2019-04-07: News Headlines

United Nations (2019-04-07). 25 years on from Rwandan genocide, UN Chief warns of 'dangerous trends of rising xenophobia, racism and intolerance'. un.org In a message to commemorate the 25-year anniversary of the Rwandan genocide, UN chief António Guterres has warned of dangerous trends of rising xenophobia, racism and intolerance in many parts of the world.

IYSSE (2019-04-07). The Threat of Fascism and How to Fight It. indybay.org UC Berkeley Moffitt Library | Room 101 | 350 Moffitt Library, Berkeley CA 94720…

David Giesen (2019-04-07). (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)…

Jessica Corbett, staff writer (2019-04-07). 'A Model of Hope for the World': 25 Years After Rwandan Genocide, New Film Shows Journey Toward Justice and Healing. commondreams.org As the world marks the 25th anniversary of the Rwandan genocide on Sunday, a forthcoming documentary sheds light on the survivors and perpetrators' long journey toward justice and healing. | https://www.commondreams.org/sites/defau…

Socialist Equality Party (2019-04-07). The Threat of Fascism and How to Fight it. indybay.org UC Berkeley Moffitt Library | Room 101 | 350 Moffitt Library, Berkeley CA 94720…

Teresa Gutierrez (2019-04-06). Mexico: Rising worker militancy at the border. workers.org Many a scholar have written about the phenomenon of rising expectations. What is happening in Mexico today should be examined from that point of view. Tens of thousands of Mexican workers have gone on strike in unprecedented actions over the last few months, most of them at the border with . . . | Continue reading Mexico: Rising worker militancy at the border at Workers.org

Stephen Lendman (2019-04-06). Trump Regime Considering Aggression against Venezuela? globalresearch.ca International law is clear and unequivocal. It's automatically US constitutional law under the Supremacy Clause (Article VI, Clause 2) — pertaining to treaties, conventions, and other international agreements to which the US is a signatory. | According to the UN Charter …

C. Cora True-Frost (2019-04-06). What Have We Learned From the Rwandan Genocide? commondreams.org It is important that we remember the horror of the genocide and reflect on the mistakes made, in order to work toward a more peaceful future.

STAFF (2019-04-06). Settler Colonialism Lurked Beneath the Christchurch Massacre. truthout.org In the commentary connecting the bloody dots between the mosque massacre in Christchurch, New Zealand, and the 2017 one in Quebec, Canada — an association made by the Christchurch attacker himself, by inscribing the name of the Quebec mosque shooter on one of his weapons — the fact that both acts of carnage occurred in white supremacist, settler-colonial states has received scant attention. | Emergent critiques of Islamophobia as a systemic, transnational phenomenon have tended to stop short of any truly materialist analysis and any deep historical reading of the conditions that support these mobil…

Steven Rosenfeld (2019-04-06). Why Many 2020 Swing States Will Produce Recount Headaches. commondreams.org If the 2020 presidential election hinges on recounts in the closest battleground states, there could be a crisis even greater than the 2000 election where the U.S. Supreme Court ended a Florida recount in its infamous Bush v. Gore ruling.

Steven Singer (2019-04-06). Standardized Testing is a Tool of White Supremacy. commondreams.org It's time to treat all our children fairly. It's time to hang up the tests.

Oscar Grenfell (2019-04-06). US Extradition of Assange Would be Violation of International Law: UN Special Rapporteur. globalresearch.ca Following WikiLeaks' warning yesterday that Julian Assange faced imminent eviction from Ecuador's London embassy, widespread opposition has emerged to the illegal plans to terminate his political asylum. | Nils Melzer, the UN Special Rapporteur on torture, issued a statement calling …

Rose Lambert-Sluder (2019-04-06). This Castle in the Desert Provides Respite to Asylum-Seekers. commondreams.org In the Sonoran Desert not far from a beauty school and a car wash, stands a rose-colored castle. Sun bakes the tiered terra-cotta roofs. And the long colonnades and date palms at its front entrance evoke a dream.

STAFF (2019-04-06). The Crisis of Violence Against Transgender People Is Not a "Myth" truthout.org I learned a lot about myself while sitting in the first U.S. congressional hearing about the Equality Act this week. | As debate about the act—which would extend federal nondiscrimination laws to LGBTQ people nationwide— began in earnest, I learned that I and other transgender women are tricksters and frauds intent on supplant…

STAFF (2019-04-06). U.S. Wants 2 Years to Find Migrant Kids Separated From Families. truthdig.com SAN DIEGO—The Trump administration wants up to two years to find potentially thousands of children who were separated from their families at the border before a judge halted the practice last year, a task that it says is more laborious than previous efforts because the children are no longer in government custody. | The Justice Department said in a court filing late Friday that it will take at least a year to review about 47,000 cases of unaccompanied children taken into government custody between July 1, 2017 and June 25, 2018 — the day before U.S. District Judge Dana Sabraw halted the general practi…

WSWS (2019-04-06). Defend Julian Assange! wsws.org The Socialist Equality Party (Australia) condemns the stepped-up preparations to expel Julian Assange from London's Ecuadorian embassy and to force him into the custody of the British police. WikiLeaks reported today that it has information, from a source in the Ecuadorian state, that Assange's eviction from the building, where he sought asylum in 2012, will occur "within hours or days."

WSWS (2019-04-06). Trump visits border to step up attack on immigrants. wsws.org Trump's visit took place two days after Immigration and Customs Enforcement agents arrested 280 immigrant workers in a raid on an electronics plant in Texas.

WSWS (2019-04-06). Supporters oppose eviction of Julian Assange outside London's Ecuadorian embassy. wsws.org Defenders of WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange gathered outside the Ecuadorian embassy in central London yesterday, after a warning that he faces eviction from the building where he sought political asylum in 2012 "within hours to days."

Liliana Segura (2019-04-06). When It Comes to the Death Penalty, the Supreme Court Legalized Torture Long Ago. theintercept.com Months before the U.S. Supreme Court sparked fresh outrage over the death penalty by upholding the planned execution of a man who risks drowning in his own blood, Justice Stephen Breyer invited Missouri Solicitor General D. John Sauer to consider the matter "as a person rather than a lawyer." | It was November 2018. Oral arguments in Bucklew v. Precythe were about halfway done. The issue at hand: Russell Bucklew, condemned to die for a murder and rape committed in 1996, suffered from a rare medical condition calle…

WSWS (2019-04-06). UN Special Rapporteur: US extradition of Assange would be violation of international law. wsws.org The Ecuadorian regime, and its co-conspirators in the British and US governments, are engaged in a sordid and illegal conspiracy to terminate the political asylum of the WikiLeaks founder.

WSWS (2019-04-06). Netanyahu embraces Brazil's Bolsonaro during Israel visit. wsws.org Under Netanyahu, Israel has become a pole of attraction for right-wing ideologues, ultra-nationalists and neo-fascists the world over.

WSWS (2019-04-06). Fascists mount pogrom against Roma population in Italy. wsws.org The fascists, who feel emboldened by the Italian government, enjoy little support among the population.

Keith Harmon Snow (2019-04-05). Rwanda: 25 Years on, U.S. Taxpayers Paying Millions for Homeland Security's Sham 'Genocide Fugitive' Trials in Boston. dissidentvoice.org April 6, 1994 — April 6, 2019 On 6 April 1994, the Hutu presidents of Rwanda and Burundi, their top military staff and six French crew members were assassinated when surface-to-air missiles shot down the Rwandan presidential jet on approach to Kigali airport. It is now well established that the assassination plot that decapitated the …

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…

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

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

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

Fight Back (2019-04-05). U.S.-Mexico border delegation hears from immigrant women stuck in Nogales, tours border wall and Sonoran Desert. fightbacknews.org Nogales, Sonora, Mexico – The second day of the Legalization for All Network delegation to the U.S.-Mexico border on March 31 was intense and emotional. The delegation divided into three groups for the day, which allowed them to gain a wider range of experiences. | One group of delegation members crossed the U.S.-Mexico border into Nogales to visit the organization HEPAC (Hogar de Esperanza y Paz – Home of Hope and Peace) and hear testimonies from women fleeing horrific situations and trying to seek asylum in the U.S. Another group accompanied the humanitarian organization Tucson Samaritans deep into the Arizona…

Fight Back (2019-04-05). Tampa Bay students rally against Trump's wall and demand protections for undocumented students. fightbacknews.org Tampa, FL – The Tampa Bay chapter of Students for a Democratic Society (SDS) held a rally April 3 to stand against the U.S.-Mexico border wall and demand protections for immigrant students at the University of South Florida (USF). One of these protections is non-deputization of campus police to enforce immigration policy. The event featured a mock border wall, symbolizing the recent attacks on immigrants by the U.S. government. | "USF needs to stand by its undocumented and immigrant students to make its claims of diversity true. USF has to become noncompliant with federal agencies like the Department of Homeland…

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…

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

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…

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…

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.

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 …

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.

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.

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

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 …

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 …

W. T. Whitney Jr. (2019-04-04). Fascist-like attack hits Highlander Center. peoplesworld.org UPDATE: The Sierra Club has been working with the Highlander Center for years, helping to shape and transform their Environmental Justice work. The Sierra Club reached out to the Highlander Center this week. They are committed to rebuilding now and not letting white supremacists stop their critical work. In this time of need, they need …

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

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

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