2019-03-15: News Headlines

Robert Scheer (2019-03-15). Hollywood's Love Affair With Racism. truthdig.com At a time when American society is increasingly diverse, it is necessary that our entertainment products reflect those changes in meaningful and nuanced ways, for reasons that extend beyond representation. At UCLA, Darnell Hunt, dean of social sciences, and Ana-Christina Ramon, director of research and civic engagement for the social sciences division, have found another incentive for Hollywood to get its act together when it comes to diversity, both on screen and off: It's profitable. | Hunt and Ramon have collaborated on an annual report, "Old Start, New Beginning," for the past six years. In it, they focus on…

Kristen Gelineau (2019-03-15). Self-declared fascist carries out racist terror attack in NZ mosques. peoplesworld.org SYDNEY (AP)—The gunman behind at least one of the mosque shootings in New Zealand that left 49 people dead on Friday tried to make a few things clear in the manifesto he left behind: He is a 28-year-old Australian white nationalist who hates immigrants. Though he claimed not to covet fame, the gunman—whose name was …

Ben Debney (2019-03-15). Christchurch, the White Victim Complex and Savage Capitalism. counterpunch.org Despite his own denials, anti-Muslim xenophobia underwrites the 74-page manifesto compiled by Australian mass murderer Brendan Tarrant. The title itself, The Great Replacement, references a far-right conspiracy theory holding that white genocide is being engineered by useful idiots amongst the liberal elite advocating mass migration, demographic growth and cultural diversity. To this conspiracy theory, the More

Democracy Now! (2019-03-15). White Supremacist Kills 49 Muslim Worshipers in New Zealand as Islamophobic Hate Crimes Rise Globally. democracynow.org In New Zealand, a white right-wing extremist killed 49 people in an attack on two mosques in the city of Christchurch during Friday prayers. It is the deadliest shooting in New Zealand's history. Police have arrested and charged a 28-year-old Australian man named Brenton Tarrant with the attack. The gunman live-streamed the attack and published a manifesto in which he praised President Donald Trump as "a symbol of renewed white identity and common purpose." We speak with human rights activist and lawyer Qasim Rashid, who recently launched a campaign to run for a seat in the Virginia state Senate. And we speak wit…

teleSUR (2019-03-15). Negligence Leaves ICE Detention Facilities Overrun With Mumps. telesurenglish.net In the past 12 months, 236 confirmed or probable mumps cases have been reported in over 50 immigrant detention facilities. There were no cases reported between January 2016 and February 2018. | RELATED: | 22 Migrants Kidnapped by Gunmen in Northern Mexico | As the number of detained immigrants reaches a record high, with over 50,000 logged as of March 6, there h…

fernando_santamaria (2019-03-15). On politically correct tihiking, gender violence, prostititution and (perhaps) the #me too movement. zcomm.org The initiatives that become motto and emblem for the initiatives of public administrations in Galicia, and I imagine that in most of the"civilized world" world, I think almost always border on the absurd. In Galicia, which comes from a matriarchy and is traditionally little exposed to violence against women, public advertising campaigns against gender violence Read more…

Michael Galant (2019-03-15). Unions Can Take on International Fights—and Win. commondreams.org The key to victory is therefore to unite workers across borders. (Photo by Abraham Mwuara, United Electrical Workers / Flickr) | https://www.commondreams.org/sites/defau…

STAFF (2019-03-15). Trump Issues His First Veto After Rebuke of Border Order. truthdig.com WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump issued the first veto of his presidency on Friday, overruling Congress to protect the emergency declaration he'd used to circumvent lawmakers to build his border wall. | Flanked by law enforcement officials as well as the parents of children killed by people in the country illegally, Trump maintained that he is not through fighting for his signature campaign promise, which stands largely unfulfilled 18 months before voters decide whether to grant him another term. | "Congress has the freedom to pass this resolution," Trump said, "and I have the duty to veto it." | A dozen…

Democracy Now! (2019-03-15). Headlines for March 15, 2019. democracynow.org 49 Dead as Far-Right Shooter Opens Fire on New Zealand Mosques, President Trump Threatens Political Opponents with Violence, Connecticut Court Allows Sandy Hook Parents to Sue Gun Maker, Students Walk Out of Schools to Protest Gun Violence, Senate Rebukes Trump's Border Emergency Declaration, House Votes 420 to 0 to Make Mueller Report Public, Schoolchildren in Over 100 Countries Strike to Demand Climate Action, Swedish Climate Activist Greta Thunberg Nominated for Nobel Prize, NYC to Spend $500 Million Protecting Manhattan from Climate Change, Interior Official Hails Trump for Distracting Media from Drilling Pla…

splcenter (2019-03-15). After New Zealand Shooting, Far-right, Racists Claim Victimhood, Hail Killer as Hero. splcenter.org Andrew Anglin found humor in the livestreamed video of a man in New Zealand storming into the Al Noor mosque in Christchurch, then shooting and killing 49 people.

splcenter (2019-03-15). SPLC statement on thousands more Arkansas and Kentucky residents who may lose Medicaid coverage due to work requirements. splcenter.org A new report released today by the Arkansas Department of Human Services shows that over 6,400 more state residents will lose Medicaid coverage next month if they don't comply with an onerous work requirement.

splcenter (2019-03-15). New Zealand attack shows white supremacy is global terrorist movement. splcenter.org The atrocity in New Zealand shows us, once again, that we're dealing with an international terrorist movement linked by a dangerous white supremacist ideology that's metastasizing in the echo chambers of internet chat rooms and on social media networks.

Robin Mathews (2019-03-15). North America's Indigenous Peoples: "Ongoing Genocide…" and Its Shadow World… globalresearch.ca Electromagnetic Press has produced a new book by Bruce Clark, scholarly expert and 'hands-on' activist in the matter of North American indigenous peoples' history, philosophy, and — especially — the reality of their present legal being, their rights, and their …

Miles Mogulescu (2019-03-15). Expanding Supreme Court May Be Only Way to Protect Democracy. commondreams.org Given the relative youth of the conservative Justices, the Supreme Court could undermine democracy, overturn the will of Congress and regulatory agencies to combat climate change, and infringe a woman's right to choose for generations after Trump, McConnell, and many Republican Senators are dead and gone. (Photo: Ron Cogswell/flickr/cc) | https://www.commondreams.org/sites/defau…

teleSUR (2019-03-15). New Zealand Mass Shooter Praised Trump, White Terrorist Breivik. telesurenglish.net Brenton Tarrant, the 28-year-old who carried out at an attack on two mosques in New Zealand, killing at least 49 people, Friday, appeared to praise U.S. President Donald Trump in a 74-page manifesto that he published around the time of the shooting. | RELATED: | Global Solidarity, Shock After New Zealand Terrorist Attack | Tarrant praised Trump as "a symbol of renewed white identity and common purpose" while also complementing Anders Breivik, the Norwegian white supremacist who mur…

John Nichols (2019-03-15). Why Is It So Hard for Our President to Condemn White Supremacy and Islamophobia? thenation.com Why Is It So Hard for Our President to Condemn White Supremacy and Islamophobia?

Brendan O'Connor (2019-03-15). White Supremacy Is Bigger Than 8Chan. thenation.com White Supremacy Is Bigger Than 8Chan…

pip.hinman (2019-03-15). Australia pays Indonesia to detain refugees. greenleft.org.au Refugee Action Collective organised a forum on refugees in Indonesia on March 4. | Mozhgan Moaref, a co-founder of the Refugees and Asylum Seekers Information Centre in Jakarta, spoke by video link. She said some of the refugees are living in detention, others are in "community housing" provided by the International Organisation for Migration (IOM), while yet others are homeless and living on the street. | Those living in community housing are subject to a curfew and some have protested about bad treatment, extortion and torture. Homeless refugees have held protests demanding housing. Some have even asked to be p…

Food & Water Watch (2019-03-15). U.N. Committee Urges UK Government to Consider "Comprehensive and Complete Ban" on Fracking. indybay.org Geneva/London/Brussels/Washington, March 13, 2019 – In an extraordinary move, the United Nations Committee on the Elimination of Discrimination Against Women (CEDAW) slammed the United Kingdom's policies on fracking for failing to protect the rights of rural women, and urged the British Government to "consider introducing a comprehensive and complete ban on fracking."

pip.hinman (2019-03-15). Venezuela: Behind the US aid convoy. greenleft.org.au One month after declaring himself the "legitimate president of Venezuela", Juan Guaidó attempted to provoke a crisis on February 23 by forcing United States' humanitarian aid across the Venezuela-Colombia border. | One of the aid trucks was burned and the Venezuelan government was condemned around the world. | On March 9, the New York Times published a story that questioned this claim. The headline read "Footage contradicts US claim that Maduro burned aid convoy". The footage confirmed that the truck was lit by a Molotov cocktail thrown by an anti-government supporter. | What really did happen on the Venezue…

WorkWeek Radio (2019-03-15). SFLC Supports Julian Assange, Rovics Music & Mike Elk On CWA NG Election & SEIU. indybay.org KPFA WorkWeek radio on the action by the San Francisco Labor Council to support Julian Assange, music on Venezuela and the US by singer David Rovics and labor journalist Mike Elk on the CWA Newspaper Guild election dispute on voting rights. Elk also talks about the effort of the SEIU to subpoena Google to find out who the whistleblowers are that have exposed sexual harrassment and misconduct by SEIU officials.

Democracy Now! (2019-03-15). Daniel Ellsberg Praises Chelsea Manning After She Is Jailed Again. indybay.org "I Know No One More Patriotic": Daniel Ellsberg Praises Chelsea Manning After She Is Jailed Again…

pip.hinman (2019-03-15). Malaysian socialists warn of rise of racism. greenleft.org.au The Malaysian Socialist Party (PSM) contested the Semenyih by-election in the state seat of Selangor on March 2. Barisan Nasional (BN) candidate Zakaria Hanafi defeated Pakatan Harapan (PH) candidate Muhammad Aiman Zainali. Green Left Weekly's Alex Salmon spoke to PSM's campaign media coordinator Nalini Elumalai about the campaign and result. | What is PSM's assessment of this result and its wider implication for Malaysian politics? | PSM accepts the fact that we have lost. Though painful, the outcome reflects the state of the country's political situation, where voters are still not ready to accept third force r…

Middle East Eye (2019-03-15). Great March of Return Protests in Gaza Cancelled for First Time After Israeli Airstrikes. theantimedia.com (MEE) — Weekly protests along the Gaza-Israel border were called off on Friday after Israeli jets pounded the enclave overnight, hours after rockets were launched at Tel Aviv. "In keeping with the public interest, the commission has decided to exceptionally postpone its activities scheduled for this day," the body which organises the protests said in a statement. Protests …

Julia Conley, staff writer (2019-03-15). Ocasio-Cortez Demands to Know Why Wilbur Ross is 'Violating the Law' to Include Citizenship Question on Census. commondreams.org Wilbur Ross "engineered the citizenship question with notorious white supremacists Steve Bannon and Kris Kobach, and has been caught red-handed in a web of nefarious lies," said one immigrant rights group | https://www.commondreams.org/sites/defau…

Democracy Now! (2019-03-14). Impeaching Trump: Pelosi Says It's "Not Worth It," But Progressive Democrats Push Ahead. democracynow.org Democratic lawmakers are continuing to push for the impeachment of President Donald Trump, despite House Speaker Nancy Pelosi speaking out against impeachment in an interview earlier this week. Impeachment rumors have been swirling since the Democrats regained control of the House in January. Congressmember Rashida Tlaib of Michigan said last week that she will formally introduce articles of impeachment this month. We speak with John Bonifaz, an attorney and political activist specializing in constitutional law and voting rights. He is the co-founder and president of Free Speech for People, one of the organizatio…

Consortiumnews (2019-03-14). Billions of Swedish Krona Supported Anti-Apartheid Struggle. consortiumnews.com Birgitta Karlstrà∂m Dorph was on a secret mission in South Africa between 1982 and 1988, writes Ida Karlsson. By Ida Karlsson in Stockholm Inter Press Service Between 1982 and 1988 Birgitta Karlstrà∂m Dorph was on a secret mission in South Africa…. Read more →

splcenter (2019-03-14). SPLC statement on our co-founder. splcenter.org You may see in the news today that our founder, Morris Dees, is no longer working at the SPLC.

RT (2019-03-14). Senate joins House in voting against border emergency declaration, Trump says 'Veto!'. rt.com The US Senate has joined the House of Representatives in opposing President Donald Trump's declaration of emergency on the southern border. Trump said he will veto the unprecedented joint resolution. |

Jake Johnson (2019-03-14). Senate Votes to Terminate Trump's Border National Emergency. theantimedia.com (CD) — Rights groups celebrated a "historic rebuke" of an unconstitutional power grab Thursday after the Senate voted to terminate President Donald Trump's national emergency declaration by an overwhelming bipartisan margin. "Today's vote is a major blow to President Donald Trump's autocratic ambitions," said Robert Weissman, president of Public Citizen. "The American people don't want a racist …

RT (2019-03-14). SPLC purges founder Morris Dees, cites 'internal climate and workplace practices'. rt.com The Southern Poverty Law Center has fired its founder Morris Dees for unspecified reasons, purging all mentions of him from its website. The organization is also seeking external review of its "climate" and business practices.

Venezuela Analysis (2019-03-14). Trump's Coup in Venezuela: What You're Not Being Told. theantimedia.com (VA Op-ed) — The failure of the February 23 "humanitarian aid" provocation on the Venezuelan border was a serious blow for Trump's ongoing coup attempt. There were mutual recriminations between self-appointed Guaidó, Colombian President Duque and US Vice-President Pence. The US could not get a consensus from its own Lima Cartel allies in favour of military intervention. The coup was …

RT (2019-03-14). Poster of Ruth Bader Ginsburg on NYC subway defaced with swastika and anti-Semitic graffiti. rt.com A subway poster advertising Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsberg's new book has been defaced with anti-Semitic graffiti reading, "Die, Jew Bitch!" complete with a swastika.

pip.hinman (2019-03-14). 'Our feminism is anti-racist and internationalist'. greenleft.org.au Elections in Berlin in September 2016 returned a coalition government made up of the Social Democratic Party, the socialist Left Party and the Green Party. Early this year, the city declared International Women's Day (IWD) a public holiday. | Internationally, the call for a women's strike on IWD has been gathering momentum. In Berlin on March 8, an alliance of feminist organisations organised a Women's Fighting Day rally and march with the theme "celebrating, striking, keep on fighting". About 20,000 people attended. | Sibylle Kaczorek, a member of Socialist Alliance and the Left Party who is currently living in…

ACLU (2019-03-13). Documents Reveal ICE Using Driver Location Data From Local Police for Deportations. aclu.org Records obtained in an ACLU lawsuit show how ICE is accessing billions of location data points from license plate scanners in over a dozen states. | U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement is using mass location surveillance to target immigrants. And local governments like Merced and Union City, California, are helping — feeding their residents' personal information to ICE, even when it violates local privacy laws or sanctuary policies. Today, the ACLU is urging an immediate end to this information sharing. | Records obtained by the ACLU of Norther…

Whitney Webb (2019-03-13). Israel's DNA Screening for 'Jewishness' Epitomizes the Discriminatory Spirit of the EthnoState. mintpressnews.com Perhaps these latest revelations on DNA testing will serve as a wake-up call to Israeli Jews of Soviet origin that the discrimination they are facing has its roots in the state-sanctioned discrimination against Israeli Arabs and Palestinians.

ACLU (2019-03-13). It's High Time Congress Passed the Equality Act. aclu.org The legislation would expand federal civil rights protections to explicitly include LGBTQ people. | On Wednesday, the Equality Act — legislation that would provide LGBTQ people with explicit and comprehensive nondiscrimination protections — was introduced in the U.S. Senate and House of Representatives with the support of nearly 300 members of Congress. If passed, it would transform the civil rights landscape in the United States. | The harsh reality — despite increasing support among the public and representation in popular culture — is that discrimination remains a persistent problem for…

Brendan Joel Kelley (2019-03-13). Sovereign Citizen Calls for Action on Bogus 'Indictment'. splcenter.org It was to have been a historic roundup of enemies of the extreme right, ending with Hillary Clinton, former FBI director James Comey, former Attorney General Loretta Lynch, former Senator Harry Reid and a slew of other politicians, jurists and law enforcement officers in the custody of those who would have them tried by "common law grand juries" for their perceived crimes.

Shared by Hezvo Mpunga (2019-03-13). German Jewish Peace Group Wins Peace Prize; Then Attacked as Being Anti-Semitic. therealnews.com Shir Hever talks about the Gà∂ttingen Peace Prize and how it transformed the debate around Palestinian rights in Germany, despite efforts by right-wing politicians to prevent the prize from being given to Jewish Voice for a Just Peace in the Middle East…

Democracy Now! (2019-03-12). Trump's New Budget Slashes Medicare and Bolsters Military in an "Attack on the Poor & Middle Class" democracynow.org President Trump is seeking $8.6 billion to fund a wall on the U.S.-Mexico border, and an almost 5 percent increase in military spending. Meanwhile, Trump is calling for drastic cuts to domestic spending, including cutting $845 billion from Medicare spending over the next decade. Trump also wants to slash funding for the Environmental Protection Agency by 31 percent and the Interior Department's budget by 14 percent. We speak with David Cay Johnston, Pulitzer Prize-winning investigative reporter, and founder and editor of DCReport.org.

Democracy Now! (2019-03-12). Headlines for March 12, 2019. democracynow.org 2020 Budget Boosts Border Wall & Military Funding, Slashes Domestic Programs, NY AG Probe Targets Deutsche Bank's Ties to Trump Org., Rep. Pelosi: Trump "Not Worth" Impeaching, Algerian Pres. Bouteflika Will Not Seek 5th Term, Delays Election, U.N.: 2018 Deadliest Year for Syrian Children, U.N.: Airstrikes in Yemen Kill 22 Women and Children, Iranian Human Rights Lawyer Sotoudeh Sentenced to 38 Years, Colombia: Indigenous Activist Killed Amid Mounting Violence, Food Stamps Cut for 1.4 Million Puerto Ricans, Fox News' Tucker Carlson Calls Iraqis "Semiliterate Primitive Monkeys" in Surfaced Recording, Increasing Ba…

Fight Back (2019-03-12). International Women's Day in Tampa: Fight Trump's war on women. fightbacknews.org Tampa, FL – On March 10, over a dozen Tampa community, student and labor leaders gathered at Lykes Gaslight Park for a protest against President Donald Trump's anti-woman agenda. Since coming into office, Trump has led an all-out assault on women's rights, including defunding abortion services, erasing sections of Title IX that protect women from sexual assault and discrimination, and locking asylum-seeking women and children in cages in the southwestern United States. In the spirit of the women's marches that occurred in response to Trump's inauguration, protesters chanted "Pro-life is a lie, you don't care if p…

splcenter (2019-03-12). Hiwaymen and Shieldwall Network Flop in Little Rock. splcenter.org A member of the neo-Confederate Hiwaymen took to the steps of the Arkansas state capitol at a rally Saturday to denounce abortion as a Nazi tactic used to promote eugenics.

Hatewatch Staff (2019-03-12). White Nationalist Group Identity Evropa Rebrands Following Private Chat Leaks, Launches 'American Identity Movement'. splcenter.org Just over a year after assuming control of the college-focused white nationalist organization Identity Evropa (IE), leader Patrick Casey said on Twitter that the organization "has been retired." The announcement comes just days after the nonprofit media organization Unicorn Riot released the group's Discord server chat logs.

splcenter (2019-03-12). Florida legislators announce bill to ensure structurally sound schools for all students in the state. splcenter.org Florida state Rep. Anna Eskamani and Florida state Sen. Janet Cruz today announced legislation that would create uniform requirements to ensure that all Florida students can receive an education in school buildings that are structurally sound.

ACLU (2019-03-12). Banning Trans Girls From School Sports Is Neither Feminist Nor Legal. aclu.org Policing what it means to be a girl harms all girls. | Andraya Yearwood, a junior at Cromwell High School in Connecticut, recently finished second in the 55-meter dash at the state open indoor track championships. But instead of well-deserved accolades from her community, she now finds her achievements being publicly challenged — simply because she is transgender. | There is a long legacy of sex discrimination in athletics. Myths, such as the idea that physical exertion would harm wom…

Aída Chávez (2019-03-12). Tucker Carlson on Rupert Murdoch in 2010 Radio Segment: "I'm 100 Percent His Bitch" theintercept.com "I only have, you know, American, white servants," Carlson said in 2009. "It's not because I'm racist, it's because I'm not. It's because I feel better beating them."

Aba Blankson (2019-03-11). NAACP 110th Convention Mobilizing in Detroit. naacp.org NAACP 110th Convention Mobilizing in Detroit Thousands Expected to Join in Setting NAACP 2020 Agenda Fighting Racism and Defending the Vote, Among Key Issues to be Discussed BALTIMORE (March 8, 2019) — The nation's foremost civil rights organization will kick off its 110th national convention on July 20-24, 2019 in Detroit, Michigan. "In a country shaped by race relations, pollution and polarizing political struggles, Detroit stands out as the …

Democracy Now! (2019-03-11). Journalists, Lawyers & Activists Targeted in Sweeping U.S. Intelligence Gathering Effort on Border. democracynow.org Newly revealed documents show the U.S. government created a secret database of activists and journalists who were documenting the Trump administration's efforts to thwart a caravan of migrants hoping to win asylum in the U.S. An investigation from San Diego's NBC 7 revealed the list was shared among Homeland Security Investigations, ICE, Customs and Border Protection and the FBI. It included the names of 10 journalists—seven of whom are U.S. citizens—along with nearly four dozen others listed as "organizers" or "instigators." House Democrats are now calling for the full disclosure of the government's…

Democracy Now! (2019-03-11). Greenwald: White House Spread False Story About Venezuela Burning Aid Trucks to Win Support for War. democracynow.org An investigation by The New York Times has found that several trucks carrying so-called humanitarian aid that were set ablaze during a showdown at the Colombia-Venezuela border last month were not caused by President Nicolás Maduro's forces, as was widely reported at the time by the media and Trump administration officials. We speak with Glenn Greenwald, Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist and one of the founding editors of The Intercept. His latest piece is "NYT's Exposé on the Lies About Burning Aid Trucks in Venezuela Shows How U.S. Government and Media Spread Pro-War Propaganda."

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