Daily Archives: May 17, 2019

2019-05-17: News Headlines

Paul Street (2019-05-17). It's Even More Terrible Than You Thought. counterpunch.org Liberal journalist and author David Cay Johnston, a frequent cable news commentator, was right to title his 2018 book on the Trump presidency "It's Even Worse Than You Think: What the Trump Administration is Doing to America." Trump is a creeping fascist train-wreck — an authoritarian disaster whose lawyer recently argued in federal court that More

Albert Bender (2019-05-17). Trump earns new title: War criminal. peoplesworld.org Donald Trump, who has been called almost everything—racist demagogue, vulgar sexist, inept businessman, pathological liar, and moron—now assumes a new mantle: War Criminal. His latest steps into the inner sanctums of infamy involve his granting a pardon on May 6 to an ex-soldier, First Lt. Michael Behenna, who shot to death a naked Iraqi civilian, …

Max Parry (2019-05-17). Why Shouldn't the Boston Marathon Bomber Vote? U.S. Politicians Radicalized Him. dissidentvoice.org Last month, 2020 U.S. presidential hopeful Bernie Sanders stirred controversy at a CNN town hall after answering a loaded question about whether his position on extending voting rights to incarcerated felons barred any exceptions such as the Boston Marathon bomber currently on death row. It was impossible for Sanders to respond honestly without being entrapped …

Pablo Navarrete (2019-05-17). Brian Eno on Eurovision in Israel. thecanary.co Musician Brian Eno explains why Israel hosting Eurovision is a propaganda coup for the apartheid state. | By Pablo Navarrete

Bryan Wall (2019-05-17). Madonna accused of 'supporting murder and genocide' as she defends Eurovision gig. thecanary.co Palestinian activists have responded to Madonna's insistence that she'll go ahead with her performance at the Eurovision Song Contest. One accused her of 'supporting murder and genocide'. | The show must go on?: | The singer has stated that she'll not allow peo…

kathy_f (2019-05-17). Tamil genocide remembered, deportation opposed. greenleft.org.au More than 100 people attended a rally called by the Tamil Refugee Council on May 15. The rally combined a commemoration of the genocidal massacre of Tamils in Sri Lanka 10 years ago with opposition to the imminent deportation of a Tamil refugee family to Sri Lanka following the rejection of their appeal to the High Court. | In May 2009 tens of thousands of Tamil civilians died when the Sri Lankan army and air force bombarded them during the final weeks of the war between the Sri Lankan government and the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam. The LTTE were fighting for an independent Tamil homeland in the north and ea…

WSWS (2019-05-17). Students for Justice in Palestine at New York University smeared as anti-Semitic. wsws.org The attack on the Students for Justice in Palestine is part of an international campaign to slander left-wing organizations that criticize the Israeli state.

pip.hinman (2019-05-17). Far right winning the social media war. greenleft.org.au A decade ago the left believed that it could use social media to outflank the established mass media. But it is the far right that now dominates social media. | Two recent events have focused attention on extreme right social media. The shooter in the Christchurch massacre was an addict of white supremacist message boards on platforms like Reddit and 4Chan. Like the alt-right platform Gab, these noticeboards are filled with overt racism, homophobia, misogyny and Hitler worship. | A very different sort of hard-right social media fuels Vox, the Spanish neo-fascist party that won 13% of the vote in the April general…

Lloyd Hart (2019-05-17). The Women Of Alabama. indybay.org The KKK wet dream going on in Alabama can be traced back to the arrest and conviction of Governor Donald Eugene Siegelman.

Andrea Germanos, staff writer (2019-05-17). It's "Xenophobia and Racism," Says Sanders, as Trump Threatens "Removal Forces" for Immigrants. commondreams.org President's new tweet forshadowing "removal forces" comes on heels of reporting that his administration will invoke arcane law to use military force to drive out immgrants | https://www.commondreams.org/sites/defau…

Beatrice Lumpkin (2019-05-17). 65 years after Brown vs. Board: What happened to multicultural education? peoplesworld.org How much progress have we made in getting racism out of our schools since the Supreme Court decision in Brown vs. Board of Education? In 1954, our highest court ruled, "Separate educational facilities are inherently unequal." Clearly, that was a great victory. Yet today, in many of our nation's cities, schools remain highly segregated. In former …

Binoy Kampmark (2019-05-17). Modern Merchants of Death: The NSO Group, Spyware and Human Rights. dissidentvoice.org Arms manufacturers of old, and many of the current stable, did not care much where their products went. The profit incentive often came before the patriotic one, and led to such dark suspicions as those voiced by the Nye Committee in the 1930s. Known formally as the Special Committee on Investigation of the Munitions Industry, …

Register Peace & Freedom or Green (2019-05-17). 5/16/19: Chelsea Manning Returned to Prison; Illegal Arrests of Embassy Protectors. indybay.org On the same day, May 16, 2019, the remaining 4 Venezuelan Embassy Protectors were falsely arrested by US police who illegally entered the Venezuelan Embassy in Washington D.C. and Chelsea Manning was returned to prison as a political prisoner for refusing to cooperate with the witchhunting grand jury, and this time, the reactionary Judge Anthony Trenga added the threat of daily fines of up to $500 a day after 30 days and rising to $1000 a day after 60 days. We heard not a peep of opposition to these reactionary actions by Nazi Trump from the Democratic Party candidates for president.

Elise Casby (2019-05-17). Fascist trends in Santa Cruz Government. indybay.org Activists and myself using the derogatory gesture of the nazi salutes were focused on and reported in the conservative and reactionary paper, The Santa Cruz Sentinel by writer, Jessica York on May 15, 2019. As usual the focus was on the graphic gesture and not the fact that public comment and other forms of democratic participation are dwindling over the years as each mayor, now Martine Watkins takes up the mantle of repression.

Jessica Corbett, staff writer (2019-05-17). Nationwide Protests and State Boycotts Planned Amid Wave of GOP Attacks on Abortion Rights. commondreams.org Supporters of reproductive rights are fighting back against Republican politicians' latest wave of attacks on abortion rights by organizing nationwide protests and boycotts of states that have passed restrictive laws to challenge the Supreme Court's Roe v. Wade ruling. | https://www.commondreams.org/sites/defau…

commondreams (2019-05-17). Lawyers' Committee for Civil Rights Under Law Recognizes 65 Year Anniversary of Brown v. Board of Education Supreme Court Ruling. commondreams.org ______________________________…

Alexandra Jacobo (2019-05-17). 'I don't believe it's too extreme:' Republicans hope to pass near-total abortion ban in Virginia. nationofchange.org Lawmakers have clearly stated that their goal is to get the topic in front of the Supreme Court, currently boasting a conservative majority, to legally overturn Roe V. Wade and outlaw abortion altogether.

Staff (2019-05-17). As Anti-Choice Laws Multiply, Many Are Already Living in a Post-"Roe" US. truthout.org Supreme Court Justice Stephen Breyer issued what many considered a dire warning from the bench this week, implying that Roe v. Wade — the landmark ruling that recognizes the constitutional right to an abortion — is in danger. He wrote the comments in a dissent for an unrelated case in which the court voted to overturn a 40 year-old precedent. Breyer wrote "Today's decision can only cause one to wonder which cases the Court will overrule next." We speak to journalist Robin Marty about what a post-Roe America would look like, and how many people are already cut off from abortion access across the cou…

splcenter (2019-05-17). White Shadow: David Duke's Lasting Influence on American White Supremacy. splcenter.org For a failed perennial candidate, David Duke is casting a long political shadow.

teleSUR (2019-05-17). Backlash Against Alabama Abortion Ruling Calls for Boycotts. telesurenglish.net Backlash against the near-ban on abortion in Alabama is gaining momentum as state governments are banning official travel and divestments in the southern state. | RELATED: | US: White Male Reps. Vote for Blanket Abortion Ban in Alabama | On Friday, the lower house of the Missouri General Assembly passed a bill Friday to prohibit women from seeking an abortion af…

Democracy Now! (2019-05-17). What Does a Post-Roe America Look Like? As Anti-Choice Laws Multiply, Many Already Are Living In It. democracynow.org Supreme Court Justice Stephen Breyer issued what many considered a dire warning from the bench this week, implying that Roe v. Wade — the landmark ruling that recognizes the constitutional right to an abortion — is in danger. He wrote the comments in a dissent for an unrelated case in which the court voted to overturn a 40 year-old precedent. Breyer wrote "Today's decision can only cause one to wonder which cases the Court will overrule next." We speak to journalist Robin Marty about what a post-Roe America would look like, and how many people are already cut off from abortion access across the countr…

teleSUR (2019-05-17). US: 2-year-old Migrant Boy Dies After Crossing Border. telesurenglish.net A two-year-old boy from Guatemala died in a United States custody, a little over a month after he and his mother crossed the U.S.-Mexico border and were apprehended by U.S. authorities, according to the Guatemalan consul in Del Rio, Texas. The toddler's cause of death has yet to be determined. | RELATED: | US Migrants at Border Patrol Station in Dire Conditions

Consortiumnews (2019-05-17). Waiting for Your Asylum Number to Get Called. consortiumnews.com Colonel Ann Wright reports on the life in limbo for people along the southern border who are applying for refuge in the U.S. By Ann Wright Roots Action The U.S.-Mexico border at the Pacific Ocean is composed of two very… Read more →

WSWS (2019-05-17). More migrant deaths as Trump unveils class-based immigration quota. wsws.org Trump announced the new plan as the military agreed to build six new internment camps along the US-Mexico border.

Andrew Korybko (2019-05-17). The Mali-Burkina Faso-Niger Border Triangle Is the New "Syraq" (Syria-Iraq). globalresearch.ca Terrorist groups in West Africa are dangerously trying to transplant the "Syraq" model of transnational destabilization to the Mali-Burkina Faso-Niger border triangle in order to turn it into a similarly lawless region like the frontier between those two aforementioned Mideast …

Ryan Devereaux (2019-05-17). Border Official Admits Targeting Journalists and Human Rights Advocates With Smuggling Investigations. theintercept.com When first confronted with evidence that it was collaborating with Mexican law enforcement in a sweeping intelligence-gathering operation targeting journalists, activists and attorneys along the U.S.-Mexico divide, Customs and Border Protection was silent. When still more evidence emerged, in the form of documents leaked by a Department of Homeland Security whistleblower, the agency dismissed the significance of the revelations as routine law enforcement work. | Now, more than four months after the story broke, CBP is owning up to its operations — in a way — and raising new questions about its treatme…

RT (2019-05-17). 'Don't get comfortable:' Trump announces record detentions, says migrants will be 'sent home'. rt.com Donald Trump has called on Democrats to vote for his immigration reform to fix the 'National Emergency" on the US' border with Mexico, saying that migrants are being detained in record numbers to be repatriated.

susan_p (2019-05-17). United States: Resisting Trump's attacks on migrants. greenleft.org.au Green Left Weekly's Jacob Andrewartha and Zane Alcorn spoke to Justin Akers Chacón, a Mexican-based, US immigrant rights activist, in Melbourne for the Marxism conference in April. | What can you tell us about the current situation in the US regarding immigration, particularly as we enter the second half of US President Donald Trump's term in office? | The situation is really dire in many ways. Trump has ratcheted up the attack on immigrants, including trying to prevent thousands of Central American asylum-seekers from even reaching the border where they could apply for asylum. | He has done this by essentially s…

splcenter (2019-05-17). Trump is lying about immigrant crime — and the research proves it. splcenter.org Since he began campaigning, President Trump has demonized Latino immigrants as "criminals." He has called them "rapists," drug dealers, "animals" and "bad hombres" who "infest our country."

plenglish (2019-05-17). EU Condemns Discrimination and Violence against LGBTI Community. plenglish.com Geneva, May 17 (Prensa Latina) The European Union (EU) welcomed the celebration of the International Day against Homophobia, Transphobia and Biphobia on May 17 and reiterated its rejection of all types of exclusion and violence.

Staff (2019-05-17). Asylum Seekers Are Being "Disappeared" in Private Louisiana Jails. truthout.org Some names in this story have been changed to protect those criminalized for migration.There isn't much to see around the River Correctional Center, a small, privately run jail near the Mississippi River and the tiny town of Ferriday, Louisiana. Farmlands and fields stretch in either direction beyond the jail's barbed wire fence. In the 19th century, enslaved people worked cotton and sugar cane fields here, enriching white plantation owners with their daily l…

Democracy Now! (2019-05-17). Headlines for May 17, 2019. democracynow.org Trump Immigration Plan Favors Job Skills Over Asylum Claims and Family Ties, Trump Officials Reportedly Clash Over U.S. Sabre-Rattling With Iran, UNICEF Chief Calls Yemen War "a Test of Our Humanity" That "We Are Badly Failing", Venezuelan Government Blasts U.S. Seizure of Embassy as Vienna Convention Violation, Brazilian Teachers and Students March Against Education Cuts, Mexican Journalist Francisco Romero Killed in Playa del Carmen, Lawyer Says Tennessee Prisoner "Suffered Excruciating Pain" During Execution, Alabama Prisoner Put to Death After "Pro-Life" Governor Denies Reprieve, Senate Confirms Anti-Choice A…

Democracy Now! (2019-05-17). Immigrant Activists Maru Mora-Villalpando & Ravi Ragbir Keep Speaking Out Despite Deportation Threat. democracynow.org President Trump has unveiled plans for a new, so-called "merit-based" immigration system that would prioritize "highly-skilled" and English-speaking workers, while further restricting asylum seekers and immigrants who have family living in the United States. Although no legislative details for the plan have been revealed, Trump's proposal is likely to hit a wall in Congress, where the Democratically-led House has repeatedly clashed with the Trump administration over immigration policy. Trump's immigration policies have led to dire conditions for asylum seekers to the U.S. On Wednesday, a two-and-a-half year-old m…

Ben Norton (2019-05-16). New NATO-approved US monument honors fascist Lithuanian Nazi collaborator as anti-Soviet hero. thegrayzone.com A new monument in Chicago celebrates US-born Lithuanian Nazi collaborator Adolfas Ramanauskas "Vanagas," who led a fascist militia that massacred…

Staff (2019-05-16). Fight Against Voter Suppression Continues in Georgia. therealnews.com Plaintiffs argue before the GA Supreme Court that malfunctioning voting machines caused tens of thousands of missing votes in the Georgia Lt. Gov. race. What could it mean if this case goes forward?

teleSUR (2019-05-16). Istanbul Voters Brace for Heated Re-run of Municipal Election. telesurenglish.net A Turkish party, namely the Democrat Party, said Thursday it would not take part in next month's re-run of the Istanbul mayoral election, which the main opposition party candidate won by a tiny margin in March, but was later annulled by Turkey's Supreme Electoral Board due to irregularities. | RELATED: | 'Small Steps Towards Socialism': Turkey's First Communist Mayor | The Democrat Party won around 22,000 votes in the March 31 election. This is the latest in the series of withdraw…

Staff (2019-05-16). Trump Proposal Would Change Priorities of Green Card System. truthdig.com WASHINGTON—After years of setbacks and stalemates, President Donald Trump will lay out yet another immigration plan as he tries to convince the American public and lawmakers that the nation's legal immigration system should be overhauled. | The latest effort, spearheaded by Trump's son-in-law and senior adviser, Jared Kushner, focuses on beefing up border security and rethinking the green card system so that it would favor people with high-level skills, degrees and job offers instead of relatives of those already in the country. | A shift to a more merit-based system prioritizing high-skilled workers would…

United Nations (2019-05-16). Humanitarian situation increasingly dire for displaced Syrians stranded in camp near Jordanian border. un.org Food supplies are dwindling and the humanitarian situation has become increasingly dire in a camp for displaced people in south-east Syria, a senior UN official said on Thursday, while condemning ongoing airstrikes and retaliatory shelling in opposition-held territories in the north-west.

splcenter (2019-05-16). SPLC: Congress should dismiss President Trump's dubious 'merit-based' immigration plan in favor of real reform. splcenter.org President Trump made a speech in the White House Rose Garden today about a plan to move U.S. immigration toward a "merit-based system" that would prioritize high-skilled workers over those with family members who are already in the country.

Democracy Now! (2019-05-16). Headlines for May 16, 2019. democracynow.org Alabama Governor Signs Nation's Most Restrictive Anti-Choice Law, Missouri Senate Votes to Ban Most Abortions After 8 Weeks, Trump Declares National Emergency, Blacklisting Chinese Telecom Huawei, Trump Delays Plans for Tariffs on Foreign Cars and Auto Parts, Trump to Announce "Merit-Based" Immigration Plan to Limit Asylum Cases, Family Reunifications, White House Refuses House Judiciary Committee Request for Documents, U.S. Won't Join "Christchurch Call" Against Online Extremism, Six Civilians Killed in Yemen as Saudi-Led Coalition Bombs Fall on Sana'a, Sudanese Troops Fire on Pro-Democracy Protesters as Militar…

Eliza Egret (2019-05-16). People in Wales show Nigel Farage what his beloved 'democracy' actually looks like. thecanary.co Once again, Nigel Farage has targeted another working-class area to try and win popularity and votes. Farage's Brexit Party held an election rally in Merthyr Tydfil on 15 May. | But anti-fascist protesters were there to greet him. They made it clear that Farage wasn't welcome in their town. Lois Jones was at the demonstration. She told The Canary: Merthyr Tydfil is an area that is impoverished and deprived thank…

Democracy Now! (2019-05-15). Headlines for May 15, 2019. democracynow.org Alabama Legislature Passes Near-Complete Abortion Ban, U.S. Evacuates Non-Emergency State Dept. Personnel from Iraq, Houthis Launch Drone Attack on Saudi Oil Facilities, Pompeo Meets With Lavrov & Putin Over Iran, Venezuela, 2020 Elections, CNN: Migrant Children Sleeping Outside on the Ground at Texas Border Patrol, Pennsylvania Sues Purdue Pharma Over Oxycontin, Reports: Donald Trump Jr. Agrees to Conditional Senate Hearing, San Francisco Bans Facial Recognition Technology, Pilots' Union Confronted Boeing Over Faulty 737 Max Jets After First Fatal Crash, NYC Activists Stage Hunger Strike To Call for Halt to Will…

ACLU (2019-05-15). New Homeland Security Secretary, Same Anti-Immigrant Agenda. aclu.org Beware of walls, money grabs, and other sham solutions as DHS leadership shifts. | Kevin McAleenan, the new acting secretary of the Department of Homeland Security, abruptly assumed office in April because his predecessor reportedly wasn't tough enough for President Trump. Ironically, McAleenan claims that "you can be tough and compassionate at the same time." But actions speak louder than words., , Don't be fooled, McAleenan does not represent a new leaf. He is d…

splcenter (2019-05-15). Setting the record straight: Real talk about immigration courts. splcenter.org The Trump administration's recent "fact sheet" on U.S. immigration proceedings excludes critical information about the immigration system and only serves to spread misinformation and distrust of immigrants and asylum seekers.

Editor (2019-05-14). °Palestina será libre! workers.org Otro ataque horrible a la población palestina ocurrió durante el fin de semana del 4 al 5 de mayo. Una vez más, las muertes incluyen algunas de las personas más vulnerables, de un pueblo que ya se ha vuelto completamente vulnerable por décadas de condiciones de apartheid, incluida la inanición . . . | Continue reading °Palestina será libre! at Workers.org

United Nations (2019-05-14). Myanmar: Conflict resolution at 'total standstill', military commanders must answer for crimes against humanity. un.org Myanmar's military commanders must answer charges of war crimes, crimes against humanity and genocide in a credible court, a United Nations Independent International Fact-Finding Mission on Myanmar (FFM) said on Tuesday, urging the international community to cut off all financial and other support to them.

Jonathan Cook (2019-05-14). Jerusalem Cable Car Project Passes Over Objections from Many Quarters. dissidentvoice.org East Jerusalem has received new impetus from the rise of the Israeli far right and Washington's decision to move its embassy to the city. But if completed, critics say, the long-running proposal would contribute to erasing the visibility of Palestinians in the city they hope to make their capital. Planning for the $55 million tourism …

Aba Blankson (2019-05-14). NAACP Opposes Wendy Vitter and all Nominees Who Refuse to Affirm Brown v Board of Education. naacp.org BALTIMORE — Today, the NAACP announced its opposition to the nomination of Wendy Vitter to the Eastern District of Louisiana and all nominees refusing to endorse the Supreme Court's seminal ruling in Brown v. Board of Education. "This week, we celebrate the 65th anniversary of the Supreme Court's landmark decision in Brown v. Board of …

Fight Back (2019-05-14). Minneapolis protest demands: Sanctuary for all, no to border militarization! fightbacknews.org Minneapolis, MN – The national flags of Mexico, Honduras and El Salvador fluttered above the Plaza Centenario in one of Minneapolis's most immigrant-rich neighborhoods on May 11 as around 40 demonstrators demanded, "Stop militarization of the border!" | The protesters distributed fliers to pedestrians on bustling Lake Street and bannered their message to the honks and fists raised in solidarity of passing drivers. Group chants included, "No ban! No wall! Sanctuary for all!" and " °Zapata vive! °La lucha sigue!" | Organized by the Minnesota Caravan Solidarity/Minnesota en Solidaridad con la Caravana coalit…

Ryan Devereaux (2019-05-14). No More Deaths Trial Opens as More Bodies Discovered Along Arizona-Mexico Border. theintercept.com As the federal littering trial of No More Deaths volunteer Scott Warren took place in Ajo, Arizona, volunteers recovered human remains in the desert nearby.

2019-05-17: Social Media Postees

Trump earns new title: War criminal
Albert Bender | peoplesworld.org | 2019-05-17
Donald Trump, who has been called almost everything–racist demagogue, vulgar sexist, inept businessman, pathological liar, and moron–now assumes a new mantle: War Criminal. His latest steps into the inner sanctums of infamy involve his granting a pardon on May 6 to an ex-soldier, First Lt. Michael Behenna, who shot to death a naked Iraqi civilian, …
peoplesworld.org/article/trump-earns-new…

Why Shouldn't the Boston Marathon Bomber Vote? U.S. Politicians Radicalized Him
Max Parry | dissidentvoice.org | 2019-05-17
Last month, 2020 U.S. presidential hopeful Bernie Sanders stirred controversy at a CNN town hall after answering a loaded question about whether his position on extending voting rights to incarcerated felons barred any exceptions such as the Boston Marathon bomber currently on death row. It was impossible for Sanders to respond honestly without being entrapped …
dissidentvoice.org/2019/05/why-shouldnt-…

Brian Eno on Eurovision in Israel
Pablo Navarrete | thecanary.co | 2019-05-17
Musician Brian Eno explains why Israel hosting Eurovision is a propaganda coup for the apartheid state. | By Pablo Navarrete…
thecanary.co/video/2019/05/17/brian-eno-on-eurovision-in-israel/

Madonna accused of 'supporting murder and genocide' as she defends Eurovision gig
Bryan Wall | thecanary.co | 2019-05-17
Palestinian activists have responded to Madonna's insistence that she'll go ahead with her performance at the Eurovision Song Contest. One accused her of 'supporting murder and genocide'. | The show must go on?: | The singer has stated that she'll not allow peo…
thecanary.co/trending/2019/05/17/madonna-accused-of-supporting-murder-and-genocide-as-she-defends-eurovision-gig/

Tamil genocide remembered, deportation opposed
kathy_f | greenleft.org.au | 2019-05-17
More than 100 people attended a rally called by the Tamil Refugee Council on May 15. The rally combined a commemoration of the genocidal massacre of Tamils in Sri Lanka 10 years ago with opposition to the imminent deportation of a Tamil refugee family to Sri Lanka following the rejection of their appeal to the High Court. | In May 2009 tens of thousands of Tamil civilians died when the Sri Lankan army and air force bombarded them during the final weeks of the war between the Sri Lankan government and the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam. The LTTE were fighting for an independent Tamil homeland in the north and ea…
greenleft.org.au/content/tamil-genocide-remembered-deportation-opposed

Students for Justice in Palestine at New York University smeared as anti-Semitic
wsws.org | 2019-05-17
The attack on the Students for Justice in Palestine is part of an international campaign to slander left-wing organizations that criticize the Israeli state.
http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2019/05/…

Far right winning the social media war
pip.hinman | greenleft.org.au | 2019-05-17
A decade ago the left believed that it could use social media to outflank the established mass media. But it is the far right that now dominates social media. | Two recent events have focused attention on extreme right social media. The shooter in the Christchurch massacre was an addict of white supremacist message boards on platforms like Reddit and 4Chan. Like the alt-right platform Gab, these noticeboards are filled with overt racism, homophobia, misogyny and Hitler worship. | A very different sort of hard-right social media fuels Vox, the Spanish neo-fascist party that won 13% of the vote in the April general…
greenleft.org.au/content/far-right-winning-social-media-war

The Women Of Alabama
Lloyd Hart | indybay.org | 2019-05-17
The KKK wet dream going on in Alabama can be traced back to the arrest and conviction of Governor Donald Eugene Siegelman.
indybay.org/newsitems/2019/05/17/1882347…

It's "Xenophobia and Racism," Says Sanders, as Trump Threatens "Removal Forces" for Immigrants
Andrea Germanos, staff writer | commondreams.org | 2019-05-17
President's new tweet forshadowing "removal forces" comes on heels of reporting that his administration will invoke arcane law to use military force to drive out immgrants | https://www.commondreams.org/sites/defau…
commondreams.org/news/2019/05/17/its-xen…

65 years after Brown vs. Board: What happened to multicultural education?
Beatrice Lumpkin | peoplesworld.org | 2019-05-17
How much progress have we made in getting racism out of our schools since the Supreme Court decision in Brown vs. Board of Education? In 1954, our highest court ruled, "Separate educational facilities are inherently unequal." Clearly, that was a great victory. Yet today, in many of our nation's cities, schools remain highly segregated. In former …
peoplesworld.org/article/65-years-after-…

Modern Merchants of Death: The NSO Group, Spyware and Human Rights
Binoy Kampmark | dissidentvoice.org | 2019-05-17
Arms manufacturers of old, and many of the current stable, did not care much where their products went. The profit incentive often came before the patriotic one, and led to such dark suspicions as those voiced by the Nye Committee in the 1930s. Known formally as the Special Committee on Investigation of the Munitions Industry, …
dissidentvoice.org/2019/05/modern-mercha…

Fascist trends in Santa Cruz Government
Elise Casby | indybay.org | 2019-05-17
Activists and myself using the derogatory gesture of the nazi salutes were focused on and reported in the conservative and reactionary paper, The Santa Cruz Sentinel by writer, Jessica York on May 15, 2019. As usual the focus was on the graphic gesture and not the fact that public comment and other forms of democratic participation are dwindling over the years as each mayor, now Martine Watkins takes up the mantle of repression.
indybay.org/newsitems/2019/05/16/1882346…

5/16/19: Chelsea Manning Returned to Prison; Illegal Arrests of Embassy Protectors
Register Peace & Freedom or Green | indybay.org | 2019-05-17
On the same day, May 16, 2019, the remaining 4 Venezuelan Embassy Protectors were falsely arrested by US police who illegally entered the Venezuelan Embassy in Washington D.C. and Chelsea Manning was returned to prison as a political prisoner for refusing to cooperate with the witchhunting grand jury, and this time, the reactionary Judge Anthony Trenga added the threat of daily fines of up to $500 a day after 30 days and rising to $1000 a day after 60 days. We heard not a peep of opposition to these reactionary actions by Nazi Trump from the Democratic Party candidates for president.
indybay.org/newsitems/2019/05/17/1882346…

It's Even More Terrible Than You Thought
Paul Street | counterpunch.org | 2019-05-17
Liberal journalist and author David Cay Johnston, a frequent cable news commentator, was right to title his 2018 book on the Trump presidency "It's Even Worse Than You Think: What the Trump Administration is Doing to America." Trump is a creeping fascist train-wreck — an authoritarian disaster whose lawyer recently argued in federal court that…
counterpunch.org/2019/05/17/its-even-mor…

'I don't believe it's too extreme:' Republicans hope to pass near-total abortion ban in Virginia
Alexandra Jacobo | nationofchange.org | 2019-05-17
Lawmakers have clearly stated that their goal is to get the topic in front of the Supreme Court, currently boasting a conservative majority, to legally overturn Roe V. Wade and outlaw abortion altogether.
nationofchange.org/2019/05/17/i-dont-bel…

As Anti-Choice Laws Multiply, Many Are Already Living in a Post-"Roe" US
Staff | truthout.org | 2019-05-17
Supreme Court Justice Stephen Breyer issued what many considered a dire warning from the bench this week, implying that Roe v. Wade — the landmark ruling that recognizes the constitutional right to an abortion — is in danger. He wrote the comments in a dissent for an unrelated case in which the court voted to overturn a 40 year-old precedent. Breyer wrote "Today's decision can only cause one to wonder which cases the Court will overrule next." We speak to journalist Robin Marty about what a post-Roe America would look like, and how many people are already cut off from abortion access across the cou…
truthout.org/video/as-anti-choice-laws-m…

What Does a Post-Roe America Look Like? As Anti-Choice Laws Multiply, Many Already Are Living In It
Democracy Now! | democracynow.org | 2019-05-17
Supreme Court Justice Stephen Breyer issued what many considered a dire warning from the bench this week, implying that Roe v. Wade — the landmark ruling that recognizes the constitutional right to an abortion — is in danger. He wrote the comments in a dissent for an unrelated case in which the court voted to overturn a 40 year-old precedent. Breyer wrote "Today's decision can only cause one to wonder which cases the Court will overrule next." We speak to journalist Robin Marty about what a post-Roe America would look like, and how many people are already cut off from abortion access across the countr…
http://www.democracynow.org/2019/5/17/wh…

White Shadow: David Duke's Lasting Influence on American White Supremacy
splcenter.org | 2019-05-17
For a failed perennial candidate, David Duke is casting a long political shadow.
splcenter.org/hatewatch/2019/05/17/white…

Lawyers' Committee for Civil Rights Under Law Recognizes 65 Year Anniversary of Brown v. Board of Education Supreme Court Ruling
commondreams.org | 2019-05-17
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commondreams.org/newswire/2019/05/17/law…

Nationwide Protests and State Boycotts Planned Amid Wave of GOP Attacks on Abortion Rights
Jessica Corbett, staff writer | commondreams.org | 2019-05-17
Supporters of reproductive rights are fighting back against Republican politicians' latest wave of attacks on abortion rights by organizing nationwide protests and boycotts of states that have passed restrictive laws to challenge the Supreme Court's Roe v. Wade ruling. | https://www.commondreams.org/sites/defau…
commondreams.org/news/2019/05/17/nationw…

'Don't get comfortable:' Trump announces record detentions, says migrants will be 'sent home'
rt.com | 2019-05-17
Donald Trump has called on Democrats to vote for his immigration reform to fix the 'National Emergency" on the US' border with Mexico, saying that migrants are being detained in record numbers to be repatriated. | …
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More migrant deaths as Trump unveils class-based immigration quota
wsws.org | 2019-05-17
Trump announced the new plan as the military agreed to build six new internment camps along the US-Mexico border.
http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2019/05/…

The Mali-Burkina Faso-Niger Border Triangle Is the New "Syraq" (Syria-Iraq)
Andrew Korybko | globalresearch.ca | 2019-05-17
Terrorist groups in West Africa are dangerously trying to transplant the "Syraq" model of transnational destabilization to the Mali-Burkina Faso-Niger border triangle in order to turn it into a similarly lawless region like the frontier between those two aforementioned Mideast …
globalresearch.ca/mali-burkina-faso-nige…

Border Official Admits Targeting Journalists and Human Rights Advocates With Smuggling Investigations
Ryan Devereaux | theintercept.com | 2019-05-17
When first confronted with evidence that it was collaborating with Mexican law enforcement in a sweeping intelligence-gathering operation targeting journalists, activists and attorneys along the U.S.-Mexico divide, Customs and Border Protection was silent. When still more evidence emerged, in the form of documents leaked by a Department of Homeland Security whistleblower, the agency dismissed the significance of the revelations as routine law enforcement work. | Now, more than four months after the story broke, CBP is owning up to its operations — in a way — and raising new questions about its treatme…
theintercept.com/2019/05/17/border-smugg…

US: 2-year-old Migrant Boy Dies After Crossing Border
telesurenglish.net | 2019-05-17
A two-year-old boy from Guatemala died in a United States custody, a little over a month after he and his mother crossed the U.S.-Mexico border and were apprehended by U.S. authorities, according to the Guatemalan consul in Del Rio, Texas. The toddler's cause of death has yet to be determined. | RELATED: | US Migrants at Border Patrol Station in Dire Conditions…
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United States: Resisting Trump's attacks on migrants
susan_p | greenleft.org.au | 2019-05-17
Green Left Weekly's Jacob Andrewartha and Zane Alcorn spoke to Justin Akers Chacón, a Mexican-based, US immigrant rights activist, in Melbourne for the Marxism conference in April. | What can you tell us about the current situation in the US regarding immigration, particularly as we enter the second half of US President Donald Trump's term in office? | The situation is really dire in many ways. Trump has ratcheted up the attack on immigrants, including trying to prevent thousands of Central American asylum-seekers from even reaching the border where they could apply for asylum. | He has done this by essentially s…
greenleft.org.au/content/united-states-resisting-trump-attacks-migrants

Waiting for Your Asylum Number to Get Called
consortiumnews.com | 2019-05-17
Colonel Ann Wright reports on the life in limbo for people along the southern border who are applying for refuge in the U.S. By Ann Wright Roots Action The U.S.-Mexico border at the Pacific Ocean is composed of two very… Read more ?…
consortiumnews.com/2019/05/17/waiting-fo…

Trump is lying about immigrant crime — and the research proves it
splcenter.org | 2019-05-17
Since he began campaigning, President Trump has demonized Latino immigrants as "criminals." He has called them "rapists," drug dealers, "animals" and "bad hombres" who "infest our country."
splcenter.org/news/2019/05/17/trump-lyin…

EU Condemns Discrimination and Violence against LGBTI Community
plenglish.com | 2019-05-17
Geneva, May 17 (Prensa Latina) The European Union (EU) welcomed the celebration of the International Day against Homophobia, Transphobia and Biphobia on May 17 and reiterated its rejection of all types of exclusion and violence.
http://www.plenglish.com/index.php?o=rn&…

Immigrant Activists Maru Mora-Villalpando & Ravi Ragbir Keep Speaking Out Despite Deportation Threat
Democracy Now! | democracynow.org | 2019-05-17
President Trump has unveiled plans for a new, so-called "merit-based" immigration system that would prioritize "highly-skilled" and English-speaking workers, while further restricting asylum seekers and immigrants who have family living in the United States. Although no legislative details for the plan have been revealed, Trump's proposal is likely to hit a wall in Congress, where the Democratically-led House has repeatedly clashed with the Trump administration over immigration policy. Trump's immigration policies have led to dire conditions for asylum seekers to the U.S. On Wednesday, a two-and-a-half year-old m…
http://www.democracynow.org/2019/5/17/im…

Asylum Seekers Are Being "Disappeared" in Private Louisiana Jails
Staff | truthout.org | 2019-05-17
Some names in this story have been changed to protect those criminalized for migration.There isn't much to see around the River Correctional Center, a small, privately run jail near the Mississippi River and the tiny town of Ferriday, Louisiana. Farmlands and fields stretch in either direction beyond the jail's barbed wire fence. In the 19th century, enslaved people worked cotton and sugar cane fields here, enriching white plantation owners with their daily l…
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New NATO-approved US monument honors fascist Lithuanian Nazi collaborator as anti-Soviet hero
Ben Norton | thegrayzone.com | 2019-05-16
A new monument in Chicago celebrates US-born Lithuanian Nazi collaborator Adolfas Ramanauskas "Vanagas," who led a fascist militia that massacred…
thegrayzone.com/2019/05/15/nato-us-monum…

People in Wales show Nigel Farage what his beloved 'democracy' actually looks like
Eliza Egret | thecanary.co | 2019-05-16
Once again, Nigel Farage has targeted another working-class area to try and win popularity and votes. Farage's Brexit Party held an election rally in Merthyr Tydfil on 15 May. | But anti-fascist protesters were there to greet him. They made it clear that Farage wasn't welcome in their town. Lois Jones was at the demonstration. She told The Canary: Merthyr Tydfil is an area that is impoverished and deprived thank…
thecanary.co/trending/2019/05/16/people-in-wales-show-nigel-farage-what-his-beloved-democracy-actually-looks-like/

Fight Against Voter Suppression Continues in Georgia
Staff | therealnews.com | 2019-05-16
Plaintiffs argue before the GA Supreme Court that malfunctioning voting machines caused tens of thousands of missing votes in the Georgia Lt. Gov. race. What could it mean if this case goes forward?
therealnews.com/stories/fight-against-vo…

Istanbul Voters Brace for Heated Re-run of Municipal Election
telesurenglish.net | 2019-05-16
A Turkish party, namely the Democrat Party, said Thursday it would not take part in next month's re-run of the Istanbul mayoral election, which the main opposition party candidate won by a tiny margin in March, but was later annulled by Turkey's Supreme Electoral Board due to irregularities. | RELATED: | 'Small Steps Towards Socialism': Turkey's First Communist Mayor | The Democrat Party won around 22,000 votes in the March 31 election. This is the latest in the series of withdraw…
telesurenglish.net/news/Istanbul-Voters-…

Humanitarian situation increasingly dire for displaced Syrians stranded in camp near Jordanian border
United Nations | un.org | 2019-05-16
Food supplies are dwindling and the humanitarian situation has become increasingly dire in a camp for displaced people in south-east Syria, a senior UN official said on Thursday, while condemning ongoing airstrikes and retaliatory shelling in opposition-held territories in the north-west.
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Trump Proposal Would Change Priorities of Green Card System
Staff | truthdig.com | 2019-05-16
WASHINGTON–After years of setbacks and stalemates, President Donald Trump will lay out yet another immigration plan as he tries to convince the American public and lawmakers that the nation's legal immigration system should be overhauled. | The latest effort, spearheaded by Trump's son-in-law and senior adviser, Jared Kushner, focuses on beefing up border security and rethinking the green card system so that it would favor people with high-level skills, degrees and job offers instead of relatives of those already in the country. | A shift to a more merit-based system prioritizing high-skilled workers would…
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SPLC: Congress should dismiss President Trump's dubious 'merit-based' immigration plan in favor of real reform
splcenter.org | 2019-05-16
President Trump made a speech in the White House Rose Garden today about a plan to move U.S. immigration toward a "merit-based system" that would prioritize high-skilled workers over those with family members who are already in the country.
splcenter.org/news/2019/05/16/splc-congr…

New Homeland Security Secretary, Same Anti-Immigrant Agenda
aclu.org | 2019-05-15
Beware of walls, money grabs, and other sham solutions as DHS leadership shifts. | Kevin McAleenan, the new acting secretary of the Department of Homeland Security, abruptly assumed office in April because his predecessor reportedly wasn't tough enough for President Trump. Ironically, McAleenan claims that "you can be tough and compassionate at the same time." But actions speak louder than words., , Don't be fooled, McAleenan does not represent a new leaf. He is d…
aclu.org/blog/immigrants-rights/ice-and-…

Setting the record straight: Real talk about immigration courts
splcenter.org | 2019-05-15
The Trump administration's recent "fact sheet" on U.S. immigration proceedings excludes critical information about the immigration system and only serves to spread misinformation and distrust of immigrants and asylum seekers.
splcenter.org/news/2019/05/15/setting-re…

°Palestina será libre!
Editor | workers.org | 2019-05-14
Otro ataque horrible a la población palestina ocurrió durante el fin de semana del 4 al 5 de mayo. Una vez más, las muertes incluyen algunas de las personas más vulnerables, de un pueblo que ya se ha vuelto completamente vulnerable por décadas de condiciones de apartheid, incluida la inanición . . . | Continue reading °Palestina será libre! at Workers.org
workers.org/2019/05/14/palestina-sera-li…

Myanmar: Conflict resolution at 'total standstill', military commanders must answer for crimes against humanity
United Nations | un.org | 2019-05-14
Myanmar's military commanders must answer charges of war crimes, crimes against humanity and genocide in a credible court, a United Nations Independent International Fact-Finding Mission on Myanmar (FFM) said on Tuesday, urging the international community to cut off all financial and other support to them.
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Jerusalem Cable Car Project Passes Over Objections from Many Quarters
Jonathan Cook | dissidentvoice.org | 2019-05-14
East Jerusalem has received new impetus from the rise of the Israeli far right and Washington's decision to move its embassy to the city. But if completed, critics say, the long-running proposal would contribute to erasing the visibility of Palestinians in the city they hope to make their capital. Planning for the $55 million tourism …
dissidentvoice.org/2019/05/jerusalem-cab…

NAACP Opposes Wendy Vitter and all Nominees Who Refuse to Affirm Brown v Board of Education
Aba Blankson | naacp.org | 2019-05-14
BALTIMORE — Today, the NAACP announced its opposition to the nomination of Wendy Vitter to the Eastern District of Louisiana and all nominees refusing to endorse the Supreme Court's seminal ruling in Brown v. Board of Education. "This week, we celebrate the 65th anniversary of the Supreme Court's landmark decision in Brown v. Board of …
naacp.org/latest/naacp-opposes-wendy-vit…

Minneapolis protest demands: Sanctuary for all, no to border militarization!
Fight Back | fightbacknews.org | 2019-05-14
Minneapolis, MN – The national flags of Mexico, Honduras and El Salvador fluttered above the Plaza Centenario in one of Minneapolis's most immigrant-rich neighborhoods on May 11 as around 40 demonstrators demanded, "Stop militarization of the border!" | The protesters distributed fliers to pedestrians on bustling Lake Street and bannered their message to the honks and fists raised in solidarity of passing drivers. Group chants included, "No ban! No wall! Sanctuary for all!" and " °Zapata vive! °La lucha sigue!" | Organized by the Minnesota Caravan Solidarity/Minnesota en Solidaridad con la Caravana coalit…
fightbacknews.org/2019/5/13/minneapolis-…

No More Deaths Trial Opens as More Bodies Discovered Along Arizona-Mexico Border
Ryan Devereaux | theintercept.com | 2019-05-14
As the federal littering trial of No More Deaths volunteer Scott Warren took place in Ajo, Arizona, volunteers recovered human remains in the desert nearby.
theintercept.com/2019/05/14/no-more-deat…

SPLC launches voting rights legal team, testifies before U.S. House panel in Alabama
splcenter.org | 2019-05-13
Ever since state and local law enforcement officers attacked peaceful civil rights marchers with billy clubs and tear gas on "Bloody Sunday" in 1965, Alabama has been at the epicenter of the fight for voting rights.
splcenter.org/news/2019/05/13/splc-launc…

Following SPLC lawsuit, judge grants New Orleans students the chance to walk on graduation day
splcenter.org | 2019-05-13
A state court in Louisiana issued an injunction today that allowed six high school seniors to participate in graduation ceremonies at their New Orleans charter school after they were banned from doing so following a minor senior prank last month.
splcenter.org/news/2019/05/13/following-…

Anti-LGBTQ Hate Groups Co-Sponsor United Nations Event
Hatewatch Staff | splcenter.org | 2019-05-13
The United Nations will serve as the venue for anti-LGBTQ hate groups when it hosts the "It Takes a Family" event Wednesday.
splcenter.org/hatewatch/2019/05/13/anti-…

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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