2019-05-14: News Headlines

Mira Oklobdzija (2019-05-14). The New Kid on the Nationalist Block: Thierry Baudet. counterpunch.org In the media, both local and international, this new kid is called a "political dandy," a "flamboyant populist," "not your typical populist," "the naked populist," "the far right's rising star," "a new face," and the "Dutch far right's new figurehead." He is sure of himself, exposing his intellectual rather than physical muscles (though certain naked More

Eoin Higgins, staff writer (2019-05-14). Objections by Nielsen and Others to Trump Plan for Mass Arrests Were 'Logistical and Technical,' Report Shows, Not Moral or Ethical. commondreams.org "To be clear, the heads of DHS/ICE had no issue with the depravity of the plan, they just wanted it to be better organized." | https://www.commondreams.org/sites/defau…

Fight Back (2019-05-14). Minneapolis protest demands: Sanctuary for all, no to border militarization! fightbacknews.org Minneapolis, MN – The national flags of Mexico, Honduras and El Salvador fluttered above the Plaza Centenario in one of Minneapolis's most immigrant-rich neighborhoods on May 11 as around 40 demonstrators demanded, "Stop militarization of the border!" | The protesters distributed fliers to pedestrians on bustling Lake Street and bannered their message to the honks and fists raised in solidarity of passing drivers. Group chants included, "No ban! No wall! Sanctuary for all!" and " °Zapata vive! °La lucha sigue!" | Organized by the Minnesota Caravan Solidarity/Minnesota en Solidaridad con la Caravana coalit…

Staff (2019-05-14). The US Is Making Immigrants Pay for Its Red Tape With Asylum Application Fees. truthout.org The Trump administration wants to make people fleeing persecution in their home countries pay for something they've long gotten for free: the right to apply for asylum in the United States. | As an immigration attorney and a law professor who has represented people seeking asylum for over a decade, I believe this change, which could go into effect as soon as the summer of 2019,…

Philip Giraldi (2019-05-14). The Deal of the Century: Trump Team and Netanyahu Conspire to Sell out the Palestinians. globalresearch.ca In the aftermaths of both the First and Second World Wars national borders were readjusted to suit the victors and entirely new countries were created from the ruins of the empires that had collapsed as a result of the conflict. …

Ryan Devereaux (2019-05-14). No More Deaths Trial Opens as More Bodies Discovered Along Arizona-Mexico Border. theintercept.com As the federal littering trial of No More Deaths volunteer Scott Warren took place in Ajo, Arizona, volunteers recovered human remains in the desert nearby.

Bryan Wall (2019-05-14). Thousands of activists call on Ireland's Eurovision entry to cancel her performance. thecanary.co Activists have delivered a petition to Ireland's Eurovision Song Contest entry calling on her to pull out of the event. | Sarah McTernan is due to perform in the semi-final of the competition in Tel Aviv on 16 May. The petition asks

Al Neal (2019-05-14). U.S. Soccer Federation denies sex discrimination, blames lack of revenue for pay disparity. peoplesworld.org

Black Alliance for Peace (2019-05-14). Why 'Anti-imperialist' in the U.S. Still Means 'Paid for by Russia'. globalresearch.ca We would think the U.S. state would be embarrassed. | All three of Venezuelan neo-fascist Juan Guaido's coup attempts have failed. Donald Trump appears to be raising questions regarding the effectiveness of National Security Advisor John Bolton's pro-coup strategies …

WSWS Repost (2019-05-14). 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.

Curt Wechsler (2019-05-14). Refuse to Accept a Fascist America. indybay.org Sports Basement, 1590 Bryant Street, San Francisco…

Michael Welton (2019-05-14). Haunted House: the Legacy of Residential Schools for Aboriginal Children. counterpunch.org "We are standing on the grounds of what once was Carcross Residential School (also known as Choutla Residential School). Here, concrete stairs that lead nowhere. There, a truck with the windows busted out. Beyond are some scattered buildings, sagging and decrepit. The site where the actual school stood is empty, save for trash and broken glass. There is heaviness here, and deep sadness. I have brought tobacco with me, but it doesn't feel right to offer it to the ground. The space is empty, and not in a triumphant way. Not like a racist monument falling, not like a wall that divides being apart stone by stone. Emp…

Jessica Corbett, staff writer (2019-05-14). Denouncing Fox News as a 'Hate-for-Profit Racket,' Warren Turns Down Town Hall Invite. commondreams.org Sen. Elizabeth Warren, in a Twitter thread Tuesday morning, announced that she turned down a town hall invitation from Fox News because the network "is a hate-for-profit racket that gives a megaphone to racists and conspiracists." | https://www.commondreams.org/sites/defau…

Jim McMahan (2019-05-14). Farm workers win big over Darigold. workers.org The United Farm Workers union just scored a big victory over 500-farm dairy producer Darigold in the Pacific Northwest. For years farm workers have been struggling at Darigold against racist and sexist harassment, along with brutal and unsafe working conditions. The "Darigold Dozen" — 12 dairy farm workers — filed . . . | Continue reading Farm workers win big over Darigold at Workers.org

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…

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.

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.

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…

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.

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.

splcenter (2019-05-13). SPLC launches voting rights legal team, testifies before U.S. House panel in Alabama. splcenter.org Ever since state and local law enforcement officers attacked peaceful civil rights marchers with billy clubs and tear gas on "Bloody Sunday" in 1965, Alabama has been at the epicenter of the fight for voting rights.

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.

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

Henry Giroux (2019-05-13). Critical Thinking Couldn't Be More Critical. truthdig.com Editor's note: This article was initially published on Counterpunch. | The dark times that haunt the current age are epitomized by the barbarians who echo the politics of a fascist past and have come to rule the United States, Hungary, Turkey, Poland, Brazil, the Philippines, and elsewhere. [1] The designers of a new breed of fascism increasingly dominate major political formations and other commanding political and economic i…

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

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 →

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 …

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…

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…

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.

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

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.

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

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.

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 (2019-05-10). 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.

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.

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 …

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."

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…

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.

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.

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.

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?

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…

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).

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.

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