2019-04-24: News Headlines

teleSUR (2019-04-24). Death Toll in Sri Lanka Rises to 359. telesurenglish.net The death toll from the Easter Sunday terrorist attacks has now surpassed 350 as the investigation continues, the police said on Wednesday. The additional deaths were the result of the wounded dying of their injuries. At least 500 people were injured during the Easter Sunday attacks. | RELATED: | ISIS Claims Responsibility For Sri Lanka Terrorist Attacks | The Sri Lankan authorities have now set the death toll at 359, which is an increase by 38 since yesterday. | In a recent deve…

teleSUR (2019-04-24). Ugandan Police Place Activist MP Bobi Wine Under House Arrest. telesurenglish.net Ugandan activist and musician-turned-Member of Parliament (MP) Robert Kyagulanyi, best known as Bobi Wine, has been placed under house arrest after being detained by police and being forced to cancel scheduled events. | RELATED: | Jamaica: Uganda Activist Bobi Wine Says He Is Still State Enemy | "Police and the military have been deployed at my residence since yesterday, after the violent arrest. My home is under siege. They have surrounded my fence and installed barricades on…

Keith McHenry (2019-04-24). 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.

Alison Weir (2019-04-24). Julian Assange Exposed the Crimes of Powerful Actors, Including Israel. globalresearch.ca Wikileaks publisher Julian Assange is incarcerated in a UK prison that has been called "Britain's Guantanamo." His crime was exposing actions the US government, the media, the Democratic—Clinton machine, Israel, and others wanted kept hidden, including war crimes and torture….

WSWS (2019-04-24). Severe police-state measures come into force in Sri Lanka. wsws.org Under the pretext of fighting terrorism, the Colombo government is strengthening its security forces amid a resurgence of working-class struggles.

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'

NADCHARVE (2019-04-23). France Falls Behind as #MeToo Goes Global. truthdig.com Truthdig is proud to present this article as part of its Global Voices: Truthdig Women Reporting, a series from a network of female correspondents around the world who are dedicated to pursuing truth within their countries and elsewhere. | Yes, French women have begun to talk. Growing numbers are reporting sexual assault and sexual harassment to police, thanks in large part to the #MeToo movement. New legislation is addressing sexual harassment, and prominent campaigns are raising funds to support women's rights groups. | On Friday, the verdict in a high-profile case involving sexual harassment reflected the prog…

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

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.

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…

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.

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.

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." …

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). 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…

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…

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…

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

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.

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—…

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…

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…

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.

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). 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

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…

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). 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…

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.

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…

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.

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.

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 …

Joe Tache (2019-04-10). BDS organizers say 'don't dance with apartheid' in Boston. liberationnews.org BDS organizers picket Israeli dance troupe.

splcenter (2019-04-08). Alabama city holds 'Amnesty Week,' part of SPLC settlement of federal lawsuit over private probation scheme. splcenter.org The city of Gardendale, Alabama, today began a week in which it will allow people who are facing municipal offenses to clear their cases, without being arrested.

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