Daily Archives: March 8, 2019

2019-03-08: News Headlines

Seth Sandronsky (2019-03-08). Police Violence and a Safe Black Space. counterpunch.org Dr. Kristee Haggins is an African-centered psychologist who facilitates Sacramento's Safe Black Space: Community Healing Circles by and for People of African Ancestry. Black community outrage in California's capital city is an apt word for the district attorney's decision to condone the police killing of Stephon Clark, an unarmed African-American man. The email interview below is an effort to amplify underreported More

Hans Stehling (2019-03-08). The 2017 Grenfell Tower Conflagration in West London that killed 72 People: A Travesty of Justice as Grenfell Charges Unlikely for Yet Another Two Years! globalresearch.ca In a devastating admission of system failure, the Metropolitan Police have said that criminal charges in the matter of the Grenfell Tower block conflagration in West London that killed 72 people on June 14th 2017, are now unlikely to brought …

James Whitehead (2019-03-08). Human Rights Abuses Can No Longer be Tolerated in Conserving the World's Forests. globalresearch.ca Recent Buzzfeed reports about WWF hiring 'paramilitary forces' to fight poaching and the associated human rights abuses of local peoples show the urgent need for a shift in current conservation models. | Forest Peoples Programme Director, James Whitehead today said: | "To …

WSWS (2019-03-08). Grenoble, France: Thousands march for teenagers killed in police chase. wsws.org From the morning after the tragedy, the families of Adam and Fatih have been the subject of a campaign of vilification by the media and the police.

Shared by Cherise (2019-03-08). Chelsea Manning Is Jailed After Refusal to Answer Questions. truthout.org Editor's Note: Manning has since been taken into police custody.Army whistleblower Chelsea Manning expressed no regrets Thursday when she revealed that she faces a contempt hearing — and possible jail time — after declining to answer a grand jury's questions. | Manning appeared before a grand jury Wednesday after being subpoenaed, apparently to discuss her 2010 disclosure of government and military documents about the U.S. wars in Afghanistan and Iraq to Wikileaks.

RT (2019-03-08). Arkansas police release shocking VIDEO of officer firing 14 shots at driver. rt.com Disturbing footage of an officer firing 14 shots at a car, killing the driver, has been released by Little Rock Police Department in Arkansas as an investigation into the fatal incident gets underway.

Brenda Rodriguez Mendoza Presente (2019-03-08). Stand with the Salinas Community Against Police Brutality. indybay.org Closter Park, 401 Towt St., Salinas…

WSWS (2019-03-08). Florida police officer found guilty in 2015 shooting of motorist. wsws.org The conviction of Nouman Raja Thursday represents a rare example of a killer cop being held accountable by the courts.

teleSUR (2019-03-07). Uber Won't Be Criminally Charged with Fatal Self-Driving Crash. telesurenglish.net The U.S. ride-hailing company, Uber, won't face criminal charges involving a self-driving car crash, which killed a 49-year-old pedestrian on March 18, 2018, in Tempe, Arizona. | RELATED: | Taxi Drivers in Spain Protest Uber-Like Corporations | Almost a year after the fatal accident, Yavapai County Attorney prosecutor, Sheila Sullivan, stated in a letter to the Maricopa County Attorney, Bi…

The Mind Unleashed (2019-03-07). Yellow Vests Hit French Police With "Poo Bombs" in Newest Wave of Protests. theantimedia.com (TMU) — According to French police, Yellow Vest protesters are now using an ancient form of biological warfare in the newest wave of protests. This weekend, authorities reported that Yellow Vest protesters hurled bags of fecal matter at the police. The rudimentary poop-filled mini bombs were made using thin bags and balloons with the intent that …

Natasha Lennard (2019-03-07). Two NYPD Cops Coerced Sex With a Teen in Their Custody — and Prosecutors Just Dropped Rape Charges. theintercept.com "They were cops, they raped her, and they're getting away with it. Look at the message this sends to the public."

Democracy Now! (2019-03-07). U.S. Has Supplied UAE $27B in Arms Despite Nation's Links to Torture, Mercenaries & Child Soldiers. democracynow.org We look at how U.S. weapons are supporting the ongoing devastation in Yemen with William Hartung, director of the Arms and Security Project at the Center for International Policy. He is the author of a new report about the role the United Arab Emirates has played in Yemen. It is titled "'Little Sparta': The United States-United Arab Emirates Alliance and the War in Yemen." We also speak with Ruhan Nagra, the executive director of the University Network for Human Rights, and Radhya Al-Mutawakel, chairperson of the Mwatana Organization for Human Rights. They recently published an investigation into the role of U.S.

Human Rights Watch (2019-03-07). Cameroon Cracks Down on Opponents. 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 | Cameroon's High Court refused to release opposition leader Maurice Kamto, as well as six of his supporters, who were arrested in January on politically motivated charges. | The Mfoundi High Court, located in Cameroon's political capital, Yaoundé, made this decision following a habeas…

Fight Back (2019-03-06). South Florida students rally on anniversary of Trayvon Martin's murder. fightbacknews.org Tampa, FL – On February 28, the Tampa Bay chapter of Students for a Democratic Society (SDS) held a Black Lives Matter rally at the University of South Florida for the seventh anniversary of Trayvon Martin's death. In 2012, Trayvon Martin, 17, was shot and killed by George Zimmerman in Sanford, Florida, after returning from a nearby gas station. The trial of Zimmerman became a national phenomenon with him walking free due to Florida's 'stand your ground' law. The shooting is still fresh on Florida's mind, with many questioning the judicial system that let a man off with murder. | The protest was aimed at the jud…

Ryan Grim (2019-03-06). Bernie Sanders Is Beating Kamala Harris 2-1 Among Black Democratic Primary Voters, New Poll Finds. theintercept.com Three weeks after launching his presidential campaign, Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders is leading all other announced candidates in support from black voters, a new poll finds. The only potential candidate who polled better with African-Americans than Sanders, according to the poll by Morning Consult, is former Vice President Joe Biden, who has not announced a campaign. | Despite a persistent notion that his supporters are disproportionately white male "bros," the new survey suggests that Sanders is actually slightly…

Human Rights Watch (2019-03-06). Iraq: ISIS Child Suspects Arbitrarily Arrested, Tortured. hrw.org

Regan Farley (2019-03-05). NAACP Calls for Justice in Stephon Clark Case. naacp.org Joins Sacramento Branch in Condemning DA's Failure to Charge Police Officers in Murder of Stephon Clark BALTIMORE (March 5, 2019)—The nation's foremost civil rights organization joins its NAACP Sacramento Branch in condemning Sacramento District Attorney Marie Schubert's decision to not charge Sacramento Police officers Terrence Mercadel and Jared Robinet with murder for the killing of …

Human Rights Watch (2019-03-05). Bangladesh: Investigate Dismissals of Protesting Workers. hrw.org | | Bangladesh police chase protesting garment workers in Savar, outside Dhaka, Bangladesh, January 9, 2019. | © 2019 AP Photo | (New York) — Bangladesh authorities should immediately investigate garment worker and union leader allegations of arbitrary dismissals and false criminal cases following a recent protest demanding a wage hike, Human Rights Watch said today. Global garment brands sourcing from Bangladesh should investigate these allegations and call for a…

Democracy Now! (2019-03-05). "How to Hide an Empire": Daniel Immerwahr on the History of the Greater United States. democracynow.org "How to Hide an Empire: A History of the Greater United States." That's the title of a new book examining a part of the U.S. that is often overlooked: the nation's overseas territories from Puerto Rico to Guam, former territories like the Philippines, and its hundreds of military bases scattered across the globe. We speak with the book's author, Daniel Immerwahr, who writes, "At various times, the inhabitants of the U.S. Empire have been shot, shelled, starved, interned, dispossessed, tortured and experimented on. What they haven't been, by and large, is seen." Immerwahr is an associate professor of history at No…

Human Rights Watch (2019-03-04). Transfer of ISIS Suspects, Including Foreigners, to Iraq Raises Torture Concerns. hrw.org | | An ISIS suspect held for questioning by Iraqi forces near Mosul. | © 2016 Safin Hamed/Getty Images | Last week, the US-backed Syria Democratic Forces (SDF) transferred at least 280 suspected Islamic State (ISIS) members to Iraq, following their arrest in Syria. Though the detainees are overwhelmingly Iraqi, there were reportedly at least thirteen French ISIS su…

unitedEditor (2019-03-04). India-Pakistan, Trump-Kim, Assad in Iran. uwidata.com Pakistan-India conflict THe Pakistani and Indian armies began using heavy weapons against each other on the border in Kashmir. After an intense exchange of fire that lasted more than 3 hours, India reported that it had had not suffered losses. Tensions between the two states escalated after a police convoy was attacked on February 14 …

splcenter (2019-03-01). Weekend Read: 'If I'd been white, I guarantee you they wouldn't have taken my money'. splcenter.org "The robber didn't get anything, but the police got everything."

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…

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

2019-03-08: Social Media Postees

Police Violence and a Safe Black Space
Seth Sandronsky | counterpunch.org | 2019-03-08
Dr. Kristee Haggins is an African-centered psychologist who facilitates Sacramento's Safe Black Space: Community Healing Circles by and for People of African Ancestry. Black community outrage in California's capital city is an apt word for the district attorney's decision to condone the police killing of Stephon Clark, an unarmed African-American man. The email interview below is an effort to amplify underreported…
counterpunch.org/2019/03/08/police-violence-and-a-safe-black-space/

The 2017 Grenfell Tower Conflagration in West London that killed 72 People: A Travesty of Justice as Grenfell Charges Unlikely for Yet Another Two Years!
Hans Stehling | globalresearch.ca | 2019-03-08
In a devastating admission of system failure, the Metropolitan Police have said that criminal charges in the matter of the Grenfell Tower block conflagration in West London that killed 72 people on June 14th 2017, are now unlikely to brought …
globalresearch.ca/travesty-justice-grenfell-charges/5670750

Chelsea Manning Is Jailed After Refusal to Answer Questions
Shared by Cherise | truthout.org | 2019-03-08
Editor's Note: Manning has since been taken into police custody.Army whistleblower Chelsea Manning expressed no regrets Thursday when she revealed that she faces a contempt hearing — and possible jail time — after declining to answer a grand jury's questions. | Manning appeared before a grand jury Wednesday after being subpoenaed, apparently to discuss her 2010 disclosure of government and military documents about the U.S. wars in Afghanistan and Iraq to Wikileaks.
truthout.org/articles/chelsea-manning-faces-contempt-hearing-after-refusal-to-answer-questions/

Stand with the Salinas Community Against Police Brutality
Brenda Rodriguez Mendoza Presente | indybay.org | 2019-03-08
Closter Park, 401 Towt St., Salinas…
indybay.org/newsitems/2019/03/07/18821749.php

Grenoble, France: Thousands march for teenagers killed in police chase
WSWS | wsws.org | 2019-03-08
From the morning after the tragedy, the families of Adam and Fatih have been the subject of a campaign of vilification by the media and the police.
www.wsws.org/en/articles/2019/03/08/gren…

Arkansas police release shocking VIDEO of officer firing 14 shots at driver
RT | rt.com | 2019-03-08
Disturbing footage of an officer firing 14 shots at a car, killing the driver, has been released by Little Rock Police Department in Arkansas as an investigation into the fatal incident gets underway. | …
rt.com/usa/453337-little-rock-officer-shooting-stark/

Florida police officer found guilty in 2015 shooting of motorist
WSWS | wsws.org | 2019-03-08
The conviction of Nouman Raja Thursday represents a rare example of a killer cop being held accountable by the courts.
www.wsws.org/en/articles/2019/03/08/poli…

Uber Won't Be Criminally Charged with Fatal Self-Driving Crash
teleSUR | telesurenglish.net | 2019-03-07
The U.S. ride-hailing company, Uber, won't face criminal charges involving a self-driving car crash, which killed a 49-year-old pedestrian on March 18, 2018, in Tempe, Arizona. | RELATED: | Taxi Drivers in Spain Protest Uber-Like Corporations | Almost a year after the fatal accident, Yavapai County Attorney prosecutor, Sheila Sullivan, stated in a letter to the Maricopa County Attorney, Bi…
telesurenglish.net/news/Uber-Wont-Be-Criminally-Charged-with-Fatal-Self-Driving-Crash-20190307-0024.html

U.S. Has Supplied UAE $27B in Arms Despite Nation's Links to Torture, Mercenaries & Child Soldiers
Democracy Now! | democracynow.org | 2019-03-07
We look at how U.S. weapons are supporting the ongoing devastation in Yemen with William Hartung, director of the Arms and Security Project at the Center for International Policy. He is the author of a new report about the role the United Arab Emirates has played in Yemen. It is titled "'Little Sparta': The United States-United Arab Emirates Alliance and the War in Yemen." We also speak with Ruhan Nagra, the executive director of the University Network for Human Rights, and Radhya Al-Mutawakel, chairperson of the Mwatana Organization for Human Rights. They recently published an investigation into the role of U.S.
www.democracynow.org/2019/3/7/us_has_sup…

Two NYPD Cops Coerced Sex With a Teen in Their Custody — and Prosecutors Just Dropped Rape Charges
Natasha Lennard | theintercept.com | 2019-03-07
"They were cops, they raped her, and they're getting away with it. Look at the message this sends to the public."
theintercept.com/2019/03/07/nypd-rape-charges-dropped-anna-chambers/

Yellow Vests Hit French Police With "Poo Bombs" in Newest Wave of Protests
The Mind Unleashed | theantimedia.com | 2019-03-07
(TMU) — According to French police, Yellow Vest protesters are now using an ancient form of biological warfare in the newest wave of protests. This weekend, authorities reported that Yellow Vest protesters hurled bags of fecal matter at the police. The rudimentary poop-filled mini bombs were made using thin bags and balloons with the intent that …

Yellow Vests Hit French Police With “Poo Bombs” in Newest Wave of Protests

Cameroon Cracks Down on Opponents
Human Rights Watch | hrw.org | 2019-03-07
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 | Cameroon's High Court refused to release opposition leader Maurice Kamto, as well as six of his supporters, who were arrested in January on politically motivated charges. | The Mfoundi High Court, located in Cameroon's political capital, Yaoundé, made this decision following a habeas…
hrw.org/news/2019/03/07/cameroon-cracks-down-opponents

South Florida students rally on anniversary of Trayvon Martin's murder
Fight Back | fightbacknews.org | 2019-03-06
Tampa, FL – On February 28, the Tampa Bay chapter of Students for a Democratic Society (SDS) held a Black Lives Matter rally at the University of South Florida for the seventh anniversary of Trayvon Martin's death. In 2012, Trayvon Martin, 17, was shot and killed by George Zimmerman in Sanford, Florida, after returning from a nearby gas station. The trial of Zimmerman became a national phenomenon with him walking free due to Florida's 'stand your ground' law. The shooting is still fresh on Florida's mind, with many questioning the judicial system that let a man off with murder. | The protest was aimed at the jud…
www.fightbacknews.org/2019/3/6/south-flo…

Iraq: ISIS Child Suspects Arbitrarily Arrested, Tortured
Human Rights Watch | hrw.org | 2019-03-06

| March 5, 2019 Video | ISIS Child Suspects Arbitrarily Arrested, Tortured in Iraq: | Children involved in armed conflict are entitled to rehabilitation and reintegration, not torture and prison. |

| (Geneva) — Iraqi and Kurdistan Regional Government authorities have charged hundreds of children with terrorism for all…
hrw.org/news/2019/03/06/iraq-isis-child-suspects-arbitrarily-arrested-tortured

Bernie Sanders Is Beating Kamala Harris 2-1 Among Black Democratic Primary Voters, New Poll Finds
Ryan Grim | theintercept.com | 2019-03-06
Three weeks after launching his presidential campaign, Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders is leading all other announced candidates in support from black voters, a new poll finds. The only potential candidate who polled better with African-Americans than Sanders, according to the poll by Morning Consult, is former Vice President Joe Biden, who has not announced a campaign. | Despite a persistent notion that his supporters are disproportionately white male "bros," the new survey suggests that Sanders is actually slightly…
theintercept.com/2019/03/06/bernie-sanders-black-voters-2020/

NAACP Calls for Justice in Stephon Clark Case
Regan Farley | naacp.org | 2019-03-05
Joins Sacramento Branch in Condemning DA's Failure to Charge Police Officers in Murder of Stephon Clark BALTIMORE (March 5, 2019)–The nation's foremost civil rights organization joins its NAACP Sacramento Branch in condemning Sacramento District Attorney Marie Schubert's decision to not charge Sacramento Police officers Terrence Mercadel and Jared Robinet with murder for the killing of …
naacp.org/latest/naacp-calls-justice-stephon-clark-case/

"How to Hide an Empire": Daniel Immerwahr on the History of the Greater United States
Democracy Now! | democracynow.org | 2019-03-05
"How to Hide an Empire: A History of the Greater United States." That's the title of a new book examining a part of the U.S. that is often overlooked: the nation's overseas territories from Puerto Rico to Guam, former territories like the Philippines, and its hundreds of military bases scattered across the globe. We speak with the book's author, Daniel Immerwahr, who writes, "At various times, the inhabitants of the U.S. Empire have been shot, shelled, starved, interned, dispossessed, tortured and experimented on. What they haven't been, by and large, is seen." Immerwahr is an associate professor of history at No…
www.democracynow.org/2019/3/5/how_to_hid…

UN: Don't Let Egypt Undermine Expert's Role
Human Rights Watch | hrw.org | 2019-03-05
Egyptian security forces have been involved in systematic abuses such as enforced disappearance and torture and have used abusive counterterrorism laws and measures to crush peaceful dissent. Egyptian security forces stand guard outside one of the entrances of Tora prison, in Cairo, Egypt. | © 2015 Hassan Ammar/AP Images | (Geneva) — States at the United Nations Human Rights Council in Geneva should ensure that Egypt is not allowed to seize a leadin…
hrw.org/news/2019/03/05/un-dont-let-egypt-undermine-experts-role

Bangladesh: Investigate Dismissals of Protesting Workers
Human Rights Watch | hrw.org | 2019-03-05
Bangladesh police chase protesting garment workers in Savar, outside Dhaka, Bangladesh, January 9, 2019. | © 2019 AP Photo | (New York) — Bangladesh authorities should immediately investigate garment worker and union leader allegations of arbitrary dismissals and false criminal cases following a recent protest demanding a wage hike, Human Rights Watch said today. Global garment brands sourcing from Bangladesh should investigate these allegations and call for a…
hrw.org/news/2019/03/05/bangladesh-investigate-dismissals-protesting-workers

Transfer of ISIS Suspects, Including Foreigners, to Iraq Raises Torture Concerns
Human Rights Watch | hrw.org | 2019-03-04
An ISIS suspect held for questioning by Iraqi forces near Mosul. | © 2016 Safin Hamed/Getty Images | Last week, the US-backed Syria Democratic Forces (SDF) transferred at least 280 suspected Islamic State (ISIS) members to Iraq, following their arrest in Syria. Though the detainees are overwhelmingly Iraqi, there were reportedly at least thirteen French ISIS su…
hrw.org/news/2019/03/04/transfer-isis-suspects-including-foreigners-iraq-raises-torture-concerns

India-Pakistan, Trump-Kim, Assad in Iran
unitedEditor | uwidata.com | 2019-03-04
Pakistan-India conflict THe Pakistani and Indian armies began using heavy weapons against each other on the border in Kashmir. After an intense exchange of fire that lasted more than 3 hours, India reported that it had had not suffered losses. Tensions between the two states escalated after a police convoy was attacked on February 14 …
uwidata.com/2547-india-pakistan-trump-kim-assad-in-iran/

Weekend Read: 'If I'd been white, I guarantee you they wouldn't have taken my money'
splcenter | splcenter.org | 2019-03-01
"The robber didn't get anything, but the police got everything."
splcenter.org/news/2019/03/01/weekend-read-if-i%25E2%2580%2599d-been-white-i-guarantee-you-they-wouldn%25E2%2580%2599t-have-taken-my-money

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