2019-01-30: News Headlines

Jonah Raskin (2019-01-30). Chesa Boudin: A Radical Child of the Criminal Justice System Seeks to Reform the San Francisco DA's Office. counterpunch.org "Corruption is a dagger at the heart of democracy. The best antidote to corruption, racism, and tyranny is transparency and civic engagement." — Chesa Boudin The name, Chesa Boudin, may not mean much to San Francisco voters, at least not yet. After all, his campaign for DA has just begun. But to American radicals of at More

Ramzy Baroud (2019-01-30). Why African Countries Are Normalizing with Israel. zcomm.org Diplomatic ties with Chad and Mali may garner Netanyahu a few more votes next April, but they will also contribute to the Israeli illusion that it can be an international darling and an Apartheid regime, simultaneously…

STAFF (2019-01-30). Benjamin Netanyahu Blasted for Wooing Holocaust-Distorting Allies. truthdig.com JERUSALEM — Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's warm welcome to Lithuania's prime minister marks his latest embrace of an eastern European leader who has offered strong political support while promoting a distorted image of the Holocaust. | Lithuania is among a slew of former communist nations swept up in a wave of World War II-era revisionism that seeks to diminish their culpability in the Holocaust while making heroes out of anti-Soviet nationalists involved in the mass killing of Jews. In Israel, established in the wake of the Nazi genocide of 6 million Jews, many say Netanyahu is cynically betra…

Democracy Now! (2019-01-30). Allan Nairn: Trump's Venezuela Envoy Elliott Abrams Is a War Criminal Who Has Abetted Genocide. democracynow.org In an ongoing effort to topple Venezuelan President Nicolás Maduro, Vice President Mike Pence met with members of the Venezuelan opposition at the White House Tuesday alongside Trump's new special envoy to Venezuela, Elliott Abrams. Elliott Abrams is a right-wing hawk who was convicted in 1991 for lying to Congress during the Iran-Contra scandal, but he was later pardoned by President George H.W. Bush. Abrams defended Guatemalan dictator General Efraín Ríos Montt as he oversaw a campaign of mass murder and torture of indigenous people in Guatemala in the 1980s. Ríos Montt was later convicted of genocide. Abrams w…

commondreams (2019-01-30). ACLU Urges Supreme Court to Uphold Separation of Church and State. commondreams.org ______________________________…

teleSUR (2019-01-30). Chile: Mapuches Fight For Right to Consultation in Araucania. telesurenglish.net Chile's Mapuche community from Araucania made public on Sunday a communique defending their stance against Plan to Promote Auracania and the National Accord for Peace in Araucania. | RELATED: | Supreme Court Finds in Favor of Mapuche Leader Facundo Jones | The Mapuches also criticized the Chilean government's double standards of conducting two different policies related to human rights. They argued that while the State condemns the Venezuelan government's "alleged" human rights…

splcenter (2019-01-30). Feds File Hate Crime Charges in Tree of Life Shooting, Cite Antisemitic Posts on Gab. splcenter.org Federal prosecutors are saying overtly for the first time that the man charged with killing 11 people at the Tree of Life Synagogue did so because he's antisemitic and his intended victims were Jewish.

Hatewatch Staff (2019-01-30). Anti-LGBT Church Splits Amidst Turmoil Following Resignation of Pastor, Reveals Fault Lines in New Anti-LGBT Church Network. splcenter.org Anti-LGBT hate group Stedfast Baptist Church (SBC) has split after pastor Donnie Romero resigned from the main SBC church in Fort Worth, Texas, in early January amidst revelations that he hired prostitutes and was involved in gambling and marijuana.

Kenn Orphan (2019-01-30). The Propagandists for Empire. zcomm.org With most media attention in the US on the government shutdown and border wall stand-off spectacle, the Trump administration has been quietly ramping up US militarism around the world. And it has set its sights on Venezuela, once again, by supporting a coup. Whether or not one supports the policies of Maduro or any other Read more…

aljazeera (2019-01-30). Trump: Border talks 'waste of time' if they don't include a wall. aljazeera.com As negotiations get under way, the US president says any deal to avoid shutdown next month must include a wall.

Michelle Chen (2019-01-30). There Are Still Migrant Children Separated From Their Families. thenation.com There Are Still Migrant Children Separated From Their Families…

teleSUR (2019-01-30). 30,000 Flee Nigeria Amid Fear of Boko Haram Attack: UNHCR. telesurenglish.net The fear of new attacks from militant group Boko Haram has forced some 30,000 people to flee a northern Nigerian town and cross the border into Cameroon over the weekend, according to the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR). | RELATED: | Nigerian Rights Group Estimates 20,000 Kidnapped Girls in Mali | "The [nationwide] hostilities have…

Robert Reich (2019-01-30). Robert Reich: Public Workers Will Be Our Salvation. truthdig.com Air traffic controllers hold the trump card (pardon the expression) in upcoming negotiations between Donald Trump and congressional Democrats over border security. | That's because the president and the Republicans know that another shutdown would likely cause a repeat of what happened last Friday, when so many of the nation's air traffic controllers called in sick that America's air traffic came to a near standstill. Hours later, Trump agreed to reopen the government without funding for his wall. | Never underestimate the power of airport delays to arouse the nation. Nancy Pelosi deserves credit for sticking to…

STAFF (2019-01-30). U.S. Launches Plan for Asylum Seekers to Wait in Mexico. truthdig.com Two unnamed U.S. officials say the policy will start with about 100 people a week in a trial period of up to 90 days in San Diego.

Shared by Cherise (2019-01-30). Trump's Venezuela Envoy Is a War Criminal Who Has Abetted Genocide. truthout.org In an ongoing effort to topple Venezuelan President Nicolás Maduro, Vice President Mike Pence met with members of the Venezuelan opposition at the White House Tuesday alongside Trump's new special envoy to Venezuela, Elliott Abrams. Elliott Abrams is a right-wing hawk who was convicted in 1991 for lying to Congress during the Iran-Contra scandal, but he was later pardoned by President George H.W. Bush. Abrams defended Guatemalan dictator General Efraín Ríos Montt as he oversaw a campaign of mass murder and torture of Indigenous people in Guatemala in the 1980s. Ríos Montt was later…

RT (2019-01-30). NYT flirts with irrelevancy after publishing Mary Poppins blackface exclusive. rt.com Does the new Mary Poppins film feature blackface? No, but the NYT has nonetheless argued that the movie somehow borrows from racist 1930s minstrel jokes, the latest outrage-laden interpretation of a children's classic.

RT (2019-01-30). Socialism-bashing Texas Republicans blame 'Leftism' for Holocaust. rt.com Texas Republicans took Holocaust Remembrance Day as an opportunity to blame their political enemies for the Holocaust in a bizarre Facebook post warning "Leftism kills". All because the Nazis had 'socialism' in their party name.

teleSUR (2019-01-30). UK Demands Brexit Deal Change, Ireland's Peace at Stake. telesurenglish.net Ireland accused British Prime Minister Theresa May of wishful thinking Wednesday for seeking to renegotiate a post-Brexit arrangement for the Irish border in an attempt to get backing for Britain's EU divorce deal in parliament. | RELATED: | EU Lawmakers Want Visa-Free Travel for Britons Post Brexit | Other European Union leaders had quickly dismissed the idea of reopening the deal, saying the Irish "backstop" was not negotiable, shortly after parliament instructed May to do just t…

Shared by Merula Furtado (2019-01-30). After Years of Republican Rule, the House Takes on Voting Rights. truthout.org Natalie Landreth, a senior staff attorney at the Native American Rights Fund, remembers testifying before Congress in support of a bill to reauthorize the Voting Rights Act back in 2006. At the time, the reauthorization legislation passed the Senate with a near unanimous approval from lawmakers on both sides of the aisle. | "Support for VRA Reauthorization was wide and nonpartisan, Republicans by and large didn't vote against it, it passed something like 96-0," Landreth said in an interview. "Now Sen. Mitch McConnell is suggesting that the H.R. 1 and other voting bills won't even make it to the Senate floor? T…

Shared by Samantha Borek (2019-01-30). Hospitals Must Now Publicly Reveal Their Prices. truthout.org As President Donald Trump was fighting with Congress over the shutdown and funding for a border wall, his administration implemented a new rule that could be a game changer for health care. | Starting this month, hospitals must publicly reveal the contents of their master price lists — called "chargemasters" — online. These are the prices that most patients never notice because their insurers negotiate them down or they appear buried as line items on hospital bills. What has long be…

Democracy Now! (2019-01-30). Headlines for January 30, 2019. democracynow.org U.S. Hands Over Assets to Guaidó as Venezuela Restricts His Travel, Intelligence Community Contradicts Trump on Iran, N. Korea, ISIS, Trump Immigration Rule Forces 1st Asylum Seeker Out of U.S., Back into Mexico, Pentagon to Send "Several Thousand" More Troops to U.S.-Mexico Border, Honduras: Rights Groups Slam Guilty Verdict for Opposition Critic María Luisa Borjas, Brazil: 5 Arrested in Dam Collapse That Killed 65, Devastating Environment, Mexico: Tens of Thousands Strike as 27 Factories Reach Deals for Pay Raises, U.K. Lawmakers Order PM Theresa May to Reopen Brexit Negotiations, Cameroon: Security Forces Arre…

RT (2019-01-30). 'Several thousand' more troops headed for US-Mexico border – Pentagon. rt.com A few thousand US military service members will be sent to the border with Mexico in the coming days, the Pentagon confirmed, as another migrant 'caravan' made its way north from Honduras.

Fight Back (2019-01-29). 2-year-old expelled by mall, community demands disability rights. fightbacknews.org Wyoming, MI – Discrimination against a two-year-old girl with a disability brought close to 150 people to Rogers Plaza Town Center for "Walking with Claire" on January 27. | On a Sunday afternoon, the normally empty mall was filled with family, friends and disability rights activists wearing, "Walking with Claire" t-shirts. Some held signs reading, "Disabled lives matter!" and "We heart our community! Everybody belongs!" | The large crowd gathered to walk slowly behind Claire and her parents, Andrew Dykstra and Hiliary Goddard-Dykstra, to the far end of the mall. There everyone sat down on the floor together to r…

Kenn Orphan (2019-01-29). The Empire's Propagandists. counterpunch.org With most media attention in the US on the government shutdown and border wall stand-off spectacle, the Trump administration has been quietly ramping up US militarism around the world. And it has set its sights on Venezuela, once again, by supporting a coup. Whether or not one supports the policies of Maduro or any other More

David N. Smith (2019-01-29). George Orwell's Message in a Bottle. counterpunch.org Last June the United States became the only nation to withdraw from the United Nations Human Rights Council, which a Trump official called a "cesspool of political bias." Just one day earlier, the U.N. Human Rights office had called Trump's detention of children at the Mexican border "unconscionable." Three days later, when the U.N. rapporteur More

ACLU (2019-01-29). Trump Says 58,000 Texans Voted Illegally. Here's What Actually Happened. aclu.org Voter fraud is extremely rare. States using unreliable data to justify purges of eligible voters, unfortunately, is not. | The president of the United States is once again spreading unsubstantiated claims about rampant voter fraud and undermining faith in the integrity of our democracy. This time, he's claiming that 95,000 noncitizens were registered to vote in Texas and more than half have actually voted. These numbers,…

teleSUR (2019-01-29). Man Returns to Honduras as US Rolls Out New Immigration Policy. telesurenglish.net The first Central American asylum seeker returns to Honduras as the United States enforces stricter immigration policies, an official at Mexico's national migration institute said Tuesday. | RELATED: | US: Central American Asylum-Seekers to be Returned to Tijuana | The return of a Honduran man was carried out under a U.S. policy dubbed the Migrant Pro…

teleSUR (2019-01-29). Violent Attacks Against Palestinians Is Deeply Concerning: UN. telesurenglish.net The "protracted and extremely violent attack" against Palestinian al-Mugheir villagers along the occupied West Bank is a cause for serious concern, the United Nations said Tuesday. | RELATED: | 'Racist' Israeli Hospitals' Unethical Search of Palestinians | On Saturday a group of 30 Israeli settlers opened fire against Palestinian farmers working the…

Vanessa Mbonu@naacpnet (2019-01-29). NAACP Statement on Racist and Homophobic Attack on Jussie Smollett. naacp.org "The recent racist and homophobic attack on acclaimed actor and activist Jussie Smollett is troubling. The rise in hate crimes is directly linked to President Donald J. Trump's racist and xenophobic rhetoric. It is dangerous for any society to allow a tone of divisiveness and hatred to dominate the political discourse. As this rhetoric continues to […]

amnesty (2019-01-29). Pakistan: Asia Bibi must finally get her freedom. amnesty.org Responding to the Supreme Court's decision to uphold its ruling, again acquitting Asia Bibi of blasphemy charges and ordering her release, Amnesty International's South Asia Campaigner, Rimmel Mohydin, said: | "Asia Bibi must finally get her freedom and an end to her ordeal. After nine years behind bars for a crime she didn't commit, it is difficult to see this long overdue verdict as justice. But she should now be free to reunite with her family and seek safety in a country of her choice. | "The authorities must also resist and investigate any attempts to intimidate the Supreme Court. They have a duty to protect…

amnesty (2019-01-29). Ecuador: Government imposes unjust restrictions on Venezuelans entering the country. amnesty.org In response to the situation reported at the Rumichaca border crossing between Ecuador and Colombia, where the Ecuadorian authorities are preventing Venezuelans from entering the country, Erika Guevara-Rosas, Americas Director at Amnesty International said: | "Amnesty International calls on the government of President Lenin Moreno to stop imposing unfair restrictions on Venezuelans trying to enter the country, for example demanding a criminal record certificate. In practice, these measures foment xenophobia and stop people in need of international protection from entering the country." |

Hatewatch Staff (2019-01-28). Racist Website Faith And Heritage Is Closing Up Shop. splcenter.org Faith and Heritage, a website launched in 2011 espousing the racist "Kinist" interpretation of Christian theology, announced on Jan. 13 that it would stop publishing articles.

Consortiumnews (2019-01-27). ROBERT PARRY: With the US Meddling Again in Latin America, a Look Back at How Washington Promoted Genocide in Guatemala. consortiumnews.com As the U.S. declares a new government in Venezuela, we look back at how the Reagan administration promoted human rights violations in Guatemala, including genocide inflicted on Indian villages, as the late Robert Parry reported on Feb. 21, 2013. By… Read more →

Shared by Hezvo Mpunga (2019-01-27). Netanyahu Forms Alliances with Far-Right Authoritarian Leaders. therealnews.com Shir Hever says Netanyahu is abusing his image as a protector of the Jewish people, and cuts deals with far-right and anti-Semitic heads of state, absolving them of their racism towards Jews in exchange for their superficial support for the State of Israel. All this, to win the upcoming Israeli elections

splcenter (2019-01-25). Weekend Read: 'I'm going to be paying it down until I die.'. splcenter.org The women incarcerated in Corinth, Mississippi, have a phrase for it: "sitting it out." We have another name for it: "debtors' prison."

splcenter (2019-01-25). SPLC statement on Trump administration policy that forces asylum seekers to wait in Mexico. splcenter.org The Trump administration's war on asylum seekers sank to a new low with a policy that — beginning today — will force migrants to wait in Mexico while their cases wind through U.S. courts.

ACLU (2019-01-25). Trump Administration Puts Religious Beliefs Over the Best Interests of Children. aclu.org The Department of Health and Human Services has exempted South Carolina from federal nondiscrimination requirements for child welfare programs. | Across the United States, there are over 440,000 children in the public child welfare system. Nearly a quarter of these children are awaiting adoption with many living in group homes because no family is available to care for them. In the end, too many of these children will age out of the system without ever becoming part of a loving family. Despite these facts, the Trump administration this week made it even harder for these children to find foster and adoptive parent…

Democracy Now! (2019-01-25). Headlines for January 25, 2019. democracynow.org Competing Bills to End Government Shutdown Fail in the Senate, House Democrats Consider Offering Trump $5.7 Billion for "Smart Wall", 800,000 Federal Workers Miss Second Paycheck Amid Government Shutdown, Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross: Unpaid Workers Should Take Out Loans, Roger Stone Arrested for Allegedly Lying to Congress About WikiLeaks, U.S. Secretary of State Calls Venezuelan President "Illegitimate", Trump Administration to Force Asylum Seekers to Return to Mexico, Supporters Demand ICE Release Undocumented Activist Eduardo Samaniego, Minnesota: Two Men Plead Guilty to Bombing Bloomington Mosque, Sudan: P…

splcenter (2019-01-24). 3 Members of a Kansas Militia Once Plotted To Bomb a Mosque, Now Are Going to Prison. splcenter.org Three members of a militia group known as "the Crusaders" were sentenced Friday to a total of 81 years in prison for plotting to bomb Somali and Muslim communities in Kansas.

Nick R. Martin (2019-01-24). An Alt-Right Enforcer's Rallying Cry: 'No More Safe Spaces'. splcenter.org As he was laid up in a hospital room in 2017, oxygen tube up his nose, gown wrapped around his torso, recovering from being stabbed nine times, Antonio Foreman found it in himself to recite the neo-Nazi mantra known as the 14 words.

Rachel Johnson (2019-01-24). My NAACP Law Fellowship. naacp.org I thoroughly enjoyed my 1L summer at the NAACP and I cannot speak highly enough about my experience there. I decided to go to law school because I wanted to learn how to address the ways systemic issues such as housing discrimination and mass incarceration adversely affect the African American community. Working for the NAACP […]

ACLU (2019-01-24). Arizona Provides Me Unequal Healthcare Because I'm Transgender. aclu.org I'm part of a class-action lawsuit to ensure that the state of Arizona includes transition-related health care in its insurance coverage. | I'm a professor of family studies and human development at the University of Arizona, and I have dedicated my career to studying how discrimination impacts LGBTQ adolescents. I'm also transgender, and I know from experience that growing up is different — and still much more difficult — for LGBTQ youth. So it came as a disappointment when I learned that the state university where I work does not cover transition-related healthcare for its employees or their depende…

Shared by Hezvo Mpunga (2019-01-24). Decades of Financial Deregulation & Racist Housing Policy Brought Us 2007 Meltdown, with More to Come (Pt 1/3). therealnews.com Carter, Reagan, Clinton, the Bushes, Obama, and now Trump deregulated Wall Street and did nothing to help Black and Brown homeowners in America. White collar criminologist Bill Black discusses the social structure of mortgage discrimination. Part 1: The History

Hatewatch Staff (2019-01-24). Anti-LGBT Activist Explores Pedophilia Myth With Disgraced Far-Right Provocateur. splcenter.org An anti-LGBT, Catholic YouTube show interviewed far-right provocateur Milo Yiannopoulos, a gay man who spent time in the spotlight thanks to the election of Donald Trump but is now reported to be millions of dollars in debt. During the show he repeated the long-circulated lie about a link between pedophilia and homosexuality.

Shared by Hezvo Mpunga (2019-01-24). Decades of Financial Deregulation & Racist Housing Policy Brought Us 2007 Meltdown, with More to Come (Pt 2/3). therealnews.com Carter, Reagan, Clinton, the Bushes, Obama, and now Trump deregulated Wall Street and did nothing to help Black and Brown homeowners in America. White collar criminologist Bill Black discusses the social structure of mortgage discrimination. Part 2: The Effects

Democracy Now! (2019-01-23). Laverne Cox: Trump's Military Ban Is Part of Larger, Years-Long Attack on Transgender People. democracynow.org The pioneering trans actress and activist Laverne Cox responds to the Supreme Court's revival of President Donald Trump's plan to ban transgender people from serving in the U.S. military. She spoke on Tuesday at the National Day of Racial Healing as part of a conversation moderated by Amy Goodman.

Democracy Now! (2019-01-23). ACLU: Trump's Anti-Trans Ban Has No Military Justification, Is Driven by Animus & Discrimination. democracynow.org On Tuesday, the Supreme Court revived President Donald Trump's plan to ban transgender people from serving in the U.S. military. In a 5-4 decision, the Supreme Court lifted two lower court rulings that had blocked the ban from going into effect on constitutional grounds. Justices Stephen Breyer, Ruth Bader Ginsburg, Sonia Sotomayor and Elena Kagan dissented. A third injunction remains in place for now. We speak to Chase Strangio, staff attorney at the ACLU, which is challenging the Trump administration's ban on servicemembers who are transgender.

John Dougherty and Michael Edison Hayden (2019-01-23). How Gab Has Raised Millions Thanks to This Crowdfunding Company. splcenter.org Three months after a man radicalized on Gab.com killed 11 Jews in a Pittsburgh synagogue, the social media website that has become a hub for white nationalists and neo-Nazis remains financially viable thanks to an Obama-era law and an online crowdfunding broker, a Hatewatch investigation reveals.

Bacardi Jackson, Managing Attorney (2019-01-23). SPLC: Florida Legislature should reject proposals in Parkland commission report that would threaten school safety and undermine student privacy. splcenter.org The Florida Legislature should reject the harmful recommendations in a report from the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School Public Safety Commission that would threaten, not improve, school safety.

Reed Richardson (2019-01-23). The $5.7 Billion Hole in Shutdown Coverage – The arbitrary, fanciful and contradictory nature of Trump's border wall demand goes unexamined. fair.org by Reed Richardson | In the standoff between the Democratic House and President Donald Trump over the latter's demand for border wall funding, the corporate press has done a passable job highlighting the unpopularity of Trump's border policy, as well as exploring the vast real-world impact of the shutdown. There have been notable low…

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