2019-04-11: News Headlines

Vincent Navarro (2019-04-11). The Causes of the Growth of Populism on Both Sides of the North Atlantic. counterpunch.org One of the most influential documents of the 20th century—the Communist Manifesto—begins with the famous phrase: A specter is haunting Europe—the specter of Communism. All the powers of old Europe have entered into a holy alliance to exorcise this specter; Pope and Czar, Metternich and Guizot, French radicals and German police spies. Where is the More

STAFF (2019-04-11). Students, Residents Protest Johns Hopkins ICE Contracts and Private Police. therealnews.com As student occupation continues, professors join in calls for the university to abandon plan for armed police…

Stephen Lendman (2019-04-11). Police State Britain: UK Police Forcibly Arrest Julian Assange. globalresearch.ca What's going on is a developing story. Events are fast moving. Here's what's known so far. | Days earlier, WikiLeaks accused Ecuadorian embassy personnel in London of "extensive spying" on Assange, according to its editor-in-chief Kristinn Hrafnsson, saying: | It's been …

Tom Coburg (2019-04-11). The attempted extradition of Julian Assange risks 'criminalising journalism'. thecanary.co The Met Police has confirmed that the UK has received an extradition request from the US relating to WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange. This follows … | Read more The attempted extradition of Julian Assange risks 'criminalising journalism' | By Tom Coburg

United Nations (2019-04-11). UN experts warn Assange arrest exposes him to risk of serious human rights violations. un.org Independent UN rights experts on Thursday said the arrest of Wikileaks co-founder Julian Assange by police in the United Kingdom, after the Ecuadorian Government decided to stop granting him asylum in their London embassy, exposed him to "the risk of serious human rights violations", if extradited to the United States.

STAFF (2019-04-11). Policing Worsens Public Safety for Puerto Rico's Most Vulnerable. truthout.org In Policing Life and Death: Race, Violence, and Resistance in Puerto Rico, author Marisol LeBrón describes how policing in Puerto Rico deepens racial and economic inequalities that stem from failed development and ongoing colonial domination by the United States. Her new book also upholds the voices of the marginalized who suffer most from punitive governance and shows how they are resisting. In this excerpt, LeBrón explains her approach to understanding the role of the Puerto Rico Police Department (PRPD) in the archipelago.When existing political economic structures are faltering or being calle…

Santa Cruz Police News (2019-04-11). Chief Mills to 'Present' BearCat to Public. indybay.org In an email to the Santa Cruz Police Chief's Advisory Committee, it was announced that Police Chief Andrew Mills is planning to host a community presentation of the Santa Cruz Police Department's BearCat (Ballistic Engineered Armored Response Counter Attack Truck) on May 4. The vehicle was purchased by SCPD with the approval of the Santa Cruz City Council in 2015, despite large protests from the community over the militarization of police.

Human Rights Watch (2019-04-11). Greece in Denial About Police Detention of Lone Kids. hrw.org | | Unaccompanied children line up for an evening meal at a detention facility run by the Greek police.
| © 2015 Kelly Lynn Lunde | The European Court of Human Rights recently confirmed what many have long known: that Greece's practice of locking up unaccompanied migrant and asylum-seeking children in police cells and detention centers leads to serious rights abuses. | But despite that ruling, as of March 30, 82 unaccompanied children were still detained in so-called "protective custody," held in police station cel…

Fréa Lockley (2019-04-11). Julian Assange arrested by the Met police after Ecuador withdraws his asylum. thecanary.co WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange has been arrested by the Metropolitan Police Service. Assange had been living at the Ecuadorian embassy for seven years as … | Read more Julian Assange arrested by the Met police after Ecuador withdraws his asylum | By Fréa Lockley

STAFF (2019-04-11). Edward Snowden Leads Chorus Condemning Assange's Arrest. truthdig.com Edward Snowden joined the chorus of advocacy groups, reporters, and critics as the NSA whistleblower described the arrest of WikiLeaks founder and publisher Julian Assange Thursday morning as a " dark moment for press freedom" that could have grave implications for journalism across the globe. | "Images of Ecuador's ambassador inviting the U.K.'s secret police into the embassy to drag a publisher of—…

Caitlin Johnstone (2019-04-11). Assange Has Been Arrested for US Extradition. The Time to Act is Now. theantimedia.com (CJ Opinion) — WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange has been arrested and taken into custody by the London's Metropolitan police, just as WikiLeaks warned days ago was about to happen. Assange's lawyer Jen Robinson reports that his arrest is related to an extradition request from the United States, which the British government has until now refused to admit exists. "Just confirmed: #Assange has …

Democracy Now! (2019-04-11). Headlines for April 11, 2019. democracynow.org British Police Arrest WikiLeaks Founder Julian Assange, Sudan: Military Overthrows Pres. al-Bashir After Months of Protests, Dems Demand Evidence After AG Barr Tells Senators FBI Spied on Trump Campaign, ICE Acting Dir. Leaves Post in Ongoing Purge of Immigration Officials, Politico: Trump Considering Ex-Head of Hate Group for DHS Role, Dems Introduce Bill to Reverse Trump's Muslim & Anti-Refugee Bans, Israel: Netanyahu Declares Victory as Gov't Moves Further to Right, India: Elections Kick Off as Hindu Nationalist PM Modi Seeks 2nd Term, EU Leaders Extend Brexit Deadline to Oct. 31, Louisiana: Suspect Arrested o…

Kevin Gosztola (2019-04-11). Justice Department Charges Julian Assange With Computer Crime But Alleges Conspiracy To Abet Espionage. shadowproof.com April 11, 2019 (3: 02 PM): This article has been updated to include a statement from Chelsea Manning's attorneys. |
| The United States Justice Department dramatically escalated its political prosecution of WikiLeaks editor-in-chief Julian Assange. Their efforts are aimed at criminalizing a journalist—and more broadly, a media organization—for allegedly aiding and abetting the disclosure of classified information and publishing that information on the internet. | Assange was expelled from the Ecuador embassy in the United Kingdom and arrested by British police on April 11. The expulsion and arrest…

STAFF (2019-04-11). Julian Assange Arrested and Facing US Charge Related to Chelsea Manning Leaks. truthout.org WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange has been arrested in London. Earlier today, British police forcibly removed Assange from the Ecuadorean Embassy in London, where he has been living since 2012. London's Metropolitan Police said in a statement that Assange was arrested on behalf of the United States authorities. The U.S. has charged Assange with helping Army whistleblower Chelsea Manning hack a government computer. The indictment was unsealed shortly after his arrest. We speak to Renata Ávila, a member of Assange's legal team, as well as British human rights attorney Geoffrey Robertson, Pulitzer Prize-win…

Lynda Carson (2019-04-11). Julian Assange of Wikileaks was arrested by cops in London. indybay.org Double crossed by the Ecuadorian Ambassador and the Ecuadorian government's withdrawal of asylum, in an urgent tweet from WikiLeaks it said, "Ecuador has illegally terminated Julian Assange's political asylum in violation of international law. He was arrested by the British police inside the Ecuadorian embassy on April 11, 2019!

Democracy Now! (2019-04-11). "Bring It On": Julian Assange's 2015 Message to the U.S. Justice Department About Possible Charges. democracynow.org Earlier today, WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange was arrested in London and is now facing charges in the U.S. for helping Army whistleblower Chelsea Manning hack a government computer. We reair part of our 2015 interview with Assange from inside the Ecuadorean Embassy, where he had sought asylum. | "See full archive of Democracy Now's interviews with Julian Assange": www.democracynow.org/appearances/julian_…

STAFF (2019-04-11). Julian Assange Arrested at Ecuador Embassy in London. truthdig.com LONDON — WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange was forcibly bundled out of the Ecuadorian Embassy in London and into a waiting British police van on Thursday, setting up a potential court battle over attempts to extradite him to the U.S. to face charges related to the publication of tens of thousands of secret government documents. | British police arrested Assange after the South American nation decided to revoke the political asylum that had given Assange sanctuary for almost seven years. Ecuador's President Lenin Moreno said he took the action due to "repeated violations to international conventions and daily…

Democracy Now! (2019-04-11). Julian Assange of WikiLeaks Arrested in London; Faces U.S. Charge Related to Chelsea Manning Leaks. democracynow.org WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange has been arrested in London. Earlier today, British police forcibly removed Assange from the Ecuadorean Embassy in London, where he has been living since 2012. London's Metropolitan Police said in a statement that Assange was arrested on behalf of the United States authorities. The U.S. has charged Assange with helping Army whistleblower Chelsea Manning hack a government computer. The indictment was unsealed shortly after his arrest. We speak to Renata àÅvila, a member of Assange's legal team, as well as British human rights attorney Geoffrey Robertson, Pulitzer Prize-winnin…

RTE (2019-04-11). WikiLeaks Founder Julian Assange Appears in London Court. globalresearch.ca Julian Assange faces extradition to the US after he was arrested and forcibly removed from the Ecuadorian embassy in London almost seven years after he sought refuge there. | Mr Assange was brought before Westminster Magistrates' Court this afternoon. | He made …

Consortiumnews (2019-04-11). Emergency Meeting for Assange Live. consortiumnews.com Join Kim Dotcom in an emergency meeting on the day Julian Assange was arrested. Read more →

WSWS (2019-04-11). British police arrest Julian Assange in Ecuadorian embassy. wsws.org "Assange's expulsion from the embassy and his arrest are unprecedented crimes," said James Cogan, the national secretary of the SEP (Australia). "A journalist and publisher, who has committed no crime, has had his asylum terminated and has been dragged off to prison in violation of repeated UN rulings upholding his status as a political refugee."

Fréa Lockley (2019-04-11). Assange's arrest shows us very clearly who supports freedom of speech, and who doesn't. thecanary.co On 11 April, police arrested WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange at the Ecuadorian embassy in London. It's since emerged that the US government is trying … | Read more Assange's arrest shows us very clearly who supports freedom of speech, and who doesn't | By Fréa Lockley

Consortiumnews (2019-04-11). BREAKING—Moreno Withdraws Asylum as Assange is Arrested. consortiumnews.com The WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange has been arrested after the Ecuadorian president, Lenin Moreno, withdrew Assange's asylum, in a move that runs counter to international asylum law. Charged With Conspiracy to Hack Government Computer; Not Espionage WikiLeaks tweeted that Ecuador… Read more →

Chris Hedges (2019-04-11). The Martyrdom of Julian Assange. truthdig.com The arrest Thursday of Julian Assange eviscerates all pretense of the rule of law and the rights of a free press. The illegalities, embraced by the Ecuadorian, British and U.S. governments, in the seizure of Assange are ominous. They presage a world where the internal workings, abuses, corruption, lies and crimes, especially war crimes, carried out by corporate states and the global ruling elite will be masked from the public. They presage a world where those with the courage and integrity to expose the misuse of power will be hunted down, tortured, subjected to sham trials and given lifetime prison terms in soli…

Robert Mackey (2019-04-11). Julian Assange Arrested in London After Ecuador Withdraws Asylum; U.S. Requests Extradition. theintercept.com This breaking news report was last updated at 1: 57 p.m. EDT. | Julian Assange, the WikiLeaks founder, was arrested on Thursday inside Ecuador's Embassy in London, where he had lived since 2012 under diplomatic protection. London's Metropolitan Police Service said in a statement its officers were "invited into the embassy by the Ambassador, following the Ecuadorian government's withdrawal of asylum." | Video of Assange being dragged from the embassy was captured on a livestream set up by Ruptly, a Russian government news agency. | Assange's l…

Betsey Piette (2019-04-10). Freed MOVE 9 revolutionaries tie the knot. workers.org 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

Amee Chew (2019-04-10). It's Time to End US Military Aid to the Philippines. counterpunch.org 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 More

Consortiumnews (2019-04-10). Spanish Police Probe Extortion Scheme Involving Surveillance on Assange. consortiumnews.com 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 →

Democracy Now! (2019-04-10). Headlines for April 10, 2019. democracynow.org Israel: Netanyahu on Track for 5th Term in Office, DHS "Purge" Continues with Deputy Sec. Claire Grady, Reports: WH Wants to Put Border Agents in Charge of Asylum Interviews, AG Barr to Congress: No Plans to Release Unredacted Mueller Report, Mnuchin Says Treasury Consulted with WH on Trump Tax Returns, Bipartisan Tax Bill Would Make Free IRS E-Filing System Illegal, Airbnb Reverses Ban on Listings for Illegal Israeli Settlements, NYC Declares Public Health Emergency over Measles Outbreak, BuzzFeed: GOP Told Drug Cos. Not to Comply with Congressional Request, Prosecutors Add Money Laundering Charges in School Adm…

WSWS (2019-04-10). New Zealand inquiry set to whitewash fascist murders in Christchurch. wsws.org 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.

Stephen Lendman (2019-04-10). Dead Heat in Farcical Israeli Elections. globalresearch.ca 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….

Democracy Now! (2019-04-10). A Vote to Maintain Apartheid? Israel's Netanyahu Set to Win 5th Term After Vow to Annex West Bank. democracynow.org 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…

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

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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.

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…

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…

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…

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! (2019-04-04). 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…

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…

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.

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.

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.

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