2019-05-16: Social Media Postees

Our Government Has Failed to Defend the Sixth Amendment
aclu.org | 2019-05-16
There is a crisis in our nation of disregard for protecting the right to counsel for people accused of crimes. | On May 8, Sen. Kamala Harris (D-CA) elevated the crisis of federal and state governments' disregard for protecting the right to counsel for people charged with crimes. She did so by introducing the Ensuring Quality Access to Legal Defense Act (EQUAL Defense Act) a bill that uses federal money — $250 million dollars annually for five years — to incentivize pay parity between public defenders and prosecutors, ensure manageable defender caseloads, and reauthorize the student loan repayment pro…

Torture report reveals German authorities' brutal methods during deportations
wsws.org | 2019-05-16
The Committee for the Prevention of Torture detailed methods that are both brutal and shocking.

How Assad's Torture Machine Crushed Dissent in Syria
Staff | truthout.org | 2019-05-16
A shocking exposé by the New York Times looks at how Bashar al-Assad's government has jailed and tortured tens of thousands of Syrians since the uprising began in 2011. According to the Syrian Network for Human Rights, nearly 128,000 people have disappeared. They are presumed to be either dead or still in custody. The group estimates almost 14,000 individuals have died under torture. The detentions are continuing even as the fighting winds down. More than 5,600 Syrians were reportedly arbitrarily detained last year in a 25 percent jump from the previous year. While the Syrian government has denied runni…

Nicaragua: The War of 2018
Roger Stoll | dissidentvoice.org | 2019-05-16
Nearly all US regime-change wars (Venezuela, Syria, Honduras, Ukraine, Libya, Yugoslavia, etc.) are wars of deception, fabrication, propaganda, coups and false flags. Sometimes there is a direct US military assault, more often not. These wars are waged by proxies, media puppets, hired hit-men, torturers, rapists, vandals, saboteurs, death squads and criminal gangs, through mock or …

"Inside Syria's Secret Prisons": A Harrowing Account of How Assad's Torture Machine Crushed Dissent
Democracy Now! | democracynow.org | 2019-05-16
A shocking exposé by the New York Times looks at how Bashar al-Assad's government has jailed and tortured tens of thousands of Syrians since the uprising began in 2011. According to the Syrian Network for Human Rights, nearly 128,000 people have disappeared. They are presumed to be either dead or still in custody. The group estimates almost 14,000 individuals have died under torture. The detentions are continuing even as the fighting winds down. More than 5,600 Syrians were reportedly arbitrarily detained last year in a 25 percent jump from the previous year. While the Syrian government has denied running a secre…

Venezuela Denounces New Violation of its Embassy in Washington
plenglish.com | 2019-05-16
Caracas, May 16 (Prensa Latina) Venezuelan Foreign Minister Jorge Arreaza denounced this Thursday a new police deployment at his country"s embassy in Washington.

US Police Arrests Activists in Venezuela Embassy
plenglish.com | 2019-05-16
Washington, May 16 ( Prensa Latina) U.S. authorities burst Thursday into the Venezuelan Embassy in Washington DC and arrested four activists opposed to allowing Washington to hand over the building to the Venezuelan opposition.

Change the Narrative! Stop the Hate, Come to the Westside Neighbors meeting
reposted | indybay.org | 2019-05-16
Santa Cruz Police Department Community Room: 155 Center St, Santa Cruz, CA 95060…

Since Oscar Grant, 242 people shot and killed by police in Bay Area
Scott Morris | indybay.org | 2019-05-16
While only about 30% of Bay Area residents are Hispanic or Black, more than 60% of people shot and killed by police officers over the last decade are Hispanic or Black.

Cuba Rejects Violation of Venezuelan Embassy in Washington
plenglish.com | 2019-05-16
Havana, May 16 ( Prensa Latina) The Cuban Deputy Foreign Minister, Rogelio Sierra, called the new police raid on the Venezuelan Embassy in Washington, D.C. a shameful act.

Police Attacks Berkeley
Vaughn | indybay.org | 2019-05-16
Officer Aranus of UC Berkeley police, grabs peaceful person by neck, throwing them to the ground on UCB campus, March 12, 6pm.

Police Raid Venezuelan Embassy in DC, Arrest Last Remaining Members of Embassy Protection Collective
Sputnik News | mintpressnews.com | 2019-05-16
The activists from the Embassy Protection Collective have been living inside the embassy since 10 April in a bid to protect it from US attempts to seize the facility and hand it over to supporters of Venezuelan opposition leader Juan Guaido.

Paris: United May Day march attacked by police
Rémy Herrera | workers.org | 2019-05-16
Herrera is a Marxist economist and researcher at France's Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique (CNRS). He works at the Centre d'Économie de la Sorbonne, Paris, he attended the May Day march in Paris. and he wrote this article May 5. Workers World staff translated it. On this May 2, . . . | Continue reading Paris: United May Day march attacked by police at Workers.org…

Sri Lanka: Refugees fear for their safety amid desperate conditions
amnesty.org | 2019-05-16
The Sri Lankan government must ensure that the more than 1,100 refugees and asylum-seekers forced from their homes by violent mobs in the aftermath of the Easter Sunday massacre are immediately provided with adequate security, food, shelter and healthcare, Amnesty International said today. | Living in fear of further attacks as anti-Muslim violence rises in Sri Lanka, these people are currently languishing in overcrowded community centres and a police station, offered to them in goodwill as places of temporary shelter. Amid dire conditions, they lack proper places to sleep, clean and adequate sanitation facilitie…

Human Rights Defender Fears For Safety
amnesty.org | 2019-05-16
On April 26, two unknown men on motorbikes, presumably belonging to a local gang, circled the office of Pierre Espérance, a prominent Haitian human rights defender, in Port-au-Prince. He reported that different sources advised him about recent death threats made against him and stated that the police were aware of them. Pierre Espérance received previous threats in 2018, and in 2014 when a letter containing a gun bullet was sent to the organization's offices. We demand that the Haitian authorities provide him with effective protection according to his wishes and that authorities immediately and independently inve…

Libya: Evidence of possible war crimes underscores need for international investigation
amnesty.org | 2019-05-16
Six weeks on, the offensive to take over Tripoli has resulted in unlawful attacks that could amount to war crimes which must be investigated by international prosecutors, Amnesty International said today, revealing evidence of indiscriminate attacks on civilian areas in the Libyan capital. | The organization has gathered witness testimony and analysed satellite imagery, which indicates that densely populated residential areas in the Abu Salim district of Tripoli were indiscriminately attacked with rockets during an episode of intense fighting between 15-17 April. | Amnesty International has also documented attack…

Colombian Prosecutor Signs Jesus Santrich's Release
plenglish.com | 2019-05-16
Bogota, May 16 (Prensa Latina) Several Colombian sectors are waiting for the FARC leader Jesus Santrich to be freed on Thursday, after Attorney General Fabio Espitia signed the order to release him as instructed by the JEP.

The Dream in Retreat: Brown vs. Board of Education, 65 Years Later
Jesse Jackson | counterpunch.org | 2019-05-16
This week marks the 65th anniversary of Brown v. Board of Education, the unanimous Supreme Court decision that outlawed apartheid in America, declaring segregated schools "inherently unequal" and unconstitutional. Today, the common sense of the Brown decision is under attack. For nearly three decades, our schools have been re-segregating, reversing the progress made under Brown,…

An Academic Arrested for Protecting the Venezuela Embassy
Adrienne Pine | commondreams.org | 2019-05-16
Adrienne Pine, an associate professor of anthropology at American University, has been part of the weeks-long occupation of the Venezuelan Embassy in Georgetown which ended Thursday with arrests. (Photo: Jeremy Bigwood) | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…

Iran: Proposed law restricting access to lawyer would be crushing blow for justice
amnesty.org | 2019-05-16
A contemptible amendment to Iran's code of criminal procedure could effectively strip detainees who are facing punishments such as the death penalty, life imprisonment and amputation, of the right to access a lawyer while they are under investigation, said Amnesty International. | An analysis of the bill published by the organization today details how, if passed, the amended law would permit the prosecution to immediately deprive individuals arrested on "national security" and certain other serious criminal charges of access to a lawyer for 20…

Philippines: Further information: Journalist officially charged with cyber libel: Maria Ressa
amnesty.org | 2019-05-16
Maria Ressa, human rights defender and executive editor of online news outlet Rappler, was formally charged in court on 14 May for one count of cyber libel. Arrested on 13 February, she was released on bail after spending a night in jail. A month later, on 29 March, she was again arrested for allegedly violating the Philippines' Anti-Dummy Law, which limits mass media ownership to Filipinos and Filipino-owned corporations. Ressa is also facing four counts of alleged tax-related violations for using financial mechanisms that Ressa argued are not taxable as these do not generate taxable income. Rappler has been a c…

El Salvador: Victims of armed conflict must not wait any longer for truth, justice and reparation
amnesty.org | 2019-05-15
El Salvador's legislators cannot turn their backs on the victims of crimes under international law and grave human rights violations committed during the armed conflict. The Salvadoran authorities are obliged to bring to justice anyone suspected of being responsible for the extrajudicial executions, torture and enforced disappearances that took place during the armed conflict.

Unionists Defrock Ulster
Sam Gordon | counterpunch.org | 2019-05-15
The recent gunning down of 29 year old Lyra McKee in the northern Irish city of Derry once again focused widespread attention on that province of the British state. Few would be impressed by her killers' claim; sorry, we really wanted to shoot a police officer and not her. Lyra was a journalist, writer and…

After shouting "I'm pregnant," woman fatally shot by Texas police officer
wsws.org | 2019-05-15
Video recorded by a bystander and posted to Snapchat quickly went viral, prompting widespread outrage at the horrific killing.

Despite Threats & No Electricity, Anti-Coup Activists Remain Inside Venezuelan Embassy in D.C
Democracy Now! | democracynow.org | 2019-05-15
In Washington, D.C., four activists remain in the Venezuelan embassy after police raided the building Monday night. Activists with CodePink, ANSWER Coalition and Popular Resistance have been inside the embassy since late April at the invitation of Venezuela's government in order to prevent it from being taken over by Venezuela's U.S.-backed opposition, led by Juan Guaidó. Last week, authorities cut off water and electricity to the embassy. We speak with CodePink co-founder Medea Benjamin about the ongoing stand-off at the embassy.

Police Unions Should Never Undermine Constitutional Policing
aclu.org | 2019-05-15
Seattle's consent decree was meant to bolster accountability and transparency by law enforcement; it needs to have teeth to be effectuated properly. | In 2017, the Seattle City Council adopted an ordinance establishing a number of progressive police reforms aimed at strengthening community trust in police and ensuring police accountability. Fast forward to today and these reforms are under fire by a familiar opponent: Police unions. | The comprehensive reforms in Seattle…

Venezuela Embassy Protection Collective Defies 'No Trespass' Order
consortiumnews.com | 2019-05-15
Medea Benjamin and Ann Wright describe the collective's encounter Tuesday with D.C. police, who refrained from evacuating the embassy. By Medea Benjamin and Ann Wright Codepink An extraordinary set of events has been unfolding at the Venezuela embassy in Washington, D.C.,… Read more ?…

New Orleans Prosecutors Routinely Violate Defendants' Right to Counsel to Keep Them in Jail
Jordan Smith | theintercept.com | 2019-05-15
Prosecutors are sidestepping the Sixth Amendment by seeking bail hikes in undisclosed meetings with judges, according to a new report by Court Watch NOLA.

Dodgers' pitcher arrested for allegations of domestic assault
Al Neal | peoplesworld.org | 2019-05-15

After Introducing Criminal Justice Reform Platform, Amy Klobuchar Pushes Hundreds of Millions More Dollars for Police
Akela Lacy | theintercept.com | 2019-05-14
Amy Klobuchar is pushing a bill to authorize $400 million a year for hiring under a community policing program known as COPS, opposed by key reform groups.

Bridgeport police raid #JusticeForJayson memorial, community demands justice
IV Staklo | liberationnews.org | 2019-05-14
Connecticut organizers against police violence pledged to mobilize to get justice for those wrongfully arrested at the memorial and to continue to fight for police accountability across the state.

Sudan: Omar al-Bashir must face justice for recent and past crimes
amnesty.org | 2019-05-14
Following the announcement by Sudan's Public Prosecutor that he will charge former president Omar al-Bashir with the recent killing of protestors, Amnesty International's Deputy Director for East Africa, the Horn and the Great Lakes, Seif Magango said: | | "While this promises to be a first step towa…

The heat intensifies on Michael Gove to bring an end to this 'archaic, cruel and devastating industry'
Tracy Keeling | thecanary.co | 2019-05-14
CORRECTION: An earlier version of this article was headlined: "The heat intensifies on Michael Gove to make sure one 'disgraceful' British practice 'follows slavery and apartheid into the history books'". We were wrong to run that headline because it draws a comparison between animal cruelty and the oppression of people of colour that is at best unhelpful and at worst hurtful. We took a quote out of context, and we are grateful to the reader who contacted us to point out our mistake. We updated both the headline and the article at 1140 on 16 May 2019. We are sincerely sorry for our mistake and any hurt we may hav…

°Palestina será libre!
Editor | workers.org | 2019-05-14
Otro ataque horrible a la población palestina ocurrió durante el fin de semana del 4 al 5 de mayo. Una vez más, las muertes incluyen algunas de las personas más vulnerables, de un pueblo que ya se ha vuelto completamente vulnerable por décadas de condiciones de apartheid, incluida la inanición . . . | Continue reading °Palestina será libre! at Workers.org…

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…

"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…

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…

'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 …

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…

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?

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…

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…

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 …

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.

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…

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