Daily Archives: March 6, 2019

2019-03-06: News Headlines

Lawrence Davidson (2019-03-06). Anti-Semitism Versus Anti-Zionism in Today's France. counterpunch.org We are at a new stage of the fight to realize Palestinian rights and free both Palestinians and Jews from the consequences of Zionist racism. There was a time when very few in the West understood the racist nature of the Israeli state. For a long time the Zionists controlled the public relations message and More

Phyllis Bennis (2019-03-06). The Democratic Party Attacks on Ilhan Omar Are a Travesty. zcomm.org Ilhan Omar are rising is under attack from the leaders of her own party for anti-Semitic statements she never made, for anti-Jewish prejudice she never expressed, for hatred of Jews she doesn't hold…

Prof. James Petras (2019-03-06). The Recolonization of Latin America and the War on Venezuela. globalresearch.ca Introduction | Not since the US pronounced the Monroe Doctrine proclaiming its imperial supremacy over Latin America, nearly 200 years ago, has a White House regime so openly affirmed its mission to recolonize Latin America. | The second decade of the 21st …

WSWS (2019-03-06). US detains 77,000 immigrants at border in February, a 10 year high. wsws.org The number of immigrants detained at the border hit a 10 year high in February, while employer audits and mass workplace sweeps continue to rise.

Shared by Jocelyn Dombroski (2019-03-06). Ilan Omar's Denunciation of Israel Lobby is Not Anti-Semitism — Phyllis Bennis. therealnews.com Democrats' resolution denouncing anti-semitism is aimed at stopping criticism of Israel and at silencing a Black Muslim refugee woman who is not anti-semitic — Phyllis Bennis joins Marc Steiner…

WSWS (2019-03-06). The assault on Jeremy Corbyn is a warning that must be heeded. wsws.org The March 3 attack on the Labour Party leader is the latest in a series of far-right provocations in Britain, pointing to the clear and present danger posed by the growth of far-right and fascist parties throughout Europe.

WSWS (2019-03-06). Mexican ruling class responds to Matamoros: Militarization and alignment with Trump's attacks on immigrants. wsws.org The AMLO administration has prevented immigrants from reaching the border and is forcefully detaining them, creating the framework for escalating attacks on the entire working class.

RT (2019-03-06). Not O-KKK: School under fire for play featuring Klansmen. rt.com The Sioux Falls School District in South Dakota has apologized after high school students appeared dressed in Ku Klux Klan costumes during a play, saying proper performance vetting guidelines weren't followed.

Jason Ditz (2019-03-06). Top US General Seeks More Troops in Europe to Confront Russia. theantimedia.com (ANTIWAR.COM) — Speaking to the Senate Armed Services Committee, Gen. Curtis Scaparrotti, the NATO Supreme Allied Commander-Europe, argued that the US needs to send even more troops and warships to Europe to "stay ahead of Russia." Even though Russia's military spending is actually scheduled to decrease in the next few years, Gen. Scaparrotti argued that the "growing" …

Antifa R&D Dept. (2019-03-06). ALERTA! Far-right to gather in San Francisco May 3. indybay.org The far-right is once again attempting a mass recruitment in the Bay Area like it's 2017. Who is ready for another round of Nazi whack-a-mole?>

Greg Grandin (2019-03-06). Bread, Circuses, and Duct Tape: How to Make Border Porn. counterpunch.org On February 15th, Donald Trump declared a state of national emergency in order to fund his "great, great" border wall without having to go through Congress. There is, of course, no emergency, despite the rape fantasy that the president has regularly tried to pass off as public policy. In speech after speech, including his declaration of that emergency, he has told the same story: the United States needs a border wall to prevent sex traffickers from driving women into the country, bound with duct tape. More

WSWS (2019-03-06). India and Pakistan stoke chauvinism, exchange threats. wsws.org Although cross-border shelling has reportedly declined since Sunday, continuing tensions between South Asia's rival nuclear-armed states have left the region on the brink of a catastrophic war.

RT (2019-03-06). 'Hell has open borders': Arkansas church under fire for immigration sign. rt.com An Arkansas church is facing a fierce backlash for erecting a sign that some residents deem to be too politically charged: "Heaven has strict immigration laws, hell has open borders."

Peoples Dispatch (2019-03-05). "Political racism is why West has not given a chance to Venezuelan process" peoplesdispatch.org Venezuelan ambassador to Ecuador, Carol Delgado Arria, talked to Peoples Dispatch about how political racism has affected the treatment of Venezuela and Bolivarian leaders such as Hugo Chávez and Nicolás Maduro.

W. T. Whitney Jr. (2019-03-05). Stage set long ago for encounter at Colombia-Venezuela border. peoplesworld.org On February 23, the U.S. and Colombian governments joined in trying to push humanitarian supplies from the Colombian border city Cúcuta into Venezuela. They were using humanitarian aid as a Trojan Horse to confront Venezuelan security forces. These were supposed to have stepped aside, Venezuela's military forces would, in theory, have disintegrated, and a take-down …

Mark Gruenberg (2019-03-05). Lawmakers move to end anti-worker, anti-consumer forced arbitration. peoplesworld.org WASHINGTON — Five congressional Democrats, including the influential chairman of the House Judiciary Committee, have introduced legislation to reverse the U.S. Supreme Court's 2-year-old ruling that forced workers into mandatory arbitration over disputes with bosses, including when forced arbitration overrides U.S. labor law. The Forced Arbitration Injustice Repeal (FAIR) act would also end forced arbitration …

commondreams (2019-03-05). An Open Letter to the Washington Office on Latin America About Its Stance on US Effort to Overthrow Venezuelan Government. commondreams.org Greg Grandin, Noam Chomsky, Sujatha Fernandes, Daniel Hellinger, et al. | U.S. Vice President of United States Mike Pence and Venezuelan opposition leader and declared acting president by the National Assembly Juan Guaid√≥ meet during the Lima Group Summit on February 25, 2019 in Bogota, Colombia. The meeting occurs after Nicol√°s Maduro blocked humanitarian aid in the border with Colombia in C√∫cuta. (Photo: Luis Ramirez/Vizzor Image/Getty Images) | https://www.commondreams.org/sites/defau…

Howard Lisnoff (2019-03-05). Trump's Plot Against America: It Can Happen Here. counterpunch.org When Philip Roth wrote The Plot Against America (2004), I instinctively recoiled at Roth's fictional account of a neo-Nazi political party coming to power in the U.S. with figures such as Charles Lindbergh at its helm. When a Nazi document surfaced just recently ("Nazi blueprint for North American Holocaust acquired by Canada archive," Guardian, January 25, 2019), that outlined More

Greg Grandin (2019-03-05). Donald Trump, Pornographer-in-Chief . commondreams.org Families have been tear gassed at the border and children have already died in Border Patrol custody. (Photo: Reuters) | https://www.commondreams.org/sites/defau…

unitedEditor (2019-03-05). Revolution in Venezuela: what is really happening? uwidata.com On February 23, Venezuela broke diplomatic and political relations with Colombia. In addition, Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro gave the staff of the Colombian Embassy in Caracas 24 hours to leave Venezuela. At the same time, Venezuela temporarily closed three bridges on the border with Colombia. The decision was taken after it came to light that …

Greg Grandin (2019-03-05). Trump Is Fetishizing Death to Justify His Cruelty at the Border. thenation.com Trump Is Fetishizing Death to Justify His Cruelty at the Border…

Greg Grandin (2019-03-05). Bread, Circuses, and Duct Tape. zcomm.org Bound at the Border, or How to Make Border Porn…

ACLU (2019-03-05). Ending the NSA's Massive Phone Spying Program Would Be a Good Start — But There's a Lot More to Do. aclu.org The successor to the NSA's bulk surveillance program revealed by Snowden is reportedly being abandoned. Congress needs to make sure it stays dead. | We may be one step closer to putting the final nail in the coffin of the National Security Agency's massive phone records surveillance program, if a New York Times report bears out. Ending this program is a good first step, but as Congress debates expiring Patriot Act provisions this year, it needs to do much more to protect individual rights, including eliminating t…

splcenter (2019-03-05). SPLC Action Fund statement on divisive Georgia bill that would protect Confederate monuments. splcenter.org The Georgia Senate passed a bill today that would require anyone who vandalizes a monument to pay for the damages.

Democracy Now! (2019-03-05). Headlines for March 5, 2019. democracynow.org Judiciary Committee Launches Probe into 81 Trump Associates and Groups, New Yorker Report Details Trump's Deep Ties to Fox News, Groundwater in 39 States Contaminated by Coal Ash Waste, Dem Leaders Rebuke Alleged Anti-Semitic Remarks by Rep. Omar, U.S. Closes Jerusalem Consulate, Rights Groups Say Jailed Saudi Women Activists Tortured, Sexually Assaulted, Report: Khashoggi's Body Was Burned in Oven at Saudi Diplomat's Home, NYT: Detained U.S. Citizen Allegedly Tortured in Saudi Custody | , South Korea Calls for Resumption of Talks Between Trump and Kim, North Carolina Reschedules 9th District Election After Voter…

Peoples Dispatch (2019-03-05). Tea workers demand hike in minimum wages in India. peoplesdispatch.org Hundreds of tea workers, hailing from the state of Assam, gathered in the national capital of India on March 4, to protest the discrimination that workers suffer at the hands of the owners on a daily basis. The protesters demanded implementation of minimum wages and entitlement to legal framework to change the working conditions. | Under the banners of Chaaybagan Sangram Samity and Chah Mukti Sangram Samiti, the tea workers, associated with the Darjeeling Hills Terai Dooars, insisted that the dwellers reopen the closed tea garden and pay the dues. While calling for an end to discrimination, in terms of contractua…

Venezuela Analysis (2019-03-05). Juan Guaido Returns to Venezuela Amid US Threats Against Maduro. theantimedia.com (VA) — Venezuelan opposition leader Juan Guaido touched down in Caracas' Simon Bolivar International Airport Monday afternoon following visits to several neighboring countries in previous days. Despite official warnings that he would be arrested for violating a Supreme Court-ordered travel ban, the self-proclaimed "interim president" successfully went through airport customs before proceeding to attend an anti-government rally in eastern Caracas. A number …

Julia Conley, staff writer (2019-03-05). 'North Star for Democracy Reform': 70+ Public Advocacy Groups Demand Passage of HR 1. commondreams.org More than 70 pro-democracy groups urged passage of the Democratic Party's sweeping anti-corruption, pro-voting rights bill on Tuesday as the legislation was taken up by a House committee ahead of an expected floor vote. | https://www.commondreams.org/sites/defau…

RT (2019-03-05). 'Vile anti-Semitic' Ilhan Omar row shows pitfalls of US identity politics. rt.com In a story that perfectly illustrates the perils of runaway identity politics, the historic-first congresswoman Ilhan Omar (D-Minnesota) is facing a rebuke in the House over "anti-Semitic" comments about the Israel lobby.

Ed Rampell (2019-03-04). Wrap-up of the 27th annual Pan African Film Festival. peoplesworld.org LOS ANGELES—As blackface, KKK and noose racist imagery and scandals involving Jussie Smollett, R. Kelly, etc., threatened to overshadow the yearly Black History Month celebrations, the L.A.-based Pan African Film and Arts Festival (PAFF) continued to emit a dazzling light of brilliant positivity and hope. Billing itself as America's biggest Black-themed film fest, from Feb. …

unitedEditor (2019-03-04). India-Pakistan, Trump-Kim, Assad in Iran. uwidata.com Pakistan-India conflict THe Pakistani and Indian armies began using heavy weapons against each other on the border in Kashmir. After an intense exchange of fire that lasted more than 3 hours, India reported that it had had not suffered losses. Tensions between the two states escalated after a police convoy was attacked on February 14 …

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.

Swathi Shanmugasundaram (2019-03-04). Trump Cites Hate Group at Conservative Political Action Conference. splcenter.org At this year's Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) on March 2, President Donald Trump cited a study by anti-immigrant hate group Federation for American Immigration Reform (FAIR) claiming that "illegal aliens are incarcerated at three times the rate of legal residents."

RT (2019-03-04). Congress silent as Trump extends national emergency — because it's to sanction Russia. rt.com US President Donald Trump has informed Congress that he will extend the 2014 national emergency over Ukraine and sanctions against Russia, even as lawmakers look set to oppose his emergency declaration to protect the US border.

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.

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.

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 …

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."

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 …

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…

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…

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."

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…

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…

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'

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…

2019-03-06: Social Media Postees

Anti-Semitism Versus Anti-Zionism in Today's France
Lawrence Davidson | counterpunch.org | 2019-03-06
We are at a new stage of the fight to realize Palestinian rights and free both Palestinians and Jews from the consequences of Zionist racism. There was a time when very few in the West understood the racist nature of the Israeli state. For a long time the Zionists controlled the public relations message and…
counterpunch.org/2019/03/06/anti-semitis…

The Democratic Party Attacks on Ilhan Omar Are a Travesty
Phyllis Bennis | zcomm.org | 2019-03-06
Ilhan Omar are rising is under attack from the leaders of her own party for anti-Semitic statements she never made, for anti-Jewish prejudice she never expressed, for hatred of Jews she doesn't hold…
zcomm.org/znetarticle/the-democratic-par…

The Recolonization of Latin America and the War on Venezuela
Prof. James Petras | globalresearch.ca | 2019-03-06
Introduction | Not since the US pronounced the Monroe Doctrine proclaiming its imperial supremacy over Latin America, nearly 200 years ago, has a White House regime so openly affirmed its mission to recolonize Latin America. | The second decade of the 21st …
globalresearch.ca/recolonization-latin-a…

The assault on Jeremy Corbyn is a warning that must be heeded
WSWS | wsws.org | 2019-03-06
The March 3 attack on the Labour Party leader is the latest in a series of far-right provocations in Britain, pointing to the clear and present danger posed by the growth of far-right and fascist parties throughout Europe.
http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2019/03/…

'Hell has open borders': Arkansas church under fire for immigration sign
RT | rt.com | 2019-03-06
An Arkansas church is facing a fierce backlash for erecting a sign that some residents deem to be too politically charged: "Heaven has strict immigration laws, hell has open borders." | …
rt.com/usa/453151-arkansas-church-sign-i…

India and Pakistan stoke chauvinism, exchange threats
WSWS | wsws.org | 2019-03-06
Although cross-border shelling has reportedly declined since Sunday, continuing tensions between South Asia's rival nuclear-armed states have left the region on the brink of a catastrophic war.
http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2019/03/…

Not O-KKK: School under fire for play featuring Klansmen
RT | rt.com | 2019-03-06
The Sioux Falls School District in South Dakota has apologized after high school students appeared dressed in Ku Klux Klan costumes during a play, saying proper performance vetting guidelines weren't followed. | …
rt.com/usa/453138-kkk-play-sioux-falls-f…

Ilan Omar's Denunciation of Israel Lobby is Not Anti-Semitism — Phyllis Bennis
Shared by Jocelyn Dombroski | therealnews.com | 2019-03-06
Democrats' resolution denouncing anti-semitism is aimed at stopping criticism of Israel and at silencing a Black Muslim refugee woman who is not anti-semitic — Phyllis Bennis joins Marc Steiner…
therealnews.com/stories/ilan-omars-denun…

ALERTA! Far-right to gather in San Francisco May 3
Antifa R&D Dept. | indybay.org | 2019-03-06
The far-right is once again attempting a mass recruitment in the Bay Area like it's 2017. Who is ready for another round of Nazi whack-a-mole?>…
indybay.org/newsitems/2019/03/05/1882170…

US detains 77,000 immigrants at border in February, a 10 year high
WSWS | wsws.org | 2019-03-06
The number of immigrants detained at the border hit a 10 year high in February, while employer audits and mass workplace sweeps continue to rise.
http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2019/03/…

Top US General Seeks More Troops in Europe to Confront Russia
Jason Ditz | theantimedia.com | 2019-03-06
(ANTIWAR.COM) — Speaking to the Senate Armed Services Committee, Gen. Curtis Scaparrotti, the NATO Supreme Allied Commander-Europe, argued that the US needs to send even more troops and warships to Europe to "stay ahead of Russia." Even though Russia's military spending is actually scheduled to decrease in the next few years, Gen. Scaparrotti argued that the "growing" …

Top US General Seeks More Troops in Europe to Confront Russia

Bread, Circuses, and Duct Tape: How to Make Border Porn
Greg Grandin | counterpunch.org | 2019-03-06
On February 15th, Donald Trump declared a state of national emergency in order to fund his "great, great" border wall without having to go through Congress. There is, of course, no emergency, despite the rape fantasy that the president has regularly tried to pass off as public policy. In speech after speech, including his declaration of that emergency, he has told the same story: the United States needs a border wall to prevent sex traffickers from driving women into the country, bound with duct tape.
counterpunch.org/2019/03/06/bread-circus…

Mexican ruling class responds to Matamoros: Militarization and alignment with Trump's attacks on immigrants
WSWS | wsws.org | 2019-03-06
The AMLO administration has prevented immigrants from reaching the border and is forcefully detaining them, creating the framework for escalating attacks on the entire working class.
http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2019/03/…

"Political racism is why West has not given a chance to Venezuelan process"
Peoples Dispatch | peoplesdispatch.org | 2019-03-05
Venezuelan ambassador to Ecuador, Carol Delgado Arria, talked to Peoples Dispatch about how political racism has affected the treatment of Venezuela and Bolivarian leaders such as Hugo Chávez and Nicolás Maduro.
peoplesdispatch.org/2019/03/05/political…

An Open Letter to the Washington Office on Latin America About Its Stance on US Effort to Overthrow Venezuelan Government
commondreams | commondreams.org | 2019-03-05
Greg Grandin, Noam Chomsky, Sujatha Fernandes, Daniel Hellinger, et al. | U.S. Vice President of United States Mike Pence and Venezuelan opposition leader and declared acting president by the National Assembly Juan Guaid√≥ meet during the Lima Group Summit on February 25, 2019 in Bogota, Colombia. The meeting occurs after Nicol√°s Maduro blocked humanitarian aid in the border with Colombia in C√∫cuta. (Photo: Luis Ramirez/Vizzor Image/Getty Images) | https://www.commondreams.org/sites/defau…
commondreams.org/views/2019/03/05/open-l…

Trump's Plot Against America: It Can Happen Here
Howard Lisnoff | counterpunch.org | 2019-03-05
When Philip Roth wrote The Plot Against America (2004), I instinctively recoiled at Roth's fictional account of a neo-Nazi political party coming to power in the U.S. with figures such as Charles Lindbergh at its helm. When a Nazi document surfaced just recently ("Nazi blueprint for North American Holocaust acquired by Canada archive," Guardian, January 25, 2019), that outlined…
counterpunch.org/2019/03/05/trumps-plot-…

Trump Is Fetishizing Death to Justify His Cruelty at the Border
Greg Grandin | thenation.com | 2019-03-05
Trump Is Fetishizing Death to Justify His Cruelty at the Border…
thenation.com/article/trump-death-cruelt…

Stage set long ago for encounter at Colombia-Venezuela border
W. T. Whitney Jr. | peoplesworld.org | 2019-03-05
On February 23, the U.S. and Colombian governments joined in trying to push humanitarian supplies from the Colombian border city Cúcuta into Venezuela. They were using humanitarian aid as a Trojan Horse to confront Venezuelan security forces. These were supposed to have stepped aside, Venezuela's military forces would, in theory, have disintegrated, and a take-down …
peoplesworld.org/article/stage-set-long-…

Donald Trump, Pornographer-in-Chief
Greg Grandin | commondreams.org | 2019-03-05
Families have been tear gassed at the border and children have already died in Border Patrol custody. (Photo: Reuters) | https://www.commondreams.org/sites/defau…
commondreams.org/views/2019/03/05/donald…

Revolution in Venezuela: what is really happening?
unitedEditor | uwidata.com | 2019-03-05
On February 23, Venezuela broke diplomatic and political relations with Colombia. In addition, Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro gave the staff of the Colombian Embassy in Caracas 24 hours to leave Venezuela. At the same time, Venezuela temporarily closed three bridges on the border with Colombia. The decision was taken after it came to light that …
uwidata.com/2555-revolution-in-venezuela…

Bread, Circuses, and Duct Tape
Greg Grandin | zcomm.org | 2019-03-05
Bound at the Border, or How to Make Border Porn…
zcomm.org/znetarticle/bread-circuses-and…

Ending the NSA's Massive Phone Spying Program Would Be a Good Start — But There's a Lot More to Do
ACLU | aclu.org | 2019-03-05
The successor to the NSA's bulk surveillance program revealed by Snowden is reportedly being abandoned. Congress needs to make sure it stays dead. | We may be one step closer to putting the final nail in the coffin of the National Security Agency's massive phone records surveillance program, if a New York Times report bears out. Ending this program is a good first step, but as Congress debates expiring Patriot Act provisions this year, it needs to do much more to protect individual rights, including eliminating t…
aclu.org/blog/national-security/privacy-…

Lawmakers move to end anti-worker, anti-consumer forced arbitration
Mark Gruenberg | peoplesworld.org | 2019-03-05
WASHINGTON — Five congressional Democrats, including the influential chairman of the House Judiciary Committee, have introduced legislation to reverse the U.S. Supreme Court's 2-year-old ruling that forced workers into mandatory arbitration over disputes with bosses, including when forced arbitration overrides U.S. labor law. The Forced Arbitration Injustice Repeal (FAIR) act would also end forced arbitration …
peoplesworld.org/article/lawmakers-move-…

SPLC Action Fund statement on divisive Georgia bill that would protect Confederate monuments
splcenter | splcenter.org | 2019-03-05
The Georgia Senate passed a bill today that would require anyone who vandalizes a monument to pay for the damages.
splcenter.org/news/2019/03/05/splc-actio…

Tea workers demand hike in minimum wages in India
Peoples Dispatch | peoplesdispatch.org | 2019-03-05
Hundreds of tea workers, hailing from the state of Assam, gathered in the national capital of India on March 4, to protest the discrimination that workers suffer at the hands of the owners on a daily basis. The protesters demanded implementation of minimum wages and entitlement to legal framework to change the working conditions. | Under the banners of Chaaybagan Sangram Samity and Chah Mukti Sangram Samiti, the tea workers, associated with the Darjeeling Hills Terai Dooars, insisted that the dwellers reopen the closed tea garden and pay the dues. While calling for an end to discrimination, in terms of contractua…
peoplesdispatch.org/2019/03/05/tea-worke…

Juan Guaido Returns to Venezuela Amid US Threats Against Maduro
Venezuela Analysis | theantimedia.com | 2019-03-05
(VA) — Venezuelan opposition leader Juan Guaido touched down in Caracas' Simon Bolivar International Airport Monday afternoon following visits to several neighboring countries in previous days. Despite official warnings that he would be arrested for violating a Supreme Court-ordered travel ban, the self-proclaimed "interim president" successfully went through airport customs before proceeding to attend an anti-government rally in eastern Caracas. A number …

Juan Guaido Returns to Venezuela Amid US Threats Against Maduro

'Vile anti-Semitic' Ilhan Omar row shows pitfalls of US identity politics
RT | rt.com | 2019-03-05
In a story that perfectly illustrates the perils of runaway identity politics, the historic-first congresswoman Ilhan Omar (D-Minnesota) is facing a rebuke in the House over "anti-Semitic" comments about the Israel lobby. | …
rt.com/usa/453109-ilhan-omar-israel-lobb…

'North Star for Democracy Reform': 70+ Public Advocacy Groups Demand Passage of HR 1
Julia Conley, staff writer | commondreams.org | 2019-03-05
More than 70 pro-democracy groups urged passage of the Democratic Party's sweeping anti-corruption, pro-voting rights bill on Tuesday as the legislation was taken up by a House committee ahead of an expected floor vote. | https://www.commondreams.org/sites/defau…
commondreams.org/news/2019/03/05/north-s…

India-Pakistan, Trump-Kim, Assad in Iran
unitedEditor | uwidata.com | 2019-03-04
Pakistan-India conflict THe Pakistani and Indian armies began using heavy weapons against each other on the border in Kashmir. After an intense exchange of fire that lasted more than 3 hours, India reported that it had had not suffered losses. Tensions between the two states escalated after a police convoy was attacked on February 14 …
uwidata.com/2547-india-pakistan-trump-ki…

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…

Trump Cites Hate Group at Conservative Political Action Conference
Swathi Shanmugasundaram | splcenter.org | 2019-03-04
At this year's Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) on March 2, President Donald Trump cited a study by anti-immigrant hate group Federation for American Immigration Reform (FAIR) claiming that "illegal aliens are incarcerated at three times the rate of legal residents."
splcenter.org/hatewatch/2019/03/04/trump…

Wrap-up of the 27th annual Pan African Film Festival
Ed Rampell | peoplesworld.org | 2019-03-04
LOS ANGELES–As blackface, KKK and noose racist imagery and scandals involving Jussie Smollett, R. Kelly, etc., threatened to overshadow the yearly Black History Month celebrations, the L.A.-based Pan African Film and Arts Festival (PAFF) continued to emit a dazzling light of brilliant positivity and hope. Billing itself as America's biggest Black-themed film fest, from Feb. …
peoplesworld.org/article/wrap-up-of-the-…

Congress silent as Trump extends national emergency — because it's to sanction Russia
RT | rt.com | 2019-03-04
US President Donald Trump has informed Congress that he will extend the 2014 national emergency over Ukraine and sanctions against Russia, even as lawmakers look set to oppose his emergency declaration to protect the US border. | …
rt.com/usa/453016-trump-emergency-ukrain…

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

'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…

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…

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…
fightbacknews.org/2019/3/1/unf-sds-wins-…

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…

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…

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…

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-…

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_…

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…
fightbacknews.org/2019/2/27/trump-wall-p…

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…
fightbacknews.org/2019/2/27/salt-lake-ci…

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…

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…

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

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

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-…