2019-02-16: Social Media Postees

National Emergency Declaration Paves Way for Sweeping Authoritarianism
Robert Weissman | zcomm.org | 2019-02-16
The real big issue is going to be whether people turn out in droves to protest this and say, "Not only do we not want a wall, but we don't want the president declaring emergencies to get around the will of Congress."
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What it Really Takes to Secure Peace in Afghanistan
Kathy Kelly | counterpunch.org | 2019-02-15
Constant military surveillance of Afghans yields almost no real intelligence about the problems they face each day. An unusual group of volunteers uses a far different approach. Hossein, a member of the Afghan Peace Volunteers, (APV), which hosted my recent visit to Afghanistan, rolled up his sleeve to show me a still-healing three-inch wound. Thieves…
counterpunch.org/2019/02/15/what-it-real…

White Nationalist Authoritarianism Is the Emergency
commondreams | commondreams.org | 2019-02-15
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Public Citizen: Trump's National Emergency Declaration Paves Way for Sweeping Authoritarianism
Democracy Now! | democracynow.org | 2019-02-15
With one day left to pass a government spending bill before today's midnight deadline to avert another government shutdown, both the House and Senate passed the measure Thursday that came out of the bipartisan conference committee earlier this week. The bill includes nearly $1.4 billion to build 55 miles of new border barriers out of steel, far less than the $5.7 billion requested by President Trump. Democrats quickly condemned the news, and consumer rights nonprofit Public Citizen vowed legal action against him. We speak with Public Citizen President Robert Weissman.
www.democracynow.org/2019/2/15/public_ci…

The FBI Is Dismantling Its War Crimes Unit
STAFF | truthdig.com | 2019-02-15
The FBI is dismantling a special unit that investigates international war crimes and hunts down war criminals — including suspected torturers and perpetrators of genocide, Reveal from The Center for Investigative Reporting has learned. | The unit, which was created a decade ago and has its roots in federal efforts to hunt Nazis living in the United States after World War II, has had a hand in many high-profile prosecutions. | Most recently, its investigators helped take down the Liberian warlord Thomas Woewiju, whom a…
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Trump to declare national emergency to build wall
WSWS | wsws.org | 2019-02-15
The emergency declaration is an authoritarian move that overrides the constitutional separation of powers, elevating the executive branch above the legislative.
www.wsws.org/en/articles/2019/02/15/bord…

Equatorial Guinea: Rights lawyer faces bogus charges
amnesty | amnesty.org | 2019-02-15
Grave Concern Detainees Have Been Tortured, Killed | Equatorial Guinea named a French anti-corruption lawyer in an arrest warrant against 16 people, in apparent retaliation for his involvement in a money laundering trial against the president's eldest son, nine human rights and anti-corruption groups said today. | The warrant accuses the 16 targets of laundering money and helping to finance "terrorism and the proliferation of arms trafficking in Central Africa." | Named in the warrant are also people already in police custody accused of participating in a December 2017 coup attempt. They have been unable to commu…
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Roberto Lovato: Elliott Abrams Is Bringing Violence of 1980s U.S. Latin America Policy to Venezuela
Democracy Now! | democracynow.org | 2019-02-14
President Trump met with Colombian President Iván Duque at the White House Wednesday to discuss ongoing efforts to topple the Venezuelan government, the same day that U.S. special envoy to Venezuela Elliott Abrams faced questioning from Congress about his role in atrocities carried out in Latin America in the 1980s. This includes defending Guatemalan dictator General Efraín Ríos Montt's campaign of mass murder and torture of indigenous people. We speak with Roberto Lovato, independent journalist working out of the San Francisco Writers' Grotto, about the violent history of Elliott Abrams and the U.S.-backed oppos…
www.democracynow.org/2019/2/14/roberto_l…

Egypt: Set Independent Torture Inquiry
Human Rights Watch | hrw.org | 2019-02-14
Egyptian policemen secure Egypt's national police academy. | © 2015 AP Photo/Amr Nabil | (Beirut) — The Egyptian authorities' failure to end or impartially investigate torture and mistreatment in detention facilities reinforces an urgent need for an independent international inquiry, Human Rights Watch said today. As a party to the United Nations Convention Against Torture, Egypt should also allow the United Nations special rapporteur on torture an…
hrw.org/news/2019/02/14/egypt-set-indepe…

Deadly US Applications of Artificial Intelligence
Human Rights Watch | hrw.org | 2019-02-14
In the United States and around the world, public concern is rising at the prospect of weapons systems that would select and attack targets without human intervention. | © 2018 Campaign to Stop Killer Robots | As the United States Department of Defense releases a strategy on artificial intelligence (AI), questions loom about whether the US government intends to accelerate its investments in weapo…
hrw.org/news/2019/02/14/deadly-us-applic…

What it Really Takes to Secure Peace in Afghanistan
Kathy Kelly | progressive.org | 2019-02-12
Constant military surveillance of Afghans yields almost no real intelligence about the problems they face each day. An unusual group of volunteers uses a far different approach.
progressive.org/dispatches/securing-peac…

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