2019-05-21: News Headlines

Terrence Myers (2019-05-21). How the 'war on gangs' feeds mass incarceration. liberationnews.org Why gang databases and raids are not a solution.

WSWS (2019-05-21). 27th weekly "yellow vest" rally in France: Protesters defend Assange, denounce war. wsws.org Tens of thousands of "yellow vests" continue to defy police crackdowns and the French government's provocative claims that it has satisfied all their demands.

Staff (2019-05-21). Europeans Criminalized for Helping Migrants as Far Right Aims to Win Elections. truthout.org Five months ago, at 10 o'clock in the morning, German police arrived at the home and parish of Christian Hartung, a pastor in Rhineland-Palatinate. At the same time, they descended on the residences of four other Protestant pastors, seizing some of their cell phones, correspondence with lawyers and church records. | It was an "attempt at intimidation," Hartung told openDemocracy. The pastors have been under police investigation since 2018,…

teleSUR (2019-05-21). Human Rights Defender Paula Rosero Killed in Colombia. telesurenglish.net Human rights defender Paula Andrea Rosero Ordóñez was murdered Monday night by a group of strangers in the department of Nariño, in southwestern Colombia, official sources said. | Rosero Ordóñez, 47 years old, was the representative of the Public Ministry of the town of Samaniego, in Nariño, and had previously warned she was receiving threats against her life. | According to a police report, the lawyer was approached by two hit men, who shot her at close range. | Although she was given first aid almost immediately, it was impossible to save his life, the reports said. The Attorney General of the Nation and t…

Fight Back (2019-05-21). Minneapolis: Jamar Clark family deserves settlement equal to white woman killed by cops. fightbacknews.org Minneapolis, MN – Community and family members gathered May 20 for a press conference to demand that the city of Minneapolis give the family of Jamar Clark a settlement equal to that awarded to the family of Justine Ruszczyk Damond. The Jamar Clark's family has brought a civil suit against the city after the 2015 police murder, and mediation will take place May 21 inside the federal courthouse where the press conference was held. | Mediation comes after a May 3 decision by the Minneapolis city council to reject a settlement with the Clark family. On that same day, the city council announced a $20 million settleme…

Manuel E. Yepe (2019-05-21). Maduro Gives Trump a Lesson in Ethics and Morality. counterpunch.org In clear violation of the Vienna Convention, the United States police entered by force, after 37 days of resistance, the premises that housed the Venezuelan Embassy and arrested the four activists protecting the diplomatic headquarters from the terrorist vandalism of the so-called "Venezuelan opposition. "The Venezuelan government will respond to the invasion of its embassy More

WSWS (2019-05-21). Former Ecuadorian consul Fidel Narváez denounces search and confiscation of Assange's possessions. wsws.org The WSWS spoke to Fidel Narváez, former consul at the Ecuadorian embassy, who was among protesters opposing plans for the police to search and confiscate the possessions of WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange.

teleSUR (2019-05-21). NZ Police File Terrorism Charges Over Christchurch Shootings. telesurenglish.net The New Zealand police have charged the man accused of murder in shootings at two Christchurch mosques in March with engaging in a terrorist act, the first time such a charge had been brought in the country's history, they said on Tuesday. | RELATED: | NZ Police Arrest Man with Suspected Explosives in Christchurch | The police filed the charges against Brenton Tarrant under the terrorism suppression legislation, they continued. "The charge will allege that a terrorist act was…

WSWS (2019-05-21). Le Pen's neo-fascist National Rally leads European election polls in France. wsws.org In France and internationally, far-right forces are exploiting social anger produced by the pro-war, austerity and police-state policies of social-democratic governments.

Andrew Emett (2019-05-21). Officers placed on leave after repeatedly punching teen on video. nationofchange.org The police sergeant and two officers who arrested Luke have been placed on paid administrative leave pending an investigation into the incident. Currently, none of the officers faces assault charges.

Santa Cruz Police News (2019-05-21). Inmate Dies at Rountree Rehabilitation and Re-Entry Facility in Watsonville. indybay.org According to the Santa Cruz County Sheriff's Office, 35-year-old inmate Carlos Bolanos was found dead at 5: 30 am today in the Rehabilitation and Re-entry Facility located at the Rountree Lane Sheriff's Detention Facilities in Watsonville. Carlos was in custody at the Rehabilitation and Re-Entry facility since December of 2018.

Democracy Now! (2019-05-21). Headlines for May 21, 2019. democracynow.org Iran Responds to Trump Threat While U.N. Urges All Parties to De-escalate Rhetoric, Houthis Launch Drone Attack on Saudi Airport, U.N. Warns Yemen Food Aid May Be Suspended Due to Instability, Guatemalan Teen Becomes 5th Migrant Child to Die in U.S. Custody Since December, Trump Orders McGahn to Defy Congressional Subpoena, D.C. Judge Orders Accounting Firm to Hand Over Trump Financial Docs, NY Prosecutors Examining Financial Records from Trump's Inauguration, New Zealand Police Charge Christchurch Massacre Suspect with Terrorism, Defeated Prabowo Challenges Re-election of Indonesian President Joko Widodo, New Bo…

amnesty (2019-05-21). Switzerland: One in five women is a victim of sexual violence. amnesty.org Sexual violence is much more widespread in Switzerland than commonly thought, with women and girls being failed by dangerous and outdated laws, a new survey commissioned by Amnesty International has revealed. | According to the research involving interviews with 4,495 women and girls aged 16 and over, one in five women surveyed has been subjected to sexual violence, and more than 10 percent of women surveyed had been raped. Only 8 percent of women surveyed reported the assault to the police. |

WeCopwatch (2019-05-21). Ramsey Orta in Solitary Confinement After Testifying Against Officer Daniel Pantaleo. indybay.org 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.

amnesty (2019-05-21). China: Further information: Constant surveillance impacts lawyer's health: Jiang Tianyong. amnesty.org Human rights lawyer Jiang Tianyong remains under heavy surveillance, despite having been released from prison in February 2019. The ongoing interference by authorities has meant that he is unable to access appropriate medical treatment. Jiang Tianyong requires immediate access to adequate healthcare, as the consequences of being tortured in prison continue to impact his health.

teleSUR (2019-05-21). India's Opposition Parties Allege Vote Machine Fraud. telesurenglish.net India's main opposition parties Tuesday alleged voting fraud in the country's general election, days after exit polls predicted a comfortable win for Prime Minister Narendra Modi's ruling far right-wing party. | RELATED: | India's Brutal Torture of Kashmiri Prisoners an 'Instrument of Control': Report | Members of as many as 22 parties…

Democracy Now! (2019-05-21). Jennifer Harbury: Deaths of Guatemalan Children at Border Have Roots in Decades of U.S.-Backed Genocide. democracynow.org Five Guatemalan children have died after being apprehended by U.S. Border Patrol since December. We look at the humanitarian crisis unfolding on the border and its ties to decades of bloody U.S. intervention in Latin America with human rights attorney Jennifer Harbury. Her husband, Efraín Bámaca Velásquez, was a Mayan comandante and guerrilla who was disappeared after he was captured by the Guatemalan army in the 1980s. After a long campaign, she found there was U.S. involvement in the cover-up of her husband's murder and torture. "We trained them. We taught them torture techniques. We funded them, and we armed t…

Julia Conley, staff writer (2019-05-21). 'We Need More DAs Standing Up Like This': Georgia Prosecutors Vow Not to Charge Women Under State's Unconstitutional Abortion Ban. commondreams.org Women in Georgia's four largest counties may be protected from the state's recently-passed six-week abortion ban—which has been condemned as part of the Republican Party's recent ramped-up attack on reproductive rights—even if the law goes into effect next year. | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…

Fight Back (2019-05-21). Florida killer charged with evidence tampering, victim's family demands murder charges to get #Justice4DJBroadus. fightbacknews.org Fight Back News is circulating the following statement from the family of DJ Broadus | "The family is pleased that Gardner Kent Fraser was arrested for tampering with evidence in connection to DJ's murder even though this arrest didn't include all the possible charges we were seeking. If Florida's state legislators continue to uphold Stand Your Ground laws, dangerous killers, like Gardner Kent Fraser, will hide behind them, and families and victims, like ours, will never receive complete justice. | In light of this arrest, today (May 15, 2019) will mark 465 days since DJ was brutally executed at Southern State Nu…

amnesty (2019-05-21). Mauritania: Bloggers languish in detention two months after their arrest for condemning corruption. amnesty.org Authorities in Mauritania must immediately and unconditionally release two famous bloggers who have been in detention for two months solely for posting on Facebook about alleged corruption in the country, Amnesty International said today. | Cheikh Ould Jiddou and Abderrahmane Weddady were arrested on 22 March by the Economic Crimes Unit in Mauritania's capital Nouakchott, charged with 'malicious accusation', and detained at the central prison. Their national ID cards and passports were also confiscated by the authorities. |

teleSUR (2019-05-21). 5th Guatemalan Migrant Minor Dies in US Immigration Custody. telesurenglish.net A 16-year-old Guatemalan boy died Monday in United States Customs and Border Protection (CBP) custody in Texas, officials there said, making him the fifth minor to die after being apprehended by U.S. agents since December at the border wtih Mexico. | RELATED: | US: 2-year-old Migrant Boy Dies After Crossing Border | The boy, Carlos Hernandez, was arrested…

9 (2019-05-21). New Information on "Dancing Israelis" Suggests Mossad Foreknowledge of 9/11 Attacks. indybay.org The story of the Laughing Israelis at the World Trade Center on 9/11/01 is bigger than known previously. Hundreds of Israelis were arrested in the aftermath of the 9/11 Inside Job and the owner of their cover business, Urban Moving Systems, is now living in the USA.

teleSUR (2019-05-20). Greenpeace Blocks BP HQ Against Oil and Gas Exploration. telesurenglish.net London police said Monday they had detained all 10 Greenpeace activists who had blocked the entrances to BP's global headquarters to convince the British energy giant to halt oil and gas exploration. | RELATED: | Fake Blood Flows at Anti-extinction Protest in Paris | The environmental organisation encased activists in five heavy containers that were manoeuvred into place during the night. | Abseilers also set about…

Human Rights Watch (2019-05-20). Another Chinese Activist Leaves Prison Gravely Ill. hrw.org | | People walk past red flags on Tiananmen Square in Beijing, March 11, 2019. | © 2019 AP Photo/Ng Han Guan | The Chinese rights activist Ji Sizun was released from prison in late April after serving four and a half years on fabricated charges of "gathering a crowd to disrupt public order" and "picking quarrels." But rather than returning home, the 69-year-old Ji was taken straight to the intensive care unit of a hospital in his hometown in Fujian province. | Police did not let Ji's family see him until 10 days later…

United Nations (2019-05-20). Cambodia: Giving back to UN peacekeeping. un.org It's an overcast morning, in South Sudan's capital Juba, and growling thunder announces the start of some light rain. Standing in the drizzle in his military police uniform, is Colonel Channy Vongvannak, the commander of the Cambodian Force Military Police at the United Nations Mission in South Sudan (UNMISS).

Will Parrish (2019-05-20). Border Patrol Museum Demonstrators Targeted In Crackdown On Immigrant Rights Protests. shadowproof.com Four activists turned themselves in to El Paso police on May 13 after the police issued warrants for their arrest related to a nonviolent demonstration inside a United States Border Patrol museum.

Consortiumnews (2019-05-20). Scoundrels and Reparations. consortiumnews.com Even though it's a clearcut matter of justice, reparations require black people to develop more of a consensus before any national discussion, writes Margaret Kimberly. By Margaret Kimberly Black Agenda Report Reparations should not be a topic for national discussion… Read more →

teleSUR (2019-05-20). Indian Dalit Killed for Eating in Front of Upper-Caste Men. telesurenglish.net A 23-year-old Indian man belonging to the Dalit – the lowest-caste formerly known as untouchables – was killed by a group of upper-caste men, after the victim allegedly ate in front of them at a wedding celebration in the northern state of Uttarakhand, the Times of India reported. | RELATED: | India's Brutal Torture of Kashmiri Prisoners an 'Instrument of Control': Report | "It was our cousin's marriage. My brother made the mistake of taking food from the same coun…

Miko Peled (2019-05-20). Plea Deal in Arson-Murder Case of Israeli Settlers Epitomizes Apartheid "Justice" mintpressnews.com The miscarriage of justice in the case of Israeli settlers in the Duma arson-murders, in which an entire family was burned to death, epitomizes Israel's Apartheid "Justice" system.

Fight Back (2019-05-20). FRSO denounces the illegal arrest of Colombian peace negotiator Jesus Santrich, demands his immediate liberation. fightbacknews.org Jesus Santrich, former peace negotiator for the FARC-EP, poet, painter, musician and a popular voice for peace, has been re-arrested on a trumped-up drug charge out of the Southern District of New York. The charges are largely seen as an attempt by the United States, in league with sectors of the Colombian oligarchy, to derail the peace accord between the FARC-EP and the Colombian government. | The Special Peace Jurisdiction (JEP — a court that was instituted by the Colombian Peace Agreement) ruled that Santrich could not be extradited to the United States due to many irregularities in the case, including i…

RT (2019-05-20). DNA pilot tests show 30% of migrants stopped at US border not related to 'their' kids – report. rt.com DNA tests of migrant children arrested at the US-Mexico border with their families have revealed the minors were not related to the adults accompanying them, the US media have reported.

SAMIR (2019-05-18). Tweet now to counter Israel's apartheid Eurovision final. bdsmovement.net 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)

SAMIR (2019-05-18). And the winner of Eurovision in apartheid Tel Aviv is… bdsmovement.net 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)

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.

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…

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…

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.

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

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.

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…

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…

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.

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 (2019-05-16). 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…

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.

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…

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…

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…

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…