2019-06-05: News Headlines

Andrea Germanos, staff writer (2019-06-05). Calling Solitary Confinement 'Government Torture,' Ocasio-Cortez Says 'Release Everyone'. commondreams.org In tweet commenting on upcoming "protective custody" of Paul Manafort, Rep. Ocasio-Cortez says prison sentences don't provide license to commit "human rights violations" | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…

WSWS (2019-06-05). Australian government forces refugees back to face repression in Sri Lanka. wsws.org At least 20 more asylum seekers have been detained by the Australian navy and deported to Sri Lanka to face possible torture and imprisonment.

Staff (2019-06-05). Trump Wants to Make Alaska's Protected Wilderness a Hunting Ground. truthout.org A video featuring a father and son slaughtering a mother black bear and then her two screaming newborn cubs in their den has ricocheted around the world, drawing obvious comparisons to the killing of Cecil, the African lion, by a Minnesota dentist several years ago. | Sadly, the shocking brutality the two men displayed for the world to see could soon be sanct…

WSWS (2019-06-05). Australian Federal Police raid journalists over exposures of government spying, war crimes. wsws.org The raids, targeting a News Corp journalist and the Sydney offices of the Australian Broadcasting Corporation, are part of an expanding assault on democratic rights and press freedom.

The Mind Unleashed (2019-06-05). Parkland School Police Officer Arrested on 11 Charges Tied to Shooting. theantimedia.com (TMU) — A police officer who hid for nearly an hour at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida last year while a horrible shooting took place just feet away, has been arrested for his negligence during the shooting. Former Broward County Sheriff's Deputy Scot Peterson was arrested this week and charged with seven counts …

Consortiumnews (2019-06-05). After Assange's Espionage Act Indictment, Police Move Against More Journalists for Publishing Classified Material. consortiumnews.com Less than two months after the arrest of journalist Julian Assange, and two weeks after his indictment under the Espionage Act, emboldened governments have sent the police after journalists who've challenged the state. Joe Lauria reports. By Joe Lauria in… Read more →

CGTN Africa (2019-06-05). At least 5 dead, others missing after mudslides in Uganda. cgtn.com The Uganda Red Cross says at least five people have died in mudslides triggered by heavy rains in the east. Several others are said to be missing. | The group said Wednesday that its search and rescue teams ploughing through the mud had retrieved the bodies and handed them over to police. | Julius Mucunguzi, a spokesman for the prime minister's office, says at least 10 people are missing and many are displaced. | Several villages in the eastern district of Bududa, in the foothills of Mount Elgon, are prone to. Deaths are reported every year during the wet season. | Uganda's government is encouraging the reloca…

MAIL (2019-06-05). "We're Left to Defend Ourselves on the Margins": 8 Black Trans Women Have Been Murdered This Year. democracynow.org The body of 26-year-old Chynal Lindsey was recovered Saturday from a lake in Northeast Dallas. Police said they are investigating her death as a homicide. Chynal is the third transgender black woman killed in Dallas since October, including the high-profile death of Muhlaysia Booker just two weeks ago. Another Dallas trans woman was stabbed multiple times in April but survived. Trans rights activists say the violence in Dallas is indicative of the larger threat to black transgender women. At least eight black trans women have been murdered in the U.S. this year. According to the Human Rights Campaign, at least 26…

GetUp! (2019-06-05). Australian police powers risking the criminalisation of public interest journalism. indybay.org This is unprecedented. | As I write, the Australian Federal Police are crawling through the headquarters of our national broadcaster. Accessing private emails. Scouring hard-drives. Rounding up handwritten notes. They have the power to collect, decrypt, alter and delete whatever they want.1 | Why? Because the ABC dared to report on allegations that Australian soldiers unlawfully killed children in Afghanistan.2…

WSWS (2019-06-05). Stop Stalinist Terror Against Chinese Workers. wsws.org The ICFI statement entitled "Stop Stalinist Terror Against Chinese Workers" was issued on June 22, 1989, as the scope of the police dragnet and repression against workers and students expanded following the Tiananmen Square massacre.

Special To The Black Star News (2019-06-05). This is What Donald Trump's Failed and Cruel Border Policy Looks Like. blackstarnews.com The Trump Administration's polices have everything to do with racism not border security… | On Friday, the Inspector General (IG) for the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) released a management alert requiring "immediate attention and action…to alleviate dangerous overcrowding at the El Paso Del Norte Processing Center (PDT)." | In unannounced visits to the PDT, the IG observed that DHS was housing 6 to 7 times the maximum capacity of detainees, including: some detainees "in standing-room-only conditions for days or weeks…;" with other "detainees standing on toilets in the cells to make room and ga…

Tyler Durden (2019-06-05). Australian Police Raid National Broadcaster Over Leaked Afghan War Crime Stories. theantimedia.com (ZH) — Australian federal police officers raided the Sydney headquarters of the Australian Broadcasting Corporation (ABC) over a series of 2017 reports known as The Afghan Files, which exposed crimes committed by special forces in Afghanistan based on hundreds of pages of leaked defense documents marked AUSTEO (Australian Eyes Only). The incident marks Australia's second such move against journalists in just …

Tom Coburg (2019-06-05). Journalists now fair game as police raid public broadcaster following US hounding of Assange. thecanary.co In April, US authorities issued an extradition request for WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange, with warnings from The Canary and other m…

pip.hinman (2019-06-05). AFP raids: a grave threat to media freedom. greenleft.org.au The Australian Federal Police (AFP) raids on senior mainstream media journalists over June 5—6 have reignited calls to allow journalists to do their job, for an end of their intimidation and for an investigation into media freedoms. | On June 4, police raided the Canberra home of News.com journalist Annika Smethurst, who has written on cyber security threats and the federal government's plan to allow spying on Australian citizens to "proactively disrupt and covertly remove" onshore cyber threats. That piece was published in April last year. | On June 5, the AFP marched into the ABC offices in Sydney with wa…

MAIL (2019-06-05). Headlines for June 5, 2019. democracynow.org GOP Mounts Possible Trump Challenge as Threat of U.S.-Mexico Trade War Looms, House Passes Dream and Promise Act, Which Could Grant Citizenship to 2.5 Million, Dozens of Children Forced to Spend Up to 39 Hours in Hot Vans After Botched ICE Family Reunification, U.K.: Trump Calls for New Trade Deal, Calls Protests "Fake News" as 10,000s Demonstrate Against His Visit, Sudan: Death Toll Rises to 60+ as Struggle Between Military and Protesters Mounts, Chynal Lindsey Is the 3rd Black Trans Woman to Be Killed in Dallas in Past Year, Virginia Governor Calls for Gun Control Reforms After VA Beach Mass Shooting, Police Ar…

Andrew Emett (2019-06-05). Deputy arrested for negligence after Parkland shooting inaction. nationofchange.org Accused of cowardly hiding during | the Parkland shooting last year and failing to protect the school children | under his care, former Broward Sheriff's Deputy Scot Peterson was arrested Tuesday | on seven counts of neglect of a child, three counts of culpable negligence, and | one count of perjury. Although Peterson claims that he never entered the | building due to police miscommunication, the Florida Department of Law | Enforcement (FDLE) recently determined that the resource officer retreated from | the scene and later directed other officers to stay at least 500ft away from | the active shooting. | On Fe…

Eoin Higgins (2019-06-05). Police Raid Home of Prominent Journalist Who Reported on Secret Spying Program. theantimedia.com (CD) — Australian police raided the home of one of the country's prominent journalists Tuesday, raising questions about press freedom in that country and across the western world. Journalist Annika Smethurst, the national politics editor at Sydney's Sunday Telegraph, was the target of the early morning raid. Police served a warrant at her home related to materials she …

Staff (2019-06-05). For Real Safety in US and Palestine, We Must Fight White Supremacy. truthout.org As a part of the Center for Jewish Nonviolence, I joined a coalition of over 100 Palestinians, Israelis, and Jews from the U.S. and Canada to rehabilitate a dirt road in the South Hebron Hills that would give Palestinians in the area greater access to basic resources they need to live. When we started this project in early May, a range of Israeli police and military agencies responded with force, employing methods of crowd dispersal to arrest 17 people and injure dozens of others. As I heard the b…

RT (2019-06-05). Numerous injuries in blast at Roswell, New Mexico 'firework storage' — police. rt.com Two firefighters have been seriously injured in an explosion at the Roswell airport, New Mexico officials have confirmed. The explosion reportedly involved a fireworks storage facility.

Colin Benjamin (2019-06-05). American Professor At Jamaica's Edna Manley College Contemplates Hunger Strike Amid Student Sex Scandal "Coverup" blackstarnews.com Visiting African-American Maluwa Williams-Myers has a story to tell about sex abuse at Edna Manley… | On Tuesday, African-American Professor Maluwa Williams-Myers told the Black Star News she is contemplating a hunger strike to force change at a Jamaican college where a serial sex offender has allegedly abused female students "for a decade." | Professor Williams-Myers told Black Star News she is compelled to consider this drastic approach because officials at this college are involved in a "coverup." She is worried about the victimization of other young women. | Is there a rape culture problem inside this Jama…

PACBI (2019-06-05). More Than 100 Commercial, Cultural and Sporting Activities in Italy Declare Themselves Free of Israeli Apartheid. bdsmovement.net More Than 100 Commercial, Cultural and Sporting Activities in Italy Declare Themselves Free of Israeli Apartheid: In the NewsTrade unions, movements, artisans, businesses and cultural, recreational and sports centers join campaign for Palestinian rights in what is also a clear stand against the mounting racism and nationalist closure that is fomenting hatred and intolerance across Europ…

plenglish (2019-06-05). Brazilian Prosecutor's Office Recommends Semi-open Regime for Lula. plenglish.com 05 de junio de 2019, 13: 13Brasilia, Jun 5 (Prensa Latina) The Federal Public Ministry of Brazil on Wednesday recommended that former President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva, who has served 424 days in prison for alleged corruption, benefit from a semi-open regime.

RT (2019-06-05). 'Coward from Broward' cop arrested for failing to act during Parkland school shooting. rt.com Florida school security officer Scot Peterson has been charged with neglect of duty after an investigation into his failure to act for nearly an hour allowed an ex-student to gun down 17 people at a Parkland high school last year.

John O'Day (2019-06-05). Corporate Media Have Second Thoughts About Exiling Julian Assange From Journalism. fair.org "Democracy dies in darkness," reads the Washington Post slogan—though apparently sometimes it's good to put people in prison for exposing government wrongdoing ( 4/11/19). | After British police arrested Julian Assange on April 11, the first instinct of corporate journalists was to perform a line-drawing exercise. In so doing, corporate media dutifully laid the groundw…

Aviva Stahl (2019-06-04). Force-Feeding Is Cruel, Painful, and Degrading—and American Prisons Won't Stop. thenation.com Force-Feeding Is Cruel, Painful, and Degrading—and American Prisons Won't Stop…

RT (2019-06-04). Controversial new US abortion laws akin to 'torture' — UN Commissioner. rt.com Recently passed abortion legislation in several US states equates to violence against women, according to UN human rights commissioner Kate Gilmore, who also called out what she termed the "extremist hate" behind the measures.

Satya Vatti (2019-06-04). Proof of Census conspiracy against Latino vote: gerrymanderer dies, daughter tells all. liberationnews.org Given the track record of the U.S. government, with its racist history of deportations, incarceration and family separations under both the Democratic and Republican parties, the citizenship question on the census is sure to incite anxieties and fear among immigrants who are repeatedly scapegoated by politicians for mass unemployment and poverty that are in fact products of the capitalist economic system.

Staff (2019-06-04). Is Pope Francis Doing Enough to Root Out Sex Abuse in the Church? — RAI with Matthew Fox (2/8). therealnews.com Pope Francis announced new rules requiring pedophilia and sexual abuse to be reported to Church superiors, but survivors are critical, saying police need to be informed — on Reality Asserts Itself with Paul Jay…

teleSUR (2019-06-04). Indonesian Suicide Bomber Wounded After Botched Attempt. telesurenglish.net An Indonesian militant was seriously wounded on Tuesday when he attempted to blow himself up outside of a police station, the local authorities stated. | RELATED: | Indonesia's Mount Agung Volcano Grounds Flights After Splurting 4,600-Meter Ash Cloud | The unnamed militant was believed to have been influenced by the Islamic State terrorist group after investigators found information proving the 22-year-old's exposure to the organization. | "This was a suic…

Staff (2019-06-04). Trump Companies Accused of Tax Evasion in Panama. truthdig.com The owners of a 70-story Panama City hotel tower formerly managed by President Donald Trump's companies are accusing them of stiffing the Panamanian government. | In a legal filing Monday in an ongoing lawsuit in Manhattan federal court, private equity manager Orestes Fintiklis and the company he leads, Ithaca Capital Partners, claimed that two Trump companies failed to pay Panamanian taxes equal to 12.5% of the management fees they drew from the hotel. | The Trump entities were allegedly supposed to withhold those fees…

Human Rights Watch (2019-06-04). Thailand: 3 Junta Critics Assaulted in Past Month. hrw.org (New York) — Thai authorities should urgently and impartially investigate assaults on three prominent pro-democracy activists since May 2019, Human Rights Watch said today. Thai police have yet to arrest any suspects for the violent attacks, raising serious concerns about possible government involvement. | | | Sirawith Seritiwat, prominent pro-democracy activist, was assaulted in Bangkok on June 2, 2019, after he staged a peaceful protest against Thailand's military junta. | &co…

Ryan Devereaux (2019-06-04). In Scott Warren's No More Deaths Trial, Prosecutors Attempt to Paint a Web of Conspiracy. theintercept.com For nearly a year and a half, U.S. government prosecutors in Arizona have sought to make an example out of Scott Warren. The 36-year-old geographer and border-based humanitarian aid volunteer was arrested with two undocumented migrants on January 17, 2018, and accused of providing the men with food, water, and a place to sleep over three days. A month later, a grand jury indicted him on two counts of harboring and one count of conspiracy, bringing the total amount time he could spend in prison — if convicted on all counts and sentenced to consecutive terms — to 20 years. | Warren's trial began in Tucs…

WSWS (2019-06-04). In legal victory for Assange, Swedish court rules against extradition. wsws.org Despite Swedish prosecutors having investigated Julian Assange on bogus allegations of sexual misconduct for eight years, they have never charged him.

Human Rights Watch (2019-06-04). Mass Arrests of Opposition Members in Cameroon. hrw.org | | Cameroonian opposition leader Maurice Kamto was arrested in Douala on January 28, 2019 for what appears to be politically motivated reasons. | © 2018 PIUS UTOMI EKPEI/AFP/Getty Image | At least 350 members and supporters of Cameroon's main opposition party, including its vice president, were arrested across the country this weekend after they tried to hold demonstrations. The arrests, targeting the Cameroon Renaissance Movement (MRC) party, appear to mark yet another step in the government's attempt to limit politi…

Jake Johnson, staff writer (2019-06-04). Nearly 100 Animal Rights Activists Arrested for Protesting 'Torturous Practices' at Duck Slaughterhouse. commondreams.org "The real criminality is the systemic torture and slaughter of billions of animals in the cruelest, filthiest, most sadistic conditions. But the police protect the corporate criminals." | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…

Dinah Matengo (2019-06-04). Talk Africa: Reclaimed Land conversation in South Africa. cgtn.com South Africa is one of the most industrialized countries on the continent. Yet, not far from the hustle and bustle of metropolitan centers such as Johannesburg, Durban, and Cape Town, underdeveloped rural communities continue to struggle for a better life. Under successive colonial and apartheid governments, the mass relocation of black people to poor homelands and underserved townships formed the basis of today's challenges. | The end of apartheid ushered in new hope. As Nelson Mandela said in 1995: "With freedom and democracy, came restoration of the right to land. And with it the opportunity to address the…

Eoin Higgins, staff writer (2019-06-04). 'Outrageous': Police Raid Home of Aussie Journalist Who Reported on Secret Domestic Spying Program. commondreams.org "If you are not concerned over a journalist being raided on the basis of 'national security concerns' for reporting on the potential over reach of Australia's security agencies into your lives, there is something seriously wrong." | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…

WSWS (2019-06-03). Britain and Australia dismiss UN report that Assange has been tortured. wsws.org The brazen responses demonstrate the criminality of the US-led vendetta against Assange, which is proceeding in violation of due process and the fundamental tenets of international law.

teleSUR (2019-06-03). Honduras Gov't Backtracks on Neoliberal Laws Amid Large Strike. telesurenglish.net President of Honduras Juan Orlando Hernandez (JOH) announced Sunday that two decrees related to education and health will be repealed. The decrees have been rejected by the teachers and public sector doctors who are in an indefinite strike since Thursday. | RELATED: | Masked Men Set US Embassy in Honduras Ablaze, Teacher Blamed | "The repeal o…

Stephen Lendman (2019-06-03). Brits to Protest Trump in London. 18 Anti-Trump Related Events. DJT to Meet Up with Queen Elizabeth II. globalresearch.ca Mass public resistance awaits him during his three-day visit, including photo-op meetings with Queen Elizabeth and UK officials. | Reportedly, millions of pounds were spent for security, largely for deploying thousands of police and other security forces. | Scotland Yard estimates that …

teleSUR (2019-06-03). Chile: Indigenous People Reject Piñera's Consultation. telesurenglish.net The Committees of Indigenous Peoples of the Communist, Progressive and Green Socialist Regionalist Front parties rejected the Indigenous Consultation being developed by the Chilean government to modify current Indigenous laws. | RELATED: | Chilean Police Repress Thousands of Protesting Students | The parties, in a statement, denounced changes proposed by the go…

MAIL (2019-06-03). Headlines for June 3, 2019. democracynow.org Gunman Kills 12 People During Virginia Beach Rampage, DHS Watchdog Warns of "Dangerous Overcrowding" at El Paso Migrant Prison, El Salvadoran Transgender Migrant Dies in ICE Custody After Denial of Medical Care, Judge Temporarily Keeps Missouri's Sole Abortion Clinic Open, Military Forces in Sudan Raid Sit-in, Killing At Least 9 Protesters, Protesters Set Fire Outside U.S. Embassy in Honduras, Police Tear-Gas, Arrest Palestinian Protesters as Israeli Settlers Enter Al-Aqsa Mosque, Trump Blasts Brexit, Insults Meghan Markle, While London Mayor Protests His U.K. Visit, Report: Disappearance and Murder of 1000s of I…

Fight Back (2019-06-03). St. Paul marks police killing of Marcus Golden. fightbacknews.org St. Paul, MN – June 2 would have been Marcus Golden's 29th birthday, but he was shot in the back of the head and killed by St. Paul police four years ago. About three dozen friends and family of Marcus and other victims of police killing, activists, and supporters gathered, June 2, in front of the Minnesota Governor's Mansion to celebrate Marcus' birthday and call for justice for all victims of police violence. | Monique Collars Doty, Marcus' aunt and member of Twin Cities Coalition for Justice 4 Jamar and Black Lives Matter Minnesota, said, "I thank you so much for being out here to show Marcus some love, to sho…

Mark T. Harris, SF Bay View (2019-06-03). 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.

APTP (2019-06-03). Anti Police-Terror Project Statement on AB 392, the California Act to Save Lives. indybay.org From our inception, the Anti Police-Terror Project has never subscribed to the belief that policing in America can be fixed. The system is not broken and thus cannot be made to right itself. Born of the slave trade, policing in America was then – and is now – about the catching, killing and incarcerating of Black and Indigenous bodies. We are an abolitionist organization committed to interrupting and rapidly responding to state violence, radically transforming the way in which we as a society define public safety and develop new practices to implement community security that are not rooted in race-based capitalis…

Staff (2019-06-03). Will the Police Behind Ferguson's 'Debtors Prison' Ever Face Justice? truthdig.com In January 2014, Tonya DeBerry was driving through an unincorporated area of St. Louis County, Missouri, when a police officer pulled her over for having expired license plates. | After discovering that DeBerry, 51, had several outstanding traffic tickets from three jurisdictions, the officer handcuffed her and took her to jail. | To be released, she was told, she would have to pay hundreds of dollars in fines she owed the county, according to her account in a federal lawsuit. But after her family came up with the money, DeBerry wasn't released from custody. Instead, she was handed over to the municipalities of F…

Stephen Lendman (2019-06-03). Brits to Protest Trump in London. 18 Anti-Trump Related Events. DJT to Meet Up Queen Elizabeth II. globalresearch.ca Mass public resistance awaits him during his three-day visit, including photo-op meetings with Queen Elizabeth and UK officials. | Reportedly, millions of pounds were spent for security, largely for deploying thousands of police and other security forces. | Scotland Yard estimates that …

Colin Benjamin (2019-06-03). What Former NYC Police Commissioner Bill Bratton's Column Omitted About Racist Broken Windows Policing. blackstarnews.com Former NYPD Commissioner Bill Bratton still trying to defend bigoted "Broken Windows" policing… | On Sunday, former New York City Commissioner Bill Bratton wrote an op-ed expressing frustration that the racially-applied "Broken Windows" policing policy, which he championed, is falling out of favor. | In a New York Daily News column, Mr. Bratton laments that "One of the foundations of New York City's public safety renaissance is falling out of favor in some quarters." Since, Bratton was an early proponent of promoting this discredited policing policy, it's no surprise he's trying to preserve it as somehow being…

Fight Back (2019-06-03). Minnesota BDS movement demands state divestment from apartheid. fightbacknews.org St. Paul, MN – On May 30, Palestinian-Americans and solidarity activists called on the Minnesota State Board of Investment (SBI) to divest from Israeli companies that violate international law and profit from the occupation of Palestine. | Speaking to the SBI at the state capitol, the activists highlighted several problematic companies the State of Minnesota currently is invested in. These included high-tech weapons manufacturer Elbit Systems, telecom company Bezeq and several Israeli banks. | "It is only appropriate that we hold ourselves to the highest standard and become an example for the rest of the nation,"

Fight Back (2019-06-03). New York rallies on Al-Quds Day. fightbacknews.org New York, NY – Over 100 people gathered in Times Square on May 31 in honor of the International Day of Al-Quds. This day marks the occupation of Palestine and is in protest of Israel's apartheid regime. | The speakers addressed different topics, from the United States' role in the occupation to other examples of intervention in the Middle East and around the world. | Joe Catron, of the group Samidoun: Palestinian Prisoner Network, read a statement from Ahmad Sa'adat, General Secretary of the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine that stated, "The goal of every struggling revolutionary prisoner, whether in…