Daily Archives: March 14, 2019

2019-03-14: News Headlines

Elie Mystal (2019-03-14). Lori Loughlin Probably Thinks My Kids Have It Easy. thenation.com Lori Loughlin Probably Thinks My Kids Have It Easy…

Sonali Kolhatkar (2019-03-14). Why Isn't Tucker Carlson's Hate Speech a Deal-Breaker? truthdig.com The Fox News host was espousing the sort of racism and sexism years ago that Trump and his base echo today. How long will we tolerate it?

Democracy Now! (2019-03-14). Impeaching Trump: Pelosi Says It's "Not Worth It," But Progressive Democrats Push Ahead. democracynow.org Democratic lawmakers are continuing to push for the impeachment of President Donald Trump, despite House Speaker Nancy Pelosi speaking out against impeachment in an interview earlier this week. Impeachment rumors have been swirling since the Democrats regained control of the House in January. Congressmember Rashida Tlaib of Michigan said last week that she will formally introduce articles of impeachment this month. We speak with John Bonifaz, an attorney and political activist specializing in constitutional law and voting rights. He is the co-founder and president of Free Speech for People, one of the organizatio…

Nick Licata (2019-03-14). Virginia's Approach to Government Accountability. counterpunch.org Despite the top three elected Virginia State Democrats generating national headlines for being accused of past racist or even criminal behavior, a movement to reform their democratic process continues to grow. These efforts can use three tools for making structural changes in government: the initiative process, court rulings and electing new public officials. Virginia does More

Consortiumnews (2019-03-14). Billions of Swedish Krona Supported Anti-Apartheid Struggle. consortiumnews.com Birgitta Karlstrà∂m Dorph was on a secret mission in South Africa between 1982 and 1988, writes Ida Karlsson. By Ida Karlsson in Stockholm Inter Press Service Between 1982 and 1988 Birgitta Karlstrà∂m Dorph was on a secret mission in South Africa…. Read more →

Binoy Kampmark (2019-03-14). Publicized Cruelty: Scott Morrison Visits Christmas Island. counterpunch.org His visit struck a sour note. The Australian prime minister Scott Morrison was making an effort to show he cared: about those intangible things called borders, secure firm and shut to the unwanted human matter coming by sea. The distant Australian territory of Christmas Island was selected to assist in coping with arrivals from Manus More

teleSUR (2019-03-14). India, Pakistan Agree on Border Route for Sikh Pilgrims. telesurenglish.net India and Pakistan agreed Thursday to go forward with a new border crossing and route for Sikh pilgrims to visit a holy temple in Pakistan — a rare vision of cooperation after tensions flared over a decades-long Kashmir dispute. | RELATED: | US Presses India to Stop Buying Oil from Venezuela | The meeting was the first between the nuclear-armed foes since a do…

STAFF (2019-03-14). Senate Rejects Trump Border Emergency as Republicans Defect. truthdig.com WASHINGTON — The Republican-run Senate rejected President Donald Trump's declaration of a national emergency at the southwest border on Thursday, setting up a veto fight and dealing him a conspicuous rebuke as he tested how boldly he could ignore Congress in pursuit of his highest-profile goal. | The Senate voted 59-41 to cancel Trump's February proclamation of a border emergency, which he invoked to spend $3.6 billion more for border barriers than Congress had approved. Twelve Republicans joined Democrats in defying Trump in a showdown many GOP senators had hoped to avoid because he commands die-hard loyal…

splcenter (2019-03-14). SPLC statement on our co-founder. splcenter.org You may see in the news today that our founder, Morris Dees, is no longer working at the SPLC.

Jake Johnson, staff writer (2019-03-14). 'Major Rebuke of Trump's Authoritarianism': Senate Votes to Terminate National Emergency. commondreams.org "From the beginning, his national emergency declaration was a racist attack on the very foundation of our democracy." | https://www.commondreams.org/sites/defau…

Fodd & Water Watch (2019-03-14). U.N. Committee Urges UK Government to Consider "Comprehensive and Complete Ban" on Fracking. indybay.org Geneva/London/Brussels/Washington, March 13, 2019 – In an extraordinary move, the United Nations Committee on the Elimination of Discrimination Against Women (CEDAW) slammed the United Kingdom's policies on fracking for failing to protect the rights of rural women, and urged the British Government to "consider introducing a comprehensive and complete ban on fracking."

pip.hinman (2019-03-14). 'Our feminism is anti-racist and internationalist'. greenleft.org.au Elections in Berlin in September 2016 returned a coalition government made up of the Social Democratic Party, the socialist Left Party and the Green Party. Early this year, the city declared International Women's Day (IWD) a public holiday. | Internationally, the call for a women's strike on IWD has been gathering momentum. In Berlin on March 8, an alliance of feminist organisations organised a Women's Fighting Day rally and march with the theme "celebrating, striking, keep on fighting". About 20,000 people attended. | Sibylle Kaczorek, a member of Socialist Alliance and the Left Party who is currently living in…

Shared by Cherise (2019-03-14). Pelosi Says Impeaching Trump Is "Not Worth It," But Progressives Push Ahead. truthout.org Democratic lawmakers are continuing to push for the impeachment of President Donald Trump, despite House Speaker Nancy Pelosi speaking out against impeachment in an interview earlier this week. Impeachment rumors have been swirling since the Democrats regained control of the House in January. Congressmember Rashida Tlaib of Michigan said last week that she will formally introduce articles of impeachment this month. We speak with John Bonifaz, an attorney and political activist specializing in constitutional law and voting rights. He is the co-founder and president of Free Speech for People, one of the organiza…

RT (2019-03-14). Poster of Ruth Bader Ginsburg on NYC subway defaced with swastika and anti-Semitic graffiti. rt.com A subway poster advertising Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsberg's new book has been defaced with anti-Semitic graffiti reading, "Die, Jew Bitch!" complete with a swastika.

WorkWeek Radio (2019-03-14). SFLC Supports Julian Assange, Rovics Music & Mike Elk On CWA NG Election & SEIU. indybay.org KPFA WorkWeek radio on the action by the San Francisco Labor Council to support Julian Assange, music on Venezuela and the US by singer David Rovics and labor journalist Mike Elk on the CWA Newspaper Guild election dispute on voting rights. Elk also talks about the effort of the SEIU to subpoena Google to find out who the whistleblowers are that have exposed sexual harrassment and misconduct by SEIU officials.

RT (2019-03-14). Senate joins House in voting against border emergency declaration, Trump says 'Veto!'. rt.com The US Senate has joined the House of Representatives in opposing President Donald Trump's declaration of emergency on the southern border. Trump said he will veto the unprecedented joint resolution. |

Venezuela Analysis (2019-03-14). Trump's Coup in Venezuela: What You're Not Being Told. theantimedia.com (VA Op-ed) — The failure of the February 23 "humanitarian aid" provocation on the Venezuelan border was a serious blow for Trump's ongoing coup attempt. There were mutual recriminations between self-appointed Guaidó, Colombian President Duque and US Vice-President Pence. The US could not get a consensus from its own Lima Cartel allies in favour of military intervention. The coup was …

Democracy Now! (2019-03-14). Daniel Ellsberg Praises Chelsea Manning After She Is Jailed Again. indybay.org "I Know No One More Patriotic": Daniel Ellsberg Praises Chelsea Manning After She Is Jailed Again…

Whitney Webb (2019-03-13). Israel's DNA Screening for 'Jewishness' Epitomizes the Discriminatory Spirit of the EthnoState. mintpressnews.com Perhaps these latest revelations on DNA testing will serve as a wake-up call to Israeli Jews of Soviet origin that the discrimination they are facing has its roots in the state-sanctioned discrimination against Israeli Arabs and Palestinians.

Michael Collins (2019-03-13). Blackface and the American Idea of Race. counterpunch.org 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 march, the conversations about race seem to fade out of the national consciousness as quickly as spring showers, with the phrase "both sides" lingering after them like a bit of precipitation on a pundit's lip. | More

ACLU (2019-03-13). Documents Reveal ICE Using Driver Location Data From Local Police for Deportations. aclu.org Records obtained in an ACLU lawsuit show how ICE is accessing billions of location data points from license plate scanners in over a dozen states. | U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement is using mass location surveillance to target immigrants. And local governments like Merced and Union City, California, are helping — feeding their residents' personal information to ICE, even when it violates local privacy laws or sanctuary policies. Today, the ACLU is urging an immediate end to this information sharing. | Records obtained by the ACLU of Norther…

ACLU (2019-03-13). It's High Time Congress Passed the Equality Act. aclu.org The legislation would expand federal civil rights protections to explicitly include LGBTQ people. | On Wednesday, the Equality Act — legislation that would provide LGBTQ people with explicit and comprehensive nondiscrimination protections — was introduced in the U.S. Senate and House of Representatives with the support of nearly 300 members of Congress. If passed, it would transform the civil rights landscape in the United States. | The harsh reality — despite increasing support among the public and representation in popular culture — is that discrimination remains a persistent problem for…

Brendan Joel Kelley (2019-03-13). Sovereign Citizen Calls for Action on Bogus 'Indictment'. splcenter.org It was to have been a historic roundup of enemies of the extreme right, ending with Hillary Clinton, former FBI director James Comey, former Attorney General Loretta Lynch, former Senator Harry Reid and a slew of other politicians, jurists and law enforcement officers in the custody of those who would have them tried by "common law grand juries" for their perceived crimes.

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…

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.

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…

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.

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…

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.

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). "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…

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."

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.

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 …

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…

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.

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.

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…

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). 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…

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.

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 …

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."

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.

2019-03-14: Social Media Postees

Why Isn't Tucker Carlson's Hate Speech a Deal-Breaker?
Sonali Kolhatkar | truthdig.com | 2019-03-14
The Fox News host was espousing the sort of racism and sexism years ago that Trump and his base echo today. How long will we tolerate it?
truthdig.com/articles/why-isnt-tucker-ca…

Lori Loughlin Probably Thinks My Kids Have It Easy
Elie Mystal | thenation.com | 2019-03-14
Lori Loughlin Probably Thinks My Kids Have It Easy…
thenation.com/article/college-admissions…

Virginia's Approach to Government Accountability
Nick Licata | counterpunch.org | 2019-03-14
Despite the top three elected Virginia State Democrats generating national headlines for being accused of past racist or even criminal behavior, a movement to reform their democratic process continues to grow. These efforts can use three tools for making structural changes in government: the initiative process, court rulings and electing new public officials. Virginia does…
counterpunch.org/2019/03/14/virginias-ap…

Impeaching Trump: Pelosi Says It's "Not Worth It," But Progressive Democrats Push Ahead
Democracy Now! | democracynow.org | 2019-03-14
Democratic lawmakers are continuing to push for the impeachment of President Donald Trump, despite House Speaker Nancy Pelosi speaking out against impeachment in an interview earlier this week. Impeachment rumors have been swirling since the Democrats regained control of the House in January. Congressmember Rashida Tlaib of Michigan said last week that she will formally introduce articles of impeachment this month. We speak with John Bonifaz, an attorney and political activist specializing in constitutional law and voting rights. He is the co-founder and president of Free Speech for People, one of the organizatio…
http://www.democracynow.org/2019/3/14/im…

Billions of Swedish Krona Supported Anti-Apartheid Struggle
Consortiumnews | consortiumnews.com | 2019-03-14
Birgitta Karlstrà∂m Dorph was on a secret mission in South Africa between 1982 and 1988, writes Ida Karlsson. By Ida Karlsson in Stockholm Inter Press Service Between 1982 and 1988 Birgitta Karlstrà∂m Dorph was on a secret mission in South Africa…. Read more ?…
consortiumnews.com/2019/03/14/billions-o…

India, Pakistan Agree on Border Route for Sikh Pilgrims
teleSUR | telesurenglish.net | 2019-03-14
India and Pakistan agreed Thursday to go forward with a new border crossing and route for Sikh pilgrims to visit a holy temple in Pakistan — a rare vision of cooperation after tensions flared over a decades-long Kashmir dispute. | RELATED: | US Presses India to Stop Buying Oil from Venezuela | The meeting was the first between the nuclear-armed foes since a do…
telesurenglish.net/news/India-Pakistan-A…

Senate Rejects Trump Border Emergency as Republicans Defect
STAFF | truthdig.com | 2019-03-14
WASHINGTON — The Republican-run Senate rejected President Donald Trump's declaration of a national emergency at the southwest border on Thursday, setting up a veto fight and dealing him a conspicuous rebuke as he tested how boldly he could ignore Congress in pursuit of his highest-profile goal. | The Senate voted 59-41 to cancel Trump's February proclamation of a border emergency, which he invoked to spend $3.6 billion more for border barriers than Congress had approved. Twelve Republicans joined Democrats in defying Trump in a showdown many GOP senators had hoped to avoid because he commands die-hard loyal…
truthdig.com/articles/senate-rejects-tru…

Publicized Cruelty: Scott Morrison Visits Christmas Island
Binoy Kampmark | counterpunch.org | 2019-03-14
His visit struck a sour note. The Australian prime minister Scott Morrison was making an effort to show he cared: about those intangible things called borders, secure firm and shut to the unwanted human matter coming by sea. The distant Australian territory of Christmas Island was selected to assist in coping with arrivals from Manus…
counterpunch.org/2019/03/14/publicized-c…

SPLC statement on our co-founder
splcenter | splcenter.org | 2019-03-14
You may see in the news today that our founder, Morris Dees, is no longer working at the SPLC.
splcenter.org/news/2019/03/14/splc-state…

Trump's Coup in Venezuela: What You're Not Being Told
Venezuela Analysis | theantimedia.com | 2019-03-14
(VA Op-ed) — The failure of the February 23 "humanitarian aid" provocation on the Venezuelan border was a serious blow for Trump's ongoing coup attempt. There were mutual recriminations between self-appointed Guaidó, Colombian President Duque and US Vice-President Pence. The US could not get a consensus from its own Lima Cartel allies in favour of military intervention. The coup was …

Trump's Coup in Venezuela: What You're Not Being Told

Senate joins House in voting against border emergency declaration, Trump says 'Veto!'
RT | rt.com | 2019-03-14
The US Senate has joined the House of Representatives in opposing President Donald Trump's declaration of emergency on the southern border. Trump said he will veto the unprecedented joint resolution. | …
rt.com/usa/453840-senate-emergency-wall-…

Daniel Ellsberg Praises Chelsea Manning After She Is Jailed Again
Democracy Now! | indybay.org | 2019-03-14
"I Know No One More Patriotic": Daniel Ellsberg Praises Chelsea Manning After She Is Jailed Again…
indybay.org/newsitems/2019/03/14/1882191…

Pelosi Says Impeaching Trump Is "Not Worth It," But Progressives Push Ahead
Shared by Cherise | truthout.org | 2019-03-14
Democratic lawmakers are continuing to push for the impeachment of President Donald Trump, despite House Speaker Nancy Pelosi speaking out against impeachment in an interview earlier this week. Impeachment rumors have been swirling since the Democrats regained control of the House in January. Congressmember Rashida Tlaib of Michigan said last week that she will formally introduce articles of impeachment this month. We speak with John Bonifaz, an attorney and political activist specializing in constitutional law and voting rights. He is the co-founder and president of Free Speech for People, one of the organiza…
truthout.org/video/pelosi-says-impeachin…

U.N. Committee Urges UK Government to Consider "Comprehensive and Complete Ban" on Fracking
Fodd & Water Watch | indybay.org | 2019-03-14
Geneva/London/Brussels/Washington, March 13, 2019 – In an extraordinary move, the United Nations Committee on the Elimination of Discrimination Against Women (CEDAW) slammed the United Kingdom's policies on fracking for failing to protect the rights of rural women, and urged the British Government to "consider introducing a comprehensive and complete ban on fracking."
indybay.org/newsitems/2019/03/13/1882190…

SFLC Supports Julian Assange, Rovics Music & Mike Elk On CWA NG Election & SEIU
WorkWeek Radio | indybay.org | 2019-03-14
KPFA WorkWeek radio on the action by the San Francisco Labor Council to support Julian Assange, music on Venezuela and the US by singer David Rovics and labor journalist Mike Elk on the CWA Newspaper Guild election dispute on voting rights. Elk also talks about the effort of the SEIU to subpoena Google to find out who the whistleblowers are that have exposed sexual harrassment and misconduct by SEIU officials.
indybay.org/newsitems/2019/03/13/1882189…

'Major Rebuke of Trump's Authoritarianism': Senate Votes to Terminate National Emergency
Jake Johnson, staff writer | commondreams.org | 2019-03-14
"From the beginning, his national emergency declaration was a racist attack on the very foundation of our democracy." | https://www.commondreams.org/sites/defau…
commondreams.org/news/2019/03/14/major-r…

'Our feminism is anti-racist and internationalist'
pip.hinman | greenleft.org.au | 2019-03-14
Elections in Berlin in September 2016 returned a coalition government made up of the Social Democratic Party, the socialist Left Party and the Green Party. Early this year, the city declared International Women's Day (IWD) a public holiday. | Internationally, the call for a women's strike on IWD has been gathering momentum. In Berlin on March 8, an alliance of feminist organisations organised a Women's Fighting Day rally and march with the theme "celebrating, striking, keep on fighting". About 20,000 people attended. | Sibylle Kaczorek, a member of Socialist Alliance and the Left Party who is currently living in…
greenleft.org.au/content/our-feminism-anti-racist-and-internationalist

Poster of Ruth Bader Ginsburg on NYC subway defaced with swastika and anti-Semitic graffiti
RT | rt.com | 2019-03-14
A subway poster advertising Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsberg's new book has been defaced with anti-Semitic graffiti reading, "Die, Jew Bitch!" complete with a swastika. | …
rt.com/usa/453796-bader-ginsburg-poster-…

Israel's DNA Screening for 'Jewishness' Epitomizes the Discriminatory Spirit of the EthnoState
Whitney Webb | mintpressnews.com | 2019-03-13
Perhaps these latest revelations on DNA testing will serve as a wake-up call to Israeli Jews of Soviet origin that the discrimination they are facing has its roots in the state-sanctioned discrimination against Israeli Arabs and Palestinians.
mintpressnews.com/israel-dna-screening-f…

It's High Time Congress Passed the Equality Act
ACLU | aclu.org | 2019-03-13
The legislation would expand federal civil rights protections to explicitly include LGBTQ people. | On Wednesday, the Equality Act — legislation that would provide LGBTQ people with explicit and comprehensive nondiscrimination protections — was introduced in the U.S. Senate and House of Representatives with the support of nearly 300 members of Congress. If passed, it would transform the civil rights landscape in the United States. | The harsh reality — despite increasing support among the public and representation in popular culture — is that discrimination remains a persistent problem for…
aclu.org/blog/lgbt-rights/lgbt-nondiscri…

Blackface and the American Idea of Race
Michael Collins | counterpunch.org | 2019-03-13
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 march, the conversations about race seem to fade out of the national consciousness as quickly as spring showers, with the phrase "both sides" lingering after them like a bit of precipitation on a pundit's lip. |…
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Documents Reveal ICE Using Driver Location Data From Local Police for Deportations
ACLU | aclu.org | 2019-03-13
Records obtained in an ACLU lawsuit show how ICE is accessing billions of location data points from license plate scanners in over a dozen states. | U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement is using mass location surveillance to target immigrants. And local governments like Merced and Union City, California, are helping — feeding their residents' personal information to ICE, even when it violates local privacy laws or sanctuary policies. Today, the ACLU is urging an immediate end to this information sharing. | Records obtained by the ACLU of Norther…
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Sovereign Citizen Calls for Action on Bogus 'Indictment'
Brendan Joel Kelley | splcenter.org | 2019-03-13
It was to have been a historic roundup of enemies of the extreme right, ending with Hillary Clinton, former FBI director James Comey, former Attorney General Loretta Lynch, former Senator Harry Reid and a slew of other politicians, jurists and law enforcement officers in the custody of those who would have them tried by "common law grand juries" for their perceived crimes.
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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…
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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…
fightbacknews.org/2019/3/12/internationa…

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…

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…

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…

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."
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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…

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_…

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…

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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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…

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…

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-…

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…

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

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…

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…

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…

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 …
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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…

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…

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…

'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