Daily Archives: June 22, 2020

2020-06-22: News Headlines

yenisafak (2020-06-22). Syrians confirm death of missing relatives by photos. yenisafak.com Hundreds of thousands of Syrians searching for their relatives have stepped up their efforts after the US adopted the Caesar Act, a law which imposes sanctions on the Syrian regime for war crimes.Families, who have long given up on ever finding their relatives, click on web links where photos of people killed in regime prisons are posted, in a desperate attempt to confirm the death of their loved ones.Imaduddin Rasit, the founding member of a France-based association monitoring Syrian casualties of war and prisoners, said more than 6,000 photos of people tortured to death were shared on the internet.The photos we…

Mark Taliano (2020-06-22). US Economic Embargo‚Äã‚Äã‚Äã‚Äã‚Äã‚Äã‚Äã on Syria Is 'Crime Against Humanity'. globalresearch.ca The US economic embargo against Syria which doesn't have the approval of the UN Security Council is a "crime against humanity," a Canadian political commentator has said. | *** | Mark Taliano added that the United States and its allies are supporting …

Nouran Salahieh (2020-06-22). Protesters in Compton demand justice for Andres Guardado, 18-year-old Latino man fatally shot by deputies. ktla.com Hundreds gathered outside the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department's Compton station Sunday to demand justice for Andres Guardado, an 18-year-old Latino man shot and killed by a deputy in an encounter near Gardena earlier this week. What started off as a peaceful demonstration later saw deputies using what appeared to be pepper balls or tear gas …

Rick Sterling (2020-06-22). Economic Terrorism: U.S. "Caesar" Act Tries to Suffocate 17 Million Syrians. globalresearch.ca Since 2011, the US and allies have promoted, trained and supplied militants trying to bring about

yenisafak (2020-06-22). Germany arrests suspected Assad regime torturer. yenisafak.com German police arrested a Syrian former secret service employee on suspicion of crimes against humanity, officials said on Monday. | Alaa M., who arrived in Germany as a refugee in 2015, was arrested in the central state of Hesse on Friday, the Federal Public Prosecutor's Office said in a statement. | The suspect worked for the military intelligence as a doctor, and he was strongly suspected of torturing inmates in 2011 at an Assad regime prison in the city of Homs. | The prosecutors accused the Assad regime of using brutal force to suppress the political opposition, torturing and murdering many of them in prisons…

yenisafak (2020-06-22). Turkey sends 6 truckloads of aid to Idlib, Syria. yenisafak.com Two Turkish charities on Monday sent six trucks carrying humanitarian aid to Idlib, northwestern Syria, where millions of people are in need of assistance due to internal conflict in the country.Truckloads of supplies, including flour, clothing and dry food, by Adana Dosteller and Eskisehir Gunisigi charities, entered Idlib through the Yayladagi border crossing of Turkey's southern Hatay province.The aid will be distributed among families living in tents in Idlib.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 h…

yenisafak (2020-06-22). UN dispatches 36 trucks carrying aid to Idlib, Syria. yenisafak.com The UN on Monday dispatched a total of 36 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 agreement…

Global Research News (2020-06-22). Selected Articles: US Sanctions on Syria. globalresearch.ca If you look to Global Research as a resource for information and understanding, to stay current on world events, or to experience honesty and transparency in your news coverage, please consider making a

PCHR (2020-06-22). PCHR Follows with Concern Continued Detention of Citizens on Grounds of Freedom of Expression and Peaceful Assembly. imemc.org The Palestinian Centre for Human Rights (PCHR) follows with concern the continued summonsing and detention of several Fatah Movement activists and cadres by the Internal Security Services (ISS) on grounds of a protest and social media posts on the 14th anniversary of the internal Palestinian division between Fatah and Hamas movements. …

Ted Galen Carpenter (2020-06-22). U.S. Leads a Coalition of One Against China. globalresearch.ca American diplomatic and military support for Taiwan has grown dramatically during the Trump years. The administration has taken steps to boost that support, but Congress also has pushed its own initiatives. One key measure was the passage of the Taiwan …

Kathleen Wallace (2020-06-22). To Make Crime, Create Laws. counterpunch.org It is generally considered a beneficial thing for politicians to have on their resumés—that they sponsored many laws during their time in Congress. But how beneficial is that to the rest of us? The vast majority of these laws are the babblings of those shit kids gone adult who wanted 900 rules for an average game

Raul Diego (2020-06-22). US Senate Initiates Legislation Which Would Categorize Cuba's Medical Missions as "Human Trafficking Operations" globalresearch.ca In what has already become a parody of a shrinking empire's habit of clutching at the vestiges of its Cold-War era mistakes, U.S. Senator Marco Rubio (R-FL) and fellow war-hungry reactionaries in the United States Senate, Rick Scott (R-FL) …

_____ (2020-06-22). Armed Protesters Peacefully March On Oklahoma Governor's Mansion. popularresistance.org Between 150 and 200 protesters peacefully marched from the Ralph Ellison Library to the Governor's Mansion on Saturday to deliver a double-barreled message. | "We aren't going to allow people to come into our communities and brutalize us," event organizer Omar Chatman said before the event. "If you come into our community, know we are armed." | The 1000 Brothers and Sisters in Arms protest might not have approached its eponymous numbers, but it bore enough artillery to pop the National Rifle Association's buttons. | Community organizer Michael Washington was among the speakers who said the march was a response to…

_____ (2020-06-21). United Nations Sets Up Inquiry Into Racism After George Floyd Death. popularresistance.org Geneva – The U.N. Human Rights Council on Friday condemned discriminatory and violent policing after the death of George Floyd in Minneapolis last month and ordered a report on "systemic racism" against people of African descent. | The 47-member-state forum unanimously adopted a resolution brought by African countries. The mandate also asks U.N. High Commissioner for Human Rights Michelle Bachelet to examine government responses to peaceful protests, including alleged use of excessive force, and deliver findings in a year's time. | Philonise Floyd, the brother of the Black man whose death under the knee of a whit…

South Front (2020-06-21). Video: Syrian Army Repels Large ISIS Attack Near Ithriyah. globalresearch.ca At least 6 soldiers were killed and 9 others were injured in an ISIS attack on a Syrian Army checkpoint near the town of Ithriyah, located on the Hama-Aleppo road. According to pro-government sources, at least 5 ISIS members were …

teleSUR (2020-06-21). Another Social Leader Killed in Colombia, Tally at 138 in 2020. telesurenglish.net Another social leader was murdered in Colombia in the southwestern department of Cauca, local media informed Sunday, marking the 138th in 2020 alone according to the Institute for Development and Peace. | RELATED: | Gracelito Micolta was a member in the community council of Alto Guapi. Local reports said he was traveling in canoe to participate in a city meeting when he was intercepted by alleged irregular military g…

en.mehrnews (2020-06-21). Foreigners who seek destabilization must leave region: cmdr. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, Jun. 21 (MNA) — The Islamic Revolution Guard Corps (IRGC) Navy Commander Admiral Alireza Tangsiri said that foreign countries threaten regional peace and must leave the Persian Gulf.

RT (2020-06-20). Tulsa police remove protester in 'I Can't Breathe' T-shirt from Trump campaign rally for trespassing. rt.com A Black Lives Matter activist has been removed from Donald Trump's campaign event in Tulsa, Oklahoma. While the protester claimed to have a ticket to the event, police said letting people in was up to the organizers' discretion. | A woman wearing a black T-shirt reading 'I Can't Breathe' was removed from the grounds of the rally on Saturday. | The woman was sitting on the ground when police officers approached her and asked her to leave, footage from the scene shows. The protester said she had a ticket for the rally, yet she was promptly cuffed and led away. | "Somebody has to do this." | A peaceful protester…

ahtribune (2020-06-20). How Did Syria Control the Pandemic So Well? ahtribune.com How is it that Syria, targeted by war and economic siege, has had such striking success in controlling the COVID19 pandemic? With epidemics raging on either side — across Europe and all around the Persian Gulf — how did the embattled Syrian Arab Republic emerge (by mid-June) with so little damage, and indeed with the lowest number of cases and deaths in the entire Middle East region? | This was not due to luck, nor to a laissez-faire Swedish style practice, as some pandemic denier friends of Syria have reported. On the contrary, the Syrian government: (1) took the virus threat seriously, communicat…

Jeff Schogol (2020-06-20). US Navy Decides Against Reinstating the Crybaby Who Took a $6 Billion Carrier Out of Commission Over a Cold. anti-empire.com Editor's note: The ship has a crew of 5,680. Pretty much everyone was exposed, of whom 1,273 were susceptible and became infected. Of these, the vast majority developed only mild symptoms. 10 were hospitalized and 1 died. One death is a tragedy but you don't succumb to a hysteria over a coronavirus with a 1 in 5680 exposure lethality. |
| The captain of the USS Theodore Roosevelt will not be reinstated following an investigation into a massive outbreak of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) aboard the ship that sickened 1,273 sailors and ultimately led to the acting Navy secretary to resign, a Congressional aid…

teleSUR (2020-06-20). At Least 5.6 Million Palestinians Live in Refugee Camps. telesurenglish.net On the World Refugee Day (June 20), human rights defenders recalled that 5.6 million Palestinians survive as refugees in Jordan, Syria, Lebanon, Gaza, and the West Bank. | RELATED: | They represent more than a fifth of all people with this legal status worldwide, according to the UN Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East (UNRWA). | The origin of the diaspora of this Arab people began in 1948 when the…

_____ (2020-06-20). US Lawmakers, Top Official Clash On China's Involvement In COVID-19 Vaccine. popularresistance.org US lawmakers and a top official leading the White House's efforts to produce a coronavirus vaccine clashed on Thursday over whether American health authorities should be working with China to speed up the process. | At a Senate Armed Services Committee hearing to confirm General Gustave Perna to co-lead "Operation Warp Speed", the Trump administration's initiative to develop a coronavirus vaccine and therapeutics, several lawmakers asked whether the United States is committed to working with China on research. | Senator Richard Blumenthal, a Democrat representing Connecticut, raised the concerns "that the adminis…

Rev Dr Liz Theoharis, Stephen Miles (2020-06-20). Dismantle the War Economy. commondreams.org Demonstrators carry signs during an anti-war protest after President Donald Trump launched airstrikes in Syria, April 15, 2018 in New York City. (Photo: Kena Betancur/Getty Images) | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…

WSWS (2020-06-20). Richmond, Virginia police chief ousted following days of violent attacks on protesters. wsws.org Top-level changes at US police departments are bound to continue as public opinion increasingly turns against repressive state measures against peaceful demonstrators.

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…

sputniknews (2020-06-20). Senate's Top Democrat Demands DOJ Probe Into Attempt to Oust Attorney Investigating Trump Lawyer. sputniknews.com On Friday, Geoffrey Berman, the US Attorney for the Southern District of New York (SDNY), said he does not intend to resign, contradicting an announcement by Attorney General William Barr earlier in the day that Berman would be stepping down.

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…

_____ (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…

teleSUR (2020-06-19). UN Sets up Inquiry Into Racism After George Floyd's Death. telesurenglish.net The U.N. Human Rights Council Friday condemned discriminatory and violent policing after the death of George Floyd in Minneapolis last month and ordered a report on "systemic racism" against Black people. | RELATED: | The 47-member-state forum unanimously adopted a resolution brought by African countries and which asks U.N. High Commissioner for Human Rights Michelle Bachelet to examine government responses to peaceful protests,…

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 …

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

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.

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…

RT (2020-06-19). Indian Congress leader ARRESTED for spreading 'FAKE NEWS' about China border clash in leaked call. rt.com An Indian Congress leader from Ladakh was arrested after "berating" the country's army and making up "fake news" about deadly military clashes between India and China in the disputed border region. | Local media reported that Congress Councilor Zakir Hussain was arrested for "sedition" and "spreading of false information" on Friday. His comments came after the bloody confrontation which claimed the lives of 20 Indian soldiers earlier in the week. | In leaked audio, Hussain can be

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…

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 …

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."

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 …

teleSUR (2020-06-19). Iran to Reinforce Economic Ties With Syria Despite US Sanctions. telesurenglish.net Iran's Foreign Affairs Ministry spokesperson Abas Musavi Thursday condemned the new sanctions imposed by the United States against Syria and indicated that his nation will strengthen its economic relations with the Arab country. | RELATED: | "Iran does not validate unilateral sanctions and considers them expressions of the U.S. government's economic terrorism, which affects the people of Syria and seeks to destabil…

WSWS (2020-06-19). Turkish army launches ground attacks into Iraqi Kurdistan to target PKK. wsws.org Amid growing international conflicts over Libya, the eastern Mediterranean and Syria, Turkey has invaded northern Iraq to attack Kurdish-nationalist militias.

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 "

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…

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),…

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…

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 …

teleSUR (2020-06-19). Brazil's Education Minister Quits Amid Political Crisis. telesurenglish.net Brazil's Education Minister Abraham Weintraub Thursday announced his resignation from office amid the political crisis that confronts the far-right President Jair Bolsonaro with the Supreme Federal Court (STF) and the National Congress. | RELATED: | "I'll leave the country as soon as possible, I don't want to fight," tweeted Weintraub, who had been considered by local analysts as one of Bolsonaro's closest collaborator…

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…

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.

commondreams (2020-06-19). Actor and Activist Mark Ruffalo Endorses Mondaire Jones for Congress. commondreams.org ______________________________…