2020-06-15: News Headlines

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

yenisafak (2020-06-15). Irish parties agree coalition deal. yenisafak.com Ireland's Fianna Fail, Fine Gael and Green parties struck a deal to form a new coalition government on Monday that if ratified by grassroots members will end a months-long political deadlock, a government spokesman said.The agreement must be approved over the coming 10 days or so by members from each party, with the smaller Greens requiring two-thirds support, a higher bar than the larger two historic rival parties and which could yet scupper the deal.The parties want the new government in place before the end of June as the fractured parliament cannot pass any new laws, including those to uphold a 6.5 billion eu…

David Segal (2020-06-14). Police Budgets, Austerity, and Tax Cuts for the Rich. zcomm.org Source: The Intercept Photo by Tverdokhlib/Shutterstock.com Last week, Rhode Island Gov. Gina Raimondo said that it was time for privileged people like herself to "listen with humility" to those who have experienced racism. Yet after nearly 10,000 people marched on the state House, Raimondo made clear that she does not care to entertain protesters'

_____ (2020-06-14). From Rebellion To Revolution. popularresistance.org The Floyd rebellion is changing the world before our very eyes. What type of change and to what degree it will shift the balance of forces between rulers and ruled, haves and the have-nots remains to be seen. What is clear is that there is an active and open political contest to shape the outcome. For the moment, the right wing and the Republicans have been relatively sidelined in this debate. The real contest as it stands is between the liberals and Democrats on the one hand and the radical mass that has taken the streets all over the country and the world, which is increasingly examining and advancing critical…

WSWS (2020-06-13). Philadelphia public workers protest poor working conditions and police violence. wsws.org Sanitation workers and educators took to the streets this week to demonstrate against Democratic Mayor Jim Kenney's austerity measures and increased funding for the police.

yenisafak (2020-06-13). DR Congo's gold smuggled to UAE, African countries: UN. yenisafak.com A UN investigation has unearthed a network smuggling gold from the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) to the United Arab Emirates as well as other countries in Africa.The UN report, seen by Anadolu Agency, details the illegal exports of gold to Dubai in the UAE as well as Burundi, Rwanda, and Tanzania.It said the DRC's Ituri province was at the center of the network and the country was losing millions of dollars due to smuggling of the precious metal.According to the report, at least 1.1 tons of gold was smuggled out of the province in 2019, and the government could have earned up to $1.88 million in taxes if it…

Michael Yates (2020-06-12). Police are the Enemy Within. counterpunch.org In 2017, Daniel Fetonte was elected to the National Political Committee of the Democratic Socialists of America (DSA), a rapidly growing left-wing organization in the United States. Fetonte was co-chair of the Austin, Texas, branch of the DSA and had been involved in labor union organizing for many years. However, he had also been employed by the Combined Law Enforcement Associations of Texas, the largest police union in the state, with a membership of 21,000 police officers.

Jeffrey St. Clair (2020-06-12). Roaming Charges: The Ring of the Truncheon Thing. counterpunch.org "If you insist on having statues of people who fought the U.S. military, how about Ho Chi Minh? For one thing, he actually won…" — Paulo L dos Santos + The Democrats are absolutely desperate to smother the Defund the Police movement (not just the slogan, but the abolitionist ideology driving it) before it totally

Mark Gruenberg, John Wojcik (2020-06-12). Movement grows against Trump's looting of taxpayers. peoplesworld.org WASHINGTON—Progressives in Congress and in mass organizations, among them Democratic Sen. Sherrod Brown of Ohio and the pro-worker group Public Citizen, are raising alarm over the Trump administration's refusal to release the names of corporations that have received bailouts from the $500 billion coronavirus stimulus package passed recently, and over plans by GOP Senate Majority …

RT (2020-06-12). Bolton sparks rage with sudden claim to have evidence of Trump's 'transgressions' in promo press release for new book. rt.com Ex-national security advisor John Bolton has released a juicy teaser for his new book, claiming to have evidence of Donald Trump's foreign policy "transgressions" prompting many to ask why he kept the information from Congress. | In a press release advertising his new book on Friday, Bolton, who was fired by Trump in September 2019, accuses his former boss of more "Ukraine-like transgressions" which allegedly spanned "the full range of his foreign policy." | Trump was impeached by the US House of Representatives last year for "abuse of power" and "obstruction of Congress." Democrats accused him of withholding…

RT (2020-06-12). 'Comedians SHOULD make fun of people': Candace Owens refuses to get triggered by Dave Chapelle's brutal mockery. rt.com Conservative activist Candace Owens responded to critics sending her clips of Dave Chappelle's rant against her from a new George Floyd-themed special by railing against a culture that doesn't encourage comedians to speak freely. | Critics who were hoping for a feud between Owens and Chappelle are sure to be sorely disappointed by her tweets. | Instead of taking a swipe back at Chappelle, Owens responded by criticizing the culture that doesn't encourage comedians to target whomever they want, and dismissing Democrats sending her the footage in hopes of triggering an extreme response. | "To every Democrat tweet…

RT (2020-06-12). San Francisco cops banned from using tear gas, won't respond to 'non-criminal' calls under police 'demilitarization' roadmap. rt.com San Francisco Mayor London Breed has announced a bevy of police reforms, barring officers from using tear gas and "military-grade weapons" while working to divert non-urgent calls to agencies besides law enforcement. | The city's Democratic mayor introduced the new measures in a "This reform effort will focus on r…

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

Staff (2020-06-12). Klobuchar Worked With Law Enforcement Group to Increase Police Budgets. truthout.org This article was produced by As activists around the country work to defund police departments, the Democratic Party's presumptive presidential nominee is considering a senator who worked to boost police department budg…

yenisafak (2020-06-12). Families' sit-in against PKK terror continues in SE Turkey. yenisafak.com A sit-in in southeastern Turkey by families pleading for the return of their children kidnapped by the YPG/PKK terror group has entered its 284th day.The protest started on Sept. 3, 2019, in Diyarbakir province outside the office of the opposition Peoples' Democratic Party (HDP), a party accused by the government of having links to the YPG/PKK.Solmaz Ovunc, whose son was abducted five years ago, said she has been staging a sit-in for 284 days and that she will continue the sit-in until the return of her son."HDP took my son and handed him over to the PKK. The PKK did not come and take my son from the neighborhood…

Peoples Dispatch (2020-06-12). Austrian communists criticize government bailout to private airline. peoplesdispatch.org On June 9, Tuesday, Austrian leftist groups, including the Party of Labour of Austria (PdA) and the Communist Youth of Austria (KJO), criticized the government's bailout to the private sector Austrian Airlines (AUA), a subsidiary of the Germany-based Lufthansa Group. The conservative Austrian People's Party (àñVP)-Green-led government in the country has issued EUR 150 million (USD 170 million) as direct state aid, and EUR 300 million (USD 340 million) worth of loans to the airline. | Responding to the move, KJO stated "Once again, àñVP and Greens prove which side they really are on. While there are…

Peoples Dispatch (2020-06-12). Mining companies in DRC warned against confining workers at mining sites. peoplesdispatch.org Global mining companies operating in the Democratic Republic of Congo have been accused by trade unions of violating workers' rights in the name of the coronavirus pandemic…

Telesur (2020-06-12). US Troops in Colombia "Associate with Illegal Groups", Killing Farmers, Seek to "Spark a War with Venezuela" globalresearch.ca Colombian senators on Wednesday said that U.S. troops that arrived in the South American country in early June are allowed to associate with illegal groups and seek an eventual international confrontation. | The Democratic Congressman Ivan Cepeda revealed that the current …

David Schultz (2020-06-12). The Killing of George Floyd and the Final Fracturing of the Democratic Party, Labor, and Civil Rights Coalition. counterpunch.org George Floyd being killed by a police officer in Minneapolis is not simply about the death of one Black man. His death also killed an historic but uneasy alliance among the Democratic Party, labor unions, and the civil rights movement. The reaction to his death is ending the last vestiges of the historic New Deal

RT (2020-06-11). 'Weapons of oppression': Scottish Parliament votes for suspension of UK rubber bullets, tear gas and riot-shield exports to US. rt.com The Scottish Parliament has voted for the immediate suspension of UK rubber bullet, tear gas and riot-shield exports to the US, in a show of solidarity with the Black Lives Matter Movement following the death of George Floyd. | The motion, which was overwhelmingly backed by Members of the Scottish Parliament (MSPs) — 52 votes to 0, with 11 abstentions — was proposed by the Green Party's Patrick Harvie. | Addressing fellow MSPs on Thursday, Harvie said it was "important that we stand in solidarity with the Black Lives Matter Movement," in light of police brutality, calling for the UK government to hal…

RT (2020-06-11). Soros & Steyer exposed as backers of 'paramilitary' left-wing group in undercover Project Veritas VIDEO. rt.com As part of its series of undercover videos exposing left-wing organizations like Antifa, Project Veritas released footage claiming to show far-left Democrat activists bragging about George Soros funding and political connections. | Tom Steyer — who unsuccessfully campaigned for the Democratic Party's presidential nomination for 2020 — and liberal financier George Soros are both named as financial contributors in the new clip on Refuse Fascism, an organization dedicated to removing President Donald Trump and Vice President Mike Pence from office. | Andy Zee, national organizer for the group, mentions…

RT (2020-06-11). Biden indulges fantasy of Trump refusing to leave office in November, says election-stealing is his 'single greatest concern'. rt.com Joe Biden says he has "great concern" that Donald Trump will not only "steal" the 2020 presidential election, but could also refuse to leave the White House should he lose. | 'Daily Show' host Trevor Noah is one of a growing number of liberals concerned about November's election, partly due to recent reports out of Georgia showing people waiting hours in line to cast their ballots. | "What is the plan up until November, to make sure the people can vote, everybody can, whether it's Republican or Democrat, black or white, has the opportunity to vote without being in a line that's six hours long?" Noah asked Bide…

RT (2020-06-11). Congressman claims Chicago cops lounged in office, made popcorn & coffee while looters destroyed city (PHOTOS). rt.com Chicago officers, including supervisors, were called out by the city's mayor over footage of them lounging and snacking in a South Side office while the city faced volatile protests. | "They were in a mode of relaxation, and they did not care about what was happening to businesspeople, to this city," Democrat Congressman Bobby Rush said at a Thursday press conference about the cops. "They didn't care. They absolutely didn't care." | Rush revealed his office was broken into and burglarized on June 1 while protests over the death of George Floyd took place throughout the city. Video from around one in the mornin…

Rima Najjar (2020-06-11). Don't Call Me Ishmael; Don't Call Me Israel‚Ää—‚ÄäCall Me One Democratic State! globalresearch.ca "Who excavates Muslim Palestinian graves and mosques in [Palestine's] depopulated towns and why?", "Recently," he goes on, "these desecrations have been on the increase‚Ää—‚ÄäIn the village of Beit Jibreen, in the …

DOJ Alumni (2020-06-11). The DOJ and Attorney General Unlawful Actions in Response to Nationwide Protests against Racism. globalresearch.ca Dear Mr. Horowitz: | We write to you as alumni of the United States Department of Justice ("DOJ" or the "Department"). Collectively, we have served in both career and high-ranking politically-appointed positions in both Republican and Democratic administrations. Some of us …

yenisafak (2020-06-11). Trump: Take back Seattle from 'domestic terrorists'. yenisafak.com US President Donald Trump late Wednesday complained that "domestic terrorists" have taken over Seattle, Washington amid George Floyd protests, putting the blame on Democratic governor and mayor."Domestic Terrorists have taken over Seattle, run by Radical Left Democrats, of course. LAW ORDER," Trump said in one of his last tweets for the day.In a separate tweet, he urged Washington Governor Jay Inslee and Seattle Mayor Jenny Durkan to take back the control of the city."Radical Left Governor @JayInslee and the Mayor of Seattle are being taunted and played at a level that our great Country has never seen before," Tr…

WSWS (2020-06-11). German Left Party leader Sahra Wagenknecht calls for de-globalisation. wsws.org "Protecting workers and domestic suppliers from cheap imports and hostile takeovers is not nationalist, but a democratic duty," Wagenknecht declares.

Scott Ritter (2020-06-11). Romantic Republicans seeking a return to Cold War aggression are deluded — no-one values America's tarnished values anymore. thealtworld.com Right-wing members of Congress have issued a report calling for the US to move to defend itself against a reimagined global threat. But it ignores the fact that, after George Floyd, America's world standing is irreparably damaged. | A

Repost (2020-06-11). UPRISING: The Democratic Party Exists To Co-Opt & Kill Authentic Change. indybay.org Watch them. Watch Democrats and their allied media and corporate institutions try to sell the public a bunch of words and a smattering of feeble, impotent legislation to mollify the masses, without ever giving the people the real changes that they actually need.

Julia Conley, staff writer (2020-06-11). Kentucky's Largest Newspaper Endorses Progressive Charles Booker in Senate Race, Rejecting Corporate Democrats' Preferred Centrist. commondreams.org Kentucky's highest-circulation newspaper, the Courier-Journal, offered the latest high-profile endorsement of state legislator Charles Booker in the Democratic primary for Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell's long-held Senate seat, saying Booker has the "vision" his more moderate opponent lacks. | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…