Dylann Roof’s friend: ‘He never said anything racist’

from the BBC

A friend of Dylann Roof, the man charged over this week’s shooting in a church in South Carolina, has told BBC News that the suspect had told him a week earlier he wanted to attack a local university.

Christon Scriven, 21, (African American) told the BBC’s Rajini Vaidyanathan that Mr Roof “wanted to shoot that school up – UCA university of Charleston – it’s 3 miles up the street from that church.”

Mr Scriven said Dylann Roof “had no intention of harming those people in that church”.

He also said that he had “never said anything racist, never treated me any different”.

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Ecuadorean Dark Forces Behind Attempted Coup Plot

by Steven Lendman, Global Research

Washington’s dirty hands manipulate geopolitical events worldwide – notably in Latin America since the 19th century.

In September 2010, Washington’s attempted coup against Ecuadorean President Raphael Correa failed. A previous article asked is history repeating now?

Days of street protests continue over the phony pretext of inheritance and capital gains tax increases affecting only wealthy citizens – about 2% of the population.

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The Big Lie Behind the Eritrean Exodus Across the Mediterranean

  • “These days, it’s hard to deny Eritrea’s economic boom.  …Eritrea is the only African country to reject IMF loans” Madote
  • US determined to press for regime change and economic reform (neoliberalization) in Eritra AFRICOM
  • “All African countries except Eritrea receive some form of U.S. military assistance, according to data from the U.S. State Department.” al Jazeera

UK Readies for Massive Protest Against ‘Austerity on Steroids’

from Common Dreams

A massive and growing anti-austerity movement will take to the streets of London on Saturday, June 20, with demonstrators demanding “an alternative to austerity and to policies that only benefit those at the top.”

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Al-Qaeda assassinates Imam opposed to Saudi aggression in Yemen

from Press TV

Al-Qaeda elements in Yemen have assassinated a Yemeni Imam known for opposing Saudi Arabia’s bloody military aggression against the impoverished country in the central province of Hadhramaut.

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US-KSA alliance represented by al-Qaeda at Yemen Peace Talks: Lawyer

from Press TV

The US battle cry – “We do not negotiate with terrorists” – has long been an axiom of foreign policy and an excuse for military interventionism, but recently, there have been a stream of media reports asserting that the US in fact should and does negotiate with terrorists, an international lawyer in Indonesia says.

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Yemen Peace Talks Collapse as Pro-Saudi Faction Withdraws

by Jason Ditz, AntiWar

The Yemen peace talks, being held in Geneva, effectively ended today with the announcement that the pro-Saudi Hadi faction will withdraw from the talks and return to exile in Saudi Arabia, which is presently attacking Yemen with the goal of reinstalling them as the government.

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