Daily Archives: May 13, 2020

2020-05-13: News Headlines

Tanuke Smith (2020-05-13). If we must die, don't let it be from COVID-19. peoplesworld.org Not much has changed in the Black community. The strategy of controlling wealth, access to healthcare, and the demise of African Americans is still as calculated as ever. The mainstream media reports daily on the death rate in Black communities, stemming from crime, police brutality, or COVID-19. As April arrived, the cruel face of reality …

WSWS (2020-05-13). New York police brutality continues unabated in midst of pandemic. wsws.org Sections of the Democratic Party and the media in New York City are attempting to portray brutal attacks by the NYPD on workers and youth exclusively in racial terms.

John Whitehead (2020-05-13). Contact Tracing, Immunity Cards and Mass Testing: Are We on The Fast Track to a National ID? mintpressnews.com CHARLOTTESVILLE ( That's the message being broadcast 24/7 with every new piece of government propaganda, every new law that criminalizes otherwise lawful activity, every new policeman on the beat, every new surveillance camera casting a watchful eye, every sensationalist news story that titillates and distracts, every new prison or detention center built to house troublemake…

RT (2020-05-12). Police officer rants about 'tyrannical' & 'unconstitutional' Covid-19 measures… gets in trouble for 'insubordination' (VIDEOS). rt.com A US police officer has urged fellow cops to stop enforcing coronavirus lockdown measures, slamming them as "unconstitutional." While his call to action landed him in trouble, other officers have started to speak out as well. | Port of Seattle Officer Greg Anderson was placed on administrative leave pending an investigation after he appeared in a viral video last weekend arguing the lockdown measures are violating the US Constitution and "trampling on people's liberties," questioning the restrictions and whether enforcing them is "the right thing" to do. | I want to remind you that regardless of where you stan…

NationAction (2020-05-12). Fight Mass Incarceration Amid the Pandemic. thenation.com Fight Mass Incarceration Amid the Pandemic…

NationAction (2020-05-12). Fight Mass Incarceration Amidst the Pandemic. thenation.com Fight Mass Incarceration Amidst the Pandemic…

Fight Back (2020-05-11). Tampa Bay SDS demands justice for Ahmaud Arbery. fightbacknews.org "Trayvon Martin, Emmett Till. How many Black lives will you kill?" This was one of many chants heard across downtown Tampa on Saturday, May 9, as protesters gathered to demand justice for Ahmaud Arbery. The South Georgia resident was murdered by two white supremacist vigilantes, father and son Gregory and Travis McMichael, while he out for a jog. | Tampa Bay Students for a Democratic Society (SDS), along with members of the community, parked outside the Sam M. Gibbons Federal Courthouse to participate in the socially-distanced protest. After the protesters were forced to leave by the building's security, the ral…

Howie Hawkins (2020-05-10). Fight COVID-19 Not Venezuela. dissidentvoice.org The Keystone Cops have nothing on the rag-tag group of soldiers of fortune who failed earlier this week in their implausible plot to kidnap Venezuelan President Nicolás Maduro, trigger a military coup, and install the US puppet, Juan Guaidó, in the presidency. We know all about the hair-brained scheme due to a falling out of …

RT (2020-05-10). NYC more than doubles number of 'social-distancing ambassadors' after cops' enforcement of Covid-19 rules causes backlash. rt.com Following troubling viral videos of arrests and concerns about racial disparity in enforcing Covid-19-related social distancing, Mayor Bill De Blasio says he is increasing "ambassadors" in the city from 1,000 to 2,300. | "Enforcement has always been the last resort," the mayor said at a press conference Sunday. | His comment comes in the wake of the city having come under increased scrutiny thanks to a viral video, of what some have flagged as police brutality, showing NYPD officers arresting several people suspected of breaking social-distancing rules, and also to statistics showing the last few months have s…

Ed Sykes (2020-05-10). Academic says the US has 'something wrong in its soul' after lynching of Black jogger Ahmaud Arbery. thecanary.co In February, a 25-year-old African-American civilian was One expert on African-American history had a particularly damning take on Arbery's murde…

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.

Michael Molitch-Hou (2020-05-13). Paramilitary Panda: WWF Land Grabs Rooted in Covert Apartheid History. indybay.org According to a BuzzFeed News series, the WWF has been tied to paramilitary violence in third world countries. What they completely ignored was that the WWF was previously involved in the murder of 6,000 anti-apartheid activists in South Africa a part of an "anti-poaching" mission in the 1980s. All evidence seems to suggest that the WWF was used as cover for an MI6 operation on behalf of powerful business interests in South Africa.

teleSUR (2020-05-12). Women, Migrants & Blacks Most Affected by COVID-19 in Latam. telesurenglish.net The COVID-19 pandemic will make a bad economic situation worse for women, Indigenous, black people and migrants in Latin America, the Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean (ECLAC) warned Tuesday. | RELATED: | The agency of the United Nations said in a report that unequal access to potable water, sanitation, healthcare, and housing could also mean higher rates of infection and death among these…

teleSUR (2020-05-10). 3 Mercenaries Arrested in Venezuela With Ties to Foiled Coup. telesurenglish.net Venezuela's government announced Sunday that its Special Forces apprehended three mercenaries with ties to the foiled May 3 plot in the northern state of Aragua, which borders Caracas. | RELATED: | The detainees were identified as First Lieutenant Jairo Betemy, Army Second Sergeant Franco Jonathan, and Bolivarian National Guard (GNB) First Sergeant Evan Rincon, who are now in the custody of the corresponding authorities.

Peoples Dispatch (2020-05-13). Palestinian teen killed, another arrested by Israeli forces in occupied West Bank. peoplesdispatch.org A 14-year-old Palestinian boy, identified as Zaid al-Fayumi, was killed and four others injured after Israeli occupying forces opened fire on Palestinian protesters on Wednesday…

Peoples Dispatch (2020-05-13). Villagers and left party workers protesting toxic gas leak in southern India arrested. peoplesdispatch.org Police arrested 10 people, including five members of the Communist Party of India (Marxist), and booked them under various charges, including criminal trespass and rioting. All 10 have been released on bail…

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…

Dr. Judy Mikovits (2020-05-12). Video: Plandemic Documentary: The Hidden Agenda Behind COVID-19. globalresearch.ca Humanity is imprisoned by a killer pandemic. People are being arrested for surfing in the ocean and meditating in nature. Nations are collapsing. Hungry citizens are rioting for food. The media has generated so much confusion and fear that people …

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 (2020-05-11). 'Arrest me': Elon Musk DEFIES Covid-19 quarantine by reopening Tesla plant in California. rt.com Elon Musk escalated his confrontation with California, reopening the Tesla car factory in Fremont in defiance of local officials and saying he is ready to be arrested for it, after critics called him callous and even racist. | Having complained over the weekend about being the only carmaker in the US still shuttered by the Covid-19 lockdown, Musk I will be on the line with everyone else. If anyone is arrested, I ask that it onl…

Staff (2020-05-11). Black Scholar Jill Nelson Arrested for Chalking "Trump = Plague" in New York. truthout.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 old…

Andrew Emett (2020-05-11). Former deputy fired and arrested after trying to break into teen's home. nationofchange.org Deputy Jordan Kita was recently fired and will face charges of forcible trespass, breaking and entering, and willful failure to discharge duties.

Staff (2020-05-08). Headlines for May 8, 2020. democracynow.org U.S. Coronavirus Deaths Pass 75,000 as Trump Sidelines Top Medical Experts, Trump to Be Tested for Coronavirus Daily After Valet Tests Positive, Vigil at White House Honors 88 Who Died from "Trump's Abhorrent Failure to Protect Nurses", U.S. Unemployment Claims Soar to 33.3 Million Amid Pandemic | , Democrats Promise "Rooseveltian" Coronavirus Relief Bill | , Mitch McConnell Prioritizes Judicial Confirmations as Senate Returns Amid Pandemic | , Data Shows 35 of 40 People Arrested in NY for Social Distancing Violations Are Black | , Texas Stops Jailing Lockdown Violators; Nebraska Ends Reporting on Meat Plant COVI…

Staff (2020-05-08). "A Lynch Mob": After Months of Inaction, 2 White Men Are Charged with Murder of Ahmaud Arbery in GA. democracynow.org The two white men caught on camera shooting and killing Ahmaud Arbery, an unarmed 25-year-old African American man, were arrested and charged Thursday with murder. The arrests came two days after video of the attack in February was shared with the public, sparking widespread outrage. Today would have been Arbery's 26th birthday. We speak with civil rights attorney Benjamin Crump, who represents the Arbery family and formerly represented Trayvon Martin.

2020-05-13: Social Media Postees

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If we must die, don't let it be from COVID-19
Tanuke Smith | peoplesworld.org | 2020-05-13
Not much has changed in the Black community. The strategy of controlling wealth, access to healthcare, and the demise of African Americans is still as calculated as ever. The mainstream media reports daily on the death rate in Black communities, stemming from crime, police brutality, or COVID-19. As April arrived, the cruel face of reality …
peoplesworld.org/article/if-we-must-die-dont-let-it-be-from-covid-19/

New York police brutality continues unabated in midst of pandemic
wsws.org | 2020-05-13
Sections of the Democratic Party and the media in New York City are attempting to portray brutal attacks by the NYPD on workers and youth exclusively in racial terms.
www.wsws.org/en/articles/2020/05/13/nypd…

Contact Tracing, Immunity Cards and Mass Testing: Are We on The Fast Track to a National ID?
John Whitehead | mintpressnews.com | 2020-05-13
CHARLOTTESVILLE ( Rutherford) —- No one is safe. No one is immune. No one gets spared the anguish, fear and heartache of living under the shadow of an authoritarian police state. | That's the message being broadcast 24/7 with every new piece of government propaganda, every new law that criminalizes otherwise lawful activity, every new policeman on the beat, every new surveillance camera casting a watchful eye, every sensationalist news story that titillates and distracts, every new prison or detention center built to house troublemake…
mintpressnews.com/contact-tracing-immunity-cards-mass-testing-national-id/267488/

Police officer rants about 'tyrannical' & 'unconstitutional' Covid-19 measures… gets in trouble for 'insubordination' (VIDEOS)
rt.com | 2020-05-12
A US police officer has urged fellow cops to stop enforcing coronavirus lockdown measures, slamming them as "unconstitutional." While his call to action landed him in trouble, other officers have started to speak out as well. | Port of Seattle Officer Greg Anderson was placed on administrative leave pending an investigation after he appeared in a viral video last weekend arguing the lockdown measures are violating the US Constitution and "trampling on people's liberties," questioning the restrictions and whether enforcing them is "the right thing" to do. | I want to remind you that regardless of where you stan…
rt.com/usa/488383-police-speak-out-lockdowns/

Fight Mass Incarceration Amid the Pandemic
NationAction | thenation.com | 2020-05-12
Fight Mass Incarceration Amid the Pandemic…
thenation.com/article/activism/fight-mass-incarceration-amidst-the-pandemic/

Fight Mass Incarceration Amidst the Pandemic
NationAction | thenation.com | 2020-05-12
Fight Mass Incarceration Amidst the Pandemic…
thenation.com/article/activism/fight-mass-incarceration-amidst-the-pandemic/

Tampa Bay SDS demands justice for Ahmaud Arbery
Fight Back | fightbacknews.org | 2020-05-11
"Trayvon Martin, Emmett Till. How many Black lives will you kill?" This was one of many chants heard across downtown Tampa on Saturday, May 9, as protesters gathered to demand justice for Ahmaud Arbery. The South Georgia resident was murdered by two white supremacist vigilantes, father and son Gregory and Travis McMichael, while he out for a jog. | Tampa Bay Students for a Democratic Society (SDS), along with members of the community, parked outside the Sam M. Gibbons Federal Courthouse to participate in the socially-distanced protest. After the protesters were forced to leave by the building's security, the ral…
www.fightbacknews.org/2020/5/11/tampa-ba…

Paramilitary Panda: WWF Land Grabs Rooted in Covert Apartheid History
Michael Molitch-Hou | indybay.org | 2020-05-13
According to a BuzzFeed News series, the WWF has been tied to paramilitary violence in third world countries. What they completely ignored was that the WWF was previously involved in the murder of 6,000 anti-apartheid activists in South Africa a part of an "anti-poaching" mission in the 1980s. All evidence seems to suggest that the WWF was used as cover for an MI6 operation on behalf of powerful business interests in South Africa.
indybay.org/newsitems/2020/05/12/18832991.php

Paramilitary Panda: WWF Land Grabs Rooted in Covert Apartheid History
Michael Molitch-Hou | indybay.org | 2020-05-12
According to a BuzzFeed News series, the WWF has been tied to paramilitary violence in third world countries. What they completely ignored was that the WWF was previously involved in the murder of 6,000 anti-apartheid activists in South Africa a part of an "anti-poaching" mission in the 1980s. All evidence seems to suggest that the WWF was used as cover for an MI6 operation on behalf of powerful business interests in South Africa.
indybay.org/newsitems/2020/05/12/18832991.php

Women, Migrants & Blacks Most Affected by COVID-19 in Latam
telesurenglish.net | 2020-05-12
The COVID-19 pandemic will make a bad economic situation worse for women, Indigenous, black people and migrants in Latin America, the Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean (ECLAC) warned Tuesday. | RELATED: | Universal Basic Income to Help Most Affected by COVID-19: ECLAC | The agency of the United Nations said in a report that unequal access to potable water, sanitation, healthcare, and housing could also mean higher rates of infection and death among these…
telesurenglish.net/news/Women-Migrants–Blacks-Most-Affected-by-COVID-19-in-Latam—20200512-0020.html

Palestinian teen killed, another arrested by Israeli forces in occupied West Bank
Peoples Dispatch | peoplesdispatch.org | 2020-05-13
A 14-year-old Palestinian boy, identified as Zaid al-Fayumi, was killed and four others injured after Israeli occupying forces opened fire on Palestinian protesters on Wednesday…
peoplesdispatch.org/2020/05/13/palestinian-teen-killed-another-arrested-by-israeli-forces-in-occupied-west-bank/

Villagers and left party workers protesting toxic gas leak in southern India arrested
Peoples Dispatch | peoplesdispatch.org | 2020-05-13
Police arrested 10 people, including five members of the Communist Party of India (Marxist), and booked them under various charges, including criminal trespass and rioting. All 10 have been released on bail…
peoplesdispatch.org/2020/05/13/villagers-and-left-party-workers-protesting-toxic-gas-leak-in-southern-india-arrested/

Video: Plandemic Documentary: The Hidden Agenda Behind COVID-19
Dr. Judy Mikovits | globalresearch.ca | 2020-05-12
Humanity is imprisoned by a killer pandemic. People are being arrested for surfing in the ocean and meditating in nature. Nations are collapsing. Hungry citizens are rioting for food. The media has generated so much confusion and fear that people …
globalresearch.ca/video-plandemic-documentary-hidden-agenda-behind-covid-19/5712013

Dallas County Officials are Leaving Vulnerable People to Catch COVID-19 in Jail
Andrea Woods | aclu.org | 2020-05-12
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

"COVID-19 Has Been Racialized": Black Scholar Jill Nelson Arrested for Chalking "Trump = Plague"
Staff | democracynow.org | 2020-05-11
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."
www.democracynow.org/2020/5/11/jill_nels…

Black Scholar Jill Nelson Arrested for Chalking "Trump = Plague" in New York
Staff | truthout.org | 2020-05-11
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 old…
truthout.org/video/black-scholar-jill-nelson-arrested-for-chalking-trump-plague-in-new-york/

'Arrest me': Elon Musk DEFIES Covid-19 quarantine by reopening Tesla plant in California
rt.com | 2020-05-11
Elon Musk escalated his confrontation with California, reopening the Tesla car factory in Fremont in defiance of local officials and saying he is ready to be arrested for it, after critics called him callous and even racist. | Having complained over the weekend about being the only carmaker in the US still shuttered by the Covid-19 lockdown, Musk announced on Monday that Tesla is restarting production "against Alameda County rules." | I will be on the line with everyone else. If anyone is arrested, I ask that it onl…
rt.com/usa/488401-musk-arrest-california-covid-lockdown/

Former deputy fired and arrested after trying to break into teen's home
Andrew Emett | nationofchange.org | 2020-05-11
Deputy Jordan Kita was recently fired and will face charges of forcible trespass, breaking and entering, and willful failure to discharge duties.
nationofchange.org/2020/05/11/former-deputy-fired-and-arrested-after-trying-to-break-into-teens-home/

Venezuela Captures 14 Mercenaries in the Last 24 Hours
telesurenglish.net | 2020-05-11
Venezuelan State Security Forces captured In the last 24 hours a total of 14 mercenaries involved in an armed maritime incursion. | RELATED: | Three More Mercenaries Arrested in Venezuela With Ties to Foiled Coup Plot | "At the end of Sunday, three mercenaries were captured in the mountain town of San Miguel, in the parish of Carayaca, Vargas state," the Strategic Region of Integral Defense Capital of the Bolivarian National Armed Force (FANB) reported on Monday on…
telesurenglish.net/news/venezuela-captures-14-mercenaries-in-the-last-24-hours-20200511-0001.html