Daily Archives: June 8, 2019

2019-06-08: News Headlines

WSWS (2019-06-08). US-backed Saudi regime tortures dissidents on eve of threatened beheadings. wsws.org Among those slated for execution is Murtaja Qureiris, arrested at age 13 for participating in a peaceful protest against the monarchy.

WSWS (2019-06-08). Australian media workers denounce police raids. wsws.org ABC workers spoke of their shock and alarm at the arrival of federal police in their building.

WSWS (2019-06-08). Teachers struggles erupt across Latin America. wsws.org The response by the ruling class to the resistance led by teachers has been the same everywhere: the claim that there is "no money" and police state repression.

WSWS (2019-06-08). Australian police chief links media raids to US-led "Five Eyes" spy network. wsws.org Gaughan's statement points to the targeting of journalists in order to cover up Washington's preparations for wars and mass political surveillance.

RT (2019-06-08). Minnesota cop sentenced to 12+ years for killing unarmed woman who called 911. rt.com A former Minneapolis, Minnesota police officer convicted of shooting an unarmed woman in an alley behind her home was given a 12.5 year prison sentence, in a controversial case that had the ACLU crying racism. |

Staff (2019-06-07). UN Torture Expert Says Assange Is Victim of Psychological Torture. therealnews.com UN Special Rapporteur on Torture Nils Melzer investigated the situation of Julian Assange, despite initial reservations. He says if Assange is extradited he faces a "politicized trial," part of the unprecedented international effort to silence and imprison him…

pip.hinman (2019-06-07). Bring Julian Assange home appeal. greenleft.org.au Below is an appeal, initiated by Michael Rubbo and signed by many journalists, to the Media, Entertainment and Arts Alliance (MEAA) to pull out all stops to do more to get Julian Assange released. | * * * | We are a diverse group of people, many of whom originally came together in 2018 to work for the release of James Ricketson from his Cambodian jail. We now reunite to push for the release of Julian Assange who is currently very ill in Britain's Belmarsh prison as he awaits extradition to either the United States or Sweden. | On May 9, he was visited by UN Special Rapporteur on torture Nils Melzer: "Our finding…

Rebecca Gordon (2019-06-07). The War Crimes Trump Can't Pardon. thenation.com The War Crimes Trump Can't Pardon…

splcenter (2019-06-07). SPLC Action Fund: Louisiana criminal justice reform bills a good start, but more work remains. splcenter.org Louisiana Gov. John Bel Edwards signed two bills into law this week that will improve transparency in police activities and save taxpayer money by eliminating lengthy sentences that are not warranted.

Michelle Chen (2019-06-07). 'Mental Health Crisis, Don't Shoot!'. progressive.org New York City, like the nation, often responds to emotionally disturbed persons with police violence. Some places are trying to change that.

John W. Whitehead (2019-06-07). You're Under Arrest: How the US Police State Muzzles Our Right to Speak Truth to Power. globalresearch.ca "History shows that governments sometimes seek to regulate our lives finely, acutely, thoroughly, and exhaustively. In our own time and place, criminal laws have grown so exuberantly and come to cover so much previously innocent conduct that almost anyone can …

teleSUR (2019-06-07). UK: Police Arrest 4 Teens for Brutal Gay Bashing of 2 Women. telesurenglish.net Police arrested four teenage suspects Friday in an attack on a lesbian couple who were violently attacked on a London bus on May 30 after refusing their perpetrator's request to engage in intimate acts. | RELATED: | Israel's LGBTQ Community Performs Mass Marriage To Protest Anti-Gay Laws | During interviews with the media in England, where the couple lives, and Uruguay, where Geymonat is from, the doctor said she and Chris were traveling that night on the top deck of a…

Al Neal (2019-06-07). Review: "When They See Us" peoplesworld.org "It's no longer about justice it's about politics…And politics will do whatever it has to do to survive." Thirty years ago, at 10: 15 p.m., on the night of April 19, 1989, five teenage boys of color—Antron McCray, Yusef Salaam, Korey Wise, Raymond Santana, and Kevin Richardson, were rounded up by police. Inside the police station, …

Human Rights Watch (2019-06-07). Investigative Journalist is Detained in Russia on Suspicion of Drug Possession. hrw.org Yesterday, police in central Moscow detained Ivan Golunov, an investigative reporter at Meduza, a prominent online media outlet. They stopped him on the street and claimed to have found synthetic drugs in his backpack, and then more drugs at his apartment. Golunov's friends and colleagues are adamant that his arrest is directly connected to his reporting. They also emphasize that he has never used any narcotic substances.

CGTN Africa (2019-06-07). Malawi police use tear gas to break up protests. cgtn.com Armed police used tear gas to disperse demonstrators demanding the resignation of Malawi's president, Peter Mutharika. Mutharika narrowly won re-election in the southern African country in May. | Critics say the election was rigged. | Teargas is seen outside the Malawi Congress Party headquarters in Lilongwe, Malawi June 6, 2019, in this still image obtained from video taken from social media. Ulemu Msungama (Malawi Congress Party)/via REUTERS. | Thousands of supporters of opposition parties marched in the streets of the capital, Lilongwe, a Reuters witness said, with one group occupying a complex housing the pre…

Staff (2019-06-07). DuVernay: Wrongly Convicted Boys Aren't "Central Park Five" — They're People. truthout.org We spend the hour with Ava DuVernay, whose damning new four-part television series "When They See Us" tells the story of five teenagers of color from Harlem — four African-American and one Latino — who were wrongfully accused and convicted of raping and nearly killing a white woman out for a jog in New York City's Central Park. The night that would come to define the boys' lives was April 19, 1989, more than 30 years ago. In the sensational trial that followed, they became known as the "Central Park Five." Antron McCray, Kevin Richardson, Yusef Salaam and Raymond Santana served between six and seve…

MAIL (2019-06-07). "They Are Not the Central Park 5": Ava DuVernay's Series Restores Humanity of Wrongly Convicted Boys. democracynow.org We spend the hour with Ava DuVernay, whose damning new four-part television series "When They See Us" tells the story of five teenagers of color from Harlem—four African-American and one Latino—who were wrongfully accused and convicted of raping and nearly killing a white woman out for a jog in New York City's Central Park. The night that would come to define the boys' lives was April 19, 1989, more than 30 years ago. In the sensational trial that followed, they became known as the "Central Park Five." Antron McCray, Kevin Richardson, Yusef Salaam and Raymond Santana served between six and seven years…

Staff (2019-06-07). Under Tariff Pressure From the US, Mexico Detains Migrant Activists. truthout.org Mexico City—Mexican authorities arrested two migrant activists Wednesday on suspicion of human smuggling in connection with the pair's efforts to provide support for Central American migrants traveling to the United States. However, supporters believe the arrests are due to the ongoing dispute between Mexico and the United States over the potential imposition of tariffs on all Mexican goods entering the U.S. | President Donald Trump has threatened to impose a 5 percent tariff on Mexican goods, rising steadily to 25 percent, unless Mexico takes measures to stop migration from Central America through the co…

Akela Lacy (2019-06-07). Revenge of the Machine: New York Party Bosses Rally to Melinda Katz in Pivotal Prosecutor Race. theintercept.com One year ago, the Queens Democratic machine, which has controlled the politics of the borough in one form or another for decades, was stunned by the surprise loss of longtime party boss Joe Crowley to 28-year-old Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez. | The borg quickly reformed itself. Crowley was subsequently reelected chair of the county party, became a powerhouse lobbyist, and his Brooklyn-based protege, Rep. Hakeem Jeffries, eased into Crowley's vacated leadership position in the House of Representatives. | The lo…

teleSUR (2019-06-07). Colombia: Top Prosecutor Says Sinaloa Cartel Present in Country. telesurenglish.net Colombia's highest prosecutor and oversight official, Carlos Negret denounced the presence of Mexico's Sinaloa drug cartel in southern Colombia, in the department of Caqueta, one of the areas most affected by armed violence for decades. | RELATED: | Protect Ex-Farc Members or Risk Losing Peace: UN Tells Colombia | "I am worried about extortion, ill…

Joshua Cho (2019-06-07). WSJ Says CIA Chief Wouldn't Do Anything 'Inappropriate'—Despite Record of Torture and Coverup. commondreams.org The most egregious part of Strobel's report is its whitewashing of Haspel's disturbing record in the CIA by uncritically transmitting glowing endorsements by other CIA officials. (Photo: FAIR) | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…

Julia Conley, staff writer (2019-06-07). 40+ State and Local Prosecutors Say They Won't Enforce 'Unconscionable' Abortion Bans. commondreams.org Calling recent anti-choice laws in a number of states "unconscionable" and unconstitutional, more than three dozen state attorneys general and local prosecutors said Friday that they would not enforce the new legislation. | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…

Joshua Cho (2019-06-06). WSJ Says CIA Chief Wouldn't Do Anything 'Inappropriate'—Despite Record of Torture and Coverup. fair.org by Joshua Cho A Wall Street Journal report (5/25/19) by Warren Strobel whitewashed CIA Director Gina Haspel's career and put a positive spin on the CIA's insulation from public accountability with its turn towards its greatest opacity "in decades." While one might expect CIA officials to support greater secrecy around the organization, it's odd that …

Rebecca Gordon (2019-06-06). Clemency for the Lowly, Free Passes for the Mighty. commondreams.org If the crime is big enough—like creating or countenancing a U.S. torture archipelago that stretched from Thailand to Poland to Guant√°namo Bay, or lying to the world to justify launching an aggressive war on Iraq—the risk of trial is nonexistent. No pardons required. (Photo by Oleg Nikishin/Getty Images) | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…

Staff (2019-06-06). Activists Face Prison Time for Rescuing Ducks, Piglets From Factory Farms. truthout.org Nearly 100 animal rights activists were freed today, after being arrested by police in riot gear for carrying out a rescue mission and protest at the Reichardt Duck Farm in Petaluma, California, which they accuse of engaging in animal torture. More than 600 activists with Direct Action Everywhere stormed the slaughterhouse Monday, fanning out in teams to chain themselves together at the entrance, freeing dozens of ducks and in some cases locking themselves by the neck to the slaughter line. Several of the activists made it inside the slaughterhouse, where they began trying to rescue ducks that were hanging ups…

WSWS (2019-06-06). UN Special Rapporteur on Torture warns Julian Assange could die in prison. wsws.org The UN Special Rapporteur on Torture said in an Australian radio interview on June 1 that Julian Assange could die in jail if his persecution is not ended here and now.

MAIL (2019-06-06). Meet the Animal Rights Activists Facing Prison Time for Rescuing Ducks, Piglets from Factory Farms. democracynow.org Nearly 100 animal rights activists were freed today, after being arrested by police in riot gear for carrying out a rescue mission and protest at the Reichardt Duck Farm in Petaluma, California, which they accuse of engaging in animal torture. More than 600 activists with Direct Action Everywhere stormed the slaughterhouse Monday, fanning out in teams to chain themselves together at the entrance, freeing dozens of ducks and in some cases locking themselves by the neck to the slaughter line. Several of the activists made it inside the slaughterhouse, where they began trying to rescue ducks that were hanging upside…

Staff (2019-06-06). NYPD Apologizes for 1969 Raid of Stonewall Inn. truthdig.com NEW YORK — Nearly 50 years after a police raid at the Stonewall Inn catalyzed the modern LGBT rights movement, New York's police commissioner apologized Tuesday for what his department did. | "The actions taken by the NYPD were wrong, plain and simple," Commissioner James O'Neill said during a briefing at police headquarters. | "The actions and the laws were discriminatory and oppressive," he added. "And for that, I apologize." | The apology comes weeks ahead of the milestone anniversary of the raid and the rebellion it sparked the night of June…

CGTN Africa (2019-06-06). Islamic State says it has moved into Mozambique, police say no. cgtn.com The Islamic State group claims it was involved in an insurgent clash in Mozambique for the first time, but analysts expressed doubt and Mozambican police dismissed the claim outright. | According to SITE Intelligence, a company that monitors extremist activity, Islamic State issued a statement late Tuesday claiming involvement in an apparent gunfight with the Mozambique military in Cabo Delgado. | "The soldiers of the Caliphate were able to repulse an attack by the Crusader Mozambican army in Metubi village, in the Mocimboa area," said the statement, according to a SITE translation. | "They clashed with them w…

WSWS (2019-06-06). The global war on journalism. wsws.org The arrest of Julian Assange has set a precedent for the state persecution of journalists, triggering police raids in Australia and France against reporters documenting government crimes and corruption.

Eoin Higgins (2019-06-06). Journalist and Educator Among Those Caught Up in YouTube's Attempt to Purge Online Hate Speech. theantimedia.com (CD) — Free speech advocates who warned of the predictable consequences of allowing powerful tech companies to police online discourse seized on YouTube's attempt Wednesday to purge hate speech from their video platform after creators performing public service journalism and education were swept up in the effort. Wednesday's purge came after days of sustained criticism over YouTube's …

Santa Cruz Police News (2019-06-06). Family Member Believes Man who Died in Police Custody was Denied Proper Medical Care. indybay.org On June 1, 40-year-old Kevin Allen died while in custody of the Santa Cruz Police. A SCPD press release states officers were responding to a report that a man had fallen to the ground near Water Street and River Street in Santa Cruz when they found and took Kevin Allen into custody and transported him to jail, claiming he was intoxicated. Once at the jail, medical staff there determined Allen would need to be taken to the hospital, where he was pronounced dead after suffering cardiac issues on the ride over. Community members have questioned why Allen was not given medical attention immediately instead of being a…

Staff (2019-06-06). Corporate Media Will Regret Abandoning Julian Assange. truthdig.com After British police arrested Julian Assange on April 11, the first instinct of corporate journalists was to perform a line-drawing exercise. In so doing, corporate media dutifully laid the groundwork for the US Department of Justice's escalating political persecution of the WikiLeaks founder, and set the stage for a renewed assault on a free and independent press by the Trump administration. | Following the philosopher of science Karl Popper, I'll call this the problem of journalistic demarcation. Facing his own demarc…

MAIL (2019-06-06). Headlines for June 6, 2019. democracynow.org U.S.-Mexico Immigration Talks Continue as Trump's Tariff Deadline Nears, Trump Admin to Cut School, Legal Aid and Recreation for Migrant Children, Mexican Police Arrest Immigration Activists Cristóbal Sánchez and Irineo Mujica, Trump Visits Normandy, France, on 75th Anniversary of D-Day Invasion, Trump Compares Future Irish Border to U.S.-Mexico Border Wall, Irish Protesters Decry Trump's Racism, Misogyny and Climate Denial, Pressed on Climate Change, Trump Says Weather "Changes Both Ways", Yemen's Houthi Rebels Claim They've Seized Territory in Saudi Arabia, CNN: Trump Admin Withheld Intelligence on China-Backed…

Joe Lauria (2019-06-06). After Assange's Espionage Act Indictment, Police Move Against More Journalists for Publishing Classified Material. commondreams.org "These raids are all about intimidating journalists and intimidating whistle blowers so that mistakes made by the Government, including potential crimes, by the military, remain covered up, remain secret, and don't fall in to the public domain." (Photo: Shutterstock) | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…

Marilyn Bechtel (2019-06-06). Bill tightening California standards for police lethal force advances in legislature. peoplesworld.org Among the waves of bills that passed from California's Assembly to the state Senate last week was one that observers say could move the state from having one of the loosest standards for police use of force to one of the strictest. That measure, hotly debated since Assemblymembers Shirley Weber, D-San Diego, and Kevin McCarty, …

Eric A. Gordon (2019-06-06). Comprehensive retrospective of African-American artist Charles White at LACMA. peoplesworld.org LOS ANGELES—Right now, the critical thing to say about the magnificent Charles White retrospective at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA) is that it closes June 9! Sorry, the time flew and I did not get to it until a couple of days ago. A retrospective exhibition aims at a universal glance back …

Ted Rall (2019-06-06). Hacking Dirty Government Secrets Is Not a Crime. counterpunch.org British goon cops acting at the request of the United States government entered Ecuador's embassy in London, dragged out WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange and prepared to ship him across the pond. After this event last month most of the mainstream media reacted with spiteful glee about Assange's predicament and relief that the Department of Justice More

United Nations (2019-06-06). Syria: Urgent, concrete actions needed, to protect children too young to 'make sense of this senseless war'. un.org New firsthand reporting by UN staff in Syria reveals "increasingly horrific brutality" by all parties in the de-escalation area of the country's northwest, causing "significant civilian causalities" and hundreds of thousands displaced, a senior humanitarian official said on Thursday.

CGTN Africa (2019-06-06). CAF president arrested in France. cgtn.com Ahmad Ahmad, the current president of the Confederation of African Football (CAF) was arrested Thursday in Paris. | CAF president Ahmad Ahmad | He is being questioned in connection into the alleged misappropriation of $830,000. | In April, former CAF Secretary-General Amr Fahmy accused Ahmad Ahmad of alleged bribery and misappropriation of funds after awarding a contract to a French company called Tactical Steel. Fahmy was fired from the organization shortly after making the allegations. | Ahmad had previously denied the accusations, claiming all the decisions were made "collegially" and that the process was "tra…

Special To The Black Star News (2019-06-06). Public Advocate Williams Joins Demands For Investigation of Linda Fairstein Prosecutor in 1989 "Central Park Five" case. blackstarnews.com Jumaane D. Williams joined by others demanding accountability in Central Park 5 Prosecution. | Public Advocate Jumaane D. Williams was joined by a coalition of elected officials and activists today to call for Manhattan District Attorney Cyrus Vance Jr., to investigate former assistant district attorney Linda Fairstein's alleged misconduct during the so-called Central Park Five case. The case is drawing new attention following the release of the miniseries "When They See Us," which documents the stories of the young men wrongfully convicted in the rape of Trisha Meili in 1989. | During a press conference out…

Andrea Germanos, staff writer (2019-06-05). Calling Solitary Confinement 'Government Torture,' Ocasio-Cortez Says 'Release Everyone'. commondreams.org In tweet commenting on upcoming "protective custody" of Paul Manafort, Rep. Ocasio-Cortez says prison sentences don't provide license to commit "human rights violations" | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…

WSWS (2019-06-05). Australian government forces refugees back to face repression in Sri Lanka. wsws.org At least 20 more asylum seekers have been detained by the Australian navy and deported to Sri Lanka to face possible torture and imprisonment.

teleSUR (2019-06-05). Afro-Latinos Among Most Underprivileged in Region. telesurenglish.net For centuries, Afro-descended peoples have faced discrimination, hardship, and social exclusion around the world. In Latin America, despite efforts to close the gap, the ethnic group continues to struggle for equal opportunity. | RELATED: | Bolsonaro Censors Video Starring Black People and Transwoman | Afro-Latinos represent a quarter of the Latin American population and 90 percent of them reside in Brazil, Venezuela, Colombia, Cuba, Mexico, and Ecuador — formerly important…

WSWS (2019-06-05). Australian Federal Police raid journalists over exposures of government spying, war crimes. wsws.org The raids, targeting a News Corp journalist and the Sydney offices of the Australian Broadcasting Corporation, are part of an expanding assault on democratic rights and press freedom.

Tyler Durden (2019-06-05). Australian Police Raid National Broadcaster Over Leaked Afghan War Crime Stories. theantimedia.com (ZH) — Australian federal police officers raided the Sydney headquarters of the Australian Broadcasting Corporation (ABC) over a series of 2017 reports known as The Afghan Files, which exposed crimes committed by special forces in Afghanistan based on hundreds of pages of leaked defense documents marked AUSTEO (Australian Eyes Only). The incident marks Australia's second such move against journalists in just …

The Mind Unleashed (2019-06-05). Parkland School Police Officer Arrested on 11 Charges Tied to Shooting. theantimedia.com (TMU) — A police officer who hid for nearly an hour at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida last year while a horrible shooting took place just feet away, has been arrested for his negligence during the shooting. Former Broward County Sheriff's Deputy Scot Peterson was arrested this week and charged with seven counts …

pip.hinman (2019-06-05). AFP raids: a grave threat to media freedom. greenleft.org.au The Australian Federal Police (AFP) raids on senior mainstream media journalists over June 5—6 have reignited calls to allow journalists to do their job, for an end of their intimidation and for an investigation into media freedoms. | On June 4, police raided the Canberra home of News.com journalist Annika Smethurst, who has written on cyber security threats and the federal government's plan to allow spying on Australian citizens to "proactively disrupt and covertly remove" onshore cyber threats. That piece was published in April last year. | On June 5, the AFP marched into the ABC offices in Sydney with wa…

Colin Benjamin (2019-06-05). PVP's Investigation Into Police Social Media Posts Further Exposes Depraved Racism Among Police. blackstarnews.com Philadelphia Police Commissioner Richard Ross, second from right, must punish those exposed in PVP's investigation… | The recent Plain View Project (PVP) investigation of police social media postings, which was published by Injustice Watch and BuzzFeed News, documents the barbarism and bigotry many officers have for Black Americans, and other minorities. | On their website, the Plain View Project said, "We believe that these statements could erode civilian trust and confidence in police, and we hope police departments will investigate and address them immediately." | Politicians, especially those in Congre…

Staff (2019-06-05). For Real Safety in US and Palestine, We Must Fight White Supremacy. truthout.org As a part of the Center for Jewish Nonviolence, I joined a coalition of over 100 Palestinians, Israelis, and Jews from the U.S. and Canada to rehabilitate a dirt road in the South Hebron Hills that would give Palestinians in the area greater access to basic resources they need to live. When we started this project in early May, a range of Israeli police and military agencies responded with force, employing methods of crowd dispersal to arrest 17 people and injure dozens of others. As I heard the b…

2019-06-08: Social Media Postees

US-backed Saudi regime tortures dissidents on eve of threatened beheadings
wsws.org | 2019-06-08
Among those slated for execution is Murtaja Qureiris, arrested at age 13 for participating in a peaceful protest against the monarchy.
www.wsws.org/en/articles/2019/06/08/saud…

Australian police chief links media raids to US-led "Five Eyes" spy network
wsws.org | 2019-06-08
Gaughan's statement points to the targeting of journalists in order to cover up Washington's preparations for wars and mass political surveillance.
www.wsws.org/en/articles/2019/06/08/gaud…

Teachers struggles erupt across Latin America
wsws.org | 2019-06-08
The response by the ruling class to the resistance led by teachers has been the same everywhere: the claim that there is "no money" and police state repression.
www.wsws.org/en/articles/2019/06/08/lata…

Family Member Believes Man who Died in Police Custody was Denied Proper Medical Care
Santa Cruz Police News | indybay.org | 2019-06-08
On June 1, 40-year-old Kevin Allen died while in custody of the Santa Cruz Police. A SCPD press release states officers were responding to a report that a man had fallen to the ground near Water Street and River Street in Santa Cruz when they found and took Kevin Allen into custody and transported him to jail, claiming he was intoxicated. Once at the jail, medical staff there determined Allen would need to be taken to the hospital, where he was pronounced dead after suffering cardiac issues on the ride over. Community members have questioned why Allen was not given medical attention immediately instead of being a…
indybay.org/newsitems/2019/06/05/18823756.php

Minnesota cop sentenced to 12+ years for killing unarmed woman who called 911
rt.com | 2019-06-08
A former Minneapolis, Minnesota police officer convicted of shooting an unarmed woman in an alley behind her home was given a 12.5 year prison sentence, in a controversial case that had the ACLU crying racism. | …
rt.com/usa/461354-police-shooting-prison-sentence/

Australian media workers denounce police raids
wsws.org | 2019-06-08
ABC workers spoke of their shock and alarm at the arrival of federal police in their building.
www.wsws.org/en/articles/2019/06/08/raid…

Bring Julian Assange home appeal
pip.hinman | greenleft.org.au | 2019-06-07
Below is an appeal, initiated by Michael Rubbo and signed by many journalists, to the Media, Entertainment and Arts Alliance (MEAA) to pull out all stops to do more to get Julian Assange released. | * * * | We are a diverse group of people, many of whom originally came together in 2018 to work for the release of James Ricketson from his Cambodian jail. We now reunite to push for the release of Julian Assange who is currently very ill in Britain's Belmarsh prison as he awaits extradition to either the United States or Sweden. | On May 9, he was visited by UN Special Rapporteur on torture Nils Melzer: "Our finding…
greenleft.org.au/content/bring-julian-assange-home-appeal

UN Torture Expert Says Assange Is Victim of Psychological Torture
Staff | therealnews.com | 2019-06-07
UN Special Rapporteur on Torture Nils Melzer investigated the situation of Julian Assange, despite initial reservations. He says if Assange is extradited he faces a "politicized trial," part of the unprecedented international effort to silence and imprison him…
therealnews.com/stories/un-torture-expert-says-assange-is-victim-of-psychological-torture

WSJ Says CIA Chief Wouldn't Do Anything 'Inappropriate'—Despite Record of Torture and Coverup
Joshua Cho | commondreams.org | 2019-06-07
The most egregious part of Strobel's report is its whitewashing of Haspel's disturbing record in the CIA by uncritically transmitting glowing endorsements by other CIA officials. (Photo: FAIR) | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…
commondreams.org/views/2019/06/07/wsj-says-cia-chief-wouldnt-do-anything-inappropriate-despite-record-torture-and?cd-origin=rss

Bring Julian Assange home appeal
pip.hinman | greenleft.org.au | 2019-06-07
Below is an appeal, initiated by Michael Rubbo and signed by many journalists, to the Media, Entertainment and Arts Alliance (MEAA) to pull out all stops to do more to get Julian Assange released. | * * * | We are a diverse group of people, many of whom originally came together in 2018 to work for the release of James Ricketson from his Cambodian jail. We now reunite to push for the release of Julian Assange who is currently very ill in Britain's Belmarsh prison as he awaits extradition to either the United States or Sweden. | On May 9, he was visited by UN Special Rapporteur on torture Nils Melzer: "Our finding…
greenleft.org.au/content/bring-julian-assange-home-appeal

The War Crimes Trump Can't Pardon
Rebecca Gordon | thenation.com | 2019-06-07
The War Crimes Trump Can't Pardon…
thenation.com/article/the-war-crimes-trump-cant-pardon-iraq-torture-vietnam/

UN Special Rapporteur on Torture Warns Julian Assange Could Die in Prison
Kevin Reed | globalresearch.ca | 2019-06-07
In a June 1 interview with ABC Radio Adelaide, UN Special Rapporteur on Torture Nils Melzer warned that Julian Assange could die in prison if his persecution is not stopped immediately. | Last week, Melzer issued a scathing denunciation of Assange's …
globalresearch.ca/un-special-rapporteur-torture-warns-julian-assange-could-die-prison/5679903

The Global War on Journalism
Mike Head | globalresearch.ca | 2019-06-07
Australian Federal Police officers raided two separate news offices within 24 hours this week, in a chilling and blatant attack on the freedom of the press, aimed at intimidating journalists who report on government misconduct and war crimes. | On Wednesday, …
globalresearch.ca/global-war-journalism/5679904

UK: Police Arrest 4 Teens for Brutal Gay Bashing of 2 Women
telesurenglish.net | 2019-06-07
Police arrested four teenage suspects Friday in an attack on a lesbian couple who were violently attacked on a London bus on May 30 after refusing their perpetrator's request to engage in intimate acts. | RELATED: | Israel's LGBTQ Community Performs Mass Marriage To Protest Anti-Gay Laws | During interviews with the media in England, where the couple lives, and Uruguay, where Geymonat is from, the doctor said she and Chris were traveling that night on the top deck of a…
telesurenglish.net/news/UK-Police-Arrest-4-Teens-for-Brutal-Gay-Bashing-of-2-Women-20190607-0006.html

Meet the animal rights activists facing prison time for rescuing ducks, piglets from factory farms
Amy Goodman | nationofchange.org | 2019-06-07
Nearly 100 animal rights activists were arrested by police in riot gear for carrying out a rescue mission and protest at the Reichardt Duck Farm in Petaluma, California.
nationofchange.org/2019/06/07/meet-the-animal-rights-activists-facing-prison-time-for-rescuing-ducks-piglets-from-factory-farms/

SPLC Action Fund: Louisiana criminal justice reform bills a good start, but more work remains
splcenter.org | 2019-06-07
Louisiana Gov. John Bel Edwards signed two bills into law this week that will improve transparency in police activities and save taxpayer money by eliminating lengthy sentences that are not warranted.
splcenter.org/news/2019/06/07/splc-action-fund-louisiana-criminal-justice-reform-bills-good-start-more-work-remains

You're Under Arrest: How the US Police State Muzzles Our Right to Speak Truth to Power
John W. Whitehead | globalresearch.ca | 2019-06-07
"History shows that governments sometimes seek to regulate our lives finely, acutely, thoroughly, and exhaustively. In our own time and place, criminal laws have grown so exuberantly and come to cover so much previously innocent conduct that almost anyone can …
globalresearch.ca/youre-under-arrest-how-police-state-muzzles-our-right-speak-truth-power/5679865

'Mental Health Crisis, Don't Shoot!'
Michelle Chen | progressive.org | 2019-06-07
New York City, like the nation, often responds to emotionally disturbed persons with police violence. Some places are trying to change that.
progressive.org/dispatches/mental-health-policing-chen-190607/

Investigative Journalist is Detained in Russia on Suspicion of Drug Possession
Human Rights Watch | hrw.org | 2019-06-07
Yesterday, police in central Moscow detained Ivan Golunov, an investigative reporter at Meduza, a prominent online media outlet. They stopped him on the street and claimed to have found synthetic drugs in his backpack, and then more drugs at his apartment. Golunov's friends and colleagues are adamant that his arrest is directly connected to his reporting. They also emphasize that he has never used any narcotic substances.
hrw.org/news/2019/06/07/investigative-journalist-detained-russia-suspicion-drug-possession

Australian police powers risking the criminalisation of public interest journalism
GetUp! | indybay.org | 2019-06-07
This is unprecedented. | As I write, the Australian Federal Police are crawling through the headquarters of our national broadcaster. Accessing private emails. Scouring hard-drives. Rounding up handwritten notes. They have the power to collect, decrypt, alter and delete whatever they want.1 | Why? Because the ABC dared to report on allegations that Australian soldiers unlawfully killed children in Afghanistan.2…
indybay.org/newsitems/2019/06/05/18823743.php

Malawi police use tear gas to break up protests
CGTN Africa | cgtn.com | 2019-06-07
Armed police used tear gas to disperse demonstrators demanding the resignation of Malawi's president, Peter Mutharika. Mutharika narrowly won re-election in the southern African country in May. | Critics say the election was rigged. | Teargas is seen outside the Malawi Congress Party headquarters in Lilongwe, Malawi June 6, 2019, in this still image obtained from video taken from social media. Ulemu Msungama (Malawi Congress Party)/via REUTERS. | Thousands of supporters of opposition parties marched in the streets of the capital, Lilongwe, a Reuters witness said, with one group occupying a complex housing the pre…
africa.cgtn.com/2019/06/07/malawi-police-use-tear-gas-to-break-up-protests/

Review: "When They See Us"
Al Neal | peoplesworld.org | 2019-06-07
"It's no longer about justice it's about politics…And politics will do whatever it has to do to survive." Thirty years ago, at 10: 15 p.m., on the night of April 19, 1989, five teenage boys of color–Antron McCray, Yusef Salaam, Korey Wise, Raymond Santana, and Kevin Richardson, were rounded up by police. Inside the police station, …
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Family Member Believes Man who Died in Police Custody was Denied Proper Medical Care
Santa Cruz Police News | indybay.org | 2019-06-07
On June 1, 40-year-old Kevin Allen died while in custody of the Santa Cruz Police. A SCPD press release states officers were responding to a report that a man had fallen to the ground near Water Street and River Street in Santa Cruz when they found and took Kevin Allen into custody and transported him to jail, claiming he was intoxicated. Once at the jail, medical staff there determined Allen would need to be taken to the hospital, where he was pronounced dead after suffering cardiac issues on the ride over. Community members have questioned why Allen was not given medical attention immediately instead of being a…
indybay.org/newsitems/2019/06/05/18823756.php

DuVernay: Wrongly Convicted Boys Aren't "Central Park Five" — They're People
Staff | truthout.org | 2019-06-07
We spend the hour with Ava DuVernay, whose damning new four-part television series "When They See Us" tells the story of five teenagers of color from Harlem — four African-American and one Latino — who were wrongfully accused and convicted of raping and nearly killing a white woman out for a jog in New York City's Central Park. The night that would come to define the boys' lives was April 19, 1989, more than 30 years ago. In the sensational trial that followed, they became known as the "Central Park Five." Antron McCray, Kevin Richardson, Yusef Salaam and Raymond Santana served between six and seve…
truthout.org/video/duvernay-wrongly-convicted-boys-arent-central-park-five-theyre-people/

"They Are Not the Central Park 5": Ava DuVernay's Series Restores Humanity of Wrongly Convicted Boys
MAIL | democracynow.org | 2019-06-07
We spend the hour with Ava DuVernay, whose damning new four-part television series "When They See Us" tells the story of five teenagers of color from Harlem–four African-American and one Latino–who were wrongfully accused and convicted of raping and nearly killing a white woman out for a jog in New York City's Central Park. The night that would come to define the boys' lives was April 19, 1989, more than 30 years ago. In the sensational trial that followed, they became known as the "Central Park Five." Antron McCray, Kevin Richardson, Yusef Salaam and Raymond Santana served between six and seven years…
www.democracynow.org/2019/6/7/ava_duvern…

Under Tariff Pressure From the US, Mexico Detains Migrant Activists
Staff | truthout.org | 2019-06-07
Mexico City–Mexican authorities arrested two migrant activists Wednesday on suspicion of human smuggling in connection with the pair's efforts to provide support for Central American migrants traveling to the United States. However, supporters believe the arrests are due to the ongoing dispute between Mexico and the United States over the potential imposition of tariffs on all Mexican goods entering the U.S. | President Donald Trump has threatened to impose a 5 percent tariff on Mexican goods, rising steadily to 25 percent, unless Mexico takes measures to stop migration from Central America through the co…
truthout.org/articles/under-tariff-pressure-from-the-us-mexico-detains-migrant-activists/

Revenge of the Machine: New York Party Bosses Rally to Melinda Katz in Pivotal Prosecutor Race
Akela Lacy | theintercept.com | 2019-06-07
One year ago, the Queens Democratic machine, which has controlled the politics of the borough in one form or another for decades, was stunned by the surprise loss of longtime party boss Joe Crowley to 28-year-old Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez. | The borg quickly reformed itself. Crowley was subsequently reelected chair of the county party, became a powerhouse lobbyist, and his Brooklyn-based protege, Rep. Hakeem Jeffries, eased into Crowley's vacated leadership position in the House of Representatives. | The lo…
theintercept.com/2019/06/07/queens-new-york-district-attorney-race-melinda-katz/

40+ State and Local Prosecutors Say They Won't Enforce 'Unconscionable' Abortion Bans
Julia Conley, staff writer | commondreams.org | 2019-06-07
Calling recent anti-choice laws in a number of states "unconscionable" and unconstitutional, more than three dozen state attorneys general and local prosecutors said Friday that they would not enforce the new legislation. | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…
commondreams.org/news/2019/06/07/40-state-and-local-prosecutors-say-they-wont-enforce-unconscionable-abortion-bans?cd-origin=rss

Colombia: Top Prosecutor Says Sinaloa Cartel Present in Country
telesurenglish.net | 2019-06-07
Colombia's highest prosecutor and oversight official, Carlos Negret denounced the presence of Mexico's Sinaloa drug cartel in southern Colombia, in the department of Caqueta, one of the areas most affected by armed violence for decades. | RELATED: | Protect Ex-Farc Members or Risk Losing Peace: UN Tells Colombia | "I am worried about extortion, ill…
telesurenglish.net/news/Colombia-Top-Prosecutor-Says-Sinaloa-Cartel-Present-in-Country-20190607-0005.html

Meet the Animal Rights Activists Facing Prison Time for Rescuing Ducks, Piglets from Factory Farms
MAIL | democracynow.org | 2019-06-06
Nearly 100 animal rights activists were freed today, after being arrested by police in riot gear for carrying out a rescue mission and protest at the Reichardt Duck Farm in Petaluma, California, which they accuse of engaging in animal torture. More than 600 activists with Direct Action Everywhere stormed the slaughterhouse Monday, fanning out in teams to chain themselves together at the entrance, freeing dozens of ducks and in some cases locking themselves by the neck to the slaughter line. Several of the activists made it inside the slaughterhouse, where they began trying to rescue ducks that were hanging upside…
www.democracynow.org/2019/6/6/direct_act…

WSJ Says CIA Chief Wouldn't Do Anything 'Inappropriate'–Despite Record of Torture and Coverup
Joshua Cho | fair.org | 2019-06-06
by Joshua Cho A Wall Street Journal report (5/25/19) by Warren Strobel whitewashed CIA Director Gina Haspel's career and put a positive spin on the CIA's insulation from public accountability with its turn towards its greatest opacity "in decades." While one might expect CIA officials to support greater secrecy around the organization, it's odd that …
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UN Special Rapporteur on Torture warns Julian Assange could die in prison
wsws.org | 2019-06-06
The UN Special Rapporteur on Torture said in an Australian radio interview on June 1 that Julian Assange could die in jail if his persecution is not ended here and now.
www.wsws.org/en/articles/2019/06/06/assa…

Clemency for the Lowly, Free Passes for the Mighty
Rebecca Gordon | commondreams.org | 2019-06-06
If the crime is big enough—like creating or countenancing a U.S. torture archipelago that stretched from Thailand to Poland to Guant√°namo Bay, or lying to the world to justify launching an aggressive war on Iraq—the risk of trial is nonexistent. No pardons required. (Photo by Oleg Nikishin/Getty Images) | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…
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Meet the Animal Rights Activists Facing Prison Time for Rescuing Ducks, Piglets from Factory Farms
MAIL | democracynow.org | 2019-06-06
Nearly 100 animal rights activists were freed today, after being arrested by police in riot gear for carrying out a rescue mission and protest at the Reichardt Duck Farm in Petaluma, California, which they accuse of engaging in animal torture. More than 600 activists with Direct Action Everywhere stormed the slaughterhouse Monday, fanning out in teams to chain themselves together at the entrance, freeing dozens of ducks and in some cases locking themselves by the neck to the slaughter line. Several of the activists made it inside the slaughterhouse, where they began trying to rescue ducks that were hanging upside…
www.democracynow.org/2019/6/6/direct_act…

Activists Face Prison Time for Rescuing Ducks, Piglets From Factory Farms
Staff | truthout.org | 2019-06-06
Nearly 100 animal rights activists were freed today, after being arrested by police in riot gear for carrying out a rescue mission and protest at the Reichardt Duck Farm in Petaluma, California, which they accuse of engaging in animal torture. More than 600 activists with Direct Action Everywhere stormed the slaughterhouse Monday, fanning out in teams to chain themselves together at the entrance, freeing dozens of ducks and in some cases locking themselves by the neck to the slaughter line. Several of the activists made it inside the slaughterhouse, where they began trying to rescue ducks that were hanging ups…
truthout.org/video/activists-face-prison-time-for-rescuing-ducks-piglets-from-factory-farms/

Australian police powers risking the criminalisation of public interest journalism
GetUp! | indybay.org | 2019-06-06
This is unprecedented. | As I write, the Australian Federal Police are crawling through the headquarters of our national broadcaster. Accessing private emails. Scouring hard-drives. Rounding up handwritten notes. They have the power to collect, decrypt, alter and delete whatever they want.1 | Why? Because the ABC dared to report on allegations that Australian soldiers unlawfully killed children in Afghanistan.2…
indybay.org/newsitems/2019/06/05/18823743.php

The global war on journalism
wsws.org | 2019-06-06
The arrest of Julian Assange has set a precedent for the state persecution of journalists, triggering police raids in Australia and France against reporters documenting government crimes and corruption.
www.wsws.org/en/articles/2019/06/06/pers…

Journalist and Educator Among Those Caught Up in YouTube's Attempt to Purge Online Hate Speech
Eoin Higgins | theantimedia.com | 2019-06-06
(CD) — Free speech advocates who warned of the predictable consequences of allowing powerful tech companies to police online discourse seized on YouTube's attempt Wednesday to purge hate speech from their video platform after creators performing public service journalism and education were swept up in the effort. Wednesday's purge came after days of sustained criticism over YouTube's …

Journalist and Educator Among Those Caught Up in YouTube's Attempt to Purge Online Hate Speech

Islamic State says it has moved into Mozambique, police say no
CGTN Africa | cgtn.com | 2019-06-06
The Islamic State group claims it was involved in an insurgent clash in Mozambique for the first time, but analysts expressed doubt and Mozambican police dismissed the claim outright. | According to SITE Intelligence, a company that monitors extremist activity, Islamic State issued a statement late Tuesday claiming involvement in an apparent gunfight with the Mozambique military in Cabo Delgado. | "The soldiers of the Caliphate were able to repulse an attack by the Crusader Mozambican army in Metubi village, in the Mocimboa area," said the statement, according to a SITE translation. | "They clashed with them w…
africa.cgtn.com/2019/06/06/islamic-state-says-it-has-moved-into-mozambique-police-say-no/

Journalist and Educator Among Those Caught Up in YouTube's Attempt to Purge Online Hate Speech
Eoin Higgins | theantimedia.com | 2019-06-06
(CD) — Free speech advocates who warned of the predictable consequences of allowing powerful tech companies to police online discourse seized on YouTube's attempt Wednesday to purge hate speech from their video platform after creators performing public service journalism and education were swept up in the effort. Wednesday's purge came after days of sustained criticism over YouTube's …

Journalist and Educator Among Those Caught Up in YouTube's Attempt to Purge Online Hate Speech

NYPD Apologizes for 1969 Raid of Stonewall Inn
Staff | truthdig.com | 2019-06-06
NEW YORK — Nearly 50 years after a police raid at the Stonewall Inn catalyzed the modern LGBT rights movement, New York's police commissioner apologized Tuesday for what his department did. | "The actions taken by the NYPD were wrong, plain and simple," Commissioner James O'Neill said during a briefing at police headquarters. | "The actions and the laws were discriminatory and oppressive," he added. "And for that, I apologize." | The apology comes weeks ahead of the milestone anniversary of the raid and the rebellion it sparked the night of June…
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After Assange's Espionage Act Indictment, Police Move Against More Journalists for Publishing Classified Material
Joe Lauria | commondreams.org | 2019-06-06
"These raids are all about intimidating journalists and intimidating whistle blowers so that mistakes made by the Government, including potential crimes, by the military, remain covered up, remain secret, and don't fall in to the public domain." (Photo: Shutterstock) | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…
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Family Member Believes Man who Died in Police Custody was Denied Proper Medical Care
Santa Cruz Police News | indybay.org | 2019-06-06
On June 1, 40-year-old Kevin Allen died while in custody of the Santa Cruz Police. A SCPD press release states officers were responding to a report that a man had fallen to the ground near Water Street and River Street in Santa Cruz when they found and took Kevin Allen into custody and transported him to jail, claiming he was intoxicated. Once at the jail, medical staff there determined Allen would need to be taken to the hospital, where he was pronounced dead after suffering cardiac issues on the ride over. Community members have questioned why Allen was not given medical attention immediately instead of being a…
indybay.org/newsitems/2019/06/05/18823756.php

Corporate Media Will Regret Abandoning Julian Assange
Staff | truthdig.com | 2019-06-06
After British police arrested Julian Assange on April 11, the first instinct of corporate journalists was to perform a line-drawing exercise. In so doing, corporate media dutifully laid the groundwork for the US Department of Justice's escalating political persecution of the WikiLeaks founder, and set the stage for a renewed assault on a free and independent press by the Trump administration. | Following the philosopher of science Karl Popper, I'll call this the problem of journalistic demarcation. Facing his own demarc…
truthdig.com/articles/corporate-media-will-regret-abandoning-julian-assange/

Bill tightening California standards for police lethal force advances in legislature
Marilyn Bechtel | peoplesworld.org | 2019-06-06
Among the waves of bills that passed from California's Assembly to the state Senate last week was one that observers say could move the state from having one of the loosest standards for police use of force to one of the strictest. That measure, hotly debated since Assemblymembers Shirley Weber, D-San Diego, and Kevin McCarty, …
peoplesworld.org/article/bill-tightening-california-standards-for-police-lethal-force-advances-in-legislature/

Comprehensive retrospective of African-American artist Charles White at LACMA
Eric A. Gordon | peoplesworld.org | 2019-06-06
LOS ANGELES–Right now, the critical thing to say about the magnificent Charles White retrospective at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA) is that it closes June 9! Sorry, the time flew and I did not get to it until a couple of days ago. A retrospective exhibition aims at a universal glance back …
peoplesworld.org/article/comprehensive-retrospective-of-african-american-artist-charles-white-at-lacma/

Hacking Dirty Government Secrets Is Not a Crime
Ted Rall | counterpunch.org | 2019-06-06
British goon cops acting at the request of the United States government entered Ecuador's embassy in London, dragged out WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange and prepared to ship him across the pond. After this event last month most of the mainstream media reacted with spiteful glee about Assange's predicament and relief that the Department of Justice…
counterpunch.org/2019/06/06/hacking-dirty-government-secrets-is-not-a-crime/

Syria: Urgent, concrete actions needed, to protect children too young to 'make sense of this senseless war'
United Nations | un.org | 2019-06-06
New firsthand reporting by UN staff in Syria reveals "increasingly horrific brutality" by all parties in the de-escalation area of the country's northwest, causing "significant civilian causalities" and hundreds of thousands displaced, a senior humanitarian official said on Thursday.
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CAF president arrested in France
CGTN Africa | cgtn.com | 2019-06-06
Ahmad Ahmad, the current president of the Confederation of African Football (CAF) was arrested Thursday in Paris. | CAF president Ahmad Ahmad | He is being questioned in connection into the alleged misappropriation of $830,000. | In April, former CAF Secretary-General Amr Fahmy accused Ahmad Ahmad of alleged bribery and misappropriation of funds after awarding a contract to a French company called Tactical Steel. Fahmy was fired from the organization shortly after making the allegations. | Ahmad had previously denied the accusations, claiming all the decisions were made "collegially" and that the process was "tra…
africa.cgtn.com/2019/06/06/caf-president-arrested-in-france/

Public Advocate Williams Joins Demands For Investigation of Linda Fairstein Prosecutor in 1989 "Central Park Five" case
Special To The Black Star News | blackstarnews.com | 2019-06-06
Jumaane D. Williams joined by others demanding accountability in Central Park 5 Prosecution. | Public Advocate Jumaane D. Williams was joined by a coalition of elected officials and activists today to call for Manhattan District Attorney Cyrus Vance Jr., to investigate former assistant district attorney Linda Fairstein's alleged misconduct during the so-called Central Park Five case. The case is drawing new attention following the release of the miniseries "When They See Us," which documents the stories of the young men wrongfully convicted in the rape of Trisha Meili in 1989. | During a press conference out…
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