2019-01-31: News Headlines

Democracy Now! (2019-01-31). Dialogue: Women's March Leaders on Anti-Semitism, Islamophobia, Racism & More. democracynow.org Thousands took to the streets for women's marches across the country on January 19, exactly two years after Donald Trump's inauguration sparked a burgeoning women's movement. But some of this year's marches were steeped in controversy. In November, Teresa Shook, one of the founders of the Women's March movement, called for the removal of the four national co-chairs: Bob Bland, Tamika Mallory, Carmen Perez and Linda Sarsour. She accused them of allowing "anti-Semitism, anti-LBGTQIA sentiment and hateful, racist rhetoric to become a part of the platform." Much of the criticism focused on links between some of the c…

Democracy Now! (2019-01-31). Headlines for January 31, 2019. democracynow.org Venezuela: U.S. Urges Military to Back Guaidó as Protesters Take to Streets, Reuters: UAE Hired Ex-NSA Agents to Spy on Opponents and Critics, Congress Reintroduces War Powers Resolution to End War on Yemen, Trump Hits Back After Intelligence Chiefs Contradict Him on Iran, N. Korea, Israeli Forces Kill Teenage Palestinian Girl at West Bank Checkpoint, Israel: Thousands of Israeli Ethiopians Protest Racism, Police Brutality, Migrants: Scores Killed in 2 Boat Wrecks Off Djibouti Coast, Humanitarian Ship Docks in Italy After European Nations Agree to Process Migrants, Colombia: 2 Community Leaders Killed Amid Mounti…

aljazeera (2019-01-31). US immigration courts face heavy backlog after shutdown. aljazeera.com Backlog of more than 800,000 cases after longest government closure in history means some asylum seekers will not know their fate for years.

aljazeera (2019-01-31). Boochani: Asylum seeker on Manus wins Australian literature prize. aljazeera.com Iranian Kurd awarded $73,000 for his book written via text messages sent from offshore prison.

teleSUR (2019-01-31). US Sends Central American Asylum-Seekers Back to Mexico. telesurenglish.net About one dozen Central American asylum-seekers were sent back to Mexico on Jan. 30 as part of United States President Donald Trump's Administration new hardened immigration policy. | RELATED: | US: Central American Asylum-Seekers to be Returned to Tijuana | Now, the returned Central American migrants will have to wait in the Mexican border city of Tijuan…

Ann Garrison (2019-01-31). Liberté, Égalité, Impérialisme! Vive la France in Black Africa! globalresearch.ca Paul Kagame's troops most likely shot down a plane carrying two African presidents, igniting genocides that killed millions — but the Rwandan President has never been charged. | "Former Rwandan General Nyamwasa said that Kagame most definitely ordered his troops …

J. B. Gerald (2019-01-31). A Note on the Crime Against Venezuela. globalresearch.ca To clarify the importance of the January 23rd coup attempt in Venezuela we remember that ever since WWII the customary motivation for violations of the Convention on Genocide has been to gain a region's natural resources. For example Iraq, Libya, …

Chuck Collins (2019-01-31). Bernie's Plutocracy Prevention Act. commondreams.org U.S. Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT) speaks to protestors rallying against Supreme Court nominee Judge Brett Kavanaugh on Capitol Hill, October 4, 2018 in Washington, DC. (Photo: Drew Angerer/Getty Images) | https://www.commondreams.org/sites/defau…

Democracy Now! (2019-01-31). "RBG" Documentary Nominated for Academy Award as Supreme Court Justice Recovers from Lung Surgery. democracynow.org Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg recently missed oral arguments as she continues to recover after having two tumors removed from her lung last month. But the Supreme Court has said she is cancer-free and that the 85-year-old, now three-time cancer-surviving justice, has been reviewing arguments and weighing in on cases from home. Meanwhile, the documentary "RBG" about her life has been nominated for an Academy Award. At the Sundance Film Festival, we speak with Julie Cohen, one of the film's directors.

Hatewatch Staff (2019-01-31). Mark Krikorian Among Nativist, Anti-Muslim Figures Who Conferred With Trump During White House Meeting. splcenter.org A closed-door meeting between a far-right group and President Donald Trump took place at the Roosevelt Room on Jan. 17, a report last week by The New York Times revealed.

teleSUR (2019-01-31). US Democracy? Republican Leader Opposes Law to Encourage Voting. telesurenglish.net Republican leaders in the United States expressed open contention to policies that would make it easier for Americans to vote on the Senate floor Wednesday, sparking alarm from voting rights groups and Democrats. | RELATED: | Top Pentagon Spokeswoman Quits Amid Claims of Gross Misconduct | Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell from Kentucky ridiculed…

Democracy Now! (2019-01-31). Stacey Abrams: "We Have to Work Harder" Than Those Who Would Suppress the Vote. democracynow.org Democrats have selected former Georgia gubernatorial candidate Stacey Abrams to deliver the response to President Trump's State of the Union address. The address will take place on Tuesday, after being delayed due to the government shutdown. Abrams will become the first person not in public office to respond to the president, as well as the first African-American woman to deliver the response. She recently launched Fair Fight Action, a voting rights advocacy group, after she narrowly lost Georgia's governor's race to Secretary of State Brian Kemp, who was widely accused of suppressing the vote. In mid-November, A…

Middle East Monitor (2019-01-31). Over 60 Human Rights Groups Back Call to Boycott Eurovision in Israel. mintpressnews.com "The Israeli regime of military occupation, colonialism and apartheid is blatantly using Eurovision as part of its official strategy 'Brand Israel', which tries to show 'the most beautiful face of Israel' to whiten and divert attention from its war crimes against the Palestinians."

Henry Millstein (2019-01-31). Catholic Bishop in Kentucky: Trump agenda is anti-life and immoral. peoplesworld.org In the midst of controversy over videos showing young men from a Catholic high school in Kentucky harassing a Native American in Washington, D.C., the Catholic Bishop of Lexington, Kentucky, John Stowe, issued a remarkable op-ed in the Lexington Herald-Leader condemning President Trump's racist and anti-immigrant agenda as a violation of Catholic moral principles. The …

STAFF (2019-01-31). The Movie on Deportation That Trump Needs to Watch. truthdig.com PARK CITY, Utah — President Donald Trump wants his wall, and he is willing to shut down the government again to get it. Commenting on congressional negotiations to find a compromise before temporary government funding runs out on Feb. 15, he tweeted on Wednesday, "If the committee of Republicans and Democrats now meeting on Border Security is not discussing or contemplating a Wall or Physical Barrier, they are Wasting their time!" It has been reported lately that some of the sensational rhetoric that Trump invokes when demanding a border wall may actually come from the movies. Case in point is the 2018 bloc…

Pierre Tristam (2019-01-31). Trump's Fabulous Wall Fables. commondreams.org Illegal border crossings are at a 45-year low. (Photo: Filippo Minelli) | https://www.commondreams.org/sites/defau…

Start Making Sense, Jon Wiener (2019-01-31). Trump's Wall—and the Walls of the Future. thenation.com Trump's Wall—and the Walls of the Future…

Peter Crowley (2019-01-31). Immigration 'Threat' and the Wall Debate. counterpunch.org What kind of world do we live in, when you have dumb-as-rocks and just plain dumb politicians at the forefront of the national immigration debate? Proposed solutions are little more than political posturing, where one party focuses on a border wall and the other on more money for increasing immigration officers and border security. They More

Thomas Knapp (2019-01-31). The Fired Next Time: A "Shutdown" Proposal. counterpunch.org The longest partial "government shutdown" in US history ended on January 25. To get Leviathan's gears turning at full speed again, President Donald Trump said uncle on funding for his pet border wall project in return for a three-week "return to normalcy." More interesting than the (quite possibly temporary) end of the "shutdown" is the More

Shared by Merula Furtado (2019-01-31). Hondurans Protest US-Backed Government as Thousands Flee. truthout.org Carlos Castellanos was half a mile from the border, sitting on a park bench just a few blocks away from the Guatemalan end of the bridge over the Suchiate River into Mexico. Castellanos is one of the more than 11,000 Hondurans to make the collective northbound trek in the second half of January, and he does not expect the exodus to stop. | "Two years from now, Honduras is going to be left without people," he told Truthout, watching fellow Central American migrants and refugees trickle into town. | Castellanos is a welder by trade, but jobs were scarce in Honduras. To support his wife and two teenage children,…

WSWS (2019-01-31). Oppose political censorship and fascist threats against the ISO and DSA in Portland! wsws.org Two political meetings on college campuses in Portland were shut down by campus police after provocations from the far-right group Patriot Prayer.

Fred_F (2019-01-31). Darwin pub staff take a stand against racism. greenleft.org.au Staff at the Rorkes pub in Darwin walked off the job on January 22 after refusing to follow the owner's orders to ban Aboriginal patrons from the premises. | Larrakia elder June Mills called for a boycott after allegations of racism against owner Mitchell McNamee came to light. | Staff told ABC News that McNamee had told them to ban Indigenous patrons using the excuse of "no singlets". Thom Brock, a former…

RT (2019-01-31). Max Boot goes full 'White Man's Burden' in WaPo op-ed, sparking mass jaw-dropping. rt.com Neocon pundit Max Boot defended the unwinnable US "forever wars" in the Middle East in an op-ed comparing them to the slow-motion slaughter of Native Americans at the hands of settlers suffused with Manifest Destiny.

WSWS (2019-01-31). Fascists march in Auschwitz. wsws.org The sight of a rabble of Nazi trash desecrating the memory of those who perished in Auschwitz is sickening and must be answered. But the response must be informed by an understanding of the inextricable link between capitalism, the crisis of bourgeois democracy, and fascist reaction.

RT (2019-01-31). 'No wall money': Pelosi draws line in the sand on border budget ahead of potential second shutdown. rt.com House Speaker Nancy Pelosi declared a pre-emptive victory in her first post-shutdown press conference, sticking to her 'not a dime' position on border wall funding despite the looming deadline.

Shared by Cherise (2019-01-31). Stacey Abrams: "We Have to Work Harder" Than Those Who Would Suppress the Vote. truthout.org Democrats have selected former Georgia gubernatorial candidate Stacey Abrams to deliver the response to President Trump's State of the Union address. The address will take place on Tuesday, after being delayed due to the government shutdown. Abrams will become the first person not in public office to respond to the president, as well as the first African-American woman to deliver the response. She recently launched Fair Fight Action, a voting rights advocacy group, after she narrowly lost Georgia's governor's race to Secretary of State Brian Kemp, who was widely accused of suppressing the vote. In mid-November…

WSWS (2019-01-31). Pentagon officials provide few answers at House committee hearing on troops at the border. wsws.org The new committee, staffed by many former military officials, failed to get any real answers from the Pentagon brass and instead gave them a platform to ask for more funds and troops.

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…

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.

teleSUR (2019-01-30). Guatemalan Dictator's Daughter Banned From Presidential Race. telesurenglish.net Guatemala's Supreme Electoral Court (TSE) rejected the candidacy of conservative politician Zury Rios Sosa, daughter of the late general and dictator Efrain Rios Montt, because the constitution bans direct relatives of participants in coups to run for president. | RELATED: | Guatemala Calls for General Elections on June 16 | The Guatemalan Constitution's article 186 states that relatives of coup leaders can't be elected president or vice-president, and that includes Rios Sosa. | Her father,…

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.

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…

Julia Conley, staff writer (2019-01-30). Calling Bill That Makes Voting Easier a "Power Grab," McConnell Exemplifies a GOP Terrified of Democracy. commondreams.org Voting rights groups and Democratic lawmakers looked on in alarm Wednesday as Republican leaders broadcasted their open hostility toward the democratic ideals they're elected to serve—namely, Americans' right to vote and to be governed by officials who work in the interest of the public. | https://www.commondreams.org/sites/defau…

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). 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.

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.

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,…

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…

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 […]

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.

David L. Wilson (2019-01-28). Why don't the media fact-check "amnesty" claims? mronline.org The practice of citing conservative agitators is often characterized as "bothsidesism," but here the news outlets only presented one side—the one on the far right—without even a hint that the claims might not have a factual basis. | Source

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). 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.

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 (2019-01-25). 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."

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…

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.

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.

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 […]

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