2019-04-18: News Headlines

Democracy Now! (2019-04-18). Headlines for April 18, 2019. democracynow.org Attorney General Barr to Release Redacted Mueller Report, John Bolton Praises Monroe Doctrine as U.S. Sanctions Cuba, Venezuela, Nicaragua, New U.S. Sanctions to Target Remittances & Companies Doing Business in Cuba, North Korea Tests New Weapon, Rejects Role of U.S. Secretary of State, Trump Administration to End Reporting on Size of U.S. Nuclear Arsenal, Former Peruvian President Alan García Dies by Suicide as Police Move In, Teen Who Threatened Colorado Schools Dead of Self-Inflicted Gunshot, Philadelphia DA Clears Path for Mumia Abu-Jamal to Appeal Murder Conviction, New York Grants Parole to Brink's Heist Ge…

ACLU (2019-04-18). Dialing 911 Can Get You Evicted. aclu.org The eviction of Beverley Somai for calling the police is part of a disturbing trend | Last year, Beverley Somai learned a brutal truth that too many people across the country face: Calling the police can get you evicted. | In 2017, Ms. Somai and her adult disabled son moved to Bedford, Ohio, to seek housing stability and better educational and employment opportunities. However, a few months after settling in, Ms. Somai discovered that her neighbor played loud music at all hours of the night, making it impossible for her and her son to rest. Even worse, the neighbor began to intimidate Ms. Somai and her son by fol…

Oscar Grenfell (2019-04-18). Unsealed Affidavit Demonstrates US Seeking to Prosecute Assange for His Journalism. globalresearch.ca An affidavit unsealed by US prosecutors on Monday has underscored the unlawful character of the Trump administration's request that WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange be extradited to the US in the wake of his illegal expulsion from Ecuador's London embassy and …

Dave Id (2019-04-18). The California Act to Save Lives (AB 392) Passes in Assembly Public Safety Committee. indybay.org 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.

WSWS (2019-04-18). Hundreds of peaceful climate change protesters arrested in UK. wsws.org There have been no serious incidents of public disorder except when the police arrived in large numbers and swooped in to arrest people.

Michael Howard (2019-04-18). Assange and the Cowardice of Power. counterpunch.org 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 having More

amnesty (2019-04-18). Yemen: YEMENI ACADEMIC HELD INCOMMUNICADO: Youssef al-Bawab. amnesty.org Professor and political figure Youssef al-Bawab has been held in incommunicado detention in Sana'a's Political Security Office (PSO) since 2 April 2019 and is at heightened risk of being tortured. He has been detained since 20 October 2016. In April 2017, he was accused of charges that carry the death penalty. The legal proceedings against him have been seriously flawed, including enforced disappearance, excessive pre-trial detention, undue delays in his trial, allegations of torture and other ill-treatment, and lack of access to legal counsel and medical care. Amnesty calls on the Huthi de facto authorities to d…

amnesty (2019-04-18). Pakistan: My brother was killed for fighting for our rights. amnesty.org This blog is by Wrranga Luni, a Pashtun woman human rights defender from Pakistan, who pays tribute to her brother, Arman, a human rights defender who was killed after a protest in February 2019. At first, the police did not even let Arman's family file a police complaint. Now, they are still searching for justice. | My brother Arman Luni was never a quiet child. My mother tells me he would move her belongings all around the house, and hide in trees when she asked him about them. He loved soccer, almost as much as his family. He was mischievous, but always full of joy. | He used to call me his brother — bec…

WSWS (2019-04-18). Chinese authorities arrest editors involved with workers' protests. wsws.org Amid a slowing economy and growing signs of working class unrest, Beijing is using its police state apparatus to clamp down on opposition.

plenglish (2019-04-18). Public Prosecutor's Office Accumulates 164 Cases of Church Abuse. plenglish.com Santiago de Chile, Apr 18 (Prensa Latina) A total of 220 priests involved in sexual abuse are currently being investigated by the Chilean Prosecutor"s Office in 164 cases involving accusations filed by 246 victims.

WSWS (2019-04-18). Ecuadorian police repress mass march demanding Julian Assange's freedom. wsws.org Called under the slogan "not one less right," the march brought thousands into the streets of Quito where they confronted mounted police, dogs and tear gas.

Eliza Egret (2019-04-18). Palestinians urge us all to boycott Puma — a 'proud sponsor of Israeli apartheid'. thecanary.co Thursday 18 April is sports giant Puma's annual general meeting. But while the company's directors and investors celebrate annual growth, a Twitter-storm is taking … | Read more Palestinians urge us all to boycott Puma — a 'proud sponsor of Israeli apartheid' | By Eliza Egret

RT (2019-04-18). MILLIONS of pills: 60 doctors & pharmacists caught up in largest federal opioid bust in US history. rt.com Sixty doctors and other medical professionals across seven US states are facing federal charges for illegal opioid sales, in what prosecutors say is the biggest pill bust in American history.

Manuel E. Yepe (2019-04-18). Assange: Between Gratitude and Betrayal. counterpunch.org Julian Assange was arrested in England on Thursday, April 11, and is feared to be extradited to the United States to face charges for his actions during the Obama administration. According to an editorial in the Washington Post in 2011, such a conviction "would also cause collateral damage to the liberties of the U.S. media More

amnesty (2019-04-18). Russia: Environmental activist arrested, faces prison for peaceful protest. amnesty.org The Russian authorities have opened criminal proceedings against environmental activist and peaceful protester Vyacheslav Egorov, and placed him under house arrest pending trial. He is being investigated for the repeated violation of Russia's unduly restrictive rules governing public assemblies, under Article 212.1 of the Criminal Code. This is in contradiction to the Russian Constitutional Court ruling, on 10 January 2017, that protesters should not be held criminally liable under this Article unless their actions caused or threatened actual harm, and creates a dangerous precedent. Vyacheslav Egorov is a prisone…

Human Rights Watch (2019-04-18). Iraq: Torture Persists in Mosul Jail. hrw.org | | In its August 2018 report on Faisaliya detention facility, Human Rights Watch interviewed Mahmoud who said he was hung in the "bazoona" position at least six times while in detention, for hours. He said that at least four of those times, he lost consciousness before being taken down. Sometimes officers threw water at him before beating his back with a metal cable, he said. | © 2018 John Holmes for Human Rights Watch | (Erbil, April 18, 2019) — Iraqi

Gideon Polya (2019-04-18). Pro-Apartheid Israel Australian Labor Party Scraps Outstanding Anti-Israel Apartheid Candidate, Melissa Parke. globalresearch.ca Decent Australians want the Labor Party to win in the forthcoming Australian elections for the sake of the young, poor, disabled, sick, elderly, unemployed, Indigenous and the environment. However the right wing-dominated Labor Opposition is merely better than the appalling …

WSWS (2019-04-18). Algerian regime escalates police violence against growing protests. wsws.org Four days after police assaulted demonstrators with tear gas and rubber bullets, General Gaed Salah gave a nationally-televised address threatening protesters.

Richard Ward (2019-04-18). All Will be Punished. counterpunch.org The image of London police dragging Julian Assange from the Ecuadorian embassy was so disturbing and resonant on so many levels, one hardly knows where to begin. First, this person, this Moreno, has disgraced and degraded himself beyond historical repair. His name will be forever synonymous with betrayal of the most abject, vicious, and cowardly More

Consortiumnews (2019-04-17). How Ecuador's President Gave Up Assange. consortiumnews.com Lenin Moreno was desperate to ingratiate his government with Washington and distract the public from his mounting scandals, writes the Grayzone's Denis Rogatyuk. By Denis Rogatyuk Grayzone The images of six Metropolitan police officers dragging Julian Assange out of the Ecuadorian… Read more →

Andre Vltchek (2019-04-17). Julian Assange's Victory. dissidentvoice.org Throughout history, dark and reactionary forces have always attempted to control the world; by violence, by deceit, by kidnapping and perverting the mainstream narrative, or by spreading fear among the masses. Consistently, brave and honest individuals have been standing up, exposing lies, confronting the brutality and depravity. Some have fought against insane and corrupt rulers …

Democracy Now! (2019-04-17). ICC Makes "Dangerous Decision" to Drop Probe into U.S. War Crimes in Afghanistan After U.S. Pressure. democracynow.org The International Criminal Court has announced it will not investigate possible war crimes and crimes against humanity committed by the United States and other actors in Afghanistan. The court suggested the U.S.'s lack of cooperation with the investigation was behind the decision. Earlier this month, the U.S. revoked the visa of the ICC's chief prosecutor, Fatou Bensouda. A 2016 report by the ICC accused the U.S. military of torturing at least 61 prisoners in Afghanistan during the ongoing war. The report also accused the CIA of subjecting at least 27 prisoners to torture, including rape, at CIA prison sites in A…

United Nations (2019-04-17). Progress against torture in Afghan detention centres, but Government needs to do more, says UN report. un.org Torture is likely still widespread in Afghanistan's State-run prisons for detainees linked to ongoing conflict there, the UN said on Wednesday, while also noting an "encouraging reduction" in the level of abuse since 2016.

amnesty (2019-04-17). Madagascar: Journalist acquitted nearly two years after his arrest. amnesty.org On 2 April 2019, investigative journalist Fernand Cello was acquitted by the Fianarantsoa Appeal Court nearly two years after his arrest on charges related to his work and allegedly fabricated accusations that he stole a cheque book. Fernand Cello was arrested on 5 May 2017 and held in pre-trial detention for more than four months. He was convicted on 26 September 2017 on charges of theft of a chequebook and handed a two-year suspended sentence along with a heavy fine by the Ihosy court on 26 September 2017.

Peter Koenig (2019-04-17). Julian Assange Arrested: Murdering Human Rights, Freedom of Speech, Murdering Freedom. dissidentvoice.org 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 April and in preparation of 11 April — the storming by UK police of the …

Democracy Now! (2019-04-17). Extinction Rebellion: Meet the Famed Climate Attorney Who Superglued Herself Outside Shell's U.K. HQ. democracynow.org Extinction Rebellion. That's the name of the movement shutting down Central London this week in a series of direct actions, as activists close bridges, occupy public landmarks and even superglue themselves to buildings to demand urgent action to combat climate change. Police have arrested more than 300 people so far, and the protests are continuing. Today, activists have halted trains at Canary Wharf—a financial hub of the city—with two protesters climbing a train car and another supergluing his hand to a train window. We speak to Clare Farrell, one of the co-founders of the environmental action group…

Democracy Now! (2019-04-17). Headlines for April 17, 2019. democracynow.org Trump Vetoes Resolution Ending U.S. Support for War on Yemen, DOJ Orders Denial of Bond to Migrants, Allowing for Indefinite Detention, Trump Admin Resumes "Remain in Mexico" Policy, Dems Probing Report of Trump Pardon for Blocking Entry to Migrants, U.K.: Police Arrest 200+ Climate Activists Occupying Central London, D.C.: Extinction Rebellion Stages Protest in Front of RNC, French President Macron Vows to Rebuild Notre-Dame in 5 Years, Sudan: Al-Bashir Moved to Prison as African Union Sets Deadline to Install Civilian Gov't, Egypt: MPs Vote to Extend President Sisi's Rule to 2030, Indonesia: President Joko Wido…

Human Rights Watch (2019-04-17). Guinea: Create Special Unit to Probe Protest Deaths. hrw.org | | Anti-riot police clash with Guinean opposition supporters in Conakry on March 22, 2018. | © 2018 CELLOU BINANI/AFP/Getty Images. | (Nairobi) — The government of Guinea should set up a special task force of judges to investigate the conduct of the security forces and others engaged in unlawful acts during protests. The government's failure to adequately investigate a dozen alleged killings in 2018 by the security forces and several alleged…

Fight Back (2019-04-16). Unequal 'justice' in trial of killer cop in Minneapolis. fightbacknews.org 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…

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

Consortiumnews (2019-04-16). Assange's Judge a Disgrace to the Bench, Ex-UK Ambassador Says. consortiumnews.com 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 →

Human Rights Watch (2019-04-16). Bangladesh: Ensure Justice for Murdered Student. hrw.org | | Organizations hold a protest rally against the murder of Nusrat Jahan Rafi in Dhaka, Bangladesh, April 12, 2019. | © 2019 NurPhoto via Getty Images | (New York) — The Bangladesh government should thoroughly investigate the murder of a madrassa student and fairly prosecute all those responsible, Human Rights Watch said. The murder of Nusrat Jahan Rafi, who was killed after she fi…

Human Rights Watch (2019-04-16). She Accused Assange of Rape. Give Her a Chance for Justice. hrw.org | | 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…

RT (2019-04-16). Cash bail system drives mass incarceration of the poor — lawsuit against Detroit. rt.com 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. |

Alleen Brown (2019-04-15). How a Christian Nonprofit Helped a Controversial Minnesota Mining Company Buy Gear for Local Police. theintercept.com 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…

amnesty (2019-04-15). Libya: Release migrants and refugees trapped in detention centres amid escalating clashes. amnesty.org 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…

unitedEditor (2019-04-15). Assange's arrest, Sudan coup, USA VS Iran. uwidata.com 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 …

Human Rights Watch (2019-04-15). South Africa: Attacks on Foreign Nationals. hrw.org | | 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…

John Pilger (2019-04-15). The Assange Arrest is a Warning from History. dissidentvoice.org 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 …

Michael Howard (2019-04-14). Assange and the Cowardice of Power. dissidentvoice.org 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 …

susan_p (2019-04-13). John Pilger: Assange arrest is a warning from history. greenleft.org.au 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…

Fight Back (2019-04-13). NYC rallies for the Negros 14, farmers killed by Duterte regime. fightbacknews.org 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…

unitedEditor (2019-04-13). What Wikileaks and Assange have revealed to the world. uwidata.com 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 …

Michael Edison Hayden (2019-04-12). Suspect in Church Burnings Influenced by 'Black Metal' Music, Police Say, But Not All Black Metal is the Same. splcenter.org 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.

Democracy Now! (2019-04-12). Chomsky: Arrest of Assange Is "Scandalous" and Highlights Shocking Extraterritorial Reach of U.S. democracynow.org 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.

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

Democracy Now! (2019-04-12). Headlines for April 12, 2019. democracynow.org Julian Assange's Lawyers Vow to Fight His Extradition to the United States, Ecuadorean Ex-President Criticizes Successor for Allowing Assange to Be Arrested, Trump Claims "I Know Nothing About WikiLeaks" Despite Praising Site Repeatedly in 2016, Sudanese Protesters Denounce Military Rule, Call for Civilian Government, Report: White House Pushed Plan to Send Migrants to Sanctuary Cities to Punish Dems, Official Who Compared Family Detention Centers to Summer Camps Set to Become Head of ICE, More Offshore Drilling Feared as Senate Confirms Ex-Oil Lobbyist to Head Interior, Report: Amazon, Netflix, IBM, Chevron Paid…

ANSWER Coalition (2019-04-12). Julian Assange arrested: The warmakers' assault on free press. liberationnews.org 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.

Vanessa Mbonu@naacpnet (2019-04-11). NAACP'S RESPONSE TO THE ARREST OF SUSPECT IN THE LOUISIANA CHURCH BURNINGS. naacp.org 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 …

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_…

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