2019-04-10: Social Media Postees

It's Time to End US Military Aid to the Philippines
Amee Chew | counterpunch.org | 2019-04-10
Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte's bloody "War on Drugs" has now claimed over 27,000 lives — almost all poor and indigent people, including children, summarily executed by police or vigilantes. Over 140,000 pre-trial detainees are being held in overcrowded Philippine prisons, many on trumped up drug charges; 75 percent of the total prison population still awaits…

Freed MOVE 9 revolutionaries tie the knot
Betsey Piette | workers.org | 2019-04-10
Mike and Debbie Africa, MOVE 9 members unjustly imprisoned in 1978, were finally released in 2018. The MOVE 9 were falsely convicted and sentenced to life in prison for the killing of a white cop during a brutal police assault on their house. On April 6 Debbie and Mike were . . . | Continue reading Freed MOVE 9 revolutionaries tie the knot at Workers.org…

Spanish Police Probe Extortion Scheme Involving Surveillance on Assange
Consortiumnews | consortiumnews.com | 2019-04-10
UPDATED: Suspects are being investigated in Spain for having tried to extort ‚Ǩ3 million from WikiLeaks in exchange for a huge cache of documents and surveillance videos of Assange inside Ecuador's London embassy, including with his doctors and lawyers. By… Read more ?…

Mozambique Officials Arrested For Stealing Cyclone Idai Aid
teleSUR | telesurenglish.net | 2019-04-10
Mozambique police arrested several individuals on suspicion of misappropriating humanitarian relief aid meant for the victims of Cyclone Idai, which ravaged southern regions of Africa on March 14. | RELATED: | Mozambique Hit by Cholera Outbreak – 139 Infections | "There are many complaints of diversion of donations," according to Joaquim Tomo, the public prose…

New Zealand inquiry set to whitewash fascist murders in Christchurch
WSWS | wsws.org | 2019-04-10
The royal commission will cover up the promotion of far-right extremism by the political establishment and pave the way for further anti-democratic police powers.

A Vote to Maintain Apartheid? Israel's Netanyahu Set to Win 5th Term After Vow to Annex West Bank
Democracy Now! | democracynow.org | 2019-04-10
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu appears to be on the verge of securing a record fifth term in office as votes continue to be counted in Tuesday's election. Last night, Netanyahu and his top challenger, ex-military chief Benny Gantz, both claimed victory in the tight race. With most of the votes counted, Netanyahu's Likud party and Gantz's newly formed Blue and White party have both secured 35 seats in the Knesset, but Netanyahu has a clearer path to forming a coalition government with the help of his right-wing allies. Tuesday's election came just days after Benjamin Netanyahu vowed to annex Israeli set…

WikiLeaks Says Assange Spied On in Ecuador Embassy
teleSUR | telesurenglish.net | 2019-04-10
A surveillance operation against Julian Assange in Ecuador embassy in London was uncovered by WikiLeaks, the whistleblower group said Wednesday and added that Images, videos, and documents gathered during the operation were offered for sale. | RELATED: | UN Torture Expert Urges Ecuador Not to Expel Assange | WikiLeaks that Spanish police undertook a sting operation against some unnamed people in Madrid who offered to sale the gathered intelligence. | WikiLeaks, during a press conferenc…

Greece: Syriza government mobilises riot police against refugees
WSWS | wsws.org | 2019-04-10
In enforcing the European Union's anti-immigrant policy on the continent's southern border, Syriza willingly acts as the jailer of all refugees stranded within its country's borders.

Dead Heat in Farcical Israeli Elections
Stephen Lendman | globalresearch.ca | 2019-04-10
With over 97% of votes counted, Netanyahu and leading challenger Benny Gantz each won 35 of the Knesset's 120 seats, according to the unofficial tally. | Apartheid right wing parties won a super-majority on Tuesday, results similar to recent past elections….

BDS organizers say 'don't dance with apartheid' in Boston
Joe Tache | liberationnews.org | 2019-04-10
BDS organizers picket Israeli dance troupe.

To Complete Her Profile in Courage, Rep. Ilhan Omar Should Embrace the One-State Solution
Alexander Rubinstein | mintpressnews.com | 2019-04-09
"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…

Cameras Linked to Chinese Government Stir Alarm in U.K. Parliament
Ryan Gallagher | theintercept.com | 2019-04-09
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…

Sec. of State Pompeo Protects Bush Jr. from War Crimes Prosecution (Pt 2/2)
STAFF | therealnews.com | 2019-04-08
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…

Sec. of State Pompeo Protecting Bush Jr. from War Crimes Prosecution (Pt 1/2)
STAFF | therealnews.com | 2019-04-08
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…

Cameroon Tightens Screws on Opposition
Human Rights Watch | hrw.org | 2019-04-08
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…

As Black Activists Protested Police Killings, Homeland Security Worried They Might Join ISIS
Alice Speri | theintercept.com | 2019-04-08
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…

UN special rapporteur warns the Tory government about torture and press freedom
James Wright | thecanary.co | 2019-04-08
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…

Alabama city holds 'Amnesty Week,' part of SPLC settlement of federal lawsuit over private probation scheme
splcenter | splcenter.org | 2019-04-08
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.

Tanzanian Journalist's Disappearance Remains Unsolved
Human Rights Watch | hrw.org | 2019-04-08
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…

Flipped cars & tear gas: Chaos follows Texas Tech's historic basketball victory (VIDEOS)
RT | rt.com | 2019-04-07
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. | …

Pensacola community reacts to Escambia County cops' illegal entry
Sarah Brummet, Estevan Hernandez, RJ Hightower, and Mallory Luana | liberationnews.org | 2019-04-06
Police arrest and manhandle Black man without a warrant.

When It Comes to the Death Penalty, the Supreme Court Legalized Torture Long Ago
Liliana Segura | theintercept.com | 2019-04-06
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…

Willie McCoy Should Be Alive Today
ACLU | aclu.org | 2019-04-05
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…

Tampa Bay students rally against Trump's wall and demand protections for undocumented students
Fight Back | fightbacknews.org | 2019-04-05
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…

A Black Woman Said She Was Afraid of the Police. A Nearly All-White Disciplinary Panel Said We Don't Believe You
Rachel M. Cohen | theintercept.com | 2019-04-05
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.

The Invisible People: France's Yellow Vest Revolt Against Macron & Elites Reaches 20 Weeks
Democracy Now! | democracynow.org | 2019-04-04
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…

BREAKING: Assange 'Will Be' Arrested in 'Hours to Days,' WikiLeaks Says
Consortiumnews | consortiumnews.com | 2019-04-04
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 ?…

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

Supreme Court Deems Torture Of Prisoners During Executions Permissible
Kevin Gosztola | shadowproof.com | 2019-04-03
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.

Solitary Confinement: Inhumane, Ineffective, and Wasteful
splcenter | splcenter.org | 2019-03-28
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.