2019-06-02: News Headlines

John Catalinotto (2019-06-02). Imprisoned soldiers rebelled during Vietnam War. workers.org The following report is based on a chapter in Catalinotto's book, "Turn the Guns Around: Mutinies, Soldier Revolts and Revolutions" (World View Forum, 2017), which tells the story of the American Servicemen's Union, an anti-war, anti-racist organization of U.S. active-duty service members during 1968-75. On the evening of June 5, . . . | Continue reading Imprisoned soldiers rebelled during Vietnam War at Workers.org

Register Peace & Freedom or Green (2019-06-02). Abortion Bans; S.F. Anti-Abortion Marches; Free Abortion on Demand. indybay.org As the United States gets ready to join the backward countries of the world with a ban on abortion, we must ask, how did we get to this point? Why have the Democrats been promoting anti-abortion candidates? How did at least 5 anti-abortion Supreme Court justices get confirmed? Why didn't Democrat Obama who had a Democratic majority Congress in both houses in his first two years sign a law legalizing abortion so we would not have to depend on a pro-abortion majority in the Supreme Court? What kind of society is this that allows constant wars on women and the right to abortion? Why don't we have free abortion on de…

Karleigh Chardonnay Merlot (2019-06-02). Connecticut activists speak against police violence with a silent march. liberationnews.org "How can I stop marching if the discrimination hasn't stopped?"

CGTN Africa (2019-06-02). Man found hiding behind car glove box in desperate attempt to enter Europe. cgtn.com An African man was found crammed behind the glove box of a car in a bid to get to Europe. | He was one of four people spotted in vehicles on the same day by authorities in Morocco and the Spanish enclave of Melilla, North Africa. | Three people including a 15-year-old girl were found in separate cars at the Beni-Enzar border between Morocco and Melilla on May 24. | Two hid in special compartments behind the dashboard and a third was under a rear seat. | Two were treated by medics for asphyxia, disorientation and joint pain. | A fourth person was also found on May 24 under a truck in the Melilla port. | In rece…

Cora Currier (2019-06-01). How a California Community Helped Hundreds of Migrants the Border Patrol Dropped at a Greyhound Station. theintercept.com In San Bernardino, volunteers scrambled to provide the mostly Guatemalan arrivals with the help and logistical support that Border Patrol did not.

Colin Benjamin (2019-06-01). Reggae Artist Macka B Releases Song To "Kick Racism Out Of Football" In England And Europe. blackstarnews.com Reggae artist Macka B above with Rap legend Fredro Starr, of Onyx, in Los Angeles, in 2018… | Reggae artist Macka B has joined the fight against racism in European soccer [also called football] with his recently released single entitled "Kick Racism Out Of Football." | Macka B's song was inspired by Manchester City soccer player Raheem Sterling who stood firm against the racist verbal taunts fans of the Chelsea soccer team spewed his way during a game last December. Sterling was previously physically attacked and kicked in December 2017, outside the Manchester City training facility. Sterling, then 23, was call…

Maha Hilal (2019-06-01). There's a Simple Explanation for Racial Disparities in Terrorism Prosecutions: Racism. commondreams.org A Black Lives Matter protest, November 2015. (Photo: Johnny Silvercloud, Flickr) | https://www.commondreams.org/sites/defau…

Debbie Nathan (2019-05-31). Vigilantes Helped Steve Bannon's Group With Private Border Wall Near El Paso. theintercept.com People in the El Paso area were stunned to learn on Memorial Day that a new segment of border wall had just sprung up in their midst, seemingly out of nowhere. Though it is already hundreds of feet long and snakes up a high mountain, it was initiated secretly, in just a few days, on private property that for long has been so off-limits to the public that even reporters have feared going near. | The massive, imposing barrier is planned to be about a half-mile long. It's being erec…

RT (2019-05-31). NSA targeting system now deployed along Mexican border, leaked docs reveal. rt.com A top-secret NSA targeting system which dramatically increased the civilian death toll in Afghanistan and Iraq has made its way back home, according to leaked documents boasting of its use on the US-Mexico border.

kathy_f (2019-05-31). The fight against the racist Ramsay Centre continues. greenleft.org.au Eighty people gathered at Sydney University on May 23 for a forum "Ramsay and the new academic racism", to hear speakers condemn the Ramsay Centre's proposed Western Civilisation degree. | Chaired by Robert Boncardo (lecturer at Sydney University's School of Languages and Cultures), the speakers included Layla Mkhayber (undergraduate student, Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences), Dr Nesrine Basheer (Arabic Language and Cultures) and Jeff Sparrow (Guardian Australia columnist and author) | The Ramsay Centre is a right-wing think tank, established by the wealthy philanthropist Paul Ramsay. It is chaired by former…

Fight Back (2019-05-31). Call to Refound the National Alliance Against Racist and Political Repression. fightbacknews.org Fight Back News Service is circulating the following call to refound the National Alliance Against Racist and Political Repression. | We issue this Call in a sense of outrage in the face of increasing racist violence and political repression towards working class and Black and Brown communities. | We are currently facing a national epidemic of state-sponsored violence perpetrated by police and vigilantes targeting the oppressed Black, Latinx, immigrant, indigenous, LGBTQ, non-binary, gender non-conforming, and gender fluid communities. Black Trans women are also being harassed and killed at record rates. | We are…

susan_p (2019-05-31). Italy: Big win for far right Salvini in European elections. greenleft.org.au In all likelihood, the next European Parliament will still be led by a pro-European Union (EU) coalition, including the European People's Party (PPE) and the Progressive Alliance of Socialists and Democrats (S&D), despite both parties experiencing a drop in votes. | To form a majority the PPE and S&D will need to expand their coalition to include the Alliance of Liberals and Democrats for Europe (ALDE), which had their best result ever, winning 107 seats. | The right-wing nationalist Europe of Nations and Freedom (ENL), raised their vote to 8%, which translates to 57 seats. | The good news is that the Greens (Gre…

susan_p (2019-05-31). Greta Thunberg: 'Act as if your life depended on it, because it does'. greenleft.org.au Hundreds of thousands of students and environmentalists took to the streets around the world as part of the Global Strike for Future climate actions on May 24. Elections for the European Parliament took place two days later, on May 26 and resulted in Greens (along with the far right) gaining votes. | In Copenhagen, Denmark, 40,000 people took part in the People's Climate March on May 25. Swedish student and environmentalist Greta Thunberg addressed the rally. An abridged transcript of Thunberg's speech follows. | * * * | It is absolutely crazy that things have gone so far that children feel like they must sacrifi…

Elaine Margolin (2019-05-31). Ordinary Chauvinism and a Little-Known Massacre. truthdig.com "The House of the Pain of Others: Chronicle of a Small Genocide" | Purchase in the Truthdig Bazaar | "The House of the Pain of Others: Chronicle of a Small Genocide" | A book by Julian Herbert. Translated from the Spanish by Christina MacSweeney | If you're not familiar with 47-year-old Julian Herbert, you should be. Herbert is a literary magician of the highest order, a talented and inno…

United Nations (2019-05-31). Asylum seekers in Sri Lanka fear for their safety, in wake of Easter Sunday terror attacks. un.org Since the suicide bombings in Sri Lanka on April 21, there have been concerns for the safety of refugees and asylum seekers living in the country: in the immediate aftermath, there were reports of refugees being targeted and forced from their homes by angry mobs threatening reprisals for the Easter Sunday attacks which targeted Christian churches, as well as upscale hotels.

Bryan Wall (2019-05-31). Asylum seekers tell Irish committee chilling stories and ask government to 'treat them as human beings'. thecanary.co Asylum seekers in Ireland have spoken out about their treatment by the government. Appearing in front of a committee on justice and equality, they pointed to the cruelty and unfairness of Ireland's asylum system. They argued that they "are human beings", and all they ask "is that we be treated as such". | "St…

MAIL (2019-05-31). Headlines for May 31, 2019. democracynow.org Trump Threatens Tariffs on Mexican Goods in Bid to Halt Migrants, Trump Administration Plan Would Bar Most Central Americans from Seeking Asylum, Louisiana Governor Signs Anti-Choice Bill as Missouri's Last Abortion Clinic Is Set to Close, GOP Gerrymandering Expert Led Push to Add Citizenship Question to Census, Civilians Flee Russian-Backed Syrian Assault on Last Rebel-Held Province, North Korea Executes Special Envoy to the U.S. After Failed Trump Summit, Colombia Releases Ex-Guerrilla Leader Wanted by the U.S. on Drug Charges, U.S. Drug Agency Targeted Honduran President in Cocaine Trafficking Probe, Hondurans…

splcenter (2019-05-31). Weekend Read: Challenging the whitewashed history of women's suffrage. splcenter.org Last week, members of the U.S. House of Representatives wore yellow roses to commemorate the passage of the 19th Amendment in the lower chamber on May 21, 1919.

splcenter (2019-05-31). Guest worker sexually harassed at gunpoint, cheated out of pay, and forced to live in dilapidated trailer. splcenter.org After another week of backbreaking, 12-hour days of raking pine straw and suckering tobacco in the hot sun, Esperanza awoke one night to the sound of Carlos, her boss, banging on the outside door of the dilapidated trailer she called home.

susan_p (2019-05-31). Peterloo: A defining moment in the struggle for democracy in Britain. greenleft.org.au Peterloo | Written & directed by Mike Leigh | Starring Rory Kinnear, Maxine Peake & Pearce Quigley | In cinemas now | *** | The international release of British director Mike Leigh's new film Peterloo marks 200 years since the infamous 1819 Peterloo Massacre in Manchester, England. On August 16 that year, a crowd estimated at up to 80,000 gathered in St Peter's Fields to demand parliamentary reform and an extension of voting rights. | On the orders of the government in London and reactionary local magistrates, armed troops and militias arrested the protest leaders and then charged into the crowd. They killed at l…

Staff (2019-05-31). A Dead Republican Strategist's Work Could Destroy Voting Rights in America. therealnews.com A Common Cause court case opposing Republican gerrymandering in North Carolina revealed that Trump officials lied about the 2020 census citizenship question in order to maintain "White" and "Republican Power"

Special To The Black Star News (2019-05-30). As Trump Administration Calls on SCOTUS to End DACA Polling Shows Americans Favor Citizenship For Dreamers. blackstarnews.com Trump continues his xenophobic immigration policies seeking Supreme Court help to end DACA… | CNN's Ariane de Vogue reports that the Trump administration Department of Justice is calling on the U.S. Supreme Court to hear a Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) case as soon as possible — seeking to officially end the popular and successful program. | Meanwhile, new polling from Global Strategy Group and released today by FWD.us lobby group underscores that the American people are overwhelmingly on the side of Dreamers and reject attempts to strip protections and opportunities from Dreamers. If the…

RT (2019-05-30). University cancels 'reporting on far right' class by disgraced fact-checker due to lack of interest. rt.com New York University has canceled an undergraduate journalism class entitled 'Reporting on the Far Right' after only two students signed up. The controversial lecturer quit her fact-checking job last year for false reporting.

MAIL (2019-05-30). Trump Admin's Move to Delay Placing Harriet Tubman on $20 Bill Is "Rooted in Misogyny & Racism" democracynow.org The Trump administration is under fire for delaying plans to replace Andrew Jackson's portrait on the $20 bill with abolitionist leader Harriet Tubman. Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin made the announcement last week, saying Tubman won't appear on the bill until at least 2026. Under a 2016 Obama initiative, Tubman was originally scheduled to replace Andrew Jackson by 2020—the 100th anniversary of women being granted the right to vote. She will be the first woman in over a century and the first African American to appear on the front of a U.S. banknote. Andrew Jackson was a slaveholder who in 1830 signed th…

splcenter (2019-05-30). SPLC lawsuit: ICE illegally denying parole to asylum seekers in Southeast. splcenter.org The SPLC and the American Civil Liberties Union of Louisiana filed suit today against the Trump administration for categorically denying release to hundreds of people who are languishing in immigration prisons after lawfully seeking asylum in the United States.

Henrik Moltke (2019-05-29). Mission Creep: How the NSA's Game-Changing Targeting System Built for Iraq and Afghanistan Ended Up on the Mexico Border. theintercept.com The revolutionary NSA system merged different sources of electronic surveillance to rapidly map enemy fighters. The ramifications are still being felt.

Staff (2019-05-29). Six Children Have Died While in ICE Custody — Why? therealnews.com Undocumented immigrants seeking asylum are being separated from their children and detained in prison camps as more restrictive racist policies are being imposed by Trump. We discuss the policy with the Border Rights Center Director of ACLU Texas, Astrid Dominguez…

Benjamin Timmester (2019-05-29). Dayton: KKK rally vastly outnumbered by anti-racist protest. liberationnews.org Message sent: broadest masses of workers reject all forms of divisiveness and bigotry.

MAIL (2019-05-29). ACLU Lawyer: "Abortion Today Is Still Legal in All 50 States" Despite Draconian Anti-Choice Bills. democracynow.org As states around the country ramp up their attacks on reproductive rights, the Supreme Court on Tuesday declined to rule on an Indiana law that would bar abortions based on the sex, race or disability of the fetus. The decision will keep in place a lower court's injunction on the measure. However, the Supreme Court decided to allow Indiana's so-called fetal burial law to go into effect, which stipulates that abortion clinics must dispose of fetal remains either through burial or cremation. The measure was signed into law by then-Governor Mike Pence in 2016. We speak with Alexa Kolbi-Molinas, senior staff attorney…

splcenter (2019-05-29). Delay of Harriet Tubman $20 bill undergirded by racism, misogyny. splcenter.org Throughout my life, Harriet Tubman symbolized strength, courage, and determination.

Tracy Keeling (2019-05-29). Here's how much the democrat-when-it-suits-us Remainers have now fu*ked up Britain. thecanary.co This article is one of three Opinion pieces looking at what's next for Brexit in the aftermath of the EU elections. You can also read Josh Funnell argue why Labour must now campaign fully to Remain and Frea Lockley on how racism has been the biggest winner from Brexit. | Nigel Farage's…

Fréa Lockley (2019-05-29). The only certainty of Brexit is rising racism in the UK. thecanary.co This article is one of three Opinion pieces looking at what's next for Brexit in the aftermath of the EU elections. You can also read Josh Funnell argue why Labour must now campaign fully to Remain and Tracy Keeling on why Labour mustn't support a second referen…

Joshua Funnell (2019-05-29). Corbyn-supporting Labour members like me have tried to make Brexit work, but it's time to dump it completely. thecanary.co This article is one of three Opinion pieces looking at what's next for Brexit in the aftermath of the EU elections. You can also read Tracy Keeling argue why Labour mustn't support a second referendum and Frea Lockley on how racism has been the biggest winner from Brexit. | You don't hear much about people like…

Staff (2019-05-28). The New Authoritarians. therealnews.com David Renton discusses his new book The New Authoritarians: Convergence on the Right. Although the new wave of right-wing politicians is not fascist, it is dangerous and must be studied closely in order for the left to have a chance to fight back. The book focuses on the U.S, UK and France, and shows the…

Andre Vltchek (2019-05-28). Andre Vltchek: It Is Indifference of the Israelis That Is Killing People. mintpressnews.com As always, I was impressed by Israel's infrastructure, but not by whom it serves. South Africa, during apartheid, built some of the greatest highways in the world. For the whites. Others were forced to live in the gutter. Israel does the same.

MAIL (2019-05-28). Headlines for May 28, 2019. democracynow.org Missouri Gov. Signs 8-Week Abortion Ban as Federal Judge Blocks Mississippi Abortion Ban, Judge Blocks Redirecting of Federal Funds to Build Parts of Border Wall, European Parliament Elections See Greens and Far-Right Gain Ground But Pro-EU Parties Retain Majority, Trump Says Regime Change in Iran Not the Goal After Sending 1,500 More Troops to Region, Trump Dismisses North Korean Missile Tests, Welcomes Anti-Biden Comments, Saudi Airstrike in Yemen Kills 12 Civilians, Including 7 Children, Head of Citizenship & Immigration Agency Resigns as Trump Admin Purge Continues, Landmark Oklahoma Opioid Trial Against John…

United Nations (2019-05-28). Tuesday's Daily Brief: violence surges in Nigeria, anti-Semitism on the march, taxing pollution to tackle climate crisis, and more. un.org Tuesday's main stories include: thousands fleeing into Niger as violence surges in Nigeria; UN rights office condemns rise in anti-Semitic incidents; UN chief says tax pollution, not people for climate's sake; North Koreans trapped in vicious cycle of corruption and bribery; Ebola latest from DR Congo.

MAIL (2019-05-27). Noam Chomsky: We Must Confront the "Ultranationalist, Reactionary" Movements Growing Across Globe. democracynow.org In April, hundreds of people packed into the Old South Church in Boston to hear the world-renowned dissident and linguist Noam Chomsky speak. He looked back at the rise of fascism in the 20th century and the growing ultranationalist movements of today, from Brazil and the United States to Israel and Saudi Arabia.

MAIL (2019-05-27). Chomsky: Arrest of Assange Is "Scandalous" and Highlights Shocking Extraterritorial Reach of U.S. democracynow.org Attorneys for WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange are vowing to fight his possible extradition to the United States following his arrest in London, when British police forcibly removed Assange from the Ecuadorean Embassy, where he had taken asylum for almost seven years. In April, Democracy Now!'s Amy Goodman spoke to Noam Chomsky about Assange's arrest, WikiLeaks and American power.

Fight Back (2019-05-25). Philippines: Expect the people's resistance to rise further. fightbacknews.org Fight Back News Service is circulating the following May 22 statement by Jose Maria Sison, the National Democratic Front of the Philippines (NDFP) Chief Political Consultant. | Expect the people's resistance to rise further against the escalation of oppression and exploitation | As a result of his rigging the May 13 elections, Duterte has more than two-thirds majority in the Senate and is in a position to dictate the realization of his fascist dictatorship through charter change to bogus federalism and declare martial law nationwide at his whim. | Foreign monopoly capitalism, domestic feudalism and bureaucratic c…

splcenter (2019-05-25). Weekend Read: Waging a New War on Poverty. splcenter.org The movement for racial justice in America is inextricably linked to the fight for economic justice.

patrick (2019-05-24). Palestinians unanimously condemn German Parliament's attack on the right to boycott Israel's apartheid and colonization. bdsmovement.net Palestinians unanimously condemn German Parliament's attack on the right to boycott Israel's apartheid and colonization: UpdateThrough statements issued by both the PLO and Palestinian civil society groups, and protests at German Representative Offices, Palestinians have unanimously condemned the German Parliament's anti-Palestinian resolution attacki…

splcenter (2019-05-23). SPLC sues Alabama school board for unfairly blocking two high school seniors from their graduation. splcenter.org Two black Alabama high school seniors were unfairly suspended and barred from their graduation ceremony following an incident involving law enforcement, students and parents, according to two separate complaints the SPLC filed this week.

splcenter (2019-05-22). Teaching Tolerance magazine explores social justice educators' use of social media. splcenter.org José Vilson co-founded the EduColor collective the same year that George Zimmerman — who fatally shot unarmed black teenager Trayvon Martin — was acquitted of murder, and #BlackLivesMatter was born.

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.

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)

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.

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."

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.