2019-02-06: News Headlines

Dave Lindorff (2019-02-06). The Right-Wing Attack on Medicare-for-All. counterpunch.org One thing you can say about Karl Rove: the guy pretty much telegraphs his intention to lie, distort and just make sh*t up in an ends-trump-means effort to win at all costs. For keeping Republicans in the game even as their racist white, male, uber-Christian, know-nothing political base keeps shrinking, that is an essential tactic More

Various Contributors (2019-02-06). Venezuelan News Site Latest Victim in Facebook Censorship. zcomm.org Facebook has removed the page of yet another media outlet. This time, it's not a far right fringe network like Infowars, but "Venezuela's only independent, grassroots leftwing English media platform," the outlet, Venezuela Analysis, noted on Twitter…

Juan Cole (2019-02-06). Trump Can't escape having called Nazis "Very Fine People" zcomm.org Trump isn't giving people orders to commit violence. But fringe violent racists clearly are taking encouragement from Trump's outrageous bigotry…

Juan Cole (2019-02-06). Trump Can't Escape Having Called Nazis "Very Fine People" by SOTU Spectacle. commondreams.org One of the targets of the Neonazis was the synagogue in Charlottesville. They chanted "Jews will not replace us." (Photo: Informed Comment) | https://www.commondreams.org/sites/defau…

teleSUR (2019-02-06). Chomsky, Others Slam Trump's Hardened Immigration Policies. telesurenglish.net An open letter from 107 artists, activists, scholars and writers condemn President Donald Trump's actions to denigrate and demonize asylum seekers coming from Central America to the United States in search of better life opportunities and escaping from violence. | RELATED: | US Sends Central American Asylum-Seekers Back to Mexico | Some key actors behind this latest attempt to call attention to the mishandling of migratory policy by President Trump's admin…

Combined Sources (2019-02-06). Grave of Karl Marx attacked by "fascist vandal" peoplesworld.org LONDON—Custodians of London's Highgate Cemetery say the tombstone of Karl Marx has been damaged in a hammer attack. The grave of Marx, whose works include The Communist Manifesto and Capital, draws tourists from around the world. The German philosopher and economist was buried here after his death in 1883. The 12-foot tall granite monument, topped …

Democracy Now! (2019-02-06). "Liar-in-Chief": Rep. Ilhan Omar Slams Trump's SOTU Remarks on Border, Venezuela, Israel & More. democracynow.org In his State of the Union address on Tuesday night, President Trump called for bipartisan unity while he attacked Democrats and the Robert Mueller investigation, denounced efforts to expand abortion rights in Virginia and New York, attacked immigrants and reiterated his demand for a border wall—with no mention of the longest government shutdown in U.S. history, which delayed his address by a week. Women in Congress wore all white to the speech in a nod to the movement for women's suffrage. After the address, former Georgia gubernatorial candidate Stacey Abrams made history, becoming the first African-Americ…

teleSUR (2019-02-06). US Lawmakers Ridicule Trump's Comments Against Socialism. telesurenglish.net United States President Donald Trump said Tuesday night during his State of the Union address that the U.S. would not be a socialist country — in an attempt to attack left-leaning congresspeople who scored considerable victories in the midterm elections November. | RELATED: | SOTU: Congresswomen Wear Pin Featuring Migrant Child Killed at US Border Custody | "Here, in the United States, we are alarmed by new calls to adopt socialism in our country," Trump said…

teleSUR (2019-02-06). New Mexico State Says No to Trump's Fear-mongering. telesurenglish.net New Mexico's governor has ordered most of the state's National Guard troops to withdraw from its southern border with Mexico on Tuesday evening, just prior to United States President Donald Trump's second state of the union address. | RELATED: | ICE Agents Leave 100s of Refugees in El Paso With Nowhere To Go | "New Mexico will not take part in the president's charade of border fear-mongering by misusing our diligent National Guard troops," Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham said in…

Maan News Agency (2019-02-06). Spanish Rail Manufacturer CAF Rejects Tender for Jerusalem's Railway as It Traverses '67 Border'. globalresearch.ca Spanish rail equipment manufacturer CAF announced, on Friday, that it had refused to participate in a tender to build a section of the railway in occupied East Jerusalem as it violates international law. | An international tender to build and operate …

teleSUR (2019-02-06). SOTU: Congresswomen Remember Slain Migrant Child. telesurenglish.net The United States Congresswomen Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, Rashida Tlaib, Ilhan Omar, and Ayanna Pressley wore a pin showing Jakelin Caal's face to the State of the Union address by the U.S. President Donald Trump Tuesday. | RELATED: | Trump Delivers Second State of the Union Address | The move was a protest against more funding to the U.S. Immigration and Customs E…

Democracy Now! (2019-02-06). Headlines for February 6, 2019. democracynow.org Trump Attacks Immigrants, Abortion Rights, Democratic Investigations in SOTU, Stacey Abrams Slams Gov't Shutdown, Voter Suppression in SOTU Response, School Apologizes for Racist Yearbook Photos as VA Gov. Northam Resists Resignation, Pope Francis Acknowledges Priests Sexually Abused Nuns, Ex-President of Costa Rica Accused of Sexual Assault, At Least 29 Haitian Migrants Killed in Shipwreck, Taliban Attacks Kill 50 in Afghanistan, CNN: Saudis Gave U.S. Weapons to al-Qaeda, Other Militants in Yemen, CENTCOM Head Was Not Notified of U.S. Troop Withdrawal from Syria, Anti-BDS Lawsuit Against Salaita & American Studi…

David M. Perry (2019-02-06). The United States Is a Progressive Nation With a Democracy Problem. thenation.com The United States Is a Progressive Nation With a Democracy Problem…

Ronit Lentin (2019-02-06). The Empathy of the Irish for Palestinians is in No Way Anti-Semitic. counterpunch.org Israel's response to the passing of the Occupied Territories Bill in the Dáil last week entailed, on the one hand, threatening to impose severe economic-political measures against Ireland, including taxing Irish imports and suspending bilateral economic and commercial agreements with Dublin. On the other hand, Israel accused Ireland of anti-Semitism, often weaponised against any criticism More

Democracy Now! (2019-02-06). Ana María Archila: Brett Kavanaugh's Presence at SOTU Represented Failure of U.S. Democracy. democracynow.org As we continue to discuss President Trump's State of the Union, we are joined by Ana María Archila, co-executive director of the Center for Popular Democracy. She attended the address as a guest of New York Congressmember Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez. In September, Archila made headlines when she, along with another woman, Maria Gallagher, confronted Republican Sen. Jeff Flake of Arizona in an elevator after he announced his support for Judge Brett Kavanaugh's nomination to the Supreme Court. Shortly after the confrontation, Sen. Flake called for a delay of the Senate vote pending a limited FBI investigation.

stuart_m (2019-02-06). How US sanctions hurt Venezuela's people. greenleft.org.au Much media fanfare has been made about US President Donald Trump pledge to deliver US$20 millions worth of humanitarian aid, in the form of food and medicine, into Venezuela via its borders with Colombia and Brazil. | While Trump is using a request from self-proclaimed "interim president" Juan Guaido as a pretext for the move, it is clear that the purpose is to provoke some kind of reaction from the Venezuelan military, who continue to recognise elected president Nicolas Maduro: either they let in the aid, thereby implying allegiance to the coup president; or block its enter, and risk a further escalation in tens…

WSWS (2019-02-06). Mexican auto parts workers support February 9 demonstration in Detroit. wsws.org "I support the call for a general strike in Canada, the US and Mexico. We must be united. There are no borders. We stand firm here."

Shared by Hezvo Mpunga (2019-02-06). VA Governor Northam Won't Address Racist Reality, Runs From Blackface Past. therealnews.com The reemergence of Blackface as an issue, around Gov. Northam's inaction, exposes the depth of American racism. Our panel with Jacqueline Luqman and Eddie Conway explores the topic

RT (2019-02-06). Did Trump's speech divide or unite Americans? WATCH RT panel debate State of Union address. rt.com Was the State of the Union address a unifying pep talk, or mere partisan pandering? RT's diverse panel of experts debated Donald Trump's most contentious remarks about domestic and foreign policy — and of course, his border wall.

First Unitarian Forum Committee (2019-02-06). We saw Fascism voted in, Can we vote it out? indybay.org First Unitarian Universalist Society of San Francisco | 1187 Franklin St. @ Geary | San Francisco…

Shared by Cherise (2019-02-06). Rep. Ilhan Omar Slams Trump's Remarks on Border, Venezuela, Israel. truthout.org In his State of the Union address on Tuesday night, President Trump called for bipartisan unity while he attacked Democrats and the Robert Mueller investigation, denounced efforts to expand abortion rights in Virginia and New York, attacked immigrants and reiterated his demand for a border wall — with no mention of the longest government shutdown in US history, which delayed his address by a week. Women in Congress wore all white to the speech in a nod to the movement for women's suffrage. We're joined by Rep. Ilhan Omar of Minnesota, the first Somali American elected to the House of Representatives and…

Shared by Cherise (2019-02-06). Kavanaugh's Presence at SOTU Represented Failure of US Democracy. truthout.org As we continue to discuss President Trump's State of the Union, we are joined by Ana María Archila, co-executive director of the Center for Popular Democracy. She attended the address as a guest of New York Congressmember Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez. In September, Archila made headlines when she, along with another woman, Maria Gallagher, confronted Republican Sen. Jeff Flake of Arizona in an elevator after he announced his support for Judge Brett Kavanaugh's nomination to the Supreme Court. Shortly after the confrontation, Senator Flake called for a delay of the Senate vote pending a limited FBI investiga…

Human Rights Watch (2019-02-06). Accommodating Asylum-Seekers and Migrants with Disabilities. hrw.org "If I stayed in Honduras, I was going to die," said José Medrano (not his real name), a 31-year-old man with a physical disability and a wheelchair user I met last week in a shelter for asylum seekers and migrants in Mexico City. He complained of his home country's lack of rehabilitation services and substandard medical treatment. | | | José Medrano (not his real name) a Honduran man with a disability on his way to the US border. | © 2019 Libertad Hernández | José is among hundreds of Central Americans heading to the Unit…

Register Peace & Freedom or Green (2019-02-06). Tax Time is Bye Bye Trump Time. indybay.org As predicted, as soon as people start filling out their tax forms, they realize, if they did not understand before, that Nazi Trump's election sales pitch of "helping" the average person was simply a billionaire enrichment scheme so that Billionaire Nazi Trump could steal from the National Treasury to make himself and his cronies richer, the only reason he had to run for office.

Andrea Germanos, staff writer (2019-02-06). Fresh off 'MAGA Field Trip,' Steve Bannon, Erik Prince Among Right-Wing Crew Plotting Out Privatized Border Wall. commondreams.org "Can we raise one- or two-hundred million dollars? No doubt about it," says Steve Bannon. | https://www.commondreams.org/sites/defau…

Khubaka, Michael Harris (2019-02-06). Discover Systemic Institutional Racism Seeking to Destroy the Legacy of Negro Bar, CA. indybay.org Together, we can begin to quantify and qualify systemic institutional racism, ongoing disenfranchisement unique to "previous condition of servitude" and unacknowledged second class citizenship mandated by the 1849 California Constitutional Convention.

splcenter (2019-02-05). We'll be paying close attention to the State of the Union address. splcenter.org As President Trump has been talking about building his wall and preparing for the State of the Union address, the SPLC's Mary Bauer has been at the border.

James Patrick Ferns (2019-02-05). "Part of their soul was missing": Scottish steelworkers lost more than jobs. peoplesworld.org On the show This Is Me Now, comedian Jim Jefferies recently joked that Canada should build a three-foot wall on its border to prevent "Americans [who] are crawling over because their lungs are filled with coal from getting all their jobs back." This joke clearly pokes fun at the U.S. immigration debate and the risks of industrial …

Kimberly R. Bullard (2019-02-05). Migrant Caravan Members Are Not a Threat to U.S. National Security. counterpunch.org On January 14, 2019, another migrant caravan of about 1,800 Central American refugees—mostly from Honduras—began its treacherous journey marching across Mexico with hopes of reaching the U.S. border. Unsurprisingly, U.S. President Trump responded to last year's caravan by demanding neighboring governments stop the caravan, sending 5,000 more troops to the border, and threatening to close the U.S. southern More

Democracy Now! (2019-02-05). Headlines for February 5, 2019. democracynow.org Venezuela: European Leaders, Lima Group Recognize Guaidó as President, VA Gov. Northam Delays Resignation Decision over Racist Yearbook Photo, VA Lt. Gov. Fairfax Denies 2004 Sexual Assault Accusation, Old Photo of Sen. McConnell in Front of Confederate Flag Resurfaces, Dems Invite Targets of Trump Policies to SOTU Address, Trump to Nominate David Malpass to Head World Bank, Trump to Nominate Ex-Oil Lobbyist Bernhardt as Head of Interior Dept., Iraqi President Salih Blasts Trump for Saying U.S. Troops Will Monitor Iran from Iraq, Somalia: Al-Shabab Claims Car Bomb & Shooting That Kills At Least 12, U.K. Panel: Sa…

splcenter (2019-02-05). Historical marker alongside Alabama highway will honor civil rights martyr William Lewis Moore. splcenter.org Jerry Smith was humming along U.S. Highway 11 in his light-green, 1961 Chevrolet Corvair, when he came upon something unusual.

Jordan Smith (2019-02-05). Louisiana Tests the New Supreme Court on Abortion. theintercept.com The U.S. Supreme Court will decide this week whether to intervene in a case that could lead to the closure of all but one abortion clinic in Louisiana.

Akela Lacy (2019-02-05). "Change Is Taking Too Long" — Cabinet Member Speaks Out Amid Gov. Ralph Northam's Blackface Fallout. theintercept.com Pressure for Ralph Northam to resign mounts after a photo surfaced of a man in blackface, initially understood to be Northam, next to a man in KKK robes.

Shared by Hezvo Mpunga (2019-02-05). Students and Faculty Plan Walkout Over Johns Hopkins' ICE Contract. therealnews.com "ICE is a racist institution that terrorizes black and brown communities and violates the human rights of the families it separates," says one Hopkins professor.

RT (2019-02-05). From concrete to steel to flesh: Trump says he 'will build a human wall if necessary'. rt.com With the budget deadline approaching and Democrats refusing to compromise on funding for a border wall, President Trump is promising to secure the border by sending thousands more soldiers in lieu of an actual barrier. |

Greg Kaufmann (2019-02-04). Want to Eradicate Hunger in America? Take on Racism. thenation.com Want to Eradicate Hunger in America? Take on Racism.

Democracy Now! (2019-02-04). Headlines for February 4, 2019. democracynow.org Calls Mount for VA Gov. Northam to Resign over Racist Yearbook Photo, Trump Sends Aid to Venezuela, Says Military Intervention "An Option", Trump: U.S. Should Maintain Troops in Iraq to "Watch" Iran, Trump Floats Another Gov't Shutdown or Nat'l Emergency over Border Wall Funding, El Salvador Elects Outsider Nayib Bukele as President, Mexico Denies Entry to U.S Lawyers & Journalists Working with Migrants, Iraq: Gunman Shoots Novelist Alaa Mashzoub, Amnesty Int'l: Boko Haram Killed At Least 60 in Nigeria Attack Last Week, Russia Suspends INF in Response to U.S. Withdrawal, U.N.: At Least 29 Children Died on Way to…

ACLU (2019-02-04). High School Could Have Been Hell for My Transgender Son. Don't Make It Hell for the Next Kid. aclu.org I had hoped that my son would wait until after high school to come out as transgender. But I realized I'd prefer a thriving son over a dead daughter. | This piece was originally published on USA Today. | When I gave birth to my first baby, the doctor said, "It's a girl!" Before I even knew my child, those words helped me imagine the future. | But the future was different from what I expected. | By the time my c…

ACLU (2019-02-04). The Supreme Court Is Considering Whether the Government Can Dodge the First Amendment by Outsourcing Its Power. aclu.org A case about a video banned from public access cable TV could have important implications for our constitutional rights. | The First Amendment bars the government from censoring speech that it doesn't like. That rule also goes for a private organization that takes on a government role. But when exactly is an organization considered a stand-in for the government? The Supreme Court will soon hear a case to decide. | Before smartphones, the internet, and digital cameras, it wasn't easy to get your videos in front of…

Democracy Now! (2019-02-04). Historian: Americans Must Face Violent History of Blackface Amid Virginia Gov. Racist Photo Scandal. democracynow.org We discuss the history behind calls for Democratic Virginia Governor Ralph Northam to resign after a photo surfaced on his 1984 Eastern Virginia Medical School yearbook page showing a man wearing blackface posing next to a man wearing a Ku Klux Klan outfit. The yearbook also features an image of a white man in a wig, dress and black face. The photo's caption reads, "'Baby Love,' who ever thought Diana Ross would make it to Medical School!" Another photo in the yearbook shows three men in blackface. We are joined by Rhae Lynn Barnes, assistant professor of American cultural history at Princeton University and auth…

Democracy Now! (2019-02-04). Virginia Legislative Black Caucus: Governor Northam Must Resign over Blackface Yearbook Photo. democracynow.org Calls are mounting for Democratic Virginia Governor Ralph Northam to resign after a photo surfaced from his medical school yearbook page showing a man wearing blackface posing next to a man wearing a Ku Klux Klan outfit. On Friday, Northam apologized for the photo in his 1984 Eastern Virginia Medical School yearbook. However, on Saturday, he reversed course and claimed neither of the men in the racist yearbook photo was him as he initially thought. As Northam resisted growing calls for his resignation, he admitted to a separate instance of blackface: darkening his face to imitate Michael Jackson in a 1984 dance c…

Aída Chávez (2019-02-04). Ana Maria Archila, Who Confronted Sen. Jeff Flake, Will Be Ocasio-Cortez's SOTU Guest. theintercept.com Ana Maria Archila, the Queens woman who famously confronted Arizona Sen. Jeff Flake in a Capitol Hill elevator, will be Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez's State of the Union guest on Tuesday. | Archila, a longtime community organizer and co-executive director of the Center for Popular Democracy Action, was one of two women who shared their stories of sexual assault for the first time with the senator in an emotional encounter during the debate over Judge Brett Kavanaugh's nomination to the Supreme Court. With a CNN camera broadcasting live right behind the wo…

David Dayen (2019-02-04). Neomi Rao, Nominee to Replace Brett Kavanaugh, Heads Agency That's Been Stalling Sexual Harassment Guidance. theintercept.com Neomi Rao has been tapped for the D.C. Circuit, and is already on the GOP shortlist for a future Supreme Court spot.

Jason Ditz (2019-02-04). US Warplanes Attack Syrian Military Base Along Syria-Iraq Border. theantimedia.com (ANTIWAR.COM) — US warplanes attacked a Syrian military position along the border with Iraq at Abu Kamal late Saturday. Syrian state media reported the attack as "US aggression," which reportedly wounded two soldiers and destroyed a stationary artillery piece. Exactly what happened that led to this rare US attack on Syrian military targets is uncertain. The US-led …

Debbie Southorn (2019-02-03). Officers Accused of Abuses Are Leading Chicago Police's "Implicit Bias" Training Program. theintercept.com Sergio Herrera, a Chicago police officer, was accused in a 2010 lawsuit of teaming up with another officer to mace and beat a black man for no reason. The man was sitting in his parked car when Herrera's colleague approached the vehicle. As the man went to retrieve his identification, the officer told him to "cuff up," at which point Herrera entered the fray, spraying the man with mace according to the lawsuit. Both officers then allegedly proceeded to throw the man to the ground, strike him in the head with handcuffs, and dig their knees into his back. When the man asked for medical assistance, his pleas were ig…

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

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

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?

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…

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…

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