2019-05-06: News Headlines

splcenter (2019-05-06). Internet companies must act to combat white nationalist movement. splcenter.org The list of terrorists linked to a globalized white nationalist movement keeps getting longer and longer. And it will keep growing.

splcenter (2019-05-06). Federal judge orders reforms to prevent suicides in Alabama prisons. splcenter.org Nearly two years after a federal judge deemed mental health care for Alabama's prisoners "horrendously inadequate," the Alabama Department of Corrections (ADOC) is again the subject of a scathing court order in the SPLC's long-running Eighth Amendment case against the department.

Scott McCoy, Senior Policy Counsel for the SPLC Action Fund (2019-05-06). SPLC Action Fund: Florida Legislature passes unnecessary bill that would preserve vestige of shameful Jim Crow-era voting restrictions. splcenter.org The Florida Legislature on Friday passed Senate Bill 7066, a piece of legislation that is not only unnecessary but that actually contradicts the will of voters who last year approved Amendment 4, a measure that restored voting rights to people with past felony convictions who have served their sentences.

teleSUR (2019-05-06). 1,000 Israeli Soldiers To Arrive in Honduras to Train Troops. telesurenglish.net A multilateral military treaty between Honduras, Israel, and the United States will see the deployment of 1000 Israeli soldiers at Honduras. They will train the Armed Forces of Honduras (FFAA) and National Police (PN). | RELATED: | Honduran Police Clashes with Protesters over Health and Education | The main mission of the troops is to train…

Staff (2019-05-06). The Trump Administration Won't Stop Destroying Migrant Families. truthdig.com When they arrived at the U.S. border June 1 seeking asylum, 5-year-old Esdras and the woman he called his "mamita" were split up by immigration officers. | "I cried so much," Marta Alicia Mejia said. "I thought, 'My God, why would they separate me from the boy?' " | Three weeks later, a federal judge ruled that the government must reunify the migrant families it separated at the border under the Trump administration's "zero tolerance" policy between April and June 2018. | Mejia watched for weeks at a Texas dete…

Thomas Knapp (2019-05-06). Julian Assange: An Opportunity for the US and the UK to Change Direction on Press Freedom. counterpunch.org May 3 was World Press Freedom Day. The annual observance usually focuses on the World Press Freedom Index published each year by Reporters without Borders. Break out the champagne! The United States ranked 48th of 179 countries this year, falling three places from 2018. A day earlier, WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange appeared in court in More

Democracy Now! (2019-05-06). The Occupation is a Crime of Aggression: Gazans React After 25 Palestinians, 4 Israelis Die. democracynow.org Leaders in Israel and Gaza have reportedly reached a ceasefire agreement after an intense three days of fighting left 25 Palestinians and four Israelis dead. Palestinian authorities said the dead in Gaza included two pregnant women, a 14-month-old girl and a 12-year-old boy. The latest round of violence began on Friday. According to the Washington Post, Israeli forces shot dead two Palestinian protesters taking part in the weekly Great March of Return which began 13 months ago. Palestinians then reportedly shot and wounded two Israeli soldiers near the border. In response, Israel carried out an airstrike on a ref…

Democracy Now! (2019-05-06). Headlines for May 6, 2019. democracynow.org Gaza: Ceasefire Reached After Intense Fighting Kills 25 Palestinians and 4 Israelis, U.N. Report: 1 Million Species at Risk of Extinction, Trump Nominates Obama-Era Border Patrol Chief Mark Morgan to Head ICE, Ex-WH Chief of Staff John Kelly Joins Board of U.S.'s Largest Jailer of Migrant Children, John Bolton: U.S. Deploying Warships to Send "Message" to Iran, North Korea Tests Missiles As Trump Admin Affirms Nuclear Deal Still on Track, U.N. Warns 40% of North Koreans in Need of Food Assistance, Colombia: Renowned Activist Francia Márquez Escapes Attack by Gunmen, Afghanistan: Taliban Raid Security HQ, Killing…

RT (2019-05-06). Twitter liberals blast Trump for retweeting 'white power' emoji. Because 2019. rt.com After President Donald Trump retweeted a slew of posts from right-wingers banned from Facebook, Twitter's moral majority were outraged — accusing the president of spreading white supremacist messages…with emojis.

JMSECC (2019-05-06). Google Bans Press TV. dissidentvoice.org What? On April 19, 2019 (the date of the original Patriots' Day in New England), American tech giant Google disabled the accounts of Press TV, an Iranian news service, and its sister channel Hispan TV, an outlet in Spain. Google denied their access to all its services, including its popular video streaming platform YouTube and …

Austyn Ross (2019-05-06). NAACP Opposes Michael Park's Nomination to Second Circuit, Says Failure to Support Brown V. Board is Disqualifying. naacp.org Today, the NAACP announced its opposition to the nomination of Michael Park to the U.S Circuit Court for the Second Circuit. The Senate will vote on Mr. Park's nomination later this week. Derrick Johnson, president and CEO, made the following statement: "Next week, we celebrate the 65th anniversary of the Supreme Court's seminal decision in …

John Nichols (2019-05-06). Andrew Gillum Wants the Supreme Court to be a Central Issue in 2020. thenation.com Andrew Gillum Wants the Supreme Court to be a Central Issue in 2020…

teleSUR (2019-05-06). Turkish Electoral Board Orders New Istanbul Local Election. telesurenglish.net Turkey's Supreme Board of Elections made its decision regarding the elections for Istanbul Metropolitan Municipality Monday in which it decided to cancel and renew the vote that was held on March 31, which saw the candidate of the opposition party CHP Ekrem Imamoglu winning the mayoral position. | Ruling party AKP's representative at the electoral board Recep àñzel also announced the decision from his twitter account. "Istanbul elections are renewed. Good luck …," he tweeted. | àñzel also said that the country's High Election Board has set June 23 for a re-run of local elections in Istanbul.

Staff (2019-05-06). Citizenship Question Could Invalidate 2020 Census. therealnews.com Immigration activist Attorney Andrea Senteno analyzes the significance of the Supreme Court's hearing on including a citizenship question on the 2020 census…

teleSUR (2019-05-05). Ceasefire Reached Between Palestinians in Gaza and Israel. telesurenglish.net After two days of on-going bombings of Gaza, Hamas and Israel have reached a ceasefire agreement to halt the cross-border confrontation, according to Hamas TV and Palestinian media. | RELATED: | International Community Condemns 'Israeli Terrorism' in Gaza as Death Toll Reaches 18 | The ceasefire is expected to go into effect at 4: 30 am on Monday (01: 30 GMT), according to the Times of Israel, which noted there had been no rockets for two hours before the ann…

Fight Back (2019-05-05). May Day march and rally in Boyle Heights. fightbacknews.org Los Angeles, CA – On the afternoon of May 1, International Workers Day, Boyle Heights families, workers and students protested the Trump anti-immigrant attacks and raised the demand "Legalization for all" and "No Wall on the Mexico border!" | The lead banner, with the red flag of Aztlan, called for fighting Trump. The organizers called for self-determination for Chicanos in Aztlan, the U.S. Southwest. The fifth annual May Day in Boyle Heights united hundreds of poor working-class families, students, teachers and workers, mostly Chicanos. Among the demands were respect and equality for Chicanos and Central America…

United Nations (2019-05-05). Deadly violence at Israel-Gaza border escalates dangerously: UN chief condemns in strongest terms. un.org The United Nations Secretary-General, António Guterres, is following with "deep concern" the latest developments across the Gaza-Israeli border and urges all parties to exercise maximum restraint. Over the weekend, hundreds of rockets were launched from the Occupied Palestinian Territory into southern Israel, and Israel retaliated with hundreds of airstrikes and tank fire.

teleSUR (2019-05-05). France: Le Pen's Far-Right Leads in EU Election Poll. telesurenglish.net The National Rally (RN), formerly the National Front party of far-right leader Marine Le Pen leads voter intention with 22 percent for the upcoming European Parliament elections, just ahead of French President Emmanuel Macron's Republic in March (REM) party, according to an Ipsos poll released on Sunday. | RELATED: | Europe's Far-Right Recalls Rise of Nazis, UN Expert Warns | The poll of 1,500 people was conducted on May 2-3 and shows that Macron's party numbers fell by 1.5 percent to…

unitedEditor (2019-05-05). April 2019 — geopolitical events. uwidata.com Europe Assange arrested On April 11, Julian Assange, founder of Wikileaks, was arrested in London after Ecuador revoked political asylum earlier granted to the journalist. Since 2012, Assange has been held in the Ecuadorian embassy in London. Britain is likely to extradite Assange to the US against Assange's wishes. Assange is accused in …

RT (2019-05-04). Louis Farrakhan 'far right'? CNN thinks so. rt.com In the wake of another social media purge, CNN host Alisyn Camerota described Nation of Islam leader Louis Farrakhan as a 'far right' figure on air. Did somebody hand her the wrong script?

Ryan Devereaux (2019-05-04). Scott Warren Worked to Prevent Migrant Deaths in the Arizona Desert. The Government Wants Him in Prison. theintercept.com Thousands of migrants have died crossing the desert in Arizona. The U.S. government is prosecuting activists who try to save lives and recover bodies.

WSWS (2019-05-04). Neo-Nazi networks exposed across US military. wsws.org Recent independent investigations have shown that multiple white supremacist groups are operating freely across all branches of the military.

Staff (2019-05-04). Guilt by Association? Arrest of Assange Friend Has No Basis. therealnews.com Cyber-security and privacy expert Ola Bini was arrested in Ecuador the same day that Ecuador revoked Julian Assange's asylum. A court now affirmed his pre-trial detention, while his parents and his lawyers say it has no basis…

Brian Perez-Canto (2019-05-04). Students march against University of Georgia's historical and present-day racism. liberationnews.org In November 2015, the expansion and reconstruction of Baldwin Hall came to a temporary halt when the University of Georgia uncovered the remains of former slaves.

Fight Back (2019-05-04). Racist attack is cover for police crimes. fightbacknews.org Fight Back News Service is circulating the following statement from the Chicago Alliance Against Racist and Political Repression (CAARPR) | The Chicago Alliance Against Racist and Political Repression (CAARPR) condemns the Fraternal Order of Police (FOP) targeted anti-Black racist campaign against Kim Foxx. | The Fraternal Order of Police (FOP) attack on State's Attorney Kim Foxx has nothing to do with moral outrage and everything to do with humiliation. Foxx, an elected Black official brought to power by a movement for racial justice, has been exposing and undoing the decades-old work of the Chicago Police…

John McEvoy (2019-05-03). Explosive new book dissects the soft coup that brought fascism to Brazil. thecanary.co On 28 October 2018, Brazil elected a fascist, racist, sexist, and homophobic president. And an explosive new book delves into how that happened, providing a crucial point of reference for resistance in the process. | Washingt…

splcenter (2019-05-03). Weekend Read: Extremist attacks on houses of worship. splcenter.org Last weekend was marked by another horrifying attack on a congregation. Worshippers at a synagogue in Poway, California, were celebrating the last day of Passover when a gunman, apparently influenced by online white supremacist propaganda, opened fire.

Hatewatch Staff (2019-05-03). Anti-LGBT Hate Group Leader Steven Anderson Banned From the Netherlands and the Schengen Zone. splcenter.org The Netherlands banned Steven Anderson, pastor of Arizona anti-LGBT hate group Faithful Word Baptist Church, from the country, bringing the number of nations that bar Anderson from entry to 31.

Shalini Agarwal, Senior Supervising Attorney, SPLC Action Fund (2019-05-03). SPLC Action Fund: Florida Legislature's criminal justice reform bill is a baby step at best. splcenter.org The Florida Legislature today approved House Bill 7125 as the long-discussed criminal justice reform legislation that will be sent for Gov. Ron DeSantis to sign into law.

splcenter (2019-05-03). Two Members of Rise Above Movement Plead Guilty in Charlottesville 'Unite the Right' Rioting Case. splcenter.org The leader of the antisemitic and racist Rise Above Movement and a fellow member of the group pleaded guilty Friday to a federal charge of conspiracy to riot.

Scott McCoy, Senior Policy Counsel, SPLC Action Fund (2019-05-03). SPLC Action Fund: Florida immigration enforcement bill dangerous, unnecessary and unconstitutional. splcenter.org The Florida Legislature this week passed Senate Bill 168, which would ban so-called "sanctuary cities."

United Nations (2019-05-03). Migrants, asylum seekers detained in Hungary 'deliberately deprived of food': UN human rights office. un.org The UN human rights office (OHCHR) said on Friday it was alarmed by reports that migrants and asylum seekers who are being held in Hungarian detention centres are being "deliberately deprived of food in contravention of international laws and standards".

Joyce Chediac (2019-05-03). Angry Yemeni shop owners boycott NY Post after attack on Ilhan Omar. liberationnews.org Stand up to Islamophobia and all forms of racism, say with one voice, "We stand with Ilhan."

Michaela Malone (2019-05-03). San Diego PSL stands with workers everywhere on May Day. liberationnews.org Carrying signs printed with the words "Hands Off Venezuela," members of the PSL and the ANSWER Coalition (Act Now to Stop War and End Racism) also stressed the need for solidarity with working class Venezuelans…

ACLU (2019-05-03). What Officer Noor's Conviction Says About Racism in America. aclu.org For the first time, Minnesota convicted a police officer for killing someone. That he was Black and the woman he shot was white must not be ignored. | On Tuesday, April 30, a Minnesota jury convicted police officer Mohamed Noor of third-degree murder and second-degree manslaughter for shooting and killing Justine Damond, a white Australian woman. Damond had called 9-1-1 to report a possible sexual assault near her apartment and then approached Noor's squad car when he and his partner responded to the call. Noor killed Damond, and he deserved to be found guilty. His decision to shoot and kill an unarmed person wit…

Alan Macleod (2019-05-03). MintCast Episode 2: Failed Coup in Venezuela, Forgotten US Atrocities in the Koreas, and Joe Biden's Race Problem. mintpressnews.com MintCast co-hosts Alan MacLeod and Whitney Webb discuss current events in Sri Lanka, France and Venezuela and also delve into U.S. efforts to hide the real history of the Korean War, as well as Joe Biden's history of teaming up with notorious American racists.

susan_p (2019-05-03). Spanish elections: Important battle won against the right. greenleft.org.au The question on everyone's lips in the last week of the Spanish election campaign was just how strongly the filthy brown tide of reaction would run — encapsulated in the vote for the racist, xenophobic, Islamophobic, anti-feminist, pro-gun and, above all, anti-Catalan outfit Vox. | The average of legal polling, allowed by the Central Electoral Board until one week before the vote, had Vox at 11.2%, yielding around 30-35 seats in the 350-seat Congress of Deputies. | However, illegal and internal party polls in the last week of the campaign — or deliberately scary leaks about them — were assigning…

Satya Vatti (2019-05-03). Proposed new census question steps up Trump administration's racist attacks on immigrants. liberationnews.org Given the track record of the U.S. government, with its racist history of deportations, incarceration and family separations under both the Democratic and Republican parties, the citizenship question on the census is sure to incite anxieties and fear among immigrants who are repeatedly scapegoated by politicians for mass unemployment and poverty that are in fact products of the capitalist economic system.

Keegan Hankes, Researcher, Intelligence Project (2019-05-02). SPLC: Facebook and Instagram ban far-right and extremist figures, but still have more work to do against hateful content. splcenter.org Facebook and Instagram announced today that they have banned several far-right, antisemitic and extremist figures and organizations for being "dangerous," a sign that they are more aggressively enforcing their hate speech policies under pressure from civil rights organizations, including the SPLC.

splcenter (2019-05-02). Teaching Tolerance report examines the rise of hate in schools. splcenter.org While disturbing incidents of hate and bias in schools are regularly reported in the news media, the incidents are just a fraction of what educators are encountering in schools across the country, a new study by the SPLC's Teaching Tolerance project finds.

Paul Dobson (2019-05-02). Venezuela: Lopez Arrest Warrant Issued as Military Show Strength for Maduro. venezuelanalysis.com The opposition leader is still in the Spanish Ambassador's residence, but has allegedly claimed asylum.

ACLU (2019-05-02). Attorney General Barr Says ICE Has Power to Lock Up Asylum Seekers Without Hearings. aclu.org The Constitution does not allow the government to lock people up without due process of law. | Today the ACLU, the ACLU of Washington, the American Immigration Council, and Northwest Immigrant Rights Project launched a legal challenge to the Trump administration's latest assault on people who have come to the United States to seek refuge from persecution: jailing asylum seekers without even allowing a judge to decide if there's any reaso…

Beyond Prisons (2019-05-02). Beyond Prisons: Voting Rights feat. Maya Schenwar. shadowproof.com Maya Schenwar returns to Beyond Prisons to discuss voting rights, the current political landscape, and her forthcoming book. | Maya is the Editor-in-Chief of Truthout. She is also the author of "Locked Down, Locked Out: Why Prison Doesn't Work and How We Can Do Better" and the co-editor of the Truthout anthology "Who Do You Serve, Who Do You Protect? Police Violence and Resistance in the United States." She has written about the prison-industrial complex for Truthout, The New York Times, The Guardian, The Nation, Salon, Ms. Magazine, and others. Maya lives in Chicago and organizes with the abolitionist collective…

Miko Peled (2019-05-02). What Strikes Bernie Sanders as "Extremely Unfair" Is a Catastrophe for Millions of Palestinians. mintpressnews.com There will be hope when politicians like Bernie Sanders will have the courage to call the ethnic cleansing, genocide and apartheid — all crimes that Israel perpetrated and continues to perpetuate to this day — by their real name and not describe them as merely "extremely unfair."

Ramzy Baroud (2019-05-02). France and the EU: Recognizing Yet Supporting Apartheid Reality in Palestine. dissidentvoice.org A recent statement made by the outgoing French Ambassador to the US regarding the nature of Israeli apartheid accentuates a larger ailment that has afflicted the European Union foreign policy. The EU is simply gutless when it comes to confronting Israel's illegal occupation of Palestine. Ambassador Gerard Araud was, of course, right when he told …

splcenter (2019-05-01). Hate at School. splcenter.org Something ugly is happening in America's schools. And, it's not going away.

United Nations (2019-05-01). End 'political opportunism' that's letting hate speech flourish, urges top UN genocide official. un.org With murderous attacks against religious institutions on the rise, leaders across the world need to do more to end "political opportunism" and policies which allow hate speech and violent extremism to flourish, said the UN Special Adviser on the Prevention of Genocide on Wednesday.

Democracy Now! (2019-05-01). Ilhan Omar Speaks Out Against U.S. Sanctions & Bipartisan Support for Regime Change in Venezuela. democracynow.org Amid an ongoing coup attempt in Venezuela, we speak with Rep. Ilhan Omar of Minnesota, who questioned U.S. special envoy to Venezuela Elliott Abrams on Capitol Hill in February about his record. Abrams is a right-wing hawk who was linked to the 2002 coup attempt in Venezuela that tried to topple Hugo Chávez. In the 1980s, Abrams defended Guatemalan dictator General Efraín Ríos Montt as he oversaw a campaign of mass murder and torture of indigenous people. Ríos Montt was later convicted of genocide. Rep. Ilhan Omar says that there is a direct correlation between this type of detrimental U.S. foreign policy in Lati…

Ernesto Huerta (2019-04-30). Long Beach, CA rally stands against far right. liberationnews.org "We have the power, as people, to stop racists from organizing and having a platform."

Michael Edison Hayden (2019-04-30). Prolific Alt-Right Propagandist's Identity Confirmed. splcenter.org Thanks to the anonymity of the internet, a man can become a major player in the white supremacist "alt-right" movement without ever revealing his face to his audience. And that's just what Joseph Jordan did.

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