Category Archives: Apartheid

The FDA Asks Abortion-by-Mail Providers to Cease Sale of Drugs

In October 2018, Rebecca Gomperts, the founder of the abortion-by-mail service Women on Web, confirmed she had branched out to the United States. Gomperts had long avoided doing so for fear that the anti-abortion movement would go after her work, but said that the need for the service was ultimately too great. “I got an email from a woman who was living in a car with two kids,” she told the Atlantic. “Something had to be done.”

Source: The FDA Asks Abortion-by-Mail Providers to Cease Sale of Drugs

Index of racism and incitement in Israeli social media 2018 – IFEX

The most hate and racism in 2018 was directed at Palestinian members of the Israeli Knesset and their political parties in Israel during the discussions and passing of the Nation-State Law, which gives rights to only Jewish citizens.

Source: Index of racism and incitement in Israeli social media 2018 – IFEX

Photographer Mustafa al-Kharouf detained, sentenced to deportation by Israeli authorities – IFEX

“Even as his lawyer, I am not allowed access to the information on which the Interior Ministry has based its refusal to grant him family reunification, because that is the way the legal system works with regard to security cases,” Lustigman told CPJ. “However, our impression from the questioning at his hearing is that the Israelis are basing their decision on his work as a photographer.”

Source: Photographer Mustafa al-Kharouf detained, sentenced to deportation by Israeli authorities – IFEX

Thursday Open Thread | This is what a Domestic Terrorist in the making looks like | 3CHICSPOLITICO

Once again, Janet Napolitano is owed AN APOLOGY. She was absolutely correct about the danger to this country by right-wing racist groups. They are, and have always been, DOMESTIC TERRORISTS, and should be treated as such. •Last year every terrorist that killed an American was a Far Right Nazi terrorist •Last month 54 white supremacists & Nazis were arrested in Arkansas •Last 24hrs dozens of high school kids in 2 states praised Nazism & genocide Congress & WH: ZERO resolutions to stop any of it

Source: Thursday Open Thread | This is what a Domestic Terrorist in the making looks like | 3CHICSPOLITICO

Republican who denied he was racist suggested Obama was born in Africa | US news | The Guardian

“What we’re going to do is take back our country,” Meadows said. “2012 is the time that we’re going to send Mr Obama home to Kenya or wherever it is. We’re gonna do it.” In an interview with Roll Call in 2012, Meadows said he had used a “poor choice of words” and acknowledged that Obama was an American citizen.

Source: Republican who denied he was racist suggested Obama was born in Africa | US news | The Guardian

4 Ways ICE Doesn’t Hold Immigration Detention Facilities Accountable : Immigration Impact

ICE fails to penalize contractors that don’t meet key detention standards. All facilities with an ICE contract are supposed to follow national detention standards. The standards generally define the facility’s responsibilities, services, and safety and security requirements. ICE’s own inspection process—which the OIG previously found to be inadequate—uncovered more than 14,000 instances of deficient standards at the contract facilities between October 2015 and June 2018. Despite identifying deficiencies, such as failing to notify ICE of sexual assaults or allegations of staff misconduct, ICE imposed a financial penalty on bad contractors only twice. That’s 0.014 percent of identified deficiencies.

Source: 4 Ways ICE Doesn’t Hold Immigration Detention Facilities Accountable : Immigration Impact

Did the Holocaust Happen? – LA Progressive

American conservatives sometimes use the Holocaust to spread inappropriate partisan messages. On Holocaust Remembrance Day two weeks ago, the Harris County (Texas) Republican Party posted a Facebook message with a yellow star-shaped badge and these words: “Leftism kills. In memory of the 6 million Jews lost to Nazi hatred in the name of National Socialism. We will never forget.” The Texas Republicans explained that they were connecting the name of the National Socialist Party with “leftism”, even though the extreme right-wing Nazis killed every socialist they could get their hands on.

Source: Did the Holocaust Happen? – LA Progressive

Will Chinese company’s stake in Reddit normalise censorship? | Emily Bell | Media | The Guardian

The creation of concentration camps for a million Uighurs in Xinjiang has not been enough to persuade any of the Silicon Valley entrepreneurs receiving funds from Chinese companies to refuse the cash. Neither is it apparently enough of a deterrent to stop the US companies investing in China to stop their plans to enter the market. Trade tensions between the US and China revolve entirely around tariffs and not around human rights. Most troubling of all, against a background of demonstrably tightening censorship, internment camps and an extension of totalitarianism, the narrative of western companies is that their presence in China, and the presence of Chinese money in western companies, is helping ease those restrictions. All the evidence says this is not true.

Source: Will Chinese company’s stake in Reddit normalise censorship? | Emily Bell | Media | The Guardian

Friday Open Thread | James Comey: Take down the confederate statues now | 3CHICSPOLITICO

Comey argues that the Confederate statues are “much larger and more powerful symbols of that oppression — symbols born of a similar desire to keep black people down.” He describes them as “gigantic bronze embodiments of that same racism.” “They loom over Virginians every day,” Comey writes. “If Virginia’s leaders want to atone for a troubling legacy, changing state law so Richmond’s statues no longer taunt the progress of our country would be a good place to start.” The former FBI director argues that the statues of Robert E. Lee, Jefferson Davis and Stonewall Jackson “weren’t put up to celebrate history or heritage; they were put up as a message: The 13th, 14th and 15th amendments to the Constitution aren’t going to help you black folks because the South has risen from that humiliation. Jim Crow — a name rooted in blackface mockery — is king.”

Source: Friday Open Thread | James Comey: Take down the confederate statues now | 3CHICSPOLITICO