2019-01-21: News Headlines

teleSUR (2019-01-21). Bolsonaro To Sell Brazil's Image to Investors at Davos 2019. telesurenglish.net Brazil's far-right President Jair Bolsonaro will present an image of Brazil in the 49th World Economic Forum in Davos which will attempt to lure foreign investment in the country. | RELATED: | Brazil: Police Attack Protesters Against Bolsonaro Policies | This will be the maiden foreign visit of the president who took office on Jan. 1. He is scheduled to arrive in Switzerland Monday for the forum which will take place from Jan. 22 to Jan. 25. | He is accompanied by Paulo Guedes, the f…

Le Média Pour Tous — Officiel (2019-01-21). Video: Les Gilets Jaunes. globalresearch.ca The #GiletsJaunes are always determined, contrary to what the multiple television shows that are devoted to them suggest. | Several thousand demonstrators paraded quietly in Paris on Saturday, January 12 for Acte IX determination! until their encirclement by the police at …

STAFF (2019-01-21). Just as MLK Warned, We're Headed Toward Economic Apartheid. truthdig.com January 15th marked what would've been Dr. Martin Luther King's 90th birthday. | Most known for his famous "I Have Dream Speech," King envisioned a future in which deep racial inequalities — including deep economic inequality — were eradicated. He worked tirelessly towards that mission. | Over 50 years after his assassination, sensational media stories have focused heavily on the black unemployment rate, which has reached historic lows. | President Trump was quick to claim credit…

teleSUR (2019-01-21). Kenya: Police Prevent Another Suspected Attack by Al Shabaab. telesurenglish.net Kenyan police have thwarted an attack by suspected Somali militants al Shabaab on a Chinese-owned construction company in an eastern region, an official said Monday, days after the group killed 21 people in Nairobi. | RELATED: | NYT Faces Backlash Over Graphic Images of Nairobi Attack | The assailants wounded one person while they attempted to hit the site…

Democracy Now! (2019-01-21). MLK Day Special: Rediscovered 1964 King Speech on Civil Rights, Segregation & Apartheid South Africa. democracynow.org As the nation marks 90 years since the birth of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., we air a rediscovered speech he delivered on December 7, 1964, days before he received the Nobel Peace Prize in Oslo. In a major address in London, King spoke about segregation, the fight for civil rights and his support for Nelson Mandela and the anti-apartheid struggle in South Africa. The speech was recorded by Saul Bernstein, who was working as the European correspondent for Pacifica Radio. Bernstein's recording was rediscovered by Brian DeShazor, director of the Pacifica Radio Archives.

Jérà¥me Duval (2019-01-21). Macronist Repression Against the People in Yellow Vests. counterpunch.org According to Vincent Brengarth, a lawyer at the Paris Bar, in recent years we have been witnessing a disturbing drift in police repression in France, more specifically since November 2015 when the state of emergency was pronounced and extended several times, before being integrated into common law. We would henceforth be under "a state of emergency that does not say its name," with preventive arrests only based on suspicion, without concrete evidence of an offence. More

teleSUR (2019-01-21). ELN Takes Responsibility For Colombian Cadet School Attack. telesurenglish.net In a document issued Monday, the National Liberation Army (ELN for its acronym in Spanish) declared its stance in the face of the attacks against the National Police's school of cadets in the capital city of Bogota, which left 20 dead and leading to the end of the peace process round table being held in La Habana, Cuba. | RELATED: | Colombia: War Victims Plea For Continuation of Peace Dialogue | The insurgent group stated that the school of cadets is used to impart training to pers…

aljazeera (2019-01-21). More than 100 Afghan security forces killed in Taliban attack. aljazeera.com Attack on a military base and police training centre comes a day after an assault in Logar province that killed eight.

amnesty (2019-01-21). Sri Lanka: The Year in Rights. amnesty.org Just six weeks ago, Sri Lanka was a different place. The political crisis had not struck, and a critique of the country's human rights situation would focus primarily on delivery of transitional justice commitments, space for civil society, human rights defenders, the media, ongoing torture, the attempt to constitutionalise economic, social and cultural rights and the limited successes on the accountability front against perpetrators of human rights violations.

aljazeera (2019-01-21). Prominent Saudi scholar Ahmed al-Amari dies in prison: Activists. aljazeera.com Saudi activists allege the 69-year-old scholar died as a result of poor prison conditions and possible torture.

aljazeera (2019-01-21). Venezuela says rogue officers arrested, bases under control. aljazeera.com Authorities detain military officers who stole weapons hours after video showed an officer calling for Maduro's removal.

via Radical Women (2019-01-21). Statement on Women's March from Radical Women and Freedom Socialist Party. indybay.org Pro-police and racist forces have denounced the Women's March for sending greetings to exiled Black revolutionary Assata Shakur. Undoubtedly, a mix of forces from the FBI to so-called men's rights advocates are busy trying to prevent a multi-racial, grassroots feminist movement from consolidating and truly taking off.

Jessica York, Robert Norse (2019-01-21). Sentinel presents Sympathetic Story on Van Dweller Harassment, Ducks Police Accountability. indybay.org Sentinel writer Jessica York's story unusually sympathetic to RV van dwellers but absent any critical analysis of the SCPD is reprinted below for those unable to access it on line or pay $1.50 for a paper. I include my lengthy comments as well.

amnesty (2019-01-21). Maldives: A flicker of hope amidst a turbulent year for human rights. amnesty.org When the Universal Declaration on Human Rights (UDHR) was proclaimed on 10 December 1948, the world was a dark place. With the brutality of World War II fresh in their minds, members representing the state parties before the United Nations were adamant that human dignity be one of the pillars on which global recognition of human rights would be built in. The preamble to the UDHR unequivocally recognizes that the inherent dignity, equality and inalienability of human rights is "the foundation of freedom, justice, and peace in the world". In 201…

amnesty (2019-01-21). Nigeria: Disbandment of FSARS not enough to end police atrocities. amnesty.org Responding to an announcement today by the newly-appointed Inspector General of Nigeria Police who ordered the disbandment of Federal Special Anti-Robbery Squad (FSARS) and other special squads, Osai Ojigho Director of Amnesty International Nigeria said: | "The disbandment of the notorious Federal Special Anti-Robbery Squad (FSARS) acknowledges years of outcry from Nigerians over human rights violations routinely committed by its members. However, disbandment alone is not enough and must be followed with concrete reforms that will end gross violations by the police altogether. |

RT (2019-01-21). 'Sweetie, you put your hands down': Toddler surrenders to armed police in viral VIDEO. rt.com Viral eyewitness video captured the heartbreaking moment that a two-year-old toddler got out of her father's car and walked towards gun-wielding police with her hands raised.

Fred_F (2019-01-20). Human rights and environmental activists targeted in Victoria Police raids. greenleft.org.au The following statement was released on January 19 | *** | Several activists involved in the protests against the International Mining And Resources Conference (IMARC) 2018 last October had their homes raided and searched by Victoria Police on Friday January 18. They were arrested, detained and interrogated and had phones, computers and other belongings seized. | The Latin American Solidarity Network (LASNET), Warriors of the Aboriginal Resistance (WAR), Brisbane Aboriginal Sovereign Embassy (BASE), Voices of the 3%, Melbourne Rainforest Action Group (MRAG) and other groups strongly denounce the harassment, surve…

Briahna Gray (2019-01-20). A Problem for Kamala Harris: Can a Prosecutor Become President in the Age of Black Lives Matter? theintercept.com The regressive reality of what prosecutors do is proving difficult for the senator and likely presidential candidate to rationalize.

Fight Back (2019-01-19). Massive show of union power on day 5 of UTLA strike. fightbacknews.org Los Angeles, CA – Day five of UTLA teachers strike started with citywide enthusiastic picketing at all LAUSD schools, January 18. The night before, parents held a protest outside the home of former Wall Street banker and school Superintendent Austin Beutner. Parents were angered that the LA police department showed up in full force to protect the representative of the super rich. Beutner is pushing a plan to "reimagine LAUSD" – a cover for dismantling and privatizing LAUSD. Leading a misinformation campaign, Beutner has misled parents about student absences. In the media, Beutner is making proposals while belittl…

Shared by Hezvo Mpunga (2019-01-19). Since Decriminalization, 96% of People Arrested for Weed in Baltimore Are Black. therealnews.com Journalist Brandon Soderberg and 34-year police veteran Neill Franklin discuss "Structural Racism and Cannabis: Black Baltimoreans still disproportionately arrested for weed after decriminalization."

Shared by Hezvo Mpunga (2019-01-19). Mumia's Lawyer Discusses the Fact that New Boxes of Evidence Were Found. therealnews.com Rachel Wolkenstein, former co-counsel for Mumia Abu-Jamal, discusses what the discovery of six new boxes of evidence means for Mumia's case. Wolkenstein believes the boxes contain incriminating evidence against the police in his case

RT (2019-01-19). Police release VIDEO of Arizona cop shooting 14yo with replica handgun. rt.com Police in Arizona have released dramatic bodycam footage of the moment an officer shot and killed a 14-year-old burglary suspect who had attempted to escape on foot while holding a replica handgun.

amnesty (2019-01-18). Release of Syrian man wrongly convicted of terrorism in Hungary an "overwhelming relief" amnesty.org Ahead of tomorrow's early release of Ahmed H, a Syrian man who was unfairly jailed for "complicity in an act of terror" during clashes with police at the Serbia-Hungary border in September 2015, Eda Seyhan, Amnesty International's Europe Counter Terrorism Campaigner, said: | | "After spending three-and-a-half years behind bars, Ahmed will finally be reunited with his wife and two young daughters. His…

Human Rights Watch (2019-01-18). Trump's Family Separation Affected 'Thousands' More Children Than Previously Known. hrw.org | | A Mission Police Dept. officer (L), and a U.S. Border Patrol agent watch over a group of Central American asylum seekers before taking them into custody on June 12, 2018 near McAllen, Texas. | © 2018 John Moore/Getty Images | Trump administration officials were discussing deliberately targeting migrant families by late 2017, a draft policy document leaked to NBC News confir…

ACLU (2019-01-18). The Case Against Galveston County's Pretrial Detention System Survives the Government's Challenge. aclu.org A win could set a precedent for prosecutor accountability and right to counsel in bail hearings that could help reform pretrial detention nationally. | If you are accused of a crime and arrested in Galveston County, Texas, you better hope you can afford to pay the preset bail amount to get out of jail. If not, then you will join hundreds of other people who are incarcerated simply because they cannot afford to buy their freedom. In Galveston and communities across the country, there is one pretrial detention system for the poor and an entirely different one for everyone else. | Thirty-six-year-old Aaron Booth fou…

Sérgio Ramalho (2019-01-18). Who Killed Marielle Franco? An Ex-Rio de Janeiro Cop With Ties to Organized Crime, Say Six Witnesses in Police Report. theintercept.com The shocking murder was carried out by a former special operations officer from Rio's military police force, according to a report by investigators.

Shared by Hezvo Mpunga (2019-01-18). Will "Tough on Crime" Policies Fuel Mass Incarceration? therealnews.com As three of the most powerful men in Maryland vow to crack down on repeat violent offenders, community advocates question their plans to address the root causes of inequality and violence

ACLU (2019-01-17). Rochester Could Break Through the Thin Blue Line Protecting Abusive Police. aclu.org How the city could create New York's first independent review board with the power to discipline officers. | We know what happens when we allow police to police themselves. Too often, they escape punishment when they abuse the people they are supposed to protect. A lack of meaningful police accountability not only skirts justice, but people's lives are in danger when officers who repeatedly harm civilians keep their jobs. | The Rochester City Council in New York introduced a draft bill this week that addresses this fundamental problem. The bill would create a civilian-controlled Police Accountability Board with t…

amnesty (2019-01-17). Putin has given Chechnya free rein to persecute LGBTI people. amnesty.org By Natalia Prilutskaya, Russia Researcher at Amnesty International | For the second time in less than two years, a violent homophobic crackdown has left LGBTI people in Chechnya fearing for their lives. Earlier this week the Russian LGBT Network confirmed reports that the Chechen authorities have resumed large-scale arrests of individuals believed to be gay or lesbian, imprisoning and torturing them. | According to the organization's protected sources, around 40 people have been arrested since De…

kathy_f (2019-01-17). Greece: Striking teachers tear gassed. greenleft.org.au Greek riot police tear gassed protesting school teachers protesting in Athens on January 14, Morning Star Online said. It came just days after the country's public order minister accused police officers of indiscriminately attacking teachers in similar circumstances. | Thousands of teachers took to the streets to express their anger at the government's process for hiring new staff in state schools. | The government pledged to hire 15,000 new schoolteachers over the n…

kathy_f (2019-01-17). France: Growing numbers at new round of Yellow Vest protests. greenleft.org.au Thousands took part in the latest round of yellow vest protests in France on January 12 as President Emmanuel Macron announced a national debate in a bid to quell the growing unrest. | More than 84,000 demonstrators took to the streets across the country, a rise on the previous week according to official figures as the movement shows no sign of abating, Morning Star Online reported. | Concessions offered by Macron, including a pause in the fuel tax which triggered the protests and a rise in the minimum wage, have been rejected as protests continued for the ninth week. | Police mobilised across the capital and use…

Shared by Hezvo Mpunga (2019-01-17). A Mother Watched Her Son Die in Police Custody, Now She Says the Town is Covering it up. therealnews.com Anton Black died after he was tasered and placed in a chokehold just outside his home, 4 months ago. Police have released little information to the family or the community about why his encounter with a controversial officer they fought to keep off the force ended with his death.

Shared by Hezvo Mpunga (2019-01-17). Former Coal Lobbyist Confirmed As New EPA Head. therealnews.com By Dharna Noor | Just seconds into Andrew Wheeler's opening statement before the Senate's environmental panel, protesters began to jeer. | "This is an outrage! Shut down Wheeler, not the EPA," shouted one protester. | Wheeler has served as acting Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) administrator since Scott Pruitt resigned in July. At his confirmation hearing to become the EPA's permanent chief on Wednesday, the former coal lobbyist faced staunch criticism—even after Capitol Police removed the protesters from the room. | "I do not believe that giving the acting administrator a speedy promotion is more…

Democracy Now! (2019-01-16). Could Trump's Attorney General Pick William Barr Be "Worse Than Jeff Sessions" on Civil Rights? democracynow.org Senate confirmation hearings began Tuesday for William Barr, President Trump's nominee for attorney general to replace Jeff Sessions. Barr served as attorney general for George H.W. Bush from 1991 to 1993. During that time, he was involved in the pardon of six Reagan officials for the Iran-Contra scandal and oversaw the opening of the Guantánamo Bay military prison, which was initially used to indefinitely detain Haitian asylum seekers. Barr also openly backed mass incarceration at home and helped develop a secret Drug Enforcement Administration program which became a "blueprint" for the National Security Agency'

kathy_f (2019-01-16). Honduras: Year starts with new massacres. greenleft.org.au In the first 13 days of 2019, there were five major killings in Honduras in what local media are calling massacres, TeleSUR English said. All up, 18 people were killed by gunmen. | The Honduran Attorney General's office and the national police say they are investigating the rash of murders but no suspects have been apprehended yet. | TeleSUR English said that the spate of massacres does not include the several other homicides that have taken place alongside these violent massacres in Hondur…

pip.hinman (2019-01-16). #SaveHakeem: Stop the deportation of a Bahraini refugee. greenleft.org.au Bahraini refugee Hakeem Al-Araibi has been held in detention in Thailand since last November 27. He faces the terrifying prospect of being deported to the country where he was tortured. | Al-Araibi, a semi-professional footballer and former member of the Bahraini national football team, was on his honeymoon and had just landed in Thailand. Australian authorities alerted Thai authorities, whereupon he was arrested. Bahrain is demanding his extradition. | Yahya Alhadid, a spokesperson for the Gulf Institute for Democracy and Human Rights, said if Al-Araibi is extradited back to Bahrain he will face "continuous elec…

kathy_f (2019-01-16). Bangladesh: Protesting garment workers win wage rise, but demand more. greenleft.org.au Garment manufacturers in Bangladesh agreed to raise workers' pay, commerce minister Tipu Munshi said on January 13, urging people to return to work after a week of violent demonstrations, TeleSUR English said. | The workers' protests led to clashes between police and protesters that killed one worker and wounded dozens more. The protest wave pushed the Bangladesh government to consider the demand for higher pay in the world's second-biggest garment exporter behind China. | Munshi told…

kathy_f (2019-01-16). Zimbabwe: Fuel hike sparks protests. greenleft.org.au Protesters barricaded roads and burned tires in Zimbabwe's capital, Harare, on January 14 after President Emmerson Mnangagwa announced a huge fuel price hike in a bid to stem a deepening economic crisis. | Cash shortages have plunged Zimbabwe's economy into disarray, threatening widespread social unrest and undermining Mnangagwa's efforts to win back foreign investors sidelined under his predecessor Robert Mugabe. | Police fired tear gas to disperse youths protesting outside the high court in Zimbabwe's second city of Bulawayo, according to video footage from the Centre for Innovation and Technology, a local news…

Democracy Now! (2019-01-15). Will Trump's AG Pick William Barr Face Questions over Gitmo, Mass Incarceration & NSA Surveillance? democracynow.org Senate confirmation hearings begin today for William Barr, President Trump's nominee for attorney general to replace Jeff Sessions, who was fired in November. Barr served as attorney general for George H.W. Bush from 1991 to 1993. During that time, he was involved in the pardon of six Reagan officials for the Iran-Contra scandal and oversaw the opening of the Guantánamo Bay military prison, which was initially used to indefinitely detain HIV-positive asylum seekers from Haiti. Barr also openly backed mass incarceration at home and helped develop a secret Drug Enforcement Administration program which became a "blu…

Democracy Now! (2019-01-14). The Groveland Four: Florida Pardons Men Falsely Accused in Jim Crow-Era Rape Case in 1949. democracynow.org Florida Governor Ron DeSantis has granted posthumous pardons to four young African-American men accused of raping a white woman near Groveland, Florida, in 1949. Two men were brutally murdered as a result of the false accusations. The case is now seen as a racially charged miscarriage of justice emblematic of the Jim Crow South. The story of the "Groveland Four," now 70 years old, has continued to haunt the state of Florida. We speak with Gilbert King, Pulitzer Prize-winning author of "Devil in the Grove: Thurgood Marshall, the Groveland Boys, and the Dawn of a New America," and Carol Greenlee, daughter of Charle…

kathy_f (2019-01-14). Danny Lim brutalisation puts NSW Police on notice. greenleft.org.au The brutal police attack on former Strathfield councillor turned full-time solo protester Danny Lim sparked a snap protest on January 13. | About 150 people gathered outside NSW Police Command near Darling Harbour in the city's CBD following news of the 74-year-old's bashing by police two days earlier at Barangaroo. A young man who was also harassed by the police during the incident initiated the protest. | Video footage of the bashing and his calls for help, along wi…

Starita Smith (2019-01-11). What's DNA Got to Do with It. progressive.org I see similarities between Elizabeth Warren's situation and that of many black people.

Democracy Now! (2019-01-10). There Are Thousands of Cyntoia Browns: Mariame Kaba on Criminalization of Sexual Violence Survivors. democracynow.org Cyntoia Brown was granted full clemency by Republican Tennessee Governor Bill Haslam on Monday after serving 15 years in prison. The decision follows months of intense public pressure and outrage over her case. Brown was sentenced to life in prison after being convicted of first-degree murder for shooting her rapist as a teenager. She had been sexually trafficked and repeatedly abused and drugged. The shooting happened when Brown was just 16 years old, but she was tried as an adult. We speak with Mariame Kaba, organizer and educator who has worked on anti-domestic violence programs, anti-incarceration and racial…

2019-01-21: Social Media Postees

Bolsonaro To Sell Brazil's Image to Investors at Davos 2019
teleSUR | telesurenglish.net | 2019-01-21
Brazil's far-right President Jair Bolsonaro will present an image of Brazil in the 49th World Economic Forum in Davos which will attempt to lure foreign investment in the country. | RELATED: | Brazil: Police Attack Protesters Against Bolsonaro Policies | This will be the maiden foreign visit of the president who took office on Jan. 1. He is scheduled to arrive in Switzerland Monday for the forum which will take place from Jan. 22 to Jan. 25. | He is accompanied by Paulo Guedes, the f…
telesurenglish.net/news/Bolsonaro-To-Sell-Brazils-Image-to-Investors-at-Davos-2019-20190121-0010.html

Just as MLK Warned, We're Headed Toward Economic Apartheid
STAFF | truthdig.com | 2019-01-21
January 15th marked what would've been Dr. Martin Luther King's 90th birthday. | Most known for his famous "I Have Dream Speech," King envisioned a future in which deep racial inequalities — including deep economic inequality — were eradicated. He worked tirelessly towards that mission. | Over 50 years after his assassination, sensational media stories have focused heavily on the black unemployment rate, which has reached historic lows. | President Trump was quick to claim credit…
truthdig.com/articles/were-headed-towards-economic-apartheid-just-as-mlk-warned/

MLK Day Special: Rediscovered 1964 King Speech on Civil Rights, Segregation & Apartheid South Africa
Democracy Now! | democracynow.org | 2019-01-21
As the nation marks 90 years since the birth of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., we air a rediscovered speech he delivered on December 7, 1964, days before he received the Nobel Peace Prize in Oslo. In a major address in London, King spoke about segregation, the fight for civil rights and his support for Nelson Mandela and the anti-apartheid struggle in South Africa. The speech was recorded by Saul Bernstein, who was working as the European correspondent for Pacifica Radio. Bernstein's recording was rediscovered by Brian DeShazor, director of the Pacifica Radio Archives.
www.democracynow.org/2019/1/21/mlk_at_90…

Video: Les Gilets Jaunes
Le Média Pour Tous — Officiel | globalresearch.ca | 2019-01-21
The #GiletsJaunes are always determined, contrary to what the multiple television shows that are devoted to them suggest. | Several thousand demonstrators paraded quietly in Paris on Saturday, January 12 for Acte IX determination! until their encirclement by the police at … | The post Video: Les Gilets Jaunes appeared first on Global Research.
globalresearch.ca/video-les-gilets-jaunes/5665797

Macronist Repression Against the People in Yellow Vests
Jérà¥me Duval | counterpunch.org | 2019-01-21
According to Vincent Brengarth, a lawyer at the Paris Bar, in recent years we have been witnessing a disturbing drift in police repression in France, more specifically since November 2015 when the state of emergency was pronounced and extended several times, before being integrated into common law. We would henceforth be under "a state of emergency that does not say its name," with preventive arrests only based on suspicion, without concrete evidence of an offence.
counterpunch.org/2019/01/21/macronist-repression-against-the-people-in-yellow-vests/

ELN Takes Responsibility For Colombian Cadet School Attack
teleSUR | telesurenglish.net | 2019-01-21
In a document issued Monday, the National Liberation Army (ELN for its acronym in Spanish) declared its stance in the face of the attacks against the National Police's school of cadets in the capital city of Bogota, which left 20 dead and leading to the end of the peace process round table being held in La Habana, Cuba. | RELATED: | Colombia: War Victims Plea For Continuation of Peace Dialogue | The insurgent group stated that the school of cadets is used to impart training to pers…
telesurenglish.net/news/ELN-Takes-Responsibility-For-Colombian-Cadet-School-Attack-20190121-0003.html

Kenya: Police Prevent Another Suspected Attack by Al Shabaab
teleSUR | telesurenglish.net | 2019-01-21
Kenyan police have thwarted an attack by suspected Somali militants al Shabaab on a Chinese-owned construction company in an eastern region, an official said Monday, days after the group killed 21 people in Nairobi. | RELATED: | NYT Faces Backlash Over Graphic Images of Nairobi Attack | The assailants wounded one person while they attempted to hit the site…
telesurenglish.net/news/Kenya-Police-Prevent-Another-Suspected-Attack-by-Al-Shabaab-20190121-0012.html

More than 100 Afghan security forces killed in Taliban attack
aljazeera | aljazeera.com | 2019-01-21
Attack on a military base and police training centre comes a day after an assault in Logar province that killed eight.
aljazeera.com/news/2019/01/taliban-kill-12-attack-afghan-military-base-190121061133642.html

Prominent Saudi scholar Ahmed al-Amari dies in prison: Activists
aljazeera | aljazeera.com | 2019-01-21
Saudi activists allege the 69-year-old scholar died as a result of poor prison conditions and possible torture.
aljazeera.com/news/2019/01/prominent-saudi-scholar-ahmed-al-amari-dies-prison-activists-190121180756186.html

Sri Lanka: The Year in Rights
amnesty | amnesty.org | 2019-01-21
Just six weeks ago, Sri Lanka was a different place. The political crisis had not struck, and a critique of the country's human rights situation would focus primarily on delivery of transitional justice commitments, space for civil society, human rights defenders, the media, ongoing torture, the attempt to constitutionalise economic, social and cultural rights and the limited successes on the accountability front against perpetrators of human rights violations.
amnesty.org/en/latest/news/2019/01/sri-lanka-the-year-in-rights/

Venezuela says rogue officers arrested, bases under control
aljazeera | aljazeera.com | 2019-01-21
Authorities detain military officers who stole weapons hours after video showed an officer calling for Maduro's removal.
aljazeera.com/news/2019/01/video-shows-venezuela-sergeant-demanding-maduro-removal-190121121006477.html

Statement on Women's March from Radical Women and Freedom Socialist Party
via Radical Women | indybay.org | 2019-01-21
Pro-police and racist forces have denounced the Women's March for sending greetings to exiled Black revolutionary Assata Shakur. Undoubtedly, a mix of forces from the FBI to so-called men's rights advocates are busy trying to prevent a multi-racial, grassroots feminist movement from consolidating and truly taking off.
indybay.org/newsitems/2019/01/20/18820526.php

Sentinel presents Sympathetic Story on Van Dweller Harassment, Ducks Police Accountability
Jessica York, Robert Norse | indybay.org | 2019-01-21
Sentinel writer Jessica York's story unusually sympathetic to RV van dwellers but absent any critical analysis of the SCPD is reprinted below for those unable to access it on line or pay $1.50 for a paper. I include my lengthy comments as well.
indybay.org/newsitems/2019/01/19/18820463.php

Maldives: A flicker of hope amidst a turbulent year for human rights
amnesty | amnesty.org | 2019-01-21
When the Universal Declaration on Human Rights (UDHR) was proclaimed on 10 December 1948, the world was a dark place. With the brutality of World War II fresh in their minds, members representing the state parties before the United Nations were adamant that human dignity be one of the pillars on which global recognition of human rights would be built in. The preamble to the UDHR unequivocally recognizes that the inherent dignity, equality and inalienability of human rights is "the foundation of freedom, justice, and peace in the world". In 201…
amnesty.org/en/latest/news/2019/01/maldives-a-flicker-of-hope-amidst-a-turbulent-year-for-human-rights/

'Sweetie, you put your hands down': Toddler surrenders to armed police in viral VIDEO
RT | rt.com | 2019-01-21
Viral eyewitness video captured the heartbreaking moment that a two-year-old toddler got out of her father's car and walked towards gun-wielding police with her hands raised. | …
rt.com/usa/449353-toddler-surrenders-armed-police-tallahassee/

Human rights and environmental activists targeted in Victoria Police raids
Fred_F | greenleft.org.au | 2019-01-20
The following statement was released on January 19 | *** | Several activists involved in the protests against the International Mining And Resources Conference (IMARC) 2018 last October had their homes raided and searched by Victoria Police on Friday January 18. They were arrested, detained and interrogated and had phones, computers and other belongings seized. | The Latin American Solidarity Network (LASNET), Warriors of the Aboriginal Resistance (WAR), Brisbane Aboriginal Sovereign Embassy (BASE), Voices of the 3%, Melbourne Rainforest Action Group (MRAG) and other groups strongly denounce the harassment, surve…
greenleft.org.au/content/human-rights-and-environmental-activists-targeted-victoria-police-raids

A Problem for Kamala Harris: Can a Prosecutor Become President in the Age of Black Lives Matter?
Briahna Gray | theintercept.com | 2019-01-20
The regressive reality of what prosecutors do is proving difficult for the senator and likely presidential candidate to rationalize. | The post A Problem for Kamala Harris: Can a Prosecutor Become President in the Age of Black Lives Matter? appeared first on The Intercept.
theintercept.com/2019/01/20/a-problem-for-kamala-harris-can-a-prosecutor-become-president-in-the-age-of-black-lives-matter/

Massive show of union power on day 5 of UTLA strike
Fight Back | fightbacknews.org | 2019-01-19
Los Angeles, CA – Day five of UTLA teachers strike started with citywide enthusiastic picketing at all LAUSD schools, January 18. The night before, parents held a protest outside the home of former Wall Street banker and school Superintendent Austin Beutner. Parents were angered that the LA police department showed up in full force to protect the representative of the super rich. Beutner is pushing a plan to "reimagine LAUSD" – a cover for dismantling and privatizing LAUSD. Leading a misinformation campaign, Beutner has misled parents about student absences. In the media, Beutner is making proposals while belittl…
www.fightbacknews.org/2019/1/18/massive-…

Since Decriminalization, 96% of People Arrested for Weed in Baltimore Are Black
Shared by Hezvo Mpunga | therealnews.com | 2019-01-19
Journalist Brandon Soderberg and 34-year police veteran Neill Franklin discuss "Structural Racism and Cannabis: Black Baltimoreans still disproportionately arrested for weed after decriminalization." | The post Since Decriminalization, 96% of People Arrested for Weed in Baltimore Are Black appeared first on The Real News Network.
therealnews.com/stories/since-decriminalization-96-of-people-arrested-for-weed-in-baltimore-are-black

Mumia's Lawyer Discusses the Fact that New Boxes of Evidence Were Found
Shared by Hezvo Mpunga | therealnews.com | 2019-01-19
Rachel Wolkenstein, former co-counsel for Mumia Abu-Jamal, discusses what the discovery of six new boxes of evidence means for Mumia's case. Wolkenstein believes the boxes contain incriminating evidence against the police in his case | The post Mumia's Lawyer Discusses the Fact that New Boxes of Evidence Were Found appeared first on The Real News Network.
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Police release VIDEO of Arizona cop shooting 14yo with replica handgun
RT | rt.com | 2019-01-19
Police in Arizona have released dramatic bodycam footage of the moment an officer shot and killed a 14-year-old burglary suspect who had attempted to escape on foot while holding a replica handgun. | …
rt.com/usa/449210-police-shoot-teenager-holding-airsoft/

Trump's Family Separation Affected 'Thousands' More Children Than Previously Known
Human Rights Watch | hrw.org | 2019-01-18
A Mission Police Dept. officer (L), and a U.S. Border Patrol agent watch over a group of Central American asylum seekers before taking them into custody on June 12, 2018 near McAllen, Texas. | © 2018 John Moore/Getty Images | Trump administration officials were discussing deliberately targeting migrant families by late 2017, a draft policy document leaked to NBC News confir…
hrw.org/news/2019/01/18/trumps-family-separation-affected-thousands-more-children-previously-known

Release of Syrian man wrongly convicted of terrorism in Hungary an "overwhelming relief"
amnesty | amnesty.org | 2019-01-18
Ahead of tomorrow's early release of Ahmed H, a Syrian man who was unfairly jailed for "complicity in an act of terror" during clashes with police at the Serbia-Hungary border in September 2015, Eda Seyhan, Amnesty International's Europe Counter Terrorism Campaigner, said: | | "After spending three-and-a-half years behind bars, Ahmed will finally be reunited with his wife and two young daughters. His…
amnesty.org/en/latest/news/2019/01/release-of-syrian-man-wrongly-convicted-of-terrorism-in-hungary-an-overwhelming-relief/

The Case Against Galveston County's Pretrial Detention System Survives the Government's Challenge
ACLU | aclu.org | 2019-01-18
A win could set a precedent for prosecutor accountability and right to counsel in bail hearings that could help reform pretrial detention nationally. | If you are accused of a crime and arrested in Galveston County, Texas, you better hope you can afford to pay the preset bail amount to get out of jail. If not, then you will join hundreds of other people who are incarcerated simply because they cannot afford to buy their freedom. In Galveston and communities across the country, there is one pretrial detention system for the poor and an entirely different one for everyone else. | Thirty-six-year-old Aaron Booth fou…
aclu.org/blog/racial-justice/race-and-criminal-justice/case-against-galveston-countys-pretrial-detention

Who Killed Marielle Franco? An Ex-Rio de Janeiro Cop With Ties to Organized Crime, Say Six Witnesses in Police Report
Sérgio Ramalho | theintercept.com | 2019-01-18
The shocking murder was carried out by a former special operations officer from Rio's military police force, according to a report by investigators. | The post Who Killed Marielle Franco? An Ex-Rio de Janeiro Cop With Ties to Organized Crime, Say Six Witnesses in Police Report appeared first on The Intercept.
theintercept.com/2019/01/17/marielle-franco-brazil-assassination-suspect/

Will "Tough on Crime" Policies Fuel Mass Incarceration?
Shared by Hezvo Mpunga | therealnews.com | 2019-01-18
As three of the most powerful men in Maryland vow to crack down on repeat violent offenders, community advocates question their plans to address the root causes of inequality and violence | The post Will "Tough on Crime" Policies Fuel Mass Incarceration? appeared first on The Real News Network.
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Rochester Could Break Through the Thin Blue Line Protecting Abusive Police
ACLU | aclu.org | 2019-01-17
How the city could create New York's first independent review board with the power to discipline officers. | We know what happens when we allow police to police themselves. Too often, they escape punishment when they abuse the people they are supposed to protect. A lack of meaningful police accountability not only skirts justice, but people's lives are in danger when officers who repeatedly harm civilians keep their jobs. | The Rochester City Council in New York introduced a draft bill this week that addresses this fundamental problem. The bill would create a civilian-controlled Police Accountability Board with t…
aclu.org/blog/criminal-law-reform/reforming-police-practices/rochester-could-break-through-thin-blue-line

If income gap is a chasm, wealth gap is Grand Canyon
Mark Gruenberg | peoplesworld.org | 2019-01-17
WASHINGTON –If the "income gap" between the rich and the rest of us is a chasm, then the less-discussed "wealth gap" — especially between whites and African-Americans — is the Grand Canyon. At least that's what the figures show in a new report from the Institute for Policy Studies, the third in its series comparing …
peoplesworld.org/article/if-income-gap-is-a-chasm-wealth-gap-is-grand-canyon/

Putin has given Chechnya free rein to persecute LGBTI people
amnesty | amnesty.org | 2019-01-17
By Natalia Prilutskaya, Russia Researcher at Amnesty International | For the second time in less than two years, a violent homophobic crackdown has left LGBTI people in Chechnya fearing for their lives. Earlier this week the Russian LGBT Network confirmed reports that the Chechen authorities have resumed large-scale arrests of individuals believed to be gay or lesbian, imprisoning and torturing them. | According to the organization's protected sources, around 40 people have been arrested since De…
amnesty.org/en/latest/news/2019/01/putin-has-given-chechnya-free-rein-to-persecute-lgbti-people/

France: Growing numbers at new round of Yellow Vest protests
kathy_f | greenleft.org.au | 2019-01-17
Thousands took part in the latest round of yellow vest protests in France on January 12 as President Emmanuel Macron announced a national debate in a bid to quell the growing unrest. | More than 84,000 demonstrators took to the streets across the country, a rise on the previous week according to official figures as the movement shows no sign of abating, Morning Star Online reported. | Concessions offered by Macron, including a pause in the fuel tax which triggered the protests and a rise in the minimum wage, have been rejected as protests continued for the ninth week. | Police mobilised across the capital and use…
greenleft.org.au/content/france-growing-numbers-new-round-yellow-vest-protests

Greece: Striking teachers tear gassed
kathy_f | greenleft.org.au | 2019-01-17
Greek riot police tear gassed protesting school teachers protesting in Athens on January 14, Morning Star Online said. It came just days after the country's public order minister accused police officers of indiscriminately attacking teachers in similar circumstances. | Thousands of teachers took to the streets to express their anger at the government's process for hiring new staff in state schools. | The government pledged to hire 15,000 new schoolteachers over the n…
greenleft.org.au/content/greece-striking-teachers-tear-gassed

A Mother Watched Her Son Die in Police Custody, Now She Says the Town is Covering it up
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Anton Black died after he was tasered and placed in a chokehold just outside his home, 4 months ago. Police have released little information to the family or the community about why his encounter with a controversial officer they fought to keep off the force ended with his death. | The post A Mother Watched Her Son Die in Police Custody, Now She Says the Town is Covering it up appeared first on The Real News Network.
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Former Coal Lobbyist Confirmed As New EPA Head
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By Dharna Noor | Just seconds into Andrew Wheeler's opening statement before the Senate's environmental panel, protesters began to jeer. | "This is an outrage! Shut down Wheeler, not the EPA," shouted one protester. | Wheeler has served as acting Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) administrator since Scott Pruitt resigned in July. At his confirmation hearing to become the EPA's permanent chief on Wednesday, the former coal lobbyist faced staunch criticism–even after Capitol Police removed the protesters from the room. | |…
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Could Trump's Attorney General Pick William Barr Be "Worse Than Jeff Sessions" on Civil Rights?
Democracy Now! | democracynow.org | 2019-01-16
Senate confirmation hearings began Tuesday for William Barr, President Trump's nominee for attorney general to replace Jeff Sessions. Barr served as attorney general for George H.W. Bush from 1991 to 1993. During that time, he was involved in the pardon of six Reagan officials for the Iran-Contra scandal and oversaw the opening of the Guantánamo Bay military prison, which was initially used to indefinitely detain Haitian asylum seekers. Barr also openly backed mass incarceration at home and helped develop a secret Drug Enforcement Administration program which became a "blueprint" for the National Security Agency'…
www.democracynow.org/2019/1/16/could_tru…

Honduras: Year starts with new massacres
kathy_f | greenleft.org.au | 2019-01-16
In the first 13 days of 2019, there were five major killings in Honduras in what local media are calling massacres, TeleSUR English said. All up, 18 people were killed by gunmen. | The Honduran Attorney General's office and the national police say they are investigating the rash of murders but no suspects have been apprehended yet. | TeleSUR English said that the spate of massacres does not include the several other homicides that have taken place alongside these violent massacres in Hondur…
greenleft.org.au/content/honduras-year-starts-new-massacres

#SaveHakeem: Stop the deportation of a Bahraini refugee
pip.hinman | greenleft.org.au | 2019-01-16
Bahraini refugee Hakeem Al-Araibi has been held in detention in Thailand since last November 27. He faces the terrifying prospect of being deported to the country where he was tortured. | Al-Araibi, a semi-professional footballer and former member of the Bahraini national football team, was on his honeymoon and had just landed in Thailand. Australian authorities alerted Thai authorities, whereupon he was arrested. Bahrain is demanding his extradition. | Yahya Alhadid, a spokesperson for the Gulf Institute for Democracy and Human Rights, said if Al-Araibi is extradited back to Bahrain he will face "continuous elec…
greenleft.org.au/content/savehakeem-stop-deportation-bahraini-refugee-0

Bangladesh: Protesting garment workers win wage rise, but demand more
kathy_f | greenleft.org.au | 2019-01-16
Garment manufacturers in Bangladesh agreed to raise workers' pay, commerce minister Tipu Munshi said on January 13, urging people to return to work after a week of violent demonstrations, TeleSUR English said. | The workers' protests led to clashes between police and protesters that killed one worker and wounded dozens more. The protest wave pushed the Bangladesh government to consider the demand for higher pay in the world's second-biggest garment exporter behind China. | Munshi told…
greenleft.org.au/content/bangladesh-protesting-garment-workers-win-wage-rise-demand-

Zimbabwe: Fuel hike sparks protests
kathy_f | greenleft.org.au | 2019-01-16
Protesters barricaded roads and burned tires in Zimbabwe's capital, Harare, on January 14 after President Emmerson Mnangagwa announced a huge fuel price hike in a bid to stem a deepening economic crisis. | Cash shortages have plunged Zimbabwe's economy into disarray, threatening widespread social unrest and undermining Mnangagwa's efforts to win back foreign investors sidelined under his predecessor Robert Mugabe. | Police fired tear gas to disperse youths protesting outside the high court in Zimbabwe's second city of Bulawayo, according to video footage from the Centre for Innovation and Technology, a local news…
greenleft.org.au/content/zimbabwe-fuel-hike-sparks-protests

Will Trump's AG Pick William Barr Face Questions over Gitmo, Mass Incarceration & NSA Surveillance?
Democracy Now! | democracynow.org | 2019-01-15
Senate confirmation hearings begin today for William Barr, President Trump's nominee for attorney general to replace Jeff Sessions, who was fired in November. Barr served as attorney general for George H.W. Bush from 1991 to 1993. During that time, he was involved in the pardon of six Reagan officials for the Iran-Contra scandal and oversaw the opening of the Guantánamo Bay military prison, which was initially used to indefinitely detain HIV-positive asylum seekers from Haiti. Barr also openly backed mass incarceration at home and helped develop a secret Drug Enforcement Administration program which became a "blu…
www.democracynow.org/2019/1/15/will_trum…

The Groveland Four: Florida Pardons Men Falsely Accused in Jim Crow-Era Rape Case in 1949
Democracy Now! | democracynow.org | 2019-01-14
Florida Governor Ron DeSantis has granted posthumous pardons to four young African-American men accused of raping a white woman near Groveland, Florida, in 1949. Two men were brutally murdered as a result of the false accusations. The case is now seen as a racially charged miscarriage of justice emblematic of the Jim Crow South. The story of the "Groveland Four," now 70 years old, has continued to haunt the state of Florida. We speak with Gilbert King, Pulitzer Prize-winning author of "Devil in the Grove: Thurgood Marshall, the Groveland Boys, and the Dawn of a New America," and Carol Greenlee, daughter of Charle…
www.democracynow.org/2019/1/14/the_grove…

Danny Lim brutalisation puts NSW Police on notice
kathy_f | greenleft.org.au | 2019-01-14
The brutal police attack on former Strathfield councillor turned full-time solo protester Danny Lim sparked a snap protest on January 13. | About 150 people gathered outside NSW Police Command near Darling Harbour in the city's CBD following news of the 74-year-old's bashing by police two days earlier at Barangaroo. A young man who was also harassed by the police during the incident initiated the protest. | Video footage of the bashing and his calls for help, along wi…
greenleft.org.au/content/danny-lim-brutalisation-puts-nsw-police-notice

What's DNA Got to Do with It
Starita Smith | progressive.org | 2019-01-11
I see similarities between Elizabeth Warren's situation and that of many black people.
progressive.org/op-eds/whats-dna-got-to-do-with-it-Smith-190111/

There Are Thousands of Cyntoia Browns: Mariame Kaba on Criminalization of Sexual Violence Survivors
Democracy Now! | democracynow.org | 2019-01-10
Cyntoia Brown was granted full clemency by Republican Tennessee Governor Bill Haslam on Monday after serving 15 years in prison. The decision follows months of intense public pressure and outrage over her case. Brown was sentenced to life in prison after being convicted of first-degree murder for shooting her rapist as a teenager. She had been sexually trafficked and repeatedly abused and drugged. The shooting happened when Brown was just 16 years old, but she was tried as an adult. We speak with Mariame Kaba, organizer and educator who has worked on anti-domestic violence programs, anti-incarceration and racial…
www.democracynow.org/2019/1/10/there_are…