2020-02-10: News Headlines

Eric A. Gordon (2020-02-10). 'See You Yesterday': A Netflix film about police killings of African Americans. peoplesworld.org First-time feature filmmakers, director Stefon Bristol and his co-writer Fredrica Bailey, have aimed for, and largely achieved an almost impossible goal. Their Netflix movie See You Yesterday grafts an angry response to the pandemic of unjustified police killings of young Black men to an upbeat, uplifting and often humorous time-travel fantasy. If even tragedy can …

Staff (2020-02-10). "Our Very Existence Is the Resistance": An Hour w/ AOC, Ayanna Pressley, Rashida Tlaib & Ilhan Omar. democracynow.org On Friday, Democracy Now! co-host Nermeen Shaikh sat down for a rare joint interview with the Squad, the group of four freshmen Democratic congresswomen who have taken Capitol Hill by storm: Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez of New York, Ayanna Pressley of Massachusetts, Rashida Tlaib of Michigan and Ilhan Omar of Minnesota. Omar and Tlaib are the first Muslim women elected to Congress. Omar is a former refugee from Somalia, and Tlaib is the first female Palestinian-American member of Congress. Ayanna Pressley is the first African-American woman elected to Congress from Massachusetts. Ocasio-Cortez was just 29 years old w…

RT (2020-02-10). Sick joke: Blogger arrested after brutal coronavirus prank on Moscow subway (VIDEO). rt.com A prankster is facing up to five years in prison for causing panic on the Moscow underground. That's the high price he may yet paying for an ill-conceived attempt to turn Chinese coronavirus hysteria into online likes. | A young man in a black tracksuit and a face mask was walking along the subway car on one of the busiest lines before suddenly collapsing on the floor and starting to convulse in agony. Several guys rushed to help the poor soul, but then quickly fled, shouting "Coronavirus! Coronavirus!" | The event had a strong effect on other passengers, who started rushing out of the car as soon as the train…

RT (2020-02-10). Fight in Norway's biggest mosque ends with woman's finger being BITTEN OFF. rt.com A fight between two women at a mosque in Norway's capital clearly got out of hand after one of the participants had her finger bitten off. It's not yet known what triggered the brutal brawl. | The fight between a woman in her 30s and a woman in her 50s happened at the Tawfiiq Islamic Center in Oslo, according to local media. | Police confirmed the incident on Twitter and said that the victim had been transported to a nearby hospital. The chewed-up finger was recovered at the scene and taken to the hospital, where surgeons will attempt to reattach it. | The alleged finger-biter was arrested and charged with ass…

RT (2020-02-10). Russian 'anarchists' jailed for planning FIFA World Cup and presidential election terrorist attacks. rt.com A court in the central Russian city of Penza has handed down prison sentences of between six and 18 years to seven anarchists convicted on terrorism charges. | The men, all members of the group 'Network ('Set,' in Russian), were accused of possession of weapons and drugs, and of planning attacks during the FIFA World Cup and presidential election in 2018. They were arrested in 2017, in Penza and St. Petersburg. The Federal Security Service (FSB) claims that 'Network' also operated 'cells' in Moscow, Omsk and the capital of Belarus, Minsk. | Investigators asserted that Dmitry Pchelintsev and Ilya Shakursky were…

Norman Solomon (2020-02-10). Why the Buttigieg Campaign Tried to Have Me Arrested for Handing Out These Medicare for All Fliers. commondreams.org US Presidential Candidate and former South Bend, Indiana mayor Pete Buttigieg speaks at a Town Hall event in Keene, New Hampshire. – US Presidential Candidates are in the state for the upcoming 2020 New Hampshire Democratic primary who will take place on February 11, 2020. (Photo: Timothy A. Clary/AFP via Getty Images) | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…

Norman Solomon (2020-02-10). Why the Buttigieg Campaign Tried to Have Me Arrested for Handing Out Information About Medicare for All. indybay.org Trying to block information on a New Hampshire campus…

John Davis (2020-02-10). Three Old White Guys: Bernie, Biden and Bloomberg. counterpunch.org Pete Buttigieg's declaration of victory in Iowa reminded us that neither sex, sexual orientation or skin color is in any way intrinsic to a person's judgement – the first gay or the first African-American or the first woman to do this or that may still be mired in the mediocrity of their convictions. Distinctions of identity may remain relevant, but it is the authenticity of their narratives that should concern us.

BDS South Africa (2020-02-09). South Africa's Government's Firm Stance against "Israeli Apartheid" globalresearch.ca South African civil society will be holding a pre State of the Nation (SONA) Palestine solidarity picket in support of the South African government's firm stance against Israeli Apartheid and in protest against US President Donald Trump's recent Apartheid …

RT (2020-02-09). Man with knife & plan to 'assassinate' Trump detained outside White House. rt.com A man carrying a knife has been detained outside the White House in Washington, DC. He told the US Secret Service that he'd brought the weapon to "assassinate" Donald Trump. | The suspect himself approached a security officer who was patrolling outside the presidential residence Saturday afternoon, and told him of his plan. "I have a knife to do it with," he said, according to a police report seen by AP. | Police identified the man as 25-year-old Roger Hedgpeth, who was arrested on charges of making threats to cause bodily harm. The man had a 3.5-inch (around 9-cm) knife on him as well as an empty pistol holst…

teleSUR (2020-02-09). Egypt Arrests and Tortures Human Rights Activist: Rights Group. telesurenglish.net An Egyptian researcher and activist was arrested Friday at Cairo's international airport following his arrival from Italy to Egypt's capital for a family visit, according to the Egyptian Initiative for Personal Rights (EIPR). | RELATED: | Patrick George Zaki, 27, had been in the Italian city of Bologna since August 2019 for his postgraduate studies. | "He was taken into the custody of Egypt's National Security Inve…

Fight Back (2020-02-07). Milwaukee area law enforcement kill two people in one week. fightbacknews.org Milwaukee, WI – The Milwaukee Police Department, the Milwaukee County Sheriff's Office (MCSO) and other law enforcement departments in the surrounding suburbs are notorious for their treatment of Milwaukee's African-American residents, who make up nearly 40% of the population. This fact has been confirmed by this last week, where two people lost their lives due to negligence and criminal misuse of deadly force. | During the morning of January 25, Ceasar Stinson, 47, was killed in a car crash precipitated by an unmarked MCSO squad car. Stinson was a long-time community advocate and a lobbyist for Milwaukee Public…

Fight Back (2020-02-07). Israeli troops kill anti-Trump protester. fightbacknews.org 17-year-old Mohamed Sulaiman Alhddad was shot and killed by Israeli troops in the West Bank city of Hebron, February 5, during a protest responding to President Trump's "Deal of the Century." Other protesters have been killed or injured in recent days. | Trump's plan would strengthen Israeli apartheid and has no support among Palestinians. Resistance groups, such as the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine, vow to oppose it.

Fight Back (2020-02-07). Indigenous activists opposing pipeline project attacked, arrested by Canadian police. fightbacknews.org Milwaukee, WI – In the early morning hours of February 6, officers from the Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP) invaded territory belonging to the peoples of the Wet'suwet'en Nation, attacking indigenous activists and supporters who are actively opposing a pipeline project that will cut across Wet'suwet'en land. At least six land protectors were arrested and several others, including members of the media on the scene, were detained and removed from Wet'suwet'en territory by the RCMP. | This escalation is only the most recent incident in a conflict which began back in 2018 but whose true origins extend back to wh…

Andrea Woods (2020-02-05). Using Bail as Ransom Violates the Core Tenets of Pretrial Justice. aclu.org Rebecca Gill was out of | options. At 39 years old, she was arrested and though not convicted of a crime | and presumed innocent, confined to a jail cell. This happened because of a cash | bail requirement that she couldn't afford. Her friends didn't have extra money | to help, and she was unlikely to see a judge until she'd been in jail for two | full weeks. | Stuck in jail, she was in | jeopardy of losing her job and her driver's license. Losing her license would result | in myriad consequences, such as preventing her from getting to work and making | it more difficult to take care of her son and mother. | T…

Janine Jackson (2020-02-04). 'This Is an Apartheid Proposal and It's a Nonstarter' – CounterSpin interview with Omar Baddar on Israel/Palestine 'peace deal'. fair.org Janine Jackson interviewed the Arab American Institute's Omar Baddar about the Trump/Kushner "peace deal" for Israel/Palestine for the Media…

Staff (2020-01-30). "Coded Bias": New Film Looks at Fight Against Racial Bias in Facial Recognition & AI Technology. democracynow.org A new documentary looks at the dangers of artificial intelligence and its increasing omnipresence in daily life, as new research shows that it often reflects racist biases. Earlier this month, Cambridge, Massachusetts, became the latest major city to ban facial recognition technology, joining a growing number of cities, including San Francisco, to ban the artificial intelligence, citing flawed technology and racial and gender bias. A recent study also found that facial recognition identified African-American and Asian faces incorrectly 10 to 100 times more than white faces. The film "Coded Bias" begins with Joy B…

splcenter (2020-01-29). Weekend Read: 2020: African Americans and the Vote. splcenter.org Historian Carter G. Woodson in 1926 established "Negro History Week" to celebrate the contributions to our nation made by Black people.

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