Daily Archives: February 12, 2019

2019-02-12: News Headlines

CJ Hopkins (2019-02-12). How Donald Trump Finally Won Over "Liberal" Media. mintpressnews.com Maybe Donald Trump isn't as stupid as I thought. I'd hate to have to admit that publicly, but it does kind of seem like he has put one over on the liberal corporate media this time. Scanning the recent Trump-related news, I couldn't help but notice a significant decline in the number of references to Weimar, Germany, Adolf Hitler, and "the brink of fascism" that America has supposedly been teetering on since Hillary Clinton lost the election. | I Googled around pretty well, I think, bu…

Olivia Rosane (2019-02-12). Rare footage of Arizona ocelot shows what could be lost by border wall. peoplesworld.org Feline conservation group Conservation CATalyst released what it says is the first-ever trail camera footage of an endangered ocelot in Arizona on Sunday, at what the group said on its Facebook page is a "critical point" in the species' conservation. That is partly because of President Donald Trump's proposed border wall, which would restrict the …

teleSUR (2019-02-12). Maduro: 'White Supremacists, KKK' in US Threatening Venezuela. telesurenglish.net Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro said the United States is trying to create a humanitarian crisis in the Bolivarian Republic and now using humanitarian aid as a mean of justification for military intervention. | RELATED: | Study: 80% of Venezuelans Oppose Foreign Intervention | "Venezuela is a country that has dignity, and the United States has intended to create a humanitarian crisis in order to justify military intervention, "humanitarian". And this is part of that show," President N…

Democracy Now! (2019-02-12). Headlines for February 12, 2019. democracynow.org Negotiators Reach Tentative Border Funding Deal as Shutdown Looms, Trump and Beto O'Rourke Hold Rival Rallies in El Paso, Rep. Ilhan Omar Apologizes for Critical AIPAC Tweet, Report: 40% of Insects May Go Extinct in Near Future, Yemen: Grain Supplies at Risk of Rotting as Millions Face Famine Risk, Syria: Airstrikes in ISIS Stronghold Kill Scores of Civilians, Mexico: Veteran Radio Reporter Jesús Ramos Rodríguez Murdered, Mexico: LGBT Activist àìscar Cazorla Found Dead, Cameroon: Hospital Arson Kills At Least 4 Amid Mounting Violence, Honduran and Nepali TPS Holders Sue Trump Administration, WSJ: Nat'l Enq…

Ruth Conniff (2019-02-12). Showdown in El Paso: Trump and Beto's Dueling Rallies and the Uncertain Future of the Wall. progressive.org In the Lone Star State, a preview of the political battle to come.

STAFF (2019-02-12). Budget Deal Allows Far Less Money Than Trump Wanted for Wall. truthdig.com Details are yet to be released, but the agreement is expected to provide $1.4 billion for new barriers along the southern border.

Thomas Knapp (2019-02-12). "Second Shutdown" Theatrics: Heads Trump Wins, Tails America Loses. counterpunch.org Unless Congress and the Trump administration reach a new spending deal by February 15, the federal government will go back into "partial shutdown" status. As of February 10, congressional negotiators seem to be nearing agreement on a deal that includes about $2 billion in funding for President Trump's "border wall" project. Trump, as before the More

Comité No Guerra no Nato (2019-02-12). Invito al Convegno internazionale per il 70 ∞ della NATO. globalresearch.ca Consapevoli della crescente pericolosità della situazione mondiale, della drammaticità dei conflitti in atto, della accelerazione della crisi, riteniamo che sia necessario far comprendere all'opinione pubblica e ai parlamenti il rischio esistente di una grande guerra. | Essa non sarebbe in alcun …

WSWS (2019-02-12). Democrats capitulate to Trump, agree to wall funding. wsws.org As Trump was delivering another fascistic rant in the border city of El Paso, Texas, Democrats were agreeing to advance his anti-immigrant crackdown.

Joachim Hirsch and Gert Ungar (2019-02-12). What are the Alternatives to Neoliberal Globalization? indybay.org Capitalism seemed to have a more social or civilized face for a time. After Roosevelt's New Deal and the defeat of fascism, gradual development of the social state occurred in Europe. Unions were accepted. The rulers were forced to political and social concessions.

Shared by Samantha Borek (2019-02-12). BBC Journalist Violently Attacked at Rally After Trump's Anti-Press Rant. truthout.org A BBC correspondent shared on social media a video of his colleague being attacked at President Donald Trump's rally in El Paso, Texas, Monday night, laying blame with the increasingly anti-press rhetoric the president spouts at his public appearances, including at this one. | Around the time Trump told the crowd that a wall at the southern U.S. border would cut down on violent crime in the U.S., cameraman Ron Skeans was violently shoved by a Trump supporter wearing a "Make America Great Again" hat. The attacker was filmed shouting, "F…

Shared by candice (2019-02-12). Resisting the Weaponization of Ignorance in the Age of Trump. truthout.org Ignorance now rules the U.S. Not the simple, if somewhat innocent ignorance that comes from an absence of knowledge, but a malicious ignorance forged in the arrogance of refusing to think hard about an issue. We most recently saw this exemplified in Donald Trump's disingenuousness 2019 State of the Union address in which he lied about the amount of drugs streaming across the southern border, demonized the immigrant community with racist attacks, misrepresented the facts regarding the degree of violence at the border, and employed an antiwar rhetoric while he has repeatedly threatened war with Iran and Venezuel…

WSWS (2019-02-12). Australian government claims credit for release of detained Bahraini footballer, but refuses to assist Julian Assange. wsws.org Politicians who have abrogated the right to seek asylum and joined the persecution of Julian Assange have postured as champions of persecuted refugees.

Middle East Monitor (2019-02-12). US Congresswomen Openly Endorse BDS Movement. theantimedia.com (MEMO) — The first two Middle East Congresswomen, Ilhan Omar and Rashida Tlaib, have openly endorsed the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) movement. Michigan congresswoman Tlaib said on Saturday that she wanted to highlight "issues such as racism and Israel's violations of the Palestinians' human rights". Meanwhile Omar, the congresswoman for Minnesota, said she is working …

Rachel M. Cohen (2019-02-12). Unions See an Opening in the Wake of a Ruling That Was Supposed to Finish Them Off. theintercept.com At a conference in Washington, labor leaders said their losses following the Supreme Court's decision in Janus were not as severe as they had feared.

Jake Johnson, staff writer (2019-02-12). Nearly 15,000 Counter Trump Event With El Paso Rally to Reject 'Hatred and Bigotry'. commondreams.org "We're standing together to show them the truth about our border community. A border wall is not needed, there is no immigration crisis, and asylum seekers have rights." | https://www.commondreams.org/sites/defau…

RT (2019-02-12). 'Sorry, not sorry?' Ilhan Omar apologizes for 'anti-Semitic' tweet, reigniting controversy. rt.com Freshman Minnesota congresswoman Ilhan Omar has been forced to apologize by senior House Democrats for a series of "anti-Semitic" tweets — but her apology has set off another round of hysteria for not being apologetic enough.

RT (2019-02-12). Congress reaches last-minute deal to avoid another government shutdown… 'in principle'. rt.com US lawmakers say they have averted another partial government shutdown, reaching enough of a deal on border security to keep the government open through September 30, though the particulars remain up in the air.

WSWS (2019-02-12). London Book Launch: Why Are They Back? The return of fascism in Germany and the lessons of history. wsws.org The English edition of Why Are They Back? Historical falsification, political conspiracy and the return of fascism in Germany will be launched by Mehring Books in London on Sunday, March 17.

Shared by Samantha Borek (2019-02-12). Shutdown Deal Corners Trump — But He Could Still Wreak Havoc. truthout.org Another week, another adult dose of whiplash chaos. Is that even a thing? It is now. | Sunrise on Tuesday morning brought news that the "shutdown committee" had cobbled together a bipartisan agreement "in principle" to avoid yet another government closure. According to reports, the deal will include $1.375 billion for 55 miles of border fencing and caps the overall number of detention beds Immigration and Customs Enforcement will be allowed to maintain. Democrats dropped their…

Dave Zirin (2019-02-11). Cubs Ownership Has a Racism Problem. thenation.com Cubs Ownership Has a Racism Problem…

Democracy Now! (2019-02-11). Headlines for February 11, 2019. democracynow.org Shutdown Talks Stall as Friday Deadline Looms, Virginia: Gov. Northam Refuses to Step Down Amid Racism Crisis, Second Woman Accuses Virginia Lt. Gov. Fairfax of Rape, Venezuela: U.S. and Russia Dig In at U.N. with Rival Resolutions, Venezuela: Standoff over Aid Pits Military Against Guaidó Supporters, Rio: At Least 13 Dead in Shootout, Haiti: At Least 2 Killed in Anti-Government Protests, Gaza: Israeli Forces Kill 2 Teenage Protesters, Acting Pentagon Chief: No Orders to Withdraw U.S. Troops from Afghanistan, AMI, Saudi Official Respond After Bezos Accuses Nat'l Enquirer of Blackmail, Denver Public School Teacher…

Richard Falk (2019-02-11). Denouncing Socialism, Practicing Fascism. globalresearch.ca With Trump the silences are usually as expressive of his intentions as the incoherent dogmas. Indeed, his Second State of the Union Address (delivered in Congress on February 5, 2019) gives a clear insight into the political mentality of tormentor …

Democracy Now! (2019-02-11). Glenn Greenwald Defends Rep. Ilhan Omar: Criticizing Israeli Lobby & AIPAC Is Not Anti-Semitic. democracynow.org Democratic Congressmember Ilhan Omar of Minnesota is facing criticism today after commenting on a tweet by Glenn Greenwald. On Sunday, Greenwald tweeted, "GOP Leader Kevin McCarthy threatens punishment for @IlhanMN and @RashidaTlaib over their criticisms of Israel. It's stunning how much time US political leaders spend defending a foreign nation even if it means attacking free speech rights of Americans." Rep. Omar retweeted his post and added the line: "It's all about the Benjamins baby." She later named AIPAC as the organization paying American politicians to be pro-Israel.

splcenter (2019-02-11). Judge: Alabama's prison system violates Eighth Amendment, "deliberately indifferent" to mental health of people in solitary confinement. splcenter.org In another stunning rebuke of Alabama's prison system, a federal judge ruled today that the Alabama Department of Corrections (ADOC) violated the Eighth Amendment and that it was "deliberately indifferent" in its failure to adequately monitor the mental health of incarcerated people in solitary confinement.

splcenter (2019-02-11). When Right-Wing Fundraising Goes Wrong: An Alaska Militia Founder Is Suing His Onetime Benefactors. splcenter.org Alaska militiaman Schaeffer Cox needed help and he knew it.

Fight Back (2019-02-11). Anti-War protesters say 'No' to Klobuchar presidential bid. fightbacknews.org Minneapolis, MN – A contingent of demonstrators braved the cold and dense snowfall, February 10, establishing an anti-war presence at Boom Island Park, where Minnesota Senator Amy Klobuchar announced her 2020 presidential bid. | Klobuchar has a long history of voting with Republicans on the issues of foreign intervention and militarism, to include voting "Yea" on bills that imposed economic sanctions on Syria and Iran, added $61 billion to the defense budget, extended the expiration date of the PATRIOT Act, and authorized President Trump to transfer precision guided munitions to the Israeli apartheid regime. She…

ACLU (2019-02-11). The Supreme Court Is Playing Favorites With Religion. aclu.org The court's recent decisions threaten religious neutrality — the "clearest command" of the Establishment Clause. | Last week, the Supreme Court permitted the state of Alabama to execute a Muslim man, Domineque Ray, without his religious advisor present. The court's 5-4 decision reversed an emergency lower-court order that had temporarily delayed the execution because of grave concerns that Alabama's pr…

Rebecca Gordon (2019-02-11). Trump Is Exploiting the National Guard. thenation.com Trump Is Exploiting the National Guard…

STAFF (2019-02-11). Trump Aims to Turn Border Debate His Way With El Paso Rally. truthdig.com Risking yet another government shutdown, the president is making a renewed push to secure funding for his long-promised wall.

Adam Johnson, FAIR (2019-02-11). Western Media Fall in Lockstep for Cheap Trump/Rubio Venezuela Aid PR Stunt. venezuelanalysis.com FAIR's Adam Johnson unravels some press mistruths about the USAID on the Venezuelan border.

RT (2019-02-11). 'Back to school necklaces': Outcry after Long Island school posts bizarre noose poster. rt.com A Long Island middle school is under fire over a classroom collage depicting two nooses as "back to school necklaces," which has been described a highly offensive and racist by shocked locals.

Shared by Hezvo Mpunga (2019-02-11). Elliott Abrams: The War Criminal Running US Policy in Venezuela. therealnews.com The recently named US Special Envoy on Venezuela, Elliott Abrams, is back in the halls of power after a career of supporting dictators, violence and genocide around the world

RT (2019-02-11). Racism or just an ugly shoe? Katy Perry's new 'blackface' footwear sparks outrage. rt.com Retailers have been removing Katy Perry's new sandals and loafers, designed to resemble a human face, after their 'black' version got slammed for being racially insensitive. The news has received a mixed response on Twitter.

RT (2019-02-11). 'All about the Benjamins': Ilhan Omar sparks Twitter backlash over 'anti-Semitic' post. rt.com Rep Ilhan Omar's tweet that US politicians' support for Israel is 'all about the Benjamins' sparked a furious backlash on Twitter, with cries of anti-Semitism from some, while others detailed the Israeli lobby's influence.

RT (2019-02-10). Trump says Democrats seek new shutdown as distraction from scandals, as border talks stall. rt.com As US border security talks apparently reach another stalemate with a new government shutdown looming on the horizon, President Donald Trump has blamed Democrats for the development by saying they need a distraction.

Greg Grandin (2019-02-10). How the U.S. Weaponized the Border Wall. theintercept.com Migrants die and disappear in staggeringly high numbers along the U.S.-Mexico border, as Washington over the years has shut down relatively safe, traditional urban entry points, forcing border crossers into hostile desert terrain. Migrants also sustain severe life-threatening or crippling injuries. They fall into mine shafts and break their backs. Dehydration damages their kidneys. Others are bitten by snakes or injured in chases. The tall metal fences that run as barriers along segments of the border also serve as weapons. Migrants sever limbs climbing the barriers and break bones falling off them. | "Border-rel…

Democracy Now! (2019-02-08). Planned Parenthood: SCOTUS Halts Louisiana Abortion Law for Now, But Roe v. Wade Fate Uncertain. democracynow.org The Supreme Court has temporarily blocked a restrictive Louisiana anti-choice law from going into effect Thursday, in a major victory for reproductive rights advocates. The case was seen as a litmus test for determining whether millions of women across the nation will continue to have access to abortions. The divided court ruled 5 to 4 in favor of an emergency appeal by a Louisiana-based abortion provider, Hope Medical Group for Women, to temporarily block a Republican-backed law that could have left the state with just a single doctor legally allowed to perform abortions. The law requires doctors who perform abo…

Paul Street (2019-02-08). Why Ann Coulter Has Power: U.S. Politics are Authoritarian by Design. counterpunch.org Recently a correspondent from overseas wrote to ask me how it is that Donald Trump perseveres with his absurd nativist demand — replete with threats of a second government shut-down or a Declaration of National Emergency — for a completed wall to stop a fake and racist brown menace on the southern United States border despite the fact that his demand and his threats are opposed by a solid majority of U.S.-Americans. More

splcenter (2019-02-08). League of the South Member Tyler Davis Takes Plea for Beating Man After 'Unite the Right'. splcenter.org A member of the neo-Confederate group League of the South has taken a plea for his role in the beating of DeAndre Harris in the hours after the racist "Unite the Right" rally in Charlottesville, Virginia.

splcenter (2019-02-08). Weekend Read: It's not going well for Gab. splcenter.org

splcenter (2019-02-08). SPLC statement on removal of provisions that protect consumers from predatory lenders. splcenter.org We are deeply disappointed in a decision this week by the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) to rescind rules that would have protected consumers from predatory lenders.

splcenter (2019-02-08). SPLC, victims' families demand comprehensive ADOC reform as suicide toll increases. splcenter.org Following another suicide of a person under the care of the Alabama Department of Corrections (ADOC) this week, victims' families, their attorney, and representatives from the SPLC met on the steps of the Alabama State Capitol today, urging state officials to address the need for comprehensive criminal justice reform.

Rann Miller (2019-02-08). It's Not Just Ralph Northam—Anti-Blackness is 'Vintage Americana'. progressive.org It's Black Lives Matter at School Week, but black children in continue to suffer because America isn't ready to confront its anti-blackness.

Democracy Now! (2019-02-08). Headlines for February 8, 2019. democracynow.org Supreme Court Temporarily Blocks Louisiana Abortion Law, Green New Deal: Rep. Ocasio-Cortez & Sen. Markey Introduce Landmark Resolution, U.S. Spy Agencies: Saudi Crown Prince Said He Would Go After Khashoggi "With a Bullet", Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos Accuses National Enquirer of "Extortion and Blackmail", Report: U.S.-Based Plane Caught Bringing Arms into Venezuela, U.S. Special Envoy Elliott Abrams Rules Out Negotiations with Maduro, Senate Judiciary Committee Narrowly Backs William Barr to Become Attorney General, Acting AG Matthew Whitaker to Testify on Capitol Hill, Arizona Prisoner Dies Weeks After Warning "I Am…

ACLU (2019-02-08). In Alabama, a Muslim Man Was Denied the Presence of His Imam During His Execution. aclu.org The Supreme Court's ruling to move forward with Domineque Ray's execution violates the Establishment Clause's principle of religious neutrality. | Domineque Ray was pronounced dead last night at 10: 12 p.m. Thirty minutes prior, his execution by lethal injection began. | His last words were a proclamation of his Muslim faith in Arabic. But Ray's imam was missing from the room, despite Ray's repeated requests to the state for his imam's presence. In the days leading up to his death, Ray w…

unitedEditor (2019-02-08). U.S. Government Shutdown: Disagreement or Distraction? uwidata.com It's the biggest showdown of Donald Trump's presidency yet. The Democratic Party leadership are clashing swords with Trump's administration over the controversial border wall. The struggle has already resulted in the longest and most devastating government shutdown in U.S. history. Democrats have shut down our government in the interests of their far left base. […]

Ryan Devereaux (2019-02-08). Journalists, Lawyers, and Activists Working on the Border Face Coordinated Harassment From U.S. and Mexican Authorities. theintercept.com The Intercept has uncovered a pattern of official harassment aimed at journalists covering migrant caravans in Mexico, as well as attorneys and activists.

Mehdi Hasan (2019-02-08). Rising Star Matt Gaetz Represents Everything That's Wrong With Trump's Republican Party. theintercept.com The Florida congressperson tried to expel a grieving father from a hearing on gun violence, and he has voiced racist ideas and conspiracy theories.

Democracy Now! (2019-02-07). Political Scientist: Blackface Is a National Problem & Virginia's Top Officials Must Step Down. democracynow.org A reckoning about racism and sexual assault has left Virginia's government in disarray, with the state's top three elected officials—all Democrats—facing political crises that threaten to upend their careers and the state's leadership. The controversy that has enveloped Virginia since Governor Ralph Northam admitted last week to wearing blackface took a shocking turn Wednesday, when Attorney General Mark Herring also admitted to wearing blackface at a college party. Just days prior, Herring—who is second in line for Virginia's governorship—had called for Governor Northam to resign. The fir…

2019-02-12: Social Media Postees

How Donald Trump Finally Won Over "Liberal" Media
CJ Hopkins | mintpressnews.com | 2019-02-12
Maybe Donald Trump isn't as stupid as I thought. I'd hate to have to admit that publicly, but it does kind of seem like he has put one over on the liberal corporate media this time. Scanning the recent Trump-related news, I couldn't help but notice a significant decline in the number of references to Weimar, Germany, Adolf Hitler, and "the brink of fascism" that America has supposedly been teetering on since Hillary Clinton lost the election. | I Googled around pretty well, I think, bu…
mintpressnews.com/how-donald-trump-final…

Maduro: 'White Supremacists, KKK' in US Threatening Venezuela
teleSUR | telesurenglish.net | 2019-02-12
Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro said the United States is trying to create a humanitarian crisis in the Bolivarian Republic and now using humanitarian aid as a mean of justification for military intervention. | RELATED: | Study: 80% of Venezuelans Oppose Foreign Intervention | "Venezuela is a country that has dignity, and the United States has intended to create a humanitarian crisis in order to justify military intervention, "humanitarian". And this is part of that show," President N…
telesurenglish.net/news/Maduro-White-Sup…

"Second Shutdown" Theatrics: Heads Trump Wins, Tails America Loses
Thomas Knapp | counterpunch.org | 2019-02-12
Unless Congress and the Trump administration reach a new spending deal by February 15, the federal government will go back into "partial shutdown" status. As of February 10, congressional negotiators seem to be nearing agreement on a deal that includes about $2 billion in funding for President Trump's "border wall" project. Trump, as before the…
counterpunch.org/2019/02/12/second-shutd…

Rare footage of Arizona ocelot shows what could be lost by border wall
Olivia Rosane | peoplesworld.org | 2019-02-12
Feline conservation group Conservation CATalyst released what it says is the first-ever trail camera footage of an endangered ocelot in Arizona on Sunday, at what the group said on its Facebook page is a "critical point" in the species' conservation. That is partly because of President Donald Trump's proposed border wall, which would restrict the …
peoplesworld.org/article/rare-footage-of…

Budget Deal Allows Far Less Money Than Trump Wanted for Wall
STAFF | truthdig.com | 2019-02-12
Details are yet to be released, but the agreement is expected to provide $1.4 billion for new barriers along the southern border. | The post Budget Deal Allows Far Less Money Than Trump Wanted for Wall appeared first on Truthdig: Expert Reporting, Current News, Provocative Columnists.
truthdig.com/articles/budget-deal-allows…

Showdown in El Paso: Trump and Beto's Dueling Rallies and the Uncertain Future of the Wall
Ruth Conniff | progressive.org | 2019-02-12
In the Lone Star State, a preview of the political battle to come.
progressive.org/dispatches/el-paso-trump…

Invito al Convegno internazionale per il 70 ∞ della NATO
Comité No Guerra no Nato | globalresearch.ca | 2019-02-12
Consapevoli della crescente pericolosità della situazione mondiale, della drammaticità dei conflitti in atto, della accelerazione della crisi, riteniamo che sia necessario far comprendere all'opinione pubblica e ai parlamenti il rischio esistente di una grande guerra. | Essa non sarebbe in alcun … | The post Invito al Convegno internazionale per il 70 ∞ della NATO appeared first on Global Research.
globalresearch.ca/invito-al-convegno-int…

Resisting the Weaponization of Ignorance in the Age of Trump
Shared by candice | truthout.org | 2019-02-12
Ignorance now rules the U.S. Not the simple, if somewhat innocent ignorance that comes from an absence of knowledge, but a malicious ignorance forged in the arrogance of refusing to think hard about an issue. We most recently saw this exemplified in Donald Trump's disingenuousness 2019 State of the Union address in which he lied about the amount of drugs streaming across the southern border, demonized the immigrant community with racist attacks, misrepresented the facts regarding the degree of violence at the border, and employed an antiwar rhetoric while he has repeatedly threatened war with Iran and Venezuel…
truthout.org/articles/resisting-the-weap…

Nearly 15,000 Counter Trump Event With El Paso Rally to Reject 'Hatred and Bigotry'
Jake Johnson, staff writer | commondreams.org | 2019-02-12
"We're standing together to show them the truth about our border community. A border wall is not needed, there is no immigration crisis, and asylum seekers have rights." | https://www.commondreams.org/sites/defau…
commondreams.org/news/2019/02/12/nearly-…

BBC Journalist Violently Attacked at Rally After Trump's Anti-Press Rant
Shared by Samantha Borek | truthout.org | 2019-02-12
A BBC correspondent shared on social media a video of his colleague being attacked at President Donald Trump's rally in El Paso, Texas, Monday night, laying blame with the increasingly anti-press rhetoric the president spouts at his public appearances, including at this one. | Around the time Trump told the crowd that a wall at the southern U.S. border would cut down on violent crime in the U.S., cameraman Ron Skeans was violently shoved by a Trump supporter wearing a "Make America Great Again" hat. The attacker was filmed shouting, "F…
truthout.org/articles/bbc-journalist-vio…

Unions See an Opening in the Wake of a Ruling That Was Supposed to Finish Them Off
Rachel M. Cohen | theintercept.com | 2019-02-12
At a conference in Washington, labor leaders said their losses following the Supreme Court's decision in Janus were not as severe as they had feared. | The post Unions See an Opening in the Wake of a Ruling That Was Supposed to Finish Them Off appeared first on The Intercept.
theintercept.com/2019/02/12/labor-union-…

US Congresswomen Openly Endorse BDS Movement
Middle East Monitor | theantimedia.com | 2019-02-12
(MEMO) — The first two Middle East Congresswomen, Ilhan Omar and Rashida Tlaib, have openly endorsed the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) movement. Michigan congresswoman Tlaib said on Saturday that she wanted to highlight "issues such as racism and Israel's violations of the Palestinians' human rights". Meanwhile Omar, the congresswoman for Minnesota, said she is working …

US Congresswomen Openly Endorse BDS Movement

Shutdown Deal Corners Trump — But He Could Still Wreak Havoc
Shared by Samantha Borek | truthout.org | 2019-02-12
Another week, another adult dose of whiplash chaos. Is that even a thing? It is now. | Sunrise on Tuesday morning brought news that the "shutdown committee" had cobbled together a bipartisan agreement "in principle" to avoid yet another government closure. According to reports, the deal will include $1.375?billion for 55 miles of border fencing and caps the overall number of detention beds Immigration and Customs Enforcement will be allowed to maintain. Democrats dropped their…
truthout.org/articles/shutdown-deal-corn…

'Sorry, not sorry?' Ilhan Omar apologizes for 'anti-Semitic' tweet, reigniting controversy
RT | rt.com | 2019-02-12
Freshman Minnesota congresswoman Ilhan Omar has been forced to apologize by senior House Democrats for a series of "anti-Semitic" tweets — but her apology has set off another round of hysteria for not being apologetic enough. | …
rt.com/usa/451236-ilhan-omar-anti-semiti…

Australian government claims credit for release of detained Bahraini footballer, but refuses to assist Julian Assange
WSWS | wsws.org | 2019-02-12
Politicians who have abrogated the right to seek asylum and joined the persecution of Julian Assange have postured as champions of persecuted refugees.
http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2019/02/…

London Book Launch: Why Are They Back? The return of fascism in Germany and the lessons of history
WSWS | wsws.org | 2019-02-12
The English edition of Why Are They Back? Historical falsification, political conspiracy and the return of fascism in Germany will be launched by Mehring Books in London on Sunday, March 17.
http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2019/02/…

What are the Alternatives to Neoliberal Globalization?
Joachim Hirsch and Gert Ungar | indybay.org | 2019-02-12
Capitalism seemed to have a more social or civilized face for a time. After Roosevelt's New Deal and the defeat of fascism, gradual development of the social state occurred in Europe. Unions were accepted. The rulers were forced to political and social concessions.
indybay.org/newsitems/2019/02/12/1882112…

Congress reaches last-minute deal to avoid another government shutdown… 'in principle'
RT | rt.com | 2019-02-12
US lawmakers say they have averted another partial government shutdown, reaching enough of a deal on border security to keep the government open through September 30, though the particulars remain up in the air. | …
rt.com/usa/451248-congress-avoids-shutdo…

Democrats capitulate to Trump, agree to wall funding
WSWS | wsws.org | 2019-02-12
As Trump was delivering another fascistic rant in the border city of El Paso, Texas, Democrats were agreeing to advance his anti-immigrant crackdown.
http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2019/02/…

Cubs Ownership Has a Racism Problem
Dave Zirin | thenation.com | 2019-02-11
Cubs Ownership Has a Racism Problem…
thenation.com/article/chicago-cubs-joe-r…

Denouncing Socialism, Practicing Fascism
Richard Falk | globalresearch.ca | 2019-02-11
With Trump the silences are usually as expressive of his intentions as the incoherent dogmas. Indeed, his Second State of the Union Address (delivered in Congress on February 5, 2019) gives a clear insight into the political mentality of tormentor … | The post Denouncing Socialism, Practicing Fascism appeared first on Global Research.
globalresearch.ca/denouncing-socialism-p…

Judge: Alabama's prison system violates Eighth Amendment, "deliberately indifferent" to mental health of people in solitary confinement
splcenter | splcenter.org | 2019-02-11
In another stunning rebuke of Alabama's prison system, a federal judge ruled today that the Alabama Department of Corrections (ADOC) violated the Eighth Amendment and that it was "deliberately indifferent" in its failure to adequately monitor the mental health of incarcerated people in solitary confinement.
splcenter.org/news/2019/02/11/judge-alab…

When Right-Wing Fundraising Goes Wrong: An Alaska Militia Founder Is Suing His Onetime Benefactors
splcenter | splcenter.org | 2019-02-11
Alaska militiaman Schaeffer Cox needed help and he knew it.
splcenter.org/hatewatch/2019/02/11/when-…

Anti-War protesters say 'No' to Klobuchar presidential bid
Fight Back | fightbacknews.org | 2019-02-11
Minneapolis, MN – A contingent of demonstrators braved the cold and dense snowfall, February 10, establishing an anti-war presence at Boom Island Park, where Minnesota Senator Amy Klobuchar announced her 2020 presidential bid. | Klobuchar has a long history of voting with Republicans on the issues of foreign intervention and militarism, to include voting "Yea" on bills that imposed economic sanctions on Syria and Iran, added $61 billion to the defense budget, extended the expiration date of the PATRIOT Act, and authorized President Trump to transfer precision guided munitions to the Israeli apartheid regime. She…
http://www.fightbacknews.org/2019/2/11/a…

Glenn Greenwald Defends Rep. Ilhan Omar: Criticizing Israeli Lobby & AIPAC Is Not Anti-Semitic
Democracy Now! | democracynow.org | 2019-02-11
Democratic Congressmember Ilhan Omar of Minnesota is facing criticism today after commenting on a tweet by Glenn Greenwald. On Sunday, Greenwald tweeted, "GOP Leader Kevin McCarthy threatens punishment for @IlhanMN and @RashidaTlaib over their criticisms of Israel. It's stunning how much time US political leaders spend defending a foreign nation even if it means attacking free speech rights of Americans." Rep. Omar retweeted his post and added the line: "It's all about the Benjamins baby." She later named AIPAC as the organization paying American politicians to be pro-Israel.
http://www.democracynow.org/2019/2/11/gl…

The Supreme Court Is Playing Favorites With Religion
ACLU | aclu.org | 2019-02-11
The court's recent decisions threaten religious neutrality — the "clearest command" of the Establishment Clause. | Last week, the Supreme Court permitted the state of Alabama to execute a Muslim man, Domineque Ray, without his religious advisor present. The court's 5-4 decision reversed an emergency lower-court order that had temporarily delayed the execution because of grave concerns that Alabama's pr…
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Trump Aims to Turn Border Debate His Way With El Paso Rally
STAFF | truthdig.com | 2019-02-11
Risking yet another government shutdown, the president is making a renewed push to secure funding for his long-promised wall. | The post Trump Aims to Turn Border Debate His Way With El Paso Rally appeared first on Truthdig: Expert Reporting, Current News, Provocative Columnists.
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Western Media Fall in Lockstep for Cheap Trump/Rubio Venezuela Aid PR Stunt
Adam Johnson, FAIR | venezuelanalysis.com | 2019-02-11
FAIR's Adam Johnson unravels some press mistruths about the USAID on the Venezuelan border.
venezuelanalysis.com/analysis/14315

Trump Is Exploiting the National Guard
Rebecca Gordon | thenation.com | 2019-02-11
Trump Is Exploiting the National Guard…
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'All about the Benjamins': Ilhan Omar sparks Twitter backlash over 'anti-Semitic' post
RT | rt.com | 2019-02-11
Rep Ilhan Omar's tweet that US politicians' support for Israel is 'all about the Benjamins' sparked a furious backlash on Twitter, with cries of anti-Semitism from some, while others detailed the Israeli lobby's influence. | …
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Racism or just an ugly shoe? Katy Perry's new 'blackface' footwear sparks outrage
RT | rt.com | 2019-02-11
Retailers have been removing Katy Perry's new sandals and loafers, designed to resemble a human face, after their 'black' version got slammed for being racially insensitive. The news has received a mixed response on Twitter. | …
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'Back to school necklaces': Outcry after Long Island school posts bizarre noose poster
RT | rt.com | 2019-02-11
A Long Island middle school is under fire over a classroom collage depicting two nooses as "back to school necklaces," which has been described a highly offensive and racist by shocked locals. | …
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Elliott Abrams: The War Criminal Running US Policy in Venezuela
Shared by Hezvo Mpunga | therealnews.com | 2019-02-11
The recently named US Special Envoy on Venezuela, Elliott Abrams, is back in the halls of power after a career of supporting dictators, violence and genocide around the world | The post Elliott Abrams: The War Criminal Running US Policy in Venezuela appeared first on The Real News Network.
therealnews.com/stories/elliott-abrams-t…

How the U.S. Weaponized the Border Wall
Greg Grandin | theintercept.com | 2019-02-10
Migrants die and disappear in staggeringly high numbers along the U.S.-Mexico border, as Washington over the years has shut down relatively safe, traditional urban entry points, forcing border crossers into hostile desert terrain. Migrants also sustain severe life-threatening or crippling injuries. They fall into mine shafts and break their backs. Dehydration damages their kidneys. Others are bitten by snakes or injured in chases. The tall metal fences that run as barriers along segments of the border also serve as weapons. Migrants sever limbs climbing the barriers and break bones falling off them. | "Border-rel…
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Trump says Democrats seek new shutdown as distraction from scandals, as border talks stall
RT | rt.com | 2019-02-10
As US border security talks apparently reach another stalemate with a new government shutdown looming on the horizon, President Donald Trump has blamed Democrats for the development by saying they need a distraction. | …
rt.com/usa/451152-trump-democrats-border…

Why Ann Coulter Has Power: U.S. Politics are Authoritarian by Design
Paul Street | counterpunch.org | 2019-02-08
Recently a correspondent from overseas wrote to ask me how it is that Donald Trump perseveres with his absurd nativist demand — replete with threats of a second government shut-down or a Declaration of National Emergency — for a completed wall to stop a fake and racist brown menace on the southern United States border despite the fact that his demand and his threats are opposed by a solid majority of U.S.-Americans.
counterpunch.org/2019/02/08/why-ann-coul…

League of the South Member Tyler Davis Takes Plea for Beating Man After 'Unite the Right'
splcenter | splcenter.org | 2019-02-08
A member of the neo-Confederate group League of the South has taken a plea for his role in the beating of DeAndre Harris in the hours after the racist "Unite the Right" rally in Charlottesville, Virginia.
splcenter.org/hatewatch/2019/02/09/leagu…

SPLC, victims' families demand comprehensive ADOC reform as suicide toll increases
splcenter | splcenter.org | 2019-02-08
Following another suicide of a person under the care of the Alabama Department of Corrections (ADOC) this week, victims' families, their attorney, and representatives from the SPLC met on the steps of the Alabama State Capitol today, urging state officials to address the need for comprehensive criminal justice reform.
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SPLC statement on removal of provisions that protect consumers from predatory lenders
splcenter | splcenter.org | 2019-02-08
We are deeply disappointed in a decision this week by the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) to rescind rules that would have protected consumers from predatory lenders.
splcenter.org/news/2019/02/08/splc-state…

Weekend Read: It's not going well for Gab
splcenter | splcenter.org | 2019-02-08
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It's Not Just Ralph Northam–Anti-Blackness is 'Vintage Americana'
Rann Miller | progressive.org | 2019-02-08
It's Black Lives Matter at School Week, but black children in continue to suffer because America isn't ready to confront its anti-blackness.
progressive.org/dispatches/anti-blacknes…

Planned Parenthood: SCOTUS Halts Louisiana Abortion Law for Now, But Roe v. Wade Fate Uncertain
Democracy Now! | democracynow.org | 2019-02-08
The Supreme Court has temporarily blocked a restrictive Louisiana anti-choice law from going into effect Thursday, in a major victory for reproductive rights advocates. The case was seen as a litmus test for determining whether millions of women across the nation will continue to have access to abortions. The divided court ruled 5 to 4 in favor of an emergency appeal by a Louisiana-based abortion provider, Hope Medical Group for Women, to temporarily block a Republican-backed law that could have left the state with just a single doctor legally allowed to perform abortions. The law requires doctors who perform abo…
http://www.democracynow.org/2019/2/8/pla…

In Alabama, a Muslim Man Was Denied the Presence of His Imam During His Execution
ACLU | aclu.org | 2019-02-08
The Supreme Court's ruling to move forward with Domineque Ray's execution violates the Establishment Clause's principle of religious neutrality. | Domineque Ray was pronounced dead last night at 10: 12 p.m. Thirty minutes prior, his execution by lethal injection began. | His last words were a proclamation of his Muslim faith in Arabic. But Ray's imam was missing from the room, despite Ray's repeated requests to the state for his imam's presence. In the days leading up to his death, Ray w…
aclu.org/blog/religious-liberty/alabama-…

U.S. Government Shutdown: Disagreement or Distraction?
unitedEditor | uwidata.com | 2019-02-08
It's the biggest showdown of Donald Trump's presidency yet. The Democratic Party leadership are clashing swords with Trump's administration over the controversial border wall. The struggle has already resulted in the longest and most devastating government shutdown in U.S. history. Democrats have shut down our government in the interests of their far left base. […] | The post U.S. Government Shutdown: Disagreement or Distraction? appeared first on United World International.
uwidata.com/1934-u-s-government-shutdown…

Journalists, Lawyers, and Activists Working on the Border Face Coordinated Harassment From U.S. and Mexican Authorities
Ryan Devereaux | theintercept.com | 2019-02-08
The Intercept has uncovered a pattern of official harassment aimed at journalists covering migrant caravans in Mexico, as well as attorneys and activists. | The post Journalists, Lawyers, and Activists Working on the Border Face Coordinated Harassment From U.S. and Mexican Authorities appeared first on The Intercept.
theintercept.com/2019/02/08/us-mexico-bo…

Rising Star Matt Gaetz Represents Everything That's Wrong With Trump's Republican Party
Mehdi Hasan | theintercept.com | 2019-02-08
The Florida congressperson tried to expel a grieving father from a hearing on gun violence, and he has voiced racist ideas and conspiracy theories. | The post Rising Star Matt Gaetz Represents Everything That's Wrong With Trump's Republican Party appeared first on The Intercept.
theintercept.com/2019/02/08/rising-star-…

Political Scientist: Blackface Is a National Problem & Virginia's Top Officials Must Step Down
Democracy Now! | democracynow.org | 2019-02-07
A reckoning about racism and sexual assault has left Virginia's government in disarray, with the state's top three elected officials–all Democrats–facing political crises that threaten to upend their careers and the state's leadership. The controversy that has enveloped Virginia since Governor Ralph Northam admitted last week to wearing blackface took a shocking turn Wednesday, when Attorney General Mark Herring also admitted to wearing blackface at a college party. Just days prior, Herring–who is second in line for Virginia's governorship–had called for Governor Northam to resign. The fir…
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Anti-LGBT Groups Launch Movement Against Federal Equality Act
Hatewatch Staff | splcenter.org | 2019-02-07
Anti-LGBT hate group leaders and activists recently launched a new project, the #Gone2Far movement (GTFM), to oppose H.R. 2282, the federal Equality Act, which seeks to amend the Civil Rights Act of 1964 to include protections for the categories of a person's sex, sexual orientation and gender identity.
splcenter.org/hatewatch/2019/02/08/anti-…

Video: SPLC's Mary Bauer at the border, rebuts Trump on migrants
splcenter | splcenter.org | 2019-02-07
During his State of the Union address, President Trump once again demonized immigrants with blatant falsehoods as he sought to cajole Congress into funding a wall at the border.
splcenter.org/news/2019/02/07/video-splc…

Florida Anti-Immigrant Group Lobbies To Introduce Legislation Attacking Immigrants
Swathi Shanmugasundaram | splcenter.org | 2019-02-07
Anti-immigrant group Floridians for Immigration Enforcement (FLIMEN) lobbied legislators in Florida to introduce legislation mandating E-Verify and banning sanctuary measures.
splcenter.org/hatewatch/2019/02/07/flori…