2019-05-21: News Headlines

Jordan Stancil (2019-05-21). At Long Last, Scandal Forces the Resignation of Austria's Neo-Nazi Vice Chancellor. thenation.com At Long Last, Scandal Forces the Resignation of Austria's Neo-Nazi Vice Chancellor…

Democracy Now! (2019-05-21). Jennifer Harbury: Deaths of Guatemalan Children at Border Have Roots in Decades of U.S.-Backed Genocide. democracynow.org Five Guatemalan children have died after being apprehended by U.S. Border Patrol since December. We look at the humanitarian crisis unfolding on the border and its ties to decades of bloody U.S. intervention in Latin America with human rights attorney Jennifer Harbury. Her husband, Efraín Bámaca Velásquez, was a Mayan comandante and guerrilla who was disappeared after he was captured by the Guatemalan army in the 1980s. After a long campaign, she found there was U.S. involvement in the cover-up of her husband's murder and torture. "We trained them. We taught them torture techniques. We funded them, and we armed t…

Staff (2019-05-21). Trump's "Genocidal" Tweets Against Iran Come With a Price. truthout.org Donald Trump threatened to wipe Iran off the map in a moment of yet-to-be-explained Twitter-rage Sunday night. "If Iran wants to fight, that will be the official end of Iran. Never threaten the United States again!" he wrote. After a few days of apparent de-escalation between the US and Iran, Trump managed to once again fuel fears of an impending war. Yet, Trump's tweet is likely more a reflection of his frustration over the failure of his pressure and coercion strategy than a carefully thought-through plan for war. | Trump is not the first U.S. official to threaten Iran with genocide. Back in 2008, then-presi…

teleSUR (2019-05-21). NZ Police File Terrorism Charges Over Christchurch Shootings. telesurenglish.net The New Zealand police have charged the man accused of murder in shootings at two Christchurch mosques in March with engaging in a terrorist act, the first time such a charge had been brought in the country's history, they said on Tuesday. | RELATED: | NZ Police Arrest Man with Suspected Explosives in Christchurch | The police filed the charges against Brenton Tarrant under the terrorism suppression legislation, they continued. "The charge will allege that a terrorist act was…

Bruce Clark (2019-05-21). The Sovereign Indigenous Power of Veto in Canada. dissidentvoice.org 1. The Supreme Court of Canada in Tsilhqot'in Nation v. British Columbia, 2014 S.C.C. 44, [2014] 2 S.C.R. 256 erred as a matter of law by interpreting section 35(1): — in breach of the maxim1 interpretatio cessat in claris [interpretation stops when a text is clear]; since, as held in R. v. Nicholas, 232 A.P.R. 248, …

Taryn Fivek (2019-05-21). An answer to attacks on abortion is classwide fightback. workers.org Banning abortion in the year 2019 will not result in a world that looks anything like life before 1973, when the U.S. Supreme Court ruled on Roe v. Wade, functionally making abortion legal in all 50 U.S. states and colonized Puerto Rico. Too much has changed since then. Struggles that . . . | Continue reading An answer to attacks on abortion is classwide fightback at Workers.org

plenglish (2019-05-21). Santrich Case Goes to Supreme Court of Colombia. plenglish.com 21 de mayo de 2019, 09: 12Bogota, May 21 (Prensa Latina) Colombia"s Supreme Court of Justice will have to solve, starting on Tuesday, the competences to try former Commander Jesus Santrich, after his defense attorneys challenged the guarantee judge.

plenglish (2019-05-21). Colombia's Supreme Court Accepts Attorney General's Resignation. plenglish.com 21 de mayo de 2019, 16: 18Bogota, May 21 (Prensa Latina) Colombian Supreme Court of Justice accepted on Tuesday Nestor Martinez"s firm resignation as Attorney General of the Nation; he alleged to leave office due to disagreements with the Special Jurisdiction for Peace (JEP).

Curt Wechsler (2019-05-21). Calling All Handmaids: Stop Fascist Attacks on Reproductive Rights. indybay.org Larkin Street side of Main Library, San Francisco…

WSWS (2019-05-21). Brazilian youth speak out during Sà£o Paulo demonstration against Bolsonaro's attacks on education. wsws.org Demonstrations on May 15 brought one million people to the streets in the first nationwide protest against the policies of Brazil's fascistic President Bolsonaro.

WSWS (2019-05-21). Le Pen's neo-fascist National Rally leads European election polls in France. wsws.org In France and internationally, far-right forces are exploiting social anger produced by the pro-war, austerity and police-state policies of social-democratic governments.

WSWS (2019-05-21). A socialist perspective against fascism and war: Successful SGP election meeting in Berlin. wsws.org On Saturday, the Sozialistische Gleichheitspartei (Socialist Equality Party, SGP) held its final meeting in Berlin for the European elections.

Staff (2019-05-21). Europeans Criminalized for Helping Migrants as Far Right Aims to Win Elections. truthout.org Five months ago, at 10 o'clock in the morning, German police arrived at the home and parish of Christian Hartung, a pastor in Rhineland-Palatinate. At the same time, they descended on the residences of four other Protestant pastors, seizing some of their cell phones, correspondence with lawyers and church records. | It was an "attempt at intimidation," Hartung told openDemocracy. The pastors have been under police investigation since 2018,…

teleSUR (2019-05-21). India's Opposition Parties Allege Vote Machine Fraud. telesurenglish.net India's main opposition parties Tuesday alleged voting fraud in the country's general election, days after exit polls predicted a comfortable win for Prime Minister Narendra Modi's ruling far right-wing party. | RELATED: | India's Brutal Torture of Kashmiri Prisoners an 'Instrument of Control': Report | Members of as many as 22 parties…

Maj. Danny Sjursen (2019-05-21). War With Iran Must Be Stopped at All Costs. truthdig.com America stands on the brink of a conflict that threatens the very future of our republic. The time has come for patriotic dissent.

plenglish (2019-05-21). Over 18,700 Migrants Wait in Mexico to Cross US Border. plenglish.com Mexico, May 21 (Prensa Latina) More than 18,7000 migrants are waiting in Mexican bordering cities to ask for asylum in the United States, experts from the University of California at San Diego (UCSD) said on Tuesday.

WSWS (2019-05-21). Trump administration shipping immigrants to sanctuary cities as fifth child dies in ICE custody. wsws.org Trump is seeking to further inundate processing centers and jails to justify the border wall as the fifth Guatemalan child has died in ICE custody since December.

Staff (2019-05-21). How Trump's Immigration Policies Led to Child Deaths at Border. truthout.org A 16 year-old Guatemalan boy died in U.S. custody Monday after spending a week in immigration jail. Carlos Gregorio Hernandez Vasquez was found dead at a Border Patrol station at Weslaco, Texas, just one day after being diagnosed with the flu. He was not hospitalized. This marks the fifth death of a Guatemalan child apprehended by Border Patrol since December. Before last year, it had been more than a decade since a child died in the custody of U.S. immigration officials. We speak with Fernando Garcia, the founding director of the Border Network for Human Rights, an advocacy organization based in El Paso, and…

South Front (2019-05-21). Syria War Report: Hama Ceasefire Initiative Failed. Clashes Ongoing. globalresearch.ca On May 17 and May 18, the Syrian Air Defense Forces (SADF) intercepted several unidentified aerial objects over Damascus and the southern part of the country. In both cases, the intercepted targets came from the southern Syria border, near the …

teleSUR (2019-05-21). 5th Guatemalan Migrant Minor Dies in US Immigration Custody. telesurenglish.net A 16-year-old Guatemalan boy died Monday in United States Customs and Border Protection (CBP) custody in Texas, officials there said, making him the fifth minor to die after being apprehended by U.S. agents since December at the border wtih Mexico. | RELATED: | US: 2-year-old Migrant Boy Dies After Crossing Border | The boy, Carlos Hernandez, was arrested…

Democracy Now! (2019-05-21). Detained, Abused & Denied Medical Care: How Trump Immigration Policies Led to Child Deaths at Border. democracynow.org A 16-year-old Guatemalan boy died in U.S. custody Monday after spending a week in immigration jail. Carlos Gregorio Hernandez Vasquez was found dead at a Border Patrol station at Weslaco, Texas, just one day after being diagnosed with the flu. He was not hospitalized. This marks the fifth death of a Guatemalan child apprehended by Border Patrol since December. Before last year, it had been more than a decade since a child died in the custody of U.S. immigration officials. We speak with Fernando Garcia, the founding director of the Border Network for Human Rights, an advocacy organization based in El Paso, and Jen…

Howard Lisnoff (2019-05-20). They're Just About Ready to Destroy Roe v. Wade. counterpunch.org Militarism, consumerism, and racism have drawn alongside, and even to, misogyny and anti-immigrant hate. The juggernaut of greed, power, and hate may be impossible to stop at this point in U.S. history. Those of goodwill have been fighting the good fight against these regressive forces for decades. When the Vietnam War ended, only a brief More

ACLU (2019-05-20). Alabama's Abortion Ban Is a Political Stunt That Will Cost Its Taxpayers. aclu.org The draconian law is a flagrantly unconstitutional attack on more than 40 years of established Supreme Court precedent. | This piece originally appeared at the Alabama Political Reporter. | For years, the Alabama legislature has been passing laws that push abortion out of reach. Now politicians have finally shown their true colors and are trying to ban abortion outright. | On Wednesday, Governor Ivey signed H.B. 314 — one of the most extreme attacks on the ri…

Staff (2019-05-20). Trump Appointees Refuse to Say They Support Brown v. Board of Education. therealnews.com 65 years ago, the Supreme Court ruled 9-0 to end school segregation. Now Trump's appointees to the federal bench and Department of Justice refuse to say they support it. What does the future hold?

Paul Hockenos (2019-05-20). Europe's Striking Climate Kids Show How to Defeat the Far Right. thenation.com Europe's Striking Climate Kids Show How to Defeat the Far Right…

Laila Lalami (2019-05-20). John Lanchester's Eerily Resonant Novel About Borders and Rising Sea Levels. thenation.com John Lanchester's Eerily Resonant Novel About Borders and Rising Sea Levels…

RT (2019-05-20). DNA pilot tests show 30% of migrants stopped at US border not related to 'their' kids – report. rt.com DNA tests of migrant children arrested at the US-Mexico border with their families have revealed the minors were not related to the adults accompanying them, the US media have reported.

Will Parrish (2019-05-20). Border Patrol Museum Demonstrators Targeted In Crackdown On Immigrant Rights Protests. shadowproof.com Four activists turned themselves in to El Paso police on May 13 after the police issued warrants for their arrest related to a nonviolent demonstration inside a United States Border Patrol museum.

Miko Peled (2019-05-20). Plea Deal in Arson-Murder Case of Israeli Settlers Epitomizes Apartheid "Justice" mintpressnews.com The miscarriage of justice in the case of Israeli settlers in the Duma arson-murders, in which an entire family was burned to death, epitomizes Israel's Apartheid "Justice" system.

Staff (2019-05-19). New Abortion Laws 'Go Against Common Sense'. therealnews.com Conservatives have launched a new attack on abortion rights, which go against both medical science and common sense, says Anoa Changa, but the point is to bring the issue to the new conservative Supreme Court majority…

Debbie Nathan (2019-05-18). A Vigilante Militia Defends an Imaginary Border. theintercept.com "Is that what we think it is?" gasped a woman on the Patriot Caravan. The MAGA- and Trump-hatted group of about 25 people were on a walking tour of the U.S.-Mexico border in the desert near El Paso, Texas. It was led by a large, garrulous man named Jim Benvie, a member of the Guardian Patriots, which used to be the United Constitutional Patriots, or UCP. | "Oh sh … It might be the coyotes bringing them in!" said another woman. | "It is what you think it is," said Benvie. As he lectured about immigrants invading America to the caravan members and the livestream audience on his phone, Benvie gazed south, past par…

SAMIR (2019-05-18). Tweet now to counter Israel's apartheid Eurovision final. bdsmovement.net Tweet now to counter Israel's apartheid Eurovision final : Action Alert | | Eurovision is being broadcast from apartheid Tel Aviv right now- join us to counter it | May 18, 2019 | By: | | Palestinian Campaign for the Academic and Cultural Boycott of Israel (PACBI)

SAMIR (2019-05-18). And the winner of Eurovision in apartheid Tel Aviv is… bdsmovement.net And the winner of Eurovision in apartheid Tel Aviv is… : PACBI StatementMore than 150,000 people, hundreds of artists and over 100 LGBT+ organizations joined our calls to boycott Eurovision 2019 | Cultural Boycott Boycott Eurovision 2019May 18, 2019 | By: | | Palestinian Campaign for the Academic and Cultural Boycott of Israel (PACBI)

pip.hinman (2019-05-17). Far right winning the social media war. greenleft.org.au A decade ago the left believed that it could use social media to outflank the established mass media. But it is the far right that now dominates social media. | Two recent events have focused attention on extreme right social media. The shooter in the Christchurch massacre was an addict of white supremacist message boards on platforms like Reddit and 4Chan. Like the alt-right platform Gab, these noticeboards are filled with overt racism, homophobia, misogyny and Hitler worship. | A very different sort of hard-right social media fuels Vox, the Spanish neo-fascist party that won 13% of the vote in the April general…

kathy_f (2019-05-17). Tamil genocide remembered, deportation opposed. greenleft.org.au More than 100 people attended a rally called by the Tamil Refugee Council on May 15. The rally combined a commemoration of the genocidal massacre of Tamils in Sri Lanka 10 years ago with opposition to the imminent deportation of a Tamil refugee family to Sri Lanka following the rejection of their appeal to the High Court. | In May 2009 tens of thousands of Tamil civilians died when the Sri Lankan army and air force bombarded them during the final weeks of the war between the Sri Lankan government and the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam. The LTTE were fighting for an independent Tamil homeland in the north and ea…

splcenter (2019-05-17). Trump is lying about immigrant crime — and the research proves it. splcenter.org Since he began campaigning, President Trump has demonized Latino immigrants as "criminals." He has called them "rapists," drug dealers, "animals" and "bad hombres" who "infest our country."

splcenter (2019-05-17). White Shadow: David Duke's Lasting Influence on American White Supremacy. splcenter.org For a failed perennial candidate, David Duke is casting a long political shadow.

Democracy Now! (2019-05-17). What Does a Post-Roe America Look Like? As Anti-Choice Laws Multiply, Many Already Are Living In It. democracynow.org Supreme Court Justice Stephen Breyer issued what many considered a dire warning from the bench this week, implying that Roe v. Wade — the landmark ruling that recognizes the constitutional right to an abortion — is in danger. He wrote the comments in a dissent for an unrelated case in which the court voted to overturn a 40 year-old precedent. Breyer wrote "Today's decision can only cause one to wonder which cases the Court will overrule next." We speak to journalist Robin Marty about what a post-Roe America would look like, and how many people are already cut off from abortion access across the countr…

susan_p (2019-05-17). United States: Resisting Trump's attacks on migrants. greenleft.org.au Green Left Weekly's Jacob Andrewartha and Zane Alcorn spoke to Justin Akers Chacón, a Mexican-based, US immigrant rights activist, in Melbourne for the Marxism conference in April. | What can you tell us about the current situation in the US regarding immigration, particularly as we enter the second half of US President Donald Trump's term in office? | The situation is really dire in many ways. Trump has ratcheted up the attack on immigrants, including trying to prevent thousands of Central American asylum-seekers from even reaching the border where they could apply for asylum. | He has done this by essentially s…

Democracy Now! (2019-05-17). Immigrant Activists Maru Mora-Villalpando & Ravi Ragbir Keep Speaking Out Despite Deportation Threat. democracynow.org President Trump has unveiled plans for a new, so-called "merit-based" immigration system that would prioritize "highly-skilled" and English-speaking workers, while further restricting asylum seekers and immigrants who have family living in the United States. Although no legislative details for the plan have been revealed, Trump's proposal is likely to hit a wall in Congress, where the Democratically-led House has repeatedly clashed with the Trump administration over immigration policy. Trump's immigration policies have led to dire conditions for asylum seekers to the U.S. On Wednesday, a two-and-a-half year-old m…

Consortiumnews (2019-05-17). Waiting for Your Asylum Number to Get Called. consortiumnews.com Colonel Ann Wright reports on the life in limbo for people along the southern border who are applying for refuge in the U.S. By Ann Wright Roots Action The U.S.-Mexico border at the Pacific Ocean is composed of two very… Read more →

Democracy Now! (2019-05-17). Headlines for May 17, 2019. democracynow.org Trump Immigration Plan Favors Job Skills Over Asylum Claims and Family Ties, Trump Officials Reportedly Clash Over U.S. Sabre-Rattling With Iran, UNICEF Chief Calls Yemen War "a Test of Our Humanity" That "We Are Badly Failing", Venezuelan Government Blasts U.S. Seizure of Embassy as Vienna Convention Violation, Brazilian Teachers and Students March Against Education Cuts, Mexican Journalist Francisco Romero Killed in Playa del Carmen, Lawyer Says Tennessee Prisoner "Suffered Excruciating Pain" During Execution, Alabama Prisoner Put to Death After "Pro-Life" Governor Denies Reprieve, Senate Confirms Anti-Choice A…

Ryan Devereaux (2019-05-17). Border Official Admits Targeting Journalists and Human Rights Advocates With Smuggling Investigations. theintercept.com When first confronted with evidence that it was collaborating with Mexican law enforcement in a sweeping intelligence-gathering operation targeting journalists, activists and attorneys along the U.S.-Mexico divide, Customs and Border Protection was silent. When still more evidence emerged, in the form of documents leaked by a Department of Homeland Security whistleblower, the agency dismissed the significance of the revelations as routine law enforcement work. | Now, more than four months after the story broke, CBP is owning up to its operations — in a way — and raising new questions about its treatme…

Pablo Navarrete (2019-05-17). Brian Eno on Eurovision in Israel. thecanary.co Musician Brian Eno explains why Israel hosting Eurovision is a propaganda coup for the apartheid state. | By Pablo Navarrete

Ben Norton (2019-05-16). New NATO-approved US monument honors fascist Lithuanian Nazi collaborator as anti-Soviet hero. thegrayzone.com A new monument in Chicago celebrates US-born Lithuanian Nazi collaborator Adolfas Ramanauskas "Vanagas," who led a fascist militia that massacred…

Michael Edison Hayden (2019-05-16). Mysterious Neo-Nazi Advocated Terrorism for Six Years Before Disappearance. splcenter.org "Alexander Slavros," a pseudonymous Eastern European essayist and founder of the neo-fascist forum Iron March, no longer appears online under that alias — but his ideology, rooted in thoughts of violence, racial conquest and fascist purity, is spreading.

splcenter (2019-05-16). Weekend Read: Our "irredeemably dysfunctional" immigration courts. splcenter.org On January 1, 1892, Ellis Island opened as an immigration inspection station. More than 40 percent of people currently living in the United States are among, or are descendants of, the 12 million immigrants who passed through its doors.

splcenter (2019-05-16). SPLC: Congress should dismiss President Trump's dubious 'merit-based' immigration plan in favor of real reform. splcenter.org 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.

Democracy Now! (2019-05-16). Headlines for May 16, 2019. democracynow.org Alabama Governor Signs Nation's Most Restrictive Anti-Choice Law, Missouri Senate Votes to Ban Most Abortions After 8 Weeks, Trump Declares National Emergency, Blacklisting Chinese Telecom Huawei, Trump Delays Plans for Tariffs on Foreign Cars and Auto Parts, Trump to Announce "Merit-Based" Immigration Plan to Limit Asylum Cases, Family Reunifications, White House Refuses House Judiciary Committee Request for Documents, U.S. Won't Join "Christchurch Call" Against Online Extremism, Six Civilians Killed in Yemen as Saudi-Led Coalition Bombs Fall on Sana'a, Sudanese Troops Fire on Pro-Democracy Protesters as Militar…

splcenter (2019-05-15). Setting the record straight: Real talk about immigration courts. splcenter.org 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.