Daily Archives: August 7, 2020

2020-08-07: News Headlines

Ramzy Baroud (2020-08-07). Apartheid or One State: Has Jordan Broken a Political Taboo? counterpunch.org What will it take for the idea of a two-state solution, which was hardly practical to begin with, to be completely abandoned? Every realistic assessment of the situation on the ground indicates, with palpable clarity, that there can never be a viable Palestinian state in parts of the West Bank and Gaza. Politically, the idea

Marc Norton (2020-08-07). Giants and Warriors Give their Workers the Boot. dissidentvoice.org Photo by Marc Norton I got the email firing me from my job at the Giants ballpark on Monday evening, July 27. On Tuesday evening I learned from the San Francisco Examiner website that I was also being fired from my job at the Warriors new stadium, and that there were 2,154 other food service …

Fight Back (2020-08-07). Waupaca, WI: Black Lives Matter protest disrupted by cops, protester violently arrested. fightbacknews.org Waupaca, WI – On the afternoon of August 1, members of United Action Oshkosh (UAO) and supporters of Black Lives Matter from the Fox Valley area gathered with local supporters in the small town of Waupaca for a march. Nearly 30 people plus a small caravan of cars turned out for the rural action. | The Black Lives Matter march was the second in Waupaca for many of those in attendance, including the organizers from UAO. At the first march, the protest was greeted by a resistant police force and a slew of racists in their cars. At one point, one of these cars tried to drive through the back of the small march, nearl…

teleSUR (2020-08-07). Facebook Removes Foreign Pro-Trump Troll Farms. telesurenglish.net Facebook and Instagram Thursday took action to prevent their platforms from being used by U.S. President Donald Trump's supporters to promote his reelection campaign. | RELATED: | A Romania-based troll farm pushed pro-Trump content under the names of "Black People Vote For Trump" on Instagram and "We Love Our President" on Facebook. | The content published in those fake accounts and pages was allegedly managed by U.S. ci…

_____ (2020-08-07). Resisting The Propaganda Of Status Quo Defenders. popularresistance.org First came the new names—Breonna Taylor, George Floyd, Rayshard Brooks, and others—all added one by one to the long list of tragic, unjustifiable police killings of Black Americans. Then came the batons, the pepper spray, the tear gas, the flash-grenades, the helicopters, the armored vehicles, and the rubber bullets wielded against nonviolent Black Lives Matter protesters across the United States, from Minneapolis to New York City to Portland. And then came the chorus of privileged beneficiaries of our country's discriminatory status quo, denying and defending the reality of brutal, racist, militarize…

yenisafak (2020-08-07). Turkey seizes 28,000 packets of smuggled cigarettes. yenisafak.com Turkish security forces on Friday seized more than 28,000 packets of smuggled cigarettes hidden in two trucks in the country's southeast, according to security sources.Provincial gendarmerie forces stopped the trucks in the Ceylanpinar district of Sanliurfa province as part of anti-smuggling efforts, said the sources, who asked not to be named due to restrictions on speaking to the media.They searched the trucks and found 28,040 packets of contraband cigarettes.Police arrested two suspects, who were later remanded in custody by a court.* Writing by Gozde Bayar…

Fight Back (2020-08-06). Coalition to March on the DNC responds to Biden's decision to stay home. fightbacknews.org Milwaukee, WI – While Joe Biden shelters himself from COVID-19 and the movement for Black lives in Milwaukee, the Coalition to March on the Democratic National Convention (DNC) will be in the streets. Regardless of whether Biden comes to Milwaukee or not, the Democrats will hear from the people on the front lines fighting police crimes, especially the families who have lost loved ones to killer cops. | "Our main goal as a group is to defeat Donald Trump. He is the key figure in promoting racist killings of Black, Latino and indigenous people, whether by vigilantes or the police," said Ryan Hamann, one of the co-…

Danny Towle (2020-08-06). Fight to jail Long Island killer cops & corrupt DA continues. liberationnews.org "Say his name! Kenny Lazo!" This chant and many others could be heard as a crowd of 60 Long Island residents marched down Fifth Avenue in Bay Shore, New York, July 25. The protesters marched on the Suffolk County Police Department Third Precinct building, where Kenny Lazo died in police custody 12 years ago after …

RT (2020-08-06). 'These are killers': Giuliani blasts BLM as 'terrorist group' that 'hate white people'. rt.com Rudy Giuliani, a lawyer for President Donald Trump, has slammed Black Lives Matter as a "domestic terrorist organization" full of "killers" who "hate white people" and want to "overthrow our way of life." | Trump and officials from his administration have been critical of aspects of the BLM protests happening across the country, but none have gone as far as Giuliani did on Thursday's 'Fox & Friends.' | The former New York City mayor compared BLM to the left-wing Antifa group, labeling both "domestic terrorist organizations." | Do you know who knows that best? African-Americans. I've actually had them tell me,…

RT (2020-08-06). Sergey Furgal for President? LDPR leader refuses to rule out choosing ousted Khabarovsk governor as 2024 presidential nominee. rt.com The former Governor of Khabarovsk, Sergey Furgal, won't be excluded from the opposition LDPR party,even if found guilty, and could stand for Russian President if acquitted of murder, according to its leader, Vladimir Zhirinovsky. | Furgal, who was elected to his post in September 2018, was arrested on July 9 on suspicion of ordering three murders —two successful and one failed— in the mid-2000s. Following his detention, he was flown to Moscow, where he is currently awaiting trial. | "We won't rule it out. He's still ours. We will keep him in the ranks of the LDPR, we will support him, we will give hi…

The Canary (2020-08-06). Johnson defends decision not to suspend Tory MP accused of rape. thecanary.co Boris Johnson has defended the decision not to suspend a senior Tory MP who was arrested on suspicion of rape. | The prime minister insisted on Thursday that the allegation is being taken "extremely seriously" after the Conservatives defied calls to remove the whip from the former minister. | Johnson, in his first comments about the arrest, said a decision will be made when the police investigation is concluded. | "I think it's very, very important that we take all these cases extremely seriously and we will continue to do so," he told reporters during a visit to Warrington. | "I think we've got to wait for the p…

Staff (2020-08-06). Over 1,100 Policing Agencies in the U.S. Have Bought Drones Capable of Recording. truthout.org In early June, Julie Weiner was at a Black Lives Matter rally in downtown Yonkers, New York, when she spotted a small drone in the sky, monitoring the protest. Weiner, a long-time Yonkers resident, immediately asked her city councilperson, Shanae Williams, who had organized the rally, whether the drone was being operated by the Yonkers police. Williams went over to talk to a group of police and returned to report that, yes, the drone belonged to the Yonkers Police Department. | "That's a pro…

yenisafak (2020-08-06). Two Palestinians contract coronavirus in Israeli prisons. yenisafak.com Two more Palestinian detainees have been infected with coronavirus in Israeli prisons in Ramallah, occupied West Bank. In a statement Thursday, the Palestinian Prisoner Society (PPS), a non-governmental organization, said: "The administration of the Israeli prison of Ofer — western Ramallah — announced that Naim Abu Turki, 38, has been infected with coronavirus."Abu Turki, arrested at his home in Hebron, has been under detention for the last four days. The PPS warned of further spread of coronavirus among the Palestinian prisoners. | Earlier in the day, the Palestinian Authority Prisoners' Affairs Com…

Jennifer Epps-Addison (2020-08-06). Why We're Demanding No Cops for Veep. thenation.com Why We're Demanding No Cops for Veep…

Staff (2020-08-05). Headlines for August 5, 2020. democracynow.org Massive Explosion Tears Through Beirut, Leaving Hundreds Missing and Thousands Injured, Lebanon's PM Says 2,700 Tons of Ammonium Nitrate Sparked "National Catastrophe" in Beirut, Mississippi Becomes Biggest U.S. Coronavirus Hot Spot as Governor Mandates Masks, Georgia Prisoners Live-Stream Video from Prison Uprising Amid Coronavirus Outbreak, Chicago Schools Cancel September Classes as Union Threatens Strike over Coronavirus Safety, U.N. Warns Coronavirus School Closures Have Impacted Over 1 Billion Students, Brazil COVID-19 Deaths Approach 100,000 as Infections Surge in India, Black Lives Matter & Ferguson Activ…

Combined Sources (2020-08-05). South African Communist Party celebrates 99 years, plans next stage of struggle. peoplesworld.org South African Communist Party (SACP) leader Blade Nzimande said it was critical to recall its "anti-imperialist foundations" in a televised address on Aug. 2 as the party celebrated its 99th anniversary. He said that the end of apartheid did not mean the end of imperialism, which he said instead had become "more arrogant and more …

Joshua Hanks (2020-08-05). Struggle makes headway, but fight far from over in Portland, Ore. workers.org When federal officers entered Portland, Ore., over the July 4 weekend and began to confront Black Lives Matter protesters, it quickly became clear that the protesters were not going to be driven out. The presence of federal officers only galvanized protesters, who turned out by the thousands night after night. . . . |

A Guest Author (2020-08-05). Pensacola protests federal war on the people. workers.org Pensacola, Fla., Aug. 1. By Shannon Dover Workers World Party-Pensacola branch held a demonstration Aug. 1 in solidarity with Portland's resistance to federal forces that have assaulted and kidnapped Black Lives Matter protesters in Oregon. Joining in the protest were members of Strive (Socialist Trans Initiative) and the local branch . . . |

RT (2020-08-05). 'Where was the dignity?' Parents of dead 6-year-old speak out on brutal bedside arrest & manhandling at UK hospital. rt.com A couple whose daughter was taken off life support against their wishes has won a court battle to publish footage of their brutal treatment by UK cops. Rashid and Aliya Abbasi spoke to RT on seeking justice for young Zainab. | After winning the right to have footage of Rashid's brutal arrest at his dying daughter's bedside made public on Friday, the respiratory doctor and his wife — also a trained physician — are determined to stop such heinous maltreatment by "bad apples" in the NHS from continuing, they told RT UK on Tuesday. | "Up and down the country families are taken into side rooms and told…

RT (2020-08-05). Do black Americans really support defunding the police? Over 80% want cops to stay & keep patrolling their communities, poll shows. rt.com Despite Black Lives Matter protests raging across the country and moves to defund police departments or cut back their budgets, a new poll suggests black citizens don't support the efforts to remove cops from the streets. | The Gallup A whopping 81 percent of black respondents said they want police to spend the same amount of time in their neighborhoods that they already do or to…

RT (2020-08-05). Los Angeles DA's husband charged with ASSAULT for pointing gun at BLM protesters on his porch. rt.com The husband of Los Angeles' first black district attorney has been charged with multiple counts of assault with a firearm for pointing a gun at Black Lives Matter protesters who showed up on the couple's doorstep. | David Lacey, whose wife is LA District Attorney Jackie Lacey, has been charged with three counts of assault with a firearm, according to

RT (2020-08-05). Protesters SUE Seattle over 'expensive gear' required to confront cops, demand ban on riot control weapons. rt.com A group of protesters has sued the Seattle government, arguing that "unmitigated police violence" has imposed a monetary cost on their right to demonstrate freely, forcing them to buy expensive gear to safely confront the cops. | Filed by five plaintiffs who took part in ongoing protests in Seattle, the suit seeks a temporary restraining order barring the city's police department from wielding force and crowd control munitions on demonstrators, alleging heavy-handed police tactics have made "safe protest prohibitive," as "one needs an exceptional amount of protective gear to enjoy that freedom." | Also on rt.c…

_____ (2020-08-05). 50 Years Of Struggle From Black August To Black Lives Matter. popularresistance.org This Aug. 7 marks the 50th anniversary of the heroic attempt by Jonathan Jackson, younger brother of George Jackson, to free three Black revolutionaries from the clutches of the California state prison system. The fact that this bold attempt failed has no bearing on its historical and revolutionary significance to the movements for Black Liberation and prison abolition in this country and around the world. | Jonathan Jackson was only 17 years old when, armed with a rifle, he burst into a Marin County courtroom while a hearing was in session.

_____ (2020-08-05). Over 60 People Have Driven Their Cars Into Protesters Since May. popularresistance.org At least 68 people have driven their cars into Black Lives Matter protesters since May 25. The incidents, most incited by civilians and some by police, represent an alarming trend in counter-protest violence against those marching in the streets. On foot, protesters are often defenseless against attacks by speeding vehicles; many have been injured and at least one person has died. | Data collected since late May by Ari Weil, deputy research director at the Chicago Project on Security and Threats of the University of Chicago, shows that vehicle assaults on protesters are increasingly common.

Staff (2020-08-04). "Release Them All": Calls Grow to Stop Jailing Immigrants as Transfers & Deportations Spread COVID. democracynow.org The U.S. government continues to hold tens of thousands of asylum seekers and immigrants in detention centers and jails, ignoring the advice of medical experts as the coronavirus continues to spread. ICE has also continued to transfer and deport people — including those who are infected — making it a global superspreader. We speak with Luis Angel Reyes Savalza, an immigration attorney and co-director of Pangea Legal Services in San Francisco, who himself is undocumented and recently got arrested at a protest outside the mansion of California Governor Gavin Newsom demanding the release of people in sta…

Tim Libretti (2020-08-04). Is Black Lives Matter a tipping point on class inequality? peoplesworld.org The Black Lives Matter movement, in demanding that we consider how Black lives have devalued, essentially asks us to interrogate our entire system of economic and cultural values. On what basis do we assign different values to people's lives? Such a question brings us to the heart of our class society that we really tend …

RT (2020-08-04). Media lives matter? More assaults on US journalists in 2020 than in previous 3 years combined, says press freedom watchdog. rt.com The number of violent incidents directed at journalists has skyrocketed, according to the US Press Freedom Tracker, which said heavy-handed police tactics during BLM protests have made 2020 a uniquely dangerous year for reporters. | There have been more than 612 press freedom incidents so far this year, according to the group's July tally. The figure includes more than 87 arrests, 140 physical attacks, 143 injuries from rubber bullets or projectiles, and 76 cases where equipment was damaged. There have also been dozens of cases of journalists being teargassed or hit with pepper spray. | Latest reported aggress…

Yancy CW. (2020-08-04). Academic Medicine and Black Lives Matter—Time for Deep Listening. jamanetwork.com In the context of the Black Lives Matter movement, this Viewpoint considers the demand that academic medicine address its own structural racism, and concludes on the basis of its history, culture, role, and influence that the institution can, should, and must make racial justice a part of its work and mission.

Amanda Solliday (2020-08-04). Black Lives Matter in Small Towns, Too. progressive.org In Taylorville, a mostly white town in Illinois, a BLM protest highlights how the movement is making an impact in unlikely locations.

David Giesen (2020-08-04). Saturday 8/8: How much do Black Lives Matter? Enough to share land values? indybay.org Join Zoom Meeting | zoom.us/j/94061550597?pwd=d1hRVUxITVYwUT… | Meeting ID: 940 6155 0597 | Passcode: uuc6Gd…