2019-05-13: Social Media Postees

Argentine Army Scrambles After Bomb Threat at Presidential Palace
telesurenglish.net | 2019-05-13
Argentina's military and federal police scrambled to deal with a bomb threat made against the presidential palace in Buenos Aires while President Mauricio Macri was there on Monday, just hours after a man was arrested trying to enter the building with a gun, an official with the presidential press team said. | The threat against Casa Rosada was made via a phone call in which a person indicated a plan to put a bomb inside a car, the office of Argentina's Secretary General confirmed to Reuters. | The military activated its protocol for such threats, and a team was dispatched to check and secure the entrances of…
telesurenglish.net/news/Argentine-Army-Scrambles-After-Bomb-Threat-at-Presidential-Palace-20190513-0016.html

UN: Shine Spotlight on Brutality in Cameroon
Human Rights Watch | hrw.org | 2019-05-13
This house in Kikaikelaki village, North-West region, Cameroon, was burned by soldiers on April 30, 2019. | © 2019 Private | (New York) — The United Nations Security Council's decision to hold an informal meeting on Cameroon on May 13, 2019 gives momentum to international efforts to address the human rights crisis in the country's Anglophone regions. | "Security Council members should call on the government of Cameroon and leaders of armed separatist groups to…
hrw.org/news/2019/05/13/un-shine-spotlight-brutality-cameroon

Venezuelan Embassy: Water Shut Off, Police Block Entry of Food
Telesur | globalresearch.ca | 2019-05-13
After the water was suddenly shut off in the Venezuelan embassy in the United States located in Washington, D.C. Saturday morning, CODEPINK activists are being stopped by local police from bringing in food to those inside. | Electricity inside the building …
globalresearch.ca/venezuelan-embassy-water-shut-off-police-block-entry-food/5677290

No Enforcement of Law While Democrat-Republicans Do Nothing
Register Peace & Freedom or Green | indybay.org | 2019-05-13
The Embassy Protection Collective at the Venezuelan Embassy in Washington, D.C. are now facing no power or water and no delivery of food or medicine because the United States Secret Service and the Washington, D.C. police refuse to enforce the law while the Democrat-Republicans stay silent.
indybay.org/newsitems/2019/05/10/18823372.php

Detroit Police Spent Over Half a Million on Cellphone Tracking Technology
Staff | truthout.org | 2019-05-13
Detroit police purchased surveillance technology that allows police to actively track people's locations through their cell phones, according to documents obtained through Freedom of Information Act requests. | In October 2017, the Detroit Police Department (DPD) obtained a cell-site simulator, which is a type of surveillance technology that locates and tracks phones by mimicking cell phone towers. Also known as IMSI catchers and Stingrays (a specific model of cell-site simulator made by Harris Corporation), cell-site simulators are increasingly used by law enforcement to locate suspects in investigations acro…
truthout.org/articles/detroit-police-spent-over-half-a-million-on-cellphone-tracking-technology/

Sudanese Armed Forces Use Teargas to Disperse Protesters
telesurenglish.net | 2019-05-13
Sudanese police and Rapid Support Forces used tear gas Monday to disperse dozens of protesters in Khartoum North and removed barriers they had set up on the main street leading to the heart of the capital. | RELATED: | Protests in Sudan After Army Wants Islamic Law in Constitution | The dispersal came as stalled talks between the opposition and the ruling Transitional Military Council (TMC) resumed. | The protesters had gathered to pile pressure on the ruling Transitional Mili…
telesurenglish.net/news/Sudanese-Armed-Forces-Use-Teargas-to-Disperse-Protesters-20190513-0014.html

Arundhati Roy on Why She Admires WikiLeaks & Opposes Assange's Extradition to the U.S
Democracy Now! | democracynow.org | 2019-05-13
In Sweden, prosecutors are reopening an investigation into sexual assault allegations against WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange, and are seeking his extradition to face charges in Sweden. Prosecutors had dropped the investigation in 2017 because they said the case could not proceed while Assange was holed up at the Ecuadorian embassy in London, where he lived for seven years before being forcibly removed by British police last month. Assange has since been sentenced to 50 weeks in jail in Britain for skipping bail in 2012 to avoid extradition to Sweden. Assange has denied the sexual assault accusations. Assange pr…
www.democracynow.org/2019/5/13/arundhati…

San Francisco Poised to Make History With Law Banning Use of Facial Recognition Technology
Julia Conley, staff writer | commondreams.org | 2019-05-13
Civil liberties advocates on Monday eagerly awaited the results of a vote by San Francisco officials on the city's use of facial recognition technology— hoping the city's Board of Supervisors would vote to ban the tool used increasingly by police and private companies. | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…
commondreams.org/news/2019/05/13/san-francisco-poised-make-history-law-banning-use-facial-recognition-technology?cd-origin=rss

Embassy Protection Collective Releases Statement on 34th Day of Venezuelan Embassy Standoff
Embassy Protection Collective | mintpressnews.com | 2019-05-13
"The Embassy Protectors will not barricade ourselves, or hide in the embassy in the event of an unlawful entry by police. We will gather together and peacefully assert our rights to remain in the building and uphold international law."
mintpressnews.com/embassy-protection-collective-releases-statement-on-34th-day-of-venezuelan-embassy-standoff/258450/

Ramaphosa elected to full term as president amid record low ANC vote
wsws.org | 2019-05-13
The election marks the first time in the ANC's post-apartheid history that its vote has fallen below 60 percent.
www.wsws.org/en/articles/2019/05/13/sout…

Australia: GetUp's silence over the persecution of Julian Assange
wsws.org | 2019-05-13
The protest group's reaction to the incarceration of Assange signals its complicity and is a political godsend for Australia's political elite.
www.wsws.org/en/articles/2019/05/13/getu…

Syria: Tell Families of Missing the Fate of Loved Ones
amnesty.org | 2019-05-13
Rights Groups Urge Key Countries to Press for Information | Today, eight Syrian civil society and international human rights organizations called on a number of UN Security Council member states to urgently address the widespread arbitrary detentions, kidnapping, torture and other-ill treatment, and enforced disappearances of tens of thousands of Syrians at the hands of the Syrian government, armed anti-government groups and the Islamic State. | Over the course of the crisis, Syrian civil society and international human rights organizations have extensively documented staggering levels of serious violations again…
amnesty.org/en/latest/news/2019/05/syria-tell-families-of-missing-the-fate-of-loved-ones/

Viet Nam: Surge in number of prisoners of conscience, new research shows
amnesty.org | 2019-05-13
The number of prisoners of conscience unjustly jailed across Viet Nam has surged by one third to 128 in signs of a growing crackdown on peaceful activism, new research by Amnesty International reveals today. | The Vietnamese government holds at least 128 prisoners of conscience in prisons across the country, a sharp rise from the 97 identified last year. Detention conditions remain appalling, with evidence of prisoners being tortured and otherwise ill-treated, routinely held incommunicado and in solitary confinement, kept in squalid conditions, and denied medical care, clean water, and fresh air. |
amnesty.org/en/latest/news/2019/05/viet-nam-surge-number-prisoners-conscience-new-research-shows/

Sweden Requests Assange Be Extradited To Stand Trial
telesurenglish.net | 2019-05-13
Sweden's state prosecutor said on Monday she would reopen an investigation into a rape allegation against WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange and seek his extradition from Britain. | RELATED: | Ecuador Agrees to Deliver Assange's Documents, Devices to US: Report | Prosecutor Eva-Marie Persson told a news conference she would continue and conclude a preliminary investigation that was dropped in 2017 without charges being brought asAssange had taken refuge in the Ecuadorean emba…
telesurenglish.net/news/Sweden-Requests-Assange-Be-Extradited-To-Stand-Trial–20190513-0007.html

Progressive Prosecutors Clamor for Queens
Ross Barkan | thenation.com | 2019-05-13
Progressive Prosecutors Clamor for Queens…
thenation.com/article/aoc-prosecutor-queens-da-caban/

Fake Blood Flows at Anti-extinction Protest in Paris
telesurenglish.net | 2019-05-12
Environmental protesters spilled fake blood Sunday on the steps of the Trocadero, a Paris tourist landmark, in a stunt to highlight the accelerated loss of biodiversity on Earth, AFP journalists reported. | RELATED: | French Yellow Vests Rally in May Day Protests Amid Teargas | As sightseers and police looked on, members of the Extinction Rebellion campaign group emptied canisters containing around 300 liters of red liquid on the famous esplanade across from the Eiffel Tower. | Br…
telesurenglish.net/news/Fake-Blood-Flows-at-Anti-extinction-Protest-in-Paris-20190512-0016.html

US indicts whistleblower who exposed Obama's drone assassination program
wsws.org | 2019-05-11
Former US intelligence officer Daniel Hale was indicted and arrested on Thursday on charges of violating the Espionage Act.
www.wsws.org/en/articles/2019/05/11/hale…

Note from USA: The A to Z of the American Police State
Eds. | mronline.org | 2019-05-11
What characterizes American government today is not so much dysfunctional politics as it is ruthlessly contrived governance carried out behind the entertaining, distracting and disingenuous curtain of political theatre. And what political theatre it is, diabolically Shakespearean at times, full of sound and fury, yet in the end, signifying nothing. | Source…
mronline.org/2019/05/11/note-from-usa-the-a-to-z-of-the-american-police-state/

Trump Steps up War on Whistleblowers: Air Force Vet Daniel Hale Arrested For Leaking Drone War Info
Democracy Now! | democracynow.org | 2019-05-10
A former U.S. intelligence analyst was arrested Thursday and charged with violating the Espionage Act for allegedly leaking documents about the secretive U.S. drone program. | Daniel Hale, 31, was arrested in Nashville. He faces up to 50 years in prison. Hale is accused of disclosing 11 top secret or secret documents to a reporter. The indictment does not name the reporter but unnamed government sources have told media outlets that the reporter is investigative journalist Jeremy Scahill of The Intercept. In 2015, The Intercept published a special report called the Drone Papers exposing the inner workings of the U…
www.democracynow.org/2019/5/10/trump_ste…

"We Have No Reason to Trust the Police": Sandra Bland Arrest Video Reignites Anger Over Her Death
Democracy Now! | democracynow.org | 2019-05-10
The family of Sandra Bland is calling for authorities to reopen the investigation into her death. The 28-year-old African-American woman died in a Texas jail cell in 2015, three days after she was arrested for allegedly failing to signal a lane change. Authorities have claimed Sandra Bland committed suicide while in jail by hanging herself with a garbage bag, but her family has long rejected this claim. On Monday, the Dallas TV station WFAA aired cellphone video filmed by Bland capturing the moment when she was pulled over. In the 39-second video you can see the officer — Brian Encinia — drawing his s…
www.democracynow.org/2019/5/10/we_have_n…

'A Nice Guy, Everybody Loved Him' – With San Diego synagogue shooter, media once again normalize white male violence
Alan MacLeod | fair.org | 2019-05-10
After opening fire at worshipers celebrating the Jewish holiday of Passover at the Poway Synagogue near San Diego, California, 19-year-old John T. Earnest was arrested. Earnest killed one woman and injured three other worshippers before his semi-automatic weapon jammed and he fled the scene, calling 911 himself to report the shooting. The shooter published …
fair.org/home/a-nice-guy-everybody-loved-him/

Sri Lanka: bombings a pretext for intensified repression
susan_p | greenleft.org.au | 2019-05-10
The Sri Lankan army and police have used the bombings of churches and hotels on Easter Sunday as a pretext for repression, targeting people who have no connection with the group responsible, the National Thowheed Jamath (NTJ — National Monotheism Society). | The NTJ, an extremist Islamic group, is believed to be linked to the Islamic State, based in Iraq and Syria. | Sri Lankan police have been raiding numerous Muslim groups with "Thowheed" in their name, even if they are opposed to the NTJ. As of May 2, at least 130 Muslims had been detained, according to Tamilnet. | Non-Muslims have also been affected. On…
greenleft.org.au/content/sri-lanka-bombings-pretext-intensified-repression

WW commentary: When the state executes a white supremacist
Gloria Rubac | workers.org | 2019-05-10
Three white supremacists dragged James Byrd Jr., an African-American man, to his death in 1998 in Jasper, Texas, after they chained him to the back of their pickup truck. This lynching was one of the most horrific racist crimes in modern U.S. history and shocked people worldwide. Three men were . . . | Continue reading WW commentary: When the state executes a white supremacist at Workers.org…
workers.org/2019/05/09/ww-commentary-when-the-state-executes-a-white-supremacist/

Deal of the Century Adds "New" to the Four Thousand Year Old Name "Palestine"
Miko Peled | mintpressnews.com | 2019-05-10
The apartheid regime we know as "Israel" was built on the very ruins of Palestine and imposed a brutal regime on those who still live in their country. Millions of Palestinians still languish in refugee camps in and around Palestine, yet Israel and its allies around the world celebrate "Israeli independence."
mintpressnews.com/deal-of-the-century-offers-new-name-to-the-remains-of-four-thousand-year-old-palestine/258407/

Trump Administration Charges Drone Whistleblower With Allegedly Violating Espionage Act
Kevin Gosztola | shadowproof.com | 2019-05-09
Trump DOJ Charges Drone Whistleblower | *Listen to this story by clicking the above player. | A former language analyst for the United States Air Force, who worked for the National Security Agency, was arrested and charged with violating the Espionage Act and other offenses. | According to the indictment filed in the Eastern District of Virginia, Daniel Hale allegedly disclosed eleven classified documents to a reporter…
shadowproof.com/2019/05/09/trump-administration-charges-alleged-drone-whistleblower-with-violating-espionage-act/

"The Fourth Amendment Doesn't Apply Here" — U.S. Border Guards Arrest Arizona Immigrant Rights Volunteer
Ryan Devereaux | theintercept.com | 2019-05-09
U.S. border officials arrested a human rights advocate, denying her access to an attorney when she accompanied an asylum-seeker to a border crossing.
theintercept.com/2019/05/09/asylum-border-humanitarian-aid/

Anti-Racist Canada promotes Video by Anti-Palestinian, FOX News Filmmaker
Yves Engler | dissidentvoice.org | 2019-05-09
Why would Anti-Racist Canada (ARC) promote a video by a FOX News filmmaker who compares the Left to the KKK and claimed Swedish police refuse to go into immigrant neighbourhoods? Is it because the ARC collective is an example of people who fight racism except if it is anti-Palestinian? Recently, ARC retweeted long-time anti-Palestinian activist …
dissidentvoice.org/2019/05/anti-racist-canada-promotes-video-by-anti-palestinian-fox-news-filmmaker/

Jamila Woods's Neo-Soul Captures the Power of Black Pride
Ann-Derrick Gaillot | thenation.com | 2019-05-09
offers a path to self-empowerment through the history of African-American culture and creativity.
thenation.com/article/jamila-woods-legacy-legacy-album-review/

Wisconsin: The Perfect Place to Address America's Apartheid
Jud Lounsbury | progressive.org | 2019-05-09
Behind the stats about incarceration rates, lies a basic structure of law that accommodates white people. What better place to host the 2020 Dem convention?
progressive.org/dispatches/wisconsin-the-perfect-place-to-address-americas-apartheid-lounsbury-190509/

7 Arrested After Police Raid Sit-in Against Hopkins Private Police
Staff | therealnews.com | 2019-05-08
The arrests came after an over month-long sit-in at Johns Hopkins against the university's $1.5 million dollar ICE contracts and newly authorized private police force…
therealnews.com/columns/7-arrested-after-police-raid-sit-in-against-hopkins-private-police

John Hopkins University Occupation Ends with Heavy Police Presence and Seven Arrests
Staff | therealnews.com | 2019-05-08
After a month-long sit in, Baltimore students and residents protesting private police and ICE's ended their occupation. Republished from the Baltimore Beat…
therealnews.com/columns/john-hopkins-university-occupation-ends-with-heavy-police-presence-and-seven-arrests

Detroit Police Spent More Than Half Million Dollars On Cell-Site Simulator To Track People's Locations
Camille Fassett | shadowproof.com | 2019-05-08
Detroit police purchased surveillance technology that allows police to actively track people's locations through their cell phones, according to documents obtained through Freedom of Information Act requests. | In October 2017, the Detroit Police Department (DPD) obtained a cell-site simulator, which is a type of surveillance technology that locates and tracks phones by mimicking cell phone towers. Also known as IMSI catchers and Stingrays (a specific model of cell-site simulator made by Harris Corporation), cell-site simulators are increasingly used by law enforcement to locate suspects in investigations across…
shadowproof.com/2019/05/08/detroit-police-spent-more-than-half-million-dollars-on-cell-site-simulator-to-track-peoples-locations/

Supermajority: Cecile Richards Teams With Alicia Garza & Ai-jen Poo to Mobilize Women Voters in 2020
Democracy Now! | democracynow.org | 2019-05-08
As the 2020 primary and general election season heats up, we speak with former Planned Parenthood President Cecile Richards about Supermajority, the new political action group she helped launch that aims to train a new generation of women activists to take on grassroots campaigns and electoral politics. "Women are the majority of voters … the volunteers, we're increasingly the donors, increasingly the candidates, and it's time for political equity," says Richards. "We want to build a multi-racial, intergenerational movement to increase women's power." Supermajority was co-founded by Black Lives Matter co-founde…
www.democracynow.org/2019/5/8/supermajor…

Arrest of three Libyans wanted for grave crimes 'would send strong and necessary message' to victims, urges top Prosecutor
United Nations | un.org | 2019-05-08
The arrest and transfer of three men in Libya who are wanted on war crimes charges — including the son of former ruler Muammar Gadaffi – would "send a strong and necessary message" to victims, the Prosecutor of the International Criminal Court (ICC) told the UN Security Council on Wednesday.
news.un.org/feed/view/en/story/2019/05/1038171

Mistakenly Jailed Pretrial, an Ohio Mother Lost Her Job and Kids
aclu.org | 2019-05-07
When you're incarcerated pretrial in America, it doesn't take long for life to fall apart. And that's without a conviction. | On April 11, Hamilton County police in Cincinnati, Ohio arrested Ashley Foster in a Target parking lot on charges of trafficking heroin. Foster was with her two young sons, one of whom…
aclu.org/blog/smart-justice/bail-reform/mistakenly-jailed-pretrial-ohio-mother-lost-her-job-and-kids

Elections in South Africa: what problems will the country's future president inherent?
unitedEditor | uwidata.com | 2019-05-07
Parliamentary elections in South Africa will be held on May 8, 2019, for the sixth time since the end of apartheid in 1994. Africans will also vote for candidates in the provincial legislative assemblies. In addition, a new president will be elected. The current atmosphere The atmosphere in South Africa in recent months is one …
uwidata.com/3341-elections-in-south-africa-what-problems-will-the-countrys-future-president-inherent/

Asylum Officers Are Being Replaced by CBP Agents
aclu.org | 2019-05-06
Having a CBP officer conduct a credible fear interview is like having an arresting police officer also sit as the judge. | Last week, President Trump issued a memorandum outlining his latest wishlist of ways to undermine the integrity of our nation's asylum system. Among them was a direction to the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) to change how it conducts credible fear interviews, the threshold screening interview given to thousands of asylum…
aclu.org/blog/immigrants-rights/ice-and-border-patrol-abuses/asylum-officers-are-being-replaced-cbp-agents

April 2019 — geopolitical events
unitedEditor | uwidata.com | 2019-05-05
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 …
uwidata.com/3303-april-2019-geopolitical-events/

Proposed new census question steps up Trump administration's racist attacks on immigrants
Satya Vatti | liberationnews.org | 2019-05-03
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.
liberationnews.org/proposed-new-census-question-steps-up-trump-administrations-racist-attacks-on-immigrants/

Seeking Justice at Home
Michelle Chen | progressive.org | 2019-04-30
Virginia juvenile justice advocates envision a correctional system not about police and prisons but about stability, families, and a continuum of care.
progressive.org/dispatches/seeking-justice-at-home-chen-190430/

Venezuela: Military Uprising in Caracas (in Development)
venezuelanalysis.com | 2019-04-30
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.
venezuelanalysis.com/news/14451

Palestinians call on Iceland's Eurovision contestant Hatari to withdraw
SAMIR | bdsmovement.net | 2019-04-26
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…
bdsmovement.net/news/hatari

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