2019-05-13: News Headlines

splcenter (2019-05-13). Following SPLC lawsuit, judge grants New Orleans students the chance to walk on graduation day. splcenter.org A state court in Louisiana issued an injunction today that allowed six high school seniors to participate in graduation ceremonies at their New Orleans charter school after they were banned from doing so following a minor senior prank last month.

Hatewatch Staff (2019-05-13). Anti-LGBTQ Hate Groups Co-Sponsor United Nations Event. splcenter.org The United Nations will serve as the venue for anti-LGBTQ hate groups when it hosts the "It Takes a Family" event Wednesday.

WSWS (2019-05-13). Ramaphosa elected to full term as president amid record low ANC vote. wsws.org The election marks the first time in the ANC's post-apartheid history that its vote has fallen below 60 percent.

WSWS (2019-05-13). Faculty at Chicago's DePaul University condemn professor's anti-democratic, militarist comments on Middle East. wsws.org The faculty resolution condemned the views of Professor Jason Hill, who called for Palestinians to be stripped of voting rights and for Israel to exercise "unprecedented and excessive military might."

Staff (2019-05-13). With Casino Tweet, Trump Uses His Racism to Cover Up His Corruption. truthout.org For a while, a popular assessment of Donald Trump's wild, early-morning rants and attacks on Twitter was that they served as a strategic distraction from even more sinister and potentially damaging goings-on. Eventually, however, political pundits accustomed to norms and decorum came to accept that while Trump may be a brilliant marketer, he is also just a stubborn old man whose worst habits can't be tamed. | Twitter, for Trump, is an effective medium to continue controlling media coverage — or to complain about "Fox & Friends" — from the comfort of his bed. Unlike during the presidential campaign,…

James Wright (2019-05-13). Deep down, we all know Andrew Marr and Andrew Neil can only boost the far right. Here's why. thecanary.co Deep down, we know BBC presenters Andrew Marr and Andrew Neil can only boost the far right. And it's not simply because Neil opts for 'gotcha' questions while interviewing extreme conservative Ben Shapiro; or because Marr allows Nigel Farage to volley off romantic…

Staff (2019-05-13). "Politics as Usual" Won't Stem the Rise of the Bannon-Style Far Right. truthout.org In the Americas, the Trump tsunami has swept across both continents and the "pink tide" of progressivism has all but disappeared from the southern half of the hemisphere. In Europe, with the recent exception of Spain, the left has been banished to the political margins. In Africa and Asia, socialism has devolved into nationalism, authoritarianism, or just pl…

Daniel Kovalik (2019-05-13). US Press Reaches All-Time Low on Venezuela Coverage. counterpunch.org As famed Latin American author Eduardo Galeano once wrote, "every time the US 'saves' a country, it converts it into either an insane asylum or a cemetery." Of course, as we look over the wreckage left by the US in countries such as Iraq, Afghanistan, Libya, Somalia, Syria, El Salvador, Guatemala and Honduras, we see More

Staff (2019-05-13). Burgeoning Numbers of Cubans Trying to Enter U.S. via Mexico. truthdig.com CIUDAD JUAREZ, Mexico — Burgeoning numbers of Cubans are trying to get into the U.S. by way of the Mexican border, creating a big backlog of people waiting on the Mexican side for months for their chance to apply for asylum. | The surge over the past several months has been propelled in part by loosened travel restrictions in Central America and deteriorating living conditions in Cuba. | As a result, about 4,500 asylum seekers, the vast majority of them Cuban, have descended on Ciudad Juarez, across from El Paso, Texas — an influx that has raised tensions with some locals. | "It's a bottleneck with an…

Zach D. Roberts (2019-05-13). Patriot Prayer's Joey Gibson has a sad day in Albany. nationofchange.org It's been a hell of a week for Patriot Prayer's Joey Gibson. First, he gets sued for a million dollars and then his "big" anti-choice rally in Albany, NY is a bust. | The "Pro-Life rally for the innocent in NY" as it was promoted on Patriot Prayer's facebook page was organized to protest the expansion of reproductive rights in New York State under the Reproductive Health Act. The act would rewrite some of the 49 year old laws on the books that define abortion in the state and b…

WSWS Repost (2019-05-13). Trump administration to evict 55,000 children of immigrants from public housing. indybay.org Under a fascistic government rule targeting immigrants, 108,000 people in the United States face eviction and homelessness.

WSWS (2019-05-13). Trump administration to evict 55,000 children of immigrants from public housing. wsws.org The Washington Post reports that Trump's fascist adviser Stephen Miller propagated the new rule, while HUD itself assesses its purpose is to increase poverty and destitution among immigrant families.

Curt Wechsler (2019-05-13). Refuse to Accept a Fascist America. indybay.org Sports Basement, 1590 Bryant Street, San Francisco…

Richard M. Lerner (2019-05-13). Are the Democrats Channeling Neville Chamberlain…or George Santayana? counterpunch.org Accommodating a pathological narcissist does not lead to peace in our time. Ignoring the lies, hateful speech, and antidemocratic actions of an amoral psychopath will not preserve a republic. Such acts enable fascism to flourish. These statements are not opinions about what will occur if the Democrats in the House of Representatives of 2019 fail More

Andrea Germanos, staff writer (2019-05-13). Fears for Roe V. Wade After Supreme Court Issues Decision Overruling a 40-Year Precedent. commondreams.org "Today's decision can only cause one to wonder which cases the Court will overrule next," wrote Justice Bryer in dissent | https://www.commondreams.org/sites/defau…

RT (2019-05-13). Anti-monopoly App Store lawsuit against Apple gets go-ahead from US Supreme Court. rt.com The US Supreme Court is letting a group of consumers proceed with their antitrust lawsuit against Apple after rejecting the tech behemoth's argument that iOS App Store users aren't really its customers.

commondreams (2019-05-13). Lawyers' Committee for Civil Rights Under Law Statement in Response to Supreme Court Ruling Abandoning Precedent in Franchise Tax Board of California v. Hyatt. commondreams.org ______________________________…

plenglish (2019-05-13). Palestine Forces Call for Massive Protests in the West Bank. plenglish.com Ramallah, May 13 (Prensa Latina) The National and Islamic Forces, the supreme coordinating body of the main Palestinian factions, have called Monday for a massive participation in the demonstrations for the 71st anniversary of the 1948 exodus known as the Nakba.

Raúl Capote (2019-05-13). Does the U.S. Have the Right to Impunity? globalresearch.ca The United States Army has established a long history of war crimes, beginning with the genocide of native peoples in the North America, through those committed in Afghanistan, Iraq, and Syria, more recently. | Usually, the U.S. government, the armed forces, …

Murtaza Hussain (2019-05-13). His Visa Was Stamped, His Papers in Order. Then He Was Targeted By a Secretive CBP Task Force. theintercept.com Abdikadir Mohamed has been in ICE custody for 17 months, ever since he was flagged by a little known entity called the Tactical Terrorism Response Team.

Staff (2019-05-13). US Border Patrol Is the Most Brutal Militia of All. truthout.org The militia group was hunting for border-crossers near the U.S.-Mexico boundary. Soon it encountered a group of migrants. Its members made them "take off their shoes and walk for half an hour in their socks," then "lie face-down in the dirt for an hour." The militia's members stole the migrants' food and fed it to their horses. They took the migrants' sweaters, tossing them dirty blankets covered in cactus spines to use against the cold. | Actions like these have made the militia infamous. Human rights r…

Democracy Now! (2019-05-13). Headlines for May 13, 2019. democracynow.org Sweden Reopens Julian Assange Sexual Assault Case, Seeks His Extradition, Pompeo to Discuss Iranian "Threats" in Europe as U.S. Ramps Up Military Presence, Saudi Oil Tankers Damaged in "Sabotage Attack" off UAE Coast, 187 Countries, Not Including the U.S., Agree to Landmark Deal Curbing Plastic Waste, U.S.-China Trade Talks End Without Deal, Increased Sanctions, Pentagon Redirects $1.5 Billion To Fund Border Wall, Afghanistan: Gunmen Kill Ex-Broadcast Journalist and Gov't Adviser Mina Mangal, Pakistan: Attack on Hotel Kills at Least 5, Burkina Faso: Gunmen Kill 6 People, Incl. Priest and Burn Down Church, At Leas…

teleSUR (2019-05-13). Connecticut Man Indicted for Threatening to Kill Trump. telesurenglish.net Gary Joseph Gravelle of New Haven, Connecticut has been indicted for a variety of crimes in connection to his threats to "kill, injure, and intimidate people and explode property in Connecticut and elsewhere," the U.S. Attorney's Office for the District of Connecticut said on Friday. | RELATED: | Shanahan Goes to Texas, Pentagon Aims to Harden Mexico Border | Also known by his alias, Roland Prejean, the 51-year-old Connecticut man has been charged with 12 counts of maliciously c…

Consortiumnews (2019-05-12). Mother's Day: The Obscured Roots of a Global Peace Movement. consortiumnews.com Sam Husseini says the origin of Mother's Day has largely been obscured, helping pave the way for Trump's embrace of women warriors and bearers of "the next generation of American patriots," with a hint of the Nazi "Mother's Cross." By… Read more →

Staff (2019-05-12). Florida Activists Fight Against Bill Preventing Former Felons from Voting. therealnews.com Last year Florida voters approved a ballot measure called Amendment 4 which restored voting rights of an estimated 1.5 million former felons. To counteract this amendment 4, Republicans proposed a bill that would require former felons to pay court costs and fines before they are able to vote — what activists are calling a poll…

Staff (2019-05-12). Trump's New Policies to Limit Asylum. therealnews.com Having failed to force the courts to bend to his will, Trump has now resorted to backdoor and covert measures outside of legislation to keep asylum seekers from crossing the border. We speak to Helena Olea of Alianza Americas about the new tactics…

Dan Lieberman (2019-05-12). Does Capitalism Mean War? dissidentvoice.org During the Cold war, the major antagonists, United States and Soviet Union, faced one another at European borders. No military confrontations occurred between them. Their cooperation, in a war to end all wars, had a brief interlude, and succeeding years detected huge losses of lives in endless conflicts. The Cold War atmosphere became a testing …

Fabian Van Onzen (2019-05-11). Fascism and Dictatorship: The Third International and the Problem of Fascism. mronline.org In the final stage of fascism, the fascist state has consolidated power and freed itself of its petty-bourgeois class origins. Poulantzas says that this is the most brutal stage, for it involves violent purges at the state level to remove the petty-bourgeoisie, and terroristic repression over the masses. | Source

Zach Campbell (2019-05-11). Swarms of Drones, Piloted by Artificial Intelligence, May Soon Patrol Europe's Borders. theintercept.com The EU is funding the development of AI-powered drones that would autonomously patrol Europe's borders. The project's potential for military use can't be ignored.

RT (2019-05-11). Biden caught in immigration hypocrisy after rediscovered clip shows him demanding border fence. rt.com Joe Biden is being called out for immigration virtue-signaling after a video of the Democratic candidate calling for a fence "40 stories high" at the US-Mexican border to keep out the Mexicans bringing in drugs resurfaced. |

Ebony Howard, Senior Supervising Attorney (2019-05-10). SPLC Action Fund: Alabama House Bill 380 would limit paroles, increase prison overcrowding. splcenter.org The Alabama House of Representatives this week passed House Bill 380 (HB 380), which would give the governor more control over the state parole board and set minimum sentences that incarcerated people must serve before they can be released on parole.

splcenter (2019-05-10). Weekend Read: Brown v. Board of Education and modern-day segregation. splcenter.org Friday marks the 65th anniversary of the Supreme Court's landmark decision in Brown v. Board of Education, the unanimous ruling that outlawed racial segregation in public schools as a violation of the equal protection clause of the 14th Amendment.

splcenter (2019-05-10). SPLC argues in court against "turnback" policy that blocks immigrants from seeking asylum. splcenter.org After three MS-13 gang members threatened Dinora and her 17-year-old daughter with death, they kidnapped them from their home in Honduras and repeatedly raped them.

splcenter (2019-05-10). Florida governor signs disastrous private school voucher bill. splcenter.org By signing S.B. 7070 into law yesterday, Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis set his state on the path to further decimate its public schools through an unprecedented expansion of private school vouchers.

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

Miko Peled (2019-05-10). Deal of the Century Adds "New" to the Four Thousand Year Old Name "Palestine" mintpressnews.com The apartheid regime we know as "Israel" was built on the very ruins of Palestine and imposed a brutal regime on those who still live in their country. Millions of Palestinians still languish in refugee camps in and around Palestine, yet Israel and its allies around the world celebrate "Israeli independence."

Austyn Ross (2019-05-10). NAACP to Hold People's Hearing for Voting Rights in Birmingham. naacp.org On May 13, the NAACP, a member of the W.K. Kellogg Racial Equity Anchor Collaborative, will hold a People's Hearing on voting rights in Birmingham, Alabama. At the hearing, Birmingham-area residents will publicly share their personal experiences facing voting rights interference and barriers at the polls — which disproportionately impact historically disenfranchised voters and communities …

Kerry-anne Mendoza (2019-05-10). Danny Baker's final apology, and what the reaction to it tells us about racism. thecanary.co This week, the BBC fired Danny Baker for his racist tweet about the latest royal baby. Almost immediately, the Centrist light entertainment luvvies swamped Twitter with apologia. He's such a great guy! He's been the victim of a politically correct Twitter hit mob! He was taken out of context! The excuses were endless. But due to the resistance of black Twitter and allies, Baker was forced to reflect further and make a fullsome apology. The whole debacle and its aftermath can teach us a lot about how racism works. If we're prepared to listen.The Danny Baker moment: Portraying a mixed race child as a chimpan…

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.

Henry Giroux (2019-05-10). Pedagogical Terrorism and Hope in the age of Fascist Politics. 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…

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…

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…

United Nations (2019-05-10). Friday's Daily Brief: human rights in Colombia, Myanmar and Nigeria, global displacement, and more. un.org This Friday, we cover: the UN calling for an end to attacks against human rights defenders; a record number of displaced due to conflict and disasters; human rights issues in Myanmar; 900 children released from the ranks of a north-east Nigeria self-defense armed group; and referenda asking for the border dispute between Belize and Guatemala to be examined by the International Court of Justice (ICJ).

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…

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.

Keegan Hankes, Caroline Sinders and Unicorn Riot (2019-05-09). Extremists Purge Hateful Messages After Christchurch Massacre. splcenter.org A network of far-right extremists is self-censoring, and in at least one instance mass-deleting, content from several key online communities following the devastating terror attacks on mosques in Christchurch, New Zealand.

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 …

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?

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

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).

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