2020-10-22: News Headlines

Susan Price (2020-10-22). Racism, democracy in the 'land of the free'. greenleft.org.au The racism and lack of democracy that underpins the institutions of the United States has been exposed thanks to the Black Lives Matter movement and President Donald Trump's rush to confirm a new Supreme Court justice ahead of the election, writes Barry Sheppard.

Staff (2020-10-21). Headlines for October 21, 2020. democracynow.org Nigerian Soldiers Open Fire on Protesters Opposing Police Brutality, As U.S. Faces Third Coronavirus Surge, CDC Reports 300,000 Excess Deaths in 2020, Pope Wears Mask at Public Event for First Time as EU Coronavirus Cases Surge, Justice Department and 11 States Sue Google in Biggest Antitrust Lawsuit in Decades, ACLU Can't Find Hundreds of Asylum-Seeking Parents Separated from Children by Trump Admin, L.A. Times: Just Three of 265 Reported Crimes at California ICE Jails Led to Prosecutions, Early Voting Opens for Pretrial Prisoners in Chicago's Cook County Jail , Armed Poll Watchers Deploy to Democratic Precincts…

MEE staff (2020-10-21). Israeli policeman who killed autistic Palestinian charged with reckless homicide. middleeasteye.net Israeli policeman who killed autistic Palestinian charged with reckless homicide | Rights group says higher charges should have been levied; defence lawyers say killing was 'tragedy, but not a criminal offense' | Wed, 10/21/2020 – 18: 07 | Demonstrators raise portrait of Iyad al-Halak in protest against Israeli government near prime minister's residence in Jerusalem in July (AFP/File photo) | An Israeli police…

Liberation Staff (2020-10-21). New memorial for Dominic Smith, killed by ABQ cops in 2009. liberationnews.org October is both the month of Smith's birth and his brutal, senseless killing at the hands of Albuquerque police.

RT (2020-10-21). Protesters hurl firecrackers at police after black moped rider allegedly hit by cop car in Providence, RI (PHOTOS, VIDEOS). rt.com Police in Providence, Rhode Island have made more than a dozen arrests after a demonstration, sparked by a black moped rider being slammed by a cop car, descended into mayhem. One officer was injured. | Hundreds of people marched through the state's capital on Tuesday night in solidarity with Jhamal Gonsalves, a 24-year-old black man who was knocked off his motorized scooter after allegedly being hit by a Providence police cruiser. Footage of the event was widely

RT (2020-10-21). Nigerian president appeals for 'calm' after soldiers fire on protesters amid chaos in the capital. rt.com President of Nigeria Muhammadu Buhari called for "understanding and calm" a day after soldiers opened fire on police-brutality protesters against the now dissolved Special Anti-Robbery Squad (SARS) in Lagos on Tuesday night. | "The Presidency appeals for understanding and calm across the nation, as the implementation of the reforms, gathers pace at Federal and State levels," a statement delivered via the president's spokesman, Femi Adesina, and published on the Nigerian Television Authority website on Wednesday, said. | It did not address the previous day's shooting at protesters and focused largely on to the…

Betsey Piette (2020-10-21). Kaepernick's "Abolition for the People" series to include essay by Mumia. workers.org Former National Football League player Colin Kaepernick made history in August 2016 when, during the playing of the national anthem, he refused to stand, in order to protest brutal police killings of Black people across the U.S. Kaepernick, then a 28-year-old quarterback with the San Francisco 49ers, had led his . . . |

WSWS (2020-10-21). Breonna Taylor grand jury was never given option to indict killer cops. wsws.org Jurors have begun to come forward to dispute Republican Attorney General Daniel Cameron's characterization of the grand jury deliberations.

news.un (2020-10-21). UN chief calls for end to reported police brutality in Nigeria. news.un.org The UN Secretary-General on Wednesday said he was closely following recent developments across Nigeria, in the wake of reports that protesters had been shot dead and wounded, and called for "an end to reported police brutality and abuses."

_____ (2020-10-21). Grand Jury Member Breaks Silence On Breonna Taylor Case. popularresistance.org Kentucky Attorney General Daniel Cameron, announcing last month that no police officers would be charged with homicide for killing Breonna Taylor, claimed members of a grand jury agreed with him in finding that cops "were justified" in opening fire. | "My job is to present the facts to the grand jury and the grand jury then applies those facts to the law," Cameron explained, suggesting those facts informed the decision to indict only one officer on three counts of first-degree "wanton endangerment."

Mehr News Agency (2020-10-21). People shot dead in public protest in Lagos, Nigeria. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, Oct. 21 (MNA) — A number of people have reportedly been shot dead or wounded at a protest against police brutality in Nigeria's biggest city, Lagos.

Kathy Kelly (2020-10-20). Afghanistan, Black Lives Matter, and Antiwar Activism. zcomm.org Interview on a variety of topics…

WSWS (2020-10-20). Nigerian government unleashes massacre against police brutality protesters. wsws.org Nigeria's protests against police brutality are also fueled by popular anger over conditions of mass unemployment, endemic poverty and unprecedented social inequality in Africa's largest country.

Ragip Soylu (2020-10-20). Turkey arrests Jordanian on suspicion of spying for UAE. middleeasteye.net Turkey arrests Jordanian on suspicion of spying for UAE | Sources tell MEE Ahmed al-Astal posed as a Muslim Brotherhood supporter to spy on Arab dissidents | Tue, 10/20/2020 – 10: 06 | Turkish police officers patrol in front of Hagia Sophia on 11 July 2020 in Istanbul (AFP) | Turkey's intelligence agency has arrested a Jordanian national on accusation of spying for the United Arab Emirates. | Turkish int…

RT (2020-10-20). Portland protesters leave 'Kill the president' message on police union building & set fire to pro-cop billboard (PHOTOS, VIDEO). rt.com Demonstrators in Portland vandalized the office of the local police union and torched a billboard that expressed support for law enforcement, amid ongoing unrest in the Oregon city that has stretched for months. | Protesters marched to the Portland Police Association (PPA) building on Monday night as they chanted "No justice, no peace." The building, which had been boarded up after being repeatedly attacked by rioters during previous demonstrations, was then defaced with graffiti. Messages spray-painted on the wood panels included: "Burn this," "Cops are murderers," and "Kill the president." | Some of the new…

RT (2020-10-20). 'I don't care Trump doesn't like black people': Rapper 50 Cent says 'Vote Trump' reacting to Biden's tax hike plan. rt.com Rapper 50 Cent has become an unlikely supporter of Donald Trump's reelection campaign, with the hip hop artist reacting in horror to Joe Biden's tax plan, which hikes rates on high earners, and calling on fans to "vote for Trump." | The 'Get Rich or Die Tryin' star threw his weight behind the president in an Instagram post on Monday, sharing a screencap from a news broadcast showing the top combined state and local tax rates under Biden's proposal along with an outraged caption. | "WHAT THE F**K! (VOTE for TRUMP) I'M OUT. F**K NEW YORK The KNICKS never win anyway," he wrote, adding "I don't care Trump doesn't…

RT (2020-10-20). Nigerian troops open fire at anti-police brutality protesters in Lagos as 24-hour curfew kicks in — reports. rt.com Soldiers have reportedly opened fire at people protesting against police brutality in Lagos, Nigeria, shortly after a 24-hour curfew was imposed in the city over the escalating demonstrations. | Gunfire and sirens were heard in the Lekki district of Nigeria's financial capital, witnesses told Reuters. | Though there have been no official reports of fatalities or injuries, some locals shared graphic footage on social media of blood-soaked garments and flags. | "They started firing ammunition toward the crowd. They were firing into the crowd. I saw the bullet hit one or two persons," one local security officer s…

WSWS (2020-10-20). Anti-mask zealot arrested after threat to kidnap and kill Democratic mayor of Wichita. wsws.org Meredith Dowty, 59, was charged with criminal threat after sending text messages to a city official in an attempt to ascertain the mayor's address to facilitate a kidnapping.

Staff (2020-10-20). COVID-19 in Prisons Is Far Worse Than Previously Thought, Data Trackers Say. truthout.org James King was incarcerated in California's San Quentin State Prison for roughly six years. He spent much of that time analyzing the politics of incarceration by chronicling his experiences living in one of the country's most notorious prisons. When he was released from prison in December 2019, he joined the staff of the Ella Baker Center for Human Rights, where he has campaigned for decarceration. | While incarcerated, King endured life in a cramped and racially segregated prison — a sit…

yenisafak (2020-10-20). Hashd al-Shaabi head decries attack on KDP office. yenisafak.com The leader of the Hashd al-Shaabi militia in Iraq has decried an attack on the Kurdistan Democratic Party's (KDP) branch office in Baghdad as a criminal act.Falih Alfayyadh told state television that 15 people who stormed the headquarters of the party were arrested.He said that al-Hashd al-Shaabi was not responsible for the occasional missile attacks against the US and other foreign missions in Baghdad."Those who attack foreign representatives are illegal groups that have nothing to do with us," Alfayyadh stressed.Supporters of the Hashd al-Shaabi militia ransacked the KDP headquarters in Baghdad and set it on fi…

Bigots Forced to Flee (2020-10-19). Large San Francisco Counter-Protest Overwhelms Tiny Ultra-Right Rally. indybay.org On Saturday, October 17, 2020, labor union members, anti-police brutality campaigners, advocates for release of prisoners affected by COVID-19, and leftists from Oakland and San Francisco came together to form a counter-demonstration against a rally of far-right demonstrators.

Sameena Rahman (2020-10-19). Massive people's movement in Nigeria challenges elite SARS police unit. liberationnews.org Protests continue to take place across Nigeria after erupting earlier this month over incidents of extreme police brutality and corruption at the hands of the elite Nigerian police force, the Special Anti-Robbery Squad. The protests were initially sparked after widespread online outcry after a video published online showcased a SARS officer murdering a young man …

RT (2020-10-19). Suspect barricades himself in at Paramount Studios, shots fired amid massive police response (VIDEOS). rt.com The suspect in a sexual assault case barricaded himself into a building at Paramount Studios, prompting a heavily armed response from the LAPD. The suspect was eventually arrested after a brief siege. | The siege began after local police attempted to arrest the suspect in Los Angeles at approximately 10pm local time on Sunday, according to Fullerton Police Cpl. Billy Phu. Eyewitness footage from the scene captured the extent of the major armed police response. | #paramountstudios pic.twitter.com/rA4pZxskDH— VO$$ DRIPPIN (@vossdrippin) teleSUR (2020-10-19). 79% of Brazilians Killed by Police in 2019 Were Black People. telesurenglish.net Brazil's Public Security Forum (FBSP) Monday informed that 79.1 percent of 6,357 persons killed by National Police in 2019 were Black people. | RELATED: | "Violence against African-descendants is increasing over the years," Public Security Annual Report admitted alluding to a comparison between 2018 and 2019. | The Forum also informed that 74.4 percent of the 47,773 intentional violent deaths reported in 2019 were Bl…

Pip Hinman (2020-10-19). Sydney Black Lives Matter rally called for October 26. greenleft.org.au First Nations advocates and families of people who have died in custody are planning a Black Lives Matter protest in Sydney on October 26, reports Jim McIlroy.

_____ (2020-10-18). On Contact: Resistance And Militancy. popularresistance.org On the show this week, Chris Hedges talks to former Baltimore Black Panther leader Eddie Conway about the nature of resistance, white supremacy and the rise of the a new black militancy. | The book, The Brother You Choose, is a conversation between Eddie Conway and Paul Coates. Conway reflects on state repression and the hard road of resistance in a state that stops at nothing to crush resistance movements.

RT (2020-10-18). 18yo Chicago man arrested after teacher & classmates witness sexual assault on 7yo student during online class. rt.com An 18-year-old man has been charged with predatory criminal sexual assault of a minor after he was caught on a livestream abusing a seven-year-old student in the middle of an online class in Chicago. | The shocking incident occurred in West Chesterfield during a break from an online class on Thursday, when the teacher asked the students to mute themselves and turn off their cameras. The young victim's camera, however, remained on and caught the sexual abuse act — livestreaming it to multiple students, as the teacher desperately urged them to log off immediately. | When police raided the victim's house to…