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Error by Washington and Moscow

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[Argues that Washington and Moscow are working together to develop the military strength of the Syrian Kurds, allegedly to combat ISIS, but in reality to fight President Erdoğan, whom the two great powers would be happy to remove. But the apprentice dictator of Ankara is preparing to turn the tables. He has begun to re-shuffle the population at the Syrian frontier in order to catch the Turkish Kurds in a vice, and is preparing to use his Syrian Kurdish spy, Salih Muslim - armed by the United States and Russia – to create a Kurdistan in Syria to which he can expel the Turkish Kurds. *RON*]

by Thierry Meyssan, Voltaire Network, 3 June 2016

From the Russian side, it’s the support of Erdoğan’s friends – the NGO’s IHH and İmkander— for the Caucasian jihadists from 1995 to the end of the year 2000, then, today, the personal support by Recep Tayyip Erdoğan for Daesh, and finally the planned destruction of a Soukhoï over Syria last November which have t…

A Weekend in Chicago: Where Gunfire Is a Terrifying Norm

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[In The Land Of The Handgun. Three days, 64 people shot, six of them dead: Memorial Day on the streets, and the violence that has engulfed families and neighborhoods. *RON*]

Monica Davey, New York Times, 4 June 2016
With reporting by Alan Blinder, Julie Bosman, Malachy Browne, Catrin Einhorn, John Eligon, Emma Fitzsimmons, Marc Lacey, Ian Lovett, Brent McDonald, Richard A. Oppel Jr., Frances Robles, Stephanie Saul, Mitch Smith, Megan Specia, Julie Turkewitz, Timothy Williams.

Videos by Craig Duff, Todd Heisler and Brent McDonald
“The Newlywed Game” is on the television. Julia Rhoden, 53, is sitting on her bed, exhausted from another long day at the health care center where she works as a nurse’s aide. There is a loud boom and then another and another. She feels a sting as a bullet enters her back. “I been shot! I been shot!” she cries out to her children in the next room, as blood soaks through the summer dress she wears as a nightgown.

That same n…

Swiss reject free income plan after worker vs. robot debate

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[There are still proposals afoot for a basic minimum income in both Norway and Ontario. Earlier Canadian research found generally positive results, but was never fully completed. Polyani's (1944) historical research found that poor laws that gave peasants a living income whether they worked or not tended to stop them from looking for work; he also found that, in a vicious circle, employers dropped their wage offerings to near-zero as a result. *RON*]

By Silke Koltrowitz and Marina Depetris, Reuters, 2 June 2016

Swiss voters rejected by a wide margin on Sunday a proposal to introduce a guaranteed basic income for everyone living in the wealthy country after an uneasy debate about the future of work at a time of increasing automation.

Supporters had said introducing a monthly income of 2,500 Swiss francs ($2,563) per adult and 625 francs per child under 18 no matter how much they work would promote human dignity and public service.

Opponents, inc…

Liberals planning to buy Super Hornet fighter jets before making final decision on F-35s, sources say

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[Just the pilot's helmet for an F-35 costs US $400,000, i.e., you could buy 2 Lamborghini's at that price. *RON*]

By Lee Berthiaume, Ottawa Citizen & John Ivison, The Province via National Post, 6 June 2016

OTTAWA — The Liberal government is intent on buying Super Hornet fighter jets, according to multiple sources.

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s cabinet reportedly discussed the issue last week, and while no formal decision was taken, one top-level official said: “They have made up their minds and are working on the right narrative to support it.”

Rather than a full replacement of the air force’s aging CF-18 fighter fleet, it’s believed the purchase will be labelled an interim measure to fill what Defence Minister Harjit Sajjan has warned is a pending “gap” in Canada’s military capabilities.

Campus rapist given lenient sentence to avoid "severe impact on him"

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[Classic, repulsive case of "one law for the rich, another law for the poor." His father still says that his son has committed no crime and that his sentence was far too harsh. See: Father of Stanford Swimmer Who Raped Unconscious Woman Won’t Say His Son Committed a Crime. *RON]
Bob Beschizza, BoingBoing, 3 June 2016
Former Stanford University athlete Brock Allen Turner, 20, raped an unconscious woman behind a dumpster. Prosecutors wanted him put away for 6 years, but the judge, Aaron Persky, gave him 6 months to avoid being unnecessarily harsh on the boy. He'll be out in a few weeks.

Vancouver mayor, First Nations chiefs heading to Ottawa to stop Kinder Morgan

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["I’m confident that after the panel’s consultation, they will hear loud and clear that there is no business, environmental or social case for this pipeline to be approved." Mayor Robertson. "Everyone will benefit" Kinder Morgan. See also: First Nations say they have the power to stop Trans Mountain expansion on the question of whether Aboriginal communities are consulting or consenting. *RON*]

By Elizabeth McSheffrey, National Observer, 3 June 2016

Three B.C. First Nations chiefs are teaming up with Vancouver Mayor Gregor Robertson in Ottawa next week to lobby the federal government, urging it to reject the controversial Kinder Morgan Trans Mountain expansion and protect traditional Indigenous territories.

Chief Maureen Thomas of the Tsleil-Waututh Nation, Chief Ian Campbell of the Squamish Nation, and hereditary Chief Howard Grant on behalf of the Musqueam Nation are planning to make the trip to pressure key decision-makers…