2019-02-09: Social Media Postees

Denouncing Socialism, Practicing Fascism
Richard Falk | zcomm.org | 2019-02-09
Trump's language seems intended to brand those who espouse socialism by name or even by their platforms as subversive adherents of a faith alien to American values and traditions…
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An Open Letter to the People of the United States from President Nicolas Maduro
Nicolas Maduro | globalresearch.ca | 2019-02-09
We live today a historical trance. There are days that will define the future of our countries between war and peace. Your national representatives of Washington want to bring to their borders the same hatred that they planted in Vietnam. | The post An Open Letter to the People of the United States from President Nicolas Maduro appeared first on Global Research.
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US Supreme Court clears way for execution of Muslim inmate without imam in death chamber
WSWS | wsws.org | 2019-02-09
The Supreme Court's 5-4 ruling openly violated the separation of church and state enshrined in the US Constitution and the high court's jurisprudence that government may not discriminate among faiths.
http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2019/02/…

Tax Time is Bye Bye Trump Time
Register Peace & Freedom or Green | indybay.org | 2019-02-09
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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White Supremacy and Capitalism: Why you can't abolish one without overthrowing the other
Revolution Books | indybay.org | 2019-02-09
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Honoring Frank Robinson's legacy
Al Neal | peoplesworld.org | 2019-02-08
Wouldn't it be incredible sport fans if we could say racism in the big leagues ended the day Jackie Robinson Broke the color line? Or when then the first African-American major league manager was hired? Or…or. or… There were countless moments in history where the scourge of racism in sports could have been defeated. There …
peoplesworld.org/article/82989/

SOTU: These Are Dangerous Times, and Our Government is Largely to Blame
John W. Whitehead | counterpunch.org | 2019-02-08
"As I look at America today, I am not afraid to say that I am afraid." –Bertram Gross, Friendly Fascism: The New Face of Power in America These are dangerous times. Mind you, when I say that these are dangerous times, it is not because of violent crime, which remains at an all-time low, or…
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The Alt-Right and US Capitalism in Decay
Ron Jacobs | counterpunch.org | 2019-02-08
In late 1934, the second edition of R. Palme Dutt's book titled Fascism and the Social Revolution was published. This book is an examination of the economic and political causes and nature of fascism. One of the most important sentences in the text appears in the introduction to this edition. It reads in part,…
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Why Ann Coulter Has Power: U.S. Politics are Authoritarian by Design
Paul Street | counterpunch.org | 2019-02-08
Recently a correspondent from overseas wrote to ask me how it is that Donald Trump perseveres with his absurd nativist demand — replete with threats of a second government shut-down or a Declaration of National Emergency — for a completed wall to stop a fake and racist brown menace on the southern United States border despite the fact that his demand and his threats are opposed by a solid majority of U.S.-Americans.
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It's Not Just Ralph Northam–Anti-Blackness is 'Vintage Americana'
Rann Miller | progressive.org | 2019-02-08
It's Black Lives Matter at School Week, but black children in continue to suffer because America isn't ready to confront its anti-blackness.
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League of the South Member Tyler Davis Takes Plea for Beating Man After 'Unite the Right'
splcenter | splcenter.org | 2019-02-08
A member of the neo-Confederate group League of the South has taken a plea for his role in the beating of DeAndre Harris in the hours after the racist "Unite the Right" rally in Charlottesville, Virginia.
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Israeli Troops Kill 2 Gaza Teens During Weekly Border Protests
teleSUR | telesurenglish.net | 2019-02-08
Israeli troops shot dead two Palestinian teenagers including a 14-year-old boy during Gaza border protests Friday, Palestinian health officials said. | RELATED: | 'Racist' Israeli Hospitals' Unethical Search of Palestinians | Palestinians have been staging weekly protests since last March dubbed as the March for Return protests in which the demonstrators call for their return to the villages their ancestors were kicked out from upon the foundation of Israel in 1948. | Gaza, home to…
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Trump's 'Caravan' Is a Made-up Monster Fabricated by the Far Right
Ian Allen | thenation.com | 2019-02-08
Trump's 'Caravan' Is a Made-up Monster Fabricated by the Far Right…
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Trump's wall meeting increased resistance in the Borderlands
Sarah Roberts | peoplesworld.org | 2019-02-08
TUCSON, Ariz.–As the date nears for Trump to declare a national emergency if he doesn't get the funding he wants for his Border Wall, there is resistance happening on many fronts here in the Borderlands. In southern Arizona, asylum seekers arrive in the hundreds every week, and the Tucson community has stepped up in big …
peoplesworld.org/article/trumps-wall-mee…

U.S. Government Shutdown: Disagreement or Distraction?
unitedEditor | uwidata.com | 2019-02-08
It's the biggest showdown of Donald Trump's presidency yet. The Democratic Party leadership are clashing swords with Trump's administration over the controversial border wall. The struggle has already resulted in the longest and most devastating government shutdown in U.S. history. Democrats have shut down our government in the interests of their far left base. […] | The post U.S. Government Shutdown: Disagreement or Distraction? appeared first on United World International.
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Don't Blame the Pakistan Army for the Country's Poverty
Brian Cloughley | counterpunch.org | 2019-02-08
No matter what happens in Afghanistan, a most important factor in the region will continue to be the army of Pakistan which has had to move large numbers of troops to the border to counter revolutionary militants. In the event of civil war in Afghanistan, Pakistan will be subject to even more threat from over…
counterpunch.org/2019/02/08/dont-blame-t…

Venezuela: Mediation Efforts Splinter as Tensions Build over Colombia Convoy
Ricardo Vaz | mintpressnews.com | 2019-02-08
Venezuelan authorities have warned that the attempt to bring aid across the border without government consent represented a provocation, pointing out that the amount of aid being sent pales in comparison to the Venezuelan assets and accounts frozen outside the country. | The post Venezuela: Mediation Efforts Splinter as Tensions Build over Colombia Convoy appeared first on MintPress News.
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In Alabama, a Muslim Man Was Denied the Presence of His Imam During His Execution
ACLU | aclu.org | 2019-02-08
The Supreme Court's ruling to move forward with Domineque Ray's execution violates the Establishment Clause's principle of religious neutrality. | Domineque Ray was pronounced dead last night at 10: 12 p.m. Thirty minutes prior, his execution by lethal injection began. | His last words were a proclamation of his Muslim faith in Arabic. But Ray's imam was missing from the room, despite Ray's repeated requests to the state for his imam's presence. In the days leading up to his death, Ray w…
aclu.org/blog/religious-liberty/alabama-…

Planned Parenthood: SCOTUS Halts Louisiana Abortion Law for Now, But Roe v. Wade Fate Uncertain
Democracy Now! | democracynow.org | 2019-02-08
The Supreme Court has temporarily blocked a restrictive Louisiana anti-choice law from going into effect Thursday, in a major victory for reproductive rights advocates. The case was seen as a litmus test for determining whether millions of women across the nation will continue to have access to abortions. The divided court ruled 5 to 4 in favor of an emergency appeal by a Louisiana-based abortion provider, Hope Medical Group for Women, to temporarily block a Republican-backed law that could have left the state with just a single doctor legally allowed to perform abortions. The law requires doctors who perform abo…
http://www.democracynow.org/2019/2/8/pla…

SPLC, victims' families demand comprehensive ADOC reform as suicide toll increases
splcenter | splcenter.org | 2019-02-08
Following another suicide of a person under the care of the Alabama Department of Corrections (ADOC) this week, victims' families, their attorney, and representatives from the SPLC met on the steps of the Alabama State Capitol today, urging state officials to address the need for comprehensive criminal justice reform.
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SPLC statement on removal of provisions that protect consumers from predatory lenders
splcenter | splcenter.org | 2019-02-08
We are deeply disappointed in a decision this week by the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) to rescind rules that would have protected consumers from predatory lenders.
splcenter.org/news/2019/02/08/splc-state…

Weekend Read: It's not going well for Gab
splcenter | splcenter.org | 2019-02-08
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Journalists, Lawyers, and Activists Working on the Border Face Coordinated Harassment From U.S. and Mexican Authorities
Ryan Devereaux | theintercept.com | 2019-02-08
The Intercept has uncovered a pattern of official harassment aimed at journalists covering migrant caravans in Mexico, as well as attorneys and activists. | The post Journalists, Lawyers, and Activists Working on the Border Face Coordinated Harassment From U.S. and Mexican Authorities appeared first on The Intercept.
theintercept.com/2019/02/08/us-mexico-bo…

Rising Star Matt Gaetz Represents Everything That's Wrong With Trump's Republican Party
Mehdi Hasan | theintercept.com | 2019-02-08
The Florida congressperson tried to expel a grieving father from a hearing on gun violence, and he has voiced racist ideas and conspiracy theories. | The post Rising Star Matt Gaetz Represents Everything That's Wrong With Trump's Republican Party appeared first on The Intercept.
theintercept.com/2019/02/08/rising-star-…

Venezuelan Officials Say They Intercepted Arms and Ammo Delivered by US-Based Plane
Jake Johnson, staff writer | commondreams.org | 2019-02-08
The country's vice minister of citizen security said weapons shipment was "financed by the fascist extreme right and the government of the United States." | https://www.commondreams.org/sites/defau…
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SCOTUS Halts Louisiana Abortion Law for Now, But Fate of "Roe v. Wade" Uncertain
Shared by Cherise | truthout.org | 2019-02-08
The Supreme Court has temporarily blocked a restrictive Louisiana anti-choice law from going into effect Thursday, in a major victory for reproductive rights advocates. The case was seen as a litmus test for determining whether millions of women across the nation will continue to have access to abortions. The divided court ruled 5 to 4 in favor of an emergency appeal by a Louisiana-based abortion provider, Hope Medical Group for Women, to temporarily block a Republican-backed law that could have left the state with just a single doctor legally allowed to perform abortions. The law requires doctors who perform…
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Political Scientist: Blackface Is a National Problem & Virginia's Top Officials Must Step Down
Democracy Now! | democracynow.org | 2019-02-07
A reckoning about racism and sexual assault has left Virginia's government in disarray, with the state's top three elected officials–all Democrats–facing political crises that threaten to upend their careers and the state's leadership. The controversy that has enveloped Virginia since Governor Ralph Northam admitted last week to wearing blackface took a shocking turn Wednesday, when Attorney General Mark Herring also admitted to wearing blackface at a college party. Just days prior, Herring–who is second in line for Virginia's governorship–had called for Governor Northam to resign. The fir…
http://www.democracynow.org/2019/2/7/pol…

In Zapata's shadow, Minneapolis says "Yes" to refugees
Fight Back | fightbacknews.org | 2019-02-07
Minneapolis, MN – A sizable crowd gathered at the base of the statue of Mexican revolutionary Emiliano Zapata at South Minneapolis's Plaza Centenario, February 2, for an event titled "Rally Against the Wall." The demonstration was initiated by Minnesota Caravan Solidarity/Minnesota en Solidaridad con la Caravana, a coalition of international solidarity and immigrants' rights groups in Minnesota's Twin Cities. About 90 demonstrators chanted in support of the refugees travelling in large groups from Central American countries like Honduras, Guatemala and El Salvador to seek asylum at the U.S.-Mexico border and cond…
http://www.fightbacknews.org/2019/2/7/za…

Video: SPLC's Mary Bauer at the border, rebuts Trump on migrants
splcenter | splcenter.org | 2019-02-07
During his State of the Union address, President Trump once again demonized immigrants with blatant falsehoods as he sought to cajole Congress into funding a wall at the border.
splcenter.org/news/2019/02/07/video-splc…

Florida Anti-Immigrant Group Lobbies To Introduce Legislation Attacking Immigrants
Swathi Shanmugasundaram | splcenter.org | 2019-02-07
Anti-immigrant group Floridians for Immigration Enforcement (FLIMEN) lobbied legislators in Florida to introduce legislation mandating E-Verify and banning sanctuary measures.
splcenter.org/hatewatch/2019/02/07/flori…

Anti-LGBT Groups Launch Movement Against Federal Equality Act
Hatewatch Staff | splcenter.org | 2019-02-07
Anti-LGBT hate group leaders and activists recently launched a new project, the #Gone2Far movement (GTFM), to oppose H.R. 2282, the federal Equality Act, which seeks to amend the Civil Rights Act of 1964 to include protections for the categories of a person's sex, sexual orientation and gender identity.
splcenter.org/hatewatch/2019/02/08/anti-…

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 for 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 majorit…
greenleft.org.au/content/lets-let-venezuela-pick-its-own-leaders

Activists Avoid Jail in U.K. After Blocking Plane From Deporting Migrants
Rebecca Nathanson | theintercept.com | 2019-02-07
On Wednesday morning, a group of British activists entered Chelmsford Crown Court, about 30 miles northeast of London, carrying backpacks and tote bags stuffed full. The Stansted 15, as the group has become known, had arrived for a sentencing hearing, and some of them had come prepared to face years in jail. In December, the activists were found guilty of committing a terrorism-related offense after they broke into an airport and blocked the departure of a government-chartered plane that was set to deport migrants and asylum-seekers. | But the group need not have packed their bags. Twelve of the defendants receiv…
theintercept.com/2019/02/07/stansted-15-…

Russia exploited 'racist, sexist, anti-Semitic' US to divide people, tweets 'insane' Kamala Harris
RT | rt.com | 2019-02-07
A California senator and media-appointed frontrunner for the 2020 Democratic nomination has finally managed to unravel the conundrum of so-called Russian 'interference' in the 2016 election — it's so simple you won't believe it. | …
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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

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.
fair.org/home/nyt-reports-on-perception-…

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…
aclu.org/blog/national-security/privacy-…

"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…

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.
splcenter.org/hatewatch/2019/02/06/lawsu…

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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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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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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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.
splcenter.org/news/2019/02/05/we%25E2%25…

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.
splcenter.org/news/2019/02/05/historical…

UPDATE: 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 UPDATE: 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-…

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…
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