2019-02-07: Social Media Postees

Blackface Is Just One Part of the Problem
Jamil Smith | zcomm.org | 2019-02-07
The furor over Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam's yearbook photo has America once again asking the wrong questions about racism…
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Northam Needs to Resign
Jesse Jackson | counterpunch.org | 2019-02-07
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…
counterpunch.org/2019/02/07/northam-need…

Instead of His Wall, Let's Show Trump the Door
Rev. William Alberts | counterpunch.org | 2019-02-07
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…
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Washington Issues Ultimatum to Venezuela over "Humanitarian Aid" Ploy
Bill Van Auken | globalresearch.ca | 2019-02-07
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 … | The post Washington Issues Ultimatum to Venezuela over "Humanitarian Aid" Ploy appeared first on Global Research.
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US: City Council Condemns Nagales Razor Wire Border Fence
teleSUR | telesurenglish.net | 2019-02-07
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.
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Discover Systemic Institutional Racism Seeking to Destroy the Legacy of Negro Bar, CA
Khubaka, Michael Harris | indybay.org | 2019-02-07
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.
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Tax Time is Bye Bye Trump Time
Register Peace & Freedom or Green | indybay.org | 2019-02-07
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.
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Dearborn suppresses historical article on Henry Ford's anti-Semitism
WSWS | wsws.org | 2019-02-07
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.
http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2019/02/…

Let's let Venezuela pick its own leaders
pip.hinman | greenleft.org.au | 2019-02-07
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…
greenleft.org.au/content/lets-let-venezuela-pick-its-own-leaders

Spanish state vs Catalonia: putting a political trial on trial
stuart_m | greenleft.org.au | 2019-02-07
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…
greenleft.org.au/content/spanish-state-vs-catalonia-putting-political-trial-trial

Washington issues ultimatum to Venezuela over "humanitarian aid" ploy
WSWS | wsws.org | 2019-02-07
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.
http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2019/02/…

AfD deputy denounces a Holocaust commemoration in German parliament
WSWS | wsws.org | 2019-02-07
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.
http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2019/02/…

NYT Reports on 'Perception' of Subway Danger–but Can't Perceive Racism
Neil deMause | fair.org | 2019-02-06
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.
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The Right-Wing Attack on Medicare-for-All
Dave Lindorff | counterpunch.org | 2019-02-06
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…
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Trump Can't escape having called Nazis "Very Fine People"
Juan Cole | zcomm.org | 2019-02-06
Trump isn't giving people orders to commit violence. But fringe violent racists clearly are taking encouragement from Trump's outrageous bigotry…
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Grave of Karl Marx attacked by "fascist vandal"
Combined Sources | peoplesworld.org | 2019-02-06
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 …
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The United States Is a Progressive Nation With a Democracy Problem
David M. Perry | thenation.com | 2019-02-06
The United States Is a Progressive Nation With a Democracy Problem…
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Ana María Archila: Brett Kavanaugh's Presence at SOTU Represented Failure of U.S. Democracy
Democracy Now! | democracynow.org | 2019-02-06
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.
http://www.democracynow.org/2019/2/6/ana…

This Lawsuit Hopes To Stop Identity Evropa's Founder From Hiding Behind Bankruptcy
splcenter | splcenter.org | 2019-02-06
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.
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How to Shine a Light on U.S. Government Surveillance of Americans
ACLU | aclu.org | 2019-02-06
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…
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The Empathy of the Irish for Palestinians is in No Way Anti-Semitic
Ronit Lentin | counterpunch.org | 2019-02-06
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…
counterpunch.org/2019/02/06/the-empathy-…

UN Warns Against Politicizing Humanitarian Aid in Venezuela
teleSUR | telesurenglish.net | 2019-02-06
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…
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New Mexico State Says No to Trump's Fear-mongering
teleSUR | telesurenglish.net | 2019-02-06
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…
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SOTU: Congresswomen Remember Slain Migrant Child
teleSUR | telesurenglish.net | 2019-02-06
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…
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'Disgusting': GOP Congressman Tries to Get Parkland Victim's Father Ejected From Gun Control Hearing
Jenna McGuire, newsroom staff | commondreams.org | 2019-02-06
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…
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"Liar-in-Chief": Rep. Ilhan Omar Slams Trump's SOTU Remarks on Border, Venezuela, Israel & More
Democracy Now! | democracynow.org | 2019-02-06
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…
http://www.democracynow.org/2019/2/6/lia…

US Lawmakers Ridicule Trump's Comments Against Socialism
teleSUR | telesurenglish.net | 2019-02-06
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…
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Accommodating Asylum-Seekers and Migrants with Disabilities
Human Rights Watch | hrw.org | 2019-02-06
"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…
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VA Governor Northam Won't Address Racist Reality, Runs From Blackface Past
Shared by Hezvo Mpunga | therealnews.com | 2019-02-06
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 | The post VA Governor Northam Won't Address Racist Reality, Runs From Blackface Past appeared first on The Real News Network.
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Kavanaugh's Presence at SOTU Represented Failure of US Democracy
Shared by Cherise | truthout.org | 2019-02-06
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…
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Did Trump's speech divide or unite Americans? WATCH RT panel debate State of Union address
RT | rt.com | 2019-02-06
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. | …
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Fresh off 'MAGA Field Trip,' Steve Bannon, Erik Prince Among Right-Wing Crew Plotting Out Privatized Border Wall
Andrea Germanos, staff writer | commondreams.org | 2019-02-06
"Can we raise one- or two-hundred million dollars? No doubt about it," says Steve Bannon. | https://www.commondreams.org/sites/defau…
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How US sanctions hurt Venezuela's people
stuart_m | greenleft.org.au | 2019-02-06
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…
greenleft.org.au/content/how-us-sanctions-hurt-venezuelas-people

Rep. Ilhan Omar Slams Trump's Remarks on Border, Venezuela, Israel
Shared by Cherise | truthout.org | 2019-02-06
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…
truthout.org/video/rep-ilhan-omar-slams-…

NAACP Weekly News Update 01/27/19 to 02/05/19
Rachel Johnson | naacp.org | 2019-02-05
Check out this weeks news articles featuring the NAACP ABC News (VIDEO): NAACP president: I don't see how Northam can survive racist yearbook photo fallout Derrick Johnson, the president of the NAACP, said on Sunday that he doesn't see how Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam can survive the fallout of a racist yearbook photo that emerged on Friday. […] | The post NAACP Weekly News Update | 01/27/19 to 02/05/19 appeared first on NAACP.
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Historical marker alongside Alabama highway will honor civil rights martyr William Lewis Moore
splcenter | splcenter.org | 2019-02-05
Jerry Smith was humming along U.S. Highway 11 in his light-green, 1961 Chevrolet Corvair, when he came upon something unusual.
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We'll be paying close attention to the State of the Union address
splcenter | splcenter.org | 2019-02-05
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.
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"Part of their soul was missing": Scottish steelworkers lost more than jobs
James Patrick Ferns | peoplesworld.org | 2019-02-05
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 …
peoplesworld.org/article/part-of-their-s…

"Change Is Taking Too Long" — Cabinet Member Speaks Out Amid Gov. Ralph Northam's Blackface Fallout
Akela Lacy | theintercept.com | 2019-02-05
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. | The post "Change Is Taking Too Long" — Cabinet Member Speaks Out Amid Gov. Ralph Northam's Blackface Fallout appeared first on The Intercept.
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Louisiana Tests the New Supreme Court on Abortion
Jordan Smith | theintercept.com | 2019-02-05
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. | The post Louisiana Tests the New Supreme Court on Abortion appeared first on The Intercept.
theintercept.com/2019/02/05/louisiana-ab…

From concrete to steel to flesh: Trump says he 'will build a human wall if necessary'
RT | rt.com | 2019-02-05
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. | …
rt.com/usa/450732-trump-will-build-human…

Students and Faculty Plan Walkout Over Johns Hopkins' ICE Contract
Shared by Hezvo Mpunga | therealnews.com | 2019-02-05
"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. | The post Students and Faculty Plan Walkout Over Johns Hopkins' ICE Contract appeared first on The Real News Network.
therealnews.com/columns/students-and-fac…

Historian: Americans Must Face Violent History of Blackface Amid Virginia Gov. Racist Photo Scandal
Democracy Now! | democracynow.org | 2019-02-04
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…
http://www.democracynow.org/2019/2/4/his…

Virginia Legislative Black Caucus: Governor Northam Must Resign over Blackface Yearbook Photo
Democracy Now! | democracynow.org | 2019-02-04
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…
http://www.democracynow.org/2019/2/4/vir…

The Supreme Court Is Considering Whether the Government Can Dodge the First Amendment by Outsourcing Its Power
ACLU | aclu.org | 2019-02-04
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…
aclu.org/blog/free-speech/supreme-court-…

Neomi Rao, Nominee to Replace Brett Kavanaugh, Heads Agency That's Been Stalling Sexual Harassment Guidance
David Dayen | theintercept.com | 2019-02-04
Neomi Rao has been tapped for the D.C. Circuit, and is already on the GOP shortlist for a future Supreme Court spot. | The post Neomi Rao, Nominee to Replace Brett Kavanaugh, Heads Agency That's Been Stalling Sexual Harassment Guidance appeared first on The Intercept.
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Ana Maria Archila, Who Confronted Sen. Jeff Flake, Will Be Ocasio-Cortez's SOTU Guest
Aída Chávez | theintercept.com | 2019-02-04
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…
theintercept.com/2019/02/04/ana-maria-ar…

Unexpected Dangers for Fleeing Saudi Women
Human Rights Watch | hrw.org | 2019-02-04

| January 30, 2019 Video | Saudi Arabia: 10 Reasons Why Women Flee: | Rahaf al-Qunun, the Saudi woman who managed to successfully flee her allegedly abusive family, has shed new light on the countless women trapped under the abusive male guardianship system in Saudi Arabia. Women face systematic discrimination and are left exposed to domestic violence under the male guardianship system and have few places to…
hrw.org/news/2019/02/04/unexpected-dange…

Officers Accused of Abuses Are Leading Chicago Police's "Implicit Bias" Training Program
Debbie Southorn | theintercept.com | 2019-02-03
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…
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Statement Regarding Article Related to Mark Krikorian Attendance at White House Meeting
Hatewatch Staff | splcenter.org | 2019-02-02
See below.
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