2019-02-02: News Headlines

Adrian Burrell (2019-02-02). Vallejo Police Assaulted Me While I Was Filming Them. indybay.org I am a Black man born and raised in Oakland, California who was physically attacked by Vallejo PD officer David McLaughlin, last Tuesday, January 22.

teleSUR (2019-02-01). Europe Implements Iran Payment Mechanism to Bypass US Sanctions. telesurenglish.net Tuesday Iran's Deputy Foreign Minister Abbas Araghchi welcomed the 'Instrument for Supporting Trade Exchanges' (INSTEX), a payment mechanism designed by Germany, France and the United Kingdom to maintain trade with Iran and avoid U.S. sanctions on the Persian nation, but urged that it be implemented "in its whole." | RELATED: | 3 Injured in Iran Police Station Attack | "We hop…

STAFF (2019-02-01). Roger Stone Heads to Court; Mueller Cites Potential Evidence Trove. truthdig.com WASHINGTON — Donald Trump confidant Roger Stone is due back in court Friday in the special counsel's Russia investigation as prosecutors say they have recovered "voluminous and complex" potential evidence in the case, including financial records, emails and computer hard drives. | Stone faces a status conference in federal court in Washington just three days after he pleaded not guilty to felony charges of witness tampering, obstruction and false statements. | The appearance is likely to be perfunctory, though prosecutors may seek an order that would prevent Stone — who held a news conference Thursday…

Patrick Martin (2019-02-01). Immigrants in US Subjected to Nasal Force-feeding at ICE Detention Center. globalresearch.ca The US Immigration and Customs Enforcement is force-feeding immigrants held in a detention center in Texas, using brutal torture against at least ten men engaged in a hunger strike against their prolonged confinement and mistreatment. The men, mainly Sikhs from …

Shared by Hezvo Mpunga (2019-02-01). Surveillance Video, Independent Forensic Expert Raise Fresh Questions about Anton Black's Death in Police Custody? therealnews.com The video, along with a independent analysis of the autopsy report by an outside forensic pathologist, reveal a different depiction of events that lead to the death of 19-year-old Anton Black in police custody

John W. Whitehead (2019-02-01). Jackboots in the Morning. counterpunch.org "This is jackboots in the morning. This is an American nightmare that they would arrest somebody like this." —Judge Andrew Napolitano The American Police State does not discriminate. Whatever dangerous practices you allow the government to carry out now—whether it's in the name of national security or protecting America's borders or making America great again—rest More

Sarah Aziza (2019-02-01). Mohammed bin Salman Is Running Saudi Arabia Like a Man Who Got Away With Murder. theintercept.com The Saudi monarch is pursuing Hollywood stars for the country's "Year of Entertainment," while women activists are being tortured behind bars.

Gregory Shupak (2019-02-01). The Same Media That Opposed Democracy in South Africa Now Warn Against It in Israel/Palestine. fair.org Richard Neely wrote in the New York Times ( 9/20/81), "Whites are not just potentially at war against nonwhites — everyone is potentially at war against everyone else," suggesting the inevitable demise of Asians in South Africa under a one person, one vote system. | When apartheid reigned in South Africa, Western media commentary frequently suggested that if a one person, one vote system were adopted, black South Africans would massacre whites, oppress them or force them to flee. The same line of…

RT (2019-02-01). 'Walk of shame': US officer slammed for filming freezing black woman after seizing her car. rt.com A Detroit police officer is under intense fire for filming a Snapchat video of a black woman as she did the "walk of shame" in freezing cold temperatures after he confiscated her car.

stuart_m (2019-02-01). The price Peter Norman paid for his anti-racism. greenleft.org.au The Peter Norman Story
| Written by Andrew Webster & Matt Norman
| Macmillan, 2018
| $34.99 | Australian sprinter Peter Norman had just run a blistering 20.6 seconds in the men's 200-metre final at the 1968 Mexico City Olympic Games to claim the silver medal. After he heard about the plans of the gold and bronze medallists, African-American runners Tommy Smith and John Carlos, to protest against racism in the US, Norman agreed to support their actions by wearing an Olympic Project for Human Rights (OPHR) badge, stating: "I'll stand with you". | In The Peter Norman Story, his nephew Matt Norman, w…

Shared by Cherise (2019-02-01). "Always in Season" Looks at 2014 Hanging in North Carolina and Racial Terrorism. truthout.org As we mark the beginning of Black History Month, we look at Always in Season, a disturbing new documentary that examines lynching in the United States both past and present. It also looks closely at the case of Lennon Lacy, a 17-year-old African-American high school student who, on August 29, 2014, was found hanging from two belts attached to a wooden swing set in a largely white trailer park in Bladenboro, North Carolina. Local authorities quickly determined his death to be a suicide, but Lacy's family and local civil rights activists feared authorities may have been covering up a lynching. We speak with Lacy…

WSWS (2019-02-01). Immigrants in US subjected to nasal force-feeding at ICE detention center. wsws.org The Trump administration has imported the savage tortures carried out at Guantanamo Bay and other CIA prisons, for use against immigrants and refugees.

Nick R. Martin (2019-01-31). Extremists Go Knocking on Dems' Doors – Police Are Returning the Favor. splcenter.org The staff for an Arizona congressman asked the U.S. Capitol Police on Wednesday to look into the extremist group Patriot Movement AZ (PMAZ) after its leaders posted photos and video of the congressman's house and information about security measures for the property.

Democracy Now! (2019-01-31). Stacey Abrams: "We Have to Work Harder" Than Those Who Would Suppress the Vote. democracynow.org Democrats have selected former Georgia gubernatorial candidate Stacey Abrams to deliver the response to President Trump's State of the Union address. The address will take place on Tuesday, after being delayed due to the government shutdown. Abrams will become the first person not in public office to respond to the president, as well as the first African-American woman to deliver the response. She recently launched Fair Fight Action, a voting rights advocacy group, after she narrowly lost Georgia's governor's race to Secretary of State Brian Kemp, who was widely accused of suppressing the vote. In mid-November, A…

Middle East Monitor (2019-01-31). Over 60 Human Rights Groups Back Call to Boycott Eurovision in Israel. mintpressnews.com "The Israeli regime of military occupation, colonialism and apartheid is blatantly using Eurovision as part of its official strategy 'Brand Israel', which tries to show 'the most beautiful face of Israel' to whiten and divert attention from its war crimes against the Palestinians."

Alice Speri (2019-01-31). Police Make More Than 10 Million Arrests a Year, but That Doesn't Mean They're Solving Crimes. theintercept.com Amid aggressive enforcement of minor offenses, most victims don't report crimes to police and fewer than 25 percent of reported crimes are solved by arrest.

Human Rights Watch (2019-01-31). Venezuela: Amend Amnesty Law Proposal. hrw.org | | Riot police clash with anti-government demonstrators in the neighborhood of Los Mecedores, in Caracas, on January 21, 2019. | © 2019 FEDERICO PARRA/AFP/Getty Images | (Washington, D.C.) — The Venezuelan National Assembly should amend its proposed amnesty law to comply with international human rights standards, Human Rights Watch said today. | On January 22, 2019, the National Assembly proposed an amnesty law that would apply to people subject to politically…

Democracy Now! (2019-01-31). Headlines for January 31, 2019. democracynow.org Venezuela: U.S. Urges Military to Back Guaidó as Protesters Take to Streets, Reuters: UAE Hired Ex-NSA Agents to Spy on Opponents and Critics, Congress Reintroduces War Powers Resolution to End War on Yemen, Trump Hits Back After Intelligence Chiefs Contradict Him on Iran, N. Korea, Israeli Forces Kill Teenage Palestinian Girl at West Bank Checkpoint, Israel: Thousands of Israeli Ethiopians Protest Racism, Police Brutality, Migrants: Scores Killed in 2 Boat Wrecks Off Djibouti Coast, Humanitarian Ship Docks in Italy After European Nations Agree to Process Migrants, Colombia: 2 Community Leaders Killed Amid Mounti…

Human Rights Watch (2019-01-31). Mozambique: Suspicious Death of Suspect in Custody. hrw.org | | Andre Hanekom with his daughter Amanda Hanekom | @2019 Private | (Johannesburg, January 31, 2019) — Mozambique authorities should ensure an impartial and transparent investigation into the suspicious death in police custody of Andre Hanekom, a South African businessman. Hanekom, who was detained for alleged involvement in armed attacks in the northern province of Cabo Delgado, died on January 23, 2019, at Pemba Provincial hospital, five day…

Fight Back (2019-01-31). Minneapolis: Fundraising event nets more than $3000 for Fight Back! fightbacknews.org Minneapolis, MN — More than 75 trade unionists, anti-police-terror, immigrant rights, anti-war and student activists came together January 26 for a successful house party that netted more than $3000 for Fight Back!. | One of the event organizers, Matt Boynton stated, "The revolutionary press is of major importance in the struggle against capitalism in this country and around the globe. This fundraiser for Fight Back! was an incredible success." | Leader of trade unions and other people's organizations offered short toasts where they explained the importance of Fight Back! to their work. | Fight Back! editor…

Middle East Monitor (2019-01-31). US Interrogators Are Working in UAE Prisons in Yemen. theantimedia.com (MEMO) — US interrogators are present in UAE prisons in Yemen, the Daily Beast has revealed today, providing shocking evidence that the American military is a witness to the torture of Yemenis. In a series of interviews, two former detainees have testified to being interrogated by men with American accents, who looked on as they were beaten and electrocuted. …

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.

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.

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…

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…

Human Rights Watch (2019-01-30). Cameroon: Opposition Leaders Arrested. hrw.org | | Cameroonian opposition leader Maurice Kamto was arrested in Douala on January 28, 2019 for what appears to be politically motivated reasons. | © 2018 PIUS UTOMI EKPEI/AFP/Getty Image | Update February 1, 2019: In the evening of January 30 Human Rights Watch learned that Kamto is currently held at the building of the Special Operations Groups (Groupement spécial d'opérations, GSO) in Yaoundé. According to his lawyer, Kamto could be charged with: insurrection, hostility against the homeland, criminal association, thr…

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…

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…

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."

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.

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! (2019-01-25). 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 […]

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.

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