Daily Archives: April 2, 2019

2019-04-02: News Headlines

Stephen Lendman (2019-04-02). Venezuela's Chief Supreme Court Justice Calls for Stripping Guaido of Immunity. globalresearch.ca Trump regime designated puppet/usurper in waiting Guaido is a serial law breaker. | He's Trump regime front man for the ongoing coup attempt to topple democratically elected and reelected President Maduro, along with aiming to replace Bolivarian social democracy with US-controlled …

STAFF (2019-04-02). I'm Leaving the US Army, But the Forever Wars Will Go On Without Me. truthout.org "Patriotism, in the trenches, was too remote a sentiment, and at once rejected as fit only for civilians, or prisoners." —Robert Graves, Goodbye To All That (1929).I'm one of the lucky ones. Leaving Army life with a modest pension and all of my limbs intact feels like a genuine escape. Both the Army and I knew it was time for me to go. I'd tired of carrying water for empire and they'd grown weary of dealing with my dissenting articles and footing the bill for my seemingly never-ending PTSD treatments. Now, I'm societ…

Danny Sjursen (2019-04-02). The Forever Wars Will Go On Without Me. counterpunch.org "Patriotism, in the trenches, was too remote a sentiment, and at once rejected as fit only for civilians, or prisoners." — Robert Graves, Goodbye To All That (1929) I'm one of the lucky ones. Leaving the madness of Army life with a modest pension and all of my limbs intact feels like a genuine escape. Both More

Ilana Novick (2019-04-02). Border Patrol Visit Protest Lands Arizona Students in Hot Water. truthdig.com Two students at the University of Arizona will face misdemeanor charges after a video showing them protesting an appearance by Customs and Border Protection officials on their campus went viral, Rachel Leingang reports in the Arizona Republic. | As Border Patrol agents gave a presentation on March 19 to the Criminal Justice Association, a student club, some outside the event recorded the presentation and shouted "Murder Patrol," "murder…

teleSUR (2019-04-02). Mexico's AMLO Says He'll 'Act Prudent' To Border Closing. telesurenglish.net Mexico's president, Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador (AMLO) says he's going to "act with prudence" regarding U.S. President Donald Trump's threat to shut their shared border. | RELATED: | US Congress Fails to Override Veto, Border Wall Emergency Stays | During his Monday morning daily public address, AMLO said he can't talk about an issue that hasn't happened and wouldn't speculate about the possible border closure. | "If I answer that question (about the border stoppage)," the pres…

Ruth Conniff (2019-04-02). Trump's Dangerous, Dishonest Game on the U.S.-Mexico Border. progressive.org Trump is the mean drunk at the family dinner, throwing his weight around, hurling insults and threats, while everyone cringes and hopes that his rage will subside, knowing that nothing good will come from a confrontation.

teleSUR (2019-04-02). Mexico's Authorities Rescue 338 Migrants in Chiapas. telesurenglish.net Mexican authorities rescued 338 Central American migrants aboard five buses in Tuxtla Gutierrez, Chiapas, the Attorney General's Office (FGR) said Tuesday. | RELATED: | Mexico's AMLO Says He'll 'Act Prudent' To Border Closing | The migrants included 181 adults and 157 minors from Honduras, Guatemala, El Salvador and Nicaragua, as well as one person from Cuba. The migrants were being transported in five passenger buses by traffickers, the FGR reported. | During the rescue mission, 15 peo…

STAFF (2019-04-02). Donald Trump's Only Strategy Is to Create Crisis and Claim to Fix It. truthout.org "I alone can fix it." | Donald Trump's declaration during his nomination acceptance speech at the Republican National Convention in 2016 was ostensibly meant to sell the political neophyte as uniquely situated to solve the intransigence that has plagued both parties. But in practice, another Trump tagline — "I love chaos" — has served as the president's prevalent guidance since his party took huge losses in the midterms. | First, he needlessly shut down the federal government to make a case for his border wall. Now, unhappy with the accelerating rate of illegal border crossings, Trump is threatenin…

Ruth Conniff (2019-04-02). Trump's Dangerous, Dishonest Game on the U.S.-Mexico Border. commondreams.org U.S. industries—especially agriculture but also construction, food service, and hospitality—are heavily dependent on Mexican and Central American labor. (Photo: Wikicommons) | https://www.commondreams.org/sites/defau…

splcenter (2019-04-02). Karen Baynes-Dunning named interim president and CEO. splcenter.org We're proud to announce that the Southern Poverty Law Center's board of directors has voted unanimously to name Karen Baynes-Dunning as our interim president and CEO.

Michael Edison Hayden (2019-04-02). White Supremacist Symbol Found Spray-Painted at the Site of Fire, Civil Rights Center Says. splcenter.org Someone painted a white supremacist symbol at the scene where fire ravaged a building tied to the civil rights movement, according to a statement from the Highlander Research and Education Center.

STAFF (2019-04-02). Supreme Court's Death Penalty Ruling Leaves Legal Experts Aghast. truthdig.com Critics on Tuesday said the U.S. Supreme Court's ruling in a case brought by a Missouri death row inmate fundamentally erodes protections against torture enshrined in the U.S. Constitution. | Justice Neil Gorsuch wrote the opinion for the court's right-wing majority in the 5-4 decision, ruling that Russell Bucklew can be executed by lethal injection despite his medical condition, cavernous hemangioma. The disease, warn his legal team and medical experts, will cause Bucklew to choke for several minutes on his own blood be…

teleSUR (2019-04-02). Guatemala: Thelma Aldana Appeals Ruling Blocking Her Candidacy. telesurenglish.net Guatemala's former attorney general, Thelma Aldana, will seek to overturn a decision from the country's Supreme Electoral Tribunal (TSE) preventing her from running for president, Aldana's campaign manager said on Tuesday. | RELATED: | Guatemala Issues Arrest Warrant for Former Attorney General Thelma Aldana | The electoral authority rejected the candidacy in a decision announced Monday that cited an arrest warrant issued against her, which alleged irregularities dur…

RT (2019-04-02). US Supreme Court declares inmates have no constitutional right to 'painless death'. rt.com The Supreme Court has declared prisoners have no constitutional right to a "painless death," allowing the execution of a convicted murderer to go forward despite his protestations that lethal injection would cause him to suffer.

WSWS (2019-04-02). David North to address public meetings with Christoph Vandreier: "The Threat of Fascism and How to Fight It" wsws.org North and Vandreier will jointly address meetings in Detroit and Ann Arbor, Michigan; Cambridge, Massachusetts and New York City.

Eoin Higgins (2019-04-02). Progressives, Democrats, and Pope Sound Alarm Over Trump's Threat to Close Border. theantimedia.com (CD) — President Donald Trump's threat to close the southern border was met with criticism and concern from politicians, activists, the public—and Pope Francis. Trump is taking the action, he said, because of what he believes is a crisis in drug smuggling and human trafficking. In remarks to reporters Sunday on the papal plane en route from Morocco …

RT (2019-04-02). Marco Rubio inflames Twitter by mixing Bible verses with regime change calls. rt.com Florida Senator Marco Rubio's social media output is a real mixed bag. In between odes to regime change in Venezuela and paeans to border security, Rubio dropped in some words from the good book, to mixed reaction. |

RT (2019-04-02). 'My body should be celebrated': Teacher sacked over topless selfie sues for sexual discrimination. rt.com A 25-year-old middle school teacher claims she was fired from her job after a topless selfie she sent to a boyfriend ended up in the hands of a student. Now she wants "to fight back," filing a $3 million discrimination lawsuit.

Julia Conley, staff writer (2019-04-02). Legal Experts Aghast as 'Bloodythirsty' Right-Wing Supreme Court Sanctions Torturous Executions. commondreams.org Critics on Tuesday said the U.S. Supreme Court's ruling in a case brought by a Missouri death row inmate fundamentally erodes protections against torture enshrined in the U.S. Constitution. | https://www.commondreams.org/sites/defau…

WSWS (2019-04-02). Christchurch terrorist's fascist manifesto promotes trade unions. wsws.org The fascist gunman Brenton Tarrant, who killed 50 people at two mosques in New Zealand, advocates the anti-immigrant, nationalist policies of the trade unions.

Democracy Now! (2019-04-02). Headlines for April 2, 2019. democracynow.org Whistleblower: WH Security Clearances Reversed Despite Serious Concerns, Senate Shoots Down Disaster Relief Bills as Fight over Puerto Rico Aid Intensifies, Trump: GOP Planning "Really Great" Healthcare Plan for After 2020 Election, U.K.: Lawmakers Shoot Down 4 Brexit Options as Impasse Continues, Algeria: Pres. Bouteflika to Resign as Protesters Call for Systemic Changes, West Bank: Israelis Shoot and Kill Palestinian Man During Raid, Brunei: U.N. Raises Alarm as LGBT Community Threatened by Death Penalty Law, SCOTUS Rules Against Man Who Says Lethal Injection Would Feel Like Torture, U.S.-Mexico Border Shutdown…

WSWS (2019-04-02). US Supreme Court ruling guts ban on "cruel and unusual punishment" wsws.org The death penalty decision in Bucklew v. Precythe eviscerates the prohibition against "cruel and unusual punishment" in the Eighth Amendment to the US Constitution.

WSWS (2019-04-02). After fascist attack, New Zealand teacher unions cancel nationwide strike. wsws.org In a thoroughly anti-democratic decision, primary and secondary teacher unions have used the Christchurch attack as a pretext to call off a major nationwide strike.

STAFF (2019-04-02). Florida Sex Workers Demand Decriminalization After Massive Raids. truthout.org Florida lawmakers want to do something about sex trafficking in the wake of high-profile raids on massage parlors across south Florida that led to 300 prostitution-related arrests in February. So, last week, a community organizer and two activists working in the sex trade showed up to a criminal justice committee hearing on a controversial anti-sex-trafficking bill and asked lawmakers to make sweeping changes to the legislation, which they say could further the criminali…

Zachery Bowersock (2019-04-01). Islamophobic attack on San Diego area mosque: interview with Yusef Miller of Islamic Society of North County. liberationnews.org "There is no such thing as a time, since the colonization of this country, when this country has been free of racism, or sexism, or any type of xenophobia."

Fight Back (2019-04-01). Hundreds march against NATO. fightbacknews.org Washington DC — Hundreds of people gathered in Lafayette Square, a park opposite the White House, March 30, to respond to the call to action against NATO, racism and war. The organizers also strongly emphasized the slogan "Hands off Venezuela" to protest the Trump administration and NATO's attempts to overthrow the democratically-elected government of Nicolás Maduro. | The park was full of banners, signs and flags held by protesters who loudly cheered and chanted throughout the program. The chants ranged from, "Hands off Venezuela" to "How do you spell racist? N-A-T-O!" | The speakers each masterfully high…

Democracy Now! (2019-04-01). Why the Real Migration Crisis Is in Central America, Not at the Southern U.S. Border. democracynow.org President Trump has announced the United States will cut off funding to the so-called Northern Triangle countries of Guatemala, Honduras and El Salvador that are the primary source of a wave of migrants seeking asylum at the U.S.-Mexico border, including caravans of families with children. He is also threatening to close the border with Mexico.‚Ä® This comes after Trump declared a national emergency to justify redirecting money earmarked for the military to pay for building a wall at the border. ‚Ä®We speak with John Carlos Frey, award-winning investigative reporter and "PBS NewsHour…

STAFF (2019-04-01). WitchHunt: Controversy Over Anti-Semitism and the British Labour Party. therealnews.com Filmmaker Jon Pullman discusses his film WitchHunt, about the suppression of critical voices in the Labour Party and the influence of the Israeli lobby…

Marcelo M. Suárez-Orozco — Nancy Scheper-Hughes (2019-04-01). America's Dirty War on Immigrant Children. counterpunch.org "These aren't people. These are animals" — Donald Trump, May 17, 2018 President Trump is right about one thing: there is an emergency; indeed we would call it a humanitarian catastrophe at the U.S. Southern Border.[1] It is also a demographic, political and moral catastrophe. However, the chaotic 'solutions' devised by former Attorney General Sessions and More

Stephen Lendman (2019-04-01). Farcical Ukraine Presidential Election. globalresearch.ca Ukraine is a Nazi-infested police state, a fantasy democracy, not the real thing, fundamental freedoms eliminated. | In February 2014, democratic governance was abolished, orchestrated by the Obama regime, resistance against repressive ruling authorities not tolerated. | On Sunday, round one of …

Massoud Nayeri (2019-04-01). Fascistic Talks and Deeds Wrapped in the American Flag: "The Fear Doctrine", Immigrant Families, Asylum Seekers, Babies Caged under a Bridge. globalresearch.ca After every disaster, when a reporter asks the survivors about their experiences, some with the utmost honesty and astonishment answer: "We never thought it would happen to us." | Americans are shocked to see that immigrant families, asylum seekers, babies being …

Tom Coburg (2019-04-01). Campaigners behind de-selection of Tory remainer MPs supported by Christchurch terrorist. thecanary.co A fascist-linked political party behind a campaign to de-select remainer MPs has scored a victory after a vote of no confidence in Dominic Grieve … | Read more Campaigners behind de-selection of Tory remainer MPs supported by Christchurch terrorist | By Tom Coburg

Fight Back (2019-04-01). First day of Legalization for All Network delegation focuses on Chicano struggles in Arizona. fightbacknews.org Tucson, AZ – On March 30, the Legalization For All Network completed the first day of an immigrant rights delegation to Arizona and the U.S.-México border. | Members of immigrant rights organizations and a Palestinian liberation movement organization from the Midwest are participating in the delegation. | The first day of the trip was in Tucson, Arizona, where the delegation learned about the history of the U.S.-México border and the struggles of the Chicano people in the Southwest, which was the top half of México until the U.S. invasion of México in 1848. | In the morning, the delegation participated in the 19…

Jedediah Britton-Purdy (2019-04-01). The Myth of the American Frontier. thenation.com The Myth of the American Frontier…

Vanessa Mbonu@naacpnet (2019-04-01). What to Know About the Census. naacp.org Today marks exactly one year out from the 2020 Census — the official counting of the United States population, a constitutional requirement occurring once every ten years. The decennial Census is a crucial facet of our Republic because its results serve as the basis for redistricting, the enforcement of voting rights laws, and allocating congressional …

Vanessa Mbonu@naacpnet (2019-04-01). Civil Rights Leaders and Advocates to Hold Press Conference Ahead of First-Ever, Historic Equality Act Hearing. naacp.org FOR PLANNING PURPOSES ONLY: March 29, 2019 Will McCullough | HRC | Will.McCullough@hrc.org | 559-892-3038 Shin Inouye | Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights | Inouye@civilrights.org | 202-869-0398 LGBTQ advocates will meet on the Hill to discuss historic federal civil rights legislation that will protect millions of LGBTQ Americans and their families from discrimination WASHINGTON — …

RT (2019-04-01). 'Builders of walls become prisoners': Pope Francis knocks Trump's plans for border barrier. rt.com Pope Francis warned leaders who want to erect barriers to keep migrants out that they "will end up becoming prisoners of the walls they build."

Democracy Now! (2019-04-01). Headlines for April 1, 2019. democracynow.org Trump Announces Aid Cuts to El Salvador, Guatemala and Honduras, Trump Threatens to Close U.S.-Mexico Border, Outrage as Border Patrol Holds Asylum Seekers Underneath El Paso Bridge, Sepsis Was Cause of 7-Year-Old Guatemalan Girl's Death in U.S. Custody, Gov't Temporarily Extends Protected Immigration Status for Liberians, Judge Blocks Trump Order, Reinstates Arctic Drilling Ban, U.K.: Brexit Crisis Deepens as Lawmakers Fail to Back Deal, Gaza: Israeli Forces Kill 4 on Great March of Return Anniversary, Ukraine: Comedian Takes Hefty Lead in Presidential Vote Tally, Slovakia: Environmentalist Becomes First Female…

WSWS (2019-04-01). Trump threatens to shut US-Mexico border, cuts aid to Central America. wsws.org The Trump administration is cutting off $600 million in aid to Honduras, Guatemala and El Salvador, while threatening to devastate the economy of Mexico by closing the US-Mexico border.

Graham Peebles (2019-03-31). Rising Politics of Intolerance and the Need for Unity. dissidentvoice.org Over the last 20 years extreme right-wing groups have been on the rise throughout the world. They share a belief in white supremacism and conspiracy theories that allege there is a global plot to replace white Christian populations with Muslims and people of color. As socio-economic inequality has grown and immigration increased the reactionary ideology …

Liberation Staff (2019-03-31). Colorado Springs unveils anti-homeless 'homelessness initiative'. liberationnews.org Capitalism creates, then criminalizes, poverty and homelessness.

Aaron Miguel Cantú (2019-03-31). How Trump's Border Wall Perpetuates the Legacy of Colonialism on the Rio Grande. theintercept.com It's Friday at dusk on a long stretch of dirt road in Hidalgo County, Texas, about a mile north of the Rio Grande and Mexico. Orange light gleams through a single palm tree towering over hardwood mesquites. Land speculators imported palms to the Rio Grande Valley a century ago to attract white American settlers to the region, and they loom especially high above dense thornscrub below. | I'm walking to my car with Christopher Basaldú, who's lived in a nearby tent for over a month in…

unitedEditor (2019-03-30). Why local elections in Turkey could have a serious impact around the world. uwidata.com The atmosphere around the upcoming Turkish municipal elections scheduled for March 31th almost make it seem like the country is preparing to elect a new president: tensions are high, and interests extend far beyond the border. All of the major international players, primarily the United States and the Europeans, are closely monitoring the elections, anxiously …

Eds. (2019-03-29). Brazilian president to commemorate 1964 fascist military coup. mronline.org Brazilians took to social media following the news calling out Bolsonaro for "celebrating" the military dictatorship and its coup using the hashtag #DitaduraNuncaMais (No More Dictatorship). | Source

Adam Johnson (2019-03-29). 'Renouncing Violence' Is a Demand Made Almost Exclusively of Muslims. fair.org As Israel was killing scores and maiming thousands of protesters in Gaza, rather than calling on Israel to "renounce violence," the New York Times ( 5/18/18) published an op-ed arguing that "guarding the border was more important than avoiding killing." | A FAIR survey of the phrase "renounce violence" in the New York Times over the past 10 years shows that 95 percent of the time the demand is made of Muslim organizations, people or political parties, the most prominent being the Taliban and Hamas. There are zero instances o…

United Nations (2019-03-29). On eve of Gaza border protest anniversary, UN's top humanitarian official for Palestine calls for calm. un.org With a large protest planned on Saturday in Gaza, and border shootings by Israeli security forces which have left nearly 200 Palestinians dead over the past year, the UN's top humanitarian official in the Occupied Palestinian Territories (oPt), Jamie McGoldrick, on Friday called for calm from all sides to prevent further bloodshed.

splcenter (2019-03-29). Alabama Voting Rights Project helps 2,000 people cast ballots in Alabama, but many more do not know they can vote. splcenter.org Rodney Lofton had never cast a ballot before a felony conviction stripped him of his voting rights in 2015.

pip.hinman (2019-03-29). 'Love Aotearoa, hate racism' rally draws thousands in Auckland. greenleft.org.au A week after the Christchurch mosque attacks, thousands of people mobilised in Auckland for the "Love Aotearoa, hate racism" rally on March 24. | A number of speakers addressed the rally, including Mike Treen, national director of Unite Union and Global Peace and Justice. | "We need to organise, we need to connect," Treen told the rally. "Not just on an individual level to challenge every racist that we come across … not just on an individual level to speak up when we need to speak up. We need to connect, we need to organise in our churches, in our unions, in our schools, in our universities, in every instituti…

susan_p (2019-03-29). New Zealand: Islamophobia is a weapon of the 1%. greenleft.org.au The terrorist attack on the Christchurch mosques by a right-wing fanatic has exposed a dark network of white supremacist, Islamophobic, anti-immigrant and misogynist people and movements that want to destroy all progressive aspects in the advance of humanity. | These networks openly admire United States President Donald Trump and other right-wing ideologues because their hatreds and fears are being manipulated by these same "establishment" forces. When Trump says "I think Islam hates us" and "Criminals and unknown Middle Easterners are mixed in," referring to the migrant caravan from South America to the US, and…

Yves Engler (2019-03-28). Canadian Jewish Establishment's Anti-Palestinianism. dissidentvoice.org The anti-Palestinianism of Canada's establishment Jewish organizations is extreme. Fortunately, a growing number of Canadian Jews appear to be rejecting their racism and support for Israeli violence. According to a recent Canadian Jewish News article, the Centre for Israel and Jewish Affairs (CIJA) and United Jewish Appeal Toronto both declined to comment on Prime Minister …

2019-04-02: Social Media Postees

Venezuela's Chief Supreme Court Justice Calls for Stripping Guaido of Immunity
Stephen Lendman | globalresearch.ca | 2019-04-02
Trump regime designated puppet/usurper in waiting Guaido is a serial law breaker. | He's Trump regime front man for the ongoing coup attempt to topple democratically elected and reelected President Maduro, along with aiming to replace Bolivarian social democracy with US-controlled …
globalresearch.ca/venezuelas-chief-supre…

I'm Leaving the US Army, But the Forever Wars Will Go On Without Me
STAFF | truthout.org | 2019-04-02
"Patriotism, in the trenches, was too remote a sentiment, and at once rejected as fit only for civilians, or prisoners." –Robert Graves, Goodbye To All That (1929).I'm one of the lucky ones. Leaving Army life with a modest pension and all of my limbs intact feels like a genuine escape. Both the Army and I knew it was time for me to go. I'd tired of carrying water for empire and they'd grown weary of dealing with my dissenting articles and footing the bill for my seemingly never-ending PTSD treatments. Now, I'm societ…
truthout.org/articles/im-leaving-the-us-…

The Forever Wars Will Go On Without Me
Danny Sjursen | counterpunch.org | 2019-04-02
"Patriotism, in the trenches, was too remote a sentiment, and at once rejected as fit only for civilians, or prisoners." — Robert Graves, Goodbye To All That (1929) I'm one of the lucky ones. Leaving the madness of Army life with a modest pension and all of my limbs intact feels like a genuine escape. Both…
counterpunch.org/2019/04/02/the-forever-…

Border Patrol Visit Protest Lands Arizona Students in Hot Water
Ilana Novick | truthdig.com | 2019-04-02
Two students at the University of Arizona will face misdemeanor charges after a video showing them protesting an appearance by Customs and Border Protection officials on their campus went viral, Rachel Leingang reports in the Arizona Republic. | As Border Patrol agents gave a presentation on March 19 to the Criminal Justice Association, a student club, some outside the event recorded the presentation and shouted "Murder Patrol," "murder…
truthdig.com/articles/border-patrol-visi…

Trump's Dangerous, Dishonest Game on the U.S.-Mexico Border
Ruth Conniff | commondreams.org | 2019-04-02
U.S. industries—especially agriculture but also construction, food service, and hospitality—are heavily dependent on Mexican and Central American labor. (Photo: Wikicommons) | https://www.commondreams.org/sites/defau…
commondreams.org/views/2019/04/02/trumps…

Donald Trump's Only Strategy Is to Create Crisis and Claim to Fix It
STAFF | truthout.org | 2019-04-02
"I alone can fix it." | Donald Trump's declaration during his nomination acceptance speech at the Republican National Convention in 2016 was ostensibly meant to sell the political neophyte as uniquely situated to solve the intransigence that has plagued both parties. But in practice, another Trump tagline — "I love chaos" — has served as the president's prevalent guidance since his party took huge losses in the midterms. | First, he needlessly shut down the federal government to make a case for his border wall. Now, unhappy with the accelerating rate of illegal border crossings, Trump is threatenin…
truthout.org/articles/donald-trumps-only…

Trump's Dangerous, Dishonest Game on the U.S.-Mexico Border
Ruth Conniff | progressive.org | 2019-04-02
Trump is the mean drunk at the family dinner, throwing his weight around, hurling insults and threats, while everyone cringes and hopes that his rage will subside, knowing that nothing good will come from a confrontation.
progressive.org/dispatches/trumps-danger…

Mexico's Authorities Rescue 338 Migrants in Chiapas
teleSUR | telesurenglish.net | 2019-04-02
Mexican authorities rescued 338 Central American migrants aboard five buses in Tuxtla Gutierrez, Chiapas, the Attorney General's Office (FGR) said Tuesday. | RELATED: | Mexico's AMLO Says He'll 'Act Prudent' To Border Closing | The migrants included 181 adults and 157 minors from Honduras, Guatemala, El Salvador and Nicaragua, as well as one person from Cuba. The migrants were being transported in five passenger buses by traffickers, the FGR reported. | During the rescue mission, 15 peo…
telesurenglish.net/news/Mexicos-Authorit…

Mexico's AMLO Says He'll 'Act Prudent' To Border Closing
teleSUR | telesurenglish.net | 2019-04-02
Mexico's president, Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador (AMLO) says he's going to "act with prudence" regarding U.S. President Donald Trump's threat to shut their shared border. | RELATED: | US Congress Fails to Override Veto, Border Wall Emergency Stays | During his Monday morning daily public address, AMLO said he can't talk about an issue that hasn't happened and wouldn't speculate about the possible border closure. | "If I answer that question (about the border stoppage)," the pres…
telesurenglish.net/news/Mexicos-AMLO-Say…

Karen Baynes-Dunning named interim president and CEO
splcenter | splcenter.org | 2019-04-02
We're proud to announce that the Southern Poverty Law Center's board of directors has voted unanimously to name Karen Baynes-Dunning as our interim president and CEO.
splcenter.org/news/2019/04/02/karen-bayn…

White Supremacist Symbol Found Spray-Painted at the Site of Fire, Civil Rights Center Says
Michael Edison Hayden | splcenter.org | 2019-04-02
Someone painted a white supremacist symbol at the scene where fire ravaged a building tied to the civil rights movement, according to a statement from the Highlander Research and Education Center.
splcenter.org/hatewatch/2019/04/02/white…

Guatemala: Thelma Aldana Appeals Ruling Blocking Her Candidacy
teleSUR | telesurenglish.net | 2019-04-02
Guatemala's former attorney general, Thelma Aldana, will seek to overturn a decision from the country's Supreme Electoral Tribunal (TSE) preventing her from running for president, Aldana's campaign manager said on Tuesday. | RELATED: | Guatemala Issues Arrest Warrant for Former Attorney General Thelma Aldana | The electoral authority rejected the candidacy in a decision announced Monday that cited an arrest warrant issued against her, which alleged irregularities dur…
telesurenglish.net/news/Guatemala-Thelma…

Supreme Court's Death Penalty Ruling Leaves Legal Experts Aghast
STAFF | truthdig.com | 2019-04-02
Critics on Tuesday said the U.S. Supreme Court's ruling in a case brought by a Missouri death row inmate fundamentally erodes protections against torture enshrined in the U.S. Constitution. | Justice Neil Gorsuch wrote the opinion for the court's right-wing majority in the 5-4 decision, ruling that Russell Bucklew can be executed by lethal injection despite his medical condition, cavernous hemangioma. The disease, warn his legal team and medical experts, will cause Bucklew to choke for several minutes on his own blood be…
truthdig.com/articles/supreme-courts-dea…

Legal Experts Aghast as 'Bloodythirsty' Right-Wing Supreme Court Sanctions Torturous Executions
Julia Conley, staff writer | commondreams.org | 2019-04-02
Critics on Tuesday said the U.S. Supreme Court's ruling in a case brought by a Missouri death row inmate fundamentally erodes protections against torture enshrined in the U.S. Constitution. | https://www.commondreams.org/sites/defau…
commondreams.org/news/2019/04/02/legal-e…

David North to address public meetings with Christoph Vandreier: "The Threat of Fascism and How to Fight It"
WSWS | wsws.org | 2019-04-02
North and Vandreier will jointly address meetings in Detroit and Ann Arbor, Michigan; Cambridge, Massachusetts and New York City.
http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2019/04/…

US Supreme Court ruling guts ban on "cruel and unusual punishment"
WSWS | wsws.org | 2019-04-02
The death penalty decision in Bucklew v. Precythe eviscerates the prohibition against "cruel and unusual punishment" in the Eighth Amendment to the US Constitution.
http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2019/04/…

'My body should be celebrated': Teacher sacked over topless selfie sues for sexual discrimination
RT | rt.com | 2019-04-02
A 25-year-old middle school teacher claims she was fired from her job after a topless selfie she sent to a boyfriend ended up in the hands of a student. Now she wants "to fight back," filing a $3 million discrimination lawsuit. | …
rt.com/usa/455377-teacher-fired-topless-…

Marco Rubio inflames Twitter by mixing Bible verses with regime change calls
RT | rt.com | 2019-04-02
Florida Senator Marco Rubio's social media output is a real mixed bag. In between odes to regime change in Venezuela and paeans to border security, Rubio dropped in some words from the good book, to mixed reaction. | …
rt.com/usa/455353-marco-rubio-bible-twee…

US Supreme Court declares inmates have no constitutional right to 'painless death'
RT | rt.com | 2019-04-02
The Supreme Court has declared prisoners have no constitutional right to a "painless death," allowing the execution of a convicted murderer to go forward despite his protestations that lethal injection would cause him to suffer. | …
rt.com/usa/455317-supreme-court-no-painl…

Progressives, Democrats, and Pope Sound Alarm Over Trump's Threat to Close Border
Eoin Higgins | theantimedia.com | 2019-04-02
(CD) — President Donald Trump's threat to close the southern border was met with criticism and concern from politicians, activists, the public–and Pope Francis. Trump is taking the action, he said, because of what he believes is a crisis in drug smuggling and human trafficking. In remarks to reporters Sunday on the papal plane en route from Morocco …
http://theantimedia.com/progressives-dem…

Christchurch terrorist's fascist manifesto promotes trade unions
WSWS | wsws.org | 2019-04-02
The fascist gunman Brenton Tarrant, who killed 50 people at two mosques in New Zealand, advocates the anti-immigrant, nationalist policies of the trade unions.
http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2019/04/…

After fascist attack, New Zealand teacher unions cancel nationwide strike
WSWS | wsws.org | 2019-04-02
In a thoroughly anti-democratic decision, primary and secondary teacher unions have used the Christchurch attack as a pretext to call off a major nationwide strike.
http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2019/04/…

Islamophobic attack on San Diego area mosque: interview with Yusef Miller of Islamic Society of North County
Zachery Bowersock | liberationnews.org | 2019-04-01
"There is no such thing as a time, since the colonization of this country, when this country has been free of racism, or sexism, or any type of xenophobia."
liberationnews.org/islamophobic-attack-o…

Hundreds march against NATO
Fight Back | fightbacknews.org | 2019-04-01
Washington DC — Hundreds of people gathered in Lafayette Square, a park opposite the White House, March 30, to respond to the call to action against NATO, racism and war. The organizers also strongly emphasized the slogan "Hands off Venezuela" to protest the Trump administration and NATO's attempts to overthrow the democratically-elected government of Nicolás Maduro. | The park was full of banners, signs and flags held by protesters who loudly cheered and chanted throughout the program. The chants ranged from, "Hands off Venezuela" to "How do you spell racist? N-A-T-O!" | The speakers each masterfully high…
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Farcical Ukraine Presidential Election
Stephen Lendman | globalresearch.ca | 2019-04-01
Ukraine is a Nazi-infested police state, a fantasy democracy, not the real thing, fundamental freedoms eliminated. | In February 2014, democratic governance was abolished, orchestrated by the Obama regime, resistance against repressive ruling authorities not tolerated. | On Sunday, round one of …
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Campaigners behind de-selection of Tory remainer MPs supported by Christchurch terrorist
Tom Coburg | thecanary.co | 2019-04-01
A fascist-linked political party behind a campaign to de-select remainer MPs has scored a victory after a vote of no confidence in Dominic Grieve … | Read more Campaigners behind de-selection of Tory remainer MPs supported by Christchurch terrorist | By Tom Coburg…
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Fascistic Talks and Deeds Wrapped in the American Flag: "The Fear Doctrine", Immigrant Families, Asylum Seekers, Babies Caged under a Bridge
Massoud Nayeri | globalresearch.ca | 2019-04-01
After every disaster, when a reporter asks the survivors about their experiences, some with the utmost honesty and astonishment answer: "We never thought it would happen to us." | Americans are shocked to see that immigrant families, asylum seekers, babies being …
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Why the Real Migration Crisis Is in Central America, Not at the Southern U.S. Border
Democracy Now! | democracynow.org | 2019-04-01
President Trump has announced the United States will cut off funding to the so-called Northern Triangle countries of Guatemala, Honduras and El Salvador that are the primary source of a wave of migrants seeking asylum at the U.S.-Mexico border, including caravans of families with children. He is also threatening to close the border with Mexico.‚Ä® This comes after Trump declared a national emergency to justify redirecting money earmarked for the military to pay for building a wall at the border. ‚Ä®We speak with John Carlos Frey, award-winning investigative reporter and "PBS NewsHour…
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WitchHunt: Controversy Over Anti-Semitism and the British Labour Party
STAFF | therealnews.com | 2019-04-01
Filmmaker Jon Pullman discusses his film WitchHunt, about the suppression of critical voices in the Labour Party and the influence of the Israeli lobby…
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The Myth of the American Frontier
Jedediah Britton-Purdy | thenation.com | 2019-04-01
The Myth of the American Frontier…
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First day of Legalization for All Network delegation focuses on Chicano struggles in Arizona
Fight Back | fightbacknews.org | 2019-04-01
Tucson, AZ – On March 30, the Legalization For All Network completed the first day of an immigrant rights delegation to Arizona and the U.S.-México border. | Members of immigrant rights organizations and a Palestinian liberation movement organization from the Midwest are participating in the delegation. | The first day of the trip was in Tucson, Arizona, where the delegation learned about the history of the U.S.-México border and the struggles of the Chicano people in the Southwest, which was the top half of México until the U.S. invasion of México in 1848. | In the morning, the delegation participated in the 19…
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America's Dirty War on Immigrant Children
Marcelo M. Suárez-Orozco — Nancy Scheper-Hughes | counterpunch.org | 2019-04-01
"These aren't people. These are animals" — Donald Trump, May 17, 2018 President Trump is right about one thing: there is an emergency; indeed we would call it a humanitarian catastrophe at the U.S. Southern Border.[1] It is also a demographic, political and moral catastrophe. However, the chaotic 'solutions' devised by former Attorney General Sessions and…
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What to Know About the Census
Vanessa Mbonu@naacpnet | naacp.org | 2019-04-01
Today marks exactly one year out from the 2020 Census — the official counting of the United States population, a constitutional requirement occurring once every ten years. The decennial Census is a crucial facet of our Republic because its results serve as the basis for redistricting, the enforcement of voting rights laws, and allocating congressional …
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Civil Rights Leaders and Advocates to Hold Press Conference Ahead of First-Ever, Historic Equality Act Hearing
Vanessa Mbonu@naacpnet | naacp.org | 2019-04-01
FOR PLANNING PURPOSES ONLY: March 29, 2019 Will McCullough | HRC | Will.McCullough@hrc.org | 559-892-3038 Shin Inouye | Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights | Inouye@civilrights.org | 202-869-0398 LGBTQ advocates will meet on the Hill to discuss historic federal civil rights legislation that will protect millions of LGBTQ Americans and their families from discrimination WASHINGTON — …
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'Builders of walls become prisoners': Pope Francis knocks Trump's plans for border barrier
RT | rt.com | 2019-04-01
Pope Francis warned leaders who want to erect barriers to keep migrants out that they "will end up becoming prisoners of the walls they build." | …
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Trump threatens to shut US-Mexico border, cuts aid to Central America
WSWS | wsws.org | 2019-04-01
The Trump administration is cutting off $600 million in aid to Honduras, Guatemala and El Salvador, while threatening to devastate the economy of Mexico by closing the US-Mexico border.
http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2019/04/…

Rising Politics of Intolerance and the Need for Unity
Graham Peebles | dissidentvoice.org | 2019-03-31
Over the last 20 years extreme right-wing groups have been on the rise throughout the world. They share a belief in white supremacism and conspiracy theories that allege there is a global plot to replace white Christian populations with Muslims and people of color. As socio-economic inequality has grown and immigration increased the reactionary ideology …
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How Trump's Border Wall Perpetuates the Legacy of Colonialism on the Rio Grande
Aaron Miguel Cantú | theintercept.com | 2019-03-31
It's Friday at dusk on a long stretch of dirt road in Hidalgo County, Texas, about a mile north of the Rio Grande and Mexico. Orange light gleams through a single palm tree towering over hardwood mesquites. Land speculators imported palms to the Rio Grande Valley a century ago to attract white American settlers to the region, and they loom especially high above dense thornscrub below. | I'm walking to my car with Christopher Basaldú, who's lived in a nearby tent for over a month in…
theintercept.com/2019/03/31/border-wall-…

Why local elections in Turkey could have a serious impact around the world
unitedEditor | uwidata.com | 2019-03-30
The atmosphere around the upcoming Turkish municipal elections scheduled for March 31th almost make it seem like the country is preparing to elect a new president: tensions are high, and interests extend far beyond the border. All of the major international players, primarily the United States and the Europeans, are closely monitoring the elections, anxiously …
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Brazilian president to commemorate 1964 fascist military coup
Eds. | mronline.org | 2019-03-29
Brazilians took to social media following the news calling out Bolsonaro for "celebrating" the military dictatorship and its coup using the hashtag #DitaduraNuncaMais (No More Dictatorship). | Source…
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On eve of Gaza border protest anniversary, UN's top humanitarian official for Palestine calls for calm
United Nations | un.org | 2019-03-29
With a large protest planned on Saturday in Gaza, and border shootings by Israeli security forces which have left nearly 200 Palestinians dead over the past year, the UN's top humanitarian official in the Occupied Palestinian Territories (oPt), Jamie McGoldrick, on Friday called for calm from all sides to prevent further bloodshed.
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'Renouncing Violence' Is a Demand Made Almost Exclusively of Muslims
Adam Johnson | fair.org | 2019-03-29
As Israel was killing scores and maiming thousands of protesters in Gaza, rather than calling on Israel to "renounce violence," the New York Times ( 5/18/18) published an op-ed arguing that "guarding the border was more important than avoiding killing." | A FAIR survey of the phrase "renounce violence" in the New York Times over the past 10 years shows that 95 percent of the time the demand is made of Muslim organizations, people or political parties, the most prominent being the Taliban and Hamas. There are zero instances o…
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Alabama Voting Rights Project helps 2,000 people cast ballots in Alabama, but many more do not know they can vote
splcenter | splcenter.org | 2019-03-29
Rodney Lofton had never cast a ballot before a felony conviction stripped him of his voting rights in 2015.
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New Zealand: Islamophobia is a weapon of the 1%
susan_p | greenleft.org.au | 2019-03-29
The terrorist attack on the Christchurch mosques by a right-wing fanatic has exposed a dark network of white supremacist, Islamophobic, anti-immigrant and misogynist people and movements that want to destroy all progressive aspects in the advance of humanity. | These networks openly admire United States President Donald Trump and other right-wing ideologues because their hatreds and fears are being manipulated by these same "establishment" forces. When Trump says "I think Islam hates us" and "Criminals and unknown Middle Easterners are mixed in," referring to the migrant caravan from South America to the US, and…
greenleft.org.au/content/new-zealand-islamophobia-weapon-1

'Love Aotearoa, hate racism' rally draws thousands in Auckland
pip.hinman | greenleft.org.au | 2019-03-29
A week after the Christchurch mosque attacks, thousands of people mobilised in Auckland for the "Love Aotearoa, hate racism" rally on March 24. | A number of speakers addressed the rally, including Mike Treen, national director of Unite Union and Global Peace and Justice. | "We need to organise, we need to connect," Treen told the rally. "Not just on an individual level to challenge every racist that we come across … not just on an individual level to speak up when we need to speak up. We need to connect, we need to organise in our churches, in our unions, in our schools, in our universities, in every instituti…
greenleft.org.au/content/%E2%80%98love-aotearoa-hate-racism%E2%80%99-rally-draws-thousands-auckland

Canadian Jewish Establishment's Anti-Palestinianism
Yves Engler | dissidentvoice.org | 2019-03-28
The anti-Palestinianism of Canada's establishment Jewish organizations is extreme. Fortunately, a growing number of Canadian Jews appear to be rejecting their racism and support for Israeli violence. According to a recent Canadian Jewish News article, the Centre for Israel and Jewish Affairs (CIJA) and United Jewish Appeal Toronto both declined to comment on Prime Minister …
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FRSO mobilizes against U.S. wars and racism
Fight Back | fightbacknews.org | 2019-03-28
Washington D.C. – The Freedom Road Socialist Organization (FRSO) is building for a rally and march against U.S. wars and racism in Washington D.C. this Saturday, March 30. | "Oppose NATO, War, and Racism! Oppose U.S. intervention in Venezuela!" is the theme for a rally starting at 1 p.m. across from the White House in LaFayette Park. | The North Atlantic Treaty Organization is set to 'celebrate' 70 years on April 4. April 4 is also the anniversary of the day Reverend Martin Luther King Jr. was assassinated. So, a large coalition of anti-war, international solidarity, and anti-racist organizations are gathering to…
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Headlines for March 28, 2019
Democracy Now! | democracynow.org | 2019-03-28
Boeing to Update Software Implicated in Crashes of 737 MAX Jets, Federal Judge Strikes Down Medicaid Work Requirements, Migrant Asylum Seekers in El Paso Detained in Open-Air Parking Lot, Trump Says Puerto Rico Received Too Much Aid After Hurricane Maria, Florida Police Identify Second Parkland Survivor Who Died by Suicide, Rep. Ilhan Omar Challenges Trump Admin Rule Easing Overseas Gun Sales, NRA Advised Far-Right Australian Party on Overturning Gun Controls, NRA Official Reached Out to Sandy Hook Conspiracy Theorist, Charlottesville Murderer James Alex Fields Pleads Guilty to Hate Crimes, Facebook to Ban White…
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Fighting Racial Bias in an Age of Mass Murder: Prejudice from the Coffee Shop to Charlottesville
Democracy Now! | democracynow.org | 2019-03-28
As avowed neo-Nazi James Alex Fields pleaded guilty Wednesday to 29 counts of hate crimes in a federal court for plowing his car into a crowd of anti-racist protesters in Charlottesville in August of 2017, we look at a new book that addresses the tragic event, as well as the rising number of race-based mass shootings, hate crimes and police shootings of unarmed men in the past several years. It also examines cases of discrimination against African Americans for simply sitting in coffee shops or trying to vacation in Airbnb-hosted homes. Professor Jennifer Eberhardt is the author of "Biased: Uncovering the Hidden…
http://www.democracynow.org/2019/3/28/fi…

Central Mali: Top UN genocide prevention official sounds alarm over recent ethnically-targeted killings
United Nations | un.org | 2019-03-28
The United Nations Special Adviser on the Prevention of Genocide, Adama Dieng, expressed on Thursday his deepest concern and strongly condemned recent attacks against villages in Mali, including mass-killings last weekend in the Mopti region, which left 160 dead, including some 50 children, according to the UN human rights office (OHCHR).
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