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2021-01-28: News Headlines

Devonte Sullivan (2021-01-28). St. Pete protests Desantis' draconian anti-BLM protester bill. liberationnews.org Dozens of activists gathered along Central Avenue in St. Petersburg on Saturday, rallying in the streets against the fascist policies introduced by Ron Desantis and the Florida Legislature this past September.

MEE staff (2021-01-27). UAE activist Ahmed Mansoor being held in shocking conditions: HRW. middleeasteye.net UAE activist Ahmed Mansoor being held in shocking conditions: HRW | Report says poet held in solitary confinement since 2017 and that his trial in 2018 and subsequent appeals were a sham | Wed, 01/27/2021 – 09: 13 | Mansoor, a 51-year-old Emirati engineer, poet, and father of four was arrested in March 2017 in relation to his human rights advocacy in the UAE (YouTube) | Human Rights Watch (HRW) has published a…

Staff (2021-01-27). "A Step Forward": Black Lives Matter Protests Forced Biden to Push Racial Equity, But More Is Needed. democracynow.org President Joe Biden was elected with massive support from people of color, and in his second week in office he issued four executive orders to advance what the White House calls his "racial equity" agenda. The orders aim to strengthen anti-discrimination policies in housing, end Justice Department contracts with private prison companies, reaffirm sovereignty of Native American tribes and combat xenophobia against Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders. Biden's racial justice push comes as COVID-19 has devastated communities of color in the U.S., who are experiencing higher rates of infection, death and unemploymen…

Staff (2021-01-27). Movement for Black Lives Activists Respond to Biden's Orders on Racial Equity. truthout.org President Joe Biden was elected with massive support from people of color, and in his second week in office he issued four executive orders to advance what the White House calls his "racial equity" agenda. The orders aim to strengthen anti-discrimination policies in housing, end Justice Department contracts with private prison companies, reaffirm sovereignty of Native American tribes and combat xenophobia against Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders. Biden's racial justice push comes as COVID-1…

Staff (2021-01-27). Biden's Private Prison Executive Order Doesn't Undo Mass Incarceration. truthout.org On January 26, 2021, President Joe Biden signed a series of executive orders in the name of advancing racial equity.

_____ (2021-01-27). UK Turns To 'Counterterror' Law To Repress Palestine Action. popularresistance.org Solidarity campaigners shut down an Israeli drone parts factory in the UK for several hours last week. | Three activists from Palestine Action were arrested outside the Elbit Systems factory in Shenstone in the Midlands on 18 January. This is the third time the factory has been hit in five months. | Red paint symbolizing the deaths of Palestinians was also sprayed across the factory front yard. In a Palestine Action video, an unnamed activist said she was "here today because Britain has been complicit in the colonization of Palestine since over 100 years ago with the Balfour Declaration." | Elbit is Israel's larg…

Yves Engler (2021-01-27). B'nai B'rith Smears Leading Palestine Solidarity Activist. dissidentvoice.org Recently Israel's largest human rights organization concluded the country was run based on a regime of Jewish supremacy. B'Tselem wasn't only referring to the occupied West Bank but an "apartheid" system in place from the Jordan River to the Mediterranean Sea. A week after B'Tselem's report was released, one of Canada's leading lobbyists for the …

Ramzy Baroud (2021-01-27). B'Tselem's historic declaration, "A Regime of Jewish Supremacy from the Jordan River to the Mediterranean Sea: This is Apartheid" juancole.com ( Middle East Monitor ) — "A Regime of Jewish Supremacy from the Jordan River to the Mediterranean Sea: This is Apartheid," was the title of a January 12 report by the Israeli rights group B'Tselem. No matter how one is to interpret B'Tselem's findings, the report is earth-shattering. The official Israeli response merely confirmed …

Mehr News Agency (2021-01-27). 146 suspects of collaborating with ISIL arrested in Turkey. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, Jan. 28 (MNA) — Turkish security forces arrested 146 suspects of collaborating with ISIL members during a counter-terrorism operation across the country.

_____ (2021-01-27). Proud Boys Leader Was 'Prolific' Informer For Law Enforcement. popularresistance.org Washington, DC – Enrique Tarrio, the leader of the Proud Boys extremist group, has a past as an informer for federal and local law enforcement, repeatedly working undercover for investigators after he was arrested in 2012, according to a former prosecutor and a transcript of a 2014 federal court proceeding obtained by Reuters. | In the Miami hearing, a federal prosecutor, a Federal Bureau of Investigation agent and Tarrio's own lawyer described his undercover work and said he had helped authorities prosecute more than a dozen people in various cases involving drugs, gambling and human smuggling. | Tarrio, in an i…

Asha Ralph (2021-01-27). If Biden Wants to End Death Penalty, He Must Also End Death by Incarceration. zcomm.org For every seven people in prison, one is serving a death-by-incarceration sentence…

yenisafak (2021-01-27). At least 126 Daesh suspects nabbed in Turkey. yenisafak.com At least 126 people with suspected links to the Daesh terror group, were arrested in a large-scale operation in Turkey, a security source said on Wednesday.Prosecutors in the northwestern Balikesir province issued arrest warrants for 148 suspects as part of a probe against the terror group, said the source on condition of anonymity due to restrictions on speaking to the media.With the warrants issued, a Balikesir-based operation spreading to 57 more provinces was launched by gendarmerie, including its anti-terror teams and intelligence officers.In the operation carried out simultaneously, at least 126 suspects, w…

yenisafak (2021-01-27). A decade into Arab uprising: Tunisians keep on protesting. yenisafak.com A decade after the Jasmine Revolution, which ousted longtime President Zine El Abidine Ben Ali from power, anger and frustration among young Tunisians continues to brew. Protests [1] have been held in various cities across the country over the last few days, defying restrictions in place following a surge in coronavirus cases.While the daytime demonstrations are overwhelmingly peaceful, clashes occur with security forces take place during the night. More than 600 people were arrested [2], and the army was deployed to quell the tensions.Protestors' grievances are the same as they were a decade ago: unemployment, s…

Online News Editor (2021-01-27). Remembering the Holocaust with Italy's stumbling stones. laprensalatina.com Rome, Jan 27 (efe-epa).- "Here lived Fortunata Perugia, born in 1881, arrested on 2.2.1944. Deported to Auschwitz. Murdered on 23.5.1944." This is the message engraved onto one of the latest stumbling blocks to be laid in Rome on the lead up to International Holocaust Remembrance Day on Wednesday. The golden-topped cobbles, like this one in …

FTP (2021-01-27). Vacaville city hall and police station attacked by protesters. indybay.org On January 17, "A group of protesters in the Californian city of Vacaville smashed windows and spray-painted messages including 'Kill All Cops' at the local police department and City Hall."

Staff (2021-01-26). Fred Hampton: The Fight for Truth. truthout.org The event will take place at 7 pm ET, January 26, 2021. | Long-time civil rights attorneys Flint Taylor and Jeffrey Haas will join Defending Rights & Dissent (DRAD) and Truthout as DRAD Policy Director and Still Spying Podcast host Chip Gibbons discusses the latest revelations about the FBI's role in Fred Hampton's death and why it matters. | Fifty-one years ago, the Chicago Police raided the office of the Illinois Black Panther Party, killing Fred Hampton and Mark Clark. The police initially claimed they acted in self-defense, but this w…

Andrea Germanos, staff writer (2021-01-26). More US Lawmakers Urged to Speak Out Against 'Vaccine Apartheid' for Palestinians. commondreams.org "This cruelty is another reminder of why the occupation must end," said Rep. Jamaal Bowman. | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…

RT (2021-01-26). Epstein associate Ghislaine Maxwell claims HIS plea deal protects HER from prosecution on sex trafficking charges. rt.com Ghislaine Maxwell, the British socialite and alleged madam for Jeffrey Epstein, has petitioned the judge to throw out her case, citing a plea deal the pedophile secured in 2008 that she claims renders her immune from prosecution. | Maxwell was arrested in July 2020, charged with grooming teenage girls for Epstein and his associates to sexually abuse. | Her lawyers filed a motion on Monday to dismiss her case on multiple grounds, citing a non-prosecution deal Epstein struck with the US federal government over 12 years ago as sufficient protection to exempt her from prosecution, as well as the circumstances of t…

MEE and agencies (2021-01-26). Iranian-American faces spy charges after attempting to leave Iran. middleeasteye.net Iranian-American faces spy charges after attempting to leave Iran | Iran's judiciary spokesperson did not identify the Iranian-American arrested for espionage | Tue, 01/26/2021 – 11: 20 | Iran's Revolutionary Guard Corps has arrested dozens of foreign nationals, mostly on espionage charges. Some have been swapped for Iranians held overseas for evading US sanctions (AFP) | An Iranian-Americ…

_____ (2021-01-26). New Toolkit To Defund The Police. popularresistance.org Over the past eight months since George Floyd was choked to death by the Minneapolis Police Department, demands to defund the police emanating from Minneapolis spread like wildfire, echoing in the streets, in petitions to policymakers, and in the testimonies of thousands of people calling and writing in to virtual council chambers. Calls to defund police and invest in communities were not only a response to the ongoing murders of Black people like Floyd, Breonna Taylor, Tony McDade, and the hundreds of others killed by police every year. They were also a manifestation of outrage at the ongoing abandonment of Blac…

_____ (2021-01-26). Defund The Police Is Not Abolition. popularresistance.org The demand to defund the police has become a central narrative responding to the graphic killing of Black people. Black organizers must now discuss if this strategy can move us closer to community control of public safety and unpoliced Black neighborhoods. | The defund demand has a number of important branches but at its root it is a call to mobilize community energy towards winning votes at local budget hearings. This effort is not just about the vote but reflects a firm belief in U.S. democracy which at this exact moment may be the most mistaken political stance possible. During the Jan. 6th meeting at the U.S.

yenisafak (2021-01-26). Three arrested in anti-lockdown protests in Denmark. yenisafak.com Three people were arrested by police in Copenhagen for burning the effigy of Prime Minister Mette Frederiksen during a protest against coronavirus restrictions in the country.According to a report by Danish public broadcaster DR on Monday, the suspects are accused of "crimes against the highest state authorities."They will be remanded in custody until Feb. 19.Last Saturday, protesters hung an effigy of the prime minister with a sign saying: "She can and should be culled." They later set it on fire.Previously, Frederiksen approved the culling of millions of minks after a mutated version of the coronavirus was foun…

sputniknews (2021-01-26). Watch Cops Throw Tear Gas Shells at Protesting Farmers in New Delhi on Republic Day. sputniknews.com The Delhi Police had earlier given permission to protesting farmers to carry out their proposed tractor rally, saying they would only be allowed to hold it after an annual military parade concluded in the national capital. High security is now in place in the city for the nation's Republic Day festivities.

WSWS (2021-01-26). Seattle Police Department plans to increase arrests and penalties for left-wing protesters. wsws.org Increasing the number of arrests and legal cases against protesters, the Democratic Party is focusing their attacks on vandalism while remaining silent about the fascistic armed militia groups active in Washington state.

NOW & Black Women's Blueprint (2021-01-26). Thursday 2/11: Unspoken Impact of Police Brutality Against BIWOC, TGNC & Latinx Communities. indybay.org Online event (FREE)…

Eds. (2021-01-25). 'We're taking responsibility': Sixty teens announce refusal to serve in Israeli army. mronline.org Dozens of Israeli teens sign public letter objecting to military service over Israel's policies of apartheid, neoliberalism, and denial of the Nakba.

Maha Hussaini (2021-01-25). 'Vaccination apartheid': Gaza struggling with Covid-19 infections while Israel rolls out jab. middleeasteye.net 'Vaccination apartheid': Gaza struggling with Covid-19 infections while Israel rolls out jab | Gaza braces for more avoidable deaths with delayed vaccination rollout and an overwhelmed health system | Mon, 01/25/2021 – 11: 08 | A hospital staff member gets tested for coronavirus in Rafah in the southern Gaza Strip on 31 August 2020 (AFP/file photo) | In the intensive care unit of the European Gaza…

Ben Slowey (2021-01-25). Milwaukee Common Council revisits and accepts COPS grant. liberationnews.org The measure will result in the hiring of an additional 30 police officers.

Staff (2021-01-25). As an Eviction Crisis Looms, Tenant Organizing Explodes Across the Country. truthout.org It started last June with squatting. Quietly and without fanfare, Philadelphia activists affiliated with OccupyPHL and the Black Renter's Cooperative broke into long-vacant public housing buildings and supported houseless families moving in. Then came the massive, barricaded protest encampment on Benjamin Franklin Parkway, a tree-lined oasis in the middle of the Pennsylvania city surrounded by some of Philadelphia's most expensive housing. | "They totally could have used the cops to disperse the…

RT (2021-01-25). ABC panel compares Trump's departure to end of NAZI regime, Civil War & apartheid… and excuses Biden from action. rt.com Panelists on ABC struggled to one-up each other in over-the-top comparisons between the end of Trump's presidency and the downfalls of infamous totalitarian regimes, pushing the usual Trump-as-Hitler comparisons to the limit. | The panelists sparred over whether the country should submit to a "truth and reconciliation" commission before the newly inaugurated Biden administration can implement his touted agenda of "unity" and "healing." Some argued that former President Donald Trump had done too much damage for the country to simply move ahead with business as usual, while others want him to get to work on rest…

RT (2021-01-25). Pro-Trump 'WalkAway' campaign founder Brandon Straka arrested by FBI on federal charges linked to Capitol riot. rt.com Brandon Straka, founder of a campaign encouraging Democrats to flee their party, has been arrested on three federal charges over his alleged role in the Capitol Hill riot, after the FBI followed up on a tip from a relative. | The 'WalkAway' organizer was taken into custody on Monday after being charged on three counts related to the unrest in DC on January 6, including impeding a police officer during civil disorder, knowingly entering or remaining on restricted grounds without authority, and engaging in disorderly conduct "with intent to disturb a hearing of Congress," according to the FBI's Omaha field offic…

RT (2021-01-25). There's only one Daniel Agger? Ex-Liverpool star clears up bizarre rumors he was arrested at Navalny protests in Moscow. rt.com Liverpool fans became somewhat concerned about the welfare of one of their former heroes after news emerged that Daniel Agger had been arrested during the Moscow protests in support of Russian opposition figure Alexey Navalny. | The story began when it was reported that a man by the name of Daniel Agger had been taken into custody on January 23 during the protests in Moscow. | Fanning the confusion was a tweet by Russian news outlet Novaya Gazeta which screamed: "Former Liverpool footballer and Danish captain Daniel Agger was detained during protests in Moscow. He spent two days in the police department, and t…

_____ (2021-01-25). Understanding The Politics Of Urban Apartheid In The United States. popularresistance.org Baltimore Maryland is a majority-black but hyper-segregated city. Following the uprising in Baltimore in 2015 in response to the police murder of Freddie Gray, Dr. Lawrence Brown, a public health expert at Morgan University, a historically black university in Baltimore, found that historical context and data were missing from the conversation about what was happening. Thus, he wrote "The Black Butterfly: The Politics of Race and Space in America." In this book, Dr. Brown describes the history of and the players who created the urban apartheid and how Baltimore became a template for many cities across the country.

yenisafak (2021-01-25). Ultra-Orthodox Jews clash with police in Israel. yenisafak.com Israeli police arrested four ultra-Orthodox Jews after violent riots late on Sunday over restrictions imposed to stem the spread of the coronavirus. | Police said in a statement that the four were arrested on "suspicion of endangering the lives and property of the residents". | The riots started last night in Bnei Brak city and extended until Monday dawn. | Police said the city mayor's car was pelted with stones while a bus was set on fire in the middle of a residential neighborhood. | "The lawbreakers attacked civilians and caused extensive damage to property," police said. | The Jerusalem Post newspaper said d…

yenisafak (2021-01-25). Nine FETO-linked suspects arrested in Turkey. yenisafak.com Turkish security forces arrested nine people over alleged links to the Fetullah Terrorist Organization (FETO), the group behind the 2016 defeated coup, security sources said on Monday.As a result of the investigation by the Chief Public Prosecutor's Office in the eastern Erzincan province, police teams conducted simultaneous operations in seven provinces and arrested the suspects, including three active-duty soldiers.FETO and its US-based leader Fetullah Gulen orchestrated the defeated coup of July 15, 2016, which left 251 people martyred and nearly 2,200 injured.Ankara also accuses FETO of being behind a long-ru…

teleSUR (2021-01-25). US Police Killed at 135 Unarmed Black People Since 2015. telesurenglish.net The National Public Radio (NPR) published a report showing that at least 135 unarmed Black men have been killed by U.S. police since 2015. | RELATED: | The investigation also recalled that 75 percent of the police officers involved in the shooting deaths of unarmed black men were white. | "Several officers were convicted of crimes. However, all of them kept their jobs," NPR discovered, adding that the report focused on specific cases.