2020-06-25: News Headlines

Max Blumenthal (2020-06-25). How a US & Qatari regime change deception produced the 'Caesar' sanctions driving Syria towards famine. thegrayzone.com Like the mysterious figure it is named for, the Caesar sanctions bill is the product of an elaborate deception by…

Max Blumenthal (2020-06-25). How a US and Qatari regime change deception produced 'Caesar' sanctions driving Syria towards famine. thegrayzone.com Like the mysterious figure it is named for, the Caesar sanctions bill is the product of an elaborate deception by…

Peoples Dispatch (2020-06-25). India's internal emergency: A brutal chapter in authoritarianism. peoplesdispatch.org On the 45th anniversary of the imposition of India's notorious internal emergency, we take a look at what led to that decision and the impact it had on the country's democracy…

_____ (2020-06-25). Massive Uprisings Confront White Supremacy. popularresistance.org On May 25, a Minneapolis police officer tortured George Floyd to death in what his brother, Philonise Floyd, called "a modern-day lynching in broad daylight." Hundreds of thousands of people took to the streets in all 50 states and Washington D.C.; the anti-racist uprisings continue. | Why do a majority of people in this country now support the Movement for Black Lives? Why have calls to defund and abolish the police entered the mainstream discourse? Why are people risking the deadly coronavirus to join the protests? And why are we seeing what may be the broadest popular movement in the history of the United Stat…

sputniknews (2020-06-25). Two Terrorists Killed, 5 Members of Pakistan-Based Terror Group Lashkar-e-Taiba Arrested in Kashmir. sputniknews.com New Delhi (Sputnik): Indian security forces have been engaged in major counter-terror operations in the Kashmir Valley since April of this year. Security forces have eliminated more than 110 terrorists so far, with intelligence services claiming that infiltration attempts from the Pakistani border may witness a sharp increase this summer.

Staff (2020-06-24). Say Her Name: On Average, Police Kill One Black Woman A Month. therealnews.com Historically, Black women like Fannie Lou Hamer, Atatiana Jefferson, Breonna Taylor, Korryn Gaines, and Eleanor Bumpers, who were killed or brutalized by police officers, receive less community outrage and media coverage than their male counterparts.

RT (2020-06-24). US killer cops mastered 'fascist Israel's technique proudly used on Palestinians' — Roger Waters to RT. rt.com Pink Floyd co-founder Roger Waters sees eerie similarities in Israel's treatment of Palestinians and US police departments' approach to their own citizens. The legendary singer told RT it's "about time" the world called out both. | "Thank goodness there's an uprising," Waters told RT's 'Going Underground' on Tuesday, referring to the wave of protests and riots sweeping the US since the killing of George Floyd by a police officer in Minneapolis last month. "It's about time." | The kneeling chokehold that killed Floyd was described by Waters as "an Israeli technique, proudly developed by the IDF in the occupied…

Peoples Dispatch (2020-06-24). Jessy Dayane: "Bolsonaro has never tried to hide his authoritarian project" peoplesdispatch.org The coup d'état in 2016 which overthrew Dilma Rouseff of the Workers' Party of Brazil, marked a new period in Brazil characterized by the attack on democracy. The illegal maneuvering to eliminate popular leader Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva from the 2018 elections and effectively solidify the election of far-right leader Jair Bolsonaro was another step in this process. | Under the leadership of Bolsonaro, Brazilian state institutions and programs have been systematically dismantled, funding for public education and health has been cut, and tensions within Brazilian society have been heightened. | In this context, the…

_____ (2020-06-24). What Elinor Ostrom's Work Tells Us About Defunding The Police. popularresistance.org In the past weeks, I've watched the news about the explosion of protests against police brutality and racism in the United States and around the world, and the resulting conversations on police defunding, reform or abolition. As I scrolled through social media and obsessively scanned and rescanned the headlines, a small thought tugged at me. | It was the story of how one of my heroes, Elinor Ostrom, who won the Nobel Memorial Prize in Economic Sciences in 2009, had arrived at the research that made her famous. Ostrom has become celebrated as the person who introduced the world to "the commons" — that is, ho…

sputniknews (2020-06-24). Republican Police Reform Bill Fails to Pass US Senate Vote. sputniknews.com The GOP initiative was announced last week by President Donald Trump in response to the protests over the death of George Floyd that have been ongoing for weeks and demands to "defund the police". Trump refused to cut the funds, suggesting instead an array of measures aimed at preventing new cases of police brutality.

Staff (2020-06-23). Trump Attacks Anti-Fascists But Is Silent on Boogaloo & Far-Right Groups Engaged in Deadly Violence. democracynow.org President Trump claims without evidence that anti-fascists are inciting riots at protests against police brutality, but has downplayed groups like the "boogaloo" movement, which are using the protests as cover to carry out violence, even murder. "We know that in this country the far right holds a monopoly on political violence and that since September 11th, far-right extremists have killed far more people than members of any other ideology," says Cassie Miller, senior research analyst at the Southern Poverty Law Center. We also speak with journalist Ali Winston about a new BBC investigation into how the neo-Nazi…

Farhang Jahanpour (2020-06-23). George Floyd's Killing and Its International Repercussions. dissidentvoice.org Part One — Part 2 here. The gruesome killing of George Floyd in Minneapolis, Minnesota, on 25 May 2020 has given rise to an unprecedented campaign against police brutality in the United States, and in turn has acted as a fuse for a worldwide uprising against racism and inequality. Floyd's killing triggered massive demonstrations in …

Wayne Nealis (2020-06-23). Minneapolis police reform coalition keeps pressure on mayor and state lawmakers. peoplesworld.org MINNEAPOLIS—Disgust and indignation sum up Minneapolis community leaders' reaction to Mayor Jacob Frey's latest move to address police crime and brutality in the wake of the murder of George Floyd. At a press conference on the morning of Monday, June 22, they alleged the mayor's action was designed to keep their voices out of the …

RT (2020-06-23). #JusticeforSteve: List of victims of police brutality worldwide gets longer but endless number of hashtags falls on deaf ears. rt.com As the world grapples with questions concerning police brutality, racism, and discrimination, it's worth taking a look back at a case that sparked outrage and calls for police reform in France a year ago. | The case of Steve Maia Caniço put a long record of excessive use of force by police under the microscope. | But, one year later, what has changed, if anything? Not a whole lot. Anti-police protests in the US have sparked renewed anger at the French police system. Steve represents just one of many cases of police brutality which resulted in the death of an innocent person. Time has passed but #Justice…

IMEMC Staff (2020-06-23). Israeli Troops Abduct Several Palestinians, Including a Woman in East Jerusalem. imemc.org Israeli troops abducted, early on Tuesday, several Palestinian residents, including a woman, in the internationally-recognized occupied East Jerusalem. Wadi Hilweh Information Center in the Silwan neighborhood in occupied East Jerusalem, reported that Israeli intelligence service, backed by Israeli troops, broke into the Wadi Hilweh neighborhood, stormed and vandalized a number …

Desai AN. (2020-06-23). Artificial Intelligence: Promise, Pitfalls, and Perspective. jamanetwork.com In this Medical News article, JAMA Fishbein Fellow Angel N. Desai, MD, MPH, speaks with scientist and entrepreneur Gary Marcus, PhD, about the potential of artificial intelligence in health care and the current coronavirus pandemic.

WSWS (2020-06-23). The scandal surrounding German MP Philipp Amthor: What is Augustus Intelligence? wsws.org The question arises whether Augustus Intelligence is a genuine commercial enterprise or rather a covert intelligence service operation.

en.mehrnews (2020-06-23). Iran incessantly monitoring enemies' movements: intelligence min. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, Jun. 23 (MNA) — The unknown soldiers of Imam Zaman [May God Hasten His Reappearance] are thoroughly monitoring the malicious movements of criminal imperialist, usurper regime of Israel and sworn enemies of the country incessantly.

Julia Conley, staff writer (2020-06-23). 'This Is Why We March': Poll Shows Overwhelming US Support for Police Reform, Increased Accountability. commondreams.org Nearly a month into the nationwide uprising over racial injustice and police brutality, Americans across the political spectrum agree that policing in the U.S. must undergo serious reforms in order to serve the public, according to a poll released Tuesday. | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files/styles/cd_special_coverage/public/headline/thumbs/gettyimages-1222125980.jpg

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."

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 swing set 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."

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

RT (2020-06-22). Fool me twice? Bolton says Iran had yellowcake uranium, echoing bogus claims that led to Iraq war. rt.com Former US National Security Advisor John Bolton has claimed Israeli agents found "yellowcake uranium" in Iran in 2018, channeling the discredited intelligence used by the George W. Bush administration to justify invading Iraq. | Israel's Mossad retrieved "human-processed uranium" that was "perhaps yellowcake (uranium oxide in solid form)" during a "daring raid on Iran's nuclear archives" in 2018, the mustachioed warmonger declared in his controversial Trump administration memoir, 'The Room Where It Happened'. The discovery, Bolton alleged, was substantiated when the International Atomic Energy Agency subsequen…

RT (2020-06-22). Immunity for US diplomat's wife involved in teen's death branded 'absurd,' critics blast UK double standards over Assange. rt.com A former British ambassador has called US and UK claims that Anne Sacoolas — the wife of a US intelligence officer — had immunity, as "a palpable absurdity." Sacoolas is accused of killing Harry Dunn last year in a car crash.

Alan MacLeod (2020-06-22). NYPD Cop Caught Choking Man On Camera Has Long History of Attacking Black People. thealtworld.com Afanador has a long history of violence and brutality towards those he is charged with protecting and serving, especially to African-Americans. | MPN- Barely a week after the state made the practice a criminal offense, New York Police Department officer David Afanador was

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…

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….

_____ (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 …

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 …

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

Peoples Dispatch (2020-06-22). Protests in Tunisia to demand jobs and better economic opportunities. peoplesdispatch.org Local trade unions in the country's southern province of Tataouine have called for a general strike on June 22, Monday, against state brutality and in support of their demands…

WSWS (2020-06-22). Responding to mass protests against police brutality, Germany's Left Party appeals for a police state. wsws.org Germany's Left Party has responded with open hostility to the mass protests against police violence that have spread around the world following the police murder of George Floyd.

WSWS (2020-06-22). Rapper Lil Baby's new single begins to address "The Bigger Picture" wsws.org Atlanta rapper Lil Baby has released a new song about the ongoing protests against racism and police brutality.

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…

Julia Conley, staff writer (2020-06-22). New Research Suggests Racial Justice Protests Have Not Led to Covid-19 Transmission Spike. commondreams.org New research released Monday suggests the nationwide anti-police brutality demonstrations which erupted in the U.S. after the killing of George Floyd have not led to widespread transmission of the coronavirus, as some public experts feared they would. | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files/styles/cd_special_coverage/public/headline/thumbs/gettyimages-1251064012_1.jpg