Daily Archives: June 18, 2020

2020-06-18: News Headlines

Judy Greenspan (2020-06-18). Close to victory: Campaign to end the Oakland School Police Department. workers.org Black Organizing Project banner, Oakland, Calif., June protests. Oakland, Calif. June 14 — For nearly 10 years, the Black Organizing Project has been fighting to defund and dismantle the Oakland School Police Department. Oakland is the only school district in Alameda County with its own police system. After years of . . . |

yenisafak (2020-06-18). US Supreme Court rules against Trump bid to end 'Dreamers' immigrant program. yenisafak.com The U.S. Supreme Court on Thursday dealt a President Donald Trump a major setback on his hardline immigration policies, ruling against his bid to end a program that protects from deportation hundreds of thousands of immigrants, dubbed "Dreamers," who entered the United States illegally as children.The justices upheld lower court rulings that found that Trump's 2017 move to rescind the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program, created in 2012 by his Democratic predecessor Barack Obama, was unlawful.

RT (2020-06-18). About face: Northam is speaker for Virginia Dems even though they called for his resignation over blackface photo. rt.com Governor Ralph Northam is speaking for Virginia Democrats at an upcoming convention, a decision being blasted, because the same group had previously called for his resignation over a controversial blackface photo. | "We're honored to have @GovernorVA speaking at our virtual state convention coming up in just a few days!" the Democrat Party of Virginia wrote on Thursday, in a tweet that left many scratching their heads. | We're honored to have

RT (2020-06-18). 'Independent' Facebook fact-checker exposed as partisan smear factory packed with CNN alumni. rt.com Facebook fact-checker Lead Stories is a biased outfit bristling with ex-CNN staffers that presents itself as neutral, despite most of its employees having donated to the Democratic Party, a conservative outlet has revealed. | The National Pulse (TNP), whose story about supposed financial links between Black Lives Matter, Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden, and fundraiser ActBlue was flagged as "partly false" by Lead Stories on Facebook, did some

Norman Solomon (2020-06-18). California "Berning" for Ro Khanna to Chair the State's Delegation to Democratic National. indybay.org Inclusion or charade?>

Peoples Dispatch (2020-06-17). In India, Left leads fightback against govt.'s inhumane policies. peoplesdispatch.org Brinda Karat, Polit Bureau member of the Communist Party of India (Maxist), talks about the all-India protest day organized by the party on June 16. She analyses the multiple failures of the government during the lockdown, as well as its anti-worker and anti-democratic policies. She also talks about the resistance emerging from the ground against these policies.

RT (2020-06-17). #WalkAway founder removed from flight for refusal to wear mask, as US airline trade group threatens to blacklist violators. rt.com Political activist Brandon Straka was removed from an American Airlines flight for refusing to wear a mask the day trade group Airlines for America announced that passengers who refuse to mask up can be blacklisted from flying. | Straka, a former Democratic Party member who very publicly left the party and started the #WalkAway movement, revealed he was removed from an American Airlines plane at Dallas Airport for refusing to wear a mask on Wednesday, noting on Twitter that it was the "1st time this has happened" to him, and complaining the mask requirement was "not a federal law." Flight attendants apparently…

Staff (2020-06-17). Meet Jamaal Bowman, the Bronx Principal Challenging One of the Most Powerful Dems in Congress. democracynow.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 and House Foreign Affairs Committee Chair Eliot Engel. Bowman supports defunding the police, Medicare for All and a Green New Deal. He has also gotten high-profile endorsements from Senators Elizabeth Warren and Bernie Sanders, Representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and The New York Times editorial board. "I've worked in this district for the last 10 years as a middle school principal," Bowman says. "Ove…

Ricardo Vaz and Lucas Koerner (2020-06-17). US Rejects Venezuela Legislative Elections as TSJ Intervenes in Two Opposition Parties. venezuelanalysis.com The new leadership of Democratic Action and Justice First confirmed that their parties will contest the National Assembly later this year.

Josh Gerstein (2020-06-17). With LGBT Ruling, Supreme Court Hands Liberals a Surprise Victory. zcomm.org Two of the court's Republican appointees joined the court's Democratic appointees to deliver an unexpected 6-3 triumph for LGBT advocates…

_____ (2020-06-17). How An Internet 'Persona' Helped Birth Russiagate. popularresistance.org Four years ago today, on June 15, 2016, a shadowy Internet persona calling itself "Guccifer 2.0" appeared out of nowhere to claim credit for hacking emails from the Democratic National Committee on behalf of WikiLeaks and implicate Russia by dropping "telltale" but synthetically produced Russian "breadcrumbs" in his metadata. | Thanks largely to the corporate media, the highly damaging story actually found in those DNC emails — namely, that the DNC had stacked the cards against Bernie Sanders in the party's 2016 primary— was successfully obscured. | The media was the message; and the message was that…

Staff (2020-06-17). Reimagining Public Safety In One Of America's Deadliest Cities. therealnews.com Mayoral Democratic primary winner Brandon Scott discusses calls to cut the Baltimore police budget to fund social programs, his approach to the drug war, and economic development in a city that's long subsidized corporations at the expense of taxpayers.

Massoud Nayeri (2020-06-17). Bipartisan Deadlock: Working People and Youth Must Call for President Trump's Resignation Now! Joe Biden is Not An Alternative. globalresearch.ca The deep and insolvable differences among the wealthy elite indicate that the next U.S. President will be in the office by use of force, not through election and votes. Both the Democratic and Republican parties are preparing the American people …

West Africa Newswire (2020-06-17). New twist in preparations for Ghana's election. peoplesdispatch.org Ghana's Electoral Commission has come under intense fire from 100 professors from more than 50 universities in the country for its decision to compile a new voters' register. The professors insist that with only six months to the elections, the compilations of a new voters' register would lead to the disenfranchisement of many qualified voters. | The largest opposition party, the National Democratic Congress (NDC) and the Peoples National Convention (PNC) have already accused the Electoral Commission of trying to rig the December 7 elections in favor of the sitting President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo. | In an o…

John Feffer (2020-06-17). Emperor Trump Now Stands Partially Naked. counterpunch.org A child exposing the nakedness of the emperor by speaking truth to power? Not these days. More than half of the United States — not just liberals and the left but also the mainstream media and some Republicans — has been shouting at Emperor Trump for months on end that he has no clothes. These

WSWS (2020-06-16). Atlanta police killing of Rayshard Brooks ruled a homicide as Democrats posture as reformers. wsws.org Brooks' killing has fueled the mass protests against police violence and racism that have taken place in all 50 states and dozens of cities internationally.

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.

sputniknews (2020-06-16). Dems Push Foreign Meddling Narrative Amid Floyd Protests, Demand Secretive FBI Briefing. sputniknews.com Be it local or global issues, including the outbreak of the COVID-19 pandemic, the failure of the Democratic party at the 2016 presidential elections or the ongoing anti-police-brutality protests sweeping the country, some US officials still attempt to put the blame on foreign actors.

Peoples Dispatch (2020-06-16). Establishment parties defy people's mandate in Ireland, agree on coalition government. peoplesdispatch.org Rival establishment parties Fianna Fail and Finn Gael have agreed to form the new government in the Republic of Ireland with the support of the Green party which is led by Eamon Ryan…

Myles Hoenig (2020-06-16). Why This is Not an Emmett Till Moment. dissidentvoice.org Why is this not an Emmett Till moment? The quick, simple response is because the Democratic Party is where social movements go to die and this will be absorbed into their own conservative narrative. The open casket for Emmett shocked the nation, the white nation that is. It was neither shocking nor surprising for the …

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…

WSWS (2020-06-16). Thousands of educators laid off across California as state Democrats plan austerity budget. wsws.org Amid massive cuts to public education looming in the coming months, many of California's K-12 public school districts facing prior budget shortfalls have already laid off educators for the coming school year.

_____ (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 …

Julia Conley (2020-06-16). DNC's climate council urges party to go beyond Biden plan, calling for fracking ban and $16 trillion renewable energy investment. nationofchange.org "The climate emergency is here. Democrats need to take the lead on confronting it."

Chris Williamson (2020-06-16). We may have lost parliament. But support and solidarity can unite the left. | Chris Williamson. thecanary.co On both sides of the Atlantic, the prospects for electoral socialism have dimmed. Fossilised old guard political party establishments — in Labour and the US Democrats — have stood in the way of the transformation that millions of people know we need. Both the Corbyn and Sanders movements were struck down by reactionary forces. We warned then, that if they prevented our inevitable revolution, we would have to take to the streets. | The cold-blooded

Dean Baker (2020-06-16). The Unemployment Insurance System is Badly Broken. counterpunch.org 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

_____ (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…

Staff (2020-06-16). GOP Purges Right-Wing Members From Congress in Favor of More Radical Candidates. truthout.org Under cover of the coronavirus chaos and amid our national uprising, Republicans have quietly uprooted some of their most controversial right-wing members of Congress — only to replace them with even more radical contenders for federal office, including devotees of the nonsensical QAnon conspiracy theory, ahead of this fall's election. | More than 10 years after the Tea Party movement gave rise to the ultra-conservative House Freedom Caucus by targeting longtime incumbent Republicans…

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…

Alan Macleod (2020-06-15). Amid George Floyd Protests, Democrats Are Choosing a "Tough on Crime" Ticket. mintpressnews.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.

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.

ahtribune (2020-06-15). What About U.S.-Supported Racism in Palestine and Kashmir? ahtribune.com The savage murder of George Floyd at the hands of a white police officer has caused worldwide protests against the racism that is so prevalent in the United States. Other such murders have caused civil unrest, but the current situation seems to have struck a nerve more than most. U.S. politicians support the cry for equal justice, but quickly change the subject to criticize any violence that occurs during the protests. | The hypocrisy of U.S. government officials knows no bounds. We have seen likely Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden visit the family of Mr. Floyd, but this writer does not recall him vis…

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.

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…

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…

_____ (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…