2019-05-15: News Headlines

Dr. Binoy Kampmark (2019-05-15). Modern Merchants of Death: Spyware and Human Rights. globalresearch.ca Arms manufacturers of old, and many of the current stable, did not care much where their products went. The profit incentive often came before the patriotic one, and led to such dark suspicions as those voiced by the Nye Committee …

WSWS (2019-05-15). How Québec Solidaire abetted the rise of anti-Muslim chauvinism. wsws.org Québec Solidaire's volte-face on discriminatory measures is to try to cover its tracks under conditions where it is increasingly being discredited as an accomplice of the far right.

WSWS Repost (2019-05-15). 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 (2019-05-15). Refuse to Accept a Fascist America. indybay.org Sports Basement, 1590 Bryant Street, San Francisco…

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

RT (2019-05-14). Elizabeth Warren turns down invite from 'hate-for-profit racket' Fox News. rt.com Despite the success Bernie Sanders had with a Fox News town hall, fellow 2020 Democrat contender Elizabeth Warren has rejected the network's invitation, accusing Fox of racism, bigotry and hate. |

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,…

Aba Blankson (2019-05-14). NAACP Opposes Wendy Vitter and all Nominees Who Refuse to Affirm Brown v Board of Education. naacp.org BALTIMORE — Today, the NAACP announced its opposition to the nomination of Wendy Vitter to the Eastern District of Louisiana and all nominees refusing to endorse the Supreme Court's seminal ruling in Brown v. Board of Education. "This week, we celebrate the 65th anniversary of the Supreme Court's landmark decision in Brown v. Board of …

Jonathan Cook (2019-05-14). Jerusalem Cable Car Project Passes Over Objections from Many Quarters. dissidentvoice.org East Jerusalem has received new impetus from the rise of the Israeli far right and Washington's decision to move its embassy to the city. But if completed, critics say, the long-running proposal would contribute to erasing the visibility of Palestinians in the city they hope to make their capital. Planning for the $55 million tourism …

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

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.

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). Border Wall to Go Up in National Monument, Wildlife Refuge. truthdig.com PHOENIX—The U.S. government plans on replacing barriers through 100 miles (161 kilometers) of the southern border in California and Arizona, including through a national monument and a wildlife refuge, according to documents and environmental advocates. | The Department of Homeland Security on Tuesday again waived environmental and dozens of other laws to build more barriers along the U.S.-Mexico border. | Funding will come from the Defense Department following the emergency declaration that President Donald Trump signed this year after Congress refused to approve the amount of border wall funding he reques…

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. …

United Nations (2019-05-14). Myanmar: Conflict resolution at 'total standstill', military commanders must answer for crimes against humanity. un.org Myanmar's military commanders must answer charges of war crimes, crimes against humanity and genocide in a credible court, a United Nations Independent International Fact-Finding Mission on Myanmar (FFM) said on Tuesday, urging the international community to cut off all financial and other support to them.

Editor (2019-05-14). °Palestina será libre! workers.org Otro ataque horrible a la población palestina ocurrió durante el fin de semana del 4 al 5 de mayo. Una vez más, las muertes incluyen algunas de las personas más vulnerables, de un pueblo que ya se ha vuelto completamente vulnerable por décadas de condiciones de apartheid, incluida la inanición . . . | Continue reading °Palestina será libre! at Workers.org

Tracy Keeling (2019-05-14). The heat intensifies on Michael Gove to make sure one 'disgraceful' British practice 'follows slavery and apartheid into the history books'. thecanary.co MPs will debate whether trophy hunting will "follow slavery and apartheid into the history books" on 15 May. And they won't be the only ones talking about the issue. Environment secretary Michael Gove is meeting with the founder of the Campaign to Ban Trophy Hunting (CBTH), Eduardo Gonàßalves, on the same day to discuss the 'sport'. | Gove recently asserted that he won't ban the import of 'trophies' to…

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

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

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…

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…

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…

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.

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.

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.

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…

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…

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 …

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

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). 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.

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.

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.

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…

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).

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 …

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…

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.

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.

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…

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