2019-02-16: News Headlines

teleSUR (2019-02-16). Bill Officially Recognizes Japan's Ainu As Indigenous People. telesurenglish.net After suffering decades of discrimination, Japan's Ainu minority community will officially be recognized – for the first time – as an Indigenous people, under the country's ruling Liberal Democratic Party-Komeito coalition. | RELATED: | Brazil: President Bolsonaro Deepens Anti-Indigenous Policies | "It is important to protect the honor and dignity of the Ai…

Anonymous (2019-02-16). The USA, Greece, and Italy: An Anti-Fascist History. indybay.org The following text was composed by anarchists and anti-fascists from the US, Greece, and Italy. It's an attempt to situate the past decade of struggle in the proper historical context.

RT (2019-02-16). House Democrats announce 'immediate probe' into Trump's border wall emergency. rt.com Democrats on the US House Judiciary Committee have launched an investigation into the legality of President Donald Trump's emergency declaration, calling it "reckless disregard" of the law based on "misleading statements."

RT (2019-02-16). 'I'd take the wall down': 2020 hopeful O'Rourke says he'd 'absolutely' knock US-Mexico barrier. rt.com Failed Texas Senate candidate and likely presidential contender Beto O'Rourke said he would "take the (border) wall down," becoming the first potential 2020 challenger to embrace the open borders rhetoric of the Democratic left.

WSWS (2019-02-16). No More Deaths volunteers prosecuted for providing humanitarian aid to migrants. wsws.org The targeting of humanitarian aid groups is a warning that no one will be spared in the administration's fascistic attack on immigrants.

RT (2019-02-16). Chicago PD releases 'persons of interest' in shady Jussie Smollett attack case. rt.com Fueling suspicions that the 'racist, homophobic' attack on actor Jussie Smollett was a hoax, Chicago police have released the two Nigerians arrested as "persons of interest" without charges, claiming they have more work to do.

Sam Cowie (2019-02-16). Jair Bolsonaro Praised the Genocide of Indigenous People. Now He's Emboldening Attackers of Brazil's Amazonian Communities. theintercept.com "The Brazilian cavalry was very incompetent. Competent, yes, was the American cavalry that decimated its Indians in the past and nowadays does not have this problem in their country." That's the opinion of Brazil's far-right President Jair Bolsonaro, expressed on the floor of Congress in 1998. His views appear to have changed little since then; in a video message to supporters 18 years later, he promised to revoke the protected status of an Indigenous reserve in 2…

Shared by Anton Woronczuk (2019-02-15). Is Trump's National Emergency a Step Toward Fascism? truthout.org President Trump has now declared a national emergency to fund his long-sought border wall. It is no surprise that when a fascistic president like Trump starts throwing around the idea of a national emergency, media outlets like Esquire start asking whether " it might be time to start fireproofing the Reichstag," a clear allusion to Hitler's ascent to power in 1933. But is the comparison justified? Is Trump's declaration of a national emergency a threat to American democra…

Stephen Lendman (2019-02-15). Politically Charged Show Trial of Catalan Independence Supporters. globalresearch.ca What's billed as Spain's "trial of the century" began in Madrid before the nation's Supreme Court on Tuesday. | On trial are 12 activist Catalan politicians — falsely charged with rebellion, misuse of public funds, and civil disobedience. | They justifiably support …

Democracy Now! (2019-02-15). Ibram X. Kendi on Surviving Cancer & His Anti-Racist Reading List for Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam. democracynow.org As we celebrate the remarkable life and legacy of Frederick Douglass on his 201st birthday, we are joined by Ibram X. Kendi, a professor of history and international relations and founding director of the Antiracist Research and Policy Center at American University. Kendi spoke Thursday night at the Library of Congress at an event honoring Frederick Douglass. He is the National Book Award-winning author of "Stamped from the Beginning: The Definitive History of Racist Ideas in America" and a contributing editor at The Atlantic.

Democracy Now! (2019-02-15). Asylum Seekers Are Being Imprisoned in an Abandoned Factory in Mexico Under Trump Admin Policy. democracynow.org As Trump plans to declare a national emergency, we look at what some have called the real humanitarian crisis at the border. Riot police in northern Mexico blocked hundreds of desperate Central American migrants Wednesday as they tried to escape an abandoned factory complex where they've been imprisoned while waiting for the U.S. to process their asylum claims. More than 1,700 migrants have been held in the maquiladora in the Mexican border town of Piedras Negras since February 5, after they arrived in a caravan of people seeking asylum in the U.S. The vast majority have remained prisoners at the site, after the…

Daniel Costa (2019-02-15). Trump's national emergency declaration not justified by the facts. peoplesworld.org Where, exactly, is the national emergency? Both houses of Congress have now passed appropriations legislation to fund the government for the fiscal year, and it's become clear they will not provide President Donald Trump with the full $5.7 billion he requested to fund construction of a wall on the southern border. Trump has been so …

Democracy Now! (2019-02-15). Immigrant Activists: Democrats Are Capitulating to Trump by Approving Border, DHS Funding. democracynow.org President Trump is expected to declare a national emergency today to build a wall along the U.S.-Mexico border despite opposition from Congress, after he signs the latest spending bill, which includes nearly $1.4 billion to build 55 miles of new border barriers out of steel, far less than the $5.7 billion he requested. Congressmembers Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, Ilhan Omar, Ayanna Pressley and Rashida Tlaib issued a statement that they voted against the bill because it gives more funding to Immigration and Customs Enforcement. "That is the right thing to do. We've been pushing for Democrats to do the right thing, t…

Paul Street (2019-02-15). Someone Needs to Teach These As$#oles a Lesson. counterpunch.org "Someone," my Finnish-American socialist great-aunt Mary used to say in the late 1960s, "ought to teach these assholes a lesson." By "these assholes," she meant the people who own and run the United States. Mary died many years ago. I thought about her the other night while watching Donald Trump lie about crime and border walls More

Democracy Now! (2019-02-15). Public Citizen: Trump's National Emergency Declaration Paves Way for Sweeping Authoritarianism. democracynow.org With one day left to pass a government spending bill before today's midnight deadline to avert another government shutdown, both the House and Senate passed the measure Thursday that came out of the bipartisan conference committee earlier this week. The bill includes nearly $1.4 billion to build 55 miles of new border barriers out of steel, far less than the $5.7 billion requested by President Trump. Democrats quickly condemned the news, and consumer rights nonprofit Public Citizen vowed legal action against him. We speak with Public Citizen President Robert Weissman.

Mark Gruenberg (2019-02-15). Trump judges blow big hole in age discrimination law. peoplesworld.org CHICAGO — Thanks to a Trump-appointed judge it's now OK to discriminate against workers on the basis of age when they are applying for a job. According to the judge it's only workers on the job who are protected by law against age discrimination. A top union lawyer lays the blame for the ruling at …

Shared by Cherise (2019-02-15). Massive Protests Planned to Fight Trump's National Emergency Power Grab. truthout.org Calling President Donald Trump's national emergency declaration on Friday a blatant and unconstitutional "power grab," progressive advocacy groups representing millions of Americans are gearing up to launch nationwide " crisis response" protests to fight back. | "If Donald Trump declares a national emergency to push his racist wall, we'll mobilize nonviolent rapid-response events to stand up t…

teleSUR (2019-02-15). Trump Declares National Emergency to Fund His 'Racist' Wall. telesurenglish.net President Donald Trump Friday declared a national emergency in a bid to fund his promised wall at the U.S.-Mexico border without congressional approval, an action Democrats vowed to challenge as a violation of the U.S. Constitution. | RELATED: | Trump's Wall Already Affecting Mexicans' Daily Lives | The Republican president's move circumventing Congress represented a new…

Raouf Halaby (2019-02-15). 'Tiz Kosher for Elected Jewish U.S. Officials to Malign. counterpunch.org When it comes to Muslim, Arab, or Palestinian elected officials, 'tiz Kosher for elected Jewish U.S. officials (and others) to criticize, malign, denigrate, and conjure every stereotype and racist label in the by-now accepted lexicon of hateful rhetoric spewed by the Zeldins, Taubs, Gellers, Spencers, Pipes, Kings, Gaffneys, Trumps, and others. Yet, for stating the More

teleSUR (2019-02-15). Bernie Sanders Offers Support to Ilhan Omar. telesurenglish.net United States Senator Bernie Sanders reached out to Congresswoman Ilhan Omar Tuesday offering support amid criticism from both major political parties, Democrats and Republicans, claiming the progressive freshman lawmaker trafficked in anti-Semitic tropes on Twitter while criticizing U.S. policy on Israel. | RELATED: | 5 Reasons Why Ilhan Omar Is Right About AIPAC | Omar's office confirmed that the congresswoman spoke with Democratic self-proclaimed socialist Senator Sanders, who is Jewish, off…

splcenter (2019-02-15). Black Civil Rights Advocate Takes Control of Neo-Nazi Hate Group the National Socialist Movement. splcenter.org The antisemitic and neo-Nazi group the National Socialist Movement (NSM) is now under the control of a black civil rights advocate from California who once dissolved a notorious Ku Klux Klan chapter in Mississippi.

Shared by Cherise (2019-02-15). Asylum Seekers Are Being Imprisoned in an Abandoned Factory in Mexico. truthout.org As Trump plans to declare a national emergency, we look at what some have called the real humanitarian crisis at the border. Riot police in northern Mexico blocked hundreds of desperate Central American migrants Wednesday as they tried to escape an abandoned factory complex where they've been imprisoned while waiting for the U.S. to process their asylum claims. More than 1,700 migrants have been held in the maquiladora in the Mexican border town of Piedras Negras since February 5, after they arrived in a caravan of people seeking asylum in the U.S. The vast majority have remained prisoners at the site, after t…

Melissa Crow, Senior Supervising Attorney of the SPLC's Immigrant Justice Project (2019-02-15). SPLC statement on Supreme Court's denial of Trump administration's request to immediately enforce asylum ban. splcenter.org The U.S. Supreme Court today denied the Trump administration's request to immediately enforce a new policy of denying asylum to migrants who cross the U.S.-Mexico border between ports of entry.

Democracy Now! (2019-02-15). Headlines for February 15, 2019. democracynow.org Trump to Use National Emergency Declaration to Build Border Wall, "It's Incredible": Rep. Ocasio-Cortez on Amazon Scrapping NYC Project After Grassroots Protests, Report: Amazon to Pay No Federal Taxes Despite Making $11 Billion in Reported Profits, Denver Teachers Declare Victory After 3-Day Strike, More U.S. Workers Went on Strike in 2018 Than in Any Year in Three Decades, Parkland Shooting Survivor Emma González: "We Fight Our Trauma by Fighting Against Gun Violence", William Barr Sworn In as Attorney General After Senate Confirmation, Former Deputy FBI Director Speaks Out on Launching Counterintelligence Prob…

commondreams (2019-02-15). Border Wall "Emergency" Fake, Center for Constitutional Rights Says. commondreams.org ______________________________…

commondreams (2019-02-15). The NYIC Denounces Trump's "Fake News" Declaration of National Emergency to Build Border Wall. commondreams.org ______________________________…

Patrick Martin (2019-02-15). As Congress Enacts Huge "Border Security" Bill, Trump to Declare National Emergency to Build Wall. globalresearch.ca As Congress voted Thursday to approve spending $1.375 billion for border fencing, wall repairs and other barriers on the US-Mexico border, as part of a much larger bill funding one quarter of the federal government through September 30, the White …

Peter Kuper (2019-02-15). Godot's Border Crisis. thenation.com Godot's Border Crisis…

Robert Weissman (2019-02-15). Why We Must Stop an Unstable Trump and His Dangerous National Emergency Declaration. commondreams.org U.S. President Donald Trump speaks on border security during a Rose Garden event at the White House February 15, 2019 in Washington, DC. President Trump is expected to declare a national emergency to free up federal funding to build a wall along the southern border. (Photo: Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images) | https://www.commondreams.org/sites/defau…

Ben Ehrenreich (2019-02-15). The Hidden Climate-Change Story Behind Trump's 'National Emergency'. thenation.com The Hidden Climate-Change Story Behind Trump's 'National Emergency'

STAFF (2019-02-15). Trump's Latest Power Grab Triggers Calls for Impeachment. truthdig.com While Democrats are preparing to propose a joint resolution challenging President Donald Trump's national emergency declaration in order to obtain funding for a border wall, one legal scholar is among those arguing the time has come to pursue a far more direct and effective method of combating the president's lawlessness: impeachment. | With Trump's national emergency declaration [issued] Friday morni…

STAFF (2019-02-15). Trump Declares National Emergency in Order to Build Border Wall. truthdig.com WASHINGTON—Battling with one branch of government and opening a new confrontation with another, President Donald Trump declared a national emergency Friday to fulfill his pledge to construct a wall along the U.S.-Mexico border. | Bypassing Congress, which approved far less money for his proposed wall than he had sought, Trump said he will use executive action to siphon billions of dollars from federal military construction and counterdrug efforts for the wall, aides said. The move drew immediate bipartisan criticism on Capitol Hill and is expected to face rounds of legal challenges. | Trump made the announc…

Shared by Cherise (2019-02-15). Democrats Are Capitulating to Trump by Approving Border, DHS Funding. truthout.org President Trump declared a national emergency today to build a wall along the U.S.-Mexico border despite opposition from Congress, after signing the latest spending bill, which includes nearly $1.4 billion to build 55 miles of new border barriers out of steel, far less than the $5.7 billion he requested. Congressmembers Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, Ilhan Omar, Ayanna Pressley and Rashida Tlaib issued a statement that they voted against the bill because it gives more funding to Immigration and Customs Enforcement. "That is the right thing to do. We've been pushing for Democrats to do the right thing, to stop playi…

Fight Back (2019-02-15). No Trump Wall! No State of Emergency! fightbacknews.org Fight Back News Service is circulating the following call from the Legalization for All Network and other immigrant rights groups. We urge all progressive organizations to sign on and endorse it. You can do so here: https://www.facebook.com/notes/legalizat… | On the campaign trail, candidate Trump said that Mexico would pay for his wall. President Trump could not get funding for his wall on the U.S./Mexico border even when his Republican Party controlled the House, the Senate and the White House. Then he shut down parts of the Federal Government for…

ACLU (2019-02-15). There Is No 'National Emergency' at the Border, and Trump's Declaration Is Illegal. aclu.org President Donald Trump admits he's making his move because he didn't get his way with Congress, and in the process, he hurts American communities. | After more than a month of threats, a government shutdown, and bipartisan action by Congress, President Trump has finally declared a national emergency to spend billions of taxpayer dollars on his border wall obsession. In response, the ACLU will file a lawsuit early next week challenging this blatantly illegal executive action. | Let's get something straight upfront: There is no em…

STAFF (2019-02-15). Texts Show Police and Far-Right Extremist Collusion: Oregon Official. truthdig.com PORTLAND, Ore.—A member of Portland's city council said Thursday a newspaper's report that the commander for the police rapid response team exchanged friendly text messages with a leader of far-right protests that have rocked the city confirms collusion exists between some police and right-wing extremists. | "I am not shocked, and I am not surprised at today's reporting of Lt. Jeff Niiya's collaboration with Patriot Prayer leader Joey Gibson over text to provide aid and support for their hate marches," Councilwoman Jo Ann Hardesty said in a statement. | Willamette Week obtained text messages through a publi…

commondreams (2019-02-15). National Civil Rights Group Responds to Supreme Court's Decision to Hear Census Case. commondreams.org ______________________________…

Nick R. Martin (2019-02-15). Here's New Mexico Militia Leader Johnny Horton Jr.'s Bizarre Arrest Record. splcenter.org Self-proclaimed New Mexico militia leader Johnny Horton Jr. sure can spin a heck of a tale.

splcenter (2019-02-15). Weekend Read: No one cares if you miscarry. No one cares if you ever go home. splcenter.org Tylenol for the pain. Diapers for the blood. Towels for underwear.

STAFF (2019-02-15). The FBI Is Dismantling Its War Crimes Unit. truthdig.com The FBI is dismantling a special unit that investigates international war crimes and hunts down war criminals — including suspected torturers and perpetrators of genocide, Reveal from The Center for Investigative Reporting has learned. | The unit, which was created a decade ago and has its roots in federal efforts to hunt Nazis living in the United States after World War II, has had a hand in many high-profile prosecutions. | Most recently, its investigators helped take down the Liberian warlord Thomas Woewiju, whom a…

RT (2019-02-15). Migrant rights groups sue as US starts sending families back to Mexico. rt.com Civil rights groups have filed a lawsuit against the Trump administration as authorities have begun shipping asylum-seeking families across the border to wait for their claims to be processed, insisting the policy endangers lives.

Sam Adler-Bell (2019-02-15). The Supreme Court Will Decide if Census Citizenship Question Is Legal. Democrats Should Also Work to Block It. theintercept.com House Democrats should use their oversight power to expose the Trump administration's nefarious reasons for asking about citizenship on the 2020 census.

RT (2019-02-15). Trump declares national emergency over border crisis. rt.com President Donald Trump has declared a national emergency, allowing him to build his long-promised border wall without congressional approval. Trump also signed a bill granting limited funding towards the wall.

Tyler Durden (2019-02-15). Trump Declares National Emergency to Fund Border Wall. theantimedia.com (ZH) — Now that President Trump has officially declared his plans to declare a national emergency to authorize an additional $7 billion for his promised border wall, political observers will be waiting to see what Democrats and Republicans in Congress do next to try and block the funding. Democrats in both the House and the Senate unanimously oppose the …

RT (2019-02-15). 'Hate crime' attack on 'Empire' actor Jussie Smollett was staged, reports suggest. rt.com The racist, homophobic assault on 'Empire' actor Jussie Smollett earlier this month was a hoax, according to multiple reports suggesting the actor staged the attack because his character was being written off the show.

Human Rights Watch (2019-02-15). Trump's National Emergency? Think Again. hrw.org | | President Donald Trump walks out to begin speaking at an event in the Rose Garden at the White House to declare a national emergency in order to build a wall along the southern border | © AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais | President Donald Trump announced that he will sign the bill to fund the government, including US$1.375 billion for 55 miles of steel-post fencing on the southern border, but will simultaneously declare a national emergency, the very threat he had wielded if Congress had failed to meet his demand…

Mehdi Hasan (2019-02-15). Six GOP House Members Who Need to Resign for Anti-Semitism Before Ilhan Omar. theintercept.com Trump wants Ilhan Omar to resign from Congress over purportedly anti-Semitic remarks. Why hasn't Trump asked for these six Republicans to resign, too?

ACLU (2019-02-14). Border Patrol Detained Me for Speaking Spanish in Montana. Then My Town Turned Against Me. aclu.org Customs and Border Protection violated our rights as U.S. citizens just for speaking Spanish in a grocery store. | I moved to Havre, Montana — near the U.S.-Canada border — in 2014 with my husband and our two young children. Home to around 10,000 people, I've always found Havre to be a friendly town, one where I felt good about raising my kids. But that all changed last May when my friend and I were illegally targeted and detained by a Customs and Border Protection agent, just for speaking Spanish to each other in a convenience store. | I didn't think it was possible for one incident to change our liv…

ACLU (2019-02-14). U.S. Border Patrol Detained U.S. Citizens for Speaking Spanish in Montana. aclu.org Illegal arrests and seizures reflect an out-of-control agency emboldened by Trump's anti-immigrant agenda. | For Ana Suda and Martha "Mimi" Hernandez, May 16, 2018, began like any other in Havre, Montana: work, school, and a trip to the gym once their kids were in bed. They stopped by Town Pump — a local convenience store — to pick up groceries. While in line, the friends were chatting in Spanish, just two people having an ordinary conversation. But the Customs and Border Protection agent standing in line behind them did not see it that way. | He demanded to know where Ana and Mimi were born. After t…

patrick (2019-02-14). No EU cost for Israeli 'apartheid' in West Bank. bdsmovement.net No EU cost for Israeli 'apartheid' in West Bank: In the NewsBy Sanctions and governmentsFebruary 14, 2019 | By: | | euobserver

2019-02-16: Social Media Postees

Bill Officially Recognizes Japan's Ainu As Indigenous People
teleSUR | telesurenglish.net | 2019-02-16
After suffering decades of discrimination, Japan's Ainu minority community will officially be recognized – for the first time – as an Indigenous people, under the country's ruling Liberal Democratic Party-Komeito coalition. | RELATED: | Brazil: President Bolsonaro Deepens Anti-Indigenous Policies | "It is important to protect the honor and dignity of the Ai…
telesurenglish.net/news/Bill-Officially-…

The USA, Greece, and Italy: An Anti-Fascist History
Anonymous | indybay.org | 2019-02-16
The following text was composed by anarchists and anti-fascists from the US, Greece, and Italy. It's an attempt to situate the past decade of struggle in the proper historical context.
indybay.org/newsitems/2019/02/15/1882120…

House Democrats announce 'immediate probe' into Trump's border wall emergency
RT | rt.com | 2019-02-16
Democrats on the US House Judiciary Committee have launched an investigation into the legality of President Donald Trump's emergency declaration, calling it "reckless disregard" of the law based on "misleading statements." | …
rt.com/usa/451594-national-emergency-pro…

Jair Bolsonaro Praised the Genocide of Indigenous People. Now He's Emboldening Attackers of Brazil's Amazonian Communities
Sam Cowie | theintercept.com | 2019-02-16
"The Brazilian cavalry was very incompetent. Competent, yes, was the American cavalry that decimated its Indians in the past and nowadays does not have this problem in their country." That's the opinion of Brazil's far-right President Jair Bolsonaro, expressed on the floor of Congress in 1998. His views appear to have changed little since then; in a video message to supporters 18 years later, he promised to revoke the protected status of an Indigenous reserve in 2…
theintercept.com/2019/02/16/brazil-bolso…

'I'd take the wall down': 2020 hopeful O'Rourke says he'd 'absolutely' knock US-Mexico barrier
RT | rt.com | 2019-02-16
Failed Texas Senate candidate and likely presidential contender Beto O'Rourke said he would "take the (border) wall down," becoming the first potential 2020 challenger to embrace the open borders rhetoric of the Democratic left. | …
rt.com/usa/451610-us-mexico-wall-dems/

Chicago PD releases 'persons of interest' in shady Jussie Smollett attack case
RT | rt.com | 2019-02-16
Fueling suspicions that the 'racist, homophobic' attack on actor Jussie Smollett was a hoax, Chicago police have released the two Nigerians arrested as "persons of interest" without charges, claiming they have more work to do. | …
rt.com/usa/451603-police-release-suspect…

No More Deaths volunteers prosecuted for providing humanitarian aid to migrants
WSWS | wsws.org | 2019-02-16
The targeting of humanitarian aid groups is a warning that no one will be spared in the administration's fascistic attack on immigrants.
http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2019/02/…

Is Trump's National Emergency a Step Toward Fascism?
Shared by Anton Woronczuk | truthout.org | 2019-02-15
President Trump has now declared a national emergency to fund his long-sought border wall. It is no surprise that when a fascistic president like Trump starts throwing around the idea of a national emergency, media outlets like Esquire start asking whether " it might be time to start fireproofing the Reichstag," a clear allusion to Hitler's ascent to power in 1933. But is the comparison justified? Is Trump's declaration of a national emergency a threat to American democra…
truthout.org/articles/is-trumps-national…

Politically Charged Show Trial of Catalan Independence Supporters
Stephen Lendman | globalresearch.ca | 2019-02-15
What's billed as Spain's "trial of the century" began in Madrid before the nation's Supreme Court on Tuesday. | On trial are 12 activist Catalan politicians — falsely charged with rebellion, misuse of public funds, and civil disobedience. | They justifiably support … | The post Politically Charged Show Trial of Catalan Independence Supporters appeared first on Global Research.
globalresearch.ca/politically-charged-sh…

In Venezuela, white supremacy is a key driver of the Coup
Greg Palast | mronline.org | 2019-02-15
The coup is, at it heart, a furious backlash of whiter and wealthier Venezuelans against the mixed race and Black majority. | Source…
mronline.org/2019/02/15/in-venezuela-whi…

Someone Needs to Teach These As$#oles a Lesson
Paul Street | counterpunch.org | 2019-02-15
"Someone," my Finnish-American socialist great-aunt Mary used to say in the late 1960s, "ought to teach these assholes a lesson." By "these assholes," she meant the people who own and run the United States. Mary died many years ago. I thought about her the other night while watching Donald Trump lie about crime and border walls…
counterpunch.org/2019/02/15/someone-need…

Ibram X. Kendi on Surviving Cancer & His Anti-Racist Reading List for Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam
Democracy Now! | democracynow.org | 2019-02-15
As we celebrate the remarkable life and legacy of Frederick Douglass on his 201st birthday, we are joined by Ibram X. Kendi, a professor of history and international relations and founding director of the Antiracist Research and Policy Center at American University. Kendi spoke Thursday night at the Library of Congress at an event honoring Frederick Douglass. He is the National Book Award-winning author of "Stamped from the Beginning: The Definitive History of Racist Ideas in America" and a contributing editor at The Atlantic.
http://www.democracynow.org/2019/2/15/ib…

'Tiz Kosher for Elected Jewish U.S. Officials to Malign
Raouf Halaby | counterpunch.org | 2019-02-15
When it comes to Muslim, Arab, or Palestinian elected officials, 'tiz Kosher for elected Jewish U.S. officials (and others) to criticize, malign, denigrate, and conjure every stereotype and racist label in the by-now accepted lexicon of hateful rhetoric spewed by the Zeldins, Taubs, Gellers, Spencers, Pipes, Kings, Gaffneys, Trumps, and others. Yet, for stating the…
counterpunch.org/2019/02/15/tiz-kosher-f…

Trump Declares National Emergency to Fund His 'Racist' Wall
teleSUR | telesurenglish.net | 2019-02-15
President Donald Trump Friday declared a national emergency in a bid to fund his promised wall at the U.S.-Mexico border without congressional approval, an action Democrats vowed to challenge as a violation of the U.S. Constitution. | RELATED: | Trump's Wall Already Affecting Mexicans' Daily Lives | The Republican president's move circumventing Congress represented a new…
telesurenglish.net/news/Trump-Declares-N…

Massive Protests Planned to Fight Trump's National Emergency Power Grab
Shared by Cherise | truthout.org | 2019-02-15
Calling President Donald Trump's national emergency declaration on Friday a blatant and unconstitutional "power grab," progressive advocacy groups representing millions of Americans are gearing up to launch nationwide " crisis response" protests to fight back. | "If Donald Trump declares a national emergency to push his racist wall, we'll mobilize nonviolent rapid-response events to stand up t…
truthout.org/articles/massive-protests-p…

Black Civil Rights Advocate Takes Control of Neo-Nazi Hate Group the National Socialist Movement
splcenter | splcenter.org | 2019-02-15
The antisemitic and neo-Nazi group the National Socialist Movement (NSM) is now under the control of a black civil rights advocate from California who once dissolved a notorious Ku Klux Klan chapter in Mississippi.
splcenter.org/hatewatch/2019/02/15/black…

Bernie Sanders Offers Support to Ilhan Omar
teleSUR | telesurenglish.net | 2019-02-15
United States Senator Bernie Sanders reached out to Congresswoman Ilhan Omar Tuesday offering support amid criticism from both major political parties, Democrats and Republicans, claiming the progressive freshman lawmaker trafficked in anti-Semitic tropes on Twitter while criticizing U.S. policy on Israel. | RELATED: | 5 Reasons Why Ilhan Omar Is Right About AIPAC | Omar's office confirmed that the congresswoman spoke with Democratic self-proclaimed socialist Senator Sanders, who is Jewish, off…
telesurenglish.net/news/Bernie-Sanders-O…

Asylum Seekers Are Being Imprisoned in an Abandoned Factory in Mexico Under Trump Admin Policy
Democracy Now! | democracynow.org | 2019-02-15
As Trump plans to declare a national emergency, we look at what some have called the real humanitarian crisis at the border. Riot police in northern Mexico blocked hundreds of desperate Central American migrants Wednesday as they tried to escape an abandoned factory complex where they've been imprisoned while waiting for the U.S. to process their asylum claims. More than 1,700 migrants have been held in the maquiladora in the Mexican border town of Piedras Negras since February 5, after they arrived in a caravan of people seeking asylum in the U.S. The vast majority have remained prisoners at the site, after the…
http://www.democracynow.org/2019/2/15/as…

SPLC statement on Supreme Court's denial of Trump administration's request to immediately enforce asylum ban
Melissa Crow, Senior Supervising Attorney of the SPLC's Immigrant Justice Project | splcenter.org | 2019-02-15
The U.S. Supreme Court today denied the Trump administration's request to immediately enforce a new policy of denying asylum to migrants who cross the U.S.-Mexico border between ports of entry.
splcenter.org/news/2019/02/15/splc-state…

Asylum Seekers Are Being Imprisoned in an Abandoned Factory in Mexico
Shared by Cherise | truthout.org | 2019-02-15
As Trump plans to declare a national emergency, we look at what some have called the real humanitarian crisis at the border. Riot police in northern Mexico blocked hundreds of desperate Central American migrants Wednesday as they tried to escape an abandoned factory complex where they've been imprisoned while waiting for the U.S. to process their asylum claims. More than 1,700 migrants have been held in the maquiladora in the Mexican border town of Piedras Negras since February 5, after they arrived in a caravan of people seeking asylum in the U.S. The vast majority have remained prisoners at the site, after t…
truthout.org/video/asylum-seekers-are-be…

Border Wall "Emergency" Fake, Center for Constitutional Rights Says
commondreams | commondreams.org | 2019-02-15
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commondreams.org/newswire/2019/02/15/bor…

Immigrant Activists: Democrats Are Capitulating to Trump by Approving Border, DHS Funding
Democracy Now! | democracynow.org | 2019-02-15
President Trump is expected to declare a national emergency today to build a wall along the U.S.-Mexico border despite opposition from Congress, after he signs the latest spending bill, which includes nearly $1.4 billion to build 55 miles of new border barriers out of steel, far less than the $5.7 billion he requested. Congressmembers Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, Ilhan Omar, Ayanna Pressley and Rashida Tlaib issued a statement that they voted against the bill because it gives more funding to Immigration and Customs Enforcement. "That is the right thing to do. We've been pushing for Democrats to do the right thing, t…
http://www.democracynow.org/2019/2/15/im…

Democrats Are Capitulating to Trump by Approving Border, DHS Funding
Shared by Cherise | truthout.org | 2019-02-15
President Trump declared a national emergency today to build a wall along the U.S.-Mexico border despite opposition from Congress, after signing the latest spending bill, which includes nearly $1.4 billion to build 55 miles of new border barriers out of steel, far less than the $5.7 billion he requested. Congressmembers Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, Ilhan Omar, Ayanna Pressley and Rashida Tlaib issued a statement that they voted against the bill because it gives more funding to Immigration and Customs Enforcement. "That is the right thing to do. We've been pushing for Democrats to do the right thing, to stop playi…
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Trump Declares National Emergency in Order to Build Border Wall
STAFF | truthdig.com | 2019-02-15
WASHINGTON–Battling with one branch of government and opening a new confrontation with another, President Donald Trump declared a national emergency Friday to fulfill his pledge to construct a wall along the U.S.-Mexico border. | Bypassing Congress, which approved far less money for his proposed wall than he had sought, Trump said he will use executive action to siphon billions of dollars from federal military construction and counterdrug efforts for the wall, aides said. The move drew immediate bipartisan criticism on Capitol Hill and is expected to face rounds of legal challenges. | Trump made the announc…
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As Congress Enacts Huge "Border Security" Bill, Trump to Declare National Emergency to Build Wall
Patrick Martin | globalresearch.ca | 2019-02-15
As Congress voted Thursday to approve spending $1.375 billion for border fencing, wall repairs and other barriers on the US-Mexico border, as part of a much larger bill funding one quarter of the federal government through September 30, the White … | The post As Congress Enacts Huge "Border Security" Bill, Trump to Declare National Emergency to Build Wall appeared first on Global Research.
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Trump's Latest Power Grab Triggers Calls for Impeachment
STAFF | truthdig.com | 2019-02-15
While Democrats are preparing to propose a joint resolution challenging President Donald Trump's national emergency declaration in order to obtain funding for a border wall, one legal scholar is among those arguing the time has come to pursue a far more direct and effective method of combating the president's lawlessness: impeachment. | With Trump's national emergency declaration [issued] Friday morni…
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Trump's national emergency declaration not justified by the facts
Daniel Costa | peoplesworld.org | 2019-02-15
Where, exactly, is the national emergency? Both houses of Congress have now passed appropriations legislation to fund the government for the fiscal year, and it's become clear they will not provide President Donald Trump with the full $5.7 billion he requested to fund construction of a wall on the southern border. Trump has been so …
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Why We Must Stop an Unstable Trump and His Dangerous National Emergency Declaration
Robert Weissman | commondreams.org | 2019-02-15
U.S. President Donald Trump speaks on border security during a Rose Garden event at the White House February 15, 2019 in Washington, DC. President Trump is expected to declare a national emergency to free up federal funding to build a wall along the southern border. (Photo: Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images) | https://www.commondreams.org/sites/defau…
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The NYIC Denounces Trump's "Fake News" Declaration of National Emergency to Build Border Wall
commondreams | commondreams.org | 2019-02-15
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Godot's Border Crisis
Peter Kuper | thenation.com | 2019-02-15
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Public Citizen: Trump's National Emergency Declaration Paves Way for Sweeping Authoritarianism
Democracy Now! | democracynow.org | 2019-02-15
With one day left to pass a government spending bill before today's midnight deadline to avert another government shutdown, both the House and Senate passed the measure Thursday that came out of the bipartisan conference committee earlier this week. The bill includes nearly $1.4 billion to build 55 miles of new border barriers out of steel, far less than the $5.7 billion requested by President Trump. Democrats quickly condemned the news, and consumer rights nonprofit Public Citizen vowed legal action against him. We speak with Public Citizen President Robert Weissman.
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There Is No 'National Emergency' at the Border, and Trump's Declaration Is Illegal
ACLU | aclu.org | 2019-02-15
President Donald Trump admits he's making his move because he didn't get his way with Congress, and in the process, he hurts American communities. | After more than a month of threats, a government shutdown, and bipartisan action by Congress, President Trump has finally declared a national emergency to spend billions of taxpayer dollars on his border wall obsession. In response, the ACLU will file a lawsuit early next week challenging this blatantly illegal executive action. | Let's get something straight upfront: There is no em…
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The Hidden Climate-Change Story Behind Trump's 'National Emergency'
Ben Ehrenreich | thenation.com | 2019-02-15
The Hidden Climate-Change Story Behind Trump's 'National Emergency'…
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No Trump Wall! No State of Emergency!
Fight Back | fightbacknews.org | 2019-02-15
Fight Back News Service is circulating the following call from the Legalization for All Network and other immigrant rights groups. We urge all progressive organizations to sign on and endorse it. You can do so here: https://www.facebook.com/notes/legalizat… | On the campaign trail, candidate Trump said that Mexico would pay for his wall. President Trump could not get funding for his wall on the U.S./Mexico border even when his Republican Party controlled the House, the Senate and the White House. Then he shut down parts of the Federal Government for…
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Texts Show Police and Far-Right Extremist Collusion: Oregon Official
STAFF | truthdig.com | 2019-02-15
PORTLAND, Ore.–A member of Portland's city council said Thursday a newspaper's report that the commander for the police rapid response team exchanged friendly text messages with a leader of far-right protests that have rocked the city confirms collusion exists between some police and right-wing extremists. | "I am not shocked, and I am not surprised at today's reporting of Lt. Jeff Niiya's collaboration with Patriot Prayer leader Joey Gibson over text to provide aid and support for their hate marches," Councilwoman Jo Ann Hardesty said in a statement. | Willamette Week obtained text messages through a publi…
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National Civil Rights Group Responds to Supreme Court's Decision to Hear Census Case
commondreams | commondreams.org | 2019-02-15
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Here's New Mexico Militia Leader Johnny Horton Jr.'s Bizarre Arrest Record
Nick R. Martin | splcenter.org | 2019-02-15
Self-proclaimed New Mexico militia leader Johnny Horton Jr. sure can spin a heck of a tale.
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Weekend Read: No one cares if you miscarry. No one cares if you ever go home
splcenter | splcenter.org | 2019-02-15
Tylenol for the pain. Diapers for the blood. Towels for underwear.
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Trump judges blow big hole in age discrimination law
Mark Gruenberg | peoplesworld.org | 2019-02-15
CHICAGO — Thanks to a Trump-appointed judge it's now OK to discriminate against workers on the basis of age when they are applying for a job. According to the judge it's only workers on the job who are protected by law against age discrimination. A top union lawyer lays the blame for the ruling at …
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The FBI Is Dismantling Its War Crimes Unit
STAFF | truthdig.com | 2019-02-15
The FBI is dismantling a special unit that investigates international war crimes and hunts down war criminals — including suspected torturers and perpetrators of genocide, Reveal from The Center for Investigative Reporting has learned. | The unit, which was created a decade ago and has its roots in federal efforts to hunt Nazis living in the United States after World War II, has had a hand in many high-profile prosecutions. | Most recently, its investigators helped take down the Liberian warlord Thomas Woewiju, whom a…
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Six GOP House Members Who Need to Resign for Anti-Semitism Before Ilhan Omar
Mehdi Hasan | theintercept.com | 2019-02-15
Trump wants Ilhan Omar to resign from Congress over purportedly anti-Semitic remarks. Why hasn't Trump asked for these six Republicans to resign, too? | The post Six GOP House Members Who Need to Resign for Anti-Semitism Before Ilhan Omar appeared first on The Intercept.
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Trump's National Emergency? Think Again
Human Rights Watch | hrw.org | 2019-02-15
President Donald Trump walks out to begin speaking at an event in the Rose Garden at the White House to declare a national emergency in order to build a wall along the southern border | © AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais | President Donald Trump announced that he will sign the bill to fund the government, including US$1.375 billion for 55 miles of steel-post fencing on the southern border, but will simultaneously declare a national emergency, the very threat he had wielded if Congress had failed to meet his demand…
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Trump declares national emergency over border crisis
RT | rt.com | 2019-02-15
President Donald Trump has declared a national emergency, allowing him to build his long-promised border wall without congressional approval. Trump also signed a bill granting limited funding towards the wall. | …
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Migrant rights groups sue as US starts sending families back to Mexico
RT | rt.com | 2019-02-15
Civil rights groups have filed a lawsuit against the Trump administration as authorities have begun shipping asylum-seeking families across the border to wait for their claims to be processed, insisting the policy endangers lives. | …
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The Supreme Court Will Decide if Census Citizenship Question Is Legal. Democrats Should Also Work to Block It
Sam Adler-Bell | theintercept.com | 2019-02-15
House Democrats should use their oversight power to expose the Trump administration's nefarious reasons for asking about citizenship on the 2020 census. | The post The Supreme Court Will Decide if Census Citizenship Question Is Legal. Democrats Should Also Work to Block It. appeared first on The Intercept.
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Trump Declares National Emergency to Fund Border Wall
Tyler Durden | theantimedia.com | 2019-02-15
(ZH) — Now that President Trump has officially declared his plans to declare a national emergency to authorize an additional $7 billion for his promised border wall, political observers will be waiting to see what Democrats and Republicans in Congress do next to try and block the funding. Democrats in both the House and the Senate unanimously oppose the …

Trump Declares National Emergency to Fund Border Wall

'Hate crime' attack on 'Empire' actor Jussie Smollett was staged, reports suggest
RT | rt.com | 2019-02-15
The racist, homophobic assault on 'Empire' actor Jussie Smollett earlier this month was a hoax, according to multiple reports suggesting the actor staged the attack because his character was being written off the show. | …
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SPLC sues Trump administration for policy forcing asylum seekers to wait in Mexico
splcenter | splcenter.org | 2019-02-14
The SPLC sued the Trump administration today over a new policy that forces asylum seekers to return to Mexico and wait there while their cases are being considered.
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Trump Administration Is Illegally Forcing Asylum Seekers Out of the United States
ACLU | aclu.org | 2019-02-14
The administration is once again breaking the law in order to shut the door on immigrants. | Last September, Bianca* was forced to flee Honduras because her partner's father threatened to kill her for being a lesbian. Bianca could not go to the police in Honduras because they do not protect LGBTQ people from harm. So she left home to save her life. | After traveling through Guatemala and Mexico, Bianca reached Tijuana, where she got in line to enter the United States through the border station and ask for asylum.
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U.S. Border Patrol Detained U.S. Citizens for Speaking Spanish in Montana
ACLU | aclu.org | 2019-02-14
Illegal arrests and seizures reflect an out-of-control agency emboldened by Trump's anti-immigrant agenda. | For Ana Suda and Martha "Mimi" Hernandez, May 16, 2018, began like any other in Havre, Montana: work, school, and a trip to the gym once their kids were in bed. They stopped by Town Pump — a local convenience store — to pick up groceries. While in line, the friends were chatting in Spanish, just two people having an ordinary conversation. But the Customs and Border Protection agent standing in line behind them did not see it that way. | He demanded to know where Ana and Mimi were born. After t…
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