Daily Archives: June 28, 2020

2020-06-28: News Headlines

_____ (2020-06-28). The Struggle To Protect The Sacred Place Where Life Begins. popularresistance.org As the Trump administration neared the end of its first year in office in 2017, it seemed environmental activists had lost one of the most hard-fought battles in the movement's history. Thanks to a last-minute maneuver by Alaska Sen. Lisa Murkowski, Congressional Republicans succeeded in passing legislation allowing oil drilling in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge, or ANWR. Some of the worst fears of environmental and Indigenous rights groups for what might happen under the administration appeared to be coming true. | However, two and a half years later, no drilling or seismic testing has taken place in the re…

en.mehrnews (2020-06-28). UN privileges status quo over both peace and justice: American scholar. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, Jun. 29 (MNA) — Kevin Barret who has been known as one of America's best-known critics of the war on terror, says the United Nations cannot be considered as "a genuinely democratic international organization", arguing it has instead been as an "instrument of American and Western soft power".

_____ (2020-06-28). Government Attacks Media As People's Media Reveals The Truth. popularresistance.org Government attacks on the media are escalating as the battle for the narrative grows in importance. | For the last decade, stories produced and amplified by the democratized media have put the power structure at risk. People saw government documents showing war crimes and violations of international law. We all saw police killing unarmed people and extreme militarized violence in response to nonviolent protests. These stories have been magnified by people realizing they are the media and sharing stories in their networks on a variety of platforms. | To maintain control, the power structure needs to stop people fr…

sputniknews (2020-06-28). Joe Biden Election Campaign Discloses Over One Third of Staff People of Colour, Majority Female. sputniknews.com White House hopeful Joe Biden has been evading questions over the diversity of his campaign staff since the Democratic primaries, with the issue now pushed to the forefront amid the continuing protests against racism and police brutality erupting across the country in the wake of the death of black man George Floyd in police custody.

sputniknews (2020-06-28). Trump Tax Cuts Architect Says Nancy Pelosi Will Be Biden's 'Co-President' if He Wins. sputniknews.com On Thursday, presumptive Democratic nominee Joe Biden surged ahead of Donald Trump in battleground states crucial for a 2020 victory in 19 different polls by four pollsters, with the president's flagging approval ratings thought to be connected to his handling of coronavirus and the protests that followed the death of George Floyd.

_____ (2020-06-28). Biden's Basement Strategy: Just Say Nothing. strategic-culture.org Patrick J. BUCHANAN | Some polls now have Joe Biden running ahead of Donald Trump by 10 points and sweeping the battleground states of Michigan, Wisconsin and Pennsylvania. This vindicates the strategy Biden's advisers have adopted: | Confine Joe to his basement, no press conferences. Trot him out to recite carefully scripted messages for the cameras. Then lead him back to his stall. | This enables Biden to avoid the blazing questions that are dividing not only Democrats and Republicans but liberals and leftists. And most of these issues touch on the explosive subject of race. | Consider. California's legislature…

_____ (2020-06-28). Impeachment Reminder of Our Toxic Foreign Aid. strategic-culture.org James BOVARD | Foreign aid to Ukraine helped spur the Democrats' effort to impeach and remove President Trump earlier this year. Ukraine was supposed to be on the verge of great progress until Trump pulled the rug out from under the heroic salvation effort by U.S. government bureaucrats. Unfortunately, Congress has devoted a hundred times more attention to the timing of aid to Ukraine than to its effectiveness. And most of the media coverage pretended that U.S. handouts abroad are as generous and uplifting as congressmen claim. | U.S. foreign aid has long fueled the poxes it promised to eradicate — especial…

Fight Back (2020-06-27). Protest demanding end to police crimes meets Trump visit in Green Bay, WI. fightbacknews.org Green Bay, WI – On June 25, over 50 people gathered on the premises of the Austin Straubel International Airport to protest President Donald Trump, who was recording a town hall inside one of the facilities there. The effort was led by the Coalition to March on the Democratic National Convention, but also included Wisconsin Freedom Road Socialist Organization (FRSO), Wisconsin Bail Out the People Movement, Justice for Jonathon Tubby, and Black Lives United – Green Bay (BLU). | Protesters listened to comments from Coalition co-chair Ryan Hamann mixed in with a variety of chants attacking Trump. A theme throughout…

RT (2020-06-27). Woke mafia puts John Wayne on the chopping block next as Cali Dems demand airport renamed. rt.com Democrats are calling for John Wayne Airport in Orange County to be renamed in protest of the long-dead actor's alleged racism, making him the latest historical figure being judged by today's cultural standards. | "There have been past efforts to get this done and now we're putting our name and our backing into this to make sure there is a name change," said Ada Briceño, chairperson of the Democratic Party of Orange County, following a resolution being passed calling for the airport to be be given the simple name: Orange County Airport. | Wayne's specific transgression are "racist and bigoted statements…

Norman Solomon (2020-06-27). Progressives Must Fight With — and In — the Democratic Party. indybay.org Gov. Newsom Should Give Democracy a Chance…

_____ (2020-06-27). Rewriting History & Rehabilitating George W. Bush. strategic-culture.org To hear Barack Obama now making the claim that Bush was committed to the rule of law and human rights is just the latest betrayal of a Democratic Party that has systematically prevented a reckoning for the crimes of the 43rd president, a party that is clearly uninterested in truth or accountability, and is more than willing to rewrite history to advance its political goals.

Sarah Churchwell (2020-06-27). American Fascism: It Has Happened Here. zcomm.org Many of Trump's critics see fascist tendencies in his rhetoric glorifying violence and disregarding the rule of law, democratic processes, and civil liberties; Trump and his supporters regularly embrace traditions of American fascism themselves.

WSWS (2020-06-27). COVID-19 cases rise in Louisiana but governor refuses to reverse economic reopening. wsws.org The state's Democratic governor says restaurants, cafes, bars, shopping malls, gyms and many other businesses can operate at 50 percent occupancy.

_____ (2020-06-27). People's Strike: An Open Letter To All Forces Fighting For Our Lives. popularresistance.org The "normal" world roiled by this pandemic is deeply unequal, inequitable, exploitative, extractive, and repressive. It is deeply fractured around capitalist colonialism, racial oppression, gender, sexuality, nationality, and religion. It is this real world dystopia that has led to the needless death of more than 115,000 people in the United States of COVID-19, with at least 25,00 new infections daily. The vast majority of the infected and dead are Black, Brown, and Indigenous people. In the midst of the pandemic, it is this dystopian world that right-wing Republicans and neoliberal Democrats are determined to fo…

yenisafak (2020-06-27). Irish parliament elects Micheál Martin as prime minister. yenisafak.com Micheál Martin was elected as Ireland's new prime minister by parliament on Saturday to head a coalition tasked with tackling the economic repercussions of the coronavirus crisis and moving fast on climate action as demanded by its smallest member, the Greens.Martin's Fianna Fail and Fine Gael, Ireland's two dominant centre-right parties who have swapped power since emerging from opposing sides of Ireland's 1920s civil war, will rule together for the first time in the three-party government.Martin, who has held several senior ministries including health, trade, foreign affairs and education in previous administra…

Peoples Dispatch (2020-06-26). US House of Representatives passes police reform bill named after George Floyd. peoplesdispatch.org Republicans and president Trump have opposed the bill as a move to weaken the police and law enforcement, while activists claim the bill does not sufficiently tackle the issues at hand…

Staff (2020-06-26). Headlines for June 26, 2020. democracynow.org U.S. Sets Another Daily COVID-19 Record as Infections Surge in 31 States, Supreme Court Ruling Will Deny Asylum Seekers Their Day in Court, Trump Admin Asks SCOTUS to Annul Obamacare Even as Millions Lose Health Coverage, India Nears 500,000 Confirmed Coronavirus Cases as Pandemic Worsens Globally, WHO Declares End to Ebola Outbreak in Democratic Republic of the Congo, House Democrats Pass Sweeping Police Reform Bill That Trump Promised to Veto, Activists Demanding $1B Cut to NYPD Budget Occupy City Hall for Third Straight Night, NC Police Dept. Fires Officers Caught on Tape Discussing "Slaughtering" Black Reside…

Staff (2020-06-26). One Bad Algorithm? Advocates Say Facial Recognition Reveals Systemic Racism in AI Technology. democracynow.org The controversy over police use of facial recognition technology has accelerated after a Black man in Michigan revealed he was wrongfully arrested because of the technology. Detroit police handcuffed Robert Williams in front of his wife and daughters after facial recognition software falsely identified him as a suspect in a robbery. Researchers say facial recognition software is up to 100 times more likely to misidentify people of color than white people. This week, Boston voted to end its use in the city, and Democratic lawmakers introduced a similar measure for federal law enforcement. "This is not an example o…

Ajamu Baraka (2020-06-26). The Responsibility to Protect? Bipartisan Crimes Against Humanity in the U.S. counterpunch.org Hundreds of people are unnecessarily dying every day with African Americans representing a disproportionate number of those deaths. 80 million people are now without health coverage, millions are unemployed, over the next two months evictions will resume with an expected explosion of homelessness. And what is the response from the state that is tasked with

RT (2020-06-26). Fine Gael backs Ireland's 3-party coalition deal. rt.com The Fine Gael party of Irish acting PM Leo Varadkar became the first of three potential government partners on Friday to ratify a coalition deal. The votes of Fianna Fail and Green Party members are still being counted. | Lawmakers from Ireland's two dominant center-right parties agreed to govern together for the first time, in a deal that will put the Greens at the center of policymaking. The agreement will also end a political stalemate triggered by an inconclusive election in February. | The smaller Green Party require two-thirds support — a higher bar than the larger parties, which could still scupper…

RT (2020-06-26). 'Chicago worse than Afghanistan': Trump blasts high crime rate in 'Democrat-run' cities, says it's like living in HELL. rt.com US President Donald Trump said that Democratic Party mayors and the Barack Obama administration have done "virtually nothing" to combat violent crime in major American cities like Detroit and Chicago. | "Chicago is an example, it's worse than Afghanistan, it's worse than… Honduras," Trump told Fox News anchor Sean Hannity. | We have cities that are worse, in some cases — far worse. Take a look at Detroit. Take a look at what's happening in Oakland. Take a look at what's happening in Baltimore… These cities, it's like living in hell. | Trump said that these cities are "Democrat-run," blaming the Democr…

_____ (2020-06-26). Scheer Intelligence: For Many Young People, Socialism Is As American As Apple Pie. popularresistance.org In the devastating aftermath of the 2008 financial crisis, many young Americans who felt betrayed by capitalism were introduced to socialism by Bernie Sanders' presidential campaigns. Meagan Day, a staff writer for the popular left-wing magazine Jacobin and a member of the Democratic Socialists of America (DSA), serves as an example of how the Vermont senator radicalized a generation with a platform that called for policies like Medicare for All and tuition-free college. Day credits Sanders with her decision to choose socialism when she felt the time came to "pick a side" in American politics and has since been w…

WSWS (2020-06-26). US Supreme Court rules recent asylum seekers have no right to habeas corpus or due process. wsws.org As in Dred Scott v. Sandford, the Supreme Court made the most sweeping anti-democratic ruling possible.

yenisafak (2020-06-26). Belgian parliament urges sanctions against Israel. yenisafak.com The Belgian federal parliament adopted a resolution on Friday urging the government to prepare a list of countermeasures against Israel in case it annexes the occupied Palestinian territories.The resolution was proposed by the Green party, and passed with 101 votes in favor and 39 abstentions.The text calls the government to "play a leading role at European and multilateral level in order to set up a list of effective countermeasures to respond proportionately to any Israeli annexation of the occupied Palestinian territory."The resolution acknowledges the fact that some states might veto EU sanctions. So it sugge…

Peoples Dispatch (2020-06-26). (Part 2) India's internal emergency: A brutal chapter in authoritarianism. peoplesdispatch.org Newsclick's Prabir Purkayastha talks about India's 19-month internal emergency which was imposed on June 25 1975. This period saw a sustained and brutal attack on democratic rights with the poor and the working class suffering the most. The government of Prime Minister Indira Gandhi was eventually voted out in 1977 but much of the legacy of those years continues to this day, both in positive and negative ways. | Watch part 1

commondreams (2020-06-26). Stand Up America Applauds House Democrats' Passage of H.R. 51. commondreams.org ______________________________…

news.un (2020-06-26). DR Congo: COVID-19 slows pace of reform, exacerbates fragile security situation. news.un.org The head of the UN mission in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) is asking the Security Council for its continued support as the mission adds the fight against COVID-19 to its to-do list, while also dealing with a fragile security situation in the east of the country.

William rivers Pitt (2020-06-26). Progressive Candidates Surge Again as Trump Drags GOP Down. zcomm.org I'm wondering today how comfortable most elected Republicans are with their fateful decision to hitch their wagons to Trump's dimming star…

The Canary (2020-06-26). Labour Members raise alarm over Keir Starmer's plan to 'reshape' party policy. thecanary.co Labour members researching Sir Keir Starmer's recently announced and soon to conclude National Policy Forum (NPF) consultation fear the new leader's Subverting democratic processes: | They have noticed that the NPF has left Labour's 2019 mani…

Staff (2020-06-26). States Are Legally Required to Protect the Right to Vote. truthout.org As the 2020 general election approaches, the Trump Administration and Republican-controlled states have ramped-up efforts to keep people of color from exercising their right to vote. Leaders of the Republican Party favor suppressing the votes of minority people, knowing they likely support Democratic candidates. In March 2020, The Guardian

Julia Conley, staff writer (2020-06-26). 'Long Past Time': In Historic Vote, House Democrats Pass Legislation to Make DC the 51st State. commondreams.org Pro-democracy groups applauded House Democrats on Friday for passing historic legislation that would grant statehood to Washington, D.C. and give equal citizenship to the more than 700,000 people who live there. | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…

_____ (2020-06-25). Democratizing Energy To Counter The Climate Catastrophe. popularresistance.org Youth climate activists have been striking to demand immediate climate action from political powers. They conjoined the issues of climate and labor by calling for a global climate strike in September, 2019, in which a historic 7.6 million schoolkids, (grand)parents and workers from 185 countries participated. Over 70 trade unions around the world supported the strike and the number of climate groups that are demanding a just transition for fossil fuel workers are also steadily increasing. | The European landscape of climate activism is becoming densely populated. Numerous communities are defending nature together…

news.un (2020-06-25). FROM THE FIELD: Sudanese women ready to 'break taboos' and run for office. news.un.org Since the 2019 Sudan protests, which ushered in a transitional government, and the promise of more rights, over a thousand women have felt emboldened to enter politics in a bid to enact lasting democratic change.

Staff (2020-06-25). Headlines for June 25, 2020. democracynow.org U.S. Coronavirus Cases Surge to Highest Daily Level Since Pandemic Began, WHO Warns Coronavirus Has Yet to Peak in the Americas, Kellyanne Conway Defends Trump's Use of "Kung Flu," Weeks After Calling the Term "Highly Offensive", Protesters Camp Outside New York City Hall Demanding $1B in Cuts to NYPD Budget, Democrats Halt Senate Police Bill, Saying Reforms Don't Go Far Enough, Colorado Lawmakers Demand Investigation into Police Killing of Elijah McClain, Family Demands Justice for Queens Man Tasered to Death by Police in His Own Home, NYPD Officer David Afanador to Face Strangulation Charges for Using Banned Ch…

RT (2020-06-25). Vive la #Resistance? Pundits Twitter-duel after Lindsey Graham accuses Democrats of channeling French Revolution. rt.com The Twitter mob has predictably begun to argue over the virtues and pitfalls of the French Revolution, after Sen. Lindsey Graham suggested that radicals have co-opted the Democratic Party and are marching the nation towards ruin. | The South Carolina lawmaker triggered a large number of blue checkmarks after accusing Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and her progressive cohorts of spearheading "the most radical mob" in recent American history. | "It appears the French Revolution has now come to the Democratic Party," the Republican senator tweeted. | But his incendiary warning seemed to galvanize liberal Twitter p…

Norman Solomon (2020-06-25). Progressives Must Fight With—and In—the Democratic Party. commondreams.org 130 Sanders delegates (including me) from congressional districts across the state—90 percent of all such Sanders delegates—have signed a statement calling for Khanna to be the delegation chair. (Photo: Michael Brochstein/Echoes Wire/Barcroft Media via Getty Images) | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…

Norman Solomon (2020-06-25). Progressives Must Fight With — and In — the Democratic Party. zcomm.org In the electoral arena, the goal is not only about winning elections. It's also about replacing the top-down weight of entrenched politicians with the bottom-up power of grassroots activism…

Margaret Kimberley (2020-06-25). Freedom Rider: Democrats move right and towards defeat. mronline.org Besides not being Trump, the Democrats offer nothing, but think they can win with a candidate who has no constituency, charisma or any platform positions that would attract more voters.

Mark Gruenberg (2020-06-25). Obamacare upgrade: House Democrats roll out Affordable Care Act improvements bill. peoplesworld.org WASHINGTON—Sixty-two times since right-wing Republicans rode to congressional power in the 2010 election, they tried—and failed—to kill the Affordable Care Act. Now the House's ruling Democrats are trying to improve it, or so they contend. In statements at a virtual press conference June 24, party leaders, including the chairs of the three committees that deal …

RT (2020-06-25). Say what, Joe? Biden says over 120 MILLION Americans died of Covid-19. rt.com Democrat presidential candidate Joe Biden got his numbers mixed up just a bit, getting the number of Americans who died from the coronavirus off by a factor of 1,000, as he ventured outside for a healthcare event in Pennsylvania. | "People don't have a job, people don't know where to go, they don't know what to do," Biden said on Thursday at a campaign event in Lancaster. | Now we have over 120 million dead from COVID. | Joe Biden is very confused. | He just falsely claimed 120 million Americans (more than one-third of the country) died from the coronavirus. | This is after he previously claimed 150 million Am…

RT (2020-06-25). Democrats seethe as Trump calls them 'more unreasonable' than North Korea, China or Russia. rt.com US President Donald Trump paid the opposition Democrats a backhanded compliment, saying in a speech that they were tougher to deal with and "far more unreasonable" than the governments of North Korea, China or Russia. | The Democrats in the USA are much tougher to deal with than any of these people that we deal with. They're far more unreasonable. And actually, they're a little crazy. | Trump made the comment as part of an anecdote during an address at the Fincantieri Marinette Marine in Wisconsin on Friday, prompting the DNC war room to accuse him of having "no idea what it means to be president" and daring t…

Leonard C. Goodman (2020-06-25). Why Democratic and Republican Parties Don't Dare Let the People Decide. zcomm.org Our nation's leaders are finally being forced to listen to concerns raised by people in the streets. Their initial response of symbolic gestures and tokenism is not encouraging…

WSWS (2020-06-25). Tuesday primaries show rising popular discontent with Democratic Party establishment. wsws.org Voter turnout swelled despite the coronavirus threat, with many voters choosing to vote early or cast mail-in ballots.

news.un (2020-06-25). DR Congo: eastern Ebola outbreak defeated, 'mission impossible' now a 'sign of hope'. news.un.org After nearly two years and 2,280 deaths, the world's second-deadliest Ebola outbreak in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) is finally over, the World Health Organization (WHO) said on Thursday.

Behrooz Ghamari Tabrizi (2020-06-25). The Two-Headed Hydra of Racism and Imperialism. counterpunch.org Black Lives Matter (BLM) has raised mass consciousness against the institution of police violence and the brutality it inflicts on Black communities around the country. The movement has placed the question of police brutality at the top of the political and juridical reform agenda. The naked display of the oppressive state apparatus has now forced everyone, from the fascist residents of the White House to the liberal democrats of the House, politicians speak of the need to reform policing—more training, more screening, more record-keepings, judicial vigilance, and other haphazard sutures for the centuries o…

Peter Bolton (2020-06-25). Biden surges to double point lead over Trump. But here's why that's nothing to celebrate. thecanary.co Presumptive Democratic Party nominee Joe Biden now holds a double-digit

Elie Mystal (2020-06-25). The Rule of Law Is Being Gutted Because 'Moderate' Republicans Stayed Silent. thenation.com The Rule of Law Is Being Gutted Because 'Moderate' Republicans Stayed Silent…

WSWS (2020-06-25). California Democrats collaborate with state employees union to cut workers' wages by 11 percent. wsws.org Last week, Governor Gavin Newsom and Service Employees International Union (SEIU) Local 1000 agreed to a two-year wage cut of over 11 percent for 96,000 custodians, administrators and nurses employed by the state government.

yenisafak (2020-06-25). WHO says 10th Ebola outbreak in DR Congo is over. yenisafak.com A World Health Organization official announced Thursday the end of the 10th Ebola outbreak in eastern Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) as no new cases were reported for more than 50 days.During a media briefing on COVID-19 and Ebola in Africa, Dr. Matshidiso Moeti, WHO regional director for Africa, commended the "leadership of the DRC president, and the sacrifice and perseverance of 16,000 front line responders and communities … who have brought about the end of this 10th Ebola outbreak in the country!"Moeti also thanked the people, health workers, including WHO experts, who either got ill, were injured or lo…

Julia Conley, staff writer (2020-06-25). After Attacking Medicare for All as 'Unrealistic' During Primary, Biden Says Healthcare a 'Right for All' Amid Pandemic. commondreams.org Presumptive Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden left some progressives perplexed Thursday when he spoke at length about healthcare during a campaign stop in Lancaster, Pennsylvania—making a number of points that would suggest he supports Medicare for All. | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…