2019-04-18: News Headlines

Matthew Longo (2019-04-18). 'Borderland Citizenship' Could Bring Justice to Both Sides of Trump's Wall. thenation.com Border dwellers in the US and Mexico are subject to two authorities. It's only fair to give them the cross-border rights and permissions to match.

Andrew Moss (2019-04-18). Immigration and the Shock Doctrine. counterpunch.org If you look back over the Trump administration's handling of immigration during the past two-and-a-half years, you'll see a pattern of chronic tension and dysfunction. Like many people, you may have apprehended the pattern as a series of specific emergencies and dramatic events: the declaration of an "invasion" at our borders; the shutdown, or threatened More

Binoy Kampmark (2019-04-18). The European Union and Refugees in the Mediterranean. counterpunch.org The modern UN Refugee Convention is now so flea-bitten it's been put out to the garbage tip of history. At least the enthusiastic fleas think so, given their conduct as political representatives across a range of parliaments keen on barbed wired borders and impenetrable defences. Across Europe, the issue of refugees arriving by sea — More

Staff (2019-04-18). Good Samaritans Punished for Offering Lifesaving Help to Migrants. truthout.org Just before 10 p.m. on a Wednesday in February, Teresa Todd was driving near Marfa, Texas, when she saw two figures waving at her to stop. She did stop, and she discovered that the people asking for help were undocumented brothers in their early 20s, from Central America. They pointed to their 18-year-old sister, Esmeralda. She was on the ground and could barely walk. | Todd is the county attorney for Jeff Davis County, a vast expanse of mountains, cactus, and 2,500 residents — as well as undocumented migrants hiking and stumbling north from the U.S.-Mexico border. She's also the city attorney for Marfa,…

Gideon Polya (2019-04-18). Pro-Apartheid Israel Australian Labor Party Scraps Outstanding Anti-Israel Apartheid Candidate, Melissa Parke. globalresearch.ca Decent Australians want the Labor Party to win in the forthcoming Australian elections for the sake of the young, poor, disabled, sick, elderly, unemployed, Indigenous and the environment. However the right wing-dominated Labor Opposition is merely better than the appalling …

Eliza Egret (2019-04-18). Palestinians urge us all to boycott Puma — a 'proud sponsor of Israeli apartheid'. thecanary.co Thursday 18 April is sports giant Puma's annual general meeting. But while the company's directors and investors celebrate annual growth, a Twitter-storm is taking … | Read more Palestinians urge us all to boycott Puma — a 'proud sponsor of Israeli apartheid' | By Eliza Egret

Eoin Higgins, staff writer (2019-04-18). Turning to 'Liars': Outrage From Critics as Facebook Solicits Far Right Site for Fact-Check Help. commondreams.org Facebook is partnering with an extreme right wing website's fact-checking arm, a move that is generating condemnation from both mainstream and progressive critics. | https://www.commondreams.org/sites/defau…

WSWS (2019-04-18). US attorney general orders denial of bond, indefinite detention of asylum seekers. wsws.org The action by William Barr overturns more than a decade of legal precedent and sets the stage for the criminalization of refugees seeking asylum.

Teresa Gutierrez (2019-04-17). Trump threatens more repression. workers.org On April 5, during a presidential visit to the southern border in Calexico, Calif., President Donald Trump told migrants and the world: "Our country is full. We can't take you anymore." Indeed, the U.S. is full: Full of s—t. More precisely, it is full of white supremacists in the White . . . | Continue reading Trump threatens more repression at Workers.org

Mike Brand, Claude Gatebuke (2019-04-17). What Have We Learned, 25 Years After the Rwandan Genocide? thenation.com What Have We Learned, 25 Years After the Rwandan Genocide?

ACLU (2019-04-17). There's No Such Thing as a Right Not to be Called a Nazi. aclu.org Gavin McInnes' attempt to silence those who have every right to call him out for his bigoted views should fall flat. | For years, Gavin McInnes has spewed bigoted views on everything from race and religion to gender and immigration. He has described a transgender person as "…

Nick Rehwaldt (2019-04-17). As Ukraine Descends to Failed-State Status, US-Backed Fascists Exploit the Chaos. mintpressnews.com It's often fascists who rise to prominence in failed states. They are able to capitalize on anarchy and promise to restore order. Ukraine is certainly ripe for such promises, and it certainly has a strong right-wing presence.

Andrea Germanos, staff writer (2019-04-17). Snubbing UN and Fight Against Racism, Trump Admin Blocks Seat on Key Committee From Being Filled. commondreams.org Not only did it not renominate Gay McDougall, appointed under Obama, it decided to leave the seat vacant | https://www.commondreams.org/sites/defau…

Akela Lacy (2019-04-17). National Republicans Bankrolled Lawyer for GOP Congressional Candidate Accused of Election Fraud. theintercept.com National Republicans picked up the tab for the legal defense of a North Carolina congressional candidate whose campaign illegally solicited and forged absentee ballots in the state's 9th District, according to disclosures filed with the Federal Election Commission. The attorney has been accused by the North Carolina State Board of Elections of improperly withholding documents that would help expose the fraud. | Financing the legal defense implicates national Republicans in the scandal, but it hasn't stopped them from exploiting it to push new voter suppression laws. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell and Hous…

WSWS (2019-04-17). Pentagon ordered to draft military plans to counter Russia and China in Venezuela. wsws.org The report of active planning for US military intervention followed Secretary of State Mike Pompeo's provocative visit to the Venezuelan-Colombian border on Sunday.

Arnold Isaacs (2019-04-16). What 1919 Taught Us. thenation.com What 1919 Taught Us…

Ira Glunts (2019-04-16). Why Is This Seder Different From All Other Seders? dissidentvoice.org The idea of making a different type of seder came about because of my discomfort with a ceremony that in many ways glorifies many unattractive aspects of American Jewish culture and also serves as a justification for the Israeli dispossession and suppression of the Palestinian people and their culture. Passover now appears to me to …

Staff (2019-04-16). Steve Miller and the Nationalist Takeover of the White House. therealnews.com We are in a battle to stop white supremacy from seizing power, says TRNN contributor Jacqueline Luqman…

Binoy Kampmark (2019-04-16). Passing the Parcel: The European Union and Refugees in the Mediterranean. dissidentvoice.org The modern UN Refugee Convention is now so flea-bitten it's been put out to the garbage tip of history. At least the enthusiastic fleas think so, given their conduct as political representatives across a range of parliaments keen on barbed wired borders and impenetrable defences. Across Europe, the issue of refugees arriving by sea — …

Natascha Elena Uhlmann (2019-04-16). Empowering Border Patrol To Make Asylum Decisions Drastically Increases Danger For Immigrants. shadowproof.com Department of Homeland Security is placing migrants in harms way with plans to task Border Patrol with facilitating the early stages of the asylum process.

Emily Early, Staff Attorney, Economic Justice Project (2019-04-16). What the Supreme Court ruling could mean for civil asset forfeiture. splcenter.org As the U.S. Supreme Court pointed out on Feb. 20, the constitutional clause that protects Americans from having to pay "excessive fines" traces its lineage to the Magna Carta, which set forth certain rights in England more than 800 years ago.

Bryan Wall (2019-04-16). Screw the far right's selective outrage on the Notre Dame fire. thecanary.co The famous Notre Dame cathedral in Paris has been damaged by a fire. And it didn't take far-right figures long to kick their selective … | Read more Screw the far right's selective outrage on the Notre Dame fire | By Bryan Wall

unitedEditor (2019-04-15). Assange's arrest, Sudan coup, USA VS Iran. uwidata.com Assange's arrest On Thursday, Assange was arrested in London at the Ecuadorian embassy where he had been taking refuse since 2012, before the country revoked his asylum and turned him over to UK authorities. Assange is accused of conspiring with WikiLeaks informant Chelsea Manning to steal and publish secret government documents. In the US, he …

Andre Vltchek (2019-04-15). Stop that Gucci and Prada Talk: Chinese and Russian People want to live too!! dissidentvoice.org I hear this again and again, whenever I speak in the West: "What kind of Communism is that in China? In all big cities, they have Prada and Gucci in every major department store." Western leftists are obsessed with this topic. They do not even realize how ridiculous, how racist their arguments actually are! China, …

Vanessa Mbonu@naacpnet (2019-04-13). NAACP President Responds to President Trump's Islamophobic Tweet. naacp.org NAACP President and CEO, Derrick Johnson, released the following statement in response to President Trump's Islamophobic tweet: "Trump's recent tweet invokes painful memories to promote his racist agenda. This is maddening but not surprising for a President whose presidential campaign and presidency has been based on hate, xenophobia, and bigotry. The President needs to realize that his …

Eileen Grench (2019-04-13). A Honduran Asylum-Seeker Was Brutally Murdered After Being Deported — From Mexico. theintercept.com Terror raced through Teresa Gonzales as both the clarity of the message and the ambiguity of the threat hit her at once. "We have a present for you waiting outside," read the text, which appeared on her daughter Rosa's cellphone during Saturday worship. "Mom, they're threatening me," said Rosa, eyes wide. | Teresa, whose family members' names have been changed for their protection, had gone to worship at her church in central Tegucigalpa, bringing Rosa, 16, along with her. Teresa — a short, sturdy woman with round cheeks and tightly curled, black hair — tried to attend service with her family on a dai…

susan_p (2019-04-13). John Pilger: Assange arrest is a warning from history. greenleft.org.au The glimpse of Julian Assange being dragged from the Ecuadorean embassy in London is an emblem of the times. Might against right. Muscle against the law. Indecency against courage. Six policemen manhandled a sick journalist, his eyes wincing against his first natural light in almost seven years. | That this outrage happened in the heart of London, in the land of Magna Carta, ought to shame and anger all who fear for "democratic" societies. Assange is a political refugee protected by international law, the recipient of asylum under a strict covenant to which Britain is a signatory. The United Nations made this cle…

Democracy Now! (2019-04-12). Noam Chomsky: We Must Confront the "Ultranationalist, Reactionary" Movements Growing Across Globe. democracynow.org On Thursday night, hundreds of people packed into the Old South Church in Boston to hear the world-renowned dissident and linguist Noam Chomsky speak. He looked back at the rise of fascism in the 20th century and the growing ultranationalist movements of today, from Brazil and the United States to Israel and Saudi Arabia.

Democracy Now! (2019-04-12). Chomsky: Arrest of Assange Is "Scandalous" and Highlights Shocking Extraterritorial Reach of U.S. democracynow.org Attorneys for WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange are vowing to fight his possible extradition to the United States following his arrest in London, when British police forcibly removed Assange from the Ecuadorean Embassy, where he had taken asylum for almost seven years. On Thursday night, Democracy Now!'s Amy Goodman spoke to Noam Chomsky about Assange's arrest, WikiLeaks and American power.

Staff (2019-04-12). Ecuadorian President's Motives for Surrendering Assange: Vengeance & IMF Loan? therealnews.com $4.2 billion IMF loan, submission to the US, and vengeance appear to have been President Moreno's true motives for revoking Assange's asylum in Ecuador's London embassy, says Ecuador's former foreign minister Guillaume Long…

United Nations (2019-04-12). Ebola not an international 'health emergency' but risks spreading across DR Congo border, warns UN health agency. un.org The Ebola outbreak in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) "does not constitute a public health emergency of international concern", according to a statement issued on Friday by the World Health Organization (WHO).

United Nations (2019-04-12). From 'dead on the inside' to 'truly alive': Survivor of genocide against the Tutsi in Rwanda recounts her story as UN marks 25th anniversary. un.org "Miraculously I had no machete marks" a survivor of the Genocide against the Tutsi in Rwanda told a solemn United Nations event in New York on Friday, 25 years on, to remember the systematic killing of more than one million people, over less than three months.

United Nations (2019-04-12). Friday's Daily Brief: human rights in Sudan, sombre anniversaries for Rwanda and Nigeria, and fears of 'chaos' in Libya. un.org Top news on Friday included: a call for respect for human rights in Sudan's protests; the 25th anniversary of the genocide against the Tutsi in Rwanda; five years since the Chibok girls were abducted in Nigeria; the UN chief condemning a deadly terrorist attack in Pakistan; continued fighting in Libya's capital; and an update on Colombia's peace process.

Nick R. Martin (2019-04-12). Four Things to Know About Next Week's 'Patriotism Over Socialism' Rally in Arizona. splcenter.org A U.S. congressman and the chairwoman of the Arizona Republican Party are both listed as speakers at an event that will also be attended by multiple hate groups.

splcenter (2019-04-12). Weekend Read: Alabama's illegal – and deadly – prison system. splcenter.org We've been locked in a legal battle with the state of Alabama for the past five years over the sickening mistreatment of people in its prisons who have medical and mental health needs.

Michael Edison Hayden (2019-04-12). Suspect in Church Burnings Influenced by 'Black Metal' Music, Police Say, But Not All Black Metal is the Same. splcenter.org Holden Matthews, the 21-year-old man accused of burning three historically black churches in Louisiana, was influenced by "black metal," police say — a music genre sometimes tied to organized hate.

pip.hinman (2019-04-12). Indian elections: the challenges of unseating a racist. greenleft.org.au Elections in India will take place from April 11 to May 23. Green Left Weekly's Susan Price spoke to Kavita Krishnan, a member of the politburo of the Communist Party of India (Marxist-Leninist) Liberation (CPI-ML) about their campaign to challenge Narendra Modi's far-right Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) government. | In which seats is the CPI-ML fielding candidates? Are there opportunities for the left to coordinate efforts to defeat the BJP? | The CPI-ML is contesting 22 seats [across 10 states]: 4 in Bihar; 3 each in Uttar Pradesh and Punjab; 2 each in West Bengal, Jharkand, Odisha, Andhra Pradesh and Tamil Nadu…

pip.hinman (2019-04-12). Single mother takes action against ParentsNext 'mission impossible'. greenleft.org.au Single mother of three Juanita McLaren lodged a complaint in the United Nations in March against the Australian government over its discrimination against single mothers. | McLaren is being supported by the National Council of Single Mothers and their Children which wants the parenting payments' scheme and the newly-introduced ParentsNext program to be held up to greater scrutiny. | Since 2012, single parents have been moved from the single parenting payment (now $384.25 a week) to the News…

pip.hinman (2019-04-12). Refugee rights activists take aim at Liberals in Corangamite. greenleft.org.au The Combined Refugee Action Group (CRAG) launched its campaign to highlight the cruel treatment of refugees in the country's most marginal electorate, Corangamite, on April 7. | #ChooseFairnessAndDecency, which was launched at the Barwon Heads Bridge, is asking voters to consider "fair" and "decent" policies for asylum seekers asking Australia for protection and a chance to rebuild their lives. | CRAG's decision to campaign in Corangamite is aimed at adding pressure on Liberal MP Sarah Henderson, who holds the seat by a margin of 0.03% after last year's redistribution. | CRAG will be distributing its policy compa…

Democracy Now! (2019-04-11). "Bring It On": Julian Assange's 2015 Message to the U.S. Justice Department About Possible Charges. democracynow.org Earlier today, WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange was arrested in London and is now facing charges in the U.S. for helping Army whistleblower Chelsea Manning hack a government computer. We reair part of our 2015 interview with Assange from inside the Ecuadorean Embassy, where he had sought asylum. | "See full archive of Democracy Now's interviews with Julian Assange": https://www.democracynow.org/appearances…

unitedEditor (2019-04-11). Julian Assange arrested in London… who is still safe? uwidata.com Ecuadorian authorities revoked Julian Assange's asylum and then allowed police to arrest him inside the country's London embassy. The founder of WikiLeaks was detained inside the embassy on Thursday, with seven men dragging him out of the building and into police custody. The former president of Ecuador Rafael Correa has already condemned current president Lenin …

Rann Miller (2019-04-11). Betsy DeVos Uses a Racist Research Study to Defend Rescinding Obama-Era Discipline Guidance. progressive.org The researchers argued that disparities in disciplining of black and white students are due to "prior problem behavior."

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…

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."

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

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.

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). 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…

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.

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…

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