Daily Archives: March 13, 2019

2019-03-13: News Headlines

STAFF (2019-03-13). America's Long History of Hysteria About Women's Veils. truthdig.com Fox far right wing propagandist Jeanine Pirro came after Ilhan Omar for veiling, saying it is unconstitutional for her to follow the sharia and accusing her, horror of horrors, of dual loyalty. | Pirro says that the Qur'an requires women to cover their heads. Many Muslims do believe this, but it isn't in fact clear. The Qur'an says women should cover their pretty parts, which I suspect refers to the general state of undress common in seventh century Arabia. It doesn't explicitly mention the head. Indeed, when I lived in the Middle East in the 1970s as a young person, I would guess that 5% of urban women wore h…

Michael Collins (2019-03-13). Blackface and the American Idea of Race. counterpunch.org The price of scandal Periodically the American punditocracy convenes on cable TV for a "conversation about race." But, whether sparked by a celebrity chef's use of a racial slur, or a Black president's comment about the shooting of a Black teen, or a white president's remarks about "fine people on both sides" of a racist More

STAFF (2019-03-13). Pentagon Seeks Site to House 5,000 Migrant Children. truthdig.com The Defense Department is reviewing a number of military bases to find a location that can house thousands unaccompanied migrant children as the U.S. braces for a surge of people crossing the U.S.-Mexico border this spring.

Nabel Alabdalla (2019-03-13). The Forgotten Syrian Christian Towns Under Attack on Border with Idleb and Northern Hama. globalresearch.ca Two days ago I was in the Syrian Christian town of Al Skeilbiyyeh that has endured sustained attacks from the various terrorist groups backed by the U.S Coalition. These groups are embedded in the countryside bordering Al Skeilbiyyeh. In the …

Mumia Abu-Jamal (2019-03-13). Cops and Fascists: KKKolleagues? counterpunch.org Cops survey a scene of conflict in California's capital, a struggle between fascists and antifascists. Blood is on the ground, and webcam recordings show images of members of the Ku Klux Klan and related groups, not only armed with knives but actually showing some men stabbing downward at writhing bodies beneath. One side has knives. More

teleSUR (2019-03-13). IACHR Denies Precautionary Measures Raised by Assange. telesurenglish.net The Inter-American Commission on Human Rights has closed the request for precautionary measures requested by the founder of WikiLeaks, Julian Assange, so he will have to continue complying with the new rules on his asylum imposed by Ecuador, said the Andean country's Attorney General. | RELATED: | Julian Assange's Lawyers Blocked From The Ecuadorean Embassy | Assange's lawyers asked for the measures before the IACHR arguing the existence of "a potential risk" to his situation in t…

Shared by Hezvo Mpunga (2019-03-13). German Jewish Peace Group Wins Peace Prize; Then Attacked as being Anti-Semitic. therealnews.com Shir Hever talks about the Gà∂ttingen Peace Prize and how it transformed the debate around Palestinian rights in Germany, despite efforts by right-wing politicians to prevent the prize from being given to Jewish Voice for a Just Peace in the Middle East…

Margot Goldstein and Rachel Lederman (2019-03-13). What the Boycott of Manny's in the Mission Is All About. indybay.org The Mission is a cornerstone of progressive San Francisco. Galería de la Raza, Eric Quezada Center, the Mission Cultural Center and Brava Theater represent Mission communities and are critical spaces for conversations that challenge racism, class inequities and gender oppression. These institutions' roots lie in black and brown, poor and working class, queer and community organizing communities essential to the Mission's character. Enter Manny's.

Democracy Now! (2019-03-12). Trump's New Budget Slashes Medicare and Bolsters Military in an "Attack on the Poor & Middle Class" democracynow.org President Trump is seeking $8.6 billion to fund a wall on the U.S.-Mexico border, and an almost 5 percent increase in military spending. Meanwhile, Trump is calling for drastic cuts to domestic spending, including cutting $845 billion from Medicare spending over the next decade. Trump also wants to slash funding for the Environmental Protection Agency by 31 percent and the Interior Department's budget by 14 percent. We speak with David Cay Johnston, Pulitzer Prize-winning investigative reporter, and founder and editor of DCReport.org.

Mark Gruenberg (2019-03-12). Budget cuts: Trump fiscal plan is a right-wing wish list. peoplesworld.org WASHINGTON—If proposed federal budgets are political documents—and they are then-President Donald Trump's budget for fiscal 2020, which starts Oct. 1 and ends just before next year's election, is a right-wing wish list, with a trillion dollars of red ink, tailored to appeal to his base. From $8.6 billion more for his racist Mexican Wall, to …

splcenter (2019-03-12). Hiwaymen and Shieldwall Network Flop in Little Rock. splcenter.org A member of the neo-Confederate Hiwaymen took to the steps of the Arkansas state capitol at a rally Saturday to denounce abortion as a Nazi tactic used to promote eugenics.

splcenter (2019-03-12). Florida legislators announce bill to ensure structurally sound schools for all students in the state. splcenter.org Florida state Rep. Anna Eskamani and Florida state Sen. Janet Cruz today announced legislation that would create uniform requirements to ensure that all Florida students can receive an education in school buildings that are structurally sound.

Hatewatch Staff (2019-03-12). White Nationalist Group Identity Evropa Rebrands Following Private Chat Leaks, Launches 'American Identity Movement'. splcenter.org Just over a year after assuming control of the college-focused white nationalist organization Identity Evropa (IE), leader Patrick Casey said on Twitter that the organization "has been retired." The announcement comes just days after the nonprofit media organization Unicorn Riot released the group's Discord server chat logs.

Democracy Now! (2019-03-12). Headlines for March 12, 2019. democracynow.org 2020 Budget Boosts Border Wall & Military Funding, Slashes Domestic Programs, NY AG Probe Targets Deutsche Bank's Ties to Trump Org., Rep. Pelosi: Trump "Not Worth" Impeaching, Algerian Pres. Bouteflika Will Not Seek 5th Term, Delays Election, U.N.: 2018 Deadliest Year for Syrian Children, U.N.: Airstrikes in Yemen Kill 22 Women and Children, Iranian Human Rights Lawyer Sotoudeh Sentenced to 38 Years, Colombia: Indigenous Activist Killed Amid Mounting Violence, Food Stamps Cut for 1.4 Million Puerto Ricans, Fox News' Tucker Carlson Calls Iraqis "Semiliterate Primitive Monkeys" in Surfaced Recording, Increasing Ba…

teleSUR (2019-03-12). Venezuela's Prosecutor Probes Guaido over Electric Grid Attack. telesurenglish.net Venezuela's Attorney General Tareck William Saab said that his Venezuelan Public Ministry has started an investigation against Juan Guaido, the lawmaker of the country's National Assembly, which has been in contempt since 2016, over his alleged participation in the recent sabotage to the electric grid system in Venezuela. | The measure, which was reported to the Supreme Court of Justice, is meant to investigate whether the opposition lawmaker has acted as the mastermind behind the electric outage in the country that began last Thursday. | "We started a new investigation that joins the one that began on Jan. 2…

Fight Back (2019-03-12). International Women's Day in Tampa: Fight Trump's war on women. fightbacknews.org Tampa, FL – On March 10, over a dozen Tampa community, student and labor leaders gathered at Lykes Gaslight Park for a protest against President Donald Trump's anti-woman agenda. Since coming into office, Trump has led an all-out assault on women's rights, including defunding abortion services, erasing sections of Title IX that protect women from sexual assault and discrimination, and locking asylum-seeking women and children in cages in the southwestern United States. In the spirit of the women's marches that occurred in response to Trump's inauguration, protesters chanted "Pro-life is a lie, you don't care if p…

Dave Zirin (2019-03-12). A Different Perspective on the NFL's Robert Kraft. thenation.com A Different Perspective on the NFL's Robert Kraft…

teleSUR (2019-03-12). Fox News Commentator Uses Racist and Homophobic Language. telesurenglish.net A day after releasing audio of Tucker Carlson making numerous misogynist remarks, Media Matters for America (MMFA) published a new video with clips of the Fox News commentator using racist and homophobic language to describe Iraqi people, African Americans, gay people and immigrants while speaking on the radio program "Bubba the Love Sponge Show." Media Matters for America said the clips originated from between 2006 and 2011. | RELATED: | US: 200 'Peacekeeping' Troops to Remain in Syria | In th…

Middle East Eye (2019-03-12). Fox News Condemns Host's Comments About Ilhan Omar. theantimedia.com Host Jeannine Pirro said Omar may not support the US Constitution because she wears a hijab. (MEE) — Fox News has condemned recent comments by host Jeannine Pirro about US Democratic Congresswoman Ilhan Omar, which prompted accusations of racism and Islamophobia, as well as calls for Pirro to resign, over the weekend. Pirro, host of the Fox News show …

WSWS (2019-03-12). The "Museum of Communist Terror": Institute of historical falsification planned for London. wsws.org The proponents of the museum hope to bury the popular appeal of socialism under a mountain of lies, to legitimate the far right and provide a spur to a devastating programme of social counterrevolution.

ACLU (2019-03-12). Banning Trans Girls From School Sports Is Neither Feminist Nor Legal. aclu.org Policing what it means to be a girl harms all girls. | Andraya Yearwood, a junior at Cromwell High School in Connecticut, recently finished second in the 55-meter dash at the state open indoor track championships. But instead of well-deserved accolades from her community, she now finds her achievements being publicly challenged — simply because she is transgender. | There is a long legacy of sex discrimination in athletics. Myths, such as the idea that physical exertion would harm wom…

Aída Chávez (2019-03-12). Tucker Carlson on Rupert Murdoch in 2010 Radio Segment: "I'm 100 Percent His Bitch" theintercept.com "I only have, you know, American, white servants," Carlson said in 2009. "It's not because I'm racist, it's because I'm not. It's because I feel better beating them."

Aba Blankson (2019-03-11). NAACP 110th Convention Mobilizing in Detroit. naacp.org NAACP 110th Convention Mobilizing in Detroit Thousands Expected to Join in Setting NAACP 2020 Agenda Fighting Racism and Defending the Vote, Among Key Issues to be Discussed BALTIMORE (March 8, 2019) — The nation's foremost civil rights organization will kick off its 110th national convention on July 20-24, 2019 in Detroit, Michigan. "In a country shaped by race relations, pollution and polarizing political struggles, Detroit stands out as the …

Democracy Now! (2019-03-11). Journalists, Lawyers & Activists Targeted in Sweeping U.S. Intelligence Gathering Effort on Border. democracynow.org Newly revealed documents show the U.S. government created a secret database of activists and journalists who were documenting the Trump administration's efforts to thwart a caravan of migrants hoping to win asylum in the U.S. An investigation from San Diego's NBC 7 revealed the list was shared among Homeland Security Investigations, ICE, Customs and Border Protection and the FBI. It included the names of 10 journalists—seven of whom are U.S. citizens—along with nearly four dozen others listed as "organizers" or "instigators." House Democrats are now calling for the full disclosure of the government's…

Democracy Now! (2019-03-11). Greenwald: White House Spread False Story About Venezuela Burning Aid Trucks to Win Support for War. democracynow.org An investigation by The New York Times has found that several trucks carrying so-called humanitarian aid that were set ablaze during a showdown at the Colombia-Venezuela border last month were not caused by President Nicolás Maduro's forces, as was widely reported at the time by the media and Trump administration officials. We speak with Glenn Greenwald, Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist and one of the founding editors of The Intercept. His latest piece is "NYT's Exposé on the Lies About Burning Aid Trucks in Venezuela Shows How U.S. Government and Media Spread Pro-War Propaganda."

Jipson John (2019-03-11). Constitution is supreme and above all the customs and beliefs: Kerala CM Pinarayi Vijayan. mronline.org In conversation with the Chief Minister who just completed 1,000 days in office | Source

Democracy Now! (2019-03-11). "I Know No One More Patriotic": Daniel Ellsberg Praises Chelsea Manning After She Is Jailed Again. democracynow.org U.S. Army whistleblower Chelsea Manning has been sent back to jail after refusing to answer questions before a grand jury investigating WikiLeaks and its founder, Julian Assange. Manning had been subpoenaed by federal prosecutors in Virginia's Eastern District to appear for questioning about her 2010 leak to WikiLeaks of hundreds of thousands of State Department and Pentagon documents about the U.S. wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. Manning was imprisoned from 2010 to 2017 for the leak. President Obama commuted her sentence before he left office. We speak with Pentagon Papers whistleblower Daniel Ellsberg about the s…

Michael Edison Hayden (2019-03-11). The Wrong Stuff: Peinovich Co-Host Fired From EMT Job After Racist Comments Fall Under Scrutiny. splcenter.org Alex McNabb, co-host of the hate podcast "The Daily Shoah," was fired from his job as an emergency medical technician (EMT) on Sunday, according to WSLS, a Roanoke, Virginia-based NBC affiliate.

splcenter (2019-03-11). SPLC statement on President Trump's plan to slash Medicaid spending. splcenter.org President Trump today proposed a $4.7 trillion budget that calls for increased spending on defense and for barriers along the Mexico border, but for greatly reduced spending on Medicaid.

Democracy Now! (2019-03-11). Headlines for March 11, 2019. democracynow.org Ethiopian Airlines Boeing 737 Crashes, Killing All 157 On Board, Judge Jails Chelsea Manning For Refusing to Testify About WikiLeaks, Trump to Request $8.6 Billion for Border Wall in 2020 Budget, 1000s More Could Join ACLU Lawsuit over Trump Family Separation Policy, House Passes Election Reform Act Despite GOP Resistance, NYT Report Contradicts U.S. Claim That Maduro Responsible for "Aid" Convoy Fire, Guaidó to Declare Emergency as NYT Reports U.S. Sanctions Exacerbate Blackout, Netanyahu: "Israel Is Not a State of All Its Citizens", Gaza: Israeli Forces Shoot Palestinian Protesters, Killing 1, Fox Host Under Fi…

unitedEditor (2019-03-11). Crisis in Venezuela, India-Pakistan war, Syria. uwidata.com Venezuela In the center of the capital of Venezuela, a march of supporters of President Nicolas Maduro took place alongside protests by supporters of self-proclaimed president Juan Guaido who crossed the border back into the country on Monday. The republic has been experiencing periodic blackouts due to the failure of the automatic control system at …

Fight Back (2019-03-11). Intl Women's Day in Philippines: Unite and fight Filipino women's #1 enemy, the U.S.-Duterte regime. fightbacknews.org Fight Back News Service is circulating the following March 8 statement from MAKIBAKA (the Patriotic Movement of New Women), a revolutionary women's group in the Philippines. | On this historic day of women's collective actions becoming a worldwide force to be reckoned with, Filipino revolutionary women under the banner of Malayang Kilusan ng Bagong Kababaihan (MAKIBAKA) continue the fierce tradition of strong women resisting and fighting along the line and program of the national democratic revolution against the semi-colonial and semi-feudal system. As we celebrate the International Women's Day, we recognize and…

Timothy Smith (2019-03-11). VIDEO: Inside the Decades-Long Republican Campaign to Suppress the Vote. thenation.com VIDEO: Inside the Decades-Long Republican Campaign to Suppress the Vote…

Ryan Devereaux (2019-03-11). The U.S. Targeted Journalists on the Border. Two Senators Want to Know Why. theintercept.com Sen. Ron Wyden and Chuck Grassley called on U.S. Customs and Border Protection to provide a briefing on the border operations targeting journalists.

Rachel M. Cohen (2019-03-11). A GOP Bill in Georgia Would Jail Doctors Who Perform Abortions in a Post-Roe America. theintercept.com Five states have already passed a so-called trigger law, which would ban nearly all abortions if the Supreme Court were to overturn Roe v. Wade.

RT (2019-03-11). Trump cuts foreign aid spending, boosts border security, funds countering Russia in 2020 budget plan. rt.com President Donald Trump has announced his 2020 budget request. The $4.7 trillion funding plan cuts foreign aid and DC spending, and gives a boost to the military and border security, as well as to countering Russia's "influence."

RT (2019-03-10). 'I'm winning!' Trump attacks 'Wacky Nut Job' Ann Coulter for her border wall criticism. rt.com Claiming that he is "winning at the border," the US president has fired back at conservative firebrand Ann Coulter, who ended her cooling political romance with Donald Trump by calling him an "idiot" over concessions to Democrats.

stuart_m (2019-03-09). US women footballers go to court for pay equality. greenleft.org.au United States football (soccer) players filed a federal gender discrimination lawsuit on International Women's Day on March 8 seeking pay equal to that of their male counterparts. | The action comes just three months before the women's national team will defend its title at the Women's World Cup. | The class-action lawsuit was filed today in a Los Angeles federal court under the Equal Pay Act and Title VII of the Civil Rights Act. It alleges gender-based discrimination by the US Football Federation. | The players allege they have been subject to ongoing "institutionalised gender discrimination". This includes une…

Elie Mystal (2019-03-08). The Manafort Sentence Is a Lesson in White Privilege. thenation.com The Manafort Sentence Is a Lesson in White Privilege…

splcenter (2019-03-08). Weekend Read: Why is racism still America's biggest problem? splcenter.org It rained on marchers from Selma to Montgomery, Alabama, in 1965, and it rained on them again last weekend as they commemorated the day when police beat civil rights marchers so badly that the date became known the nation over as Bloody Sunday.

Democracy Now! (2019-03-08). Debate over Ilhan Omar Highlights New Willingness in U.S. to Question Power of Pro-Israeli Lobby. democracynow.org Following a week of debate surrounding Democratic Congressmember Ilhan Omar's comments about U.S. foreign policy in Israel, the House of Representatives overwhelmingly passed a resolution Thursday condemning anti-Semitism, anti-Muslim discrimination, white supremacy and other forms of hate. We host a discussion with Gideon Levy, Haaretz columnist and member of the newspaper's editorial board; Phyllis Bennis, a fellow at the Institute for Policy Studies who serves on the national board of Jewish Voice for Peace; and Remi Kanazi, a Palestinian-American poet, writer and organizer based in New York City.

Democracy Now! (2019-03-08). Lost Children Archive: Valeria Luiselli's New Novel Bears Witness to the U.S. Immigration Crisis. democracynow.org Days after Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen defended President Trump's declaration of a national emergency at the southern border, we speak with Valeria Luiselli about her new book, "Lost Children Archive." It chronicles one family's journey from New York to the southwestern U.S.-Mexico border in Arizona as the mother researches the plight of migrant children seeking refuge in the United States.

Democracy Now! (2019-03-08). It's Time to Tell the Truth: Israeli Journalist Gideon Levy Supports Ilhan Omar's Critique of Israel. democracynow.org The House of Representatives overwhelmingly passed a resolution Thursday condemning anti-Semitism, anti-Muslim discrimination, white supremacy and other forms of hate, following a week of debate among congressional Democrats. The controversy began after some lawmakers accused Democratic Congressmember Ilhan Omar of invoking anti-Semitic tropes while questioning U.S. foreign policy on Israel. The House leadership initially drafted a resolution condemning anti-Semitism in what was seen as a direct rebuke of Omar. But many progressive Democrats said Omar, one of the first two Muslim Congresswoman in U.S. history, wa…

Democracy Now! (2019-03-08). Ilhan Omar in Her Own Words: I Know What Hate Feels Like. democracynow.org The House of Representatives overwhelmingly passed a resolution Thursday condemning anti-Semitism, anti-Muslim discrimination, white supremacy and other forms of hate. The vote was 407 to 23, with nearly two dozen Republicans voting against it. The vote capped a week of intense debate among congressional Democrats that began after some lawmakers accused Democratic Congressmember Ilhan Omar of invoking anti-Semitic tropes while questioning U.S. foreign policy on Israel at an event last week. Omar said, "I want to talk about the political influence in this country that says it is OK for people to push for allegianc…

Hatewatch Staff (2019-03-08). ACT for America Tries To Distance Themselves From One of Their 'Most Influential Activists'. splcenter.org An ACT for America chapter leader made national headlines last week for a display at the West Virginia Capitol that appeared to equate Rep. Ilhan Omar, D-Minn. with the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks.

Fight Back (2019-03-08). International Women's Day 2019: We have had enough of Trump and the war on women. fightbacknews.org Enough is enough. Trump, his administration, and his backers are waging war on women, and millions of women are making it clear that we are not going to be pushed backwards. From the massive Women's Marches, to the midterm elections, to the constant, everyday resistance, women are standing up against Trump's reactionary agenda. | Trump and his supporters in the Senate want to pack the Supreme Court and roll back reproductive rights, and they have gotten a start by appointing the drunken misogynist Brett Kavanaugh. Accompanying the administrations outrageous policy of placing immigrants in detention, Trump's Justi…

James Jeffrey (2019-03-08). The People Progress Left Behind: Images from the 1960s American South. progressive.org Born in deeply segregated Mississippi in the 1940s, photographer Doy Gorton grew up surrounded by what he describes as "legalized white supremacy."

Rachel Johnson (2019-03-08). NAACP'S RESPONDS TO GEORGIA STATE SENATE'S DECISION TO PROTECT CONFEDERATE STATUES. naacp.org BALTIMORE — President and CEO of the NAACP Derrick Johnson issued the following statement regarding the Georgia State Senate's passage a bill this week that will further protect Confederate monuments, increase penalties for vandalism and prevent local governments from removing them: "The NAACP stands with its Georgia State Conference and branches in condemning the Georgia Senate's …

ACLU (2019-03-08). A Federal Appeals Court Confirms That the Constitution Guarantees Immigrants Access to Courts. aclu.org In a landmark decision, a federal appeals court struck down a law limiting judicial review of expedited removal orders as unconstitutional. | In a major decision on Thursday, a federal appeals court held that immigrants are entitled to seek judicial review of their "expedited removal" orders in federal court. This decision is a significant step towards ensuring that vulnerable asylum seekers and others will get a fair shot to prove their claims that our immigration laws and the U.S. Constitution guarantee. | Vijayakumar Th…

Consortiumnews (2019-03-08). Labour's Fight Over Israel Long Time in Coming. consortiumnews.com The party is being dragged into the modern world by Corbyn's anti-racist leadership towards Palestinians, writes Jonathan Cook. By JonathanCook Jonathan-Cook.net An announcement this week by the Jewish Labour Movement that it is considering splitting from the British Labour Party… Read more →

2019-03-13: Social Media Postees

The Forgotten Syrian Christian Towns Under Attack on Border with Idleb and Northern Hama
Nabel Alabdalla | globalresearch.ca | 2019-03-13
Two days ago I was in the Syrian Christian town of Al Skeilbiyyeh that has endured sustained attacks from the various terrorist groups backed by the U.S Coalition. These groups are embedded in the countryside bordering Al Skeilbiyyeh. In the …
globalresearch.ca/syrian-christian-towns…

Pentagon Seeks Site to House 5,000 Migrant Children
STAFF | truthdig.com | 2019-03-13
The Defense Department is reviewing a number of military bases to find a location that can house thousands unaccompanied migrant children as the U.S. braces for a surge of people crossing the U.S.-Mexico border this spring.
truthdig.com/articles/pentagon-seeks-sit…

Cops and Fascists: KKKolleagues?
Mumia Abu-Jamal | counterpunch.org | 2019-03-13
Cops survey a scene of conflict in California's capital, a struggle between fascists and antifascists. Blood is on the ground, and webcam recordings show images of members of the Ku Klux Klan and related groups, not only armed with knives but actually showing some men stabbing downward at writhing bodies beneath. One side has knives.
counterpunch.org/2019/03/13/cops-and-fas…

IACHR Denies Precautionary Measures Raised by Assange
teleSUR | telesurenglish.net | 2019-03-13
The Inter-American Commission on Human Rights has closed the request for precautionary measures requested by the founder of WikiLeaks, Julian Assange, so he will have to continue complying with the new rules on his asylum imposed by Ecuador, said the Andean country's Attorney General. | RELATED: | Julian Assange's Lawyers Blocked From The Ecuadorean Embassy | Assange's lawyers asked for the measures before the IACHR arguing the existence of "a potential risk" to his situation in t…
telesurenglish.net/news/IACHR-Denies-Pre…

America's Long History of Hysteria About Women's Veils
STAFF | truthdig.com | 2019-03-13
Fox far right wing propagandist Jeanine Pirro came after Ilhan Omar for veiling, saying it is unconstitutional for her to follow the sharia and accusing her, horror of horrors, of dual loyalty. | Pirro says that the Qur'an requires women to cover their heads. Many Muslims do believe this, but it isn't in fact clear. The Qur'an says women should cover their pretty parts, which I suspect refers to the general state of undress common in seventh century Arabia. It doesn't explicitly mention the head. Indeed, when I lived in the Middle East in the 1970s as a young person, I would guess that 5% of urban women wore h…
truthdig.com/articles/americas-long-hist…

Blackface and the American Idea of Race
Michael Collins | counterpunch.org | 2019-03-13
The price of scandal Periodically the American punditocracy convenes on cable TV for a "conversation about race." But, whether sparked by a celebrity chef's use of a racial slur, or a Black president's comment about the shooting of a Black teen, or a white president's remarks about "fine people on both sides" of a racist…
counterpunch.org/2019/03/13/blackface-an…

What the Boycott of Manny's in the Mission Is All About
Margot Goldstein and Rachel Lederman | indybay.org | 2019-03-13
The Mission is a cornerstone of progressive San Francisco. Galería de la Raza, Eric Quezada Center, the Mission Cultural Center and Brava Theater represent Mission communities and are critical spaces for conversations that challenge racism, class inequities and gender oppression. These institutions' roots lie in black and brown, poor and working class, queer and community organizing communities essential to the Mission's character. Enter Manny's.
indybay.org/newsitems/2019/03/11/1882185…

German Jewish Peace Group Wins Peace Prize; Then Attacked as being Anti-Semitic
Shared by Hezvo Mpunga | therealnews.com | 2019-03-13
Shir Hever talks about the Gà∂ttingen Peace Prize and how it transformed the debate around Palestinian rights in Germany, despite efforts by right-wing politicians to prevent the prize from being given to Jewish Voice for a Just Peace in the Middle East…
therealnews.com/stories/german-jewish-pe…

Hiwaymen and Shieldwall Network Flop in Little Rock
splcenter | splcenter.org | 2019-03-12
A member of the neo-Confederate Hiwaymen took to the steps of the Arkansas state capitol at a rally Saturday to denounce abortion as a Nazi tactic used to promote eugenics.
splcenter.org/hatewatch/2019/03/12/hiway…

Florida legislators announce bill to ensure structurally sound schools for all students in the state
splcenter | splcenter.org | 2019-03-12
Florida state Rep. Anna Eskamani and Florida state Sen. Janet Cruz today announced legislation that would create uniform requirements to ensure that all Florida students can receive an education in school buildings that are structurally sound.
splcenter.org/news/2019/03/12/florida-le…

White Nationalist Group Identity Evropa Rebrands Following Private Chat Leaks, Launches 'American Identity Movement'
Hatewatch Staff | splcenter.org | 2019-03-12
Just over a year after assuming control of the college-focused white nationalist organization Identity Evropa (IE), leader Patrick Casey said on Twitter that the organization "has been retired." The announcement comes just days after the nonprofit media organization Unicorn Riot released the group's Discord server chat logs.
splcenter.org/hatewatch/2019/03/12/white…

Trump's New Budget Slashes Medicare and Bolsters Military in an "Attack on the Poor & Middle Class"
Democracy Now! | democracynow.org | 2019-03-12
President Trump is seeking $8.6 billion to fund a wall on the U.S.-Mexico border, and an almost 5 percent increase in military spending. Meanwhile, Trump is calling for drastic cuts to domestic spending, including cutting $845 billion from Medicare spending over the next decade. Trump also wants to slash funding for the Environmental Protection Agency by 31 percent and the Interior Department's budget by 14 percent. We speak with David Cay Johnston, Pulitzer Prize-winning investigative reporter, and founder and editor of DCReport.org.
http://www.democracynow.org/2019/3/12/tr…

Venezuela's Prosecutor Probes Guaido over Electric Grid Attack
teleSUR | telesurenglish.net | 2019-03-12
Venezuela's Attorney General Tareck William Saab said that his Venezuelan Public Ministry has started an investigation against Juan Guaido, the lawmaker of the country's National Assembly, which has been in contempt since 2016, over his alleged participation in the recent sabotage to the electric grid system in Venezuela. | The measure, which was reported to the Supreme Court of Justice, is meant to investigate whether the opposition lawmaker has acted as the mastermind behind the electric outage in the country that began last Thursday. | "We started a new investigation that joins the one that began on Jan. 2…
telesurenglish.net/news/Venezuelas-Top-P…

International Women's Day in Tampa: Fight Trump's war on women
Fight Back | fightbacknews.org | 2019-03-12
Tampa, FL – On March 10, over a dozen Tampa community, student and labor leaders gathered at Lykes Gaslight Park for a protest against President Donald Trump's anti-woman agenda. Since coming into office, Trump has led an all-out assault on women's rights, including defunding abortion services, erasing sections of Title IX that protect women from sexual assault and discrimination, and locking asylum-seeking women and children in cages in the southwestern United States. In the spirit of the women's marches that occurred in response to Trump's inauguration, protesters chanted "Pro-life is a lie, you don't care if p…
http://www.fightbacknews.org/2019/3/12/i…

A Different Perspective on the NFL's Robert Kraft
Dave Zirin | thenation.com | 2019-03-12
A Different Perspective on the NFL's Robert Kraft…
thenation.com/article/robert-kraft-nfl-p…

Budget cuts: Trump fiscal plan is a right-wing wish list
Mark Gruenberg | peoplesworld.org | 2019-03-12
WASHINGTON–If proposed federal budgets are political documents–and they are then-President Donald Trump's budget for fiscal 2020, which starts Oct. 1 and ends just before next year's election, is a right-wing wish list, with a trillion dollars of red ink, tailored to appeal to his base. From $8.6 billion more for his racist Mexican Wall, to …
peoplesworld.org/article/budget-cuts-tru…

Fox News Commentator Uses Racist and Homophobic Language
teleSUR | telesurenglish.net | 2019-03-12
A day after releasing audio of Tucker Carlson making numerous misogynist remarks, Media Matters for America (MMFA) published a new video with clips of the Fox News commentator using racist and homophobic language to describe Iraqi people, African Americans, gay people and immigrants while speaking on the radio program "Bubba the Love Sponge Show." Media Matters for America said the clips originated from between 2006 and 2011. | RELATED: | US: 200 'Peacekeeping' Troops to Remain in Syria | In th…
telesurenglish.net/news/Fox-News-Comment…

Fox News Condemns Host's Comments About Ilhan Omar
Middle East Eye | theantimedia.com | 2019-03-12
Host Jeannine Pirro said Omar may not support the US Constitution because she wears a hijab. (MEE) — Fox News has condemned recent comments by host Jeannine Pirro about US Democratic Congresswoman Ilhan Omar, which prompted accusations of racism and Islamophobia, as well as calls for Pirro to resign, over the weekend. Pirro, host of the Fox News show …

Fox News Condemns Host's Comments About Ilhan Omar

Banning Trans Girls From School Sports Is Neither Feminist Nor Legal
ACLU | aclu.org | 2019-03-12
Policing what it means to be a girl harms all girls. | Andraya Yearwood, a junior at Cromwell High School in Connecticut, recently finished second in the 55-meter dash at the state open indoor track championships. But instead of well-deserved accolades from her community, she now finds her achievements being publicly challenged — simply because she is transgender. | There is a long legacy of sex discrimination in athletics. Myths, such as the idea that physical exertion would harm wom…
aclu.org/blog/lgbt-rights/transgender-ri…

Tucker Carlson on Rupert Murdoch in 2010 Radio Segment: "I'm 100 Percent His Bitch"
Aída Chávez | theintercept.com | 2019-03-12
"I only have, you know, American, white servants," Carlson said in 2009. "It's not because I'm racist, it's because I'm not. It's because I feel better beating them."
theintercept.com/2019/03/12/tucker-carls…

The "Museum of Communist Terror": Institute of historical falsification planned for London
WSWS | wsws.org | 2019-03-12
The proponents of the museum hope to bury the popular appeal of socialism under a mountain of lies, to legitimate the far right and provide a spur to a devastating programme of social counterrevolution.
http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2019/03/…

NAACP 110th Convention Mobilizing in Detroit
Aba Blankson | naacp.org | 2019-03-11
NAACP 110th Convention Mobilizing in Detroit Thousands Expected to Join in Setting NAACP 2020 Agenda Fighting Racism and Defending the Vote, Among Key Issues to be Discussed BALTIMORE (March 8, 2019) — The nation's foremost civil rights organization will kick off its 110th national convention on July 20-24, 2019 in Detroit, Michigan. "In a country shaped by race relations, pollution and polarizing political struggles, Detroit stands out as the …
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"I Know No One More Patriotic": Daniel Ellsberg Praises Chelsea Manning After She Is Jailed Again
Democracy Now! | democracynow.org | 2019-03-11
U.S. Army whistleblower Chelsea Manning has been sent back to jail after refusing to answer questions before a grand jury investigating WikiLeaks and its founder, Julian Assange. Manning had been subpoenaed by federal prosecutors in Virginia's Eastern District to appear for questioning about her 2010 leak to WikiLeaks of hundreds of thousands of State Department and Pentagon documents about the U.S. wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. Manning was imprisoned from 2010 to 2017 for the leak. President Obama commuted her sentence before he left office. We speak with Pentagon Papers whistleblower Daniel Ellsberg about the s…
http://www.democracynow.org/2019/3/11/i_…

SPLC statement on President Trump's plan to slash Medicaid spending
splcenter | splcenter.org | 2019-03-11
President Trump today proposed a $4.7 trillion budget that calls for increased spending on defense and for barriers along the Mexico border, but for greatly reduced spending on Medicaid.
splcenter.org/news/2019/03/11/splc-state…

The Wrong Stuff: Peinovich Co-Host Fired From EMT Job After Racist Comments Fall Under Scrutiny
Michael Edison Hayden | splcenter.org | 2019-03-11
Alex McNabb, co-host of the hate podcast "The Daily Shoah," was fired from his job as an emergency medical technician (EMT) on Sunday, according to WSLS, a Roanoke, Virginia-based NBC affiliate.
splcenter.org/hatewatch/2019/03/11/wrong…

Crisis in Venezuela, India-Pakistan war, Syria
unitedEditor | uwidata.com | 2019-03-11
Venezuela In the center of the capital of Venezuela, a march of supporters of President Nicolas Maduro took place alongside protests by supporters of self-proclaimed president Juan Guaido who crossed the border back into the country on Monday. The republic has been experiencing periodic blackouts due to the failure of the automatic control system at …
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Greenwald: White House Spread False Story About Venezuela Burning Aid Trucks to Win Support for War
Democracy Now! | democracynow.org | 2019-03-11
An investigation by The New York Times has found that several trucks carrying so-called humanitarian aid that were set ablaze during a showdown at the Colombia-Venezuela border last month were not caused by President Nicolás Maduro's forces, as was widely reported at the time by the media and Trump administration officials. We speak with Glenn Greenwald, Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist and one of the founding editors of The Intercept. His latest piece is "NYT's Exposé on the Lies About Burning Aid Trucks in Venezuela Shows How U.S. Government and Media Spread Pro-War Propaganda."
http://www.democracynow.org/2019/3/11/gr…

Journalists, Lawyers & Activists Targeted in Sweeping U.S. Intelligence Gathering Effort on Border
Democracy Now! | democracynow.org | 2019-03-11
Newly revealed documents show the U.S. government created a secret database of activists and journalists who were documenting the Trump administration's efforts to thwart a caravan of migrants hoping to win asylum in the U.S. An investigation from San Diego's NBC 7 revealed the list was shared among Homeland Security Investigations, ICE, Customs and Border Protection and the FBI. It included the names of 10 journalists–seven of whom are U.S. citizens–along with nearly four dozen others listed as "organizers" or "instigators." House Democrats are now calling for the full disclosure of the government's…
http://www.democracynow.org/2019/3/11/jo…

Constitution is supreme and above all the customs and beliefs: Kerala CM Pinarayi Vijayan
Jipson John | mronline.org | 2019-03-11
In conversation with the Chief Minister who just completed 1,000 days in office | Source…
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Intl Women's Day in Philippines: Unite and fight Filipino women's #1 enemy, the U.S.-Duterte regime
Fight Back | fightbacknews.org | 2019-03-11
Fight Back News Service is circulating the following March 8 statement from MAKIBAKA (the Patriotic Movement of New Women), a revolutionary women's group in the Philippines. | On this historic day of women's collective actions becoming a worldwide force to be reckoned with, Filipino revolutionary women under the banner of Malayang Kilusan ng Bagong Kababaihan (MAKIBAKA) continue the fierce tradition of strong women resisting and fighting along the line and program of the national democratic revolution against the semi-colonial and semi-feudal system. As we celebrate the International Women's Day, we recognize and…
http://www.fightbacknews.org/2019/3/10/i…

VIDEO: Inside the Decades-Long Republican Campaign to Suppress the Vote
Timothy Smith | thenation.com | 2019-03-11
VIDEO: Inside the Decades-Long Republican Campaign to Suppress the Vote…
thenation.com/article/video-voter-suppre…

A GOP Bill in Georgia Would Jail Doctors Who Perform Abortions in a Post-Roe America
Rachel M. Cohen | theintercept.com | 2019-03-11
Five states have already passed a so-called trigger law, which would ban nearly all abortions if the Supreme Court were to overturn Roe v. Wade.
theintercept.com/2019/03/11/roe-v-wade-a…

Trump cuts foreign aid spending, boosts border security, funds countering Russia in 2020 budget plan
RT | rt.com | 2019-03-11
President Donald Trump has announced his 2020 budget request. The $4.7 trillion funding plan cuts foreign aid and DC spending, and gives a boost to the military and border security, as well as to countering Russia's "influence." | …
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The U.S. Targeted Journalists on the Border. Two Senators Want to Know Why
Ryan Devereaux | theintercept.com | 2019-03-11
Sen. Ron Wyden and Chuck Grassley called on U.S. Customs and Border Protection to provide a briefing on the border operations targeting journalists.
theintercept.com/2019/03/11/southern-us-…

'I'm winning!' Trump attacks 'Wacky Nut Job' Ann Coulter for her border wall criticism
RT | rt.com | 2019-03-10
Claiming that he is "winning at the border," the US president has fired back at conservative firebrand Ann Coulter, who ended her cooling political romance with Donald Trump by calling him an "idiot" over concessions to Democrats. | …
rt.com/usa/453442-trump-wacky-nut-job-co…

US women footballers go to court for pay equality
stuart_m | greenleft.org.au | 2019-03-09
United States football (soccer) players filed a federal gender discrimination lawsuit on International Women's Day on March 8 seeking pay equal to that of their male counterparts. | The action comes just three months before the women's national team will defend its title at the Women's World Cup. | The class-action lawsuit was filed today in a Los Angeles federal court under the Equal Pay Act and Title VII of the Civil Rights Act. It alleges gender-based discrimination by the US Football Federation. | The players allege they have been subject to ongoing "institutionalised gender discrimination". This includes une…
greenleft.org.au/content/us-women-footballers-go-court-pay-equality

The Manafort Sentence Is a Lesson in White Privilege
Elie Mystal | thenation.com | 2019-03-08
The Manafort Sentence Is a Lesson in White Privilege…
thenation.com/article/manafort-sentence-…

Weekend Read: Why is racism still America's biggest problem?
splcenter | splcenter.org | 2019-03-08
It rained on marchers from Selma to Montgomery, Alabama, in 1965, and it rained on them again last weekend as they commemorated the day when police beat civil rights marchers so badly that the date became known the nation over as Bloody Sunday.
splcenter.org/news/2019/03/08/weekend-re…

Debate over Ilhan Omar Highlights New Willingness in U.S. to Question Power of Pro-Israeli Lobby
Democracy Now! | democracynow.org | 2019-03-08
Following a week of debate surrounding Democratic Congressmember Ilhan Omar's comments about U.S. foreign policy in Israel, the House of Representatives overwhelmingly passed a resolution Thursday condemning anti-Semitism, anti-Muslim discrimination, white supremacy and other forms of hate. We host a discussion with Gideon Levy, Haaretz columnist and member of the newspaper's editorial board; Phyllis Bennis, a fellow at the Institute for Policy Studies who serves on the national board of Jewish Voice for Peace; and Remi Kanazi, a Palestinian-American poet, writer and organizer based in New York City.
http://www.democracynow.org/2019/3/8/deb…

ACT for America Tries To Distance Themselves From One of Their 'Most Influential Activists'
Hatewatch Staff | splcenter.org | 2019-03-08
An ACT for America chapter leader made national headlines last week for a display at the West Virginia Capitol that appeared to equate Rep. Ilhan Omar, D-Minn. with the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks.
splcenter.org/hatewatch/2019/03/08/act-a…

Lost Children Archive: Valeria Luiselli's New Novel Bears Witness to the U.S. Immigration Crisis
Democracy Now! | democracynow.org | 2019-03-08
Days after Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen defended President Trump's declaration of a national emergency at the southern border, we speak with Valeria Luiselli about her new book, "Lost Children Archive." It chronicles one family's journey from New York to the southwestern U.S.-Mexico border in Arizona as the mother researches the plight of migrant children seeking refuge in the United States.
http://www.democracynow.org/2019/3/8/los…

International Women's Day 2019: We have had enough of Trump and the war on women
Fight Back | fightbacknews.org | 2019-03-08
Enough is enough. Trump, his administration, and his backers are waging war on women, and millions of women are making it clear that we are not going to be pushed backwards. From the massive Women's Marches, to the midterm elections, to the constant, everyday resistance, women are standing up against Trump's reactionary agenda. | Trump and his supporters in the Senate want to pack the Supreme Court and roll back reproductive rights, and they have gotten a start by appointing the drunken misogynist Brett Kavanaugh. Accompanying the administrations outrageous policy of placing immigrants in detention, Trump's Justi…
http://www.fightbacknews.org/2019/3/8/in…

Ilhan Omar in Her Own Words: I Know What Hate Feels Like
Democracy Now! | democracynow.org | 2019-03-08
The House of Representatives overwhelmingly passed a resolution Thursday condemning anti-Semitism, anti-Muslim discrimination, white supremacy and other forms of hate. The vote was 407 to 23, with nearly two dozen Republicans voting against it. The vote capped a week of intense debate among congressional Democrats that began after some lawmakers accused Democratic Congressmember Ilhan Omar of invoking anti-Semitic tropes while questioning U.S. foreign policy on Israel at an event last week. Omar said, "I want to talk about the political influence in this country that says it is OK for people to push for allegianc…
http://www.democracynow.org/2019/3/8/ilh…

The People Progress Left Behind: Images from the 1960s American South
James Jeffrey | progressive.org | 2019-03-08
Born in deeply segregated Mississippi in the 1940s, photographer Doy Gorton grew up surrounded by what he describes as "legalized white supremacy."
progressive.org/dispatches/the-people-pr…

It's Time to Tell the Truth: Israeli Journalist Gideon Levy Supports Ilhan Omar's Critique of Israel
Democracy Now! | democracynow.org | 2019-03-08
The House of Representatives overwhelmingly passed a resolution Thursday condemning anti-Semitism, anti-Muslim discrimination, white supremacy and other forms of hate, following a week of debate among congressional Democrats. The controversy began after some lawmakers accused Democratic Congressmember Ilhan Omar of invoking anti-Semitic tropes while questioning U.S. foreign policy on Israel. The House leadership initially drafted a resolution condemning anti-Semitism in what was seen as a direct rebuke of Omar. But many progressive Democrats said Omar, one of the first two Muslim Congresswoman in U.S. history, wa…
http://www.democracynow.org/2019/3/8/its…

NAACP'S RESPONDS TO GEORGIA STATE SENATE'S DECISION TO PROTECT CONFEDERATE STATUES
Rachel Johnson | naacp.org | 2019-03-08
BALTIMORE — President and CEO of the NAACP Derrick Johnson issued the following statement regarding the Georgia State Senate's passage a bill this week that will further protect Confederate monuments, increase penalties for vandalism and prevent local governments from removing them: "The NAACP stands with its Georgia State Conference and branches in condemning the Georgia Senate's …
naacp.org/latest/naacps-responds-georgia…

A Federal Appeals Court Confirms That the Constitution Guarantees Immigrants Access to Courts
ACLU | aclu.org | 2019-03-08
In a landmark decision, a federal appeals court struck down a law limiting judicial review of expedited removal orders as unconstitutional. | In a major decision on Thursday, a federal appeals court held that immigrants are entitled to seek judicial review of their "expedited removal" orders in federal court. This decision is a significant step towards ensuring that vulnerable asylum seekers and others will get a fair shot to prove their claims that our immigration laws and the U.S. Constitution guarantee. | Vijayakumar Th…
aclu.org/blog/immigrants-rights/deportat…

Labour's Fight Over Israel Long Time in Coming
Consortiumnews | consortiumnews.com | 2019-03-08
The party is being dragged into the modern world by Corbyn's anti-racist leadership towards Palestinians, writes Jonathan Cook. By JonathanCook Jonathan-Cook.net An announcement this week by the Jewish Labour Movement that it is considering splitting from the British Labour Party… Read more ?…
consortiumnews.com/2019/03/07/labours-fi…

'Grand alliance' threatens Venezuela
susan_p | greenleft.org.au | 2019-03-08
Capitalist party politics in the United States remains in turmoil. There are investigations into President Donald Trump's alleged collusion with Russia to steal the 2016 elections, and into his corrupt business practices on one side, and Trump's mobilisation of his white racist base on the other. Republicans and Democrats are at each other's throats. Factionalism exists in both parties. | It may seem surprising, then, that almost all Democratic members of Congress are joining with the likes of Donald Trump, Mike Pence, John Bolton and Elliot Abrams in support of the Washington-organised attempt to overthrow the g…
greenleft.org.au/content/%E2%80%98grand-alliance%E2%80%99-threatens-venezuela

Foreign Correspondent: What's Really Going on in Kashmir?
Reese Erlich | progressive.org | 2019-03-07
Kashmir–a long-contested region between India and Pakistan–is a spectacularly beautiful former tourist destination. But to live near the border these days means hunkering down in bomb shelters.
progressive.org/dispatches/foreign-corre…