Daily Archives: April 2, 2019

2019-04-02: News Headlines

teleSUR (2019-04-02). Chile: Mapuche Call for Marches Against Police Militarization. telesurenglish.net Indigenous Mapuche communities of Ercilla, Chile, called for a solidarity demonstration Wednesday, April 3, in Temuco. A march for Peace-Demilitarization and Mapuche Self-Determination is due to be held in Santiago the same day. | RELATED: | Chile: Mapuche March to End Militarization of Their Region | The community action intends to reaffirm "the rights that legitimately assist us, on this day we will announce the issues…

amnesty (2019-04-02). Sex workers stand up against torture and ill-treatment by police. amnesty.org

Julia Conley, staff writer (2019-04-02). Legal Experts Aghast as 'Bloodythirsty' Right-Wing Supreme Court Sanctions Torturous Executions. commondreams.org Critics on Tuesday said the U.S. Supreme Court's ruling in a case brought by a Missouri death row inmate fundamentally erodes protections against torture enshrined in the U.S. Constitution. | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…

Human Rights Watch (2019-04-02). France Can Offer Justice to Corruption Victims. hrw.org | | A picture taken on February 14, 2012 on the Avenue Foch in Paris shows a truck at the entrance of Paris residence of the son of Equatorial Guinea's President Teodoro Obiang, being searched by French police as part of a corruption probe. | © 2012 Eric Feferberg/AFP/Getty Images | A Paris criminal court recently convicted Equatorial Guinea's vice president in absentia of laundering more than US$120 mi…

ACLU (2019-04-02). America's Pretrial System Is Broken. Here's Our Vision to Fix It. aclu.org We envision a country where pretrial incarceration is all but eliminated. | Every year, millions of people are arrested, required to pay money bail they cannot afford, separated from their families and loved ones, or subjected to long periods of incarceration based on the mere accusation of a crime. This all occurs while people are presumed innocent under the law. Black and brown people, their loved ones, and those without the economic resources to thrive suffer the worst harms. | Yet while there is broad consensus that our money bail system is in dir…

Jake Johnson, staff writer (2019-04-02). 'Solitary Confinement Is Torture': Ocasio-Cortez Calls for Chelsea Manning's Release. commondreams.org "Chelsea is being tortured for whistleblowing, she should be released on bail, and we should ban extended solitary in the U.S." | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…

teleSUR (2019-04-02). Paris Will Have a Public Space Named After Activist Marielle Franco. telesurenglish.net The Municipal Council of Paris unanimously approved Monday a motion to name a public space after Marielle Franco, a Brazilian leftist politician and human rights activist who was murdered in Rio de Janeiro on March 14, 2018. | RELATED: | Brazil: 2 Former Police Arrested in Marielle Franco Murder | "This is a tribute to Marielle but also a way of support…

Tyler Durden (2019-04-02). Forget 'Creepy' — Biden Has A Major Ukraine Problem. theantimedia.com (ZH) — Joe Biden appears to have made a major tactical error last year when he bragged to an audience of foreign policy experts how he threatened to hurl Ukraine into bankruptcy if their top prosecutor, General Viktor Shokin, wasn't immediately fired, according to The Hill's John Solomon. In his own words, with video cameras rolling, Biden described how he threatened Ukrainian …

Democracy Now! (2019-04-02). Headlines for April 2, 2019. democracynow.org Whistleblower: WH Security Clearances Reversed Despite Serious Concerns, Senate Shoots Down Disaster Relief Bills as Fight over Puerto Rico Aid Intensifies, Trump: GOP Planning "Really Great" Healthcare Plan for After 2020 Election, U.K.: Lawmakers Shoot Down 4 Brexit Options as Impasse Continues, Algeria: Pres. Bouteflika to Resign as Protesters Call for Systemic Changes, West Bank: Israelis Shoot and Kill Palestinian Man During Raid, Brunei: U.N. Raises Alarm as LGBT Community Threatened by Death Penalty Law, SCOTUS Rules Against Man Who Says Lethal Injection Would Feel Like Torture, U.S.-Mexico Border Shutdown…

RT (2019-04-02). Joe Biden's past strong-arming in Ukraine is coming back to haunt him. rt.com It isn't just unwanted kissing threatening Joe Biden's bid for presidency, his past strong-arming of Ukraine to fire a prosecutor probing a company his son sits on the board of is also rearing its head again, the Hill reports.

STAFF (2019-04-02). Supreme Court's Death Penalty Ruling Leaves Legal Experts Aghast. truthdig.com Critics on Tuesday said the U.S. Supreme Court's ruling in a case brought by a Missouri death row inmate fundamentally erodes protections against torture enshrined in the U.S. Constitution. | Justice Neil Gorsuch wrote the opinion for the court's right-wing majority in the 5-4 decision, ruling that Russell Bucklew can be executed by lethal injection despite his medical condition, cavernous hemangioma. The disease, warn his legal team and medical experts, will cause Bucklew to choke for several minutes on his own blood be…

Text: R.R. Photos: Chris Cassell (2019-04-02). Day After Fed Judge Okays High Capacity Gun Magazines in CA, Teenagers Rally in San Jose. indybay.org South Bay teenage activists demonstrated for legislation to stop senseless gun use in America. Supporters from Black Lives Matter and Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense stood with them in solidarity at a "Rally for Change" on March 30. | Photos by Chris Cassell, Pro-Bono Photo. Please credit the photographer.

WSWS (2019-04-02). Companies and police violently attack remaining strikes in Matamoros. wsws.org The Mexican ruling class and its imperialist patrons in the US and Europe are responding to the largest strike in North America in the last three decades by turning sharply toward authoritarian forms of rule and militarized counterrevolution.

Associated Press (2019-04-01). Nipsey Hussle, Grammy-nominated rapper, killed at 33. peoplesworld.org LOS ANGELES (AP) — Rapper Nipsey Hussle was fatally shot outside the clothing store he founded to help rebuild his troubled South Los Angeles neighborhood, cutting short a career that earned him a Grammy nomination this year for his major-label debut. He was 33. Police said Hussle was one of three men shot Sunday outside …

Stephen Lendman (2019-04-01). Farcical Ukraine Presidential Election. globalresearch.ca Ukraine is a Nazi-infested police state, a fantasy democracy, not the real thing, fundamental freedoms eliminated. | In February 2014, democratic governance was abolished, orchestrated by the Obama regime, resistance against repressive ruling authorities not tolerated. | On Sunday, round one of …

Human Rights Watch (2019-03-30). Mauritania: 2 Bloggers Held for Defamation. hrw.org | | Abderrahmane Weddady and Cheikh Ould Jiddou. | © Private | (Tunis) — Mauritanian authorities should free two bloggers arrested on March 22, 2019, and drop all charges related to their peaceful expression, Human Rights Watch said today. The bloggers, Abderrahmane Weddady and Cheikh Ould Jiddou, are known for writing critically about Mauritania's leaders, including about specific allegations of wrongdoing by President Mohamed Ould Abdel Aziz. | P…

Democracy Now! (2019-03-29). Headlines for March 29, 2019. democracynow.org NY Sues Sackler Family, Purdue & Other Drug Cos. for Profiting from Opioid Crisis, Dems Press AG William Barr on 300+-Page Mueller Report, HUD Sues Facebook over Discriminatory Housing Ads, Puerto Rico Gov. Rosselló to Trump: "I'll Punch the Bully in the Mouth", Philippines: Rappler Founder Maria Ressa Arrested for 2nd Time, Venezuela: Gov't Bans Opposition Head Guaidó from Running for Office, Saudi Authorities Temporarily Release 3 Women Activists, Somalia: At Least 15 People Killed in al-Shabab Attack, Egyptian Activist Alaa Abd El-Fattah Freed After 5 Years in Prison, U.K.: Lawmakers to Vote on Key Text Two We…

pip.hinman (2019-03-29). Land Day is crucial for Palestinians. greenleft.org.au Palestinians will gather to commemorate Land Day on March 30. Last year, Land Day marked the beginning of the Great March of Return weekly protests in Gaza. | Land Day has its origins in 1976 when Israeli authorities conducted a brazen, large-scale theft of Palestinian land on behalf of settlers. Palestinians responded with a general strike and protests. | Land Day became a grim turning point in the struggle for sovereignty over land. Six Palestinians were killed and scores were arrested, setting the scene for a ramped-up response by Israel aga…

Human Rights Watch (2019-03-29). Kyrgyzstan: Couple Detained for Anti-Putin Posters. hrw.org | | Russian President Vladimir Putin, left, and Kyrgyzstan's President Sooronbai Jeenbekov pose after a signing ceremony in Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan on March 28, 2019. | © 2019 AP Images | (Berlin) — Kyrgyzstan police detained a couple staging a peaceful protest in Bishkek on March 27, 2019, accusing them of "inciting national enmity," Human Rights Watch said today. | Nurlan Karymshakov, 48, and Gulzana Imaeva, 38, were detained as they held up ant…

STAFF (2019-03-28). City Settles, Agrees to Reforms with Fired Black Police Chief who Claimed Discrimination. therealnews.com Pocomoke City's first black police chief Kelvin Sewell has agreed to settle his discrimination lawsuit with the city for both monetary damages and a consent decree that will force the city to implement reforms in hiring and management practices…

Democracy Now! (2019-03-28). Fighting Racial Bias in an Age of Mass Murder: Prejudice from the Coffee Shop to Charlottesville. democracynow.org As avowed neo-Nazi James Alex Fields pleaded guilty Wednesday to 29 counts of hate crimes in a federal court for plowing his car into a crowd of anti-racist protesters in Charlottesville in August of 2017, we look at a new book that addresses the tragic event, as well as the rising number of race-based mass shootings, hate crimes and police shootings of unarmed men in the past several years. It also examines cases of discrimination against African Americans for simply sitting in coffee shops or trying to vacation in Airbnb-hosted homes. Professor Jennifer Eberhardt is the author of "Biased: Uncovering the Hidden…

amnesty (2019-03-28). Saudi Arabia: Provisional release of three women activists a positive step, but bogus charges must be dropped. amnesty.org Responding to the release of three Saudi women activists, Iman al-Nafjan, Aziza al-Yousef and Ruqayyaa al-Mhareb, Lynn Maalouf, Amnesty International's Middle East Director of Research, said: | "The release from jail of Iman al-Najfan, Aziza al-Yousef and Ruqayyah al-Mhareb, who will finally be able to return to their homes and loved ones after their 10-month ordeal of arbitrary detention and torture, is welcome news. |

amnesty (2019-03-28). Demand sex workers' protection in the Dominican Republic. amnesty.org "If they can have her, why can't we?" The police are raping and torturing sex workers in the Dominican Republic. We must demand their protection and rights now.: | Dominican police are routinely raping, beating and humiliating women who engage in sex work — often at gunpoint. Trans women suffer particularly extreme forms of sexual abuse and humiliation due to the additional transphobia they face. | The sexist, macho culture among the National Police, along with the intense social stigma and discrimination against sex workers, embolden the police to unlawfully abuse their powers. They torture women s…

pip.hinman (2019-03-28). MUA rally in solidarity with Pakistani dockworkers. greenleft.org.au Maritime Union of Australia (MUA) members rallied outside the Pakistani Consulate on March 26 to demand the dropping of all charges against the Karachi Dockworkers Union president and another unionist who were arrested following a dispute at Hutchison Ports' Karachi International Container Terminal (KICT). | The arrests occurred as Karachi dockworkers were protesting about safety conditions on the site after a worker was run over by a vehicle on March 17. The union leaders were released on bail after 10 days in detention. | The KICT Labour Union has joined with the International Transport Workers' Federation…

amnesty (2019-03-28). Dominican Republic: "If they can have her, why can't we?" : Gender-based torture and other ill-treatment of women engaged in sex work in the Dominican Republic. amnesty.org Across Latin America and the Caribbean, gender-based violence is so widespread it is considered a public health problem. Evidence shows that women sex workers are at heightened risk for violence from state officials and other individuals. This report gathers strong evidence which suggests that women sex workers in the Dominican Republic are frequent targets for sexual torture and other ill-treatment by police, as punishment for transgressing socially constructed views about femininity, acceptable sexuality, and gender identity and expression, in violation of both Dominican constitutional and criminal law, and int…

Democracy Now! (2019-03-28). Headlines for March 28, 2019. democracynow.org Boeing to Update Software Implicated in Crashes of 737 MAX Jets, Federal Judge Strikes Down Medicaid Work Requirements, Migrant Asylum Seekers in El Paso Detained in Open-Air Parking Lot, Trump Says Puerto Rico Received Too Much Aid After Hurricane Maria, Florida Police Identify Second Parkland Survivor Who Died by Suicide, Rep. Ilhan Omar Challenges Trump Admin Rule Easing Overseas Gun Sales, NRA Advised Far-Right Australian Party on Overturning Gun Controls, NRA Official Reached Out to Sandy Hook Conspiracy Theorist, Charlottesville Murderer James Alex Fields Pleads Guilty to Hate Crimes, Facebook to Ban White…

amnesty (2019-03-28). Algeria: Authorities must stop prosecuting peaceful protesters. amnesty.org Algerian authorities must stop prosecuting peaceful protesters and allow the judiciary to function independently, Amnesty International said today, ahead of further nationwide protests expected tomorrow. | Since a wave of protests began on 22 February to oppose President Abdelaziz Bouteflika's bid to run for a fifth term in office, at least 311 people have been arrested according to the Algerian General Directorate of National Security. Protesters have been charged with "unarmed gatherings", acts of violence and theft. | "Algeria's authorities should drop charges of "unarmed gatherings" against anyone who took pa…

James Kilgore (2019-03-27). Mass Incarceration Since 1492: Native American Encounters With Criminal Injustice. shadowproof.com Critical accounts of police abuse and mass incarceration overlook structural violence visited upon Native peoples for centuries, and how it relates to and differs from Black peoples' experiences.

Jeff Abbott (2019-03-27). The Other Americans: U.S. Suspends Military Aid to Guatemalan Police Following Misuse of Jeeps. progressive.org "It was an abuse on the part of the authorities. In no circumstance should the Jeeps be used for intimidation."

Fight Back (2019-03-26). Jacksonville remembers Vernell Bing Jr, continues fight for Community Control of the police. fightbacknews.org Jacksonville, FL – On March 24, over 50 people from the community, along with members of the Jacksonville Community Action Committee, gathered to remember the life of Vernell Bing Jr., an African American man gunned down by Officer Tyler Landreville of the Jacksonville Sheriff's Office in 2016. Along with members of Take Em Down Jax and the Northside Coalition, the Bing's mother, Shirley McDaniel, thanked attendees for coming. Vernell Bing would have been 25 this year. | Christina Kittle, vigil emcee and organizer with the Jacksonville Community Action Committee, spoke on the need for community control of the po…

splcenter (2019-03-26). A message to SPLC supporters. splcenter.org My name is Bryan Fair. I'm an African-American professor of constitutional law.

unitedEditor (2019-03-25). Discrediting the Yellow vests: why Macron will not resign so easily. uwidata.com In France, on Saturday, March 23, the Yellow Vests held another demonstration — Act XIX. According to the French Ministry of Internal Affairs, at least 40,500 people protested across France (5000 of them in Paris). Clashes with the police occurred in Nice, Lyon, Toulouse, Montpellier and Paris. 19th week of #GiletsJaunes protests across France 'Peaceful …

2019-04-02: Social Media Postees

Chile: Mapuche Call for Marches Against Police Militarization
teleSUR | telesurenglish.net | 2019-04-02
Indigenous Mapuche communities of Ercilla, Chile, called for a solidarity demonstration Wednesday, April 3, in Temuco. A march for Peace-Demilitarization and Mapuche Self-Determination is due to be held in Santiago the same day. | RELATED: | Chile: Mapuche March to End Militarization of Their Region | The community action intends to reaffirm "the rights that legitimately assist us, on this day we will announce the issues…
telesurenglish.net/news/Chile-Mapuche-Community-Call-for-Marches-Against-Police-Militarization-20190402-0008.html

France Can Offer Justice to Corruption Victims
Human Rights Watch | hrw.org | 2019-04-02
A picture taken on February 14, 2012 on the Avenue Foch in Paris shows a truck at the entrance of Paris residence of the son of Equatorial Guinea's President Teodoro Obiang, being searched by French police as part of a corruption probe. | © 2012 Eric Feferberg/AFP/Getty Images | A Paris criminal court recently convicted Equatorial Guinea's vice president in absentia of laundering more than US$120 mi…
hrw.org/news/2019/04/02/france-can-offer-justice-corruption-victims

Day After Fed Judge Okays High Capacity Gun Magazines in CA, Teenagers Rally in San Jose
Text: R.R. Photos: Chris Cassell | indybay.org | 2019-04-02
South Bay teenage activists demonstrated for legislation to stop senseless gun use in America. Supporters from Black Lives Matter and Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense stood with them in solidarity at a "Rally for Change" on March 30. | Photos by Chris Cassell, Pro-Bono Photo. Please credit the photographer.
indybay.org/newsitems/2019/04/02/18822453.php

America's Pretrial System Is Broken. Here's Our Vision to Fix It
ACLU | aclu.org | 2019-04-02
We envision a country where pretrial incarceration is all but eliminated. | Every year, millions of people are arrested, required to pay money bail they cannot afford, separated from their families and loved ones, or subjected to long periods of incarceration based on the mere accusation of a crime. This all occurs while people are presumed innocent under the law. Black and brown people, their loved ones, and those without the economic resources to thrive suffer the worst harms. | Yet while there is broad consensus that our money bail system is in dir…
aclu.org/blog/smart-justice/bail-reform/americas-pretrial-system-broken-heres-our-vision-fix-it

Supreme Court's Death Penalty Ruling Leaves Legal Experts Aghast
STAFF | truthdig.com | 2019-04-02
Critics on Tuesday said the U.S. Supreme Court's ruling in a case brought by a Missouri death row inmate fundamentally erodes protections against torture enshrined in the U.S. Constitution. | Justice Neil Gorsuch wrote the opinion for the court's right-wing majority in the 5-4 decision, ruling that Russell Bucklew can be executed by lethal injection despite his medical condition, cavernous hemangioma. The disease, warn his legal team and medical experts, will cause Bucklew to choke for several minutes on his own blood be…
truthdig.com/articles/supreme-courts-death-penalty-ruling-leaves-legal-experts-aghast/

Companies and police violently attack remaining strikes in Matamoros
WSWS | wsws.org | 2019-04-02
The Mexican ruling class and its imperialist patrons in the US and Europe are responding to the largest strike in North America in the last three decades by turning sharply toward authoritarian forms of rule and militarized counterrevolution.
www.wsws.org/en/articles/2019/04/02/mata…

Legal Experts Aghast as 'Bloodythirsty' Right-Wing Supreme Court Sanctions Torturous Executions
Julia Conley, staff writer | commondreams.org | 2019-04-02
Critics on Tuesday said the U.S. Supreme Court's ruling in a case brought by a Missouri death row inmate fundamentally erodes protections against torture enshrined in the U.S. Constitution. | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…
commondreams.org/news/2019/04/02/legal-experts-aghast-bloodythirsty-right-wing-supreme-court-sanctions-torturous?cd-origin=rss

Joe Biden's past strong-arming in Ukraine is coming back to haunt him
RT | rt.com | 2019-04-02
It isn't just unwanted kissing threatening Joe Biden's bid for presidency, his past strong-arming of Ukraine to fire a prosecutor probing a company his son sits on the board of is also rearing its head again, the Hill reports. | …
rt.com/usa/455354-biden-ukraine-gas-hunter-probe/

Paris Will Have a Public Space Named After Activist Marielle Franco
teleSUR | telesurenglish.net | 2019-04-02
The Municipal Council of Paris unanimously approved Monday a motion to name a public space after Marielle Franco, a Brazilian leftist politician and human rights activist who was murdered in Rio de Janeiro on March 14, 2018. | RELATED: | Brazil: 2 Former Police Arrested in Marielle Franco Murder | "This is a tribute to Marielle but also a way of support…
telesurenglish.net/news/Paris-Will-Have-a-Public-Space-Named-After-Activist-Marielle-Franco-20190402-0011.html

'Solitary Confinement Is Torture': Ocasio-Cortez Calls for Chelsea Manning's Release
Jake Johnson, staff writer | commondreams.org | 2019-04-02
"Chelsea is being tortured for whistleblowing, she should be released on bail, and we should ban extended solitary in the U.S." | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…
commondreams.org/news/2019/04/02/solitary-confinement-torture-ocasio-cortez-calls-chelsea-mannings-release?cd-origin=rss

Forget 'Creepy' — Biden Has A Major Ukraine Problem
Tyler Durden | theantimedia.com | 2019-04-02
(ZH) — Joe Biden appears to have made a major tactical error last year when he bragged to an audience of foreign policy experts how he threatened to hurl Ukraine into bankruptcy if their top prosecutor, General Viktor Shokin, wasn't immediately fired, according to The Hill's John Solomon. In his own words, with video cameras rolling, Biden described how he threatened Ukrainian …

Forget 'Creepy' – Biden Has A Major Ukraine Problem

Sex workers stand up against torture and ill-treatment by police
amnesty | amnesty.org | 2019-04-02
amnesty.org/en/latest/campaigns/2019/03/dominican-republic-sex-workers-rights/

Farcical Ukraine Presidential Election
Stephen Lendman | globalresearch.ca | 2019-04-01
Ukraine is a Nazi-infested police state, a fantasy democracy, not the real thing, fundamental freedoms eliminated. | In February 2014, democratic governance was abolished, orchestrated by the Obama regime, resistance against repressive ruling authorities not tolerated. | On Sunday, round one of …
globalresearch.ca/farcical-ukraine-presidential-election/5673322

Nipsey Hussle, Grammy-nominated rapper, killed at 33
Associated Press | peoplesworld.org | 2019-04-01
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Rapper Nipsey Hussle was fatally shot outside the clothing store he founded to help rebuild his troubled South Los Angeles neighborhood, cutting short a career that earned him a Grammy nomination this year for his major-label debut. He was 33. Police said Hussle was one of three men shot Sunday outside …
peoplesworld.org/article/nipsey-hussle-grammy-nominated-rapper-killed-at-33/

Mauritania: 2 Bloggers Held for Defamation
Human Rights Watch | hrw.org | 2019-03-30
Abderrahmane Weddady and Cheikh Ould Jiddou. | © Private | (Tunis) — Mauritanian authorities should free two bloggers arrested on March 22, 2019, and drop all charges related to their peaceful expression, Human Rights Watch said today. The bloggers, Abderrahmane Weddady and Cheikh Ould Jiddou, are known for writing critically about Mauritania's leaders, including about specific allegations of wrongdoing by President Mohamed Ould Abdel Aziz. | P…
hrw.org/news/2019/03/30/mauritania-2-bloggers-held-defamation

43 Years: Meet the Man Held in Solitary Confinement Longer Than Any Prisoner in U.S. History
Democracy Now! | democracynow.org | 2019-03-29
Albert Woodfox is a former political prisoner who was held in solitary confinement for 43 years until he won his freedom just over three years ago. Now he is traveling the world and joins us in studio to discuss his new memoir, "Solitary: Unbroken by Four Decades in Solitary Confinement. My Story of Transformation and Hope." ‚Ä®‚Ä®In it, he writes about his childhood and how his mother struggled to keep the family cared for, how as a teenager and young man he was in and out of jails and prisons, and how he became radicalized when he met members of the Black Panther Party and went on…
www.democracynow.org/2019/3/29/43_years_…

Headlines for March 29, 2019
Democracy Now! | democracynow.org | 2019-03-29
NY Sues Sackler Family, Purdue & Other Drug Cos. for Profiting from Opioid Crisis, Dems Press AG William Barr on 300+-Page Mueller Report, HUD Sues Facebook over Discriminatory Housing Ads, Puerto Rico Gov. Rosselló to Trump: "I'll Punch the Bully in the Mouth", Philippines: Rappler Founder Maria Ressa Arrested for 2nd Time, Venezuela: Gov't Bans Opposition Head Guaidó from Running for Office, Saudi Authorities Temporarily Release 3 Women Activists, Somalia: At Least 15 People Killed in al-Shabab Attack, Egyptian Activist Alaa Abd El-Fattah Freed After 5 Years in Prison, U.K.: Lawmakers to Vote on Key Text Two We…
www.democracynow.org/2019/3/29/headlines

Land Day is crucial for Palestinians
pip.hinman | greenleft.org.au | 2019-03-29
Palestinians will gather to commemorate Land Day on March 30. Last year, Land Day marked the beginning of the Great March of Return weekly protests in Gaza. | Land Day has its origins in 1976 when Israeli authorities conducted a brazen, large-scale theft of Palestinian land on behalf of settlers. Palestinians responded with a general strike and protests. | Land Day became a grim turning point in the struggle for sovereignty over land. Six Palestinians were killed and scores were arrested, setting the scene for a ramped-up response by Israel aga…
greenleft.org.au/content/land-day-crucial-palestinians

Kyrgyzstan: Couple Detained for Anti-Putin Posters
Human Rights Watch | hrw.org | 2019-03-29
Russian President Vladimir Putin, left, and Kyrgyzstan's President Sooronbai Jeenbekov pose after a signing ceremony in Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan on March 28, 2019. | © 2019 AP Images | (Berlin) — Kyrgyzstan police detained a couple staging a peaceful protest in Bishkek on March 27, 2019, accusing them of "inciting national enmity," Human Rights Watch said today. | Nurlan Karymshakov, 48, and Gulzana Imaeva, 38, were detained as they held up ant…
hrw.org/news/2019/03/29/kyrgyzstan-couple-detained-anti-putin-posters

City Settles, Agrees to Reforms with Fired Black Police Chief who Claimed Discrimination
STAFF | therealnews.com | 2019-03-28
Pocomoke City's first black police chief Kelvin Sewell has agreed to settle his discrimination lawsuit with the city for both monetary damages and a consent decree that will force the city to implement reforms in hiring and management practices…
therealnews.com/columns/city-settles-agrees-to-reforms-with-fired-black-police-chief-who-claimed-discrimination

Fighting Racial Bias in an Age of Mass Murder: Prejudice from the Coffee Shop to Charlottesville
Democracy Now! | democracynow.org | 2019-03-28
As avowed neo-Nazi James Alex Fields pleaded guilty Wednesday to 29 counts of hate crimes in a federal court for plowing his car into a crowd of anti-racist protesters in Charlottesville in August of 2017, we look at a new book that addresses the tragic event, as well as the rising number of race-based mass shootings, hate crimes and police shootings of unarmed men in the past several years. It also examines cases of discrimination against African Americans for simply sitting in coffee shops or trying to vacation in Airbnb-hosted homes. Professor Jennifer Eberhardt is the author of "Biased: Uncovering the Hidden…
www.democracynow.org/2019/3/28/fighting_…

Dominican Republic: "If they can have her, why can't we?" : Gender-based torture and other ill-treatment of women engaged in sex work in the Dominican Republic
amnesty | amnesty.org | 2019-03-28
Across Latin America and the Caribbean, gender-based violence is so widespread it is considered a public health problem. Evidence shows that women sex workers are at heightened risk for violence from state officials and other individuals. This report gathers strong evidence which suggests that women sex workers in the Dominican Republic are frequent targets for sexual torture and other ill-treatment by police, as punishment for transgressing socially constructed views about femininity, acceptable sexuality, and gender identity and expression, in violation of both Dominican constitutional and criminal law, and int…
amnesty.org/en/documents/amr27/0030/2019/en/

Algeria: Authorities must stop prosecuting peaceful protesters
amnesty | amnesty.org | 2019-03-28
Algerian authorities must stop prosecuting peaceful protesters and allow the judiciary to function independently, Amnesty International said today, ahead of further nationwide protests expected tomorrow. | Since a wave of protests began on 22 February to oppose President Abdelaziz Bouteflika's bid to run for a fifth term in office, at least 311 people have been arrested according to the Algerian General Directorate of National Security. Protesters have been charged with "unarmed gatherings", acts of violence and theft. | "Algeria's authorities should drop charges of "unarmed gatherings" against anyone who took pa…
amnesty.org/en/latest/news/2019/03/algeria-authorities-must-stop-prosecuting-peaceful-protesters/

MUA rally in solidarity with Pakistani dockworkers
pip.hinman | greenleft.org.au | 2019-03-28
Maritime Union of Australia (MUA) members rallied outside the Pakistani Consulate on March 26 to demand the dropping of all charges against the Karachi Dockworkers Union president and another unionist who were arrested following a dispute at Hutchison Ports' Karachi International Container Terminal (KICT). | The arrests occurred as Karachi dockworkers were protesting about safety conditions on the site after a worker was run over by a vehicle on March 17. The union leaders were released on bail after 10 days in detention. | The KICT Labour Union has joined with the International Transport Workers' Federation…
greenleft.org.au/content/mua-rally-solidarity-pakistani-dockworkers

Demand sex workers' protection in the Dominican Republic
amnesty | amnesty.org | 2019-03-28
"If they can have her, why can't we?" The police are raping and torturing sex workers in the Dominican Republic. We must demand their protection and rights now.: | Dominican police are routinely raping, beating and humiliating women who engage in sex work — often at gunpoint. Trans women suffer particularly extreme forms of sexual abuse and humiliation due to the additional transphobia they face. | The sexist, macho culture among the National Police, along with the intense social stigma and discrimination against sex workers, embolden the police to unlawfully abuse their powers. They torture women s…
amnesty.org/en/get-involved/take-action/demand-sex-workers-protection-in-the-dominican-republic/

Headlines for March 28, 2019
Democracy Now! | democracynow.org | 2019-03-28
Boeing to Update Software Implicated in Crashes of 737 MAX Jets, Federal Judge Strikes Down Medicaid Work Requirements, Migrant Asylum Seekers in El Paso Detained in Open-Air Parking Lot, Trump Says Puerto Rico Received Too Much Aid After Hurricane Maria, Florida Police Identify Second Parkland Survivor Who Died by Suicide, Rep. Ilhan Omar Challenges Trump Admin Rule Easing Overseas Gun Sales, NRA Advised Far-Right Australian Party on Overturning Gun Controls, NRA Official Reached Out to Sandy Hook Conspiracy Theorist, Charlottesville Murderer James Alex Fields Pleads Guilty to Hate Crimes, Facebook to Ban White…
www.democracynow.org/2019/3/28/headlines

Mass Incarceration Since 1492: Native American Encounters With Criminal Injustice
James Kilgore | shadowproof.com | 2019-03-27
Critical accounts of police abuse and mass incarceration overlook structural violence visited upon Native peoples for centuries, and how it relates to and differs from Black peoples' experiences.
shadowproof.com/2019/03/27/mass-incarceration-since-1492-native-american-encounters-with-criminal-injustice/

The Other Americans: U.S. Suspends Military Aid to Guatemalan Police Following Misuse of Jeeps
Jeff Abbott | progressive.org | 2019-03-27
"It was an abuse on the part of the authorities. In no circumstance should the Jeeps be used for intimidation."
progressive.org/dispatches/the-other-americans-u-s-suspends-military-aid-to-guatemala-abbott-190327/

Jacksonville remembers Vernell Bing Jr, continues fight for Community Control of the police
Fight Back | fightbacknews.org | 2019-03-26
Jacksonville, FL – On March 24, over 50 people from the community, along with members of the Jacksonville Community Action Committee, gathered to remember the life of Vernell Bing Jr., an African American man gunned down by Officer Tyler Landreville of the Jacksonville Sheriff's Office in 2016. Along with members of Take Em Down Jax and the Northside Coalition, the Bing's mother, Shirley McDaniel, thanked attendees for coming. Vernell Bing would have been 25 this year. | Christina Kittle, vigil emcee and organizer with the Jacksonville Community Action Committee, spoke on the need for community control of the po…
www.fightbacknews.org/2019/3/26/jacksonv…

A message to SPLC supporters
splcenter | splcenter.org | 2019-03-26
My name is Bryan Fair. I'm an African-American professor of constitutional law.
splcenter.org/news/2019/03/26/message-splc-supporters

Discrediting the Yellow vests: why Macron will not resign so easily
unitedEditor | uwidata.com | 2019-03-25
In France, on Saturday, March 23, the Yellow Vests held another demonstration — Act XIX. According to the French Ministry of Internal Affairs, at least 40,500 people protested across France (5000 of them in Paris). Clashes with the police occurred in Nice, Lyon, Toulouse, Montpellier and Paris. 19th week of #GiletsJaunes protests across France 'Peaceful …
uwidata.com/2844-discrediting-the-yellow-vests-why-macron-will-not-resign-so-easily/