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2018-06-17: News Headlines

INA (2018-06-17). 'Why Ahed slapped the soldier': An Interview with Bassem Tamimi. imemc.org 12th June 2018 | Mondoweiss | Nabi Saleh, Occupied Palestine This interview with Bassem Tamimi was recorded on May 4, 2018, in the occupied village of Nabi Saleh, by International Solidarity Movement activists. His daughter Ahed Tamimi, 17, is serving an eight-month prison sentence for slapping an Israeli soldier on the family's […]…

Elliott Gabriel (2018-06-16). Beyond Racism, Immigrant Mass Detention Is All About Profit. mintpressnews.com Trump's "Make America Great" policies have resulted in misery for thousands of poor migrants, but the rise in human suffering has resulted in jackpot prizes for players at the New York Stock Exchange.

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Staff (2018-06-16). Pope: Abortion Is 'White Glove' Equivalent to Nazi Crimes. truthdig.com VATICAN CITY — Pope Francis denounced abortion on Saturday as the "white glove" equivalent of the Nazi-era eugenics program and urged families to accept the children that God gives them. | Francis spoke off-the-cuff to a meeting of an Italian family association, ditching his prepared remarks to speak from the heart about families and the trials they undergo. He lamented how some couples choose not to have any children, while others resort to pre-natal testing to see if their baby has any malformations or genetic problems. | "The first proposal in such a case is, 'Do we get rid of it?'" Francis said. "The murder of children. To have an easy life, they get rid of an innocent." | Francis recalled that as a child he was horrified to hear stories from his teacher about children "thrown from the mountain" if they were…

Anton Woronczuk (2018-06-16). The Administration of Mayor Rahm Emanuel Keeps Monitoring Protesters. truthout.org Even before thousands of demonstrators gathered in downtown Chicago to speak out against President Donald Trump's inauguration last year, city police were watching. | Recently released police and city records show that officers combed through social media posts and opened a formal information-gathering investigation into the protesters. | Then, throughout that day — January 20, 2017 — police and top aides to Mayor Rahm Emanuel closely tracked the movements of protesters, from when they boarded trains and buses in their neighborhoods and continuing through hours of rallies and marches in the Loop. | It was another example of how the Emanuel administration routinely tracks protesters and activist groups, according to records I've acquired over the last several years through the Freedom of Information Act. | Now the mayor and police department may soon be able to use drones to monitor demonstrations and other…

Anton Woronczuk (2018-06-16). Irish Feminists Prepare to Fight "Women in the Home" Clause. truthout.org Following their success with the abortion referendum, Irish feminists are preparing for their next fight against a clause in the constitution which states that a woman's place is in the home. | Commonly referred to as the "women in the home" clause, it states that Ireland "recognises that by her life within the home, woman gives to the state a support without which the common good cannot be achieved. The state shall, therefore, endeavour to ensure that mothers shall not be obliged by economic necessity to engage in labour to the neglect of their duties in the home." | Although the clause has no legal implications today, activists argue that its continued existence in the constitution is sexist and "constitutionally relegates women to second class citizenship." | A 2013 constitutional conference recommended…

britney (2018-06-16). The Singapore Summit: A US Pivot Toward Ending the Korean War? truthout.org The denuclearization agreement signed by Donald Trump and Kim Jong Un in Singapore on June 12 has provoked wildly varying responses from progressive analysts around the world. Antiwar activists such as Christine Ahn are hailing the suspension of the joint US-South Korean military exercises as an important step toward denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula, while anti-nuclear activists such as Rebecca Johnson caution that "peace and nuclear disarmament are not going to happen if North Koreans feel under constant threat from US nuclear weapons, as is the case at present." | Although skepticism toward the deal, which is short on specifics, is not unwarranted, it is important to acknowledge the significance of this moment as a potential starting point for sustained negotiations. The Singapore summit represented a critical first step toward finally ending the 68-year-old conflict that has torn apart a…

Ronald Goldfarb (2018-06-16). Poor People's Campaign Would Have Cheered Robert Kennedy. truthdig.com This month, two events combine to remind me of my early days in Washington, D.C., my work for Robert F. Kennedy, and my recollection of the Poor People's March on Washington in March 1968, led by the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. and other leaders of poor people's organizations to gain economic justice. That event was only months before King and Kennedy were killed by the gunfire of deranged murderers. | Later that year, near Christmas, I wanted to buy my law partner a gift. I went to the Georgetown gallery that was Sister Mary Corita's exclusive store in Washington. I was a fan of the social activist Catholic nun's work on silkscreen, usually on themes of peace and justice, affordable pop art. It being a quiet day, the owner took me around his shop to discuss possible purchases. Nothing struck…

Jocelyn Dombroski (2018-06-16). Koreans Want Peace, Do Liberal Pundits Want War? therealnews.com In decrying the Singapore summit and Trump's freeze on U.S. military exercises, liberal pundits are ignoring popular opinion and years of peace activism in South Korea, says Christine Ahn of Women Cross DMZ

Merula Furtado (2018-06-16). From Barricades to Courtrooms: The Fight Against a Fracked Gas Future in New York State. truthout.org Today, the Stop Competitive Power Ventures (CPV) campaign, the long-standing fight against fracked gas in New York State, is generating a lot of heat, from weekly local vigils and arrests at the state capitol, to political races for attorney general, state senate and governor. In November, Stop CPV defense attorney Michael Sussman will run for New York State attorney general on the Green Party ticket; defendant and key Stop CPV organizer Pramilla Malik is running as a Democrat for state senate in the 42nd district, and Cynthia Nixon, who has joined the CPV protest, will challenge the Governor, Andrew Cuomo, all contesting his administration and its greenwashed fracked gas energy plan. | A critical part of STOP CPV's movement against the expansion of the state's fracked gas infrastructure is a 2017 trial in which the defense argued…

RT (2018-06-16). Pence heckled repeatedly during tax reform speech (VIDEO, PHOTOS). rt.com US Vice President Mike Pence was repeatedly heckled by protesters during a tax reform speech in Columbus, Ohio, while outside LGBTQ activists held a huge dance party to highlight his dismal record on gay rights. |
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Human Rights Watch (2018-06-16). Watching as US Officials Take Children from Their Parents. hrw.org People hold signs to protest against U.S. President Donald Trump's executive order to detain children crossing the southern U.S. border and separating families outside of City Hall in Los Angeles, California, U.S. June 7, 2018. | © 2018 Reuters | Sitting across from me in an immigration holding cell in McAllen, Texas, the 24-year-old woman told me a familiar story. Her town in Honduras is plagued by gang violence, and after some relatives and others she knew were killed, she fled with her 5-year-old son, fearing they might be targeted next. I talked with her son a bit — he liked the crackers the US border agents gave him, and he clapped in delight when an official handed him a juice container as we talked. | I tried to find her the next day. Her…

Samantha Borek (2018-06-15). Rev. William Barber: Immoral US Policies on Poverty Are a Threat to Democracy. truthout.org The release of the UN report on extreme poverty in the United States comes amid a nationwide, weeks-long direct action campaign known as the new Poor People's Campaign, aimed at fighting poverty and racism in the United States. Nearly 2,000 people have been arrested around the country since the campaign began in March, 50 years after Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. launched the first Poor People's Campaign. We speak with Reverend Dr. William Barber, co-chair of the new Poor People's Campaign. | TRANSCRIPT: | AMY GOODMAN: This is Democracy Now! I'm Amy Goodman. The release of the UN report on extreme poverty in the United States comes amidst a nationwide, weeks-long direct action campaign known as the new Poor People's Campaign, aimed at fighting poverty and racism in the United States. Nearly 2,000 people have been arrested across the country since the…

Raouf Halaby (2018-06-15). Talking Heads A'Talking Nonsense. counterpunch.org Let me be very clear. I am not a fan of Donald Trump, did not vote for him and have been utterly disgusted with all the decisions he's made to date excepting — perhaps — his decision to initiate a dialogue with North Korea. Trump is a tempestuous, narcissist, misogynist, bigoted, racist, self-centered man-child who More

Ed Rampell (2018-06-15). '100 Aprils': Armenian genocide makes for heavy drama. peoplesworld.org LOS ANGELES—Rogue Machine, which earned the Best Season Ovation Award for 2017, is known for pushing the theatrical envelope with edgy, often hard-hitting shows. These hot potato topics range from Western colonialism in Africa in Lorraine Hansberry's Les Blancs to racism at home in Mexican Day, Dutch Masters and One Night in Miami to contemporary […]…

Brendan Joel Kelley (2018-06-15). Turning Point USA accused of 'boosting their numbers with racists' by long-established conservative student group. splcenter.org Turning Point USA (TPUSA), the high school and college campus student organization founded in 2012 to "identify, educate, train, and organize students to promote the principles of freedom, free markets, and limited government," is under fire once again for its connections to racists, as well as inflating its membership numbers, engaging in unethical activities, and unprofessionalism.

Mark Gruenberg (2018-06-15). Barber to UAW: Trump a 'symptom' of white nationalist fears. peoplesworld.org DETROIT—Republican President Donald Trump's racist stands, remarks and tweets are "just a symptom" of white nationalist fears — which have been going for decades — that "the other America" of "the rejected" is increasing in strength and will rise up to take back the country, the Rev. William Barber says. In a stem-winding combination speech […]…

Jocelyn Dombroski (2018-06-15). Colombia's Choice: 'Fascism' or 'Protest Vote Without Program'. therealnews.com As Colombians vote in the presidential run-off election this Sunday, they face a stark choice between the far-right/fascist candidate Ivan Duque and the center-left Gustavo Petro. Even though the center-left has enough votes, infighting could very well keep Petro from winning, says Manuel Rozental of pueblosencamino.org

CJ Hopkins (2018-06-15). Awaiting the Putin-Nazi Apocalypse. counterpunch.org I don't know about you, but I'm getting a little tired of waiting for the Hitlerian nightmare that the corporate media promised us was coming back in 2016. Frankly, I'm beginning to suspect that all their apocalyptic pronouncements were just parts of some elaborate cocktease. I mean, here we are, a year and half into More

Joan McCarter, Daily Kos (2018-06-15). Trump Just Derailed the Latest Republican Immigration Hostage-Taking Scheme. alternet.org This is bad news for the GOP. | Popular vote loser Donald Trump, the mastermind of family separation and child gulags, blew up House Republican's latest legislative effort to blame it all on Democrats when he summarily dismissed a "compromise" poison-pill immigration bill leadership has been negotiating. House Speaker Paul Ryan had been planning on holding votes on two bills early next week, one that hard-line Republicans were demanding, a white supremacist wish list sponsored by Rep. Bob Goodlatte (R-VA) and one that was "negotiated" between hardliners and "moderates" who were threatening to force a vote on protections for Dreamers with a discharge petition. That negotiation was basically the moderates completely caving, and the resulting bill draft being another ransom demand from Republicans: Democrats could free the children in those gulags and get protections for Dreamers if. . .

JLGC (2018-06-15). In Mexico, Resistance to Govt Collusion with Capitalists and Organized Crime Triggers Criminalization of Dissent. mintpressnews.com Desperate to contain unrest and rising social discontent, Mexican state officials are working to criminalize activists but are finding that repression can serve to bring more people into political struggle.

IMEMC News (2018-06-15). Israeli Soldiers Shoot Two Palestinians Near Ramallah. imemc.org Israeli soldiers shot, on Friday morning, two young Palestinian men at the main entrance of Nabi Saleh village, northwest of Ramallah in central West Bank. Mohammad Tamimi, a nonviolent activist against the Annexation Wall and Colonies, said the soldiers, stationed on a military tower at the main entrance of the […]…

CounterSpin (2018-06-15). Howard Bryant on Black Athletes & Activism. fair.org Media…

Jocelyn Dombroski (2018-06-15). Rev. Barber and Rev. Liz Theoharis Arrested in DC. therealnews.com In Baltimore, Fight for $15 is at the forefront of the 5th consecutive week of the Poor People's Campaign that will culminate in Washington DC next Saturday, June 23

L. Michael Hager (2018-06-15). Acts and Omissions: The NYT's Flawed Coverage of the Gaza Protest. counterpunch.org The New York Times is justly renowned for its news reporting. Its articles and headlines are generally accurate and insightful. Yet its recent coverage of the Gaza March to Return protests appears deeply flawed. In the past I would have voiced my complaints to the Times' Public Editor. Unfortunately, however, the newspaper eliminated that watchdog position last year. So I turned More

Jocelyn Dombroski (2018-06-15). Trump Administration Defends Separating Migrant Children from Parents. therealnews.com People across the country are protesting the new policy which Attorney General Jeff Sessions defended by citing a Bible verse previously used to justify slavery

William Loren Katz (2018-06-15). Oliver Law, the Lincoln Brigade's Black Commander. counterpunch.org General Colin Powell was three months old when at 33 tall, broad-shouldered Texas African American Oliver Law, became the first Black Commander of an American Army.The date was June 12, 1937. Law was selected by a committee of three white officers to lead this integrated army. Heard of Colin Powell but never heard of Oliver Law? Hardly surprising. More

Human Rights Watch (2018-06-15). Yemen: Key Concerns for Hodeida Battle. hrw.org Imports sit destroyed in a damaged warehouse at the port in Hodeida city, Yemen. | © November 2016 Kristine Beckerle / Human Rights Watch | (Beirut) — All parties to the conflict in Yemen should minimize civilian harm during military operations against the western port city of Hodeida, Human Rights Watch said today. The Saudi-led coalition, backed by the United States, and Yemeni government-aligned forces, backed by the United Arab Emirates, stepped up attacks on Houthi forces controlling the port in June 2018. | About 70 percent of Yemen's aid and commercial imports enter through Hodeida and the nearby Saleef port, providing food, fuel, and medicine that the population needs for survival. To comply with international humanitarian law, or the laws of war, warring parties should take immediate steps to…

Human Rights Watch (2018-06-15). Vietnam: Investigate Police Response to Mass Protests. hrw.org Police disperse a demonstration against a draft law on special economic zones in Hanoi, Vietnam, June 10, 2018. | © 2018 Reuters | (New York) — Vietnam should halt unwarranted arrests and use of force against demonstrators who turned out throughout the country to protest long-term leases in special economic zones, Human Rights Watch said today. The government should release those detained for peacefully expressing their views and investigate excessive police response. | Nationwide protests erupted last weekend in response to a draft law that would allow foreign investors 99-year leases, a provision critics fear would lead to Chinese companies' encroachment on Vietnamese territory. Thousands took part in the demonstrations in Ho Chi Minh City, Hanoi, Nha Trang, Binh Thuan province, and other areas. Since the protests began on June 9, 2018, there have…

Democracy Now! (2018-06-15). Headlines for June 15, 2018. democracynow.org Republicans Draft Immigration Bill That Would End Family Separations, U.S. Catholic Bishops Blast "Immoral" Trump Immigration Policy, AG Sessions Quotes Scripture to Justify Immigration Policies, White House Press Secretary Confronted over Family Separations, Texas Children's Detention Center Features Trump Mural, Quote, New York Sues Trump Foundation over "Repeated Self-Dealing", DOJ Inspector General: Comey Mishandled Clinton Email Probe, Nicaragua: General Strike Called Amid Mounting Violence Against Protests, Russian Police Arrest British LGBT Protester as World Cup Opens, Argentine Lawmakers Advance Bill to Decriminalize Abortions, Bill Clinton: Norms Have Changed on "What You Can Do to Somebody Against Their Will", American Medical Association Demands Gun Control, Divests from Fossil Fuels, Iowa Republican Rep. Steve King Retweets Neo-Nazi, U.S. to Repatriate Remains of Native Children Who Died in Boarding Schools, Civil Rights Leader Dorothy Cotton, Who Advised MLK, Dies at 88…

wsws.org (2018-06-15). The Rachel Divide: A Netflix documentary on the identity politics uproar over "transracial" Rachel Dolezal. wsws.org The film delves into the uproar surrounding Dolezal, a white woman who chose to identify as African American, while also examining the effects the notoriety has had on her and her family.

Democracy Now! (2018-06-15). Rev. William Barber: U.S. Policies on Healthcare, Poverty Are Immoral & a Threat to Democracy. democracynow.org The release of the U.N. report on extreme poverty in the United States comes amid a nationwide, weeks-long direct action campaign known as the new Poor People's Campaign, aimed at fighting poverty and racism in the United States. Nearly 2,000 people have been arrested around the country since the campaign began in March, 50 years after Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. launched the first Poor People's Campaign. We speak with Reverend Dr. William Barber, co-chair of the new Poor People's Campaign.

Human Rights Watch (2018-06-15). Top Human Rights Tweets of the Week. hrw.org Trending rights tweets this week: The World Cup 2018 kicks off but behind the glitz dozens of political prisoners remain behind bars and repression is at its worst since the Soviet era; Israeli forces have killed more than 100 protesters in Gaza with live ammunition, the result of a policy apparently greenlighted by top officials including Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu; children are being ripped from the arms of their parents at the US border due to Trump administration policy changes; and the Democratic Republic of Congo lost a human rights hero.

wsws.org (2018-06-15). Workers Struggles: Europe, Middle East & Africa. wsws.org The World Socialist Web Site invites workers and other readers to contribute…

Murtaza Hussain (2018-06-15). Federal "Countering Violent Extremism" Grants Focus on Minority Communities — Including in Schools. theintercept.com The United States government offers millions of dollars in grants for local and state government agencies with the stated purpose of rooting out potential terrorists, but the people receiving those grants have particular targets in mind: minorities. These minority communities, particularly Muslims, are the focus of the anti-terror grants despite surging white supremacist political violence. Some 85 percent of the grants — which are offered by the federal government under the controversial rubric of Countering Violent Extremism, or CVE, programs — target Muslims and other minority groups, according to a new study issued by the Brennan Center for Justice, a public policy and law institute. | "This programming is based on the idea that some communities — particularly Muslims, immigrants, and refugees — are more prone to ideological violence," said Faiza Patel, the co-director of the Liberty and National Security…

Rachel Janik (2018-06-14). White nationalist conference in Tennessee will feature old-school racists and a few new international guests. splcenter.org The 2018 Joint Conference of the American Freedom Party (AFP) and the Council of Conservative Citizens (CCC) takes place this weekend outside of Nashville, Tennessee.

Bill Morlin (2018-06-14). Twin death penalties imposed against white supremacists in prison murder. splcenter.org Two white supremacists who murdered a fellow inmate in a Texas federal prison were immediately sentenced to death following a jury verdict this week in Houston.

TeleSur English (2018-06-14). Venezuela Releases 43 More Opposition Politicians and Activists. venezuelanalysis.com This is the third phase of releases in under a month, with the number of detainees returned to society now totalling more than 120.

Democracy Now! (2018-06-14). Trauma at the Texas-Mexico Border: Families Separated, Children Detained & Residents Fighting Back. democracynow.org We look at growing outrage over the Trump administration's policy of separating immigrant families who cross the U.S.-Mexico border, many fleeing dangerous conditions and seeking asylum. At least 600 immigrant children were removed from their parents last month, after Attorney General Jeff Sessions announced the new rule. On Wednesday, 10 members of Congress protested by blocking the entrance to the headquarters of U.S. Customs and Border Protection, the agency tasked with carrying out the forced removal of children from their parents. More protests in at least 60 cities are planned today by the group Families Belong Together, which formed in response to the new policy. We go to the epicenter of this "zero tolerance" crackdown, the Rio Grande Valley in South Texas, where more than half of all migrant families and children have been apprehended by Border Patrol agents since mid-May, for a special report by Democracy Now! correspondent Renée Feltz, who spoke with residents taking action in response to the widely condemned practice of separating families.

Democracy Now! (2018-06-14). Headlines for June 14, 2018. democracynow.org White House Will Back House Immigration Bills Condemned by Advocates, Canada Appeals to U.S. Senators to End Trump's Trade War, Journalist's Lawsuit Against Federal "Kill List" to Proceed, Antarctic Ice Melt Speeding Up, Threatening Coastal Cities Worldwide, Harvard Scientists Warn Trump's EPA Policies Could Kill 80,000+ Per Decade, Yemen: U.N. Warns of Catastrophe Amid Saudi-Led Assault on Port City, U.N. General Assembly Condemns Israel's Massacre of Gaza Protesters, West Bank Palestinians Protest PA Sanctions Against Gaza Strip, Mexican Congressional Candidate Assassinated After Debate, Bolivian Police Crack Down on Protests Calling for Education Funding, Argentina Lawmakers Debate Bill to Decriminalize Some Abortions, Trump Says North Korea Not a Nuclear Threat, Praises Kim Jong-un, Democratic Leaders Blast Trump for Halting Korea War Games, Massachusetts Sues Purdue Pharma Executives over OxyContin Deaths, L.A. Prosecutors Looking into Sylvester Stallone Rape Allegations, Texas: No New Trial for Woman Sentenced to 5 Years for Illegal Voting, Protests Erupt as Jersey City Confiscates Indypendent Newspaper Boxes…

Human Rights Watch (2018-06-14). India: Act on UN Rights Report on Kashmir. hrw.org An Indian police officer fires a tear gas shell toward demonstrators, during a protest against the recent killings in Kashmir, in Srinagar, May 8, 2018. | © 2018 Reuters | (New York) — The Indian government should immediately act on the recommendations in the first-ever report by the United Nations on human rights in Kashmir, Human Rights Watch said today. | India has long accused Pakistan of providing material support, arms, and training to the insurgency that has resulted in more than 50,000 deaths since 1989. The Indian government should work with UN Human Rights Council member countries to create an independent international investigation that would comprehensively examine allegations of serious human rights violations in Jammu and Kashmir, the Indian-administered part of the disputed province. | The 49-page report by the Office of…

Human Rights Watch (2018-06-14). Ukraine: Investigate, Punish Hate Crimes. hrw.org Activists and supporters of the Azov civil corp, Svoboda (Freedom), Ukrainian nationalist parties and the far-right radical group Right Sector take part in a rally to mark Defender of Ukraine Day, in Kiev, Ukraine October 14, 2017. | © REUTERS/Gleb Garanich | (Kyiv) — Ukraine's authorities have not responded adequately to the growing number of violent attacks and threats promoting hate and discrimination in Ukraine by members of violent radical groups, Human Rights Watch said today. In a joint letter to Ukrainian authorities Human Rights Watch and three other international human rights groups said that the authorities should immediately condemn the attacks and carry out effective investigations to hold the assailants accountable. | The letter from Human Rights Watch, Amnesty International, Front Line Defenders, and Freedom House addressed the Ukrainian Interior Ministry and…

Human Rights Watch (2018-06-14). Transitional Justice in Nepal. hrw.org Activists observe a minute of silence in memory of the people who disappeared during the decade-long armed Maoist insurgency against the now-toppled monarchy to observe the International Day of the Disappeared in Kathmandu, Nepal August 30, 2017. | © 2017 Reuters | Confronted with global crises in Myanmar, Syria, and elsewhere, many world leaders have forgotten Nepal's decade-long civil war, which ended in 2006. | The need for justice in Nepal remains. But the international community today is absent on transitional justice issues in which so much was once invested, including the hopes of victims. | Nepal's war between the insurgent Maoist forces and the government ended with a peace agreement, but only after over 13,000 people had been killed. During the war, as a direct result of reports of atrocities by both sides, the…

Human Rights Watch (2018-06-14). India Should Not Reject UN Report on Kashmir. hrw.org A woman watches the funeral of a civilian who, according to local media, was hit by a police vehicle during a protest after Friday prayers, in Srinagar, June 2, 2018. | © 2018 Reuters | India's government dismissed the first-ever United Nations report on human rights in Kashmir as " fallacious, tendentious, and motivated," saying the findings are "overtly prejudiced" and seek to "build a false narrative." | India can — and should — do better in confronting its own human rights failures. | While the UN Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) acknowledged the "political dimensions" of the dispute between India and Pakistan over Kashmir, its report sought to highlight the decades of suffering by millions of Kashmiris. | These human rights concerns have been well documented. Cross-border…

Glenn Greenwald (2018-06-14). Bay Area Muslim Leader Has Her Award Rescinded by Interfaith Group After Pro-Israel Activists Objected. theintercept.com The executive director of the San Francisco chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations, or CAIR, has had an award rescinded by an interfaith group after pro-Israel activists vehemently objected to the award due to her criticisms of the Israeli government and various pro-Israel groups. | Zahra Billoo is a lawyer and longtime Muslim civil rights activist. She has led CAIR's Bay Area affiliate — the group's oldest and third-largest chapter — for almost nine years. | In March, she was notified that she would be one of two honorees at the annual event held by the group People Acting in Community Together, or PACT, which describes itself as "a multi-faith, grassroots organization that provides leadership training and experience to community members of many different ethnic, religious, and socio-economic backgrounds." | Billoo told the Intercept that when PACT, an affiliate of

Human Rights Watch (2018-06-14). South Korean Women are Fed Up with Inequality. hrw.org South Korean women march through the streets of Seoul. | © 2018 Courage to be Uncomfortable | On June 9, about 22,000 South Korean women marched through the streets of Seoul. The protest — reportedly the largest by women in South Korean history — focused on the proliferation of so-called "spy cams," tiny cameras used to invade women's privacy, filming them in toilets and up skirts, with images often posted online. Activists say the government is not taking the issue seriously — except in the rare case where a man is the victim. | Spy cam use is one of many rights violations women face in South Korea. The World Economic Forum recently ranked the country an abysmal 116 out of 144 countries in gender equality. In a…

Human Rights Watch (2018-06-14). Africa: Pregnant Girls, Young Mothers Barred from School. hrw.org "Evelina," 17, with her 3-year-old daughter "Hope," in Migori county, western Kenya. Evelina is in Form 2, the second year of lower secondary school. After her baby was born, a friend encouraged her to go back to school. Although Evelina cannot afford to pay school fees, the school's head teacher allows her to stay in school. | © 2018 Smita Sharma for Human Rights Watch | (Nairobi) – Tens of thousands of pregnant girls and adolescent mothers are banned or discouraged from attending school across Africa, Human Rights Watch said in a report released today, ahead of the Day of the African Child on June 16, 2018. |

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Human Rights Watch (2018-06-14). Syria: Turkey-Backed Groups Seizing Property. hrw.org Camel in front of the Hussein's studio which was turned into a butcher shop. | © 2018 Private | (Beirut) — Turkey-backed armed groups in the Free Syrian Army (FSA) have seized, looted, and destroyed property of Kurdish civilians in the Afrin district of northern Syria, Human Rights Watch said today. The anti-government armed groups have installed fighters and their families in residents' homes and destroyed and looted civilian properties without compensating the owners. | "Destroying or moving into the property of people who have had to flee the fighting is not what the Free Syrian Army fighters should be doing when they move into an area," said Priyanka Motaparthy, acting emergencies director at Human Rights Watch. "Instead of protecting vulnerable civilians' rights, these fighters are perpetuating a cycle of abuse."

Hatewatch Staff (2018-06-13). Hatewatch Headlines 6/14/2018. splcenter.org Google Plus a new haven for racists; Alt-right's demise has been exaggerated; Confederacy defender is GOP Senate nominee in VA; and more.

Bill Morlin (2018-06-13). Terrorism plea expected from man with white supremacy ties. splcenter.org A man with suspected ties to white supremacy and neo-Nazi groups is expected to plead guilty next month to terrorism-related charges related to an attempt to derail an Amtrak train last October in Nebraska.

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2018-02-25: Social Media Postees

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WATCH: Conservative Writer Calls Out Trump Hypocrisy Toward 'Sexual Harassers and Abusers of Women'
Kali Holloway, AlterNet | AlterNet.org | 2018-02-24
National Review's Mona Charen was escorted out by security guards. | It's hard to pick a singular highlight/lowlight from CPAC, the annual gathering of conservative American patriots which this year featured an Anglo-Hungarian Neo-Nazi, a British anti-Semite, and a French Islamophobe. There was one organizer's admission that black Republicans are mostly useful tokens, Ted Cruz's self-owning admission that the GOP is full of Homer Simpsons, and a multimillionaire gun lobbyist's complaints about "privileged. . . elites. " But maybe the most noteworthy moment was when speaker andNational Review writer Mona Charen was led out by security for mentioning Donald Trump's sexual harassment, pointing out GOP hypocrisy, and criticizing the event itself. "I'm actually going to twist this around a bit and say that I'm disappointed in people on our side for being hypocrites about sexual harassers and abusers of women in. . ….
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How Two Local Communities Are Fighting Back Against the Trauma of Global Climate Change.
Ruben Cantu, Ali Goodyear, AlterNet | AlterNet.org | 2018-02-24
We must build resilient communities before disaster strikes. | Communities around the globe are feeling the effects of climate change, from scorching heat waves and out-of-control wildfires to lengthy droughts, rising sea levels and hurricanes. But while we all share the same warming planet, the effects of climate change aren't experienced evenly across societies. Climate change poses a disproportionate threat to communities that already face multiple challenges, including economic disinvestment, higher rates of violence and exposure to other environmental hazards. When individuals experience severe weather events, violence, displacement and other crises that prevent them from being able to meet their basic needs, they experience trauma, which can have significant and lasting impacts on health and wellbeing. Entire communities can experience trauma in much the same way. Exposure to adverse community experiences–such as violence, systemic racism, serial displacement and climate catastrophes–can result. . ….
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Patrick Soon-Shiong Brings Hope to the Los Angeles Times.
Bill Boyarsky | Truthdig: Expert Reporting, Current News, Provocative Columnists | 2018-02-24
The new owner has a chance to do a great public service by reviving the civic treasure, battered by years of dictatorial and incompetent regimes. But he'll soon learn that running a newspaper is not science or showmanship. | The post Patrick Soon-Shiong Brings Hope to the Los Angeles Times appeared first on Truthdig: Expert Reporting, Current News, Provocative Columnists….

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As PyeongChang Olympics Close, Countdown to Beijing Begins.
Human Rights Watch | Human Rights Watch News | 2018-02-24
Emblem for the Beijing 2022 Olympic Winter Games is unveiled during a launch ceremony in Beijing, China December 15, 2017. | © 2017 Reuters | On Sunday, fireworks will mark the close of the Winter Games in South Korea, and PyeongChang will hand the next Winter Olympics' torch to Beijing, China. | China sought the Summer Olympics in 2008 and the Winter Olympics in 2022 to burnish its international reputation. And all the while the government's relentless crackdown rolls on, with the harassment or jailing of hundreds of lawyers, journalists, and human rights advocates. | As Olympics hosting responsibilities shift to China, the human rights situation and challenges they pose deserve a closer look. Before the 2008 Beijing Olympics, there was hope "China's coming-out party" would bring meaningful reforms, especially……
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Video: Military Escalation: Syrian Army Enters YPG-held Part of Aleppo, Turkey Strikes Convoy Entering Afrin.
South Front | Global Research | 2018-02-24
On February 22, units of the Syrian Arab Army (SAA) entered into and established a full control of the YPG-held neighborhoods of Aleppo city, according to pro-government sources. A representative of the Kurdish People's Protection Units (YPG) confirmed the SAA ……

Video: Military Escalation: Syrian Army Enters YPG-held Part of Aleppo, Turkey Strikes Convoy Entering Afrin

Opposition grows among students and youth to Internet censorship.
WSWS | World Socialist Web Site | 2018-02-24
Student who spoke with the IYSSE talked about the power of the Internet to organize opposition and disseminate information outside the control of the corporate and state media….
http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2018/02/…

'Total political & legal bust!': Trump slams Democrats' memo on Russia probe & surveillance abuse.
RT | RT US News | 2018-02-24
US President Donald Trump has dismissed the memo released by the US House Intelligence Committee Democrats as a "total political and legal bust." | Read Full Article at RT.com……
https://www.rt.com/usa/419759-trump-demo…

They Came, They Saw, They Tweeted.
Jeffrey St. Clair | Counterpunch.org | 2018-02-23
My sense of anticipation was hyped. Robert Mueller had just indicted the Russian troll farm known as the Internet Research Agency, along with several of the trolls who slaved away tirelessly in their cubicles in St. Petersburg in a plot to despoil American democracy. Having recently survived a hit-and-run collision with a suspected Russian troll, who had recklessly driven the internet highways with a false id (Alice Donovan), I was eager to see what the former FBI man had uncovered….
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Racism is Killing African American Mothers.
Jessicah Pierre | Counterpunch.org | 2018-02-23
At first glance, tennis star Serena Williams and the late activist Erica Garner don't have much in common. They lived different lives on different ends of the socioeconomic spectrum. But as black women in America, they both shared horrifying stories due to complications from childbirth. Our country spends more on health care than any other high-income……
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South Sudan: UN probe team's findings should be world's wake-up call to address human rights catastrophe.
Amnesty International | 2018-02-23
Responding to today's UN Commission on Human Rights in South Sudan report detailing horrific human rights violations committed by soldiers in South Sudan, Seif Magango, Amnesty International's Deputy Regional Director for East Africa, the Horn and the Great Lakes, said: | "The report's findings of yet more acts of shocking brutality, including men being castrated, women gang raped, children forced to watch their mothers being raped and boys forced to rape their family members, should jolt the world into speedy action to address the horrific human rights violations that have continued unabated for four years of conflict in South Sudan, | | "They demonstrate the critical need to……
https://www.amnesty.org/en/latest/news/2…

A White Guy Watches "The Black Panther"
Osha Neumann | Counterpunch.org | 2018-02-23
+ It's like a giant armored rhinoceros plowing through the cultural/political tundra trailed by critics — tick birds and scavenging rodents picking at its fleas and nibbling its droppings. + The plot: There are the good Africans from advanced civilization possessing superpowers and an advanced technology based on a unique natural resource. They speak with……
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Workers Struggles: Europe, Middle East & Africa.
WSWS | World Socialist Web Site | 2018-02-23
Some 10,000 Ukrainian coal miners began strike action last week at four mines operated by state-owned Selydove Coal over wage arrears dating back to December 2017….
http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2018/02/…

'The Young Karl Marx'–Great Man, Great Acting, Adequate Movie.
Jordan Riefe | Truthdig: Expert Reporting, Current News, Provocative Columnists | 2018-02-23
Those familiar with the movies of Raoul Peck know he has a soft spot for revolutionaries. His portrait of anti-colonial Pan-Africanist President Patrice Lumumba of the Congo premiered to handsome reviews at Cannes in 2000, and last year his documentary " I Am Not Your Negro," about James Baldwin, received an Oscar nomination. With his latest, " The Young Karl Marx," he takes on the granddaddy of rebels with mixed results. | While Marx's writing emphasized a call to action, the movie about his early years is relatively free of the stuff. As expected, exploits are limited to reading, writing and arguing about theory, hardly the most cinematic of material but freighted with enough drama to sustain. | When we first meet Marx (August Diehl), he is an arrogant youth of 25, arguing with editors at Rheinische Zeitung, a newspaper……

'The Young Karl Marx'—Great Man, Great Acting, Adequate Movie

Seattle author mistakes Norwegian flag for Confederate flag, alerts local newspaper.
RT | RT US News | 2018-02-23
When a New York Times bestselling author noticed a blue-and-red flag flying near her home, she tipped off the local newspaper to report a "Confederate flag." But there was just one little problem — it was a Norwegian flag. | Read Full Article at RT.com……
https://www.rt.com/usa/419669-confederat…

Umberto Eco and Germany's New Fascism.
Thomas Klikauer | Counterpunch.org | 2018-02-23
With the rise of Germany's new right-wing populist party, the Alternative for Germany or AFD [mocked as "A F**** Disgrace"], a heated debate is taking place. The debate is about whether one should call the AFD Fascist or the German equivalent Nazi. Mainstream academics and media label the AFD right-wing, right extremism, populists, etc. One……
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Umberto Eco and Germany's New Fascism.
Thomas Klikauer | Counterpunch.org | 2018-02-23
With the rise of Germany's new right-wing populist party, the Alternative for Germany or AFD [mocked as "A F**** Disgrace"], a heated debate is taking place. The debate is about whether one should call the AFD Fascist or the German equivalent Nazi. Mainstream academics and media label the AFD right-wing, right extremism, populists, etc. One……
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Timothy Snyder: Trump May Use Russian Interference as a Pretext for Canceling Elections.
Truthout Stories | 2018-02-23
President Donald Trump prepares to address the general debate of the Assembly's seventy-second session on September 19, 2017. (Photo: UN Photo / Kim Haughton) | In his 2017 New York Times bestselling book On Tyranny, Yale historian Timothy Snyder warned that the American people only had one year to stop Donald Trump from causing serious and perhaps irreversible harm to our democracy, as well as other social and political institutions. | Snyder's concerns were centered on how the rule of law, reality and truth, civil and human rights, and the ways Americans interact with each other as members of a shared community would come under assault by Trump and his allies' agenda. He also sounded the alarm about the possibility that the Trump administration could stage its own version of Nazi Germany's "Reichstag fire" as a way of declaring a……
http://www.truth-out.org/news/item/43650…

Umberto Eco and Germany's New Fascism.
Thomas Klikauer | Counterpunch.org | 2018-02-23
With the rise of Germany's new right-wing populist party, the Alternative for Germany or AFD [mocked as "A F**** Disgrace"], a heated debate is taking place. The debate is about whether one should call the AFD Fascist or the German equivalent Nazi. Mainstream academics and media label the AFD right-wing, right extremism, populists, etc. One……
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For Some Reason, Being White Still Matters.
David Rosen | Counterpunch.org | 2018-02-23
In the wake of the August 2017 neo-Nazi rally and counter-protest in Charlottesville, VA, the University of Virginia's Center for Politics (with Reuters/Ipsos) conducted a survey that warned, "some Americans express troubling racial attitudes even as majority oppose white supremacists." Asking whether white people and/or racial minorities in the United States were "under attack," it found the following:……
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Could Donald Trump Cancel the Midterm Elections?
Chauncey DeVega, Salon | AlterNet.org | 2018-02-23
Yale historian Timothy Snyder presents a chilling scenario. | In his 2017 New York Times bestselling book "On Tyranny," Yale historian Timothy Snyder warned that the American people only had one year to stop Donald Trump from causing serious and perhaps irreversible harm to our democracy, as well as other social and political institutions. Snyder's concerns were centered on how the rule of law, reality and truth, civil and human rights, and the ways Americans interact with each other as members of a shared community would come under assault by Trump and his allies' agenda. He also sounded the alarm about the possibility that the Trump administration could stage its own version of Nazi Germany's "Reichstag fire" as a way of declaring a national emergency in order to consolidate power. In many ways, Snyder's "On Tyranny" has proven eerily prescient. How has. . ….
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The Mirrors of Palestine.
Chelli Stanley | Counterpunch.org | 2018-02-23
I remember one time standing on Shuhada Street in Hebron, Palestine and Miriam Levinger, one the founders of Israeli settlements in the 1960s, was yelling at me and saying that, who was I, an American to tell her that her behavior was terrible? Look at what the soldiers of my own country are doing! Look……
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Syria: Civilian Deaths in Turkish Attacks May Be Unlawful.
Human Rights Watch | Human Rights Watch News | 2018-02-23
(Beirut) — Turkish Armed Forces appear to have failed to take necessary precautions to avoid civilian casualties in three attacks in northwest Syria in late January 2018, Human Rights Watch said today. The attacks killed 26 civilians, including 17 children. | On January 20, Turkey opened a military offensive in the Afrin district. The area, which is under the control of the Democratic Union Party (PYD) — a Syrian Kurdish political party — has a civilian population of approximately 323,000, including 125,000 people displaced from elsewhere, according to the United Nations. | Smoke rises on the mountains as seen from Northern Afrin countryside, Syria on February 15, 2018. | © 2018 Reuters | "It appears that vulnerable civilians are facing displacement and death because of the way Turkey's latest offensive is being conducted,"…
https://www.hrw.org/news/2018/02/23/syri…

Iran: Young human rights defenders at risk of torture: Shima Babaee and Dariush Zand.
Amnesty International | 2018-02-23
Young Iranian human rights defenders Shima Babaee, who is campaigning against compulsory veiling, and her husband Dariush Zand are at risk of torture and other ill-treatment. Both have been detained in Tehran's Evin prison, without access to family and lawyer following their arrest by the Ministry of Intelligence on 1 February in connection with their peaceful human rights work. They are prisoners of conscience….
https://www.amnesty.org/en/documents/mde…

The Nation's Strongest Charter School Regulations Are Under Attack.
TRNN | The Real News Network | 2018-02-23
Loyola University's associate dean of education, Rob Helfenbein, says corporate-backed forces have long targeted troubled school systems for privatization……
http://therealnews.com/idirect.php?i=211…

Fake-news-week: Magazine retracts story about 'alt-right bots' and Sen. Franken.
RT | RT US News | 2018-02-23
A once-respected news magazine has been forced to retract a story claiming that 'alt-right bots' and 'Russian spies' were behind a campaign last year to unseat Senator Al Franken (D-Minnesota). | Read Full Article at RT.com……
https://www.rt.com/usa/419619-newsweek-r…

The Attack on Historical Perspective.
Dana E. Abizaid | Counterpunch.org | 2018-02-23
The US media's conflation of dissent with disloyalty regarding the supposed Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election is the latest manifestation of the establishment's attack on Historical perspective in order to "manufacture consent". Attempts to explain the hypocrisy inherent in the US criticism of Russia are often labeled "whataboutism". Consequently, vital lessons regarding the……
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Maldives political crisis deepens.
WSWS | World Socialist Web Site | 2018-02-23
A strategically-located Indian Ocean archipelago, the Maldives has become a focal point of the increasingly explosive geopolitical competition between India and the US on one side, and China on the other….
http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2018/02/…

Nikki Haley: the U.S. Embarrassment at the United Nations.
Robert Fantina | Counterpunch.org | 2018-02-23
Of all the shameless people serving in the administration of the shameless Donald Trump, one looks in vain for one more ignorant, ill-informed and crass than the United States Ambassador to the United Nations. Nikki Haley has proven repeatedly that she is an embarrassment on the world stage, and the fact that she seems completely……
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China Can't Save Capitalism from Environmental Destruction.
Pete Dolack | Counterpunch.org | 2018-02-23…
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Ethiopia: New State of Emergency Risks Renewed Abuses.
Human Rights Watch | Human Rights Watch News | 2018-02-23
Police officers patrol along a road in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, February 21, 2018. | © 2018 Reuters | Ethiopia's newly proclaimed state of emergency risks further closing the space for peaceful political activity, Human Rights Watch said today. The action dashed hopes that the release of key political prisoners days earlier was a first step toward more widespread political reforms. The government should promptly repeal or revise restrictions that violate the rights to freedom of peaceful assembly, association, and expression protected under international human rights law. | On February 17, 2018, following Prime Minister Hailemariam Desalegn's resignation, Defense Minister Siraj Fegessa announced a countrywide six-month state of emergency. The Directive of the State of Emergency contains overly broad restrictions and vague language that will facilitate government abuses, Human Rights Watch said. During Ethiopia's…
https://www.hrw.org/news/2018/02/23/ethi…

Video: Glenn Greenwald and James Risen Debate the Trump/Russia Investigation.
Intercepted | The Intercept | 2018-02-22
James Risen and Glenn Greenwald have both won Pulitzer Prizes. They both have found themselves in the crosshairs of the U.S. government for their journalism. And they both write for The Intercept. But Jim and Glenn have taken very different approaches to covering the Trump/Russia story. In this one-hour special video edition of Intercepted, they go head-to-head in a debate. Glenn is one of the most high-profile critics of the official story bolstered by the U.S. intelligence community, the Democrats, and many media outlets, including some of this country's most powerful papers and news channels. Jim battled both the Bush and Obama administrations — under threat of imprisonment — for refusing to name his sources in some of the most sensitive national security reporting of the modern era. Jim recently broke a key story on a secret NSA channel to Russia and his first column for The Intercept, about the Trump/Russia investigation, posed the question: Is Donald Trump a traitor? | The post Video: Glenn Greenwald and James Risen Debate the Trump/Russia Investigation appeared first on The Intercept….
https://theintercept.com/2018/02/21/vide…

Ryan Coogler's Black Panther: A hollow "defining moment" cloaked in identity politics.
WSWS | World Socialist Web Site | 2018-02-22
Hailed as a milestone in African American and film history, Black Panther is, in fact, a vacuous superhero blockbuster that does not withstand a moment of serious reflection….
http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2018/02/…

"Black Panther" Is Inspiring Black Brazilians to Occupy Elite, White Shopping Malls.
Juliana Gonàßalves | The Intercept | 2018-02-22
"How different. Exotic," commented one women as she watched a group of almost 50 people — mostly young and black, many wearing bright fabrics with African designs — stroll through the Shopping Leblon mall. They came this Monday to participate in a rolezinho pretoi, roughly translated to "black stroll," and watch the film "Black Panther" in Rio de Janeiro's most exclusive shopping center, a place where black Brazilians are commonly employed, but are rarely seen as customers. Amid suspicious looks and a VIP escort of security guards, I accompanied the group that went to see the film. | Much of the hype around "Black Panther" focuses on black professionals occupying positions in Hollywood that are usually dominated by whites, from heroic lead to producer to director. As tribute to that fact, the organizers of the rolezinho preto, the Black Collective (Coletivo Preto) and……
https://theintercept.com/2018/02/22/blac…

Chad: Activista juvenil detenido en Chad denuncia torturas.
Amnesty International | 2018-02-22
Alain Didah Kemba, portavoz del movimiento juvenil chadiano IYINA, fue detenido el 19 de febrero por intentar presuntamente quemar un neumático en la calle. Permanece recluido sin cargos en la jefatura de policía. Alain ha denunciado que fue golpeado en las piernas y en las plantas de los pies durante un interrogatorio, y su abogado afirma que, como consecuencia, casi no puede estar de pie….
https://www.amnesty.org/en/documents/afr…

Part Two: Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador's bankrupt third run for Mexican president.
WSWS | World Socialist Web Site | 2018-02-22
In 2018, Andres Manuel López Obrador is running the most right-wing, nationalist and explicitly anti-socialist of any of his three campaigns for the Mexican Presidency….
http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2018/02/…

Thousands of Americans jailed for debts chased by private collectors.
RT | RT US News | 2018-02-21
An estimated 77 million Americans have a debt that has been transferred to a private collection agency. Thousands have ended up in jail over debts as small as $28, with African-Americans and Hispanics the most affected. | Read Full Article at RT.com……
https://www.rt.com/usa/419494-debtor-jai…

Can Trump's Neocons Exploit Russiagate? (2/2).
TRNN | The Real News Network | 2018-02-21
However much Russiagate may annoy Trump personally, administration officials like H.R. McMaster are seizing on it to advance a militarist agenda at home and abroad. Max Blumenthal and Aaron Mate discuss……
http://therealnews.com/idirect.php?i=211…

'US is allowed to meddle': Democracy promotion is 'US policy', TV panel concludes.
RT | RT US News | 2018-02-21
Citing dozens of well-documented cases of direct US interference in foreign lands is just Russian whataboutism and also very unfair, because democracy promotion is a "stated US policy," according to the sharp sticks at MSNBC. | Read Full Article at RT.com……
https://www.rt.com/usa/419500-us-meddlin…

Part One: Corrupt major parties struggle for legitimacy in 2018 Mexican election.
WSWS | World Socialist Web Site | 2018-02-21
Amid the growth of social opposition, the widely-hated traditional parties in Mexico are increasingly reliant on eclectic electoral alliances….
http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2018/02/…

Tory-media witch-hunt claims Labour's Corbyn was a spy.
WSWS | World Socialist Web Site | 2018-02-21
This latest offensive by the Tory Party and media follows threats by senior military figures that Corbyn must not be allowed to form a government….
http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2018/02/…

White-out? Yale offers 'Constructions of Whiteness' course that critics call racist.
RT | RT US News | 2018-02-20
Yale University has launched a new course entitled 'Constructions of Whiteness,' which explores ideas of 'whiteness.' The Ivy League school's initiative has not been met with universal approval, however. | Read Full Article at RT.com……
https://www.rt.com/usa/419374-yale-white…

Gun owners warned after 'Kill the NRA' appears on billboard.
RT | RT US News | 2018-02-20
The National Rifle Association has issued a stark warning to gun owners after a large billboard bearing the words "Kill the NRA" appeared on an interstate highway in Kentucky. | Read Full Article at RT.com……
https://www.rt.com/usa/419379-kill-nra-s…

Labor Notes defends UAW amidst corruption scandal.
WSWS | World Socialist Web Site | 2018-02-20
Breaking their silence on the United Auto Workers corruption scandal, the pseudo-left organizations have chosen a prominent supporter of the Labor Notes publication to defend the UAW….
http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2018/02/…

Tillerson 'listening' but won't deviate from 'big stick' strategy with N. Korea.
RT | RT US News | 2018-02-18
The US approach to North Korea is showing no signs of softening, after Secretary of State Rex Tillerson said the government is using "big sticks" rather than delicate diplomacy to enable talks. | Read Full Article at RT.com……
https://www.rt.com/usa/419152-tillerson-…

White Supremacy, Patriarchy and Guns: FL Shooter Had Record of Death Threats, Violence Against Women.
Democracy Now! | 2018-02-16
Seventeen people were killed and at least 15 other people were wounded Wednesday at the Stoneman Douglas High School in Broward County, Florida, in one of the deadliest school shootings in U.S. history. More evidence has emerged showing that the gunman, a 19-year-old former student named Nikolas Cruz, shared a common trait with many other men who have carried out mass shootings: He had a record of abusing and threatening women. On Thursday, a white nationalist hate group called the Republic of Florida Militia also claimed the gunman was a member who had trained with the militia, but the group's leader later walked back the claim. Former classmates of Cruz did describe him as politically extreme and espousing racist beliefs. For more, we speak with George Ciccariello-Maher, a visiting scholar at the Hemispheric Institute at New York University and the author of "Decolonizing Dialectics," and Trevor Aaronson, executive director and co-founder of the Florida Center for Investigative Reporting and a contributing writer to The Intercept….
http://www.democracynow.org/2018/2/16/wh…

Cyril Ramaphosa, South Africa's New President, Known for Moving Profits to Offshore Tax Havens.
Democracy Now! | 2018-02-16
African National Congress leader Cyril Ramaphosa has been confirmed as the new president of South Africa, after the former leader, Jacob Zuma, resigned from office abruptly on Wednesday night amid a series of corruption scandals. Ramaphosa once led the National Union of Mineworkers under apartheid in the 1980s. He later built a business empire that encompassed mining interests–including the Marikana platinum mine, where police killed 34 workers during a strike in 2012. Ramaphosa is now one of Africa's wealthiest men, with a net worth of about $450 million. Now, activists are talking about Ramaphosa's ties to tax havens during his time in the corporate sector. We go to Johannesburg to speak with activist Koketso Moeti, founder of the community advocacy organization Amandla.mobi. Her recent piece for News24 is headlined "The rich can't steal, right?"…
http://www.democracynow.org/2018/2/16/cy…

Kept Out: Banks Across U.S. Caught Systematically Rejecting People of Color for Home Loans.
Democracy Now! | 2018-02-15
A shocking new investigation by Reveal and the Center for Investigative Reporting has uncovered evidence that African Americans and Latinos are continuing to be routinely denied conventional mortgage loans at rates far higher than their white counterparts across the country. Reveal based its report on a review of 31 million mortgage records filed with the federal government in 2015 and 2016. The Reveal investigation found the redlining occurring across the country, including in Washington, D.C., Atlanta, Detroit, Philadelphia, St. Louis and San Antonio. We speak to Aaron Glantz, senior reporter at Reveal from The Center for Investigative Reporting, and Rachelle Faroul, a 33-year-old African-American woman who was rejected twice by lenders when she tried to buy a brick row house in Philadelphia, where Reveal found African Americans were 2.7 times as likely as whites to be denied a conventional mortgage….
http://www.democracynow.org/2018/2/15/ke…