2018-04-24: News Headlines

WSWS (2018-04-24). Police descend on Georgia city, arrest anti-Nazi protesters under anti-Klan law. World Socialist Web Site Seven hundred police officers dressed in full riot gear and carrying military-style assault rifles protected a small rally of neo-Nazis from an anti-fascist counterprotest.

WSWS (2018-04-24). US Justice Department officials may refuse to take action in 2014 murder of Eric Garner. World Socialist Web Site The Garner case was among the first to attract national attention to the ongoing and increasing police violence against unarmed and often innocent workers and youth.

WSWS (2018-04-24). At least 10 killed in deliberate attack on Toronto pedestrians. World Socialist Web Site Police have said nothing about a possible motive, only that they have not definitively ruled anything out.

RT (2018-04-24). Freedom of speech but no freedom of thought: Kanye floods Twitter with political and life advice. RT US News Kanye West is back on Twitter and he's getting political, dispensing thoughts and musings on Black Lives Matter, freedom of thought and capitalism, and sparking some controversial reactions. |
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Human Rights Watch (2018-04-24). Jordan: Biased Law Leaves Non-Citizen Children Adrift. Human Rights Watch News Children born to Jordanian mothers and non-Jordanian fathers struggle to get basic rights and services in Jordan. Due to a law that denies women the right to pass citizenship to their children on an equal basis with men, these children are treated as foreign nationals their whole lives, with no permanent right to live or work in the country. | (Amman) — Children born to Jordanian mothers and non-Jordanian fathers struggle to get basic rights and services in Jordan, Human Rights Watch said in a report released today. Due to a law that denies women the right to pass citizenship to their children on an equal basis with men, these children are treated as foreign nationals their whole lives, with no permanent right to live or work in the country. | The 64-page report, "'I Just Want Him to…

Amnesty International (2018-04-24). Malaysia: 8-Point Human rights agenda for election candidates. Amnesty International Since the last general elections in 2013, human rights in Malaysia have come under attack. In particular, the government has failed to respect and protect the rights to freedom of expression and peaceful assembly. Torture, cruel, inhuman and degrading treatment by police has continued. Refugees and asylum-seekers, LGBTI communities and Indigenous peoples' have also experienced violations of their rights. One of the top items of the new governments' agenda should be to address the regression of human rights in in Malaysia and act on pressing concerns, including those in this agenda.

TRNN (2018-04-23). Why Black Lives Don't Matter: Q & A Session. The Real News Network A radical interpretation of U.S. History featuring Dr. Gerald Horne and Paul Coates…

TRNN (2018-04-23). Why Black Lives Don't Matter: A Radical Interpretation of U.S. History. The Real News Network A discussion featuring Dr. Gerald Horne and Paul Coates…

Dennis J Bernstein (2018-04-23). Palestinian Haneen Zoabi Discusses Feminism, Gaza and Life in Israel's Knesset. MintPress News Haneen Zoabi is a member of the Israeli Knesset and the first woman elected to the Israeli Knesset on an Arab party list. She's an unrelenting advocate for equal citizenship rights for the Palestinian citizens of Israel, and despite repeated attacks of all kinds, she remains unrelenting in her call for an end to Israel's occupation of Palestinian Lands. | Zoabi considers herself a straight up feminist. She says "real feminism must acknowledge the discrimination against Arab women in Israel, and real feminism must know to identify with and struggle alongside them, at the national, civil and social levels." | Zoabi joined forces with the Balad Party a year after it was founded in 1997. A key guiding principle of the Party is to maintain a one-third quota for women candidates. The party advocates for the rights of Palestinians, legally designated as 'Arab…

The Conversation (2018-04-23). An Expert In Religious Imagery Argues That What We See On Film Has Deep Cognitive Impact — Especially In Small Children. AlterNet.org Seeing is not just believing. Seeing changes what we believe, about ourselves and about other people, including constructions of race. | Images are not static. They grab our attention, incite desire, alter our relations to others, and tweak our beliefs, as they usher us into new worlds. When "Black Panther" was released, Baye McNeil, a former Brooklynite now living in Japan, was thrilled. As he told The Japan Times, he joined "a group of palpably positive brothers and sisters" at a Tokyo theater. Collectively they were transported to the land of Wakanda. As an exile in Japan and a black man in a country with very few people of African descent, he and his friends entered, as he described, "a bountiful realm of invigorating messages and restorative images" that provided him with a sense of connection and belonging. Baye McNeil was not alone.

E.J. Dionne Jr. (2018-04-23). Somewhere, Ronald Reagan Is Weeping. Truthdig: Expert Reporting, Current News, Provocative Columnists Political opponents cannot be expected to lavish boundless affection on those they battle day after day. | But in a well-ordered democratic system, those who fight on behalf of competing parties, interests and ideas can usually find some room for mutual esteem and even occasionally try to profit intellectually from each other. It's when politics becomes unhinged that we squander the gift of social learning through reasoned argument. | The last several days underscore why not only political progressives but genuine moderates are at wit's end with the Republican Party and what passes for contemporary American conservatism. | If conservatism in the United States has claimed to stand for anything, it is the idea that government authority should be limited. Conservatives regularly argue (especially when Democrats are in the White House) that the executive's clout should be checked and that legitimate law enforcement…

Staff (2018-04-23). Students as Teachers: Facing the World Adults Are Wrecking. Truthdig: Expert Reporting, Current News, Provocative Columnists During the first week of May 1963, more than 800 African-American students walked out of their classrooms and into the streets of Birmingham, Alabama, to call for an end to segregation. Despite frequent arrests and having dogs and high-pressure firehoses turned on them, they kept marching. Their determination and ceaseless bravery — later called the Children's Crusade — was captured in photographs and newspaper articles across the country. Through acts of peaceful and defiant civil disobedience, these students accomplished what their parents had failed to do: sway public opinion in support of the civil rights movement. | Fast forward to March 24, 2018. Naomi Wadler, a fifth grader, is standing at a podium in front of hundreds of thousands of protesters at the March for Our Lives in Washington, D.C. Young as she was, Wadler, who organized a walkout at her elementary school…

Staff (2018-04-23). 9 Dead, 16 Injured in Toronto Van Attack. Truthdig: Expert Reporting, Current News, Provocative Columnists TORONTO—A rented van jumped onto a crowded Toronto sidewalk Monday, killing nine people and injuring 16 before the driver fled and was quickly arrested in a confrontation with police, Canadian authorities said. | Witnesses said the driver was moving fast and appeared to be acting deliberately, but police said they did not yet know the cause or any possible motive. The name of the suspect was not released. | Toronto Police Services Deputy Chief Peter Yuen released no details about the investigation as he announced the number of casualties. | Yuen said police were still interviewing witnesses and examining surveillance video of the incident as part of what he called a "complex" investigation. | "I can assure the public all our available resources have been brought in to investigate this tragic situation," he said. | The incident occurred as Cabinet ministers from the…

Dave Lindorff (2018-04-23). Starbucks Has a Racism Problem. counterpunch.org At a time when we have over a millions young high school and college students march in the streets demanding a ban on assault-style semi-automatic rifles, and an end to mass shootings, as well as continued protests over police shootings of unarmed and all too often black or latino young people, it might seem trivial More

Truthout Stories (2018-04-23). New York Politicians Seek to Make Highway Repairs Contingent on Placing Cops in Schools. Truthout Stories Ready to challenge injustice and spark real change? So are we. Support Truthout's mission today by making a tax-deductible donation. | Three state senators have sponsored a bill that will allow New York to fast-track the repair of crumbling highway infrastructure — on the condition that armed police be stationed in every school in New York City, public or private. | Democrat Simcha Felder joined Republicans Martin J. Golden and Andrew J. Lanza to propose Senate Bill S7867, which has a stated purpose of changing the contracting method for construction on the Bronx-Queens Expressway. | While there are many problems with the design-build method, it has broad support among politicians because it saves money and expedites the repair process. | Stipulating more cops in schools as part of an unrelated highway repair bill is a cynical political maneuver…

Juliette Legendre (2018-04-23). America's Far Right is Stumbling, But has Already Infiltrated the Mainstream. MintPress News On March 5, the prominent white nationalist Richard Spencer was scheduled to speak at Michigan State University. | The event quickly turned into a bust when only about three dozen people made it inside the building — while hundreds of Spencer supporters and anti-fascist protestors confronted each other outside, throwing rocks and punches. Local police arrested 25 people. | The next day, Spencer's lawyer Kyle Bristow resigned and quit the white nationalist "alt- right" movement altogether, complaining about the relentless vilification of his work in the media. | The Southern Poverty Law Center previously described Bristow as the "go-to attorney for a growing cast of racists." He'd set up the Foundation for the Marketplace of Ideas, which he once described as "the sword and shield" of the alt- right. Now the website and Facebook page no longer exist, and…

WSWS (2018-04-23). Anger mounts over police killing of unarmed man in Barstow, California. World Socialist Web Site Police unleashed a hail of 30 bullets into a car being driven by 26-year-old Diante Yarber, killing him and wounding two passengers.

WSWS (2018-04-23). Tennessee Waffle House shooting leaves four dead and several injured. World Socialist Web Site While police have yet to determine a motive for the shooting, many signs point to the suspected perpetrator suffering from a long history of mental illness.

RT (2018-04-23). Police taze 'combative' American Airlines passenger (VIDEO). RT US News A 'disruptive' air passenger was tazed multiple times on board an American Airlines flight Sunday after he refused to be escorted from the plane by police.
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Human Rights Watch (2018-04-23). Armenia's Prime Minister Steps Down Amid Protests. Human Rights Watch News Today the mood in Armenia is that of elation — many people are cheering and dancing to loud music in the streets of the capital, Yerevan, and around the country as they celebrate the resignation of Prime Minister Serzh Sargsyan following 11 days of massive public protests. Protesters celebrate the resignation of Prime Minister Serzh Sargsyan following 11 days of protests, Yerevan, Armenia, April 23, 2018. | © 2018 Regis Gente | My mood is relief, considering how many ways the authorities' response to the protests could have gone wrong. In March 2008, June 2015, and July 2016, I documented how authorities used excessive force to break up largely peaceful demonstrations by chasing and beating protesters and the journalists covering the action. Then, authorities slammed protest leaders and participants with excessive criminal…

Human Rights Watch (2018-04-23). No One Is Buying Duterte's Denials Over Drug War Deaths. Human Rights Watch News Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte gestures during the change of command ceremony of the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) at Camp Aguinaldo in Quezon City, Metro Manila, Philippines April 18, 2018. | © 2018 Reuters | Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte has run up against the limits of his government's campaign of denial and distraction to counter criticism of its ongoing "drug war" killings. | Last week both the United States State Department and the European Parliament issued scathing criticisms of the "drug war" bloodshed and lack of accountability for those deaths. The European Parliament expressed " deep concern" about the deaths of some "12 000 people, including women and children," killed in the drug war to date, and warned that failure to stop the killings may prompt suspension of…

Amnesty International (2018-04-23). Maldives: One year later, no justice for Yameen Rasheed. Amnesty International On the anniversary of the killing of the popular Maldivian blogger and social media personality, Yameen Rasheed, Amnesty International and CIVICUS call on the Maldivian authorities to bring his killers to justice. | In a shocking murder that marked a worrying attack on freedom of expression and sent a shiver of fear throughout Maldivian civil society, Yameen Rasheed, 29, was found stabbed to death on 23rd April 2017 outside his apartment building. He had received multiple death threats before his murder, which he had reported to the police. | "One year later, we have seen no action from the Maldivian authorities. Not only did they fail to protect Yameen during his lifetime, they have also failed to effectively investigate his murder and hold his killers accountable. His loved ones and friends should not have to wait any longer for…

Democracy Now! (2018-04-23). Headlines for April 23, 2018. Democracy Now! North Korea to Freeze Nuclear Tests Ahead of Trump Summit, French President Macron in U.S. for Three-Day State Visit, Manhunt Underway for Tennessee Shooter Who Killed 4 People of Color, Afghanistan: Suicide Bomb Kills 57, Injures 119 at Voter ID Center, Israeli Snipers Kill 4 More Palestinians at Gaza's Militarized Border, Palestinian Engineer Assassinated in Malaysia; Family Blames Mossad, Syrian Military Bombards Last Opposition-Held Areas Around Damascus, Nicaraguan President Scraps Pension Rollback as Protest Death Toll Hits 26, Peru: Assassinated Forest Defender Olivia Arévalo Lomas Laid to Rest, Armenia: Thousands Protest Power Grab by Leader Serzh Sargsyan, Arizona Teachers Authorize a Strike, Demanding Public Education Funds, Harvard Student Teaching Assistants Vote to Unionize, Climate Denier Jim Bridenstine Narrowly Confirmed as NASA Chief, HSBC Pledges to Roll Back Financing of Fossil Fuel Projects, Women Claim 5 of 6 Goldman Environmental Prizes for 2018, Georgia: Police Arrest 10 Anti-Fascist Protesters as Neo-Nazis Rally, Herman Bell Set to Be Freed on Parole After 45 Years in Prison, Colin Kaepernick Wins Amnesty's Ambassador of Conscience Award…

Debbie Nathan (2018-04-23). How the Border Patrol Faked Statistics Showing a 73 Percent Rise in Assaults Against Agents. The Intercept Last November, reports that a pair of U.S. Border Patrol agents had been attacked with rocks at a desolate spot in West Texas made news around the country. The agents were found injured and unconscious at the bottom of a culvert off Interstate 10. Agent Rogelio Martinez soon died from his injuries. Early reports in right-wing media outlets such as Breitbart suggested that the perpetrators were undocumented immigrants, and President Donald Trump quickly embraced the narrative to bolster his campaign for a border wall. | To people familiar with the harsh terrain and the habits of undocumented border crossers, however, the news made little sense. Why would immigrants seeking entry to the U.S. hang out in the middle of nowhere, miles from the border, waiting to randomly attack law enforcement officers? | It was four months before the FBI concluded its investigation…

RT (2018-04-22). Trump mulls pardon of KO boxing legend Jack Johnson – but who was he? RT US News US President Donald Trump may overturn a century-old conviction which saw the first African American heavyweight boxing champion of the world locked up on a racially-motivated charge.
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RT (2018-04-22). Nashville Waffle House suspect previously arrested, interviewed by Secret Service. RT US News Travis Reinking, 29, the main suspect in the Waffle House mass shooting in Nashville, was previously arrested and interviewed by both the FBI and the Secret Service after he stormed the White House lawn in 2017.
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TRNN (2018-04-21). The Baltimore Bureau Podcast Show: April 20, 2018. The Real News Network The Baltimore Bureau reflects on the uprising following the death of Freddie Gray, the city's love affair with tax breaks, the State's Attorney's race, police and rap, and Johns Hopkins activists fighting against the CIA…

WSWS (2018-04-21). Tragic killings of teenagers in London used to urge greater police powers. World Socialist Web Site A major reason for the ramped-up law-and-order campaign is next month's local elections, with the Conservatives so hated—particularly after the Grenfell Tower tragedy—that they face a wipe-out.

Romy Haber (2018-04-20). Do black lives matter in Israel? Article — People's World While the Israeli-Palestinian conflict continues to be the most pervasive divide within Israeli society, there are other problems—racial ones—splitting people. Being dark-skinned in Israel is a challenge. Blacks in Israel are regularly the victims of racism and are viewed as a threat by authorities and politicians. Racist comments made by Israel's top political and religious […]…

Janine Jackson (2018-04-20). 'We Need to Change the Rules for When Police Can Shoot'. FAIR Janine Jackson interviewed Peter Bibring about excessive force law for the April 13, 2018, episode of CounterSpin. This is a lightly edited transcript. | Media…

TRNN (2018-04-20). House Raid Illustrates How Baltimore Police Refuse to Take Black Residents Rights Seriously. The Real News Network An April 16 S.W.A.T. raid on a house full of grieving citizens points to how far the city is from true change or transparency…

Wim Laven (2018-04-20). Teaching Peace in a Time of Hate. counterpunch.org I teach at Kennesaw State University outside of Atlanta Georgia. In recent years we've made lots of news (in 2015 police were called on a black student waiting for an academic advisor(it's not just Starbucks), our cheerleaders joined the kneeling-during-the-anthem-protest, students protested the investiture of the new (now ex) university President, there have been protests More

Will Meyer (2018-04-20). The End of Policing. The Progressive — A voice for peace, social justice, and the common good As author Alex Vitale puts it, "when political leaders tell the police to wage a war on crime, a war on drugs, a war on terror, a war on gangs, a war on disorder, police are going to get the message that they are at war with the public."

Peter Certo (2018-04-20). There Was Nothing Humanitarian About Our Strikes on Syria. counterpunch.org Just after midnight on April 14, the U.S. and its allies bombed three Syrian regime targets. The reason, they said, was to punish Syria's alleged use of chemical weapons in the town of Douma. Now, the Syrian regime's brutality has been well documented. Maybe the allegations are true. But there's a lot about this that's More

WSWS (2018-04-20). Workers Struggles: Europe, Middle East & Africa. World Socialist Web Site The World Socialist Web Site invites workers and other readers to contribute to this regular feature.

WSWS (2018-04-20). BJP leaders' cover-up of rape and murder of Kashmiri Muslim girl provokes outrage across India. World Socialist Web Site Asifa Bano was repeatedly raped, then killed in what police now concede was a conspiracy aimed at terrorizing and forcing the semi-nomadic Bakkarwal from Jammu and Kashmir's Kathua District.

RT (2018-04-20). Ferocious felon: 'Hangry' bear breaks into car & locks itself inside (VIDEO). RT US News Colorado police responding to reports of a 'vehicle trespass' came upon an unlikely, and terrifying, felon — a bear that managed to break into a car and lock itself inside. |
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Human Rights Watch (2018-04-20). Iraq: Officials Dispose of Potential War Crime Evidence. Human Rights Watch News An incident on March 29, 2018, in which government workers removed about 80 bodies from a damaged house, raised suspicions of a cover-up of killings of possible Islamic State suspect. Days later, the house had been burned. | (Erbil) — An incident on March 29, 2018, in which government workers removed about 80 bodies from a damaged house, raised suspicions of a cover-up of killings of possible Islamic State (also known as ISIS) suspects, Human Rights Watch said today. Human Rights Watch observed the episode. Days later, the house had been burned. | Iraqi authorities at the site said they were the remains of ISIS suspects. Heath Ministry and Interior Intelligence Ministry officials at the site said they were not permitted to share information about where the bodies were taken. There has been no indication that the deaths are being…

Human Rights Watch (2018-04-20). Lebanon: Mass Evictions of Syrian Refugees. Human Rights Watch News A clothesline in an informal tent settlement in Bar Elias, Bekaa Governorate, Lebanon. Refugees evicted from the Rayak air base area settled here in January 2018. The refugees say there was no procedure, no written notice, no opportunity to discuss or challenge their removal, and that it took place in extremely harsh conditions. | © 2018 Sandra Abou Metri/Human Rights Watch | (Beirut) — At least 13 municipalities in Lebanon have forcibly evicted at least 3,664 Syrian refugees from their homes and expelled them from the municipalities, apparently because of their nationality or religion, while another 42,000 refugees remain at risk of eviction, Human Rights Watch said in a report released today. | The 57-page report, " 'Our Homes Are Not for Strangers': Mass Evictions of Syrian Refugees by Lebanese Municipalities," documents…

Human Rights Watch (2018-04-20). Displaced Congolese Face Being Returned to Harm's Way. Human Rights Watch News A woman walks at an internally displaced persons (IDP) camp in Bunia, Ituri province, eastern Democratic Republic of Congo, April 12, 2018. | © 2018 Reuters | Since mid-December, unidentified assailants have killed more than 260 people and burned thousands of homes in the Democratic Republic of Congo's northeastern Djugu territory in Ituri province. The atrocities we have documented include massacres, rapes, and decapitation. More than 200,000 people have fled their homes, many to neighboring Uganda. | The surge of deadly violence seems to have erupted out of nowhere, tearing through a once-embattled area that had been largely peaceful in recent years. | Last Sunday, the provincial governor, Jefferson Abdallah Penembaka, called on tens of thousands of internally displaced people (IDPs) living in two makeshift camps in Bunia, the provincial capital, to…

Amnesty International (2018-04-20). Liberia: Warlord "Jungle Jabbah" jailed for 30 years in US. Amnesty International Responding to the 30-year jail sentence handed to Mohammed Jabateh, a former Liberian war lord known as "Jungle Jabbah" now living in the US, for immigration fraud and perjury due to failure to disclose his involvement in human rights abuses during the Liberian civil war, Amnesty International's West Africa Researcher Sabrina Mahtani said:…

Gary Rivlin (2018-04-20). Republicans Have Found a Nuclear Option to Kill Regulations. The Intercept Mick Mulvaney, since November the acting head of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, could have killed an Obama-era directive cracking down on discriminatory lending on auto sales with a snap of his fingers. In 2013, the new bureau put auto dealers and the finance companies they work with on notice: We have found evidence that auto loans are often marked up for Latino and African-American customers, and will be monitoring your compliance with fair lending laws. Study after study had shown that people of color typically pay higher fees and higher interest rates on car loans than whites with similar credit profiles. The CFPB didn't wait to create a formal rule, instead issuing a "guidance" bulletin. Mulvaney could have undone that guidance simply by writing his own. But that wasn't enough for Mulvaney, who, as a member of Congress, had sponsored a bill…

TRNN (2018-04-19). Fighting the Oligarchy Inside the Democratic Party. The Real News Network Paul Jay hosts a panel of activists organizing to challenge corporate Democrats in primaries leading up to the 2018 elections; with Justice Democrats' Alexandra Rojas, Moumita Ahmed of Millennials for Revolution and Eugene Puryear of Stop Police Terror Project-DC…

WSWS (2018-04-19). Unite the working class against police killings! World Socialist Web Site The killing of Diante Yarber in Barstow, California is the latest in an unending series of police killings in the state and throughout the country.

RT (2018-04-19). 5 injured after car crashes into Texas house & triggers fiery explosion (VIDEO). RT US News Footage of the shocking moment a Texas home exploded after being hit by a car has been released by local police.
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Human Rights Watch (2018-04-19). US Supreme Court Ends Vague Basis for Deportation. Human Rights Watch News Police officers stand in front of the U.S. Supreme Court in Washington, U.S., January 19, 2018. | © 2018 Reuters | The Supreme Court of the United States took a small step this week towards a fairer immigration system, eliminating one particularly troubling legal provision under which immigrants can be deported. | On Tuesday, the court struck down one part of the "aggravated felony" definition in the Immigration and Nationality Act (INA), which was an vague catch-all basis for deportation of some immigrants on criminal grounds. | The provision struck down vaguely defines a "crime of violence" and is just one of 35 provisions that allow for deportations after conviction for an "aggravated felony." That still leaves 34 types of crime that can trigger deportation including rape, murder, forgery, tax evasion, and…

Amnesty International (2018-04-19). European assistance to deadly US drone strikes. Amnesty International Since the start of the so-called "War on Terror" the USA has carried out hundreds of lethal drone strikes in at least seven countries (Afghanistan, Pakistan, Libya, Yemen, Somalia, Iraq and Syria). | According to the Bureau of Investigative Journalism, US drone strikes have killed up to 1,551 civilians since 2004 in Pakistan, Afghanistan, Yemen and Somalia. Amnesty International and others have exposed how some drone strikes have violated international law, and may amount to extrajudicial executions or war crimes. | Details of drone strikes are shrouded in secrecy, so you may not be aware that several European states provide crucial assistance to the US drone programme. | The reality is that US drone operators rely on a vast, complex network of intelligence-sharing, communications infrastructure and surveillance that extends from the North Sea to the Horn of Africa. Here's your guide to…

Democracy Now! (2018-04-19). Headlines for April 19, 2018. Democracy Now! Trump Says He's Prepared to Abandon North Korea Summit If Talks "Fruitless", Trump Won't Say Whether He'll Fire Special Counsel Mueller, Pittsburgh Police Preparing for Riots If Trump Fires Robert Mueller, Senate Votes Against Rule on Predatory Car Loans for People of Color, Senate to Allow Breastfeeding Mothers to Bring Infants to Chamber Floor, Puerto Rico: 1.4 Million Lose Electric Power in Island-Wide Blackout, Syria: U.N. Chemical Weapons Team Comes Under Fire, Delays Inspections, Palestinian Security Forces Arrest West Bank Journalist, Cuba: Miguel Díaz-Canel to Become President as Raúl Castro Steps Down, Kansas: Militia Members Convicted of Plot to Massacre Somali Immigrants, FBI Whistleblower Convicted of Leaking Documents in "Act of Conscience", Georgia: Immigrants Sue For-Profit Prison, Alleging Forced Labor, New York State to Restore Voting Rights to Those with Felonies on Parole, Poland: EU Court Orders a Halt to Logging in Pristine Forest, Canadian PM Trudeau Faced with Pipeline Protest in London…

Amnesty International (2018-04-18). Senegal: Right to peaceful protest and freedom of expression must be respected amid crackdown on dissent. Amnesty International The Senegalese authorities must protect the right to peaceful protest and ensure the security forces refrain from using excessive force as anti-government demonstrations are planned today in the capital Dakar, Amnesty International said. | Activists and opposition parties are due to hold a demonstration outside Parliament against proposed changes to the Electoral Code and Constitution that, if passed, would require all candidates standing in next year's presidential election to collect the signatures of one per cent of the registered voters in seven regions of the country before being validated. The authorities announced that the protest had been unauthorized on several grounds including a 2011 decree banning all assemblies in the city centre areas. |

Democracy Now! (2018-04-18). #FreeSiwatu: Pregnant Black Detroit Activist Jailed for Standing Her Ground & Protecting Her Family. Democracy Now! An environmental activist and young black mother in Detroit may be forced to give birth behind bars, after standing her ground during a frightening encounter. Since she was 15 years old, Siwatu-Salama Ra has fought for environmental justice. She campaigned against the Marathon oil refinery and the Detroit Renewable Power trash incinerator. She represented Detroit at the Paris climate summit. She's also worked to engage kids and educate young mothers about nutrition. Now, at age 26, Siwatu has been sentenced to a mandatory two years in prison, following an incident in which she brandished her unloaded—and legally registered—handgun while defending her mother and 2-year-old daughter. She was sentenced last month to two years in prison even though she is scheduled to give birth in June. We speak to two of her attorneys and Patrisse Khan-Cullors, co-founder of Black Lives Matter.

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US Justice Department officials may refuse to take action in 2014 murder of Eric Garner
WSWS | World Socialist Web Site | 2018-04-24
The Garner case was among the first to attract national attention to the ongoing and increasing police violence against unarmed and often innocent workers and youth.
www.wsws.org/en/articles/2018/04/24/char-a24.html

At least 10 killed in deliberate attack on Toronto pedestrians
WSWS | World Socialist Web Site | 2018-04-24
Police have said nothing about a possible motive, only that they have not definitively ruled anything out.
www.wsws.org/en/articles/2018/04/24/toro-a24.html

Police descend on Georgia city, arrest anti-Nazi protesters under anti-Klan law
WSWS | World Socialist Web Site | 2018-04-24
Seven hundred police officers dressed in full riot gear and carrying military-style assault rifles protected a small rally of neo-Nazis from an anti-fascist counterprotest.
www.wsws.org/en/articles/2018/04/24/poli-a24.html

Freedom of speech but no freedom of thought: Kanye floods Twitter with political and life advice
RT | RT US News | 2018-04-24
Kanye West is back on Twitter and he's getting political, dispensing thoughts and musings on Black Lives Matter, freedom of thought and capitalism, and sparking some controversial reactions. …
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Malaysia: 8-Point Human rights agenda for election candidates
Amnesty International | 2018-04-24
Since the last general elections in 2013, human rights in Malaysia have come under attack. In particular, the government has failed to respect and protect the rights to freedom of expression and peaceful assembly. Torture, cruel, inhuman and degrading treatment by police has continued. Refugees and asylum-seekers, LGBTI communities and Indigenous peoples' have also experienced violations of their rights. One of the top items of the new governments' agenda should be to address the regression of human rights in in Malaysia and act on pressing concerns, including those in this agenda.
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Why Black Lives Don't Matter: A Radical Interpretation of U.S. History
TRNN | The Real News Network | 2018-04-23
A discussion featuring Dr. Gerald Horne and Paul Coates…
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Why Black Lives Don't Matter: Q & A Session
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A radical interpretation of U.S. History featuring Dr. Gerald Horne and Paul Coates…
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Palestinian Haneen Zoabi Discusses Feminism, Gaza and Life in Israel's Knesset
Dennis J Bernstein | MintPress News | 2018-04-23
Haneen Zoabi is a member of the Israeli Knesset and the first woman elected to the Israeli Knesset on an Arab party list. She's an unrelenting advocate for equal citizenship rights for the Palestinian citizens of Israel, and despite repeated attacks of all kinds, she remains unrelenting in her call for an end to Israel's occupation of Palestinian Lands. | Zoabi considers herself a straight up feminist. She says "real feminism must acknowledge the discrimination against Arab women in Israel, and real feminism must know to identify with and struggle alongside them, at the national, civil and social levels." | Zoabi joined forces with the Balad Party a year after it was founded in 1997. A key guiding principle of the Party is to maintain a one-third quota for women candidates. The party advocates for the rights of Palestinians, legally designated as 'Arab…

Palestinian Haneen Zoabi Discusses Feminism, Gaza and Life in Israel's Knesset

An Expert In Religious Imagery Argues That What We See On Film Has Deep Cognitive Impact — Especially In Small Children
The Conversation | AlterNet.org | 2018-04-23
Seeing is not just believing. Seeing changes what we believe, about ourselves and about other people, including constructions of race. | Images are not static. They grab our attention, incite desire, alter our relations to others, and tweak our beliefs, as they usher us into new worlds. When "Black Panther" was released, Baye McNeil, a former Brooklynite now living in Japan, was thrilled. As he told The Japan Times, he joined "a group of palpably positive brothers and sisters" at a Tokyo theater. Collectively they were transported to the land of Wakanda. As an exile in Japan and a black man in a country with very few people of African descent, he and his friends entered, as he described, "a bountiful realm of invigorating messages and restorative images" that provided him with a sense of connection and belonging. Baye McNeil was not alone.
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Somewhere, Ronald Reagan Is Weeping
E.J. Dionne Jr. | Truthdig: Expert Reporting, Current News, Provocative Columnists | 2018-04-23
Political opponents cannot be expected to lavish boundless affection on those they battle day after day. | But in a well-ordered democratic system, those who fight on behalf of competing parties, interests and ideas can usually find some room for mutual esteem and even occasionally try to profit intellectually from each other. It's when politics becomes unhinged that we squander the gift of social learning through reasoned argument. | The last several days underscore why not only political progressives but genuine moderates are at wit's end with the Republican Party and what passes for contemporary American conservatism. | If conservatism in the United States has claimed to stand for anything, it is the idea that government authority should be limited. Conservatives regularly argue (especially when Democrats are in the White House) that the executive's clout should be checked and that legitimate law enforcement…
truthdig.com/articles/somewhere-ronald-reagan-is-weeping/

Students as Teachers: Facing the World Adults Are Wrecking
Staff | Truthdig: Expert Reporting, Current News, Provocative Columnists | 2018-04-23
During the first week of May 1963, more than 800 African-American students walked out of their classrooms and into the streets of Birmingham, Alabama, to call for an end to segregation. Despite frequent arrests and having dogs and high-pressure firehoses turned on them, they kept marching. Their determination and ceaseless bravery — later called the Children's Crusade — was captured in photographs and newspaper articles across the country. Through acts of peaceful and defiant civil disobedience, these students accomplished what their parents had failed to do: sway public opinion in support of the civil rights movement. | Fast forward to March 24, 2018. Naomi Wadler, a fifth grader, is standing at a podium in front of hundreds of thousands of protesters at the March for Our Lives in Washington, D.C. Young as she was, Wadler, who organized a walkout at her elementary school…
truthdig.com/articles/students-as-teachers-facing-the-world-adults-are-wrecking/

New York Politicians Seek to Make Highway Repairs Contingent on Placing Cops in Schools
Truthout Stories | 2018-04-23
Ready to challenge injustice and spark real change? So are we. Support Truthout's mission today by making a tax-deductible donation. | Three state senators have sponsored a bill that will allow New York to fast-track the repair of crumbling highway infrastructure — on the condition that armed police be stationed in every school in New York City, public or private. | Democrat Simcha Felder joined Republicans Martin J. Golden and Andrew J. Lanza to propose Senate Bill S7867, which has a stated purpose of changing the contracting method for construction on the Bronx-Queens Expressway. | While there are many problems with the design-build method, it has broad support among politicians because it saves money and expedites the repair process. | Stipulating more cops in schools as part of an unrelated highway repair bill is a cynical political maneuver…
www.truth-out.org/opinion/item/44253-it-s-the-cop-way-or-the-highway

Starbucks Has a Racism Problem
Dave Lindorff | counterpunch.org | 2018-04-23
At a time when we have over a millions young high school and college students march in the streets demanding a ban on assault-style semi-automatic rifles, and an end to mass shootings, as well as continued protests over police shootings of unarmed and all too often black or latino young people, it might seem trivial…
counterpunch.org/2018/04/23/starbucks-has-a-racism-problem/

America's Far Right is Stumbling, But has Already Infiltrated the Mainstream
Juliette Legendre | MintPress News | 2018-04-23
On March 5, the prominent white nationalist Richard Spencer was scheduled to speak at Michigan State University. | The event quickly turned into a bust when only about three dozen people made it inside the building — while hundreds of Spencer supporters and anti-fascist protestors confronted each other outside, throwing rocks and punches. Local police arrested 25 people. | The next day, Spencer's lawyer Kyle Bristow resigned and quit the white nationalist "alt- right" movement altogether, complaining about the relentless vilification of his work in the media. | The Southern Poverty Law Center previously described Bristow as the "go-to attorney for a growing cast of racists." He'd set up the Foundation for the Marketplace of Ideas, which he once described as "the sword and shield" of the alt- right. Now the website and Facebook page no longer exist, and…

America's Far Right is Stumbling, But has Already Infiltrated the Mainstream

9 Dead, 16 Injured in Toronto Van Attack
Staff | Truthdig: Expert Reporting, Current News, Provocative Columnists | 2018-04-23
TORONTO–A rented van jumped onto a crowded Toronto sidewalk Monday, killing nine people and injuring 16 before the driver fled and was quickly arrested in a confrontation with police, Canadian authorities said. | Witnesses said the driver was moving fast and appeared to be acting deliberately, but police said they did not yet know the cause or any possible motive. The name of the suspect was not released. | Toronto Police Services Deputy Chief Peter Yuen released no details about the investigation as he announced the number of casualties. | Yuen said police were still interviewing witnesses and examining surveillance video of the incident as part of what he called a "complex" investigation. | "I can assure the public all our available resources have been brought in to investigate this tragic situation," he said. | The incident occurred as Cabinet ministers from the…
truthdig.com/articles/9-dead-16-injured-in-toronto-van-attack/

Anger mounts over police killing of unarmed man in Barstow, California
WSWS | World Socialist Web Site | 2018-04-23
Police unleashed a hail of 30 bullets into a car being driven by 26-year-old Diante Yarber, killing him and wounding two passengers.
www.wsws.org/en/articles/2018/04/23/bars-a23.html

Tennessee Waffle House shooting leaves four dead and several injured
WSWS | World Socialist Web Site | 2018-04-23
While police have yet to determine a motive for the shooting, many signs point to the suspected perpetrator suffering from a long history of mental illness.
www.wsws.org/en/articles/2018/04/23/whsl-a23.html

Police taze 'combative' American Airlines passenger (VIDEO)
RT | RT US News | 2018-04-23
A 'disruptive' air passenger was tazed multiple times on board an American Airlines flight Sunday after he refused to be escorted from the plane by police. …
www.rt.com/usa/424861-american-airlines-taser-miami/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=RSS

Armenia's Prime Minister Steps Down Amid Protests
Human Rights Watch | Human Rights Watch News | 2018-04-23
Today the mood in Armenia is that of elation — many people are cheering and dancing to loud music in the streets of the capital, Yerevan, and around the country as they celebrate the resignation of Prime Minister Serzh Sargsyan following 11 days of massive public protests. | Protesters celebrate the resignation of Prime Minister Serzh Sargsyan following 11 days of protests, Yerevan, Armenia, April 23, 2018. | © 2018 Regis Gente | My mood is relief, considering how many ways the authorities' response to the protests could have gone wrong. In March 2008, June 2015, and July 2016, I documented how authorities used excessive force to break up largely peaceful demonstrations by chasing and beating protesters and the journalists covering the action. Then, authorities slammed protest leaders and participants with excessive criminal…
www.hrw.org/news/2018/04/23/armenias-prime-minister-steps-down-amid-protests

How the Border Patrol Faked Statistics Showing a 73 Percent Rise in Assaults Against Agents
Debbie Nathan | The Intercept | 2018-04-23
Last November, reports that a pair of U.S. Border Patrol agents had been attacked with rocks at a desolate spot in West Texas made news around the country. The agents were found injured and unconscious at the bottom of a culvert off Interstate 10. Agent Rogelio Martinez soon died from his injuries. Early reports in right-wing media outlets such as Breitbart suggested that the perpetrators were undocumented immigrants, and President Donald Trump quickly embraced the narrative to bolster his campaign for a border wall. | To people familiar with the harsh terrain and the habits of undocumented border crossers, however, the news made little sense. Why would immigrants seeking entry to the U.S. hang out in the middle of nowhere, miles from the border, waiting to randomly attack law enforcement officers? | It was four months before the FBI concluded its investigation…
theintercept.com/2018/04/23/border-patrol-agents-assaulted-cbp-fbi/

Trump mulls pardon of KO boxing legend Jack Johnson – but who was he?
RT | RT US News | 2018-04-22
US President Donald Trump may overturn a century-old conviction which saw the first African American heavyweight boxing champion of the world locked up on a racially-motivated charge. …
www.rt.com/usa/424817-jack-johnson-boxing-pardon/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=RSS

Nashville Waffle House suspect previously arrested, interviewed by Secret Service
RT | RT US News | 2018-04-22
Travis Reinking, 29, the main suspect in the Waffle House mass shooting in Nashville, was previously arrested and interviewed by both the FBI and the Secret Service after he stormed the White House lawn in 2017. …
www.rt.com/usa/424826-police-manhunt-nashville-suspect-reinking/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=RSS

The Baltimore Bureau Podcast Show: April 20, 2018
TRNN | The Real News Network | 2018-04-21
The Baltimore Bureau reflects on the uprising following the death of Freddie Gray, the city's love affair with tax breaks, the State's Attorney's race, police and rap, and Johns Hopkins activists fighting against the CIA…
therealnews.com/idirect.php?i=21632

Tragic killings of teenagers in London used to urge greater police powers
WSWS | World Socialist Web Site | 2018-04-21
A major reason for the ramped-up law-and-order campaign is next month's local elections, with the Conservatives so hated–particularly after the Grenfell Tower tragedy–that they face a wipe-out.
www.wsws.org/en/articles/2018/04/21/lond-a21.html

Do black lives matter in Israel?
Romy Haber | Article — People's World | 2018-04-20
While the Israeli-Palestinian conflict continues to be the most pervasive divide within Israeli society, there are other problems–racial ones–splitting people. Being dark-skinned in Israel is a challenge. Blacks in Israel are regularly the victims of racism and are viewed as a threat by authorities and politicians. Racist comments made by Israel's top political and religious …

Do black lives matter in Israel?

'We Need to Change the Rules for When Police Can Shoot'
Janine Jackson | FAIR | 2018-04-20
Janine Jackson interviewed Peter Bibring about excessive force law for the April 13, 2018, episode of CounterSpin. This is a lightly edited transcript. | Media…
fair.org/home/we-need-to-change-the-rules-for-when-police-can-shoot/

House Raid Illustrates How Baltimore Police Refuse to Take Black Residents Rights Seriously
TRNN | The Real News Network | 2018-04-20
An April 16 S.W.A.T. raid on a house full of grieving citizens points to how far the city is from true change or transparency…
therealnews.com/idirect.php?i=21631

The End of Policing
Will Meyer | The Progressive — A voice for peace, social justice, and the common good | 2018-04-20
As author Alex Vitale puts it, "when political leaders tell the police to wage a war on crime, a war on drugs, a war on terror, a war on gangs, a war on disorder, police are going to get the message that they are at war with the public."
progressive.org/dispatches/the-end-of-policing-alex-vitale-interview-180419/

Teaching Peace in a Time of Hate
Wim Laven | counterpunch.org | 2018-04-20
I teach at Kennesaw State University outside of Atlanta Georgia. In recent years we've made lots of news (in 2015 police were called on a black student waiting for an academic advisor(it's not just Starbucks), our cheerleaders joined the kneeling-during-the-anthem-protest, students protested the investiture of the new (now ex) university President, there have been protests…
counterpunch.org/2018/04/20/teaching-peace-in-a-time-of-hate/

There Was Nothing Humanitarian About Our Strikes on Syria
Peter Certo | counterpunch.org | 2018-04-20
Just after midnight on April 14, the U.S. and its allies bombed three Syrian regime targets. The reason, they said, was to punish Syria's alleged use of chemical weapons in the town of Douma. Now, the Syrian regime's brutality has been well documented. Maybe the allegations are true. But there's a lot about this that's…
counterpunch.org/2018/04/20/there-was-nothing-humanitarian-about-our-strikes-on-syria/

Workers Struggles: Europe, Middle East & Africa
WSWS | World Socialist Web Site | 2018-04-20
The World Socialist Web Site invites workers and other readers to contribute to this regular feature.
www.wsws.org/en/articles/2018/04/20/labo-a20.html

BJP leaders' cover-up of rape and murder of Kashmiri Muslim girl provokes outrage across India
WSWS | World Socialist Web Site | 2018-04-20
Asifa Bano was repeatedly raped, then killed in what police now concede was a conspiracy aimed at terrorizing and forcing the semi-nomadic Bakkarwal from Jammu and Kashmir's Kathua District.
www.wsws.org/en/articles/2018/04/20/kash-a20.html

Ferocious felon: 'Hangry' bear breaks into car & locks itself inside (VIDEO)
RT | RT US News | 2018-04-20
Colorado police responding to reports of a 'vehicle trespass' came upon an unlikely, and terrifying, felon — a bear that managed to break into a car and lock itself inside. …
www.rt.com/usa/424655-bear-police-car-rescue/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=RSS

Liberia: Warlord "Jungle Jabbah" jailed for 30 years in US
Amnesty International | 2018-04-20
Responding to the 30-year jail sentence handed to Mohammed Jabateh, a former Liberian war lord known as "Jungle Jabbah" now living in the US, for immigration fraud and perjury due to failure to disclose his involvement in human rights abuses during the Liberian civil war, Amnesty International's West Africa Researcher Sabrina Mahtani said:…
www.amnesty.org/en/latest/news/2018/04/liberia-warlord-jungle-jabbah-jailed-for-30-years-in-us/

Republicans Have Found a Nuclear Option to Kill Regulations
Gary Rivlin | The Intercept | 2018-04-20
Mick Mulvaney, since November the acting head of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, could have killed an Obama-era directive cracking down on discriminatory lending on auto sales with a snap of his fingers. In 2013, the new bureau put auto dealers and the finance companies they work with on notice: We have found evidence that auto loans are often marked up for Latino and African-American customers, and will be monitoring your compliance with fair lending laws. Study after study had shown that people of color typically pay higher fees and higher interest rates on car loans than whites with similar credit profiles. The CFPB didn't wait to create a formal rule, instead issuing a "guidance" bulletin. Mulvaney could have undone that guidance simply by writing his own. But that wasn't enough for Mulvaney, who, as a member of Congress, had sponsored a bill…
theintercept.com/2018/04/20/republicans-have-found-a-nuclear-option-to-kill-regulations/

Fighting the Oligarchy Inside the Democratic Party
TRNN | The Real News Network | 2018-04-19
Paul Jay hosts a panel of activists organizing to challenge corporate Democrats in primaries leading up to the 2018 elections; with Justice Democrats' Alexandra Rojas, Moumita Ahmed of Millennials for Revolution and Eugene Puryear of Stop Police Terror Project-DC…
therealnews.com/idirect.php?i=21616

Unite the working class against police killings!
WSWS | World Socialist Web Site | 2018-04-19
The killing of Diante Yarber in Barstow, California is the latest in an unending series of police killings in the state and throughout the country.
www.wsws.org/en/articles/2018/04/19/poli-a19.html

5 injured after car crashes into Texas house & triggers fiery explosion (VIDEO)
RT | RT US News | 2018-04-19
Footage of the shocking moment a Texas home exploded after being hit by a car has been released by local police. …
www.rt.com/usa/424540-fort-worth-texas-house-explosion/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=RSS

US Supreme Court Ends Vague Basis for Deportation
Human Rights Watch | Human Rights Watch News | 2018-04-19
Police officers stand in front of the U.S. Supreme Court in Washington, U.S., January 19, 2018. | © 2018 Reuters | The Supreme Court of the United States took a small step this week towards a fairer immigration system, eliminating one particularly troubling legal provision under which immigrants can be deported. | On Tuesday, the court struck down one part of the "aggravated felony" definition in the Immigration and Nationality Act (INA), which was an vague catch-all basis for deportation of some immigrants on criminal grounds. | The provision struck down vaguely defines a "crime of violence" and is just one of 35 provisions that allow for deportations after conviction for an "aggravated felony." That still leaves 34 types of crime that can trigger deportation including rape, murder, forgery, tax evasion, and…
www.hrw.org/news/2018/04/19/us-supreme-court-ends-vague-basis-deportation

European assistance to deadly US drone strikes
Amnesty International | 2018-04-19
Since the start of the so-called "War on Terror" the USA has carried out hundreds of lethal drone strikes in at least seven countries (Afghanistan, Pakistan, Libya, Yemen, Somalia, Iraq and Syria). | According to the Bureau of Investigative Journalism, US drone strikes have killed up to 1,551 civilians since 2004 in Pakistan, Afghanistan, Yemen and Somalia. Amnesty International and others have exposed how some drone strikes have violated international law, and may amount to extrajudicial executions or war crimes. | Details of drone strikes are shrouded in secrecy, so you may not be aware that several European states provide crucial assistance to the US drone programme. | The reality is that US drone operators rely on a vast, complex network of intelligence-sharing, communications infrastructure and surveillance that extends from the North Sea to the Horn of Africa. Here's your guide to…
www.amnesty.org/en/latest/news/2018/04/european-assistance-to-deadly-us-drone-strikes/

Senegal: Right to peaceful protest and freedom of expression must be respected amid crackdown on dissent
Amnesty International | 2018-04-18
The Senegalese authorities must protect the right to peaceful protest and ensure the security forces refrain from using excessive force as anti-government demonstrations are planned today in the capital Dakar, Amnesty International said. | Activists and opposition parties are due to hold a demonstration outside Parliament against proposed changes to the Electoral Code and Constitution that, if passed, would require all candidates standing in next year's presidential election to collect the signatures of one per cent of the registered voters in seven regions of the country before being validated. The authorities announced that the protest had been unauthorized on several grounds including a 2011 decree banning all assemblies in the city centre areas. |
www.amnesty.org/en/latest/news/2018/04/eu-asylum-seekers-must-be-allowed-into-mainland-greece-after-court-rules-against-containment-on-islands/

#FreeSiwatu: Pregnant Black Detroit Activist Jailed for Standing Her Ground & Protecting Her Family
Democracy Now! | 2018-04-18
An environmental activist and young black mother in Detroit may be forced to give birth behind bars, after standing her ground during a frightening encounter. Since she was 15 years old, Siwatu-Salama Ra has fought for environmental justice. She campaigned against the Marathon oil refinery and the Detroit Renewable Power trash incinerator. She represented Detroit at the Paris climate summit. She's also worked to engage kids and educate young mothers about nutrition. Now, at age 26, Siwatu has been sentenced to a mandatory two years in prison, following an incident in which she brandished her unloaded–and legally registered–handgun while defending her mother and 2-year-old daughter. She was sentenced last month to two years in prison even though she is scheduled to give birth in June. We speak to two of her attorneys and Patrisse Khan-Cullors, co-founder of Black Lives Matter.
www.democracynow.org/2018/4/18/freesiwatu_pregnant_black_detroit_activist_jailed

Police kill two men in two days in Detroit suburbs
WSWS | World Socialist Web Site | 2018-04-17
The killings last Monday and Tuesday went largely unreported in the media, perhaps because they took place in middle-class suburban areas rather than the inner city.
www.wsws.org/en/articles/2018/04/18/poli-a17.html

'Military-style training' ban: Durham becomes 'first US city' to halt police exchanges with Israel
RT | RT US News | 2018-04-17
Durham City Council, North Carolina, has voted to abolish international exchanges with Israel, under which officers receive "military-style training." The council wants to prevent the "militarization" of law enforcement. …
www.rt.com/usa/424376-durham-bans-exchanges-israel/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=RSS

Moment police punch, wrestle naked Harvard student to ground (VIDEO)
RT | RT US News | 2018-04-17
Disturbing video footage shot in Cambridge, Massachusetts, shows the moment police tackle a black Harvard University student to the ground and repeatedly punch him in the stomach, as bystanders watch from the sidewalk. …
www.rt.com/usa/424423-police-punch-naked-student/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=RSS

We must not let Marielle Franco's killing go unpunished
Amnesty International | 2018-04-17
My sister in struggle Marielle Franco was shot to death on March 14. | I was abroad, working alongside other brave women who campaign against police killings of black youth in Brazil, Jamaica and the U.S. We had joined forces and were planning to make our voices heard in order to stop the constant stream of killings committed by some of those who are supposed to protect us. | The news hit me hard. I suddenly felt dizzy and could not stop shaking. I could barely contain my anger and my sadness. | Click here to read this article in full at the Huffington Post…
www.amnesty.org/en/latest/news/2018/04/we-must-not-let-marielle-francos-killing-go-unpunished/

Nigeria Reckless police crackdown against unarmed protestors put lives at risk
Amnesty International | 2018-04-17
Responding to a violent crackdown by Nigerian police on members of Islamic Movement in Nigeria (IMN) protesting the detention of their leader in Abuja, Osai Ojigho Director Amnesty International Nigeria said: | "This was a needless resort to violence by Nigerian police against a group of unarmed protestors. The IMN members gathered in Abuja were perfectly within their rights in demanding the release of their leader from a detention described by a federal court as both unlawful and unconstitutional. | "Although there were reports that stones were thrown by some protestors, there is no excuse for the use of live bullets, water cannon and tear gas. These were highly reckless tactics that could easily have resulted in fatalities. Nigerian authorities must adhere to the rule of law and respect the right to peaceful protest when policing these events. | "The arrest of 115…
www.amnesty.org/en/latest/news/2018/04/nigeria-reckless-police-crackdown-against-unarmed-protestors-put-lives-at-risk/

Hip-Hop Artist Kendrick Lamar Makes History by Winning Pulitzer Prize
Democracy Now! | 2018-04-17
On Monday, rapper Kendrick Lamar became the first non-classical or jazz musician to ever win a Pulitzer Prize for Music. Lamar has topped the charts with music that tackles issues of race, politics, religion and even mental health. The Pulitzer follows the five Grammy Awards won by Lamar in January for "DAMN.," his fourth studio album. His previous album, "To Pimp a Butterfly," also won five Grammys. Lamar recently produced and curated the soundtrack for the "Black Panther" film to critical acclaim. We speak to a high school teacher in New Jersey who uses Lamar's recordings in his classroom.
www.democracynow.org/2018/4/17/hip_hop_artist_kendrick_lamar_makes

Deadliest U.S. Prison Riot in 25 Years Shines Light on Inhumane Conditions in Prisons Across Nation
Democracy Now! | 2018-04-17
At least seven prisoners died and 17 were seriously injured after bloody violence broke out Sunday night at a maximum security prison in South Carolina. It was the deadliest prison riot in the United States in 25 years. A coroner said all of the prisoners were stabbed, slashed or beaten. Six of the seven were African-American. No guards were hurt. In total, at least 20 prisoners have been killed by fellow prisoners in South Carolina since the start of 2017. One investigation found the number killed across the state's prisons had quadrupled from 2015 to 2017. The state's prison agency has also been hit with several lawsuits that outline a "long history of violence" and allege sometimes the violence is "encouraged" by guards. We speak with Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Heather Ann Thompson, who wrote "Blood in the Water: The Attica Prison Uprising of 1971 and Its Legacy."
www.democracynow.org/2018/4/17/deadliest_us_prison_riot_in_25

Saheed Vassell's Parents Call for Police to Release Every Video Leading Up to Their Son's Death
Democracy Now! | 2018-04-16
Police officers responding to a 911 call shot dead an unarmed, mentally troubled African-American man on a street corner in Brooklyn on April 5. At the time of his death, Saheed Vassell was holding a metal pipe that police say they mistook for a gun. The NYPD said four officers–three in plainclothes and one uniformed–fired 10 rounds at Vassell, a Jamaican immigrant. None of the officers who opened fire were wearing body cameras. The Vassell family is now calling for the release of all unedited video from the area leading up to and during the shooting. We are joined by Saheed Vassell's parents, Lorna and Eric Vassell.
www.democracynow.org/2018/4/16/saheed_vassells_parents_call_for_police

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Dennis J Bernstein (2018-04-23). Palestinian Haneen Zoabi Discusses Feminism, Gaza and Life in Israel's Knesset. MintPress News Haneen Zoabi is a member of the Israeli Knesset and the first woman elected to the Israeli Knesset on an Arab party list. She's an unrelenting advocate for equal citizenship rights for the Palestinian citizens of Israel, and despite repeated attacks of all kinds, she remains unrelenting in her call for an end to Israel's occupation of Palestinian Lands. | Zoabi considers herself a straight up feminist. She says "real feminism must acknowledge the discrimination against Arab women in Israel, and real feminism must know to identify with and struggle alongside them, at the national, civil and social levels." | Zoabi joined forces with the Balad Party a year after it was founded in 1997. A key guiding principle of the Party is to maintain a one-third quota for women candidates. The party advocates for the rights of Palestinians, legally designated as 'Arab…

TRNN (2018-04-23). Why Black Lives Don't Matter: Q & A Session. The Real News Network A radical interpretation of U.S. History featuring Dr. Gerald Horne and Paul Coates…

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Staff (2018-04-23). Students as Teachers: Facing the World Adults Are Wrecking. Truthdig: Expert Reporting, Current News, Provocative Columnists During the first week of May 1963, more than 800 African-American students walked out of their classrooms and into the streets of Birmingham, Alabama, to call for an end to segregation. Despite frequent arrests and having dogs and high-pressure firehoses turned on them, they kept marching. Their determination and ceaseless bravery — later called the Children's Crusade — was captured in photographs and newspaper articles across the country. Through acts of peaceful and defiant civil disobedience, these students accomplished what their parents had failed to do: sway public opinion in support of the civil rights movement. | Fast forward to March 24, 2018. Naomi Wadler, a fifth grader, is standing at a podium in front of hundreds of thousands of protesters at the March for Our Lives in Washington, D.C. Young as she was, Wadler, who organized a walkout at her elementary school…

Annie Waldman, ProPublica (2018-04-23). Shutdown of Texas Schools Investigation Shows Trump Administration Pullback on Civil Rights. AlterNet.org The U. S. Department of Education was investigating why black students in Bryan, Texas, are almost four times as likely as white students to be suspended. Then Betsy DeVos took over. | Beside a highway in Bryan, Texas, tucked between a motorcycle bar and the county jail, stands a low-slung, sprawling complex with tinted windows, sandstone walls and barbed wire lining parts of its roof. A roadside sign identifies it as the Brazos County Juvenile Justice Center. One Friday afternoon last October, after an incident at nearby Arthur L. Davila Middle School, a police officer arrested 13-year-old Trah'Vaeziah Jackson and brought her to the juvenile detention facility. She cried as employees patted her down, cut off her hair extensions, and took her photo and fingerprints. She was served dinner — chicken nuggets, mashed potatoes and an apple in a styrofoam box with a carton. . .

Dave Lindorff (2018-04-23). Starbucks Has a Racism Problem. counterpunch.org At a time when we have over a millions young high school and college students march in the streets demanding a ban on assault-style semi-automatic rifles, and an end to mass shootings, as well as continued protests over police shootings of unarmed and all too often black or latino young people, it might seem trivial More

Matthew Rozsa, Salon (2018-04-23). Waffle House Shooter Travis Reinking Should Not Have Had the AR-15 He Used To Kill Four People. AlterNet.org Travis Reinking's guns were confiscated — but he had them, thanks to a loophole | Travis Reinking, the 29-year-old man suspected of killing four people at a Waffle House in Nashville, apparently was able to access his firearms — even though they had been confiscated by authorities months earlier when he tried to breach a barrier near the White House. Reinking was in Washington, with the hope of meeting President Donald Trump. While there, he tried to cross a security barrier at the White House complex, causing him to get apprehended by authorities. The FBI office in Springfield, Illinois — near Reinking's hometown of Morton — confiscated his guns and revoked his license to legally own them. At the time that Reinking breached the White House barrier, he explained that he was a "sovereign citizen," a term that is most popular among anti-government. . .

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Juliette Legendre (2018-04-23). America's Far Right is Stumbling, But has Already Infiltrated the Mainstream. MintPress News On March 5, the prominent white nationalist Richard Spencer was scheduled to speak at Michigan State University. | The event quickly turned into a bust when only about three dozen people made it inside the building — while hundreds of Spencer supporters and anti-fascist protestors confronted each other outside, throwing rocks and punches. Local police arrested 25 people. | The next day, Spencer's lawyer Kyle Bristow resigned and quit the white nationalist "alt- right" movement altogether, complaining about the relentless vilification of his work in the media. | The Southern Poverty Law Center previously described Bristow as the "go-to attorney for a growing cast of racists." He'd set up the Foundation for the Marketplace of Ideas, which he once described as "the sword and shield" of the alt- right. Now the website and Facebook page no longer exist, and…

WSWS (2018-04-23). Anger mounts over police killing of unarmed man in Barstow, California. World Socialist Web Site Police unleashed a hail of 30 bullets into a car being driven by 26-year-old Diante Yarber, killing him and wounding two passengers.

WSWS (2018-04-23). Tennessee Waffle House shooting leaves four dead and several injured. World Socialist Web Site While police have yet to determine a motive for the shooting, many signs point to the suspected perpetrator suffering from a long history of mental illness.

RT (2018-04-23). Police taze 'combative' American Airlines passenger (VIDEO). RT US News A 'disruptive' air passenger was tazed multiple times on board an American Airlines flight Sunday after he refused to be escorted from the plane by police.
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Amnesty International (2018-04-23). Maldives: One year later, no justice for Yameen Rasheed. Amnesty International On the anniversary of the killing of the popular Maldivian blogger and social media personality, Yameen Rasheed, Amnesty International and CIVICUS call on the Maldivian authorities to bring his killers to justice. | In a shocking murder that marked a worrying attack on freedom of expression and sent a shiver of fear throughout Maldivian civil society, Yameen Rasheed, 29, was found stabbed to death on 23rd April 2017 outside his apartment building. He had received multiple death threats before his murder, which he had reported to the police. | "One year later, we have seen no action from the Maldivian authorities. Not only did they fail to protect Yameen during his lifetime, they have also failed to effectively investigate his murder and hold his killers accountable. His loved ones and friends should not have to wait any longer for…

Democracy Now! (2018-04-23). Headlines for April 23, 2018. Democracy Now! North Korea to Freeze Nuclear Tests Ahead of Trump Summit, French President Macron in U.S. for Three-Day State Visit, Manhunt Underway for Tennessee Shooter Who Killed 4 People of Color, Afghanistan: Suicide Bomb Kills 57, Injures 119 at Voter ID Center, Israeli Snipers Kill 4 More Palestinians at Gaza's Militarized Border, Palestinian Engineer Assassinated in Malaysia; Family Blames Mossad, Syrian Military Bombards Last Opposition-Held Areas Around Damascus, Nicaraguan President Scraps Pension Rollback as Protest Death Toll Hits 26, Peru: Assassinated Forest Defender Olivia Arévalo Lomas Laid to Rest, Armenia: Thousands Protest Power Grab by Leader Serzh Sargsyan, Arizona Teachers Authorize a Strike, Demanding Public Education Funds, Harvard Student Teaching Assistants Vote to Unionize, Climate Denier Jim Bridenstine Narrowly Confirmed as NASA Chief, HSBC Pledges to Roll Back Financing of Fossil Fuel Projects, Women Claim 5 of 6 Goldman Environmental Prizes for 2018, Georgia: Police Arrest 10 Anti-Fascist Protesters as Neo-Nazis Rally, Herman Bell Set to Be Freed on Parole After 45 Years in Prison, Colin Kaepernick Wins Amnesty's Ambassador of Conscience Award…

Debbie Nathan (2018-04-23). How the Border Patrol Faked Statistics Showing a 73 Percent Rise in Assaults Against Agents. The Intercept Last November, reports that a pair of U.S. Border Patrol agents had been attacked with rocks at a desolate spot in West Texas made news around the country. The agents were found injured and unconscious at the bottom of a culvert off Interstate 10. Agent Rogelio Martinez soon died from his injuries. Early reports in right-wing media outlets such as Breitbart suggested that the perpetrators were undocumented immigrants, and President Donald Trump quickly embraced the narrative to bolster his campaign for a border wall. | To people familiar with the harsh terrain and the habits of undocumented border crossers, however, the news made little sense. Why would immigrants seeking entry to the U.S. hang out in the middle of nowhere, miles from the border, waiting to randomly attack law enforcement officers? | It was four months before the FBI concluded its investigation…

Truthout Stories (2018-04-22). A Year Later, Fewer Deportations in Cities That Adopted "Welcoming" Policies. Truthout Stories Demonstrators protest the deportation of undocumented immigrants on July 24, 2013, in New York City. (Photo: John Moore / Getty Images) | Truthout is your hub for thought-provoking, conversation-sparking stories. Support independent journalism by making a small, tax-deductible donation today! | A year after the Santa Fe City Council adopted in February 2017 a resolution strengthening its welcoming and non-discrimination policies toward immigrants, the federal government launched a series of audits demanding verification from local small businesses that their employees were eligible to work in the country. In response to this blitz, advocates and city officials held a press conference in early March calling out an attempt to disrupt business, wreak havoc, and create a culture of fear and panic. | "Today, children will wake up at home wondering if there will be a knock on their door; parents will go to…

Truthout Stories (2018-04-22). The "Superpredator" Myth Was Discredited, but It Continues to Ruin Young Black Lives. Truthout Stories You shouldn't have to wade through ads and "sponsored content" to get to the real news. Keep Truthout ad-free by making a tax-deductible donation. | Vincent Thompson was first arrested when he was 14. It was a Friday night and Thompson and some friends in his neighborhood in Hempstead, Long Island, had just come home from a party. They were clustered outside their buildings not yet ready to call it a night, when the police "rushed" the group, he said, and searched them. Thompson had just started selling crack, and the police found it. He was handcuffed and stuffed into the back of a police car. "It was my first time ever being in that position," Thompson recalls. "I was young." | He was released into his mother's custody, but placed on juvenile probation — a label that would come to define…

TRNN (2018-04-22). Why Black Lives Don't Matter: A Radical Interpretation of U.S. History. The Real News Network A discussion featuring Dr. Gerald Horne and Paul Coates…

RT (2018-04-22). Trump mulls pardon of KO boxing legend Jack Johnson – but who was he? RT US News US President Donald Trump may overturn a century-old conviction which saw the first African American heavyweight boxing champion of the world locked up on a racially-motivated charge.
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RT (2018-04-22). Nashville Waffle House suspect previously arrested, interviewed by Secret Service. RT US News Travis Reinking, 29, the main suspect in the Waffle House mass shooting in Nashville, was previously arrested and interviewed by both the FBI and the Secret Service after he stormed the White House lawn in 2017.
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TRNN (2018-04-21). The Baltimore Bureau Podcast Show: April 20, 2018. The Real News Network The Baltimore Bureau reflects on the uprising following the death of Freddie Gray, the city's love affair with tax breaks, the State's Attorney's race, police and rap, and Johns Hopkins activists fighting against the CIA…

WSWS (2018-04-21). Tragic killings of teenagers in London used to urge greater police powers. World Socialist Web Site A major reason for the ramped-up law-and-order campaign is next month's local elections, with the Conservatives so hated—particularly after the Grenfell Tower tragedy—that they face a wipe-out.

Romy Haber (2018-04-20). Do black lives matter in Israel? Article — People's World While the Israeli-Palestinian conflict continues to be the most pervasive divide within Israeli society, there are other problems—racial ones—splitting people. Being dark-skinned in Israel is a challenge. Blacks in Israel are regularly the victims of racism and are viewed as a threat by authorities and politicians. Racist comments made by Israel's top political and religious […]…

Janine Jackson (2018-04-20). 'We Need to Change the Rules for When Police Can Shoot'. FAIR Janine Jackson interviewed Peter Bibring about excessive force law for the April 13, 2018, episode of CounterSpin. This is a lightly edited transcript. | Media…

Leslie Mullin (2018-04-20). Democratic Space in Adverse Times: Milestone at Haiti's University of the Aristide Foundation. counterpunch.org March 18, 2018, marked exactly seven years since Haiti's former President Jean-Bertrand Aristide and Mrs. Aristide returned to Haiti from forced exile in South Africa, where they lived following the 2004 coup d'etatthat overthrew Haiti's democratic government. On their return, they began to rebuild the University of the Aristide Foundation[UniFA] whose land and buildings had More

Will Meyer (2018-04-20). The End of Policing. The Progressive — A voice for peace, social justice, and the common good As author Alex Vitale puts it, "when political leaders tell the police to wage a war on crime, a war on drugs, a war on terror, a war on gangs, a war on disorder, police are going to get the message that they are at war with the public."

TRNN (2018-04-20). House Raid Illustrates How Baltimore Police Refuse to Take Black Residents Rights Seriously. The Real News Network An April 16 S.W.A.T. raid on a house full of grieving citizens points to how far the city is from true change or transparency…

Wim Laven (2018-04-20). Teaching Peace in a Time of Hate. counterpunch.org I teach at Kennesaw State University outside of Atlanta Georgia. In recent years we've made lots of news (in 2015 police were called on a black student waiting for an academic advisor(it's not just Starbucks), our cheerleaders joined the kneeling-during-the-anthem-protest, students protested the investiture of the new (now ex) university President, there have been protests More

Jon Jeter (2018-04-20). When a Black Journalist Wins a Pulitzer, Chances Are It's For Writing White. MintPress News With the American Empire at its nadir and seeking both absolution and scapegoats, black journalists, academics, police, filmmakers and philanthropists are the post-Obama Orientalists, increasingly charged with writing about people of color for white people. | The post When a Black Journalist Wins a Pulitzer, Chances Are It's For Writing White appeared first on MintPress News.

Peter Certo (2018-04-20). There Was Nothing Humanitarian About Our Strikes on Syria. counterpunch.org Just after midnight on April 14, the U.S. and its allies bombed three Syrian regime targets. The reason, they said, was to punish Syria's alleged use of chemical weapons in the town of Douma. Now, the Syrian regime's brutality has been well documented. Maybe the allegations are true. But there's a lot about this that's More

WSWS (2018-04-20). Workers Struggles: Europe, Middle East & Africa. World Socialist Web Site The World Socialist Web Site invites workers and other readers to contribute to this regular feature.

WSWS (2018-04-20). BJP leaders' cover-up of rape and murder of Kashmiri Muslim girl provokes outrage across India. World Socialist Web Site Asifa Bano was repeatedly raped, then killed in what police now concede was a conspiracy aimed at terrorizing and forcing the semi-nomadic Bakkarwal from Jammu and Kashmir's Kathua District.

RT (2018-04-20). Ferocious felon: 'Hangry' bear breaks into car & locks itself inside (VIDEO). RT US News Colorado police responding to reports of a 'vehicle trespass' came upon an unlikely, and terrifying, felon — a bear that managed to break into a car and lock itself inside. |
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Human Rights Watch (2018-04-20). Displaced Congolese Face Being Returned to Harm's Way. Human Rights Watch News A woman walks at an internally displaced persons (IDP) camp in Bunia, Ituri province, eastern Democratic Republic of Congo, April 12, 2018. | © 2018 Reuters | Since mid-December, unidentified assailants have killed more than 260 people and burned thousands of homes in the Democratic Republic of Congo's northeastern Djugu territory in Ituri province. The atrocities we have documented include massacres, rapes, and decapitation. More than 200,000 people have fled their homes, many to neighboring Uganda. | The surge of deadly violence seems to have erupted out of nowhere, tearing through a once-embattled area that had been largely peaceful in recent years. | Last Sunday, the provincial governor, Jefferson Abdallah Penembaka, called on tens of thousands of internally displaced people (IDPs) living in two makeshift camps in Bunia, the provincial capital, to…

Human Rights Watch (2018-04-20). Lebanon: Mass Evictions of Syrian Refugees. Human Rights Watch News A clothesline in an informal tent settlement in Bar Elias, Bekaa Governorate, Lebanon. Refugees evicted from the Rayak air base area settled here in January 2018. The refugees say there was no procedure, no written notice, no opportunity to discuss or challenge their removal, and that it took place in extremely harsh conditions. | © 2018 Sandra Abou Metri/Human Rights Watch | (Beirut) — At least 13 municipalities in Lebanon have forcibly evicted at least 3,664 Syrian refugees from their homes and expelled them from the municipalities, apparently because of their nationality or religion, while another 42,000 refugees remain at risk of eviction, Human Rights Watch said in a report released today. | The 57-page report, " 'Our Homes Are Not for Strangers': Mass Evictions of Syrian Refugees by Lebanese Municipalities," documents…

Human Rights Watch (2018-04-20). Iraq: Officials Dispose of Potential War Crime Evidence. Human Rights Watch News An incident on March 29, 2018, in which government workers removed about 80 bodies from a damaged house, raised suspicions of a cover-up of killings of possible Islamic State suspect. Days later, the house had been burned. | (Erbil) — An incident on March 29, 2018, in which government workers removed about 80 bodies from a damaged house, raised suspicions of a cover-up of killings of possible Islamic State (also known as ISIS) suspects, Human Rights Watch said today. Human Rights Watch observed the episode. Days later, the house had been burned. | Iraqi authorities at the site said they were the remains of ISIS suspects. Heath Ministry and Interior Intelligence Ministry officials at the site said they were not permitted to share information about where the bodies were taken. There has been no indication that the deaths are being…

Amnesty International (2018-04-20). Liberia: Warlord "Jungle Jabbah" jailed for 30 years in US. Amnesty International Responding to the 30-year jail sentence handed to Mohammed Jabateh, a former Liberian war lord known as "Jungle Jabbah" now living in the US, for immigration fraud and perjury due to failure to disclose his involvement in human rights abuses during the Liberian civil war, Amnesty International's West Africa Researcher Sabrina Mahtani said:…

Gary Rivlin (2018-04-20). Republicans Have Found a Nuclear Option to Kill Regulations. The Intercept Mick Mulvaney, since November the acting head of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, could have killed an Obama-era directive cracking down on discriminatory lending on auto sales with a snap of his fingers. In 2013, the new bureau put auto dealers and the finance companies they work with on notice: We have found evidence that auto loans are often marked up for Latino and African-American customers, and will be monitoring your compliance with fair lending laws. Study after study had shown that people of color typically pay higher fees and higher interest rates on car loans than whites with similar credit profiles. The CFPB didn't wait to create a formal rule, instead issuing a "guidance" bulletin. Mulvaney could have undone that guidance simply by writing his own. But that wasn't enough for Mulvaney, who, as a member of Congress, had sponsored a bill…

TRNN (2018-04-19). Fighting the Oligarchy Inside the Democratic Party. The Real News Network Paul Jay hosts a panel of activists organizing to challenge corporate Democrats in primaries leading up to the 2018 elections; with Justice Democrats' Alexandra Rojas, Moumita Ahmed of Millennials for Revolution and Eugene Puryear of Stop Police Terror Project-DC…

WSWS (2018-04-19). Unite the working class against police killings! World Socialist Web Site The killing of Diante Yarber in Barstow, California is the latest in an unending series of police killings in the state and throughout the country.

RT (2018-04-19). 5 injured after car crashes into Texas house & triggers fiery explosion (VIDEO). RT US News Footage of the shocking moment a Texas home exploded after being hit by a car has been released by local police.
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Human Rights Watch (2018-04-19). Iraq: ISIS Suspects' Homes Confiscated. Human Rights Watch News (Beirut) — Iraqi security officers are denying immediate relatives of suspected Islamic State (also known as ISIS) members security clearance to reclaim homes being occupied or to seek compensation, Human Rights Watch said today. Security forces have also destroyed or confiscated some property. Such acts, based only on family relationships to ISIS suspects rather than individual security determinations, are a form of collective punishment. Graffiti that reads "Daesh (ISIS)," marks the home of relatives of an ISIS member in a west Mosul neighborhood, Iraq. | © 2018 Private | "These families deserve the same protections that Iraqi courts provide to all citizens," said Lama Fakih, deputy Middle East director at Human Rights Watch. "Courts should be the guarantors against discrimination that will only further sectarian divisions in the country and delay needed…

Human Rights Watch (2018-04-19). US Supreme Court Ends Vague Basis for Deportation. Human Rights Watch News Police officers stand in front of the U.S. Supreme Court in Washington, U.S., January 19, 2018. | © 2018 Reuters | The Supreme Court of the United States took a small step this week towards a fairer immigration system, eliminating one particularly troubling legal provision under which immigrants can be deported. | On Tuesday, the court struck down one part of the "aggravated felony" definition in the Immigration and Nationality Act (INA), which was an vague catch-all basis for deportation of some immigrants on criminal grounds. | The provision struck down vaguely defines a "crime of violence" and is just one of 35 provisions that allow for deportations after conviction for an "aggravated felony." That still leaves 34 types of crime that can trigger deportation including rape, murder, forgery, tax evasion, and…

Human Rights Watch (2018-04-19). Police in Armenia Detain Dozens of Demonstrators. Human Rights Watch News Thousands of people continue to flood Armenia's capital Yerevan, protesting the former president's shift to the prime minister's seat after his two terms as President finished. Opponents of Serzh Sargsyan see this as an attempt to hold onto power as the country moves to a new parliamentary system of governance. Sargsyan was officially approved as the new prime minister on Tuesday. Protest against Armenia's ruling Republican party's nomination of former President Serzh Sarksyan as its candidate for prime minister, in Yerevan, Armenia April 13, 2018. | © 2018 Grigor Yeritsyan | The Yerevan demonstrations have been led by prominent opposition parliament member Nikol Pashinian. In acts of civil disobedience, the protesters have blocked government buildings in the city center and paralyzed major streets and bridges. The protests have been mostly peaceful, but brief clashes with…

Amnesty International (2018-04-19). European assistance to deadly US drone strikes. Amnesty International Since the start of the so-called "War on Terror" the USA has carried out hundreds of lethal drone strikes in at least seven countries (Afghanistan, Pakistan, Libya, Yemen, Somalia, Iraq and Syria). | According to the Bureau of Investigative Journalism, US drone strikes have killed up to 1,551 civilians since 2004 in Pakistan, Afghanistan, Yemen and Somalia. Amnesty International and others have exposed how some drone strikes have violated international law, and may amount to extrajudicial executions or war crimes. | Details of drone strikes are shrouded in secrecy, so you may not be aware that several European states provide crucial assistance to the US drone programme. | The reality is that US drone operators rely on a vast, complex network of intelligence-sharing, communications infrastructure and surveillance that extends from the North Sea to the Horn of Africa. Here's your guide to…

Democracy Now! (2018-04-19). Headlines for April 19, 2018. Democracy Now! Trump Says He's Prepared to Abandon North Korea Summit If Talks "Fruitless", Trump Won't Say Whether He'll Fire Special Counsel Mueller, Pittsburgh Police Preparing for Riots If Trump Fires Robert Mueller, Senate Votes Against Rule on Predatory Car Loans for People of Color, Senate to Allow Breastfeeding Mothers to Bring Infants to Chamber Floor, Puerto Rico: 1.4 Million Lose Electric Power in Island-Wide Blackout, Syria: U.N. Chemical Weapons Team Comes Under Fire, Delays Inspections, Palestinian Security Forces Arrest West Bank Journalist, Cuba: Miguel Díaz-Canel to Become President as Raúl Castro Steps Down, Kansas: Militia Members Convicted of Plot to Massacre Somali Immigrants, FBI Whistleblower Convicted of Leaking Documents in "Act of Conscience", Georgia: Immigrants Sue For-Profit Prison, Alleging Forced Labor, New York State to Restore Voting Rights to Those with Felonies on Parole, Poland: EU Court Orders a Halt to Logging in Pristine Forest, Canadian PM Trudeau Faced with Pipeline Protest in London…

Human Rights Watch (2018-04-18). Syria: Justice Needed for 7 Years of Abuse. Human Rights Watch News Catherine Marchi-Uhel, head of the International, Impartial and Independent Mechanism (IIIM), attends a news conference on Syria crimes at the United Nations in Geneva, September 5, 2017. | © 2017 Reuters | Update: The International, Impartial and Independent Mechanism concluded a cooperation agreement with the UN Commission of Inquiry on Syria in March 2018. | (New York) — UN member states should fully fund and cooperate with a new UN team to gather and preserve evidence of serious crimes in Syria for future prosecutions, Human Rights Watch said today. On April 18, 2018, the head of the new team, Catherine Marchi-Uhel, will brief the General Assembly for the first time. | "With new atrocities every day and the Security Council in deadlock, the General Assembly has an urgent responsibility to champion justice…

Human Rights Watch (2018-04-18). Pardons No Substitute for Reform in Myanmar. Human Rights Watch News Police officers guard in front of Insein prison while prisoners walk out, who are part of the over 8,000 inmates released to mark Myanmar's new year amnesty announced by Myanmar's President Win Myint, in Yangon, Myanmar on April 17, 2018. | © 2018 Reuters / Anna Wang | The Myanmar government has ordered the release of three dozen political prisoners, a welcome step that still leaves scores in detention or on trial on politically motivated charges, according to local monitors. Real reform in Myanmar will require stripping away the architecture of repression and ending prosecutions of the government's critics. | Yesterday, newly elected President Win Myint followed the tradition of releasing prisoners on the first day of the Myanmar New Year by announcing the release of more than 8,500 prisoners, including 36 political…

Amnesty International (2018-04-18). Senegal: Right to peaceful protest and freedom of expression must be respected amid crackdown on dissent. Amnesty International The Senegalese authorities must protect the right to peaceful protest and ensure the security forces refrain from using excessive force as anti-government demonstrations are planned today in the capital Dakar, Amnesty International said. | Activists and opposition parties are due to hold a demonstration outside Parliament against proposed changes to the Electoral Code and Constitution that, if passed, would require all candidates standing in next year's presidential election to collect the signatures of one per cent of the registered voters in seven regions of the country before being validated. The authorities announced that the protest had been unauthorized on several grounds including a 2011 decree banning all assemblies in the city centre areas. |

Democracy Now! (2018-04-18). #FreeSiwatu: Pregnant Black Detroit Activist Jailed for Standing Her Ground & Protecting Her Family. Democracy Now! An environmental activist and young black mother in Detroit may be forced to give birth behind bars, after standing her ground during a frightening encounter. Since she was 15 years old, Siwatu-Salama Ra has fought for environmental justice. She campaigned against the Marathon oil refinery and the Detroit Renewable Power trash incinerator. She represented Detroit at the Paris climate summit. She's also worked to engage kids and educate young mothers about nutrition. Now, at age 26, Siwatu has been sentenced to a mandatory two years in prison, following an incident in which she brandished her unloaded—and legally registered—handgun while defending her mother and 2-year-old daughter. She was sentenced last month to two years in prison even though she is scheduled to give birth in June. We speak to two of her attorneys and Patrisse Khan-Cullors, co-founder of Black Lives Matter.

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Palestinian Haneen Zoabi Discusses Feminism, Gaza and Life in Israel's Knesset
Dennis J Bernstein | MintPress News | 2018-04-23
Haneen Zoabi is a member of the Israeli Knesset and the first woman elected to the Israeli Knesset on an Arab party list. She's an unrelenting advocate for equal citizenship rights for the Palestinian citizens of Israel, and despite repeated attacks of all kinds, she remains unrelenting in her call for an end to Israel's occupation of Palestinian Lands. | Zoabi considers herself a straight up feminist. She says "real feminism must acknowledge the discrimination against Arab women in Israel, and real feminism must know to identify with and struggle alongside them, at the national, civil and social levels." | Zoabi joined forces with the Balad Party a year after it was founded in 1997. A key guiding principle of the Party is to maintain a one-third quota for women candidates. The party advocates for the rights of Palestinians, legally designated as 'Arab…

Palestinian Haneen Zoabi Discusses Feminism, Gaza and Life in Israel's Knesset

Why Black Lives Don't Matter: Q & A Session
TRNN | The Real News Network | 2018-04-23
A radical interpretation of U.S. History featuring Dr. Gerald Horne and Paul Coates…
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Students as Teachers: Facing the World Adults Are Wrecking
Staff | Truthdig: Expert Reporting, Current News, Provocative Columnists | 2018-04-23
During the first week of May 1963, more than 800 African-American students walked out of their classrooms and into the streets of Birmingham, Alabama, to call for an end to segregation. Despite frequent arrests and having dogs and high-pressure firehoses turned on them, they kept marching. Their determination and ceaseless bravery — later called the Children's Crusade — was captured in photographs and newspaper articles across the country. Through acts of peaceful and defiant civil disobedience, these students accomplished what their parents had failed to do: sway public opinion in support of the civil rights movement. | Fast forward to March 24, 2018. Naomi Wadler, a fifth grader, is standing at a podium in front of hundreds of thousands of protesters at the March for Our Lives in Washington, D.C. Young as she was, Wadler, who organized a walkout at her elementary school…
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Starbucks Has a Racism Problem
Dave Lindorff | counterpunch.org | 2018-04-23
At a time when we have over a millions young high school and college students march in the streets demanding a ban on assault-style semi-automatic rifles, and an end to mass shootings, as well as continued protests over police shootings of unarmed and all too often black or latino young people, it might seem trivial…
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America's Far Right is Stumbling, But has Already Infiltrated the Mainstream
Juliette Legendre | MintPress News | 2018-04-23
On March 5, the prominent white nationalist Richard Spencer was scheduled to speak at Michigan State University. | The event quickly turned into a bust when only about three dozen people made it inside the building — while hundreds of Spencer supporters and anti-fascist protestors confronted each other outside, throwing rocks and punches. Local police arrested 25 people. | The next day, Spencer's lawyer Kyle Bristow resigned and quit the white nationalist "alt- right" movement altogether, complaining about the relentless vilification of his work in the media. | The Southern Poverty Law Center previously described Bristow as the "go-to attorney for a growing cast of racists." He'd set up the Foundation for the Marketplace of Ideas, which he once described as "the sword and shield" of the alt- right. Now the website and Facebook page no longer exist, and…

America's Far Right is Stumbling, But has Already Infiltrated the Mainstream

Two-year-old girl accidentally shot dead by mother in Ohio, police say
Peter Stubley | The Independent – US | 2018-04-23
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Shutdown of Texas Schools Investigation Shows Trump Administration Pullback on Civil Rights
Annie Waldman, ProPublica | AlterNet.org | 2018-04-23
The U. S. Department of Education was investigating why black students in Bryan, Texas, are almost four times as likely as white students to be suspended. Then Betsy DeVos took over. | Beside a highway in Bryan, Texas, tucked between a motorcycle bar and the county jail, stands a low-slung, sprawling complex with tinted windows, sandstone walls and barbed wire lining parts of its roof. A roadside sign identifies it as the Brazos County Juvenile Justice Center. One Friday afternoon last October, after an incident at nearby Arthur L. Davila Middle School, a police officer arrested 13-year-old Trah'Vaeziah Jackson and brought her to the juvenile detention facility. She cried as employees patted her down, cut off her hair extensions, and took her photo and fingerprints. She was served dinner — chicken nuggets, mashed potatoes and an apple in a styrofoam box with a carton. . .
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Anger mounts over police killing of unarmed man in Barstow, California
WSWS | World Socialist Web Site | 2018-04-23
Police unleashed a hail of 30 bullets into a car being driven by 26-year-old Diante Yarber, killing him and wounding two passengers.
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Tennessee Waffle House shooting leaves four dead and several injured
WSWS | World Socialist Web Site | 2018-04-23
While police have yet to determine a motive for the shooting, many signs point to the suspected perpetrator suffering from a long history of mental illness.
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Police taze 'combative' American Airlines passenger (VIDEO)
RT | RT US News | 2018-04-23
A 'disruptive' air passenger was tazed multiple times on board an American Airlines flight Sunday after he refused to be escorted from the plane by police. …
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How the Border Patrol Faked Statistics Showing a 73 Percent Rise in Assaults Against Agents
Debbie Nathan | The Intercept | 2018-04-23
Last November, reports that a pair of U.S. Border Patrol agents had been attacked with rocks at a desolate spot in West Texas made news around the country. The agents were found injured and unconscious at the bottom of a culvert off Interstate 10. Agent Rogelio Martinez soon died from his injuries. Early reports in right-wing media outlets such as Breitbart suggested that the perpetrators were undocumented immigrants, and President Donald Trump quickly embraced the narrative to bolster his campaign for a border wall. | To people familiar with the harsh terrain and the habits of undocumented border crossers, however, the news made little sense. Why would immigrants seeking entry to the U.S. hang out in the middle of nowhere, miles from the border, waiting to randomly attack law enforcement officers? | It was four months before the FBI concluded its investigation…
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A Year Later, Fewer Deportations in Cities That Adopted "Welcoming" Policies
Truthout Stories | 2018-04-22
Demonstrators protest the deportation of undocumented immigrants on July 24, 2013, in New York City. (Photo: John Moore / Getty Images) | Truthout is your hub for thought-provoking, conversation-sparking stories. Support independent journalism by making a small, tax-deductible donation today! | A year after the Santa Fe City Council adopted in February 2017 a resolution strengthening its welcoming and non-discrimination policies toward immigrants, the federal government launched a series of audits demanding verification from local small businesses that their employees were eligible to work in the country. In response to this blitz, advocates and city officials held a press conference in early March calling out an attempt to disrupt business, wreak havoc, and create a culture of fear and panic. | "Today, children will wake up at home wondering if there will be a knock on their door; parents will go to…
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The "Superpredator" Myth Was Discredited, but It Continues to Ruin Young Black Lives
Truthout Stories | 2018-04-22
You shouldn't have to wade through ads and "sponsored content" to get to the real news. Keep Truthout ad-free by making a tax-deductible donation. | Vincent Thompson was first arrested when he was 14. It was a Friday night and Thompson and some friends in his neighborhood in Hempstead, Long Island, had just come home from a party. They were clustered outside their buildings not yet ready to call it a night, when the police "rushed" the group, he said, and searched them. Thompson had just started selling crack, and the police found it. He was handcuffed and stuffed into the back of a police car. "It was my first time ever being in that position," Thompson recalls. "I was young." | He was released into his mother's custody, but placed on juvenile probation — a label that would come to define…
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Why Black Lives Don't Matter: A Radical Interpretation of U.S. History
TRNN | The Real News Network | 2018-04-22
A discussion featuring Dr. Gerald Horne and Paul Coates…
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Trump mulls pardon of KO boxing legend Jack Johnson – but who was he?
RT | RT US News | 2018-04-22
US President Donald Trump may overturn a century-old conviction which saw the first African American heavyweight boxing champion of the world locked up on a racially-motivated charge. …
www.rt.com/usa/424817-jack-johnson-boxing-pardon/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=RSS

Nashville Waffle House suspect previously arrested, interviewed by Secret Service
RT | RT US News | 2018-04-22
Travis Reinking, 29, the main suspect in the Waffle House mass shooting in Nashville, was previously arrested and interviewed by both the FBI and the Secret Service after he stormed the White House lawn in 2017. …
www.rt.com/usa/424826-police-manhunt-nashville-suspect-reinking/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=RSS

The Baltimore Bureau Podcast Show: April 20, 2018
TRNN | The Real News Network | 2018-04-21
The Baltimore Bureau reflects on the uprising following the death of Freddie Gray, the city's love affair with tax breaks, the State's Attorney's race, police and rap, and Johns Hopkins activists fighting against the CIA…
therealnews.com/idirect.php?i=21632

Tragic killings of teenagers in London used to urge greater police powers
WSWS | World Socialist Web Site | 2018-04-21
A major reason for the ramped-up law-and-order campaign is next month's local elections, with the Conservatives so hated–particularly after the Grenfell Tower tragedy–that they face a wipe-out.
www.wsws.org/en/articles/2018/04/21/lond-a21.html

Do black lives matter in Israel?
Romy Haber | Article — People's World | 2018-04-20
While the Israeli-Palestinian conflict continues to be the most pervasive divide within Israeli society, there are other problems–racial ones–splitting people. Being dark-skinned in Israel is a challenge. Blacks in Israel are regularly the victims of racism and are viewed as a threat by authorities and politicians. Racist comments made by Israel's top political and religious …

Do black lives matter in Israel?

Do black lives matter in Israel?
Romy Haber | Article — People's World | 2018-04-20
While the Israeli-Palestinian conflict continues to be the most pervasive divide within Israeli society, there are other problems–racial ones–splitting people. Being dark-skinned in Israel is a challenge. Blacks in Israel are regularly the victims of racism and are viewed as a threat by authorities and politicians. Racist comments made by Israel's top political and religious […]…

Do black lives matter in Israel?

Do black lives matter in Israel?
Romy Haber | Article — People's World | 2018-04-20
While the Israeli-Palestinian conflict continues to be the most pervasive divide within Israeli society, there are other problems–racial ones–splitting people. Being dark-skinned in Israel is a challenge. Blacks in Israel are regularly the victims of racism and are viewed as a threat by authorities and politicians. Racist comments made by Israel's top political and religious […]…

Do black lives matter in Israel?

'We Need to Change the Rules for When Police Can Shoot'
Janine Jackson | FAIR | 2018-04-20
Janine Jackson interviewed Peter Bibring about excessive force law for the April 13, 2018, episode of CounterSpin. This is a lightly edited transcript. | Media…
fair.org/home/we-need-to-change-the-rules-for-when-police-can-shoot/

Democratic Space in Adverse Times: Milestone at Haiti's University of the Aristide Foundation
Leslie Mullin | counterpunch.org | 2018-04-20
March 18, 2018, marked exactly seven years since Haiti's former President Jean-Bertrand Aristide and Mrs. Aristide returned to Haiti from forced exile in South Africa, where they lived following the 2004 coup d'etatthat overthrew Haiti's democratic government. On their return, they began to rebuild the University of the Aristide Foundation[UniFA] whose land and buildings had…
counterpunch.org/2018/04/20/democratic-space-in-adverse-times-milestone-at-haitis-university-of-the-aristide-foundation/

House Raid Illustrates How Baltimore Police Refuse to Take Black Residents Rights Seriously
TRNN | The Real News Network | 2018-04-20
An April 16 S.W.A.T. raid on a house full of grieving citizens points to how far the city is from true change or transparency…
therealnews.com/idirect.php?i=21631

When a Black Journalist Wins a Pulitzer, Chances Are It's For Writing White
Jon Jeter | MintPress News | 2018-04-20
With the American Empire at its nadir and seeking both absolution and scapegoats, black journalists, academics, police, filmmakers and philanthropists are the post-Obama Orientalists, increasingly charged with writing about people of color for white people. | The post When a Black Journalist Wins a Pulitzer, Chances Are It's For Writing White appeared first on MintPress News.

When a Black Journalist Wins a Pulitzer, Chances Are It’s For Writing White

Teaching Peace in a Time of Hate
Wim Laven | counterpunch.org | 2018-04-20
I teach at Kennesaw State University outside of Atlanta Georgia. In recent years we've made lots of news (in 2015 police were called on a black student waiting for an academic advisor(it's not just Starbucks), our cheerleaders joined the kneeling-during-the-anthem-protest, students protested the investiture of the new (now ex) university President, there have been protests…
counterpunch.org/2018/04/20/teaching-peace-in-a-time-of-hate/

The End of Policing
Will Meyer | The Progressive — A voice for peace, social justice, and the common good | 2018-04-20
As author Alex Vitale puts it, "when political leaders tell the police to wage a war on crime, a war on drugs, a war on terror, a war on gangs, a war on disorder, police are going to get the message that they are at war with the public."
progressive.org/dispatches/the-end-of-policing-alex-vitale-interview-180419/

There Was Nothing Humanitarian About Our Strikes on Syria
Peter Certo | counterpunch.org | 2018-04-20
Just after midnight on April 14, the U.S. and its allies bombed three Syrian regime targets. The reason, they said, was to punish Syria's alleged use of chemical weapons in the town of Douma. Now, the Syrian regime's brutality has been well documented. Maybe the allegations are true. But there's a lot about this that's…
counterpunch.org/2018/04/20/there-was-nothing-humanitarian-about-our-strikes-on-syria/

Workers Struggles: Europe, Middle East & Africa
WSWS | World Socialist Web Site | 2018-04-20
The World Socialist Web Site invites workers and other readers to contribute to this regular feature.
www.wsws.org/en/articles/2018/04/20/labo-a20.html

BJP leaders' cover-up of rape and murder of Kashmiri Muslim girl provokes outrage across India
WSWS | World Socialist Web Site | 2018-04-20
Asifa Bano was repeatedly raped, then killed in what police now concede was a conspiracy aimed at terrorizing and forcing the semi-nomadic Bakkarwal from Jammu and Kashmir's Kathua District.
www.wsws.org/en/articles/2018/04/20/kash-a20.html

Ferocious felon: 'Hangry' bear breaks into car & locks itself inside (VIDEO)
RT | RT US News | 2018-04-20
Colorado police responding to reports of a 'vehicle trespass' came upon an unlikely, and terrifying, felon — a bear that managed to break into a car and lock itself inside. …
www.rt.com/usa/424655-bear-police-car-rescue/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=RSS

Liberia: Warlord "Jungle Jabbah" jailed for 30 years in US
Amnesty International | 2018-04-20
Responding to the 30-year jail sentence handed to Mohammed Jabateh, a former Liberian war lord known as "Jungle Jabbah" now living in the US, for immigration fraud and perjury due to failure to disclose his involvement in human rights abuses during the Liberian civil war, Amnesty International's West Africa Researcher Sabrina Mahtani said:…
www.amnesty.org/en/latest/news/2018/04/liberia-warlord-jungle-jabbah-jailed-for-30-years-in-us/

Republicans Have Found a Nuclear Option to Kill Regulations
Gary Rivlin | The Intercept | 2018-04-20
Mick Mulvaney, since November the acting head of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, could have killed an Obama-era directive cracking down on discriminatory lending on auto sales with a snap of his fingers. In 2013, the new bureau put auto dealers and the finance companies they work with on notice: We have found evidence that auto loans are often marked up for Latino and African-American customers, and will be monitoring your compliance with fair lending laws. Study after study had shown that people of color typically pay higher fees and higher interest rates on car loans than whites with similar credit profiles. The CFPB didn't wait to create a formal rule, instead issuing a "guidance" bulletin. Mulvaney could have undone that guidance simply by writing his own. But that wasn't enough for Mulvaney, who, as a member of Congress, had sponsored a bill…
theintercept.com/2018/04/20/republicans-have-found-a-nuclear-option-to-kill-regulations/

Fighting the Oligarchy Inside the Democratic Party
TRNN | The Real News Network | 2018-04-19
Paul Jay hosts a panel of activists organizing to challenge corporate Democrats in primaries leading up to the 2018 elections; with Justice Democrats' Alexandra Rojas, Moumita Ahmed of Millennials for Revolution and Eugene Puryear of Stop Police Terror Project-DC…
therealnews.com/idirect.php?i=21616

Unite the working class against police killings!
WSWS | World Socialist Web Site | 2018-04-19
The killing of Diante Yarber in Barstow, California is the latest in an unending series of police killings in the state and throughout the country.
www.wsws.org/en/articles/2018/04/19/poli-a19.html

5 injured after car crashes into Texas house & triggers fiery explosion (VIDEO)
RT | RT US News | 2018-04-19
Footage of the shocking moment a Texas home exploded after being hit by a car has been released by local police. …
www.rt.com/usa/424540-fort-worth-texas-house-explosion/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=RSS

Iraq: ISIS Suspects' Homes Confiscated
Human Rights Watch | Human Rights Watch News | 2018-04-19
(Beirut) — Iraqi security officers are denying immediate relatives of suspected Islamic State (also known as ISIS) members security clearance to reclaim homes being occupied or to seek compensation, Human Rights Watch said today. Security forces have also destroyed or confiscated some property. Such acts, based only on family relationships to ISIS suspects rather than individual security determinations, are a form of collective punishment. | Graffiti that reads "Daesh (ISIS)," marks the home of relatives of an ISIS member in a west Mosul neighborhood, Iraq. | © 2018 Private | "These families deserve the same protections that Iraqi courts provide to all citizens," said Lama Fakih, deputy Middle East director at Human Rights Watch. "Courts should be the guarantors against discrimination that will only further sectarian divisions in the country and delay needed…
www.hrw.org/news/2018/04/19/iraq-isis-suspects-homes-confiscated

Police in Armenia Detain Dozens of Demonstrators
Human Rights Watch | Human Rights Watch News | 2018-04-19
Thousands of people continue to flood Armenia's capital Yerevan, protesting the former president's shift to the prime minister's seat after his two terms as President finished. Opponents of Serzh Sargsyan see this as an attempt to hold onto power as the country moves to a new parliamentary system of governance. Sargsyan was officially approved as the new prime minister on Tuesday. | Protest against Armenia's ruling Republican party's nomination of former President Serzh Sarksyan as its candidate for prime minister, in Yerevan, Armenia April 13, 2018. | © 2018 Grigor Yeritsyan | The Yerevan demonstrations have been led by prominent opposition parliament member Nikol Pashinian. In acts of civil disobedience, the protesters have blocked government buildings in the city center and paralyzed major streets and bridges. The protests have been mostly peaceful, but brief clashes with…
www.hrw.org/news/2018/04/19/police-armenia-detain-dozens-demonstrators

US Supreme Court Ends Vague Basis for Deportation
Human Rights Watch | Human Rights Watch News | 2018-04-19
Police officers stand in front of the U.S. Supreme Court in Washington, U.S., January 19, 2018. | © 2018 Reuters | The Supreme Court of the United States took a small step this week towards a fairer immigration system, eliminating one particularly troubling legal provision under which immigrants can be deported. | On Tuesday, the court struck down one part of the "aggravated felony" definition in the Immigration and Nationality Act (INA), which was an vague catch-all basis for deportation of some immigrants on criminal grounds. | The provision struck down vaguely defines a "crime of violence" and is just one of 35 provisions that allow for deportations after conviction for an "aggravated felony." That still leaves 34 types of crime that can trigger deportation including rape, murder, forgery, tax evasion, and…
www.hrw.org/news/2018/04/19/us-supreme-court-ends-vague-basis-deportation

European assistance to deadly US drone strikes
Amnesty International | 2018-04-19
Since the start of the so-called "War on Terror" the USA has carried out hundreds of lethal drone strikes in at least seven countries (Afghanistan, Pakistan, Libya, Yemen, Somalia, Iraq and Syria). | According to the Bureau of Investigative Journalism, US drone strikes have killed up to 1,551 civilians since 2004 in Pakistan, Afghanistan, Yemen and Somalia. Amnesty International and others have exposed how some drone strikes have violated international law, and may amount to extrajudicial executions or war crimes. | Details of drone strikes are shrouded in secrecy, so you may not be aware that several European states provide crucial assistance to the US drone programme. | The reality is that US drone operators rely on a vast, complex network of intelligence-sharing, communications infrastructure and surveillance that extends from the North Sea to the Horn of Africa. Here's your guide to…
www.amnesty.org/en/latest/news/2018/04/european-assistance-to-deadly-us-drone-strikes/

Pardons No Substitute for Reform in Myanmar
Human Rights Watch | Human Rights Watch News | 2018-04-18
Police officers guard in front of Insein prison while prisoners walk out, who are part of the over 8,000 inmates released to mark Myanmar's new year amnesty announced by Myanmar's President Win Myint, in Yangon, Myanmar on April 17, 2018. | © 2018 Reuters / Anna Wang | The Myanmar government has ordered the release of three dozen political prisoners, a welcome step that still leaves scores in detention or on trial on politically motivated charges, according to local monitors. Real reform in Myanmar will require stripping away the architecture of repression and ending prosecutions of the government's critics. | Yesterday, newly elected President Win Myint followed the tradition of releasing prisoners on the first day of the Myanmar New Year by announcing the release of more than 8,500 prisoners, including 36 political…
www.hrw.org/news/2018/04/18/pardons-no-substitute-reform-myanmar

Senegal: Right to peaceful protest and freedom of expression must be respected amid crackdown on dissent
Amnesty International | 2018-04-18
The Senegalese authorities must protect the right to peaceful protest and ensure the security forces refrain from using excessive force as anti-government demonstrations are planned today in the capital Dakar, Amnesty International said. | Activists and opposition parties are due to hold a demonstration outside Parliament against proposed changes to the Electoral Code and Constitution that, if passed, would require all candidates standing in next year's presidential election to collect the signatures of one per cent of the registered voters in seven regions of the country before being validated. The authorities announced that the protest had been unauthorized on several grounds including a 2011 decree banning all assemblies in the city centre areas. |
www.amnesty.org/en/latest/news/2018/04/eu-asylum-seekers-must-be-allowed-into-mainland-greece-after-court-rules-against-containment-on-islands/

#FreeSiwatu: Pregnant Black Detroit Activist Jailed for Standing Her Ground & Protecting Her Family
Democracy Now! | 2018-04-18
An environmental activist and young black mother in Detroit may be forced to give birth behind bars, after standing her ground during a frightening encounter. Since she was 15 years old, Siwatu-Salama Ra has fought for environmental justice. She campaigned against the Marathon oil refinery and the Detroit Renewable Power trash incinerator. She represented Detroit at the Paris climate summit. She's also worked to engage kids and educate young mothers about nutrition. Now, at age 26, Siwatu has been sentenced to a mandatory two years in prison, following an incident in which she brandished her unloaded–and legally registered–handgun while defending her mother and 2-year-old daughter. She was sentenced last month to two years in prison even though she is scheduled to give birth in June. We speak to two of her attorneys and Patrisse Khan-Cullors, co-founder of Black Lives Matter.
www.democracynow.org/2018/4/18/freesiwatu_pregnant_black_detroit_activist_jailed

Police kill two men in two days in Detroit suburbs
WSWS | World Socialist Web Site | 2018-04-17
The killings last Monday and Tuesday went largely unreported in the media, perhaps because they took place in middle-class suburban areas rather than the inner city.
www.wsws.org/en/articles/2018/04/18/poli-a17.html

Police kill two men in two days in Detroit suburbs
WSWS | World Socialist Web Site | 2018-04-17
The killings last Monday and Tuesday went largely unreported in the media, perhaps because they took place in middle-class suburban areas rather than the inner city.
www.wsws.org/en/articles/2018/04/17/poli-a17.html

'Military-style training' ban: Durham becomes 'first US city' to halt police exchanges with Israel
RT | RT US News | 2018-04-17
Durham City Council, North Carolina, has voted to abolish international exchanges with Israel, under which officers receive "military-style training." The council wants to prevent the "militarization" of law enforcement. …
www.rt.com/usa/424376-durham-bans-exchanges-israel/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=RSS

Moment police punch, wrestle naked Harvard student to ground (VIDEO)
RT | RT US News | 2018-04-17
Disturbing video footage shot in Cambridge, Massachusetts, shows the moment police tackle a black Harvard University student to the ground and repeatedly punch him in the stomach, as bystanders watch from the sidewalk. …
www.rt.com/usa/424423-police-punch-naked-student/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=RSS

Iraq: Women and children with perceived ties to IS denied aid, sexually exploited and trapped in camps
Amnesty International | 2018-04-17
Report reveals collective punishment of women and children for being related, however distantly, to men linked to IS or fleeing IS strongholds | Women and children in camps across Iraq deprived of food, water and other essentials and prevented from returning home | Women subjected to rape and sexual exploitation | Iraqi women and children with perceived ties to the armed group calling itself the Islamic State (IS) are being denied humanitarian aid and prevented from returning to their homes, with an alarming number of women subjected to sexual violence, Amnesty International said in a new report published today. | The Condemned: Women and Children Isolated, Trapped and Exploited in Iraq reveals widespread discrimination against women living in camps for internally displaced people (IDPs) by security forces, members of camp administrations and local authorities, who believe these women are affiliated to…
www.amnesty.org/en/latest/news/2018/04/iraq-women-children-with-perceived-ties-to-is-denied-aid-sexually-exploited-trapped-in-camps/

We must not let Marielle Franco's killing go unpunished
Amnesty International | 2018-04-17
My sister in struggle Marielle Franco was shot to death on March 14. | I was abroad, working alongside other brave women who campaign against police killings of black youth in Brazil, Jamaica and the U.S. We had joined forces and were planning to make our voices heard in order to stop the constant stream of killings committed by some of those who are supposed to protect us. | The news hit me hard. I suddenly felt dizzy and could not stop shaking. I could barely contain my anger and my sadness. | Click here to read this article in full at the Huffington Post…
www.amnesty.org/en/latest/news/2018/04/we-must-not-let-marielle-francos-killing-go-unpunished/

Eritrea: Shadow report to the African Commission on Humans and Peoples' Rights
Amnesty International | 2018-04-17
This shadow report to the African Commission is based on many years of Amnesty International's research on Eritrea. It covers concerns relating to the rights to life, to dignity, (including freedom from torture and other ill-treatment, freedom from servitude) freedom of association, freedom from arbitrary arrest and detention, freedom of movement, freedom of religion, and right to education.
www.amnesty.org/en/documents/afr64/8161/2018/en/

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Truthout Stories (2018-04-22). The "Superpredator" Myth Was Discredited, but It Continues to Ruin Young Black Lives. Truthout Stories You shouldn't have to wade through ads and "sponsored content" to get to the real news. Keep Truthout ad-free by making a tax-deductible donation. | Vincent Thompson was first arrested when he was 14. It was a Friday night and Thompson and some friends in his neighborhood in Hempstead, Long Island, had just come home from a party. They were clustered outside their buildings not yet ready to call it a night, when the police "rushed" the group, he said, and searched them. Thompson had just started selling crack, and the police found it. He was handcuffed and stuffed into the back of a police car. "It was my first time ever being in that position," Thompson recalls. "I was young." | He was released into his mother's custody, but placed on juvenile probation — a label that would come to define…

Truthout Stories (2018-04-22). A Year Later, Fewer Deportations in Cities That Adopted "Welcoming" Policies. Truthout Stories Demonstrators protest the deportation of undocumented immigrants on July 24, 2013, in New York City. (Photo: John Moore / Getty Images) | Truthout is your hub for thought-provoking, conversation-sparking stories. Support independent journalism by making a small, tax-deductible donation today! | A year after the Santa Fe City Council adopted in February 2017 a resolution strengthening its welcoming and non-discrimination policies toward immigrants, the federal government launched a series of audits demanding verification from local small businesses that their employees were eligible to work in the country. In response to this blitz, advocates and city officials held a press conference in early March calling out an attempt to disrupt business, wreak havoc, and create a culture of fear and panic. | "Today, children will wake up at home wondering if there will be a knock on their door; parents will go to…

RT (2018-04-22). Trump mulls pardon of KO boxing legend Jack Johnson – but who was he? RT US News US President Donald Trump may overturn a century-old conviction which saw the first African American heavyweight boxing champion of the world locked up on a racially-motivated charge.
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RT (2018-04-22). Nashville Police continue manhunt for naked waffle house killings suspect Travis Reinking (VIDEO). RT US News Tennessee police have begun issuing murder warrants for the suspected nude gunman, responsible for killing four people and injuring three others at a waffle house in Nashville in the early hours of Sunday morning.
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WSWS (2018-04-21). Tragic killings of teenagers in London used to urge greater police powers. World Socialist Web Site A major reason for the ramped-up law-and-order campaign is next month's local elections, with the Conservatives so hated—particularly after the Grenfell Tower tragedy—that they face a wipe-out.

Romy Haber (2018-04-20). Do black lives matter in Israel? Article — People's World While the Israeli-Palestinian conflict continues to be the most pervasive divide within Israeli society, there are other problems—racial ones—splitting people. Being dark-skinned in Israel is a challenge. Blacks in Israel are regularly the victims of racism and are viewed as a threat by authorities and politicians. Racist comments made by Israel's top political and religious […]…

Janine Jackson (2018-04-20). 'We Need to Change the Rules for When Police Can Shoot'. FAIR Janine Jackson interviewed Peter Bibring about excessive force law for the April 13, 2018, episode of CounterSpin. This is a lightly edited transcript. | Media…

Leslie Mullin (2018-04-20). Democratic Space in Adverse Times: Milestone at Haiti's University of the Aristide Foundation. counterpunch.org March 18, 2018, marked exactly seven years since Haiti's former President Jean-Bertrand Aristide and Mrs. Aristide returned to Haiti from forced exile in South Africa, where they lived following the 2004 coup d'etatthat overthrew Haiti's democratic government. On their return, they began to rebuild the University of the Aristide Foundation[UniFA] whose land and buildings had More

Jon Jeter (2018-04-20). When a Black Journalist Wins a Pulitzer, Chances Are It's For Writing White. MintPress News With the American Empire at its nadir and seeking both absolution and scapegoats, black journalists, academics, police, filmmakers and philanthropists are the post-Obama Orientalists, increasingly charged with writing about people of color for white people. | The post When a Black Journalist Wins a Pulitzer, Chances Are It's For Writing White appeared first on MintPress News.

Will Meyer (2018-04-20). The End of Policing. The Progressive — A voice for peace, social justice, and the common good As author Alex Vitale puts it, "when political leaders tell the police to wage a war on crime, a war on drugs, a war on terror, a war on gangs, a war on disorder, police are going to get the message that they are at war with the public."

Wim Laven (2018-04-20). Teaching Peace in a Time of Hate. counterpunch.org I teach at Kennesaw State University outside of Atlanta Georgia. In recent years we've made lots of news (in 2015 police were called on a black student waiting for an academic advisor(it's not just Starbucks), our cheerleaders joined the kneeling-during-the-anthem-protest, students protested the investiture of the new (now ex) university President, there have been protests More

Peter Certo (2018-04-20). There Was Nothing Humanitarian About Our Strikes on Syria. counterpunch.org Just after midnight on April 14, the U.S. and its allies bombed three Syrian regime targets. The reason, they said, was to punish Syria's alleged use of chemical weapons in the town of Douma. Now, the Syrian regime's brutality has been well documented. Maybe the allegations are true. But there's a lot about this that's More

WSWS (2018-04-20). Workers Struggles: Europe, Middle East & Africa. World Socialist Web Site The World Socialist Web Site invites workers and other readers to contribute to this regular feature.

WSWS (2018-04-20). BJP leaders' cover-up of rape and murder of Kashmiri Muslim girl provokes outrage across India. World Socialist Web Site Asifa Bano was repeatedly raped, then killed in what police now concede was a conspiracy aimed at terrorizing and forcing the semi-nomadic Bakkarwal from Jammu and Kashmir's Kathua District.

RT (2018-04-20). Ferocious felon: 'Hangry' bear breaks into car & locks itself inside (VIDEO). RT US News Colorado police responding to reports of a 'vehicle trespass' came upon an unlikely, and terrifying, felon — a bear that managed to break into a car and lock itself inside. |
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Human Rights Watch (2018-04-20). Displaced Congolese Face Being Returned to Harm's Way. Human Rights Watch News A woman walks at an internally displaced persons (IDP) camp in Bunia, Ituri province, eastern Democratic Republic of Congo, April 12, 2018. | © 2018 Reuters | Since mid-December, unidentified assailants have killed more than 260 people and burned thousands of homes in the Democratic Republic of Congo's northeastern Djugu territory in Ituri province. The atrocities we have documented include massacres, rapes, and decapitation. More than 200,000 people have fled their homes, many to neighboring Uganda. | The surge of deadly violence seems to have erupted out of nowhere, tearing through a once-embattled area that had been largely peaceful in recent years. | Last Sunday, the provincial governor, Jefferson Abdallah Penembaka, called on tens of thousands of internally displaced people (IDPs) living in two makeshift camps in Bunia, the provincial capital, to…

Human Rights Watch (2018-04-20). Iraq: Officials Dispose of Potential War Crime Evidence. Human Rights Watch News An incident on March 29, 2018, in which government workers removed about 80 bodies from a damaged house, raised suspicions of a cover-up of killings of possible Islamic State suspect. Days later, the house had been burned. | (Erbil) — An incident on March 29, 2018, in which government workers removed about 80 bodies from a damaged house, raised suspicions of a cover-up of killings of possible Islamic State (also known as ISIS) suspects, Human Rights Watch said today. Human Rights Watch observed the episode. Days later, the house had been burned. | Iraqi authorities at the site said they were the remains of ISIS suspects. Heath Ministry and Interior Intelligence Ministry officials at the site said they were not permitted to share information about where the bodies were taken. There has been no indication that the deaths are being…

Human Rights Watch (2018-04-20). Lebanon: Mass Evictions of Syrian Refugees. Human Rights Watch News A clothesline in an informal tent settlement in Bar Elias, Bekaa Governorate, Lebanon. Refugees evicted from the Rayak air base area settled here in January 2018. The refugees say there was no procedure, no written notice, no opportunity to discuss or challenge their removal, and that it took place in extremely harsh conditions. | © 2018 Sandra Abou Metri/Human Rights Watch | (Beirut) — At least 13 municipalities in Lebanon have forcibly evicted at least 3,664 Syrian refugees from their homes and expelled them from the municipalities, apparently because of their nationality or religion, while another 42,000 refugees remain at risk of eviction, Human Rights Watch said in a report released today. | The 57-page report, " 'Our Homes Are Not for Strangers': Mass Evictions of Syrian Refugees by Lebanese Municipalities," documents…

Amnesty International (2018-04-20). Liberia: Warlord "Jungle Jabbah" jailed for 30 years in US. Amnesty International Responding to the 30-year jail sentence handed to Mohammed Jabateh, a former Liberian war lord known as "Jungle Jabbah" now living in the US, for immigration fraud and perjury due to failure to disclose his involvement in human rights abuses during the Liberian civil war, Amnesty International's West Africa Researcher Sabrina Mahtani said:…

Gary Rivlin (2018-04-20). Republicans Have Found a Nuclear Option to Kill Regulations. The Intercept Mick Mulvaney, since November the acting head of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, could have killed an Obama-era directive cracking down on discriminatory lending on auto sales with a snap of his fingers. In 2013, the new bureau put auto dealers and the finance companies they work with on notice: We have found evidence that auto loans are often marked up for Latino and African-American customers, and will be monitoring your compliance with fair lending laws. Study after study had shown that people of color typically pay higher fees and higher interest rates on car loans than whites with similar credit profiles. The CFPB didn't wait to create a formal rule, instead issuing a "guidance" bulletin. Mulvaney could have undone that guidance simply by writing his own. But that wasn't enough for Mulvaney, who, as a member of Congress, had sponsored a bill…

TRNN (2018-04-19). Fighting the Oligarchy Inside the Democratic Party. The Real News Network Paul Jay hosts a panel of activists organizing to challenge corporate Democrats in primaries leading up to the 2018 elections; with Justice Democrats' Alexandra Rojas, Moumita Ahmed of Millennials for Revolution and Eugene Puryear of Stop Police Terror Project-DC…

WSWS (2018-04-19). Unite the working class against police killings! World Socialist Web Site The killing of Diante Yarber in Barstow, California is the latest in an unending series of police killings in the state and throughout the country.

RT (2018-04-19). 5 injured after car crashes into Texas house & triggers fiery explosion (VIDEO). RT US News Footage of the shocking moment a Texas home exploded after being hit by a car has been released by local police.
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Human Rights Watch (2018-04-19). Iraq: ISIS Suspects' Homes Confiscated. Human Rights Watch News (Beirut) — Iraqi security officers are denying immediate relatives of suspected Islamic State (also known as ISIS) members security clearance to reclaim homes being occupied or to seek compensation, Human Rights Watch said today. Security forces have also destroyed or confiscated some property. Such acts, based only on family relationships to ISIS suspects rather than individual security determinations, are a form of collective punishment. Graffiti that reads "Daesh (ISIS)," marks the home of relatives of an ISIS member in a west Mosul neighborhood, Iraq. | © 2018 Private | "These families deserve the same protections that Iraqi courts provide to all citizens," said Lama Fakih, deputy Middle East director at Human Rights Watch. "Courts should be the guarantors against discrimination that will only further sectarian divisions in the country and delay needed…

Human Rights Watch (2018-04-19). US Supreme Court Ends Vague Basis for Deportation. Human Rights Watch News Police officers stand in front of the U.S. Supreme Court in Washington, U.S., January 19, 2018. | © 2018 Reuters | The Supreme Court of the United States took a small step this week towards a fairer immigration system, eliminating one particularly troubling legal provision under which immigrants can be deported. | On Tuesday, the court struck down one part of the "aggravated felony" definition in the Immigration and Nationality Act (INA), which was an vague catch-all basis for deportation of some immigrants on criminal grounds. | The provision struck down vaguely defines a "crime of violence" and is just one of 35 provisions that allow for deportations after conviction for an "aggravated felony." That still leaves 34 types of crime that can trigger deportation including rape, murder, forgery, tax evasion, and…

Human Rights Watch (2018-04-19). Police in Armenia Detain Dozens of Demonstrators. Human Rights Watch News Thousands of people continue to flood Armenia's capital Yerevan, protesting the former president's shift to the prime minister's seat after his two terms as President finished. Opponents of Serzh Sargsyan see this as an attempt to hold onto power as the country moves to a new parliamentary system of governance. Sargsyan was officially approved as the new prime minister on Tuesday. Protest against Armenia's ruling Republican party's nomination of former President Serzh Sarksyan as its candidate for prime minister, in Yerevan, Armenia April 13, 2018. | © 2018 Grigor Yeritsyan | The Yerevan demonstrations have been led by prominent opposition parliament member Nikol Pashinian. In acts of civil disobedience, the protesters have blocked government buildings in the city center and paralyzed major streets and bridges. The protests have been mostly peaceful, but brief clashes with…

Amnesty International (2018-04-19). European assistance to deadly US drone strikes. Amnesty International Since the start of the so-called "War on Terror" the USA has carried out hundreds of lethal drone strikes in at least seven countries (Afghanistan, Pakistan, Libya, Yemen, Somalia, Iraq and Syria). | According to the Bureau of Investigative Journalism, US drone strikes have killed up to 1,551 civilians since 2004 in Pakistan, Afghanistan, Yemen and Somalia. Amnesty International and others have exposed how some drone strikes have violated international law, and may amount to extrajudicial executions or war crimes. | Details of drone strikes are shrouded in secrecy, so you may not be aware that several European states provide crucial assistance to the US drone programme. | The reality is that US drone operators rely on a vast, complex network of intelligence-sharing, communications infrastructure and surveillance that extends from the North Sea to the Horn of Africa. Here's your guide to…

Democracy Now! (2018-04-19). Headlines for April 19, 2018. Democracy Now! Trump Says He's Prepared to Abandon North Korea Summit If Talks "Fruitless", Trump Won't Say Whether He'll Fire Special Counsel Mueller, Pittsburgh Police Preparing for Riots If Trump Fires Robert Mueller, Senate Votes Against Rule on Predatory Car Loans for People of Color, Senate to Allow Breastfeeding Mothers to Bring Infants to Chamber Floor, Puerto Rico: 1.4 Million Lose Electric Power in Island-Wide Blackout, Syria: U.N. Chemical Weapons Team Comes Under Fire, Delays Inspections, Palestinian Security Forces Arrest West Bank Journalist, Cuba: Miguel Díaz-Canel to Become President as Raúl Castro Steps Down, Kansas: Militia Members Convicted of Plot to Massacre Somali Immigrants, FBI Whistleblower Convicted of Leaking Documents in "Act of Conscience", Georgia: Immigrants Sue For-Profit Prison, Alleging Forced Labor, New York State to Restore Voting Rights to Those with Felonies on Parole, Poland: EU Court Orders a Halt to Logging in Pristine Forest, Canadian PM Trudeau Faced with Pipeline Protest in London…

Human Rights Watch (2018-04-18). Syria: Justice Needed for 7 Years of Abuse. Human Rights Watch News Catherine Marchi-Uhel, head of the International, Impartial and Independent Mechanism (IIIM), attends a news conference on Syria crimes at the United Nations in Geneva, September 5, 2017. | © 2017 Reuters | Update: The International, Impartial and Independent Mechanism concluded a cooperation agreement with the UN Commission of Inquiry on Syria in March 2018. | (New York) — UN member states should fully fund and cooperate with a new UN team to gather and preserve evidence of serious crimes in Syria for future prosecutions, Human Rights Watch said today. On April 18, 2018, the head of the new team, Catherine Marchi-Uhel, will brief the General Assembly for the first time. | "With new atrocities every day and the Security Council in deadlock, the General Assembly has an urgent responsibility to champion justice…

Human Rights Watch (2018-04-18). Pardons No Substitute for Reform in Myanmar. Human Rights Watch News Police officers guard in front of Insein prison while prisoners walk out, who are part of the over 8,000 inmates released to mark Myanmar's new year amnesty announced by Myanmar's President Win Myint, in Yangon, Myanmar on April 17, 2018. | © 2018 Reuters / Anna Wang | The Myanmar government has ordered the release of three dozen political prisoners, a welcome step that still leaves scores in detention or on trial on politically motivated charges, according to local monitors. Real reform in Myanmar will require stripping away the architecture of repression and ending prosecutions of the government's critics. | Yesterday, newly elected President Win Myint followed the tradition of releasing prisoners on the first day of the Myanmar New Year by announcing the release of more than 8,500 prisoners, including 36 political…

Amnesty International (2018-04-18). Senegal: Right to peaceful protest and freedom of expression must be respected amid crackdown on dissent. Amnesty International The Senegalese authorities must protect the right to peaceful protest and ensure the security forces refrain from using excessive force as anti-government demonstrations are planned today in the capital Dakar, Amnesty International said. | Activists and opposition parties are due to hold a demonstration outside Parliament against proposed changes to the Electoral Code and Constitution that, if passed, would require all candidates standing in next year's presidential election to collect the signatures of one per cent of the registered voters in seven regions of the country before being validated. The authorities announced that the protest had been unauthorized on several grounds including a 2011 decree banning all assemblies in the city centre areas. |

Democracy Now! (2018-04-18). #FreeSiwatu: Pregnant Black Detroit Activist Jailed for Standing Her Ground & Protecting Her Family. Democracy Now! An environmental activist and young black mother in Detroit may be forced to give birth behind bars, after standing her ground during a frightening encounter. Since she was 15 years old, Siwatu-Salama Ra has fought for environmental justice. She campaigned against the Marathon oil refinery and the Detroit Renewable Power trash incinerator. She represented Detroit at the Paris climate summit. She's also worked to engage kids and educate young mothers about nutrition. Now, at age 26, Siwatu has been sentenced to a mandatory two years in prison, following an incident in which she brandished her unloaded—and legally registered—handgun while defending her mother and 2-year-old daughter. She was sentenced last month to two years in prison even though she is scheduled to give birth in June. We speak to two of her attorneys and Patrisse Khan-Cullors, co-founder of Black Lives Matter.

TRNN (2018-04-17). Senior Bernie Advisor says 'Bullshit' to Cuomo Campaign Claim It's 'Lockstep' with Sanders. The Real News Network Our election panel, hosted by Paul Jay, responds to NY Daily News report that Bernie Sanders was not endorsing progressive challenger Cynthia Nixon in her run to unseat Gov. Cuomo of New York; with Justice Democrats' Alexandra Rojas, Moumita Ahmed of Millennials for Revolution and Eugene Puryear of Stop Police Terror Project-DC…

WSWS (2018-04-17). Police kill two men in two days in Detroit suburbs. World Socialist Web Site The killings last Monday and Tuesday went largely unreported in the media, perhaps because they took place in middle-class suburban areas rather than the inner city.

WSWS (2018-04-17). Police kill two men in two days in Detroit suburbs. World Socialist Web Site The killings last Monday and Tuesday went largely unreported in the media, perhaps because they took place in middle-class suburban areas rather than the inner city.

RT (2018-04-17). 'Military-style training' ban: Durham becomes 'first US city' to halt police exchanges with Israel. RT US News Durham City Council, North Carolina, has voted to abolish international exchanges with Israel, under which officers receive "military-style training." The council wants to prevent the "militarization" of law enforcement.
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RT (2018-04-17). Moment police punch, wrestle naked Harvard student to ground (VIDEO). RT US News Disturbing video footage shot in Cambridge, Massachusetts, shows the moment police tackle a black Harvard University student to the ground and repeatedly punch him in the stomach, as bystanders watch from the sidewalk. |
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Amnesty International (2018-04-17). Iraq: Women and children with perceived ties to IS denied aid, sexually exploited and trapped in camps. Amnesty International Report reveals collective punishment of women and children for being related, however distantly, to men linked to IS or fleeing IS strongholds | Women and children in camps across Iraq deprived of food, water and other essentials and prevented from returning home | Women subjected to rape and sexual exploitation | Iraqi women and children with perceived ties to the armed group calling itself the Islamic State (IS) are being denied humanitarian aid and prevented from returning to their homes, with an alarming number of women subjected to sexual violence, Amnesty International said in a new report published today. | The Condemned: Women and Children Isolated, Trapped and Exploited in Iraq reveals widespread discrimination against women living in camps for internally displaced people (IDPs) by security forces, members of camp administrations and local authorities, who believe these women are affiliated to…

Amnesty International (2018-04-17). We must not let Marielle Franco's killing go unpunished. Amnesty International My sister in struggle Marielle Franco was shot to death on March 14. | I was abroad, working alongside other brave women who campaign against police killings of black youth in Brazil, Jamaica and the U.S. We had joined forces and were planning to make our voices heard in order to stop the constant stream of killings committed by some of those who are supposed to protect us. | The news hit me hard. I suddenly felt dizzy and could not stop shaking. I could barely contain my anger and my sadness. | Click here to read this article in full at the Huffington Post

Amnesty International (2018-04-17). Eritrea: Shadow report to the African Commission on Humans and Peoples' Rights. Amnesty International This shadow report to the African Commission is based on many years of Amnesty International's research on Eritrea. It covers concerns relating to the rights to life, to dignity, (including freedom from torture and other ill-treatment, freedom from servitude) freedom of association, freedom from arbitrary arrest and detention, freedom of movement, freedom of religion, and right to education.

Amnesty International (2018-04-17). Nigeria Reckless police crackdown against unarmed protestors put lives at risk. Amnesty International Responding to a violent crackdown by Nigerian police on members of Islamic Movement in Nigeria (IMN) protesting the detention of their leader in Abuja, Osai Ojigho Director Amnesty International Nigeria said: | "This was a needless resort to violence by Nigerian police against a group of unarmed protestors. The IMN members gathered in Abuja were perfectly within their rights in demanding the release of their leader from a detention described by a federal court as both unlawful and unconstitutional. | "Although there were reports that stones were thrown by some protestors, there is no excuse for the use of live bullets, water cannon and tear gas. These were highly reckless tactics that could easily have resulted in fatalities. Nigerian authorities must adhere to the rule of law and respect the right to peaceful protest when policing these events. | "The arrest of 115…

Democracy Now! (2018-04-17). Headlines for April 17, 2018. Democracy Now! Theresa May & Emmanuel Macron Face Backlash over Military Strikes on Syria, U.S. & U.K. Issue Joint Warning About Risks of Russian Cyberattacks, Judge Rejects Trump's Efforts to Have First Access to Cohen Docs Seized by FBI, Watchdog Rules EPA Broke Law with $43,000 Soundproof Phone Booth, Philadelphia: Protesters Shut Down Starbucks over Racial Discrimination, Trudeau Continues to Back Controversial Kinder Morgan Oil Pipeline, Nina Simone & Sister Rosetta Tharpe Inducted into Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, Beyoncé Rocks Coachella with Historic Performance Celebrating Black Culture, Kendrick Lamar Wins Historic Pulitzer Prize for Music…

Democracy Now! (2018-04-17). Hip-Hop Artist Kendrick Lamar Makes History by Winning Pulitzer Prize. Democracy Now! On Monday, rapper Kendrick Lamar became the first non-classical or jazz musician to ever win a Pulitzer Prize for Music. Lamar has topped the charts with music that tackles issues of race, politics, religion and even mental health. The Pulitzer follows the five Grammy Awards won by Lamar in January for "DAMN.," his fourth studio album. His previous album, "To Pimp a Butterfly," also won five Grammys. Lamar recently produced and curated the soundtrack for the "Black Panther" film to critical acclaim. We speak to a high school teacher in New Jersey who uses Lamar's recordings in his classroom.

Democracy Now! (2018-04-17). Deadliest U.S. Prison Riot in 25 Years Shines Light on Inhumane Conditions in Prisons Across Nation. Democracy Now! At least seven prisoners died and 17 were seriously injured after bloody violence broke out Sunday night at a maximum security prison in South Carolina. It was the deadliest prison riot in the United States in 25 years. A coroner said all of the prisoners were stabbed, slashed or beaten. Six of the seven were African-American. No guards were hurt. In total, at least 20 prisoners have been killed by fellow prisoners in South Carolina since the start of 2017. One investigation found the number killed across the state's prisons had quadrupled from 2015 to 2017. The state's prison agency has also been hit with several lawsuits that outline a "long history of violence" and allege sometimes the violence is "encouraged" by guards. We speak with Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Heather Ann Thompson, who wrote "Blood in the Water: The Attica Prison Uprising of 1971 and Its Legacy."

TRNN (2018-04-16). Starbucks and the Criminalization of Blackness. The Real News Network "Criminalization of blackness" is at the root of the arrest, where Blacks who do things that whites do all the time is considered a reason for arrest, explains Eugene Puryear of the D.C. Movement for Black Lives…

Democracy Now! (2018-04-16). Saheed Vassell's Parents Call for Police to Release Every Video Leading Up to Their Son's Death. Democracy Now! Police officers responding to a 911 call shot dead an unarmed, mentally troubled African-American man on a street corner in Brooklyn on April 5. At the time of his death, Saheed Vassell was holding a metal pipe that police say they mistook for a gun. The NYPD said four officers—three in plainclothes and one uniformed—fired 10 rounds at Vassell, a Jamaican immigrant. None of the officers who opened fire were wearing body cameras. The Vassell family is now calling for the release of all unedited video from the area leading up to and during the shooting. We are joined by Saheed Vassell's parents, Lorna and Eric Vassell.

Democracy Now! (2018-04-16). Headlines for April 16, 2018. Democracy Now! U.S. Threatens Sanctions Against Russia After Military Strike Against Syria, Nikki Haley Defends Trump's Refugee Ban, Claiming Syrians Don't Want to Come to U.S., James Comey: Trump Is Not Morally Fit to Be President, Michael Cohen Faces New Scrutiny About Trip to Prague & Broidy's Affair Payoff, Afghanistan: 26 Government Officers Killed in String of Attacks, Nationwide Protests in India Denounce Rape & Murder of Muslim Girl, Palestinians Gather at Israeli-Gaza Border in Latest "Great March of Return" Protests, Ecuador Accuses Colombian Rebel Group of Killing 2 Journalists and Driver, Salvadoran Journalist Karla Lisseth Turcios Murdered, Hundreds of Thousands Protest in Barcelona to Demand Freedom for Catalan Leaders, Protests at Philadelphia Starbucks After Viral Video of Cops Arresting 2 Black Men Inside Store, Hundreds of Denver Teachers Join Teachers' Protests Sweeping Nation, South Carolina: At Least 7 Prisoners Dead After Uprising at Lee Correctional Institution, Alabama: Black Teen Sentenced to 30 Years in Prison for a Murder Committed by Cop, Lawyer Self-Immolates in Prospect Park, Brooklyn, as Protest Against Climate Change, Tens of Thousands Gather in South Africa for Funeral of Winnie Madikizela-Mandela…

CounterSpin (2018-04-13). Peter Bibring on Excessive Force Law, Peggy Case on Right to Water. FAIR Media…

Democracy Now! (2018-04-13). Headlines for April 13, 2018. Democracy Now! Syrian Forces Retake Damascus Suburb of Eastern Ghouta from Rebels, Russia's U.N. Ambassador Warns of Possible War with U.S. over Syria, Russia Claims Douma Chemical Attack Was "Fabricated", Secretary of State Nominee Mike Pompeo Grilled at Senate Confirmation Hearing, In Reversal, Trump Says U.S. Should Join Trans-Pacific Partnership, Former FBI Director Comey: Trump "Unethical, Untethered to Truth", Trump to Pardon Former Cheney Aide Scooter Libby over Perjury Charges, Report: National Enquirer Killed Rumor About Trump's Out-of-Wedlock Child, Senate Approves Former Coal Lobbyist as EPA's Second-in-Command, Palestinian Shot Dead by Israeli Troops Near Gaza Border, 34th in 2 Weeks, Colombian Activist àÅlvaro Pérez Killed Near Venezuela Border, French Police Raid Protest Encampment at Site of Planned Airport, Trump Administration Drops Chad from Travel Ban List, Former U.S. Ambassador: Trump Plans Deportation of Vietnamese Immigrants, Muslim Activist Yassmin Abdel-Magied Refused Entry to U.S., Columnist Shaun King Detained at Airport and Questioned over Activism, Levels of Toxic Lead Exceed FDA Limit in 30% of Chicago Water Samples, Seattle Seahawks Cancel Tryout for Quarterback Colin Kaepernick, Report: Wealthiest 1 Percent Will Hold Two-Thirds of Wealth by 2030…

Democracy Now! (2018-04-11). ACLU: Facebook Has to Do Much More to Stop Housing & Job Discrimination on Platform. Democracy Now! As Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg testified to lawmakers Tuesday about the massive privacy scandal enveloping the platform, Facebook has also been slapped with a new lawsuit by fair housing groups who accuse Facebook of allowing employers and housing brokers to discriminate in their targeted advertising. The lawsuit says some of Facebook's advertisers do not show job and housing listings to African Americans and women. For more, we speak with Neema Singh Guliani, legislative counsel for surveillance and privacy at the American Civil Liberties Union.

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The "Superpredator" Myth Was Discredited, but It Continues to Ruin Young Black Lives
Truthout Stories | 2018-04-22
You shouldn't have to wade through ads and "sponsored content" to get to the real news. Keep Truthout ad-free by making a tax-deductible donation. | Vincent Thompson was first arrested when he was 14. It was a Friday night and Thompson and some friends in his neighborhood in Hempstead, Long Island, had just come home from a party. They were clustered outside their buildings not yet ready to call it a night, when the police "rushed" the group, he said, and searched them. Thompson had just started selling crack, and the police found it. He was handcuffed and stuffed into the back of a police car. "It was my first time ever being in that position," Thompson recalls. "I was young." | He was released into his mother's custody, but placed on juvenile probation — a label that would come to define…
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A Year Later, Fewer Deportations in Cities That Adopted "Welcoming" Policies
Truthout Stories | 2018-04-22
Demonstrators protest the deportation of undocumented immigrants on July 24, 2013, in New York City. (Photo: John Moore / Getty Images) | Truthout is your hub for thought-provoking, conversation-sparking stories. Support independent journalism by making a small, tax-deductible donation today! | A year after the Santa Fe City Council adopted in February 2017 a resolution strengthening its welcoming and non-discrimination policies toward immigrants, the federal government launched a series of audits demanding verification from local small businesses that their employees were eligible to work in the country. In response to this blitz, advocates and city officials held a press conference in early March calling out an attempt to disrupt business, wreak havoc, and create a culture of fear and panic. | "Today, children will wake up at home wondering if there will be a knock on their door; parents will go to…
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Trump mulls pardon of KO boxing legend Jack Johnson – but who was he?
RT | RT US News | 2018-04-22
US President Donald Trump may overturn a century-old conviction which saw the first African American heavyweight boxing champion of the world locked up on a racially-motivated charge. …
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Nashville Police continue manhunt for naked waffle house killings suspect Travis Reinking (VIDEO)
RT | RT US News | 2018-04-22
Tennessee police have begun issuing murder warrants for the suspected nude gunman, responsible for killing four people and injuring three others at a waffle house in Nashville in the early hours of Sunday morning. …
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Tragic killings of teenagers in London used to urge greater police powers
WSWS | World Socialist Web Site | 2018-04-21
A major reason for the ramped-up law-and-order campaign is next month's local elections, with the Conservatives so hated–particularly after the Grenfell Tower tragedy–that they face a wipe-out.
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Do black lives matter in Israel?
Romy Haber | Article — People's World | 2018-04-20
While the Israeli-Palestinian conflict continues to be the most pervasive divide within Israeli society, there are other problems–racial ones–splitting people. Being dark-skinned in Israel is a challenge. Blacks in Israel are regularly the victims of racism and are viewed as a threat by authorities and politicians. Racist comments made by Israel's top political and religious […]…

Do black lives matter in Israel?

'We Need to Change the Rules for When Police Can Shoot'
Janine Jackson | FAIR | 2018-04-20
Janine Jackson interviewed Peter Bibring about excessive force law for the April 13, 2018, episode of CounterSpin. This is a lightly edited transcript. | Media…
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Democratic Space in Adverse Times: Milestone at Haiti's University of the Aristide Foundation
Leslie Mullin | counterpunch.org | 2018-04-20
March 18, 2018, marked exactly seven years since Haiti's former President Jean-Bertrand Aristide and Mrs. Aristide returned to Haiti from forced exile in South Africa, where they lived following the 2004 coup d'etatthat overthrew Haiti's democratic government. On their return, they began to rebuild the University of the Aristide Foundation[UniFA] whose land and buildings had…
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The End of Policing
Will Meyer | The Progressive — A voice for peace, social justice, and the common good | 2018-04-20
As author Alex Vitale puts it, "when political leaders tell the police to wage a war on crime, a war on drugs, a war on terror, a war on gangs, a war on disorder, police are going to get the message that they are at war with the public."
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Teaching Peace in a Time of Hate
Wim Laven | counterpunch.org | 2018-04-20
I teach at Kennesaw State University outside of Atlanta Georgia. In recent years we've made lots of news (in 2015 police were called on a black student waiting for an academic advisor(it's not just Starbucks), our cheerleaders joined the kneeling-during-the-anthem-protest, students protested the investiture of the new (now ex) university President, there have been protests…
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When a Black Journalist Wins a Pulitzer, Chances Are It's For Writing White
Jon Jeter | MintPress News | 2018-04-20
With the American Empire at its nadir and seeking both absolution and scapegoats, black journalists, academics, police, filmmakers and philanthropists are the post-Obama Orientalists, increasingly charged with writing about people of color for white people. | The post When a Black Journalist Wins a Pulitzer, Chances Are It's For Writing White appeared first on MintPress News.

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There Was Nothing Humanitarian About Our Strikes on Syria
Peter Certo | counterpunch.org | 2018-04-20
Just after midnight on April 14, the U.S. and its allies bombed three Syrian regime targets. The reason, they said, was to punish Syria's alleged use of chemical weapons in the town of Douma. Now, the Syrian regime's brutality has been well documented. Maybe the allegations are true. But there's a lot about this that's…
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Workers Struggles: Europe, Middle East & Africa
WSWS | World Socialist Web Site | 2018-04-20
The World Socialist Web Site invites workers and other readers to contribute to this regular feature.
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BJP leaders' cover-up of rape and murder of Kashmiri Muslim girl provokes outrage across India
WSWS | World Socialist Web Site | 2018-04-20
Asifa Bano was repeatedly raped, then killed in what police now concede was a conspiracy aimed at terrorizing and forcing the semi-nomadic Bakkarwal from Jammu and Kashmir's Kathua District.
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Ferocious felon: 'Hangry' bear breaks into car & locks itself inside (VIDEO)
RT | RT US News | 2018-04-20
Colorado police responding to reports of a 'vehicle trespass' came upon an unlikely, and terrifying, felon — a bear that managed to break into a car and lock itself inside. …
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Liberia: Warlord "Jungle Jabbah" jailed for 30 years in US
Amnesty International | 2018-04-20
Responding to the 30-year jail sentence handed to Mohammed Jabateh, a former Liberian war lord known as "Jungle Jabbah" now living in the US, for immigration fraud and perjury due to failure to disclose his involvement in human rights abuses during the Liberian civil war, Amnesty International's West Africa Researcher Sabrina Mahtani said:…
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Republicans Have Found a Nuclear Option to Kill Regulations
Gary Rivlin | The Intercept | 2018-04-20
Mick Mulvaney, since November the acting head of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, could have killed an Obama-era directive cracking down on discriminatory lending on auto sales with a snap of his fingers. In 2013, the new bureau put auto dealers and the finance companies they work with on notice: We have found evidence that auto loans are often marked up for Latino and African-American customers, and will be monitoring your compliance with fair lending laws. Study after study had shown that people of color typically pay higher fees and higher interest rates on car loans than whites with similar credit profiles. The CFPB didn't wait to create a formal rule, instead issuing a "guidance" bulletin. Mulvaney could have undone that guidance simply by writing his own. But that wasn't enough for Mulvaney, who, as a member of Congress, had sponsored a bill…
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Fighting the Oligarchy Inside the Democratic Party
TRNN | The Real News Network | 2018-04-19
Paul Jay hosts a panel of activists organizing to challenge corporate Democrats in primaries leading up to the 2018 elections; with Justice Democrats' Alexandra Rojas, Moumita Ahmed of Millennials for Revolution and Eugene Puryear of Stop Police Terror Project-DC…
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Unite the working class against police killings!
WSWS | World Socialist Web Site | 2018-04-19
The killing of Diante Yarber in Barstow, California is the latest in an unending series of police killings in the state and throughout the country.
www.wsws.org/en/articles/2018/04/19/poli-a19.html

5 injured after car crashes into Texas house & triggers fiery explosion (VIDEO)
RT | RT US News | 2018-04-19
Footage of the shocking moment a Texas home exploded after being hit by a car has been released by local police. …
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Iraq: ISIS Suspects' Homes Confiscated
Human Rights Watch | Human Rights Watch News | 2018-04-19
(Beirut) — Iraqi security officers are denying immediate relatives of suspected Islamic State (also known as ISIS) members security clearance to reclaim homes being occupied or to seek compensation, Human Rights Watch said today. Security forces have also destroyed or confiscated some property. Such acts, based only on family relationships to ISIS suspects rather than individual security determinations, are a form of collective punishment. | Graffiti that reads "Daesh (ISIS)," marks the home of relatives of an ISIS member in a west Mosul neighborhood, Iraq. | © 2018 Private | "These families deserve the same protections that Iraqi courts provide to all citizens," said Lama Fakih, deputy Middle East director at Human Rights Watch. "Courts should be the guarantors against discrimination that will only further sectarian divisions in the country and delay needed…
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Police in Armenia Detain Dozens of Demonstrators
Human Rights Watch | Human Rights Watch News | 2018-04-19
Thousands of people continue to flood Armenia's capital Yerevan, protesting the former president's shift to the prime minister's seat after his two terms as President finished. Opponents of Serzh Sargsyan see this as an attempt to hold onto power as the country moves to a new parliamentary system of governance. Sargsyan was officially approved as the new prime minister on Tuesday. | Protest against Armenia's ruling Republican party's nomination of former President Serzh Sarksyan as its candidate for prime minister, in Yerevan, Armenia April 13, 2018. | © 2018 Grigor Yeritsyan | The Yerevan demonstrations have been led by prominent opposition parliament member Nikol Pashinian. In acts of civil disobedience, the protesters have blocked government buildings in the city center and paralyzed major streets and bridges. The protests have been mostly peaceful, but brief clashes with…
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US Supreme Court Ends Vague Basis for Deportation
Human Rights Watch | Human Rights Watch News | 2018-04-19
Police officers stand in front of the U.S. Supreme Court in Washington, U.S., January 19, 2018. | © 2018 Reuters | The Supreme Court of the United States took a small step this week towards a fairer immigration system, eliminating one particularly troubling legal provision under which immigrants can be deported. | On Tuesday, the court struck down one part of the "aggravated felony" definition in the Immigration and Nationality Act (INA), which was an vague catch-all basis for deportation of some immigrants on criminal grounds. | The provision struck down vaguely defines a "crime of violence" and is just one of 35 provisions that allow for deportations after conviction for an "aggravated felony." That still leaves 34 types of crime that can trigger deportation including rape, murder, forgery, tax evasion, and…
www.hrw.org/news/2018/04/19/us-supreme-court-ends-vague-basis-deportation

European assistance to deadly US drone strikes
Amnesty International | 2018-04-19
Since the start of the so-called "War on Terror" the USA has carried out hundreds of lethal drone strikes in at least seven countries (Afghanistan, Pakistan, Libya, Yemen, Somalia, Iraq and Syria). | According to the Bureau of Investigative Journalism, US drone strikes have killed up to 1,551 civilians since 2004 in Pakistan, Afghanistan, Yemen and Somalia. Amnesty International and others have exposed how some drone strikes have violated international law, and may amount to extrajudicial executions or war crimes. | Details of drone strikes are shrouded in secrecy, so you may not be aware that several European states provide crucial assistance to the US drone programme. | The reality is that US drone operators rely on a vast, complex network of intelligence-sharing, communications infrastructure and surveillance that extends from the North Sea to the Horn of Africa. Here's your guide to…
www.amnesty.org/en/latest/news/2018/04/european-assistance-to-deadly-us-drone-strikes/

Pardons No Substitute for Reform in Myanmar
Human Rights Watch | Human Rights Watch News | 2018-04-18
Police officers guard in front of Insein prison while prisoners walk out, who are part of the over 8,000 inmates released to mark Myanmar's new year amnesty announced by Myanmar's President Win Myint, in Yangon, Myanmar on April 17, 2018. | © 2018 Reuters / Anna Wang | The Myanmar government has ordered the release of three dozen political prisoners, a welcome step that still leaves scores in detention or on trial on politically motivated charges, according to local monitors. Real reform in Myanmar will require stripping away the architecture of repression and ending prosecutions of the government's critics. | Yesterday, newly elected President Win Myint followed the tradition of releasing prisoners on the first day of the Myanmar New Year by announcing the release of more than 8,500 prisoners, including 36 political…
www.hrw.org/news/2018/04/18/pardons-no-substitute-reform-myanmar

Senegal: Right to peaceful protest and freedom of expression must be respected amid crackdown on dissent
Amnesty International | 2018-04-18
The Senegalese authorities must protect the right to peaceful protest and ensure the security forces refrain from using excessive force as anti-government demonstrations are planned today in the capital Dakar, Amnesty International said. | Activists and opposition parties are due to hold a demonstration outside Parliament against proposed changes to the Electoral Code and Constitution that, if passed, would require all candidates standing in next year's presidential election to collect the signatures of one per cent of the registered voters in seven regions of the country before being validated. The authorities announced that the protest had been unauthorized on several grounds including a 2011 decree banning all assemblies in the city centre areas. |
www.amnesty.org/en/latest/news/2018/04/eu-asylum-seekers-must-be-allowed-into-mainland-greece-after-court-rules-against-containment-on-islands/

#FreeSiwatu: Pregnant Black Detroit Activist Jailed for Standing Her Ground & Protecting Her Family
Democracy Now! | 2018-04-18
An environmental activist and young black mother in Detroit may be forced to give birth behind bars, after standing her ground during a frightening encounter. Since she was 15 years old, Siwatu-Salama Ra has fought for environmental justice. She campaigned against the Marathon oil refinery and the Detroit Renewable Power trash incinerator. She represented Detroit at the Paris climate summit. She's also worked to engage kids and educate young mothers about nutrition. Now, at age 26, Siwatu has been sentenced to a mandatory two years in prison, following an incident in which she brandished her unloaded–and legally registered–handgun while defending her mother and 2-year-old daughter. She was sentenced last month to two years in prison even though she is scheduled to give birth in June. We speak to two of her attorneys and Patrisse Khan-Cullors, co-founder of Black Lives Matter.
www.democracynow.org/2018/4/18/freesiwatu_pregnant_black_detroit_activist_jailed

Senior Bernie Advisor says 'Bullshit' to Cuomo Campaign Claim It's 'Lockstep' with Sanders
TRNN | The Real News Network | 2018-04-17
Our election panel, hosted by Paul Jay, responds to NY Daily News report that Bernie Sanders was not endorsing progressive challenger Cynthia Nixon in her run to unseat Gov. Cuomo of New York; with Justice Democrats' Alexandra Rojas, Moumita Ahmed of Millennials for Revolution and Eugene Puryear of Stop Police Terror Project-DC…
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Police kill two men in two days in Detroit suburbs
WSWS | World Socialist Web Site | 2018-04-17
The killings last Monday and Tuesday went largely unreported in the media, perhaps because they took place in middle-class suburban areas rather than the inner city.
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Police kill two men in two days in Detroit suburbs
WSWS | World Socialist Web Site | 2018-04-17
The killings last Monday and Tuesday went largely unreported in the media, perhaps because they took place in middle-class suburban areas rather than the inner city.
www.wsws.org/en/articles/2018/04/17/poli-a17.html

'Military-style training' ban: Durham becomes 'first US city' to halt police exchanges with Israel
RT | RT US News | 2018-04-17
Durham City Council, North Carolina, has voted to abolish international exchanges with Israel, under which officers receive "military-style training." The council wants to prevent the "militarization" of law enforcement. …
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Moment police punch, wrestle naked Harvard student to ground (VIDEO)
RT | RT US News | 2018-04-17
Disturbing video footage shot in Cambridge, Massachusetts, shows the moment police tackle a black Harvard University student to the ground and repeatedly punch him in the stomach, as bystanders watch from the sidewalk. …
www.rt.com/usa/424423-police-punch-naked-student/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=RSS

Iraq: Women and children with perceived ties to IS denied aid, sexually exploited and trapped in camps
Amnesty International | 2018-04-17
Report reveals collective punishment of women and children for being related, however distantly, to men linked to IS or fleeing IS strongholds | Women and children in camps across Iraq deprived of food, water and other essentials and prevented from returning home | Women subjected to rape and sexual exploitation | Iraqi women and children with perceived ties to the armed group calling itself the Islamic State (IS) are being denied humanitarian aid and prevented from returning to their homes, with an alarming number of women subjected to sexual violence, Amnesty International said in a new report published today. | The Condemned: Women and Children Isolated, Trapped and Exploited in Iraq reveals widespread discrimination against women living in camps for internally displaced people (IDPs) by security forces, members of camp administrations and local authorities, who believe these women are affiliated to…
www.amnesty.org/en/latest/news/2018/04/iraq-women-children-with-perceived-ties-to-is-denied-aid-sexually-exploited-trapped-in-camps/

We must not let Marielle Franco's killing go unpunished
Amnesty International | 2018-04-17
My sister in struggle Marielle Franco was shot to death on March 14. | I was abroad, working alongside other brave women who campaign against police killings of black youth in Brazil, Jamaica and the U.S. We had joined forces and were planning to make our voices heard in order to stop the constant stream of killings committed by some of those who are supposed to protect us. | The news hit me hard. I suddenly felt dizzy and could not stop shaking. I could barely contain my anger and my sadness. | Click here to read this article in full at the Huffington Post…
www.amnesty.org/en/latest/news/2018/04/we-must-not-let-marielle-francos-killing-go-unpunished/

Eritrea: Shadow report to the African Commission on Humans and Peoples' Rights
Amnesty International | 2018-04-17
This shadow report to the African Commission is based on many years of Amnesty International's research on Eritrea. It covers concerns relating to the rights to life, to dignity, (including freedom from torture and other ill-treatment, freedom from servitude) freedom of association, freedom from arbitrary arrest and detention, freedom of movement, freedom of religion, and right to education.
www.amnesty.org/en/documents/afr64/8161/2018/en/

Nigeria Reckless police crackdown against unarmed protestors put lives at risk
Amnesty International | 2018-04-17
Responding to a violent crackdown by Nigerian police on members of Islamic Movement in Nigeria (IMN) protesting the detention of their leader in Abuja, Osai Ojigho Director Amnesty International Nigeria said: | "This was a needless resort to violence by Nigerian police against a group of unarmed protestors. The IMN members gathered in Abuja were perfectly within their rights in demanding the release of their leader from a detention described by a federal court as both unlawful and unconstitutional. | "Although there were reports that stones were thrown by some protestors, there is no excuse for the use of live bullets, water cannon and tear gas. These were highly reckless tactics that could easily have resulted in fatalities. Nigerian authorities must adhere to the rule of law and respect the right to peaceful protest when policing these events. | "The arrest of 115…
www.amnesty.org/en/latest/news/2018/04/nigeria-reckless-police-crackdown-against-unarmed-protestors-put-lives-at-risk/

Hip-Hop Artist Kendrick Lamar Makes History by Winning Pulitzer Prize
Democracy Now! | 2018-04-17
On Monday, rapper Kendrick Lamar became the first non-classical or jazz musician to ever win a Pulitzer Prize for Music. Lamar has topped the charts with music that tackles issues of race, politics, religion and even mental health. The Pulitzer follows the five Grammy Awards won by Lamar in January for "DAMN.," his fourth studio album. His previous album, "To Pimp a Butterfly," also won five Grammys. Lamar recently produced and curated the soundtrack for the "Black Panther" film to critical acclaim. We speak to a high school teacher in New Jersey who uses Lamar's recordings in his classroom.
www.democracynow.org/2018/4/17/hip_hop_artist_kendrick_lamar_makes

Deadliest U.S. Prison Riot in 25 Years Shines Light on Inhumane Conditions in Prisons Across Nation
Democracy Now! | 2018-04-17
At least seven prisoners died and 17 were seriously injured after bloody violence broke out Sunday night at a maximum security prison in South Carolina. It was the deadliest prison riot in the United States in 25 years. A coroner said all of the prisoners were stabbed, slashed or beaten. Six of the seven were African-American. No guards were hurt. In total, at least 20 prisoners have been killed by fellow prisoners in South Carolina since the start of 2017. One investigation found the number killed across the state's prisons had quadrupled from 2015 to 2017. The state's prison agency has also been hit with several lawsuits that outline a "long history of violence" and allege sometimes the violence is "encouraged" by guards. We speak with Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Heather Ann Thompson, who wrote "Blood in the Water: The Attica Prison Uprising of 1971 and Its Legacy."
www.democracynow.org/2018/4/17/deadliest_us_prison_riot_in_25

Starbucks and the Criminalization of Blackness
TRNN | The Real News Network | 2018-04-16
"Criminalization of blackness" is at the root of the arrest, where Blacks who do things that whites do all the time is considered a reason for arrest, explains Eugene Puryear of the D.C. Movement for Black Lives…
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Saheed Vassell's Parents Call for Police to Release Every Video Leading Up to Their Son's Death
Democracy Now! | 2018-04-16
Police officers responding to a 911 call shot dead an unarmed, mentally troubled African-American man on a street corner in Brooklyn on April 5. At the time of his death, Saheed Vassell was holding a metal pipe that police say they mistook for a gun. The NYPD said four officers–three in plainclothes and one uniformed–fired 10 rounds at Vassell, a Jamaican immigrant. None of the officers who opened fire were wearing body cameras. The Vassell family is now calling for the release of all unedited video from the area leading up to and during the shooting. We are joined by Saheed Vassell's parents, Lorna and Eric Vassell.
www.democracynow.org/2018/4/16/saheed_vassells_parents_call_for_police

Peter Bibring on Excessive Force Law, Peggy Case on Right to Water
CounterSpin | FAIR | 2018-04-13
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ACLU: Facebook Has to Do Much More to Stop Housing & Job Discrimination on Platform
Democracy Now! | 2018-04-11
As Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg testified to lawmakers Tuesday about the massive privacy scandal enveloping the platform, Facebook has also been slapped with a new lawsuit by fair housing groups who accuse Facebook of allowing employers and housing brokers to discriminate in their targeted advertising. The lawsuit says some of Facebook's advertisers do not show job and housing listings to African Americans and women. For more, we speak with Neema Singh Guliani, legislative counsel for surveillance and privacy at the American Civil Liberties Union.
www.democracynow.org/2018/4/11/aclu_facebook_has_to_do_much

Glenn Greenwald: Brazil's Right Wing Jailed Ex-President Lula Because They Couldn't Win at the Polls
Democracy Now! | 2018-04-09
In Brazil, former Brazilian President Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva has begun serving a 12-year sentence for a controversial corruption conviction. After missing a 5 p.m. Friday deadline, Lula turned himself in to police on Saturday following a standoff during which he spent the night in Sà£o Paulo's steelworkers' union building. Lula's supporters gathered outside, many hoping he would defy orders to surrender. On Saturday, Lula addressed thousands of his supporters and members of his Workers' Party. Last week, the Supreme Court rejected Lula's bid to stay out of jail while he appealed his conviction, effectively removing him from Brazil's presidential election later this year, where he was the front-runner. Lula is a former union leader who served as president of Brazil from 2003 to 2010. During that time, he helped lift tens of millions of Brazilians out of poverty. His supporters say…
www.democracynow.org/2018/4/9/glenn_greenwald_brazils_right_wing_jailed

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Staff (2018-04-21). Colin Kaepernick honored by Amnesty International. Truthdig: Expert Reporting, Current News, Provocative Columnists AMSTERDAM—Human rights organization Amnesty International has honored former NFL quarterback Colin Kaepernick with its Ambassador of Conscience Award for 2018, lauding his peaceful protests against racial inequality. | The former San Francisco 49ers star was handed the award at a ceremony Saturday in the Dutch capital by onetime teammate Eric Reid. | Kaepernick first took a knee during the pre-game playing of the American national anthem when he was with the 49ers in 2016 to protest police brutality. | Other players joined him, drawing the ire of President Donald Trump, who called for team owners to fire such players. | In response to the player demonstrations, the NFL agreed to commit $90 million over the next seven years to social justice causes in a plan. | Amnesty International Secretary General Salil Shetty called Kaepernick, "an athlete who is now widely recognized for his…

WSWS (2018-04-21). Tragic killings of teenagers in London used to urge greater police powers. World Socialist Web Site A major reason for the ramped-up law-and-order campaign is next month's local elections, with the Conservatives so hated—particularly after the Grenfell Tower tragedy—that they face a wipe-out.

Romy Haber (2018-04-20). Do black lives matter in Israel? Article — People's World While the Israeli-Palestinian conflict continues to be the most pervasive divide within Israeli society, there are other problems—racial ones—splitting people. Being dark-skinned in Israel is a challenge. Blacks in Israel are regularly the victims of racism and are viewed as a threat by authorities and politicians. Racist comments made by Israel's top political and religious […]…

Cody Fenwick, AlterNet (2018-04-20). Fox News' Laura Ingraham Is Being Sued for Allegedly Discriminating Against a Former Employee. AlterNet.org It's bad news for Ingraham, who recently faced an advertiser boycott. | A former employee of Fox News' Laura Ingraham is suing the host for workplace discrimination, saying she was treated unfairly and wrongly terminated because she was pregnant. Karolina Wilson, who worked as Ingraham's personal assistant, told her story to the Washington Post. She says that she loved her job at Fox News, but Ingraham's behavior toward changed when Wilson got pregnant. According to the account she gave to the post, Wilson felt Ingraham's attitude toward her became "hostile" after she was pregnant. And as soon as Wilson returned from maternity leave, she says she was fired. Wilson says she was given three more weeks at the company, but during that time, she wasn't given any private space to use her breast pump. Wilson says the treatment violated Washington, D. C. 's Pregnant Workers Fairness. . .

Janine Jackson (2018-04-20). 'We Need to Change the Rules for When Police Can Shoot'. FAIR Janine Jackson interviewed Peter Bibring about excessive force law for the April 13, 2018, episode of CounterSpin. This is a lightly edited transcript. | Media…

Leslie Mullin (2018-04-20). Democratic Space in Adverse Times: Milestone at Haiti's University of the Aristide Foundation. counterpunch.org March 18, 2018, marked exactly seven years since Haiti's former President Jean-Bertrand Aristide and Mrs. Aristide returned to Haiti from forced exile in South Africa, where they lived following the 2004 coup d'etatthat overthrew Haiti's democratic government. On their return, they began to rebuild the University of the Aristide Foundation[UniFA] whose land and buildings had More

Jon Jeter (2018-04-20). When a Black Journalist Wins a Pulitzer, Chances Are It's For Writing White. MintPress News With the American Empire at its nadir and seeking both absolution and scapegoats, black journalists, academics, police, filmmakers and philanthropists are the post-Obama Orientalists, increasingly charged with writing about people of color for white people. | The post When a Black Journalist Wins a Pulitzer, Chances Are It's For Writing White appeared first on MintPress News.

Will Meyer (2018-04-20). The End of Policing. The Progressive — A voice for peace, social justice, and the common good As author Alex Vitale puts it, "when political leaders tell the police to wage a war on crime, a war on drugs, a war on terror, a war on gangs, a war on disorder, police are going to get the message that they are at war with the public."

Wim Laven (2018-04-20). Teaching Peace in a Time of Hate. counterpunch.org I teach at Kennesaw State University outside of Atlanta Georgia. In recent years we've made lots of news (in 2015 police were called on a black student waiting for an academic advisor(it's not just Starbucks), our cheerleaders joined the kneeling-during-the-anthem-protest, students protested the investiture of the new (now ex) university President, there have been protests More

Peter Certo (2018-04-20). There Was Nothing Humanitarian About Our Strikes on Syria. counterpunch.org Just after midnight on April 14, the U.S. and its allies bombed three Syrian regime targets. The reason, they said, was to punish Syria's alleged use of chemical weapons in the town of Douma. Now, the Syrian regime's brutality has been well documented. Maybe the allegations are true. But there's a lot about this that's More

Travis Gettys, Raw Story (2018-04-20). Confederates Revolted at Michigan School After Black Student Snatched a White Kid's Racist Flag. AlterNet.org The school had to cancel classes following a threat. | An ongoing demonstration of Confederate symbols outside a Michigan high school was apparently set off when a black girl snatched a flag from a white classmate's pickup truck. Classes were canceled Thursday at Bay City Western High School over a threat, although school officials later said no credible evidence was turned up about the rumors, reported WNEM-TV. The demonstration started Tuesday, when six pickups waved Confederate flags outside the school, and swelled Wednesday to dozens of trucks bearing Confederate flags, Trump campaign flags, Punisher skull flags and Gadsden flags associated with the tea party movement. After school was called off, some Western students and adults gathered at Auburn City Park to wave Confederate flags and hold a cookout. The protesters expressed hostility to reporters at the park, complaining that they. . .

WSWS (2018-04-20). Workers Struggles: Europe, Middle East & Africa. World Socialist Web Site The World Socialist Web Site invites workers and other readers to contribute to this regular feature.

WSWS (2018-04-20). BJP leaders' cover-up of rape and murder of Kashmiri Muslim girl provokes outrage across India. World Socialist Web Site Asifa Bano was repeatedly raped, then killed in what police now concede was a conspiracy aimed at terrorizing and forcing the semi-nomadic Bakkarwal from Jammu and Kashmir's Kathua District.

RT (2018-04-20). Ferocious felon: 'Hangry' bear breaks into car & locks itself inside (VIDEO). RT US News Colorado police responding to reports of a 'vehicle trespass' came upon an unlikely, and terrifying, felon — a bear that managed to break into a car and lock itself inside. |
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Human Rights Watch (2018-04-20). Iraq: Officials Dispose of Potential War Crime Evidence. Human Rights Watch News An incident on March 29, 2018, in which government workers removed about 80 bodies from a damaged house, raised suspicions of a cover-up of killings of possible Islamic State suspect. Days later, the house had been burned. | (Erbil) — An incident on March 29, 2018, in which government workers removed about 80 bodies from a damaged house, raised suspicions of a cover-up of killings of possible Islamic State (also known as ISIS) suspects, Human Rights Watch said today. Human Rights Watch observed the episode. Days later, the house had been burned. | Iraqi authorities at the site said they were the remains of ISIS suspects. Heath Ministry and Interior Intelligence Ministry officials at the site said they were not permitted to share information about where the bodies were taken. There has been no indication that the deaths are being…

Human Rights Watch (2018-04-20). Displaced Congolese Face Being Returned to Harm's Way. Human Rights Watch News A woman walks at an internally displaced persons (IDP) camp in Bunia, Ituri province, eastern Democratic Republic of Congo, April 12, 2018. | © 2018 Reuters | Since mid-December, unidentified assailants have killed more than 260 people and burned thousands of homes in the Democratic Republic of Congo's northeastern Djugu territory in Ituri province. The atrocities we have documented include massacres, rapes, and decapitation. More than 200,000 people have fled their homes, many to neighboring Uganda. | The surge of deadly violence seems to have erupted out of nowhere, tearing through a once-embattled area that had been largely peaceful in recent years. | Last Sunday, the provincial governor, Jefferson Abdallah Penembaka, called on tens of thousands of internally displaced people (IDPs) living in two makeshift camps in Bunia, the provincial capital, to…

Human Rights Watch (2018-04-20). Lebanon: Mass Evictions of Syrian Refugees. Human Rights Watch News A clothesline in an informal tent settlement in Bar Elias, Bekaa Governorate, Lebanon. Refugees evicted from the Rayak air base area settled here in January 2018. The refugees say there was no procedure, no written notice, no opportunity to discuss or challenge their removal, and that it took place in extremely harsh conditions. | © 2018 Sandra Abou Metri/Human Rights Watch | (Beirut) — At least 13 municipalities in Lebanon have forcibly evicted at least 3,664 Syrian refugees from their homes and expelled them from the municipalities, apparently because of their nationality or religion, while another 42,000 refugees remain at risk of eviction, Human Rights Watch said in a report released today. | The 57-page report, " 'Our Homes Are Not for Strangers': Mass Evictions of Syrian Refugees by Lebanese Municipalities," documents…

Amnesty International (2018-04-20). Liberia: Warlord "Jungle Jabbah" jailed for 30 years in US. Amnesty International Responding to the 30-year jail sentence handed to Mohammed Jabateh, a former Liberian war lord known as "Jungle Jabbah" now living in the US, for immigration fraud and perjury due to failure to disclose his involvement in human rights abuses during the Liberian civil war, Amnesty International's West Africa Researcher Sabrina Mahtani said:…

Gary Rivlin (2018-04-20). Republicans Have Found a Nuclear Option to Kill Regulations. The Intercept Mick Mulvaney, since November the acting head of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, could have killed an Obama-era directive cracking down on discriminatory lending on auto sales with a snap of his fingers. In 2013, the new bureau put auto dealers and the finance companies they work with on notice: We have found evidence that auto loans are often marked up for Latino and African-American customers, and will be monitoring your compliance with fair lending laws. Study after study had shown that people of color typically pay higher fees and higher interest rates on car loans than whites with similar credit profiles. The CFPB didn't wait to create a formal rule, instead issuing a "guidance" bulletin. Mulvaney could have undone that guidance simply by writing his own. But that wasn't enough for Mulvaney, who, as a member of Congress, had sponsored a bill…

TRNN (2018-04-19). Fighting the Oligarchy Inside the Democratic Party. The Real News Network Paul Jay hosts a panel of activists organizing to challenge corporate Democrats in primaries leading up to the 2018 elections; with Justice Democrats' Alexandra Rojas, Moumita Ahmed of Millennials for Revolution and Eugene Puryear of Stop Police Terror Project-DC…

WSWS (2018-04-19). Unite the working class against police killings! World Socialist Web Site The killing of Diante Yarber in Barstow, California is the latest in an unending series of police killings in the state and throughout the country.

RT (2018-04-19). 5 injured after car crashes into Texas house & triggers fiery explosion (VIDEO). RT US News Footage of the shocking moment a Texas home exploded after being hit by a car has been released by local police.
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Human Rights Watch (2018-04-19). Iraq: ISIS Suspects' Homes Confiscated. Human Rights Watch News (Beirut) — Iraqi security officers are denying immediate relatives of suspected Islamic State (also known as ISIS) members security clearance to reclaim homes being occupied or to seek compensation, Human Rights Watch said today. Security forces have also destroyed or confiscated some property. Such acts, based only on family relationships to ISIS suspects rather than individual security determinations, are a form of collective punishment. Graffiti that reads "Daesh (ISIS)," marks the home of relatives of an ISIS member in a west Mosul neighborhood, Iraq. | © 2018 Private | "These families deserve the same protections that Iraqi courts provide to all citizens," said Lama Fakih, deputy Middle East director at Human Rights Watch. "Courts should be the guarantors against discrimination that will only further sectarian divisions in the country and delay needed…

Human Rights Watch (2018-04-19). Police in Armenia Detain Dozens of Demonstrators. Human Rights Watch News Thousands of people continue to flood Armenia's capital Yerevan, protesting the former president's shift to the prime minister's seat after his two terms as President finished. Opponents of Serzh Sargsyan see this as an attempt to hold onto power as the country moves to a new parliamentary system of governance. Sargsyan was officially approved as the new prime minister on Tuesday. Protest against Armenia's ruling Republican party's nomination of former President Serzh Sarksyan as its candidate for prime minister, in Yerevan, Armenia April 13, 2018. | © 2018 Grigor Yeritsyan | The Yerevan demonstrations have been led by prominent opposition parliament member Nikol Pashinian. In acts of civil disobedience, the protesters have blocked government buildings in the city center and paralyzed major streets and bridges. The protests have been mostly peaceful, but brief clashes with…

Human Rights Watch (2018-04-19). US Supreme Court Ends Vague Basis for Deportation. Human Rights Watch News Police officers stand in front of the U.S. Supreme Court in Washington, U.S., January 19, 2018. | © 2018 Reuters | The Supreme Court of the United States took a small step this week towards a fairer immigration system, eliminating one particularly troubling legal provision under which immigrants can be deported. | On Tuesday, the court struck down one part of the "aggravated felony" definition in the Immigration and Nationality Act (INA), which was an vague catch-all basis for deportation of some immigrants on criminal grounds. | The provision struck down vaguely defines a "crime of violence" and is just one of 35 provisions that allow for deportations after conviction for an "aggravated felony." That still leaves 34 types of crime that can trigger deportation including rape, murder, forgery, tax evasion, and…

Amnesty International (2018-04-19). European assistance to deadly US drone strikes. Amnesty International Since the start of the so-called "War on Terror" the USA has carried out hundreds of lethal drone strikes in at least seven countries (Afghanistan, Pakistan, Libya, Yemen, Somalia, Iraq and Syria). | According to the Bureau of Investigative Journalism, US drone strikes have killed up to 1,551 civilians since 2004 in Pakistan, Afghanistan, Yemen and Somalia. Amnesty International and others have exposed how some drone strikes have violated international law, and may amount to extrajudicial executions or war crimes. | Details of drone strikes are shrouded in secrecy, so you may not be aware that several European states provide crucial assistance to the US drone programme. | The reality is that US drone operators rely on a vast, complex network of intelligence-sharing, communications infrastructure and surveillance that extends from the North Sea to the Horn of Africa. Here's your guide to…

Democracy Now! (2018-04-19). Headlines for April 19, 2018. Democracy Now! Trump Says He's Prepared to Abandon North Korea Summit If Talks "Fruitless", Trump Won't Say Whether He'll Fire Special Counsel Mueller, Pittsburgh Police Preparing for Riots If Trump Fires Robert Mueller, Senate Votes Against Rule on Predatory Car Loans for People of Color, Senate to Allow Breastfeeding Mothers to Bring Infants to Chamber Floor, Puerto Rico: 1.4 Million Lose Electric Power in Island-Wide Blackout, Syria: U.N. Chemical Weapons Team Comes Under Fire, Delays Inspections, Palestinian Security Forces Arrest West Bank Journalist, Cuba: Miguel Díaz-Canel to Become President as Raúl Castro Steps Down, Kansas: Militia Members Convicted of Plot to Massacre Somali Immigrants, FBI Whistleblower Convicted of Leaking Documents in "Act of Conscience", Georgia: Immigrants Sue For-Profit Prison, Alleging Forced Labor, New York State to Restore Voting Rights to Those with Felonies on Parole, Poland: EU Court Orders a Halt to Logging in Pristine Forest, Canadian PM Trudeau Faced with Pipeline Protest in London…

Human Rights Watch (2018-04-18). Syria: Justice Needed for 7 Years of Abuse. Human Rights Watch News Catherine Marchi-Uhel, head of the International, Impartial and Independent Mechanism (IIIM), attends a news conference on Syria crimes at the United Nations in Geneva, September 5, 2017. | © 2017 Reuters | Update: The International, Impartial and Independent Mechanism concluded a cooperation agreement with the UN Commission of Inquiry on Syria in March 2018. | (New York) — UN member states should fully fund and cooperate with a new UN team to gather and preserve evidence of serious crimes in Syria for future prosecutions, Human Rights Watch said today. On April 18, 2018, the head of the new team, Catherine Marchi-Uhel, will brief the General Assembly for the first time. | "With new atrocities every day and the Security Council in deadlock, the General Assembly has an urgent responsibility to champion justice…

Human Rights Watch (2018-04-18). Pardons No Substitute for Reform in Myanmar. Human Rights Watch News Police officers guard in front of Insein prison while prisoners walk out, who are part of the over 8,000 inmates released to mark Myanmar's new year amnesty announced by Myanmar's President Win Myint, in Yangon, Myanmar on April 17, 2018. | © 2018 Reuters / Anna Wang | The Myanmar government has ordered the release of three dozen political prisoners, a welcome step that still leaves scores in detention or on trial on politically motivated charges, according to local monitors. Real reform in Myanmar will require stripping away the architecture of repression and ending prosecutions of the government's critics. | Yesterday, newly elected President Win Myint followed the tradition of releasing prisoners on the first day of the Myanmar New Year by announcing the release of more than 8,500 prisoners, including 36 political…

Amnesty International (2018-04-18). Senegal: Right to peaceful protest and freedom of expression must be respected amid crackdown on dissent. Amnesty International The Senegalese authorities must protect the right to peaceful protest and ensure the security forces refrain from using excessive force as anti-government demonstrations are planned today in the capital Dakar, Amnesty International said. | Activists and opposition parties are due to hold a demonstration outside Parliament against proposed changes to the Electoral Code and Constitution that, if passed, would require all candidates standing in next year's presidential election to collect the signatures of one per cent of the registered voters in seven regions of the country before being validated. The authorities announced that the protest had been unauthorized on several grounds including a 2011 decree banning all assemblies in the city centre areas. |

Democracy Now! (2018-04-18). #FreeSiwatu: Pregnant Black Detroit Activist Jailed for Standing Her Ground & Protecting Her Family. Democracy Now! An environmental activist and young black mother in Detroit may be forced to give birth behind bars, after standing her ground during a frightening encounter. Since she was 15 years old, Siwatu-Salama Ra has fought for environmental justice. She campaigned against the Marathon oil refinery and the Detroit Renewable Power trash incinerator. She represented Detroit at the Paris climate summit. She's also worked to engage kids and educate young mothers about nutrition. Now, at age 26, Siwatu has been sentenced to a mandatory two years in prison, following an incident in which she brandished her unloaded—and legally registered—handgun while defending her mother and 2-year-old daughter. She was sentenced last month to two years in prison even though she is scheduled to give birth in June. We speak to two of her attorneys and Patrisse Khan-Cullors, co-founder of Black Lives Matter.

TRNN (2018-04-17). Senior Bernie Advisor says 'Bullshit' to Cuomo Campaign Claim It's 'Lockstep' with Sanders. The Real News Network Our election panel, hosted by Paul Jay, responds to NY Daily News report that Bernie Sanders was not endorsing progressive challenger Cynthia Nixon in her run to unseat Gov. Cuomo of New York; with Justice Democrats' Alexandra Rojas, Moumita Ahmed of Millennials for Revolution and Eugene Puryear of Stop Police Terror Project-DC…

WSWS (2018-04-17). Police kill two men in two days in Detroit suburbs. World Socialist Web Site The killings last Monday and Tuesday went largely unreported in the media, perhaps because they took place in middle-class suburban areas rather than the inner city.

WSWS (2018-04-17). Police kill two men in two days in Detroit suburbs. World Socialist Web Site The killings last Monday and Tuesday went largely unreported in the media, perhaps because they took place in middle-class suburban areas rather than the inner city.

RT (2018-04-17). 'Military-style training' ban: Durham becomes 'first US city' to halt police exchanges with Israel. RT US News Durham City Council, North Carolina, has voted to abolish international exchanges with Israel, under which officers receive "military-style training." The council wants to prevent the "militarization" of law enforcement.
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RT (2018-04-17). Moment police punch, wrestle naked Harvard student to ground (VIDEO). RT US News Disturbing video footage shot in Cambridge, Massachusetts, shows the moment police tackle a black Harvard University student to the ground and repeatedly punch him in the stomach, as bystanders watch from the sidewalk. |
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Human Rights Watch (2018-04-17). Folk Singer's Arrest Shows India's Free Speech Problem. Human Rights Watch News S. Kovan in the video of one of his controversial songs. | © vinavu.com | Police in India's southern Tamil Nadu state arrested well-known folk singer S. Kovan last week for singing a song at a protest meeting that criticized Prime Minister Narendra Modi. The arrest was in response to a complaint filed by a supporter of Modi's ruling Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP). Kovan, whose music video of the song went viral on YouTube, is currently out on bail, but is charged with promoting communal enmity and disturbing "public tranquility." | With his controversial songs and provocative lyrics, Kovan, a member of the Makkal Kalai Ilakkiya Kazhagam, or People's Art and Literary Association, is no stranger to the wrath of the authorities. In 2015, he was arrested for sedition for songs criticizing…

Amnesty International (2018-04-17). Iraq: Women and children with perceived ties to IS denied aid, sexually exploited and trapped in camps. Amnesty International Report reveals collective punishment of women and children for being related, however distantly, to men linked to IS or fleeing IS strongholds | Women and children in camps across Iraq deprived of food, water and other essentials and prevented from returning home | Women subjected to rape and sexual exploitation | Iraqi women and children with perceived ties to the armed group calling itself the Islamic State (IS) are being denied humanitarian aid and prevented from returning to their homes, with an alarming number of women subjected to sexual violence, Amnesty International said in a new report published today. | The Condemned: Women and Children Isolated, Trapped and Exploited in Iraq reveals widespread discrimination against women living in camps for internally displaced people (IDPs) by security forces, members of camp administrations and local authorities, who believe these women are affiliated to…

Amnesty International (2018-04-17). We must not let Marielle Franco's killing go unpunished. Amnesty International My sister in struggle Marielle Franco was shot to death on March 14. | I was abroad, working alongside other brave women who campaign against police killings of black youth in Brazil, Jamaica and the U.S. We had joined forces and were planning to make our voices heard in order to stop the constant stream of killings committed by some of those who are supposed to protect us. | The news hit me hard. I suddenly felt dizzy and could not stop shaking. I could barely contain my anger and my sadness. | Click here to read this article in full at the Huffington Post

Amnesty International (2018-04-17). Eritrea: Shadow report to the African Commission on Humans and Peoples' Rights. Amnesty International This shadow report to the African Commission is based on many years of Amnesty International's research on Eritrea. It covers concerns relating to the rights to life, to dignity, (including freedom from torture and other ill-treatment, freedom from servitude) freedom of association, freedom from arbitrary arrest and detention, freedom of movement, freedom of religion, and right to education.

Amnesty International (2018-04-17). Nigeria Reckless police crackdown against unarmed protestors put lives at risk. Amnesty International Responding to a violent crackdown by Nigerian police on members of Islamic Movement in Nigeria (IMN) protesting the detention of their leader in Abuja, Osai Ojigho Director Amnesty International Nigeria said: | "This was a needless resort to violence by Nigerian police against a group of unarmed protestors. The IMN members gathered in Abuja were perfectly within their rights in demanding the release of their leader from a detention described by a federal court as both unlawful and unconstitutional. | "Although there were reports that stones were thrown by some protestors, there is no excuse for the use of live bullets, water cannon and tear gas. These were highly reckless tactics that could easily have resulted in fatalities. Nigerian authorities must adhere to the rule of law and respect the right to peaceful protest when policing these events. | "The arrest of 115…

Democracy Now! (2018-04-17). Headlines for April 17, 2018. Democracy Now! Theresa May & Emmanuel Macron Face Backlash over Military Strikes on Syria, U.S. & U.K. Issue Joint Warning About Risks of Russian Cyberattacks, Judge Rejects Trump's Efforts to Have First Access to Cohen Docs Seized by FBI, Watchdog Rules EPA Broke Law with $43,000 Soundproof Phone Booth, Philadelphia: Protesters Shut Down Starbucks over Racial Discrimination, Trudeau Continues to Back Controversial Kinder Morgan Oil Pipeline, Nina Simone & Sister Rosetta Tharpe Inducted into Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, Beyoncé Rocks Coachella with Historic Performance Celebrating Black Culture, Kendrick Lamar Wins Historic Pulitzer Prize for Music…

Democracy Now! (2018-04-17). Hip-Hop Artist Kendrick Lamar Makes History by Winning Pulitzer Prize. Democracy Now! On Monday, rapper Kendrick Lamar became the first non-classical or jazz musician to ever win a Pulitzer Prize for Music. Lamar has topped the charts with music that tackles issues of race, politics, religion and even mental health. The Pulitzer follows the five Grammy Awards won by Lamar in January for "DAMN.," his fourth studio album. His previous album, "To Pimp a Butterfly," also won five Grammys. Lamar recently produced and curated the soundtrack for the "Black Panther" film to critical acclaim. We speak to a high school teacher in New Jersey who uses Lamar's recordings in his classroom.

Democracy Now! (2018-04-17). Deadliest U.S. Prison Riot in 25 Years Shines Light on Inhumane Conditions in Prisons Across Nation. Democracy Now! At least seven prisoners died and 17 were seriously injured after bloody violence broke out Sunday night at a maximum security prison in South Carolina. It was the deadliest prison riot in the United States in 25 years. A coroner said all of the prisoners were stabbed, slashed or beaten. Six of the seven were African-American. No guards were hurt. In total, at least 20 prisoners have been killed by fellow prisoners in South Carolina since the start of 2017. One investigation found the number killed across the state's prisons had quadrupled from 2015 to 2017. The state's prison agency has also been hit with several lawsuits that outline a "long history of violence" and allege sometimes the violence is "encouraged" by guards. We speak with Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Heather Ann Thompson, who wrote "Blood in the Water: The Attica Prison Uprising of 1971 and Its Legacy."

TRNN (2018-04-16). Starbucks and the Criminalization of Blackness. The Real News Network "Criminalization of blackness" is at the root of the arrest, where Blacks who do things that whites do all the time is considered a reason for arrest, explains Eugene Puryear of the D.C. Movement for Black Lives…

Democracy Now! (2018-04-16). Saheed Vassell's Parents Call for Police to Release Every Video Leading Up to Their Son's Death. Democracy Now! Police officers responding to a 911 call shot dead an unarmed, mentally troubled African-American man on a street corner in Brooklyn on April 5. At the time of his death, Saheed Vassell was holding a metal pipe that police say they mistook for a gun. The NYPD said four officers—three in plainclothes and one uniformed—fired 10 rounds at Vassell, a Jamaican immigrant. None of the officers who opened fire were wearing body cameras. The Vassell family is now calling for the release of all unedited video from the area leading up to and during the shooting. We are joined by Saheed Vassell's parents, Lorna and Eric Vassell.

Democracy Now! (2018-04-16). Headlines for April 16, 2018. Democracy Now! U.S. Threatens Sanctions Against Russia After Military Strike Against Syria, Nikki Haley Defends Trump's Refugee Ban, Claiming Syrians Don't Want to Come to U.S., James Comey: Trump Is Not Morally Fit to Be President, Michael Cohen Faces New Scrutiny About Trip to Prague & Broidy's Affair Payoff, Afghanistan: 26 Government Officers Killed in String of Attacks, Nationwide Protests in India Denounce Rape & Murder of Muslim Girl, Palestinians Gather at Israeli-Gaza Border in Latest "Great March of Return" Protests, Ecuador Accuses Colombian Rebel Group of Killing 2 Journalists and Driver, Salvadoran Journalist Karla Lisseth Turcios Murdered, Hundreds of Thousands Protest in Barcelona to Demand Freedom for Catalan Leaders, Protests at Philadelphia Starbucks After Viral Video of Cops Arresting 2 Black Men Inside Store, Hundreds of Denver Teachers Join Teachers' Protests Sweeping Nation, South Carolina: At Least 7 Prisoners Dead After Uprising at Lee Correctional Institution, Alabama: Black Teen Sentenced to 30 Years in Prison for a Murder Committed by Cop, Lawyer Self-Immolates in Prospect Park, Brooklyn, as Protest Against Climate Change, Tens of Thousands Gather in South Africa for Funeral of Winnie Madikizela-Mandela…

CounterSpin (2018-04-13). Peter Bibring on Excessive Force Law, Peggy Case on Right to Water. FAIR Media…

Democracy Now! (2018-04-13). Headlines for April 13, 2018. Democracy Now! Syrian Forces Retake Damascus Suburb of Eastern Ghouta from Rebels, Russia's U.N. Ambassador Warns of Possible War with U.S. over Syria, Russia Claims Douma Chemical Attack Was "Fabricated", Secretary of State Nominee Mike Pompeo Grilled at Senate Confirmation Hearing, In Reversal, Trump Says U.S. Should Join Trans-Pacific Partnership, Former FBI Director Comey: Trump "Unethical, Untethered to Truth", Trump to Pardon Former Cheney Aide Scooter Libby over Perjury Charges, Report: National Enquirer Killed Rumor About Trump's Out-of-Wedlock Child, Senate Approves Former Coal Lobbyist as EPA's Second-in-Command, Palestinian Shot Dead by Israeli Troops Near Gaza Border, 34th in 2 Weeks, Colombian Activist àÅlvaro Pérez Killed Near Venezuela Border, French Police Raid Protest Encampment at Site of Planned Airport, Trump Administration Drops Chad from Travel Ban List, Former U.S. Ambassador: Trump Plans Deportation of Vietnamese Immigrants, Muslim Activist Yassmin Abdel-Magied Refused Entry to U.S., Columnist Shaun King Detained at Airport and Questioned over Activism, Levels of Toxic Lead Exceed FDA Limit in 30% of Chicago Water Samples, Seattle Seahawks Cancel Tryout for Quarterback Colin Kaepernick, Report: Wealthiest 1 Percent Will Hold Two-Thirds of Wealth by 2030…

Democracy Now! (2018-04-11). ACLU: Facebook Has to Do Much More to Stop Housing & Job Discrimination on Platform. Democracy Now! As Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg testified to lawmakers Tuesday about the massive privacy scandal enveloping the platform, Facebook has also been slapped with a new lawsuit by fair housing groups who accuse Facebook of allowing employers and housing brokers to discriminate in their targeted advertising. The lawsuit says some of Facebook's advertisers do not show job and housing listings to African Americans and women. For more, we speak with Neema Singh Guliani, legislative counsel for surveillance and privacy at the American Civil Liberties Union.

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Colin Kaepernick honored by Amnesty International
Staff | Truthdig: Expert Reporting, Current News, Provocative Columnists | 2018-04-21
AMSTERDAM–Human rights organization Amnesty International has honored former NFL quarterback Colin Kaepernick with its Ambassador of Conscience Award for 2018, lauding his peaceful protests against racial inequality. | The former San Francisco 49ers star was handed the award at a ceremony Saturday in the Dutch capital by onetime teammate Eric Reid. | Kaepernick first took a knee during the pre-game playing of the American national anthem when he was with the 49ers in 2016 to protest police brutality. | Other players joined him, drawing the ire of President Donald Trump, who called for team owners to fire such players. | In response to the player demonstrations, the NFL agreed to commit $90 million over the next seven years to social justice causes in a plan. | Amnesty International Secretary General Salil Shetty called Kaepernick, "an athlete who is now widely recognized for his…
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Tragic killings of teenagers in London used to urge greater police powers
WSWS | World Socialist Web Site | 2018-04-21
A major reason for the ramped-up law-and-order campaign is next month's local elections, with the Conservatives so hated–particularly after the Grenfell Tower tragedy–that they face a wipe-out.
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Do black lives matter in Israel?
Romy Haber | Article — People's World | 2018-04-20
While the Israeli-Palestinian conflict continues to be the most pervasive divide within Israeli society, there are other problems–racial ones–splitting people. Being dark-skinned in Israel is a challenge. Blacks in Israel are regularly the victims of racism and are viewed as a threat by authorities and politicians. Racist comments made by Israel's top political and religious […]…

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Fox News' Laura Ingraham Is Being Sued for Allegedly Discriminating Against a Former Employee
Cody Fenwick, AlterNet | AlterNet.org | 2018-04-20
It's bad news for Ingraham, who recently faced an advertiser boycott. | A former employee of Fox News' Laura Ingraham is suing the host for workplace discrimination, saying she was treated unfairly and wrongly terminated because she was pregnant. Karolina Wilson, who worked as Ingraham's personal assistant, told her story to the Washington Post. She says that she loved her job at Fox News, but Ingraham's behavior toward changed when Wilson got pregnant. According to the account she gave to the post, Wilson felt Ingraham's attitude toward her became "hostile" after she was pregnant. And as soon as Wilson returned from maternity leave, she says she was fired. Wilson says she was given three more weeks at the company, but during that time, she wasn't given any private space to use her breast pump. Wilson says the treatment violated Washington, D. C. 's Pregnant Workers Fairness. . .
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'We Need to Change the Rules for When Police Can Shoot'
Janine Jackson | FAIR | 2018-04-20
Janine Jackson interviewed Peter Bibring about excessive force law for the April 13, 2018, episode of CounterSpin. This is a lightly edited transcript. | Media…
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Democratic Space in Adverse Times: Milestone at Haiti's University of the Aristide Foundation
Leslie Mullin | counterpunch.org | 2018-04-20
March 18, 2018, marked exactly seven years since Haiti's former President Jean-Bertrand Aristide and Mrs. Aristide returned to Haiti from forced exile in South Africa, where they lived following the 2004 coup d'etatthat overthrew Haiti's democratic government. On their return, they began to rebuild the University of the Aristide Foundation[UniFA] whose land and buildings had…
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Teaching Peace in a Time of Hate
Wim Laven | counterpunch.org | 2018-04-20
I teach at Kennesaw State University outside of Atlanta Georgia. In recent years we've made lots of news (in 2015 police were called on a black student waiting for an academic advisor(it's not just Starbucks), our cheerleaders joined the kneeling-during-the-anthem-protest, students protested the investiture of the new (now ex) university President, there have been protests…
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The End of Policing
Will Meyer | The Progressive — A voice for peace, social justice, and the common good | 2018-04-20
As author Alex Vitale puts it, "when political leaders tell the police to wage a war on crime, a war on drugs, a war on terror, a war on gangs, a war on disorder, police are going to get the message that they are at war with the public."
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When a Black Journalist Wins a Pulitzer, Chances Are It's For Writing White
Jon Jeter | MintPress News | 2018-04-20
With the American Empire at its nadir and seeking both absolution and scapegoats, black journalists, academics, police, filmmakers and philanthropists are the post-Obama Orientalists, increasingly charged with writing about people of color for white people. | The post When a Black Journalist Wins a Pulitzer, Chances Are It's For Writing White appeared first on MintPress News.

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There Was Nothing Humanitarian About Our Strikes on Syria
Peter Certo | counterpunch.org | 2018-04-20
Just after midnight on April 14, the U.S. and its allies bombed three Syrian regime targets. The reason, they said, was to punish Syria's alleged use of chemical weapons in the town of Douma. Now, the Syrian regime's brutality has been well documented. Maybe the allegations are true. But there's a lot about this that's…
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Workers Struggles: Europe, Middle East & Africa
WSWS | World Socialist Web Site | 2018-04-20
The World Socialist Web Site invites workers and other readers to contribute to this regular feature.
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BJP leaders' cover-up of rape and murder of Kashmiri Muslim girl provokes outrage across India
WSWS | World Socialist Web Site | 2018-04-20
Asifa Bano was repeatedly raped, then killed in what police now concede was a conspiracy aimed at terrorizing and forcing the semi-nomadic Bakkarwal from Jammu and Kashmir's Kathua District.
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Ferocious felon: 'Hangry' bear breaks into car & locks itself inside (VIDEO)
RT | RT US News | 2018-04-20
Colorado police responding to reports of a 'vehicle trespass' came upon an unlikely, and terrifying, felon — a bear that managed to break into a car and lock itself inside. …
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Liberia: Warlord "Jungle Jabbah" jailed for 30 years in US
Amnesty International | 2018-04-20
Responding to the 30-year jail sentence handed to Mohammed Jabateh, a former Liberian war lord known as "Jungle Jabbah" now living in the US, for immigration fraud and perjury due to failure to disclose his involvement in human rights abuses during the Liberian civil war, Amnesty International's West Africa Researcher Sabrina Mahtani said:…
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Republicans Have Found a Nuclear Option to Kill Regulations
Gary Rivlin | The Intercept | 2018-04-20
Mick Mulvaney, since November the acting head of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, could have killed an Obama-era directive cracking down on discriminatory lending on auto sales with a snap of his fingers. In 2013, the new bureau put auto dealers and the finance companies they work with on notice: We have found evidence that auto loans are often marked up for Latino and African-American customers, and will be monitoring your compliance with fair lending laws. Study after study had shown that people of color typically pay higher fees and higher interest rates on car loans than whites with similar credit profiles. The CFPB didn't wait to create a formal rule, instead issuing a "guidance" bulletin. Mulvaney could have undone that guidance simply by writing his own. But that wasn't enough for Mulvaney, who, as a member of Congress, had sponsored a bill…
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Fighting the Oligarchy Inside the Democratic Party
TRNN | The Real News Network | 2018-04-19
Paul Jay hosts a panel of activists organizing to challenge corporate Democrats in primaries leading up to the 2018 elections; with Justice Democrats' Alexandra Rojas, Moumita Ahmed of Millennials for Revolution and Eugene Puryear of Stop Police Terror Project-DC…
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Unite the working class against police killings!
WSWS | World Socialist Web Site | 2018-04-19
The killing of Diante Yarber in Barstow, California is the latest in an unending series of police killings in the state and throughout the country.
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5 injured after car crashes into Texas house & triggers fiery explosion (VIDEO)
RT | RT US News | 2018-04-19
Footage of the shocking moment a Texas home exploded after being hit by a car has been released by local police. …
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Iraq: ISIS Suspects' Homes Confiscated
Human Rights Watch | Human Rights Watch News | 2018-04-19
(Beirut) — Iraqi security officers are denying immediate relatives of suspected Islamic State (also known as ISIS) members security clearance to reclaim homes being occupied or to seek compensation, Human Rights Watch said today. Security forces have also destroyed or confiscated some property. Such acts, based only on family relationships to ISIS suspects rather than individual security determinations, are a form of collective punishment. | Graffiti that reads "Daesh (ISIS)," marks the home of relatives of an ISIS member in a west Mosul neighborhood, Iraq. | © 2018 Private | "These families deserve the same protections that Iraqi courts provide to all citizens," said Lama Fakih, deputy Middle East director at Human Rights Watch. "Courts should be the guarantors against discrimination that will only further sectarian divisions in the country and delay needed…
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Police in Armenia Detain Dozens of Demonstrators
Human Rights Watch | Human Rights Watch News | 2018-04-19
Thousands of people continue to flood Armenia's capital Yerevan, protesting the former president's shift to the prime minister's seat after his two terms as President finished. Opponents of Serzh Sargsyan see this as an attempt to hold onto power as the country moves to a new parliamentary system of governance. Sargsyan was officially approved as the new prime minister on Tuesday. | Protest against Armenia's ruling Republican party's nomination of former President Serzh Sarksyan as its candidate for prime minister, in Yerevan, Armenia April 13, 2018. | © 2018 Grigor Yeritsyan | The Yerevan demonstrations have been led by prominent opposition parliament member Nikol Pashinian. In acts of civil disobedience, the protesters have blocked government buildings in the city center and paralyzed major streets and bridges. The protests have been mostly peaceful, but brief clashes with…
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US Supreme Court Ends Vague Basis for Deportation
Human Rights Watch | Human Rights Watch News | 2018-04-19
Police officers stand in front of the U.S. Supreme Court in Washington, U.S., January 19, 2018. | © 2018 Reuters | The Supreme Court of the United States took a small step this week towards a fairer immigration system, eliminating one particularly troubling legal provision under which immigrants can be deported. | On Tuesday, the court struck down one part of the "aggravated felony" definition in the Immigration and Nationality Act (INA), which was an vague catch-all basis for deportation of some immigrants on criminal grounds. | The provision struck down vaguely defines a "crime of violence" and is just one of 35 provisions that allow for deportations after conviction for an "aggravated felony." That still leaves 34 types of crime that can trigger deportation including rape, murder, forgery, tax evasion, and…
www.hrw.org/news/2018/04/19/us-supreme-court-ends-vague-basis-deportation

European assistance to deadly US drone strikes
Amnesty International | 2018-04-19
Since the start of the so-called "War on Terror" the USA has carried out hundreds of lethal drone strikes in at least seven countries (Afghanistan, Pakistan, Libya, Yemen, Somalia, Iraq and Syria). | According to the Bureau of Investigative Journalism, US drone strikes have killed up to 1,551 civilians since 2004 in Pakistan, Afghanistan, Yemen and Somalia. Amnesty International and others have exposed how some drone strikes have violated international law, and may amount to extrajudicial executions or war crimes. | Details of drone strikes are shrouded in secrecy, so you may not be aware that several European states provide crucial assistance to the US drone programme. | The reality is that US drone operators rely on a vast, complex network of intelligence-sharing, communications infrastructure and surveillance that extends from the North Sea to the Horn of Africa. Here's your guide to…
www.amnesty.org/en/latest/news/2018/04/european-assistance-to-deadly-us-drone-strikes/

Pardons No Substitute for Reform in Myanmar
Human Rights Watch | Human Rights Watch News | 2018-04-18
Police officers guard in front of Insein prison while prisoners walk out, who are part of the over 8,000 inmates released to mark Myanmar's new year amnesty announced by Myanmar's President Win Myint, in Yangon, Myanmar on April 17, 2018. | © 2018 Reuters / Anna Wang | The Myanmar government has ordered the release of three dozen political prisoners, a welcome step that still leaves scores in detention or on trial on politically motivated charges, according to local monitors. Real reform in Myanmar will require stripping away the architecture of repression and ending prosecutions of the government's critics. | Yesterday, newly elected President Win Myint followed the tradition of releasing prisoners on the first day of the Myanmar New Year by announcing the release of more than 8,500 prisoners, including 36 political…
www.hrw.org/news/2018/04/18/pardons-no-substitute-reform-myanmar

Senegal: Right to peaceful protest and freedom of expression must be respected amid crackdown on dissent
Amnesty International | 2018-04-18
The Senegalese authorities must protect the right to peaceful protest and ensure the security forces refrain from using excessive force as anti-government demonstrations are planned today in the capital Dakar, Amnesty International said. | Activists and opposition parties are due to hold a demonstration outside Parliament against proposed changes to the Electoral Code and Constitution that, if passed, would require all candidates standing in next year's presidential election to collect the signatures of one per cent of the registered voters in seven regions of the country before being validated. The authorities announced that the protest had been unauthorized on several grounds including a 2011 decree banning all assemblies in the city centre areas. |
www.amnesty.org/en/latest/news/2018/04/eu-asylum-seekers-must-be-allowed-into-mainland-greece-after-court-rules-against-containment-on-islands/

#FreeSiwatu: Pregnant Black Detroit Activist Jailed for Standing Her Ground & Protecting Her Family
Democracy Now! | 2018-04-18
An environmental activist and young black mother in Detroit may be forced to give birth behind bars, after standing her ground during a frightening encounter. Since she was 15 years old, Siwatu-Salama Ra has fought for environmental justice. She campaigned against the Marathon oil refinery and the Detroit Renewable Power trash incinerator. She represented Detroit at the Paris climate summit. She's also worked to engage kids and educate young mothers about nutrition. Now, at age 26, Siwatu has been sentenced to a mandatory two years in prison, following an incident in which she brandished her unloaded–and legally registered–handgun while defending her mother and 2-year-old daughter. She was sentenced last month to two years in prison even though she is scheduled to give birth in June. We speak to two of her attorneys and Patrisse Khan-Cullors, co-founder of Black Lives Matter.
www.democracynow.org/2018/4/18/freesiwatu_pregnant_black_detroit_activist_jailed

Senior Bernie Advisor says 'Bullshit' to Cuomo Campaign Claim It's 'Lockstep' with Sanders
TRNN | The Real News Network | 2018-04-17
Our election panel, hosted by Paul Jay, responds to NY Daily News report that Bernie Sanders was not endorsing progressive challenger Cynthia Nixon in her run to unseat Gov. Cuomo of New York; with Justice Democrats' Alexandra Rojas, Moumita Ahmed of Millennials for Revolution and Eugene Puryear of Stop Police Terror Project-DC…
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Police kill two men in two days in Detroit suburbs
WSWS | World Socialist Web Site | 2018-04-17
The killings last Monday and Tuesday went largely unreported in the media, perhaps because they took place in middle-class suburban areas rather than the inner city.
www.wsws.org/en/articles/2018/04/18/poli-a17.html

Police kill two men in two days in Detroit suburbs
WSWS | World Socialist Web Site | 2018-04-17
The killings last Monday and Tuesday went largely unreported in the media, perhaps because they took place in middle-class suburban areas rather than the inner city.
www.wsws.org/en/articles/2018/04/17/poli-a17.html

'Military-style training' ban: Durham becomes 'first US city' to halt police exchanges with Israel
RT | RT US News | 2018-04-17
Durham City Council, North Carolina, has voted to abolish international exchanges with Israel, under which officers receive "military-style training." The council wants to prevent the "militarization" of law enforcement. …
www.rt.com/usa/424376-durham-bans-exchanges-israel/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=RSS

Moment police punch, wrestle naked Harvard student to ground (VIDEO)
RT | RT US News | 2018-04-17
Disturbing video footage shot in Cambridge, Massachusetts, shows the moment police tackle a black Harvard University student to the ground and repeatedly punch him in the stomach, as bystanders watch from the sidewalk. …
www.rt.com/usa/424423-police-punch-naked-student/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=RSS

Folk Singer's Arrest Shows India's Free Speech Problem
Human Rights Watch | Human Rights Watch News | 2018-04-17
S. Kovan in the video of one of his controversial songs. | © vinavu.com | Police in India's southern Tamil Nadu state arrested well-known folk singer S. Kovan last week for singing a song at a protest meeting that criticized Prime Minister Narendra Modi. The arrest was in response to a complaint filed by a supporter of Modi's ruling Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP). Kovan, whose music video of the song went viral on YouTube, is currently out on bail, but is charged with promoting communal enmity and disturbing "public tranquility." | With his controversial songs and provocative lyrics, Kovan, a member of the Makkal Kalai Ilakkiya Kazhagam, or People's Art and Literary Association, is no stranger to the wrath of the authorities. In 2015, he was arrested for sedition for songs criticizing…
www.hrw.org/news/2018/04/18/folk-singers-arrest-shows-indias-free-speech-problem

Iraq: Women and children with perceived ties to IS denied aid, sexually exploited and trapped in camps
Amnesty International | 2018-04-17
Report reveals collective punishment of women and children for being related, however distantly, to men linked to IS or fleeing IS strongholds | Women and children in camps across Iraq deprived of food, water and other essentials and prevented from returning home | Women subjected to rape and sexual exploitation | Iraqi women and children with perceived ties to the armed group calling itself the Islamic State (IS) are being denied humanitarian aid and prevented from returning to their homes, with an alarming number of women subjected to sexual violence, Amnesty International said in a new report published today. | The Condemned: Women and Children Isolated, Trapped and Exploited in Iraq reveals widespread discrimination against women living in camps for internally displaced people (IDPs) by security forces, members of camp administrations and local authorities, who believe these women are affiliated to…
www.amnesty.org/en/latest/news/2018/04/iraq-women-children-with-perceived-ties-to-is-denied-aid-sexually-exploited-trapped-in-camps/

We must not let Marielle Franco's killing go unpunished
Amnesty International | 2018-04-17
My sister in struggle Marielle Franco was shot to death on March 14. | I was abroad, working alongside other brave women who campaign against police killings of black youth in Brazil, Jamaica and the U.S. We had joined forces and were planning to make our voices heard in order to stop the constant stream of killings committed by some of those who are supposed to protect us. | The news hit me hard. I suddenly felt dizzy and could not stop shaking. I could barely contain my anger and my sadness. | Click here to read this article in full at the Huffington Post…
www.amnesty.org/en/latest/news/2018/04/we-must-not-let-marielle-francos-killing-go-unpunished/

Eritrea: Shadow report to the African Commission on Humans and Peoples' Rights
Amnesty International | 2018-04-17
This shadow report to the African Commission is based on many years of Amnesty International's research on Eritrea. It covers concerns relating to the rights to life, to dignity, (including freedom from torture and other ill-treatment, freedom from servitude) freedom of association, freedom from arbitrary arrest and detention, freedom of movement, freedom of religion, and right to education.
www.amnesty.org/en/documents/afr64/8161/2018/en/

Nigeria Reckless police crackdown against unarmed protestors put lives at risk
Amnesty International | 2018-04-17
Responding to a violent crackdown by Nigerian police on members of Islamic Movement in Nigeria (IMN) protesting the detention of their leader in Abuja, Osai Ojigho Director Amnesty International Nigeria said: | "This was a needless resort to violence by Nigerian police against a group of unarmed protestors. The IMN members gathered in Abuja were perfectly within their rights in demanding the release of their leader from a detention described by a federal court as both unlawful and unconstitutional. | "Although there were reports that stones were thrown by some protestors, there is no excuse for the use of live bullets, water cannon and tear gas. These were highly reckless tactics that could easily have resulted in fatalities. Nigerian authorities must adhere to the rule of law and respect the right to peaceful protest when policing these events. | "The arrest of 115…
www.amnesty.org/en/latest/news/2018/04/nigeria-reckless-police-crackdown-against-unarmed-protestors-put-lives-at-risk/

Hip-Hop Artist Kendrick Lamar Makes History by Winning Pulitzer Prize
Democracy Now! | 2018-04-17
On Monday, rapper Kendrick Lamar became the first non-classical or jazz musician to ever win a Pulitzer Prize for Music. Lamar has topped the charts with music that tackles issues of race, politics, religion and even mental health. The Pulitzer follows the five Grammy Awards won by Lamar in January for "DAMN.," his fourth studio album. His previous album, "To Pimp a Butterfly," also won five Grammys. Lamar recently produced and curated the soundtrack for the "Black Panther" film to critical acclaim. We speak to a high school teacher in New Jersey who uses Lamar's recordings in his classroom.
www.democracynow.org/2018/4/17/hip_hop_artist_kendrick_lamar_makes

Deadliest U.S. Prison Riot in 25 Years Shines Light on Inhumane Conditions in Prisons Across Nation
Democracy Now! | 2018-04-17
At least seven prisoners died and 17 were seriously injured after bloody violence broke out Sunday night at a maximum security prison in South Carolina. It was the deadliest prison riot in the United States in 25 years. A coroner said all of the prisoners were stabbed, slashed or beaten. Six of the seven were African-American. No guards were hurt. In total, at least 20 prisoners have been killed by fellow prisoners in South Carolina since the start of 2017. One investigation found the number killed across the state's prisons had quadrupled from 2015 to 2017. The state's prison agency has also been hit with several lawsuits that outline a "long history of violence" and allege sometimes the violence is "encouraged" by guards. We speak with Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Heather Ann Thompson, who wrote "Blood in the Water: The Attica Prison Uprising of 1971 and Its Legacy."
www.democracynow.org/2018/4/17/deadliest_us_prison_riot_in_25

Starbucks and the Criminalization of Blackness
TRNN | The Real News Network | 2018-04-16
"Criminalization of blackness" is at the root of the arrest, where Blacks who do things that whites do all the time is considered a reason for arrest, explains Eugene Puryear of the D.C. Movement for Black Lives…
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Saheed Vassell's Parents Call for Police to Release Every Video Leading Up to Their Son's Death
Democracy Now! | 2018-04-16
Police officers responding to a 911 call shot dead an unarmed, mentally troubled African-American man on a street corner in Brooklyn on April 5. At the time of his death, Saheed Vassell was holding a metal pipe that police say they mistook for a gun. The NYPD said four officers–three in plainclothes and one uniformed–fired 10 rounds at Vassell, a Jamaican immigrant. None of the officers who opened fire were wearing body cameras. The Vassell family is now calling for the release of all unedited video from the area leading up to and during the shooting. We are joined by Saheed Vassell's parents, Lorna and Eric Vassell.
www.democracynow.org/2018/4/16/saheed_vassells_parents_call_for_police

Peter Bibring on Excessive Force Law, Peggy Case on Right to Water
CounterSpin | FAIR | 2018-04-13
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ACLU: Facebook Has to Do Much More to Stop Housing & Job Discrimination on Platform
Democracy Now! | 2018-04-11
As Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg testified to lawmakers Tuesday about the massive privacy scandal enveloping the platform, Facebook has also been slapped with a new lawsuit by fair housing groups who accuse Facebook of allowing employers and housing brokers to discriminate in their targeted advertising. The lawsuit says some of Facebook's advertisers do not show job and housing listings to African Americans and women. For more, we speak with Neema Singh Guliani, legislative counsel for surveillance and privacy at the American Civil Liberties Union.
www.democracynow.org/2018/4/11/aclu_facebook_has_to_do_much

Glenn Greenwald: Brazil's Right Wing Jailed Ex-President Lula Because They Couldn't Win at the Polls
Democracy Now! | 2018-04-09
In Brazil, former Brazilian President Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva has begun serving a 12-year sentence for a controversial corruption conviction. After missing a 5 p.m. Friday deadline, Lula turned himself in to police on Saturday following a standoff during which he spent the night in Sà£o Paulo's steelworkers' union building. Lula's supporters gathered outside, many hoping he would defy orders to surrender. On Saturday, Lula addressed thousands of his supporters and members of his Workers' Party. Last week, the Supreme Court rejected Lula's bid to stay out of jail while he appealed his conviction, effectively removing him from Brazil's presidential election later this year, where he was the front-runner. Lula is a former union leader who served as president of Brazil from 2003 to 2010. During that time, he helped lift tens of millions of Brazilians out of poverty. His supporters say…
www.democracynow.org/2018/4/9/glenn_greenwald_brazils_right_wing_jailed

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Janine Jackson (2018-04-20). 'We Need to Change the Rules for When Police Can Shoot'. FAIR Janine Jackson interviewed Peter Bibring about excessive force law for the April 13, 2018, episode of CounterSpin. This is a lightly edited transcript. | Media…

Leslie Mullin (2018-04-20). Democratic Space in Adverse Times: Milestone at Haiti's University of the Aristide Foundation. counterpunch.org March 18, 2018, marked exactly seven years since Haiti's former President Jean-Bertrand Aristide and Mrs. Aristide returned to Haiti from forced exile in South Africa, where they lived following the 2004 coup d'etatthat overthrew Haiti's democratic government. On their return, they began to rebuild the University of the Aristide Foundation[UniFA] whose land and buildings had More

Randi Nord (2018-04-20). Unable to Win, Saudi Coalition Courts Uganda to Fight its War in Yemen. MintPress News The Saudi coalition, which already relies heavily on troops from Sudan to fight in Yemen, is looking to another African nation to shore up its ground presence in a bid to protect its failing adventure. | The post Unable to Win, Saudi Coalition Courts Uganda to Fight its War in Yemen appeared first on MintPress News.

Jon Jeter (2018-04-20). When a Black Journalist Wins a Pulitzer, Chances Are It's For Writing White. MintPress News With the American Empire at its nadir and seeking both absolution and scapegoats, black journalists, academics, police, filmmakers and philanthropists are the post-Obama Orientalists, increasingly charged with writing about people of color for white people. | The post When a Black Journalist Wins a Pulitzer, Chances Are It's For Writing White appeared first on MintPress News.

Will Meyer (2018-04-20). The End of Policing. The Progressive — A voice for peace, social justice, and the common good As author Alex Vitale puts it, "when political leaders tell the police to wage a war on crime, a war on drugs, a war on terror, a war on gangs, a war on disorder, police are going to get the message that they are at war with the public."

Wim Laven (2018-04-20). Teaching Peace in a Time of Hate. counterpunch.org I teach at Kennesaw State University outside of Atlanta Georgia. In recent years we've made lots of news (in 2015 police were called on a black student waiting for an academic advisor(it's not just Starbucks), our cheerleaders joined the kneeling-during-the-anthem-protest, students protested the investiture of the new (now ex) university President, there have been protests More

Peter Certo (2018-04-20). There Was Nothing Humanitarian About Our Strikes on Syria. counterpunch.org Just after midnight on April 14, the U.S. and its allies bombed three Syrian regime targets. The reason, they said, was to punish Syria's alleged use of chemical weapons in the town of Douma. Now, the Syrian regime's brutality has been well documented. Maybe the allegations are true. But there's a lot about this that's More

Travis Gettys, Raw Story (2018-04-20). Confederates Revolted at Michigan School After Black Student Snatched a White Kid's Racist Flag. AlterNet.org The school had to cancel classes following a threat. | An ongoing demonstration of Confederate symbols outside a Michigan high school was apparently set off when a black girl snatched a flag from a white classmate's pickup truck. Classes were canceled Thursday at Bay City Western High School over a threat, although school officials later said no credible evidence was turned up about the rumors, reported WNEM-TV. The demonstration started Tuesday, when six pickups waved Confederate flags outside the school, and swelled Wednesday to dozens of trucks bearing Confederate flags, Trump campaign flags, Punisher skull flags and Gadsden flags associated with the tea party movement. After school was called off, some Western students and adults gathered at Auburn City Park to wave Confederate flags and hold a cookout. The protesters expressed hostility to reporters at the park, complaining that they. . .

WSWS (2018-04-20). Workers Struggles: Europe, Middle East & Africa. World Socialist Web Site The World Socialist Web Site invites workers and other readers to contribute to this regular feature.

WSWS (2018-04-20). BJP leaders' cover-up of rape and murder of Kashmiri Muslim girl provokes outrage across India. World Socialist Web Site Asifa Bano was repeatedly raped, then killed in what police now concede was a conspiracy aimed at terrorizing and forcing the semi-nomadic Bakkarwal from Jammu and Kashmir's Kathua District.

RT (2018-04-20). Ferocious felon: 'Hangry' bear breaks into car & locks itself inside (VIDEO). RT US News Colorado police responding to reports of a 'vehicle trespass' came upon an unlikely, and terrifying, felon — a bear that managed to break into a car and lock itself inside. |
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Human Rights Watch (2018-04-20). Iraq: Officials Dispose of Potential War Crime Evidence. Human Rights Watch News An incident on March 29, 2018, in which government workers removed about 80 bodies from a damaged house, raised suspicions of a cover-up of killings of possible Islamic State (also known as ISIS) suspects. Human Rights Watch observed the episode. Days later, the house had been burned. | (Erbil) — An incident on March 29, 2018, in which government workers removed about 80 bodies from a damaged house, raised suspicions of a cover-up of killings of possible Islamic State (also known as ISIS) suspects, Human Rights Watch said today. Human Rights Watch observed the episode. Days later, the house had been burned. | Iraqi authorities at the site said they were the remains of ISIS suspects. Heath Ministry and Interior Intelligence Ministry officials at the site said they were not permitted to share information about where the bodies were taken.

Human Rights Watch (2018-04-20). Displaced Congolese Face Being Returned to Harm's Way. Human Rights Watch News A woman walks at an internally displaced persons (IDP) camp in Bunia, Ituri province, eastern Democratic Republic of Congo, April 12, 2018. | © 2018 Reuters | Since mid-December, unidentified assailants have killed more than 260 people and burned thousands of homes in the Democratic Republic of Congo's northeastern Djugu territory in Ituri province. The atrocities we have documented include massacres, rapes, and decapitation. More than 200,000 people have fled their homes, many to neighboring Uganda. | The surge of deadly violence seems to have erupted out of nowhere, tearing through a once-embattled area that had been largely peaceful in recent years. | Last Sunday, the provincial governor, Jefferson Abdallah Penembaka, called on tens of thousands of internally displaced people (IDPs) living in two makeshift camps in Bunia, the provincial capital, to…

Human Rights Watch (2018-04-20). Lebanon: Mass Evictions of Syrian Refugees. Human Rights Watch News A clothesline in an informal tent settlement in Bar Elias, Bekaa Governorate, Lebanon. Refugees evicted from the Rayak air base area settled here in January 2018. The refugees say there was no procedure, no written notice, no opportunity to discuss or challenge their removal, and that it took place in extremely harsh conditions. | © 2018 Sandra Abou Metri/Human Rights Watch | (Beirut) — At least 13 municipalities in Lebanon have forcibly evicted at least 3,664 Syrian refugees from their homes and expelled them from the municipalities, apparently because of their nationality or religion, while another 42,000 refugees remain at risk of eviction, Human Rights Watch said in a report released today. | The 57-page report, " 'Our Homes Are Not for Strangers': Mass Evictions of Syrian Refugees by Lebanese Municipalities," documents…

Amnesty International (2018-04-20). Liberia: Warlord "Jungle Jabbah" jailed for 30 years in US. Amnesty International Responding to the 30-year jail sentence handed to Mohammed Jabateh, a former Liberian war lord known as "Jungle Jabbah" now living in the US, for immigration fraud and perjury due to failure to disclose his involvement in human rights abuses during the Liberian civil war, Amnesty International's West Africa Researcher Sabrina Mahtani said:…

Dominique Jackson, Raw Story (2018-04-19). This Disturbing Video Shows a Cop Manhandling a Handcuffed Student for 'Cussing&#039. AlterNet.org "Yeah, I was mouthing off, but I was mouthing off to help the lady out. . . " | A police officer forcefully arrested 16-year-old Tiffany Rodriguez at Por Vida Charter High School on Wednesday, according to San Antonio's Fox 29. The San Antonio Police Department said the incident first happened because Rodriguez was cussing and raising her voice. The cop was called to the school to remove a lady from the office. Rodriguez said the lady only spoke Spanish and believed the officer was treating her unfairly. "Yeah, I was mouthing off, but I was mouthing off to help the lady out like translating Spanish, because he didn't know Spanish," said Rodriguez. It was at this point the officer, who has not been identified, allegedly used excessive force on the young girl. "He slammed me against the door and I have a bump right here to show. . .

TRNN (2018-04-19). Fighting the Oligarchy Inside the Democratic Party. The Real News Network Paul Jay hosts a panel of activists organizing to challenge corporate Democrats in primaries leading up to the 2018 elections; with Justice Democrats' Alexandra Rojas, Moumita Ahmed of Millennials for Revolution and Eugene Puryear of Stop Police Terror Project-DC…

WSWS (2018-04-19). Unite the working class against police killings! World Socialist Web Site The killing of Diante Yarber in Barstow, California is the latest in an unending series of police killings in the state and throughout the country.

RT (2018-04-19). 5 injured after car crashes into Texas house & triggers fiery explosion (VIDEO). RT US News Footage of the shocking moment a Texas home exploded after being hit by a car has been released by local police.
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Human Rights Watch (2018-04-19). Iraq: ISIS Suspects' Homes Confiscated. Human Rights Watch News (Beirut) — Iraqi security officers are denying immediate relatives of suspected Islamic State (also known as ISIS) members security clearance to reclaim homes being occupied or to seek compensation, Human Rights Watch said today. Security forces have also destroyed or confiscated some property. Such acts, based only on family relationships to ISIS suspects rather than individual security determinations, are a form of collective punishment. Graffiti that reads "Daesh (ISIS)," marks the home of relatives of an ISIS member in a west Mosul neighborhood, Iraq. | © 2018 Private | "These families deserve the same protections that Iraqi courts provide to all citizens," said Lama Fakih, deputy Middle East director at Human Rights Watch. "Courts should be the guarantors against discrimination that will only further sectarian divisions in the country and delay needed…

Human Rights Watch (2018-04-19). Police in Armenia Detain Dozens of Demonstrators. Human Rights Watch News Thousands of people continue to flood Armenia's capital Yerevan, protesting the former president's shift to the prime minister's seat after his two terms as President finished. Opponents of Serzh Sargsyan see this as an attempt to hold onto power as the country moves to a new parliamentary system of governance. Sargsyan was officially approved as the new prime minister on Tuesday. Protest against Armenia's ruling Republican party's nomination of former President Serzh Sarksyan as its candidate for prime minister, in Yerevan, Armenia April 13, 2018. | © 2018 Grigor Yeritsyan | The Yerevan demonstrations have been led by prominent opposition parliament member Nikol Pashinian. In acts of civil disobedience, the protesters have blocked government buildings in the city center and paralyzed major streets and bridges. The protests have been mostly peaceful, but brief clashes with…

Human Rights Watch (2018-04-19). US Supreme Court Ends Vague Basis for Deportation. Human Rights Watch News Police officers stand in front of the U.S. Supreme Court in Washington, U.S., January 19, 2018. | © 2018 Reuters | The Supreme Court of the United States took a small step this week towards a fairer immigration system, eliminating one particularly troubling legal provision under which immigrants can be deported. | On Tuesday, the court struck down one part of the "aggravated felony" definition in the Immigration and Nationality Act (INA), which was an vague catch-all basis for deportation of some immigrants on criminal grounds. | The provision struck down vaguely defines a "crime of violence" and is just one of 35 provisions that allow for deportations after conviction for an "aggravated felony." That still leaves 34 types of crime that can trigger deportation including rape, murder, forgery, tax evasion, and…

Amnesty International (2018-04-19). European assistance to deadly US drone strikes. Amnesty International Since the start of the so-called "War on Terror" the USA has carried out hundreds of lethal drone strikes in at least seven countries (Afghanistan, Pakistan, Libya, Yemen, Somalia, Iraq and Syria). | According to the Bureau of Investigative Journalism, US drone strikes have killed up to 1,551 civilians since 2004 in Pakistan, Afghanistan, Yemen and Somalia. Amnesty International and others have exposed how some drone strikes have violated international law, and may amount to extrajudicial executions or war crimes. | Details of drone strikes are shrouded in secrecy, so you may not be aware that several European states provide crucial assistance to the US drone programme. | The reality is that US drone operators rely on a vast, complex network of intelligence-sharing, communications infrastructure and surveillance that extends from the North Sea to the Horn of Africa. Here's your guide to…

Democracy Now! (2018-04-19). Headlines for April 19, 2018. Democracy Now! Trump Says He's Prepared to Abandon North Korea Summit if Talks "Fruitless", Trump Won't Say Whether He'll Fire Special Counsel Mueller, Pittsburgh Police Preparing for Riots If Trump Fires Robert Mueller, Senate Votes Against Rule on Predatory Car Loans for People of Color, Senate to Allow Breastfeeding Mothers to Bring Infants to Chamber Floor, Puerto Rico: 1.4 Million Lose Electric Power in Island-Wide Blackout, Syria: U.N. Chemical Weapons Team Comes Under Fire, Delays Inspections, Palestinian Security Forces Arrest West Bank Journalist, Cuba: Miguel Díaz-Canel to Become President as Raúl Castro Steps Down, Kansas: Militia Members Convicted of Plot to Massacre Somali Immigrants, FBI Whistleblower Convicted of Leaking Documents in "Act of Conscience", Georgia: Immigrants Sue For-Profit Prison, Alleging Forced Labor, New York State to Restore Voting Rights to Those With Felonies on Parole, Poland: EU Court Orders a Halt to Logging in Pristine Forest, Canadian PM Trudeau Faced With Pipeline Protest in London…

Human Rights Watch (2018-04-18). Syria: Justice Needed for 7 Years of Abuse. Human Rights Watch News Catherine Marchi-Uhel, head of the International, Impartial and Independent Mechanism (IIIM), attends a news conference on Syria crimes at the United Nations in Geneva, September 5, 2017. | © 2017 Reuters | Update: The International, Impartial and Independent Mechanism concluded a cooperation agreement with the UN Commission of Inquiry on Syria in March 2018. | (New York) — UN member states should fully fund and cooperate with a new UN team to gather and preserve evidence of serious crimes in Syria for future prosecutions, Human Rights Watch said today. On April 18, 2018, the head of the new team, Catherine Marchi-Uhel, will brief the General Assembly for the first time. | "With new atrocities every day and the Security Council in deadlock, the General Assembly has an urgent responsibility to champion justice…

Human Rights Watch (2018-04-18). Pardons No Substitute for Reform in Myanmar. Human Rights Watch News Police officers guard in front of Insein prison while prisoners walk out, who are part of the over 8,000 inmates released to mark Myanmar's new year amnesty announced by Myanmar's President Win Myint, in Yangon, Myanmar on April 17, 2018. | © 2018 Reuters / Anna Wang | The Myanmar government has ordered the release of three dozen political prisoners, a welcome step that still leaves scores in detention or on trial on politically motivated charges, according to local monitors. Real reform in Myanmar will require stripping away the architecture of repression and ending prosecutions of the government's critics. | Yesterday, newly elected President Win Myint followed the tradition of releasing prisoners on the first day of the Myanmar New Year by announcing the release of more than 8,500 prisoners, including 36 political…

Amnesty International (2018-04-18). Senegal: Right to peaceful protest and freedom of expression must be respected amid crackdown on dissent. Amnesty International The Senegalese authorities must protect the right to peaceful protest and ensure the security forces refrain from using excessive force as anti-government demonstrations are planned today in the capital Dakar, Amnesty International said. | Activists and opposition parties are due to hold a demonstration outside Parliament against proposed changes to the Electoral Code and Constitution that, if passed, would require all candidates standing in next year's presidential election to collect the signatures of one per cent of the registered voters in seven regions of the country before being validated. The authorities announced that the protest had been unauthorized on several grounds including a 2011 decree banning all assemblies in the city centre areas. |

Democracy Now! (2018-04-18). #FreeSiwatu: Pregnant Black Detroit Activist Jailed for Standing Her Ground & Protecting Her Family. Democracy Now! An environmental activist and young black mother in Detroit may be forced to give birth behind bars, after standing her ground during a frightening encounter. Since she was 15 years old, Siwatu-Salama Ra has fought for environmental justice. She campaigned against the Marathon oil refinery and the Detroit Renewable Power trash incinerator. She represented Detroit at the Paris climate summit. She's also worked to engage kids and educate young mothers about nutrition. Now, at age 26, Siwatu has been sentenced to a mandatory two years in prison, following an incident in which she brandished her unloaded—and legally registered—handgun while defending her mother and 2-year-old daughter. She was sentenced last month to two years in prison even though she is scheduled to give birth in June. We speak to two of her attorneys and Patrisse Khan-Cullors, co-founder of Black Lives Matter.

Peter Maass (2018-04-18). James Comey Told Barack Obama That His Use of the Phrase "Mass Incarceration" Was Insulting to Law Enforcement Officers. The Intercept In his memoir, the former FBI director portrays his loyalty to law and order as a saintly devotion. In fact, it's a symptom of his ruthlessness. | The post James Comey Told Barack Obama That His Use of the Phrase "Mass Incarceration" Was Insulting to Law Enforcement Officers appeared first on The Intercept.

TRNN (2018-04-17). Senior Bernie Advisor says 'Bullshit' to Cuomo Campaign Claim It's 'Lockstep' with Sanders. The Real News Network Our election panel, hosted by Paul Jay, responds to NY Daily News report that Bernie Sanders was not endorsing progressive challenger Cynthia Nixon in her run to unseat Gov. Cuomo of New York; with Justice Democrats' Alexandra Rojas, Moumita Ahmed of Millennials for Revolution and Eugene Puryear of Stop Police Terror Project-DC…

WSWS (2018-04-17). Police kill two men in two days in Detroit suburbs. World Socialist Web Site The killings last Monday and Tuesday went largely unreported in the media, perhaps because they took place in middle-class suburban areas rather than the inner city.

WSWS (2018-04-17). Police kill two men in two days in Detroit suburbs. World Socialist Web Site The killings last Monday and Tuesday went largely unreported in the media, perhaps because they took place in middle-class suburban areas rather than the inner city.

RT (2018-04-17). 'Military-style training' ban: Durham becomes 'first US city' to halt police exchanges with Israel. RT US News Durham City Council, North Carolina, has voted to abolish international exchanges with Israel, under which officers receive "military-style training." The council wants to prevent the "militarization" of law enforcement.
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RT (2018-04-17). Moment police punch, wrestle naked Harvard student to ground (VIDEO). RT US News Disturbing video footage shot in Cambridge, Massachusetts, shows the moment police tackle a black Harvard University student to the ground and repeatedly punch him in the stomach, as bystanders watch from the sidewalk. |
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Human Rights Watch (2018-04-17). Philippines' Retiring Police Chief Should Answer for Deaths. Human Rights Watch News Philippine National Police chief Ronaldo dela Rosa testifies during a senate hearing on the killing of 17-year-old Kian delos Santos, in Pasay, Metro Manila, Philippines September 5, 2017. | © 2017 Reuters | When Ronald Dela Rosa retires on Thursday as director general of the Philippine National Police (PNP), he will leave behind a police force with a sordid human rights record unmatched since the Marcos dictatorship. | As police chief, Dela Rosa deployed the forces that have waged President Rodrigo Duterte's murderous " war on drugs." That campaign has targeted mainly urban slum dwellers and resulted in the deaths of more than 12,000 men, women, and children by police and police-backed vigilantes. | Dela Rosa has been an enthusiastic supporter of the anti-drug campaign Duterte launched after taking office in…

Human Rights Watch (2018-04-17). Folk Singer's Arrest Shows India's Free Speech Problem. Human Rights Watch News S. Kovan in the video of one of his controversial songs. | © vinavu.com | Police in India's southern Tamil Nadu state arrested well-known folk singer S. Kovan last week for singing a song at a protest meeting that criticized Prime Minister Narendra Modi. The arrest was in response to a complaint filed by a supporter of Modi's ruling Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP). Kovan, whose music video of the song went viral on YouTube, is currently out on bail, but is charged with promoting communal enmity and disturbing "public tranquility." | With his controversial songs and provocative lyrics, Kovan, a member of the Makkal Kalai Ilakkiya Kazhagam, or People's Art and Literary Association, is no stranger to the wrath of the authorities. In 2015, he was arrested for sedition for songs criticizing…

Amnesty International (2018-04-17). Iraq: Women and children with perceived ties to IS denied aid, sexually exploited and trapped in camps. Amnesty International Report reveals collective punishment of women and children for being related, however distantly, to men linked to IS or fleeing IS strongholds | Women and children in camps across Iraq deprived of food, water and other essentials and prevented from returning home | Women subjected to rape and sexual exploitation | Iraqi women and children with perceived ties to the armed group calling itself the Islamic State (IS) are being denied humanitarian aid and prevented from returning to their homes, with an alarming number of women subjected to sexual violence, Amnesty International said in a new report published today. | The Condemned: Women and Children Isolated, Trapped and Exploited in Iraq reveals widespread discrimination against women living in camps for internally displaced people (IDPs) by security forces, members of camp administrations and local authorities, who believe these women are affiliated to…

Amnesty International (2018-04-17). We must not let Marielle Franco's killing go unpunished. Amnesty International My sister in struggle Marielle Franco was shot to death on March 14. | I was abroad, working alongside other brave women who campaign against police killings of black youth in Brazil, Jamaica and the U.S. We had joined forces and were planning to make our voices heard in order to stop the constant stream of killings committed by some of those who are supposed to protect us. | The news hit me hard. I suddenly felt dizzy and could not stop shaking. I could barely contain my anger and my sadness. | Click here to read this article in full at the Huffington Post

Amnesty International (2018-04-17). Eritrea: Shadow report to the African Commission on Humans and Peoples' Rights. Amnesty International This shadow report to the African Commission is based on many years of Amnesty International's research on Eritrea. It covers concerns relating to the rights to life, to dignity, (including freedom from torture and other ill-treatment, freedom from servitude) freedom of association, freedom from arbitrary arrest and detention, freedom of movement, freedom of religion, and right to education.

Amnesty International (2018-04-17). Nigeria Reckless police crackdown against unarmed protestors put lives at risk. Amnesty International Responding to a violent crackdown by Nigerian police on members of Islamic Movement in Nigeria (IMN) protesting the detention of their leader in Abuja, Osai Ojigho Director Amnesty International Nigeria said: | "This was a needless resort to violence by Nigerian police against a group of unarmed protestors. The IMN members gathered in Abuja were perfectly within their rights in demanding the release of their leader from a detention described by a federal court as both unlawful and unconstitutional. | "Although there were reports that stones were thrown by some protestors, there is no excuse for the use of live bullets, water cannon and tear gas. These were highly reckless tactics that could easily have resulted in fatalities. Nigerian authorities must adhere to the rule of law and respect the right to peaceful protest when policing these events. | "The arrest of 115…

Democracy Now! (2018-04-17). Headlines for April 17, 2018. Democracy Now! Theresa May & Emmanuel Macron Face Backlash over Military Strikes on Syria, U.S. & U.K. Issue Joint Warning About Risks of Russian Cyberattacks, Judge Rejects Trump's Efforts to Have First Access to Cohen Docs Seized by FBI, Watchdog Rules EPA Broke Law with $43,000 Soundproof Phone Booth, Philadelphia: Protesters Shut Down Starbucks over Racial Discrimination, Trudeau Continues to Back Controversial Kinder Morgan Oil Pipeline, Nina Simone & Sister Rosetta Tharpe Inducted into Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, Beyoncé Rocks Coachella with Historic Performance Celebrating Black Culture, Kendrick Lamar Wins Historic Pulitzer Prize for Music…

Democracy Now! (2018-04-17). Hip-Hop Artist Kendrick Lamar Makes History by Winning Pulitzer Prize. Democracy Now! On Monday, rapper Kendrick Lamar became the first non-classical or jazz musician to ever win a Pulitzer Prize for Music. Lamar has topped the charts with music that tackles issues of race, politics, religion and even mental health. The Pulitzer follows the five Grammy Awards won by Lamar in January for "DAMN.," his fourth studio album. His previous album, "To Pimp a Butterfly," also won five Grammys. Lamar recently produced and curated the soundtrack for the "Black Panther" film to critical acclaim. We speak to a high school teacher in New Jersey who uses Lamar's recordings in his classroom.

Democracy Now! (2018-04-17). Deadliest U.S. Prison Riot in 25 Years Shines Light on Inhumane Conditions in Prisons Across Nation. Democracy Now! At least seven prisoners died and 17 were seriously injured after bloody violence broke out Sunday night at a maximum security prison in South Carolina. It was the deadliest prison riot in the United States in 25 years. A coroner said all of the prisoners were stabbed, slashed or beaten. Six of the seven were African-American. No guards were hurt. In total, at least 20 prisoners have been killed by fellow prisoners in South Carolina since the start of 2017. One investigation found the number killed across the state's prisons had quadrupled from 2015 to 2017. The state's prison agency has also been hit with several lawsuits that outline a "long history of violence" and allege sometimes the violence is "encouraged" by guards. We speak with Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Heather Ann Thompson, who wrote "Blood in the Water: The Attica Prison Uprising of 1971 and Its Legacy."

TRNN (2018-04-16). Starbucks and the Criminalization of Blackness. The Real News Network "Criminalization of blackness" is at the root of the arrest, where Blacks who do things that whites do all the time is considered a reason for arrest, explains Eugene Puryear of the D.C. Movement for Black Lives…

WSWS (2018-04-16). Washington seeks permanent deployment of special forces brigade to Africa. World Socialist Web Site Highlighting the predatory aim of AFRICOM's presence in the region is the Niger defense minister's admission that the US forces "wage war when necessary."

Amnesty International (2018-04-16). Spain: Terrorism charges against 'bar brawl' youths must be withdrawn. Amnesty International Terrorism charges against eight people involved in a bar brawl, during which two law enforcement officers and their partners were injured, must be dropped and the incident investigated in line with ordinary criminal procedure, Amnesty International said as the trial opened today in Madrid. | If convicted most of the defendants, who are all aged between 19 and 24, face prison sentences of up to 50 years. | "This prosecution represents a blatant misuse of Spain's counter-terrorism laws. While injuring people of course warrants criminal investigation, charges of terrorism are entirely inappropriate and must be dropped," said Eda Seyhan, Amnesty International campaigner on Counter Terrorism. | "This case is emblematic of the dangers that lurk within overly-broad and vaguely worded legislation, which can be used to criminalize behaviour that is far removed from any threat of terrorism." | Amnesty International has long…

Amnesty International (2018-04-16). South Sudan: One of just two executing states in sub-Saharan Africa in 2017. Amnesty International South Sudan is one of just two countries in sub-Saharan Africa known to have carried out executions in 2017, going against a clear trend by other countries in the region to move forward towards abolishing the death penalty, Amnesty International's Global Report on Death Sentences and Executions 2017 revealed. | | South Sudan carried out four executions in 2017, two of those who were put to death having been juveniles at the time of the commission of the crime, in flagrant violation of international law. The other country that executed people in sub-Saharan Africa is Somalia, which carried out 24 executions in the same period.

Amnesty International (2018-04-16). SADC: Move from declarations to action to end the crisis in the DRC. Amnesty International As the Democratic Republic of Congo President Joseph Kabila continues to snub efforts by the international community to bring peace and stability to the country, the Southern African Development Community (SADC) will be meeting on 17-18 April in Luanda, Angola to discuss security in the region. | | "SADC appears to be one of the few remaining organs that President Kabila and his government are willing to engage with, and this creates both an opportunity and a huge responsibility on the southern African leaders. SADC should not squander the opportunity…

Democracy Now! (2018-04-16). Saheed Vassell's Parents Call for Police to Release Every Video Leading Up to Their Son's Death. Democracy Now! Police officers responding to a 911 call shot dead an unarmed, mentally troubled African-American man on a street corner in Brooklyn on April 5. At the time of his death, Saheed Vassell was holding a metal pipe that police say they mistook for a gun. The NYPD said four officers—three in plainclothes and one uniformed—fired 10 rounds at Vassell, a Jamaican immigrant. None of the officers who opened fire were wearing body cameras. The Vassell family is now calling for the release of all unedited video from the area leading up to and during the shooting. We are joined by Saheed Vassell's parents, Lorna and Eric Vassell.

Democracy Now! (2018-04-16). Headlines for April 16, 2018. Democracy Now! U.S. Threatens Sanctions Against Russia After Military Strike Against Syria, Nikki Haley Defends Trump's Refugee Ban, Claiming Syrians Don't Want to Come to U.S., James Comey: Trump Is Not Morally Fit to Be President, Michael Cohen Faces New Scrutiny About Trip to Prague & Broidy's Affair Payoff, Afghanistan: 26 Government Officers Killed in String of Attacks, Nationwide Protests in India Denounce Rape & Murder of Muslim Girl, Palestinians Gather at Israeli-Gaza Border in Latest "Great March of Return" Protests, Ecuador Accuses Colombian Rebel Group of Killing 2 Journalists and Driver, Salvadoran Journalist Karla Lisseth Turcios Murdered, Hundreds of Thousands Protest in Barcelona to Demand Freedom for Catalan Leaders, Protests at Philadelphia Starbucks After Viral Video of Cops Arresting 2 Black Men Inside Store, Hundreds of Denver Teachers Join Teachers' Protests Sweeping Nation, South Carolina: At Least 7 Prisoners Dead After Uprising at Lee Correctional Institution, Alabama: Black Teen Sentenced to 30 Years in Prison for a Murder Committed by Cop, Lawyer Self-Immolates in Prospect Park, Brooklyn, as Protest Against Climate Change, Tens of Thousands Gather in South Africa for Funeral of Winnie Madikizela-Mandela…

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