2019-06-06: News Headlines

MAIL (2019-06-06). Meet the Animal Rights Activists Facing Prison Time for Rescuing Ducks, Piglets from Factory Farms. democracynow.org Nearly 100 animal rights activists were freed today, after being arrested by police in riot gear for carrying out a rescue mission and protest at the Reichardt Duck Farm in Petaluma, California, which they accuse of engaging in animal torture. More than 600 activists with Direct Action Everywhere stormed the slaughterhouse Monday, fanning out in teams to chain themselves together at the entrance, freeing dozens of ducks and in some cases locking themselves by the neck to the slaughter line. Several of the activists made it inside the slaughterhouse, where they began trying to rescue ducks that were hanging upside…

Staff (2019-06-06). Activists Face Prison Time for Rescuing Ducks, Piglets From Factory Farms. truthout.org Nearly 100 animal rights activists were freed today, after being arrested by police in riot gear for carrying out a rescue mission and protest at the Reichardt Duck Farm in Petaluma, California, which they accuse of engaging in animal torture. More than 600 activists with Direct Action Everywhere stormed the slaughterhouse Monday, fanning out in teams to chain themselves together at the entrance, freeing dozens of ducks and in some cases locking themselves by the neck to the slaughter line. Several of the activists made it inside the slaughterhouse, where they began trying to rescue ducks that were hanging ups…

WSWS (2019-06-06). UN Special Rapporteur on Torture warns Julian Assange could die in prison. wsws.org The UN Special Rapporteur on Torture said in an Australian radio interview on June 1 that Julian Assange could die in jail if his persecution is not ended here and now.

Rebecca Gordon (2019-06-06). Clemency for the Lowly, Free Passes for the Mighty. commondreams.org If the crime is big enough—like creating or countenancing a U.S. torture archipelago that stretched from Thailand to Poland to Guant√°namo Bay, or lying to the world to justify launching an aggressive war on Iraq—the risk of trial is nonexistent. No pardons required. (Photo by Oleg Nikishin/Getty Images) | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…

Joshua Cho (2019-06-06). WSJ Says CIA Chief Wouldn't Do Anything 'Inappropriate'—Despite Record of Torture and Coverup. fair.org by Joshua Cho A Wall Street Journal report (5/25/19) by Warren Strobel whitewashed CIA Director Gina Haspel's career and put a positive spin on the CIA's insulation from public accountability with its turn towards its greatest opacity "in decades." While one might expect CIA officials to support greater secrecy around the organization, it's odd that …

United Nations (2019-06-06). Syria: Urgent, concrete actions needed, to protect children too young to 'make sense of this senseless war'. un.org New firsthand reporting by UN staff in Syria reveals "increasingly horrific brutality" by all parties in the de-escalation area of the country's northwest, causing "significant civilian causalities" and hundreds of thousands displaced, a senior humanitarian official said on Thursday.

Eric A. Gordon (2019-06-06). Comprehensive retrospective of African-American artist Charles White at LACMA. peoplesworld.org LOS ANGELES—Right now, the critical thing to say about the magnificent Charles White retrospective at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA) is that it closes June 9! Sorry, the time flew and I did not get to it until a couple of days ago. A retrospective exhibition aims at a universal glance back …

Staff (2019-06-06). Corporate Media Will Regret Abandoning Julian Assange. truthdig.com 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 groundwork for the US Department of Justice's escalating political persecution of the WikiLeaks founder, and set the stage for a renewed assault on a free and independent press by the Trump administration. | Following the philosopher of science Karl Popper, I'll call this the problem of journalistic demarcation. Facing his own demarc…

CGTN Africa (2019-06-06). CAF president arrested in France. cgtn.com Ahmad Ahmad, the current president of the Confederation of African Football (CAF) was arrested Thursday in Paris. | CAF president Ahmad Ahmad | He is being questioned in connection into the alleged misappropriation of $830,000. | In April, former CAF Secretary-General Amr Fahmy accused Ahmad Ahmad of alleged bribery and misappropriation of funds after awarding a contract to a French company called Tactical Steel. Fahmy was fired from the organization shortly after making the allegations. | Ahmad had previously denied the accusations, claiming all the decisions were made "collegially" and that the process was "tra…

Special To The Black Star News (2019-06-06). Public Advocate Williams Joins Demands For Investigation of Linda Fairstein Prosecutor in 1989 "Central Park Five" case. blackstarnews.com Jumaane D. Williams joined by others demanding accountability in Central Park 5 Prosecution. | Public Advocate Jumaane D. Williams was joined by a coalition of elected officials and activists today to call for Manhattan District Attorney Cyrus Vance Jr., to investigate former assistant district attorney Linda Fairstein's alleged misconduct during the so-called Central Park Five case. The case is drawing new attention following the release of the miniseries "When They See Us," which documents the stories of the young men wrongfully convicted in the rape of Trisha Meili in 1989. | During a press conference out…

CGTN Africa (2019-06-06). Islamic State says it has moved into Mozambique, police say no. cgtn.com The Islamic State group claims it was involved in an insurgent clash in Mozambique for the first time, but analysts expressed doubt and Mozambican police dismissed the claim outright. | According to SITE Intelligence, a company that monitors extremist activity, Islamic State issued a statement late Tuesday claiming involvement in an apparent gunfight with the Mozambique military in Cabo Delgado. | "The soldiers of the Caliphate were able to repulse an attack by the Crusader Mozambican army in Metubi village, in the Mocimboa area," said the statement, according to a SITE translation. | "They clashed with them w…

Eoin Higgins (2019-06-06). Journalist and Educator Among Those Caught Up in YouTube's Attempt to Purge Online Hate Speech. theantimedia.com (CD) — Free speech advocates who warned of the predictable consequences of allowing powerful tech companies to police online discourse seized on YouTube's attempt Wednesday to purge hate speech from their video platform after creators performing public service journalism and education were swept up in the effort. Wednesday's purge came after days of sustained criticism over YouTube's …

Santa Cruz Police News (2019-06-06). Family Member Believes Man who Died in Police Custody was Denied Proper Medical Care. indybay.org On June 1, 40-year-old Kevin Allen died while in custody of the Santa Cruz Police. A SCPD press release states officers were responding to a report that a man had fallen to the ground near Water Street and River Street in Santa Cruz when they found and took Kevin Allen into custody and transported him to jail, claiming he was intoxicated. Once at the jail, medical staff there determined Allen would need to be taken to the hospital, where he was pronounced dead after suffering cardiac issues on the ride over. Community members have questioned why Allen was not given medical attention immediately instead of being a…

Staff (2019-06-06). NYPD Apologizes for 1969 Raid of Stonewall Inn. truthdig.com NEW YORK — Nearly 50 years after a police raid at the Stonewall Inn catalyzed the modern LGBT rights movement, New York's police commissioner apologized Tuesday for what his department did. | "The actions taken by the NYPD were wrong, plain and simple," Commissioner James O'Neill said during a briefing at police headquarters. | "The actions and the laws were discriminatory and oppressive," he added. "And for that, I apologize." | The apology comes weeks ahead of the milestone anniversary of the raid and the rebellion it sparked the night of June…

WSWS (2019-06-06). The global war on journalism. wsws.org The arrest of Julian Assange has set a precedent for the state persecution of journalists, triggering police raids in Australia and France against reporters documenting government crimes and corruption.

MAIL (2019-06-06). Headlines for June 6, 2019. democracynow.org U.S.-Mexico Immigration Talks Continue as Trump's Tariff Deadline Nears, Trump Admin to Cut School, Legal Aid and Recreation for Migrant Children, Mexican Police Arrest Immigration Activists Cristóbal Sánchez and Irineo Mujica, Trump Visits Normandy, France, on 75th Anniversary of D-Day Invasion, Trump Compares Future Irish Border to U.S.-Mexico Border Wall, Irish Protesters Decry Trump's Racism, Misogyny and Climate Denial, Pressed on Climate Change, Trump Says Weather "Changes Both Ways", Yemen's Houthi Rebels Claim They've Seized Territory in Saudi Arabia, CNN: Trump Admin Withheld Intelligence on China-Backed…

Marilyn Bechtel (2019-06-06). Bill tightening California standards for police lethal force advances in legislature. peoplesworld.org Among the waves of bills that passed from California's Assembly to the state Senate last week was one that observers say could move the state from having one of the loosest standards for police use of force to one of the strictest. That measure, hotly debated since Assemblymembers Shirley Weber, D-San Diego, and Kevin McCarty, …

Joe Lauria (2019-06-06). After Assange's Espionage Act Indictment, Police Move Against More Journalists for Publishing Classified Material. commondreams.org "These raids are all about intimidating journalists and intimidating whistle blowers so that mistakes made by the Government, including potential crimes, by the military, remain covered up, remain secret, and don't fall in to the public domain." (Photo: Shutterstock) | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…

Ted Rall (2019-06-06). Hacking Dirty Government Secrets Is Not a Crime. counterpunch.org British goon cops acting at the request of the United States government entered Ecuador's embassy in London, dragged out WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange and prepared to ship him across the pond. After this event last month most of the mainstream media reacted with spiteful glee about Assange's predicament and relief that the Department of Justice More

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.

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…

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…

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…

teleSUR (2019-06-05). US Doctor Faces Life for Murder of 25 Overdosed Patients. telesurenglish.net A doctor from the state of Ohio in the United States was charged on 25 counts of murder Wednesday for over-prescribing patients in critical condition with potentially lethal amounts of opioids. | RELATED: | Purdue Corrupted WHO to Boost Opioid Sales: Congress' Report | Dr. William Husel, a former physician in the Mount Carmel Health System in Colombus, Ohio, was arrested after a six-month investigation found he had been "administering doses of fentanyl at a level that they internal…

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…

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 …

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.

teleSUR (2019-06-05). Afro-Latinos Among Most Underprivileged in Region. telesurenglish.net For centuries, Afro-descended peoples have faced discrimination, hardship, and social exclusion around the world. In Latin America, despite efforts to close the gap, the ethnic group continues to struggle for equal opportunity. | RELATED: | Bolsonaro Censors Video Starring Black People and Transwoman | Afro-Latinos represent a quarter of the Latin American population and 90 percent of them reside in Brazil, Venezuela, Colombia, Cuba, Mexico, and Ecuador — formerly important…

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.

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 …

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…

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 …

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…

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.

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…

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 →

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.

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…

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.

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…

Colin Benjamin (2019-06-05). PVP's Investigation Into Police Social Media Posts Further Exposes Depraved Racism Among Police. blackstarnews.com Philadelphia Police Commissioner Richard Ross, second from right, must punish those exposed in PVP's investigation… | The recent Plain View Project (PVP) investigation of police social media postings, which was published by Injustice Watch and BuzzFeed News, documents the barbarism and bigotry many officers have for Black Americans, and other minorities. | On their website, the Plain View Project said, "We believe that these statements could erode civilian trust and confidence in police, and we hope police departments will investigate and address them immediately." | Politicians, especially those in Congre…

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…

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…

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.

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…