Daily Archives: June 12, 2020

2020-06-12: News Headlines

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.

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 …

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…

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 …

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…

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

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 …

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

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…

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.

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…

WSWS (2020-06-10). Proponents of racial politics react with hostility to multi-racial protests against police murder of George Floyd. wsws.org Democratic Party officials and their black nationalist supporters have denounced white "outside agitators."

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 …

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

Andrey Areshev (2020-06-12). Syria in Seattle: Commune Defies the U.S. Regime. strategic-culture.org The marriage of post-Lockdown and George Floyd protests has nurtured a rough beast that is still immune to any form of civilized debate in the U.S.: the Seattle Commune. | So what really is the Capital Hill Autonomous Zone cum People's Republic all about? | Are the communards mere useful idiots? Is this a refined Occupy Wall Street experiment? Could it survive, logistically, and be replicated in NYC, L.A. and D.C.? | An outraged President Trump has described it as a plot by "domestic terrorists" in a city "run by radical left Democrats". He called for "LAW & ORDER" (in caps, according to his Tweetology). | Shades…

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,…

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.

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…

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). 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…

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 (2020-06-10). 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…

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…

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…

_____ (2020-06-11). Confederate Statues And Christopher Columbus Toppled. popularresistance.org People are showing their anger at the white supremacy and racism that continue in the United States in multiple ways. Confederate statutes have become a target in Richmond, which served as the capital of the Confederate States of America for almost the whole US Civil War. On Monument Avenue, the statue of Davis, a Mississippi Democrat who served as the president of the Confederacy from 1861 until 1865, was among three statutes torn down within the past week in Richmond. Saturday, a statue of Confederate General Williams Carter Wickham was toppled from its pedestal. Tuesday, a statue of Christopher Columbus was to…

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…

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.

sputniknews (2020-06-10). North Korea: US Has No Standing to Comment on Inter-Korean Affairs. sputniknews.com The Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK) criticized the United States on Thursday, saying the US has no standing to comment on internal Korean affairs. Earlier this week, Pyongyang severed contact with Seoul over propaganda distribution by defectors in the South.

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…

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.

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…

Julia Conley, staff writer (2020-06-09). Progressive Democrat Charles Booker Gains Steam Against 'Pro-Trump Democrat' Amy McGrath in Bid to Take Down McConnell. commondreams.org As progressive Kentucky state legislator Charles Booker picked up key endorsements Tuesday in his primary bid for Sen. Mitch McConnell's seat, Democratic strategists in the state questioned whether moderate Amy McGrath's victory in the upcoming election is a "foregone conclusion." | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…

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 (2020-06-09). 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 (2020-06-09). 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…

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.

_____ (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…