2019-05-10: News Headlines

Abel Cohen (2019-05-10). Thank Russia for Winning World War II. counterpunch.org Russia celebrates victory over the Third Reich on May 9th; the West celebrated it on May 8th. Separate celebrations make sense because the communists had a different fight against the Nazis than the free world did. The USA fought a quarter of the war that our Soviet allies waged — and we opened fire on More

WSWS (2019-05-10). Germany's far-right AfD exploits famous artwork to promote Islamophobia. wsws.org The use of the painting and its interpretation by the AfD is an amalgam of historical falsification, outright lies and racist agitation, which can quite rightly be compared with the techniques used by the Nazis.

Andrew Korybko (2019-05-10). Victory Day Reminds the World About the Evils of Fascism. globalresearch.ca Russia, most of the countries of the former Soviet Union, and Israel all celebrate the end of World War II on 9 May, with this year's commemoration in Moscow being the 74th in history. This solemn day marks the victory …

Gloria Rubac (2019-05-10). WW commentary: When the state executes a white supremacist. workers.org Three white supremacists dragged James Byrd Jr., an African-American man, to his death in 1998 in Jasper, Texas, after they chained him to the back of their pickup truck. This lynching was one of the most horrific racist crimes in modern U.S. history and shocked people worldwide. Three men were . . . | Continue reading WW commentary: When the state executes a white supremacist at Workers.org

Chris Marion (2019-05-10). Fascist announces electoral campaign in New Hampshire. liberationnews.org Murdough's announcement is a frightening but unsurprising development in the rising tide of overt white supremacy across the country.

susan_p (2019-05-10). Venezuela's crisis: A view from the communes. greenleft.org.au Within hours of Venezuelan opposition leader Juan Guaidó calling for street mobilisations to back his attempted military coup against President Nicolás Maduro on April 30, Guaidó's supporters had looted and set fire to the headquarters of the Indio Caricuao Commune in south-west Caracas. | The building was used for local residents' meetings and housed a commune-run textile enterprise, which funds projects in the community. | Atenea Jiménez, from the National Network of Comuneros (commune activists) said: "Once again attacks on the communes by fascist sectors have begun." | She also noted however that comuneros "a…

pip.hinman (2019-05-10). Workers rally around the world for May Day. greenleft.org.au As the gap between rich and poor widens, millions of workers around the world marched for workers' rights on May Day. | May Day, also known as Labor Day, began in 1890 with the campaign for the 8-hour work day. It has since become a key day for workers' campaigns around the world. | This May Day, workers marched against the fascist Rodrigo Duterte regime in the Philippines, against austerity and the rise of the far-right in Europe and against US President Donald Trump's attacks on immigrants. | Low-paid workers in Indonesia marched for fair pay, millions of Cubans celebrated 60 years of the ongoing revolution, an…

Henry Giroux (2019-05-10). Critical Pedagogy, Fascist Culture, and Hope in Dark Times. counterpunch.org Something sinister and horrifying is happening to liberal democracies all over the globe.Democratic institutions such as the independent media, schools, the legal system, certain financial institutions, and higher education are under siegeworldwide. Some of the latest examples of this can be found in the United States with the resurgence of vigilantes and right-wing militia groups along the southern border and the intrusion of tech-based educational practices into schools producing curricula that some parents claim turn kids into zombies. Trump's continued attack on higher education offers another highly visible…

susan_p (2019-05-10). Venezuela: How one local council is working to overcome the crisis through people's power. greenleft.org.au In the midst of Venezuela's prolonged economic crisis, in which state budgets and support for the governing socialists steadily contract, at least one municipal council is bucking the trend. The key, according to the local mayor, has been focusing on people's power and self-management. | Paéz is a rural municipality located in Apure state, along the tense border with Colombia. Opposition-controlled Tachira state lies to its west. | Despite this conflictive surrounding, José María "Chema" Romero managed to increase the United Socialist Party of Venezuela's (PSUV) vote in the 2017 mayoral elections by 70% from its…

WSWS (2019-05-10). Trump rally roars approval for call to "shoot" immigrants. wsws.org When an audience member at a Trump rally Wednesday yelled that the US should "shoot" immigrants, Trump laughed. Meanwhile, the government is arresting record numbers of families at the border.

Evaggelos Vallianatos (2019-05-10). Can Democracy Save America? counterpunch.org Homer, playwrights, eloquent political writers, historians and philosophers left comments, speeches and books about how Greeks governed themselves. In addition, thousands of inscriptions mention or describe persons, decisions, and institutions of political importance. Most of the surviving evidence, including that from ostracism, the ten-year banishment of politicians voters perceived dangerous, comes from Athens. Tradition has it More

Nozomi Hayase (2019-05-10). Assange's US Extradition Battle: The Fight to Defend the Conscience of America. counterpunch.org It has been over three weeks since Ecuador illegally terminated political asylum of WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange and the UK police violently arrested him. Assange is now held in solitary confinement in what many have called the UK's Guantanamo Bay. On Thursday, Assange's fight against US extradition began at a UK court. The US charged More

splcenter (2019-05-09). After Judge's Ruling, Charlottesville May Be Stuck With Statues of Confederate Generals Lee, Jackson. splcenter.org A judge has ruled that a civil rights-era law forbidding the removal of "war memorials" applies to Confederate statues that became flashpoints during a deadly Virginia gathering of white nationalists and neo-Nazis.

àÅngeles Maestro (2019-05-09). Did U.S. troops liberate Mauthausen Concentration Camp? workers.org The author is a leader of the Red Network, a communist organization in the Spanish state. Translation by Workers World managing editor John Catalinotto. In many European countries, people celebrate the victory of the allied troops over Nazi Germany in the Second World War. This is especially important now as . . . | Continue reading Did U.S. troops liberate Mauthausen Concentration Camp? at Workers.org

Jud Lounsbury (2019-05-09). Wisconsin: The Perfect Place to Address America's Apartheid. progressive.org Behind the stats about incarceration rates, lies a basic structure of law that accommodates white people. What better place to host the 2020 Dem convention?

Yves Engler (2019-05-09). Anti-Racist Canada promotes Video by Anti-Palestinian, FOX News Filmmaker. dissidentvoice.org Why would Anti-Racist Canada (ARC) promote a video by a FOX News filmmaker who compares the Left to the KKK and claimed Swedish police refuse to go into immigrant neighbourhoods? Is it because the ARC collective is an example of people who fight racism except if it is anti-Palestinian? Recently, ARC retweeted long-time anti-Palestinian activist …

Fight Back (2019-05-09). Resist the world's tyrant. fightbacknews.org Agencia Bolivariana de Prensa originally published the following article by Ivan Marquez, of Colombia's FARC. It was translated by Fight Back! staff. | | By Ivan Marquez | The whole world is witnessing the decline of the most brutal empire in human history: that of the United States. The White House feels the tremor of losing control of the world, and that is why it is desperately trying to impose a global fascist dictatorship that will allow it to live beyond its sunset. | | Tucked in the eye of the hurricane of its anguish, the United States believes it has carte blanche to act arbitrarily against countri…

Consortiumnews (2019-05-09). The Revelations of WikiLeaks: No. 2 —The Leak That 'Exposed the True Afghan War'. consortiumnews.com The Afghan Diaries set off a firestorm when it revealed the suppression of civilian casualty figures, the existence of an elite U.S.-led death squad, and the covert role of Pakistan in the conflict, as Elizabeth Vos reports. This is the second article in… Read more →

Ryan Devereaux (2019-05-09). "The Fourth Amendment Doesn't Apply Here" — U.S. Border Guards Arrest Arizona Immigrant Rights Volunteer. theintercept.com U.S. border officials arrested a human rights advocate, denying her access to an attorney when she accompanied an asylum-seeker to a border crossing.

Telesur (2019-05-09). 1,000 Israeli Soldiers to Arrive in Honduras to Train Troops, Police on Border Protection. globalresearch.ca 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). | The main mission of the troops …

Staff (2019-05-09). The Government Isn't Reuniting Migrant Children With Legal Guardians. truthout.org This story was originally published by Reveal from The Center for Investigative Reporting, a nonprofit news organization based in the San Francisco Bay Area. Learn more at revealnews.org and subscribe to the Reveal podcast, produced with PRX, at revealnews.org/podcast.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…

pip.hinman (2019-05-09). Trump ratchets up anti-immigrant campaign. greenleft.org.au While much of the media continues to focus on the Mueller report and the squabbles between the White House and the Democratic-controlled House of Representatives, US President Donald Trump's real crimes are scarcely addressed or are ignored altogether. | This column will take up one of these crimes, Trump's intensification of his racist war on immigrants. He is not alone on this — the ultra-right throughout Europe and elsewhere have similar anti-immigrant policies. | In recent weeks Trump has appointed new officials at the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE).

Emily Apple (2019-05-09). The UK's 'hostile environment' just received a major legal blow. thecanary.co On 3 May, the Home Office received a major blow to part of its ' hostile environment' policy. | Under an amendment to the Nationality, Immigration and Asylum Act 2002, asylum seekers ca…

Staff (2019-05-08). Fear Mongering and Capitalism: A Recipe for Fascism? (1/2). therealnews.com The effort to sell security to the people of the US is based on stoking irrational fears, something Trump has taken to new extremes, but which Democrats are guilty of as well, explains Charles Derber, who discusses his new book…

Staff (2019-05-08). Fear Mongering and Capitalism: A Recipe for Fascism? (2/2). therealnews.com Progressives have been notoriously bad a countering the right-wing fear/security narrative, says Charles Derber. The trick is to address the real dangers, of climate change, economic insecurity, and war…

ACLU (2019-05-08). Remembering the Woman Who Renovated the House that RBG Built. aclu.org Lenora Lapidus led the ACLU's Women's Right Project for nearly two decades. She died on Sunday, May 5. | On the 50th anniversary of Selma's Bloody Sunday, one of the darkest stains in our nation's civil rights history, President Obama spoke with hope and confidence about Americans who were "unencumbered by what is, because you're ready to seize what ought to be." Lenora Lapidus lived her life by this principle. | Public servants come in many forms. They're elected officials, politicians, activists, lawyers, organizers, students, ordinary citizens, and steadfast patriots. Our beloved Lenora represen…

splcenter (2019-05-08). Lawsuit challenges massive overuse of solitary in Florida prisons. splcenter.org Admire Harvard has spent nearly 10 years locked up in solitary confinement in the Florida prison system.

Karen Dolan (2019-05-08). Transgender People's Rights Are in Peril. progressive.org The majority-conservative Supreme Court is poised to review the rules on discriminating against trans people in the workplace.

Democracy Now! (2019-05-07). After Florida Re-enfranchises 1.4 Million, Republicans Push New "Poll Tax" For Formerly Incarcerated. democracynow.org Civil rights groups are decrying what they say is a new poll tax after the Florida Senate passed a bill Friday that would require formerly incarcerated people with felony convictions to repay all fines and fees to courts before their voting rights are restored. This comes six months after voters in Florida approved a measure to restore voting rights to 1.4 million people with nonviolent felonies who have fully completed their sentences, overturning a Jim Crow-era law aimed at keeping African Americans from voting. Nearly 65 percent of voters approved the constitutional amendment to re-enfranchise people with form…

Neil Sawhney, staff attorney for the SPLC Action Fund (2019-05-07). SPLC Action Fund: SB 108 puts bail bond industry before low-income Louisianans. splcenter.org The Louisiana House Insurance Committee today voted in favor of Senate Bill 108, which would absolve bail bond companies from having to refund as much as $6 million overcharged to approximately 50,000 New Orleans families after the commissioner of insurance found that the companies systematically overcharged people for the last 14 years.

Victor Jones, SPLC Action Fund senior supervising attorney (2019-05-07). SPLC Action Fund: Demand transparency, accountability in Louisiana schools. splcenter.org The Louisiana House Education Committee today voted unanimously in favor of House Bill 160, which would require school districts in the state to collect data on school climate and school discipline.

Sharon Lerner (2019-05-07). Air Pollution Crisis Exposes More Environmental Racism in Illinois. theintercept.com Wendy Abrams has used her wealth to help protect the environment and public health. She's the founder of a public art exhibit meant to raise awareness on climate change, serves on the board of the Waterkeeper Alliance, and has been on the boards of the NRDC Action Fund and the Environmental Defense Fund's National Council. She helped found the Abrams Environmental Law Clinic at the University of Chica…

unitedEditor (2019-05-07). Elections in South Africa: what problems will the country's future president inherent? uwidata.com Parliamentary elections in South Africa will be held on May 8, 2019, for the sixth time since the end of apartheid in 1994. Africans will also vote for candidates in the provincial legislative assemblies. In addition, a new president will be elected. The current atmosphere The atmosphere in South Africa in recent months is one …

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.

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 …

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.

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.

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…

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 …

ACLU (2019-05-06). Asylum Officers Are Being Replaced By CBP Agents. aclu.org Having a CBP officer conduct a credible fear interview is like having an arresting police officer also sit as the judge. | Last week, President Trump issued a memorandum outlining his latest wishlist of ways to undermine the integrity of our nation's asylum system. Among them was a direction to the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) to change how it conducts credible fear interviews, the threshold screening interview given to thousands of asylum…

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…

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 …

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.

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."

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.

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.

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…

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