Daily Archives: June 30, 2020

2020-06-30: News Headlines

Philip Giraldi (2020-06-30). The Fall of Eliot Engel: Israel-Firster Defeated in Congressional Primary. globalresearch.ca Sometimes listening to the morning news on television is a bit like entering into an alternate universe. Last Wednesday, the day after primary elections in New York State, CBS News reported that New York Congressman Eliot Engel was "facing a …

yenisafak (2020-06-30). Pompeo: US told Taliban not to attack Americans. yenisafak.com US Secretary of State Michael Pompeo had a video conference with Taliban Deputy and chief negotiator Mullah Baradar, the State Department said Tuesday.The two men discussed Monday the implementation of the US-Taliban peace agreement, according to a statement by spokeswoman Morgan Ortagus."The Secretary made clear the expectation for the Taliban to live up to their commitments, which include not attacking Americans," said Ortagus, who did not provide information about reports of Russian payments to Taliban militants for targeting American troops in Afghanistan.The New York Times reported late last week that a Russ…

Staff (2020-06-30). #OccupyCityHall: Mayor's "Tone Deaf" Pledge to Move $1B from NYPD Budget Fails to Satisfy Protesters. democracynow.org New York police have closed in on peaceful protesters camped outside City Hall who are demanding $1 billion be cut from the police department's $6 billion budget, as the city approaches its July 1 budget deadline. Mayor Bill de Blasio announced a budget deal that would move $1 billion in NYPD funding in an apparent nod to protesters' demands, but organizers say they're not satisfied. "All they've really done is shifted money from the NYPD budget over to school safety officers," says Bianca Cunningham with the #OccupyCityHall encampment, who adds that school safety officers still contribute to a school-to-prison p…

David Swanson (2020-06-30). Hey Congress, Move the Money. zcomm.org Moving money from militarism to other investments can be economically beneficial, and certainly all necessary steps to assist people in the transition would cost a small fraction of the money involved.

Thierry Meyssan (2020-06-30). How the Big Two can establish peace in the Greater Middle East. thealtworld.com

| To make peace, it's quite simple: you just have to stop making war with each other. But in the Greater Middle East, it is much more complicated, because there are a multitude of actors for whom a solution, whatever it may be, must satisfy conflicting claims. Under these conditions, no peace can be totally just, but it can at least, and must, guarantee the security of all. | This article is a follow-up to : " Throughout 2011 an…

Fight Back (2020-06-30). Palestinians will resist annexation and occupation and fight for national liberation. fightbacknews.org Chicago, IL – Israel already controls the entirety of Palestinian life in the occupied territories, even in the areas that are supposedly run by the Palestinian Authority, but this annexation plan codifies the expropriation of Palestinian land and may secure Israeli sovereignty over 30% of the West Bank, including the border with Jordan called the Jordan Valley. | Annexation is illegal under international law, but that has never stopped Israel before. The occupation of the West Bank and annexation of Jerusalem and the Syrian Golan Heights is illegal as well, and Israel has also violated the majority of so-called…

news.un (2020-06-30). Syria: Top UN officials appeal to donors to help end 'shocking' scale of suffering. news.un.org The UN chief called on the world to step up "financial, humanitarian and political commitments", to help end nearly a decade of brutal conflict and suffering across Syria, in a video message delivered to the fourth Brussels Donor Conference on Tuesday.

en.mehrnews (2020-06-30). Saudi Arabia's false claims against Iran. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, Jun. 30 (MNA) —Faisal bin Furhan Al Saud, Foreign Minister of Saudi Arabia has claimed that Iran is a big danger for the Identity and future of Syria.

en.mehrnews (2020-06-30). Leaders of Astana Process to hold virtual meeting. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, Jun. 30 (MNA) — Kremlin Spokesman announced on Tuesday that the Iranian, Russian, and Turkish presidents will hold a videoconference on the Syrian crisis tomorrow.

news.un (2020-06-30). Iran nuclear deal still best way to ensure peace, DiCarlo tells Security Council. news.un.org The UN regrets that the future of the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) is in doubt, but notwithstanding current challenges, that landmark deal is still the best way to ensure that Iran's nuclear programme proceeds along a peaceful path, the UN's top political official said on Tuesday.

Fight Back (2020-06-30). Coalition to March on the DNC endorses anti-Trump protest at RNC. fightbacknews.org Milwaukee, WI — The Coalition to March on the DNC is getting behind the massive anti-Trump protest that is set for the Republican National Convention. | On June 26, a national call was sent out by organizers in Jacksonville, Florida to join them in marching on the Republican National Convention. The main slogan of this action is "We Can't Breathe – Defeat Donald Trump!" – a strong message in the midst of continuing protests stemming from the police killings of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, and so many others. | On August 27, Donald Trump will be at the VyStar Veterans Memorial Arena to deliver an acceptance…

yenisafak (2020-06-30). 'Changing Kashmir demography threatens peace in S.Asia'. yenisafak.com Pakistan's prime minister on Tuesday said the granting of domicile certificates to thousands of Indian nationals in the Jammu and Kashmir region has imperiled "peace and security" in South Asia."First, India's attempt at illegal annexation of Indian-occupied Jammu and Kashmir, and now its attempts to alter IOJK's [Indian Occupied Jammu and Kashmir] demographic structure incl[uding] by issuance of domicile certificates to 25,000 Indian nationals are all illegal, in violation of UNSC resolutions, and international law, including [the] 4th Geneva Convention," Imran Khan said in a series of tweets.He was referring to…

yenisafak (2020-06-30). US could see 100,000 daily coronavirus cases: Fauci. yenisafak.com The US could see as many as 100,000 new coronavirus infections daily, the nation's top infectious disease expert told a Senate hearing Tuesday."We are now having 40,000 new cases a day. I would not be surprised if we go up to 100,000 a day if this does not turn around," said Anthony Fauci, who is the director of the National Institute for Allergy and Infectious Diseases.He said he was "very disturbed" by the recent spike in the number of the cases that exceeded 40,000 daily this week."I am also quite concerned about what we are seeing evolve right now in several states," said Fauci. "When states start to try and…

yenisafak (2020-06-30). Burundi's new government sworn in. yenisafak.com The newly appointed Burundian government was sworn in Tuesday by the head of state and the senate, local media reported.President Evariste Ndayishimiye promised to combat corruption in public services and the COVID-19, the disease caused by the novel coronavirus, in an address to the nation after the ceremony."Burundi will be managed by its sons and daughters with dignity. A country where all citizens can eat as much as they need, have financial independence to meet their needs," SOS Médias Burundi quoted the president. "Burundi is a nest for everyone. We call on all Burundian refugees to return to their country.

sputniknews (2020-06-30). St. Louis Couple Who Pointed Weapons at BLM Protesters Offer Reason Why They Acted in That Fashion. sputniknews.com On Sunday, a white couple in St. Louis, Missouri, stole the spotlight on social media after the appeared in a viral video pointing firearms at unarmed and peaceful Black Lives Matter demonstrators who were passing in the vicinity of the couple's mansion while en route to Mayor Lyda Krewson's house.

Ralph Nader (2020-06-29). Congress Must Hold President Trump Accountable! counterpunch.org Here is an abridged version of a letter sent on June 22, 2020, by me and two constitutional law experts Bruce Fein and Lou Fisher, to House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, House Judiciary Committee Chairman Jerald Nadler, and the Committee's Vice Chairman, Jamie Raskin. It touches on where Congress has not exercised its constitutional authority to

sputniknews (2020-06-29). 'This Whole Thing is Garbage': Afghan War Vet Dismisses Shaky 'Russian Bounties' Claims. sputniknews.com On Friday, the New York Times reported on a US intelligence report claiming Russian operatives were offering the Taliban bounties to assassinate US soldiers in Afghanistan. However, as US lawmakers demand answers and action, one expert says serious skepticism about the report's veracity is missing, which threatens the increasingly fragile peace.

Stephen Lendman (2020-06-29). Suing China for COVID-19 Damages Rears Its Ugly Head Again. globalresearch.ca According to Courthouse News, Senate Judiciary Committee members discussed "amending the Foreign Sovereign Immunities Act (FSIA) in order to hold China accountable for injury, losses and damages related to the outbreak of the novel coronavirus." | More on this below. | ***…

Michael Arney (2020-06-29). Bronx's first gay city council member likely wins in NY-15. peoplesworld.org Progressives and liberals in the NY-15 congressional district can take a deep breath. Self-identified "conservative Democrat" Rev. Rubén Díaz, Sr., probably will not succeed Rep. José Serrano and destroy his legacy. Instead, the new representative probably will be Ritchie Torres, the youngest and first openly gay Bronx member of the City Council. Rep. Serrano has …

Alan Macleod (2020-06-29). Aurora Police Violently Crackdown on Peaceful Vigil for Black Man Killed in Police Chokehold. mintpressnews.com Police in Aurora, Colorado violently cracked down on a group of peaceful protesters holding a vigil for a young black man killed by police late last year, bringing renewed attention to the push for police reform that has swept the nation.

Elijah J. Magnier (2020-06-29). US-Iran Confrontation in Lebanon: Counter-measures and Escalation. globalresearch.ca It's looking like a long, hot summer, as tensions increase between Washington and Tehran, US elections approach, and the "maximum pressure" exercised by the US escalates. After Syria, it is Lebanon's turn. The country's financial failure has reached the point …

news.un (2020-06-29). Extend cross border 'lifeline' into Syria, Lowcock urges Security Council. news.un.org With COVID-19 cases in Syria multiplying, its economy in freefall, and some households cooking weeds to eat in order to survive, the UN's emergency relief coordinator is pressing the Security Council to extend its authorization for cross-border aid deliveries from Turkey.

yenisafak (2020-06-29). Turkish FM to attend conference on Syria. yenisafak.com Turkey's top diplomat will participate in a teleconference Tuesday on the future of Syria and its region.Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu and his international counterparts will take part in the IV Brussels Conference, to be co-chaired by the European Union and the UN, the Turkish Foreign Ministry said in a statement."During the conference, which is the main platform for financial pledges for Syria, and regional countries hosting Syrians, including Turkey, donor countries and other stakeholders will declare their financial contributions for the period ahead," the statement said.The meeting aims to support effort…

news.un (2020-06-29). Water cooperation between States 'key' to Blue Nile dam project. news.un.org The Blue Nile is "critical for the livelihoods and development" of Egyptians, Ethiopians and Sudanese, the top UN official for Political and Peacebuilding Affairs told the Security Council on Monday, urging those States to reach a construction agreement on the Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam (GERD).

Sara Bakhtiar (2020-06-29). How to Reverse the US's Shockingly Low Global Peace Index Ranking. commondreams.org The U.S. insistence on global military domination has actively undermined both domestic and international peace. (Photo: bgrocker / Shutterstock.com) | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…

news.un (2020-06-29). First Person: Looking to the skies to understand the climate crisis. news.un.org Could studying the cosmos help us to fight the climate crisis? Two astronomers at the University of Hawaii think that knowledge of the solar system may help to slow down the warming of the Earth's atmosphere.

Rachel Stohl (2020-06-29). Defense Industry Cheers as the Trump Administration Is Poised to Loosen Restrictions on Drone Exports. commondreams.org Congress could also seek to require that all drone exports would have to go through a congressional approval process, rather than forcing a resolution of disapproval to stop a sale. (Photo: Shutterstock) | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…

Andrew Emett (2020-06-29). Bernie: Cut Pentagon by 10% to invest in education, health care, and housing. nationofchange.org "And when we talk about real change it is incredible to me the degree to which Congress continues to ignore our bloated $740 billion defense budget—which has gone up by over $100 billion since Trump has been in office."

WSWS (2020-06-29). Republicans introduce Senate bill to abolish strong encryption on consumer devices. wsws.org Three Republican Senators introduced a draft bill that would force tech companies to decrypt private consumer data on-demand for law enforcement.

Staff (2020-06-29). 116 California DNC Delegates Demand Pelosi Hold Floor Vote on Medicare for All. truthout.org Urging House Speaker Nancy Pelosi to "forego political expediency and incrementalism" in favor of a bold solution to the healthcare crisis exacerbated by the Covid-19 pandemic, 116 delegates elected to represent California at the Democratic National Convention issued an

South Front (2020-06-28). Video: Idlib Militants Use Battle Tanks to Kill Each Other Under Turkish Nose. globalresearch.ca ISIS announced a new series of attacks against the Syrian Army in the Homs-Deir Ezzor desert. According to the terrorist group's news agency Amaq, ISIS cells ambushed an army unit near the town of al-Sukhna killing 2 soldiers, injuring a …

Stephen Lendman (2020-06-28). What Happens if Congress and the White House Let Unemployment Benefits Expire? globalresearch.ca According to Labor Department figures, over 47 million US workers filed for unemployment benefits. | The true number is likely much higher as countless numbers of unemployed US workers haven't been able to file so far — many more to come …

Tony Cartalucci (2020-06-28). US Middle East Wars Far from Over. globalresearch.ca Despite what appears to be a terminal decline of US influence over the Middle East, Washington has no intentions of gracefully abandoning its aspirations of regional hegemony. | Air strikes carried out against Syria by Washington's Israeli proxies, a mysterious explosion …

yenisafak (2020-06-28). Turkey key player in humanitarian aid to Syria: UN. yenisafak.com The humanitarian situation in Syria remains alarming as it enters the 10th year of civil war, said a UN spokesman."There has been a reduction in fighting (in Syria), but that has not solved the problem for about 2.8 million people that are there who need our support. To help them, Turkey is a key player," Jens Laerke, spokesman for the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) told Anadolu Agency in an exclusive interview.Last month, 1,800 truckloads of aid crossed the border from Turkey to Idlib, northwestern Syria, Laerke noted.He said the country also helps the UN deliver aid in Syria.Laerk…

IMEMC Staff (2020-06-28). Israeli Troops Injure A number Of Palestinians In Alaghwar Area. imemc.org Israeli troops injured on Sunday morning a number of Palestinian residents in the Alaghwar area of the West Bank. Local Palestinian sources reported that the injuries, caused to the residents, came during Israeli army's crackdown on a local peaceful march in the Atouf neighborhood in the northern Alaghwar area of …

_____ (2020-06-28). The Struggle To Protect The Sacred Place Where Life Begins. popularresistance.org As the Trump administration neared the end of its first year in office in 2017, it seemed environmental activists had lost one of the most hard-fought battles in the movement's history. Thanks to a last-minute maneuver by Alaska Sen. Lisa Murkowski, Congressional Republicans succeeded in passing legislation allowing oil drilling in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge, or ANWR. Some of the worst fears of environmental and Indigenous rights groups for what might happen under the administration appeared to be coming true. | However, two and a half years later, no drilling or seismic testing has taken place in the re…

en.mehrnews (2020-06-28). UN privileges status quo over both peace and justice: American scholar. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, Jun. 29 (MNA) — Kevin Barret who has been known as one of America's best-known critics of the war on terror, says the United Nations cannot be considered as "a genuinely democratic international organization", arguing it has instead been as an "instrument of American and Western soft power".

en.mehrnews (2020-06-28). VIDEO: Protesters in Colorado shut down highway. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, Jun. 28 (MNA) — The protesters in US' Colorado shut down Highway 225 Saturday in a peaceful demonstration calling for justice in the death of Elijah McClain who died last August during a confrontation with Aurora police officers.

Staff (2020-06-28). When War Against Black Americans Represents "Peace," We Must Redefine the Word. truthout.org The world now knows about police brutality, what we American Negroes* have experienced as a matter of course since the slave patrols. The "peace officers" that purportedly swore to uphold and defend the Constitution by serving and protecting citizens like George Floyd, murdered him. Maybe "peace officer" seems absurd. The term evokes the Orwellian phrase "war is peace." | But it makes sense if we deconstruct "peace." The Pax Romana ("Roman Peace") denoted Roman Empire; the king's peace spans B…

_____ (2020-06-28). Impeachment Reminder of Our Toxic Foreign Aid. strategic-culture.org James BOVARD | Foreign aid to Ukraine helped spur the Democrats' effort to impeach and remove President Trump earlier this year. Ukraine was supposed to be on the verge of great progress until Trump pulled the rug out from under the heroic salvation effort by U.S. government bureaucrats. Unfortunately, Congress has devoted a hundred times more attention to the timing of aid to Ukraine than to its effectiveness. And most of the media coverage pretended that U.S. handouts abroad are as generous and uplifting as congressmen claim. | U.S. foreign aid has long fueled the poxes it promised to eradicate — especial…

Eoin Higgins, staff writer (2020-06-28). 'Far-Right Ideology' of Trump Public Lands Nominee Why Senate Must Reject Him, Say Groups. commondreams.org "William Pendley is uniquely unqualified for this position." | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…

Freddie Stuart, Aaron White (2020-06-27). From the Streets to the Ballot Box: New York's Political Revolution. commondreams.org Former middle school principal Jamaal Bowman, the likely victor in his primary contest against incumbent Rep. Eliot Engel, has one of a number of progressives wins in the last year. (Photo: Bowman for Congress) | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…

en.mehrnews (2020-06-27). Iran, Iraq emphasize strengthening security, peace cooperation. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, Jun. 27 (MNA) — The Islamic Republic of Iran and Iraq stressed the need for bolstering the development, peace and security cooperation between the two nations.

Ralph Nader (2020-06-26). An Urgent Message to Congress: You Must Hold President Trump Accountable! commondreams.org Executive Chairman of Ford William Clay Ford Jr. (L) tour with President Donald Trump the Ford Rawsonville Plant in Ypsilanti, Michigan on May 21, 2020. (Photo: Brendan Smialowski/AFP via Getty Images) | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…

Joe Piette (2020-06-26). Coast-to-coast rallies demand: Keep U.S. Postal Service viable. workers.org Rallies demanding the U.S. Senate approve funding that would "SAVE OUR POSTAL SERVICE" were held on June 23 from coast to coast. The message of the day: Include a $25 billion USPS rescue plan in the next Senate stimulus package. Without funding, it is projected the agency could run out . . . |

yenisafak (2020-06-26). Syria's hunger crisis worsens, COVID outbreak could intensify. yenisafak.com Syria faces an unprecedented hunger crisis with over 9.3 million people lacking adequate food while the country's coronavirus outbreak, though apparently controlled for now, could still accelerate, U.N. aid agencies said on Friday.The World Food Programme (WFP) told a briefing in Geneva that the number of people short of essential foodstuffs had risen by 1.4 million in the past six months.Food prices had also soared by more than 200% in less than a year due to the freefall in neighbouring Lebanon's economy and COVID-19 lockdown measures in Syria, WFP spokeswoman Elisabeth Byrs said.After nine years of armed confl…

Jenna McGuire, staff writer (2020-06-26). 'We Need More People Like' Regan Russell: Mourning and Justice Demanded Over Killing of Animal Rights Activist Regan Russell. commondreams.org "She was the most peaceful, logical, kind, compassionate person that I've ever met." | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…