2019-05-06: News Headlines

Jessica Corbett, staff writer (2019-05-06). 400+ Former Federal Prosecutors: Trump Would Face Obstruction Charges If He Weren't President. commondreams.org More than 400 former federal prosecutors asserted in a statement published on Medium Monday that President Donald Trump would face multiple felony charges for obstruction of justice if he did not hold his current office. | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…

WSWS (2019-05-06). Red Joan: A British spy story skirts some issues. wsws.org The film is loosely based on the case of Melita Norwood, arrested in 1999 and accused of passing classified information to the Soviet Union.

teleSUR (2019-05-06). Sri Lanka: Curfew Imposed Post-Sinhala Muslim Clashes. telesurenglish.net Sri Lanka police arrested two men after a personal feud led to clashes between Sinhalese and Muslims in a beachside resort north of the capital, the site of one of the deadliest Easter Sunday suicide bombings, as schools reopened to near-empty classes. | RELATED: | Sri Lanka Bans All Face Coverings to Facilitate Suspect IDing | Two weeks after 257 peo…

Human Rights Watch (2019-05-06). Cameroon: Routine Torture, Incommunicado Detention. hrw.org | | A patrol of Cameroonian gendarmes in the Omar Bongo Square, Buea, capital of the South-West region, on October 3, 2018 on the sidelines of a political rally. | © 2018 Marco Longari/AFP/Getty Images | (Nairobi) — Cameroonian authorities have tortured and held incommunicado detainees at a detention facility in Yaoundé, Cameroon's capital. Gendarmes and other security forces at the State Defense Secretariat (Secrétariat d'Etat à la défense, SED) have severely bea…

Andrew Emett (2019-05-06). Minneapolis agrees to pay $20M to family of unarmed woman killed by police. nationofchange.org "There was not a clear threat before the use of force was made. This is not a victory for anyone, but rather a way for our city to move forward."

Chauncey K. Robinson (2019-05-06). Unsealed report reveals Oscar Grant's murder by BART police was no accident. peoplesworld.org Ten years after the murder of Oscar Grant at the hands of Bay Area Rapid Transit (BART) police officers in Oakland, a newly unsealed internal report confirms his death was most likely not an accident and that one officer involved in the deadly shooting repeatedly lied about the facts of that tragic night. This internal …

teleSUR (2019-05-06). 1,000 Israeli Soldiers To Arrive in Honduras to Train Troops. telesurenglish.net A multilateral military treaty between Honduras, Israel, and the United States will see the deployment of 1000 Israeli soldiers at Honduras. They will train the Armed Forces of Honduras (FFAA) and National Police (PN). | RELATED: | Honduran Police Clashes with Protesters over Health and Education | The main mission of the troops is to train…

unitedEditor (2019-05-05). April 2019 — geopolitical events. uwidata.com Europe Assange arrested On April 11, Julian Assange, founder of Wikileaks, was arrested in London after Ecuador revoked political asylum earlier granted to the journalist. Since 2012, Assange has been held in the Ecuadorian embassy in London. Britain is likely to extradite Assange to the US against Assange's wishes. Assange is accused in …

teleSUR (2019-05-05). Nigerian Women Arrested over Sex Work Allegations and Assaulted. telesurenglish.net In Nigeria, being a young woman "is a crime", said a 25-year-old beautician, arrested two weeks ago while walking home in the capital Abuja. | RELATED: | 5 Years on, Nigeria Still Awaits The Abducted 112 Schoolgirls | She says she was detained, assaulted and then raped by those meant to protect her. | "Around 9 p.m., or 10 p.m., I was walking back home," she said. "The police arrested me in the street, accusing me of 'being out late'." | The officers demanded she pay 4,000 nair…

teleSUR (2019-05-05). France Launches Pact to Ensure Gender Equality in Europe. telesurenglish.net A pact was launched Sunday by the French government to promote European feminist policy prior to the regional elections of European Parliament scheduled for May 26. | RELATED: | France Fines 450 People for Catcalling, Street Harassment | The Secretary of State for Equality between women and men, Marlene Schiappa, and the head of the forme…

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…

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.

RT (2019-05-04). Watch out, Islamophobia? America's 'first Muslim patrol' hits streets of Brooklyn (VIDEO). rt.com They're not cops or armed vigilantes, but Brooklyn's new 'Muslim patrol' hopes to work with police to help make their neighborhood more Muslim-friendly. RT's Caleb Maupin joined the patrol on its beat.

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…

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,…

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…

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…

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…

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.

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…

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.

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…

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. dissidentvoice.org A recent statement made by the outgoing French Ambassador to the US regarding the nature of Israeli apartheid accentuates a larger ailment that has afflicted the European Union foreign policy. The EU is simply gutless when it comes to confronting Israel's illegal occupation of Palestine. Ambassador Gerard Araud was, of course, right when he told …

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). 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…

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…

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.

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

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…

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…

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.

Venezuelanalysis (2019-04-30). Venezuela: Military Uprising in Caracas (in Development). venezuelanalysis.com A military uprising is unfolding in Venezuela after a handful of the police and armed forces freed Leopoldo Lopez and blocked a highway in Caracas.

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.

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…

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.

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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