Daily Archives: March 1, 2019

2019-03-01: News Headlines

Paul Street (2019-03-01). Cohen's Overlooked Warning — and Other Media Silences Worth Hearing. counterpunch.org Drawing by Nathaniel St. ClairI fear that if he loses the election in 2020, there will never be a peaceful transition of power. | — Michael Cohen, speaking to the U.S. Congress, February 27, 2019 | It's the silences — the things left out and sent down the "memory hole" — that strike me most in the United States' Orwellian capitalist and white-supremacist media. | Urban Racism as a Nonstory | Here in Chicago, the Jussie Smollett and R. Kelly cases were recently all the local media rage. By contrast, recent reports that 63 Black people have so far been exonerated after having bags of heroin and coc…

David Swanson (2019-03-01). Draft Registration Will Be Either Ended or Imposed on Women. zcomm.org We need a movement to abolish sexism, racism, environmental destruction, mass incarceration, poverty, illiteracy, and war…

Kenny Coyle (2019-03-01). U.S. uses humanitarian assistance to hide regime change efforts in Venezuela. peoplesworld.org The choreographed provocations on Venezuela's borders this past week highlight an often overlooked component of the U.S.-orchestrated regime change machine—USAid (United States Agency for International Development). Its motto, "From the American People," usually stamped on containers bound for conflict zones, might more accurately be read as "From the U.S. State Department" as USAid functions as …

Stephen Lendman (2019-03-01). Netanyahu to be Indicted for Bribery, Fraud, and Breach of Trust. globalresearch.ca Accountability for his highest of high crimes of war, against humanity, including genocide are omitted from coming charges against him, a reported 55-page indictment explaining criminal charges against him in detail. | Israeli attorney general Avichai Mandelblit equivocated endlessly over whether …

Stephen Lendman (2019-03-01). UN Report Accuses Israel of High Crimes in Gaza. globalresearch.ca There's no ambiguity about longstanding Israeli high crimes of war, against humanity, and slow-motion genocide in Gaza — similar crimes committed throughout the Territories for over half a century, accountability never forthcoming. | An entire Palestinian population is held hostage to …

unitedEditor (2019-03-01). European asylum agency confirms West's interest in FETàñ. uwidata.com The European Asylum Support Office (EASO) issued a statement formally confirming information cited in an article published by uwidata.com entitled "Europe's interest in FETàñ." According to the Office's statement, 51,225 members of the FETàñ terrorist organization have applied for asylum in EU countries. The article mentioned Europe's deep interest in the group, pointing out how …

unitedEditor (2019-03-01). A new round of conflict on the Pakistan-India border. uwidata.com Pakistan's announcement that they had downed two Indian aircrafts shocked the world. The increasingly serious mutual threats of the nuclear-armed enemy nations are naturally the entire world's concern, and public attention has been riveted to the decisions made by Indian and Pakistani leadership. Turkey's Foreign Minister Mevlàºt àáavu≈üoƒülu stated extreme concern over the escalation of …

Andrew Korybko (2019-03-01). India's Prime Minister Modi's Conversations with Russia's President Putin. globalresearch.ca According to the Kremlin's official website, President Putin never said anything about "Russia's steadfast support for India's efforts to protect its interests against cross-border terror attacks", but that didn't stop Prime Minister Modi's office from misleadingly implying that he did …

STAFF (2019-03-01). North Korea Says Trump Overstated Kim's Demand on Sanctions. truthdig.com Officials maintain the Supreme Leader sought only partial relief, and that he was willing to commit to a permanent halt on missile testing.

Andrew Korybko (2019-03-01). Russia Officially Returns to South Asia by Offering to Host Indo-Pak Peace Talks. globalresearch.ca Russia's 21st-century grand strategy of becoming the supreme "balancing" force in Afro-Eurasia is one major step closer to fruition after Foreign Minister Lavrov offered to host peace talks between India and Pakistan, proving that Russia's refusal to take …

RT (2019-03-01). Genocide survivors demand violent coup master Elliott Abrams' removal from Holocaust museum board. rt.com A dozen survivors of genocides from the Holocaust to the 1980s' US-backed slaughter in Central America have demanded US diplomat Elliott Abrams be removed from the US Holocaust museum's "Conscience Committee."

David Giesen (2019-03-01). Land and racism, the walking tour. indybay.org American Youth Hostel | 312 Mason Street | San Francisco, CA | (meet in the lobby)…

Jason Ditz (2019-03-01). UN Council: Israel Intentionally Shot Children and Journalists in Gaza. theantimedia.com (ANTIWAR.COM) — Israel is furious at the UN Human Rights Council most of the time, but they are particularly furious whenever the body offers a report, as Israel tends to violate a lot of human rights. In this case, the council has announced an "independent inquiry" into the protests at the Gaza border. Every Friday, for months …

WSWS (2019-03-01). Netanyahu to face charges of bribery, fraud and breach of trust. wsws.org The indictment announcement comes amidst mounting tensions within the Israeli political establishment exacerbated by Netanyahu's increasingly pronounced far-right orientation, including the cultivation of neo-fascist forces.

Democracy Now! (2019-02-28). A Criminal in the Oval Office? Michael Cohen Accuses Trump of Lying, Racism & Illegal Activity. democracynow.org In an explosive 5-hour hearing on Capitol Hill Wednesday, President Trump's former personal attorney Michael Cohen accused his old boss of committing multiple criminal acts before and during his presidency. Cohen provided evidence that Trump had violated campaign finance laws by paying hush money to women, accused the Trump Foundation of committing fraud by using the tax-exempt organization for personal purposes, and said Trump lied when he said he couldn't release his tax returns because they were being audited. He also claimed that Trump had advance knowledge that WikiLeaks was preparing to publish a trove of e…

Nawal Arjini (2019-02-28). Darius James's Antic Satire of American Racism. thenation.com Darius James's Antic Satire of American Racism…

Kevin Cooper (2019-02-28). America Can't Wipe Itself Clean of Blackface. truthdig.com On March 14, 1968, The Rev. Martin Luther King gave a speech in South Grosse Pointe, Mich., in which he stated: "We will never solve the problem of racism until there is a recognition of the fact that racism still stands at the center of so much of our nation, and we must see racism for what it is. … It is the notion that one group has all the knowledge, all the insights, all of the purity, all of the work, all of the dignity. And another group is worthless, on a lower level of humanity, inferior." | Blackface and the racism that gave birth to it refuse to go away, or stay hidden, even in a decades-old medical…

Venezuelanalysis (2019-02-28). Debunking the Lies About the Venezuela Humanitarian Aid Showdown. mintpressnews.com By provoking a series of violent confrontations along the Colombian and Brazilian borders, the Trump-backed opposition has managed to manufacture a false narrative designed to delegitimize the Maduro government and justify further foreign military intervention.

Fight Back (2019-02-28). Salt Lake City says no to the 'National Emergency' to build wall. fightbacknews.org Salt Lake City, UT – 40 community members gathered on a cold Saturday afternoon, February 23, to protest Trump's declaration of a national emergency on the U.S.-Mexico border. People came out to denounce what is understood as a racist and anti-immigrant 'emergency' and border wall. They also came because of the anti-immigrant attacks that continue to happen in Salt Lake City. Police brutalize Black and brown people, family members continue to be deported and anti-immigrant white supremacist groups have started organizing on college campuses in the city. | Ella Mendoza, with the Nopalera Artist Collective, said t…

Fight Back (2019-02-28). Trump wall protest in Boyle Heights. fightbacknews.org Los Angeles, CA — The evening of February 22, a group of fiery protestors gathered at Mariachi Plaza in Boyle Heights, protesting Trump's deceleration of a National Emergency for his wall. The Boyle Heights action was organized by Centro CSO and was one of the protests in response to a call to action made by the Legalization for All Network. | On the campaign trail, candidate Trump said that Mexico would pay for his wall. President Trump could not get funding for his wall on the U.S.-Mexico border even when his Republican Party controlled the House, the Senate and the White House. Then he shut down parts of…

Peoples Dispatch (2019-02-28). Poor People's Campaign announces nationwide bus tour to highlight true emergencies in the USA. peoplesdispatch.org The campaign is in response to the back and forth between the House of Representatives, dominated by the Democrats, and president Trump, over the latter's declaration of emergency, making national debate all about the border wall…

Umer Beigh (2019-02-28). Pakistan offers to release captured Indian air force pilot, calls for de-escalation. peoplesdispatch.org Both India and Pakistan attempted cross-border air incursions into the airspace of the other, in the last two days, in the biggest escalation of tensions since the 2008 Mumbai terror attacks…

ACLU (2019-02-28). A Connecticut Bill Would Help Ensure That Re-Entry Doesn't Last a Lifetime for the Formerly Incarcerated. aclu.org Connecticut could be the first to make the formerly incarcerated a protected class under the state's antidiscrimination law. | This year, I moved from one city in Connecticut to a new one. On top of the usual stress of trying to find an affordable, comfortable place to live, I was burdened with extra anxiety. | Despite my success in the 12 years since being released from prison, I dreaded explaining my criminal record again. Weeks into my search, I revealed that part of my past to a potential landlord. When I did, that home's door was closed to me. | My experience is not unique. | Ninety-five percent of the milli…

ACLU (2019-02-28). In an Era of Religious Refusals, the Do No Harm Act Is an Essential Safeguard. aclu.org The bill would restore the original intent of the Religious Freedom Restoration Act by making clear that it cannot be used to discriminate. | Earlier this year, the Trump administration granted a request from the state of South Carolina for an exception to a federal rule barring discrimination in federally funded child welfare programs. With its action, the administration allowed government-contracted and taxpayer-funded child welfare agencies in South Carolina to turn away would-b…

splcenter (2019-02-28). Tyler TenBrink, a Member of the Three Percenter Movement, Pleads No Contest to Shooting After Richard Spencer Speech. splcenter.org Before Richard Spencer's speech at the University of Florida in 2017, Tyler TenBrink mused on Facebook, "I might just stay in Florida."

Shared by Jocelyn Dombroski (2019-02-28). Canadian Company Profits from Apartheid Israeli Railway. therealnews.com Jonathan Kuttab discusses the lawsuit against the Canadian company Bombardier, which is building an illegal railway through occupied and confiscated Palestinian land in the West Bank, violating international law…

Shared by Jocelyn Dombroski (2019-02-28). Can Sanders Win Black and Trump Voters? therealnews.com Our panel discusses how Sanders must walk a fine line between appealing to white Trump voters and dealing with systemic racism and reparations — with Jacqueline Luqman, Eugene Puryear, Norman Solomon, hosted by Paul Jay…

WSWS (2019-02-28). France's ruling parties launch anti-Muslim campaign against sports veil. wsws.org Political parties that have been denouncing left-wing opposition to social inequality as anti-Semitic are engaged in a filthy campaign of anti-Muslim propaganda.

Shared by Hezvo Mpunga (2019-02-28). Specter of Fascism: Cohen Says Trump Won't Leave Peacefully in 2020. therealnews.com Hearings reveal deepening systemic corruption, further degeneration of GOP, progressive members standout in questioning — Jacqueline Luqman, Henry Giroux and Carmen Russell-Sluchansky join Paul Jay…

susan_p (2019-02-28). Italy: Government institutionalises hatred and racism. greenleft.org.au It has now become clearer than ever: the Italian government coalition operates at the behest of Deputy Prime Minister and Interior Minister, Matteo Salvini and his party's racist and reactionary policies. | Since the Five Star Movement (M5S) and Salvini's far-right League (formerly the Northern League) formed a coalition government League's support has soared. In less than a year since the March 2018 general elections, their support has grown from 17 percent to 33 percent, according to the latest polls. | In the same period, support for the M5S decreased from 32 percent to 22 percent. | These figures show League'

RT (2019-02-28). 12yo arrested for writing 'Hail Hitler' on school playground (PHOTOS). rt.com Police in New York City have arrested a 12-year-old boy and charged him with aggravated harassment after he scrawled anti-Semitic graffiti across a school playground in the Queens borough.

Middle East Eye (2019-02-28). UN Says Israeli Forces 'May Have' Committed War Crimes at Gaza Border. theantimedia.com (MEE) — The killing of hundreds of Palestinian protesters at the Gaza border in the last year might be categorized as war crimes, UN investigators have suggested. More than 250 Palestinians were killed and 26,000 injured since weekly "Great March of Return" protests began in March 2018. The new report said that the killing of largely unarmed …

Venezuela Analysis (2019-02-28). 4 Mistruths About Venezuela's Humanitarian Aid Showdown. theantimedia.com (VA) — February 23 saw the latest attempt by the White House, its right-wing regional allies, and self-proclaimed "Interim President" Juan Guaido to oust the Venezuelan government of Nicolas Maduro, this time by trying to undermine Maduro's authority and forcibly violate Venezuela's borders under the pretext of bringing in "humanitarian aid." Given that not a single truck, …

ACLU (2019-02-27). North Carolinians Voted to End Cooperation With Trump's Deportation Force. ICE Retaliated. aclu.org The federal agency stepped up raids after sheriffs stopped notifying it about the immigration status of people arrested. | President Trump's Department of Homeland Security frequently claims to be motivated by a dedication to law and order, but its immigration enforcement tactics are often directly contrary to local communities' legal and electoral choices. | Recent raids by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) in North Carolina were a failed attempt to achieve by force what was soundly rejected at the ballot box last November: Trump's anti-immigrant agenda. ICE targeted places and people based on democ…

William Walter Kay, Venezuelanalysis (2019-02-27). February 23, 2019 – The Second Battle of Cucuta. venezuelanalysis.com Last weekend's siege on Venezuela's western border with Colombia was not the first seen in history, William Kay explains. The results were the same also.

Venezuelanalysis (2019-02-27). Debunking Four Mistruths About Venezuela's Humanitarian Aid Showdown. venezuelanalysis.com Heard how Maduro blocked food and medicine from entering Venezuela on February 23? VA exposes the maelstrom of media lies about the US-led border siege.

Democracy Now! (2019-02-27). Headlines for February 27, 2019. democracynow.org Michael Cohen to Testify to Congress as Explosive Accusations Against Trump Revealed, Trump & Kim Meet as Vietnam Summit Overshadowed by Cohen Hearing, India & Pakistan Ratchet Up Attacks as Fear of Nuclear Showdown Grows, House Votes to Block Trump National Emergency Declaration, Trump Official Admits He Ignored Warnings on Risks of Family Separation, Thousands of Migrant Minors Reported Sexual Abuse While in Gov't Custody, Honduran Woman Gives Birth to Stillborn While Detained by ICE, Dems Introduce New Voting Rights Legislation, House Bill Protects Over 1 Million Acres of Wilderness, Creates New Nat'l Sites, O…

Lee Fang (2019-02-27). Conservative Expert Privately Warned GOP Donors That a Voting Rights Bill Would Help Democrats. theintercept.com Testifying before Congress, Hans von Spakovsky gave high-minded reasons for opposing the bill. At a private meeting of GOP donors, he was more blunt.

Shared by Jocelyn Dombroski (2019-02-27). Sanders and Systemic Racism: Did he Answer the Critics? therealnews.com In the CNN Town Hall, Bernie Sanders acknowledged he could have been stronger in his approach to racial inequities; he was asked if he supported reparations for descendants of African slaves — a discussion with Jacqueline Luqman, Eugene Puryear, Norman Solomon, hosted by Paul Jay…

stuart_m (2019-02-27). Patty Hearst and the SLA's militarist disaster. greenleft.org.au American Heiress: The Kidnapping, Crimes & Trial of Patty Hearst
| Jeffrey Toobin
| Profile Books, 2017, 371 pages | "Death to the fascist insect that preys upon the life of the people." With this hyperbolic declaration by "General Field Marshall" Cinque M'tume (the nom-de-plume of a Black prison escapee), the Symbionese Liberation Army (SLA) introduced itself to the American people in the early 1970s. | It derived its mysterious name from contrasting the "symbiosis" of a harmonious socialist society to the "parasitism" of a capitalist elite. | The political catch-phrase, and the military pretension of it…

Fight Back (2019-02-26). Dallas protesters say 'Hands off Venezuela'. fightbacknews.org Dallas, TX – On February 22, protesters gathered at Dealey Plaza to demand an end to U.S. interference in Venezuela. The protest was called by the Dallas Peace and Justice Center and Veterans for Peace Chapter 106. | Protesters held signs that read "Hands off Venezuela" and "No more war for oil." One banner read "Support the Bolivarian Revolution." Local activist Hadi Jawad led chants such as "Trump, Bolton, Abrams, too, we don't want your stinking coup." | One speaker suggested Elliott Abrams, the U.S. special envoy to Venezuela, should be imprisoned for his role in the Guatemalan genocide, stating, "During…

Fight Back (2019-02-26). Denver protest slams U.S. intervention in Venezuela. fightbacknews.org Denver, CO – Some 30 anti-war activists gathered on the 16th Street Mall in downtown Denver for a demonstration and informational picket, called by the Denver Peace Council, to protest the Trump administration's plans for a coup d'état in Venezuela. This action was part of the international day of action of February 23, called by a broad coalition of peace groups worldwide. | The date of February 23 is significant as it was the date given by the U.S. government as the last day for the Venezuelan government to accept U.S. 'humanitarian aid' on its Colombian border. This was despite the fact that the Venezuelan gov…

splcenter (2019-02-26). SPLC statement on House Judiciary Committee hearing on Trump administration's family separation policy. splcenter.org The House Judiciary Committee heard testimony today from senior Trump administration officials during a hearing on the administration's "zero tolerance" immigration policy, which has resulted in thousands of children being separated from their parents.

splcenter (2019-02-26). Unreported hate crimes, not hoaxes, are the real cause for concern. splcenter.org The notion that the majority of hate crimes are hoaxes, as people are claiming, is absolutely ridiculous.

Democracy Now! (2019-02-25). The Coup Has Failed & Now the U.S. Is Looking to Wage War: Venezuelan Foreign Minister Speaks Out. democracynow.org Venezuela's opposition is calling on the United States and allied nations to consider using military force to topple the government of Venezuelan President Nicolás Maduro. U.S. Vice President Mike Pence is heading to Bogotá, Colombia, today to meet with regional leaders and Venezuela's self-proclaimed president, opposition leader Juan Guaidó. The meeting follows a dramatic weekend that saw the Venezuelan military blocking the delivery of so-called humanitarian aid from entering the country at the Colombian and Brazilian borders. At least four people died, and hundreds were injured, after clashes broke out between…

ACLU (2019-02-25). The Supreme Court Rightly Cited the Black Codes in Ruling Against Excessive Fines, Fees, and Forfeitures. aclu.org The justices held that the Eighth Amendment protects people from state and local authorities' abusive reliance on monetary penalties to raise money. | Last week, the U.S. Supreme Court issued a rare unanimous ruling in Timbs v. Indiana, holding for the first time that the Eighth Amendment's Excessive Fines Clause applies to state and local governments — not just federal authorities. | The fact that this landmark decision is unanimous is itself remarkable. But it bears noting that in…

Shared by Jocelyn Dombroski (2019-02-24). Trump's Border Wall: Who Profits? therealnews.com Infrastructure, military, and security companies line up to take a piece from the budget for the Border Wall, funded by Trump's National Emergency declaration…

Eds. (2019-02-23). Venezuela denounces false positives orchestrated by the right. mronline.org The Venezuelan borders continue to be the focus of world public opinion as the scene of battles and political provocations against the threat of the opposition to force this Saturday a humanitarian channel supported by the United States. | Source

Paul Dobson (2019-02-23). Venezuela Breaks Relations with Colombia as Guaido Tries to Force Aid in. venezuelanalysis.com Skirmishes broke out on the Colombian and Brazilian borders but efforts to bring in aid have so far been unsuccessful.

splcenter (2019-02-23). Patriot Front Member Joffre Cross Charged in Houston, Faces Gun, Body Armor Charges. splcenter.org A member of the white nationalist group Patriot Front has been charged in Houston with being a felon in possession of a firearm and body armor.

2019-03-01: Social Media Postees

Draft Registration Will Be Either Ended or Imposed on Women
David Swanson | zcomm.org | 2019-03-01
We need a movement to abolish sexism, racism, environmental destruction, mass incarceration, poverty, illiteracy, and war…
zcomm.org/znetarticle/draft-registration…

Cohen's Overlooked Warning — and Other Media Silences Worth Hearing
Paul Street | counterpunch.org | 2019-03-01
Drawing by Nathaniel St. ClairI fear that if he loses the election in 2020, there will never be a peaceful transition of power. | — Michael Cohen, speaking to the U.S. Congress, February 27, 2019 | It's the silences — the things left out and sent down the "memory hole" — that strike me most in the United States' Orwellian capitalist and white-supremacist media. | Urban Racism as a Nonstory | Here in Chicago, the Jussie Smollett and R. Kelly cases were recently all the local media rage. By contrast, recent reports that 63 Black people have so far been exonerated after having bags of heroin and coc…
counterpunch.org/2019/03/01/cohens-overl…

Netanyahu to be Indicted for Bribery, Fraud, and Breach of Trust
Stephen Lendman | globalresearch.ca | 2019-03-01
Accountability for his highest of high crimes of war, against humanity, including genocide are omitted from coming charges against him, a reported 55-page indictment explaining criminal charges against him in detail. | Israeli attorney general Avichai Mandelblit equivocated endlessly over whether …
globalresearch.ca/netanyahu-indicted-bri…

UN Report Accuses Israel of High Crimes in Gaza
Stephen Lendman | globalresearch.ca | 2019-03-01
There's no ambiguity about longstanding Israeli high crimes of war, against humanity, and slow-motion genocide in Gaza — similar crimes committed throughout the Territories for over half a century, accountability never forthcoming. | An entire Palestinian population is held hostage to …
globalresearch.ca/un-report-israel-high-…

European asylum agency confirms West's interest in FETàñ
unitedEditor | uwidata.com | 2019-03-01
The European Asylum Support Office (EASO) issued a statement formally confirming information cited in an article published by uwidata.com entitled "Europe's interest in FETàñ." According to the Office's statement, 51,225 members of the FETàñ terrorist organization have applied for asylum in EU countries. The article mentioned Europe's deep interest in the group, pointing out how …
uwidata.com/2443-european-asylum-agency-…

U.S. uses humanitarian assistance to hide regime change efforts in Venezuela
Kenny Coyle | peoplesworld.org | 2019-03-01
The choreographed provocations on Venezuela's borders this past week highlight an often overlooked component of the U.S.-orchestrated regime change machine–USAid (United States Agency for International Development). Its motto, "From the American People," usually stamped on containers bound for conflict zones, might more accurately be read as "From the U.S. State Department" as USAid functions as …
peoplesworld.org/article/u-s-uses-humani…

India's Prime Minister Modi's Conversations with Russia's President Putin
Andrew Korybko | globalresearch.ca | 2019-03-01
According to the Kremlin's official website, President Putin never said anything about "Russia's steadfast support for India's efforts to protect its interests against cross-border terror attacks", but that didn't stop Prime Minister Modi's office from misleadingly implying that he did …
globalresearch.ca/modis-conversation-put…

A new round of conflict on the Pakistan-India border
unitedEditor | uwidata.com | 2019-03-01
Pakistan's announcement that they had downed two Indian aircrafts shocked the world. The increasingly serious mutual threats of the nuclear-armed enemy nations are naturally the entire world's concern, and public attention has been riveted to the decisions made by Indian and Pakistani leadership. Turkey's Foreign Minister Mevlàºt àáavu≈üoƒülu stated extreme concern over the escalation of …
uwidata.com/2478-a-new-round-of-conflict…

North Korea Says Trump Overstated Kim's Demand on Sanctions
STAFF | truthdig.com | 2019-03-01
Officials maintain the Supreme Leader sought only partial relief, and that he was willing to commit to a permanent halt on missile testing.
truthdig.com/articles/north-korea-says-t…

Russia Officially Returns to South Asia by Offering to Host Indo-Pak Peace Talks
Andrew Korybko | globalresearch.ca | 2019-03-01
Russia's 21st-century grand strategy of becoming the supreme "balancing" force in Afro-Eurasia is one major step closer to fruition after Foreign Minister Lavrov offered to host peace talks between India and Pakistan, proving that Russia's refusal to take …
globalresearch.ca/russia-host-indo-pak-p…

UN Council: Israel Intentionally Shot Children and Journalists in Gaza
Jason Ditz | theantimedia.com | 2019-03-01
(ANTIWAR.COM) — Israel is furious at the UN Human Rights Council most of the time, but they are particularly furious whenever the body offers a report, as Israel tends to violate a lot of human rights. In this case, the council has announced an "independent inquiry" into the protests at the Gaza border. Every Friday, for months …
http://theantimedia.com/israel-intention…

Land and racism, the walking tour
David Giesen | indybay.org | 2019-03-01
American Youth Hostel | 312 Mason Street | San Francisco, CA | (meet in the lobby)…
indybay.org/newsitems/2019/02/26/1882147…

Netanyahu to face charges of bribery, fraud and breach of trust
WSWS | wsws.org | 2019-03-01
The indictment announcement comes amidst mounting tensions within the Israeli political establishment exacerbated by Netanyahu's increasingly pronounced far-right orientation, including the cultivation of neo-fascist forces.
http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2019/03/…

Genocide survivors demand violent coup master Elliott Abrams' removal from Holocaust museum board
RT | rt.com | 2019-03-01
A dozen survivors of genocides from the Holocaust to the 1980s' US-backed slaughter in Central America have demanded US diplomat Elliott Abrams be removed from the US Holocaust museum's "Conscience Committee." | …
rt.com/usa/452707-genocide-survivors-ell…

A Criminal in the Oval Office? Michael Cohen Accuses Trump of Lying, Racism & Illegal Activity
Democracy Now! | democracynow.org | 2019-02-28
In an explosive 5-hour hearing on Capitol Hill Wednesday, President Trump's former personal attorney Michael Cohen accused his old boss of committing multiple criminal acts before and during his presidency. Cohen provided evidence that Trump had violated campaign finance laws by paying hush money to women, accused the Trump Foundation of committing fraud by using the tax-exempt organization for personal purposes, and said Trump lied when he said he couldn't release his tax returns because they were being audited. He also claimed that Trump had advance knowledge that WikiLeaks was preparing to publish a trove of e…
http://www.democracynow.org/2019/2/28/a_…

Darius James's Antic Satire of American Racism
Nawal Arjini | thenation.com | 2019-02-28
Darius James's Antic Satire of American Racism…
thenation.com/article/darius-james-negro…

America Can't Wipe Itself Clean of Blackface
Kevin Cooper | truthdig.com | 2019-02-28
On March 14, 1968, The Rev. Martin Luther King gave a speech in South Grosse Pointe, Mich., in which he stated: "We will never solve the problem of racism until there is a recognition of the fact that racism still stands at the center of so much of our nation, and we must see racism for what it is. … It is the notion that one group has all the knowledge, all the insights, all of the purity, all of the work, all of the dignity. And another group is worthless, on a lower level of humanity, inferior." | Blackface and the racism that gave birth to it refuse to go away, or stay hidden, even in a decades-old medical…
truthdig.com/articles/america-cant-wipe-…

Poor People's Campaign announces nationwide bus tour to highlight true emergencies in the USA
Peoples Dispatch | peoplesdispatch.org | 2019-02-28
The campaign is in response to the back and forth between the House of Representatives, dominated by the Democrats, and president Trump, over the latter's declaration of emergency, making national debate all about the border wall…
peoplesdispatch.org/2019/02/28/poor-peop…

Debunking the Lies About the Venezuela Humanitarian Aid Showdown
Venezuelanalysis | mintpressnews.com | 2019-02-28
By provoking a series of violent confrontations along the Colombian and Brazilian borders, the Trump-backed opposition has managed to manufacture a false narrative designed to delegitimize the Maduro government and justify further foreign military intervention.
mintpressnews.com/debunking-mistruths-ve…

Salt Lake City says no to the 'National Emergency' to build wall
Fight Back | fightbacknews.org | 2019-02-28
Salt Lake City, UT – 40 community members gathered on a cold Saturday afternoon, February 23, to protest Trump's declaration of a national emergency on the U.S.-Mexico border. People came out to denounce what is understood as a racist and anti-immigrant 'emergency' and border wall. They also came because of the anti-immigrant attacks that continue to happen in Salt Lake City. Police brutalize Black and brown people, family members continue to be deported and anti-immigrant white supremacist groups have started organizing on college campuses in the city. | Ella Mendoza, with the Nopalera Artist Collective, said t…
http://www.fightbacknews.org/2019/2/27/s…

Pakistan offers to release captured Indian air force pilot, calls for de-escalation
Umer Beigh | peoplesdispatch.org | 2019-02-28
Both India and Pakistan attempted cross-border air incursions into the airspace of the other, in the last two days, in the biggest escalation of tensions since the 2008 Mumbai terror attacks…
peoplesdispatch.org/2019/02/28/pakistan-…

Trump wall protest in Boyle Heights
Fight Back | fightbacknews.org | 2019-02-28
Los Angeles, CA — The evening of February 22, a group of fiery protestors gathered at Mariachi Plaza in Boyle Heights, protesting Trump's deceleration of a National Emergency for his wall. The Boyle Heights action was organized by Centro CSO and was one of the protests in response to a call to action made by the Legalization for All Network. | On the campaign trail, candidate Trump said that Mexico would pay for his wall. President Trump could not get funding for his wall on the U.S.-Mexico border even when his Republican Party controlled the House, the Senate and the White House. Then he shut down parts of…
http://www.fightbacknews.org/2019/2/27/t…

A Connecticut Bill Would Help Ensure That Re-Entry Doesn't Last a Lifetime for the Formerly Incarcerated
ACLU | aclu.org | 2019-02-28
Connecticut could be the first to make the formerly incarcerated a protected class under the state's antidiscrimination law. | This year, I moved from one city in Connecticut to a new one. On top of the usual stress of trying to find an affordable, comfortable place to live, I was burdened with extra anxiety. | Despite my success in the 12 years since being released from prison, I dreaded explaining my criminal record again. Weeks into my search, I revealed that part of my past to a potential landlord. When I did, that home's door was closed to me. | My experience is not unique. | Ninety-five percent of the milli…
aclu.org/blog/smart-justice/re-entry/con…

In an Era of Religious Refusals, the Do No Harm Act Is an Essential Safeguard
ACLU | aclu.org | 2019-02-28
The bill would restore the original intent of the Religious Freedom Restoration Act by making clear that it cannot be used to discriminate. | Earlier this year, the Trump administration granted a request from the state of South Carolina for an exception to a federal rule barring discrimination in federally funded child welfare programs. With its action, the administration allowed government-contracted and taxpayer-funded child welfare agencies in South Carolina to turn away would-b…
aclu.org/blog/religious-liberty/using-re…

Tyler TenBrink, a Member of the Three Percenter Movement, Pleads No Contest to Shooting After Richard Spencer Speech
splcenter | splcenter.org | 2019-02-28
Before Richard Spencer's speech at the University of Florida in 2017, Tyler TenBrink mused on Facebook, "I might just stay in Florida."
splcenter.org/hatewatch/2019/03/01/tyler…

Can Sanders Win Black and Trump Voters?
Shared by Jocelyn Dombroski | therealnews.com | 2019-02-28
Our panel discusses how Sanders must walk a fine line between appealing to white Trump voters and dealing with systemic racism and reparations — with Jacqueline Luqman, Eugene Puryear, Norman Solomon, hosted by Paul Jay…
therealnews.com/stories/can-sanders-win-…

UN Says Israeli Forces 'May Have' Committed War Crimes at Gaza Border
Middle East Eye | theantimedia.com | 2019-02-28
(MEE) — The killing of hundreds of Palestinian protesters at the Gaza border in the last year might be categorized as war crimes, UN investigators have suggested. More than 250 Palestinians were killed and 26,000 injured since weekly "Great March of Return" protests began in March 2018. The new report said that the killing of largely unarmed …
http://theantimedia.com/un-israel-war-cr…

4 Mistruths About Venezuela's Humanitarian Aid Showdown
Venezuela Analysis | theantimedia.com | 2019-02-28
(VA) — February 23 saw the latest attempt by the White House, its right-wing regional allies, and self-proclaimed "Interim President" Juan Guaido to oust the Venezuelan government of Nicolas Maduro, this time by trying to undermine Maduro's authority and forcibly violate Venezuela's borders under the pretext of bringing in "humanitarian aid." Given that not a single truck, …
http://theantimedia.com/venezuela-humani…

12yo arrested for writing 'Hail Hitler' on school playground (PHOTOS)
RT | rt.com | 2019-02-28
Police in New York City have arrested a 12-year-old boy and charged him with aggravated harassment after he scrawled anti-Semitic graffiti across a school playground in the Queens borough. | …
rt.com/usa/452666-12yo-arrested-swastika…

Specter of Fascism: Cohen Says Trump Won't Leave Peacefully in 2020
Shared by Hezvo Mpunga | therealnews.com | 2019-02-28
Hearings reveal deepening systemic corruption, further degeneration of GOP, progressive members standout in questioning — Jacqueline Luqman, Henry Giroux and Carmen Russell-Sluchansky join Paul Jay…
therealnews.com/stories/specter-of-fasci…

Canadian Company Profits from Apartheid Israeli Railway
Shared by Jocelyn Dombroski | therealnews.com | 2019-02-28
Jonathan Kuttab discusses the lawsuit against the Canadian company Bombardier, which is building an illegal railway through occupied and confiscated Palestinian land in the West Bank, violating international law…
therealnews.com/stories/canadian-company…

France's ruling parties launch anti-Muslim campaign against sports veil
WSWS | wsws.org | 2019-02-28
Political parties that have been denouncing left-wing opposition to social inequality as anti-Semitic are engaged in a filthy campaign of anti-Muslim propaganda.
http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2019/02/…

Italy: Government institutionalises hatred and racism
susan_p | greenleft.org.au | 2019-02-28
It has now become clearer than ever: the Italian government coalition operates at the behest of Deputy Prime Minister and Interior Minister, Matteo Salvini and his party's racist and reactionary policies. | Since the Five Star Movement (M5S) and Salvini's far-right League (formerly the Northern League) formed a coalition government League's support has soared. In less than a year since the March 2018 general elections, their support has grown from 17 percent to 33 percent, according to the latest polls. | In the same period, support for the M5S decreased from 32 percent to 22 percent. | These figures show League'…
greenleft.org.au/content/italy-government-institutionalises-hatred-and-racism

Debunking Four Mistruths About Venezuela's Humanitarian Aid Showdown
Venezuelanalysis | venezuelanalysis.com | 2019-02-27
Heard how Maduro blocked food and medicine from entering Venezuela on February 23? VA exposes the maelstrom of media lies about the US-led border siege.
venezuelanalysis.com/analysis/14355

North Carolinians Voted to End Cooperation With Trump's Deportation Force. ICE Retaliated
ACLU | aclu.org | 2019-02-27
The federal agency stepped up raids after sheriffs stopped notifying it about the immigration status of people arrested. | President Trump's Department of Homeland Security frequently claims to be motivated by a dedication to law and order, but its immigration enforcement tactics are often directly contrary to local communities' legal and electoral choices. | Recent raids by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) in North Carolina were a failed attempt to achieve by force what was soundly rejected at the ballot box last November: Trump's anti-immigrant agenda. ICE targeted places and people based on democ…
aclu.org/blog/immigrants-rights/ice-and-…

February 23, 2019 – The Second Battle of Cucuta
William Walter Kay, Venezuelanalysis | venezuelanalysis.com | 2019-02-27
Last weekend's siege on Venezuela's western border with Colombia was not the first seen in history, William Kay explains. The results were the same also.
venezuelanalysis.com/analysis/14354

Headlines for February 27, 2019
Democracy Now! | democracynow.org | 2019-02-27
Michael Cohen to Testify to Congress as Explosive Accusations Against Trump Revealed, Trump & Kim Meet as Vietnam Summit Overshadowed by Cohen Hearing, India & Pakistan Ratchet Up Attacks as Fear of Nuclear Showdown Grows, House Votes to Block Trump National Emergency Declaration, Trump Official Admits He Ignored Warnings on Risks of Family Separation, Thousands of Migrant Minors Reported Sexual Abuse While in Gov't Custody, Honduran Woman Gives Birth to Stillborn While Detained by ICE, Dems Introduce New Voting Rights Legislation, House Bill Protects Over 1 Million Acres of Wilderness, Creates New Nat'l Sites, O…
http://www.democracynow.org/2019/2/27/he…

Sanders and Systemic Racism: Did he Answer the Critics?
Shared by Jocelyn Dombroski | therealnews.com | 2019-02-27
In the CNN Town Hall, Bernie Sanders acknowledged he could have been stronger in his approach to racial inequities; he was asked if he supported reparations for descendants of African slaves — a discussion with Jacqueline Luqman, Eugene Puryear, Norman Solomon, hosted by Paul Jay…
therealnews.com/stories/sanders-and-syst…

Patty Hearst and the SLA's militarist disaster
stuart_m | greenleft.org.au | 2019-02-27
American Heiress: The Kidnapping, Crimes & Trial of Patty Hearst | Jeffrey Toobin | Profile Books, 2017, 371 pages | "Death to the fascist insect that preys upon the life of the people." With this hyperbolic declaration by "General Field Marshall" Cinque M'tume (the nom-de-plume of a Black prison escapee), the Symbionese Liberation Army (SLA) introduced itself to the American people in the early 1970s. | It derived its mysterious name from contrasting the "symbiosis" of a harmonious socialist society to the "parasitism" of a capitalist elite. | The political catch-phrase, and the military pretension of it…
greenleft.org.au/content/patty-hearst-and-slas-militarist-disaster

Conservative Expert Privately Warned GOP Donors That a Voting Rights Bill Would Help Democrats
Lee Fang | theintercept.com | 2019-02-27
Testifying before Congress, Hans von Spakovsky gave high-minded reasons for opposing the bill. At a private meeting of GOP donors, he was more blunt.
theintercept.com/2019/02/27/hr1-bill-vot…

Dallas protesters say 'Hands off Venezuela'
Fight Back | fightbacknews.org | 2019-02-26
Dallas, TX – On February 22, protesters gathered at Dealey Plaza to demand an end to U.S. interference in Venezuela. The protest was called by the Dallas Peace and Justice Center and Veterans for Peace Chapter 106. | Protesters held signs that read "Hands off Venezuela" and "No more war for oil." One banner read "Support the Bolivarian Revolution." Local activist Hadi Jawad led chants such as "Trump, Bolton, Abrams, too, we don't want your stinking coup." | One speaker suggested Elliott Abrams, the U.S. special envoy to Venezuela, should be imprisoned for his role in the Guatemalan genocide, stating, "During…
http://www.fightbacknews.org/2019/2/25/d…

Denver protest slams U.S. intervention in Venezuela
Fight Back | fightbacknews.org | 2019-02-26
Denver, CO – Some 30 anti-war activists gathered on the 16th Street Mall in downtown Denver for a demonstration and informational picket, called by the Denver Peace Council, to protest the Trump administration's plans for a coup d'état in Venezuela. This action was part of the international day of action of February 23, called by a broad coalition of peace groups worldwide. | The date of February 23 is significant as it was the date given by the U.S. government as the last day for the Venezuelan government to accept U.S. 'humanitarian aid' on its Colombian border. This was despite the fact that the Venezuelan gov…
http://www.fightbacknews.org/2019/2/25/d…

Unreported hate crimes, not hoaxes, are the real cause for concern
splcenter | splcenter.org | 2019-02-26
The notion that the majority of hate crimes are hoaxes, as people are claiming, is absolutely ridiculous.
splcenter.org/news/2019/02/26/unreported…

SPLC statement on House Judiciary Committee hearing on Trump administration's family separation policy
splcenter | splcenter.org | 2019-02-26
The House Judiciary Committee heard testimony today from senior Trump administration officials during a hearing on the administration's "zero tolerance" immigration policy, which has resulted in thousands of children being separated from their parents.
splcenter.org/news/2019/02/26/splc-state…

The Coup Has Failed & Now the U.S. Is Looking to Wage War: Venezuelan Foreign Minister Speaks Out
Democracy Now! | democracynow.org | 2019-02-25
Venezuela's opposition is calling on the United States and allied nations to consider using military force to topple the government of Venezuelan President Nicolás Maduro. U.S. Vice President Mike Pence is heading to Bogotá, Colombia, today to meet with regional leaders and Venezuela's self-proclaimed president, opposition leader Juan Guaidó. The meeting follows a dramatic weekend that saw the Venezuelan military blocking the delivery of so-called humanitarian aid from entering the country at the Colombian and Brazilian borders. At least four people died, and hundreds were injured, after clashes broke out between…
http://www.democracynow.org/2019/2/25/th…

The Supreme Court Rightly Cited the Black Codes in Ruling Against Excessive Fines, Fees, and Forfeitures
ACLU | aclu.org | 2019-02-25
The justices held that the Eighth Amendment protects people from state and local authorities' abusive reliance on monetary penalties to raise money. | Last week, the U.S. Supreme Court issued a rare unanimous ruling in Timbs v. Indiana, holding for the first time that the Eighth Amendment's Excessive Fines Clause applies to state and local governments — not just federal authorities. | The fact that this landmark decision is unanimous is itself remarkable. But it bears noting that in…
aclu.org/blog/racial-justice/race-and-cr…

Trump's Border Wall: Who Profits?
Shared by Jocelyn Dombroski | therealnews.com | 2019-02-24
Infrastructure, military, and security companies line up to take a piece from the budget for the Border Wall, funded by Trump's National Emergency declaration…
therealnews.com/stories/trumps-border-wa…

Venezuela denounces false positives orchestrated by the right
Eds. | mronline.org | 2019-02-23
The Venezuelan borders continue to be the focus of world public opinion as the scene of battles and political provocations against the threat of the opposition to force this Saturday a humanitarian channel supported by the United States. | Source…
mronline.org/2019/02/23/venezuela-denoun…

Venezuela Breaks Relations with Colombia as Guaido Tries to Force Aid in
Paul Dobson | venezuelanalysis.com | 2019-02-23
Skirmishes broke out on the Colombian and Brazilian borders but efforts to bring in aid have so far been unsuccessful.
venezuelanalysis.com/news/14347

Patriot Front Member Joffre Cross Charged in Houston, Faces Gun, Body Armor Charges
splcenter | splcenter.org | 2019-02-23
A member of the white nationalist group Patriot Front has been charged in Houston with being a felon in possession of a firearm and body armor.
splcenter.org/hatewatch/2019/02/23/patri…