2019-02-03: News Headlines

F. William Engdahl (2019-02-03). Is Oil Behind Washington's Venezuela Coup Madness? globalresearch.ca On January 23 US Vice President Pence sent a message via Twitter that Washington recognized the 35-year-old Speaker of the Venezuela National Assembly, Juan Guaido, as the "legitimate" President of the troubled country, and not elected President Maduro. The …

STAFF (2019-02-02). Activists Call for Virginia Governor Ralph Northam's Resignation. truthdig.com Democratic Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam is facing intensifying demands for his resignation from all sides on Saturday after a photo from his medical school days surfaced on Friday exposed "uninhibited" racist behavior from his past. | While the image shows one person in blackface standing next to another individual in a Ku Klux Klan uniform, Northam on Friday apologized for the photo but did not divulge which of the two people might be him nor tender his resignation. "I am ready to do the hard work of regaining your trust," Northam said. | But…

Justin Podur (2019-02-02). How social media supercharged the propaganda system. zcomm.org "Manufacturing Consent" predicted how a privately owned free press could function as a propaganda system…

Shared by Anton Woronczuk (2019-02-02). Indigenous Struggle Is Key to a Green New Deal. truthout.org Newly inaugurated Rep. Alexandra Ocasio-Cortez made headlines with her bold proposal for a Green New Deal. | The plan is an aggressive proposal to be off fossil fuels by 2030. A Green New Deal of this scale would require mass mobilization and demands to resist current fossil fuel projects while demanding a new future. | One of the points in Ocasio-Cortez's plan is calling for the protection of Indigenous nations and communities…

RT (2019-02-02). AP & Snopes quit 'fact-checking' for Facebook as NewsGuard's blacklist model pushes ahead. rt.com Two of Facebook's US "fact-checkers" tasked with keeping fake news from proliferating have chosen to quit doing the job for the social media giant while issuing cryptic statements concerning their continuing relationship.

RT (2019-02-02). No more buying likes from bots? NY AG declares fake social media engagement illegal. rt.com New York's attorney general has declared it's illegal to sell fake social media engagement in order to inflate one's online influence, ruling against one "fake like" merchant in a landmark decision in the battle against bots.

Aída Chávez (2019-02-02). How the Green New Deal Became the Green New Deal. theintercept.com The signature effort that has become attached to Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, D-N.Y., the "Green New Deal," was originally intended to go by a different name, she told The Intercept in a recent podcast interview. But as social media and news outlets covering the platform began coalescing around the term, which had long been used by the Green Party, Ocasio-Cortez ceded to the public, she said. | With more than 2.6 million followers on Twitter and more than 2.1 million on Instagram, Ocasio-Cortez has a social media presence that s…

WSWS (2019-02-02). Facebook's censor Nick Clegg outlines plans for European elections. wsws.org Facebook will play a major role in determining what voices Europe's population are allowed to hear.

David Rosen (2019-02-01). The Denier-in-Chief: Trump and the Legitimation of False Consciousness. counterpunch.org "I wish people would read or listen to my words on the Border Wall. This was in no way a concession," Pres. Trump Tweeted on January 25th following his signing a bill ending the 35-day U.S. government shut-down. "It was taking care of millions of people who were getting badly hurt by the Shutdown with the understanding More

Olivia Herken (2019-02-01). Black Feminism and the Internet. progressive.org In 'Reclaiming Our Space: How Black Feminists Are Changing the World from the Tweets to the Streets,' Feminista Jones chronicles how a political philosophy and social movement has grown online.

teleSUR (2019-02-01). Cuba: Could Mystery Explosions Be Caused By Meteorite?>. telesurenglish.net Cubans living on the western side of the island heard loud explosions and felt their houses shakes on Friday, prompting many to think an airplane had fallen from the sky, but others say it might have been a meteorite. | RELATED: | Havana After The Tornado: 'No One Will Be Left Behind' | Residents of Pinar del Rio province reported that small rock fragments fell from the sky as they heard the loud noise. Others rushed to social media, starting the rumor that another plane had crashed, afte…

Julia Conley, staff writer (2019-02-01). Anthropologist Debunks Bill Gates' BS Narrative That Free-Market Capitalism Has Solved Crisis of Global Poverty. commondreams.org Anthropologist and author Jason Hickel swiftly disabused readers of a narrative offered by Microsoft founder Bill Gates this week, rejecting the billionaire's statement on Twitter that "people underestimate just how much life has improved over the last two centuries." | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…

Human Rights Watch (2019-02-01). ICE Force-feeding Immigrant Detainees on Hunger Strike. hrw.org | | Screenshot from a 2013 video of Yasiin Bey (aka Mos Def) volunteering to undergo the standard operating procedures for force-feeding of detainees at the Guantanamo Bay detention facility. | © 2013 The Guardian/YouTube | ICE officials are force-feeding six immigrant detainees who are on hunger strike in Texas, according to an investigation published by the Associated Press. | The AP reported indications that nearly 30 men — mostly from India an…

RT (2019-02-01). CNN commentator calls Trump 'antithesis of Christ's teachings', faces social media retribution. rt.com Democratic strategist Maria Cardona went after White House Press Secretary Sarah Sanders about "election interference" of a much higher order, arguing over God's plans for Donald Trump.

stuart_m (2019-02-01). Trump adviser John Bolton admits Venezuela coup is for oil. greenleft.org.au In an interview with Fox News, United States National Security Advisor John Bolton admitted the US government was backing an illegal coup in Venezuela in order to control the South American nation's sizeable oil reserves. | "It will make a big difference to the United States economically if we could have American oil companies invest in and produce the oil capabilities in Venezuela," Bolton told Fox News on January 28. | In response, Venezuelan foreign minister Jorge Arreaza tweeted: "Confession … @ AmbJohnBolton confirms that the COUP is about OIL.

RT (2019-02-01). 'Hateful' restaurant hit with bad reviews after banning MAGA hats. rt.com A California restaurant has been flooded with bad reviews after the owner said he won't serve customers wearing MAGA hats, comparing it to the swastika and a KKK hood. His since-deleted tweet sparked massive backlash.

pip.hinman (2019-01-31). Rivers in crisis: water theft and corruption in the Darling River system. greenleft.org.au Politicians and bureaucrats have launched endless inquiries in an effort to appear to be dealing with the water crisis in New South Wales, where a blue-green algal bloom has deprived a 40-kilometre stretch of the Darling River of oxygen and a million fish died as a result. Rural communities, wildlife, graziers and stock are also running out of water. | Yet these same bureaucrats have been very slow to implement any of the recommended reforms and few steps have been taken to deal with the mismanagement, water theft and corruption that led to this crisis, writes Elena Garcia. | Federal drought envoy Barnaby Joyce h…

Murderville, GA (2019-01-31). Epilogue: Unanswered Questions. theintercept.com Subscribe to the Murderville podcast on Apple Podcasts, Google Podcasts, Stitcher, Radio Public, iHeart Radio, and other platforms. | After the new evidence co…

ACLU (2019-01-29). Trump Says 58,000 Texans Voted Illegally. Here's What Actually Happened. aclu.org Voter fraud is extremely rare. States using unreliable data to justify purges of eligible voters, unfortunately, is not. | The president of the United States is once again spreading unsubstantiated claims about rampant voter fraud and undermining faith in the integrity of our democracy. This time, he's claiming that 95,000 noncitizens were registered to vote in Texas and more than half have actually voted. These numbers,…

Hatewatch Staff (2019-01-24). Anti-LGBT Activist Explores Pedophilia Myth With Disgraced Far-Right Provocateur. splcenter.org An anti-LGBT, Catholic YouTube show interviewed far-right provocateur Milo Yiannopoulos, a gay man who spent time in the spotlight thanks to the election of Donald Trump but is now reported to be millions of dollars in debt. During the show he repeated the long-circulated lie about a link between pedophilia and homosexuality.

John Dougherty and Michael Edison Hayden (2019-01-23). How Gab Has Raised Millions Thanks to This Crowdfunding Company. splcenter.org Three months after a man radicalized on Gab.com killed 11 Jews in a Pittsburgh synagogue, the social media website that has become a hub for white nationalists and neo-Nazis remains financially viable thanks to an Obama-era law and an online crowdfunding broker, a Hatewatch investigation reveals.

splcenter (2019-01-22). Spring 2019 edition of Teaching Tolerance magazine examines menstrual equity movement in schools. splcenter.org When middle school teacher Kristin Heavner shared a photo on social media of a colorful makeup bag filled with disposable menstrual products, she had no idea how people would react.

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