2019-03-07: News Headlines

L. Michael Hager (2019-03-07). Stop Weaponizing "Anti-Semitism" and "Racism" counterpunch.org Drawing by Nathaniel St. Clair | What's in a word? Plenty, if those words are "racism" or "anti-Semitism." Just ask Virginia Governor Ralph Northam or freshman Congresswoman Ilham Omar. Last week both found themselves engulfed in political firestorms. All because of those two barbed words. | Governor Northam faced charges of racism when someone discovered a racist photo on his medical school yearbook page That an 80's yearbook photo could push a governor's political career to the brink raises questions about how the word "racism" is being defined and how it is being weaponized in political debates. | Northam's ad…

Consortiumnews (2019-03-07). Anti-Semitism vs. Anti-Zionism in France. consortiumnews.com Lawrence Davidson dismantles Macron's equation of apples and oranges. By Lawrence Davidson TothePointAnalysis.com We are at a new stage of the fight to realize Palestinian rights and free both Palestinians and Jews from the consequences of Zionist racism. There was… Read more →

Cira Pascual Marquina (2019-03-07). The worldwide struggle against fascism: a conversation with Nestor Kohan (Part 2). mronline.org An important Latin American political theorist argues that right-wing "internationalism" requires a leftist response that also reaches beyond national boundaries. | Source

W. T. Whitney (2019-03-07). Setting the Stage for an Encounter at the Colombia-Venezuela Border. counterpunch.org On February 23, The U.S. and Colombian governments together tried to push humanitarian supplies from the Colombian border city Cúcuta into Venezuela. The humanitarian aid was a Trojan horse that, in theory, would confront Venezuelan security forces with a dilemma. These would supposedly step aside or desert. A take-down of Venezuela's socialist government would follow. More

Antifa R&D Dept. (2019-03-07). Alerta! Far-right to gather in San Francisco May 3. indybay.org The far-right is once again attempting a mass recruitment in the Bay Area like it's 2017. Who is ready for another round of Nazi whack-a-mole?>

WSWS (2019-03-07). Report reveals that armed troops were mobilized to force through US aid provocation on Venezuelan border. wsws.org The threats of armed provocations and direct US military intervention continue to mount as Trump renews an Obama-era "national emergency" decree targeting Venezuela.

Deconstructed (2019-03-07). Cornel West on Bernie, Trump, and Racism. theintercept.com Taking a lesson from his 2016 loss to Hillary Clinton, Bernie Sanders is dedicating more time in his speeches to discussing systemic racism and discrimination. Will it be enough to win over black voters?

Lawrence Davidson (2019-03-06). Anti-Semitism Versus Anti-Zionism in Today's France. counterpunch.org We are at a new stage of the fight to realize Palestinian rights and free both Palestinians and Jews from the consequences of Zionist racism. There was a time when very few in the West understood the racist nature of the Israeli state. For a long time the Zionists controlled the public relations message and More

Whitney Webb (2019-03-06). With Ecuador's Cooperation Bought by IMF Loans, Washington Waxes Optimistic on Assange Extradition. mintpressnews.com Moreno's willingness to quickly enact the various other requirements of the IMF loan begs the question of how quickly he will seek to enact the alleged U.S. government demands that have also been linked to the loan, namely Assange's asylum and Ecuadorian citizenship.

Phyllis Bennis (2019-03-06). The Democratic Party Attacks on Ilhan Omar Are a Travesty. zcomm.org Ilhan Omar are rising is under attack from the leaders of her own party for anti-Semitic statements she never made, for anti-Jewish prejudice she never expressed, for hatred of Jews she doesn't hold…

Ben Chacko (2019-03-06). Ukraine Communist leader warns: "The Nazis are coming" peoplesworld.org "The Nazis are coming," Ukraine's Communist Party (KPU) leader Petro Symonenko has warned after the demolition of the Soviet war memorial in Lviv and a petition for the destruction of its counterpart in Riga, the Latvian capital. Authorities in Ukraine's western city of Lviv claimed the monument needed to be demolished as it was in …

Democracy Now! (2019-03-06). Greg Grandin on "The End of the Myth: From the Frontier to the Border Wall in the Mind of America" democracynow.org As the Senate appears poised to pass a resolution to overturn President Trump's national emergency declaration to build a wall along the southern border, we speak with historian Greg Grandin about his new book, "The End of the Myth: From the Frontier to the Border Wall in the Mind of America." Grandin writes in his book, "The wall might or might not be built. But even if it remains only in its phantasmagorical, budgetary stage, a perpetual negotiating chip between Congress and the White House, the promise of a two-thousand-mile-long, thirty-foot-high ribbon of concrete and steel running along the United States' s…

splcenter (2019-03-06). SPLC statement on Florida Senate bill that would fund private school vouchers with public school money. splcenter.org The Florida Senate Education Committee today endorsed a proposal from Gov. Ron DeSantis that would take more taxpayer money away from public schools and give it to unregulated private schools.

splcenter (2019-03-06). As National Socialist Movement Falls Into Disarray, League of the South, Neo-Nazi Billy Roper Seek To Pick off Members. splcenter.org After a black civil rights advocate took over the neo-Nazi National Socialist Movement (NSM), Kynan Dutton had enough.

teleSUR (2019-03-06). Peru's Solution To Illegal Mining, Deforestation: The Military. telesurenglish.net Peruvian President Martin Vizcarra is calling on the military to combat illegal mining and its side effect of deforestation in the Amazon, setting up a series of four military bases along its shared border with Brazil. | RELATED: | Brazil: Mining Company Evacuates Hundreds, Fears Dam Burst | "The government has made the political decision to eradicate illegal mining in this area," said Defense Minister Jose Huerta referring to the Madre de Dios department that contains at least five…

ACLU (2019-03-06). Kirstjen Nielsen Continues to Insist That There Is No Family Separation Policy. aclu.org During her congressional testimony, Homeland Security Secretary Nielsen dodged questions about her department's vicious border policies. | Department of Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen testified on Wednesday before the House Committee on Homeland Security, just days after the House passed a resolution to overturn President Trump's emergency declaration on the border wall. | Nielsen has helped Trump push lies and fabrications about the supposed security crisis at the border, when in fact the only crisis…

Neve Gordon (2019-03-06). The Witch Hunt at Westminster. commondreams.org The documentary "Witch Hunt" tells the story of Jackie Walker (pictured above), the activist suspended from the Labour Party over comments that were allegedly anti-Semitic, while underscoring how "anti-Semitism" has become a weapon in the hands of those defending Israel's abusive practices. (Photo: Screenshot/YouTube) | https://www.commondreams.org/sites/defau…

JewsWithIlhan (2019-03-06). An Open Letter: We are Jews Who Stand with Representative Ilhan Omar. mintpressnews.com We are Jews who stand with Representative Ilhan Omar. She has been falsely accused of anti-Semitism since tweeting that GOP threats against her and Representative Rashida Tlaib for criticizing Israel were "all about the Benjamins baby." When asked to clarify who is paying members of Congress "to be pro-Israel," Omar replied, "AIPAC!" | There is absolutely nothing anti-Semitic about calling out the noxious role of AIPAC (the American Israel Public Affairs Committee), which spends millions each year to buy U.S. political support for Israeli aggression and militarism against the Palestinian people. As the NYC chapte…

Sarah Gertler (2019-03-06). Criticizing Israel Isn't Anti-Semitic. Here's What Is. commondreams.org Substantive criticism of Israel is not anti-semitism, says Gertler. "What is anti-semitic is the cacophony of mainstream media and politicians saying that criticizing U.S. policy toward the state of Israel is the same as attacking Jewish people." (Image: Shutterstock) | https://www.commondreams.org/sites/defau…

Shared by Jocelyn Dombroski (2019-03-06). Ilhan Omar's Denunciation of Israel Lobby is Not Anti-Semitism — Phyllis Bennis. therealnews.com Democrats' resolution denouncing anti-Semitism is aimed at stopping criticism of Israel and at silencing a Black Muslim refugee woman who is not anti-Semitic — Phyllis Bennis joins Marc Steiner…

RT (2019-03-06). Not O-KKK: School under fire for play featuring Klansmen. rt.com The Sioux Falls School District in South Dakota has apologized after high school students appeared dressed in Ku Klux Klan costumes during a play, saying proper performance vetting guidelines weren't followed.

WSWS (2019-03-06). Mexican ruling class responds to Matamoros: Militarization and alignment with Trump's attacks on immigrants. wsws.org The AMLO administration has prevented immigrants from reaching the border and is forcefully detaining them, creating the framework for escalating attacks on the entire working class.

RT (2019-03-06). 'Hell has open borders': Arkansas church under fire for immigration sign. rt.com An Arkansas church is facing a fierce backlash for erecting a sign that some residents deem to be too politically charged: "Heaven has strict immigration laws, hell has open borders."

Greg Grandin (2019-03-06). Bread, Circuses, and Duct Tape: How to Make Border Porn. counterpunch.org On February 15th, Donald Trump declared a state of national emergency in order to fund his "great, great" border wall without having to go through Congress. There is, of course, no emergency, despite the rape fantasy that the president has regularly tried to pass off as public policy. In speech after speech, including his declaration of that emergency, he has told the same story: the United States needs a border wall to prevent sex traffickers from driving women into the country, bound with duct tape. More

WSWS (2019-03-06). India and Pakistan stoke chauvinism, exchange threats. wsws.org Although cross-border shelling has reportedly declined since Sunday, continuing tensions between South Asia's rival nuclear-armed states have left the region on the brink of a catastrophic war.

Jason Ditz (2019-03-06). Top US General Seeks More Troops in Europe to Confront Russia. theantimedia.com (ANTIWAR.COM) — Speaking to the Senate Armed Services Committee, Gen. Curtis Scaparrotti, the NATO Supreme Allied Commander-Europe, argued that the US needs to send even more troops and warships to Europe to "stay ahead of Russia." Even though Russia's military spending is actually scheduled to decrease in the next few years, Gen. Scaparrotti argued that the "growing" …

WSWS (2019-03-06). US detains 77,000 immigrants at border in February, a 10 year high. wsws.org The number of immigrants detained at the border hit a 10 year high in February, while employer audits and mass workplace sweeps continue to rise.

Mark Gruenberg (2019-03-05). Lawmakers move to end anti-worker, anti-consumer forced arbitration. peoplesworld.org WASHINGTON — Five congressional Democrats, including the influential chairman of the House Judiciary Committee, have introduced legislation to reverse the U.S. Supreme Court's 2-year-old ruling that forced workers into mandatory arbitration over disputes with bosses, including when forced arbitration overrides U.S. labor law. The Forced Arbitration Injustice Repeal (FAIR) act would also end forced arbitration …

splcenter (2019-03-05). SPLC Action Fund statement on divisive Georgia bill that would protect Confederate monuments. splcenter.org The Georgia Senate passed a bill today that would require anyone who vandalizes a monument to pay for the damages.

ACLU (2019-03-05). Ending the NSA's Massive Phone Spying Program Would Be a Good Start — But There's a Lot More to Do. aclu.org The successor to the NSA's bulk surveillance program revealed by Snowden is reportedly being abandoned. Congress needs to make sure it stays dead. | We may be one step closer to putting the final nail in the coffin of the National Security Agency's massive phone records surveillance program, if a New York Times report bears out. Ending this program is a good first step, but as Congress debates expiring Patriot Act provisions this year, it needs to do much more to protect individual rights, including eliminating t…

unitedEditor (2019-03-05). Revolution in Venezuela: what is really happening? uwidata.com On February 23, Venezuela broke diplomatic and political relations with Colombia. In addition, Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro gave the staff of the Colombian Embassy in Caracas 24 hours to leave Venezuela. At the same time, Venezuela temporarily closed three bridges on the border with Colombia. The decision was taken after it came to light that …

Greg Grandin (2019-03-05). Trump Is Fetishizing Death to Justify His Cruelty at the Border. thenation.com Trump Is Fetishizing Death to Justify His Cruelty at the Border…

Democracy Now! (2019-03-05). Headlines for March 5, 2019. democracynow.org Judiciary Committee Launches Probe into 81 Trump Associates and Groups, New Yorker Report Details Trump's Deep Ties to Fox News, Groundwater in 39 States Contaminated by Coal Ash Waste, Dem Leaders Rebuke Alleged Anti-Semitic Remarks by Rep. Omar, U.S. Closes Jerusalem Consulate, Rights Groups Say Jailed Saudi Women Activists Tortured, Sexually Assaulted, Report: Khashoggi's Body Was Burned in Oven at Saudi Diplomat's Home, NYT: Detained U.S. Citizen Allegedly Tortured in Saudi Custody | , South Korea Calls for Resumption of Talks Between Trump and Kim, North Carolina Reschedules 9th District Election After Voter…

RT (2019-03-05). 'Vile anti-Semitic' Ilhan Omar row shows pitfalls of US identity politics. rt.com In a story that perfectly illustrates the perils of runaway identity politics, the historic-first congresswoman Ilhan Omar (D-Minnesota) is facing a rebuke in the House over "anti-Semitic" comments about the Israel lobby.

Swathi Shanmugasundaram (2019-03-04). Trump Cites Hate Group at Conservative Political Action Conference. splcenter.org At this year's Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) on March 2, President Donald Trump cited a study by anti-immigrant hate group Federation for American Immigration Reform (FAIR) claiming that "illegal aliens are incarcerated at three times the rate of legal residents."

SouthFront (2019-03-04). John Bolton Defends Monroe Doctrine as Juan Guaido Lobs New Threats at Venezuela Gov't. mintpressnews.com Self-proclaimed Venezuelan president Juan Guaido is to return to the country on March, 4 to lead new protests against President Nicolas Maduro's government. In returning he is risking arrest, as he was prohibited from leaving the country by the Venezuelan Supreme Court.

unitedEditor (2019-03-04). India-Pakistan, Trump-Kim, Assad in Iran. uwidata.com Pakistan-India conflict THe Pakistani and Indian armies began using heavy weapons against each other on the border in Kashmir. After an intense exchange of fire that lasted more than 3 hours, India reported that it had had not suffered losses. Tensions between the two states escalated after a police convoy was attacked on February 14 …

Cira Pascual Marquina — Venezuelanalysis (2019-03-03). The Worldwide Struggle Against Fascism: A Conversation with Nestor Kohan (Part 2). venezuelanalysis.com An important Latin American political theorist argues that right-wing "internationalism" requires a leftist response that also reaches beyond national boundaries.

splcenter (2019-03-02). Congressional, civil rights leaders gather at Civil Rights Memorial to honor movement's martyrs. splcenter.org U.S. Rep. John Lewis led a gathering of congressional and civil rights leaders in a wreath-laying ceremony at the Civil Rights Memorial in Montgomery, Alabama, today, honoring those who lost their lives in the struggle for civil rights.

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."

Bacardi Jackson, Senior Supervising Attorney for SPLC Action Fund (2019-03-01). SPLC Action Fund: Grand jury investigation of school officials into alleged 'school safety' crimes erodes democracy, politicizes tragedy. splcenter.org The Florida Supreme Court recently ordered a statewide grand jury to investigate school officials in light of last year's mass shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida, that killed 17 people. The high court's order was in response to a request from Gov. Ron DeSantis.

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 …

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…

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…

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."

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…

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'

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.

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