2019-04-10: News Headlines

ACLU (2019-04-10). The American People Support LGBTQ Equality. Congress Should Too. aclu.org Opponents of equality are spewing myths about transgender people and nondiscrimination protections on Capitol Hill. | In the past seven days, the House of Representatives has held two historic hearings on the Equality Act, HR 5, a bipartisan bill that would add explicit protections from discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity to our civil rights laws, and update the laws to provide increased protection for all women and people of color. What was most notable from…

Lee Camp (2019-04-10). 3 New Studies That Will Make You Rethink Systemic Racism. truthdig.com It affects our schools, our water, even the air we breathe. And like climate change, it demands an urgent, comprehensive response.

Stephen Lendman (2019-04-10). Dead Heat in Farcical Israeli Elections. globalresearch.ca With over 97% of votes counted, Netanyahu and leading challenger Benny Gantz each won 35 of the Knesset's 120 seats, according to the unofficial tally. | Apartheid right wing parties won a super-majority on Tuesday, results similar to recent past elections….

Special to PeoplesWorld (2019-04-10). Asian Pacific American Labor Alliance: Pass the NO BAN Act. peoplesworld.org WASHINGTON — Today, April 10, Sen. Chris Coons D.,De. and Rep. Judy Chu, D., Calif. introduced the NO BAN Act that would repeal the Trump administration's cruel Muslim, asylum, and refugees bans and further limit this or any future administrations to do something similar ever again. The Asian Pacific American Labor Alliance (APALA), AFL-CIO urges …

STAFF (2019-04-10). Ending America's Hundred Years' War Against Drugs. truthdig.com We live in a time of change, when people are questioning old assumptions and seeking new directions. In the ongoing debate over health care, social justice, and border security, there is, however, one overlooked issue that should be at the top of everyone's agenda, from Democratic Socialists to libertarian Republicans: America's longest war. No, not the one in Afghanistan. I mean the drug war. | For more than a century, the U.S. has worked through the U.N. (and its predecessor, the League of Nations) to build a harsh global drug prohibition regime — grounded in draconian laws, enforced by pervasive policing…

Democracy Now! (2019-04-10). A Vote to Maintain Apartheid? Israel's Netanyahu Set to Win 5th Term After Vow to Annex West Bank. democracynow.org Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu appears to be on the verge of securing a record fifth term in office as votes continue to be counted in Tuesday's election. Last night, Netanyahu and his top challenger, ex-military chief Benny Gantz, both claimed victory in the tight race. With most of the votes counted, Netanyahu's Likud party and Gantz's newly formed Blue and White party have both secured 35 seats in the Knesset, but Netanyahu has a clearer path to forming a coalition government with the help of his right-wing allies. Tuesday's election came just days after Benjamin Netanyahu vowed to annex Israeli set…

Joe Tache (2019-04-10). BDS organizers say 'don't dance with apartheid' in Boston. liberationnews.org BDS organizers picket Israeli dance troupe.

Nick R. Martin (2019-04-10). Vicious Facebook Posts and the Man Accused of Threatening to Kill Rep. Ilhan Omar. splcenter.org About three-and-a-half years ago, a man named Patrick Carlineo joined a brand-new Facebook group called "No Syrian refugees for NY."

James Wright (2019-04-10). Little media outrage as May's knighted government adviser makes extraordinary 'antisemitic' claim. thecanary.co The corporate media has extensively covered accusations of antisemitism against the Labour Party. But now an adviser to Theresa May's government stands accused of … | Read more Little media outrage as May's knighted government adviser makes extraordinary 'antisemitic' claim | By James Wright

STAFF (2019-04-10). For Military Contractors, Tax Day Is Pay Day. truthout.org In tax season, most of us think more about getting our forms in on time — and getting our refunds — than about where our tax dollars actually go. | It's probably no surprise that a significant portion — 24 cents out of every dollar — of your taxes go to the military. But where those dollars go from there should be a national scandal. | Out of those 24 cents, just 5 cents go to our troops. But 12 cents go to corporate military contractors. | For a country that claims to celebrate our troops, with holidays and yellow ribbons and patriotic displays of the flag, we sure don't put our money…

Ann Garrison (2019-04-10). The Boston Trial: Another African Convicted in Another Racist, Chauvinist Western Court. globalresearch.ca Last week a jury in Boston Federal Court convicted Rwandan asylum seeker Jean Leonard Teganya of fraud and perjury for lying on his immigration papers about his involvement in the 1994 Rwandan Genocide. In other words, yet another racist, chauvinist, …

Democracy Now! (2019-04-10). Headlines for April 10, 2019. democracynow.org Israel: Netanyahu on Track for 5th Term in Office, DHS "Purge" Continues with Deputy Sec. Claire Grady, Reports: WH Wants to Put Border Agents in Charge of Asylum Interviews, AG Barr to Congress: No Plans to Release Unredacted Mueller Report, Mnuchin Says Treasury Consulted with WH on Trump Tax Returns, Bipartisan Tax Bill Would Make Free IRS E-Filing System Illegal, Airbnb Reverses Ban on Listings for Illegal Israeli Settlements, NYC Declares Public Health Emergency over Measles Outbreak, BuzzFeed: GOP Told Drug Cos. Not to Comply with Congressional Request, Prosecutors Add Money Laundering Charges in School Adm…

splcenter (2019-04-10). Cuban men thrown into Louisiana prisons despite legal asylum requests. splcenter.org Suicide. Self-harm. Medical neglect. Isolated in segregation. Quarantined and left without legal counsel.

ACLU (2019-04-10). Congressional Action to End the Bans—Now and Into the Future. aclu.org Trump thought he won, but Members of Congress are pushing back. | For the first time since President Trump issued his Muslim ban, Congress proposed a legislative solution today to protect immigrant communities from discriminatory bans, immediately and permanently. | The long-awaited NO Ban Act, introduced by Senator Chris Coons (D-Del.) and Representative Judy Chu (D-Calif.), would immediately rescind the Muslim ban as well as President Trump's asylum ban and refugee ban, definitively ending these discriminatory abus…

teleSUR (2019-04-10). US: Understaffed Prison Mailrooms Cause Ban on Book Donations. telesurenglish.net The Washington State Department of Corrections discretely implemented a new policy effective since March 25, which bans nonprofit organizations from donating books to prisons. | RELATED: | More Than a Million Florida Ex-Convicts Obtain Voting Rights | The policy took donors by surprise, including the Seattle-based nonprofit Books to Prisoners, which tweeted that "they didn't bother to tell us first. We only know now because we found this memo on their website today. We're ready t…

ACLU (2019-04-10). The BE HEARD Act Will Overhaul Workplace Harassment Laws. aclu.org The groundbreaking, comprehensive bill takes on workplace harassment and discrimination. | For more than a decade, Tarana Burke and survivors across the country have used #MeToo to share their experiences of sexual violence, raise women's voices, and respond to the needs of survivors. In its current incarnation, #MeToo has sparked an unprecedented examination of sexual harassment, including sexual assault, in our workplaces, and illuminated the multiple manifestations of workplace discrimination. | In the midst of this historic reckoning, the ACLU and coalition partners drafted and shared with members of Congress…

Michael Edison Hayden (2019-04-10). White Supremacist Chris Cantwell Takes Hiatus to Avoid 'Another Crying Nazi Moment'. splcenter.org Christopher Cantwell, a prolific white supremacist radio host, put his broadcasting work on hiatus, citing "serious personal problems" as the reason behind his decision in a post on his website.

Jake Johnson (2019-04-10). 'Clear Breach of His Oath of Office': Trump Reportedly Told Border Patrol to Refuse to Let Migrants in the US. globalresearch.ca During a visit to Calexico, California last Friday, President Donald Trump reportedly told Border Patrol agents to defy U.S. law and refuse to allow migrants into the country. | "Behind the scenes," CNN reported Monday, citing two anonymous sources, "the president …

United Nations (2019-04-10). Venezuela's needs 'significant and growing' UN humanitarian chief warns Security Council, as 'unparalleled' exodus continues. un.org Over a month after two competing resolutions on Venezuela failed to pass, the UN Security Council met on Wednesday to discuss the "very real humanitarian problem" facing the country, where close to 7 million people are in dire need of aid, and some 5,000 people continue to flee across borders every day.

teleSUR (2019-04-10). Bolsonaro Swears in Conspiracy Theorist as Education Minister. telesurenglish.net Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro said Tuesday he wanted young people to "not start getting interested in politics in school" and instead learn "things that they can carry with them into the future." | RELATED: | Brazil: Bolsonaro Invites US to Do Business in the Amazon | Speaking at the inauguration of new Minister of Education, Abraham Weintraub, the president…

STAFF (2019-04-10). Near-Total Abortion Bans Seek to Overturn Roe v. Wade. truthdig.com Emboldened by the new conservative majority on the Supreme Court, anti-abortion lawmakers and activists in numerous states are pushing near-total bans on the procedure in a deliberate frontal attack on Roe v. Wade. | Mississippi and Kentucky have passed laws that would ban most abortions after a fetal heartbeat is detected — which means as early as six weeks, when many women don't even know they're pregnant. Georgia could join them if Republican Gov. Brian Kemp signs a measure that has been sent to him, and a bill in Ohio is nearing final passage. | Similar bills have been filed in at least seven other stat…

teleSUR (2019-04-10). Cuba: The New Constitution Comes Into Force Today. telesurenglish.net The National Assembly of the People's Power (ANNP) will proclaim Wednesday the new Cuban Constitution during a session honoring the 1869 Constitution of Guaimaro, the first supreme law that the 'Republic under Arms' adopted while fighting against the Spanish crown. | RELATED: | Arreaza: Venezuela Will Send Oil to Cuba Despite U.S. Sanctions | "Neither Cu…

Alexander Rubinstein (2019-04-10). The Trump-Netanyahu Ticket Wins the Israeli Election. mintpressnews.com TEL AVIV, ISRAEL — Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, who secured his fifth premiership in Tuesday's elections, colluded with U.S. President Donald Trump, Netanyahu's own tweets reveal. | The U.S. and Israel, both founded as settler-colonial states, have a symbiotic relationship. And just as Israeli spies have meddled in American elections, the U.S. has long meddled in Israel's. | This time, under Trump, that meddling has been marked by unprecedented appeasements to the Israeli far right. It also serves a dual…

WSWS (2019-04-10). New Zealand inquiry set to whitewash fascist murders in Christchurch. wsws.org The royal commission will cover up the promotion of far-right extremism by the political establishment and pave the way for further anti-democratic police powers.

WSWS (2019-04-10). Christoph Vandreier kicks off US speaking tour with well-attended meeting at UC Berkeley. wsws.org Christoph Vandreier spoke to an audience of 70 university students and workers, in the first of six meetings on "The Threat Of Fascism And How To Fight It"

WSWS (2019-04-10). In meeting with Egyptian dictator, Trump rails against immigrants. wsws.org Trump launched into a fascistic rant against asylum seekers and other immigrants on Tuesday while sitting side by side in the Oval Office with the butcher of Cairo.

WSWS (2019-04-10). Greece: Syriza government mobilises riot police against refugees. wsws.org In enforcing the European Union's anti-immigrant policy on the continent's southern border, Syriza willingly acts as the jailer of all refugees stranded within its country's borders.

Eoin Higgins, staff writer (2019-04-10). Dems Introduce Bill to End Trump's 'UnAmerican' Muslim Ban. commondreams.org Democrats in both chambers of Congress introduced legislation to end President Donald Trump's racist Muslim ban Wednesday, generating support from advocates and lawmakers opposed to the administration's policy."We are happy to see elected officials who are using their legislative powers to dismantle the Trump administration's bigoted policies." | https://www.commondreams.org/sites/defau…

Dave Zirin (2019-04-09). Kyle Korver Challenges Every White Athlete to Listen and Act. thenation.com Kyle Korver Challenges Every White Athlete to Listen and Act…

Democracy Now! (2019-04-09). Stephen Miller's Uncle: Trump's Anti-Immigrant Comments Demonize Asylum Seekers & Stir Racist Hatred. democracynow.org As his administration intensifies anti-immigrant policies at the border, President Trump has reportedly put adviser Stephen Miller in charge of the administration's immigration policy. The Wall Street Journal reports Miller has backed the reinstatement of Trump's family separation policy and has been pushing officials at the Homeland Security and Justice Departments to "get in line" with a more hard-line immigration approach. This news comes as Trump told the Republican Jewish Coalition leadership Saturday, "Our country's full. What can you do? We can't handle any more. Our country is full." We speak with Stephen…

Democracy Now! (2019-04-09). Trump Purges DHS Leadership, Threatening to Make Immigration Policies Even More Draconian. democracynow.org President Trump is intensifying a crackdown on immigration as he purges the leadership of the Department of Homeland Security. On Sunday, DHS Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen was forced out after reportedly resisting a move by Trump to revive his family separation policy at the U.S. southern border. Nielsen had overseen Trump's "zero tolerance" family separation policy last year and came under fire by Democrats for lying to Congress about the policy, as well as for withholding information on children who died in U.S. custody. On Monday, the White House announced Secret Service Director Randolph "Tex" Alles had also bee…

Democracy Now! (2019-04-09). Kirstjen Nielsen's Cruel Legacy: Outgoing DHS Secretary Proudly Separated Families & Caged Children. democracynow.org Department of Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen has been forced out of her role at the helm of President Trump's immigration policy after reportedly resisting a move by the president to revive his family separation policy at the U.S. border. We look at Nielsen's legacy with Renée Feltz, a Democracy Now! correspondent and producer who has long reported on the criminalization of immigrants, family detention and the business of detention. Nielsen oversaw Trump's "zero tolerance" family separation policy last year and came under fire by Democrats for lying to Congress about the policy, as well as for withh…

STAFF (2019-04-09). Emboldened by Mueller Report, Trump Stages Border Drama. therealnews.com Trump hands even more aggressive border policy to Stephen Miller, and uses border controversy to bury more aggressive action against Iran…

Alexander Rubinstein (2019-04-09). To Complete Her Profile in Courage, Rep. Ilhan Omar Should Embrace the One-State Solution. mintpressnews.com "Ilhan Omar went to Washington to shake up the status quo, not to parrot it. So why is she trying to prove her bona fides by adopting the discredited 'two-state solution,' which is a fancy way of saying racial segregation and apartheid?" — Palestinian journalist Ali Abunimah…

teleSUR (2019-04-09). US Senators Propose Ban Online Tricks to Gather Personal Data. telesurenglish.net Two U.S. senators introduced a bill on Tuesday to ban online social media companies, like Facebook and Twitter, from tricking consumers into unknowingly giving up their personal data. | RELATED: | Facebook Charged for Racial Discrimination in Housing Ads | "Misleading prompts to just click the 'OK' button can often transfer your contacts, messages, browsing activity, photos, or location information without you even realizing it," Republican Deb Fischer explained in a statement iss…

splcenter (2019-04-09). SPLC launches digital initiative to promote honest discussion of Confederate history. splcenter.org The SPLC launched a digital initiative this month that seeks to correct the false narratives of the "Lost Cause" mythology, which idolizes people who fought against the United States in order to preserve slavery.

Democracy Now! (2019-04-09). Headlines for April 9, 2019. democracynow.org Secret Service Director Removed in WH "Purge" of Immigration Officials, Reports: Trump Trying to Reinstate Family Separations at Border, CA Judge Blocks Trump Administration's "Remain in Mexico" Policy, Iran Labels U.S. CENTCOM a Terror Group After IRCG Terror Designation, Israelis Head to Polls as Future of PM Netanyahu Remains Unclear, Libya: Tripoli Airport Closed as Fighting Near Capital Intensifies, Afghanistan: 4 Americans Killed Amid Spate of Violent Attacks, U.S. Revokes Visa of ICC Prosecutor Investigating War Crimes in Afghanistan, 3 FDNY Sept. 11 Rescue Workers Die as 9/11 Fund At Risk of Expiring, Def…

ACLU (2019-04-09). Trump Picks Family Separation Advocate Kevin McAleenan to Be Acting Secretary of Homeland Security. aclu.org By elevating McAleenan, the president has signaled that he seeks to maximize cruelty. | With his selection of Customs and Border Protection (CBP) Commissioner Kevin McAleenan to serve as acting secretary of the Department of Homeland Security (DHS), President Trump has once again shown that he has no regrets over his administration's disastrous policy of separating families. | McAleenan was one of the three DHS officials to recommend the cruel and inhumane policy to outgoing Secretary Kirstjen…

Fight Back (2019-04-09). Iran says U.S. military forces in Middle East are part of terrorist group, after U.S. puts terrorist tag on Iran's military. fightbacknews.org Minneapolis, MN – Iran's authoritative FARS News Agency is reporting the Supreme National Security Council has designated the United States Central Command as a terrorist entity, following a decision by the U.S. to put the terrorist tag on an important part of Iran's military – the Islamic Revolution Guard Corps. | The U.S. move to designate Iran's military as 'terrorist' violates international law and raised concerns about future treatment of prisoners of war. | The U.S. administration has been angered by Iran's support for progressive and anti-imperialist movements in Yemen, Iraq, Palestine and Lebanon. Iran ha…

splcenter (2019-04-08). Judge temporarily blocks Trump administration from forcing asylum seekers to wait in Mexico. splcenter.org A federal judge today ordered the Trump administration to immediately stop forcing asylum seekers to return to Mexico and wait there for their hearings in immigration court.

United Nations (2019-04-08). Praising Roma's contributions in Europe, UN expert urges end to rising intolerance and hate speech. un.org 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.

ACLU (2019-04-08). Kirstjen Nielsen's Brutal and Calamitous Leadership of the Department of Homeland Security Comes to an End. aclu.org 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…

United Nations (2019-04-07). 25 years on from genocide against the Tutsi, 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 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.

Fight Back (2019-04-07). ILPS condemns Duterte for slander and intimidation. fightbacknews.org 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…

Brendan Joel Kelley (2019-04-07). White Professors of African Studies Targeted With Death Threats. splcenter.org Ten professors, who are white or presumed to be white, have received death threats from a black nationalist organization that accuses them of "desecrating the tombs of Gods and Goddesses."

Robert Mackey (2019-04-07). Donald Trump, Not Ilhan Omar, Accused American Jews of Dual Loyalty. theintercept.com 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…

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…

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…

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.

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 …

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