2019-06-16: News Headlines

Staff (2019-06-16). 'Treason!' Trump slams NYT claim of US cyberattacks on Russia's power grid as harmful fake news. rt.com Following a bombastic report that US government hackers are targeting Russia's power grid, President Donald Trump took to Twitter to accuse the NY Times of spreading fake news detrimental to US credibility and national security.

Steve Topple (2019-06-16). CanaryPod: Topple Uncaged S2 EP7. thecanary.co THIS PODCAST CONTAINS LANGUAGE AND CONTENT SOME PEOPLE MAY FIND OFFENSIVE. THE VIEWS EXPRESSED IN THIS EPISODE ARE THE OPINIONS OF THE HOST AND GUESTS. | Welcome to series two of #ToppleUncaged! | Every week, The Canary will be bringing you an innovative podcast for the media landscape; hosted by me, Steve Topple. | You'll get my quick fire round-up of the news in Topple's Twittering. Then, I'll be going in on a story or campaign you may have missed, with a very special guest, on Free Flying With… After that, you get to have your say on the week's talking points in Twitter Chirps Back. And finally, I'll be brin…

The Canary (2019-06-15). Veteran republican 'unrepentant', mourners told at his funeral. thecanary.co A veteran republican who opposed the peace process died "unrepentant", hundreds of mourners in West Belfast were told.Billy McKee, who died on Tuesday aged 97, was a founding member of the Provisional IRA, and a staunch critic of Sinn Fein's embrace of non-violence.His funeral was held on Saturday at St Peter's Cathedral. | Billy McKee died an "unrepentant" republican. @PA pic.twitter.com/XlVeFLLlBo

Bryan Wall (2019-06-15). Adding the Irish PM to a list of 'Rainbow Icons' is causing anger and controversy in the LGBTQI+ community. thecanary.co In a controversial move, an Irish LGBTQI+ group has added prime minister Leo Varadkar to its list of "Rainbow Icons". Gay Community News ( GCN) announced on Twitter that it had added Varadkar to its list.But people have reacted negatively to the addition, with some accusi…

Mohamed Elmaazi (2019-06-15). Assange is being prosecuted for 'exposing the crimes of empire', says award winning journalist. thecanary.co Award-winning journalist Christopher Hedges accused the UK and US authorities of 'judicially lynching' Julian Assange. Speaking outside Westminster Magistrates' Court, Hedges said he came to London from the US "to speak out against"

teleSUR (2019-06-15). Bolivian Miner Found Dead in Chilean Mine: Evo Morales. telesurenglish.net After a 36 hour rescue effort, only one of the three male Bolivian workers trapped in a northern Chilean mine since Thursday has been found alive, while another was found dead. One miner is still missing and rescue workers continue to search for him. | Leonardo Condori, 57, was found alive in the mine, located in the Antofogasta region, as reported by Bolivian President Evo Morales Saturday morning via Twitter. Authorities haven't confirmed which of the other two who had been missing since Thursday—Lenin Veinzaga or Salomon Veinzaga, age 19—was found deceased at the site. | Por otro lado, se confi…

Soraya Sepahpour-Ulrich (2019-06-15). Mike Pompeo Has a Hard Time Kicking Old Habits. mintpressnews.com "I was the CIA director. We lied, We Cheated, We Stole". — Mike Pompeo | It appears that Mike Pompeo has a hard time kicking his old habits. He appears to be as smug about lying as a CIA operative as he is as Secretary of State. Categorically blaming the Iranians for the recent oil attack tankers has left allies scratching their heads; and perhaps leaving foes thinking: "Thank God my enemy is so stupid"! | On June 13, 2019, as Ayatollah Khamenei was holding talks in Tehran with Japanese prime minister, Shinzo Abe, two oil tankers carrying oil to Jap…

Soraya Sepahpour-Ulrich (2019-06-15). Pompeo's "Tanker Narrative" against Iran."Thank God my Enemy is so Stupid"! globalresearch.ca "I was the CIA director. We lied, We Cheated, We Stole". — Mike Pompeo | It appears that Mike Pompeo has a hard time kicking his old habits. He appears to be as smug about lying as a CIA operative as …

Bereket Habte Selassie (2019-06-15). Will President Isaias Afwerki Respond Positively To Open "Reawakening" Letter By Pan-Africanists Including Wole Soyinka? blackstarnews.com Afwerki–Photo: Facebook | | The Open Letter our African brothers and sisters wrote to Eritrea's Head of State, Isaias Afwerki, is a breath of fresh air in the stale atmosphere of African politics and diplomacy. It came on the 55th anniversary of the establishment of the Organization of African Unity (OAU), the predecessor of the African Union (AU), which falls one day after Eritrea's Independence Day, and it thus carries a poignant symbolic significance. | | It signifies a Pan-Africanist spirit as well as reflecti…

teleSUR (2019-06-15). US: Washington Sees Unveiling of First Palestinian Art Museum. telesurenglish.net The first Palestinian museum in Washinton D.C. opened its doors Saturday, displaying priceless collections of art and documents gathered from around the world for visitors. | RELATED: | US School District Pulls Palestine Course After Backlash | The Museum of Palestinian People (MPP) is the second museum of its kind in the U.S. and is currently showcasing work by five artists. The temporary exhibit is called "Reimagining a Future" and fea…

Staff (2019-06-15). Child abuse? Outrage as US Army posts VIDEO of baby in helmet singing military song. rt.com The US Army has once again misjudged the internet, after apparently thinking it would be cute to post a video of small boy decked out in camouflage singing the military branch's official anthem. The Twitterati thought otherwise.

Ed Sykes (2019-06-14). Chuka Umunna's tweets come back to haunt him as he joins Lib Dems. thecanary.co Twitter users aren't letting new Liberal Democrat MP Chuka Umunna forget his past comments. In particular, he'd previously insisted he 'couldn't forgive' the Lib Dems for propping up Conservative austerity under the 2010-2015 Coalition government.This is the third party Umunna has been a member of in the space of a year — after Labour and the failed 'Change UK'.'I could never ever turn a blind eye to Coalition austerity': In one post, which has now gone viral, Umunna s…

John Shafthauer (2019-06-14). McVey vows to carry on 'crushing the poor' despite humiliating defeat. thecanary.co Esther McVey got a decent amount of airtime recently, and she used it to voice her reprehensible views. Despite the attention, she's turned out to be the least popular Tory leadership candidate ever: | Full result of the first Tory leadership ballot. | Leadsom, Harper and McVey eliminated. pic.twitter.com/HBHSgqbbvE | — Ian Jones (@ian_a_jo…

Staff (2019-06-14). Mike Pompeo Blames Iran for Tanker Attack Without Single Shred of Evidence. truthout.org In a press conference that immediately evoked memories of the lead-up to the 2003 invasion of Iraq, U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo on Thursday claimed Iran was behind alleged attacks on two oil tankers in the Gulf of Oman without presenting one single shred of evidence. | "This assessment is based on intelligence, the weapons used, the level of expertise needed to execute the operation, recent similar Iranian attacks on shipping, and the fact…

Staff (2019-06-14). "Chernobyl" Undermines True Socialism at a Time When We Need It Most. truthout.org In contemporary society, ideology functions in really complicated ways. Take HBO's "Chernobyl," which is currently the top-rated show on IMDb. Since the show's recent finale, partisans of the left and right, Democrat and Republican, have seen within it reflections of their ideological positions. | A recent dust-up on Twitter encapsulates the paramet…

Jake Johnson (2019-06-14). 'Deja Vu' of Iraq War Lies: Mike Pompeo Blames Iran for Tanker Attack Without A Shred of Evidence. globalresearch.ca In a press conference that immediately evoked memories of the lead-up to the 2003 invasion of Iraq, U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo on Thursday claimed Iran was behind alleged attacks on two oil tankers in the Gulf of Oman …

Noor Al-Sibai (2019-06-14). Echoes of Flint in 'Chernobyl'. truthdig.com On May 30, toward the end of its five-week run on HBO, author Stephen King tweeted that the mini-series "Chernobyl" is impossible to watch without considering our feckless and incompetent president. "Like those in charge of the doomed Russian reactor," King wrote, "[Donald Trump] is a man of mediocre intelligence in charge of great power—economic, global—that he does not understand." | May 30, 2019 | As television critics have observed, "Chernobyl" all but teleSUR (2019-06-14). Brazil: Bolsonaro's Lawmaker Threatens Intercept Journalist. telesurenglish.net "I've lived in Brazil since 2005. I am married 14 years to a Brazilian and we adopted 2 Brazilian children (11,000 Brazilian children are without parents). We created an NGO here for people in the street and abandoned animals I invest my life in the future of Brazil," tweets The Intercept founder Glenn Greenwald. | RELATED: | Lawmaker Gets 'Sick' Death Threats for Lula Exposé Written by His Partner | Greenwald's tweet was in response to threats of deportation by…

David Rosen (2019-06-14). Time to Break Up the 21st Century Tech Trusts. counterpunch.org On June 11th, the House Judiciary Committee launched an investigation into the market dominance of the four leading "big-tech" companies — Facebook, Google, Apple and Amazon. Rep. David Cicilline (D-RI), who oversees the subcommittee hearing, proclaimed, "these are monopolies," warning that they dominate the digital marketplace and it might be time for new legislation to increase More

Staff (2019-06-14). Bigoted Cops Show True Colors in Online Hate Groups. truthdig.com This article was originally posted on Reveal News. | Hundreds of active-duty and retired law enforcement officers from across the United States are members of Confederate, anti-Islam, misogynistic or anti-government militia groups on Facebook, a Reveal investigation has found. | These cops have worked at every level of American law enforcement, from tiny, rural sheriff's departments to the largest agencies in the country, such as the Los Angeles and New York poli…

Fréa Lockley (2019-06-14). Here's why The Canary is going Green for Grenfell. thecanary.co On 14 June 2017, a fire at Grenfell Tower killed 72 people. Two years later, bereaved families and survivors will gather to honour the memory of those lives lost. With love and in solidarity for everyone involved in the tragedy, The Canary is Going Green for Grenfell. | Forever in our hearts: | The Green For Grenfell campaign: ai…

Tyler Durden (2019-06-14). Facebook's Secret "Hate Agent" Formula Leaked by Insider. theantimedia.com (ZH) — An internal Facebook document reveals that the social media giant monitors its users' offline behavior as part of how the company determines whether a person should be classified as a "Hate Agent," according to Breitbart's Allum Bokhari who has reviewed the document. Titled "Hate Agent Policy Review," the document reveals that Facebook employs a series of "signals" which include a person's …

WSWS (2019-06-14). House Judiciary Committee begins antitrust inquiry into big tech. wsws.org A House subcommittee hearing on Tuesday began a major bipartisan drive for government-directed censorship of website and social media content.

RT (2019-06-13). Hump day? Trump brags about meeting 'Prince of Whales,' Twitter unloads with memes. rt.com Fresh from a gaffe-filled visit to the UK, including appearing to fist-bump the Queen and not curtsying, US president Donald Trump added one more to the list by referring to Prince Charles as the 'Prince of Whales.'

RT (2019-06-13). Rihanna, Cruz, Nixon and insults: The curious case of Donald Trump's Twitter likes. rt.com Donald Trump's rare Twitter likes are a peculiar collection. The US president has only liked a handful of tweets ever, but he recently gave his first love heart in years to a tweet complimenting Rihanna's work-life balance.

Staff (2019-06-13). Hump day? Trump brags about meeting 'Prince of Whales,' Twitter unloads with memes. rt.com Fresh from a gaffe-filled visit to the UK, including appearing to fist-bump the Queen and not curtsying, US president Donald Trump added one more to the list by referring to Prince Charles as the 'Prince of Whales.'

Ilana Novick (2019-06-13). How the Pentagon's Forever Wars Are Killing the Planet. truthdig.com It's been a harrowing couple of weeks for climate change observers. First, as Vice reported, there was an analysis from an Australian think tank, co-written by Ian Dunlop, a former fossil fuel company CEO, that posits that the planet is "reaching a 'point of no return' by mid-century, in whi…

Special To The Black Star News (2019-06-13). New York's Top Leaders, De Blasio and Jumaane Williams, Hail Rent Bill Boosting Tenants' Rights. blackstarnews.com Jumaane Williams. Photo: Twitter | | New York City's top elected officials including Mayor Bill de Blasio and Public Advocate Jumaane D. Williams have hailed the bill that will significantly increase tenants rights. | | The new bill which could be voted on as early as Friday includes several protections such as: protection against evictions from apartments so long as a tenant occupies the unit in a preferential unit and blocking landlords from exponentially increasing rents; the so-called vacancy bonus whereby landlords could increase rent by as much as 20% when a unit is vacant has been eliminated; lan…

Staff (2019-06-13). Rihanna, Cruz, Nixon and insults: The curious case of Donald Trump's Twitter likes. rt.com Donald Trump's rare Twitter likes are a peculiar collection. The US president has only liked a handful of tweets ever, but he recently gave his first love heart in years to a tweet complimenting Rihanna's work-life balance.

Staff (2019-06-13). As Deficit Skyrockets, Author of GOP Tax Cuts Admits Bill May Not Pay Off. truthout.org The lead architect of the 2017 Republican tax law contradicted his party's repeated promises that the tax cuts would pay for themselves. | Rep. Kevin Brady, R-Texas, the former chairman of the House Ways and Means and taxation committees, admitted that it was "hard to know" how much of the cuts were fully paid for at the Peterson Foundation's annual Fiscal Summit in Washington. | "We will know in year eight, nine or 10 what revenues it brought in to the government over time. So it's way too early to tell," Brady…

teleSUR (2019-06-13). Trump Boasts About His Diplomacy with 'Prince of Whales'. telesurenglish.net U.S. President Donald Trump lauded his own diplomacy Thursday with royalty and foreign leaders, but mistakenly cast the heir to the British throne, Prince Charles, as the "Prince of Whales". | IN PICTURES: | US President Trump Not Welcome in UK | "I meet and talk to 'foreign governments' every day. I just met with the Queen of England (U.K.), the Prince of Whales, the P.M. of the United Kingdom, the P.M. of Ireland, the President of France and the President of Poland," Trump tweeted. | "We talked…

Derrick Broze (2019-06-13). Leaked Documents From Pinterest Reveal Censorship of Anti-Media. theantimedia.com Newly leaked documents from Google and Pinterest reveal ongoing efforts to censor independent media, Christian websites, and unpopular opinions. (TMU) — As more and more Americans question the practices of tech companies like Google, Facebook, and Amazon, the topic of censorship on social media and in search results continues to be a hotly debated topic. Do these …

Binoy Kampmark (2019-06-13). Cleansing the Platforms: YouTube, Censorship and Grievance. counterpunch.org Stripping the altars, burning the heretics and cleansing the stables are the usual fare of a morally crazed order. The engaged agents think they have found the reason for existence and need to bother everybody else about it. Some of this can be a very dangerous thing indeed — at least historically. Those who claim More

susan_p (2019-06-13). Six new books for an ecosocialist bookshelf. greenleft.org.au System Change Not Climate Change: A Revolutionary Response to Environmental Crisis
| Edited by Martin Empson
| Bookmarks, 2019 | Marxist essays on the global crisis. It includes Ian Angus on Metabolic Rift; Kohei Saito on Marx's Ecosocialism; Camilla Royle on the Anthropocene; Martin Empson on agriculture; Amy Leather on plastic; Sarah Ensor on biodiversity; Ian Rappel on 'Natural Capital'; Suzanne Jeffery on social movements; Michelle Robidoux and Carolyn Egan on tar sands and Indigenous rights. It is availabl…

The Canary (2019-06-13). Watchdog urges sacking of Trump aide Kellyanne Conway over repeated legal violations. thecanary.co A US federal watchdog agency is recommending that White House counsellor Kellyanne Conway be fired for repeatedly violating a law that limits certain political activities of federal employees. | The US Office of Special Counsel said Conway has become a "repeat offender" of the Hatch Act by disparaging Democratic presidential candidates while speaking in her official capacity during television interviews and on social media. | A White House spokesman calls the Office of Special Counsel's actions "deeply flawed". | The office is unrelated to special counsel Robert Mueller's office. | Career government officials fou…

RT (2019-06-13). 'I'm not anti-vax': Jessica Biel defends stance against controversial California vaccination bill. rt.com Jessica Biel has come out against a controversial vaccination bill in California, sparking a social media frenzy, but the actress says that she isn't an 'anti-vaxxer."

Staff (2019-06-13). 'I'm not anti-vax': Jessica Biel defends stance against controversial California vaccination bill. rt.com Jessica Biel has come out against a controversial vaccination bill in California, sparking a social media frenzy, but the actress says that she isn't an 'anti-vaxxer."

Global Research News (2019-06-13). Selected Articles: Towards "NATO-Exit"? Shift in the Structure of Military Coalitions. globalresearch.ca Our objective at Global Research is to recruit one thousand committed "volunteers" among our more than 50,000 Newsletter subscribers to support the distribution of Global Research articles (email lists, social media, crossposts). | Do not send us money. Under Plan A

Staff (2019-06-13). YouTube removes Project Veritas video on Pinterest's 'censorship of conservative views'. rt.com YouTube has removed a video which details how Pinterest actively suppressed conservative viewpoints on its website, sparking accusations that the Silicon Valley tech giants are working in concert to silence speech they don't like.

RT (2019-06-13). YouTube removes Project Veritas video on Pinterest's 'censorship of conservative views'. rt.com YouTube has removed a video which details how Pinterest actively suppressed conservative viewpoints on its website, sparking accusations that the Silicon Valley tech giants are working in concert to silence speech they don't like.

teleSUR (2019-06-12). Arreaza Slams Bolton as "Man Stuck in the Anachronic Cold War'. telesurenglish.net Venezuelan Foreign Minister Jorge Arreaza took to Twitter on Tuesday to respond to U.S. National Security Adviser John Bolton's recent comments about the Bolivarian Republic, Cuba, and Nicaragua. | RELATED: | 38 Accused of Assassination Attempt on President Maduro | "We reject @AmbJohnBoltons absurd, false, malicious & perverse statements today on Venezuela. It's no surprise that he has failed in every step he's taken. He completely ignores the country's reality. A man stuck in the an…

RT (2019-06-12). Google staff keep 'blacklist' of conservative and 'fringe' sites – report. rt.com Google reportedly runs two "blacklists," one allowing staff to remove "fringe" websites from search results and another for filtering out opinion articles, according to conservative news outlet the Daily Caller. |

Staff (2019-06-12). Google staff keep 'blacklist' of conservative and 'fringe' sites – report. rt.com Google reportedly runs two "blacklists," one allowing staff to remove "fringe" websites from search results and another for filtering out opinion articles, according to conservative news outlet the Daily Caller. |

Staff (2019-06-12). Google 'ditches lobbying firms' in shake-up anticipating government probe. rt.com Google has fired several lobby firms and shuffled political consultants and lobbyists around amid reports that the US government may be preparing to investigate it for antitrust violations.

RT (2019-06-12). Google 'ditches lobbying firms' in shake-up anticipating government probe. rt.com Google has fired several lobby firms and shuffled political consultants and lobbyists around amid reports that the US government may be preparing to investigate it for antitrust violations.

Robert Reich (2019-06-12). Video: The Seven Biggest Failures of Trumponomics. globalresearch.ca Donald Trump and Republicans in Congress keep crowing about the economy, when in reality Trumponomics has been a disaster. Here are its 7 biggest failures: | 1. Trump promised to bring down America's trade deficit " as fast as possible."…

Betsey Piette (2019-06-12). Philly protest calls for removal of racist police. workers.org June 7 — Black and Brown communities across this city are outraged over the news released by the Plain View Project that 328 Philadelphia police officers were among the more than 1,100 across the U.S. who have posted racist, sexist, homophobic, Islamophobic and otherwise offensive content on Facebook. Over . . . | Continue reading Philly protest calls for removal of racist police at Workers.org

Staff (2019-06-12). New York Teachers Fight for Divestment From Prison Industry. truthout.org Teachers in Rochester, New York, recently discovered, to their horror, that their pensions are invested in the private prison and immigrant detention industry. After learning this from Basma Eid, an organizer with the group Freedom to Thrive, one teacher, Michelle Sapere, spearheaded the formation of a rank-and-file organization in her union called Teachers Against Student Exploitation ( TASE)…

commondreams (2019-06-12). Social Media Platforms Increase Transparency About Content Removal Requests, But Many Keep Users in the Dark When Their Speech Is Censored, EFF Report Shows. commondreams.org ______________________________…

RT (2019-06-12). Realistic goals 101: Biden vows to 'cure cancer' if elected US president. rt.com Not content with the usual impossible campaign promises, Democratic presidential frontrunner Joe Biden has promised to cure cancer if he's elected, raising eyebrows on social media.

2019-06-16: Social Media Postees

CanaryPod: Topple Uncaged S2 EP7
Steve Topple | thecanary.co | 2019-06-16
THIS PODCAST CONTAINS LANGUAGE AND CONTENT SOME PEOPLE MAY FIND OFFENSIVE. THE VIEWS EXPRESSED IN THIS EPISODE ARE THE OPINIONS OF THE HOST AND GUESTS. | Welcome to series two of #ToppleUncaged! | Every week, The Canary will be bringing you an innovative podcast for the media landscape; hosted by me, Steve Topple. | You'll get my quick fire round-up of the news in Topple's Twittering. Then, I'll be going in on a story or campaign you may have missed, with a very special guest, on Free Flying With… After that, you get to have your say on the week's talking points in Twitter Chirps Back. And finally, I'll be brin…
thecanary.co/podcasts/2019/06/16/canarypod-topple-uncaged-s2-ep7/

'Treason!' Trump slams NYT claim of US cyberattacks on Russia's power grid as harmful fake news
Staff | rt.com | 2019-06-16
Following a bombastic report that US government hackers are targeting Russia's power grid, President Donald Trump took to Twitter to accuse the NY Times of spreading fake news detrimental to US credibility and national security. | …
rt.com/usa/461980-trump-nyt-russia-hacke…

Adding the Irish PM to a list of 'Rainbow Icons' is causing anger and controversy in the LGBTQI+ community
Bryan Wall | thecanary.co | 2019-06-15
In a controversial move, an Irish LGBTQI+ group has added prime minister Leo Varadkar to its list of "Rainbow Icons". Gay Community News ( GCN) announced on Twitter that it had added Varadkar to its list.But people have reacted negatively to the addition, with some accusi…
thecanary.co/opinion/2019/06/15/adding-the-irish-pm-to-a-list-of-rainbow-icons-is-causing-anger-and-controversy-in-the-lgbtqi-community/

Bolivian Miner Found Dead in Chilean Mine: Evo Morales
telesurenglish.net | 2019-06-15
After a 36 hour rescue effort, only one of the three male Bolivian workers trapped in a northern Chilean mine since Thursday has been found alive, while another was found dead. One miner is still missing and rescue workers continue to search for him. | Leonardo Condori, 57, was found alive in the mine, located in the Antofogasta region, as reported by Bolivian President Evo Morales Saturday morning via Twitter. Authorities haven't confirmed which of the other two who had been missing since Thursday–Lenin Veinzaga or Salomon Veinzaga, age 19–was found deceased at the site. | Por otro lado, se confi…
telesurenglish.net/news/Bolivian-Miner-F…

Bolivian Miner Found Dead in Chilean Mine: Evo Morales
telesurenglish.net | 2019-06-15
After a 36 hour rescue effort, only one of the three male Bolivian workers trapped in a northern Chilean mine since Thursday has been found alive, while another was found dead. One miner is still missing and rescue workers continue to search for him. | Leonardo Condori, 57, was found alive in the mine, located in the Antofogasta region, as reported by Bolivian President Evo Morales Saturday morning via Twitter. Authorities haven't confirmed which of the other two who had been missing since Thursday–Lenin Veinzaga or Salomon Veinzaga, age 19–was found deceased at the site. | Por otro lado, se confi…
telesurenglish.net/news/Bolivian-Miner-F…

Child abuse? Outrage as US Army posts VIDEO of baby in helmet singing military song
Staff | rt.com | 2019-06-15
The US Army has once again misjudged the internet, after apparently thinking it would be cute to post a video of small boy decked out in camouflage singing the military branch's official anthem. The Twitterati thought otherwise. | …
rt.com/usa/461930-us-army-boy-song-twitt…

Veteran republican 'unrepentant', mourners told at his funeral
The Canary | thecanary.co | 2019-06-15
A veteran republican who opposed the peace process died "unrepentant", hundreds of mourners in West Belfast were told.Billy McKee, who died on Tuesday aged 97, was a founding member of the Provisional IRA, and a staunch critic of Sinn Fein's embrace of non-violence.His funeral was held on Saturday at St Peter's Cathedral. | Billy McKee died an "unrepentant" republican. @PA pic.twitter.com/XlVeFLLlBo…
thecanary.co/breaking-news/2019/06/15/veteran-republican-unrepentant-mourners-told-at-his-funeral/

Will President Isaias Afwerki Respond Positively To Open "Reawakening" Letter By Pan-Africanists Including Wole Soyinka?
Bereket Habte Selassie | blackstarnews.com | 2019-06-15
Afwerki–Photo: Facebook | | The Open Letter our African brothers and sisters wrote to Eritrea's Head of State, Isaias Afwerki, is a breath of fresh air in the stale atmosphere of African politics and diplomacy. It came on the 55th anniversary of the establishment of the Organization of African Unity (OAU), the predecessor of the African Union (AU), which falls one day after Eritrea's Independence Day, and it thus carries a poignant symbolic significance. | | It signifies a Pan-Africanist spirit as well as reflecti…
www.blackstarnews.com/global-politics/af…

"Chernobyl" Undermines True Socialism at a Time When We Need It Most
Staff | truthout.org | 2019-06-14
In contemporary society, ideology functions in really complicated ways. Take HBO's "Chernobyl," which is currently the top-rated show on IMDb. Since the show's recent finale, partisans of the left and right, Democrat and Republican, have seen within it reflections of their ideological positions. | A recent dust-up on Twitter encapsulates the paramet…
truthout.org/articles/chernobyl-undermin…

McVey vows to carry on 'crushing the poor' despite humiliating defeat
John Shafthauer | thecanary.co | 2019-06-14
Esther McVey got a decent amount of airtime recently, and she used it to voice her reprehensible views. Despite the attention, she's turned out to be the least popular Tory leadership candidate ever: | Full result of the first Tory leadership ballot. | Leadsom, Harper and McVey eliminated. pic.twitter.com/HBHSgqbbvE | — Ian Jones (@ian_a_jo…
thecanary.co/off-the-perch/2019/06/14/mcvey-vows-to-carry-on-crushing-the-poor-despite-humiliating-defeat/

Chuka Umunna's tweets come back to haunt him as he joins Lib Dems
Ed Sykes | thecanary.co | 2019-06-14
Twitter users aren't letting new Liberal Democrat MP Chuka Umunna forget his past comments. In particular, he'd previously insisted he 'couldn't forgive' the Lib Dems for propping up Conservative austerity under the 2010-2015 Coalition government.This is the third party Umunna has been a member of in the space of a year — after Labour and the failed 'Change UK'.'I could never ever turn a blind eye to Coalition austerity': In one post, which has now gone viral, Umunna s…
thecanary.co/trending/2019/06/14/chuka-umunnas-tweets-come-back-to-haunt-him-as-he-joins-lib-dems/

Brazil: Bolsonaro's Lawmaker Threatens Intercept Journalist
telesurenglish.net | 2019-06-14
"I've lived in Brazil since 2005. I am married 14 years to a Brazilian and we adopted 2 Brazilian children (11,000 Brazilian children are without parents). We created an NGO here for people in the street and abandoned animals I invest my life in the future of Brazil," tweets The Intercept founder Glenn Greenwald. | RELATED: | Lawmaker Gets 'Sick' Death Threats for Lula Exposé Written by His Partner | Greenwald's tweet was in response to threats of deportation by…
telesurenglish.net/news/Brazil-Bolsonaro…

Echoes of Flint in 'Chernobyl'
Noor Al-Sibai | truthdig.com | 2019-06-14
On May 30, toward the end of its five-week run on HBO, author Stephen King tweeted that the mini-series "Chernobyl" is impossible to watch without considering our feckless and incompetent president. "Like those in charge of the doomed Russian reactor," King wrote, "[Donald Trump] is a man of mediocre intelligence in charge of great power–economic, global–that he does not understand." | May 30, 2019 | As television critics have observed, "Chernobyl" all but

Brazil: Bolsonaro's Lawmaker Threatens Intercept Journalist
telesurenglish.net | 2019-06-14
"I've lived in Brazil since 2005. I am married 14 years to a Brazilian and we adopted 2 Brazilian children (11,000 Brazilian children are without parents). We created an NGO here for people in the street and abandoned animals I invest my life in the future of Brazil," tweets The Intercept founder Glenn Greenwald. | RELATED: | Lawmaker Gets 'Sick' Death Threats for Lula Exposé Written by His Partner | Greenwald's tweet was in response to threats of deportation by…
telesurenglish.net/news/Brazil-Bolsonaro…

Time to Break Up the 21st Century Tech Trusts
David Rosen | counterpunch.org | 2019-06-14
On June 11th, the House Judiciary Committee launched an investigation into the market dominance of the four leading "big-tech" companies — Facebook, Google, Apple and Amazon. Rep. David Cicilline (D-RI), who oversees the subcommittee hearing, proclaimed, "these are monopolies," warning that they dominate the digital marketplace and it might be time for new legislation to increase…
counterpunch.org/2019/06/14/time-to-brea…

Bigoted Cops Show True Colors in Online Hate Groups
Staff | truthdig.com | 2019-06-14
This article was originally posted on Reveal News. | Hundreds of active-duty and retired law enforcement officers from across the United States are members of Confederate, anti-Islam, misogynistic or anti-government militia groups on Facebook, a Reveal investigation has found. | These cops have worked at every level of American law enforcement, from tiny, rural sheriff's departments to the largest agencies in the country, such as the Los Angeles and New York poli…
truthdig.com/articles/bigoted-cops-show-…

Facebook's Secret "Hate Agent" Formula Leaked by Insider
Tyler Durden | theantimedia.com | 2019-06-14
(ZH) — An internal Facebook document reveals that the social media giant monitors its users' offline behavior as part of how the company determines whether a person should be classified as a "Hate Agent," according to Breitbart's Allum Bokhari who has reviewed the document. Titled "Hate Agent Policy Review," the document reveals that Facebook employs a series of "signals" which include a person's …

Facebook's Secret "Hate Agent" Formula Leaked by Insider

Facebook's Secret "Hate Agent" Formula Leaked by Insider
Tyler Durden | theantimedia.com | 2019-06-14
(ZH) — An internal Facebook document reveals that the social media giant monitors its users' offline behavior as part of how the company determines whether a person should be classified as a "Hate Agent," according to Breitbart's Allum Bokhari who has reviewed the document. Titled "Hate Agent Policy Review," the document reveals that Facebook employs a series of "signals" which include a person's …

Facebook's Secret "Hate Agent" Formula Leaked by Insider

House Judiciary Committee begins antitrust inquiry into big tech
wsws.org | 2019-06-14
A House subcommittee hearing on Tuesday began a major bipartisan drive for government-directed censorship of website and social media content.
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Hump day? Trump brags about meeting 'Prince of Whales,' Twitter unloads with memes
rt.com | 2019-06-13
Fresh from a gaffe-filled visit to the UK, including appearing to fist-bump the Queen and not curtsying, US president Donald Trump added one more to the list by referring to Prince Charles as the 'Prince of Whales.' | …
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Rihanna, Cruz, Nixon and insults: The curious case of Donald Trump's Twitter likes
rt.com | 2019-06-13
Donald Trump's rare Twitter likes are a peculiar collection. The US president has only liked a handful of tweets ever, but he recently gave his first love heart in years to a tweet complimenting Rihanna's work-life balance. | …
rt.com/usa/461776-trump-twitter-likes-ri…

New York's Top Leaders, De Blasio and Jumaane Williams, Hail Rent Bill Boosting Tenants' Rights
Special To The Black Star News | blackstarnews.com | 2019-06-13
Jumaane Williams. Photo: Twitter | | New York City's top elected officials including Mayor Bill de Blasio and Public Advocate Jumaane D. Williams have hailed the bill that will significantly increase tenants rights. | | The new bill which could be voted on as early as Friday includes several protections such as: protection against evictions from apartments so long as a tenant occupies the unit in a preferential unit and blocking landlords from exponentially increasing rents; the so-called vacancy bonus whereby landlords could increase rent by as much as 20% when a unit is vacant has been eliminated; lan…
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Hump day? Trump brags about meeting 'Prince of Whales,' Twitter unloads with memes
Staff | rt.com | 2019-06-13
Fresh from a gaffe-filled visit to the UK, including appearing to fist-bump the Queen and not curtsying, US president Donald Trump added one more to the list by referring to Prince Charles as the 'Prince of Whales.' | …
rt.com/usa/461779-trump-prince-of-whales…

Rihanna, Cruz, Nixon and insults: The curious case of Donald Trump's Twitter likes
Staff | rt.com | 2019-06-13
Donald Trump's rare Twitter likes are a peculiar collection. The US president has only liked a handful of tweets ever, but he recently gave his first love heart in years to a tweet complimenting Rihanna's work-life balance. | …
rt.com/usa/461776-trump-twitter-likes-ri…

Trump Boasts About His Diplomacy with 'Prince of Whales'
telesurenglish.net | 2019-06-13
U.S. President Donald Trump lauded his own diplomacy Thursday with royalty and foreign leaders, but mistakenly cast the heir to the British throne, Prince Charles, as the "Prince of Whales". | IN PICTURES: | US President Trump Not Welcome in UK | "I meet and talk to 'foreign governments' every day. I just met with the Queen of England (U.K.), the Prince of Whales, the P.M. of the United Kingdom, the P.M. of Ireland, the President of France and the President of Poland," Trump tweeted. | "We talked…
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Leaked Documents From Pinterest Reveal Censorship of Anti-Media
Derrick Broze | theantimedia.com | 2019-06-13
Newly leaked documents from Google and Pinterest reveal ongoing efforts to censor independent media, Christian websites, and unpopular opinions. (TMU) — As more and more Americans question the practices of tech companies like Google, Facebook, and Amazon, the topic of censorship on social media and in search results continues to be a hotly debated topic. Do these …

Leaked Documents From Pinterest Reveal Censorship of Anti-Media

YouTube removes Project Veritas video on Pinterest's 'censorship of conservative views'
rt.com | 2019-06-13
YouTube has removed a video which details how Pinterest actively suppressed conservative viewpoints on its website, sparking accusations that the Silicon Valley tech giants are working in concert to silence speech they don't like. | …
rt.com/news/461786-youtube-censors-pintr…

Cleansing the Platforms: YouTube, Censorship and Grievance
Binoy Kampmark | counterpunch.org | 2019-06-13
Stripping the altars, burning the heretics and cleansing the stables are the usual fare of a morally crazed order. The engaged agents think they have found the reason for existence and need to bother everybody else about it. Some of this can be a very dangerous thing indeed — at least historically. Those who claim…
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YouTube removes Project Veritas video on Pinterest's 'censorship of conservative views'
Staff | rt.com | 2019-06-13
YouTube has removed a video which details how Pinterest actively suppressed conservative viewpoints on its website, sparking accusations that the Silicon Valley tech giants are working in concert to silence speech they don't like. | …
rt.com/news/461786-youtube-censors-pintr…

Santa Cruz Homeless Advocates Push Back Against Vigilante Comments
The Compassion Team | indybay.org | 2019-06-13
In response to an acute period of anti-homeless vigilante comments being left on social media in Santa Cruz, homeless advocates took screen captures of the statements and displayed them for the public to see during the public comment period of the Santa Cruz City Council meeting on May 28. The violent and threatening comments were made in response to posts containing photos that identified different homeless individuals and recreational vehicles in the Facebook group "Santa Cruz Looks Like SHIT!". Following the "outing" of the vigilante comments at the city council meeting, many of them where removed from the gro…
indybay.org/newsitems/2019/06/09/1882381…

Watchdog urges sacking of Trump aide Kellyanne Conway over repeated legal violations
The Canary | thecanary.co | 2019-06-13
A US federal watchdog agency is recommending that White House counsellor Kellyanne Conway be fired for repeatedly violating a law that limits certain political activities of federal employees. | The US Office of Special Counsel said Conway has become a "repeat offender" of the Hatch Act by disparaging Democratic presidential candidates while speaking in her official capacity during television interviews and on social media. | A White House spokesman calls the Office of Special Counsel's actions "deeply flawed". | The office is unrelated to special counsel Robert Mueller's office. | Career government officials fou…
thecanary.co/us/us-news-us/2019/06/13/watchdog-urges-sacking-of-trump-aide-kellyanne-conway-over-repeated-legal-violations/

'I'm not anti-vax': Jessica Biel defends stance against controversial California vaccination bill
Staff | rt.com | 2019-06-13
Jessica Biel has come out against a controversial vaccination bill in California, sparking a social media frenzy, but the actress says that she isn't an 'anti-vaxxer." | …
rt.com/usa/461804-jessica-biel-antivax-r…

Selected Articles: Towards "NATO-Exit"? Shift in the Structure of Military Coalitions
Global Research News | globalresearch.ca | 2019-06-13
Our objective at Global Research is to recruit one thousand committed "volunteers" among our more than 50,000 Newsletter subscribers to support the distribution of Global Research articles (email lists, social media, crossposts). | Do not send us money. Under Plan A…
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'I'm not anti-vax': Jessica Biel defends stance against controversial California vaccination bill
rt.com | 2019-06-13
Jessica Biel has come out against a controversial vaccination bill in California, sparking a social media frenzy, but the actress says that she isn't an 'anti-vaxxer." | …
rt.com/usa/461804-jessica-biel-antivax-r…

Arreaza Slams Bolton as "Man Stuck in the Anachronic Cold War'
telesurenglish.net | 2019-06-12
Venezuelan Foreign Minister Jorge Arreaza took to Twitter on Tuesday to respond to U.S. National Security Adviser John Bolton's recent comments about the Bolivarian Republic, Cuba, and Nicaragua. | RELATED: | 38 Accused of Assassination Attempt on President Maduro | "We reject @AmbJohnBoltons absurd, false, malicious & perverse statements today on Venezuela. It's no surprise that he has failed in every step he's taken. He completely ignores the country's reality. A man stuck in the an…
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Google 'ditches lobbying firms' in shake-up anticipating government probe
Staff | rt.com | 2019-06-12
Google has fired several lobby firms and shuffled political consultants and lobbyists around amid reports that the US government may be preparing to investigate it for antitrust violations. | …
rt.com/usa/461700-google-fires-lobbyists…

How to Stop Google and Facebook From Strangling Journalism
Ryan Cooper | commondreams.org | 2019-06-12
It's long since time we brought these companies to heel. (Photo: Illustrated | EMILY KASK/AFP/Getty Images, neyro2008/iStock, Nusha777/iStock) | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…
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Google 'ditches lobbying firms' in shake-up anticipating government probe
rt.com | 2019-06-12
Google has fired several lobby firms and shuffled political consultants and lobbyists around amid reports that the US government may be preparing to investigate it for antitrust violations. | …
rt.com/usa/461700-google-fires-lobbyists…

Google staff keep 'blacklist' of conservative and 'fringe' sites – report
Staff | rt.com | 2019-06-12
Google reportedly runs two "blacklists," one allowing staff to remove "fringe" websites from search results and another for filtering out opinion articles, according to conservative news outlet the Daily Caller. | …
rt.com/usa/461720-google-blacklist-fring…

Google staff keep 'blacklist' of conservative and 'fringe' sites – report
rt.com | 2019-06-12
Google reportedly runs two "blacklists," one allowing staff to remove "fringe" websites from search results and another for filtering out opinion articles, according to conservative news outlet the Daily Caller. | …
rt.com/usa/461720-google-blacklist-fring…

Santa Cruz Homeless Advocates Push Back Against Vigilante Comments
The Compassion Team | indybay.org | 2019-06-12
In response to an acute period of anti-homeless vigilante comments being left on social media in Santa Cruz, homeless advocates took screen captures of the statements and displayed them for the public to see during the public comment period of the Santa Cruz City Council meeting on May 28. The violent and threatening comments were made in response to posts containing photos that identified different homeless individuals and recreational vehicles in the Facebook group "Santa Cruz Looks Like SHIT!". Following the "outing" of the vigilante comments at the city council meeting, many of them where removed from the gro…
indybay.org/newsitems/2019/06/09/1882381…

Philly protest calls for removal of racist police
Betsey Piette | workers.org | 2019-06-12
June 7 — Black and Brown communities across this city are outraged over the news released by the Plain View Project that 328 Philadelphia police officers were among the more than 1,100 across the U.S. who have posted racist, sexist, homophobic, Islamophobic and otherwise offensive content on Facebook. Over . . . | Continue reading Philly protest calls for removal of racist police at Workers.org
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Social Media Platforms Increase Transparency About Content Removal Requests, But Many Keep Users in the Dark When Their Speech Is Censored, EFF Report Shows
commondreams.org | 2019-06-12
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Realistic goals 101: Biden vows to 'cure cancer' if elected US president
rt.com | 2019-06-12
Not content with the usual impossible campaign promises, Democratic presidential frontrunner Joe Biden has promised to cure cancer if he's elected, raising eyebrows on social media. | …
rt.com/usa/461649-biden-cancer-cure-prag…

The Express may well regret asking who should be the next prime minister
Fréa Lockley | thecanary.co | 2019-06-11
On 10 June, the Express asked the UK who it would "like to see as the next Prime Minister". Over 7,000 people responded. But the paper may well regret asking this question."Other (comment below)": The right-wing tabloid set up a Twitter poll asking people to vote for leadership frontrunners Boris Johnson, Jeremy Hunt or Andrea Leadsom. It also gave sp…
thecanary.co/trending/2019/06/11/the-express-may-well-regret-asking-who-should-be-the-next-prime-minister/

Brazil: Bolsonaro To Suspend Senior, Disabled Benefits Programs
telesurenglish.net | 2019-06-11
A benefits program for Brazil's low-income disabled and senior citizens will be suspended as of June 25, Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro tweeted Monday, citing a lack of federal funds. | RELATED: | Brazil Bar Association Demands Removal of Justice Minister | Pensions and the state-run program, Continued Benefits System (BPC) will be temporarily susp…
telesurenglish.net/news/Brazil-Bolsonaro…

YouTube Couldn't Care Less About Hate Speech
Staff | truthdig.com | 2019-06-11
Another day, another internal debate at YouTube about whether it will enforce its own content policies. And yet again, YouTube's decision seems to solidify that the video platform will continue to be a welcoming home for channels that promote hate speech and harassment, and serve as a conduit for laundering far-right ideology–as long as those channels continue to make YouTube money. | Carlos Maza, host of the Vox online video show Strikethrough, published a tweet thread on June 4 detailing the online harassment he has received as a result…
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US Plans in Venezuela Have Failed: Cuban President
telesurenglish.net | 2019-06-11
The U.S. administration's plan to overthrow the legitimate government of Venezuela has failed once again, Cuban President Miguel Diaz-Canel tweeted on Monday. | RELATED: | Venezuela Beats US Football team 3-0 Prior to Copa America 2019 | "The US government has failed in its purpose to defeat the Bolivarian Revolution #HandsOffVenezuela #SomosCuba #SomosContinuidad Mike Pompeo puts opposition in crisis and dismantles Plan Guaidó," the Cuban President tweeted. | At the same ti…
telesurenglish.net/news/US-Plans-in-Vene…

How NeoCon Billionaire Paul Singer Is Driving the Outsourcing of US Tech Jobs to Israel
Whitney Webb | mintpressnews.com | 2019-06-11
Several U.S. tech giants including Google, Microsoft and Intel Corporation have filled top positions with former members of Israeli military intelligence and are heavily investing in their Israeli branches while laying off thousands of American employees, all while receiving millions of dollars in U.S. government subsidies funded by American taxpayers.
mintpressnews.com/neocon-billionaire-pau…

The 7 Biggest Failures of Trumponomics
Robert Reich | commondreams.org | 2019-06-11
Trumponomics has been a disaster. (Photo: Screenshot/Youtube) | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…
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