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2018-05-20: News Headlines

wsws.org (2018-05-19). Five Star Movement and Lega unveil coalition agreement to form right-wing Italian government. wsws.org The ultra-right extremists and Beppe Grillo's protest movement intend to deport half a million immigrants and eliminate tens of thousands of public sector jobs.

wsws.org (2018-05-19). Greek Syriza government steps up brutal repression of refugees and asylum seekers. wsws.org Syriza and its government coalition partners have become the EU's jailor, presiding over what are essentially concentration camps.

Greta Christina, AlterNet (2018-05-18). Here Are the 10 Scariest States to Be An Atheist. alternet.org If you are trying to decide where in the country you want to plant your godless stakes, here are some places to avoid. | Let's be clear. It's not like it's easy to be an atheist anywhere in the U. S. Atheists are the most distrusted and disliked of all minority groups — more than blacks, Hispanics, Jews, Muslims, immigrants, and gays and lesbians — and polls show that Americans are less likely to vote for an atheist than they are for a person in any other minority or marginalized category. And this hostility can have serious consequences, in the form of harassment, bullying, ostracism, vandalism, alienation from family, loss of jobs, and more. But to be honest, there are parts of the country where being an atheist really isn't all that awful. Heck, I live in one of them. There's some. . .

Michael Slager (2018-05-18). Criminalizing Victims: the Fate of Honduran Refugees. counterpunch.org According to the National Catholic Reporter, Honduran human rights leader and Jesuit priest Fr. Ismael Moreno Coto, who was a friend of slain environmental activist Berta Caceres, plans to meet with members of the US Congress this week in order to "offer a number of suggestions on how the U.S. government can play a constructive role More

Samantha Krop (2018-05-18). Questioning Our Declaration on Human Rights. counterpunch.org The four-year-old girl was swept up, along with her mother, into an immigration detention center in Dilley, Texas. Conditions were so unhealthy that the little child lost almost 20 percent of her body weight from vomiting and diarrhea yet medical care was so inept that the mother was told the girl had bulimia. Mothers learn More

Human Rights Watch (2018-05-18). US Immigration Officials Pull Plug on High-Tech 'Extreme Vetting'. hrw.org U.S. Customs and Immigration officers keep watch at the arrivals level at Los Angeles International Airport in Los Angeles, California, U.S., June 29, 2017. | © 2017 Reuters | US Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) has dropped a controversial plan to monitor the social media activity of visa applicants and holders to gauge whether they would be "positively contributing member[s] of society." | According to reports, ICE has dropped the requirement to use machine learning or other automated predictive decision-making technologies in its proposals to contractors vying for government business. Instead, ICE will emphasize human oversight of the vetting process. | Last November, Human Rights Watch joined a coalition of more than 100 nongovernmental organizations and technology experts to challenge ICE's plan to use surveillance and predictive analytics to monitor and screen visa…

Manmeet Sahni (2018-05-18). The Western Media's Fear and Loathing of Venezuela. mintpressnews.com Humanitarian crisis, starvation, migration, repressive government, economic crisis, sanctions, resistance, Communist Party, Chavez, hyperinflation, crackdown on corruption, election fraud: just some of the keywords used by the Wall Street Journal, the Financial Times, Reuters and the Miami Herald to describe Venezuela as it heads to the polls on May 20 to select its next president. | While some of these words might give a glimpse into the current situation in Venezuela, Western media's hyper-sensationalism of the nation's domestic affairs falls far short of addressing the realities on the ground. | On a recent episode of Last Week Tonight, host John Oliver — a British comedian — attempted to shed light on the ongoing crisis by weaving some random anecdotes into a 20-minute segment. He outrightly dismissed crucial facts about Venezuela and its socialist history, coming perilously close to publicly endorsing the U.S. sanctions…

Al Neal (2018-05-18). $500 million settlement reached for victims of Michigan State's Nassar. peoplesworld.org "We are truly sorry to all the survivors and their families for what they have been through, and we admire the courage it has taken to tell their stories," said Brian Breslin, chairman of Michigan State's governing board. "We recognize the need for change on our campus and in our community around sexual assault awareness […]…

Human Rights Watch (2018-05-18). Afghan President Offers Airstrike Victims Apology, Not Justice. hrw.org Afghan President Ashraf Ghani speaks during during a peace and security cooperation conference in Kabul, Afghanistan February 28, 2018. | © 2018 Reuters | Afghan President Ashraf Ghani apologized Thursday to the families of civilians killed and injured in Dasht-e Archi, Kunduz province, on April 2, 2018, when Afghan air force helicopters fired heavy machineguns and launched unguided rockets at an outdoor religious ceremony attended by hundreds of people. Thirty of the 36 people killed were children, some under age 10 — in an attack the government claimed was targeting senior Taliban leaders. | A report on the airstrike by the United Nations Assistance Mission to Afghanistan (UNAMA) found that the attack "rais[ed] questions as to the Government's respect of the rules of precaution and proportionality" under the laws of war. UNAMA concluded…

Cody Fenwick, AlterNet (2018-05-18). 'I'm Not Discouraged—I'm Pissed Off': Parkland Father Slams GOP After Santa Fe Shooting. alternet.org "You can't legislate by shutting up. And they're just shutting up. And it's pathetic. " | As national news outlets again descend on the site of another deadly school shooting, this time in Santa Fe, Texas, the father of a victim from the Parkland shooting expressed his outrage with the Republican Party for its failure to address gun violence at the national level. CNN's Jake Tapper brought Fred Guttenberg on air to get his reaction to the horrific event that killed at least 10 people, mostly students, on Friday. "It must be so discouraging," Tapper said, "to think that the horror that you went through, now another set of families is going through it. And really, very little has changed in terms of anyone doing anything to prevent this from happening. ""So, I'm going to say this: I'm not discouraged — I'm pissed off," Guttenberg said. . .

Gabe Ortiz, Daily Kos (2018-05-18). Georgia Republican's Sick 'Deportation Bus' Broke Down—Restauran Owner Tells Racist Candidate to Get Lost. alternet.org The poorly-performing bigot is not having a good week. | Georgia Republican Michael Williams, bless his heart, is desperate for attention and even more desperate for the racist vote, which is why he kicked off his "Deportation Bus Tour" stunt, traveling from city to city and threatening to "fill this bus with illegals. " Impersonating a federal officer is illegal, by the way. But facts aside, things aren't going well for Williams, aside from the fact that he's polling dead last. Not well at all, actually: Williams, a Georgia Republican state senator and gubernatorial candidate, has been taking a "deportation bus" to campaign rallies across the state. But on Thursday, Cracker Barrel and several other restaurants where the bus is scheduled to stop told The Daily Beast that Williams' campaign isn't welcome. The news came the same day the bus broke. . .

wsws.org (2018-05-18). US plans to detain minors on military bases as Trump calls immigrants "animals" wsws.org A savage new immigration policy will result in tens of thousands of children being separated from their parents and sent to detention centers.

Human Rights Watch (2018-05-18). US Suit Risks Cloaking Immigrant Detention Abuse. hrw.org An immigrant takes food into a cell for incoming ICE detainees at the Adelanto immigration detention center, which is run by the Geo Group Inc (GEO.N), in Adelanto, California, U.S., April 13, 2017. © 2017 Reuters/Lucy Nicholson | (San Francisco, CA) — California has a clear interest in monitoring dire health and safety conditions in immigrant detention centers in the state, three human and immigrant rights groups said today in a friend-of-the-court brief. | Human Rights Watch, the Immigrant Legal Resource Center, and Freedom for Immigrants (formerly CIVIC) filed the amicus brief in a federal district court in the case of United States v. California. The lawsuit was brought by the United States Department of Justice against California to block three state laws aimed at protecting the rights of immigrants. In their brief, the…

Sonali Kolhatkar (2018-05-18). Trump's Cruel Plan to Rip Kids Away From Parents. truthdig.com The president continues to use racist, anti-immigrant language as his government imposes harshly punitive practices on undocumented immigrants, tearing apart families in the name of caring for migrant children.

Human Rights Watch (2018-05-18). Oklahoma and Kansas Enact Anti-LGBT Laws. hrw.org In 2018, dozens of anti-LGBT bills have been introduced in state legislatures across the US. Remarkably, none of them have become law – until now. | Over the past week, Governor Mary Fallin of Oklahoma and Governor Jeff Colyer of Kansas have signed laws allowing state-funded adoption and foster care agencies to follow their religious beliefs when placing children with families. | | Proponents of the bills clearly signaled that they were designed to prevent agencies from having to place kids with LGBT parents, who are six times more likely than heterosexual couples to foster and four times more likely to adopt. Now agencies in these states can effectively derail adoptions for LGBT parents. But the language in the bills is so sweeping that it seems to give agencies even wider discretion to disfavor potential parents based on their…

Human Rights Watch (2018-05-18). Afghan President Offers Airstrike Victims Apology, Not Justice. hrw.org Afghan President Ashraf Ghani speaks during during a peace and security cooperation conference in Kabul, Afghanistan February 28, 2018. | © 2018 Reuters | Afghan President Ashraf Ghani apologized Thursday to the families of civilians killed and injured in Dasht-e Archi, Kunduz province, on April 2, 2018, when Afghan air force helicopters fired heavy machineguns and launched unguided rockets at an outdoor religious ceremony attended by hundreds of people. Thirty of the 36 people killed were children, some under age 10 — in an attack the government claimed was targeting senior Taliban leaders. | A report on the airstrike by the United Nations Assistance Mission to Afghanistan (UNAMA) found that the attack "rais[ed] questions as to the Government's respect of the rules of precaution and proportionality" under the laws of war. UNAMA concluded…

Rachel M. Cohen (2018-05-18). Cash Incentives for Charter School Recruitment: Unethical Bribe or Shrewd Marketing Technique? theintercept.com In cash-strapped school districts, where traditional public schools and charters compete over funds, schools face acute financial pressure to attract and retain students. In recent years, some charter schools have discreetly turned to a controversial recruitment strategy: offering low-income families cash stipends or other prizes in exchange for drawing new students into their schools. | The practice is a not-much-discussed part of the school choice debate, and it's not well-known how widespread it is either. This is in large part because schools are typically under no obligation to report it. Critics say these incentives amount to unethical bribes targeting primarily low-income families, though defenders say they're just shrewd marketing techniques. | The KIPP charter network is one of the largest and most prestigious charter school networks across the country. In December 2016, KIPP Adelante, a San Diego charter, sent a newsletter out…

Human Rights Watch (2018-05-18). US Immigration Officials Pull Plug on High-Tech 'Extreme Vetting'. hrw.org U.S. Customs and Immigration officers keep watch at the arrivals level at Los Angeles International Airport in Los Angeles, California, U.S., June 29, 2017. | © 2017 Reuters | US Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) has dropped a controversial plan to monitor the social media activity of visa applicants and holders to gauge whether they would be "positively contributing member[s] of society." | According to reports, ICE has dropped the requirement to use machine learning or other automated predictive decision-making technologies in its proposals to contractors vying for government business. Instead, ICE will emphasize human oversight of the vetting process. | Last November, Human Rights Watch joined a coalition of more than 100 nongovernmental organizations and technology experts to challenge ICE's plan to use surveillance and predictive analytics to monitor and screen visa…

Democracy Now! (2018-05-17). Meet Tarek Loubani, the Canadian Doctor Shot by Israeli Forces Monday While Treating Gaza's Wounded. democracynow.org As Palestinians vow to continue protesting against the Israeli occupation of Gaza, we speak to a Canadian doctor who was shot by Israeli forces in both legs Monday while he was helping injured Palestinians. Israeli forces shot dead at least 61 unarmed Palestinian protesters taking part in the Great March of Return Monday, including one doctor. Canada, Britain, Germany, Ireland and Belgium have called for an investigation into the killings. The United Nations Human Rights Council has announced that it will hold a special session Friday to discuss escalating violence in Gaza. We speak with Dr. Tarek Loubani, an emergency room medical doctor, one of 19 medical personnel shot in Gaza on Monday. Loubani is an associate professor at Western University in London, Ontario. He is a Palestinian refugee and a member of the Glia Project creating open-source medical devices for low-resource settings.

Democracy Now! (2018-05-17). Headlines for May 17, 2018. democracynow.org Trump on North Korean Threats to Cancel Summit: "We'll See", U.N. Human Rights Council to Review Israel's Massacre in Gaza, Under Trump, Refugee Admissions to U.S. at Lowest Level in Decades, President Trump Calls Undocumented Immigrants "Animals", DHS Sought Negative Info on Haitians Ahead of Canceling Protections, Senate Approves Bill to Restore Net Neutrality Rules, Trump Financial Disclosure Reveals Stormy Daniels Payment, WHO Ships Experimental Vaccine to Congo as Ebola Outbreak Kills 23, Chile: Thousands March Against Campus Sexual Violence, Michigan State to Settle Larry Nassar Sexual Abuse Lawsuit for $500M, EPA Chief Pruitt & White House Sought to Block Chemical Release Study, Whistleblower Says Steve Bannon Sought to Suppress Black Vote, CIA Cites Hacker Joshua Schulte as Suspect in WikiLeaks Release, North Carolina: Thousands of Teachers March for School Funding, Brooklyn Man Exonerated 27 Years After Murder Conviction…

RT (2018-05-17). Did Trump just call illegal immigrants 'animals'? rt.com President Donald Trump has once again made headlines, for supposedly referring to illegal immigrants as 'animals' during a White House roundtable on California 'sanctuary city' policies.
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wsws.org (2018-05-16). United States Border Patrol neglects counting migrant deaths. wsws.org For the last 20 years, the agency has consistently underreported the number of people who die attempting to cross the US-Mexico border.

Democracy Now! (2018-05-16). Headlines for May 16, 2018. democracynow.org U.S. Refuses to Criticize Israel's Massacre of 60+ Palestinians During Nonviolent Protest, Key Democrats Back CIA Director Nominee Gina Haspel, North Korea Cancels Talks with South Korea over Joint U.S.-SK Military Drills, Trump Admin Exploring Holding Immigrant Children on Military Bases, Amnesty: Pakistani Human Rights Activists Targeted for Digital Attacks, Mexico: Radio Journalist Juan Carlos Huerta Killed in Tabasco, Fox Settles Racial and Gender Discrimination Lawsuits for $10 Million, Uber & Lyft Will Stop Forced Arbitration for Sexual Harassment, Sexual Assault, Blake Farenthold Won't Repay $84,000 Taxpayer Money Used in Sexual Harassment Settlement, North Carolina Teachers Walk Out of Class, Shuttering Hundreds of Schools, Planned Parenthood and ACLU Sue to Block Iowa's Harsh Anti-Abortion Bill…

Democracy Now! (2018-05-16). Norman Finkelstein: Palestinians Have the Right to Break Free of the "Unlivable" Cage That Is Gaza. democracynow.org This spring's mass nonviolent protests in Gaza come as the human rights conditions in the "open-air prison" have even further deteriorated. Last year, the United Nations issued a report warning Gaza is already "unlivable." The majority of its water is contaminated, and electricity is limited to only a few hours a day. About half the population is children. Almost all are refugees who are prevented from ever leaving the tiny Gaza Strip, one of the most densely populated places on Earth. For more, we speak with Norman Finkelstein, author and scholar whose most recent book is titled "Gaza: An Inquest into Its Martyrdom."

RT (2018-05-15). Ann Coulter calls for Israel-style border killings in America. rt.com Drawing inspiration from the conduct of the Israeli military at the Gaza border, conservative pundit Ann Coulter took to Twitter to call for similar shootings of migrants at the US-Mexican border. |
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RT (2018-05-15). All aboard the deportation bus! Georgia governor candidate launches campaign tour. rt.com A Republican candidate in Georgia unveiled his "Deportation Bus Tour," a campaign gimmick that will see him tour the US state's sanctuary cities drumming up support for his tough immigration policies. |
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wsws.org (2018-05-15). Stop the raids on immigrants! For a socialist policy of open borders! wsws.org This statement was released by Kevin Mitchell in response to the May 8th raid by Immigration and Customs Enforcement that led to the arrest of Alberto Alonzo Hernandez in National City, California.

RT (2018-05-14). Tomi Lahren's defense of John Kelly's racism backfires as her family's immigrant past is revealed. rt.com Fox News commentator Tomi Lahren's defense of John Kelly's racist comments about immigrants backfired spectacularly when her family tree revealed her ancestors were the exact sort of non-English speaking immigrants she so detests.
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Democracy Now! (2018-05-11). Black Mama's Bail Out Is Freeing Black Women from Jail for Mother's Day & Taking Aim at Cash Bail. democracynow.org It's Mother's Day this weekend, and racial justice groups around the country are bailing black women out of jail so they can spend the holiday with their families. For the second year in a row, "Black Mama's Bail Out Day" is raising money to bail out as many black women from jail as possible. The effort is taking place in dozens of cities to call attention to the injustice of cash bail. We speak to Mary Hooks, co-director of Southerners on New Ground and an organizer of National Black Mama's Bail Out Day.

Democracy Now! (2018-05-11). Immigration Officials Are Using Pseudoscience to Justify Jailing Teenage Asylum Seekers with Adults. democracynow.org This week, the Trump administration announced it will detain asylum seekers and separate them from their children at the border. A case in California shows how some minors who arrived alone to seek asylum have been put in adult detention. Immigration authorities in California are refusing to release an Afghan asylum seeker from an adult detention center, even though a federal court had determined he is a child. His lawyers say the teenager, who has been held in adult detention for five months, is 17 years old. But ICE used a disputed "pseudoscience" age test based on a dental exam to insist he is over 18. The teen, who uses the name Hamid for privacy and protection, says he fled Afghanistan using a forged passport after the Taliban murdered his father. On Tuesday, Hamid spoke to Democracy Now! in his first phone interview from the Mesa Verde detention center in Bakersfield, California. We speak to his attorney Mariel Villarreal in New York.

Democracy Now! (2018-05-08). Headlines for May 8, 2018. democracynow.org NY AG Eric Schneiderman Resigns After 4 Women Accuse Him of Physical Abuse, Trump Slated to Announce Decision About Iran Nuclear Deal Today, New NRA President Is Oliver North, Key Figure in Iran-Contra Scandal, Newly Released Emails Show EPA Tried to Shield Scott Pruitt from Tough Questions, Trump Admin Ramping Up Criminal Prosecution of Migrants for Crossing Border, Giuliani: Trump to Decide by May 17 Whether to Testify to Mueller, Nigeria: 45 Killed in Attack on Village; Military Rescues 1,000 Captives from Boko Haram, Yemen: 6 Killed by Saudi-Led Coalition Bombing, Lebanon: Hezbollah and Allies Win Additional Seats in Parliamentary Election, HUD and Ben Carson to Be Sued for Suspending 2015 Fair Housing Rule, Melania Trump Unveils Kids' Health Platform; Trump Calls for $7B Cuts to Children's Health Insurance Program, Hawaii: Hundreds Evacuate Volcanic Eruption on Big Island, UNC Doctoral Student Maya Little Poured Red Paint on Confederate Statue in Protest…

Democracy Now! (2018-05-07). Meet the 2018 Teacher of the Year Honored by Trump the White House Doesn't Want You to Hear. democracynow.org When Mandy Manning received her 2018 Teacher of the Year award at the White House Wednesday, the press was barred from her speech, and President Trump did not mention who she teaches: immigrant and refugee children. While she was at the White House, Manning handed President Donald Trump a stack of letters from her refugee and immigrant students, while billionaire Education Secretary Betsy DeVos looked on. She also wore six politically themed buttons as she accepted her award from Trump, featuring artwork from the 2017 Women's March, a rainbow flag and the slogan "Trans Equality Now!" Mandy Manning joins us from Spokane, Washington, where she is an English and math teacher at the Joel E. Ferris High School. She was named 2018 National Teacher of the Year by the Council of Chief School State Officers.

Democracy Now! (2018-05-07). Nearly 90,000 Hondurans May Be Deported to Danger and Poverty as Trump Ends Their Protected Status. democracynow.org The Trump administration announced Friday it is ending temporary protected status for nearly 90,000 Hondurans now living in the United States, saying they must return home. TPS is an immigration status granted to foreign nationals who can't safely return to their home countries, and allows them to legally live and work in the United States. Hondurans were first given TPS in 1999 after Hurricane Mitch devastated the country. Critics note Honduras remains the one of the world's most violent countries. The Trump administration has also ended protections for El Salvador, Haiti, Nepal, Nicaragua and Sudan. Only South Sudan and Syria were renewed. An estimated 300,000 people will be impacted overall. We get response from Patricia Montes, an immigrant from Honduras and executive director of Centro Presente in Boston, Massachusetts, which has worked with members from Honduras and Central America since the 1980s. She also has family members who will lose their temporary protected status.

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2018-05-20: Social Media Postees

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Five Star Movement and Lega unveil coalition agreement to form right-wing Italian government
wsws.org | wsws.org | 2018-05-19
The ultra-right extremists and Beppe Grillo's protest movement intend to deport half a million immigrants and eliminate tens of thousands of public sector jobs.
www.wsws.org/en/articles/2018/05/19/ital-m19.html

Greek Syriza government steps up brutal repression of refugees and asylum seekers
wsws.org | wsws.org | 2018-05-19
Syriza and its government coalition partners have become the EU's jailor, presiding over what are essentially concentration camps.
www.wsws.org/en/articles/2018/05/19/refu-m19.html

Here Are the 10 Scariest States to Be An Atheist
Greta Christina, AlterNet | alternet.org | 2018-05-18
If you are trying to decide where in the country you want to plant your godless stakes, here are some places to avoid. | Let's be clear. It's not like it's easy to be an atheist anywhere in the U. S. Atheists are the most distrusted and disliked of all minority groups — more than blacks, Hispanics, Jews, Muslims, immigrants, and gays and lesbians — and polls show that Americans are less likely to vote for an atheist than they are for a person in any other minority or marginalized category. And this hostility can have serious consequences, in the form of harassment, bullying, ostracism, vandalism, alienation from family, loss of jobs, and more. But to be honest, there are parts of the country where being an atheist really isn't all that awful. Heck, I live in one of them. There's some. . .
www.alternet.org/here-are-10-scariest-states-be-atheist

Criminalizing Victims: the Fate of Honduran Refugees
Michael Slager | counterpunch.org | 2018-05-18
According to the National Catholic Reporter, Honduran human rights leader and Jesuit priest Fr. Ismael Moreno Coto, who was a friend of slain environmental activist Berta Caceres, plans to meet with members of the US Congress this week in order to…
counterpunch.org/2018/05/18/criminalizing-victims-the-fate-of-honduran-refugees/

US Immigration Officials Pull Plug on High-Tech 'Extreme Vetting'
Human Rights Watch | hrw.org | 2018-05-18
U.S. Customs and Immigration officers keep watch at the arrivals level at Los Angeles International Airport in Los Angeles, California, U.S., June 29, 2017. | © 2017 Reuters | US Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) has dropped a controversial plan to monitor the social media activity of visa applicants and holders to gauge whether they would be "positively contributing member[s] of society." | According to reports, ICE has dropped the requirement to use machine learning or other automated predictive decision-making technologies in its proposals to contractors vying for government business. Instead, ICE will emphasize human oversight of the vetting process. | Last November, Human Rights Watch joined a coalition of more than 100 nongovernmental organizations and technology experts to challenge ICE's plan to use surveillance and predictive analytics to monitor and screen visa…
www.hrw.org/news/2018/05/18/us-immigration-officials-pull-plug-high-tech-extreme-vetting

The Western Media's Fear and Loathing of Venezuela
Manmeet Sahni | mintpressnews.com | 2018-05-18
Humanitarian crisis, starvation, migration, repressive government, economic crisis, sanctions, resistance, Communist Party, Chavez, hyperinflation, crackdown on corruption, election fraud: just some of the keywords used by the Wall Street Journal, the Financial Times, Reuters and the Miami Herald to describe Venezuela as it heads to the polls on May 20 to select its next president. | While some of these words might give a glimpse into the current situation in Venezuela, Western media's hyper-sensationalism of the nation's domestic affairs falls far short of addressing the realities on the ground. | On a recent episode of Last Week Tonight, host John Oliver — a British comedian — attempted to shed light on the ongoing crisis by weaving some random anecdotes into a 20-minute segment. He outrightly dismissed crucial facts about Venezuela and its socialist history, coming perilously close to publicly endorsing the U.S. sanctions…

The Western Media's Fear and Loathing of Venezuela

Questioning Our Declaration on Human Rights
Samantha Krop | counterpunch.org | 2018-05-18
The four-year-old girl was swept up, along with her mother, into an immigration detention center in Dilley, Texas. Conditions were so unhealthy that the little child lost almost 20 percent of her body weight from vomiting and diarrhea yet medical care was so inept that the mother was told the girl had bulimia. Mothers learn…
counterpunch.org/2018/05/18/questioning-our-declaration-on-human-rights/

$500 million settlement reached for victims of Michigan State's Nassar
Al Neal | peoplesworld.org | 2018-05-18
"We are truly sorry to all the survivors and their families for what they have been through, and we admire the courage it has taken to tell their stories," said Brian Breslin, chairman of Michigan State's governing board. "We recognize the need for change on our campus and in our community around sexual assault awareness …

$500 million settlement reached for victims of Michigan State's Nassar

'I'm Not Discouraged–I'm Pissed Off': Parkland Father Slams GOP After Santa Fe Shooting
Cody Fenwick, AlterNet | alternet.org | 2018-05-18
"You can't legislate by shutting up. And they're just shutting up. And it's pathetic. " | As national news outlets again descend on the site of another deadly school shooting, this time in Santa Fe, Texas, the father of a victim from the Parkland shooting expressed his outrage with the Republican Party for its failure to address gun violence at the national level. CNN's Jake Tapper brought Fred Guttenberg on air to get his reaction to the horrific event that killed at least 10 people, mostly students, on Friday. "It must be so discouraging," Tapper said, "to think that the horror that you went through, now another set of families is going through it. And really, very little has changed in terms of anyone doing anything to prevent this from happening. ""So, I'm going to say this: I'm not discouraged — I'm pissed off," Guttenberg said. . .
www.alternet.org/news-amp-politics/im-not-discouraged-im-pissed-parkland-father-slams-gop-after-santa-fe-shooting

Georgia Republican's Sick 'Deportation Bus' Broke Down–Restauran Owner Tells Racist Candidate to Get Lost
Gabe Ortiz, Daily Kos | alternet.org | 2018-05-18
The poorly-performing bigot is not having a good week. | Georgia Republican Michael Williams, bless his heart, is desperate for attention and even more desperate for the racist vote, which is why he kicked off his "Deportation Bus Tour" stunt, traveling from city to city and threatening to "fill this bus with illegals. " Impersonating a federal officer is illegal, by the way. But facts aside, things aren't going well for Williams, aside from the fact that he's polling dead last. Not well at all, actually: Williams, a Georgia Republican state senator and gubernatorial candidate, has been taking a "deportation bus" to campaign rallies across the state. But on Thursday, Cracker Barrel and several other restaurants where the bus is scheduled to stop told The Daily Beast that Williams' campaign isn't welcome. The news came the same day the bus broke. . .
www.alternet.org/news-amp-politics/georgia-republicans-sick-deportation-bus-broke-down-restauran-owner-tells-racist

Oklahoma and Kansas Enact Anti-LGBT Laws
Human Rights Watch | hrw.org | 2018-05-18
In 2018, dozens of anti-LGBT bills have been introduced in state legislatures across the US. Remarkably, none of them have become law – until now. | Over the past week, Governor Mary Fallin of Oklahoma and Governor Jeff Colyer of Kansas have signed laws allowing state-funded adoption and foster care agencies to follow their religious beliefs when placing children with families. | | Proponents of the bills clearly signaled that they were designed to prevent agencies from having to place kids with LGBT parents, who are six times more likely than heterosexual couples to foster and four times more likely to adopt. Now agencies in these states can effectively derail adoptions for LGBT parents. But the language in the bills is so sweeping that it seems to give agencies even wider discretion to disfavor potential parents based on their…
www.hrw.org/news/2018/05/18/oklahoma-and-kansas-enact-anti-lgbt-laws

US Immigration Officials Pull Plug on High-Tech 'Extreme Vetting'
Human Rights Watch | hrw.org | 2018-05-18
U.S. Customs and Immigration officers keep watch at the arrivals level at Los Angeles International Airport in Los Angeles, California, U.S., June 29, 2017. | © 2017 Reuters | US Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) has dropped a controversial plan to monitor the social media activity of visa applicants and holders to gauge whether they would be "positively contributing member[s] of society." | According to reports, ICE has dropped the requirement to use machine learning or other automated predictive decision-making technologies in its proposals to contractors vying for government business. Instead, ICE will emphasize human oversight of the vetting process. | Last November, Human Rights Watch joined a coalition of more than 100 nongovernmental organizations and technology experts to challenge ICE's plan to use surveillance and predictive analytics to monitor and screen visa…
www.hrw.org/news/2018/05/18/us-immigration-officials-pull-plug-high-tech-extreme-vetting

Trump's Cruel Plan to Rip Kids Away From Parents
Sonali Kolhatkar | truthdig.com | 2018-05-18
The president continues to use racist, anti-immigrant language as his government imposes harshly punitive practices on undocumented immigrants, tearing apart families in the name of caring for migrant children. | The post Trump's Cruel Plan to Rip Kids Away From Parents appeared first on Truthdig: Expert Reporting, Current News, Provocative Columnists.
truthdig.com/articles/trumps-cruel-plan-to-rip-kids-away-from-parents/

US Suit Risks Cloaking Immigrant Detention Abuse
Human Rights Watch | hrw.org | 2018-05-18
An immigrant takes food into a cell for incoming ICE detainees at the Adelanto immigration detention center, which is run by the Geo Group Inc (GEO.N), in Adelanto, California, U.S., April 13, 2017. © 2017 Reuters/Lucy Nicholson | (San Francisco, CA) — California has a clear interest in monitoring dire health and safety conditions in immigrant detention centers in the state, three human and immigrant rights groups said today in a friend-of-the-court brief. | Human Rights Watch, the Immigrant Legal Resource Center, and Freedom for Immigrants (formerly CIVIC) filed the amicus brief in a federal district court in the case of United States v. California. The lawsuit was brought by the United States Department of Justice against California to block three state laws aimed at protecting the rights of immigrants. In their brief, the…
www.hrw.org/news/2018/05/18/us-suit-risks-cloaking-immigrant-detention-abuse

Cash Incentives for Charter School Recruitment: Unethical Bribe or Shrewd Marketing Technique?
Rachel M. Cohen | theintercept.com | 2018-05-18
In cash-strapped school districts, where traditional public schools and charters compete over funds, schools face acute financial pressure to attract and retain students. In recent years, some charter schools have discreetly turned to a controversial recruitment strategy: offering low-income families cash stipends or other prizes in exchange for drawing new students into their schools. | The practice is a not-much-discussed part of the school choice debate, and it's not well-known how widespread it is either. This is in large part because schools are typically under no obligation to report it. Critics say these incentives amount to unethical bribes targeting primarily low-income families, though defenders say they're just shrewd marketing techniques. | The KIPP charter network is one of the largest and most prestigious charter school networks across the country. In December 2016, KIPP Adelante, a San Diego charter, sent a newsletter out…
theintercept.com/2018/05/18/charter-school-recruitment-financial-incentives/

Afghan President Offers Airstrike Victims Apology, Not Justice
Human Rights Watch | hrw.org | 2018-05-18
Afghan President Ashraf Ghani speaks during during a peace and security cooperation conference in Kabul, Afghanistan February 28, 2018. | © 2018 Reuters | Afghan President Ashraf Ghani apologized Thursday to the families of civilians killed and injured in Dasht-e Archi, Kunduz province, on April 2, 2018, when Afghan air force helicopters fired heavy machineguns and launched unguided rockets at an outdoor religious ceremony attended by hundreds of people. Thirty of the 36 people killed were children, some under age 10 — in an attack the government claimed was targeting senior Taliban leaders. | A report on the airstrike by the United Nations Assistance Mission to Afghanistan (UNAMA) found that the attack "rais[ed] questions as to the Government's respect of the rules of precaution and proportionality" under the laws of war. UNAMA concluded…
www.hrw.org/news/2018/05/18/afghan-president-offers-airstrike-victims-apology-not-justice

US plans to detain minors on military bases as Trump calls immigrants "animals"
wsws.org | wsws.org | 2018-05-18
A savage new immigration policy will result in tens of thousands of children being separated from their parents and sent to detention centers.
www.wsws.org/en/articles/2018/05/18/immi-m18.html

Meet Tarek Loubani, the Canadian Doctor Shot by Israeli Forces Monday While Treating Gaza's Wounded
Democracy Now! | democracynow.org | 2018-05-17
As Palestinians vow to continue protesting against the Israeli occupation of Gaza, we speak to a Canadian doctor who was shot by Israeli forces in both legs Monday while he was helping injured Palestinians. Israeli forces shot dead at least 61 unarmed Palestinian protesters taking part in the Great March of Return Monday, including one doctor. Canada, Britain, Germany, Ireland and Belgium have called for an investigation into the killings. The United Nations Human Rights Council has announced that it will hold a special session Friday to discuss escalating violence in Gaza. We speak with Dr. Tarek Loubani, an emergency room medical doctor, one of 19 medical personnel shot in Gaza on Monday. Loubani is an associate professor at Western University in London, Ontario. He is a Palestinian refugee and a member of the Glia Project creating open-source medical devices for low-resource settings.
www.democracynow.org/2018/5/17/meet_tarek_loubani_the_canadian_doctor

Did Trump just call illegal immigrants 'animals'?
RT | rt.com | 2018-05-17
President Donald Trump has once again made headlines, for supposedly referring to illegal immigrants as 'animals' during a White House roundtable on California 'sanctuary city' policies. …
www.rt.com/usa/426948-trump-immigrants-gangs-animals/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=RSS

United States Border Patrol neglects counting migrant deaths
wsws.org | wsws.org | 2018-05-16
For the last 20 years, the agency has consistently underreported the number of people who die attempting to cross the US-Mexico border.
www.wsws.org/en/articles/2018/05/16/usbp-m16.html

Norman Finkelstein: Palestinians Have the Right to Break Free of the "Unlivable" Cage That Is Gaza
Democracy Now! | democracynow.org | 2018-05-16
This spring's mass nonviolent protests in Gaza come as the human rights conditions in the "open-air prison" have even further deteriorated. Last year, the United Nations issued a report warning Gaza is already "unlivable." The majority of its water is contaminated, and electricity is limited to only a few hours a day. About half the population is children. Almost all are refugees who are prevented from ever leaving the tiny Gaza Strip, one of the most densely populated places on Earth. For more, we speak with Norman Finkelstein, author and scholar whose most recent book is titled "Gaza: An Inquest into Its Martyrdom."
www.democracynow.org/2018/5/16/norman_finkelstein_palestinians_have_the_right

Stop the raids on immigrants! For a socialist policy of open borders!
wsws.org | wsws.org | 2018-05-15
This statement was released by Kevin Mitchell in response to the May 8th raid by Immigration and Customs Enforcement that led to the arrest of Alberto Alonzo Hernandez in National City, California.
www.wsws.org/en/articles/2018/05/15/immi-m15.html

All aboard the deportation bus! Georgia governor candidate launches campaign tour
RT | rt.com | 2018-05-15
A Republican candidate in Georgia unveiled his "Deportation Bus Tour," a campaign gimmick that will see him tour the US state's sanctuary cities drumming up support for his tough immigration policies. …
www.rt.com/usa/426825-georgia-governor-deportation-bus/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=RSS

Ann Coulter calls for Israel-style border killings in America
RT | rt.com | 2018-05-15
Drawing inspiration from the conduct of the Israeli military at the Gaza border, conservative pundit Ann Coulter took to Twitter to call for similar shootings of migrants at the US-Mexican border. …
www.rt.com/usa/426819-ann-coulter-shoot-migrants/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=RSS

Tomi Lahren's defense of John Kelly's racism backfires as her family's immigrant past is revealed
RT | rt.com | 2018-05-14
Fox News commentator Tomi Lahren's defense of John Kelly's racist comments about immigrants backfired spectacularly when her family tree revealed her ancestors were the exact sort of non-English speaking immigrants she so detests. …
www.rt.com/usa/426707-lahren-fox-immigrant-kelly/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=RSS

Black Mama's Bail Out Is Freeing Black Women from Jail for Mother's Day & Taking Aim at Cash Bail
Democracy Now! | democracynow.org | 2018-05-11
It's Mother's Day this weekend, and racial justice groups around the country are bailing black women out of jail so they can spend the holiday with their families. For the second year in a row, "Black Mama's Bail Out Day" is raising money to bail out as many black women from jail as possible. The effort is taking place in dozens of cities to call attention to the injustice of cash bail. We speak to Mary Hooks, co-director of Southerners on New Ground and an organizer of National Black Mama's Bail Out Day.
www.democracynow.org/2018/5/11/black_mamas_bail_out_is_freeing

Immigration Officials Are Using Pseudoscience to Justify Jailing Teenage Asylum Seekers with Adults
Democracy Now! | democracynow.org | 2018-05-11
This week, the Trump administration announced it will detain asylum seekers and separate them from their children at the border. A case in California shows how some minors who arrived alone to seek asylum have been put in adult detention. Immigration authorities in California are refusing to release an Afghan asylum seeker from an adult detention center, even though a federal court had determined he is a child. His lawyers say the teenager, who has been held in adult detention for five months, is 17 years old. But ICE used a disputed "pseudoscience" age test based on a dental exam to insist he is over 18. The teen, who uses the name Hamid for privacy and protection, says he fled Afghanistan using a forged passport after the Taliban murdered his father. On Tuesday, Hamid spoke to Democracy Now! in his first phone interview from the Mesa Verde detention center in Bakersfield, California. We speak to his attorney Mariel Villarreal in New York.
www.democracynow.org/2018/5/11/immigration_officials_are_using_pseudoscience_to

Nearly 90,000 Hondurans May Be Deported to Danger and Poverty as Trump Ends Their Protected Status
Democracy Now! | democracynow.org | 2018-05-07
The Trump administration announced Friday it is ending temporary protected status for nearly 90,000 Hondurans now living in the United States, saying they must return home. TPS is an immigration status granted to foreign nationals who can't safely return to their home countries, and allows them to legally live and work in the United States. Hondurans were first given TPS in 1999 after Hurricane Mitch devastated the country. Critics note Honduras remains the one of the world's most violent countries. The Trump administration has also ended protections for El Salvador, Haiti, Nepal, Nicaragua and Sudan. Only South Sudan and Syria were renewed. An estimated 300,000 people will be impacted overall. We get response from Patricia Montes, an immigrant from Honduras and executive director of Centro Presente in Boston, Massachusetts, which has worked with members from Honduras and Central America since the 1980s. She also has family members who will lose their temporary protected status.
www.democracynow.org/2018/5/7/nearly_90_000_hondurans_may_be

Meet the 2018 Teacher of the Year Honored by Trump the White House Doesn't Want You to Hear
Democracy Now! | democracynow.org | 2018-05-07
When Mandy Manning received her 2018 Teacher of the Year award at the White House Wednesday, the press was barred from her speech, and President Trump did not mention who she teaches: immigrant and refugee children. While she was at the White House, Manning handed President Donald Trump a stack of letters from her refugee and immigrant students, while billionaire Education Secretary Betsy DeVos looked on. She also wore six politically themed buttons as she accepted her award from Trump, featuring artwork from the 2017 Women's March, a rainbow flag and the slogan "Trans Equality Now!" Mandy Manning joins us from Spokane, Washington, where she is an English and math teacher at the Joel E. Ferris High School. She was named 2018 National Teacher of the Year by the Council of Chief School State Officers.
www.democracynow.org/2018/5/7/meet_the_teacher_who_staged_a

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