2018-11-20: News Headlines

Kevin Zeese (2018-11-19). The Guardian Pushes More Lies on Nicaragua, Covering Up For Putschist Priests. mintpressnews.com The Guardian continues its relentless campaign of demonization against Nicaragua's elected government with a falsehood-filled cover-up for the Catholic church leaders under fire for leading a violent coup.

Democracy Now! (2018-11-19). Filipino Reporter Maria Ressa on Duterte's Targeting of the Press & How Facebook Aids Authoritarians. democracynow.org As Philippines President Rodrigo Duterte amps up his attacks on the free press, we speak with renowned Filipino journalist Maria Ressa about Duterte's deadly "war on drugs," his affinity for Donald Trump, and his weaponization of social media. Ressa is the CEO and executive editor of the leading independent Filipino news site The Rappler, which Duterte has repeatedly tried to shut down. Last week, the Filipino government indicted her for tax evasion in what is widely seen as the government's latest attack on the website. We speak with Maria Ressa in New York City. She has received the 2018 Knight International Jo…

kathy_f (2018-11-13). Protesters to Qantas: 'Don't profit at the expense of human lives'. greenleft.org.au Thirty refugee supporters protested outside the Melbourne headquarters of Jetstar on November 9, demanding that Qantas (Jetstar's parent company) cease participating in the deportation of asylum seekers. | Tamil Refugee Council member Aran Mylvaganam told the rally that the Australian government has deported hundreds of Tamil asylum seekers to Sri Lanka. Citing a United Nations report, which showed that torture is "endemic and routine" in Sri Lanka, he said Tamils who are sent back are in grave danger. He called on Qantas not to be complicit, saying: "Don't make a profit at the expense of human lives".

Jeff Cohen (2018-11-20). The Biggest Threat to Free Speech No One Is Talking About. zcomm.org In the latest installment of "Scheer Intelligence," Jeff Cohen plumbs a range of topics, including the myriad failures of our political press and the Blue Wave election that wasn't quite, as well as the future of the progressive movement. No matter how many congressional seats it ends up flipping, he contends, the Democratic Party is Read more…

Staff (2018-11-19). John Oliver Dissects the Alarming Rise of Global Authoritarianism (Video). truthdig.com "There's a pretty good chance you may have been watching the news at some point this year and found yourself wondering, 'What the fuck is happening in the world and why?' " | That's how John Oliver started his "Last Week Tonight" monologue on authoritarianism this week. With his characteristic humor-filled, informative style, the comedian went on to analyze three traits that authoritarians in power across the globe share in order to come to grips with why they're so appealing to voters. Oliver also tried to determine whether the U.S. is headed in the same harrowing direction as are one third of the countries on e…

Shared by Samantha Borek (2018-11-19). Facebook Aids Authoritarians Like the Philippines' Duterte. truthout.org As Philippines President Rodrigo Duterte amps up his attacks on the free press, we speak with renowned Filipino journalist Maria Ressa about Duterte's deadly "war on drugs," his affinity for Donald Trump, and his weaponization of social media. Ressa is the CEO and executive editor of the leading independent Filipino news site The Rappler, which Duterte has repeatedly tried to shut down. Last week, the Filipino government indicted her for tax evasion in what is widely seen as the government's latest attack on the website. We speak with Maria Ressa in New York City. She has received the 2018 Knight International…

Dave Zirin (2018-11-09). From World Cup to the Specter of Fascism. progressive.org How did the rightwing authoritarian Bolsonaro claw his way to power?

2018-11-20: Social Media Postees

The Biggest Threat to Free Speech No One Is Talking About
Jeff Cohen | zcomm.org | 2018-11-20
In the latest installment of "Scheer Intelligence," Jeff Cohen plumbs a range of topics, including the myriad failures of our political press and the Blue Wave election that wasn't quite, as well as the future of the progressive movement. No matter how many congressional seats it ends up flipping, he contends, the Democratic Party is Read…
zcomm.org/znetarticle/the-biggest-threat…

John Oliver Dissects the Alarming Rise of Global Authoritarianism (Video)
Staff | truthdig.com | 2018-11-19
"There's a pretty good chance you may have been watching the news at some point this year and found yourself wondering, 'What the fuck is happening in the world and why?' " | That's how John Oliver started his "Last Week Tonight" monologue on authoritarianism this week. With his characteristic humor-filled, informative style, the comedian went on to analyze three traits that authoritarians in power across the globe share in order to come to grips with why they're so appealing to voters. Oliver also tried to determine whether the U.S. is headed in the same harrowing direction as are one third of the countries on e…
truthdig.com/videos/john-oliver-on-the-a…

Facebook Aids Authoritarians Like the Philippines' Duterte
Shared by Samantha Borek | truthout.org | 2018-11-19
As Philippines President Rodrigo Duterte amps up his attacks on the free press, we speak with renowned Filipino journalist Maria Ressa about Duterte's deadly "war on drugs," his affinity for Donald Trump, and his weaponization of social media. Ressa is the CEO and executive editor of the leading independent Filipino news site The Rappler, which Duterte has repeatedly tried to shut down. Last week, the Filipino government indicted her for tax evasion in what is widely seen as the government's latest attack on the website. We speak with Maria Ressa in New York City. She has received the 2018 Knight International…
truthout.org/video/facebook-aids-authori…

Filipino Reporter Maria Ressa on Duterte's Targeting of the Press & How Facebook Aids Authoritarians
Democracy Now! | democracynow.org | 2018-11-19
As Philippines President Rodrigo Duterte amps up his attacks on the free press, we speak with renowned Filipino journalist Maria Ressa about Duterte's deadly "war on drugs," his affinity for Donald Trump, and his weaponization of social media. Ressa is the CEO and executive editor of the leading independent Filipino news site The Rappler, which Duterte has repeatedly tried to shut down. Last week, the Filipino government indicted her for tax evasion in what is widely seen as the government's latest attack on the website. We speak with Maria Ressa in New York City. She has received the 2018 Knight International Jo…
www.democracynow.org/2018/11/19/filipino…

Protesters to Qantas: 'Don't profit at the expense of human lives'
kathy_f | greenleft.org.au | 2018-11-13
Thirty refugee supporters protested outside the Melbourne headquarters of Jetstar on November 9, demanding that Qantas (Jetstar's parent company) cease participating in the deportation of asylum seekers. | Tamil Refugee Council member Aran Mylvaganam told the rally that the Australian government has deported hundreds of Tamil asylum seekers to Sri Lanka. Citing a United Nations report, which showed that torture is "endemic and routine" in Sri Lanka, he said Tamils who are sent back are in grave danger. He called on Qantas not to be complicit, saying: "Don't make a profit at the expense of human lives".
greenleft.org.au/content/refugee-deportation-protest-jetstar

From World Cup to the Specter of Fascism
Dave Zirin | progressive.org | 2018-11-09
How did the rightwing authoritarian Bolsonaro claw his way to power?
progressive.org/dispatches/from-world-cu…