Daily Archives: October 11, 2020

2020-10-11: News Headlines

RT (2020-10-11). Lindsey Graham's Dem challenger reveals record-breaking fundraising after GOP incumbent's questionable remarks on black people. rt.com Democrat Jaime Harrison raised a record-breaking $57 million in the final quarter of his race against incumbent Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-South Carolina), who sparked recent controversy over a comment about being black in his state. | Harrison's $57 million haul blows past congressional fundraising records, and is also the largest ever three-month total for a Senate candidate ever, according to his campaign. | The support came through 1.5 million donations from over 990,000 donors, with an average contribution of $37. | Harrison's financial success comes only two days after Graham found himself in hot water durin…

RT (2020-10-10). 'Demonic desecration': Archbishop orders to BURN altar after priest allegedly held orgy with dominatrices there. rt.com The sex act between a Catholic priest and two "dominatrices," which allegedly happened on an altar of a Louisiana church, was nothing short of demonic desecration, the archbishop has ruled. | Archbishop Gregory Aymond of New Orleans ordered the removal and burning of the altar of the Saints Peter and Paul Roman Catholic Church in Pearl River, Louisiana. The move was in response to a sex scandal involving the now-former priest of the church, who was arrested on charges of obscenity last week. Travis Clark was allegedly caught filming himself having sex with two women, described as "dominatrices" by the media, o…

RT (2020-10-10). Japanese man reportedly detained after staying at hotel for 10 MONTHS & failing to pay the bill. rt.com An unemployed Japanese man has been arrested by Niigata Prefectural Police after staying for some 10 months at a hotel and allegedly failing to pay the bill. | The bizarre case was reported by Nippon News Network on Friday. The suspect, said to be a 58-year-old unemployed man, was grabbed by the police after failing to pay the bill for his stay at a hotel in Myoko city. | The man checked into the hotel in late December 2019 — and has never actually paid for its services. The hotel notified the police of the situation only on Thursday, which resulted in the suspect's arrest. | The not-that-generous guest h…

sputniknews (2020-10-10). Iranian Diplomat Held for Trial in Belgium Over Alleged Bomb Plot Reportedly Warned of 'Retaliation'. sputniknews.com In July 2018, Assadollah Assadi, a Vienna-based Iranian diplomat, was arrested in Germany on a European warrant over charges of allegedly plotting to bomb an Iranian opposition rally in Paris. He was later extradited to Belgium, where two alleged co-conspirators had been arrested with explosives in their possession.

Joe Glenton (2020-10-10). Undercover soldiers: how the spy cops bill could bring the war on terror home. thecanary.co Most of the debate around what's been dubbed the This focus is entirely justified given the human cost of

Ramzy Baroud (2020-10-09). Despite Ambiguity in International Law, Palestinians are Winning the 'Legitimacy War'. dissidentvoice.org 'International law' remains one of the most discussed terms in the context of the Israeli occupation of Palestine. It is almost always present, whether the discussion pertains to the Israeli wars and siege on Gaza, the expansion of illegal Jewish settlements in the West Bank or the encroaching apartheid throughout Israel and the Occupied Territories. …

Amiad Horowitz (2020-10-09). Right wing fuses anti-Semitism with anti-communism in its conspiracy theories. peoplesworld.org It's hard for anyone reading any reactionary publication to avoid the name George Soros. Many right-wingers claim that Soros, a billionaire Jewish businessman, is funding radical leftists. They claim that Soros pays Black Lives Matter protesters, and some say he helps coordinate leftist activities around the world. Of course, anyone who does the slightest bit …

Staff (2020-10-09). Is it time to talk about armed-self defense for Black people? therealnews.com Is there a place for armed self-defense among Black freedom fighters today? Jacqueline Luqman talks history and strategy with Dr. Akinyele Umoja.

Staff (2020-10-09). Is it time to talk about armed self-defense for Black people? therealnews.com Is there a place for armed self-defense among Black freedom fighters today? Jacqueline Luqman talks history and strategy with Dr. Akinyele Umoja.

Ramzy Baroud (2020-10-09). Black Lives Should Always Matter: Delinking Social Justice from Seasonal US Politics. counterpunch.org After viewing the first US Presidential debate on September 29, one is left with no doubt about the degenerating political discourse among America's ruling elites. Following the debate between US President, Donald Trump, and Democratic Presidential nominee, Joe Biden, most analyses focused mainly on the personal insults and name-calling, which, deservedly, earned the event the

Fight Back (2020-10-09). Wisconsin: Mass arrests, tear gas, National Guard used against protesters. fightbacknews.org Milwaukee, WI – Protests in the Milwaukee suburb of Wauwatosa ramped up over the past two nights. On October 7, Milwaukee County District Attorney John Chisholm ruled that although the shooting death of Alvin Cole in February was not justified, Wauwatosa police officer Joseph Mensah would not face charges for the murder. Mensah is also responsible for the murders of Antonio Gonzales and Jay Anderson. Chisholm was the district attorney who filed no charges in each of those cases, as well as six other instances of killer cops in and around Milwaukee. | Immediately after the announcement, protesters took to the stre…

Peoples Dispatch (2020-10-09). Protests rage in Indonesia against anti-worker "omnibus law", hundreds arrested. peoplesdispatch.org An alliance of trade unions, environmental groups and students' movements have launched an indefinite protest across against the sweeping changes to labor and environmental laws…

ACLU (2020-10-09). Why Are Police the Wrong Response to Mental Health Crises? aclu.org Over the last months on our podcast, At Liberty, we've explored different conversations on the subject of policing: abolition, violence and accountability, protest, and activism. This week, we dug into a topic that has gained more attention in the wake of Daniel Prude's death in March at the hands of the Rochester Police Department: the startling connection between mental health-related 911 calls and police brutality. , , Studies show that nearly 50 percent of victims of police brutality are living with a disability, predominantly a mental health disability. In many ways, 911 has become the only option for peo…

KPFA Radio 94.1 FM (2020-10-09). Tuesday 10/27: Gretchen Sorin: Driving While Black: African-American Travel & Civil Rights. indybay.org Online webinar…

Staff (2020-10-09). FBI Charges Men Involved in Whitmer Kidnapping Plot With Domestic Terrorism. truthout.org Just months after President Trump tweeted for his supporters to "LIBERATE MICHIGAN!" the FBI has foiled an alleged plot to kidnap and take hostage Democratic Governor of Michigan Gretchen Whitmer. Authorities arrested six men Thursday involved in the kidnapping plot, and seven others who were said to be planning to storm the state Capitol in Lansing with the intent of starting a civil war. "It came as a surprise to many, but not necessarily here in Michigan, because the state has a long history o…

Eliza Egret (2020-10-09). 'This is not just about a railway': meet the women at the forefront of the battle to save Jones Hill Wood. thecanary.co After nine days of amazing resistance by activists, the battle to save Jones Hill Wood is entering its final phase, with nine people arrested on Thursday 8 October. Jones Hill is an ancient woodland which will be destroyed imminently to make way for the HS2 high speed railway, Activists have spent most of this year making a home in the special woodland, building and sleeping in…

Tamara Pearson (2020-10-08). Guatemalan and Mexican Governments Use Pandemic to Turn Back Caravan of Thousands of Refugees. counterpunch.org Thousands of Honduran migrants and refugees have been beaten, arrested, threatened with prison, and deported as they tried to make their way through the closed borders of Guatemala and Mexico. Over the last few days the Mexican and Guatemalan governments collaborated to stop the migrant march or caravan, which left Honduras on 30 September, from reaching Mexico and the US.

David Rosen (2020-10-08). Protests & Provocateurs: Infiltrators are Disrupting BLM Protests. counterpunch.org Reports of agents provocateurs, outside agitators and police infiltration of protests are appearing throughout the country and involving law-enforcement agents and rightwing nationalists. The most public role of such a disruptor was detailed in Minneapolis at the time of Trump's provocative tweets and involved someone who has come to be known as the "Umbrella Man."

A Guest Author (2020-10-08). Denver Area Labor Federation condemns fascism in Colorado. workers.org On Sept. 24, the Denver Area Labor Federation delegate body, representing 90,000 union members, unanimously passed the following resolution condemning the actions of Denver District Attorneys Dave Young and George Brauchler following a July 17 protest. They had arrested six protest leaders, held them for over a week without arraignment, . . . |

RT (2020-10-08). FBI foils alleged militia plot to KIDNAP Michigan Governor Whitmer — by a group that called her 'tyrant b***h' over Covid-19 rules. rt.com The FBI and state police have thwarted a plan by anti-government extremists to kidnap Michigan Governor Gretchen Whitmer to set off a "civil war" and build a new society based on the US Bill of Rights. | Thirteen men have been arrested on federal or state charges stemming from the kidnapping Six of the men, who f…

WSWS (2020-10-08). Thirteen arrested in far-advanced pro-Trump conspiracy to murder Michigan's governor and overthrow the state government. wsws.org The ultra-right conspiracy in Michigan is part of a national plot inspired by the US president to defy the election results and stay in power.

Fight Back (2020-10-08). George Floyd's killer released on bond. fightbacknews.org Minneapolis, MN – Derek Chauvin, the cop who knelt on George Floyd's neck until he died, was released from jail October 7 on a $1 million non-cash bond. Chauvin was being jailed at a maximum security prison while he awaited a March 2021 trial. He is the last former cop – all four have been fired – to get out on bail. | DeShaun McDonald, of the Twin Cities Coalition for Justice (TCC4J) stated, "It's a shame that all four killer cops of George Floyd are eating dinner with their families, awaiting their day in court. Yet George lays six feet under. The system created by white men is not broken. It is well and functi…

Peoples Dispatch (2020-10-08). Palestinian administrative detainee critical after over 70 days on hunger strike. peoplesdispatch.org Maher Akhras launched his hunger strike shortly after being arrested by the Israeli authorities on July 27. Doctors are now force-feeding him in an attempt to forcibly end his hunger strike…

Badri Raina (2020-10-08). Déjà vu: Does History Set to Repeat Itself in the Ongoing Public Resistance Movement? zcomm.org The protests against Hathras brutality and anti-farmer agriculture laws passed by the Centre have been similar to the kind of resistance that had been built against CAA and NRC. But questions remain if this public resistance can be sustained…

Julia Conley, staff writer (2020-10-08). Months After Trump Declared 'Liberate Michigan,' 13 Charged With Plot to Kidnap Governor, Storm State Capitol. commondreams.org The FBI announced Thursday that it had arrested six men and charged them with conspiracy to commit kidnapping, after an investigation revealed they had planned to overthrow the state government of Michigan and take Gov. Gretchen Whitmer hostage. | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…

Amy Goodman and Juan Gonzalez (2020-10-07). Greensboro Massacre: City apologizes 41 years after cops allowed Klan, Nazis to kill 5 anti-racists. nationofchange.org "The city's apology acknowledges "The police knew and chose to do nothing. In fact, they facilitated what we name now as a North American death squad."

MEE and agencies (2020-10-07). 'Senseless crime': Nigerian migrant burned alive in Libyan capital. middleeasteye.net 'Senseless crime': Nigerian migrant burned alive in Libyan capital | Three other migrants suffer burns, are treated in nearby hospital as alleged perpetrators are arrested | Wed, 10/07/2020 – 19: 51 | More than 100,000 migrants tried to cross the Mediterranean last year, with at least 1,200 dying in attempt (AFP/File photo) | A Nigerian migrant worker was burned to death by three Libyans i…

Kevin Ovenden (2020-10-07). Nazis lose in Greece; Golden Dawn declared criminal organization. peoplesworld.org At the time Morning Star went to press, the verdict in this case had not yet been delivered. This article is updated with an Associated Press report on the verdict. At least 20,000 people gathered outside the central court in Athens on Wednesday to hear the long-awaited verdicts in the trial of Greek neo-Nazi party …

Peoples Dispatch (2020-10-07). Protests against police brutality continue in Chile. peoplesdispatch.org The protests against the Chilean national police force, the Carabineros of Chile, continued on October 5. Since October 3, citizens have been demonstrating across the country against police brutality and are demanding the resignation of Mario Rozas, the director general of the Carabineros, after the violent incident of October 2. | On October 2, a 16-year-old minor was pushed from the Pío Nono bridge into the Mapocho river in the capital city Santiago by a Carabineros official, when the police were repressing a social demonstration. The young protester, Antony Araya, who suffered head injuries and limb fractures…

Joe Piette (2020-10-07). Philly protesters demand 'Stop racist police murders!'. workers.org Hundreds of activists gathered at the "Rocky Steps" in Philadelphia on Oct. 3 to hear speakers from Black Lives Matter Philly, Black Philly Radical Collective, Black Alliance for Peace and Mobilization4Mumia condemn the racist police murders of Breonna Taylor, George Floyd, Mya Hall and countless others. March leaders used the . . . |

Fight Back (2020-10-07). Decision expected in the police murder of Alvin Cole. fightbacknews.org Milwaukee, WI – On the afternoon of October 7, it is expected that Milwaukee County District Attorney John Chisholm will make a decision on the killing of Alvin Cole. The decision comes over eight months after Cole's murder. Milwaukee and Wauwatosa – the suburb where Cole was shot by Wauwatosa police – have been gripped by protests and actions of varying size and intensity since the resurgence of the movement for Black lives at the end of May. | While the initial local demonstrations largely centered around out-of-state cases like George Floyd, Breonna Taylor and Ahmaud Arbery, the focus quickly shifted when the…

Sit.Walk.Listen. (2020-10-07). Sunday 10/11: Sit. Walk. Listen. Because Black Lives Matter. indybay.org Henry J. Kaiser Memorial Park. Oakland, California. | (19th Street/Rashida Muhammad)…

Brett Wilkins, staff writer (2020-10-07). San Francisco Activists Sue City Over 'Illegal Dragnet Surveillance' of George Floyd, BLM Protests. commondreams.org Such practices by police are "completely at odds with the First Amendment and should never be allowed," said an ACLU lawyer on the case. | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…