2019-04-05: News Headlines

Janine Jackson (2019-04-05). Calling Racism by Its Real Name. fair.org Note that the New York Times' headline ( 1/10/19) was not "Steve King Defends White Supremacy"—though that was surely the most newsworthy aspect of this profile. | It should go without saying that things we don't have names for…go without saying. For years, that's been the deal with corporate media and racism. Actions, policies, statements and ideas that regular people have no trouble identifying as racist become, in elite media hands, "racially tinged," "racially charged," "race-related." And if racism isn…

STAFF (2019-04-05). Weaponized Social Media Is Driving the Explosion of Fascism. truthout.org I was blindsided a few weeks ago by a video of the New Zealand mosque massacre showing up on my screen — courtesy of Facebook. I really don't have language to succinctly describe what it is, filmed by a self-described "fascist" hoping to pull viewers into his deranged hate-ravaged point-of-view, immortalizing the captured images of terror on his victims' faces at the second their stolen lives flashed before them. The murderer also captured images of his victims and used them as a weaponized meme, which is now forever preserved as a cultural artifact. Making it was likely a driving force behind the massac…

Steve Sweeney (2019-04-05). Turkey's Communist Mayor blocked from taking office. peoplesworld.org Turkish election authorities moved to block Communist Party of Turkey (TKP) candidate Mehmet Fatih Macoglu from taking office as mayor of Dersim today on "security" grounds. The Supreme Election Board (YSK) did not give any explanation for the decision which it said was based on the "security problem today." Mr. Macoglu said: "No explanation was …

Frank Lara (2019-04-05). Trump visits Calexico. liberationnews.org Trump, anointed El Trompa by many of us Spanish-speakers, visited the small border town of Calexico, California April 5.

STAFF (2019-04-05). Robert Reich: Closing the Border to Mexico is "Insane" therealnews.com $1.5 billion dollars per day cross the US-Mexico border and closing it, as Trump has proposed (and recently backtracked), would be "cataclysmic," says former Labor Secretary Robert Reich, whom Laura Carlsen interviewed in Mexico…

Stephen Lendman (2019-04-05). Trump Administration Demands that Turkey Cancel Purchase of Russian S-400 Air Defense Missiles. globalresearch.ca The Trump regime demands Turkey cancel its planned purchase of Russian S-400 air defense missiles. | Technologically superior to US long-range surface-to-air Patriot missiles, nothing in the West matches their effectiveness. | S-400s can destroy multiple hostile aircraft, ballistic missiles, and …

Paul Edwards (2019-04-05). The Anti-Semitic Con. counterpunch.org With the Putin/Russia Collusion Fairytale debunked, the undeniable cancer of real foreign interference in our government demands an honest airing. Since American politics is mortally corrupt, one might wonder why bother to expose one prime cause of its ethical degeneracy. If the beast is dead, what use is determining what killed it? Well, it isn't More

Nancy Mendoza (2019-04-05). Dear Haters, The Canary isn't antisemitic, you just don't like our politics. thecanary.co I'm a co-founder of The Canary and I'm a Jew, firmly opposed to antisemitism. I am not, however, a political Zionist. There, I've said … | Read more Dear Haters, The Canary isn't antisemitic, you just don't like our politics | By Nancy Mendoza

Jill Richardson (2019-04-05). The Death Penalty is Getting Crueler. counterpunch.org For years, most of the U.S. has been changing death penalty laws in the direction of phasing it out, or at least applying it in a more humane way. In 2002, the Supreme Court ruled that people with intellectual disabilities cannot be executed. In 2005, another ruling held that the U.S. cannot execute anyone for More

Michael Edison Hayden, Intelligence Project (2019-04-05). Twitter locked me out of my account for reporting on extremists. splcenter.org Twitter temporarily suspended my account this week after I posted a tweet that opposed far-right extremism.

Binoy Kampmark (2019-04-05). Terms of Asylum and Distraction: Moreno's Assange Problem. counterpunch.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 More

teleSUR (2019-04-05). UN Torture Expert Urges Ecuador Not to Expel Assange. telesurenglish.net Fears over Julian Assange's expulsion from the Ecuadorean Ambassy in London have been growing over the past few days, following threats by Ecuadorean President Lenin Moreno that he will "make a decision in the short term" on the situation of the Wikileaks editor. | RELATED: | INA Papers: The Corruption Case Against Ecuador's President Lenin Moreno | The Ecuadorean President argued Tuesday that the Wikileaks founder has "repeatedly violated" the terms of his asylum in th…

United Nations (2019-04-05). Venezuelans brave torrential border river, face exploitation, abuse — UN urges greater protection. un.org The Venezuela refugee crisis, which has already left some 1.1 million children, returnees and people in-transit lacking protection and basic services across Latin America and the Caribbean (LAC), has prompt the UN Children's Fund (UNICEF) to call on regional Governments to uphold their rights and protect unaccompanied, undocumented children.

STAFF (2019-04-05). Trump Sidelines Immigration Nominee for 'Tougher Direction'. truthdig.com WASHINGTON — The notice to Congress from the White House was met with confusion: Why would President Donald Trump withdraw his nominee to lead U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement? | Longtime border official Ron Vitiello appeared to be cruising toward confirmation. One Senate committee had endorsed his nomination and a second was likely to follow suit despite opposition from some Democrats and a union representing some agency officers. | No one in the Department of Homeland Security, which oversees the immigration agency, had been notified about the intention to remove Vitiello from consideration, accor…

STAFF (2019-04-05). Democrats File Suit Against Border Wall Spending. truthdig.com WASHINGTON — The Latest on President Donald Trump and the border (all times local): | 5: 30 p.m. | House Democrats have filed a lawsuit aimed at preventing President Donald Trump from spending more money than Congress has approved to erect barriers along the southwestern border. | Democrats say Trump's attempt to transfer billions of dollars from several programs to wall construction violates the Constitution, which gives Congress control over spending. The 45-page complaint was filed Friday in the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia. | House Speaker Nancy Pelosi calls Trump's act a "brazen assa…

Democracy Now! (2019-04-05). Headlines for April 5, 2019. democracynow.org Congress Approves Resolution to End U.S. Support for War on Yemen, Report Blames Ethiopian Crash on Boeing 737 MAX Software Failure, Boeing CEO Apologizes for Crashes That Killed 346 People, Trump Threatens Mexico with Auto Tariffs over Migration, Migrants Say Mexico Is Denying Humanitarian Visas Under U.S. Pressure, 280 Arrested in Texas ICE Raid as Trump Heads to Border, Rogue Libyan General Advances on Tripoli, Mozambique Faces Food Emergency as Cholera Cases Mount, House Reauthorizes Violence Against Women Act Over NRA Objections, Trump to Nominate Herman Cain to Federal Reserve Board, Trump Pushed for Speedy…

STAFF (2019-04-05). Zionist Campaign Drives Black Jewish Activist Out of UK's Labour Party. truthout.org Anti-racist activist Jackie Walker was expelled from the U.K. Labour Party on March 26, after two-and-a-half years of suspension for allegedly "bringing the party into disrepute." | Walker, a pro-Palestinia…

Socialist Equality Party (2019-04-05). The Threat of Fascism and How to Fight it. indybay.org UC Berkeley Moffitt Library | Room 101 | 350 Moffitt Library, Berkeley CA 94720…

RT (2019-04-05). Horn or bump? Pro-Palestinian poster at Columbia University sparks accusations of anti-Semitism. rt.com Some questions have no right answer. Blue dress or white? Yanny or Laurel? Is an oddity on an Israeli soldier's helmet a horn from medieval anti-Semitic propaganda, or a cartoonish bump left by a spray can? Take your pick.

susan_p (2019-04-05). Venezuela: Guaido stripped of immunity, protest erupt over blackouts. greenleft.org.au Venezuela's National Constituent Assembly (ANC) has lifted self-declared "interim president" Juan Guaido's parliamentary immunity, opening the door for criminal charges to be brought against him. | The unanimous April 2 decision came following a request from the Supreme Court of Justice (TSJ) and included an "authorisation" to continue investigations into the parliamentary deputy and president of the National Assembly. | The ANC based its move on article 200 of Venezuela's constitution, which gives the TSJ the unique power to overrule parliamentarian…

Jon Queally (2019-04-05). Calling for End of US Asylum System, Trump Adds, "We Should Get Rid of Judges" theantimedia.com (CD) — President Donald Trump called for the end of the U.S. system that processes those seeking political asylum and refugee status on Friday and then added that it would also be good to "get rid of judges." "Congress has to act," Trump told reporters outside the White House, referring to the asylum claim process and the …

Jessica Corbett, staff writer (2019-04-05). As Rumors Swirl, UN Expert Warns Extraditing Julian Assange to US Would Violate Human Rights Protections. commondreams.org While Ecuador denies plans to revoke Julian Assange's political asylum, a top United Nations human rights official has vowed to investigate fresh rumors, noting that if the WikiLeaks founder is expelled from the Ecuadorian Embassy in London, he likely would be arrested by British authorities and extradited to the United States. | https://www.commondreams.org/sites/defau…

Robert Mackey (2019-04-05). Trump's Rhetoric Echoes Nazi Germany, Beto O'Rourke Says, Accurately. theintercept.com President Donald Trump's defenders professed outrage on Friday at comments from Beto O'Rourke, a Democratic presidential candidate, who accurately observed that the president's rhetoric on immigrants would not have been out of place in Nazi Germany. | Speaking at two campaign events in Iowa, O'Rourke said that Trump's policy of separating the children of asylum-seekers from their parents as they cross the border, "follows the rhetoric of a president who not only describes immigrants as rapists and criminals, but as animals and an infestation.

WSWS (2019-04-05). Youth and students speak in support of upcoming meetings series: "The Threat of Fascism and How to Fight It" wsws.org This speaking tour is a major political event and is taking place against the backdrop of a global promotion of extreme right politics by bourgeois parties around the world.

plenglish (2019-04-05). Venezuela Denounced Murder of Young Man by Hired Killers in Tachira. plenglish.com Caracas, April 5 (Prensa Latina) Freddy Bernal, protector of the Venezuelan state of Tachira -in the border with Colombia-, denounced the murder of young Brayan Talero by alleged hitmen in the sector of Aguas Calientes, locality of Ureña.

RT (2019-04-05). 'Our country is full': Trump vows more troops at border on visit to wall in California (VIDEO). rt.com Visiting the US-Mexico border in Calexico, California, President Donald Trump declared America "full" and repeated that illegal crossings constituted an emergency, vowing to send more troops to the border and build the wall.

Jon Queally, staff writer (2019-04-05). Calling for End of US Asylum System, Trump Adds, 'And, Frankly We Should Get Rid of Judges'. commondreams.org President Donald Trump called for the end of the U.S. system that processes those seeking political asylum and refugee status on Friday and then added that it would also be good to "get rid of judges." | https://www.commondreams.org/sites/defau…

David Giesen (2019-04-05). (Room &) Board Dan Hoyle's "Border People": a walking tour. indybay.org the American Youth Hostel | 312 Mason St. | San Francisco | (meet in the lobby)…

Ben Norton (2019-04-04). Syria War Lobby that Hosted Genocide Advocate Campaigns to Censor Book Exposing Its Operations. thegrayzone.com Neocon-backed pro-war lobby group the Syrian American Council pressured the independent DC bookstore Politics and Prose to "postpone" an event…

Henry A. Giroux (2019-04-04). Rethinking the normalization of fascism in the post-truth era. mronline.org 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

W. T. Whitney Jr. (2019-04-04). Fascist-like attack hits Highlander Center. peoplesworld.org The deadly racist spree in Charlottesville in 2017 and the killing of 11 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, …

Dominique Paul Noth (2019-04-04). Right wing takes Wisconsin court seat in a strident hate campaign. peoplesworld.org 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 …

Eds. (2019-04-04). White supremacist symbol found spray-painted at the site of fire, civil rights center says. mronline.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. | Source

unitedEditor (2019-04-04). ´Energy Dominance ª: Washington's Path to Geopolitical Supremacy. uwidata.com Nord Stream II: Europe — Russia Cooperation In April 2017, five European companies and the Russian State Oil Company, Gazprom, signed an Earth shaking ‚Ǩ9.5 billion agreement. It was a vow to finance the expansion of the Nord Stream gas pipeline into Europe, providing dirt cheap natural gas to the continent — courtesy of …

Ron Ridenour (2019-04-04). Surpassing US Military Supremacy. dissidentvoice.org 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 …

Steven Parfitt (2019-04-04). A new unionism for the twenty-first century. mronline.org 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

Naomi LaChance (2019-04-04). Corporate Media More Worried About Avocado Toast Than Human Lives. fair.org by Naomi LaChance The New York Times ( 4/1/19) describes the impact that closing the southern border would have on "American manufacturers," "grocery shoppers and farmers," "business owners," "border residents" and, finally—in the last two paragraphs of a 33-paragraph story—on "migrants." | Trump's border policies display zero regard for human rights, but for several news outlets, as Trump foments xenophobia, what's at…

ACLU (2019-04-04). We Are Fighting Maricopa County's Rampant Prosecutorial Misconduct. aclu.org The Arizona Supreme Court has a chance to address the way prosecutors use and abuse their power and hold them accountable. | The Arizona Supreme Court will soon consider the misconduct of one of Maricopa County Attorney Bill Montgomery's top prosecutors: Juan Martinez. Martinez gained national notoriety when he prosecuted Jodi Arias for murder in 2008, but his aggressive and often unethical conduct was well-known in Arizona well before then…

Democracy Now! (2019-04-04). Headlines for April 4, 2019. democracynow.org Republican "Nuclear Option" Will Speed Confirmation of Trump's Judges, House Committee Authorizes Subpoena for Full Mueller Report, House Committee Asks IRS for Six Years of Trump's Tax Returns, Immigrant Activist Claudio Rojas Deported Ahead of Miami Film Premiere, Suspect in New Zealand Mosque Massacres to Face 50 Murder Charges, Australian Senator Censured over "Appalling" NZ Massacre Remarks, White Power Graffiti Found Near Site of Highlander Center Fire, Felony Charges Dropped Against African-American Victim of Dallas Attack, Blast at Texas Chemical Plant Kills 1, Injures 2, Trump Falsely Claims That Windmil…

splcenter (2019-04-04). SPLC Report: End solitary confinement in Florida. splcenter.org Solitary confinement is a wasteful and destructive practice that does not improve public safety, and harms the mental health of those subjected to it.

splcenter (2019-04-04). SPLC seeks release of detained journalist whose work challenged ICE, a year after he was arrested. splcenter.org Memphis journalist Manuel Duran filed a habeas petition yesterday, seeking his immediate release from detention.

splcenter (2019-04-04). SPLC files claims against Trump administration on behalf of parents and children who suffered harm from family separation policy. splcenter.org Facing gang violence and extortion in Guatemala, J.V.S. and his 5-year-old daughter fled their home to seek refuge in the U.S.

pip.hinman (2019-04-04). Mandatory detention: A history of bipartisan cruelty. greenleft.org.au How did Australia go from a place where its migrant hostels fostered some of the world's most famous bands to one where the detentions centres it presides over are described as "hell on Earth"? | Prior to May 1992, there was no mandatory detention in Australia. | At most, a couple of hundred people came via boat to seek asylum each year. They were housed in places such as the Villawood Migrant Hostel. | Some of the migrants who first met and jammed at these hostels went on to form iconic bands such as the Easybeats and AC/DC. It was…

WSWS (2019-04-04). Neo-Nazi planned assassination of second UK Labour MP. wsws.org The plot to kill Rosie Cooper was hatched just one year after the murder of Labour MP Jo Cox by the fascist Thomas Mair.

Robert Mackey (2019-04-04). Specter of Far-Right Violence Haunts Crisis Talks Over Brexit. theintercept.com 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…

RT (2019-04-04). Art of the deal? Trump ups Mexico grace period for ending illegal immigration from a week to a YEAR. rt.com 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.

RT (2019-04-04). House Democrats to sue Trump over border wall emergency. rt.com 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.

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."

Fight Back (2019-04-03). Activists in Oshkosh, WI host vigil for Amber Evans. fightbacknews.org 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…

Kevin Gosztola (2019-04-03). Supreme Court Deems Torture Of Prisoners During Executions Permissible. shadowproof.com 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.

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