Daily Archives: June 10, 2020

2020-06-10: News Headlines

Margaret Kimberley (2020-06-10). Rebellion, Confusion and Kente Cloth: The Establishment Can't Handle Black Lives Matter. mintpressnews.com Suddenly, workers are publicly criticizing their bosses. Politicians are backpedaling and newspapers face revolts when they are caught spreading propaganda. In Europe and the United States monuments to genocidaires are defaced and pulled down.

Peoples Dispatch (2020-06-10). Portugal's Left Bloc scores win in parliament. peoplesdispatch.org The Portuguese national assembly approved a draft proposal made by the Left Bloc (BE) on June 5, calling on the government to promote equality in Private Social Security Institutions (IPSS) and take steps for the valorization of IPSS workers wages. The draft proposal was approved in the parliament with the support of the Left Bloc, the Portuguese Communist Party (PCP) and the Social Democratic Party. The incumbent Socialist Party (PS) opposed the proposal. | IPSS in Portugal are created for non-profit purposes by the private sector to provide social assistance to needy groups in society. | Left Bloc MP José Soeir…

Fight Back (2020-06-10). Tampa Bay students lead rally for community control of the police, justice for George Floyd. fightbacknews.org Tampa, FL – On Monday, June 8, Tampa Bay Students for a Democratic Society (SDS) and Tampa Bay Community Action Committee (TBCAC) led a crowd of around 500 on a march through the historic neighborhood of Ybor City to demand community control of the police in the Tampa Bay Area. The march ended at the Hillsborough County Sheriff's Office (HCSO) building, where protesters demanded charges be dropped for the hundreds of protesters arrested by HCSO over recent weeks. | Elizabeth Kramer, an organizer with TBCAC, stated, "The vast majority of arrested protesters have been completely peaceful, and the manner in which HC…

Massoud Nayeri (2020-06-10). President Trump Is Seeking Another Victim. globalresearch.ca On George Floyd final viewing day and celebration of his life (under the Democratic Party supervision), the fascistic minded President Trump is seeking another victim! He has tweeted: "Buffalo protester shoved by Police could be an ANTIFA provocateur. 75 year …

Peoples Dispatch (2020-06-10). Young Cypriots demand justice for George Floyd. peoplesdispatch.org The United Democratic Youth Organisation organized a demonstration outside the US Embassy in Nicosia on June 5, Friday, in solidarity with the anti-racism protests in the US and to demand justice for George Floyd…

Mari Jo Buhle (2020-06-10). Henry Wallace: The True Spirit of the New Deal. progressive.org As the contest of 2020 approaches, Democrats need to look to their own history for a winning message.

Dean Baker (2020-06-10). Ending Emergency Unemployment Insurance Supplements. cepr.net The Republicans have been working hard to ensure that the $600 weekly supplement to unemployment insurance benefits, which was put in place as part of the pandemic rescue package, is not extended beyond the current July 31 cutoff. They argue that we need people to return to work. They do have a point. The supplement …

Thierry Meyssan (2020-06-09). What the US protests reveal. thealtworld.com Anti-racism protests in the United States have rapidly evolved into a promotion of the ideas championed by the Democratic Party. It was no longer a question of fighting for equality in law for all or challenging the prejudices of certain police officers, but of reopening a cultural conflict at the risk of a new Civil War. | Protests across the West against racism in the United States are masking the evolution of the conflict there. It has evolved from a questioning of the remnants of black slavery to a conflict that could challenge the integrity of the country. | Last week I pointed out that the United States sho…

Mark Gruenberg (2020-06-09). Stephen Smith, progressive W.V. candidate, turns campaign into anti-COVID battalion. peoplesworld.org CHARLESTON, W. VA.—Going into the start of this year's West Virginia gubernatorial election campaign, Stephen Smith, director of a grassroots kids and families coalition for the last six years, knew what he had to do. As the progressive in the race, Smith faced two establishment candidates in the state's June 9 Democratic primary: Ben Solango …

WSWS (2020-06-09). Democrats announce toothless police reform bill. wsws.org The "Justice in Policing" bill, a collection of minor reforms that has no chance of being passed by the Senate and signed by Trump, is aimed at containing and dissipating mounting social protest.

Caitlin Johnstone (2020-06-09). The Democratic Party Exists to Co-Opt and Kill Movements. theantimedia.com Barack Obama made a whole political career out of this.

Mark Gruenberg (2020-06-08). Congressional Dems unveil big police reform package. peoplesworld.org WASHINGTON—Responding to the mass movement for comprehensive change in the nation's police departments — which itself is just one facet of the wider movement against racism in the U.S. — congressional Democrats have unveiled a massive package of police reforms. The lawmakers flew into D.C., despite the coronavirus pandemic, to showcase the Justice In Policing …

Andrea Germanos, staff writer (2020-06-08). Pushed by National Uprising, Democratic Lawmakers Unveil Legislation to Overhaul Policing. commondreams.org The new measure includes provisions to ban chokeholds and no-knock warrants and limits transfers of military-grade equipment to local law enforcement. | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…

Staff (2020-06-09). Headlines for June 9, 2020. democracynow.org Thousands Pay Their Respects in Houston as George Floyd Is Remembered by His Family, Chauvin Appears in Court, Bail Set at Over $1 Million, Video Shows Texas Police Killing Black Man After Minor Traffic Violation as He Pleads "I Can't Breathe", New Mexico Officer Charged with Killing Man in Neck Restraint During Traffic Stop, Democrats Unveil Police Reform Legislation, Take Knee to Remember George Floyd, Ramsey Orta, Who Filmed Police Killing Eric Garner, Released from Prison, Peaceful Protesters Injured and Killed Around the Country by Cars Ramming into Crowds, Protesters Establish Autonomous Zone Around Seattle…

Andrey Areshev (2020-06-10). The Democratic Party Exists to Co-Opt and Kill Authentic Change Movements. strategic-culture.org Caitlin JOHNSTONE | — Well, shall we go? | VLADIMIR: Yes, let's go. | [They do not move.] | Curtain. | So ends both acts of the Samuel Beckett play Waiting for Godot. One of the two main characters suggests leaving, the other agrees, followed by the stage direction that both remain motionless until curtain. | This is also the entire role of the Democratic Party. To enthusiastically agree with American support for movements calling for real changes which benefit ordinary people, while making no actual moves to provide no such changes. The actors read the lines, but remain motionless. | Barack Obama made a who…

Andrey Areshev (2020-06-10). The True Plight of Black Americans. strategic-culture.org Walter E.WILLIAMS | While it might not be popular to say in the wake of the recent social disorder, the true plight of black people has little or nothing to do with the police or what has been called "systemic racism." Instead, we need to look at the responsibilities of those running our big cities. | Some of the most dangerous big cities are: St. Louis, Detroit, Baltimore, Oakland, Chicago, Memphis, Atlanta, Birmingham, Newark, Buffalo and Philadelphia. The most common characteristic of these cities is that for decades, all of them have been run by liberal Democrats. Some cities — such as Detroit, Buffalo,…

Andrey Areshev (2020-06-09). Liberal Leaders Aiding and Abetting Rioters Just the Latest Campaign Strategy to Usurp Trump. strategic-culture.org In a fractious election year that has already witnessed Russiagate, impeachment and a pandemic, Americans are now forced to contend with the malignant scourge of rioting and looting following the killing of George Floyd at the hands of a white cop. Now, many Democrats seem content to the let the whole house burn down to achieve some sort of twisted justice . | To get a true sense of the mob mentality that is now leading the United States straight to the abyss, you could do no worse than a visit to the nation's embattled capital. There, District of Columbia Mayor Muriel Bowser recently evicted 1,200 members of the…

Shaylah Ellis (2020-06-10). Wednesday 6/10: Defund OPD: March to Mayor Libby Schaaf's House. indybay.org Meet at Walgreens on Fruitvale and Foothill to march to Mayor Libby Schaaf's house.

Repost (2020-06-10). 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.

Shaylah Ellis (2020-06-09). Wednesday 6/10: Defund OPD: Advocating to defund OPD and Reinvest into education and our community. indybay.org Meet at Walgreens on Fruitvale and Foothill to march to Mayor Libby Schaaf's house.

Staff (2020-06-10). Noam Chomsky: Amid Protests and Pandemic, Trump's Priority Is Protecting Profits. truthout.org Many years ago, social scientist Bertram Gross saw "friendly fascism" — an insidious authoritarianism that denies democratic rights for corporate ends without the overt appearance of dictatorship — as a possible political future of the United States. | Today, that future has arrived. Donald Trump has not only consolidated the integration between Big Business and government, but now, with the country in the grip of some of the biggest protests in more than half a century, he is ac…

Staff (2020-06-09). Joe Biden and Top Democrats Won't Defund Police — But Our Cities Can. truthout.org Facing attacks from President Trump, Joe Biden's campaign said on Monday that the presumptive Democratic presidential nominee would not answer the call from hundreds of thousands of people who have taken to the streets to defund local police departments. However, most local police departments are run by city governments, and momentum toward abolishing policing as we know it today is building at the local level. | Instead of slashing federal funding for local cops, Biden and Democrats in Congress have pr…

RT (2020-06-10). Call Russia 'sponsor of TERROR'! Imperial-minded House Republicans urge return to Cold War footing & drastic sanctions policy. rt.com The largest House GOP caucus has released a 'national security strategy' that envisions escalating sanctions against China and Russia, more war on terrorism in the Middle East, and a Cold War-type infowar, among other things. | The 120-page It offers a laundry list of possible actions agains…

RT (2020-06-08). Isn't that racist? Kentucky governor vows to 'prioritize' free healthcare for African-Amerians. rt.com Kentucky Governor Andy Beshear intends to 'put dollars' into ensuring all of the state's African-American residents have healthcare, citing 'inequalities' in Covid-19 treatment — which was fully funded by the federal government. | "I believe health care is a basic human right," Beshear, a Democrat, said on Monday at a press conference in Frankfort. While he campaigned on providing it to everyone, "as I've been trying to hear from those who have been giving voice on in inequality …it's time to give prioritization in black and African-American communities, so we are going to do that." | "We are gonna beg…

RT (2020-06-08). Isn't that racist? Kentucky governor vows to 'prioritize' free healthcare for African Americans. rt.com Kentucky Governor Andy Beshear intends to 'put dollars' into ensuring all of the state's African-American residents have healthcare, citing 'inequalities' in Covid-19 treatment — which was fully funded by the federal government. | "I believe health care is a basic human right," Beshear, a Democrat, said on Monday at a press conference in Frankfort. While he campaigned on providing it to everyone, "as I've been trying to hear from those who have been giving voice on in inequality… it's time to give prioritization in black and African-American communities, so we are going to do that. | "We are gonna begi…

RT (2020-06-08). Virtue signaling or necessary intervention? UK MP calls on govt to 'speed up' removal of all slave-trader statues. rt.com An MP has urged the UK government to help local communities "speed up" the process of removing statues of slave merchants across the nation, prompting praise, anger and cynicism by turns online, given the timing of her request. | On Monday, Liberal Democrat MP Layla Moran published on Twitter the letter she sent to the Digital, Culture, Media and Sport Secretary Oliver Dowden, in which she asked that the UK government allow local councils to involve their communities in assessing and removing the controversial memorials to slave traders. | Statues of slave merchants shouldn't still be standing — end of s…

sputniknews (2020-06-09). US House Republicans Urge Trump to Reject US Troop Pullout From Germany. sputniknews.com WASHINGTON (Sputnik) – More than 20 Republicans of the House of Representatives Armed Services Committee sent a letter to President Donald Trump on Tuesday urging him to reject reported plans to draw down the number of US troops stationed in Germany.

yenisafak (2020-06-09). Mothers' sit-in against PKK continues in SE Turkey. yenisafak.com Dozens of mothers launched the protest on Sept. 3, 2019 in Diyarbakir province, outside the offices of the opposition Peoples' Democratic Party (HDP), a party accused by the government of having links to the PKK terror group.Solmaz Ovunc, a mother of a child who was abducted by the terror group when he was just 15, called on her son to surrender to security forces."HDP took away my son and handed it over to PKK. I want my son from HDP," Ovunc said, accusing the HDP of tricking her child into joining the terror group and going to the mountains.Omer Tokay, another protester whose son Mehmet was abducted at the age…

_____ (2020-06-09). The Rest Of The World Sees Uprisings, Not Riots. popularresistance.org U.S. officials, whether Democrat or Republican, pretend that only other countries violate human rights. Every year, the State Department issues a report on worldwide human rights with the heaviest criticism aimed at enemies du jour such as China, Russia, and Iran. | Human rights, as defined by U.S. officials, include freedom of the press, maintaining an independent judiciary, and civil rights. But most of the world, the United Nations included, goes further, saying human rights include the right to a job, health care, and housing, among other things. | Not surprisingly, U.S. leaders never mention authoritative in…

Ajamu Baraka (2020-06-09). Video: Ajamu Baraka on George Floyd Protests. globalresearch.ca Ajamu Baraka, National Coordinator for Black Alliance for Peace joins Camila on From the South to discuss the rebellion which has come in response to the killing of George Floyd by Minneapolis police. | Black Alliance for Peace has called …

RT (2020-06-08). 'Democrats have gone CRAZY,' says Trump, declaring calls to defund police 'unacceptable'. rt.com US President Donald Trump stands against defunding or abolishing the police, the White House said, after he tweeted about it and accused "radical left Democrats" of being insane for entertaining the proposal. | "The president is appalled by the defund the police movement," White House Press Secretary Kayleigh McEnany said during the briefing on Monday, naming several Democrats who have called for it in recent days. | | .

Ajamu Baraka (2020-06-08). No Compromise, No Retreat: Defeat the War Against the African/Black People in the U.S. and Abroad. commondreams.org The ruling class is befuddled and confused about how to respond to the ongoing street demonstrations sparked by the murder of George Floyd. (Photo: EDUARDO MUNOZ ALVAREZ/AFP via Getty Images) | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…

WSWS (2020-06-08). Buffalo, New York mayor protects police in attack on 75-year-old. wsws.org The Democratic mayor's comments follow another week of vicious police assaults against peaceful protesters across the country.

WSWS (2020-06-08). The global protests and the fight against capitalism. wsws.org The global wave of demonstrations against police violence is the response to decades of unending war, the destruction of basic democratic rights, and a massive concentration of wealth in the hands of a tiny ruling elite.

sputniknews (2020-06-08). Weekend Protests, Police Dismantling Starts, the Lie of Dem Leadership. sputniknews.com Democrat dinosaurs are trying to talk change while desperately blocking any new blood from joining their ranks. What's new?

Andrey Areshev (2020-06-08). What Is 'Systemic Racism,' Really? strategic-culture.org Feels like another power grab designed to humiliate white middle and working class 'deplorables' already hunkered down and defensive. | Robert MERRY | Sometimes big political developments arrive in the country like Sandburg's fog, on little cat feet, silent and unnoticed until they envelop the nation. The emergence of Donald Trump four years ago is an example. Though a loud and clamorous candidate, he seemed to many like a kind of political clown destined for defeat. Establishment politicians believed almost to a person that the "blue wall" of Democratic electoral dominance would hold against this guy. The Midwes…

Mike Garrity (2020-06-08). There's a Much Better Way to Create Forest Jobs Than Ron Wyden's Big Timber Welfare Act, Pass NREPA Instead. counterpunch.org Oregon's Democratic Senator Ron Wyden recently introduced a bill (S.3684) that uses the coronavirus pandemic as an excuse to throw another $10.6 billion into the Forest Service budget. That's on top of the $5.7 billion Congress already appropriated to the agency this year and comes out to a whopping $45 million a day, most of which would be

Staff (2020-06-07). Top Recipients of Police Money Include Trump and Leading Congressional Democrats. truthout.org Police reform is now a congressional priority following nationwide protests against police violence and systemic racism after the killing of George Floyd by Minneapolis police. Many of the protests in cities across the country, including Washington, D.C., have been met with militarized force and violence. | Black Lives Matter, one of the main organizing bodies behind the protests, has long fought for transparency and accountability in response to police violence against Black communities. With Fl…

Hawzhin Azeez (2020-06-07). Police abolition and other revolutionary lessons from Rojava. zcomm.org Democratic confederalism, the ideological framework organizing society in Rojava, outlines the features of a post-revolutionary justice system…

RT (2020-06-06). George Floyd protest is 'for the benefit' of 'democratic struggles' abroad, says US group known for promoting regime change. rt.com The National Endowment for Democracy, a soft-power group mostly known for splashing government dollars on pro-US influence campaigns overseas to enforce regime change, has endorsed protests against police brutality at home. | Also on rt.com | | In a statement on Friday, the NED came out in support of the protests against the police killing of unarmed black man George Floyd, which, while originally peaceful, spiralled into violence, wreck…

news.un (2020-06-06). UNICEF condemns in 'strongest possible terms' killing of children in DR Congo. news.un.org UNICEF denounced on Saturday, an attack that killed 16 people, including five girls under age 15, in north eastern Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC).