2020-06-28: News Headlines

_____ (2020-06-28). Mathematicians Urge Colleagues To Boycott Police Work In Wake Of Killings. popularresistance.org The tide of reckoning on systemic racism and police brutality that has been sweeping through institutions — including scientific ones — has reached universities' normally reclusive mathematics departments. A group of mathematicians in the United States has written a letter calling for their colleagues to stop collaborating with police because of the widely documented disparities in how US law-enforcement agencies treat people of different races and ethnicities. They concentrate their criticism on predictive policing, a maths-based technique aimed at stopping crime before it occurs. | The letter, dated…

yenisafak (2020-06-28). Trump denies being told about Russian bounties to kill US troops in Afghanistan. yenisafak.com The White House on Saturday also denied that Trump was briefed on U.S. intelligence regarding the affair but it did not address the merits of the intelligence. The Director of National Intelligence also said Trump and Vice President Mike Pence were not briefed, and called the Times report inaccurate."Nobody briefed or told me, @VP Pence, or Chief of Staff @MarkMeadows about the so-called attacks on our troops in Afghanistan by Russians, as reported through an 'anonymous source' by the Fake News @nytimes. Everybody is denying it & there have not been many attacks on us," Trump tweeted, calling on the newspaper to…

sputniknews (2020-06-28). Joe Biden Election Campaign Discloses Over One Third of Staff People of Colour, Majority Female. sputniknews.com White House hopeful Joe Biden has been evading questions over the diversity of his campaign staff since the Democratic primaries, with the issue now pushed to the forefront amid the continuing protests against racism and police brutality erupting across the country in the wake of the death of black man George Floyd in police custody.

R. Robertson (2020-06-28). Victory for San Mateo Co. Inmates After Ten Day Hunger Strike. indybay.org Protesters' voices have finally been heard after a 10 day hunger strike at San Mateo County's Maguire Correctional Facility in Redwood City. [Photo of anti-police brutality activist Missy at a rally at the historic old courthouse in Redwood City on June 21.]…

Abhijan Choudhury (2020-06-27). Israeli atrocities on the rise. peoplesdispatch.org Two recent reports released by the Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs of the United Nations in the occupied Palestinian Territories (OCHA oPT), on June 18 and 24, describe the blatant human rights violations and war crimes committed by the Israeli occupation against the Palestinian population in the three occupied Palestinian territories of West Bank, East Jerusalem and Gaza. | The two reports cover May 2020 and the first fifteen days of June 2020, respectively, and compile data on acts committed by the Israeli government, armed forces and intelligence services to subjugate and oppress Palestinia…

The Alternative World (2020-06-27). Bahrain: A Police State Built on Intimidation and Torture. thealtworld.com Exclusive— Welcome to Bahrain, the cemetery of the living, the home of chambers of death, the kingdom of widespread impunity, police brutality, extrajudicial killings and repression. | Welcome to Bahrain, where the most gruesome arts of torture are heinously and systematically practised by the security services, including the use of electro-shock devices, forced standing techniques, suspension in painful positions (while handcuffed and exposed to extreme cold or hot temperature), medical negligence, beatings, threats of rape or murder and sexual abuse, etc. in order to inflict permanent suffering on the peac…

Caitlin Johnstone (2020-06-27). Mentally Replace Everything Before "U.S. Intelligence Says" With "Blah Blah We're Probably Lying" thealtworld.com "Russia Secretly Offered Afghan Militants Bounties to Kill Troops, U.S. Intelligence Says", blares the To be clear, this is journalistic malpractice. Mainstream media outlets which publish anonymous intelligence claims with no proof are just publishi…

Jon Schwarz (2020-06-27). Black Lives Matter Wants to End Police Brutality. zcomm.org History Suggests It Will Go Much Further…

sputniknews (2020-06-27). Minneapolis Protesters Remember Breonna Taylor, Highlight Police Brutality Against Black Women. sputniknews.com Thousands of demonstrators have gathered at Powderhorn Park in southern Minneapolis, Minnesota, to honor the life of Breonna Taylor, a 26-year-old Black woman who was murdered in her Louisville, Kentucky, home during a botched raid carried out by Louisville Metro Police Department (LMPD) officers on March 13.

_____ (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…

Ali Salam (2020-06-26). PPS Report: 95% of Palestinian Detainees in Israeli Prisons Subjected to Torture. imemc.org The Palestinian Prisoners' Society (PPS) said in a report, issued Thursday, on the occasion of the International Day in Support of Victims of Torture, which falls on June 26 of each year, that the torture practiced by the Israeli occupation against Palestinian prisoners, is not limited to the violent tactics …

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 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…

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…

RT (2020-06-25). Hundreds of National Guard troops activated in Washington DC & Wisconsin to protect monuments. rt.com Some 400 National Guard troops have been activated in the nation's capital to protect historical monuments from vandalism, following a failed attempt by protesters to topple a statue of Andrew Jackson near the White House. | The guardsmen, who would be unarmed if deployed, were placed on standby Wednesday afternoon as heated demonstrations against police brutality and racism rage on around the country, driving calls for the removal of statues and monuments protesters see as celebrating slavery and other historical abuses. | "The District of Columbia National Guard has sent unarmed troops to guard monuments and…

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). 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…

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.

_____ (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.

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…

_____ (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…