Daily Archives: June 16, 2020

2020-06-16: News Headlines

Staff (2020-06-16). Climate Crisis: Trump's Regulatory Attack, DNC On Climate, California Fires, And Brazil COVID Chaos. therealnews.com Under the cover of COVID-19 and protests, Trump hacks away at bedrock environmental law. Plus, a Democratic Party committee lays out its climate platform, wildfires erupt in California, and climate chaos engulfs Brazil and the Amazon Rainforest.

_____ (2020-06-16). Rees-Mogg's 'absurd' anti-democratic plan voted down. truepublica.org.uk There was uproar from many MPs, democracy campaigners and the wider public to Jason Rees-Mogg's proposal to shut down virtual government, which ended, embarrassingly as a U-turn. By Josiah Mortimer — Electoral Reform Society: Tory Ministers had initially seemed intent on shutting down virtual engagement altogether. But the absurd images of MPs queueing for a …

Fight Back (2020-06-16). After Rayshard Brooks murder by Atlanta police, NAARPR demands community control of the police. fightbacknews.org Chicago, IL – Frank Chapman, Executive Director of the recently formed National Alliance Against Racist and Political Repression, today, June 15, called for immediate passage of legislation establishing democratic community control of the police in every city and town across the nation. | Chapman stated, "This is really the only way the people will have the power to make the changes that everyone is demanding in the wake of countless murders by police. This is the only way to stop the killings, torture and brutality — a virtual war against Black and brown communities." | "What is it going to take? How many…

_____ (2020-06-16). Colombia: US Troops In Country Seek International Conflict. popularresistance.org Colombian senators on Wednesday saidthat 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 manuals of the U.S. special forces (SFAB) that arrived in Colombia "mention the function of advising non-governmental militias and illegal partners." | "We can end up like Libya, a destroyed state that has become a field for the multinational oil companies," the opposition congressman added. | The arrival of U.S. military personnel in the country…

yenisafak (2020-06-16). World Bank approves $1 billion for health, education in Congo. yenisafak.com The World Bank said on Tuesday it had approved $1 billion in funding for Democratic Republic of Congo's education and health systems that have been weakened by years of under-funding, conflict and mismanagement.The financing comprises $800 million to support free primary school education and $200 million to improve maternal and child health."This funding is all the more important because it will help alleviate the economic and social consequences of the coronavirus affecting the poorest," said Jean-Christophe Carret, World Bank country director.The funding includes $435 million in grants and $565 million in credi…

WSWS (2020-06-15). Germany's Social Democrats, Greens and Left Party organise police violence against peaceful demonstrators. wsws.org The police attacks are part of an effort to criminalise anti-capitalist tendencies.

Paul Craig Roberts (2020-06-15). The Joys of Diversity and Multicullturalism Have Come Home to Roost. thealtworld.com Hi Dumbshit American. Have you had enough of diversity and multiculturalism? If not, vote a Democrat president, and the second wave of peaceful protests will loot and burn down your homes and neighborhoods. Be sure you understand that diversity means no more white statues and white history, because they are racist. Multiculturalism means no more white civilization, which is racist. You may have to give up your language as well, because English is racist. | I have been telling you for years that you are living The Camp of the Saints. Having failed to become aware, you have no idea what is happening. When it finall…

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…

Alan MacLeod (2020-06-15). Amid George Floyd Protests, Democrats Are Choosing a "Tough on Crime" Ticket. thealtworld.com Despite national demands for sweeping police reform, Biden appears likely to choose Kamala Harris, famous for her conservative, "lock them up" stance on crime, as his running mate. | MPN— Amid an anti-police movement that has swept the country, the Democratic Party is choosing to run on a "tough on crime" ticket for November. A new

WSWS (2020-06-15). Washington, DC's Democratic mayor renames city street "Black Lives Matter Plaza" wsws.org Mayor Muriel Bowser's co-option of the slogan as protests surge throughout the US and internationally is an attempt to cover up the record of the Democratic Party.

teleSUR (2020-06-15). Ireland: 3 Parties Will Rule, Left-Wing Sinn Fein Pushed Aside. telesurenglish.net The two main right-wing parties in Ireland, Fine Gael and Fianna Fail, along with the Green Party, agreed Monday to govern in coalition with a rotating prime minister, leaving Sinn Fein out despite their big win in the polls in February. | RELATED: | The agreement covers the next five years, with Leo Varadkar (Fine Gael ) and Micheal Martin (Fianna Fail) alternately holding the head of government. Varadkar, who has bee…

RT (2020-06-15). N. Macedonia to hold elections on July 15 to back EU membership bid. rt.com Political parties in North Macedonia agreed on Monday to hold parliamentary elections on July 15, despite a persistent level of coronavirus infections. Nevertheless, the move is seen as a crucial step for the landlocked Balkan country's EU membership bid. | The newest NATO member's elections will also be a test of support for the pro-EU policies of the Social Democrats of former Prime Minister Zoran Zaev. After talks with Kristijan Mickoski, the head of the main opposition and nationalist VMRO-DPMNE party, Zaev said the country needed a functional government. | "We cannot bear a bigger crisis than this with a…

_____ (2020-06-15). The Democratic Party Exists To Co-Opt And Kill Authentic Change. popularresistance.org The entire role of the Democratic Party is to enthusiastically agree with American support for movements calling for real changes that 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 whole political career out of this. People elected him because he promised hope and change, then for eight years whenever hopeful people demanded changes he'd say "Yes, we all need to get together and have a conversation about that," express sympathy and give a moving speech, and then nothing would happen. The actors remain motion…

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…

Andrey Areshev (2020-06-15). What Is Happening in the U.S. Is a Colour Revolution in the True Sense. strategic-culture.org The Democrats and the rest of the DC establishment are using the weakest sections of society to mobilize opinion against President Donald Trump for the election. | Free West Media | Former president Barack Obama, in a video, claimed that the federal government cannot hope to solve the crisis at the ground level and that the crucial changes have to come at the local level. | "The police reform has to take place in more than 19 000 American municipalities, more than 18 000 local enforcement jurisdictions….we need to be clear where change is going to happen. It is mayors, country executives that appoint most polic…

Julia Conley, staff writer (2020-06-15). DNC's Climate Council Urges Party to Go Beyond Biden Plan, Calling for Fracking Ban and $16 Trillion Renewable Energy Investment. commondreams.org The Democratic National Committee on Monday attempted to dismiss its own climate council as an "insurgent" group that isn't "taken seriously" after the panel released policy guidance that goes far beyond presumptive Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden's own climate platform. | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…

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'

Stephen Zunes (2020-06-14). Sudan's Democratic Revolution is Being Undermined by the United States. commondreams.org Sunset over the Blue Nile river and downtown Khartoum with its Corinthia hotel and GNPOC Tower, Khartoum, Sudan. (Photo: Arik Alojants) | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…

_____ (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…

Jessica Corbett, staff writer (2020-06-13). New York Times Endorses Jamaal Bowman as a 'Promising New Face' Voters Can Send to Congress. commondreams.org A day before in-person voting began for state primary elections, the New York Times on Friday endorsed Jamaal Bowman, the progressive challenger to 16-term Democratic Rep. Eliot Engel, who represents New York's 16th Congressional District. | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…

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…

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 …

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…

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…

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