PBS NewsHour White House correspondent Yamiche Alcindor faced heavy backlash for insisting that there was "no evidence" that any activity that sparked from the George Floyd protests were the result of "anarchists." "'These people are anarchists,' President Trump says without providing any evidence," Alcindor said. Critics blasted the PBS journalist for her suggestion that none of the attendees at the various protestors were anarchists. and keep in mind, you're paying for this fine work w your taxpayer dollars," political consultant Trey Radel wrote. "So glad my taxpayer dollars are funding such smart and brave journalism from PBS," Donald Trump Jr. quipped.
June 01, 2020 23:48 UTC
President Donald Trump announced a crackdown on nationwide anti-racism protests in a surreal speech Monday from the White House Rose Garden while police flash-bang explosions could be heard nearby. Speaking as police deployed tear gas on protesters just outside the White House, Trump vowed harsher action against protesters. “Mayors and governors must establish an overwhelming law enforcement presence until the violence has been quelled,” Trump said. Activating the military would require Trump to invoke the Insurrection Act, an 1807 law that allows the president to deploy active-duty military on U.S. soil. Protesters were peacefully gathered outside the White House even as Trump began speaking.
They might think children are colourblind innocents who won’t spot racial differences until the concept is explained to them. In fact, children learn about race much earlier than we might think, which is why it’s important to start teaching them at a young age. “Antiracism never accidentally shows up,” Jennifer Harvey wrote in an essay for CNN about how white parents can raise anti-racist kids. “Black parents will tell you about how early they start having the conversation with their children,” James said. If your child is old enough, talk to them about the history of North American racism, James said.
“The ongoing sixth mass extinction may be the most serious environmental threat to the persistence of civilization, because it is irreversible,” the authors write in the report. More than half of those species have populations below 250, they found. The sixth mass extinction in Earth’s history is accelerating as humans rapidly and relentlessly destroy the natural world, according to a new study looking at the loss of terrestrial vertebrate species. And the crisis poses an existential threat not only to thousands of animal and plant species, but to human civilization as a whole. One reason for this alarming trend is that human pressure on natural ecosystems continues to mount.
OAKLAND, Calif. — Days after restricting one of President Trump’s posts from view for glorifying violence, Twitter went at it again. The move also meant that the tweet could not be retweeted or liked, to prevent it from being amplified. “Now that we clearly see Antifa as terrorists, can we hunt them down like we do those in the Middle East?” Mr. Gaetz had tweeted on Monday, referring to the far-left anti-fascist activist movement. Shortly after his tweet was hidden, he reposted a message from the president that called for a law that gives technology companies some legal immunities to be revoked. While the San Francisco company was applauded by some for taking more responsibility for the kinds of posts that appear on its platform, others said it was biased against conservatives like Mr. Trump.
Source:New York Times
June 01, 2020 23:32 UTC
President Trump lectured governors on Monday that they should get tougher and “dominate” lawbreakers who are looting stores, burning buildings and assaulting police. His words were blunt and unsympathetic as usual, but he’s right that public order is first and foremost an obligation of state and local government. The governors and mayors need to protect the innocent if they don’t want the federal government to call in the military to patrol their streets instead. Mr. Trump has hinted that soldiers are ready to deploy if need...
June 01, 2020 23:26 UTC
Black Entertainment Television founder Robert Johnson elaborated on his call for the payment of $14 trillion in reparations to African-Americans Monday on "Special Report." BET FOUNDER ROBERT JOHNSON CALLS FOR $14T IN REPARATIONS TO AFRICAN-AMERICANSJohnson cited the Kerner Commission Report on the 1967 race riots, which famously stated: "Our nation is moving toward two societies, one black, one white — separate and unequal." "But unless White America recognizes the need for reparations to atone for this, this country will always be ... 'separate and unequal'." Baier also read a Joe Biden quote from 1975, in which the then-U.S. senator said he doesn't feel "responsible for the sins of my father and grandfather, but I do feel responsible for the sins of my own generation. And I will be damned if I feel responsible to pay for what happened 300 years ago."
June 01, 2020 23:26 UTC
A national tragedy began in March when Covid-19 killed 35 residents of Life Care Center in Kirkland, Wash. Since then, more than 22,000 nursing-home residents have died in Connecticut, Massachusetts, New Jersey, New York and Pennsylvania. Nearly half of all Americans who have fallen victim to the novel coronavirus lived in nursing homes. Politicians have made plenty of mistakes. Governors in several states, including New York and Pennsylvania, ordered nursing homes to take coronavirus patients discharged from hospitals and...
One of those factors is whether or not the destination has any travel advisories listed by the U.S. Department of State. The U.S. Department of State has a travel advisory for every country in the world. The four advisory levels and their meanings are:Level 1 (Blue): Exercise Normal PrecautionsLevel 2 (Yellow): Exercise Increased CautionLevel 3 (Orange): Reconsider TravelLevel 4 (Red): Do Not TravelLevel 4, red, is the highest advisory level. What is a red travel advisory? Differences Between Travel Advisories And A Travel AlertTravel advisories are for long-term and ongoing risks, including civil unrest, outbreaks of disease and widespread crime.
June 01, 2020 23:15 UTC
Black Lives Matter regional chaptersBlack Lives Matter was originally created in the U.S. by Patrisse Cullors, Opal Tometi and Alicia Garza as a call to action for Black people after the killing of 17-year-old Trayvon Martin by George Zimmerman. Black Lives Matter Toronto: Canada’s largest BLM chapter. This list is by no means exhaustive, but is a jumping-off point if you’re looking to generally support Black communities and organizations in your area. Black Youth Helpline (Canada-wide): Originally started in Manitoba, the Black Youth Helpline focuses on community development and support for Black youth across Canada. Read Black Canadian authorsIf you want read or engage with more Black and anti-racist work, be sure to read up on Black Canadian thinkers, writers and activists in addition to all of the American and international resources circulating on social media right now.
June 01, 2020 23:15 UTC
Longtime activist and actor Jane Fonda said Sunday that while some may focus on the violence in the George Floyd protests, she sees hope. The two-time Oscar winner told CNN’s Don Lemon that the mostly peaceful thousands who have massed nationwide in the aftermath of Floyd’s death create a real possibility for change. Floyd was seen on video pleading with a Minneapolis cop for air as the officer kneeled into his neck. "We are in a very important moment," says @Janefonda. "We have an election coming, we have a pandemic crisis, we have a climate crisis, we have a race crisis, and we have a choice to make."
June 01, 2020 23:15 UTC
Two Brooklyn lawyers and a woman from upstate New York were arraigned Monday on federal crimes after allegedly participating in separate Molotov cocktail attacks on police patrol cars in New York City early Saturday, as peaceful protests sparked by the death of George Floyd descended into chaos. With courtrooms closed for most in-person appearances due to the coronavirus pandemic, the three individuals—Samantha Shader, Urooj Rahman and Colinford Mattis—were arraigned in the Eastern District of New York during a remote court...
WASHINGTON—A United Nations report issued Monday found that Afghanistan’s Taliban has maintained close ties with al Qaeda, holding at least six high-level meetings with leaders of the group during more than a year of talks with the United States. The U.N. findings point to the difficulty faced by the Taliban in implementing its side of the agreement signed with the U.S. in February. Under the terms, the U.S. will withdraw all its troops within 14 months in return for a Taliban guarantee that Afghanistan will never again become...
The first major federal effort to measure the deadly impact of the new coronavirus in nursing homes found around 26,000 deaths, a total that likely falls short of showing the full toll on some of the most vulnerable Americans. The new survey of nursing homes, released Monday by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, showed 25,923 resident deaths tied to Covid-19, the disease caused by the virus, and 449 deaths among the facilities’ staff. The survey also found about 95,000 infection cases at nursing homes across 49...
June 01, 2020 23:12 UTC
After hours of mostly peaceful protests, the streets of Lower Manhattan grew frenetic around 10 p.m., after police confronted and dispersed a large group that had crossed over the Manhattan Bridge from Brooklyn. One small group of young men tore through a CitiBike terminal, yanking bikes from their docks and twisting the plastic. After midnight, a second protest march from Brooklyn crossed the Manhattan Bridge after having clashed with the police outside the Barclays Center. Once they reached Manhattan, the protesters immediately began smashing windows of stores on the Lower East Side. Not long after this group arrived in Manhattan, gunshots rang out along Crosby Street in SoHo, and people scrambled for cover.
Source:New York Times
June 01, 2020 23:03 UTC