Daily Archives: November 11, 2020

2020-11-11: News Headlines

Raul Diego (2020-11-11). QAnon Legal Battle Against YouTube Could Transform Free Speech Online. mintpressnews.com A lawsuit brought against YouTube and parent company Google by 15 QAnon social media stars could end up in the Supreme Court and transform the meaning of online free speech in America.

Media Lens (2020-11-11). Robert Fisk: Death of a "Controversial" Journalist. dissidentvoice.org Robert Fisk, the Independent's Middle East correspondent, died on 30 October aged 74. In reviewing his life and career, the newspaper for which he worked for more than two decades wrote of their star reporter: 'Much of what Fisk wrote was controversial…' As John Pilger noted, in describing Fisk's journalism as 'controversial' the Independent was …

The Canary (2020-11-11). Commissioner says children in care 'failed by the state' as private companies make huge profits. thecanary.co Thousands of children in care are being repeatedly moved between residential homes or living in unregulated accommodation, reporting "disgusting" and prison-like conditions, a report has found. | "Irrational system": | Some children feel "dumped" in children's homes in areas they haven't heard of. While hundreds of children who need a place can't get one anywhere in England, the children's commissioner said. Anne Longfield said those falling through the cracks of an increasingly "fragmented, uncoordinated and irrational system" risk becoming victims of criminal or sexual exploitation. | She has published…

Prof. Ruel F. Pepa (2020-11-11). Systemic Racial Inequity: Discrimination, Dehumanization and Destruction. globalresearch.ca "It is race, is it not, that puts the hundred millions of India under the dominion of a remote island in the north of Europe. Race avails much, if that be true, which is alleged, that all Celts are Catholics, …

Peoples Dispatch (2020-11-10). Palestinian women's organization leader Khitam Saafin placed in administrative detention for 6 months. peoplesdispatch.org Saafin was sent to administrative detention by an Israeli military commander just days after her arrest during which several other activists and leftist figures were also abducted and detained…

MEE staff (2020-11-10). UK media watchdog penalises Abu Dhabi TV for interview with Qatari detainee. middleeasteye.net UK media watchdog penalises Abu Dhabi TV for interview with Qatari detainee | Ofcom says interview was conducted against the will of former prisoner Mahmoud al-Jaidah | Tue, 11/10/2020 – 18: 28 | Mahmoud al-Jaidah was detained in the UAE between 2013 and 2015, where he is reported to have been tortured (AFP/File photo) | The United Kingdom's media regulator has taken action against Abu Dhabi TV for broadcastin…

MEE staff (2020-11-10). Jailed Saudi female activists may be freed before G20, says ambassador. middleeasteye.net Jailed Saudi female activists may be freed before G20, says ambassador | Sister of detained activist Loujain al-Hathloul dismisses 'PR stunt' aimed at saving kingdom's reputation | Tue, 11/10/2020 – 11: 29 | This undated handout picture released on the Facebook page of Saudi activist Loujain al-Hathloul shows her in happier times on a beach (AFP) | Female activists in Saudi Arabia could be released from prison…

MEE staff (2020-11-10). Jailed female activists in Saudi Arabia may be freed before G20, says ambassador. middleeasteye.net Jailed female activists in Saudi Arabia may be freed before G20, says ambassador | Sister of detained activist Loujain al-Hathloul dismisses 'PR stunt' aimed at saving kingdom's reputation | Tue, 11/10/2020 – 11: 29 | This undated handout picture released on the Facebook page of Saudi activist Loujain al-Hathloul shows her in happier times on a beach (AFP) | Female activists in Saudi Arabia could be released f…

Mehr News Agency (2020-11-10). US should end arbitrary detention, harassing Iranian citizens. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, Nov. 10 (MNA) — Iran's Permanent Ambassador to Vienna-based International Organizations said that the United States should end arbitrary detentions and harassment of Iranian citizens.

Samidoun Palestinian Prisoner Solidarity Network (2020-11-10). Palestinian Feminist Leader Khitam Saafin Ordered to Six Months in Israeli Administrative Detention. globalresearch.ca Detained Palestinian feminist and women's organizer Khitam Saafin was ordered by an Israeli military commander to

WSWS (2020-11-09). Migrant friend to Julian Assange dies in UK's Belmarsh prison. wsws.org The suicide of Manoel Santos has drawn attention to the UK government's criminal practice of holding people facing deportation in prisons, even in maximum security institutions.

Staff (2020-11-09). Headlines for November 9, 2020. democracynow.org Joe Biden Elected 46th U.S. President as Pennsylvania Count Seals Victory, Kamala Harris Becomes First Woman, African American, Asian American Vice President, Trump Pursues Baseless Lawsuits as GOP Splits on Their Response to Election, Senate Control Hangs on Georgia Runoffs, Most World Leaders Congratulate Biden and Harris; Brazil, Russia, Mexico and China Hold Off, Biden Unveils Coronavirus Task Force as U.S. Cases Hit 10 Million, with Over 237,000 Recorded Deaths, WH Chief of Staff Mark Meadows and at Least 5 Others Test Positive for COVID-19, ACLU Files Suit over Gov't Handling of Pandemic in Immigrant Jails…

MEE staff (2020-11-09). Alleged victims of torture target US assets of Libya's Khalifa Haftar in lawsuit. middleeasteye.net Alleged victims of torture target US assets of Libya's Khalifa Haftar in lawsuit | Plaintiffs are targeting assets worth millions of dollars owned by Haftar and his family as compensation for his alleged involvement in war crimes, WSJ reports | Mon, 11/09/2020 – 21: 57 | Most of the 17 Haftar-linked properties are owned by limited liability companies controlled by his son Okba Haftar (AFP/File photo) | New det…

RT (2020-11-09). 'You talk like a prosecutor': Azerbaijani president Aliyev nails BBC journalist on 'media freedom' by bringing up Assange. rt.com BBC News correspondent Orla Guerin got more than she bargained for when her questioning of President Aliyev about the supposed lack of media freedom in his country ended up with him grilling her on Julian Assange's imprisonment. | Guerin's

Louise Melling (2020-11-09). The Affordable Care Act — and With It, Our Civil Rights — Are Under Attack. aclu.org Ask a dozen civil rights lawyers to name the great civil rights laws of the last 100 years, and you'll get a dozen answers. Some might name the Civil Rights Act of 1964, the landmark law which ended segregation in public places and barred discrimination on the basis of race, sex, color, religion, or national origin at work and in other public places. Others might point to the Fair Housing Act, which took aim at dismantling entrenched residential segregation and fighting housing discrimination. Still others might highlight the Americans with Disabilities Act, which paved the way for a more accessible world., ,…

Brett Wilkins, staff writer (2020-11-09). From Police Violence at Home to Killing Civilians in Unending Wars Abroad, US Faces Human Rights Reckoning at UN. commondreams.org An ACLU leader urged the incoming administration to "take bold actions on day one to reverse President Trump's harmful policies." | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files/styles/cd_special_coverage/public/headline/thumbs/saudi_arabia_0.jpg

_____ (2020-11-09). Students Push To Remove Police. popularresistance.org Student movements have always raised our current conception of justice and equity. From the civil rights movement and Vietnam War protests, to the anti-apartheid movement and calls to abolish the police, student protests on college campuses have a context and history linked to substantial change in U.S. policies and practices. This is a rite of passage from which we all benefit. | So, it is perplexing that Northwestern University (NU) President Morton Schapiro fails to recognize this as NU students demand a different and better sense of campus safety in their demand to abolish the police…

WSWS (2020-11-09). Armed conflict in Tigray threatens break up of Ethiopia. wsws.org Despite Abiy's promise to end ethnic discrimination, ethnic violence has increased, with some 1.7 million internally displaced people living in camps as the danger grows of still bloodier ethnic violence.

Peoples Dispatch (2020-11-09). Algerian court reduces journalist Abdelkarim Zeghileche's prison sentence to one year. peoplesdispatch.org Zeghileche's reduced one-year sentence includes a six-month jail term. Since he has already been in pre-trial detention since June 23, he is expected to be released in December…

John Whitbeck (2020-11-09). A Modest Proposal: Resign Now. counterpunch.org Now that it is finally clear, notwithstanding the manifest absurdity of the anti-democratic 18th century Electoral College system, the proliferation of desperate lawsuits and the standard recounts in very close state races, that President Trump has narrowly failed in his quest for re-election, many people are understandably worried about what a frustrated and bitter Trump

Staff (2020-11-09). California Law Is Step Forward But Fails to Guarantee Safety for Trans Prisoners. truthout.org Syiaah Skylit has been imprisoned in California since 2015. Despite multiple requests to be placed in a women's prison, Skylit, a Black trans woman, has always been incarcerated in the state's men's prisons. There, she has

Ian S. Thompson (2020-11-09). Securing Tenants' Right to Counsel is Critical to Fighting Mass Evictions. aclu.org On election night, voters in Boulder, Colorado delivered a critical win in the fight for housing justice. By a margin of 59-41 percent, voters passed

Emerson Sykes (2020-11-09). Putting Rap Lyrics on Trial is a Violation of Free Speech. aclu.org If song lyrics could be used as evidence in criminal trials, many of the most famous artists in history would be in serious trouble. Bob Marley sings "I Shot the Sheriff." The Talking Heads' biggest hit is "Psycho Killer." The opening lines to Queen's "Bohemian Rhapsody" are "Mama, just killed a man." Fortunately for these artists,

Peoples Dispatch (2020-11-08). Palestinian detainee Maher al-Akhras ends 104-day hunger strike, to be released on November 26. peoplesdispatch.org 49-year-old Maher al-Akhras, who has been in administrative detention since July, will be released when his current term of detention ends on November 26. He has lost over 40 kg due to his hunger strike…