2019-05-04: News Headlines

Staff (2019-05-04). Guilt by Association? Arrest of Assange Friend Has No Basis. therealnews.com Cyber-security and privacy expert Ola Bini was arrested in Ecuador the same day that Ecuador revoked Julian Assange's asylum. A court now affirmed his pre-trial detention, while his parents and his lawyers say it has no basis…

Santa Cruz News (2019-05-04). Explosive Detonated During Ross Camp Eviction, According to Police. indybay.org Today an explosion was intentionally set as Santa Cruz Police were evicting homeless residents from the Ross/Heroes Camp in Santa Cruz, according to Chief of Police Andrew Mills. Mills posted a photo of the alleged explosion to his social media account.

WSWS (2019-05-04). Macron government fabrication of "yellow vest" hospital attack in Paris collapses. wsws.org The government's crude fabrication was aimed at casting the "yellow vest" protests as criminal and morally reprehensible, and justifying police-state violence.

Linda G. Ford (2019-05-03). Black Women Political Prisoners of the Police State. counterpunch.org The Rev. Joy Powell says she was "raped, railroaded and bamboozled" by police. Her crime? Being a poor black woman who faced off against the police—protesting their violent brutality against black people in Rochester, NY. Once she defied them, she was warned, then targeted and framed for serious crimes. A few weeks ago, Australian Julian More

Linda Ford (2019-05-03). Black Women Political Prisoners of the Police State. dissidentvoice.org The Rev. Joy Powell says she was "raped, railroaded and bamboozled" by police. Her crime? Being a poor black woman who faced off against the police—protesting their violent brutality against black people in Rochester, NY. Once she defied them, she was warned, then targeted and framed for serious crimes. A few weeks ago, Australian Julian …

Democracy Now! (2019-05-03). Headlines for May 3, 2019. democracynow.org Pelosi Accuses Barr of Lying to Congress over Mueller Report, Rep. Nadler Threatens to Hold Barr in Contempt, Over a Million Evacuate as Cyclone Slams Northeastern India, Venezuela Court Orders Arrest of Opposition Leader Leopoldo López, Two Activists Arrested Outside Venezuelan Embassy in D.C., EU Threatens to Sue U.S. over New Restrictions on Cuba, Senate Fails to Overturn Trump Veto on Yemen War, Assange to Fight Extradition to the United States, Pentagon Accused of Killing 10x as Many Civilians Overseas as Acknowledged in New Report, Report: U.S. Military Spending Is Higher Than Next Eight Countries Combined,…

Fight Back (2019-05-03). Wisconsin's May Day celebration demands drivers licenses for undocumented. fightbacknews.org Madison WI – Thousands gathered on, May 1 in celebration of May Day in Wisconsin's capital. Voces de la Frontera hosted the event and were able to bring in more than 17 different cities to attend. | The march and rally were not only in celebration of May Day, but also to put pressure on Wisconsin Republicans to pass legislation that would allow undocumented people to reinstate their driving licenses. | Hector Hernandez said, "We drove almost three hours this morning to demand drivers licenses. We cannot continue to be harassed by police when all we are trying to do is take our children to school." Currently, Gov…

WSWS (2019-05-03). The manufactured case of Long Beach "terrorist" Marc Steven Domingo. wsws.org The arrest of the Afghan war veteran has the characteristics of an entrapment operation by the FBI and other police agencies.

Human Rights Watch (2019-05-03). Venezuela: Violent Response to Demonstrators. hrw.org | | Journalists assist fellow reporter Gregory Jaimes who was injured after being shot by police officers near the La Carlota airbase during clashes with anti-government protestors in Caracas, Venezuela, Wednesday, May 1, 2019. | © 2019 AP Photo/Rodrigo Abd | (Washington, DC) — Reports of violence by security forces against anti-government protests in Venezuela raise fears of widespread gross violations of human rights against opposition supporters in the days…

WSWS (2019-05-03). After Spanish elections, Podemos pushes for pro-austerity PSOE government. wsws.org Even as the PSOE's police-state and austerity policies fuel the far right's rise, Podemos is asking to join a PSOE government and defending it from criticism on its left.

Olivia Rosane (2019-05-03). 500,000 bees killed by Texas arsonist. nationofchange.org Police are looking for an arsonist who burned several beehives in | Alvin, Texas, leading to the deaths of more than half a million bees, CNN reported Wednesday. | The | hives belonged to the Brazoria County Beekeepers Association, which had | 24 colonies at the site in total. The hives were discovered burning | early Saturday morning by a sheriff's deputy, who extinguished the | flames. Some of the bee boxes had also been tossed into a pond on the…

ACLU (2019-05-03). What Officer Noor's Conviction Says About Racism in America. aclu.org For the first time, Minnesota convicted a police officer for killing someone. That he was Black and the woman he shot was white must not be ignored. | On Tuesday, April 30, a Minnesota jury convicted police officer Mohamed Noor of third-degree murder and second-degree manslaughter for shooting and killing Justine Damond, a white Australian woman. Damond had called 9-1-1 to report a possible sexual assault near her apartment and then approached Noor's squad car when he and his partner responded to the call. Noor killed Damond, and he deserved to be found guilty. His decision to shoot and kill an unarmed person wit…

John W. Whitehead (2019-05-03). Predator Cops, Guilty of Sex Crimes Against Women and Children, Are a Menace to Society. counterpunch.org "Sexual predation by police officers happens far more often than people in the business are willing to admit." —Former Seattle police chief Norm Stamper How could this be happening right under our noses? That's what readers wanted to know after my column went viral about the extent to which young children are being bought and More

Lee Fang (2019-05-03). Chinese Fund Backed by Hunter Biden Invested in Technology Used to Surveil Muslims. theintercept.com On Wednesday, Human Rights Watch released a troubling report about a phone application made by the Chinese government. The app provides law enforcement with easy, daily access to data detailing the religious activity, blood type, and even the amount of electricity used by ethnic minority Muslims living in the western province of Xinjiang. | The app relies heavily on facial recognition software supplied by Face++, a division of the Chinese startup Megvii, a relationship that sparke…

Human Rights Watch (2019-05-03). Saudi Arabia: Second Case Against Jailed Shia Cleric. hrw.org | | Sheikh Mohammad Hassan Al-Habib. | © Private | (Beirut) — Saudi authorities are seeking to lengthen the prison sentence of a cleric known for supporting protests against the systematic discrimination of Saudi Arabia's Shia minority, Human Rights Watch said today. | The cleric, Sheikh Mohammad bin Hassan al-Habib, is serving a seven-year prison sentence for allegedly violating a pledge made to prosecutors, but he faces a second criminal case i…

Satya Vatti (2019-05-03). Proposed new census question steps up Trump administration's racist attacks on immigrants. liberationnews.org Given the track record of the U.S. government, with its racist history of deportations, incarceration and family separations under both the Democratic and Republican parties, the citizenship question on the census is sure to incite anxieties and fear among immigrants who are repeatedly scapegoated by politicians for mass unemployment and poverty that are in fact products of the capitalist economic system.

Christian Christensen (2019-05-03). On World Press Freedom Day, 10 Reasons Why Press Freedom Matters. commondreams.org Activists wear chains on their wrists as they protest outside the Egyptian Embassy to highlight the plight of jailed Egyptian photojournalist 'Shawkan', on August 14, 2017 in London, England. One photograph was taken for each of the 1,460 days that photographer 'Shawkan', whose real name is Mahmoud Abu Zeid, has spent in jail since being arrested while taking photographs during a military crackdown in 2013. (Photo: Carl Court/Getty Images) | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…

Miko Peled (2019-05-02). What Strikes Bernie Sanders as "Extremely Unfair" Is a Catastrophe for Millions of Palestinians. mintpressnews.com There will be hope when politicians like Bernie Sanders will have the courage to call the ethnic cleansing, genocide and apartheid — all crimes that Israel perpetrated and continues to perpetuate to this day — by their real name and not describe them as merely "extremely unfair."

Ramzy Baroud (2019-05-02). France and the EU, Recognizing Yet Supporting Apartheid Reality in Palestine. mintpressnews.com In the face of the US backing of Israel, EU foreign policy is inconsistent, weak and, ultimately, a failure. Alas, the idea which gained momentum during the early months of Trump's presidency that the EU can develop a truly independent foreign policy position on Israel and Palestine has proven wrong.

Democracy Now! (2019-05-02). Headlines for May 2, 2019. democracynow.org Attorney General Barr Grilled by Senate Judiciary over Mueller Report, Trump Administration Says It May Go to War to Oust Venezuelan President, Hundreds Arrested in St. Petersburg, Russia, and Paris, France, at May Day Rallies, Haitians Mark May Day with Calls for Living Wages, Ouster of President MoàØse, Honduras Cancels Education and Healthcare Privatization Plans Amid Protests, Puerto Rico May Day Protesters Demand End to Austerity Measures, 10,000 South Carolina Teachers Rally for Union Rights and Livable Wages, New York Domestic Workers Join Protest at the Trump Building on Wall Street, 16-Year-Old Gu…

Democracy Now! (2019-05-02). George Monbiot on U.K. Climate Emergency & the Need for Rebellion to Prevent Ecological Apocalypse. democracynow.org On Wednesday, the House of Commons became the first parliament in the world to declare a climate emergency. The resolution came on the heels of the recent Extinction Rebellion mass uprising that shut down Central London last month in a series of direct actions. Activists closed bridges, occupied public landmarks and even superglued themselves to buildings, sidewalks and trains to demand urgent action to combat climate change. Police arrested more than 1,000 protesters. Labour Party Leader Jeremy Corbyn told Parliament, "We are witnessing an unprecedented upsurge of climate activism, with groups like Extinction Re…

Fred_F (2019-05-02). Sex workers in Queensland campaign for full decriminalisation. greenleft.org.au Sex workers in Queensland are campaigning to decriminalise sex work 30 years after this was recommended by the Fitzgerald Inquiry into state police corruption. | Janelle Fawkes from the #DecrimQLD campaign told Green Left Weekly that for the past two decades Queensland has effectively had a licensing model, whereby it is not illegal to set up a brothel but there are significant and costly hurdles. As a result, only 20 legal brothels exist in the state. | This legal framework disadvantages erotic massage parlours that do not want to operate illegally but are prevented from getting licences under current law. It is…

Rachel M. Cohen (2019-05-02). After a Black Cop Was Convicted of Killing a White Woman, Minnesota Activists Say Focus Should Be Police Reform. theintercept.com Mohamed Noor's conviction marks the first guilty verdict for a fatal shooting by an on-duty cop in Minnesota in decades.

Human Rights Watch (2019-05-01). Iran: 2 Child Offenders Executed. hrw.org | | Mehdi Sohrabifar (blue background) and Amin Sedaghat (white background) were executed on April 25, 2019. | | © Private | (Beirut) – The execution of two children in southern Iran is an abhorrent violation of Iran's human rights obligations, Human Rights Watch said today. On April 25, 2019, authorities in Adel Abad prison in Shiraz, Fars province executed two 17-year-old cousins, Mehdi Sohrabifar and Amin Sedaghat. | Authorities arrested Sohrabifar and S…

Staff (2019-05-01). Baltimore Activist Threatened With Legal Action Over Participation in Hopkins Protests. therealnews.com Tawanda Jones, a noted anti-police brutality activist, says she won't be deterred from continuing to fight for justice for her brother Tyrone West, and other victims of police brutality…

Human Rights Watch (2019-05-01). China: How Mass Surveillance Works in Xinjiang. hrw.org

Staff (2019-05-01). Thousands Die, Millions Injured on the Job, and No Businesses Prosecuted. therealnews.com Bill Black describes how OSHA's few underfunded inspectors can't do their jobs, and prosecutors don't prosecute businesses for non-compliance…

Democracy Now! (2019-05-01). Ilhan Omar Speaks Out Against U.S. Sanctions & Bipartisan Support for Regime Change in Venezuela. democracynow.org Amid an ongoing coup attempt in Venezuela, we speak with Rep. Ilhan Omar of Minnesota, who questioned U.S. special envoy to Venezuela Elliott Abrams on Capitol Hill in February about his record. Abrams is a right-wing hawk who was linked to the 2002 coup attempt in Venezuela that tried to topple Hugo Chávez. In the 1980s, Abrams defended Guatemalan dictator General Efraín Ríos Montt as he oversaw a campaign of mass murder and torture of indigenous people. Ríos Montt was later convicted of genocide. Rep. Ilhan Omar says that there is a direct correlation between this type of detrimental U.S. foreign policy in Lati…

Robert Mackey (2019-05-01). New House Bill Would Bar Israel From Using U.S. Military Aid to Detain Palestinian Children. theintercept.com Rep. Betty McCollum's bill seeks to ban Israel from using U.S. funds to detain, interrogate, or torture Palestinian children in the occupied West Bank.

Democracy Now! (2019-05-01). Hands Off Ilhan Omar: Angela Davis & Black Women Leaders Defend Congresswoman from Right-Wing Attacks. democracynow.org African-American women leaders gathered on Capitol Hill Tuesday in defense of Congresswoman Ilhan Omar, one of the first two Muslim congresswomen in history and the first member of Congress to wear a hijab. Omar has been the target of numerous right-wing attacks since taking office, including by President Donald Trump himself. Omar says death threats against her have spiked in number since President Trump tweeted a video juxtaposing her image with footage of the 9/11 attacks. Congresswomen Ayanna Pressley and Rashida Tlaib, civil rights icon Angela Davis and others addressed the crowd Tuesday to urge Congress to…

unitedEditor (2019-05-01). What will follow the coup attempt in Venezuela? uwidata.com In Venezuela on April 30, a shootout took place between opposition and government forces in Caracas. In the course of the protests, more than 70 people were injured and some 80 were arrested. Opposition activist Juan Guaido called for the coup d'état in a video message posted to twitter, after which point riots began. Security …

Democracy Now! (2019-04-30). Headlines for April 30, 2019. democracynow.org Venezuelan Opposition Leaders Claim a Coup Is Underway, Trump to Make Asylum Seekers Pay Application Fees, Trump Organization Sues Banks in Bid to Resist Congressional Subpoenas, Pentagon Links More U.S. Military Members to Neo-Nazi Group, Christchurch, NZ Police Find Explosive Device Amid Fears of More Anti-Muslim Violence, Terror Suspect Arrested After Receiving Fake Explosives from FBI Informant, Lori Gilbert-Kaye, Killed in Synagogue Shooting, Mourned at San Diego Funeral, Trump to Designate the Muslim Brotherhood a Terrorist Organization, Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein, Who Oversaw Mueller Probe, Ste…

Michelle Chen (2019-04-30). Seeking Justice at Home. progressive.org Virginia juvenile justice advocates envision a correctional system not about police and prisons but about stability, families, and a continuum of care.

Human Rights Watch (2019-04-30). Trump Administration Slaps a Price Tag on Protection. hrw.org | | A Mission Police Dept. officer (L), and a U.S. Border Patrol agent watch over a group of Central American asylum seekers before taking them into custody on June 12, 2018 near McAllen, Texas. | © 2018 Getty Images | "Give me your rich and well-rested…yearning to breathe free." So the Trump administration seeks to rewrite America's traditional welcome to the persecuted: from now on the huddled masses, or anyone fleeing conflict and abuse, will have to pay a fee for the right to seek asylum. | President Trump ordere…

Glenn Greenwald (2019-04-30). Episode Three of "Animal Matters": What Are the Philosophical Premises For Why Animal Life Has No Value or is of Less Worth? theintercept.com As we learn about the widespread, industrial torture and slaughter of animals, how will we continue to ethically and intellectually justify these industrial practices?

Democracy Now! (2019-04-30). Angela Davis & Barbara Ransby: We Stand with Rep. Ilhan Omar, a Courageous, Bold Black Woman. democracynow.org Two of the founders of Black Lives Matter, as well as professor Angela Davis and scores of other black women, are holding a rally today on Capitol Hill to defend Congresswoman Ilhan Omar of Minnesota and to urge Congress to censure President Trump for his attacks on her. Omar made history earlier this year when she and Rashida Tlaib of Michigan became the first Muslim women in Congress. She is also the first member of Congress to wear a hijab. Omar, who was born in Somalia and came to the United States as a refugee, has been at the center of numerous right-wing attacks since taking office. Omar recently said deat…

Jared Ware & Miles Quarles (2019-04-29). How Movement To Free Mumia Abu-Jamal Prevailed Over Obstruction Of A Progressive Prosecutor. shadowproof.com A late December ruling by the Philadelphia County Court of Common Pleas Judge Leon Tucker re-opened pathways for long-time political prisoner Mumia Abu-Jamal to litigate his freedom. | "Progressive prosecutor" Larry Krasner's appeal of the ruling stood in the way until Wednesday, April 17. At issue was whether Ronald Castille—a former Philadelphia District Attorney, Pennsylvania Supreme Court Justice, and Krasner transition team member—had a constitutional duty to recuse himself from Mumia's appeals of…

Keegan Hankes, Rachel Janik and Michael Edison Hayden (2019-04-28). Shooting at Poway Synagogue Underscores Link Between Internet Radicalization and Violence. splcenter.org A shooting in a California synagogue in which police say a 19-year-old man killed one and injured three others underscores a link between online radicalization of white supremacists and terroristic violence.

Jamila Johnson, SPLC Senior Supervising Attorney (2019-04-26). SPLC: Louisiana's title of incarceration capital of the world an opportunity for reform. splcenter.org Louisiana once again has the highest incarceration rate, imprisoning 719 of every 100,000 residents, according to a report released this week by the U.S. Bureau of Justice Statistics.

Democracy Now! (2019-04-26). Filipina Journalist Maria Ressa Helped Expose Duterte's Deadly Drug War; He's Now Trying to Jail Her. democracynow.org The award-winning Filipina journalist Maria Ressa has been arrested twice in recent months by the Philippines government as President Rodrigo Duterte cracks down on critics and the media. In February, she was detained in a cyber libel case that's widely seen as politically motivated. She was arrested again in late March for allegedly violating a ban on foreign media ownership. Duterte has long attempted to shut down Rappler, which has published groundbreaking work on Duterte's deadly war on drugs that has killed thousands. Duterte has repeatedly described the site as fake news outlet. We speak with Maria Ressa, t…

Adam Johnson (2019-04-26). Dozens Condemned by Media as 'Gang Members' Not Actually Gang Members, Study Confirms. fair.org Bronx 120 Report ( 4/19) | In the immediate wake of the now infamous "Bronx 120 gang raid," carried out by the Department of Homeland Security, the FBI and the NYPD on the Eastchester Gardens and Edenwald House housing projects in New York City's Bronx on April 27, 2016, New York media uncritically and predictably repeated the NYPD and federal prosecutors' claim that all those arrested were "gang members"—a sprawling conspiracy of murderers, drug dealers and gun runner…

SAMIR (2019-04-26). Palestinians call on Iceland's Eurovision contestant Hatari to withdraw. bdsmovement.net Palestinians call on Iceland's Eurovision contestant Hatari to withdraw: PACBI StatementCancelling performance in apartheid Tel Aviv would be a meaningful expression of solidarity for the band, who are on record supporting Palestinian rights. | Cultural Boycott Boycott Eurovision 2019April 26, 2019…

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