Daily Archives: June 29, 2020

2020-06-29: News Headlines

Mark Gruenberg (2020-06-29). Biden backs strikers at Bath Iron Works. peoplesworld.org BATH, Maine—Presumptive Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden and a parade of other prominent politicians are supporting the 4,300 Machinists Local S6 workers forced to strike by their bosses at the Bath Iron Works shipyard in Maine. "A job is about a lot more than a paycheck. It's about dignity. I urge Bath Iron Works to …

Michael Arney (2020-06-29). Bronx's first gay city council member likely wins in NY-15. peoplesworld.org Progressives and liberals in the NY-15 congressional district can take a deep breath. Self-identified "conservative Democrat" Rev. Rubén Díaz, Sr., probably will not succeed Rep. José Serrano and destroy his legacy. Instead, the new representative probably will be Ritchie Torres, the youngest and first openly gay Bronx member of the City Council. Rep. Serrano has …

John Feffer (2020-06-29). The De-Trumpification of America. counterpunch.org Let's assume that Donald Trump loses the election in November. Yes, that's a mighty big assumption, despite all the polls currently favoring the Democrats. If the economy begins to recover and the first wave of Covid-19 subsides (without a second wave striking), Donald Trump's reelection prospects could improve greatly. The Republican Party has a huge

Peoples Dispatch (2020-06-29). France's ruling LREM fails to make an impression in local body elections. peoplesdispatch.org As per the results declared so far, the Europe Ecology-The Greens (EELV) party already has claimed victory in eight major cities, including Lyon, Strasburg and Bordeaux. Local body elections were held in over 4,827 cities and towns across France on Sunday…

Staff (2020-06-29). 116 California DNC Delegates Demand Pelosi Hold Floor Vote on Medicare for All. truthout.org Urging House Speaker Nancy Pelosi to "forego political expediency and incrementalism" in favor of a bold solution to the healthcare crisis exacerbated by the Covid-19 pandemic, 116 delegates elected to represent California at the Democratic National Convention issued an

_____ (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".

Fight Back (2020-06-28). Coloradans demand justice for Elijah McClain. fightbacknews.org Aurora, CO – Denver Students for a Democratic Society (SDS) joined thousands in Aurora on June 27 to demand justice for Elijah McClain, a 23-year-old Black man murdered by police in August of 2019. In the wake of weeks of protests for George Floyd, as well as numerous call-ins, intense social media pressure, and petitions involving millions of signatures, McClain's case was reopened by Colorado Governor Jared Polis and his story has gone viral, garnering national attention. | The three officers who killed McClain had come in response to a call of a 'suspicious person,' who, it was made clear on the call, was unar…

_____ (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.

RT (2020-06-28). Trump deletes tweet showing supporter yell 'WHITE POWER,' claims he didn't hear it. rt.com After provoking a furious response from both the left and the right, President Donald Trump has deleted a tweet in which he shared a video showing a supporter yell "white power" while arguing with protesters. | "Thank you to the great people of The Villages," the president tweeted on Sunday morning. "The Radical Left Do Nothing Democrats will Fall in the Fall. Corrupt Joe is shot. See you soon!!!" | The video showed supporters of the president riding golf carts with pro-Trump signs at The Villages, a Florida retirement community, and arguing with counter-protesters. A barrage of insults are exchanged, and a ma…

Robert Scheer, Meagan Day (2020-06-28). For Many Young People, Socialism Is as American as Apple Pie. commondreams.org Democratic presidential hopeful Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders raises his fist as he addresses the Democratic Party's 61st Annual McIntyre-Shaheen 100 Club dinner at SNHU arena in Manchester, New Hampshire, on February 8, 2020. (Photo: Joseph Prezioso/AFP via Getty Images) | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…

RT (2020-06-28). Yuge difference! WaPo corrects Trump on most 'dangerous' cities, says not all, but 17 OUT OF 20 are run by Democrats. rt.com In its drive to debunk the latest Trump-fact, the Washington Post has published an exposé saying that not all, but just 17 out of 20 most dangerous US cities are Democrat-run. Readers weren't impressed by the desperate nitpicking. | The newspaper ran a long piece digging into Donald Trump's remarks in which the president noted a correlation between party affiliation of mayors and city "danger" levels, claiming that the entire Top-20 are run by the Democrats. | "Every one of them is Democrat run. Twenty out of 20. The 20 worst, the 20 most dangerous are Democrat run," Trump said on Thursday. Admitting it was no…

RT (2020-06-28). It's not about Trump: Berlin says relations with US are so bad even Democrats back in White House cannot fix them. rt.com The days of the good old 'transatlantic partnership' have passed, Germany's Foreign Minister Heiko Maas has admitted, adding that even the Democrats returning to power is unlikely to automatically bring those days back. | "Anyone, who believes that the transatlantic partnership will once again be what it once was with a Democratic president, underestimates the structural changes," the minister told German news agency dpa, hinting that relations between the two allies will never be the same even without President Donald Trump at the helm in Washington. | Still, he also admitted that Berlin is not ready to give…

_____ (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…

WSWS (2020-06-27). YDSA develops ties with SYRIZA youth, Greek party of austerity and police repression. wsws.org Members of the Young Democratic Socialists of America have published a joint statement with the youth section of SYRIZA, the "Coalition of the Radical Left."

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.

WSWS (2020-06-27). Against public opposition, Michigan Democrats and Republicans push for unsafe reopening of schools. wsws.org Both Democratic Governor Gretchen Whitmer and the Republican-controlled legislature have fully committed to the reopening of in-person schooling, in line with the demands of automakers and other big businesses.

Michael Arria (2020-06-27). Palestinian Members of Israeli Parliament Call on Democrats to Oppose Annexation. commondreams.org Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu speaks with US President Donald Trump prior to the President's departure from Ben Gurion International Airport in Tel Aviv on May 23, 2017 in Jerusalem. (Photo: Kobi Gideon/GPO via Getty Images) | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…

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.

Paul Craig Roberts (2020-06-27). Escape from Minneapolis and Seattle. thealtworld.com Yesterday (June 26, 2020) the city council in Minneapolis (12 Democrats and 1 Green) unanimously voted to abolish the city's police department. For this measure to come into effect, city residents will have to approve it in a November election. | By November the hamstrung police who are prevented from enforcing the laws on the books might all have resigned and moved away. Regardless, as Minneapolis police are prevented from performing their duty, the Minneapolis voters who elected such a crazed government will possibly have been brought to their senses by violence and the absence of police response and vote down…

WSWS (2020-06-27). "Back to work" campaign in the US has led to surge in COVID-19. wsws.org The resurgence of the pandemic was the entirely foreseeable outcome of the homicidal campaign by the Trump administration, with the support of the Democrats and the media, to force workers back into factories and workplaces.

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…

Eoin Higgins, staff writer (2020-06-27). 'Not On Our Watch': AOC, In Powerful Floor Speech, Declares House Democrats Will Protect Civil Rights Law From Trump. commondreams.org "There is a difference between saying that we believe in the inherent dignity, equality, and value of our black brothers and sisters and actually committing to it." | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…

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…

_____ (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…

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…

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…

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…

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

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.

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…

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.

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 ______________________________…

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…

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…

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.

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…