2019-05-22: News Headlines

plenglish (2019-05-22). South Africa ¥s Parliament Does Not Sympathize With President. plenglish.com 22 de mayo de 2019, 15: 38Pretoria, May 22 (Prensa Latina) The first session of the new South African National Assembly finished on Wednesday with the reaffirmation of Cyril Ramaphosa as President of the country, who will lead the 6th democratic government following the apartheid ¥s eradication.

9 (2019-05-22). 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.

Democracy Now! (2019-05-22). How ICE Is Using Solitary Confinement to Punish Asylum Seekers, Including LGBT & Disabled Immigrants. democracynow.org Since 2012, ICE has used solitary confinement as a routine punishment for thousands of immigrants and asylum seekers locked up in immigration jails across the country. We look at a new, damning investigation by the International Consortium of Investigative Journalists that has revealed this widespread abusive use of solitary confinement in immigration jails overseen by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement. The United Nations special rapporteur on torture says solitary confinement should only be used in exceptional circumstances, and defines extended use of solitary as "inhuman and degrading treatment." Despit…

Staff (2019-05-22). ICE Uses Solitary Confinement to Punish Marginalized Asylum Seekers. truthout.org Since 2012, ICE has used solitary confinement as a routine punishment for thousands of immigrants and asylum seekers locked up in immigration jails across the country. We look at a new, damning investigation by the International Consortium of Investigative Journalists that has revealed this widespread abusive use of solitary confinement in immigration jails overseen by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement. The United Nations special rapporteur on torture says solitary confinement should only be used in exceptional circumstances, and defines extended use of solitary as "inhuman and degrading treatment." Des…

ACLU (2019-05-22). We're Suing Maricopa County Attorney Bill Montgomery to Release the Records He's Hiding From Arizonans. aclu.org Prosecutorial transparency serves everyone. But in Maricopa County, Arizona, secrecy trumps transparency, and the people suffer for it. | Maricopa County Attorney Bill Montgomery claims to be a big believer in data. As reported last year, Montgomery has blocked effective, commonsense criminal justice reform proposals from becoming law in part by criticizing them as having "no data to support" them, and as being "pet projects" "base…

Staff (2019-05-22). New York Just Made It Harder for Trump to Abuse His Pardon Power. truthout.org A new bill passed in the New York state legislature would curb President Donald Trump's ability to abuse his pardoning power in order to hinder investigations into potential criminal misconduct. | The law passed by New York's General Assembly would make it easier for state prosecutors, in specific situations, to target individuals who had received a presidential pardon for federal crimes for which they were convicted, according to NBC News. Empire State law currently does not permit…

plenglish (2019-05-22). Ex Colombian Attorney General to be Investigated for Odebrecht Case. plenglish.com Bogota, May 22 (Prensa Latina) Colombia"s Ad Hoc Prosecutor Leonardo Espinosa has requested Congress to investigate former Attorney General Nestor Martinez for his links to the Odebrecht scandal.

Akela Lacy (2019-05-22). Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez Backs Tiffany Cabán in Pivotal Queens DA Race. theintercept.com A criminal justice reformer running a bare-bones, grassroots campaign is building momentum to transform the Queens District Attorney's office for the first time in close to 30 years. As Tiffany Cabán beefs up her push with help from the Democratic Socialists of America and the Working Families Party, Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez has jumped in to back the queer Latina public defender running an anti-establishment campaign many have likened to Ocasio-Cortez's own. | After the DSA backed Cabán earlier this month, Ocasio-Cortez — one of…

Santa Cruz Police News (2019-05-22). 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.

Michael Welch (2019-05-22). Bombing Black People: The Philadelphia Police's War on MOVE. globalresearch.ca "May 13, 1985 is a day that shall live in infamy, but for far more reasons than the obvious. It was the death knell of a system committing suicide. It proved that a man called John Africa spoke powerful …

amnesty (2019-05-22). Thailand: Defamation charges used to silence dissent. amnesty.org Police have charged prominent activists Parit 'Penguin' Chiwarak, Sirawit 'Ja New' Seritiwat, and Phayaw Akkahad with defamation by publication under Article 328 of the Thai Criminal Code which carries a maximum sentence of two years in jail. The Election Commission accused the three of making defamatory speeches during a public campaign to impeach the commissioners in Bangkok, Thailand's capital city. Summoned to Phayathai Police Station on 30 April, they have denied all charges. The case appears to be politically motivated and is part of the crackdown on individuals who criticise the constitutionally independen…

WeCopwatch (2019-05-22). 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.

splcenter (2019-05-22). Teaching Tolerance magazine explores social justice educators' use of social media. splcenter.org José Vilson co-founded the EduColor collective the same year that George Zimmerman — who fatally shot unarmed black teenager Trayvon Martin — was acquitted of murder, and #BlackLivesMatter was born.

RT (2019-05-22). Wanted fugitive says he'll surrender for 15,000 FB likes… and police agree to challenge. rt.com A Connecticut police department says they negotiated the terms of surrender of one wanted fugitive in the most trendy way possible: He agreed to turn himself in if 15,000 people like his wanted poster on Facebook. |

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…

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

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. |

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.

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…

amnesty (2019-05-21). Chine: La santé d'un avocat affectée par une surveillance constante. amnesty.org Jiang Tianyong, avocat spécialisé dans la défense des droits humains, continue à faire l'objet d'une surveillance étroite, bien qu'il ait été libéré de prison en février 2019. L'ingérence persistante des autorités l'empêche de bénéficier d'une attention médicale adaptée. Jiang Tianyong a besoin de recevoir immédiatement des soins de santé dignes de ce nom, car il garde des séquelles des actes de torture qu'il a subis en prison.

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). 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. |

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…

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

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.

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.

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.

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).

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 →

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)

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.

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…

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.

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…

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…

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…

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.

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…

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.

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?

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.

SAMIR (2019-04-26). Palestinians call on Iceland's Eurovision contestant Hatari to withdraw. bdsmovement.net 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…