2019-02-15: News Headlines

Chris Floyd (2019-02-15). Pence and the Benjamins: An Eternity of Anti-Semitism. counterpunch.org There has been much throwing about of brains on the subject of anti-Semitism lately. But in the ceaseless and almost entirely cynical media-political imbroglio that has followed the "Benjamins" tweet of Rep. Ilhan Omar, I've seen nothing said about perhaps the most intense and thoroughgoing form of anti-Semitism in America today: an anti-Semitism that is not only prevalent but dominant in the halls of power at the moment. More

teleSUR (2019-02-15). Google, Apple Under Fire to Block Saudi 'Woman Tracker' App. telesurenglish.net Apple and Google are facing major backlash, from human rights activists and lawmakers, after being accused of supporting patriarchy with a Saudi Arabian "woman tracker app" which is used to monitor and manage the whereabouts of women in the Arab nation. | RELATED: | Another MBS PR Stunt? Saudi Arabia To 'Review' Male Guardianship System | "I haven't heard about it," Apple CEO Tim Cook told NPR, adding that he would investigate the situation. "But obviously we'll take a lo…

Fight Back (2019-02-15). No Trump Wall! No State of Emergency! fightbacknews.org Fight Back News Service is circulating the following call from the Legalization for All Network and other immigrant rights groups. We urge all progressive organizations to sign on and endorse it. You can do so here: www.facebook.com/notes/legalization-for-… | On the campaign trail, candidate Trump said that Mexico would pay for his wall. President Trump could not get funding for his wall on the U.S./Mexico border even when his Republican Party controlled the House, the Senate and the White House. Then he shut down parts of the Federal Government for…

Peoples Dispatch (2019-02-15). German antitrust body orders Facebook to stop expansive collection of data. peoplesdispatch.org The Bundeskartellamt noted that only two options for users are to either agree to the extensive and intrusive data collection, or not create an account with the social media giant. This kind of consent is not real consent, the body pointed out

teleSUR (2019-02-15). Bernie Sanders Offers Support to Ilhan Omar. telesurenglish.net United States Senator Bernie Sanders reached out to Congresswoman Ilhan Omar Tuesday offering support amid criticism from both major political parties, Democrats and Republicans, claiming the progressive freshman lawmaker trafficked in anti-Semitic tropes on Twitter while criticizing U.S. policy on Israel. | RELATED: | 5 Reasons Why Ilhan Omar Is Right About AIPAC | Omar's office confirmed that the congresswoman spoke with Democratic self-proclaimed socialist Senator Sanders, who is Jewish, off…

Fred_F (2019-02-15). Refugee rights activists march on PM's office. greenleft.org.au Refugee rights activists protested outside Prime Minister Scott Morrison's Cronulla office on February 9. | They called on parliament to pass the medical evacuation bill and demanded that all refugees be immediately brought to Australia for resettlement. | Speakers celebrated the fact that the movement had forced the government to bring all the children off Nauru. | [More photos on GLW's Facebook page.] | refugee rights

RT (2019-02-15). Twitter pokes fun at Trump after 'lying' medical records show he's taller than Obama. rt.com Eagle-eyed netizens armed themselves with measuring tape after the much-anticipated results of President Donald Trump's medical exam were released. Twitter has been flooded with memes and mockery — this time over Trump's size.

Jessica Corbett (2019-02-14). Netanyahu: Israel and Arab Nations Meeting to Advance "Common Interests of War With Iran" theantimedia.com (CD) — A deleted tweet from Israel Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has ignited fresh fears about his position on Iran, after his official Twitter account provided an English translation of his remarks to reporters on Wednesday while attending an American-led summit about the Middle East hosted in Warsaw, Poland. The initial tweet, translated from Hebrew, had the prime minister saying: "What …

Middle East Eye (2019-02-14). Ilhan Omar's Tweet Storm: 'Criticizing AIPAC Is Not Anti-Semitic'. theantimedia.com Commentators are concerned that any criticism of Israel is now being conflated with accusations of anti-Semitism. (MEE) — It was only a matter of time before the gloves came off. Following the election of Somali-American Ilhan Omar and Palestinian-American Rashida Tlaib into the US Congress in November, the arrival of these two Muslim women in Washington has …

stuart_m (2019-02-14). The web's world-wide war on democracy. greenleft.org.au Surveillance Valley: The Secret Military History of the Internet
| By Yasha Levine
| Icon Books, £14.99 | As accusations continue to swirl through social media around foreign meddling in Britain's Brexit referendum and the last US election, Yasha Levine's Surveillance Valley is a timely intervention in revealing how undermining democracy has always been the modus operandi of the internet since its inception. | The book's subtitle makes clear its aim to recover the true origin story of the worldwide web as a technology of counterinsurgency, via a potted history of its pivotal innovators. | Among them…

Human Rights Watch (2019-02-14). An Emirati Woman's Ordeal to Seek Protection from Abuse. hrw.org | | © Hind Albolooki/Twitter | Hind Albolooki fled the United Arab Emirates (UAE) after receiving threats from family members for wanting to divorce an abusive husband. | "I am a mother of four children," she said. "No mother would leave her children just like this. But I had to leave my kids. I had no other choice." Her decision to flee says much about the lack of protection available to women in the UAE. | Hind sought asylum in North Macedoni…

John Dougherty and Michael Edison Hayden (2019-02-13). 'No Way' Gab Has 800,000 Users, Web Host Says. splcenter.org Gab, the floundering social media network that serves as an organizing hub for white supremacists, is inflating its number of users in federal securities filings relied on by investors and regulators, a software engineer for Gab's web hosting company Sibyl System Ltd. tells Hatewatch.

RT (2019-02-13). 'Get lost in a cave together': Twitter backlash after Dorsey names Elon Musk most 'exciting' tweeter. rt.com Controversy-plagued Elon Musk is Twitter's most exciting and influential user, the platform's CEO Jack Dorsey has said, sparking an internet riot against his peculiar choice of Twitter idol.

Democracy Now! (2019-02-12). Headlines for February 12, 2019. democracynow.org Negotiators Reach Tentative Border Funding Deal as Shutdown Looms, Trump and Beto O'Rourke Hold Rival Rallies in El Paso, Rep. Ilhan Omar Apologizes for Critical AIPAC Tweet, Report: 40% of Insects May Go Extinct in Near Future, Yemen: Grain Supplies at Risk of Rotting as Millions Face Famine Risk, Syria: Airstrikes in ISIS Stronghold Kill Scores of Civilians, Mexico: Veteran Radio Reporter Jesús Ramos Rodríguez Murdered, Mexico: LGBT Activist àìscar Cazorla Found Dead, Cameroon: Hospital Arson Kills At Least 4 Amid Mounting Violence, Honduran and Nepali TPS Holders Sue Trump Administration, WSJ: Nat'l Enq…

Democracy Now! (2019-02-11). Glenn Greenwald Defends Rep. Ilhan Omar: Criticizing Israeli Lobby & AIPAC Is Not Anti-Semitic. democracynow.org Democratic Congressmember Ilhan Omar of Minnesota is facing criticism today after commenting on a tweet by Glenn Greenwald. On Sunday, Greenwald tweeted, "GOP Leader Kevin McCarthy threatens punishment for @IlhanMN and @RashidaTlaib over their criticisms of Israel. It's stunning how much time US political leaders spend defending a foreign nation even if it means attacking free speech rights of Americans." Rep. Omar retweeted his post and added the line: "It's all about the Benjamins baby." She later named AIPAC as the organization paying American politicians to be pro-Israel.

TeleSur English (2019-02-04). Twitter Erupts After 2,000 Pro-Venezuelan Accounts Are Deleted. venezuelanalysis.com A total of 1,196 social media accounts based in Venezuela have been closed accused of "influencing domestic audiences."

2019-02-15: Social Media Postees

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Google, Apple Under Fire to Block Saudi 'Woman Tracker' App
teleSUR | telesurenglish.net | 2019-02-15
Apple and Google are facing major backlash, from human rights activists and lawmakers, after being accused of supporting patriarchy with a Saudi Arabian "woman tracker app" which is used to monitor and manage the whereabouts of women in the Arab nation. | RELATED: | Another MBS PR Stunt? Saudi Arabia To 'Review' Male Guardianship System | "I haven't heard about it," Apple CEO Tim Cook told NPR, adding that he would investigate the situation. "But obviously we'll take a lo…
telesurenglish.net/news/Google-Apple-Und…

German antitrust body orders Facebook to stop expansive collection of data
Peoples Dispatch | peoplesdispatch.org | 2019-02-15
The Bundeskartellamt noted that only two options for users are to either agree to the extensive and intrusive data collection, or not create an account with the social media giant. This kind of consent is not real consent, the body pointed out | The post German antitrust body orders Facebook to stop expansive collection of data appeared first on Peoples Dispatch.
peoplesdispatch.org/2019/02/15/german-an…

No Trump Wall! No State of Emergency!
Fight Back | fightbacknews.org | 2019-02-15
Fight Back News Service is circulating the following call from the Legalization for All Network and other immigrant rights groups. We urge all progressive organizations to sign on and endorse it. You can do so here: www.facebook.com/notes/legalization-for-… | On the campaign trail, candidate Trump said that Mexico would pay for his wall. President Trump could not get funding for his wall on the U.S./Mexico border even when his Republican Party controlled the House, the Senate and the White House. Then he shut down parts of the Federal Government for…
www.fightbacknews.org/2019/2/14/no-trump…

Pence and the Benjamins: An Eternity of Anti-Semitism
Chris Floyd | counterpunch.org | 2019-02-15
There has been much throwing about of brains on the subject of anti-Semitism lately. But in the ceaseless and almost entirely cynical media-political imbroglio that has followed the "Benjamins" tweet of Rep. Ilhan Omar, I've seen nothing said about perhaps the most intense and thoroughgoing form of anti-Semitism in America today: an anti-Semitism that is not only prevalent but dominant in the halls of power at the moment.
counterpunch.org/2019/02/15/pence-and-th…

Bernie Sanders Offers Support to Ilhan Omar
teleSUR | telesurenglish.net | 2019-02-15
United States Senator Bernie Sanders reached out to Congresswoman Ilhan Omar Tuesday offering support amid criticism from both major political parties, Democrats and Republicans, claiming the progressive freshman lawmaker trafficked in anti-Semitic tropes on Twitter while criticizing U.S. policy on Israel. | RELATED: | 5 Reasons Why Ilhan Omar Is Right About AIPAC | Omar's office confirmed that the congresswoman spoke with Democratic self-proclaimed socialist Senator Sanders, who is Jewish, off…
telesurenglish.net/news/Bernie-Sanders-O…

Twitter pokes fun at Trump after 'lying' medical records show he's taller than Obama
RT | rt.com | 2019-02-15
Eagle-eyed netizens armed themselves with measuring tape after the much-anticipated results of President Donald Trump's medical exam were released. Twitter has been flooded with memes and mockery — this time over Trump's size. | …
rt.com/usa/451510-trump-height-medical-e…

Refugee rights activists march on PM's office
Fred_F | greenleft.org.au | 2019-02-15
Refugee rights activists protested outside Prime Minister Scott Morrison's Cronulla office on February 9. | They called on parliament to pass the medical evacuation bill and demanded that all refugees be immediately brought to Australia for resettlement. | Speakers celebrated the fact that the movement had forced the government to bring all the children off Nauru. | [More photos on GLW's Facebook page.] | refugee rights
greenleft.org.au/content/refugee-rights-activists-march-pm-office

The web's world-wide war on democracy
stuart_m | greenleft.org.au | 2019-02-14
Surveillance Valley: The Secret Military History of the Internet | By Yasha Levine | Icon Books, £14.99 | As accusations continue to swirl through social media around foreign meddling in Britain's Brexit referendum and the last US election, Yasha Levine's Surveillance Valley is a timely intervention in revealing how undermining democracy has always been the modus operandi of the internet since its inception. | The book's subtitle makes clear its aim to recover the true origin story of the worldwide web as a technology of counterinsurgency, via a potted history of its pivotal innovators. | Among them…
greenleft.org.au/content/webs-world-wide-war-democracy

Netanyahu: Israel and Arab Nations Meeting to Advance "Common Interests of War With Iran"
Jessica Corbett | theantimedia.com | 2019-02-14
(CD) — A deleted tweet from Israel Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has ignited fresh fears about his position on Iran, after his official Twitter account provided an English translation of his remarks to reporters on Wednesday while attending an American-led summit about the Middle East hosted in Warsaw, Poland. The initial tweet, translated from Hebrew, had the prime minister saying: "What …

Netanyahu: Israel and Arab Nations Meeting to Advance "Common Interests of War With Iran"

An Emirati Woman's Ordeal to Seek Protection from Abuse
Human Rights Watch | hrw.org | 2019-02-14
© Hind Albolooki/Twitter | Hind Albolooki fled the United Arab Emirates (UAE) after receiving threats from family members for wanting to divorce an abusive husband. | "I am a mother of four children," she said. "No mother would leave her children just like this. But I had to leave my kids. I had no other choice." Her decision to flee says much about the lack of protection available to women in the UAE. | Hind sought asylum in North Macedoni…
hrw.org/news/2019/02/14/emirati-womans-o…

Ilhan Omar's Tweet Storm: 'Criticizing AIPAC Is Not Anti-Semitic'
Middle East Eye | theantimedia.com | 2019-02-14
Commentators are concerned that any criticism of Israel is now being conflated with accusations of anti-Semitism. (MEE) — It was only a matter of time before the gloves came off. Following the election of Somali-American Ilhan Omar and Palestinian-American Rashida Tlaib into the US Congress in November, the arrival of these two Muslim women in Washington has …

Ilhan Omar's Tweet Storm: 'Criticizing AIPAC Is Not Anti-Semitic'

'No Way' Gab Has 800,000 Users, Web Host Says
John Dougherty and Michael Edison Hayden | splcenter.org | 2019-02-13
Gab, the floundering social media network that serves as an organizing hub for white supremacists, is inflating its number of users in federal securities filings relied on by investors and regulators, a software engineer for Gab's web hosting company Sibyl System Ltd. tells Hatewatch.
splcenter.org/hatewatch/2019/02/14/no-wa…

'Get lost in a cave together': Twitter backlash after Dorsey names Elon Musk most 'exciting' tweeter
RT | rt.com | 2019-02-13
Controversy-plagued Elon Musk is Twitter's most exciting and influential user, the platform's CEO Jack Dorsey has said, sparking an internet riot against his peculiar choice of Twitter idol. | …
rt.com/news/451397-jack-dorsey-musk-twit…

Glenn Greenwald Defends Rep. Ilhan Omar: Criticizing Israeli Lobby & AIPAC Is Not Anti-Semitic
Democracy Now! | democracynow.org | 2019-02-11
Democratic Congressmember Ilhan Omar of Minnesota is facing criticism today after commenting on a tweet by Glenn Greenwald. On Sunday, Greenwald tweeted, "GOP Leader Kevin McCarthy threatens punishment for @IlhanMN and @RashidaTlaib over their criticisms of Israel. It's stunning how much time US political leaders spend defending a foreign nation even if it means attacking free speech rights of Americans." Rep. Omar retweeted his post and added the line: "It's all about the Benjamins baby." She later named AIPAC as the organization paying American politicians to be pro-Israel.
www.democracynow.org/2019/2/11/glenn_gre…

Twitter Erupts After 2,000 Pro-Venezuelan Accounts Are Deleted
TeleSur English | venezuelanalysis.com | 2019-02-04
A total of 1,196 social media accounts based in Venezuela have been closed accused of "influencing domestic audiences."
venezuelanalysis.com/news/14294