2019-05-17: News Headlines

amnesty (2019-05-17). France: Stop harassing investigative journalists: Geoffrey Livolsi, Mathias Destal and BenoàÆt Collombat. amnesty.org On 14 and 15 May, journalists Geoffrey Livolsi and Mathias Destal, working for Disclose, and BenoàÆt Collombat, with Radio France, were summoned for a hearing by the Intelligence Services after the Paris Prosecutor's office opened a preliminary investigation against them for revealing a national defence secret. In April, they had published "the Yemen papers", a series of classified documents regarding the sale of French weapons to Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates and their use against civilians in the civil war in Yemen. The actions of these journalists are protected by the right to freedom of expr…

Associated Press (2019-05-17). Chelsea Manning Sent Back to Jail for Refusing to Testify Against Wikileaks. mintpressnews.com Manning already spent two months in jail for refusing a previous subpoena to testify to a grand jury investigating WikiLeaks. She was released last week when that grand jury's term expired, but prosecutors quickly hit her with a new subpoena.

Pablo Navarrete (2019-05-17). Brian Eno on Eurovision in Israel. thecanary.co Musician Brian Eno explains why Israel hosting Eurovision is a propaganda coup for the apartheid state. | By Pablo Navarrete

United Nations (2019-05-17). Friday's Daily Brief: Syria, Yemen airstrikes, Anti-torture panel, Gay rights, Climate change, #Vesak Day. un.org On Friday, we cover: Fighting in Syria's Idlib province; UN condemnation of airstrikes in Yemen; UK's forced-return policy; LGBTI rights; the UN chief's climate action trip to Tuvalu; and Vesak Day.

Register Peace & Freedom or Green (2019-05-17). 5/16/19: Chelsea Manning Returned to Prison; Illegal Arrests of Embassy Protectors. indybay.org On the same day, May 16, 2019, the remaining 4 Venezuelan Embassy Protectors were falsely arrested by US police who illegally entered the Venezuelan Embassy in Washington D.C. and Chelsea Manning was returned to prison as a political prisoner for refusing to cooperate with the witchhunting grand jury, and this time, the reactionary Judge Anthony Trenga added the threat of daily fines of up to $500 a day after 30 days and rising to $1000 a day after 60 days. We heard not a peep of opposition to these reactionary actions by Nazi Trump from the Democratic Party candidates for president.

Eds. (2019-05-17). Media stenography turns beheaded Saudi protesters into 'terrorism'. mronline.org All three outlets also added gratuitous details about the attack in Sri Lanka and/or other ISIS-related attacks—attacks that there's no suggestion any of the defendants were connected to. In fact, most of these defendants were arrested before ISIS existed. And a majority of those killed, being Shiites, would be viewed by ISIS as heretics. | Source

amnesty (2019-05-17). USA: Drop charges against human rights defender: Dr. Scott Warren. amnesty.org On 17 January 2018, US Border Patrol agents arrested Dr. Scott Warren, a 36-year old Human Rights Defender and humanitarian aid volunteer. The USA government is now prosecuting Dr. Warren for allegedly "harboring" two undocumented migrants by providing them with humanitarian aid in the desert town of Ajo, where he lives. He faces up to 20 years in prison, if convicted on all charges. The arrest came hours after the release of a report documenting the willful destruction by border agents of humanitarian aid supplies in the USA—Mexico border areas. His trial begins on 29 May 2019. Authorities should immediate…

Dave Lindorff (2019-05-17). Who Knows? Who Cares? If the Media Claim 50 Countries Reject Venezuela's Elected President and Repeat It Enough It Must be True. globalresearch.ca American media still refer to Juan Guaidó, America's hand-picked "legitimate leader" or "legitimate president" of Venezuela, as having an "administration." | The truth is that his "administration" — consisting of advisors and other opposition leaders — are all either arrested …

Prof. Marjorie Cohn (2019-05-17). US Illegally Evicts Protectors from Venezuelan Embassy. globalresearch.ca Today, law enforcement agents broke into the Venezuelan Embassy in Washington, D.C., and arrested the four remaining members of the Embassy Protection Collective. | "We denounce these arrests, as the people inside were there with our permission, and we consider it …

amnesty (2019-05-17). Morocco: Human Rights Defender Released: Zine El Abidine Erradi. amnesty.org On 5 April 2019, human rights defender Zine El Abidine Erradi was released after serving a one-year sentence in Agadir local prison, following an unfair trial. Zine El Abidine holds a refugee status in France and had been arrested upon his arrival in Morocco to visit his father. As of 15 May, he could eventually come back in safety in France after receiving his travel documents.

Human Rights Watch (2019-05-17). Angola: Abusive Arrest of Activist. hrw.org | | Angolan activist Hitler "Samussuku" Tshikonde. @2018 Private | (Johannesburg, May 17, 2019) — Angolan authorities should investigate alleged police abuse against a political activist and drop the baseless case against him, Human Rights Watch said today. | On May 10, 2019 in Luanda, six plainclothes police officers violently forced Hitler "Samussuku" Tshikonde into an unidentified car. The police jailed him unlawfully for 72 hours without charge or access to a lawyer.

teleSUR (2019-05-17). Australia: LGBT Bullying in Police Force Prompts Restructuring. telesurenglish.net A report by the Victorian Equal Opportunity and Human Rights Commission (VEOHRC) reveals an "entrenched culture" of homophobia in Australia's Victoria Police force, which includes anti-gay rhetoric and hiring practices. | RELATED: | Taiwan Becomes 1st Asian Nation to Pass Same-Sex Marriage Bill | LGBT officers are often targeted and ridiculed and derogatorily labeled "homo" and "fag". Officers reported several instances in which exchanges have escalated into violence. One offic…

reposted (2019-05-17). Change the Narrative! Stop the Hate, Come to the Westside Neighbors meeting. indybay.org Santa Cruz Police Department Community Room: 155 Center St, Santa Cruz, CA 95060…

Staff (2019-05-17). Trump Admin Breaks and Enters Venezuela's Embassy, Arrests Activists. therealnews.com After more than a month of living in the Venezuelan embassy, DC police and secret service broke open the doors to arrest for activists who had been staying in the embassy to protect it against an opposition take-over. The move sets a dangerous precedent, says Medea Benjamin…

amnesty (2019-05-17). My son was kicked to death – this is why I am seeking justice. amnesty.org Zak Kostopoulos, a queer activist, drag artist and human rights defender from Greece, was brutally beaten up by two men after entering a jewellery shop in central Athens last year. Following the attack, footage showed police violently attempting to arr…

John W. Whitehead (2019-05-17). The Deadly Perils of Traffic Stops in America. counterpunch.org If you're nervous about traffic stops, you have every reason to be. Trying to predict the outcome of any encounter with the police is a bit like playing Russian roulette: most of the time you will emerge relatively unscathed, although decidedly poorer and less secure about your rights, but there's always the chance that an More

RT (2019-05-17). Farcical recognition tech? NYPD 'used Woody Harrelson pic for beer thief search'. rt.com Police in New York used a photo of actor Woody Harrelson to track down a lookalike beer thief, according to a report by Georgetown University researchers on the NYPD's flawed facial recognition program.

teleSUR (2019-05-17). Interrogation of Assaulted Indigenous Teen Angers Politicians. telesurenglish.net A video of a Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP) officer interrogating an Indigenous teen in 2012, who reported that she had been sexually assaulted, is receiving widespread criticism from federal politicians. | RELATED: | Canada: Indigenous Theater Launches Without US$2.6M Funding | The old video has come to light recently as evidence in a civil suit against British Columbia's (B.C.) Ministry of Child and Family Development. The girl in the video was allegedly assaulted while unde…

Scott Morris (2019-05-17). Since Oscar Grant, 242 people shot and killed by police in Bay Area. indybay.org 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.

ACLU (2019-05-17). New York Passes a Bill to Ensure No One Loses Their Home for Calling the Police. aclu.org Americans shouldn't be threatened with losing housing because they called for help. | In cities and towns across New York state — and around the country — you can be evicted just for calling for police or emergency assistance. Fortunately, that's about to change in New York. The State Legislature recently passed a bill — unanimously in the Assembly and 58 to 1 in the Senate — to prote…

Mark Gruenberg (2019-05-17). Protests expected at Venezuelan Embassy following ejection of last Maduro supporters. peoplesworld.org WASHINGTON—Demonstrators are expected this Saturday at noon at the Venezuelan Embassy here two days after police — following the orders of the right-wing GOP Trump administration — ejected the last four supporters of Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro from the building. The eviction, after 38 days, is a proxy for President Donald Trump's ideological effort to …

Fight Back (2019-05-17). Workers sit in during union recognition effort at Marquette, driven out by cops. fightbacknews.org Milwaukee, WI – For the past several months, non-tenured faculty and graduate students at Marquette University have been organizing to form a union. They held rallies, distributed petitions and returned to administration demanding to be recognized and negotiated with as equals. In response, Marquette's administration has offered empty promises to "follow the law," and refuses anything further. | On May 15, the union took a step forward, with workers and supporters staging a sit-in for recognition at Zilber hall on Marquette's campus that held on through the night. The administration met with the workers…

Kevin Gosztola (2019-05-16). Chelsea Manning Faces More Jail And Steep Fines To Force Compliance With Grand Jury Subpoena. shadowproof.com *Listen to the story by clicking the above player. Unable to break Chelsea Manning's spirit by jailing her, the United States escalated efforts to force her to testify before a grand jury investigating WikiLeaks by imposing steep financial penalties. Judge Anthony Trenga held Manning in civil contempt and ordered her…

amnesty (2019-05-16). Libya: Evidence of possible war crimes underscores need for international investigation. amnesty.org 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…

ACLU (2019-05-16). Our Government Has Failed to Defend the Sixth Amendment. aclu.org 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…

Roger Stoll (2019-05-16). Nicaragua: The War of 2018. dissidentvoice.org 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 …

Democracy Now! (2019-05-16). "Inside Syria's Secret Prisons": A Harrowing Account of How Assad's Torture Machine Crushed Dissent. democracynow.org 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…

amnesty (2019-05-16). Philippines: Further information: Journalist officially charged with cyber libel: Maria Ressa. amnesty.org 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…

amnesty (2019-05-16). Iran: Proposed law restricting access to lawyer would be crushing blow for justice. amnesty.org 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…

amnesty (2019-05-16). Haiti: Human rights defender fears for safety. amnesty.org 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. We demand that the Haitian authorities provide him with effective protection according to his wishes and that authorities immediately and independently investigate these threats.

amnesty (2019-05-16). Sri Lanka: Refugees fear for their safety amid desperate conditions. amnesty.org 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…

teleSUR (2019-05-16). US Raid on Venezuela Embassy 'A Brutal Act': Maduro. telesurenglish.net The President of Venezuela Nicolas Maduro rejected and repudiated the storming of its embassy by United States police officers Thursday. | RELATED | US Siege of Venezuela Embassy Violates Vienna Convention: Moncada | "The U.S. has raided the premises of the Venezuelan embassy in Washington … a brutal act against international law and lack of respect for embassies in the world," said the president. | The Venezuelan head of state says he gave instructions to take its complai…

Rémy Herrera (2019-05-16). Paris: United May Day march attacked by police. workers.org 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

Sputnik News (2019-05-16). Police Raid Venezuelan Embassy in DC, Arrest Last Remaining Members of Embassy Protection Collective. mintpressnews.com 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.

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

Democracy Now! (2019-05-15). Despite Threats & No Electricity, Anti-Coup Activists Remain Inside Venezuelan Embassy in D.C. democracynow.org 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.

Consortiumnews (2019-05-15). Venezuela Embassy Protection Collective Defies 'No Trespass' Order. consortiumnews.com 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 →

ACLU (2019-05-15). Police Unions Should Never Undermine Constitutional Policing. aclu.org 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…

Democracy Now! (2019-05-14). Headlines for May 14, 2019. democracynow.org NYT: Pentagon Readies Plan to Deploy 120,000 Troops as U.S.-Iran Tensions Mount, Trump and Far-Right Hungarian PM Orbán Celebrate "Similar Approaches" at WH Meeting, U.S.-China Trade War Ramps Up as China Retaliates with Raised Tariffs, Philippines Midterms Bolster Authoritarian President Rodrigo Duterte, Sudan: At Least 6 Protesters Killed in Clashes with Security Forces, Sri Lanka: Mounting Anti-Muslim Violence Leads to Curfew, Social Media Ban, SCOTUS Rules Users Can Sue Apple For Allegedly Monopolizing Apps Market, Reports: Israeli Security Firm NSO Group Hacked Whatsapp, AG Barr Assigns Federal Prosecutor to…

Editor (2019-05-14). °Palestina será libre! workers.org 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

IV Staklo (2019-05-14). Bridgeport police raid #JusticeForJayson memorial, community demands justice. liberationnews.org 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.

Akela Lacy (2019-05-14). After Introducing Criminal Justice Reform Platform, Amy Klobuchar Pushes Hundreds of Millions More Dollars for Police. theintercept.com 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.

Democracy Now! (2019-05-13). Arundhati Roy on Why She Admires WikiLeaks & Opposes Assange's Extradition to the U.S. democracynow.org 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…

Democracy Now! (2019-05-10). "We Have No Reason to Trust the Police": Sandra Bland Arrest Video Reignites Anger Over Her Death. democracynow.org 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…

Alan MacLeod (2019-05-10). 'A Nice Guy, Everybody Loved Him' – With San Diego synagogue shooter, media once again normalize white male violence. fair.org 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 …

Jud Lounsbury (2019-05-09). Wisconsin: The Perfect Place to Address America's Apartheid. progressive.org 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?

Kevin Gosztola (2019-05-09). Trump Administration Charges Drone Whistleblower With Allegedly Violating Espionage Act. shadowproof.com 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…

Camille Fassett (2019-05-08). Detroit Police Spent More Than Half Million Dollars On Cell-Site Simulator To Track People's Locations. shadowproof.com 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…

unitedEditor (2019-05-07). Elections in South Africa: what problems will the country's future president inherent? uwidata.com 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 …

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.

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