers Oppose Philippines Anti-Terrorism Bill. popularresistance.org Over 100 international lawyers and lawyers' associations issued an open letter to President Rodrigo Duterte of the Philippines, Justice Secretary Menardo Guevarra, and members of the Congress of the Philippines. The urgent open letter was issued to express high levels of concern about the proposed Anti-Terrorism Bill in the Philippines, which has been harshly criticized for its violations of human rights norms. | As the letter notes, "The international community is alarmed by the apparent abuses of power and civil unrest that the law will bring about. It will suppress and criminalize free speech and dissent, labe…

Jessica Corbett, staff writer (2020-06-13). New York Times Endorses Jamaal Bowman as a 'Promising New Face' Voters Can Send to Congress. commondreams.org A day before in-person voting began for state primary elections, the New York Times on Friday endorsed Jamaal Bowman, the progressive challenger to 16-term Democratic Rep. Eliot Engel, who represents New York's 16th Congressional District. | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…

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…

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 …

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 …

RT (2020-06-12). Warren's plan to strip Confederate names from military bases sparks fiery debate between Republicans and Democrats. rt.com The Senate Armed Services Committee has approved an amendment aiming to remove Confederate names from military bases, prompting heated reactions from conservatives. Liberals, meanwhile, are celebrating the plan. | "As a member of the Senate Armed Services Committee, I filed an amendment to the annual defense bill last week to rename all bases named for Confederate generals. It's long past time to end the tribute to white supremacy on our military installations," Senator Elizabeth Warren (D-Massachusetts) said of her amendment. | If put into action, the measure would require that military bases rename all posts…