News 6/19/19

The US has been privately telling Tehran that it will attack if Iran makes this one wrong move
As the US military builds up its forces in the Middle East, America's top diplomat has been privately warning the Iranians that the death of even a single US service member at the hands of Iran or one of its proxies would trigger a military response, The Washington Post reported on Tuesday, citing US officials.

Increased privatisation of UK mental health services jeopardises patient care
In England, total bed capacity has been slashed from 160,254 in 2009 to 129,992 in 2019, according to official NHS England figures. Over the same period, available beds for mental illness and learning disability have been cut by a third, from 29,330 to 19,368.

PLO Leader Calls ‘Deal of Century’ a ‘Fictitious Economic Plan’
Hanan Ashrawi, the veteran political activist and executive committee member of the Palestinian Liberation Organization (PLO) called Jared Kushner’s “deal of the century” a “fictitious economic plan.”

US-backed Venezuela opposition caught embezzling ‘humanitarian aid’ cash
Millions of dollars raised for “freedom and democracy” in Venezuela ended up spent in Colombia by the aides of US-backed opposition leader Juan Guaido, and were exposed by Colombian spies in yet another blow to his cause.

Syrian Foreign Minister Walid al-Muallem reiterated on Tuesday his stance that "all foreign troops must leave Syria," specifying that "it concerns, first and foremost, the U.S. and Turkish troops," according to the state-run Tass Russian News Agency. He then added: "At the same time, I would like to once again thank Russia and Iran for assisting us in the fight against terrorism."

For Saudi Military Vehicle Deal, Canada Weighs Jobs And Human Rights
About a mile from the museum, workers with the Canadian division of U.S. defense company General Dynamics Corp. are building the eight-wheeled, amphibious vehicles for Saudi Arabia's National Guard.

Norway islanders want to go ‘time-free’ when sun doesn’t set
Residents of a Norwegian island where the sun doesn’t set for 69 days of the year want to go “time-free” and have more flexible school and working hours to make the most of their long summer days.

Trans Mountain: Canada approves $5.5bn oil pipeline project
Canada has approved the Trans Mountain expansion project after a federal court sent it back for review last summer.The decision could pose a challenge for PM Justin Trudeau as he heads into an election season likely to be fought in part over climate issues.

Indian heatwave kills 92 as temperatures soar to 50C
At least 92 people have died in India’s Bihar as the state remains in the midst of a punishing heatwave that’s affecting much of the country, bringing with it droughts and hundreds of cases of heatstroke.

Pew: World population expected to virtually stop growing by 2100
Pew analyzed data from the United Nations indicating falling global fertility rates will lead to a population of about 10.9 billion people at the end of the century, with what analysts said is annual growth of less than 0.1 percent.

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Biden tells rich donors not to worry, ‘nothing would fundamentally change’ if he won
Speaking to a room full of wealthy donors in New York City’s Carlyle Hotel, Biden said he would not “demonize” the rich and promised them that their lifestyles would not change under his watchful eye, the Hill reported.

Bernie slams Democrats' 'corporate wing' as it warms to Warren
Bernie Sanders on Wednesday lashed out at the “corporate wing of the Democratic Party,” seizing on a report that centrists in the party are coming around to Elizabeth Warren as a compromise nominee if the alternative is Sanders.

New York taxi drivers driven to penury and suicide
A recently published series of articles by the New York Times has exposed the brutal exploitation of New York City taxi drivers due to predatory lending practices. This, compounded by growing competition from ride-hailing services such as Uber and Lyft, has led to extreme economic stress, nearly a thousand bankruptcies, and at least eight suicides by taxi, limousine, and ride-hailing drivers last year alone.

US beekeepers lost 40% of honeybee colonies over past year, survey finds
Beekeepers across the US lost four in 10 of their honeybee colonies over the past year, as the worst winter on record for tracked bee populations raised fresh concerns over the plight of the crucial pollinators.

Ajit Pai promised that killing Net Neutrality would spur investment and improve service: a year later, service and investment have declined
It's been a year, and while Pai has touted major gains in broadboand investment, these were also a fraud, with the big telcos slashing investment, slashing jobs, sucking up massive tax subsidies (no, even more massive), while continuing to deliver the slowest, most expensive data in any developed country.

Domino’s Pizza will test driverless delivery cars
In the near future, a driverless, autonomous vehicle might be responsible for your next pizza delivery.On Monday, Domino’s Pizza announced that it’s teamed up with robotics company Nuro to experiment with autonomous pizza delivery in Houston using a custom vehicle called the R2 that Nuro has built for exactly this purpose.

Why The American Shoe Disappeared And Why It's So Hard To Bring It Back
For a shoe-factory job paying $12 an hour, the actual cost of shoemaking — when adding benefits — grows to $16 an hour, compared with about $3 an hour in China, said Mike Jeppesen, head of global operations at Wolverine Worldwide, which owns brands like Merrell, Sperry and Keds.

As always, thanks for the news.

“Ulysses” Truthers Are the Latest Threat to Corbyn
Centrism is a nightmare from which I am trying to awake. Jeremy Corbyn’s election as Labour leader almost four years ago has made a sizable portion of the center-ground commentariat and a horde of online pundits rabid with fury, with certain tropes that veer toward conspiracy theory endlessly returning, more deranged with each coming.One persistent myth began when Corbyn was asked, in an online forum for middle-class mothers, what his favorite book was, and he replied, “Ulysses, on the grounds that it’s very hard to understand the first time and doesn’t get much easier on the third or fourth reading of it.” It wasn’t the most obvious choice: a more cynical politician might have prepared an answer to make political capital — perhaps choosing The Ragged-Trousered Philanthropists, in a nod to a pivotal scene in the eerily familiar A Very British Coup, with its Tony Benn–style leader, Harry Perkins, now embodied by Corbyn.But no matter: plumping for James Joyce’s Ulysses led to surging histrionics from Corbynsceptics and the Right. In time for Bloomsday this year, the Guardian released an interview with Corbyn on Joyce and Ulysses, predictably enticing yet another centrist meltdown. Corbyn was lying; he hadn’t read Ulysses, and was only saying so to appear intelligent. And if he had read it, he hadn’t fully understood it. Literary texts have only one monolithic reading, as any fool knows, and Joyce’s thickest text is simply a puzzle to be solved and read through one lens, rather than as a dense psychological text, a postcolonial meditation, a musing on Irish nationalism, or a deep-cover guerrilla marketing campaign by the Dublin tourist board.

What is Pop-Fascism? On Trump’s Counter Revolution
I write this in a country where Mikkel Bolt Rasmussen’s book, Trump’s Counter Revolution, was just recently translated and published by Les Éditions Divergences and has appeared as a valuable diagnosis for our time. These days, Italy is of particular interest to those observing the far-Right in European government. The Minister of the Interior, Matteo Salvini, who seems as though he may as well be the head of the Italian government, he’s at least tipped the political scales [to the right], is the perfect expression of the Trumpian model that Rasmussen examines in his text: the manner of self-presentation, the keywords, the use of police as the primary means of governing the population, contempt for formal rules, unscrupulous use of social media, interventionism on everything and anything, racism as the only form of weaponized propaganda, or nearly so, the anti-elite rhetoric – all elements which effectively unify far-right political action on a global scale.Anti-migrant raids done by small groups of Italian neo-fascists seem quaint when compared to governmental action, which has as it’s goal to enact perfectly capitalist and superbly democratic project. All of the old rhetoric of the former neo-fascism – the heroes, the eternal values, the natural community, the anti-modern mysticism, etc. – will have become almost completely outdated in the face of this ultra-fascist capitalism. This goes for anti-fascist rhetoric too, needless to say.

America’s Suicide Epidemic
We hear a lot about suicide when celebrities like Anthony Bourdain and Kate Spade die by their own hand. Otherwise, it seldom makes the headlines. That’s odd given the magnitude of the problem.In 2017, 47,173 Americans killed themselves. In that single year, in other words, the suicide count was nearly seven times greater than the number of American soldiers killed in the Afghanistan and Iraq wars between 2001 and 2018.A suicide occurs in the United States roughly once every 12 minutes. What’s more, after decades of decline, the rate of self-inflicted deaths per 100,000 people annually — the suicide rate — has been increasing sharply since the late 1990s. Suicides now claim two-and-a-half times as many lives in this country as do homicides, even though the murder rate gets so much more attention.In other words, we’re talking about a national epidemic of self-inflicted deaths

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inb4 a proxy that is a complete fabrication by the CIA is used to justify a war.
like LIFG or some shit.

Iranian Ambassador- Tanker Attacks are a Plan to PROVOKE US-IRAN WAR

Wouldn't surprise me, considering how eager the US has been about the whole 'Iranian mines' matter. It just seems a little forced. Seems like at least one of the sides have no qualms about escalating tensions, and I think the Iranians are legitimately spooked atm.

But would the Iranians necessarily lose a war with the US though? All the mountains would reduce the air force's effectiveness, and their navy is a sitting duck in the Persian Gulf. They can't gain ground easily either, considering the mountains, and the Iranians control a shitton of militias they will use to disrupt supply lines throughout the region. Not to mention possible Russian and Chinese support.

opposing this pipeline is transphobic

they just want an excuse to drink all day


youre alright news user

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Inb4 a US service member mysteriously dies and the invasion of Iran commences


Explain your meme comrade.

Good, Iran will be victorious, glory to the martyrs Ali and Husssein, glory to the Shia revolution

Well as MC02 showed, it'd be a hell of a fight.

Iran could also cripple the Gulf states by hitting their desalination plants.

Maybe a missile strike or two but Donald will cuck out and let Iran have nuclear weapons inciting a hyuge nuclear arms race in the Middle East.

It fucks up your biological clock and makes you suicidal tbh fam.

This was the pretense for the invasion of Panama. Two American soldiers broke through a fence with in a car and were shot. Even if you believe that the soldiers only did it as an accident, that still is a not a good reason for war.

Would they actually do that, though?

How fucking hilarious is the fall of Guaido. First celebrated as the prince of liberty and freedom, than completely discarded by his Western sponsors, is now nothing but a glorified pretty criminal stealing aid packages.

Out of all coups I've seen the US doing, this is the most pathetic one. Trump has already said he's "bored" by it. Will Yurop admit that it was a mistake recognising Guaido or will they just bury this fiasco like it never happened?

Guaido will become a non-person and it will be "forgotten" about.

Wait really, is that like a real condition?

They will pretend it never happen and find some way to problem the Left for it in a few years

As a Finnish person, I've never heard of that. What makes you suicidal is the fucking winter which is pitch dark even in the south (you don't get daylight, you get twilight) and up north the sun only rises over the horizon for like an hour or two.

It's a reference to a famous line from Ulysses, "history is a nightmare from which I am trying to awake"

Well the summer makes me suicidal because of the sweat, the light is blinding and oppressive and most of all I can't escape thinking about global warming when it hits 30°C.