2019-01-07: News Headlines

Telesur (2019-01-07). Bolivia, Uruguay Reject Lima Group Intervention in Venezuela. globalresearch.ca Bolivia and Uruguay have rejected interventionist declarations made by the Lima Group against the democratically elected government of President Nicolas Maduro in Venezuela. | Bolivian President Evo Morales posted on Twitter on Saturday: | "Democracy is based upon peace, dialogue and self-determination …

ACLU (2019-01-07). We Should Be Able to Take Facebook to Court. aclu.org A privacy violation is a real harm, never mind what the social media giant argues. | This piece originally appeared at The New York Times. | After The New York Times revealed last month that Facebook continued to share personal information of millions of consumers with companies like Netflix, Yahoo, Spotify and Google — despite contrary assertions to Congress — man…

Dean Baker (2019-01-07). If China is Suffering So Much From Trump's Trade War, Why is Its Surplus Up So Much? counterpunch.org Donald Trump has made his tariffs against China and other countries a big part of his agenda as president. He even went so far as to dub himself "Tariff Man" on Twitter. The media have been quick to assume that Tariff Man is accomplishing his goals, especially with regard to China. It is standard for More

Steven Greenhouse (2019-01-07). The Return of the Strike. zcomm.org This year, thousands of teachers, hotel workers, Google employees, and others walked off the job and won major gains. Which raises two questions: Why now? And will this continue?

ACLU (2019-01-07). Instead of Ending the Shutdown, Senators Plan to Encourage Punishment of Israel Boycotts. aclu.org The Senate wants to provide legal cover to the many states violating the First Amendment by punishing people for their views on Israel. | In the middle of a government shutdown, the Senate leadership's first order of business in the 116th Congress is not legislation to reopen the government. | Instead, and incredibly, the Senate is again trying to slip a measure intended to suppress protected political expression past public scrutiny. The bill is the " Combatting BDS Act," which would express federal approval of state laws that place re…

Nasim Ahmed (2019-01-07). Source of Pro-Israel Guerrilla Warriors on Social Media Exposed. globalresearch.ca A number of prominent Jewish-American leaders are funding covert, anonymous campaigns targeting pro-Palestinian student activists, The Forward has found. The Jewish daily newspaper, which has been publishing valuable information concerning the source of funding for these hyper-aggressive and shadowy groups …

teleSUR (2019-01-07). 'A People That Chose to Be Free': Venezuela's Maduro Says as He Prepares for Jan. 10 Ingauration. telesurenglish.net President Nicolas Maduro of Venezuela tweeted a message of unity just as he was about to take office for his second six-year term saying that the "Bolivarian Revolution is about more that one man: it's about a people that chose to be free." | RELATED | ALBA Countries Condemn Interference by US and Latam Allies | On Jan. 10, Maduro will assume his mandate as president for the 2019-2025 constitutional term, swearing his oath of office before the Supreme Court of Justice (TSJ), after hi…

RT (2019-01-07). Schumer says 'enough with the memes' in attack on Trump, gets bombarded by sea of memes. rt.com US Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer inadvertently activated the meme-generating powers of President Donald Trump's supporters after criticizing his handling of the government shutdown on Twitter.

Middle East Monitor (2019-01-07). Former UN Ambassador Nikki Haley Loses 1.7 Million Followers on Twitter. theantimedia.com (MEMO) — Former US ambassador to the UN, Nikki Haley, announced that she has a new Twitter account after she had to cancel her old professional account as an official in the US Department of State. Haley's former Twitter account was followed by 1.67 million Twitter users. Haley, the former North Carolina's governor who was appointed …

Belen Fernandez (2019-01-06). A Tough Time to Be a Spy, NPR Reports – Current and former CIA officials are only sources for story on espionage getting harder. fair.org by Belén Fernández NPR ( 1/3/19) reports on the CIA finding it harder to sneak into other countries to commit espionage. | Imagine, for a moment, that a prominent media outlet in Iran decided to produce a story about the trials of being an Iranian spy in this technological day and age—in which the all-pervasiveness of surveillance mechanisms and social media complicates slightly the process of entering other countries under false identities. | It's safe to assume that the United State…

teleSUR (2019-01-06). Bayern to Fine Ribery for Responding Criticisms on Spendings. telesurenglish.net Bayern Munich will impose "a heavy fine" on Franck Ribery after he replied to a journalist who had criticized the way he was spending his salary on social media, the club's sporting director Hasan Salihamidzic said on Sunday. | ANALYSIS: | 'Les Bleus' Made France World Cup Champion, But Not Less Racist Nation | The French striker put a string of posts on Twitter and Instagram on Saturday aimed at those who had criticized him for eating a gold-coated steak. | "I had a long talk with Franc…

RT (2019-01-06). 'Gender parity in torture': Twitter unimpressed as Maddow celebrates CIA's all-female leadership. rt.com Women now control all three directorates of the CIA — a historic milestone for gender equality in the clandestine regime change/assassination sector. Rachel Maddow seems to be celebrating, but why is Twitter full of party poopers?

Emma Fiala (2019-01-06). Januhairy: New Campaign Urging Women to Stop Shaving Goes Viral. theantimedia.com (TMU) — This January, a new social media campaign is encouraging women to grow out their body hair. In addition to urging women to love and accept their natural body, the campaign, cleverly called Januhairy, is raising money for a good cause. Unfortunately for women, many of our personal choices are judged by men and …

RT (2019-01-05). Trump thanks Kanye West for 'nice words' as bromance reignites in new year. rt.com Despite quitting politics a few months ago, Kanye West started 2019 with tweets of support for Donald Trump and promise to wear his MAGA hat on stage. The display of affection didn't go unnoticed by the US president.

Democracy Now! (2019-01-04). Headlines for January 4, 2019. democracynow.org 116th Congress Sworn In as Nancy Pelosi Elected House Speaker, House Democrats Adopt PAYGO Austerity Spending Rule, House Democrats Approve New Ethics Rules, Form Climate Committee, Trump Repeats Border Wall Demands as Gov't Shutdown Enters 14th Day, Trump Admin Wants to Send More Troops to U.S.-Mexico Border, Brazil: President's Assault on Indigenous Rights Threatens Amazon, Mexico: Mayor Assassinated Hours After Taking Office, Trump Administration Threatens Iran over Its Space Program, Former Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke Faces Criminal Inquiry, Google Uses "Double Irish Dutch Sandwich" Scheme to Avoid Taxes, P…

CounterPunch (2019-01-04). Our Top Stories of 2018. counterpunch.org What Brett Kanavaugh Really Learned in High School by JoAnn Wypijewski Ghosts in the Propaganda Machine by Jeffrey St. Clair & Joshua Frank Capitalism as an Obstacle to Equality and Democracy by Richard D. Wolff The Mind-Benders: How to Harvest Facebook Data, Brainwash Voters, and Swing Elections by Roberto Gonzales Trump's Travesty of Protectionism by More

Human Rights Watch (2019-01-04). Top Human Rights Tweets of the Week. hrw.org Trending rights tweets this week: Netflix agreed to censor a comedy episode because Saudi Arabia complained about it; powerful film showing China's detention of upwards of one million Uighur Muslims for forced indoctrination; the Democratic Republic of Congo's elections marred by systemic irregularities; and everyday people who inspired HRW in 2018.

Murderville, GA (2019-01-03). Episode Three: The Patels. theintercept.com Subscribe to the Murderville podcast on Apple Podcasts, Google Podcasts, Stitcher, Radio Public, iHeart Radio, and other platforms. | Shaliesh Patel was visiti…

Glenn Greenwald (2019-01-02). Five Weeks After The Guardian's Viral Blockbuster Assange-Manafort Scoop, No Evidence Has Emerged — Just Stonewalling. theintercept.com The U.S. media is very adept at being outraged when they're denounced as "fake news." They should think more about why that attack resonates for so many.

Consortiumnews (2019-01-01). STRATCOM Wishes You a Very Scary New Year. consortiumnews.com The U.S. Strategic Command has deleted a New Year's tweet that revealed its true values, as Caitlin Johnstone explains. By Caitlin Johnstone CaitlinJohnstone.com U.S. Strategic Command (or "Stratcom" if you're trying to make a nuclear-capable arm of the U.S. Defense… Read more →

Vanessa Mbonu@naacpnet (2018-12-27). #LogOutFacebook: Because of You, We Did. Thank You! naacp.org Thank you. During the week-long #LogOutFacebook protest, you were joined by thousands of advocates, celebrities, elected officials and partners to take a stand, to let Facebook know that they need to do better. You made it known that you will no longer tolerate privacy breaches, hate speech, bias, and misinformation. This logout cycle is done, but our […]

Hatewatch Staff (2018-12-20). Longtime antigovernment militia organizer calls for 'lone wolf' action against antifa. splcenter.org An antigovernment extremist who has called Islam a mental disorder and urged his followers to shoot black women and children has issued another call to violence, posting a video on his Facebook page urging members of the Patriot movement to engage in "lone wolf" action against antifa.

Hatewatch Staff (2018-12-20). Hatewatch Headlines 12/20/2018. splcenter.org Facebook's moment of reckoning arrives; Advertisers abandon Tucker Carlson; ADF seeks expansion of Jim Crow-era exemption; and more.

Human Rights Watch (2018-12-20). Ten Good News Stories for Kids in 2018. hrw.org | | Girls in India during a hygiene training as part of the Great WASH Yatra. Himanshu Khagta, WASH United, 2012 | A couple of years ago, a friend following me on Twitter said he found my feed really depressing. "Doesn't anything good ever happen for children?" he asked. | Spreading doom and gloom sometimes seems an occupational hazard of human rights work. But I've taken my friend's words to heart and now, as we approach the end of the year, here are 10 good news stories for kids: | A number of armed forces and armed grou…

pip.hinman (2018-12-06). Gender violence awareness and murders are both on the rise. greenleft.org.au As part of #16daysofactivism, a global campaign to highlight gender-based violence, Domestic Violence NSW (DV NSW) hosted a panel of journalists and rights advocates to address the difficulties in reporting sexual assault and domestic and family violence on November 29. | Jenna Price from the University of Technology in Sydney and co-creator of Destroy the Joint's "Counting Dead Women" project spoke alongside artist, advocate and survivor of family violence Amani Haydar, author and journalist Jess Hill, journalist and advocate against gender-based violence N…

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