2019-07-05: Social Media Postees

U.S. Militarism and the One-Sided Class War
Ajamu Baraka | counterpunch.org | 2019-07-05
Despite capitalism's internal contradictions, it can sustain itself in various forms — even fascism is a capitalist construct — as long as the bourgeois class is a "class for itself" and the working class is subjectively reduced to non-existence as a political force because of its lack of class consciousness. The various methods with which…

An Hour with Noam Chomsky on Fascism, Nuclear Weapons, Climate Change, Julian Assange & More
Staff | democracynow.org | 2019-07-05
In April, hundreds of people packed into the Old South Church in Boston to hear the world-renowned dissident and linguist Noam Chomsky speak. In this hour-long special, we air an excerpt of Chomsky's speech and his on-stage interview with Amy Goodman.

Education Reformers Still Don't Understand Racism
Rann Miller | progressive.org | 2019-07-05
"Those of us actually working in education tried and tried and tried and tried and tried to tell you."

Trump unleashes torrent of militarism in Fourth of July speech
wsws.org | 2019-07-05
Trump's hour-long paean to the military was designed to further elevate the military as the supreme arbiter of American politics and buttress of his own personalist rule.

Trump nationalism has nothing to do with patriotism
Robert Reich | nationofchange.org | 2019-07-05
Let us reject Trump's notion of how to celebrate America — not with tanks and missiles that glorify war, not with a rally fit for a dictator, not with children held at the border in cages, not with disdain for the Supreme Court and charges of "treason" hurled at the free press. Instead, let us celebrate …

Sanctions: Failure of U.S. Foreign Policy
David Rosen | counterpunch.org | 2019-07-05
President Donald Trump's meeting with North Korea's Supreme Leader, Kim Jong Un, on June 30th may turn out to be more than just another publicity stunt similar to the failed "summit" held in Vietnam in February — a political fiasco. The New York Times and other media report that Trump is planning to revise the terms of U.S.

The Falsity of America
Paul Edwards | counterpunch.org | 2019-07-05
All rise! It is the anniversary of this conflicted, sclerotic, blind, self-destructive country. There will be celebrations. Glitzy extravaganzas of flash and fireworks providing the shimmering eye candy to camouflage the corpse of the myth that is centerpiece and theme our national shivaree. A nation built on genocide and slavery, with a Constitution launched…

Born on the 5th of July
Rob Urie | counterpunch.org | 2019-07-05
The unifying factor behind environmental decline, an extractive health care system, mind-numbing work for poverty wages, perpetual wars and increasingly intrusive and assertive commercial relations, is capitalism. Of course, the term is an abstraction, shorthand for a belief system used to explain and organize social relations. Its history is of brutality, pillage and genocide explained by its perpetrators as laying the ground for some imagined future civility.

Does Justin Trudeau Hate Palestinians?
Yves Engler | globalresearch.ca | 2019-07-05
Is Justin Trudeau a racist? He and his government certainly accept and promote anti-Palestinianism. Two recent moves reaffirm his government's pattern of blaming Palestinians for their dispossession and subjugation. | Last week the government released its updated terrorist list. An …

Abu Graib at Home in America
Barbara Nimri Aziz | counterpunch.org | 2019-07-05
"This is not what America is about" argues a U.S. reporter referring to revelations of misogynist, violent, racist behavior by employees of the U.S. Border Patrol 'guarding' migrants held in detention centers.Sorry Mr. Thompson (Pro Publica reporter who broke this story); THIS IS what America is about. Vulnerable people, i.e. women, men and children held…

Join the Global BDS Week of Action Against HP
ziyaad | bdsmovement.net | 2019-07-05
Join the Global BDS Week of Action Against HP: UpdateFrom July 10th – 15th, groups from across the world are coming together to send a powerful message to HP companies, HP Inc and HP-E, demanding that they stop profiteering from Israel's apartheid, occupation and colonisation. | Boycott HPJuly 5, 2019 | By: | | Palestinian BDS National Committee (BNC) …

Dallas protesters march against Trump's concentration camps
Fight Back | fightbacknews.org | 2019-07-04
Dallas, TX – About 100 protesters gathered at Dealey Plaza in Dallas in the evening of July 2 to demand an end to the Trump administration's immigrant concentration camps. After the rally, the protesters marched through downtown Dallas. | The protest was organized by North Texas Action Committee, North Texas Dream Team, Party for Socialism and Liberation, the Monsignor Romero Community Center, and Freedom Road Socialist Organization. | Signs demanded an end to the concentration camps and legalization for all. Chants included "Down, down deportations, up, up, education," and "No Trump, no KKK, no fascist USA.

Amid Revelations of Fascist Network at Customs and Border Protection, Ocasio-Cortez, Other Congress Members Threatened by Border Police
Barry Grey | globalresearch.ca | 2019-07-04
A delegation of more than a dozen members of the Congressional Hispanic Caucus reported feeling unsafe and facing taunts and ridicule from Border Patrol agents during a visit Monday to immigrant detention facilities in Texas. | The Democratic legislators included Representative …

On the Picket Line: Muslim Jenni-O workers' walkout
Alex Bolchi and Sue Davis | workers.org | 2019-07-04
Muslim Jenni-O workers' walkout In protest of the boss's racism and Islamophobia, 35 to 40 Muslim workers at the Jennie-O turkey processing plant in Melrose, Minn., marched into the parking lot instead of clocking in for their 1 p.m. shift on June 10. A worker there since 2015 told Workday . . . | Continue reading On the Picket Line: Muslim Jenni-O workers' walkout at Workers.org

Fund Head Start, Not Internment Camps
Staff | truthout.org | 2019-07-04
I came to this country from Mexico as a small child because my mother was escaping poverty and wanted to give my sisters and me a better life. She worked hard to make sure we had food on our table and a roof over our heads, often doing two and three jobs at a time. | Because of poverty and systemic racism, undocumented families like mine must work multiple jobs and get paid under the table, and that often comes with mistreatment and discrimination on the job. To get by, people in our community have to develop our own survival methods, such as getting together with neighbors to share meals or take care of each…

Greater Manchester mayor calls parliament 'poisonous', says northerners 'face discrimination' in London
The Canary | thecanary.co | 2019-07-04
Northerners "face discrimination" in London, according to Greater Manchester mayor Andy Burnham. Having left the Commons for his role as a regional mayor in 2017, he also claimed that Westminster was "deeply dysfunctional" and "poisonous". | In an interview for the August edition of GQ magazine, Burnham said: "I feel that northerners face discrimination in certain walks of life in London. | "How many Labour prime ministers have come from the north of England? | Harold Wilson, from Huddersfield, was the only Labour prime minister born in northern England. | Parliament "deeply dysfunctional" and "poisonous"

California passes law to protect black people's 'natural hair' from discrimination
rt.com | 2019-07-04
California has upheld its liberal image by officially making 'hair discrimination' a thing. "Natural" black hairstyles like dreadlocks and braids are now legally protected there against encroaching "Eurocentric" employers. | …

Brazilian Army Pays Tribute to Former Nazi Commander
telesurenglish.net | 2019-07-04
The Brazilian Army paid tribute Monday to a World War II German Nazi commander who was killed in 1968 in the South American nation. | RELATED: | Brazil's Bolsonaro Says Nazism Was 'a Leftist Movement' | Alumni of the Brazilian Army's Command and General Staff School Major Otto Maximilian von Westernhagen (1923-1968) was recognized for his achievements in WW II, army officials said. | The former Nazi soldier was killed in 1968 in Rio de Janeiro by an alleged left-wing armed group, who mi…

New Poll: Most Americans Across Party Lines Against Trump's Racist Treatment Of Immigrants
Special To The Black Star News | blackstarnews.com | 2019-07-04
New CNN poll: Most Americans favor a more humane immigration policy than Trump's racist divisive child separation tactics… | Washington, DC — As President Trump gets ready for his tanks and airplane-filled ego trip on the National Mall, millions of Americans are rightfully outraged about the human rights crisis on display in detention facilities and holding cells along our border. | The report issued yesterday by the Department of Homeland Security's internal investigators adds ugly new details about the scope and nature of the squalor and is directly linked to the choices and callousness of this ad…

San Francisco to Paint Over Debated George Washington Mural
Staff | truthdig.com | 2019-07-04
The historical artwork at a public school is criticized as racist and degrading for its depiction of black and Native American people.

The Declaration of Independence Is Sexist, Racist, Prejudiced
Staff | truthout.org | 2019-07-04
It is painful to write about the shortcomings of the Declaration of Independence. The historic document was officially approved by the Second Continental Congress in Philadelphia on July 4, 1776 — a mere two days after the Lee Resolution formally declared the American colonies to be independent of the British Empire. Because the American colonists ultimately prevailed in their revolution against King George III, the document has been immortalized as one of the opening salvos in the ongoing fight for human freedom that continues to this very da…

Border agents caught posting racist, sexist messages about migrants & AOC in secret Facebook group
Amy Goodman and Juan Gonzalez | nationofchange.org | 2019-07-04
Customs and Border Protection has opened an investigation into…

Abu Graib at Home in America
Barbara Nimri Aziz | globalresearch.ca | 2019-07-04
"This is not what America is about" argues a reporter referring to revelations of misogynist, violent, racist behavior by employees of the U.S. Border Patrol 'guarding' migrants held in detention centers. | Sorry Mr. Thompson (Propublica journalist who broke this story); …

Progressive Patriotism for July 4
Peter Dreier, Dick Flacks | commondreams.org | 2019-07-04
Trump doesn't understand that the ways Americans express their patriotism are as diverse as our nation. (Photo: Pixabay/CC0) | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files/styles/cd_special_coverage/public/views-article/thumbs/american-flag.jpeg

Trump Wastes Taxpayers' Money to Show Military Might for July 4
telesurenglish.net | 2019-07-04
U.S. President Donald Trump will preside over July Fourth Independence Day celebrations Thursday with a speech about patriotism and a show of military might that critics say is politicizing an important holiday and wasting taxpayer money. | OPINION: | On July 4, The United States Celebrates Independence — But For Who? | For decades, presidents have kept a low profile during the parade. However, Trump's speech will be a departure from tradition. This is the first time…

Egyptian Foreign Minister Pushes for Peace During AU Summit
telesurenglish.net | 2019-07-04
Egyptian Foreign Minister Sameh Shoukry is throwing his support behind the "Silencing the Guns" initiative that urges African nations to retire their weapons and end their bloody fights. | RELATED: | S.Africa's Court Rejects Bid To Abandon Apartheid Anti-Riot Law | During the African Union's (AU) Summit this week in Niamey, Niger, Shoukry encouraged construction and econom…

Jakarta Residents Sue Indonesian Government Over Air Pollution
telesurenglish.net | 2019-07-04
Residents of Indonesia's capital on Thursday filed a lawsuit against the government over the toxic levels of air pollution that regularly blanket the city. | RELATED: | In Climate Apartheid World's Poor Will Be Left to Suffer: UN Report | Fed up with what they say is worsening air pollution, a group of 31 concerned residents has sued President Joko Widodo, as well as the ministry of environment and forestry, ministry of health, and Jakarta's governor. | The plaintiffs [mdas…

S.Africa's Court Rejects Bid To Abandon Apartheid Anti-Riot Law
telesurenglish.net | 2019-07-04
South Africa's opposition party leader Julius Malema lost a court bid Thursday to declare unconstitutional an apartheid-era anti-riot law, under which he has been charged with incitement. | RELATED: | Pro-Palestine Activists Occupy Israeli Weapons Factory in UK | Used during white-minority rule to prevent and clamp down on anti-apartheid rallies, the 1956 Riotous Assemblies Act defines conditions under which public gatherings can take place. | It also makes it an offense to inc…

Philosopher Srecko Horvat on the Yugoslav Fight Against Fascism and the Rising Right-Wing Political Forces in Europe
Intercepted | theintercept.com | 2019-07-03
In this bonus episode of Intercepted, philosopher Srecko Horvat discusses the historical lessons from the WWII-era struggle against fascism in Yugoslavia.

Secret Border Patrol agents' Facebook group exposes vile racism, sexism
Marcos Lugo | liberationnews.org | 2019-07-03
This is only the latest incident to reveal law enforcement personnel's connections to facsist and reactionary tendencies.

Thousands of Voices Are Telling the Supreme Court: Don't Roll Back LGBTQ Rights
aclu.org | 2019-07-03
Businesses, women CEOs, civil rights organizations, Republicans tell the Supreme Court to protect LGBTQ employees like Aimee Stephens and Don Zarda. | President Trump has told the Supreme Court it should be legal to fire someone just because they're LGBTQ. The President may be a bully, but he's just one voice. Today, more than 2,000 voices from across the country joined together to tell the Supreme Court: Don't roll back our rights. | The message came in the form of friend-of-the-court briefs–nearly 50 in all–filed in a…

Nike nixes flag design shoe after Kaepernick questions white supremacist symbolism
Alexandra Olson | peoplesworld.org | 2019-07-03
NEW YORK (AP)–Nike's sales have only grown since it seized attention with its ad campaign featuring former NFL quarterback Colin Kaepernick. So, the shoemaker deferred to its star endorser when he raised concerns over a sneaker featuring an early American flag. Nike pulled the Air Max 1 USA shoe, which included a Revolutionary-era U.S. flag …

SPLC: Hate groups have long adopted symbols of U.S. history to promote white supremacy
Keegan Hankes, Intelligence Project | splcenter.org | 2019-07-03
As America prepares to celebrate the Fourth of July this week, the display of some of the nation's earliest regalia has rekindled a debate about racist symbolism.

SPLC urges Supreme Court to preserve workplace protections for LGBTQ people
splcenter.org | 2019-07-03
Soon after Y.B. took the night shift as a forklift operator, her boss started harassing her because she is a lesbian.

Lawyers' Committee For Civil Rights "Pleased" Justice Department Will Print 2020 Census Questionnaire Without Bigoted Citizen Question
Special To The Black Star News | blackstarnews.com | 2019-07-03
In response to the Department of Justice confirming the decision has been made to print the 2020 Decennial Census questionnaire without a citizenship question, and that the printer has been instructed to begin the printing process, Kristen Clarke, president and executive director of the Lawyers' Committee for Civil Rights Under Law, issued the following statement: | "The Supreme Court's ruling left little opportunity for the administration to cure the defects with its decision to add a citizenship question and, most importantly, they were simply out of time given the impending deadline for printing forms. We are…

Is US Democracy Dying a Slow and Barely Visible Death?
Staff | therealnews.com | 2019-07-03
Ret. Col. Larry Wilkerson examines the dangers that Republican efforts to abridge voting rights and that Trump's racist and violent exhortations represent to US democracy…

Everyone counts: Trump's census "citizenship question" is dead
Mark Gruenberg | peoplesworld.org | 2019-07-03
WASHINGTON–Lawmakers and state officials representing Hispanic-named citizens hailed the Trump Commerce Department's July 2 decision to throw in the towel and not add a "citizenship" question, one they deemed racist, to next year's census. So did the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU), which helped assemble the successful lawsuit against the query. Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross, …

Border Agents Caught Posting Racist, Sexist Messages About Migrants & AOC in Secret Facebook Group
Staff | democracynow.org | 2019-07-03
Customs and Border Protection has opened an investigation into…

Chicago: Book signing for Frank Chapman's autobiography
Fight Back | fightbacknews.org | 2019-07-03
Chicago, IL – Frank Chapman's new book, The Damned Don't Cry: Pages from the Life of a Black Prisoner and Organizer, is getting a great reception. About 30 people attended a book signing at the office of the Chicago Alliance Against Racist and Political Repression, July 2. Chapman's autobiography is available here.

Defending the Right of Radical Dissent Is the Highest Expression of Patriotism
John Nichols | thenation.com | 2019-07-03
Defending the Right of Radical Dissent Is the Highest Expression of Patriotism…

Time to Say "this far & no further" to Using Anti-Semitism as a Weapon — Galloway
RT | dissidentvoice.org | 2019-07-02
"We oppose Netanyahu, we love Jews, that's the message": Former The Labour Party MP #GeorgeGalloway discusses Jeremy Corbyn, Bernie Sanders and anti-Semitism.

New "Birther" Smear: Attacks on Kamala Harris Are Just the Latest in Trump Family's Racist Record
Staff | democracynow.org | 2019-07-02
California senator and presidential candidate Kamala Harris is riding a new wave of momentum following her debate performance last week when she challenged Joe Biden's past history of working with segregationist lawmakers and his opposition to busing to integrate schools in the 1970s. While Harris has jumped in several opinion polls, there has also been a right-wing backlash online. On Thursday, Donald Trump Jr. retweeted a message from an "alt-right" personality that read, "Kamala Harris is *not* an American Black. She is half Indian and half Jamaican. I'm so sick of people robbing American Blacks (like myself)…

Trump administration orders printing 2020 census forms without citizenship question
rt.com | 2019-07-02
Opponents of returning a question about US citizenship onto census forms in 2020 are rejoicing as the Trump administration confirmed it would start printing the forms without it, following a mixed opinion from the Supreme Court. | …

2020 Census Form Will Not Include Citizenship Question, Trump Administration Says
Robert Mackey | theintercept.com | 2019-07-02
The Trump administration admitted defeat on Tuesday, confirming that forms for the 2020 U.S. census will not include a question asking residents who respond to the survey if they are U.S. citizens. The change of plans follows last week's Supreme Court decision that the Commerce Department had failed to provide a valid reason for adding the question. | The news was conveyed in an email from the Justice Department's Civil Rights Division to lawyers who had contested the effort in lawsuits, and confirmed to The Intercept by…

Special To The Black Star News | blackstarnews.com | 2019-07-02
Trump's racist immigration detention and child separation policy is causing death and misery… | Washington, DC — The following is a statement from Pili Tobar, Deputy Director of America's Voice: "We are witnessing a human rights crisis in real time, the magnitude of which should shake us to our core. | As the saying goes, the fish rots from the head down. And Donald Trump has failed and corrupted the system from top to bottom, emboldening an already out of control agency, and advancing policies and actions that are resulting in a callous disregard for basic humanity and exacting a terrible toll that…

Hunter Biden Started Dating Dead Brother's Widow After Harrowing Crack Binge
Tyler Durden | theantimedia.com | 2019-07-02
(ZH Op-Ed) — Hunter Biden's shady business dealings in Ukraine and China, as well as his equally questionable romance with his dead brother's widow, are rivaling his father's 'racist' comments among the most embarrassing gaffes or scandals of the election cycle thus far. The latest installment comes courtesy of the New Yorker, which on Monday published an interview …

Hunter Biden Started Dating Dead Brother's Widow After Harrowing Crack Binge

SPLC sues Florida officials to keep citizens from losing right to vote again
splcenter.org | 2019-07-02
After completing her prison sentence and probation time, Rosemary McCoy had her voting rights restored and cast a ballot in the Jacksonville, Florida, runoff city council election earlier this year.

SPLC Action Fund: Congress should adopt NO HATE Act to neutralize growing threat from white supremacists
Lecia Brooks, SPLC Action Fund | splcenter.org | 2019-07-01
Members of Congress recently introduced new legislation that would improve reporting on hate crimes and expand assistance and resources to hate crime victims.

Do I look like a Tall Gray from Honduras?
Todd Smith | dissidentvoice.org | 2019-06-30
The year was 1947, a decisive turning point in our National Security State's history. The Hot War was over: Nazis shot down, Japanese bombed out. Democracy had been saved, but there was a problem: a massive War Machine still smoking, smoldering like a Lucky Strike left over in the ashtray of our World War effort. …

Racism in America, Socialism, and Medicare for All Dominate Democratic Debate (1/2)
Staff | therealnews.com | 2019-06-29
Kamala Harris seized the evening by taking on bussing and race with Biden, while Hickenlooper and others confronted Sanders's socialism and the nuances of Medicare for All…

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