Daily Archives: June 20, 2020

2020-06-20: News Headlines

Jamaal Bowman (2020-06-20). Challenging One of the Most Powerful Democrats in Congress. zcomm.org In the Bronx, the second most economically unequal district in New York state, the insurgent primary campaign of former middle school principal Jamaal Bowman threatens to unseat 16-term Democratic congressmember Eliot Engel…

The Canary (2020-06-20). Washington DC protesters topple statue of Confederate general Albert Pike. thecanary.co Black Lives Matter protesters have toppled the only statue of a Confederate general in the US capital and set it on fire on Juneteenth — the day marking the end of slavery in the US. | Cheering demonstrators jumped up and down as the 11ft statue of Albert Pike, wrapped with chains, wobbled on its high granite pedestal before falling backwards. | Protesters then set a bonfire and stood around it in a circle as the statue burned, saying "No justice, no peace!" and "No racist police!". | Eyewitness accounts and videos posted on social media indicated that police were on the scene but did not intervene. | Donal…

South Front (2020-06-19). Video: Idlib Al-Qaeda Promotes Its 'Successes' in Fight Against Syrian Army. globalresearch.ca The Syrian Army and the National Defense Forces are amassing their troops and equipment near the town of Ayn Issa in northern Raqqah. This town, located near the crossroad of the M4 highway and the Sanliurfa-Raqqah road, has been the …

Eva Bartlett (2020-06-19). The Caesar Act: The Latest Western Attack on Syria Didn't Drop From a Plane. mintpressnews.com As Syria struggles to recover from over a decade of US-imposed conflict, it faces a new deadly threat in the form of sweeping sanctions under the Caesar Act.

_____ (2020-06-19). Barbaric U.S. Sanctions on Syria Are Futile Extension of Failed Regime-Change War. strategic-culture.org A total blockade of war-torn Syria is the desired effect of sweeping new sanctions imposed this week by the United States. The purpose is to prevent the Arab nation from achieving reconstruction and international normalization after suffering nearly a decade of war. | Washington's objective is to make regime change in Damascus inevitable by making social conditions in the country as unbearable for the population as it possibly can. | With cruel Orwellian irony, the American sanctions implemented this week bear the words "Syria Civilian Protection Act". | The U.S. legislation was passed by both parties in the Cong…

Stephen Lendman (2020-06-19). Loose Cannon Pompeo. No Breakthroughs in US-China Meeting in Hawaii. globalresearch.ca On Wednesday, Pompeo met with China's Yang Jiechi. | He holds several high-level positions in Beijing, including CPC Central Committee Foreign Affairs Commission director. | Both officials met in Hawaii, the meeting requested by Pompeo at at a time of dismal …

Sam LaGrone (2020-06-19). US Navy Lacks 'Clear Theory of Victory' Needed to Build New Fleet. anti-empire.com The Navy and the Department of Defense haven't finished their homework needed to inform how the Navy builds its future fleet, a panel of naval experts told a House panel on Thursday. | The debate in Congress and in the Pentagon on naval power has been pegged on the last assessment of the number of hulls the Navy needs to meet the future requirements — 355. However, the underlying mission of what a newly structured fleet would do is unclear, said the panel addressing the House Armed Service subcommittee on seapower and projection forces. | The Navy never released an unclassified maritime strategy in conjunct…

ahtribune (2020-06-19). Caesar Tries to Suffocate 17 Million Syrians. ahtribune.com Since 2011, the US and allies have promoted, trained and supplied militants trying to bring about The new law is fraudulen…

ahtribune (2020-06-19). Do Not Belittle Protesters in U.S. By Calling Their Struggle A "Color Revolution"! ahtribune.com For almost a decade, I have been covering "Color Revolutions" in virtually all parts of the world. While making a film for TeleSur, I was facing Egyptian tanks, risking my life under sniper fire, getting roughed-up in the middle of clashes of the supporters of al-Sisi and Morsi. | Together with Syrian commanders, I was also facing the terrorists in Idlib; challenged the Ukrainian fascists; encountering Bolivian indigenous elders high in the Altiplano, after the revolution of Evo Morales and MAS was crashed by the U.S.-sponsored coup in 2019. I regularly worked in Venezuela, Lebanon, and Iraq. And of course, ag…

Ashley Curtin (2020-06-19). Supreme Court extends life of DACA in 5-4 ruling. nationofchange.org "We took our power to the streets, the hallways of Congress, to the highest court in the land and we won."

Ralph Nader (2020-06-19). From the Covid-19 Battle Can Come Unstoppable Citizen Power to Propel "Full Medicare for All" Through Congress. counterpunch.org Frontline healthcare, transit, and grocery clerk workers are too busy risking their lives helping and saving people exposed to the deadly Covid-19 pandemic to see themselves emerging as the force that can overcome decades of commercial obstruction to full Medicare for All. These heroic, courageous, and selfless people are getting the job done, often without

Elijah J. Magnier (2020-06-19). The US "Caesar's Law" Sanctions Regime against Syria. How It Will Affect Lebanon: Israel Will be Targeted. globalresearch.ca The enactment of "

Tony Cartalucci (2020-06-19). Why Is the US Still Sanctioning Syria? Beijing Pressures Washington. globalresearch.ca Chinese media highlighted a recent plea by Beijing to the US to lift sanctions against Syria. | China's CGTN in an article titled, " A Chinese envoy on …

yenisafak (2020-06-19). Two wanted Daesh terrorists caught in SE Turkey. yenisafak.com Two women, both Russian citizens, who were wanted by Interpol for being members of the Daesh terrorist group, were arrested in Turkey's southeast in a joint operation by Turkish security and intelligence units on Friday.After being tipped off that a group of terrorists from Syria's war zones were entering Turkey illegally, an operation was conducted in coordination with the prosecutor's office in Kilis province.In the joint operation by police and the National Intelligence Organization, two women were apprehended in the central district of Kilis.The suspects were identified by the initials S.K (29) and R.E. (33),…

yenisafak (2020-06-19). Eight SNA soldiers martyred in YPG/PKK attack in N Syria. yenisafak.com At least eight soldiers of the Syrian National Army (SNA) were martyred in an attack carried out by the YPG/PKK terrorist group in Afrin, northwestern Syria.From Tal Rifat district, terrorists attempted to infiltrate front lines in Bassouta region in the south of Afrin province.The terrorist group continued to target Syrian National Army and civilian settlements in Afrin and Azaz provinces from Tal Rifat despite a Turkey-Russia deal that foresees their withdrawal from the region.On Oct. 9, 2019, Turkey launched Operation Peace Spring to eliminate terrorists from northern Syria east of the Euphrates River in order…

Ali Salam (2020-06-19). Israeli Forces Shoot, Injure Ten Palestinians at Kufur Qaddoum Weekly Protest. imemc.org Ten Palestinian civilians were injured, on Friday, by Israeli soldiers during the weekly peaceful demonstration against illegal settlements, in the northern West Bank village of Kufur Qaddoum, according to a local source. Morad Eshteiwi, coordinator of the popular resistance in the village, told Palestinian WAFA News Agency that Israeli forces …

Fight Back (2020-06-19). March set for RNC in Jacksonville: 'We can't breathe'. fightbacknews.org Jacksonville, FL — The Coalition to March on the RNC applied for permits from the city of Jacksonville, June 17, to hold a rally and march opposed to Donald Trump and the Republican National Convention. | The main slogan of the event will be "We Can't Breathe — Defeat Donald Trump." The Coalition to March on the RNC will seek to emphasize the Black-led struggle against police brutality under the past four years of Trump in office. The Coalition also stands for a people's agenda — money for living-wage jobs, education, universal healthcare, peace and equality. | The Coalition to March on the RNC…

news.un (2020-06-19). Hong Kong: Draft law on national security must comply with rights obligations. news.un.org The UN High Commissioner for Human Rights said on Friday that her office was closely following developments as China's top legislative body, the National People's Congress, holds talks on a proposed national security law for Hong Kong.

Adriaan Alsema (2020-06-19). Congress approves controversial bill allowing life imprisonment for child rapists. colombiareports.com Colombia's congress approved a constitutional amendment to sentence convicted child rapists and killers to life in prison amid a major controversy. The constitutional amendment proposed by the government of President…

Pam Martens, Russ Martens (2020-06-19). Dirty Details Emerge as to Why Mnuchin is Fighting Congress Over Releasing the Names of Recipients of PPP Loans. counterpunch.org Taxpayers' money is being used to make the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) loans. Thus, the public has every right to know the names of the recipients of those loans. Despite originally promising transparency, U.S. Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin is now stonewalling Congress on releasing a list of the recipients. Congress sold the plan to the

Fight Back (2020-06-19). July 31 cutoff looms for unemployed. fightbacknews.org San José, CA – In six weeks, tens of millions of unemployed people face the end of the additional $600 a week in unemployment insurance benefits. This additional benefit that helps low income workers the most is set to expire due to its being opposed by the Republican-controlled Senate. These same workers were hardest hit by the pandemic recession, and many face the prospect of their jobs not coming back. This is just another example of how the economic relief has helped large corporations, which can aided by the Federal Reserve, while low-income workers are subject to punishment by republicans who see the aid as…

yenisafak (2020-06-19). Russia to assess Arctic fuel spill damage by July 1. yenisafak.com Russia's environmental watchdog will finish its assessment of the damage done by last month's fuel spill in the Arctic city of Norilsk by July 1, it said on Friday.Some 21,000 tonnes of diesel leaked into rivers and subsoil on May 29 in Norilsk, home to mining giant Norilsk Nickel , in an incident that Greenpeace has compared to the 1989 Exxon Valdez oil spill off Alaska.

Mark Taliano (2020-06-18). Trump's Order to Withdraw US Troops from Syria Good-for-Nothing. globalresearch.ca Mark Taliano, author and activist, says the US troops' deployment to the oil fields areas in Eastern Syria is an act of reoccupation, indicating the futility of US President's order to withdraw its forces from the Arab country. | *** | Speaking …

Staff (2020-06-18). "Tear Gas Is a Weapon": Amnesty Report Reveals Police Use of Tear Gas Fuels Rights Abuses Worldwide. democracynow.org As police officers in nearly 100 U.S. cities and towns have fired tear gas on protesters in recent weeks and left many with severe injuries, a new Amnesty International report finds the use of tear gas continues to grow each year, and fuels police human rights violations against peaceful protesters on a global scale. "Everywhere we look, police are just very quick to use tear gas, which is not a safe product and can cause real injuries," says Brian Castner, senior crisis adviser on arms and military operations for Amnesty International.

Staff (2020-06-18). Headlines for June 18, 2020. democracynow.org Former Atlanta Police Officer Who Shot Rayshard Brooks Charged with Murder, Rayshard Brooks Described Struggles with Criminal Justice System in Video Recorded Before His Killing, Trump Calls Protesters "Anarchists, Terrorists and Looters" as Vigilantes Attack Peaceful Marches, George Floyd's Brother Calls on United Nations to Probe U.S. Racism and Police Brutality, Coronavirus Infection Rate Hits Record in States That Eased Social Distancing, Florida COVID-19 Cases Surge as Gov. DeSantis Promises to Keep Restaurants Open, Tulsa Mayor "Not Positive That Everything Is Safe" as 19,000 Plan to Attend Trump Rally, Bra…

Aaron Maté (2020-06-18). Crippling new sanctions punish Syrian civilians for US defeat in proxy war. thegrayzone.com As Syria tries to recover from a nearly decade-long war, the US has imposed crippling new sanctions under the Caesar…

Adriaan Alsema (2020-06-18). Alleged election fraudster to preside Colombia's senate while in court. colombiareports.com Controversial Senator Arturo Char will have a tough year presiding over Colombia's senate while trying to prevent the Supreme Court from destroying President Ivan Duque's coalition. The conservative Radical Change…

Mike Walter (2020-06-18). The Heat: China-U.S. Relations and COVID-19. america.cgtn.com Top diplomats from the United States and China meet in Hawaii. Could this be a turning point for better relations?

Sheren Khalel (2020-06-18). The Empire Declares a "Maximum Pressure" War of Economic Strangulation on Devastated Syria. anti-empire.com The United States has imposed a sweeping set of new sanctions against any country, individual or entity that provides support to the Syrian government – a campaign that experts warn may devastate the lives of ordinary Syrians trying to survive and rebuild after nine years of war. | The Caesar Act, passed in Congress

Red Friday (2020-06-18). Military COIN Experts Claim They Can End US Unrest in Just 17 Years. anti-empire.com Military experts in counterinsurgency and nation-building claim they can bring nationwide protests against police brutality under control in just 17 years, sources report. | "The unrest in our country is something we can fix, no problem," Bob Egon, CEO of the Center for Perpetual War, said today. "We have a civilian population upset at their government. They're overwhelmingly peaceful, and they have a positive view of the US Military. This is a situation we've dealt with many times before." | "If we send in the troops now, we can have these protesters making IEDs inside a week." | "We had some random guy in the o…

Norman Solomon (2020-06-18). California "Berning" for Ro Khanna to Chair the State's Delegation to DNC. zcomm.org Sanders defeated Biden by a margin of 8 percent in the California primary. But hidebound tradition as well as raw political power are arrayed against the Bernie delegates pushing for Khanna to chair the delegation…

Peoples Dispatch (2020-06-18). US imposes new sanctions on Syria under Caesar Act. peoplesdispatch.org The US administration announced a new set of political and economic sanctions against Syria on June 17, Wednesday, under the Caesar Syria Civilian Protection act. The act was enacted in the US in December 2019 and made part of the National Defence Authorisation act for the year 2020. | The Caesar act asks the government of Syria and its allies, Russia and Iran, to halt military operations aimed at retaking territories captured by armed militias and rebel forces supported by Turkey and the US in Syria. The Syrian government has rejected the act, saying that it cannot allow such a division of the country. | The exe…

Abdel Bari Atwan (2020-06-18). Starving Syria and Lebanon into submission. thealtworld.com Hezbollah and its allies won't wait for their countries to be crippled before retaliating for the 'Casear Act' | As the so-called 'Caesar Act' came into force on Wednesday, the US announced the imposition of individual sanctions on 39 prominent Syrians — including President Bashar al-Asad and his wife Asma al-Akhras — while Secretary of State Mike Pompeo served notice that additional, more punishing, sanctions are to follow. | It is futile to point out that this Act is illegal, or set out all the evidence that those who will be punished most by it are the ordinary people of Syria, the great majority o…

Dr. Bachar al-Jaafari (2020-06-18). "Main Victim of Caesar Act Is the Syrian Citizen." Ambassador Bashar Al-Ja'fari. globalresearch.ca The Caesar Act comes at a time when the whole world is suffering not only in the health arena (Covid-19) but also in the financial one. | Syria specifically is suffering from great duress. Coming out of a ten year long …

en.mehrnews (2020-06-18). Iran sees no change in its policy towards Syria: VP Jahangiri. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, Jun. 18 (MNA) — Iranian First Vice President Es'hagh Jahangiri said that Tehran's policy towards Damascus has not changed.

en.mehrnews (2020-06-18). Damascus to confront US sanctions as it does against terrorism: Syrian Foreign Ministry. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, Jun. 18 (MNA) — Syrian Foreign Ministry issued a statement on Thursday, strongly condemning the fresh round of US sanctions against the country.

Ashley Curtin (2020-06-18). Great American Outdoors Act passes through Senate. nationofchange.org "Passage of the Great American Outdoors Act will move us one step closer to fulfilling the LWCF's promise and secure the future of our parks and public lands for the next generation."

_____ (2020-06-18). New NDAA Omits COVID19, Escalates Great Power Conflict. popularresistance.org A summary report of the Senate Armed Services Committee's proposed version of the 2021 National Defense Authorization Act reveals a disconcerting disconnect between the U.S. government's approach to national security and the impact of COVID-19 on America's economy and society. | The novel coronavirus has killed more Americans than all but two of the country's wars. It has undermined the prosperity of most of the rest of its population. It has laid bare the country's racial inequalities and devastated the global economy. Relief efforts are incurring federal debt on a scale certain to reduce funding for other purpo…

R. Robertson (2020-06-18). "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.

Staff (2020-06-17). Meet Jamaal Bowman, the Bronx Principal Challenging One of the Most Powerful Dems in Congress. democracynow.org In the Bronx, the second most economically unequal district in New York state, the insurgent primary campaign of former middle school principal Jamaal Bowman threatens to unseat 16-term Democratic congressmember and House Foreign Affairs Committee Chair Eliot Engel. Bowman supports defunding the police, Medicare for All and a Green New Deal. He has also gotten high-profile endorsements from Senators Elizabeth Warren and Bernie Sanders, Representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and The New York Times editorial board. "I've worked in this district for the last 10 years as a middle school principal," Bowman says. "Ove…

South Front (2020-06-17). Video: Russian Surface-to-Air Missile Systems in Syria Shoot Down Militants' Drones. globalresearch.ca Tor short-range surface-to-air missile systems have downed more than 45 unmanned aerial vehicles launched by Syrian militants, according to the chief of the Russian Air Defense Forces Lieutenant General Alexander Leonov. | "Since the start of combat duty, the calculations …

Andrew Korybko (2020-06-17). The US' Planned Imposition of Draconian "Secondary Sanctions" on Syria. Targets Any Entity Doing Business with Syria. globalresearch.ca The US hopes that making Syrians even more desperate than they already are could catalyze another Color Revolution at one of the country's most critical moments in its history, which could then be exploited for regime change purposes. | Reuters reported …

_____ (2020-06-17). How An Internet 'Persona' Helped Birth Russiagate. popularresistance.org Four years ago today, on June 15, 2016, a shadowy Internet persona calling itself "Guccifer 2.0" appeared out of nowhere to claim credit for hacking emails from the Democratic National Committee on behalf of WikiLeaks and implicate Russia by dropping "telltale" but synthetically produced Russian "breadcrumbs" in his metadata. | Thanks largely to the corporate media, the highly damaging story actually found in those DNC emails — namely, that the DNC had stacked the cards against Bernie Sanders in the party's 2016 primary— was successfully obscured. | The media was the message; and the message was that…

Stephen Lendman (2020-06-17). US Congress Calls it "Civilian Protection": Washington Wants 17 Million Syrians Starved Into Submission. globalresearch.ca Implementation of the so-called Caesar Syria Civilian Protection legislation (Caesar Act) is the latest shoe to drop in Washington's long war of aggression on the country, its legitimate leadership, and 17 million people. | Signed into law by Trump last December, …

RT (2020-06-17). NATO squabbling over Libya continues, as France accuses Turkey of 'hostile and aggressive' acts in blocking UN arms embargo. rt.com France and Turkey are at loggerheads over Libya. After a confrontation between their navies off the coast of the country, France is now calling Ankara's "hostile and unacceptable" behavior an obstacle to peace. | Though it was a NATO bombing campaign that reduced Libya — once an oil-rich and prosperous nation — to rubble and civil war, the alliance is split on how to rebuild the shattered country. Turkey backs the UN-recognized Government of National Accord (GNA) in Tripoli, while France claims to be a neutral party in the GNA's war against the Tobruk-based Libyan National Army (LNA). | French Foreig…

RT (2020-06-17). Trump signs bill allowing anti-China sanctions over alleged Uighur human rights abuses. rt.com President Donald Trump has signed a bill that would allow the US to sanction Chinese officials for the alleged repression of Uighur Muslims in China's Xinjiang Province. The bill passed Congress with bipartisan support. | Trump signed the act into law on Wednesday, and a statement from the president accused the Chinese government of the "systematic use of indoctrination camps, forced labor, and intrusive surveillance to eradicate the ethnic identity and religious beliefs of Uyghurs and other minorities in China." | The president will now have 180 days to submit a report to Congress identifying the officials re…

RT (2020-06-17). 'Absolutely untrue': US trade envoy denies Bolton claim that Trump sought re-election help from China's Xi. rt.com The US' top trade official has forcefully denied an allegation by ex-national security adviser John Bolton that President Donald Trump went to his Chinese counterpart for help with the 2020 election, insisting it "never happened." | Excerpts published from Bolton's forthcoming book on Wednesday claim that, during a sideline meeting at last year's G20 summit in Japan, President Donald Trump asked Chinese leader Xi Jinping to boost his country's purchases of US agricultural goods, believing it would aid his re-election bid. Pressed about the claim at a Senate hearing later on Wednesday, Trump's top trade envoy,…

ahtribune (2020-06-17). After the West Bank When (How Soon) Will the East Follow? ahtribune.com Whatever percentage of the West Bank Israel begins to annex in July, it will eventually annex the rest. Will it then turn to the east bank of the Jordan river? | Since the 19th century, the Zionist project was based on the seizure of all Palestine, including territory east of the Jordan. The map of 'Israel' presented to the Paris peace conference in 1919 extended northwards into what is now Lebanon and included the city of Sidon; in the northeast, all the Golan Heights and Syria almost as far as Damascus; in the southeast the entire Jordan River valley, with the territory it desired extending almost to the tow…

Andrea Germanos, staff writer (2020-06-17). Skull Fractured by Police and Lied About by Trump, 75-Year-Old Peace Activist Martin Gugino Still Unable to Walk. commondreams.org The veteran activist has been described as "simply a man that shows up to stand for peace and justice." | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…

Andrea Germanos, staff writer (2020-06-17). 5 Years After Racist Charleston Massacre, McConnell Ripped for 'Unconscionable' Refusal to Allow Vote on Gun Violence Bill. commondreams.org "The Senate must act so we can prevent tragedies like this from happening again." | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…