2019-04-19: Social Media Postees

The Baltimore Uprising: Four Years Later
Staff | therealnews.com | 2019-04-19
On Wednesday evening, Tawanda Jones stood with friends and family and told a crowd about her brother, Tyrone West, just as she has done every week since his death in July 2013. | She recounted how on July 18, 2013, West was stopped by Baltimore Police Department (BPD) officers and Morgan State University police, pulled out of his car, grabbed, beaten, pepper-sprayed and tased–dead in police custody. | "That's what happened to my brother–modern day slavery, modern day lynching," Jones said. | Behind her, there used to be a Confederate statue–…

Separatists Ambush Bus, Kill Dozens After Checking IDs
teleSUR | telesurenglish.net | 2019-04-19
Late Thursday gunmen – clad in police and paramilitary gear – ambushed a bus on a highway in a remote area of the southwestern Baluchistan province and killed more than a dozen people, Pakistani officials have confirmed. | RELATED: | Pakistan Suicide Bombing Kills 20, Half Minority Muslims | Prime Minister Imran Khan ordered authorities "to make every possible e…

Former ISIS Commanders Rehabilitated as Traffic Cops in Raqqa Suburbs Under US Watch
Alexander Rubinstein | mintpressnews.com | 2019-04-19
The rehabilitated ISIS fighters are reportedly "imposing bribes" and royalties on vehicles, "not to mention the shameful acts against the pedestrians in the streets and the harassment of the citizen women."

By Not Investigating the U.S. For War Crimes, the International Criminal Court Shows Colonialism Still Thrives in International Law
The Conversation | globalresearch.ca | 2019-04-19
On April 5, the United States revoked the visa of the International Criminal Court's (ICC) chief prosecutor, Fatou Bensouda, for her attempts to open an investigation into alleged war crimes committed by the U.S. in Afghanistan. A week later, …

The ICC Shows Colonialism Still Thrives in International Law
Staff | truthout.org | 2019-04-19
On April 5, the United States revoked the visa of the International Criminal Court's (ICC) chief prosecutor, Fatou Bensouda, for her attempts to open an investigation into alleged war crimes committed by the U.S. in Afghanistan. A week later, judges at the ICC rejected Bensouda's request to open a probe into U.S. involvement in Afghanistan. | While rights advocates condemned this mov…

Peru's Ex-President Kuczynski Condemed to 3 Years in Prison
teleSUR | telesurenglish.net | 2019-04-19
Peru's Justice Department this Friday condemned former President Pedro Pablo Kuczynski to up to 3 years of preventative prison for his presumed role in aggravated money laundering related to the the Odebrecht corrpution case. He has not been found guilty of a crime up to this point. | RELATED | Peru: Former President Kuczynski Arrested for Alleged Falsified Odebrecht Payments | Kuczynksi had been arrested last week for allegedly receiving US$1 million from Od…

Egypt stages referendum to institutionalize General Sisi's dictatorship
WSWS | wsws.org | 2019-04-19
The consolidation of the bloody police-state dictatorship enjoys the support of both Washington and the major European powers.

'An Act of Hate': Journalist Shot Dead in Northern Island Riots
teleSUR | telesurenglish.net | 2019-04-19
A 29-year-old Northern Irish journalist was shot dead during rioting in Londonderry overnight, an attack that shocked the region and police said was likely the work of Irish nationalist militants opposed to the 1998 Good Friday peace deal. | RELATED | Dublin Backs Brexit Delay as Labour Accepts Deal Talks with May | Rioting hit the Irish nationalist Creggan area of the city in Northern Ireland late Thursday after a raid by police, who said they were trying to prevent militant…

Northern Ireland Mourns Lyra McKee, Journalist and LGBT Activist Shot at Nationalist Riot
Robert Mackey | theintercept.com | 2019-04-19
Lyra McKee, a young writer and activist for LGBT rights, was killed by a bullet fired in the direction of police officers and journalists in Derry.

Australian filmmaker James Ricketson demands release of Julian Assange
WSWS | wsws.org | 2019-04-19
Ricketson was arrested in Cambodia in 2017 and imprisoned for 15 months on bogus claims that he was spying for "foreign states."

Midnight Family from Mexico, The Last Truck and American Factory–about a former GM plant, murderous Detroit police and I Am Richard Pryor: A mixed lot
WSWS | wsws.org | 2019-04-19
In some cases, good intentions are mingled with a socially non-committal attitude–in others, an obvious feeling for important issues is marred by middle-class prejudices and conceptions.

Algeria: Police Renew Crackdown on Mass Protests
Human Rights Watch | hrw.org | 2019-04-19
Protesters confront police officers during a demonstration against the country's leadership, in Algiers, Friday, April 12, 2019. | © 2019 AP Images/Mosa'ab Elshamy | (Beirut, April 19, 2019) ≠ Algerian authorities have resumed forcibly dispersing peaceful demonstrations and arbitrarily detaining protesters in the capital, Algiers, Human Rights Watch said today. The government crackdown is an apparent attempt to curb the massive pro-democrac…

Growing popular support for Julian Assange in Australia
WSWS | wsws.org | 2019-04-19
Since Assange's illegal arrest by the British police last Thursday, 75,000 more people have signed a petition demanding that the Australian government take action to defend the WikiLeaks founder.

Before Ousting Assange, Moreno Government Spied on the Journalist for Over a Year
Jimmysllama | mintpressnews.com | 2019-04-19
Assange and whistleblower Chelsea Manning brought the U.S. government to its knees by exposing its torture of Guantanamo Bay detainees and war crimes in Iraq. They have been trying to recover ever since and the Trump administration is now more than ever willing to exact full revenge upon those who exposed the truth.

Thought Police: US, Israel Increasingly Banning & Deporting Ideological Enemies
Alexander Rubinstein | mintpressnews.com | 2019-04-19
TEL AVIV/WASHINGTON — Israel and the U.S. are simultaneously stepping up repression in the form of travel restrictions against critics of the apartheid state. | A Palestinian activist has been barred from entering the U.S. while an advocate with a leading human rights NGO — Human Rights Watch (HRW) — faced a ruling on Tuesday in Israeli courts which upheld the government's deportation order against him. | Last week, the U.S. banned a founder of the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions movement, one Omar Barghouti, from entering its soil. Though the government's official explanation was "immigration r…

We Sued to End the Evils of Cash Bail in Michigan
ACLU | aclu.org | 2019-04-19
Money bail traps people of color in a maze that is not justice, and perpetuates mass incarceration and its racial disparities. | Imagine being poor and being arrested by the police in Detroit. You are supposed to be innocent until proven guilty, but with no money, you will remain in jail for up to 3 days before you can see a judge called a magistrate. | That's just the beginning of the harm visited on one of our clients in the 36th District Court in Detroit, Davontae Ross. He spent days behind bars because he couldn't afford to pay $200 of bail relating to a 5-year old ticket for allegedly staying in a park after…

The Official Skripal Story is a Dead Duck
Craig Murray | globalresearch.ca | 2019-04-18
One of the striking things about the official Skripal story is the way its more wildly improbable aspects have been released to the mainstream media over a long period, so as to manage their impact. So, for example, police acknowledgement …

Bangladeshi Girl Burned to Death For Sexual Harassment Complaint
teleSUR | telesurenglish.net | 2019-04-18
A Bangladeshi teenager Nusrat Jahan Rafi was burned to death at her school after filing a sexual harassment complaint. | RELATED: | Bangladesh: Mysterious Person On Killing Spree of Rapists | Nusrat, 19, from Feni, a small town in the south of the country, was allegedly sexually harassed by her principal. He called her in his office and repeatedly touched her forcing her to run out of the office. | The teenager went to her local police station to file a complaint where the officer i…

Dialing 911 Can Get You Evicted
ACLU | aclu.org | 2019-04-18
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 fo…

Pakistan: My brother was killed for fighting for our rights
amnesty | amnesty.org | 2019-04-18
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…

Russia: Environmental activist arrested, faces prison for peaceful protest
amnesty | amnesty.org | 2019-04-18
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…

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

Iraq: Torture Persists in Mosul Jail
Human Rights Watch | hrw.org | 2019-04-18
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…

Palestinians urge us all to boycott Puma — a 'proud sponsor of Israeli apartheid'
Eliza Egret | thecanary.co | 2019-04-18
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…

amnesty | amnesty.org | 2019-04-18
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…

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

How Ecuador's President Gave Up Assange
Consortiumnews | consortiumnews.com | 2019-04-17
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 ?…

Julian Assange's Victory
Andre Vltchek | dissidentvoice.org | 2019-04-17
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 …

Progress against torture in Afghan detention centres, but Government needs to do more, says UN report
United Nations | un.org | 2019-04-17
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.

Madagascar: Journalist acquitted nearly two years after his arrest
amnesty | amnesty.org | 2019-04-17
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.

Guinea: Create Special Unit to Probe Protest Deaths
Human Rights Watch | hrw.org | 2019-04-17
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…

Julian Assange Arrested: Murdering Human Rights, Freedom of Speech, Murdering Freedom
Peter Koenig | dissidentvoice.org | 2019-04-17
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 …

ICC Makes "Dangerous Decision" to Drop Probe into U.S. War Crimes in Afghanistan After U.S. Pressure
Democracy Now! | democracynow.org | 2019-04-17
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…

Extinction Rebellion: Meet the Famed Climate Attorney Who Superglued Herself Outside Shell's U.K. HQ
Democracy Now! | democracynow.org | 2019-04-17
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…

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…

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.

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…

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 …

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…

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…

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 …

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…

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.

'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.

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 …

Justice Department Charges Julian Assange With Computer Crime But Alleges Conspiracy To Abet Espionage
Kevin Gosztola | shadowproof.com | 2019-04-11
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…

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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