Monthly Archives: February 2019

2019-02-28: News Headlines

teleSUR (2019-02-28). Nepal: Helicopter Crash Kills Tourism Minister, 6 Others. telesurenglish.net A helicopter crash in the eastern region of Nepal has claimed the life of the country's minister of tourism and six other passengers, police officials reported. | RELATED: | At Least 25 Dead After Train Slams Into Busy Cairo Station | The helicopter ride was intended for those aboard to conduct a feasibility report, but the vehicle hurled towards the mountain district of Taplejung and killed everyone aboard, including Tourism Minister Rabindra Adhikari. | The intention of the trip…

amnesty (2019-02-28). Opposition activist at risk in Tajikistan: Sharofiddin Gadoev. amnesty.org Sharofiddin Gadoev is believed to be held by the Tajik authorities following his arbitrary arrest in Moscow on 14 February and forcible return to Tajikistan. He is a member of Tajikistan's opposition National Alliance coalition and Group 24, an opposition political movement banned in Tajikistan. Sharofiddin Gadoev is at risk of torture and other ill-treatment.

Fight Back (2019-02-28). Salt Lake City says no to the 'National Emergency' to build wall. fightbacknews.org Salt Lake City, UT – 40 community members gathered on a cold Saturday afternoon, February 23, to protest Trump's declaration of a national emergency on the U.S.-Mexico border. People came out to denounce what is understood as a racist and anti-immigrant 'emergency' and border wall. They also came because of the anti-immigrant attacks that continue to happen in Salt Lake City. Police brutalize Black and brown people, family members continue to be deported and anti-immigrant white supremacist groups have started organizing on college campuses in the city. | Ella Mendoza, with the Nopalera Artist Collective, said t…

Ramzy Baroud (2019-02-28). War on in Al-Aqsa: What Price Netanyahu's Victory. counterpunch.org On February 18, members of extremist Jewish groups raided the Al-Aqsa Mosque compound in Occupied Al-Quds (Jerusalem). They clashed with Palestinian worshippers, as the settlers attempted to shut down the gate of Al-Aqsa itself. The clashes involved the Israeli army and police as well, who opened fire and brutally assaulted Palestinians, leading to scores of More

Shared by Jocelyn Dombroski (2019-02-28). Canadian Company Profits from Apartheid Israeli Railway. therealnews.com Jonathan Kuttab discusses the lawsuit against the Canadian company Bombardier, which is building an illegal railway through occupied and confiscated Palestinian land in the West Bank, violating international law…

Eric A. Gordon (2019-02-27). 'Two Trains Running' is August Wilson's 1960s play in his Pittsburgh Cycle. peoplesworld.org LOS ANGELES—Bravo to the bravura of the Matrix Theatre for taking on Two Trains Running, the African-American playwright August Wilson's seventh installment in his ten-part decade-by-decade series of plays about the 20th century called The Pittsburgh Cycle. This one is set in Pittsburgh's African-American community in 1969, not long after the murders of Malcolm X …

ACLU (2019-02-27). North Carolinians Voted to End Cooperation With Trump's Deportation Force. ICE Retaliated. aclu.org The federal agency stepped up raids after sheriffs stopped notifying it about the immigration status of people arrested. | President Trump's Department of Homeland Security frequently claims to be motivated by a dedication to law and order, but its immigration enforcement tactics are often directly contrary to local communities' legal and electoral choices. | Recent raids by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) in North Carolina were a failed attempt to achieve by force what was soundly rejected at the ballot box last November: Trump's anti-immigrant agenda. ICE targeted places and people based on democ…

unitedEditor (2019-02-27). India and Pakistan — new hot spot on the geopolitical map. uwidata.com On February 14, Jaish-e-Mohammed (a Pakistan-based Deobandi jihadist terrorist group) carried out an act of terrorism in the Indian part of Kashmir. A suicide bomber rammed a car loaded with more than 300 kilograms of explosives into a bus carrying Indian police officers. As a result, at least 44 people died. After the terrorist attack, …

amnesty (2019-02-27). The Kenyan sisters seeking justice for their brother shot by police. amnesty.org Meru University Student leader, Evans Njoroge was supposed to graduate last year. He was a bright young man with a passion for human rights activism. One year ago, Evans went to join a peaceful protest against a rise in university fees, but it led to his brutal murder. As Evans' sisters, Monicah and Miriam, try to make sense of their grief, they've found a strength they never knew they had… | Miriam and Monicah were at home in Nairobi, Kenya, when they found out their brother, Evans Njoroge, had been killed by a policeman. He had taken part in a demonstration outside Meru University, peacefully protesting a tu…

amnesty (2019-02-27). Emilie's fight for justice: "I don't think I could handle having to report it again." amnesty.org "We reported it right away… right after it happened, we are talking about 10 minutes after." | Emilie reported to police that she was raped at a party, while she was asleep in bed. She says she left the house with a friend and immediately called the police who came straight away and made arrests. She went to hospital to be examined and was questioned there, before the victim's legal counsel, to whose assistance victims are entitled in Denmark, was present. | Emilie says she was still in shock at this point. After she came home, nobody called to update her, so her mother called the police a couple of times to fi…

Gregory Elich (2019-02-27). A History of the Indonesian Massacres, 1965-1966. counterpunch.org The Killing Season: A History of the Indonesian Massacres, 1965-66, by Geoffrey B. Robinson. Princeton: Princeton University Press, 2018. Half a million people killed and more than a million imprisoned and tortured; the tragedy that befell Indonesia in 1965 was among the more dramatic moments in 20th-century history. It was also one of the most More

Shared by Merula Furtado (2019-02-27). Flat Broke, Black Voters Want More Than Just Another Black President. truthout.org Sen. Cory Booker's announcement on February 1 that he is entering the 2020 presidential race brings the number of African-American Democrats seeking their party's nomination to two, making the crowded primary field the "most diverse in history," according to The New York Times. | But while The New York Times, cable news and other liberal pundit…

Shared by Jocelyn Dombroski (2019-02-27). Police Investigating Themselves Leads to Predictable Results. therealnews.com A deeper look at how police influence investigations into in-custody deaths, and what activists are trying to do to reform it. A discussion between Jacqueline Luqman, Stephen Janis, and Taya Graham…

Middle East Eye (2019-02-27). Protesters Defiant in Sudan Amid Fears Crackdown Could Lead to Military Rule. theantimedia.com (MEE) — Anti-government protesters returned to the streets of Khartoum and staged demonstrations in hospitals and universities overnight and on Tuesday in defiance of sweeping new emergency powers announced by Sudanese President Omar al-Bashir. Under the new powers, imposed by presidential decree and announced by Bashir on Monday night, people arrested for participating in unlicensed demonstrations and …

ACLU (2019-02-26). What Does Alabama's Attorney General Have to Hide in the Police Killing of EJ Bradford? aclu.org Steve Marshall sows community distrust as he withholds evidence he relied on to decide a local cop was "justified" in killing an innocent Black man. | In Alabama, a family is still grieving after local police killed their son on Thanksgiving night after a gunman opened fire at a mall. But several months after the incident, the Alabama attorney general is still keeping the Bradfords, and the region's Black community, in the dark about critical details of what happened that night. The Bradfords and the community still don't know the identity of the Hoover Police Department officer who fired the fatal shots and the…

Lynne Feeley (2019-02-26). White Women Prospered on the Brutality of the Slave Economy. thenation.com White Women Prospered on the Brutality of the Slave Economy…

Shared by Hezvo Mpunga (2019-02-26). Will Militarizing Schools Make Them Safer? therealnews.com As Baltimore faces another uptick in shootings and violent crimes, officials are considering arming police officers to make schools safer. | After a shooting at Frederick Douglass high school that left one staffer injured, the Baltimore School Board is considering whether to support a bill that would allow school police officers to be armed during the school day. | On Tuesday, Feb. 25, Baltimore City's school board will reconsider the measure after originally voting unanimously against it on Jan. 23. During that hearing, students from the Baltimore Algebra Project took over the meeting to urge the school board to…

ACLU (2019-02-26). Prosecutors Have the Power to Stop Bad Roadside Drug Tests From Ruining People's Lives. aclu.org Local prosecutors can play a pivotal role in preventing flawed roadside tests from jeopardizing innocent people's liberty. | Three years ago on New Year's Eve, Dasha Fincher was arrested in Monroe County, Georgia, after the deputies performed an on-the-spot test of a bag of blue substance that they found in the car in which she was a passenger. The suspicious stuff in the bag came up positive for methamphetamines. After her arrest, the judge in her case set bail at $1…

Democracy Now! (2019-02-22). Headlines for February 22, 2019. democracynow.org North Carolina Orders New Congressional Election Due to GOP Voting Fraud, Oakland Teachers' Strike Enters Second Day, Judge: Alex Acosta Broke Law in 2008 over Sex Abuser Jeffrey Epstein Plea Deal, Elliott Abrams Heads to Colombia as Tension Mounts on Venezuelan Border, CodePink's Medea Benjamin Disrupts Venezuelan Opposition Event in D.C., U.S. to Keep 200 Troops in Syria Despite Trump Withdrawal Pledge, Vatican Hosts Historic Summit on Clerical Sex Abuse, White Nationalist Coast Guard Lieutenant Used Work Computer to Research Mass Killings, Record Number of Hate Groups Reported in U.S., Prosecutors Drop Crimina…

Human Rights Watch (2019-02-22). US Supreme Court Rules Unanimously Against Excessive Fines. hrw.org | | Police officers stand in front of the U.S. Supreme Court in Washington, U.S., January 19, 2018. | © 2018 Reuters | This week, the United States Supreme Court ruled unanimously that it was unconstitutional for states to impose excessive fines, extending a federal constitutional protection to states. This may embolden courts to examine states and localities that impose crushing fines on those unable to pay. | In Timbs v. Indiana, Tyson Timbs pleaded guilty to selling heroin and as part of his sentence was ordered to…

ACLU (2019-02-21). The Government Cannot Force E-mail Companies to Copy and Save Your Account 'Just in Case'. aclu.org Police are issuing warrantless preservation demands to force email providers to seize users' private communications. | Paper letters have a final resting stop — whomever they are addressed to. From a practical standpoint, and a legal one, that feature of regular mail made understanding and applying privacy protections relatively straightforward. But as our communication technologies have changed, courts have struggled to grant a similar degree of privacy protection to communications in the modern era. | Digital communications present new problems. For example, your email does not live in your letterbox but…

Human Rights Watch (2019-02-21). Turkey: Drop Bogus Coup Charges. hrw.org | | Osman Kavala. | © 2017 Anadolu Kàºltàºr | (Geneva) — Turkey's president and government should stop making baseless accusations, and the Istanbul prosecutor should drop the new charges against 16 people, including Osman Kavala, that view the Gezi protests as a coup attempt, Human Rights Watch said today. | Turkish media on February 20 reported that an Istanbul prosecutor has prepared a 657-page indictment holding Kavala, a civic leader, an…

Democracy Now! (2019-02-21). Headlines for February 21, 2019. democracynow.org White Supremacist Coast Guard Lt. Had "Hit List" of Democratic Targets, Trump Considering Anti-Science Adviser to Head Climate Change Committee, SCOTUS Limits State and Local Civil Asset Forfeiture, Massive Fire Kills At Least 80 in Bangladesh, Mexico: 2 Radio Journalists Killed in Past Week, U.N. Warns of Oil Company Complicity in South Sudan Mass Atrocities, Egypt Executes 9 Men over 2015 Prosecutor Killing Amid Claims of Torture, Syria: Civilians Evacuated from ISIS Enclave, Trump Says Alabama Woman Who Joined ISIS Should Not Be Allowed Back in U.S., West Virginia Teachers End Strike After Killing Pro-Charter…

Democracy Now! (2019-02-21). Ending the Punishment of Poverty: Supreme Court Rules Against High Fines & Civil Asset Forfeiture. democracynow.org In a major victory for civil liberties advocates, the Supreme Court has unanimously ruled to limit the practice of civil asset forfeiture—a controversial practice where police seize property that belongs to people suspected of crimes, even if they are never convicted. On Wednesday, the court ruled the Eighth Amendment protects people from state and local authorities imposing onerous fines, fees and forfeitures to generate money. The case centered on an Indiana man named Tyson Timbs, whose Land Rover was seized when he was arrested for selling drugs. The vehicle was worth $42,000—more than four times t…

Democracy Now! (2019-02-20). Saudis Facing Criminal Charges in the U.S. Keep Disappearing. Is the Kingdom Helping Them Escape? democracynow.org A growing number of Saudi students are vanishing while facing serious criminal charges in the U.S. Federal law enforcement officials are now launching an investigation into the suspicious disappearances to probe if the Saudi government was involved and how. We speak with Shane Dixon Kavanaugh, The Oregonian reporter who broke the story about the spate of Saudi student disappearances. He found that in at least four cases the Saudi government paid a defendant's bail and legal fees before he disappeared. In one case, police believe Saudi officials snuck a Saudi national out of the country on a private plane using a…

Democracy Now! (2019-02-20). Headlines for February 20, 2019. democracynow.org Dems Probe White House Plan to Transfer Nuclear Technology to Saudis, West Virginia Teachers Celebrate as Lawmakers Halt Pro-Charter School Bill, NYT: Trump Asked DOJ to Put Loyalist In Charge of "Hush Money" Probe, Trump to Nominate Transportation Sec. Jeffrey Rosen as Deputy AG, Trump Signs Order to Establish "Space Force", France: 20,000 Protesters Denounce Surge in Anti-Semitic Attacks, Haiti: Police Arrest 5 Americans Amid Political Unrest, WaPo: Pope Ignored Claims of Sexual Abuse Against Deaf Children, Women Survivors of Church Sexual Abuse Speak Out, Arkansas Signs "Trigger" Abortion Ban into Law, Illinoi…

splcenter (2019-02-20). Civil rights groups sue New Orleans for map of surveillance camera locations. splcenter.org Representing a Louisiana public defender, the SPLC and the American Civil Liberties Union of Louisiana today filed suit against the City of New Orleans over its refusal to provide a map of the city's 400 real-time surveillance cameras.

Brett Barrouquere and Heidi Beirich (2019-02-20). Feds: Coast Guard Lieutenant Has Neo-Nazi Ties, Had Hit List of Targets. splcenter.org An active duty U.S. Coast Guard officer stationed at the service's Washington, D.C., headquarters sought to follow in the footsteps of a far-right European terrorist, a federal prosecutor said, and had a hit list of Democratic politicians and cable news hosts he wanted to kill.

ziyaad (2019-02-20). EuroAsia Interconnector: "electricity highway" to Israeli war crimes. bdsmovement.net EuroAsia Interconnector: "electricity highway" to Israeli war crimes : UpdateThe EuroAsia Interconnector is projected to link electricity grids in Israel, Cyprus and Greece via the world's longest submarine power cable. Crucially, the Interconnector would connect Europe's electricity grid with Israel's grid that incorporates the illegal settl…

Amy Campanelli (2019-02-14). 'At the Hands of Police'. progressive.org Cook County Illinois's public defender describes her work providing "a voice for the voiceless."

patrick (2019-02-14). No EU cost for Israeli 'apartheid' in West Bank. bdsmovement.net No EU cost for Israeli 'apartheid' in West Bank: In the NewsBy Sanctions and governmentsFebruary 14, 2019 | By: | | euobserver

2019-02-28: Social Media Postees

Nepal: Helicopter Crash Kills Tourism Minister, 6 Others
teleSUR | telesurenglish.net | 2019-02-28
A helicopter crash in the eastern region of Nepal has claimed the life of the country's minister of tourism and six other passengers, police officials reported. | RELATED: | At Least 25 Dead After Train Slams Into Busy Cairo Station | The helicopter ride was intended for those aboard to conduct a feasibility report, but the vehicle hurled towards the mountain district of Taplejung and killed everyone aboard, including Tourism Minister Rabindra Adhikari. | The intention of the trip…
telesurenglish.net/news/Nepal-Helicopter-Crash-Kills-Tourism-Minister-6-Others–20190228-0006.html

Opposition activist at risk in Tajikistan: Sharofiddin Gadoev
amnesty | amnesty.org | 2019-02-28
Sharofiddin Gadoev is believed to be held by the Tajik authorities following his arbitrary arrest in Moscow on 14 February and forcible return to Tajikistan. He is a member of Tajikistan's opposition National Alliance coalition and Group 24, an opposition political movement banned in Tajikistan. Sharofiddin Gadoev is at risk of torture and other ill-treatment.
amnesty.org/en/documents/eur60/9926/2019/en/

Canadian Company Profits from Apartheid Israeli Railway
Shared by Jocelyn Dombroski | therealnews.com | 2019-02-28
Jonathan Kuttab discusses the lawsuit against the Canadian company Bombardier, which is building an illegal railway through occupied and confiscated Palestinian land in the West Bank, violating international law…
therealnews.com/stories/canadian-company-profits-from-apartheid-israeli-railway

Salt Lake City says no to the 'National Emergency' to build wall
Fight Back | fightbacknews.org | 2019-02-28
Salt Lake City, UT – 40 community members gathered on a cold Saturday afternoon, February 23, to protest Trump's declaration of a national emergency on the U.S.-Mexico border. People came out to denounce what is understood as a racist and anti-immigrant 'emergency' and border wall. They also came because of the anti-immigrant attacks that continue to happen in Salt Lake City. Police brutalize Black and brown people, family members continue to be deported and anti-immigrant white supremacist groups have started organizing on college campuses in the city. | Ella Mendoza, with the Nopalera Artist Collective, said t…
www.fightbacknews.org/2019/2/27/salt-lak…

War on in Al-Aqsa: What Price Netanyahu's Victory
Ramzy Baroud | counterpunch.org | 2019-02-28
On February 18, members of extremist Jewish groups raided the Al-Aqsa Mosque compound in Occupied Al-Quds (Jerusalem). They clashed with Palestinian worshippers, as the settlers attempted to shut down the gate of Al-Aqsa itself. The clashes involved the Israeli army and police as well, who opened fire and brutally assaulted Palestinians, leading to scores of…
counterpunch.org/2019/02/28/war-on-in-al-aqsa-what-price-netanyahus-victory/

'Two Trains Running' is August Wilson's 1960s play in his Pittsburgh Cycle
Eric A. Gordon | peoplesworld.org | 2019-02-27
LOS ANGELES–Bravo to the bravura of the Matrix Theatre for taking on Two Trains Running, the African-American playwright August Wilson's seventh installment in his ten-part decade-by-decade series of plays about the 20th century called The Pittsburgh Cycle. This one is set in Pittsburgh's African-American community in 1969, not long after the murders of Malcolm X …
peoplesworld.org/article/two-trains-running-is-august-wilsons-1960s-play-in-his-pittsburgh-cycle/

Police Investigating Themselves Leads to Predictable Results
Shared by Jocelyn Dombroski | therealnews.com | 2019-02-27
A deeper look at how police influence investigations into in-custody deaths, and what activists are trying to do to reform it. A discussion between Jacqueline Luqman, Stephen Janis, and Taya Graham…
therealnews.com/stories/police-investigating-themselves-leads-to-predictable-results

Protesters Defiant in Sudan Amid Fears Crackdown Could Lead to Military Rule
Middle East Eye | theantimedia.com | 2019-02-27
(MEE) — Anti-government protesters returned to the streets of Khartoum and staged demonstrations in hospitals and universities overnight and on Tuesday in defiance of sweeping new emergency powers announced by Sudanese President Omar al-Bashir. Under the new powers, imposed by presidential decree and announced by Bashir on Monday night, people arrested for participating in unlicensed demonstrations and …

Protesters Defiant in Sudan Amid Fears Crackdown Could Lead to Military Rule

North Carolinians Voted to End Cooperation With Trump's Deportation Force. ICE Retaliated
ACLU | aclu.org | 2019-02-27
The federal agency stepped up raids after sheriffs stopped notifying it about the immigration status of people arrested. | President Trump's Department of Homeland Security frequently claims to be motivated by a dedication to law and order, but its immigration enforcement tactics are often directly contrary to local communities' legal and electoral choices. | Recent raids by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) in North Carolina were a failed attempt to achieve by force what was soundly rejected at the ballot box last November: Trump's anti-immigrant agenda. ICE targeted places and people based on democ…
aclu.org/blog/immigrants-rights/ice-and-border-patrol-abuses/north-carolinians-voted-end-cooperation-trumps

A History of the Indonesian Massacres, 1965-1966
Gregory Elich | counterpunch.org | 2019-02-27
The Killing Season: A History of the Indonesian Massacres, 1965-66, by Geoffrey B. Robinson. Princeton: Princeton University Press, 2018. Half a million people killed and more than a million imprisoned and tortured; the tragedy that befell Indonesia in 1965 was among the more dramatic moments in 20th-century history. It was also one of the most…
counterpunch.org/2019/02/27/a-history-of-the-indonesian-massacres/

Flat Broke, Black Voters Want More Than Just Another Black President
Shared by Merula Furtado | truthout.org | 2019-02-27
Sen. Cory Booker's announcement on February 1 that he is entering the 2020 presidential race brings the number of African-American Democrats seeking their party's nomination to two, making the crowded primary field the "most diverse in history," according to The New York Times. | But while The New York Times, cable news and other liberal pundit…
truthout.org/articles/flat-broke-black-voters-want-more-than-just-another-black-president/

India and Pakistan — new hot spot on the geopolitical map
unitedEditor | uwidata.com | 2019-02-27
On February 14, Jaish-e-Mohammed (a Pakistan-based Deobandi jihadist terrorist group) carried out an act of terrorism in the Indian part of Kashmir. A suicide bomber rammed a car loaded with more than 300 kilograms of explosives into a bus carrying Indian police officers. As a result, at least 44 people died. After the terrorist attack, …
uwidata.com/2461-india-and-pakistan-new-hot-spot-on-the-geopolitical-map/

The Kenyan sisters seeking justice for their brother shot by police
amnesty | amnesty.org | 2019-02-27
Meru University Student leader, Evans Njoroge was supposed to graduate last year. He was a bright young man with a passion for human rights activism. One year ago, Evans went to join a peaceful protest against a rise in university fees, but it led to his brutal murder. As Evans' sisters, Monicah and Miriam, try to make sense of their grief, they've found a strength they never knew they had… | Miriam and Monicah were at home in Nairobi, Kenya, when they found out their brother, Evans Njoroge, had been killed by a policeman. He had taken part in a demonstration outside Meru University, peacefully protesting a tu…
amnesty.org/en/latest/campaigns/2019/02/the-brave-kenyan-sisters-seeking-justice-for-their-brother-shot-by-police/

Emilie's fight for justice: "I don't think I could handle having to report it again."
amnesty | amnesty.org | 2019-02-27
"We reported it right away… right after it happened, we are talking about 10 minutes after." | Emilie reported to police that she was raped at a party, while she was asleep in bed. She says she left the house with a friend and immediately called the police who came straight away and made arrests. She went to hospital to be examined and was questioned there, before the victim's legal counsel, to whose assistance victims are entitled in Denmark, was present. | Emilie says she was still in shock at this point. After she came home, nobody called to update her, so her mother called the police a couple of times to fi…
amnesty.org/en/latest/campaigns/2019/02/rape-denmark-emilies-story/

What Does Alabama's Attorney General Have to Hide in the Police Killing of EJ Bradford?
ACLU | aclu.org | 2019-02-26
Steve Marshall sows community distrust as he withholds evidence he relied on to decide a local cop was "justified" in killing an innocent Black man. | In Alabama, a family is still grieving after local police killed their son on Thanksgiving night after a gunman opened fire at a mall. But several months after the incident, the Alabama attorney general is still keeping the Bradfords, and the region's Black community, in the dark about critical details of what happened that night. The Bradfords and the community still don't know the identity of the Hoover Police Department officer who fired the fatal shots and the…
aclu.org/blog/racial-justice/race-and-criminal-justice/what-does-alabamas-attorney-general-have-hide-police

Incarceration Is a Deadly Health Risk: Former Chief Medical Officer of NYC Jails Speaks Out
Democracy Now! | democracynow.org | 2019-02-26
The former chief medical officer of New York City jails has just published a remarkable new book about the health risks of incarceration. The book is titled "Life and Death in Rikers Island." Dr. Homer Venters offers unprecedented insight into what happens inside prison walls to create new health risks for incarcerated men and women, including neglect, blocked access to care, physical and sexual violence, and brutality by corrections officers. Venters further reveals that when prisoners become ill, are injured or even die in custody, the facts of the incident are often obscured. We speak to Dr. Venters and Jennif…
www.democracynow.org/2019/2/26/incarcera…

White Women Prospered on the Brutality of the Slave Economy
Lynne Feeley | thenation.com | 2019-02-26
White Women Prospered on the Brutality of the Slave Economy…
thenation.com/article/stephanie-rogers-they-were-her-property-slave-south-civil-war-book-review-history/

Prosecutors Have the Power to Stop Bad Roadside Drug Tests From Ruining People's Lives
ACLU | aclu.org | 2019-02-26
Local prosecutors can play a pivotal role in preventing flawed roadside tests from jeopardizing innocent people's liberty. | Three years ago on New Year's Eve, Dasha Fincher was arrested in Monroe County, Georgia, after the deputies performed an on-the-spot test of a bag of blue substance that they found in the car in which she was a passenger. The suspicious stuff in the bag came up positive for methamphetamines. After her arrest, the judge in her case set bail at $1…
aclu.org/blog/criminal-law-reform/drug-testing/prosecutors-have-power-stop-bad-roadside-drug-tests-ruining

Will Militarizing Schools Make Them Safer?
Shared by Hezvo Mpunga | therealnews.com | 2019-02-26
As Baltimore faces another uptick in shootings and violent crimes, officials are considering arming police officers to make schools safer. | After a shooting at Frederick Douglass high school that left one staffer injured, the Baltimore School Board is considering whether to support a bill that would allow school police officers to be armed during the school day. | On Tuesday, Feb. 25, Baltimore City's school board will reconsider the measure after originally voting unanimously against it on Jan. 23. During that hearing, students from the Baltimore Algebra Project took over the meeting to urge the school board to…
therealnews.com/columns/will-militarizing-schools-make-them-safer

Rwanda: A Year On, No Justice for Refugee Killings
Human Rights Watch | hrw.org | 2019-02-23

| February 23, 2019 Video | One Year Later: Refugees from DR Congo Shot and Killed in Rwanda: | Rwandan authorities have failed to release their investigations of the fatal shooting of 12 protesting refugees by police in western Rwanda on February 22, 2018. |

| | Rwandan authorities have failed to release their investigations of th…
hrw.org/news/2019/02/23/rwanda-year-no-justice-refugee-killings

US Supreme Court Rules Unanimously Against Excessive Fines
Human Rights Watch | hrw.org | 2019-02-22
Police officers stand in front of the U.S. Supreme Court in Washington, U.S., January 19, 2018. | © 2018 Reuters | This week, the United States Supreme Court ruled unanimously that it was unconstitutional for states to impose excessive fines, extending a federal constitutional protection to states. This may embolden courts to examine states and localities that impose crushing fines on those unable to pay. | In Timbs v. Indiana, Tyson Timbs pleaded guilty to selling heroin and as part of his sentence was ordered to…
hrw.org/news/2019/02/22/us-supreme-court-rules-unanimously-against-excessive-fines

The Government Cannot Force E-mail Companies to Copy and Save Your Account 'Just in Case'
ACLU | aclu.org | 2019-02-21
Police are issuing warrantless preservation demands to force email providers to seize users' private communications. | Paper letters have a final resting stop — whomever they are addressed to. From a practical standpoint, and a legal one, that feature of regular mail made understanding and applying privacy protections relatively straightforward. But as our communication technologies have changed, courts have struggled to grant a similar degree of privacy protection to communications in the modern era. | Digital communications present new problems. For example, your email does not live in your letterbox but…
aclu.org/blog/privacy-technology/internet-privacy/government-cannot-force-e-mail-companies-copy-and-save-your

Turkey: Drop Bogus Coup Charges
Human Rights Watch | hrw.org | 2019-02-21
Osman Kavala. | © 2017 Anadolu Kàºltàºr | (Geneva) — Turkey's president and government should stop making baseless accusations, and the Istanbul prosecutor should drop the new charges against 16 people, including Osman Kavala, that view the Gezi protests as a coup attempt, Human Rights Watch said today. | Turkish media on February 20 reported that an Istanbul prosecutor has prepared a 657-page indictment holding Kavala, a civic leader, an…
hrw.org/news/2019/02/21/turkey-drop-bogus-coup-charges

Ending the Punishment of Poverty: Supreme Court Rules Against High Fines & Civil Asset Forfeiture
Democracy Now! | democracynow.org | 2019-02-21
In a major victory for civil liberties advocates, the Supreme Court has unanimously ruled to limit the practice of civil asset forfeiture–a controversial practice where police seize property that belongs to people suspected of crimes, even if they are never convicted. On Wednesday, the court ruled the Eighth Amendment protects people from state and local authorities imposing onerous fines, fees and forfeitures to generate money. The case centered on an Indiana man named Tyson Timbs, whose Land Rover was seized when he was arrested for selling drugs. The vehicle was worth $42,000–more than four times t…
www.democracynow.org/2019/2/21/ending_th…

Saudis Facing Criminal Charges in the U.S. Keep Disappearing. Is the Kingdom Helping Them Escape?
Democracy Now! | democracynow.org | 2019-02-20
A growing number of Saudi students are vanishing while facing serious criminal charges in the U.S. Federal law enforcement officials are now launching an investigation into the suspicious disappearances to probe if the Saudi government was involved and how. We speak with Shane Dixon Kavanaugh, The Oregonian reporter who broke the story about the spate of Saudi student disappearances. He found that in at least four cases the Saudi government paid a defendant's bail and legal fees before he disappeared. In one case, police believe Saudi officials snuck a Saudi national out of the country on a private plane using a…
www.democracynow.org/2019/2/20/saudis_fa…

Civil rights groups sue New Orleans for map of surveillance camera locations
splcenter | splcenter.org | 2019-02-20
Representing a Louisiana public defender, the SPLC and the American Civil Liberties Union of Louisiana today filed suit against the City of New Orleans over its refusal to provide a map of the city's 400 real-time surveillance cameras.
splcenter.org/news/2019/02/20/civil-rights-groups-sue-new-orleans-map-surveillance-camera-locations

Feds: Coast Guard Lieutenant Has Neo-Nazi Ties, Had Hit List of Targets
Brett Barrouquere and Heidi Beirich | splcenter.org | 2019-02-20
An active duty U.S. Coast Guard officer stationed at the service's Washington, D.C., headquarters sought to follow in the footsteps of a far-right European terrorist, a federal prosecutor said, and had a hit list of Democratic politicians and cable news hosts he wanted to kill.
splcenter.org/hatewatch/2019/02/20/feds-coast-guard-lieutenant-has-neo-nazi-ties-had-hit-list-targets

'At the Hands of Police'
Amy Campanelli | progressive.org | 2019-02-14
Cook County Illinois's public defender describes her work providing "a voice for the voiceless."
progressive.org/dispatches/at-the-hands-of-police-campanelli-190214/

No EU cost for Israeli 'apartheid' in West Bank
patrick | bdsmovement.net | 2019-02-14
No EU cost for Israeli 'apartheid' in West Bank: In the NewsBy Andrew Rettman Sanctions and governmentsFebruary 14, 2019 | By: | | euobserver …
bdsmovement.net/news/no-eu-cost-israeli-apartheid-west-bank