2019-04-08: Social Media Postees

The One Word the Mainstream Media Maddeningly Refuses to Use
STAFF | truthdig.com | 2019-04-08
No matter how egregious the remarks or transparent the speaker's motivations, the press cannot bring itself to call out racism by its name.
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Shadow of fascism
Prabhat Patnaik | mronline.org | 2019-04-08
In its attack on civil liberties, its restructuring of the State to effect an acute centralization of power, and its pervasive purveyance of fear, the Modi years resemble Indira Gandhi's Emergency. But the resemblance stops there. In fact the two differ fundamentally in several ways. | Source…
mronline.org/2019/04/08/the-modi-years/

Trump Sacks DHS Secretary Nielsen
Stephen Lendman | globalresearch.ca | 2019-04-08
The USA Patriot Act was written months before 9/11, kept on the shelf, ready to be enacted into law following the mother of all false flags. | Numerous other police state laws, executive orders, presidential and homeland security directives, congressional authorization …
globalresearch.ca/trump-sacks-dhs-secret…

Rwanda: 25 Years On, U.S. Taxpayers Paying Millions for Homeland Security's Sham 'Genocide Fugitive' Trials in Boston
Keith Harmon Snow | globalresearch.ca | 2019-04-08
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 …
globalresearch.ca/rwanda-25-years-on-u-s…

Trump and the Global Rise of the Christian Right
John Feffer | counterpunch.org | 2019-04-08
Trump a representative of God? During the 2016 presidential campaign, evangelical Christians voted in large numbers for Trump not because of his religious convictions but despite his lack of them. They viewed Trump as an imperfect vehicle for God's will, which was presumably expressing itself about the composition of the Supreme Court, government funding for abortion, and the eroding wall between church and state.
counterpunch.org/2019/04/08/trump-and-th…

Assange Faces Ongoing Threats at Ecuador's London Embassy
Oscar Grenfell | globalresearch.ca | 2019-04-08
Over the weekend, the Ecuadorian government issued a statement denying that it was going to "imminently" expel Julian Assange from its London embassy. This followed mounting opposition to its threats to terminate the WikiLeaks founder's political asylum, including from United …
globalresearch.ca/assange-faces-ongoing-…

ISIS/Al Qaeda in the Middle East and Ukraine's "Neo-Nazis": Two Sides of the Imperial Coin
Mark Taliano | globalresearch.ca | 2019-04-08
Western-supported ISIS/al Qaeda and western-supported neo-Nazis are two sides to the same Imperial coin. | They are the product of the West's moral degradation, its disdain for international law, and its anti-Life core. A rotten apple by any measure. | Imperial strategies …
globalresearch.ca/isisal-qaeda-neo-nazis…

Praising Roma's contributions in Europe, UN expert urges end to rising intolerance and hate speech
United Nations | un.org | 2019-04-08
An independent United Nations expert called on Monday for immediate action to end discrimination and combat racist rhetoric against Roma, Europe's largest minority group.
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Trump trying to launch a massive new child separation program
John Wojcik | peoplesworld.org | 2019-04-08
According to NBC News, President Trump has been scheming for some time now to launch a new family separation program to use against people coming across the country's southern border. The network attributes the information to three officials involved with White House meetings. The reports say that Homeland Security Secretary Nielsen was opposed to the …
peoplesworld.org/article/trump-trying-to…

Secret Service Director Out in Latest White House Shake-Up
STAFF | truthdig.com | 2019-04-08
WASHINGTON (AP) — Kirstjen Nielsen said Monday she still shares President Donald Trump's goal of securing the Mexican border, a day after she resigned as Homeland Security secretary amid Trump's frustration and bitterness over a spike in Central American migration. | At the same time, the White House announced Monday that Trump was replacing Secret Service Director Randolph "Tex" Alles, the latest development in the shake-up in the upper echelon of Nielsen's department. Alles' departure, to be replaced by career Secret Service official James Murray, is unrelated to Nielsen's resignation, according to admini…
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Trump's Neocons See Erdogan as Their Ticket to a Region-Wide Middle East War
Mike Whitney | globalresearch.ca | 2019-04-08
Turkish troops and armored units are massed along Turkey's southern border awaiting orders to invade northern Syria. Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan wants to clear a ten mile-deep swath of land east of the Euphrates River in order to remove …
globalresearch.ca/trumps-neocons-see-erd…

Pardon the Confusion! Aid to Central America and the "Crisis" at the Border
James Phillips | counterpunch.org | 2019-04-08
The Trump Administration says there is a crisis at the U.S. border with Mexico. The President is frustrated with the governments of Guatemala, Honduras, and El Salvador because they have not done enough to stop emigration from their countries, despite U.S. aid. The State Department announced that it will stop some U.S. aid to these countries. News reports indicate that the aid to be cut is economic and humanitarian, but that "security"aid (to police and military) will be maintained. In fact, just before the State Department announcement, the U.S. Homeland Security Secretary signed a joint agreement with the gover…
counterpunch.org/2019/04/08/pardon-the-c…

Kirstjen Nielsen's Brutal and Calamitous Leadership of the Department of Homeland Security Comes to an End
ACLU | aclu.org | 2019-04-08
She implemented some of the Trump administration's most vicious policies and repeatedly violated the law. | Late yesterday, President Trump announced that Kirstjen Nielsen has resigned as the Secretary of the Department of Homeland Security (DHS). Trump said that Kevin McAleenan, the commissioner of U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP), will serve as Acting Secretary. | Nielsen's tenure as head of one of the country's largest government agencies was a humanitarian catastrophe, consistently showing a clear disregard for civil rights and people's lives. Indeed, just over a week prior to her resignation, CBP age…
aclu.org/blog/immigrants-rights/kirstjen…

The Political Left is Bigger Than Imagined: Ask the Feds
Howard Lisnoff | counterpunch.org | 2019-04-08
There has always been official disdain for the political left in the U.S. The suppression of left movements began with the Palmer raids of 1919-1920 in the First Red Scare. Anarchists were deported in a manner similar to the removal of immigrants from the U.S. today, some of whom committed only minor offenses, and some of whom…
counterpunch.org/2019/04/08/the-politica…

The Burning of Highlander Center: a Fascist-like Attack
W. T. Whitney | counterpunch.org | 2019-04-08
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,…
counterpunch.org/2019/04/08/the-burning-…

Jundallah: the US-backed Salafi Terrorists Operating in Iran
Aram Mirzaei | mintpressnews.com | 2019-04-08
While terrorism is a phenomenon most of us have come in touch with during our lifetime, much of the coverage is shadowed by terrorism in the Middle East, especially in Syria and Iraq, where US-backed terrorist groups have wreaked havoc in devastating the wars that have plagued these countries. | Nonetheless, terrorism is widespread across the region, even in Iran. Due to Iran's relatively strong internal stability, terrorist groups have been unable to catch major headlines in the Islamic Republic as terrorist groups often conduct hit and run attacks or the occasional kidnappings of young drafted border guards and…
mintpressnews.com/the-us-backed-salafi-t…

The Threat of Fascism and How to Fight It
IYSSE | indybay.org | 2019-04-08
UC Berkeley Moffitt Library | Room 101 | 350 Moffitt Library, Berkeley CA 94720…
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(Room &) Board Dan Hoyle's "Border People": a walking tour
David Giesen | indybay.org | 2019-04-08
the American Youth Hostel | 312 Mason St. | San Francisco | (meet in the lobby)…
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25 years on from genocide against the Tutsi, UN Chief warns of 'dangerous trends of rising xenophobia, racism and intolerance'
United Nations | un.org | 2019-04-07
In a message to commemorate the 25-year anniversary of the genocide against the Tutsi, during which Hutu and others who opposed the genocide were also killed, UN chief António Guterres has warned of dangerous trends of rising xenophobia, racism and intolerance in many parts of the world.
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ILPS condemns Duterte for slander and intimidation
Fight Back | fightbacknews.org | 2019-04-07
Fight Back News Service is circulating the following April 5 statement from Prof. Jose Maria Sison, Chairperson, International League of Peoples' Struggle. | The International League of Peoples' Struggle (ILPS), which I represent as Chairperson of the International Coordinating Committee (ICC), hereby condemns in the strongest terms the attempt of the notorious Duterte regime to slander the ILPS and misrepresent it as the international network and International Department of the Communist Party of the Philippines (CPP) for the purpose of intimidating the legal and patriotic and progressive organizations of Filipi…
http://www.fightbacknews.org/2019/4/7/il…

Donald Trump, Not Ilhan Omar, Accused American Jews of Dual Loyalty
Robert Mackey | theintercept.com | 2019-04-07
Addressing American Jews on Saturday in Las Vegas, President Donald Trump casually invoked the anti-Semitic trope of dual loyalty by referring to Israel's leader, Benjamin Netanyahu, as "your prime minister."Donald Trump referred to Israel's leader, Benjamin Netanyahu, as "your prime minister" in an address to a group of Jewish-American supporters on Saturday in Las Vegas pic.twitter.com/w2TXPkDBNn | — Robert Mackey (@RobertMackey) April 7, 2019 | Given that Trump was speaking…
theintercept.com/2019/04/07/unlike-ilhan…

When It Comes to the Death Penalty, the Supreme Court Legalized Torture Long Ago
Liliana Segura | theintercept.com | 2019-04-06
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…
theintercept.com/2019/04/06/supreme-cour…

Calling Racism by Its Real Name
Janine Jackson | fair.org | 2019-04-05
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…
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Robert Reich: Closing the Border to Mexico is "Insane"
STAFF | therealnews.com | 2019-04-05
$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…
therealnews.com/stories/robert-reich-clo…

Rwanda: 25 Years on, U.S. Taxpayers Paying Millions for Homeland Security's Sham 'Genocide Fugitive' Trials in Boston
Keith Harmon Snow | dissidentvoice.org | 2019-04-05
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 …
dissidentvoice.org/2019/04/rwanda-25-yea…

Turkey's Communist Mayor blocked from taking office
Steve Sweeney | peoplesworld.org | 2019-04-05
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 …
peoplesworld.org/article/turkeys-communi…

U.S.-Mexico border delegation hears from immigrant women stuck in Nogales, tours border wall and Sonoran Desert
Fight Back | fightbacknews.org | 2019-04-05
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…
http://www.fightbacknews.org/2019/4/5/us…

Dear Haters, The Canary isn't antisemitic, you just don't like our politics
Nancy Mendoza | thecanary.co | 2019-04-05
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…
thecanary.co/opinion/2019/04/05/dear-haters-the-canary-isnt-antisemitic-you-just-dont-like-our-politics/

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

Headlines for April 5, 2019
Democracy Now! | democracynow.org | 2019-04-05
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…
http://www.democracynow.org/2019/4/5/hea…

Tampa Bay students rally against Trump's wall and demand protections for undocumented students
Fight Back | fightbacknews.org | 2019-04-05
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…
http://www.fightbacknews.org/2019/4/5/ta…

Venezuelans brave torrential border river, face exploitation, abuse — UN urges greater protection
United Nations | un.org | 2019-04-05
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.
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Twitter locked me out of my account for reporting on extremists
Michael Edison Hayden, Intelligence Project | splcenter.org | 2019-04-05
Twitter temporarily suspended my account this week after I posted a tweet that opposed far-right extremism.
splcenter.org/news/2019/04/05/twitter-lo…

Horn or bump? Pro-Palestinian poster at Columbia University sparks accusations of anti-Semitism
RT | rt.com | 2019-04-05
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. | …
rt.com/usa/455654-horn-bump-viral-contro…

Venezuela: Guaido stripped of immunity, protest erupt over blackouts
susan_p | greenleft.org.au | 2019-04-05
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…
greenleft.org.au/content/venezuela-guaido-stripped-immunity-protest-erupt-over-blackouts

Trump's Rhetoric Echoes Nazi Germany, Beto O'Rourke Says, Accurately
Robert Mackey | theintercept.com | 2019-04-05
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.
theintercept.com/2019/04/05/beto-orourke…

'Our country is full': Trump vows more troops at border on visit to wall in California (VIDEO)
RT | rt.com | 2019-04-05
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. | …
rt.com/usa/455687-trump-visit-border-wal…

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

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…
mronline.org/2019/04/04/a-new-unionism-f…

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…

´Energy Dominance ª: Washington's Path to Geopolitical Supremacy
unitedEditor | uwidata.com | 2019-04-04
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 …
uwidata.com/2974-energy-dominance-washin…

We Are Fighting Maricopa County's Rampant Prosecutorial Misconduct
ACLU | aclu.org | 2019-04-04
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…
aclu.org/blog/smart-justice/prosecutoria…

Corporate Media More Worried About Avocado Toast Than Human Lives
Naomi LaChance | fair.org | 2019-04-04
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 stake is brunch.
fair.org/home/corporate-media-more-worri…

Headlines for April 4, 2019
Democracy Now! | democracynow.org | 2019-04-04
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…
http://www.democracynow.org/2019/4/4/hea…

SPLC Report: End solitary confinement in Florida
splcenter | splcenter.org | 2019-04-04
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.org/news/2019/04/04/splc-repor…

SPLC files claims against Trump administration on behalf of parents and children who suffered harm from family separation policy
splcenter | splcenter.org | 2019-04-04
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.
splcenter.org/news/2019/04/04/splc-files…

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.
splcenter.org/news/2019/04/04/splc-seeks…

Mandatory detention: A history of bipartisan cruelty
pip.hinman | greenleft.org.au | 2019-04-04
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…
greenleft.org.au/content/mandatory-detention-history-bipartisan-cruelty

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…
theintercept.com/2019/04/04/specter-far-…

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…

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