2019-02-06: News Headlines

STAFF (2019-02-06). What Labor Activists Can Learn From the Seattle General Strike. truthdig.com In 1919, 35,000 shipyard workers brought a city to a standstill. Their protest holds lessons for teachers, Google employees and more.

teleSUR (2019-02-06). WhatsApp Warns Indian Political Parties Against Abuse of Media. telesurenglish.net India's political parties have been abusing Facebook Inc's popular messaging service WhatsApp ahead of the country's general election and the company has warned them not to do so, a senior executive said Wednesday. | RELATED: | India: High Unemployment Report Withheld, a 'National Disaster' | WhatsApp declined to name the parties or give the exact nature of the alleged misuse, but there is mounting concern in India that party workers could abuse the platform by using automated too…

Eds. (2019-02-06). Facebook's Troll Hunter in Chief Nathaniel Gleicher tied to Neocon think tank. mronline.org While Facebook claims impartiality in its crackdown on "coordinated inauthentic behavior," the loyalties of the man charged with carrying out that mission. if his resume is any indication, are not with the users. | Source

Various Contributors (2019-02-06). Venezuelan News Site Latest Victim in Facebook Censorship. zcomm.org Facebook has removed the page of yet another media outlet. This time, it's not a far right fringe network like Infowars, but "Venezuela's only independent, grassroots leftwing English media platform," the outlet, Venezuela Analysis, noted on Twitter…

Ruth Conniff (2019-02-06). Trump's Long, Weird, Divisive State of the Union. commondreams.org Wearing suffragette white in solidarity, Democratic women of the 116th Congress listen to the State of the Union Address, February 5, 2019. In his remarks the President stated, "we have more women in the workforce than ever before." According to the Labor Department, women's labor force participation was higher in 2012, and peaked in 2000. (Photo: Youtube Screenshot) | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…

Natasha Hakimi Zapata (2019-02-06). Sanders Highlights American Struggles in Fierce SOTU Response. commondreams.org Bernie Sanders quickly delved into all the things Trump got wrong about the economy, infrastructure, health care, immigration and more in his own response delivered online. (Photo: Screen shot / YouTube) | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…

Alexander Rubinstein (2019-02-06). Twitter Greenlights Venezuela's Pro-Opposition Online Blitz — Shuts Down Genuine Opponents. globalresearch.ca Shady anonymous actors are waging an information war manipulating social media with automated posts in an apparent attempt to manufacture a faux consensus for regime change in Venezuela. | *** | As the U.S.-backed coup attempt in Venezuela continues to take shape, …

Isabel Ostrer, Chris Cai, and Ana Malinow (2019-02-06). An Open Letter to Rep. Pramila Jayapal Regarding Medicare for All. commondreams.org Rep. Pramila Jayapal introducing the new Medicare for All Caucus during a Capitol Hill press conference in July of 2018. (Photo: Rep. Pramila Jayapal/Twitter) | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…

teleSUR (2019-02-06). Venezuela Seizes US Weapons Destined for Coup Plotters. telesurenglish.net Venezuelan authorities seized a bunch of U.S-made weapons during an operation in the Aducarga storage yard at the Arturo Michelena International Airport, in the state of Valencia. | RELATED: | Labour Party Rejects EU's Recognition of Guaido, Meddling in Venezuela's Affairs | The Deputy Minister of Prevention and Citizen Security of Venezuela, Endes Palencia wrote on Twitter that the arms came from Miami. | During the operation, members of Command of Area 41 of t…

STAFF (2019-02-06). Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez Dismantles Trump's Attack on Socialism. truthdig.com While Republicans and many Democrats rose and enthusiastically applauded President Donald Trump's attack on socialism during his State of the Union address Tuesday night, Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-N.Y.)—who, along with Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.), remained seated—said the president's remarks showed he's "scared" of the progressive policies that most Americans are embracing. | Speaking to…

Ewan Robertson (2019-02-06). Maduro Denounces Twitter Attack. zcomm.org Venezuelan president Nicolas Maduro has denounced a "massive" Twitter attack against the Venezuelan government after thousands of accounts belonging to ministers and pro-government media and supporters were suspended…

teleSUR Desk (2019-02-06). Twitter erupts after 2,000 Pro-Venezuelan accounts are deleted. mronline.org A total of 1,196 social media accounts based in Venezuela have been closed accused of "influencing domestic audiences." | Source

RT (2019-02-06). MAGA teen gearing up to sue dozens of media outlets, celebrities in 'landmark' libel case. rt.com More than 50 media outlets, celebrities and public figures could be targeted in a libel suit aiming to vindicate a MAGA-hat-wearing teen who was savaged by social media after he faced off with a Native American activist.

RT (2019-02-06). Democrats drool over Nancy Pelosi's 'f**k you' clap during Trump's State of the Union speech. rt.com The State of the Union address was supposed to showcase Donald Trump's statesmanship but, according to social media, the real star of the show was Nancy Pelosi, whose sarcastic antics made her the night's MVP #resistor.

Shared by Cherise (2019-02-06). Ocasio-Cortez: Attack on Socialism Shows Trump Is Scared of Progressives. truthout.org While Republicans and many Democrats rose and enthusiastically applauded President Donald Trump's attack on socialism during his State of the Union address Tuesday night, Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY) — who, along with Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.), remained seated — said the president's remarks showed he's "scared" of the progressive policies that most Americans are embracing. | Speaki…

Peter Geoghegan (2019-02-06). Revealed: The dark-money Brexit Ads Flooding Social Media. globalresearch.ca Over the past week tens of thousands of pounds have been spent on Facebook adverts promoting a 'no deal' Brexit. It is not possible to find out who is funding these highly targeted campaigns, despite new regulations intended to make …

Fight Back (2019-02-05). Green Bay, WI protests after DA refuses to charge killer cop. fightbacknews.org Green Bay, WI – After months of waiting for a decision, on February 1, the family, friends and supporters of Jonathon Tubby heard District Attorney David Lasees' refusal to charge Officer Erik O'Brien. His decision has left many with questions, anger and confusion — not the answers they had sought. | Tubby, a member of the Oneida Nation, was known as a warm, funny person who cared deeply for his friends and family. In pictures shared on his Facebook and other social media pages, his smile is the first thing that catches one's eye. | On the evening of October 19, Tubby was taken to the Brown County…

unitedEditor (2019-02-05). " God chose Trump, and Trump chose Venezuela!" uwidata.com US President Donald Trump, who has left multiple countries in a state nervous suspense from the first day of his presidency, continues to threaten the world community like some kind of petty Mafioso, this time setting the crosshair on Venezuela. Like president, like press secretary While Trump continues to tweet scattered threats to people across […]

Alexander Rubinstein (2019-02-05). Twitter Greenlights Venezuela's Pro-Opposition Online Blitz — Shuts Down Genuine Opponents. mintpressnews.com Shady anonymous actors are waging an information war manipulating social media with automated posts in an apparent attempt to manufacture a faux consensus for regime change in Venezuela.

Shared by Hezvo Mpunga (2019-02-05). Hundreds of Teachers Protest Proposed Budget Cuts in Baltimore County. therealnews.com Baltimore County public school teachers will rally at a Baltimore County Board of Education meeting on the evening of Tuesday, Feb. 5 to protest austerity measures, including budget and staff cutbacks. | The Real News will be covering events live on Twitter and the District will livestream the meeting, which begins at 6: 30. | Teacher protests have swept the nation over the past year—most recently in Virginia, where teachers staged a one-day walkout, and Los Angeles, where teachers won pay raises and class size…

RT (2019-02-05). Veteran with PTSD kills himself in Facebook live video after killing 6yo & shooting girlfriend. rt.com A US Army veteran said to be suffering from PTSD shot himself in the head on a Facebook live broadcast after shooting his girlfriend and killing her six-year-old son.

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."

Aída Chávez (2019-02-04). Ana Maria Archila, Who Confronted Sen. Jeff Flake, Will Be Ocasio-Cortez's SOTU Guest. theintercept.com Ana Maria Archila, the Queens woman who famously confronted Arizona Sen. Jeff Flake in a Capitol Hill elevator, will be Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez's State of the Union guest on Tuesday. | Archila, a longtime community organizer and co-executive director of the Center for Popular Democracy Action, was one of two women who shared their stories of sexual assault for the first time with the senator in an emotional encounter during the debate over Judge Brett Kavanaugh's nomination to the Supreme Court. With a CNN camera broadcasting live right behind the wo…

Human Rights Watch (2019-02-04). UK, Stand Firm against Data Demands in Death Penalty Cases. hrw.org | | WhatsApp and Facebook messenger icons are seen on an iPhone in Manchester , Britain March 27, 2017. | © 2017 Reuters | After heated debate, the United Kingdom has just inched closer to adopting laws that would allow the United States to demand and obtain digital evidence — such as e-mails, texts, and chats — directly from companies that are storing it in…

Lee Fang (2019-02-04). Google Hired Gig Economy Workers to Improve Artificial Intelligence in Controversial Drone-Targeting Project. theintercept.com Millions of gig economy workers around the world now earn a living on so-called crowd worker websites — work that falls under the umbrella of crowdsourcing, or dividing up tasks into minuscule portions to spread over a large number of people. The sites pay as little as $1 an hour for individuals to perform short, repetitive tasks, such as identifying images seen in pictures and churning out product reviews. | Some of these crowd workers were unknowingly helping to build out the Pentagon's battlefield drone capability. | The work was done as part of a Defense Department initiative called Project Maven. Last…

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.

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…

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.

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…

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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