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2021-06-12: News Headlines

Staff (2021-06-12). A National Strike Has Reignited in Colombia — and Is Winning Some Victories. truthout.org Since April 28, people in Colombia's cities and towns have engaged in an ongoing national strike, el paro nacional. Originally called in November 2019 by the major labor federations in opposition to a package of neoliberal tax, health care, pension and education legislation emerging from the right-wing national government, the strike went dormant for a stretch after the pandemic hit Colombia, but now has resurfaced stronger than ever — and activists are starting to win some national and lo…

Anonymous669 (2021-06-12). Greater Idlib: Turkish Military Pushed Artillery To Frontlines, Syrian Army Responded (Video, Photos). southfront.org FILE IMAGE: aa.com.tr | The Turkish Armed Forces have developed heavy artillery right on the frontline with the Syrian Arab Army (SAA) in the northwestern Syrian region of Greater Idlib, Aerial footage shared by the Russian outlet show several T-155 Fƒ±rtƒ±na self-propelled 155 mm howitzers on a frontline in southern Greater Idlib. Syrian opposition activists revealed that the artillery were deployed in the town of Qarqor in nort…

_____ (2021-06-12). Public Banking Can Improve The Lives Of Workers And Help Save The Planet. popularresistance.org The movement to create public banks is gaining ground in many parts of the U.S., particularly as part of an effort among activists and progressive lawmakers to extend banking access to low-income communities and communities of color in…

Clean Energy Wire (2021-06-12). German climate activists prepare wave of court cases in wake of Dutch Court ruling that Big Oil must slash Emissions. juancole.com By Edgar Meza | — Die Welt ( Clean Energy Wire ) — German climate protection NGOs are gearing up for full-scale legal attack on what they describe as climate offenders in the wake of a court ruling in the Netherlands last month ordering Royal Dutch Shell to make greater reductions in its CO2 emissions, …

_____ (2021-06-12). Israeli Ships Not Welcome At North American Ports. popularresistance.org In a major push to hold Israel accountable for its crimes on Palestinians, activists and workers' movements have put up picket lines on key ports in the United States and Canada to block entry for Israeli ships. As part of an international call for an International Week of Action between June 2 and 9, thousands have held protests in major ports in North America, disrupting operations and blocking ships operated by Israeli cargo companies from docking. | Protests have been held at the ports of Oakland and Los Angeles in California, Seattle and Tacoma in Washington, Houston in Texas, and New York City/New Jersey, a…

Amy Goodman (2021-06-12). 'Our house is on fire:' Activists urge G7 to immediately address climate, vaccine apartheid & poverty. nationofchange.org "What we've seen is simply rich countries doing too little too late and not taking up their responsibility, and unfortunately this G7 has not changed that at all."

Medea Benjamin, Leonardo Flores (2021-06-11). Rural Teacher Pedro Castillo Poised to Write a New Chapter in Peru's History. counterpunch.org With his wide-brimmed peasant hat and oversized teacher's pencil held high, Peru's Pedro Castillo has been traveling the country exhorting voters to get behind a call that has been particularly urgent during this devastating pandemic: "No más pobres en un país rico" — No more poor people in a rich country. In a cliffhanger of

Roberto Lovato (2021-06-11). The Kids Are Reimagining International Solidarity. zcomm.org Millennial and Gen Z activists are connecting their struggles at home to the workings of US empire in Palestine, Haiti, Colombia, and other countries…

The Conversation (2021-06-11). Why Iranians won't vote: new survey reveals massive political disenchantment. juancole.com By Pooyan Tamimi Arab and Ammar Maleki | — The Islamic Republic of Iran has never organised free and fair elections since its establishment in 1979. By definition, the combination of modern totalitarianism and Iran's Islamic theocracy, with a supreme leader, cannot allow for more than a voting spectacle, rather than elections in the normal …

Steve Lalla (2021-06-11). June 18: Orinoco Tribune Goes Live with Emersberger & Podur, Authors of New Book on US Coup Attempts & Hybrid Warfare Against Venezuela. orinocotribune.com On Friday, June 18, Orinoco Tribune will host a live discussion with Joe Emersberger and Justin Podur, authors of the new publication Extraordinary Threat: The US Empire, the Media, and 20 Years of Coup Attempts in Venezuela, Emersberger is a writer with Ecuadorian roots based in Canada. An engineer by profession and member of Canada's UNIFOR trade union, he has written for FAIR.org, Telesur English, ZNet, CounterPunch, and many more. Podur is a Toronto-based writer and the author of America's Wars on Dem…

Staff (2021-06-11). "Our House Is on Fire": Activists Urge G7 to Immediately Address Climate, Vaccine Apartheid & Poverty. democracynow.org As world leaders gather for the first in-person G7 summit in two years, talks are set to focus heavily on ending the pandemic and the climate crisis, and climate activists are calling on them for more immediate action. "It's not just one crisis," says Asad Rehman, executive director of War on Want and spokesperson for the COP26 Climate Coalition. "What we've seen is simply rich countries doing too little too late and not taking up their responsibility, and unfortunately this G7 has not changed that at all."

Jim McMahan (2021-06-11). Monthly vigil: Demand human rights at Tacoma immigration prison! workers.org Since the Northwest Detention Center in Tacoma, Wash., opened in 2004, detainees and their families, civil rights activists and the community have protested the inhuman conditions from the use of solitary confinement to tainted meals. The monthly demonstration and vigil will be held there at 1623 E. J St., Sunday, . . . |

Staff (2021-06-11). Activists Demand G7 Take Urgent Action on Climate, Vaccine Apartheid and Poverty. truthout.org As world leaders gather for the first in-person G7 summit in two years, talks are set to focus heavily on ending the pandemic and the climate crisis, and climate activists are calling on them for more immediate action. "It's not just one crisis," says Asad Rehman, executive director of War on Want and spokesperson for the COP26 Climate Coalition. "What we've seen is simply rich countries doing too little too late and not taking up their responsibility, and unfortunately this G7 has not change…

Peoples Dispatch (2021-06-11). Despite mass arrests, Minnesota anti-pipeline protesters to continue their struggle. peoplesdispatch.org Indigenous groups and environmental activists have been opposing the construction of the final phase of the Line 3 pipeline in northwestern Minnesota. The pipeline is operated by the Canadian oil giant Enbridge Inc…

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2021-06-11: News Headlines

Medea Benjamin, Leonardo Flores (2021-06-11). Rural Teacher Pedro Castillo Poised to Write a New Chapter in Peru's History. counterpunch.org With his wide-brimmed peasant hat and oversized teacher's pencil held high, Peru's Pedro Castillo has been traveling the country exhorting voters to get behind a call that has been particularly urgent during this devastating pandemic: "No más pobres en un país rico" — No more poor people in a rich country. In a cliffhanger of

Roberto Lovato (2021-06-11). The Kids Are Reimagining International Solidarity. zcomm.org Millennial and Gen Z activists are connecting their struggles at home to the workings of US empire in Palestine, Haiti, Colombia, and other countries…

The Conversation (2021-06-11). Why Iranians won't vote: new survey reveals massive political disenchantment. juancole.com By Pooyan Tamimi Arab and Ammar Maleki | — The Islamic Republic of Iran has never organised free and fair elections since its establishment in 1979. By definition, the combination of modern totalitarianism and Iran's Islamic theocracy, with a supreme leader, cannot allow for more than a voting spectacle, rather than elections in the normal …

Jim McMahan (2021-06-11). Monthly vigil: Demand human rights at Tacoma immigration prison! workers.org Since the Northwest Detention Center in Tacoma, Wash., opened in 2004, detainees and their families, civil rights activists and the community have protested the inhuman conditions from the use of solitary confinement to tainted meals. The monthly demonstration and vigil will be held there at 1623 E. J St., Sunday, . . . |

Staff (2021-06-11). Activists Demand G7 Take Urgent Action on Climate, Vaccine Apartheid and Poverty. truthout.org As world leaders gather for the first in-person G7 summit in two years, talks are set to focus heavily on ending the pandemic and the climate crisis, and climate activists are calling on them for more immediate action. "It's not just one crisis," says Asad Rehman, executive director of War on Want and spokesperson for the COP26 Climate Coalition. "What we've seen is simply rich countries doing too little too late and not taking up their responsibility, and unfortunately this G7 has not change…

Staff (2021-06-11). "Our House Is on Fire": Activists Urge G7 to Immediately Address Climate, Vaccine Apartheid & Poverty. democracynow.org As world leaders gather for the first in-person G7 summit in two years, talks are set to focus heavily on ending the pandemic and the climate crisis, and climate activists are calling on them for more immediate action. "It's not just one crisis," says Asad Rehman, executive director of War on Want and spokesperson for the COP26 Climate Coalition. "What we've seen is simply rich countries doing too little too late and not taking up their responsibility, and unfortunately this G7 has not changed that at all."

Peoples Dispatch (2021-06-11). Despite mass arrests, Minnesota anti-pipeline protesters to continue their struggle. peoplesdispatch.org Indigenous groups and environmental activists have been opposing the construction of the final phase of the Line 3 pipeline in northwestern Minnesota. The pipeline is operated by the Canadian oil giant Enbridge Inc…

Staff (2021-06-10). Keystone XL's Death Is a Huge Climate Win — and a Sign of Oil's Decline. truthout.org On Wednesday night, the developer behind the controversial Keystone XL pipeline announced that it has officially ended the project. After over a decade of fierce protests from climate and Indigenous activists, the pipeline that served as a symbol for the destruction of the oil and gas industry is finally dead. | This is a monumental win for activists whose efforts have elevated the battle over Keystone XL to national significance. Activists have scored a few wins against the pipeline over the years [m…

Fight Back (2021-06-10). Eyewitness Syria: Interview with delegation members. fightbacknews.org Fight Back! interviewed two activists who recently traveled to Syria to provide an eyewitness account of the U.S. war there. Kobi Guillory is a member of the Freedom Road Socialist Organization and a co-chair of the Chicago Alliance Against Racist and Political Repression. Wyatt Miller is an activist with the Minnesota-based Anti-War Committee. | Fight Back!: Who did you travel to Syria with? | Kobi Guillory: We were a part of an international delegation with members from the U.S., South Africa, Palestine, France and Canada. It was organized by the Syria Solidarity Movement and contained journalists, writers and…

_____ (2021-06-10). National Coalition Calls On Biden To Halt Weapons Sales To Israel. popularresistance.org Washington, DC — The Friends Committee on National Legislation (FCNL) joined more than 100 national organizations in signing a letter to President Joe Biden urging him to block the delivery of $735 million in weapons to Israel. Faith based groups such as Churches for Middle East Peace, American Muslims for Palestine, and Jewish Voice for Peace Action joined with more secular groups like Defense of Children International — Palestine, Justice Democrats, Indivisible, Sunrise Movement, and DAWN on the letter. | In early May, the Israeli government used U.S.-manufactured weapons in a devastating assault on…

_____ (2021-06-10). Maine Lawmakers Pass 'A Gift To The Planet'. popularresistance.org Climate action advocate Bill McKibben welcomed a development he called "a gift to the planet" after Maine state lawmakers on Tuesday passed a groundbreaking bill committing the state to divesting its assets from the fossil fuel industry. | LD 99—"An Act to Require the State to Divest Itself of Assets Invested in the Fossil Fuel Industry"—cleared the state Senate Tuesday in a 19-13 vote. It passed the House last week over the objections of Republicans like state Rep. Michael Lemelin (R-88), who asserted that lowering carbon emissions will kill trees. | The legislation calls on the state treasury and st…

_____ (2021-06-10). It's Good to Know Where Your Boss Lives. popularresistance.org For the past two and a half years, Wintour, the legendary editor of Vogue and current Global Chief Content Officer of Condé Nast, has not deigned to appear at the bargaining table with unionized employees of her empire's most prestigious magazine, The New Yorker, or with committees from two of the company's digital media publications, Pitchfork and Ars Technica.

_____ (2021-06-10). It's Good To Know Where Your Boss Lives. popularresistance.org I don't know where Anna Wintour slept last night, but since 1992, one of her primary residences has been a townhouse at 172 Sullivan Street in Manhattan's Greenwich Village neighborhood. For the past two and a half years, Wintour, the legendary editor of Vogue and current Global Chief Content Officer of Condé Nast, has not deigned to appear at the bargaining table with unionized employees of her empire's most prestigious magazine, The New Yorker, or with committees from two of the company's digital media publications, Pitchfork and Ars Technica. | So last night, the unions came to her. A little after 7 p.m., abou…

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