Daily Archives: May 14, 2019

2019-05-14: News Headlines

Chauncey K. Robinson (2019-05-14). Stories untold: Sandra Bland, Black women, and police brutality. peoplesworld.org

Bryan Wall (2019-05-14). Thousands of activists call on Ireland's Eurovision entry to cancel her performance. thecanary.co Activists have delivered a petition to Ireland's Eurovision Song Contest entry calling on her to pull out of the event. | Sarah McTernan is due to perform in the semi-final of the competition in Tel Aviv on 16 May. The petition asks

WSWS (2019-05-14). Former Boeing engineers say safety compromised by cost-cutting drive. wsws.org No Boeing executives have been arrested or even charged in connection with two crashes that killed 346 people.

IV Staklo (2019-05-14). Bridgeport police raid #JusticeForJayson memorial, community demands justice. liberationnews.org Connecticut organizers against police violence pledged to mobilize to get justice for those wrongfully arrested at the memorial and to continue to fight for police accountability across the state.

Robert Shetterly (2019-05-14). In the Shadow of Warships and the Climate Emergency: On Getting Arrested at Bath Iron Works. commondreams.org Artist, writer, and activist Robert Shetterly placed under arrest during a direct action at Bath Iron Works in Maine on April 27, 2019. (Photo: Roger Leisner) | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…

Akela Lacy (2019-05-14). After Introducing Criminal Justice Reform Platform, Amy Klobuchar Pushes Hundreds of Millions More Dollars for Police. theintercept.com Amy Klobuchar is pushing a bill to authorize $400 million a year for hiring under a community policing program known as COPS, opposed by key reform groups.

John Shafthauer (2019-05-14). Government eyes up Jeremy Kyle for DWP position. thecanary.co Jeremy Kyle has tortured poor people for years. He's potentially driven one of them to their death. That makes him nearly as bad as an apprentice Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) assessor. As such, the government is eyeing him up for a position. | Misery: | The absolute hell inflicted on poor and disabled people is coming from the very top of the Tory government. Not every assessor is gleefully carrying out this malign programme. But enough are. | A DWP…

teleSUR (2019-05-14). Desperate Guaido Asks EU To Impose More Sanctions On Venezuela. telesurenglish.net Juan Guaido called on the European Union via Twitter Sunday to impose new sanctions against Venezuela in order to weaken the country after his failed coup. | RELATED: | US Police Illegally Invade Venezuelan Embassy in Washington DC | "We ask our allies in Europe to legitimize our representatives to the maximum for the consolidation of our government. In addition, we urge the European Union to extend sanctions against the regime as a measure to pressure to achieve a solution to…

Medea Benjamin, Ann Wright (2019-05-14). Venezuela Embassy Protection Collective Defies Unlawful "No Trespass" Order. commondreams.org Since the cutting off of electricity, food and water inside the embassy has not been enough to force the collective to leave, late Tuesday afternoon, the Washington, D.C. Metropolitan Police handed out a trespassing notice that was printed without letterhead or signature from any U.S. government official. (Photo: CodePink) | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…

Consortiumnews (2019-05-14). US Federal Police Evicting Activists from Venezuelan Embassy in Washington. consortiumnews.com U.S. federal police have begun evicting activists protecting the Venezuelan Embassy in Washington from the illegitimate Guaido' regime. At around 8 pm Monday evening journalist Max Blumenthal, who was in the building, tweeted a photograph that was posted to the… Read more →

John W. Whitehead (2019-05-14). Drivers Beware: The Deadly Perils of Traffic Stops in the American Police State. globalresearch.ca The Nation. The framers would be appalled."—Herman Schwartz, "The Fourth Amendment was designed to stand between us and arbitrary governmental authority. For all practical purposes, that shield has been shattered, leaving our liberty and personal integrity subject to …

Register Peace & Freedom or Green (2019-05-14). No Enforcement of Law While Democrat-Republicans Do Nothing. indybay.org The Embassy Protection Collective at the Venezuelan Embassy in Washington, D.C. are now facing no power or water and no delivery of food or medicine because the United States Secret Service and the Washington, D.C. police refuse to enforce the law while the Democrat-Republicans stay silent.

Global Research News (2019-05-14). Selected Articles: The American Police State. globalresearch.ca Our objective at Global Research is to recruit one thousand committed "volunteers" among our more than 52,000 Newsletter subscribers to support the distribution of Global Research articles (email lists, social media, crossposts). | Do not send us money. Under Plan A

amnesty (2019-05-14). Sudan: Omar al-Bashir must face justice for recent and past crimes. amnesty.org Following the announcement by Sudan's Public Prosecutor that he will charge former president Omar al-Bashir with the recent killing of protestors, Amnesty International's Deputy Director for East Africa, the Horn and the Great Lakes, Seif Magango said: | | "While this promises to be a first step towa…

Democracy Now! (2019-05-14). Headlines for May 14, 2019. democracynow.org NYT: Pentagon Readies Plan to Deploy 120,000 Troops as U.S.-Iran Tensions Mount, Trump and Far-Right Hungarian PM Orbán Celebrate "Similar Approaches" at WH Meeting, U.S.-China Trade War Ramps Up as China Retaliates with Raised Tariffs, Philippines Midterms Bolster Authoritarian President Rodrigo Duterte, Sudan: At Least 6 Protesters Killed in Clashes with Security Forces, Sri Lanka: Mounting Anti-Muslim Violence Leads to Curfew, Social Media Ban, SCOTUS Rules Users Can Sue Apple For Allegedly Monopolizing Apps Market, Reports: Israeli Security Firm NSO Group Hacked Whatsapp, AG Barr Assigns Federal Prosecutor to…

WSWS (2019-05-13). Ramaphosa elected to full term as president amid record low ANC vote. wsws.org The election marks the first time in the ANC's post-apartheid history that its vote has fallen below 60 percent.

teleSUR (2019-05-13). Argentine Army Scrambles After Bomb Threat at Presidential Palace. telesurenglish.net Argentina's military and federal police scrambled to deal with a bomb threat made against the presidential palace in Buenos Aires while President Mauricio Macri was there on Monday, just hours after a man was arrested trying to enter the building with a gun, an official with the presidential press team said. | The threat against Casa Rosada was made via a phone call in which a person indicated a plan to put a bomb inside a car, the office of Argentina's Secretary General confirmed to Reuters. | The military activated its protocol for such threats, and a team was dispatched to check and secure the entrances of…

amnesty (2019-05-13). Syria: Tell Families of Missing the Fate of Loved Ones. amnesty.org Rights Groups Urge Key Countries to Press for Information | Today, eight Syrian civil society and international human rights organizations called on a number of UN Security Council member states to urgently address the widespread arbitrary detentions, kidnapping, torture and other-ill treatment, and enforced disappearances of tens of thousands of Syrians at the hands of the Syrian government, armed anti-government groups and the Islamic State. | Over the course of the crisis, Syrian civil society and international human rights organizations have extensively documented staggering levels of serious violations again…

amnesty (2019-05-13). Viet Nam: Surge in number of prisoners of conscience, new research shows. amnesty.org The number of prisoners of conscience unjustly jailed across Viet Nam has surged by one third to 128 in signs of a growing crackdown on peaceful activism, new research by Amnesty International reveals today. | The Vietnamese government holds at least 128 prisoners of conscience in prisons across the country, a sharp rise from the 97 identified last year. Detention conditions remain appalling, with evidence of prisoners being tortured and otherwise ill-treated, routinely held incommunicado and in solitary confinement, kept in squalid conditions, and denied medical care, clean water, and fresh air. |

teleSUR (2019-05-13). Brazil Court Gives Green Light in President's Son Graft Probe. telesurenglish.net A Brazilian court will allow investigators to examine the banking records of President Jair Bolsonaro's senator son and his former driver in a money-laundering investigation, two sources with knowledge of the situation told Reuters on Monday. | RELATED: | 'Brazil Needs More Education, Not More Guns', Lula Warns | The office of Senator Flavio Bolsonaro confirmed that a court in a sealed ruling would allow police to examine the banking records of the lawmaker, along with those of his wife.

Staff (2019-05-13). Public Safety, Civil Rights Groups Battle Over Face ID Tech. truthdig.com San Francisco is on track to become the first U.S. city to ban the use of facial recognition by police and other city agencies.

Embassy Protection Collective (2019-05-13). Embassy Protection Collective Releases Statement on 34th Day of Venezuelan Embassy Standoff. mintpressnews.com "The Embassy Protectors will not barricade ourselves, or hide in the embassy in the event of an unlawful entry by police. We will gather together and peacefully assert our rights to remain in the building and uphold international law."

teleSUR (2019-05-13). US Police Illegally Invade Venezuelan Embassy in Washington DC. telesurenglish.net Metropolitan Police of Washington D.C arrived at the Venezuelan embassy on Monday afternoon to break the locks and carry out the illegal eviction of international NGO Code Pink who have barricaded themselves in the embassy. Protesters inside and outside the building reject the aggression as a violation of the Vienna Convention. | RELATED: | Venezuelan Embassy: Water Shut Off, Police Block Entry of Food | "Four brave protectors remain inside the Venezuelan embassy risking arrest a…

Democracy Now! (2019-05-13). Arundhati Roy on Why She Admires WikiLeaks & Opposes Assange's Extradition to the U.S. democracynow.org In Sweden, prosecutors are reopening an investigation into sexual assault allegations against WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange, and are seeking his extradition to face charges in Sweden. Prosecutors had dropped the investigation in 2017 because they said the case could not proceed while Assange was holed up at the Ecuadorian embassy in London, where he lived for seven years before being forcibly removed by British police last month. Assange has since been sentenced to 50 weeks in jail in Britain for skipping bail in 2012 to avoid extradition to Sweden. Assange has denied the sexual assault accusations. Assange pr…

teleSUR (2019-05-13). Sudanese Armed Forces Use Teargas to Disperse Protesters. telesurenglish.net Sudanese police and Rapid Support Forces used tear gas Monday to disperse dozens of protesters in Khartoum North and removed barriers they had set up on the main street leading to the heart of the capital. | RELATED: | Protests in Sudan After Army Wants Islamic Law in Constitution | The dispersal came as stalled talks between the opposition and the ruling Transitional Military Council (TMC) resumed. | The protesters had gathered to pile pressure on the ruling Transitional Mili…

Ross Barkan (2019-05-13). Progressive Prosecutors Clamor for Queens. thenation.com Progressive Prosecutors Clamor for Queens…

Eds. (2019-05-11). Note from USA: The A to Z of the American Police State. mronline.org What characterizes American government today is not so much dysfunctional politics as it is ruthlessly contrived governance carried out behind the entertaining, distracting and disingenuous curtain of political theatre. And what political theatre it is, diabolically Shakespearean at times, full of sound and fury, yet in the end, signifying nothing. | Source

Miko Peled (2019-05-10). Deal of the Century Adds "New" to the Four Thousand Year Old Name "Palestine" mintpressnews.com The apartheid regime we know as "Israel" was built on the very ruins of Palestine and imposed a brutal regime on those who still live in their country. Millions of Palestinians still languish in refugee camps in and around Palestine, yet Israel and its allies around the world celebrate "Israeli independence."

Democracy Now! (2019-05-10). "We Have No Reason to Trust the Police": Sandra Bland Arrest Video Reignites Anger Over Her Death. democracynow.org The family of Sandra Bland is calling for authorities to reopen the investigation into her death. The 28-year-old African-American woman died in a Texas jail cell in 2015, three days after she was arrested for allegedly failing to signal a lane change. Authorities have claimed Sandra Bland committed suicide while in jail by hanging herself with a garbage bag, but her family has long rejected this claim. On Monday, the Dallas TV station WFAA aired cellphone video filmed by Bland capturing the moment when she was pulled over. In the 39-second video you can see the officer — Brian Encinia — drawing his s…

Democracy Now! (2019-05-10). Trump Steps up War on Whistleblowers: Air Force Vet Daniel Hale Arrested For Leaking Drone War Info. democracynow.org A former U.S. intelligence analyst was arrested Thursday and charged with violating the Espionage Act for allegedly leaking documents about the secretive U.S. drone program. | Daniel Hale, 31, was arrested in Nashville. He faces up to 50 years in prison. Hale is accused of disclosing 11 top secret or secret documents to a reporter. The indictment does not name the reporter but unnamed government sources have told media outlets that the reporter is investigative journalist Jeremy Scahill of The Intercept. In 2015, The Intercept published a special report called the Drone Papers exposing the inner workings of the U…

susan_p (2019-05-10). Sri Lanka: bombings a pretext for intensified repression. greenleft.org.au The Sri Lankan army and police have used the bombings of churches and hotels on Easter Sunday as a pretext for repression, targeting people who have no connection with the group responsible, the National Thowheed Jamath (NTJ — National Monotheism Society). | The NTJ, an extremist Islamic group, is believed to be linked to the Islamic State, based in Iraq and Syria. | Sri Lankan police have been raiding numerous Muslim groups with "Thowheed" in their name, even if they are opposed to the NTJ. As of May 2, at least 130 Muslims had been detained, according to Tamilnet. | Non-Muslims have also been affected. On…

Alan MacLeod (2019-05-10). 'A Nice Guy, Everybody Loved Him' – With San Diego synagogue shooter, media once again normalize white male violence. fair.org After opening fire at worshipers celebrating the Jewish holiday of Passover at the Poway Synagogue near San Diego, California, 19-year-old John T. Earnest was arrested. Earnest killed one woman and injured three other worshippers before his semi-automatic weapon jammed and he fled the scene, calling 911 himself to report the shooting. The shooter published …

Gloria Rubac (2019-05-10). WW commentary: When the state executes a white supremacist. workers.org Three white supremacists dragged James Byrd Jr., an African-American man, to his death in 1998 in Jasper, Texas, after they chained him to the back of their pickup truck. This lynching was one of the most horrific racist crimes in modern U.S. history and shocked people worldwide. Three men were . . . | Continue reading WW commentary: When the state executes a white supremacist at Workers.org

Jud Lounsbury (2019-05-09). Wisconsin: The Perfect Place to Address America's Apartheid. progressive.org Behind the stats about incarceration rates, lies a basic structure of law that accommodates white people. What better place to host the 2020 Dem convention?

Ryan Devereaux (2019-05-09). "The Fourth Amendment Doesn't Apply Here" — U.S. Border Guards Arrest Arizona Immigrant Rights Volunteer. theintercept.com U.S. border officials arrested a human rights advocate, denying her access to an attorney when she accompanied an asylum-seeker to a border crossing.

Kevin Gosztola (2019-05-09). Trump Administration Charges Drone Whistleblower With Allegedly Violating Espionage Act. shadowproof.com Trump DOJ Charges Drone Whistleblower | *Listen to this story by clicking the above player. | A former language analyst for the United States Air Force, who worked for the National Security Agency, was arrested and charged with violating the Espionage Act and other offenses. | According to the indictment filed in the Eastern District of Virginia, Daniel Hale allegedly disclosed eleven classified documents to a reporter…

Staff (2019-05-08). 7 Arrested After Police Raid Sit-in Against Hopkins Private Police. therealnews.com The arrests came after an over month-long sit-in at Johns Hopkins against the university's $1.5 million dollar ICE contracts and newly authorized private police force…

Democracy Now! (2019-05-08). Supermajority: Cecile Richards Teams With Alicia Garza & Ai-jen Poo to Mobilize Women Voters in 2020. democracynow.org As the 2020 primary and general election season heats up, we speak with former Planned Parenthood President Cecile Richards about Supermajority, the new political action group she helped launch that aims to train a new generation of women activists to take on grassroots campaigns and electoral politics. "Women are the majority of voters … the volunteers, we're increasingly the donors, increasingly the candidates, and it's time for political equity," says Richards. "We want to build a multi-racial, intergenerational movement to increase women's power." Supermajority was co-founded by Black Lives Matter co-founde…

Camille Fassett (2019-05-08). Detroit Police Spent More Than Half Million Dollars On Cell-Site Simulator To Track People's Locations. shadowproof.com Detroit police purchased surveillance technology that allows police to actively track people's locations through their cell phones, according to documents obtained through Freedom of Information Act requests. | In October 2017, the Detroit Police Department (DPD) obtained a cell-site simulator, which is a type of surveillance technology that locates and tracks phones by mimicking cell phone towers. Also known as IMSI catchers and Stingrays (a specific model of cell-site simulator made by Harris Corporation), cell-site simulators are increasingly used by law enforcement to locate suspects in investigations across…

Staff (2019-05-08). John Hopkins University Occupation Ends with Heavy Police Presence and Seven Arrests. therealnews.com After a month-long sit in, Baltimore students and residents protesting private police and ICE's ended their occupation. Republished from the Baltimore Beat…

ACLU (2019-05-07). Mistakenly Jailed Pretrial, an Ohio Mother Lost Her Job and Kids. aclu.org When you're incarcerated pretrial in America, it doesn't take long for life to fall apart. And that's without a conviction. | On April 11, Hamilton County police in Cincinnati, Ohio arrested Ashley Foster in a Target parking lot on charges of trafficking heroin. Foster was with her two young sons, one of whom…

unitedEditor (2019-05-07). Elections in South Africa: what problems will the country's future president inherent? uwidata.com Parliamentary elections in South Africa will be held on May 8, 2019, for the sixth time since the end of apartheid in 1994. Africans will also vote for candidates in the provincial legislative assemblies. In addition, a new president will be elected. The current atmosphere The atmosphere in South Africa in recent months is one …

ACLU (2019-05-06). Asylum Officers Are Being Replaced by CBP Agents. aclu.org Having a CBP officer conduct a credible fear interview is like having an arresting police officer also sit as the judge. | Last week, President Trump issued a memorandum outlining his latest wishlist of ways to undermine the integrity of our nation's asylum system. Among them was a direction to the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) to change how it conducts credible fear interviews, the threshold screening interview given to thousands of asylum…

unitedEditor (2019-05-05). April 2019 — geopolitical events. uwidata.com Europe Assange arrested On April 11, Julian Assange, founder of Wikileaks, was arrested in London after Ecuador revoked political asylum earlier granted to the journalist. Since 2012, Assange has been held in the Ecuadorian embassy in London. Britain is likely to extradite Assange to the US against Assange's wishes. Assange is accused in …

Venezuelanalysis (2019-04-30). Venezuela: Military Uprising in Caracas (in Development). venezuelanalysis.com 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.

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.

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…

2019-05-14: Social Media Postees

Stories untold: Sandra Bland, Black women, and police brutality
Chauncey K. Robinson | peoplesworld.org | 2019-05-14
peoplesworld.org/article/stories-untold-sandra-bland-black-women-and-police-brutality/

Bridgeport police raid #JusticeForJayson memorial, community demands justice
IV Staklo | liberationnews.org | 2019-05-14
Connecticut organizers against police violence pledged to mobilize to get justice for those wrongfully arrested at the memorial and to continue to fight for police accountability across the state.
liberationnews.org/bridgeport-police-raid-justiceforjayson-memorial-community-demands-justice/

Former Boeing engineers say safety compromised by cost-cutting drive
wsws.org | 2019-05-14
No Boeing executives have been arrested or even charged in connection with two crashes that killed 346 people.
www.wsws.org/en/articles/2019/05/14/boei…

In the Shadow of Warships and the Climate Emergency: On Getting Arrested at Bath Iron Works
Robert Shetterly | commondreams.org | 2019-05-14
Artist, writer, and activist Robert Shetterly placed under arrest during a direct action at Bath Iron Works in Maine on April 27, 2019. (Photo: Roger Leisner) | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…
commondreams.org/views/2019/05/14/shadow-warships-and-climate-emergency-getting-arrested-bath-iron-works?cd-origin=rss

After Introducing Criminal Justice Reform Platform, Amy Klobuchar Pushes Hundreds of Millions More Dollars for Police
Akela Lacy | theintercept.com | 2019-05-14
Amy Klobuchar is pushing a bill to authorize $400 million a year for hiring under a community policing program known as COPS, opposed by key reform groups.
theintercept.com/2019/05/14/amy-klobuchar-criminal-justice/

Government eyes up Jeremy Kyle for DWP position
John Shafthauer | thecanary.co | 2019-05-14
Jeremy Kyle has tortured poor people for years. He's potentially driven one of them to their death. That makes him nearly as bad as an apprentice Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) assessor. As such, the government is eyeing him up for a position. | Misery: | The absolute hell inflicted on poor and disabled people is coming from the very top of the Tory government. Not every assessor is gleefully carrying out this malign programme. But enough are. | A DWP…
thecanary.co/off-the-perch/2019/05/14/government-eyes-up-jeremy-kyle-for-dwp-position/

US Federal Police Evicting Activists from Venezuelan Embassy in Washington
consortiumnews.com | 2019-05-14
U.S. federal police have begun evicting activists protecting the Venezuelan Embassy in Washington from the illegitimate Guaido' regime. At around 8 pm Monday evening journalist Max Blumenthal, who was in the building, tweeted a photograph that was posted to the… Read more ?…
consortiumnews.com/2019/05/13/us-federal-police-evicting-activists-from-venezuelan-embassy-in-washington/

Desperate Guaido Asks EU To Impose More Sanctions On Venezuela
telesurenglish.net | 2019-05-14
Juan Guaido called on the European Union via Twitter Sunday to impose new sanctions against Venezuela in order to weaken the country after his failed coup. | RELATED: | US Police Illegally Invade Venezuelan Embassy in Washington DC | "We ask our allies in Europe to legitimize our representatives to the maximum for the consolidation of our government. In addition, we urge the European Union to extend sanctions against the regime as a measure to pressure to achieve a solution to…
telesurenglish.net/news/Desperate-Guaido-Asks-EU-To-Impose-More-Sanctions-On-Venezuela-20190514-0002.html

No Enforcement of Law While Democrat-Republicans Do Nothing
Register Peace & Freedom or Green | indybay.org | 2019-05-14
The Embassy Protection Collective at the Venezuelan Embassy in Washington, D.C. are now facing no power or water and no delivery of food or medicine because the United States Secret Service and the Washington, D.C. police refuse to enforce the law while the Democrat-Republicans stay silent.
indybay.org/newsitems/2019/05/10/18823372.php

Selected Articles: The American Police State
Global Research News | globalresearch.ca | 2019-05-14
Our objective at Global Research is to recruit one thousand committed "volunteers" among our more than 52,000 Newsletter subscribers to support the distribution of Global Research articles (email lists, social media, crossposts). | Do not send us money. Under Plan A…
globalresearch.ca/selected-articles-us-police-state/5677418

Drivers Beware: The Deadly Perils of Traffic Stops in the American Police State
John W. Whitehead | globalresearch.ca | 2019-05-14
The Nation. The framers would be appalled."–Herman Schwartz, "The Fourth Amendment was designed to stand between us and arbitrary governmental authority. For all practical purposes, that shield has been shattered, leaving our liberty and personal integrity subject to …
globalresearch.ca/drivers-beware-deadly-perils-traffic-stops-american-police-state/5677399

Venezuela Embassy Protection Collective Defies Unlawful "No Trespass" Order
Medea Benjamin, Ann Wright | commondreams.org | 2019-05-14
Since the cutting off of electricity, food and water inside the embassy has not been enough to force the collective to leave, late Tuesday afternoon, the Washington, D.C. Metropolitan Police handed out a trespassing notice that was printed without letterhead or signature from any U.S. government official. (Photo: CodePink) | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…
commondreams.org/views/2019/05/14/venezuela-embassy-protection-collective-defies-unlawful-no-trespass-order?cd-origin=rss

Sudan: Omar al-Bashir must face justice for recent and past crimes
amnesty.org | 2019-05-14
Following the announcement by Sudan's Public Prosecutor that he will charge former president Omar al-Bashir with the recent killing of protestors, Amnesty International's Deputy Director for East Africa, the Horn and the Great Lakes, Seif Magango said: | | "While this promises to be a first step towa…
amnesty.org/en/latest/news/2019/05/sudan-omar-al-bashir-must-face-justice-for-recent-and-past-crimes/

UN: Shine Spotlight on Brutality in Cameroon
Human Rights Watch | hrw.org | 2019-05-13
This house in Kikaikelaki village, North-West region, Cameroon, was burned by soldiers on April 30, 2019. | © 2019 Private | (New York) — The United Nations Security Council's decision to hold an informal meeting on Cameroon on May 13, 2019 gives momentum to international efforts to address the human rights crisis in the country's Anglophone regions. | "Security Council members should call on the government of Cameroon and leaders of armed separatist groups to…
hrw.org/news/2019/05/13/un-shine-spotlight-brutality-cameroon

Ramaphosa elected to full term as president amid record low ANC vote
wsws.org | 2019-05-13
The election marks the first time in the ANC's post-apartheid history that its vote has fallen below 60 percent.
www.wsws.org/en/articles/2019/05/13/sout…

Argentine Army Scrambles After Bomb Threat at Presidential Palace
telesurenglish.net | 2019-05-13
Argentina's military and federal police scrambled to deal with a bomb threat made against the presidential palace in Buenos Aires while President Mauricio Macri was there on Monday, just hours after a man was arrested trying to enter the building with a gun, an official with the presidential press team said. | The threat against Casa Rosada was made via a phone call in which a person indicated a plan to put a bomb inside a car, the office of Argentina's Secretary General confirmed to Reuters. | The military activated its protocol for such threats, and a team was dispatched to check and secure the entrances of…
telesurenglish.net/news/Argentine-Army-Scrambles-After-Bomb-Threat-at-Presidential-Palace-20190513-0016.html

Viet Nam: Surge in number of prisoners of conscience, new research shows
amnesty.org | 2019-05-13
The number of prisoners of conscience unjustly jailed across Viet Nam has surged by one third to 128 in signs of a growing crackdown on peaceful activism, new research by Amnesty International reveals today. | The Vietnamese government holds at least 128 prisoners of conscience in prisons across the country, a sharp rise from the 97 identified last year. Detention conditions remain appalling, with evidence of prisoners being tortured and otherwise ill-treated, routinely held incommunicado and in solitary confinement, kept in squalid conditions, and denied medical care, clean water, and fresh air. |
amnesty.org/en/latest/news/2019/05/viet-nam-surge-number-prisoners-conscience-new-research-shows/

Syria: Tell Families of Missing the Fate of Loved Ones
amnesty.org | 2019-05-13
Rights Groups Urge Key Countries to Press for Information | Today, eight Syrian civil society and international human rights organizations called on a number of UN Security Council member states to urgently address the widespread arbitrary detentions, kidnapping, torture and other-ill treatment, and enforced disappearances of tens of thousands of Syrians at the hands of the Syrian government, armed anti-government groups and the Islamic State. | Over the course of the crisis, Syrian civil society and international human rights organizations have extensively documented staggering levels of serious violations again…
amnesty.org/en/latest/news/2019/05/syria-tell-families-of-missing-the-fate-of-loved-ones/

Public Safety, Civil Rights Groups Battle Over Face ID Tech
Staff | truthdig.com | 2019-05-13
San Francisco is on track to become the first U.S. city to ban the use of facial recognition by police and other city agencies.
truthdig.com/articles/public-safety-civil-rights-groups-battle-over-face-id-tech/

Sudanese Armed Forces Use Teargas to Disperse Protesters
telesurenglish.net | 2019-05-13
Sudanese police and Rapid Support Forces used tear gas Monday to disperse dozens of protesters in Khartoum North and removed barriers they had set up on the main street leading to the heart of the capital. | RELATED: | Protests in Sudan After Army Wants Islamic Law in Constitution | The dispersal came as stalled talks between the opposition and the ruling Transitional Military Council (TMC) resumed. | The protesters had gathered to pile pressure on the ruling Transitional Mili…
telesurenglish.net/news/Sudanese-Armed-Forces-Use-Teargas-to-Disperse-Protesters-20190513-0014.html

US Police Illegally Invade Venezuelan Embassy in Washington DC
telesurenglish.net | 2019-05-13
Metropolitan Police of Washington D.C arrived at the Venezuelan embassy on Monday afternoon to break the locks and carry out the illegal eviction of international NGO Code Pink who have barricaded themselves in the embassy. Protesters inside and outside the building reject the aggression as a violation of the Vienna Convention. | RELATED: | Venezuelan Embassy: Water Shut Off, Police Block Entry of Food | "Four brave protectors remain inside the Venezuelan embassy risking arrest a…
telesurenglish.net/news/US-Police-Illegally-Invade-Venezuelan-Embassy-in-Washington-DC-20190513-0020.html

Brazil Court Gives Green Light in President's Son Graft Probe
telesurenglish.net | 2019-05-13
A Brazilian court will allow investigators to examine the banking records of President Jair Bolsonaro's senator son and his former driver in a money-laundering investigation, two sources with knowledge of the situation told Reuters on Monday. | RELATED: | 'Brazil Needs More Education, Not More Guns', Lula Warns | The office of Senator Flavio Bolsonaro confirmed that a court in a sealed ruling would allow police to examine the banking records of the lawmaker, along with those of his wife.
telesurenglish.net/news/Brazil-Court-Gives-Green-Light-in-Presidents-Son-Graft-Probe-20190513-0023.html

Arundhati Roy on Why She Admires WikiLeaks & Opposes Assange's Extradition to the U.S
Democracy Now! | democracynow.org | 2019-05-13
In Sweden, prosecutors are reopening an investigation into sexual assault allegations against WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange, and are seeking his extradition to face charges in Sweden. Prosecutors had dropped the investigation in 2017 because they said the case could not proceed while Assange was holed up at the Ecuadorian embassy in London, where he lived for seven years before being forcibly removed by British police last month. Assange has since been sentenced to 50 weeks in jail in Britain for skipping bail in 2012 to avoid extradition to Sweden. Assange has denied the sexual assault accusations. Assange pr…
www.democracynow.org/2019/5/13/arundhati…

Embassy Protection Collective Releases Statement on 34th Day of Venezuelan Embassy Standoff
Embassy Protection Collective | mintpressnews.com | 2019-05-13
"The Embassy Protectors will not barricade ourselves, or hide in the embassy in the event of an unlawful entry by police. We will gather together and peacefully assert our rights to remain in the building and uphold international law."
mintpressnews.com/embassy-protection-collective-releases-statement-on-34th-day-of-venezuelan-embassy-standoff/258450/

Progressive Prosecutors Clamor for Queens
Ross Barkan | thenation.com | 2019-05-13
Progressive Prosecutors Clamor for Queens…
thenation.com/article/aoc-prosecutor-queens-da-caban/

Note from USA: The A to Z of the American Police State
Eds. | mronline.org | 2019-05-11
What characterizes American government today is not so much dysfunctional politics as it is ruthlessly contrived governance carried out behind the entertaining, distracting and disingenuous curtain of political theatre. And what political theatre it is, diabolically Shakespearean at times, full of sound and fury, yet in the end, signifying nothing. | Source…
mronline.org/2019/05/11/note-from-usa-the-a-to-z-of-the-american-police-state/

Deal of the Century Adds "New" to the Four Thousand Year Old Name "Palestine"
Miko Peled | mintpressnews.com | 2019-05-10
The apartheid regime we know as "Israel" was built on the very ruins of Palestine and imposed a brutal regime on those who still live in their country. Millions of Palestinians still languish in refugee camps in and around Palestine, yet Israel and its allies around the world celebrate "Israeli independence."
mintpressnews.com/deal-of-the-century-offers-new-name-to-the-remains-of-four-thousand-year-old-palestine/258407/

"We Have No Reason to Trust the Police": Sandra Bland Arrest Video Reignites Anger Over Her Death
Democracy Now! | democracynow.org | 2019-05-10
The family of Sandra Bland is calling for authorities to reopen the investigation into her death. The 28-year-old African-American woman died in a Texas jail cell in 2015, three days after she was arrested for allegedly failing to signal a lane change. Authorities have claimed Sandra Bland committed suicide while in jail by hanging herself with a garbage bag, but her family has long rejected this claim. On Monday, the Dallas TV station WFAA aired cellphone video filmed by Bland capturing the moment when she was pulled over. In the 39-second video you can see the officer — Brian Encinia — drawing his s…
www.democracynow.org/2019/5/10/we_have_n…

Trump Steps up War on Whistleblowers: Air Force Vet Daniel Hale Arrested For Leaking Drone War Info
Democracy Now! | democracynow.org | 2019-05-10
A former U.S. intelligence analyst was arrested Thursday and charged with violating the Espionage Act for allegedly leaking documents about the secretive U.S. drone program. | Daniel Hale, 31, was arrested in Nashville. He faces up to 50 years in prison. Hale is accused of disclosing 11 top secret or secret documents to a reporter. The indictment does not name the reporter but unnamed government sources have told media outlets that the reporter is investigative journalist Jeremy Scahill of The Intercept. In 2015, The Intercept published a special report called the Drone Papers exposing the inner workings of the U…
www.democracynow.org/2019/5/10/trump_ste…

'A Nice Guy, Everybody Loved Him' – With San Diego synagogue shooter, media once again normalize white male violence
Alan MacLeod | fair.org | 2019-05-10
After opening fire at worshipers celebrating the Jewish holiday of Passover at the Poway Synagogue near San Diego, California, 19-year-old John T. Earnest was arrested. Earnest killed one woman and injured three other worshippers before his semi-automatic weapon jammed and he fled the scene, calling 911 himself to report the shooting. The shooter published …
fair.org/home/a-nice-guy-everybody-loved-him/

WW commentary: When the state executes a white supremacist
Gloria Rubac | workers.org | 2019-05-10
Three white supremacists dragged James Byrd Jr., an African-American man, to his death in 1998 in Jasper, Texas, after they chained him to the back of their pickup truck. This lynching was one of the most horrific racist crimes in modern U.S. history and shocked people worldwide. Three men were . . . | Continue reading WW commentary: When the state executes a white supremacist at Workers.org…
workers.org/2019/05/09/ww-commentary-when-the-state-executes-a-white-supremacist/

Sri Lanka: bombings a pretext for intensified repression
susan_p | greenleft.org.au | 2019-05-10
The Sri Lankan army and police have used the bombings of churches and hotels on Easter Sunday as a pretext for repression, targeting people who have no connection with the group responsible, the National Thowheed Jamath (NTJ — National Monotheism Society). | The NTJ, an extremist Islamic group, is believed to be linked to the Islamic State, based in Iraq and Syria. | Sri Lankan police have been raiding numerous Muslim groups with "Thowheed" in their name, even if they are opposed to the NTJ. As of May 2, at least 130 Muslims had been detained, according to Tamilnet. | Non-Muslims have also been affected. On…
greenleft.org.au/content/sri-lanka-bombings-pretext-intensified-repression

Wisconsin: The Perfect Place to Address America's Apartheid
Jud Lounsbury | progressive.org | 2019-05-09
Behind the stats about incarceration rates, lies a basic structure of law that accommodates white people. What better place to host the 2020 Dem convention?
progressive.org/dispatches/wisconsin-the-perfect-place-to-address-americas-apartheid-lounsbury-190509/

Trump Administration Charges Drone Whistleblower With Allegedly Violating Espionage Act
Kevin Gosztola | shadowproof.com | 2019-05-09
Trump DOJ Charges Drone Whistleblower | *Listen to this story by clicking the above player. | A former language analyst for the United States Air Force, who worked for the National Security Agency, was arrested and charged with violating the Espionage Act and other offenses. | According to the indictment filed in the Eastern District of Virginia, Daniel Hale allegedly disclosed eleven classified documents to a reporter…
shadowproof.com/2019/05/09/trump-administration-charges-alleged-drone-whistleblower-with-violating-espionage-act/

"The Fourth Amendment Doesn't Apply Here" — U.S. Border Guards Arrest Arizona Immigrant Rights Volunteer
Ryan Devereaux | theintercept.com | 2019-05-09
U.S. border officials arrested a human rights advocate, denying her access to an attorney when she accompanied an asylum-seeker to a border crossing.
theintercept.com/2019/05/09/asylum-border-humanitarian-aid/

7 Arrested After Police Raid Sit-in Against Hopkins Private Police
Staff | therealnews.com | 2019-05-08
The arrests came after an over month-long sit-in at Johns Hopkins against the university's $1.5 million dollar ICE contracts and newly authorized private police force…
therealnews.com/columns/7-arrested-after-police-raid-sit-in-against-hopkins-private-police

Supermajority: Cecile Richards Teams With Alicia Garza & Ai-jen Poo to Mobilize Women Voters in 2020
Democracy Now! | democracynow.org | 2019-05-08
As the 2020 primary and general election season heats up, we speak with former Planned Parenthood President Cecile Richards about Supermajority, the new political action group she helped launch that aims to train a new generation of women activists to take on grassroots campaigns and electoral politics. "Women are the majority of voters … the volunteers, we're increasingly the donors, increasingly the candidates, and it's time for political equity," says Richards. "We want to build a multi-racial, intergenerational movement to increase women's power." Supermajority was co-founded by Black Lives Matter co-founde…
www.democracynow.org/2019/5/8/supermajor…

John Hopkins University Occupation Ends with Heavy Police Presence and Seven Arrests
Staff | therealnews.com | 2019-05-08
After a month-long sit in, Baltimore students and residents protesting private police and ICE's ended their occupation. Republished from the Baltimore Beat…
therealnews.com/columns/john-hopkins-university-occupation-ends-with-heavy-police-presence-and-seven-arrests

Detroit Police Spent More Than Half Million Dollars On Cell-Site Simulator To Track People's Locations
Camille Fassett | shadowproof.com | 2019-05-08
Detroit police purchased surveillance technology that allows police to actively track people's locations through their cell phones, according to documents obtained through Freedom of Information Act requests. | In October 2017, the Detroit Police Department (DPD) obtained a cell-site simulator, which is a type of surveillance technology that locates and tracks phones by mimicking cell phone towers. Also known as IMSI catchers and Stingrays (a specific model of cell-site simulator made by Harris Corporation), cell-site simulators are increasingly used by law enforcement to locate suspects in investigations across…
shadowproof.com/2019/05/08/detroit-police-spent-more-than-half-million-dollars-on-cell-site-simulator-to-track-peoples-locations/

Elections in South Africa: what problems will the country's future president inherent?
unitedEditor | uwidata.com | 2019-05-07
Parliamentary elections in South Africa will be held on May 8, 2019, for the sixth time since the end of apartheid in 1994. Africans will also vote for candidates in the provincial legislative assemblies. In addition, a new president will be elected. The current atmosphere The atmosphere in South Africa in recent months is one …
uwidata.com/3341-elections-in-south-africa-what-problems-will-the-countrys-future-president-inherent/

Mistakenly Jailed Pretrial, an Ohio Mother Lost Her Job and Kids
aclu.org | 2019-05-07
When you're incarcerated pretrial in America, it doesn't take long for life to fall apart. And that's without a conviction. | On April 11, Hamilton County police in Cincinnati, Ohio arrested Ashley Foster in a Target parking lot on charges of trafficking heroin. Foster was with her two young sons, one of whom…
aclu.org/blog/smart-justice/bail-reform/mistakenly-jailed-pretrial-ohio-mother-lost-her-job-and-kids

Asylum Officers Are Being Replaced by CBP Agents
aclu.org | 2019-05-06
Having a CBP officer conduct a credible fear interview is like having an arresting police officer also sit as the judge. | Last week, President Trump issued a memorandum outlining his latest wishlist of ways to undermine the integrity of our nation's asylum system. Among them was a direction to the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) to change how it conducts credible fear interviews, the threshold screening interview given to thousands of asylum…
aclu.org/blog/immigrants-rights/ice-and-border-patrol-abuses/asylum-officers-are-being-replaced-cbp-agents

April 2019 — geopolitical events
unitedEditor | uwidata.com | 2019-05-05
Europe Assange arrested On April 11, Julian Assange, founder of Wikileaks, was arrested in London after Ecuador revoked political asylum earlier granted to the journalist. Since 2012, Assange has been held in the Ecuadorian embassy in London. Britain is likely to extradite Assange to the US against Assange's wishes. Assange is accused in …
uwidata.com/3303-april-2019-geopolitical-events/

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)
venezuelanalysis.com | 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.
venezuelanalysis.com/news/14451

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