2022-06-18: News Headlines

Dave DeCamp (2022-06-18). Report: US MQ-1C Gray Eagle Drone Sale to Ukraine Has Been Paused. news.antiwar.com Reuters reported on Friday that a Biden administration plan to sell Ukraine four MQ-1C Gray Eagle drones to Ukraine The MQ-1C Gray Eagle can be armed with hellfire missiles and can fly for about 30 hours. If sold to Kyiv, the drone would give Ukrainian forces the capabilities to carry out airstrikes deep inside Russian territory. | Sources told Reuters that the plan to sell the drones to Ukraine was…

_____ (2022-06-18). The Lethality Of Washington's Global Monroe Doctrine. popularresistance.org This past week, as part of its policy to dominate the American hemisphere, the United States government organised the 9th Summit of the Americas in Los Angeles. US President Joe Biden made it clear early on that three countries in the hemisphere (Cuba, Nicaragua, and Venezuela) would not be invited to the event, claiming that they are not democracies. At the same time, Biden was reportedly planning an upcoming visit to Saudi Arabia — a self-described theocracy. Mexico's President Andrés Manuel López Obrador questioned the legitimacy of Biden's exclusionary stance, and so Mexico, Bolivia, and Honduras refuse…

Roger D. Harris (2022-06-18). Summit of the Americas Flops While Workers Summit Exposes Cracks in the Imperial Faàßade. orinocotribune.com By Roger D. Harris &#1 ; Jun 15, 2022 | Valentín, the man next to us in line as we made our way across the international border, asked what we had been doing in Tijuana. We had been at the Valentín, who had been born in Mexico and spent most of his working…

Adriaan Alsema (2022-06-18). Colombia to hold elections without any ceasefires. colombiareports.com Colombia's second round of elections will be held on Sunday without any ceasefires between the military and illegal armed groups. Guerrilla groups ELN and the Southeastern Bloc did announce a…

Staff (2022-06-18). Colombia Presidential Candidate Rodolfo Hernández's Miami Yacht Party Sparks Scandal. orinocotribune.com Just days before the second round of the presidential elections in Colombia, a Colombian media outlet released images and video of an exotic party in which Rodolfo Hernández, the candidate of the League of Anti-corruption Governors, participated, with a number of businessmen and several young women on a yacht in Miami. The images generated controversy not only due to the attitude of the candidate, but also because the luxurious party was paid for by the US Pharmaceutical company Pfizer, interested in expanding its business in Colombia. | The images were revealed by the Colombian outlet Cambio which cited a confid…

Ian Vandewalker (2022-06-18). Big Money Behind 'Big Lie' Insurrection Now Flowing Into Midterm Election. commondreams.org Big donors who supported the insurrection and the election denial that inspired it are spending to influence this year's races.

Ralph Nader (2022-06-18). The US Senate Is the Bipartisan Graveyard of Democracy. commondreams.org What some dare call the "world's greatest deliberative body" is really the "world's most pompously unproductive legislative chamber."

Tamara Nassar (2022-06-18). Biden hopes to preside over Israel-Saudi wedding. electronicintifada.net US leader's visit to Saudi Arabia will be first since murder of Jamal Khashoggi.

Frank Hammer (2022-06-18). Open Letter To Labor Notes About Relationship To US NED Funded AFL-CIO "Solidarity Center" indybay.org Retired UAW Local 909 president Frank Hammer challenges Labor Notes about their relationship with the US NED funded "Solidarity Center" in Mexico and the US. The AFL-CIO International Departmen AIFLD t was involved in the attack and murder of Mexico City Ford workers yet Labor Notes has refused to cover this issue and the fact that the "Solidarity Center" is now receiving $75 million a year from the National Endowment for Democracy which was set up by the US government and CIA.

Khubaka, Michael Harris (2022-06-18). CA State Parks Commission considers one of the most endangered historic sites in America. indybay.org California State Park and Recreation Commission may visit one of the most endangered historic preservation sites in America. Negro Hill, Mormon Island and Negro Bar Gold Mining District represents "hidden figures" from the National Underground Railroad Network to Freedom. As the Nation celebrates Juneteenth Freedom, California State Parks regional staff continues a generational effort to erase, distort and destroy all authentic golden legacy by people of African descent during the California Gold Rush Era (1840-1875)…

John Bachtell (2022-06-18). Juneteenth 2022: Demanding a Third Radical Reconstruction of U.S. capitalism. peoplesworld.org Tens of thousands are descending on Washington, D.C. for the historic, multiracial "Moral March on Washington and to the Polls." The march occurs during the Juneteenth Holiday weekend and the growing battle to preserve and extend U.S. constitutional democracy. The march, called by the Poor People's Campaign, aims to mobilize the nation's 140 million Black, …

____ (2022-06-18). Cradle of Civilization: Niuheliang Site. ecns.cn The Niuheliang site lies on a mountain ridge bordering Jianping county and Lingyuan city in Chaoyang, Northeast China's Liaoning province. The site dates back to between 5, 0 and 5,000 years ago, a time period in the late Neolithic era and defined by Chinese archaeologists as the Hongshan Culture.

Labor Video Project (2022-06-18). Democracy, General Strikes & Fascism At AFL-CIO With Van Deusen Pres Vermont AFL-CIO. indybay.org Vermont AFL-CIO president David Van Deusen reports on the refusal of the AFL-CIO Executive Council to allow his state's resolution for democracy in the AFL-CIO with direct election of the national officers by the rank and file as well as preparing for a general strike against any attempted coup or insurrection.

Staff (2022-06-18). Fidel: Vilma no se inmutaba ante peligro alguno (+ Video). cubadebate.cu En el aniversario 15 del fallecimiento de Vilma Espín, Cubadebate y el sitio Fidel Soldado de las Ideas recuerdan fotos y fragmentos de la reflexión que escribiera Fidel Castro, "Las luchas de Vilma" al momento de su muerte.

Staff (2022-06-17). Post-WWII shift: invoking Russia, Japan moves to NATO-level military spending. antibellum679354512.wordpress.com Kyodo NewsJune 16, 2022 Japan ruling party vows to boost nation's defense in election pledges Japan's ruling party pledged Thursday ahead of a House of Councillors election to "fundamentally" reinforce the country's defense capability and increase relevant spending in the next five years, as Russia's war against Ukraine has raised calls for a more robust …

Editor (2022-06-17). Glenn Greenwald : Joe Biden's Submissive — and Highly Revealing — Embrace of Saudi Despots. scheerpost.com By Glenn Greenwald / Substack | Then-Saudi Foreign Minister Prince Saud al-Faisal (2nd R) welcomes then-US Vice President Joe Biden (C) at the Riyadh airbase on October 27, 2011, upon his arrival in the Saudi capital with a US official delegation to offer condolences to the King Abdullah bin Abdul Aziz following the death of his brother, Crown Prince Sultan. AFP PHOTO/STR (Credit: AFP via Getty Images) | In 2018, President Trump issued

Vijay Prashad (2022-06-17). The lethality of Washington's Global Monroe Doctrine: The Twenty-Fourth Newsletter (2022). mronline.org This past week, as part of its policy to dominate the American hemisphere, the United States government organised the 9th Summit of the Americas in Los Angeles. U.S. President Joe Biden made it clear early on that three countries in the hemisphere (Cuba, Nicaragua, and Venezuela) would not be invited to the event, claiming that they are not democracies.

Jason Ditz (2022-06-17). Iraq's Sadr Withdraws From Political Process. news.antiwar.com Iraqi cleric and influential political leader Moqtada al-Sadr has followed up last weekend's resignation of all 73 Sadrist MPs by announcing Sadr says the move is meant to avoid involvement with corrupt politicians, and added that his movement would boycott the next election if those corrupt groups participate. | He didn't name them directly, but is almost certainly referring to the State of Law bloc, a rival Shi'ite group whose very suggestio…

Dave DeCamp (2022-06-17). Biden Attempts to Downplay Plans to Meet MbS in Saudi Arabia. news.antiwar.com On Friday, President Biden Biden made the comments when asked how he will handle the Saudi killing of journalist Jamal Khashoggi when he visits Saudi Arabia next month. "The same way I've been handling it," he told reporters. | "I'm not going to meet with MBS. I'm going…

_____ (2022-06-17). Summit Of The Americas Flops While Workers Summit Exposes Cracks In Imperial Faàßade. popularresistance.org Valentín, the man next to us in line as we made our way across the international border, asked what we had been doing in Tijuana. We had been at the Workers Summit of the Americas, organized as an alternative to Biden's Summit of the Americas in Los Angeles. Our summit was as a place where countries besieged by and barred from the US could participate and was held in cooperation with a kindred counter-summit in Los Angeles. | Valentín, who had been born in Mexico and spent most of his working life in the United States, had seen the border from both perspectives. He commented about Biden's summit that although the…

Editor (2022-06-17). ExxonMobil responds to Biden's call for increased oil production. mronline.org ExxonMobil responded to the US President by urging his administration to enact emergency measures.

Editor (2022-06-17). MBS and Putin: Why Talk to One and Not the Other? scheerpost.com By Daniel Warner / CounterPunch President Biden is confronted with two decisions: The first is whether to go to Saudi Arabia this summer to meet with Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman (MBS) to try to persuade him to increase his country's oil output. The second is whether to speak directly with Vladimir Putin to try …

Mumia Abu-Jamal (2022-06-17). Mumia Abu-Jamal: When the Empire Calls. orinocotribune.com By Mumia Abu-Jamal &#1 ; Jun 6, 2022 | The following message from political prisoner Mumia Abu-Jamal was prepared for the Workers' Summit in Tijuana, Mexico, June 10-12, which is being held in response to President Joe Biden's Summit of the Americas. | My brothers, sisters and comrades in Tijuana, I welcome you, delegates of the excluded. People from Cuba, Nicaragua, Venezuela and beyond. | Many of you come from poor nations, countries with relatively low GDP, like Cuba, for example, which has a GDP roughly equal to Ghana. As I write from the richest nation on earth, I have to add that I also write from a nation…

Maxyyjones (2022-06-17). A January 6th Spectacle Won't Save Democracy. scheerpost.com By Nolan Higdon / Original to ScheerPost | The televised hearings on the events of January 6, 2021 (January 6th) on the alleged insurrection at the Capitol after the 2020 election illustrates the sclerotic state of American politics and news media. It occurs at a time when

Staff (2022-06-17). Are We Witnessing a Preventive Coup in Colombia? orinocotribune.com Editorial note: In addition to alerts about a preventive coup coming from Colombia, and clearly explained by James Jordan, along with evidence of the political and military hierarchy of Colombia attempting to prevent a new possible government led by Gustavo Petro, US Southern Command (SOUTHCOM) chief, General Laura Richardson, traveled to Panama on June 15. As part of her tour, a visit to the border with Colombia, in the Darien jungle, was scheduled. Many Panamanian social movements condemned her visit as a direct intervention in Colombian elections. | By James Patrick Jordan &#1 ; Jun 16, 2022 | Activists from…

Editor (2022-06-17). New Bill that passed House reinvokes old Russian bogeyman as pretext for more U.S. intervention in Africa. mronline.org Liberal Democrats shamefully all voted for the "Countering Malign Russian Influence Activities in Africa" Act—seems like relic from bygone era…

Editor (2022-06-17). U.S. Senate &#1 ; From Partisan (GOP) Swamp to a Bipartisan Graveyard for Democracy. scheerpost.com By Ralph Nader Since January 2021, the U.S. House of Representatives has passed 412 bills (See: Congress.gov) and sent them to the Senate. Unfortunately, the Senate hasn't acted. "What?" you say, "don't the Democrats control both Chambers of Congress?" Sure, by the barest of margins. Handcuffed by the filibuster, a Senate rule (not a federal law) …

Aidan Smith (2022-06-17). The Big Tech Antitrust Battle Is A Fight For Democracy. commondreams.org There's a serious possibility that Big Tech's scorched Earth campaign to stop anything akin to real industry oversight or reform will end up working.

Amy Goodman, Denis Moynihan (2022-06-17). The Cure for the Next Pandemic: Medicare for All. commondreams.org Universal healthcare would lead to a healthier population, more capable of withstanding the impacts of the next pandemic.

Mark Gruenberg (2022-06-17). Witness: Trump's pressure on Pence to steal election part of 'war against democracy'. peoplesworld.org WASHINGTON—In gritty detail, witnesses, including the former chief lawyer for Donald Trump's vice president, Mike Pence, and evidence told lawmakers and the public how Trump and his team schemed to have Pence steal the 2020 election for him on Jan. 6, 2021. The plan involved Pence returning contested electoral votes to key swing states which …

Anonymous669 (2022-06-17). Russia Is Trying To Convince SDF To Join Syrian Army: Lavrentiev. southfront.org Russia had warned Turkey that a new military operation in Syria could push the Kurdish-led Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) to establish an independent state, Special Russian Presidential Representative for Syria Alexander Lavrentiev said during an interview RIA Novosti. | In the interview, which was published on June 17, Lavrentiev said Turkey would struggle with an independent Kurdish state on its border for the long term."We told our Turkish colleagues that this may lead to an increase in separatist se…

Trevor Timm (2022-06-17). All People Who Believe in Press Freedoms Must Condemn the Extradition of Julian Assange. commondreams.org Biden's Justice Department is ignoring the dire warnings of virtually every major civil liberties and human rights organization in the country.

Nancy J. Altman (2022-06-17). Beware of Republicans Trying to Cut Your Social Security Benefits. commondreams.org Republican efforts to hide their desire to cut benefits were on full display at last week's Senate Budget Committee hearing on Social Security.

John Bachtell (2022-06-17). In Democratic states, climate justice victories push toward net zero carbon. peoplesworld.org Despite fierce efforts by fossil fuel corporations and Congressional Republicans to block President Joe Biden's environmental agenda, climate policies embedded in the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act, executive orders, and action by the Environmental Protection Agency are advancing progress toward achieving net-zero carbon emissions. In addition, Biden froze tariffs on imported panels and, at …

Brett Wilkins (2022-06-17). 'Sad Day for Western Democracy': Chomsky, Ellsberg, Others Denounce Assange Extradition. commondreams.org "The U.K.'s decision to extradite Julian Assange to the nation that plotted to assassinate him—the nation that wants to imprison him for 175 years for publishing truthful information in the public interest—is an abomination."

Dean Baker (2022-06-16). Will CNN Put Donald Trump Back in the White House? cepr.net The network's coverage of the economy has been inflation, inflation, inflation 24-7. But inflation is not the whole story of the economy. We also have unemployment that is near 50-year low. That is a really big deal, because the vast majority of families work for most of their income.

Fight Back (2022-06-16). Philippines: "Terrorist designation" of Ka Louie et al is outrageous. fightbacknews.org Fight Back News Service is circulating the following June 15 statement from the Communist Party of the Philippines (CPP). | The improperly named "Anti-Terrorism Council" today announced that it issued a resolution last May 25 (Resolution No. 31) which "designated" the former chief negotiator of the National Democratic Front of the Philippines (NDFP) Ka Louie Jalandoni and five other people being associated with the Communist Party of the Philippines (CPP) and the National Democratic Front of the Philippines (NDFP) as "terrorist individuals." | The Party and the revolutionary movement firmly denounces the ATC for…

Internationalist 360 ∞ (2022-06-16). Are We Witnessing a Preemptive Coup in Colombia? libya360.wordpress.com James Patrick Jordan Activists from Colombia's major cities are being rounded up and detained as part of "Plan Democracy", a strategy described by Jorge Luís Vargas Valencia, General Director of the Colombian National Police, at a June 14, 2022 press conference. Vargas said that police were being put in a "maximum state of alert," because…

Adriaan Alsema (2022-06-16). Why Colombia got nervous about violence after elections. colombiareports.com Colombia's government is intimidating critics amid fears that its failure to guarantee free and fair elections could revive social unrest on Sunday. President Ivan Duque said Tuesday that "the security…

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