Monthly Archives: April 2019

2019-04-30: News Headlines

teleSUR (2019-04-30). NZ Police Arrest Man with Suspected Explosives in Christchurch. telesurenglish.net New Zealand police announced on Tuesday that a man in the city of Christchurch, where 50 people were killed in attacks by a lone gunman on two mosques in March, was arrested after the authorities were called over threats about an explosive device". | RELATED: | San Diego Synagogue Shooter Inspired by New Zealand Shooter | According to Reuters, local police cordoned off streets in the Phillipstown area of the city on New Zealand's South Island, with a bomb disposal team, ambulance…

Democracy Now! (2019-04-30). Headlines for April 30, 2019. democracynow.org Venezuelan Opposition Leaders Claim a Coup Is Underway, Trump to Make Asylum Seekers Pay Application Fees, Trump Organization Sues Banks in Bid to Resist Congressional Subpoenas, Pentagon Links More U.S. Military Members to Neo-Nazi Group, Christchurch, NZ Police Find Explosive Device Amid Fears of More Anti-Muslim Violence, Terror Suspect Arrested After Receiving Fake Explosives from FBI Informant, Lori Gilbert-Kaye, Killed in Synagogue Shooting, Mourned at San Diego Funeral, Trump to Designate the Muslim Brotherhood a Terrorist Organization, Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein, Who Oversaw Mueller Probe, Ste…

Consortiumnews (2019-04-30). Warning to Non-Citizen Soldiers & Vets: Complete Your Paperwork. consortiumnews.com Even after honorable discharge, foreign-born veterans who get arrested run the risk of deportation, writes Colonel Ann Wright. By Ann Wright Special to Consortium News No U.S. military veteran should face deportation, but many do. United Deported Veterans, with an office… Read more →

Maj. Danny Sjursen (2019-04-30). The United States of Incarceration. truthdig.com This piece originally appeared in anti-war.com. | You've got to give it to the Defense Department — they're assiduous planners. I know: I used to be one. So the latest news that the DOD is preparing its 40 remaining forever prisoners at the extralegal detention center of Guantanamo Bay for nursing home and hospice care, should come as little surprise. It still shocks the senses a bit, though, doesn…

Democracy Now! (2019-04-30). Angela Davis & Barbara Ransby: We Stand with Rep. Ilhan Omar, a Courageous, Bold Black Woman. democracynow.org Two of the founders of Black Lives Matter, as well as professor Angela Davis and scores of other black women, are holding a rally today on Capitol Hill to defend Congresswoman Ilhan Omar of Minnesota and to urge Congress to censure President Trump for his attacks on her. Omar made history earlier this year when she and Rashida Tlaib of Michigan became the first Muslim women in Congress. She is also the first member of Congress to wear a hijab. Omar, who was born in Somalia and came to the United States as a refugee, has been at the center of numerous right-wing attacks since taking office. Omar recently said deat…

Staff (2019-04-30). Rep. Ilhan Omar Is a Courageous, Bold Black Woman. truthout.org Two of the founders of Black Lives Matter, as well as professor Angela Davis and scores of other black women, are holding a rally today on Capitol Hill to defend Congresswoman Ilhan Omar of Minnesota and to urge Congress to censure President Trump for his attacks on her. Omar made history earlier this year when she and Rashida Tlaib of Michigan became the first Muslim women in Congress. She is also the first member of Congress to wear a hijab. Omar, who was born in Somalia and came to the United States as a refugee, has been at the center of numerous right-wing attacks since taking office. Omar recently said d…

Muhammad Hussein (2019-04-30). Remembering the Revelations of US Torture at Abu Ghraib. globalresearch.ca The infamous Abu Ghraib prison complex in Iraq was revealed to be the centre of an extensive network run by the US military after the coalition's invasion of the country in 2003. Abuse and torture of largely innocent civilian Iraqi …

Glenn Greenwald (2019-04-30). Episode Three of "Animal Matters": What Are the Philosophical Premises For Why Animal Life Has No Value or is of Less Worth? theintercept.com As we learn about the widespread, industrial torture and slaughter of animals, how will we continue to ethically and intellectually justify these industrial practices?

barry_h (2019-04-30). French Police Say Grateful Dead are Terrorists. greenleft.org.au The Grateful Dead are a terrorist threat, according to French police authorities. | | In early April the San Francisco-based Internet Archive (IA) received a series of notices from the French national Internet Referral Unit, a police agency acting under a European Union law requiring internet platforms to remove alleged terrorist content within one hour upon official notification. | | The Internet Archive was established in 1996 and holds a historical web collection of over 150 billion web pages, about 240,000 movies, over 500,000 audio items (including over 70,000 live concerts), over 1,800,000 texts, 1600 e…

plenglish (2019-04-30). Interpol Rejects New Red Warrant against Correa. plenglish.com 30 de abril de 2019, 09: 42Quito, Apr 30 (Prensa Latina) The International Police (Interpol) rejected a second red warrant against former President Rafael Correa for alleged links with the investigation into the kidnapping of the politician Fernando Balda.

plenglish (2019-04-30). Interpol Rejects New Red Warrant against Correa. plenglish.com Quito, Apr 30 (Prensa Latina) The International Police (Interpol) rejected a second red warrant against former President Rafael Correa for alleged links with the investigation into the kidnapping of the politician Fernando Balda.

Michelle Chen (2019-04-30). Seeking Justice at Home. progressive.org Virginia juvenile justice advocates envision a correctional system not about police and prisons but about stability, families, and a continuum of care.

Eds. (2019-04-30). Venezuela: military uprising in Caracas (in development). mronline.org A military uprising is unfolding in Venezuela after a handful of the police and armed forces freed Leopoldo Lopez and blocked a highway in Caracas. | Source

Fight Back (2019-04-30). Eyewitness Venezuela: No coup, people defend President Maduro. fightbacknews.org Reporting by the FRSO delegation in Caracas | The following report is from the Freedom Road Socialist Organization delegation in Venezuela. | Caracas, Venezuela — There is excitement, April 30, in the streets as tens of thousands stream towards Miraflores Palace where President Maduro leads Venezuela. While rumors of an attempted coup are broadcast on the news, special police and Venezuelan military are mobilized at key crossroads and strategic buildings. The mood is serious, but calm as the mobilization to defend President Maduro and the Bolivarian Revolution grows | Early morning, we woke to hear a lone w…

Jared Ware & Miles Quarles (2019-04-29). How Movement To Free Mumia Abu-Jamal Prevailed Over Obstruction Of A Progressive Prosecutor. shadowproof.com A late December ruling by the Philadelphia County Court of Common Pleas Judge Leon Tucker re-opened pathways for long-time political prisoner Mumia Abu-Jamal to litigate his freedom. | "Progressive prosecutor" Larry Krasner's appeal of the ruling stood in the way until Wednesday, April 17. At issue was whether Ronald Castille—a former Philadelphia District Attorney, Pennsylvania Supreme Court Justice, and Krasner transition team member—had a constitutional duty to recuse himself from Mumia's appeals of…

amnesty (2019-04-29). Russia: Further information: Mikhail Tsakunov released, trial ongoing. amnesty.org Prisoner of conscience Mikhail Tsakunov was released under travel restrictions on 26 April after spending almost a year in pre-trial detention. He was arrested in May 2018 and charged with violence against a police officer for his peaceful participation in an opposition rally. The criminal proceedings against him are ongoing and he is still facing up to five years in prison if convicted.

amnesty (2019-04-29). Nigeria: Children and women face sexual violence in Borno prisons. amnesty.org An Amnesty International investigation has exposed sexual violence against children and women by security agents and inmates at two high-security prison facilities in Borno State, Nigeria. | The harrowing violations took place at Maiduguri Maximum Security Prison and Giwa Barracks, where thousands of civilians arrested due to claimed links to the Boko Haram armed group are being held. Amnesty's research also found that scores of children are being unlawfully detained alongside adults in Maiduguri Prison. | "This is another sad and disturbing case of human rights violations against civilians caught up in the Bo…

Middle East Monitor (2019-04-29). Remembering the Horrific Revelations of US Torture at Abu Ghraib. theantimedia.com (MEMO) — The infamous Abu Ghraib prison complex in Iraq was revealed to be the centre of an extensive network run by the US military after the coalition's invasion of the country in 2003. Abuse and torture of largely innocent civilian Iraqi detainees at the hands of American soldiers were common. The full extent of what went …

RT (2019-04-29). US Army vet plotted to bomb California, kill LAPD officers in 'revenge' for killing of Muslims in NZ. rt.com A US Army vet who converted to Islam mulled a mass killing of Christians, Jews and police officers in "retribution" for the Christchurch mosque attack in New Zealand, says an indictment describing his failed "martyrdom."

Derrick Broze (2019-04-29). Google Tracks Your Location and Shares It With Police, Even When Your Phone is Off. theantimedia.com Even if you disable GPS, deactivate phone location tracking, and turn off your phone, it's still possible for Google and the NSA to monitor your every move. (TMU) — Over the last two decades, cell phone use has become an everyday part of life for the vast majority of people around the planet. Nearly without question, …

Staff (2019-04-28). An Inside Look at How Police Control the Political Process. therealnews.com A deep dive into the details of the political economy that allows law enforcement to defeat civilian reform efforts, and what can be done to change it…

The Real News Network (2019-04-28). An Inside Look at How Police Control the Political Process. dissidentvoice.org A deep dive into the details of the political economy that allows law enforcement to defeat civilian reform efforts, and what can be done to change it.

RT (2019-04-28). 7 shot, 1 fatally near Baptist church in Baltimore, gunman on the run. rt.com Seven people have been shot, one of them fatally, near Perkins Square Baptist Church in Baltimore, Maryland, police say. The attacker is reportedly on the run. The shooting doesn't seem to be connected with the church itself.

Keegan Hankes, Rachel Janik and Michael Edison Hayden (2019-04-28). Shooting at Poway Synagogue Underscores Link Between Internet Radicalization and Violence. splcenter.org A shooting in a California synagogue in which police say a 19-year-old man killed one and injured three others underscores a link between online radicalization of white supremacists and terroristic violence.

Adam Johnson (2019-04-26). Dozens Condemned by Media as 'Gang Members' Not Actually Gang Members, Study Confirms. fair.org Bronx 120 Report ( 4/19) | In the immediate wake of the now infamous "Bronx 120 gang raid," carried out by the Department of Homeland Security, the FBI and the NYPD on the Eastchester Gardens and Edenwald House housing projects in New York City's Bronx on April 27, 2016, New York media uncritically and predictably repeated the NYPD and federal prosecutors' claim that all those arrested were "gang members"—a sprawling conspiracy of murderers, drug dealers and gun runner…

Democracy Now! (2019-04-26). Filipina Journalist Maria Ressa Helped Expose Duterte's Deadly Drug War; He's Now Trying to Jail Her. democracynow.org The award-winning Filipina journalist Maria Ressa has been arrested twice in recent months by the Philippines government as President Rodrigo Duterte cracks down on critics and the media. In February, she was detained in a cyber libel case that's widely seen as politically motivated. She was arrested again in late March for allegedly violating a ban on foreign media ownership. Duterte has long attempted to shut down Rappler, which has published groundbreaking work on Duterte's deadly war on drugs that has killed thousands. Duterte has repeatedly described the site as fake news outlet. We speak with Maria Ressa, t…

pip.hinman (2019-04-26). Letter from the US: Stop the persecution of Julian Assange. greenleft.org.au When the world saw the video of beefy police dragging Julian Assange out of the Ecuadorian Embassy in London, it was clear that the media had been alerted to film the spectacle. | Ecuador had granted Assange asylum in its embassy since 2012, to block his threatened extradition to the United States at the time. | Media outlets such as CNN declared he looked crazy in the video. One CNN reporter said that one of the reasons the embassy called the police was that Assange had allegedly smeared faeces on walls inside the Embassy. | The real smears, however, have been by the press against the WikiLeaks founder. | The ac…

Gloria Rubac (2019-04-26). Racial and political profiling against the New Black Panther Party. workers.org "This government does not consider Black people to be citizens. It was so blatant. We were kicked out in the snow in Canada, a foreign land, where we changed planes to make a trip from New Orleans to London," reported Krystal Muhammad to the media after a trip to London . . . | Continue reading Racial and political profiling against the New Black Panther Party at Workers.org

Stanley Cohen (2019-04-26). Death Can be a Slow Traveler: Peltier, Mumia and Rap Brown. mintpressnews.com While movements such as the Black Panther Party, the BLA, AIM and MOVE still resonate among some in a new generation of activists, many of their former members, now riddled with poor health and buried in prison, have been all but lost to the passage of time.

Jamila Johnson, SPLC Senior Supervising Attorney (2019-04-26). SPLC: Louisiana's title of incarceration capital of the world an opportunity for reform. splcenter.org Louisiana once again has the highest incarceration rate, imprisoning 719 of every 100,000 residents, according to a report released this week by the U.S. Bureau of Justice Statistics.

Vanessa Mbonu@naacpnet (2019-04-26). BAXTER, NAACP AND THE ALLIANCE FOR HOME DIALYSIS EXPAND PROGRAM TO INCREASE AWARENESS OF KIDNEY CARE AMONG AFRICAN AMERICANS. naacp.org Partnership focuses on educating at-risk individuals about kidney disease and treatment options so they are inspired to make informed choices DEERFIELD, Ill., April 26, 2019 — Baxter International Inc. (NYSE: BAX), a global leader in renal care, along with the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) and the Alliance for Home Dialysis, today announced that the Dialysis Health Imperative for Access, Choice, and Equity (ACE) program will be expanded for …

Martha Grevatt (2019-04-26). Police, vigilantes riot against 'reds'. workers.org May Day 2019 marks the 100th anniversary of what became known as the "Cleveland May Day Riots." The only "rioting," however, was by police and vigilantes targeting "reds" (term includes all radicals). By the end of the day, 200 people were injured, two fatally. The year 1919 was one of . . . | Continue reading Police, vigilantes riot against 'reds' at Workers.org

SAMIR (2019-04-26). Palestinians call on Iceland's Eurovision contestant Hatari to withdraw. bdsmovement.net Palestinians call on Iceland's Eurovision contestant Hatari to withdraw: PACBI StatementCancelling performance in apartheid Tel Aviv would be a meaningful expression of solidarity for the band, who are on record supporting Palestinian rights. | Cultural Boycott Boycott Eurovision 2019April 26, 2019…

Gregory Shupak (2019-04-26). For NYT, Israel Is Always Nearing 'Apartheid,' but Never Quite Gets There. fair.org The New York Times' warning ( 4/11/19) that Israel/Palestine is "on a trajectory to become what critics say will be an apartheid state" echoed predictions that the Times has been making since the first years of the 21st century. | Following Benjamin Netanyahu's re-election as Israeli prime minister earlier this month, the New York Times' editorial board ( 4/11/19) wrote: Under Mr. Netanyahu, Israel is on a…

Democracy Now! (2019-04-25). Headlines for April 25, 2019. democracynow.org President Trump Vows to Fight "All the Subpoenas" from Congress, U.S. Forces and Allies Killed More Afghan Civilians in Early 2019 Than the Taliban, U.S.-Led Coalition Killed 1,600 Syrian Civilians in Raqqa, Syria, China Jails Hong Kong Activists Who Led 2014 Pro-Democracy Rallies, Wealthy Sri Lankan Spice Trader Among Those Arrested over Easter Bombings, U.N. Condemns Saudi Arabia's Mass Execution of 37 Prisoners, Texas Executes White Supremacist Behind 1998 Lynching of James Byrd Jr., Joe Biden Enters 2020 Presidential Race, Kirstjen Nielsen Warned Against Discussing Russian Election Meddling with Trump, Thousa…

Democracy Now! (2019-04-25). From Crime Bill to Iraq War Vote, Biden's Legislative History Under Scrutiny as He Enters Race. democracynow.org Former Vice President Joe Biden has entered the 2020 race for the White House, becoming the 20th Democrat to seek the nomination in the largest and most diverse field of Democratic candidates ever to run for president. Biden will face scrutiny for his long and checkered record in the coming weeks, including his 1994 crime bill, that helped fuel mass incarceration with financial incentives to keep people behind bars, and his handling of Anita Hill's sexual harassment allegations against Supreme Court justice nominee Clarence Thomas in 1991. Biden is also known for close ties to the financial industry and voting to…

pip.hinman (2019-04-25). Refugee sends plea from Manus Island. greenleft.org.au Thousands turned out for refugee rights rallies across the country on Palm Sunday, April 14. | Kurdish refugee Farhad Bandesh, who is detained on Manus Island, addressed the rally in Newcastle by phone. Below is an edited transcript of his speech. | *** | My name is Farhad Bandesh. | I speak to you from Manus Island, where I have been imprisoned and tortured with others, like our friends on Nauru, for nearly six years. | I wish to acknowledge the land of the Awabakal people of the Kulin Nation, stolen land, and I pay respect to Indigenous people, past, present and future. | I want to thank you all so very much fo…

Democracy Now! (2019-04-24). Bernie Sanders Spurs Debate on Prisoner Voting Rights, But the Idea Is "Not as Radical as It Seems" democracynow.org Presidential candidate and Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders said at a town hall Monday that he believed in restoring voting rights for prisoners, sparking a national discussion about re-enfranchisement for the more than 2 million Americans behind bars. Presidential hopeful Pete Buttigieg has spoken out against prisoner voting rights, while Senator Elizabeth Warren said "I'm not there yet" on the issue. Senator Kamala Harris said "there has to be serious consequence for the most extreme types of crimes," referencing her background as a prosecutor. We speak with Ari Berman, senior writer at Mother Jones, about the pu…

Democracy Now! (2019-04-23). Right-Wing Vigilantes Hold Migrants Hostage on U.S. Border. Did Border Patrol Give Tacit Approval? democracynow.org The FBI has arrested the head of an armed vigilante group that has repeatedly filmed itself detaining migrant border crossers at gunpoint. Sixty-nine-year-old Larry Mitchell Hopkins is the leader of the far-right, pro-Trump group calling itself United Constitutional Patriots, which the American Civil Liberties Union described as an "armed fascist militia organization." His arrest came just days after the ACLU accused the vigilantes of illegally detaining 300 migrants, including young children, near Sunland Park, New Mexico, last week. We speak to Peter Simonson, executive director of the ACLU of New Mexico.

Staff (2019-04-23). 'Mafioso Capitalism' and the Suicide of Peru's President. therealnews.com Prof. Gerardo Renique discusses the three other ex-presidents already in jail over the Odebrecht scandal, and Alan Garcia's death, just as he was about to be arrested for corruption…

Democracy Now! (2019-04-23). Johns Hopkins Students Enter Week 4 of Sit-In Protesting ICE Contracts & Plan for Armed Campus Cops. democracynow.org Students at Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore, Maryland, have entered their 21st day of a sit-in occupation of their campus administration building to protest the university's plans for an armed police force on campus, as well as Johns Hopkins's contracts with Immigrations and Customs Enforcement. Students at Johns Hopkins are demanding the cancellation of contracts with ICE and a pledge to donate all money received from ICE to Baltimore's immigration defense fund. They're also demanding voluntary recognition for all workers wishing to unionize, and a student and faculty representative spot on the university'

Democracy Now! (2019-04-23). Baltimore Writer D. Watkins: "We Speak for Ourselves: A Word from Forgotten Black America" democracynow.org "We Speak for Ourselves: A Word from Forgotten Black America." That's the name of a new book by D. Watkins that amplifies the experiences of poor black Americans typically sidelined by the public and the media—including his own life story. He writes, "I'm from the bottom, and what I mean by bottom is first-generation scholars, the project babies, the people without Wi-Fi, the workers, the people most likely to get hit by police bullets. We are the subjects of protests, the rarely heard-from even as our deaths are debated by media personalities who wouldn't step foot on our blocks. … To quote the brilliant…

Emerson Cheney (2019-04-21). #JusticeForStephanieAndPaul: Four days of protests against police terror in CT. liberationnews.org Liberation News on the scene at ongoing protests in Connecticut against police violence.

AMNMHR (2019-04-21). Police, Boston Marathon put people experiencing homelessness on the run. liberationnews.org Housing for all, NOW!

ACLU (2019-04-19). We Sued to End the Evils of Cash Bail in Michigan. aclu.org Money bail traps people of color in a maze that is not justice, and perpetuates mass incarceration and its racial disparities. | Imagine being poor and being arrested by the police in Detroit. You are supposed to be innocent until proven guilty, but with no money, you will remain in jail for up to 3 days before you can see a judge called a magistrate. | That's just the beginning of the harm visited on one of our clients in the 36th District Court in Detroit, Davontae Ross. He spent days behind bars because he couldn't afford to pay $200 of bail relating to a 5-year old ticket for allegedly staying in a park after…

ACLU (2019-04-18). Dialing 911 Can Get You Evicted. aclu.org The eviction of Beverley Somai for calling the police is part of a disturbing trend. | Last year, Beverley Somai learned a brutal truth that too many people across the country face: Calling the police can get you evicted. | In 2017, Ms. Somai and her adult disabled son moved to Bedford, Ohio, to seek housing stability and better educational and employment opportunities. However, a few months after settling in, Ms. Somai discovered that her neighbor played loud music at all hours of the night, making it impossible for her and her son to rest. Even worse, the neighbor began to intimidate Ms. Somai and her son by fo…

Teresse Watson (2019-04-16). Community fights to stop police killings of disabled people. liberationnews.org Voices from the community are calling for banning police from responding to mental health crises.

susan_p (2019-04-13). John Pilger: Assange arrest is a warning from history. greenleft.org.au The glimpse of Julian Assange being dragged from the Ecuadorean embassy in London is an emblem of the times. Might against right. Muscle against the law. Indecency against courage. Six policemen manhandled a sick journalist, his eyes wincing against his first natural light in almost seven years. | That this outrage happened in the heart of London, in the land of Magna Carta, ought to shame and anger all who fear for "democratic" societies. Assange is a political refugee protected by international law, the recipient of asylum under a strict covenant to which Britain is a signatory. The United Nations made this cle…

Michael Edison Hayden (2019-04-12). Suspect in Church Burnings Influenced by 'Black Metal' Music, Police Say, But Not All Black Metal is the Same. splcenter.org Holden Matthews, the 21-year-old man accused of burning three historically black churches in Louisiana, was influenced by "black metal," police say — a music genre sometimes tied to organized hate.

Vanessa Mbonu@naacpnet (2019-04-11). NAACP'S RESPONSE TO THE ARREST OF SUSPECT IN THE LOUISIANA CHURCH BURNINGS. naacp.org BALTIMORE — The NAACP issued the following statement regarding the arrest of Holden Matthews in connection to fires at three historically Black churches in Louisiana: "The arrest of Holden Matthews for the horrific burnings of Black churches in Louisiana is just another example of the hate-fueled times that we live in. In African-American communities in …

2019-04-30: Social Media Postees

Warning to Non-Citizen Soldiers & Vets: Complete Your Paperwork
consortiumnews.com | 2019-04-30
Even after honorable discharge, foreign-born veterans who get arrested run the risk of deportation, writes Colonel Ann Wright. By Ann Wright Special to Consortium News No U.S. military veteran should face deportation, but many do. United Deported Veterans, with an office… Read more ?…
consortiumnews.com/2019/04/30/warning-to-non-citizen-soldiers-vets-complete-your-paperwork/

NZ Police Arrest Man with Suspected Explosives in Christchurch
telesurenglish.net | 2019-04-30
New Zealand police announced on Tuesday that a man in the city of Christchurch, where 50 people were killed in attacks by a lone gunman on two mosques in March, was arrested after the authorities were called over threats about an explosive device". | RELATED: | San Diego Synagogue Shooter Inspired by New Zealand Shooter | According to Reuters, local police cordoned off streets in the Phillipstown area of the city on New Zealand's South Island, with a bomb disposal team, ambulance…
telesurenglish.net/news/NZ-Police-Arrest-Man-with-Suspected-Explosives-in-Christchurch-20190430-0003.html

The United States of Incarceration
Maj. Danny Sjursen | truthdig.com | 2019-04-30
This piece originally appeared in anti-war.com. | You've got to give it to the Defense Department — they're assiduous planners. I know: I used to be one. So the latest news that the DOD is preparing its 40 remaining forever prisoners at the extralegal detention center of Guantanamo Bay for nursing home and hospice care, should come as little surprise. It still shocks the senses a bit, though, doesn…
truthdig.com/articles/the-united-states-of-incarceration/

Rep. Ilhan Omar Is a Courageous, Bold Black Woman
Staff | truthout.org | 2019-04-30
Two of the founders of Black Lives Matter, as well as professor Angela Davis and scores of other black women, are holding a rally today on Capitol Hill to defend Congresswoman Ilhan Omar of Minnesota and to urge Congress to censure President Trump for his attacks on her. Omar made history earlier this year when she and Rashida Tlaib of Michigan became the first Muslim women in Congress. She is also the first member of Congress to wear a hijab. Omar, who was born in Somalia and came to the United States as a refugee, has been at the center of numerous right-wing attacks since taking office. Omar recently said d…
truthout.org/video/rep-ilhan-omar-is-a-courageous-bold-black-woman/

Angela Davis & Barbara Ransby: We Stand with Rep. Ilhan Omar, a Courageous, Bold Black Woman
Democracy Now! | democracynow.org | 2019-04-30
Two of the founders of Black Lives Matter, as well as professor Angela Davis and scores of other black women, are holding a rally today on Capitol Hill to defend Congresswoman Ilhan Omar of Minnesota and to urge Congress to censure President Trump for his attacks on her. Omar made history earlier this year when she and Rashida Tlaib of Michigan became the first Muslim women in Congress. She is also the first member of Congress to wear a hijab. Omar, who was born in Somalia and came to the United States as a refugee, has been at the center of numerous right-wing attacks since taking office. Omar recently said deat…
www.democracynow.org/2019/4/30/angela_da…

Episode Three of "Animal Matters": What Are the Philosophical Premises For Why Animal Life Has No Value or is of Less Worth?
Glenn Greenwald | theintercept.com | 2019-04-30
As we learn about the widespread, industrial torture and slaughter of animals, how will we continue to ethically and intellectually justify these industrial practices?
theintercept.com/2019/04/30/episode-three-of-animal-matters-what-are-the-philosophical-premises-for-why-animal-life-has-no-value-or-is-of-less-worth/

Remembering the Revelations of US Torture at Abu Ghraib
Muhammad Hussein | globalresearch.ca | 2019-04-30
The infamous Abu Ghraib prison complex in Iraq was revealed to be the centre of an extensive network run by the US military after the coalition's invasion of the country in 2003. Abuse and torture of largely innocent civilian Iraqi …
globalresearch.ca/remembering-revelations-us-torture-abu-ghraib/5676046

Interpol Rejects New Red Warrant against Correa
plenglish.com | 2019-04-30
Quito, Apr 30 (Prensa Latina) The International Police (Interpol) rejected a second red warrant against former President Rafael Correa for alleged links with the investigation into the kidnapping of the politician Fernando Balda.
www.plenglish.com/index.php?o=rn&id…

French Police Say Grateful Dead are Terrorists
barry_h | greenleft.org.au | 2019-04-30
The Grateful Dead are a terrorist threat, according to French police authorities. | | In early April the San Francisco-based Internet Archive (IA) received a series of notices from the French national Internet Referral Unit, a police agency acting under a European Union law requiring internet platforms to remove alleged terrorist content within one hour upon official notification. | | The Internet Archive was established in 1996 and holds a historical web collection of over 150 billion web pages, about 240,000 movies, over 500,000 audio items (including over 70,000 live concerts), over 1,800,000 texts, 1600 e…
greenleft.org.au/content/french-police-say-grateful-dead-are-terrorists-0

Eyewitness Venezuela: No coup, people defend President Maduro
Fight Back | fightbacknews.org | 2019-04-30
Reporting by the FRSO delegation in Caracas | The following report is from the Freedom Road Socialist Organization delegation in Venezuela. | Caracas, Venezuela — There is excitement, April 30, in the streets as tens of thousands stream towards Miraflores Palace where President Maduro leads Venezuela. While rumors of an attempted coup are broadcast on the news, special police and Venezuelan military are mobilized at key crossroads and strategic buildings. The mood is serious, but calm as the mobilization to defend President Maduro and the Bolivarian Revolution grows | Early morning, we woke to hear a lone w…
fightbacknews.org/2019/4/30/eyewitness-venezuela-no-coup-people-defend-president-maduro

Seeking Justice at Home
Michelle Chen | progressive.org | 2019-04-30
Virginia juvenile justice advocates envision a correctional system not about police and prisons but about stability, families, and a continuum of care.
progressive.org/dispatches/seeking-justice-at-home-chen-190430/

Venezuela: military uprising in Caracas (in development)
Eds. | mronline.org | 2019-04-30
A military uprising is unfolding in Venezuela after a handful of the police and armed forces freed Leopoldo Lopez and blocked a highway in Caracas. | Source…
mronline.org/2019/04/30/venezuela-military-uprising-in-caracas-in-development/

Interpol Rejects New Red Warrant against Correa
plenglish.com | 2019-04-30
30 de abril de 2019, 09: 42Quito, Apr 30 (Prensa Latina) The International Police (Interpol) rejected a second red warrant against former President Rafael Correa for alleged links with the investigation into the kidnapping of the politician Fernando Balda.
www.plenglish.com/index.php?o=rn&id…

How Movement To Free Mumia Abu-Jamal Prevailed Over Obstruction Of A Progressive Prosecutor
Jared Ware & Miles Quarles | shadowproof.com | 2019-04-29
A late December ruling by the Philadelphia County Court of Common Pleas Judge Leon Tucker re-opened pathways for long-time political prisoner Mumia Abu-Jamal to litigate his freedom. | "Progressive prosecutor" Larry Krasner's appeal of the ruling stood in the way until Wednesday, April 17. At issue was whether Ronald Castille–a former Philadelphia District Attorney, Pennsylvania Supreme Court Justice, and Krasner transition team member–had a constitutional duty to recuse himself from Mumia's appeals of…
shadowproof.com/2019/04/29/how-movement-to-free-mumia-abu-jamal-prevailed-over-obstruction-of-a-progressive-prosecutor/

Russia: Further information: Mikhail Tsakunov released, trial ongoing
amnesty.org | 2019-04-29
Prisoner of conscience Mikhail Tsakunov was released under travel restrictions on 26 April after spending almost a year in pre-trial detention. He was arrested in May 2018 and charged with violence against a police officer for his peaceful participation in an opposition rally. The criminal proceedings against him are ongoing and he is still facing up to five years in prison if convicted.
amnesty.org/en/documents/eur46/0270/2019/en/

Nigeria: Children and women face sexual violence in Borno prisons
amnesty.org | 2019-04-29
An Amnesty International investigation has exposed sexual violence against children and women by security agents and inmates at two high-security prison facilities in Borno State, Nigeria. | The harrowing violations took place at Maiduguri Maximum Security Prison and Giwa Barracks, where thousands of civilians arrested due to claimed links to the Boko Haram armed group are being held. Amnesty's research also found that scores of children are being unlawfully detained alongside adults in Maiduguri Prison. | "This is another sad and disturbing case of human rights violations against civilians caught up in the Bo…
amnesty.org/en/latest/news/2019/04/nigeria-children-and-women-face-sexual-violence-in-borno-prisons/

Remembering the Horrific Revelations of US Torture at Abu Ghraib
Middle East Monitor | theantimedia.com | 2019-04-29
(MEMO) — The infamous Abu Ghraib prison complex in Iraq was revealed to be the centre of an extensive network run by the US military after the coalition's invasion of the country in 2003. Abuse and torture of largely innocent civilian Iraqi detainees at the hands of American soldiers were common. The full extent of what went …

Remembering the Horrific Revelations of US Torture at Abu Ghraib

Google Tracks Your Location and Shares It With Police, Even When Your Phone is Off
Derrick Broze | theantimedia.com | 2019-04-29
Even if you disable GPS, deactivate phone location tracking, and turn off your phone, it's still possible for Google and the NSA to monitor your every move. (TMU) — Over the last two decades, cell phone use has become an everyday part of life for the vast majority of people around the planet. Nearly without question, …

Google Tracks Your Location and Shares It With Police, Even When Your Phone is Off

US Army vet plotted to bomb California, kill LAPD officers in 'revenge' for killing of Muslims in NZ
rt.com | 2019-04-29
A US Army vet who converted to Islam mulled a mass killing of Christians, Jews and police officers in "retribution" for the Christchurch mosque attack in New Zealand, says an indictment describing his failed "martyrdom." | …
rt.com/usa/457856-army-vet-bombing-revenge-christchurch/

7 shot, 1 fatally near Baptist church in Baltimore, gunman on the run
rt.com | 2019-04-28
Seven people have been shot, one of them fatally, near Perkins Square Baptist Church in Baltimore, Maryland, police say. The attacker is reportedly on the run. The shooting doesn't seem to be connected with the church itself. | …
rt.com/usa/457782-baltimore-baptist-church-shooting/

An Inside Look at How Police Control the Political Process
The Real News Network | dissidentvoice.org | 2019-04-28
A deep dive into the details of the political economy that allows law enforcement to defeat civilian reform efforts, and what can be done to change it.
dissidentvoice.org/2019/04/an-inside-look-at-how-police-control-the-political-process/

An Inside Look at How Police Control the Political Process
Staff | therealnews.com | 2019-04-28
A deep dive into the details of the political economy that allows law enforcement to defeat civilian reform efforts, and what can be done to change it…
therealnews.com/stories/an-inside-look-at-how-police-control-the-political-process

Shooting at Poway Synagogue Underscores Link Between Internet Radicalization and Violence
Keegan Hankes, Rachel Janik and Michael Edison Hayden | splcenter.org | 2019-04-28
A shooting in a California synagogue in which police say a 19-year-old man killed one and injured three others underscores a link between online radicalization of white supremacists and terroristic violence.
splcenter.org/hatewatch/2019/04/28/shooting-poway-synagogue-underscores-link-between-internet-radicalization-and-violence

Dozens Condemned by Media as 'Gang Members' Not Actually Gang Members, Study Confirms
Adam Johnson | fair.org | 2019-04-26
Bronx 120 Report ( 4/19) | In the immediate wake of the now infamous "Bronx 120 gang raid," carried out by the Department of Homeland Security, the FBI and the NYPD on the Eastchester Gardens and Edenwald House housing projects in New York City's Bronx on April 27, 2016, New York media uncritically and predictably repeated the NYPD and federal prosecutors' claim that all those arrested were "gang members"–a sprawling conspiracy of murderers, drug dealers and gun runner…
fair.org/home/dozens-condemned-by-media-as-gang-members-not-actually-gang-members-study-confirms/

Filipina Journalist Maria Ressa Helped Expose Duterte's Deadly Drug War; He's Now Trying to Jail Her
Democracy Now! | democracynow.org | 2019-04-26
The award-winning Filipina journalist Maria Ressa has been arrested twice in recent months by the Philippines government as President Rodrigo Duterte cracks down on critics and the media. In February, she was detained in a cyber libel case that's widely seen as politically motivated. She was arrested again in late March for allegedly violating a ban on foreign media ownership. Duterte has long attempted to shut down Rappler, which has published groundbreaking work on Duterte's deadly war on drugs that has killed thousands. Duterte has repeatedly described the site as fake news outlet. We speak with Maria Ressa, t…
www.democracynow.org/2019/4/26/filipina_…

Racial and political profiling against the New Black Panther Party
Gloria Rubac | workers.org | 2019-04-26
"This government does not consider Black people to be citizens. It was so blatant. We were kicked out in the snow in Canada, a foreign land, where we changed planes to make a trip from New Orleans to London," reported Krystal Muhammad to the media after a trip to London . . . | Continue reading Racial and political profiling against the New Black Panther Party at Workers.org…
workers.org/2019/04/25/racial-and-political-profiling-against-the-new-black-panther-party/

Death Can be a Slow Traveler: Peltier, Mumia and Rap Brown
Stanley Cohen | mintpressnews.com | 2019-04-26
While movements such as the Black Panther Party, the BLA, AIM and MOVE still resonate among some in a new generation of activists, many of their former members, now riddled with poor health and buried in prison, have been all but lost to the passage of time.
mintpressnews.com/death-can-be-a-slow-traveler-for-americas-political-prisoners-peltier-mumia-and-rap-brown/257921/

SPLC: Louisiana's title of incarceration capital of the world an opportunity for reform
Jamila Johnson, SPLC Senior Supervising Attorney | splcenter.org | 2019-04-26
Louisiana once again has the highest incarceration rate, imprisoning 719 of every 100,000 residents, according to a report released this week by the U.S. Bureau of Justice Statistics.
splcenter.org/news/2019/04/26/splc-louisiana%25E2%2580%2599s-title-incarceration-capital-world-opportunity-reform

Palestinians call on Iceland's Eurovision contestant Hatari to withdraw
SAMIR | bdsmovement.net | 2019-04-26
Palestinians call on Iceland's Eurovision contestant Hatari to withdraw: PACBI StatementCancelling performance in apartheid Tel Aviv would be a meaningful expression of solidarity for the band, who are on record supporting Palestinian rights. | Cultural Boycott Boycott Eurovision 2019April 26, 2019…
bdsmovement.net/news/hatari

For NYT, Israel Is Always Nearing 'Apartheid,' but Never Quite Gets There
Gregory Shupak | fair.org | 2019-04-26
The New York Times' warning ( 4/11/19) that Israel/Palestine is "on a trajectory to become what critics say will be an apartheid state" echoed predictions that the Times has been making since the first years of the 21st century. | Following Benjamin Netanyahu's re-election as Israeli prime minister earlier this month, the New York Times' editorial board ( 4/11/19) wrote: Under Mr. Netanyahu, Israel is on a…
fair.org/home/for-nyt-israel-is-always-nearing-apartheid-but-never-quite-gets-there/

BAXTER, NAACP AND THE ALLIANCE FOR HOME DIALYSIS EXPAND PROGRAM TO INCREASE AWARENESS OF KIDNEY CARE AMONG AFRICAN AMERICANS
Vanessa Mbonu@naacpnet | naacp.org | 2019-04-26
Partnership focuses on educating at-risk individuals about kidney disease and treatment options so they are inspired to make informed choices DEERFIELD, Ill., April 26, 2019 — Baxter International Inc. (NYSE: BAX), a global leader in renal care, along with the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) and the Alliance for Home Dialysis, today announced that the Dialysis Health Imperative for Access, Choice, and Equity (ACE) program will be expanded for …
naacp.org/latest/baxter-naacp-alliance-home-dialysis-expand-program-increase-awareness-kidney-care-among-african-americans/

Letter from the US: Stop the persecution of Julian Assange
pip.hinman | greenleft.org.au | 2019-04-26
When the world saw the video of beefy police dragging Julian Assange out of the Ecuadorian Embassy in London, it was clear that the media had been alerted to film the spectacle. | Ecuador had granted Assange asylum in its embassy since 2012, to block his threatened extradition to the United States at the time. | Media outlets such as CNN declared he looked crazy in the video. One CNN reporter said that one of the reasons the embassy called the police was that Assange had allegedly smeared faeces on walls inside the Embassy. | The real smears, however, have been by the press against the WikiLeaks founder. | The ac…
greenleft.org.au/content/letter-us-stop-persecution-julian-assange

Police, vigilantes riot against 'reds'
Martha Grevatt | workers.org | 2019-04-26
May Day 2019 marks the 100th anniversary of what became known as the "Cleveland May Day Riots." The only "rioting," however, was by police and vigilantes targeting "reds" (term includes all radicals). By the end of the day, 200 people were injured, two fatally. The year 1919 was one of . . . | Continue reading Police, vigilantes riot against 'reds' at Workers.org…
workers.org/2019/04/25/police-vigilantes-riot-against-reds/

From Crime Bill to Iraq War Vote, Biden's Legislative History Under Scrutiny as He Enters Race
Democracy Now! | democracynow.org | 2019-04-25
Former Vice President Joe Biden has entered the 2020 race for the White House, becoming the 20th Democrat to seek the nomination in the largest and most diverse field of Democratic candidates ever to run for president. Biden will face scrutiny for his long and checkered record in the coming weeks, including his 1994 crime bill, that helped fuel mass incarceration with financial incentives to keep people behind bars, and his handling of Anita Hill's sexual harassment allegations against Supreme Court justice nominee Clarence Thomas in 1991. Biden is also known for close ties to the financial industry and voting to…
www.democracynow.org/2019/4/25/from_crim…

Refugee sends plea from Manus Island
pip.hinman | greenleft.org.au | 2019-04-25
Thousands turned out for refugee rights rallies across the country on Palm Sunday, April 14. | Kurdish refugee Farhad Bandesh, who is detained on Manus Island, addressed the rally in Newcastle by phone. Below is an edited transcript of his speech. | *** | My name is Farhad Bandesh. | I speak to you from Manus Island, where I have been imprisoned and tortured with others, like our friends on Nauru, for nearly six years. | I wish to acknowledge the land of the Awabakal people of the Kulin Nation, stolen land, and I pay respect to Indigenous people, past, present and future. | I want to thank you all so very much fo…
greenleft.org.au/content/refugee-sends-plea-manus-island

Bernie Sanders Spurs Debate on Prisoner Voting Rights, But the Idea Is "Not as Radical as It Seems"
Democracy Now! | democracynow.org | 2019-04-24
Presidential candidate and Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders said at a town hall Monday that he believed in restoring voting rights for prisoners, sparking a national discussion about re-enfranchisement for the more than 2 million Americans behind bars. Presidential hopeful Pete Buttigieg has spoken out against prisoner voting rights, while Senator Elizabeth Warren said "I'm not there yet" on the issue. Senator Kamala Harris said "there has to be serious consequence for the most extreme types of crimes," referencing her background as a prosecutor. We speak with Ari Berman, senior writer at Mother Jones, about the pu…
www.democracynow.org/2019/4/24/bernie_sa…

Right-Wing Vigilantes Hold Migrants Hostage on U.S. Border. Did Border Patrol Give Tacit Approval?
Democracy Now! | democracynow.org | 2019-04-23
The FBI has arrested the head of an armed vigilante group that has repeatedly filmed itself detaining migrant border crossers at gunpoint. Sixty-nine-year-old Larry Mitchell Hopkins is the leader of the far-right, pro-Trump group calling itself United Constitutional Patriots, which the American Civil Liberties Union described as an "armed fascist militia organization." His arrest came just days after the ACLU accused the vigilantes of illegally detaining 300 migrants, including young children, near Sunland Park, New Mexico, last week. We speak to Peter Simonson, executive director of the ACLU of New Mexico.
www.democracynow.org/2019/4/23/right_win…

'Mafioso Capitalism' and the Suicide of Peru's President
Staff | therealnews.com | 2019-04-23
Prof. Gerardo Renique discusses the three other ex-presidents already in jail over the Odebrecht scandal, and Alan Garcia's death, just as he was about to be arrested for corruption…
therealnews.com/stories/mafioso-capitalism-and-the-suicide-of-perus-president

Johns Hopkins Students Enter Week 4 of Sit-In Protesting ICE Contracts & Plan for Armed Campus Cops
Democracy Now! | democracynow.org | 2019-04-23
Students at Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore, Maryland, have entered their 21st day of a sit-in occupation of their campus administration building to protest the university's plans for an armed police force on campus, as well as Johns Hopkins's contracts with Immigrations and Customs Enforcement. Students at Johns Hopkins are demanding the cancellation of contracts with ICE and a pledge to donate all money received from ICE to Baltimore's immigration defense fund. They're also demanding voluntary recognition for all workers wishing to unionize, and a student and faculty representative spot on the university'…
www.democracynow.org/2019/4/23/johns_hop…

Baltimore Writer D. Watkins: "We Speak for Ourselves: A Word from Forgotten Black America"
Democracy Now! | democracynow.org | 2019-04-23
"We Speak for Ourselves: A Word from Forgotten Black America." That's the name of a new book by D. Watkins that amplifies the experiences of poor black Americans typically sidelined by the public and the media–including his own life story. He writes, "I'm from the bottom, and what I mean by bottom is first-generation scholars, the project babies, the people without Wi-Fi, the workers, the people most likely to get hit by police bullets. We are the subjects of protests, the rarely heard-from even as our deaths are debated by media personalities who wouldn't step foot on our blocks. … To quote the brilliant…
www.democracynow.org/2019/4/23/baltimore…

Police, Boston Marathon put people experiencing homelessness on the run
AMNMHR | liberationnews.org | 2019-04-21
Housing for all, NOW!
liberationnews.org/police-boston-marathon-put-people-experiencing-homelessness-on-the-run/

#JusticeForStephanieAndPaul: Four days of protests against police terror in CT
Emerson Cheney | liberationnews.org | 2019-04-21
Liberation News on the scene at ongoing protests in Connecticut against police violence.
liberationnews.org/justiceforstephanieandpaul-four-days-of-protests-against-police-terror-in-ct/

We Sued to End the Evils of Cash Bail in Michigan
aclu.org | 2019-04-19
Money bail traps people of color in a maze that is not justice, and perpetuates mass incarceration and its racial disparities. | Imagine being poor and being arrested by the police in Detroit. You are supposed to be innocent until proven guilty, but with no money, you will remain in jail for up to 3 days before you can see a judge called a magistrate. | That's just the beginning of the harm visited on one of our clients in the 36th District Court in Detroit, Davontae Ross. He spent days behind bars because he couldn't afford to pay $200 of bail relating to a 5-year old ticket for allegedly staying in a park after…
aclu.org/blog/smart-justice/bail-reform/we-sued-end-evils-cash-bail-michigan

Dialing 911 Can Get You Evicted
aclu.org | 2019-04-18
The eviction of Beverley Somai for calling the police is part of a disturbing trend. | Last year, Beverley Somai learned a brutal truth that too many people across the country face: Calling the police can get you evicted. | In 2017, Ms. Somai and her adult disabled son moved to Bedford, Ohio, to seek housing stability and better educational and employment opportunities. However, a few months after settling in, Ms. Somai discovered that her neighbor played loud music at all hours of the night, making it impossible for her and her son to rest. Even worse, the neighbor began to intimidate Ms. Somai and her son by fo…
aclu.org/blog/womens-rights/violence-against-women/dialing-911-can-get-you-evicted

Community fights to stop police killings of disabled people
Teresse Watson | liberationnews.org | 2019-04-16
Voices from the community are calling for banning police from responding to mental health crises.
liberationnews.org/community-fights-to-stop-police-killings-of-disabled-people/

John Pilger: Assange arrest is a warning from history
susan_p | greenleft.org.au | 2019-04-13
The glimpse of Julian Assange being dragged from the Ecuadorean embassy in London is an emblem of the times. Might against right. Muscle against the law. Indecency against courage. Six policemen manhandled a sick journalist, his eyes wincing against his first natural light in almost seven years. | That this outrage happened in the heart of London, in the land of Magna Carta, ought to shame and anger all who fear for "democratic" societies. Assange is a political refugee protected by international law, the recipient of asylum under a strict covenant to which Britain is a signatory. The United Nations made this cle…
greenleft.org.au/content/john-pilger-assange-arrest-warning-history

Suspect in Church Burnings Influenced by 'Black Metal' Music, Police Say, But Not All Black Metal is the Same
Michael Edison Hayden | splcenter.org | 2019-04-12
Holden Matthews, the 21-year-old man accused of burning three historically black churches in Louisiana, was influenced by "black metal," police say — a music genre sometimes tied to organized hate.
splcenter.org/hatewatch/2019/04/12/suspect-church-burnings-influenced-black-metal-music-police-say-not-all-black-metal-same

NAACP'S RESPONSE TO THE ARREST OF SUSPECT IN THE LOUISIANA CHURCH BURNINGS
Vanessa Mbonu@naacpnet | naacp.org | 2019-04-11
BALTIMORE — The NAACP issued the following statement regarding the arrest of Holden Matthews in connection to fires at three historically Black churches in Louisiana: "The arrest of Holden Matthews for the horrific burnings of Black churches in Louisiana is just another example of the hate-fueled times that we live in. In African-American communities in …
naacp.org/latest/naacps-response-arrest-suspect-louisiana-church-burnings/