2019-02-03: News Headlines

teleSUR (2019-02-03). El Salvador Votes in Its 6th Presidential Elections. telesurenglish.net Salvadorans will vote in the first round of a presidential election Sunday to choose the successor to President Salvador Sanchez Ceren who will leave office on Jun. 1. | RELATED: | El Salvador Presidential Elections: Who's Who? | The elections will begin at 7: 00 am local time and close at 5: 00 pm. More than 5.2 million voters are expected to vote in the 1,595 voting centers throughout the country. | Besides voters within the country's borders, another 5,948 Salvadorans will be able to vote abroa…

Resist Fascism (2019-02-03). 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.

Refuse Fascism Bay Area (2019-02-03). State of the Union Protest: Trump/Pence Must Go! indybay.org Union Square, corner of Geary & Powell…

Elie Mystal (2019-02-02). There Is No Argument for Ralph Northam to Keep His Job. thenation.com There Is No Argument for Ralph Northam to Keep His Job…

STAFF (2019-02-02). The Media's Pro-Israel Bias Echoes Coverage of Apartheid. truthdig.com 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 thinking can today be found in media discussions of Israel/Palestine, with warnings that Israelis and Palestinians sharing a single, democratic country would lead to Palestinians slaughtering Jewish people or driving them out. Such analyses reveal the racist assumption that black people and Arabs are too prone to irrational violence to be trusted with democracy. | A New York Times (…

STAFF (2019-02-02). Racist Photo Prompts Candidates to Address Issue. truthdig.com RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — The Latest on Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam and a racist photo in a 1984 yearbook (all times local): | 6: 15 p.m. | Democratic presidential hopefuls are getting their first major test on how they will address racial tensions that have polarized American life. | A racist photo tied to Democratic Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam from his days in medical school has prompted them to deal with the question. | Nearly every major declared and potential Democratic candidate called for Northam's resignation after the disclosure of the yearbook photo, which shows one person in blackface and another hoode…

STAFF (2019-02-02). Activists Call for Virginia Governor Ralph Northam's Resignation. truthdig.com Democratic Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam is facing intensifying demands for his resignation from all sides on Saturday after a photo from his medical school days surfaced on Friday exposed "uninhibited" racist behavior from his past. | While the image shows one person in blackface standing next to another individual in a Ku Klux Klan uniform, Northam on Friday apologized for the photo but did not divulge which of the two people might be him nor tender his resignation. "I am ready to do the hard work of regaining your trust," Northam said. | But…

Hatewatch Staff (2019-02-02). Statement Regarding Article Related to Mark Krikorian Attendance at White House Meeting. splcenter.org

teleSUR (2019-02-02). Guatemala: Amnesty Reform Would Excuse Those Guilty of Genocide. telesurenglish.net Social organizations in Guatemala are demanding Congress stop an "amnesty" bill that would forgive those responsible for grave human rights violations during the civil war. | RELATED: | Guatemala: Ombudsman Says Government Sabotaging Security, Peace | In a public statement, over 100 organizations state that the reform to the "Law of National Reconciliation" violates international agreements on human rights and puts at risk "the integrity of the victims, witnesses, prosecutors an…

Christopher Brauchli (2019-02-02). Suffer the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender Children. commondreams.org A person holds aloft a rainbow flag on the steps of the U.S. Supreme Court. (Photo: Ted Eytan/flickr/cc) | https://www.commondreams.org/sites/defau…

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…

Shared by Merula Furtado (2019-02-02). Fractured Far Right Escalates Harassment Against Left in Portland. truthout.org On the evening of January 17, members of the far-right groups Proud Boys and Patriot Prayer surrounded a small house-turned-office on the busy East Burnside Street in Portland, Oregon. | The building houses a rotating door of nonprofits and community organizations, each renting small office space, anchored by the Portland Industrial Workers of the World (IWW). It also houses the Portland branch of the Democratic Socialists of America (DSA), whose massively growing membership has made the group a major player in just about every social movement in the city. | The DSA's high-profile activism in the city has made…

Jon Queally (2019-02-02). Demand Grows for 'Racist' Virginia Governor Ralph Northam's Immediate Resignation. theantimedia.com (CD) — Democratic Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam is facing intensifying demands for his resignation from all sides on Saturday after a photo from his medical school days surfaced on Friday exposed "uninhibited" racist behavior from his past. While the image shows one person in blackface standing next to another individual in a Ku Klux Klan uniform, Northam …

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). Liberal host Bill Maher makes 'racist' fried chicken retort to black Republican congressman. rt.com The media personality made the uncalled-for joke in the middle of a heated, but unrelated, exchange with Republican Congressman Will Hurd — in an incident more egregious than Maher's 2017 "house n*****" controversy.

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

Jon Queally, staff writer (2019-02-02). For Display of 'Uninhibited Racism,' Demand Grows for Virginia Governor Ralph Northam's Immediate Resignation. commondreams.org Democratic Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam is facing intensifying demands for his resignation from all sides on Saturday after a photo from his medical school days surfaced on Friday exposed "uninhibited" racist behavior from his past. | https://www.commondreams.org/sites/defau…

RT (2019-02-02). 'Wasn't me, I wore blackface on another occasion': Virginia gov backpedals on yearbook photo scandal. rt.com Ralph Northam, who is under pressure to resign as governor of Virginia over an offensive photo from his yearbook, denied he was either of the two men shown in the picture. A day earlier he said otherwise.

Shared by Anton Woronczuk (2019-02-02). A "Smart" Border Wall Is Just as Racist as a Physical Barrier. truthout.org The government shutdown is over at last, thanks to Democrats who brokered a deal to keep Trump happy and get America back to work. That deal didn't include even one penny for a physical wall along the border, as demanded by numerous constituents — but it did contain what's being billed as funding for a " <...

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.

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.

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…

Bill Lueders (2019-02-01). 'There Is No Such Thing as a Nonracist'. progressive.org An Interview with Ibram X. Kendi…

splcenter (2019-02-01). Weekend Read: SPLC rallies on Super Bowl weekend to take down Confederate symbols. splcenter.org More than 100 million people will tune in to the Super Bowl in Atlanta tomorrow. We'll be in Atlanta this weekend, too — but not for football.

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

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…

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). 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…

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

Laurie Zimmerman (2019-02-01). Anti-Semitism in the Age of Trump. progressive.org A new U.S. embassy. A snapshot of high schoolers giving the Nazi salute. A march of chanting Neo-Nazis. A shooting at a synagogue on Shabbat. What does anti-Semitism look like in today's America?

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.

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.

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…

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 …

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.

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…

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.

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…

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 →

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…

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…

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