2020-01-17: News Headlines

RT (2020-01-17). 'Lies': Russian model rejects claims she was arrested in Spain for false rape complaint against AC Milan star Theo Hernandez. rt.com Russian model Luisa Kremleva has rejected reports she was arrested by Spanish police over false sexual assault claims against AC Milan star Theo Hernandez. | Reports in Spain this week claimed that Kremleva had been detained on charges of filing a false complaint against Hernandez, 22, a former Real Madrid defender who now plays in Italy. | The case stems from 2017, when the model accused the football star of sexually assaulting her in a parking lot outside a nightclub in Marbella, also saying she had been drugged. | A provincial court rejected that complaint in January of last year on the grounds that there w…

Ajamu Baraka (2020-01-17). Trump Prosecutors Make Move to Ensure that Embassy Protectors are Convicted. counterpunch.org As the trial approaches, the lawyers for the Trump Administration's prosecution of the four Venezuelan Embassy Protectors who were arrested last May are asking the court to make sure the jury is kept ignorant about the facts and circumstances surrounding the actions of the protectors. In a recently filed motion by government lawyers, state prosecutors More

WSWS (2020-01-17). Oakland, California: With guns drawn, police evict homeless mothers from house. wsws.org A SWAT team wielding semi-automatic AR-15s broke down the front door of the house with a battering ram and arrested the residents of the house along with two protesters.

sputniknews (2020-01-17). Dalit Leader Vows to Continue Protest Against CAA After Release From Prison. sputniknews.com New Delhi (Sputnik): Police in India's national capital arrested the leader of a Dalit (underprivileged caste) political group, the Bhim Army on 20 December. He was protesting outside the Jama Masjid Mosque in the old part of Delhi against the new citizenship law.

RT (2020-01-17). Iraqis capture ISIS mufti so obese a TRUCK has to take him into custody, sparking slew of Twitter memes. rt.com A top ISIS leader dubbed 'Jabba the Hutt' has been captured in Mosul — but proved so obese that removing him from his bolthole required the assistance of a truck, drawing a deluge of memes and jokes at his expense on social media.

Staff (2020-01-16). $600M Property Tax Overcharge Is Eroding Detroit's Black Homeownership. therealnews.com African-American homeowners in Detroit don't just face lingering damage from the 2008 recession. The city is suffering from a foreclosure crisis after overcharging homeowners $600 million in property taxes.

Staff (2020-01-16). Tanks & AR-15s: Moms 4 Housing Speaks Out After Militarized Eviction from Vacant Oakland House. democracynow.org We look at the fight for affordable housing in the Bay Area with Moms 4 Housing, the unhoused and insecurely housed mothers who were evicted Tuesday by a militarized police force from a vacant home they had been occupying in Oakland, California. The action ended a two-month standoff between the mothers and real estate developer Wedgewood Properties when sheriff's deputies arrested two mothers and two of their supporters. All four were released on bail Tuesday afternoon. We speak to Misty Cross, one of the moms who was arrested, and her daughter Destiny Johnson. "It was never about trying to stay in that house," s…

Peoples Dispatch (2020-01-16). Curbs on withdrawals by banks trigger protests in Lebanon. peoplesdispatch.org A large number of demonstrators gathered in front of bank offices in Beirut for the second consecutive day on Wednesday January 15, to protest against the curbs imposed on withdrawal of dollars. Some of the protesters resorted to violence and vandalized the bank offices. | The police fired teargas and detained around 17 protesters for indulging in violence. This led to another round of protests in front of the police headquarters. Demonstrators demanded the release of those arrested. | As per the Red Cross, around 47 people were injured in the police action on Wednesday. Majority of them were taken to nearby hosp…

Staff (2020-01-16). Moms 4 Housing Speaks Out After Militarized Eviction From Vacant Oakland House. truthout.org We look at the fight for affordable housing in the Bay Area with Moms 4 Housing, the unhoused and insecurely housed mothers who were evicted Tuesday by a militarized police force from a vacant home they had been occupying in Oakland, California. The action ended a two-month standoff between the mothers and real estate developer Wedgewood Properties when sheriff's deputies arrested two mothers and two of their supporters. All four were released on bail Tuesday afternoon. We speak to Misty Cross…

teleSUR (2020-01-16). Lebanon: Dozens Detained, Injured in 2nd Night of Protests. telesurenglish.net Hundreds gathered outside Lebanon's central bank Wednesday evening for the second night demanding access to their deposits and voicing anger for those detained the previous night. | RELATED: | Lebanese Focus New Wave of Protests Against Banks | "The total number of people arrested now tops 100, it's madness," said Nizar Saghieh, who heads the Legal Agenda non-government org…

Chris Butters (2020-01-15). Ten poetry books that illuminate a decade's struggles. peoplesworld.org Occupy Wall Street. The Peoples Climate March. The Women's March. Black Lives Matter. The ongoing mobilizations to defeat Trump and the extreme right that supports him. As we marched and organized against injustice, poets, often marching right alongside us, were creating enduring works of literary art that spoke to the struggle and the times we …

Tom Anderson (2020-01-15). British activist among those arrested for attempting to cut Gaza border fence. thecanary.co An international group of activists from Gaza 2020: Breaking the Siege were arrested in southern Israel on 13 January after they attempted to cut the military fence separating Israel from the Gaza Strip. | British citizen Julia Lister, 25, was one of those arrested. | Two activists were also arrested on 9 January at the Gaza fence. | "Time has already run out": | According to a press release received by The Canary: | In both cases the activists had intended to cut the fortified border fence and enter Gaza in a forceful but symbolic action to demand an im…

RT (2020-01-15). 3 people detained after live mortar round found in car at Pearl Harbor base gates. rt.com Three men have been arrested attempting to bring a live mortar round into the US' Pearl Harbor military base in their vehicle, according to military officials. The incident shut down the base for hours. | It's not clear why the group had the explosive device, which authorities said did not have a firing device attached but could be modified and triggered by something other than the usual mortar tube. A spokesman for the Hawaii base, Charles Anthony, called the device a "deadly weapon." | The trio, all civilians without authorized access to the base, were stopped on their way into the sprawling facility by secu…

Middle East Monitor (2020-01-14). Iran Makes Arrests Over Downed Ukrainian Plane as Protests Persist. theantimedia.com (MEMO) — Iran said on Tuesday it had arrested people accused of a role in shooting down a Ukrainian airliner and had also detained 30 people involved in protests that have swept the nation for four days since the military belatedly admitted its error, reports Reuters. Wednesday's shooting down of Ukraine International Airlines flight 752, which killed all …

Staff (2020-01-13). "Stop the Money Pipeline": 150 Arrested at Protests Exposing Wall Street's Link to Climate Crisis. democracynow.org Nearly 150 people were arrested on Capitol Hill Friday in a climate protest led by Academy Award-winning actor and activist Jane Fonda. Fonda has been leading weekly climate demonstrations in Washington, D.C., known as "Fire Drill Fridays," since October. For her last and 14th protest, actors Martin Sheen and Joaquin Phoenix, indigenous anti-pipeline activist Tara Houska, journalist Naomi Klein and dozens more lined up to get arrested as they demanded a mass uprising and swift political action to thwart the climate crisis. Fonda then marched with supporters down Pennsylvania Avenue to a Chase Bank branch where en…

Staff (2020-01-10). Canada's Cops Were Ready to Shoot Indigenous Anti-Pipeline Activists. therealnews.com RCMP officers were instructed to use as much violence as they wanted at the blockade of the Coastal Gaslink Pipeline. Kanahus Manuel, an indigenous activist in British Columbia, said it's part of Canada's long colonial legacy.

Ramzy Baroud (2020-01-10). Reclaiming the Narrative: How to Combat Israel's Misuse of "Antisemitism" mintpressnews.com While anti-Jewish racism is a real phenomenon that must be confronted, but "antisemitism, as defined by Israel, is a smokescreen with the ultimate aim of distracting from the real conversation: the crimes of military occupation, racism, and apartheid in Palestine.

Staff (2020-01-10). The Critical Role Auditing Plays in the Battle Against Police Surveillance. therealnews.com Auditors across the country are turning the tables on police surveillance. The Police Accountability Report spoke to an auditor who was arrested to understand how filming cops ultimately preserves our civil rights.

Staff (2020-01-08). $71 Million for More Cops; Not A Dime for Jobs and Healthcare. therealnews.com Operation Relentless Pursuit is a Department of Justice initiative to combat crime through a "surge in federal resources." We talked with Brandon Walker of the Ujima People's Progress Party about what's really needed to combat crime and empower neighborhoods in places like Baltimore, one of the seven cities targeted by the plan.