2019-04-04: Social Media Postees

Rethinking the normalization of fascism in the post-truth era
Henry A. Giroux | mronline.org | 2019-04-04
Talk of a fascist politics emerging in the United States is often criticized as either a naive exaggeration or a failure to acknowledge the strength of liberal institutions. Yet, the case can be made that rather than harbor an element of truth, such criticism further normalizes the very fascism it critiques, allowing the extraordinary and […] | Source…
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Pentagon's $1 Billion for Wall: A Door-Opener to Crucial Fixes for Infrastructure, Environment?
Barbara G. Ellis | counterpunch.org | 2019-04-04
Now that President Donald Trump's sleight-of-hand has just moved $1 billion and soon possibly $5.1 billion more from the Pentagon's $674 billion FY2019 allocation to furnish labor and materials to build his border wall, he's opened precedent to actions he's probably never imagined. But domestic activists surely can–and will–if fast enough. So could those in Congress once they stop…
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Right wing takes Wisconsin court seat in a strident hate campaign
Dominique Paul Noth | peoplesworld.org | 2019-04-04
Across the Illinois-Wisconsin border April 2, the contrast couldn't have been starker. While Chicago elected its new mayor Lori Lightfoot, a black former prosecutor who is also gay, the Wisconsin Supreme Court contest, in results still being challenged, nipped into office the Scott Walker appointee who compared homosexuality to bestiality and three months ago was …
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Fascist-like attack hits Highlander Center
W. T. Whitney Jr. | peoplesworld.org | 2019-04-04
The deadly racist spree in Charlottesville in 2017 and the killing of 12 congregants at the Tree of Life Synagogue in Pittsburg in 2018 were fire bells in the night. Another rang out in New Market, Tennessee on March 29 as the main building at the Highlander Research and Education Center burned to the ground, …
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Has the US Lost Its Military Supremacy Over Russia?
Ron Ridenour | counterpunch.org | 2019-04-04
When I first heard of Andrei Martyanov, I was skeptical about his intentions. Born in Baku, Azerbaijan, USSR, 1963, he became a naval officer and expert on Russian military and naval issues. He took part in conflicts in the Caucasus. In mid-1990s, he moved to the US for reasons unstated in print. He currently works…
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Surpassing US Military Supremacy
Ron Ridenour | dissidentvoice.org | 2019-04-04
When I first heard of Andrei Martyanov, I was skeptical about his intentions. Born in Baku, Azerbaijan, USSR, 1963, he became a naval officer and expert on Russian military and naval issues. He took part in conflicts in the Caucasus. In mid-1990s, he moved to the US for reasons unstated in print. He currently works …
dissidentvoice.org/2019/04/surpassing-us…

White supremacist symbol found spray-painted at the site of fire, civil rights center says
Eds. | mronline.org | 2019-04-04
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. | Source…
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A new unionism for the twenty-first century
Steven Parfitt | mronline.org | 2019-04-04
As we contemplate the ongoing decline of British trade unions, and as Americans consider their next move after the Supreme Court's Janus vs AFSME decision, the the Independent Workers of Great Britain (IWGB) and United Voices of the World (UVW) point towards an alternative way of organising, fighting–and winning. | Source…
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Marco Rubio: Arrest of Juan Guaido Would Amount to Coup D'etat
Paul Dobson | mintpressnews.com | 2019-04-04
Venezuela's National Constituent Assembly (ANC) has lifted the parliamentary immunity of the self-declared "Interim President" Juan Guaido, opening the door for criminal charges to be brought against him. | Tuesday's unanimous decision came following a request from the Supreme Court, and included the "authorisation" of the continuation of investigations into the also deputy and president of the National Assembly. | "The investigation [against Guaido] is formally authorised to continue in accordance with our Constitution and laws" said ANC President Diosdado Cabello during the session. Cabello added that justice w…
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Brazil to Revise Textbooks Denying 1964 Coup
teleSUR | telesurenglish.net | 2019-04-04
Brazil's education Minister Ricardo Velez said Wednesday that school textbooks will be revised to deny the 1964 coup. | RELATED: | Brazil's Bolsonaro Says Nazism Was 'a Leftist Movement' | According to Velez, Brazil will teach the children "a wider version of history." Velez said that the 1964 military ousting of the democratically elected President Joao Goulart was not a coup and the following 21 years of military rule was "a democratic regime by force." | Velez told local media that t…
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India, Pakistan, and a Planet in Peril
Dilip Hiro | commondreams.org | 2019-04-04
People living along the ceasefire line dividing Kashmir into India and Pakistan-administered portions have continually been at risk due to hostility between the armies of the two nuclear rivals. (Photo by Yawar Nazir/Getty Images)(Photo by Yawar Nazir/Getty Images) | https://www.commondreams.org/sites/defau…
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SPLC seeks release of detained journalist whose work challenged ICE, a year after he was arrested
splcenter | splcenter.org | 2019-04-04
Memphis journalist Manuel Duran filed a habeas petition yesterday, seeking his immediate release from detention.
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Harvard's Tacit Endorsement of Slavery
STAFF | truthdig.com | 2019-04-04
The haunting gaze of Papa Renty peers from the 1850 daguerreotype. The enslaved man was forced to pose, naked, for a study being conducted by a racist Harvard anthropologist named Louis Agassiz. The Swiss-born scientist promoted "polygenism," a theory that held that different races were separate species, and that the white race was far superior to the black race. To validate this, Agassiz traveled from Harvard to South Carolina seeking authentic, "pure" black slaves, those whose original, African racial makeup hadn't been diluted, as all too often occurred, by the rape of slave women by their white masters. Agass…
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Art of the deal? Trump ups Mexico grace period for ending illegal immigration from a week to a YEAR
RT | rt.com | 2019-04-04
President Donald Trump threatened to place tariffs on cars coming from Mexico, or close the border altogether to pressure the country into halting the flow of illegal drugs and immigrants… but it now has a full year to comply. | …
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House Democrats to sue Trump over border wall emergency
RT | rt.com | 2019-04-04
Determined to stop President Donald Trump's efforts to build a wall along the US-Mexico border, House Democrats voted to challenge his national emergency declaration in court. | …
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The Threat of Fascism and How to Fight it
Socialist Equality Party | indybay.org | 2019-04-04
UC Berkeley Moffitt Library | Room 101 | 350 Moffitt Library, Berkeley CA 94720…
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Specter of Far-Right Violence Haunts Crisis Talks Over Brexit
Robert Mackey | theintercept.com | 2019-04-04
Tensions over Brexit, and warnings of a backlash from nationalists if it does not happen soon, have rekindled fears of political violence in Britain. The threat seemed acute on Wednesday, as video of British soldiers using a photograph of opposition leader Jeremy Corbyn for target practice appeared on Snapchat, and the trial of a neo-Nazi who planned to assassinate a pro-European member of Parliament ended. | Corbyn said that he was " shocked" by the video, which was shared…
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Neo-Nazi planned assassination of second UK Labour MP
WSWS | wsws.org | 2019-04-04
The plot to kill Rosie Cooper was hatched just one year after the murder of Labour MP Jo Cox by the fascist Thomas Mair.
http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2019/04/…

UN chief pays tribute to Egypt's role in avoiding 'dramatic' escalation in conflict across the Gaza-Israel border
United Nations | un.org | 2019-04-03
UN Secretary-General António Guterres has paid tribute to the role played by Egypt in helping to avoid a "dramatic" escalation of violence in Gaza over recent months, as tensions grew over Palestinian protests at the border, Hamas rocket attacks, and reprisal airstrikes by Israel.
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AMLO: How Mexico's New Leftist President Has Navigated Corruption, Inequality and Trump
Democracy Now! | democracynow.org | 2019-04-03
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."
http://www.democracynow.org/2019/4/3/aml…

Women Sue Walt Disney Studio for Contributing to Gender Pay Gap
teleSUR | telesurenglish.net | 2019-04-03
The Walt Disney Company is being sued by a pair of female employees who allege that the company subscribes to "widespread" gender discrimination and pays women significantly less than their male counterparts, the New York Times reported Tuesday. | RELATED: | Germany: Women Pay Less for Public Transport to Mark Berlin's 'Equal Pay Day' | Plaintiffs L…
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Venezuela National Plan 2019 – 2025: Highlights
teleSUR | telesurenglish.net | 2019-04-03
The president of Venezuela, Nicolas Maduro, presented on Monday his government National Plan 2019-2025, before the National Constituent Assembly (ANC). The program was created with the help of popular assemblies held throughout the country. | RELATED: | Maduro: Venezuela Living the First Cyber War in the World | "We Bolivarians, revolutionaries, patriots, Chavistas, we have a plan and a method, a detailed system that gives continuity to what has been achieved to this day but also all…
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Activists in Oshkosh, WI host vigil for Amber Evans
Fight Back | fightbacknews.org | 2019-04-03
Oshkosh, WI – On March 31, local activists and members of United Action Oshkosh (UAO) held a vigil to honor and commemorate the life and work of activist Amber Evans. | Evans, whose body had been identified a week prior after being pulled from the Scioto River in Columbus, Ohio, was a 28-year-old organizer involved heavily with movements such as Black Lives Matter, the Juvenile Justice Coalition, the People's Justice Project, and local anti-fascist projects. | Gathering in the Opera House Square in downtown Oshkosh, attendees of the vigil held a moment of silence for two minutes, symbolizing the two months…
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Terms of Asylum and Distraction: Moreno's Assange Problem
Binoy Kampmark | dissidentvoice.org | 2019-04-03
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 …
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A Neoliberal "Wall of Values"
Serge Halimi | counterpunch.org | 2019-04-03
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…
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Supreme Court Deems Torture Of Prisoners During Executions Permissible
Kevin Gosztola | shadowproof.com | 2019-04-03
The U.S. Supreme Court ruled Missouri may use lethal injection against a prisoner with a medical condition that will cause him to choke to death on his blood.
shadowproof.com/2019/04/03/supreme-court…

DOJ: Conditions in Alabama prisons likely unconstitutional
splcenter | splcenter.org | 2019-04-03
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."
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WCF Verona: Where the 'Wind of Change' Marked a Sea Change in Hate Group's Strategy
Hatewatch Staff | splcenter.org | 2019-04-03
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.
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Ecuadorian president threatens to evict Julian Assange from London embassy
WSWS | wsws.org | 2019-04-03
Moreno accused Assange of "repeatedly violating the conditions of his asylum," to create a pretext to hand him over to British and US authorities.
http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2019/04/…

Christchurch terrorist donated to right-wing Austrian Identitarian movement
WSWS | wsws.org | 2019-04-03
Clear political and ideological ties exist between the Australian fascist Brenton Tarrant, the Austrian Identitarian movement and the governing Freedom Party.
http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2019/04/…

The threat to close the US-Mexico border
WSWS | wsws.org | 2019-04-03
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.
http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2019/04/…

Trump's Dangerous, Dishonest Game on the U.S.-Mexico Border
Ruth Conniff | progressive.org | 2019-04-02
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.
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White Supremacist Symbol Found Spray-Painted at the Site of Fire, Civil Rights Center Says
Michael Edison Hayden | splcenter.org | 2019-04-02
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.org/hatewatch/2019/04/02/white…

Following SPLC investigation, Mississippi city agrees to overhaul fine and bail practices
splcenter | splcenter.org | 2019-04-02
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.
splcenter.org/news/2019/04/02/following-…

Karen Baynes-Dunning named interim president and CEO
splcenter | splcenter.org | 2019-04-02
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.
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Islamophobic attack on San Diego area mosque: interview with Yusef Miller of Islamic Society of North County
Zachery Bowersock | liberationnews.org | 2019-04-01
"There is no such thing as a time, since the colonization of this country, when this country has been free of racism, or sexism, or any type of xenophobia."
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Hundreds march against NATO
Fight Back | fightbacknews.org | 2019-04-01
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…
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Why the Real Migration Crisis Is in Central America, Not at the Southern U.S. Border
Democracy Now! | democracynow.org | 2019-04-01
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…
http://www.democracynow.org/2019/4/1/why…

First day of Legalization for All Network delegation focuses on Chicano struggles in Arizona
Fight Back | fightbacknews.org | 2019-04-01
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…
fightbacknews.org/2019/4/1/first-day-leg…

Civil Rights Leaders and Advocates to Hold Press Conference Ahead of First-Ever, Historic Equality Act Hearing
Vanessa Mbonu@naacpnet | naacp.org | 2019-04-01
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 — …
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What to Know About the Census
Vanessa Mbonu@naacpnet | naacp.org | 2019-04-01
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 …
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Campaigners behind de-selection of Tory remainer MPs supported by Christchurch terrorist
Tom Coburg | thecanary.co | 2019-04-01
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…
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WitchHunt: Controversy Over Anti-Semitism and the British Labour Party
STAFF | therealnews.com | 2019-04-01
Filmmaker Jon Pullman discusses his film WitchHunt, about the suppression of critical voices in the Labour Party and the influence of the Israeli lobby…
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How Trump's Border Wall Perpetuates the Legacy of Colonialism on the Rio Grande
Aaron Miguel Cantú | theintercept.com | 2019-03-31
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…
theintercept.com/2019/03/31/border-wall-…

Why local elections in Turkey could have a serious impact around the world
unitedEditor | uwidata.com | 2019-03-30
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 …
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On eve of Gaza border protest anniversary, UN's top humanitarian official for Palestine calls for calm
United Nations | un.org | 2019-03-29
With a large protest planned on Saturday in Gaza, and border shootings by Israeli security forces which have left nearly 200 Palestinians dead over the past year, the UN's top humanitarian official in the Occupied Palestinian Territories (oPt), Jamie McGoldrick, on Friday called for calm from all sides to prevent further bloodshed.
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'Renouncing Violence' Is a Demand Made Almost Exclusively of Muslims
Adam Johnson | fair.org | 2019-03-29
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…
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Alabama Voting Rights Project helps 2,000 people cast ballots in Alabama, but many more do not know they can vote
splcenter | splcenter.org | 2019-03-29
Rodney Lofton had never cast a ballot before a felony conviction stripped him of his voting rights in 2015.
splcenter.org/news/2019/03/29/alabama-vo…

'Love Aotearoa, hate racism' rally draws thousands in Auckland
pip.hinman | greenleft.org.au | 2019-03-29
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…
greenleft.org.au/content/%E2%80%98love-aotearoa-hate-racism%E2%80%99-rally-draws-thousands-auckland

New Zealand: Islamophobia is a weapon of the 1%
susan_p | greenleft.org.au | 2019-03-29
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…
greenleft.org.au/content/new-zealand-islamophobia-weapon-1

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