2019-01-08: News Headlines

Medea Benjamin, Alice Slater (2019-01-08). The New Congress Needs to Create a Green Planet at Peace. commondreams.org We cannot tolerate a new Democratic-controlled Congress continuing to do business as usual, with a military budget of over $700 billion and a trillion dollars projected for new nuclear weapons over the next ten years. (Photo: Alejandro Alvarez/Twitter) | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…

teleSUR (2019-01-08). Brazil: Environment Agency Head Resigns After Bolsonaro Attack. telesurenglish.net Suely Araujo, the head of Brazil's environmental protection agency the Brazilian Institute of Environment and Renewable Natural Resources (Ibama) resigned Monday after far-right President Jair Bolsonaro criticized the amount of money it spends to rent vehicles, his latest attack on the agency. | RELATED: | Evo Morales Defends Indigenous People After Bolsonaro Ally's Racist Slur | An Ibama spokeswoman said that Araujo, who led the agency since 2016, resigned after Bolsona…

Democracy Now! (2019-01-08). Rashida Tlaib: The Senate's Anti-BDS Bill Is an Unconstitutional Attack on Free Speech. democracynow.org A new Senate bill would allow state and local governments to boycott any U.S. companies which are engaged in a boycott against Israel. We speak with Congressmember Rashida Tlaib, who has come out out against the bill, tweeting, "They forgot what country they represent. This is the U.S. where boycotting is a right & part of our historical fight for freedom & equality. Maybe a refresher on our U.S. Constitution is in order, then get back to opening up our government instead of taking our rights away."

teleSUR (2019-01-08). Bolsonaro Shuts Down Official Indigenous Cryptocurrency Project. telesurenglish.net In another blow to Brazil's Indigenous people just one week after taking office, the newly-elected President Jair Bolsonaro's administration has blocked an initiative of the previous government that would create a cryptocurrency intended to facilitate transactions between Indigenous communities. | RELATED: Brazil: Environment Agency Head Resigns After Bolsonaro's Trump-like Tweetstorm Attack | Damares Alves, the head of the newly-established Ministry of Women…

teleSUR (2019-01-08). Peru: Top Attorney Resigns Over Corruption Probe. telesurenglish.net Peru's Attorney General Pedro Chavarry caved under mounting pressure by an investigation of several public offices under his charge and demands for his resignation for 'obstructing' a corruption-related investigation involving campaign financing, Monday. | RELATED: | Peru Attorney General Clings To Post As Offices Raided | Chavarry's announcement came on Monday through social networks. | The twitter communique states: "In honor of the autonomy of the Public Ministry and with the aim of…

pip.hinman (2019-01-08). How we can defeat the neo-Nazis. greenleft.org.au On January 5, convicted neo-Nazi criminals Blair Cottrell, Neil Erikson and their followers, gathered on the foreshore of St Kilda Beach to vilify Sudanese Australians and once again scapegoat that community as "African gangs". | The group of 100 to 150 predominantly white males from various neo-Nazi gangs — The Lads, Soldiers of Odin and the Proud Boys — were racist and hostile towards the gathering counter protesters. | Erikson, a convicted stalker and former head of the neo-Nazi group the United Patriot Front, knows how to do hate speech and play the game on social media. The rally to "reclaim St K…

RT (2019-01-08). 'You rapist!': Irate woman vaults airline check-in counter, claims to be armed (VIDEO). rt.com An unnamed female passenger has become the latest viral airline passenger for all the wrong reasons after mounting the check-in counter and calling a staff member a rapist before claiming to be armed and homeless.

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…

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?

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

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…

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.

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?

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…

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.

Democracy Now! (2019-01-03). Netflix Censors Hasan Minhaj in Saudi Arabia, Sparking Backlash over Khashoggi Killing, War in Yemen. democracynow.org Netflix is under fire for pulling an episode of U.S. comedian Hasan Minhaj's show "Patriot Act" from Saudi Arabia, after officials from the kingdom complained to the streaming company that it violated Saudi cybercrime laws. The episode was posted in late October, a few weeks after Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi's murder in the Saudi Consulate in Istanbul. Hasan Minhaj sharply criticized the Saudi royal family and Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman. The censored episode has been viewed more than 1.6 million times on YouTube, where it remains available to viewers in Saudi Arabia. On Wednesday, Minhaj tweeted, "Clea…

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). 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.

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.

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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