2019-02-13: Social Media Postees

What it Really Takes to Secure Peace in Afghanistan
Kathy Kelly | commondreams.org | 2019-02-13
Muhammad Ali teaching a "relational learning circle" class during orientation at the APV Borderfree . (Photo: Dr. Hakim) | https://www.commondreams.org/sites/defau…
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Starving Venezuela into Submission
Israel Shamir | globalresearch.ca | 2019-02-13
You are so kind-hearted! I shed a tear thinking of American generosity. | "So many delightful goodies: sacks of rice, canned tuna and protein-rich biscuits, corn flour, lentils and pasta, arrived at the border of troubled Venezuela — enough for one … | The post Starving Venezuela into Submission appeared first on Global Research.
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70 More Bodies Found, 2 Clandestine Graves Uncovered in Mexico
teleSUR | telesurenglish.net | 2019-02-13
Mexican authorities say they have found 49 clandestine graves with 69 bodies inside on a rural property in Colima state. | RELATED: | 2 Migrant Caravans Detained at US-Mexico Border After Crossing | The State Prosecutor's Office says they are working to have all 69 cadavers identified through DNA and forensic examinations. The office also stated that around 70 federal employees have been put on the job to investigate the discovery located in a community just outside of Tecoman…
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Finally One of Trump's Racist Dog-Whistles May Come Back to Bite Him
Chris Orlet | counterpunch.org | 2019-02-13
As a study in contrasts, it will be educational to watch the Democratic contenders in next year's primary debates. Unlike the 2016 Republican debates in which Donald Trump insulted, intimidated and lied his way to the GOP nomination while making up degrading nicknames for his various opponents, I strongly suspect U.S. senators Kamala Harris, Cory…
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Georgia Republican, Rep. Ferguson, proudly displays pro-slavery material in D.C
Cheston McGuire | peoplesworld.org | 2019-02-13
WASHINGTON — This week, while members of the American Federation of Government Employees (AFGE) were in D.C. for the union's 2019 Legislative & Grassroots Mobilization Conference and Capitol Hill visits, several members were stunned to see a racist book open and on display in the Longworth office of Rep. Drew Ferguson of Georgia. "As a …
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Venezuela: Opposing White Supremacy and Big Oil Interests
James Winter | globalresearch.ca | 2019-02-13
The Canadian and U.S. governments are now openly supporting the treasonous overthrow of the democratically-elected President of Venezuela, Nicolas Maduro. | The U.S. is now openly holding direct communications with Venezuela's military, urging them to abandon the president. | I'm not … | The post Venezuela: Opposing White Supremacy and Big Oil Interests appeared first on Global Research.
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Trumpism's Global Strategy
Calvin Cheung-Miaw | zcomm.org | 2019-02-13
It twists, it turns, it bounces in unexpected directions. How do we make sense of Trump's foreign policy? Is there a logic behind it or just a series of improvised presidential whims? In the past two years, we've seen a confusing mix of policy initiatives: threats of nuclear genocide against North Korea followed by a Read…
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New Hampshire Law Illegally Targets Young Voters Ahead of 2020 Primary
ACLU | aclu.org | 2019-02-13
The state wants students to face criminal penalties if they don't pay to change their out-of-state licenses after voting. | The New Hampshire 2020 primary is still almost a year away, but state legislators are already working to disenfranchise voters. HB 1264, a law set to go into effect in July 2019, will change the definition of what it means to be a "resident" of New Hampshire, forcing people with out-of-state driver's licenses or car registrations to switch to the state versions if they register to vote. | While it may sound like an archaic DMV issue, it's actually a burden on the right to vote. In New Hamps…
aclu.org/blog/voting-rights/fighting-vot…

The US's Venezuela-Colombia border stunt exposed
stuart_m | greenleft.org.au | 2019-02-13
The cameras are focused on the border between Venezuela and Colombia. Everything has been prepared to present it as a door about to give in. It is just a matter of waiting for the right day, according to some presidents and news headlines. | The narrative of "imminence" has been key since Venezuelan opposition politician Juan Guaidó proclaimed himself president last month: the imminent fall of President Nicolás Maduro, imminent transition government and imminent resolution of all of Venezuela's problems. | The reality when you arrive at the border is different, particularly along what has been built up as the "cr…
greenleft.org.au/content/uss-venezuela-colombia-border-stunt-exposed

Trump pushes for more anti-immigrant concessions from the Democrats
WSWS | wsws.org | 2019-02-13
The government funding agreement represents a capitulation by the Democrats to Trump's demand for a border wall and his mass detention of undocumented immigrants.
http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2019/02/…

What are the Alternatives to Neoliberal Globalization?
Joachim Hirsch and Gert Ungar | indybay.org | 2019-02-13
Capitalism seemed to have a more social or civilized face for a time. After Roosevelt's New Deal and the defeat of fascism, gradual development of the social state occurred in Europe. Unions were accepted. The rulers were forced to political and social concessions.
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Trump says he found $23 billion for Wall from 'other sources'
RT | rt.com | 2019-02-13
Unfazed by a congressional deal giving him only $1.3 billion for a barrier on the US-Mexico border, President Donald Trump is saying he found twenty times that much for overall border security "from other sources." | …
rt.com/usa/451324-trump-wall-23-billion/

Incarcerated Immigrants Are Being Tortured
Shared by Merula Furtado | truthout.org | 2019-02-13
In El Paso, Texas, not far from where President Trump delivered a speech riddled with falsehoods and jingoism at a pro-wall rally on Tuesday, at least nine Sikh men reportedly fleeing persecution in India have been on hunger strike in an immigration jail known for weeks. | The asylum seekers are protesting their detention and the conditions of the jail, and Immigration and Customs Enfo…
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AIPAC launches fundraising campaign on back of Ilhan Omar's 'anti-Semitic' tweets — reports
RT | rt.com | 2019-02-13
Pro-Israel lobby group AIPAC is apparently trying to cash in on the controversy caused by Ilhan Omar's tweets in which she slammed the overbearing power the Israeli lobby has on US lawmakers. But some say it's an ill-timed effort. | …
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Bridging Borders: Carrying the Light for Justice
Bay Area Day of Remembrance Consortium | indybay.org | 2019-02-13
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Venezuela's Maduro Denounces Warmongering by 'White Supremacist' Trump and His 'Gang of Extremists' Promoting Fascism Worldwide
Jon Queally, staff writer | commondreams.org | 2019-02-13
Calling President Donald Trump a person who is "publicly and openly" a white supremacist and accusing the current U.S. government of being run by a racist "gang of extremists," Venezuelan President Nicol√°s Maduro called on the people and leaders of the world to speak out against foreign intervention and instead back efforts for the nation to solve its problems peacefully from within. | https://www.commondreams.org/sites/defau…
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Americans Cross Border Into Mexico to Buy Insulin at a Fraction of US Cost
Shared by Samantha Borek | truthout.org | 2019-02-13
When Michelle Fenner signed up to run this year's Los Angeles Marathon, it got her thinking: Tijuana, Mexico, is only a 2?-hour drive from L.A. Why not take a trip across the border and buy some insulin for her son? | "It's so easy to just go across the border," mused Fenner. | This idea had been in the back of Fenner's mind for a while. Her son was diagnosed with Type 1 diabetes nine years ago, meaning he needs daily injections of insulin to live. The list price of the modern generation of insulin has skyrocketed since his diagnosis. On one trip to the pharmacy last year, Fenner was told that a thre…
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In Venezuela, White Supremacy Is a Key Driver of the Coup
Greg Palast — Truthout | venezuelanalysis.com | 2019-02-12
Greg Palast examines the relationship between racism and right-wing politics in the Latin American nation.
venezuelanalysis.com/analysis/14318

How Donald Trump Finally Won Over "Liberal" Media
CJ Hopkins | mintpressnews.com | 2019-02-12
Maybe Donald Trump isn't as stupid as I thought. I'd hate to have to admit that publicly, but it does kind of seem like he has put one over on the liberal corporate media this time. Scanning the recent Trump-related news, I couldn't help but notice a significant decline in the number of references to Weimar, Germany, Adolf Hitler, and "the brink of fascism" that America has supposedly been teetering on since Hillary Clinton lost the election. | I Googled around pretty well, I think, bu…
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Rare footage of Arizona ocelot shows what could be lost by border wall
Olivia Rosane | peoplesworld.org | 2019-02-12
Feline conservation group Conservation CATalyst released what it says is the first-ever trail camera footage of an endangered ocelot in Arizona on Sunday, at what the group said on its Facebook page is a "critical point" in the species' conservation. That is partly because of President Donald Trump's proposed border wall, which would restrict the …
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Showdown in El Paso: Trump and Beto's Dueling Rallies and the Uncertain Future of the Wall
Ruth Conniff | progressive.org | 2019-02-12
In the Lone Star State, a preview of the political battle to come.
progressive.org/dispatches/el-paso-trump…

Take Action Now: Help Pass Crucial Voting Rights Reforms
NationAction | thenation.com | 2019-02-12
Take Action Now: Help Pass Crucial Voting Rights Reforms…
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Aussie PM Suffers Historic Defeat Over Health Refugees Bill
teleSUR | telesurenglish.net | 2019-02-12
Australia's conservative minority government suffered a damaging political defeat Tuesday, becoming the first administration in nearly a century to lose a vote on major legislation and sparking calls for a snap election. | RELATED: | Australian Senator Bills Taxpayers to Attend 'Racist' Rally | It is the first time in decades that an Australian government has lost a vote on a substantive piece of legislation, sparking applause and cheers from observers in the parliamentary viewing…
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Venezuela: Arreaza Slams Indifference of UN Members to US Coup
teleSUR | telesurenglish.net | 2019-02-12
During a press conference at the United Nations Tuesday, Foreign Minister of Venezuela Jorge Arreaza condemned the attempted coup against Venezuela and accused members of the international body of the indifference before such a scenario. | RELATED: | Maduro: 'White Supremacists, KKK' in White House Plotting Against Venezuela | "In Venezuela there is no humanitarian crisis, there is a blockaded and besieged economy (…) Enough of so much lies, we came here to defend th…
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Venezuela: Maduro Continues Call For Peace, Dialogue, Respect
teleSUR | telesurenglish.net | 2019-02-12
President Nicolas Maduro continues his call for peace, dialogue, and the defense of Venezuela's sovereignty during Tuesday's 205 Annual Youth Day celebrations. | RELATED: | Maduro: 'White Supremacists, KKK' in White House Plotting Against Venezuela | "I want peace for Venezuela, we all want peace for Venezuela, for the war drums to drift away, for the threats of military invasion to recede and for Venezuela to say with a single chorus, with one voice: We want peace! H…
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SPLC responds to Alabama Gov. Kay Ivey's prison construction plan
splcenter | splcenter.org | 2019-02-12
Alabama Gov. Kay Ivey announced today that her administration will seek bids for building three regional prisons for men, at an estimated cost of nearly $1 billion — part of a larger effort to address the state's dangerous and overcrowded prison system…
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'Bad' border deal welcomed by 'Swamp', but Trump seems unconcerned
RT | rt.com | 2019-02-12
Democrats and Republicans may have reached a deal to avoid another shutdown, but it has come under criticism from both sides of the aisle. Meanwhile, President Donald Trump appeared strangely confident about building his wall. | …
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'Sorry, not sorry?' Ilhan Omar apologizes for 'anti-Semitic' tweet, reigniting controversy
RT | rt.com | 2019-02-12
Freshman Minnesota congresswoman Ilhan Omar has been forced to apologize by senior House Democrats for a series of "anti-Semitic" tweets — but her apology has set off another round of hysteria for not being apologetic enough. | …
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Congress reaches last-minute deal to avoid another government shutdown… 'in principle'
RT | rt.com | 2019-02-12
US lawmakers say they have averted another partial government shutdown, reaching enough of a deal on border security to keep the government open through September 30, though the particulars remain up in the air. | …
rt.com/usa/451248-congress-avoids-shutdo…

Unions See an Opening in the Wake of a Ruling That Was Supposed to Finish Them Off
Rachel M. Cohen | theintercept.com | 2019-02-12
At a conference in Washington, labor leaders said their losses following the Supreme Court's decision in Janus were not as severe as they had feared. | The post Unions See an Opening in the Wake of a Ruling That Was Supposed to Finish Them Off appeared first on The Intercept.
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Democrats capitulate to Trump, agree to wall funding
WSWS | wsws.org | 2019-02-12
As Trump was delivering another fascistic rant in the border city of El Paso, Texas, Democrats were agreeing to advance his anti-immigrant crackdown.
http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2019/02/…

Cubs Ownership Has a Racism Problem
Dave Zirin | thenation.com | 2019-02-11
Cubs Ownership Has a Racism Problem…
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Glenn Greenwald Defends Rep. Ilhan Omar: Criticizing Israeli Lobby & AIPAC Is Not Anti-Semitic
Democracy Now! | democracynow.org | 2019-02-11
Democratic Congressmember Ilhan Omar of Minnesota is facing criticism today after commenting on a tweet by Glenn Greenwald. On Sunday, Greenwald tweeted, "GOP Leader Kevin McCarthy threatens punishment for @IlhanMN and @RashidaTlaib over their criticisms of Israel. It's stunning how much time US political leaders spend defending a foreign nation even if it means attacking free speech rights of Americans." Rep. Omar retweeted his post and added the line: "It's all about the Benjamins baby." She later named AIPAC as the organization paying American politicians to be pro-Israel.
http://www.democracynow.org/2019/2/11/gl…

Trump Is Exploiting the National Guard
Rebecca Gordon | thenation.com | 2019-02-11
Trump Is Exploiting the National Guard…
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Western Media Fall in Lockstep for Cheap Trump/Rubio Venezuela Aid PR Stunt
Adam Johnson, FAIR | venezuelanalysis.com | 2019-02-11
FAIR's Adam Johnson unravels some press mistruths about the USAID on the Venezuelan border.
venezuelanalysis.com/analysis/14315

The Supreme Court Is Playing Favorites With Religion
ACLU | aclu.org | 2019-02-11
The court's recent decisions threaten religious neutrality — the "clearest command" of the Establishment Clause. | Last week, the Supreme Court permitted the state of Alabama to execute a Muslim man, Domineque Ray, without his religious advisor present. The court's 5-4 decision reversed an emergency lower-court order that had temporarily delayed the execution because of grave concerns that Alabama's pr…
aclu.org/blog/religious-liberty/supreme-…

Anti-War protesters say 'No' to Klobuchar presidential bid
Fight Back | fightbacknews.org | 2019-02-11
Minneapolis, MN – A contingent of demonstrators braved the cold and dense snowfall, February 10, establishing an anti-war presence at Boom Island Park, where Minnesota Senator Amy Klobuchar announced her 2020 presidential bid. | Klobuchar has a long history of voting with Republicans on the issues of foreign intervention and militarism, to include voting "Yea" on bills that imposed economic sanctions on Syria and Iran, added $61 billion to the defense budget, extended the expiration date of the PATRIOT Act, and authorized President Trump to transfer precision guided munitions to the Israeli apartheid regime. She…
fightbacknews.org/2019/2/11/anti-war-pro…

Judge: Alabama's prison system violates Eighth Amendment, "deliberately indifferent" to mental health of people in solitary confinement
splcenter | splcenter.org | 2019-02-11
In another stunning rebuke of Alabama's prison system, a federal judge ruled today that the Alabama Department of Corrections (ADOC) violated the Eighth Amendment and that it was "deliberately indifferent" in its failure to adequately monitor the mental health of incarcerated people in solitary confinement.
splcenter.org/news/2019/02/11/judge-alab…

When Right-Wing Fundraising Goes Wrong: An Alaska Militia Founder Is Suing His Onetime Benefactors
splcenter | splcenter.org | 2019-02-11
Alaska militiaman Schaeffer Cox needed help and he knew it.
splcenter.org/hatewatch/2019/02/11/when-…

Racism or just an ugly shoe? Katy Perry's new 'blackface' footwear sparks outrage
RT | rt.com | 2019-02-11
Retailers have been removing Katy Perry's new sandals and loafers, designed to resemble a human face, after their 'black' version got slammed for being racially insensitive. The news has received a mixed response on Twitter. | …
rt.com/usa/451232-katy-perry-blackface-s…

Elliott Abrams: The War Criminal Running US Policy in Venezuela
Shared by Hezvo Mpunga | therealnews.com | 2019-02-11
The recently named US Special Envoy on Venezuela, Elliott Abrams, is back in the halls of power after a career of supporting dictators, violence and genocide around the world | The post Elliott Abrams: The War Criminal Running US Policy in Venezuela appeared first on The Real News Network.
therealnews.com/stories/elliott-abrams-t…

How the U.S. Weaponized the Border Wall
Greg Grandin | theintercept.com | 2019-02-10
Migrants die and disappear in staggeringly high numbers along the U.S.-Mexico border, as Washington over the years has shut down relatively safe, traditional urban entry points, forcing border crossers into hostile desert terrain. Migrants also sustain severe life-threatening or crippling injuries. They fall into mine shafts and break their backs. Dehydration damages their kidneys. Others are bitten by snakes or injured in chases. The tall metal fences that run as barriers along segments of the border also serve as weapons. Migrants sever limbs climbing the barriers and break bones falling off them. | "Border-rel…
theintercept.com/2019/02/10/us-mexico-bo…

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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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.
splcenter.org/hatewatch/2019/02/09/leagu…

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.
splcenter.org/news/2019/02/08/splc-victi…

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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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.
progressive.org/dispatches/anti-blacknes…

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