2019-03-17: News Headlines

plenglish (2019-03-17). The Police Rescued Antiques Avoiding Smuggling in Damascus. plenglish.com Damascus, Mar 13 (Prensa Latina) Damascus ¥Police rescued high archeological valuable antiques, which were about to be smuggled out of the country in the suburb of eastern Ghouta, official sources reported Wednesday.

teleSUR (2019-03-17). New Zealand Airport Closed After Suspicious Parcel Found. telesurenglish.net New Zealand authorities have shut down the Dunedin airport on a report of a suspicious package found at the transportation facility, officials there said. | RELATED: | NZ Prime Minister: 'Will Discuss Live Streaming With Facebook' | Police and investigators are at the scene trying to identify the parcel's contents. | The possible bomb scare has the country on edge after an anti-Muslim massacre took place in two Christchurch mosques on Friday during which 50 people were gruesomely…

Consortiumnews (2019-03-17). VIDEO: Pro and Anti-Venezuela Coup Protestors Face Off in Front of White House. consortiumnews.com Demonstrators for and against regime change in Venezuela converged on the White House on Saturday and there were some angry scenes as D.C. mounted police took their positions in Lafayette Park. By Joe Lauria in Washington Special to Consortium News… Read more →

plenglish (2019-03-17). Three Venezuelan Prosecutors Appointed to Probe Electrical Sabotage. plenglish.com Caracas, Mar 15 (Prensa Latina) The Venezuelan Public Ministry has appointed three national prosecutors to investigate the sabotage perpetrated to the country"s electric power system in which 18 states were left without electricity on March 7, local media reported on Tuesday.

plenglish (2019-03-17). Venezuelan Justice Opens New Investigation Against Guaido. plenglish.com Caracas, Mar 12 (Prensa Latina) The Venezuelan Public Prosecutor's Office opened Tuesday an investigation against the opposition MP Juan Guaido for his alleged complicity and participation in the continued sabotage of the national electricity system, reported Attorney General Tarek William Saab.

plenglish (2019-03-17). Over 500 Arrests due to Looting in Zulia, Venezuela, after Sabotage. plenglish.com Caracas, Mar 15 (Prensa Latina) Authorities in the Venezuelan state of Zulia have arrested more than 500 people, including Colombian paramilitaries, who were accused of looting after the sabotage on the power system.

Democracy Now! (2019-03-17). Justice for Stephon Clark: Protests Erupt as DA Fails to Charge Cops Who Killed Unarmed Bl. indybay.org 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…

teleSUR (2019-03-17). Japanese Man Arrested At Ecuador Airport For Smuggling Insects. telesurenglish.net Ecuadorean authorities say they have arrested a Japanese man for attempting to illegally traffic wildlife out of the country as he tried to board his flight out of Quito with over 250 specimens spiders and insects, both living and preserved. | RELATED: | Ecuador: Waorani Women Shut Down Court With Singing Protest | Allegedly a scientist, Hirokazu S. told authorities at the Quito airport where his stash of specimens was detected in a routine luggage search, that he planned to take…

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…

teleSUR (2019-03-16). Bolivia: 8 Police Officers Accused of Raping Jailed Brazilian. telesurenglish.net A Bolivian prosecutor has slapped nine police officers with charges following the report of a rape case by a Brazilian woman, who was in prison. Eight of the officers have been accused of rape, and one other for concealment, according to Bolivia's Attorney General. | RELATED: | Italy Court Clears 2 Men of Rape Because Woman 'Too Manly' | According to Orlando Aramayo, the prosecutor assigned to the case, the eight men who are accused of rape are in custody, while the woman has been re…

STAFF (2019-03-16). Elite Restaurant Torched, Luxury Shops Smashed in Paris Riots. truthdig.com PARIS—French yellow vest protesters set life-threatening fires, smashed up luxury stores and clashed with police Saturday in the 18th straight weekend of demonstrations against President Emmanuel Macron. Large plumes of smoke rose above the rioting on Paris' landmark Champs-Elysees avenue, and a mother and her child were just barely saved from a building blaze. | The resurgent violence came as protesters are seeking to breathe new life into a movement that seemed to be fizzling, and get attention from French leaders and media whom they see as underplaying their economic justice cause and favoring the elite.

teleSUR (2019-03-16). Mexico: Number of Killed Journalists Climbs to 4 So Far in 2019. telesurenglish.net Mexican journalist and radio broadcaster Santiago Barroso was attacked Friday night at his home, in San Luis Rio Colorado City, where he sustained three bullet wounds, as reported by Sonorared, the Sonora Journalist Network. | RELATED: | Mexican Journalist Jesus Ramos Second Killed in 2019 | According to preliminary non-oficial information from the Prosecutor's Office of Sonora, Barroso sustained three wounds by a firearm, two of them were in his abdomen. After being attacked, however, th…

teleSUR (2019-03-16). Argentina: CFK Prosecutor Prosecuted for Espionage, Extortion. telesurenglish.net Federal Judge for Dolores in Buenos Aires, Alejo Ramos Padilla is investigating evidence suggesting that Federal Prosecutor Carlos Stornelli partook in an illicit espionage and extortion scheme using a frontman, Marcelo D'Alessio. | RELATED: | Argentina: Premature Baby of 11-Year-Old Raped Girl Who Was Denied Abortion, Dies | Stornelli, lead prosecutor of the pre-trial investigation into allegations of corruption and graft against former president and current s…

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 …

RT (2019-03-16). Karma! Man tackles protected pelican in viral video before being tracked down across state lines. rt.com A Maryland man was arrested for animal cruelty after he posted a viral video of him jumping on top of a protected species of pelican in Florida, sparking disgust and a manhunt.

STAFF (2019-03-15). Students Globally Protest Warming, Pleading for Their Future. truthdig.com WASHINGTON — Students across a warming globe pleaded for their lives, future and planet Friday, demanding tough action on climate change. | From the South Pacific to the edge of the Arctic Circle, angry students in more than 100 countries walked out of classes to protest what they see as the failures by their governments. | Well more than 150,000 students and adults who were mobilized by word of mouth and social media protested in Europe, according to police estimates. But the initial turnout in the United States did not look quite as high. | "Borders, languages and religions do not separate us," eight-year…

amnesty (2019-03-15). Egypt: Further Information: Held incommunicado despite release order: Islam Khalil. amnesty.org On 19 February 2019, a judge ordered the conditional release of Egyptian activist Islam Khalil. On 25 February, the police moved Islam to al-Santa police station to complete his release procedures, but instead of releasing him the authorities held him incommunicado. On 10 March 2018, Islam was forcibly disappeared after National Security Agency officers had abducted him. He remained in arbitrary detention for almost a year facing the trumped-up charges of "membership in an illegal group" and "disseminating false information." His family believe that Islam is at serious risk of torture and other ill-treatment whil…

Jeffrey Kaye (2019-03-15). On the Death of Guantanamo Detainee 10028. counterpunch.org Camp 6, Guantanamo, where Haji Naseem was held for part of his captivity. U.S. government photo in public domain. | Torture, secret confessions and recantations, an ominous email, a mysterious death, a detainee found hanging in a recreation yard outside his cell in the middle of the night‚Ää—‚Ääthis is the story of the sixth man said to have died from suicide at Guantanamo. | Up until now, his story has gone totally untold. Even the location of the camp inside Gitmo where he died was kept secret for years. What follows is an in-depth examination into what really happened.

Shared by Cherise (2019-03-15). New Zealand Attack Comes as Islamophobic Violence Rises Globally. truthout.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…

amnesty (2019-03-15). Ukraine: Further information: Police protects Women's Day rally. amnesty.org The International Women's Day rally organised by human rights defender Vitalina Koval in Uzhgorod, western Ukraine, on 8 March was a success. Participants were well protected by the police and able to exercise their rights to freedom of expression and peaceful assembly safely.

Shared by Jocelyn Dombroski (2019-03-15). Brazilians Remember Marielle Franco on Anniversary of her Assassination. therealnews.com In major cities of Brazil, activists honored the life and legacy of LGBT and police violence activist Marielle Franco, who was assassinated a year ago in the streets of Rio de Janeiro. Mike Fox reports…

amnesty (2019-03-15). Russian Federation: a student is charged with "implicating minors" in a protest. amnesty.org In the afternoon of 7 February 2019, Ivan Luzin and two other students from Kaliningrad (Western Russia), came to the city's central Victory Square to peacefully protest against torture. They carried placards with the names and ages of two men, who had allegedly been ill-treated by law enforcement officers as suspects pressed with questionable charges. The activists took photos of each other with the placards in their hands and then went to a nearby café. When the three finished their coffee and left the café, they were immediately arrested by police and brought to a police station. Authorities alleged that the y…

pip.hinman (2019-03-15). Australia pays Indonesia to detain refugees. greenleft.org.au Refugee Action Collective organised a forum on refugees in Indonesia on March 4. | Mozhgan Moaref, a co-founder of the Refugees and Asylum Seekers Information Centre in Jakarta, spoke by video link. She said some of the refugees are living in detention, others are in "community housing" provided by the International Organisation for Migration (IOM), while yet others are homeless and living on the street. | Those living in community housing are subject to a curfew and some have protested about bad treatment, extortion and torture. Homeless refugees have held protests demanding housing. Some have even asked to be p…

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…

ACLU (2019-03-15). ICE's 'Bait and Switch' Policies Tear Apart Families for Following the Rules. aclu.org Wanrong Lin went to his green card marriage interview and proved he was married to a U.S. citizen. ICE deported him anyway. | On Nov. 20, 2018, Wanrong Lin was stranded at an airport in Shanghai, China, almost 7,000 miles away from his wife, kids, and home in St. Mary's County, Maryland. He found himself wandering China — with no money, no cell phone, and no goodbyes exchanged — after Immigration and Customs Enforcement illegally arrested and deported him when he and his wife showed up for his "marriage interview." Alone back at home for weeks, Lin's wife, Hui Fang Dong, tended to their three children…

Aaron Ross Coleman (2019-03-14). How Black Lives Matter to the Green New Deal. thenation.com How Black Lives Matter to the Green New Deal…

Fight Back (2019-03-14). Fox Valley, WI celebrates International Women's Day. fightbacknews.org Appleton, WI – On March 9, about 20 people gathered at Harmony Pizza in Appleton to celebrate International Women's Day and all of the amazing revolutionary women past and present who have shaped the world we know today. | United Action Oshkosh (UAO) hosted this year's event with aims to give local women a chance to use their voice to both demonstrate and educate, but ultimately to celebrate inspiring women. | Lindsey Spietz, a leader of UAO, welcomed everyone and gave a brief introduction of the work that the group is doing, highlighting how combating police crimes is a women's issue, stating, "40…

Democracy Now! (2019-03-14). Until We Reckon: Mass Incarceration, Violence & the Radical Possibilities of Restorative Justice. democracynow.org A staggering 2.2 million people are locked up in America's sprawling prison system, and more than half of those currently confined in state prisons have been convicted of violent crime. In order to radically reduce the prison population and transform criminal justice in this country, author and community organizer Danielle Sered argues that reformers must reckon with violent crime and come up with radically new ways to address it. She lays out a path for this transformation in her new unflinching book, "Until We Reckon." Sered has spent nearly a decade working directly with people that have committed violent acts…

Consortiumnews (2019-03-14). Billions of Swedish Krona Supported Anti-Apartheid Struggle. consortiumnews.com Birgitta Karlstrà∂m Dorph was on a secret mission in South Africa between 1982 and 1988, writes Ida Karlsson. By Ida Karlsson in Stockholm Inter Press Service Between 1982 and 1988 Birgitta Karlstrà∂m Dorph was on a secret mission in South Africa…. Read more →

kathy_f (2019-03-14). NSW Not 4 Sale. greenleft.org.au Is anything really going to change in NSW on March 23? | Let's assume Glad the Impaler [NSW Premier Gladys Berejiklian] gets up and we are subjected to another four years of the Coalition's neo-conservative brutality. | Everything that hasn't already been sold is then put up for sale, forgoing any pretence of morality or acting in the public good. Public assets segue into private property. | The entire state becomes a private entity, run purely for profit — even the prisons. | The public service is further eviscerated with the few remaining public assets given over to the multinational corporates and the sc…

Democracy Now! (2019-03-14). Headlines for March 14, 2019. democracynow.org Trump Orders Boeing 737 MAX Planes Grounded After Fatal Crashes, Senate Votes to End U.S. Support for Saudi-Led War on Yemen, Pompeo Defends Support for Saudi Arabia Amid Reports of Torture, Senate Poised to Block Trump's National Emergency Declaration, Former Trump Campaign Chair Sentenced to 43 More Months in Prison, U.N. Warns Arctic on Pace to Warm by 5 Degrees Celsius by 2050, Spanish Investigators Link CIA to Attack on North Korean Embassy, Brazil: Two Gunmen Kill 8, Reportedly Inspired by Columbine Massacre, Nigeria: Lagos Building Collapse Kills 10 and Traps Schoolchildren, British MPs Reject "No-Deal" Br…

The Mind Unleashed (2019-03-14). Uber Driver Exposes Undercover Cops on Camera to Save Lyft Driver From Sting. theantimedia.com (TMU) — For years, the city of Los Angeles has been one of the most unfriendly places in the United States for drivers that work for rideshare services like Uber and Lyft. Los Angeles is one of the only places in the country where police set up sting operations to catch rideshare drivers breaking regulations that …

Human Rights Watch (2019-03-13). Guatemala: Reject Amnesty for Atrocities. hrw.org | | Emma Guadalupe Molina Theissen, left, and her mother Emma arrive for a press conference in Guatemala City, Friday, May 25, 2018. Four retired high-ranking military officers in Guatemala were convicted Wednesday of crimes against humanity and other charges in the 1981 rape and torture of Emma Guadalupe and the disappearance of her teenage brother Marco Antonio. | © 2019 AP Photo/Moises Castillo | (New York) — The Guatemalan Congress should comply with a Mar…

Democracy Now! (2019-03-13). Cheating, Bribes & Lies: DOJ Charges Dozens of Rich Parents & Coaches in College Admission Scandal. democracynow.org Operation Varsity Blues. That's the name of a sweeping federal probe into what the Justice Department calls the biggest college admissions scam the agency has ever uncovered. On Tuesday, 50 people, including 13 college coaches, were arrested for taking part in a scheme where wealthy parents paid exorbitant bribes to secure spots for their unqualified children in elite schools, including Yale, Stanford, Georgetown, UCLA, USC and Wake Forest. Prosecutors have charged 33 parents, including Hollywood stars Felicity Huffman and Lori Loughlin; Loughlin's husband, the fashion designer Mossimo Giannulli; and Bill McGlash…

Democracy Now! (2019-03-13). Headlines for March 13, 2019. democracynow.org Prosecutors Charge Actors, CEOs, Coaches in College Bribery Scandal, More Boeing Planes Grounded as Details of Technical Problems Emerge, California Gov. Gavin Newsom Announces Death Penalty Moratorium, Dems Seek to Expand Immigration Protections with Dream and Promise Act, Brazil: 2 Ex-Police Officers Arrested over Murder of Marielle Franco, U.S. Withdraws Diplomatic Staff from Venezuela as Blackout Continues, U.K.: Lawmakers Reject New Brexit Deal as Deadline Looms, Cardinal Pell Sentenced to 6 Years for Sexually Abusing Boys, Israeli Forces Shoot and Kill 2 Palestinian Men in West Bank, U.N.: At Least 535 Kill…

Human Rights Watch (2019-03-13). Armed Police Break Up Mozambique Children's March. hrw.org | | Some of the members of Mozambican leading women's rights groups, Forum Mulher. | © 2019 Forum Mulher | Authorities in Mozambique's capital, Maputo, shut down one march and initially blocked another in the latest onslaught against free expression in the country. On March 1, police officers armed with rifles disrupted a march organized by a local primary school to mark the city's annual…

Human Rights Watch (2019-03-13). France Gifts Boats to Abusive Libyan Coast Guard. hrw.org | | Screenshot of a Channel 4 video showing the alleged conditions inside migrant camps in Libya, March 2019. | © Channel 4/YouTube | People shackled, beaten, burned, crushed, hung upside down, threatened, and detained in horrendous conditions: the images broadcast recently by Channel 4 News apparently showing the torture and inhumane conditions suffered by some migrants in Libya are unbearable t…

ACLU (2019-03-13). Documents Reveal ICE Using Driver Location Data From Local Police for Deportations. aclu.org Records obtained in an ACLU lawsuit show how ICE is accessing billions of location data points from license plate scanners in over a dozen states. | U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement is using mass location surveillance to target immigrants. And local governments like Merced and Union City, California, are helping — feeding their residents' personal information to ICE, even when it violates local privacy laws or sanctuary policies. Today, the ACLU is urging an immediate end to this information sharing. | Records obtained by the ACLU of Norther…

Democracy Now! (2019-03-12). Justice for Stephon Clark: Protests Erupt as DA Fails to Charge Cops Who Killed Unarmed Black Father. democracynow.org 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…

Democracy Now! (2019-03-11). "I Know No One More Patriotic": Daniel Ellsberg Praises Chelsea Manning After She Is Jailed Again. democracynow.org 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…

Democracy Now! (2019-03-11). Glenn Greenwald: Chelsea Manning's Refusal to Testify Against WikiLeaks Will Help Save Press Freedom. democracynow.org 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.

stuart_m (2019-03-09). FIFA can afford to close pay gap — but won't. greenleft.org.au 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…

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

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