Trump fails to mention George Floyd at event on race and police : MSNBC


With the coronavirus pandemic showing signs it’s still spreading and the economy souring, the president went to Texas to have an event on race and police and pledged to ‘dominate’ the streets with ‘compassion.’

Source: Trump fails to mention George Floyd at event on race and police : MSNBC

‘That’s genocide’: ancient tribal graves threatened by Trump border wall | Environment | The Guardian


A historic graveyard and chapel lie within the barrier’s 150ft ‘enforcement zone’ that the government has said it plans to raze

Source: ‘That’s genocide’: ancient tribal graves threatened by Trump border wall | Environment | The Guardian

Trump policy to deter asylum seekers is illegal, says Amnesty director | US news | The Guardian


The Trump administration’s “remain in Mexico” policy aimed at deterringasylum seekers, especially at the southern border, is illegal and a human rights violation, the head of Amnesty International in the United States has said.

By law, the US is required to allow asylum seekers to file a request for asylum, but the Trump administration has implemented policies designed to prevent that from happening, including placing Customs and Border Patrol (CBP) officers at the international boundary to ask travelers for documentation before getting to the port of entry.

“First and foremost the policy is a violation of US and international law and clearly a human rights violation. If the US recognized that an individual has a credible fear of prosecution you can’t send them somewhere else – it is on the obligation of the state to offer protection and not delegate it to some third party,” Margaret Huang, the executive director for Amnesty International US, told the Guardian this week.

 

Source: Trump policy to deter asylum seekers is illegal, says Amnesty director | US news | The Guardian

US voter suppression: why this Texas woman is facing five years’ prison | US news | The Guardian


When Crystal Mason appears in federal court in Fort Worth, Texas, this week she has been warned by her lawyers to be prepared for the worst. Pack a bag, they told her, talk to your children, be ready to go to prison.

As the clock ticks down to her court hearing on 30 August, she finds herself unable to take that advice. “No, I’m not prepared! I can’t go to prison. I’m not leaving my kids,” she said.

Mason, a 43-year-old mother of three, has been sentenced to five years in Texas state penitentiary – with extra time pending in federal lock-up. All because she committed the crime of voting.

On 8 November 2016, as the world waited with bated breath for the outcome of the Donald Trump versus Hillary Clinton election, she walked to her local Fort Worth polling station to perform her civic duty as a US citizen. To her surprise, her name wasn’t registered on the voting rolls, so she cast a provisional ballot pending further checks.

US voter suppression

A new series, in the run-up to the US midterm elections, about voter suppression in America.

Santa Fe High School: Up to 10 dead in shooting – BBC News


Between eight and 10 people have been killed in a shooting at a Texas high school, says police.

Harris County Sheriff Ed Gonzalez told reporters the majority of the dead at Santa Fe High School were students.

A student is in custody after the attack at the school, which is about 40 miles (65km) south of Houston.

The death toll makes this the deadliest school shooting since the one in February at Parkland, Florida.

That attack left 17 dead and spawned a nationwide youth-led campaign for gun control.

The Texas school district confirmed that people were injured in an “active shooter” incident as classes began on Friday morning.

Sheriff Gonzalez said his officers were tackling a “multiple-casualty incident”, but the final number of dead is unclear.

He earlier tweeted: “An injured police officer is being treated, the extent of his injuries are unknown.”

 

Source: Santa Fe High School: Up to 10 dead in shooting – BBC News

Stoking Islamophobia and Secession in Texas — from an office in Russia – CNNPolitics


A rally was planned, the FBI was alerted, police showed up. Here’s how Islamophobia in Texas was stoked from an office in Russia.

Source: Stoking Islamophobia and Secession in Texas — from an office in Russia – CNNPolitics

The LGBT rights backlash under Trump has already begun: New laws in Texas are a shocking harbinger of things to come – Salon.com


If anti-LGBT bills slated for 2017 session in Texas are any measure, an avalanche of hate looms in state houses

Source: The LGBT rights backlash under Trump has already begun: New laws in Texas are a shocking harbinger of things to come – Salon.com

Norman Finkelstein on the Coming Break-Up of American Zionism: Part 2


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What changed Jewish attitudes to Israel was the 1967 Arab-Israeli War. The Americans saw Israel very much as a kind of outpost of American interests in the Middle East, and identified its people with great American heroes like Davey Crockett, and the struggle of the Texans for independence from Mexico. There was an equivalence between Israel’s soldiers and the heroes of the Alamo. The Israelis were invested with all the heroic values Americans believed characterised themselves, and from it being unpatriotic to support the Israelis, it became the reverse. It was super-patriotic to support them.

Crucial to this was the Israeli claim to have practised ‘purity of arms’. Unlike Vietnam, where the Americans were losing and committing terrible atrocities, the Israelis were winning without committing massacres and other breaches of human rights. This record has gradually darkened as the wars between Israel and its Arab neighbours continued. The classic case…

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