Daily Archives: April 5, 2021

2021-04-05: News Headlines

Peoples Dispatch (2021-04-05). Bahrainis continue protests demanding release of prisoners amid COVID-19 pandemic. peoplesdispatch.org Protests took place for the fourth consecutive day on Sunday demanding the release of prisoners from overcrowded jails. Protesters also condemned the blackout of news regarding the number of COVID-19 cases in the facilities…

Ramzy Baroud (2021-04-05). Imprisoned Barghouti Holds Key To Fatah's Future — OpEd. eurasiareview.com If imprisoned Palestinian leader Marwan Barghouti becomes president of the Palestinian Authority (PA), the status quo will change substantially. For Israel, as well as for current PA President Mahmoud Abbas, such a scenario is even more dangerous than another strong Hamas showing in the upcoming Palestinian parliamentary elections. | The long-delayed elections — now scheduled for May 22 (parliamentary) and July 31 (presidential) — will not only represent a watershed moment for the fractured Palestinian body politic, but also for Fatah, which has dominated the PA since its inception in 1994. The onc…

Eunice Cho (2021-04-05). ICE's Watchdog Agency Confirms Dangerous Conditions in Arizona Immigration Detention Facility. aclu.org Last week, the Department of Homeland Security's internal watchdog agency released a damning In unusual…

orinocotribune (2021-04-05). Alex Saab: 'I was Tortured and Pressured' to Sign Voluntary Extradition. orinocotribune.com In a recent interview with the Colombian news outlet El Espectador, Colombian-Venezuelan businessman and Venezuelan special envoy àÅlex Saab confessed to having been a victim of torture from the first day of his "kidnapping" in Cape Verde. He asserted that he was pressured "to sign voluntary extradition statements and give false testimony." Saab has been in detention in Cape Verde—first in prison and now under house arrest—since his arbitrary and irregular arrest in June 2020 in that country. | "I was kidnapped by Cape Verde in collusion with the United States," said the Venezuelan diplomat duri…

Yanis Iqbal (2021-04-05). Lula's Enduring Popularity. dissidentvoice.org On January 24, 2018, in Porto Alegre, Lula was tried at the Federal Court of Appeals for the Fourth Region (TRF-4), which confirmed the decision of Judge Sergio Moro and sentenced him to twelve years and one month in prison. According to the Clean Record Act, he would now be ineligible for the 2018 elections. …

samidoun (2021-04-05). Israeli Apartheid Week at the University of Toronto begins today — join these events for Palestine! samidoun.net Please join these important events for Israeli Apartheid Week at the University of Toronto, beginning today, 5 April, with the keynote speech by Dr. Rabab Ibrahim Abdulhadi. Samidoun Palestinian Prisoner Solidarity Network is proud to join as an endorser of IAW 2021 First launched in Toronto in 2005, Israeli Apartheid Week (IAW) has become one of the most important global events in the Palestine solidarity calendar. IAW is an international series of events that aims to raise awareness of Israel's apartheid regime over the Palestinian people and build support for the growing Boycott, Divestment, and Sanctions move…

Staff (2021-04-05). How megacorporations exploit US prison labor. therealnews.com Slavery never ended in the United States, it just got absorbed into the prison system under the 13th Amendment. This horrifying "loophole" has enabled multinational corporations to exploit prison slave labor for profit.

Max Elbaum (2021-04-05). Leave no Black vote unsuppressed: Republicans plan post-Georgia moves. peoplesworld.org The number one priority of today's Republican Party is to implement the biggest voter suppression campaign since the rollback of Reconstruction after 1876. Like the resurgent Confederacy 150 years ago, the GOP is more committed to white supremacy than to anything close to "one person, one vote" democracy. The main difference between then and now is that—largely …

Max Elbaum (2021-04-05). Leave no Black vote unsupressed: Republicans plan post-Georgia moves. peoplesworld.org The number one priority of today's Republican Party is to implement the biggest voter suppression campaign since the rollback of Reconstruction after 1876. Like the resurgent Confederacy 150 years ago, the GOP is more committed to white supremacy than to anything close to "one person, one vote" democracy. The main difference between then and now is that—largely …

Christopher Blackwell (2021-04-05). In Prison, COVID-19 Precautions are a Form of Punishment. progressive.org I'm incarcerated at a prison in Washington State, and the guards here use safety protocols as an excuse to crack down on us.

WSWS (2021-04-05). Biden seeks to deploy federal employees to immigrant detention facilities. wsws.org The deployment of federal civilian employees is aimed at facilitating, not changing, a brutal policy of incarcerating children fleeing violence and poverty, which has led to thousands of child migrants being packed into cages along the US-Mexican border.

_____ (2021-04-05). St. Louis Justice Center Inmates Rise Up Again, Demand Hearings. popularresistance.org St. Louis, MO – St. Louis police responded to the city's downtown jail Sunday night after inmates broke windows, set fires and threw debris onto the street below Sunday night. | The St. Louis Metropolitan Police Department sent out an all-points bulletin across city police radios Sunday night after inmates on the third floor of the City Justice Center reportedly covered cameras. A short time later, inmates began breaking the windows and throwing things onto the street. At around 9: 30 p.m., smoke was pouring out of the broken windows. | The St. Louis Metropolitan Police Department's Civil Disturbance Team was amon…

Bill Lueders (2021-04-05). The Truth About Prisons. progressive.org In her new book, Victoria Law goes after prison myths on principle and challenges commonly held assumptions.

CounterPunch News Service (2021-04-05). NUMSA Demands the Immediate Release of American Political Prisoner Mumia Abu-Jamal. counterpunch.org The National Union of Metalworkers of South Africa (NUMSA), as the biggest trade union in South Africa, and one of the largest on the African continent, has made an urgent call to the Governor of Pennsylvania in the U.S. Mr. Tom Wolf to intervene in the case of Mr. Mumia Abu-Jamal. Abu-Jamal, formerly known as

MEE staff (2021-04-05). Saudi terror court sentences Red Crescent aid worker to 20 years in prison. middleeasteye.net Saudi terror court sentences Red Crescent aid worker to 20 years in prison | Abdulrahman al-Sadhan's arrest was reportedly linked to an anonymous Twitter account that voiced concerns over human rights in the kingdom | Mon, 04/05/2021 – 17: 58 | Abdulrahman al-Sadhan and his sister Areej al-Sadhan, prior to his detention (Courtesy of Areej al-Sadhan) | A Saudi terrorism court sentenced a local aid worker to 20…

MEE staff (2021-04-05). Palestinian prisoner released after 35-year sentence extended over unpaid fine. middleeasteye.net Palestinian prisoner released after 35-year sentence extended over unpaid fine | Israel tacked on an additional 12 days to Rushdie Abu Mokh's sentence over an unpaid traffic fine from the 1980s | Mon, 04/05/2021 – 13: 21 | Palestinian prisoner Rushdie Abu Mokh was released from the Israeli prison of Ketziot on Monday after over three decades behind bars (Social media) | Israeli authorises released on Monday a…

Declaration for American Democracy (2021-04-05). Wednesday 4/7: Democracy on the Ropes: Fighting Voter Suppression Against BIPOC Communities. indybay.org Online event…

Anonymous007 (2021-04-05). Second Riot In St. Louis City Justice Center In As Many Months. southfront.org Click to see full-size image | On the evening of April 4th, inmates rioted at the City Justice Center in St. Louis, Missouri, US. | The prisoners broke windows, set a fire and threw debris to the ground, in a prison that has had several such incidents in recent months. | Jacob Long, spokesperson for Mayor Lyda Krewson's office said "two violent and dangerous disturbances" originated from two units on the third floor beginning at approximately 8: 30 p.m. | Inmates were seen tossing objects out of broken windows and s…

_____ (2021-04-05). Jared Ball: Black Liberation And Socialism With Frank Chapman. popularresistance.org Frank Chapman is a community organizer, Executive Director of the National Alliance Against Racist and Political Repression, Field Organizer of the Chicago Alliance Against Racist and Political Repression, and a member of the Central Committee of Freedom Road Socialist Organization. He is also a published writer, with articles on Truthout and Freedomways. In 2019, Frank published his first book, a memoir entitled The Damned Don't Cry: Pages from the Life of a Black Prisoner and Organizer.

Ciara Torres-Spelliscy (2021-04-05). Corporate Backers of Georgia's New Voter Suppression Law. commondreams.org Georgia-based companies have gotten backlash from voting advocates for their silence on new regressive legislation. | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files/styles/cd_special_coverage/public/views-article/thumbs/voting_5.jpg

Staff (2021-04-05). MLK Opposed "Poverty, Racism & Militarism" in Speech One Year Before His Assassination 53 Years Ago. democracynow.org Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. was assassinated 53 years ago, on April 4, 1968, at the Lorraine Motel in Memphis, Tennessee, at the age of 39. While Dr. King is primarily remembered as a civil rights leader, he also championed the cause of the poor, organized the Poor People's Campaign to address issues of economic justice, and was a fierce critic of U.S. foreign policy and the Vietnam War. We air an excerpt of his "Beyond Vietnam" speech, delivered at New York's Riverside Church on April 4, 1967, a year to the day before he was assassinated, in which Dr. King called the United States "the greatest purveyor of violen…

F18News (2021-04-04). Crimea: Longest Jail Term So Far. eurasiareview.com By Felix Corley | Of the four jail terms handed down in Crimea to punish the exercise of freedom of religion or belief, 54-year-old Jehovah's Witness Viktor Stashevsky received the longest so far. A Sevastopol court jailed him on 29 March for six and a half years, with a further seven years under restrictions, which are due to end in 2034. Seven more Crimean Jehovah's Witnesses are facing "extremism"-related prosecutions. Two were transferred in March from Investigation Prison to house arrest after nearly six months. | A Sevastopol court on March 29 handed down the longest jail term yet in Crimea on "extremism…

Ray Hanania (2021-04-04). Black Lives Matter's Hawk Newsome Appalled By Lack Of Coverage Of Houthi Massacre Of Ethiopians. eurasiareview.com The horrific deaths of scores of Ethiopian migrants in a detention center in Sanaa run by Yemen's Iran-backed Houthi militia is further proof that anti-black racism exists on every continent, according to Hawk Newsome, a founding member of Black Lives Matter (BLM) Greater New York. | Racial tensions and the deaths of black people in police custody have provoked repeated bouts of protest and unrest in the US and Europe in recent years. | Newsome played a key role in the worldwide movement that has rocked US cities since the police killing of African-American George Floyd in Minneapolis on May 25, 2020. | During…

Jamal Journal interviews Michael Richardson (2021-04-04). 50 Years of Injustice: Free Black Panther Political Prisoner Ed Poindexter Now! indybay.org In our interview conducted earlier this week, author Michael Richardson discusses the role of the FBI's infamous COINTELPRO in the frameup of the Omaha Two and provides an important update on Ed Poindexter's urgent health situation. Richardson also explains how you can help Ed Poindexter, an elder in poor health who is a 50-year victim of an obvious and well documented COINTELPRO frameup. We highly recommend reading Michael Richardson's book to learn more about this extreme injustice that needs to end immediately. Free Ed Poindexter now!

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