2020-06-26: News Headlines

Lyn Neeley (2020-06-26). U.N. Human Rights Council condemns racist violence. workers.org In the wake of international uprisings due to the lynching of George Floyd, the U.N. Human Rights Council held an emergency hearing on June 19. The council unanimously passed a resolution condemning systemic racism and racist police brutality against people of African descent in all countries, but particularly in the . . . |

_____ (2020-06-26). Scheer Intelligence: For Many Young People, Socialism Is As American As Apple Pie. popularresistance.org In the devastating aftermath of the 2008 financial crisis, many young Americans who felt betrayed by capitalism were introduced to socialism by Bernie Sanders' presidential campaigns. Meagan Day, a staff writer for the popular left-wing magazine Jacobin and a member of the Democratic Socialists of America (DSA), serves as an example of how the Vermont senator radicalized a generation with a platform that called for policies like Medicare for All and tuition-free college. Day credits Sanders with her decision to choose socialism when she felt the time came to "pick a side" in American politics and has since been w…

Peoples Dispatch (2020-06-26). (Part 2) India's internal emergency: A brutal chapter in authoritarianism. peoplesdispatch.org Newsclick's Prabir Purkayastha talks about India's 19-month internal emergency which was imposed on June 25 1975. This period saw a sustained and brutal attack on democratic rights with the poor and the working class suffering the most. The government of Prime Minister Indira Gandhi was eventually voted out in 1977 but much of the legacy of those years continues to this day, both in positive and negative ways. | Watch part 1

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…

news.un (2020-06-25). Speak out against torture, an 'abhorrent denial of human dignity', urges UN chief. news.un.org Torture is an "egregious abuse of human rights", UN Secretary-General António Guterres said on Friday, the International Day in Support of the Victims of Torture.

WSWS (2020-06-25). US indictment of Assange based on testimony of FBI assets, convicted child molester. wsws.org The indictment paints a picture of US operatives pouring through decade-old tabloid gossip and dredging up the most unsavoury creatures of their own intelligence agencies to fling mud at Assange.

Jenna Ruddock (2020-06-25). Sit, Bike, Skate, March on Washington. progressive.org A photo essay from the ongoing protests against police brutality in the nation's capital.

Behrooz Ghamari Tabrizi (2020-06-25). The Two-Headed Hydra of Racism and Imperialism. counterpunch.org Black Lives Matter (BLM) has raised mass consciousness against the institution of police violence and the brutality it inflicts on Black communities around the country. The movement has placed the question of police brutality at the top of the political and juridical reform agenda. The naked display of the oppressive state apparatus has now forced everyone, from the fascist residents of the White House to the liberal democrats of the House, politicians speak of the need to reform policing—more training, more screening, more record-keepings, judicial vigilance, and other haphazard sutures for the centuries o…

WSWS (2020-06-25). Escalating economic and political crisis hits Fiji. wsws.org The government's resort to authoritarian measures reflects growing social tensions as the economy nosedives.

WSWS (2020-06-25). German media and politicians stoke massive campaign for a police state. wsws.org The campaign is aimed at establishing an authoritarian state in which even journalistic and satirical criticisms of the police are prohibited.

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.

sputniknews (2020-06-25). Pre-emptive Strike Against Cancel Culture? Country Group Dixie Chicks Changes Name Amid US Protests. sputniknews.com The protests, which began as a movement in opposition to police brutality and indifference towards the lives of African Americans, later morphed into rampant vandalism, with protesters eventually targeting monuments related to racism or slavery in any form and demanding the removal of statues of even some of the most famous historical figures.

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.

pip.hinman (2020-06-24). Kangaroo Point refugees have endured seven years of slow torture. greenleft.org.au

RT (2020-06-24). Senate committee seeks to force US government & military to DECLASSIFY all data collected on UFOs. rt.com The US Senate Intelligence Committee has approved a measure that would require the government, including the Pentagon and intel agencies, to compile all data on unidentified aerial phenomena into a declassified report. | Though the provision is part of a broader annual intelligence bill and must still be approved by the full Senate, the intelligence committee recently voted to add the measure into the legislation, calling on the government to "standardize collection and reporting on unidentified aerial phenomenon," or UAP — more commonly known as UFOs. | "The Committee remains concerned that there is no u…

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.

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 …

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 …

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…

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.

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 …

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.