2019-01-31: Social Media Postees

Dialogue: Women's March Leaders on Anti-Semitism, Islamophobia, Racism & More
Democracy Now! | democracynow.org | 2019-01-31
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…
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US immigration courts face heavy backlog after shutdown
aljazeera | aljazeera.com | 2019-01-31
Backlog of more than 800,000 cases after longest government closure in history means some asylum seekers will not know their fate for years.
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US Sends Central American Asylum-Seekers Back to Mexico
teleSUR | telesurenglish.net | 2019-01-31
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…
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Boochani: Asylum seeker on Manus wins Australian literature prize
aljazeera | aljazeera.com | 2019-01-31
Iranian Kurd awarded $73,000 for his book written via text messages sent from offshore prison.
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A Note on the Crime Against Venezuela
J. B. Gerald | globalresearch.ca | 2019-01-31
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, … | The post A Note on the Crime Against Venezuela appeared first on Global Research.
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Liberté, Égalité, Impérialisme! Vive la France in Black Africa!
Ann Garrison | globalresearch.ca | 2019-01-31
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 … | The post Liberté, Égalité, Impérialisme! Vive la France in Black Africa! appeared first on Global Research.
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Bernie's Plutocracy Prevention Act
Chuck Collins | commondreams.org | 2019-01-31
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…
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"RBG" Documentary Nominated for Academy Award as Supreme Court Justice Recovers from Lung Surgery
Democracy Now! | democracynow.org | 2019-01-31
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.
http://www.democracynow.org/2019/1/31/rb…

Mark Krikorian Among Nativist, Anti-Muslim Figures Who Conferred With Trump During White House Meeting
Hatewatch Staff | splcenter.org | 2019-01-31
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.
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Stacey Abrams: "We Have to Work Harder" Than Those Who Would Suppress the Vote
Democracy Now! | democracynow.org | 2019-01-31
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…
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US Democracy? Republican Leader Opposes Law to Encourage Voting
teleSUR | telesurenglish.net | 2019-01-31
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…
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Over 60 Human Rights Groups Back Call to Boycott Eurovision in Israel
Middle East Monitor | mintpressnews.com | 2019-01-31
"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." | The post Over 60 Human Rights Groups Back Call to Boycott Eurovision in Israel appeared first on MintPress News.
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Catholic Bishop in Kentucky: Trump agenda is anti-life and immoral
Henry Millstein | peoplesworld.org | 2019-01-31
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 …
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The Movie on Deportation That Trump Needs to Watch
STAFF | truthdig.com | 2019-01-31
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…
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Trump's Fabulous Wall Fables
Pierre Tristam | commondreams.org | 2019-01-31
Illegal border crossings are at a 45-year low. (Photo: Filippo Minelli) | https://www.commondreams.org/sites/defau…
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Trump's Wall–and the Walls of the Future
Start Making Sense, Jon Wiener | thenation.com | 2019-01-31
Trump's Wall–and the Walls of the Future…
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Immigration 'Threat' and the Wall Debate
Peter Crowley | counterpunch.org | 2019-01-31
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…
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The Fired Next Time: A "Shutdown" Proposal
Thomas Knapp | counterpunch.org | 2019-01-31
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…
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Fascists march in Auschwitz
WSWS | wsws.org | 2019-01-31
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.
http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2019/01/…

Darwin pub staff take a stand against racism
Fred_F | greenleft.org.au | 2019-01-31
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…
greenleft.org.au/content/darwin-pub-staff-take-stand-against-racism

Hondurans Protest US-Backed Government as Thousands Flee
Shared by Merula Furtado | truthout.org | 2019-01-31
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,…
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'No wall money': Pelosi draws line in the sand on border budget ahead of potential second shutdown
RT | rt.com | 2019-01-31
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. | …
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Stacey Abrams: "We Have to Work Harder" Than Those Who Would Suppress the Vote
Shared by Cherise | truthout.org | 2019-01-31
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…
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Max Boot goes full 'White Man's Burden' in WaPo op-ed, sparking mass jaw-dropping
RT | rt.com | 2019-01-31
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. | …
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Oppose political censorship and fascist threats against the ISO and DSA in Portland!
WSWS | wsws.org | 2019-01-31
Two political meetings on college campuses in Portland were shut down by campus police after provocations from the far-right group Patriot Prayer.
http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2019/01/…

Pentagon officials provide few answers at House committee hearing on troops at the border
WSWS | wsws.org | 2019-01-31
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.
http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2019/01/…

Allan Nairn: Trump's Venezuela Envoy Elliott Abrams Is a War Criminal Who Has Abetted Genocide
Democracy Now! | democracynow.org | 2019-01-30
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…
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Feds File Hate Crime Charges in Tree of Life Shooting, Cite Antisemitic Posts on Gab
splcenter | splcenter.org | 2019-01-30
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.
splcenter.org/hatewatch/2019/01/30/feds-…

Guatemalan Dictator's Daughter Banned From Presidential Race
teleSUR | telesurenglish.net | 2019-01-30
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,…
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Anti-LGBT Church Splits Amidst Turmoil Following Resignation of Pastor, Reveals Fault Lines in New Anti-LGBT Church Network
Hatewatch Staff | splcenter.org | 2019-01-30
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.
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There Are Still Migrant Children Separated From Their Families
Michelle Chen | thenation.com | 2019-01-30
There Are Still Migrant Children Separated From Their Families…
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Socialism-bashing Texas Republicans blame 'Leftism' for Holocaust
RT | rt.com | 2019-01-30
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. | …
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NYT flirts with irrelevancy after publishing Mary Poppins blackface exclusive
RT | rt.com | 2019-01-30
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. | …
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Calling Bill That Makes Voting Easier a "Power Grab," McConnell Exemplifies a GOP Terrified of Democracy
Julia Conley, staff writer | commondreams.org | 2019-01-30
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…
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Saudi Arabia: 10 Reasons Why Women Flee
Human Rights Watch | hrw.org | 2019-01-30

| January 30, 2019 Video | Saudi Arabia: 10 Reasons Why Women Flee: | Rahaf al-Qunun, the Saudi woman who managed to successfully flee her allegedly abusive family, has shed new light on the countless women trapped under the abusive male guardianship system in Saudi Arabia. Women face systematic discrimination and are left exposed to domestic violence under the male guardianship system and have few places to…
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Trump Says 58,000 Texans Voted Illegally. Here's What Actually Happened
ACLU | aclu.org | 2019-01-29
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,…
aclu.org/blog/voting-rights/fighting-vot…

2-year-old expelled by mall, community demands disability rights
Fight Back | fightbacknews.org | 2019-01-29
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…
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NAACP Statement on Racist and Homophobic Attack on Jussie Smollett
Vanessa Mbonu@naacpnet | naacp.org | 2019-01-29
"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 […] | The post NAACP Statement on Racist and Homophobic Attack on Jussie Smollett appeared first on NAACP.
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Racist Website Faith And Heritage Is Closing Up Shop
Hatewatch Staff | splcenter.org | 2019-01-28
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.
splcenter.org/hatewatch/2019/01/29/racis…

Why don't the media fact-check "amnesty" claims?
David L. Wilson | mronline.org | 2019-01-28
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…
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ROBERT PARRY: With the US Meddling Again in Latin America, a Look Back at How Washington Promoted Genocide in Guatemala
Consortiumnews | consortiumnews.com | 2019-01-27
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 ?…
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Netanyahu Forms Alliances with Far-Right Authoritarian Leaders
Shared by Hezvo Mpunga | therealnews.com | 2019-01-27
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 | The post Netanyahu Forms Alliances with Far-Right Authoritarian Leaders appeared first on The Real News Network.
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SPLC statement on Trump administration policy that forces asylum seekers to wait in Mexico
splcenter | splcenter.org | 2019-01-25
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.
splcenter.org/news/2019/01/25/splc-state…

Weekend Read: 'I'm going to be paying it down until I die.'
splcenter | splcenter.org | 2019-01-25
The women incarcerated in Corinth, Mississippi, have a phrase for it: "sitting it out." We have another name for it: "debtors' prison."
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Trump Administration Puts Religious Beliefs Over the Best Interests of Children
ACLU | aclu.org | 2019-01-25
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…
aclu.org/blog/religious-liberty/using-re…

An Alt-Right Enforcer's Rallying Cry: 'No More Safe Spaces'
Nick R. Martin | splcenter.org | 2019-01-24
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.org/hatewatch/2019/01/24/alt-r…

3 Members of a Kansas Militia Once Plotted To Bomb a Mosque, Now Are Going to Prison
splcenter | splcenter.org | 2019-01-24
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.
splcenter.org/hatewatch/2019/01/25/3-mem…

My NAACP Law Fellowship
Rachel Johnson | naacp.org | 2019-01-24
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 […] | The post My NAACP Law Fellowship appeared first on NAACP.
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Arizona Provides Me Unequal Healthcare Because I'm Transgender
ACLU | aclu.org | 2019-01-24
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…
aclu.org/blog/lgbt-rights/transgender-ri…

Decades of Financial Deregulation & Racist Housing Policy Brought Us 2007 Meltdown, with More to Come (Pt 1/3)
Shared by Hezvo Mpunga | therealnews.com | 2019-01-24
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 | The post Decades of Financial Deregulation & Racist Housing Policy Brought Us 2007 Meltdown, with More to Come (Pt 1/3) appeared first on The Real News Network…
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