2019-08-13: News Headlines

RT (2019-08-13). Previous blackface wearers were punished for racism, Silverman was punished for satire. That's worse. rt.com It's one thing when political correctness commissars hunt down racist incidents, however trivial, accidental or ancient. But firing a comedian for examining race relations in America crosses the line into cultural totalitarianism.

John Marciano (2019-08-13). Massacres at Home and Abroad. counterpunch.org On August 5, former President Obama released a powerful statement in response to the latest gun massacres in Gilroy, El Paso, and Dayton that left scores dead and wounded—including children who were shopping for school supplies at Walmart with their mothers, and with their families at the wonderful Gilroy Garlic Festival. He decried the madness of violence that has been fueled by Trump's vile pronouncements and policies that help spread anti-immigrant and racist poison across the nation. More

Jacob Bacharach (2019-08-13). Racism Is Part of the New York Times' Brand. truthdig.com It's not just that the Gray Lady is soft on Donald Trump. The paper and its editors view conservative whites as the only true Americans.

Bill Blum (2019-08-13). John Roberts' Dark Legacy of Voter Suppression. truthdig.com This piece originally appeared on The Progressive. | When Chief Justice John Roberts steps down from the Supreme Court years from now, how will he be remembered? | Many of his current admirers think (or at least hope) that it will be for defending judicial independence against the Tru…

splcenter (2019-08-13). SPLC joins brief opposing Kansas law targeting immigrants. splcenter.org The SPLC and 29 worker and immigrant rights organizations filed an amicus brief today urging the U.S. Supreme Court to uphold a court decision stating that a Kansas identity theft law cannot be used to turn local law enforcement into immigration agents.

Staff (2019-08-13). IQ Tests, SAT Scores and Other "Intelligence" Tests Propagate Racism. truthout.org | | Author and professor Ibram X. Kendi joins us to discuss his new book, How to Be an Antiracist. He talks about the racist development of intelligence tests that blatantly discriminate against people of color under a veneer of scientific objectivity. "Even when we talk about antiracism, when most people think of who needs to be an antiracist, they think of Southerners. They think of people who voted for Trump," says Kendi. "They don't think of people who are advocating for the maintenance of these tes…

Poor People's Campaign & others (2019-08-13). Solidarity Vigil: Sacramento United Against Gun Violence & Racism. indybay.org California State Capitol-West Steps, 1315 10th Street, Sacramento, CA 95814…

Bill Blum (2019-08-13). Unequal Justice: John Roberts' Dark Legacy of Voter Suppression. progressive.org Plaintiffs are litigating voting rights cases in Alabama, Georgia, Texas, North Carolina, and several other states. Some will succeed, some will fail, but all will be more uncertain and expensive thanks to the Chief Justice of the Supreme Court.

teleSUR (2019-08-13). Students Strike, Protest Across Brazil as Moro Orders Crackdown. telesurenglish.net Brazil's Justice Minister Sergio Moro ordered his ministry's National Public Security Force (FSNP) to be stationed at the Ministries Square in Brasilia to crack down on student protests scheduled for Tuesday. | RELATED: | Argentina Frontrunner: 'Bolsonaro Is Racist, Misogynist, Violent' | The National Student Union (UNE) called o…

Lynda Carson (2019-08-13). Billionaire Stephen Ross of the Related Companies faces protests for Trump fundraiser. indybay.org Reported by Politico, billionaire Stephen Ross the founder of "The Related Companies," is facing a backlash for fundraising for the alleged racist President Donald Trump.

teleSUR (2019-08-13). Argentina Frontrunner: 'Bolsonaro Is Racist, Misogynist, Violent'. telesurenglish.net Alberto Fernandez, the front runner in Argentina's presidential race, responded to Brazilian President Bolsonaro's attacks on the progressive alliance which scored a landslide victory in Argentina's primary elections Sunday, dismissing him as a "passing phase" in Brazil's history. | RELATED: | Argentina Primaries: Fernandez Wins Landslide Victory Over Macri With 15-Point Lead | Fernandez, likely to be Argentina's next president for the progressive 'Front for All' party, had s…

Staff (2019-08-13). Since Charlottesville, White Supremacists Have Committed at Least 73 Murders. truthout.org | | This week marks two years since white supremacists descended on Charlottesville, Virginia, where a neo-Nazi drove his car into a crowd of antiracist protesters, killing 32-year-old activist Heather Heyer. Days later, President Trump claimed there were "very fine people on both sides." Since Charlottesville, white supremacists have committed at least 73 murders, according to the Anti-Defamation League. Just last week, a white supremacist in El Paso, Texas, opened fire in a crowded Walmart a…

WSWS (2019-08-13). Brazil's Bolsonaro threatens Glenn Greenwald, ratchets up fascist rants. wsws.org Bolsonaro is engaged in the buildup of a fascist movement based on the security forces, and feels emboldened by the wide consensus in ruling circles around his economic agenda.

Yemeni Alliance Committee (2019-08-13). End the Genocide in #Yemen. indybay.org Speaker Nancy Pelosi | 90 7th St. | San Francisco, CA 94103…

Staff (2019-08-13). "Today the Lynch Mob Only Needs an Assault Rifle": Ibram X. Kendi on White Supremacist Violence. democracynow.org This week marks two years since white supremacists descended on Charlottesville, Virginia, where a neo-Nazi drove his car into a crowd of antiracist protesters, killing 32-year-old activist Heather Heyer. Days later, President Trump claimed there were "very fine people on both sides." Since Charlottesville, white supremacists have committed at least 73 murders, according to the Anti-Defamation League. Just last week, a white supremacist in El Paso, Texas, opened fire in a crowded Walmart and killed 22 people. It's been described as the deadliest attack to target Latinos in modern American history. We speak with D…

Staff (2019-08-13). Ibram X. Kendi: IQ Tests, SAT Scores and Other "Intelligence" Tests Propagate Racism. democracynow.org Author and professor Ibram X. Kendi joins us to discuss his new book, "How to Be an Antiracist." He talks about the racist development of intelligence tests that blatantly discriminate against people of color under a veneer of scientific objectivity. "Even when we talk about antiracism, when most people think of who needs to be an antiracist, they think of Southerners. They think of people who voted for Trump," says Kendi. "They don't think of people who are advocating for the maintenance of these tests, which are denying access to some of the best schools in New York City to black and Latino kids."

Staff (2019-08-13). How to Be an Antiracist: Ibram X. Kendi on Why We Need to Fight Racism the Way We Fight Cancer. democracynow.org In his new book, "How to Be an Antiracist," professor Ibram X. Kendi urges readers to break out of the false framework of "racist" and "not racist," instead laying out what it means to be antiracist: viewing racial groups as equals and pushing for policies that create racial equity. Kendi says, "We can't just talk about racism as an original sin. We have to talk about racism as the original cancer, as this original disease that has been killing America."

Staff (2019-08-13). Headlines for August 13, 2019. democracynow.org Trump Announces New Rule to Limit and Penalize Low-Income Immigrants, Trump Slashes Endangered Species Act, Hong Kong Protesters Shut Down Airport for Second Day, Flooding, Landslides Kill Hundreds Across South and Southeast Asia, Ebola No Longer "Incurable" After Success of Experimental Treatments, Reports: Director of Mexican Migrant Shelter Kidnapped, Racist Border Patrol Agent Who Intentionally Ran Over Guatemalan Man Pleads Guilty, Friend of Dayton Shooter Says He Bought and Stored Gun Parts and Ammunition Used in Massacre, WaPo Editor Responds to Sanders Claim That Paper Writes Negative Stories Because of A…

Howard Lisnoff (2019-08-12). At the End of the Barrel of a Gun. counterpunch.org I want to stay far away from anything resembling anti-intellectualism or guilt by association, especially since the right-wing political, economic, and social systems we live in in the US give plenty of space to anti-intellectualism and the dominance of ignorance. Blood now runs in the streets, so the impact of the far right (read fascists) must also be acknowledged and strenuously fought. More

RT (2019-08-12). Racist or protecting vulnerable Americans? What's in Trump's new immigration rules. rt.com The White House says the new rules restricting the ability of legal immigrants to receive welfare are enforcing existing laws and protecting poor and vulnerable Americans. Critics are calling them un-American and racist.

Chauncey K. Robinson (2019-08-12). White supremacy is not a hoax, Tucker Carlson! peoplesworld.org During the first week of August two of the worst mass shootings took place in the nation's history. Evidence indicates that both shootings were fueled by racist and white supremacist ideology. These massacres are part of a dangerous trend since 2016 of a rise in hate crimes in the U.S. by over 17 percent. Yet, …

Ilana Novick (2019-08-12). Jews Join Forces to Denounce Trump's Deportation Machine. truthdig.com Despite his support for Israel—which some see as a shield Donald Trump uses against accusations of anti-Semitism—progressive Jews are horrified by the president's immigration policies, particularly those targeting undocumented immigrants. In the last month, thousands have taken to the streets, to detention centers, even to businesses they see as siding with the a…

Staff (2019-08-12). What Can We Learn From the History of Struggle Against White Supremacy? therealnews.com White supremacy has a very long history in North America. We discuss its origins and the history of struggle against it with Prof. Gerald Horne, to see what we can be learnt for confronting white supremacy today…

Staff (2019-08-12). The Long and Bloody History of White Supremacy in the U.S. truthdig.com What can settler colonialism and slavery teach us about Donald Trump and 8chan? Quite a bit, says author and professor Gerald Horne.

Chris Hedges (2019-08-12). Fear vs. Fear. truthdig.com The old rules of politics no longer apply. The only language understood by Donald Trump and his coterie of con artists, billionaires, generals, misfits and Christian fascists—and a Democratic Party that has sold us out—is fear. Calling out Trump's lies and racism does not matter. Calling out his nepotism and corruption does not matter. Calling out the criminality of his administration does not matter. Calling out its incompetence and idiocy does not matter. Calling out the abject subservience of the ruling elites to corporate power does not matter. Trump and his Democratic Party opponents are immune t…

Eds. (2019-08-12). Trump's disavowal of white supremacy makes a mockery of antiracism—but so does the rest of the political establishment. mronline.org The partisan condemnation of white supremacy that has taken shape during the Trump era has reduced anti-racist critique to political theater. | Source

splcenter (2019-08-12). Two Years After Charlottesville. splcenter.org page-node #main-content, | #main-content .container { | max-width: none; | margin-left: 0; | margin-right: 0; | } | #video-frame { | margin: 2em 0; | } | .view-resource-library #video-frame { | display: none; | } | @media (max-width: 800px) { | #video-frame { | height: 500px; | } | } | document.addEventListener("DOMContentLoaded", function () { | $$(".group-header").after($$("#video-frame")); | })…

Andre Vltchek (2019-08-12). China's Belt and Road (BRI): Could Save Destroyed Southeast Asia? globalresearch.ca Most of the people in the West or in North Asia usually never think about it, but Southeast Asia is one of the most depressed and depressing parts of the world. | It has been through genocides, wars and atrocious military …

Tom Andrews (2019-08-12). Will Congress Hold Those Who Commit and Profit From Genocide Accountable? commondreams.org Thousands of new Rohingya refugee arrivals cross the border near Anzuman Para village, Palong Khali, Bangladesh. (Photo: Roger Arnold/UNHCR) | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files/styles/cd_special_coverage/public/views-article/thumbs/rohingya_2.jpg

Bryce Covert (2019-08-12). The American Workplace Still Won't Accommodate Pregnant Workers. thenation.com The American Workplace Still Won't Accommodate Pregnant Workers…

teleSUR (2019-08-12). Venezuela: Court Charges 3 Assembly Members with Treason. telesurenglish.net The Supreme Court of Justice of Venezuela ordered on Monday to commit the responsibility of three lawmakers belonging to the National Assembly in contempt for committing crimes that threaten the peace and sovereignty of the country. | RELATED: | Venezuelans Continue to Sign Petition Against US Blockade | The sentence issued by the highest court imputed the parliamentarians Juan Pablo García Canales, José àÅngel Guerra Brito and Tomás Guanipa Villalobos, after the request prese…

Staff (2019-08-12). Leave Muslims Out of This. Let's Discuss White Violence on Its Own Terms. truthout.org | | In the last two weeks alone, the U.S. has seen 31 people die and tens of others injured due to three mass shootings across the country. | Over and over again, despite the fact that this violence was rooted in white supremacy, pundits and news articles have repeatedly invoked violence committed by Muslims when discussing these attacks. These invocations divert attention from…

Fréa Lockley (2019-08-12). Boris Johnson's latest 'supremely ruthless' move could trigger violent unrest. thecanary.co Boris Johnson's latest claim "to come down hard on crime" has caused widespread concern. Shadow home secretary Diane Abbott, for example, slammed his approach as "draconian". She also warned it had the potential to trigger unrest and riots…

Futher Column, By Abby Zimet, Staff Writer (2019-08-12). Yes, It Could Happen Here: When Nazis Came to New York. commondreams.org www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files/styles/cd_special_coverage/public/further/nazis_tease_maxresdefault.jpg

Juan Cole (2019-08-12). Valhalla awaits! After white terrorism at Oslo mosque, what if Trump spoke about supremacists the way he does Islam? nationofchange.org A young Norwegian man wearing body armor and carrying two shotguns and a handgun attacked the Al-Noor Mosque in a tony suburb of Oslo on Saturday. Only 3 people were in the building for afternoon prayers. On Monday, 1,000 congregants are expected, to celebrate Eid al-Adha, the feast of sacrifice in honor of Abraham's son who was spared. | Police say they found social media posts by him praising the New Zealand mosque shooter who killed 50 last March. In turn, the New Zealand white terrorist had praised Anders Breivik…

Andre Vltchek (2019-08-11). China's BRI Could Save Destroyed Southeast Asia. dissidentvoice.org Most of the people in the West or in North Asia usually never think about it, but Southeast Asia is one of the most depressed and depressing parts of the world. It has been through genocides, wars and atrocious military regimes. Then, those monstrous income disparities. Jakarta beggars at night According to The Bangkok Post, …

splcenter (2019-08-10). Weekend Read: Neo-Nazi leader must pay more than $14 million in damages. splcenter.org A federal judge has ruled in an SPLC lawsuit that neo-Nazi leader Andrew Anglin must pay more than $14 million in damages for using his website to launch an antisemitic campaign of terror against a Jewish woman and her family.

Brian Becker (2019-08-09). El Mago Trump: el verdadero propósito del racismo y la xenofobia. liberationnews.org Trump no quiere que estas personas le echen la culpa de su sufrimiento al robo, la avaricia y la corrupción de los súper ricos y los mayores banqueros y jefes corporativos. Se protege a sí mismo y a sus amigos multimillonarios mediante el uso de tácticas fascistas para satanizar a los pueblos "minoritarios," inmigrantes y grupos socialistas.

Michelle Zacarias (2019-08-09). Wanda Vásquez, Puerto Rico's third governor in a week, facing criticism. peoplesworld.org After public outcry and protests brought on the resignation of Governor Ricardo Rosselló, Puerto Rico received its third governor in less than a week. Rosselló's initial successor, Pedro Pierluisi, was forced to step down after Puerto Rico Supreme Court unanimously decided that an appointment as governor without Senate confirmation was unconstitutional. Now, the former secretary …

Michael Edison Hayden (2019-08-09). White Nationalist State Department Official Surfaces in Photographs. splcenter.org Hatewatch has obtained images of Matthew Q. Gebert, a State Department official who is involved in the white nationalist movement.

John Nichols (2019-08-09). Does Paul Ryan Think White Supremacist Hate Is a 'Hoax'? thenation.com Does Paul Ryan Think White Supremacist Hate Is a 'Hoax'?

ACLU (2019-08-09). We have Until Aug 13 to Oppose Trump's Anti-Trans Health Care Plan. aclu.org A proposed rule would undermine protections for transgender people and others facing discriminatory denials of health care and insurance coverage. | The Trump Administration has shown it will stop at nothing to undermine access to health care for marginalized communities. Most recently, the Administration has proposed to undermine critical protections against sex discrimination in Section 1557 of the Affordable Care Act, the Health Care Rights Law. Instead of combatting discrimination in accessing health care a…

Monica Moorehead (2019-08-08). Eric Garner case and the ruling class police. workers.org Five years ago a racist white cop, Daniel Pantaleo, put an unarmed Black man, Eric Garner, into a chokehold, on July 17, 2014, on Staten Island, N.Y. Other cops furiously compressed Garner's chest as he lay on the ground and cried out, "I can't breathe" until he died. Pantaleo was . . . | Continue reading Eric Garner case and the ruling class police at Workers.org

Makasi Motema (2019-08-08). Tell Greyhound: Keep ICE and CPB cops off buses! workers.org The state is waging war on migrants and refugees. As they flee from violence, political instability and the growing climate crisis, the U.S. is doubling down on a cruel, white supremacist policy of exclusion. Immigration and Custom Enforcement and Customs and Border Patrol agents are rounding up migrants, placing them . . . | Continue reading Tell Greyhound: Keep ICE and CPB cops off buses! at Workers.org

Sapphira Lurie (2019-08-08). Fordham U students win fight to have Palestine rights club. liberationnews.org On Aug. 5, Justice Nancy Bannon of the Supreme Court of the State of New York annulled Fordham University's decision to ban Students for Justice in Palestine from its campus.

splcenter (2019-08-08). SPLC statement on Mississippi immigration raids. splcenter.org Southern Poverty Law Center Attorney Julia Solórzano, with the SPLC's Immigrant Justice Project, issued the following statement on today's workplace raids in Mississippi:…

splcenter (2019-08-08). Judge: Neo-Nazi must pay more than $14 million to Jewish woman targeted by harassment campaign. splcenter.org A federal judge adopted a recommendation that the publisher of a major neo-Nazi website must pay more than $14 million in damages to a Jewish woman targeted for a relentless barrage of antisemitic threats and messages by the neo-Nazi and his followers.

Trevor Timm (2019-08-08). Brazil Supreme Court Minister Rules to Protect Press Freedom for Glenn Greenwald and The Intercept. theintercept.com In a crucial victory for press freedom in Brazil, Minister Gilmar Mendes, a member of Brazil's Supreme Court, has barred the Bolsonaro administration and Justice Minister Sergio Moro from investigating The Intercept Brasil and journalist Glenn Greenwald for its reporting on unethical and potentially illegal conduct involving Moro. | Mendes, in a sweeping decision, wrote that any attempt to investigate journalists…

Staff (2019-08-08). Headlines for August 8, 2019. democracynow.org U.N. Scientists Warn Rapid Global Warming Threatens Food Supply, 680 Mississippi Poultry Workers Arrested in Massive Immigration Raid, ICE Raids Targeted Company Whose Workers Won Discrimination Lawsuit, Trump Visits Dayton and El Paso, Sites of Weekend Mass Shootings, El Paso Protesters Link Trump's Racist Rhetoric to Gunman's Manifesto, Trump Supporter with Loaded Pistol, Knife Arrested Outside El Paso Immigrant Center, Trump Suggests Antifa Shares Equal Blame for Deadly Violence, Democratic Presidential Candidates Say Trump Enables White Supremacists, SPLC: State Department Employee Secretly Worked as White Na…

Trevor Aaronson (2019-08-08). Why New Laws Against White Supremacist Violence Are the Wrong Response to El Paso. theintercept.com The notion that existing terrorism laws apply only to those who commit violence on behalf of groups like Al Qaeda and ISIS is flat-out false.

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