Daily Archives: May 12, 2019

2019-05-12: News Headlines

Consortiumnews (2019-05-12). Mother's Day: The Obscured Roots of a Global Peace Movement. consortiumnews.com Sam Husseini says the origin of Mother's Day has largely been obscured, helping pave the way for Trump's embrace of women warriors and bearers of "the next generation of American patriots," with a hint of the Nazi "Mother's Cross." By… Read more →

Staff (2019-05-12). Trump's New Policies to Limit Asylum. therealnews.com Having failed to force the courts to bend to his will, Trump has now resorted to backdoor and covert measures outside of legislation to keep asylum seekers from crossing the border. We speak to Helena Olea of Alianza Americas about the new tactics…

Staff (2019-05-12). Florida Activists Fight Against Bill Preventing Former Felons from Voting. therealnews.com Last year Florida voters approved a ballot measure called Amendment 4 which restored voting rights of an estimated 1.5 million former felons. To counteract this amendment 4, Republicans proposed a bill that would require former felons to pay court costs and fines before they are able to vote — what activists are calling a poll…

Miko Peled (2019-05-11). Deal of the Century Adds "New" to the Four Thousand Year Old Name "Palestine" globalresearch.ca The apartheid regime we know as "Israel" was built on the very ruins of Palestine and imposed a brutal regime on those who still live in their country. Millions of Palestinians still languish in refugee camps in and around Palestine, …

Fabian Van Onzen (2019-05-11). Fascism and Dictatorship: The Third International and the Problem of Fascism. mronline.org In the final stage of fascism, the fascist state has consolidated power and freed itself of its petty-bourgeois class origins. Poulantzas says that this is the most brutal stage, for it involves violent purges at the state level to remove the petty-bourgeoisie, and terroristic repression over the masses. | Source

teleSUR (2019-05-11). Poland: Far-Right Supporters Protest Against Jewish Restitution. telesurenglish.net From Poland's Prime Minister's office to the U.S. embassy in Warsaw, thousands of far-right supporters marched, rejecting the U.S.-imposed law which demands restitution of Jewish property, confiscated during or post World War II. | RELATED: | Russia Celebrates 'Victory Day' Defeat of Nazis at WW II | Carrying placards with slogans including "Poland h…

teleSUR (2019-05-11). Colombia: Leftist Congressman Denounces Threats at IACHR. telesurenglish.net Colombia's leftist congressman Ivan Cepeda has attended a hearing at the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights (IACHR) in Kingston, Jamaica to denounce death threats against him as a consequence of his role in the Colombian Supreme Court of Justice (CSJ) in a case against former President Alvaro Uribe. | Cepeda says Uribe was using bribes and and witness tampering the case against him that charges Uribe ordered paramilitary groups to carry out massacres in the department of Antioqu…

teleSUR (2019-05-11). UK: Criticizing Private Schools Compared to Anti-semitism. telesurenglish.net A principal at one of the U.K.'s leading private schools said that fewer private school students are getting into Britain's elite universities, blaming discrimination against such schools and comparing it to 'antisemitism'. | RELATED: | The Neo-Liberal Roots of Jeremy Corbyn's 'Anti-Semitism Crisis | Anthony Wallersteiner, principal of the £38,000-a-year Stowe School in Buckinghamshire, one of Britain's leading private schools, said that criticism of private schools "echo…

RT (2019-05-11). Biden caught in immigration hypocrisy after rediscovered clip shows him demanding border fence. rt.com Joe Biden is being called out for immigration virtue-signaling after a video of the Democratic candidate calling for a fence "40 stories high" at the US-Mexican border to keep out the Mexicans bringing in drugs resurfaced. |

teleSUR (2019-05-11). Shanahan Goes to Texas, Pentagon Aims to Harden Mexico Border. telesurenglish.net Acting Defense Secretary Patrick Shanahan will make his second trip to the Unite States/Mexico border Saturday as the Pentagon looks to develop a longer-term plan to support President Donald Trump's immigration policies. | RELATED: | Revolving Door: Trump's Pick for Defense Secretary Shows Deep Ties With Boeing | Two days after the Whit…

Zach Campbell (2019-05-11). Swarms of Drones, Piloted by Artificial Intelligence, May Soon Patrol Europe's Borders. theintercept.com The EU is funding the development of AI-powered drones that would autonomously patrol Europe's borders. The project's potential for military use can't be ignored.

Jake Johnson, staff writer (2019-05-11). 'One More Reason to Refuse to Give Defense Department $733 Billion' as Pentagon Shifts Funds to Trump Border Wall. commondreams.org "Obviously they don't need it because they keep diverting billions, without congressional authorization, to Trump's vanity wall," said Rep. Pramila Jayapal | https://www.commondreams.org/sites/defau…

Miko Peled (2019-05-10). Deal of the Century Adds "New" to the Four Thousand Year Old Name "Palestine" mintpressnews.com The apartheid regime we know as "Israel" was built on the very ruins of Palestine and imposed a brutal regime on those who still live in their country. Millions of Palestinians still languish in refugee camps in and around Palestine, yet Israel and its allies around the world celebrate "Israeli independence."

Andrew Korybko (2019-05-10). Victory Day Reminds the World About the Evils of Fascism. globalresearch.ca Russia, most of the countries of the former Soviet Union, and Israel all celebrate the end of World War II on 9 May, with this year's commemoration in Moscow being the 74th in history. This solemn day marks the victory …

Abel Cohen (2019-05-10). Thank Russia for Winning World War II. counterpunch.org Russia celebrates victory over the Third Reich on May 9th; the West celebrated it on May 8th. Separate celebrations make sense because the communists had a different fight against the Nazis than the free world did. The USA fought a quarter of the war that our Soviet allies waged — and we opened fire on More

splcenter (2019-05-10). SPLC argues in court against "turnback" policy that blocks immigrants from seeking asylum. splcenter.org After three MS-13 gang members threatened Dinora and her 17-year-old daughter with death, they kidnapped them from their home in Honduras and repeatedly raped them.

Gloria Rubac (2019-05-10). WW commentary: When the state executes a white supremacist. workers.org Three white supremacists dragged James Byrd Jr., an African-American man, to his death in 1998 in Jasper, Texas, after they chained him to the back of their pickup truck. This lynching was one of the most horrific racist crimes in modern U.S. history and shocked people worldwide. Three men were . . . | Continue reading WW commentary: When the state executes a white supremacist at Workers.org

Chris Marion (2019-05-10). Fascist announces electoral campaign in New Hampshire. liberationnews.org Murdough's announcement is a frightening but unsurprising development in the rising tide of overt white supremacy across the country.

splcenter (2019-05-10). Weekend Read: Brown v. Board of Education and modern-day segregation. splcenter.org Friday marks the 65th anniversary of the Supreme Court's landmark decision in Brown v. Board of Education, the unanimous ruling that outlawed racial segregation in public schools as a violation of the equal protection clause of the 14th Amendment.

splcenter (2019-05-10). Florida governor signs disastrous private school voucher bill. splcenter.org By signing S.B. 7070 into law yesterday, Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis set his state on the path to further decimate its public schools through an unprecedented expansion of private school vouchers.

Ebony Howard, Senior Supervising Attorney (2019-05-10). SPLC Action Fund: Alabama House Bill 380 would limit paroles, increase prison overcrowding. splcenter.org The Alabama House of Representatives this week passed House Bill 380 (HB 380), which would give the governor more control over the state parole board and set minimum sentences that incarcerated people must serve before they can be released on parole.

pip.hinman (2019-05-10). Workers rally around the world for May Day. greenleft.org.au As the gap between rich and poor widens, millions of workers around the world marched for workers' rights on May Day. | May Day, also known as Labor Day, began in 1890 with the campaign for the 8-hour work day. It has since become a key day for workers' campaigns around the world. | This May Day, workers marched against the fascist Rodrigo Duterte regime in the Philippines, against austerity and the rise of the far-right in Europe and against US President Donald Trump's attacks on immigrants. | Low-paid workers in Indonesia marched for fair pay, millions of Cubans celebrated 60 years of the ongoing revolution, an…

Henry Giroux (2019-05-10). Pedagogical Terrorism and Hope in the age of Fascist Politics. counterpunch.org Something sinister and horrifying is happening to liberal democracies all over the globe.Democratic institutions such as the independent media, schools, the legal system, certain financial institutions, and higher education are under siegeworldwide. Some of the latest examples of this can be found in the United States with the resurgence of vigilantes and right-wing militia groups along the southern border and the intrusion of tech-based educational practices into schools producing curricula that some parents claim turn kids into zombies. Trump's continued attack on higher education offers another highly visible…

susan_p (2019-05-10). Venezuela's crisis: A view from the communes. greenleft.org.au Within hours of Venezuelan opposition leader Juan Guaidó calling for street mobilisations to back his attempted military coup against President Nicolás Maduro on April 30, Guaidó's supporters had looted and set fire to the headquarters of the Indio Caricuao Commune in south-west Caracas. | The building was used for local residents' meetings and housed a commune-run textile enterprise, which funds projects in the community. | Atenea Jiménez, from the National Network of Comuneros (commune activists) said: "Once again attacks on the communes by fascist sectors have begun." | She also noted however that comuneros "a…

Austyn Ross (2019-05-10). NAACP to Hold People's Hearing for Voting Rights in Birmingham. naacp.org On May 13, the NAACP, a member of the W.K. Kellogg Racial Equity Anchor Collaborative, will hold a People's Hearing on voting rights in Birmingham, Alabama. At the hearing, Birmingham-area residents will publicly share their personal experiences facing voting rights interference and barriers at the polls — which disproportionately impact historically disenfranchised voters and communities …

WSWS (2019-05-10). Trump rally roars approval for call to "shoot" immigrants. wsws.org When an audience member at a Trump rally Wednesday yelled that the US should "shoot" immigrants, Trump laughed. Meanwhile, the government is arresting record numbers of families at the border.

United Nations (2019-05-10). Friday's Daily Brief: human rights in Colombia, Myanmar and Nigeria, global displacement, and more. un.org This Friday, we cover: the UN calling for an end to attacks against human rights defenders; a record number of displaced due to conflict and disasters; human rights issues in Myanmar; 900 children released from the ranks of a north-east Nigeria self-defense armed group; and referenda asking for the border dispute between Belize and Guatemala to be examined by the International Court of Justice (ICJ).

susan_p (2019-05-10). Venezuela: How one local council is working to overcome the crisis through people's power. greenleft.org.au In the midst of Venezuela's prolonged economic crisis, in which state budgets and support for the governing socialists steadily contract, at least one municipal council is bucking the trend. The key, according to the local mayor, has been focusing on people's power and self-management. | Paéz is a rural municipality located in Apure state, along the tense border with Colombia. Opposition-controlled Tachira state lies to its west. | Despite this conflictive surrounding, José María "Chema" Romero managed to increase the United Socialist Party of Venezuela's (PSUV) vote in the 2017 mayoral elections by 70% from its…

Kerry-anne Mendoza (2019-05-10). Danny Baker's final apology, and what the reaction to it tells us about racism. thecanary.co This week, the BBC fired Danny Baker for his racist tweet about the latest royal baby. Almost immediately, the Centrist light entertainment luvvies swamped Twitter with apologia. He's such a great guy! He's been the victim of a politically correct Twitter hit mob! He was taken out of context! The excuses were endless. But due to the resistance of black Twitter and allies, Baker was forced to reflect further and make a fullsome apology. The whole debacle and its aftermath can teach us a lot about how racism works. If we're prepared to listen.The Danny Baker moment: Portraying a mixed race child as a chimpan…

Jud Lounsbury (2019-05-09). Wisconsin: The Perfect Place to Address America's Apartheid. progressive.org Behind the stats about incarceration rates, lies a basic structure of law that accommodates white people. What better place to host the 2020 Dem convention?

splcenter (2019-05-09). After Judge's Ruling, Charlottesville May Be Stuck With Statues of Confederate Generals Lee, Jackson. splcenter.org A judge has ruled that a civil rights-era law forbidding the removal of "war memorials" applies to Confederate statues that became flashpoints during a deadly Virginia gathering of white nationalists and neo-Nazis.

àÅngeles Maestro (2019-05-09). Did U.S. troops liberate Mauthausen Concentration Camp? workers.org The author is a leader of the Red Network, a communist organization in the Spanish state. Translation by Workers World managing editor John Catalinotto. In many European countries, people celebrate the victory of the allied troops over Nazi Germany in the Second World War. This is especially important now as . . . | Continue reading Did U.S. troops liberate Mauthausen Concentration Camp? at Workers.org

Ryan Devereaux (2019-05-09). "The Fourth Amendment Doesn't Apply Here" — U.S. Border Guards Arrest Arizona Immigrant Rights Volunteer. theintercept.com U.S. border officials arrested a human rights advocate, denying her access to an attorney when she accompanied an asylum-seeker to a border crossing.

Yves Engler (2019-05-09). Anti-Racist Canada promotes Video by Anti-Palestinian, FOX News Filmmaker. dissidentvoice.org Why would Anti-Racist Canada (ARC) promote a video by a FOX News filmmaker who compares the Left to the KKK and claimed Swedish police refuse to go into immigrant neighbourhoods? Is it because the ARC collective is an example of people who fight racism except if it is anti-Palestinian? Recently, ARC retweeted long-time anti-Palestinian activist …

pip.hinman (2019-05-09). Trump ratchets up anti-immigrant campaign. greenleft.org.au While much of the media continues to focus on the Mueller report and the squabbles between the White House and the Democratic-controlled House of Representatives, US President Donald Trump's real crimes are scarcely addressed or are ignored altogether. | This column will take up one of these crimes, Trump's intensification of his racist war on immigrants. He is not alone on this — the ultra-right throughout Europe and elsewhere have similar anti-immigrant policies. | In recent weeks Trump has appointed new officials at the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE).

Keegan Hankes, Caroline Sinders and Unicorn Riot (2019-05-09). Extremists Purge Hateful Messages After Christchurch Massacre. splcenter.org A network of far-right extremists is self-censoring, and in at least one instance mass-deleting, content from several key online communities following the devastating terror attacks on mosques in Christchurch, New Zealand.

Fight Back (2019-05-09). Resist the world's tyrant. fightbacknews.org Agencia Bolivariana de Prensa originally published the following article by Ivan Marquez, of Colombia's FARC. It was translated by Fight Back! staff. | | By Ivan Marquez | The whole world is witnessing the decline of the most brutal empire in human history: that of the United States. The White House feels the tremor of losing control of the world, and that is why it is desperately trying to impose a global fascist dictatorship that will allow it to live beyond its sunset. | | Tucked in the eye of the hurricane of its anguish, the United States believes it has carte blanche to act arbitrarily against countri…

Consortiumnews (2019-05-09). The Revelations of WikiLeaks: No. 2 —The Leak That 'Exposed the True Afghan War'. consortiumnews.com The Afghan Diaries set off a firestorm when it revealed the suppression of civilian casualty figures, the existence of an elite U.S.-led death squad, and the covert role of Pakistan in the conflict, as Elizabeth Vos reports. This is the second article in… Read more →

ACLU (2019-05-08). Remembering the Woman Who Renovated the House that RBG Built. aclu.org Lenora Lapidus led the ACLU's Women's Right Project for nearly two decades. She died on Sunday, May 5. | On the 50th anniversary of Selma's Bloody Sunday, one of the darkest stains in our nation's civil rights history, President Obama spoke with hope and confidence about Americans who were "unencumbered by what is, because you're ready to seize what ought to be." Lenora Lapidus lived her life by this principle. | Public servants come in many forms. They're elected officials, politicians, activists, lawyers, organizers, students, ordinary citizens, and steadfast patriots. Our beloved Lenora represen…

Staff (2019-05-08). Fear Mongering and Capitalism: A Recipe for Fascism? (1/2). therealnews.com The effort to sell security to the people of the US is based on stoking irrational fears, something Trump has taken to new extremes, but which Democrats are guilty of as well, explains Charles Derber, who discusses his new book…

Staff (2019-05-08). Fear Mongering and Capitalism: A Recipe for Fascism? (2/2). therealnews.com Progressives have been notoriously bad a countering the right-wing fear/security narrative, says Charles Derber. The trick is to address the real dangers, of climate change, economic insecurity, and war…

Karen Dolan (2019-05-08). Transgender People's Rights Are in Peril. progressive.org The majority-conservative Supreme Court is poised to review the rules on discriminating against trans people in the workplace.

splcenter (2019-05-08). Lawsuit challenges massive overuse of solitary in Florida prisons. splcenter.org Admire Harvard has spent nearly 10 years locked up in solitary confinement in the Florida prison system.

United Nations (2019-05-08). Hundreds of wounded Gaza protesters risk limb amputation without immediate help, warns top UN official. un.org Millions of dollars in emergency funding is needed in Gaza to save the shattered limbs of some 1,700 people who have been seriously injured in demonstrations against Israel along the border fence, a top UN humanitarian official said on Wednesday.

Victor Jones, SPLC Action Fund senior supervising attorney (2019-05-07). SPLC Action Fund: Demand transparency, accountability in Louisiana schools. splcenter.org The Louisiana House Education Committee today voted unanimously in favor of House Bill 160, which would require school districts in the state to collect data on school climate and school discipline.

Neil Sawhney, staff attorney for the SPLC Action Fund (2019-05-07). SPLC Action Fund: SB 108 puts bail bond industry before low-income Louisianans. splcenter.org The Louisiana House Insurance Committee today voted in favor of Senate Bill 108, which would absolve bail bond companies from having to refund as much as $6 million overcharged to approximately 50,000 New Orleans families after the commissioner of insurance found that the companies systematically overcharged people for the last 14 years.

Democracy Now! (2019-05-07). After Florida Re-enfranchises 1.4 Million, Republicans Push New "Poll Tax" For Formerly Incarcerated. democracynow.org Civil rights groups are decrying what they say is a new poll tax after the Florida Senate passed a bill Friday that would require formerly incarcerated people with felony convictions to repay all fines and fees to courts before their voting rights are restored. This comes six months after voters in Florida approved a measure to restore voting rights to 1.4 million people with nonviolent felonies who have fully completed their sentences, overturning a Jim Crow-era law aimed at keeping African Americans from voting. Nearly 65 percent of voters approved the constitutional amendment to re-enfranchise people with form…

unitedEditor (2019-05-07). Elections in South Africa: what problems will the country's future president inherent? uwidata.com Parliamentary elections in South Africa will be held on May 8, 2019, for the sixth time since the end of apartheid in 1994. Africans will also vote for candidates in the provincial legislative assemblies. In addition, a new president will be elected. The current atmosphere The atmosphere in South Africa in recent months is one …

ACLU (2019-05-06). Asylum Officers Are Being Replaced by CBP Agents. aclu.org Having a CBP officer conduct a credible fear interview is like having an arresting police officer also sit as the judge. | Last week, President Trump issued a memorandum outlining his latest wishlist of ways to undermine the integrity of our nation's asylum system. Among them was a direction to the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) to change how it conducts credible fear interviews, the threshold screening interview given to thousands of asylum…

Austyn Ross (2019-05-06). NAACP Opposes Michael Park's Nomination to Second Circuit, Says Failure to Support Brown V. Board is Disqualifying. naacp.org Today, the NAACP announced its opposition to the nomination of Michael Park to the U.S Circuit Court for the Second Circuit. The Senate will vote on Mr. Park's nomination later this week. Derrick Johnson, president and CEO, made the following statement: "Next week, we celebrate the 65th anniversary of the Supreme Court's seminal decision in …

2019-05-12: Social Media Postees

Mother's Day: The Obscured Roots of a Global Peace Movement
consortiumnews.com | 2019-05-12
Sam Husseini says the origin of Mother's Day has largely been obscured, helping pave the way for Trump's embrace of women warriors and bearers of "the next generation of American patriots," with a hint of the Nazi "Mother's Cross." By… Read more ?…
consortiumnews.com/2019/05/12/mothers-da…

Trump's New Policies to Limit Asylum
Staff | therealnews.com | 2019-05-12
Having failed to force the courts to bend to his will, Trump has now resorted to backdoor and covert measures outside of legislation to keep asylum seekers from crossing the border. We speak to Helena Olea of Alianza Americas about the new tactics…
therealnews.com/stories/trumps-new-polic…

Florida Activists Fight Against Bill Preventing Former Felons from Voting
Staff | therealnews.com | 2019-05-12
Last year Florida voters approved a ballot measure called Amendment 4 which restored voting rights of an estimated 1.5 million former felons. To counteract this amendment 4, Republicans proposed a bill that would require former felons to pay court costs and fines before they are able to vote — what activists are calling a poll…
therealnews.com/stories/florida-activist…

Deal of the Century Adds "New" to the Four Thousand Year Old Name "Palestine"
Miko Peled | globalresearch.ca | 2019-05-11
The apartheid regime we know as "Israel" was built on the very ruins of Palestine and imposed a brutal regime on those who still live in their country. Millions of Palestinians still languish in refugee camps in and around Palestine, …
globalresearch.ca/deal-century-adds-new-…

Fascism and Dictatorship: The Third International and the Problem of Fascism
Fabian Van Onzen | mronline.org | 2019-05-11
In the final stage of fascism, the fascist state has consolidated power and freed itself of its petty-bourgeois class origins. Poulantzas says that this is the most brutal stage, for it involves violent purges at the state level to remove the petty-bourgeoisie, and terroristic repression over the masses. | Source…
mronline.org/2019/05/11/fascism-and-dict…

Poland: Far-Right Supporters Protest Against Jewish Restitution
telesurenglish.net | 2019-05-11
From Poland's Prime Minister's office to the U.S. embassy in Warsaw, thousands of far-right supporters marched, rejecting the U.S.-imposed law which demands restitution of Jewish property, confiscated during or post World War II. | RELATED: | Russia Celebrates 'Victory Day' Defeat of Nazis at WW II | Carrying placards with slogans including "Poland h…
telesurenglish.net/news/Poland-Far-Right…

Colombia: Leftist Congressman Denounces Threats at IACHR
telesurenglish.net | 2019-05-11
Colombia's leftist congressman Ivan Cepeda has attended a hearing at the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights (IACHR) in Kingston, Jamaica to denounce death threats against him as a consequence of his role in the Colombian Supreme Court of Justice (CSJ) in a case against former President Alvaro Uribe. | Cepeda says Uribe was using bribes and and witness tampering the case against him that charges Uribe ordered paramilitary groups to carry out massacres in the department of Antioqu…
telesurenglish.net/news/Colombia-Leftist…

UK: Criticizing Private Schools Compared to Anti-semitism
telesurenglish.net | 2019-05-11
A principal at one of the U.K.'s leading private schools said that fewer private school students are getting into Britain's elite universities, blaming discrimination against such schools and comparing it to 'antisemitism'. | RELATED: | The Neo-Liberal Roots of Jeremy Corbyn's 'Anti-Semitism Crisis | Anthony Wallersteiner, principal of the £38,000-a-year Stowe School in Buckinghamshire, one of Britain's leading private schools, said that criticism of private schools "echo…
telesurenglish.net/news/UK-Criticizing-P…

Swarms of Drones, Piloted by Artificial Intelligence, May Soon Patrol Europe's Borders
Zach Campbell | theintercept.com | 2019-05-11
The EU is funding the development of AI-powered drones that would autonomously patrol Europe's borders. The project's potential for military use can't be ignored.
theintercept.com/2019/05/11/drones-artif…

Shanahan Goes to Texas, Pentagon Aims to Harden Mexico Border
telesurenglish.net | 2019-05-11
Acting Defense Secretary Patrick Shanahan will make his second trip to the Unite States/Mexico border Saturday as the Pentagon looks to develop a longer-term plan to support President Donald Trump's immigration policies. | RELATED: | Revolving Door: Trump's Pick for Defense Secretary Shows Deep Ties With Boeing | Two days after the Whit…
telesurenglish.net/news/Shanahan-Goes-to…

'One More Reason to Refuse to Give Defense Department $733 Billion' as Pentagon Shifts Funds to Trump Border Wall
Jake Johnson, staff writer | commondreams.org | 2019-05-11
"Obviously they don't need it because they keep diverting billions, without congressional authorization, to Trump's vanity wall," said Rep. Pramila Jayapal | https://www.commondreams.org/sites/defau…
commondreams.org/news/2019/05/11/one-mor…

Biden caught in immigration hypocrisy after rediscovered clip shows him demanding border fence
rt.com | 2019-05-11
Joe Biden is being called out for immigration virtue-signaling after a video of the Democratic candidate calling for a fence "40 stories high" at the US-Mexican border to keep out the Mexicans bringing in drugs resurfaced. | …
rt.com/usa/459022-biden-build-fence-hypo…

Deal of the Century Adds "New" to the Four Thousand Year Old Name "Palestine"
Miko Peled | mintpressnews.com | 2019-05-10
The apartheid regime we know as "Israel" was built on the very ruins of Palestine and imposed a brutal regime on those who still live in their country. Millions of Palestinians still languish in refugee camps in and around Palestine, yet Israel and its allies around the world celebrate "Israeli independence."
mintpressnews.com/deal-of-the-century-of…

Victory Day Reminds the World About the Evils of Fascism
Andrew Korybko | globalresearch.ca | 2019-05-10
Russia, most of the countries of the former Soviet Union, and Israel all celebrate the end of World War II on 9 May, with this year's commemoration in Moscow being the 74th in history. This solemn day marks the victory …
globalresearch.ca/victory-day-evils-fasc…

Thank Russia for Winning World War II
Abel Cohen | counterpunch.org | 2019-05-10
Russia celebrates victory over the Third Reich on May 9th; the West celebrated it on May 8th. Separate celebrations make sense because the communists had a different fight against the Nazis than the free world did. The USA fought a quarter of the war that our Soviet allies waged — and we opened fire on…
counterpunch.org/2019/05/10/thank-russia…

SPLC argues in court against "turnback" policy that blocks immigrants from seeking asylum
splcenter.org | 2019-05-10
After three MS-13 gang members threatened Dinora and her 17-year-old daughter with death, they kidnapped them from their home in Honduras and repeatedly raped them.
splcenter.org/news/2019/05/10/splc-argue…

WW commentary: When the state executes a white supremacist
Gloria Rubac | workers.org | 2019-05-10
Three white supremacists dragged James Byrd Jr., an African-American man, to his death in 1998 in Jasper, Texas, after they chained him to the back of their pickup truck. This lynching was one of the most horrific racist crimes in modern U.S. history and shocked people worldwide. Three men were . . . | Continue reading WW commentary: When the state executes a white supremacist at Workers.org
workers.org/2019/05/09/ww-commentary-whe…

Weekend Read: Brown v. Board of Education and modern-day segregation
splcenter.org | 2019-05-10
Friday marks the 65th anniversary of the Supreme Court's landmark decision in Brown v. Board of Education, the unanimous ruling that outlawed racial segregation in public schools as a violation of the equal protection clause of the 14th Amendment.
splcenter.org/news/2019/05/11/weekend-re…

Fascist announces electoral campaign in New Hampshire
Chris Marion | liberationnews.org | 2019-05-10
Murdough's announcement is a frightening but unsurprising development in the rising tide of overt white supremacy across the country.
liberationnews.org/fascist-announces-ele…

Danny Baker's final apology, and what the reaction to it tells us about racism
Kerry-anne Mendoza | thecanary.co | 2019-05-10
This week, the BBC fired Danny Baker for his racist tweet about the latest royal baby. Almost immediately, the Centrist light entertainment luvvies swamped Twitter with apologia. He's such a great guy! He's been the victim of a politically correct Twitter hit mob! He was taken out of context! The excuses were endless. But due to the resistance of black Twitter and allies, Baker was forced to reflect further and make a fullsome apology. The whole debacle and its aftermath can teach us a lot about how racism works. If we're prepared to listen.The Danny Baker moment: Portraying a mixed race child as a chimpan…
thecanary.co/opinion/2019/05/10/danny-bakers-final-apology-and-what-the-reaction-to-it-tells-us-about-racism/

Florida governor signs disastrous private school voucher bill
splcenter.org | 2019-05-10
By signing S.B. 7070 into law yesterday, Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis set his state on the path to further decimate its public schools through an unprecedented expansion of private school vouchers.
splcenter.org/news/2019/05/10/florida-go…

SPLC Action Fund: Alabama House Bill 380 would limit paroles, increase prison overcrowding
Ebony Howard, Senior Supervising Attorney | splcenter.org | 2019-05-10
The Alabama House of Representatives this week passed House Bill 380 (HB 380), which would give the governor more control over the state parole board and set minimum sentences that incarcerated people must serve before they can be released on parole.
splcenter.org/news/2019/05/10/splc-actio…

Pedagogical Terrorism and Hope in the age of Fascist Politics
Henry Giroux | counterpunch.org | 2019-05-10
Something sinister and horrifying is happening to liberal democracies all over the globe.Democratic institutions such as the independent media, schools, the legal system, certain financial institutions, and higher education are under siegeworldwide. Some of the latest examples of this can be found in the United States with the resurgence of vigilantes and right-wing militia groups along the southern border and the intrusion of tech-based educational practices into schools producing curricula that some parents claim turn kids into zombies. Trump's continued attack on higher education offers another highly visible…
counterpunch.org/2019/05/10/pedagogical-…

Workers rally around the world for May Day
pip.hinman | greenleft.org.au | 2019-05-10
As the gap between rich and poor widens, millions of workers around the world marched for workers' rights on May Day. | May Day, also known as Labor Day, began in 1890 with the campaign for the 8-hour work day. It has since become a key day for workers' campaigns around the world. | This May Day, workers marched against the fascist Rodrigo Duterte regime in the Philippines, against austerity and the rise of the far-right in Europe and against US President Donald Trump's attacks on immigrants. | Low-paid workers in Indonesia marched for fair pay, millions of Cubans celebrated 60 years of the ongoing revolution, an…
greenleft.org.au/content/workers-rally-around-world-may-day

Venezuela's crisis: A view from the communes
susan_p | greenleft.org.au | 2019-05-10
Within hours of Venezuelan opposition leader Juan Guaidó calling for street mobilisations to back his attempted military coup against President Nicolás Maduro on April 30, Guaidó's supporters had looted and set fire to the headquarters of the Indio Caricuao Commune in south-west Caracas. | The building was used for local residents' meetings and housed a commune-run textile enterprise, which funds projects in the community. | Atenea Jiménez, from the National Network of Comuneros (commune activists) said: "Once again attacks on the communes by fascist sectors have begun." | She also noted however that comuneros "a…
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NAACP to Hold People's Hearing for Voting Rights in Birmingham
Austyn Ross | naacp.org | 2019-05-10
On May 13, the NAACP, a member of the W.K. Kellogg Racial Equity Anchor Collaborative, will hold a People's Hearing on voting rights in Birmingham, Alabama. At the hearing, Birmingham-area residents will publicly share their personal experiences facing voting rights interference and barriers at the polls — which disproportionately impact historically disenfranchised voters and communities …
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Venezuela: How one local council is working to overcome the crisis through people's power
susan_p | greenleft.org.au | 2019-05-10
In the midst of Venezuela's prolonged economic crisis, in which state budgets and support for the governing socialists steadily contract, at least one municipal council is bucking the trend. The key, according to the local mayor, has been focusing on people's power and self-management. | Paéz is a rural municipality located in Apure state, along the tense border with Colombia. Opposition-controlled Tachira state lies to its west. | Despite this conflictive surrounding, José María "Chema" Romero managed to increase the United Socialist Party of Venezuela's (PSUV) vote in the 2017 mayoral elections by 70% from its…
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Friday's Daily Brief: human rights in Colombia, Myanmar and Nigeria, global displacement, and more
United Nations | un.org | 2019-05-10
This Friday, we cover: the UN calling for an end to attacks against human rights defenders; a record number of displaced due to conflict and disasters; human rights issues in Myanmar; 900 children released from the ranks of a north-east Nigeria self-defense armed group; and referenda asking for the border dispute between Belize and Guatemala to be examined by the International Court of Justice (ICJ).
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Trump rally roars approval for call to "shoot" immigrants
wsws.org | 2019-05-10
When an audience member at a Trump rally Wednesday yelled that the US should "shoot" immigrants, Trump laughed. Meanwhile, the government is arresting record numbers of families at the border.
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Wisconsin: The Perfect Place to Address America's Apartheid
Jud Lounsbury | progressive.org | 2019-05-09
Behind the stats about incarceration rates, lies a basic structure of law that accommodates white people. What better place to host the 2020 Dem convention?
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After Judge's Ruling, Charlottesville May Be Stuck With Statues of Confederate Generals Lee, Jackson
splcenter.org | 2019-05-09
A judge has ruled that a civil rights-era law forbidding the removal of "war memorials" applies to Confederate statues that became flashpoints during a deadly Virginia gathering of white nationalists and neo-Nazis.
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Did U.S. troops liberate Mauthausen Concentration Camp?
àÅngeles Maestro | workers.org | 2019-05-09
The author is a leader of the Red Network, a communist organization in the Spanish state. Translation by Workers World managing editor John Catalinotto. In many European countries, people celebrate the victory of the allied troops over Nazi Germany in the Second World War. This is especially important now as . . . | Continue reading Did U.S. troops liberate Mauthausen Concentration Camp? at Workers.org
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"The Fourth Amendment Doesn't Apply Here" — U.S. Border Guards Arrest Arizona Immigrant Rights Volunteer
Ryan Devereaux | theintercept.com | 2019-05-09
U.S. border officials arrested a human rights advocate, denying her access to an attorney when she accompanied an asylum-seeker to a border crossing.
theintercept.com/2019/05/09/asylum-borde…

Anti-Racist Canada promotes Video by Anti-Palestinian, FOX News Filmmaker
Yves Engler | dissidentvoice.org | 2019-05-09
Why would Anti-Racist Canada (ARC) promote a video by a FOX News filmmaker who compares the Left to the KKK and claimed Swedish police refuse to go into immigrant neighbourhoods? Is it because the ARC collective is an example of people who fight racism except if it is anti-Palestinian? Recently, ARC retweeted long-time anti-Palestinian activist …
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Trump ratchets up anti-immigrant campaign
pip.hinman | greenleft.org.au | 2019-05-09
While much of the media continues to focus on the Mueller report and the squabbles between the White House and the Democratic-controlled House of Representatives, US President Donald Trump's real crimes are scarcely addressed or are ignored altogether. | This column will take up one of these crimes, Trump's intensification of his racist war on immigrants. He is not alone on this — the ultra-right throughout Europe and elsewhere have similar anti-immigrant policies. | In recent weeks Trump has appointed new officials at the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE).
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Extremists Purge Hateful Messages After Christchurch Massacre
Keegan Hankes, Caroline Sinders and Unicorn Riot | splcenter.org | 2019-05-09
A network of far-right extremists is self-censoring, and in at least one instance mass-deleting, content from several key online communities following the devastating terror attacks on mosques in Christchurch, New Zealand.
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Resist the world's tyrant
Fight Back | fightbacknews.org | 2019-05-09
Agencia Bolivariana de Prensa originally published the following article by Ivan Marquez, of Colombia's FARC. It was translated by Fight Back! staff. | | By Ivan Marquez | The whole world is witnessing the decline of the most brutal empire in human history: that of the United States. The White House feels the tremor of losing control of the world, and that is why it is desperately trying to impose a global fascist dictatorship that will allow it to live beyond its sunset. | | Tucked in the eye of the hurricane of its anguish, the United States believes it has carte blanche to act arbitrarily against countri…
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The Revelations of WikiLeaks: No. 2 –The Leak That 'Exposed the True Afghan War'
consortiumnews.com | 2019-05-09
The Afghan Diaries set off a firestorm when it revealed the suppression of civilian casualty figures, the existence of an elite U.S.-led death squad, and the covert role of Pakistan in the conflict, as Elizabeth Vos reports. This is the second article in… Read more ?…
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Remembering the Woman Who Renovated the House that RBG Built
aclu.org | 2019-05-08
Lenora Lapidus led the ACLU's Women's Right Project for nearly two decades. She died on Sunday, May 5. | On the 50th anniversary of Selma's Bloody Sunday, one of the darkest stains in our nation's civil rights history, President Obama spoke with hope and confidence about Americans who were "unencumbered by what is, because you're ready to seize what ought to be." Lenora Lapidus lived her life by this principle. | Public servants come in many forms. They're elected officials, politicians, activists, lawyers, organizers, students, ordinary citizens, and steadfast patriots. Our beloved Lenora represen…
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Fear Mongering and Capitalism: A Recipe for Fascism? (1/2)
Staff | therealnews.com | 2019-05-08
The effort to sell security to the people of the US is based on stoking irrational fears, something Trump has taken to new extremes, but which Democrats are guilty of as well, explains Charles Derber, who discusses his new book…
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Fear Mongering and Capitalism: A Recipe for Fascism? (2/2)
Staff | therealnews.com | 2019-05-08
Progressives have been notoriously bad a countering the right-wing fear/security narrative, says Charles Derber. The trick is to address the real dangers, of climate change, economic insecurity, and war…
therealnews.com/stories/fear-mongering-a…

Transgender People's Rights Are in Peril
Karen Dolan | progressive.org | 2019-05-08
The majority-conservative Supreme Court is poised to review the rules on discriminating against trans people in the workplace.
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Lawsuit challenges massive overuse of solitary in Florida prisons
splcenter.org | 2019-05-08
Admire Harvard has spent nearly 10 years locked up in solitary confinement in the Florida prison system.
splcenter.org/news/2019/05/08/lawsuit-ch…

Hundreds of wounded Gaza protesters risk limb amputation without immediate help, warns top UN official
United Nations | un.org | 2019-05-08
Millions of dollars in emergency funding is needed in Gaza to save the shattered limbs of some 1,700 people who have been seriously injured in demonstrations against Israel along the border fence, a top UN humanitarian official said on Wednesday.
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Elections in South Africa: what problems will the country's future president inherent?
unitedEditor | uwidata.com | 2019-05-07
Parliamentary elections in South Africa will be held on May 8, 2019, for the sixth time since the end of apartheid in 1994. Africans will also vote for candidates in the provincial legislative assemblies. In addition, a new president will be elected. The current atmosphere The atmosphere in South Africa in recent months is one …
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SPLC Action Fund: Demand transparency, accountability in Louisiana schools
Victor Jones, SPLC Action Fund senior supervising attorney | splcenter.org | 2019-05-07
The Louisiana House Education Committee today voted unanimously in favor of House Bill 160, which would require school districts in the state to collect data on school climate and school discipline.
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SPLC Action Fund: SB 108 puts bail bond industry before low-income Louisianans
Neil Sawhney, staff attorney for the SPLC Action Fund | splcenter.org | 2019-05-07
The Louisiana House Insurance Committee today voted in favor of Senate Bill 108, which would absolve bail bond companies from having to refund as much as $6 million overcharged to approximately 50,000 New Orleans families after the commissioner of insurance found that the companies systematically overcharged people for the last 14 years.
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After Florida Re-enfranchises 1.4 Million, Republicans Push New "Poll Tax" For Formerly Incarcerated
Democracy Now! | democracynow.org | 2019-05-07
Civil rights groups are decrying what they say is a new poll tax after the Florida Senate passed a bill Friday that would require formerly incarcerated people with felony convictions to repay all fines and fees to courts before their voting rights are restored. This comes six months after voters in Florida approved a measure to restore voting rights to 1.4 million people with nonviolent felonies who have fully completed their sentences, overturning a Jim Crow-era law aimed at keeping African Americans from voting. Nearly 65 percent of voters approved the constitutional amendment to re-enfranchise people with form…
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Asylum Officers Are Being Replaced by CBP Agents
aclu.org | 2019-05-06
Having a CBP officer conduct a credible fear interview is like having an arresting police officer also sit as the judge. | Last week, President Trump issued a memorandum outlining his latest wishlist of ways to undermine the integrity of our nation's asylum system. Among them was a direction to the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) to change how it conducts credible fear interviews, the threshold screening interview given to thousands of asylum…
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NAACP Opposes Michael Park's Nomination to Second Circuit, Says Failure to Support Brown V. Board is Disqualifying
Austyn Ross | naacp.org | 2019-05-06
Today, the NAACP announced its opposition to the nomination of Michael Park to the U.S Circuit Court for the Second Circuit. The Senate will vote on Mr. Park's nomination later this week. Derrick Johnson, president and CEO, made the following statement: "Next week, we celebrate the 65th anniversary of the Supreme Court's seminal decision in …
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