2024-06-17: News Headlines

Mitchell Plitnick, Mondoweiss. (2024-06-17). Blinken's Lies About Hamas Reveal Biden Administration's True Intentions. popularresistance.org "The proposal that President Biden laid out 12 days ago was virtually identical to one that Hamas had accepted and put forward itself on May the 6th. So there's no reason why this agreement should not be reached. The only reason would be Hamas continuing to try to change the terms." | So said U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken in an interview with Al Jazeera on Wednesday. The statement is part of an extended campaign of deception that Blinken has spearheaded. It featured President Joe Biden's dramatic unveiling of a ceasefire proposal, followed by a U.N. Security Council resolution and Blinken's latest tour o…

Mi Cuba por Siempre, Orinoco Tribune. (2024-06-17). Russia And Cuba, Beyond Warships. popularresistance.org While the international media only report on the arrival of a Russian naval detachment in Cuba, relations between the Russian Federation and Cuba go much further and are getting stronger. Unlike the Biden administration, which is focused on maintaining the economic and financial persecution measures against Cuba, the Russian government is working together with the Cuban government to reach mutually beneficial agreements, which you will certainly not read about in the major mainstream outlets. | Bruno Rodriguez Parrilla, Cuban minister of Foreign Affairs, visited Russia to attend a meeting of the BRICS+ forum and…

Staff (2024-06-17). Palestinians can't expect justice from US as Jewish lobbies control US politics. muslimmirror.com By Latheef Farook Somewhere in the early 1980s there were speculations of United States Secretary of State Alexander Haig contesting the US Presidential elections. Then Prime Minister of Israel Menachem Begin,the architect of Deir Yassin massacre which killed more than 250 innocent Palestinians said " the road to White House is through Tel Aviv —Israeli …

Amir Tibon (2024-06-17). Top Biden envoy visits region as White House bids to prevent all-out Israel-Hezbollah war. haaretz.com Despite the urgency that the Biden administration conveys over Hochstein's talks, senior officials admit that the end of war in Gaza and the release of the hostages are the required conditions for reaching an agreement in the Israel-Lebanon border…

infobrics (2024-06-17). Trump slams Zelensky: "He's maybe the greatest salesman of any politician that's ever lived" infobrics.org Biden loses support in key swing states that brought him to power in 2020…

newarab (2024-06-17). Is the US lying about Hamas blocking Israel peace deal in Gaza. newarab.com On 31 May US President Joe Biden Biden outlined a three-phase proposal that would see a captive exchange deal that would allow for the end of military operations in Gaza and the withdrawal of its forces from the enclave. | Ever since then, there has been widespread confusion regarding whether the proposal was actually an Israeli one, give…

aljazeera (2024-06-17). US says Hamas is to blame for ceasefire delay — but is it Hamas or Israel? aljazeera.com Biden administration insists Israel is on board, but the latter's evasiveness highlights the contradictions of any deal.

newleftreview (2024-06-17). Richard Beck: Bidenism Abroad. newleftreview.org Panoramic survey of US foreign policy as Washington attempts to maintain its global hegemony in conditions of faltering growth. Containing China, confronting Russia, driving decarbonization: each of Biden's stated aims has been beset by insoluble contradictions from the outset, Richard Beck argues, now compounded by Israel's punitive war on Gaza.

Ali Azgar (2024-06-17). Biden pushes Gaza ceasefire deal in Eid message. muslimnews.co.uk President Joe Biden used his Eid-ul-Azha message to Muslims to advocate a US-backed ceasefire deal in Gaza, saying on Sunday that it was the best way to help civilians suffering the "horrors of war between Hamas and Israel." . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . …

newarab (2024-06-17). Biden adviser in Israel, as strikes on Gaza continue amid Eid. newarab.com Deadly Israeli airstrikes targeted several locations throughout Gaza overnight and early on Monday killing Palestinians, as Muslims mark the second day of the Islamic festival of At least three people, including a woman and an elderly man, were killed early on Monday and others were seriously injured following Israeli bombing in the Sheikh Radwan neighbourhood in

newarab (2024-06-17). Donald Trump boasts of cognitive test, then flubs doctor's name. newarab.com The only problem: he then immediately got confused on the name of the doctor who oversaw the test. | Trump extolled his powers of mental recall in a speech to…

newarab (2024-06-17). US: Biden pushes Gaza ceasefire deal in Eid al-Adha message. newarab.com "Too many innocent people have been killed, including thousands of children. Families have fled their homes and seen th…

Patrick Lawrence, Scheer Post. (2024-06-17). Europe's Elections As A Mirror. popularresistance.org Ah, those elections last week to the European Parliament, in which voters across the European Union administered a sound whack to the technocrats, market fundamentalists, and liberal authoritarians who now hold power across much of the Continent: Let us attempt what we are not supposed ever to undertake. Let us try to understand them. | The E.U. Parliament, to get straight a few basic details, is one strut of the three-legged stool of which the union is made: The unelected technocrats are in Brussels, the unelected central bankers are in Frankfurt, and the elected legislature is in Strasbourg. Belgium, Germany, a…

Eric Toussaint (2024-06-17). The World Bank's accounts. cadtm.org In July 2024, the World Bank and the IMF will be 80 years old. 80 years of financial neo-colonialism and the imposition of austerity policies in the name of debt repayment. 80 years is enough! The Bretton Woods institutions must be abolished and replaced by democratic institutions serving an ecological, feminist and anti-racist bifurcation. To mark these 80 years, we are republishing a series of articles every Wednesday until July, looking in detail at the history and damage caused by these (…) | – | / |

Consortium News (2024-06-17). The hoax of "weaponized rape" in Gaza takes what seems a fatal hit. indybay.org Last Friday, while President Joe Biden, French President Emmanuel Macron and other Western leaders, along with the reporters who clerk for them, were in Normandy busily airbrushing out the Red Army's heroism in defeating the Reich 80 years ago, something truer to history occurred in the pages of The Times of London.

Catherine Curran Vigier (2024-06-17). The French Left Unite Against Fascism. counterpunch.org French politics has been in chaos since President Macron announced a snap general election after the victory of the far right Rassemblement Nationale (RN) in the European elections. Jordan Bardella's RN list took 31,37 % of the vote. Eric Zemmour's Reconquest list led by Marine le Pen's niece, Marion Maréchal Le Pen, took another 5, 47%

Michael Hudson (2024-06-17). US Cryptocurrency as an Offshore Banking Center. counterpunch.org The Wall Street Journal ran a revealing op-ed today (June 14, 2024) by Paul D. Ryan, "Crypto Could Stave off a U.S. Debt Crisis." Mr. Ryan, libertarian Republican House Speaker 2015-2019 and now at the right-wing American Enterprise Institute, writes that: "Stablecoins backed by dollars provide demand for U.S. public debt and a way to

Ralph Nader (2024-06-17). Nonfiction Summer Reading Recommendations. counterpunch.org 1. "The Emperor's Nightmare" by Robert A. G. Monks (2022). Harvard lawyer, former CEO and Shareholder Rights Activist, Monks digs deep inside big corporate power and the devastating impact of this corpocracy on weakened democratic institutions. Constitutional reset is crucial, he concludes. 2. "Corporate Bullsh*t: Exposing the Lies and Half-Truths That Protect Profit, Power, and

Jeff Bryant (2024-06-17). After Years of Failed Education Reforms, Chicago Embraces Community Schools. counterpunch.org "Until now, we haven't even tried to make big-city school districts work, especially for children of color," Jhoanna Maldonado said when Our Schools asked her to describe what Chicago Mayor Brandon Johnson and his supporters have in mind for the public school system of the nation's third-largest city. Johnson scored a surprising win in the 2023 mayoral

George Ochenski (2024-06-17). The Future of Public Lands Conservation in Montana. counterpunch.org A great recent article by Chris D'Angelo reports on the connection between Tim Sheehy, the Republican challenging Jon Tester for his senate seat, and PERC, the Bozeman-based Property and Environment Research Center that promotes what it calls "free market environmentalism." While Montanans might wonder about Sheehy's background and policy positions given the shifting sands in

Walden Bello (2024-06-17). How Capitalism Really Works. fpif.org Vulture Capitalism is, at one level, a really good read, for the scandals that it brings together in one volume—like the Boeing 737 MAX debacle, where the pursuit of profits, lack of regulation, and corporate cost-cutting culture resulted in two crashes that killed hundreds of people, or the ways most of the $800 million allocated by Washington for the Paycheck Protection Plan (PPP) to enable workers to get through the COVID 19 pandemic actually ended up with their employers. Among the direct or indirect beneficiaries of the PPP were House Speaker Nancy Pelosi's husband, Senate majority leader Mitch McConne…

Kester Kenn Klomegah (2024-06-17). Coalition Government: A Test for South Africa's Democracy. globalresearch.ca

Khubaka, Michael Harris (2024-06-17). California Juneteenth a "stolen legacy" awaiting recognition of USCT from California. indybay.org 2024 California Juneteenth still waiting for the 2 1/2 journey of US Federal Law to reach California. Nearly 2,000 USCT from California will one day be honored and recognized. Till then our "hidden figures" waiting the 2 1/2 fabricated notion as if our US Civil War never existed…

latintimes (2024-06-17). France Begins Frenetic Campaign After Macron Poll Gamble. latintimes.com France on Monday began less than a fortnight of frenetic election campaigning for snap polls called by President Emmanuel Macron to combat the far right, with star footballer Kylian Mbappe warning the country was at a historic crossroads.

latintimes (2024-06-17). Trump Mixes Up His Doctor's Name While Criticizing Biden's Cognitive Abilities. latintimes.com Trump was trying to take a dig at President Joe Biden's cognitive test when he himself mixed up his former doctor's name.

latintimes (2024-06-17). Supreme Court Is 'Brazenly Corrupt And Brazenly Political', Says Sen. Murphy. latintimes.com Murphy affirmed that it is "absolutely" appropriate for Biden to criticize the Court.

latintimes (2024-06-17). Zuma's Party Joins S.African Opposition Alliance. latintimes.com South African former president Jacob Zuma said Sunday his new party would join an opposition alliance to coordinate resistance to the government, while maintaining its challenge to the general election results.

Hannah Davenport (2024-06-17). 'The sums don't add up': IFS rubbishes the maths behind Reform UK's 'problematic' pledges. leftfootforward.org Pledges made in Reform UK's election 'contract' today have been ripped to shreds, whether that's over the unspecified welfare savings, vastly inflated figures or Liz Truss style tax cuts. | Nigel Farage announced the party's general election vision for Britain, which includes tax cuts costing nearly £90bn per year and spending increases of £50bn per year. | Among the Reform promises are; a vow to leave the European Convention on Human Rights, scrapping the UK's environmental goals, freezing 'non-essential' immigration, cut back 'office waste' in the NHS to spend more on frontline services and prom…

Hannah Davenport (2024-06-17). Boris Johnson preparing leadership comeback to 'save' Tories. leftfootforward.org Boris Johnson is preparing a leadership comeback, seeing himself as the one man to save the Conservative party after a predicted brutal defeat and the rise of Nigel Farage, it has been reported. | According to the former Prime Minister's biographer Andrew Gimson, Johnson's friends have said he has not given up plans of a comeback if the Tory Party is dealt (as predicted) a humiliating defeat at the general election and against Farage launching an opportunistic takeover bid. | Writing in

Hannah Davenport (2024-06-17). Rishi Sunak and Suella Braverman on tactical voting hit list to destroy Tories in general election. leftfootforward.org Seats being fought for by the Prime Minister, Suella Braverman, Liz Truss and Priti Patel are included on the hit list where campaigners are encouraging voters to tactical vote, with the aim of dealing a devastating defeat to the Conservative party this general election. | This morning the campaign group Best of Britain published its comprehensive tactical voting guide for getting a Conservative Party wipeout at the general election. | The group, initially formed to fix problems Britain faced after Brexit, has released its tactical vote recommendations based on current MRP polling, local factors and the incum…

Hannah Davenport (2024-06-17). Suella Braverman ridiculed for cringeworthy campaign video. leftfootforward.org Suella Braverman has been seriously ridiculed after viewers were left cringing over a TikTok video she released for her general election campaign. | In an attempt to win over young Conservative voters, the Tory candidate for Fareham and Waterlooville posted a bizarre TikTok video, as this election has seen politicians looking to engage with the younger generation of social media users. | The former Home Secretary attempts to mime an audio clip from a viral TikTok video saying "I have a question for everybody, who wants to go to the four seasons Orlando" before she's filmed with Tory campaigners holding placard…

Editor (2024-06-17). Fascism and resistance in France today. mronline.org John Mullen spoke to Green Left Weekly about the rise of the far right in France and prospects for the left in the upcoming election…

Editor (2024-06-17). New president in Mexico to accelerate the energy transition. mronline.org Claudia Sheinbaum's resounding victory in Mexico's presidential election on June 2nd, 2024, has been welcomed by two of the country's main energy unions, UNTyPP and SME.

Lance Strong (2024-06-17). The Irony: Videos Show 'Blacks For Trump' Rally At Detroit Church Was Attended By A Lot Of White People. newsone.com Donald Trump's rally over the weekend at a Detroit church was billed as a "Blacks for Trump" event, but video footage on social media showed mostly white people in attendance.

Ileana Ferrer Fonte (2024-06-17). Cuban president congratulates Prensa Latina on its 65th anniversary. plenglish.com Havana, Jun 17 (Prensa Latina) President Miguel Diaz-Canel congratulated the Latin American News Agency Prensa Latina on its 65th anniversary, founded by the leader of the Cuban Revolution, Fidel Castro, and Ernesto "Che" Guevara.

presstv.ir (2024-06-17). Germany's far-right AFD leaders cheer as exit polls published. presstv.ir The far-right Alternative for Germany made solid gains and take second place in EU election.

presstv.ir (2024-06-17). Live updates: First debate in 2024 Iran presidential election. presstv.ir The six candidates in Iran's June 28 presidential election face off in the first televised presidential debate.

WSWS (2024-06-17). Campaigning in Detroit, Trump incites violence against immigrants. wsws.org Speaking at a church in Detroit, Trump blamed immigrants for the poverty and unemployment caused by capitalism.

WSWS (2024-06-17). New Caledonia's constitutional amendment "suspended," not withdrawn. wsws.org With the snap election due in France, Macron has refused to withdraw the contentious constitutional amendment to expand New Caledonia's voter rolls that triggered ongoing unrest.

Agence France-Presse (2024-06-17). France begins frenetic campaign after Macron election gamble. scmp.com French parties have finalised their candidates for the two-round June 30 and July 7 election.

Bloomberg (2024-06-17). Scale of Sunak's UK election challenge laid bare by disastrous polling. scmp.com The UK Conservative Party is headed for a historic wipeout in the July 4 general election, according to weekend polls.

Raphaël Lopoukhine (2024-06-17). DRC: The EU should proceed with the appointment of the Special Representative for the Great Lakes without further delay. fidh.org Now that the technical process for the selection of a candidate and approval of a mandate for…

themoscowtimes (2024-06-17). Kremlin Confirms Putin's Trip to North Korea. themoscowtimes.com Vladimir Putin's trip to the world's most reclusive country comes amid suspicions that Pyongyang is supplying Moscow with weapons.

Robert Delaney (2024-06-17). Pentagon not denying secret campaign to discredit Chinese vaccines. scmp.com In wake of report on its anti-vaccine programme, Pentagon says it conducts a wide range of operations 'to counter adversary malign influence'.

UMMID (2024-06-17). Parliament's 1st session after 2024 LS elections from June 24. ummid.com Parliamentary Affairs Minister Kiren Rijiju Wednesday said the first session of the 18th Lok Sabha will be from June 24, 2024.

Staff (2024-06-17). DWP has already started moving ESA claimants to Universal Credit as 'guinea pigs'. thecanary.co The Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) has quietly pressed ahead with forcing ESA benefit claimants onto Universal Credit. Crucially, it is doing so despite promises to claimants that it would not begin the process before September. Of course, it is doing so while media and public attention is focused on the upcoming general election. …

Staff (2024-06-17). All political parties are ignoring the UK's 'financial apartheid' against Black and brown people. thecanary.co With the general election just weeks away, Tynah Matembe — money expert, Edinburgh based entrepreneur, and founder of MoneyMatiX — has criticised the government's track record on financial inclusion. She has also highlighted the fact that the main parties are not discussing the issue and ignoring what Matembe calls "financial apartheid" in the UK. Financial …

Pablo Rafael Fuentes (2024-06-17). Votantes negros podrían definir elecciones de EEUU en noviembre. radiohc.cu La Habana, 17 jun (RHC) La mayoría de los votantes negros en Pensilvania y Michigan, dos estados norteamericanos que podrían definir las elecciones de noviembre, aseguran hoy que apoyarían al presidente Joe Biden en esos comicios, según sondeos.

teleSUR, JGN (2024-06-17). Comunidad internacional saluda victoria de Sheinbaum en México. telesurtv.net Xiomara Castro dijo que acordó con Sheinbaum "trabajar juntas por la unidad de Latinoamérica y el Caribe".

teleSUR, odr, SH (2024-06-17). Autoridades dominicanas colocan a 25 provincias en alerta verde. telesurtv.net El COE aumenta 14 provincias y al Distrito Nacional en alerta amarilla debido a una masa de aire húmeda dejada por una onda tropical en el país caribeño.

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