2019-06-19: News Headlines

Dave Lindorff (2019-06-19). What About Venezuela's Hacked Power Grid? counterpunch.org Russia and the US are engaging in tit-for-tat hacking of each others' power grid, the New York Times is reporting, in what is really a kind of cyber "cold war" where the hackers from each country's military and intelligence services load electronic "explosives" in the computer systems of critical infrastructure of the other, that in More

WSWS (2019-06-19). Three incidents of police brutality spark outrage across US. wsws.org Each incident exposes the systematic brutality that workers in all areas of the US suffer at the hands of police on a daily basis.

Staff (2019-06-19). Let's Shut Down the Authoritarian Machine. truthout.org "We can have democracy in this country, or we can have great wealth concentrated in the hands of the few, but we can't have both." —Supreme Court Justice Louis D. BrandeisTrump's ominous tweet about how his supporters might "demand" that he stay in office for more than two terms is the latest proof that his authoritarian ideology has little regard for the law. The tweet also reflects Trump'

Jimmysllama (2019-06-19). UN Rapporteur on Torture Nils Melzer Becomes One of Assange's Most Vocal Advocates. mintpressnews.com "Here [in Assange's case] we are not speaking of prosecution but of persecution. That means that judicial power, institutions and proceedings are being deliberately abused for ulterior motives." — Nils Melzer, UN Rapporteur on Torture…

Vijay Prashad (2019-06-18). Have You Heard of the CIA's Iran Mission Center? commondreams.org In 2017, the U.S. Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) created a special unit—the Iran Mission Center—to focus attention on the U.S. plans against Iran. The initiative for this unit came from CIA director John Brennan, who left his post as the Trump administration came into office. (Photo: Drew Angerer/Getty Images) | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…

Eds. (2019-06-18). Without a shred of evidence, U.S. accuses Iran of attacking tankers. mronline.org Mike Pompeo, in a press conference, accused Iran of engineering the attacks on tankers in the Gulf of Oman. However, he cited unnamed intelligence reports and other vague references in support of his claim. | Source

John Shafthauer (2019-06-18). Rory Stewart denies working for 'intelligence'; says 'I've always worked for the Tories'. thecanary.co Potential Tory leader Rory Stewart has (potentially) been exposed as a spy: | Tuesday's Daily TELEGRAPH: "Mystery of Stewart's past links with MI6" #bbcpapers #tomorrowspaperstoday pic.twitter.com/MuPuM3GluW | — Allie Ho…

Vijay Prashad (2019-06-18). Have you heard of the CIA's Iran mission center? mronline.org In 2017, the U.S. Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) created a special unit—the Iran Mission Center—to focus attention on the U.S. plans against Iran. This predated the Trump administration. | Source

Yoav Litvin (2019-06-18). Catch 2020 — Trump's Authoritarian Endgame. counterpunch.org On Thursday, US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo claimed Iran was responsible for attacks on two oil tankers in the Gulf of Oman, a version of events quickly challenged by Iran and the owner of the tanker. These accusations are reminiscent of similar charges lobbed at the Iranian regime in May, with some in the More

Dave Lindorff (2019-06-17). US Cyber Attack on Russia's Power Grid Is an 'Act of War'. globalresearch.ca Russia and the US are engaging in tit-for-tat hacking of each others' power grid, the New York Times is reporting, in what is really a kind of cyber "cold war" where the hackers from each country's military and intelligence services …

Dave Lindorff (2019-06-17). US Cyber Attack on Russia's Power Grid is an 'Act of War' (According to the US). dissidentvoice.org Russia and the US are engaging in tit-for-tat hacking of each others' power grid, the New York Times is reporting, in what is really a kind of cyber "cold war" where the hackers from each country's military and intelligence services load electronic "explosives" in the computer systems of critical infrastructure of the other, that in …

Staff (2019-06-14). "Advocate": Israeli Attorney Lea Tsemel Reflects on Defending Palestinians Who Resist Occupation. democracynow.org Attorney Lea Tsemel has defended Palestinian political prisoners in Israeli courts for nearly half a century, insisting on their humanity and their right to a fair trial. Her work has earned her the scorn and reprobation of many Israelis, as well as death threats. A staunch critic of the Israeli occupation of Palestine, Tsemel has long argued that Palestinians who carry out politically motivated violence are freedom fighters, not "terrorists." In 1999, Tsemel won a landmark case in the Israeli Supreme Court, making it illegal for Israeli officials to torture detained Palestinians during interrogations. The docume…

unitedEditor (2019-06-09). G20 outcomes: High taxes and artificial intelligence. uwidata.com The Finance Ministers of the world's 20 leading economies came together before the annual G20 summit. The officials discussed global tax policy in the Japanese city Tsukuba before the conference began in Osaka on June 28. During the talks, representatives of the participating countries discussed the problems of artificial intelligence, social networks and the global …

2019-06-19: Social Media Postees

What About Venezuela's Hacked Power Grid?
Dave Lindorff | counterpunch.org | 2019-06-19
Russia and the US are engaging in tit-for-tat hacking of each others' power grid, the New York Times is reporting, in what is really a kind of cyber "cold war" where the hackers from each country's military and intelligence services load electronic "explosives" in the computer systems of critical infrastructure of the other, that in…
counterpunch.org/2019/06/19/what-about-v…

Three incidents of police brutality spark outrage across US
wsws.org | 2019-06-19
Each incident exposes the systematic brutality that workers in all areas of the US suffer at the hands of police on a daily basis.
www.wsws.org/en/articles/2019/06/19/poli…

Let's Shut Down the Authoritarian Machine
Staff | truthout.org | 2019-06-19
"We can have democracy in this country, or we can have great wealth concentrated in the hands of the few, but we can't have both." –Supreme Court Justice Louis D. BrandeisTrump's ominous tweet about how his supporters might "demand" that he stay in office for more than two terms is the latest proof that his authoritarian ideology has little regard for the law. The tweet also reflects Trump'…
truthout.org/articles/lets-shut-down-the…

UN Rapporteur on Torture Nils Melzer Becomes One of Assange's Most Vocal Advocates
Jimmysllama | mintpressnews.com | 2019-06-19
"Here [in Assange's case] we are not speaking of prosecution but of persecution. That means that judicial power, institutions and proceedings are being deliberately abused for ulterior motives." — Nils Melzer, UN Rapporteur on Torture…
mintpressnews.com/nils-melzer-confirms-w…

Without a shred of evidence, U.S. accuses Iran of attacking tankers
Eds. | mronline.org | 2019-06-18
Mike Pompeo, in a press conference, accused Iran of engineering the attacks on tankers in the Gulf of Oman. However, he cited unnamed intelligence reports and other vague references in support of his claim. | Source…
mronline.org/2019/06/18/without-a-shred-…

Rory Stewart denies working for 'intelligence'; says 'I've always worked for the Tories'
John Shafthauer | thecanary.co | 2019-06-18
Potential Tory leader Rory Stewart has (potentially) been exposed as a spy: | Tuesday's Daily TELEGRAPH: "Mystery of Stewart's past links with MI6" #bbcpapers #tomorrowspaperstoday pic.twitter.com/MuPuM3GluW | — Allie Ho…
thecanary.co/off-the-perch/2019/06/18/rory-stewart-denies-working-for-intelligence-says-ive-always-worked-for-the-tories/

Have You Heard of the CIA's Iran Mission Center?
Vijay Prashad | commondreams.org | 2019-06-18
In 2017, the U.S. Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) created a special unit—the Iran Mission Center—to focus attention on the U.S. plans against Iran. The initiative for this unit came from CIA director John Brennan, who left his post as the Trump administration came into office. (Photo: Drew Angerer/Getty Images) | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…
commondreams.org/views/2019/06/18/have-y…

Have you heard of the CIA's Iran mission center?
Vijay Prashad | mronline.org | 2019-06-18
In 2017, the U.S. Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) created a special unit–the Iran Mission Center–to focus attention on the U.S. plans against Iran. This predated the Trump administration. | Source…
mronline.org/2019/06/18/have-you-heard-o…

Catch 2020 — Trump's Authoritarian Endgame
Yoav Litvin | counterpunch.org | 2019-06-18
On Thursday, US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo claimed Iran was responsible for attacks on two oil tankers in the Gulf of Oman, a version of events quickly challenged by Iran and the owner of the tanker. These accusations are reminiscent of similar charges lobbed at the Iranian regime in May, with some in the…
counterpunch.org/2019/06/18/catch-2020-t…

US Cyber Attack on Russia's Power Grid Is an 'Act of War'
Dave Lindorff | globalresearch.ca | 2019-06-17
Russia and the US are engaging in tit-for-tat hacking of each others' power grid, the New York Times is reporting, in what is really a kind of cyber "cold war" where the hackers from each country's military and intelligence services …
globalresearch.ca/us-cyber-attack-russia…

US Cyber Attack on Russia's Power Grid is an 'Act of War' (According to the US)
Dave Lindorff | dissidentvoice.org | 2019-06-17
Russia and the US are engaging in tit-for-tat hacking of each others' power grid, the New York Times is reporting, in what is really a kind of cyber "cold war" where the hackers from each country's military and intelligence services load electronic "explosives" in the computer systems of critical infrastructure of the other, that in …
dissidentvoice.org/2019/06/us-cyber-atta…

Bringing Police Torture in Chicago to the Full Light of Day
Staff | truthout.org | 2019-06-16
Flint Taylor's new book, The Torture Machine: Racism and Police Violence in Chicago, is one of those remarkable works that won't fit under any one category. It's at once a history of civil and human rights battles in Chicago with national and global reach, a text of modern urban sociology, an example of critical legal theory, a long polemic against white and class privilege, a literature of political exposure, a manual of strategy and tactics, and last but not least, for Flint himself, an autobiography. In its pages, Chicago's top lawyer of the left also shares with us the intense and determined commitment, wi…
truthout.org/articles/bringing-police-to…

Whatever Pompeo says, there is no certainty Iran mined the Tankers
Juan Cole | nationofchange.org | 2019-06-15
The mysterious mines that blew up two tankers, one of them Japanese-owned and operated, on Wednesday, sent a frisson of fear through the Gulf, since it was clear that Trump warmongers would blame Iran and then use the incident as a springboard to war. | Despite the confident pronouncements of "Benghazi Mike" Pompeo at his brief news conference, the fact is that US intelligence hasn't had time or access to come to a firm conclusion about the author of the mine attack. | Pompeo's people put out grainy video of some sort of small ship coming alongside one of the tankers and then leaving peacefully. Since this doe…
nationofchange.org/2019/06/15/whatever-p…

US Military Intelligence Accuses Russia of Nuclear Testing, Provides No Evidence
Jason Ditz | theantimedia.com | 2019-06-15
(ANTIWAR.COM) — US military intelligence agency the DIA has issued a new statement directly accusing the Russian government of conducting low-yield nuclear tests in the course of developing more advanced nuclear arms. This is the second time the DIA has suggested Russia was conducting nuclear tests in the past month. The statement today, as with the previous one, came with no …

US Military Intelligence Accuses Russia of Nuclear Testing, Provides No Evidence

Think US media won't help lead nation into war with Iran based on flimsy or false intelligence? Looks like they already are
Jake Johnson | nationofchange.org | 2019-06-15
nationofchange.org/2019/06/15/think-us-m…

WikiLeaks publisher Assange faces US extradition trial next February
wsws.org | 2019-06-15
The UK government has made clear that it will do everything possible to expedite Washington's vindictive attempt to render the courageous journalist to face imprisonment, torture, and execution in the US.
www.wsws.org/en/articles/2019/06/15/assa…

How SDS Imploded: an Inside Account
Nick Licata | counterpunch.org | 2019-06-14
Fifty years ago, this June, the Students for a Democratic Society held its last united National Convention. It was torn apart by ideologically driven factions, each claiming to have the only correct approach for saving America. Ironically, SDS was initiated by the anti-authoritarian, but socialist oriented, League for Industrial Democracy. Al Haber, SDS's first president,…
counterpunch.org/2019/06/14/how-sds-impl…

"Advocate": Israeli Attorney Lea Tsemel Reflects on Defending Palestinians Who Resist Occupation
Staff | democracynow.org | 2019-06-14
Attorney Lea Tsemel has defended Palestinian political prisoners in Israeli courts for nearly half a century, insisting on their humanity and their right to a fair trial. Her work has earned her the scorn and reprobation of many Israelis, as well as death threats. A staunch critic of the Israeli occupation of Palestine, Tsemel has long argued that Palestinians who carry out politically motivated violence are freedom fighters, not "terrorists." In 1999, Tsemel won a landmark case in the Israeli Supreme Court, making it illegal for Israeli officials to torture detained Palestinians during interrogations. The docume…
www.democracynow.org/2019/6/14/lea_tseme…

US Supreme Court refuses to hear Guantanamo detainee's habeas corpus appeal
wsws.org | 2019-06-14
The court's refusal to hear the case of a man who has been imprisoned and tortured for nearly two decades without ever being convicted of a crime corresponds to the inexorable lurch by the entire political establishment towards dictatorship and barbarism.
www.wsws.org/en/articles/2019/06/14/cour…

G20 outcomes: High taxes and artificial intelligence
unitedEditor | uwidata.com | 2019-06-09
The Finance Ministers of the world's 20 leading economies came together before the annual G20 summit. The officials discussed global tax policy in the Japanese city Tsukuba before the conference began in Osaka on June 28. During the talks, representatives of the participating countries discussed the problems of artificial intelligence, social networks and the global …
uwidata.com/3812-g20-outcomes-high-taxes…