2019-06-01: News Headlines

Staff (2019-06-01). The History of Black Women Championing Demands for Reparations. truthout.org The American media has paid increasing attention to the legacies of slavery. The new National Museum of African American History and Culture features a huge exhibition on the history of slavery. Many US universities are studying their links with slavery and the slave trade. In several cases, schools decided to provide symbolic reparations by renaming buildings and/or creating memorials and monuments to honor enslaved men and women. | But these measures do not seem to suffice: several activists and ordinary citizens are calling for financial reparations. Students of Georgetown University recently voted to pay a…

Staff (2019-06-01). Apartment Tenants in Baltimore Link Up to Fix Deteriorating Living Conditions. therealnews.com Activists from the Bolton House Tenant Coalition urge Baltimore mayor Jack Young and city councilman Eric Costello to alleviate the deteriorating conditions at the Bolton House apartment complex…

Eoin Higgins, staff writer (2019-06-01). Youth Activists Holding Coordinated Press Conferences to Raise Awareness on Landmark Court Case. commondreams.org "Climate change is the most pressing issue for our generation." | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…

Amnesty International (2019-06-01). US-led Coalition Admission of 1,300 Civilian Deaths in Iraq and Syria. globalresearch.ca Responding to today's announcement by the U.S.-led Coalition that at least 1,302 civilians have been unintentionally killed by Coalition strikes in Syria and Iraq between August 2014 and the end of April 2019, Amnesty International's Senior Crisis Response Adviser Donatella …

Eoin Higgins (2019-06-01). US Remains in Denial About How Many Civilians They Killed in Iraq and Syria. theantimedia.com (CD) — The U.S.-led coalition that launched airstrikes against Iraq and Syria against ISIS admitted Friday that those attacks killed civilians, but the number they reported—1,302 deaths in a nearly five-year period—was immediately dismissed as too low by the human rights organization Amnesty International. "While all admissions of responsibility by the U.S.-led coalition for civilian casualties are …

Toby Blome (2019-06-01). CODEPINK Monthly Golden Gate Bridge Walk for Peace. indybay.org Gather at the SF or Marin end of the eastern walkway of the Golden Gate Bridge. Parking available on all 4 "corners", just remember to take the last exit on hwy 101 as you approach the bridge, or the first exit after you leave the bridge. Arrive early for best parking. | Gather at 10: 45 am at either end of the bridge. | 11: 00 am Walk on the eastern walkway from the north or south ends, to converge in the middle. Short, silent vigil in the middle. | 12: 00 pm: Rally on SF side after the bridge walk. | BE GREEN AND CARPOOL | See http: //tripplanner.transit.511.org for public transit options. | Golden Gate Transit Bus…

Stefan Talmon (2019-06-01). The US under President Trump: Gravedigger of International Law. indybay.org The US collaboratively built international law and its institutions and had an authoritative influence for more than 100 years. Today, the US is (1) turning away from rule-based international law, (2) violating individual norms of international law, and (3) openly undermining the legal order. The US shows contempt for international law by recognizing Israeli sovereignty over Golan Hts…

Al-Masdar News (2019-06-01). US State Department's "Updated Maps" Show Golan Heights as Part of Israeli. globalresearch.ca The US State Department has changed its maps to show the disputed Golan Heights as Israeli territory, spokesperson Morgan Ortagus confirmed on Thursday, after Israel's Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said he had received one of the updated versions. | "I know …

Philip A Farruggio (2019-06-01). Spectators, Shoppers and Voters… NOT Citizens! globalresearch.ca I begin my column with the profound words from the great anti empire documentarian Paul Edwards, at the end of his fine new piece Idiocracy: | "The naive cry out for answers to our absurd paralysis, but there are none. …

Mark Taliano (2019-06-01). The Policy of Creative Chaos: America's Project for a "Middle-East Holocaust" globalresearch.ca The Project for a New Middle East[1] is a Project for a New Holocaust. It is happening now. The policy of "Creative Chaos"[2] underpins the holocaust. Empire willfully destroys the sovereignty and territorial integrity of prey nations such as Libya, …

Ben Armbruster (2019-06-01). How Mainstream U.S. Media Is Failing Us On Trump and Bolton's March To War With Iran. commondreams.org National security advisor John Bolton listens to President Donald Trump talk to reporters during a cabinet meeting at the White House in Washington on Feb. 12. (Photo: Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images) | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…

Jessica Corbett, staff writer (2019-05-31). 'Coalition Against Death Alley' Kicks Off 5-Day March for Environmental Justice in Louisiana's Petrochemical Corridor. commondreams.org Activists in southern Louisiana kicked off a five-day march on Thursday that aims to bring environmental justice to Cancer Alley—the 85-mile stretch between Baton Rouge and New Orleans that's home to poverty-stricken communities in the shadow of scores of petrochemical facilities. | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…

Bruce Levy (2019-05-31). Health care activists descend on New York State capital. peoplesworld.org Hundreds of supporters of the New York Health Act from throughout New York State descended on Albany last Tuesday where a marathon 13-hour hearing on the future of the Act was held that will decide the future of single-payer health care in the state. Members of the New York State Legislature, in a chamber at …

Daniel Carmody (2019-05-31). Activists protest John Bolton's commencement speech at U.S. Coast Guard Academy. liberationnews.org Bolton has been unabashed in his campaign to launch new wars against Iran, North Korea, and now Venezuela.

Staff (2019-05-31). Environmental Justice Activists Are Leading a Green New Deal Revolution. truthout.org Even among observers who accept the grave reality of climate change, the Green New Deal is often described as an "ambitious" if not overly broad proposal for a massive public investment in green infrastructure, with the dual goals of slowing climate disruption while growing a more just economy. | However, for Indigenous people and communities of color facing the impacts of toxic p…

amnesty (2019-05-31). Zimbabwe: Seven activists arrested, charged with treason. amnesty.org Seven activists, arrested on different dates, are facing charges of treason after they attended a training organised by the Center for Non-Violence Action and Strategies (CANVAS) in the Maldives. Five of the activists have already appeared in court and are remanded in custody until 6 June. The offence 'subverting a constitutional government' carries a penalty of up to 20 years in prison. These arrests are part of an ongoing crackdown on human rights defenders, activists and opposition members in the country and are an attempt by the government to stifle peaceful protest over the recently implemented austerity mea…

susan_p (2019-05-31). US activists vow to protect Venezuelan embassy. greenleft.org.au At 9.30am on May 16, police officers illegally entered the Venezuelan embassy in the Georgetown neighbourhood of Washington DC and arrested four activists lawfully living in the building since April 10, as guests of the legitimate Venezuelan government of Nicolás Maduro. | The four activists arrested were Margaret Flowers and Kevin Zeese (with the group Popular Resistance), Adrienne Pine (an academic) and David Paul (a CODEPINK member). They are part of a group called the Embassy Protection Collective. | According to the Embassy Protection Collective's attorney Mara Verheyden Hilliard, the activists were charged…

susan_p (2019-05-31). Turkey: Leyla Gàºven ends hunger strike. greenleft.org.au Peoples Democratic Party MP, Leyla Gàºven ended her 200-day hunger strike on May 26. Gàºven had been consuming only sugar and salt solutions and vitamins. | Gàºven, a member of the Turkish parliament, began her hunger strike in prison. She was arrested for criticising the Turkish invasion of Afrin, a predominantly Kurdish area of northern Syria. | Gàºven's hunger strike was a protest against the isolation of imprisoned PKK (Kurdistan Workers' Party) leader Abdullah àñcalan, who has been imprisoned since 1999 and has not been allowed visitors, including family members and lawyers, f…

WSWS (2019-05-31). The German government prepares military intervention in Syria. wsws.org Military support of a "safe zone" in northern Syria would mean a massive escalation of Germany's participation in the Syrian war.

South Front (2019-05-31). Video: Syrian Army Cracks Down on ISIS Cells Near Palmyra. globalresearch.ca The Syrian Arab Army (SAA) eliminated an ISIS cell, which was preparing to attack an SAA convoy near Palmyra. According to reports, the SAA killed at least 5 ISIS members and eliminated a vehicle. | Earlier this year, ISIS carried out …

MAIL (2019-05-31). Headlines for May 31, 2019. democracynow.org Trump Threatens Tariffs on Mexican Goods in Bid to Halt Migrants, Trump Administration Plan Would Bar Most Central Americans from Seeking Asylum, Louisiana Governor Signs Anti-Choice Bill as Missouri's Last Abortion Clinic Is Set to Close, GOP Gerrymandering Expert Led Push to Add Citizenship Question to Census, Civilians Flee Russian-Backed Syrian Assault on Last Rebel-Held Province, North Korea Executes Special Envoy to the U.S. After Failed Trump Summit, Colombia Releases Ex-Guerrilla Leader Wanted by the U.S. on Drug Charges, U.S. Drug Agency Targeted Honduran President in Cocaine Trafficking Probe, Hondurans…

Charles Davis (2019-05-31). What Would Democratic Candidates Do About Syria? counterpunch.org Something peculiar happened along the way to stopping a war: in order to prevent U.S. soldiers from marching on Damascus—a real possibility according to people who don't seem to follow such things—some decided that the cause of what they call "peace" required turning a blind eye to several wars that already existed. Neoconservatives, forever on More

Arabi Souri (2019-05-31). US Forces in Syria Causing Catastrophic Effects on Civilians Held in Rukban Concentration Camp. globalresearch.ca American forces occupying Syrian territory entered the country illegally and their presence impedes efforts to restore peaceful life to the country and constitutes an obstacle to stability in southeastern Syria and causing the catastrophic conditions of the residents of al-Rukban …

Andrew Korybko (2019-05-31). Upcoming Trilateral Russia -Israel -US National Security Advisors Summit. Focus on Syria and Iran. globalresearch.ca The Russian, "Israeli", and American National Security Advisors will hold their first-ever trilateral summit in Jerusalem in June to discuss what the White House described as "regional security issues", which is an obvious euphemism for Syria & Iran and the …

Ben Norton (2019-05-31). US greenlights missiles for al-Qaeda-linked, Turkish-backed Salafi-jihadists occupying Syria's Idlib. thegrayzone.com The Trump administration has approved a Turkish shipment of US-made anti-tank missiles to al-Qaeda-linked Islamist rebels fighting a Russian-backed offensive…

Maureen McCue (2019-05-31). We Must Prevent War with Iran. progressive.org It is time for Congress and this administration to recommit to the deal between the United States, our allies, and Iran, to prevent unnecessary destruction, suffering, and death.

Alan Macleod (2019-05-31). MintCast Interviews Filmmaker Robbie Martin: The Neoconservative Endgame. mintpressnews.com MintCast co-hosts Alan MacLeod and Whitney Webb recently spoke to Robbie Martin ( @FluorescentGrey), a filmmaker whose recent documentary series A Very Heavy Agenda explores how prominent Bush-era neo-conservatives have continued to dominate the Washington foreign policy debate and have been instrumental in creating and fomenting Russiagate and Cold War 2.0. | Neoconservatives, or Neocons, have been a key force in Washington for decades and seem to maintain their…

WSWS (2019-05-31). US escalates threat of force against Iran. wsws.org Threats of "force" and a "very strong response" have accompanied Washington's unsubstantiated claims of Iranian responsibility for attacks in the Middle East.

Vijay Prashad (2019-05-31). The world divided by a line is a dead body cut in two. mronline.org A war against Iran—as Hamid says—will be catastrophic, not only for Iran but for Eurasia. It would divide the world into two, vultures and hyenas feasting on both halves. | Source

Ahmed Abdulkareem (2019-05-31). Mass Demonstrations Against Saudi Summit and US "Deal" Mark Quds Day in Yemen. mintpressnews.com Quds Day demonstrations condemned the so-called U.S. Deal of the Century and vowed to support Palestinians facing the prospect of losing their rights under the U.S.-brokered plan.

United Nations (2019-05-31). World Food Programme accesses Yemeni frontline district for first time since conflict began. un.org Amid the world's largest humanitarian crisis still unfolding in Yemen, the UN World Food Programme (WFP) has gained access to the rebel-held northern district of Nihm, for the first time since the war between Houthis and the Saudi-backed Government coalition escalated in 2015.

Middle East Monitor (2019-05-31). The BDS Campaign Against Eurovision Was a Major Success. theantimedia.com (MEMO) — One of the primary targets of the Palestinian-led Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) movement over the past year was the 2019 Eurovision Song Contest that took place in Tel Aviv earlier in May. Despite the protests, the contest went ahead and, on the day, none of the acts scheduled to appear in the final …

Fight Back (2019-05-31). Minnesotans say "No coup! No war! Hands off Venezuela!" fightbacknews.org Minneapolis, MN – 30 people held signs reading "Hands off Venezuela" and a big banner saying "No coup – no sanctions – no war – hands off Venezuela" on a bridge from Loring Park to the Walker Sculpture Garden over Interstate 94 in Minneapolis during rush hour, May 30. Ten lanes of traffic filled with rush hour traffic traveled underneath. The protesters heard hundreds of honks of agreement that the U.S. shouldn't intervene in Venezuela. | Afterwards protesters gathered to hear from Tracy Molm, a member of the MN Anti-War Committee, to hear an update from Venezuela, "Today we were seen by thousands of people in Mi…

Eoin Higgins, staff writer (2019-05-31). In 'Shockingly Cruel' Move, Israel to Auction Off Classrooms It Dismantled in West Bank. commondreams.org "Less the action of a government that has lost its moral compass. More of one that has dashed that compass to the ground and is now grinding it underfoot." | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…

Eoin Higgins, staff writer (2019-05-31). US Figure of Casualties in Iraq and Syria Hides True, 'Devastating Scale' of Civilian Deaths, Says Amnesty. commondreams.org www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…

Melvin Goodman (2019-05-31). Congressional Catering to Netanyahu Must End. counterpunch.org Four years ago, the U.S. Congress invited Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to address a joint congressional session as part of his campaign to defeat the Obama administration's efforts to negotiate the Iranian nuclear accord. Netanyahu's address was an unacceptable interference in the U.S. domestic political arena and should have been challenged. President Obama refused More

Human Rights Watch (2019-05-30). New Arrests in Crimea Seek to Silence Activists. hrw.org | | Lutfie Zudiyeva outside the courthouse in Simferopol on May 30, 2019. | © 2019 Krym.Realii | This afternoon in Crimea, Russian counterextremism police detained two women leaders of Crimea Solidarity, an independent group that speaks out for people arrested for opposing Russia's occupation of the Crimean peninsula. It's the latest of the authorities' many steps to try to silence the group. | The women are Lutfie Zudiyeva and Mumine Saliyeva, both Crimean Tatars, and their activism with Crimea Solidarity is to suppor…

amnesty (2019-05-30). Portrait of an activist: Camari Serau. amnesty.org | Camari Serau is a young gender non-conforming Fijian advocating for the rights of women and the LGBTI community, and supports pro-independence activists from Papua and West Papua province, Indonesia. She calls for an end to the exploitation of Papuan's sacred land, and for the fair distribution of local resources. She wants Papuans to live free of oppression, and to be allowed to gove…

pip.hinman (2019-05-30). Rally vows to defend refugees' rights. greenleft.org.au Three hundred people rallied on May 24 to show solidarity with refugees, who face increasing attacks following the re-election of the Coalition government. | Lucy Honan, representing the Refugee Action Collective which called the rally, said the election result had been "bruising" for refugees and their supporters. Even though Labor and the Coalition shared bipartisan policies of offshore detention and boat turnbacks, refugees had hoped for some changes from a Labor government. | Labor had promised to accept New Zealand's offer to take 150 refugees a year from Manus and Nauru. This had raised the hopes of th…

Human Rights Watch (2019-05-30). Pakistan: Investigate North Waziristan Deaths. hrw.org | | Pakistani President Arif Alvi, center on a military vehicle, reviews a military parade to mark Pakistan National Day, in Islamabad, Pakistan on Saturday, March 23, 2019. | © 2019 AP Photo/Anjum Naveed | (New York) — Pakistan authorities should impartially investigate the deaths of at least three people during violence between Pashtun activists and the army in North Waziristan on May 26, 2019, Human Rights Watch sai…

Human Rights Watch (2019-05-30). Zimbabwe: 7 Detained After Rights Meeting. hrw.org | | Farirai Gumbonzvanda at Chikurubi Maximum Prison on May 29, 2019. | | © Private | (Johannesburg) — Zimbabwe's authorities should immediately release seven activists and drop fabricated charges of seeking to subvert the government. | Zimbabwe Lawyers for Human Rights, the local group representing the activists, said that state security agents arrested all seven between May 20 and 27, 2019, at the Robert Mugabe International Airport in Harare, the capital, on…

United Nations (2019-05-30). Syria: Thousands of children 'hemmed in' by 'brutal and gratuitous' spike in violence. un.org A marked escalation in fighting has put tens of thousands of children in northwest Syria at "imminent risk of injury, death and displacement", the United Nations Children's Fund's (UNICEF) chief warned on Thursday.

Hisham Aidi (2019-05-30). How One Man Survived Syria's Gulag. thenation.com How One Man Survived Syria's Gulag…

Reese Erlich (2019-05-30). Foreign Correspondent: Russian Journalist Vladimir Pozner on Iran, Syria, the United States, and Putin. progressive.org He was well known in the 1980s as an articulate, English-speaking defender of Kremlin policies. Then he began describing himself as a "man of the left."

MAIL (2019-05-30). Headlines for May 30, 2019. democracynow.org Robert Mueller Says His Report Did Not Exonerate President Trump, Mueller's Public Remarks Stoke Calls for Trump's Impeachment, Israeli Knesset Dissolved as PM Netanyahu Fails to Form Ruling Coalition, Without Evidence, John Bolton Blames Iran for Oil Tanker Sabotage, Louisiana Lawmakers Approve Ban on Most Abortions, Disney May Halt Filming in Georgia If State Abortion Ban Takes Effect, Latin American Rape Survivors Who Were Denied Abortions Appeal to U.N., Argentines Hold One-Day Strike Against IMF-Imposed Austerity, Argentine Lawmakers Consider Bill to Decriminalize Abortion, Honduran Protesters Mobilize Again…

Deirdre Griswold (2019-05-30). Why the imperialists hate Huawei. workers.org The Chinese company Huawei has been targeted by the Donald Trump administration. At Washington's request, Canada arrested Meng Wanzhou, the chief financial officer of the company, last December. The charge? That the company did business with Iran, contrary to U.S. sanctions on that country. Meng, the daughter of Huawei founder . . . | Continue reading Why the imperialists hate Huawei at Workers.org

Corinna Barnard (2019-05-30). US 'Emergency' Arms Sales. consortiumnews.com The UN held a session that highlighted the humanitarian crisis in Yemen last week and the next day the White House announced a large weapons sale to the Saudi-led coalition, Thalif Deen reports. By Thalif Deen at UN Headquarters Inter Press… Read more →

Ahmed Abdulkareem (2019-05-30). My Son Needed Medical Help, Not an American Bomb: A Yemeni Father Grieves. mintpressnews.com There is an old saying that the definition of madness is to do the same thing again and again, expecting a different result. Yet this strategy seems to underpin the Saudi-led Coalition's approach to its war on Yemen.

Monica Moorehead (2019-05-30). White House protest says 'End the sanctions on Zimbabwe!'. workers.org Protest at the White House, May 25. A march and rally was held in Washington, D.C., on May 25, African Liberation Day, to demand an end to sanctions against the southern African country of Zimbabwe. Known as Rhodesia after it was colonized by England in the late 1800s, Zimbabwe has . . . | Continue reading White House protest says 'End the sanctions on Zimbabwe!' at Workers.org

MAIL (2019-05-30). Denied Entry to US, Palestinian Diplomat Hanan Ashrawi on US "Peace Plan" & Israeli Political Crisis. democracynow.org Israel will hold new elections after Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu failed to form a coalition government in six weeks of negotiations following the April 9 election. This marks the first time in Israeli history a prime minister-designate has failed to form a coalition government. The news comes as the United States is continuing to promote a controversial Middle East peace plan drawn up by President Trump's son-in-law Jared Kushner, who is in Israel today along with special envoy Jason Greenblatt. But the Israeli newspaper Haaretz reports that the political crisis in Israel could kill the U.S. plan, which wil…