Daily News Digest June 22, 2016

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Daily News Digest June 22, 2016

Images of the Day:

UNICEF laments child refugee crisis in EuropeImageoftheDatThe Logic of ProfilingImageoftheDay Quote of the Day: 

“Oh,” he replied. “Okay, I’ll get a rifle.” He returned to his SUV, and pulled out, to my astonishment, an AR-4, a military-style assault rifle, which he then used to shoot the deer with a clean shot between the eyes. When I asked him about having that weapon available in his patrol vehicle, he replied matter-of-factly that all police in almost all departments in the country have them readily available. — What About the Cops? Let’s Ban Assault Weapons for Police, Too

Videos of the Day:

An Attack on Democracy Itself: UK Opposition Leader Jeremy Corbyn Pays Tribute to Murdered MP Jo Cox

Black Agenda Radio for Week of June 20, 2016  (Audio)


Shock Report: Big Beef is Hiring Hitmen to Murder Activists — 185 Murders Last Year Alone By Claire Bernish

Bernie’s Capitulation and Hillary’s Syrian War to Come: Citing various ongoing mass movements, he declared, “And that’s what this campaign has been about over this past year. That’s what the political revolution is all about.” Subtext: It’s all about bringing you kids into the Democratic Party—in order to change it. by Gary LeuppBernie'sCapitulation The Hypocrisy of Noam Chomsky — As he votes for the lessor evil — he proclaims: America Has a Democracy — Only for the 1 Percent “At the top — a fraction of 1 percent—policies are essentially made,” By Alexandra RosenmannChomskyWhat About the Cops? Let’s Ban Assault Weapons for Police, Too by Dave Lindorff DaveLindorffEnvironment:

 Ongoing/Big Energy Disasters!:

Fukushima 3/11 Breeds Cynicism by Robert HunzikerFukushima Black Liberation/Civil Rights:

 Disenfranchisement Laws, Race and the U.S. Presidential Election: 5.8 million Americans cannot vote because of felony conviction. One out of every thirteen African Americans has lost their voting rights due to felony disenfranchisement laws.  by Julian Vigo

 Black Agenda Radio for Week of June 20, 2016BarRadioPOP Blasts Cuomo’s Blacklist of BDS Campaign as “Outright Reactionary”

New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s executive order establishing a blacklist of companies and institutions that honor the campaign to Boycott, Divest and Sanction Israel is “blatantly unconstitutional,” “smacks of McCarthyism,” and “outright reactionary,” said Larry Hamm, chairman of the Newark, New Jersey-based Peoples Organization for Progress. Israeli apartheid “is not just a matter of military repression,” said Hamm. “It’s the denial of rights and equality before the law for Palestinians.” POP endorsed Bernie Sanders for president, and Hamm is a Sanders delegate to the Democratic National Convention.

Protesters to March and “Fart” Against Hillary in Philly

Cheri Honkala, of the Poor People’s Economic Human Rights Campaign, plans to stage “the world’s largest fart-in” to protest Hillary Clinton’s triumphal speech to the party in Philadelphia, this summer. Honkala said her group will consume large amounts of beans to prepare for the occasion. Philadelphia is eager to accommodate Democrat-sponsored marches during the convention, but has not agreed to permit Honkala’s group to march. “The city is trying to maneuver to have all of Broad Street shut down, just to keep our march from happening” at 3pm on July 25.

Hillary’s Haiti Crimes Might Come Back to Haunt Her

As Secretary of State, Hillary Clinton was responsible for installing Michel “Sweet Mickey” Martelly’s corrupt and unpopular government in Haiti – a fact that should be embarrassing to her campaign. According to Nikolas Barry-Shaw, a voting rights associate at the Institute for Justice and Democracy in Haiti, Clinton’s handlers want Haiti “to stay out of the spotlight and allow Hillary Clinton’s record in Haiti to go unexamined. The reason there is an election crisis in Haiti,” said Barry-Shaw, “is a direct result of Clinton’s interventions in previous elections that put Martelly in place” in 2011.

U.S. Behaves Like Mafia in Haiti

The U.S. State Department pressured Haitians to accept the results of last year’s rigged elections that would have continued U.S.-backed factions in power. However, massive protests forced the scheduling of new elections for this October. “Basically, what you’re seeing is nothing less than if Al Capone was occupying Haiti, and he had goon squads trying to enforce the rule of the Mafia” over the country, said Pierre Labossiere, of the Haiti Action Committee. “This is how the Haitian people see the so-called ‘international community’ – the U.S., France, Canada, the European Union, and the OAS.”

Postal Service Could Put Payday Lenders Out of Business

Proposed new federal rules would make it somewhat harder for poor people to get payday loans at usurious interest rates. However, the exploitative lenders could be put out of business altogether if the U.S. Postal Service was allowed to provide alternative financial services to the poor “at a fraction of the interest,” said Matt Stannard, policy director of Commonomics USA. “They already have the infrastructure to do that, they have huge economies of scale,” and other countries have successfully provided such services, he said. Instead, bipartisan forces in Washington seem intent on putting the Postal Service out of business. Read more


Thousands of Minnesota nurses enter 3rd day of strike, employer insists all is fine (VIDEO) Nearly 5,000 unionized nurses from five hospitals around Minneapolis have been on strike since Sunday, protesting changes to their health care plans. The not-for-profit employer says patients are receiving the same care as usual.NursesEconomy:

WallStreetOnParadeNeel Kashkari: The Shadow Over Janet Yellen’s Head as She Testifies to Congress By Pam Martens and Russ Martens Martens


Children Pay the Highest Price for the Refugee Crisis: The world is witness to a rapid increase in the number of people forced to flee from wars, conflict and persecution in countries such as Syria, Iraq, and Afghanistan. It is estimated that approximately half of the 19.5 million registered refugees at a global level are children and youth. They are the most vulnerable victims of these conflicts. by Cesar Chelala

Brexit, the EU and the Future of Britain: the Main Enemy Resides Here, Not in Brussels by John Wight

 Britain: The EU referendum and xenophobia – How to fight the Right: As the hour of judgement draws nearer, the campaigns on both sides of the EU referendum have become increasingly dominated by one issue: immigration. by Adam Booth BritainIs Another ‘Oaxaca Commune’ in the Works?: Ten years ago, hundreds of thousands of local residents joined marches and barricades when the police tried to evict the plantón. By: Eric Larson  OaxacoBerta Cáceres Was at Top of Honduras Military’s Kill List: Whistleblower U.S.-trained special forces in Honduras are ordered to systematically “eliminate” environment and land defenders, whistleblower says by Nika KnightHondorusTurkish journalists rally behind pro-Kurdish paper after arrests: The prominent Turkish journalist Can Dündar has become the symbolic co-editor of a pro-Kurdish daily newspaper after two journalists and an academic were arrested on charges of disseminating “terrorist propaganda”. By Constanze LetschTurkeyHealth, Education, and Welfare:

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