2019-06-11: News Headlines

Eds. (2019-06-11). U.S. activist faces federal charges for providing aid to migrants. mronline.org Scott Warren was arrested in 2018 for allegedly having "harbored" two fatally weakened undocumented migrants in a facility run by No More Deaths | Source

John W. Whitehead (2019-06-11). How the Police State Muzzles Our Right to Speak Truth to Power. counterpunch.org "History shows that governments sometimes seek to regulate our lives finely, acutely, thoroughly, and exhaustively. In our own time and place, criminal laws have grown so exuberantly and come to cover so much previously innocent conduct that almost anyone can be arrested for something. If the state could use these laws not for their intended More

WSWS (2019-06-11). French state demands four months' jail for "yellow vest" protester Eric Drouet. wsws.org The charges against Drouet are unfounded and underscore that a police state is being built in France.

plenglish (2019-06-10). Lava Jato's Lie Behind Persecution Against Lula, Denounces PT. plenglish.com 10 de junio de 2019, 18: 11Brasilia, Jun 10 (Prensa Latina) The Workers" Party (PT) of Brazil denounced on Monday that the dissemination of messages between former judge Sergio Moro and prosecutors confirms the judicial lie to prevent the electoral victory of President Luiz Inácio Lula and the political organization.

teleSUR (2019-06-10). Lula Is a Political Prisoner: Brazil Workers' Party. telesurenglish.net Brazilian Workers' Party (PT) reacted Monday to reports published by news website The Intercept saying that they evidence the judicial persecution of former President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva. | RELATED: | Politics, Lack of Evidence Behind Lula Trial: Intercept Expose | "Contrary to what they affirm today in a bid to downplay their illegal moves, (Judge Sergio) Moro and the prosecutors of the Car Wash commission are transcending all the limits of legality and the limits of the r…

plenglish (2019-06-10). Ex-Judge Moro's Conversations Dig up to Charge Lula. plenglish.com Brasilia, Jun 10 (Prensa Latina) A series of reports from Intercept website bring to light on Monday unpublished and illegal conversations of former judge Sergio Moro with some prosecutors to incriminate former Brazilian President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva.

Rostislav Ishchenko (2019-06-10). Has Serbia Lost Kosovo? Why President Hashim Thaàßi Needs Another Conflict with Serbia. globalresearch.ca On May 27th the president of Serbia Aleksandr Vucic urged to face the truth and to recognize that Serbia lost Kosovo. On May 28th units of the Kosovar police intruded into Serb districts in the north of Kosovo and arrested …

CGTN Africa (2019-06-10). Sudan releases rebel leader, Yasir Arman after five days. cgtn.com Sudan opposition leader Yasir Arman arrived in Juba, South Sudan on Monday after he was released together with two other rebel leaders by the military junta | Arman, a high-ranking member of the rebel group, Sudan People's Liberation Movement-North, was arrested in his home in Khartoum on June 5 and was detained for five days. | He had just recently returned to Sudan after spending several years in exile. | The Sudanese government convicted and sentenced Arman to death in absentia in 2011 for his involvement in an uprising in the Blue Nile State. | The government today also freed SPLM secretary, Ismail Jalab,…

CGTN Africa (2019-06-10). Armed group kills 25 in fresh Nigeria attack. cgtn.com Twenty-five people were buried on Sunday in Nigeria's northwestern state of Sokoto, following an attack allegedly by a local armed group on Saturday. Local police said four people linked to the attack have been arrested, including a woman informant who pretended to be a lunatic. | The attack affected three communities in Rabah local government area of the northern state. | State police chief Ibrahim Kaoje told reporters that Kalhu, Tsage, and Geeri villages came under intense attack by a large number of gunmen who spared no one at sight on Saturday evening. | Kaoje said the attackers also stole hundreds of cow…

MAIL (2019-06-10). Headlines for June 10, 2019. democracynow.org U.S.-Mexico Deal Averts Trade Crisis with Plan to Deploy Mexican Troops to Curb Migration, Dem Lawmakers Call Out Migrant Prison Co. for Hiring John Kelly, Bipartisan Senators Oppose U.S.-Saudi Arms Deal with Flurry of Resolutions, Up to 1 Million Protesters Take to Hong Kong Streets Against Chinese Extradition Bill, 2 Reported Deaths as Haitian Protesters Call for Resignation of President MoàØse, WaPo: WH Barred Science-Based Climate Change Testimony, Transgender Prisoner Layleen Polanco Found Dead at Rikers Island, North Carolina Transgender Woman Chanel Scurlock Fatally Shot, Detroit Police Charge 18-Ye…

plenglish (2019-06-10). Chilean Students Occupy Distinctive Institute. plenglish.com Santiago de Chile, June 10 (Prensa Latina) Students from the iconic National Institute of Santiago de Chile agreed to occupy this campus indefinitely, amidst clashes with police forces that have been interrupting classes at this center for a month.

Human Rights Watch (2019-06-10). Nigeria: Widespread Violence Ushers in President's New Term. hrw.org | | Nigeria's military guard the campaign headquarters of President Muhammadu Buhari in Abuja, Nigeria, Feb. 25, 2019. | © AP Photo/Jerome Delay | (Abuja) — The Nigeria elections in 2019 that brought President Muhammadu Buhari back into office for a second term were marred by political violence, some of it by soldiers and police officers, Human Rights Watch said. Buhari should take concrete steps to address the widespread political violence, and to ensure accounta…

Alex Borenstein (2019-06-10). "Walk for Israel" PR effort doesn't fool Denver's anti-apartheid protesters. liberationnews.org Coalition of counter-protesters show solidarity with Palestine.

Jerry Omondi (2019-06-10). Helicopter crashes in New York, Fire Department says. cgtn.com A helicopter crashed onto a building in Midtown Manhattan on Monday before bursting into flames, according to the New York Fire Department. | The Fire department says it has deployed some 100 emergency workers to the scene. | It is not clear how many people were on board the aircraft when it crashed. | More details to follow…

Andrew Fishman (2019-06-09). Exclusive: Leaked Chats Between Brazilian Judge and Prosecutor Who Imprisoned Lula Reveal Prohibited Collaboration and Doubts Over Evidence. theintercept.com Judge Sergio Moro repeatedly counseled prosecutor Deltan Dallagnol via Telegram during more than two years of Operation Car Wash.

Glenn Greenwald (2019-06-09). Exclusive: Brazil's Top Prosecutors Who Indicted Lula Schemed in Secret Messages to Prevent His Party From Winning 2018 Election. theintercept.com A massive archive exclusively provided to the Intercept confirms long-held suspicions about the politicized motives and deceit of Brazil's corruption investigators.

barry_h (2019-06-09). Searches Warranted? (Add, Copy, Delete, Alter). greenleft.org.au Now we have a press sensation, | As chilling as we've ever had. | Ita says intimidation, | Is there something they want to add? | Copy, delete, alter, add. | | Who was the judge or magistrate | Signed the warrant without falter? | Did they perchance hesitate | When they saw "delete" or "alter"? | Add, copy, delete, alter. | | Why let police play with the papers? | Weird enough (for the sake of Pete). | How often do they grant such capers? | What might the cops want to delete? | Alter, add, copy, delete. | | There's so much not yet explained, | No wonder the press are stroppy, | Denials so far are truly stra…

teleSUR (2019-06-09). Civil Disobidience Empties Streets in Sudan's Capital. telesurenglish.net A campaign of civil disobedience to demand civilian rule left the streets of Sudan's capital Khartoum largely deserted as the working week began Sunday, while police fired tear gas to disperse protesters in Khartoum North, witnesses said. | RELATED: | African Union Suspends Sudan After Army Crackdown on Protests | They also started the general strike to protest the arrest of three movement leaders who participated in the negotiations with the military authorities. | Opposition…

teleSUR (2019-06-09). More Arrests for Latest Homophobic Attack in London. telesurenglish.net A fifth arrest was made on Saturday for the recent homophobic attack against a lesbian couple in London. The boy is aged 16, similar to the four other assailants. | RELATED: | US: Straight Pride Organizers Linked to White Supremacists | UK police have announced a new arrest for the homophobic assault against a lesbian couple on a London night bus. The case…

Staff (2019-06-09). Massive Extradition Protest Fills Hong Kong Streets. truthdig.com HONG KONG—Hundreds of thousands of protesters marched through Hong Kong on Sunday to voice their opposition to government-sponsored legislation that would allow people to be extradited to mainland China to face charges. | The massive demonstration took place three days before the semi-autonomous Chinese territory's government plans to bring the highly contentious bill to the full legislature, bypassing the committee process, in a bid to win approval by the end of the month. | Police estimated the crowd at 240,000, but organizers said more than 1 million…

WSWS (2019-06-08). US-backed Saudi regime tortures dissidents on eve of threatened beheadings. wsws.org Among those slated for execution is Murtaja Qureiris, arrested at age 13 for participating in a peaceful protest against the monarchy.

Staff (2019-06-08). NYPD, Apology for Stonewall Not Accepted. truthout.org What the NYPD did in Greenwich Village on June 28, 1969 was not an exceptional event. There was nothing new about cops busting up a queer bar, beating people up and putting them in police cars. In 1969, that was commonplace. Every queer person knew what the red flashing lights meant: arrest, getting beaten or perhaps raped. What was unique on June 28, 1969 was that queer people stood up and fought back, not only for that day but for four days afterwards, in what became known as the Stonewall Riots. This uprising and the plethora of organizations that emerged afterwards were the birth of the modern LGBTQ+ right…

teleSUR (2019-06-08). French Police Crack Down on 30th 'Yellow Vest' Protest. telesurenglish.net French police violently clashed with protesters Saturday at the 30th consecutive weekend of " yellow vest" demonstrations, using tear gas and water cannons in the southern city of Montpellier. | RELATED: | French Yellow Vests Protest Day Before EU Polls Announced | The "yellow vest" protests, named after the brightly colored safety jackets French drivers h…

Cora Currier (2019-06-08). A Vast Archive Exposed the Secret History of Kidnapping and Assassination in Guatemala. Now It's Under Threat. theintercept.com The attack on the archive is part of "an aggressive rejection of human rights principles" from conservative Guatemalan President Jimmy Morales.

WSWS (2019-06-08). Teachers struggles erupt across Latin America. wsws.org The response by the ruling class to the resistance led by teachers has been the same everywhere: the claim that there is "no money" and police state repression.

WSWS (2019-06-08). Australian media workers denounce police raids. wsws.org ABC workers spoke of their shock and alarm at the arrival of federal police in their building.

WSWS (2019-06-08). Australian police chief links media raids to US-led "Five Eyes" spy network. wsws.org Gaughan's statement points to the targeting of journalists in order to cover up Washington's preparations for wars and mass political surveillance.

RT (2019-06-08). Minnesota cop sentenced to 12+ years for killing unarmed woman who called 911. rt.com A former Minneapolis, Minnesota police officer convicted of shooting an unarmed woman in an alley behind her home was given a 12.5 year prison sentence, in a controversial case that had the ACLU crying racism. |

United Nations (2019-06-08). FROM THE FIELD: Murals help heal wounds of bloody conflict in Guatemala. un.org "The villagers knew that the military kidnapped [indigenous] people and brought them here and tortured them. While alive, they were forced to dig their own graves. Some would be buried in the ground, here, still half alive." The chilling words of Rosalina Tuyuc Velásquez, a member of an indigenous group in Guatemala.

teleSUR (2019-06-07). Colombia: Top Prosecutor Says Sinaloa Cartel Present in Country. telesurenglish.net Colombia's highest prosecutor and oversight official, Carlos Negret denounced the presence of Mexico's Sinaloa drug cartel in southern Colombia, in the department of Caqueta, one of the areas most affected by armed violence for decades. | RELATED: | Protect Ex-Farc Members or Risk Losing Peace: UN Tells Colombia | "I am worried about extortion, ill…

Akela Lacy (2019-06-07). Revenge of the Machine: New York Party Bosses Rally to Melinda Katz in Pivotal Prosecutor Race. theintercept.com One year ago, the Queens Democratic machine, which has controlled the politics of the borough in one form or another for decades, was stunned by the surprise loss of longtime party boss Joe Crowley to 28-year-old Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez. | The borg quickly reformed itself. Crowley was subsequently reelected chair of the county party, became a powerhouse lobbyist, and his Brooklyn-based protege, Rep. Hakeem Jeffries, eased into Crowley's vacated leadership position in the House of Representatives. | The lo…

teleSUR (2019-06-07). UK: Police Arrest 4 Teens for Brutal Gay Bashing of 2 Women. telesurenglish.net Police arrested four teenage suspects Friday in an attack on a lesbian couple who were violently attacked on a London bus on May 30 after refusing their perpetrator's request to engage in intimate acts. | RELATED: | Israel's LGBTQ Community Performs Mass Marriage To Protest Anti-Gay Laws | During interviews with the media in England, where the couple lives, and Uruguay, where Geymonat is from, the doctor said she and Chris were traveling that night on the top deck of a…

Staff (2019-06-07). Under Tariff Pressure From the US, Mexico Detains Migrant Activists. truthout.org Mexico City—Mexican authorities arrested two migrant activists Wednesday on suspicion of human smuggling in connection with the pair's efforts to provide support for Central American migrants traveling to the United States. However, supporters believe the arrests are due to the ongoing dispute between Mexico and the United States over the potential imposition of tariffs on all Mexican goods entering the U.S. | President Donald Trump has threatened to impose a 5 percent tariff on Mexican goods, rising steadily to 25 percent, unless Mexico takes measures to stop migration from Central America through the co…

Al Neal (2019-06-07). Review: "When They See Us" peoplesworld.org "It's no longer about justice it's about politics…And politics will do whatever it has to do to survive." Thirty years ago, at 10: 15 p.m., on the night of April 19, 1989, five teenage boys of color—Antron McCray, Yusef Salaam, Korey Wise, Raymond Santana, and Kevin Richardson, were rounded up by police. Inside the police station, …

Michelle Chen (2019-06-07). 'Mental Health Crisis, Don't Shoot!'. progressive.org New York City, like the nation, often responds to emotionally disturbed persons with police violence. Some places are trying to change that.

Human Rights Watch (2019-06-07). Investigative Journalist is Detained in Russia on Suspicion of Drug Possession. hrw.org Yesterday, police in central Moscow detained Ivan Golunov, an investigative reporter at Meduza, a prominent online media outlet. They stopped him on the street and claimed to have found synthetic drugs in his backpack, and then more drugs at his apartment. Golunov's friends and colleagues are adamant that his arrest is directly connected to his reporting. They also emphasize that he has never used any narcotic substances.

splcenter (2019-06-07). SPLC Action Fund: Louisiana criminal justice reform bills a good start, but more work remains. splcenter.org Louisiana Gov. John Bel Edwards signed two bills into law this week that will improve transparency in police activities and save taxpayer money by eliminating lengthy sentences that are not warranted.

CGTN Africa (2019-06-07). Malawi police use tear gas to break up protests. cgtn.com Armed police used tear gas to disperse demonstrators demanding the resignation of Malawi's president, Peter Mutharika. Mutharika narrowly won re-election in the southern African country in May. | Critics say the election was rigged. | Teargas is seen outside the Malawi Congress Party headquarters in Lilongwe, Malawi June 6, 2019, in this still image obtained from video taken from social media. Ulemu Msungama (Malawi Congress Party)/via REUTERS. | Thousands of supporters of opposition parties marched in the streets of the capital, Lilongwe, a Reuters witness said, with one group occupying a complex housing the pre…

John W. Whitehead (2019-06-07). You're Under Arrest: How the US Police State Muzzles Our Right to Speak Truth to Power. globalresearch.ca "History shows that governments sometimes seek to regulate our lives finely, acutely, thoroughly, and exhaustively. In our own time and place, criminal laws have grown so exuberantly and come to cover so much previously innocent conduct that almost anyone can …

Staff (2019-06-07). UN Torture Expert Says Assange Is Victim of Psychological Torture. therealnews.com UN Special Rapporteur on Torture Nils Melzer investigated the situation of Julian Assange, despite initial reservations. He says if Assange is extradited he faces a "politicized trial," part of the unprecedented international effort to silence and imprison him…

Rebecca Gordon (2019-06-07). The War Crimes Trump Can't Pardon. thenation.com The War Crimes Trump Can't Pardon…

pip.hinman (2019-06-07). Bring Julian Assange home appeal. greenleft.org.au Below is an appeal, initiated by Michael Rubbo and signed by many journalists, to the Media, Entertainment and Arts Alliance (MEAA) to pull out all stops to do more to get Julian Assange released. | * * * | We are a diverse group of people, many of whom originally came together in 2018 to work for the release of James Ricketson from his Cambodian jail. We now reunite to push for the release of Julian Assange who is currently very ill in Britain's Belmarsh prison as he awaits extradition to either the United States or Sweden. | On May 9, he was visited by UN Special Rapporteur on torture Nils Melzer: "Our finding…

splcenter (2019-06-07). Weekend Read: The Changing Demographics of Mass Incarceration. splcenter.org After decades of constructing a system of mass incarceration, it appears that our nation is beginning to turn the tide.

Staff (2019-06-07). DuVernay: Wrongly Convicted Boys Aren't "Central Park Five" — They're People. truthout.org We spend the hour with Ava DuVernay, whose damning new four-part television series "When They See Us" tells the story of five teenagers of color from Harlem — four African-American and one Latino — who were wrongfully accused and convicted of raping and nearly killing a white woman out for a jog in New York City's Central Park. The night that would come to define the boys' lives was April 19, 1989, more than 30 years ago. In the sensational trial that followed, they became known as the "Central Park Five." Antron McCray, Kevin Richardson, Yusef Salaam and Raymond Santana served between six and seve…

MAIL (2019-06-07). "They Are Not the Central Park 5": Ava DuVernay's Series Restores Humanity of Wrongly Convicted Boys. democracynow.org We spend the hour with Ava DuVernay, whose damning new four-part television series "When They See Us" tells the story of five teenagers of color from Harlem—four African-American and one Latino—who were wrongfully accused and convicted of raping and nearly killing a white woman out for a jog in New York City's Central Park. The night that would come to define the boys' lives was April 19, 1989, more than 30 years ago. In the sensational trial that followed, they became known as the "Central Park Five." Antron McCray, Kevin Richardson, Yusef Salaam and Raymond Santana served between six and seven years…

Julia Conley, staff writer (2019-06-07). 40+ State and Local Prosecutors Say They Won't Enforce 'Unconscionable' Abortion Bans. commondreams.org Calling recent anti-choice laws in a number of states "unconscionable" and unconstitutional, more than three dozen state attorneys general and local prosecutors said Friday that they would not enforce the new legislation. | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…

Joshua Cho (2019-06-07). WSJ Says CIA Chief Wouldn't Do Anything 'Inappropriate'—Despite Record of Torture and Coverup. commondreams.org The most egregious part of Strobel's report is its whitewashing of Haspel's disturbing record in the CIA by uncritically transmitting glowing endorsements by other CIA officials. (Photo: FAIR) | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…

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…

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…

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…