2020-06-23: News Headlines

Simon Threlkeld (2020-06-23). Let Legislative Juries Decide Laws. dissidentvoice.org It would be far better and far more democratic if laws are decided by legislative juries rather than by elected politicians. By a legislative jury, which can also be called a legislative minipublic, I mean a representative random sample of the public that meets to make an informed decision about a proposed law. Such randomly …

_____ (2020-06-23). Ministers in Westminster bubble believe voters trust them. truepublica.org.uk By Josiah Mortimer: Speaking in the House of Lords on last week, Green peer Baroness Natalie Bennett raised the idea that countries with more cooperative, democratic political systems have higher levels of public trust in politics — and in their governments' handling of the current pandemic. Cabinet Office minister Lord True replied: "I strongly disagree …

yenisafak (2020-06-23). Turkish students commemorate anniversary of Korean war. yenisafak.com Yunus Emre Institute in Seoul has prepared a memorial video with Turkish students living in South Korea on the occasion of the 70th anniversary of the Korean War.In a written statement, the Yunus Emre Institute said the video also included Sude Kaya Surenoglu, the granddaughter of Korean War veteran Rafet Surenoglu and currently a student at Hankuk University of Foreign Studies.Speaking in Korean, Turkish students in the video said: "Today is the 70th anniversary of the Korean War, which displayed South Korea's struggle to become a strong democratic country. As Turkey, exactly 70 years ago from today, we proudly…

Peoples Dispatch (2020-06-22). Algerian court sentences prominent Hirak activist to one year imprisonment. peoplesdispatch.org Amira Bouraoui, who has been convicted for her Facebook post, is part of the popular ongoing Hirak movement which calls for large-scale democratic reforms in Algeria…

Fight Back (2020-06-22). Tampa Bay community honors life of murdered Tallahassee activist Oluwatoyin Salau. fightbacknews.org Tampa, FL – On June 20, Tampa Bay community members gathered at the Joe Chillura Courthouse Square to honor the life of Oluwatoyin "Toyin" Salau, who was sexually assaulted, abducted and murdered. Salau was a known Black Lives Matter activist in Tallahassee, Florida. Her death follows a recent wave of violence against, and murder of, Black people in the United States committed by the police, white vigilantes and others. | The vigil began at 7 p.m. and was co-hosted by the Tampa Bay Community Action Committee (TBCAC), Tampa Bay Students for a Democratic Society (SDS), and the Intersections of Tampa Advocates (ITA…

RT (2020-06-22). Trump walks back Maduro olive branch after Biden challenges his commitment to Venezuelan regime change. rt.com US President Donald Trump has reaffirmed support for his administration's regime change policy in Venezuela, reversing course on negotiation after Democratic rival Joe Biden attacked his "admiration" for "dictator" Nicolas Maduro. | Trump would "only meet with Maduro to discuss one thing: a peaceful exit from power!" the president tweeted on Monday, walking back comments he made in an Axios interview, where he hinted he would "maybe think about" meeting with the Venezuelan leader. | "Unlike the radical left, I will ALWAYS stand against socialism and with the people of Venezuela," Trump added, proclaiming his o…

_____ (2020-06-22). New Colorado Law Ends Immunity For Police. popularresistance.org Colorado Governor Jared Polis on Friday signed into law a bill to remove the shield of legal immunity that has long protected police officers from civil suits for on-the-job misconduct, a measure civil libertarians hailed as landmark legislation. | The Colorado state legislature passed the sweeping police accountability bill last week in the wake of nationwide protests over unfair treatment of racial minorities by law enforcement, sparked by the death of an unarmed Black man under the knee of a white Minneapolis policeman last month. | Polis, a first-term Democrat, took the 155th anniversary of Juneteenth, celebr…

RT (2020-06-22). Trump warns of 'RIGGED' election, claims millions of mail-in ballots will be forged by foreign powers. rt.com The upcoming presidential election will be the scandal of the century, Donald Trump has predicted, stating that the use of mail-in ballots opens the door to widespread vote fraud as well as foreign meddling. | In one of his signature all-caps tweets, the US leader expressed his concerns about November's contest against Democrat Joe Biden. | "RIGGED 2020 ELECTION: MILLIONS OF MAIL-IN BALLOTS WILL BE PRINTED BY FOREIGN COUNTRIES, AND OTHERS. IT WILL BE THE SCANDAL OF OUR TIMES!" shrieked Trump's tweet. | RIGGED 2020 ELECTION: MILLIONS OF MAIL-IN BALLOTS WILL BE PRINTED BY FOREIGN COUNTRIES, AND OTHERS. IT WILL B…

Alan Minsky (2020-06-22). If You Want Joe Biden to Govern More Like FDR Than Jamie Dimon, Vote for Bernie Sanders on Tuesday in New York and Kentucky. commondreams.org Democratic presidential candidate Sen. Bernie Sanders (D-Vt.) holds hands with Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-N.Y.) during his speech at a campaign rally in Queensbridge Park on October 19, 2019 in the Queens borough of New York City. (Photo: Kena Betancur/Getty Images) | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…

WSWS (2020-06-22). Further evidence of the criminality of the New York Democratic administration response to the COVID-19 pandemic. wsws.org A Wall Street Journal analysis of the response by New York state to the COVID-19 pandemic paints a horrifying picture of preventable mass death in New York City hospitals.

sputniknews (2020-06-22). Spokesperson Refutes Story That Bolton Will Vote For Democrat Biden Over Trump. sputniknews.com The former Trump appointee is set to release a memoir on Tuesday detailing his days as the national security adviser for US President Donald Trump. Excerpts of the book have already sparked a wave of criticism against his former boss.

Judy Greenspan for OEA (2020-06-22). Monday 6/22: Educators For Black Sanctuary. indybay.org 1000 Broadway, downtown Oakland…

WSWS Repost (2020-06-22). Amy Klobuchar ends bid to become Biden's running mate in favor of a "woman of color" indybay.org Who will be Biden's running mate now that Amy Klobuchar is out of contention? The political record and background of the leading candidates reveals that nearly every one of them is a "law and order" Democrat with a record of defending the police.

Eoin Higgins, staff writer (2020-06-22). Corporate Interests Nervous as Progressive Democrats Surge Ahead of NY and Kentucky Primaries. commondreams.org "They were always going to have more money on their side. But we have the better candidate, with better ideas, and a better campaign." | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…

Jessica Corbett, staff writer (2020-06-22). House Dems Introduce Bill to Prevent Big Pharma Price-Gouging During Covid-19 Pandemic. commondreams.org On the heels of polling that showed 88% of Americans worry Big Pharma will exploit the ongoing pandemic to hike drug prices, House Democrats on Monday introduced two bipartisan bills to prevent price-gouging for Covid-19 treatments and vaccines and to strengthen oversight of federal spending on coronavirus research and development. | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…

Lavinia Steinfort (2020-06-21). Democratizing Energy to Counter the Climate Catastrophe. zcomm.org The economic recovery as well as a Green New Deal will only be meaningful if we take our country-wide energy systems out of the market and into democratic public ownership…

WSWS (2020-06-20). Socialist Equality Party challenges undemocratic ballot access laws in Michigan. wsws.org The lawsuit is part of the SEP's fight against an undemocratic electoral system that is designed to prevent any opposition to the two parties of the ruling class, the Democrats and Republicans.

RT (2020-06-20). US conservatives pull no punches after Susan Rice says Trump & his allies belong on 'trash heap of history'. rt.com US conservatives have blasted former National Security Advisor Susan Rice for saying Trump's allies must end up in the "trash heap of history." Her tirade ignited a fresh online war of words between the right and the left. | Rice, a former US envoy to the UN and the White House national security advisor during Barack Obama's presidency, went on a fiery tirade against current American leader Donald Trump on MSNBC. She slammed the Trump administration as "racist to its core." | The ex-diplomat also expressed hope that the Democratic Party contender in the 2020 presidential race, former Vice President Joe Biden,…

RT (2020-06-20). 'THEY AIN'T NOTHING BUT DEVILS': Muhammad Ali's son says father would have HATED 'racist' BLM movement. rt.com Muhammad Ali's only biological son says his father would have despised the "racist" Black Lives Matter movement and endorsed all races, never singling "anyone out." | "My father would have said, 'They ain't nothing but devils.' My father said, 'all lives matter,'" Muhammad Ali Jr. told the New York Post. | The 47-year-old son of the legendary boxer, who is often noted as a cultural trailblazer for black Americans, did not stop at connecting his father to the "all lives matter" position. He also said Ali would have supported President Donald Trump — the late athlete endorsed both Democrat Jimmy Carter…

_____ (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…

Norman Solomon (2020-06-20). California "Berning" for Ro Khanna to Chair the State's Delegation to Democratic National. indybay.org Inclusion or charade?>

WSWS (2020-06-20). Quebec film distributors censor Roman Polanski's J'accuse. wsws.org Yielding to the anti-democratic #MeToo campaign, distributors in Quebec refused to buy the rights to Polanski's remarkable film about the Dreyfus Affair.

Gordon Duff (2020-06-20). Trump Crashing at the Polls, Dropping through the Hopeless 30's. thealtworld.com The president's team had been relieved that he wasn't slipping below 40 percent in the polls. Well. Now he is. | VT recognizes Trump's "base," a failure of the Democratic party to stay true to the American people and the marriage with the GOP and the cartels, the Mossad and the Kosher Nostra. | This is the simple truth of it. | Daily Beast: As Donald Trump

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…

WSWS (2020-06-20). Millions across the US mark twenty-fifth day of mass demonstrations against police violence. wsws.org Ongoing demonstrations against police violence merged with celebrations of Juneteenth across the country on Friday as the Democratic Party attempts to adapt itself to the movement and inject racial identity politics.

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.

Judy Greenspan (2020-06-19). Free Muntaqim, Mutulu and all U.S. political prisoners! workers.org Two prisoner liberation movements in the U.S. have finally awakened people to the fact that there are political prisoners in the U.S. The first is the international outcry during COVID-19 letting the world know that people are being held in prisons, jails and detention centers without personal protective equipment, adequate . . . |

Paul Craig Roberts (2020-06-19). George Floyd Was Not Killed By Police. thealtworld.com George Floyd was not killed by police. According to the toxicology report, Floyd died from a concentration of Fentanyl in his blood three times the fatal dose. Fentanyl is a dangerous opioid 50 times more potent than heroin. You can read the analysis here— | Think about this for a minute. What becomes of a society in which facts do not matter? The US media, Democrat Party, white liberals, and the sorry exc…

Roger Harris (2020-06-19). Containing the Black Lives Matter Movement: Democrats and Republicans Play Good Cop/Bad Cop. counterpunch.org A long smoldering and now massive popular response to injustice has been catalyzed by the police murder of George Floyd in Minneapolis on May 25th. Even Fox News commentator Tucker Carlson concedes, "this was without precedent in the modern era." A broad consensus critical of the coercive police function of the US state is building.

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

Julia Conley, staff writer (2020-06-19). If Defeated by Booker in Democratic Primary, McGrath Urged to Hand Over Surplus Millions to Topple McConnell. commondreams.org Progressive advocacy groups on Friday called on Amy McGrath, who is running in the Democratic primary for Sen. Mitch McConnell's seat in Kentucky, to commit to dedicating millions of dollars in unspent campaign cash to defeating the longtime Republican leader in the general election, should she lose the primary. | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…