Monthly Archives: December 2020

2020-12-31: News Headlines

Staff (2020-12-31). The Freedom Struggle in 2020: Angela Davis on Protests, Defunding Police & Toppling Racist Statues. democracynow.org In a Democracy Now! special, we revisit our June 2020 interview with the legendary activist and scholar Angela Davis about the uprising against police brutality and racism launched in May after the police killing of George Floyd in Minneapolis. The protests have helped dramatically shift public opinion on policing and systemic racism, as "defund the police" became a rallying cry of the movement. Davis is professor emerita at the University of California, Santa Cruz. For half a century, she has been one of the most influential activists and intellectuals in the United States and an icon of the Black liberation mov…

MEE staff (2020-12-31). Israelis protesting settler's death in police chase arrested in West Bank. middleeasteye.net Israelis protesting settler's death in police chase arrested in West Bank | Tensions between extremist settlers and the police have risen sharply following the death of 16-year-old Ahuvia Sandak | Thu, 12/31/2020 – 13: 58 | Israeli protesters stand next to an image of Ahuvia Sandak, who died during a police chase when his car rolled over and crashed near a junction in the West Bank (Screengrab) | Hundreds of I…

Staff (2020-12-31). The Year of COVID, Elections and Police Brutality Also Saw LGBTQ Activism. truthout.org For the past five years, Truthout has looked back at the queer and trans news you might've missed because corporate news outlets decided not to cover it. This year, almost all of us were tangled up with the biggest news stories — queer and trans people felt the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic; the feuds between the rich and powerful in Washington; the anti-racist uprisings; and the global warming-fueled hurricanes, tornadoes and wildfires. | This year has reaffirmed what many of us have kn…

RT (2020-12-31). Black man tests positive for Covid-19 after being wrongfully detained by maskless Virginia police officer in viral video. rt.com A black man has tested positive for Covid-19 soon after a maskless white officer mistakenly detained him at a mall in Virginia, his fiancee has said. Police previously apologized and admitted the officer had broken Covid-19 rules. | Jamar Mackey got tested three days after the altercation with a maskless officer, and the positive result arrived on Christmas Eve, the man's fiancee, Shantel Covil, told local news channel WAVY-TV. | "I'm very angry that they put my family at risk. Me and Jamar, that's one thing. But our kids, that's what upsets me the most," Covil said. | They arrested him, of course, no gloves,…

Online News Editor (2020-12-31). Rights group says Philippine forces shot dead 9 indigenous community leaders. laprensalatina.com Bangkok, Dec 31 (efe-epa).- Philippines security forces have killed nine suspected members of a leftist guerrilla group on Panay Island, sparking an allegation that the deceased were civilians and indigenous community leaders. Another 17 people were arrested during a joint police and military operation on Wednesday. According to Karapatan, a network of human rights organizations, …

Online News Editor (2020-12-31). Thai authorities detain 14 suspected pro-democracy protesters. laprensalatina.com Bangkok, Dec 31 (efe-epa).- Thai authorities on Thursday arrested 14 suspected members of the pro-democracy movement that in recent months has staged a wave of mass protests calling for political and royal reforms. The NGO Thai Lawyers for Human Rights said on Twitter that the detainees were accused of breaching the emergency law banning street …

Mehr News Agency (2020-12-31). One ISIL terrorist arrested in Beirut. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, Dec. 31 (MNA) — The Lebanese security forces managed to arrest an ISIL terrorist in Beirut while he was monitoring one of the military posts in the area.

Staff (2020-12-30). "This Is How Black People Get Killed": Dr. Susan Moore Dies of COVID After Decrying Racist Care. democracynow.org ‚Ä®As the United States reports record deaths and hospitalizations from COVID-19 in the final days of 2020, we look at how the pandemic that ravaged the country this year has shone a stark new light on racism in medical care. In a viral video recorded by Black physician Dr. Susan Moore, she describes racist treatment by medical staff at a hospital in Indianapolis and says they did not respond to her pleas for care, despite being in intense pain and being a doctor herself. In the video, Dr. Moore says she had to beg to receive pain medication and the antiviral drug remdesivir, and accuses a doctor a…

MEE staff (2020-12-30). Prominent Moroccan historian and human rights activist arrested in Rabat. middleeasteye.net Prominent Moroccan historian and human rights activist arrested in Rabat | Maati Monjib, who has been targeted by authorities using Israeli spyware, is accused of money laundering | Wed, 12/30/2020 – 11: 36 | Maati Monjib, a Moroccan historian, political analyst and human rights activist, speaks in the Moroccan capital, Rabat, 20 February 2014 (AFP) | Moroccan historian and human rights activist Maati Monjib w…

_____ (2020-12-30). Killer Cops: Police Killed Over 1,000 Americans In 2020. popularresistance.org American law enforcement officers have killed well over 1,000 people in 2020. Between January 1 and December 15 of this year, the Mapping Police Violence project has recorded 1,066 people nationwide killed at the hands of the police, an average of around three killings per day. Despite the fact that 2020 has brought with it a pandemic forcing Americans to stay off the streets (and, presumably, out of trouble) as much as possible, there have only been 17 days recorded this year where the police did not kill someone. | The project also compiled statistics on the racial backgrounds of the victims. Black people are t…

Ashley Curtin (2020-12-30). California legislature introduces bill for cops to hold bachelor's degrees to join police force. nationofchange.org "This could be the beginning of changing the entire way that policing is done on the front end. Then we can let the bad cops retire on the back end."

Vijay Prashad (2020-12-29). For the Ruthless Abolition of the Caste System. mronline.org The Communist movement in India celebrated its centenary on October 17, 2020. The party was founded in Tashkent (USSR) in 1920. A decade later, most of the leaders of the Communist Party of India (CPI) were arrested by the British colonial state and imprisoned in Meerut.

Vijay Prashad (2020-12-29). For the Ruthless Abolition of the Caste System. An Interview with Brinda Karat, Politburo Member of the Communist Party of India (Marxist). mronline.org The Communist movement in India celebrated its centenary on October 17, 2020. The party was founded in Tashkent (USSR) in 1920. A decade later, most of the leaders of the Communist Party of India (CPI) were arrested by the British colonial state and imprisoned in Meerut.

Paul Messersmith-Glavin (2020-12-29). Black Lives Matter and the Future of Humanity. zcomm.org Those of us organizing and theorizing need to see commonalities between movements and recognize we are in this for the long haul…

Yanis Iqbal (2020-12-28). Corporate Dictatorship, Mass Incarceration, and Imperialism. dissidentvoice.org Settle your quarrels, come together, understand the reality of our situation, understand that fascism is already here, that people are already dying who could be saved, that generations more will live poor butchered half-lives if you fail to act. Do what must be done, discover your humanity and your love in revolution. — George Jackson, …

Kenny Stancil, staff writer (2020-12-28). 'A Tangible Way to Fight for the World I Want to Live In': Water Protector Arrested After Blockading Line 3 Pipe Yard. commondreams.org "Profits for a few are being privileged over the well-being of all communities near and far, present and future." | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…