Monthly Archives: April 2021

2021-04-30: News Headlines

Staff (2021-04-30). "A Threshold Crossed": Israel Is Guilty of Apartheid, Human Rights Watch Says for First Time. democracynow.org A major new report by Human Rights Watch says for the first time that Israel is committing crimes of apartheid and persecution in the Occupied Palestinian Territories. The international human rights group says Israeli authorities dispossessed, confined and forcibly separated Palestinians. "For years, prominent voices have warned that apartheid lurked just around the corner. But it's very clear that that threshold has been crossed," says Omar Shakir, Israel and Palestine director at Human Rights Watch. "It's time for the international community to recognize the reality on the ground for what it is — aparthei…

WSWS (2021-04-30). Federal authorities charge New Jersey police officers in assault of teenager. wsws.org Officials were compelled to bring charges by video evidence which shows two officers savagely beating 19-year-old Osamah Alsaidi as he was on his way to work at Amazon in December 2020.

Lucia Eugenia Cordova (2021-04-30). Ten PDVSA Officials Arrested for Diversion of Diesel and Gasoline in Maracaibo. orinocotribune.com In the past few hours ten officials, including carriers and managers, of Venezuela's state-owned oil company PDVSA were arrested for diversion of diesel and premium gasoline at the Bajo Grande refinery and distribution plant, located in the city of Maracaibo (Zulia state). This was communicated to the country on Thursday, April 29, in the weekly press conference by the Attorney General of Venezuela, Tarek William Saab. | "The investigation was initiated by virtue of a complaint lodged by the manager of Comprehensive Security of Operations and the International Trade and Supply Market. It was determined that there…

Minnie Bruce Pratt (2021-04-30). Syracuse, N.Y., 'Black Athletes Lives Matter!'. workers.org Syracuse, N.Y. Hundreds of Syracuse University students marched through snow during a Black Athletes Lives Matter (BALM) action against police brutality April 21. The march had been planned for months by student-athlete organizations, but coincidentally took place the day after cop Derek Chauvin's conviction for the murder of George Floyd. . . . |

Chauncey K. Robinson (2021-04-30). A step closer to justice: Three men indicted in Ahmaud Arbery murder. peoplesworld.org Earlier this month, hundreds of thousands rejoiced for true accountability as former cop Derek Chauvin was found guilty for the murder of George Floyd in Minneapolis. Now, the country's eyes have turned to another case where a Black man was most likely killed due to the color of his skin and the bias of those …

Staff (2021-04-30). Drug Raids Killed Andrew Brown Jr., Breonna Taylor. Advocates Say: Enough. truthout.org Moments before what Andrew Brown Jr.'s family would later describe as an "execution," a street camera caught a SWAT-style team of sheriff's deputies in tactical gear crammed into the back of a pickup truck as it pulled into Brown's driveway in Elizabeth City, North Carolina, on April 21. In the

Betsey Piette (2021-04-30). Rally demands: MOVE children deserve to rest in peace. workers.org Philadelphia YahNé Ndgo opened the rally outside the Penn Museum in Philadelphia April 28 by denouncing the University of Pennsylvania's sadistic desecration of the remains of two young Black MOVE family members. Ndgo, representing Black Lives Matter Philadelphia, stated: "We can never forget the humanity of Black people, and we . . . |

Ramona Wadi (2021-04-30). How the US is shielding Israel from Apartheid charges and itself from complicity charges. juancole.com ( Middle East Monitor) — The Palestinians mentioned apartheid in connection with Israel long before B'Tselem used the description. Now it is the turn of Human Rights Watch (HRW) to — rightfully, if belatedly — accuse Israel of apartheid in its latest report titled A Threshold Crossed: Israeli Authorities and the Crimes of Apartheid and …

WSWS (2021-04-30). Human Rights Watch declares Israel has crossed apartheid threshold. wsws.org HRW draws on years of human rights documentation, case studies and a review of government planning documents, statements by officials and other sources. It documents a catalogue of Israeli abuses committed against the Palestinians.

sputniknews (2021-04-30). Washington, DC, Drops Cases Against 220 Protesters Arrested During June 2020 Anti-BLM Crackdown. sputniknews.com In just 10 days of protest in late May and early June of 2020, more than 10,000 protesters were arrested by police across the US as millions hit the streets and faced a militant police response. They were, ironically, protesting police violence.

Staff (2021-04-30). Zionist forces raid Palestinians in occupied lands. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, Apr. 30 (MNA) — Israeli forces re-attacked a rally of Palestinians in Bab al-Amoud area of occupied lands and territories and arrested a number of them.

The Canary (2021-04-30). Neo-Nazi police officer jailed for membership of banned group. thecanary.co The first British police officer to be convicted of belonging to a neo-Nazi terrorist group has been jailed for more than four years. | Ben Hannam was found guilty of membership of banned right-wing extremist group National Action (NA) in 2016 until September 2017, following a trial at the Old Bailey. | He had been working as a probationary officer for the Metropolitan Police for nearly two years before he was found on a leaked database of users of extreme right-wing forum Iron March and arrested last year. | Benjamin Hannam attending an outdoor boxing event which was shown to the jury during his trial at the Old…

Anferny Jimauri Moore (2021-04-30). A Year Later: The Black Lives Matter Movement in Sonoma County 2020. indybay.org BLM has become a "tool" social activist, the local government and political representatives sought to use the momentum of POC and the community to capitalize and align themselves with accountability, instead of the go-to white supremacy.

Recall City's History (2021-04-30). Mumia Abu-Jamal Supporters March in Oakland. indybay.org Remembering that the Black Panther Party started off with police-watching patrols, activists marched and rallied in Oakland on April 24 with their call, "Free Mumia!" Earlier in the week, a group of UN human rights experts expressed serious concerns over his treatment and wellbeing and called on authorities to urgently address the situation.

Abayomi Azikiwe (2021-04-30). Racism in America: Biden Police Reforms Prove Inadequate to End Misconduct and Brutality. globalresearch.ca As demonstrations erupt across the United States against the oppression inflicted …

Robert Koehler (2021-04-30). Transcending 'the Religion of Whiteness'. counterpunch.org Basically, Derek Chauvin was convicted of enforcing the status quo. Because his behavior was caught on video — his knee on George Floyd's neck, oh my God, choking him to death — and looked so disturbing to most of the public, official American "justice" had to take some sort of action. He became a scapegoat.

Sarah Belle Lin (2021-04-30). Family of slain 26-year-old Oakland resident demands Alameda police officers involved be charged. indybay.org On April 19, Oakland resident Mario Gonzalez, 26, died while being pinned to the ground by Alameda police officers. His family is now demanding answers from the Alameda Police Department and the city of Alameda, and that Alameda County DA Nancy O'Malley charge the three officers involved in the incident. The incident occurred the day before Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin was convicted of second-degree unintentional murder, third-degree murder and second-degree manslaughter in the killing of George Floyd. [Video from the vigil below text.]…

Elie Mystal, The Nation (2021-04-30). White Supremacy Never Takes a Day Off. thenation.com White Supremacy Never Takes a Day Off…

WSWS (2021-04-30). Killers of Ahmaud Arbery charged with federal hate crimes. wsws.org Plans have also been announced by the Department of Justice to pursue federal hate crimes against the four officers who killed George Floyd on May 25 last year.

Latino USA (2021-04-30). The Wrongful Conviction Of Joseph Webster: Episode 1 (A Latino USA Podcast). latinorebels.com In this two-part series, Latino USA explores the case of Joseph Webster, a Black man who was serving a life sentence for murder in Tennessee—a murder he says he didn't commit.

Latino Rebels (2021-04-30). One Month After the Death of Adam Toledo. latinorebels.com Latino Rebels Radio: April 29, 2021…

Editor2 (2021-04-29). Halt Israel's Genocidal Policies is Quds Day Message. orinocotribune.com By Iqbal Jassat — Apr 18, 2021 | As global solidarity movements in support of Palestine's freedom struggle begin preparations for the annual Quds Day commemoration, America's new administration, under president Joe Biden, remains stuck in the mud. | Each year during the month of Ramadan, the last Friday is dedicated to raising awareness on the illegal dispossession, occupation and ongoing atrocities perpetrated by the apartheid regime. Quds Day, as it was called for by the leader of Iran's Islamic Revolution Imam Khomeini, has galvanized civil rights movements across the world to support and sustain action p…

Workers World Party (2021-04-29). PDF of April 29 issue. workers.org Download the PDF. Let Mumia OUT Stay in the street — Abolish the police! Black Lives Matter: Syracuse, N.Y., athletes; Daunte Wright; WAAR on police; Ma'Khia Bryant; Defend anti-racist voices. Florida: Jim Crow 2.0 bill; Ivy League attacks MOVE; A disaster waiting to happen; Biden & climate crisis; Editorial Smash . . . |

Noah Roberts (2021-04-29). 'They took a minuscule event and made it fatal;' police bodycam shows Alameda, CA police killed Mario Gonzalez. liberationnews.org On April 27, a crowd of about 100 people gathered on the steps of the Alameda Police Department in Alameda, California, for a press conference held by the family of Mario Gonzalez, who was killed by police on April 19.

Levi Gonzalez (2021-04-29). Surveillance, Policing, and Algorithms. dissidentvoice.org Since the brutal murder of George Floyd by the Minneapolis Police at the onset of last summer, there has been a resurgence of political energy amongst the American population centered on significantly reforming policing in the United States. Ranging from demilitarization to defunding, there has been no shortage of policy proposals issued by an endless …

Staff (2021-04-29). New Report Looks at Strategies to Cut Incarceration of Illinois Women by Half. truthout.org Between 1980 and 2014, the number of women incarcerated across the United States increased by 700 percent. In Illinois, women's incarceration increased by 767 percent during that same time period. While that number has slowly decreased over the past two decades, the

Anonymous103 (2021-04-29). Hollywood Project Zero. southfront.org Photo by Roberto Nickson on Unsplash | Written by Mikaprok, originally published on his "THE BIG PREMIER": | Anyone in the slightest degree familiar with the realities of modern social movements comes up with the question — who pays for the luxurious existence of such characters in modern drama as the leader of BLM Patrice Cullors? | Not abstractly "pays th…

Anferny Jimauri Moore (2021-04-29). A Year Later: The Black Lives Matter Movement in Sonoma County 2020. indybay.org BLM has become a "tool" social activist, the local government and political representatives sought to use the momentum of POC and the community to capitalize and align themselves with accountability, instead of the go-to white supremacy.

Recall City's History (2021-04-29). Mumia Abu-Jamal Supporters March in Oakland. indybay.org Remembering that the Black Panther Party started off with police-watching patrols, activists marched and rallied in Oakland on April 24 with their call, "Free Mumia!" Earlier in the week, a group of UN human rights experts expressed serious concerns over his treatment and wellbeing and called on authorities to urgently address the situation.

Jon Rappoport (2021-04-29). Vaccine Hustlers Can't Keep Their Story Straight; Evangelicals, Black People, Trumpers; Who's "Hesitating?" globalresearch.ca First, let's get this straight. The term "hesitancy" would apply to …

_____ (2021-04-29). Police Killing Black Americans Amounts To Crimes Against Humanity. popularresistance.org The systematic killing and maiming of unarmed African Americans by police amount to crimes against humanity that should be investigated and prosecuted under international law, an inquiry into US police brutality by leading human rights lawyers from around the globe has found. | A week after the former Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin was convicted of murder in George Floyd's death, the unabated epidemic of police killings of Black men and women in the US has now attracted scorching international attention. | In a devastating report running to 188 pages, human rights experts from 11 countries hold the US a…

sputniknews (2021-04-29). Biden Urges US Congress to Approve Police Reform in May. sputniknews.com WASHINGTON (Sputnik) – US President Joe Biden urged Congress to approve in May a police reform that would address the issue of racially motivated brutality.

BenarNews (2021-04-29). Indonesia: Government Forces Kill 9 Rebels In Papua Fighting. eurasiareview.com By Ronna Nirmala | Nine separatist rebels and a policeman were killed in fighting in Indonesia's Papua province, officials said Wednesday, after Jakarta vowed to come down hard on the insurgents who killed the government's regional intelligence chief — an army brigadier general — on Sunday. | Fighting broke out between government security forces and the insurgent group in Puncak regency on Tuesday, said Iqbal Alquddusy, spokesman for Operation Nemangkawi, a joint military-police task force to hunt down the Papuan rebels. | "Based on our findings on the ground during a firefight at the hideout of th…

Gary Olson (2021-04-29). The Arc of the Moral Universe? dissidentvoice.org On April 21, police in Elizabeth City, North Carolina executed Andrew Brown. According to a private autopsy, he was shot five times, including the "kill shot" to the back of his head whil;e his hands were on the steering wheel of his car. Seven officers equipped with body cameras were at the scene but only …

WSWS (2021-04-29). North Carolina judge refuses to release body-cam footage of police killing of Andrew Brown Jr. wsws.org Hundreds of residents of Elizabeth City, population 18,000, have been protesting in the streets since Brown's murder last week and demanding that the body-camera footage from the shooting be released to the public.

Sarah Belle Lin (2021-04-29). Family of slain 26-year-old Oakland resident demands Alameda police officers involved be charged. indybay.org On April 19, Oakland resident Mario Gonzalez, 26, died while in custody of Alameda police officers. His family is now demanding answers from the Alameda Police Department, the city of Alameda and that Alameda County DA Nancy O'Malley charge the three officers involved in the incident. The incident occurred the day before Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin was convicted of second-degree unintentional murder, third-degree murder and second-degree manslaughter in the killing of George Floyd.

The Associated Press (2021-04-29). Family Denounces Police Custody Death of Mario Gonzalez in California. latinorebels.com OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) — The family of an unarmed 26-year-old San Francisco Bay Area man is struggling to understand how a minor confrontation with police led to his death on the same day a jury in Minneapolis began considering similar circumstances in the George Floyd case.

_____ (2021-04-29). Advocates Welcome DOJ Hate Crimes Charges In Ahmaud Arbery Killing. popularresistance.org Racial justice advocates welcomed Wednesday's announcement by the U.S. Department of Justice that three men imprisoned in Georgia on murder and other charges in connection with the death of unarmed Black man Ahmaud Arbery last February also have been charged with federal hate crimes and attempted kidnapping. | According to a DOJ statement, Travis McMichael, his father Gregory McMichael, and William 'Roddie' Bryan "were each charged with one count of interference with rights and with one count of attempted kidnapping." | "Travis and Gregory McMichael were also charged with one count each of using, carrying, and br…

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