Daily Archives: May 5, 2019

2019-05-05: News Headlines

UUSF Sunday morning Forum (2019-05-05). Why criticizing Israel is not anti-Semitic. indybay.org Unitarian Universalist Society of San Francisco | 1187 Franklin St. @ Geary | MLK Room…

teleSUR (2019-05-05). Bolsonaro Cancels US Visit After Venues Refuse To Host Him. telesurenglish.net Brazil's far-right President Jair Bolsonaro made the last minute decision to cancel his trip to the United States after many New York venues refused to host a gala dinner honoring him, his office announced on Friday. | RELATED: | Brazil: Bolsonaro's Homophobic 'Gay Tourism' Comments Invite Abuse of Women: Critics | Due to Bolsonaro's past racist, homophobic and misogynist remarks, organizers saw multiple venues in New York refuse to host the gala dinner, incl…

teleSUR (2019-05-05). Syrian, Iraqi Forces Conduct Joint Border Op Against ISIS. telesurenglish.net The Syrian government forces and Iraq's Popular Mobilization Forces have banned together to conduct a joint military operation along their shared border, the Syrian Arab News Agency reported on Friday. | RELATED: | US Wants To Carve Up Venezuela Like Syria and Libya: Russia | The operation began on Friday morning and targeted the areas used by the Islamic State to infiltrate between the two neighboring Middle Eastern nations. | On Saturday, the Popular Mobilization Forces announ…

Jonathan Turley (2019-05-04). Israeli Ambassador Calls for the Criminalization of Antisemitic Speech. globalresearch.ca In the aftermath of another tragic shooting at another synagogue, Israel's Ambassador to the United Nations Danny Danon has again called for the criminalization of antisemitic speech. | I have previously written about such international efforts to criminalize speech, including …

WSWS (2019-05-04). Neo-Nazi networks exposed across US military. wsws.org Recent independent investigations have shown that multiple white supremacist groups are operating freely across all branches of the military.

Fight Back (2019-05-04). Racist attack is cover for police crimes. fightbacknews.org Fight Back News Service is circulating the following statement from the Chicago Alliance Against Racist and Political Repression (CAARPR) | The Chicago Alliance Against Racist and Political Repression (CAARPR) condemns the Fraternal Order of Police (FOP) targeted anti-Black racist campaign against Kim Foxx. | The Fraternal Order of Police (FOP) attack on State's Attorney Kim Foxx has nothing to do with moral outrage and everything to do with humiliation. Foxx, an elected Black official brought to power by a movement for racial justice, has been exposing and undoing the decades-old work of the Chicago Police…

WSWS (2019-05-04). Japan's emperor abdicates throne. wsws.org The far right in Japan, which includes Prime Minister Abe and most of his cabinet, is pushing for the emperor to resume the pre-war role of linchpin of a repressive, militarist regime.

RT (2019-05-04). Louis Farrakhan 'far right'? CNN thinks so. rt.com In the wake of another social media purge, CNN host Alisyn Camerota described Nation of Islam leader Louis Farrakhan as a 'far right' figure on air. Did somebody hand her the wrong script?

Staff (2019-05-04). Taking Away Voting Rights Does Nothing to Solve Violence. truthout.org Maya Schenwar returns to "Beyond Prisons" to discuss voting rights, the current political landscape, and her forthcoming book. | Maya is the editor-in-chief of Truthout. She is also the author of Locked Down, Locked Out: Why Prison Doesn't Work and How We Can Do Better and the co-editor of the Truthout anthology Who Do You Serve, Who Do You Protect? Police Violence and Resistance in the United States. She has written about the prison-industrial complex for Truthout, The New York Times, the Guardian, The Nation, Salon, Ms. Magazine and others. Maya lives in Chicago and organizes with the abolitionist collective…

Brian Perez-Canto (2019-05-04). Students march against University of Georgia's historical and present-day racism. liberationnews.org In November 2015, the expansion and reconstruction of Baldwin Hall came to a temporary halt when the University of Georgia uncovered the remains of former slaves.

Ryan Devereaux (2019-05-04). Scott Warren Worked to Prevent Migrant Deaths in the Arizona Desert. The Government Wants Him in Prison. theintercept.com Thousands of migrants have died crossing the desert in Arizona. The U.S. government is prosecuting activists who try to save lives and recover bodies.

Staff (2019-05-04). Former Trump Adviser Kelly Joins Board of Immigrant Detention Center Company. truthout.org In what one critic deemed a "nauseating example of the revolving door" through which powerful political players often move in and out of the private sector, former White House Chief of Staff John Kelly joined the board of a company which owns some of the largest detention centers for unaccompanied children who cross the U.S.-Mexico border. | CBS News reported Friday that Kelly is now a member of the board of directors for Caliburn International, which run…

Julia Conley (2019-05-04). 'Sick, dystopian stuff': Former Trump adviser Kelly joins board of company running immigrant detention centers. nationofchange.org In what one critic deemed a "nauseating example of the revolving door" through which powerful political players often move in and out of the private sector, former White House Chief of Staff John Kelly joined the board of a company which owns some of the largest detention centers for unaccompanied children who cross the U.S.-Mexico border. | CBS News reported Friday that Kelly is now a member of the board of directors for Caliburn International, which run…

teleSUR (2019-05-04). Last Suspect Freed in Kim Jong-un's Brother's Murder Case. telesurenglish.net Doan Thi Huong, the Vietnamese woman accused of assassinating North Korea's Supreme Leader Kim Jong-un's brother, Kim Jong Nam, has been released from a Malaysian prison after being held for over two years. | RELATED: | Woman Accused of Killing Kim Jong-un's Brother Denied Appeal | Huong was accused of murdering Kim Jong Nam using the highly toxic VH nerve agent. After being released, Huong was taken into immigration custody until her scheduled flight to Hanoi. The formerly jailed…

Staff (2019-05-04). Guilt by Association? Arrest of Assange Friend Has No Basis. therealnews.com Cyber-security and privacy expert Ola Bini was arrested in Ecuador the same day that Ecuador revoked Julian Assange's asylum. A court now affirmed his pre-trial detention, while his parents and his lawyers say it has no basis…

Michelle Zacarias (2019-05-03). Gay and trans workers may soon lose work-place protections. peoplesworld.org The U.S. Supreme Court will soon determine whether federal employment law prohibits discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation and gender identity. The court agreed to hear three cases involving Title VII of the 1964 Civil Rights Act, which currently prevents employers from discriminating based on "sex." This decision will have a monumental impact on …

splcenter (2019-05-03). Two Members of Rise Above Movement Plead Guilty in Charlottesville 'Unite the Right' Rioting Case. splcenter.org The leader of the antisemitic and racist Rise Above Movement and a fellow member of the group pleaded guilty Friday to a federal charge of conspiracy to riot.

Chris Wright (2019-05-03). The Coming of American Fascism, 1920—1940. counterpunch.org Fascism is usually thought of as a quintessentially and almost exclusively European phenomenon, as having begun with Mussolini, culminated with Hitler, and been eradicated in World War II. The U.S., in particular, is thought to have been largely immune to it, given the absence of mass movements similar to Nazism or Italian Fascism. But there More

John McEvoy (2019-05-03). Explosive new book dissects the soft coup that brought fascism to Brazil. thecanary.co On 28 October 2018, Brazil elected a fascist, racist, sexist, and homophobic president. And an explosive new book delves into how that happened, providing a crucial point of reference for resistance in the process. | Washingt…

Alan Macleod (2019-05-03). MintCast Episode 2: Failed Coup in Venezuela, Forgotten US Atrocities in the Koreas, and Joe Biden's Race Problem. mintpressnews.com MintCast co-hosts Alan MacLeod and Whitney Webb discuss current events in Sri Lanka, France and Venezuela and also delve into U.S. efforts to hide the real history of the Korean War, as well as Joe Biden's history of teaming up with notorious American racists.

susan_p (2019-05-03). Spanish elections: Important battle won against the right. greenleft.org.au The question on everyone's lips in the last week of the Spanish election campaign was just how strongly the filthy brown tide of reaction would run — encapsulated in the vote for the racist, xenophobic, Islamophobic, anti-feminist, pro-gun and, above all, anti-Catalan outfit Vox. | The average of legal polling, allowed by the Central Electoral Board until one week before the vote, had Vox at 11.2%, yielding around 30-35 seats in the 350-seat Congress of Deputies. | However, illegal and internal party polls in the last week of the campaign — or deliberately scary leaks about them — were assigning…

Tim Libretti (2019-05-03). 'The Man Who Fell from the Sky', Bill Fletcher Jr.'s new crime novel. peoplesworld.org As I was finishing Bill Fletcher Jr.'s debut novel The Man Who Fell from the Sky, the Ralph Northam scandal was unfolding in Virginia, about which Fletcher powerfully weighed in. Northam's apparent participation in a racist episode some thirty years ago, documented in a photograph in his medical school yearbook that had lain dormant and …

WSWS (2019-05-03). After Spanish elections, Podemos pushes for pro-austerity PSOE government. wsws.org Even as the PSOE's police-state and austerity policies fuel the far right's rise, Podemos is asking to join a PSOE government and defending it from criticism on its left.

splcenter (2019-05-03). Weekend Read: Extremist attacks on houses of worship. splcenter.org Last weekend was marked by another horrifying attack on a congregation. Worshippers at a synagogue in Poway, California, were celebrating the last day of Passover when a gunman, apparently influenced by online white supremacist propaganda, opened fire.

Scott McCoy, Senior Policy Counsel, SPLC Action Fund (2019-05-03). SPLC Action Fund: Florida immigration enforcement bill dangerous, unnecessary and unconstitutional. splcenter.org The Florida Legislature this week passed Senate Bill 168, which would ban so-called "sanctuary cities."

Shalini Agarwal, Senior Supervising Attorney, SPLC Action Fund (2019-05-03). SPLC Action Fund: Florida Legislature's criminal justice reform bill is a baby step at best. splcenter.org The Florida Legislature today approved House Bill 7125 as the long-discussed criminal justice reform legislation that will be sent for Gov. Ron DeSantis to sign into law.

Joyce Chediac (2019-05-03). Angry Yemeni shop owners boycott NY Post after attack on Ilhan Omar. liberationnews.org Stand up to Islamophobia and all forms of racism, say with one voice, "We stand with Ilhan."

ACLU (2019-05-03). What Officer Noor's Conviction Says About Racism in America. aclu.org For the first time, Minnesota convicted a police officer for killing someone. That he was Black and the woman he shot was white must not be ignored. | On Tuesday, April 30, a Minnesota jury convicted police officer Mohamed Noor of third-degree murder and second-degree manslaughter for shooting and killing Justine Damond, a white Australian woman. Damond had called 9-1-1 to report a possible sexual assault near her apartment and then approached Noor's squad car when he and his partner responded to the call. Noor killed Damond, and he deserved to be found guilty. His decision to shoot and kill an unarmed person wit…

Michaela Malone (2019-05-03). San Diego PSL stands with workers everywhere on May Day. liberationnews.org Carrying signs printed with the words "Hands Off Venezuela," members of the PSL and the ANSWER Coalition (Act Now to Stop War and End Racism) also stressed the need for solidarity with working class Venezuelans…

WSWS (2019-05-03). Guatemalan boy detained by US Border Patrol dies after succumbing to illness. wsws.org The 16 year old, who has not been named, is the third immigrant child to die in government custody in just five months.

Julia Conley, staff writer (2019-05-03). 'Sick, Dystopian Stuff': Former Trump Adviser Kelly Joins Board of Company Running Immigrant Detention Centers. commondreams.org In what one critic deemed a "nauseating example of the revolving door" through which powerful political players often move into the private sector, former White House Chief of Staff John Kelly joined the board of a company which owns some of the largest detention centers for unaccompanied children who cross the U.S.-Mexico border. | https://www.commondreams.org/sites/defau…

RT (2019-05-03). 'Nothing to do with hate speech': Gavin McIness slams 'un-American' Facebook censorship. rt.com Facebook's recent crackdown on right-wing figures is "un-American," and "has nothing to do with hate speech," Vice Media co-founder and Proud Boys leader Gavin McInnes told RT. |

United Nations (2019-05-03). Migrants, asylum seekers detained in Hungary 'deliberately deprived of food': UN human rights office. un.org The UN human rights office (OHCHR) said on Friday it was alarmed by reports that migrants and asylum seekers who are being held in Hungarian detention centres are being "deliberately deprived of food in contravention of international laws and standards".

Satya Vatti (2019-05-03). Proposed new census question steps up Trump administration's racist attacks on immigrants. liberationnews.org Given the track record of the U.S. government, with its racist history of deportations, incarceration and family separations under both the Democratic and Republican parties, the citizenship question on the census is sure to incite anxieties and fear among immigrants who are repeatedly scapegoated by politicians for mass unemployment and poverty that are in fact products of the capitalist economic system.

Keegan Hankes, Researcher, Intelligence Project (2019-05-02). SPLC: Facebook and Instagram ban far-right and extremist figures, but still have more work to do against hateful content. splcenter.org Facebook and Instagram announced today that they have banned several far-right, antisemitic and extremist figures and organizations for being "dangerous," a sign that they are more aggressively enforcing their hate speech policies under pressure from civil rights organizations, including the SPLC.

Ramzy Baroud (2019-05-02). France and the EU, Recognizing Yet Supporting Apartheid Reality in Palestine. mintpressnews.com In the face of the US backing of Israel, EU foreign policy is inconsistent, weak and, ultimately, a failure. Alas, the idea which gained momentum during the early months of Trump's presidency that the EU can develop a truly independent foreign policy position on Israel and Palestine has proven wrong.

Miko Peled (2019-05-02). What Strikes Bernie Sanders as "Extremely Unfair" Is a Catastrophe for Millions of Palestinians. mintpressnews.com There will be hope when politicians like Bernie Sanders will have the courage to call the ethnic cleansing, genocide and apartheid — all crimes that Israel perpetrated and continues to perpetuate to this day — by their real name and not describe them as merely "extremely unfair."

Eds. (2019-05-02). The racist dawn of capitalism. mronline.org The centrality of slavery to capitalism is not new, as any serious student of WEB Dubois is aware. | Source

splcenter (2019-05-02). Teaching Tolerance report examines the rise of hate in schools. splcenter.org While disturbing incidents of hate and bias in schools are regularly reported in the news media, the incidents are just a fraction of what educators are encountering in schools across the country, a new study by the SPLC's Teaching Tolerance project finds.

Beyond Prisons (2019-05-02). Beyond Prisons: Voting Rights feat. Maya Schenwar. shadowproof.com Maya Schenwar returns to Beyond Prisons to discuss voting rights, the current political landscape, and her forthcoming book. | Maya is the Editor-in-Chief of Truthout. She is also the author of "Locked Down, Locked Out: Why Prison Doesn't Work and How We Can Do Better" and the co-editor of the Truthout anthology "Who Do You Serve, Who Do You Protect? Police Violence and Resistance in the United States." She has written about the prison-industrial complex for Truthout, The New York Times, The Guardian, The Nation, Salon, Ms. Magazine, and others. Maya lives in Chicago and organizes with the abolitionist collective…

Turkish Minute (2019-05-02). Turkey Claims Development of New Syria Safe Zone After Meeting US Delegation. theantimedia.com (TM) — Turkish officials sounded optimistic about establishing a safe zone near its southern border after a delegation from Washington visited Ankara this week to discuss issues regarding Syria, the Hàºrriyet Daily News reported. The delegation, led by James Jeffrey, US special envoy for Syria engagement and the special envoy for the Global Coalition to Defeat ISIL, …

ACLU (2019-05-02). Attorney General Barr Says ICE Has Power to Lock Up Asylum Seekers Without Hearings. aclu.org The Constitution does not allow the government to lock people up without due process of law. | Today the ACLU, the ACLU of Washington, the American Immigration Council, and Northwest Immigrant Rights Project launched a legal challenge to the Trump administration's latest assault on people who have come to the United States to seek refuge from persecution: jailing asylum seekers without even allowing a judge to decide if there's any reaso…

United Nations (2019-05-01). End 'political opportunism' that's letting hate speech flourish, urges top UN genocide official. un.org With murderous attacks against religious institutions on the rise, leaders across the world need to do more to end "political opportunism" and policies which allow hate speech and violent extremism to flourish, said the UN Special Adviser on the Prevention of Genocide on Wednesday.

Democracy Now! (2019-05-01). Ilhan Omar Speaks Out Against U.S. Sanctions & Bipartisan Support for Regime Change in Venezuela. democracynow.org Amid an ongoing coup attempt in Venezuela, we speak with Rep. Ilhan Omar of Minnesota, who questioned U.S. special envoy to Venezuela Elliott Abrams on Capitol Hill in February about his record. Abrams is a right-wing hawk who was linked to the 2002 coup attempt in Venezuela that tried to topple Hugo Chávez. In the 1980s, Abrams defended Guatemalan dictator General Efraín Ríos Montt as he oversaw a campaign of mass murder and torture of indigenous people. Ríos Montt was later convicted of genocide. Rep. Ilhan Omar says that there is a direct correlation between this type of detrimental U.S. foreign policy in Lati…

splcenter (2019-05-01). Hate at School. splcenter.org Something ugly is happening in America's schools. And, it's not going away.

Democracy Now! (2019-04-30). Headlines for April 30, 2019. democracynow.org Venezuelan Opposition Leaders Claim a Coup Is Underway, Trump to Make Asylum Seekers Pay Application Fees, Trump Organization Sues Banks in Bid to Resist Congressional Subpoenas, Pentagon Links More U.S. Military Members to Neo-Nazi Group, Christchurch, NZ Police Find Explosive Device Amid Fears of More Anti-Muslim Violence, Terror Suspect Arrested After Receiving Fake Explosives from FBI Informant, Lori Gilbert-Kaye, Killed in Synagogue Shooting, Mourned at San Diego Funeral, Trump to Designate the Muslim Brotherhood a Terrorist Organization, Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein, Who Oversaw Mueller Probe, Ste…

Ernesto Huerta (2019-04-30). Long Beach, CA rally stands against far right. liberationnews.org "We have the power, as people, to stop racists from organizing and having a platform."

Michael Edison Hayden (2019-04-30). Prolific Alt-Right Propagandist's Identity Confirmed. splcenter.org Thanks to the anonymity of the internet, a man can become a major player in the white supremacist "alt-right" movement without ever revealing his face to his audience. And that's just what Joseph Jordan did.

splcenter (2019-04-30). Court certifies class action in lawsuit on behalf of children detained by Trump administration. splcenter.org A federal court certified as a class action an SPLC lawsuit challenging the federal Office of Refugee Resettlement's (ORR) policies and practices regarding the release of unaccompanied minors and the reunification of immigrant families — a ruling with the potential to help end the prolonged detention of immigrant children across the United States.

United Nations (2019-04-30). Gains by Abyei interim force can help advance resolution of border issues between Sudan and South Sudan, UN peacekeeping chief says. un.org The United Nations security force for Abyei remains essential to stability in the border regions between Sudan and South Sudan, the UN peacekeeping chief said on Tuesday, proposing the creation of a civilian unit to support progress towards political resolution of the dispute between the neighboring countries, and requesting a six-month extension of its mandate.

2019-05-05: Social Media Postees

Why criticizing Israel is not anti-Semitic
UUSF Sunday morning Forum | indybay.org | 2019-05-05
Unitarian Universalist Society of San Francisco | 1187 Franklin St. @ Geary | MLK Room…
indybay.org/newsitems/2019/05/03/1882313…

Bolsonaro Cancels US Visit After Venues Refuse To Host Him
telesurenglish.net | 2019-05-05
Brazil's far-right President Jair Bolsonaro made the last minute decision to cancel his trip to the United States after many New York venues refused to host a gala dinner honoring him, his office announced on Friday. | RELATED: | Brazil: Bolsonaro's Homophobic 'Gay Tourism' Comments Invite Abuse of Women: Critics | Due to Bolsonaro's past racist, homophobic and misogynist remarks, organizers saw multiple venues in New York refuse to host the gala dinner, incl…
telesurenglish.net/news/Bolsonaro-Cancel…

Syrian, Iraqi Forces Conduct Joint Border Op Against ISIS
telesurenglish.net | 2019-05-05
The Syrian government forces and Iraq's Popular Mobilization Forces have banned together to conduct a joint military operation along their shared border, the Syrian Arab News Agency reported on Friday. | RELATED: | US Wants To Carve Up Venezuela Like Syria and Libya: Russia | The operation began on Friday morning and targeted the areas used by the Islamic State to infiltrate between the two neighboring Middle Eastern nations. | On Saturday, the Popular Mobilization Forces announ…
telesurenglish.net/news/Syrian-Iraqi-For…

Israeli Ambassador Calls for the Criminalization of Antisemitic Speech
Jonathan Turley | globalresearch.ca | 2019-05-04
In the aftermath of another tragic shooting at another synagogue, Israel's Ambassador to the United Nations Danny Danon has again called for the criminalization of antisemitic speech. | I have previously written about such international efforts to criminalize speech, including …
globalresearch.ca/israeli-ambassador-cal…

Neo-Nazi networks exposed across US military
wsws.org | 2019-05-04
Recent independent investigations have shown that multiple white supremacist groups are operating freely across all branches of the military.
http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2019/05/…

Racist attack is cover for police crimes
Fight Back | fightbacknews.org | 2019-05-04
Fight Back News Service is circulating the following statement from the Chicago Alliance Against Racist and Political Repression (CAARPR) | The Chicago Alliance Against Racist and Political Repression (CAARPR) condemns the Fraternal Order of Police (FOP) targeted anti-Black racist campaign against Kim Foxx. | The Fraternal Order of Police (FOP) attack on State's Attorney Kim Foxx has nothing to do with moral outrage and everything to do with humiliation. Foxx, an elected Black official brought to power by a movement for racial justice, has been exposing and undoing the decades-old work of the Chicago Police…
fightbacknews.org/2019/5/4/racist-attack…

Japan's emperor abdicates throne
wsws.org | 2019-05-04
The far right in Japan, which includes Prime Minister Abe and most of his cabinet, is pushing for the emperor to resume the pre-war role of linchpin of a repressive, militarist regime.
http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2019/05/…

Louis Farrakhan 'far right'? CNN thinks so
rt.com | 2019-05-04
In the wake of another social media purge, CNN host Alisyn Camerota described Nation of Islam leader Louis Farrakhan as a 'far right' figure on air. Did somebody hand her the wrong script? | …
rt.com/usa/458340-farrakhan-far-right-cn…

Taking Away Voting Rights Does Nothing to Solve Violence
Staff | truthout.org | 2019-05-04
Maya Schenwar returns to "Beyond Prisons" to discuss voting rights, the current political landscape, and her forthcoming book. | Maya is the editor-in-chief of Truthout. She is also the author of Locked Down, Locked Out: Why Prison Doesn't Work and How We Can Do Better and the co-editor of the Truthout anthology Who Do You Serve, Who Do You Protect? Police Violence and Resistance in the United States. She has written about the prison-industrial complex for Truthout, The New York Times, the Guardian, The Nation, Salon, Ms. Magazine and others. Maya lives in Chicago and organizes with the abolitionist collective…
truthout.org/audio/taking-away-voting-ri…

Students march against University of Georgia's historical and present-day racism
Brian Perez-Canto | liberationnews.org | 2019-05-04
In November 2015, the expansion and reconstruction of Baldwin Hall came to a temporary halt when the University of Georgia uncovered the remains of former slaves.
liberationnews.org/students-march-agains…

Scott Warren Worked to Prevent Migrant Deaths in the Arizona Desert. The Government Wants Him in Prison
Ryan Devereaux | theintercept.com | 2019-05-04
Thousands of migrants have died crossing the desert in Arizona. The U.S. government is prosecuting activists who try to save lives and recover bodies.
theintercept.com/2019/05/04/no-more-deat…

'Sick, dystopian stuff': Former Trump adviser Kelly joins board of company running immigrant detention centers
Julia Conley | nationofchange.org | 2019-05-04
In what one critic deemed a "nauseating example of the revolving door" through which powerful political players often move in and out of the private sector, former White House Chief of Staff John Kelly joined the board of a company which owns some of the largest detention centers for unaccompanied children who cross the U.S.-Mexico border. | CBS News reported Friday that Kelly is now a member of the board of directors for Caliburn International, which run…
nationofchange.org/2019/05/04/sick-dysto…

Former Trump Adviser Kelly Joins Board of Immigrant Detention Center Company
Staff | truthout.org | 2019-05-04
In what one critic deemed a "nauseating example of the revolving door" through which powerful political players often move in and out of the private sector, former White House Chief of Staff John Kelly joined the board of a company which owns some of the largest detention centers for unaccompanied children who cross the U.S.-Mexico border. | CBS News reported Friday that Kelly is now a member of the board of directors for Caliburn International, which run…
truthout.org/articles/former-trump-advis…

Last Suspect Freed in Kim Jong-un's Brother's Murder Case
telesurenglish.net | 2019-05-04
Doan Thi Huong, the Vietnamese woman accused of assassinating North Korea's Supreme Leader Kim Jong-un's brother, Kim Jong Nam, has been released from a Malaysian prison after being held for over two years. | RELATED: | Woman Accused of Killing Kim Jong-un's Brother Denied Appeal | Huong was accused of murdering Kim Jong Nam using the highly toxic VH nerve agent. After being released, Huong was taken into immigration custody until her scheduled flight to Hanoi. The formerly jailed…
telesurenglish.net/news/Last-Suspect-Fre…

Guilt by Association? Arrest of Assange Friend Has No Basis
Staff | therealnews.com | 2019-05-04
Cyber-security and privacy expert Ola Bini was arrested in Ecuador the same day that Ecuador revoked Julian Assange's asylum. A court now affirmed his pre-trial detention, while his parents and his lawyers say it has no basis…
therealnews.com/stories/guilt-by-associa…

Gay and trans workers may soon lose work-place protections
Michelle Zacarias | peoplesworld.org | 2019-05-03
The U.S. Supreme Court will soon determine whether federal employment law prohibits discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation and gender identity. The court agreed to hear three cases involving Title VII of the 1964 Civil Rights Act, which currently prevents employers from discriminating based on "sex." This decision will have a monumental impact on …
peoplesworld.org/article/gay-and-trans-w…

Two Members of Rise Above Movement Plead Guilty in Charlottesville 'Unite the Right' Rioting Case
splcenter.org | 2019-05-03
The leader of the antisemitic and racist Rise Above Movement and a fellow member of the group pleaded guilty Friday to a federal charge of conspiracy to riot.
splcenter.org/hatewatch/2019/05/03/two-m…

The Coming of American Fascism, 1920–1940
Chris Wright | counterpunch.org | 2019-05-03
Fascism is usually thought of as a quintessentially and almost exclusively European phenomenon, as having begun with Mussolini, culminated with Hitler, and been eradicated in World War II. The U.S., in particular, is thought to have been largely immune to it, given the absence of mass movements similar to Nazism or Italian Fascism. But there…
counterpunch.org/2019/05/03/the-coming-o…

Explosive new book dissects the soft coup that brought fascism to Brazil
John McEvoy | thecanary.co | 2019-05-03
On 28 October 2018, Brazil elected a fascist, racist, sexist, and homophobic president. And an explosive new book delves into how that happened, providing a crucial point of reference for resistance in the process. | Washingt…
thecanary.co/reviews/2019/05/03/explosive-new-book-dissects-the-soft-coup-that-brought-fascism-to-brazil/

Spanish elections: Important battle won against the right
susan_p | greenleft.org.au | 2019-05-03
The question on everyone's lips in the last week of the Spanish election campaign was just how strongly the filthy brown tide of reaction would run — encapsulated in the vote for the racist, xenophobic, Islamophobic, anti-feminist, pro-gun and, above all, anti-Catalan outfit Vox. | The average of legal polling, allowed by the Central Electoral Board until one week before the vote, had Vox at 11.2%, yielding around 30-35 seats in the 350-seat Congress of Deputies. | However, illegal and internal party polls in the last week of the campaign — or deliberately scary leaks about them — were assigning…
greenleft.org.au/content/spanish-elections-important-battle-won-against-right

Proposed new census question steps up Trump administration's racist attacks on immigrants
Satya Vatti | liberationnews.org | 2019-05-03
Given the track record of the U.S. government, with its racist history of deportations, incarceration and family separations under both the Democratic and Republican parties, the citizenship question on the census is sure to incite anxieties and fear among immigrants who are repeatedly scapegoated by politicians for mass unemployment and poverty that are in fact products of the capitalist economic system.
liberationnews.org/proposed-new-census-q…

'The Man Who Fell from the Sky', Bill Fletcher Jr.'s new crime novel
Tim Libretti | peoplesworld.org | 2019-05-03
As I was finishing Bill Fletcher Jr.'s debut novel The Man Who Fell from the Sky, the Ralph Northam scandal was unfolding in Virginia, about which Fletcher powerfully weighed in. Northam's apparent participation in a racist episode some thirty years ago, documented in a photograph in his medical school yearbook that had lain dormant and …
peoplesworld.org/article/the-man-who-fel…

MintCast Episode 2: Failed Coup in Venezuela, Forgotten US Atrocities in the Koreas, and Joe Biden's Race Problem
Alan Macleod | mintpressnews.com | 2019-05-03
MintCast co-hosts Alan MacLeod and Whitney Webb discuss current events in Sri Lanka, France and Venezuela and also delve into U.S. efforts to hide the real history of the Korean War, as well as Joe Biden's history of teaming up with notorious American racists.
mintpressnews.com/mintcast-episode-2-fai…

After Spanish elections, Podemos pushes for pro-austerity PSOE government
wsws.org | 2019-05-03
Even as the PSOE's police-state and austerity policies fuel the far right's rise, Podemos is asking to join a PSOE government and defending it from criticism on its left.
http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2019/05/…

SPLC Action Fund: Florida immigration enforcement bill dangerous, unnecessary and unconstitutional
Scott McCoy, Senior Policy Counsel, SPLC Action Fund | splcenter.org | 2019-05-03
The Florida Legislature this week passed Senate Bill 168, which would ban so-called "sanctuary cities."
splcenter.org/news/2019/05/03/splc-actio…

SPLC Action Fund: Florida Legislature's criminal justice reform bill is a baby step at best
Shalini Agarwal, Senior Supervising Attorney, SPLC Action Fund | splcenter.org | 2019-05-03
The Florida Legislature today approved House Bill 7125 as the long-discussed criminal justice reform legislation that will be sent for Gov. Ron DeSantis to sign into law.
splcenter.org/news/2019/05/03/splc-actio…

Weekend Read: Extremist attacks on houses of worship
splcenter.org | 2019-05-03
Last weekend was marked by another horrifying attack on a congregation. Worshippers at a synagogue in Poway, California, were celebrating the last day of Passover when a gunman, apparently influenced by online white supremacist propaganda, opened fire.
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Angry Yemeni shop owners boycott NY Post after attack on Ilhan Omar
Joyce Chediac | liberationnews.org | 2019-05-03
Stand up to Islamophobia and all forms of racism, say with one voice, "We stand with Ilhan."
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What Officer Noor's Conviction Says About Racism in America
aclu.org | 2019-05-03
For the first time, Minnesota convicted a police officer for killing someone. That he was Black and the woman he shot was white must not be ignored. | On Tuesday, April 30, a Minnesota jury convicted police officer Mohamed Noor of third-degree murder and second-degree manslaughter for shooting and killing Justine Damond, a white Australian woman. Damond had called 9-1-1 to report a possible sexual assault near her apartment and then approached Noor's squad car when he and his partner responded to the call. Noor killed Damond, and he deserved to be found guilty. His decision to shoot and kill an unarmed person wit…
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San Diego PSL stands with workers everywhere on May Day
Michaela Malone | liberationnews.org | 2019-05-03
Carrying signs printed with the words "Hands Off Venezuela," members of the PSL and the ANSWER Coalition (Act Now to Stop War and End Racism) also stressed the need for solidarity with working class Venezuelans…
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'Sick, Dystopian Stuff': Former Trump Adviser Kelly Joins Board of Company Running Immigrant Detention Centers
Julia Conley, staff writer | commondreams.org | 2019-05-03
In what one critic deemed a "nauseating example of the revolving door" through which powerful political players often move into the private sector, former White House Chief of Staff John Kelly joined the board of a company which owns some of the largest detention centers for unaccompanied children who cross the U.S.-Mexico border. | https://www.commondreams.org/sites/defau…
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Guatemalan boy detained by US Border Patrol dies after succumbing to illness
wsws.org | 2019-05-03
The 16 year old, who has not been named, is the third immigrant child to die in government custody in just five months.
http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2019/05/…

'Nothing to do with hate speech': Gavin McIness slams 'un-American' Facebook censorship
rt.com | 2019-05-03
Facebook's recent crackdown on right-wing figures is "un-American," and "has nothing to do with hate speech," Vice Media co-founder and Proud Boys leader Gavin McInnes told RT. | …
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Migrants, asylum seekers detained in Hungary 'deliberately deprived of food': UN human rights office
United Nations | un.org | 2019-05-03
The UN human rights office (OHCHR) said on Friday it was alarmed by reports that migrants and asylum seekers who are being held in Hungarian detention centres are being "deliberately deprived of food in contravention of international laws and standards".
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SPLC: Facebook and Instagram ban far-right and extremist figures, but still have more work to do against hateful content
Keegan Hankes, Researcher, Intelligence Project | splcenter.org | 2019-05-02
Facebook and Instagram announced today that they have banned several far-right, antisemitic and extremist figures and organizations for being "dangerous," a sign that they are more aggressively enforcing their hate speech policies under pressure from civil rights organizations, including the SPLC.
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What Strikes Bernie Sanders as "Extremely Unfair" Is a Catastrophe for Millions of Palestinians
Miko Peled | mintpressnews.com | 2019-05-02
There will be hope when politicians like Bernie Sanders will have the courage to call the ethnic cleansing, genocide and apartheid — all crimes that Israel perpetrated and continues to perpetuate to this day — by their real name and not describe them as merely "extremely unfair."
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France and the EU, Recognizing Yet Supporting Apartheid Reality in Palestine
Ramzy Baroud | mintpressnews.com | 2019-05-02
In the face of the US backing of Israel, EU foreign policy is inconsistent, weak and, ultimately, a failure. Alas, the idea which gained momentum during the early months of Trump's presidency that the EU can develop a truly independent foreign policy position on Israel and Palestine has proven wrong.
mintpressnews.com/france-and-the-eu-reco…

The racist dawn of capitalism
Eds. | mronline.org | 2019-05-02
The centrality of slavery to capitalism is not new, as any serious student of WEB Dubois is aware. | Source…
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Teaching Tolerance report examines the rise of hate in schools
splcenter.org | 2019-05-02
While disturbing incidents of hate and bias in schools are regularly reported in the news media, the incidents are just a fraction of what educators are encountering in schools across the country, a new study by the SPLC's Teaching Tolerance project finds.
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Beyond Prisons: Voting Rights feat. Maya Schenwar
Beyond Prisons | shadowproof.com | 2019-05-02
Maya Schenwar returns to Beyond Prisons to discuss voting rights, the current political landscape, and her forthcoming book. | Maya is the Editor-in-Chief of Truthout. She is also the author of "Locked Down, Locked Out: Why Prison Doesn't Work and How We Can Do Better" and the co-editor of the Truthout anthology "Who Do You Serve, Who Do You Protect? Police Violence and Resistance in the United States." She has written about the prison-industrial complex for Truthout, The New York Times, The Guardian, The Nation, Salon, Ms. Magazine, and others. Maya lives in Chicago and organizes with the abolitionist collective…
shadowproof.com/2019/05/02/beyond-prison…

Turkey Claims Development of New Syria Safe Zone After Meeting US Delegation
Turkish Minute | theantimedia.com | 2019-05-02
(TM) — Turkish officials sounded optimistic about establishing a safe zone near its southern border after a delegation from Washington visited Ankara this week to discuss issues regarding Syria, the Hàºrriyet Daily News reported. The delegation, led by James Jeffrey, US special envoy for Syria engagement and the special envoy for the Global Coalition to Defeat ISIL, …

Turkey Claims Development of New Syria Safe Zone After Meeting US Delegation

Attorney General Barr Says ICE Has Power to Lock Up Asylum Seekers Without Hearings
aclu.org | 2019-05-02
The Constitution does not allow the government to lock people up without due process of law. | Today the ACLU, the ACLU of Washington, the American Immigration Council, and Northwest Immigrant Rights Project launched a legal challenge to the Trump administration's latest assault on people who have come to the United States to seek refuge from persecution: jailing asylum seekers without even allowing a judge to decide if there's any reaso…
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End 'political opportunism' that's letting hate speech flourish, urges top UN genocide official
United Nations | un.org | 2019-05-01
With murderous attacks against religious institutions on the rise, leaders across the world need to do more to end "political opportunism" and policies which allow hate speech and violent extremism to flourish, said the UN Special Adviser on the Prevention of Genocide on Wednesday.
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Ilhan Omar Speaks Out Against U.S. Sanctions & Bipartisan Support for Regime Change in Venezuela
Democracy Now! | democracynow.org | 2019-05-01
Amid an ongoing coup attempt in Venezuela, we speak with Rep. Ilhan Omar of Minnesota, who questioned U.S. special envoy to Venezuela Elliott Abrams on Capitol Hill in February about his record. Abrams is a right-wing hawk who was linked to the 2002 coup attempt in Venezuela that tried to topple Hugo Chávez. In the 1980s, Abrams defended Guatemalan dictator General Efraín Ríos Montt as he oversaw a campaign of mass murder and torture of indigenous people. Ríos Montt was later convicted of genocide. Rep. Ilhan Omar says that there is a direct correlation between this type of detrimental U.S. foreign policy in Lati…
http://www.democracynow.org/2019/5/1/ilh…

Hate at School
splcenter.org | 2019-05-01
Something ugly is happening in America's schools. And, it's not going away.
splcenter.org/20190501/hate-school

Headlines for April 30, 2019
Democracy Now! | democracynow.org | 2019-04-30
Venezuelan Opposition Leaders Claim a Coup Is Underway, Trump to Make Asylum Seekers Pay Application Fees, Trump Organization Sues Banks in Bid to Resist Congressional Subpoenas, Pentagon Links More U.S. Military Members to Neo-Nazi Group, Christchurch, NZ Police Find Explosive Device Amid Fears of More Anti-Muslim Violence, Terror Suspect Arrested After Receiving Fake Explosives from FBI Informant, Lori Gilbert-Kaye, Killed in Synagogue Shooting, Mourned at San Diego Funeral, Trump to Designate the Muslim Brotherhood a Terrorist Organization, Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein, Who Oversaw Mueller Probe, Ste…
http://www.democracynow.org/2019/4/30/he…

Long Beach, CA rally stands against far right
Ernesto Huerta | liberationnews.org | 2019-04-30
"We have the power, as people, to stop racists from organizing and having a platform."
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Court certifies class action in lawsuit on behalf of children detained by Trump administration
splcenter.org | 2019-04-30
A federal court certified as a class action an SPLC lawsuit challenging the federal Office of Refugee Resettlement's (ORR) policies and practices regarding the release of unaccompanied minors and the reunification of immigrant families — a ruling with the potential to help end the prolonged detention of immigrant children across the United States.
splcenter.org/news/2019/04/30/court-cert…

Prolific Alt-Right Propagandist's Identity Confirmed
Michael Edison Hayden | splcenter.org | 2019-04-30
Thanks to the anonymity of the internet, a man can become a major player in the white supremacist "alt-right" movement without ever revealing his face to his audience. And that's just what Joseph Jordan did.
splcenter.org/hatewatch/2019/05/01/proli…

Gains by Abyei interim force can help advance resolution of border issues between Sudan and South Sudan, UN peacekeeping chief says
United Nations | un.org | 2019-04-30
The United Nations security force for Abyei remains essential to stability in the border regions between Sudan and South Sudan, the UN peacekeeping chief said on Tuesday, proposing the creation of a civilian unit to support progress towards political resolution of the dispute between the neighboring countries, and requesting a six-month extension of its mandate.
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