Daily Archives: 2019-06-05

2019-06-05: News Headlines

Staff (2019-06-05). The Media Is Legitimizing a Century-Old Nazi Trope. truthdig.com When Norwegian right-winger Anders Breivik invoked "cultural Marxism" as the reason for his 77-person killing spree in 2011, many observers placed the notion in the same category as the killer—the fringe. But since the election of Donald Trump, Brexit and the rise and re-election of other far-right governments around the globe, "cultural Marxism" has become a well-known nationalist buzzword, alongside "globalism": Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro denounces it, and the media empire of former White House…

Staff (2019-06-05). The Media Are Legitimizing a Century-Old Nazi Trope. truthdig.com When Norwegian right-winger Anders Breivik invoked "cultural Marxism" as the reason for his 77-person killing spree in 2011, many observers placed the notion in the same category as the killer—the fringe. But since the election of Donald Trump, Brexit and the rise and re-election of other far-right governments around the globe, "cultural Marxism" has become a well-known nationalist buzzword, alongside "globalism": Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro denounces it, and the media empire of former White House…

teleSUR (2019-06-05). Chinese President Arrives in Moscow To Meet With Putin. telesurenglish.net Chinese President Xi Jinping has arrived in Moscow Wednesday for his first state visit to the Russian Federation this year. | RELATED: | China Warns US Can't Pressure Them to Force Trade Deal | According to reports, Xi plans to meet with his Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin as they discuss a wide range of topics, including North Korea, Venezuela, and Syria. | The two leaders are also expected to sign or witness the signing of important cooperation documents, and attend a gathering ce…

Middle East Monitor (2019-06-05). US and Russia Spar Over 'Unsafe' Spy Plane Intercept Near Syria. theantimedia.com (MEMO) — A Russian fighter jet made a dangerous high-speed pass that put a US Navy surveillance aircraft at risk during an intercept over the Mediterranean Sea on Tuesday, the US Sixth Fleet said, but Moscow said its pilot had behaved responsibly, reports Reuters. "While the Russian aircraft was operating in international airspace, this interaction was irresponsible," …

teleSUR (2019-06-05). Russia Denies Sharing Intel With Trump on Venezuela. telesurenglish.net Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov sat down for an interview with the RBC Group on Tuesday to discuss a number of topics affecting his country. | RELATED: | Moscow Responds to Trump: Strikes in Syria Target 'Terrorists' | During the interview, Lavrov was asked about U.S. President Donald Trump's claims that Russia informed him about the withdrawal of their military personnel from Venezuela. | Lavrov rebuffed Trump's claims about Russia informing him of their personnel withdra…

Arabi Souri (2019-06-05). ISIS Remnants Regroup and Attack Syrian Army Posts in the Desert with U.S. Help. globalresearch.ca ISIS terrorists, defeated by the Syrian Arab Army in the major battles of Der Ezzor and Albukamal east of Syria, have regrouped and launched a new wave of attacks against the SAA posts in the dese…

Arabi Souri (2019-06-05). Video: US-Sponsored Kurdish Militia Burn Wheat Fields in Northern Syria. globalresearch.ca The Kurdish separatist militia SDF and its affiliates from PYD and Asayish are burning wheat fields in the territories under their occupation northeast of Syria. | Some of the most fertile lands as well as territories rich with oil are under …

PACBI (2019-06-05). More Than 100 Commercial, Cultural and Sporting Activities in Italy Declare Themselves Free of Israeli Apartheid. bdsmovement.net More Than 100 Commercial, Cultural and Sporting Activities in Italy Declare Themselves Free of Israeli Apartheid: In the NewsTrade unions, movements, artisans, businesses and cultural, recreational and sports centers join campaign for Palestinian rights in what is also a clear stand against the mounting racism and nationalist closure that is fomenting hatred and intolerance across Europ…

Marilyn Garson (2019-06-05). The Day After UNRWA. counterpunch.org UNRWA needs $60 million in June to buy relief food for one million Palestinian refugees in Gaza, while Trump's Middle East envoy is agitating for the UN to close the agency. UNRWA's mandate does not belong to Trump. But it's time to ask, what will happen on the day after UNRWA's money runs out? In More

Staff (2019-06-05). For Real Safety in US and Palestine, We Must Fight White Supremacy. truthout.org As a part of the Center for Jewish Nonviolence, I joined a coalition of over 100 Palestinians, Israelis, and Jews from the U.S. and Canada to rehabilitate a dirt road in the South Hebron Hills that would give Palestinians in the area greater access to basic resources they need to live. When we started this project in early May, a range of Israeli police and military agencies responded with force, employing methods of crowd dispersal to arrest 17 people and injure dozens of others. As I heard the b…

Hans Stehling (2019-06-05). Kushner-Trump Family Plan for an Enlarged Israel, Ridiculed as the 'Confidence Trick of the Century'. globalresearch.ca 700,000 illegal settlers, economic migrants from Israel who have built temporary homes on Palestinian land, are proposed to be legitimised under a Kushner family plan dubbed the 'confidence trick of the century'. | The son-in-law of Donald Trump, Jared Kushner is …

Party for Socialism and Liberation (2019-06-05). Socialist Analysis & Discussion – U.S./Israeli Deal & the Palestinian Struggle. indybay.org 2969 Mission St., near 26th St.

Consortiumnews (2019-06-05). Intrigues in the Gulf Following Summits in Mecca. consortiumnews.com Saudi and UAE pressure on Qatar to embrace a tougher stance against Iran have left the Arab Gulf states divided as the U.S. builds tension with Teheran, writes Giorgio Cafiero. By Giorgio Cafiero Special to Consortium News Expectedly, no major… Read more →

Maj. Danny Sjursen (2019-06-05). America's Sordid History of Meddling in Iran. truthdig.com For decades now, the United States has portrayed Tehran as the foremost aggressor in the Middle East. Perhaps it takes one to know one.

Mark Gruenberg (2019-06-05). Lawmakers try to block Trump's latest 22 Saudi arms deals. peoplesworld.org WASHINGTON—A bipartisan group of senators will try to block President Donald Trump's latest $8.1 billion, in 22 separate arms sales, to Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates. They challenge Trump's justification—the supposed threat from Iran—for invoking "emergency" arms sale law loopholes to aid the Saudis. One of the group, Sen. Jack Reed, D-R.I., worries …

South Front (2019-06-05). Video: War Propaganda and US Military Buildup Against Iran. globalresearch.ca Tensions continue to grow in the Persian Gulf. | In early May, the US deployed the USS Abraham Lincoln strike group as well as the USS Arlington amphibious transport dock, additional marines, amphibious vehicles, rotary aircraft, Patriot missiles and a bomber …

unitedEditor (2019-06-05). Pompeo and Trump say the US is ready for talks with Iran… uwidata.com but will Iran risk trusting them yet again? While less than a month ago everyone was concerned about the possibility of war breaking out in the Persian Gulf, American policy toward Iran now seems to have shifted once again. While in Japan, Trump stated that the US has no plans to bring down the …

Dianne Mathiowetz (2019-06-05). Activists close down Atlanta Detention Center. workers.org The multistory Atlanta City Detention Center was built prior to the 1996 Olympics to house the hundreds of poor and homeless people that the image-conscious corporate elite were determined to banish from the sight of a global audience. At that time the City Council passed a series of "quality of . . . | Continue reading Activists close down Atlanta Detention Center at Workers.org

MAIL (2019-06-05). "We're Left to Defend Ourselves on the Margins": 8 Black Trans Women Have Been Murdered This Year. democracynow.org The body of 26-year-old Chynal Lindsey was recovered Saturday from a lake in Northeast Dallas. Police said they are investigating her death as a homicide. Chynal is the third transgender black woman killed in Dallas since October, including the high-profile death of Muhlaysia Booker just two weeks ago. Another Dallas trans woman was stabbed multiple times in April but survived. Trans rights activists say the violence in Dallas is indicative of the larger threat to black transgender women. At least eight black trans women have been murdered in the U.S. this year. According to the Human Rights Campaign, at least 26…

teleSUR (2019-06-05). EU Could Fine Italy US$3.9 Billion Over Heavy National Debt. telesurenglish.net The European Commission (EC) has proposed to open an Excessive Deficit Procedure (EDP) against Italy for not having sufficiently reduced its public debt, which reached 132.2 percent of its gross domestic product (GDP) in 2018. This EDP could lead to sanctions of up to US$3.9 billion. | RELATED: | US Tells Italy to Stay Away From China and Russia | "The 2018 Italian data is…

Medea Benjamin (2019-06-05). Travel to Cuba Falls Victim to John Bolton's Wrath. commondreams.org Beach chairs are lined up for a show at the beach of the Cayo Blanco key, a 50 minute ride in Catamaran from Varadero, on May 12, 2019, in Cayo Blanco, Cuba. Cuban tourism is facing challenges as the US government recently tightened its embargo on Cuba activating the Title III of the Helms Burton law increasing the pressure on the Cuban government by allowing U.S. courts to prosecute international companies which have worked with properties nationalized in Cuba since 1959. (Photo: Sven Creutzmann/Mambo photo/Getty Images) | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…

Howard Lisnoff (2019-06-04). "One, Two, Three Strikes, You're Out…" counterpunch.org Just when those who think the situation vis-à -vis U.S. militarism and empire can't get any worse, there are visible signs they are. Such was the visit to the militarized and right-wing government of Japan by Donald Trump. With new calls for impeachment—a grand waste of time at this point in Trump's disastrous presidency—readers might think More

United Nations (2019-06-04). Tuesday's Daily Brief: Bicycles for the environment, new leader for the UN General Assembly, UN values, Ebola, Syria and Libya. un.org This Tuesday, we cover: Bicycles in China; a new President elected for the 74th session of the UN General Assembly, to start in September; vital food crops destroyed in Syria; migrants and refugees in Libya's detention centres; Ebola in the Democratic Republic of the Congo surpasses 2,000 cases; and the UN deputy chief in London pushes for UN values.

United Nations (2019-06-04). Vital food crops destroyed in Syria amid upsurge in fighting across Idlib, Hama. un.org Thousands of acres of crops have been destroyed in Syria's Idlib and north Hama provinces amid ongoing deadly violence, the World Food Programme (WFP) said on Tuesday, in a call to the warring parties to stop using food security to hold people "hostage".

South Front (2019-06-04). Video: Israeli Military Intensifies Attacks on Syria. globalresearch.ca Overnight on June 2, the Israeli Defense Forces (IDF) carried out a missile strike on Syrian Arab Army (SAA) targets in the southern part of the country. According to the IDF, the missiles hit 2 artillery batteries, observation and intelligence …

Jason Ditz (2019-06-04). Israeli Military Intensifies Attacks on Syria, Killing 15. theantimedia.com (ANTIWAR.COM) — After killing ten people in a flurry of attacks early Sunday, Israeli warplanes continued with a second round of strikes into the evening, killing at least five more, and bringing the death toll to 15. Overall, four Syrian soldiers have been confirmed killed in the attacks, while seven others from the early attacks were described as foreign …

Elijah J. Magnier (2019-06-04). Trump's Bellicosity Sells Weapons but Also Boosts Iran and the Palestinian Cause. globalresearch.ca When the "Islamic State" (ISIS) occupied large territories in Iraq and Syria, it shifted Middle East and world attention to it, moving the focus away from the Palestinian cause. The countries affected by the ISIS horror concentrated on recovering their …

Firas Samuri (2019-06-04). Israel Continues Its Interference in the Syrian Crisis. globalresearch.ca On June 2, the Syrian Arab News Agency reported on Israeli aggression on the T4 airbase, located in the eastern countryside of Homs province. It's recognized that the Syrian Air Defense System managed to destroy two missiles. The remaining rockets …

MAIL (2019-06-04). Headlines for June 4, 2019. democracynow.org CBP Confirms 2 More Migrants' Deaths in Recent Days, Judge Denies Dem Request to Block Funding of Border Wall, Mexico, U.S. Lawmakers Hope to Avert Trump Tariff on Mexican Goods, U.S. Sends Border Patrol Agents to Guatemala, Trump Meets with Theresa May as Protesters Blast His U.K. Visit, Sudan: Death Toll from Anti-Protest Raid Mounts, as Transitional Gov't Sets Timeline for Election, Reports: Car Bomb Kills At Least 14 People in Northern Syria, Swedish Court Rejects Detention Request for Julian Assange, New Images Appear to Contradict Reports of Killings of High-Level North Korean Officials, House Passes Disast…

Staff (2019-06-04). The US Cult of Bombing and Endless War. truthout.org From Syria to Yemen in the Middle East, Libya to Somalia in Africa, Afghanistan to Pakistan in South Asia, an American aerial curtain has descended across a huge swath of the planet. Its stated purpose: combatting terrorism. Its primary method: constant surveillance and bombing — and yet more bombing. Its political benefit: minimizing the number of U.S. "boots on the ground" and so American casualties in the never-ending war on terror, as well as any public outcry about Washington's many conflicts. Its economic benefit: plent…

Sara Roy (2019-06-04). On Equating BDS With Anti-Semitism: a Letter to the Members of the German Government. counterpunch.org To the Members of the German Government: I write to you regarding the motion recently passed by the Bundestag that equated BDS with anti-Semitism. I also write to you as Jew, a child of Holocaust survivors and as a scholar of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. My mother, Taube, and father, Abraham, survived Auschwitz among other horrors. More

Labor Video Project (2019-06-04). Palestinian Solidarity, South Africa BDS & Director Muhammed Desai. indybay.org WorkWeek interviews SJSU professor Sang Hea Kil about her trip to South Africa to attend the Teaching Palestine confernce in March 2019. While at the conference she and two other women were sexually harassed by Muhammed Desai, the director of South Africa BDS. She talks about that experience and the cover-up that followed. She also discusses the role of Israel and the attacks against professors and students in the United States who are critical of Israel…

Manuel E. Yepe (2019-06-04). Bolton's Dangerous Psychopathology. counterpunch.org John Bolton has been saying for years that he wants to overthrow the Iranian government, but this time he seems to have gone too far, writes Joe Lauria, editor-in-chief of Consortium News and former correspondent for The Wall Street Journal, Boston Globe, Sunday Times of London and many other newspapers. "I met John Bolton and More

Serge Halimi (2019-06-04). US Gears Up for War With Iran. counterpunch.org Can a state that condemns, without real justification, an international disarmament treaty it spent years negotiating then threaten a co-signatory with military aggression? Can it order other countries to fall into line with its capricious, bellicose stance or face punitive sanctions? The US can. It's pointless trying to argue with the Trump administration's claimed reasons More

Staff (2019-06-04). Who's Behind the Iran Disinformation Campaign? truthdig.com What follows is a conversation between Col. Lawrence Wilkerson, former chief of staff to United States Secretary of State Colin Powell, and Sharmini Peries of The Real News Network. Read a transcript of their conversation below or watch the video at the bottom of…

teleSUR (2019-06-04). French Arms Sales to Saudi Arabia Increased 50% in 2018: Report. telesurenglish.net Despite a national call to end Yemen's "Dirty War," in 2018 French weapons sales to Saudi Arabia skyrocketed by 50 percent, a federal report revealed Tuesday. | RELATED: | US to Sell Arab Allies $8B in Arms to 'Deter Iran': Pompeo | According to the annual report, France's arms sales rose to 91 billion euros (US$102 billion) or 30 pe…

teleSUR (2019-06-04). Iran Sues UK for $1.6B over Wrongful Sanctions. telesurenglish.net Iranian Mellat bank's trial against the United Kingdom is expected to start on June 17 where judges will hear that Britain's actions "substantially damaged the bank's reputation" and led to the loss of profits, customers and access to international banking services for which the lender is demanding US$1.6 billion in compensation, Iranian Press TV reported Tuesday. | RELATED: | If US Refrains from Bullying, Iran May Initiate Talks: Rouhani | The bank says the U.K. government also…

unitedEditor (2019-06-04). Could Japan help resolve the conflict between Iran and US? uwidata.com Recently President Donald Trump, while in Tokyo, said that he would support Shinzo Abe's efforts to mediate between Iran and the US. Trump also said: "I know that the prime minister and Japan have a very good relationship with Iran so we'll see what happens." He added: "Washington was not interested in regime change in …

Staff (2019-06-04). State Department Perpetuates Disinformation on Iran. therealnews.com Regular State Department briefings have been few, but the public is entitled to them, to hold the Trump administration accountable, such as on its policies towards Iran, says Col. Larry Wilkerson…

Paul Antonopoulos (2019-06-04). Saudi-led Air Strikes Destroyed Nearly 400 Hospitals in Yemen. globalresearch.ca Nearly 400 hospitals and medical facilities in Yemen were destroyed during the four-year war period as a result of the Saudi-led coalition air strikes, Health Ministry spokesman Youssef Hadiri said in an interview with Sputnik News, on Thursday. | "More than …

Middle East Monitor (2019-06-04). French Weapons Sales to Saudi Arabia Jumped Fifty Percent Last Year. theantimedia.com (MEMO) — France's weapons sales to Saudi Arabia rose 50 pct in 2018 despite the government calling for an end to the "dirty war" in Yemen, figures released on Tuesday showed, Reuters reports. An annual government report showed that total arms sales rose 30 percent to 9.1 billion euros in 2018, driven by a sharp increase in sales to …

Human Rights Watch (2019-06-04). Thailand: 3 Junta Critics Assaulted in Past Month. hrw.org (New York) — Thai authorities should urgently and impartially investigate assaults on three prominent pro-democracy activists since May 2019, Human Rights Watch said today. Thai police have yet to arrest any suspects for the violent attacks, raising serious concerns about possible government involvement. | | | Sirawith Seritiwat, prominent pro-democracy activist, was assaulted in Bangkok on June 2, 2019, after he staged a peaceful protest against Thailand's military junta. | &co…

Human Rights Watch (2019-06-04). Jordan: Crackdown on Political Activists. hrw.org | | Protestor raises the Jordanian flag during 2018 protests in front for the prime ministry building in Amman, Jordan. | © 2018 AlMothanna B. AlGhazzawi | (Amman) — Jordanian authorities have increasingly targeted political and anti-corruption activists on charges that violate the right to free expression, Human Rights Watch said today. Since mid-March 2019, the authorities have detained over a dozen people, most linked to a loose coalition of politic…

Lee Fang (2019-06-04). Ginni Thomas Plans New Conservative Supergroup to "Protect President Trump" theintercept.com With the help of a who's who of conservative activists, the Supreme Court justice's wife aims to open up a new front in America's political wars.

Staff (2019-06-04). U.S. Prepares Sanctions to Block Food Program for Millions of Venezuelans. therealnews.com The United States is preparing sanctions against a major Venezuelan government subsidized food program that distributes important food staples to over half of Venezuelans each month. The impact would be devastating. Mike Fox reports from Venezuela…

Staff (2019-06-04). U.S. Prepares Sanctions to Block Food Subsidy for Millions of Venezuelans. therealnews.com Over half of Venezuelans currently receive a direct food subsidy delivered to their neighborhoods. Trump officials say that they are looking for ways to sanctions these. Mike Fox reports from Venezuela about the program…

teleSUR (2019-06-04). US Bans Educational and Recreational Travel to Cuba. telesurenglish.net As of June 5, U.S. citizens will be prohibited from making group educational and cultural trips known as "people to people" travel to Cuba, Secretary of Commerce Steve Mnuchin of the U.S. Treasury Department confirmed in a statement Tuesday. | RELATED: | US Sanctions Violate Human Rights, International Law: UN Expert | According to the commercial director at Cuba's tourism ministry, Michel Bernal, the island nation received about 250,000 U.S. visitors in the first four months of…

Eds. (2019-06-04). Black Agenda Report is a proud recipient of the Serena Shim Award for uncompromising integrity in journalism. mronline.org Serena Shim was born in Detroit. She attended high school in nearby Livonia MI, and graduated from the American University of Science and Technology in Beirut. She was married with two children, and at the time of her death worked for the Iranian news outlet Press TV. | Source

Patrick Cockburn (2019-06-04). Why the US is Persecuting Assange. counterpunch.org I was in Kabul a decade ago when WikiLeaks released a massive tranche of US government documents about the conflicts in Afghanistan, Iraq and Yemen. On the day of the release, I was arranging by phone to meet an American official for an unattributable briefing. I told him in the course of our conversation what I had just learned from the news wires.He was intensely interested and asked me what was known about the degree of classification of the files. When I told him, he said in a relieved tone: "No real secrets, then." More

Jake Johnson, staff writer (2019-06-04). Nearly 100 Animal Rights Activists Arrested for Protesting 'Torturous Practices' at Duck Slaughterhouse. commondreams.org "The real criminality is the systemic torture and slaughter of billions of animals in the cruelest, filthiest, most sadistic conditions. But the police protect the corporate criminals." | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…

2019-06-05: Social Media Postees

The Media Are Legitimizing a Century-Old Nazi Trope
Staff | truthdig.com | 2019-06-05
When Norwegian right-winger Anders Breivik invoked "cultural Marxism" as the reason for his 77-person killing spree in 2011, many observers placed the notion in the same category as the killer–the fringe. But since the election of Donald Trump, Brexit and the rise and re-election of other far-right governments around the globe, "cultural Marxism" has become a well-known nationalist buzzword, alongside "globalism": Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro denounces it, and the media empire of former White House…
truthdig.com/articles/the-media-is-legitimizing-a-century-old-nazi-trope/

The Media Is Legitimizing a Century-Old Nazi Trope
Staff | truthdig.com | 2019-06-05
When Norwegian right-winger Anders Breivik invoked "cultural Marxism" as the reason for his 77-person killing spree in 2011, many observers placed the notion in the same category as the killer–the fringe. But since the election of Donald Trump, Brexit and the rise and re-election of other far-right governments around the globe, "cultural Marxism" has become a well-known nationalist buzzword, alongside "globalism": Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro denounces it, and the media empire of former White House…
truthdig.com/articles/the-media-is-legitimizing-a-century-old-nazi-trope/

Video: US-Sponsored Kurdish Militia Burn Wheat Fields in Northern Syria
Arabi Souri | globalresearch.ca | 2019-06-05
The Kurdish separatist militia SDF and its affiliates from PYD and Asayish are burning wheat fields in the territories under their occupation northeast of Syria. | Some of the most fertile lands as well as territories rich with oil are under …
globalresearch.ca/us-sponsored-kurdish-militia-burn-wheat-fields-qamishli/5679629

Chinese President Arrives in Moscow To Meet With Putin
telesurenglish.net | 2019-06-05
Chinese President Xi Jinping has arrived in Moscow Wednesday for his first state visit to the Russian Federation this year. | RELATED: | China Warns US Can't Pressure Them to Force Trade Deal | According to reports, Xi plans to meet with his Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin as they discuss a wide range of topics, including North Korea, Venezuela, and Syria. | The two leaders are also expected to sign or witness the signing of important cooperation documents, and attend a gathering ce…
telesurenglish.net/news/Chinese-President-Arrives-in-Moscow-To-Meet-With-Putin-20190605-0004.html

ISIS Remnants Regroup and Attack Syrian Army Posts in the Desert with U.S. Help
Arabi Souri | globalresearch.ca | 2019-06-05
ISIS terrorists, defeated by the Syrian Arab Army in the major battles of Der Ezzor and Albukamal east of Syria, have regrouped and launched a new wave of attacks against the SAA posts in the dese…
globalresearch.ca/isis-remnants-regroup-attack-saa-posts-desert-us-help/5679627

Russia Denies Sharing Intel With Trump on Venezuela
telesurenglish.net | 2019-06-05
Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov sat down for an interview with the RBC Group on Tuesday to discuss a number of topics affecting his country. | RELATED: | Moscow Responds to Trump: Strikes in Syria Target 'Terrorists' | During the interview, Lavrov was asked about U.S. President Donald Trump's claims that Russia informed him about the withdrawal of their military personnel from Venezuela. | Lavrov rebuffed Trump's claims about Russia informing him of their personnel withdra…
telesurenglish.net/news/Russia-Denies-Sharing-Intel-With-Trump-on-Venezuela-20190605-0002.html

US and Russia Spar Over 'Unsafe' Spy Plane Intercept Near Syria
Middle East Monitor | theantimedia.com | 2019-06-05
(MEMO) — A Russian fighter jet made a dangerous high-speed pass that put a US Navy surveillance aircraft at risk during an intercept over the Mediterranean Sea on Tuesday, the US Sixth Fleet said, but Moscow said its pilot had behaved responsibly, reports Reuters. "While the Russian aircraft was operating in international airspace, this interaction was irresponsible," …

US and Russia Spar Over ‘Unsafe’ Spy Plane Intercept Near Syria

More Than 100 Commercial, Cultural and Sporting Activities in Italy Declare Themselves Free of Israeli Apartheid
PACBI | bdsmovement.net | 2019-06-05
More Than 100 Commercial, Cultural and Sporting Activities in Italy Declare Themselves Free of Israeli Apartheid: In the NewsTrade unions, movements, artisans, businesses and cultural, recreational and sports centers join campaign for Palestinian rights in what is also a clear stand against the mounting racism and nationalist closure that is fomenting hatred and intolerance across Europ…
bdsmovement.net/news/more-100-commercial-cultural-and-sporting-activities-italy-declare-themselves-free-israeli

Palestinian Solidarity, South Africa BDS & Director Muhammed Desai
Labor Video Project | indybay.org | 2019-06-05
WorkWeek interviews SJSU professor Sang Hea Kil about her trip to South Africa to attend the Teaching Palestine confernce in March 2019. While at the conference she and two other women were sexually harassed by Muhammed Desai, the director of South Africa BDS. She talks about that experience and the cover-up that followed. She also discusses the role of Israel and the attacks against professors and students in the United States who are critical of Israel…
indybay.org/newsitems/2019/06/03/18823720.php

The Day After UNRWA
Marilyn Garson | counterpunch.org | 2019-06-05
UNRWA needs $60 million in June to buy relief food for one million Palestinian refugees in Gaza, while Trump's Middle East envoy is agitating for the UN to close the agency. UNRWA's mandate does not belong to Trump. But it's time to ask, what will happen on the day after UNRWA's money runs out? In…
counterpunch.org/2019/06/05/the-day-after-unrwa/

Kushner-Trump Family Plan for an Enlarged Israel, Ridiculed as the 'Confidence Trick of the Century'
Hans Stehling | globalresearch.ca | 2019-06-05
700,000 illegal settlers, economic migrants from Israel who have built temporary homes on Palestinian land, are proposed to be legitimised under a Kushner family plan dubbed the 'confidence trick of the century'. | The son-in-law of Donald Trump, Jared Kushner is …
globalresearch.ca/kushner-trump-family-plan-enlarged-israel/5679649

For Real Safety in US and Palestine, We Must Fight White Supremacy
Staff | truthout.org | 2019-06-05
As a part of the Center for Jewish Nonviolence, I joined a coalition of over 100 Palestinians, Israelis, and Jews from the U.S. and Canada to rehabilitate a dirt road in the South Hebron Hills that would give Palestinians in the area greater access to basic resources they need to live. When we started this project in early May, a range of Israeli police and military agencies responded with force, employing methods of crowd dispersal to arrest 17 people and injure dozens of others. As I heard the b…
truthout.org/articles/for-real-safety-in-us-and-palestine-we-must-fight-white-supremacy/

Socialist Analysis & Discussion – U.S./Israeli Deal & the Palestinian Struggle
Party for Socialism and Liberation | indybay.org | 2019-06-05
2969 Mission St., near 26th St.
indybay.org/newsitems/2019/06/05/18823747.php

Pompeo and Trump say the US is ready for talks with Iran
unitedEditor | uwidata.com | 2019-06-05
but will Iran risk trusting them yet again? While less than a month ago everyone was concerned about the possibility of war breaking out in the Persian Gulf, American policy toward Iran now seems to have shifted once again. While in Japan, Trump stated that the US has no plans to bring down the …
uwidata.com/3769-pompeo-and-trump-say-the-us-is-ready-for-talks-with-iran/

Video: War Propaganda and US Military Buildup Against Iran
South Front | globalresearch.ca | 2019-06-05
Tensions continue to grow in the Persian Gulf. | In early May, the US deployed the USS Abraham Lincoln strike group as well as the USS Arlington amphibious transport dock, additional marines, amphibious vehicles, rotary aircraft, Patriot missiles and a bomber …
globalresearch.ca/war-propaganda-us-military-buildup-iran/5679593

Video: War Propaganda and US Military Buildup Against Iran
South Front | globalresearch.ca | 2019-06-05
Tensions continue to grow in the Persian Gulf. | In early May, the US deployed the USS Abraham Lincoln strike group as well as the USS Arlington amphibious transport dock, additional marines, amphibious vehicles, rotary aircraft, Patriot missiles and a bomber …
globalresearch.ca/war-propaganda-us-military-buildup-iran/5679593

Intrigues in the Gulf Following Summits in Mecca
consortiumnews.com | 2019-06-05
Saudi and UAE pressure on Qatar to embrace a tougher stance against Iran have left the Arab Gulf states divided as the U.S. builds tension with Teheran, writes Giorgio Cafiero. By Giorgio Cafiero Special to Consortium News Expectedly, no major… Read more ?…
consortiumnews.com/2019/06/05/intrigues-in-the-gulf-following-summits-in-mecca/

America's Sordid History of Meddling in Iran
Maj. Danny Sjursen | truthdig.com | 2019-06-05
For decades now, the United States has portrayed Tehran as the foremost aggressor in the Middle East. Perhaps it takes one to know one.
truthdig.com/articles/americas-sordid-history-of-meddling-in-iran/

Lawmakers try to block Trump's latest 22 Saudi arms deals
Mark Gruenberg | peoplesworld.org | 2019-06-05
WASHINGTON–A bipartisan group of senators will try to block President Donald Trump's latest $8.1 billion, in 22 separate arms sales, to Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates. They challenge Trump's justification–the supposed threat from Iran–for invoking "emergency" arms sale law loopholes to aid the Saudis. One of the group, Sen. Jack Reed, D-R.I., worries …
peoplesworld.org/article/lawmakers-try-to-block-trumps-latest-22-saudi-arms-deals/

"We're Left to Defend Ourselves on the Margins": 8 Black Trans Women Have Been Murdered This Year
MAIL | democracynow.org | 2019-06-05
The body of 26-year-old Chynal Lindsey was recovered Saturday from a lake in Northeast Dallas. Police said they are investigating her death as a homicide. Chynal is the third transgender black woman killed in Dallas since October, including the high-profile death of Muhlaysia Booker just two weeks ago. Another Dallas trans woman was stabbed multiple times in April but survived. Trans rights activists say the violence in Dallas is indicative of the larger threat to black transgender women. At least eight black trans women have been murdered in the U.S. this year. According to the Human Rights Campaign, at least 26…
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Activists close down Atlanta Detention Center
Dianne Mathiowetz | workers.org | 2019-06-05
The multistory Atlanta City Detention Center was built prior to the 1996 Olympics to house the hundreds of poor and homeless people that the image-conscious corporate elite were determined to banish from the sight of a global audience. At that time the City Council passed a series of "quality of . . . | Continue reading Activists close down Atlanta Detention Center at Workers.org…
workers.org/2019/06/04/activists-close-down-atlanta-detention-center/

Hundreds of Animal Rights Activists Descend on Slaughterhouse, Locking Necks to Slaughter Line
DXE | indybay.org | 2019-06-05
Over 600 activists with the animal rights network Direct Action Everywhere (DxE) are marching to a massive duck slaughterhouse (facebook live video), with dozens planning to lock their necks to the slaughterhouse shackles and other machinery.
indybay.org/newsitems/2019/06/03/18823714.php

EU Could Fine Italy US$3.9 Billion Over Heavy National Debt
telesurenglish.net | 2019-06-05
The European Commission (EC) has proposed to open an Excessive Deficit Procedure (EDP) against Italy for not having sufficiently reduced its public debt, which reached 132.2 percent of its gross domestic product (GDP) in 2018. This EDP could lead to sanctions of up to US$3.9 billion. | RELATED: | US Tells Italy to Stay Away From China and Russia | "The 2018 Italian data is…
telesurenglish.net/news/EU-Could-Fine-Italy-US3.9-Billion-Over-Heavy-National-Debt-20190605-0005.html

Travel to Cuba Falls Victim to John Bolton's Wrath
Medea Benjamin | commondreams.org | 2019-06-05
Beach chairs are lined up for a show at the beach of the Cayo Blanco key, a 50 minute ride in Catamaran from Varadero, on May 12, 2019, in Cayo Blanco, Cuba. Cuban tourism is facing challenges as the US government recently tightened its embargo on Cuba activating the Title III of the Helms Burton law increasing the pressure on the Cuban government by allowing U.S. courts to prosecute international companies which have worked with properties nationalized in Cuba since 1959. (Photo: Sven Creutzmann/Mambo photo/Getty Images) | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…
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"One, Two, Three Strikes, You're Out…"
Howard Lisnoff | counterpunch.org | 2019-06-04
Just when those who think the situation vis-à -vis U.S. militarism and empire can't get any worse, there are visible signs they are. Such was the visit to the militarized and right-wing government of Japan by Donald Trump. With new calls for impeachment–a grand waste of time at this point in Trump's disastrous presidency–readers might think…
counterpunch.org/2019/06/04/one-two-three-strikes-youre-out/

Spectators, Shoppers and Voters… NOT Citizens!!
Philip Farruggio | nationofchange.org | 2019-06-04
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. Cassius said the fault is not in our stars, but in ourselves that we are underlings. History …
nationofchange.org/2019/06/04/spectators-shoppers-and-voters-not-citizens/

The Murdering of Julian Assange
Peter Koenig | globalresearch.ca | 2019-06-04
If a lie is repeated often enough it becomes the truth in the minds of the braindead listeners. Its indoctrination of the public to demonize somebody or a group of people, or a country, who could become dangerous for the empire's vicious and criminal endeavors. That's what they are doing with Julian Assange.
globalresearch.ca/murdering-julian-assange/5679492

Israel Continues Its Interference in the Syrian Crisis
Firas Samuri | globalresearch.ca | 2019-06-04
On June 2, the Syrian Arab News Agency reported on Israeli aggression on the T4 airbase, located in the eastern countryside of Homs province. It's recognized that the Syrian Air Defense System managed to destroy two missiles. The remaining rockets …
globalresearch.ca/israel-continues-interference-syrian-crisis/5679527

Israeli Military Intensifies Attacks on Syria, Killing 15
Jason Ditz | theantimedia.com | 2019-06-04
(ANTIWAR.COM) — After killing ten people in a flurry of attacks early Sunday, Israeli warplanes continued with a second round of strikes into the evening, killing at least five more, and bringing the death toll to 15. Overall, four Syrian soldiers have been confirmed killed in the attacks, while seven others from the early attacks were described as foreign …

Israeli Military Intensifies Attacks on Syria, Killing 15

Trump's Bellicosity Sells Weapons but Also Boosts Iran and the Palestinian Cause
Elijah J. Magnier | globalresearch.ca | 2019-06-04
When the "Islamic State" (ISIS) occupied large territories in Iraq and Syria, it shifted Middle East and world attention to it, moving the focus away from the Palestinian cause. The countries affected by the ISIS horror concentrated on recovering their …
globalresearch.ca/trumps-bellicosity-sells-weapons-boosts-iran-palestinian-cause/5679505

Video: Israeli Military Intensifies Attacks on Syria
South Front | globalresearch.ca | 2019-06-04
Overnight on June 2, the Israeli Defense Forces (IDF) carried out a missile strike on Syrian Arab Army (SAA) targets in the southern part of the country. According to the IDF, the missiles hit 2 artillery batteries, observation and intelligence …
globalresearch.ca/israeli-military-intensifies-attacks-syria/5679483

Trump's Bellicosity Sells Weapons but Also Boosts Iran and the Palestinian Cause
Elijah J. Magnier | globalresearch.ca | 2019-06-04
When the "Islamic State" (ISIS) occupied large territories in Iraq and Syria, it shifted Middle East and world attention to it, moving the focus away from the Palestinian cause. The countries affected by the ISIS horror concentrated on recovering their …
globalresearch.ca/trumps-bellicosity-sells-weapons-boosts-iran-palestinian-cause/5679505

Israel Continues Its Interference in the Syrian Crisis
Firas Samuri | globalresearch.ca | 2019-06-04
On June 2, the Syrian Arab News Agency reported on Israeli aggression on the T4 airbase, located in the eastern countryside of Homs province. It's recognized that the Syrian Air Defense System managed to destroy two missiles. The remaining rockets …
globalresearch.ca/israel-continues-interference-syrian-crisis/5679527

Vital food crops destroyed in Syria amid upsurge in fighting across Idlib, Hama
United Nations | un.org | 2019-06-04
Thousands of acres of crops have been destroyed in Syria's Idlib and north Hama provinces amid ongoing deadly violence, the World Food Programme (WFP) said on Tuesday, in a call to the warring parties to stop using food security to hold people "hostage".
news.un.org/feed/view/en/story/2019/06/1039761

The US Cult of Bombing and Endless War
Staff | truthout.org | 2019-06-04
From Syria to Yemen in the Middle East, Libya to Somalia in Africa, Afghanistan to Pakistan in South Asia, an American aerial curtain has descended across a huge swath of the planet. Its stated purpose: combatting terrorism. Its primary method: constant surveillance and bombing — and yet more bombing. Its political benefit: minimizing the number of U.S. "boots on the ground" and so American casualties in the never-ending war on terror, as well as any public outcry about Washington's many conflicts. Its economic benefit: plent…
truthout.org/articles/the-us-cult-of-bombing-and-endless-war/

Tuesday's Daily Brief: Bicycles for the environment, new leader for the UN General Assembly, UN values, Ebola, Syria and Libya
United Nations | un.org | 2019-06-04
This Tuesday, we cover: Bicycles in China; a new President elected for the 74th session of the UN General Assembly, to start in September; vital food crops destroyed in Syria; migrants and refugees in Libya's detention centres; Ebola in the Democratic Republic of the Congo surpasses 2,000 cases; and the UN deputy chief in London pushes for UN values.
news.un.org/feed/view/en/story/2019/06/1039811

Palestinian Solidarity, South Africa BDS & Director Muhammed Desai
Labor Video Project | indybay.org | 2019-06-04
WorkWeek interviews SJSU professor Sang Hea Kil about her trip to South Africa to attend the Teaching Palestine confernce in March 2019. While at the conference she and two other women were sexually harassed by Muhammed Desai, the director of South Africa BDS. She talks about that experience and the cover-up that followed. She also discusses the role of Israel and the attacks against professors and students in the United States who are critical of Israel…
indybay.org/newsitems/2019/06/03/18823720.php

On Equating BDS With Anti-Semitism: a Letter to the Members of the German Government
Sara Roy | counterpunch.org | 2019-06-04
To the Members of the German Government: I write to you regarding the motion recently passed by the Bundestag that equated BDS with anti-Semitism. I also write to you as Jew, a child of Holocaust survivors and as a scholar of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. My mother, Taube, and father, Abraham, survived Auschwitz among other horrors.
counterpunch.org/2019/06/04/on-equating-bds-with-anti-semitism-a-letter-to-the-members-of-the-german-government/

A Second Israeli Election Proves Netanyahu's Grip on Power Is Slipping
Jonathan Cook | globalresearch.ca | 2019-06-04
In a sign of how politically vulnerable he has rapidly become, prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu plunged Israel into new elections last week — less than two months after his far-right bloc appeared to win at the ballot box. | Netanyahu was …
globalresearch.ca/second-israeli-election-proves-netanyahus-grip-power-slipping/5679522

Who's Behind the Iran Disinformation Campaign?
Staff | truthdig.com | 2019-06-04
What follows is a conversation between Col. Lawrence Wilkerson, former chief of staff to United States Secretary of State Colin Powell, and Sharmini Peries of The Real News Network. Read a transcript of their conversation below or watch the video at the bottom of…
truthdig.com/articles/whos-behind-the-iran-disinformation-campaign/

Iran Sues UK for $1.6B over Wrongful Sanctions
telesurenglish.net | 2019-06-04
Iranian Mellat bank's trial against the United Kingdom is expected to start on June 17 where judges will hear that Britain's actions "substantially damaged the bank's reputation" and led to the loss of profits, customers and access to international banking services for which the lender is demanding US$1.6 billion in compensation, Iranian Press TV reported Tuesday. | RELATED: | If US Refrains from Bullying, Iran May Initiate Talks: Rouhani | The bank says the U.K. government also…
telesurenglish.net/news/Iran-Sues-UK-for-1.6B-over-Wrongful-Sanctions-20190604-0010.html

US Gears Up for War With Iran
Serge Halimi | counterpunch.org | 2019-06-04
Can a state that condemns, without real justification, an international disarmament treaty it spent years negotiating then threaten a co-signatory with military aggression? Can it order other countries to fall into line with its capricious, bellicose stance or face punitive sanctions? The US can. It's pointless trying to argue with the Trump administration's claimed reasons…
counterpunch.org/2019/06/04/us-gears-up-for-war-with-iran/

Could Japan help resolve the conflict between Iran and US?
unitedEditor | uwidata.com | 2019-06-04
Recently President Donald Trump, while in Tokyo, said that he would support Shinzo Abe's efforts to mediate between Iran and the US. Trump also said: "I know that the prime minister and Japan have a very good relationship with Iran so we'll see what happens." He added: "Washington was not interested in regime change in …
uwidata.com/3744-could-japan-help-resolve-the-conflict-between-iran-and-us/

State Department Perpetuates Disinformation on Iran
Staff | therealnews.com | 2019-06-04
Regular State Department briefings have been few, but the public is entitled to them, to hold the Trump administration accountable, such as on its policies towards Iran, says Col. Larry Wilkerson…
therealnews.com/stories/state-department-perpetuates-disinformation-on-iran

Black Agenda Report is a proud recipient of the Serena Shim Award for uncompromising integrity in journalism
Eds. | mronline.org | 2019-06-04
Serena Shim was born in Detroit. She attended high school in nearby Livonia MI, and graduated from the American University of Science and Technology in Beirut. She was married with two children, and at the time of her death worked for the Iranian news outlet Press TV. | Source…
mronline.org/2019/06/04/black-agenda-report-is-a-proud-recipient-of-the-serena-shim-award-for-uncompromising-integrity-in-journalism/

French Arms Sales to Saudi Arabia Increased 50% in 2018: Report
telesurenglish.net | 2019-06-04
Despite a national call to end Yemen's "Dirty War," in 2018 French weapons sales to Saudi Arabia skyrocketed by 50 percent, a federal report revealed Tuesday. | RELATED: | US to Sell Arab Allies $8B in Arms to 'Deter Iran': Pompeo | According to the annual report, France's arms sales rose to 91 billion euros (US$102 billion) or 30 pe…
telesurenglish.net/news/French-Arms-Sales-to-Saudi-Arabia-Increased-50-in-2018-Report-20190604-0018.html

Bolton's Dangerous Psychopathology
Manuel E. Yepe | counterpunch.org | 2019-06-04
John Bolton has been saying for years that he wants to overthrow the Iranian government, but this time he seems to have gone too far, writes Joe Lauria, editor-in-chief of Consortium News and former correspondent for The Wall Street Journal, Boston Globe, Sunday Times of London and many other newspapers.
counterpunch.org/2019/06/04/boltons-dangerous-psychopathology/

Why the US is Persecuting Assange
Patrick Cockburn | counterpunch.org | 2019-06-04
I was in Kabul a decade ago when WikiLeaks released a massive tranche of US government documents about the conflicts in Afghanistan, Iraq and Yemen. On the day of the release, I was arranging by phone to meet an American official for an unattributable briefing. I told him in the course of our conversation what I had just learned from the news wires.He was intensely interested and asked me what was known about the degree of classification of the files. When I told him, he said in a relieved tone: "No real secrets, then."
counterpunch.org/2019/06/04/why-the-us-is-persecuting-assange/

French Weapons Sales to Saudi Arabia Jumped Fifty Percent Last Year
Middle East Monitor | theantimedia.com | 2019-06-04
(MEMO) — France's weapons sales to Saudi Arabia rose 50 pct in 2018 despite the government calling for an end to the "dirty war" in Yemen, figures released on Tuesday showed, Reuters reports. An annual government report showed that total arms sales rose 30 percent to 9.1 billion euros in 2018, driven by a sharp increase in sales to …

French Weapons Sales to Saudi Arabia Jumped Fifty Percent Last Year

Saudi-led Air Strikes Destroyed Nearly 400 Hospitals in Yemen
Paul Antonopoulos | globalresearch.ca | 2019-06-04
Nearly 400 hospitals and medical facilities in Yemen were destroyed during the four-year war period as a result of the Saudi-led coalition air strikes, Health Ministry spokesman Youssef Hadiri said in an interview with Sputnik News, on Thursday. |…
globalresearch.ca/saudi-led-air-strikes-destroyed-nearly-400-hospitals-yemen/5679511