2019-07-08: News Headlines

WSWS (2019-07-08). Protest in New Zealand against US brutality towards refugees. wsws.org The July 4 rally outside the US embassy in Wellington demonstrated the growing international outrage at the Trump administration's concentration camps for migrants and refugees.

Jasper Craven (2019-07-08). Veterans Affairs Police Are Supposed to "Protect Those Who Served." They Have a Shocking Record of Brutality and Impunity. theintercept.com The VA is unable to conduct adequate oversight of its 4,200 police officers. Veterans across the country pay the price — sometimes with their lives.

Staff (2019-07-08). Cops Raided This Black-Owned Business Eight Times, and They Still Weren't Done. therealnews.com To understand how policing affects the psyche of a community, we explore the story of black business owner in Baltimore who was raided so many times he filed a lawsuit, and won…

Staff (2019-07-08). Jeffrey Epstein, a Billionaire Friend of Presidents Trump & Clinton, Arrested for Sex Trafficking. democracynow.org Billionaire hedge fund manager Jeffrey Epstein, who has been accused of sexually assaulting underage girls for more than a decade, will appear in federal court today in Manhattan on sex trafficking charges. He was arrested on Saturday for allegedly running a sex trafficking operation by luring underage girls as young as 14 years old to his mansion in Manhattan. Epstein was previously accused of molesting and trafficking dozens of underage girls in Florida, but he ended up serving just 13 months in county jail after the U.S. prosecutor in Florida, Alexander Acosta, cut what's been described as "one of the most len…

WSWS (2019-07-08). Mass protests against police shooting of Ethiopian Israeli. wsws.org The authorities arrested the off-duty police officer before releasing him into "protective custody" under house arrest, further inflaming tensions over the killing.

Human Rights Watch (2019-07-08). Egypt: Renewed Detention of Scholar's Daughter Unlawful. hrw.org (Beirut) — Egyptian authorities should release Ola al-Qaradawi, the daughter of a well-known Islamic scholar, who was rearrested on July 4, Human Rights Watch said today. A prosecutor charged al-Qaradawi, 58, for membership and support of a terrorist group by "using her relationships in prison," though she spent the last two years in solitary confinement. | | | Interior Ministry forces arrested Ola al-Qaradawi, 55, and her husband, Hosam Khalaf, 58, without a warrant over an alleged Muslim Brotherhood link. | © Pri…

CGTN Africa (2019-07-08). Algerian senator Djamel Ould Abbes arrested in anti-graft sweep. cgtn.com Djamel Ould Abbes, the former Algerian Minister of Health, Population and Hospital Reform speaks during a press conference in Algiers on April 2, 2012. AFP PHOTO / FAROUK BATICHE (Photo credit should read FAROUK BATICHE/AFP/GettyImages) | An Algerian senator close to ex-President Abdelaziz Bouteflika has been jailed on accusations of corruption. | A Supreme Court judge ordered Djamel Ould Abbes incarcerated in Algiers on Sunday over charges that include the squandering of public funds, illegally signing deals, and falsifying official documents when he was a government minister during Bouteflika's first term,1999-…

Staff (2019-07-08). Charges Dropped Against Pregnant Shooting Victim Amid Outcry over the Criminalization of Pregnancy. democracynow.org Following immense public pressure, prosecutors in Alabama have dropped manslaughter changers against Marshae Jones, a 28-year-old African-American woman whose pregnancy ended after she was shot in the stomach by a coworker. Local police accused Jones of starting the fight that led to the shooting in the parking lot of a Dollar General store outside of Birmingham. A grand jury then indicted Jones on manslaughter but dismissed any charges against the shooter. The case drew national outcry from women's rights advocates concerned about the criminalization of pregnant women and the legal implications of so-called feta…

Staff (2019-07-08). Charges Dropped Against Pregnant Shooting Victim. truthout.org Following immense public pressure, prosecutors in Alabama have dropped manslaughter changers against Marshae Jones, a 28-year-old African-American woman whose pregnancy ended after she was shot in the stomach by a coworker. Local police accused Jones of starting the fight that led to the shooting in the parking lot of a Dollar General store outside of Birmingham. A grand jury then indicted Jones on manslaughter but dismissed any charges against the shooter. The case drew national outcry from women's rights advocates concerned about the criminalization of pregnant women and the legal implications of so-called f…

CGTN Africa (2019-07-08). 68 arrested for post-election violence in Malawi. cgtn.com Malawi Police Service arrested 68 people for looting and injuring police officers during…

RT (2019-07-07). Billionaire Epstein arrested on child sex trafficking charges, faces 45 years in prison — report. rt.com Financier Jeffrey Epstein has been arrested in New York for alleged years of sex trafficking underage girls. It comes more than a decade after he struck a plea deal with prosecution.

Jessica Corbett, staff writer (2019-07-07). Fresh Demands for Labor Secretary Alex Acosta's Resignation Mount After Jeffrey Epstein Arrested for Child Sex Trafficking Charges. commondreams.org The arrest of financier and registered sex offender Jeffrey Epstein on federal child sex trafficking charges elicited fresh demands for the resignation of Trump Labor Secretary Alex Acosta, who helped Epstein secure a "sweetheart plea deal" for previous allegations while serving as Miami's top federal prosecutor over a decade ago. | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…

Staff (2019-07-07). Tupac Shakur's Commitment to Resistance and Revolution Began in Baltimore. therealnews.com In celebration of Black Music Month, we honored Tupac Shakur whose commitment to resistance and revolution was fostered in Baltimore. Interviews include Marc Steiner a former teacher of his and author John Potash about the FBI targeting of both Tupac Shakur and his mother Black Panther leader Afeni Shakur…

RT (2019-07-06). Arizona cops spark #dumpstarbucks campaign after officers asked to leave store. rt.com A group of police officers in Tempe, Arizona, were reportedly asked to leave a Starbucks, because their presence made a customer feel unsafe. The local officers association has launched a campaign to boycott the coffee chain. |

Rob Urie (2019-07-05). Born on the 5th of July. counterpunch.org The unifying factor behind environmental decline, an extractive health care system, mind-numbing work for poverty wages, perpetual wars and increasingly intrusive and assertive commercial relations, is capitalism. Of course, the term is an abstraction, shorthand for a belief system used to explain and organize social relations. Its history is of brutality, pillage and genocide explained by its perpetrators as laying the ground for some imagined future civility. More

Staff (2019-07-04). Danny Glover & Ta-Nehisi Coates Make the Case for Reparations at Historic Congressional Hearing. democracynow.org On June 19, a subcommittee of the House Judiciary held a historic hearing on reparations for slavery—the first of its kind in over a decade. The hearing coincided with Juneteenth, a day that commemorates June 19, 1865, when slaves in Galveston, Texas, finally learned that the Emancipation Proclamation had abolished slavery. This year marks the 400th anniversary of the transatlantic slave trade. Lawmakers are considering a bill titled the "Commission to Study and Develop Reparation Proposals for African-Americans Act." It was introduced by Democratic Rep. Sheila Jackson Lee of Houston, after former Congressm…

Human Rights Watch (2019-07-04). Guinea: New Law Could Shield Police From Prosecution. hrw.org | | | Gendarmes respond to an opposition demonstration in Conakry, Guinea, on November 15, 2018. | | © 2018 Cellou Binani/AFP/Getty Images | Guinea's president should not put into effect a new law that gives gendarmes too much discretion to use firearms and could shield them from prosecution in case of unlawful killings, Human Rights Watch and Amnesty International said today. Guinea's security forces have a record of using excessive force in responding to often viol…

susan_p (2019-07-03). Joint solidarity statement: Stop police brutality in Hong Kong! No extradition to China! greenleft.org.au The following joint statement in solidarity with protesters in Hong Kong initiated by the Socialist Party of Malaysia (PSM) has been supported by nearly 60 international organisations and parties. | We, the undersigned organisations, are deeply concerned about the high-handed approach by the Hong Kong government in dealing with the recent mass protests against the proposed extradition bill. | We condemn the use of unprecedented excessive force by the Hong Kong police in dispersing and arresting protesters. The use of tear gas, pepper spray, rubber bullets and bean bag rounds, as well as beating up unarmed protest…

Staff (2019-07-03). Buttigieg's Promise Stumbles over Racial Justice in his Backyard. therealnews.com The Nation's Jeet Heer upacks the contradictions of Pete Buttigieg, a combat veteran and Ivy Leaguer who rebuilt his city by not paying attention to police brutality or the Black community…

United Nations (2019-07-03). Restrictions, unmet promises, unbridled violence in Sudan, a 'recipe for disaster', says Bachelet. un.org After nationwide protests across Sudan on Sunday, UN human rights chief Michelle Bachelet on Wednesday called on Sudanese authorities to lift restrictions on the internet and launch independent investigations into all acts of violence against demonstrators, and allegations of excessive force, including attacks on hospitals.

Rachel Janik (2019-06-28). Florida Man Arrested for Racist Threats Once Attacked an African American Police Officer. splcenter.org A long string of felony charges and a tip-off from the Department of Homeland Security led to the arrest of a Florida man for racist and antisemitic threats posted to Gab and Bitchute.

Hatewatch Staff (2019-06-27). White Nationalist Shieldwall Network Member Arrested in Alleged Anti-LGBTQ Attack Invokes Domestic Terror Ideology on Facebook. splcenter.org Three members of the Shieldwall Network (SWN), an Arkansas-based white nationalist group founded by longtime movement leader Billy Roper, were arrested last week in connection with second-degree battery.

Staff (2019-06-27). Headlines for June 27, 2019. democracynow.org 2020 Democratic Primary Debate Kicks Off with Focus on Immigration, Healthcare, Senate Passes Border Aid Package After Rejecting House Version, Bank of America Ends Relationship with Migrant Prison Companies, Asylum Officers Say Trump's "Remain in Mexico" Policy Threatens Migrants' Lives, Family of Black Man Shot by Indiana Cop Sues Officer, City of South Bend, Twin Suicide Bombs Rock Tunis, Trump, World Leaders in Osaka for G20, Court Rules France Failed to Properly Address Air Pollution, U.N. Expert Warns of Impending "Climate Apartheid", NYC Votes to Declare a "Climate Emergency", Dems Vote to Subpoena Kellyan…

Liberation Staff (2019-06-24). 3,000 pack town hall after Phoenix cops assault, threaten to shoot family over $1 doll. liberationnews.org The phony "shock" and listening exercises of the police chief and local politicians will bring neither justice nor change.

Vanessa Mbonu (2019-06-24). ICYMI: Election Security Tele Townhall. naacp.org NAACP held a tele townhall on Wednesday, June 19 to strategize on to make election security a top priority. The event featured policymakers and thought leaders in a candid conversation about election security, the role of social and digital media, and how we can combat the attempts to diminish the political power of the African-American …

SAMIR (2019-06-20). Milton Nascimento fans urge him to cancel Israel show. bdsmovement.net Milton Nascimento fans urge him to cancel Israel show: UpdateFans attending European tour dates join Palestinian and Brazilian arts organizations in urging star to cancel apartheid Tel Aviv show | Cultural BoycottJune 20, 2019 | By: | | Palestinian Campaign for the Academic and Cultural Boycott of Israel (PACBI)

Michael Edison Hayden (2019-06-19). Gab Waited Days to Remove a User Arrested for Inciting Violence. splcenter.org A man who authorities say wanted to start a race war stayed on the social network Gab for days after he was arrested for allegedly inciting violence on it, according to a Hatewatch review.

PACBI (2019-06-14). Puma is devoted to universal equality and apartheid. Wait…what!? bdsmovement.net Puma is devoted to universal equality and apartheid. Wait…what!?: Action AlertTake action to tell Puma: You can't be devoted to "universal equality" while supporting Israel's apartheid regime. | Boycott PumaJune 14, 2019 | By: | | Palestinian Campaign for the Academic and Cultural Boycott of Israel (PACBI)

SAMIR (2019-06-12). Milton Nascimento: Cancel your show in apartheid Tel Aviv! bdsmovement.net Milton Nascimento: Cancel your show in apartheid Tel Aviv!: Open LetterPalestinian cultural organizations urge Brazilian musician to cancel his scheduled performance in apartheid Tel Aviv | Cultural BoycottJune 12, 2019…

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