Daily Archives: June 2, 2020

2020-06-02: News Headlines

Kathy Kelly (2020-06-02). Of Plowshares and Protests: The Moral Obligation to Resist. progressive.org On nuclear weapons and police brutality, what's our excuse not to do more?

ACLU (2020-06-02). Know Your Rights While Protesting Police Brutality. aclu.org The right to protest is fundamental to our democracy and enshrined in the First Amendment to the U.S. Constitution. In response to the death of George Floyd at the hands of Minneapolis police, people across the country have taken to the streets to demand racial justice and an end to police brutality and systematic racism against Black people. , , Especially in the time of COVID-19, it's important to know your rights and stay safe while protesting. In this video taken over the weekend at a protest in Brooklyn, New York, Emerson Sykes, staff attorney for the ACLU's Speech, Privacy, & Technology Project, sh…

Staff (2020-06-02). Thousands In Baltimore March For Justice For George Floyd. therealnews.com Protesters blocked streets and highways to demand politicians end police brutality and economic violence amid the COVID-19 pandemic.

WSWS (2020-06-02). Julian Assange unable to attend court hearing due to illness as legal travesty continues. wsws.org Assange has a chronic lung condition and his health has been ruined by years of psychological torture and medical neglect.

Thomas Knapp (2020-06-02). Trump's "Free Speech:" Doctrine: Never, Ever, Ever Mention He's a Liar. counterpunch.org On May 28, US president Donald Trump signed an executive order on "Preventing Online Censorship." From the title and the document respectively we can draw to two lessons. First: Never, ever, ever believe the title of a government document. The internal texts of congressional bills and resolutions, as well as executive branch orders, "findings," intelligence

Lindsell CJ, Stead WW, Johnson KB. (2020-06-02). Action-Informed Artificial Intelligence—Matching the Algorithm to the Problem. jamanetwork.com This Viewpoint discusses ways in which artificial intelligence (AI) methods can enhance the use of health care data in detection, prognostication, and prediction; suggests ways in which AI tools might be better developed and deployed; and calls for increased focus on anticipated changes that will be made in the health care system to better benefit from the use of AI.

Flanagin A, Bauchner H, Fontanarosa PB. (2020-06-02). Patient and Study Participant Rights to Privacy in Journal Publication. jamanetwork.com Personal health information is defined as identifiable data related to the past, present, or future health status of an individual. Personal health information has been considered protected health information, which is governed by ethical principles and laws to shield against intrusions into an individual's rights to privacy. However, rapid growth in the volume of electronic health records, access to other health information, and increasing use of personal health data by artificial intelligence, social media, technology, and other companies are threatening the traditional tenets of privacy protections for persona…

Marlee Kokotovic (2020-06-02). Democratic senator offers amendment ending transfer of military equipment to police forces. nationofchange.org "The cycle of police brutality sparking unrest, and that unrest being met by the militarized police is increasingly familiar in modern American society."

John Stanton (2020-06-02). How Much Violence and Destruction is Enough for Depraved American Leaders and Their Subjects? counterpunch.org "Without trampling through all the historical details, we can designate the entire history of [Americans]—the glorious past so eulogized by our fathers—as the history of shame, for in that history there is more betrayal, apostasy, perfidious intrigue, ignominious defeat, well-deserved failure, base vengeance, merciless retaliation and brutality that no hypocrisy can mask…So let's forget about

Ben Golliver (2020-06-02). NBA players speak out to protest George Floyd's death. zcomm.org In the days since George Floyd's death first garnered national attention, current and former NBA players have expressed anger, condemned police brutality and played important roles in protests that have swept the country…

Fight Back (2020-06-02). NYC protests continue despite curfew. fightbacknews.org New York, NY – On the early evening of June 1, around 1500 people gathered in the Lower East Side. This was one gathering out of dozens happening throughout the five boroughs. | This rally, in particular, was called to bring attention to the injustices of New York City Housing Authority (NYCHA) housing and to demand the firing of Officer Garcia. On May 2, footage was released that showed an incident of police brutality. Two individuals were targeted by the cops, namely Officer Garcia, because they weren't social distancing. However, the footage shows them 6 feet apart and following state guidelines. | The speak…

Elie Mystal (2020-06-02). The Question Isn't Whether Trump Will Go Full Authoritarian—It's How We'll Respond. thenation.com The Question Isn't Whether Trump Will Go Full Authoritarian—It's How We'll Respond…

commondreams (2020-06-02). Statement on Trump's Authoritarian Photo Op. commondreams.org ______________________________…

Stephen Sefton (2020-06-02). Nicaragua — False Witness, False Memory. COVID-19 and Nicaragua's Community Approach to Health Care. globalresearch.ca On Cuba, Nicaragua and Venezuela. The standard Western canonical sources of record, namely international institutions, non-governmental organizations and media outlets, practically universally contend that all three countries are authoritarian or even tyrannical regimes, denying their peoples' basic democratic rights. The …

Fight Back (2020-06-01). Central Florida FRSO condemns Florida curfews. fightbacknews.org In response to the nationwide uprisings in the wake of the police murder of George Floyd, Florida cities and counties along the I-4 corridor, such as Tampa, Orlando, and Polk County, have announced curfews in an attempt to deescalate protests. In addition, Governor Ron DeSantis has deployed the National Guard to Tampa. The Central Florida District of the Freedom Road Socialist Organization condemns these measures as they are motivated by aims to suppress the popular movements against the continuing brutality of the police against the African American community. | Tampa mayor Jane "Cover-up" Castor announced on Ma…

Henry Giroux (2020-06-01). Racial Domestic Terrorism and the Legacy of State Violence. counterpunch.org The sheer brutality of George Floyd's death at the hands of a viciously violent cop symbolizes the unadulterated racism of a culture that looks away in the face of police violence against Black people but also a society in which a form of racialized domestic terrorism has become normalized.

Raul Diego (2020-06-01). Austin Police Respond to Police Brutality Protest with Violent Crackdowns. mintpressnews.com Saturday's protest against police brutality in the capital of Texas may show that the have-nots in America may have found a common cause to rally around – and that is not good news for the police,…

Staff (2020-06-02). Black Lives Matter Co-Founder: Protests Are the Result of "Police Terror with No Accountability" democracynow.org As thousands in Los Angeles continue to protest against police brutality and face mass arrests, Mayor Eric Garcetti is facing criticism for increasing the budget for the Los Angeles Police Department. Organizers have called on the City Council to enact a People's Budget that slashes money for police and invests in services for the community instead. "We have created a system that overrelies on law enforcement and prioritizes their money, their budget, their needs over everything else," says Patrisse Cullors, co-founder of Black Lives Matter, and Reform L.A. Jails. "Now is the time that we redirect resources back…

Staff (2020-06-01). "America Has Looted Black People. We Learned It from You" Says Women's March Activist Tamika Mallory. democracynow.org In a powerful address among people in Minneapolis protesting the police murder of George Floyd, activist and former Women's March co-chair Tamika Mallory demanded, "Charge the cops. … Charge them in every city across America where our people are being murdered."

Andrey Areshev (2020-06-01). Coronavirus in a Time of Chimeras. strategic-culture.org Mathew MAAVAK | As the global COVID-19 scourge appears to recede, questions remain over the source and morphology of a virus that had locked down two-thirds of humanity over the first half of 2020. It may take years to satisfactorily decipher this extraordinary episode in human history. | Nonetheless, the novel coronavirus was not germinated in a vacuum. The type of research conducted at the Wuhan Institute of Virology had ominous analogues worldwide. These included the quest for super intelligence and the development of interspecies hybrids or chimeras. | Genetically-Enhanced Competitiveness | What began as a sc…

Lynda Carson (2020-06-02). Because of police brutality protests curfew for Alameda County starts at 8:00p.m. indybay.org Emergency Alert: Today, Monday, June 1, 2020, the Alameda County Sheriff has issued a Curfew Order for the entire County beginning tonight at 8: 00p.m. The curfew order requires all non-exempted persons in the County to remain indoors between the hours of 8: 00p.m. and 5: 00a.m.

Staff (2020-06-02). Protests Are the Result of Police Terror With No Accountability. truthout.org Image Credit: Courtesy E. Mackey | As thousands in Los Angeles continue to protest against police brutality and face mass arrests, Mayor Eric Garcetti is facing criticism for increasing the budget for the Los Angeles Police Department. Organizers have called on the City Council to enact a People's Budget that slashes money for police and invests in services for the community instead. "We have created a system that overrelies on law enforcement and prioritizes their money, their budget, their needs over every…

Staff (2020-06-02). Trump's Anti-Blackness Is Overt in Protest Response and Covert in Policymaking. truthout.org Over the weekend, President Trump used his bully pulpit to openly fantasize about the Secret Service siccing "vicious dogs" on demonstrators outside the White House who were protesting police brutality following the killing of George Floyd in Minnesota last week. Trump's calls for violence against protesters reflect the anti-Blackness of economic policies he and the GOP have relentlessly pursued since 2016, including recent attempts to destroy public sector jobs and to make discrimination in…

RT (2020-06-02). GCHQ propagandizing kids as young as four in secretive school 'educational' programs aimed at recruitment — report. rt.com Britain's GCHQ spy agency is running secretive "educational" programs in dozens of schools and disseminating propaganda to children as young as four years old, without the knowledge of parents, it's been revealed. | The intelligence agency is running the programs in at least 40 schools with access to 22,000 children who are potentially being spied on, according to an investigation by Declassified UK. | According to the investigative website, GCHQ officers themselves are operating in at least one of the schools and parents of the pupils involved have not been made aware of the extent of the spy agency's role in…

RT (2020-06-02). 'Major fail': NYC mayor adjusts curfew from 11pm to 8pm, facing backlash over 'way too late' action as looting runs rampant. rt.com New York Mayor Bill De Blasio has extended the city's curfew order amid ongoing protests and unrest over police brutality, imposing another day of travel restrictions after authorities again failed to stop looting and vandalism. | Announcing the move in a tweet on Monday night, De Blasio said Tuesday will see another curfew, this time beginning at 8pm instead of 11pm, noting that "keeping people safe" is his "first priority." | "These protests have power and meaning. But as the night wears on we are seeing groups use them to incite violence and destroy property," the mayor said. | These protests have power and…

RT (2020-06-02). 'We're horrified': Intl media rights group cites 125 VIOLATIONS of press freedom by US police during George Floyd protests. rt.com US police have violated the constitution with arrests and violence against reporters covering the anti-police-brutality demonstrations, a global media rights group has said. The rallies were followed by rioting in major cities. | "We are horrified by the continued use of harsh and sometimes violent actions of police against journalists doing their jobs. These are direct violations of press freedom, a fundamental constitutional value of the United States," Committee to Protect Journalists (CJP) Program Director Carlos Martinez de la Serna said. | We call on local and state officials to explicitly exempt the new…

RT (2020-06-02). Horrific video of cop rammed by car in New York emerges amid anti-police-brutality unrest. rt.com A police officer has been viciously run over by a vehicle on a New York City crosswalk. Major US cities have become centers of protest and street battles, following a police killing of an unarmed black man. | The short clip, which has been circulating on social media, shows a black car ramming a police officer as he was standing at a crosswalk. | The vehicle appears to speed up just before it hits the man. The victim then lies motionless on the ground, before being picked up by a police van. | New York and several other major US cities have become the centers of mass anti-police-brutality protests, sparked…

RT (2020-06-02). Almost 400 cities in EVERY US state join wave of protest over George Floyd death. rt.com Hundreds of cities and towns across the US have seen people hitting the streets to join anti-police-brutality protests sparked by the death of George Floyd. Yet, as tensions ran high, many rallies turned into nightmarish riots. | America has once again been gripped by massive protests as the Black Lives Matter movement seemingly regained momentum following the death of another African American at the hands of the US police. The man was choked to death by a police officer during detention in Minneapolis last week. An independent autopsy confirmed that the man's death was a result of asphyxiation. | A total of s…

sputniknews (2020-06-02). George Floyd Protests Highlight Social Injustice, 'Endemic' Racial Bias in US, UN Official Says. sputniknews.com For a week now US cities have been rocked by large-scale protests against police brutality, negligence towards the black population, and those of colour following unarmed African American resident of Minneapolis, George Floyd, being killed by the police.

Eds. (2020-06-02). Is the Republican Party Fascist? mronline.org Donald Trump is the culmination of how the Republican Party has been developing for years. Together they threaten to establish an authoritarian state in the service of big capital. They endanger the lives, health, and living standards of the working class and the rest of the population. But supporting the Democratic Party is not the …

The Canary (2020-06-01). How the spectre of police brutality could influence Joe Biden's choice of running mate. thecanary.co Joe Biden's search for a running mate could be reshaped by the police killing of George Floyd and the unrest it has ignited across the US, raising questions about contenders with law and order backgrounds and intensifying pressure on the presumptive Democratic nominee to select a Black woman.Biden, who has already pledged to pick a woman, has cast a wide net in his search.Some of the women on his list have drawn national praise amid the protests over Floyd's death, including Atlanta mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms, who delivered an impassioned appeal for calm in her city on Friday night.But the outcry over police brut…

RT (2020-06-01). Trump WALKS to vandalized St. John's Church as riot police face off with protesters in US capital (PHOTOS & VIDEO). rt.com US President Donald Trump made an on-foot visit to the vandalized St. John's Church in the nation's capital, leaving the White House surrounded by a crowd of Secret Service agents as unrest over police brutality grips the city. | After a brief statement from the White House on Monday evening calling again for an end to the protests and rioting that's erupted across dozens of American cities, Trump took a stroll to St. John's Church near the White House for a surprise photo-op. | "We have the greatest country in the world. Going to keep it nice and safe," the president said while posing in front of the churc…

Ed Sykes (2020-06-01). Trump hid in bunker as police used violence to suppress mass protests. thecanary.co Trigger warning: this article contains video footage of police brutality that some readers may find disturbing.Donald Trump was rushed to a White House bunker on Friday by Secret Service agents as hundreds of people protesting the

Sarah Lahm (2020-06-01). Midwest Dispatch: White People, Do Something. progressive.org As protests and riots spread to cities across the world, white people are being asked to join the fight against police brutality.

Fight Back (2020-06-01). Thousands in Tampa Bay demand justice for George Floyd and all victims of police brutality. fightbacknews.org Tampa, FL – Tampa Bay Students for a Democratic Society hosted a protest May 30 to demand justice for George Floyd and community control of the police. The event corresponded with the National Alliance Against Racism and Political Repression's national day of protest. Reporters estimate 5000 people in attendance at the height of the protest. | A crowd began to form a half-hour before the scheduled time. Hundreds marched to the Temple Terrace Police Department, chanting, "Say his name! George Floyd!" and "No justice, no peace! No racist police!" The protesters circled back to the corner of 53rd Street and Fowler…

Will Cooley (2020-06-01). Minneapolis: The Rise of the 'Thumpers'. thenation.com Minneapolis: The Rise of the 'Thumpers'

Kurt Nimmo (2020-06-01). From Soft to Hard Fascism: "Get in Your House Right Now!" globalresearch.ca There can no longer be any doubt—America is now a full-blown fascist state. In the past, authoritarian fascism was kept reserved in the shadows, largely out of the public eye, but in a remarkably short period of time it has …

Jessica Corbett, staff writer (2020-06-01). Protests Over George Floyd's Killing Met With Curfews, Police Crackdowns, and National Guard Troops Across US. commondreams.org Local police and National Guard troops cracked down on demonstrations in cities across the country throughout the weekend as protests provoked by the killing of George Floyd continued against police brutality, systemic racism, and the militarization of local law enforcement. | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files/styles/cd_special_coverage/public/headline/thumbs/gettyimages-12166333641.jpg

Mitch Malloy (2020-05-31). Hundreds march in Richland, Wa. to demand justice for George Floyd. liberationnews.org People came from all over the Tri-Cities to show solidarity with protesters across the country fighting against police brutality and racism.

Staff (2020-05-31). Ocasio-Cortez: "If You Want to End Unrest, End the Conditions That Create It" truthout.org In a video message posted to Instagram on Saturday amidst days of nationwide protest in response to the police killing of George Floyd in Minneapolis, Minnesota earlier this week, Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez issued a plea to anyone calling for the end of the "unrest" stirred by brutality and oppression to focus on the root causes of poverty, distrust, and violence in American society. | "If you are calling for an end to this unrest… but you are not calling for the end to the conditions that…

Kerbie Joseph (2020-05-20). NYC police brutality masked as 'public health' measure. liberationnews.org The vast majority of enforcement-related summons and arrests were disproportionately of Black and Brown people.