2019-06-20: News Headlines

CGTN Africa (2019-06-20). FIFA to take over management of African football. cgtn.com FIFA is set to take over the running of African football in the wake of corruption scandals consuming the Confederation of African Football (CAF). | FILE PHOTO- REUTERS | Fatma Samoura | The CAF executive committee took the unprecedented decision to cede control and have FIFA general secretary Fatma Samoura parachuted in as "FIFA General Delegate for Africa". | A joint statement was read out at a news conference held by beleaguered CAF president Ahmad Ahmad in Cairo on Thursday on the eve of the Africa Cup of Nations but he refused questions on the subject. | Samoura will take over the running of CAF from August…

Oakland Asian Cultural Center (2019-06-20). OACC Movie Nights: Afghan Cycles. indybay.org Oakland Asian Cultural Center | 388 9th Street | Oakland, CA 94607…

RT (2019-06-20). FBI arrests ISIS sympathizer accused of plotting to blow up Christian church. rt.com A Syrian refugee, suspected of planning to bomb a church in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, has been arrested and charged with an attempt to provide material support to the Islamic State and spreading manuals on explosives.

susan_p (2019-06-20). Denmark: Make Rojava Green Again activist challenges passport confiscation. greenleft.org.au Anne Dalum, a Danish activist planning to join the work of Make Rojava Green Again (MRGA) in Northern Syria had her passport seized and confiscated by the Danish state in December last year. Dalum objected and took the state to court. The hearing started on June 17 and according to MRGA, Dalum intends to travel to Northern Syria as soon as she gets her passport back. | Make Rojava Green Again is an ecological campaign comprising activists from around the world, inspired by the ecological, f…

Max Blumenthal (2019-06-20). This celebrated Western-funded nonprofit collaborated with al-Qaeda to wage lawfare on Syria. thegrayzone.com Mainstream reporting on Syria has relied heavily on the work of the Commission for International Justice and Accountability (CIJA), a…

RT (2019-06-20). 87yo woman tasered by Georgia police, excessive force lawsuit pending (VIDEO). rt.com Harrowing footage has been released showing the arrest of an 87-year-old Syrian woman who was tasered by Georgia police, despite their dispatcher being made aware that she could not speak English.

teleSUR (2019-06-20). Chinese President Makes Historical Visit to North Korea. telesurenglish.net Chinese President Xi Jinping arrived in North Korea on Thursday as Beijing looks to bolster its neighbor, hit by U.N. sanctions over its nuclear and missile programs, a week before Xi and U.S. President Donald Trump meet amid a bitter trade dispute. | RELATED: | China Reiterates Support for North Korea's 'Correct Direction' | North Korean leader Kim Jong Un and his wife, Ri Sol Ju, greeted Xi at the airport, Chinese state TV said. Kim's sister, Kim Yo Jong, and officials who playe…

Makia Freeman (2019-06-20). Video: US-Russia Relations and the Expiry of Nuclear Treaties. Global Security in Jeopardy. globalresearch.ca Nuclear treaties (mainly between the USA and Russia) have formed the cornerstone of world peace, stability and safety for decades. They have been an essential mechanism in the international security architecture. Nuclear treaties gave assurance to the world that the …

By Okumu Langol Livingstone (2019-06-20). UGANDA: INTERNATIONAL CRIMINAL COURT (ICC) IS A TOOL BUILT FOR VETO POWERS AND ON THE BRINK OF COLLAPSE-SCHOLAR. blackstarnews.com Dr. Phil Clark, launching his new book; "Distant Justice" in Gulu recently | Dr. Phil Clark, a scholar, says his fear about is that the International Criminal Court (ICC) has lost its vision to the interest of powerful countries with veto powers that could have helped to bring peace in Northern Uganda during the failed Juba Peace Talks between 2006 and 2008 during. In northern Uganda the ICC was being used as a tool for the interests of world super powers like Russia, United State of America, Britain, Germany, Franc and China. | | GULU-UGANDA: In his new book, "Distant Justice",Dr. Phil Clark, of the African Ce…

Staff (2019-06-20). Venezuelan Opposition Scrambles in Wake of Humanitarian Aid Scandal. therealnews.com An opposition-oriented website uncovered a $125,000 corruption scandal involving associates of Venezuelan opposition leader and self-declared president Juan Guaidó. Independent journalist Dan Cohen tracked down the details of this story…

Anya Parampil (2019-06-20). Did Venezuelan coup leaders pocket $70 million from Citgo's stolen US assets? thegrayzone.com Venezuela's government has claimed the Department of Justice will investigate Citgo's opposition-appointed board for the theft of $70 million. But…

LeiLani Dowell (2019-06-19). The persecution of Caster Semenya. workers.org The ongoing persecution of South African runner Caster Semenya by the International Association of Athletics Federations has shone a spotlight on the ways sports, under the patriarchal structures of capitalism and imperialism, are used to police and define, in the most unscientific and racist way, rigid definitions of gender. Caster . . . | Continue reading The persecution of Caster Semenya at Workers.org

Philip A Farruggio (2019-06-19). The 'Eve of Destruction' that Never Ends. From the "Old" and "New Cold War"… to the "Hot War"? globalresearch.ca In 1965 songwriter PF Sloan wrote the lyrics for 'Eve of Destruction'. The most famous recording was by singer Barry McGuire in the summer of that same year. Some of the lyrics obviously address the issue of the Cold War …

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

Jason Ditz (2019-06-19). US to Give Additional $250 Million in Lethal Aid to Ukraine's Military. theantimedia.com (ANTIWAR.COM) — Saying that the new package was intended to enhance democratic civilian control of the military, the Pentagon has unveiled a package of around $250 million in military aid to the Ukraine. They emphasized the US commitment to supporting Ukraine. In contrast to the aid packages a few years ago, which were emphasized as purely non-lethal aid …

United Nations (2019-06-19). Presidential election: 'Key moment' to reaffirm Afghanistan's democratic political structure, UN mission chief tells Security Council. un.org The presidential election scheduled for 28 September will be a "key moment to reaffirm the legitimacy of Afghanistan's democratic political structure", the United Nations mission chief in the country told the Security Council on Wednesday.

Staff (2019-06-19). Capitalism = Extinction? therealnews.com In her Jacobin article 'Socialism or Extinction,' TRNN's climate bureau producer Dharna Noor boils down the UN's IPBES report to help us see what could lie ahead and how it is related to our economic system…

Party for Socialism and Liberation (2019-06-19). Film Showing of "MAJOR!" in celebration of Pride Month. indybay.org 2969 Mission St., near 26th St.

Brian Becker (2019-06-19). The rising tide of socialism and the 15th anniversary of the PSL's founding. liberationnews.org The Party for Socialism and Liberation (PSL) turns 15 years old today. Much has changed. The taboo of being a socialist is starting to die away. Our number one priority now is to win over the majority of the working class to a socialist program.

Staff (2019-06-19). Mitch McConnell Dismisses Representation for DC and Puerto Rico as "Socialism" truthout.org Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell argued in a Fox News interview that giving congressional representation to the millions of Americans who live in Washington, D.C., and Puerto Rico would be "full-bore socialism." | The senator from Kentucky, which ranks third in state tax dependency, said in an interview with Fox News host Laura Ingraham that Democrats are trying to "turn us into a country we've never been." | "They plan to make the District of Columbia a state — that'd give…

teleSUR (2019-06-19). Cuba Condemns US Siege, Stresses Commitment to Socialism. telesurenglish.net The Cuban government addressed the International Labour Organization (ILO) in Geneva, reaffirming the island's commitment to delivering social justice, despite aggressive new policies enacted by the United States aimed at crippling the country's economy. | RELATED: | Cuban Private Sector Hit Hard by Recent US Sanctions | Cuba's Vice President Salvador Valdes Mesa, a former labor union leader, spoke Wednesday to an international audience of labor experts and trade union representatives f…

Press TV (2019-06-19). Provoking the Bear and the Dragon and Hoping for the Best? dissidentvoice.org Peter Koenig, PressTV Interview Transcript 19 June 2019 Background Moscow, June 18, 2019 (AFP) Russia on Tuesday called for restraint to avoid escalation in the Middle East after the US said it was deploying additional troops due to heightened tensions with Iran. "We are urging all the sides to show restraint," President Vladimir Putin's spokesman …

Peter Koenig (2019-06-19). "Heightened Tensions With Iran": Provoking the Bear and the Dragon — And Hoping for the Best? globalresearch.ca "We are urging all the sides to show restraint," said President Vladimir Putin's spokesman Dmitry Peskov, to avoid escalation in the Middle East after the US said it was deploying additional troops due to heightened tensions with Iran" | "We would …

Dr. Bachar al-Jaafari (2019-06-19). Idlib and the War of Terror Against the Syrian People. Ambassador Jaafari's Statement at UN Security Council. globalresearch.ca Syria's ambassador to the United Nations Dr. Bashar Jaafari delivered yet another speech at the UNSC focussing on the unfolding situation in Idlib, | The English transcript of his presentation is indicated below. | The video includes the full statement in Arabic …

Alan MacLeod (2019-06-19). Still Manufacturing Consent: An Interview With Noam Chomsky. fair.org by Alan MacLeod | Alan MacLeod interviewed Noam Chomsky via Skype on March 13, 2018, for MacLeod's new book Propaganda in the Information Age: Still Manufacturing Consent. They discussed the origins of the classic work of media criticism (co-authored with Edward Herman) Manufacturing Consent, the role of that book's "propaganda model" today, Google and Facebook, Donald Trump and Russia, fake news and Syria. This is a lightly edited transcript. | Alan MacLeod: I would first like to ask you about how Manufacturing Consent…

Ben Norton (2019-06-19). 'Wheat is a weapon': US gov-funded, Democrat-linked think tank proposes starving Syrian civilians to weaken Assad. thegrayzone.com A fellow at the Center for a New American Security (CNAS), a Democratic Party-linked think tank bankrolled by the US…

Federico Pieraccini (2019-06-19). Why Russia's S-400 Is a More Formidable Threat to US Arms Industry than You Think. globalresearch.ca Generally, when discussing air-defense systems here, we are referring to Russian devices that have become famous in recent years, in particular the S-300 (and its variants) and the S-400. Their deployment in Syria has slowed down the ability of such …

Manlio Dinucci (2019-06-19). Video: 200 Israeli Nuclear Weapons Targeted against Iran. globalresearch.ca For over 50 years, Israel has been producing nuclear weapons, with the help mainly of France and the US. It is not subject to inspections because Israel, the only nuclear power in the Middle East, does not adhere to the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty, which Iran signed fifty years ago.

RT (2019-06-19). A winnable nuclear war? New Pentagon document shows US military thinks so. rt.com The Pentagon document laying out the US doctrine of nuclear operations was publicly available for about a week, then made 'official use only.' What's inside is a chilling reminder that Washington sees nuclear war as winnable.

Karl Grossman (2019-06-19). The Battle to Stop the Shoreham Nuclear Plant, Revisited. counterpunch.org "Shoreham Action is One of the Largest Held Worldwide," was the headline in The New York Times about an event which happened 40 years ago this month. The article told of how "more than 600 protesters were arrested" on June 3, 1979 at the site of the then under-construction Shoreham nuclear power plant and "15,000 More

Chris Wright (2019-06-19). Renewable Energy Is Not the Answer; Nuclear Is. dissidentvoice.org "It's always a good idea to start by asking about the facts." So advises Noam Chomsky. "Whenever you hear anything said very confidently, the first thing that should come to mind is, 'Wait a minute, is that true?'" De omnibus dubitandum—doubt everything—was Karl Marx's motto and should be the motto of every thinking person. Question …

Robert Fantina (2019-06-19). America's War against Iran: The Insidious Role of the Mojahedin-e-Khalq (MEK) Terrorist Entity. globalresearch.ca In 2015, the United States, several other nations and the European Union signed an agreement with the government of Iran that limited Iran's nuclear development program in exchange for the lifting of sanctions against Iran. During the final years of …

Eric Stoner (2019-06-19). How to avert the impending war on Iran. nationofchange.org Since coming to power, the Trump administration has had Iran in its | crosshairs. The United States unilaterally pulled out of the 2015 | nuclear deal last year and reimposed harsh economic sanctions on Iran. With the other signatories doing little to cushion the blow, Iran now says it will breach part of the agreement. | In all likelihood, this is exactly how hawks — like Secretary of State | Mike Pompeo and National Security Advisor John Bolton — hoped Iran would | r…

Kenneth Surin (2019-06-19). In China Again. counterpunch.org It is a commonplace in the western media that China's spectacular economic rise began when it "abandoned" communism in order to espouse capitalism (the Thomas Friedmanite mantra).This line of argument is stupid and simplistic.China's policy throughout the "reform" era has been to deal with the capitalist west in ways that benefit China. If this order in the west is neoliberal, China will engage in trade with the west in its neoliberal context.But what China won't do is "internalize" this neoliberalism. More

Andrew Korybko (2019-06-19). The US Is Now India's Number One Trading Partner and Ally, Jeopardizing Russia's Pipeline Plans. globalresearch.ca Russia's "Return to South Asia" was supposed to see it build the Iran-Pakistan-India (IPI) gas pipeline as a means of promoting peaceful multipolar regional integration, but the US is about to jeopardize this plan after it was disclosed just days …

Nadezhda Azhgikhina (2019-06-19). Is Russia Loosening Its Grip on the Press? thenation.com Is Russia Loosening Its Grip on the Press?

unitedEditor (2019-06-19). Tension between Turkey and the United States is growing. uwidata.com Tensions between Turkey and the United States has risen dramatically following Ankara's purchase of Russian S-400 missile defense complexes. The discussion between the two countries has developed into threats of sanctions, mutual counter-measures, and eventually open opposition on social networks. The United States initially tried to dissuade Turkey from buying the S-400 via threats against …

Staff (2019-06-19). Trump Wants a Third Term. Could the Unimaginable Happen Here? truthout.org Donald Trump's contempt for democracy and open sympathy for authoritarianism are visible in his recent comments about serving longer than he is legally allowed to. On June 16, 2019, he tweeted that his supporters might "demand that I stay longer" than two terms. | In fact, Trump has variously suggested that he should get two extra years as a consolation prize for the Russia investigation, th…

RT (2019-06-19). As Ukrainian oligarch sues lobbyist over Trump inauguration tickets, US media cry 'RUSSIA!'. rt.com What does an Ukrainian tycoon suing an Ukrainian-born lobbyist over access to Trump inauguration have to do with Russia? Nothing, unless you're a mainstream US media outlet, in which case it's — everything. |

plenglish (2019-06-19). Constituent Assembly to Probe Corruption of Venezuelan Opposition. plenglish.com 19 de junio de 2019, 01: 36Caracas, Jun 19 (Prensa Latina) Venezuela"s National Constituent Assembly (ANC) intends to open an investigation this Wednesday into the corruption scheme of opposition leaders around murky handling of funds allocated for alleged humanitarian assistance.

plenglish (2019-06-19). Opponents Under Investigation by Venezuelan Justice. plenglish.com Caracas, Jun 19 (Prensa Latina) Venezuelan opposition representatives, linked to the unconstitutional and violent actions to overthrow the legitimate government of Nicolas Maduro, are all being probed by justice for corruption acts.

William Camacaro, Frederick B. Mills (2019-06-19). Guaidó's Star Fades as His Envoys to Colombia Allegedly Commit Fraud With Humanitarian Funds for Venezuela. counterpunch.org In an investigative report, "Envoys of Guaidó Appropriate Funds for Humanitarian Assistance in Colombia" (June 14, 2019), Editor in Chief of PanAm Post, Orlando Avendaño, details the alleged "diversion of money, embezzlement of funds, inflation of bills, fraud, and threats [by representatives of self proclaimed president of Venezuela, Juan Guaidó] in order to surround themselves More

plenglish (2019-06-19). Unedited Goalless Draw between Venezuela-Brazil in America Cup. plenglish.com Caracas, June 19 (Prensa Latina) Venezuelan President Nicolás Maduro highlighted the historic goalless draw against Brazil, which today keeps the national team with options to advance to the quarterfinals of the America Cup soccer competition.

plenglish (2019-06-19). Venezuela Rejects EU Subordination to US Plans. plenglish.com Caracas, Jun 19 (Prensa Latina) The Government of Venezuela has rejected Wednesday the statements of the high representative of the European Union, Federica Mogherini, as a direct subordination to the US Government"s strategy.

Alexander Rubinstein (2019-06-19). Inside Canada's Outsized and Under-Scrutinized Bid to Overthrow Maduro. mintpressnews.com OTTAWA — Canada's foreign policy, under the auspices of Foreign Minister Chrystia Freeland, is bucking the country's long standing tradition of generally staying out of the affairs of governments to its south in Latin America. Indeed, Canada has been one of the major players orchestrating repeated coup attempts in Venezuela since Juan Guaido declared himself president in January. | One opinion piece in a major Canadian publication, the Toronto Star, notes: Almost immediately a…

teleSUR (2019-06-19). UN Human Rights Delegate Visits Venezuela on Gov't Invitation. telesurenglish.net U.N. High Commissioner for Human Rights Michelle Bachelet arrived in Venezuela following an invitation from Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro. Bachelet arrives as the Bolivarian government deepens cooperation with international organizations such as the Red Cross and the U.N. | RELATED: | US Sanctions on Venezuela Illegal Under UN, OAS and US Law | President Maduro invited the human rights commissioner in November 2018 and arrived to join five envoys from her office who have…

Alexander Rubinstein (2019-06-19). Venezuela: Massive Embezzlement Scandal Threatens Juan Guaido's Political Future. globalresearch.ca The political party of Juan Guaido — Voluntad Popular (Popular Will) — was never all that popular to begin with. The sixth largest political party in Venezuela, Popular Will is heavily financed by the United States Agency for International …

plenglish (2019-06-19). Broad Venezuelan Representation at Expo Caribe 2019 in Cuba. plenglish.com 19 de junio de 2019, 15: 20Caracas, Jun 19 (Prensa Latina) A broad Venezuelan delegation will show their products with export quality at the 16th International Fair Expo Caribe 2019, held in Cuba, announced Wednesday the Ministry of Foreign Trade and International Investment.

plenglish (2019-06-19). UN High-Ranking Official Visits Venezuela. plenglish.com Caracas, Jun 19 (Prensa Latina) The high Commissioner of the United Nations (UN) Organization for Human Rights, Michelle Bachelet visits Venezuela today in response to an official invitation from President Nicolas Maduro.

Jon Queally, staff writer (2019-06-18). Backing Just Transition for Workers, International Union Leader Says, 'No Jobs on a Dead Planet'. commondreams.org "We will work to see no one is left behind," vowed the general secretary of the world's largest trade union confederation | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…

2019-06-20: Social Media Postees

FIFA to take over management of African football
CGTN Africa | cgtn.com | 2019-06-20
FIFA is set to take over the running of African football in the wake of corruption scandals consuming the Confederation of African Football (CAF). | FILE PHOTO- REUTERS | Fatma Samoura | The CAF executive committee took the unprecedented decision to cede control and have FIFA general secretary Fatma Samoura parachuted in as "FIFA General Delegate for Africa". | A joint statement was read out at a news conference held by beleaguered CAF president Ahmad Ahmad in Cairo on Thursday on the eve of the Africa Cup of Nations but he refused questions on the subject. | Samoura will take over the running of CAF from August…
africa.cgtn.com/2019/06/20/fifa-to-take-…

OACC Movie Nights: Afghan Cycles
Oakland Asian Cultural Center | indybay.org | 2019-06-20
Oakland Asian Cultural Center | 388 9th Street | Oakland, CA 94607…
indybay.org/newsitems/2019/06/19/1882408…

Denmark: Make Rojava Green Again activist challenges passport confiscation
susan_p | greenleft.org.au | 2019-06-20
Anne Dalum, a Danish activist planning to join the work of Make Rojava Green Again (MRGA) in Northern Syria had her passport seized and confiscated by the Danish state in December last year. Dalum objected and took the state to court. The hearing started on June 17 and according to MRGA, Dalum intends to travel to Northern Syria as soon as she gets her passport back. | Make Rojava Green Again is an ecological campaign comprising activists from around the world, inspired by the ecological, f…
greenleft.org.au/content/denmark-make-rojava-green-again-activist-challenges-passport-confiscation

87yo woman tasered by Georgia police, excessive force lawsuit pending (VIDEO)
rt.com | 2019-06-20
Harrowing footage has been released showing the arrest of an 87-year-old Syrian woman who was tasered by Georgia police, despite their dispatcher being made aware that she could not speak English. | …
rt.com/usa/462288-87yo-tased-by-police-g…

This celebrated Western-funded nonprofit collaborated with al-Qaeda to wage lawfare on Syria
Max Blumenthal | thegrayzone.com | 2019-06-20
Mainstream reporting on Syria has relied heavily on the work of the Commission for International Justice and Accountability (CIJA), a…
thegrayzone.com/2019/06/19/commission-fo…

FBI arrests ISIS sympathizer accused of plotting to blow up Christian church
rt.com | 2019-06-20
A Syrian refugee, suspected of planning to bomb a church in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, has been arrested and charged with an attempt to provide material support to the Islamic State and spreading manuals on explosives. | …
rt.com/usa/462254-isis-bomb-plot-church/

Video: US-Russia Relations and the Expiry of Nuclear Treaties. Global Security in Jeopardy
Makia Freeman | globalresearch.ca | 2019-06-20
Nuclear treaties (mainly between the USA and Russia) have formed the cornerstone of world peace, stability and safety for decades. They have been an essential mechanism in the international security architecture. Nuclear treaties gave assurance to the world that the …
globalresearch.ca/video-us-russia-relati…

Chinese President Makes Historical Visit to North Korea
telesurenglish.net | 2019-06-20
Chinese President Xi Jinping arrived in North Korea on Thursday as Beijing looks to bolster its neighbor, hit by U.N. sanctions over its nuclear and missile programs, a week before Xi and U.S. President Donald Trump meet amid a bitter trade dispute. | RELATED: | China Reiterates Support for North Korea's 'Correct Direction' | North Korean leader Kim Jong Un and his wife, Ri Sol Ju, greeted Xi at the airport, Chinese state TV said. Kim's sister, Kim Yo Jong, and officials who playe…
telesurenglish.net/news/Chinese-Presiden…

UGANDA: INTERNATIONAL CRIMINAL COURT (ICC) IS A TOOL BUILT FOR VETO POWERS AND ON THE BRINK OF COLLAPSE-SCHOLAR
By Okumu Langol Livingstone | blackstarnews.com | 2019-06-20
Dr. Phil Clark, launching his new book; "Distant Justice" in Gulu recently | Dr. Phil Clark, a scholar, says his fear about is that the International Criminal Court (ICC) has lost its vision to the interest of powerful countries with veto powers that could have helped to bring peace in Northern Uganda during the failed Juba Peace Talks between 2006 and 2008 during. In northern Uganda the ICC was being used as a tool for the interests of world super powers like Russia, United State of America, Britain, Germany, Franc and China. | | GULU-UGANDA: In his new book, "Distant Justice",Dr. Phil Clark, of the African Ce…
www.blackstarnews.com/global-politics/af…

Did Venezuelan coup leaders pocket $70 million from Citgo's stolen US assets?
Anya Parampil | thegrayzone.com | 2019-06-20
Venezuela's government has claimed the Department of Justice will investigate Citgo's opposition-appointed board for the theft of $70 million. But…
thegrayzone.com/2019/06/19/guaido-vecchi…

Venezuelan Opposition Scrambles in Wake of Humanitarian Aid Scandal
Staff | therealnews.com | 2019-06-20
An opposition-oriented website uncovered a $125,000 corruption scandal involving associates of Venezuelan opposition leader and self-declared president Juan Guaidó. Independent journalist Dan Cohen tracked down the details of this story…
therealnews.com/stories/venezuelan-oppos…

The persecution of Caster Semenya
LeiLani Dowell | workers.org | 2019-06-19
The ongoing persecution of South African runner Caster Semenya by the International Association of Athletics Federations has shone a spotlight on the ways sports, under the patriarchal structures of capitalism and imperialism, are used to police and define, in the most unscientific and racist way, rigid definitions of gender. Caster . . . | Continue reading The persecution of Caster Semenya at Workers.org
workers.org/2019/06/18/the-persecution-o…

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

The 'Eve of Destruction' that Never Ends. From the "Old" and "New Cold War"… to the "Hot War"?
Philip A Farruggio | globalresearch.ca | 2019-06-19
In 1965 songwriter PF Sloan wrote the lyrics for 'Eve of Destruction'. The most famous recording was by singer Barry McGuire in the summer of that same year. Some of the lyrics obviously address the issue of the Cold War …
globalresearch.ca/eve-destruction-never-…

US to Give Additional $250 Million in Lethal Aid to Ukraine's Military
Jason Ditz | theantimedia.com | 2019-06-19
(ANTIWAR.COM) — Saying that the new package was intended to enhance democratic civilian control of the military, the Pentagon has unveiled a package of around $250 million in military aid to the Ukraine. They emphasized the US commitment to supporting Ukraine. In contrast to the aid packages a few years ago, which were emphasized as purely non-lethal aid …

US to Give Additional $250 Million in Lethal Aid to Ukraine's Military

Presidential election: 'Key moment' to reaffirm Afghanistan's democratic political structure, UN mission chief tells Security Council
United Nations | un.org | 2019-06-19
The presidential election scheduled for 28 September will be a "key moment to reaffirm the legitimacy of Afghanistan's democratic political structure", the United Nations mission chief in the country told the Security Council on Wednesday.
news.un.org/feed/view/en/story/2019/06/1…

Film Showing of "MAJOR!" in celebration of Pride Month
Party for Socialism and Liberation | indybay.org | 2019-06-19
2969 Mission St., near 26th St.
indybay.org/newsitems/2019/06/18/1882403…

The rising tide of socialism and the 15th anniversary of the PSL's founding
Brian Becker | liberationnews.org | 2019-06-19
The Party for Socialism and Liberation (PSL) turns 15 years old today. Much has changed. The taboo of being a socialist is starting to die away. Our number one priority now is to win over the majority of the working class to a socialist program.
liberationnews.org/the-rising-tide-of-so…

Capitalism = Extinction?
Staff | therealnews.com | 2019-06-19
In her Jacobin article 'Socialism or Extinction,' TRNN's climate bureau producer Dharna Noor boils down the UN's IPBES report to help us see what could lie ahead and how it is related to our economic system…
therealnews.com/stories/capitalism-extin…

Mitch McConnell Dismisses Representation for DC and Puerto Rico as "Socialism"
Staff | truthout.org | 2019-06-19
Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell argued in a Fox News interview that giving congressional representation to the millions of Americans who live in Washington, D.C., and Puerto Rico would be "full-bore socialism." | The senator from Kentucky, which ranks third in state tax dependency, said in an interview with Fox News host Laura Ingraham that Democrats are trying to "turn us into a country we've never been." | "They plan to make the District of Columbia a state — that'd give…
truthout.org/articles/mitch-mcconnell-di…

Cuba Condemns US Siege, Stresses Commitment to Socialism
telesurenglish.net | 2019-06-19
The Cuban government addressed the International Labour Organization (ILO) in Geneva, reaffirming the island's commitment to delivering social justice, despite aggressive new policies enacted by the United States aimed at crippling the country's economy. | RELATED: | Cuban Private Sector Hit Hard by Recent US Sanctions | Cuba's Vice President Salvador Valdes Mesa, a former labor union leader, spoke Wednesday to an international audience of labor experts and trade union representatives f…
telesurenglish.net/news/Cuba-Condemns-US…

"Heightened Tensions With Iran": Provoking the Bear and the Dragon — And Hoping for the Best?
Peter Koenig | globalresearch.ca | 2019-06-19
"We are urging all the sides to show restraint," said President Vladimir Putin's spokesman Dmitry Peskov, to avoid escalation in the Middle East after the US said it was deploying additional troops due to heightened tensions with Iran" | "We would …
globalresearch.ca/provoking-bear-dragon-…

Provoking the Bear and the Dragon and Hoping for the Best?
Press TV | dissidentvoice.org | 2019-06-19
Peter Koenig, PressTV Interview Transcript 19 June 2019 Background Moscow, June 18, 2019 (AFP) Russia on Tuesday called for restraint to avoid escalation in the Middle East after the US said it was deploying additional troops due to heightened tensions with Iran. "We are urging all the sides to show restraint," President Vladimir Putin's spokesman …
dissidentvoice.org/2019/06/provoking-the…

Idlib and the War of Terror Against the Syrian People. Ambassador Jaafari's Statement at UN Security Council
Dr. Bachar al-Jaafari | globalresearch.ca | 2019-06-19
Syria's ambassador to the United Nations Dr. Bashar Jaafari delivered yet another speech at the UNSC focussing on the unfolding situation in Idlib, | The English transcript of his presentation is indicated below. | The video includes the full statement in Arabic …
globalresearch.ca/ambassador-jaafaris-st…

'Wheat is a weapon': US gov-funded, Democrat-linked think tank proposes starving Syrian civilians to weaken Assad
Ben Norton | thegrayzone.com | 2019-06-19
A fellow at the Center for a New American Security (CNAS), a Democratic Party-linked think tank bankrolled by the US…
thegrayzone.com/2019/06/19/wheat-weapon-…

Why Russia's S-400 Is a More Formidable Threat to US Arms Industry than You Think
Federico Pieraccini | globalresearch.ca | 2019-06-19
Generally, when discussing air-defense systems here, we are referring to Russian devices that have become famous in recent years, in particular the S-300 (and its variants) and the S-400. Their deployment in Syria has slowed down the ability of such …
globalresearch.ca/why-s-400-more-formida…

Still Manufacturing Consent: An Interview With Noam Chomsky
Alan MacLeod | fair.org | 2019-06-19
by Alan MacLeod | Alan MacLeod interviewed Noam Chomsky via Skype on March 13, 2018, for MacLeod's new book Propaganda in the Information Age: Still Manufacturing Consent. They discussed the origins of the classic work of media criticism (co-authored with Edward Herman) Manufacturing Consent, the role of that book's "propaganda model" today, Google and Facebook, Donald Trump and Russia, fake news and Syria. This is a lightly edited transcript. | Alan MacLeod: I would first like to ask you about how Manufacturing Consent…
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How to avert the impending war on Iran
Eric Stoner | nationofchange.org | 2019-06-19
Since coming to power, the Trump administration has had Iran in its | crosshairs. The United States unilaterally pulled out of the 2015 | nuclear deal last year and reimposed harsh economic sanctions on Iran. With the other signatories doing little to cushion the blow, Iran now says it will breach part of the agreement. | In all likelihood, this is exactly how hawks — like Secretary of State | Mike Pompeo and National Security Advisor John Bolton — hoped Iran would | r…
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Video: 200 Israeli Nuclear Weapons Targeted against Iran
Manlio Dinucci | globalresearch.ca | 2019-06-19
For over 50 years, Israel has been producing nuclear weapons, with the help mainly of France and the US. It is not subject to inspections because Israel, the only nuclear power in the Middle East, does not adhere to the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty, which Iran signed fifty years ago.
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The Battle to Stop the Shoreham Nuclear Plant, Revisited
Karl Grossman | counterpunch.org | 2019-06-19
"Shoreham Action is One of the Largest Held Worldwide," was the headline in The New York Times about an event which happened 40 years ago this month. The article told of how "more than 600 protesters were arrested" on June 3, 1979 at the site of the then under-construction Shoreham nuclear power plant and…
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Renewable Energy Is Not the Answer; Nuclear Is
Chris Wright | dissidentvoice.org | 2019-06-19
"It's always a good idea to start by asking about the facts." So advises Noam Chomsky. "Whenever you hear anything said very confidently, the first thing that should come to mind is, 'Wait a minute, is that true?'" De omnibus dubitandum–doubt everything–was Karl Marx's motto and should be the motto of every thinking person. Question …
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A winnable nuclear war? New Pentagon document shows US military thinks so
rt.com | 2019-06-19
The Pentagon document laying out the US doctrine of nuclear operations was publicly available for about a week, then made 'official use only.' What's inside is a chilling reminder that Washington sees nuclear war as winnable. | …
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Renewable Energy Is Not the Answer; Nuclear Is
Chris Wright | dissidentvoice.org | 2019-06-19
"It's always a good idea to start by asking about the facts." So advises Noam Chomsky. "Whenever you hear anything said very confidently, the first thing that should come to mind is, 'Wait a minute, is that true?'" De omnibus dubitandum–doubt everything–was Karl Marx's motto and should be the motto of every thinking person. Question …
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America's War against Iran: The Insidious Role of the Mojahedin-e-Khalq (MEK) Terrorist Entity
Robert Fantina | globalresearch.ca | 2019-06-19
In 2015, the United States, several other nations and the European Union signed an agreement with the government of Iran that limited Iran's nuclear development program in exchange for the lifting of sanctions against Iran. During the final years of …
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In China Again
Kenneth Surin | counterpunch.org | 2019-06-19
It is a commonplace in the western media that China's spectacular economic rise began when it "abandoned" communism in order to espouse capitalism (the Thomas Friedmanite mantra).This line of argument is stupid and simplistic.China's policy throughout the "reform" era has been to deal with the capitalist west in ways that benefit China. If this order in the west is neoliberal, China will engage in trade with the west in its neoliberal context.But what China won't do is "internalize" this neoliberalism.
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In China Again
Kenneth Surin | counterpunch.org | 2019-06-19
It is a commonplace in the western media that China's spectacular economic rise began when it "abandoned" communism in order to espouse capitalism (the Thomas Friedmanite mantra).This line of argument is stupid and simplistic.China's policy throughout the "reform" era has been to deal with the capitalist west in ways that benefit China. If this order in the west is neoliberal, China will engage in trade with the west in its neoliberal context.But what China won't do is "internalize" this neoliberalism.
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Tension between Turkey and the United States is growing
unitedEditor | uwidata.com | 2019-06-19
Tensions between Turkey and the United States has risen dramatically following Ankara's purchase of Russian S-400 missile defense complexes. The discussion between the two countries has developed into threats of sanctions, mutual counter-measures, and eventually open opposition on social networks. The United States initially tried to dissuade Turkey from buying the S-400 via threats against …
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The US Is Now India's Number One Trading Partner and Ally, Jeopardizing Russia's Pipeline Plans
Andrew Korybko | globalresearch.ca | 2019-06-19
Russia's "Return to South Asia" was supposed to see it build the Iran-Pakistan-India (IPI) gas pipeline as a means of promoting peaceful multipolar regional integration, but the US is about to jeopardize this plan after it was disclosed just days …
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Trump Wants a Third Term. Could the Unimaginable Happen Here?
Staff | truthout.org | 2019-06-19
Donald Trump's contempt for democracy and open sympathy for authoritarianism are visible in his recent comments about serving longer than he is legally allowed to. On June 16, 2019, he tweeted that his supporters might "demand that I stay longer" than two terms. | In fact, Trump has variously suggested that he should get two extra years as a consolation prize for the Russia investigation, th…
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Is Russia Loosening Its Grip on the Press?
Nadezhda Azhgikhina | thenation.com | 2019-06-19
Is Russia Loosening Its Grip on the Press?
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As Ukrainian oligarch sues lobbyist over Trump inauguration tickets, US media cry 'RUSSIA!'
rt.com | 2019-06-19
What does an Ukrainian tycoon suing an Ukrainian-born lobbyist over access to Trump inauguration have to do with Russia? Nothing, unless you're a mainstream US media outlet, in which case it's — everything. | …
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Guaidó's Star Fades as His Envoys to Colombia Allegedly Commit Fraud With Humanitarian Funds for Venezuela
William Camacaro, Frederick B. Mills | counterpunch.org | 2019-06-19
In an investigative report, "Envoys of Guaidó Appropriate Funds for Humanitarian Assistance in Colombia" (June 14, 2019), Editor in Chief of PanAm Post, Orlando Avendaño, details the alleged…
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Venezuela: Massive Embezzlement Scandal Threatens Juan Guaido's Political Future
Alexander Rubinstein | globalresearch.ca | 2019-06-19
The political party of Juan Guaido — Voluntad Popular (Popular Will) — was never all that popular to begin with. The sixth largest political party in Venezuela, Popular Will is heavily financed by the United States Agency for International …
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UN High-Ranking Official Visits Venezuela
plenglish.com | 2019-06-19
Caracas, Jun 19 (Prensa Latina) The high Commissioner of the United Nations (UN) Organization for Human Rights, Michelle Bachelet visits Venezuela today in response to an official invitation from President Nicolas Maduro.
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Constituent Assembly to Probe Corruption of Venezuelan Opposition
plenglish.com | 2019-06-19
19 de junio de 2019, 01: 36Caracas, Jun 19 (Prensa Latina) Venezuela"s National Constituent Assembly (ANC) intends to open an investigation this Wednesday into the corruption scheme of opposition leaders around murky handling of funds allocated for alleged humanitarian assistance.
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Venezuela Rejects EU Subordination to US Plans
plenglish.com | 2019-06-19
Caracas, Jun 19 (Prensa Latina) The Government of Venezuela has rejected Wednesday the statements of the high representative of the European Union, Federica Mogherini, as a direct subordination to the US Government"s strategy.
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Inside Canada's Outsized and Under-Scrutinized Bid to Overthrow Maduro
Alexander Rubinstein | mintpressnews.com | 2019-06-19
OTTAWA — Canada's foreign policy, under the auspices of Foreign Minister Chrystia Freeland, is bucking the country's long standing tradition of generally staying out of the affairs of governments to its south in Latin America. Indeed, Canada has been one of the major players orchestrating repeated coup attempts in Venezuela since Juan Guaido declared himself president in January. | One opinion piece in a major Canadian publication, the Toronto Star, notes: Almost immediately a…
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Unedited Goalless Draw between Venezuela-Brazil in America Cup
plenglish.com | 2019-06-19
Caracas, June 19 (Prensa Latina) Venezuelan President Nicolás Maduro highlighted the historic goalless draw against Brazil, which today keeps the national team with options to advance to the quarterfinals of the America Cup soccer competition.
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Broad Venezuelan Representation at Expo Caribe 2019 in Cuba
plenglish.com | 2019-06-19
19 de junio de 2019, 15: 20Caracas, Jun 19 (Prensa Latina) A broad Venezuelan delegation will show their products with export quality at the 16th International Fair Expo Caribe 2019, held in Cuba, announced Wednesday the Ministry of Foreign Trade and International Investment.
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Unedited Goalless Draw between Venezuela-Brazil in America Cup
plenglish.com | 2019-06-19
Caracas, June 19 (Prensa Latina) Venezuelan President Nicolás Maduro highlighted the historic goalless draw against Brazil, which today keeps the national team with options to advance to the quarterfinals of the America Cup soccer competition.
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