2018-06-13: News Headlines

Jonathan Cook (2018-06-13). Knesset Foils Efforts to End Israeli Apartheid. counterpunch.org For most of the seven decades after its establishment, Israel went to extraordinary lengths to craft an image of itself as a "light unto the nations". It claimed to have "made the desert bloom" by planting forests over the razed houses of 750,000 Palestinians it exiled in 1948. Soldiers in the "most moral army in the world" reputedly cried as they were compelled to shoot Palestinian "infiltrators" trying to return home. And all this occurred in what Israelis claimed was the Middle East's "only democracy". More

Staff (2018-06-13). Voters Reject GOP's Rep. Sanford After Trump Points to 2009 Love Scandal. truthdig.com Rep. Mark Sanford, a vocal critic of President Donald Trump, lost his South Carolina congressional seat Tuesday hours after the president injected himself into the bitter Republican primary by stoking memories of the incumbent's public extramarital affair [in 2009]. | In the most dramatic result in primaries across five states, Sanford was the second incumbent House Republican to lose a primary this year — the latest victim of intense divisions among the GOP in the Trump era. Though he has a generally conservative voting record, his criticism of Trump as unworthy and culturally intolerant made him a target of the president's most dedicated supporters, who often elevate loyalty over policy. | Sanford was defeated by state Rep. Katie Arrington, who spent her campaign blasting Sanford as a "Never Trumper." And hours before polls closed, Trump posted a startlingly personal attack on Twitter, calling…

wsws.org (2018-06-13). The oligarchy rules: Amazon and corporations veto Seattle homelessness tax. wsws.org It took just four weeks for the Democratic Party-controlled city council to completely capitulate to the campaign by Amazon and other corporations.

wsws.org (2018-06-13). Court sanction of AT&T-Time Warner merger strengthens corporate grip on news and entertainment. wsws.org Coming just one day after the termination of net neutrality, the federal court ruling sets the stage for the further consolidation of monopoly control and suppression of oppositional points of view.

Mark Gruenberg (2018-06-12). Progressives take on regular Democrats in Maryland primaries. peoplesworld.org

Ajamu Baraka (2018-06-12). Democrats Out-Right the Right on North Korea. mintpressnews.com If more proof was needed to persuade anyone that the Democrats are indeed a war party, it was provided when Senator Chuck Schumer and other Democrat leaders in the Senate engaged in a cynical stunt to stake out a position to the right of John Bolton on the summit between Trump and Kim Jong Un. | The Democrats asserted that the planned summit could only be judged successful if the North Koreans agreed to dismantle and remove all their nuclear, chemical, and biological weapons, end all production and enrichment of uranium, dismantle its nuclear weapons infrastructure, and suspend ballistic missile tests. | Those demands would constitute an unconditional surrender on the part of the North Korean leadership and will not happen, and the Democrats know it. | But as problematic as those demands are, here is the real problem that again demonstrates…

Ajamu Baraka (2018-06-12). The Democrats Out-Right the Right on North Korean Summit. counterpunch.org If more proof was needed to persuade anyone that the Democrats are indeed a war party, it was provided when Senator Chuck Schumer and other Democrat leaders in the Senate engaged in a cynical stunt to stake out a position to the right of John Bolton on the summit between Trump and Kim Jong Un. More

Ajamu Baraka (2018-06-12). The Democrats Out-Right the Right on North Korean Summit. globalresearch.ca If more proof was needed to persuade anyone that the Democrats are indeed a war party, it was provided when Senator Chuck Schumer and other Democrat leaders in the Senate engaged in a cynical stunt to stake out a position …

Cody Fenwick, AlterNet (2018-06-12). Sen. Corker Blows Up at His Fellow Republicans for Their Fear of Angering Trump: 'We Might Poke the Bear!'. alternet.org "I can't believe it! " | Out of frustration and disappointment with his Republican colleagues, Sen. Bob Corker (R-TN) castigated the other members of his party on Tuesday for blocking an amendment he has proposed to constrain President Donald Trump's tariff powers. He argued that his fellow Republican senators overwhelmingly support the legislation, dubbed the "Corker Amendment," but they have decided not to bring it to the floor out of fear of angering the president. Trump has recently used discretionary tariff powers, delegated for the president's use for reasons of national security, to levy taxes on imports of aluminum and steel from even close American allies. "I heard the senior senator from Texas saying the other day, 'Well gosh, we might upset the president! '" Corker said. "I can't believe it! "He continued: "'We might poke the bear! ' is the language I've been hearing in the hallways. . .

Chris Sosa, AlterNet (2018-06-12). Fox News Claims Rosenstein 'Threatened' GOP-Led Committee Members — Justice Department Fights Back Against 'False' Characterization. alternet.org The war between the right-wing and Justice Department just got uglier. | Fox News obtained emails that claim Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein "threatened to 'subpoena' emails, phone records and other documents from lawmakers and staff on a Republican-led House committee during a tense meeting earlier this year. "This report from the right-wing network comes as Republicans reach a new low-point in their relationship with Rosenstein. Both Fox News and CNN reported Tuesday that Rosenstein plans to "call on the House to investigate its own committee staff" over the matter. The Justice Department says the characterization of the meeting in the Fox News report is untrue. "The FBI Director, the senior career ethics adviser for the Department, and the Assistant Attorney General for Legislative Affairs who were all present at this meeting are all quite clear that the characterization of events laid out here. . .

Samantha Borek (2018-06-12). An Employer Can Unilaterally Force Employees Into Secret Arbitration Systems. truthout.org Janine Jackson: Just as the #MeToo movement demonstrates the power of solidarity in fighting workplace harassment, a Supreme Court ruling aims to force individuals with workplace complaints back into isolation. In Epic Systems v. Lewis, the Court's conservative majority ruled that lower courts have to enforce individual arbitration clauses in employment contracts, which means that workers have to address complaints not through the courts, but in closed-door, one-on-one proceedings. | The ruling affects millions of people on the most fundamental level, but it didn't get a great deal of explanatory press coverage. Joining us now to discuss what the ruling could mean, and how we can resist its impact, is Joanne Doroshow, founder and executive director of the Center for Justice and Democracy, and cofounder of Americans for Insurance Reform. She's also adjunct professor at New…

Jacob Sugarman (2018-06-12). The Insidious Republican Plot to Hijack the Census. truthdig.com In a 5-4 decision along party lines, the Supreme Court ruled Monday that Ohio can purge thousands of voters from its rolls, freeing fellow red states to follow suit ahead of the 2018 and 2020 elections. Critics have rightly observed that Husted v. Philip Randolph will disenfranchise innumerable minorities and low-income earners, and yet its potential harm to American democracy would probably pale in comparison with the Trump administration's efforts to rig the 2020 census. | Last December, at the Justice Department's behest, the Census Bureau was instructed to add a question to its decennial survey about its respondents' citizenship status. When the move was announced in March, officials justified the decision as one necessary to "fully enforce" the Voting Rights Act of 1965. But as a new NPR release reveals, their true agenda was decidedly more insidious. | According…

John Hutchison (2018-06-12). Bobby in Repose. counterpunch.org In the early morning after the 1968 California Democratic primary I was aboard a bus on my way to work. Dave Glick, a co-worker with whom I'd been staying temporarily, was next to me in a side seat up front. "Wonder who won the primary," he said absently. I nudged him to look down the More

Chris Sosa, AlterNet (2018-06-12). CNN's Jim Acosta Fires Back at Fox News for Complaining About 'Grandstanding' Questions to Trump and Kim: 'Democracy… Drink It In'. alternet.org The anchor was unphased by the unprofessional attack. | Fox News decided to follow President Donald Trump's lead by attacking prominent CNN journalist Jim Acosta for his questions to the president and North Korean dictator Kim Jong-un. The outlet claimed the "Trump-bashing newsman" both "hollered" at Trump and "shouted" at Kim during his "grandstanding questions. "These offending questions included such offenses as, "Mr. President, how is the meeting going so far, sir? "There was also this vicious broadside: "Will you give up your nuclear weapons, sir? "Acosta had a short and snark response to Fox News' ridiculous attack. "Democracy. . . drink it in people," he commented in a retweet of a snarky assessment of the right-wing outlet's coverage. Democracy. . . drink it in people. t. co/lKew4PnbWK— Jim Acosta (@Acosta) June 12, 2018 | Related Stories: CNN's Jim Acosta Fires Back at Fox News for Complaining About 'Grandstanding' Questions to Kim Jong-un: 'Democracy. . . Drink It In'Army Veteran Calls Trump Campaign Operative 'Monumental Idiot' or 'Extraordinary Liar' for Praising Trump Summit with Kim Jong-unTexas GOP Senator Rebukes Trump's Praise of Kim Jong-un: 'I Have No Earthly Idea' if He Is 'Talented'

Stephen Lendman (2018-06-12). Net Neutrality Ends, Battle to Save It Continues. The FCC's "Restoring Internet Freedom Order" globalresearch.ca The battle for digital democracy, the last frontier of press freedom crucial to preserve, continues on a day that will live infamy. | On June 11, the FCC's Orwellian-named Restoring Internet Freedom Order took effect, giving predatory telecom and cable giants …

Clarrie Feinstein, Salon (2018-06-12). Trump's White House Isn't Just a 'Miserable Place to Work' Like John Kelly Says — It's Dismantling the Democratic System. alternet.org While the revolving door of staff members in the White House has become routine, and therefore normalized, it indicates a troubling aspect on the current state of American democracy. | It's not news to anyone that inside the doors of 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue lies pure chaos. Numerous White House staffers continue to resign or be fired by President Donald Trump, leading vacancies to pile up in spite of a campaign promise to hire "the best people in the world. " The president's Office of Science and Technology Policy, for one, has been describedas a "ghost town. "The inner workings of Trump's White House were exposed in great detail in Michael Wolff's much-anticipated book, "Fire and Fury" in January, which claimed that the president is unafraid of firing any person who opposes him — and also relishes in creating a chaotic. . .

Cody Fenwick, AlterNet (2018-06-12). Meet the Racist Republican Corey Stewart Who Just Won a GOP Senate Primary and Could Be Virginia's Roy Moore. alternet.org "This is clearly not the Republican Party I once knew, loved and proudly served," a prominent Virginia Republican said. | If any more evidence was needed that the Republican Party is completely unable to keep the rabidly racist forces within its ranks at bay, the nation received proof Tuesday night. Corey Stewart, a far-right extremist, won the GOP primary on Tuesday and will face off against former vice presidential candidate and incumbent Sen. Tim Kaine in the 2018 midterm elections. Stewart is known for his enthusiastic support for Confederate symbols and monuments. He has billed himself as a fierce opponent of immigrants, and his embraced shameless fear-mongering tactics about a " scourge" of illegal immigration. And he allied himself with Jason Kessler, the white supremacist who led the neo-Nazi marches in Charlottesville last summer, in which protester Heather Heyer was killed. (He. . .

Steven Rosenfeld, Independent Media Institute (2018-06-12). The Supreme Court Just Dealt Another Big Blow to Our Voting Rights. alternet.org Ohio voter purge decision will have consequences for years to come. | This week's Supreme Court ruling upholding Ohio's Republican-led voter roll purges may end up as one of the decade's most consequential anti-voter rulings, shadowing its 2013 ruling gutting the National Voting Rights Act's enforcement provisions. The Court's conservative majority, in a 5-to-4 ruling, applied a narrow technocratic reading of the National Voter Registration Act of 1993 (NVRA) over the method that Ohio removed registered but infrequent voters. The NVRA laid out a process where someone who did not vote in four years—two cycles—would get a postcard informing them of their inactive status, and pending removal, if they didn't vote in the next federal election. But the NVRA's wording was ambiguous, laying out a four-year trigger for starting the removal process, but elsewhere stating voters couldn't be purged "by reason of the. . .

Amanda Marcotte, Salon (2018-06-12). NRA's Nutty Florida Questionnaire Suggests Gun Lobby's Power May Be Slipping. alternet.org Is God against gun control? Unhinged Florida questionnaire suggests the NRA may be in a downward spiral | The National Rifle Association (NRA) in Florida, under the state leadership of long-time lobbyist Marion Hammer, has had a death grip on power in state politics for years, even decades. But after two of the most high-profile mass shootings in American history, the Orlando nightclub shooting two years ago this week and the Parkland high school shooting in February — which collectively led to the deaths of 66 people and injured another 70 — the political tide may be turning against America's biggest gun lobby. In March the nearly unthinkable happened when Gov. Rick Scott, a Republican, signed a bill passed by the Republican-controlled Florida legislature that actually bucked the NRA by passing a modest set of restrictions on gun. . .

Glenn Greenwald (2018-06-12). Glenn Greenwald Interviews Democratic Primary Challenger Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez of New York. theintercept.com Congressperson Joe Crowley, D-N.Y., now seeking his 10th term, has been in the U.S. House of Representatives since 1999. It has been 14 years since Crowley has faced a primary challenge, which means he's received the Democratic Party nomination automatically every two years since 2004. | During that time, Crowley has risen to the top ranks of the party's House leadership, becoming chair of the House Democratic Caucus, and has simultaneously consolidated his ironclad control over the Queens Democratic Party machine through increasing amounts of corporate donors, as well as his position as chair of the Queens Democratic Party. | This power has earned him the name "king of Queens," and he has become the classic New York machine boss, having obtained both his 1990s seat on the New York City Council and his seat in Congress through a combination of…

wsws.org (2018-06-12). Supreme Court upholds Ohio purge of registered voters. wsws.org The Court's 5-4 decision is the latest in a series rubber-stamping efforts by Republican-controlled state governments to reduce turnout among minority and low-income voters.

Democracy Now! (2018-06-12). Prof. Bruce Cumings: U.S. Bombing in Korea More Destructive Than Damage to Germany, Japan in WWII. democracynow.org President Trump's historic meeting with North Korean leader Kim Jong-un follows another historic meeting only weeks earlier between Kim and South Korean leader Moon Jae-in, where the two leaders agreed to work to formally end the Korean War. After Tuesday's summit in Singapore, Trump called the Korean War "an extremely bloody conflict" and expressed hope that the war would soon formally end. For more, we speak with University of Chicago historian Bruce Cumings, author of several books on Korea, including "Korea's Place in the Sun: A Modern History" and "North Korea: Another Country."

Zaid Jilani (2018-06-12). Elizabeth Warren: "There Are Not Enough … Democrats Willing to Take On the Billionaire Class" theintercept.com Earlier this year, 17 Senate Democrats joined every Senate Republican in voting to weaken bank regulations put in place after the 2008 financial crisis. | The most strident opponent of these changes was Massachusetts Democratic Sen. Elizabeth Warren. A former bank bailout oversight chief and longtime expert on financial issues, Warren explicitly excoriated her Democratic colleagues for supporting the changes in a last-bid effort to stop them. It is rare for a member of Congress to openly castigate members of their party over a high-profile vote. | In an interview with The Intercept's Mehdi Hasan for his Deconstructed podcast, Warren at first avoided criticizing her Democratic colleagues when asked about that vote. | "So on the bankers' front, we have the Dodd-Frank law. Ten years on from the financial crash, parts of it are repealed in a vote…

Democracy Now! (2018-06-12). A New Day for the Korean Peninsula: Christine Ahn Hails Denuclearization Pledge & New Peace Process. democracynow.org On Tuesday, President Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong-un sat down for two hours in private, with only their two interpreters, for a historic summit held in Singapore. In a joint statement following the meeting, Trump and Kim pledged to recover the remains of American prisoners of war and those missing in action from the Korean War. The commitment was one of four plans outlined by the leaders after their historic summit, where they promised to work toward complete denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula. For more, we're joined by Christine Ahn, founder and international coordinator of Women Cross DMZ, a global movement of women mobilizing to end the Korean War.

Samantha Borek (2018-06-12). US Bombing in Korea More Destructive Than Damage to Germany, Japan in WWII. truthout.org President Trump's historic meeting with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un follows another historic meeting only weeks earlier between Kim and South Korean leader Moon Jae-in, where the two leaders agreed to work to formally end the Korean War. After Tuesday's summit in Singapore, Trump called the Korean War "an extremely bloody conflict" and expressed hope that the war would soon formally end. For more, we speak with University of Chicago historian Bruce Cumings, author of several books on Korea, including Korea's Place in the Sun: A Modern History and North Korea: Another Country. | TRANSCRIPT: | AMY GOODMAN: This is Democracy Now!, democracynow.org, The War and Peace Report. I'm Amy Goodman, with Juan González. We are now joined by Bruce Cumings, professor of history at University of Chicago, author of a number of books on Korea, Korea's Place in the Sun:…

Democracy Now! (2018-06-12). Rep. Ro Khanna: If U.S.-North Korea Summit Happened Under Obama, Democrats Would Be Cheering. democracynow.org As President Trump prepared for his historic summit meeting with North Korean leader Kim Jong-un, Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer and other top Democrats penned a letter last week threatening to maintain or even strengthen sanctions against North Korea if Trump did not ensure that the country completely dismantle all of its nuclear, chemical and biological weapons. The lawmakers wrote, "Any deal that explicitly or implicitly gives North Korea sanctions relief for anything other than the verifiable performance of its obligations to dismantle its nuclear and missile arsenal is a bad deal." Progressives have blasted the letter for its hardline stance. Fifteen Democratic congressmembers, including Ro Khanna of California, penned a letter to President Trump, writing, "diplomacy is the only path to resolve the tensions between our countries." In Washington, D.C., we are joined by Rep. Ro Khanna.

RT (2018-06-12). 'Danger to our country': US senator blasts fellow Republican over North Korea. rt.com Senator Lindsey Graham (R-South Carolina) is a "danger to the country" for suggesting a US war against North Korea, said his colleague Rand Paul (R-Kentucky) as Americans waited for the historic summit in Singapore.
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Democracy Now! (2018-06-12). Trump Vows to End "Provocative" War Games on Korean Peninsula After Historic Summit with Kim Jong-un. democracynow.org President Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong-un have wrapped up a historic summit pledging to work toward complete denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula, with President Trump announcing the end of U.S.-South Korean war games. The summit marked the first-ever meeting between a sitting U.S. president and a North Korean leader. For more, we speak with investigative journalist Tim Shorrock in Singapore.

Johnny Dwyer (2018-06-12). "Alt-Right" and Anti-Fascists Unite Against Lawsuit Designed to Prevent Another Charlottesville. theintercept.com Last August, emboldened by the election of President Donald Trump, the white supremacist movement stepped out of the shadows to take to the streets of a quiet college town in broad daylight. | Organizers had pitched the "Unite the Right" rally as a free speech gathering of white nationalists opposed to the removal of a statue of Confederate Gen. Robert E. Lee. Instead, police stood by as running clashes left racists and anti-fascist protesters bloodied and traumatized. By the end of the day, Heather Heyer lay dead on a city street, run down by a white supremacist behind the wheel of a Dodge Challenger. | Now, a novel legal strategy aims to prevent a similar march from recurring this summer. A lawsuit filed last October by the city of Charlottesville targeted more than two dozen groups and individuals under an untested Virginia state…

Democracy Now! (2018-06-12). Headlines for June 12, 2018. democracynow.org In Historic Summit, Trump & Kim Jong-un Pledge to Pursue Denuclearization of Korean Peninsula, Jeff Sessions: Domestic & Gang-Based Violence Will No Longer Be Grounds for Asylum, Honduran Asylum Seeker Who Died by Suicide After Being Separated from Child Was Fleeing Violence, "Systemic Traumatization": Psychologists Slam Policy of Separating Families at Border, Supreme Court Rules 5-4 to Uphold Ohio's Decision to Purge Voting Rolls, Dozens Arrested Nationwide at 5th Week of Poor People's Campaign Protests, Ivanka Trump & Jared Kushner Earned $82M While Working at White House Last Year, Yemen: U.S.-Backed Saudi Coalition Bombs Doctors Without Borders Cholera Clinic, Syria: Nearly 1 Million People Internally Displaced During First 4 Months of 2018, Vietnam: Over 100 People Detained Protesting Special Economic Zones, Naples Mayor Condemns Italy's Decision to Turn Away Refugee Boat as "Crime Against Humanity", Education Dept. Probing Handling of Sexual Abuse Claims Against USC Gynecologist…

Glenn Greenwald (2018-06-12). The Democratic Party's 2018 View of Identity Politics Is Confusing, and Thus Appears Cynical and Opportunistic. theintercept.com Given its rhetoric, how does the party justify supporting white male machine politicians over credible female challengers, LGBT people, and people of color?

Gary Leupp (2018-06-11). Why Do Democrats Want to Sabotage North Korea Talks? counterpunch.org Amazing how partisan politics shape this country's foreign policy. Seven Democratic senators have written the president urging that any agreement signed with North Korea must be permanent; must be subject to "anywhere, anytime" inspections of all nuclear-related sites and facilities; and must include the dismantling and elimination of all of the regime's ballistic missiles and programs. (One thinks of Mike Pompeo's demands on Iran to renegotiate the Iran Deal by making infinite concessions.) More

Ted Rall (2018-06-11). Why Blended Primaries are an Assault on Democracy. counterpunch.org California's "jungle primary" system, in which the two candidates who win the most votes advance to the general election in November regardless of their party affiliation, might have resulted in several bizarre outcomes. Look out: given the state's role as a political trendsetter, this weirdness could go national someday. Two Democrats could have wound up More

ADRIAN KUZMINSKI (2018-06-11). The Politics of Virtue. counterpunch.org The Wikipedia—which may be the closest thing we have to a common standard of what things mean in our culture—tells us that a demagogue is "a leader in a democracy who gains popularity by exploiting prejudice and ignorance among the common people, whipping up the passions of the crowd and shutting down reasoned deliberation. Demagogues overturn established customs of More

Elijah J. Magnier (2018-06-11). A Weak and Divided Iraq Is Stumbling Towards an Unbalanced Future. globalresearch.ca The US, Iran and Saudi Arabia have each sent their respective representatives to Iraq to support the re-election of Haidar al-Abadi. This aim, far from achieving a stable Iraq, will rather keep the country weak and politically divided between …

Robert Koehler (2018-06-11). The Great Waking Up. counterpunch.org I don't blame all of the planet's ills on the Republican Party, but I find hope in the possibility that it's on the verge of collapse. I'm not talking politics here. I'm talking deep vision of humanity: a sense of who we are and how we impact Planet Earth and all its occupants. A smallness More

Human Rights Watch (2018-06-11). Congolese Democracy Activist's Death Mourned. hrw.org On Sunday, the Democratic Republic of Congo lost Luc Nkulula, a democracy activist and a leader in the nonviolent opposition to President Joseph Kabila's rule. Luc, one of the bravest people I've ever met, died on June 9 in a fire at his home in the eastern city of Goma. Luc Nkulula | © Private | Luc, 33, was a pillar of the youth movement Struggle for Change (LUCHA) since its start in 2012. He dedicated his life to teaching Congolese about their rights and how to use peaceful protest, leading campaigns to demand access to water in Goma and protest insecurity and massacres in eastern Congo. In recent years he called for Kabila to step down in accordance with the constitution and allow for credible, transparent elections. | Congolese security forces arrested Luc often…

Democracy Now! (2018-06-11). 123 Deaths a Day: Inside the Public Health Crisis of Rising Suicide Rates in the United States. democracynow.org A new report by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has found the U.S. suicide rate rose by 25 percent over the past two decades. Topping the list was North Dakota, where suicides have risen by 57 percent from 1999 levels. Suicide is the 10th leading cause of death in the United States. For more, we speak with Dr. J. John Mann about this public health crisis. He is a psychiatry professor at Columbia University, a division director at the New York State Psychiatric Institute and a past president of the International Academy of Suicide Research and the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention.

Democracy Now! (2018-06-11). Headlines for June 11, 2018. democracynow.org Trump and Kim Arrive in Singapore Ahead of Historic Summit, Trump Slams Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau After G7 Summit, Israeli Troops Kill 4 Palestinians & Wound 600 More in Crackdown on Nonviolent Protest, Pentagon: U.S. Special Operations Soldier Alexander Conrad Killed in Somalia, Reports: Dozens Killed in Russian and Syrian Gov't Bombing in Idlib Province, Red Cross Evacuates 71 Staff Members from Yemen, Honduran Asylum Seeker, Separated from His Wife & Child, Dies by Suicide in Texas Jail, Rep. Pramila Jayapal: Separating Immigrant Mothers and Children Is Horrific, Judge Halts Deportation of NYC Delivery Worker Pablo Villavicencio, Pope Francis Warns Oil Company Executives Climate Change Threatens Humanity, India Moves to Ban Single-Use Plastics by 2022, Women March Across United Kingdom to Celebrate 100 Years of Female Suffrage, Philippines: Journalist Dennis Denora Killed in Mindanao, Robert De Niro Slams President at Tony Awards…

Democracy Now! (2018-06-11). Michael Eric Dyson on NFL Protests, Malcolm Jenkins & Listening to Black Americans on Issues of Race. democracynow.org Last week Donald Trump abruptly called off a planned visit by the Super Bowl-winning Philadelphia Eagles, tweeting, "Staying in the Locker Room for the playing of our National Anthem is as disrespectful to our country as kneeling. Sorry!" While not a single Eagles player kneeled during the national anthem in the 2017 season, Eagles safety Malcolm Jenkins did protest by raising a fist during the national anthem, in what has become one of the most enduring images of the protests. Last week, Eagles safety Malcolm Jenkins silently held up a series of signs to reporters in a team locker room in response to their questions about the cancellation of the team's White House visit. For more, we speak with Michael Eric Dyson, professor, political analyst and author. His latest book is "What Truth Sounds Like: Robert F. Kennedy, James Baldwin, and Our Unfinished Conversation About Race in America."

Human Rights Watch (2018-06-11). No Redress for Central African Victims. hrw.org Former Congo vice-president Jean-Pierre Bemba looks up when sitting in the courtroom of the International Criminal Court to stand trial in The Hague, Netherlands, September 29, 2015. | © 2015 Reuters | The International Criminal Court (ICC) appeals chamber last Friday overturned the conviction against Jean-Pierre Bemba, former vice-president of the Democratic Republic of Congo. Bemba was the court's sole prosecution from its investigation of crimes in the Central African Republic from 2002 to 2003, and the ruling could send shockwaves through that conflict's survivors of rape and other abuses. | Bemba's 2016 conviction was hailed as a significant decision on command responsibility. Many also saw it as major progress toward recognition and justice for sexual violence in conflict everywhere. | The appeals chamber ruled three to two that the trial chamber had convicted…

Democracy Now! (2018-06-11). "What Truth Sounds Like": Michael Eric Dyson on New Book About RFK, James Baldwin & Race in America. democracynow.org This month marks 50 years since the assassination of Robert F. Kennedy. On June 5, 1968, Kennedy was shot dead shortly after winning the California Democratic primary, a major boost in his campaign for the Democratic presidential nomination. His death came just two months after the assassination of the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. and five years after the assassination of his own brother, President John F. Kennedy. We speak with Georgetown University professor Michael Eric Dyson about his new book that looks at Kennedy's evolution on civil rights. It is titled "What Truth Sounds Like: Robert F. Kennedy, James Baldwin, and Our Unfinished Conversation About Race in America."

Ryan Grim (2018-06-09). Joe Crowley Complains His Primary Opponent, Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez Is Making This Race "About Race" theintercept.com On a warm Sunday evening in Queens, New York, Joe Crowley stood before a group of about two dozen Democratic activists and made his case for why he should be returned to Congress for a 10th term. In his view, it was "destiny." | "I was born for this role," Crowley said at the May 20 meet-and-greet. Like President Donald Trump, he was born in Queens, though in entirely different circumstances. Trump came from great wealth and privilege, Crowley observed, while the congressperson was born to a family of Irish immigrants — the son of a police officer. Crowley is routinely floated as next in line to be the leader of the House Democrats if Rep. Nancy Pelosi of California steps aside or is ousted. "He was trying to say that me being a guy from the same place [Trump] is from, I'm…

wsws.org (2018-06-09). Illinois Governor calls for reinstatement of the death penalty. wsws.org Republican Governor Bruce Rauner issued an amendatory veto to gun control legislation which would, if approved, make the killing of two or more people or police officers capital crimes.

wsws.org (2018-06-09). Japan's ruling party calls for a doubling of military expenditure. wsws.org Tokyo's agenda increases the danger of war and the suppression of democratic rights at home.

wsws.org (2018-06-09). Right-wing populist Doug Ford wins Ontario's election. wsws.org Ontario's Ford-led Conservative government will quickly come into headlong conflict with the working class, as the ruling elite uses it to push politics across Canada far to the right.

Ryan Grim (2018-06-09). Joe Crowley Complains His Primary Opponent, Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez Is Making This Race "About Race" theintercept.com On a warm Sunday evening in Queens, New York, Joe Crowley stood before a group of about two dozen Democratic activists and made his case for why he should be returned to Congress for a 10th term. In his view, it was "destiny." | "I was born for this role," Crowley said at the May 20 meet-and-greet. Like President Donald Trump, he was born in Queens, though in entirely different circumstances. Trump came from great wealth and privilege, Crowley observed, while the congressperson was born to a family of Irish immigrants — the son of a police officer. Crowley is routinely floated as next in line to be the leader of the House Democrats if Rep. Nancy Pelosi of California steps aside or is ousted. "He was trying to say that me being a guy from the same place [Trump] is from, I'm…

Paul Street (2018-06-08). Rotten to the Heart: Authoritarian Chickens Roosting at Home. counterpunch.org Wall Street's control of Washington and the related imperial agenda of the "Pentagon System" were advanced more effectively by the nation's first Black president than they could have been by stiff and wealthy white Republicans like John McCain or Mitt Romney. The reigning U.S. system of corporate and imperial "inverted totalitarianism" was given a deadly, fake-democratic re-branding. The underlying "rightward drift" sharpened, fed by a widespread and easily Republican-exploited sense of popular abandonment and betrayal, as the Democrats depressed and demobilized their own purported popular base. More

Democracy Now! (2018-06-08). Kathy Kelly on Afghanistan: Destitution, Unemployment & Hunger Must Be Addressed to Achieve Peace. democracynow.org Afghan President Ashraf Ghani has announced an unconditional ceasefire with the Taliban to last until June 20. The ceasefire comes after Muslim clerics in Afghanistan issued a fatwa—or religious ruling—against suicide bombings, after an attack Monday, claimed by ISIS, killed 14 people who had gathered for a clerics' peace summit in Kabul. This comes as the BBC is reporting that the number of bombs dropped by the U.S. Air Force has surged dramatically since President Trump announced his Afghanistan strategy and committed more troops to the conflict last August; new rules of engagement have made it easier for U.S. forces to carry out strikes against the Taliban. We speak to Kathy Kelly, co-coordinator of Voices for Creative Nonviolence, a campaign to end U.S. military and economic warfare. She has made many trips to Afghanistan and just returned from a trip this week.

RT (2018-06-08). To spy or not to spy? Tucker Carlson grapples with Democrat Rep. over 'spygate' informant. rt.com Was the alleged informant in the Trump campaign a spy? And is it okay to hire somebody to spy on a rival party? According to Rep. Eric Swalwell (D-California), it is, because, of course, Russia. |
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