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Sri Lankan prime minister: Island’s economy ‘has collapsed’
Sri Lanka’s debt-laden economy has “collapsed” after months of shortages of food, fuel and electricity, the prime minister told lawmakers Wednesday in comments that underscored the country’s dire situation as it seeks help from international lenders. Ranil Wickremesinghe told Parliament the South Asian nation faces “a far more serious situation” than the shortages alone, and he warned of “a possible fall to rock bottom.”

Bengal's Bidi Workers Struggle With Poverty While Companies Reap Huge Profit
The exploitation of workers by the bidi manufacturers, coupled with the apathetic attitude of governments, is making their lives a continuous struggle for survival.

CPI (Maoist) Cadre Killed During Firefight With Security Forces In Bijapur District
A cadre of the CPI (Maoist) was killed in a gun battle with security forces in Chhattisgarh’s Bijapur district on Tuesday. The firefight took place at around 4.15 pm in the forest of Kudmer when the police and District Reserve Guard (DRG) were on a search operation, Bijapur Additional Superintendent of Police Pankaj Shukla said.

Myanmar's claim to be holding free elections next year ‘preposterous,’ says UN rapporteur
MYANMAR’S claim it will hold free and fair elections next year is “preposterous,” the UN’s special rapporteur on the country said today. Tom Andrews said the claim was an attempt by the junta that seized power early last year to create an impression of legitimacy.

Residents end blockade of Las Bambas mine road, agree to dialogue
A community in Peru's Andes mountains on Wednesday suspended their blockade of a highway used by MMG Ltd's (1208.HK) Las Bambas copper mine, agreeing to negotiate with the government and the company over the road's use, one of the community's leaders said.

Philippines blocks over two dozen websites over “terrorist” tag, movements raise alarm
Over two dozen progressive media websites were banned in the Philippines after being accused by security officials of having links with “terrorist” groups. 28 websites were blocked on Wednesday, June 22, by the National Telecommunications Commission (NTC) based on a letter by outgoing National Security Adviser and National Security Council (NSC) chief Hermogenes Esperon Jr. The letter, which was forwarded to the NTC on June 6 and published on June 22 along with the ban order, listed websites supposedly “affiliated to and are supporting … terrorists and terrorist organizations.” The “terrorist” organization in question is the banned Communist Party of the Philippines (CPP) and its affiliates.

Iran replaces head of IRGC intelligence unit following plot allegations
Iran has replaced the head of the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) intelligence unit after he was accused of being behind plans to target Israeli tourists in Turkey. Iranian state TV reported on Thursday that Hossein Taeb had been appointed as an advisor to the Guards' commander-in-chief Hossein Salami, just days after Israeli media said he was behind plans to kill or kidnap Israelis in Turkey.
He will be replaced by Mohammad Kazemi, previously head of the Revolutionary Guards Intelligence Protection unit.

Turkish forces severely torture three boys near Amude border
The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights (SOHR) reported that Turkish forces brutally tortured three boys while trying to cross the border into Turkey from Amude countryside, a border city with Turkey north-east of Heseke, on Wednesday evening.

Tanzania charges 20 Maasai with murder after police officer dies during protests
Twenty Maasai pastoralists from northern Tanzania have been charged with the murder of a police officer during protests over government plans to use their ancestral land for conservation and a luxury hunting reserve. The officer was allegedly shot by an arrow on 10 June while attempting to demarcate land in Loliondo, which borders Serengeti national park.

Russian oil refinery near Ukraine says it was hit by drone attack
A drone attack has hit a major Russian oil refinery near the border with Ukraine, the plant’s management said, sending a ball of flame and black smoke billowing into the sky and prompting the suspension of operations. Officials at the Novoshakhtinsk oil refinery in Russia’s Rostov region said the first drone attacked at 8:40am (05:40GMT), hitting a crude distillation unit, triggering a blast and ball of fire.

Russia Recruits Teachers, Construction Workers and Politicians to ‘Rebuild’ Occupied Ukraine
Since shifting the focus of its invasion eastward following a failed effort to capture Kyiv, Russia has said its main objective is to “liberate” areas of eastern and southern Ukraine predominantly populated by Russian speakers. Now, officials appear to be banking on Russia’s poorest and most patriotic citizens to help these regions recover from the devastation of its four-month offensive, offering above-average salaries and a slew of benefits.

Russian artillery depot blast kills four
Three military service members and a civilian warehouse worker were killed at a military facility near the village of Barsovo in Vladimir Region in central Russia, local authorities reported on Wednesday. One person suffered moderate injuries as a result of the incident, local health officials said.




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>Sri Lanka’s debt-laden economy has “collapsed” after months of shortages of food, fuel and electricity, the prime minister told lawmakers Wednesday in comments that underscored the country’s dire situation as it seeks help from international lenders.


Contempt conviction upheld for lawyer who won $9.5 bln Chevron judgment
A divided U.S. appeals court on Wednesday upheld the criminal contempt conviction of a disbarred lawyer who won but was unable to collect a $9.5 billion judgment against Chevron Corp (CVX.N) for polluting the Ecuadorian rainforest. In a 2-1 decision, the 2nd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Manhattan rejected Steven Donziger's claim that the private lawyers who handled the prosecution on behalf of the U.S. government were unconstitutionally appointed.

Supreme Court limits ability to enforce Miranda rights
The Supreme Court limited the ability to enforce Miranda rights in a ruling Thursday that said that suspects who are not warned about their right to remain silent cannot sue a police officer for damages under federal civil rights law even if the evidence was ultimately used against them in their criminal trial.

US court upholds Arkansas law restricting Israel boycotts
A US federal appeals court upheld an Arkansas state law requiring all public contractors to promise they won't boycott Israel, overturning an earlier ruling that the legislation violated the First Amendment. The ruling by the US Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit is a major victory for pro-Israel activists who have pushed around 30 states to adopt anti-BDS laws.

2nd officer pleads guilty in Karen Garner case
A former Loveland officer who was among the first charged with failing to intervene under a new Colorado law pleaded guilty in Larimer County District Court Wednesday afternoon. Daria Jalali pleaded guilty to a single count of failure to intervene. She originally faced the following charges: Peace officer: Failure to report use of force Peace officer: Failure to intervene Official misconduct

Amazon debuts fully autonomous warehouse robot
Called Proteus, the new bot reportedly uses “advanced safety, perception and navigation technology developed by Amazon” to move smoothly among and around its human colleagues. Proteus will start work lifting and moving GoCarts, the human-driven wheeled vehicles that move packages through Amazon warehouses. The company hopes to automate the handling of GoCarts, supposedly freeing employees from the drudgery of lifting heavy objects so they can “focus on more rewarding work.”

A worker was fired for asking about pay, now a DeKalb business will have to pay them $50,000
A business in DeKalb County will have to pay a worker $50,000 in back wages and liquidated damages. The worker was fired after asking about pay, according to the U.S. Department of Labor. The department says the employee worked for M. Davis Insurance Agency Inc., operating as Marc Davis State Farm, in Stone Mountain.

Supreme Court strikes down New York concealed gun law in 6-3 decision
The Supreme Court ruled on Thursday that New York’s century-old concealed carry handgun law violates the Second Amendment, a finding long feared by local officials who viewed the law as a linchpin in efforts to curb the proliferation of pistols on New York City streets.

Biden administration agrees to cancel another $6 billion in student loan debt for defrauded borrowers
The Biden administration has agreed to cancel an estimated $6 billion in federal student loan debt for about 200,000 borrowers who have claimed they were defrauded by their college. The administration had previously approved $25 billion in loan forgiveness for 1.3 million borrowers. Around 43 million Americans have federal student loan debt.

Supreme Court says North Carolina Republicans can defend photo ID law in court
The Supreme Court ruled 8-1 on Thursday that leaders of North Carolina’s Republican legislature can step in to advocate for a voter ID law in court that they believe the state’s Democratic attorney general isn’t fighting hard enough to defend. The law was passed by the Republican-controlled legislature, but the governor and his attorney general are Democrats, giving rise to a case that presents a dispute about what happens when political parties don’t control all the branches of state government.

The owner of nursing homes whose residents suffered during Hurricane Ida is arrested
The owner of seven Louisiana nursing homes whose residents suffered in squalid conditions after being evacuated to a warehouse as Hurricane Ida approached last year was arrested on Wednesday, Louisiana Attorney General Jeff Landry announced.

Judge approves $1B+ deal in deadly Florida condo collapse
A judge gave final approval Thursday to a settlement topping $1 billion for victims of the collapse of a Florida beachfront condominium building that killed 98 people, one of the deadliest building failures in U.S. history.


Private Equity Funds’ Claims of Strong Performance are Based on a Mirage
After a modest decline in Q2 2020, PE fund returns were exceptionally strong, driven mainly by unrealized gains that may not materialize given the market’s reassessment of asset valuations. -PitchBook, June 9, 2022
Even as the stock market is in free fall and interest rates are rising, private equity (PE) funds continue to pursue new investors, peddling the myth that private equity returns defy the laws of financial gravity and yield strong returns even in periods of economic turbulence and declining values of publicly-traded companies. How is this amazing sleight of hand accomplished? The General Partner of a PE fund, not usually a single individual but rather a committee representing the interests of the PE firm, manages the fund and makes all decisions. The GP spends the first several years of a fund’s 10-year life span finding promising companies to acquire, and the remaining years finding profitable exits from those companies. Typically, the profitable exits are via a sale to a strategic buyer in a merger or acquisition (M&A), an Initial Public Offering (IPO), or if those options fail, to another PE fund. Year-to-year PE fund returns consist of how much the fund received—or cashed out—from these sales of portfolio companies plus the value of the remaining unsold companies still in the fund’s portfolio. That’s where the mischief comes in.

Among the Landlords
Halfway through the first day of the 21st Annual MrLandlord.com National Landlord Convention—a conference in St. Louis where landlords gather to trade secrets, commiserate, and sell each other information—the landlords gave out two checks with great fanfare. Jeffrey Taylor, Mr. Landlord himself, brought a “struggling tenant” to the front of the room and handed him a check for $300. “We wanted to let you know that landlords aren’t all bad,” Taylor said. The check was originally supposed to be for $250, but landlords had come up with a little extra. Immediately after Taylor handed over the check amid applause from the crowd, Taylor called St. Louis Sheriff Vernon Betts to the front of the room to give him a giant-sized novelty check for $1,000, made out to the Sheriff’s Office. Taylor said he’d called the local media to witness this moment but they hadn't come. Then he explained that, like the tenant’s check, the sheriff’s check had been increased—from the planned $1,000 to $1,100—after a big-hearted landlord decided to kick in a little more cash. Taylor explained that he got the idea for the donation after reading that the St. Louis Sheriff’s Office was struggling to purchase basic supplies. “We wanted to let you know,” Taylor said, “that landlords are not all bad. We want to be seen in a positive image, and we appreciate all that you do in assisting us.” Betts addressed the audience for about 20 minutes. It was mostly about evictions. He said that the eviction moratorium had been hard on him and that he’d spent a lot of time “refereeing” between tenants and landlords who wanted to evict them. “In the city of St. Louis, once I come to evict you, you can’t carry anything out of that house but what you can carry in your hands,” Betts said. “That’s tough, ain’t it? That furniture and TV? It all belongs to the landlord once I come.” (Landlords in the St. Louis area filed requests for more than 18,000 evictions since March 2020, according to public records tracking at Eviction Lab.) “Seems kind of heartless, almost,” Betts continued, “to put a person out and all they can carry is their purse and the clothes on their back and all that kind of stuff. But I found myself, during the moratorium, doing a lot of refereeing and trying to help on both sides. I was a landlord once myself.” The ceremony set the tone for the rest of the conference.


Dominique Misein: The Lesser Evil
A small war is better than a big war; being a billionaire is better than being a millionaire; circumscribed catastrophes are better than extended catastrophes. How can we not see that along this road the social, political and economic conditions that render the outbreak of war, the accumulation of privilege and the continuing occurrence of catastrophes possible will continue to perpetuate themselves? How can we not see that such politics does not even offer a minimal practical utility, that when the bucket is full to the brim a drop suffices to make it overflow? From the moment we renounce questioning capitalism as a totality common to all the varieties of political regulation, giving preference instead to the mere comparison between various techniques of exploitation, the persistence of “evil” is guaranteed… Rather than asking oneself whether one wants to have a master to obey, one prefers to choose the master who beats one the least. In this way, every outburst, every tension, every desire fore freedom is reduced to a tamer decision; instead of attacking the evils that poison us , we blame them on the excesses of the system. Within this context, the greater the virulence with which these excesses are denounced, the more the social system that produces them is consolidated. The plague once more closes in on this ideological whitewash, without leaving a way of escape. And as long as the question to resolve is that of how to manage domination rather than considering the possibility of getting rid of it and figuring out how to do so, the logic of those who govern and manage us will continue to dictate the measures to take with regard to everything.


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My friend says China will bail our Sri Lanka


>Contempt conviction upheld for lawyer who won $9.5 bln Chevron judgment
those bastards


>fighting big US corp interwoven with the government, in an US court, for abuse against a socialist country
this guy prolly believe in the judicial system. Props to him for trying regardless

I certainly hope china will jump on the opportunity, but afaik the US is working hard in sri lanka for some time to achieve Full Spectrum Dominance.



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Thanks New Anon


>Among Landlords
Why is it here? Am I not getting something?


Landlord hate, of course.


Thanks, news anon.


>Russia Recruits Teachers, Construction Workers and ==Politicians to ‘Rebuild’ Occupied Ukraine

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