2019-02-01: News Headlines

Bill Lueders (2019-02-01). Comment: The Politics of Racism. progressive.org To say that Donald Trump is a racist is to state the obvious but miss the point.

Rosa Clemente (2019-02-01). Jussie Smollett Survived an Attempted Lynching: This Is America. zcomm.org White people terrorizing Black and Brown people has become normalized, again. White supremacy, patriarchy and homophobia destroys lives and kills people…

John W. Whitehead (2019-02-01). Jackboots in the Morning. counterpunch.org "This is jackboots in the morning. This is an American nightmare that they would arrest somebody like this." —Judge Andrew Napolitano The American Police State does not discriminate. Whatever dangerous practices you allow the government to carry out now—whether it's in the name of national security or protecting America's borders or making America great again—rest More

David Rosen (2019-02-01). The Denier-in-Chief: Trump and the Legitimation of False Consciousness. counterpunch.org "I wish people would read or listen to my words on the Border Wall. This was in no way a concession," Pres. Trump Tweeted on January 25th following his signing a bill ending the 35-day U.S. government shut-down. "It was taking care of millions of people who were getting badly hurt by the Shutdown with the understanding More

John McMurtry (2019-02-01). US Enemies and the Lawless 'Rule of Law'. counterpunch.org For weeks of front-end news, a China-Canada rift has gripped Canada. The story-line is endlessly repeated and runs like this: "Experts from both sides of the border agree that imprisonment of Huawei CFO Meng Wanzhou is strictly abiding by the rule of law, and China cannot or does not want to understand how the rule More

Brett Wilkins (2019-02-01). Elliott Abrams: A Human Rights Horror Show in Three Acts. counterpunch.org Last Friday, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo announced that Elliott Abrams would once again be returning to government, this time as President Donald Trump's special envoy to help "fully restore democracy and prosperity" to Venezuela. Abrams, 71, is best known for abetting dictators and genocide in Latin America and for his role in the Iran-Contra scandal during More

stuart_m (2019-02-01). The price Peter Norman paid for his anti-racism. greenleft.org.au The Peter Norman Story
| Written by Andrew Webster & Matt Norman
| Macmillan, 2018
| $34.99 | Australian sprinter Peter Norman had just run a blistering 20.6 seconds in the men's 200-metre final at the 1968 Mexico City Olympic Games to claim the silver medal. After he heard about the plans of the gold and bronze medallists, African-American runners Tommy Smith and John Carlos, to protest against racism in the US, Norman agreed to support their actions by wearing an Olympic Project for Human Rights (OPHR) badge, stating: "I'll stand with you". | In The Peter Norman Story, his nephew Matt Norman, w…

Resist Fascism (2019-02-01). Morton Sobell 1917-2018 and the Rosenberg-Sobell Frameup. indybay.org Morton Sobell, an electrical engineer, famous as one of 3 defendants in the Rosenberg-Sobell case, passed away on December 26, 2018 at age 101, with the formal announcement in the capitalist press of this event on January 30, 2019.

RT (2019-02-01). 'Hateful' restaurant hit with bad reviews after banning MAGA hats. rt.com A California restaurant has been flooded with bad reviews after the owner said he won't serve customers wearing MAGA hats, comparing it to the swastika and a KKK hood. His since-deleted tweet sparked massive backlash.

RT (2019-02-01). Record fentanyl bust on US-Mexico border used as ammunition in Wall battle. rt.com US Customs & Border Patrol agents caught a truck at the Mexican border loaded with meth and enough fentanyl to kill 57 million Americans. The bust was used by both President Donald Trump and his critics in the border wall battle.

Refuse Fascism Bay Area (2019-02-01). State of the Union Protest: Trump/Pence Must Go! indybay.org Union Square, corner of Geary & Powell…

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…

Nick R. Martin (2019-01-31). Extremists Go Knocking on Dems' Doors – Police Are Returning the Favor. splcenter.org The staff for an Arizona congressman asked the U.S. Capitol Police on Wednesday to look into the extremist group Patriot Movement AZ (PMAZ) after its leaders posted photos and video of the congressman's house and information about security measures for the property.

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.

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."

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.

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…

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 …

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…

teleSUR (2019-01-31). Latest Group of Central American Migrants Resumes Trek North. telesurenglish.net Thousands of U.S.-bound Central American migrants resumed their northern journey on Thursday, Mexico City officials said, part of a growing group of would-be asylum-seekers who say they are fleeing violence and poverty back home. | RELATED: | Guatemalan Boy Who Died in US Border Custody Buried | Around 2,400 migrants left a city shelter to begin the journey fr…

ACLU (2019-01-31). What Breastfeeding Has To Do With Economic Security. aclu.org A recent study from the Center for WorkLife Law reveals the heavy toll of breastfeeding discrimination and the pressing need for more protections. | The discrimination began almost immediately after Barbara, an emergency room nurse, returned from maternity leave. Like most breastfeeding parents, Barbara needed to pump regularly to keep up her milk supply and prevent infection. But while her co-workers got smoke breaks, Barbara wasn't allowed to take time to pump, leaving her in pain: "I'd feel like my breasts [were] bursting," she said. | When she did get breaks, Barbara found herself expressing breast milk for h…

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…

Consortiumnews (2019-01-31). Netanyahu's Brand of Tolerance for Anti-Semitism Goes Back 120 Years. consortiumnews.com The Israeli prime minister's ease with neo-Nazism and revisionist Holocaust history are not as surprising as they might seem, writes Daniel Lazare. By Daniel Lazare Special to Consortium News Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has a soft spot for rightwing… Read more →

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.

Julia Conley, staff writer (2019-01-31). In 'Victory for Land and Water,' Canada's Supreme Court Rules Bankrupt Fossil Fuel Companies Must Clean Up Pollution Left Behind. commondreams.org Green energy campaigners in Canada applauded a Supreme Court ruling on Thursday which ordered the bankrupt, Alberta-based oil and gas company Redwater Energy to clean up its failed wells instead of leaving the task to the public. | https://www.commondreams.org/sites/defau…

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…

RT (2019-01-31). 'Hyper-partisanship' leading US to 2nd shutdown? Ex-senators join Larry King to talk budget & border. rt.com Former US senators Robert Torricelli and David Jolly joined Larry King in discussing how hardball partisanship on Capitol Hill, rather than actual border security qualms, brought the US to the brink of a second shutdown.

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.

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,…

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…

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…

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.

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.

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…

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). 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.

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 […]

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…

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,…

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.

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."

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…

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…

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