Monthly Archives: June 2020

2020-06-30: News Headlines

The Canary (2020-06-30). YouTube bans six major white supremacist channels. thecanary.co YouTube has banned several high profile white supremacist channels as online platforms face intense scrutiny on how they deal with racism and hate speech.Channels belonging to Canadian white nationalist activist Stefan Molyneux, US white supremacist Richard Spencer and former Ku Klux Klan leader David Duke were among the six taken down.Google-owned YouTube said the channels were banned for repeatedly claiming that members of protected groups are inferior to others, among other violations.The video sharing platform began cracking down on supremacist channels in June last year, explicitly prohibiting content that a…

Stop The Money Pipline Coalition (2020-06-30). Sunday 7/5: 'The Condor & The Eagle' New Climate Film & Discussion w/ Activists & Indigenous Leaders. indybay.org Online via livestream: | event.webinarjam.com/live/91/wygzyu7mbo8cqpco3p | www.facebook.com/filmsforaction/

yenisafak (2020-06-30). 'Changing Kashmir demography threatens peace in S.Asia'. yenisafak.com Pakistan's prime minister on Tuesday said the granting of domicile certificates to thousands of Indian nationals in the Jammu and Kashmir region has imperiled "peace and security" in South Asia."First, India's attempt at illegal annexation of Indian-occupied Jammu and Kashmir, and now its attempts to alter IOJK's [Indian Occupied Jammu and Kashmir] demographic structure incl[uding] by issuance of domicile certificates to 25,000 Indian nationals are all illegal, in violation of UNSC resolutions, and international law, including [the] 4th Geneva Convention," Imran Khan said in a series of tweets.He was referring to…

sputniknews (2020-06-30). St. Louis Couple Who Pointed Weapons at BLM Protesters Offer Reason Why They Acted in That Fashion. sputniknews.com On Sunday, a white couple in St. Louis, Missouri, stole the spotlight on social media after the appeared in a viral video pointing firearms at unarmed and peaceful Black Lives Matter demonstrators who were passing in the vicinity of the couple's mansion while en route to Mayor Lyda Krewson's house.

_____ (2020-06-30). NYPD Officers Arrest And Pepper Spray Queer Liberation March Protesters. popularresistance.org NYPD officers arrested and pepper-sprayed protesters at the Queer Liberation March Sunday afternoon while attempting to arrest two people for graffiti, according to witnesses. | Numerous videos shared on social media show a crowd of officers shoving outraged protesters where arrests were being made near Washington Square Park. | As two were being arrested for graffiti, protesters intervened in an attempt to free them, at which point police responded with pepper spray, multiple witnesses told Gothamist. A legal observer said at least four people were arrested and 10 others pepper-sprayed—including someone ru…

The Canary (2020-06-30). Facebook chief defends approach to hate speech amid growing advertiser boycott. thecanary.co A Facebook chief has defended the social network's efforts to tackle hate speech as a growing list of big firms halt advertising on the platform.Starbucks has become the latest household name to suspend its adverts, following the likes of Unilever and Coca-Cola, amid concerns that the tech giant is failing to address the issue.Facebook boss Mark Zuckerberg has come under fire for not taking action on the matter, keeping up a post by Donald Trump, in which the president said "when the looting starts, the shooting starts", during protests across the US over the killing of George Floyd.Steve Hatch, Facebook's vice p…

Staff (2020-06-30). Trump Was Golfing and Unreachable for 3 Hours After Sharing "White Power" Tweet. truthout.org After President Donald Trump shared a video on Twitter this past weekend, showcasing one of his supporters shouting out "white power" toward others protesting against the president, the White House scrambled to get him to take the tweet down, as it had generated a great amount of condemnation online for the racist remark. | Aides were unable to reach Trump, however, because the president was golfing and had set his phone down, according to their account of the matter. | Trump on Sunday share…

Staff (2020-06-30). NAACP's Derrick Johnson on Mississippi's State Flag, Trump's White Power Tweet & Boycotting Facebook. democracynow.org In a historic vote, the Mississippi state Legislature passed a bill to remove the Confederate battle emblem from its state flag, making it the last state to do so, after an ongoing nationwide uprising against racism and police brutality and a mounting pressure campaign in Mississippi. Derrick Johnson, president and CEO of the NAACP, says it has been a "long journey" to change the Mississippi flag. "We've had to fight both against the symbol of racial oppression, the revisionist history of racial oppression, and now the next step is to fight against the structural racism that's embedded in the public policy, not o…

news.un (2020-06-30). Pause before sharing, to help stop viral spread of COVID-19 misinformation. news.un.org The UN is asking people to make the same judgement calls they've been applying to social distancing, to social media, and take extra care before sharing.

Jonathan Cook (2020-06-30). Keir Starmer's "Antisemitism" Sacking is a Signal that Israel is Safe in his Hands. dissidentvoice.org The sacking of Rebecca Long-Bailey from the UK shadow cabinet — on the grounds that she retweeted an article containing a supposedly "antisemitic" conspiracy theory — managed to kill three birds with one stone for new Labour leader Keir Starmer. First, it offered a pretext to rid himself of the last of the Labour heavyweights associated …

sputniknews (2020-06-30). US COVID-19 Public Health Practices Being Debated in Political, Not Scientific Field – Researcher. sputniknews.com As COVID-19 spreads rapidly across several US states including Florida, Texas, Arizona and California, the US government also continues to politicize the public health issue, Dr. Jason Kindrachuk, an assistant professor of viral pathogenesis at the University of Manitoba and Canada Research Chair in molecular pathogenesis, told Sputnik Monday.

RT (2020-06-29). WATCH gunshots interrupt interview inside activist-run CHAZ enclave in Seattle amid reports of 'active shooter'. rt.com Several gunshots were heard during the taping of an interview inside the activist-held Capitol Hill Autonomous Zone (CHAZ/CHOP) in Seattle, Washington. The area has seen several shootings in recent weeks. | A video posted on social media shows an interview being conducted inside CHAZ. Suddenly, what appears to be gunfire is heard in the background. "That's not a firework," the person being interviewed says. Several people are then seen running down the street. | During an interview with a trans activist at the Seattle "autonomous zone," live rounds were fired in the background. | Last week, multiple shootings…

RT (2020-06-29). NYT journalist in Hong Kong promptly deletes OPIUM WAR Twitter cover photo after it attracts criticism. rt.com A New York Times reporter in Hong Kong, Austin Ramzy, has deleted his Twitter cover photo, which showed colonial powers gathering in the city's harbor during the Second Opium War, after the historical image sparked anger online. | The New York Times has seemingly gone out of its way to convince its American readers of its wholehearted support for the protests against racism — and the legacy of colonialism, for that matter — that have engulfed the US. However, its reporter in Hong Kong picked a photo depicting one of the most brazen acts of colonialism for his social media header. | Also on rt.com

RT (2020-06-29). No trespassing at Ken & Karen's: Video of St Louis couple pointing guns at BLM protesters sets Twitter alight. rt.com A video showing a couple in a rich St Louis neighborhood scaring BLM protesters away from their porch with guns has quickly become an online hit. The pair have been both attacked and praised for their actions on social media. | The Missourians who became an internet sensation were revealed to be local lawyers Mark and Patricia McCloskey. After the video of them brandishing guns in front of protesters surfaced online, the couple was doxxed, and their family law center has been hit with a wave of negative reviews and comments on their behavior. | "My husband keeps 'accidentally' pointing his assault weapon at me…

RT (2020-06-29). WaPo editor deletes tweet claiming 'white women' are lucky 'we are just calling them KARENS and not calling for REVENGE'. rt.com The Washington Post global opinions editor has sparked outrage with a tweet saying white women are "lucky" protesters are not calling for "revenge" against them, for helping to elect Donald Trump and suppressing black voices. | "The lies & tears of White women hath wrought: The 1921 Tulsa Massacre. Murder of Emmet Till. Exclusion of Black women from feminist movements. 53% of white women voting for Trump," Karen Attiah tweeted. | The Tulsa Massacre was a 1921 racist attack by white Oklahoma residents, in which dozens of black citizens were killed. Emmet Till was 14 when he was lynched in Mississippi in 1955 af…

Staff (2020-06-29). Trump Shares Video of Couple Pointing Semi-Automatic Weapon at Protesters. truthout.org President Donald Trump shared a tweet on Monday morning of a white St. Louis couple brandishing and pointing their guns in the direction of protesters against anti-Black racism and police violence who were marching toward the mayor's office. | While it's unclear what Trump intended by sharing…

Staff (2020-06-29). Headlines for June 29, 2020. democracynow.org Global Coronavirus Cases Top 10 Million as U.S. Cases Surge and a Dozen States Pause Reopening, Judge Orders ICE to Release Immigrant Children over Coronavirus Fears, Coronavirus Cases Mount in India, Iran and Australia, Gunman Kills One Person After Opening Fire at Antiracist Protesters in Louisville, Kentucky, Police in Aurora, Colorado, Pepper-Spray Protesters Calling for Justice for Elijah McClain, Protests Against Police Violence Gain Steam in NYC, Seattle, Philadelphia, Racist Symbols Come Down Across the Country Amid National Uprising, Trump Retweets Video of Supporter Shouting "White Power!", Facebook to…

Alan Macleod (2020-06-29). Twitter Targets Accounts of MintPress and Other Outlets Covering Unrest in Bolivia. mintpressnews.com MintPress News, along with a number of independent Bolivian news outlets and journalists covering the unrest there, were all targeted for suspension at the same time.

Peoples Dispatch (2020-06-29). Black Lives Matter UK expresses solidarity with Palestinians, rejects Israeli occupation plan. peoplesdispatch.org In a series of tweets that also critiqued the silence of the British political class on the issue, Black Lives Matter UK declared that it loudly and clearly stood "beside our Palestinian comrades. FREE PALESTINE"

Kim Petersen (2020-06-29). Academic Freedom: Redress for Denis Rancourt. dissidentvoice.org Denis Rancourt is a person who is unafraid to challenge conventional wisdom. For example, he is skeptical about the scientific consensus around climate change, and recently, he looked at the meta-analyses of using masks and questions their effectiveness against viral respiratory infections. Whether Rancourt is right or not in his conclusions is consequential, but more …

RT (2020-06-29). Trump calls erasure of Woodrow Wilson, John Wayne from landmarks 'incredible stupidity'. rt.com Princeton's decision to drop the name of President Woodrow Wilson and calls for a similar move with the John Wayne Airport in California are "incredible stupidity," President Trump believes. | Trump lashed out at "Do Nothing Democrats" on his Twitter account, apparently after learning about recent moves in the nationwide effort to erase the names and images of historical figures — who people behind the campaign see as problematic — from public spaces. | Can anyone believe that Princeton just dropped the name of Woodrow Wilson from their highly respected policy center. Now the Do Nothing Democrats wan…

RT (2020-06-29). 'Dilbert' creator prompts fury saying he lost jobs and 'my TV show for being white'. rt.com Cartoonist Scott Adams has received a barrage of criticisms from 'woke' Twitter users angered by his claim that he's lost three jobs due to being white, one being on the cancelled adaptation of his comic strip 'Dilbert'. | "I lost my TV show for being white when UPN decided it would focus on an African-American audience," Adams tweeted. "That was the third job I lost for being white. The other two in corporate America. (They told me directly.)" | Adams was responding to 'Star Wars' actor Ahmed Best (best known as the voice of Jar Jar Binks), who is black, tweeting about his struggles to get work in Hollywood c…

RT (2020-06-29). Those in glass houses… cancel culture implodes as Jemele Hill & Barstool Sports trade jibes. rt.com Broadcaster Jemele Hill has found herself in hot water after a tweet resurfaced in which she used the word "tranny." Her would-be cancellation was sparked by Barstool Sports hosts, whom she had attacked for alleged racism. | In a now-deleted 2009 tweet, Hill referred to someone as "Manny the Tranny."

RT (2020-06-29). 'False, sensational' clickbait: Van Jones hits back at Daily Beast over hit piece about Trump's police reform. rt.com CNN contributor Van Jones has responded to a Daily Beast article accusing him of secretly working with President Donald Trump on a police reform executive order, saying he had nothing to do with it and demanding a retraction. | The article is based on "false, sensational charges — apparently designed to get clicks, shares, and likes," Jones tweeted on Monday. He added that he had visited neither Washington, DC nor the White House since the Covid-19 pandemic started, or been included in any meetings about police reform. | "I didn't know what was in the [executive order] until the day it was released," he s…

Michael T. Hertz (2020-06-29). Facebook is not playing fair. nationofchange.org The problem with Facebook is that it established so-called "Community Standards," and it uses these "standards" to censor posts by its members and then block them for a few days or a month from further posting.

WSWS (2020-06-29). Trump retweets video of supporter shouting, "White Power" wsws.org Seeking to bolster an administration in crisis by appealing to the most backward and reactionary elements in society, Trump left the video on his timeline for over three hours before deleting it.

sputniknews (2020-06-29). Facebook, Twitter Shares Suffer Losses in Early Trading As Ban on Hateful Conduct Gathers Steam. sputniknews.com Earlier, multiple companies, including Coca-Cola, US telecommunications firm Verizon, and consumer goods giant Unilever announced they were pulling their ads from Facebook and Twitter as part of the #StopHate4Profit campaign, initiated by the US National Association for the Advancement of Colored People and other minority rights groups.

sputniknews (2020-06-29). Finnish PM Embroiled in 'Russian Influence' Scandal Over Fake Tweet About John Bolton's Book. sputniknews.com In his behind-the-scenes book about his tenure at the White House, former National Security Adviser John Bolton has painted Donald Trump's administration in an unfavourable light. Among other things, the book claims Trump once asked his chief of staff whether Finland was a part of Russia.

en.mehrnews (2020-06-29). Iran censures naturalization of killing of civilians by US. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, Jun. 29 (MNA) — In a tweet, on Sunday, Iran's ministry of foreign affairs lambasted normalization and de-tabooing of the killing of civilians in US military operations.

APTP (2020-06-29). Sunday 6/28: Drive for Justice Voter Registration Drive After Slap in the Face by Oakland City Council. indybay.org We'll stage at 6 different TBD locations, and caravan to Libby's and 5 council members' homes — RSVP or check the Facebook event for updates on how to join in person or online…

IMEMC Staff (2020-06-28). Several Palestinian Workers Suffocate from Israeli Tear-Gas near Tulkarem. imemc.org Several Palestinian workers suffocated, Sunday morning, after Israeli troops fired tear-gas at them, in the northern West Bank city of Tulkarem, near the Al-Tiba crossing into Israel, west of the city. Local activists on social media reported that tens of Palestinian workers were exposed, early Sunday morning, to tear gas, …

Fight Back (2020-06-28). Coloradans demand justice for Elijah McClain. fightbacknews.org Aurora, CO – Denver Students for a Democratic Society (SDS) joined thousands in Aurora on June 27 to demand justice for Elijah McClain, a 23-year-old Black man murdered by police in August of 2019. In the wake of weeks of protests for George Floyd, as well as numerous call-ins, intense social media pressure, and petitions involving millions of signatures, McClain's case was reopened by Colorado Governor Jared Polis and his story has gone viral, garnering national attention. | The three officers who killed McClain had come in response to a call of a 'suspicious person,' who, it was made clear on the call, was unar…

RT (2020-06-28). Four charged for vandalizing Jackson statue near White House as Trump demands maximum punishment. rt.com Four men filmed trying to tear down a statue of President Andrew Jackson have been charged with damaging federal property. President Trump earlier shared wanted posters related to the incident on Twitter. | Of the four individuals identified by investigators, one has been arrested and brought before a DC court, while three others remain at large. Aged between 20 and 47, the protesters face between up to 10 years in prison for their alleged crimes. | The attempt to topple the statue of President Jackson, accused by protesters of being a slave owner, happened on Monday, amid a wider wave of vandalism targeting m…

RT (2020-06-28). Trump deletes tweet showing supporter yell 'WHITE POWER,' claims he didn't hear it. rt.com After provoking a furious response from both the left and the right, President Donald Trump has deleted a tweet in which he shared a video showing a supporter yell "white power" while arguing with protesters. | "Thank you to the great people of The Villages," the president tweeted on Sunday morning. "The Radical Left Do Nothing Democrats will Fall in the Fall. Corrupt Joe is shot. See you soon!!!" | The video showed supporters of the president riding golf carts with pro-Trump signs at The Villages, a Florida retirement community, and arguing with counter-protesters. A barrage of insults are exchanged, and a ma…

RT (2020-06-28). Karen privilege? #18minuteswithoutcheese trends over viral rant about bad restaurant service during Covid-19. rt.com A tweet posted by the husband of a 'Karen' receiving bad restaurant service because she went 18 minutes without shredded cheese went viral, prompting debates about everything from race to Covid-19 lockdown measures. | "My wife, date night after 3+ months lockup in quarantine. Waiting for shredded cheese as it's the only way she can eat fajitas. We've asked four people, going on 18 minutes now," the account for the Opinionated Much? podcast — hosted by Jay S. Vicknair — tweeted along with a picture of a woman looking distraught at a table full of food at a Texas restaurant. | "We gotta quit blaming…

RT (2020-06-28). Hay Satan! WATCH 'tractor of apocalypse' catch fire on Russian road & set fields ablaze. rt.com A tractor with two trailers of hay turned into a moving inferno as its cargo caught fire on a road in southern Russia. The vehicle spilled flames left and right as it swirled around setting the surrounding fields alight. | The red-hot video from Russia's Krasnodar region emerged on social media on Sunday, promptly going viral. Footage shows the tractor – with two burning trailers attached – zigzagging on the road in a desperate attempt to beat off the flames. | The tactics didn't prove to be very effective though, as the hard maneuvering only spilled the blazing hay from the trailers, setting crops at the s…

RT (2020-06-28). 'Disgusting & sick!' YouTuber Shane Dawson gets canceled for 'masturbation joke' with poster of Will Smith's 11yo daughter. rt.com Just hours after addressing his past blackface and racial slur sins, YouTuber Shane Dawson found himself in deeper trouble after a video went viral showing him pretending to masturbate to a poster of 11yo Willow Smith. | The scandalous video shows Dawson, a YouTuber with over 20 million subscribers, standing in front of an old Disney poster of young Willow, huffing and puffing, apparently pretending to masturbate while saying, "whip your hair back and forth," in reference to the girl's song. | It was not immediately clear when exactly the video was recorded or who dug it up and shared it, but the clip triggere…

RT (2020-06-28). Goat to be kidding: WATCH daring animal rescue in India. rt.com A video of the daring rescue of a goat from a deep pit in India, requiring a great deal of teamwork and a bit of acrobatics, has gone viral. Viewers were amazed by the bravery of one of the men. | Footage of the incident, shared online by Hardi Singh, a police chief in the State of Assam, shows an impromptu rescue team trying to reach for an animal stuck inside a narrow hole in the middle of a field. It turned out to be too deep, and one young local volunteered to be lowered into the pit. | Desi style rescue! Grit, determination, team work n courage. üòäüëè&#63…

Free Press (2020-06-28). Facebook Advertiser Boycott. zcomm.org Zuckerberg Pledge to Fight Hate and Disinformation Falls Short Amid Growing Advertiser Boycott…

yenisafak (2020-06-28). Trump denies being told about Russian bounties to kill US troops in Afghanistan. yenisafak.com The White House on Saturday also denied that Trump was briefed on U.S. intelligence regarding the affair but it did not address the merits of the intelligence. The Director of National Intelligence also said Trump and Vice President Mike Pence were not briefed, and called the Times report inaccurate."Nobody briefed or told me, @VP Pence, or Chief of Staff @MarkMeadows about the so-called attacks on our troops in Afghanistan by Russians, as reported through an 'anonymous source' by the Fake News @nytimes. Everybody is denying it & there have not been many attacks on us," Trump tweeted, calling on the newspaper to…

sputniknews (2020-06-28). Facebook Ad Boycott Organizers Want Companies in Europe, Asia to Join Campaign. sputniknews.com Over 160 mostly US companies have already joined the 'Stop Hate for Profit' campaign in the wake of George Floyd's death, with corporations including Coca Cola, Levi's, Starbucks, and Verizon agreeing to partially or fully freeze their Facebook ad buys next month, ostensibly to try to force the social media giant to tackle hateful content online.

en.mehrnews (2020-06-28). US preventing export of medicine needed for chemical victims: Foreign Ministry. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, Jun. 28 (MNA) — Referring to the remarks of FM Zarif, Iranian Foreign Ministry in its twitter account wrote that the United States is preventing export of the medicine needed for chemical warfare victims.

The Canary (2020-06-28). Government 'supporting' Leicester amid chance of local lockdown. thecanary.co The government says it is supporting officials in Leicester in their battle against coronavirus (Covid-19) after a report the city could be subject to Britain's first local lockdown this week. | The Sunday Times said the government was preparing to impose the lockdown "within days" after a surge in coronavirus cases in the city. | The paper said health secretary Matt Hancock had been examining legal aspects of the shutdown. This was after it was revealed 658 new cases were recorded in the Leicester area in the two weeks leading up to 16 June. | twitter.com/Leicester_News/status/1276923808910315521?ref_src

RT (2020-06-27). 'You'd better listen, he shot a man in the face!': Dick Cheney shares mask advice, gets mocked & welcomed into #Resistance. rt.com Former VP Dick Cheney hit trending status online after appearing in a photo urging the use of face masks, earning praise from the anti-Trump #Resistance as critics recalled his infamous 'hunting accident' and lies about Iraqi WMD. | The hawkish ex-vice president was seen in an image shared by his daughter, Liz — a GOP rep from Wyoming — on Friday, declaring "Dick Cheney says WEAR A MASK," followed by the hashtag "real men wear masks." The moralizing tweet was quickly met with mockery, many netizens finding it impossible not to mention Cheney's 2006 hunting mishap, which saw the VP blast Texas attorne…

RT (2020-06-27). Zuckerberg loses $7.2 BILLION after corporate ad boycott pressing Facebook to police 'hate speech'. rt.com Plummeting Facebook shares have wiped out billions of founder and CEO Mark Zuckerberg's personal wealth. The impetus? Corporations such as Coca-Cola and Verizon have pulled their ads, demanding that Facebook censor hate speech. | Zuckerberg lost $7.2 billion, after Facebook's shares fell by 8.3 percent on Friday, Bloomberg reported. The dive in value happened after Unilever, one of the largest advertisers in the world, joined the list of major companies that suspended their ad campaigns on Facebook and its subsidiary Instagram. At around the same time, Coca-Cola said it was also pulling all its social-media ad…

RT (2020-06-27). 'You're always crazy until you're right': BLM leader compares Defund the Police to innovators like Steve Jobs & Einstein on RT. rt.com Greater New York Black Lives Matter president Hawk Newsome told RT President Donald Trump is encouraging violence against him and the Black Lives Matter and Defund the Police movements, which are led by "changemakers." | Newsome gained national attention this week following a The tweet, Newsome says, "put a target on a movement that most Am…

Derrick Broze (2020-06-27). Social Credit Scores Are Already Here. thelastamericanvagabond.com People around the world are already being judged and denied access to financial services because of their social media data — and they don't even realize it. By now many of our readers are aware of the ongoing roll out of a nationwide social credit system in China. Starting in 2009, the Chinese government began …

The HighWire with Del Bigtree (2020-06-27). Anti-Maskers: Right or Selfish? dissidentvoice.org As Americans turn against each other over mask mandates, many scientists are speaking out, including former professor of physics at the University of Ottawa, Denis Rancourt, PhD, who just released a paper compiling seven studies on the science surrounding the effectiveness of masks. See also: "Do Masks and Respirators Prevent Viral Respiratory Illnesses?"

yenisafak (2020-06-27). Turkey says close to 170,000 people recovered from COVID-19. yenisafak.com A total of 1,984 people beat COVID-19 over the past day, bringing the overall count to 169,182, Fahrettin Koca said on Twitter, citing the Health Ministry data."The number of recoveries is 612 more than the number of infected people. This number was 96 yesterday," Koca noted.The country's death toll from the virus rose to 5,082, as it reported 17 new fatalities in the past 24 hours.Some 984 patients remain in intensive care, added Koca.Health care professionals conducted 45,213 tests for the disease in the past day, raising the total count to over 3.23 million.According to the test results, the total number of in…

sputniknews (2020-06-27). Coca-Cola Says It's Pausing Social Media Advertising Amid Push to Deal With Racist Online Content. sputniknews.com Quite a few corporate giants, like Unilever, Levi's, and Hershey's, have gone down the path of partially or fully freezing ad spending, in a bid to push social media platforms like Facebook to revise its policies over hate content.

2020-06-30: Social Media Postees

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YouTube bans six major white supremacist channels
The Canary | thecanary.co | 2020-06-30
YouTube has banned several high profile white supremacist channels as online platforms face intense scrutiny on how they deal with racism and hate speech.Channels belonging to Canadian white nationalist activist Stefan Molyneux, US white supremacist Richard Spencer and former Ku Klux Klan leader David Duke were among the six taken down.Google-owned YouTube said the channels were banned for repeatedly claiming that members of protected groups are inferior to others, among other violations.The video sharing platform began cracking down on supremacist channels in June last year, explicitly prohibiting content that a…
thecanary.co/discovery/news-discovery/2020/06/30/youtube-bans-six-major-white-supremacist-channels/

Sunday 7/5: 'The Condor & The Eagle' New Climate Film & Discussion w/ Activists & Indigenous Leaders
Stop The Money Pipline Coalition | indybay.org | 2020-06-30
Online via livestream: | event.webinarjam.com/live/91/wygzyu7mbo8cqpco3p | www.facebook.com/filmsforaction/
indybay.org/newsitems/2020/06/29/18834720.php

'Changing Kashmir demography threatens peace in S.Asia'
yenisafak.com | 2020-06-30
Pakistan's prime minister on Tuesday said the granting of domicile certificates to thousands of Indian nationals in the Jammu and Kashmir region has imperiled "peace and security" in South Asia."First, India's attempt at illegal annexation of Indian-occupied Jammu and Kashmir, and now its attempts to alter IOJK's [Indian Occupied Jammu and Kashmir] demographic structure incl[uding] by issuance of domicile certificates to 25,000 Indian nationals are all illegal, in violation of UNSC resolutions, and international law, including [the] 4th Geneva Convention," Imran Khan said in a series of tweets.He was referring to…
yenisafak.com/en/news/changing-kashmir-demography-threatens-peace-in-sasia-3533367

St. Louis Couple Who Pointed Weapons at BLM Protesters Offer Reason Why They Acted in That Fashion
sputniknews.com | 2020-06-30
On Sunday, a white couple in St. Louis, Missouri, stole the spotlight on social media after the appeared in a viral video pointing firearms at unarmed and peaceful Black Lives Matter demonstrators who were passing in the vicinity of the couple's mansion while en route to Mayor Lyda Krewson's house.
sputniknews.com/us/202006301079753774-st-louis-couple-who-pointed-weapons-at-blm-protesters-offer-reason-why-they-acted-in-that-fashion/

NYPD Officers Arrest And Pepper Spray Queer Liberation March Protesters
_____ | popularresistance.org | 2020-06-30
NYPD officers arrested and pepper-sprayed protesters at the Queer Liberation March Sunday afternoon while attempting to arrest two people for graffiti, according to witnesses. | Numerous videos shared on social media show a crowd of officers shoving outraged protesters where arrests were being made near Washington Square Park. | As two were being arrested for graffiti, protesters intervened in an attempt to free them, at which point police responded with pepper spray, multiple witnesses told Gothamist. A legal observer said at least four people were arrested and 10 others pepper-sprayed–including someone ru…
popularresistance.org/nypd-officers-arrest-and-pepper-spray-queer-liberation-march-protesters/

Facebook chief defends approach to hate speech amid growing advertiser boycott
The Canary | thecanary.co | 2020-06-30
A Facebook chief has defended the social network's efforts to tackle hate speech as a growing list of big firms halt advertising on the platform.Starbucks has become the latest household name to suspend its adverts, following the likes of Unilever and Coca-Cola, amid concerns that the tech giant is failing to address the issue.Facebook boss Mark Zuckerberg has come under fire for not taking action on the matter, keeping up a post by Donald Trump, in which the president said "when the looting starts, the shooting starts", during protests across the US over the killing of George Floyd.Steve Hatch, Facebook's vice p…
thecanary.co/discovery/news-discovery/2020/06/30/facebook-chief-defends-approach-to-hate-speech-amid-growing-advertiser-boycott/

Trump Was Golfing and Unreachable for 3 Hours After Sharing "White Power" Tweet
Staff | truthout.org | 2020-06-30
After President Donald Trump shared a video on Twitter this past weekend, showcasing one of his supporters shouting out "white power" toward others protesting against the president, the White House scrambled to get him to take the tweet down, as it had generated a great amount of condemnation online for the racist remark. | Aides were unable to reach Trump, however, because the president was golfing and had set his phone down, according to their account of the matter. | Trump on Sunday share…
truthout.org/articles/trump-was-golfing-and-unreachable-for-3-hours-after-sharing-white-power-tweet/

NAACP's Derrick Johnson on Mississippi's State Flag, Trump's White Power Tweet & Boycotting Facebook
Staff | democracynow.org | 2020-06-30
In a historic vote, the Mississippi state Legislature passed a bill to remove the Confederate battle emblem from its state flag, making it the last state to do so, after an ongoing nationwide uprising against racism and police brutality and a mounting pressure campaign in Mississippi. Derrick Johnson, president and CEO of the NAACP, says it has been a "long journey" to change the Mississippi flag. "We've had to fight both against the symbol of racial oppression, the revisionist history of racial oppression, and now the next step is to fight against the structural racism that's embedded in the public policy, not o…
www.democracynow.org/2020/6/30/mississippi_state_flag_trump_facebook_boycott

Pause before sharing, to help stop viral spread of COVID-19 misinformation
news.un.org | 2020-06-30
The UN is asking people to make the same judgement calls they've been applying to social distancing, to social media, and take extra care before sharing.
news.un.org/feed/view/en/story/2020/06/1067422

Keir Starmer's "Antisemitism" Sacking is a Signal that Israel is Safe in his Hands
Jonathan Cook | dissidentvoice.org | 2020-06-30
The sacking of Rebecca Long-Bailey from the UK shadow cabinet — on the grounds that she retweeted an article containing a supposedly "antisemitic" conspiracy theory — managed to kill three birds with one stone for new Labour leader Keir Starmer. First, it offered a pretext to rid himself of the last of the Labour heavyweights associated …
dissidentvoice.org/2020/06/keir-starmers-antisemitism-sacking-is-a-signal-that-israel-is-safe-in-his-hands/

US COVID-19 Public Health Practices Being Debated in Political, Not Scientific Field – Researcher
sputniknews.com | 2020-06-30
As COVID-19 spreads rapidly across several US states including Florida, Texas, Arizona and California, the US government also continues to politicize the public health issue, Dr. Jason Kindrachuk, an assistant professor of viral pathogenesis at the University of Manitoba and Canada Research Chair in molecular pathogenesis, told Sputnik Monday.
sputniknews.com/analysis/202006301079753450-us-covid-19-public-health-practices-being-debated-in-political-not-scientific-field—doctor/

WATCH gunshots interrupt interview inside activist-run CHAZ enclave in Seattle amid reports of 'active shooter'
rt.com | 2020-06-29
Several gunshots were heard during the taping of an interview inside the activist-held Capitol Hill Autonomous Zone (CHAZ/CHOP) in Seattle, Washington. The area has seen several shootings in recent weeks. | A video posted on social media shows an interview being conducted inside CHAZ. Suddenly, what appears to be gunfire is heard in the background. "That's not a firework," the person being interviewed says. Several people are then seen running down the street. | During an interview with a trans activist at the Seattle "autonomous zone," live rounds were fired in the background. | Last week, multiple shootings…
rt.com/usa/493214-chaz-shooting-new-reports/

NYT journalist in Hong Kong promptly deletes OPIUM WAR Twitter cover photo after it attracts criticism
rt.com | 2020-06-29
A New York Times reporter in Hong Kong, Austin Ramzy, has deleted his Twitter cover photo, which showed colonial powers gathering in the city's harbor during the Second Opium War, after the historical image sparked anger online. | The New York Times has seemingly gone out of its way to convince its American readers of its wholehearted support for the protests against racism — and the legacy of colonialism, for that matter — that have engulfed the US. However, its reporter in Hong Kong picked a photo depicting one of the most brazen acts of colonialism for his social media header. | Also on rt.com
rt.com/news/493292-nyt-journalist-hong-kong-opium-war/

No trespassing at Ken & Karen's: Video of St Louis couple pointing guns at BLM protesters sets Twitter alight
rt.com | 2020-06-29
A video showing a couple in a rich St Louis neighborhood scaring BLM protesters away from their porch with guns has quickly become an online hit. The pair have been both attacked and praised for their actions on social media. | The Missourians who became an internet sensation were revealed to be local lawyers Mark and Patricia McCloskey. After the video of them brandishing guns in front of protesters surfaced online, the couple was doxxed, and their family law center has been hit with a wave of negative reviews and comments on their behavior. | "My husband keeps 'accidentally' pointing his assault weapon at me…
rt.com/usa/493267-st-louis-couple-twitter/

WaPo editor deletes tweet claiming 'white women' are lucky 'we are just calling them KARENS and not calling for REVENGE'
rt.com | 2020-06-29
The Washington Post global opinions editor has sparked outrage with a tweet saying white women are "lucky" protesters are not calling for "revenge" against them, for helping to elect Donald Trump and suppressing black voices. | "The lies & tears of White women hath wrought: The 1921 Tulsa Massacre. Murder of Emmet Till. Exclusion of Black women from feminist movements. 53% of white women voting for Trump," Karen Attiah tweeted. | The Tulsa Massacre was a 1921 racist attack by white Oklahoma residents, in which dozens of black citizens were killed. Emmet Till was 14 when he was lynched in Mississippi in 1955 af…
rt.com/usa/493276-washington-post-editor-white-women-tweet/

Trump Shares Video of Couple Pointing Semi-Automatic Weapon at Protesters
Staff | truthout.org | 2020-06-29
President Donald Trump shared a tweet on Monday morning of a white St. Louis couple brandishing and pointing their guns in the direction of protesters against anti-Black racism and police violence who were marching toward the mayor's office. | While it's unclear what Trump intended by sharing…
truthout.org/articles/trump-shares-video-of-couple-pointing-semi-automatic-weapon-at-protesters/

Twitter Targets Accounts of MintPress and Other Outlets Covering Unrest in Bolivia
Alan Macleod | mintpressnews.com | 2020-06-29
MintPress News, along with a number of independent Bolivian news outlets and journalists covering the unrest there, were all targeted for suspension at the same time.
mintpressnews.com/twitter-targets-accounts-mintpress-other-outlets-covering-unrest-bolivia/269074/

Black Lives Matter UK expresses solidarity with Palestinians, rejects Israeli occupation plan
Peoples Dispatch | peoplesdispatch.org | 2020-06-29
In a series of tweets that also critiqued the silence of the British political class on the issue, Black Lives Matter UK declared that it loudly and clearly stood "beside our Palestinian comrades. FREE PALESTINE"
peoplesdispatch.org/2020/06/29/black-lives-matter-uk-expresses-solidarity-with-palestinians-rejects-israeli-occupation-plan/

Facebook is not playing fair
Michael T. Hertz | nationofchange.org | 2020-06-29
The problem with Facebook is that it established so-called "Community Standards," and it uses these "standards" to censor posts by its members and then block them for a few days or a month from further posting.
nationofchange.org/2020/06/29/facebook-is-not-playing-fair/

Trump retweets video of supporter shouting, "White Power"
wsws.org | 2020-06-29
Seeking to bolster an administration in crisis by appealing to the most backward and reactionary elements in society, Trump left the video on his timeline for over three hours before deleting it.
www.wsws.org/en/articles/2020/06/29/trwp-j29.html

Academic Freedom: Redress for Denis Rancourt
Kim Petersen | dissidentvoice.org | 2020-06-29
Denis Rancourt is a person who is unafraid to challenge conventional wisdom. For example, he is skeptical about the scientific consensus around climate change, and recently, he looked at the meta-analyses of using masks and questions their effectiveness against viral respiratory infections. Whether Rancourt is right or not in his conclusions is consequential, but more …
dissidentvoice.org/2020/06/academic-freedom-redress-for-denis-rancourt/

Facebook, Twitter Shares Suffer Losses in Early Trading As Ban on Hateful Conduct Gathers Steam
sputniknews.com | 2020-06-29
Earlier, multiple companies, including Coca-Cola, US telecommunications firm Verizon, and consumer goods giant Unilever announced they were pulling their ads from Facebook and Twitter as part of the #StopHate4Profit campaign, initiated by the US National Association for the Advancement of Colored People and other minority rights groups.
sputniknews.com/us/202006291079748638–facebook-twitter-shares-suffer-losses-in-early-trading-as–ban-on-hateful-conduct-gathers-steam/

Finnish PM Embroiled in 'Russian Influence' Scandal Over Fake Tweet About John Bolton's Book
sputniknews.com | 2020-06-29
In his behind-the-scenes book about his tenure at the White House, former National Security Adviser John Bolton has painted Donald Trump's administration in an unfavourable light. Among other things, the book claims Trump once asked his chief of staff whether Finland was a part of Russia.
sputniknews.com/europe/202006291079744046-finnish-pm-embroiled-in-russian-influence-scandal-over-fake-tweet-about-john-boltons-book/

Iran censures naturalization of killing of civilians by US
en.mehrnews.com | 2020-06-29
TEHRAN, Jun. 29 (MNA) — In a tweet, on Sunday, Iran's ministry of foreign affairs lambasted normalization and de-tabooing of the killing of civilians in US military operations.
en.mehrnews.com/news/160340/Iran-censures-naturalization-of-killing-of-civilians-by-US

'Dilbert' creator prompts fury saying he lost jobs and 'my TV show for being white'
rt.com | 2020-06-29
Cartoonist Scott Adams has received a barrage of criticisms from 'woke' Twitter users angered by his claim that he's lost three jobs due to being white, one being on the cancelled adaptation of his comic strip 'Dilbert'. | "I lost my TV show for being white when UPN decided it would focus on an African-American audience," Adams tweeted. "That was the third job I lost for being white. The other two in corporate America. (They told me directly.)" | Adams was responding to 'Star Wars' actor Ahmed Best (best known as the voice of Jar Jar Binks), who is black, tweeting about his struggles to get work in Hollywood c…
rt.com/usa/493300-scott-adams-dilbert-fired-white/

Trump calls erasure of Woodrow Wilson, John Wayne from landmarks 'incredible stupidity'
rt.com | 2020-06-29
Princeton's decision to drop the name of President Woodrow Wilson and calls for a similar move with the John Wayne Airport in California are "incredible stupidity," President Trump believes. | Trump lashed out at "Do Nothing Democrats" on his Twitter account, apparently after learning about recent moves in the nationwide effort to erase the names and images of historical figures — who people behind the campaign see as problematic — from public spaces. | Can anyone believe that Princeton just dropped the name of Woodrow Wilson from their highly respected policy center. Now the Do Nothing Democrats wan…
rt.com/usa/493241-trump-wilson-wayne-twitter/

'False, sensational' clickbait: Van Jones hits back at Daily Beast over hit piece about Trump's police reform
rt.com | 2020-06-29
CNN contributor Van Jones has responded to a Daily Beast article accusing him of secretly working with President Donald Trump on a police reform executive order, saying he had nothing to do with it and demanding a retraction. | The article is based on "false, sensational charges — apparently designed to get clicks, shares, and likes," Jones tweeted on Monday. He added that he had visited neither Washington, DC nor the White House since the Covid-19 pandemic started, or been included in any meetings about police reform. | "I didn't know what was in the [executive order] until the day it was released," he s…
rt.com/usa/493296-van-jones-daily-beast-false/

Those in glass houses… cancel culture implodes as Jemele Hill & Barstool Sports trade jibes
rt.com | 2020-06-29
Broadcaster Jemele Hill has found herself in hot water after a tweet resurfaced in which she used the word "tranny." Her would-be cancellation was sparked by Barstool Sports hosts, whom she had attacked for alleged racism. | In a now-deleted 2009 tweet, Hill referred to someone as "Manny the Tranny."
rt.com/usa/493293-jamele-hill-barstool-cancel-culture/

Sunday 6/28: Drive for Justice Voter Registration Drive After Slap in the Face by Oakland City Council
APTP | indybay.org | 2020-06-29
We'll stage at 6 different TBD locations, and caravan to Libby's and 5 council members' homes — RSVP or check the Facebook event for updates on how to join in person or online…
indybay.org/newsitems/2020/06/26/18834643.php

5G, Bill Gates' vaccine and a Wuhan lab: Understanding the conspiracy theory pandemic
Kathy Fairfax | greenleft.org.au | 2020-06-29
Healthcare Fred FuentesIssue 1271 Australia COVID_19 conspiracy theoriesJune 29, 2020The past few months has seen a proliferation of memes and stories on social media linking COVID-19 to everything from…
greenleft.org.au/content/5g-bill-gates-vaccine-and-wuhan-lab-understanding-conspiracy-theory-pandemic

Several Palestinian Workers Suffocate from Israeli Tear-Gas near Tulkarem
IMEMC Staff | imemc.org | 2020-06-28
Several Palestinian workers suffocated, Sunday morning, after Israeli troops fired tear-gas at them, in the northern West Bank city of Tulkarem, near the Al-Tiba crossing into Israel, west of the city. Local activists on social media reported that tens of Palestinian workers were exposed, early Sunday morning, to tear gas, …
imemc.org/article/several-palestinian-workers-suffocate-from-israeli-tear-gas-near-tulkarem/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=several-palestinian-workers-suffocate-from-israeli-tear-gas-near-tulkarem

Coloradans demand justice for Elijah McClain
Fight Back | fightbacknews.org | 2020-06-28
Aurora, CO – Denver Students for a Democratic Society (SDS) joined thousands in Aurora on June 27 to demand justice for Elijah McClain, a 23-year-old Black man murdered by police in August of 2019. In the wake of weeks of protests for George Floyd, as well as numerous call-ins, intense social media pressure, and petitions involving millions of signatures, McClain's case was reopened by Colorado Governor Jared Polis and his story has gone viral, garnering national attention. | The three officers who killed McClain had come in response to a call of a 'suspicious person,' who, it was made clear on the call, was unar…
www.fightbacknews.org/2020/6/28/coloradans-demand-justice-elijah-mcclain

Coloradans demand justice for Elijah McClain
Fight Back | fightbacknews.org | 2020-06-28
Aurora, CO – Denver Students for a Democratic Society (SDS) joined thousands in Aurora on June 27 to demand justice for Elijah McClain, a 23-year-old Black man murdered by police in August of 2019. In the wake of weeks of protests for George Floyd, as well as numerous call-ins, intense social media pressure, and petitions involving millions of signatures, McClain's case was reopened by Colorado Governor Jared Polis and his story has gone viral, garnering national attention. | The three officers who killed McClain had come in response to a call of a 'suspicious person,' who, it was made clear on the call, was unar…
fightbacknews.org/2020/6/28/coloradans-demand-justice-elijah-mcclain

Four charged for vandalizing Jackson statue near White House as Trump demands maximum punishment
rt.com | 2020-06-28
Four men filmed trying to tear down a statue of President Andrew Jackson have been charged with damaging federal property. President Trump earlier shared wanted posters related to the incident on Twitter. | Of the four individuals identified by investigators, one has been arrested and brought before a DC court, while three others remain at large. Aged between 20 and 47, the protesters face between up to 10 years in prison for their alleged crimes. | The attempt to topple the statue of President Jackson, accused by protesters of being a slave owner, happened on Monday, amid a wider wave of vandalism targeting m…
rt.com/usa/493156-vandals-jackson-statue-charged/

Trump deletes tweet showing supporter yell 'WHITE POWER,' claims he didn't hear it
rt.com | 2020-06-28
After provoking a furious response from both the left and the right, President Donald Trump has deleted a tweet in which he shared a video showing a supporter yell "white power" while arguing with protesters. | "Thank you to the great people of The Villages," the president tweeted on Sunday morning. "The Radical Left Do Nothing Democrats will Fall in the Fall. Corrupt Joe is shot. See you soon!!!" | The video showed supporters of the president riding golf carts with pro-Trump signs at The Villages, a Florida retirement community, and arguing with counter-protesters. A barrage of insults are exchanged, and a ma…
rt.com/usa/493180-trump-deletes-tweet-villages-white-power/

Facebook Advertiser Boycott
Free Press | zcomm.org | 2020-06-28
Zuckerberg Pledge to Fight Hate and Disinformation Falls Short Amid Growing Advertiser Boycott…
zcomm.org/znetarticle/facebook-advertiser-boycott/

Karen privilege? #18minuteswithoutcheese trends over viral rant about bad restaurant service during Covid-19
rt.com | 2020-06-28
A tweet posted by the husband of a 'Karen' receiving bad restaurant service because she went 18 minutes without shredded cheese went viral, prompting debates about everything from race to Covid-19 lockdown measures. | "My wife, date night after 3+ months lockup in quarantine. Waiting for shredded cheese as it's the only way she can eat fajitas. We've asked four people, going on 18 minutes now," the account for the Opinionated Much? podcast — hosted by Jay S. Vicknair — tweeted along with a picture of a woman looking distraught at a table full of food at a Texas restaurant. | "We gotta quit blaming…
rt.com/usa/493190-18-minutes-without-cheese-coronavirus-twitter/

Trump denies being told about Russian bounties to kill US troops in Afghanistan
yenisafak.com | 2020-06-28
The White House on Saturday also denied that Trump was briefed on U.S. intelligence regarding the affair but it did not address the merits of the intelligence. The Director of National Intelligence also said Trump and Vice President Mike Pence were not briefed, and called the Times report inaccurate."Nobody briefed or told me, @VP Pence, or Chief of Staff @MarkMeadows about the so-called attacks on our troops in Afghanistan by Russians, as reported through an 'anonymous source' by the Fake News @nytimes. Everybody is denying it & there have not been many attacks on us," Trump tweeted, calling on the newspaper to…
yenisafak.com/en/world/trump-denies-being-told-about-russian-bounties-to-kill-us-troops-in-afghanistan-3533148

Facebook Ad Boycott Organizers Want Companies in Europe, Asia to Join Campaign
sputniknews.com | 2020-06-28
Over 160 mostly US companies have already joined the 'Stop Hate for Profit' campaign in the wake of George Floyd's death, with corporations including Coca Cola, Levi's, Starbucks, and Verizon agreeing to partially or fully freeze their Facebook ad buys next month, ostensibly to try to force the social media giant to tackle hateful content online.
sputniknews.com/world/202006281079742477-facebook-ad-boycott-organizers-want-companies-in-europe-asia-to-join-campaign/

US preventing export of medicine needed for chemical victims: Foreign Ministry
en.mehrnews.com | 2020-06-28
TEHRAN, Jun. 28 (MNA) — Referring to the remarks of FM Zarif, Iranian Foreign Ministry in its twitter account wrote that the United States is preventing export of the medicine needed for chemical warfare victims.
en.mehrnews.com/news/160292/US-preventing-export-of-medicine-needed-for-chemical-victims

Hay Satan! WATCH 'tractor of apocalypse' catch fire on Russian road & set fields ablaze
rt.com | 2020-06-28
A tractor with two trailers of hay turned into a moving inferno as its cargo caught fire on a road in southern Russia. The vehicle spilled flames left and right as it swirled around setting the surrounding fields alight. | The red-hot video from Russia's Krasnodar region emerged on social media on Sunday, promptly going viral. Footage shows the tractor – with two burning trailers attached – zigzagging on the road in a desperate attempt to beat off the flames. | The tactics didn't prove to be very effective though, as the hard maneuvering only spilled the blazing hay from the trailers, setting crops at the s…
rt.com/russia/493179-russia-tractor-hay-fire/

'Disgusting & sick!' YouTuber Shane Dawson gets canceled for 'masturbation joke' with poster of Will Smith's 11yo daughter
rt.com | 2020-06-28
Just hours after addressing his past blackface and racial slur sins, YouTuber Shane Dawson found himself in deeper trouble after a video went viral showing him pretending to masturbate to a poster of 11yo Willow Smith. | The scandalous video shows Dawson, a YouTuber with over 20 million subscribers, standing in front of an old Disney poster of young Willow, huffing and puffing, apparently pretending to masturbate while saying, "whip your hair back and forth," in reference to the girl's song. | It was not immediately clear when exactly the video was recorded or who dug it up and shared it, but the clip triggere…
rt.com/usa/493143-shane-dawson-willow-smith/

Goat to be kidding: WATCH daring animal rescue in India
rt.com | 2020-06-28
A video of the daring rescue of a goat from a deep pit in India, requiring a great deal of teamwork and a bit of acrobatics, has gone viral. Viewers were amazed by the bravery of one of the men. | Footage of the incident, shared online by Hardi Singh, a police chief in the State of Assam, shows an impromptu rescue team trying to reach for an animal stuck inside a narrow hole in the middle of a field. It turned out to be too deep, and one young local volunteered to be lowered into the pit. | Desi style rescue! Grit, determination, team work n courage. üòäüëè&#63…
rt.com/news/493187-hole-goat-rescue-india/

Government 'supporting' Leicester amid chance of local lockdown
The Canary | thecanary.co | 2020-06-28
The government says it is supporting officials in Leicester in their battle against coronavirus (Covid-19) after a report the city could be subject to Britain's first local lockdown this week. | The Sunday Times said the government was preparing to impose the lockdown "within days" after a surge in coronavirus cases in the city. | The paper said health secretary Matt Hancock had been examining legal aspects of the shutdown. This was after it was revealed 658 new cases were recorded in the Leicester area in the two weeks leading up to 16 June. | twitter.com/Leicester_News/status/1276923808910315521?ref_src
thecanary.co/discovery/news-discovery/2020/06/28/government-supporting-leicester-amid-chance-of-local-lockdown/

Sunday 6/28: Drive for Justice Voter Registration Drive After Slap in the Face by Oakland City Council
APTP | indybay.org | 2020-06-28
We'll stage at 6 different TBD locations, and caravan to Libby's and 5 council members' homes — RSVP or check the Facebook event for updates on how to join in person or online…
indybay.org/newsitems/2020/06/26/18834643.php

Mentally Replace Everything Before "U.S. Intelligence Says" With "Blah Blah We're Probably Lying"
Caitlin Johnstone | thealtworld.com | 2020-06-27
"Russia Secretly Offered Afghan Militants Bounties to Kill Troops, U.S. Intelligence Says", blares the latest viral headline from The New York Times. NYT's unnamed sources allege that the GRU "secretly offered bounties to Taliban-linked militants for killing coalition forces in Afghanistan — including targeting American troops", and that the Trump administration has known this for months. | To be clear, this is journalistic malpractice. Mainstream media outlets which publish anonymous intelligence claims with no proof are just publishi…
thealtworld.com/caitlin_johnston/mentally-replace-everything-before-u-s-intelligence-says-with-blah-blah-were-probably-lying

Anti-Maskers: Right or Selfish?
The HighWire with Del Bigtree | dissidentvoice.org | 2020-06-27
As Americans turn against each other over mask mandates, many scientists are speaking out, including former professor of physics at the University of Ottawa, Denis Rancourt, PhD, who just released a paper compiling seven studies on the science surrounding the effectiveness of masks. See also: "Do Masks and Respirators Prevent Viral Respiratory Illnesses?"
dissidentvoice.org/2020/06/anti-maskers-right-or-selfish/

'You'd better listen, he shot a man in the face!': Dick Cheney shares mask advice, gets mocked & welcomed into #Resistance
rt.com | 2020-06-27
Former VP Dick Cheney hit trending status online after appearing in a photo urging the use of face masks, earning praise from the anti-Trump #Resistance as critics recalled his infamous 'hunting accident' and lies about Iraqi WMD. | The hawkish ex-vice president was seen in an image shared by his daughter, Liz — a GOP rep from Wyoming — on Friday, declaring "Dick Cheney says WEAR A MASK," followed by the hashtag "real men wear masks." The moralizing tweet was quickly met with mockery, many netizens finding it impossible not to mention Cheney's 2006 hunting mishap, which saw the VP blast Texas attorne…
rt.com/usa/493091-cheney-wear-mask-mocked/

Turkey says close to 170,000 people recovered from COVID-19
yenisafak.com | 2020-06-27
A total of 1,984 people beat COVID-19 over the past day, bringing the overall count to 169,182, Fahrettin Koca said on Twitter, citing the Health Ministry data."The number of recoveries is 612 more than the number of infected people. This number was 96 yesterday," Koca noted.The country's death toll from the virus rose to 5,082, as it reported 17 new fatalities in the past 24 hours.Some 984 patients remain in intensive care, added Koca.Health care professionals conducted 45,213 tests for the disease in the past day, raising the total count to over 3.23 million.According to the test results, the total number of in…
yenisafak.com/en/world/turkey-says-close-to-170000-people-recovered-from-covid-19-3533103

Coca-Cola Says It's Pausing Social Media Advertising Amid Push to Deal With Racist Online Content
sputniknews.com | 2020-06-27
Quite a few corporate giants, like Unilever, Levi's, and Hershey's, have gone down the path of partially or fully freezing ad spending, in a bid to push social media platforms like Facebook to revise its policies over hate content.
sputniknews.com/us/202006271079734005-coca-cola-says-its-pausing-social-media-advertising-amid-push-to-deal-with-racist-online-content/