2019-03-22: News Headlines

Dolores Cox (2019-03-22). Elizabeth Jennings — a New York City pioneer. workers.org More than a century before Rosa Parks refused to give up her seat on a Montgomery, Ala., bus in 1955, an African-American woman refused to give up her seat on a horse-driven streetcar in New York City. Elizabeth Jennings refused to relinquish her seat in July 1854. As a . . . | Continue reading Elizabeth Jennings — a New York City pioneer at Workers.org

Human Rights Watch (2019-03-22). Lebanon: Anti-Torture Body Named. hrw.org | | Ziad Itani, a Lebanese actor, who was exonerated of spying for Israel, is carried after he was released by Lebanese authorities. Itani has accused security officials of torturing him and has called on authorities to investigate. | © 2018 AP Photo/Hussein Malla | (Beirut) — Lebanon's Council of Ministers on March 7, 2019 appointed the five members of the country's National Preventative Mechanism against Torture, Human Rights Watch said today. | Leb…

RT (2019-03-22). Meteor or alien invasion? Los Angeles skies set ablaze — nothing to panic about, police say (VIDEOS). rt.com After detecting odd, unidentified streaks of light disturbing the evening sky, thousands of Los Angeles residents confused the breathtaking wingsuit flying skills of Red Bull Air Force with a meteor flyby, even an alien invasion.

WSWS (2019-03-22). Macron sends the French army against anti-austerity protests. wsws.org The move is a major step toward the implementation of police-state forms of rule in France, as part of a global onslaught against democratic rights.

teleSUR (2019-03-22). Venezuela Celebrates UN 'Multilateralism And Diplomacy Victory'. telesurenglish.net Venezuela Foreign Minister Jorge Arreaza announced, on Twitter, a democratic victory for the Bolivarian Republic after a United Nations Human Rights Council (UNHRC) approved a Movement of Non-Aligned Countries (Mnoal) resolution. | RELATED: | Guaido's 'Terrorist' Collaborator Arrested in Venezuela: Govt | Thursday the UNHRC votes included 27 for, five abstentions and 15 against to favor of the resolution, which was presented by the South American country to expose the negative effec…

WSWS (2019-03-22). UK police colluded in blacklisting of workers. wsws.org Big businesses used the Consulting Association blacklisting agency and the secret police to spy on workers and hired and fired them based on the information collected—often lies and distortions.

amnesty (2019-03-22). United Kingdom: Submission to the United Nations Ccommittee against Torture. amnesty.org Amnesty International submits this briefing ahead of the Committee against Torture's examination of the United Kingdom's sixth periodic report on its implementation of the Convention against Torture and Other Cruel, Inhuman or Degrading Treatment or Punishment. | This briefing summarizes Amnesty International's current concerns about the UK's failure to comply with some of its obligations under the Convention and addresses a number of areas, from universal jurisdiction, to access to abortion, to accountability mechanisms for the large numbers of still outstanding allegations of abuse in Iraq. Regrettably, in seve…

ACLU (2019-03-21). The FBI Won't Hand Over Its Surveillance Records on 'Black Identity Extremists,' so We're Suing. aclu.org The ACLU and the Center for Media Justice are suing the FBI for records about the surveillance of Black activists—a tactic with a long, sordid history | At a time when violence by white supremacists is on the rise, the FBI appears to be targeting Black people in a secret intelligence program concerning so-called "Black Identity Extremists"— an inflammatory term for a group that doesn't even exist. The bureau's practice echoes earlier, shameful government surveillance programs that sought to discredit civil rights and Black power activists who were critical to advancing racial equality — and it e…

teleSUR (2019-03-21). Report Confirms Police Stop Black Drivers More Often Than White. telesurenglish.net Black drivers in the U.S. are 20 percent more likely to be pulled over than their white counterparts, a study from the Stanford University reported. | RELATED: | US Whites Produce More, Suffer Less Pollution Than Minorities | Researchers analyzed nearly 93 million traffic stop reports from 21 U.S.

teleSUR (2019-03-21). US: Noose at Fiat Plant Latest in Auto-Related Racism Reports. telesurenglish.net Investigators are at the scene of a Michigan Fiat Chrysler Automobiles Assembly Plant (FCA) after employees reported a noose dangling from a Ram truck inside the Sterling Heights branch last month. | RELATED: | Report Confirms Police Stop Black Drivers More Often Than White | "The incident at the Sterling Heights Assembly Plant in February was the…

Tim Libretti (2019-03-21). Media response to college admissions scandal reveals challenge of class struggle. peoplesworld.org Americans experienced a Casablanca moment March 12 when federal prosecutors charged dozens of wealthy parents with paying a consultant to help them bribe their children's ways into elite universities such as Yale, Stanford, USC, and others. I call it a Casablanca moment because the shockwaves rolling through the media response recalled the scene from the …

pip.hinman (2019-03-21). Algeria at a turning point: the people rise up. greenleft.org.au Since February 22, Algeria has been rocked by huge and overwhelmingly peaceful protests against the regime of President Abdelaziz Bouteflika. | The epicentre of this movement has been the city of Algiers. There have been large protests every Friday, to which the police have had to take a conciliatory attitude because of their sheer size, despite street protests being illegal in the capital. | The Arab Spring of 2011—12 spread to Algeria, producing the largest protest movement for many years. However, through a combination of repression and concessions, such as reducing prices on foodstuffs, the Bouteflika g…

teleSUR (2019-03-21). Pakistan: 2 Arrested For Fake Blasphemy Lynching Case. telesurenglish.net A Pakistani anti-terrorism court sentenced two men, including a local government official, to life in prison Thursday for their role in the brutal campus lynching two years ago of a university student accused of blasphemy. | RELATED: | India, Pakistan Agree on Border Route for Sikh Pilgrims | Mashal Khan, 23, was attacked and killed by a mob on the campus of a university in Mardan, in Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa province, following a dormitory debate about religion. | In February last year, th…

teleSUR (2019-03-21). Colombian Ex-Footballer Viafara Arrested for Drug Trafficking. telesurenglish.net Colombian authorities detained former football star Jhon Viafara, accused of belonging to an organization that exported tons of cocaine in boats and semi-submersibles to the United States, which is requesting him in extradition, the Attorney General's Office said Wednesday. | RELATED: | Exclusive: A Look into 'Clan del Golfo,' Colombia's Largest Paramilitary Group | Viafara, 40, was arrested Tuesday along with four other people near the southern city of Cali after being involved in a…

amnesty (2019-03-21). Nicaragua: UN Human Rights Council takes important step to address human rights crisis. amnesty.org In response to the resolution that the United Nations Human Rights Council passed today to put in place monitoring and reporting on the ongoing human rights crisis in Nicaragua, Erika Guevara-Rosas, Americas director at Amnesty International, said: | "By putting in place monitoring and reporting on the human rights situation in Nicaragua, the United Nations Human Rights Council has refused to accept impunity for crimes under international law and serious human rights violations, including extrajudicial executions and torture. This is a vital first step towards justice, which sends an important message of support…

teleSUR (2019-03-21). UK Islamophobic Attack: 4 Mosques Vandalized in Birmingham. telesurenglish.net In a latest Islamophobic attack, four mosques in Britain's Birmingham were vandalized overnight, police reported Thursday. Windows were smashed in all the four mosques. | RELATED: | Europe Investigates Far-Right Links of NZ Mosque Shooter | West Midlands police said that detectives and counterterrorism officers have already started investigating. The fou…

amnesty (2019-03-21). Write for Rights 2018 Campaign Report. amnesty.org Sixteen years ago, Write for Rights was a small venture, today it's the world's biggest human rights event. Every December, supporters across the globe write hundreds of thousands of letters, send thousands of solidarity cards, sign thousands of petitions and many other kinds of action — all calling for justice for those whose human rights are being attacked. And every year, real positive change takes place because of those letters and actions: People wrongfully imprisoned are released, torturers are brought to justice and people in prison are treated more humanely. This report details everything that happe…

RT (2019-03-21). 'This is MAGA country': Jewish cemetery defaced with anti-Semitic graffiti in MA (PHOTOS, VIDEOS). rt.com Police in Massachusetts are investigating a suspected hate crime in which some 59 gravestones at a Jewish cemetery were defaced with swastikas and anti-Semitic graffiti including, "Expel the Jew," and "Heil Hitler."

Democracy Now! (2019-03-21). Anti-Government Protests Continue in Haiti; New Details Emerge About Role of U.S. Mercenaries. democracynow.org Ongoing protests are roiling Haiti, as demonstrators take to the streets to demand President Jovenel MoàØse's resignation due to government corruption and mismanagement of the country's oil fund. The protests began in July, but MoàØse is facing further scrutiny after five heavily armed Americans were arrested last month near Haiti's central bank in Port-au-Prince with a cache of weapons, claiming to be on a "government mission." The mercenaries were quickly sent back to the United States without facing criminal charges in Haiti, sparking outrage and mounting demands that the government explain why t…

amnesty (2019-03-21). One year ago, America stole my 7-year-old. I want him back. amnesty.org The Trump Administration claims it has stopped separating families seeking protection and they're doing all they can to reunite those who remain apart. I would like very much to believe this is true, but it's hard for me to have hope. | One year ago, the U.S. Department of Homeland Security stole my 7-year-old son from me, and confined me in an immigration jail in Texas. There is no word when we will be together again. | I have committed no crime. | My son and I fled Brazil after we received repeated death threats from drug traffickers, who collaborated daily with local police. They said they would kill us no mat…

amnesty (2019-03-21). Vietnamese and Thai authorities must come clean about journalist's disappearance. amnesty.org Reliable reports that independent journalist and former prisoner of conscience Truong Duy Nhat is being detained in Viet Nam raise major questions about his safety and the circumstances of his disappearance in Thailand in late January, Amnesty International said today. | "It has been nearly two months since Truong Duy Nhat disappeared from a Bangkok shopping centre, shortly after submitting an asylum claim and following growing harassment by Vietnamese police. Reports that Nhat is now in a Hanoi prison are extremely worrying, and we are calling on the Vietnamese authorities to confirm whether he is in their custo…

WSWS (2019-03-21). Unanswered questions on French police role in Saturday "yellow vest" clashes. wsws.org Macron's escalation of repression after Saturday's clashes with protesters on the Champs-Élysées in Paris raises the most serious questions as to the government's role.

teleSUR (2019-03-21). Guaido's 'Terrorist' Collaborator Arrested in Venezuela: Govt. telesurenglish.net Intelligence services have dismantled a "terrorist cell" that planned to attack and destabilize Venezuela, Minister of Interior Justice and Peace Nestor Reverol announced Thursday. | RELATED: | Video: Elliott Abrams Fumbles on How Juan Guaido is 'President' | Roberto Marrero Borgas, alleged "chief of staff" for self-proclaimed "interim president" Juan Guaido, was arrested in the police operation, the official said. | "The citizen Marrero Borgas is directly responsible for the or…

ACLU (2019-03-20). Lawmakers in Colorado Should Abolish the Death Penalty. aclu.org The death penalty is a broken tool riddled with bias that must be abandoned. A new bill in Colorado can do just that. | In July 2012, Coloradans were devastated by the now-infamous murder of 12 moviegoers in the town of Aurora. Despite the trauma and grief that crime caused, a local jury three years later refused the prosecutor's request to impose the death sentence against the convicted perpetrator. At the time, The Denver Post observed, "The death penalty in Colorado has effectively expired. And…

RT (2019-03-20). Mother accused of abusing 7 adopted children to force them into making YouTube videos. rt.com Arizona police have arrested an adoptive mother of seven children who allegedly starved and beat them if they failed to perform properly in her YouTube videos, sometimes pepper-spraying their genitals and locking them in a closet.

Human Rights Watch (2019-03-20). Cambodia: Investigate Land Activist's 'Disappearance'. hrw.org | | Image of Sum Moeun (left) and Moeun Mean (right). | © 2019 VOD | (New York) — Cambodian authorities should immediately reveal the whereabouts of a land activist forcibly disappeared in Preah Vihear province, Human Rights Watch said today. | On January 20, 2019, at about 5: 30 p.m., soldiers from Battalion 261 of Army Command Intervention Division 2 of the Cambodian armed forces arrested Sum Moeun, 54, a community leader in a local land dispute, and his son, Moeu…

Human Rights Watch (2019-03-20). Tajikistan: Release Gravely Ill Activist. hrw.org (Almaty) — The Tajik government should immediately and unconditionally release a seriously ill political activist who says he has been tortured, nine human rights groups said today. The prisoner, Mahmadali Hayit, is deputy head of the Islamic Renaissance Party of Tajikistan (IRPT), the country's largest opposition party, which was banned by the government in late 2015. | During a visit on March 9, 2019, Hayit showed his wife, Savrinisso Jurabekova, injuries on his forehead and stomach that he said were caused by beatings from prison officials…

Human Rights Watch (2019-03-20). US Supreme Court Strikes Blow Against Liberty. hrw.org | | Police officers stand in front of the U.S. Supreme Court in Washington, U.S., January 19, 2018. | © 2018 Reuters | The US Supreme Court ruled on Tuesday that immigrants with certain criminal convictions — even those who served their time decades ago for minor crimes — may be detained indefinitely without a hearing for bail. | Justice Samuel Alito's majority opinion in this 5-4 decision makes the issue sound like a purely technica…

amnesty (2019-03-20). Turkey: Judicial farce must end with acquittal of human rights defenders. amnesty.org Almost two years after they were first arrested, two prominent figures from Amnesty International Turkey and nine other human rights defenders must be acquitted of the absurd charges they still face, said Amnesty International ahead of their trial which resumes tomorrow in Istanbul. | Taner Kƒ±lƒ±àß, Amnesty Turkey's Honorary Chair, and‚Ä؃∞dil Eser, the organization's former Turkey Director, are being tried alongside nine other activists on baseless allegations of "membership of a terrorist organisation". | "After almost two years and without a shred of…

Human Rights Watch (2019-03-20). China Marks Tibetan Anniversary with Military Parade. hrw.org | | Paramilitary policemen march in formation in front of the Potala Palace during a parade around the March 10 anniversary of the failed 1959 uprising against Chinese rule, March 10, 2017. | Every year on March 10, Tibetans and supporters worldwide mark the anniversary of the 1959 Lhasa uprising. That was the moment when popular anger against eight years of Chinese control boiled over into protest, triggering the bloody imposition of direct rule by the Chinese Communist Party and the flight of the Dalai Lama into exile. Fo…

STAFF (2019-03-19). Kamala Harris' Record as Tough-On-Crime Prosecutor Far From Progressive — Documentary Report. therealnews.com Democrat and presidential hopeful Kamala Harris says she supports a Sanders-style progressive agenda, but given her record as AG of California, can she be trusted to enact it if elected?

STAFF (2019-03-19). Militarized Policing and Corruption: A Perfect Match. therealnews.com A recent string of police scandals reveals how heavy-handed policing and monetized misery work in tandem to exacerbate the country's entrenched social ills…

RT (2019-03-19). America's paying for it: Mexican thieves rob US border fence wire and use it to secure homes. rt.com Enterprising Mexican thieves south of the US border fence have stolen some of its barbed wire and used it to fortify homes in Tijuana, a local police chief said. Catching the thieves in the act has proven difficult.

Democracy Now! (2019-03-19). Headlines for March 19, 2019. democracynow.org New Zealand Mourns Victims of Mosque Terror Attack, Calls for Support of Muslims, Lawmakers to Hold Hearing on Rise of White Nationalism, HuffPost: 7 Active U.S. Military Are Members of Far-Right "Identity Evropa", Mozambique: Cyclone Idai Death Toll Could Top 1,000, Nebraska: Flooding Submerges Air Force Base, NYT: Saudi Crown Prince Approved Campaign to Silence Opponents, U.N. Condemns Israel for Use of Lethal Force on Gaza Protesters, New Brexit Vote Blocked Less Than 2 Weeks from Deadline, France to Crack Down on "Yellow Vest" Protests, Dutch Police Arrest Suspect Who Shot and Killed 3 People in Utrecht, Mexi…

ACLU (2019-03-18). Can Prosecutors Dismiss Jurors for Agreeing With the O.J. Simpson Verdict? aclu.org California's highest court ruled that the O.J. verdict question was "race neutral." The Supreme Court now has a chance to weigh in. | Gov. Gavin Newsom's moratorium on executions in California has highlighted the pernicious role race has played in who gets the death penalty in that state. In a case now awaiting review, the U.S. Supreme Court will have an opportunity to examine whether discriminatory tactics in jury selection in a California capital case can stand. | It has long been settled that prosecutors may not dismiss cit…

Democracy Now! (2019-03-18). Former Neo-Nazi: President Trump May Be Complicit in Growing Threat of White Supremacy. democracynow.org President Donald Trump is refusing to acknowledge the global rise of white nationalism in the wake of the hate-fueled New Zealand massacre that left 50 Muslim worshipers dead on Friday. Police have arrested and charged 28-year-old white supremacist Brenton Tarrant with the killings. Before the attacks, Tarrant published a manifesto in which he praised Trump as "a symbol of renewed white identity and common purpose" and described immigrants as "invaders." On the same day, Trump claimed there was an "invasion" occurring on the southern border, signing his first presidential veto rejecting a resolution reversing his…

Democracy Now! (2019-03-18). State-Sponsored Islamophobia & Trump's Anti-Immigrant Rhetoric Embolden Right-Wing Terrorists. democracynow.org Fifty people are dead, and millions around the globe are mourning, following the massacre at two mosques in Christchurch, New Zealand, on Friday. The terrorist attack unfolded during Friday prayer, when a lone gunman and avid white supremacist opened fire on worshipers while live-streaming the attack on Facebook. It was the deadliest shooting in the country's modern history. The youngest of the dead is 3-year-old Mucad Ibrahim. Police have arrested and charged a 28-year-old Australian white supremacist named Brenton Tarrant with the killings. Tarrant published a manifesto praising President Donald Trump as "a sym…

Fight Back (2019-03-17). Twin Cities Remembers Cordale Handy. fightbacknews.org St. Paul, MN – On March 15, the mother of Cordale Handy, members of the community and other families who lost loved ones to police violence gathered here to remember Cordale Handy, who was murdered by police on this date in 2017. | The most impactful part of the evening was hearing from other families from across the country who have been affected by police, including Pamela Brooks, whose teenage son Amir, was killed by an off-duty Prince George's County, Maryland officer; Lisa Simpson, whose son was killed by Los Angeles police, and two families from Minneapolis, Thurmond Blevins, who was killed by Minneapo…

Fight Back (2019-03-17). Condemn the attack by German authorities on Rasmea Odeh. fightbacknews.org Freedom Road Socialist Organization sharply condemns the decision by German authorities to prevent the respected Palestinian leader Rasmea Odeh from speaking in Berlin, March 15. According to reports we have reviewed, German police accosted Rasmea outside the hall where she was scheduled to appear, surrounded the venue with hundreds of cops, and handed her documents that canceled her visa. Police then followed Rasmea, demanding she go to another part of the city, and harassed her as she did so. | These acts of political repression were preceded by a noisy campaign by the U.S. and Israeli ambassadors and the right…

unitedEditor (2019-03-16). The New Zealand Mosque Attack: what we know so far. uwidata.com At least 49 people were killed and 48 injured on Friday at around 1: 30 pm (local time) in anti-Muslim terrorist attacks against two mosques in downtown Christchurch, New Zealand. Four suspects have been arrested. The main shooter filmed the attack with GoPro and broadcasted it live to social networks. The video was promptly removed by …

Democracy Now! (2019-03-15). White Supremacist Kills 49 Muslim Worshipers in New Zealand as Islamophobic Hate Crimes Rise Globally. democracynow.org In New Zealand, a white right-wing extremist killed 49 people in an attack on two mosques in the city of Christchurch during Friday prayers. It is the deadliest shooting in New Zealand's history. Police have arrested and charged a 28-year-old Australian man named Brenton Tarrant with the attack. The gunman live-streamed the attack and published a manifesto in which he praised President Donald Trump as "a symbol of renewed white identity and common purpose." We speak with human rights activist and lawyer Qasim Rashid, who recently launched a campaign to run for a seat in the Virginia state Senate. And we speak wit…

splcenter (2019-03-08). Weekend Read: Why is racism still America's biggest problem? splcenter.org It rained on marchers from Selma to Montgomery, Alabama, in 1965, and it rained on them again last weekend as they commemorated the day when police beat civil rights marchers so badly that the date became known the nation over as Bloody Sunday.

ziyaad (2019-02-20). EuroAsia Interconnector: "electricity highway" to Israeli war crimes. bdsmovement.net EuroAsia Interconnector: "electricity highway" to Israeli war crimes : UpdateThe EuroAsia Interconnector is projected to link electricity grids in Israel, Cyprus and Greece via the world's longest submarine power cable. Crucially, the Interconnector would connect Europe's electricity grid with Israel's grid that incorporates the illegal settl…

patrick (2019-02-14). No EU cost for Israeli 'apartheid' in West Bank. bdsmovement.net No EU cost for Israeli 'apartheid' in West Bank: In the NewsBy Sanctions and governmentsFebruary 14, 2019 | By: | | euobserver

2019-03-22: Social Media Postees

Elizabeth Jennings — a New York City pioneer
Dolores Cox | workers.org | 2019-03-22
More than a century before Rosa Parks refused to give up her seat on a Montgomery, Ala., bus in 1955, an African-American woman refused to give up her seat on a horse-driven streetcar in New York City. Elizabeth Jennings refused to relinquish her seat in July 1854. As a . . . | Continue reading Elizabeth Jennings — a New York City pioneer at Workers.org…
workers.org/2019/03/21/elizabeth-jennings-a-new-york-city-pioneer/

Macron sends the French army against anti-austerity protests
WSWS | wsws.org | 2019-03-22
The move is a major step toward the implementation of police-state forms of rule in France, as part of a global onslaught against democratic rights.
www.wsws.org/en/articles/2019/03/22/pers…

UK police colluded in blacklisting of workers
WSWS | wsws.org | 2019-03-22
Big businesses used the Consulting Association blacklisting agency and the secret police to spy on workers and hired and fired them based on the information collected–often lies and distortions.
www.wsws.org/en/articles/2019/03/22/blac…

Venezuela Celebrates UN 'Multilateralism And Diplomacy Victory'
teleSUR | telesurenglish.net | 2019-03-22
Venezuela Foreign Minister Jorge Arreaza announced, on Twitter, a democratic victory for the Bolivarian Republic after a United Nations Human Rights Council (UNHRC) approved a Movement of Non-Aligned Countries (Mnoal) resolution. | RELATED: | Guaido's 'Terrorist' Collaborator Arrested in Venezuela: Govt | Thursday the UNHRC votes included 27 for, five abstentions and 15 against to favor of the resolution, which was presented by the South American country to expose the negative effec…
telesurenglish.net/news/Venezuela-Celebrates-UN-Multilateralism-And-Diplomacy-Victory-20190322-0006.html

United Kingdom: Submission to the United Nations Ccommittee against Torture
amnesty | amnesty.org | 2019-03-22
Amnesty International submits this briefing ahead of the Committee against Torture's examination of the United Kingdom's sixth periodic report on its implementation of the Convention against Torture and Other Cruel, Inhuman or Degrading Treatment or Punishment. | This briefing summarizes Amnesty International's current concerns about the UK's failure to comply with some of its obligations under the Convention and addresses a number of areas, from universal jurisdiction, to access to abortion, to accountability mechanisms for the large numbers of still outstanding allegations of abuse in Iraq. Regrettably, in seve…
amnesty.org/en/documents/eur45/0096/2019/en/

Meteor or alien invasion? Los Angeles skies set ablaze — nothing to panic about, police say (VIDEOS)
RT | rt.com | 2019-03-22
After detecting odd, unidentified streaks of light disturbing the evening sky, thousands of Los Angeles residents confused the breathtaking wingsuit flying skills of Red Bull Air Force with a meteor flyby, even an alien invasion. | …
rt.com/usa/454452-meteor-aliens-wingsuit-los-angeles/

Lebanon: Anti-Torture Body Named
Human Rights Watch | hrw.org | 2019-03-22
Ziad Itani, a Lebanese actor, who was exonerated of spying for Israel, is carried after he was released by Lebanese authorities. Itani has accused security officials of torturing him and has called on authorities to investigate. | © 2018 AP Photo/Hussein Malla | (Beirut) — Lebanon's Council of Ministers on March 7, 2019 appointed the five members of the country's National Preventative Mechanism against Torture, Human Rights Watch said today. | Leb…
hrw.org/news/2019/03/22/lebanon-anti-torture-body-named

The FBI Won't Hand Over Its Surveillance Records on 'Black Identity Extremists,' so We're Suing
ACLU | aclu.org | 2019-03-21
The ACLU and the Center for Media Justice are suing the FBI for records about the surveillance of Black activists–a tactic with a long, sordid history | At a time when violence by white supremacists is on the rise, the FBI appears to be targeting Black people in a secret intelligence program concerning so-called "Black Identity Extremists"– an inflammatory term for a group that doesn't even exist. The bureau's practice echoes earlier, shameful government surveillance programs that sought to discredit civil rights and Black power activists who were critical to advancing racial equality — and it e…
aclu.org/blog/racial-justice/race-and-criminal-justice/fbi-wont-hand-over-its-surveillance-records-black

US: Noose at Fiat Plant Latest in Auto-Related Racism Reports
teleSUR | telesurenglish.net | 2019-03-21
Investigators are at the scene of a Michigan Fiat Chrysler Automobiles Assembly Plant (FCA) after employees reported a noose dangling from a Ram truck inside the Sterling Heights branch last month. | RELATED: | Report Confirms Police Stop Black Drivers More Often Than White | "The incident at the Sterling Heights Assembly Plant in February was the…
telesurenglish.net/news/US-Noose-at-Fiat-Plant-Latest-in-Auto-Related-Racism-Reports-20190321-0030.html

Report Confirms Police Stop Black Drivers More Often Than White
teleSUR | telesurenglish.net | 2019-03-21
Black drivers in the U.S. are 20 percent more likely to be pulled over than their white counterparts, a study from the Stanford University reported. | RELATED: | US Whites Produce More, Suffer Less Pollution Than Minorities | Researchers analyzed nearly 93 million traffic stop reports from 21 U.S.
telesurenglish.net/news/Report-Confirms-Police-Stop-Black-Drivers-More-Often-Than-White-20190321-0027.html

Media response to college admissions scandal reveals challenge of class struggle
Tim Libretti | peoplesworld.org | 2019-03-21
Americans experienced a Casablanca moment March 12 when federal prosecutors charged dozens of wealthy parents with paying a consultant to help them bribe their children's ways into elite universities such as Yale, Stanford, USC, and others. I call it a Casablanca moment because the shockwaves rolling through the media response recalled the scene from the …
peoplesworld.org/article/media-response-to-college-admissions-scandal-reveals-challenge-of-class-struggle/

Pakistan: 2 Arrested For Fake Blasphemy Lynching Case
teleSUR | telesurenglish.net | 2019-03-21
A Pakistani anti-terrorism court sentenced two men, including a local government official, to life in prison Thursday for their role in the brutal campus lynching two years ago of a university student accused of blasphemy. | RELATED: | India, Pakistan Agree on Border Route for Sikh Pilgrims | Mashal Khan, 23, was attacked and killed by a mob on the campus of a university in Mardan, in Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa province, following a dormitory debate about religion. | In February last year, th…
telesurenglish.net/news/Pakistan-2-Arrested-For-Fake-Blasphemy-Lynching-Case-20190321-0021.html

Colombian Ex-Footballer Viafara Arrested for Drug Trafficking
teleSUR | telesurenglish.net | 2019-03-21
Colombian authorities detained former football star Jhon Viafara, accused of belonging to an organization that exported tons of cocaine in boats and semi-submersibles to the United States, which is requesting him in extradition, the Attorney General's Office said Wednesday. | RELATED: | Exclusive: A Look into 'Clan del Golfo,' Colombia's Largest Paramilitary Group | Viafara, 40, was arrested Tuesday along with four other people near the southern city of Cali after being involved in a…
telesurenglish.net/news/Colombian-Ex-Footballer-Viafara-Arrested-for-Drug-Trafficking-20190321-0017.html

Nicaragua: UN Human Rights Council takes important step to address human rights crisis
amnesty | amnesty.org | 2019-03-21
In response to the resolution that the United Nations Human Rights Council passed today to put in place monitoring and reporting on the ongoing human rights crisis in Nicaragua, Erika Guevara-Rosas, Americas director at Amnesty International, said: | "By putting in place monitoring and reporting on the human rights situation in Nicaragua, the United Nations Human Rights Council has refused to accept impunity for crimes under international law and serious human rights violations, including extrajudicial executions and torture. This is a vital first step towards justice, which sends an important message of support…
amnesty.org/en/latest/news/2019/03/nicaragua-importante-medida-del-consejo-de-derechos-humanos/

Unanswered questions on French police role in Saturday "yellow vest" clashes
WSWS | wsws.org | 2019-03-21
Macron's escalation of repression after Saturday's clashes with protesters on the Champs-Élysées in Paris raises the most serious questions as to the government's role.
www.wsws.org/en/articles/2019/03/21/fran…

Algeria at a turning point: the people rise up
pip.hinman | greenleft.org.au | 2019-03-21
Since February 22, Algeria has been rocked by huge and overwhelmingly peaceful protests against the regime of President Abdelaziz Bouteflika. | The epicentre of this movement has been the city of Algiers. There have been large protests every Friday, to which the police have had to take a conciliatory attitude because of their sheer size, despite street protests being illegal in the capital. | The Arab Spring of 2011–12 spread to Algeria, producing the largest protest movement for many years. However, through a combination of repression and concessions, such as reducing prices on foodstuffs, the Bouteflika g…
greenleft.org.au/content/algeria-turning-point-people-rise

Vietnamese and Thai authorities must come clean about journalist's disappearance
amnesty | amnesty.org | 2019-03-21
Reliable reports that independent journalist and former prisoner of conscience Truong Duy Nhat is being detained in Viet Nam raise major questions about his safety and the circumstances of his disappearance in Thailand in late January, Amnesty International said today. | "It has been nearly two months since Truong Duy Nhat disappeared from a Bangkok shopping centre, shortly after submitting an asylum claim and following growing harassment by Vietnamese police. Reports that Nhat is now in a Hanoi prison are extremely worrying, and we are calling on the Vietnamese authorities to confirm whether he is in their custo…
amnesty.org/en/latest/news/2019/03/vietnamese-thai-authorities-come-clean-about-journalist-disappearance/

Guaido's 'Terrorist' Collaborator Arrested in Venezuela: Govt
teleSUR | telesurenglish.net | 2019-03-21
Intelligence services have dismantled a "terrorist cell" that planned to attack and destabilize Venezuela, Minister of Interior Justice and Peace Nestor Reverol announced Thursday. | RELATED: | Video: Elliott Abrams Fumbles on How Juan Guaido is 'President' | Roberto Marrero Borgas, alleged "chief of staff" for self-proclaimed "interim president" Juan Guaido, was arrested in the police operation, the official said. | "The citizen Marrero Borgas is directly responsible for the or…
telesurenglish.net/news/Guaidos-Terrorist-Collaborator-Arrested-in-Venezuela-Govt-20190321-0026.html

UK Islamophobic Attack: 4 Mosques Vandalized in Birmingham
teleSUR | telesurenglish.net | 2019-03-21
In a latest Islamophobic attack, four mosques in Britain's Birmingham were vandalized overnight, police reported Thursday. Windows were smashed in all the four mosques. | RELATED: | Europe Investigates Far-Right Links of NZ Mosque Shooter | West Midlands police said that detectives and counterterrorism officers have already started investigating. The fou…
telesurenglish.net/news/UK-Islamophobic-Attack-4-Mosques-Vandalized-in-Birmingham-20190321-0016.html

'This is MAGA country': Jewish cemetery defaced with anti-Semitic graffiti in MA (PHOTOS, VIDEOS)
RT | rt.com | 2019-03-21
Police in Massachusetts are investigating a suspected hate crime in which some 59 gravestones at a Jewish cemetery were defaced with swastikas and anti-Semitic graffiti including, "Expel the Jew," and "Heil Hitler." | …
rt.com/usa/454425-jewish-cemetery-vandalized-swastikas-graffiti/

Write for Rights 2018 Campaign Report
amnesty | amnesty.org | 2019-03-21
Sixteen years ago, Write for Rights was a small venture, today it's the world's biggest human rights event. Every December, supporters across the globe write hundreds of thousands of letters, send thousands of solidarity cards, sign thousands of petitions and many other kinds of action — all calling for justice for those whose human rights are being attacked. And every year, real positive change takes place because of those letters and actions: People wrongfully imprisoned are released, torturers are brought to justice and people in prison are treated more humanely. This report details everything that happe…
amnesty.org/en/documents/act30/0041/2019/en/

Anti-Government Protests Continue in Haiti; New Details Emerge About Role of U.S. Mercenaries
Democracy Now! | democracynow.org | 2019-03-21
Ongoing protests are roiling Haiti, as demonstrators take to the streets to demand President Jovenel MoàØse's resignation due to government corruption and mismanagement of the country's oil fund. The protests began in July, but MoàØse is facing further scrutiny after five heavily armed Americans were arrested last month near Haiti's central bank in Port-au-Prince with a cache of weapons, claiming to be on a "government mission." The mercenaries were quickly sent back to the United States without facing criminal charges in Haiti, sparking outrage and mounting demands that the government explain why t…
www.democracynow.org/2019/3/21/anti_gove…

One year ago, America stole my 7-year-old. I want him back
amnesty | amnesty.org | 2019-03-21
The Trump Administration claims it has stopped separating families seeking protection and they're doing all they can to reunite those who remain apart. I would like very much to believe this is true, but it's hard for me to have hope. | One year ago, the U.S. Department of Homeland Security stole my 7-year-old son from me, and confined me in an immigration jail in Texas. There is no word when we will be together again. | I have committed no crime. | My son and I fled Brazil after we received repeated death threats from drug traffickers, who collaborated daily with local police. They said they would kill us no mat…
amnesty.org/en/latest/news/2019/03/one-year-ago-america-stole-my-7-year-old/

Lawmakers in Colorado Should Abolish the Death Penalty
ACLU | aclu.org | 2019-03-20
The death penalty is a broken tool riddled with bias that must be abandoned. A new bill in Colorado can do just that. | In July 2012, Coloradans were devastated by the now-infamous murder of 12 moviegoers in the town of Aurora. Despite the trauma and grief that crime caused, a local jury three years later refused the prosecutor's request to impose the death sentence against the convicted perpetrator. At the time, The Denver Post observed, "The death penalty in Colorado has effectively expired. And…
aclu.org/blog/capital-punishment/racial-disparities-and-death-penalty/lawmakers-colorado-should-abolish-death

China Marks Tibetan Anniversary with Military Parade
Human Rights Watch | hrw.org | 2019-03-20
Paramilitary policemen march in formation in front of the Potala Palace during a parade around the March 10 anniversary of the failed 1959 uprising against Chinese rule, March 10, 2017. | Every year on March 10, Tibetans and supporters worldwide mark the anniversary of the 1959 Lhasa uprising. That was the moment when popular anger against eight years of Chinese control boiled over into protest, triggering the bloody imposition of direct rule by the Chinese Communist Party and the flight of the Dalai Lama into exile. Fo…
hrw.org/news/2019/03/20/china-marks-tibetan-anniversary-military-parade

Tajikistan: Release Gravely Ill Activist
Human Rights Watch | hrw.org | 2019-03-20
(Almaty) — The Tajik government should immediately and unconditionally release a seriously ill political activist who says he has been tortured, nine human rights groups said today. The prisoner, Mahmadali Hayit, is deputy head of the Islamic Renaissance Party of Tajikistan (IRPT), the country's largest opposition party, which was banned by the government in late 2015. | During a visit on March 9, 2019, Hayit showed his wife, Savrinisso Jurabekova, injuries on his forehead and stomach that he said were caused by beatings from prison officials…
hrw.org/news/2019/03/20/tajikistan-release-gravely-ill-activist

Turkey: Judicial farce must end with acquittal of human rights defenders
amnesty | amnesty.org | 2019-03-20
Almost two years after they were first arrested, two prominent figures from Amnesty International Turkey and nine other human rights defenders must be acquitted of the absurd charges they still face, said Amnesty International ahead of their trial which resumes tomorrow in Istanbul. | Taner Kƒ±lƒ±àß, Amnesty Turkey's Honorary Chair, and‚Ä؃∞dil Eser, the organization's former Turkey Director, are being tried alongside nine other activists on baseless allegations of "membership of a terrorist organisation". | "After almost two years and without a shred of…
amnesty.org/en/latest/news/2019/03/turkey-judicial-farce-must-end-with-acquittal-of-human-rights-defenders/

US Supreme Court Strikes Blow Against Liberty
Human Rights Watch | hrw.org | 2019-03-20
Police officers stand in front of the U.S. Supreme Court in Washington, U.S., January 19, 2018. | © 2018 Reuters | The US Supreme Court ruled on Tuesday that immigrants with certain criminal convictions — even those who served their time decades ago for minor crimes — may be detained indefinitely without a hearing for bail. | Justice Samuel Alito's majority opinion in this 5-4 decision makes the issue sound like a purely technica…
hrw.org/news/2019/03/20/us-supreme-court-strikes-blow-against-liberty

Mother accused of abusing 7 adopted children to force them into making YouTube videos
RT | rt.com | 2019-03-20
Arizona police have arrested an adoptive mother of seven children who allegedly starved and beat them if they failed to perform properly in her YouTube videos, sometimes pepper-spraying their genitals and locking them in a closet. | …
rt.com/usa/454277-youtube-mother-horrific-child-abuse/

Cambodia: Investigate Land Activist's 'Disappearance'
Human Rights Watch | hrw.org | 2019-03-20
Image of Sum Moeun (left) and Moeun Mean (right). | © 2019 VOD | (New York) — Cambodian authorities should immediately reveal the whereabouts of a land activist forcibly disappeared in Preah Vihear province, Human Rights Watch said today. | On January 20, 2019, at about 5: 30 p.m., soldiers from Battalion 261 of Army Command Intervention Division 2 of the Cambodian armed forces arrested Sum Moeun, 54, a community leader in a local land dispute, and his son, Moeu…
hrw.org/news/2019/03/20/cambodia-investigate-land-activists-disappearance

Kamala Harris' Record as Tough-On-Crime Prosecutor Far From Progressive — Documentary Report
STAFF | therealnews.com | 2019-03-19
Democrat and presidential hopeful Kamala Harris says she supports a Sanders-style progressive agenda, but given her record as AG of California, can she be trusted to enact it if elected?
therealnews.com/stories/kamala-harris-record-as-tough-on-crime-prosecutor-far-from-progressive-documentary-report

Militarized Policing and Corruption: A Perfect Match
STAFF | therealnews.com | 2019-03-19
A recent string of police scandals reveals how heavy-handed policing and monetized misery work in tandem to exacerbate the country's entrenched social ills…
therealnews.com/stories/capitalism-and-militarized-policing-a-perfect-match

America's paying for it: Mexican thieves rob US border fence wire and use it to secure homes
RT | rt.com | 2019-03-19
Enterprising Mexican thieves south of the US border fence have stolen some of its barbed wire and used it to fortify homes in Tijuana, a local police chief said. Catching the thieves in the act has proven difficult. | …
rt.com/usa/454247-border-fence-stolen-tijuana/

Can Prosecutors Dismiss Jurors for Agreeing With the O.J. Simpson Verdict?
ACLU | aclu.org | 2019-03-18
California's highest court ruled that the O.J. verdict question was "race neutral." The Supreme Court now has a chance to weigh in. | Gov. Gavin Newsom's moratorium on executions in California has highlighted the pernicious role race has played in who gets the death penalty in that state. In a case now awaiting review, the U.S. Supreme Court will have an opportunity to examine whether discriminatory tactics in jury selection in a California capital case can stand. | It has long been settled that prosecutors may not dismiss cit…
aclu.org/blog/capital-punishment/racial-disparities-and-death-penalty/can-prosecutors-dismiss-jurors-agreeing

Former Neo-Nazi: President Trump May Be Complicit in Growing Threat of White Supremacy
Democracy Now! | democracynow.org | 2019-03-18
President Donald Trump is refusing to acknowledge the global rise of white nationalism in the wake of the hate-fueled New Zealand massacre that left 50 Muslim worshipers dead on Friday. Police have arrested and charged 28-year-old white supremacist Brenton Tarrant with the killings. Before the attacks, Tarrant published a manifesto in which he praised Trump as "a symbol of renewed white identity and common purpose" and described immigrants as "invaders." On the same day, Trump claimed there was an "invasion" occurring on the southern border, signing his first presidential veto rejecting a resolution reversing his…
www.democracynow.org/2019/3/18/former_ne…

State-Sponsored Islamophobia & Trump's Anti-Immigrant Rhetoric Embolden Right-Wing Terrorists
Democracy Now! | democracynow.org | 2019-03-18
Fifty people are dead, and millions around the globe are mourning, following the massacre at two mosques in Christchurch, New Zealand, on Friday. The terrorist attack unfolded during Friday prayer, when a lone gunman and avid white supremacist opened fire on worshipers while live-streaming the attack on Facebook. It was the deadliest shooting in the country's modern history. The youngest of the dead is 3-year-old Mucad Ibrahim. Police have arrested and charged a 28-year-old Australian white supremacist named Brenton Tarrant with the killings. Tarrant published a manifesto praising President Donald Trump as "a sym…
www.democracynow.org/2019/3/18/state_spo…

Twin Cities Remembers Cordale Handy
Fight Back | fightbacknews.org | 2019-03-17
St. Paul, MN – On March 15, the mother of Cordale Handy, members of the community and other families who lost loved ones to police violence gathered here to remember Cordale Handy, who was murdered by police on this date in 2017. | The most impactful part of the evening was hearing from other families from across the country who have been affected by police, including Pamela Brooks, whose teenage son Amir, was killed by an off-duty Prince George's County, Maryland officer; Lisa Simpson, whose son was killed by Los Angeles police, and two families from Minneapolis, Thurmond Blevins, who was killed by Minneapo…
www.fightbacknews.org/2019/3/17/twin-cit…

Condemn the attack by German authorities on Rasmea Odeh
Fight Back | fightbacknews.org | 2019-03-17
Freedom Road Socialist Organization sharply condemns the decision by German authorities to prevent the respected Palestinian leader Rasmea Odeh from speaking in Berlin, March 15. According to reports we have reviewed, German police accosted Rasmea outside the hall where she was scheduled to appear, surrounded the venue with hundreds of cops, and handed her documents that canceled her visa. Police then followed Rasmea, demanding she go to another part of the city, and harassed her as she did so. | These acts of political repression were preceded by a noisy campaign by the U.S. and Israeli ambassadors and the right…
www.fightbacknews.org/2019/3/16/condemn-…

The New Zealand Mosque Attack: what we know so far
unitedEditor | uwidata.com | 2019-03-16
At least 49 people were killed and 48 injured on Friday at around 1: 30 pm (local time) in anti-Muslim terrorist attacks against two mosques in downtown Christchurch, New Zealand. Four suspects have been arrested. The main shooter filmed the attack with GoPro and broadcasted it live to social networks. The video was promptly removed by …
uwidata.com/2706-the-new-zealand-mosque-attack-what-we-know-so-far/

White Supremacist Kills 49 Muslim Worshipers in New Zealand as Islamophobic Hate Crimes Rise Globally
Democracy Now! | democracynow.org | 2019-03-15
In New Zealand, a white right-wing extremist killed 49 people in an attack on two mosques in the city of Christchurch during Friday prayers. It is the deadliest shooting in New Zealand's history. Police have arrested and charged a 28-year-old Australian man named Brenton Tarrant with the attack. The gunman live-streamed the attack and published a manifesto in which he praised President Donald Trump as "a symbol of renewed white identity and common purpose." We speak with human rights activist and lawyer Qasim Rashid, who recently launched a campaign to run for a seat in the Virginia state Senate. And we speak wit…
www.democracynow.org/2019/3/15/white_sup…

Weekend Read: Why is racism still America's biggest problem?
splcenter | splcenter.org | 2019-03-08
It rained on marchers from Selma to Montgomery, Alabama, in 1965, and it rained on them again last weekend as they commemorated the day when police beat civil rights marchers so badly that the date became known the nation over as Bloody Sunday.
splcenter.org/news/2019/03/08/weekend-read-why-racism-still-america%25E2%2580%2599s-biggest-problem