2019-02-07: News Headlines

Jamil Smith (2019-02-07). Blackface Is Just One Part of the Problem. zcomm.org The furor over Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam's yearbook photo has America once again asking the wrong questions about racism…

Jesse Jackson (2019-02-07). Northam Needs to Resign. counterpunch.org Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam has admitted that he blackened his face as part of a Michael Jackson costume for a dance party. He also initially admitted that he was one of the participants in a racist photo — of one person dressed in full Klan regalia and another in blackface —that appeared on his 1984 More

Rev. William Alberts (2019-02-07). Instead of His Wall, Let's Show Trump the Door. counterpunch.org President Trump has manufactured a "national emergency" to justify creating a wall across the Mexican border. A caravan of some 7,000 desperate, vulnerable Central American mothers and fathers and children, fleeing violence and poverty and seeking asylum in the United States, were portrayed as a threatening "invasion force," with "many gang members and some very More

Bill Van Auken (2019-02-07). Washington Issues Ultimatum to Venezuela over "Humanitarian Aid" Ploy. globalresearch.ca US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo issued an ultimatum to the Venezuelan government of President Nicolas Maduro on Wednesday, demanding that it throw open its borders to a US-orchestrated scheme to deliver "humanitarian aid." Washington's aim is either to provoke …

teleSUR (2019-02-07). US: City Council Condemns Nagales Razor Wire Border Fence. telesurenglish.net Authorities in the city of Nogales, Arizona, demanded Wednesday that the U.S. federal government withdraw barbed wire, placed by the Army, on a border fence with Mexico in order to increase security. | RELATED: | US Governor of New Mexico Says No to 'Trump's Border Charade, Fear-mongering' | "Concertina wire has sharp razor-like blades that are coiled [and] designed to entangle its victim as the razors slice/cut deeply into the flesh and causes indiscriminate injury.

WSWS (2019-02-07). Dearborn suppresses historical article on Henry Ford's anti-Semitism. wsws.org The censored article details how Ford's Dearborn Independent newspaper served as a platform for vile slanders against Jews—and an inspiration for Hitler and the Nazis.

pip.hinman (2019-02-07). Let's let Venezuela pick its own leaders. greenleft.org.au In 1996, when I was working in Nicaragua, I attended a conference in El Salvador and met a charismatic former army officer from Venezuela called Hugo Chávez. | In a long discussion, Chávez explained how he was building an alliance between patriotic military officers and working people. They were seeking to win the next elections and use the country's oil wealth to improve the quality of life of the poor. | Within 18 months of our conversation, Chávez was elected Venezuela's president. | His government didn't just promise, it delivered communes, land reform, health clinics, literacy and schools, and won majority…

WSWS (2019-02-07). Washington issues ultimatum to Venezuela over "humanitarian aid" ploy. wsws.org Behind the cynical pretense of concern over Venezuela's social crisis, the Pentagon and CIA are setting the stage for an armed confrontation on the country's border.

Register Peace & Freedom or Green (2019-02-07). 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.

WSWS (2019-02-07). AfD deputy denounces a Holocaust commemoration in German parliament. wsws.org Seventy-four years after the liberation of Auschwitz, the crimes of the Nazi regime are being downplayed in the German Bundestag (parliament) without triggering any significant protest.

Khubaka, Michael Harris (2019-02-07). 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.

stuart_m (2019-02-07). Spanish state vs Catalonia: putting a political trial on trial. greenleft.org.au On February 12, the trial of 12 Catalan politicians and social movement leaders involved in the October 1, 2017 independence referendum is set to begin in the Spanish Supreme Court. | The leaders face sanctions as harsh as 25 year's jail for their alleged offences — rebellion, sedition and embezzlement of public funds. | It is the first of three trials. Other defendants, including former police chief, José Lluís Trapero, will face the National High Court. Those members of the Catalan parliament who allowed discussion and voting on the referendum enabling law will face the High Court of Justice of Catalonia…

Neil deMause (2019-02-06). NYT Reports on 'Perception' of Subway Danger—but Can't Perceive Racism. fair.org As is usually the case, the answer to the headline's question (New York Times, 2/4/19) is "no." | In recent months, most of the media coverage of New York's subway system has been focused on the staggering cost to keep it in good working order and whether there's a better way to run city transit.

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

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…

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…

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 …

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…

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.

splcenter (2019-02-06). This Lawsuit Hopes To Stop Identity Evropa's Founder From Hiding Behind Bankruptcy. splcenter.org A group of Charlottesville, Virginia, residents is asking a federal judge to block white nationalist and founder of Identity Evropa Nathan Damigo from protecting his assets by filing for bankruptcy.

ACLU (2019-02-06). How to Shine a Light on U.S. Government Surveillance of Americans. aclu.org Before Congress votes to reauthorize key spying laws, it must demand answers. | This year, Congress must vote on reauthorizing provisions of the Patriot Act that are due to expire — including Section 215, which the government abused for years to illegally collect Americans' phone records in bulk. As this debate gets underway, both Congress and the public need some answers. | In 2015, Congress passed the USA Freedom Act to reform parts of the Patriot Act and make other much-needed changes to the government's surveil…

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

teleSUR (2019-02-06). UN Warns Against Politicizing Humanitarian Aid in Venezuela. telesurenglish.net The United Nations warned on Wednesday against using aid as a pawn in Venezuela after the United States sent food and medicine to the country's border and accused President Nicolas Maduro of blocking its delivery with trucks and shipping containers. | RELATED: | Pope: Vatican Open to Mediating in Venezuela if Both Sides Ask | U.S. officials claimed trucks carrying aid had arrived in Colombia for delivery to Venezuela at the request of Juan Guaido, an opposition lawmaker who decl…

Jenna McGuire, newsroom staff (2019-02-06). 'Disgusting': GOP Congressman Tries to Get Parkland Victim's Father Ejected From Gun Control Hearing. commondreams.org Rep. Matt Gaetz (R-Fla.) was angrily interrupted by Manuel Oliver, the father of Majory Stoneman Douglas shooting victim Joaquin Oliver, during a House Judiciary Committee hearing on gun violence Wednesday after the lawmaker said that "a wall" on the southern border would be a more effective way to curb gun violence than mandatory background checks. | https://www.commondreams.org/sites/defau…

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…

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). "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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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

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…

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.

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). 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.

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.

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 …

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.

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.

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. |

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…

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). 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…

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.

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