Daily Archives: March 4, 2019

2019-03-04: News Headlines

Max Wilbert (2019-03-04). Anti-Racist Strategy for a World in Crisis. counterpunch.org In his book Capitalism and Slavery, Trinidadian historian Dr. Eric Williams writes that "Slavery was not born of racism: rather, racism was the consequence of slavery." Williams, like many others, argues that racism was created by the powerful to justify subjugation that was already in progress. In other words, the desire to exploit came first, More

Elliot Sperber (2019-03-04). America Doesn't Exist. counterpunch.org America doesn't exist If you think that you live there Guess what, you've been tricked You're not even thinking, You're only believing In borders, and orders That blossom from myth That is, from delusion, or nonsense Or illness, contagious, indeed And violent, yes But not at all real, or true For falsehoods can't ever be More

teleSUR (2019-03-04). Report: Huawei CFO Meng Wanzhou Sues Canadian Government. telesurenglish.net Meng Wanzhou, the chief financial officer of Chinese technology company Huawei, is suing the Canadian government, its border agency and the national police force over her high-profile detention. Meng claims they detained, searched and interrogated her before telling her she was under arrest. | RELATED: | Canada Moves Forward With Huawei Exec Extradition Case | Meng's lawyers said Sunday they had filed a notice of civil claim in the supreme court in British Columbia. | Meng, the daugh…

teleSUR (2019-03-04). US Closes Jerusalem Consulate Cutting Ties With Palestine. telesurenglish.net The United States consulate in Jerusalem will officially close its doors Monday after 175 years of fostering diplomacy between Palestinian officials and the U.S. | The consulate is merging with the controversial U.S. embassy to Israel located in the same city. | RELATED: | 17 Palestinians Injured by Israel In Gaza Border Protests | The decision was announced last October and tens months after President Donald Trump declared that Jerusalem was the capital of Israel, a move that has e…

SouthFront (2019-03-04). John Bolton Defends Monroe Doctrine as Juan Guaido Lobs New Threats at Venezuela Gov't. mintpressnews.com Self-proclaimed Venezuelan president Juan Guaido is to return to the country on March, 4 to lead new protests against President Nicolas Maduro's government. In returning he is risking arrest, as he was prohibited from leaving the country by the Venezuelan Supreme Court.

Al-Thawra (2019-03-04). Yazidis freed from Islamic State captivity in Syria and returned to Iraq. indybay.org Over 3.000 Yazidi's remain missing, in an act declared as "Genocide" by the International Community.

Jake Johnson, staff writer (2019-03-04). Still 'Long Way to Go' to End Systemic Racism, Sanders Tells Crowd of 12,500 in Chicago. commondreams.org "We are going to change a system in which tens of thousands every single year get criminal records for possessing marijuana, but not one major Wall Street executive went to jail for destroying our economy," said the Vermont senator and 2020 presidential contender | https://www.commondreams.org/sites/defau…

WSWS (2019-03-04). India-Pakistan war tensions escalate. wsws.org At least six civilians and two Pakistani soldiers have been killed as a result of cross-border shelling from both sides along the Line of Control.

Shared by Merula Furtado (2019-03-04). The "Humboldt Three" Take Israel to Court. truthout.org In June 2017, three active members of the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) movement disrupted a talk titled "Life in Israel — Terror, Bias and the Chances for Peace," by an Israeli official who was hosted by the Deutsch-Israelische Gesellschaft (German-Israeli Society) at Humboldt University in Berlin, Germany. Aliza Lavie, a member of Knesset for the centrist Yesh Atid party and chairwoman of the Knesset Caucu…

Alexander Rubinstein (2019-03-04). How a Small Team of Journalists Overcame Facebook Censorship. theantimedia.com (MPN) — Facebook seemed to have outdone itself again in its ongoing suppression of independent media when, earlier this month in coordination with CNN, it banned four pages belonging to a company that was not even accused of breaking any of the platform's rules. The genesis of In The Now's ban is striking as it has never …

Cira Pascual Marquina — Venezuelanalysis (2019-03-03). The Worldwide Struggle Against Fascism: A Conversation with Nestor Kohan (Part 2). venezuelanalysis.com An important Latin American political theorist argues that right-wing "internationalism" requires a leftist response that also reaches beyond national boundaries.

teleSUR (2019-03-03). Milan Says 'People First' To Salvini's Racist Policies. telesurenglish.net Milan's streets were filled Saturday with tens of thousands of anti-nationalist protesters who say Italy's national government is enacting racist policies they don't want to be a part of. | RELATED: | Italy's New 'Bad Law' Tightens Asylum Criteria | The demonstrators played drums and trumpets as they marched peacefully among northern Italy's main streets and shouted "prima le persone" (people first) to counter the vocally anti-immigrant prime minister's "prima gli Italiani" (Italians first). | M…

teleSUR (2019-03-03). Warning About False Flag Operations Against Venezuela. telesurenglish.net Together with Venezuela's opposition, the United States government is planning a new false flag operation along the Colombian border, socialist leader and protector of the Venezuelan state of Tachira, Freddy Bernal, said Sunday. | RELATED: | Who Is US Intelligence Official Advising Guaido on His 'Regional Tour' | "I have direct information from officers of the Colombian National Police that other attacks are coming along the Colombian-Venezuelan border and they are tryin…

Stacey McKenna (2019-03-03). Border Wall Trumped by Art and Community. commondreams.org Separated by a wall, the border towns of Douglas, Arizona, and Agua Prieta in the Mexican state of Sonora use art and culture to transcend the divide between them. (Photo: Binational Arts Institute) | https://www.commondreams.org/sites/defau…

teleSUR (2019-03-03). Land Rights Still Ellusive For Women In Mexico. telesurenglish.net In Mexico it's men who own most arable land, and it's the nation's laws that inhibit women from gaining access to agricultural plots. | RELATED: | US Seeks to Extend Policy Forcing Asylum Seekers to Mexico | The country's National Agrarian Registry (RAN) shows that 51 percent of Mexico's land is within an "ejido," or collective agricultural plot, but only 1.3 million women own land within an ejido, compared…

Peoples Dispatch (2019-03-03). Thousands of adivasis marched in India, to safeguard forest-dwelling rights. peoplesdispatch.org Thousands of adivasis from across India marched in New Delhi to demand an overhaul of the order to evict people from forest lands, by the Supreme Court, that could displace nearly 2 million people…

Jessica Corbett, staff writer (2019-03-03). After Hours at the Border, 29 Parents Separated From Their Kids and Deported Take Step Toward Asylum. commondreams.org After spending several hours at the U.S.-Mexico border with attorneys and immigrant rights advocates on Saturday, 29 parents separated from their children then deported under President Donald Trump's so-called "zero tolerance" policy were allowed to take a crucial step toward applying for asylum and reuniting with their kids. | https://www.commondreams.org/sites/defau…

RT (2019-03-03). 'Can the flag sue for harassment?' Twitter goes bananas after Trump hugs American flag. rt.com Donald Trump's impromptu embrace of the America flag as he appeared onstage at the 2019 Conservative Action Conference has triggered a flurry of social media commentary, ranging from enthusiastic applause to cries of fascism.

RT (2019-03-03). 'Not smth to celebrate': Reunion story of dad & daughter BOTH deployed to Iraq recalls 'forever war'. rt.com A seemingly patriotic story on the National Guard's news site — of a father and daughter being deployed to the same country simultaneously — has instead illustrated for many the futility of America's endless Middle East wars. |

splcenter (2019-03-02). Congressional, civil rights leaders gather at Civil Rights Memorial to honor movement's martyrs. splcenter.org U.S. Rep. John Lewis led a gathering of congressional and civil rights leaders in a wreath-laying ceremony at the Civil Rights Memorial in Montgomery, Alabama, today, honoring those who lost their lives in the struggle for civil rights.

WSWS (2019-03-02). Trump White House leads fascistic attack on socialism at Conservative Political Action Conference. wsws.org The event opened Thursday with a five-and-a-half-minute video collage presenting the Democratic Party as a looming socialist threat from which only Trump and his supporters can save America.

WSWS (2019-03-02). US, Canadian and Mexican workers denounce mass firings of Matamoros strikers. wsws.org Mexican auto parts and other "maquiladora" corporations are firing workers in retaliation for launching a wave of wildcat strikes that brought the Mexican border town of Matamoros to a standstill.

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 …

Bacardi Jackson, Senior Supervising Attorney for SPLC Action Fund (2019-03-01). SPLC Action Fund: Grand jury investigation of school officials into alleged 'school safety' crimes erodes democracy, politicizes tragedy. splcenter.org The Florida Supreme Court recently ordered a statewide grand jury to investigate school officials in light of last year's mass shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida, that killed 17 people. The high court's order was in response to a request from Gov. Ron DeSantis.

splcenter (2019-03-01). Weekend Read: 'If I'd been white, I guarantee you they wouldn't have taken my money'. splcenter.org "The robber didn't get anything, but the police got everything."

Fight Back (2019-03-01). UNF SDS wins campaign demands. fightbacknews.org Jacksonville, FL – On February 19 the University of North Florida Students for a Democratic Society (UNF SDS) held a rally speaking out against Trump's Declaration of a National Emergency to fund his racist, xenophobic border wall. About 30 students attended despite the chilly rain. Several speakers addressed the protesters about the importance of organizing on campus and opposing Trump's backwards policies. | After the speeches, students from UNF SDS marched across campus to the university president's office and occupied it until the administration met with SDS to discuss the students' demands. SDS dem…

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 …

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 …

RT (2019-03-01). 'Most entertaining war of all time'? Daily Show host slammed for joke about India/Pakistan conflict. rt.com The Daily Show's Trevor Noah is being raked over the coals on Twitter for a joke he made about the threat of war between India and Pakistan. Was it racist? Insensitive? Not funny? Or are his viewers just "triggered?"

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

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…

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."

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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'

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…

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…

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…

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.

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.

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…

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.

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…

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.

2019-03-04: Social Media Postees

Anti-Racist Strategy for a World in Crisis
Max Wilbert | counterpunch.org | 2019-03-04
In his book Capitalism and Slavery, Trinidadian historian Dr. Eric Williams writes that "Slavery was not born of racism: rather, racism was the consequence of slavery." Williams, like many others, argues that racism was created by the powerful to justify subjugation that was already in progress. In other words, the desire to exploit came first,…
counterpunch.org/2019/03/04/anti-racist-…

Report: Huawei CFO Meng Wanzhou Sues Canadian Government
teleSUR | telesurenglish.net | 2019-03-04
Meng Wanzhou, the chief financial officer of Chinese technology company Huawei, is suing the Canadian government, its border agency and the national police force over her high-profile detention. Meng claims they detained, searched and interrogated her before telling her she was under arrest. | RELATED: | Canada Moves Forward With Huawei Exec Extradition Case | Meng's lawyers said Sunday they had filed a notice of civil claim in the supreme court in British Columbia. | Meng, the daugh…
telesurenglish.net/news/Report-Huawei-CF…

US Closes Jerusalem Consulate Cutting Ties With Palestine
teleSUR | telesurenglish.net | 2019-03-04
The United States consulate in Jerusalem will officially close its doors Monday after 175 years of fostering diplomacy between Palestinian officials and the U.S. | The consulate is merging with the controversial U.S. embassy to Israel located in the same city. | RELATED: | 17 Palestinians Injured by Israel In Gaza Border Protests | The decision was announced last October and tens months after President Donald Trump declared that Jerusalem was the capital of Israel, a move that has e…
telesurenglish.net/news/US-Closes-Jerusa…

America Doesn't Exist
Elliot Sperber | counterpunch.org | 2019-03-04
America doesn't exist If you think that you live there Guess what, you've been tricked You're not even thinking, You're only believing In borders, and orders That blossom from myth That is, from delusion, or nonsense Or illness, contagious, indeed And violent, yes But not at all real, or true For falsehoods can't ever be…
counterpunch.org/2019/03/04/america-does…

John Bolton Defends Monroe Doctrine as Juan Guaido Lobs New Threats at Venezuela Gov't
SouthFront | mintpressnews.com | 2019-03-04
Self-proclaimed Venezuelan president Juan Guaido is to return to the country on March, 4 to lead new protests against President Nicolas Maduro's government. In returning he is risking arrest, as he was prohibited from leaving the country by the Venezuelan Supreme Court.
mintpressnews.com/john-bolton-defends-mo…

How a Small Team of Journalists Overcame Facebook Censorship
Alexander Rubinstein | theantimedia.com | 2019-03-04
(MPN) — Facebook seemed to have outdone itself again in its ongoing suppression of independent media when, earlier this month in coordination with CNN, it banned four pages belonging to a company that was not even accused of breaking any of the platform's rules. The genesis of In The Now's ban is striking as it has never …

How a Small Team of Journalists Overcame Facebook Censorship

India-Pakistan war tensions escalate
WSWS | wsws.org | 2019-03-04
At least six civilians and two Pakistani soldiers have been killed as a result of cross-border shelling from both sides along the Line of Control.
http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2019/03/…

Still 'Long Way to Go' to End Systemic Racism, Sanders Tells Crowd of 12,500 in Chicago
Jake Johnson, staff writer | commondreams.org | 2019-03-04
"We are going to change a system in which tens of thousands every single year get criminal records for possessing marijuana, but not one major Wall Street executive went to jail for destroying our economy," said the Vermont senator and 2020 presidential contender | https://www.commondreams.org/sites/defau…
commondreams.org/news/2019/03/04/still-l…

Yazidis freed from Islamic State captivity in Syria and returned to Iraq
Al-Thawra | indybay.org | 2019-03-04
Over 3.000 Yazidi's remain missing, in an act declared as "Genocide" by the International Community.
indybay.org/newsitems/2019/03/02/1882154…

The Worldwide Struggle Against Fascism: A Conversation with Nestor Kohan (Part 2)
Cira Pascual Marquina — Venezuelanalysis | venezuelanalysis.com | 2019-03-03
An important Latin American political theorist argues that right-wing "internationalism" requires a leftist response that also reaches beyond national boundaries.
venezuelanalysis.com/analysis/14362

Milan Says 'People First' To Salvini's Racist Policies
teleSUR | telesurenglish.net | 2019-03-03
Milan's streets were filled Saturday with tens of thousands of anti-nationalist protesters who say Italy's national government is enacting racist policies they don't want to be a part of. | RELATED: | Italy's New 'Bad Law' Tightens Asylum Criteria | The demonstrators played drums and trumpets as they marched peacefully among northern Italy's main streets and shouted "prima le persone" (people first) to counter the vocally anti-immigrant prime minister's "prima gli Italiani" (Italians first). | M…
telesurenglish.net/news/Milan-Says-Peopl…

Border Wall Trumped by Art and Community
Stacey McKenna | commondreams.org | 2019-03-03
Separated by a wall, the border towns of Douglas, Arizona, and Agua Prieta in the Mexican state of Sonora use art and culture to transcend the divide between them. (Photo: Binational Arts Institute) | https://www.commondreams.org/sites/defau…
commondreams.org/views/2019/03/03/border…

Warning About False Flag Operations Against Venezuela
teleSUR | telesurenglish.net | 2019-03-03
Together with Venezuela's opposition, the United States government is planning a new false flag operation along the Colombian border, socialist leader and protector of the Venezuelan state of Tachira, Freddy Bernal, said Sunday. | RELATED: | Who Is US Intelligence Official Advising Guaido on His 'Regional Tour' | "I have direct information from officers of the Colombian National Police that other attacks are coming along the Colombian-Venezuelan border and they are tryin…
telesurenglish.net/news/Warning-About-Fa…

Land Rights Still Ellusive For Women In Mexico
teleSUR | telesurenglish.net | 2019-03-03
In Mexico it's men who own most arable land, and it's the nation's laws that inhibit women from gaining access to agricultural plots. | RELATED: | US Seeks to Extend Policy Forcing Asylum Seekers to Mexico | The country's National Agrarian Registry (RAN) shows that 51 percent of Mexico's land is within an "ejido," or collective agricultural plot, but only 1.3 million women own land within an ejido, compared…
telesurenglish.net/news/Land-Rights-Stil…

Thousands of adivasis marched in India, to safeguard forest-dwelling rights
Peoples Dispatch | peoplesdispatch.org | 2019-03-03
Thousands of adivasis from across India marched in New Delhi to demand an overhaul of the order to evict people from forest lands, by the Supreme Court, that could displace nearly 2 million people…
peoplesdispatch.org/2019/03/03/thousands…

'Not smth to celebrate': Reunion story of dad & daughter BOTH deployed to Iraq recalls 'forever war'
RT | rt.com | 2019-03-03
A seemingly patriotic story on the National Guard's news site — of a father and daughter being deployed to the same country simultaneously — has instead illustrated for many the futility of America's endless Middle East wars. | …
rt.com/usa/452932-father-daughter-iraq-e…

After Hours at the Border, 29 Parents Separated From Their Kids and Deported Take Step Toward Asylum
Jessica Corbett, staff writer | commondreams.org | 2019-03-03
After spending several hours at the U.S.-Mexico border with attorneys and immigrant rights advocates on Saturday, 29 parents separated from their children then deported under President Donald Trump's so-called "zero tolerance" policy were allowed to take a crucial step toward applying for asylum and reuniting with their kids. | https://www.commondreams.org/sites/defau…
commondreams.org/news/2019/03/03/after-h…

'Can the flag sue for harassment?' Twitter goes bananas after Trump hugs American flag
RT | rt.com | 2019-03-03
Donald Trump's impromptu embrace of the America flag as he appeared onstage at the 2019 Conservative Action Conference has triggered a flurry of social media commentary, ranging from enthusiastic applause to cries of fascism. | …
rt.com/usa/452913-trump-hugs-flag-cpac-t…

Congressional, civil rights leaders gather at Civil Rights Memorial to honor movement's martyrs
splcenter | splcenter.org | 2019-03-02
U.S. Rep. John Lewis led a gathering of congressional and civil rights leaders in a wreath-laying ceremony at the Civil Rights Memorial in Montgomery, Alabama, today, honoring those who lost their lives in the struggle for civil rights.
splcenter.org/news/2019/03/02/congressio…

US, Canadian and Mexican workers denounce mass firings of Matamoros strikers
WSWS | wsws.org | 2019-03-02
Mexican auto parts and other "maquiladora" corporations are firing workers in retaliation for launching a wave of wildcat strikes that brought the Mexican border town of Matamoros to a standstill.
http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2019/03/…

Trump White House leads fascistic attack on socialism at Conservative Political Action Conference
WSWS | wsws.org | 2019-03-02
The event opened Thursday with a five-and-a-half-minute video collage presenting the Democratic Party as a looming socialist threat from which only Trump and his supporters can save America.
http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2019/03/…

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…

Weekend Read: 'If I'd been white, I guarantee you they wouldn't have taken my money'
splcenter | splcenter.org | 2019-03-01
"The robber didn't get anything, but the police got everything."
splcenter.org/news/2019/03/01/weekend-re…

SPLC Action Fund: Grand jury investigation of school officials into alleged 'school safety' crimes erodes democracy, politicizes tragedy
Bacardi Jackson, Senior Supervising Attorney for SPLC Action Fund | splcenter.org | 2019-03-01
The Florida Supreme Court recently ordered a statewide grand jury to investigate school officials in light of last year's mass shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida, that killed 17 people. The high court's order was in response to a request from Gov. Ron DeSantis.
splcenter.org/news/2019/03/01/splc-actio…

UNF SDS wins campaign demands
Fight Back | fightbacknews.org | 2019-03-01
Jacksonville, FL – On February 19 the University of North Florida Students for a Democratic Society (UNF SDS) held a rally speaking out against Trump's Declaration of a National Emergency to fund his racist, xenophobic border wall. About 30 students attended despite the chilly rain. Several speakers addressed the protesters about the importance of organizing on campus and opposing Trump's backwards policies. | After the speeches, students from UNF SDS marched across campus to the university president's office and occupied it until the administration met with SDS to discuss the students' demands. SDS dem…
http://www.fightbacknews.org/2019/3/1/un…

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 …
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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 …
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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 …
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'Most entertaining war of all time'? Daily Show host slammed for joke about India/Pakistan conflict
RT | rt.com | 2019-03-01
The Daily Show's Trevor Noah is being raked over the coals on Twitter for a joke he made about the threat of war between India and Pakistan. Was it racist? Insensitive? Not funny? Or are his viewers just "triggered?" | …
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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…
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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."
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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…

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…
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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…

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

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-…

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…

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…
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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

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

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…

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…