Monthly Archives: March 2019

2019-03-31: News Headlines

Zachery Bowersock (2019-03-31). Islamophobic attack on San Diego area mosque: interview with Yusef Miller of Islamic Society of North County. liberationnews.org "There is no such thing as a time, since the colonization of this country, when this country has been free of racism, or sexism, or any type of xenophobia."

STAFF (2019-03-31). Israel Kills Four Palestinians on 'Great March of Return' Anniversary. truthdig.com Update: | According to the Associated Press, Israeli forces killed four Palestinians—including three teenagers—during anti-occupation protests on Saturday. Over 300 Palestinians were reportedly injured. | Earlier: | Tens of thousands of Palestinians gathered near the Israel-Gaza border fence on Saturday to mark the one-year anniversary of the weekly "Great March of Return" demonstrations and demand an end to Israel's brutal occupation. | According to Gaza health officials, Is…

Liberation Staff (2019-03-31). Colorado Springs unveils anti-homeless 'homelessness initiative'. liberationnews.org Capitalism creates, then criminalizes, poverty and homelessness.

Marjorie Cohn (2019-03-31). Lawyers Worldwide Urge International Court: Investigate Israeli Crimes. zcomm.org On the eve of the first anniversary of the "Great March of Return" at the Gaza border, lawyers and jurists around the world are calling on the prosecutor of the International Criminal Court (ICC) to investigate and prosecute Israeli crimes against the Palestinians. The International Association of Democratic Lawyers presented a petition from the International Read more…

Aaron Miguel Cantú (2019-03-31). How Trump's Border Wall Perpetuates the Legacy of Colonialism on the Rio Grande. theintercept.com It's Friday at dusk on a long stretch of dirt road in Hidalgo County, Texas, about a mile north of the Rio Grande and Mexico. Orange light gleams through a single palm tree towering over hardwood mesquites. Land speculators imported palms to the Rio Grande Valley a century ago to attract white American settlers to the region, and they loom especially high above dense thornscrub below. | I'm walking to my car with Christopher Basaldú, who's lived in a nearby tent for over a month in…

unitedEditor (2019-03-30). Why local elections in Turkey could have a serious impact around the world. uwidata.com The atmosphere around the upcoming Turkish municipal elections scheduled for March 31th almost make it seem like the country is preparing to elect a new president: tensions are high, and interests extend far beyond the border. All of the major international players, primarily the United States and the Europeans, are closely monitoring the elections, anxiously …

Eoin Higgins (2019-03-30). 'We Are Running Concentration Camps': Images from El Paso Stir Outrage over Migrant Treatment. globalresearch.ca Hundreds of migrants are being held by border agents in a fenced in encampment under a bridge in El Paso, leading to anger and accusations that the American government is holding people in "concentration camps." | Images posted online by reporters …

RT (2019-03-30). Mexico border closure very likely and would be a 'profit-making operation' for US, Trump says. rt.com US President Donald Trump has said that there is "a very good likelihood" he will shut down the border with Mexico next week, upping the ante over border security and arguing that the US would benefit from cutting off trade.

WSWS (2019-03-30). Leadership of the Southern Poverty Law Center pushed out in #MeToo-style operation. wsws.org Vague allegations of sexism and racism have been utilized to oust the leadership of the prominent civil rights organization and justify the hiring of Obama confidante and #MeToo leader Tina Tchen.

WSWS (2019-03-30). Trump rants against socialism, but his administration's crisis deepens. wsws.org Behind Trump's fascistic tirades and his gloating at the expense of the Democrats lie desperation and fear at the growth of social opposition in the working class.

WSWS (2019-03-30). Remembrance service held for New Zealand terror attack victims. wsws.org The event was used by the NZ and Australian governments to appeal for unity, demand censorship of social media and cover up their role in creating the conditions for the fascist attack.

Chauncey K. Robinson (2019-03-29). Review: 'Captive State' puts sci-fi and resistance center stage in Chicago. peoplesworld.org "As long as we fight, we have a chance." — Captive State Throughout the history of the science fiction and horror genre of film and literature, there have been stories that hold a mirror to the realities of our world. Through fantastical plotlines, socio-political themes such as corruption, sexism, racism, and a general questioning of …

Adam Johnson (2019-03-29). 'Renouncing Violence' Is a Demand Made Almost Exclusively of Muslims. fair.org As Israel was killing scores and maiming thousands of protesters in Gaza, rather than calling on Israel to "renounce violence," the New York Times ( 5/18/18) published an op-ed arguing that "guarding the border was more important than avoiding killing." | A FAIR survey of the phrase "renounce violence" in the New York Times over the past 10 years shows that 95 percent of the time the demand is made of Muslim organizations, people or political parties, the most prominent being the Taliban and Hamas. There are zero instances o…

Susie Day (2019-03-29). Gaza, Stonewall: Izzy Mustafa on Why People Rise Up. counterpunch.org Every Friday since March 30, 2018, in what's known as the Great March of Return, Palestinians in Gaza come to the Israeli border fence to protest nearly twelve years of a blockade that has made Gaza into what's often called the world's largest open-air prison. They also come to invoke UN Resolution 194, their right More

Eds. (2019-03-29). Brazilian president to commemorate 1964 fascist military coup. mronline.org Brazilians took to social media following the news calling out Bolsonaro for "celebrating" the military dictatorship and its coup using the hashtag #DitaduraNuncaMais (No More Dictatorship). | Source

United Nations (2019-03-29). On eve of Gaza border protest anniversary, UN's top humanitarian official for Palestine calls for calm. un.org With a large protest planned on Saturday in Gaza, and border shootings by Israeli security forces which have left nearly 200 Palestinians dead over the past year, the UN's top humanitarian official in the Occupied Palestinian Territories (oPt), Jamie McGoldrick, on Friday called for calm from all sides to prevent further bloodshed.

splcenter (2019-03-29). Alabama Voting Rights Project helps 2,000 people cast ballots in Alabama, but many more do not know they can vote. splcenter.org Rodney Lofton had never cast a ballot before a felony conviction stripped him of his voting rights in 2015.

Stephen Cooper (2019-03-29). Julius Jones's Hail Mary to Avoid a 21st-Century-Style Lynching. counterpunch.org Recently, by filing a petition for certiorari in the Supreme Court of the United States, Julius Jones, a black man condemned to death in Oklahoma, threw the legal equivalent of a Hail Mary pass in football: one last desperate, prayerful attempt imploring our legal system to give him a chance — before he's executed — to More

Benjamin Barber (2019-03-29). The Partisan Gerrymandering Cases That Could Shape the Future of Southern Politics. commondreams.org As the U.S. Supreme Court prepared to hear arguments in two cases related to partisan gerrymandering this week, people rallied outside to call for an end to the practice. (Photo: Victoria Pickering/Flickr) | https://www.commondreams.org/sites/defau…

RT (2019-03-29). Trump threatens to shut down US-Mexico border 'next week' — even for ALL TRADE. rt.com In a Friday tweet, President Donald Trump threatened to shut down all, or most of the southern border next week if Mexico doesn't act immediately to stop illegal migration into the US in its entirety.

WSWS (2019-03-29). After fascist attack, New Zealand government enacts gun control measures. wsws.org The new laws serve to boost the powers of the state, while diverting attention from unanswered questions about the massacre in Christchurch.

WSWS (2019-03-29). US detaining immigrants under highway overpass in Texas amid renewed crackdown. wsws.org Amidst a media blackout, the Trump administration is arresting unprecedented numbers of immigrants at the border while demanding the expansion of internment camps.

The Conversation (2019-03-29). Born in the USA, White Nationalism is Now a Global Terror Threat. theantimedia.com (CONVERSATION) — The recent massacre of 50 Muslim worshippers at two mosques in Christchurch, New Zealand is the latest confirmation that white supremacy is a danger to democratic societies across the globe. Despite President Donald Trump's suggestion that white nationalist terrorism is not a major problem, recent data from the United Nations, University of Chicago and other sources show the opposite. As more people embrace a …

WSWS (2019-03-29). Emboldened by Trump, Brazil's Bolsonaro orders military to celebrate 1964 coup. wsws.org Fresh from his White House reception, Bolsonaro's fascist rhetoric expresses a consensus within wide layers of the ruling class that the military is the only force that can rule Brazil.

WSWS (2019-03-29). Outrage grows over leaked government database targeting journalists, activists at US-Mexico border. wsws.org Congressional committees are now seeking information on repression of journalists and civil rights activists by the Trump administration.

susan_p (2019-03-29). New Zealand: Islamophobia is a weapon of the 1%. greenleft.org.au The terrorist attack on the Christchurch mosques by a right-wing fanatic has exposed a dark network of white supremacist, Islamophobic, anti-immigrant and misogynist people and movements that want to destroy all progressive aspects in the advance of humanity. | These networks openly admire United States President Donald Trump and other right-wing ideologues because their hatreds and fears are being manipulated by these same "establishment" forces. When Trump says "I think Islam hates us" and "Criminals and unknown Middle Easterners are mixed in," referring to the migrant caravan from South America to the US, and…

pip.hinman (2019-03-29). 'Love Aotearoa, hate racism' rally draws thousands in Auckland. greenleft.org.au A week after the Christchurch mosque attacks, thousands of people mobilised in Auckland for the "Love Aotearoa, hate racism" rally on March 24. | A number of speakers addressed the rally, including Mike Treen, national director of Unite Union and Global Peace and Justice. | "We need to organise, we need to connect," Treen told the rally. "Not just on an individual level to challenge every racist that we come across … not just on an individual level to speak up when we need to speak up. We need to connect, we need to organise in our churches, in our unions, in our schools, in our universities, in every instituti…

Fight Back (2019-03-28). FRSO mobilizes against U.S. wars and racism. fightbacknews.org Washington D.C. – The Freedom Road Socialist Organization (FRSO) is building for a rally and march against U.S. wars and racism in Washington D.C. this Saturday, March 30. | "Oppose NATO, War, and Racism! Oppose U.S. intervention in Venezuela!" is the theme for a rally starting at 1 p.m. across from the White House in LaFayette Park. | The North Atlantic Treaty Organization is set to 'celebrate' 70 years on April 4. April 4 is also the anniversary of the day Reverend Martin Luther King Jr. was assassinated. So, a large coalition of anti-war, international solidarity, and anti-racist organizations are gathering to…

Lucas Koerner (2019-03-28). After Debunking Lies About Humanitarian Aid" Trucks, NYT Inverts Reality on Venezuela's Cuban Doctors. mintpressnews.com After debunking Washington's lies about the burning of "humanitarian aid" trucks on the Venezuelan/Colombian border (more than two weeks after being scooped by independent journalists), the New York Times quickly reverted to form in an article by Nicholas Casey headlined "'It is Unspe…

Democracy Now! (2019-03-28). Headlines for March 28, 2019. democracynow.org Boeing to Update Software Implicated in Crashes of 737 MAX Jets, Federal Judge Strikes Down Medicaid Work Requirements, Migrant Asylum Seekers in El Paso Detained in Open-Air Parking Lot, Trump Says Puerto Rico Received Too Much Aid After Hurricane Maria, Florida Police Identify Second Parkland Survivor Who Died by Suicide, Rep. Ilhan Omar Challenges Trump Admin Rule Easing Overseas Gun Sales, NRA Advised Far-Right Australian Party on Overturning Gun Controls, NRA Official Reached Out to Sandy Hook Conspiracy Theorist, Charlottesville Murderer James Alex Fields Pleads Guilty to Hate Crimes, Facebook to Ban White…

Michelle Zacarias (2019-03-28). Pentagon will hand over $1 billion for 57 miles of Trump's border wall. peoplesworld.org

STAFF (2019-03-28). City Settles, Agrees to Reforms with Fired Black Police Chief who Claimed Discrimination. therealnews.com Pocomoke City's first black police chief Kelvin Sewell has agreed to settle his discrimination lawsuit with the city for both monetary damages and a consent decree that will force the city to implement reforms in hiring and management practices…

Democracy Now! (2019-03-28). Fighting Racial Bias in an Age of Mass Murder: Prejudice from the Coffee Shop to Charlottesville. democracynow.org As avowed neo-Nazi James Alex Fields pleaded guilty Wednesday to 29 counts of hate crimes in a federal court for plowing his car into a crowd of anti-racist protesters in Charlottesville in August of 2017, we look at a new book that addresses the tragic event, as well as the rising number of race-based mass shootings, hate crimes and police shootings of unarmed men in the past several years. It also examines cases of discrimination against African Americans for simply sitting in coffee shops or trying to vacation in Airbnb-hosted homes. Professor Jennifer Eberhardt is the author of "Biased: Uncovering the Hidden…

STAFF (2019-03-28). Concert Helps Raise $9K for Hopkins Nurse Allegedly Fired For Union Organizing. therealnews.com Nurse Vivian Obijekwu says she was fired from Johns Hopkins Hospital—while 8 months pregnant—for organizing fellow workers to fight discrimination. Local organizers held a concert to show solidarity and raise funds for her…

STAFF (2019-03-28). Gerrymandering — Election Manipulation Tool Reaches Supreme Court (Again). therealnews.com The corrupting influence of big money receives much of the focus of voters, but gerrymandering has been the behind-the-scenes way both parties have used to gain an edge over each other in state elections for years. Kathay Feng of Common Cause discusses the cases that recently reached the Supreme Court…

Fight Back (2019-03-28). Immigrant rights delegation to visit U.S.-Mexico border. fightbacknews.org Minneapolis, MN – In the shadow of President Trump's declaration of a 'state of emergency' to build a wall at the U.S.-Mexico border, the Legalization for All Network is organizing a national delegation of immigrant rights activists to go on a fact-finding and solidarity delegation to the border. The delegation will include activists from the Minnesota Immigrant Rights Action Committee (MIRAC), Milwaukee's Young People's Resistance Committee (YPRC) and from the U.S. Palestinian Community Network. | The delegation will learn about the history of the U.S.-Mexico border since its unjust creation with the U.S. milita…

United Nations (2019-03-28). Central Mali: Top UN genocide prevention official sounds alarm over recent ethnically-targeted killings. un.org The United Nations Special Adviser on the Prevention of Genocide, Adama Dieng, expressed on Thursday his deepest concern and strongly condemned recent attacks against villages in Mali, including mass-killings last weekend in the Mopti region, which left 160 dead, including some 50 children, according to the UN human rights office (OHCHR).

Fight Back (2019-03-28). All charges dropped against Jussie Smollett, victim of Chicago police. fightbacknews.org Chicago, IL – Immediately after all charges were dropped Tuesday morning, March 26 against actor Jussie Smollett and the record of his arrest and prosecution expunged, Frank Chapman, Co-Chairperson of the Chicago Alliance Against Racist and Political Repression, addressed the media. Smollett is a star of the Fox Television series "Empire." | "This is another example of the CPD doing what they do," Chapman declared. "They have falsely accused people, tortured confessions and framed-up innocent people, killed people — there is no justice when it come to the CPD. The people of this city are tired of this. We n…

ACLU (2019-03-28). When Taking a Walk at Night Was an Act of Civil Disobedience. aclu.org Oregon remembers Minoru Yasui, a civil rights icon who broke the law to protest the curfews put on Japanese Americans at the start of World War II. | Seventy-six years ago, Minoru "Min" Yasui sat in a cell at the Multnomah County Jail in Oregon when he read a newspaper article detailing how Walter Pierce, the state's former governor and U.S. congressman, called for Japanese immigrants in the United States to be sent to Japan. Ever the racist and xenophobe, Pierce wasn't done. He even suggested revoking birthright citizens…

splcenter (2019-03-28). SPLC: Conversion therapy provider continues to secretly operate nearly four years after jury finds practices unconscionable. splcenter.org The SPLC this week filed a motion asking a judge to institute contempt proceedings against JONAH (Jews Offering New Alternatives for Healing), now known as JIFGA (Jewish Institute for Global Awareness), for violating an injunction entered over three years ago requiring that it permanently cease all operations and completely halt all elements of its fraudulent gay-to-straight "conversion therapy" program.

splcenter (2019-03-28). Federal judge rules against Medicaid work requirements in Kentucky and Arkansas. splcenter.org A federal judge this week ruled against the Trump administration's approval of Medicaid waiver projects in Kentucky and Arkansas that include work mandates and other cuts to health coverage.

STAFF (2019-03-27). Humane Capitalism or Fascism and War — Q&A with Paul Jay. therealnews.com A viewer asks why did Paul say that capitalism led to World War I, and another viewer asks if humane capitalism is the answer to today's problems — Paul Jay joins Taya Graham…

ACLU (2019-03-27). The Department of Homeland Security's Attack on Asylum Seekers at the Border Continues. aclu.org The U.S. is systematically violating the rights of asylum seekers and turning them back into Mexico where they are often abused. | In a desperate attempt to escape immediate threats to their life, the Castro* family fled their home country of El Salvador, hoping to make it to the U.S.-Mexico border to seek refuge. What they found instead at the port of entry in Eagle Pass, Texas, were cruel U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) officers and no protection to be found. | After being physically pushed back into Mexico by CBP officers, the Castro family was told that they must get on a list in Mexico and wait. In…

Tom Coburg (2019-03-27). Jacob Rees-Mogg, the European far right, and the Christchurch terrorist. thecanary.co A past indiscretion may come back to haunt Conservative MP Jacob Rees-Mogg. Because his attendance at a certain event organised by an arch-conservative group … | Read more Jacob Rees-Mogg, the European far right, and the Christchurch terrorist | By Tom Coburg

John Shafthauer (2019-03-27). Phrase 'cultural Marxism' only antisemitic if you research it, Tories confirm. thecanary.co On 26 March, Tory MP Suella Braverman said: As Conservatives, we are engaged in a battle against cultural Marxism. The phrase 'cultural Marxism' is … | Read more Phrase 'cultural Marxism' only antisemitic if you research it, Tories confirm | By John Shafthauer

splcenter (2019-03-27). James Alex Fields Jr., Who Killed Heather Heyer at 'Unite the Right,' Pleads Guilty to Federal Charges. splcenter.org The white supremacist sympathizer who plowed a car into a crowd and killed a woman after a white supremacist rally in Charlottesville, Virginia, pleaded guilty Wednesday afternoon to 29 federal hate crimes.

John Dougherty and Michael Edison Hayden (2019-03-27). Gab Moves to Withdraw SEC Filing Amid Growing Financial Challenges. splcenter.org Gab, best known for operating an online space where white supremacists organize, abruptly withdrew its request to sell stocks to finance the company.

Keegan Hankes, Senior Research Analyst (2019-03-27). SPLC reacts to Facebook policy on white nationalism. splcenter.org The internet, and social media in particular, continues to be a powerful tool used by the radical right to accelerate the spread of hate into the mainstream.

splcenter (2019-03-27). SPLC statement on judge's order blocking Trump administration's Medicaid work requirements in Kentucky and Arkansas. splcenter.org A federal judge today rejected the Trump administration's efforts to require people who depend on Medicaid to work in exchange for health benefits in Kentucky and Arkansas.

Democracy Now! (2019-03-26). Fears of New Gaza Invasion Rise as Israel Launches Airstrikes and Mobilizes Along Border. democracynow.org Israel has bombed Gaza for a third day in a row and mobilized dozens of tanks, raising fears that Israel could launch another invasion. The latest Israeli airstrikes came earlier this morning, after Hamas announced it had reached an Egyptian-brokered ceasefire with Israel. Tension has been escalating for days in Gaza. On Friday, Israeli troops shot dead two Palestinians taking part in the weekly Great March of Return protests. Sixty-two other Palestinians were injured. On Sunday, Israeli air raids struck parts of Gaza, including a refugee camp. Then, on Monday, militants inside Gaza launched a series of homemade…

2019-03-31: Social Media Postees

Islamophobic attack on San Diego area mosque: interview with Yusef Miller of Islamic Society of North County
Zachery Bowersock | liberationnews.org | 2019-03-31
"There is no such thing as a time, since the colonization of this country, when this country has been free of racism, or sexism, or any type of xenophobia."
liberationnews.org/islamophobic-attack-o…

Israel Kills Four Palestinians on 'Great March of Return' Anniversary
STAFF | truthdig.com | 2019-03-31
Update: | According to the Associated Press, Israeli forces killed four Palestinians–including three teenagers–during anti-occupation protests on Saturday. Over 300 Palestinians were reportedly injured. | Earlier: | Tens of thousands of Palestinians gathered near the Israel-Gaza border fence on Saturday to mark the one-year anniversary of the weekly "Great March of Return" demonstrations and demand an end to Israel's brutal occupation. | According to Gaza health officials, Is…
truthdig.com/articles/israel-kills-four-…

How Trump's Border Wall Perpetuates the Legacy of Colonialism on the Rio Grande
Aaron Miguel Cantú | theintercept.com | 2019-03-31
It's Friday at dusk on a long stretch of dirt road in Hidalgo County, Texas, about a mile north of the Rio Grande and Mexico. Orange light gleams through a single palm tree towering over hardwood mesquites. Land speculators imported palms to the Rio Grande Valley a century ago to attract white American settlers to the region, and they loom especially high above dense thornscrub below. | I'm walking to my car with Christopher Basaldú, who's lived in a nearby tent for over a month in…
theintercept.com/2019/03/31/border-wall-…

Lawyers Worldwide Urge International Court: Investigate Israeli Crimes
Marjorie Cohn | zcomm.org | 2019-03-31
On the eve of the first anniversary of the "Great March of Return" at the Gaza border, lawyers and jurists around the world are calling on the prosecutor of the International Criminal Court (ICC) to investigate and prosecute Israeli crimes against the Palestinians. The International Association of Democratic Lawyers presented a petition from the International Read…
zcomm.org/znetarticle/lawyers-worldwide-…

'We Are Running Concentration Camps': Images from El Paso Stir Outrage over Migrant Treatment
Eoin Higgins | globalresearch.ca | 2019-03-30
Hundreds of migrants are being held by border agents in a fenced in encampment under a bridge in El Paso, leading to anger and accusations that the American government is holding people in "concentration camps." | Images posted online by reporters …
globalresearch.ca/concentration-camps-im…

Why local elections in Turkey could have a serious impact around the world
unitedEditor | uwidata.com | 2019-03-30
The atmosphere around the upcoming Turkish municipal elections scheduled for March 31th almost make it seem like the country is preparing to elect a new president: tensions are high, and interests extend far beyond the border. All of the major international players, primarily the United States and the Europeans, are closely monitoring the elections, anxiously …
uwidata.com/2904-why-local-elections-in-…

Mexico border closure very likely and would be a 'profit-making operation' for US, Trump says
RT | rt.com | 2019-03-30
US President Donald Trump has said that there is "a very good likelihood" he will shut down the border with Mexico next week, upping the ante over border security and arguing that the US would benefit from cutting off trade. | …
rt.com/usa/455114-border-closure-good-li…

Trump rants against socialism, but his administration's crisis deepens
WSWS | wsws.org | 2019-03-30
Behind Trump's fascistic tirades and his gloating at the expense of the Democrats lie desperation and fear at the growth of social opposition in the working class.
http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2019/03/…

Remembrance service held for New Zealand terror attack victims
WSWS | wsws.org | 2019-03-30
The event was used by the NZ and Australian governments to appeal for unity, demand censorship of social media and cover up their role in creating the conditions for the fascist attack.
http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2019/03/…

Leadership of the Southern Poverty Law Center pushed out in #MeToo-style operation
WSWS | wsws.org | 2019-03-30
Vague allegations of sexism and racism have been utilized to oust the leadership of the prominent civil rights organization and justify the hiring of Obama confidante and #MeToo leader Tina Tchen.
http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2019/03/…

Review: 'Captive State' puts sci-fi and resistance center stage in Chicago
Chauncey K. Robinson | peoplesworld.org | 2019-03-29
"As long as we fight, we have a chance." — Captive State Throughout the history of the science fiction and horror genre of film and literature, there have been stories that hold a mirror to the realities of our world. Through fantastical plotlines, socio-political themes such as corruption, sexism, racism, and a general questioning of …
peoplesworld.org/article/review-captive-…

On eve of Gaza border protest anniversary, UN's top humanitarian official for Palestine calls for calm
United Nations | un.org | 2019-03-29
With a large protest planned on Saturday in Gaza, and border shootings by Israeli security forces which have left nearly 200 Palestinians dead over the past year, the UN's top humanitarian official in the Occupied Palestinian Territories (oPt), Jamie McGoldrick, on Friday called for calm from all sides to prevent further bloodshed.
news.un.org/feed/view/en/story/2019/03/1…

'Renouncing Violence' Is a Demand Made Almost Exclusively of Muslims
Adam Johnson | fair.org | 2019-03-29
As Israel was killing scores and maiming thousands of protesters in Gaza, rather than calling on Israel to "renounce violence," the New York Times ( 5/18/18) published an op-ed arguing that "guarding the border was more important than avoiding killing." | A FAIR survey of the phrase "renounce violence" in the New York Times over the past 10 years shows that 95 percent of the time the demand is made of Muslim organizations, people or political parties, the most prominent being the Taliban and Hamas. There are zero instances o…
fair.org/home/renouncing-violence-is-a-d…

Gaza, Stonewall: Izzy Mustafa on Why People Rise Up
Susie Day | counterpunch.org | 2019-03-29
Every Friday since March 30, 2018, in what's known as the Great March of Return, Palestinians in Gaza come to the Israeli border fence to protest nearly twelve years of a blockade that has made Gaza into what's often called the world's largest open-air prison. They also come to invoke UN Resolution 194, their right…
counterpunch.org/2019/03/29/gaza-stonewa…

Alabama Voting Rights Project helps 2,000 people cast ballots in Alabama, but many more do not know they can vote
splcenter | splcenter.org | 2019-03-29
Rodney Lofton had never cast a ballot before a felony conviction stripped him of his voting rights in 2015.
splcenter.org/news/2019/03/29/alabama-vo…

Brazilian president to commemorate 1964 fascist military coup
Eds. | mronline.org | 2019-03-29
Brazilians took to social media following the news calling out Bolsonaro for "celebrating" the military dictatorship and its coup using the hashtag #DitaduraNuncaMais (No More Dictatorship). | Source…
mronline.org/2019/03/28/brazilian-presid…

The Partisan Gerrymandering Cases That Could Shape the Future of Southern Politics
Benjamin Barber | commondreams.org | 2019-03-29
As the U.S. Supreme Court prepared to hear arguments in two cases related to partisan gerrymandering this week, people rallied outside to call for an end to the practice. (Photo: Victoria Pickering/Flickr) | https://www.commondreams.org/sites/defau…
commondreams.org/views/2019/03/30/partis…

Julius Jones's Hail Mary to Avoid a 21st-Century-Style Lynching
Stephen Cooper | counterpunch.org | 2019-03-29
Recently, by filing a petition for certiorari in the Supreme Court of the United States, Julius Jones, a black man condemned to death in Oklahoma, threw the legal equivalent of a Hail Mary pass in football: one last desperate, prayerful attempt imploring our legal system to give him a chance — before he's executed — to…
counterpunch.org/2019/03/29/julius-jones…

Trump threatens to shut down US-Mexico border 'next week' — even for ALL TRADE
RT | rt.com | 2019-03-29
In a Friday tweet, President Donald Trump threatened to shut down all, or most of the southern border next week if Mexico doesn't act immediately to stop illegal migration into the US in its entirety. | …
rt.com/usa/455084-trump-mexico-border-ne…

Emboldened by Trump, Brazil's Bolsonaro orders military to celebrate 1964 coup
WSWS | wsws.org | 2019-03-29
Fresh from his White House reception, Bolsonaro's fascist rhetoric expresses a consensus within wide layers of the ruling class that the military is the only force that can rule Brazil.
http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2019/03/…

Outrage grows over leaked government database targeting journalists, activists at US-Mexico border
WSWS | wsws.org | 2019-03-29
Congressional committees are now seeking information on repression of journalists and civil rights activists by the Trump administration.
http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2019/03/…

After fascist attack, New Zealand government enacts gun control measures
WSWS | wsws.org | 2019-03-29
The new laws serve to boost the powers of the state, while diverting attention from unanswered questions about the massacre in Christchurch.
http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2019/03/…

US detaining immigrants under highway overpass in Texas amid renewed crackdown
WSWS | wsws.org | 2019-03-29
Amidst a media blackout, the Trump administration is arresting unprecedented numbers of immigrants at the border while demanding the expansion of internment camps.
http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2019/03/…

'Love Aotearoa, hate racism' rally draws thousands in Auckland
pip.hinman | greenleft.org.au | 2019-03-29
A week after the Christchurch mosque attacks, thousands of people mobilised in Auckland for the "Love Aotearoa, hate racism" rally on March 24. | A number of speakers addressed the rally, including Mike Treen, national director of Unite Union and Global Peace and Justice. | "We need to organise, we need to connect," Treen told the rally. "Not just on an individual level to challenge every racist that we come across … not just on an individual level to speak up when we need to speak up. We need to connect, we need to organise in our churches, in our unions, in our schools, in our universities, in every instituti…
greenleft.org.au/content/%E2%80%98love-aotearoa-hate-racism%E2%80%99-rally-draws-thousands-auckland

New Zealand: Islamophobia is a weapon of the 1%
susan_p | greenleft.org.au | 2019-03-29
The terrorist attack on the Christchurch mosques by a right-wing fanatic has exposed a dark network of white supremacist, Islamophobic, anti-immigrant and misogynist people and movements that want to destroy all progressive aspects in the advance of humanity. | These networks openly admire United States President Donald Trump and other right-wing ideologues because their hatreds and fears are being manipulated by these same "establishment" forces. When Trump says "I think Islam hates us" and "Criminals and unknown Middle Easterners are mixed in," referring to the migrant caravan from South America to the US, and…
greenleft.org.au/content/new-zealand-islamophobia-weapon-1

Born in the USA, White Nationalism is Now a Global Terror Threat
The Conversation | theantimedia.com | 2019-03-29
(CONVERSATION) — The recent massacre of 50 Muslim worshippers at two mosques in Christchurch, New Zealand is the latest confirmation that white supremacy is a danger to democratic societies across the globe. Despite President Donald Trump's suggestion that white nationalist terrorism is not a major problem, recent data from the United Nations, University of Chicago and other sources show the opposite. As more people embrace a …

Born in the USA, White Nationalism is Now a Global Terror Threat

Jim Crow racism is back with Florida Republicans' poll tax
Jesse Jackson | peoplesworld.org | 2019-03-28
Until 2018, Florida–the state vital to the presidential victories of George W. Bush and Donald Trump–deprived one in 10 voters, and two in 10 African Americans, of the right to vote with a constitutional provision banning felons from voting, even after they had fulfilled their sentences. Many with nonviolent drug felonies, enforced by a systematically biased …
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FRSO mobilizes against U.S. wars and racism
Fight Back | fightbacknews.org | 2019-03-28
Washington D.C. – The Freedom Road Socialist Organization (FRSO) is building for a rally and march against U.S. wars and racism in Washington D.C. this Saturday, March 30. | "Oppose NATO, War, and Racism! Oppose U.S. intervention in Venezuela!" is the theme for a rally starting at 1 p.m. across from the White House in LaFayette Park. | The North Atlantic Treaty Organization is set to 'celebrate' 70 years on April 4. April 4 is also the anniversary of the day Reverend Martin Luther King Jr. was assassinated. So, a large coalition of anti-war, international solidarity, and anti-racist organizations are gathering to…
http://www.fightbacknews.org/2019/3/28/f…

After Debunking Lies About Humanitarian Aid" Trucks, NYT Inverts Reality on Venezuela's Cuban Doctors
Lucas Koerner | mintpressnews.com | 2019-03-28
After debunking Washington's lies about the burning of "humanitarian aid" trucks on the Venezuelan/Colombian border (more than two weeks after being scooped by independent journalists), the New York Times quickly reverted to form in an article by Nicholas Casey headlined "'It is Unspe…
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Pentagon will hand over $1 billion for 57 miles of Trump's border wall
Michelle Zacarias | peoplesworld.org | 2019-03-28
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Immigrant rights delegation to visit U.S.-Mexico border
Fight Back | fightbacknews.org | 2019-03-28
Minneapolis, MN – In the shadow of President Trump's declaration of a 'state of emergency' to build a wall at the U.S.-Mexico border, the Legalization for All Network is organizing a national delegation of immigrant rights activists to go on a fact-finding and solidarity delegation to the border. The delegation will include activists from the Minnesota Immigrant Rights Action Committee (MIRAC), Milwaukee's Young People's Resistance Committee (YPRC) and from the U.S. Palestinian Community Network. | The delegation will learn about the history of the U.S.-Mexico border since its unjust creation with the U.S. milita…
http://www.fightbacknews.org/2019/3/28/i…

Concert Helps Raise $9K for Hopkins Nurse Allegedly Fired For Union Organizing
STAFF | therealnews.com | 2019-03-28
Nurse Vivian Obijekwu says she was fired from Johns Hopkins Hospital–while 8 months pregnant–for organizing fellow workers to fight discrimination. Local organizers held a concert to show solidarity and raise funds for her…
therealnews.com/stories/concert-helps-ra…

City Settles, Agrees to Reforms with Fired Black Police Chief who Claimed Discrimination
STAFF | therealnews.com | 2019-03-28
Pocomoke City's first black police chief Kelvin Sewell has agreed to settle his discrimination lawsuit with the city for both monetary damages and a consent decree that will force the city to implement reforms in hiring and management practices…
therealnews.com/columns/city-settles-agr…

Fighting Racial Bias in an Age of Mass Murder: Prejudice from the Coffee Shop to Charlottesville
Democracy Now! | democracynow.org | 2019-03-28
As avowed neo-Nazi James Alex Fields pleaded guilty Wednesday to 29 counts of hate crimes in a federal court for plowing his car into a crowd of anti-racist protesters in Charlottesville in August of 2017, we look at a new book that addresses the tragic event, as well as the rising number of race-based mass shootings, hate crimes and police shootings of unarmed men in the past several years. It also examines cases of discrimination against African Americans for simply sitting in coffee shops or trying to vacation in Airbnb-hosted homes. Professor Jennifer Eberhardt is the author of "Biased: Uncovering the Hidden…
http://www.democracynow.org/2019/3/28/fi…

Central Mali: Top UN genocide prevention official sounds alarm over recent ethnically-targeted killings
United Nations | un.org | 2019-03-28
The United Nations Special Adviser on the Prevention of Genocide, Adama Dieng, expressed on Thursday his deepest concern and strongly condemned recent attacks against villages in Mali, including mass-killings last weekend in the Mopti region, which left 160 dead, including some 50 children, according to the UN human rights office (OHCHR).
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Gerrymandering — Election Manipulation Tool Reaches Supreme Court (Again)
STAFF | therealnews.com | 2019-03-28
The corrupting influence of big money receives much of the focus of voters, but gerrymandering has been the behind-the-scenes way both parties have used to gain an edge over each other in state elections for years. Kathay Feng of Common Cause discusses the cases that recently reached the Supreme Court…
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All charges dropped against Jussie Smollett, victim of Chicago police
Fight Back | fightbacknews.org | 2019-03-28
Chicago, IL – Immediately after all charges were dropped Tuesday morning, March 26 against actor Jussie Smollett and the record of his arrest and prosecution expunged, Frank Chapman, Co-Chairperson of the Chicago Alliance Against Racist and Political Repression, addressed the media. Smollett is a star of the Fox Television series "Empire." | "This is another example of the CPD doing what they do," Chapman declared. "They have falsely accused people, tortured confessions and framed-up innocent people, killed people — there is no justice when it come to the CPD. The people of this city are tired of this. We n…
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When Taking a Walk at Night Was an Act of Civil Disobedience
ACLU | aclu.org | 2019-03-28
Oregon remembers Minoru Yasui, a civil rights icon who broke the law to protest the curfews put on Japanese Americans at the start of World War II. | Seventy-six years ago, Minoru "Min" Yasui sat in a cell at the Multnomah County Jail in Oregon when he read a newspaper article detailing how Walter Pierce, the state's former governor and U.S. congressman, called for Japanese immigrants in the United States to be sent to Japan. Ever the racist and xenophobe, Pierce wasn't done. He even suggested revoking birthright citizens…
aclu.org/blog/immigrants-rights/when-tak…

Federal judge rules against Medicaid work requirements in Kentucky and Arkansas
splcenter | splcenter.org | 2019-03-28
A federal judge this week ruled against the Trump administration's approval of Medicaid waiver projects in Kentucky and Arkansas that include work mandates and other cuts to health coverage.
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SPLC: Conversion therapy provider continues to secretly operate nearly four years after jury finds practices unconscionable
splcenter | splcenter.org | 2019-03-28
The SPLC this week filed a motion asking a judge to institute contempt proceedings against JONAH (Jews Offering New Alternatives for Healing), now known as JIFGA (Jewish Institute for Global Awareness), for violating an injunction entered over three years ago requiring that it permanently cease all operations and completely halt all elements of its fraudulent gay-to-straight "conversion therapy" program.
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Humane Capitalism or Fascism and War — Q&A with Paul Jay
STAFF | therealnews.com | 2019-03-27
A viewer asks why did Paul say that capitalism led to World War I, and another viewer asks if humane capitalism is the answer to today's problems — Paul Jay joins Taya Graham…
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The Department of Homeland Security's Attack on Asylum Seekers at the Border Continues
ACLU | aclu.org | 2019-03-27
The U.S. is systematically violating the rights of asylum seekers and turning them back into Mexico where they are often abused. | In a desperate attempt to escape immediate threats to their life, the Castro* family fled their home country of El Salvador, hoping to make it to the U.S.-Mexico border to seek refuge. What they found instead at the port of entry in Eagle Pass, Texas, were cruel U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) officers and no protection to be found. | After being physically pushed back into Mexico by CBP officers, the Castro family was told that they must get on a list in Mexico and wait. In…
aclu.org/blog/immigrants-rights/departme…

Jacob Rees-Mogg, the European far right, and the Christchurch terrorist
Tom Coburg | thecanary.co | 2019-03-27
A past indiscretion may come back to haunt Conservative MP Jacob Rees-Mogg. Because his attendance at a certain event organised by an arch-conservative group … | Read more Jacob Rees-Mogg, the European far right, and the Christchurch terrorist | By Tom Coburg…
thecanary.co/global/world-analysis/2019/03/27/jacob-rees-mogg-the-european-far-right-and-the-christchurch-terrorist/

Phrase 'cultural Marxism' only antisemitic if you research it, Tories confirm
John Shafthauer | thecanary.co | 2019-03-27
On 26 March, Tory MP Suella Braverman said: As Conservatives, we are engaged in a battle against cultural Marxism. The phrase 'cultural Marxism' is … | Read more Phrase 'cultural Marxism' only antisemitic if you research it, Tories confirm | By John Shafthauer…
thecanary.co/off-the-perch/2019/03/27/phrase-cultural-marxism-only-antisemitic-if-you-research-it-tories-confirm/

James Alex Fields Jr., Who Killed Heather Heyer at 'Unite the Right,' Pleads Guilty to Federal Charges
splcenter | splcenter.org | 2019-03-27
The white supremacist sympathizer who plowed a car into a crowd and killed a woman after a white supremacist rally in Charlottesville, Virginia, pleaded guilty Wednesday afternoon to 29 federal hate crimes.
splcenter.org/hatewatch/2019/03/27/james…

Gab Moves to Withdraw SEC Filing Amid Growing Financial Challenges
John Dougherty and Michael Edison Hayden | splcenter.org | 2019-03-27
Gab, best known for operating an online space where white supremacists organize, abruptly withdrew its request to sell stocks to finance the company.
splcenter.org/hatewatch/2019/03/28/gab-m…

SPLC statement on judge's order blocking Trump administration's Medicaid work requirements in Kentucky and Arkansas
splcenter | splcenter.org | 2019-03-27
A federal judge today rejected the Trump administration's efforts to require people who depend on Medicaid to work in exchange for health benefits in Kentucky and Arkansas.
splcenter.org/news/2019/03/27/splc-state…

SPLC reacts to Facebook policy on white nationalism
Keegan Hankes, Senior Research Analyst | splcenter.org | 2019-03-27
The internet, and social media in particular, continues to be a powerful tool used by the radical right to accelerate the spread of hate into the mainstream.
splcenter.org/news/2019/03/27/splc-react…

Fears of New Gaza Invasion Rise as Israel Launches Airstrikes and Mobilizes Along Border
Democracy Now! | democracynow.org | 2019-03-26
Israel has bombed Gaza for a third day in a row and mobilized dozens of tanks, raising fears that Israel could launch another invasion. The latest Israeli airstrikes came earlier this morning, after Hamas announced it had reached an Egyptian-brokered ceasefire with Israel. Tension has been escalating for days in Gaza. On Friday, Israeli troops shot dead two Palestinians taking part in the weekly Great March of Return protests. Sixty-two other Palestinians were injured. On Sunday, Israeli air raids struck parts of Gaza, including a refugee camp. Then, on Monday, militants inside Gaza launched a series of homemade…
http://www.democracynow.org/2019/3/26/fe…

Top 5 Reasons Why the House Should Pass the Paycheck Fairness Act
ACLU | aclu.org | 2019-03-26
The law would give working women the legal tools they need to challenge discrimination and close the gender pay gap. | More than 55 years after the Equal Pay Act was passed, women working fulltime and year-round, on average, are paid only 80 cents for every dollar paid to their male counterparts. The disparity for women of color is even more severe. This wage gap has remained stagnant for years and continues to squeeze women's pocketbooks, erode their earning potential, and deprive them of the means to improve their own lives and support their families. | It's long past time to update the Equal Pay Act to give wo…
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