Daily Archives: March 13, 2020

2020-03-13: News Headlines

Al Neal (2020-03-13). Soccer prez: "I resign…but the blatant sexism wasn't my fault." peoplesworld.org My, my, how quickly the mighty fall. Three days after the U.S. Soccer Federation sparked a massive backlash when its legal filings—in a gender discrimination lawsuit no less—argued: "male soccer players are more skilled than female soccer players," Carlos Cordeiro resigned as head of the organization. Cordeiro announced his resignation via Twitter Thursday night, apparently not even information …

RT (2020-03-13). Chelsea Manning showed 'moral strength' by choosing imprisonment over collaboration with US govt — Snowden. rt.com Chelsea Manning's decision to sit in jail rather than cooperate with the US government's prosecution of WikiLeaks is a testament to her character and unwavering principles, NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden has said. | Commenting on Manning's newly-won freedom, Snowden noted that the former Army analyst-turned-whistleblower had been "cast into a dungeon" by the United States for refusing to work with the government to criminalize the publication of classified materials. | They offered to let her out in exchange for collaboration, but she chose her principles instead. | For Snowden, Manning's unwillingness to ex…

Kevin Zeese and Margaret Flowers (2020-03-13). Chelsea Manning Is Free From Jail, Faces Exorbitant Fines. dissidentvoice.org Manning speaking outside of the grand jury in Alexandria VA before being incarcerated Alexandria — Today, March 12, prosecutors in the Eastern District of Virginia ended the grand jury of Julian Assange and Wikileaks in which Chelsea Manning refused to testify. As a result, US District Court Judge Anthony Trenga ordered the immediate release of Chelsea …

Staff (2020-03-13). Headlines for March 13, 2020. democracynow.org Coronavirus Infections Around the Globe Reach 135,000 People, Nearly 5,000 Dead, U.S. Coronavirus Infections Rise to 1,650 as Actual Number Believed to Be Higher | , Dow Jones Plummets 10% in Biggest Drop Since 1987 | , Trump Administration Faces Backlash for Handling of Coronavirus Outbreak, Testing | , Brazilian President Bolsonaro's Aide Tests Positive for COVID-19 Days After Meeting with Trump, Philippines President Duterte Orders Lockdown in Manila Amid Coronavirus Pandemic | , Advocates Afraid of Deadly Coronavirus Outbreak in Immigration Jails Plagued by Medical Neglect, Democratic Presidential Debate Relo…

WSWS (2020-03-13). Chelsea Manning released from jail after grand jury is dismissed by US federal court. wsws.org Manning, who had been in prison for a year for refusing to testify before a secret grand jury empaneled as part of the conspiracy against WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange, was released following her attempted suicide on Wednesday.

Julia Conley (2020-03-13). Advocates Warn US Prison Conditions Risks Intense Coronavirus Outbreak. indybay.org Prisoners' rights advocates are warning that the coronavirus outbreak in the U.S. may soon have dire implications for the 2.2 million people living in the American penal system, as prison officials across the country shared little about their plans to keep inmates safe and many of the precautions Americans are being advised to take are unavailable in detention facilities.

Ramzy Baroud (2020-03-13). Abuse, Oppression and Murder: The PA Does Israel's Dirty Work in the West Bank. counterpunch.org Merely two weeks after Palestinian Authority President, Mahmoud Abbas, declared that the PA will suspend all 'security coordination' with Israel, Palestinian security forces in the West Bank killed unarmed teenager, Salah Zakareneh. Zakareneh is not the first and, sadly, will not be the last Palestinian to be killed by the PA security forces, which in

Staff (2020-03-13). Federal Judge Orders Chelsea Manning's Release From Jail. truthout.org Federal judge Anthony Trenga ordered a jail in Alexandria, Virginia, to release United States Army whistleblower Chelsea Manning. The order came after the grand jury investigating WikiLeaks was dismissed. | Manning was confined for 365 days or one year after being held in civil contempt because she refused to testify before a grand jury empaneled to investigate WikiLeaks. She attempted to commit suicide on March 11. | During her time in jail, Manning accumulated $256,000 in fines. She faced a fine of $500 per day…

teleSUR (2020-03-13). Prisoners Made to Produce Coronavirus Masks and Hand Gels. telesurenglish.net Prisoners are being used to produce face masks and hand gels in the United States, and Hong Kong after the RELATED: | The women have complained about their health and low pay as they earn around HK$800 (US$102) a month for non-…

WorkWeek (2020-03-13). "Prisoners on the Grand Princess Petri Dish" — Will the Crew Be Quarantined to Die on Ship? indybay.org Over 1,000 Grand Princess crew members have been held hostage on the ship at the Port of Oakland. Pence and Newsom have said they will not be getting off the ship. Instead they will be quarantined at sea in this contaminated death ship.

yenisafak (2020-03-13). Kashmir's former leader released after 7 months in jail. yenisafak.com Former chief minister of Indian-administered Kashmir and serving member of Indian parliament was released from preventive detention on Friday.In a Twitter post, government spokesman Rohit Kansal posted a government order that said Farooq Abdullah's preventive detention under the Public Safety Act has been revoked.Under the act, a person can be detained without a trial for up to three months and this detention could be perpetually extended unless a court quashes the detention.Abdullah's National Conference party welcomed the move as a "step in the right direction.""We hope it is followed up with release of other p…

yenisafak (2020-03-13). Traffickers behind Syrian toddler death get 125 year jail sentence in Turkey. yenisafak.com Three organizers of the human trafficking ring which led to the death of Syrian toddler Aylan Kurdi, in a case which made headlines worldwide, were sentenced in Turkey Friday to 125 years in prison each.The 2015 death of 3-year-old Kurdi, and five other refugees who shared a boat on the Aegean with him, shocked the international community and came to symbolize the plight of desperate Syrian refugees.The traffickers, fugitives from justice, had been captured by Turkish security forces this week in the southern province of Adana.The lifeless body of Kurdi ≠— one of 14 Syrian refugees, including eight chil…

sputniknews (2020-03-13). Snowden: Manning Preferred Principles to Freedom at Expense of Collaboration With US Authorities. sputniknews.com Former military intel analyst Chelsea Manning was ordered to be released from federal detention a day after a suicide attempt in her cell, with a US district judge asserting that her confinement no longer serves its "coercive purpose".

sputniknews (2020-03-13). Former Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Farooq Abdullah to Be Released After 7 Months of Detention. sputniknews.com New Delhi (Sputnik): The Indian government stripped Jammu and Kashmir of its special status by abrogating Article 370 in August 2019. In order to curb protests following the decision, around 500 Kashmiri political leaders were placed under detention, including former state chiefs Farooq Abdullah, Omar Abdullah, and Mehbooba Mufti.

sputniknews (2020-03-13). Pentagon Considers Reviewing Its Hefty Cloud Contract With Microsoft After Amazon Lawsuit. sputniknews.com Earlier on Thursday, a US judge ordered a temporary halt to the Pentagon-Microsoft contract related to the Joint Enterprise Defence Infrastructure (JEDI) cloud-computing project.

Al Neal (2020-03-12). Soccer prez: "We're sorry for…(checks notes) our blatant sexism." peoplesworld.org The world of professional sports is plagued by sexism. And the U.S. Soccer Federation is doing its best to keep it that way. In a legal brief filed March 5 by the federation, part of the ongoing equal pay lawsuit filed by 28 players of the women's national team, attorneys argued the case should be dismissed because: …

Julie Hollar (2020-03-12). Elite Media Dismiss Voter Suppression on Grounds That It's 'Complicated'. fair.org Some voters—disproportionately black and brown ones—waited in line for several hours on Super Tuesday to cast their ballots in the Democratic primary, and media paid attention. But their love for a good visual doesn't always correspond with a love for connecting the dots, and so most of the coverage downplayed any suggestion that there might be voter suppression going on in 2020. The New York Times ( "Why Did It…

Joe Sims (2020-03-12). "You like Trump" — Biden, Sanders, socialism, and the Black vote. peoplesworld.org Years ago, during the early days of the Clinton administration, I was outraged, first by the Sistah Souljah episode, and later by the president's treatment of Lani Guinier, who became the object of a vicious red-baiting campaign. Guinier had been nominated to become the Assistant Attorney General for Civil Rights, until a gigantic whispering campaign …

Stephen Lendman (2020-03-12). Chelsea Manning Hospitalized After Reported Suicide Attempt. globalresearch.ca Manning was unlawfully imprisoned last March (again in May after briefly released) for invoking her constitutional right of silence — refusing to give grand jury testimony to aid the Trump regime's attempted crucifixion of Julian Assange. | For the past …

Ashley Gorski (2020-03-12). The Government Has a Secret Plan to Track Everyone's Faces at Airports. We're Suing. aclu.org U.S. Customs and Border Protection and the Transportation Security Administration are putting us on an extraordinarily dangerous path toward the normalization of face surveillance. But because key facts about this surveillance are still secret, the public lacks the information it needs to hold these agencies to account. We're

Alora Thomas-Lundborg (2020-03-12). This Law Makes Voting Nearly Impossible for Native Americans in Montana. aclu.org Voting has never been easy for In a state where the majority of individuals vote | by mail, rural tribal communities often work with get-out-the-vote organizer…

teleSUR (2020-03-12). Federal Judge Orders Release of Chelsea Manning. telesurenglish.net A United States (U.S.) federal judge in Virginia ordered Thursday that Chelsea Manning be freed from jail, where she has been detained for a year after refusing to testify before a grand jury. | RELATED: | "The court finds Ms. Manning's appearance before the Grand Jury is no longer needed, in light of which her detention no longer serves any coercive purpose," the judge who ordered the release said. | Manning, a forme…

PCHR (2020-03-12). New IOF Crime in Nablus: Palestinian Child Killed and 14 Civilians Wounded including a Journalist. imemc.org The Palestinian Centre For Human Rights (PCHR): Israeli occupation forces (IOF) killed on Wednesday, 11 March 2020, a Palestinian child and wounded 14 other civilians, including a journalist during its suppression of civilian gathering on al-'Arma Mountain, southeast Bita village, Nablus, Northern West Bank. Two of the wounded were deemed …

The Canary (2020-03-12). Tim Berners-Lee warns 'web not working for women and girls' on 31st anniversary. thecanary.co World Wide Web inventor Sir Tim Berners-Lee has warned that "the web is not working for women and girls", in an open letter to mark the 31st anniversary of its creation. | Berners-Lee said a continued lack of web access is fuelling discrimination against females, threatening global progress on equality. | It comes as new research from Berners-Lee's Web Foundation — which advocates for a free and open web for everyone — and the World Association of Girl Guides and Girl Scouts indicates that more than half of young women and girls have experienced online abuse, including threatening messages, sexual har…

Andrew Emett (2020-03-12). Former Police Chief sentenced to 10 years in prison for threatening man at gunpoint. nationofchange.org "Law enforcement officers are responsible for upholding the law and protecting their communities from harm. The defendant used his position of authority to prey on vulnerable individuals and exploit them for his personal gain."

IMEMC News (2020-03-12). PPS: "Israeli Soldiers Abduct Fifteen Palestinians In West Bank" imemc.org The Palestinian Prisoners' Society (PPS) has reported that Israeli soldiers abducted, on Thursday at dawn, fifteen Palestinians in several parts of the occupied West Bank, after the army invaded and violently searched many homes. The PPS stated that the soldiers invaded Sa'ir town, northeast of the southern West Bank city …

Jessica Corbett, staff writer (2020-03-12). 'The Public Has a Right to Know': ACLU Sues DHS to Expose Secretive Use of Facial Recognition Technology. commondreams.org The ACLU's national and New York arms filed a federal lawsuit Thursday against the U.S. Department of Homeland Security and three of its agencies to expose law enforcement's secretive use of facial recognition surveillance technology. | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files/styles/cd_special_coverage/public/headline/thumbs/gettyimages-8260003021_1.jpg

Jessica Corbett, staff writer (2020-03-12). 'Finally': Judge Orders Chelsea Manning's Immediate Release After a Year in Jail and Suicide Attempt. commondreams.org Federal Judge Anthony Trenga on Thursday ordered the immediate release of U.S. Army whistleblower Chelsea Manning less than 24 hours after Manning's legal team disclosed that she was recovering in the hospital after attempting suicide in jail. | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files/styles/cd_special_coverage/public/headline/thumbs/lawyers-maiing-motion-release-punitive_0.jpg

Tom Anderson (2020-03-12). More prisoners reported dead after police repression of revolts in quarantined Italian jails. thecanary.co Revolts have been taking place in prisons across Italy after the Italian state The state

RT (2020-03-11). Chelsea Manning attempted suicide while in jail for refusing to testify against WikiLeaks — lawyers. rt.com Former US Army intelligence analyst Chelsea Manning, jailed a year ago for refusing to testify before a federal jury investigating WikiLeaks, has attempted suicide ahead of a court hearing, her lawyers said. | Manning is in the hospital and recovering, Gizmodo reported on Wednesday citing the imprisoned activist's legal team. The 31-year-old reportedly used a sheet to hang herself inside the Alexandria Detention Center in Virginia, according to the Daily Mail. That report has not been officially confirmed. | Manning has been locked up since March 2019, when she refused to appear before the federal grand jury a…

Nicole Hansen (2020-03-11). Keep Calm and Carry on Voting: How to Vote By Mail During the Coronavirus Outbreak. aclu.org Coronavirus should not be a political issue, but with presidential primaries and the general election coming up, it could soon directly impact our politics. We should protect not only our health, but our civil liberties at this time — and one of those civil liberties is our fundamental right to vote. , , For many, the best way to vote while safeguarding your health during this time may be to vote by mail. It's easy to request an absentee ballot and there's still enough time to do so for most states with upcoming primaries. While some states limit who can vote absentee — for example, to people with…

RT (2020-03-11). Hollywood producer Weinstein sentenced to 23 years on sexual assault charges. rt.com Disgraced movie mogul Harvey Weinstein has been sentenced to 23 years in prison for sexually assaulting two women, close to the maximum sentence he faced in the landmark case. | Judge James Burke handed down the harsh sentence to the 68-year-old former Miramax producer on Wednesday, siding with prosecutors' call for a stiff punishment for the erstwhile Hollywood titan. While scores of women have accused Weinstein of sex crimes, he was convicted last month specifically of third degree rape and first degree sexual assault charges against former production assistant Mimi Haleyi and aspiring actress Jessica Mann.

Shawgi Tell (2020-03-11). Charter School Oversight Remains Weak. dissidentvoice.org In 2016, the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) called for a moratorium on new charter schools, citing many problems with these privatized schools, including poor performance, extensive waste, widespread segregation, and inadequate accountability. Oversight, transparency, accountability, and good governance have never been the strong suits of charter schools or charter school …

Staff (2020-03-10). Prisons Worldwide Face Coronavirus Crisis: Overcrowding, Lack of Sanitation & Labor at Slave Wages. democracynow.org As Italy went on lockdown, nearly 30 prisons across the country broke into riots Sunday and Monday after visitation rights were suspended in response to the outbreak. In a prison in southern Italy, a riot left at least six incarcerated people dead and caused 50 people to escape. Prisoners have reportedly lit fires, charged guards and even escaped at multiple facilities. This comes as the United Nations confirmed that coronavirus had reached Iran's prisons, as the number of cases there continues to soar. Iran has temporarily freed some 70,000 prisoners in response to the coronavirus. And concerns are growing about…

Staff (2020-03-10). Immigrants in WA Detention Center Demand Protection from Coronavirus, Not Posters in English. democracynow.org As the world responds to the COVID-19 outbreak, we look at how the Trump administration's immigration policies may put everyone at risk. We go to Seattle, Washington, not far from the Life Care Center in the suburb of Kirkland, which was the epicenter of the U.S. coronavirus outbreak. In nearby Tacoma, Washington, our guest says she saw posters in English only when she went to visit immigrants held in the Northwest Detention Center, which is run by private prison company GEO Group. We speak with Maru Mora-Villalpando, an activist and undocumented immigrant with the groups La Resistencia and Mijente, who issued a…

splcenter (2020-03-10). Civil Rights Memorial Center closed through March. splcenter.org The Civil Rights Memorial Center (CRMC) in Montgomery, Alabama, is closed and will remain closed through the end of March 2020.

Chelsey Birgisdóttir (2020-03-10). San Diego Police Stop Black People at a Rate 219 Percent Higher Than White People. aclu.org "They did what human beings looking for | freedom, throughout history, have often done. They left." | These | are the words of Pulitzer Prize-winning author Isabel Wilkerson in her book, "The | Warmth of Other Suns." The book | follows the story of three Black Southerners and their journey escaping racial | violence — a sharecropper's wife who | left Mississippi in the 1930s for Chicago, an agricultural | worker who left Florida for New York City in the 1940s, and a doctor who left Louisiana in the early 1950s. | Their | journey was part of the Great Migration that occurred between 1916 and 1970,…

RT (2020-03-10). 'Missing the mark': Ex-Warren staffers face outrage over campaign tattoos eerily similar to Holocaust concentration camp numbers. rt.com Former staffers for Elizabeth Warren have been taken to the woodshed over tattoos meant to memorialize her ill-fated campaign — which just happen to closely resemble markings given to Holocaust concentration camp prisoners. Oops! | Intending to commemorate the Democratic senator's failed bid for the presidency, at least two former Warren staffers thought tattoos displaying the hex code for the campaign's "Liberty Green" theme would be a clever tribute — until Twitter caught wind of it. In an avalanche of criticism, netizens wasted no time in pointing out the obvious — albeit accidental — r…

Maria Morris (2020-03-06). Are Our Prisons and Jails Ready for COVID-19? aclu.org The | country and the world face a public health emergency in the new coronavirus | causing COVID-19. The media is filled with concerns about how we will respond. | Will we close schools? Cancel sporting events and other large gatherings? Work | from home? Avoid public transportation? | But | little has been said about one of the most vulnerable sectors of our | population: the people in our prisons and jails. Although people often think of | prisons and jails as closed environments, they are not. Medical staff, correctional | staff, and visitors come from the community into the facilities every day and | then…

Naureen Shah (2020-03-05). Trump is Sending Special Forces-style Agents into Pro-Immigrant Cities. aclu.org As part of its governments that choose not to collaborate with Immigration and Customs | Enforcement (ICE), Trump administration officials have confirmed plans for two new tactics in their anti-immigrant | agenda. The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) will deploy Border Patrol's | special forces-style unit, known as BORTAC, and other Customs and Border | Protection (CBP) agents — dressed in plainclothes [m…

Ashoka Mukpo (2020-03-03). TRAP Laws are the Threat to Abortion Rights You Don't Know About. aclu.org This week, the Supreme Court is set to hear arguments in a case | that will have wide-reaching consequences for reproductive freedom and abortion | rights in America. It's the first time the Court has weighed those rights since | gaining a new conservative majority with the appointments of Justices Neil | Gorsuch and Brett Kavanaugh. And the stakes are high. | The case that the court will | hear, June Medical Services LLC v. Russo, | is being argued by the Center for Reproductive Rights (CCR), and it involves a | law in Louisiana known as a "TRAP" — Targeted Restriction on Abortion | Providers. The detai…

Marjorie Cohn (2020-03-02). Extradition of Assange Would Set a Dangerous Precedent. zcomm.org The Trump administration is seeking extradition of WikiLeaks founder, Julian Assange, to the United States for trial on charges carrying 175 years in prison…

Ben Norton (2020-03-02). Contra-supporting CNN pundit Ana Navarro lobbied for corrupt right-wing Latin American governments. thegrayzone.com Bernie-bashing "Never Trump conservative" CNN pundit Ana Navarro lobbied for El Salvador's right-wing government, whose president was imprisoned for corruption,…

CounterSpin (2020-02-28). Carol Anderson on Voter Suppression. fair.org Media…

splcenter (2020-02-26). As Alabama primary nears, voter suppression is alive and well. splcenter.org All across this country, the right to vote is under attack. But with your support, we're fighting back in Southern courts and state legislatures with a newly formed team of legal, policy, and grassroots advocates.

splcenter (2020-02-21). Weekend Read: SPLC files civil rights complaints as asylum seekers wage hunger strikes. splcenter.org

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

2020-03-13: Social Media Postees

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Chelsea Manning released from jail after grand jury is dismissed by US federal court
wsws.org | 2020-03-13
Manning, who had been in prison for a year for refusing to testify before a secret grand jury empaneled as part of the conspiracy against WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange, was released following her attempted suicide on Wednesday.
www.wsws.org/en/articles/2020/03/13/mann-m13.html

Chelsea Manning released from jail after grand jury is dismissed by US federal court
wsws.org | 2020-03-13
Manning, who had been in prison for a year for refusing to testify before a secret grand jury empaneled as part of the conspiracy against WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange, was released following her attempted suicide on Wednesday.
www.wsws.org/en/articles/2020/03/13/mann-m13.html

Chelsea Manning Is Free From Jail, Faces Exorbitant Fines
Kevin Zeese and Margaret Flowers | dissidentvoice.org | 2020-03-13
Manning speaking outside of the grand jury in Alexandria VA before being incarcerated Alexandria

Advocates Warn US Prison Conditions Risks Intense Coronavirus Outbreak
Julia Conley | indybay.org | 2020-03-13
Prisoners' rights advocates are warning that the coronavirus outbreak in the U.S. may soon have dire implications for the 2.2 million people living in the American penal system, as prison officials across the country shared little about their plans to keep inmates safe and many of the precautions Americans are being advised to take are unavailable in detention facilities.
indybay.org/newsitems/2020/03/12/18831468.php

Abuse, Oppression and Murder: The PA Does Israel's Dirty Work in the West Bank
Ramzy Baroud | counterpunch.org | 2020-03-13
Merely two weeks after Palestinian Authority President, Mahmoud Abbas, declared that the PA will suspend all 'security coordination' with Israel, Palestinian security forces in the West Bank killed unarmed teenager, Salah Zakareneh. Zakareneh is not the first and, sadly, will not be the last Palestinian to be killed by the PA security forces, which in…
counterpunch.org/2020/03/13/abuse-oppression-and-murder-the-pa-does-israels-dirty-work-in-the-west-bank/

Soccer prez: "I resign…but the blatant sexism wasn't my fault."
Al Neal | peoplesworld.org | 2020-03-13
My, my, how quickly the mighty fall. Three days after the U.S. Soccer Federation sparked a massive backlash when its legal filings–in a gender discrimination lawsuit no less–argued: "male soccer players are more skilled than female soccer players," Carlos Cordeiro resigned as head of the organization. Cordeiro announced his resignation via Twitter Thursday night, apparently not even information …
peoplesworld.org/article/soccer-prez-i-resignbut-the-blatant-sexism-wasnt-my-fault/

Prisoners Made to Produce Coronavirus Masks and Hand Gels
telesurenglish.net | 2020-03-13
Prisoners are being used to produce face masks and hand gels in the United States, and Hong Kong after the rapidly spreading coronavirus provoked shortages. | RELATED: | Sanders Addresses Health Crisis in US as Coronavirus Cases Soar | The women have complained about their health and low pay as they earn around HK$800 (US$102) a month for non-…
telesurenglish.net/news/Prisoners-Exploited-to-Produce-Coronavirus-Masks-and-Hand-Gels-20200312-0026.html

Canada: Trudeau Isolated After Wife Tested Covid-19 Positive
telesurenglish.net | 2020-03-13
Canada's Prime Minister Justin Trudeau is in isolation and awaiting the results of the Covid-19 test, after his wife Sophie Gregoire Trudeau was diagnosed with the disease. | RELATED: | Prisoners Made to Produce Coronavirus Masks and Hand Gels | "The Prime Minister's wife began showing flu-like symptoms and a mild fever upon her return from London, UK," according to a Canadian government press release. | "Unfortunately, the results of Sophie's Covid-19 test are positive. Ther…
telesurenglish.net/news/trudeau-in-isolation-after-wife-tested-positive-for-covid19-20200313-0001.html

Federal Judge Orders Chelsea Manning's Release From Jail
Staff | truthout.org | 2020-03-13
Federal judge Anthony Trenga ordered a jail in Alexandria, Virginia, to release United States Army whistleblower Chelsea Manning. The order came after the grand jury investigating WikiLeaks was dismissed. | Manning was confined for 365 days or one year after being held in civil contempt because she refused to testify before a grand jury empaneled to investigate WikiLeaks. She attempted to commit suicide on March 11. | During her time in jail, Manning accumulated $256,000 in fines. She faced a fine of $500 per day…
truthout.org/articles/federal-judge-orders-chelsea-mannings-release-from-jail/

Kashmir's former leader released after 7 months in jail
yenisafak.com | 2020-03-13
Former chief minister of Indian-administered Kashmir and serving member of Indian parliament was released from preventive detention on Friday.In a Twitter post, government spokesman Rohit Kansal posted a government order that said Farooq Abdullah's preventive detention under the Public Safety Act has been revoked.Under the act, a person can be detained without a trial for up to three months and this detention could be perpetually extended unless a court quashes the detention.Abdullah's National Conference party welcomed the move as a "step in the right direction.""We hope it is followed up with release of other p…
yenisafak.com/en/news/kashmirs-former-leader-released-after-7-months-in-jail-3513907

Traffickers behind Syrian toddler death get 125 year jail sentence in Turkey
yenisafak.com | 2020-03-13
Three organizers of the human trafficking ring which led to the death of Syrian toddler Aylan Kurdi, in a case which made headlines worldwide, were sentenced in Turkey Friday to 125 years in prison each.The 2015 death of 3-year-old Kurdi, and five other refugees who shared a boat on the Aegean with him, shocked the international community and came to symbolize the plight of desperate Syrian refugees.The traffickers, fugitives from justice, had been captured by Turkish security forces this week in the southern province of Adana.The lifeless body of Kurdi ≠– one of 14 Syrian refugees, including eight chil…
yenisafak.com/en/news/traffickers-behind-syrian-toddler-death-get-125-year-jail-sentence-in-turkey-3513897

Snowden: Manning Preferred Principles to Freedom at Expense of Collaboration With US Authorities
sputniknews.com | 2020-03-13
Former military intel analyst Chelsea Manning was ordered to be released from federal detention a day after a suicide attempt in her cell, with a US district judge asserting that her confinement no longer serves its "coercive purpose".
sputniknews.com/us/202003131078556890-snowden-manning-preferred-principles-to-freedom-at-expense-of-collaboration-with-us-authorities/

Former Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Farooq Abdullah to Be Released After 7 Months of Detention
sputniknews.com | 2020-03-13
New Delhi (Sputnik): The Indian government stripped Jammu and Kashmir of its special status by abrogating Article 370 in August 2019. In order to curb protests following the decision, around 500 Kashmiri political leaders were placed under detention, including former state chiefs Farooq Abdullah, Omar Abdullah, and Mehbooba Mufti.
sputniknews.com/india/202003131078554332-former-jammu-and-kashmir-chief-minister-farooq-abdullah-to-be-released-after-7-months-of-detention/

Pentagon Considers Reviewing Its Hefty Cloud Contract With Microsoft After Amazon Lawsuit
sputniknews.com | 2020-03-13
Earlier on Thursday, a US judge ordered a temporary halt to the Pentagon-Microsoft contract related to the Joint Enterprise Defence Infrastructure (JEDI) cloud-computing project.
sputniknews.com/business/202003131078558421-pentagon-considers-reviewing-its-hefty-cloud-contract-with-microsoft-after-amazon-lawsuit/

Federal Judge Orders Release of Chelsea Manning
telesurenglish.net | 2020-03-12
A United States (U.S.) federal judge in Virginia ordered Thursday that Chelsea Manning be freed from jail, where she has been detained for a year after refusing to testify before a grand jury. | RELATED: | Roger Waters Slams US, Shows Support For Manning And Assange | "The court finds Ms. Manning's appearance before the Grand Jury is no longer needed, in light of which her detention no longer serves any coercive purpose," the judge who ordered the release said. | Manning, a forme…
telesurenglish.net/news/Federal-Judge-Orders-Release-of-Chelsea-Manning-20200312-0020.html

Federal Judge Orders Release of Chelsea Manning
telesurenglish.net | 2020-03-12
A United States (U.S.) federal judge in Virginia ordered Thursday that Chelsea Manning be freed from jail, where she has been detained for a year after refusing to testify before a grand jury. | RELATED: | Roger Waters Slams US, Shows Support For Manning And Assange | "The court finds Ms. Manning's appearance before the Grand Jury is no longer needed, in light of which her detention no longer serves any coercive purpose," the judge who ordered the release said. | Manning, a forme…
telesurenglish.net/news/Federal-Judge-Orders-Release-of-Chelsea-Manning-20200312-0020.html

Chelsea Manning Hospitalized After Reported Suicide Attempt
Stephen Lendman | globalresearch.ca | 2020-03-12
Manning was unlawfully imprisoned last March (again in May after briefly released) for invoking her constitutional right of silence

The Government Has a Secret Plan to Track Everyone's Faces at Airports. We're Suing
Ashley Gorski | aclu.org | 2020-03-12
U.S. Customs and Border Protection and the Transportation Security Administration are putting us on an extraordinarily dangerous path toward the normalization of face surveillance. But because key facts about this surveillance are still secret, the public lacks the information it needs to hold these agencies to account. We're suing to bring some much-needed transparency., , Over the past few years, CBP and the TSA have dramatically expanded their use of facial recognition technology at the airport and other U.S. ports of entr…
aclu.org/news/privacy-technology/the-government-has-a-secret-plan-to-track-everyones-faces-at-airports-were-suing

This Law Makes Voting Nearly Impossible for Native Americans in Montana
Alora Thomas-Lundborg | aclu.org | 2020-03-12
Voting has never been easy for Native Americans living on rural reservations in Montana, which are often geographically isolated, with limited access to postal service and transportation. The passage of the Montana Ballot Interference Prevention Act (BIPA) has made these obstacles even greater, severely inhibiting Native Americans' access to the ballot. That's why we're suing. | In a state where the majority of individuals vote | by mail, rural tribal communities often work with get-out-the-vote organizer…
aclu.org/news/voting-rights/this-law-makes-voting-nearly-impossible-for-native-americans-in-montana

Tim Berners-Lee warns 'web not working for women and girls' on 31st anniversary
The Canary | thecanary.co | 2020-03-12
World Wide Web inventor Sir Tim Berners-Lee has warned that "the web is not working for women and girls", in an open letter to mark the 31st anniversary of its creation. | Berners-Lee said a continued lack of web access is fuelling discrimination against females, threatening global progress on equality. | It comes as new research from Berners-Lee's Web Foundation

PPS: "Israeli Soldiers Abduct Fifteen Palestinians In West Bank"
IMEMC News | imemc.org | 2020-03-12
The Palestinian Prisoners' Society (PPS) has reported that Israeli soldiers abducted, on Thursday at dawn, fifteen Palestinians in several parts of the occupied West Bank, after the army invaded and violently searched many homes. The PPS stated that the soldiers invaded Sa'ir town, northeast of the southern West Bank city …
imemc.org/article/pps-israeli-soldiers-abduct-fifteen-palestinians-in-west-bank-2/

More prisoners reported dead after police repression of revolts in quarantined Italian jails
Tom Anderson | thecanary.co | 2020-03-12
Revolts have been taking place in prisons across Italy after the Italian state announced limitations on family visits. The riots broke out on 8 March, and have reportedly involved 6,000 prisoners at "facilities around the country". | The state has said the restrictions, which includes bans, on family visits…
thecanary.co/global/world-news/2020/03/12/more-prisoners-reported-dead-after-police-repression-of-revolts-in-quarantined-italian-jails/

Former Police Chief sentenced to 10 years in prison for threatening man at gunpoint
Andrew Emett | nationofchange.org | 2020-03-12
"Law enforcement officers are responsible for upholding the law and protecting their communities from harm. The defendant used his position of authority to prey on vulnerable individuals and exploit them for his personal gain."
nationofchange.org/2020/03/12/former-police-chief-sentenced-to-10-years-in-prison-for-threatening-man-at-gunpoint/

Soccer prez: "We're sorry for…(checks notes) our blatant sexism."
Al Neal | peoplesworld.org | 2020-03-12
The world of professional sports is plagued by sexism. And the U.S. Soccer Federation is doing its best to keep it that way. In a legal brief filed March 5 by the federation, part of the ongoing equal pay lawsuit filed by 28 players of the women's national team, attorneys argued the case should be dismissed because: …
peoplesworld.org/article/soccer-prez-were-sorry-forchecks-notes-our-blatant-sexism/

Elite Media Dismiss Voter Suppression on Grounds That It's 'Complicated'
Julie Hollar | fair.org | 2020-03-12
Some voters–disproportionately black and brown ones–waited in line for several hours on Super Tuesday to cast their ballots in the Democratic primary, and media paid attention. But their love for a good visual doesn't always correspond with a love for connecting the dots, and so most of the coverage downplayed any suggestion that there might be voter suppression going on in 2020. The New York Times ( 3/4/20) assured us that voting problems were not caused by "deliberate efforts to drive down turnout." | "Why Did It…
fair.org/home/elite-media-dismiss-voter-suppression-on-grounds-that-its-complicated/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=elite-media-dismiss-voter-suppression-on-grounds-that-its-complicated

New IOF Crime in Nablus: Palestinian Child Killed and 14 Civilians Wounded including a Journalist
PCHR | imemc.org | 2020-03-12
The Palestinian Centre For Human Rights (PCHR): Israeli occupation forces (IOF) killed on Wednesday, 11 March 2020, a Palestinian child and wounded 14 other civilians, including a journalist during its suppression of civilian gathering on al-'Arma Mountain, southeast Bita village, Nablus, Northern West Bank. Two of the wounded were deemed …
imemc.org/article/new-iof-crime-in-nablus-palestinian-child-killed-and-14-civilians-wounded-including-a-journalist/

'The Public Has a Right to Know': ACLU Sues DHS to Expose Secretive Use of Facial Recognition Technology
Jessica Corbett, staff writer | commondreams.org | 2020-03-12
The ACLU's national and New York arms filed a federal lawsuit Thursday against the U.S. Department of Homeland Security and three of its agencies to expose law enforcement's secretive use of facial recognition surveillance technology. | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files/styles/cd_special_coverage/public/headline/thumbs/gettyimages-8260003021_1.jpg
commondreams.org/news/2020/03/12/public-has-right-know-aclu-sues-dhs-expose-secretive-use-facial-recognition?cd-origin=rss

'Finally': Judge Orders Chelsea Manning's Immediate Release After a Year in Jail and Suicide Attempt
Jessica Corbett, staff writer | commondreams.org | 2020-03-12
Federal Judge Anthony Trenga on Thursday ordered the immediate release of U.S. Army whistleblower Chelsea Manning less than 24 hours after Manning's legal team disclosed that she was recovering in the hospital after attempting suicide in jail. | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files/styles/cd_special_coverage/public/headline/thumbs/lawyers-maiing-motion-release-punitive_0.jpg
commondreams.org/news/2020/03/12/finally-judge-orders-chelsea-mannings-immediate-release-after-year-jail-and-suicide?cd-origin=rss

Keep Calm and Carry on Voting: How to Vote By Mail During the Coronavirus Outbreak
Nicole Hansen | aclu.org | 2020-03-11
Coronavirus should not be a political issue, but with presidential primaries and the general election coming up, it could soon directly impact our politics. We should protect not only our health, but our civil liberties at this time

Charter School Oversight Remains Weak
Shawgi Tell | dissidentvoice.org | 2020-03-11
In 2016, the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) called for a moratorium on new charter schools, citing many problems with these privatized schools, including poor performance, extensive waste, widespread segregation, and inadequate accountability. Oversight, transparency, accountability, and good governance have never been the strong suits of charter schools or charter school …
dissidentvoice.org/2020/03/charter-school-oversight-remains-weak/

Hollywood producer Weinstein sentenced to 23 years on sexual assault charges
rt.com | 2020-03-11
Disgraced movie mogul Harvey Weinstein has been sentenced to 23 years in prison for sexually assaulting two women, close to the maximum sentence he faced in the landmark case. | Judge James Burke handed down the harsh sentence to the 68-year-old former Miramax producer on Wednesday, siding with prosecutors' call for a stiff punishment for the erstwhile Hollywood titan. While scores of women have accused Weinstein of sex crimes, he was convicted last month specifically of third degree rape and first degree sexual assault charges against former production assistant Mimi Haleyi and aspiring actress Jessica Mann.
rt.com/usa/482859-weinstein-sentenced-23-years/

Hollywood producer Weinstein sentenced to 23 years on sexual assault charges
rt.com | 2020-03-11
Disgraced movie mogul Harvey Weinstein has been sentenced to 23 years in prison for sexually assaulting two women, close to the maximum sentence he faced in the landmark case. | Judge James Burke handed down the harsh sentence to the 68-year-old former Miramax producer on Wednesday, siding with prosecutors' call for a stiff punishment for the erstwhile Hollywood titan. While scores of women have accused Weinstein of sex crimes, he was convicted last month specifically of third degree rape and first degree sexual assault charges against former production assistant Mimi Haleyi and aspiring actress Jessica Mann.
rt.com/usa/482859-weinstein-sentenced-23-years/

Immigrants in WA Detention Center Demand Protection from Coronavirus, Not Posters in English
Staff | democracynow.org | 2020-03-10
As the world responds to the COVID-19 outbreak, we look at how the Trump administration's immigration policies may put everyone at risk. We go to Seattle, Washington, not far from the Life Care Center in the suburb of Kirkland, which was the epicenter of the U.S. coronavirus outbreak. In nearby Tacoma, Washington, our guest says she saw posters in English only when she went to visit immigrants held in the Northwest Detention Center, which is run by private prison company GEO Group. We speak with Maru Mora-Villalpando, an activist and undocumented immigrant with the groups La Resistencia and Mijente, who issued a…
www.democracynow.org/2020/3/10/coronavirus_ice

Civil Rights Memorial Center closed through March
splcenter.org | 2020-03-10
The Civil Rights Memorial Center (CRMC) in Montgomery, Alabama, is closed and will remain closed through the end of March 2020.
splcenter.org/news/2020/03/10/civil-rights-memorial-center-closed-through-march

San Diego Police Stop Black People at a Rate 219 Percent Higher Than White People
Chelsey Birgisdóttir | aclu.org | 2020-03-10
"They did what human beings looking for | freedom, throughout history, have often done. They left." | These | are the words of Pulitzer Prize-winning author Isabel Wilkerson in her book, "The | Warmth of Other Suns." The book | follows the story of three Black Southerners and their journey escaping racial | violence

Prisons Worldwide Face Coronavirus Crisis: Overcrowding, Lack of Sanitation & Labor at Slave Wages
Staff | democracynow.org | 2020-03-10
As Italy went on lockdown, nearly 30 prisons across the country broke into riots Sunday and Monday after visitation rights were suspended in response to the outbreak. In a prison in southern Italy, a riot left at least six incarcerated people dead and caused 50 people to escape. Prisoners have reportedly lit fires, charged guards and even escaped at multiple facilities. This comes as the United Nations confirmed that coronavirus had reached Iran's prisons, as the number of cases there continues to soar. Iran has temporarily freed some 70,000 prisoners in response to the coronavirus. And concerns are growing about…
www.democracynow.org/2020/3/10/coronavirus_in_prisons_jails

Abuse, Oppression and Murder: The PA Does Israel's Dirty Work in the West Bank
Ramzy Baroud | mintpressnews.com | 2020-03-10
Arbitrary arrests, torture, and violence are regular occurrences in occupied Palestine. While Israel is responsible for the greater share of the violation of Palestinian human rights, the PA is part and parcel of that same Israeli strategy.
mintpressnews.com/abuse-oppression-and-murder-the-pa-does-israels-dirty-work-in-the-west-bank/265612/

'Missing the mark': Ex-Warren staffers face outrage over campaign tattoos eerily similar to Holocaust concentration camp numbers
rt.com | 2020-03-10
Former staffers for Elizabeth Warren have been taken to the woodshed over tattoos meant to memorialize her ill-fated campaign

Are Our Prisons and Jails Ready for COVID-19?
Maria Morris | aclu.org | 2020-03-06
The | country and the world face a public health emergency in the new coronavirus | causing COVID-19. The media is filled with concerns about how we will respond. | Will we close schools? Cancel sporting events and other large gatherings? Work | from home? Avoid public transportation? | But | little has been said about one of the most vulnerable sectors of our | population: the people in our prisons and jails. Although people often think of | prisons and jails as closed environments, they are not. Medical staff, correctional | staff, and visitors come from the community into the facilities every day and | then…
aclu.org/news/prisoners-rights/are-our-prisons-and-jails-ready-for-covid-19

Trump is Sending Special Forces-style Agents into Pro-Immigrant Cities
Naureen Shah | aclu.org | 2020-03-05
As part of its campaign of intimidation against state and local | governments that choose not to collaborate with Immigration and Customs | Enforcement (ICE), Trump administration officials have confirmed plans for two new tactics in their anti-immigrant | agenda. The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) will deploy Border Patrol's | special forces-style unit, known as BORTAC, and other Customs and Border | Protection (CBP) agents

TRAP Laws are the Threat to Abortion Rights You Don't Know About
Ashoka Mukpo | aclu.org | 2020-03-03
This week, the Supreme Court is set to hear arguments in a case | that will have wide-reaching consequences for reproductive freedom and abortion | rights in America. It's the first time the Court has weighed those rights since | gaining a new conservative majority with the appointments of Justices Neil | Gorsuch and Brett Kavanaugh. And the stakes are high. | The case that the court will | hear, June Medical Services LLC v. Russo, | is being argued by the Center for Reproductive Rights (CCR), and it involves a | law in Louisiana known as a "TRAP"

Extradition of Assange Would Set a Dangerous Precedent
Marjorie Cohn | zcomm.org | 2020-03-02
The Trump administration is seeking extradition of WikiLeaks founder, Julian Assange, to the United States for trial on charges carrying 175 years in prison…
zcomm.org/zmagazine/extradition-of-assange-would-set-a-dangerous-precedent/

Contra-supporting CNN pundit Ana Navarro lobbied for corrupt right-wing Latin American governments
Ben Norton | thegrayzone.com | 2020-03-02
Bernie-bashing "Never Trump conservative" CNN pundit Ana Navarro lobbied for El Salvador's right-wing government, whose president was imprisoned for corruption,…
thegrayzone.com/2020/03/01/contras-cnn-ana-navarro-lobbying-corruption/

Carol Anderson on Voter Suppression
CounterSpin | fair.org | 2020-02-28
Media…
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Carol Anderson on Voter Suppression
CounterSpin | fair.org | 2020-02-28
Media…
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As Alabama primary nears, voter suppression is alive and well
splcenter.org | 2020-02-26
All across this country, the right to vote is under attack. But with your support, we're fighting back in Southern courts and state legislatures with a newly formed team of legal, policy, and grassroots advocates.
splcenter.org/news/2020/02/25/alabama-primary-nears-voter-suppression-alive-and-well

Weekend Read: SPLC files civil rights complaints as asylum seekers wage hunger strikes
splcenter.org | 2020-02-21
splcenter.org/news/2020/02/22/weekend-read-splc-files-civil-rights-complaints-asylum-seekers-wage-hunger-strikes

Weekend Read: SPLC files civil rights complaints as asylum seekers wage hunger strikes
splcenter.org | 2020-02-21
splcenter.org/news/2020/02/22/weekend-read-splc-files-civil-rights-complaints-asylum-seekers-wage-hunger-strikes