Daily Archives: April 3, 2019

2019-04-03: News Headlines

teleSUR (2019-04-03). Mother of Michael Brown Loses Ferguson City Council Election. telesurenglish.net Lesley McSpadden, the mother of 18-year-old police brutality victim Michael Brown, was defeated in her bid for Ferguson's 3rd Ward City Council election in Missouri, where her son's death took place. | RELATED: | RELATED: Report Confirms Police Stop Black Drivers More Often Than White | "I wanted to come back to a place that caused me so much pain and did me so wrong, and to do something right," McSpadden said about her attempted foray into politics in the extremely competitiv…

teleSUR (2019-04-03). Chile: 'Carabineros' Police Crack Down on Mapuche March Again. telesurenglish.net The Mapuche Nation carried out Wednesday morning a "March for the self-determination and demilitarization of La Araucania" in Temuco, a city in central Chile which originated from military garrisons built for the "pacification of the Indigenous people" in the 19th century. | RELATED: | Chile: Mapuche Community Call for Marches Against Police Militarization | "We will make use of our right to self-determination, which is enshrined in the 2007 United Nations declaration,"

teleSUR (2019-04-03). Burnt Body of British Activist, Missionary Found in Peru. telesurenglish.net The burnt body of Paul McAuley, a 71-year old British environmental activist and Catholic missionary was found in the Amazon city of Iquitos on Tuesday. | RELATED: | Peruvian Trans Activist Claudia Vera Shot Dead in Lima | His body was found in a shelter house he founded for Indigenous students, "La Salle", located in the district of Bethlehem (Iquitos). Some students informed the police after finding the body. | Authorities are questioning six Indigenous men who lived in the hostel.

Text: R.R. Photos: Chris Cassell (2019-04-03). 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 (2019-04-03). UK "knife crime" hysteria used to push repressive police measures. wsws.org The right-wing media is using highly emotive events to construct a false narrative with reactionary political objectives.

Human Rights Watch (2019-04-03). Azerbaijan: Youth Activist Freed, Then Re-arrested. hrw.org (Berlin) — Azerbaijani authorities re-arrested a youth activist two weeks after he was pardoned for a bogus drug conviction and freed, Human Rights Watch said today. | The activist, Bayram Mammadov, is a member of NIDA (Azeri for "Exclamation Mark"), a youth opposition movement that typically is highly critical of the government. He had been serving the10-year sentence since May 2016 on bogus drug possession charges after spraying satirical graffi…

Pamela Drake (2019-04-03). The Coalition for Police Accountability Files Motion to Intervene in OPD Federal Oversight. indybay.org Nine members of the Coalition for Police Accountability have joined in a Motion to Intervene in federal oversight of the Oakland police department. A NSA status conference is scheduled with Judge Orrick for April 3 at 3: 30pm at the United States District Court in San Francisco.

WSWS (2019-04-03). Yellow Vest protesters oppose Macron's mobilization of the army against demonstrations. wsws.org Protestors denounced Macron's threats and the refusal of the government to respond to any of their demands against social inequality and the militarized police state.

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…

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.

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…

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…

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…

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…

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.

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 …

2019-04-03: Social Media Postees

Mother of Michael Brown Loses Ferguson City Council Election
teleSUR | telesurenglish.net | 2019-04-03
Lesley McSpadden, the mother of 18-year-old police brutality victim Michael Brown, was defeated in her bid for Ferguson's 3rd Ward City Council election in Missouri, where her son's death took place. | RELATED: | RELATED: Report Confirms Police Stop Black Drivers More Often Than White | "I wanted to come back to a place that caused me so much pain and did me so wrong, and to do something right," McSpadden said about her attempted foray into politics in the extremely competitiv…
telesurenglish.net/news/Mother-of-Slain-African-American-Teen-Michael-Brown-Loses-Ferguson-City-Council-Election-20190403-0012.html

Burnt Body of British Activist, Missionary Found in Peru
teleSUR | telesurenglish.net | 2019-04-03
The burnt body of Paul McAuley, a 71-year old British environmental activist and Catholic missionary was found in the Amazon city of Iquitos on Tuesday. | RELATED: | Peruvian Trans Activist Claudia Vera Shot Dead in Lima | His body was found in a shelter house he founded for Indigenous students, "La Salle", located in the district of Bethlehem (Iquitos). Some students informed the police after finding the body. | Authorities are questioning six Indigenous men who lived in the hostel.
telesurenglish.net/news/Burnt-Body-of-British-Activist-Missionary-Found-in-Peru-20190403-0023.html

Chile: 'Carabineros' Police Crack Down on Mapuche March Again
teleSUR | telesurenglish.net | 2019-04-03
The Mapuche Nation carried out Wednesday morning a "March for the self-determination and demilitarization of La Araucania" in Temuco, a city in central Chile which originated from military garrisons built for the "pacification of the Indigenous people" in the 19th century. | RELATED: | Chile: Mapuche Community Call for Marches Against Police Militarization | "We will make use of our right to self-determination, which is enshrined in the 2007 United Nations declaration,"
telesurenglish.net/news/Chile-Carabineros-Police-Crack-Down-on-Mapuche-March-Again-20190403-0028.html

Day After Fed Judge Okays High Capacity Gun Magazines in CA, Teenagers Rally in San Jose
Text: R.R. Photos: Chris Cassell | indybay.org | 2019-04-03
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

UK "knife crime" hysteria used to push repressive police measures
WSWS | wsws.org | 2019-04-03
The right-wing media is using highly emotive events to construct a false narrative with reactionary political objectives.
www.wsws.org/en/articles/2019/04/03/knif…

Azerbaijan: Youth Activist Freed, Then Re-arrested
Human Rights Watch | hrw.org | 2019-04-03
(Berlin) — Azerbaijani authorities re-arrested a youth activist two weeks after he was pardoned for a bogus drug conviction and freed, Human Rights Watch said today. | The activist, Bayram Mammadov, is a member of NIDA (Azeri for "Exclamation Mark"), a youth opposition movement that typically is highly critical of the government. He had been serving the10-year sentence since May 2016 on bogus drug possession charges after spraying satirical graffi…
hrw.org/news/2019/04/03/azerbaijan-youth-activist-freed-then-re-arrested

Yellow Vest protesters oppose Macron's mobilization of the army against demonstrations
WSWS | wsws.org | 2019-04-03
Protestors denounced Macron's threats and the refusal of the government to respond to any of their demands against social inequality and the militarized police state.
www.wsws.org/en/articles/2019/04/03/yell…

The Coalition for Police Accountability Files Motion to Intervene in OPD Federal Oversight
Pamela Drake | indybay.org | 2019-04-03
Nine members of the Coalition for Police Accountability have joined in a Motion to Intervene in federal oversight of the Oakland police department. A NSA status conference is scheduled with Judge Orrick for April 3 at 3: 30pm at the United States District Court in San Francisco.
indybay.org/newsitems/2019/04/03/18822507.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

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

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/

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

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

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_…

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

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

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/

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/