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JUNE 1 THROUGH 10

JUNE 10, 2020

Trump Built His Own Green Zone. He Got the Wall He Deserves. Intercept

Purges Will ‘Screw’ Nearly 16.7 Million Out of Their Right To Vote. ... Nearly 16.7 million men and women have been purged from the US voter roles in an act which may well decide the 2020 general election for the incumbent US President Donald Trump. Greg Palast

The NYT Admits Key Falsehoods That Drove Last Year’s Coup in Bolivia: Falsehoods Peddled by the U.S., its Media, and the NYT. Intercept

JUNE 10, 2020
EASY MONEY

Companies Are Using Pandemic to Squeeze Money From Incarcerated People Like Me TruthOut

Hospitals Got Bailouts and Furloughed Thousands While Paying C.E.O.s Millions. ... Dozens of top recipients of government aid have laid off, furloughed or cut the pay of tens of thousands of employees. NYTimes

Five questions for new Labour leader Sir Keir Starmer about his UK and US national security establishment links. ... The public deserves answers about the UK’s new opposition leader and his relationship with the British national security establishment, including the MI5 and the Times newspaper, his former role in the Julian Assange case and his membership in the intelligence-linked Trilateral Commission. GrayZone

The mystery of which US businesses are profiting from the coronavirus bailout. ... Government refuses to say which large companies have taken money, while small firms on the margins have been left in the dark. Guardian

DeRay Mckesson got his start in the corporate school privatization movement. .. Before becoming a media celebrity backed by banks and large corporations, activist DeRay Mckesson was a ruthless school administrator and close ally of Teach for America, boosting the education privatization movement and its attacks on teachers’ unions. GrayZone

Kenneth Copeland Says Christians Who Vote Correctly Will Be ‘Blessed Financially’ ...Multimillionaire prosperity gospel preacher and Trump evangelical adviser Kenneth Copeland held a “virtual victory campaign” at his Eagle Mountain International Church in Texas last weekend, during which he declared that God will financially reward people who vote according to the Bible. Right Wing Watch

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Dark Money Pours Into West Virginia Ahead of State Supreme Court Election. ... A Republican Party group funded by the shadowy Judicial Confirmation Network is among the groups spending big ahead of West Virginia's Supreme Court elections. Sludge

Atlantic hurricane season already record-breaking — and minority communities disproportionately at risk. ... In three years of TV news hurricane coverage, major broadcasters failed to mention specific risks to communities of colour. Independent

He Tweeted That He Was the Leader of Antifa. Then the FBI Asked Him to Be an Informant. Intercept

Extremely Long Lines At Georgia Polling Places Lead To Claims Of Voter Suppression. ... Many voters had to wait hours to cast ballots in the state’s primary on Tuesday at polling places where there were also reports of defective machines. HuffPost

(Oldie Goldie) Story of 20-ton cocaine seizure on container ship breaks down MadCow  Related: Wiki and Ship Seized With 20 Tons Of Cocaine Has Italian Billionaire Ties. Forbes

The Spanish Right Wants to Create Another Venezuela. ... Ever since the PSOE and Unidas Podemos formed a governing coalition in January, Spain’s right-wing opposition has denied its democratic legitimacy. Calls for police mutiny and resistance against the COVID-19 lockdown show how the Spanish right is imitating its Latin American counterparts, seeking to create a climate of chaos that can bring down the government. Jacobin

JUNE 10, 2020 - REBELLION NEWS

In 2016 Police killed 1093 people in the US. In the UK was 3 (three) that year. In 2018, Demark and Switzerland it was zero.


Who Does This Protect? Minnesota Authorities Admit Officers Slashed Car Tires During Protests. ... Medics. News crews. Random people that were just here to protest -tires slashed. CommonDreams

Top 16 Euphemisms US Headline Writers Used for Police Beating the Shit Out of People. FAIR

“We Don’t Have Time to Wait”: Minneapolis Anti-Police Brutality Organizer Kandace Montgomery on Defunding the Police. Intercept

AG Barr Defends Force Against D.C. Protesters, Says ‘They Were Not Peaceful’. ... The attorney general said he ordered the street outside of the White House to be cleared and that Trump’s photo-op at a nearby church was unrelated. (Also, Barr says pepper spray not a chemical irritant) HuffPost

Black Lives Matter: Aerial images show protests around the world after George Floyd’s death. ... Vast numbers emerge to take part in historic demonstrations despite pandemic. Independent

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JUNE 9, 2020

US states have spent the past 5 years trying to criminalize protest. Grist

Israel Continues to be Rewarded for Killing American Sailors: Remembering the USS Liberty. CounterPunch

The “Left” Is Cheering On Censorship & The Left Always Pays - with Chris Hedges. Dore Show


Trump Throws Garbage Can Through McDonald’s Window Before Looting $2,000 In Big Macs. >Go

A Powerful Petrochemical Lobbying Group Advanced Anti-Protest Legislation in the Midst of the Pandemic. Intercept

'Despicable': Outrage After Trump Declares Friday a 'Great Day' for George Floyd. ... "A truly stunning level of tone-deafness." CommonDreams

Witness: Manuel Ellis was having 'friendly' talk with officers before he was beaten. ... Account of events leading to man’s death in Tacoma, Washington, differs widely from police version. Guardian

The murder of Iyad al-Hallaq is the face of Israeli annexation. ... With the killing of Iyad al-Hallaq and Israel's plan to legitimize land theft, we must echo the slogan inspired by protests in the U.S.: 'Palestinian Lives Matter.' +972

A Vast Array of Emergency Powers. Zero Self-Control. ... Trump’s disregard for democracy is so blatant, top military leaders have started to intervene. The Nation

''No One Is Free When Others Are Oppressed': Thousands in Spain, UK Rally at US Embassies in Solidarity With America's Anti-Racist Uprising. ... "There's children of all ages and older adults here. They are going to experience what we have experienced and we have to try to make that not happen." CommonDreams

A Counterfeit $20 Bill. ... When you have privilege, a crime is a 'mistake,' and when you don't, a mistake becomes a crime. ScheerPost

Five questions for new Labour leader Sir Keir Starmer about his UK and US national security establishment links. ... The public deserves answers about the UK’s new opposition leader and his relationship with the British national security establishment, including the MI5 and the Times newspaper, his former role in the Julian Assange case and his membership in the intelligence-linked Trilateral Commission. GrayZone

Media Downplay Global South Leadership on Covid-19. ... Only Westerners, it seems, are deserving of praise. FAIR

JUNE 9, 2020 - REBELLION NEWS

As we build a revolutionary consciousness we must never place our faith in violence, even as we understand that violence, especially by vigilantes, criminals and militarized police forces, will be used against us. Our strength is our truth. And this truth terrifies our power elites. - Chris Hedges

In Veto-Proof Majority, Minneapolis City Council Says It Will Dismantle Police Department. ... “Decades of police reform efforts have proved that the Minneapolis Police Department cannot be reformed,” nine city council members said Sunday. HuffPost  Related: What Happened to Crime in Camden? Often ranked as one of the deadliest cities in America, Camden, New Jersey, ended 2017 with its lowest homicide rate since the 1980s. City Lab

'Gross Abuse of Authority': AOC, Pressley Join Probe Into Trump Use of Predator Drones to Surveil Protesters. CommonDreams

(2014) The Rhetoric of Violence. ... TruthDig

Shocker: US state propaganda outlets censor Black Lives Matter protests. ... It’s hard for Radio Free Europe / Radio Liberty to sell the USA as a shining example of civil liberties and democracy when the internet is drowning in pics of American killer cops beating down on anyone in sight. GrayZone

‘They set us up’: US police arrested over 10,000 protesters, many non-violent. ... police regularly use pepper spray, rubber bullets, teargas and batons Guardian

NYT’s meltdown on Tom Cotton recalls its four op-ed pieces justifying slaughter of Gaza demonstrators. Mondoweiss

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JUNE 8, 2020

FBI launches open attack on ‘foreign’ alternative media outlets challenging US foreign policy. ... Under FBI orders, Facebook and Google removed American Herald Tribune, an alternative site that publishes US and European writers critical of US foreign policy. The bureau’s justification for the removal was dubious, and it sets a troubling precedent for other critical outlets. GrayZone

The last time the Insurrection Act was invoked by a US president, it was George HW Bush, who sent Marines into LA to crush the Rodney King protests. His AG at the time was Bill Barr. Bush was praised this week as model presidential “healer in chief” by a Bible-wielding Nancy Pelosi. Barr denies police are systemically racist as protests sweep US. Guardian

Trump orders agencies cut environment reviews, citing 'economic emergency' ... Changes could hurt communities of color, which are more likely to live with pollution due to decades of environmental racism. Market Watch

Israeli settlers speak out against US-backed annexation plan. ... Settler leader says Trump plan ‘endangers the existence of the state of Israel’ Guardian

“The Ruling Elite Has Lost All Legitimacy” - Chris Hedges int erview on Jimmy Dore show. YouTube

I Remember the Lynchings of the 60s. They’re Still Happening. CounterPunch/Hightower

NYPD Uses Aggressive Tactics On Peaceful Demonstrators Out After Curfew. .. “I can’t believe what I just witnessed & experienced,” New York City’s public advocate said after sharing a video of police using batons on demonstrators. HuffPost

Rural cops get militarized. ... Pentagon gives guns, armored vehicles and battlefield gear to rural Western counties. HCN

US police state faces revolt as Trump expands it at home and abroad. ... Dr. Gerald Horne on the George Floyd protests, the black freedom struggle, and Trump’s expansion of the US police state at home and around the world. GrayZone

Hopeful that Minneapolis policing will change? Meet the police union's chief Bob Kroll, who described George
Floyd as a ‘violent criminal’, has a history of resisting any reform of a department with a history of racial abuse. Guardian

Donald Trump: 'This is a great day' for George Floyd – video. Guardian

Democrats Praise Joe Biden For Being Only Candidate Able To Talk Down To Americans Like The Stupid, Slack-Jawed Dumdums They Really Are. > Go

JUNE 8, 2020 - REBELLION NEWS

'Deeply Disturbing': New York Supreme Court Judge Rules Protesters Can Be Detained Indefinitely

The Police Are Targeting Protest Medics. ... This would be a war crime in a combat zone. HuffPost

Brooklyn Man Was Arrested for Curfew Violation. The FBI Interrogated Him About His Political Beliefs. Intercept

"This is suspension of habeas corpus, it is unconstitutional," said Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez. CommonDreams

Pentagon War Game Includes Scenario for Military Response to Domestic Gen Z Rebellion. Intercept

'This Is Criminal': Law Enforcement Seizes Thousands of Masks Sent to Help Protect Protesters From Coronavirus. ... "It appears they want to ensure that people who protest are susceptible to the same deadly pandemic that they have failed miserably at stopping." CommonDreams

Verizon and AT&T Partner With Pro-Police Militarization Lobbying Group. ... The National Sheriff's Association, which counts the telco giants as "platinum partners," lobbies Congress to make the Defense Department's 1033 military equipment transfer program permanent. Sludge

'American Secret Police'? Trump Deployment of Unidentified Law Enforcement Officials Across DC Sparks Alarm. ... "The United States would normally condemn this tactic if used by dictators of other countries, and its use here directly threatens our democracy." CommonDreams

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WEEKEND OF JUNE 5-7, 2020

Weekend read: Spillover: Animal Infections and the Next Human Pandemic. By David Quammen - Examines the emergence and causes of new diseases all over the world, describing a process called “spillover” where illness originates in wild animals before being passed to humans and discusses the potential for the next huge pandemic. Indie Bound  Author interview - David Quammen has tracked the spillover of viruses from animals to humans for more than a decade. To avoid future pandemics, he says, we must rethink our relationship with nature and recognize how our choices can lead to dangerous disruptions of the natural world. Yale

NORTON I, Emperor of the United States - History

Examples of police violence Twitter (Remember, during Katrina, New Orleans police were involved in widespread looting as well as private security firms running around without any kind of ID shooting people. )

William Barr’s Vast, Nameless Army Is Being Brought To Bear On D.C. Protesters. ... Federal law enforcement officers are operating on American streets without identification, which experts say breeds a culture of impunity. HuffPost

'They're Afraid': GOP Ripped for Enabling Trump as McConnell Blocks Resolution Condemning Assault on Peaceful Protesters. CommonDreams

Killed at Home: Legal Battle Reopened over 2011 Police Shooting of Elderly Black Ex-Marine in NY. DemocracyNow

ENVIRONMENT

US ranks 24th in the world on environmental performance. ... Analysis by Yale and Columbia universities shows US lagging far behind other industrialized countries in a range of categories. Guardian

Who killed Berta Ca´ceres? Behind the brutal murder of an environment crusader. ... Could there ever be justice for someone like Berta in a country like Honduras, where impunity reigns supreme? Guardian

The Next Pandemic Could Easily Come From Our Factory Farms. ...As people point fingers at the dangers of “wet markets,” it’s easy to overlook the closer to home problem of factory farms. Our next zoonotic pandemic could easily come from a factory farm. FWW

Global Meat Giants Fuel Major Future Risk of Creating Next Pandemic, Investor Group Warns. ... "Factory farming is both vulnerable to pandemics and guilty of creating them." CommonDreams

Animal Rights Activists Uncover the Locations of Thousands of Factory Farms. Intercept

Animal feedlots are a likely threat to drinking water in Minnesota, says report ... Manure from the state’s 80 million farm animals risks overloading its rivers and lakes with nitrogen and phosphorus. Guardian

Sixth mass extinction of wildlife accelerating, scientists warn. ... Analysis shows 500 species on brink of extinction -- as many as were lost over previous century. Guardian

New Trump public land rules will let Alaska hunters kill bear cubs in dens. ... The ‘amazingly cruel’ move by the National Park Service reverses Obama-era regulations which also affect wolves and coyotes. Guardian

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Trump’s Anti-Blackness Is Overt in Protest Response and Covert in Policymaking. TruthOut

Racist War Criminal George W. Bush’s Thoughts on George Floyd Are More Salt in the Wound. TruthOut

Melina Abdullah: The Only Way White Supremacy Is Defeated. ... The professor and activist dissects the dangers of Donald Trump's presidency, the legacy of the Black Power Movement and more. ScheerPost

In a bizarre moment this week, Trump had protesters violently cleared from the front of a church so he could have his photo taken while brandishing a bible. ... I'm an expert on fascism and I know what Trump's actions during the George Floyd protests look like. ... For a long time, I avoided using the word, instead preferring 'narcissist' or 'plutocrat'. But this week it became clear I was wrong. Independent

The Coup Against ‘The Most Loyal Ally'. CounterPunch

'He wears the armor of God': evangelicals hail Trump's church photo op. ... The president’s appeal to his base amid protests was derided by some Christians. Others saw a victory in a world of evil. Guardian

Venezuelan Embassy Protection Collective wins legal victory in face of hostile Obama-appointed judge & govt prosecution. ... The sentencing of the final four from the Venezuelan Embassy Protection Collective marked another defeat for Juan Guaidó and his DC-based coup administration. Prior to handing it down, however, an Obama-appointed judge delivered an unhinged law-and-order tirade denigrating the defendants. GrayZone

WEEKEND OF JUNE 5-7, 2020 -
REBELLION NEWS

How to Take Photos at Protests Safely -- and Responsibly Before you pull out your camera and post to social media, here’s how to protect yourself and others. Wired

How to Protest Safely: What to Bring, What to Do, and What to Avoid If you're planning on hitting the streets, here's what you need to know. Wired  

White House Forced to Retract Claim Viral Videos Prove Antifa Is Plotting Violence. Intercept

Police Shove, Make AP Journalists Stop Covering New York Protest. ... Journalists have faced aggressive police and protesters during demonstrations across the U.S. over the killing of George Floyd. HuffPost

New York Police Are Attacking Protesters -- They Know They Won’t Face Consequences. ... After a police dispatcher noted protester movement near the 77th Precinct, a voice on the same channel replies clearly: “Shoot those motherfuckers.” Just as clear was the immediate response: “Don’t put that over the air.” Intercept

Hedges/Dore: The Real Looting Of America CNN Won’t Show You. ... Chris Hedges on The Jimmy Dore Show discuss the roots of this terrible moment in American history. ScheerPost

“Total Domination”: Popular Rebellion in the Shadow of Trumpism-Fascism. CounterPunch/Street

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JUNE 4, 2020

CoronaVirus Rhapsody YouTube

How the Washington Post Accommodates Disinformation. CounterPunch

Where did policing go wrong? ... Crime has been down for decades, but incarceration is still sky-high and brutality cases keep tearing the country apart. Does policing in America need a fundamental re-think? Taibbi

'He Must Resign': Attorney General Barr Personally Ordered Police Assault on Peaceful DC Protesters, Report Says. ... "AG Bill Barr's behavior has been deeply problematic since he was sworn in, but now it has become truly dangerous. He needs to resign." CommonDreams

WAR IS WHAT DEFINES US

An Unavoidable Recognition of Failure: Trump’s Withdrawal From Afghanistan. CounterPunch/Cockburn

More Than 70 Children Killed in Just 10 Airstrikes In Afghanistan, Report Finds. Intercept

Trump’s War on Arms Control and Disarmament. CounterPunch

The End of War As We Know It? ... The future of forever wars. Tom Dispatch

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The US Has a Long History of Weaponizing Aid to Other Countries. TruthOut

Senate Republicans strike more somber tone about protests — but most stay silent on Trump's protest rhetoric. ... 'The overwhelming issue for us is after you stop the rioting — which we will — what are you going to do about the problem that led to protest?' Trump ally Graham says. Independent

The Sadism of American Power. CounterPunch

Donald Trump’s Antifa Bogeyman Has a Long, Proud History of Fighting Fascists. ... Donald Trump has threatened to ban “Antifa” as a terrorist organization. But you can’t ban a set of ideas. As long as we face the threat of a violent, authoritarian right, anti-fascism will remain an essential force Jacobin

This Is Not a Revolution. It’s a Blueprint for Locking Down the Nation. CounterPunch

'How did we get here?': Trump has normalised mayhem and the US is paying the price. Guardian

How Much Violence and Destruction is Enough for Depraved American Leaders and Their Subjects? CounterPunch

JUNE 4, 2020 - REBELLION NEWS

Chris Hedges: The Treason of the Ruling Class. They have destroyed our capitalist democracy and replaced it with a mafia state. ScheerPost/Hedges

How to Organize a Protest or March
Hollaback

Trump’s Push to ‘Dominate’ Protesters Moves Barr to Forefront. MSN

'Do the Right Thing': Veterans Call On National Guard Members to Refuse to Deploy Against Protesters. ... "It is asinine for a rich man hiding in a bunker to ask these troops, most of whom probably signed up to pay for access to college and healthcare, to take actions that will inevitably lead to more violence and haunt them for the rest of their lives." CommonDreams

A Short History of U.S. Law Enforcement Infiltrating Protests. ... When Harry, George, Tom, and Joe showed up at a warehouse outside Philadelphia rented by protesters, organizers were immediately suspicious. ... It is a historical fact, that law enforcement frequently infiltrates progressive political movements using agent provocateurs who urge others to engage in violence.. Intercept

The rightwing groups behind wave of protests against Covid-19 restrictions. ... Protesters in Michigan and other states claim to speak for ordinary citizens, but are also supported by street-fighting far-right groups. Guardian  

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JUNE 3, 2020

Trump Goes Authoritarian on the George Floyd Protests. NYMagazine

In America, the Rich Get Immunity. The Rest of Us Get “Law and Order”. ... America is a country that eagerly hands out get-out-of-jail-free cards to the rich and powerful, and rubber bullets, tear gas, and jail sentences to the rest. The protesters on the street this weekend were trying to change that. Jacobin/Sirota

Is the U.S. Headed Towards Tyranny? Timothy Snyder Discusses | Amanpour and Company. YouTube

EASY MONEY
It's all about cash

The Real Looting Of America CNN Won’t Show You. .. Chris Hedges on The Jimmy Dore Show discuss the roots of this terrible moment in American history. SheerPost

'Grotesque': While 41 Million People Lost Jobs Due to Covid-19, US Billionaires Grew Nearly $500 Billion Richer. ... "Billionaire wealth is surging at the same time that millions face suffering, hardship, and loss of life. This is a grotesque indicator of the deep inequalities in U.S. society." CommonDreams

Who Exactly Is Doing the Looting, and Who’s Being Looted? ... We live in an Orwellian era, in which working-class people pilfering convenience store goods is called “looting.” Rich people stealing hundreds of billions of dollars, on the other hand, is just well-functioning “public policy.” Jacobin

Call for POC Solidarity: Wealth Is Inherently Built on the Suffering of Others. ... Do not make the mistake of projecting your rage at 'rioters', rage at the system that created the NECESSITY for riots. SheerPost

Forget “Looting.” Capitalism Is the Real Robbery. TruthOut

Corporate Immunity, Mitch McConnell’s Priority for Coronavirus Relief, Is a Longtime Focus of the Conservative Right. Intercept

Corporate Rescue ... How the Fed Bailed Out the Investor Class Without Spending a Cent. Intercept

For America’s Wealthiest, the Pandemic is a Time to Profit. CounterPunch

Trump Boosts Nuclear Weapons Spending, Fueling a New Arms Race. ... Spending by the world’s nine nuclear nations climbed to nearly $73 billion in 2019, nearly half of it by the United States alone. TruthOut

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‘It's devastating’: why fired US police officers frequently get their jobs back. ... The officers involved in George Floyd’s death were fired – but rehiring police after termination for misconduct increases the likelihood of abuse, experts say. Guardian

People Can Only Bear So Much Injustice Before Lashing Out. ... As the media denounces the Minneapolis protesters, it’s worth remembering that it takes incredible strength to practice nonviolence in the face of murder and oppression. The Nation

Microsoft sacks journalists to replace them with robots. ... Users of the homepages of the MSN website and Edge browser will now see news stories generated by AI. Guardian

Dark Money Spending Rises Above $100 Million as IRS Ends Donor Reporting Rules. TruthOut

Trump Admin Finalizes Rule That Could Protect Foreign Dark Money in Elections. ... The rule, which takes effect today, allows dark money nonprofits to cease reporting information to the IRS that the government would need to enforce campaign finance laws. Sludge

JUNE 3, 2020 - REBELLION NEWS

What Is the Insurrection Act And Does it Give Trump the Authority to Send Military Troops Into States? Here’s What To Know. Time

This Is What a Revolution Looks Like. TruthOut

Minneapolis Neighborhoods Defend Against Police and White Supremacists. TruthOut

“A Declaration of War Against Americans”: Trump Threatens to Deploy Military to Quell Protests. DemocracyNow

When Rioting Works. ... Rioting is a rational response to grinding poverty and oppression. And though it’s not always the case, research shows that it can be effective in winning social change. Jacobin

Minneapolis Neighborhoods Defend Against Police and White Supremacists. TruthOut

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JUNE 2, 2020
Do not make the mistake of projecting your rage at 'rioters', rage at the system that created the NECESSITY for riots.

"I Took the Helmet Off and Laid the Batons Down': Michigan Sheriff and Police Didn't Disperse Their Town's Protest -- They Joined It. ... "Do I think this has solved the issue between police and unarmed black, human beings? No. But I do believe that this type of leadership is a positive step in the right direction and gives me hope for black men and women around the world and for all of humanity." CommonDreams

Fire, pestilence and a country at war with itself: the Trump presidency is over. ... A pandemic unabated, an economy in meltdown, cities in chaos over police killings. All our supposed leader does is tweet. Guardian

Assange, Craig Murray, et al Update

Assange misses court hearing amid calls in Australia for his release. ... WikiLeaks founder ‘too ill’ to attend extradition hearing in London via videolink. Guardian

Arrests of two Scottish Journalists spark international outrage. Civil Liberty Scotland

Please Sign the Open Letter. Craig Murray  

Former UK Ambassador Craig Murray Indicted. Popular Risistance

Defend Mark Hirst. Craig Murray

A Letter to Humza Yousaf WOS.

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White Supremacist Provocateurs Are Tipping America’s Protests Into a Race War. ... In the George Floyd protests, white supremacists are using the same playbook as the race war accelerationists of the 1960s. But it’s coinciding with widespread unemployment, a deep recession and a careless administration in the White House. Haaretz

Minneapolis police leader defending George Floyd’s killers tied to ‘white power’- linked biker gang. ... From The Grayzone vault: The record of a pro-Trump Minneapolis police leader defending the killers of George Floyd reveals a past marred in accusations of racist violence, including charges from fellow police officers that he once wore a “white power” badge on his motorcycle jacket. GrayZone

Don’t Fall for the Myth of the “Outside Agitator” in Racial Justice Protests. ... Whenever mass protests of any kind kick off, defenders of the status quo immediately accuse protesters as being duped by “outside agitators.” Don’t fall for it — the lie of the outside agitator is designed to weaken protests and downplay our widespread anger at injustice.  Jacobin  Related: The Lost History of Antifa. ... 72 years after the triumph over Nazism, we look back to postwar Germany, when socialists gave birth to Antifa. Jacobin

Vincent Bevins: The ‘Mass Murder Program’ Behind America’s Rise to Power. ... In a new book, the journalist explores the Cold War massacres in Asia and Latin America that still define global political dynamics today. ScheerPost

White Supremacy is the Virus; Police are the Vector. CounterPunch

“No Matter How Different the Movements Were, the LAPD Targeted Every One of Them”. ... From the Black Panthers to the Communist Party, radical Los Angeles in the ’60s was a seething cauldron of unrest, united by the brutal, lawless repression of the LAPD. In a rollicking new book, Mike Davis and Jon Wiener tell the story of a decade of explosions. Jacobin

Policing in the US is not about enforcing law. It’s about enforcing white supremacy. ... Police treatment of two CNN reporters at a George Floyd protest shows the US has opposite systems of justice – one for white people, one for people of color. Guardian

Goodness Gracious, David Ignatius!!. CounterPunch

Minneapolis police officer who knelt on George Floyd’s neck had 18 previous internal complaints against him. .. Derek Chauvin was involved in multiple cases of police violence. Independent

Congress Is Alarmingly Close to Handing Trump Dangerous Spying Powers. ... And Adam Schiff, of all people, is the one giving it to him. GenMedium

Without Anger Over Inequality and Lynchings, We Have No Hope for Democracy. TruthOut

Why Does W.E.B. Du Bois Matter Today? CounterPunch

Noam Chomsky: Mutual Aid Is Rising — and It’s Key to Our Survival. TruthOut

June 2, 2020 - COVID-19 NEWS

'People are going to go hungry': pandemic effects could leave 54m Americans without food. ... Demand for aid at food banks has soared since coronavirus has forced the economy to close and resulted in millions out of work. Guardian

With Over 100,000 Dead and Depression-Level Unemployment, Sanders Calls McConnell's Sandbagging of Covid-19 Relief 'Incomprehensible'. ... "Our most vulnerable communities are hungry, desperate and under enormous emotional stress. The American people want action from Congress and they want it NOW." CommonDreams

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JUNE 2, 2020

"I Took the Helmet Off and Laid the Batons Down': Michigan Sheriff and Police Didn't Disperse Their Town's Protest -- They Joined It. ... "Do I think this has solved the issue between police and unarmed black, human beings? No. But I do believe that this type of leadership is a positive step in the right direction and gives me hope for black men and women around the world and for all of humanity." CommonDreams

Fire, pestilence and a country at war with itself: the Trump presidency is over. ... A pandemic unabated, an economy in meltdown, cities in chaos over police killings. All our supposed leader does is tweet. Guardian

Assange, Craig Murray, et al Update

Assange misses court hearing amid calls in Australia for his release. ... WikiLeaks founder ‘too ill’ to attend extradition hearing in London via videolink. Guardian

Arrests of two Scottish Journalists spark international outrage. Civil Liberty Scotland

Please Sign the Open Letter. Craig Murray  

Former UK Ambassador Craig Murray Indicted. Popular Risistance

Defend Mark Hirst. Craig Murray

A Letter to Humza Yousaf WOS.

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White Supremacist Provocateurs Are Tipping America’s Protests Into a Race War. ... In the George Floyd protests, white supremacists are using the same playbook as the race war accelerationists of the 1960s. But it’s coinciding with widespread unemployment, a deep recession and a careless administration in the White House. Haaretz

Minneapolis police leader defending George Floyd’s killers tied to ‘white power’- linked biker gang. ... From The Grayzone vault: The record of a pro-Trump Minneapolis police leader defending the killers of George Floyd reveals a past marred in accusations of racist violence, including charges from fellow police officers that he once wore a “white power” badge on his motorcycle jacket. GrayZone

Don’t Fall for the Myth of the “Outside Agitator” in Racial Justice Protests. ... Whenever mass protests of any kind kick off, defenders of the status quo immediately accuse protesters as being duped by “outside agitators.” Don’t fall for it — the lie of the outside agitator is designed to weaken protests and downplay our widespread anger at injustice.  Jacobin  Related: The Lost History of Antifa. ... 72 years after the triumph over Nazism, we look back to postwar Germany, when socialists gave birth to Antifa. Jacobin

Vincent Bevins: The ‘Mass Murder Program’ Behind America’s Rise to Power. ... In a new book, the journalist explores the Cold War massacres in Asia and Latin America that still define global political dynamics today. ScheerPost

White Supremacy is the Virus; Police are the Vector. CounterPunch

“No Matter How Different the Movements Were, the LAPD Targeted Every One of Them”. ... From the Black Panthers to the Communist Party, radical Los Angeles in the ’60s was a seething cauldron of unrest, united by the brutal, lawless repression of the LAPD. In a rollicking new book, Mike Davis and Jon Wiener tell the story of a decade of explosions. Jacobin

Policing in the US is not about enforcing law. It’s about enforcing white supremacy. ... Police treatment of two CNN reporters at a George Floyd protest shows the US has opposite systems of justice – one for white people, one for people of color. Guardian

Goodness Gracious, David Ignatius!!. CounterPunch

Minneapolis police officer who knelt on George Floyd’s neck had 18 previous internal complaints against him. .. Derek Chauvin was involved in multiple cases of police violence. Independent

Congress Is Alarmingly Close to Handing Trump Dangerous Spying Powers. ... And Adam Schiff, of all people, is the one giving it to him. GenMedium

Without Anger Over Inequality and Lynchings, We Have No Hope for Democracy. TruthOut

Why Does W.E.B. Du Bois Matter Today? CounterPunch

Noam Chomsky: Mutual Aid Is Rising — and It’s Key to Our Survival. TruthOut

June 2, 2020 - COVID-19 NEWS

'People are going to go hungry': pandemic effects could leave 54m Americans without food. ... Demand for aid at food banks has soared since coronavirus has forced the economy to close and resulted in millions out of work. Guardian

With Over 100,000 Dead and Depression-Level Unemployment, Sanders Calls McConnell's Sandbagging of Covid-19 Relief 'Incomprehensible'. ... "Our most vulnerable communities are hungry, desperate and under enormous emotional stress. The American people want action from Congress and they want it NOW." CommonDreams

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"As the state increases the level of violence against non-violent dissent, we must never respond with violence. The use of violence against the state is a gift." - Chris Hedges

Police Erupt in Violence Nationwide. ... National guard and MPD sweeping our residential street. Shooting paint canisters at us on our own front porch. Yelling “light em up” and targeting reporters. Slate

Racist Killing and Impunity. Craig Murray

Cornel West Says 'Neo-Fascist Gangster' Trump and Neoliberal Democrats Expose America as 'Failed Social Experiment'. ... "I thank God people are in the streets," said the Harvard philosopher and activist. "Can you imagine this kind of lynching taking place and people are indifferent? People don't care? People are callous?" CommonDreams

Minnesota governor mobilises National Guard and suggests protests are being manipulated by 'domestic terrorists'. ... 'Cartels are trying to take advantage of the chaos'.  Independent

ELECTION NEWS

Right-Wing Group Seeks to Purge Up to 800,000 Voters in Pennsylvania, a Key Battleground State. Intercept

Texas Supreme Court: Voters don’t qualify for mail-in ballots due to lack of COVID immunity. McClatchy

Joe Biden Wants to Be the Anti-Trump -- So Why Does He Support Building Trump’s Signature Border Wall? ... Professional Democrats used to paint Donald Trump’s border wall as the symbol of everything that was grotesque about him. But now that Joe Biden has come out in favor of it, they’ve offered barely a whisper of protest. Jacobin

Trump’s Reelection Strategies Are Killing a Massive Number of People. But that doesn't mean he'll lose. TruthOut

Election spending boosted by secret money tops $100M as IRS ends donor reporting rules OpenSecrets

Conservative “Dark Money” Network Rebranded to Push Voting Restrictions. TruthOut

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To Students and Teachers Targeted by the Israel Lobby. CounterPunch Related: Why Does Israel Celebrate Its Terrorists: Ben Uliel and the Murder of the Dawabsheh Family. CounterPunch

US Border Patrol Denounced as 'Rogue Agency' for Using Predator Drone to Spy on Minneapolis Protests. ... "This is what happens when leaders sign blank check after blank check to militarize police, CBP, etc while letting violence go unchecked." CommonDreams

Twitter Warns Trump Tweet Glorifies Violence as He Signs Executive Order to Weaken Social Media. ... “Trump has prospered through his use of social media and its attention-hoarding algorithms to basically disinform and misinform people,” says Ramesh Srinivasan, professor in the Department of Information Studies at the University of California, Los Angeles. DemocracyNow

Louisiana Bill Would Mandate 3-Year Minimum Sentence For Trespassing On Fossil Fuel Sites. ... The legislation could inflict harsh new punishments on Black protesters opposing a massive complex of plastics plants on what are likely slave burial grounds. HuffPost

At Least 9 Million US Households With Children Are 'Not At All Confident' They'll Be Able to Afford Food Next Month, Census Survey Finds. ... "Even if they *do* end up getting food, you have to understand the mental and physical toll of living with that kind of fear, and how that affects relationships, work, health, and everything else." CommonDreams

Downing Street condemned over ‘vindictive’ treatment of openDemocracy. ... Number 10’s ban on openDemocracy asking questions at COVID-19 briefings part of a “Trumpian” attack on press freedom, say free speech campaigners. openDemocracy

No, We Should Not Condemn Uprisings Against Police Murders Like George Floyd’s. ... The uprising in response to George Floyd’s murder by a Minneapolis police officer this week has led to predictable calls to condemn looting. But the real looting in our society comes from the military, the police, the pharmaceutical companies, private equity, the landlords, the real estate speculators, and the billionaires — not protesters against police brutality. Jacobin

Does Neo-Feudalism Define Our Current Epoch?. CounterPunch

President Amplifies 'Cowboys for Trump' Calls for Executing Democrats. ... "Thank you Cowboys," Trump tweeted. CommonDreams

American violence in the time of coronavirus
Author Roxanne Dunbar-Ortiz puts armed ‘reopen’ protests in their historical context. HCN

George Floyd death: Tweet showing difference between Michigan and Minneapolis protests goes viral. ... Tweet compares Minneapolis protests with stay-at-home demonstrations in April. Independent

The War on Public Schools Continues, Only Now It’s Considered Reinvention’. ... CounterSpin interview with Diane Ravitch on pandemic school privatization. FAIR

June 1, 2020 - COVID-19 NEWS

How The Science Of Vaccination Is Taught (Or Not) In U.S. Schools. ... As scientists race to find a vaccine for COVID-19, teachers say teaching about the issue has become increasingly tricky. HuffPost

The Plot To Steal Your Unemployment Benefits. ... Workers receiving unemployment are wrongly told they have to go back to work despite serious health conditions.

Trump: U.S. Is Terminating Relationship With World Health Organization. ... Trump said the U.S. would be “redirecting” money to “other worldwide and deserving urgent global public health needs,” without providing specifics. HuffPost

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JUNE 22, 2020

John Bolton Is Telling the Truth but Let’s Not Forget His Horrible, Dangerous Career. Intercept

Instead of Vote on Covid-19 Relief, Senate GOP Confirms 'Anti-Healthcare' McConnell Protégé Justin Walker to Lifetime Judgeship. ... "Another shameful step in the McConnell/Trump takeover of our judiciary." CommonDreams

How Workers Can Win the Class War Being Waged Against Them. CounterPunch

ELECTION NEWS

Lesser of Two Evils: Chomsky vs. Greenwald . . . and the Ignored Factor. ... Noam Chomsky believes that it is so imperative that Trump be defeated that he will vote for Biden, while Glenn Greenwald challenges the political strategy of the lesser-of-two-evils dictum. CounterPunch

As States Struggle With Vote-by-Mail, “Many Thousands, If Not Millions” of Ballots Could Go Uncounted in November. Intercept

Voting Rights Advocates Warn of Impending 'Disaster' in Kentucky After Bid to Increase Slashed Number of Polling Sites Fails. ... Jefferson County has a population of roughly 767,000 and will have just one polling location. CommonDreams

f We Don’t Have Democracy, What The Hell Do We Have? ... Is the 2020 election already stolen? Can we steal it back? (Yes and hell yes!) Why were 17 million Americans purged from the voter rolls between 2014 and 2016? Greg Palast

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Leaked documents reveal right-wing oligarch plot to overthrow Mexico’s AMLO. ...Mexico’s economic oligarchs and establishment political parties have united in a secret alliance to try to remove left-wing President López Obrador from power, with help from the media, Washington, and Wall Street. Leaked documents lay out their devious strategy. Gray Zone

Western Media Rehabilitate Brazil’s Criminal Ex-Justice Minister for Presidential Run. ... Brazilian Justice Minister Sergio Moro resigned from his post in the far-right Bolsonaro government on April 24, accusing the president of “political interference” in the country’s police force. Western corporate media apparently saw no irony in the allegations made by the former judge, who played an instrumental role in an “anti-corruption” witch hunt aimed at illegally jailing former President Luis Ignacio “Lula” da Silva and destroying his left-wing Workers’ Party. FAIR

'Their Masks Are Off': Facebook Removes Trump Ads Using Nazi Concentration Camp Symbol Used to Signify Political Prisoners. ... "Nazis used the red triangle to mark political prisoners and dissidents, and now Trump and the RNC are using it to smear millions of people protesting racist police violence." CommonDreams

Trump Plutocrats and Plunderers Confront ‘Black Lives Matter’ ScheerPost

Press freedom violations (June 3) at George Floyd protests by the numbers: a shocking and unprecedented level of attacks on journalists. FPF

A $3.5 Million Fine But 'No Prison For Anyone' After PG&E Pleads Guilty to Felony Manslaughter of 84 People. ... "As far as actual change, to save lives, that is not happening," said the daughter of one victim killed in the 2018 Camp Fire in Paradise. CommonDreams

With the World Focused on the Pandemic, Israel Prepares to Annex Large Swaths of the West Bank. Intercept

The Prophecies of Q. The Atlantic

JUNE 22, 2020 - REBELLION NEWS

Almost every violent act committed by police in the US is already illegal. Making these acts more illegal won’t change police behavior. Making these murderous acts public with body cam footage hasn’t changed police behavior. There are only 2 things which will: disarming & defunding the police.

The Necessity of Rebellion. CounterPunch

How to Topple a Statue Using Science. ... Bring that sucker down without anyone getting hurt. Popular Science

Armed Extremist Groups Aren’t Lone Wolves -- They Were Galvanized by the GOP. TruthOut

Two Brooklyn Lawyers Accused of Throwing Molotov Cocktails Are the Public Face of Trump Administration’s Crackdown on Dissent. Intercept

Hundreds of armed counter-protesters confront Black Lives Matter rally in Ohio. ... Counter-protesters harassed group of peaceful demonstrators with rifles, bats and racial slurs in mostly white town of Bethel. Guardian

The AFL-CIO’s Police Union Problem Is Bigger Than You Think. ... After the near murder of a 75-year-old man on a sidewalk in Buffalo, New York, the city’s police union, the Buffalo Police Benevolent Association, responded with organized demonstrations of support for the officers who shoved the elderly man to the ground. Intercept

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WEEKEND OF JUNE 19-21, 2020

Weekend Read: Propaganda and the Public Mind by Noam Chomsky. In this collection of interviews with David Barsamian, Noam Chomsky interrogates the institutions that shape the public mind in the service of power and profit. Whether discussing U.S. military involvement in Colombia, the attack on Social Security, the rise of HMOs, or growing inequality worldwide, Chomsky shows how ordinary citizens have the power to make meaningful change. Alternative Radio

Press freedom violations (June 3) at George Floyd protests by the numbers: a shocking and unprecedented level of attacks on journalists. FPF

Neil Gorsuch Is Still Not Your Friend. ... Neil Gorsuch’s leading role in expanding employment discrimination protections to LGBTQ people has prompted some praise for the hard-right Supreme Court justice. But before the hagiographies start, we should recall his full record — one that includes backing Donald Trump’s Muslim ban, opposition to unions, homophobia, and more. Jacobin

ENVIRONMENTAL NEWS

'This Is Why We Continue to Fight': Indigenous Leaders Outraged as Trans Mountain Pipeline Spills 50,000 Gallons of Crude Oil. CommonDreams

Revealed: more than 1,000 metric tons of microplastics rain down on US parks and wilderness. ... A survey of 11 remote western locations found that, over a year, the fragments had traveled through the atmosphere like rain or water particles. Guardian

How Europe’s “Trash Market” Offloads Pollution on Its Poorest Countries. ... For decades, Europe’s big economies outsourced the problem of pollution by literally shipping their trash to China. When Beijing banned the toxic trade in 2018, it could have served as a wake-up call — but instead, the big polluters have rerouted their garbage to low-wage, low-regulation countries inside the European Union. Jacobin

In Latest Legal Blow to Trump and Dirty Energy, Federal Appeals Court Upholds Block on Keystone XL Permit. CommonDreams

The Pandemic Won’t Stop Climate Chaos -- That Will Require Changing Our Economic System. ... The COVID-19 lockdown has resulted in a drastic short-term fall in carbon emissions. Without structural change, however, we’re still on a disastrous trajectory. To avoid calamity, we need to transform our economic system. Jacobin

Experts Say $17.5 Billion Writedown by BP Prove Oil Giant Knows 'Reserves of Oil and Gas Increasingly Worthless' CommonDreams

'Quietly Putting Hundreds of Species at Risk,' Trump Opens 5,000 Square Miles of Atlantic Ocean to Commercial Fishing. ... "Ancient and slow-growing deep sea corals, endangered large whales and sea turtles, and an incredible array of fish, seabirds, sharks, dolphins and other wildlife—these are the species and habitats that will pay the price." CommonDreams

The Problem With Chainsaw Medicine: the Forest Service’s Move to Cut Oregon’s Big Trees. CounterPunch

In 'Targeted Strike' Against Environmental and Racial Justice, Trump EPA Curbs State Power to Reject Fossil Fuel Projects. ..."This president and this administration are at war with justice and well-being -- particularly for the communities that lack these fundamentals the most." CommonDreams

Planet of the Censoring Humans. ... The campaign to remove Michael Moore’s new documentary from the Internet – led by Moore’s erstwhile progressive “allies” – is a significant advance in the censorship revolution. Taibbi

In Latest Legal Blow to Trump and Dirty Energy, Federal Appeals Court Upholds Block on Keystone XL Permit. CommonDreams

Save the Insects, Save the Farmers, Save Ourselves: New Global Report Calls for End of Industrial Agriculture. CommonDreams

The Virtues of Not Eating Animals. CounterPunch

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Livable Ecology, Not Police. CounterPunch/Street

Redacting photos on the go: An in-field guide. ...Photos and how we share them can present risks to the people and sensitive information we capture in them. In this guide, we discuss how to safely redact photos on the go. FPF

'It Was a Fake Meat Shortage': Reporting Suggests Industry Sacrificed Workers During Pandemic to Keep Exports Moving. ... "Our country sacrificed the lives of meat workers to protect the business of meat companies." CommonDreams

The Police Aren’t Very Good At Their Main Job: Solving Crimes. ... What the statistics -- and my personal experiences -- show about how little we should expect when we are crime victims. HuffPost

Democrat Facing Progressive Primary Challenge Signs Letter Supporting Cuts to Social Security — Then Quietly Walks It Back at Home. Intercept

Trump Willing to Kill Hundreds of Thousands of Americans in Effort to Win Election. ... More and more of it will be his fault if he goes around the country staging 20,000-strong rallies, as he plans to start doing soon. ScheerPost

‘Immunity Shouldn’t Be Part of the Conversation’ ... CounterSpin interview with Remington Gregg on corporate immunity FAIR

From Trans Rights to Black Lives Matter, Trump Supporters Are Outnumbered. TruthOut

Nonsense About China That “Everybody” Knows. ... I want to do a bit more beating up on a NYT piece this morning on breaking ties with China. There is a widely held view in policy circles that the pandemic showed that our extensive economic ties with China are a bad thing. I will ask a simple question, how? CounterPunch/Baker

GEO Group’s Blundering Response to the Pandemic Helped Spread Coronavirus in Halfway Houses. Intercept

WEEKEND JUNE 19-21, 2020
REBELLION NEWS

Atlanta Cop Who Shot Rayshard Brooks in the Back Charged With 11 Counts—Including Felony Murder. ... "Make no mistake, the swiftness of this investigation is the result of people marching and demanding accountability." CommonDreams

“Movements Work”: As Activists Occupy Seattle’s Capitol Hill, City Bans Tear Gas, Expels Police Union. DemocracyNow

Police Are Building Surveillance Networks of Private Security Cameras in Cities. TruthOut

Livable Ecology, Not Police. CounterPunch/Street

The Police Aren’t Very Good At Their Main Job: Solving Crimes. What the statistics -- and my personal experiences -- show about how little we should expect when we are crime victims. HuffPost

Moving Street Protests from Futility to Utility. CounterPunch/Nader

Police Have Long History of Responding to Black Movements by Playing the Victim. TruthOut

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JUNE 18, 2020

Cynicism and Warmongering. ... The BBC plumbed the depths of hypocrisy in dressing up the final episode of the Salisbury Poisonings as a homage to Dawn Sturgess while systematically lying about the facts of her death, yet again to cover up the implausibility of the official narrative. Craig Murray

Teachers’ Unions Are Demanding Police-Free Schools. ... A major lesson from the recent teachers’ strike wave was the necessity for unions to bargain for the common good of the entire working class. By joining the nationwide protests against police brutality and demanding police-free schools, teachers’ unions have taken that lesson to heart. Jacobin

This Hurricane Season, the Coronavirus Pandemic Is Complicating Disaster Response Plans. Intercept

WAR IS WHAT DEFINES US

Once Again, the US Military Wants Your Kids. ... This summer, military recruiters continue focusing their efforts on twenty-two American cities with large numbers of black and Latino young people. Jacobin

Eugene Debs Was an American Hero. ... On June 16, 1918, Eugene Debs gave the anti-war speech that would soon send him to prison. His arrest sparked a nationwide movement to secure his release — and forced the government to finally recognize the free speech rights of wartime dissenters. Jacobin

Time to 'Reinvest in People' and 'Cut Weapons of War': Barbara Lee Unveils Plan to Cut Up to $350 Billion From Pentagon. ... "Redundant nuclear weapons, off-books spending accounts, and endless wars in the Middle East don't keep us safe." CommonDreams

NYT Erases US Occupation’s Role in Prolonging Taliban Insurgency. FAIR

Patrick Cockburn: The Cynical Forces Behind America’s Forever Wars. ... The journalist examines the disastrous inevitability of America’s failures in the Middle East as the region continues to reel from decades of U.S.-sponsored turmoil. SheerPost

Why Washington Keeps Lobbying for War in the Middle East. ... Saudi, Qatari, and Emirati lobbyists continue to jockey for power with near-endless streams of capital. The Nation

Massacres as a weapon of ethnic cleansing during the Nakba. ... From April 1st to May 14, 1948 -- before Israel was declared, before the British left, and before any Arab soldier entered Palestine to save it -- Zionist militias essentially conquered Palestine. Mondoweiss

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Activists Catalog Nearly 600 Videos of Officer Violence Against Protesters. TruthOut

Corporate Media Are Focusing on Race -- and Dodging Class. CounterPunch

'An abuse of power': alarm grows over top Trump lieutenant directing force at protesters. Guardian

Corporate Media Are Focusing on Race–and Dodging Class. CounterPunch

Glenn Greenwald and Richard Medhurst discuss Assange, the whitewashing of Bush's crimes by Democrats, and more. Video

“Defenders of Democracy” Aren’t Bothered by Its End in Bolivia. ... A new study is the latest to undermine widespread claims of electora fraud by Bolivia’s Evo Morales. It isn’t the first such debunking — yet democracy remains betrayed in Bolivia, and “pro-democracy” voices don’t seem too bothered. Jacobin

'An abuse of power': alarm grows over top Trump lieutenant directing force at protesters. Guardian

British Leaders Have No Idea How Bad Slavery Was. CounterPunch/Cockburn

Surrounded by Liars and Lickspittles, Trump Dares COVID to Kill Him. TruthOut

Press freedom violations (June 3) at George Floyd protests by the numbers: a shocking and unprecedented level of attacks on journalists. FPF

GOP Money Flowing to Super PAC Backing Rep. Eliot Engel, Documents Show. Intercept

JUNE 18, 2020 - REBELLION NEWS

Henry Giroux: Black Lives Matter Rebellions Are Pushing for Structural Change. TruthOut

Why Are Corporations Really Supporting the George Floyd Protests? YouTube

16 Mind-Blowing Facts About the Police. ... Also: Naomi Karavani dives into the many examples of police departments breaking the rules to crush dissent from the Black Lives Matter crowd. Youtube

The misinformation militia. ... A few days ago, a troop of vigilantes carrying assault weapons showed up at a small, peaceful, Black Lives Matter march in Snohomish convinced they were going to be heading off a violent invasion of antifa-led looters. As it turned out, it was the vigilantes themselves who allegedly committed violent acts when some of them roughed up a few local high school kids in unprovoked attacks. Seattle Times

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JUNE 17, 2020

Protesters, Here’s How to Set Up a Cheap Burner Phone. .... taking to the streets to demand justice, you may want to leave your phone at home. ... you are at risk of getting arrested or assaulted by police. Cops might confiscate your phone and search it regardless of whether or not they’re legally allowed to, or they might try to break it, especially if it contains photos or video of their violent or illegal actions. Intercept

UN Human Rights Council Agrees to Hold Hearing Focused on 'Racial Inequality and Discrimination' That Characterizes American Society. ... "The protests the world is witnessing are a rejection of the fundamental racial inequality and discrimination that characterise life in the United States for black people." CommonDreams

Poor sad #BunkerBoy: Now Trump wants to edit real life, like an episode of "The Apprentice" ... While the country melts down, Trump tries to reshoot reality so we won't know he's total chickens**t "Bunker Boy" Salon

JUNE 17, 2020 EASY MONEY
It's all about cash

Corporations Will Seize Opportunities to Profit From the Pandemic. TruthOut

Leading US Retirees 'Like Lambs to the Slaughter,' Trump Labor Dept. Quietly Offers Up 401k Plans to Private Equity. CommonDreams

GOP Money Flowing to Super PAC Backing Rep. Eliot Engel, Documents Show. Intercept

GOP Money Flowing to Super PAC Backing Rep. Eliot Engel, Documents Show Intercept

Trump Just Fulfilled His Billionaire Pal’s Dream. ... Trump just changed the rules to let Wall Street’s most predatory industry get its hands on hundreds of billions of dollars of ordinary workers’ retirement savings. Now his friends in private equity are celebrating. Jacobin

As Calls to Defund the Police Grow Louder, Joe Biden Wants to Give Them More Money. Intercept

The Fed Just Pulled Off Another Backdoor Bailout of Wall Street. CounterPunch

Martin Luther King Knew That There’s Nothing Peaceful About Nonviolence If You’re Doing It Right. Jacobin

Joe Biden and Top Democrats Won’t Defund Police -- But Our Cities Can. TruthOut

Police Budgets, Austerity, and Tax Cuts for the Rich Are Colliding in Democratic States and Cities. Intercept

Democrats Push Reforms That Will Not Fundamentally Change Policing. ... Proposals for police reform by Democrats are distressingly similar to prior proposals that have done nothing to fundamentally change policing. ShadowProof

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The misinformation militia. ... A few days ago, a troop of vigilantes carrying assault weapons showed up at a small, peaceful, Black Lives Matter march in Snohomish convinced they were going to be heading off a violent invasion of antifa-led looters. Seattle Times

Maria Ressa’s Libel Conviction Is a Blow to Press Freedom. Intercept

“Putin’s Gonna Get Me”. Craig Murray

'All lies': how the US military covered up gunning down two journalists in Iraq. ... Former Reuters journalist Dean Yates was in charge of the bureau in Baghdad when his Iraqi colleagues Namir Noor-Eldeen and Saeed Chmagh were killed. A WikiLeaks video called Collateral Murder later revealed details of their death. Guardian

The Three-Letter Word That Triggered a Revolution. ... 55 years ago, a congressman made a single addition to the Civil Rights Act of 1964 that changed everything. The Atlantic

JUNE 17, 2020 - REBELLION NEWS

New report shows that 64% of civilian complaints against NYPD officers were filed by or on behalf of young black people ages 8 to 18 who claimed to have been mistreated after being stopped for innocuous activities like high-fiving and carrying backpacks….


Man shot as New Mexico protesters try to remove Spanish conquistador statue. ... Police name militia group member arrested on suspicion of aggravated battery as mayor condemns ‘unacceptable act of violence’ Guardian

The misinformation militia. ... A few days ago, a troop of vigilantes carrying assault weapons showed up at a small, peaceful, Black Lives Matter march in Snohomish convinced they were going to be heading off a violent invasion of antifa-led looters. Seattle Times

The Democrats Who Created the System of Overpolicing Won’t Be the Ones to Dismantle It. ... Mass protests across the country have beat back police repression and won public support for scaling back police power. The Democrats who built the overpolicing and mass incarceration regime now feel left out and want to channel that energy back into familiar territory: getting them reelected. Jacobin

Will the Death of George Floyd Mark the Rebirth of America? CounterPunch

“This Has to Stop”: Court Rejects Qualified Immunity for Officers Who Shot Wayne Jones 22 Times. Intercept

19 dead in a decade: the small American city where violent police thrive  Guardian

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Camden Is Not a Blueprint for Disbanding the Police. TruthOut

Trump’s Illegal Use of Military Against Anti-Racist Uprisings Portends Battles Ahead. TruthOut

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JUNE 16, 2020

Whistleblower cops who challenged the white wall of silence,. ShadowProof

Hack-for-hire group targeted climate activists behind #ExxonKnew campaign. ... The hackers, dubbed ‘Dark Basin’, went after thousands of individuals and hundreds of institutions, a report finds. Guardian

ICC Denounces 'Unprecedented Attacks' by Trump Administration. ... "An attack on the ICC also represents an attack against the interests of victims of atrocity crimes, for many of whom the court represents the last hope for justice." CommonDreams

ELECTION NEWS

Election 2020: The Nightmare Scenario. ... Palast and Josh Fox discuss the nightmare scenario presented by Article XII of the United States Constitution and ponder the elephant in the room: Do we have strength to challenge what could be a total coup? GregPalast

Georgia Shows How Serious the Threat of Voter Suppression Will Be This November. ... Time has almost run out. The Nation

New Campaign Prepares Mass Mobilization Should Trump Refuse to 'Leave Willingly' If Defeated in November. ... "Preparing for the possibility of Trump refusing to concede isn't just reasonable, it's the responsible thing to do." CommonDreams

Trump stokes division with racism and rage – and the American oligarchy purrs. ... The president is the best thing that ever happened to the corporate elite, a distraction on the lines of the old Jim Crow. Guardian

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Very Good People Alert, Tulsa Edition…Tulsa Police Department Maj. Travis Yates told a Tulsa talk radio host this week that police probably weren’t shooting enough black people: “All of the research says we’re shooting African-Americans about 24 percent less than we probably ought to be, based on the crimes being committed,”

The Corporate Origins of the Anti-Science “Reopen” Demonstrations. CounterPunch

It’s a Class War Now Too. CounterPunch

Kevin Cooper: Those Eyes. ... In the history of racist violence against Blacks, something remained the same in those oppressors, across time and place. ScheerPost

Feds proceed with Chaco drilling plan while tribes distracted by pandemic Navajo Times

How the Saudis, the Qataris, and the Emiratis Took Washington. CounterPunch

ICE Plans to Spend $18 Million on Thousands of New Tasers. ... As protests against police brutality sweep the U.S. and demands to defund police multiply, Immigration and Customs Enforcement is seeking thousands of new “conductive energy weapons” — what the general public commonly refers to as tasers — and training at a U.S. military base on how to use them. Intercept

Government Surveillance of Activists and Labor Organizers Is Alive and Well. Recently revealed emails show that a wide range of public entities were used to police a California graduate workers strike. It’s part of a long tradition of government agencies spying on labor organizers and radicals — but now with cross-agency coordination and ever-expanding budgets. Jacobin

JUNE 16, 2020 - REBELLION NEWS

Biden introduced a “Police Officer’s Bill of Rights” 8 times as a senator that restricted the ability for police departments to investigate their own officers accused of misconduct

Chris Hedges: Gaslighted by the Ruling Class. ... Police take the knee. NASCAR and the U.S. Marine Corps ban the display of the Confederate flag. Nancy Pelosi uses a kente scarf as a political prop. Joe Biden, one of the driving forces behind militarized police, the massive expansion of mass incarceration and the doubling and tripling of sentences, speaks at George Floyd’s funeral. The National Football League apologizes for its insensitivity to racism, although no teams appear to be negotiating with Colin Kaepernick. ScheerPost

Police Killings are a Political Tactic. CounterPunch

Locking Up the Lower Class. ... New data suggests that class disparities are the main reason for the gap in black-white incarceration rates. Jacobin Related: Bureau of Labor Statistics - race, economic, social status. Download report

Mass Incarceration: New Jim Crow, Class War, or Both? Peoples Policy Project  Download mass incarceration full paper

House Dems’ Reforms Are Not Enough -- Congress Must End Federal Policing Funding. TruthOut

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JUNE 15, 2020

NYT Erases US Occupation’s Role in Prolonging Taliban Insurgency. ... The New York Times’ senior correspondent in Afghanistan, Mujib Mashal, somehow managed to write a 3,700+ word article “How the Taliban Outlasted a Superpower: Tenacity and Carnage” (5/26/20) that purported to explain how the Taliban managed to “outlast a superpower through nearly 19 years of grinding war,” without examining at all how the US contributed to reviving and sustaining the Taliban insurgency. FAIR

Face masks critical in preventing spread of COVID-19
Study found that wearing a face mask stopped person-to-person spread of the virus. Science Daily

Meet Wikipedia’s Ayn Rand-loving founder and Wikimedia Foundation’s regime-change operative CEO. ... Wikipedia has become a bulletin board for corporate and imperial interests under the watch of its Randian founder, Jimmy Wales, and the veteran US regime-change operative who heads the Wikimedia Foundation, Katherine Maher. GrayZone Related: Wikipedia formally censors The Grayzone as regime-change advocates monopolize editing. ... On Wikipedia, a small group of regime-change advocates and right-wing Venezuelan opposition supporters have blacklisted independent media outlets like The Grayzone on explicitly political grounds, violating the encyclopedia’s guidelines. GrayZone

Trump Sanctions War Crimes Court To Silence Investigations Into U.S. Misconduct. ... His executive order threatens top officials on the International Criminal Court with economic penalties for looking into potential U.S. war crimes. HuffPost

The News Media Is Destroying Itself. ... A flurry of newsroom revolts has transformed the American press. ... Sometimes it seems life can’t get any worse in this country. Already in terror of a pandemic, Americans have lately been bombarded with images of grotesque state-sponsored violence, from the murder of George Floyd to countless scenes of police clubbing and brutalizing protesters. Taibbi

Trump Administration Refuses To Disclose Which Businesses Received $500 Billion In Government Bailout. ...   The move will prevent oversight of 4.5 million businesses that took a government Paycheck Protection Program loan. One critic called it “unconscionable, jaw-dropping corruption.” HuffPost

Roads Closed: a Big Win for Grizzlies in the Northern Rockies. ... When the Forest Service classifies a road in our national forests as “closed” to protect endangered species like grizzly bears or provide secure habitat for elk, the public assumes the road is effectively closed to motorized use. Unfortunately, that is not the case. CounterPunch

‘Trump Judges Are Showing Just How Extreme They Are’. ... CounterSpin interview with Elliot Mincberg about Trump's judicial appointments. FAIR

Alone and Afraid: Welcome to Chickenhawk America. ... What sort of government continues to wage wars at home and abroad when even its soldiers and veterans balk? ScheerPost

How to Prevent Future Pandemics: Fix the Broken Food System. ... There is a common link between many past pandemics and the one we are facing today: the human consumption of animals. Can we change the current food system without changing habits and minds? Sentient Media .

Iowa Quietly Passes Its Third Ag-Gag Bill After Constitutional Challenges. Intercept

Kamala Harris prosecuted a mentally ill woman shot by SF police. The jury didn’t buy it. Mercury News

JUNE 15, 2020 - REBELLION NEWS

Police Are Building Surveillance Networks of Private Security Cameras in Cities. TruthOut
Activists Catalog Nearly 600 Videos of Officer Violence Against Protesters. TruthOut

As Calls to Defund the Police Grow Louder, Joe Biden Wants to Give Them More Money. Intercept

Martin Luther King Knew That There’s Nothing Peaceful About Nonviolence If You’re Doing It Right. Jacobin

Joe Biden and Top Democrats Won’t Defund Police -- But Our Cities Can. TruthOut

Democrats Push Reforms That Will Not Fundamentally Change Policing. ... Proposals for police reform by Democrats are distressingly similar to prior proposals that have done nothing to fundamentally change policing. ShadowProof

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WEEKEND OF JUNE 12-14, 2020

Weekend Read: How the Irish Invented Slang by Daniel Cassidy. Cassidy proves that U.S. slang has its strongest wellsprings in nineteenth-century Irish America. “Jazz” and “poker”, “sucker” and “scam” all derive from Irish. While Demostrating this, Cassidy simultaneously traces the hidden history of how Ireland fashioned America, not just linguistically, but through the Irish gambling underworld, urban street gangs, and the powerful political machines that grew out of them. Cassidy uncovers a secret national heritage, long discounted by our WASP-dominated culture. CounterPunch

Noam Chomsky: Amid Protests and Pandemic, Trump’s Priority Is Protecting Profits. .. Many years ago, social scientist Bertram Gross saw “friendly fascism” — an insidious authoritarianism that denies democratic rights for corporate ends without the overt appearance of dictatorship — as a possible political future of the United States. Today, that future has arrived. TruthOut

Wikipedia formally censors The Grayzone as regime-change advocates monopolize editing. ... On Wikipedia, a small group of regime-change advocates and right-wing Venezuelan opposition supporters have blacklisted independent media outlets like The Grayzone on explicitly political grounds, violating the encyclopedia’s guidelines. GrayZone (Note: this isn't the first time WikiPedia has pulled stunts like this)

WEEKEND OF JUNE 12-14, 2020
ENVIRONMENT

Revealed: more than 1,000 metric tons of microplastics rain down on US parks and wilderness ...A survey of 11 remote western locations found that, over a year, the fragments had traveled through the atmosphere like rain or water particles Guardian

'Exceptionally Troubling': Researchers Show Hack-for-Hire Operation Targeted Groups Fighting for Climate Action and Net Neutrality. ... "If the investigation demonstrates that Exxon is behind these attacks, it only shows how far the fossil fuel industry will go to silence critics." CommonDreams

Thirsty future for American West, as ”megadrought” grips some of the fastest-growing U.S. cities. ... Battles over water have long plagued the West. Salon

Defending Land and Water From Mining Profiteers in the Time of Covid-19. CounterPunch

US south-west in grip of historic ‘megadrought’, research finds. ... Intensified by climate change, the current 20-year arid period is one of the worst on record, with wide-ranging effects Extinction Chronicles

'Quietly Putting Hundreds of Species at Risk,' Trump Opens 5,000 Sq Miles of the Atlantic to Commercial Fishing. ... "Ancient and slow-growing deep sea corals, endangered large whales and sea turtles, and an incredible array of fish, seabirds, sharks, dolphins and other wildlife—these are the species and habitats that will pay the price." CommonDreams

Large contribution from anthropogenic warming to an emerging North American megadrought. Science   Related: Thirsty Future for American West, as ”Megadrought” Grips Some of the Fastest-Growing U.S. Cities. FairWarning

Grizzly Deaths: Time to Admit to Yellowstone’s Killing Crisis. CounterPunch

Jane Goodall Warns Humanity Will Be 'Finished' After Covid-19 Without Ending 'Absolute Disrespect for Animals and the Environment'. ... "Our disrespect for wild animals and our disrespect for farmed animals has created this situation where disease can spill over to infect human beings." CommonDreams

Bureau of Land Management leaders have lost their way. ... A former state director argues narrow interests have dominated the agency’s direction. HCN

Last Stand in the Big Woods. CounterPunch

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‘Notice the Rage; Notice the Silence’ On Being

'This Is by Design': Georgia Election Disaster Condemned as Product of Deliberate GOP Voter Suppression. CommonDreams

There’s a Crisis in US Capitalism. ... The capitalist enterprises that produce goods and services are distinctively organized around the conflicted relationship of employer and employees and the competitive relationship of markets. CounterPunch/Wolff

There’s a Much Better Way to Create Forest Jobs Than Ron Wyden’s Big Timber Welfare Act, Pass NREPA Instead. CounterPunch

Dalai Lama to release album of mantras and teachings set to music. ... ‘Music has the potential to reach many more people,’ says the Tibetan spiritual leader. Guardian

The border wall threatens decades of binational wildlife conservation. ... Binational groups are preserving migratory corridors and restoring degraded areas in the Borderlands. Will the landscape be severed? HCN

The Descent of America. ... Complaints about American decline have been commonplace since at least the Vietnam War era. CounterPunch


LAPD officers attack homeless man Charf Lloyd with projectiles, in a photo taken by Kirk Tsonos.

Media Are Slowly Starting to Be Serious About Police Violence. FAIR

The Betrayal by the Black Elite. ... Chris Hedges continues his conversation with Dr. Cornel West to discuss the way in which the black prophetic tradition has been supplanted by black elitism and individualism. YouTube

Becoming a Latin American-Style Dictatorship: Trump on the Brink. DSA

Right-wing Lawmakers Always Knew West Bank Land-grab Law Would Be Struck Down. ... With legal advisors making it clear that the move was unconstitutional, lawmakers sought to come out of the process unscathed. Haaretz

Media Downplay Global South Leadership on Covid-19. ... Only Westerners, it seems, are deserving of praise. FAIR

WEEKEND OF JUNE 12-14, 2020
REBELLION NEWS

Six years ago, Congress was overwhelmingly pro-police militarization. Nancy Pelosi, Eliot Engel & 350+ lawmakers of both parties joined together to vote against Rep. Grayson's amendment to end transfers of military equipment to local police in 2014

Police Brutality Against Protesters Only Stoked the Anti–Police Brutality Movement. Jacobin

Buffalo Police Assaulted a 75-Year-Old Longtime Peace Activist, Now Trump Is Attacking Him Too. DemocracyNow  Related: White House Doubles Down On Trump’s Smear Against Protester Shoved By Police. ... “They’re questions that need to be asked,” White House press secretary Kayleigh McEnany said of the president’s inflammatory tweet. HuffPost

How the Far-Right Boogaloo Movement Is Trying to Hijack Anti-Racist Protests for a Race War. Intercept

In Big Cities, It’s Democrats Who Have Poured Money Into Policing. ... Democratic mayors of Los Angeles, New York and Minneapolis have treated bloated police budgets as sacrosanct. ITT

Donald Trump Is Afraid of Us All — His Barricaded White House Is Proof. TruthOut

This Is the Problem' Say Critics as Police Union Recruits Fired Officers to New Jobs in Florida. ... "Systemic racism in action." CommonDreams

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JUNE 11, 2020

The Madness of Donald. ... Nobody in his right mind would have made such remarks in the wake of the brutal and sadistic murder of George Floyd. CounterPunch

Crisis Interviews: Looking Beyond the Pandemic. The COVID-19 outbreak has grown into a global pandemic. With cities closing down and the death toll rising, civilization is struggling to find ways to overcome the crisis. The pandemic has changed the world. The long-range effects, however, are not yet clear. On Demand

The Brexit Crisis Led to Totally Incompetent Leadership at a Time of Unprecedented Calamity. Now We are Paying for It. CounterPunch

New Poll Shows Political Risks of House Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s Bailout of Corporate Lobbyists. Intercept

WAR IS WHAT DEFINES US

British soldiers unlikely to face Iraq war prosecutions as more than 1,000 allegations dismissed . ... Only one case still being considered, says director of Service Prosecution Authority. Independent

NATO Returns to Libya to Challenge Russia. CounterPunch

The U.S., like Israel, is wielding the violence of an occupying power. ... The killing of George Floyd and the ensuing protests bear striking parallels to similar events in Israel-Palestine. Despite their differences, the mechanisms of repression operate in the same way. +972

Media Buries George W. Bush’s Lies and Atrocities. CounterPunch

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Ultimately, All Monuments are Ozymandias. Craig Murray

Noam Chomsky: Trump Has Adopted a “Viva Death!” Approach to the Presidency. TruthOut

Racist Violence Can’t Be Separated From the Violence of Neoliberal Capitalism. TruthOut/Giroux

The Politics of the Pandemic, with Noam Chomsky. Alternative Radio

Turd Blossom Surfaces Again. CounterPunch

JUNE 11, 2020 - REBELLION NEWS

We don’t mind being accused of police brutality. They haven’t seen anything yet. – Miami Police Chief Walter Headley in 1967.

Trump Floats Conspiracy That 75-Year-Old Buffalo Protester Pushed By Police Was ‘A Set Up’. ... Graphic video showed two police officers shoving Martin Gugino to the ground, seriously injuring him. HuffPost

Hong Kong’s ‘pro-democracy’ movement allies with far-right US politicians that seek to crush Black Lives Matter. ...As a Hong Kong protest leader promotes far-right condemnations of US anti-racism demonstrations and activists shut down a Black Lives Matter rally in the city, Hong Kong organizers forge close ties with hardline Republicans in Washington. Gray Zone

Seattle Protesters Tear-Gassed Just Hours After City’s 30-Day Ban on Its Use. TruthOut

Yes, American police act like occupying armies. They literally studied their tactics. ... The founders of modern policing quelled foreign uprisings. ‘Demilitarizing’ police will be harder than taking away their tanks. Guardian

Minneapolis City Council Vows to Dismantle Police Dept. After Mass Protests & Grassroots Organizing. DemocracyNow

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JUNE 23 THROUGH 30

JUNE 30, 2020

Government Attacks Media As People’s Media Reveals The Truth. .. Government attacks on the media are escalating as the battle for the narrative grows in importance. For the last decade, stories produced and amplified by the democratized media have put the power structure at risk. Popular Resistance

To Shift Funds From 'Endless Wars' to 'Human Needs,' Sanders Unveils Amendment to Slash Pentagon Budget by $74 Billion. ... "It is time for us to truly focus on what we value as a society and to fundamentally transform our national priorities." CommonDreams

JUNE 30, 2020 EASY MONEY
It's all about cash

We Aren’t Entering Into an Economic Recovery — Another Crash Is Coming. ... Stock markets across the world are rallying as lockdowns lift and central banks pump money into the economy. But the economy isn’t on the mend -- on the contrary, this will likely be a calm before the storm of yet another devastating crash. Jacobin

Mapping Corruption: Donald Trump’s Executive Branch. ... An inquiry into how the Trump administration transformed Washington. American Prospect

SEC Regulators: Private Equity Is on a Crime Spree. ... Securities and Exchange Commission regulators recently issued a scathing report that reads like a last-ditch plea for help in reeling in private equity billionaires, who have all but free rein to fleece whoever they want, whenever they want. Jacobin

How Racism is an Essential Tool for Maintaining the Capitalist Order. ... U.S. capitalism survived because it found a solution to the basic problem of its instability, its business cycles. Since capitalism never could end cyclical downturns and their awful effects, its survival required making those effects somehow socially tolerable. CounterPunch/Wolff

'Big Banks Couldn't Be Happier': Stocks Surge as Trump Regulators Gut Restrictions on Risky Wall St Gambling. ... The rollback, noted the Wall Street Journal, hands "Wall Street one of its biggest wins of the Trump administration." CommonDreams

The Supreme Court Has Given the Green Light to Bosses and Financial Managers to Steal From Workers. Jacobin

We’re Dying From Coronavirus. Corporations Are Getting Rich Off It. ... The 2008 bailout was a giant giveaway to corporate America. 2020 is more of the same. Jacobin

The Supreme Court Is Still Repeatedly Ruling in Favor of the Ultra-Wealthy. ... The Supreme Court has made some surprising recent rulings defending rights for LGBT people and immigrants. Those rulings should be applauded — but they also shouldn't distract us from how the court is continuing to erode democracy and worsen inequality with new rulings that are huge boons for the rich. Jacobin

US Drinking Beer, Producing Cars and Military Tech at the Expense of Mexican lives. ... Fridges in Mexico are empty of beer because production has ceased as the product isn’t considered essential. However, US company Constellation Brands is defying local orders and forcing Mexican workers to continuing producing its Corona and Modelo beers for export to US consumers. CounterPunch

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Glenn Greenwald breaks down new 'bogus' charges against Julian Assange. YouTube

Donald Trump’s re-election playbook: 25 ways he'll lie, cheat and abuse his power. ... From now until November, opponents of the most lawless president in history face a fight for democracy itself. Guardian

Bannon aims to make a comeback in circle of Trump influencers ahead of election. ... Trump fired him in 2017, but recently Bannon praised his former boss on Fox News and Trump is rumored to have spoken positively of him in return. Guardian

'Warning Sign of Major Proportions': Number of Siberian Forest Fires Increase Fivefold in Week Since Record High Temperature. "The Arctic is figuratively and literally on fire." Common Dreams

Controversial Data-Mining Firm Palantir Vanishes From Biden Adviser’s Biography After She Joins Campaign. Intercept

The American Press Is Destroying Itself
A flurry of newsroom revolts has transformed the American press. Taibbi

Meet the far-right oligarchs working to topple Mexico’s progressive President AMLO. ... A Trump-like Mexican oligarch, Gilberto Lozano, is leading a coalition of corporate leaders and far-right fanatics called FRENA to try to overthrow President Andrés Manuel López Obrador. The GrayZone

First You Bomb and Starve a Country. Then You’re Praised for Sending in Aid. ... The perverse diplomatic charade of Saudi Arabia starting a fire then getting credit for providing fire blankets. ITT

How a US and Qatari regime change deception produced ‘Caesar’ sanctions driving Syria towards famine. ... Like the mysterious figure it is named for, the Caesar sanctions bill is the product of an elaborate deception by shadowy US- and Gulf-backed operatives. Instead of protecting Syrian civilians, the unilateral measures are driving them towards hunger and death. Gray Zone

JUNE 30, 2020 - REBELLION NEWS

Black Lives Matter Wants to End Police Brutality. History Suggests It Will Go Much Further. Intercept

The War Zone Is America . ... The threat of armed violence shapes the major life decisions of so many people of color today. ScheerPost

What Law Did We Break? ... How the NYPD Weaponized a Curfew Against Protesters and Residents. Intercept

Corporate Media Looks to Purveyors of State Violence Abroad to Condemn State Violence at Home. FAIR

Racism and the Neoliberal Consensus. CounterPunch

Trump Ramps Up Misuse Of The Military For Political Gain. ... “The idea of fighting American citizens on American soil is not what the military does and not what the American people expect the military to do,” one critic said. HuffPost

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JUNE 29, 2020

US Government Expands Assange Indictment To Criminalize Assistance Provided To Edward Snowden. ShadowProof   Copy of indictment

Capitalism and the Throttling of Democracy in India. .... The deregulation of international capital flows (financial liberalisation) has effectively turned the planet into a free-for-all bonanza for the world’s richest capitalists. CounterPunch

ELECTION NEWS

A New Voting Crisis: Kentucky Closes 95% of Polling Places, Leaving Louisville with Just One. DemocracyNow

We Still Have Apartheid Elections. ... They're hostile to counting the vote in the United States for voters of color and for young people, that's just the truth. We still have an apartheid vote counting system and they will do everything to get in your way. Craig Palast

Trump Suggests Navy Sent $5 Billion to Wisconsin Firm to Help Him Win Election. Intercept

'Systematic Assault on Legitimacy of Our Election': Trump Launches Conspiratorial Attack on Mail-In Voting. ... The president is "laying the groundwork for an election challenge," warned Walter Shaub, former director of the Office of Government Ethics. CommonDreams

'An embarrassment': Trump's justice department goes quiet on voting rights. ... The justice department, led by William Barr, has been quiet when it comes to protecting the right to vote, former department lawyers say. Guardian

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Lawlessness in Trump’s Fascist State: Bill Barr and the Ghost of Fascism. ... the debilitating pronouncements of William Barr, Trump’s Attorney General, regarding his defense of unchecked executive authority, which he believes should be unburdened by any sense of political and moral accountability. CounterPunch

Truly Shameful BBC Israeli Propaganda ... In a genuinely outrageous piece of victim blaming, BBC News just blamed Palestinian intransigence in refusing to accept Israeli annexation of the West Bank for the deaths of Palestinian children caused by the Israeli blockade of medical supplies to Gaza. Craig Murray

The End of Asylum? Supreme Court Sides with Trump Administration on Fast-Tracking Deportations. ... he Supreme Court handed the Trump administration a major victory Thursday when it ruled the government can fast-track deportations of asylum seekers without first allowing them to fight for their cases in front of a judge. DemocracyNow

The Far Right’s Absurd War on Masks. ... The chief cultural signifier of our times is this: Wearing a mask. Or not. CounterPunch/Hightower

Jeremy Corbyn’s Opponents Burned the House Down to Stop Him — Now Keir Starmer Is King of the Ashes. ... By sacking Rebecca Long-Bailey on a trumped-up pretext, Keir Starmer has set the seal on a drastic shift to the right for the British Labour Party. That shift comes just as the key arguments by Jeremy Corbyn’s opponents to justify a break with his left leadership have been falling apart in the face of overwhelming evidence. Jacobin

The secretive government agency planting 'cyanide bombs' across the US. ... Wildlife Services kills thousands of animals at ranchers and farmers’ behest. But it operates with little oversight – and critics describe it as out of control. Guardian

MONDAY JUNE 29, 2020
REBELLION NEWS

Chokehold on Diplomat Exposes Israel’s Special Type of Apartheid. CounterPunch

Law Enforcement Scoured Protester Communications and Exaggerated Threats to Minneapolis Cops, Leaked Documents Show. Intercept

The FBI has a history of targeting black activists. That's still true today. ... The FBI has long disrupted and discredited civil rights leaders. It should put its authorities to better use by holding officers accountable. Guardian

“The Cops Are With the Fascists”: How Police Terror and Trumpism Converge. TruthOut

Repair & Revive: Rev. William Barber on Fighting Racism, Poverty, Climate Change, War & Nationalism. DemocracyNow

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WEEKEND OF JUNE 26-28, 2020

Weekend Read: Yellow Bird: Oil, Murder, and a Woman's Search for Justice in Indian Country. by. Sierra Crane Murdoch. The gripping true story of a murder on an Indian reservation, and the unforgettable Arikara woman who becomes obsessed with solving it -- an urgent work of literary journalism. Indie Bound

The Fusion Centers Are Probably Working Overtime ... It’s not just that we have no idea what their work really is, we also don’t have a clue about how much it costs. ScheerPost

FBI Expands Ability to Collect Cellphone Location Data, Monitor Social Media, Recent Contracts Show. ... The Federal Bureau of Investigation may be watching what you tweet and where people gather. Intercept

JUNE 26-28, 2020
ENVIRONMENT

New Mexico Groups Appeal EPA’s Dirty Water Rule Download Press Release

In Minnesota, Ellison Announces Climate Lawsuit Against Exxon, Koch, and API. ..."There are no more worthy targets of a climate fraud lawsuit than Exxon, Koch Industries, and API: the unholy trinity of climate denial." CommonDreams

'It's only important if you eat food': inside a film on the honeybee crisis. Guardian  Related: Xerces Society

Amazon Rainforest Hit By Killer Droughts. CounterPunch

Revealed: millions of Americans can’t afford water as bills rise 80% in a decade. Guardian

Request to Turn Off Nestlé Spigot Despite Decades of Water-Taking in the San Bernardino National Forest. ... Despite Expired Permit Harming Strawberry Creek, Court Allows National Forest and Nestlé to Continue with Business as Usual. CommonDreams

Clean water is a human right. In America it’s more a profit machine. ... When it comes to water infrastructure, America’s challenges resemble those of a developing country. It’s time for that to change. Guardian

How did wildlife groups start collaborating in the destruction of nature? ... We need strong campaigns to confront environmental collapse. Instead, we get weakness and complicity Guardian

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Feds Set To Cut Coronavirus Testing Funds As COVID-19 Cases Soar. ... Federal testing centers in five states will either transition to state control or be closed. HuffPost

WikiLeaks Founder Julian Assange Faces New Indictment In U.S. ... A new Justice Department indictment accuses Assange of recruiting hackers at conferences to provide WikiLeaks with classified information. HuffPost

DOJ's New WikiLeaks Indictment Has Significant, Convenient Plot Holes. Gizmodo

The Persecution of Julian Assange. Glenn Greenwood - Update YouTube

The UK and Boris Johnson on the Skids. CounterPunch

Do Not Mourn the White Saviours of Department for International Development (DfID). ... It is a very good discipline to ask yourself how much cash those employees of charities campaigning to keep DFID make personally from DFID. It is an interesting paradox that if they appear not to be employed by DFID, they are almost certainly lining their own pockets with a very great deal more DFID cash than actual DFID employees. Craig Murray

Trump Made a Racist Joke in a Phoenix Megachurch and the Crowd Went Wild. Intercept

New Report Highlights 'Thirst for Justice, Dignity, and Equality' Amid Increased Attacks on Human Rights. ... "The coming year provides a vital opportunity for a renewed commitment to the transformative idea of human rights." CommonDreams

With Demand 'Echoing Across the World,' UN Chief Calls on Israel to Abandon Illegal Annexation Plan. ... European MPs and international NGOs have also denounced annexation and demanded a "just solution" to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. CommonDream

WEEKEND JUNE 26-29, 2020
REBELLION NEWS

Interactive Map Shows Police Using Violence Against Peaceful Protesters in 125 Cities and 40 States. CounterPunch   Click to view the map

Bravo You Heroes: Columbus OH Police Mace Double Amputee, Take His Legs, Leave Him Writhing. CommonDreams

Trump Attacks Anti-Fascists But Is Silent on Boogaloo & Far-Right Groups Engaged in Deadly Violence. DemocracyNow

Revealed: millions of Americans can’t afford water as bills rise 80% in a decade. Guardian

Risk of coronaviruses increases as wildlife moves from farms to restaurants, study finds. ... The seven-year project in Vietnam found that by the time field rats bred for consumption reach restaurants, more than half have a coronavirus. Independent

Bill de Blasio Knows That Cops Protect Capital. Jacobin

Criticism and censorship of Michael Moore. Chris Hedges/Jeff Gibs interview on Planet of the Humans. YouTube

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JUNE 25, 2020

Press freedom violations (June 3) at George Floyd protests by the numbers: a shocking and unprecedented level of attacks on journalists. FPF

The BoJo Follies. The ‘Five O’Clock Follies’ was the name given during the Vietnam War to US military press briefings that were infamous for announcing non-existent victories and wildly exaggerated numbers for enemy casualties. CounterPunch/Cockburn

Redacting photos on the go: An in-field guide. ...Photos and how we share them can present risks to the people and sensitive information we capture in them. In this guide, we discuss how to safely redact photos on the go. FPF

WAR IS WHAT DEFINES US

Bush, Powell, Bolton…War Criminals
Against Trump!

NYT Erases US Occupation’s Role in Prolonging Taliban Insurgency. FAIR

Trump Sanctions the International Criminal Court. CounterPunch

Palestinian Scholar Noura Erakat: Israeli Forces Killed My Cousin on His Sister’s Wedding Day. DemocracyNow

Eliot Engel Is One of the Democrats’ Worst Warmongers in Congress. Jacobin

Patrick Cockburn: The Cynical Forces Behind America’s Forever Wars. ... The journalist examines the disastrous inevitability of America’s failures in the Middle East as the region continues to reel from decades of U.S.-sponsored turmoil. SheerPost

Why Washington Keeps Lobbying for War in the Middle East. ... Saudi, Qatari, and Emirati lobbyists continue to jockey for power with near-endless streams of capital. The Nation

Massacres as a weapon of ethnic cleansing during the Nakba. ... From April 1st to May 14, 1948 -- before Israel was declared, before the British left, and before any Arab soldier entered Palestine to save it -- Zionist militias essentially conquered Palestine. Mondoweiss

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William Barr Has Turned the Justice Department Into a Law Firm With One Client: Donald Trump. Intercept

Big Tech Is Using the Pandemic to Push Dangerous New Forms of Surveillance. TruthOut

AI Responsible For Wrongful Arrest In First Known U.S. Case. ... A man was wrongfully arrested after facial recognition software mismatched his driver’s license photo to surveillance video of someone shoplifting, according to an ACLU complain. HuffPost

New York Times hires opinion editor from a news site critical of Israel. ... Greenwald, The Intercept founder, has openly criticized Israel and its political leadership, while the publication’s reporters have frequently scrutinized Israel’s right-wing government. JPost

JUNE 25, 2020 - REBELLION NEWS

DNC 'Snubs' Climate Movement Just as Greenpeace Endorses Democratic Panel's Visionary Plan. .. "There are more big bank executives on the Democratic platform drafting committee than there are climate activists or millennials." CommonDreams

As Teddy Roosevelt’s Statue Falls, Let’s Remember How Truly Dark His History Was. Intercept

'This Is Why We March': Poll Shows Overwhelming US Support for Police Reform, Increased Accountability. ... Among other major changes, large majorities of the American public want clear standards for police misconduct and prosecution of officers guilty of excessive force. CommonDreams

Moving Street Protests from Futility to Utility. CounterPunch/Nader

The Rebellion Against Racial Capitalism. Intercept

Livable Ecology, Not Police. CounterPunch/Street

Police Have Long History of Responding to Black Movements by Playing the Victim. TruthOut

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JUNE 24, 2020
It would seem to be a rule of history that as the actual power of a state declines, the pageantry increases. Certainly in the last days of the Byzantine empire were marked by a court protocol so elaborate and time-consuming that the arrival of the Turks must have been a relief to everyone. Now, as our own imperial republic moves gorgeously into its terminal phase, it is please and useful to contemplate two centuries of American court life, to examine those personages who have lived in the White House and borne those two simple awful titles, "The President," "The First Lady" and, finally to meditate on that peculiarly American religion, President-worship.
- Gore Vidal

Noam Chomsky: “Trump Is the Worst Criminal in History, Undeniably”. ... Chomsky talks about the “absolutely unprecedented scope and scale” of the protests against the police murders of George Floyd and Breonna Taylor, the importance of Lula’s presidency in Brazil, and why Donald Trump is “the worst criminal in human history.” Jacobin

Comparing the Republican Party’s Response to Coronavirus alongside Climate Change: Remember The Past, Think About The Present and Consider The Future. ... The GOP's response to the novel coronavirus sheds light on how other crises will play out under their leadership - what can be done to change the future?   TarBell


While renaming things and removing disgraced figures from buildings, it seems like this would be one of
the first to go.

As Goldman Sachs and JPMorgan Face Criminal Probes, Barr Fires Top Prosecutor; Tries to Replace Him with Banks’ Former Lawyer, Jay Clayton. WS on Parade

Trump, Bolton, and Pompeo: Loathsome Peas in a Pod. ... For nearly a year and a half, from April 2018 to September 2019, the Trump administration was in the hands of a “war cabinet.” With Mike Pompeo as Secretary of State, and John Bolton as National Security Adviser, Donald Trump created one of the most aggressive foreign policy teams in the history of the presidency. Bolton and Pompeo were fixated on going to war against Iran... CounterPunch

Brexit Leader Allowed To Attend Trump Rally With A ‘National Interest’ Travel Ban Waiver
Nigel Farage and other VIPs were flown to and from Tulsa in jets chartered by the Trump campaign for a rally that wound up drawing less than 6,200 people. HuffPost

No, We’re Not All Antifa Now. But We Should Be. CounterPunch

No, You Won’t Smear Our Fight Against Israeli Apartheid as “Antisemitic” Jacobin

Do Black Lives Matter to Big Conservation Groups? CounterPunch

John Bolton Is Telling the Truth, but Let’s Not Forget His Horrible, Dangerous Career. Intercept

Israel leverages dubious ‘Nuclear Archives’ to re-enlist IAEA in campaign against Iran. ... The International Atomic Energy Agency has once again lent itself to the political interests of the United States and Israel, provoking a needless conflict with Iran. Gray Zone

North Carolina ‘Ag-Gag’ Law Aimed At Suppressing Whistleblowers Struck Down By Federal Court. Shadow Proof

JUNE 24, 2020
REBELLION NEWS

The Paths To Reform Are Dead: Confronting The Myopic Ruling Elite w/ Chris Hedges. Last Born in the Wilderness

Do Black Lives Matter to Big Conservation Groups? CounterPunch

As Teddy Roosevelt’s Statue Falls, Let’s Remember How Truly Dark His History Was. ... New York City’s American Museum of Natural History announced Sunday that it will remove its famous statue of President Teddy Roosevelt from its sidewalk entrance. Intercept

Lawmakers Welcome IG Probe Into Violent Police Clearing of Lafayette Square. ... "The White House narrative is contradicted by video evidence, eyewitness accounts, and even its own past statements. Frankly, it has no credibility at this point."

Trump Demands Life in Prison for Three Black Lives Matter Protesters. ... Colinford Mattis, Urooj Rahman, and Samantha Shader are political prisoners. In late May, the three activists were arrested for alleged property destruction during the protests that broke out across the country. All three are still being held in jail without bail and are facing life in prison on federal charges. Left Voice

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JUNE 23, 2020
‘‘Twenty-four-hour news networks are built for one thing, and that’s 9/11. There are very few events that would justify being covered 24 hours a day, seven days a week. So in the absence of urgency, they have to create it. You create urgency through conflict.’’
- Jon Stewart

Michael Moore Presents Planet of the Humans Full Documentary Directed by Jeff Gibbs. YouTube   Related: Criticism and censorship of Michael Moore with Chris Hedges and Jeff Gibbs. YouTube

2020 is our last chance to avert climate catastrophe, says energy chief. ... The International Energy Agency releases its Sustainable Recovery Plan and says governments have a 'once-in-a-lifetime opportunity' to reduce global emissions. Independent

JUNE 23, 2020 EASY MONEY
It's all about cash

No Oversight of $1.5 Billion Electric Project Raises Alarm over Privatization of Puerto Rico’s Power. DemocracyNow

We’ve Always Had the Money for Medicare for All -- We’ve Just Given It to Corporations Instead. ... Since 2008, the US has spent $20–35 trillion on corporate bailouts. It’s about the same “unaffordable” amount that Medicare for All has been projected to cost -- used for lining corporate pockets instead of providing health care to people who need it. Jacobin

The GOP Is Getting Back to Business as Usual -- Trying to Gut Social Programs. TruthOut

Don’t Let Disaster Capitalists “Reimagine” Public Education.... Bill Gates, Andrew Cuomo, and other corporate education reformers are trying to use this moment of crisis to push through free-market school reforms. Their agenda is the exact opposite of what we actually need: a fully funded public education system that attacks racial and class inequalities. Jacobin

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Is Israel Poised to Admit it Annexed the West Bank? YouTube/Greenwald

With 'Systemic Violations' of Worker Rights, US Comes in Dead Last in Labor Rankings of Wealthy Nations. ... The U.S. was identified as a country w here "the government and/or companies are engaged in serious efforts to crush the collective voice of workers, putting fundamental rights under threat." CommonDreams

The GOP Is Getting Back to Business as Usual -- Trying to Gut Social Programs. TruthOut

Donald Trump Is a Menace to American Democracy. But He Didn’t Come Out of Nowhere. Jacobin

Federal media chief Michael Pack installs Trump loyalists to leadership posts, memo says. CNBC

Trump Wants to Create Election Chaos by Killing the Post Office. TruthOut

Authorities Transferred Hundreds of People Between Shadowy Immigration Prisons, Ignoring Coronavirus Threat. Intercept

Crisis PR & the Pentagon’s Budget. PR News

JUNE 23, 2020 - REBELLION NEWS

Not Just “Cops”: It’s Time to End the Entertainment Industry’s Anti-Black, Pro-Police Programming. Intercept

Corporations Are Bankrolling US Police Foundations Without Public Oversight. TruthOut

Demilitarization of Police Means Disrupting the Army-to-Police Pipeline. ... Demilitarizing police is an urgent demand in this moment. But with the police force and army so entwined — both in terms of personnel and weaponry — demilitarization won’t be easy. Jacobin

Mass Incarceration: New Jim Crow, Class War, or Both? Peoples Policy Project

Congressional Democrats Supported Violent Force Against Protesters in 2010. TruthOut

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