2019-02-02: News Headlines

Prof Michel Chossudovsky (2019-02-02). Video: 9/11 and the Global War on Terrorism. globalresearch.ca 9/11 marks the onslaught of the "Global War on Terrorism" (GWOT), used as a pretext and a justification by the US and its NATO allies to carry out a "war without borders", a global war of conquest. A far-reaching overhaul of US military doctrine was launched in the wake of 9/11.

Bob Lord (2019-02-02). The Vanishing Wealth of Black America. zcomm.org Before we even begin the challenge of persuading white Americans to do right, we first must persuade ourselves to stop doing wrong. Racism, structural and overt, is alive and well in America today…

STAFF (2019-02-02). Supreme Court Halts Louisiana Abortion Clinic Law for Now. truthdig.com The law requiring doctors at the state's three clinics to have admitting privileges at a nearby hospital was to take effect Monday.

teleSUR (2019-02-02). US: Court Puts Restrictive Louisiana Abortion Law On Hold. telesurenglish.net The State of Louisiana's "Unsafe Abortion Protection Act" (UAPA) will be put on hold, until at least Feb.7, due to a U.S. Supreme Court order issued by Justice Samuel Alito. | RELATED: | Irish Senate Approves Bill Legalizing Abortion, Women Celebrate Victory | The Republican-backed UAPA, which imposes strict regulations on abortion clinics, requires a doctor to have "admitting privileges" at a hospital within 30 miles of the facility where the abortion is to be performed. | The Cente…

Resist Fascism (2019-02-02). 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.

Shared by Jocelyn Dombroski (2019-02-02). Republican Estate Tax Repeal: An Effort to Avoid Ever Being Taxed. therealnews.com While Sen. Bernie Sanders proposes an important increase in the estate tax, Republicans are gearing for its complete repeal. Morris Pearl of the group Patriotic Millionaires, talks about how the Republicans' plan would help the rich from ever being taxed

WSWS (2019-02-02). Democrats offer increased spending for border policing. wsws.org Even as Trump reiterated his threat to assume emergency powers, the Democrats made clear their support for the further militarization of the border.

RT (2019-02-02). Their own private wall: Scouting underway in US for crowdfunded border barrier with Mexico. rt.com The people behind a fundraiser in support of President Donald Trump's border wall have been touring South Texas, trying to get local farmers on board with their private project to erect a barrier on the US-Mexico border.

RT (2019-02-02). Virginia governor admits to KKK/blackface yearbook photo, refuses to resign. rt.com Governor Ralph Northam of Virginia is refusing to resign over photos from his medical school yearbook showing him wearing either a KKK costume or blackface. He campaigned in 2017 on accusing his Republican opponent of racism.

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

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.

Gregory Shupak (2019-02-01). The Same Media That Opposed Democracy in South Africa Now Warn Against It in Israel/Palestine. fair.org Richard Neely wrote in the New York Times ( 9/20/81), "Whites are not just potentially at war against nonwhites — everyone is potentially at war against everyone else," suggesting the inevitable demise of Asians in South Africa under a one person, one vote system. | When apartheid reigned in South Africa, Western media commentary frequently suggested that if a one person, one vote system were adopted, black South Africans would massacre whites, oppress them or force them to flee. The same line of…

teleSUR (2019-02-01). El Salvador Presidential Elections: Who's Who?>. telesurenglish.net More than 5.2 million Salvadorans will vote for their next president on Feb. 3, to replace Salvador Sanchez Ceren for the 2019-2024 period after he leaves office on June 1. | RELATED: | El Salvador: Presidential Candidates Debate Before Feb Election | Besides voters within the country's borders, another 5,948 Salvadorans will be able to vote abroad in diplomatic missions, according to the Supreme Electoral Court (TSE). | The main candidates are Hugo Martinez, from the ruling F…

teleSUR (2019-02-01). Jailed Journalists Appeal to Myanmar's Top Court For Release. telesurenglish.net Lawyers for two Reuters reporters jailed in Myanmar for breaking a colonial-era official secrets law appealed to the Supreme Court Friday against their conviction, as a rights group said the government wielded repressive laws against peaceful critics. | RELATED: | Myanmar Court Denies Reporter's Appeal, Defense Outraged | The appeal, citing evidence of a polic…

ACLU (2019-02-01). ICE Partners Again With a Sheriff It Once Severed Ties With Because of Racial Profiling. aclu.org Sheriff Terry Johnson is known for racial profiling. He just secured $2.8 million in taxpayer funding to do ICE's bidding. | Whether it's Jeff Sessions, Stephen Miller, or Sheriff Joe Arpaio, the Trump administration has a real knack for empowering and absolving people who push discriminatory law enforcement and immigration policy. Now there's another name to add to that list: Sheriff Terry Johnson of Alamance County in North Carolina. Six years after the federal government severed ties with Sheriff Johnson for his office's discriminatory policing of Latinx residents, Uncle Sam and the Alamance County Sheriff's O…

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

teleSUR (2019-02-01). 6.6 Earthquake Hits Mexico, No Reports of Injuries or Damage. telesurenglish.net An earthquake of magnitude 6.6 shook southern Mexico and some Central American countries Friday but, given its great depth, no damage or casualties were reported. | The United States Geological Survey (USGS) said the quake had its epicenter 14 kilometers east-northeast of Puerto Madero, in the state of Chiapas, very close to the border with Guatemala and had a depth of 67.9 kilometers. | Witnesses from Reuters said the quake felt "prolonged, but not very intense" in some areas of Guatemala and El Salvador. | The movement was also felt in Mexico City and led some to leave their homes and places of work. Howev…

ACLU (2019-02-01). Congress, Don't Give DHS Unrestricted Authority to Build a 'Smart Wall'. aclu.org What Congress must do to ensure that border technology doesn't trample on the rights of border communities. | On Thursday, House Democrats unveiled their proposal for a $55 billion Department of Homeland Security budget. The proposal includes some strong provisions — including no funding for a border wall, no new Border Patrol agents, and a requirement for Immigration and Customs Enforcement to cut its detention of immigrants and phase out the jailing of immigrant families. But there are also a number of troubling elements, ch…

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

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

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…

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.

Shared by Cherise (2019-02-01). Ocasio-Cortez, Pressley, Tlaib and Omar Call for Cuts to ICE Funding. truthout.org As House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) signaled on Thursday that Democrats are willing to offer President Donald Trump funding for border "technology" and " Normandy fencing" — but nothing for his wall — Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY) and three of her progressive colleagues sent a letter urging Dem…

Julia Conley, staff writer (2019-02-01). European Colonizers' Genocide of 56 Million Native Americans So Devastating "It Literally Cooled the Planet" commondreams.org Centuries before humans began releasing tens of billions of tons of carbon dioxide into the atmosphere with the growth of manufacturing, big agriculture, and fossil fuel extraction that came out of the Industrial Revolution, European colonizers had an earlier effect on the Earth's climate as they swept through the Americas, killing 90 percent of the indigenous population in the region. | https://www.commondreams.org/sites/defau…

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.

Robert Mackey (2019-02-01). Eight Years Later, America's Ally Bahrain Is Still Hunting Down Arab Spring Protesters. theintercept.com A U.S. ally that launched a bloody crackdown on pro-democracy protesters seems determined to hunt down even critics who have been granted asylum abroad.

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…

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…

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."

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.

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…

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.

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…

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 …

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 →

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). '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.

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.

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…

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,…

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

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