2019-04-16: Social Media Postees

Unequal 'justice' in trial of killer cop in Minneapolis
Fight Back | fightbacknews.org | 2019-04-16
Minneapolis, MN – Anti-police crimes groups came together for a press conference, April 15, in the Hennepin County courthouse, to denounce the unequal justice shown by the trial of the police murder of Justine Ruszczyk Damond. The killer, former police officer Mohamed Noor, is a Somali American, and the victim a white woman from a wealthy part of the city. | This is the first time a cop has gone to trial for murder in Minneapolis. | While demanding "Justice for Justine" in this case, they pointed out that at least 57 others have been killed by police, in Minneapolis alone, since 2000. Most of those victims were B…

The Ordeal of Julian Assange
Denis Rogatyuk | counterpunch.org | 2019-04-16
The scenes of six Metropolitan police officers dragging Julian Assange out of the Ecuadorian embassy in London as he was clutching a copy of "History of the National Security State" by Gore Vidal have sent shockwaves of horror and an avalanche of condemnation from all around the world. Although Lenin Moreno has been working towards…

Community fights to stop police killings of disabled people
Teresse Watson | liberationnews.org | 2019-04-16
Voices from the community are calling for banning police from responding to mental health crises.

Assange's Judge a Disgrace to the Bench, Former UK Ambassador Says
Consortiumnews | consortiumnews.com | 2019-04-16
Craig Murray asks you to imagine Western media reaction if a Russian opposition politician were dragged out by armed police, and within three hours convicted on a political charge by a patently biased judge. By Craig Murray CraigMurray.org.uk Both Chelsea… Read more ?…

Bill tightening rules for police use of deadly force advances in California
Marilyn Bechtel | peoplesworld.org | 2019-04-16
The hearing room was packed at the state capitol in Sacramento April 9 as the California Assembly Public Safety Committee heard nearly three hours of testimony for and against a bill that would greatly tighten the circumstances under which police could justify the use of deadly force. Following the testimony, the committee voted 6-2 to …

China Seizes 2,748 Elephant Tusks in Major Operation
teleSUR | telesurenglish.net | 2019-04-16
The Chinese authorities seized 2,748 elephant tusks, which is equivalent to 7.5 tonnes of ivory, during a large-scale operation to crack down on the sale of illegal wildlife products. | RELATED: | 'Pompeo has Lost His Mind': Chinese Ambassador to Chile | The operation was led by their customs officers and police in six provinces across China, the General Administration of Customs said in a recent statement | "This case represents the largest amount of elephant tusks seized in a single c…

Manning, Assange, WikiLeaks and U.S. war crimes
Taryn Fivek | workers.org | 2019-04-16
No person who watched "Collateral Murder" could deny the brutality of U.S. imperialism. Smuggled out of Iraq by Chelsea Manning and published by WikiLeaks in 2010, the video reveals the murder of more than a dozen people by occupying U.S. soldiers from Apache helicopters. The video itself is shot from . . . | Continue reading Manning, Assange, WikiLeaks and U.S. war crimes at Workers.org…

War Crimes and National Security
Robert Koehler | counterpunch.org | 2019-04-16
How dare she question the sanctity of American militarism? As national security adviser John Bolton declared last fall, the International Criminal Court constitutes "an assault on the constitutional rights of the American people and the sovereignty of the United States." That's you and me that Bolton is speaking about, and the recent revocation of ICC prosecutor Fatou Bensouda's visa –…

None Dare Call It Fascism
Lee Ballinger | counterpunch.org | 2019-04-16
Since being elected in 2018, Los Angeles County Sheriff Alex Villanueva has reinstated six deputies who were fired for brutality. He loudly defends his actions. Since January 1, Villanueva has cancelled 45 internal investigations of deputies. Poverty is growing exponentially in Los Angeles County. Thirteen thousand people become homeless every month. An increasingly violent policing…

Defending Julian Assange; Defending the Truth
Robert J. Burrowes | globalresearch.ca | 2019-04-16
On 11 April 2019, WikiLeaks editor Julian Assange was dragged from the Ecuadorian Embassy in London by UK police and arrested for breaching a bail condition. See 'Arrest update — SW1'. Upon arrival at a London police station, Julian …

US workers demand the release of Julian Assange
WSWS | wsws.org | 2019-04-16
Workers in the United States have reacted with outrage over the jailing of Julian Assange and the efforts of the Trump administration to illegally seize the WikiLeaks founder and subject him to detention, possible torture and even death.

Ecuador Gov't Violating Ola Bini Rights, His Father Warns
teleSUR | telesurenglish.net | 2019-04-16
The parents of Ola Bini, the Swedish software developer arrested in Ecuador earlier this week, gave a press conference in Ecuador's capital Quito Tuesday a day after they arrived into the country. | RELATED: | WikiLeaks 'Collaborator' Ola Bini in Preventative Custody | During the press conference, Ola Bini's father Dag Gustafsson rejected allegations against the activist, and requested that "the authorities support them and stop with the accusations." He said that Lenin Moreno's gover…

Julian Assange Arrested — Murdering Human Rights, Freedom of Speech — Murdering Freedom
Peter Koenig | globalresearch.ca | 2019-04-16
Indignation has no limits! Arresting Julian Assange is murdering the truth, murdering Human Rights — and eliminating freedom of speech, let alone freedom of the media. The latter has been a farce since a while, but what happened on 11 …

The California Act to Save Lives (AB 392) Passes in Assembly Public Safety Committee
Dave Id | indybay.org | 2019-04-16
In a huge milestone for limiting the ability of police to kill at will, the California Act to Save Lives (AB 392) passed in the State Assembly Public Safety Committee by a 5-2 vote on April 9. The bill was introduced this year by Assemblymember Shirley Weber (D-San Diego) and will save lives by restricting when police can use deadly force.

Basra struggles to tackle drug abuse problem filling prisons
Al-Thawra | indybay.org | 2019-04-16
The southern Iraqi city of Basra is struggling to cope with a growing drug problem that has overcrowded prisons and strained police resources, only months after violent protests over poor municipal services. Basra's prison system is clogged up.

She Accused Assange of Rape. Give Her a Chance for Justice
Human Rights Watch | hrw.org | 2019-04-16
Australian WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange speaks at the Ecuadorian embassy in London, May 19, 2017. On April 11, 2019, Assange was arrested at the embassy on a 2012 warrant issued by Westminster Magistrates' Court. | © 2017 AP/Matrix/MediaPunch/IPZ | When WikiLeaks' founder Julian Assange was arrested in London last week so he could face charges in the US, it raised deep concerns around media freedom. Amid…

Cash bail system drives mass incarceration of the poor — lawsuit against Detroit
RT | rt.com | 2019-04-16
Detroit's bail system disproportionately harms poor defendants and violates their constitutional rights, according to a lawsuit filed by the ACLU in that city, where a third of the population lives below the poverty line. | …

'The Twilight Zone': 'Replay' and the real terror of police brutality
Chauncey K. Robinson | peoplesworld.org | 2019-04-15
Editor's note: A review and analysis of Jordan Peele's "The Twilight Zone" episode three. Spoilers ahead. "We're all witnesses." — The Twilight Zone Jordan Peele's The Twilight Zone is currently airing weekly on the streaming service CBS All Access. In what is perhaps the best and most powerful story in the series to date, the …

The Assange Arrest is a Warning from History
John Pilger | dissidentvoice.org | 2019-04-15
The glimpse of Julian Assange being dragged from the Ecuadorean embassy in London is an emblem of the times. Might against right. Muscle against the law. Indecency against courage. Six policemen manhandled a sick journalist, his eyes wincing against his first natural light in almost seven years. That this outrage happened in the heart of …

How a Christian Nonprofit Helped a Controversial Minnesota Mining Company Buy Gear for Local Police
Alleen Brown | theintercept.com | 2019-04-15
Ely is one of a handful of small towns in lake-studded northeastern Minnesota where mining or oil pipeline proposals have divided communities. While other extractive industry projects have sparked anti-pipeline protests nearby, the effort to stop a proposed copper-nickel mine near Ely is provoking few if any police confrontations. But it is no less divisive. | Twin Metals, a subsidiary of the Chilean mining company Antofagasta, is pushing to mine the edge of the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness, one of Minnesota's most popular attractions for outdoorspeople, for which Ely serves as a major entry point. The m…

China: Further information: Disappeared activist at risk of torture: Gao Zhisheng
amnesty | amnesty.org | 2019-04-15
Gao Zhisheng, a former prisoner of conscience and human rights lawyer, is subject to enforced disappearance and may be at high risk of torture and death. No information about his whereabouts are known since he was taken away from his home in Yulin City, Shaanxi, northwest China, on 13 August 2017. Gao Zhisheng previously shared his experience of repeated torture in detention as a result of his work, raising fears that he is at high risk of torture and other ill-treatment or even death.

Assange's arrest, Sudan coup, USA VS Iran
unitedEditor | uwidata.com | 2019-04-15
Assange's arrest On Thursday, Assange was arrested in London at the Ecuadorian embassy where he had been taking refuse since 2012, before the country revoked his asylum and turned him over to UK authorities. Assange is accused of conspiring with WikiLeaks informant Chelsea Manning to steal and publish secret government documents. In the US, he …

Punishing the Past, Impeding the Future: the Arrest of Assange
Giorgio Agamben | counterpunch.org | 2019-04-15
I met Assange two years ago at the Embassy of Ecuador in London, and remembering what he had told me during our encounter I think one can understand why he was arrested today. Assange mentioned to me that he was investigating how Google was planning to make use of the immense quantity of information at…

South Africa: Attacks on Foreign Nationals
Human Rights Watch | hrw.org | 2019-04-15
Hundreds of foreign nationals displaced by xenophobic attacks in Durban on March 27, 2019 take refuge near the Sydenham Police Station. | © 2019 RAJESH JANTILAL/AFP/Getty Images. | (Johannesburg) — Authorities in South Africa should urgently investigate, and arrest and prosecute those responsible for a spate of violence against foreign nationals in Durban from March 25 to April 2, 2019, the South Africa-based African Diaspora Forum and Human Rights Watch…

Libya: Release migrants and refugees trapped in detention centres amid escalating clashes
amnesty | amnesty.org | 2019-04-15
Responding to a news report that more than 700 refugees and migrants in Libya were trapped in a detention centre in Qasr bin Ghasher in close proximity to intense armed clashes in Tripoli, Amnesty International's Deputy Director for the Middle East and North Africa, Magdalena Mughrabi, said: | "The Libyan government must immediately release all migrants and refugees from these horrific detention centres where they are held illegally and face appalling abuse and torture. The authorities must do everything to ensure the safety of these men, women and children, left without access to food, water and other essentials…

What Now Should People of Conscience Do to Protect Julian Assange?
Kim Petersen | dissidentvoice.org | 2019-04-14
Several headlines have blared "Julian Assange Arrested." This is misleading because Assange has been under de facto arrest ever since the Swedish authorities sought his extradition regarding sex-related allegations. Assange always stated that he was amenable to going to Sweden with a guarantee of no-further extradition to the United States. Sweden refused to accede to …

Assange and the Cowardice of Power
Michael Howard | dissidentvoice.org | 2019-04-14
Donald Trump has never heard of WikiLeaks, the publishing organization whose work he repeatedly and unequivocally touted during the 2016 election campaign. "I know nothing about WikiLeaks," he told reporters after Julian Assange was illegally arrested, after being illegally detained for seven years, in London. "It's not my thing and I know there is something …

Chomsky: Arrest of Assange Is "Scandalous" and Highlights Shocking Extraterritorial Reach of U.S
Democracy Now! | dissidentvoice.org | 2019-04-13
Attorneys for WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange are vowing to fight his possible extradition to the United States following his arrest in London, when British police forcibly removed Assange from the Ecuadorean Embassy, where he had taken asylum for almost seven years. On Thursday night, Democracy Now!'s Amy Goodman spoke to Noam Chomsky about Assange's arrest, …

Sudan: Investigate role of intelligence chief in protest killings
amnesty | amnesty.org | 2019-04-13
Responding to the news that Salah Gosh, head of Sudan's National Intelligence and Security Service (NISS), which spearheaded the deadly crackdown against protesters in recent months, has stepped down, Amnesty International's Deputy Regional Director for East Africa, the Horn and the Great Lakes, Sarah Jackson said: | "It is crucial that Sudan's new authorities investigate Salah Gosh's role in the killings of scores of Sudanese protesters over the past four months as well as allegations of torture, arbitrary detention and other human rights violations under his supervision of Sudan's NISS. Resignation from power m…

3 NAKED teens attack trooper and lead police on wild car chase (VIDEO)
RT | rt.com | 2019-04-13
In a tale that gets more bizarre as more details are revealed, three teenage women who were spotted sunbathing nude are in custody in Florida after assaulting a police officer and leading cops on a high speed pursuit. | …

John Pilger: Assange arrest is a warning from history
susan_p | greenleft.org.au | 2019-04-13
The glimpse of Julian Assange being dragged from the Ecuadorean embassy in London is an emblem of the times. Might against right. Muscle against the law. Indecency against courage. Six policemen manhandled a sick journalist, his eyes wincing against his first natural light in almost seven years. | That this outrage happened in the heart of London, in the land of Magna Carta, ought to shame and anger all who fear for "democratic" societies. Assange is a political refugee protected by international law, the recipient of asylum under a strict covenant to which Britain is a signatory. The United Nations made this cle…

NYC rallies for the Negros 14, farmers killed by Duterte regime
Fight Back | fightbacknews.org | 2019-04-13
New York, NY – Forty people gathered in front of the Consulate General of the Philippines, April 10, in New York City to demand justice for the Negros 14, and to stop the killings in the Philippines, as part of a global day of action. | The Negros 14 were a group of farmers murdered on March 30, with 12 others being illegally arrested. These murders are part of a continuous campaign by the Duterte government to target peasants and workers in the country. | The action was organized by the International Coalition for Human Rights in the Philippines Northeast and the Malaya Movement Northeast. The crowd chanted and…

What Wikileaks and Assange have revealed to the world
unitedEditor | uwidata.com | 2019-04-13
UWI reviews Wikileaks most important revelations On April 11, 2019, Wikileaks co-founder and editor Julian Assange was imprisoned. After his Ecuadorian citizenship being annulled, he was arrested inside the South American country's embassy in London where he had lived for 7 years. His next court date is set to take place on May 2. While …

The Arrest of Julian Assange is an Existential Threat to Journalism
Middle East Monitor | theantimedia.com | 2019-04-13
(MEMO) –Julian Assange, the publisher of WikiLeaks, was hauled by force out the Ecuadorian embassy in London on Thursday. British secret police snatched him at the invitation of the embassy, which had revoked Assange's asylum, first granted in 2012. Despite pretence that the arrest pertains to a minor bail-jumping charge — which would normally result in …

The Arrest of Julian Assange is an Existential Threat to Journalism

Suspect in Church Burnings Influenced by 'Black Metal' Music, Police Say, But Not All Black Metal is the Same
Michael Edison Hayden | splcenter.org | 2019-04-12
Holden Matthews, the 21-year-old man accused of burning three historically black churches in Louisiana, was influenced by "black metal," police say — a music genre sometimes tied to organized hate.

Chomsky: Arrest of Assange Is "Scandalous" and Highlights Shocking Extraterritorial Reach of U.S
Democracy Now! | democracynow.org | 2019-04-12
Attorneys for WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange are vowing to fight his possible extradition to the United States following his arrest in London, when British police forcibly removed Assange from the Ecuadorean Embassy, where he had taken asylum for almost seven years. On Thursday night, Democracy Now!'s Amy Goodman spoke to Noam Chomsky about Assange's arrest, WikiLeaks and American power.

Assange Arrest Sparks Interest in Gore Vidal Book
STAFF | therealnews.com | 2019-04-12
As police pulled Julian Assange out of the the Ecuadorian Embassy in London, the Wikileaks founder held on to a copy of "Gore Vidal: History of the National Security State," a collection of interviews the late author and critic of the security state did with Paul Jay, CEO and editor-in-chief of The Real News Network….

'The Promise and Hope' of 'The Chi'
Lisa Beringer | progressive.org | 2019-04-12
I braced for the stock situations common in inner city dramas: crooked cops, infighting amongst gangs, murders, and revenge. I found something else.

Julian Assange arrested: The warmakers' assault on free press
ANSWER Coalition | liberationnews.org | 2019-04-12
Wikileaks founder Julian Assange's arrest by UK authorities on behalf of the United States is a craven attempt by the Pentagon war machine and the rest of the imperial establishment to silence one of their most prominent critics.

Burundi: Expelled for Doodles
Human Rights Watch | hrw.org | 2019-04-12
The release of six schoolgirls and one boy, arrested last month for doodling on the Burundian president's photo and charged with "insulting the head of state", is not the end of their woes. | In a letter dated March 20, the director at the Akamuri school accused five of the seven children arrested on March 12 — aged 13 to 17 years old –, of "falsifying their schoolbooks," a violation of school regulations, and expelled them permanently from the school. | People are showing support for a group of Burundian schoo…

Sweden Could Reopen Rape Investigation of Julian Assange; U.K. Urged to Prioritize Swedish Case Over Extradition to U.S
Robert Mackey | theintercept.com | 2019-04-12
A woman who says Julian Assange forced himself on her in 2010 while she was sleeping has asked Swedish prosecutors to reopen a rape investigation.

The U.S. Government's Indictment of Julian Assange Poses Grave Threats to Press Freedom
Glenn Greenwald | theintercept.com | 2019-04-12
The indictment of Julian Assange unsealed today by the Trump Justice Department poses grave threats to press freedoms, not only in the U.S. but around the world. The charging document and accompanying extradition request from the U.S. government, used by the U.K. police to arrest Assange once Ecuador officially withdrew its asylum protection, seeks to crim…

Assange Arrested for Exposing U.S. War Crimes — Paul Jay
STAFF | therealnews.com | 2019-04-12
Wikileaks released Manning's leaked documents and exposed multiple crimes committed by the U.S. government and armed forces — Jay says this is getting lost in the corporate media coverage of Assange's arrest; when he was arrested, Assange carried a copy of TRNN's book "Gore Vidal on the History of the National Security State" which was…

Lebanon: Refer Torture Case to Civilian Court
Human Rights Watch | hrw.org | 2019-04-12
UPDATE: | Ziad Itani told Human Rights Watch that after his hearing on April 12, 2019, the military prosecution decided to return the case to the civilian judiciary. | (Beirut) — Lebanese judicial authorities should move the Ziad Itani torture case to the regular criminal courts, The Legal Agenda, Amnesty International, and Human Rights Watch said today. The Military Prosecution summoned Itani for a hearing on April 12, 2019, in violation of Lebanese law, which states that torture cases against security officials should be heard in civilian, no…

Vanessa Mbonu@naacpnet | naacp.org | 2019-04-11
BALTIMORE — The NAACP issued the following statement regarding the arrest of Holden Matthews in connection to fires at three historically Black churches in Louisiana: "The arrest of Holden Matthews for the horrific burnings of Black churches in Louisiana is just another example of the hate-fueled times that we live in. In African-American communities in …

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

UN experts warn Assange arrest exposes him to risk of serious human rights violations
United Nations | un.org | 2019-04-11
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.

Julian Assange Arrested in London After Ecuador Withdraws Asylum; U.S. Requests Extradition
Robert Mackey | theintercept.com | 2019-04-11
This breaking news report was last updated at 5: 27 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…

Julian Assange of WikiLeaks Arrested in London; Faces U.S. Charge Related to Chelsea Manning Leaks
Democracy Now! | democracynow.org | 2019-04-11
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…

Julian Assange arrested in London… who is still safe?
unitedEditor | uwidata.com | 2019-04-11
Ecuadorian authorities revoked Julian Assange's asylum and then allowed police to arrest him inside the country's London embassy. The founder of WikiLeaks was detained inside the embassy on Thursday, with seven men dragging him out of the building and into police custody. The former president of Ecuador Rafael Correa has already condemned current president Lenin …

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