2019-03-12: Social Media Postees

Justice for Stephon Clark: Protests Erupt as DA Fails to Charge Cops Who Killed Unarmed Black Father
Democracy Now! | democracynow.org | 2019-03-12
Protests in Sacramento continue more than a week after the county's district attorney announced the two police officers who shot and killed 22-year-old, unarmed African American Stephon Clark in his grandmother's backyard last year will not face criminal charges. Since the news broke, organizers have joined walkouts at local colleges and high schools, demonstrations at the City Council, an ongoing occupation of a Sacramento police station, a die-in at UC Davis and a protest in one of the city's wealthiest neighborhoods that led to 84 arrests. This marks the 34th consecutive police shooting review in which Sacrame…
www.democracynow.org/2019/3/12/justice_f…

Ecuadorean Legislator Says Assembly President Influencing Votes
teleSUR | telesurenglish.net | 2019-03-12
Ecuadorean National Assembly member Ronny Aleaga says the nation's legislative body is blocking an investigation into the nation's president for alleged corruption. Assembly President Elizabeth Cabezas says Aleaga is committing "espionage." | RELATED: | John Pilger: 'Defy the Thought Police', Stand With Assange | National Assembly Representative Ronny Aleaga filed a case with Ecuador's Attorney General Monday against Cabezas and Interior Minister Maria Paula Romo, accusing them of t…
telesurenglish.net/news/Ecuadorean-Legislator-Says-Assembly-President-Influencing-Votes-20190312-0002.html

Top-Tier College Pay-to-Play Bust Nets Coaches, Actresses
STAFF | truthdig.com | 2019-03-12
BOSTON–Hollywood actresses Felicity Huffman and Lori Loughlin were charged along with at least 40 other people Tuesday in a scheme in which wealthy parents bribed college coaches and insiders at testing centers to help get their children into some of the most elite schools in the country, prosecutors said. | "These parents are a catalog of wealth and privilege," U.S. Attorney Andrew Lelling said in announcing the $25 million federal bribery case. | Those charged included several athletic coaches. | Prosecutors said parents paid an admissions consultant from 2011 through last month to bribe coaches and admin…
truthdig.com/articles/pay-to-play-college-admission-bust-nets-top-tier-coaches-actresses/

Venezuela's Prosecutor Probes Guaido over Electric Grid Attack
teleSUR | telesurenglish.net | 2019-03-12
Venezuela's Attorney General Tareck William Saab said that his Venezuelan Public Ministry has started an investigation against Juan Guaido, the lawmaker of the country's National Assembly, which has been in contempt since 2016, over his alleged participation in the recent sabotage to the electric grid system in Venezuela. | The measure, which was reported to the Supreme Court of Justice, is meant to investigate whether the opposition lawmaker has acted as the mastermind behind the electric outage in the country that began last Thursday. | "We started a new investigation that joins the one that began on Jan. 2…
telesurenglish.net/news/Venezuelas-Top-Prosecutor-Probes-Juan-Guaido-over-Electric-Grid-Attack-20190312-0012.html

How the ICC Intends to Violate UN Security Council Decision and Try Bashar al-Assad
Thierry Meyssan | mintpressnews.com | 2019-03-12
There exists no control of the ICC, even when its general prosecutor is a corrupt criminal. The Court is reserved exclusively for the service of those who pay for it — the European Union.
mintpressnews.com/the-icc-intends-to-violate-un-security-council-decision-and-try-bashar-al-assad/256155/

Zimbabwe: Excessive Force Used Against Protesters
Human Rights Watch | hrw.org | 2019-03-12

| March 11, 2019 Video | Video: Violence and Rape by Zimbabwe Gov't Forces After Protests: | Zimbabwe security forces used excessive lethal force to crush nationwide protests in mid-January 2019. |

| (Johannesburg) — Zimbabwe security forces used excessive lethal force to crush nationwide protests in mid-January 2019…
hrw.org/news/2019/03/12/zimbabwe-excessive-force-used-against-protesters

Brazil: 2 Former Police Arrested in Marielle Franco Murder
teleSUR | telesurenglish.net | 2019-03-12
Two former policemen were captured Tuesday in Rio de Janeiro as suspects in the murder of Marielle Franco, a councilwoman and human rights activist who was shot on Mar. 14, 2018. | RELATED: | Bolsonaro's Son Linked to Suspect of Marielle Franco's Murder | "Two police officers were arrested with a direct and effective participation in the crime," Marcus Vinicius Braga, Rio de Janeiro state police secretary, said and added that "with the these arrests, we get close to solving the cr…
telesurenglish.net/news/Brazil-2-Former-Police-Arrested-in-Marielle-Franco-Murder-20190312-0006.html

Two former police officers arrested over murder of Marielle Franco and Anderson Gomes
Brasil de Fato | peoplesdispatch.org | 2019-03-12
Two suspects in the killing of councilwoman and human rights activist Marielle Franco and driver Anderson Gomes were arrested this morning in Rio de Janeiro, almost one year after the crime. It is still unclear, however, who ordered the assassination and the motive. | At 4: 30 a.m. local time, 48-year-old retired military police officer Ronnie Lessa and 46-year-…
peoplesdispatch.org/2019/03/12/two-former-police-officers-arrested-over-murder-of-marielle-franco-and-anderson-gomes/

Protests Erupt as DA Fails to Charge Cops Who Killed Stephon Clark
Shared by Samantha Borek | truthout.org | 2019-03-12
Protests in Sacramento continue more than a week after the county's district attorney announced the two police officers who shot and killed 22-year-old, unarmed African American Stephon Clark in his grandmother's backyard last year will not face criminal charges. Since the news broke, organizers have joined walkouts at local colleges and high schools, demonstrations at the City Council, an ongoing occupation of a Sacramento police station, a die-in at UC Davis and a protest in one of the city's wealthiest neighborhoods that led to 84 arrests. This marks the 34th consecutive police shooting review in which Sacr…
truthout.org/video/protests-erupt-as-da-fails-to-charge-cops-who-killed-stephon-clark/

Stand Up for Stephon Clark After DA Decision and Mass Arrest
Cat Brooks | indybay.org | 2019-03-12
On March 2, Sacramento County District Attorney Anne Schubert announced that she will not pursue criminal charges against the murderers of Stephon Clark, Sacramento police officers Jared Robinet and Terrence Mercadal. Outraged by the decision, the community protested. On the night of March 4, Sacramento police mass arrested 84 people, including clergy and journalists. Cat Brooks recorded this message of solidarity on March 5: "I'm sending all my love to Sacramento, all my comrades out there in the streets."
indybay.org/newsitems/2019/03/11/18821849.php

"I Know No One More Patriotic": Daniel Ellsberg Praises Chelsea Manning After She Is Jailed Again
Democracy Now! | democracynow.org | 2019-03-11
U.S. Army whistleblower Chelsea Manning has been sent back to jail after refusing to answer questions before a grand jury investigating WikiLeaks and its founder, Julian Assange. Manning had been subpoenaed by federal prosecutors in Virginia's Eastern District to appear for questioning about her 2010 leak to WikiLeaks of hundreds of thousands of State Department and Pentagon documents about the U.S. wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. Manning was imprisoned from 2010 to 2017 for the leak. President Obama commuted her sentence before he left office. We speak with Pentagon Papers whistleblower Daniel Ellsberg about the s…
www.democracynow.org/2019/3/11/i_know_no…

Glenn Greenwald: Chelsea Manning's Refusal to Testify Against WikiLeaks Will Help Save Press Freedom
Democracy Now! | democracynow.org | 2019-03-11
Chelsea Manning has been sent back to jail after refusing to answer questions before a grand jury investigating WikiLeaks and its founder Julian Assange. Manning, a U.S. Army whistleblower, had been subpoenaed by federal prosecutors in Virginia's Eastern District to appear for questioning about her 2010 leak to WikiLeaks of hundreds of thousands of State Department and Pentagon documents about the U.S. wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. We speak with Glenn Greenwald, Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist and one of the founding editors of The Intercept.
www.democracynow.org/2019/3/11/glenn_gre…

The Leniency Shown to Paul Manafort Should Be the Norm for Everyone — Not Just Rich White Men
ACLU | aclu.org | 2019-03-11
To end mass incarceration, the criminal legal system should stop pushing long prison sentences as a default solution to punishing crime. | Last week, Americans got a front row seat to the two systems of justice we have in America, one reserved for rich white men and the other for communities of color. Unfortunately, though, many people may have drawn the wrong lessons from these examples. | On Thursday, Paul Manafort, a white man, got a 47-month sentence for massive tax and bank fraud, far less than the 24 years recommended by prosecutors. People were outraged, rightfully pointing out that every day in America, B…
aclu.org/blog/smart-justice/sentencing-reform/leniency-shown-paul-manafort-should-be-norm-everyone-not-just

Transgender woman arrested for hate crime spree in NYC (VIDEOS)
RT | rt.com | 2019-03-11
A transgender woman has been arrested for a slew of random ambush attacks involving some form of chemical spray on unwitting passersby walking the New York City streets over the weekend. | …
rt.com/usa/453531-transgender-woman-chemical-spray-attacks/

Huawei sues US govt. over federal ban on use on its products
Peoples Dispatch | peoplesdispatch.org | 2019-03-10
Huawei's chief financial officer, Meng Wanzhou, was arrested in Canada on December 1 on the request of the US. Her arrest was linked to violations of US sanctions against Iran, bank fraud and theft of technology, allegations she has denied…
peoplesdispatch.org/2019/03/10/huawei-sues-us-govt-on-federal-ban-on-use-of-its-products/

FIFA can afford to close pay gap — but won't
stuart_m | greenleft.org.au | 2019-03-09
When world football executives receive FIFA's annual report this year, they will see that US$753,000 is funding a women's league in Colombia, $588,197 is helping female players in New Zealand and girls in Botswana are benefiting from $341,600. | That's merely a snapshot of the $270.3 million that football's world governing body has invested in projects between 2016 and 2018. | Four years since police raided the hotel and offices of football officials and FIFA's Zurich headquarters in 2015 in a scandal that threatened the organisation's existence, FIFA is awash with cash. | People with knowledge of FIFA's finances…
greenleft.org.au/content/fifa-can-afford-close-pay-gap-%E2%80%93-won%E2%80%99t

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

Egypt: Trans Activist Risks Serious Abuse
Human Rights Watch | hrw.org | 2019-03-08
(Beirut) — Egyptian security forces on March 6, 2019 arrested Malak al-Kashif, a political activist who…
hrw.org/news/2019/03/08/egypt-trans-activist-risks-serious-abuse

Cameroon Cracks Down on Opponents
Human Rights Watch | hrw.org | 2019-03-07
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 | Cameroon's High Court refused to release opposition leader Maurice Kamto, as well as six of his supporters, who were arrested in January on politically motivated charges. | The Mfoundi High Court, located in Cameroon's political capital, Yaoundé, made this decision following a habeas…
hrw.org/news/2019/03/07/cameroon-cracks-down-opponents

Two NYPD Cops Coerced Sex With a Teen in Their Custody — and Prosecutors Just Dropped Rape Charges
Natasha Lennard | theintercept.com | 2019-03-07
"They were cops, they raped her, and they're getting away with it. Look at the message this sends to the public."
theintercept.com/2019/03/07/nypd-rape-charges-dropped-anna-chambers/

U.S. Has Supplied UAE $27B in Arms Despite Nation's Links to Torture, Mercenaries & Child Soldiers
Democracy Now! | democracynow.org | 2019-03-07
We look at how U.S. weapons are supporting the ongoing devastation in Yemen with William Hartung, director of the Arms and Security Project at the Center for International Policy. He is the author of a new report about the role the United Arab Emirates has played in Yemen. It is titled "'Little Sparta': The United States-United Arab Emirates Alliance and the War in Yemen." We also speak with Ruhan Nagra, the executive director of the University Network for Human Rights, and Radhya Al-Mutawakel, chairperson of the Mwatana Organization for Human Rights. They recently published an investigation into the role of U.S.
www.democracynow.org/2019/3/7/us_has_sup…

South Florida students rally on anniversary of Trayvon Martin's murder
Fight Back | fightbacknews.org | 2019-03-06
Tampa, FL – On February 28, the Tampa Bay chapter of Students for a Democratic Society (SDS) held a Black Lives Matter rally at the University of South Florida for the seventh anniversary of Trayvon Martin's death. In 2012, Trayvon Martin, 17, was shot and killed by George Zimmerman in Sanford, Florida, after returning from a nearby gas station. The trial of Zimmerman became a national phenomenon with him walking free due to Florida's 'stand your ground' law. The shooting is still fresh on Florida's mind, with many questioning the judicial system that let a man off with murder. | The protest was aimed at the jud…
www.fightbacknews.org/2019/3/6/south-flo…

NAACP Calls for Justice in Stephon Clark Case
Regan Farley | naacp.org | 2019-03-05
Joins Sacramento Branch in Condemning DA's Failure to Charge Police Officers in Murder of Stephon Clark BALTIMORE (March 5, 2019)–The nation's foremost civil rights organization joins its NAACP Sacramento Branch in condemning Sacramento District Attorney Marie Schubert's decision to not charge Sacramento Police officers Terrence Mercadel and Jared Robinet with murder for the killing of …
naacp.org/latest/naacp-calls-justice-stephon-clark-case/

India-Pakistan, Trump-Kim, Assad in Iran
unitedEditor | uwidata.com | 2019-03-04
Pakistan-India conflict THe Pakistani and Indian armies began using heavy weapons against each other on the border in Kashmir. After an intense exchange of fire that lasted more than 3 hours, India reported that it had had not suffered losses. Tensions between the two states escalated after a police convoy was attacked on February 14 …
uwidata.com/2547-india-pakistan-trump-kim-assad-in-iran/

Weekend Read: 'If I'd been white, I guarantee you they wouldn't have taken my money'
splcenter | splcenter.org | 2019-03-01
"The robber didn't get anything, but the police got everything."
splcenter.org/news/2019/03/01/weekend-read-if-i%25E2%2580%2599d-been-white-i-guarantee-you-they-wouldn%25E2%2580%2599t-have-taken-my-money

No EU cost for Israeli 'apartheid' in West Bank
patrick | bdsmovement.net | 2019-02-14
No EU cost for Israeli 'apartheid' in West Bank: In the NewsBy Andrew Rettman Sanctions and governmentsFebruary 14, 2019 | By: | | euobserver …
bdsmovement.net/news/no-eu-cost-israeli-apartheid-west-bank

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