2019-08-16: News Headlines

Paul Street (2019-08-16). Uncle Sam was Born Lethal. counterpunch.org One of the occupational and intellectual hazards of being a historian is that current events often seem far less new to oneself than they do to others. Recently a leftish liberal friend told me that the United States under the Donald Trump had "become a lethal society." My friend cited the neofascist Trump's: horrible family separations and concentration camps on the border; openly white-nationalist assaults on four progressive nonwhite and female Congresswomen; real and threatened roundups of undocumented immigrants; fascist-style and hate-filled "Make America Great Again" rallies; encouragement of white suprema…

John McDevitt (2019-08-16). Trump uses Medicaid as weapon against disabled immigrants. liberationnews.org The administration's contempt for disabled people is only matched by its virulent racism and anti-immigrant bigotry.

Vijay Prashad (2019-08-16). History often proceeds by jumps and zig-zags. mronline.org The main conflict here — since the 1940s — has been between India and Pakistan. Disagreements are deeply rooted in the political culture of each country. The rise of the far right in India has only inflamed the conflict further. | Source

Nick Pemberton (2019-08-16). Is White Supremacism a Mental Illness? counterpunch.org "The most noxious element of neoliberalism is the reduction of all social issues to personal responsibility." —Henry A. Giroux "Violence is one of the most fun things to watch." — Quentin Tarantino Have you ever wondered why we [women] are not just in armed combat against you? It's not because there's a shortage of kitchen More

Staff (2019-08-16). Bernie Sanders: If Israel Bans Members of Congress, It Shouldn't Receive US Aid. truthout.org | | Sen. Bernie Sanders told MSNBC Thursday night that perhaps Israel should not be receiving billions of dollars in U.S. military aid after the right-wing government of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu barred Reps. Ilhan Omar and Rashida Tlaib from entering the country. | "I wish I could tell you…that I am shocked. I am not," Sanders, a 2020 Demo…

Staff (2019-08-16). How Federal Policies Dispossessed Black Americans of Millions of Acres. truthout.org | | Over the 20th century, black people in the U.S. were dispossessed of 12 million acres of land. Half of that loss — 6 million acres — occurred over just two decades, from 1950 to 1969, a period largely associated with the civil rights struggle. This mass land dispossession, which affected 98% of black agricultural land owners, is part of the pattern of institutional racism and discrimination that has contributed to the racial wealth gap in the United States. Many of the driving force…

Susan Miller (2019-08-16). That Debacle at the Border is Genocide. counterpunch.org Prepared text for at talk at Cornbread and Beans, Norman, Oklahoma. (August 9, 2019.) I'm grateful for the invitation to speak to you. I'm a Democrat and the child of Democrats, and lately, I'd vote for the yellow dog. I believe that what I'm going to talk about today is central to our mission and values More

WSWS (2019-08-16). Oslo mosque targeted in attempted far-right terrorist attack. wsws.org The Norwegian political establishment has promoted the hysterical anti-immigrant atmosphere that encourages fascist attacks.

Bob Price (2019-08-16). Trump: Racist and misogynist, but fascist? The danger of crying "wolf" indybay.org New Valencia Hall | 747 Polk Street, San Francisco…

Derek Royden (2019-08-16). Ideas from hell: The far right's weaponized conspiracy theories. nationofchange.org Since the end of April, there have been three mass shootings that can be directly tied to white nationalism. The victims of these white supremacist terrorist attacks were almost all from minority communities, including Jewish people at a synagogue in Poway, California, Muslims in two mosques in Christchurch, New Zealand and most recently Latinx people …

Staff (2019-08-16). Walmart Employees Organize for Gun Safety at Work. truthout.org | | When a white-supremacist gunman armed with a semi-automatic assault weapon walked into a Walmart in El Paso, Texas, on Aug. 3 and killed 22 people in a shooting spree targeting Latinx people, it was just the latest incident of gun violence to take place in a Walmart store. | A few days before the El Paso massacre, two people were killed in a shooting at a Walmart in Southaven, Mi…

Party for Socialism and Liberation (2019-08-16). Socialist Analysis "The Fight Against White Supremacy & Racist Violence" indybay.org 2969 Mission St., near 26th St.

teleSUR (2019-08-16). Brazil: Supreme Court Judges Sergio Moro's Lack of Impartiality. telesurenglish.net Brazil's Supreme Court (STF) will judge the lack of impartiality of former judge Sergio Moro in conducting trials against former President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva, who has remained a political prisoner since April 7, 2018. | RELATED: | Students Strike, Protest Across Brazil as Moro Orders Crackdown | From August 16 to August 22, the STF judges w…

Scott Zimmerman (2019-08-16). ALEC Fails to Denounce Dangerous and Racist Views of Its Leaders and Members. commondreams.org www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files/styles/cd_special_coverage/public/views-article/thumbs/matt-shea-900×508.jpeg

Party for Socialism and Liberation (2019-08-16). Black August Forum: Down with the Racist Prison System! indybay.org 2969 Mission St. near 26th St.

susan_p (2019-08-16). White terrorism in the US — through the lens of Dayton, Ohio. greenleft.org.au mass shootings Jonathan LockhartIssue 1233 United States Ku Klux Klan White Supremacy gun violenceI was born and raised i…

Staff (2019-08-16). The Great Land Robbery: How Federal Policies Dispossessed Black Americans of Millions of Acres. democracynow.org Over the 20th century, black people in the U.S. were dispossessed of 12 million acres of land. Half of that loss — 6 million acres — occurred over just two decades, from 1950 to 1969, a period largely associated with the civil rights struggle. This mass land dispossession, which affected 98% of black agricultural land owners, is part of the pattern of institutional racism and discrimination that has contributed to the racial wealth gap in the United States. Many of the driving forces behind this land theft were legal and originated in federal policies, as documented by Vann Newkirk, staff writer at Th…

Ramzy Baroud (2019-08-16). Manifestos of Hate: What White Terrorists Have in Common. counterpunch.org Writing under the title of "If the El Paso shooter had been Muslim", Moustafa Bayoumi stated the obvious. "If the El Paso shooter had been a Muslim," Bayoumi wrote in the British Guardian newspaper on August 6, US President Donald Trump "would be lobbing accusations such as 'Islam hates us' in the direction of Muslims More

susan_p (2019-08-16). Bulgaria: Jock Palfreeman denied parole. greenleft.org.au Andy FlemingIssue 1233 Bulgaria Jock Palfreeman Bulgarian Prisoners Rehabilitation Association (BPRA)Anti-fascist activist Jock Palfreeman was denied parole on July 17 on his 20-year prison sentence for murder in Sofia, Bulgaria.

Al Neal (2019-08-15). Talks break down between Women's Soccer and Federation over pay equity. peoplesworld.org After three days, mediated talks between World Cup champion U.S. women's national soccer team and the U.S. Soccer Federation, aimed at settling their equal pay dispute, came to a crashing end. The USWNT's gender discrimination and equal pay lawsuit will now likely head to jury trial following the breakdown in New York. "We entered this …

Janine Jackson (2019-08-15). 'Black Communities Are Already Living in a Tech Dystopia' – CounterSpin interview with Ruha Benjamin on racism and technology. fair.org Janine Jackson interviewed Ruha Benjamin about racism and technology for the August 9, 2019, episode of CounterSpin. This is a lightly edited transcript. | Media…

Staff (2019-08-15). Henry Giroux: Now Is the Time to Break the Spectacle of Ignorance and Violence. truthout.org | | This is the 31st in a series of dialogues with artists, writers, and critical thinkers on the question of violence. This conversation is with Henry A. Giroux, a renowned public intellectual, author, and critical educator, who currently holds the McMaster University Chair for Scholarship in the Public Interest at McMaster University. Giroux is the author of many books, including, most recently, American Nightmare: Facing the Challenge of Fascism (2018) and The Terror of the Unforeseen…

ACLU (2019-08-15). The Challenges of Breastfeeding as a Black Person. aclu.org How our workplaces and healthcare system create barriers to breastfeeding. | The fight to protect individual choices about reproductive care, including breastfeeding, is an ongoing battle. The central lesson of the reproductive justice movement is that choice means little without access. That lesson applies equally to breastfeeding. | Though laws, in the workplace and other contexts, are in place to protect the right to breastfeed, many low-income women and w…

commondreams (2019-08-15). Criticism of Israeli Government's Policies Are Free Speech, Not Anti-Semitism. commondreams.org ______________________________…

splcenter (2019-08-15). SPLC publishes Opportunity Costs: Unequal Justice in Alabama's Community Corrections Programs. splcenter.org A new investigative report published today by the Southern Poverty Law Center reveals serious flaws in Alabama's community corrections programs, an otherwise promising system for diverting people from the state's prisons.

WSWS (2019-08-15). India's unprecedented lockdown of Kashmir in eleventh day. wsws.org India's Hindu supremacist BJP government has imposed a brutal lockdown to suppress mass opposition to its subjecting Indian-held Kashmir to permanent central government domination.

Elie Mystal (2019-08-15). Steve King Is Racist, Misogynist—and Not that Different From Other Republicans. thenation.com Steve King Is Racist, Misogynist—and Not that Different From Other Republicans…

susan_p (2019-08-15). Letter from the US: White supremacist terror unleashed. greenleft.org.au Barry SheppardIssue 1233 United States US mass shootings gun control White Supremacy Donald Trump's racismThree…

Eoin Higgins, staff writer (2019-08-15). 'Perfect Illustration of Israel's Racist Apartheid Policies': Netanyahu Denounced for Barring Muslim Congresswomen Omar and Tlaib. commondreams.org "It is an affront that Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu, under pressure from President Trump, would deny entry to representatives of the U.S. government." | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files/styles/cd_special_coverage/public/headline/thumbs/tlaib_omar_0.jpg

RT (2019-08-14). Peak PC logic: To shield students from 'offensive' image, activists opt to censor anti-racist mural. rt.com Who would ever have thought it would be liberal students and activists leading the charge to have an anti-racism mural removed from public view at an institute of education?

RT (2019-08-14). 2020 Democrats double down on diversity — or do they? rt.com Democrats vying to defeat President Donald Trump in the 2020 presidential election are insisting he's a racist and a bigot, while they represent diversity and the future of America. How is that working out for them?

Fight Back (2019-08-14). Philippines: On the proposal to revive the Anti-Subversion Law. fightbacknews.org Fight Back News Service is circulating the following August 14 statement by Jose Maria Sison, National Democratic Front of the Philippines (NDFP) Chief Political Consultant. | The proposal of General Ano, secretary of the Department of Interior and Local Government, is one more manifestation of the frenzied drive of the tyrannical Duterte regime to impose a thoroughgoing fascist dictatorship on the people in a vain attempt to end the armed revolutionary movement as well as the broad legal opposition through red-tagging, harassments, threats, abductions and murders. | In line with the Duterte tyranny, the most vi…

Michael Edison Hayden (2019-08-14). Brother Says He Reported White Nationalist State Department Official to the FBI. splcenter.org The brother of white nationalist U.S. State Department Official Matthew Q. Gebert reported him to the FBI in July over concerns about his radicalization, he told Hatewatch.

Ricardo Vaz (2019-08-14). Venezuela's Maduro Reshuffles Cabinet as Supreme Court Strips Three Opposition Lawmakers of Immunity. venezuelanalysis.com The National Constituent Assembly will also evaluate bringing forward legislative elections.

Timothy Malone (2019-08-14). Fetishisizing White Supremacy. dissidentvoice.org "White Supremacy" has captured the nation's attention. On August 3, a white supremacist mass shooter left 22 dead in El Paso. On Wednesday August 7, presidential candidates Joe Biden and Corey Booker made speeches referencing White Supremacy. That same day, Fox host Tucker Carlson announced he is 'going on vacation,' after claiming that White Supremacy …

Staff (2019-08-14). "River of Fire": In New Memoir, Sister Helen Prejean Reflects on Decades of Fighting Executions. democracynow.org The Trump administration is moving ahead with plans to resume the death penalty after a more than 15-year moratorium. This week Attorney General William Barr proposed fast-tracking executions in mass murder cases, and last month ordered the execution of five death row prisoners beginning in December. The federal government has executed just three people since 1963 — the last being in 2003. The death penalty is widely condemned by national governments, international bodies and human rights groups across the world. Experts say capital punishment does not help deter homicides and that errors and racism in the…

patrick (2019-08-14). BDS condemns antisemitic, fascist forces in Germany and worldwide. bdsmovement.net BDS condemns antisemitic, fascist forces in Germany and worldwide: BNC StatementOur nonviolent movement opposes all forms of racism and racial discrimination. | Right To BoycottAugust 14, 2019 | By: | | Palestinian BDS National Committee (BNC)

Gary Leupp (2019-08-13). MSNBC and the Next Election: Racism is the Issue. dissidentvoice.org After Donald Trump unexpectedly won the 2016 election, the Democrats and the mainstream media they shape sought to explain the disaster as a result of Russian meddling. Such meddling, which had been alleged for months, was documented in an (unconvincing) intelligence report prepared by the lame-duck Obama administration, made public Jan. 6, 2017; Congress followed …

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.

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.

Binoy Kampmark (2019-08-13). CPAC Down Under. dissidentvoice.org It was a time for Australian conservatives to be boring, and bore each other. CPAC, otherwise known as the Conservative Political Action Conference, had arrived in Sydney. The real entertainment bill was to be supplied by such figures as Brexiter supremo Nigel Farage and former editor-in-chief of Breitbart News London, Raheem Kassam. The rest was …

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). 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). 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). 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…

patrick (2019-08-13). BDS movement condemns U.S. Congress' anti-BDS resolution. bdsmovement.net BDS movement condemns U.S. Congress' anti-BDS resolution: UpdateThe resolution is based on lies and aims to to demonize peaceful resistance to Israel's military occupation and apartheid. | Right To BoycottJuly 23, 2019 | By: | | Palestinian BDS National Committee (BNC)

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…

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")); | })…

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.

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