2019-06-12: News Headlines

Staff (2019-06-12). Straight People Should Be Glad They Don't Need a Parade. truthdig.com Some brave hetero activists are attempting to organize a "Straight Pride Parade" in Boston. | Oh just kidding — did I say brave activists? I meant people with neo-Nazi ties. That's right: According to ThinkProgress, the organizers of the "straight pride parade" have ties to numerous far-right groups, and have often embraced violent language on…

plenglish (2019-06-12). Supreme Court Postpones Analysis of Lula's Freedom Request. plenglish.com 12 de junio de 2019, 10: 07Brasilia, Jun 12 (Prensa Latina) The Federal Supreme Court (STF) of Brazil has postponed until June 25 the analysis of the request for freedom of former president Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva, who is currently serving 431 days in prison for alleged acts of corruption.

Labor Video Project (2019-06-12). Palestinian Solidarity & SA BDS Director Desai With Professor Sang He. indybay.org SJSU professor Sang Hea Kil is interviewed by WorkWeek about her trip to the Teaching Palestine conference in Capetown, South Africa. The conference looked at the role of Israel and the Zionist apartheid state. While attending the conference, she and two other participants were sexually harassed by the South African BDS director Muhammed Desai and the organization sought to cover-up this incident.

Ryan Devereaux (2019-06-12). Felony Trial of No More Deaths Volunteer Scott Warren Ends in Mistrial. theintercept.com Twelve jurors walked into the federal courthouse in Tucson Tuesday afternoon with a problem. Two weeks after the U.S. government began to argue its case in the prosecution of Scott Warren, a border-based humanitarian aid volunteer accused of two counts of felony harboring and one count of conspiracy, the jurors could not come to a unanimous decision as to whether he was innocent or guilty. | The previous afternoon, the jurors had sent a letter to district judge Raner Collins, informing him that they were deadlocked. Collins ordered them to go back and try again. By Tuesday, they were still stuck. Eight jurors bel…

CGTN Africa (2019-06-12). Uganda: Two new Ebola cases rise fears of further spread. cgtn.com Mwamini Kahindo, an Ebola survivor working as a caregiver to babies who are confirmed Ebola cases, holds an infant outside the red zone at the Ebola treatment centre in Butembo, Democratic Republic of Congo, March 25, 2019.REUTERS/Baz Ratner /File Photo | Uganda announced two more cases of Ebola on Wednesday, confirming the first spread of a deadly outbreak beyond the borders of the Democratic Republic of Congo. | This comes following the death late Tuesday of a 5-year-old boy who had contracted Ebola. | The two new confirmed cases include the 50-year-old grandmother and 3-year-old brother of the deceased, accord…

CGTN Africa (2019-06-12). Five-year-old boy dies of Ebola in Uganda. cgtn.com A five-year-old boy has died of Ebola in Uganda, a health official said on Wednesday, in the first case of the disease crossing the border from the current outbreak in the Democratic Republic of Congo. | The boy died overnight, the official told Reuters, after entering Uganda from Congo with his family. His mother had returned to Congo to nurse her father, who died of the disease, the health minister said on Tuesday. | Uganda's health ministry and the WHO sent a team to the western town of Kasese to trace likely cases and vaccinate those who might have come into contact with the family, the statement continued…

Colin Benjamin (2019-06-12). Coalition Of Activists Demand "Justice for Chanel" Lewis Who Was Railroaded By Racist Legal System. blackstarnews.com Activists from Color Of Change and VOCAL-NY rally outside Queens Borough Hall in support of Chanel Lewis… | On Tuesday, a coalition of activists rallied outside New York City's Queens Borough Hall to demand justice for Chanel Lewis by delivering over 30,000 petitions from concerned citizens who agree Lewis' murder conviction was a legal travesty. | Lewis, 22, was convicted on April 1 of the murder of 30-year-old Karina Vetrano, who was killed on August 2, 2016, while jogging in Queens, New York. He was then sentenced to life on April 23. | But Lewis' troubling arrest—and obviously coerced confession[mdash…

Betsey Piette (2019-06-12). Philly protest calls for removal of racist police. workers.org June 7 — Black and Brown communities across this city are outraged over the news released by the Plain View Project that 328 Philadelphia police officers were among the more than 1,100 across the U.S. who have posted racist, sexist, homophobic, Islamophobic and otherwise offensive content on Facebook. Over . . . | Continue reading Philly protest calls for removal of racist police at Workers.org

Martha Grevatt (2019-06-12). U.S. drags Mexican gov't into war on migrants. workers.org President Donald Trump announced May 30 the imposition of tariffs on all Mexican imports, effective June 10, if Mexico did not agree to take strong measures against refugees seeking asylum in the U.S. Then on June 7, he suspended the tariffs, but only after Mexican President Andrés Manuel López Obrador . . . | Continue reading U.S. drags Mexican gov't into war on migrants at Workers.org

Cassie Miller (2019-06-11). Accusations in a Mirror: How the Radical Right Blames Rising Political Violence on the Left. splcenter.org In early April, Congress held its first hearing on white nationalism since the deadly 2017 "Unite the Right" rally in Charlottesville, Virginia. What was supposed to be an opportunity to address the rising threat of far-right extremism was, at certain points, upended by conservatives who insisted the real threat came from the left.

splcenter (2019-06-11). SPLC Action Fund: Alabama joins other states with civil asset forfeiture reporting law, but does not go far enough to protect property owners. splcenter.org Across the country, police are using a tool called civil asset forfeiture to seize millions of dollars in cash and property they claim have been involved in criminal activity.

ACLU (2019-06-11). Patients' Needs, Not Personal Beliefs, Come First in Health Care. aclu.org We're suing the Trump administration today over a rule that allows health care providers to refuse care based on religious or moral beliefs. | Since taking office, the Trump administration has launched a systematic attack on laws that exist to protect all of us from discrimination when we seek basic health care. Today, we're taking them back to court over it. | Last month, the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) resurrected a policy that allows health care providers — including hospitals, clinics, and doctors' offices — to use their religious beliefs to withhold critical information and obst…

teleSUR (2019-06-11). French Neo-Nazi Cell Arrested Over Plot To Attack Jews, Muslims. telesurenglish.net French police have raided a neo-Nazi cell accused of plotting attacks on Jewish or Muslim places of worship, judicial sources confirmed on Tuesday. | RELATED: | US: Straight Pride Organizers Linked to White Supremacists | "The investigation suggested they were developing an ill-defined plot to carry out an attack, likely to target a place of worship," the judicial source said, adding that five members of the group, who were "close in ideology to the neo-Nazi movement" were charged b…

Kevin Gosztola (2019-06-11). Supreme Court Rejects Prisoner's Case, Won't Address Perpetual Detention At Guantanamo. shadowproof.com The U.S. Supreme Court refused to hear a case brought by a Guantanamo Bay captive against his perpetual detention, even though war on terrorism has no end in sight.

Jake Johnson, staff writer (2019-06-11). Legal Expert Says 'Congress Must Repeal the AUMF' After Supreme Court Rejects Yemeni Man's Appeal for Release From Gitmo. commondreams.org "The Supreme Court can no longer be trusted to enforce due process. If Congress doesn't put a stop to this unconstitutional cruelty, no one will." | https://www.commondreams.org/sites/defau…

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). 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.

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…

Sheena Anne Arackal (2019-06-11). Annexation Without Citizenship Is Apartheid. commondreams.org If Israel annexes Palestinian land and closes the door on a sovereign Palestinian state, then the international community must demand that Israel extend citizenship to occupied Palestinians. (Photo: Getty) | https://www.commondreams.org/sites/defau…

Bruce Lerro (2019-06-11). Why is the Ruling Class Putting Up With the Idiot-King? dissidentvoice.org Is the party over for the ruling class? Mass complicity Wilhelm Reich, in both The Mass Psychology of Fascism and The Function of the Orgasm argued that socialists do not understand mass psychology. He said that the biggest problem in Germany was not Hitler or even the economic system of capitalism. Rather he asked what …

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

Special To The Black Star News (2019-06-11). While Trump Fumes and Fails, Democrats Outline a Sound and Sensible Border Plan. blackstarnews.com Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer dispels Trump's lie that Democrats have no immigration border or refugee plan… | While Trump continues to propose more cruel and nonsensical policies destined to fail, Democrats are embracing a sensible, humane and effective way forward. | Witness Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer's floor speech yesterday, during which he refuted Trump's bogus suggestion that Democrats don't have a plan for the refugee crisis at the border. As Senator Schumer notes, Senate Democrats introduced a formidable plan weeks ago — progress echoed by the passage of the Dream and Promise…

Physicians for Human Rights (2019-06-11). Asylum-Seeking Children from Central America Suffer Multi-Dimensional, Recurrent, Sustained Trauma. globalresearch.ca Since 2014, the number of children arriving at the U.S. border has risen dramatically, as unaccompanied children, adolescents, and young families have fled gang and other forms of violence in the Northern Triangle countries of El Salvador, Guatemala, and Honduras. …

Staff (2019-06-11). Facial Recognition Data Collected by US Customs Agency Hacked. truthout.org One of the key fears that critics of mass surveillance and the proliferation of facial recognition technology have warned about has been realized with new reporting Monday that a "malicious cyber attack" has resulted in photos of airport passengers and other personal data harvested by U.S. Customs and Border Patrol being stolen by unknown a…

teleSUR (2019-06-11). US State Sues Trump for Violating 'Safe Release' Migrant Policy. telesurenglish.net New Mexico is suing the administration of United States President Donald Trump for violating the its 'safe release' policy for migrants, state officials said in a statement Monday. | RELATED: | US: 24 Migrants Have Died in ICE Custody Under Trump | The first of its kind, the southwestern state is calling for the U.S. to take more responsibility for migrants admitted into the country, rather than abandoning them in the border cities and states after processing paperwork. | Originally, mi…

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.

Stephen Karganovic (2019-06-11). Canada's '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 …

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 …

Blake Stewart (2019-06-11). Tennessee Republicans Take Voter Suppression a Step Further. progressive.org The new law is already having a chilling effect on voting rights groups' work to register voters in underrepresented communities.

MAIL (2019-06-11). Gov. Jay Inslee on Climate Refugees, Tax Breaks for Boeing & Why He Feels Trump Is a Racist. democracynow.org We speak with Washington Governor Jay Inslee about his bid for the 2020 presidency, immigration and the military-industrial complex. Inslee has also vowed to allow in a record number of refugees and to end President Trump's Muslim travel ban. In 2017, Washington became the first state to file a lawsuit to challenge Trump's initial travel ban.

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…

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.

MAIL (2019-06-11). Headlines for June 11, 2019. democracynow.org The Intercept: Judge Collaborated with Prosecutors to Put Ex-President Lula and Others Behind Bars, DOJ Agrees to Hand Over Some Mueller Docs to House Dems, Trump Touts Trade Deal with Mexico, Renews Tariff Threats Against China, Kushner-Owned Co. Received $90 Million from Unknown Foreign Sources Since Start of Trump WH, Transportation Sec. Chao Helped Boost Projects Favorable to Husband Sen. McConnell, Migrants Held in Cramped Cells for 2.5 Weeks After Asylum Hearings as Part of "Remain in Mexico" Plan, Judge Offers Temporary Relief to Missouri's Last Abortion Clinic, Model Karlie Kloss Asks Fans to Support Plan…

Austyn Ross (2019-06-11). ICYMI: NAACP President Derrick Johnson on Racial Discrimination in Retail Environments. naacp.org After Grammy-nominated singer, SZA, spoke out about being profiled at a Sephora in California, the beauty retailer took action by hosting inclusivity training for its employees. On Wednesday June 5, 2019, NAACP President and CEO, Derrick Johnson, joined Chris Jansing to discuss what needs to be done about racial discrimination in retail environments. The MSNBC …

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…

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.

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…

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…

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…

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.

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…

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). 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.

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…

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). 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…

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.

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…

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…

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