2019-06-12: News Headlines

Human Rights Watch (2019-06-12). Gaza: Unlawful Attacks in May Fighting. hrw.org | | The sign for a gift shop recently converted into a center for people with disabilities on the ground floor of a commercial building in south Gaza. On May 5, 2019, Israeli airstrikes killed three civilians in the building. | © 2019 Khaled Al-'Azayezeh, B'Tselem | (Jerusalem) — Fighting between Israel and Palestinian armed groups in Gaza in early May 2019 involved unla…

RT (2019-06-12). US presidential hopeful Buttigieg promises Americans won't pay for Israeli annexation of West Bank. rt.com The US won't "help foot the bill" if Israel annexes the settlements it has built in the West Bank, Democratic presidential candidate Pete Buttigieg declared in a policy speech, deviating from the usual US deference to Israel.

Labor Video Project (2019-06-12). Palestinian Solidarity & SA BDS Director Desai With Professor Sang He. indybay.org SJSU professor Sang Hea Kil is interviewed by WorkWeek about her trip to the Teaching Palestine conference in Capetown, South Africa. The conference looked at the role of Israel and the Zionist apartheid state. While attending the conference, she and two other participants were sexually harassed by the South African BDS director Muhammed Desai and the organization sought to cover-up this incident.

teleSUR (2019-06-12). Palestinians Don't Want Their Own State: US Governor. telesurenglish.net Florida Governor Ron DeSantis stated shortly after his recent visit to Israel that Palestinians are to blame for the ongoing occupation of their land. | RELATED: | Germany: 2 States 'Only Solution' to Israel-Palestine Conflict | "If you look at this whole conflict, to me, the biggest problem has been that Palestinian Arabs have not recognized Israel's right to exist as a Jewish state," DeSantis said. "That kind of denialism poisons really everything." | "I don't think that's real…

Elijah J. Magnier (2019-06-12). A Russian-American-Israeli Meeting of National Security Advisors in Jerusalem: Syria and Iran on the Table. globalresearch.ca This month of June, the National Security Advisors of Russia, the US, and Israel, Nikolay Patrushev, John Bolton and Meir Ben-Shabbat, respectively, are expected to meet in Jerusalem to talk about Iran and Syria and what Israel considers the …

Andrew Korybko (2019-06-12). India Now Supports Israel at the UN against Palestine. Are They Allies? globalresearch.ca India broke with decades of its post-independence political traditions by unprecedentedly supporting "Israel" at the UN and voting against granting consultative status to a Palestinian NGO that allegedly has ties with Hamas, therefore formally allying with the self-professed "Jewish State" …

teleSUR (2019-06-12). Israel Bombs Syrian Army in Southern Syria. telesurenglish.net The Israeli forces carried out a new attack against the Syrian military in southern Syria last night, state-owned SANA reported. | RELATED: | Moscow Responds to Trump: Strikes in Syria Target 'Terrorists' | The SANA report claimed that the Israeli forces fired several missiles towards the town of Tal Al-Harra in Syria's Daraa province. | The Syrian military reportedly intercepted several Israeli projectiles as they attempted to hit their bases in Tal Al-Harra last night, SANA add…

Joe Piette (2019-06-12). Ramona Africa honored. workers.org Ramona Africa & Eleanor Johnson Friends, family and political activists held a "Birthday Celebration of Life" for Ramona Africa in Philadelphia on June 8. Africa is the only adult survivor of the horrendous May 13, 1985, bombing of the communal MOVE home by city officials. The bomb killed six adults . . . | Continue reading Ramona Africa honored at Workers.org

Colin Benjamin (2019-06-12). Coalition Of Activists Demand "Justice for Chanel" Lewis Who Was Railroaded By Racist Legal System. blackstarnews.com Activists from Color Of Change and VOCAL-NY rally outside Queens Borough Hall in support of Chanel Lewis… | On Tuesday, a coalition of activists rallied outside New York City's Queens Borough Hall to demand justice for Chanel Lewis by delivering over 30,000 petitions from concerned citizens who agree Lewis' murder conviction was a legal travesty. | Lewis, 22, was convicted on April 1 of the murder of 30-year-old Karina Vetrano, who was killed on August 2, 2016, while jogging in Queens, New York. He was then sentenced to life on April 23. | But Lewis' troubling arrest—and obviously coerced confession[mdash…

Staff (2019-06-12). Straight People Should Be Glad They Don't Need a Parade. truthdig.com Some brave hetero activists are attempting to organize a "Straight Pride Parade" in Boston. | Oh just kidding — did I say brave activists? I meant people with neo-Nazi ties. That's right: According to ThinkProgress, the organizers of the "straight pride parade" have ties to numerous far-right groups, and have often embraced violent language on…

Tony Cartalucci (2019-06-12). The Last Bastion of Al Qaeda in Syria: US Propaganda Blitz Ahead of Idlib's Liberation. globalresearch.ca A concerted effort is being made to once again flood Western headlines with now familiar and long-since discredited war propaganda as Syrian forces and their Russian and Iranian allies move in on Idlib in northern Syria to liberate it from …

Andrew Korybko (2019-06-12). Japan's Prime Minister Abe Is Trump's Informal Ambassador to Iran, but He Wants More Than to Mediate. globalresearch.ca Japanese Prime Minister Abe is functioning as Trump's informal ambassador to Iran during his two day trip to the Islamic Republic, though he has much greater strategic interests in mind than just being the US President's proxy such as expanding …

Staff (2019-06-12). Baltimore Divests In Its Youth—and Criminalizes Them. therealnews.com As youth arrests at the inner harbor capture headlines, TRNN examines the ways city law enforcement, housing policy, and segregation have failed young people…

Miko Peled (2019-06-12). US Ambassador Quietly Delivers West Bank to Israel in NY Times Interview. mintpressnews.com If one accepts the legitimacy of the Zionist state then one might as well accept Ambassador Friedman's statement and Israeli sovereignty over all of Palestine.

United Nations (2019-06-11). Tuesday's Daily Brief: Disability inclusion, minimum wage, and LGBTI rights in Botswana. un.org This Tuesday, we cover: a new strategy for disability inclusion; continued talks on social justice at the international labour conference; an update on Yemen; a historic Security Council resolution on missing persons in conflict; and same-sex rights in Botswana.

Jake Johnson, staff writer (2019-06-11). Legal Expert Says 'Congress Must Repeal the AUMF' After Supreme Court Rejects Yemeni Man's Appeal for Release From Gitmo. commondreams.org "The Supreme Court can no longer be trusted to enforce due process. If Congress doesn't put a stop to this unconstitutional cruelty, no one will." | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…

United Nations (2019-06-11). UN Security Council offers Yemen Special Envoy 'their full support'. un.org Security Council members issued a statement on Monday offering "their full support" to the UN Special Envoy for Yemen, Martin Griffiths, after he had reportedly come in for criticism by the Government.

Staff (2019-06-11). Israeli Private Intelligence Company Black Cube Out of Control. therealnews.com Shir Hever discusses the dangers of privatizing security and intelligence, as a private company called Black Cube that claims to use Israeli Mossad procedures hires out its services to the highest bidder and goes after international as well as Israeli activists, business people, and politicians…

Whitney Webb (2019-06-11). How NeoCon Billionaire Paul Singer Is Driving the Outsourcing of US Tech Jobs to Israel. mintpressnews.com Several U.S. tech giants including Google, Microsoft and Intel Corporation have filled top positions with former members of Israeli military intelligence and are heavily investing in their Israeli branches while laying off thousands of American employees, all while receiving millions of dollars in U.S. government subsidies funded by American taxpayers.

teleSUR (2019-06-11). Israel Will Not Allow Iran To Have Nuclear Weapons: Netanyahu. telesurenglish.net Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu issued a stern warning to Iran about producing a nuclear warhead on Monday, vowing to prevent them from attaining this weapon by any means necessary. | RELATED: | Iran Says New US Sanctions Show Offer To Dialogue 'Hollow' | The Israeli premier issued the warning after the comments made by the International Atomic Energy Agency Yukiya Amano on Iran's increased uranium enrichment. | "Israel will not allow Iran to develop nuclear weapons," Net…

Ramzy Baroud (2019-06-11). Kushner as a Colonial Administrator: Let's Talk About the 'Israeli Model'. commondreams.org Jared Kushner, President Donald Trump's son-in-law and senior adviser, speaking in an interview that aired Sunday on "Axios on HBO." (Photo: Screengrab) | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…

Maj. Danny Sjursen (2019-06-11). The Generals Won't Save Us From the Next War. truthdig.com Editor's note: This article was originally published on The American Conservative. | Poll after poll indicates that the only public institution Americans still trust is the military. Not Congress, not the presidency, not the Supreme Court, the church, or the media. Just the American war machine. | But perhaps that faith in the U.S. Armed Forces is misplaced. I…

Janine Jackson (2019-06-11). 'It's Seen by Indigenous Activists as a Template for Similar Confrontations Around the Globe' – CounterSpin interview with Reynard Loki on indigenous oil victory. fair.org Janine Jackson interviewed Reynard Loki about an indigenous environmental victory in Ecuador for the June 7, 2019, episode of CounterSpin. This is a lightly edited transcript. | Media…

Jake Johnson, staff writer (2019-06-11). 'We Have to Fight Back': Progressives Call for Mobilization as Koch Brothers Open Their Pockets to Protect Corporate Democrats. commondreams.org "While we might not have millions of dollars from fossil fuel barons or wealthy elites, we have thousands of grassroots activists who are motivated by the vision of a just future for all." | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…

Glen Black (2019-06-11). Two people have been found guilty of feeding live fox cubs to hounds as case exposes the shocking truth of hunting. thecanary.co A judge found two people guilty of animal cruelty charges on 10 June. The case has exposed one of hunting's dirtiest practices. But anti-hunting campaigners slammed the "disgraceful" sentences. | Living fox cubs fed to hunting hounds: | District judge Joanna Dickens found huntsman Paul Oliver and kennel maid Hannah Rose guilty on multiple charges of animal cruelty. Anti-hunting activists covertly filmed the pair tr…

Staff (2019-06-11). Gov. Jay Inslee Slams DNC for Refusing to Hold Climate Debate. truthout.org The Democratic National Committee is facing criticism after rejecting calls to host a debate solely focused on the climate crisis and for threatening to blacklist any candidate who takes part in a non-DNC debate on the issue. DNC Chair Tom Perez recently told climate activists that it is not practical to hold debates on specific issues. We speak with Washington Governor Jay Inslee, who was the first Democratic presidential candidate to call for a climate-focused debate. He's accusing the DNC of attempting to silence the voices of those who want to debate climate solutions. "This is our last chance to defeat cl…

MAIL (2019-06-11). "We Are Facing an Existential Crisis": Gov. Inslee Slams DNC for Refusing to Hold Climate Debate. democracynow.org The Democratic National Committee is facing criticism after rejecting calls to host a debate solely focused on the climate crisis and for threatening to blacklist any candidate who takes part in a non-DNC debate on the issue. DNC Chair Tom Perez recently told climate activists that it is not practical to hold debates on specific issues. We speak with Washington Governor Jay Inslee, who was the first Democratic presidential candidate to call for a climate-focused debate. He's accusing the DNC of attempting to silence the voices of those who want to debate climate solutions. "This is our last chance to defeat clima…

Vanessa Beeley (2019-06-11). In the Western Media Narrative, SAA-Targeted Underground Bunkers and Terrorist-Run Prisons Become "Hospitals" mintpressnews.com We should not allow ourselves to be collectively hypnotized into believing the media hype that would portray armed-group murderers as heroes, and the Syrian people and government struggling to expel them from their country as the villains.

Alexander Rubinstein (2019-06-11). Media Paints Jihadist Commander Who Pledged Allegiance to ISIS as a Soccer Star with the Voice of an Angel. globalresearch.ca If you've read the headlines about the death of "Syrian activist" Abdel Basset al-Sarout, you probably think he was a pretty cool guy. Headlines referring to him as a "Syrian footballer, singer and rebel" make him seem like he …

South Front (2019-06-11). Video: Al Qaeda Militants Suffer Large Casualties in Clashes in Northern Hama. globalresearch.ca Fierce clashes have been ongoing in northern Hama since June 6 when Hayat Tahrir al-Sham, Jaysh al-Izza, the Turkish-backed National Front for Liberation (NFL) and their allies launched an advance on Syrian Arab Army (SAA) positions there. | Initially, militants seized …

Human Rights Watch (2019-06-11). UN Security Council Finally Addresses Missing Persons in Conflict. hrw.org | | © 2015 Human Rights Watch | Today, the United Nations Security Council passed its first resolution on missing persons in armed conflicts, seizing a key opportunity to strengthen efforts toward uncovering the fates of those missing and giving closure to countless families. | The resolution calls on parties to conflicts to better prevent disappearances in the first place, and to not…

Andrew Korybko (2019-06-11). India Complies with US Sanctions against Iran, Iran Keeps Begging It to Reconsider. globalresearch.ca India capitulated to American pressure and complied with the anti-Iranian sanctions regime, yet Iran keeps begging it to reconsider and continue investing in the Islamic Republic anyhow, with its humiliating behavior revealing just how desperate it is for economic relief …

WSWS (2019-06-11). US Middle East commander proposes permanent buildup against Iran. wsws.org The head of the US Central Command claimed that the "threat" from Iran remains "imminent" but refused to provide any evidence or details to support the allegation.

commondreams (2019-06-11). Pro-Peace Coalition Delivers Petition Urging Congress to Block Trump's Path to War With Iran. commondreams.org ______________________________…

plenglish (2019-06-11). Japanese PM to to Iran for Key Talks. plenglish.com Tokyo, Jun 11 (Prensa Latina) Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe will hold talks with Iran's political and religious leaders during his visit to Tehran this week in an effort to ease tensions with the United States, the Japanese government reported on Tuesday.

Todd Smith (2019-06-11). The End of Irony: an Irony Opener. dissidentvoice.org Given all the hysterical saber-rattling over Iran recently, one wonders if old Uncle Sam's simply having another spastic episode with his Pent'agonal cane? Mixed into the usual cacophony of paranoid ramblings, one hears ominous mumblings linking Iran, al-Quaeda, and the Nine-One-One… Never Forget!—to re-package and re-purpose 9/11, as that original franchise continues to spawn spin-offs, …

Janine Jackson (2019-06-11). 'The US Has No Real Moral Authority to Talk About Freedoms' – CounterSpin interview with Netfa Freeman on Cuba sanctions. fair.org Janine Jackson interviewed Netfa Freeman about Cuba sanctions for the June 7, 2019, episode of CounterSpin. This is a lightly edited transcript. | Media…

Jake Johnson (2019-06-11). 'The DNC is on the wrong side of history:' Challenged by activists, Tom Perez says hosting 2020 debate on climate crisis 'not practical'. nationofchange.org "Not even our so-called 'leaders' are courageous enough to tell the truth about the emergency we are in. Climate isn't one issue, it's every issue."

Megan Giovannetti (2019-06-10). 'Battle-Proven:' Weapons Expo Shows One Way Israel Profits from Occupation. progressive.org Hundreds of arms and cybersecurity companies showcase their state-of-the-art weaponry—often tested in Gaza or the West Bank—to war industry dealers from all over the world.

Jessica Corbett, staff writer (2019-06-10). Citing Slaughter in Yemen, Senators Launch New Effort to Block Trump From Selling More US-Made Weapons to Saudis. commondreams.org A bipartisan pair of senators announced late Sunday their plan to introduce a privileged resolution Monday in hopes of using congressional oversight to block U.S. arms sales and other "security" assistance to Saudi Arabia—which, along with the United Arab Emirates, is leading the coalition waging war on Yemen. | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…

Human Rights Watch (2019-06-10). UK Should Get Serious About Defending Human Rights. hrw.org | | The house of Judge Yahya Muhammad Rubaid in Sanaa was hit in an airstrike on January 25, 2016, killing the judge and four members of his family. | © 2016 Belkis Wille/Human Rights Watch | The UK paints itself as a global champion on human rights, and the Foreign and Commonwealth Office's annual rights report is a key moment to dem…

Alex Borenstein (2019-06-10). "Walk for Israel" PR effort doesn't fool Denver's anti-apartheid protesters. liberationnews.org Coalition of counter-protesters show solidarity with Palestine.

Robert Fisk (2019-06-10). While the World Watches Trump, It's Missing What's Really Going On. counterpunch.org Our leaders know how to bang the war drums and, by and large, we go along with them. The US threatens Iran with war — so will Iran close the Strait of Hormuz and attack American warships in the Gulf? Israel strikes Iranian targets in Syria after rockets fall on Golan — so does an Arab-Israeli conflict More

Staff (2019-06-10). DNC Chair Says Hosting 2020 Debate on Climate Crisis "Not Practical" truthout.org Confronted by activists during a fundraiser for the Florida Democratic Party over the weekend, DNC chairman Tom Perez insisted it would be impractical to make one of the dozen scheduled 2020 presidential primary debates solely about the global climate crisis and candidates' proposed solutions. | "A lot of young people say we should have a single debate focused on climate change," Perez told activists after delivering a speech at the gala. Bu…

Jake Johnson, staff writer (2019-06-10). 'The DNC Is on the Wrong Side of History': Challenged by Activists, Tom Perez Says Hosting 2020 Debate on Climate Crisis 'Not Practical'. commondreams.org "What's actually unrealistic: the Democratic establishment saying we'll stop climate change when they aren't even willing to have a debate on it." | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…

Photos: L. Kunstenaar, T. Scussel, S. Rhodes (2019-06-10). Taking A Stand, Taking the Stage for Gun Sense in SF and Marin. indybay.org On a national day of action, June 8, gun safety activists held a rally and march of hundreds of people who crossed the Golden Gate Bridge with orange signs. They demanded an end to gun violence in their communities and throughout the United States. | Please credit the photographers as noted. Top photo by Leon Kunstenaar, Probono Photo.

Sam Ordóñez (2019-06-10). In Boston pro-choice forces defy right wing. workers.org June 2 — Around 100 pro-choice activists gathered in the Boston Common to confront a group of anti-abortion extremists attempting to hold a rally and march there. The action was initiated by Boston Feminists for Liberation. The activists took control of the Parkman Bandstand where the right wing was planning . . . | Continue reading In Boston pro-choice forces defy right wing at Workers.org

Vanand Meliksetian (2019-06-10). The Most Crucial Pipeline of the Middle East? globalresearch.ca Contemporary Middle Eastern history is strongly influenced by energy politics. Besides providing revenue for the state's coffers, oil is also a potent geopolitical tool in the hands of resource-rich countries. Recently, officials from Lebanon, Syria and Iraq have engaged …

plenglish (2019-06-10). Orphans of French ISIS Fighters Fly Home from Syria. plenglish.com Paris, June 10 (Prensa Latina) France repatriated 12 French children, sons and daughters of ex-fighters of ISIS terrorist group, who were in Syria in opposition-controlled camps, the Foreign Ministry reported on Monday.

Staff (2019-06-10). New Evidence Suggests 2018 Chemical Attack in Douma, Syria Was Staged. therealnews.com Leaked documents from the Organization for the Prevention of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) that were analyzed by MIT Prof. Theodore Postol about the 2018 chemical attack in Douma, Syria, contradict the official UN report…

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