Daily Archives: January 19, 2021

2021-01-19: News Headlines

MEE and agencies (2021-01-19). Qatar blockade ends: BeIN Sports unofficially returns to Saudi Arabia. middleeasteye.net Qatar blockade ends: BeIN Sports unofficially returns to Saudi Arabia | Riyadh cafes broadcast banned Doha-based broadcaster, as Qatar expected to drop $1bn piracy lawsuit against Riyadh | Tue, 01/19/2021 – 11: 21 | A woman watches beIN Sports from her home in Riyadh in January 2020, months before a Saudi ban on the broadcaster (AFP/File photo) | Qatar-owned beIN Sports was broadcast in Sa…

Staff (2021-01-19). New Documents Suggest J. Edgar Hoover Was Involved in Fred Hampton's Murder. truthout.org In March 1976, we sat in a cavernous Chicago courtroom while FBI agent Roy Martin Mitchell testified in the federal civil rights case that we and our partners at the People's Law Office had brought on behalf of the families of slain Illinois Black Panther leaders Fred Hampton and Mark Clark and the seven survivors of the murderous pre-dawn Chicago police raid on their West Side apartment. | Thanks to the liberation of FBI documents from the Media, Pennsylvania FBI offices, the revelations of the…

Ali Salam (2021-01-19). PPS "Israel Detains at Least 15 Palestinians" imemc.org Israeli soldiers detained fifteen Palestinians, on Monday morning, in the occupied West Bank, the Palestinian Prisoners' Society (PPS) has reported. In the occupied city of East Jerusalem, soldiers detained four young men, two from al-'Isawiya and two from al-Tur neighborhoods, searching civilian's homes, with dogs. In the East Jerusalem area, the army detained two young …

IMEMC News (2021-01-19). Israeli Soldiers Abduct Two Siblings In Jenin, Two In Nablus. imemc.org Israeli soldiers invaded, on Tuesday at dawn, Kafr Ra'ey village, south of Jenin, and Salem village, east of Nablus, in the northern parts of the occupied West Bank, searched homes and abducted four siblings. Montaser Sammour, the head of the Jenin office of the Palestinian Prisoners Society (PPS), said the soldiers abducted Bilal Nabil Thiab, …

No Justice Under Capitalism (2021-01-19). Sunday 1/31: Newsom, Stop The Executions! Car Caravan to End the COVID Deaths in Prisons. indybay.org Middle Harbor Shoreline Park | 2777 Middle Harbor Road | (in the Port of Oakland)…

commondreams (2021-01-19). Public Oral Argument in Lawsuit Challenging the Labeling of Hydroponically-Grown Foods as Organic. commondreams.org ______________________________…

commondreams (2021-01-19). Lawsuit Challenges Trump Administration's Gutting of Federal Protection for Migratory Birds. commondreams.org ______________________________…

commondreams (2021-01-19). Lawyers' Committee for Civil Rights Under Law Joins Lawsuit on Behalf of Black Man in Violent Attack by White West Va. Officers. commondreams.org ______________________________…

Editor (2021-01-19). The Electoral College Must Go. scheerpost.com By Kevin Cooper / Original to Scheerpost DEATH ROW, SAN QUENTIN STATE PRISON — Ain't it a bitch! It was stunning to see such a sorry spectacle at the Capitol. We can't be too surprised, though, to see how differently violent white rioters are treated by law enforcement (one cop even wore a MAGA hat!) than peaceful Black protesters have been, historically and even recently. The drama does at least… |

Rayhan Uddin (2021-01-19). UN Urged to Take Action Against France over 'Entrenching Islamophobia'. globalresearch.ca A coalition of civil society organisations has written to the United Nations Human Rights Council (UNHRC) to request that it opens formal infringement procedures against France's government for entrenching Islamophobia and structural discrimination against Muslims. | In a 28-page document seen …

Eric Toussaint (2021-01-19). In Memory of Patrice Lumumba, Assassinated on 17 January 1961. globalresearch.ca After a resounding victory in the first real elections in which the Congolese participated, Patrice Lumumba became Prime Minister of Congo from 24 June 1960 until his overthrow and imprisonment on 14 September of the same year by Colonel Joseph-Désiré …

Staff (2021-01-18). MLK Day Special: Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. in His Own Words. democracynow.org Today is the federal holiday that honors Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. He was born January 15, 1929. He was assassinated April 4, 1968, at the Lorraine Motel in Memphis, Tennessee. He was just 39 years old. While Dr. King is primarily remembered as a civil rights leader, he also championed the cause of the poor and organized the Poor People's Campaign to address issues of economic justice. Dr. King was also a fierce critic of U.S. foreign policy and the Vietnam War. We play his "Beyond Vietnam" speech, which he delivered at New York City's Riverside Church on April 4, 1967, as well as his last speech, "I've Been to…

Staff (2021-01-18). Remembering Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. as a Fierce Critic of US Foreign Policy. truthout.org Today is the federal holiday that honors Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. He was born January 15, 1929. He was assassinated April 4, 1968, at the Lorraine Motel in Memphis, Tennessee. He was just 39 years old. While Dr. King is primarily remembered as a civil rights leader, he also championed the cause of the poor and organized the Poor People's Campaign to address issues of economic justice. Dr. King was also a fierce critic of U.S. foreign policy and the Vietnam War. We play his "Beyond Vietnam" spe…

A Guest Author (2021-01-18). Lisa Montgomery's execution: 'We cannot let this happen again'. workers.org This lightly edited statement was issued by Attorney Kelley Henry on the execution of Lisa Montgomery on Jan. 13 at a federal prison in Terre Haute, Indiana. Lisa Montgomery The craven bloodlust of a failed administration was on full display tonight. Everyone who participated in the execution of Lisa Montgomery . . . |

Sameena Rahman (2021-01-18). Prison authorities go on killing spree as end of Trump administration approaches. liberationnews.org With the end of the Trump administration nearing, there has been a flurry of federal executions in recent weeks, the most recent being the killing of Dustin Higgs in Indiana yesterday.

Ali Salam (2021-01-18). Israeli Military Court Orders Palestinian Prisoner's Home to be Demolished. imemc.org An Israeli military court ruled, on Friday, for the demolition of the home of Palestinian detainee, Mohammed Murawah Qabaha in Tura village, southwest of Jenin in the northern occupied West Bank. In a press statement, Mo'yad, the brother of the detainee, said that the Israeli army handed the family a demolition notice against the two-story …

_____ (2021-01-18). California Truth, Healing Council Begins Historic Work. popularresistance.org Two years ago, California Gov. Gavin Newsom issued a formal apology to tribes in the state for atrocities committed against them and for the history of genocide and oppression they endured. | He also decided to put action, and money, behind his words. | Through an executive order, the governor established the California Truth and Healing Council to provide an avenue for Native Americans "to clarify the record — and provide their historical perspective — on the troubled relationship between tribes and the state." | This first-of-its-kind panel recently held its initial meeting to discuss what it hopes…

Fight Back (2021-01-17). New Orleans FRSO announces MLK Day Virtual Rally. fightbacknews.org New Orleans, LA – Freedom Road Socialist Organization (FRSO) will host a Martin Luther King Day Virtual Rally this Monday, January 18. In support of a call from the National Alliance Against Racist and Political Repression, New Orleans FRSO demands a mass release from prisons during the deadly COVID-19 pandemic. The rally will also demand justice for Jacob Blake and an end to police crimes everywhere. The gathering will take place over Zoom, as the city recently transitioned to stricter COVID safety measures. | After a long holiday season, this will be an opportunity for the community to regroup. "I'm just excite…

Ben Terrall (2021-01-17). The Indonesian Massacres of 1965-1966. counterpunch.org Of all the tragic events of the 20th Century, the 1965-1966 campaign of mass killing in Indonesia is among the least known in the U.S. Researchers estimate that the Washington-backed Indonesian military and its civilian militias killed up to one million people. Around a million others were arbitrarily imprisoned with little to no legal process,

Sophia Purdy-Moore (2021-01-17). This Martin Luther King Jr. Day, let's not whitewash what he stood for. thecanary.co As we approach Martin Luther King Jr. Day on 18 January, it's important to challenge the dominant narratives that surround him. His history as a radical, anti-racist, anti-war, anti-capitalist leftist has been whitewashed to produce something more palatable for the mainstream. However, the iconic civil rights leader posed a legitimate threat to America's white supremacist, militaristic, imperialist, materialistic status quo. | King stood firm

RT (2021-01-17). Music producer and convicted murderer Phil Spector dies aged 81. rt.com Phil Spector, who produced many of pop music's biggest hits, has reportedly died from Covid-19 related complications at the age of 81. He was serving a prison sentence for murder. | Spector was diagnosed with the coronavirus disease four weeks ago and was transferred from prison to hospital. | TMZ is reporting that he recovered enough to return to jail but he relapsed and struggled with breathing and returned to a hospital where he died Saturday. | The 81-year-old was serving a 19 years-to-life sentence for the 2003 murder of actress Lana Clarkson. He was convicted in 2009, six years after Clarkson was shot de…

RT (2021-01-17). Russia's FM spokeswoman urges US & other countries decrying Navalny's detention 'not to interfere' with Russian law. rt.com Instead of rushing to condemn the detention of Russian opposition figure Alexey Navalny upon his return to Moscow, foreign politicians should focus on domestic issues at hand and respect the Russian law, Maria Zakharova has said. | In a Facebook

RT (2021-01-17). Russian opposition figure Navalny detained at passport control after returning to Moscow following almost five months in Germany. rt.com Russian opposition figure Alexey Navalny has been detained by police at Moscow's Sheremetyevo Airport after returning from Germany, where he had been recovering following an alleged poisoning attempt last summer. | Navalny and his wife Yulia left the plane together on Sunday evening with the rest of the passengers and drove to the terminal in a bus. The activist was arrested at the immigration desk. | Russia's prison authority has confirmed the detention. Navalny, who was wanted for breaching the terms of his probation from a previous criminal case, will remain in custody until the court rules on pre-trial res…

MEE and agencies (2021-01-17). Australian father and son released by Qatar after months jailed without charge. middleeasteye.net Australian father and son released by Qatar after months jailed without charge | Advocacy group says the two men, one a professor who had been on Doha's Covid-19 task force, were secretly detained and tortured | Sun, 01/17/2021 – 09: 59 | Professor Lukman Thalib (right) received a teaching award at Qatar University in 2018. He is a public health expert and helped Qatar with its Covid-19 re…

_____ (2021-01-17). Mariame Kaba Talks Abolition, Mutual Aid And Campus Police. popularresistance.org Activist and prison-industrial complex abolitionist Mariame Kaba celebrated the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. by praising NU Community Not Cops and speaking to the importance of mutual aid and political organizing in Wednesday's MLK Dream Week virtual keynote. | The keynote, which was broadcast to over 1,000 attendees, began with a virtual performance of "Lift Every Voice and Sing" by Northwestern Community Ensemble members and alumni. Kaba then delivered her speech in which she laid out core tenets of abolitionist practice, tying the current movement to King's principles. | "Abolitionists have a lot to le…

_____ (2021-01-17). Apache Stronghold Lawsuit Over Oak Flat Halts Transfer To Mining Company. popularresistance.org Apache Stronghold, on behalf of traditional Apache religious and cultural leaders, placed a lien on Oak Flat on Wednesday, January 13, with the Pinal County Recorder's Office. The lien prevents the planned transfer of Oak Flat, or Chi'chil Bildagoteel, to a foreign mining company until the recently filed ongoing Apache Stronghold lawsuit is finalized. | The lien and one of the lawsuit claims are based on the Treaty of Santa Fe of 1852 between the United States and the Apache which promises that Apache lands, at the center of which lies Chi'chil Bildagoteel, are to remain in Apache ownership. The Treaty of Santa F…

Isaac Scher (2021-01-17). Illinois Will End Cash Bail — and Limit Use of High-Tech Incarceration. zcomm.org Reformers typically propose predictive algorithms and electronic monitoring as alternatives to money bail. Illinois is different…

Ashlie D. Stevens (2021-01-17). The story of mambo (or mumbo) sauce, the condiment that likely fueled the civil rights movement. salon.com In this edition of "Saucy," we dive into the sticky red sauce that launched a multi-state trademark dispute…

sputniknews (2021-01-17). Iconic US Music Producer Phil Spector Dies While Serving Prison Sentence For Murder. sputniknews.com Phil Spector was one of the most famous American record producers of the 20th century, pioneering what musicians, songwriters and listeners came describe as his 'Wall of Sound', a method of music production which he had earlier suggested was a "Wagnerian approach". He was serving a prison sentence for murder at the time of his death.

sputniknews (2021-01-17). Zakharova Calls For Respecting International Law After Sullivan Comments on Navalny. sputniknews.com MOSCOW (Sputnik) – In response to comments on the detention of Russian opposition vlogger Alexey Navalny made by Jake Sullivan, the National Security Advisor for US President-elect Joe Biden, Russian Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Maria Zakharova advised foreign officials to respect international law and focus on domestic issues.

WSWS (2021-01-16). US government executes intellectually disabled death row prisoner Corey Johnson. wsws.org Johnson's execution was the second time in less than five weeks that the federal government executed a likely intellectually disabled death row prisoner. The US Supreme Court denied his emergency application for a stay to permit him to present evidence of his disability.

_____ (2021-01-16). Black Lives Matter Protestors Charged As A Gang. popularresistance.org Maricopa County, AZ – In Washington, D.C., members of a pro-Trump mob that stormed the Capitol and killed a police officer are so far being charged mainly with disorderly conduct and unlawful entry. The man photographed with his feet on Speaker Nancy Pelosi's desk faces three charges that carry a maximum penalty of one year in prison. After the violent siege, some members of the mob simply returned to their hotel. | Many were quick to point out an apparent double standard when compared to the way police in D.C. treated Black Lives Matter protesters over the summer—like when they tear gassed protesters to cl…

teleSUR (2021-01-16). Activists Demand Justice for Indigenous Leader Milagro Sala. telesurenglish.net Social movements mobilized in Jujuy province, Argentina on Saturday to demand freedom for the Indigenous activist Milagro Salas as January 16 marks the fifth anniversary of her illegal imprisonment. | RELATED: | Sala, the Tupac Amaru leader, gained nationwide notoriety for her fight against powerful conservative politicians in Jujuy province. The activist spent over three years in jail under inhumane conditions until the authori…

Roberta Wood (2021-01-15). Communists like my uncle were sent to prison because they fought for democracy. peoplesworld.org My late uncle, LeRoy H. Wood, spent years in a federal prison in Lewisburg, Pa., for what he did in Washington, D.C. Roy was convicted of "conspiring to teach the advocacy of the overthrow of the U.S. government by force and violence." No, Uncle Roy was not a billionaire who incited a mob to storm …