2019-06-11: News Headlines

Patrick Cockburn (2019-06-11). Is Trump a Fascist? Well, He's Not Hitler or Mussolini Yet, But He's Getting Closer. counterpunch.org Is Donald Trump a fascist? The question is usually posed as an insult rather than as a serious inquiry. A common response is that "he is not as bad as Hitler", but this rather dodges the issue. Hitler was one hideous exponent of fascism, which comes in different flavours but he was by no means More

Stephen Karganovic (2019-06-11). Canadian 'Srebrenica Genocide Denial Law': When Even the Truth Is No Defense. globalresearch.ca Never mind the slow but steady dismantling in the fabled West of the "welfare state", that temporary horror the elites grudgingly used to tolerate. But that was only as a means of pacifying their subjects and winning over credulous hearts …

Alexander Rubinstein (2019-06-11). Media Paints Jihadist Commander Who Pledged Allegiance to ISIS as a Soccer Star With the Voice of an Angel. mintpressnews.com While Sarout's open calls for genocide and sectarianism were totally whitewashed by the press, his case takes its place in a long tradition of deception regarding the proxy war.

Maj. Danny Sjursen (2019-06-11). The Generals Won't Save Us From the Next War. truthdig.com Editor's note: This article was originally published on The American Conservative. | Poll after poll indicates that the only public institution Americans still trust is the military. Not Congress, not the presidency, not the Supreme Court, the church, or the media. Just the American war machine. | But perhaps that faith in the U.S. Armed Forces is misplaced. I…

RT (2019-06-11). Supreme Court justice questions endless detention at GITMO prison. rt.com After the Supreme Court shot down an appeal from one of the few remaining captives in America's military prison in Guantanamo Bay, one justice has broken ranks and questioned the ongoing policy of indefinite detention.

teleSUR (2019-06-11). Bikini Kill's Riot Grrrls Reunite 22 Years After Separation. telesurenglish.net As a political assault on reproductive rights rages in the United States (U.S.), Bikini Kill, one of the groups credited for sparking the legendary riot grrrl movement is back, reuniting Monday for a London show to spread their message of empowerment and equality, protesting violence against women and normalizing female anger. | RELATED: | US: Straight Pride Organizers Linked to White Supremacists | Before London, Bikini Kill delivered a thunder…

RT (2019-06-11). NY Times drops political cartoons, sense of humor over fallout from 'antisemitic' graphic. rt.com The New York Times has stopped publishing political cartoons over a month after experiencing heavy backlash over a controversial cartoon featuring a blind President Donald Trump led by a seeing-eye PM Benjamin Netanyahu.

Debbie Nathan (2019-06-11). Private Border Wall Expands Onto Federal Land, Blocking Access to Historic Site. theintercept.com We Build the Wall has expanded its private border wall to land owned by the U.S. International Boundary and Water Commission, a federal agency.

barry_h (2019-06-11). Tony Award for refugees rights musical. greenleft.org.au The highly topical musical Hadestown won eight awards at this year's annual Tony Awards ceremony in New York on June 9. The Tony's recognise excellence in live Broadway theatre. | The stage adaption is of the 2010 concept album by US singer Anais Mitchell. It uses the ancient Greek myth of Orpheus in the underground as a template for ripping open contemporary US life, particularly the racist treatment of Central American refugees. | The most powerful political and musical piece in the show is The Wall, which demonstrates the hypocrisy and shallowness of US demagogy about refugees. | While it is perfectly in…

CGTN Africa (2019-06-11). Kenya closes part of its border with Somalia. cgtn.com The Kenyan government says it closed part of its border with Somalia. | Kenya says the decision was reached as security operations against Al Shabaab militants in the area intensified. The country is also trying to crack down on human trafficking as well as the trafficking of contraband goods and drugs. | The closing affects the area of the border in Lamu county. Residents living in border villages have been prohibited from any cross-border trade. | This comes barely a week after fishing activities off the coast near the Somalia border were outlawed. | The county officer says they are taking action by deployin…

Alex Borenstein (2019-06-10). "Walk for Israel" PR effort doesn't fool Denver's anti-apartheid protesters. liberationnews.org Coalition of counter-protesters show solidarity with Palestine.

teleSUR (2019-06-10). Top Brazilian Judge Clears For Trial Lula's Request for Freedom. telesurenglish.net The Supreme Federal Court (STF) judge, Gilmar Mendes, cleared for trial on Monday the request for freedom of former president Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva, according to Brazilian media. | RELATED: | Politics, Lack of Evidence Behind Lula Trial: Intercept Expose | The habeas corpus (HC) was presented by Lula's defense last year when then-judge Sergio Moro accepted Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro's appointment to lead the Justice Ministry. This time around it is expected that the r…

Special To The Black Star News (2019-06-10). Attorney General James And NYC Comptroller Stringer Announce Sentencing Of Contractors Who Ripped-off Workers. blackstarnews.com Attorney General James and NYC Comptroller Stringer announce sentencing of "unscrupulous" contruction company owners who robbed workers… | Attorney General Letitia James and New York City Comptroller Scott Stringer today announced the sentencings of Vickram Mangru, his wife Gayatri Mangru, and AVM Construction Corp., of Valley Stream, NY, for failing to pay proper prevailing wages to workers related to a publicly-funded New York City construction project. | The defendants were sentenced today in Bronx County Supreme Court in front of Justice James A. McCarty. Vickram Mangru will serve 30 days in jail, followed…

Staff (2019-06-10). The Supreme Court Nixes Corporate Contributions for the 2020 Campaign. truthout.org A few weeks ago, the Supreme Court delivered a surprising rebuke to those who think corporations just don't have enough influence on U.S. elections. In declining to hear the case of 1A Auto, Inc. vs. Sullivan, the court essentially guaranteed that corporations will be sidelined for at least the next election cycle. | Some background: since the passage of the Tillman Act of 1907, corporate contributions have been banned in federal elections. The Tillman Act was violated most famously by President Nixon's re-election campaign in 1972, in which illegal corporate money was used to fund even more illegal campaign a…

commondreams (2019-06-10). Asylum-Seeking Children from Northern Triangle Suffer Multi-Dimensional, Recurrent, Sustained Trauma. commondreams.org ______________________________…

Staff (2019-06-10). Deal or No Deal, Asylum Seekers Wait It Out at the Southern Border. truthdig.com A U.S.-Mexico pact announced Friday may mean that more migrants will be sent back to Mexico to await resolution of their asylum claims.

Staff (2019-06-10). Racist Gerrymandering Created a GOP Stronghold in the South. We Must Fight Back. truthout.org Longtime civil rights leader Rev. Dr. William Barber joins us to respond to his conviction Thursday for trespassing during a 2017 protest against gerrymandering and attacks on health care at the North Carolina Legislature. Barber had refused to leave the General Assembly as ordered, after he organized a sit-in at the legislative building when Republican leaders refused to meet with him about concerns with voter ID requirements and redistricting plans that would weaken the power of the black vote. "We must start connecting systemic racism, most seen through systemic voter suppression and gerrymandering, poverty…

MAIL (2019-06-10). Rev. William Barber: Racist Gerrymandering Created a GOP Stronghold in the South. We Must Fight Back. democracynow.org Longtime civil rights leader Rev. Dr. William Barber joins us to respond to his conviction Thursday for trespassing during a 2017 protest against gerrymandering and attacks on healthcare at the North Carolina Legislature. Barber had refused to leave the General Assembly as ordered, after he organized a sit-in at the legislative building when Republican leaders refused to meet with him about concerns with voter ID requirements and redistricting plans that would weaken the power of the black vote. "We must start connecting systemic racism, most seen through systemic voter suppression and gerrymandering, poverty, th…

By Brittany Barbee and Cheyenne Blackburn (2019-06-10). SPLC Report: Corporal punishment in school disproportionately affects black students, students with disabilities. splcenter.org Corporal punishment in school may seem like a practice that has long since disappeared from U.S. public schools, but every school day there are students who are punished by being struck by an educator — proof that corporal punishment remains a painful reality in thousands of public schools.

teleSUR (2019-06-10). Two Soldiers Killed in Ambush in Northeastern Colombia. telesurenglish.net A military patrol in northeastern Colombia came under attack on Sunday, resulting in the death of at least two soldiers in the Arauca region. | RELATED: | Venezuela Reopens Border After 'Humanitarian Aid' Failure | According to the Colombian military, the attack took place on one of their army patrols that was moving through the village of Zaparav in the Tame municipality. | The soldiers were reportedly killed when several explosive devices were detonated as the Colombian military co…

Staff (2019-06-10). Mexico Denies Trump's Claim of Secret Concessions in Deal. truthdig.com STERLING, Va. — Three days after U.S. President Donald Trump announced a deal with Mexico to stem the flow of migrants at the southern border, the two countries appear unable to agree on exactly what's in it. | Stung by criticism that the agreement mostly ramps up border protection efforts already underway, Trump on Monday hinted at other, secret agreements he says will soon be revealed. | "We have fully signed and documented another very important part of the Immigration and Security deal with Mexico, one that the U.S. has been asking about getting for many years," Trump wrote Monday, saying it would "be r…

Staff (2019-06-10). Trump "Created a Fake Crisis and Has Announced a Fake Solution" With Mexico. truthout.org Facing an escalating showdown with Mexico and an insurrection from his own party, President Trump said Friday the United States had reached a deal with Mexico to avert a 5 percent tariff on all imported Mexican goods that was due to take effect today and increase to 25 percent by October. Trump's announcement came after three days of Mexico-U.S. negotiations in Washington. Officials said it was based around Mexico's commitment to deploy National Guard forces throughout the country, in particular to its southern border, in order to stem the flow of northbound migrants headed toward the U.S. Under the deal, they…

Albert Bender (2019-06-10). Community protests deaths of migrant refugee children at southern border. peoplesworld.org

RT (2019-06-10). US signed 'another very important part' of immigration deal with Mexico — Trump. rt.com US President Donald Trump has announced signing an "important" part of an agreement on immigration with Mexico. The news comes a week into the neighbors' row over tariffs and border security.

United Nations (2019-06-10). Amid Venezuela exodus, UN refugee envoy Angelina Jolie visits camps on Colombian border, appeals for humanity, more support. un.org As the United Nations announced four million Venezuelans have fled their country, Angelina Jolie, a special envoy for the world body's refugee agency, visited camps along the Colombian-Venezuelan border, where on Saturday she appealed for more leadership, more humanity and more support to countries bearing the brunt of the crisis.

Joshua Rivera (2019-06-10). A Peek Into a Future When the Border Wall Is Built and the 1 Percent Get Away With More Than Just Murder. thenation.com A Peek Into a Future When the Border Wall Is Built and the 1 Percent Get Away With More Than Just Murder…

MAIL (2019-06-10). Tariff Temper Tantrum: Trump "Created a Fake Crisis & Has Announced a Fake Solution" with Mexico. democracynow.org Facing an escalating showdown with Mexico and an insurrection from his own party, President Trump said Friday the United States had reached a deal with Mexico to avert a 5% tariff on all imported Mexican goods that was due to take effect today and increase to 25% by October. Trump's announcement came after three days of Mexico-U.S. negotiations in Washington. Officials said it was based around Mexico's commitment to deploy National Guard forces throughout the country, in particular to its southern border, in order to stem the flow of northbound migrants headed toward the US. Under the deal, they said Mexico also…

Paul Dobson (2019-06-10). Venezuela Partially Reopens Colombia Border, Closes Canadian Consulates. venezuelanalysis.com The move comes as a riot over fuel shortages in Merida leaves one dead.

teleSUR (2019-06-10). US: 24 Migrants Have Died in ICE Custody Under Trump. telesurenglish.net A total of 24 migrants have died in U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) custody according to an NBC News analysis of federal data. | RELATED: Mexico Confirms 6,000-Troop Deployment to Guatemalan Border, Arrests Migrant Advocates | The findings are based on a report released this week by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security which found "egregious viola…

teleSUR (2019-06-10). Guatemala's Elections: Big Challenges Await Next President. telesurenglish.net Guatemala will hold a presidential election next Sunday while the country is facing many difficulties including widespread corruption and an unpopular president have set the stag for an election characterized by a huge number of mostly unknown presidential candidates. | RELATED: | Mexico May Send Troops to Guatemalan Border to Avoid US Tariffs | With around 18 presidential aspirants participating in the race, many Guatemalans are undecided, and a lot of them do not know the p…

Julia Conley, staff writer (2019-06-10). DHS Agents Treat Undocumented Immigrants as Criminals in Hospitals, Shackling Them to Beds and Impeding Care, Study Finds. commondreams.org Doctors at hospitals near the U.S.-Mexico border report that border patrol agents regularly treat undocumented immigrants like convicted criminals when taking them to receive medical care after apprehending them, according to a new report. | https://www.commondreams.org/sites/defau…

Workers World Boston bureau (2019-06-10). 'No Walls in the LGBTQ2S Struggle'. workers.org Workers' Solidarity Day was marked by a May 31 meeting titled "No Walls in the LGBTQ2S Struggle," sponsored by Stonewall Warriors, International Workers' Solidarity Network and Workers World Party. The meeting was dedicated to Roxanna Hernandez, a Honduran trans woman who died in detention at the border. Speaking about the . . . | Continue reading 'No Walls in the LGBTQ2S Struggle' at Workers.org

teleSUR (2019-06-09). Nicaragua Approves Amnesty Law To Bring Peace. telesurenglish.net In an effort lead by the FSLN, to bring peace and reconciliation, Nicaragua's National Assembly has approved a law that will provide amnesty for those involved with right-wing violence during the distabilization process last year. | RELATED: | Nicaragua in the Shadow Of Western Fascism | The new law will grant a one off amnesty to those who committed crimes during the right-wing protests last year, it will apply equally to those with or without active cases against them. However, article 3 of…

Yves Engler (2019-06-09). General Roméo Dallaire Denies the "Canadian Genocide" and Distorts Rwanda's. globalresearch.ca Is Roméo Dallaire a genocide denier? | After a (question free) talk at Concordia University this week I followed the famous Canadian general out of the room to ask why he still supports ruthless dictator Paul Kagame. Kagame is the …

Julia Conley, staff writer (2019-06-09). "This Is What Fascists Do": Trump Attempted to Suppress State Dept Analyst's Testimony on Climate Crisis. commondreams.org The Trump administration issued one of its most blatant attacks on climate science this past week when it tried to stop a State Department employee from testifying on the climate crisis, reports showed on Saturday. | https://www.commondreams.org/sites/defau…

teleSUR (2019-06-09). US: Straight Pride Organizers Linked to White Supremacists. telesurenglish.net The proposed Straight Pride rally in the U.S. city Boston is being organized by people linked with far-right movement and nationalists according to various reports. | RELATED: | No Pride at US State Dept. as Officials Block Rainbow Flags | Mark Sahady, the principal organizer of the rally had previously organized and attended events as the leader of the Boston chapter of a group called Resist Marxism | Resist Marxism has links with white nationalists groups and their members are…

teleSUR (2019-06-09). More Arrests for Latest Homophobic Attack in London. telesurenglish.net A fifth arrest was made on Saturday for the recent homophobic attack against a lesbian couple in London. The boy is aged 16, similar to the four other assailants. | RELATED: | US: Straight Pride Organizers Linked to White Supremacists | UK police have announced a new arrest for the homophobic assault against a lesbian couple on a London night bus. The case…

Staff (2019-06-09). Court to Big Fracking Company: Trespassing Still Exists — Even For You. truthout.org EQT had a lease that entitled the company to the gas directly beneath their farm, but it also wanted to use a new, 20-acre well pad to gather gas from 3,000 acres of adjacent or nearby leases. | The company ignored their warnings. It built roads and drilled a well, and it put in horizontal pipes stretching for miles in all directions. | Crowder and Wentz sued — and they've been fighting EQT in court ever since. On Wednesday, the West Virginia Supreme Court ended the matter with a surprisingly straightforward and unanimous conclusion: Going onto someone else's land without their permission is trespassing.

Staff (2019-06-09). Tennessee Passes Law Designed to Intimidate Black Voters. therealnews.com Successful voter registration drives among Blacks have motivated Tennessee lawmaker to pass bill with onerous fines for simple registration mistakes, which will cause voters to think twice about registering. We speak to Ezra Rosenberg of the Voting Rights Project…

RT (2019-06-09). 'We can always go back to tariffs': Trump roasts 'failing New York Times' over Mexico deal report. rt.com The newspaper of record tried to rain on Donald Trump's parade over his much-hyped border deal with Mexico. The president retaliated with a barrage of angry tweets, branding the New York Times as "truly The Enemy of the People!"

Colin Benjamin (2019-06-09). British Writer Launches Poetry Show Based On "New Cross Massacre" Which Killed 13 Blacks. blackstarnews.com Black British poet Jay Bernard revisits the 1981 New Cross Fire which killed 13 Blacks… | Award-winning Black British writer Jay Bernard has recently launched a theatrical multimedia poetry show based on London's deadly New Cross Fire, notoriously known as the "New Cross Massacre" which killed 13 young Blacks in 1981. | In this work, Bernard, 31, conjures the voices of the victims by using stage poetry fused with archival audios and videos, related to the event, to tell the story of this disaster—an apparent racist firebombing attack. | In this new show "Surge," Bernard revisits the tragic topic of the Ne…

Stephen Lendman (2019-06-08). Trump Reinvents The History of World War II, Honoring US Vets and Talking Peace While Waging War. globalresearch.ca The US was Soviet Russia's junior partner in the battle to defeat Nazi Germany. History taught US students otherwise. So do US presidents, Trump no exception. | In Colleville-sur-Mer, France, the Normandy American Cemetery, commemorating the 75th D-Day anniversary, launching the …

Natasha Lennard (2019-06-08). Trump Administration Making It Harder to Find Out Whether It's Fighting White Supremacist Terror. theintercept.com White nationalists, neo-Nazis, and members of the "alt-right" march during the "Unite the Right" rally in Charlottesville, Va., on Aug. 12, 2017. | a death threat she and fellow Muslim representative Ilhan Omar had received in the mail. "A good Muslim is a dead one," the letter had read. The hearing, called "Confronting White Supremacy: Adequacy of the Federal Response," featured the FBI's Assistant Director for Counterterrorism Michael McGarrity. Tlaib wondered why t…

Staff (2019-06-08). Ginsburg Warns of More 5-4 Supreme Court Decisions Ahead. truthdig.com The justice's remarks come as high-profile cases involving the census and electoral maps are still pending before the term ends June 30.

Jessica Piper (2019-06-08). Virginia Thomas, wife of Justice Clarence Thomas, extends her conservative reach for 2020. nationofchange.org Conservative activist Virginia "Ginni" Thomas plans to launch a new PAC and 501(c)(4) nonprofit, according to a report published in the Intercept this week. Dubbed "American D-Day," the groups will be part of a broader project called Crowdsourcers, with the goal of protecting President Donald Trump. | If Thomas's name sounds familiar, it may be because she is married to Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas, who has been on the bench for nearly three decades. But Ginni Thomas has long carved out her own place in conservati…

Julia Conley, staff writer (2019-06-08). Trump's Tariff Deal Will Be 'Disaster' for Thousands of Immigrants Deported to Mexico, Rights Groups Say. commondreams.org Immigrant rights groups decried the deal reached Friday night by President Donald Trump and Mexican officials, in which Trump called off his plan to impose tariffs on all imports from Mexico in exchange for an expansion of his policy deporting asylum-seekers to the country. | https://www.commondreams.org/sites/defau…

WSWS (2019-06-08). Social Democrats return to government in Denmark with xenophobic programme. wsws.org The Social Democrats want to limit immigration from non-Western states and set up reception centres for asylum seekers outside the country.

RT (2019-06-08). Minnesota cop sentenced to 12+ years for killing unarmed woman who called 911. rt.com A former Minneapolis, Minnesota police officer convicted of shooting an unarmed woman in an alley behind her home was given a 12.5 year prison sentence, in a controversial case that had the ACLU crying racism. |

Jessicah Pierre (2019-06-08). Racism as a Public Health Crisis. commondreams.org Racism is often viewed as an action performed by individuals. But even if we got rid of all America's prejudiced individuals, racism would still exist in the systems they built.

Martha Grevatt (2019-06-08). High court allows racist gerrymandering in Ohio, Michigan. workers.org In 2004, Ohio became notorious for the deliberate suppression of Black voters. The racist disenfranchisement, called "Ohio's first poll tax," may have given the state's 20 electoral votes to George W. Bush. — without which he would have lost to John Kerry. Not much has changed in 15 years. Only . . . | Continue reading High court allows racist gerrymandering in Ohio, Michigan at Workers.org

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