2019-04-09: News Headlines

Alexander Rubinstein (2019-04-09). To Complete Her Profile in Courage, Rep. Ilhan Omar Should Embrace the One-State Solution. mintpressnews.com "Ilhan Omar went to Washington to shake up the status quo, not to parrot it. So why is she trying to prove her bona fides by adopting the discredited 'two-state solution,' which is a fancy way of saying racial segregation and apartheid?" — Palestinian journalist Ali Abunimah…

teleSUR (2019-04-09). Brazil: 10 Troops Arrested After Firing 80 Shots at Family Car. telesurenglish.net The Brazilian Army said on Monday that 10 soldiers have been arrested and charged with shooting into a car carrying an innocent family in Rio de Janiero, killing the driver and injuring two other people Sunday evening. | RELATED: | Brazil and US Work to Destabilize Venezuela, Bolsonaro Says | Police accused soldiers of firing over 80 shots into the car, killing Evaldo dos Santos Rosa, 51, who was driving his family to a baby shower in northern Rio de Janiero, – a passenger and pass…

Democracy Now! (2019-04-09). Headlines for April 9, 2019. democracynow.org Secret Service Director Removed in WH "Purge" of Immigration Officials, Reports: Trump Trying to Reinstate Family Separations at Border, CA Judge Blocks Trump Administration's "Remain in Mexico" Policy, Iran Labels U.S. CENTCOM a Terror Group After IRCG Terror Designation, Israelis Head to Polls as Future of PM Netanyahu Remains Unclear, Libya: Tripoli Airport Closed as Fighting Near Capital Intensifies, Afghanistan: 4 Americans Killed Amid Spate of Violent Attacks, U.S. Revokes Visa of ICC Prosecutor Investigating War Crimes in Afghanistan, 3 FDNY Sept. 11 Rescue Workers Die as 9/11 Fund At Risk of Expiring, Def…

teleSUR (2019-04-09). Ilhan Omar Calls Stephen Miller 'a White Nationalist'. telesurenglish.net United States Congresswoman Ilhan Omar has condemned Stephen Miller, President Donald Trump's pick to lead ICE., for being a white nationalist to cries of anti-semitism from critics. | RELATED: | Pro-Trump Goon Arrested for Threatening to Kill Rep. Ilhan Omar | Miller, a policy advisor of Trump's, has been a driving force behind many hard-line immigration policies like the family separations last year. He has advocated for closing the U.S.-Mexico border completely. | In a str…

WSWS (2019-04-09). UK: Jury fails to reach verdict against top police officer over Hillsborough football disaster. wsws.org Former Yorkshire police chief superintendent David Duckenfield was charged with the criminal offence of gross negligence manslaughter of 95 of the supporters.

Ryan Gallagher (2019-04-09). Cameras Linked to Chinese Government Stir Alarm in U.K. Parliament. theintercept.com It is a Chinese state-owned company that is implicated in disturbing human rights violations. But that has not stopped Hikvision from gaining a major foothold in the United Kingdom. Through a network of corporate partners, the Hangzhou-based security firm has supplied its surveillance cameras for use on the British parliamentary estate, as well as to police, hospitals, schools, and universities throughout the country, according to sources and procurement records. | Hikvision, whose technology the U.S. government recently banned federal agencies from purchasing, is generating millions of dollars in annual revenue…

WSWS (2019-04-09). Germany: State prosecutor persecutes artists group for criticising far-right AfD. wsws.org For the past 16 months the prosecutor's office in the city of Gera has been investigating an artistic association known as the Center for Political Beauty on suspicion of "forming a criminal organisation."

WSWS (2019-04-09). Guatemala and El Salvador discuss amnesty for war criminals. wsws.org The ruling class is calling for forgiving and forgetting the mass murder, torture and other crimes carried out by US-backed dictatorships.

Stephen Lendman (2019-04-08). Trump Sacks DHS Secretary Nielsen. globalresearch.ca The USA Patriot Act was written months before 9/11, kept on the shelf, ready to be enacted into law following the mother of all false flags. | Numerous other police state laws, executive orders, presidential and homeland security directives, congressional authorization …

STAFF (2019-04-08). Sec. of State Pompeo Protects Bush Jr. from War Crimes Prosecution (Pt 2/2). therealnews.com With the revocation of the ICC Chief Prosecutor's US visa, Pompeo and Bolton are trying to make sure that no high-level US government officials are ever prosecuted for war crimes in Afghanistan and elsewhere, says Law Prof. Francis Boyle…

STAFF (2019-04-08). Sec. of State Pompeo Protecting Bush Jr. from War Crimes Prosecution (Pt 1/2). therealnews.com With the revocation of the ICC Chief Prosecutor's US visa, Pompeo and Bolton are trying to make sure that high-level US government officials are never prosecuted for war crimes committed in Afghanistan or elsewhere, says Law Prof. Francis Boyle…

teleSUR (2019-04-08). Trump Removes US Secret Service Director. telesurenglish.net Donald Trump announced on Monday the removal from his position of Randolph "Tex" Alles, the secret service director of the United States. An anonymous official described this action as "a near-systematic purge" at the DHS. | RELATED: | US Homeland Security Leader Resigns, Can't Keep Foreigners Out | The White House press secretary Sarah Sanders sai…

James Phillips (2019-04-08). Pardon the Confusion! Aid to Central America and the "Crisis" at the Border. counterpunch.org The Trump Administration says there is a crisis at the U.S. border with Mexico. The President is frustrated with the governments of Guatemala, Honduras, and El Salvador because they have not done enough to stop emigration from their countries, despite U.S. aid. The State Department announced that it will stop some U.S. aid to these countries. News reports indicate that the aid to be cut is economic and humanitarian, but that "security"aid (to police and military) will be maintained. In fact, just before the State Department announcement, the U.S. Homeland Security Secretary signed a joint agreement with the gover…

Human Rights Watch (2019-04-08). Cameroon Tightens Screws on Opposition. 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 | In a crackdown on both the opposition and the right to assemble, Cameroonian authorities have banned a week of demonstrations planned by the opposition Cameroon Renaissance Movement (MRC) party. | On April 5, the Ministry of the Territorial Administration issued a press release banning the demonstrations between April 6 and 13, accus…

splcenter (2019-04-08). Alabama city holds "Amnesty Week," part of SPLC settlement of federal lawsuit over private probation scheme. splcenter.org The city of Gardendale, Alabama, today began a week in which it will allow people who are facing municipal offenses to clear their cases, without being arrested.

Human Rights Watch (2019-04-08). Tanzanian Journalist's Disappearance Remains Unsolved. hrw.org | | Azory Gwanda. | © Mwananchi Publications Limited | It has been more than 500 days since Azory Gwanda, a journalist for the privately-owned media company Mwananchi Communications, went missing under murky circumstances in Tanzania. The Committee to Protect Journalists is calling on the Tanzanian government to prove it is carrying out credible investigations into his disappearance. | In November 2017, Anna Pinoni reported to police that her husband was missing. She said h…

Alice Speri (2019-04-08). As Black Activists Protested Police Killings, Homeland Security Worried They Might Join ISIS. theintercept.com As nationwide protests against police killings of black men began rolling across the country in 2014, federal and local law enforcement who were closely monitoring protesters' online activities repeatedly expressed a bizarre concern: that the mostly black activists demanding an end to police violence in the U.S. might join with Islamic fundamentalist groups promoting violence abroad. | That concern was unequivocally baseless, and no evidence ever emerged to substantiate it. Still, documents obtained by the government transparency group Property of the People, which were shared exclusively with The Intercept, reve…

James Wright (2019-04-08). UN special rapporteur warns the Tory government about torture and press freedom. thecanary.co United Nations special rapporteur on torture Nils Melzer has warned Britain's Conservative government about possible violations of the human rights of a journalist. Melzer … | Read more UN special rapporteur warns the Tory government about torture and press freedom | By James Wright

Democracy Now! (2019-04-08). Headlines for April 8, 2019. democracynow.org Kirstjen Nielsen Steps Down as DHS Secretary, Gov't: It May Take 2 Years to Reunite Separated Migrant Families, NY Man Arrested for Threatening to Murder Rep. Ilhan Omar, Trump Attacks Migrants, Rep. Omar in Speech to Conservative Jewish Group, Arizona: Man Dies in ICE Custody After Exhibiting Flu Symptoms, Yemen: Air Raid Kills At Least 13 Civilians, Incl. 7 Children in Sana'a, Netanyahu Says He Will Annex West Bank Settlements If Re-elected, Libya: 21 People Killed as Renegade Force Advances on Tripoli, Sudan: Security Forces Crack Down on Growing Popular Uprising, U.S. Labels Iran Revolutionary Guard as Terror…

RT (2019-04-07). Flipped cars & tear gas: Chaos follows Texas Tech's historic basketball victory (VIDEOS). rt.com Celebrations following Texas Tech's Final Four victory over Michigan State promptly escalated into rioting, with flipped cars and police deploying tear gas to disperse the crowd.

Liliana Segura (2019-04-06). When It Comes to the Death Penalty, the Supreme Court Legalized Torture Long Ago. theintercept.com Months before the U.S. Supreme Court sparked fresh outrage over the death penalty by upholding the planned execution of a man who risks drowning in his own blood, Justice Stephen Breyer invited Missouri Solicitor General D. John Sauer to consider the matter "as a person rather than a lawyer." | It was November 2018. Oral arguments in Bucklew v. Precythe were about halfway done. The issue at hand: Russell Bucklew, condemned to die for a murder and rape committed in 1996, suffered from a rare medical condition calle…

RT (2019-04-06). April Fool's gag goes awry as YouTuber arrested for impersonating officer (VIDEO). rt.com What was originally planned as a hilarious April Fool's prank seriously backfired for one YouTuber after he was arrested for impersonating a police officer in Sarasota, Florida.

STAFF (2019-04-05). Cop Caught on Camera Assaulting a Pizza Worker, City Won't Say if He's Still on the Force. therealnews.com Despite promise of reforms the Baltimore Police Department continues to keep personal records secret, even when an officer is convicted of a crime…

ACLU (2019-04-05). Willie McCoy Should Be Alive Today. aclu.org We need use of force bills to pass in California and nationwide to change police standards. | The events that led to the murder of Willie McCoy by City of Vallejo police began with a 911 call came from a Taco Bell employee. In the recording, the employee sounds perplexed: "I have a person unresponsive to car horn honks in my drive-through," he said. He then added, "He's unresponsive. I've already had, like people try to knock on the window. I have no idea what's going on." The dispatcher sent out Vallejo police officers for what's known as a "wellness check." Officers arrived…

Fight Back (2019-04-05). Tampa Bay students rally against Trump's wall and demand protections for undocumented students. fightbacknews.org Tampa, FL – The Tampa Bay chapter of Students for a Democratic Society (SDS) held a rally April 3 to stand against the U.S.-Mexico border wall and demand protections for immigrant students at the University of South Florida (USF). One of these protections is non-deputization of campus police to enforce immigration policy. The event featured a mock border wall, symbolizing the recent attacks on immigrants by the U.S. government. | "USF needs to stand by its undocumented and immigrant students to make its claims of diversity true. USF has to become noncompliant with federal agencies like the Department of Homeland…

Democracy Now! (2019-04-05). Headlines for April 5, 2019. democracynow.org Congress Approves Resolution to End U.S. Support for War on Yemen, Report Blames Ethiopian Crash on Boeing 737 MAX Software Failure, Boeing CEO Apologizes for Crashes That Killed 346 People, Trump Threatens Mexico with Auto Tariffs over Migration, Migrants Say Mexico Is Denying Humanitarian Visas Under U.S. Pressure, 280 Arrested in Texas ICE Raid as Trump Heads to Border, Rogue Libyan General Advances on Tripoli, Mozambique Faces Food Emergency as Cholera Cases Mount, House Reauthorizes Violence Against Women Act Over NRA Objections, Trump to Nominate Herman Cain to Federal Reserve Board, Trump Pushed for Speedy…

ACLU (2019-04-05). I Was Arrested and Detained for Passing Out Fliers Near a Courthouse. aclu.org The government has no business criminalizing political speech just because it happens outside a courthouse. | In the land of the free, people still get arrested for speaking out about what they believe in., , A little over a year ago, I was arrested and detained for 10 hours in New York City because I was handing out leaflets advocating jury nullification. I was arrested under a state law that makes it a crime to talk about judicial proceedings within 200 feet of a courthouse. I filed a First Amendment lawsuit because political speech shouldn't be a crime, no matter where it takes place. | Jury nullification is a…

Rachel M. Cohen (2019-04-05). A Black Woman Said She Was Afraid of the Police. A Nearly All-White Disciplinary Panel Said We Don't Believe You. theintercept.com A New Jersey state ethics panel has recommended a six-month suspension for a school board member whose tense 2018 encounter with a cop went viral.

Emily Apple (2019-04-05). An ex-soldier cleared of terrorism charges for fighting Daesh is detained by police returning from holiday. thecanary.co Jim Matthews, a former soldier cleared of terrorism charges for joining the fight against Daesh (ISIS/ISIL) in Northern Syria has accused the UK police … | Read more An ex-soldier cleared of terrorism charges for fighting Daesh is detained by police returning from holiday | By Emily Apple

Democracy Now! (2019-04-04). The Invisible People: France's Yellow Vest Revolt Against Macron & Elites Reaches 20 Weeks. democracynow.org Yellow vest protesters took to the streets of Paris on Saturday for the 20th straight week of anti-government demonstrations, in spite of the French authorities' crackdown on the movement. Last month, the French government deployed military forces and banned protesters from marching on the Champs-Élysées and in other areas, after clashes with the police, nearly 200 arrests and damage to businesses by some protesters. Police used tear gas and water cannons on crowds in Paris. More than 33,000 demonstrators nationwide joined the demonstrations Saturday, down from nearly 300,000 in November, according to government…

ACLU (2019-04-04). We Are Fighting Maricopa County's Rampant Prosecutorial Misconduct. aclu.org The Arizona Supreme Court has a chance to address the way prosecutors use and abuse their power and hold them accountable. | The Arizona Supreme Court will soon consider the misconduct of one of Maricopa County Attorney Bill Montgomery's top prosecutors: Juan Martinez. Martinez gained national notoriety when he prosecuted Jodi Arias for murder in 2008, but his aggressive and often unethical conduct was well-known in Arizona well before then…

Consortiumnews (2019-04-04). The Tale of a 'Deep State Target'. consortiumnews.com Daniel Lazare reviews George Papadopoulos's book about his misadventures with a nest of intelligence agents. By Daniel Lazare Special to Consortium News Now that Russian collusion is dead and buried thanks to Special Prosecutor Robert Mueller, the big question is… Read more →

ACLU (2019-04-04). State Data Law Heightens Privacy Protection for Virginians. aclu.org This week a judge in Fairfax County banned police from creating privacy-eroding databases using information gathered from license plate readers. | Powerful new technologies make mass surveillance easier than ever for law enforcement. One such technology, automatic license plate readers (ALPRs), capture location data that can reveal people's religious, political, sexual, medical, and social activities. For years, law enforcement agencies across the country have collected and stored this data with very little oversight and few legal…

splcenter (2019-04-04). SPLC seeks release of detained journalist whose work challenged ICE, a year after he was arrested. splcenter.org Memphis journalist Manuel Duran filed a habeas petition yesterday, seeking his immediate release from detention.

Consortiumnews (2019-04-04). BREAKING: Assange 'Will Be' Arrested in 'Hours to Days,' WikiLeaks Says. consortiumnews.com WikiLeaks has quoted a "high-level" Ecuadorian government source as saying that Julian Assange could be imminently expelled from Ecuador's London embassy and that Quito has an agreement with the UK to arrest him. By Joe Lauria Special to Consortium News… Read more →

Democracy Now! (2019-04-04). Headlines for April 4, 2019. democracynow.org Republican "Nuclear Option" Will Speed Confirmation of Trump's Judges, House Committee Authorizes Subpoena for Full Mueller Report, House Committee Asks IRS for Six Years of Trump's Tax Returns, Immigrant Activist Claudio Rojas Deported Ahead of Miami Film Premiere, Suspect in New Zealand Mosque Massacres to Face 50 Murder Charges, Australian Senator Censured over "Appalling" NZ Massacre Remarks, White Power Graffiti Found Near Site of Highlander Center Fire, Felony Charges Dropped Against African-American Victim of Dallas Attack, Blast at Texas Chemical Plant Kills 1, Injures 2, Trump Falsely Claims That Windmil…

Kevin Gosztola (2019-04-03). Supreme Court Deems Torture Of Prisoners During Executions Permissible. shadowproof.com The U.S. Supreme Court ruled Missouri may use lethal injection against a prisoner with a medical condition that will cause him to choke to death on his blood.

Democracy Now! (2019-04-02). Headlines for April 2, 2019. democracynow.org Whistleblower: WH Security Clearances Reversed Despite Serious Concerns, Senate Shoots Down Disaster Relief Bills as Fight over Puerto Rico Aid Intensifies, Trump: GOP Planning "Really Great" Healthcare Plan for After 2020 Election, U.K.: Lawmakers Shoot Down 4 Brexit Options as Impasse Continues, Algeria: Pres. Bouteflika to Resign as Protesters Call for Systemic Changes, West Bank: Israelis Shoot and Kill Palestinian Man During Raid, Brunei: U.N. Raises Alarm as LGBT Community Threatened by Death Penalty Law, SCOTUS Rules Against Man Who Says Lethal Injection Would Feel Like Torture, U.S.-Mexico Border Shutdown…

splcenter (2019-03-28). Solitary Confinement: Inhumane, Ineffective, and Wasteful. splcenter.org Around the world and increasingly in the United States, there's a growing consensus that solitary confinement of incarcerated persons is, at best, an ineffective and inhumane practice with little or no carceral benefit and, at worst, outright torture.

splcenter (2019-03-26). A message to SPLC supporters. splcenter.org My name is Bryan Fair. I'm an African-American professor of constitutional law.

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