Thursday’s news links – June 2, 2022

Protesters staged a die-in outside Amazon’s corporate headquarters in Seattle.

Amazon employees storm a company Pride Month celebration, protesting the sale of transphobic content Insider

Amazon Workers Walk Out On Job At Warehouse In Bellmawr, Camden County CBS Philly

Teacher in Uvalde shooting didn’t leave the school door propped open, police say NPR


Airlines’ mask mandates may soon be REINSTATED as DOJ appeals ruling by Trump-appointed judge that struck down face covering requirement on public transportation Daily Mail

During the Omicron Wave, Death Rates Soared for Older People NYTimes

Sanctions Now Weapons of Mass Starvation Anis Chowdhury and Jomo Kwame Sundaram

The US has imposed more sanctions regimes, and for longer periods, than any other country. … The US has increased using sanctions since 2016, imposing them on more than 1,000 entities or individuals yearly, on average, from 2016 to 2020 – nearly 80% more than in 2008-2015. The one-term Trump administration raised the US share of all new sanctions to almost half from a third before.

The EU should forget about sanctions – they’re doing more harm than good Guardian


Xi Jinping turns to Mao Zedong-era system to lift millions of China’s rural poor out of poverty SCMP [from 2019]

Chinese President Xi Jinping brought back a system of state-run agricultural cooperatives to fight poverty in rural areas and strengthen food sovereignty. From 2013-2019, the government rebuilt more than 10,000 co-ops. 95% of Chinese towns have food co-ops

US senator’s trip to Taiwan ‘very dangerous’; PLA sent warplanes Global Times

Beijing’s air and sea patrols near Taiwan a ‘necessary action against collusion’ with US, PLA says South China Morning Post

China responds to ‘collusion’ between US and Taiwan RT

Germany Slashes Summer Train Fares More Than 90 Percent To Curb Driving, Save Fuel Yale

U.S./NATO war

Cyber Command chief confirms US took part in offensive cyber operations TheHill

U.S. Cyber Command Director Gen. Paul Nakasone confirmed for the first time that the U.S. had conducted offensive cyber operations in support of Ukraine.

Ukraine Bits: Casualty Numbers, Kampfgruppen, Territorial Defense Forces Moon of Alabama

There is already trouble in the ranks of Ukrainian army. Several several groups of soldiers have called out publicly to stop the senseless waste of life. At what point will the Ukrainian military or the Territorial Defense units turn against the Zelenski regime?

Biden announces new $700 million in military aid for Ukraine Reuters, June 1

U.S. President Joe Biden announced on Wednesday a new $700 million weapons package for Ukraine that will include high mobility artillery rocket systems, which can accurately hit targets as far away as 80 km (50 miles).

Biden tweaks Ukraine narrative M.K. Bhadrakumar

Biden Unveils Longer Range Rockets For Ukraine, Stresses ‘We Don’t Seek NATO-Russia War’ Tyler Durden

Jill Biden to host unveiling of Nancy Reagan stamp TheHill

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