2019-02-08: News Headlines

Ramzy Baroud (2019-02-08). As Abbas Ages, Fatah Moves to Consolidate Power. counterpunch.org Five years after spearheading what is inaptly referred to as a 'government of national reconciliation', Palestinian Prime Minister, Rami Hamdallah, has finally resigned. "We put our government at the disposal of President Mahmoud Abbas and we welcome the recommendations of the Fatah Central Committee to form a new government," Hamdallah tweeted, shortly after Abbas had More

Tanya Rawal-Jindia (2019-02-08). Ricardo Hausmann Is Taking Milton Friedman's Lessons to Venezuela. commondreams.org Ricardo Hausmann is both an economic and academic hitman, one who is willing to sell off his own birth country. (Photo: Youtube Screenshot) | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…

RT (2019-02-08). Boiling Water challenge sends 8 to hospital, sparks warning against dangerous trend. rt.com Burn doctors are urging people not to participate in the 'Boiling Water Challenge' after eight participants were hospitalized after attempting the viral trend.

Human Rights Watch (2019-02-08). Morocco: Free Facebook Commentator. hrw.org (Beirut) — Moroccan authorities should free an entrepreneur who was sentenced to two years in prison in violation of his right to free speech and review his conviction given its abusive nature, Human Rights Watch said today. An appeal of Soufian al-Nguad's conviction is underway and continues on February 11, 2019. | | | Soufian al-Nguad, from his Facebook account. | © 2018 Private | A court of first instance in Tetouan, a city in northern…

Social Media Analysis (2019-02-08). Problems With Facebook. indybay.org Facebook helps the government promote war and destabilization, violates client privacy, censors posts and fails to notify users when it does so, protects corporations over consumer activists etc.

stuart_m (2019-02-08). Roger Waters on US coup: 'Leave Venezuela alone'. greenleft.org.au British musician and activist Roger Waters has called on people to act against the ongoing United States coup against the elected Venezuelan government. Waters specifically urged people to join the February 4 "emergency demonstration" in front of the US Mission to the United Nations (USUN) located in New York City. | TeleSUR English reported that Waters tweeted his call for people to join the march, organised by the December 12 Mo…

Ellen Brown (2019-02-07). The Venezuela Myth Keeping Us From Transforming Our Economy. truthdig.com Modern Monetary Theory (MMT) is getting significant media attention these days, after Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez said in an interview that it should "be a larger part of our conversation" when it comes to funding the "Green New Deal." According to MMT, the government can spend what it needs without worrying about deficits. MMT expert and Bernie Sanders adviser professor Stephanie Kelton says the government actually creates money when it spends. The re…

RT (2019-02-07). Call the meme police: BuzzFeed wants to ban tweets that offend Democrats. rt.com 2019 hasn't started well for BuzzFeed, After false articles and staff layoffs, the clickbait-merchant-turned-liberal-news-outlet has now taken to trying to ban memes that offend America's Democratic party. |

RT (2019-02-07). Offended journalist makes Twitter suspend user over 'learn to code' career advice. rt.com With all of the trolling and abuse that happens daily online, Twitter has revealed some odd priorities when policing its platform, suspending users who jokingly advise jobless journalists that they should "learn to code" instead.

Fred_F (2019-02-07). Student climate strike: 'It's our future'. greenleft.org.au After the successful School Strike 4 Climate Action last November 30, where more than 15,000 students walked out of school, organisers have called another strike for March 15 as part of a Global Day of Action — and they are asking others to join in. | Richard Lane and Maureen Murphy spoke to Year 9 student Lilly Murphy, who has been involved in the School Strike 4 Climate Action, about the climate strike movement. | *** | How did you get involved with the Student Strike 4 Climate Action? | A few of my school friends knew about it due to social media. There were also a few signs around school. | One of them…

RT (2019-02-07). Former NYT editor who wrote book about journalism 'revolution' accused of plagiarism. rt.com Former New York Times executive editor Jill Abramson has been relentlessly roasted by social media, after evidence emerged that she plagiarized material for her new book. Abramson says she will "review" the passages in question.

RT (2019-02-07). Russia exploited 'racist, sexist, anti-Semitic' US to divide people, tweets 'insane' Kamala Harris. rt.com A California senator and media-appointed frontrunner for the 2020 Democratic nomination has finally managed to unravel the conundrum of so-called Russian 'interference' in the 2016 election — it's so simple you won't believe it.

Shared by Hezvo Mpunga (2019-02-07). Global Tech Companies Renew Push for Control Over All Data. therealnews.com Google, Amazon, Facebook, among others, have developed ecommerce rules that would benefit them and, with the help of the US government, hope to have them adopted by the World Trade Organization. CEPR's Deborah James discusses the implications

Shared by Cherise (2019-02-07). Trump Moves to End Consumer Protections From Payday Lenders. truthout.org In what progressive lawmakers and advocacy groups decried as the Trump administration's latest " shameful" attack on vulnerable families, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) unveiled a plan on Wednesday that would gut regulations protecting consumers from predatory payday lenders. | Vanita Gupta, president and CEO of the Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights, denounced the CFPB's plan as "a slap in the face to c…

Eds. (2019-02-06). Facebook's Troll Hunter in Chief Nathaniel Gleicher tied to Neocon think tank. mronline.org While Facebook claims impartiality in its crackdown on "coordinated inauthentic behavior," the loyalties of the man charged with carrying out that mission. if his resume is any indication, are not with the users. | Source

RT (2019-02-06). MAGA teen gearing up to sue dozens of media outlets, celebrities in 'landmark' libel case. rt.com More than 50 media outlets, celebrities and public figures could be targeted in a libel suit aiming to vindicate a MAGA-hat-wearing teen who was savaged by social media after he faced off with a Native American activist.

Fight Back (2019-02-05). Green Bay, WI protests after DA refuses to charge killer cop. fightbacknews.org Green Bay, WI – After months of waiting for a decision, on February 1, the family, friends and supporters of Jonathon Tubby heard District Attorney David Lasees' refusal to charge Officer Erik O'Brien. His decision has left many with questions, anger and confusion — not the answers they had sought. | Tubby, a member of the Oneida Nation, was known as a warm, funny person who cared deeply for his friends and family. In pictures shared on his Facebook and other social media pages, his smile is the first thing that catches one's eye. | On the evening of October 19, Tubby was taken to the Brown County…

unitedEditor (2019-02-05). " God chose Trump, and Trump chose Venezuela!" uwidata.com US President Donald Trump, who has left multiple countries in a state nervous suspense from the first day of his presidency, continues to threaten the world community like some kind of petty Mafioso, this time setting the crosshair on Venezuela. Like president, like press secretary While Trump continues to tweet scattered threats to people across […]

Shared by Hezvo Mpunga (2019-02-05). UPDATE: Hundreds of Students Walkout to Oppose Johns Hopkins' Ice Contract. therealnews.com Baltimore County public school teachers will rally at a Baltimore County Board of Education meeting on the evening of Tuesday, Feb. 5 to protest austerity measures, including budget and staff cutbacks. | The Real News will be covering events live on Twitter and the District will livestream the meeting, which begins at 6: 30. | Teacher protests have swept the nation over the past year—most recently in Virginia, where teachers staged a one-day walkout, and Los Angeles, where teachers won pay raises and class size…

TeleSur English (2019-02-04). Twitter Erupts After 2,000 Pro-Venezuelan Accounts Are Deleted. venezuelanalysis.com A total of 1,196 social media accounts based in Venezuela have been closed accused of "influencing domestic audiences."

Human Rights Watch (2019-02-04). UK, Stand Firm against Data Demands in Death Penalty Cases. hrw.org | | WhatsApp and Facebook messenger icons are seen on an iPhone in Manchester , Britain March 27, 2017. | © 2017 Reuters | After heated debate, the United Kingdom has just inched closer to adopting laws that would allow the United States to demand and obtain digital evidence — such as e-mails, texts, and chats — directly from companies that are storing it in…

Olivia Herken (2019-02-01). Black Feminism and the Internet. progressive.org In 'Reclaiming Our Space: How Black Feminists Are Changing the World from the Tweets to the Streets,' Feminista Jones chronicles how a political philosophy and social movement has grown online.

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