2018-06-13: News Headlines

Thomas Knapp (2018-06-13). North Korea: Pelosi Versus Peace. counterpunch.org Which is worse: The specter of nuclear war, or giving US president Donald Trump credit for a significant diplomatic accomplishment? In her official statement on Trump's Singapore summit with North Korea's Kim Jong-un, US House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi makes it clear that a few million incinerated human beings are a small price to pay More

Staff (2018-06-13). Voters Reject GOP's Rep. Sanford After Trump Points to 2009 Love Scandal. truthdig.com Rep. Mark Sanford, a vocal critic of President Donald Trump, lost his South Carolina congressional seat Tuesday hours after the president injected himself into the bitter Republican primary by stoking memories of the incumbent's public extramarital affair [in 2009]. | In the most dramatic result in primaries across five states, Sanford was the second incumbent House Republican to lose a primary this year — the latest victim of intense divisions among the GOP in the Trump era. Though he has a generally conservative voting record, his criticism of Trump as unworthy and culturally intolerant made him a target of the president's most dedicated supporters, who often elevate loyalty over policy. | Sanford was defeated by state Rep. Katie Arrington, who spent her campaign blasting Sanford as a "Never Trumper." And hours before polls closed, Trump posted a startlingly personal attack on Twitter, calling…

Staff (2018-06-13). The Devastating Cost of Fossil Fuel Investment. truthdig.com European and Chinese scientists have identified a simple new way to become poor: fossil fuel investment. Not only could it leave you without a penny to your name. It could perhaps precipitate a global financial crash within one generation. | Coal, oil and natural gas are already huge investments. The International Energy Agency foresees price rises until 2040, and investor confidence is high. But researchers from the Netherlands, the UK and Macao don't see it that way. | They warn in the journal Nature Climate Change that, whatever the markets think, and whatever governments do, change is on the way. | Other forces are now driving global power and transportation in directions that suggest a dramatic decline in demand for fossil reserves. These will become what the money markets call "stranded assets", and their value will slump some time…

wsws.org (2018-06-13). Committee For Public Education urges participation in June 17 Assange rally. wsws.org The governments attempting to silence Assange are attacking the right of students and educators to a fully-resourced public education.

wsws.org (2018-06-13). The Singapore summit and the growing war threat. wsws.org The meeting between Trump and Kim heralds not a new era of peace in Northeast Asia, but rather the continuing shakeup of the global geopolitical order that is paving the way to war.

MintPress News Desk (2018-06-12). Read Lula's Jailhouse Manifesto to the People of Brazil. mintpressnews.com "We govern for the people and not for the market. It is the opposite of what the government of our opponents, at the service of financiers and multinationals, who abolished the historic rights of workers, reduced real wages, cut off investments in health and education."

Kathy Kelly (2018-06-12). A Mile in Their Shoes. counterpunch.org This past Friday in Afghanistan's Ghazni province, Hazara girls joined young Pashto boys to sing Afghanistan's national anthem as a welcome to Pashto men walking 400 miles from Helmand to Kabul. The walkers are calling on warring parties in Afghanistan to end the war. Most of the men making the journey are wearing sandals. At More

Consortiumnews.com (2018-06-12). Trump-Kim Summit Raises Cautious Hopes for Peace. consortiumnews.com The U.S. and North Korean leaders have ended their historic summit in Singapore temporarily silencing the naysayers but only time will tell whether it will bring peace to the Korean Peninsula, reports Joe Lauria. By Joe Lauria Special to Consortium… Read more →

Joe Lauria (2018-06-12). Trump-Kim Summit Raises Cautious Hopes for Peace. mintpressnews.com In time it will become evident whether the joint statement signed by U.S. President Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jung-un on Tuesday will lead to a formal end to the Korean War, denuclearization of the Korean peninsula and an end what the North sees as U.S. provocations against Pyongyang. | On the morning after, we are only left with the atmospherics and images from the historic meeting between Kim and Trump in Singapore. The two leaders—who just months ago were hurling insults at each other, with Kim calling Trump "dotard," and Trump calling Kim "Little Rocket Man,"— left Singapore and the details of the negotiation to their administrations. | As the document they signed has not yet been released, it is difficult to know what exactly they have agreed to. Trump held it up briefly so that reporters could read that…

C.J. Atkins (2018-06-12). Despite Trump's record, there are positives from the Korea summit. peoplesworld.org It was no Reagan-Gorbachev moment, nor was it some earth-shaking leap toward permanent peace. But contrary to what you might be hearing or reading, the Trump-Kim summit did achieve some net positives…or, at least, potential ones. Many liberal commentators and media personalities are so eager to oppose whatever Donald Trump says or does, however, that […]…

Samantha Borek (2018-06-12). A New Day for the Korean Peninsula With Denuclearization Pledge and New Peace Process. truthout.org On Tuesday, President Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un sat down for two hours in private, with only their two interpreters, for a historic summit held in Singapore. In a joint statement following the meeting, Trump and Kim pledged to recover the remains of American prisoners of war and those missing in action from the Korean War. The commitment was one of four plans outlined by the leaders after their historic summit, where they promised to work toward complete denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula. For more, we're joined by Christine Ahn, founder and international coordinator of Women Cross DMZ, a global movement of women mobilizing to end the Korean War. | TRANSCRIPT: | AMY GOODMAN: We go back to President Trump's news conference this morning. | JOHN ROBERTS: The denuclearization—nuclear weapons and biological weapons and whatnot—is one problem in North…

Ajamu Baraka (2018-06-12). The Democrats Out-Right the Right on North Korean Summit. globalresearch.ca If more proof was needed to persuade anyone that the Democrats are indeed a war party, it was provided when Senator Chuck Schumer and other Democrat leaders in the Senate engaged in a cynical stunt to stake out a position …

Ajamu Baraka (2018-06-12). Democrats Out-Right the Right on North Korea. mintpressnews.com If more proof was needed to persuade anyone that the Democrats are indeed a war party, it was provided when Senator Chuck Schumer and other Democrat leaders in the Senate engaged in a cynical stunt to stake out a position to the right of John Bolton on the summit between Trump and Kim Jong Un. | The Democrats asserted that the planned summit could only be judged successful if the North Koreans agreed to dismantle and remove all their nuclear, chemical, and biological weapons, end all production and enrichment of uranium, dismantle its nuclear weapons infrastructure, and suspend ballistic missile tests. | Those demands would constitute an unconditional surrender on the part of the North Korean leadership and will not happen, and the Democrats know it. | But as problematic as those demands are, here is the real problem that again demonstrates…

Merula Furtado (2018-06-12). Why Anti-Fascist and Pro-BDS Work Go Hand-in-Hand. truthout.org Shortly after presidential candidate Donald Trump's hateful rhetoric and eventual rise to power emboldened a bigoted and anti-intellectual backlash at universities across the US, several colleagues and I who are engaged in Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) tactics against the Israeli state established a national network to fight fascism on college campuses, called the Campus Antifascist Network (CAN). | Zionists attacked us soon after. They targeted us precisely because we were also active in BDS work. The conservative blog Legal Insurrection sounded the alarm: | Palumbo-Liu and [Bill] Mullen, the organizers of the campus Antifa [sic] network, are two of the most aggressive anti-Israel pro-BDS faculty members in the country. They each have long histories of demonizing Israel and supporting the academic boycott of Israel…. | The teaming of the BDS and Antifa movements is the single most dangerous development I…

Ajamu Baraka (2018-06-12). The Democrats Out-Right the Right on North Korean Summit. counterpunch.org If more proof was needed to persuade anyone that the Democrats are indeed a war party, it was provided when Senator Chuck Schumer and other Democrat leaders in the Senate engaged in a cynical stunt to stake out a position to the right of John Bolton on the summit between Trump and Kim Jong Un. More

Emma Fiala (2018-06-12). Keffiyeh-Clad Roger Waters Scores Point for Palestinian Cause at French Open. mintpressnews.com Waters' wearing of a keffiyeh in the pubic eye may seem a small gesture in light of the impending threat from Israel, but his actions and willingness to be vocal and engage on the topic have brought the issue to the attention of countless people.

Samantha Borek (2018-06-12). Sessions Says Survivors of Domestic and Gang Violence Will No Longer Qualify for Asylum. truthout.org In just the latest addition to the Trump administration's mounting collection of "cruel" policies aimed at closing off the nation to refugees and asylum-seekers, Attorney General Jeff Sessions released a new Justice Department guidance on Monday declaring that migrants will no longer automatically qualify for asylum if they present concerns of domestic abuse or gang violence. | t.co/clmZR8uiyd | Today, Jeff Sessions overturned a key case that granted asylum to a woman who was raped, beaten by her former husband: t.co/gIqzFFx1RY | — ProPublica (@ProPublica) June 11, 2018 | "In what world does the United States turn its back on people who have suffered persecution, trauma, and extreme distress from domestic or gang violence?" said Denise Bell, a researcher for refugee and migrant rights at Amnesty International USA. "Today's decision is a direct assault on people seeking protection, especially families…

Jacob Sugarman (2018-06-12). The Insidious Republican Plot to Hijack the Census. truthdig.com In a 5-4 decision along party lines, the Supreme Court ruled Monday that Ohio can purge thousands of voters from its rolls, freeing fellow red states to follow suit ahead of the 2018 and 2020 elections. Critics have rightly observed that Husted v. Philip Randolph will disenfranchise innumerable minorities and low-income earners, and yet its potential harm to American democracy would probably pale in comparison with the Trump administration's efforts to rig the 2020 census. | Last December, at the Justice Department's behest, the Census Bureau was instructed to add a question to its decennial survey about its respondents' citizenship status. When the move was announced in March, officials justified the decision as one necessary to "fully enforce" the Voting Rights Act of 1965. But as a new NPR release reveals, their true agenda was decidedly more insidious. | According…

Merula Furtado (2018-06-12). Trump's Attacks on Health Care Threaten Treatment for People With Opioid Disorders. truthout.org Once again, the Trump administration's efforts to undermine the Affordable Care Act (ACA) are threatening to reverse progress made toward addressing the nation's opioid woes. | Last week, the administration announced it would not defend the ACA against a lawsuit filed by conservative states, and the Justice Department filed a brief asking a federal court in Texas to throw out the individual mandate to buy insurance, along with popular provisions preventing insurers from denying or charging more for coverage based on pre-existing medical conditions, including opioid use disorders. | About 130 million Americans who are too young to qualify for Medicare have a pre-existing condition, including an estimated 1.9 million living with an opioid use disorder. Despite efforts by Congress public health leaders to expand access to treatment in response to an epidemic of deadly overdoses, only a fraction of…

Elizabeth Preza, AlterNet (2018-06-12). Trump Attorney Michael Cohen Has Told Friends He 'Expects to be Arrested Any Day Now': Vanity Fair's Gabriel Sherman. alternet.org Friends of the president say the president "should be super worried about Michael Cohen. " | Donald Trump's longtime personal attorney Michael Cohen "has told friends that he expects to be arrested any day now," Vanity Fair's Gabriel Sherman reports. In a text message to Sherman, Cohen insisted the reporters "alleged source is wrong," but Sherman says Cohen has told friends an indictment is imminent. Friends of the president say the president "should be super worried about Michael Cohen. ""If anyone can blow up Trump, it's him," a former White House aid told Sherman. "It's going to hit the fan pretty soon," a friend told Sherman. Though Trump is outwardly projecting focus on his meeting with North Korean leader Kim Jong-un, Sherman notes people close to Trump say he's "very worried" about the progression of special counsel Robert Mueller's investigation. Mueller is expected to deliver his findings on obstruction of justice next month, Sherman reports.

Cody Fenwick, AlterNet (2018-06-12). 'It's a Gut Punch': Senior DOJ Lawyer Resigns in Response to Trump's Newest Attack on Obamacare: Report. alternet.org The Trump administration is committed to making the Affordable Care Act fail. | President Donald Trump's administration has taken the aggressive step of refusing to defend the Affordable Care Act — otherwise known as Obamacare — in court, and a new report suggests that a senior Justice Department lawyer has now resigned in protest of the decision. The Washington Post reports that Joel McElvain, a longtime DOJ lawyer who worked on defenses of the law in court, submitted his resignation letter last week. Sources told the Post that his decision "highlights internal frustration generated by the decision" to undermine Obamacare. The Justice Department typically views itself as obligated to defend legislation passed by Congress in court, even if the administration opposes that legislation in principle. As long as it is the law of the land, the reasoning goes, the executive branch has. . .

Staff (2018-06-12). Federal Judge Approves AT&T-Time Warner Merger. truthdig.com WASHINGTON — A federal judge approved the $85 billion mega-merger of AT&T and Time Warner on Tuesday, a move that could usher in a wave of media consolidation while shaping how much consumers pay for streaming TV and movies. | U.S. District Judge Richard Leon green-lit the merger without adding major conditions to the deal. The Trump Justice Department had sued to block the $85 billion merger, arguing that it would hurt competition in cable and satellite TV and jack up costs to consumers for streaming TV and movies. | Now, the phone and pay-TV giant will be allowed to absorb the owner of CNN, HBO, the Warner Bros. movie studio, "Game of Thrones," coveted sports programming and other "must-see" shows. The Justice Department could decide to appeal the ruling, however. | "The impact from this decision will have wide reaching ramifications across…

Ilana Novick (2018-06-12). DOJ Backs Claim of Free-Speech Violations at University of Michigan. truthdig.com The Trump administration has decided that anti-bullying policies on college campuses are a threat to free speech rights and is using the resources of the Justice Department to go after them, most recently at the University of Michigan. | The New York Times reported Tuesday that the department filed a statement of interest in a federal court brief in Michigan's Eastern District, supporting a student group called Speech First that alleged that its members were discriminated against for wearing "Make America Great Again" hats and supporting President Trump. | "Instead of protecting free speech, the university imposes a system of arbitrary censorship of, and punishment for, constitutionally protected speech," John M. Gore, an acting assistant attorney general, wrote in a brief. | The Times reports that the suit takes aim at "a series of events at Michigan, including an incident in which Charles…

Samantha Borek (2018-06-12). An Employer Can Unilaterally Force Employees Into Secret Arbitration Systems. truthout.org Janine Jackson: Just as the #MeToo movement demonstrates the power of solidarity in fighting workplace harassment, a Supreme Court ruling aims to force individuals with workplace complaints back into isolation. In Epic Systems v. Lewis, the Court's conservative majority ruled that lower courts have to enforce individual arbitration clauses in employment contracts, which means that workers have to address complaints not through the courts, but in closed-door, one-on-one proceedings. | The ruling affects millions of people on the most fundamental level, but it didn't get a great deal of explanatory press coverage. Joining us now to discuss what the ruling could mean, and how we can resist its impact, is Joanne Doroshow, founder and executive director of the Center for Justice and Democracy, and cofounder of Americans for Insurance Reform. She's also adjunct professor at New…

Chris Sosa, AlterNet (2018-06-12). Fox News Claims Rosenstein 'Threatened' GOP-Led Committee Members — Justice Department Fights Back Against 'False' Characterization. alternet.org The war between the right-wing and Justice Department just got uglier. | Fox News obtained emails that claim Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein "threatened to 'subpoena' emails, phone records and other documents from lawmakers and staff on a Republican-led House committee during a tense meeting earlier this year. "This report from the right-wing network comes as Republicans reach a new low-point in their relationship with Rosenstein. Both Fox News and CNN reported Tuesday that Rosenstein plans to "call on the House to investigate its own committee staff" over the matter. The Justice Department says the characterization of the meeting in the Fox News report is untrue. "The FBI Director, the senior career ethics adviser for the Department, and the Assistant Attorney General for Legislative Affairs who were all present at this meeting are all quite clear that the characterization of events laid out here. . .

Cody Fenwick, AlterNet (2018-06-12). Meet the Racist Republican Corey Stewart Who Just Won a GOP Senate Primary and Could Be Virginia's Roy Moore. alternet.org "This is clearly not the Republican Party I once knew, loved and proudly served," a prominent Virginia Republican said. | If any more evidence was needed that the Republican Party is completely unable to keep the rabidly racist forces within its ranks at bay, the nation received proof Tuesday night. Corey Stewart, a far-right extremist, won the GOP primary on Tuesday and will face off against former vice presidential candidate and incumbent Sen. Tim Kaine in the 2018 midterm elections. Stewart is known for his enthusiastic support for Confederate symbols and monuments. He has billed himself as a fierce opponent of immigrants, and his embraced shameless fear-mongering tactics about a " scourge" of illegal immigration. And he allied himself with Jason Kessler, the white supremacist who led the neo-Nazi marches in Charlottesville last summer, in which protester Heather Heyer was killed. (He. . .

Chris Sosa, AlterNet (2018-06-12). The View's Meghan McCain Blasts Trump's 'Buddy' Routine with Kim Jong-un: 'Closest Thing to Hitler's Germany'. alternet.org The president did nothing to address the country's egregious human rights record. | Meghan McCain said Tuesday on The View that she supported a diplomatic meeting between the U. S. and North Korea but was unimpressed with President Donald Trump's behavior toward dictator Kim Jong-un. "This is a totalitarian communist dictator in the same vein as Hitler — murder, enslavement, imprisonment, sexual violence, starvation, forced abortions, political, racial, religious persecution," she explained. "It is the closest thing to Hitler's Germany that exists in modern times," McCain continued. "My problem with was how far it went, with the sort of buddy-buddy and there was no talk whatsoever of the human rights violations. "North Korea is estimated to imprison up to 130,000 people in concentration camps where they are tortured, starved and treated as slave labor. The president was widely criticized for his complimentary behavior toward. . .

Ilana Novick (2018-06-12). Sexual Harassment Rampant in Science, Report Reveals. truthdig.com A new report from the National Academies of Science, Engineering, and Medicine (NASEM) reveals that half of women studying and working in STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) positions at American universities have been subjected to sexual harassment. And, as STAT, an online journal of biotech, pharma and life sciences, reports, "there's no evidence that current policies are significantly helping to stem the issue." | Researchers spent two years surveying female students and faculty who were the targets of sexual harassment, compiling data from women at the University of Texas and Pennsylvania State University school systems, representing 10,000 undergraduates, graduate students and female faculty. | As The Washington Post observed, "Between 20 percent and 50 percent of female students in science, engineering and medicine, and more than 50 percent of faculty, said they had experienced harassment." | Researchers also found that…

Shane Quinn (2018-06-12). US Firestorming of Tokyo Rivaled the Hiroshima Bombing. globalresearch.ca Featured image: Charred remains of Japanese civilians after the firebombing of Tokyo on the night of 9—10 March 1945. (Source: Ishikawa K≈çy≈ç / Wikimedia Commons) | In the early hours of 10 March 1945, as America's heavy aircraft dropped over 1,600 …

Prof Michel Chossudovsky (2018-06-12). War and Natural Gas: The Israeli Invasion and Gaza's Offshore Gas Fields. globalresearch.ca The issue of sovereignty over Gaza's gas fields is crucial…

Gareth Porter (2018-06-12). How Corporate Media Got the Trump-Kim Summit All Wrong. globalresearch.ca For weeks, the corporate media have been saying that the Trump-Kim summit could have only two possible results: Either Trump will walk away angrily or Kim Jong Un will trick him into a deal in which he extracts concessions from …

Andrew Korybko (2018-06-12). The Indo-Pacific Command Is All About "Containing" China Through India. globalresearch.ca The US military rechristened its Pacific Command to the Indo-Pacific Command as a means of strongly signaling its growing interest in India and its eponymous ocean. | The importance of this development shouldn't be underestimated because it sets the strategic basis …

Stephen Lendman (2018-06-12). Net Neutrality Ends, Battle to Save It Continues. The FCC's "Restoring Internet Freedom Order" globalresearch.ca The battle for digital democracy, the last frontier of press freedom crucial to preserve, continues on a day that will live infamy. | On June 11, the FCC's Orwellian-named Restoring Internet Freedom Order took effect, giving predatory telecom and cable giants …

Federico Pieraccini (2018-06-12). As the G-7 Implodes, SCO Meeting Confirms the New Century of Multipolarity. globalresearch.ca The historical changes we are witnessing have never been so evident as in the last few days. The G7 summit highlighted the limits of the Atlantic alliance, while the SCO meeting opens up unprecedented possibilities for Eurasian integration. | At the …

Jonathan Cook (2018-06-12). Knesset Foils Efforts to End Israeli Apartheid. globalresearch.ca For most of the seven decades after its establishment, Israel went to extraordinary lengths to craft an image of itself as a "light unto the nations". | It claimed to have "made the desert bloom" by planting forests over the razed …

Clarrie Feinstein, Salon (2018-06-12). Trump's White House Isn't Just a 'Miserable Place to Work' Like John Kelly Says — It's Dismantling the Democratic System. alternet.org While the revolving door of staff members in the White House has become routine, and therefore normalized, it indicates a troubling aspect on the current state of American democracy. | It's not news to anyone that inside the doors of 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue lies pure chaos. Numerous White House staffers continue to resign or be fired by President Donald Trump, leading vacancies to pile up in spite of a campaign promise to hire "the best people in the world. " The president's Office of Science and Technology Policy, for one, has been describedas a "ghost town. "The inner workings of Trump's White House were exposed in great detail in Michael Wolff's much-anticipated book, "Fire and Fury" in January, which claimed that the president is unafraid of firing any person who opposes him — and also relishes in creating a chaotic. . .

wsws.org (2018-06-12). Australian workers and youth back June 17 Sydney rally in defence of Julian Assange. wsws.org "Assange is a symbol of freedom of speech and justice for ordinary people. It is critical that we free him."

RT (2018-06-12). Trump adviser apologizes for saying 'special place in hell' for Trudeau. rt.com Peter Navarro, a trade adviser to US President Donald Trump, apologized for saying there is a "special place in hell" for Justin Trudeau, after the Canadian Prime Minister engaged in what Navarro called "bad faith diplomacy." |
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Ryan Devereaux (2018-06-12). Trump's "Zero Tolerance" Crackdown Won't Stop Border Crossings but It Could Break the Courts. theintercept.com A little over two months ago, Attorney General Jeff Sessions issued an order to U.S. prosecutors with the potential to break the core functions of the Department of Justice. The directive called on U.S. attorneys to criminally prosecute everybody arrested for crossing the U.S.-Mexico border between lawful ports of entry. The order made no exceptions for first-time offenders, asylum-seekers, or parents with small children. "You are the front lines of this battle," Sessions told his attorneys, calling the new initiative a program of "zero tolerance." | As far back as last year, the administration has signaled plans to target parents who illegally cross the border with the full force of the law and separate them from their children in the process. Through wrenching stories of what zero tolerance looks like in practice, many Americans have now seen, for the first time, dramatic…

Democracy Now! (2018-06-12). A New Day for the Korean Peninsula: Christine Ahn Hails Denuclearization Pledge & New Peace Process. democracynow.org On Tuesday, President Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong-un sat down for two hours in private, with only their two interpreters, for a historic summit held in Singapore. In a joint statement following the meeting, Trump and Kim pledged to recover the remains of American prisoners of war and those missing in action from the Korean War. The commitment was one of four plans outlined by the leaders after their historic summit, where they promised to work toward complete denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula. For more, we're joined by Christine Ahn, founder and international coordinator of Women Cross DMZ, a global movement of women mobilizing to end the Korean War.

Samantha Borek (2018-06-12). US Bombing in Korea More Destructive Than Damage to Germany, Japan in WWII. truthout.org President Trump's historic meeting with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un follows another historic meeting only weeks earlier between Kim and South Korean leader Moon Jae-in, where the two leaders agreed to work to formally end the Korean War. After Tuesday's summit in Singapore, Trump called the Korean War "an extremely bloody conflict" and expressed hope that the war would soon formally end. For more, we speak with University of Chicago historian Bruce Cumings, author of several books on Korea, including Korea's Place in the Sun: A Modern History and North Korea: Another Country. | TRANSCRIPT: | AMY GOODMAN: This is Democracy Now!, democracynow.org, The War and Peace Report. I'm Amy Goodman, with Juan González. We are now joined by Bruce Cumings, professor of history at University of Chicago, author of a number of books on Korea, Korea's Place in the Sun:…

Human Rights Watch (2018-06-12). Time to Get Kids out of Hazardous Workplaces. hrw.org A child walks between bales of tobacco on an auction floor in Harare, Zimbabwe. | © 2017 Tsvangirayi Mukwazhi/AP Photo | Today is the World Day Against Child Labor, and this year's theme highlights the global need to improve the health and safety of young workers and eradicate hazardous child labor. | Worldwide, about 73 million children work in hazardous conditions. The International Labour Organization (ILO) estimates a staggering 22,000 children are killed at work every year. Children who work often miss out on an education, and studies show they are less likely to find decent-paying jobs as adults. Human Rights Watch has documented the risks child workers face in agriculture, mining, the apparel industry, and other sectors. | On tobacco farms in Zimbabwe, Indonesia, and the…

Human Rights Watch (2018-06-12). Human Rights Pushed Aside at Trump-Kim Summit. hrw.org U.S. President Donald Trump shakes hands with North Korea's leader Kim Jong Un before their bilateral meeting at the Capella Hotel on Sentosa island in Singapore June 12, 2018. | © 2018 Reuters | US President Donald Trump shook hands with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un today and called him a "terrific leader" who loves his country. The dictator from Pyongyang certainly has a strange way of showing it, keeping over 100,000 of his fellow citizens in abject misery in mountain gulags. | Despite North Korea being subject to US sanctions on human rights grounds and the locus of ongoing crimes against humanity according to the UN, Kim Jong Un and Trump were all smiles in Singapore. The final communique signed by the two leaders explains why. Amid the promises of de-nuclearization, security, peace…

Democracy Now! (2018-06-12). Headlines for June 12, 2018. democracynow.org In Historic Summit, Trump & Kim Jong-un Pledge to Pursue Denuclearization of Korean Peninsula, Jeff Sessions: Domestic & Gang-Based Violence Will No Longer Be Grounds for Asylum, Honduran Asylum Seeker Who Died by Suicide After Being Separated from Child Was Fleeing Violence, "Systemic Traumatization": Psychologists Slam Policy of Separating Families at Border, Supreme Court Rules 5-4 to Uphold Ohio's Decision to Purge Voting Rolls, Dozens Arrested Nationwide at 5th Week of Poor People's Campaign Protests, Ivanka Trump & Jared Kushner Earned $82M While Working at White House Last Year, Yemen: U.S.-Backed Saudi Coalition Bombs Doctors Without Borders Cholera Clinic, Syria: Nearly 1 Million People Internally Displaced During First 4 Months of 2018, Vietnam: Over 100 People Detained Protesting Special Economic Zones, Naples Mayor Condemns Italy's Decision to Turn Away Refugee Boat as "Crime Against Humanity", Education Dept. Probing Handling of Sexual Abuse Claims Against USC Gynecologist…

wsws.org (2018-06-12). US Justice Department seizes New York Times reporter's records in leak investigation. wsws.org The DOJ seized telephone and electronic communications records belonging to journalist Ali Watkins during an investigation into suspected leaks of classified information emanating from the Senate Intelligence Committee.

Democracy Now! (2018-06-12). Trump Vows to End "Provocative" War Games on Korean Peninsula After Historic Summit with Kim Jong-un. democracynow.org President Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong-un have wrapped up a historic summit pledging to work toward complete denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula, with President Trump announcing the end of U.S.-South Korean war games. The summit marked the first-ever meeting between a sitting U.S. president and a North Korean leader. For more, we speak with investigative journalist Tim Shorrock in Singapore.

Human Rights Watch (2018-06-12). Afghanistan: World Bank Should Aid Girls' Education. hrw.org (New York, June 13, 2018) — The World Bank, along with the Afghan government and its donors, should use its new education program to reverse the declining number of girls in school in Afghanistan, Human Rights Watch said on Tuesday in a letter to bank management. The anticipated US$300 million donor-funded World Bank project, Education Quality Reform in Afghanistan (EQRA), is to be submitted for approval to the World Bank's executive board in the coming weeks. | A June 2018 UNICEF report found that up to 3.7 million children in Afghanistan — nearly half the children in the country — are out of school, and 60 percent of those are girls. In six of the country's 34 provinces — Helmand, Kandahar, Paktika, Uruzgan, Wardak and Zabul — 15 percent or less of girls are in school. For the first time…

Kevin Zeese (2018-06-11). The Foundation for International Justice Is Anti-Imperialism. globalresearch.ca The United States has had a policy of imperialism beginning after the Civil War. The US way of war, developed against Indigenous peoples, spread worldwide as the US sought to extend its power through military force, economic dominance and …

Hatewatch Staff (2018-06-11). In Romania, Alliance Defending Freedom works with allies tied to far-right Christian nationalism and white supremacy. splcenter.org On Tuesday, June 5, the day after the anti-LGBT hate group Alliance Defending Freedom (ADF) celebrated a narrow victory in the U.S. Supreme Court representing a baker who refused service to a gay couple, ADF's international arm took to Twitter to denounce a landmark decision by the Court of Justice of the European Union (CJEU).

Dr. Jack Rasmus (2018-06-11). South America's "Made in USA" Growing Crises. Economic Destabilization of Brazil, Argentina and Venezuela. globalresearch.ca Emerging market economies are heading for an economic implosion. From South America to South Asia conditions are deteriorating rapidly and heading for an even more severe economic crisis in which many are already mired. At the head of this list …

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