2019-02-22: News Headlines

Shared by Samantha Borek (2019-02-22). New Film Details Plight of Black Travelers Under Jim Crow. truthout.org The Academy Awards take place this weekend, and one of the top contenders is the movie Green Book, which has renewed interest in the history of The Negro Motorist Green Book. So today we look at a remarkable new documentary called The Green Book: Guide to Freedom, that offers a real look at the history of a travel guide that helped African Americans safely navigate Jim Crow America. The film premieres Monday on the Smithsonian Channel and details the violence, insults and discrimination black travelers faced on the road, as well as the pride and sense of community they felt in the safe spaces they created arou…

W. T. Whitney (2019-02-22). US Racism and Imperialism Fuel Turbulence in Haiti. counterpunch.org Beginning on February 7, Haitians have been in the streets protesting against corruption, high prices, shortages, inflation, and power outages. Demonstrators are demanding that President Jovenel MoàØse, in power since January 2017, resign. MoàØseblames the disturbances on "armed groupsand drug traffickers" and is calling for negotiation. Facing police brutality, masses of Haitians have blocked roads, More

Shared by Jocelyn Dombroski (2019-02-22). Opposition Grows to Hopkins' Armed, Private Police Force Proposal. therealnews.com On Friday legislators will hear from supporters and opponents of the bill…

teleSUR (2019-02-22). US Will Not Recover Body of Missionary Near Sentinel Island. telesurenglish.net United States Ambassador-at-large for International Religious Freedom, Sam Brownback, confirms that the United States will not present charges or attempt to recover the body of a missionary, who attempted to make contact with an Indigenous tribe from an Indian island. | RELATED: | India: Police Halts Search for Body of Trespassing US Preacher Killed by Indigenous Tribe | "The government of the United States will not initiate any action against the trib…

Peoples Dispatch (2019-02-22). Egypt executes nine for top official's assassination. peoplesdispatch.org Egypt executed nine men on February 20, after they were convicted of involvement in the 2015 assassination of the country's top prosecutor, prosecutor-general Hisham Barakat. This brings the total number of executions in Egypt to 15 in the last three weeks. | The nine men, mostly young, were among a group of 28 who were sentenced to death in 2017 for alleged involvement in the car bomb explosion that struck the prosecutor's vehicle convoy in Central Cairo in June 2015. Their executions, by hanging, were carried out in a Cairo prison despite last minute appeals by international human rights groups for a stay on th…

Text: R.R. Photos: Chris Cassell (2019-02-22). Day of Remembrance: Japanese Americans Recall WWII Incarceration. indybay.org Immigration issues of today parallel the Japanese American experience during WWII, when families were removed from their homes on the U.S. West Coast to distant locations and incarcerated. Racism was, and is, at the core of both. The 39th annual Day of Remembrance on February 17th featured reminiscence, music, and a march through historic San José Japantown that was also a protest of Trump's National Emergency, announced two days earlier.

amnesty (2019-02-22). China: Further information: Human rights lawyer at risk of torture: Yu Wensheng. amnesty.org Beijing human rights lawyer Yu Wensheng has been indicted and his case has been transferred from the prosecution to the court awaiting a trial date, according to his wife. No official notification about the indictment nor transfer has been received. With no access to his lawyers since his detention in January 2018, there are fears that he is at risk of torture or other ill-treatment. Yu Wensheng is a prisoner of conscience, detained solely for exercising his right to freedom of expression and should be immediately and unconditionally released.

WSWS (2019-02-22). The Jussie Smollett controversy: Must all accusations be believed? wsws.org Smollett has been arrested for filing a false police report after the Democratic Party adopted his story as proof that identity—not class—defines social relations.

WSWS (2019-02-22). Mercenaries flown back to US after their arrest in Haitian capital. wsws.org Eight men, five of them former US Special Forces or Marines, were arrested on the roof of the building housing Haiti's national bank.

Human Rights Watch (2019-02-22). US Supreme Court Rules Unanimously Against Excessive Fines. hrw.org | | Police officers stand in front of the U.S. Supreme Court in Washington, U.S., January 19, 2018. | © 2018 Reuters | This week, the United States Supreme Court ruled unanimously that it was unconstitutional for states to impose excessive fines, extending a federal constitutional protection to states. This may embolden courts to examine states and localities that impose crushing fines on those unable to pay. | In Timbs v. Indiana, Tyson Timbs pleaded guilty to selling heroin and as part of his sentence was ordered to…

Democracy Now! (2019-02-22). Headlines for February 22, 2019. democracynow.org North Carolina Orders New Congressional Election Due to GOP Voting Fraud, Oakland Teachers' Strike Enters Second Day, Judge: Alex Acosta Broke Law in 2008 over Sex Abuser Jeffrey Epstein Plea Deal, Elliott Abrams Heads to Colombia as Tension Mounts on Venezuelan Border, CodePink's Medea Benjamin Disrupts Venezuelan Opposition Event in D.C., U.S. to Keep 200 Troops in Syria Despite Trump Withdrawal Pledge, Vatican Hosts Historic Summit on Clerical Sex Abuse, White Nationalist Coast Guard Lieutenant Used Work Computer to Research Mass Killings, Record Number of Hate Groups Reported in U.S., Prosecutors Drop Crimina…

amnesty (2019-02-22). Rwanda. Enquêter sur les homicides de réfugiés. amnesty.org Le 22 février 2018, au moins 11 réfugiés congolais ont été tués après que la police a ouvert le feu sur des manifestants dans la ville de Karongi et dans le camp de réfugiés de Kiziba, tous deux situés dans l'ouest du Rwanda. D'autres opérations de police menées à Kiziba en avril et en mai ont donné lieu à des affrontements entre les réfugiés et la police au cours desquels au moins un réfugié est mort de ses blessures.

amnesty (2019-02-22). Rwanda: Investigate Killings of Refugees. amnesty.org On 22 February 2018, at least 11 Congolese refugees were killed when the police opened fire on protestors in Karongi town and in Kiziba refugee camp, both in Western Rwanda. Further police operations in Kiziba in April and May resulted in clashes between refugees and the police, with at least one refugee dying of his injuries. | One year on, rather than investigating the unnecessary and/or excessive use of force by police, the Rwandan authorities have arrested and prosecuted refugees for their involvement in protests that were largely peaceful…

amnesty (2019-02-22). Lesotho: Authorities must ensure an independent investigation into torture allegations and death. amnesty.org Amnesty International, the Southern Africa Human Rights Defenders Network (SAHRDN) and the Transformation Resource Centre (TRC) call on the Lesotho authorities to ensure that police officers reasonably suspected of criminal responsibility are held accountable in fair trials, without recourse to the death penalty. They further urge that victims of torture and other ill-treatment are provided with effective remedies, including adequate compensation and rehabilitation. The authorities must ensure that victims of these violations have access to medical care and access to psychological support for as long as needed.

WSWS (2019-02-22). Macron threatens to criminalize opposition to Zionism in France. wsws.org The French president is stepping up police-state policies, highlighted by the violent crackdown on "yellow vest" protesters.

RT (2019-02-22). Feds broke law in hush-hush Jeffrey Epstein sex trafficking plea deal, Florida judge rules. rt.com A Florida judge has ruled financier Jeffrey Epstein's sex trafficking case was grossly mishandled by federal prosecutors, who hid a sweetheart plea deal from over 30 of his underage victims, violating federal law in the process.

amnesty (2019-02-22). Rwanda: Police officers remain free while protesting Congolese refugees face jail time. amnesty.org Police officers who shot at Congolese refugees protesting cuts to the subsistence allowances and support they received must be investigated and held to account, Amnesty International said, one year after at least 11 refugees were killed in Karongi town and Kiziba refugee camp in western Rwanda. | While no official investigation has been published into the killing of protesters, at least 63 refugees are facing charges in connection with the protests which range from 'participating in and organizing illegal demonstrations' to 'spreading false information with intent to create a hostile international opinion against…

teleSUR (2019-02-22). UN: Sexual Violence, Warfare Linked to South Sudan's Oil. telesurenglish.net Reports from the United Nation's Commission on Human Rights in South Sudan has disclosed heinous human rights violations that were committed in the eight-year-old nation in 2018. | RELATED: | Sudanese Forces Tortured and Killed Dozens: Activists | The global agency stated that sexual violence against women is rampant and reported "on a massive scale," while similar violations against men and boys "remains significantly under-reported due to social stigma." The organization also detailed…

amnesty (2019-02-22). Philippines: Outspoken senator marks two years in arbitrary detention. amnesty.org The Philippine government should drop the politically-motivated charges against Senator Leila de Lima, a prominent critic of President Rodrigo Duterte's abusive "war on drugs," Human Rights Watch, Amnesty International and FORUM-ASIA said today. De Lima has been arbitrarily detained inside the headquarters of the Philippine National Police since February 24, 2017, in violation of her constitutional rights as a sitting senator and in contravention of international human rights law. |

Julia Conley (2019-02-22). Alexander Acosta Broke Federal Law in Jeffrey Epstein Sex Abuse Case, Judge Rules. theantimedia.com (CD) — A U.S. District judge ruled Thursday that U.S. Labor Secretary Alexander Acosta committed a crime in 2007 when, as a U.S. prosecutor at the time, secretly gave a lenient plea deal to a politically-connected billionaire accused of sex trafficking underage girls. In a case brought by victims of billionaire and Trump associate Jeffrey Epstein, Judge …

Kathryn Shihadah (2019-02-22). He Can't Breathe: Palestine's Eric Garner. mintpressnews.com In Hebron, Palestine on May 17th, 2017, Israeli Defense Forces (IDF) surrounded a young man as he walked through a market. He was about to join the roughly 40% of the male Palestinian population who, since 1967, have been detained or arrested.

Text: R.R. Photos: Jack Owicki (2019-02-22). Japanese Americans, Allies Say "Never Again is Now" indybay.org On February 17th, members of the greater San José Japanese American community commemorated the anniversary of Executive Order 9066, which led to the incarceration of 120,000 Americans of Japanese descent during World War II. At the same time they protested the National Emergency Trump announced two days earlier in order to build his wall on the Mexico-U.S. border. Allies from the South Bay peace activist community joined with those gathered in the local Japantown, one of only three left in the United States.

ACLU (2019-02-21). The Government Cannot Force E-mail Companies to Copy and Save Your Account 'Just in Case'. aclu.org Police are issuing warrantless preservation demands to force email providers to seize users' private communications. | Paper letters have a final resting stop — whomever they are addressed to. From a practical standpoint, and a legal one, that feature of regular mail made understanding and applying privacy protections relatively straightforward. But as our communication technologies have changed, courts have struggled to grant a similar degree of privacy protection to communications in the modern era. | Digital communications present new problems. For example, your email does not live in your letterbox but…

Peoples Dispatch (2019-02-21). Turkish government seeks life sentences for 2013 Gezi Park protesters. peoplesdispatch.org Turkey has sought life terms for 16 people, involved in the 2013 Gezi Park protests, over accusations of "attempting to overthrow the government," Turkey's state-run Anadolu Agency reported on Wednesday. The chief public prosecutor delivered the indictment in Istanbul's 30th heavy penalty court. Besides "attempting to overthrow the government", some are also accused of "damaging public property" and "damaging worshipping houses and cemeteries". | The accused include philanthropist Osman Kavala, well-known actor Mehmet Ali Alabora, architect Mucella Yapici, city planner Tayfun Kahraman and lawyer Can Atalay. They…

teleSUR (2019-02-21). UNESCO to Document Israeli Violations in Jerusalem. telesurenglish.net The United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) may send a mission to document Israeli violations in occupied Jerusalem, according to Al-Wattan Voice Wednesday. | RELATED: | Israeli Police Evict Palestinians From Home Without Notice | Speaking to Palestine Voice, Mounir Anastas, representative of the Palestinian Authority to the U.N. organization, said that "Israel continues to prevent international UNESCO experts from documenting Israeli violations ag…

RT (2019-02-21). Cop dodges bullet and kills suspect in DRAMATIC gunfight (GRAPHIC VIDEO). rt.com Police in northern California have released chilling footage of a short-lived, fatal shootout between a sheriff's deputy and an armed suspect during what was ostensibly a routine traffic stop.

amnesty (2019-02-21). Creative disruption: How Sudanese protesters have used art to sustain demos. amnesty.org The protests in Sudan are in their third month now. The government's response has been brutal with many protesters killed, and many others arrested, tortured or ill-treated in detention. People's homes have been raided, patients in hospitals attacked with tear gas and live ammunition, among them children and the elderly. But the people have remained resolute in exercising their right to freedom of assembly. | Thousands of people have turned out to protest in different cities and villages every day. While the protests which began on 19 December 2018 were sparked by the deterioration of the living conditions due t…

RT (2019-02-21). 'ISIS is after me, so you're in danger too!' US drone operator posed as CIA agent to impress woman. rt.com A New York National Guardsman attempting to woo a woman by claiming his "dangerous" job as a CIA agent had placed them both in terrorists' crosshairs has been arrested for impersonating a public servant.

Fred_F (2019-02-21). Ex-Pinochet secret police agent Adriana Rivas' extradition case deferred. greenleft.org.au Former secret police agent under dictator General Augusto Pinochet Adriana Rivas will face court again on March 1 to see if she is extradited back to Chile, where she is facing charges relating to alleged torture and kidnapping offences. | While visiting Chile in 2007, Rivas was arrested for the aggravated kidnapping of seven victims in 1976. At the time she was the principal assistant to Manuel Contreras, the former head of Pinochet's National Intelligence Directorate (DINA). | All of the victims subsequently disappeared after undergoing vicious torture sessions. | However, Rivas breached her conditional bail an…

WSWS (2019-02-21). Thousands of teachers attacked by riot police in Morocco. wsws.org The confrontation came in the midst of a general strike of Moroccan workers on the eighth anniversary of a revolt that was part of the 2011 "Arab Spring."

amnesty (2019-02-21). Investigate killings of Congolese refugees by Rwandan police. amnesty.org Rwanda has failed to investigate the killings of least 12 Congolese refugees. Join us to demand accountability. | On 22 February 2018, Rwandan police officers shot live rounds at a crowd of hundreds of Congolese refugees who were protesting the reduction of humanitarian assistance at Kibiza Refugee Camp, where many of them have been living for over 22 years. At least 11 refugees were shot dead that day — eight in Karongi at the UNHCR field office and three in Kiziba. | At least 63 refugees were arrested and face charges in connection with the protests, ranging from 'participating in and organizing illegal d…

Human Rights Watch (2019-02-21). Turkey: Drop Bogus Coup Charges. hrw.org | | Osman Kavala. | © 2017 Anadolu Kàºltàºr | (Geneva) — Turkey's president and government should stop making baseless accusations, and the Istanbul prosecutor should drop the new charges against 16 people, including Osman Kavala, that view the Gezi protests as a coup attempt, Human Rights Watch said today. | Turkish media on February 20 reported that an Istanbul prosecutor has prepared a 657-page indictment holding Kavala, a civic leader, an…

Democracy Now! (2019-02-21). Headlines for February 21, 2019. democracynow.org White Supremacist Coast Guard Lt. Had "Hit List" of Democratic Targets, Trump Considering Anti-Science Adviser to Head Climate Change Committee, SCOTUS Limits State and Local Civil Asset Forfeiture, Massive Fire Kills At Least 80 in Bangladesh, Mexico: 2 Radio Journalists Killed in Past Week, U.N. Warns of Oil Company Complicity in South Sudan Mass Atrocities, Egypt Executes 9 Men over 2015 Prosecutor Killing Amid Claims of Torture, Syria: Civilians Evacuated from ISIS Enclave, Trump Says Alabama Woman Who Joined ISIS Should Not Be Allowed Back in U.S., West Virginia Teachers End Strike After Killing Pro-Charter…

RT (2019-02-21). 'Domestic terrorist': US Coast Guard neo-Nazi plotted attack on 'traitor' Democrats & journalists. rt.com Authorities have arrested a self-proclaimed white nationalist Coast Guard officer who plotted terror attacks on US soil and had compiled a hit list that included prominent Democrats, journalists and other public figures.

Human Rights Watch (2019-02-21). DR Congo: Police Killed, 'Disappeared' 34 Youth. hrw.org

amnesty (2019-02-21). Cameroon: Opposition leader and more than a hundred supporters face the death penalty. amnesty.org Opposition leader Maurice Kamto will today be summoned by a military court on charges which carry the death penalty, as the Cameroonian authorities intensify their post-election crackdown on critics, Amnesty International said today. | Kamto, the president of the Cameroon Renaissance Movement (Mouvement pour la Renaissance du Cameroun-MRC) is the first of a group of 131 people arbitrarily arrested last month and charged by the military court with rebellion, hostility against the homeland, incitement to insurrection, offence against the president of the republic, and destruction of public buildings and goods, to b…

Democracy Now! (2019-02-21). Ending the Punishment of Poverty: Supreme Court Rules Against High Fines & Civil Asset Forfeiture. democracynow.org In a major victory for civil liberties advocates, the Supreme Court has unanimously ruled to limit the practice of civil asset forfeiture—a controversial practice where police seize property that belongs to people suspected of crimes, even if they are never convicted. On Wednesday, the court ruled the Eighth Amendment protects people from state and local authorities imposing onerous fines, fees and forfeitures to generate money. The case centered on an Indiana man named Tyson Timbs, whose Land Rover was seized when he was arrested for selling drugs. The vehicle was worth $42,000—more than four times t…

Robert Mackey (2019-02-21). French President's Promise to Crack Down on Anti-Semitism Could Threaten Critics of Israel. theintercept.com French police officers will investigate critics of Israel who question the nature of the Jewish state for possible violations of law against hate speech.

Democracy Now! (2019-02-20). Saudis Facing Criminal Charges in the U.S. Keep Disappearing. Is the Kingdom Helping Them Escape? democracynow.org A growing number of Saudi students are vanishing while facing serious criminal charges in the U.S. Federal law enforcement officials are now launching an investigation into the suspicious disappearances to probe if the Saudi government was involved and how. We speak with Shane Dixon Kavanaugh, The Oregonian reporter who broke the story about the spate of Saudi student disappearances. He found that in at least four cases the Saudi government paid a defendant's bail and legal fees before he disappeared. In one case, police believe Saudi officials snuck a Saudi national out of the country on a private plane using a…

Democracy Now! (2019-02-20). Headlines for February 20, 2019. democracynow.org Dems Probe White House Plan to Transfer Nuclear Technology to Saudis, West Virginia Teachers Celebrate as Lawmakers Halt Pro-Charter School Bill, NYT: Trump Asked DOJ to Put Loyalist In Charge of "Hush Money" Probe, Trump to Nominate Transportation Sec. Jeffrey Rosen as Deputy AG, Trump Signs Order to Establish "Space Force", France: 20,000 Protesters Denounce Surge in Anti-Semitic Attacks, Haiti: Police Arrest 5 Americans Amid Political Unrest, WaPo: Pope Ignored Claims of Sexual Abuse Against Deaf Children, Women Survivors of Church Sexual Abuse Speak Out, Arkansas Signs "Trigger" Abortion Ban into Law, Illinoi…

splcenter (2019-02-20). Civil rights groups sue New Orleans for map of surveillance camera locations. splcenter.org Representing a Louisiana public defender, the SPLC and the American Civil Liberties Union of Louisiana today filed suit against the City of New Orleans over its refusal to provide a map of the city's 400 real-time surveillance cameras. Though the cameras themselves are publicly visible, the City of New Orleans has refused to comply with a public records request for a map of their locations.

Brett Barrouquere and Heidi Beirich (2019-02-20). Feds: Coast Guard Lieutenant Has Neo-Nazi Ties, Had Hit List of Targets. splcenter.org An active duty U.S. Coast Guard officer stationed at the service's Washington, D.C., headquarters sought to follow in the footsteps of a far-right European terrorist, a federal prosecutor said, and had a hit list of Democratic politicians and cable news hosts he wanted to kill.

ziyaad (2019-02-20). EuroAsia Interconnector: "electricity highway" to Israeli war crimes. bdsmovement.net EuroAsia Interconnector: "electricity highway" to Israeli war crimes : UpdateThe EuroAsia Interconnector is projected to link electricity grids in Israel, Cyprus and Greece via the world's longest submarine power cable. Crucially, the Interconnector would connect Europe's electricity grid with Israel's grid that incorporates the illegal settl…

RT (2019-02-20). Obama ripped for telling black kids to lose the gold chains and avoid twerking. rt.com Former US President Barack Obama delivered a message of self-confidence to black youth: ignore twerking and don't chase wealth. He also called for more police in "some" communities. But his inspirational words didn't go over well.

Human Rights Watch (2019-02-20). Tunisia: Emergency Powers Bill Threatens Rights. hrw.org | | Riot police patrols the district of Intilaka, north of Tunis, Tunisia, Thursday Jan. 11, 2018. | © 2018 Amine Landoulsi/AP Images | (Tunis) — Tunisia's Parliament should abandon or substantially revise a bill that would give the government sweeping powers to restrict rights during declared states of emergency, Human Rights Watch said today. | The legislation would allow the executive to prohibit any strike or demonstration deemed to threaten publ…

Shared by Hezvo Mpunga (2019-02-19). City Gave 8 Cops License to Terrorize Residents, Now Officials Say They're Not Responsible. therealnews.com As fall-out from the Gun Trace Task Force continues to unfold in Baltimore, top city officials are saying the officers were acting outside the scope of their employment and cannot be held liable for robbing and falsely arresting hundreds of residents…

Fred_F (2019-02-19). Former Pinochet secret police agent Adriana Rivas arrested in Sydney. greenleft.org.au The following statement was released by the Australian-based National Campaign for Truth & Justice in Chile on February 19. | *** | After years of eluding justice, notorious Chilean torturer Adriana Rivas has finally been arrested and her extradition request by the Chilean state accepted by Australian authoriti…

Fight Back (2019-02-19). Japanese American community slams Trump's National Emergency. fightbacknews.org San José, CA – On Sunday, February 17, more than 400 people filled the San Jose Buddhist Church gym for the 39th annual Day of Remembrance event. Across the country, Japanese American communities commemorate the anniversary of Executive Order 9066, which led to the incarceration of more than 100,000 Americans of Japanese descent during World War II. The San Jose event was organized by NOC, the Nihonmachi [Japantown] Organizing Committee. | This year's event came just two days after President Trump declared a National Emergency in order to build his wall on the Mexico-U.S. border. Criticism of this act and compari…

Human Rights Watch (2019-02-18). Brazil: Keep Sniper Probe Independent. hrw.org | | Victim shows patch over his wounded ribs in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, January 2019. | © Defensoria Pública do Estado do Rio de Janeiro | Brazil should conduct an independent and thorough investigation into allegations that one or more police snipers killed at least two people in a poor neighborhood of Rio de Janeiro in late January, 2019, Human Rights Watch said today. | Witnesses said that the shots came from a tower within the main complex of the Rio de Janeiro civil po…

Democracy Now! (2019-02-15). Asylum Seekers Are Being Imprisoned in an Abandoned Factory in Mexico Under Trump Admin Policy. democracynow.org As Trump plans to declare a national emergency, we look at what some have called the real humanitarian crisis at the border. Riot police in northern Mexico blocked hundreds of desperate Central American migrants Wednesday as they tried to escape an abandoned factory complex where they've been imprisoned while waiting for the U.S. to process their asylum claims. More than 1,700 migrants have been held in the maquiladora in the Mexican border town of Piedras Negras since February 5, after they arrived in a caravan of people seeking asylum in the U.S. The vast majority have remained prisoners at the site, after the…

2019-02-22: Social Media Postees

New Film Details Plight of Black Travelers Under Jim Crow
Shared by Samantha Borek | truthout.org | 2019-02-22
The Academy Awards take place this weekend, and one of the top contenders is the movie Green Book, which has renewed interest in the history of The Negro Motorist Green Book. So today we look at a remarkable new documentary called The Green Book: Guide to Freedom, that offers a real look at the history of a travel guide that helped African Americans safely navigate Jim Crow America. The film premieres Monday on the Smithsonian Channel and details the violence, insults and discrimination black travelers faced on the road, as well as the pride and sense of community they felt in the safe spaces they created arou…
truthout.org/video/how-african-americans-safely-navigated-jim-crow-america/

US Racism and Imperialism Fuel Turbulence in Haiti
W. T. Whitney | counterpunch.org | 2019-02-22
Beginning on February 7, Haitians have been in the streets protesting against corruption, high prices, shortages, inflation, and power outages. Demonstrators are demanding that President Jovenel MoàØse, in power since January 2017, resign. MoàØseblames the disturbances on "armed groupsand drug traffickers" and is calling for negotiation. Facing police brutality, masses of Haitians have blocked roads,…
counterpunch.org/2019/02/22/us-racism-and-imperialism-fuel-turbulence-in-haiti/

Opposition Grows to Hopkins' Armed, Private Police Force Proposal
Shared by Jocelyn Dombroski | therealnews.com | 2019-02-22
On Friday legislators will hear from supporters and opponents of the bill…
therealnews.com/stories/opposition-grows-to-hopkins-armed-private-police-force-proposal

US Will Not Recover Body of Missionary Near Sentinel Island
teleSUR | telesurenglish.net | 2019-02-22
United States Ambassador-at-large for International Religious Freedom, Sam Brownback, confirms that the United States will not present charges or attempt to recover the body of a missionary, who attempted to make contact with an Indigenous tribe from an Indian island. | RELATED: | India: Police Halts Search for Body of Trespassing US Preacher Killed by Indigenous Tribe | "The government of the United States will not initiate any action against the trib…
telesurenglish.net/news/US-Will-Not-Recover-Body-of-Missionary-Near-Sentinel-Island-20190222-0006.html

Egypt executes nine for top official's assassination
Peoples Dispatch | peoplesdispatch.org | 2019-02-22
Egypt executed nine men on February 20, after they were convicted of involvement in the 2015 assassination of the country's top prosecutor, prosecutor-general Hisham Barakat. This brings the total number of executions in Egypt to 15 in the last three weeks. | The nine men, mostly young, were among a group of 28 who were sentenced to death in 2017 for alleged involvement in the car bomb explosion that struck the prosecutor's vehicle convoy in Central Cairo in June 2015. Their executions, by hanging, were carried out in a Cairo prison despite last minute appeals by international human rights groups for a stay on th…
peoplesdispatch.org/2019/02/22/egypt-executes-nine-for-top-officials-assassination/

Rwanda: Investigate Killings of Refugees
amnesty | amnesty.org | 2019-02-22
On 22 February 2018, at least 11 Congolese refugees were killed when the police opened fire on protestors in Karongi town and in Kiziba refugee camp, both in Western Rwanda. Further police operations in Kiziba in April and May resulted in clashes between refugees and the police, with at least one refugee dying of his injuries. | One year on, rather than investigating the unnecessary and/or excessive use of force by police, the Rwandan authorities have arrested and prosecuted refugees for their involvement in protests that were largely peaceful…
amnesty.org/en/documents/afr47/9866/2019/en/

The Jussie Smollett controversy: Must all accusations be believed?
WSWS | wsws.org | 2019-02-22
Smollett has been arrested for filing a false police report after the Democratic Party adopted his story as proof that identity–not class–defines social relations.
www.wsws.org/en/articles/2019/02/22/smol…

Feds broke law in hush-hush Jeffrey Epstein sex trafficking plea deal, Florida judge rules
RT | rt.com | 2019-02-22
A Florida judge has ruled financier Jeffrey Epstein's sex trafficking case was grossly mishandled by federal prosecutors, who hid a sweetheart plea deal from over 30 of his underage victims, violating federal law in the process. | …
rt.com/usa/452123-prosecutors-epstein-plea-illegal/

Alexander Acosta Broke Federal Law in Jeffrey Epstein Sex Abuse Case, Judge Rules
Julia Conley | theantimedia.com | 2019-02-22
(CD) — A U.S. District judge ruled Thursday that U.S. Labor Secretary Alexander Acosta committed a crime in 2007 when, as a U.S. prosecutor at the time, secretly gave a lenient plea deal to a politically-connected billionaire accused of sex trafficking underage girls. In a case brought by victims of billionaire and Trump associate Jeffrey Epstein, Judge …

Alexander Acosta Broke Federal Law in Jeffrey Epstein Sex Abuse Case, Judge Rules

Rwanda. Enquêter sur les homicides de réfugiés
amnesty | amnesty.org | 2019-02-22
Le 22 février 2018, au moins 11 réfugiés congolais ont été tués après que la police a ouvert le feu sur des manifestants dans la ville de Karongi et dans le camp de réfugiés de Kiziba, tous deux situés dans l'ouest du Rwanda. D'autres opérations de police menées à Kiziba en avril et en mai ont donné lieu à des affrontements entre les réfugiés et la police au cours desquels au moins un réfugié est mort de ses blessures.
amnesty.org/en/documents/afr47/9866/2019/fr/

UN: Sexual Violence, Warfare Linked to South Sudan's Oil
teleSUR | telesurenglish.net | 2019-02-22
Reports from the United Nation's Commission on Human Rights in South Sudan has disclosed heinous human rights violations that were committed in the eight-year-old nation in 2018. | RELATED: | Sudanese Forces Tortured and Killed Dozens: Activists | The global agency stated that sexual violence against women is rampant and reported "on a massive scale," while similar violations against men and boys "remains significantly under-reported due to social stigma." The organization also detailed…
telesurenglish.net/news/UN-Sexual-Violence-Warfare-Linked-to-South-Sudans-Oil-20190222-0005.html

Lesotho: Authorities must ensure an independent investigation into torture allegations and death
amnesty | amnesty.org | 2019-02-22
Amnesty International, the Southern Africa Human Rights Defenders Network (SAHRDN) and the Transformation Resource Centre (TRC) call on the Lesotho authorities to ensure that police officers reasonably suspected of criminal responsibility are held accountable in fair trials, without recourse to the death penalty. They further urge that victims of torture and other ill-treatment are provided with effective remedies, including adequate compensation and rehabilitation. The authorities must ensure that victims of these violations have access to medical care and access to psychological support for as long as needed.
amnesty.org/en/documents/afr33/9896/2019/en/

He Can't Breathe: Palestine's Eric Garner
Kathryn Shihadah | mintpressnews.com | 2019-02-22
In Hebron, Palestine on May 17th, 2017, Israeli Defense Forces (IDF) surrounded a young man as he walked through a market. He was about to join the roughly 40% of the male Palestinian population who, since 1967, have been detained or arrested.
mintpressnews.com/cant-breathe-palestine-eric-garner/255430/

Japanese Americans, Allies Say "Never Again is Now"
Text: R.R. Photos: Jack Owicki | indybay.org | 2019-02-22
On February 17th, members of the greater San José Japanese American community commemorated the anniversary of Executive Order 9066, which led to the incarceration of 120,000 Americans of Japanese descent during World War II. At the same time they protested the National Emergency Trump announced two days earlier in order to build his wall on the Mexico-U.S. border. Allies from the South Bay peace activist community joined with those gathered in the local Japantown, one of only three left in the United States.
indybay.org/newsitems/2019/02/22/18821348.php

Day of Remembrance: Japanese Americans Recall WWII Incarceration
Text: R.R. Photos: Chris Cassell | indybay.org | 2019-02-22
Immigration issues of today parallel the Japanese American experience during WWII, when families were removed from their homes on the U.S. West Coast to distant locations and incarcerated. Racism was, and is, at the core of both. The 39th annual Day of Remembrance on February 17th featured reminiscence, music, and a march through historic San José Japantown that was also a protest of Trump's National Emergency, announced two days earlier.
indybay.org/newsitems/2019/02/22/18821361.php

Rwanda: Police officers remain free while protesting Congolese refugees face jail time
amnesty | amnesty.org | 2019-02-22
Police officers who shot at Congolese refugees protesting cuts to the subsistence allowances and support they received must be investigated and held to account, Amnesty International said, one year after at least 11 refugees were killed in Karongi town and Kiziba refugee camp in western Rwanda. | While no official investigation has been published into the killing of protesters, at least 63 refugees are facing charges in connection with the protests which range from 'participating in and organizing illegal demonstrations' to 'spreading false information with intent to create a hostile international opinion against…
amnesty.org/en/latest/news/2019/02/rwanda-police-officers-remain-free-while-protesting-congolese-refugees-face-jail-time/

Mercenaries flown back to US after their arrest in Haitian capital
WSWS | wsws.org | 2019-02-22
Eight men, five of them former US Special Forces or Marines, were arrested on the roof of the building housing Haiti's national bank.
www.wsws.org/en/articles/2019/02/22/anam…

US Supreme Court Rules Unanimously Against Excessive Fines
Human Rights Watch | hrw.org | 2019-02-22
Police officers stand in front of the U.S. Supreme Court in Washington, U.S., January 19, 2018. | © 2018 Reuters | This week, the United States Supreme Court ruled unanimously that it was unconstitutional for states to impose excessive fines, extending a federal constitutional protection to states. This may embolden courts to examine states and localities that impose crushing fines on those unable to pay. | In Timbs v. Indiana, Tyson Timbs pleaded guilty to selling heroin and as part of his sentence was ordered to…
hrw.org/news/2019/02/22/us-supreme-court-rules-unanimously-against-excessive-fines

Macron threatens to criminalize opposition to Zionism in France
WSWS | wsws.org | 2019-02-22
The French president is stepping up police-state policies, highlighted by the violent crackdown on "yellow vest" protesters.
www.wsws.org/en/articles/2019/02/22/macr…

China: Further information: Human rights lawyer at risk of torture: Yu Wensheng
amnesty | amnesty.org | 2019-02-22
Beijing human rights lawyer Yu Wensheng has been indicted and his case has been transferred from the prosecution to the court awaiting a trial date, according to his wife. No official notification about the indictment nor transfer has been received. With no access to his lawyers since his detention in January 2018, there are fears that he is at risk of torture or other ill-treatment. Yu Wensheng is a prisoner of conscience, detained solely for exercising his right to freedom of expression and should be immediately and unconditionally released.
amnesty.org/en/documents/asa17/9894/2019/en/

Are the Deaths of These Black Men in Police Custody Really Accidents?
Shared by Hezvo Mpunga | therealnews.com | 2019-02-21
A TRNN investigation looks at several cases of African-American men who died in police custody that were ruled accidents or due to natural causes, but outside experts argued were in fact the result of an aggressive police tactic…
therealnews.com/stories/are-the-deaths-of-these-black-men-in-police-custody-really-accidents

The Government Cannot Force E-mail Companies to Copy and Save Your Account 'Just in Case'
ACLU | aclu.org | 2019-02-21
Police are issuing warrantless preservation demands to force email providers to seize users' private communications. | Paper letters have a final resting stop — whomever they are addressed to. From a practical standpoint, and a legal one, that feature of regular mail made understanding and applying privacy protections relatively straightforward. But as our communication technologies have changed, courts have struggled to grant a similar degree of privacy protection to communications in the modern era. | Digital communications present new problems. For example, your email does not live in your letterbox but…
aclu.org/blog/privacy-technology/internet-privacy/government-cannot-force-e-mail-companies-copy-and-save-your

Turkish government seeks life sentences for 2013 Gezi Park protesters
Peoples Dispatch | peoplesdispatch.org | 2019-02-21
Turkey has sought life terms for 16 people, involved in the 2013 Gezi Park protests, over accusations of "attempting to overthrow the government," Turkey's state-run Anadolu Agency reported on Wednesday. The chief public prosecutor delivered the indictment in Istanbul's 30th heavy penalty court. Besides "attempting to overthrow the government", some are also accused of "damaging public property" and "damaging worshipping houses and cemeteries". | The accused include philanthropist Osman Kavala, well-known actor Mehmet Ali Alabora, architect Mucella Yapici, city planner Tayfun Kahraman and lawyer Can Atalay. They…
peoplesdispatch.org/2019/02/21/turkish-government-seeks-life-sentences-for-2013-gezi-park-protesters/

Creative disruption: How Sudanese protesters have used art to sustain demos
amnesty | amnesty.org | 2019-02-21
The protests in Sudan are in their third month now. The government's response has been brutal with many protesters killed, and many others arrested, tortured or ill-treated in detention. People's homes have been raided, patients in hospitals attacked with tear gas and live ammunition, among them children and the elderly. But the people have remained resolute in exercising their right to freedom of assembly. | Thousands of people have turned out to protest in different cities and villages every day. While the protests which began on 19 December 2018 were sparked by the deterioration of the living conditions due t…
amnesty.org/en/latest/campaigns/2019/02/creative-disruption-how-sudanese-protesters-have-used-art-to-sustain-demos/

Cameroon: Opposition leader and more than a hundred supporters face the death penalty
amnesty | amnesty.org | 2019-02-21
Opposition leader Maurice Kamto will today be summoned by a military court on charges which carry the death penalty, as the Cameroonian authorities intensify their post-election crackdown on critics, Amnesty International said today. | Kamto, the president of the Cameroon Renaissance Movement (Mouvement pour la Renaissance du Cameroun-MRC) is the first of a group of 131 people arbitrarily arrested last month and charged by the military court with rebellion, hostility against the homeland, incitement to insurrection, offence against the president of the republic, and destruction of public buildings and goods, to b…
amnesty.org/en/latest/news/2019/02/cameroon-opposition-leader-and-more-than-a-hundred-supporters-face-the-death-penalty/

Ex-Pinochet secret police agent Adriana Rivas' extradition case deferred
Fred_F | greenleft.org.au | 2019-02-21
Former secret police agent under dictator General Augusto Pinochet Adriana Rivas will face court again on March 1 to see if she is extradited back to Chile, where she is facing charges relating to alleged torture and kidnapping offences. | While visiting Chile in 2007, Rivas was arrested for the aggravated kidnapping of seven victims in 1976. At the time she was the principal assistant to Manuel Contreras, the former head of Pinochet's National Intelligence Directorate (DINA). | All of the victims subsequently disappeared after undergoing vicious torture sessions. | However, Rivas breached her conditional bail an…
greenleft.org.au/content/ex-pinochet-secret-police-agent-adriana-rivas-extradition-case-deferred

French President's Promise to Crack Down on Anti-Semitism Could Threaten Critics of Israel
Robert Mackey | theintercept.com | 2019-02-21
French police officers will investigate critics of Israel who question the nature of the Jewish state for possible violations of law against hate speech.
theintercept.com/2019/02/21/french-presidents-promise-crack-anti-semitism-threaten-critics-israel/

'ISIS is after me, so you're in danger too!' US drone operator posed as CIA agent to impress woman
RT | rt.com | 2019-02-21
A New York National Guardsman attempting to woo a woman by claiming his "dangerous" job as a CIA agent had placed them both in terrorists' crosshairs has been arrested for impersonating a public servant. | …
rt.com/usa/452038-cia-agent-impersonator-arrested/

Thousands of teachers attacked by riot police in Morocco
WSWS | wsws.org | 2019-02-21
The confrontation came in the midst of a general strike of Moroccan workers on the eighth anniversary of a revolt that was part of the 2011 "Arab Spring."
www.wsws.org/en/articles/2019/02/21/moro…

UNESCO to Document Israeli Violations in Jerusalem
teleSUR | telesurenglish.net | 2019-02-21
The United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) may send a mission to document Israeli violations in occupied Jerusalem, according to Al-Wattan Voice Wednesday. | RELATED: | Israeli Police Evict Palestinians From Home Without Notice | Speaking to Palestine Voice, Mounir Anastas, representative of the Palestinian Authority to the U.N. organization, said that "Israel continues to prevent international UNESCO experts from documenting Israeli violations ag…
telesurenglish.net/news/UNESCO-to-Send-Mission-to-Document-Israeli-Violations-in-Jerusalem-20190221-0021.html

Ending the Punishment of Poverty: Supreme Court Rules Against High Fines & Civil Asset Forfeiture
Democracy Now! | democracynow.org | 2019-02-21
In a major victory for civil liberties advocates, the Supreme Court has unanimously ruled to limit the practice of civil asset forfeiture–a controversial practice where police seize property that belongs to people suspected of crimes, even if they are never convicted. On Wednesday, the court ruled the Eighth Amendment protects people from state and local authorities imposing onerous fines, fees and forfeitures to generate money. The case centered on an Indiana man named Tyson Timbs, whose Land Rover was seized when he was arrested for selling drugs. The vehicle was worth $42,000–more than four times t…
www.democracynow.org/2019/2/21/ending_th…

Turkey: Drop Bogus Coup Charges
Human Rights Watch | hrw.org | 2019-02-21
Osman Kavala. | © 2017 Anadolu Kàºltàºr | (Geneva) — Turkey's president and government should stop making baseless accusations, and the Istanbul prosecutor should drop the new charges against 16 people, including Osman Kavala, that view the Gezi protests as a coup attempt, Human Rights Watch said today. | Turkish media on February 20 reported that an Istanbul prosecutor has prepared a 657-page indictment holding Kavala, a civic leader, an…
hrw.org/news/2019/02/21/turkey-drop-bogus-coup-charges

Investigate killings of Congolese refugees by Rwandan police
amnesty | amnesty.org | 2019-02-21
Rwanda has failed to investigate the killings of least 12 Congolese refugees. Join us to demand accountability. | On 22 February 2018, Rwandan police officers shot live rounds at a crowd of hundreds of Congolese refugees who were protesting the reduction of humanitarian assistance at Kibiza Refugee Camp, where many of them have been living for over 22 years. At least 11 refugees were shot dead that day — eight in Karongi at the UNHCR field office and three in Kiziba. | At least 63 refugees were arrested and face charges in connection with the protests, ranging from 'participating in and organizing illegal d…
amnesty.org/en/get-involved/take-action/investigate-the-killings-of-congolese-refugees-in-rwanda/

Cop dodges bullet and kills suspect in DRAMATIC gunfight (GRAPHIC VIDEO)
RT | rt.com | 2019-02-21
Police in northern California have released chilling footage of a short-lived, fatal shootout between a sheriff's deputy and an armed suspect during what was ostensibly a routine traffic stop. | …
rt.com/usa/452054-graphic-police-shooting-napa-county/

'Domestic terrorist': US Coast Guard neo-Nazi plotted attack on 'traitor' Democrats & journalists
RT | rt.com | 2019-02-21
Authorities have arrested a self-proclaimed white nationalist Coast Guard officer who plotted terror attacks on US soil and had compiled a hit list that included prominent Democrats, journalists and other public figures. | …
rt.com/usa/452033-coast-guard-officer-terror-attacks/

DR Congo: Police Killed, 'Disappeared' 34 Youth
Human Rights Watch | hrw.org | 2019-02-21

| February 20, 2019 Video | Video: Police Abduct, Strangle, Disappear Young Men and Boys in Congo: | Security forces in the Democratic Republic of Congo summarily killed at least 27 young men and boys and forcibly disappeared 7 others during an anti-crime campaign between May and September 2018. The campaign, known among the police as "Operation Likofi IV," targeted alleged gang membe…
hrw.org/news/2019/02/21/dr-congo-police-killed-disappeared-34-youth

Saudis Facing Criminal Charges in the U.S. Keep Disappearing. Is the Kingdom Helping Them Escape?
Democracy Now! | democracynow.org | 2019-02-20
A growing number of Saudi students are vanishing while facing serious criminal charges in the U.S. Federal law enforcement officials are now launching an investigation into the suspicious disappearances to probe if the Saudi government was involved and how. We speak with Shane Dixon Kavanaugh, The Oregonian reporter who broke the story about the spate of Saudi student disappearances. He found that in at least four cases the Saudi government paid a defendant's bail and legal fees before he disappeared. In one case, police believe Saudi officials snuck a Saudi national out of the country on a private plane using a…
www.democracynow.org/2019/2/20/saudis_fa…

Civil rights groups sue New Orleans for map of surveillance camera locations
splcenter | splcenter.org | 2019-02-20
Representing a Louisiana public defender, the SPLC and the American Civil Liberties Union of Louisiana today filed suit against the City of New Orleans over its refusal to provide a map of the city's 400 real-time surveillance cameras. Though the cameras themselves are publicly visible, the City of New Orleans has refused to comply with a public records request for a map of their locations.
splcenter.org/news/2019/02/20/civil-rights-groups-sue-new-orleans-map-surveillance-camera-locations

Feds: Coast Guard Lieutenant Has Neo-Nazi Ties, Had Hit List of Targets
Brett Barrouquere and Heidi Beirich | splcenter.org | 2019-02-20
An active duty U.S. Coast Guard officer stationed at the service's Washington, D.C., headquarters sought to follow in the footsteps of a far-right European terrorist, a federal prosecutor said, and had a hit list of Democratic politicians and cable news hosts he wanted to kill.
splcenter.org/hatewatch/2019/02/20/feds-coast-guard-lieutenant-has-neo-nazi-ties-had-hit-list-targets

Obama ripped for telling black kids to lose the gold chains and avoid twerking
RT | rt.com | 2019-02-20
Former US President Barack Obama delivered a message of self-confidence to black youth: ignore twerking and don't chase wealth. He also called for more police in "some" communities. But his inspirational words didn't go over well. | …
rt.com/usa/452022-barack-obama-twerking-cosby/

Tunisia: Emergency Powers Bill Threatens Rights
Human Rights Watch | hrw.org | 2019-02-20
Riot police patrols the district of Intilaka, north of Tunis, Tunisia, Thursday Jan. 11, 2018. | © 2018 Amine Landoulsi/AP Images | (Tunis) — Tunisia's Parliament should abandon or substantially revise a bill that would give the government sweeping powers to restrict rights during declared states of emergency, Human Rights Watch said today. | The legislation would allow the executive to prohibit any strike or demonstration deemed to threaten publ…
hrw.org/news/2019/02/20/tunisia-emergency-powers-bill-threatens-rights

City Gave 8 Cops License to Terrorize Residents, Now Officials Say They're Not Responsible
Shared by Hezvo Mpunga | therealnews.com | 2019-02-19
As fall-out from the Gun Trace Task Force continues to unfold in Baltimore, top city officials are saying the officers were acting outside the scope of their employment and cannot be held liable for robbing and falsely arresting hundreds of residents…
therealnews.com/stories/city-gave-8-cops-license-to-terrorize-residents-now-officials-say-theyre-not-responsible

Former Pinochet secret police agent Adriana Rivas arrested in Sydney
Fred_F | greenleft.org.au | 2019-02-19
The following statement was released by the Australian-based National Campaign for Truth & Justice in Chile on February 19. | *** | After years of eluding justice, notorious Chilean torturer Adriana Rivas has finally been arrested and her extradition request by the Chilean state accepted by Australian authoriti…
greenleft.org.au/content/former-pinochet-secret-police-agent-adriana-rivas-arrested-sydney

Japanese American community slams Trump's National Emergency
Fight Back | fightbacknews.org | 2019-02-19
San José, CA – On Sunday, February 17, more than 400 people filled the San Jose Buddhist Church gym for the 39th annual Day of Remembrance event. Across the country, Japanese American communities commemorate the anniversary of Executive Order 9066, which led to the incarceration of more than 100,000 Americans of Japanese descent during World War II. The San Jose event was organized by NOC, the Nihonmachi [Japantown] Organizing Committee. | This year's event came just two days after President Trump declared a National Emergency in order to build his wall on the Mexico-U.S. border. Criticism of this act and compari…
www.fightbacknews.org/2019/2/19/japanese…

Brazil: Keep Sniper Probe Independent
Human Rights Watch | hrw.org | 2019-02-18
Victim shows patch over his wounded ribs in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, January 2019. | © Defensoria Pública do Estado do Rio de Janeiro | Brazil should conduct an independent and thorough investigation into allegations that one or more police snipers killed at least two people in a poor neighborhood of Rio de Janeiro in late January, 2019, Human Rights Watch said today. | Witnesses said that the shots came from a tower within the main complex of the Rio de Janeiro civil po…
hrw.org/news/2019/02/18/brazil-keep-sniper-probe-independent

Asylum Seekers Are Being Imprisoned in an Abandoned Factory in Mexico Under Trump Admin Policy
Democracy Now! | democracynow.org | 2019-02-15
As Trump plans to declare a national emergency, we look at what some have called the real humanitarian crisis at the border. Riot police in northern Mexico blocked hundreds of desperate Central American migrants Wednesday as they tried to escape an abandoned factory complex where they've been imprisoned while waiting for the U.S. to process their asylum claims. More than 1,700 migrants have been held in the maquiladora in the Mexican border town of Piedras Negras since February 5, after they arrived in a caravan of people seeking asylum in the U.S. The vast majority have remained prisoners at the site, after the…
www.democracynow.org/2019/2/15/asylum_se…

NAACP Youth and College Division hosts State of the Union: For the Counter Culture
Austyn Ross | naacp.org | 2019-02-14
On Tuesday, February 12, 2019, our Youth and College Division teamed up with Baller Alert to put on their own State of the Union: For the Counter Culture. Our Youth and College Director, Tiffany Dena Loftin served as moderator. The panelists were Kendrick Sampson, Philip Agnew, and Blair Imani, all young black people between the …
naacp.org/latest/naacp-youth-college-division-hosts-state-union-counter-culture/

'At the Hands of Police'
Amy Campanelli | progressive.org | 2019-02-14
Cook County Illinois's public defender describes her work providing "a voice for the voiceless."
progressive.org/dispatches/at-the-hands-of-police-campanelli-190214/

Trump Administration Is Illegally Forcing Asylum Seekers Out of the United States
ACLU | aclu.org | 2019-02-14
The administration is once again breaking the law in order to shut the door on immigrants. | Last September, Bianca* was forced to flee Honduras because her partner's father threatened to kill her for being a lesbian. Bianca could not go to the police in Honduras because they do not protect LGBTQ people from harm. So she left home to save her life. | After traveling through Guatemala and Mexico, Bianca reached Tijuana, where she got in line to enter the United States through the border station and ask for asylum.
aclu.org/blog/immigrants-rights/trump-administration-illegally-forcing-asylum-seekers-out-united-states

No EU cost for Israeli 'apartheid' in West Bank
patrick | bdsmovement.net | 2019-02-14
No EU cost for Israeli 'apartheid' in West Bank: In the NewsBy Andrew Rettman Sanctions and governmentsFebruary 14, 2019 | By: | | euobserver …
bdsmovement.net/news/no-eu-cost-israeli-apartheid-west-bank