2019-04-21: News Headlines

AMNMHR (2019-04-21). Police, Boston Marathon put people experiencing homelessness on the run. liberationnews.org Housing for all, NOW!

teleSUR (2019-04-21). Death Toll Climbs to 200 in Sri Lanka After 2 More Explosions. telesurenglish.net Sri Lankan police on Sunday reported there had been a seventh explosion, the fourth at a hotel, following six reported at hotels and churches earlier in the day that killed nearly 140 people. | RELATED: | Powerful Blasts Hit Hotels, Churches in Sri Lanka on Easter | The latest explosion to be reported was at a hotel near the national zoo, which is in an area near the capital Colombo. | "There was an explosion in a hotel in Dehiwela near the zoo," a police official told Reuters ad…

teleSUR (2019-04-21). Powerful Blasts Hit Hotels, Churches in Sri Lanka on Easter. telesurenglish.net Easter Day bomb blasts at three Sri Lankan churches and three luxury hotels killed 160 people and wounded more than 370, hospital and police officials said, following a lull in major attacks since the end of the civil war 10 years ago. | RELATED: | Sri Lanka: President Loses 3 MPs as Former PM Sworn In Again | In just one church, St. Sebastian's in Katuwapitiya, north of Colombo, more than 50 people had been killed, a police official told Reuters, with pictures showing bodies on…

Let Us Live Coalition (2019-04-21). AB392: Ways To Take Action to Save Lives from Police Violence. indybay.org We are gearing up for a historic battle in Sacramento and in our communities this legislative session.

Stephen Lendman (2019-04-20). Police State Ecuador Under Lenin Moreno. globalresearch.ca Former Ecuadorian President Rafael Correa and Moreno are world's apart. | Correa expelled the Pentagon from his country, shutting down its Manta airbase, the region's largest. Moreno invited what no country should tolerate on its territory to return. | Economist President Correa …

teleSUR (2019-04-20). Sudanese Military Finds $7M in Cash in Bashir's Home. telesurenglish.net Sudan's top state prosecutors have ordered an investigation of deposed President Omar al Bashir for money laundering and possession of large amounts of foreign currency after authorities found well over 6 million euros stashed away in his home. | RELATED: | African Union Presses Sudan's Army to Transfer Power in 15 Days | If convicted, Bashir, who was removed from office in a military coup April 11, faces up to 10 years of prison, according to EFE. | Sudanese Army and Intellig…

Staff (2019-04-20). Police: 'New Breed' of Terrorists in Northern Ireland. truthdig.com A young journalist is killed in the city of Londonderry during riots that likely had the support of the dissident group The New IRA.

Staff (2019-04-20). How the IRS Gave Up Fighting Political Dark Money Groups. truthout.org

WSWS (2019-04-20). CIA director called out for complicity in torture. wsws.org US Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) Director Gina Haspel was delivering a recruiting pitch to students at Auburn University on Thursday where she was called out by an audience member for her participation in torture and other crimes.

Alexander Rubinstein (2019-04-20). Former ISIS Commanders Rehabilitated as Traffic Cops in Syria Under US Watch. theantimedia.com (MPN) — Locals of Ein Issa, a Syrian town just north of the city of Raqqa are reportedly fed up with former ISIS members and commanders who have been rehabilitated by U.S. proxy forces as traffic cops. "Reliable sources" told the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights (SOHR) that former Daesh militants have been converted into "security members" …

Philip A Farruggio (2019-04-20). Easter 2019: Criminal Insanity and the Crucifixion of Truth. globalresearch.ca Interesting how on the week before Easter, around Palm Sunday to be exact, they came in and forcefully arrested Julian Assange. Some short time before that the US government once again arrested Chelsea Manning. She was told to ' fess …

Staff (2019-04-20). Egypt Votes on Referendum Extending El-Sissi's Rule to 2030. truthdig.com CAIRO — Egyptians voted Saturday on constitutional amendments that would allow President Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi to stay in power until 2030 and broaden the military's role — changes blasted by critics as another major step toward authoritarian rule. | The referendum came amid an unprecedented crackdown on dissent in recent years. El-Sissi's government has arrested thousands of people, most of them Islamists but also prominent secular activists, and rolled back freedoms won in a 2011 pro-democracy uprising. | Polls opened at 9 a.m. (0700 GMT). Voting will stretch over a period of three days to allow max…

teleSUR (2019-04-20). N. Ireland: Police Arrest 2 Suspects in Reporter's Murder. telesurenglish.net Police Service of Northern Ireland (PSNI) officials stated Saturday that the Major Investigation Team assigned to the murder case of Lyra McKee, have made a breakthrough and arrested two male suspects. | RELATED: | 'An Act of Hate': Journalist Shot Dead in Northern Ireland Riots | "Major Investigation Team detectives have arrested two men, aged 18 and 19 under the Terrorism Act, in connection with the murder of Lyra McKee in the Creggan area of Derry on Thursday, 18th April," th…

WSWS (2019-04-20). UK home secretary demands climate change protesters face "full force of the law" wsws.org More than 682 climate change protesters have been arrested since Monday.

Natasha Lennard (2019-04-20). Why Philly's Reformist Prosecutor Finally Supports Letting Mumia Abu-Jamal's Appeal Go Forward. theintercept.com Activists were angry when Philly DA Larry Krasner initially objected to Mumia Abu-Jamal's path to a new appeal, but Krasner changed course last week.

Staff (2019-04-19). The Baltimore Uprising: Four Years Later. therealnews.com 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—…

The Conversation (2019-04-19). By Not Investigating the U.S. For War Crimes, the International Criminal Court Shows Colonialism Still Thrives in International Law. globalresearch.ca 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, …

Alexander Rubinstein (2019-04-19). Former ISIS Commanders Rehabilitated as Traffic Cops in Raqqa Suburbs Under US Watch. mintpressnews.com 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."

ACLU (2019-04-19). We Sued to End the Evils of Cash Bail in Michigan. aclu.org 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…

Alexander Rubinstein (2019-04-19). Thought Police: US, Israel Increasingly Banning & Deporting Ideological Enemies. mintpressnews.com 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…

Human Rights Watch (2019-04-19). Algeria: Police Renew Crackdown on Mass Protests. hrw.org | | 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…

Staff (2019-04-19). Cut Military Aid, Not Humanitarian Aid, to Reduce Refugee Numbers. therealnews.com Trump's announcement to cut humanitarian aid to Central America will not have much effect. It's the military aid that reinforces brutality in Guatemala and Honduras, says Prof. Adrienne Pine…

Robert Mackey (2019-04-19). Northern Ireland Mourns Lyra McKee, Journalist and LGBT Activist Shot at Nationalist Riot. theintercept.com 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.

Jimmysllama (2019-04-19). Before Ousting Assange, Moreno Government Spied on the Journalist for Over a Year. mintpressnews.com 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.

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 fo…

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…

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

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

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). 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…

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 →

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.

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…

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…

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.

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…

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…

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.

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…

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 …

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.

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