2019-05-19: Social Media Postees

Roger Waters Slams Eurovision And Its Host Israel
telesurenglish.net | 2019-05-19
Pink Floyd's bassist Roger Waters took to Twitter on Saturday to criticise the Eurovision competition and its host country Israel, who he has been an outspoken critic about for years. | RELATED: | Iceland Stands Up For Palestine at Eurovision 2019 Contest | Waters referred to the Eurovision competition as "bulls**t" in what he described as 'apartheid' Tel Aviv, of which he said he disapproved. | The musician then applauded the new initiative, Globalvision, which is the Palestinia…

Chelsea Manning Returned to Prison; Illegal Arrests of Embassy Protectors
Register Peace & Freedom or Green | indybay.org | 2019-05-19
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.

Since Oscar Grant, 242 people shot and killed by police in Bay Area
Scott Morris | indybay.org | 2019-05-19
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.

Ramsey Orta in Solitary Confinement After Testifying Against Officer Daniel Pantaleo
WeCopwatch | indybay.org | 2019-05-19
This week media across the country took a moment to speculate on whether departmental policies were violated in the August 2014 police chokehold death of Eric Garner on Staten Island. A non-criminal departmental trial for Pantaleo underscores both the power and limitations of using video as evidence.

Change the Narrative! Stop the Hate, Come to the Westside Neighbors meeting
reposted | indybay.org | 2019-05-19
Santa Cruz Police Department Community Room: 155 Center St, Santa Cruz, CA 95060…

Tweet now to counter Israel's apartheid Eurovision final
SAMIR | bdsmovement.net | 2019-05-18
Tweet now to counter Israel's apartheid Eurovision final : Action Alert | | Eurovision is being broadcast from apartheid Tel Aviv right now- join us to counter it | May 18, 2019 | By: | | Palestinian Campaign for the Academic and Cultural Boycott of Israel (PACBI) …

And the winner of Eurovision in apartheid Tel Aviv is
SAMIR | bdsmovement.net | 2019-05-18
And the winner of Eurovision in apartheid Tel Aviv is… : PACBI StatementMore than 150,000 people, hundreds of artists and over 100 LGBT+ organizations joined our calls to boycott Eurovision 2019 | Cultural Boycott Boycott Eurovision 2019May 18, 2019 | By: | | Palestinian Campaign for the Academic and Cultural Boycott of Israel (PACBI) …

Peru: De-mining Helicopter Crashes Near Ecuador Border, Kills 2
telesurenglish.net | 2019-05-18
The Peruvian Army Command reported that a helicopter accident occurred Friday in the province of Condorcanqui, Amazonas while carrying out humanitarian de-mining operations on the border with Ecuador. | RELATED: | 7 Honor Guard Missing After Helicopter Crash in El Hatillo | As a result of the crash, one soldier and one policeman died. The victims were identified as Aldo Castillo Morales and Richard Aucapoma Chavez. The accident involved an MI-171 SH helicopter and took place at abo…

New York Passes a Bill to Ensure No One Loses Their Home for Calling the Police
Sandra Park & Allie Bohm | commondreams.org | 2019-05-18
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 protect tenants from eviction based on their calls for help.

The assault on the Venezuelan embassy
wsws.org | 2019-05-18
The violent police seizure of the Venezuelan embassy in Washington expressed in microcosm the criminality of US imperialism the world over.

Sexual Abuse Scandal Implicates 33 UK Police Departments
telesurenglish.net | 2019-05-18
Since 2012, almost 1,500 claims of sexual abuse, child abuse, sexual harassment and exploitation of crime victims were made against the U.K. police force in both England and Wales, the Observer reported Saturday. | RELATED | Texas Police Raid Catholic Offices in Sexual Abuse Probe | Using the Freedom of Information Act, the British news outlet, the Observer found that 1,491 accusations of abuse were lodged against 33 police departments' special constables, police officers, and police…

UN Agencies Monitoring Santrich's Re-Arrest, Issues Statement
telesurenglish.net | 2019-05-18
The United Nations (U.N.) Verification Mission in Colombia and the Colombian Office of the U.N. High Commissioner for Human Rights issued a joint press release Friday detailing the arrest of the leader of the Alternative Revolutionary Force of Commons (FARC) Seuxis Paucias Hernandez Solarte, better known as Jesus Santrich, immediately after his release from La Picota prison in Bogota, Colombia. | RELATED: | FARC Leader Santrich Re-arrested Immediately Upon Release | Santrich was re-…

Russia: 98 arrested in opposition-led protests in Yekaterinburg
wsws.org | 2019-05-18
The protests are led by right-wing nationalist forces aligned with Alexei Navalny's US-backed liberal opposition.

Chelsea Manning Sent Back to Jail for Refusing to Testify Against Wikileaks
Associated Press | mintpressnews.com | 2019-05-17
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.

France: Stop harassing investigative journalists: Geoffrey Livolsi, Mathias Destal and BenoàÆt Collombat
amnesty.org | 2019-05-17
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…

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

My son was kicked to death – this is why I am seeking justice
amnesty.org | 2019-05-17
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…

The Deadly Perils of Traffic Stops in America
John W. Whitehead | counterpunch.org | 2019-05-17
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…

Angola: Abusive Arrest of Activist
Human Rights Watch | hrw.org | 2019-05-17
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.

Protests expected at Venezuelan Embassy following ejection of last Maduro supporters
Mark Gruenberg | peoplesworld.org | 2019-05-17
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 …

Farcical recognition tech? NYPD 'used Woody Harrelson pic for beer thief search'
rt.com | 2019-05-17
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. | …

Trump Admin Breaks and Enters Venezuela's Embassy, Arrests Activists
Staff | therealnews.com | 2019-05-17
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…

New York Passes a Bill to Ensure No One Loses Their Home for Calling the Police
aclu.org | 2019-05-17
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…

Workers sit in during union recognition effort at Marquette, driven out by cops
Fight Back | fightbacknews.org | 2019-05-17
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…

USA: Drop charges against human rights defender: Dr. Scott Warren
amnesty.org | 2019-05-17
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…

Morocco: Human Rights Defender Released: Zine El Abidine Erradi
amnesty.org | 2019-05-17
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.

Who Knows? Who Cares? If the Media Claim 50 Countries Reject Venezuela's Elected President and Repeat It Enough It Must be True
Dave Lindorff | globalresearch.ca | 2019-05-17
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 …

Media stenography turns beheaded Saudi protesters into 'terrorism'
Eds. | mronline.org | 2019-05-17
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…

Friday's Daily Brief: Syria, Yemen airstrikes, Anti-torture panel, Gay rights, Climate change, #Vesak Day
United Nations | un.org | 2019-05-17
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.

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…

Chelsea Manning Faces More Jail And Steep Fines To Force Compliance With Grand Jury Subpoena
Kevin Gosztola | shadowproof.com | 2019-05-16
*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…

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…

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.

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…

Haiti: 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. We demand that the Haitian authorities provide him with effective protection according to his wishes and that authorities immediately and independently investigate these threats.

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…

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…

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…

"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…

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 …

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.

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…

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.

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…

'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 …

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…