2020-06-04: Social Media Postees

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Democrats Casually "Blame Russia" for the Riots
Paul Antonopoulos | globalresearch.ca | 2020-06-04
The riots engulfing the U.S. were provoked by Moscow, according to National Security Advisor to President Barack Obama from 2013 to 2017 and U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations from 2009 to 2013, Susan Rice. She even took it …

NATO Returns to Libya to Challenge Russia
M. K. Bhadrakumar | counterpunch.org | 2020-06-04
The great game in Libya has begun surging with the United States shedding its strategic ambivalence and resorting to a proactive role. At the end of May, the Pentagon marked a dramatic escalation by accusing Moscow of bolstering "Kremlin-linked mercenaries" who are allegedly helping Khalifa Haftar, the eastern warlord in Libya. In an extraordinary statement…

Georgia police officers charged after brutal assault on college students returning from protest
wsws.org | 2020-06-04
The students were viciously assaulted returning from protests against the murder of George Floyd on Saturday night despite doing nothing to provoke the officers or arouse suspicion.

Global Black Lives Matter Protests
Rhea Mahbubani | zcomm.org | 2020-06-04
Thousands across the UK, Germany, Italy, New Zealand, Canada, and more condemn racism and demand justice…

Nearly 65,000 COVID-19 deaths in UK according to Financial Times
wsws.org | 2020-06-04
The FT highlighted the fact that in absolute terms the number of excess deaths in the UK is the highest in Europe, and internationally is only second to the US.

European media outlets fear bitter class struggles in the US
wsws.org | 2020-06-04
The European press and ruling elite are not especially troubled by Trump's plan to erect a presidential dictatorship. Rather, they fear the president could provoke class struggles that would endanger the capitalist system and spread to Europe.

Ban on giving coronavirus relief to tax avoiders gains steam. But one country isn't budging
Peter Bolton | thecanary.co | 2020-06-04
Countries across Europe and further afield are taking bold legislative action against corporate tax avoiders in this time of crisis. Most encouragingly, governing parties of both the left and the right appear to have signed on to the effort. But there is one government that is conspicuously missing from that list. The reasons why are glaringly obvious. | No contribution, no pay-o…

Union supports ditching temporary workers at Meyer shipyard in Germany
wsws.org | 2020-06-04
The unions are on the side of those raking in billions in aid to keep the German stock market bubbling.

Irish government plans full return to work by August
wsws.org | 2020-06-04
Ireland is pressing ahead with a five-phase plan to enforce a full return to work by August, while talks for a viciously anti-working class coalition government continue.

The Face of Rebellion: George Floyd and the Struggle Against Racism
Donald Monaco | globalresearch.ca | 2020-06-04
America burns. Its streets are inflamed by an existential rage born of violence, dehumanization and despair. Trampled underfoot of a police jackboot for too long, the oppressed are striking back with a ferocious anger that has simmered for decades. The …

History: The 1887 Alaska Purchase and the US-Russia Bering Strait Rail Tunnel Project
Matthew Ehret-Kump | globalresearch.ca | 2020-06-04
In a recent paper entitled 'Tomorrow's Arctic: Theatre of War or Cooperation?' I introduced readers to the US-Russian grand design which shaped not only the sale of Alaska in October 1867 to the USA for $7.5 million, but also Russia's …

Russia OKs Use of Nukes in Response to Non-Nuclear Attacks
Erika Williams | globalresearch.ca | 2020-06-04
Russian President Vladimir Putin signed a new government policy for nuclear deterrence on Tuesday that allows the use of nuclear weapons in response to conventional arms attacks. | Russia says its nuclear weapons are developed in order to deter potential attacks …

Washington Post Invents a Growth Dividend from Sweden's Coronavirus Strategy
Dean Baker | cepr.net | 2020-06-04
Sweden has stood apart from most other wealthy countries in dealing with the pandemic, by not imposing some sort of shutdown, where non-essential businesses are closed and travel is kept to a minimum. Its Nordic neighbors all went this route and then engaged in extensive testing and tracing strategies. As a result, Sweden has seen …

Turkey Rejoices at Deepening US-Chinese Cold War, Appreciating It Increases Its Value to Both
Mattew Petti | anti-empire.com | 2020-06-04
Related: Lockdown Bankrupted Turkey so China Will Buy It for the Price of Fish and Chips | | Turkish vice president Fuat Oktay said that the United States and Turkey have a "creative opportunity to understand each other" as U.S.-China tensions accelerate. | The U.S.-Turkish relationship has been strained, as both countries find…

Almost 40k demand removal of statues showing colonial-era Belgian king blamed for Congo genocide
rt.com | 2020-06-04
Amid ongoing anti-racism protests in the US, two petitions have been launched in Belgium demanding the removal of statues depicting King Leopold II. Estimates suggest the late monarch's brutal Congo rule left some 10 million dead. | The petitions, launched several days ago, have already attracted nearly 40,000 backers. The campaigns demand the removal of all statues of King Leopold II, who ruled the country between 1865 and 1909. | While for Belgium itself he was a constitutional monarch, Leopold was also a brutal oppressor of Africans. The king was the founder

EU and China postpone Leipzig summit due to coronavirus as Europe seeks broader scrutiny of foreign investment
rt.com | 2020-06-04
A summit between China and the European Union, planned for September in the German city of Leipzig, has been postponed due to the coronavirus pandemic, the German government has said. | The decision was made after Chancellor Angela Merkel held separate phone calls with Chinese President Xi Jinping and European Council President Charles Michel, government spokesman Steffen Seibert said on Wednesday. "They agreed that the meeting cannot take place at the envisaged time given the pandemic but should be rescheduled," Seibert added. | A similar summit that was due to take place at the end of March in China was also…

Czech Republic may drop travel restrictions for Germany, Austria & Hungary on Friday
rt.com | 2020-06-04
Prague will drop restrictions on travel to and from Austria, Germany and Hungary on Friday, Czech Prime Minister Andrej Babis was quoted as saying on Thursday. The move follows the reopening of the border with Slovakia on Wednesday. It is also part of a plan to allow free travel with most EU countries as of June 15. | "I am hoping that as of midnight tomorrow travel will be freed up with these countries," CTK cited Babis as saying during a trip to Karlovy Vary. The government will meet on freeing up travel on Friday morning, according to Babis. | Austria, which shares a border with the Czechs, has opened to al…

Irish PM Varadkar hopes 'air bridges' with selected countries will be possible within weeks
rt.com | 2020-06-04
Within the next few weeks, Ireland hopes to resume air travel with countries that are at a similar stage in tackling the Covid-19 pandemic, Prime Minister Leo Varadkar said on Thursday. | "I hope that as the world returns to a new normality, we will see international air travel resume, in the first instance through air bridges with countries that have suppressed the virus to a similar extent as ours," Varadkar told parliament. | "This however is some weeks away and it's far too soon for anyone to book their holidays yet but summer is not yet lost," the prime minister added. | Ireland requires anyone entering t…

WATCH: Massive landslide sweeps 8 HOUSES out to sea in Norway as residents run for their lives
rt.com | 2020-06-04
Incredible eyewitness footage showing the exact moment a huge landslide swept eight houses out to sea in northern Norway was captured by a shocked resident, as panicked locals fled for their lives with seconds to spare. | The breathtaking scene occurred in Kraknes, Alta, on Wednesday morning. As eyewitness video shows, the land itself appeared to liquify and sweep the properties out to sea, churning the buildings in its path into rubble as they entered the water. | The owner of one of the eight houses, Jan Egil Bakkeby, had noticed a crack in the street the day before, but opted to stay put overnight.

Facebook selectively slaps 'state-controlled media' warning on some government-funded outlets ahead of 2020 US elections
rt.com | 2020-06-04
Facebook is labeling content posted by state-funded media outlets and plans to bar them from running ads in a conveniently loophole-packed effort to prevent "foreign influence" in the 2020 US presidential election. | Russian and Chinese media outlets' pages have already been graced with the new warning labels, which Facebook announced on Thursday in a blog post. The social media behemoth claimed it is taking other factors into account besides government ownership, explaining "if we determine that there ar…

What would Ranger Smith say? Driver stunned to see WILD BEAR running through Russian city (VIDEO)
rt.com | 2020-06-04
A wild beast was filmed running through the center of a Siberian town, just a month after a man was nearly killed in a bear attack on the streets of another Russian city. | The bear was spotted racing down an empty narrow road in downtown Yeniseysk, a city of around 18,000 people in Siberia. A short video filmed by a driver shows the wild animal moving in front of the car before turning away from the road onto a lawn and fleeing somewhere near houses. | –ù–∏–á–µ–≥–æ –Ω–µ–æ–±–ã[mda…

US nuclear secrets reportedly stolen from missile contractor. Surprised to learn that Russian hackers are blamed again?
rt.com | 2020-06-04
Cyber extortionists have stolen confidential documents possibly containing information about the United States Minuteman III nuclear deterrent, according to reports. | The hackers retrieved the files via Westech International, a US Air Force maintenance and engineering subcontractor working on the LGM-30G Minuteman III land-based intercontinental ballistic missile, Sky News revealed. | The Minuteman III is a key nuclear deterrent system that controls thermonuclear warheads that c…

Iran, Turkey resume border activities
en.mehrnews.com | 2020-06-04
TEHRAN, Jun. 04 (MNA)

Ahmaud Arbery Case Advances After Georgia Judge Rules Charges Meet Probable Cause Threshold
sputniknews.com | 2020-06-04
Georgia judge Wallace E. Harrell ruled on Thursday that the charges in the Ahmaud Arbery case meet the probable cause threshold, indicating the case against the three men involved in Arbery's killing will be advancing.

Sky News Blames Russians for US Defense Contractor Hack Without Evidence
sputniknews.com | 2020-06-04
After discovering that hackers hit a US defense contractor with ransomware, the UK's Sky News reported on Wednesday that "Russian-speaking" people were suspected of the attack, wholly without evidence.

EU to use $2.7 billion fund to buy promising COVID-19 vaccines
yenisafak.com | 2020-06-04
The European Union is preparing to use an emergency 2.4-billion- euro ($2.7 billion) fund to make advance purchases of promising vaccines against the new coronavirus, EU officials told Reuters.The move was discussed at a meeting of EU ambassadors on Wednesday, after Germany, France, Italy and the Netherlands said they were speeding up negotiations with pharmaceutical companies to secure access to vaccines currently under development.The EU rainy-day fund, known as the Emergency Support Instrument (ESI), would also be used to increase vaccine production capacity in Europe and offer liability insurance to pharmaceu…

Turkey, Azerbaijan mark 102 years of diplomatic ties
yenisafak.com | 2020-06-04
Shortly after the foundation of the Azerbaijani Democratic Republic (ADR) on May 28, 1918, it inked the Treaty of Batumi with the then-Ottoman Empire on June 4, 1918, thus marking the friendly relations in political, legal, commercial and military fields.With the treaty, the Ottoman Empire recognized the independence of Azerbaijan, which could in turn apply to the Empire for military help in the case of any threat.The agreement was signed by Halil Bey Mentese, the head of the Ottomans' Chamber of Deputies. and the Commander of the Caucasian Front of the Ottoman Army, Mehmet Vehip Pasa, and the President of the Az…

PROFILE: Who is Rwandan genocide suspect Felicien Kabuga?
yenisafak.com | 2020-06-04
A French court ruled Wednesday that Rwandan genocide suspect Felicien Kabuga should be handed to a UN tribunal for trial. | The court is based in The Hague as well as in Arusha in the East African nation of Tanzania. | The 84-year-old was arrested in May in France. | – Who is Kabuga? | Kabuga was born in 1935 in northern Rwanda's Byumba prefecture, now called the Gicumbi district, bordering Uganda. | He rose from humble origins to become one of Rwanda's richest men, before allegedly using his wealth to sponsor the 1994 genocide against the Tutsi ethnic group

German official hopeful for summer holidays in Turkey
yenisafak.com | 2020-06-04
Germany is in talks with Ankara over measures that could make it possible for German tourists to travel to Turkey for summer holidays, a senior government official said on Thursday. | Thomas Bareiss, Germany's commissioner for tourism, expressed hope that they would be in a position to lift travel warnings for non-EU member countries like Turkey in the coming weeks, depending on the pandemic situation. | "We are working to ensure that travel warnings for third countries can also be lifted step-by-step in the coming weeks," he said in an interview with German press agency DPA. | "I don't see any reason to keep a t…

Turkish president marks World Environment Day
yenisafak.com | 2020-06-04
Turkey's President Recep Tayyip Erdogan on Thursday marked World Environment Day, highlighting the importance of global efforts to resolve environmental problems."Humanity today strives for a greener and more liveable world where sustainable use of resources is adopted, biodiversity is preserved, hunger and poverty are minimized, and environmental pollution is prevented," Erdogan said in a statement ahead of the day.Stressing the solution of environmental problems requires the cooperation of all countries at the global scale and the implementation of long-term policies through joint efforts, he stated that Turkey…

'Deportation of Crimean Tatars in 1944 was genocide'
yenisafak.com | 2020-06-04
The Soviet Union's brutal 1944 deportation of Crimean Tatars bears all the hallmarks of genocide, according to a foreign policy expert.Hakan Kirimli, a political scientist at Bilkent University in Turkey's capital Ankara, told Anadolu Agency that on May 18, 1944, the Soviet Union exiled all the Tatars from Crimea, leaving not a single one."They were kept in extremely harsh conditions where they were sent, and half of them were killed," Kirimli added.Describing the deportation as a "genocide," Kirimli said: "They wanted the Crimean Tatars to completely disappear from history, and they even removed the phrase 'Crim…

Susan Rice Blames Russia for George Floyd Riots: 'Right out of the Russian Playbook'
Zachary Evans | anti-empire.com | 2020-06-03
Editor's note: So is CNN's Chris Cuomo (of the it's-illegal-to-read-Wikileaks fame) Russian? | twitter.com/SteveGuest/status/1267987525198585856 | | Former Obama adviser Susan Rice has blamed the violent protests that rocked major American cities over the weekend on "foreign actors," and even suggested that Russia could be involved in stirring them up. | "I'm not reading the intelligence today, or these days

The UK Compared With Other Countries on the Pandemic
Kenneth Surin | counterpunch.org | 2020-06-03
As I write (the weekend of 30-31 May), the UK's death toll from the COVID-19 pandemic has reached 38,489. Even the rightwing Financial Times regards this figure as an under-estimate, and says the actual toll is 60,300. The Murdoch-owned Sky News reports that the UK's population-adjusted COVID19 death toll has now overtaken Italy's: UK: 543…

Greece: "Solidarity with the Struggle of the Workers and People of USA Against Barbarism"
Fight Back | fightbacknews.org | 2020-06-03
Fight Back News Service is circulating the following statement from the influential Greek labor organization, the All-Workers Militant Front (PAME), that was sent to AFSCME Local 3800. | PAME, a member of the WFTU, expresses its solidarity with the workers and the people of the United States who are on the streets of rage against barbarism and misery. | The assassination of George Floyd was another death toll in the world's richest country. Murdered either by racism or by poverty. The pain and misery of millions of poor Americans is shared by that of the thousands of Greek immigrants in USA, as well as the…

Revealed: US chlorinated chicken will be in trade deal
graham | truepublica.org.uk | 2020-06-03
TruePublica Editor: The British government are working really hard on a trade deal with Trump's America and stalling with the biggest trading partner in the world, the European Union. The idea is to quietly drift past the June 30th EU withdrawal agreement extension, force a hard Brexit through on December 31st but announce in early …

The Sword of Damocles Over Western Europe: Follow the Trail of Blood and Oil
Andrey Areshev | strategic-culture.org | 2020-06-03
In Part 1, we left off in our story at the SIS-CIA overthrow of Iran's Nationalist leader Mohammad Mosaddegh in 1953. At this point the Shah was able to return to Iran from Rome and British-backed Fazlollah Zahedi, who played a leading role in the coup, replaced Mosaddegh as Prime Minister of Iran. | Here we will resume our story. | An Introduction to the 'Shah of Shahs', 'King of Kings' | One important thing to know about Mohammad Reza Shah was that he was no fan of Br…

US Navy Sails Into Russia's Barents Sea for the First Time Since the 1980s in What Is to Be "the New Normal"
Thomas Nilsen | anti-empire.com | 2020-06-03
The US and UK naval group leaves the Barents Sea Friday evening after five days in waters where Russia's Northern Fleet normally exercises. The voyage marks a new age with U.S. Navy surface warships sailing in the north. | The U.S. 6th Fleet Public Affairs office at the headquarters in Naples, Italy, confirms in a phone interview with the Barents Observer that the group of warships is now sailing west into the Norwegian Sea. | This was the first time since the 1980s warships with American flags have sailed the Baren…

Architect of Sweden's relaxed coronavirus approach admits mistakes were made
The Canary | thecanary.co | 2020-06-03
Sweden's chief epidemiologist showed contrition as criticism mounted over the Scandinavian country's hotly-debated method of fighting Covid-19, which has resulted in one of the highest death rates per capita in the world.Sweden has stood out among European nations and the world for the way it has handled the pandemic, not shutting down the country or the economy like others but relying on citizens' sense of civic duty.Swedish authorities have advised people to practice social distancing, but schools, bars and restaurants have been kept open the entire time. | Only gatherings of more than 50 people have been banne…

Video: Syrian Air Force Received Batch of MIG-29 Jets From Russia
South Front | globalresearch.ca | 2020-06-02
Russia has intensified its military involvement in the Syrian conflict. | On May 30, Syrian state media announced that it had received a batch of MiG-29 multirole fighters from Russia. Damascus did not provide details regarding the number of the received …

Susan Rice Goes Full Conspiracy Rant on CNN: 'Russians Behind Race Protest Mayhem!'
Zero Hedge | globalresearch.ca | 2020-06-02
"This is fuxxing lunacy

NATO returns to Libya to challenge Russia
M.K. Bhadrakumar | mronline.org | 2020-06-02
The great game in Libya has begun surging with the United States shedding its strategic ambivalence and resorting to a proactive role. At the end of May, the Pentagon marked a dramatic escalation by accusing Moscow of bolstering "Kremlin-linked mercenaries" who are allegedly helping Khalifa Haftar, the eastern warlord in Libya.

Nobel Peace Prize Campaign for Cuban Physicians grows across the globe
Brasil de Fato | peoplesdispatch.org | 2020-06-02
Cuban doctors' solidarity, once again, has gained international attention. Since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic, 1,800 Cuban healthcare professionals have been sent to dozens of countries. In response to the initiative, a Nobel Peace prize campaign to honor the physicians have been gaining more support each day. | Launched by the French organization " Cuba Linda" and by the France-Cuba Committee,…

Over 20,000 People Rallying Against Police Violence in Paris, Reports Say
sputniknews.com | 2020-06-02
PARIS (Sputnik) – More than 19,000 people took to streets in Paris on Tuesday in protest against police violence that is believed by many to be the cause of death of black man Adama Traore in custody, the BFMTV broadcaster reported, citing a police source.

The Pandemic Revives Fears the U.S. Is Developing 'Ethnic Bioweapons' Against Russia
Max Parry | globalresearch.ca | 2020-06-02
It has been 75 years since the surrender of Nazi Germany and the end of World War II in Europe. Amidst the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, Russia postponed its annual Victory Day celebrations last month due to the health crisis as …

Life on the Edge
Frances Moore Lappe | progressive.org | 2020-06-02
The COVID-19 pandemic has thrown the world into uncharted territory, with challenges that we have never seen before, but also fresh opportunities.

NEO: The Strange Case of an America in Flames
Gordon Duff | thealtworld.com | 2020-06-02
The tricks used against Libya, Syria and Ukraine are come home to roost | For a decade or more, the world has seen riots that weren't riots at all, Maidan Square, Hong Kong, Tripoli, Cairo and they have seen terror attacks, Paris, Boston and others. All have been staged. | Now the US is in flames. | Is there something in common here? It doesn't take a genius to figure out that Ukraine was overthrown by a CIA plot or that the Arab Spring, the series of fake revolutions, albeit failed, in Syria were staged as well, every single one. | Now those who have turned the world inside out are ready to turn inward, albeit "

So Who Defeated the Nazi Germany?
Andrey Areshev | strategic-culture.org | 2020-06-02

Russia's State Duma Speaker calls for interaction between Iranian, Russian legislators
en.mehrnews.com | 2020-06-02
TEHRAN, Jun. 02 (MNA)

US sanctions should not disrupt developing economic ties between Iran-Serbia
en.mehrnews.com | 2020-06-02
TEHRAN, Jun. 02 (MNA)

'Questions to Heaven': China to Carry Out Its First Mission to Mars This Summer
sputniknews.com | 2020-06-02
China has set a goal to become a major space power as a means of catching up with Russia and the United States, pursuing ambitions to launch missions to the red planet and the Moon.