2019-05-30: News Headlines

Deirdre Griswold (2019-05-30). Why the imperialists hate Huawei. workers.org The Chinese company Huawei has been targeted by the Donald Trump administration. At Washington's request, Canada arrested Meng Wanzhou, the chief financial officer of the company, last December. The charge? That the company did business with Iran, contrary to U.S. sanctions on that country. Meng, the daughter of Huawei founder . . . | Continue reading Why the imperialists hate Huawei at Workers.org

Human Rights Watch (2019-05-30). Zimbabwe: 7 Detained After Rights Meeting. hrw.org | | Farirai Gumbonzvanda at Chikurubi Maximum Prison on May 29, 2019. | | © Private | (Johannesburg) — Zimbabwe's authorities should immediately release seven activists and drop fabricated charges of seeking to subvert the government. | Zimbabwe Lawyers for Human Rights, the local group representing the activists, said that state security agents arrested all seven between May 20 and 27, 2019, at the Robert Mugabe International Airport in Harare, the capital, on…

Andrew Emett (2019-05-30). Milwaukee agrees to pay $6.75M to family of inmate who died of dehydration. nationofchange.org Milwaukee County officials have | agreed to pay nearly $7 million to settle a wrongful death lawsuit filed by the | family of a mentally ill man in police custody who died of severe dehydration. | The officers responsible for the inmate's death were charged with neglect, | misconduct, and obstruction. | In April 2016, Terrill Thomas was | arrested and charged with reckless endangerment and felony firearms violations | after he allegedly shot a man in front of his residence and later fired a gun | inside a casino.

teleSUR (2019-05-30). Ecuador Judge Admits Lack of Evidence Against Ola Bini. telesurenglish.net Programmer and digital privacy activist Ola Bini was denied bail again Wednesday evening by an Ecuadorean judge, continuing his indefinite imprisonment that is currently at 51 days. | RELATED: | UN: 'Nothing in This Story Connects Ola Bini With Any Crime' | Prosecutors have, so far, failed to formally charge the 37-year-old Swede with violating any Ecuadorean law, prompting one of his lawyers, Jose Davalos, to tweet that "Ecuador's justice system, yesterday and today, is at the se…

RT (2019-05-30). 'I exposed corruption': Trump blasts Dems & 'fake media' for continuing Russiagate post-Mueller. rt.com In the wake of Special Prosecutor Robert Mueller's surprise press conference, US President Donald Trump has continued to gloat in apparent victory, as his opponents cling to the hope that impeachment proceedings will begin.

teleSUR (2019-05-30). Colombia: FARC Leader Jesus Santrich Freed at Top Court's Order. telesurenglish.net Colombia's Prosecutor office announced Thursday the release of Jesus Santrich, less than a day after the country's Supreme Court ordered his release, the latest development in a legal saga concerning his detention and possible extradition to the United States. | RELATED: | Supreme Court of Colombia Orders Release of Jesus Santrich | From prison, Santric…

South Front (2019-05-30). Video: Kosovo Police Raids in Serb-majority Areas Spark New Round of Tensions in the Balkans. globalresearch.ca On May 28, Kosovo Police's Regional Operational Support Unit (ROSU) carried out mass raids in areas of compact settlement of ethnic Serbs in the northwestern part of the breakaway region. ROSU units, reportedly supported by over 70 vehicles, detained more …

amnesty (2019-05-30). Portrait of an activist: Cressida Kuala. amnesty.org | Cressida Kuala is a women's human rights defender of the Ipili Indigenous people, and an environmental activist from a gold mining town in the highlands of Porgera, Enga Province, in Papua New Guinea (PNG). She told Amnesty International that her interest in protecting human rights was motivated by her own experience of…

teleSUR (2019-05-30). Bangladesh Charges 16 for Burning Alive Sexual Abuse Survivor. telesurenglish.net Bangladesh police charged 16 people for the murder of a female teenager burned to death last month after she registered a complaint against her teacher for sexually abusing her. | RELATED: | Bangladesh Schools Fight Sexual Harassment After Girl's Murder | Nusrat Jahan Rafi was 18 when her killers—classmates—poured kerosene over her and…

Mark T. Harris, SF Bay View (2019-05-30). Sacramento PD arrests 12-year-old Black child, places plastic bag over his head. indybay.org Sacramento residents are dismayed by word that a 12-year-old child, who stands 4-feet-10-inches tall and weighs fewer than 100 pounds, was inappropriately constrained by police officers and had a bag placed over his head.

amnesty (2019-05-30). Bahrain: Joint letter calling on the King to commute the death sentences of Ali al-Arab and Ahmed al-Malali. amnesty.org The organizations urge Bahrain's king, Shaikh Hamad bin Isa Al Khalifa, to commute the death sentences of Ali Al-Arab and Ahmed Al-Malali, who have exhausted all legal remedies available to them after the Court of Cassation rejected their appeal on 6 May 2019. The organizations oppose the death penalty in all cases, regardless of who is accused, the crime, their guilt or innocence, or the method of execution. The cases of Mr. Ali Al-Arab and Mr. Ahmed Al-Malali raise additional concerns, however, given the allegations that their confessions were obtained under torture and their right to a fair trial was violated.

amnesty (2019-05-29). I gave water to migrants crossing the Arizona desert. They charged me with a felony. amnesty.org After a dangerous journey across Mexico and a difficult crossing through the Arizona desert, someone told Jose and Kristian that they might find water and food at a place in Ajo called the Barn. The Barn is a gathering place for humanitarian volunteers like me, and there the two young men were able to eat, rest and get medical attention. As the two were preparing to leave, the Border Patrol arrested them. Agents also handcuffed and arrested me, for — in the agency's words — having provided the two migrants with "food, water, clean clothes and beds."

WSWS (2019-05-29). Police intimidation and violence used against UK fracking protestors. wsws.org A police monitoring report highlights how large numbers of officers have been using aggressive and confrontational tactics, most notably in Lancashire and North Yorkshire.

teleSUR (2019-05-29). Europa League Final: Police Harass Arsenal Fans. telesurenglish.net The Europa League final between the Arsenal and Chelsea football clubs was held in Baku, Azerbaijan Wednesday with police reportedly harassing Arsenal fans related to the jersey of a player who skipped the game for political and safety conerns. | RELATED | Palestine Urges Atletico Madrid to Cancel Jerusalem Game Against Beitar | Midfielder Henrikh Mkhitaryan, originally from Armenia, declined to attend the match, citing safety reasons related to the long-standing dispu…

Staff (2019-05-29). Baltimore Cop Charged with Perjury, Misconduct. therealnews.com Baltimore police officer Michael O'Sullivan was indicted Tuesday by a grand jury for falsely accusing a city resident of committing a crime. The charges allege the officer perjured himself when he testified that a Baltimore youth possessed a gun, despite body camera footage that allegedly contradicts his testimony. | O'Sullivan was indicted on one count of perjury and one count of misconduct in office. | The charges stem from testimony against a Baltimore resident, who O'Sullivan accused of possessing a handgun during a district court trial last year. The Baltimore resident spent several months in jail before pro…

Special To The Black Star News (2019-05-29). London: Diaspora Ugandans Protest Deadly Lawless Land-grabs By Country's Dictator Gen. Museveni For "Investors" blackstarnews.com Ugandan Diaspora in U.K. protest the deadly lawless regime land-grabs for foreign investors in their homeland. | [Comment: Open Letter] | Statement by Ugandans in the United Kingdom Demanding End to Land Grabs and Evictions. | 28 May 2019, London | | Ugandans in Britain held a demonstration at the Uganda High Commission in central London on 28 May 2019 and called for rights to land and against seizures. | The protest followed high profile cases of evictions by the Uganda Wildlife Authority, including Uganda police and military, known as the UPDF (Uganda Peoples Defense Force) killings, shooting and arrests of…

Staff (2019-05-29). Tyrone West Would Have Been 50. therealnews.com The sister of Tyrone West, Tawanda Jones, has been protesting for 303 weeks since 2013 to get justice for her brother who was killed by University and city police in Baltimore…

Human Rights Watch (2019-05-29). Palestine: No Letup in Arbitrary Arrests, Torture. hrw.org | | Protesting the electricity crisis, in the Jabalia refugee camp, Gaza, on January 12, 2017. One demonstrator holds a sign that reads, in Arabic, "We want electricity." On that day, Hamas security forces detained scores who participated in the demonstrations in Jabalia. | © 2017 Mahmoud Abu Salama | (Ramallah) — Both the Fatah-led Palestinian Authority in the West Bank and Hamas authorities in Gaza are arbitrarily arresting peaceful critics and opponents, Human Rights Watch said today. From January 2018 throu…

amnesty (2019-05-29). Azerbaijan: Ruling by the European Court of Human Rights on non-compliance with its previous judgment sets an important precedent. amnesty.org Amnesty International welcomes the 29 May decision by the Grand Chamber of the European Court of Human Rights (the Court) that Azerbaijan had failed to fulfil its obligation to comply with the Court's 2014 ruling in the case of opposition leader Ilgar Mammadov. This judgment underscores that Azerbaijan must end prosecution and incarceration of government opponents and human rights defenders under trumped-up charges, and ensure release, acquittal and reparation for all victims of such violations.

Andre Vltchek (2019-05-28). Andre Vltchek: It Is Indifference of the Israelis That Is Killing People. mintpressnews.com As always, I was impressed by Israel's infrastructure, but not by whom it serves. South Africa, during apartheid, built some of the greatest highways in the world. For the whites. Others were forced to live in the gutter. Israel does the same.

Colin Benjamin (2019-05-28). Police Brutality Protest Erupts After New Jersey Cop's Acquittal For Assaulting Black Teenager in 2017. blackstarnews.com Did Officer Joseph Reiman's brother Mayor Daniel Reiman help him escape justice? | On Sunday, New Jersey protesters marched in demonstration against Friday's acquittal of Officer Joseph Reiman who brutally beat teenager Monte Stewart in 2017, during a traffic stop in Carteret, New Jersey. | Marchers poured into the streets of Carteret Sunday to illustrate their outrage at the verdict, in a city where Officer Reiman is the brother of Carteret Mayor Daniel Reiman. The protests were peaceful. | How long will prosecutors continue to refuse to hold racist police accountable who criminally assault and kill Black…

amnesty (2019-05-28). Let's talk menstruation — and the women breaking the taboos around it. amnesty.org "It's that time of the month." "Red October." "On the blob." Many people would rather call menstruation anything than what it is. But in parts of the world the stigma around menstruation goes far beyond euphemisms. For some girls, menstruating means being hidden away in cattle sheds or banned from their houses; others struggle to afford tampons and pads and are forced to make do with rags. Some women have even been arrested or interrogated for their peaceful activities to change this stigma. | Yet things are starting to change. We spoke to five brilliant human rights activists breaking the taboos surrounding men…

amnesty (2019-05-28). Iran: Abusive forced veiling laws police women's lives. amnesty.org Imagine that you are a woman leading a relatively normal life. You take the metro or bus to work or university. You socialize with friends. You may be able to afford a smartphone and enjoy posting selfies on social media. You may sometimes be lucky enough to take walks on the beach and feel the sea air in your hair. | Now imagine that before you step foot outside your front door to do any of those things, you must stop and check that your hair is properly covered with a headscarf and that you have covered up your arms and legs. | This may seem extreme but failing to do so could carry serious consequences for you.

Human Rights Watch (2019-05-28). Somali Torture Victim Wins Small but Important Step Toward Justice. hrw.org | | People walk down a street in Somalia's capital of Mogadishu on Jan. 29, 1991. | © 1991 AP Photo/Sayyid Azim | On May 21, a US court ruled in favor of a plaintiff who alleged that Yusuf Abdi Ali, a former commander of Somalia's Siad Barre government, tortured him in 1987. The court awarded the plaintiff…

Tom Secker (2019-05-28). Contracts Reveal For First Time How DEA Exercises Control Over Television, Film Productions. shadowproof.com The contracts [ PDF] cover 2011 to 2017. Over that time period, DEA supported dozens of projects, including "Cops and Coyotes" and multiple episodes of "Drugs Inc." and "Gangsters: America's Most Evil." They support the fictional drugs drama "Pure," too. | Other supported projects were "Lethal Cargo," "The Notorious Mr. Bout," and "Declassified: Untold Stories of American Spies." They even worked with the U.S. government-funded Middle East Broadcasting Network for a program that featured the DEA museum. | Strangely abs…

Betsey Piette (2019-05-28). MOVE 9 women freed after 40 years. workers.org MOVE 9 members Janet Holloway Africa, 68, and Janine Phillips Africa, 63, were freed on parole May 25, after over 40 years of incarceration. That included a decade of consistently being denied parole petitions by the Pennsylvania Department of Corrections. Janine (left) and Janet Africa upon their release. While two . . . | Continue reading MOVE 9 women freed after 40 years at Workers.org

Democracy Now! (2019-05-27). Chomsky: Arrest of Assange Is "Scandalous" and Highlights Shocking Extraterritorial Reach of U.S. democracynow.org Attorneys for WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange are vowing to fight his possible extradition to the United States following his arrest in London, when British police forcibly removed Assange from the Ecuadorean Embassy, where he had taken asylum for almost seven years. In April, Democracy Now!'s Amy Goodman spoke to Noam Chomsky about Assange's arrest, WikiLeaks and American power.

Kevin Zeese and Margaret Flowers (2019-05-26). Protection Of Venezuelan Embassy Continues, Opposition To US Coup Builds. dissidentvoice.org While the final four inside members of the Embassy Protection Collective were arrested on May 16, 2019 (and released the next day), the Collective's efforts to protect the Venezuelan Embassy in Washington, DC and to end the US coup continue. From left to right: Kevin Zeese, Margaret Flowers, David Paul and Adrienne Pine at windows …

Nigel Lisbon (2019-05-26). Interview with Indianapolis organizer for alternatives to police. liberationnews.org "We truly need community accountability for our police."

United Nations (2019-05-26). UN Mission in Afghanistan gravely concerned about ill-treatment of prisoners by Taliban, following first-hand testimony. un.org The UN Assistance Mission in Afghanistan (UNAMA) expressed "grave concern" on Sunday over "credible accounts" it has been given that Taliban militants have been mistreating prisoners, which in some cases "may amount to torture".

Murtaza Hussain (2019-05-26). The Indian Government Has Systematically Used Torture to Crush Opposition in Kashmir, New Report Finds. theintercept.com A landmark report has accused the Indian government of "systematically and indiscriminately" using torture as a tool to crush an independence movement in the northern state of Kashmir. | The roughly 550-page report, issued last week, documents hundreds of individual cases of torture perpetrated by the Indian military over the last four decades — and not a single prosecution to hold the perpetrators accountable. The conflict in Kashmir dates back to the 1…

Liliana Segura (2019-05-25). One Night, Two Executions, and More Questions About Torture. theintercept.com As the sun began to set over the prayer vigil outside Tennessee's Riverbend Maximum Security Institution, where 68-year-old Don Johnson was about to die, another execution was underway some 400 miles south of Nashville. "I would like to thank Jesus for everything he's done for me," Michael Brandon Samra said as he lay on the gurney in Atmore, Alabama. "I want to thank Jesus for shedding his blood for my sins. Thank you for your grace, Jesus. Amen." | Samra was strapped down and wrapped in a tight white blanket covering his feet. His execution had been scheduled for 6 p.m. on May 16, but for reasons no one explain…

Democracy Now! (2019-05-24). Jeremy Scahill: New Indictment of Assange Is Part of a Broader War on Journalism & Whistleblowers. democracynow.org The Espionage Act charges filed against Julian Assange mark just the latest attempt by the Trump administration to criminalize journalism and whistleblowers. Army whistleblower Chelsea Manning is back in jail for refusing to testify before a grand jury. Two weeks ago, drone whistleblower Daniel Hale was arrested in Tennessee. We air a new video by The Intercept titled "Why You Should Care About Trump's War on Whistleblowers," featuring Jeremy Scahill. We also speak to Scahill and Pentagon Papers whistleblower Daniel Ellsberg about how the corporate media has failed to stand up for Assange and others.

Human Rights Watch (2019-05-24). New Assange Charges Threaten Investigative Journalism. hrw.org | | Australian WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange speaks at the Ecuadorian embassy in London, May 19, 2017. On April 11, 2019, Assange was arrested at the embassy on a 2012 warrant issued by Westminster Magistrates' Court. | © 2017 AP/Matrix/MediaPunch/IPZ | In a stunning and unprecedented assault on press freedom, the Trump administration has issued an expanded indictment of Julian Assange for publishing classified inf…

Kevin Gosztola (2019-05-24). In Charging Assange With 17 Espionage Act Offenses, Prosecutors Claim Power To Decide Who Is And Is Not A Journalist. shadowproof.com To listen to the story, click the above player. In a superseding indictment, the Justice Department charged WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange with 17 charges of violating the Espionage Act. The Justice Department has relied upon the Espionage Act to target whistleblowers for unauthorized disclosures of information. It has treated journalists…

Democracy Now! (2019-05-24). Exclusive: Julian Assange's Attorney Decries Espionage Charges as "Grave Threat to Press Freedom" democracynow.org In an unprecedented move, the Justice Department has indicted WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange on 17 charges of violating the Espionage Act for his role in publishing U.S. classified military and diplomatic documents exposing U.S. war crimes in Iraq and Afghanistan. The documents were leaked by U.S. Army whistleblower Chelsea Manning. The Espionage Act of 1917 has never been used to prosecute a journalist or media outlet. The new charges come just over a month after British police forcibly removed Assange from the Ecuadorean Embassy in London, where he took asylum in 2012. Initially the Trump administration indic…

pip.hinman (2019-05-24). Anti-strip search campaign gains momentum in NSW. greenleft.org.au The NSW government has begun a crackdown on civil liberties. Sniffer dogs and police are harassing more people at train stations, and strip searches of young people, Aboriginal and people in regional NSW are on the rise. | In 2014—15 there were 3735 strip searches in NSW. In 2017—18 this figure rose to 5483 — a 46% rise in four years. In 67% of cases, nothing was found. | Public transport users and music festival attendees are also being harassed by the widespread use of sniffer…

patrick (2019-05-24). Palestinians unanimously condemn German Parliament's attack on the right to boycott Israel's apartheid and colonization. bdsmovement.net Palestinians unanimously condemn German Parliament's attack on the right to boycott Israel's apartheid and colonization: UpdateThrough statements issued by both the PLO and Palestinian civil society groups, and protests at German Representative Offices, Palestinians have unanimously condemned the German Parliament's anti-Palestinian resolution attacki…

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…

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.

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

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.

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)

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…

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.

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.