2020-05-20: News Headlines

Kerbie Joseph (2020-05-20). NYC police brutality masked as 'public health' measure. liberationnews.org The vast majority of enforcement-related summons and arrests were disproportionately of Black and Brown people.

Thomas Klikauer — Nadine Campbell (2020-05-20). Conspiracies and the Coronavirus in the USA and Germany. counterpunch.org By early May 2020, Coronavirus and Conspiracies had become a pressing issue. It should not come as a surprise that the global right-wing is linking the coronavirus to conspiracies. The use of conspiracies is nothing new. In 2018, CNN reported that within 72 hours, three hate crimes killed two African-Americans in Kentucky, nail bombs were

Al Neal (2020-05-19). NFL's Rooney Rule to be amended to require more hiring diversity. peoplesworld.org We all knew it wasn't working. The lack of diversity among NFL head coaches and coordinators was easy to spot—only two African-American candidates have been hired for 19 open head coach slots in the last three years, and there are only two minority general team mangers amongst the 32 teams. And now, 18 years after …

Ronnie Kasrils (2020-05-18). Denis Goldberg, comrade of Nelson Mandela and enemy of apartheid everywhere, dies. peoplesworld.org Denis Goldberg, hero of the South African freedom struggle, died on April 29, 2020. The following remembrance is by Ronnie Kasrils, a former minister in African National Congress governments and veteran of the struggle. It was originally published in Portside. Integrity and defense of the truth, whatever the personal cost, was a choice Denis Goldberg …

Ted Kelly (2020-05-18). The Nakba: 72 years of ongoing catastrophe. workers.org May 15 is the day commemorating Youm al-Nakba, the Day of Catastrophe, when white European settlers declared war on the people of Palestine in 1948. In the violence that immediately followed the settlers' so-called "independence" declaration, at least 700,000 Palestinians were forced out of their homes, and hundreds of towns . . . |

Staff (2020-05-15). The Secretive Police Commission The Justice Department Doesn't Want You To Notice. therealnews.com PAR learns about life under lockdown with COVID-19 from a guest just released from 10 months of incarceration, and examines the secretive police commission created by Attorney General Barr.

Staff (2020-05-09). Wall Street Is Profiting From Police Brutality. therealnews.com Taxpayers are paying double for police brutality settlements thanks to cities and towns buying bonds from Wall Street to finance payouts for officer misconduct. San Diego cop watcher Kat from Irate Productions discusses recent police harassment of unarmed residents.

Staff (2020-05-11). "COVID-19 Has Been Racialized": Black Scholar Jill Nelson Arrested for Chalking "Trump = Plague" democracynow.org Black and Brown communities are being disproportionately targeted and policed in New York City's response to the spread of COVID-19. We speak with author and activist Jill Nelson, who was herself arrested by NYPD in April for writing "Trump = Plague" in chalk on an abandoned building in her Washington Heights neighborhood. The 67-year-old scholar was handcuffed, taken to the police station and held for five hours. Now she is speaking out. The president is "telling us that as people of color, and older people, we should just die," says Nelson. "It's ridiculous."

RT (2020-05-20). Mo Salah and the Four Thieves: Gang of armed robbers wearing Mo Salah masks arrested by police in Egypt. rt.com Mo Salah has many imitators thanks to his spectacular scoring record. But none have gone as far to mimic Mo as a gang of four criminals arrested by Egyptian police in Cairo for wearing masks of the Liverpool forward to rob stores.

RT (2020-05-18). 'Have a good day & be safe': New Jersey cops are latest police force to REFUSE enforcing Covid-19 restrictions. rt.com Footage of police in New Jersey informing anti-lockdown protesters they're in violation of Covid-19 executive orders, but will not face consequences, is the latest example of officers taking a more hands-off approach to the rules. | People began gathering outside Atilis Gym in southern New Jersey hours before it opened on Monday to show support for the business defying executive orders from the governor, and to protest the continuing lockdown measures in place across the state. | While almost no protesters wore face coverings and were clearly breaking social distancing guidelines by gathering in a big crowd, p…

sputniknews (2020-05-20). Most Wanted Hizbul Mujahideen Militant Arrested in Jammu and Kashmir. sputniknews.com New Delhi (Sputnik): In April 2019, Chander Kant Sharma, a leading member of India's Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh, a nationalist organisation, was shot dead along with his personal security officer in Jammu and Kashmir. The incident triggered protests across the country.

sputniknews (2020-05-20). Syrian Justice Ministry Refutes Reports of Arresting Accounts of Assad's Cousin Makhlouf. sputniknews.com CAIRO (Sputnik) – The Syrian Justice Ministry on Wednesday refuted media reports about arrested accounts of businessman Rami Makhlouf, a cousin of President Bashar Assad.

WSWS (2020-05-19). US steps up witch hunt against Chinese scientists. wsws.org The US federal government has arrested researchers and scientists of Chinese descent as part of an accelerated crackdown on alleged participants of China's "Thousand Talents" program.

Peoples Dispatch (2020-05-19). Mismanagement of pandemic by Haitian President Jovenel MoàØse fuels latest protests demanding his resignation. peoplesdispatch.org In response to the anti-government demonstrations, the Haitian National Police used tear gas and water cannons to disperse the crowd and arrested many social leaders…

Hatewatch Staff (2020-05-15). 'Boogaloo Boy' Arrested in Texas, Charged With Plotting To Murder Cops on Facebook Live. splcenter.org "Boogaloo Boys" — individuals associated with an online community characterized by calls for civil strife and ownership of firearms and tactical gear — have advocated for an armed revolution online and at public rallies for months. On April 11, one self-proclaimed "Boogaloo Boy" allegedly used Facebook Live to show himself attempting to murder police.

Andrea Woods (2020-05-12). Dallas County Officials are Leaving Vulnerable People to Catch COVID-19 in Jail. aclu.org Wykivia and Ideare Bailey were taking every precaution. Worried for their asthmatic daughter due to the spread of COVID-19, the couple was meticulous in cleaning, sanitizing, and social distancing to reduce every possible threat. However, when Ideare was arrested for property theft and booked into the Dallas County Jail on April 6, there was no way to adhere to those precautions. Held in a crowded intake room, he could not maintain six feet of distance from other people. Forced to live in a dormitory with 60 other people — for meals, downtime, sleeping, bathing, everything — Mr. Bailey knew that he…

Lucas Koerner and Ricardo Vaz (2020-05-05). Venezuela: Two US Citizens Captured in Botched Coup Attempt. venezuelanalysis.com Two former green berets were arrested in a second failed assault on Venezuelan shores on Monday.