2019-06-04: News Headlines

WSWS (2019-06-04). Germany: Investigation into October Festival bombing to be concluded. wsws.org After the bombing attack, the investigating authorities sought to bury the links between the bomber and neo-Nazi and far right terrorist networks.

RT (2019-06-04). Judge throws out House Dems' attempts to block Trump's border wall. rt.com A federal judge has denied House Democrats' efforts to block President Donald Trump's use of Pentagon funds for his promised wall on the border with Mexico, arguing they lacked constitutional standing to challenge the move.

teleSUR (2019-06-04). UK's Khan Fires Back, Calls Trump 'Poster-Boy' for Far-Right. telesurenglish.net The Mayor of London Sadiq Khan has fired back at U.S. President Donald Trump for his insults prior to landing in Great Britain for his short visit. | RELATED: | Trump Begins UK Visit by Insulting People, Endorsing Far-right | Khan called the U.S. President the 'poster-boy' for the far-right, pointing out that Trump has a large support base among the Alt-Right. | "Surely we should be saying 'listen, you know, you do realize you're a poster-boy for the far-right movement around t…

Dinah Matengo (2019-06-04). Talk Africa: Reclaimed Land conversation in South Africa. cgtn.com South Africa is one of the most industrialized countries on the continent. Yet, not far from the hustle and bustle of metropolitan centers such as Johannesburg, Durban, and Cape Town, underdeveloped rural communities continue to struggle for a better life. Under successive colonial and apartheid governments, the mass relocation of black people to poor homelands and underserved townships formed the basis of today's challenges. | The end of apartheid ushered in new hope. As Nelson Mandela said in 1995: "With freedom and democracy, came restoration of the right to land. And with it the opportunity to address the…

Eds. (2019-06-04). Revealed: the far right networks of deception. mronline.org In total, Avaaz reported over 500 suspect pages and groups to Facebook, which were followed by nearly 32 million people and generated over 67 million "interactions" (comments, likes, shares) in the last three months alone. | Source

barry_h (2019-06-03). The Bauhaus spirit. greenleft.org.au Bauhaus Spirit: 100 Years of Bauhaus
| Documentary directed by Niels Bolbrinker & Thomas Tielsch
| German & English with English subtitles
| Showing as part of the German Film Festival | The Bauhaus was a design school that flourished in Germany from the early 1920s through to the 1930s, when it was extinguished by Nazi repression. | It was based on the notion of swirling together all the arts, and allowing design and architecture to spring from the synthesis. Bauhaus became a "movement" influencing art, architecture, town planning, graphic design, inte…

Colin Benjamin (2019-06-03). What Former NYC Police Commissioner Bill Bratton's Column Omitted About Racist Broken Windows Policing. blackstarnews.com Former NYPD Commissioner Bill Bratton still trying to defend bigoted "Broken Windows" policing… | On Sunday, former New York City Commissioner Bill Bratton wrote an op-ed expressing frustration that the racially-applied "Broken Windows" policing policy, which he championed, is falling out of favor. | In a New York Daily News column, Mr. Bratton laments that "One of the foundations of New York City's public safety renaissance is falling out of favor in some quarters." Since, Bratton was an early proponent of promoting this discredited policing policy, it's no surprise he's trying to preserve it as somehow being…

WSWS (2019-06-03). Mental health crisis in Australia's refugee camps. wsws.org So torturous are the conditions confronting the more than 500 asylum seekers still on Manus—some for nearly seven years—that many have inflicted bodily injury to themselves.

teleSUR (2019-06-03). Trans Asylum-Seeker Dies after Being Denied Healthcare by ICE. telesurenglish.net Asylum-seeker Johana Medina Leon from El Salvador, died Saturday due to complications related to HIV/AIDS after spending six weeks at an Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) detention center in New Mexico, where she asked, in vain, repeatedly for treatment, according to her lawyer. | RELATED: | Record Number of Cubans in ICE Detention Centers | "For weeks she pleaded for medical help, referring to health problems caused by complications with HIV/AIDS," Grecia, a transgender advocate and…

RT (2019-06-03). Imagine suggesting Jews couldn't govern themselves? Kushner's remarks on Palestinians slammed. rt.com White House envoy Jared Kushner stands accused of "racism" for answering a question about Palestinians' ability to self-govern by expressing hope they'll be capable of this in the future — implying they're incapable of this now.

MAIL (2019-06-03). Clarence Thomas Cited This Author's Book to Link Abortion to Eugenics. He Says "It's Just Not True" democracynow.org Justice Clarence Thomas sparked harsh rebuke last week after claiming that abortion rights can be traced back to the 20th century eugenics movement. He made the comments in a 20-page opinion after the Supreme Court declined last week to take up a provision of an Indiana law that bars abortions based on the sex, race or disability of the fetus. The decision keeps in place a lower court injunction on the measure. But Justice Thomas indicated that he supports the law, writing in his opinion, "Enshrining a constitutional right to an abortion based solely on the race, sex, or disability of an unborn child, as Planned…

ACLU (2019-06-03). Who Controls Our Genes? Congress Is Deciding Right Now And It Could Harm Our Health. aclu.org Draft legislation will try to undo Supreme Court precedent forbidding patenting of human genes. | This morning the ACLU, along with 169 other civil rights, medical, scientific, patient advocacy, and women's health organizations, including the Mayo Clinic, Breast Cancer Action, Lung Cancer Research Foundation, the Huntington's Disease Society of America, the Women's March, University of Washington, and many others sent a letter to the Senate Judiciary Committee's Subcommittee on Intellectual Property strong…

Register Peace & Freedom or Green (2019-06-03). Abortion Bans; S.F. Anti-Abortion Marches; Free Abortion on Demand. indybay.org As the United States gets ready to join the backward countries of the world with a ban on abortion, we must ask, how did we get to this point? Why have the Democrats been promoting anti-abortion candidates? How did at least 5 anti-abortion Supreme Court justices get confirmed? Why didn't Democrat Obama who had a Democratic majority Congress in both houses in his first two years sign a law legalizing abortion so we would not have to depend on a pro-abortion majority in the Supreme Court? What kind of society is this that allows constant wars on women and the right to abortion? Why don't we have free abortion on de…

Bill Blum (2019-06-03). The Supreme Court's Harrowing New Lurch Right. truthdig.com Roe v. Wade is in grave peril, but that's not all. A pair of recent decisions along party lines threaten decades of liberal court rulings.

Ruth Milka (2019-06-03). Fox News is defending white supremacy. nationofchange.org Late last week Fox News' Laura Ingraham ignited the internet when she defended white supremacist extremists during her prime time Fox Show "The Ingraham Angle." | During a segment of the show that was centered around social media censorship, Ingraham showed graphics of people she said were "prominent voices censored on social media" that Facebook has "shunned." | Ingraham went on to characterize the people in the graphic as "people who believe in border enforcement, people who believe in national sovereignty." | , Paul Nehlen is not being censored because he's a conservative. He was kicked off social media for…

Glen Ford (2019-06-03). Half of Black Caucus Signs on to Israeli Stance on Syria, in Defiance of Black Public Opinion. globalresearch.ca The Congressional Black Caucus sides with its party's war mongers and in fear of the Israel lobby, while large Black majorities believe Israel is neither an ally nor a friend. | "The Black Caucus' tolerance of apartheid Israel's barbarism is infinite."…

Fight Back (2019-06-03). New York rallies on Al-Quds Day. fightbacknews.org New York, NY – Over 100 people gathered in Times Square on May 31 in honor of the International Day of Al-Quds. This day marks the occupation of Palestine and is in protest of Israel's apartheid regime. | The speakers addressed different topics, from the United States' role in the occupation to other examples of intervention in the Middle East and around the world. | Joe Catron, of the group Samidoun: Palestinian Prisoner Network, read a statement from Ahmad Sa'adat, General Secretary of the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine that stated, "The goal of every struggling revolutionary prisoner, whether in…

CGTN Africa (2019-06-03). South Africa ruling opens way for apartheid-era prosecutions. cgtn.com FILE — In this Thursday, Aug. 24, 2017 file photo, Imtiaz Cajee, nephew of Ahmed Timol, poses with his book "Timol, A Quest for Justice" in the North Gauteng High court in Pretoria, South Africa. A former South African police officer will face trial over the 1971 killing of an anti-apartheid activist after a court ruling that could lead to the prosecution of similar crimes. The high court in Johannesburg on Monday, June 3, 2019 dismissed 80-year-old Joao Rodrigues' application for a permanent stay of prosecution. (AP Photo, File) | A former South African police officer will face trial over the 1971 killing o…

Fight Back (2019-06-03). Minnesota BDS movement demands state divestment from apartheid. fightbacknews.org St. Paul, MN – On May 30, Palestinian-Americans and solidarity activists called on the Minnesota State Board of Investment (SBI) to divest from Israeli companies that violate international law and profit from the occupation of Palestine. | Speaking to the SBI at the state capitol, the activists highlighted several problematic companies the State of Minnesota currently is invested in. These included high-tech weapons manufacturer Elbit Systems, telecom company Bezeq and several Israeli banks. | "It is only appropriate that we hold ourselves to the highest standard and become an example for the rest of the nation,"

Jessica Corbett, staff writer (2019-06-03). Disappearances and Murders of Indigenous Women and Girls Amount to 'Canadian Genocide,' National Inquiry Finds. commondreams.org The Canadian government's National Inquiry into Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls concluded in a final report published Monday that "this violence amounts to a race-based genocide of Indigenous Peoples, including First Nations, Inuit, and M√©tis, which especially targets women, girls, and 2SLGBTQQIA people." | https://www.commondreams.org/sites/defau…

Chris Hedges (2019-06-03). Manufacturing War With Russia. truthdig.com Despite the Robert Mueller report's conclusion that Donald Trump and his campaign did not collude with Russia during the 2016 presidential race, the new Cold War with Moscow shows little sign of abating. It is used to justify the expansion of NATO to Russia's borders, a move that has made billions in profits for U.S. arms manufacturers. It is used to demonize domestic critics and alternative media outlets as agents of a foreign power. It is used to paper over the Democratic Party's betrayal of the working class and the party's subservience to corporate power. It is used to discredit détente between the world's tw…

teleSUR (2019-06-03). Mexico: Tariffs Could Worsen Central American Migration. telesurenglish.net Mexican Foreign Minister Marcelo Ebrard warned on Monday that United States (U.S.) President Donald Trump's threat to impose punitive five percent tariffs on all Mexican goods would be "counterproductive" and could worsen overall migration from Central America. | RELATED: | Mexico, US Brace for Tariff Talks, Trump Doubles Down on Threat | Trump's tar…

teleSUR (2019-06-03). US Troops Deployed in Guatemala to 'Halt Migration'. telesurenglish.net Guatemalan Defense Minister, Luis Miguel Ralda, confirmed on Monday that United States (U.S.) troops are already in the country, specifically in the Guatemala-Mexico border department of Huehuetenango. | RELATED: | Mexico: Tariffs Could Worsen Central American Migration | "The troops are already here, as has happened in the last 15 years, with programs such as 'Strong Roads' and now [with] the one that is being developed, 'Beyond the Horizon'," Ralda told reporters after a cabinet meet…

Fernando Herrera Calderón (2019-06-03). Mexican workers on both sides of border pay the cost of immigration crackdown. peoplesworld.org The crackdown on immigration at the southern border and the increase in deportations are taking a toll on Mexican workers in the United States and Mexico. While strict immigration policy is not a new phenomenon, Trump's hardline anti-immigration policies and incendiary rhetoric exacerbate the situation. With support from the conservative media, Trump has framed immigration …

Mohamed Elmaazi (2019-06-03). New government powers are 'a serious abuse of civil liberties', according to rights groups. thecanary.co A frightening new law is now in force in the UK. It literally criminalises people simply for travelling to a specific area on the planet. And rights groups have called it "a serious abuse of civil liberties". | A presumption of guilt: | The Counter-Terrorism and Border Security Act 2019 (CTS) passed in February. It…

Staff (2019-06-03). How Voter Suppression and Gerrymandering Cleared the Path for Abortion Bans. truthout.org As Louisiana, Mississippi, Kentucky, Ohio and Georgia attempt to outlaw abortions after six weeks, Missouri legislators approve an eight-week ban and Alabama passes a near total ban on abortions, we speak to journalist Ari Berman about how the widespread attack on abortion rights across the country is tied directly to voter suppression. He writes in a recent piece for Mother Jones, "These states have something else in common: a systematic effort to distort the democratic process through voter suppression and gerrymandering. These tactics have greased the way for near-total bans on abortion and for other extrem…

MAIL (2019-06-03). How Voter Suppression & Gerrymandering Cleared the Path for Unprecedented Abortion Bans. democracynow.org As Louisiana, Mississippi, Kentucky, Ohio and Georgia attempt to outlaw abortions after six weeks, Missouri legislators approve an eight-week ban and Alabama passes a near total ban on abortions, we speak to journalist Ari Berman about how the widespread attack on abortion rights across the country is tied directly to voter suppression. He writes in a recent piece for Mother Jones, "These states have something else in common: a systematic effort to distort the democratic process through voter suppression and gerrymandering. These tactics have greased the way for near-total bans on abortion and for other extreme r…

Stephen Lendman (2019-06-03). Pompeo's Phony Outreach to Iran. globalresearch.ca Since its 1979 revolution, ending a generation of US-installed fascist dictatorship, Washington has been militantly hostile toward Iran — especially since Trump took office. | His regime continues all out war by other means to topple its government, wanting the Islamic …

Jake Johnson, staff writer (2019-06-03). A Demagogue, Fascist, and Serious Threat: UK Mobilizes to Make Sure Trump Knows He 'Is Not Welcome'. commondreams.org "Donald Trump is just one of the most egregious examples of a growing global threat. The far-right is on the rise around the world, threatening our hard-won rights and freedoms." | https://www.commondreams.org/sites/defau…

teleSUR (2019-06-02). Sanders Cheered, Delaney Booed at California Dem Convention. telesurenglish.net United States (U.S.) Senator Bernie Sanders on Sunday called on California Democrats to unite against Donald Trump, kicking off the 2020 presidential campaign, by calling Trump "a racist, a sexist, a homophobe and a religious bigot" in a speech capping off the state's Democratic convention. | RELATED: | No One Knows Joe Biden's Plans for Healthcare, Maybe Not Even Joe Biden | The Convention drew fourteen of the 24 candidates to make their case before 5,000 delegates, gue…

John Catalinotto (2019-06-02). Imprisoned soldiers rebelled during Vietnam War. workers.org The following report is based on a chapter in Catalinotto's book, "Turn the Guns Around: Mutinies, Soldier Revolts and Revolutions" (World View Forum, 2017), which tells the story of the American Servicemen's Union, an anti-war, anti-racist organization of U.S. active-duty service members during 1968-75. On the evening of June 5, . . . | Continue reading Imprisoned soldiers rebelled during Vietnam War at Workers.org

teleSUR (2019-06-02). Iran Warns of 'Unbearable' Oil Prices if War Breaks Out in Gulf. telesurenglish.net A top military aide to Iran's Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei stated on Sunday morning that any war in the Persian Gulf would push oil prices to catastrophic levels. | Related: | If US Refrains from Bullying, Iran May Initiate Talks: Rouhani | According to Yahya Rahim Safavi, Khamenei's top military aide, "The Americans are fully aware that their military forces (in the region) are within the Iran's missile range and all U.S. and foreigners' navy in the Persian Gulf are wit…

Karleigh Chardonnay Merlot (2019-06-02). Connecticut activists speak against police violence with a silent march. liberationnews.org "How can I stop marching if the discrimination hasn't stopped?"

CGTN Africa (2019-06-02). Man found hiding behind car glove box in desperate attempt to enter Europe. cgtn.com An African man was found crammed behind the glove box of a car in a bid to get to Europe. | He was one of four people spotted in vehicles on the same day by authorities in Morocco and the Spanish enclave of Melilla, North Africa. | Three people including a 15-year-old girl were found in separate cars at the Beni-Enzar border between Morocco and Melilla on May 24. | Two hid in special compartments behind the dashboard and a third was under a rear seat. | Two were treated by medics for asphyxia, disorientation and joint pain. | A fourth person was also found on May 24 under a truck in the Melilla port. | In rece…

Colin Benjamin (2019-06-01). Reggae Artist Macka B Releases Song To "Kick Racism Out Of Football" In England And Europe. blackstarnews.com Reggae artist Macka B above with Rap legend Fredro Starr, of Onyx, in Los Angeles, in 2018… | Reggae artist Macka B has joined the fight against racism in European soccer [also called football] with his recently released single entitled "Kick Racism Out Of Football." | Macka B's song was inspired by Manchester City soccer player Raheem Sterling who stood firm against the racist verbal taunts fans of the Chelsea soccer team spewed his way during a game last December. Sterling was previously physically attacked and kicked in December 2017, outside the Manchester City training facility. Sterling, then 23, was call…

Maha Hilal (2019-06-01). There's a Simple Explanation for Racial Disparities in Terrorism Prosecutions: Racism. commondreams.org A Black Lives Matter protest, November 2015. (Photo: Johnny Silvercloud, Flickr) | https://www.commondreams.org/sites/defau…

Cora Currier (2019-06-01). How a California Community Helped Hundreds of Migrants the Border Patrol Dropped at a Greyhound Station. theintercept.com In San Bernardino, volunteers scrambled to provide the mostly Guatemalan arrivals with the help and logistical support that Border Patrol did not.

kathy_f (2019-05-31). The fight against the racist Ramsay Centre continues. greenleft.org.au Eighty people gathered at Sydney University on May 23 for a forum "Ramsay and the new academic racism", to hear speakers condemn the Ramsay Centre's proposed Western Civilisation degree. | Chaired by Robert Boncardo (lecturer at Sydney University's School of Languages and Cultures), the speakers included Layla Mkhayber (undergraduate student, Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences), Dr Nesrine Basheer (Arabic Language and Cultures) and Jeff Sparrow (Guardian Australia columnist and author) | The Ramsay Centre is a right-wing think tank, established by the wealthy philanthropist Paul Ramsay. It is chaired by former…

Fight Back (2019-05-31). Call to Refound the National Alliance Against Racist and Political Repression. fightbacknews.org Fight Back News Service is circulating the following call to refound the National Alliance Against Racist and Political Repression. | We issue this Call in a sense of outrage in the face of increasing racist violence and political repression towards working class and Black and Brown communities. | We are currently facing a national epidemic of state-sponsored violence perpetrated by police and vigilantes targeting the oppressed Black, Latinx, immigrant, indigenous, LGBTQ, non-binary, gender non-conforming, and gender fluid communities. Black Trans women are also being harassed and killed at record rates. | We are…

Bryan Wall (2019-05-31). Asylum seekers tell Irish committee chilling stories and ask government to 'treat them as human beings'. thecanary.co Asylum seekers in Ireland have spoken out about their treatment by the government. Appearing in front of a committee on justice and equality, they pointed to the cruelty and unfairness of Ireland's asylum system. They argued that they "are human beings", and all they ask "is that we be treated as such". | "St…

United Nations (2019-05-31). Asylum seekers in Sri Lanka fear for their safety, in wake of Easter Sunday terror attacks. un.org Since the suicide bombings in Sri Lanka on April 21, there have been concerns for the safety of refugees and asylum seekers living in the country: in the immediate aftermath, there were reports of refugees being targeted and forced from their homes by angry mobs threatening reprisals for the Easter Sunday attacks which targeted Christian churches, as well as upscale hotels.

MAIL (2019-05-31). Headlines for May 31, 2019. democracynow.org Trump Threatens Tariffs on Mexican Goods in Bid to Halt Migrants, Trump Administration Plan Would Bar Most Central Americans from Seeking Asylum, Louisiana Governor Signs Anti-Choice Bill as Missouri's Last Abortion Clinic Is Set to Close, GOP Gerrymandering Expert Led Push to Add Citizenship Question to Census, Civilians Flee Russian-Backed Syrian Assault on Last Rebel-Held Province, North Korea Executes Special Envoy to the U.S. After Failed Trump Summit, Colombia Releases Ex-Guerrilla Leader Wanted by the U.S. on Drug Charges, U.S. Drug Agency Targeted Honduran President in Cocaine Trafficking Probe, Hondurans…

susan_p (2019-05-31). Peterloo: A defining moment in the struggle for democracy in Britain. greenleft.org.au Peterloo | Written & directed by Mike Leigh | Starring Rory Kinnear, Maxine Peake & Pearce Quigley | In cinemas now | *** | The international release of British director Mike Leigh's new film Peterloo marks 200 years since the infamous 1819 Peterloo Massacre in Manchester, England. On August 16 that year, a crowd estimated at up to 80,000 gathered in St Peter's Fields to demand parliamentary reform and an extension of voting rights. | On the orders of the government in London and reactionary local magistrates, armed troops and militias arrested the protest leaders and then charged into the crowd. They killed at l…

Staff (2019-05-31). A Dead Republican Strategist's Work Could Destroy Voting Rights in America. therealnews.com A Common Cause court case opposing Republican gerrymandering in North Carolina revealed that Trump officials lied about the 2020 census citizenship question in order to maintain "White" and "Republican Power"

splcenter (2019-05-31). Weekend Read: Challenging the whitewashed history of women's suffrage. splcenter.org Last week, members of the U.S. House of Representatives wore yellow roses to commemorate the passage of the 19th Amendment in the lower chamber on May 21, 1919.

splcenter (2019-05-31). Guest worker sexually harassed at gunpoint, cheated out of pay, and forced to live in dilapidated trailer. splcenter.org After another week of backbreaking, 12-hour days of raking pine straw and suckering tobacco in the hot sun, Esperanza awoke one night to the sound of Carlos, her boss, banging on the outside door of the dilapidated trailer she called home.

susan_p (2019-05-31). Italy: Big win for far right Salvini in European elections. greenleft.org.au In all likelihood, the next European Parliament will still be led by a pro-European Union (EU) coalition, including the European People's Party (PPE) and the Progressive Alliance of Socialists and Democrats (S&D), despite both parties experiencing a drop in votes. | To form a majority the PPE and S&D will need to expand their coalition to include the Alliance of Liberals and Democrats for Europe (ALDE), which had their best result ever, winning 107 seats. | The right-wing nationalist Europe of Nations and Freedom (ENL), raised their vote to 8%, which translates to 57 seats. | The good news is that the Greens (Gre…

susan_p (2019-05-31). Greta Thunberg: 'Act as if your life depended on it, because it does'. greenleft.org.au Hundreds of thousands of students and environmentalists took to the streets around the world as part of the Global Strike for Future climate actions on May 24. Elections for the European Parliament took place two days later, on May 26 and resulted in Greens (along with the far right) gaining votes. | In Copenhagen, Denmark, 40,000 people took part in the People's Climate March on May 25. Swedish student and environmentalist Greta Thunberg addressed the rally. An abridged transcript of Thunberg's speech follows. | * * * | It is absolutely crazy that things have gone so far that children feel like they must sacrifi…

Debbie Nathan (2019-05-31). Vigilantes Helped Steve Bannon's Group With Private Border Wall Near El Paso. theintercept.com People in the El Paso area were stunned to learn on Memorial Day that a new segment of border wall had just sprung up in their midst, seemingly out of nowhere. Though it is already hundreds of feet long and snakes up a high mountain, it was initiated secretly, in just a few days, on private property that for long has been so off-limits to the public that even reporters have feared going near. | The massive, imposing barrier is planned to be about a half-mile long. It's being erec…

RT (2019-05-31). NSA targeting system now deployed along Mexican border, leaked docs reveal. rt.com A top-secret NSA targeting system which dramatically increased the civilian death toll in Afghanistan and Iraq has made its way back home, according to leaked documents boasting of its use on the US-Mexico border.

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