Daily Archives: February 13, 2020

2020-02-13: News Headlines

Al Neal (2020-02-13). 'Pay them triple' U.S. soccer men's union backs women's team's call for pay equity. peoplesworld.org The U.S. men's national team player's union publicly challenged the U.S. Soccer Federation to do right by all its players: Significantly increase the pay of the women's team, and stop low-balling during contract negotiations. Clean and simple. The players union for the women's national team filed a gender discrimination lawsuit against the USSF last year …

Staff (2020-02-13). "Traumatizing from the Get-Go": Weinstein Trial Exposes Flawed Approach to Sexual Assault Cases. democracynow.org We continue our conversation about the trial of alleged sexual predator Harvey Weinstein, ahead of the scheduled start of opening arguments today. Weinstein is facing five felony charges, based on accusations brought forth by two women in the case, and, if convicted, could face up to life in prison. Last week, one of his accusers, Jessica Mann, broke down and went into an apparent panic attack during questioning from Weinstein's lawyers, forcing the judge to adjourn proceedings for the day. Mann was made to read past emails to a boyfriend, in which she disclosed she had been sexually assaulted before meeting Wein…

RT (2020-02-13). Russian authorities investigate after photos emerge of Boris Nemtsov murderer allegedly enjoying prison 'feast'. rt.com The 2015 killing of Boris Nemtsov shocked Russians, and now photographs posted online of the man who assassinated him apparently posing in front of a slap-up meal are generating considerable anger. | The images, taken in an Irkutsk penal colony, show Zaur Dadaev and a group of other men surrounded by kebabs, soups, fruits, and juices. In response, Russian prison authorities have launched an investigation to determine the conditions in which he is being held. | Grilled kebabs, apples and fruit juice. Boris Nemtsov's assassin, Zaur Dadayev, (back left, standing) relaxing with friends in a Russian penal colony.

Staff (2020-02-13). Time's Up for Harvey Weinstein? Closing Arguments Begin in Rape Trial in NYC. democracynow.org Closing arguments are scheduled to begin Thursday in the trial of disgraced Hollywood mogul and accused sexual predator Harvey Weinstein. The jury is expected to begin deliberating on Tuesday. Weinstein faces five felonies based on accusations by two women and, if convicted, could face up to life in prison. The trial comes more than two years after initial accusations against the film producer were published in The New Yorker and The New York Times, fueling the #MeToo movement that swept Hollywood and beyond. Since then, over 100 women have accused Weinstein of rape, sexual assault and sexual harassment. During t…

Staff (2020-02-13). Did Amy Klobuchar Send an Innocent Teenager to Life in Prison? Questions Mount over Her Record as DA. democracynow.org After a surprising third-place finish in the New Hampshire primary, Minnesota Senator Amy Klobuchar is attempting to gain ground in the national polls. But Klobuchar is also facing mounting scrutiny over her record as a district attorney in Minnesota. The Minneapolis NAACP, Black Lives Matter Twin Cities and other racial justice groups recently called on Klobuchar to suspend her presidential campaign following a shocking investigation by the Associated Press. The AP report centered on the case of Myon Burrell, an African-American teenager who was sentenced to life in prison over the 2002 murder of 11-year-old Tye…

Juan Cole (2020-02-13). The Companies Profiteering From Palestinian Oppression. truthdig.com This piece originally appeared on The

John Washington (2020-02-13). The Epidemic of Hunger Strikes in Immigrant Detention Centers. thenation.com The Epidemic of Hunger Strikes in Immigrant Detention Centers…

WSWS (2020-02-13). Justice Department sues New Jersey and Washington state county over "sanctuary" policies. wsws.org The lawsuits are a new stage in President Trump's campaign of anti-immigrant bigotry. In their public responses to the lawsuits, Democratic officials from New Jersey and Washington state revealed their own willingness to trade away immigrants' rights.

WSWS (2020-02-13). After 10 months' silence, UK Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn warns against extradition of Julian Assange. wsws.org For the past year, Corbyn has led the suppression of any discussion over Assange's imprisonment in Britain and the country's participation in the US-led attempt to destroy him.

Staff (2020-02-13). Did Amy Klobuchar Condemn an Innocent Teenager to Life in Prison? truthout.org After a surprising third-place finish in the New Hampshire primary, Minnesota Senator Amy Klobuchar is attempting to gain ground in the national polls. But Klobuchar is also facing mounting scrutiny over her record as a district attorney in Minnesota. The Minneapolis NAACP, Black Lives Matter Twin Cities and other racial justice groups recently called on Klobuchar to suspend her presidential campaign following a shocking investigation by the Associated Press. The AP report centered on the case of Myon Burre…

Fight Back (2020-02-13). FRSO calls for the immediate release and repatriation of political prisoner Facundo Molares. fightbacknews.org Facundo Molares Schoenfeld is an Argentinian photojournalist who was illegally arrested by the Bolivian dictatorship, and who is currently held in terrible conditions in a Bolivian prison. His life is in danger, as he does not receive adequate medical attention for a life-threatening condition. | This photojournalist was on assignment, for the Argentinian left-wing magazine El Centenario, in Bolivia to document the election of Evo Morales and its aftermath in October, 2019. Bolivia suffered a coup d'état by fascist elements and the military, with the support of the U.S. Embassy in La Paz, on November 10, 2019. A…

teleSUR-age (2020-02-13). Democratic Party Asks to Investigate Trump for Abuse of Power. telesurenglish.net The U.S. Democratic Party is calling for an investigation into President Donald Trump's influence on the Justice Department's decision to lower the sentencing recommendation for White House leader's friend Roger Stone, who was found guilty last year of lying to Congress, obstruction, and manipulation of witnesses. | RELATED: | The sudden decision by U.S. Attorney General William Barr to request a lighter prison term f…

Neema Singh Guliani (2020-02-12). Deadline Looming, Strongest Surveillance Reform Bill Yet Emerges. aclu.org Congress has just five weeks to decide the fate of key foreign | intelligence surveillance powers — forcing a showdown between surveillance | reformers and defenders. And now, a group of Republicans and Democrats have | unveiled the strongest comprehensive reform proposal that we have seen | yet. | The Safeguarding Americans' Private Records Act of 2020, introduced by a

Yashica Robinson, MD (2020-02-12). Congress Should Outlaw State Attacks on Abortion Access. aclu.org Before I finished | high school, I learned I was pregnant. As a result of fear and a lack of | resources, by the time I confided in my mother and grandmother, I had no choice | — I was going to be a mother. Becoming a parent as a teenager came with many | harsh realities. I love my children with all my heart, but I know that everyone | should be able to make the decision to parent for themselves. | This personal | experience, along with my passion for young people, is how I came to my work at | the Alabama Women's Center. As a board-certified obstetrician-gynecologist and medical | director of a Huntsvil…

teleSUR (2020-02-12). Argentina: Pre-Trial Detention Order Against Fernandez Canceled. telesurenglish.net The Argentinian Justice resolved to cancel the pre-trial detention against the former President and current Vice President of Argentina, Cristina Fernández de Kirchner, under a corruption accusation in a case denominated "The Notebooks". | The case, based on photocopied notes supposedly written…

Whitney Webb (2020-02-12). Gruesome Details Emerge of Israel's Torture of Palestinian Prisoners. mintpressnews.com One prisoner was hospitalized for kidney failure and 11 broken ribs. Another had his genitals bitten by a security dog while a third man was left wheelchair-bound and unrecognizable.

IMEMC News (2020-02-12). Israeli Soldiers Abduct Seven Palestinians, Install Roadblocks, In West Bank. imemc.org Israeli soldiers abducted, on Wednesday at dawn, seven Palestinians from their homes, in several parts of the occupied West Bank, and installed numerous roadblocks, especially in Ramallah governorate, the Palestinian Prisoners Society (PPS) has reported. The PPS office in Ramallah said the soldiers invaded and ransacked many homes in at-Tira …

IMEMC News (2020-02-12). Soldiers Abduct A Palestinian Near Jenin. imemc.org Israeli soldiers abducted, on Tuesday evening, a young Palestinian man at the al-Jalama military roadblock, north of Jenin, in northern West Bank. Montaser Sammour, the head of the Jenin office of the Palestinian Prisoners' Society (PPS), said the soldiers abducted Karim Salama, 20, and took him to an unknown destination. …

RT (2020-02-12). 'Too polite'? Bette Midler says Dems must 'toughen up' in wake of car attack on GOP volunteers. rt.com One of President Donald Trump's most vocal critics, actress and musician Bette Midler, thinks Democrats need to "toughen up" in their fight against the GOP, even after a Florida man was jailed for physically attacking Republicans. | During one of her anti-Trump tirades on Tuesday night — calling him a "fascist" and "dictator" this time — Midler lashed out at her own party as well. | "Democrats haven't learned a goddamned thing," she tweeted, shaming the party for being "too polite" and urging them to "toughen up" when taking on conservatives. "They play dirty," she said of Republicans, before addin…

RT (2020-02-11). Four Roger Stone prosecutors quit case as DOJ backs down from 'horrible & unfair' sentencing advice blasted by Trump. rt.com The US Justice Department has reconsidered its recommendation that former Trump advisor Roger Stone serve nine years in prison for lying to Congress, instead deferring to the court, while four of its prosecutors have resigned. | Punishing the self-described "dirty trickster" with seven to nine years in prison "could be considered excessive and unwarranted," prosecutors said in a statement on Tuesday. "Ultimately, the government defers to the Court as to what specific sentence is appropriate." | Wow, Mueller prosecutor Zelinsky withdraws from the Stone case AND includes this footnote(!): | "The Court is advised…

The Canary (2020-02-11). Maryland unveils statues of abolitionists Harriet Tubman and Frederick Douglass. thecanary.co The US state of Maryland has unveiled bronze statues of famed abolitionists Harriet Tubman and Frederick Douglass during a ceremony in the State House.The unveiling comes at a time when US states are debating the removal of Confederate monuments.The life-sized statues were dedicated during a special joint session of the Maryland General Assembly in the Old House Chamber, the room where slavery was abolished in the state in 1864."A mark of true greatness is shining light on a system of oppression and having the courage to change it," Adrienne Jones, the state's first black and first female house speaker, said.A br…

The Canary (2020-02-11). Sudan to hand over former president to International Criminal Court. thecanary.co Sudan's transitional authorities and rebel groups have agreed to hand over former president Omar al-Bashir to the International Criminal Court for alleged war crimes, including mass killings in Darfur, a top official said.Al-Bashir, who was overthrown by the military last year amid a public uprising, is wanted by the ICC on charges of crimes against humanity and genocide related to the Darfur conflict.Since his ousting in April, he has been in jail in Sudan's capital Khartoum on charges of corruption and killing protesters.Mohammed Hassan al-Taishi, a member of the Sovereign Council and a government negotiator, s…

UnistotenCamp (2020-02-11). Outpouring of International Solidarity as RCMP Arrest Unist'ot'en Matriarchs. dissidentvoice.org As of now people in the Healing Center are safe and not being threatened with arrest, and the four brave land defenders from 44 were released today after spending the weekend in jail. Rail lines continue to be blocked and people have poured into the streets, banks, and Government offices outraged by the RCMP's arrest …

Meagan Burrows (2020-02-11). The Trump Administration Wants Health Insurance Companies to Drop Abortion Coverage from Your Insurance Plan. aclu.org From denying | access to abortion | for unaccompanied immigrant minors, to gutting | the Title X | family planning program, to trying to roll | back the Affordable Care Act's requirement that employers and universities cover | contr…

IMEMC News & Agencies (2020-02-11). Palestine Stand Confronts Toulouse-Tel Aviv Twinning Project. imemc.org Photo: Collectif Palestine Vaincra | On Saturday, 8 February, activists and supporters of Collectif Palestine Vaincra, a member organization of Samidoun Palestinian Prisoner Solidarity Network, organized a Palestine tabling stand near the entrance of Metro Capitole in downtown Toulouse, France. | Photo:…

splcenter (2020-02-11). Desperate asylum seekers 'starving for justice' in immigrant prison hunger strikes across Louisiana. splcenter.org Guards shackled Sai Mahad to a chair, placed a mask over his mouth and snaked a long tube through one of his nostrils.

Ronald Newman (2020-02-10). How Civil Liberties and Civil Rights Broke Through in Iowa. aclu.org Our next president | must be committed to protecting and advancing the civil liberties and civil | rights guaranteed to all of us in the Constitution, and the current goal for | our key issues. We now have most of the results from the Iowa caucuses last week, | and one thing stood out to us: Voters overwhelmingly supported candidates who | made specific commitments to Rights for All policies. | When we launched | the Rights for All effort last year, we were determined to elevate ke…

Alan Macleod (2020-02-10). Journalist Abby Martin Sues State of Georgia Over Law Requiring Pledge of Allegiance to Israel. mintpressnews.com "This censorship of my talk based on forced compliance to anti-BDS laws in Georgia is just one level of a nationwide campaign to protect Israel from grassroots pressure."

Jacob Snow (2020-02-10). Hey Clearview, Your Misleading PR Campaign Doesn't Make Your Face Surveillance Product Any Less Dystopian. aclu.org In the last few weeks, a company called Clearview has been

Jay Stanley (2020-02-06). The Government's Nightmare Vision for Face Recognition at Airports and Beyond. aclu.org The Department of Homeland Security has a

Ashley Gorski (2020-02-05). The Government is Using its Foreign Intelligence Spying Powers for Routine Domestic Investigations. aclu.org More than forty years ago, Congress | gave the executive branch a set of exceptional surveillance powers to pursue | foreign spies on U.S. soil. Now, the government is increasingly relying on those | powers to advance ordinary domestic criminal investigations. | In United States v. | Osseily, a fraud prosecution in California, the government appears to have used | this surveillance — which is conducted under the Foreign Intelligence | Surveillance Act (FISA) — to a longtime perm…

Andrea Woods (2020-02-05). Using Bail as Ransom Violates the Core Tenets of Pretrial Justice. aclu.org Rebecca Gill was out of | options. At 39 years old, she was arrested and though not convicted of a crime | and presumed innocent, confined to a jail cell. This happened because of a cash | bail requirement that she couldn't afford. Her friends didn't have extra money | to help, and she was unlikely to see a judge until she'd been in jail for two | full weeks. | Stuck in jail, she was in | jeopardy of losing her job and her driver's license. Losing her license would result | in myriad consequences, such as preventing her from getting to work and making | it more difficult to take care of her son and mother. | T…

Tyler Durden (2020-02-04). Biden Threatens Lawsuit to Halt Release of Real Iowa Caucus Results. theantimedia.com American democracy—ain't it grand?>

Leila Rafei (2020-02-03). Block the Vote: Voter Suppression in 2020. aclu.org Voting should be as easy and convenient as possible, and in many cases it is. But across the U.S., too many politicians are passing measures making it harder to cast a ballot. The goal is to manipulate political outcomes, and the result is a severely compromised democracy that doesn't reflect the will of the people. Our democracy works best when all eligible voters can participate and have their voices heard. | Suppression efforts range from the seemingly unobstructive, like voter ID laws and cuts to early voting, to mass purges of voter rolls and systemic disenfranchisement. And long before election cycles ev…

splcenter (2020-02-02). SPLC and the SPLC Action Fund Hire Internationally Renowned Human and Civil Rights Leader as New President and CEO. splcenter.org Margaret Huang brings 25 years of experience advocating against discrimination and oppression around the world.

splcenter (2020-01-24). Alive and Well: Voter Suppression and Election Mismanagement in Alabama. splcenter.org

2020-02-13: Social Media Postees

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The Epidemic of Hunger Strikes in Immigrant Detention Centers
John Washington | thenation.com | 2020-02-13
The Epidemic of Hunger Strikes in Immigrant Detention Centers…
thenation.com/article/society/immigrant-detention-hunger-strike/

Justice Department sues New Jersey and Washington state county over "sanctuary" policies
wsws.org | 2020-02-13
The lawsuits are a new stage in President Trump's campaign of anti-immigrant bigotry. In their public responses to the lawsuits, Democratic officials from New Jersey and Washington state revealed their own willingness to trade away immigrants' rights.
www.wsws.org/en/articles/2020/02/13/sanc-f13.html

After 10 months' silence, UK Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn warns against extradition of Julian Assange
wsws.org | 2020-02-13
For the past year, Corbyn has led the suppression of any discussion over Assange's imprisonment in Britain and the country's participation in the US-led attempt to destroy him.
www.wsws.org/en/articles/2020/02/13/assa-f13.html

Did Amy Klobuchar Send an Innocent Teenager to Life in Prison? Questions Mount over Her Record as DA
Staff | democracynow.org | 2020-02-13
After a surprising third-place finish in the New Hampshire primary, Minnesota Senator Amy Klobuchar is attempting to gain ground in the national polls. But Klobuchar is also facing mounting scrutiny over her record as a district attorney in Minnesota. The Minneapolis NAACP, Black Lives Matter Twin Cities and other racial justice groups recently called on Klobuchar to suspend her presidential campaign following a shocking investigation by the Associated Press. The AP report centered on the case of Myon Burrell, an African-American teenager who was sentenced to life in prison over the 2002 murder of 11-year-old Tye…
www.democracynow.org/2020/2/13/amy_klobuchar_myon_burrell

Did Amy Klobuchar Condemn an Innocent Teenager to Life in Prison?
Staff | truthout.org | 2020-02-13
After a surprising third-place finish in the New Hampshire primary, Minnesota Senator Amy Klobuchar is attempting to gain ground in the national polls. But Klobuchar is also facing mounting scrutiny over her record as a district attorney in Minnesota. The Minneapolis NAACP, Black Lives Matter Twin Cities and other racial justice groups recently called on Klobuchar to suspend her presidential campaign following a shocking investigation by the Associated Press. The AP report centered on the case of Myon Burre…
truthout.org/video/did-amy-klobuchar-condemn-an-innocent-teenager-to-life-in-prison/

'Pay them triple' U.S. soccer men's union backs women's team's call for pay equity
Al Neal | peoplesworld.org | 2020-02-13
The U.S. men's national team player's union publicly challenged the U.S. Soccer Federation to do right by all its players: Significantly increase the pay of the women's team, and stop low-balling during contract negotiations. Clean and simple. The players union for the women's national team filed a gender discrimination lawsuit against the USSF last year …
peoplesworld.org/article/pay-them-triple-u-s-soccer-mens-union-backs-womens-teams-call-for-pay-equity/

"Traumatizing from the Get-Go": Weinstein Trial Exposes Flawed Approach to Sexual Assault Cases
Staff | democracynow.org | 2020-02-13
We continue our conversation about the trial of alleged sexual predator Harvey Weinstein, ahead of the scheduled start of opening arguments today. Weinstein is facing five felony charges, based on accusations brought forth by two women in the case, and, if convicted, could face up to life in prison. Last week, one of his accusers, Jessica Mann, broke down and went into an apparent panic attack during questioning from Weinstein's lawyers, forcing the judge to adjourn proceedings for the day. Mann was made to read past emails to a boyfriend, in which she disclosed she had been sexually assaulted before meeting Wein…
www.democracynow.org/2020/2/13/harvey_weinstein_trial_trauma_louise_godbold

Russian authorities investigate after photos emerge of Boris Nemtsov murderer allegedly enjoying prison 'feast'
rt.com | 2020-02-13
The 2015 killing of Boris Nemtsov shocked Russians, and now photographs posted online of the man who assassinated him apparently posing in front of a slap-up meal are generating considerable anger. | The images, taken in an Irkutsk penal colony, show Zaur Dadaev and a group of other men surrounded by kebabs, soups, fruits, and juices. In response, Russian prison authorities have launched an investigation to determine the conditions in which he is being held. | Grilled kebabs, apples and fruit juice. Boris Nemtsov's assassin, Zaur Dadayev, (back left, standing) relaxing with friends in a Russian penal colony.
rt.com/russia/480779-nemtsov-murderer-photo-prison-feast/

FRSO calls for the immediate release and repatriation of political prisoner Facundo Molares
Fight Back | fightbacknews.org | 2020-02-13
Facundo Molares Schoenfeld is an Argentinian photojournalist who was illegally arrested by the Bolivian dictatorship, and who is currently held in terrible conditions in a Bolivian prison. His life is in danger, as he does not receive adequate medical attention for a life-threatening condition. | This photojournalist was on assignment, for the Argentinian left-wing magazine El Centenario, in Bolivia to document the election of Evo Morales and its aftermath in October, 2019. Bolivia suffered a coup d'état by fascist elements and the military, with the support of the U.S. Embassy in La Paz, on November 10, 2019. A…
www.fightbacknews.org/2020/2/12/frso-calls-immediate-release-and-repatriation-political-prisoner-facundo-molares

Time's Up for Harvey Weinstein? Closing Arguments Begin in Rape Trial in NYC
Staff | democracynow.org | 2020-02-13
Closing arguments are scheduled to begin Thursday in the trial of disgraced Hollywood mogul and accused sexual predator Harvey Weinstein. The jury is expected to begin deliberating on Tuesday. Weinstein faces five felonies based on accusations by two women and, if convicted, could face up to life in prison. The trial comes more than two years after initial accusations against the film producer were published in The New Yorker and The New York Times, fueling the #MeToo movement that swept Hollywood and beyond. Since then, over 100 women have accused Weinstein of rape, sexual assault and sexual harassment. During t…
www.democracynow.org/2020/2/13/harvey_weinstein_trial_nyc

Democratic Party Asks to Investigate Trump for Abuse of Power
teleSUR-age | telesurenglish.net | 2020-02-13
The U.S. Democratic Party is calling for an investigation into President Donald Trump's influence on the Justice Department's decision to lower the sentencing recommendation for White House leader's friend Roger Stone, who was found guilty last year of lying to Congress, obstruction, and manipulation of witnesses. | RELATED: | What's Next Front in Trump's Battle Over Presidential Powers? | The sudden decision by U.S. Attorney General William Barr to request a lighter prison term f…
telesurenglish.net/news/democratic-party-asks-to-investigate-trump-for-abuse-of-power-20200213-0013.html

The Companies Profiteering From Palestinian Oppression
Juan Cole | truthdig.com | 2020-02-13
This piece originally appeared on Informed Comment. | The UN Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights on Wednesday released a long-awaited list of 112 companies that do business with Israeli squatters on the Palestinian West Bank. These squatters have most often been covertly sent in by the Israeli government itself to…
truthdig.com/articles/the-companies-profiteering-from-palestinian-oppression/

Ilhan Omar Presents a New Proposal for US Foreign Policy
telesurenglish.net | 2020-02-12
Rep. Ilhan Omar from Minnesota unveiled Wednesday an ambitious proposal for a more ethical and humane way for the United States (U.S.) to approach its foreign policies. | RELATED: | Venezuela Announces International Lawsuit Against US | "As a child, I survived war, I have first-hand experience with how destructive war could be not only for the children but also for the country and for the future hopes and dreams of a whole nation," Omar says in a video announcing her plan. | The high p…
telesurenglish.net/news/Ilhan-Omar-Presents-a-New-Proposal-for-Us-Foreign-Policy-20200212-0027.html

Australian MP to visit Julian Assange after tabling historic petition in parliament
John McEvoy | thecanary.co | 2020-02-12
Australian MP Andrew Wilkie has announced that he will travel to London this week to visit WikiLeaks publisher Julian Assange in Belmarsh prison. On 10 February, Wilkie also tabled a "massive petition" in defence of Assange in Australia's parliament. | Visiting Assange in Belmarsh: | On 12 February, Wilkie shared a video announcing his plans to visit Assange at his own expense: | This weekend I will travel to the United…
thecanary.co/global/world-news/2020/02/12/australian-mp-to-visit-julian-assange-after-tabling-historic-petition-in-parliament/

Congress Should Outlaw State Attacks on Abortion Access
Yashica Robinson, MD | aclu.org | 2020-02-12
Before I finished | high school, I learned I was pregnant. As a result of fear and a lack of | resources, by the time I confided in my mother and grandmother, I had no choice |

Deadline Looming, Strongest Surveillance Reform Bill Yet Emerges
Neema Singh Guliani | aclu.org | 2020-02-12
Congress has just five weeks to decide the fate of key foreign | intelligence surveillance powers

Argentina: Pre-Trial Detention Order Against Fernandez Canceled
telesurenglish.net | 2020-02-12
The Argentinian Justice resolved to cancel the pre-trial detention against the former President and current Vice President of Argentina, Cristina Fernández de Kirchner, under a corruption accusation in a case denominated "The Notebooks". | RELATED: | CFK Presents Her Book At Cuba's International Book Fair | The case, based on photocopied notes supposedly written…
telesurenglish.net/news/pre-trial-detention-order-against-cristina-fernandez-canceled-in–argentina-20200212-0012.html

Gruesome Details Emerge of Israel's Torture of Palestinian Prisoners
Whitney Webb | mintpressnews.com | 2020-02-12
One prisoner was hospitalized for kidney failure and 11 broken ribs. Another had his genitals bitten by a security dog while a third man was left wheelchair-bound and unrecognizable.
mintpressnews.com/gruesome-details-israel-torture-palestinian-detainees/264857/

Israeli Soldiers Abduct Seven Palestinians, Install Roadblocks, In West Bank
IMEMC News | imemc.org | 2020-02-12
Israeli soldiers abducted, on Wednesday at dawn, seven Palestinians from their homes, in several parts of the occupied West Bank, and installed numerous roadblocks, especially in Ramallah governorate, the Palestinian Prisoners Society (PPS) has reported. The PPS office in Ramallah said the soldiers invaded and ransacked many homes in at-Tira …
imemc.org/article/israeli-soldiers-abduct-seven-palestinians-install-roadblocks-in-west-bank/

Soldiers Abduct A Palestinian Near Jenin
IMEMC News | imemc.org | 2020-02-12
Israeli soldiers abducted, on Tuesday evening, a young Palestinian man at the al-Jalama military roadblock, north of Jenin, in northern West Bank. Montaser Sammour, the head of the Jenin office of the Palestinian Prisoners' Society (PPS), said the soldiers abducted Karim Salama, 20, and took him to an unknown destination. …
imemc.org/article/soldiers-abduct-a-palestinian-near-jenin-4/

Der Spiegel is Citing Andy Ngo's Race-Scientist Ex-Editor to Attack Me and I'm Not Even Jewish: As the CEO of Antifa, I Must Object
Barrett Brown | counterpunch.org | 2020-02-12
Europe's most widely-circulated news magazine, Der Spiegel, has a new piece up entitled "The Man Behind the Mask" that I was curious to read since it turns out to be about me. And to judge from the sub-headline, I've really let myself go: Journalist Barrett Brown supported the hacker collective Anonymous and was jailed for…
counterpunch.org/2020/02/12/so-i-have-to-deal-with-the-germans-now/

'Too polite'? Bette Midler says Dems must 'toughen up' in wake of car attack on GOP volunteers
rt.com | 2020-02-12
One of President Donald Trump's most vocal critics, actress and musician Bette Midler, thinks Democrats need to "toughen up" in their fight against the GOP, even after a Florida man was jailed for physically attacking Republicans. | During one of her anti-Trump tirades on Tuesday night

The Trump Administration Wants Health Insurance Companies to Drop Abortion Coverage from Your Insurance Plan
Meagan Burrows | aclu.org | 2020-02-11
From denying | access to abortion | for unaccompanied immigrant minors, to gutting | the Title X | family planning program, to trying to roll | back the Affordable Care Act's requirement that employers and universities cover | contr…
aclu.org/news/reproductive-freedom/the-trump-administration-wants-health-insurance-companies-to-drop-abortion-coverage-from-your-insurance-plan

Palestine Stand Confronts Toulouse-Tel Aviv Twinning Project
IMEMC News & Agencies | imemc.org | 2020-02-11
Photo: Collectif Palestine Vaincra | On Saturday, 8 February, activists and supporters of Collectif Palestine Vaincra, a member organization of Samidoun Palestinian Prisoner Solidarity Network, organized a Palestine tabling stand near the entrance of Metro Capitole in downtown Toulouse, France. | Photo:…
imemc.org/article/palestine-stand-confronts-toulouse-tel-aviv-twinning-project/

Four Roger Stone prosecutors quit case as DOJ backs down from 'horrible & unfair' sentencing advice blasted by Trump
rt.com | 2020-02-11
The US Justice Department has reconsidered its recommendation that former Trump advisor Roger Stone serve nine years in prison for lying to Congress, instead deferring to the court, while four of its prosecutors have resigned. | Punishing the self-described "dirty trickster" with seven to nine years in prison "could be considered excessive and unwarranted," prosecutors said in a statement on Tuesday. "Ultimately, the government defers to the Court as to what specific sentence is appropriate." | Wow, Mueller prosecutor Zelinsky withdraws from the Stone case AND includes this footnote(!): | "The Court is advised…
rt.com/usa/480613-roger-stone-doj-sentencing-reversal/

Desperate asylum seekers 'starving for justice' in immigrant prison hunger strikes across Louisiana
splcenter.org | 2020-02-11
Guards shackled Sai Mahad to a chair, placed a mask over his mouth and snaked a long tube through one of his nostrils.
splcenter.org/news/2020/02/12/desperate-asylum-seekers-starving-justice-immigrant-prison-hunger-strikes-across-louisiana

Desperate asylum seekers 'starving for justice' in immigrant prison hunger strikes across Louisiana
splcenter.org | 2020-02-11
Guards shackled Sai Mahad to a chair, placed a mask over his mouth and snaked a long tube through one of his nostrils.
splcenter.org/news/2020/02/12/desperate-asylum-seekers-starving-justice-immigrant-prison-hunger-strikes-across-louisiana

Four Roger Stone prosecutors quit case as DOJ backs down from 'horrible & unfair' sentencing advice blasted by Trump
rt.com | 2020-02-11
The US Justice Department has reconsidered its recommendation that former Trump advisor Roger Stone serve nine years in prison for lying to Congress, instead deferring to the court, while four of its prosecutors have resigned. | Punishing the self-described "dirty trickster" with seven to nine years in prison "could be considered excessive and unwarranted," prosecutors said in a statement on Tuesday. "Ultimately, the government defers to the Court as to what specific sentence is appropriate." | Wow, Mueller prosecutor Zelinsky withdraws from the Stone case AND includes this footnote(!): | "The Court is advised…
rt.com/usa/480613-roger-stone-doj-sentencing-reversal/

Maryland unveils statues of abolitionists Harriet Tubman and Frederick Douglass
The Canary | thecanary.co | 2020-02-11
The US state of Maryland has unveiled bronze statues of famed abolitionists Harriet Tubman and Frederick Douglass during a ceremony in the State House.The unveiling comes at a time when US states are debating the removal of Confederate monuments.The life-sized statues were dedicated during a special joint session of the Maryland General Assembly in the Old House Chamber, the room where slavery was abolished in the state in 1864."A mark of true greatness is shining light on a system of oppression and having the courage to change it," Adrienne Jones, the state's first black and first female house speaker, said.A br…
thecanary.co/us/us-news-us/2020/02/11/maryland-unveils-statues-of-abolitionists-harriet-tubman-and-frederick-douglass/

Sudan to hand over former president to International Criminal Court
The Canary | thecanary.co | 2020-02-11
Sudan's transitional authorities and rebel groups have agreed to hand over former president Omar al-Bashir to the International Criminal Court for alleged war crimes, including mass killings in Darfur, a top official said.Al-Bashir, who was overthrown by the military last year amid a public uprising, is wanted by the ICC on charges of crimes against humanity and genocide related to the Darfur conflict.Since his ousting in April, he has been in jail in Sudan's capital Khartoum on charges of corruption and killing protesters.Mohammed Hassan al-Taishi, a member of the Sovereign Council and a government negotiator, s…
thecanary.co/global/world-news/2020/02/11/sudan-to-hand-over-former-president-to-international-criminal-court/

Outpouring of International Solidarity as RCMP Arrest Unist'ot'en Matriarchs
UnistotenCamp | dissidentvoice.org | 2020-02-11
As of now people in the Healing Center are safe and not being threatened with arrest, and the four brave land defenders from 44 were released today after spending the weekend in jail. Rail lines continue to be blocked and people have poured into the streets, banks, and Government offices outraged by the RCMP's arrest …
dissidentvoice.org/2020/02/outpouring-of-international-solidarity-as-rcmp-arrest-unistoten-matriarchs/

Journalist Abby Martin Sues State of Georgia Over Law Requiring Pledge of Allegiance to Israel
Alan Macleod | mintpressnews.com | 2020-02-10
"This censorship of my talk based on forced compliance to anti-BDS laws in Georgia is just one level of a nationwide campaign to protect Israel from grassroots pressure."

How Civil Liberties and Civil Rights Broke Through in Iowa
Ronald Newman | aclu.org | 2020-02-10
Our next president | must be committed to protecting and advancing the civil liberties and civil | rights guaranteed to all of us in the Constitution, and the current goal for | our Rights for All campaign is to educate voters on where the candidates stand on these | key issues. We now have most of the results from the Iowa caucuses last week, | and one thing stood out to us: Voters overwhelmingly supported candidates who | made specific commitments to Rights for All policies. | When we launched | the Rights for All effort last year, we were determined to elevate ke…
aclu.org/news/civil-liberties/how-iowa-elevated-civil-liberties-and-civil-rights

Hey Clearview, Your Misleading PR Campaign Doesn't Make Your Face Surveillance Product Any Less Dystopian
Jacob Snow | aclu.org | 2020-02-10
In the last few weeks, a company called Clearview has been in the news for marketing a reckless and invasive facial recognition tool to law enforcement. The company claims the tool can identify people in billions of photos nearly instantaneously. And Exhibit A in support of their claim to law enforcement that their app is accurate? An " accuracy test" that Clearview boasts was modeled on the…
aclu.org/news/privacy-technology/hey-clearview-your-misleading-pr-campaign-doesnt-make-your-face-surveillance-product-any-less-dystopian

The Government's Nightmare Vision for Face Recognition at Airports and Beyond
Jay Stanley | aclu.org | 2020-02-06
The Department of Homeland Security has a scary vision for expanding face recognition surveillance into our everyday lives, threatening a dystopian future in which the technology is used throughout our public spaces to scrutinize our identity, check us against watchlists, record our movements, and more. Work on building the infrastructure for this pervasive monitoring has already started, with U.
aclu.org/news/privacy-technology/the-governments-nightmare-vision-for-face-recognition-at-airports-and-beyond

Using Bail as Ransom Violates the Core Tenets of Pretrial Justice
Andrea Woods | aclu.org | 2020-02-05
Rebecca Gill was out of | options. At 39 years old, she was arrested and though not convicted of a crime | and presumed innocent, confined to a jail cell. This happened because of a cash | bail requirement that she couldn't afford. Her friends didn't have extra money | to help, and she was unlikely to see a judge until she'd been in jail for two | full weeks. | Stuck in jail, she was in | jeopardy of losing her job and her driver's license. Losing her license would result | in myriad consequences, such as preventing her from getting to work and making | it more difficult to take care of her son and mother. | T…
aclu.org/news/smart-justice/using-bail-as-ransom-violates-the-core-tenets-of-pretrial-justice

The Government is Using its Foreign Intelligence Spying Powers for Routine Domestic Investigations
Ashley Gorski | aclu.org | 2020-02-05
More than forty years ago, Congress | gave the executive branch a set of exceptional surveillance powers to pursue | foreign spies on U.S. soil. Now, the government is increasingly relying on those | powers to advance ordinary domestic criminal investigations. | In United States v. | Osseily, a fraud prosecution in California, the government appears to have used | this surveillance

Biden Threatens Lawsuit to Halt Release of Real Iowa Caucus Results
Tyler Durden | theantimedia.com | 2020-02-04
American democracy–ain't it grand?>…

Biden Threatens Lawsuit to Halt Release of Real Iowa Caucus Results

Biden Threatens Lawsuit to Halt Release of Real Iowa Caucus Results
Tyler Durden | theantimedia.com | 2020-02-04
American democracy–ain't it grand?>…

Biden Threatens Lawsuit to Halt Release of Real Iowa Caucus Results

Block the Vote: Voter Suppression in 2020
Leila Rafei | aclu.org | 2020-02-03
Voting should be as easy and convenient as possible, and in many cases it is. But across the U.S., too many politicians are passing measures making it harder to cast a ballot. The goal is to manipulate political outcomes, and the result is a severely compromised democracy that doesn't reflect the will of the people. Our democracy works best when all eligible voters can participate and have their voices heard. | Suppression efforts range from the seemingly unobstructive, like voter ID laws and cuts to early voting, to mass purges of voter rolls and systemic disenfranchisement. And long before election cycles ev…
aclu.org/news/civil-liberties/block-the-vote-voter-suppression-in-2020

SPLC and the SPLC Action Fund Hire Internationally Renowned Human and Civil Rights Leader as New President and CEO
splcenter.org | 2020-02-02
Margaret Huang brings 25 years of experience advocating against discrimination and oppression around the world.
splcenter.org/news/2020/02/03/splc-and-splc-action-fund-hire-internationally-renowned-human-and-civil-rights-leader-new

Alive and Well: Voter Suppression and Election Mismanagement in Alabama
splcenter.org | 2020-01-24
splcenter.org/20200210/alive-and-well-voter-suppression-and-election-mismanagement-alabama