Daily Archives: September 10, 2019

2019-09-10: News Headlines

Kenneth Good (2019-09-10). The Brutality of Robert Mugabe and Zanu-Pf In Zimbabwe. counterpunch.org The independence elections, 27-29 March 1980, saw two main parties competing: ZANU-PF won 57 of the then 80 common roll seats, and 63% of the popular vote; and PF-ZAPU led by Joshua Nkomo gained 20 seats and 24% of the vote. It was clear that ZANU-PF controlled the ZANLA guerrillas whose 'presence was felt in over two-thirds of the country', mostly in the Shona-speaking regions, and there was no doubt that 'peace meant a ZANU-PF victory.' Turnout was a huge 91% of eligible voters. But participation fell to 54% in 1990, ZANU-PF having engulfed ZAPU after December 1987, and fell further to 31% in 1996. A deep and r…

Staff (2019-09-10). Don't Be Fooled — Kamala Harris's "Criminal Justice" Plan Is Not Progressive. truthout.org | | On Monday, Sen. Kamala Harris released her plan on criminal punishment reform — the latest Democratic presidential hopeful to do so. While some of her competitors have released ambitious, if flawed, plans that identify a political agenda, Harris's plan rests mostly on the candidate herself. | Harris, of course, is the former attorney general of California and ha…

Jake Johnson, staff writer (2019-09-10). Ahead of Israeli Election, Netanyahu Vows to Annex Large Swathes of West Bank 'In Maximum Coordination With Trump'. commondreams.org "A reminder that Israel is a state where apartheid policies are used to appeal to voters." | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…

RT (2019-09-09). Court commando: Chinese 'spy' trial gets off to bizarre start over underwear shortage. rt.com The trial of a Chinese businesswoman accused of trespassing at President Trump's Mar-a-Lago resort and deceiving Secret Service agents kicked off with an exceptionally odd hold-up: the defendant showed up without underwear. | Yujing Zhang, who was arrested in March after slipping past security at the Mar-a-Lago club in Florida, appeared at a jury selection hearing on Monday dressed in a brown prison jumpsuit, claiming she wasn't given any underwear. Defendants in general wear civilian clothing during trials so the jurors aren't prejudiced against them. | After a discussion about which agency was responsible…

Tom Anderson (2019-09-09). 116 people arrested in week of action to stop the world's biggest arms fair in London. thecanary.co From 2 to 8 September, hundreds of people attended protests outside the gates of the upcoming DSEI arms fair in London. Around 116 demonstrators have reportedly been arrested in the last week for blocking trucks from entering the ExCeL centre. The protests were aimed at preventing the setting up of the arms fair before it started. | A government…

Fight Back (2019-09-06). Revelations in Isak Aden murder case show police wrongdoing, family calls for independent prosecutor. fightbacknews.org Minneapolis, MN – A September 5 press conference at the offices of CAIR MN made public new information in the police murder of 23-year-old Isak Aden. Aden, a breadwinner and caregiver for his younger siblings and disabled grandmother, was surrounded on July 2 by 90 officers for four hours in the Twin Cities suburb of Eagan, before fatal shots were fired by five cops from the cities of Eagan and Bloomington. | For two months, his family and hundreds of community members have rallied and marched justice for Isak, demanding the release of audio and video from the incident, and the firing and prosecution of the kille…

Staff (2019-09-04). Calling BS on the 'Bad Apples' Theory of Police Misconduct. therealnews.com On this episode of The Police Accountability Report, we tell a harrowing tale of a firsthand experience with drug dealing cops reveals the long and troubling history of police selling narcotics, and calls into question the idea that police corruption is limited to a few bad actors.

Staff (2019-09-04). Nigerian Journalist & Activist Omoyele Sowore Remains Jailed for Calling for Peaceful Protests. democracynow.org Journalist and pro-democracy activist Omoyele Sowore is entering his second month in jail for calling for peaceful nationwide protests against the government. Sowore called his movement "Revolution Now" and mobilized activists to take to the streets August 5. But just two days before the protests were set to begin, Sowore was arrested by the state and accused of attempting to take over the government. He's been imprisoned for more than a month now as human rights groups continue to call for his immediate release. We speak with his wife Opeyemi Sowore and Nani Jansen Reventlow, one of the attorneys representing Om…

Natasha Lennard (2019-08-30). In Secretive Court Hearing, NYPD Cops Who Raped Brooklyn Teen in Custody Get No Jail Time. theintercept.com Two NYPD cops coerced Anna Chambers into sex in exchange for her freedom. A judge just gave them no jail time.

Kiki Monifa (2019-08-29). What Do Black Voters Want? progressive.org A new census of black America shows that despite a high level of political engagement, more than half of respondents think that politicians do not care about black people.

PACBI (2019-08-28). Pacbi Welcomes Statement by More Than 500 Filmmakers Against "Close Up" Initiative Normalizing Israeli Apartheid. bdsmovement.net Pacbi Welcomes Statement by More Than 500 Filmmakers Against "Close Up" Initiative Normalizing Israeli Apartheid: UpdateFilmmakers denounce "Close up," a new documentary film project that aims to normalize relations with Israel as if it were a normal state, not a regime of occupation, settler-colonialism and apartheid. | Cultural BoycottAugust 28, 2019 | B…

ACLU (2019-08-23). Will North Carolina's Supreme Court Allow Racism to Remain a Persistent Factor in its Death Penalty? aclu.org North Carolina's Supreme Court will determine whether evidence of racism in capital punishment can be swept under the rug. | In 2009, North Carolina passed the Racial Justice Act (RJA), which allowed defendants to strike the death penalty from their cases if they could show that racial discrimination was a factor in their prosecution. The law came as a response to a series of exonerations of Black people who were falsely convicted of crimes they did not commit by all-white or nearly all-white juries. The legislature took a bold step to address was what suspected to be deeply troubling evidence of racism infe…

ACLU (2019-08-22). A Louisiana Parish Jailed a U.S. Citizen for Being Latinx. We're Suing. aclu.org Officers in a Louisiana jail held a U.S. citizen for four days on an immigration hold simply because of his skin color and name. | Ramon Torres had been a U.S. citizen for nearly ten years when he was detained for four days on an immigration hold — despite having a U.S. passport, a Louisiana driver's license, and a Social Security card, and despite that fact that a court ordered his release. | Torres' ordeal began in August 2018, when he was pulled over and arrested on suspicion of driving while intoxicated. Torres, a naturalized U.S. citizen since 2009, was carrying multiple forms of identification, inclu…

patrick (2019-08-13). BDS movement condemns U.S. Congress' anti-BDS resolution. bdsmovement.net BDS movement condemns U.S. Congress' anti-BDS resolution: UpdateThe resolution is based on lies and aims to to demonize peaceful resistance to Israel's military occupation and apartheid. | Right To BoycottJuly 23, 2019 | By: | | Palestinian BDS National Committee (BNC)

2019-09-10: Social Media Postees

The Brutality of Robert Mugabe and Zanu-Pf In Zimbabwe
Kenneth Good | counterpunch.org | 2019-09-10
The independence elections, 27-29 March 1980, saw two main parties competing: ZANU-PF won 57 of the then 80 common roll seats, and 63% of the popular vote; and PF-ZAPU led by Joshua Nkomo gained 20 seats and 24% of the vote. It was clear that ZANU-PF controlled the ZANLA guerrillas whose 'presence was felt in over two-thirds of the country', mostly in the Shona-speaking regions, and there was no doubt that 'peace meant a ZANU-PF victory.' Turnout was a huge 91% of eligible voters. But participation fell to 54% in 1990, ZANU-PF having engulfed ZAPU after December 1987, and fell further to 31% in 1996. A deep and r…
counterpunch.org/2019/09/10/the-brutality-of-robert-mugabe-and-zanu-pf-in-zimbabwe/

Ahead of Israeli Election, Netanyahu Vows to Annex Large Swathes of West Bank 'In Maximum Coordination With Trump'
Jake Johnson, staff writer | commondreams.org | 2019-09-10
"A reminder that Israel is a state where apartheid policies are used to appeal to voters." | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…
commondreams.org/news/2019/09/10/ahead-israeli-election-netanyahu-vows-annex-large-swathes-west-bank-maximum?cd-origin=rss

116 people arrested in week of action to stop the world's biggest arms fair in London
Tom Anderson | thecanary.co | 2019-09-09
From 2 to 8 September, hundreds of people attended protests outside the gates of the upcoming DSEI arms fair in London. Around 116 demonstrators have reportedly been arrested in the last week for blocking trucks from entering the ExCeL centre. The protests were aimed at preventing the setting up of the arms fair before it started. | A government…
thecanary.co/uk/analysis/2019/09/09/116-people-arrested-in-week-of-action-to-stop-the-worlds-biggest-arms-fair-in-london/

Court commando: Chinese 'spy' trial gets off to bizarre start over underwear shortage
rt.com | 2019-09-09
The trial of a Chinese businesswoman accused of trespassing at President Trump's Mar-a-Lago resort and deceiving Secret Service agents kicked off with an exceptionally odd hold-up: the defendant showed up without underwear. | Yujing Zhang, who was arrested in March after slipping past security at the Mar-a-Lago club in Florida, appeared at a jury selection hearing on Monday dressed in a brown prison jumpsuit, claiming she wasn't given any underwear. Defendants in general wear civilian clothing during trials so the jurors aren't prejudiced against them. | After a discussion about which agency was responsible…
rt.com/news/468444-chinese-spy-trial-underwear/

Revelations in Isak Aden murder case show police wrongdoing, family calls for independent prosecutor
Fight Back | fightbacknews.org | 2019-09-06
Minneapolis, MN – A September 5 press conference at the offices of CAIR MN made public new information in the police murder of 23-year-old Isak Aden. Aden, a breadwinner and caregiver for his younger siblings and disabled grandmother, was surrounded on July 2 by 90 officers for four hours in the Twin Cities suburb of Eagan, before fatal shots were fired by five cops from the cities of Eagan and Bloomington. | For two months, his family and hundreds of community members have rallied and marched justice for Isak, demanding the release of audio and video from the incident, and the firing and prosecution of the kille…
www.fightbacknews.org/2019/9/6/revelatio…

Calling BS on the 'Bad Apples' Theory of Police Misconduct
Staff | therealnews.com | 2019-09-04
On this episode of The Police Accountability Report, we tell a harrowing tale of a firsthand experience with drug dealing cops reveals the long and troubling history of police selling narcotics, and calls into question the idea that police corruption is limited to a few bad actors.
therealnews.com/stories/calling-bs-on-the-bad-apples-theory-of-police-misconduct

Nigerian Journalist & Activist Omoyele Sowore Remains Jailed for Calling for Peaceful Protests
Staff | democracynow.org | 2019-09-04
Journalist and pro-democracy activist Omoyele Sowore is entering his second month in jail for calling for peaceful nationwide protests against the government. Sowore called his movement "Revolution Now" and mobilized activists to take to the streets August 5. But just two days before the protests were set to begin, Sowore was arrested by the state and accused of attempting to take over the government. He's been imprisoned for more than a month now as human rights groups continue to call for his immediate release. We speak with his wife Opeyemi Sowore and Nani Jansen Reventlow, one of the attorneys representing Om…
www.democracynow.org/2019/9/4/nigerian_j…

In Secretive Court Hearing, NYPD Cops Who Raped Brooklyn Teen in Custody Get No Jail Time
Natasha Lennard | theintercept.com | 2019-08-30
Two NYPD cops coerced Anna Chambers into sex in exchange for her freedom. A judge just gave them no jail time.
theintercept.com/2019/08/30/nypd-anna-chambers-rape-probation/

What Do Black Voters Want?
Kiki Monifa | progressive.org | 2019-08-29
A new census of black America shows that despite a high level of political engagement, more than half of respondents think that politicians do not care about black people.
progressive.org/op-eds/what-do-black-voters-want-monifa-190829/

Pacbi Welcomes Statement by More Than 500 Filmmakers Against "Close Up" Initiative Normalizing Israeli Apartheid
PACBI | bdsmovement.net | 2019-08-28
Pacbi Welcomes Statement by More Than 500 Filmmakers Against "Close Up" Initiative Normalizing Israeli Apartheid: UpdateFilmmakers denounce "Close up," a new documentary film project that aims to normalize relations with Israel as if it were a normal state, not a regime of occupation, settler-colonialism and apartheid. | Cultural BoycottAugust 28, 2019 | B…
bdsmovement.net/news/pacbi-welcomes-statement-more-500-filmmakers-against-close-initiative-normalizing-israeli

Will North Carolina's Supreme Court Allow Racism to Remain a Persistent Factor in its Death Penalty?
aclu.org | 2019-08-23
North Carolina's Supreme Court will determine whether evidence of racism in capital punishment can be swept under the rug. | In 2009, North Carolina passed the Racial Justice Act (RJA), which allowed defendants to strike the death penalty from their cases if they could show that racial discrimination was a factor in their prosecution. The law came as a response to a series of exonerations of Black people who were falsely convicted of crimes they did not commit by all-white or nearly all-white juries. The legislature took a bold step to address was what suspected to be deeply troubling evidence of racism infe…
aclu.org/blog/capital-punishment/racial-disparities-and-death-penalty/will-north-carolinas-supreme-court

A Louisiana Parish Jailed a U.S. Citizen for Being Latinx. We're Suing
aclu.org | 2019-08-22
Officers in a Louisiana jail held a U.S. citizen for four days on an immigration hold simply because of his skin color and name. | Ramon Torres had been a U.S. citizen for nearly ten years when he was detained for four days on an immigration hold — despite having a U.S. passport, a Louisiana driver's license, and a Social Security card, and despite that fact that a court ordered his release. | Torres' ordeal began in August 2018, when he was pulled over and arrested on suspicion of driving while intoxicated. Torres, a naturalized U.S. citizen since 2009, was carrying multiple forms of identification, inclu…
aclu.org/blog/racial-justice/race-and-criminal-justice/louisiana-parish-jailed-us-citizen-being-latinx-were

BDS movement condemns U.S. Congress' anti-BDS resolution
patrick | bdsmovement.net | 2019-08-13
BDS movement condemns U.S. Congress' anti-BDS resolution: UpdateThe resolution is based on lies and aims to to demonize peaceful resistance to Israel's military occupation and apartheid. | Right To BoycottJuly 23, 2019 | By: | | Palestinian BDS National Committee (BNC) …
bdsmovement.net/news/bds-movement-condemns-us-congress-anti-bds-resolution