2020-06-22: News Headlines

Steve Early, Suzanne Gordon (2020-06-22). Trading One Uniform for Another: Can Police Be "De-Militarized" When So Many Cops Are Military Veterans? counterpunch.org Calls for de-militarization of law enforcement have gained new momentum in the wake of nationwide protests against police brutality. That process won't be easy in a nation where nearly one fifth of all cops are military veterans — including Derek Chauvin, George Floyd's killer in Minneapolis and Robert McCabe, one of two officers charged with felony

Staff (2020-06-22). Five Black & Brown Men Have Been Recently Found Hanged in Public. Were Some of Them Lynched? democracynow.org As mass protests against racism and police brutality continue, at least five men — four Black and one Latinx — have been found hanging in public across the U.S. in recent weeks. We speak with Jacqueline Olive, director of "Always in Season," a documentary that examines the history of lynchings through the story of Lennon Lacy, an African American teenager who was found hanged from a swingset in 2014. "They deserve a full investigation," Olive says of the recent hangings, "and given the context of this history … that we look at them more than three days, and then that they are looked at as a whole."

Staff (2020-06-22). Trump's Reelection Playbook: Racist Tropes & Downplaying COVID Pandemic by Slowing Down Testing. democracynow.org As the U.S. death toll from COVID-19 nears 120,000 and mass protests against police brutality and racism continue, President Trump faces condemnation for his remarks at his poorly attended campaign rally in Tulsa, Oklahoma, when he repeated racist terms like "kung flu" and lashed out at protesters. "You just see this tremendous impulse to divide," says Emily Bazelon, staff writer at The New York Times Magazine. "This is what has worked for Trump in the past. He is not going to change now."

yenisafak (2020-06-22). Syrians confirm death of missing relatives by photos. yenisafak.com Hundreds of thousands of Syrians searching for their relatives have stepped up their efforts after the US adopted the Caesar Act, a law which imposes sanctions on the Syrian regime for war crimes.Families, who have long given up on ever finding their relatives, click on web links where photos of people killed in regime prisons are posted, in a desperate attempt to confirm the death of their loved ones.Imaduddin Rasit, the founding member of a France-based association monitoring Syrian casualties of war and prisoners, said more than 6,000 photos of people tortured to death were shared on the internet.The photos we…

Prof. Marjorie Cohn (2020-06-22). Massive Uprisings Confront White Supremacy. globalresearch.ca That's not a chip on my shoulder. | That's your foot on my neck. | — Malcolm X | On May 25, a Minneapolis police officer tortured George Floyd to death in what his brother, Philonise Floyd,

Kit O'Connell (2020-06-22). School of the Americas: Training Torturers & Secret Police for US-Backed Dictators Since 1946. globalresearch.ca This article was originally published in December 2015. | For the past 69 years, many of the most notorious U.S.-backed South American dictators, along with their secret police and torturers, have learned their dark arts from a secretive American training facility….

Matthew Ehret-Kump (2020-06-22). The Multiple Hands of British Intelligence. "The Real British Empire is A Nasty Beat" globalresearch.ca

Kevin Reed (2020-06-22). CIA Acknowledges Its Trove of Cyber Warfare Tools Was Exposed by WikiLeaks in 2017. globalresearch.ca A newly-released 2017 internal review of security practices at the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) confirms that the top secret agency had developed an arsenal of cyber espionage tools and would not have known about the massive "Vault 7" data hack …

_____ (2020-06-22). Lawyers Press Downing Street To Publish Russia Report. truepublica.org.uk By James Ball and Isobel Koshiw: Lawyers acting for the Bureau of Investigative Journalism have written to Number 10 urging it to publish a long-overdue report by parliament's Intelligence and Security Committee (ISC) into Russian interference in the UK. The report by the ISC, parliament's watchdog on intelligence matters, had been cleared for release by the …

yenisafak (2020-06-22). Germany arrests suspected Assad regime torturer. yenisafak.com German police arrested a Syrian former secret service employee on suspicion of crimes against humanity, officials said on Monday. | Alaa M., who arrived in Germany as a refugee in 2015, was arrested in the central state of Hesse on Friday, the Federal Public Prosecutor's Office said in a statement. | The suspect worked for the military intelligence as a doctor, and he was strongly suspected of torturing inmates in 2011 at an Assad regime prison in the city of Homs. | The prosecutors accused the Assad regime of using brutal force to suppress the political opposition, torturing and murdering many of them in prisons…

RT (2020-06-21). 'Just blame the Russians!' Moscow's deputy UN envoy mocks Nikki Haley over blaming US unrest on Russia. rt.com The only task US officials seemingly have is finding a way of pinning the blame for literally any incident on Moscow, Russia's deputy UN envoy jokingly said as former US ambassador to the UN Nikki Haley did just that. | The ex-UN envoy apparently decided to jump on the bandwagon of Russia bashers and put all the blame for the massive riots gripping the US following the murder of an African American by a cop on Moscow. | Haley stated in a Twitter post that "playing up" the "allegations" of police abuse in America has been the new tactics of Russian intelligence apparently hell bent on disrupting yet another US…

yenisafak (2020-06-21). British police say Reading stabbing attack treated as terrorist act. yenisafak.com British police on Sunday said that a stabbing attack in a southern English town that left three people dead and another three injured was being treated as a terrorist attack but that there was no intelligence on any further attacks."This was an atrocity," Britain's top counter-terrorism officer, Neil Basu, said, adding that unarmed police officers had tackled the attacker.Basu said that counter-terrorism police are now leading the investigation and that the attack is not linked to the Black Lives Matter protest in the same park in Reading a few hours before Saturday's attack.

RT (2020-06-20). 'Every human life is precious': Pence savaged after saying 'all lives matter' in interview. rt.com US Vice President Mike Pence has unleashed a wave of outrage and indignation on Twitter after saying "all lives matter" despite being repeatedly pressed to utter "black lives matter." Every life is important, he argued. | In a sit-down with a Philadelphia ABC affiliate on Friday, reporter Brian Taff nudged Pence several times to repeat the slogan — which doubles as the name for a movement dedicated to fighting police brutality and racism in the US — asking "Can you say those words?" | "In this nation… we cherish the ideal that all of us are created equal and endowed by our creator with certain inal…

RT (2020-06-20). Bolton can release book, but actions may have caused 'irreparable harm' & raise 'national security concerns,' judge rules. rt.com A federal judge has ruled that John Bolton may proceed in releasing his book about his time in Donald Trump's administration, but warned the former national security advisor's conduct "raises grave national security concerns." | "For reasons that hardly need to be stated, the Court will not order a nationwide seizure and destruction of a political memoir," DC District Judge Royce Lamberth wrote in his ruling. He warned, however, that "without securing final approval from nationals intelligence authorities," Bolton may have caused "irreparable harm" to the country. | Bolton is still facing a civil case over pos…

RT (2020-06-20). Vote by hypocritical UN Human Rights Council on race and policing in US is 'new low' — Pompeo. rt.com The US has slammed the UN Human Rights Council for holding a vote on a resolution that criticized America's record of police brutality and racism, saying the vote demonstrated "hypocrisy" and showed why the US quit the body. | The UN rights body "has long been and remains a haven for dictators and democracies that indulge them," Secretary of State Michael Pompeo said in a statement. | "If the Council were honest, it would recognize the strengths of American democracy and urge authoritarian regimes around the world to model American democracy and to hold their nations to the same high standards of accountabilit…

yenisafak (2020-06-20). Libya says 190 bodies found in mass graves by Haftar. yenisafak.com The Libyan army said Saturday 190 corpses have been found in mass graves south of Tripoli and the city of Tarhuna since June 5. | In a statement, the army said 106 bodies, including children and women, were found with signs of torture inside a hospital morgue in Tarhuna on June 5. | A further 37 bodies were found in another hospital in the city, of which 14 corpses were identified, the military said. | According to the statement, 15 additional bodies were found in Qasr bin Ghashir area, south of Tripoli. The military said those bodies belonged to persons kidnapped by militia of warlord Khalifa Haftar. | The remai…

sputniknews (2020-06-20). Floyd Family Attorney Warns Removing Confederate Statues May Repeat US History. sputniknews.com The US, as well as many major cities around the globe, are witnessing an ongoing wave of anti-racism and anti-police-brutality protests sparked by the killing of George Floyd and many other African-Americans at the hands of white police officers. Many Confederate statues and monuments have been removed, either officially or by demonstrators.

Ilona Gazarova (2020-06-20). Friday 6/26: United Nations International Day in Support of Victims of Torture. indybay.org Advocacy for Humankind is Hosting an Event for United Nations International Day in Support of Victims of Torture.

Revolutionary United Front (2020-06-20). Tuesday 6/23: Community Meeting on Police Brutality and the George Floyd Protests Pt. 2. indybay.org Willow Park | Oakland, CA 94607…

Aaron Morrison, Kat Stafford (2020-06-19). Juneteenth: A day for national action. peoplesworld.org In just about any other year, Juneteenth, the holiday celebrating the day in 1865 that all enslaved Black people learned they had been freed from bondage, would be marked by African American families across the nation with a cookout, a parade, a community festival, a soulful rendition of "Lift Ev'ry Voice and Sing." But in …

Staff (2020-06-19). 99 Years Later, Wounds of the 1921 Tulsa Race Massacre Have "Never Been Remedied" democracynow.org President Trump's first campaign rally since the start of the pandemic takes place Saturday in Tulsa, Oklahoma, despite a spike of COVID-19 cases there. Trump rescheduled the rally to Saturday after facing backlash for saying it would happen on Juneteenth — a celebration of African Americans' liberation from slavery — amid a nationwide uprising against racism and police brutality. Tulsa is also the site of one of the deadliest massacres in U.S. history, when a white mob in 1921 killed as many as 300 people in a thriving African American business district known as "Black Wall Street." For more on this…

teleSUR (2020-06-19). Mexico: Enforced Disappearances at Anti-Police Brutality Rally. telesurenglish.net Mexico's Jalisco State Human Rights Commission (CEDHJ) Thursday denounced police brutality during protests demanding justice for Giovanni Lopez in early June. | RELATED: | "At least eight minors and four women were arbitrarily and violently deprived of their liberty, besides the kidnappings that have not yet been fully determined," CEDHJ states. | On June 4, the citizens of Guadalajara marched towards the local government's hea…

Mnar Muhawesh (2020-06-19). Podcast: How the Democratic Party Unleashed Decades of Racial Injustice and Police Brutality on Communities of Color. thealtworld.com Margaret Kimberly and Monique Cullars Doty join MintCast to discuss how Democrats attempt to save face by co-opting justice movements, including Black Lives Matter, and the party's roots in White supremacy. | Welcome to In this episode, we are joined by Margaret Kimberly and…

Fight Back (2020-06-19). March set for RNC in Jacksonville: 'We can't breathe'. fightbacknews.org Jacksonville, FL — The Coalition to March on the RNC applied for permits from the city of Jacksonville, June 17, to hold a rally and march opposed to Donald Trump and the Republican National Convention. | The main slogan of the event will be "We Can't Breathe — Defeat Donald Trump." The Coalition to March on the RNC will seek to emphasize the Black-led struggle against police brutality under the past four years of Trump in office. The Coalition also stands for a people's agenda — money for living-wage jobs, education, universal healthcare, peace and equality. | The Coalition to March on the RNC…

Melissa Dykes (2020-06-19). US Court Ruling: You Can Be "Too Smart" to Be a Cop. globalresearch.ca Relevant to the present crisis, this article was first published on GR on December 18, 2014 | Can a person actually be "too smart" to be a cop in America? "Considering all the police brutality and officer-involved shootings in the news …

_____ (2020-06-19). Scheer Intelligence: The Powerful Past, Present And Future Of Black Lives Matter. popularresistance.org Black Lives Matter was founded in 2013 after the murder of Trayvon Martin highlighted the dangers Black children, women and men face daily because of the color of their skin. The grassroots movement has protested against police violence and anti-black racism since then, and advocated for policy changes to address racial injustices. Despite having been active for the better part of a decade now, Black Lives Matter was recently launched into the global spotlight after the police assassination of George Floyd rocked the world. | On this week's episode of "Scheer Intelligence," Dr. Melina Abdullah, one of the Black L…

_____ (2020-06-19). How Our Bloated Military Strengthens The Police State. popularresistance.org Nationwide uprisings over the police killing of George Floyd have forced a long overdue discussion about the injustices of U.S. policing—an institution that has consistently harassed and terrorized and, in the words of organizer, writer and educator Mariame Kaba, remains a consistent "force of violence against Black people." As demands to abolish the police are thrust into mainstream discourse, promising—if uncertain and mixed—political changes are being debated and implemented every day. We are seeing a rigorous interrogation of the systems that uphold and compound the brutality of policing: pr…

_____ (2020-06-19). City Bar Calls For Investigation Following Arrests Of Legal Observers. popularresistance.org The New York City Bar Association on Wednesday called on Mayor Bill de Blasio and the New York Police Department to "immediately investigate" the alleged targeting of nine legal observers earlier this month during a protest against police brutality in the Bronx. | In a statement, the City Bar said it was "gravely concerned" by what it called "concerted efforts" in New York, and across the country, to interfere with the work of observers at mass demonstrations protesting systemic racism and police killings of black Americans. | The City Bar specifically cited reports that legal observers associated with the Nation…

yenisafak (2020-06-19). Two wanted Daesh terrorists caught in SE Turkey. yenisafak.com Two women, both Russian citizens, who were wanted by Interpol for being members of the Daesh terrorist group, were arrested in Turkey's southeast in a joint operation by Turkish security and intelligence units on Friday.After being tipped off that a group of terrorists from Syria's war zones were entering Turkey illegally, an operation was conducted in coordination with the prosecutor's office in Kilis province.In the joint operation by police and the National Intelligence Organization, two women were apprehended in the central district of Kilis.The suspects were identified by the initials S.K (29) and R.E. (33),…

sputniknews (2020-06-19). New York City Marks Juneteenth as Thousands of Protesters Demand End to Police Brutality. sputniknews.com NEW YORK (Sputnik) – Thousands of New York residents took gathered in lower Manhattan on Juneteenth to march to end police violence and systemic racism in the United States, a Sputnik correspondent reported from the scene.

Dr. Davood Rahni (2020-06-19). Racism in the U.S. is far deeper and broader than ever thought, let alone acknowledged. iranian.com In commemoration of Juneteenth Day The 8 minutes, 46 seconds lethal knee-jerking, chokehold, and neck crushing of excessive police brutality force inflicted on the late slain George Floyd and now endured heavily by his family and the Nation and the world over as a whole, has had far more adverse American and global ramifications and …

Ed Rampell (2020-06-18). If Black Lives Matter, must 'Gone with the Wind' be gone? peoplesworld.org In 1953 author Simone de Beauvoir asked Must We Burn De Sade? regarding the French Marquis and his sadomasochistic books. Today, as the multiple plagues of COVID-19, widespread economic displacement and police brutality disproportionately ravage the African-American community, we're likewise asking: Must Gone with the Wind be gone? On June 10, the birthday of Hattie …

Betsey Piette (2020-06-18). Too late to reform, time to disband Philly police. workers.org Philadelphia The Philadelphia Police Department, the fourth largest in the U.S., is one of the oldest municipal police agencies, founded in 1854. Its history has been marked by patterns of police brutality, intimidation, coercion and disregard for constitutional rights. Philadelphia protest, June 6. Recently, a statue of former Police Commissioner . . . |

ACLU (2020-06-18). A Landmark Supreme Court Decision Affirms LGBTQ Rights. aclu.org It's been more than 50 years since Black and Brown trans women led the revolutionary Stonewall Riots, fighting back against police brutality and discrimination and launching a movement for equality. This week, we celebrated another incredible landmark in the fight for LGBTQ rights. , , In a 6 to 3 decision, the Supreme Court affirmed that it is illegal for employers to fire or otherwise discriminate against someone simply because they are LGBTQ. Though more work remains to protect the rights of the LGBTQ community, this decision will go a long way towards affirming legal protections in education, housing, cred…

teleSUR (2020-06-18). Chile: Human Rights Defenders Claim Justice for Blind Student. telesurenglish.net In Chile, human rights defenders asked the Prosecutors' Office to carry out investigations into police brutality in the case of Gustavo Gatica, who lost his sight in the 2019 protests.. | RELATED: | "Initially the Police's investigation concluded that those responsible cannot be identified but, according to the Prosecutor's Office's investigation, bullets extracted from Gustavo coincide with the ammunition used by the Police," Amnesty Int…

WSWS (2020-06-18). Far-right US Air Force sergeant charged in slaying of federal officer and local police. wsws.org Contrary to the claims of the Trump administration, far-right groups and state agents, not "far-left terrorists," have been the source of homicidal violence throughout the anti-police brutality protests.

teleSUR (2020-06-18). Cuba Condemns US Systemic Racism at the UN Human Rights Council. telesurenglish.net Cuba's Permanent Representative to the United Nations Office in Geneva Wednesday denounced the systemic racism and police brutality prevailing in the United States before the 43rd session of the UN Human Rights Council (UNHRC). | RELATED: | "The reality is that racism and police violence against Black people and minorities are not exceptions or errors within that system. They are the system!" Pedroso said. | The Cuban di…