2022-06-24: News Headlines

Dave DeCamp (2022-06-24). Biden Again Blames Putin For High Gas Prices as Russian Oil Sales Soar. news.antiwar.com The US-led sanctions campaign against Russia has backfired on the West as Americans and Europeans are facing soaring gas prices, and Since Russia invaded Ukraine, President Biden has written off rising gas prices and inflation as "Putin's price hike." On Wednesday, Biden doubled down on blaming Russia while also admitting that his policies have only made things worse for Americans. | "We cut off Russian oil into the United States, and our partners in Europe did the same, knowing that we would see hig…

____ (2022-06-24). (W.E. Talk) U.S. aim to 'maintain the existing international order' is not convincing. ecns.cn It has been a year and a half since the Biden administration took office, but China-U.S. relations have yet to bottom out. U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken recently summed up "invest, align, compete"in the newly-announced governmental approach to China. So who is undermining the international order? And how should the U.S. find a new path in its China approach?

People vs. Fossil Fuels Coalition (2022-06-24). Thursday 6/23: "Dear Pres.Biden: Just Say No to Fossil Fuels" – National Film Premiere w/ Q&A (virtual). indybay.org Virtual screening…

ERA Coalition & Fund For Women's Equality (2022-06-24). Thursday 6/23: The ERA & Gen Z: Engaging Youth to be Equality Voters in 2022 Elections Virtual Town Hall. indybay.org Online webinar…

NNU, Healthcare Now, People's Action (2022-06-24). Tuesday 6/28: #Patients Over Profits! Medicare For All & 2022 Midterms w/ National Nurses United. indybay.org Online webinar…

Khubaka, Michael Harris (2022-06-24). 2022 California Juneteenth Holiday still an optional notion for some reason. indybay.org 20 years ago California Juneteenth National Freedom Day was established as "optional" and today AB 1655 offers another "optional" path toward celebrations of our unique California Journey From Slavery to Freedom beginning on 1535 in Baja California Sur.

Khubaka, Michael Harris (2022-06-24). California Juneteenth Paid Holiday for All. indybay.org The long and difficult journey to establish Juneteenth as a National Holiday has strong roots in California. Nearly 2,000 US Colored Troops from California helped preserve the Union and begin the legal ending of chattel slavery that continues today. Alignment with US Law, signed by President Biden for all Federal employees is good. A paid holiday for all Californians may take a bit more time and need your assistance. No need to rush, 20 years ago AB 1749 (Longville) made the difference with strong bipartisan support, if delay is needed to align California with Washington DC, please consider the wisdom. Those "unk…

WSWS (2022-06-23). The real message in Biden's phony gas tax cut: Workers must pay for Ukraine war. wsws.org President Biden's proposals to reduce gas prices at the pump are a series of meaningless appeals to Congress and the oil monopolies aimed at covering up the real causes of inflation and falsely blaming it all on Vladimir Putin.

WSWS (2022-06-23). Bipartisan gun bill passes procedural vote in US Senate. wsws.org Hailed by Democratic and some Republican senators as an example of "bipartisanship," the 80-page bill does not restrict the sale of semi-automatic rifles, but does provide millions of dollars in additional funding to local, state and federal police.

Dave DeCamp (2022-06-23). House Panel Increases Biden's 2023 Military Budget Request By $37 Billion. news.antiwar.com On Wednesday, the House Armed Services Committee agreed to boost President Biden's requested military budget for the 2023 fiscal year While the House panel agreed to a massive increase, it's still lower than

Dave DeCamp (2022-06-23). Biden Authorizes New $4 Million Weapons Package for Ukraine. news.antiwar.com On Thursday, President Biden The Biden administration first sent HIMARS to Ukraine as part of a previous arms package that was announced on June 1, which represented a significant escalation in US military aid to Kyiv. Ukrainian officials said Thursday that they Accord…

The Socialist Program (2022-06-23). Building Revolutionary Solidarity Across the Americas Against the Failed "Summit of the Americas" liberationnews.org In a true show of intercontinental solidarity, words from Cuban President Miguel Diaz Canel joined the speeches of Native activist and Co-Director of the International Leonard Peltier Defense Committee Jean Roach, National Director of BYP100 D'atra Jackson, and host of this show, Brian Becker, at the final plenary of the three-day-long People's Summit for Democracy in early June.

Brett Wilkins (2022-06-23). Paul and Blackburn Among GOP Senators Opposing Extension of School Meal Program. commondreams.org "We cannot allow 95 million meals to be missed by kids this summer," warned Congressional Progressive Caucus Chair Pramila Jayapal in the face of the Republicans' obstruction.

Jason Ditz (2022-06-23). As Nuclear Talks Stall, Iran Pursues Regional Diplomacy. news.antiwar.com While the centerpiece of Iranian President Ebrahim Raisi's foreign policy since his election has been trying to salvage the P5+1 nuclear deal, the relative slow-down of that process has allowed him to assert his own diplomatic inclinations. | That policy is one his allies call a "balanced" approach to Iran has hosted three presidents already this month, the presidents of nearby Kazakhstan, Turkmenistan…

Dana Sanchez (2022-06-23). Biden Calls For A Gas Tax Holiday But Obama Previously Called The Concept A 'Gimmick' For Politicians To Win The Next Election. moguldom.com President Joe Biden asked Congress on Wednesday to suspend federal gas and diesel taxes for three months through the summer travel season to give Americans some relief at the pump, but some Democrats including his former boss have expressed doubts that such a move can provide many benefits. The taxes in question include an 18.4 cents-per-gallon federal …

Slorinoco (2022-06-23). Mexico Renews Offer of Asylum to Julian Assange. orinocotribune.com The president of Mexico, Andrés Manuel López Obrador (AMLO), stated that his country will open its doors to the founder of WikiLeaks, Julian Assange, to provide him with asylum in the event that the United States decides to release him. | During his morning press conference, AMLO indicated that he will intercede with US President Joe Biden to address the case of Assange's extradition. | "I am aware that it goes against the harsh, severe groups that exist in the US as in all countries, but humanism must also prevail," said AMLO. "Mexico opens the doors to Assange in the event that it decides to free him. There are…

The Socialist Program (2022-06-23). Biden's Failed Summit: Latin America Resists. liberationnews.org Since the Monroe Doctrine, Latin America has resisted U.S. attempts to dominate the region.

_____ (2022-06-23). Union Kitchen Workers Declare Victory In Their Efforts To Unionize. popularresistance.org The National Labor Relations Board determined Tuesday that a majority of Union Kitchen workers voted to unionize, according to the freshly-minted labor union's collective bargaining agent, United Food and Commercial Workers Union Local 400. The NLRB reviewed the results of the formal election, which took place three months ago, after CEO and founder Cullen Gilchrist challenged some ballots — including those of two vocally pro-union workers who cast ballots but were fired before their votes had been counted. | NLRB press secretary Kayla Blado confirmed that a majority of valid votes cast had been in favor of…

_____ (2022-06-23). You Can't 'Green' The Military. popularresistance.org In 2021, the U.S. Department of Defense issued its Climate Adaptation Plan, which has been lauded by corporate media as a supposedly serious mobilization against climate change. More recently, the U.S. Army has followed suit with its own Climate Strategy. More and more frequently, Democratic politicians are learning to frame the eternal imperative of an eternally expanding military budget in the language of "greening" the military. Similar language is used by Pentagon higher-ups, and even more frequently by those from the "industry" side of the military-industrial complex. | Make no mistake: the military is one o…

Editor (2022-06-23). America's Second Civil War is Underway. scheerpost.com By Blake Fleetwood / Original to ScheerPost | The frightening epidemic of gun violence in the US has become a commonplace reality. Easy access to firearms is an obstacle that national politicians have not been able to overcome with more than lip service. But gun violence is merely one ominous symptom of a growing social collapse that directly threatens our nearly 2 -year old system of democratic capitalism. | We begin with this: There have been 260 mass shootings so far this year, and 2022 is projected to hit an all-time record.

Isheka N. Harrison (2022-06-23). Inside The Relaunch Of Baltimore Beat Newspaper As A Nonprofit. moguldom.com The Baltimore Beat newspaper returned In May from a two-year hiatus with a new business structure and distribution strategy. This summer, the "Black-led, Black controlled nonprofit newspaper and media outlet" announced it will begin publishing a free hardcopy print newspaper bi-weekly in addition to its online content. The reason for going old school when so …

Isheka N. Harrison (2022-06-23). '1619 Project' Pulitzer Winner Nikole Hannah-Jones Calls For Reparations For Slavery In U.N. Speech. moguldom.com Renowned scholar and Howard University Professor Nikole Hannah-Jones recently called on all nations that participated in the Transatlantic Slave Trade to pay reparations for the array of harms they caused Black people. "It is time for the nations that engaged in and profited from the transatlantic slave trade to do what is right and what …

____ (2022-06-23). Officials recall pressure at Jan 6 hearing. ecns.cn The House select committee investigating last year's Jan 6 attack on the Capitol heard riveting and emotional testimony from state election officials on Tuesday on how defeated president Donald Trump and his allies pressured them to reverse the 2020 election results.

Edu Montesanti (2022-06-23). The Yemeni War and the Rule of Impunity, Interview with Noam Chomsky. orinocotribune.com Biden vowed to stop U.S. arms sales to Saudi Arabia; particularly about Yemen, he claimed he would end all U.S. support for offensive operations in the Middle Eastern-torn country | As the American president now contradicts his promises, the Yemeni humanitarian catastrophe is today much worse than when Trump was in power | Chomsky, in this exclusive interview, strongly questions Biden's "defensive weapons" trading to the Saudi while, more than ever, Yemen the stage of a Saudi-U.S. proxy war against Iran at expense of dozens of millions of innocent Yemeni civilians | June 21, 2022—As the world's attention is…

Robert C. Koehler (2022-06-23). These Are Not 'Good Guys With Guns.' These People Are Killing Us. commondreams.org How did the Republican Party get so unhinged? Easy as it is to blame Donald Trump, I blame something far more deeply entrenched.

Brett Wilkins (2022-06-23). House Jan. 6 Committee Reveals 'Seditious Six' GOP Lawmakers Who Sought Trump Pardons. commondreams.org "The only reason you ask for a pardon is if you think you've committed a crime," said one member of the congressional committee investigating the deadly attack on the U.S. Capitol.

Staff (2022-06-23). EEUU envía a Kiev nuevo paquete de ayuda militar por 450 millones de dólares. cubadebate.cu El coordinador de Comunicaciones Estratégicas del Consejo de Seguridad Nacional de la Casa Blanca, John Kirby, anunció este jueves que Estados Unidos enviará a Ucrania otro paquete de ayuda militar por 450 millones de dólares. Desde febrero, el gobierno de Biden ha enviado a Ucrania 6 100 millones de dólares en ayuda militar.

WSWS (2022-06-23). At least 1 in 12 Chicago Public Schools students caught COVID-19 during past school year. wsws.org The staggering figures, an understatement of the real rates of infection, are an indictment of the reopening and mass infection policy carried out by the ruling class and the Democratic Party, with the critical assistance of the CTU.

Jordan Schachtel (2022-06-23). Already Expired: Moderna's upcoming Omicron shot is formulated for a variant that no longer exists. globalresearch.ca Moderna's reformulated mRNA COVID injection, the highly touted — and continuously delayed — "Omicron vaccine," was tailored to an Omicron subvariant that no longer exists. | The pharmaceutical company's Omicron-specific shot was formulated for the BA.1 subvariant of Omicron, which hasn't …

Mitchell Zimmerman (2022-06-23). There Is More Than Enough Evidence to Indict Trump. commondreams.org With democracy itself under siege, Attorney General Merrick Garland must uphold his oath to defend the Constitution.

Contributing Writers (2022-06-23). Vatican Endorses "Killer Vaccine": Commemorative Coins Promoting the 'Need to be Vaccinated' against COVID/By Kennedy Hall. marktaliano.net An eight-piece set includes a 20 euro silver coin depicting a young person getting jabbed with a needle. Original Link Here: Vatican Endorses "Killer Vaccine": Commemorative Coins Promoting the 'Need to be Vaccinated' against COVID &#1 ; Global ResearchGlobal Research &#1 ; Centre for Research on Globalization By Kennedy H..]…

WSWS (2022-06-23). Union shuts down New Jersey hospital walkout before Nevada Prime Healthcare workers strike. wsws.org The contract was rammed through in an entirely anti-democratic procedure and workers must reject the vote as illegitimate.

Common Dreams staff (2022-06-23). WATCH: Jan. 6 Hearing Highlights 'Brazen' Trump Attempt to Use DOJ to Overturn Election. commondreams.org The House January 6 committee plans to examine a meeting in which then-President Donald Trump pushed to replace then-Acting Attorney General Jeffrey Rosen with Jeffrey Clark, a DOJ official who had indicated his willingness to pursue false claims of mass voter fraud.

Harvey Wasserman (2022-06-23). The Second Amendment Demands Gun Control. commondreams.org A National Guard, yes. Heavily-armed lunatics roaming the streets unregulated? Never.

WSWS (2022-06-23). January 6 committee "flooded" with new evidence on Trump coup. wsws.org The House Select Committee announced that it would postpone further hearings, after Thursday's, to study new videos and documents.

Anand Naidoo (2022-06-23). The Heat: U.S. gun reform & January 6th hearings. america.cgtn.com An election official testifies that former President Donald Trump pressured him to find more votes to overturn the 2020 election result. And for the first time in nearly 30 years, the U.S. Senate moves forward on a bipartisan gun safety bill.

WSWS (2022-06-23). France's hung parliament, rising class struggles stagger Macron. wsws.org Macron reacted to his devastating defeat in the legislative elections with a perfunctory10-minute address calling on other parties to support his policies of austerity and war.

_____ (2022-06-22). Venezuelan's View: Petro Victory In Colombia, US Sanctions, Iran Pact. popularresistance.org Multipolarista host Benjamin Norton speaks with Venezuelan journalist Jesús Rodríguez Espinoza, editor of independent news outlet the Orinoco Tribune, about the victory of left-wing candidate Gustavo Petro in Colombia's presidential election, the easing of a few US sanctions, and Venezuela's 20-year cooperation agreement with Iran.

Jessica Buxbaum (2022-06-22). Meet UEA PAC, the New Wall-Street Backed SuperPac Funding Pro-Israel Black Democrats. mintpressnews.com Presenting itself as empowering the Black community, a new political action committee (PAC) with corporate and pro-Israel ties hopes to spend millions to defeat progressives.

Dana Sanchez (2022-06-22). Andrew Gillum Indicted For Fraud, Conspiracy, Lying Related To His Campaign: 'This Case Is Not Legal, It Is Political'. moguldom.com Andrew Gillum, 42, who narrowly lost to Ron DeSantis in the 2018 midterm elections as Florida's governor, was charged, along with an associate, by federal prosecutors in 21-count federal indictment Wednesday in Tallahassee. Nineteen of the 21 counts each carry a maximum of 20 years in prison. Gillum was the first Black gubernatorial candidate in …

_____ (2022-06-22). Colombia's New President: What This Victory Means For The Continent. popularresistance.org On August 7th a new left of center government will take power in Colombia. Many questions remain to be answered but one thing is clear: this historic election marks a break with a long Colombian history of State violence and monolithic conservatism. | On June 19, Gustavo Petro beat his rival, the businessman Rodolfo Hernández, by a margin of 50.44% to 47.03%, after 100% of the country's polling stations reported their results. Both his opponent and current president Iván Duque recognized the results, congratulating Petro. | Despite an information war and decades of violence against the left, over 11 million Colom…

_____ (2022-06-22). Latest UN-Led Talks Over Libyan Elections Fail. popularresistance.org The United Nations Special Advisor on Libya said on Monday, June 20, that the Libyan parties participating in the recent round of talks in Egyptian capital Cairo have failed to reach a consensus over a legal process to hold national elections in the war-torn country. The failed talks have led to fresh apprehensions about the future of the peace process in Libya. | The third round of talks between the representatives of the Tripoli-based High Council of State (HCS) and the Tobruk-based Libyan parliament were held between June 12 to 20. The first two rounds of talks were held in Cairo last month. The talks to resol…

Editor (2022-06-22). Labor's militant minority. mronline.org How a new class of "salts"—radicals who take jobs to help unionization—is boosting the organizing efforts of long-term workers.

Isheka N. Harrison (2022-06-22). After Getting Big Check From Jeff Bezos For Private Foundation, Obamas Take Podcast To Amazon's Audible Platform. moguldom.com Barack and Michelle Obama have found a new home for their podcasts at Amazon's audio storytelling platform Audible. The news comes just two months after the former first couple parted ways with Spotify after failing to come to a renewal agreement with the company. The Obamas' Higher Ground Productions signed an "exclusive, worldwide, multi-project, multi-year …

PAI (2022-06-22). AFL-CIO: Supporting PRO Act is a litmus test for politicians wanting labor's backing. peoplesworld.org PHILADELPHIA (PAI)—It was buried at the bottom of a long resolution detailing the need to rewrite and strengthen U.S. labor laws, making them pro-worker again, but the AFL-CIO has reiterated that candidates' support for the Protect the Right to Organize (PRO) Act shall be a litmus test—though it didn't use those words—for labor's election endorsements. …

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2022-06-22: News Headlines

Dave DeCamp (2022-06-22). Bill Banning Imports From China's Xinjiang Region Takes Effect. news.antiwar.com A bill banning the import of goods from China's Xinjiang region President Biden signed the Uygur Forced Labour Prevention Act into law in December 2021. The legislation was passed through Congress over allegations China is practicing forces labor in Xinjiang using Uyghur Muslims and other ethnic minorities in the region, a charge Beij…

Dante Strobino (2022-06-22). Low-wage workers descend on D.C. workers.org Washington, D.C. — Tens of thousands of poor people, low-wage workers and their allies rallied here June 18 for the Poor People's Campaign Moral March and Low Wage Workers Assembly against "poverty, systemic racism and voter suppression." Starbucks workers — including some of the Memphis 7 fired for organizing — . . . |

WSWS (2022-06-22). At its 2022 conference, Labor Notes promotes Democratic Party, trade union apparatus. wsws.org At all of the various sessions and workshops, the trade unions were presented as leading the growing wage militancy of the working class. In fact, the opposite is the case.

TeleSUR, DRL (2022-06-22). México anticipa petición a EE.UU. para liberar a Julian Assange. telesurtv.net México ya le había otorgado asilo político al periodista australiano, quien será extraditado a EE.UU. desde Reino Unido.

Khubaka, Michael Harris (2022-06-22). 2022 California Juneteenth Holiday still an optional notion for some reason. indybay.org 20 years ago California Juneteenth National Freedom Day was established as "optional" and today AB 1655 offers another "optional" path toward celebrations of our unique California Journey From Slavery to Freedom beginning on 1535 in Baja California Sur.

Staff (2022-06-22). Israeli Knesset officially dissolves as regime faces turmoil. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, Jun. 22 (MNA) — Local media in the occupied lands said Wednesday that the 23rd Knesset has officially dissolved some 9 months after the last election.

Staff (2022-06-22). Iran FM congratulates election of new Colombian president. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, Jun. 22 (MNA) — Iranian Foreign Minister Hossein Amir-Abdollahian congratulated the election of Gustavo Petro as the new president of Colombia.

WSWS (2022-06-22). Missouri Republican candidate for US Senate and former Navy SEAL releases gun-toting ad urging violence against "RINOs" wsws.org In an appearance on the Steve Bannon podcast the following day, disgraced former Missouri Governor Eric Greitens said he was "100% proud" of the ad.

Editor (2022-06-21). Colombia's first ever left-wing president: Gustavo Petro wins historic election. What does it mean? mronline.org Gustavo Petro won Colombia's June 19 election, becoming its first ever left-wing president. We analyze what this means for Latin America, the US, Venezuela, the military, paramilitary groups, the powerful oligarchy, and social movements.

Contributing Writers (2022-06-21). "The First Casualty of War is the Truth". What is Really Happening in Donbass/By Christelle Néant and Dr. Leon Tressell. marktaliano.net A Conversation with Christelle Neant of Donbass Insider on the War in Ukraine By Christelle Néant and Dr. Leon Tressell Global Research, June 21, 2022 To receive Global Research's Daily Newsletter (selected …

Jeremy Kuzmarov (2022-06-21). Is There Really a U.S. Government Agency that Gives Out Awards for Deceiving the Public? covertactionmagazine.com Check out this year's "Democracy Awards" handed out by the National Endowment for Democracy. They were presented to Ukrainian NGOs …

Al Mayadeen (2022-06-21). The United Nations Slams Ukrainian Attack on Donetsk Maternity Hospital. globalresearch.ca The allegations of shelling of a maternity facility in Dujarric stated that "we have seen the media …

Kit Klarenberg (2022-06-21). British security state collaborator Paul Mason's war on 'rogue academics' exposed. thegrayzone.com In his covert assault on antiwar scholars, "left-wing" journalist and security state collaborator Paul Mason enlisted an academic snitch who knew his targets well. In the latest installment of The Grayzone's ongoing investigation into the anti-democratic, security state-influenced activities of Paul Mason, we look at how one of Britain's most prominent alleged left-wing journalists and an ever-expanding cast of covert helpers targeted scholars who dared challenge establishment narratives on the conflict in Ukraine. Amidst his campaign to neutralize the UK …

Isheka N. Harrison (2022-06-21). How Black-Owned Media Operate Under An Apartheid Digital Redlining System In Advertising. moguldom.com Like many other Black-owned institutions in America, Black-owned media companies have been historically underfunded and less supported than their white counterparts. Despite the many promises made after the historic Black Lives Matter protests that swept the country in 2020 after George Floyd was murdered by a Minneapolis police officer, Black-owned media companies continue to be …

Benjamin Norton (2022-06-21). Venezuelan's view on Gustavo Petro victory in Colombia, US sanctions, Iran pact. multipolarista.com A leftist Venezuelan journalist discusses the victory of left-wing candidate Gustavo Petro in Colombia's presidential election, the easing of a few US sanctions, and Venezuela's 20-year cooperation agreement with Iran.

Editor2 (2022-06-21). Taiwan: Red Lines and Strategic Ambiguity. orinocotribune.com By New Cold War &#1 ; Jun 8, 2022 | On May 5, 2022, the State Department amended its Taiwan factsheet removing the part in which it acknowledged that Taiwan is a part of China and stated that the US does not support Taiwan's independence. | While Washington has said the update does not reflect a change in its policy, it has clearly increased both its military and political activism in the region and Biden even went so far as to say in Tokyo on May 23 that the US is ready to use military force to defend Taiwan in the event of an intervention from Beijing. | As the US-led proxy war of NATO against Russia in Ukra…

Peoples Dispatch (2022-06-21). Latest UN-led talks over Libyan elections fail. peoplesdispatch.org Differences over the draft constitution and the electoral law have raised fresh fears of resumption of fighting between the different factions in Libya. The country has faced a decade-long war following the NATO-led invasion in 2011…

Cameron Harrison, Andrew Wright (2022-06-21). Detroit billionaire demands 10-year, $60 million tax break, taking money from schools. peoplesworld.org DETROIT—The City Council here postponed a vote on a questionable, additional $60 million tax break for Bedrock Management Services LLC last Tuesday. The firm, which is owned by billionaire Dan Gilbert, has requested the tax break in order to "develop" the already-delayed Hudson's project in downtown Detroit. The request would mark the project tax-free for …

_____ (2022-06-21). Juneteenth Commemorated While Total Freedom For African Americans Remains Elusive. popularresistance.org Juneteenth was designated as a federal holiday during 2021 by the United States administration of President Joe Biden. | This act of recognition came in the aftermath of an upsurge in mass demonstrations and electoral mobilizations in response to the rash of police and vigilante killings of African Americans during 2020-2021. | The holiday had been recognized and celebrated within African American communities largely concentrated in Texas and other areas of the South for over a century. After the surrender of the Confederate military forces in early April 1865, the fate of slavery as an economic system was sealed…

_____ (2022-06-21). If Albanese Asks for Assange's Freedom, Biden Has Every Reason to Agree. popularresistance.org Two years ago, at my local Australian Labor Party branch, I moved a motion urging the ALP to support dropping extradition proceedings against Julian Assange. Maroubra ALP is not inner city. It might be regarded as a bastion of the right. The motion was carried, near unanimously. After the debate, one member came up and said: "I think Assange is probably a narcissistic bastard but he's ours." | That is, he's an Australian.

_____ (2022-06-21). If Albanese Asks For Assange's Freedom, Biden Ought To Agree. popularresistance.org Two years ago, at my local Australian Labor Party branch, I moved a motion urging the ALP to support dropping extradition proceedings against Julian Assange. Maroubra ALP is not inner city. It might be regarded as a bastion of the right. The motion was carried, near unanimously. After the debate, one member came up and said: "I think Assange is probably a narcissistic bastard but he's ours." | That is, he's an Australian. | It was the Trump administration — probably at the insistence of then-C.I.A. chief Mike Pompeo — that pursued Assange's extradition. The Morrison government declined even the fainte…

Andy Kroll (2022-06-21). What Difference Does a War Make? tomdispatch.com From his first days in office, Joe Biden and his national security advisers seemed determined to revive America's fading global leadership via the strategy they knew best — challenging the "revisionist powers" Russia and China with a Cold War-style aggressiveness. When it came to Beijing, the president combined the policy initiatives of his predecessors, pursuing Barack Obama's "strategic pivot" from the Middle East to Asia, while continuing Donald Trump's trade war with China. In the process, Biden revived the kind of bipartisan foreign policy not seen in Washington since the Soviet Union collapsed in 1991…

Ann Brown (2022-06-21). Popular Democrat Radio Host Joe Madison: Joe Biden Can Celebrate Juneteenth With Presidential Commission To Study Reparations. moguldom.com Outspoken radio host Joe Madison wants President Joe Biden to do more than celebrate Juneteenth, which was signed into law as a federal holiday in 2021. Madison wants the president to create a presidential commission to study reparations for slavery. The federal bill H.R. 40, which proposes a commission to study reparations, has yet to …

Fight Back (2022-06-21). Colombians elect leftist Gustavo Petro in historic election, despite violence and threats. fightbacknews.org Tucson, AZ – Despite massive amounts of corporate media propaganda, police crackdowns and right-wing violence, Colombians elected leftist Gustavo Petro as president in a runoff election on June 19. The new vice president is Francia Marquez Mina, an Afro-Colombian woman. This is the first time Colombia elected a president who is not from either the mainstream liberal or conservative parties. | This election victory is a rejection of the reactionary agenda of Rodolfo Hernandez, who is now making allegations of electoral tampering and fraud. Not only did the people of Colombia defeat this right-wing agenda, they ele…

_____ (2022-06-21). Workers at US abortion rights groups seek unions to prepare for post-Roe care. popularresistance.org As reproductive rights groups brace for an anticipated US supreme court decision to overturn Roe v Wade and strike down federal abortion rights in America, workers at these groups are organizing to unionize ahead of the expected legal changes. | About 400 workers at 28 clinics in five states in the midwest — Minnesota, Iowa, Nebraska, North Dakota and South Dakota, announced in late May 2022 their intent to unionize with SEIU Healthcare Minnesota and Iowa. They have filed for a union election with the National Labor Relations Board after a majority of workers signed authorization cards and their request for…

Internationalist 360 ∞ (2022-06-21). "…Chile…Colombia…Brazil???": Bolsonaro Despair at Left Resurgence. libya360.wordpress.com BRASILWIRE Folha's Monica Bergamo reports that, following the victory of Gustavo Petro, President Jair Bolsonaro sent a message on a private WhatsApp group in which he despaired at the result. Left-wing candidate Gustavo Petro was elected president on Sunday with 40.32% of the vote. It is the first time the left has won an election in…

Internationalist 360 ∞ (2022-06-21). Do Colombians and Venezuelans Need to Become Political "Allies"? libya360.wordpress.com Franco Vielma The election of Gustavo Petro as president of Colombia and his running mate as vice-president, Francia Márquez, is undoubtedly a political milestone in this country, especially considering the long cycle of right-wing conservative governments that took the form of a political caste since the assassination of Jorge Eliécer Gaitán in 1948. This event…

Peoples Dispatch (2022-06-21). Israel's ruling coalition decides to dissolve parliament, call for fresh elections. peoplesdispatch.org The dissolution of the Knesset will lead to automatic extension of the controversial settlers' law for next six months. The government had failed to get approval for its extension earlier this month…

Ana Perdigón (2022-06-21). Bolton Predicts Rupture Within Venezuelan Opposition. orinocotribune.com The national security advisor to the White House during the Trump administration, John Bolton, has suggested that we could be seeing the beginning of an ultimate rupture within the Venezuelan opposition. | During an interview with Similarly, he added that towards the end of 2018 and the beginning of 2019, t…

_____ (2022-06-21). How The US Could Lose The New Cold War. popularresistance.org The United States appears to have entered a new cold war with both China and Russia. And US leaders' portrayal of the confrontation as one between democracy and authoritarianism fails the smell test, especially at a time when the same leaders are actively courting a systematic human-rights abuser like Saudi Arabia. Such hypocrisy suggests that it is at least partly global hegemony, not values, that is really at stake. | For two decades after the fall of the Iron Curtain, the US was clearly number one. But then came disastrously misguided wars in the Middle East, the 2008 financial crash, rising inequality, the op…

Brett Wilkins (2022-06-21). As Biden Reverses Trump Land Mine Policy, US Urged to Join Global Ban Treaty. commondreams.org "As welcome as this step is, the White House needs to put the U.S. on a definitive path to join the treaties banning anti-personnel mines and cluster munitions," argues Sen. Patrick Leahy.

Brett Wilkins (2022-06-21). 'He Must Resign': Staff Texts Over Fake Elector Slates Implicate Ron Johnson. commondreams.org "Trump and his MAGA allies planned, promoted, and paid for a seditious conspiracy to overturn an election they lost," said one Democratic Senate candidate. "And Ron Johnson attempted to deliver it to D.C. on a silver platter."

Adriaan Alsema (2022-06-21). Colombia's ELN guerrillas reiterate call to resume peace talks. colombiareports.com Colombia's longest-living guerrilla group ELN reiterated that the rebels want to resume peace talks after Sunday's election victory of President-elect Gustavo Petro. In a press statement, the ELN reiterated that…

Brett Wilkins (2022-06-21). Demanding Prosecution, Legal Experts Say This Is the 'Smoking Gun' to Nail Trump. commondreams.org "Trump has so far enjoyed near-impunity. He has gotten away with abuse after abuse… A case centered on the Georgia phone call, however, provides an antidote to that astonishing record."

Julia Conley (2022-06-21). Filmmaker Has 'Fully Complied' With Subpoena of Secret Trump Tapes. commondreams.org Documentary filmmaker Alex Holder filmed interviews with former President Trump and his top aides before and after the attack on the U.S. Capitol.

Peoples Dispatch (2022-06-21). Daily Round-up | Gustavo Petro wins in Colombia, Mélenchon surges in France. peoplesdispatch.org In this episode, we bring you stories from the election results in Colombia and France, protests in Tunisia and the escalating economic and political crisis in Sri Lanka…

TeleSUR, JCM (2022-06-21). Organizaciones indígenas en Ecuador denuncian represión policial. telesurtv.net Por su parte, el ministro de Defensa de Ecuador acusó a las organizaciones indígenas de poner en "riesgo la democracia".

____ (2022-06-21). Astronaut mother sends wishes to her children. ecns.cn Liu Yang, China's first female astronaut, has touched the hearts of millions with a letter to her two children that was made public after she set off into space for the second time earlier this month.

Steven Harper (2022-06-21). Trump and His Allies Are 'A Clear and Present Danger to American Democracy'. commondreams.org Every responsible media representative should have been amplifying Luttig's stark message, not deducting points based on performance.

Adriaan Alsema (2022-06-21). Colombia begins transition of power after elections. colombiareports.com Colombia's President Ivan Duque appointed his finance minister to coordinate the transition of power with a delegate of President-elect Gustavo Petro. The winner of Sunday's elections has yet to announce…

Common Dreams staff (2022-06-21). WATCH LIVE: Jan. 6 Hearing Highlights Trump Role in Fake Elector Scheme. commondreams.org The hearing will also examine former President Donald Trump's attempts to pressure state officials to do his bidding as he tried to overturn his 2020 election loss.

Jesse Jackson (2022-06-21). Why Merrick Garland Must Prosecute Donald Trump for Insurrectionist Plot. commondreams.org Treason? A professor notes that the framers of the Constitution had "a very specific image in mind—men gathering with guns, forming an army, and marching on the seat of government."

Anand Naidoo (2022-06-21). The Heat: Colombia Presidential Election. america.cgtn.com Colombians made history on Sunday when they elected their country's first ever leftist president. Gustavo Petro, a one-time member of the M-19 rebel group and former mayor, vows to fight inequality when he takes office as Colombia's next leader. CGTN's Michelle Begue in Bogota begins …

Jason Jones (2022-06-21). Organizer's notebook: Indianapolis social workers decide to go union. peoplesworld.org INDIANAPOLIS—Motivated by union victories at Amazon and Starbucks, my co-workers and I at Step-Up, a social service agency here, decided that it was time to demand representation and democracy in our workplace. The 23 social workers and case managers at Step-Up provide care coordination, case management, and mental health counseling to clients living with HIV and …

W. T. Whitney Jr. (2022-06-21). Petro and Márquez win unprecedented victory in Colombia elections. peoplesworld.org A comment on the Historical Pact coalition's million-vote plurality overflowed with enthusiasm: "June 19 will be remembered [in Colombia] as a day of the people and will be a moment of celebration for democracy…. Today was a day for changing history." In second-round voting, the team of Gustavo Petro for president and Francia Márquez for …

Adriaan Alsema (2022-06-21). Petro's quest for a majority in Colombia's Congress. colombiareports.com The party of Colombia's President-elect Gustavo Petro is seeking a majority coalition in Congress. Petro's "Historic Pact," became the biggest political party in the congressional elections in March, but needs…

____ (2022-06-21). China's first 'subway' high-speed rail commences operation. ecns.cn The Zhengzhou-Chongqing high-speed railway entered full operation on Monday as its section connecting Xiangyang city in central China's Hubei province and the Wanzhou District in Southwest China's Chongqing city opened on the same day.

PAI (2022-06-21). Worker-led CORE Union takes a bite out of Apple with Maryland win. peoplesworld.org TOWSON, Md. (PAI)—By a two-to-one ratio, the Coalition of Organized Retail Employees (CORE), a worker-led union aided by the Machinists, took a bite out of anti-union Apple, winning a recognition vote at the tech firm's retail store in Towson, Md. Their chomp was so noticeable that even Democratic President Joe Biden cheered. "I am proud …

Elliott Wallace (2022-06-20). Advocates call for reparations for Black Americans. america.cgtn.com The 'Why We Can't Wait' coalition is calling on President Biden to issue an executive order for a commission to study the legacy of slavery and consider reparations.

____ (2022-06-20). Is There Life After Death? transcend.org 16 Jun 2022 – A review of 'James and Whitehead on Life after Death' by David Ray Griffin – The meaning of death, and whether humans do or do not survive it in some form, has always obsessed people, from the average person to the great artists and thinkers. Death is the mother of philosophy and all the arts and sciences.

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