2019-01-30: News Headlines

Alexander Rubinstein (2019-01-30). US Rep. Calls Police on Supporters of Congresswoman Trying to Organize Delegation to West Bank. mintpressnews.com "Instead of her [Rep. Tlaib] talking about things, she's new here, she ought to listen and learn and open her mind and then come to some conclusions." — Representative Eliot Engel (D-NY), chairman of the House Foreign Affairs Committee.

splcenter (2019-01-30). Feds File Hate Crime Charges in Tree of Life Shooting, Cite Antisemitic Posts on Gab. splcenter.org Federal prosecutors are saying overtly for the first time that the man charged with killing 11 people at the Tree of Life Synagogue did so because he's antisemitic and his intended victims were Jewish.

teleSUR (2019-01-30). Philippines: Two Killed in Mosque Grenade Attack. telesurenglish.net An attack perpetrated in a mosque in the city of Zamboanga Penninsula of the Philippines on Wednesday left a death toll of two with a reported four wounded, according to local media reports. | RELATED: | Philippines: Two Bomb Explosions in Sulu Disrupt Peace Efforts | Police reported they have found safety pins belonging to grenades used in the attack but have been unable to identity the attackers. They have not ruled out the possibility that the assailants might have been actin…

Democracy Now! (2019-01-30). Allan Nairn: Trump's Venezuela Envoy Elliott Abrams Is a War Criminal Who Has Abetted Genocide. democracynow.org In an ongoing effort to topple Venezuelan President Nicolás Maduro, Vice President Mike Pence met with members of the Venezuelan opposition at the White House Tuesday alongside Trump's new special envoy to Venezuela, Elliott Abrams. Elliott Abrams is a right-wing hawk who was convicted in 1991 for lying to Congress during the Iran-Contra scandal, but he was later pardoned by President George H.W. Bush. Abrams defended Guatemalan dictator General Efraín Ríos Montt as he oversaw a campaign of mass murder and torture of indigenous people in Guatemala in the 1980s. Ríos Montt was later convicted of genocide. Abrams w…

Democracy Now! (2019-01-30). Headlines for January 30, 2019. democracynow.org U.S. Hands Over Assets to Guaidó as Venezuela Restricts His Travel, Intelligence Community Contradicts Trump on Iran, N. Korea, ISIS, Trump Immigration Rule Forces 1st Asylum Seeker Out of U.S., Back into Mexico, Pentagon to Send "Several Thousand" More Troops to U.S.-Mexico Border, Honduras: Rights Groups Slam Guilty Verdict for Opposition Critic María Luisa Borjas, Brazil: 5 Arrested in Dam Collapse That Killed 65, Devastating Environment, Mexico: Tens of Thousands Strike as 27 Factories Reach Deals for Pay Raises, U.K. Lawmakers Order PM Theresa May to Reopen Brexit Negotiations, Cameroon: Security Forces Arre…

Bill Boyarsky (2019-01-30). Incompetence Plus Malice Add Up to Trump's Losing Formula on Immigration. truthdig.com From the beginning of Donald Trump's presidential campaign, the immigration issue has defined his political profile. More than anything else, it has opened a window on his authoritarian mind, his disdain for the truth and for democratic institutions. Such contempt has revealed the dangers of Trumpism to much of a nation governed, often imperfectly, by the law. The way immigrants are locked up in detention centers without trial warns us of the possibility of a police state. | Last week, the president's braggadocio crumbled in the face of facts and the strategic opposition of House Speaker Nancy Pelosi. She clearly…

RT (2019-01-30). Disgraced NY AG used campaign cash to defend against sex abuse claims. rt.com Former New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman used funds from his reelection campaign to pay for his legal defense during an investigation into allegations he slapped, choked, and otherwise abused multiple women.

ACLU (2019-01-30). Smith College Overhauls Policing Practices After Black Student Racially Profiled. aclu.org After a Smith College employee called the cops on a Black student as she ate lunch, Smith will take up the ACLU's recommendations for police reforms. | This past July, Oumou Kanoute was a rising sophomore at Smith College, working on campus over the summer to mentor high school students interested in science, technology, engineering, and math, or STEM, careers. A young Black immigrant and the daughter of a single mother, Oumou is exactly the kind of striver colleges like Smith seek to attract. | But Oumou felt anything but welcome on that late July afternoon. As she ate in a common room, wearing the unofficial Sm…

RT (2019-01-30). Frozen's Elsa arrested as cops ban criminal activity due to polar vortex. rt.com Police departments across America are pulling out all the stops to stamp out crime as the polar vortex grips the country. The cold hearted clamp down has even led to the arrest of Elsa, the beloved Queen from Disney's Frozen.

Will Parrish (2019-01-30). How Police, Private Security, and Energy Companies Are Preparing for a New Pipeline Standoff. theintercept.com Law enforcement has been monitoring opposition to Enbridge Line 3 and seeking guidance from officials who led the militarized response at Standing Rock.

Shared by Cherise (2019-01-30). Trump's Venezuela Envoy Is a War Criminal Who Has Abetted Genocide. truthout.org In an ongoing effort to topple Venezuelan President Nicolás Maduro, Vice President Mike Pence met with members of the Venezuelan opposition at the White House Tuesday alongside Trump's new special envoy to Venezuela, Elliott Abrams. Elliott Abrams is a right-wing hawk who was convicted in 1991 for lying to Congress during the Iran-Contra scandal, but he was later pardoned by President George H.W. Bush. Abrams defended Guatemalan dictator General Efraín Ríos Montt as he oversaw a campaign of mass murder and torture of Indigenous people in Guatemala in the 1980s. Ríos Montt was later…

Ramzy Baroud (2019-01-30). Why African Countries Are Normalizing with Israel. zcomm.org Diplomatic ties with Chad and Mali may garner Netanyahu a few more votes next April, but they will also contribute to the Israeli illusion that it can be an international darling and an Apartheid regime, simultaneously…

teleSUR (2019-01-30). Zimbabwe: Lawyers March to Demand Respect for Human Rights. telesurenglish.net Over 150 lawyers participated in the "March for Justice" to the Constitutional Court in Harare, Zimbabwe Tuesday to call for the restoration of the Rule of Law, compliance with the Constitution and respect for human rights. | RELATED: | Rights Defenders Accuse Zimbabwe Security Forces of Torture | According to Africa Metro, a local media, Zimbabwe's lawyers submitted a petition to the secretary of the Judicial Service Commission, Walter Chikwanha, to denounce the abusive procedure…

Shared by Hezvo Mpunga (2019-01-30). Draft Bill for Hopkins Private Armed Police Force Already Drawing Backlash. therealnews.com On Tuesday, The Real News obtained a draft version of a bill that would grant John Hopkins an armed private police force. On Wednesday, Hopkins published the draft online and is accepting feedback. | Hopkins is Baltimore's eminent educational and medical institution. Citing an alarming rise in armed violence near its campuses, the institution is seeking a private armed police force. Hopkins already employs an extensive private security force, bu…

RT (2019-01-29). Five cops wounded, two suspects killed in Texas shootout. rt.com Four police officers have been shot and a fifth injured in a residential neighborhood in Houston, Texas after a shootout broke out during the serving of a narcotics warrant. Two suspects were killed.

WSWS (2019-01-29). Mexican government prepares "legal" pretext for end of Matamoros strike. wsws.org Threats of a federal operation mean the government is preparing to both bully workers into protracted legal negotiations—which will inevitably end in a result beneficial to the companies—and carry out a violent police repression of the strike.

Nick Pinto (2019-01-29). A Member of Congress Tried to Go to an Immigration Activist's ICE Check-in. ICE Tried to Block Her. theintercept.com "It's a way for ICE to continue doing their work in the shadows, like secret police. It's much easier to detain someone when nobody's watching."

amnesty (2019-01-29). Kazakhstan: Unprecedented attacks on a human rights defender. amnesty.org Elena Semionova, a human rights defender in Pavlodar, in Northern Kazakhstan, is being targeted by the Kazakhstani authorities because of her work on behalf of victims of torture. Since 2015 she has been subjected to ongoing harassment ranging from verbal threats to physical violence by police officers and even an arson attack on her house.

Democracy Now! (2019-01-28). Headlines for January 28, 2019. democracynow.org U.S. & Taliban Agree to Path for Afghan Peace Deal, Federal Employees Return to Work as Gov't Agencies Temporarily Reopen, Venezuela: Maduro Gov't Defies U.S. and European Calls to Support Opposition, Philippines: Twin Bombs Rock Cathedral, Killing At Least 20, U.N. Condemns Killing of Palestinian by Israeli Settlers, Israeli Forces Kill 3 Palestinians Across Occupied Territories, Brazil: Mining Dam Collapse Kills At Least 58, Hundreds Still Missing, France: Protesters Take Streets for 11th Week, Call Out Police Brutality, Germany to Shut Down All Coal Plants by 2038, Birmingham Civil Rights Institute Reinstates…

Democracy Now! (2019-01-28). "Where's My Roy Cohn?": Film Explores How Joseph McCarthy's Ex-Aide Mentored Trump & Roger Stone. democracynow.org Former Trump campaign adviser Roger Stone, who was arrested on Friday, and Donald Trump share a unique history: Both were heavily influenced by the infamous attorney Roy Cohn, who served as a chief counsel to Senator Joseph McCarthy during the Red Scare in the 1950s and would later become a leading mob attorney. Cohn represented Trump for years and once claimed he considered Trump to be his best friend. Cohn is the subject of a new documentary at the Sundance Film Festival titled "Where's My Roy Cohn?" We speak to the film's director, Matt Tyrnauer.

Human Rights Watch (2019-01-28). Syria: Arrests, Torture by Armed Group. hrw.org | | New fighters of the al-Qaeda-linked Hayat Tahrir al-Sham attend a mock battle in anticipation of an attack by Syrian government forces on northern Idlib province and the surrounding countryside, August 14, 2018. | © 2018 Omar Haj Kadour/Getty Images | (Beirut) — An armed group with links to al-Qaeda has in recent months arbitrarily arrested scores of residents in areas under their control in Idlib, Hama, and Aleppo governorates, Human Rights Watch said today. | Human Rights Watch documented 11 cases in which…

Fight Back (2019-01-27). New Yorkers rally for Marzieh Hashemi. fightbacknews.org New York, NY — On January 25 several dozen activists gathered in Grand Central Station to bring attention to the case of Marzieh Hashemi. Hashemi is a Muslim, African-American journalist who was imprisoned on January 13 when she was arrested by the FBI at the Saint Louis International Airport. She was on her way to visit her sick brother in Denver. For almost two weeks she as held as a "material witness" for an undisclosed investigation. | Hashemi was finally released shortly before the protest, but her family asked for the protesters who were mobilizing to continue their plans, so they could bring awarenes…

Natasha Lennard (2019-01-25). The Rape of Anna Chambers Led to a Change in New York Law — but She Can't Benefit From It. theintercept.com A Brooklyn teen was raped by NYPD officers. Her story led to a change in the law around rape in police custody — but the change won't affect her case.

Human Rights Watch (2019-01-25). Tunisia: Bloggers Held for Criticizing Officials. hrw.org | | Revolutionary graffiti adorns a wall of the Prime Minister's office in Tunis, January 22, 2011. | © 2011 Reuters/Finbarr O'Reilly | (Tunis) — Tunisian authorities are investigating, charging, and in some cases detaining bloggers and social media activists merely for their peaceful criticism of public officials, Human Rights Watch said today. Several said they have begun to censor themselves because of police action and threat of prosecut…

Human Rights Watch (2019-01-25). Lebanon: Environmental Prosecutors Named. hrw.org

Shared by trnn_cms_operator (2019-01-25). Police Release Raw Body Cam Footage of Anton Black's Death During Arrest. therealnews.com Greensboro, MD Police have released the raw body cam footage of Anton Black's death in police custody. His family says police are responsible, but local prosecutors will not charge. The Real News will update this story tomorrow. Note: Parts of the video have been redacted by police.

Democracy Now! (2019-01-25). Headlines for January 25, 2019. democracynow.org Competing Bills to End Government Shutdown Fail in the Senate, House Democrats Consider Offering Trump $5.7 Billion for "Smart Wall", 800,000 Federal Workers Miss Second Paycheck Amid Government Shutdown, Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross: Unpaid Workers Should Take Out Loans, Roger Stone Arrested for Allegedly Lying to Congress About WikiLeaks, U.S. Secretary of State Calls Venezuelan President "Illegitimate", Trump Administration to Force Asylum Seekers to Return to Mexico, Supporters Demand ICE Release Undocumented Activist Eduardo Samaniego, Minnesota: Two Men Plead Guilty to Bombing Bloomington Mosque, Sudan: P…

Rachel Johnson (2019-01-24). My NAACP Law Fellowship. naacp.org I thoroughly enjoyed my 1L summer at the NAACP and I cannot speak highly enough about my experience there. I decided to go to law school because I wanted to learn how to address the ways systemic issues such as housing discrimination and mass incarceration adversely affect the African American community. Working for the NAACP […]

Human Rights Watch (2019-01-24). Saudi Arabia: Let Outside Monitors See Detainees. hrw.org | (Beirut) — Saudi authorities should immediately allow independent international monitors to enter Saudi Arabia and meet with detainees, including those who have alleged torture, Human Rights Watch said today. The detainees should include the prominent princes and business leaders held as part of a so-called corruption probe, and the prominent women's rights advocates detained since May 2018. | Media outlets have reported that Saudi authorities opened two investigations into the torture allegati…

ACLU (2019-01-24). A Trans Woman Was Charged With 'False Personation' for Giving the NYPD Her Real Name. aclu.org While in custody, officers cuffed Linda Dominguez to her cell using pink handcuffs and repeatedly called her by her old first name. | On her way home from the bus stop on a spring night in the Bronx last year, Linda Dominguez cut across a park because it was the most direct route to her apartment. Even though others leaving the bus were also crossing the park, three officers from the New York City Police Department singled out and arrested Linda, a Latina transgender woman, and took her to the precinct. | Linda, who doesn't speak English, had no idea why the police had stopped her or what they were arresting her…

Paul Dobson (2019-01-21). Venezuela: Dozens Arrested in Short-Lived National Guard Mutiny. venezuelanalysis.com The National Guardsmen who rebelled in Caracas early Monday morning have been arrested and are reportedly providing information to authorities.

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…

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…

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 (2019-01-16). 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…

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…

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