Daily Archives: November 2, 2020

2020-11-02: News Headlines

The Canary (2020-11-02). Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe 'relieved' at avoiding prison after court hearing. thecanary.co Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe has expressed her relief at not being sent back to prison after appearing before a court in Iran, according to her family.The 42-year-old British-Iranian dual national was told she would be returned to Evin prison in Tehran following Monday's hearing, but it was adjourned before she could put forward a defence, her husband Richard Ratcliffe said.She has been detained in Iran since 2016, when she was sentenced to five years in prison over allegations, which she denies, of plotting to overthrow the Iranian government. | Free Nazanin campaign can confirm that today (Monday 2 November) Nazan…

Ronda Shelton (2020-11-02). More than 20 percent of Black Tennesseans barred from voting. liberationnews.org As millions of Americans cast their vote in the upcoming Presidential election, more than 20 percent of Black Tennesseans will be unable to participate due to past felony convictions. That's 1 out of 5 Black adult Tennesseans. The state's racial makeup is 78 percent white, 17 percent Black, 1.7 percent Asian, 0.3 percent Native American, …

MEE staff (2020-11-02). Egypt detains two men on 'suspicion' over their sexual orientation: HRW. middleeasteye.net Egypt detains two men on 'suspicion' over their sexual orientation: HRW | Seif Bedour and Ahmed al-Ganzoury are now imprisoned with alleged Fairmont hotel rapists and have been subjected to abuse in custody, rights group says | Mon, 11/02/2020 – 16: 48 | Egyptian authorities arrested Seif Bedour (left) and Ahmed al-Ganzoury (right) for 'suspicion' over their sexual orientation (Human Rights Watch/Private) | Eg…

_____ (2020-11-02). Grace Is Out Of Jail And Back In School. popularresistance.org Oakland County, MI – Ten minutes before her debut and three months after she became known as the Michigan girl sent to juvenile detention for failing to do her online schoolwork, Grace* hurried into a bustling doughnut shop in suburban Detroit and plopped into a leather chair next to her mother. She straightened her headband and searched her pockets, unsuccessfully, for lip gloss. She tapped a few final notes into her phone. | Then, ignoring her mother's request to sit up straight, Grace leaned in toward her laptop and, for the first time since her case gained national notoriety as a symbol of racial inequities i…

Teaneck International Film Festival (2020-11-02). Saturday 11/14: "Good Trouble": Virtual Screening of Documentary on Civil Rights Icon, Rep. John Lewis. indybay.org Online/virtual screening…

Gordon Duff (2020-11-02). Nuclear Education: America's Secret Plan to Create a Fake Iranian Nuclear Program (censored/suppressed). thealtworld.com Today's delve into the world of nuclear secrets begins with a short discussion of the "trial that never happened," or as some are aware, the trial of a CIA officer going on in Virginia today. "If a trial isn't reported, does jail time for a phony crime inconvenience one quite as much?" | From Politico: Former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice made a highly unusual public appearance Thursday — taking the witness stand for the prosecution in a criminal case against a former CIA officer on trial for leaking details of a top-secret spy program. | Former CIA case officer, Jeffrey Sterling, a man who knew of Ame…

_____ (2020-11-02). How Maher al-Akhras Is Resisting Israel's Administrative Detention. popularresistance.org Facing imminent death, 49-year-old Maher al-Akhras has been refusing to eat in prison for more than three months. The Palestinian father of six has been protesting his repeated arbitrary arrests; he is currently in administrative detention, without charge or trial. | Like many hunger strikers before him, Akhras does not seek death, although he is evidently prepared to die. The hunger strike is his way of refusing to become a modern-day Sisyphus, completing one administrative detention only to begin another. Reclaiming his body from the hands of Israeli authorities, he now wields his own life as a card to make a s…

Andrew Emett (2020-11-02). Innocent mother beaten by Philly cops on video filing lawsuit. nationofchange.org Attorneys representing the victim have confirmed she is filing a civil rights case against the police department.

Brett Wilkins, staff writer (2020-11-02). 'Huge Victory for Texas Voters': Federal Judge Rules in Favor of 127,000 Drive-Thru Ballots. commondreams.org "This is what democracy looks like," said one ACLU lawyer. "Our justice system did its duty today to ensure voting rights are protected and our democracy remains intact." | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files/styles/cd_special_coverage/public/headline/thumbs/gettyimages-1228942091_1_0_0.jpg

commondreams (2020-11-02). ACLU Comment on Texas Ruling Blocking Efforts to Invalidate Nearly 127,000 Drive-Thru Votes Cast in Harris County. commondreams.org ______________________________…

WSWS (2020-11-02). Kenosha shooter Kyle Rittenhouse extradited to Wisconsin. wsws.org The 17-year-old vigilante was being held in an Illinois juvenile detention facility on charges of gunning down two protesters in Kenosha, Wisconsin in August, and wounding a third.

NAACP (2020-11-02). Wednesday 11/4: NAACP Election 2020 Special Coverage Town Hall (Day 2). indybay.org Virtual Town Hall…

Julia Conley, staff writer (2020-11-02). ACLU's Closing Argument: 'Everyone Should Be Able to Vote, and Everyone's Vote Should Be Counted'. commondreams.org The national civil liberties group says that it "is at the ready to act swiftly and use all of the tools and resources at our disposal to protect the vote." | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files/styles/cd_special_coverage/public/headline/thumbs/voting_2020.png

NAACP (2020-11-02). Tuesday 11/3: NAACP Election 2020 Special Coverage (Day 1). indybay.org Onlive via livestream…

Prof Michel Chossudovsky (2020-11-01). The Covid-19 Numbers Game: The "Second Wave" is Based on Fake Statistics. globalresearch.ca "Red zones", travel bans, quarantines, "red lists". A "Second Wave". Millions of people are lining up for Covid-19 testing. The "Numbers Game". How statistics and "estimates" are used by politicians to justify the closure of the national economy and the derogation of fundamental civil rights.

Ricardo Vaz (2020-11-01). Operation Gedeon: US Officials Allegedly Encouraged Coup Plot. venezuelanalysis.com Former Green Beret Jordan Goudreau filed a lawsuit which shed more light into the botched paramilitary invasion.

John Malkin (2020-11-01). Visualizing Abolition – An Interview with Gina Dent. indybay.org Interview with Gina Dent, UCSC associate professor of Feminist Studies, on police and prison abolition.

Gabriel Arkles (2020-10-31). Don't Let the Supreme Court Open the Door to More Discrimination Against LGBTQ People. commondreams.org LGBTQ people already get turned away from food banks, shelters and more. The high court's decision in Fulton could make things worse. | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files/styles/cd_special_coverage/public/views-article/thumbs/lgbtq-discrimination-workplace-scotus.jpg

Minnie Bruce Pratt (2020-10-31). Waukegan, Ill.: Black Lives Matter protests continue. workers.org Black Lives Matter protests are continuing in Waukegan, Ill., after police shot an unarmed young Black couple on Oct. 20. Marcellis Stinnette, 19, was killed. His partner, Tafara Williams, 20, was seriously injured. Waukegan is 15 miles from Kenosha, Wis., where police shot Jacob Blake in the back seven times . . . |

Tim Schermerhorn (2020-10-31). The Movement for Black Lives and Labor's Revival. zcomm.org It's a huge fight. But it always has been. The Black Lives Matter protests of 2020 give labor activists the opportunity to revive that tradition…

_____ (2020-10-31). Kentucky Police Training Slideshow Quoted Hitler. popularresistance.org A training slideshow used by the Kentucky State Police (KSP) — the second largest police force in the state — urges cadets to be "ruthless killer[s]" and quotes Adolf Hitler advocating violence. | The slideshow was included in KSP documents obtained via an open records request by local attorney David Ward of Adams Landenwich Walton during the discovery phase of a lawsuit. Ward requested KSP materials used to train a detective who shot and killed a man in Harlan County, and Ward shared the presentation with Manual RedEye.

_____ (2020-10-31). Peace Organizations Win Fight For Records On Explosives At Naval Base. popularresistance.org Washington – On August 31, 2020, Judge Ronald B. Leighton ordered the release of eleven records that the Navy had provided to Plaintiffs in 2012 in the course of a National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) lawsuit that were sealed later in 2012 in a secret court hearing. Judge Leighton also lifted a gag order imposed upon Plaintiffs over seven years ago. | Following the ruling by Judge Leighton, on October 23, 2020, Judge Thomas S. Zilly in the U.S. District Court in Tacoma ordered the Navy to pay legal fees incurred by two peace…

Andrew Emett (2020-10-31). City Councilman charged with assault and impersonating an officer. nationofchange.org Warren City Councilman Eddie Kabacinski chased down a young woman after she placed three Black Lives Matter stickers on Trump-Pence signs posted along the road.

Joe Piette (2020-10-30). Support Pennsylvania prisoners on hunger strike for human rights. workers.org Incarcerated people in many U.S. states have been held in small prison cells for up to 23 hours a day since March 2020, ostensibly because of the threat of COVID-19. Imprisoned workers have filed many grievances over the increasingly unbearable conditions, which are nothing less than torture with no end . . . |

Judy Greenspan (2020-10-30). Self-defense is a right! California protest hits domestic violence. workers.org Bakersfield, Calif. Oct. 23 — The chant of "Self-defense is not a crime! Free our sisters doing time!" rang out at the Kern County Superior Court Building today in support of two women who defended themselves and their families against abusive partners. The domestic violence survivors, formerly incarcerated people, prison . . . |

Staff (2020-10-30). Bankers stole millions. He defied a cop. Guess who went to jail? therealnews.com The settlement between Goldman Sachs for stealing hundreds of millions compared to the treatment of Blind Justice an activist for the disabled who refused to provide ID to a cop illustrates the vast gap between justice for the rich and everyone else.

Sarah Aziza (2020-10-30). For Persian Gulf Migrant Workers, the Pandemic Has Amplified Systemic Discrimination. thenation.com For Persian Gulf Migrant Workers, the Pandemic Has Amplified Systemic Discrimination…

Manar Waheed (2020-10-30). Moving Forward: Muslims Belong Here. aclu.org Four years ago, an election altered the reality of Muslims in America and all over the globe. As president, Donald Trump made real his promise to

Virginia Rodino (2020-10-30). Why I'm Voting Green in 2020. globalresearch.ca Author's note: Kevin and I worked on this article together right before his untimely passing on September 6. I met Kevin during Ralph Nader's 2004 presidential campaign. Throughout the years since, I appreciated seeing his anti-imperialist and eco-socialist arguments strengthen …

commondreams (2020-10-30). National Black Civil Rights Groups to Gather Ahead of Expected Push to Vote on Election Day 2020. commondreams.org ______________________________…

Sandra Park (2020-10-30). The Dangers of Expanding What Can Be Patented In the Age of COVID-19. aclu.org As the COVID-19 crisis takes its devastating toll, the need for scientific collaboration is self-evident. After the first outbreaks, scientists in China

Staff (2020-10-30). WH Chief of Staff Allegedly Gave Taxpayer Funds to Wife's Friend's Campaign. truthout.org White House chief of staff Mark Meadows appears to have tapped into federal resources to help a friend of his wife's raise money for her campaign to fill his congressional seat, government records show. | The revelation sharpens questions that election law experts raised in Salon's previous report on Meadows' possible use of tens of thousands of dollars in campaign funds for personal expenses after announcing he would not seek re-election, a crime that earned prison time for former Rep. Duncan H…

Eesha Pandit (2020-10-30). The Many Abuses at the Irwin County Detention Center in Georgia. thenation.com The Many Abuses at the Irwin County Detention Center in Georgia…

Pip Hinman (2020-10-30). Nathan Reynolds' coronial inquiry hears evidence of systemic neglect, cruelty. greenleft.org.au The coronial inquest into the death of Dunghutti man Nathan Reynolds has heard a litany of evidence of gross medical neglect and prison indifference, reports Rachel Evans.