2020-06-08: News Headlines

Rania Khalek (2020-06-05). Shahid Buttar vs. Pelosi + Leslie Lee + Rania Khalek + Eugene Puryear. thealtworld.com Chat about protests and presidents and everything in between with Shahid Buttar: immigrant, constitutional lawyer, DJ, MC & poet running to replace Nancy Pelosi in CA-12; journalist, activist, author, former D.C. Statehood Green Party candidate, and former PSL candidate Eugene Puryear, fresh from reporting in Minneapolis; journalist, video producer, writer and host Rania Khalek; and writer, broadcast journalist and Struggle Session co-host Leslie Lee.

Staff (2020-06-05). Trump Threatens Protests with Troops, But Police Have Already Been Militarized — With Deadly Results. democracynow.org The American Civil Liberties Union and Black Lives Matter announced Thursday they are suing President Trump and Attorney General William Barr for authorizing an "unprovoked and frankly criminal attack" on protesters at Lafayette Park in Washington, D.C., where the National Guard and officers dressed in riot gear fired tear gas, rubber bullets and flashbangs to disperse peaceful protesters on Monday so Trump could have a photo op with a Bible in front of St. John's Episcopal Church. We look at the increasing militarization of the police with Stuart Schrader, author of "Badges Without Borders: How Global Counterins…

The Canary (2020-06-08). New Zealand eradicates coronavirus. thecanary.co New Zealand has eradicated the coronavirus from its shores after health officials reported on Monday that the final person known to have been infected had recovered.The news swiftly led to the country's government announcing all forms of public events can again take place without limitations or social distancing guidelines.It has been 17 days since the last new case was reported in New Zealand, and Monday also marked the first time since late February there had been no active cases.Health officials caution that new cases could be imported into the country, which has closed its borders to everybody but citizens an…

RT (2020-06-05). Venezuelan FM says Guaido is holed up in French Embassy in Caracas, calls on Paris to 'hand over the fugitive'. rt.com Venezuelan opposition leader Juan Guaido has taken refuge at the French Embassy in the country's capital, Foreign Minister Jorge Arreaza said. Guaido previously sought to shoot down the rumors, insisting he is "with the people." | "We cannot enter the premises of any country's embassy whatsoever, in this case Spain or France," Arreaza said on Thursday, referring to both Guaido and fellow opposition leader Leopoldo Lopez, who fled to a Spanish diplomatic compound soon after a failed attempt to spark an insurrection in April 2019. Arreaza said this means that any arrest of the two men "is not possible." | We hop…

RT (2020-06-05). Baltic states & Poland to open common borders next week — Lithuanian PM. rt.com Poland and the Baltic states will open their borders to each other next week, Lithuanian Prime Minister Saulius Skvernelis said on Friday after a video conference with his Polish counterpart. | "We agreed that free movement between the Baltic states and Poland will be restored next week," Skvernelis said on his Facebook page following talks with Polish PM Mateusz Morawiecki on easing coronavirus travel restrictions. | Lithuania, Latvia and Estonia opened their common borders on May 15, creating the first 'travel bubble' within the European Union in a bid to jump-start stalled economies. | The Baltic countries…

RT (2020-06-05). Spain rules out reopening borders to foreign tourists before July. rt.com Spain plans to further ease the coronavirus lockdown in its two biggest cities from Monday, but will not start reopening its borders to foreign tourists before July 1, according to the government. | Health Minister Salvador Illa said on Friday that some restrictions would be lifted in Madrid and Barcelona, which have so far lagged behind the rest of the country's easing program. | From Monday, bar and restaurant customers will be allowed to sit inside rather than on outdoor terraces, and children will be able to play outside at any time of day. | Tourism Minister Reyes Maroto said on Thursday that land borders…

sputniknews (2020-06-05). North Dakota Activates National Guard Ahead of George Floyd Protest in Fargo – Reports. sputniknews.com MOSCOW (Sputnik) – The North Dakota National Guard has been sent to the border with Minnesota ahead of a George Floyd protest in the city of Fargo later in the day, ABC News TV channel reported on Friday.

yenisafak (2020-06-08). Russia announces relaxation measures. yenisafak.com Russian Prime Minister Mikhail Mishustin signed on Monday a decree, relaxing the border restrictions.Russian nationals will be allowed to travel abroad with the purpose of work, study and medical treatment, while the foreigners can enter Russia for medical treatment, Mishustin said at a video-conference with the government members.But the prime minister did not specify when the changes come into effect although the day before the Federal Air Transport Agency (Rosaviation) has already requested a permission to resume international flights to 15 countries starting July 15.Meanwhile, Moscow Mayor Sergey Sobyanin ann…

yenisafak (2020-06-06). Italy hopes EU nations will open borders to Italians from June 15. yenisafak.com Italy hopes other EU countries will reopen their borders to Italian citizens on June 15, Foreign Minister Luigi Di Maio said on Saturday, as coronavirus travel restrictions across Europe are gradually eased.Italy – which has the world's fourth-highest COVID-19 death toll after the United States, Britain and Brazil – opened its doors to other EU citizens on June 3, but most European countries are still largely off-limits for Italian nationals."June 15 is an important date for many of our citizens," Di Maio told a news conference during a visit to neighbouring Slovenia.Slovenian Foreign Minister Anze Logar told the…

yenisafak (2020-06-05). Poland to open borders with the Baltic states next week, says Lithuanian PM. yenisafak.com Poland and the Baltic States will open their borders to each other next week in an easing of travel restrictions put in place due to the pandemic, Lithuanian Prime Minister said on Friday after a video conference with his Polish counterpart.The Baltic states – Lithuania, Latvia and Estonia – opened their common borders on May 15, creating the first so called "travel bubble" within the European Union in a bid to jump-start economies stalled by the outbreak of the novel coronavirus."We agreed that free movement between the Baltic States and Poland will be restored next week," Lithuanian Prime Minister Saulius Skver…

yenisafak (2020-06-05). Turks living in Europe to reunite with homeland soon. yenisafak.com The roads used often by expats in France, Belgium, the Netherlands, and Germany opened completely, via Austria, Hungary, Serbia, and Bulgaria.As of Thursday, June 4, Austria decided to open its borders to all its neighbors except Italy, and it was announced that health checks will be terminated, especially in Germany, Czechia, Slovakia, Slovenia, Switzerland, Liechtenstein and Hungary, and quarantine and test conditions will be lifted.In Hungary, another country on the route to Turkey, the border crossings can be made at certain times of the day without prior permission, according to the government's regulation o…

_____ (2020-06-07). Medical Workers Die-In To Protest Police Brutality. popularresistance.org New York – Hundreds of medical workers at SUNY Downstate staged a die-in on Thursday to protest police brutality and the health disparities that affect black Americans. | Emergency medical residents and other hospital staff kneeled or lay on the ground for eight minutes and 46 seconds — the amount of time former Minneapolis Police Officer Derek Chauvin knelt on the neck of 46-year-old George Floyd, killing him. | "I can stand here as a brown, female, immigrant physician with a loud voice — and I can do this because of the sacrifices made by black people a long time ago," said Dr. Smruti Desai, an emer…