2019-03-02: News Headlines

Juan Cole (2019-03-02). Vile Racism in West Virginia GOP: Rep. Ilhan Omar Likened to al-Qaeda. commondreams.org Republicans in the West Virginia state legislature held a "GOP takes the Rotunda" event at the state capitol on Friday. As part of this event they hung a poster of the 9/11 al-Qaeda attacks on the Twin Towers, labeled "'NEVER FORGET'—YOU SAID." Below it they placed a picture of Congresswoman Ilhan Omar with the caption "I AM PROOF—YOU HAVE FORGOTTEN."

teleSUR (2019-03-02). US Seeks to Extend Policy Forcing Asylum Seekers to Mexico. telesurenglish.net The United States is considering extending the controversial Migrant Protection Protocols (MPP) project, an experimental policy that sends Central American asylum-seekers to Mexico while their court dates are processed. | RELATED: | Thousands of Abuse Allegations at Migrant Shelters for Minors | MPP also threatens to overwhelm migrant shelters, which Mexican officials point out are already underfunded. The U.S. transference of responsibility could possibly be attributed to the d…

teleSUR (2019-03-02). Venezuela's Gov't to Bring 5 Proposals to Dialogue Table. telesurenglish.net Venezuela's Minister of Communication and Information Jorge Rodriguez said that his government will bring five concrete proposals to a possible dialogue table, which the "Contact Group on Venezuela", convened by the European Union and Uruguay, seeks to set up. | RELATED: | Venezuela Rejects New US Sanctions Against Military Officers | "We will propo…

STAFF (2019-03-02). Neo-Nazi Group's Leader Is Black Man Who Vows to Dissolve It. truthdig.com Court documents suggest James Hart Stern wants to use his new position to thwart the National Socialist Movement's defense against a lawsuit.

WSWS (2019-03-02). US, Canadian and Mexican workers denounce mass firings of Matamoros strikers. wsws.org Mexican auto parts and other "maquiladora" corporations are firing workers in retaliation for launching a wave of wildcat strikes that brought the Mexican border town of Matamoros to a standstill.

WSWS (2019-03-02). Trump White House leads fascistic attack on socialism at Conservative Political Action Conference. wsws.org The event opened Thursday with a five-and-a-half-minute video collage presenting the Democratic Party as a looming socialist threat from which only Trump and his supporters can save America.

Al-Thawra (2019-03-02). Yazidis freed from Islamic State captivity in Syria and returned to Iraq. indybay.org Over 3.000 Yazidi's remain missing, in an act declared as "Genocide" by the International Community.

Shared by Anton Woronczuk (2019-03-02). Congressional Field Hearings Gather Stories of Voter Suppression. truthout.org Congressional leaders have begun a series of listening sessions and field hearings that seek to document the need for the full restoration of the Voting Rights Act of 1965. The U.S. Supreme Court gutted the VRA in its 2013 ruling in the Shelby County v. Holder case out of Alabama that ended federal preclearance of election changes in places with a history of voter discrimination, most of them in the South. | The gatherings are being organized by the House Administration Comm…

Stephen Lendman (2019-03-01). Netanyahu to be Indicted for Bribery, Fraud, and Breach of Trust. globalresearch.ca Accountability for his highest of high crimes of war, against humanity, including genocide are omitted from coming charges against him, a reported 55-page indictment explaining criminal charges against him in detail. | Israeli attorney general Avichai Mandelblit equivocated endlessly over whether …

Kenny Coyle (2019-03-01). U.S. uses humanitarian assistance to hide regime change efforts in Venezuela. peoplesworld.org The choreographed provocations on Venezuela's borders this past week highlight an often overlooked component of the U.S.-orchestrated regime change machine—USAid (United States Agency for International Development). Its motto, "From the American People," usually stamped on containers bound for conflict zones, might more accurately be read as "From the U.S. State Department" as USAID functions as …

Fight Back (2019-03-01). UNF SDS wins campaign demands. fightbacknews.org Jacksonville, FL – On February 19 the University of North Florida Students for a Democratic Society (UNF SDS) held a rally speaking out against Trump's Declaration of a National Emergency to fund his racist, xenophobic border wall. About 30 students attended despite the chilly rain. Several speakers addressed the protesters about the importance of organizing on campus and opposing Trump's backwards policies. | After the speeches, students from UNF SDS marched across campus to the university president's office and occupied it until the administration met with SDS to discuss the students' demands. SDS dem…

Nicholas Levis (2019-03-01). Other People's Money, Other People's Blood: Which Trump Do We Fight? counterpunch.org Former Donald Trump lawyer Michael Cohen's incendiary testimony to the House Congressional Oversight Committee on 27 February, calling the president "a racist, a con-man and a cheat," highlighted not for the first time the contradiction between condemnations of Trump as the unwanted, kitschy, proto-fascist, poisoned flower of American capitalism — a "legitimate businessman" and global More

unitedEditor (2019-03-01). European asylum agency confirms West's interest in FETàñ. uwidata.com The European Asylum Support Office (EASO) issued a statement formally confirming information cited in an article published by uwidata.com entitled "Europe's interest in FETàñ." According to the Office's statement, 51,225 members of the FETàñ terrorist organization have applied for asylum in EU countries. The article mentioned Europe's deep interest in the group, pointing out how …

splcenter (2019-03-01). Weekend Read: 'If I'd been white, I guarantee you they wouldn't have taken my money'. splcenter.org "The robber didn't get anything, but the police got everything."

Andrew Korybko (2019-03-01). Russia Officially Returns to South Asia by Offering to Host Indo-Pak Peace Talks. globalresearch.ca Russia's 21st-century grand strategy of becoming the supreme "balancing" force in Afro-Eurasia is one major step closer to fruition after Foreign Minister Lavrov offered to host peace talks between India and Pakistan, proving that Russia's refusal to take …

unitedEditor (2019-03-01). A new round of conflict on the Pakistan-India border. uwidata.com Pakistan's announcement that they had downed two Indian aircrafts shocked the world. The increasingly serious mutual threats of the nuclear-armed enemy nations are naturally the entire world's concern, and public attention has been riveted to the decisions made by Indian and Pakistani leadership. Turkey's Foreign Minister Mevlàºt àáavu≈üoƒülu stated extreme concern over the escalation of …

RT (2019-03-01). 'Most entertaining war of all time'? Daily Show host slammed for joke about India/Pakistan conflict. rt.com The Daily Show's Trevor Noah is being raked over the coals on Twitter for a joke he made about the threat of war between India and Pakistan. Was it racist? Insensitive? Not funny? Or are his viewers just "triggered?"

Jason Ditz (2019-03-01). UN Council: Israel Intentionally Shot Children and Journalists in Gaza. theantimedia.com (ANTIWAR.COM) — Israel is furious at the UN Human Rights Council most of the time, but they are particularly furious whenever the body offers a report, as Israel tends to violate a lot of human rights. In this case, the council has announced an "independent inquiry" into the protests at the Gaza border. Every Friday, for months …

RT (2019-03-01). Genocide survivors demand violent coup master Elliott Abrams' removal from Holocaust museum board. rt.com A dozen survivors of genocides from the Holocaust to the 1980s' US-backed slaughter in Central America have demanded US diplomat Elliott Abrams be removed from the US Holocaust museum's "Conscience Committee."

WSWS (2019-03-01). Netanyahu to face charges of bribery, fraud and breach of trust. wsws.org The indictment announcement comes amidst mounting tensions within the Israeli political establishment exacerbated by Netanyahu's increasingly pronounced far-right orientation, including the cultivation of neo-fascist forces.

Nawal Arjini (2019-02-28). Darius James's Antic Satire of American Racism. thenation.com Darius James's Antic Satire of American Racism…

Democracy Now! (2019-02-28). A Criminal in the Oval Office? Michael Cohen Accuses Trump of Lying, Racism & Illegal Activity. democracynow.org In an explosive 5-hour hearing on Capitol Hill Wednesday, President Trump's former personal attorney Michael Cohen accused his old boss of committing multiple criminal acts before and during his presidency. Cohen provided evidence that Trump had violated campaign finance laws by paying hush money to women, accused the Trump Foundation of committing fraud by using the tax-exempt organization for personal purposes, and said Trump lied when he said he couldn't release his tax returns because they were being audited. He also claimed that Trump had advance knowledge that WikiLeaks was preparing to publish a trove of e…

Venezuelanalysis (2019-02-28). Debunking the Lies About the Venezuela Humanitarian Aid Showdown. mintpressnews.com By provoking a series of violent confrontations along the Colombian and Brazilian borders, the Trump-backed opposition has managed to manufacture a false narrative designed to delegitimize the Maduro government and justify further foreign military intervention.

Fight Back (2019-02-28). Salt Lake City says no to the 'National Emergency' to build wall. fightbacknews.org Salt Lake City, UT – 40 community members gathered on a cold Saturday afternoon, February 23, to protest Trump's declaration of a national emergency on the U.S.-Mexico border. People came out to denounce what is understood as a racist and anti-immigrant 'emergency' and border wall. They also came because of the anti-immigrant attacks that continue to happen in Salt Lake City. Police brutalize Black and brown people, family members continue to be deported and anti-immigrant white supremacist groups have started organizing on college campuses in the city. | Ella Mendoza, with the Nopalera Artist Collective, said t…

ACLU (2019-02-28). A Connecticut Bill Would Help Ensure That Re-Entry Doesn't Last a Lifetime for the Formerly Incarcerated. aclu.org Connecticut could be the first to make the formerly incarcerated a protected class under the state's antidiscrimination law. | This year, I moved from one city in Connecticut to a new one. On top of the usual stress of trying to find an affordable, comfortable place to live, I was burdened with extra anxiety. | Despite my success in the 12 years since being released from prison, I dreaded explaining my criminal record again. Weeks into my search, I revealed that part of my past to a potential landlord. When I did, that home's door was closed to me. | My experience is not unique. | Ninety-five percent of the milli…

ACLU (2019-02-28). In an Era of Religious Refusals, the Do No Harm Act Is an Essential Safeguard. aclu.org The bill would restore the original intent of the Religious Freedom Restoration Act by making clear that it cannot be used to discriminate. | Earlier this year, the Trump administration granted a request from the state of South Carolina for an exception to a federal rule barring discrimination in federally funded child welfare programs. With its action, the administration allowed government-contracted and taxpayer-funded child welfare agencies in South Carolina to turn away would-b…

splcenter (2019-02-28). Tyler TenBrink, a Member of the Three Percenter Movement, Pleads No Contest to Shooting After Richard Spencer Speech. splcenter.org Before Richard Spencer's speech at the University of Florida in 2017, Tyler TenBrink mused on Facebook, "I might just stay in Florida."

Umer Beigh (2019-02-28). Pakistan offers to release captured Indian air force pilot, calls for de-escalation. peoplesdispatch.org Both India and Pakistan attempted cross-border air incursions into the airspace of the other, in the last two days, in the biggest escalation of tensions since the 2008 Mumbai terror attacks…

Fight Back (2019-02-28). Trump wall protest in Boyle Heights. fightbacknews.org Los Angeles, CA — The evening of February 22, a group of fiery protestors gathered at Mariachi Plaza in Boyle Heights, protesting Trump's deceleration of a National Emergency for his wall. The Boyle Heights action was organized by Centro CSO and was one of the protests in response to a call to action made by the Legalization for All Network. | On the campaign trail, candidate Trump said that Mexico would pay for his wall. President Trump could not get funding for his wall on the U.S.-Mexico border even when his Republican Party controlled the House, the Senate and the White House. Then he shut down parts of…

Peoples Dispatch (2019-02-28). Poor People's Campaign announces nationwide bus tour to highlight true emergencies in the USA. peoplesdispatch.org The campaign is in response to the back and forth between the House of Representatives, dominated by the Democrats, and president Trump, over the latter's declaration of emergency, making national debate all about the border wall…

Middle East Eye (2019-02-28). UN Says Israeli Forces 'May Have' Committed War Crimes at Gaza Border. theantimedia.com (MEE) — The killing of hundreds of Palestinian protesters at the Gaza border in the last year might be categorized as war crimes, UN investigators have suggested. More than 250 Palestinians were killed and 26,000 injured since weekly "Great March of Return" protests began in March 2018. The new report said that the killing of largely unarmed …

Shared by Jocelyn Dombroski (2019-02-28). Can Sanders Win Black and Trump Voters? therealnews.com Our panel discusses how Sanders must walk a fine line between appealing to white Trump voters and dealing with systemic racism and reparations — with Jacqueline Luqman, Eugene Puryear, Norman Solomon, hosted by Paul Jay…

Shared by Hezvo Mpunga (2019-02-28). Specter of Fascism: Cohen Says Trump Won't Leave Peacefully in 2020. therealnews.com Hearings reveal deepening systemic corruption, further degeneration of GOP, progressive members standout in questioning — Jacqueline Luqman, Henry Giroux and Carmen Russell-Sluchansky join Paul Jay…

susan_p (2019-02-28). Italy: Government institutionalises hatred and racism. greenleft.org.au It has now become clearer than ever: the Italian government coalition operates at the behest of Deputy Prime Minister and Interior Minister, Matteo Salvini and his party's racist and reactionary policies. | Since the Five Star Movement (M5S) and Salvini's far-right League (formerly the Northern League) formed a coalition government League's support has soared. In less than a year since the March 2018 general elections, their support has grown from 17 percent to 33 percent, according to the latest polls. | In the same period, support for the M5S decreased from 32 percent to 22 percent. | These figures show League'

Shared by Jocelyn Dombroski (2019-02-28). Canadian Company Profits from Apartheid Israeli Railway. therealnews.com Jonathan Kuttab discusses the lawsuit against the Canadian company Bombardier, which is building an illegal railway through occupied and confiscated Palestinian land in the West Bank, violating international law…

Democracy Now! (2019-02-27). Headlines for February 27, 2019. democracynow.org Michael Cohen to Testify to Congress as Explosive Accusations Against Trump Revealed, Trump & Kim Meet as Vietnam Summit Overshadowed by Cohen Hearing, India & Pakistan Ratchet Up Attacks as Fear of Nuclear Showdown Grows, House Votes to Block Trump National Emergency Declaration, Trump Official Admits He Ignored Warnings on Risks of Family Separation, Thousands of Migrant Minors Reported Sexual Abuse While in Gov't Custody, Honduran Woman Gives Birth to Stillborn While Detained by ICE, Dems Introduce New Voting Rights Legislation, House Bill Protects Over 1 Million Acres of Wilderness, Creates New Nat'l Sites, O…

William Walter Kay, Venezuelanalysis (2019-02-27). February 23, 2019 – The Second Battle of Cucuta. venezuelanalysis.com Last weekend's siege on Venezuela's western border with Colombia was not the first seen in history, William Kay explains. The results were the same also.

ACLU (2019-02-27). North Carolinians Voted to End Cooperation With Trump's Deportation Force. ICE Retaliated. aclu.org The federal agency stepped up raids after sheriffs stopped notifying it about the immigration status of people arrested. | President Trump's Department of Homeland Security frequently claims to be motivated by a dedication to law and order, but its immigration enforcement tactics are often directly contrary to local communities' legal and electoral choices. | Recent raids by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) in North Carolina were a failed attempt to achieve by force what was soundly rejected at the ballot box last November: Trump's anti-immigrant agenda. ICE targeted places and people based on democ…

Venezuelanalysis (2019-02-27). Debunking Four Mistruths About Venezuela's Humanitarian Aid Showdown. venezuelanalysis.com Heard how Maduro blocked food and medicine from entering Venezuela on February 23? VA exposes the maelstrom of media lies about the US-led border siege.

Lee Fang (2019-02-27). Conservative Expert Privately Warned GOP Donors That a Voting Rights Bill Would Help Democrats. theintercept.com Testifying before Congress, Hans von Spakovsky gave high-minded reasons for opposing the bill. At a private meeting of GOP donors, he was more blunt.

Shared by Jocelyn Dombroski (2019-02-27). Sanders and Systemic Racism: Did he Answer the Critics? therealnews.com In the CNN Town Hall, Bernie Sanders acknowledged he could have been stronger in his approach to racial inequities; he was asked if he supported reparations for descendants of African slaves — a discussion with Jacqueline Luqman, Eugene Puryear, Norman Solomon, hosted by Paul Jay…

stuart_m (2019-02-27). Patty Hearst and the SLA's militarist disaster. greenleft.org.au American Heiress: The Kidnapping, Crimes & Trial of Patty Hearst
| Jeffrey Toobin
| Profile Books, 2017, 371 pages | "Death to the fascist insect that preys upon the life of the people." With this hyperbolic declaration by "General Field Marshall" Cinque M'tume (the nom-de-plume of a Black prison escapee), the Symbionese Liberation Army (SLA) introduced itself to the American people in the early 1970s. | It derived its mysterious name from contrasting the "symbiosis" of a harmonious socialist society to the "parasitism" of a capitalist elite. | The political catch-phrase, and the military pretension of it…

Fight Back (2019-02-26). Dallas protesters say 'Hands off Venezuela'. fightbacknews.org Dallas, TX – On February 22, protesters gathered at Dealey Plaza to demand an end to U.S. interference in Venezuela. The protest was called by the Dallas Peace and Justice Center and Veterans for Peace Chapter 106. | Protesters held signs that read "Hands off Venezuela" and "No more war for oil." One banner read "Support the Bolivarian Revolution." Local activist Hadi Jawad led chants such as "Trump, Bolton, Abrams, too, we don't want your stinking coup." | One speaker suggested Elliott Abrams, the U.S. special envoy to Venezuela, should be imprisoned for his role in the Guatemalan genocide, stating, "During…

splcenter (2019-02-26). Unreported hate crimes, not hoaxes, are the real cause for concern. splcenter.org The notion that the majority of hate crimes are hoaxes, as people are claiming, is absolutely ridiculous.

splcenter (2019-02-26). SPLC statement on House Judiciary Committee hearing on Trump administration's family separation policy. splcenter.org The House Judiciary Committee heard testimony today from senior Trump administration officials during a hearing on the administration's "zero tolerance" immigration policy, which has resulted in thousands of children being separated from their parents.

Democracy Now! (2019-02-25). The Coup Has Failed & Now the U.S. Is Looking to Wage War: Venezuelan Foreign Minister Speaks Out. democracynow.org Venezuela's opposition is calling on the United States and allied nations to consider using military force to topple the government of Venezuelan President Nicolás Maduro. U.S. Vice President Mike Pence is heading to Bogotá, Colombia, today to meet with regional leaders and Venezuela's self-proclaimed president, opposition leader Juan Guaidó. The meeting follows a dramatic weekend that saw the Venezuelan military blocking the delivery of so-called humanitarian aid from entering the country at the Colombian and Brazilian borders. At least four people died, and hundreds were injured, after clashes broke out between…

ACLU (2019-02-25). The Supreme Court Rightly Cited the Black Codes in Ruling Against Excessive Fines, Fees, and Forfeitures. aclu.org The justices held that the Eighth Amendment protects people from state and local authorities' abusive reliance on monetary penalties to raise money. | Last week, the U.S. Supreme Court issued a rare unanimous ruling in Timbs v. Indiana, holding for the first time that the Eighth Amendment's Excessive Fines Clause applies to state and local governments — not just federal authorities. | The fact that this landmark decision is unanimous is itself remarkable. But it bears noting that in…

splcenter (2019-02-23). Patriot Front Member Joffre Cross Charged in Houston, Faces Gun, Body Armor Charges. splcenter.org A member of the white nationalist group Patriot Front has been charged in Houston with being a felon in possession of a firearm and body armor.

Paul Dobson (2019-02-23). Venezuela Breaks Relations with Colombia as Guaido Tries to Force Aid in. venezuelanalysis.com Skirmishes broke out on the Colombian and Brazilian borders but efforts to bring in aid have so far been unsuccessful.

Democracy Now! (2019-02-22). "The Green Book: Guide to Freedom": How African Americans Safely Navigated Jim Crow America. democracynow.org The Academy Awards take place this weekend, and one of the top contenders is the movie "Green Book," which has renewed interest in the history of "The Negro Motorist Green Book." So today we look at a remarkable new documentary called "The Green Book: Guide to Freedom," that offers a real look at the history of a travel guide that helped African Americans safely navigate Jim Crow America. The film premieres Monday on the Smithsonian Channel and details the violence, insults and discrimination black travelers faced on the road, as well as the pride and sense of community they felt in the safe spaces they created a…

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