2019-03-17: News Headlines

plenglish (2019-03-17). Nearly 600 000 People Requested Asylum in EU In 2018. plenglish.com Brussels, Mar 14 (Prensa Latina) Around 580,000 people, mostly from Syria, Afghanistan and Iraq, applied for asylum for the first time in the European Union (EU) in 2018, the Statistics Office for the region (Eurostat) reported Thursday.

plenglish (2019-03-17). Last Effort to Register in Guatemala prior to Elections. plenglish.com Guatemala, Mar 16 (Prensa Latina) The Supreme Electoral Tribunal (TSE) expects to attract 1.5 million Guatemalan younths who have not registered on Saturday and Sunday, despite an insistent propaganda campaign.

RT (2019-03-17). Iran sentences US Navy vet to 10 years behind bars for insulting supreme leader. rt.com A US citizen has been sentenced to 10 years behind bars after a trial in Iran, his lawyer said. The former Navy serviceman violated a lèse-majesté law and a private information law that do not apply in the US.

Bay Area Poor People's Campaign (2019-03-17). Poor People's Hearing Bay Area. Against Racism, Poverty, War Economy, Climate Change. indybay.org Taylor Memorial United Methodist Church, 1188 12th St. West Oakland…

Jim Naureckas (2019-03-16). NPR's Source on Mosque Murders Can't Recall People Ever Being Murdered in a Mosque Before. fair.org by Jim Naureckas NPR's Morning Edition ( 3/15/19) turned for commentary on the Christchurch massacre to a source who couldn't remember people ever being murdered in a mosque before. (cc photo of Jonathan Greenblatt by JD Lasica) | On NPR's Morning Edition ( 3/15/19), Jonathan Greenblatt, the director of the Anti-Defamation League, was interviewed by host David Greene about the…

teleSUR (2019-03-16). Far-Right Australian Senator Punches Kid After Being Egged. telesurenglish.net Australian far-right senator Fraser Anning, who gave a racist statement to the New Zealand mosque shootings, took an egg to the head from an Australian teenager Saturday, sending a new video and the hashtag #Eggboy viral with the internet praising the teen for his heroic deed. | RELATED: | New Zealand Prime Minister Reveals Plans to Tighten Gun Laws | The egging incident became a worldwide "senation" almost instantly. On it, it can be seen an Australian teenager sliding behind An…

splcenter (2019-03-16). Weekend Read: A horrifying pattern of white supremacist attacks. splcenter.org He approached the mosque on foot, his weapon visible in a country where guns are rare.

teleSUR (2019-03-16). Nearly US$3M Donated to Victims of New Zealand Terror Attacks. telesurenglish.net Millions of dollars in donations have been pouring out in support of survivors and victims' families after a horrific mass-shooting at two mosques in New Zealand, as citizens around the world grieve in the wake of an atrocity motivated by hatred and white supremacist ideology. | RELATED: | New Zealand Prime Minister Reveals Plans to Tighten Gun Laws | Nearly US$3,000,000 has been raised between two online crowdfunding campaigns on behalf of the victims of the massacre in Christch…

STAFF (2019-03-16). Stunned by Terror Attack, New Zealand Reaches Out to Its Muslim Community. truthdig.com The nation shows a fierce determination to be kind to those in pain as a white supremacist accused of mass shootings appears in court.

WSWS (2019-03-16). In vetoing bill to overturn national emergency, Trump makes fascist appeal. wsws.org Trump is seeking to establish an authoritarian regime outside of the normal constitutional and political channels and largely independent of both traditional big-business parties.

WSWS (2019-03-16). Anti-Semitic propaganda distributed at Polish parliament as government witch-hunts Holocaust historians. wsws.org The Polish government is engaged in an unprecedented witch-hunt of historians of the Holocaust and promotion of anti-Semitism.

WSWS (2019-03-16). Fascist terrorists murder 49 in Christchurch, New Zealand. wsws.org The attack is the outcome of the rise of far-right, fascistic networks that have developed around the world, with the collusion of the state apparatus.

Shared by Anton Woronczuk (2019-03-16). NPR Source Can't Recall People Ever Being Murdered in a Mosque Before. truthout.org On NPR's Morning Edition ( 3/15/19), Jonathan Greenblatt, the director of the Anti-Defamation League, was interviewed by host David Greene about the mass murder of 49 people at two mosques in Christchurch, New Zealand. Asked by Greene "how common" it is for online hate speech to turn into a "mass shooting this terrible," Greenblatt responded: | Well, I think this act of violence really doesn't have a precedent as far as we know, murdering people in a mosque like this, and the social media dim…

WSWS (2019-03-16). Corbyn props up May government after more Brexit vote defeats. wsws.org Ever since May took office as a minority dependent on the DUP, she has headed a government of permanent crisis, with her survival dependent on Labour leader Corbyn's suppression of the class struggle amid a rising tide of anti-Tory sentiment.

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

Janine Jackson (2019-03-15). Colleagues Defend Tucker Carlson's 'Ideas'—That Iraqis Are 'Monkeys,' Child Rape Is 'Commitment to Love'. fair.org David French's claim (National Review, 3/11/19) that no one was really offended by Tucker Carlson's defense of raping 12-year-olds, or his calling Iraqis "primitive monkeys," was <...

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…

Michael Edison Hayden (2019-03-15). New Zealand Terrorist Manifesto Influenced by Far-Right Online Ecosystem, Hatewatch Finds. splcenter.org Brenton Tarrant, the man accused of murdering 49 worshippers and injuring dozens of others in two New Zealand mosques Friday, posted a manifesto steeped in white supremacist propaganda and references to "white genocide," a belief that white people are being systematically replaced across the world by non-whites.

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 …

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.

STAFF (2019-03-15). Students Globally Protest Warming, Pleading for Their Future. truthdig.com WASHINGTON — Students across a warming globe pleaded for their lives, future and planet Friday, demanding tough action on climate change. | From the South Pacific to the edge of the Arctic Circle, angry students in more than 100 countries walked out of classes to protest what they see as the failures by their governments. | Well more than 150,000 students and adults who were mobilized by word of mouth and social media protested in Europe, according to police estimates. But the initial turnout in the United States did not look quite as high. | "Borders, languages and religions do not separate us," eight-year…

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…

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…

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.

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.

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

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…

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?

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…

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…

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 …

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.

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). 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. |

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…

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.

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.

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.

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.

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…

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