2019-05-16: Social Media Postees

Nazi biscuits: German cookie heiress has no guilt about using slave labor
Morning Star | peoplesworld.org | 2019-05-16
German biscuit company Bahlsen was forced to apologize after one of its owners said the firm "did nothing wrong" in using forced labor during the Nazi era. Verena Bahlsen conceded that her remarks were inappropriate after she was accused of being "oblivious to history." "It was a mistake to amplify this debate with thoughtless responses," …
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New NATO-approved US monument honors fascist Lithuanian Nazi collaborator as anti-Soviet hero
Ben Norton | thegrayzone.com | 2019-05-16
A new monument in Chicago celebrates US-born Lithuanian Nazi collaborator Adolfas Ramanauskas "Vanagas," who led a fascist militia that massacred…
thegrayzone.com/2019/05/15/nato-us-monum…

People in Wales show Nigel Farage what his beloved 'democracy' actually looks like
Eliza Egret | thecanary.co | 2019-05-16
Once again, Nigel Farage has targeted another working-class area to try and win popularity and votes. Farage's Brexit Party held an election rally in Merthyr Tydfil on 15 May. | But anti-fascist protesters were there to greet him. They made it clear that Farage wasn't welcome in their town. Lois Jones was at the demonstration. She told The Canary: Merthyr Tydfil is an area that is impoverished and deprived thank…
thecanary.co/trending/2019/05/16/people-in-wales-show-nigel-farage-what-his-beloved-democracy-actually-looks-like/

Iranian Communists rally progressive forces to prevent war
Steve Sweeney | peoplesworld.org | 2019-05-16
Iranian Communists have called for unity among the country's progressives striving for peace in response to U.S. saber-rattling intent on provoking war with Tehran. The Tudeh Party noted "a very worrying rise of tensions between the racist, pseudo-fascist, and reactionary Trump administration and the regime of the Islamic Republic of Iran" in recent days. It …
peoplesworld.org/article/iranian-communi…

Muslim group files discrimination, retaliation complaint against Amazon
Mark Gruenberg | peoplesworld.org | 2019-05-16
SHAKOPEE, Minn.–Amazon, notorious for the mistreatment of its thousands of warehouse workers from coast to coast, is in legal hot water over it again — this time for rampant racial and religious discrimination at its Shakopee, Minn., warehouse in the Twin Cities suburbs, and retaliation against three black Muslim-American Somali refugee working women there. Amazon …
peoplesworld.org/article/muslim-group-fi…

Don't Rebrand Corruption
Ciara Torres-Spelliscy | commondreams.org | 2019-05-16
Politics should be more than a cover for get-rich-quick schemes. (Photo: Mike Kline) | https://www.commondreams.org/sites/defau…
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'Worst-of-its-kind:' Alabama abortion ban could punish providers with 99 years in prison
Alexandra Jacobo | nationofchange.org | 2019-05-16
The Alabama Senate passed legislation this week that will outlaw abortion and punish women and doctors. The "total ban on abortion" is being called the worse-of-its-kind and pro-choice groups warn that it is a "blatant effort to overturn Roe v. Wade." | "What I'm trying to do here is get this case in front of the Supreme Court so Roe v. Wade can be overturned," says Alabama state Rep. Terri Collins (R). Republican lawmakers hope that advocacy groups fight back against Alabama's ban so that the Supreme Court will take up the lawsuit and the conservative justices who are currently the majority will eliminate the…
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Alabama abortion ban: Back to barbarism
wsws.org | 2019-05-16
The purpose of the law is to give the new right-wing majority on the US Supreme Court the opportunity to overturn Roe v. Wade.
http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2019/05/…

Fight Against Voter Suppression Continues in Georgia
Staff | therealnews.com | 2019-05-16
Plaintiffs argue before the GA Supreme Court that malfunctioning voting machines caused tens of thousands of missing votes in the Georgia Lt. Gov. race. What could it mean if this case goes forward?
therealnews.com/stories/fight-against-vo…

The Dream in Retreat: Brown vs. Board of Education, 65 Years Later
Jesse Jackson | counterpunch.org | 2019-05-16
This week marks the 65th anniversary of Brown v. Board of Education, the unanimous Supreme Court decision that outlawed apartheid in America, declaring segregated schools "inherently unequal" and unconstitutional. Today, the common sense of the Brown decision is under attack. For nearly three decades, our schools have been re-segregating, reversing the progress made under Brown,…
counterpunch.org/2019/05/16/the-dream-in…

SPLC: Congress should dismiss President Trump's dubious 'merit-based' immigration plan in favor of real reform
splcenter.org | 2019-05-16
President Trump made a speech in The White House Rose Garden today about a plan to move U.S. immigration toward a "merit-based system" that would prioritize high-skilled workers over those with family members who are already in the country.
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Right-wing outcry over student protest against anti-Muslim "headscarf conference" at German university
wsws.org | 2019-05-16
Legitimate criticisms of right-wing and racist positions are criminalised and denounced as "attacks on academic freedom" and "ideological terror."
http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2019/05/…

Trump Administration Waives Laws to Build 100 Miles of Border Wall Across Arizona National Monument, Wildlife Refuges

| globalresearch.ca | 2019-05-16
The Trump administration will waive dozens of environmental and public health laws to speed border-wall construction through federally protected sites in Arizona and California. | Today's announcement from the Department of Homeland Security says waivers will be used to build walls | …
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Trump Proposal Would Change Priorities of Green Card System
Staff | truthdig.com | 2019-05-16
WASHINGTON–After years of setbacks and stalemates, President Donald Trump will lay out yet another immigration plan as he tries to convince the American public and lawmakers that the nation's legal immigration system should be overhauled. | The latest effort, spearheaded by Trump's son-in-law and senior adviser, Jared Kushner, focuses on beefing up border security and rethinking the green card system so that it would favor people with high-level skills, degrees and job offers instead of relatives of those already in the country. | A shift to a more merit-based system prioritizing high-skilled workers would…
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Trump Administration Approves Leases for Toxic Mining Near Minnesota Wilderness, Canada Border
Michael Reinemer | globalresearch.ca | 2019-05-16
Today The Wilderness Society in the U.S. strongly objected to the Trump administration's renewal of two hardrock mining leases near the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness in Minnesota that would likely pollute the vast waterways on the U.S.-Canada border. | The | …
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'Starvation' now a reality for displaced Syrians stranded in camp near Jordanian border
United Nations | un.org | 2019-05-16
Starvation "is already starting" in a camp for displaced people in south-east Syria, a senior UN official said on Thursday, while condemning ongoing airstrikes and retaliatory shelling in opposition-held territories in the north-west.
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Setting the record straight: Real talk about immigration courts
splcenter.org | 2019-05-15
The Trump administration's recent "fact sheet" on U.S. immigration proceedings excludes critical information about the immigration system and only serves to spread misinformation and distrust of immigrants and asylum seekers.
splcenter.org/news/2019/05/15/setting-re…

What Is Anti-Fascism?
Marissa Brostoff | thenation.com | 2019-05-15
What Is Anti-Fascism?
thenation.com/article/natasha-lennard-fa…

New Homeland Security Secretary, Same Anti-Immigrant Agenda
aclu.org | 2019-05-15
Beware of walls, money grabs, and other sham solutions as DHS leadership shifts. | Kevin McAleenan, the new acting secretary of the Department of Homeland Security, abruptly assumed office in April because his predecessor reportedly wasn't tough enough for President Trump. Ironically, McAleenan claims that "you can be tough and compassionate at the same time." But actions speak louder than words., , Don't be fooled, McAleenan does not represent a new leaf. He is d…
aclu.org/blog/immigrants-rights/ice-and-…

Myanmar: Conflict resolution at 'total standstill', military commanders must answer for crimes against humanity
United Nations | un.org | 2019-05-14
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.
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Jerusalem Cable Car Project Passes Over Objections from Many Quarters
Jonathan Cook | dissidentvoice.org | 2019-05-14
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 …
dissidentvoice.org/2019/05/jerusalem-cab…

NAACP Opposes Wendy Vitter and all Nominees Who Refuse to Affirm Brown v Board of Education
Aba Blankson | naacp.org | 2019-05-14
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 …
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The heat intensifies on Michael Gove to bring an end to this 'archaic, cruel and devastating industry'
Tracy Keeling | thecanary.co | 2019-05-14
CORRECTION: An earlier version of this article was headlined: "The heat intensifies on Michael Gove to make sure one 'disgraceful' British practice 'follows slavery and apartheid into the history books'". We were wrong to run that headline because it draws a comparison between animal cruelty and the oppression of people of colour that is at best unhelpful and at worst hurtful. We took a quote out of context, and we are grateful to the reader who contacted us to point out our mistake. We updated both the headline and the article at 1140 on 16 May 2019. We are sincerely sorry for our mistake and any hurt we may hav…
thecanary.co/uk/analysis/2019/05/14/the-heat-intensifies-on-michael-gove-to-bring-an-end-to-this-archaic-cruel-and-devastating-industry/

°Palestina será libre!
Editor | workers.org | 2019-05-14
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
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Minneapolis protest demands: Sanctuary for all, no to border militarization!
Fight Back | fightbacknews.org | 2019-05-14
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…
http://www.fightbacknews.org/2019/5/13/m…

No More Deaths Trial Opens as More Bodies Discovered Along Arizona-Mexico Border
Ryan Devereaux | theintercept.com | 2019-05-14
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.
theintercept.com/2019/05/14/no-more-deat…

SPLC launches voting rights legal team, testifies before U.S. House panel in Alabama
splcenter.org | 2019-05-13
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.
splcenter.org/news/2019/05/13/splc-launc…

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

Following SPLC lawsuit, judge grants New Orleans students the chance to walk on graduation day
splcenter.org | 2019-05-13
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.org/news/2019/05/13/following-…

His Visa Was Stamped, His Papers in Order. Then He Was Targeted By a Secretive CBP Task Force
Murtaza Hussain | theintercept.com | 2019-05-13
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.
theintercept.com/2019/05/13/customs-bord…

Trump's New Policies to Limit Asylum
Staff | therealnews.com | 2019-05-12
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…
therealnews.com/stories/trumps-new-polic…

Florida Activists Fight Against Bill Preventing Former Felons from Voting
Staff | therealnews.com | 2019-05-12
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…
therealnews.com/stories/florida-activist…

Does Capitalism Mean War?
Dan Lieberman | dissidentvoice.org | 2019-05-12
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 …
dissidentvoice.org/2019/05/does-capitali…

SPLC argues in court against "turnback" policy that blocks immigrants from seeking asylum
splcenter.org | 2019-05-10
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.org/news/2019/05/10/splc-argue…

NAACP to Hold People's Hearing for Voting Rights in Birmingham
Austyn Ross | naacp.org | 2019-05-10
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 …
naacp.org/latest/naacp-hold-peoples-hear…

Workers rally around the world for May Day
pip.hinman | greenleft.org.au | 2019-05-10
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…
greenleft.org.au/content/workers-rally-around-world-may-day

Venezuela's crisis: A view from the communes
susan_p | greenleft.org.au | 2019-05-10
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…
greenleft.org.au/content/venezuela-crisis-view-communes

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

Weekend Read: Brown v. Board of Education and modern-day segregation
splcenter.org | 2019-05-10
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.org/news/2019/05/11/weekend-re…

Florida governor signs disastrous private school voucher bill
splcenter.org | 2019-05-10
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.
splcenter.org/news/2019/05/10/florida-go…

SPLC Action Fund: Alabama House Bill 380 would limit paroles, increase prison overcrowding
Ebony Howard, Senior Supervising Attorney | splcenter.org | 2019-05-10
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.org/news/2019/05/10/splc-actio…

Venezuela: How one local council is working to overcome the crisis through people's power
susan_p | greenleft.org.au | 2019-05-10
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…
greenleft.org.au/content/venezuela-how-one-local-council-working-overcome-crisis-through-peoples-power

Friday's Daily Brief: human rights in Colombia, Myanmar and Nigeria, global displacement, and more
United Nations | un.org | 2019-05-10
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).
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After Judge's Ruling, Charlottesville May Be Stuck With Statues of Confederate Generals Lee, Jackson
splcenter.org | 2019-05-09
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.
splcenter.org/hatewatch/2019/05/09/after…

Resist the world's tyrant
Fight Back | fightbacknews.org | 2019-05-09
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…
http://www.fightbacknews.org/2019/5/9/re…

Extremists Purge Hateful Messages After Christchurch Massacre
Keegan Hankes, Caroline Sinders and Unicorn Riot | splcenter.org | 2019-05-09
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.org/hatewatch/2019/05/09/extre…

Wisconsin: The Perfect Place to Address America's Apartheid
Jud Lounsbury | progressive.org | 2019-05-09
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?
progressive.org/dispatches/wisconsin-the…

Transgender People's Rights Are in Peril
Karen Dolan | progressive.org | 2019-05-08
The majority-conservative Supreme Court is poised to review the rules on discriminating against trans people in the workplace.
progressive.org/op-eds/transgender-peopl…

Lawsuit challenges massive overuse of solitary in Florida prisons
splcenter.org | 2019-05-08
Admire Harvard has spent nearly 10 years locked up in solitary confinement in the Florida prison system.
splcenter.org/news/2019/05/08/lawsuit-ch…

SPLC Action Fund: SB 108 puts bail bond industry before low-income Louisianans
Neil Sawhney, staff attorney for the SPLC Action Fund | splcenter.org | 2019-05-07
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.
splcenter.org/news/2019/05/07/splc-actio…

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