2019-04-23: News Headlines

Democracy Now! (2019-04-23). Baltimore Writer D. Watkins: "We Speak for Ourselves: A Word from Forgotten Black America" democracynow.org "We Speak for Ourselves: A Word from Forgotten Black America." That's the name of a new book by D. Watkins that amplifies the experiences of poor black Americans typically sidelined by the public and the media—including his own life story. He writes, "I'm from the bottom, and what I mean by bottom is first-generation scholars, the project babies, the people without Wi-Fi, the workers, the people most likely to get hit by police bullets. We are the subjects of protests, the rarely heard-from even as our deaths are debated by media personalities who wouldn't step foot on our blocks. … To quote the brilliant…

Democracy Now! (2019-04-23). Johns Hopkins Students Enter Week 4 of Sit-In Protesting ICE Contracts & Plan for Armed Campus Cops. democracynow.org Students at Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore, Maryland, have entered their 21st day of a sit-in occupation of their campus administration building to protest the university's plans for an armed police force on campus, as well as Johns Hopkins's contracts with Immigrations and Customs Enforcement. Students at Johns Hopkins are demanding the cancellation of contracts with ICE and a pledge to donate all money received from ICE to Baltimore's immigration defense fund. They're also demanding voluntary recognition for all workers wishing to unionize, and a student and faculty representative spot on the university'

Staff (2019-04-23). Johns Hopkins Students Enter Week Three of Protesting ICE Contracts and Policing. truthout.org Students at Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore, Maryland, have entered their 21st day of a sit-in occupation of their campus administration building to protest the university's plans for an armed police force on campus, as well as Johns Hopkins's contracts with Immigrations and Customs Enforcement. Students at Johns Hopkins are demanding the cancellation of contracts with ICE and a pledge to donate all money received from ICE to Baltimore's immigration defense fund. They're also demanding voluntary recognition for all workers wishing to unionize, and a student and faculty representative spot on the universi…

teleSUR (2019-04-23). Passenger Bus Falls Off Ravine And Leaves At Least 25 Dead. telesurenglish.net In one of the deadliest traffic accidents this year, at least 25 people died Sunday night when a passenger bus fell more than 300 meters off a ravine in western Bolivia, local police said. | RELATED: | Argentina: Evo Morales Meets Macri to Discuss Bilateral Ties | "So far we are talking about 25 confirmed dead and 24 injured, but we are still working," Highway Patrol Chief Fernando RojasCommander Fernando Rojas told reporters. | According to the preliminary police report, the ac…

teleSUR (2019-04-23). Sri Lanka Update: Death Toll Climbs to 321. telesurenglish.net A police spokesperson announced Tuesday that the death toll from the Sri Lanka terrorist attacks has now risen from 290 to 321 victims. | RELATED: | Sri Lanka Muslims Warned Officials About Group Behind Attack | The first memorial services for the victims of these heinous terrorist attacks are expected to take place on Tuesday. They will follow the three minutes of silence that will observed at 8.30 A.M. local time during which the flags on most government buildings will be lowe…

Fréa Lockley (2019-04-23). Solidarity is growing to challenge police harassment of homeless people. thecanary.co In December 2018, stories about Gyula Remes caused outrage and shock after he died sleeping rough just yards from the houses of parliament. But … | Read more Solidarity is growing to challenge police harassment of homeless people | By Fréa Lockley

Whitney Webb (2019-04-23). French Ambassador Says Trump "Deal of the Century" Is DOA, Calls Israel 'Apartheid State'. globalresearch.ca "[Kushner] is so rational, and he is so pro-Israeli also, that he may neglect the point that if you offer the Palestinians the choice between surrendering and committing suicide, they may decide the latter. Somebody like Kushner doesn't understand that." …

Éric Toussaint (2019-04-23). From the BRICS countries to the townships: racial and social segregation continues. mronline.org Over 25 years ago now the people of South Africa won the struggle to end the Apartheid regime. Nevertheless, even though it is now against the law, de facto racial segregation is still apparent. | Source

teleSUR (2019-04-23). 5 Billionaires Arrested in Algeria Amidst Anti-graft Probe. telesurenglish.net Algeria's wealthiest businessman and four other billionaires close to former president Abdelaziz Bouteflika were arrested as part of a nation-wide anti-corruption investigation, state TV reported Monday. | RELATED: | Algeria To Hold Elections on July 4, 10 New Parties Approved | The five men are Issad Rebrab, founder and chairman of Cevital, Algeria's biggest privately held company; alongside the four Kouninef brothers Reda, Abdelkader, Karim, and Tarek, who were part of Bouteflik…

WSWS (2019-04-23). Prosecution of German artists' group dropped following mass protests. wsws.org Following a 17-month investigation, the prosecutor's office in Gera has ceased its investigation into the activities of the group of performance artists known as the Centre for Political Beauty.

WSWS (2019-04-23). New police crackdown in France as Macron to announce further austerity cuts. wsws.org At last Saturday's "yellow vest" protest, police were once again given free rein to violently assault and arrest protesters.

plenglish (2019-04-23). Mexico Detains Some 250 Migrants in Chiapas. plenglish.com Mexico, Apr 23 (Prensa Latina) Some 250 foreigners were detained by migration and Federal Police officers in Chiapas, on the Mapastepec-Pijijiapan Highway, at the Luis Echegaray immigration checkpoint, that force confirmed on Tuesday.

Keith McHenry (2019-04-23). Judge Burdick Rules Police Can Start Removing People and Survival Property from Camp Behind Ross. indybay.org PROTEST AT SANTA CRUZ CITY COUNCIL TUESDAY, APRIL 23RD AT NOON. Possible action on the levee outside the Gateway Plaza Camp on Wednesday, April 24 at 4: 00 PM.

Staff (2019-04-23). 'Mafioso Capitalism' and the Suicide of Peru's President. therealnews.com Prof. Gerardo Renique discusses the three other ex-presidents already in jail over the Odebrecht scandal, and Alan Garcia's death, just as he was about to be arrested for corruption…

teleSUR (2019-04-23). Saudi Arabia: 37 Executed on "Terrorism" Charges. telesurenglish.net 37 citizens were executed in Saudi Arabia on Tuesday for "terrorism" activities. | RELATED: | Rohingya Detainees on Hunger Strike Tortured by Saudi Arabia | The individuals were accused of cooperation with enemy organizations and against the interest of the state. Among the victims were 11 men who were convicted of spying for Iran and 14 others convict…

WSWS (2019-04-23). Police arrest over 1,000 climate change protesters in London. wsws.org Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn has issued no statement condemning the mass arrest of peaceful protesters.

teleSUR (2019-04-23). Mother of Julian Assange: Not Even Lawyers Can Visit Him. telesurenglish.net The mother of Julian Assange, founder of WikiLeaks, decried that even lawyers have been unable to visit her son in the London jail where he has been held since his being arrested and taken out of Ecuador's U.K. embassy two weeks ago. | RELATED: | Letter To Swedish PM From Int'l Figures On Behalf of Ola Bini | "My son has still not been able to recieve (sic) any visits. Not even from his lawyers!" Ms. Christine Assange wrote on Twitter S…

Democracy Now! (2019-04-23). Right-Wing Vigilantes Hold Migrants Hostage on U.S. Border. Did Border Patrol Give Tacit Approval? democracynow.org The FBI has arrested the head of an armed vigilante group that has repeatedly filmed itself detaining migrant border crossers at gunpoint. Sixty-nine-year-old Larry Mitchell Hopkins is the leader of the far-right, pro-Trump group calling itself United Constitutional Patriots, which the American Civil Liberties Union described as an "armed fascist militia organization." His arrest came just days after the ACLU accused the vigilantes of illegally detaining 300 migrants, including young children, near Sunland Park, New Mexico, last week. We speak to Peter Simonson, executive director of the ACLU of New Mexico.

Eoin Higgins, staff writer (2019-04-23). Kushner Talks of 'Accountability' for Crown Prince Just as Saudis Offer 'Egregious Display of Brutality' With Mass Beheadings. commondreams.org Washington's Gulf Institute director Ali Al-Ahmed called the killings "the largest mass execution of Shiites in the kingdom's history." | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…

Democracy Now! (2019-04-22). Sri Lankan Gov't Responds to Unprecedented Attacks with Surveillance, Social Media Blackout, Curfew. democracynow.org In one of the worst terrorist attacks to hit South Asia, Sri Lankan government officials say a local Islamist extremist group called the National Thowheed Jama'ath coordinated a series of eight bombings on Easter Sunday at churches and luxury hotels throughout the country. The attacks killed at least 290 people, injured more than 500 and left behind scenes of carnage and chaos. The government has apologized for not taking more preventative measures. Sri Lanka's telecommunications minister said a government memo circulated by Sri Lanka's top police official 10 days earlier warned of a possible attack, but that the…

WSWS (2019-04-22). At least 290 killed in terrorist bomb attacks in Sri Lanka. wsws.org Despite an intelligence alert 10 days before, both the government and police failed to warn the public and took little or no action to prevent the terrible bombings.

WSWS (2019-04-22). Young journalist Lyra McKee shot dead in Northern Ireland. wsws.org McKee was killed in the aftermath of a police raid on a house in the Creggan estate.

RT (2019-04-22). Under pressure, Herman Cain bows out of Fed nomination. rt.com Herman Cain asked for his nomination to the Federal Reserve Board to be withdrawn, US President Donald Trump has tweeted. The African-American conservative was opposed by Democrats and accused of sexual harassment.

Derrick Broze (2019-04-22). US Police Refuse to Stop Creating Fake Profiles on Facebook. theantimedia.com Local, state, and federal law enforcement are refusing to comply with Facebook's policy against law enforcement creating fake social media accounts. (TMU) — A new report by The Guardian details how U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) has violated Facebook policy by creating fake social media accounts connected to a fake university created to identify illegal immigrants. …

Whitney Webb (2019-04-22). French Ambassador Says Trump "Deal of the Century" Is DOA, Calls Israel 'Apartheid State'. mintpressnews.com "[Kushner] is so rational, and he is so pro-Israeli also, that he may neglect the point that if you offer the Palestinians the choice between surrendering and committing suicide, they may decide the latter. Somebody like Kushner doesn't understand that." — French Ambassador Gerard Araud…

Kenneth Surin (2019-04-22). Mueller Time? Not for Now. counterpunch.org The Mueller report does not exonerate Trump; it simply finds insufficient evidence of criminal conduct involved in Russian collusion. Mueller says he failed to find admissible or sufficient evidence proving criminal conduct beyond a reasonable doubt, that is, the standard of evidence involved in "making a traditional prosecutorial judgement". At the same time, while using More

Emerson Cheney (2019-04-21). #JusticeForStephanieAndPaul: Four days of protests against police terror in CT. liberationnews.org Liberation News on the scene at ongoing protests in Connecticut against police violence.

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

Alice Speri (2019-04-21). Baltimore Police Tried to Kill Keith Davis Jr. Prosecutors Have Been Trying to Convict Him of Murder Ever Since. theintercept.com In a case of mistaken identity, Baltimore police fired 44 shots at Keith Davis Jr., hitting him three times. He now faces his fourth trial for murder.

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—…

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.

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…

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…

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…

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…

amnesty (2019-04-18). 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). Yémen: Un universitaire yéménite détenu au secret. amnesty.org Youssef al Bawab, enseignant et homme politique, est détenu au secret au Bureau de la sécurité politique à Sanaa depuis le 2 avril 2019. Il court un risque élevé de subir des actes de torture. Il est privé de liberté depuis le 20 octobre 2016. En avril 2017, il a été inculpé d'infractions passibles de la peine capitale.

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…

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…

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

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

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…

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…

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…

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.

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.

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