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2019-06-17: News Headlines

Staff (2019-06-16). Bernie Sanders' Radical New Proposal Could Transform America. truthdig.com Presidential candidate Bernie Sanders delivered a full-throated defense of democratic socialism in his June 12 speech at George Washington University. Sanders quoted FDR's 1944 State of the Union address: "We have come to a clear realization of the fact that true individual freedom cannot exist without econo…

pip.hinman (2019-06-16). Sudanese community call on Australia to do more to protest the killings in Khartoum. greenleft.org.au Around 60 members of the Sudanese community and their supporters rallied on June 15 in solidarity with the democratic uprising in Sudan. The action was called by the Until We Return Cultural Group Australia. | Alison Xamon, West Australian Greens MLC for the South Metropolitan region, read a statement condemning the murder of peaceful protesters by militias and the Sudanese army linked to the Transitional Military Council (TMC). The TMC took over after the Omar Al-Bashir regime was toppled by protesters on April 11 and the Sudanese movement wants a return to civilian rule. Xamon called on the WA state Labor and f…

Prof. Marjorie Cohn (2019-06-16). Bernie Sanders Proposes New Economic Bill of Rights. globalresearch.ca Presidential candidate Bernie Sanders delivered a full-throated defense of democratic socialism in his June 12 speech at George Washington University. Sanders quoted FDR's 1944 State of the Union address: | "We have come to a clear realization of the fact that …

CGTN Africa (2019-06-16). WHO panel decides not to declare international Ebola emergency. cgtn.com World Health Organization (WHO) officials and Ugandan health workers inform the community of Kirembo village, near the border with the Democratic Republic of Congo, about Ebola vaccine, in Kasese district, Uganda June 15, 2019. REUTERS/James Akena | A World Health Organization panel decided on Friday not to declare an international emergency over Congo's Ebola outbreak despite its spread to Uganda this week, concluding such a declaration could cause too much economic harm. | Congo's epidemic is the second worst ever, with 2,108 cases of Ebola and 1,411 deaths since last August. This week, it reached Uganda, where…

Staff (2019-06-16). With Ongoing Cuba Sanctions, US Has No Moral Authority to Talk About Freedom. truthout.org Janine Jackson: The Trump administration announced a ban on people-to-people group travel to Cuba, a sanction merited, Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin explained, because of Cuba's "destabilizing role in the Western Hemisphere, providing a communist foothold in the region, and propping up US adversaries in places like Venezuela and Nicaragua by fomenting instability, undermining the rule of law and suppressing democratic processes." | The theme of most…

Frank Schnittger (2019-06-16). The Tory Leadership Vote: Boris Johnson in the Lead. Brexit and the Paralysis of UK Politics. globalresearch.ca The Tory Leadership election is all but decided after the first round of voting: | Although Boris Johnson is some way short of a majority of the parliamentary party votes, it is very hard to see anyone else overtaking him, and …

plenglish (2019-06-16). Voting Canceled in Guatemala District; Pres. Elections in Perils. plenglish.com Guatemala, Jun 16 (Prensa Latina) Guatemala"s Minister of Government Enrique Degenhart regretted on Sunday the cancellation of voting in San Jorge district, department of Zacapa, after the members of the municipal Electoral Board resigned under threats, thus putting the Sunday presidential elections in jeopardy.

teleSUR (2019-06-16). Massive Blackout Leaves Argentina, Uruguay in Darkness. telesurenglish.net Argentina and Uruguay awoke this Sunday without power due to a massive failure in the interconnection of both countries, confirmed the company Edesur, the service provider. | "A massive failure in the electric interconnection system left all of Argentina and Uruguay without power," the company said in a brief message on its Twitter account. | According to local media, the power cut affected the Argentinian capital and the rest of the country's provinces, including those preparing to start local elections such as Santa Fe, San Luis, Formosa and Tierra de Fuego. | Transportation services have been interrupted…

teleSUR (2019-06-16). Guatemala Elections Begin Amid Concerns over Graft, Poverty. telesurenglish.net Guatemalans headed to the polls Sunday to vote for a new president and elect the successor of President Jimmy Morales. Nearly eight million Guatemalans are voting this election. | RELATED: | Guatemala's Elections: Big Challenges Await Next President | A total of 19 candidates will compete in the election, which is expected to yield no outright winner, forcing the top two vote-getters to face off in a second round on Aug. 11. | Voting centers opened at 7: 00 am local time and are expe…

plenglish (2019-06-16). Blackout shakes Argentina, Affecting Neighboring Countries. plenglish.com 16 de junio de 2019, 18: 01Buenos Aires, June 16 (Prensa Latina) Elections in the dark in some provinces, Sunday television programs suspended, one day of the father of madness, this is how the unprecedented blackout registered in Argentina was lived today.

CGTN Africa (2019-06-16). Libyan PM proposes elections to end crisis. cgtn.com FILE PHOTO: A fighter loyal to Libya's U.N.-backed government (GNA) fires a mortar during clashes with forces loyal to Khalifa Haftar on the outskirts of Tripoli, Libya May 25, 2019. REUTERS/Goran Tomasevic/File Photo | Libya's UN-backed Prime Minister Fayez Serraj on Sunday proposed holding parliamentary and presidential elections before the end of 2019 in order to end the crisis in the country. | "On the basis of my national responsibility and despite the aggression against us, I present today our political initiative to end the current crisis, and call on the Libyan people to support it," Serraj said in a tele…

teleSUR (2019-06-15). WHO: Congo's Ebola Outbreak Not International Emergency. telesurenglish.net A special World Health Organization (WHO) committee has decided to not declare an international emergency of the Democratic Republic of Congo's (DRC) Ebola outbreak despite its spread to Uganda this week, saying to do so would cause too much economic harm on the already poverty-stricken nation. | RELATED: | Ebola: 2,000 People Infected in Democratic Republic of Congo | "This is not a global emergency, it is an emergency in the Democratic Republic of Congo," Dr. Preben Aavitsland,…

WSWS (2019-06-15). Benton Harbor, Michigan: School board votes to oppose governor's ultimatum to close high school. wsws.org Thousands of students and residents of Benton Harbor have rallied to the defense of the city's only high school, opposing the diktat of Michigan's Democratic governor.

CGTN Africa (2019-06-15). Tanzania at high risk of Ebola outbreak as 2 killed in Uganda: minister. cgtn.com World Health Organization (WHO) officials and Ugandan health workers inform the community of Kirembo village, near the border with the Democratic Republic of Congo, about Ebola vaccine, in Kasese district, Uganda June 15, 2019. REUTERS/James Akena | Tanzanian Minister for Health Ummy Mwalimu warned on Saturday that the east African nation was at high risk of an outbreak of the Ebola after the virus killed at least two people in neighboring Uganda. | Following the reported outbreak of Ebola in Uganda, the Ministry of Health in collaboration with Mwanza regional authorities have deployed health staff to all entry p…

Ernest A. Canning (2019-06-15). Bernie Sanders Delivered the Most Profound Speech Since We Lost MLK. commondreams.org Audience members stand and clap as Democratic presidential candidate Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT) delivers remarks explaining democratic socialism at a campaign function in the Marvin Center at George Washington University on June 12, 2019 in Washington, DC. "President Trump and his fellow oligarchs hate democratic socialism because it benefits working people, but they absolutely love corporate socialism." (Photo by Sarah Silbiger/Getty Images) | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…

WSWS (2019-06-15). Democrats seize on Trump comment to push their anti-Russia campaign. wsws.org The reaction of the Democrats to Trump's latest comments underscores the entirely right-wing, pro-war basis of their opposition to the most reactionary president in US history.

Staff (2019-06-15). Supreme Court Ruling on Census Could Deal Grave Blow to Democracy. truthout.org The Supreme Court is poised to decide two cases that could prove devastating to the right to vote — the very foundation of a democracy. One case will review the Trump administration's attempt to add a citizenship question to the 2020 census. The other will consider whether partisan gerrymandering is constitutional. They are related because the citizenship question would "allow Republicans to draft even more extreme gerrymandered maps to stymie Democrats," the New York Times reported. | "It's hard to overstate th…

Rémy Herrera (2019-06-15). A Marxist view from France of the European elections. workers.org Herrera is a Marxist economist and researcher at France's Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique (CNRS), who works at the Centre d'Économie de la Sorbonne, Paris. He wrote this article on May 31. Workers World staff translated it. A close look at the results of the European parliamentary elections held . . . | Continue reading A Marxist view from France of the European elections at Workers.org

Wanda Bertram (2019-06-15). Why haven't presidential candidates proposed to end the criminalization of poverty? nationofchange.org Multiple Democratic presidential candidates have staked their campaigns on promises to fight for economic justice and protect low-income people from ruin. So it's mysterious and frustrating that none of these candidates have proposed to end our justice system's criminalization of poverty — at least beyond the occasional nod to ending money bail. | These candidates are missing an opportunity. The incomes of people in U.S. prisons and local jails are overwhelmingly low, and one…

CGTN Africa (2019-06-14). WHO helping east African states respond to Ebola. cgtn.com Desy Shabani, a psycho-social assistant, talks to suspected Ebola patients at an Ebola treatment centre in Butembo, in the Democratic Republic of Congo, March 27, 2019. Picture taken March 27, 2019. REUTERS/Baz Ratner | The World Health Organization (WHO) is coordinating with east African governments to contain Ebola, officials said on Friday. | Solid interventions are already in place to prevent the spread of Ebola from the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) to neighboring countries, said Julius Wekesa, manager in charge of outbreaks and crisis response at WHO regional office for east and southern Africa. | "The…

WSWS (2019-06-14). Michigan Democrats drop all charges against Flint water poisoning conspirators. wsws.org While the Democrats claim they will restart the investigation, Flint residents are deeply skeptical—and with reason.

Staff (2019-06-14). Bernie says Gulf tanker attacks must not be used as 'pretext' for 'disastrous' war with Iran. rt.com Democratic presidential hopeful Bernie Sanders came out swinging against Washington's effort to pin blame on Iran for purported attacks on tanker ships in the Gulf of Oman, warning they are being used as a "pretext for war."

Staff (2019-06-14). "Chernobyl" Undermines True Socialism at a Time When We Need It Most. truthout.org In contemporary society, ideology functions in really complicated ways. Take HBO's "Chernobyl," which is currently the top-rated show on IMDb. Since the show's recent finale, partisans of the left and right, Democrat and Republican, have seen within it reflections of their ideological positions. | A recent dust-up on Twitter encapsulates the paramet…

C.J. Atkins (2019-06-14). Sanders, socialism, social democracy—What does it all mean? peoplesworld.org The word socialism is on everyone's lips these days. On the far right, President Donald Trump, worried about the threat of higher marginal tax rates and health care for all, roars that "America will never be a socialist country!" Bernie Sanders, meanwhile, outlines his vision of "democratic socialism" as the fulfillment of President Franklin Roosevelt's …

CGTN Africa (2019-06-14). WHO: Ebola is not international emergency. cgtn.com A woman and her child arrive for ebola related investigation at the health facility at the Bwera general hospital near the border with the Democratic Republic of Congo in Bwera, Uganda, June 14, 2019. REUTERS/James Akena | The U.N. health agency convened its expert committee for the third time Friday to assess the outbreak, which has killed more than 1,400 people. Some experts say the outbreak met the criteria to be designated an international emergency long ago. | At a press briefing following the meeting, Dr. Preben Aavitsland, the acting chair of the committee, announced that the outbreak is "a health emergenc…

RT (2019-06-14). Bernie says Gulf tanker attacks must not be used as 'pretext' for 'disastrous' war with Iran. rt.com Democratic presidential hopeful Bernie Sanders came out swinging against Washington's effort to pin blame on Iran for purported attacks on tanker ships in the Gulf of Oman, warning they are being used as a "pretext for war."

David Ochieng Mbewa (2019-06-14). WHO holds IHR Emergency Committee meeting on Ebola. cgtn.com FILE PHOTO: Director-General of the World Health Organization (WHO) Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus attends a news conference after an Emergency Committee meeting on the Ebola outbreak in the Democratic Republic of Congo at the United Nations in Geneva, Switzerland, August 14, 2018. REUTERS/Denis Balibouse/File Photo | The World Health Organisation Director-General Dr Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus on Friday opened the meeting of the International Health Regulations Emergency Committee on Ebola where a review and recommendations regarding the outbreak are to be made. | The Emergency Committee is made up of international e…

Jessica Corbett, staff writer (2019-06-14). Pramila Jayapal, Motivated by Wave of Right-Wing Attacks on Reproductive Rights, Draws Praise for Sharing Her Abortion Story. commondreams.org Congresswoman Pramila Jayapal's decision to share the story of her abortion in a New York Times op-ed Thursday—as right-wing politicians enact a series of anti-choice laws that ultimately aim to end the right to terminate a pregnancy nationwide—was met with admiration and gratitude from fellow lawmakers, 2020 presidential candidates, reproductive rights advocates, healthcare providers, and the Washington Democrat's constituents. | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…

Juan Cole (2019-06-14). Trump broadcasts free ad via Disney to thuggish regimes, requesting hacked dirt on Dems. nationofchange.org Ann Arbor (Informed Comment) — Trump revealed again on Wednesday that he has no legal or ethical compass. In an interview | with ABC news Chief Anchor George Stephanopolous, Trump was asked if he | would go to the FBI if a foreign government contacted him with dirt on | his Democratic opponent or if he would accept the information and use it | in the campaign. (See video at bottom of this page). | Trump began by being cautious, saying he would do "both." | Some pundits are suggesti…

Staff (2019-06-14). When Will Presidential Candidates Propose Ending the Criminalization of Poverty? truthout.org Multiple Democratic presidential candidates have staked their campaigns on promises to fight for economic justice and protect low-income people from ruin. So it's mysterious and frustrating that none of these candidates have proposed to end our justice system's criminalization of poverty — at least beyond the occasional nod to ending money bail. | These candidates are missing an opportunity. The incomes of people in U.S. prisons and local jails are overwhelmingly low, and one…

Whitney Webb (2019-06-14). Amid Sudan's Brutal Crackdown, Trump Admin Appoints Envoy Who Helped Worsen War in South Sudan. mintpressnews.com Trump's clear goal is to ensure that power in Sudan stays firmly in the hands of those who will serve the interests of the U.S.' top regional allies, even if it means scuttling all hopes of a future, democratic Sudan.

pip.hinman (2019-06-14). Solidarity with the people of Sudan. greenleft.org.au The Australian Socialist Alliance released the following statement on June 9, in response to the brutal crackdown on Sudanese pro-democracy protests. | * * * | The Socialist Alliance joins the international community in expressing condemnation at the massacre of innocent protesters in Sudan's capital, Khartoum. | This act of violence was unleashed at a critical time for the pro-democracy forces, which have been negotiating for the establishment of transitional civilian bodies that will govern Sudan and prepare the country for democratic elections. | This was only made…

Staff (2019-06-14). Federal Watchdog Agency Recommends Kellyanne Conway Be Fired. truthdig.com The U.S. Office of Special Counsel calls the Trump aide a "repeat offender" of the Hatch Act for her disparagement of Democratic candidates.

John Nichols (2019-06-14). The First Democratic Debates Shape Up as Unfair and Unfocused Spectacles. thenation.com The First Democratic Debates Shape Up as Unfair and Unfocused Spectacles…

susan_p (2019-06-14). Turkey steps up military intervention in Iraq. greenleft.org.au Turkish jets began bombing the Xakurke region of northern Iraq on May 26. The following day Turkish helicopters transported troops into the area. | This was the latest step in Turkey's growing military intervention in the predominantly Kurdish north of Iraq. Before the Xakurke invasion Turkey already had 18 military bases in Iraq. No doubt this number will rise. | Turkey has been intervening militarily in Syria for several years. Turkish troops moved into northern Syria around the towns of Jarablus, Azaz and al-Bab in August 2016. Their aim was to block the further advance of the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF), w…

Paul Street (2019-06-14). It Can't Happen Here: From Buzz Windrip and Doremus Jessup to Donald Trump and MSNBC. counterpunch.org It's my sort, the Responsible Citizens who've felt superior because we've been well-to-do and what we thought was 'educated,' who brought on the…Fascist Dictatorship… * Doremus Jessup, a liberal and social democrat, reflecting ruefully from an American fascist prison in Sinclair Lewis's novel It Can't Happen Here (1935) There's something happening here. What it is More

Special To The Black Star News (2019-06-14). Six-Figure National Advertising Campaign Launched To Support Bipartisan Immigration Legislation. blackstarnews.com Advertising campaign launched to promote American Dream and Promise Act immigration legislation… | FWD.us today launched a substantial nationwide six-figure digital and radio advertising campaign in support of a bipartisan group of lawmakers who voted in support of the American Dream and Promise Act. | This vital legislation would create an earned path to citizenship for more than two million Dreamers, DACA-eligible individuals, TPS holders and DED recipients. | The ads will run online and on radio in nearly 30 states, focusing on the seven Republicans and more than two dozen Democratic Members from moderate co…

WSWS (2019-06-14). Hong Kong extradition bill debate delayed as additional protests called. wsws.org None of the demands for democratic rights in Hong Kong or throughout China will be won through the "pan-democratic" opposition parties or by appeals to US imperialism.

Sen. Bernie Sanders (2019-06-14). Video: Bernie Sanders Defines His Vision for Democratic Socialism. globalresearch.ca On Wednesday June 12th, 2019, Democratic presidential candidate Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT) spoke about his views on democratic socialism and why it would be good for the USA in a speech at George Washington University in Washington, DC. | Bernie Sanders …

CGTN Africa (2019-06-14). Uganda repatriates' relatives of Ebola casualties to DRC. cgtn.com Ugandan authorities on Thursday repatriated the relatives of two people who died of Ebola back to the Democratic Republic of Congo. | World Health Organization (WHO) officials talk to Ugandan medical staff as they inspect ebola preparedness facilities at the Bwera general hospital near the border with the Democratic Republic of Congo in Bwera, Uganda, June 12, 2019. REUTERS/Samuel Mambo | The cases marked the first time the virus has crossed an international border since the current outbreak began in Congo last August. The epidemic has already killed 1,390 people in eastern Congo. | The family sent home on Thursd…

Nick Licata (2019-06-14). How SDS Imploded: an Inside Account. counterpunch.org Fifty years ago, this June, the Students for a Democratic Society held its last united National Convention. It was torn apart by ideologically driven factions, each claiming to have the only correct approach for saving America. Ironically, SDS was initiated by the anti-authoritarian, but socialist oriented, League for Industrial Democracy. Al Haber, SDS's first president, More

Sen. Bernie Sanders (2019-06-14). Video: Bernie Sanders Defines His Vision for Democratic Socialism. globalresearch.ca On Wednesday June 12th, 2019, Democratic presidential candidate Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT) spoke about his views on democratic socialism and why it would be good for the USA in a speech at George Washington University in Washington, DC. | The publication …

Staff (2019-06-14). Warren Overtakes Progressive Rival Sanders in Trio of Recent Polls. truthout.org Sen. Elizabeth Warren, D-Mass., has pulled ahead of Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., thus far her chief rival for the mantle of progressive alternative in the 2020 Democratic presidential primaries, in a trio of recent polls. | The first result comes from a recent Economist/YouGov poll, which finds Warren ahead of Sanders by a margin of 16 percent to 12 percent nationwide. Thus far, Warren has been trailing Sanders in national polls as both candidates grapple for the same base of progressive voters. If this trend br…

Ed Sykes (2019-06-14). Chuka Umunna's tweets come back to haunt him as he joins Lib Dems. thecanary.co Twitter users aren't letting new Liberal Democrat MP Chuka Umunna forget his past comments. In particular, he'd previously insisted he 'couldn't forgive' the Lib Dems for propping up Conservative austerity under the 2010-2015 Coalition government.This is the third party Umunna has been a member of in the space of a year — after Labour and the failed 'Change UK'.'I could never ever turn a blind eye to Coalition austerity': In one post, which has now gone viral, Umunna s…

Michael T. Hertz (2019-06-14). What should progressives do to get a progressive government? nationofchange.org In 2016, I outlined the following strategy for Bernie Sanders: | "Before we get to the convention, Bernie should advance the idea of selecting a cabinet to campaign with the presidential and vice-presidential nominee. This is an original idea in the U.S., but it's completely common in parliamentary systems to have a "shadow cabinet" that is ready to spring into action immediately following an election. In fact, the Green Party in the U.S. has a shadow cabinet. Bernie should begin to assemble people who would be willing to be in the cabinet regardless of who i…

United Nations (2019-06-14). Ahead of 2020 elections, situation in Burundi shows encouraging signs but remains fragile. un.org A UN Security Council meeting on the security and political situation in Burundi was held on Friday, as the country continues to grapple with a four-year-long crisis and is gearing up for new elections in 2020.

Staff (2019-06-14). The Fight to Restrict Abortion Could Cost Republicans the 2020 Election. therealnews.com As conservatives restrict abortion access state by state, women have begun to win political offices and even challenge President Trump for the highest office in the country. A discussion with feminist icon Katherine Spillar co-founder of Ms. Magazine and Executive Director of the Feminist Majority…

United Nations (2019-06-14). Friday's Daily Brief : Sudan and South Sudan, Ebola, ECOSOC elections, risks of 5G tech. un.org This Friday, we cover: Ebola in central Africa still not declared an international emergency, by the World Health Organization; looming famine in South Sudan; humanitarian concerns in Sudan; new elections at the UN's Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC); and how 5G technology can jeopardize early warnings of natural disasters.

teleSUR (2019-06-14). Guatemalan Parties Wrap Up Campaigns Ahead of Sunday Elections. telesurenglish.net Guatemala's 26 political parties closed their campaigns Friday ahead of Sunday's general elections in which some eight million voters will crowd polling stations to cast their ballot. | RELATED: | Guatemala's Elections: Big Challenges Await Next President | 26 registered parties will go head-to-head in the final fight for votes which will elect the nation's n…

Staff (2019-06-14). Trump 2020 Campaign Ad Payments Hidden by Layers of Shell Companies. truthout.org The Trump 2020 campaign funneled money to a shell company tied to ad buyers at the center of an alleged illegal coordination scheme with the National Rifle Association (NRA) as recently as May 2019, according to new government records analyzed by OpenSecrets. The previously unreported ad buys for Trump's re-election campaign routed through a secretive limited-liability company known as Harris Sikes Media LLC were revealed in Federal Communications Commission (FCC) records in OpenSecrets' political ad database.

2019-06-17: Social Media Postees

Sudanese community call on Australia to do more to protest the killings in Khartoum
pip.hinman | greenleft.org.au | 2019-06-16
Around 60 members of the Sudanese community and their supporters rallied on June 15 in solidarity with the democratic uprising in Sudan. The action was called by the Until We Return Cultural Group Australia. | Alison Xamon, West Australian Greens MLC for the South Metropolitan region, read a statement condemning the murder of peaceful protesters by militias and the Sudanese army linked to the Transitional Military Council (TMC). The TMC took over after the Omar Al-Bashir regime was toppled by protesters on April 11 and the Sudanese movement wants a return to civilian rule. Xamon called on the WA state Labor and f…
greenleft.org.au/content/sudanese-community-call-australia-do-more-protest-killings-khartoum

Bernie Sanders' Radical New Proposal Could Transform America
Staff | truthdig.com | 2019-06-16
Presidential candidate Bernie Sanders delivered a full-throated defense of democratic socialism in his June 12 speech at George Washington University. Sanders quoted FDR's 1944 State of the Union address: "We have come to a clear realization of the fact that true individual freedom cannot exist without econo…
truthdig.com/articles/bernie-sanders-rad…

WHO panel decides not to declare international Ebola emergency
CGTN Africa | cgtn.com | 2019-06-16
World Health Organization (WHO) officials and Ugandan health workers inform the community of Kirembo village, near the border with the Democratic Republic of Congo, about Ebola vaccine, in Kasese district, Uganda June 15, 2019. REUTERS/James Akena | A World Health Organization panel decided on Friday not to declare an international emergency over Congo's Ebola outbreak despite its spread to Uganda this week, concluding such a declaration could cause too much economic harm. | Congo's epidemic is the second worst ever, with 2,108 cases of Ebola and 1,411 deaths since last August. This week, it reached Uganda, where…
africa.cgtn.com/2019/06/16/who-panel-dec…

Bernie Sanders Proposes New Economic Bill of Rights
Prof. Marjorie Cohn | globalresearch.ca | 2019-06-16
Presidential candidate Bernie Sanders delivered a full-throated defense of democratic socialism in his June 12 speech at George Washington University. Sanders quoted FDR's 1944 State of the Union address: | "We have come to a clear realization of the fact that | …
globalresearch.ca/bernie-sanders-propose…

With Ongoing Cuba Sanctions, US Has No Moral Authority to Talk About Freedom
Staff | truthout.org | 2019-06-16
Janine Jackson: The Trump administration announced a ban on people-to-people group travel to Cuba, a sanction merited, Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin explained, because of Cuba's "destabilizing role in the Western Hemisphere, providing a communist foothold in the region, and propping up US adversaries in places like Venezuela and Nicaragua by fomenting instability, undermining the rule of law and suppressing democratic processes." | The theme of most…
truthout.org/audio/with-ongoing-cuba-san…

Bernie Sanders Proposes New Economic Bill of Rights
Prof. Marjorie Cohn | globalresearch.ca | 2019-06-16
Presidential candidate Bernie Sanders delivered a full-throated defense of democratic socialism in his June 12 speech at George Washington University. Sanders quoted FDR's 1944 State of the Union address: | "We have come to a clear realization of the fact that | …
globalresearch.ca/bernie-sanders-propose…

Massive Blackout Leaves Argentina, Uruguay in Darkness
telesurenglish.net | 2019-06-16
Argentina and Uruguay awoke this Sunday without power due to a massive failure in the interconnection of both countries, confirmed the company Edesur, the service provider. | "A massive failure in the electric interconnection system left all of Argentina and Uruguay without power," the company said in a brief message on its Twitter account. | According to local media, the power cut affected the Argentinian capital and the rest of the country's provinces, including those preparing to start local elections such as Santa Fe, San Luis, Formosa and Tierra de Fuego. | Transportation services have been interrupted…
telesurenglish.net/news/Massive-Blackout…

The Tory Leadership Vote: Boris Johnson in the Lead. Brexit and the Paralysis of UK Politics
Frank Schnittger | globalresearch.ca | 2019-06-16
The Tory Leadership election is all but decided after the first round of voting: | Although Boris Johnson is some way short of a majority of the parliamentary party votes, it is very hard to see anyone else overtaking him, and | …
globalresearch.ca/the-tory-leadership-vo…

Libyan PM proposes elections to end crisis
CGTN Africa | cgtn.com | 2019-06-16
FILE PHOTO: A fighter loyal to Libya's U.N.-backed government (GNA) fires a mortar during clashes with forces loyal to Khalifa Haftar on the outskirts of Tripoli, Libya May 25, 2019. REUTERS/Goran Tomasevic/File Photo | Libya's UN-backed Prime Minister Fayez Serraj on Sunday proposed holding parliamentary and presidential elections before the end of 2019 in order to end the crisis in the country. | "On the basis of my national responsibility and despite the aggression against us, I present today our political initiative to end the current crisis, and call on the Libyan people to support it," Serraj said in a tele…
africa.cgtn.com/2019/06/16/libyan-pm-pro…

Guatemala Elections Begin Amid Concerns over Graft, Poverty
telesurenglish.net | 2019-06-16
Guatemalans headed to the polls Sunday to vote for a new president and elect the successor of President Jimmy Morales. Nearly eight million Guatemalans are voting this election. | RELATED: | Guatemala's Elections: Big Challenges Await Next President | A total of 19 candidates will compete in the election, which is expected to yield no outright winner, forcing the top two vote-getters to face off in a second round on Aug. 11. | Voting centers opened at 7: 00 am local time and are expe…
telesurenglish.net/news/Guatemala-Electi…

Voting Canceled in Guatemala District; Pres. Elections in Perils
plenglish.com | 2019-06-16
Guatemala, Jun 16 (Prensa Latina) Guatemala"s Minister of Government Enrique Degenhart regretted on Sunday the cancellation of voting in San Jorge district, department of Zacapa, after the members of the municipal Electoral Board resigned under threats, thus putting the Sunday presidential elections in jeopardy.
www.plenglish.com/index.php?o=rn&id….

Blackout shakes Argentina, Affecting Neighboring Countries
plenglish.com | 2019-06-16
16 de junio de 2019, 18: 01Buenos Aires, June 16 (Prensa Latina) Elections in the dark in some provinces, Sunday television programs suspended, one day of the father of madness, this is how the unprecedented blackout registered in Argentina was lived today.
www.plenglish.com/index.php?o=rn&id…

Benton Harbor, Michigan: School board votes to oppose governor's ultimatum to close high school
wsws.org | 2019-06-15
Thousands of students and residents of Benton Harbor have rallied to the defense of the city's only high school, opposing the diktat of Michigan's Democratic governor.
www.wsws.org/en/articles/2019/06/15/bent…

Bernie Sanders Delivered the Most Profound Speech Since We Lost MLK
Ernest A. Canning | commondreams.org | 2019-06-15
Audience members stand and clap as Democratic presidential candidate Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT) delivers remarks explaining democratic socialism at a campaign function in the Marvin Center at George Washington University on June 12, 2019 in Washington, DC. "President Trump and his fellow oligarchs hate democratic socialism because it benefits working people, but they absolutely love corporate socialism." (Photo by Sarah Silbiger/Getty Images) | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…
commondreams.org/views/2019/06/15/bernie…

Democrats seize on Trump comment to push their anti-Russia campaign
wsws.org | 2019-06-15
The reaction of the Democrats to Trump's latest comments underscores the entirely right-wing, pro-war basis of their opposition to the most reactionary president in US history.
www.wsws.org/en/articles/2019/06/15/demo…

Tanzania at high risk of Ebola outbreak as 2 killed in Uganda: minister
CGTN Africa | cgtn.com | 2019-06-15
World Health Organization (WHO) officials and Ugandan health workers inform the community of Kirembo village, near the border with the Democratic Republic of Congo, about Ebola vaccine, in Kasese district, Uganda June 15, 2019. REUTERS/James Akena | Tanzanian Minister for Health Ummy Mwalimu warned on Saturday that the east African nation was at high risk of an outbreak of the Ebola after the virus killed at least two people in neighboring Uganda. | Following the reported outbreak of Ebola in Uganda, the Ministry of Health in collaboration with Mwanza regional authorities have deployed health staff to all entry p…
africa.cgtn.com/2019/06/15/tanzania-at-h…

Why haven't presidential candidates proposed to end the criminalization of poverty?
Wanda Bertram | nationofchange.org | 2019-06-15
Multiple Democratic presidential candidates have staked their campaigns on promises to fight for economic justice and protect low-income people from ruin. So it's mysterious and frustrating that none of these candidates have proposed to end our justice system's criminalization of poverty — at least beyond the occasional nod to ending money bail. | These candidates are missing an opportunity. The incomes of people in U.S. prisons and local jails are overwhelmingly low, and one…
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Supreme Court Ruling on Census Could Deal Grave Blow to Democracy
Staff | truthout.org | 2019-06-15
The Supreme Court is poised to decide two cases that could prove devastating to the right to vote — the very foundation of a democracy. One case will review the Trump administration's attempt to add a citizenship question to the 2020 census. The other will consider whether partisan gerrymandering is constitutional. They are related because the citizenship question would "allow Republicans to draft even more extreme gerrymandered maps to stymie Democrats," the New York Times reported. | "It's hard to overstate th…
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WHO: Congo's Ebola Outbreak Not International Emergency
telesurenglish.net | 2019-06-15
A special World Health Organization (WHO) committee has decided to not declare an international emergency of the Democratic Republic of Congo's (DRC) Ebola outbreak despite its spread to Uganda this week, saying to do so would cause too much economic harm on the already poverty-stricken nation. | RELATED: | Ebola: 2,000 People Infected in Democratic Republic of Congo | "This is not a global emergency, it is an emergency in the Democratic Republic of Congo," Dr. Preben Aavitsland,…
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A Marxist view from France of the European elections
Rémy Herrera | workers.org | 2019-06-15
Herrera is a Marxist economist and researcher at France's Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique (CNRS), who works at the Centre d'Économie de la Sorbonne, Paris. He wrote this article on May 31. Workers World staff translated it. A close look at the results of the European parliamentary elections held . . . | Continue reading A Marxist view from France of the European elections at Workers.org
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Hong Kong extradition bill debate delayed as additional protests called
wsws.org | 2019-06-14
None of the demands for democratic rights in Hong Kong or throughout China will be won through the "pan-democratic" opposition parties or by appeals to US imperialism.
www.wsws.org/en/articles/2019/06/14/hong…

Video: Bernie Sanders Defines His Vision for Democratic Socialism
Sen. Bernie Sanders | globalresearch.ca | 2019-06-14
On Wednesday June 12th, 2019, Democratic presidential candidate Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT) spoke about his views on democratic socialism and why it would be good for the USA in a speech at George Washington University in Washington, DC. | Bernie Sanders …
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Uganda repatriates' relatives of Ebola casualties to DRC
CGTN Africa | cgtn.com | 2019-06-14
Ugandan authorities on Thursday repatriated the relatives of two people who died of Ebola back to the Democratic Republic of Congo. | World Health Organization (WHO) officials talk to Ugandan medical staff as they inspect ebola preparedness facilities at the Bwera general hospital near the border with the Democratic Republic of Congo in Bwera, Uganda, June 12, 2019. REUTERS/Samuel Mambo | The cases marked the first time the virus has crossed an international border since the current outbreak began in Congo last August. The epidemic has already killed 1,390 people in eastern Congo. | The family sent home on Thursd…
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Chuka Umunna's tweets come back to haunt him as he joins Lib Dems
Ed Sykes | thecanary.co | 2019-06-14
Twitter users aren't letting new Liberal Democrat MP Chuka Umunna forget his past comments. In particular, he'd previously insisted he 'couldn't forgive' the Lib Dems for propping up Conservative austerity under the 2010-2015 Coalition government.This is the third party Umunna has been a member of in the space of a year — after Labour and the failed 'Change UK'.'I could never ever turn a blind eye to Coalition austerity': In one post, which has now gone viral, Umunna s…
thecanary.co/trending/2019/06/14/chuka-umunnas-tweets-come-back-to-haunt-him-as-he-joins-lib-dems/

WHO holds IHR Emergency Committee meeting on Ebola
David Ochieng Mbewa | cgtn.com | 2019-06-14
FILE PHOTO: Director-General of the World Health Organization (WHO) Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus attends a news conference after an Emergency Committee meeting on the Ebola outbreak in the Democratic Republic of Congo at the United Nations in Geneva, Switzerland, August 14, 2018. REUTERS/Denis Balibouse/File Photo | The World Health Organisation Director-General Dr Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus on Friday opened the meeting of the International Health Regulations Emergency Committee on Ebola where a review and recommendations regarding the outbreak are to be made. | The Emergency Committee is made up of international e…
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WHO: Ebola is not international emergency
CGTN Africa | cgtn.com | 2019-06-14
A woman and her child arrive for ebola related investigation at the health facility at the Bwera general hospital near the border with the Democratic Republic of Congo in Bwera, Uganda, June 14, 2019. REUTERS/James Akena | The U.N. health agency convened its expert committee for the third time Friday to assess the outbreak, which has killed more than 1,400 people. Some experts say the outbreak met the criteria to be designated an international emergency long ago. | At a press briefing following the meeting, Dr. Preben Aavitsland, the acting chair of the committee, announced that the outbreak is "a health emergenc…
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Six-Figure National Advertising Campaign Launched To Support Bipartisan Immigration Legislation
Special To The Black Star News | blackstarnews.com | 2019-06-14
Advertising campaign launched to promote American Dream and Promise Act immigration legislation… | FWD.us today launched a substantial nationwide six-figure digital and radio advertising campaign in support of a bipartisan group of lawmakers who voted in support of the American Dream and Promise Act. | This vital legislation would create an earned path to citizenship for more than two million Dreamers, DACA-eligible individuals, TPS holders and DED recipients. | The ads will run online and on radio in nearly 30 states, focusing on the seven Republicans and more than two dozen Democratic Members from moderate co…
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Bernie says Gulf tanker attacks must not be used as 'pretext' for 'disastrous' war with Iran
Staff | rt.com | 2019-06-14
Democratic presidential hopeful Bernie Sanders came out swinging against Washington's effort to pin blame on Iran for purported attacks on tanker ships in the Gulf of Oman, warning they are being used as a "pretext for war." | …
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The First Democratic Debates Shape Up as Unfair and Unfocused Spectacles
John Nichols | thenation.com | 2019-06-14
The First Democratic Debates Shape Up as Unfair and Unfocused Spectacles…
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Michigan Democrats drop all charges against Flint water poisoning conspirators
wsws.org | 2019-06-14
While the Democrats claim they will restart the investigation, Flint residents are deeply skeptical–and with reason.
www.wsws.org/en/articles/2019/06/14/flin…

Solidarity with the people of Sudan
pip.hinman | greenleft.org.au | 2019-06-14
The Australian Socialist Alliance released the following statement on June 9, in response to the brutal crackdown on Sudanese pro-democracy protests. | * * * | The Socialist Alliance joins the international community in expressing condemnation at the massacre of innocent protesters in Sudan's capital, Khartoum. | This act of violence was unleashed at a critical time for the pro-democracy forces, which have been negotiating for the establishment of transitional civilian bodies that will govern Sudan and prepare the country for democratic elections. | This was only made…
greenleft.org.au/content/solidarity-people-sudan

The First Democratic Debates Shape Up as Unfair and Unfocused Spectacles
John Nichols | thenation.com | 2019-06-14
The First Democratic Debates Shape Up as Unfair and Unfocused Spectacles…
thenation.com/article/john-nichols-democ…

It Can't Happen Here: From Buzz Windrip and Doremus Jessup to Donald Trump and MSNBC
Paul Street | counterpunch.org | 2019-06-14
It's my sort, the Responsible Citizens who've felt superior because we've been well-to-do and what we thought was 'educated,' who brought on the…Fascist Dictatorship… * Doremus Jessup, a liberal and social democrat, reflecting ruefully from an American fascist prison in Sinclair Lewis's novel It Can't Happen Here (1935) There's something happening here. What it is…
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Turkey steps up military intervention in Iraq
susan_p | greenleft.org.au | 2019-06-14
Turkish jets began bombing the Xakurke region of northern Iraq on May 26. The following day Turkish helicopters transported troops into the area. | This was the latest step in Turkey's growing military intervention in the predominantly Kurdish north of Iraq. Before the Xakurke invasion Turkey already had 18 military bases in Iraq. No doubt this number will rise. | Turkey has been intervening militarily in Syria for several years. Turkish troops moved into northern Syria around the towns of Jarablus, Azaz and al-Bab in August 2016. Their aim was to block the further advance of the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF), w…
greenleft.org.au/content/turkey-steps-military-intervention-iraq

Trump broadcasts free ad via Disney to thuggish regimes, requesting hacked dirt on Dems
Juan Cole | nationofchange.org | 2019-06-14
Ann Arbor (Informed Comment) — Trump revealed again on Wednesday that he has no legal or ethical compass. In an interview | with ABC news Chief Anchor George Stephanopolous, Trump was asked if he | would go to the FBI if a foreign government contacted him with dirt on | his Democratic opponent or if he would accept the information and use it | in the campaign. (See video at bottom of this page). | Trump began by being cautious, saying he would do "both." | Some pundits are suggesti…
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"Chernobyl" Undermines True Socialism at a Time When We Need It Most
Staff | truthout.org | 2019-06-14
In contemporary society, ideology functions in really complicated ways. Take HBO's "Chernobyl," which is currently the top-rated show on IMDb. Since the show's recent finale, partisans of the left and right, Democrat and Republican, have seen within it reflections of their ideological positions. | A recent dust-up on Twitter encapsulates the paramet…
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How SDS Imploded: an Inside Account
Nick Licata | counterpunch.org | 2019-06-14
Fifty years ago, this June, the Students for a Democratic Society held its last united National Convention. It was torn apart by ideologically driven factions, each claiming to have the only correct approach for saving America. Ironically, SDS was initiated by the anti-authoritarian, but socialist oriented, League for Industrial Democracy. Al Haber, SDS's first president,…
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Pramila Jayapal, Motivated by Wave of Right-Wing Attacks on Reproductive Rights, Draws Praise for Sharing Her Abortion Story
Jessica Corbett, staff writer | commondreams.org | 2019-06-14
Congresswoman Pramila Jayapal's decision to share the story of her abortion in a New York Times op-ed Thursday—as right-wing politicians enact a series of anti-choice laws that ultimately aim to end the right to terminate a pregnancy nationwide—was met with admiration and gratitude from fellow lawmakers, 2020 presidential candidates, reproductive rights advocates, healthcare providers, and the Washington Democrat's constituents. | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…
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WHO helping east African states respond to Ebola
CGTN Africa | cgtn.com | 2019-06-14
Desy Shabani, a psycho-social assistant, talks to suspected Ebola patients at an Ebola treatment centre in Butembo, in the Democratic Republic of Congo, March 27, 2019. Picture taken March 27, 2019. REUTERS/Baz Ratner | The World Health Organization (WHO) is coordinating with east African governments to contain Ebola, officials said on Friday. | Solid interventions are already in place to prevent the spread of Ebola from the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) to neighboring countries, said Julius Wekesa, manager in charge of outbreaks and crisis response at WHO regional office for east and southern Africa. | "The…
africa.cgtn.com/2019/06/14/who-helping-e…

Sanders, socialism, social democracy–What does it all mean?
C.J. Atkins | peoplesworld.org | 2019-06-14
The word socialism is on everyone's lips these days. On the far right, President Donald Trump, worried about the threat of higher marginal tax rates and health care for all, roars that "America will never be a socialist country!" Bernie Sanders, meanwhile, outlines his vision of "democratic socialism" as the fulfillment of President Franklin Roosevelt's …
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Capitalism Versus Democracy
Rob Urie | counterpunch.org | 2019-06-14
It was always just a matter of time before the reemergence of establishment Democrats reminded people why they were booted from power in 2016. As ugly as Donald Trump is and as not constructive as his tenure in the White House has been, the Democratic establishment would rather lose with establishment candidates and retrograde policies than loosen its grip on its service to the oligarchs.
counterpunch.org/2019/06/14/capitalism-v…

Warren Overtakes Progressive Rival Sanders in Trio of Recent Polls
Staff | truthout.org | 2019-06-14
Sen. Elizabeth Warren, D-Mass., has pulled ahead of Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., thus far her chief rival for the mantle of progressive alternative in the 2020 Democratic presidential primaries, in a trio of recent polls. | The first result comes from a recent Economist/YouGov poll, which finds Warren ahead of Sanders by a margin of 16 percent to 12 percent nationwide. Thus far, Warren has been trailing Sanders in national polls as both candidates grapple for the same base of progressive voters. If this trend br…
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Bernie says Gulf tanker attacks must not be used as 'pretext' for 'disastrous' war with Iran
rt.com | 2019-06-14
Democratic presidential hopeful Bernie Sanders came out swinging against Washington's effort to pin blame on Iran for purported attacks on tanker ships in the Gulf of Oman, warning they are being used as a "pretext for war." | …
rt.com/usa/461911-bernie-tanker-pretext-…

Federal Watchdog Agency Recommends Kellyanne Conway Be Fired
Staff | truthdig.com | 2019-06-14
The U.S. Office of Special Counsel calls the Trump aide a "repeat offender" of the Hatch Act for her disparagement of Democratic candidates.
truthdig.com/articles/federal-watchdog-a…

Amid Sudan's Brutal Crackdown, Trump Admin Appoints Envoy Who Helped Worsen War in South Sudan
Whitney Webb | mintpressnews.com | 2019-06-14
Trump's clear goal is to ensure that power in Sudan stays firmly in the hands of those who will serve the interests of the U.S.' top regional allies, even if it means scuttling all hopes of a future, democratic Sudan.
mintpressnews.com/sudan-brutal-crackdown…

When Will Presidential Candidates Propose Ending the Criminalization of Poverty?
Staff | truthout.org | 2019-06-14
Multiple Democratic presidential candidates have staked their campaigns on promises to fight for economic justice and protect low-income people from ruin. So it's mysterious and frustrating that none of these candidates have proposed to end our justice system's criminalization of poverty — at least beyond the occasional nod to ending money bail. | These candidates are missing an opportunity. The incomes of people in U.S. prisons and local jails are overwhelmingly low, and one…
truthout.org/articles/when-will-presiden…

Video: Bernie Sanders Defines His Vision for Democratic Socialism
Sen. Bernie Sanders | globalresearch.ca | 2019-06-14
On Wednesday June 12th, 2019, Democratic presidential candidate Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT) spoke about his views on democratic socialism and why it would be good for the USA in a speech at George Washington University in Washington, DC. | The publication …
globalresearch.ca/bernie-sanders-defines…

What should progressives do to get a progressive government?
Michael T. Hertz | nationofchange.org | 2019-06-14
In 2016, I outlined the following strategy for Bernie Sanders: | "Before we get to the convention, Bernie should advance the idea of selecting a cabinet to campaign with the presidential and vice-presidential nominee. This is an original idea in the U.S., but it's completely common in parliamentary systems to have a "shadow cabinet" that is ready to spring into action immediately following an election. In fact, the Green Party in the U.S. has a shadow cabinet. Bernie should begin to assemble people who would be willing to be in the cabinet regardless of who i…
nationofchange.org/2019/06/14/what-shoul…

Government ignores deforestation crisis
pip.hinman | greenleft.org.au | 2019-06-14
While Australia was in the throes of a federal election campaign, the United Nations released a report warning that nature is declining globally at rates unprecedented in human history. | The Intergovernmental Science-Policy Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services (IPBES) report, Global Assessment Report on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services, is the most comprehensive ever completed. Compiled by 145 expert authors from 50 countries over the past three years, with inputs from another 310 contributing…
greenleft.org.au/content/government-ignores-deforestation-crisis

The Fight to Restrict Abortion Could Cost Republicans the 2020 Election
Staff | therealnews.com | 2019-06-14
As conservatives restrict abortion access state by state, women have begun to win political offices and even challenge President Trump for the highest office in the country. A discussion with feminist icon Katherine Spillar co-founder of Ms. Magazine and Executive Director of the Feminist Majority…
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