2020-05-28: News Headlines

Bill Willers (2020-05-28). Collaborators And Resisters. dissidentvoice.org Question: In a society grown dictatorial and oppressive would your good friend X collaborate or resist? If you were to resist, would X support your rights or side with the apparent source of power? If asked by authorities to scrutinize neighbors, would X do so? Would X yield naturally to arbitrary requests or invasive questioning, …

WSWS (2020-05-28). US sets stage for anti-China sanctions over Hong Kong. wsws.org The determination by the US Secretary of State that Hong Kong is not autonomous from Beijing is a further step in the Trump administration's accelerating anti-China campaign.

Monica Moorehead (2020-05-27). Want justice for George Floyd? Jail & convict killer cops! — a WW commentary. workers.org Protesters at the Minneapolis police department before being assaulted by cops, May 26. May 27 — It was déjà vu, all over again. Another Black man captured on videotape, first, being tortured and, then, being choked to death by a white police officer. It was almost six years ago when, . . . |

Stephen Lendman (2020-05-27). Iran and Venezuela: Standing Tall Against Imperial USA. globalresearch.ca If all nations operated like Iran and Venezuela, world peace and stability would replace endless wars of aggression against nations threatening no one. | If countries worldwide refused to subordinate their sovereign rights to US interests, its imperial scourge would be …

Kevin Zeese (2020-05-27). Ecuador Protests New Neoliberal Measures Amid Lockdown. popularresistance.org Unions, students, teachers, workers, and social organizations took to the streets in Quito as others followed from home in several cities Monday with a pot-banging protest. | In Quito, Cuenca, and Guayaquil the protesters challenged the restrictions imposed due to the COVID-19 pandemic and took the streets to demand the withdrawal of the measures, and also to defend public education, health, and labor rights. | Central Workers' Organization (CUT) President Richard Gomez declared the demonstrators will remain in constant mobilization until their purpose is achieved.

Terrace (2020-05-27). Making Peace An Election Issue. popularresistance.org In this series of interviews by the United National Antiwar Coalition, Joe Lombardo speaks with Margaret Kimberley who is an author, editor of Black Agenda Report and coordinating committee member of Black Alliance for Peace. She speaks about the Black Alliance for Peace's campaign to make peace an election issue. The demands include cutting military spending, losing military bases, stopping sanctions and ending militarism domestically. Margaret Kimberley explains why this is an important issue and what people can do to support the campaign.

news.un (2020-05-27). US states 'manipulating' COVID-19 pandemic to restrict abortion access, rights experts charge. news.un.org Independent UN human rights experts fear that some authorities in the United States are using the COVID-19 pandemic to restrict access to abortion, with at least eight states suspending procedures deemed medically unnecessary.

Alexia Ramirez (2020-05-27). ICE Records Confirm that Immigration Enforcement Agencies are Using Invasive Cell Phone Surveillance Devices. aclu.org For years, immigration enforcement agencies have been using invasive cell phone surveillance technology known as Stingrays in near-total secrecy. To find out more, the ACLU and New York Civil Liberties Union filed a lawsuit under the Freedom of Information Act, and now we've forced the agencies to turn over documents revealing new details about the agencies' practices. Today, we are publishing

Terrace (2020-05-27). American Exceptionalism And The Left's China Double Standard. popularresistance.org The COVID-19 pandemic has laid bare the contradictions of U.S. imperialism, including those that continue to render the American left politically isolated and ineffectual. China has found itself at the center of this process. U.S. imperialism has successfully convinced many of its so-called "citizens" to believe that the U.S. government is the principle arbiter of bourgeois freedoms such as the right to individual liberty and free speech. China, on the other hand, has long been depicted by the U.S. ruling class as an "authoritarian regime" where the rights of individuals are crushed under the weight of a centrali…

Pavan Kulkarni (2020-05-27). ILO must intervene to stop abrogation of labor rights in India, demand 10 trade unions. peoplesdispatch.org The 10 trade unions wrote to the ILO, providing more details on a complaint they had filed on May 14 against the suspension of labor laws by several State governments in India…

C.P. Chandrasekhar (2020-05-26). COVID-19 adds new dimensions to U.S.-China trade war. mronline.org The Trump regime is ratcheting up its protectionist rhetoric vis-à -vis China. If this leads to new sanctions, it would worsen the COVID-induced trade crisis rather than help the U.S.

Gloria La Riva (2020-05-26). Defying U.S. sanctions, first Iranian tanker reaches Venezuela. liberationnews.org The enhanced U.S. military presence in Caribbean waters did not deter Iran as the first of its five giant tankers full of gasoline and refinery supplies reached Venezuela's waters late Saturday, May 23.

news.un (2020-05-26). First Person: The struggle to protect human rights in East Africa during the pandemic. news.un.org Since the beginning of the COVID-19 outbreak in East Africa, the UN Human Rights regional office, based in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, has been contributing to the COVID-19 response of UN country teams in the region, by ensuring that human rights protection for vulnerable people is included in their plans. The head of the office, Nwanneakolam Vwede-Obahor, shared some of the challenges she and her colleagues are facing.

NationAction (2020-05-26). Take Action Now: Fight for Voting Rights. thenation.com Take Action Now: Fight for Voting Rights…

Paul Dobson (2020-05-25). Venezuelan Government Seizes AT&T Assets, Looks to Re-establish DirecTV Cable Service. venezuelanalysis.com The Texas-based multinational abandoned the country last week citing legal pressure caused by US sanctions.

Tyler Durden (2020-02-08). Iraq and Russia Prepare to Boost Military Ties as US Threatens Sanctions. theantimedia.com Iraq and Russia are preparing for deepening military coordination.

Jessica Corbett, staff writer (2020-05-27). Global Groups Challenge Financial Sector to 'End Its Support for Fossil Fuels and Climate Chaos' Ahead of ExxonMobil Shareholders Meeting. commondreams.org Ahead of oil and gas giant ExxonMobil's virtual annual shareholders meeting Wednesday morning, scores of international climate, human rights, faith, and Indigenous groups launched the Finance Climate Challenge, calling on the global financial sector to "end its support for fossil fuels and climate chaos." | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…

Morgan Artyukhina (2020-05-27). Far right Hungarian government launches new assault on trans rights. liberationnews.org Hungary's racist, homophobic, transphobic right-wing government has continued its efforts to divide the Hungarian working class by depriving trans and intersex people of their right to legally change their gender.

Staff (2020-05-27). "Horrifying Neglect": COVID-19 Deaths in ICE Custody Spark New Calls for Mass Release of Prisoners. democracynow.org Calls are growing for Immigration and Customs Enforcement to release people from detention during the pandemic, as two people have died from COVID-19 while in custody. We speak with The Intercept's Ryan Devereaux, who reported on how Carlos Ernesto Escobar Mejia, held at the Otay Mesa Detention Center, suffered horrifying neglect before he passed away. We are also joined by Erika Andiola with RAICES Action. "None of those folks — especially people who migrated seeking asylum — they did not do anything to deserve a life sentence in a detention center," Andiola notes.

Ruth Robertson (2020-05-28). Memorial Day Peace Caravan/Demonstrators Drive to Donate to Homeless in San Jose. indybay.org On May 25, a Peace Caravan of activists drove in decorated cars through the streets of San Jose to demand human rights to health, housing, education, a living wage and all the components of a dignified life. The colorful caravan of about a dozen cars ended their protest at a homeless encampment where they made a donation and received thanks from Scott Wagers who serves and ministers to the city's unhoused.

Fed Up Facebook User (2020-05-28). Fed-up Facebook Users Urge Shareholders To "Wake The Zuck Up" : Protesters Projected Messa. indybay.org Don't Let Facebook ZUCK Up our Democracy, a coalition of media advocacy organizations, human rights groups, pro-democracy activists, and fed-up Facebook users projected messages to Facebook shareholders on the evening before the annual Facebook shareholders meeting. The messages were projected onto Facebook's San Francisco offices at 181 Fremont Street.

RT (2020-05-27). US ends ALL BUT ONE sanctions waivers for Iran nuclear facilities. rt.com The US is giving foreign governments 60 days to wrap up work on Iranian nuclear facilities — 90 days for the civilian reactor in Bushehr — or face Washington's sanctions, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo has announced. | Washington has offered waivers for its sanctions against Tehran in connection with several civilian facilities since President Donald Trump unilaterally exited a nuclear deal with Iran in 2018. Now those waivers are being phased out entirely, Pompeo said on Wednesday. | European, Chinese and Russian companies working on nuclear projects in Iran will have two months to wrap up their o…

2020-05-27: News Headlines

Mary P. Kaessinger (2020-05-27). Fight for the rights of people with disabilities! workers.org This is a slightly edited version of a talk given during the"What Road To Socialism?" webinar held by Workers World Party on May 16. Disability is a condition that strikes all classes. Ruling-class families start charities, like the Kennedys, who started the Special Olympics. That's nice, but it didn't bring . . . |

Stephen Lendman (2020-05-27). Iran and Venezuela: Standing Tall Against Imperial USA. globalresearch.ca If all nations operated like Iran and Venezuela, world peace and stability would replace endless wars of aggression against nations threatening no one. | If countries worldwide refused to subordinate their sovereign rights to US interests, its imperial scourge would be …

Devin Cole (2020-05-27). Alabama clinic bought by abortion rights group. workers.org On May 15, 2019, Alabama Gov. Kay Ivey signed into law one of the most restrictive anti-abortion bills in the U.S. The law banned all abortions in Alabama regardless of reason and with no exceptions. The Alabama law was part of a national right-wing campaign to challenge the Supreme Court's . . . |

Terrace (2020-05-27). Making Peace An Election Issue. popularresistance.org In this series of interviews by the United National Antiwar Coalition, Joe Lombardo speaks with Margaret Kimberley who is an author, editor of Black Agenda Report and coordinating committee member of Black Alliance for Peace. She speaks about the Black Alliance for Peace's campaign to make peace an election issue. The demands include cutting military spending, losing military bases, stopping sanctions and ending militarism domestically. Margaret Kimberley explains why this is an important issue and what people can do to support the campaign.

WSWS (2020-05-27). US exploits Hong Kong protests for anti-China campaign. wsws.org Once again, US imperialism is using the banner of "human rights" to advance its economic and strategic interests.

news.un (2020-05-27). US states 'manipulating' COVID-19 pandemic to restrict abortion access, rights experts charge. news.un.org Independent UN human rights experts fear that some authorities in the United States are using the COVID-19 pandemic to restrict access to abortion, with at least eight states suspending procedures deemed medically unnecessary.

WSWS (2020-05-27). Thomson Reuters actively helping Trump administration target immigrants. wsws.org The parent company of the Reuters news agency has been aiding Immigration and Customs Enforcement with the targeting of immigrants for arrest, detention and deportation.

Terrace (2020-05-27). American Exceptionalism And The Left's China Double Standard. popularresistance.org The COVID-19 pandemic has laid bare the contradictions of U.S. imperialism, including those that continue to render the American left politically isolated and ineffectual. China has found itself at the center of this process. U.S. imperialism has successfully convinced many of its so-called "citizens" to believe that the U.S. government is the principle arbiter of bourgeois freedoms such as the right to individual liberty and free speech. China, on the other hand, has long been depicted by the U.S. ruling class as an "authoritarian regime" where the rights of individuals are crushed under the weight of a centrali…

Pavan Kulkarni (2020-05-27). ILO must intervene to stop abrogation of labor rights in India, demand 10 trade unions. peoplesdispatch.org The 10 trade unions wrote to the ILO, providing more details on a complaint they had filed on May 14 against the suspension of labor laws by several State governments in India…

Alexia Ramirez (2020-05-27). ICE Records Confirm that Immigration Enforcement Agencies are Using Invasive Cell Phone Surveillance Devices. aclu.org For years, immigration enforcement agencies have been using invasive cell phone surveillance technology known as Stingrays in near-total secrecy. To find out more, the ACLU and New York Civil Liberties Union filed a lawsuit under the Freedom of Information Act, and now we've forced the agencies to turn over documents revealing new details about the agencies' practices. Today, we are publishing

Joe Sims (2020-05-26). Neoliberal solutions won't save us from this pandemic. peoplesworld.org A lot of hope—and rightly so—is being placed in what a post-Trump country and world might look like. And yes, almost anything would be better. (As a popular lawn sign reads, "2020: Any Functioning Adult.") Proposals for union-friendly organizing rights, student debt relief, a wealth tax, a green infrastructure bill (if not a Green New …

C.P. Chandrasekhar (2020-05-26). COVID-19 adds new dimensions to U.S.-China trade war. mronline.org The Trump regime is ratcheting up its protectionist rhetoric vis-à -vis China. If this leads to new sanctions, it would worsen the COVID-induced trade crisis rather than help the U.S.

Gloria La Riva (2020-05-26). Defying U.S. sanctions, first Iranian tanker reaches Venezuela. liberationnews.org The enhanced U.S. military presence in Caribbean waters did not deter Iran as the first of its five giant tankers full of gasoline and refinery supplies reached Venezuela's waters late Saturday, May 23.

Kevin Zeese (2020-05-26). Tenants Buy Properties From Negligent Landlord Who Tried To Evict Them. popularresistance.org Thirty-eight families in south Minneapolis will gain ownership of their five apartment buildings after spending years battling with their landlord, Stephen Frenz, who had been trying to evict them. | "This is an amazing victory. I am so happy," Chloe Jackson said in a statement Monday. She is a resident of one of the properties and board president of the tenant's rights group Inquilinxs Unidxs Por Justicia (United Renters for Justice). Eviction seemed certain once the pandemic hit since the families — most of whom are immigrants and don't have health care or access to government benefits — had collect…

Michael Flynn, Katie Welsford (2020-05-26). COVID-19 Reveals the Inherent Vindictiveness of Migration Detention. commondreams.org Asylum seekers protest inside the Mantra Hotel in Preston, Melbourne, Australia. May 16, 2020. (Picture by Micheal Dodge/AAP/PA Images. All rights reserved) | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…

news.un (2020-05-26). First Person: The struggle to protect human rights in East Africa during the pandemic. news.un.org Since the beginning of the COVID-19 outbreak in East Africa, the UN Human Rights regional office, based in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, has been contributing to the COVID-19 response of UN country teams in the region, by ensuring that human rights protection for vulnerable people is included in their plans. The head of the office, Nwanneakolam Vwede-Obahor, shared some of the challenges she and her colleagues are facing.

Peoples Dispatch (2020-05-26). Working class demonstrates in Spain for a social emergency plan. peoplesdispatch.org On May 23, Saturday, workers and progressive sections across Spain demonstrated in major cities demanding the protection of workers' rights and for an urgent social emergency plan to tackle the COVID-19 crisis. Various trade unions and parties, including the Communist Party of the Peoples of Spain (PCPE) and Committees for Workers Unity (CUO), participated in the mobilizations. | According to reports, demonstrations were organized in Madrid, Las Palmas, Tenerife, Almería, Granada, Aguilar de la Frontera, Puente Genil, Málaga, Huelva, Cádiz, Sevilla, Murcia, Alacant, Valencia, Barcelona, Olot, Lleida, and Barakald…

NationAction (2020-05-26). Take Action Now: Fight for Voting Rights. thenation.com Take Action Now: Fight for Voting Rights…

Terrace (2020-05-26). Special Edition: Sanctioned Countries Speak Out On COVID-19. popularresistance.org On May 9, 2020, the Sanctions Kill coalition based in the United States held the first in a series of webinars on the United States' illegal economic coercive measures imposed on 39 countries and one-third of the global population. This webinar featured representatives from six countries: Cuba, Zimbabwe, Nicaragua, Syria, Venezuela and Iran. Each of these targeted countries shares common struggles to maintain their sovereignty and provide basic necessities for their people while trying to build new forms of governance in the face of aggression and interference from the United States. It is rare to hear directly f…

Leila Rafei (2020-05-25). For Betty Riddle, Amendment 4 Win Makes Her A Part of Society, Not Apart. aclu.org Betty Riddle made sure she was first in line to vote in the Florida primary this year. At age 62, it was her first time voting. "It was one of the greatest moments of my life," she told the ACLU. Her family made her a T-shirt just for the occasion, which read first in line, first time voting. | As a Floridian, Betty was subject to one of the nation's harshest felony disenfranchisement laws. Before

Paul Dobson (2020-05-25). Venezuelan Government Seizes AT&T Assets, Looks to Re-establish DirecTV Cable Service. venezuelanalysis.com The Texas-based multinational abandoned the country last week citing legal pressure caused by US sanctions.

Ali Salam (2020-05-25). Israeli Authorities Demolish Palestinian-owned Structures near Bethlehem. imemc.org Israeli forces, on Monday, demolished a livestock barn and a tent, east of the southern occupied West Bank city of Bethlehem, Palestinian WAFA News Agency reported. Sources said the structures were owned by a local Palestinian, who was detained for several hours before being released. Palestinian security sources said the …

Julia Conley, staff writer (2020-05-26). 'Scared of What Will Happen If He Lets People Vote': Rights Groups Know Why Trump Panicked by Mail-In Ballots. commondreams.org "Donald Trump votes by mail, Mike Pence votes by mail, the American people should be able to vote by mail too." | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…

Staff (2020-05-27). "Horrifying Neglect": COVID-19 Deaths in ICE Custody Spark New Calls for Mass Release of Prisoners. democracynow.org Calls are growing for Immigration and Customs Enforcement to release people from detention during the pandemic, as two people have died from COVID-19 while in custody. We speak with The Intercept's Ryan Devereaux, who reported on how Carlos Ernesto Escobar Mejia, held at the Otay Mesa Detention Center, suffered horrifying neglect before he passed away. We are also joined by Erika Andiola with RAICES Action. "None of those folks — especially people who migrated seeking asylum — they did not do anything to deserve a life sentence in a detention center," Andiola notes.

Ruth Robertson (2020-05-27). Memorial Day Peace Caravan/Demonstrators Drive to Donate to Homeless in San Jose. indybay.org On May 25, a Peace Caravan of activists drove in decorated cars through the streets of San Jose to demand human rights to health, housing, education, a living wage and all the components of a dignified life. The colorful caravan of about a dozen cars ended their protest at a homeless encampment where they made a donation and received thanks from Scott Wagers who serves and ministers to the city's unhoused.

RT (2020-05-27). US ends ALL BUT ONE sanctions waivers for Iran nuclear facilities. rt.com The US is giving foreign governments 60 days to wrap up work on Iranian nuclear facilities — 90 days for the civilian reactor in Bushehr — or face Washington's sanctions, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo has announced. | Washington has offered waivers for its sanctions against Tehran in connection with several civilian facilities since President Donald Trump unilaterally exited a nuclear deal with Iran in 2018. Now those waivers are being phased out entirely, Pompeo said on Wednesday. | European, Chinese and Russian companies working on nuclear projects in Iran will have two months to wrap up their o…

RT (2020-05-27). 'Just a dwarf': Ex-German Chancellor Schroeder snubs Ukraine envoy who blasted him over calls for anti-Russian sanctions relief. rt.com Former German Chancellor Gerhard Schroeder brushed off criticism from the Ukrainian ambassador to Berlin, calling him "a dwarf" in his personal podcast. The diplomat had accused him of being a 'lobbyist' for Moscow. | The veteran politician, who is still deemed a talented orator in Germany, launched his own When spea…

RT (2020-05-26). Trump teases 'very interesting & powerful' action after China calls US sanctions 'bluff' over Hong Kong. rt.com US President Donald Trump said he was planning to do something about Beijing's moves to limit the political autonomy of Hong Kong, but would not say what. Chinese media, meanwhile, called US threats a 'nothingburger' bluff. | "We're doing something now. I think you'll find it very interesting. But I won't be talking about it today," Trump told reporters at a White House event about healthcare on Tuesday. "It's something you're going to be hearing about … before the end of the week — very powerfully I think." | White House press secretary Kayleigh McEnany said earlier that Trump was "displeased" about Ch…

RT (2020-05-25). 'Ever thus to tyrants': WATCH protesters hang effigy of US governor in anti-lockdown protest. rt.com Political leaders across the spectrum have condemned an anti-lockdown protest outside the state capitol in Kentucky during which an effigy of the governor was hung from a tree. | At least 100 people attended a Second Amendment rally at the state capitol in Frankfort on Sunday. Many of the attendees were armed and bore US and Gadsden flags that read "Don't tread on me," as well as placards which read "Abort Beshear from office," and "My rights don't end where your fear begins." | After a failed attempt to hand-deliver a letter calling for the governor's resignation, an effigy of Kentucky Governor Andy Beshear w…

sputniknews (2020-05-27). Pompeo: US Ending Iran Sanction Waivers, Measure Effective in 60 Days. sputniknews.com Citing "Iran's continued nuclear escalation," US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo has announced that the sanctions waiver for Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action-related projects in Iran will expire in 60 days.

Tyler Durden (2020-02-08). Iraq and Russia Prepare to Boost Military Ties as US Threatens Sanctions. theantimedia.com Iraq and Russia are preparing for deepening military coordination.