2019-04-03: News Headlines

Democracy Now! (2019-04-03). AMLO: How Mexico's New Leftist President Has Navigated Corruption, Inequality and Trump. democracynow.org As President Trump continues his threats to close the U.S.-Mexico border to stop the flow of asylum seekers, we look at the response from Mexican President Andrés Manuel López Obrador and the first four months of his presidency. In Mexico City, we speak with Humberto Beck, professor at El Colegio de México and co-editor of "The Future Is Today: Radical Ideas for Mexico." He says that while López Obrador doesn't want to openly confront Trump on stopping immigration, "he knows that sending back migrants to Central America is sending back these people to unlivable situations."

teleSUR (2019-04-03). Border Patrol Shuffle Delays US-Mexico Crossing by 12 Hours. telesurenglish.net Freight truck drivers heading across the border from Mexico into the United States found themselves at a standstill Tuesday for over eight hours as a result of a massive border patrol agent reshuffle. Crossing the U.S.-Mexico border between Tijuana and San Diego was taking up to 12 hours at some points. | RELATED: | US Congress Fails to Override Veto, Border Wall Emergency Stays | Mexico's foreign minister, Marcelo Ebrard, said Tuesday that commercial traffic between Ciudad Jua…

teleSUR (2019-04-03). Closure of the US-Mexico Border Could Cause Devastating Losses. telesurenglish.net U.S. President Donald Trump's threat to close the southern border is considered by both Mexican and U.S. businessmen as an attempt to dictate the ongoing immigration problems, a foreign policy move which could severely affect the economies of both countries. | RELATED: | Border Patrol Shuffle Delays US-Mexico Crossing by 12 Hours | "The Trump Administr…

teleSUR LF (2019-04-03). Again? Donald Trump Says His Father was Born in Germany. telesurenglish.net During a press conference with NATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg, U.S. President Donald Trump wrongly claimed that his father, Fred Trump, was born in Germany. | RELATED: | Trump 'Not Bluffing' on Border Closure: White House | The U.S. President ¥s geneological claim came after he criticized the government of German Chancellor Angela Merkel for "not paying their fair sha…

Binoy Kampmark (2019-04-03). Terms of Asylum and Distraction: Moreno's Assange Problem. dissidentvoice.org Political asylum is an accepted if often ignored right. It is also at the mercy of those interests that grant it. Ecuador's repeated insistence on conditioning Julian Assange's stay in its London abode is tantamount to corroding the idea of asylum to vacuity. You are granted asylum as a political dissident, but political dissident you …

Dr. Binoy Kampmark (2019-04-03). Terms of Asylum and Distraction: Ecuador's President Moreno's "Assange Problem" globalresearch.ca Political asylum is an accepted if often ignored right. It is also at the mercy of those interests that grant it. Ecuador's repeated insistence on conditioning Julian Assange's stay in its London abode is tantamount to corroding the idea …

teleSUR (2019-04-03). Brazil's Bolsonaro Says Nazism Was 'a Leftist Movement'. telesurenglish.net Brazil's far-right President Jair Bolsonaro said Tuesday in front of the Yad Vashem Holocaust Museum that Nazism was a product of a left-wing movement. | RELATED: | Bolsonaro To Netanyahu At Start of 4-Day Tour: 'I Love Israel' | Bolsonaro, who is on an official visit to Israel since Sunday, made the comments after visiting the museum built in memory of six million Jews massacred by Nazis. | Upon leaving the museum he said that "there is no doubt" that Nazism was a leftist movem…

Serge Halimi (2019-04-03). A Neoliberal "Wall of Values" counterpunch.org The far right's strong performance in elections was for decades an insurance policy for left- and right-wing neoliberals: any moderate, no matter how bland, could easily get elected provided he stood against a political party widely perceived as unacceptable and offensive. Jean-Marie Le Pen's share of the vote in the 2002 French presidential election did More

splcenter (2019-04-03). DOJ: Conditions in Alabama prisons likely unconstitutional. splcenter.org The Alabama prison system is already fighting a years-long SPLC lawsuit over the neglect of prisoners with medical and mental health needs. Now, the U.S. Justice Department is threatening to sue the state because its prisons are beset by "rampant violence," "unchecked extortion," and "severe and widespread sexual abuse."

Hatewatch Staff (2019-04-03). WCF Verona: Where the 'Wind of Change' Marked a Sea Change in Hate Group's Strategy. splcenter.org Anti-LGBT hate group World Congress of Families (WCF) used its annual gathering to signal a strategy shift for gaining support for its anti-LGBTQ and anti pro-choice policies.

teleSUR (2019-04-03). Brunei's Death Penalty for Gay Sex a Human Rights Violation: UN. telesurenglish.net Brunei is violating human rights by imposing an extremist interpretation of Islamic Law that would allow death by stoning for adultery and homosexuality, the United Nations said Wednesday. | RELATED: | Brunei to Stone Those Convicted of Homosexual Sex to Death | U.N. Secretary-General Antonio Guterres "believes that human rights are to be upheld in relation to every person everywhere without any kind of discrimination," said U.N. spokesman Stephane Dujarric. | "The legislation app…

James Crossley (2019-04-03). The Red Gyms of England — a new front for anti-fascism. peoplesworld.org It should not have taken the Brexit vote to show that one of the biggest challenges that the 21st-century organized left faces is its tenuous connection to working-class interests. The story of why this happened is well known. Attacks on trade unions by Conservative and New Labour governments, and New Labour's obsession with middle-class swing …

WSWS (2019-04-03). Christchurch terrorist donated to right-wing Austrian Identitarian movement. wsws.org Clear political and ideological ties exist between the Australian fascist Brenton Tarrant, the Austrian Identitarian movement and the governing Freedom Party.

Democracy Now! (2019-04-03). Headlines for April 3, 2019. democracynow.org Chicago Elects First Woman and Openly Gay Mayor in Lori Lightfoot, Trump Delays Threat of U.S.-Mexico Border Closure, Trump Falsely Claims Father Is German-Born, Renews Attacks on NATO Members, House Dems to Subpoena Ex-WH Official over Security Clearance Reversals, House Dems to Subpoena Wilbur Ross over Census Citizenship Question, WaPo: Saudis Giving Money, Lavish Homes to Khashoggi Children, U.K.: Theresa May to Seek Brexit Extension, Cooperation with Opposition, DRC: Ebola Outbreak Infects Over 1,000, Kills 680, Algeria: President Bouteflika Resigns After Weeks of Mass Protests, Venezuela: Lawmakers Strip Gu…

WSWS (2019-04-03). The threat to close the US-Mexico border. wsws.org The sealing of borders, the creation of concentration camps for refugees and the whipping up of xenophobic and fascist forces are all part of an international turn to reaction that echoes the darkest days of the 1930s.

WSWS (2019-04-03). Ecuadorian president threatens to evict Julian Assange from London embassy. wsws.org Moreno accused Assange of "repeatedly violating the conditions of his asylum," to create a pretext to hand him over to British and US authorities.

Eoin Higgins, staff writer (2019-04-03). 'Not Just Inappropriate. It's Fascistic': Outrage Over UK Soldiers Using Labour Leader Jeremy Corbyn for Target Practice. commondreams.org British soldiers in Kabul, Afghanistan, used an image of Labour Party leader Jeremy Corbyn as target practice, drawing criticism from United Kingdom progressives and triggering an internal investigation. | https://www.commondreams.org/sites/defau…

Ruth Conniff (2019-04-02). Trump's Dangerous, Dishonest Game on the U.S.-Mexico Border. progressive.org Trump is the mean drunk at the family dinner, throwing his weight around, hurling insults and threats, while everyone cringes and hopes that his rage will subside, knowing that nothing good will come from a confrontation.

Danny Sjursen (2019-04-02). The Forever Wars Will Go On Without Me. counterpunch.org "Patriotism, in the trenches, was too remote a sentiment, and at once rejected as fit only for civilians, or prisoners." — Robert Graves, Goodbye To All That (1929) I'm one of the lucky ones. Leaving the madness of Army life with a modest pension and all of my limbs intact feels like a genuine escape. Both More

Michael Edison Hayden (2019-04-02). White Supremacist Symbol Found Spray-Painted at the Site of Fire, Civil Rights Center Says. splcenter.org Someone painted a white supremacist symbol at the scene where fire ravaged a building tied to the civil rights movement, according to a statement from the Highlander Research and Education Center.

splcenter (2019-04-02). Karen Baynes-Dunning named interim president and CEO. splcenter.org We're proud to announce that the Southern Poverty Law Center's board of directors has voted unanimously to name Karen Baynes-Dunning as our interim president and CEO.

splcenter (2019-04-02). Following SPLC investigation, Mississippi city agrees to overhaul fine and bail practices. splcenter.org The city council of Meridian, Mississippi, approved an agreement today with the SPLC that will end the city's practice of incarcerating residents who are unable to pay fines and fees, and to stop using secured money bail in misdemeanor cases.

Eoin Higgins (2019-04-02). Progressives, Democrats, and Pope Sound Alarm Over Trump's Threat to Close Border. theantimedia.com (CD) — President Donald Trump's threat to close the southern border was met with criticism and concern from politicians, activists, the public—and Pope Francis. Trump is taking the action, he said, because of what he believes is a crisis in drug smuggling and human trafficking. In remarks to reporters Sunday on the papal plane en route from Morocco …

WSWS (2019-04-02). US Supreme Court ruling guts ban on "cruel and unusual punishment" wsws.org The death penalty decision in Bucklew v. Precythe eviscerates the prohibition against "cruel and unusual punishment" in the Eighth Amendment to the US Constitution.

WSWS (2019-04-02). Christchurch terrorist's fascist manifesto promotes trade unions. wsws.org The fascist gunman Brenton Tarrant, who killed 50 people at two mosques in New Zealand, advocates the anti-immigrant, nationalist policies of the trade unions.

Democracy Now! (2019-04-02). Headlines for April 2, 2019. democracynow.org Whistleblower: WH Security Clearances Reversed Despite Serious Concerns, Senate Shoots Down Disaster Relief Bills as Fight over Puerto Rico Aid Intensifies, Trump: GOP Planning "Really Great" Healthcare Plan for After 2020 Election, U.K.: Lawmakers Shoot Down 4 Brexit Options as Impasse Continues, Algeria: Pres. Bouteflika to Resign as Protesters Call for Systemic Changes, West Bank: Israelis Shoot and Kill Palestinian Man During Raid, Brunei: U.N. Raises Alarm as LGBT Community Threatened by Death Penalty Law, SCOTUS Rules Against Man Who Says Lethal Injection Would Feel Like Torture, U.S.-Mexico Border Shutdown…

RT (2019-04-02). 'My body should be celebrated': Teacher sacked over topless selfie sues for sexual discrimination. rt.com A 25-year-old middle school teacher claims she was fired from her job after a topless selfie she sent to a boyfriend ended up in the hands of a student. Now she wants "to fight back," filing a $3 million discrimination lawsuit.

WSWS (2019-04-02). After fascist attack, New Zealand teacher unions cancel nationwide strike. wsws.org In a thoroughly anti-democratic decision, primary and secondary teacher unions have used the Christchurch attack as a pretext to call off a major nationwide strike.

RT (2019-04-02). Marco Rubio inflames Twitter by mixing Bible verses with regime change calls. rt.com Florida Senator Marco Rubio's social media output is a real mixed bag. In between odes to regime change in Venezuela and paeans to border security, Rubio dropped in some words from the good book, to mixed reaction. |

RT (2019-04-02). US Supreme Court declares inmates have no constitutional right to 'painless death'. rt.com The Supreme Court has declared prisoners have no constitutional right to a "painless death," allowing the execution of a convicted murderer to go forward despite his protestations that lethal injection would cause him to suffer.

Fight Back (2019-04-01). Hundreds march against NATO. fightbacknews.org Washington DC — Hundreds of people gathered in Lafayette Square, a park opposite the White House, March 30, to respond to the call to action against NATO, racism and war. The organizers also strongly emphasized the slogan "Hands off Venezuela" to protest the Trump administration and NATO's attempts to overthrow the democratically-elected government of Nicolás Maduro. | The park was full of banners, signs and flags held by protesters who loudly cheered and chanted throughout the program. The chants ranged from, "Hands off Venezuela" to "How do you spell racist? N-A-T-O!" | The speakers each masterfully high…

Democracy Now! (2019-04-01). Why the Real Migration Crisis Is in Central America, Not at the Southern U.S. Border. democracynow.org President Trump has announced the United States will cut off funding to the so-called Northern Triangle countries of Guatemala, Honduras and El Salvador that are the primary source of a wave of migrants seeking asylum at the U.S.-Mexico border, including caravans of families with children. He is also threatening to close the border with Mexico.‚Ä® This comes after Trump declared a national emergency to justify redirecting money earmarked for the military to pay for building a wall at the border. ‚Ä®We speak with John Carlos Frey, award-winning investigative reporter and "PBS NewsHour…

STAFF (2019-04-01). WitchHunt: Controversy Over Anti-Semitism and the British Labour Party. therealnews.com Filmmaker Jon Pullman discusses his film WitchHunt, about the suppression of critical voices in the Labour Party and the influence of the Israeli lobby…

Vanessa Mbonu@naacpnet (2019-04-01). What to Know About the Census. naacp.org Today marks exactly one year out from the 2020 Census — the official counting of the United States population, a constitutional requirement occurring once every ten years. The decennial Census is a crucial facet of our Republic because its results serve as the basis for redistricting, the enforcement of voting rights laws, and allocating congressional …

Fight Back (2019-04-01). First day of Legalization for All Network delegation focuses on Chicano struggles in Arizona. fightbacknews.org Tucson, AZ – On March 30, the Legalization For All Network completed the first day of an immigrant rights delegation to Arizona and the U.S.-México border. | Members of immigrant rights organizations and a Palestinian liberation movement organization from the Midwest are participating in the delegation. | The first day of the trip was in Tucson, Arizona, where the delegation learned about the history of the U.S.-México border and the struggles of the Chicano people in the Southwest, which was the top half of México until the U.S. invasion of México in 1848. | In the morning, the delegation participated in the 19…

Jedediah Britton-Purdy (2019-04-01). The Myth of the American Frontier. thenation.com The Myth of the American Frontier…

Tom Coburg (2019-04-01). Campaigners behind de-selection of Tory remainer MPs supported by Christchurch terrorist. thecanary.co A fascist-linked political party behind a campaign to de-select remainer MPs has scored a victory after a vote of no confidence in Dominic Grieve … | Read more Campaigners behind de-selection of Tory remainer MPs supported by Christchurch terrorist | By Tom Coburg

Vanessa Mbonu@naacpnet (2019-04-01). Civil Rights Leaders and Advocates to Hold Press Conference Ahead of First-Ever, Historic Equality Act Hearing. naacp.org FOR PLANNING PURPOSES ONLY: March 29, 2019 Will McCullough | HRC | Will.McCullough@hrc.org | 559-892-3038 Shin Inouye | Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights | Inouye@civilrights.org | 202-869-0398 LGBTQ advocates will meet on the Hill to discuss historic federal civil rights legislation that will protect millions of LGBTQ Americans and their families from discrimination WASHINGTON — …

Democracy Now! (2019-04-01). Headlines for April 1, 2019. democracynow.org Trump Announces Aid Cuts to El Salvador, Guatemala and Honduras, Trump Threatens to Close U.S.-Mexico Border, Outrage as Border Patrol Holds Asylum Seekers Underneath El Paso Bridge, Sepsis Was Cause of 7-Year-Old Guatemalan Girl's Death in U.S. Custody, Gov't Temporarily Extends Protected Immigration Status for Liberians, Judge Blocks Trump Order, Reinstates Arctic Drilling Ban, U.K.: Brexit Crisis Deepens as Lawmakers Fail to Back Deal, Gaza: Israeli Forces Kill 4 on Great March of Return Anniversary, Ukraine: Comedian Takes Hefty Lead in Presidential Vote Tally, Slovakia: Environmentalist Becomes First Female…

Graham Peebles (2019-03-31). Rising Politics of Intolerance and the Need for Unity. dissidentvoice.org Over the last 20 years extreme right-wing groups have been on the rise throughout the world. They share a belief in white supremacism and conspiracy theories that allege there is a global plot to replace white Christian populations with Muslims and people of color. As socio-economic inequality has grown and immigration increased the reactionary ideology …

Liberation Staff (2019-03-31). Colorado Springs unveils anti-homeless 'homelessness initiative'. liberationnews.org Capitalism creates, then criminalizes, poverty and homelessness.

Aaron Miguel Cantú (2019-03-31). How Trump's Border Wall Perpetuates the Legacy of Colonialism on the Rio Grande. theintercept.com It's Friday at dusk on a long stretch of dirt road in Hidalgo County, Texas, about a mile north of the Rio Grande and Mexico. Orange light gleams through a single palm tree towering over hardwood mesquites. Land speculators imported palms to the Rio Grande Valley a century ago to attract white American settlers to the region, and they loom especially high above dense thornscrub below. | I'm walking to my car with Christopher Basaldú, who's lived in a nearby tent for over a month in…

unitedEditor (2019-03-30). Why local elections in Turkey could have a serious impact around the world. uwidata.com The atmosphere around the upcoming Turkish municipal elections scheduled for March 31th almost make it seem like the country is preparing to elect a new president: tensions are high, and interests extend far beyond the border. All of the major international players, primarily the United States and the Europeans, are closely monitoring the elections, anxiously …

Adam Johnson (2019-03-29). 'Renouncing Violence' Is a Demand Made Almost Exclusively of Muslims. fair.org As Israel was killing scores and maiming thousands of protesters in Gaza, rather than calling on Israel to "renounce violence," the New York Times ( 5/18/18) published an op-ed arguing that "guarding the border was more important than avoiding killing." | A FAIR survey of the phrase "renounce violence" in the New York Times over the past 10 years shows that 95 percent of the time the demand is made of Muslim organizations, people or political parties, the most prominent being the Taliban and Hamas. There are zero instances o…

splcenter (2019-03-29). Alabama Voting Rights Project helps 2,000 people cast ballots in Alabama, but many more do not know they can vote. splcenter.org Rodney Lofton had never cast a ballot before a felony conviction stripped him of his voting rights in 2015.

pip.hinman (2019-03-29). 'Love Aotearoa, hate racism' rally draws thousands in Auckland. greenleft.org.au A week after the Christchurch mosque attacks, thousands of people mobilised in Auckland for the "Love Aotearoa, hate racism" rally on March 24. | A number of speakers addressed the rally, including Mike Treen, national director of Unite Union and Global Peace and Justice. | "We need to organise, we need to connect," Treen told the rally. "Not just on an individual level to challenge every racist that we come across … not just on an individual level to speak up when we need to speak up. We need to connect, we need to organise in our churches, in our unions, in our schools, in our universities, in every instituti…

susan_p (2019-03-29). New Zealand: Islamophobia is a weapon of the 1%. greenleft.org.au The terrorist attack on the Christchurch mosques by a right-wing fanatic has exposed a dark network of white supremacist, Islamophobic, anti-immigrant and misogynist people and movements that want to destroy all progressive aspects in the advance of humanity. | These networks openly admire United States President Donald Trump and other right-wing ideologues because their hatreds and fears are being manipulated by these same "establishment" forces. When Trump says "I think Islam hates us" and "Criminals and unknown Middle Easterners are mixed in," referring to the migrant caravan from South America to the US, and…

Fight Back (2019-03-28). FRSO mobilizes against U.S. wars and racism. fightbacknews.org Washington D.C. – The Freedom Road Socialist Organization (FRSO) is building for a rally and march against U.S. wars and racism in Washington D.C. this Saturday, March 30. | "Oppose NATO, War, and Racism! Oppose U.S. intervention in Venezuela!" is the theme for a rally starting at 1 p.m. across from the White House in LaFayette Park. | The North Atlantic Treaty Organization is set to 'celebrate' 70 years on April 4. April 4 is also the anniversary of the day Reverend Martin Luther King Jr. was assassinated. So, a large coalition of anti-war, international solidarity, and anti-racist organizations are gathering to…

Democracy Now! (2019-03-28). Fighting Racial Bias in an Age of Mass Murder: Prejudice from the Coffee Shop to Charlottesville. democracynow.org As avowed neo-Nazi James Alex Fields pleaded guilty Wednesday to 29 counts of hate crimes in a federal court for plowing his car into a crowd of anti-racist protesters in Charlottesville in August of 2017, we look at a new book that addresses the tragic event, as well as the rising number of race-based mass shootings, hate crimes and police shootings of unarmed men in the past several years. It also examines cases of discrimination against African Americans for simply sitting in coffee shops or trying to vacation in Airbnb-hosted homes. Professor Jennifer Eberhardt is the author of "Biased: Uncovering the Hidden…

STAFF (2019-03-28). Gerrymandering — Election Manipulation Tool Reaches Supreme Court (Again). therealnews.com The corrupting influence of big money receives much of the focus of voters, but gerrymandering has been the behind-the-scenes way both parties have used to gain an edge over each other in state elections for years. Kathay Feng of Common Cause discusses the cases that recently reached the Supreme Court…

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