2019-02-04: News Headlines

teleSUR (2019-02-04). Mystery Over Death of Pipeline Opposition Social Leader. telesurenglish.net In yet another tragic death of an indigenous leader in South America, 47 year-old Chilean community chief Marcelo Vega was mysteriously found dead in the Lingue River of Chile's Mehuín region. | RELATED: | Peru: Environmental Leader Opposing Mining, Shot Dead | The Homicide Brigade (BH) of the Investigation Police of Valdivia, the Province where Vega was found floating in the Lingue River, are investigating the suspicious circumstances, as well as the whereabouts of Vega's passenger. | V…

teleSUR (2019-02-04). US: Tasers Claimed 49 Lives in 2018 Through Police Violence. telesurenglish.net Taser death is a form of police violence that is claiming lives in the United States despite being called non-lethal, a recent Reuters report revealed. | RELATED: | Maduro Calls For Peace, Non-intervention From US | Warren Ragudo died after two Taser shocks by police intervening in a family altercation. Ramzi Saad died after a Taser shock by police during a dispute…

RT (2019-02-04). 7yo dies after being 'buried in coffin of snow' and beaten for not knowing Bible verses. rt.com A seven-year-old boy died after he was brutally beaten over 100 times and buried in a 'snow coffin' as punishment for not knowing Bible verses, police in Wisconsin have revealed in a horrifying case of child abuse.

Tyler Durden (2019-02-04). French Yellow Vests March to Denounce Police Violence and Promptly Get Beaten by Riot Cops. theantimedia.com (ZH) — One week after a Yellow Vest organizer was "handicapped for life" by French police, protesters dedicated Saturday's demonstrations to denouncing police violence — only to be beaten and gassed by said police. There have been 1,900 protesters and around 1,000 police injured since the movement began in November, and 10 fatalities, including an 80-year-old Marseille woman who was …

WSWS (2019-02-04). Florida schools to allow real-time video monitoring by the police. wsws.org New measures for the militarization of schools are being adopted one year after the Parkland massacre, while funding for public education, mental health and school counselors continue to be cut.

Observer (2019-02-04). UCPD's malice towards People's Park protesters. indybay.org UC Berkeley displayed malice and cruelty to the People's Park protesters, whose personal belongings were seized during a police raid on the Park back on January 15th. | [This article is not written by a member of the People's Park protest, but by an outside observer.]…

WSWS (2019-02-04). Twelfth "yellow vest" protest marches against police repression in France. wsws.org As unions prepare to call a token one-day strike tomorrow, masses of "yellow vest" protesters oppose the unions' attempts to take over and strangle their movement.

RT (2019-02-04). Overstayed by 13 years: Rapper 21 Savage revealed as illegal alien from UK after arrest by ICE. rt.com Rapper 21 Savage, who was long considered to be a homegrown Atlanta talent, has been arrested by the US immigration, which said he is a British citizen, who overstayed his visa by 13 years.

teleSUR (2019-02-04). British MPs: Female Saudi Activist Prisoners Being Tortured. telesurenglish.net A group of women Saudi gender activists in jail since at least last April are being tortured and held in inhumane prison conditions, according to an ad hoc British parliamentary committee. | RELATED: | Saudi Woman Arrives in Canada After Being Granted Asylum | A report released by the special multi-party parliamentary committee found that the group of about 10 Saudi female activists, arrested nine months ago when advocating for women's equality and the right to drive, have been subje…

teleSUR (2019-02-04). Brazil: Dam Tragedy Deaths Reach 121, Vale Held Accountable. telesurenglish.net With 121 people confirmed dead and another 226 still missing, according to the latest tally Saturday, the Brumadinho dam burst could be Brazil's deadliest mine disaster. | RELATED: | Brazil's Vice President Favors Torture, Admires Dictatorships | Brazilian miner Vale needs to change its behavior, cooperate more with authorities, and be more transparent after…

teleSUR (2019-02-03). Bangladesh: Mysterious Person On Killing Spree of Rapists. telesurenglish.net Accused rapists of Bangladesh are in legitimate fear of their lives as a mysterious person using the nomenclature Hercules is on a killing spree. | RELATED: | Nearly 5,000 Garment Workers Sacked Over Bangladesh Strikes | The local media reported that the Bangladeshi police discovered bodies of three men accused of rape shot dead with notes tied around their necks. | The latest body had the following note, "I am Pirojpur Bhandaria's (victim's name) rapist Rakib. This is the punishm…

teleSUR (2019-02-03). Nepali Woman Dies in Outlawed 'Menstruation Hut'. telesurenglish.net A Nepali woman has died of suspected smoke inhalation while banished to a hut during her period, police said Sunday, just weeks after the deaths of a mother and two children in similar circumstances sparked outrage. | RELATED: | Thousands of Mexican Women March Against Femicide, Kidnapping | Many communities in Nepal view menstruating women as impure and in some remote areas they are forced to sleep in a hut away from the home, following a centuries-old tradition known as "chhaup…

teleSUR (2019-02-03). Under Pressure, Macron Promises Referendum in May, Report Says. telesurenglish.net President Emmanuel Macron is considering organizing what would be the first referendum in France in 14 years in May, as it is one of the main demands expressed in the "yellow vest" protests, a report said on Sunday. | RELATED: | Thousands 'Yellow Vests' Protesters March Against Macron's Gov't Amid Heavy Police Crackdown | The Journal du Dimanche newspaper added to persistent rumors that Macron was preparing to call the vote on the same day as European…

Human Rights Watch (2019-02-03). "I'm Actually Freer Than They Are" hrw.org In recent years, Chinese authorities have intensified their efforts against human rights defenders, subjecting them to various kinds of harassment and continuous surveillance, or detaining and prosecuting them on fabricated criminal charges. Human Rights Watch has extensively documented cases from across China. | Human Rights Watch spoke to more than two dozen Chinese human rights defenders, asking them to share stories of the police harassment they had recently experienced. Some said the harassment felt so routine they could not…

Shared by Jocelyn Dombroski (2019-02-03). Prosecutor Refuses to Try Pot Cases, But Police Pledge to Continue to Arrest. therealnews.com Baltimore's State's Attorney Marilyn Mosby's recent decision to stop prosecuting marijuana possession cases prompted pushback from the police commissioner, despite overwhelming evidence arrests for pot disproportionately impact African-Americans

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

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.

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…

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.

Democracy Now! (2019-02-01). A Modern-Day Lynching?: "Always in Season" Looks at 2014 Hanging in NC & Legacy of Racial Terrorism. democracynow.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 interviews Bryan Stevenson, founder of the Equal Justice Initiative, which built the National Memorial for Peace and Justice in Montgomery to remember the more than 4,000 African Americans lynched in the United States. 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…

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). 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…

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…

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…

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.

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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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