Daily Archives: April 6, 2021

2021-04-06: News Headlines

Peoples Dispatch (2021-04-06). Palestinian prisoner Rushdi Abu Mokh is released after 35 years in Israeli custody. peoplesdispatch.org Rushdi Abu Mokh was arrested in 1986 and charged along with three others with the murder of an Israeli soldier and membership of the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine…

Special to People's World (2021-04-06). A virtual birthday celebration for Paul Robeson on April 9. peoplesworld.org LOS ANGELES — Paul Robeson (1898-1976), actor, singer, athlete, civil rights activist and humanitarian, is the inspiration for The Robey Theatre Company and the man from whom The Robey gets its name. On Friday, April 9 at 6: 00 p.m. PDT, The Robey will hold a virtual birthday celebration for Paul Robeson. This is the first …

Mision Verdad (2021-04-06). Colombian Paramilitary an "Illegitimate Son of the Colombian State" (Salvatore Mancuso). orinocotribune.com By Mision Verdad — Apr 5, 2021 | In recent In his virtual testimony from a jail in the United States, Mancuso not only stressed that "the para…

Cindy Miller (2021-04-06). A voice from the inside: District Attorney's office past and present. workers.org Jerome Coffey has been wrongly incarcerated for 28 years. He is an exceptional Pro-Se litigator, that is, representing himself in legal actions. He filed and won a lawsuit against the Department of Corrections and a civil suit. In both these cases, he successfully defended himself. His next Post-Conviction Relief Act . . . |

Eds. (2021-04-06). The real lives of America's Chinese masseuses. mronline.org The recent mass shooting in Atlanta has highlighted the vulnerability of Asian women who work in American massage parlors. But they face systematic oppression as well as individual hate. | April 6, 2021 | Newswire…

Andy Worthington (2021-04-06). US Military Closes Camp 7, Guantánamo's 'High-Value Detainee' Prison Block, Moves Men To Camp 5 — OpEd. eurasiareview.com In news from Guantánamo, the US military announced that it had shut Camp 7, the secretive prison block where Khalid Sheikh Mohammed and other so-called "high-value detainees" have been held since their arrival at Guantánamo from CIA "black sites" in September 2006, and had moved the prisoners to Camp 5. | Modeled on a maximum security prison in Terre Haute, Indiana, Camp 5, which cost $17.5 million, opened in 2004, and its solid-walled, isolated cells were used to hold prisoners regarded as non-compliant. As the prison's population shrank, however, it was closed — in September 2016 — and its remain…

Eds. (2021-04-06). Silencing Black voters, again. mronline.org Since the Civil War, voter suppression in America has had a unique cast. | April 6, 2021 | Newswire…

Moderator (2021-04-06). Is Traditional Ira Glasser-Style Liberalism Vanishing? scheerpost.com By Matt Taibbi / TK News There's a scene at the beginning of Mighty Ira, an elegant and thought-provoking documentary about longtime ACLU director Ira Glasser, where the movie's eponymous hero walks along the grounds of Ebbets Field Apartments, home of the old Brooklyn Dodgers. Glasser was obsessed with the Dodgers as a kid, becoming a fan at the age of 9, in 1947, when Jackie Robinson joined the… |

Ahmad Chebli (2021-04-06). I Refused to Become an FBI Informant, and the Government Put Me on the No Fly List. aclu.org My first interaction with the FBI was based on a lie. | In August 2018, I got a call asking me to go to City Hall to clear up a city permit violation, and gladly complied to resolve any issues. It turned out to be a ruse. | When I arrived, I was led into a conference room, where two FBI agents were waiting. I was immediately caught off guard, not having any idea why the FBI would want to talk to me. I'm a husband and father of two young kids, and I have always focused on building a good life with my family, both as a business owner and as an engineer in Michigan's automotive industry. | Although the FBI agent…

Julia Wright (2021-04-06). The Significance of the NUMSA Appeal to the World for Mumia Abu-Jamal. counterpunch.org On March 10th 2021, Jack Heyman, a retired member of the International Longshoremen and Warehousing Union and longstanding member of theWest Coast Labor Action Committee to Free Mumia Abu-Jamal shared with the Mumia and prison human rights' groups nationally and internationally a press release from the National Union of Metalworkers of South Africa (NUMSA). The South

Peoples Dispatch (2021-04-06). Saudi aid worker sentenced to 20 years in prison. peoplesdispatch.org It is believed that Abdulrahman al-Sadhan has been convicted in connection with operating an anonymous Twitter account that was critical of human rights abuses in Saudi Arabia and the policies of crown prince Mohammed bin Salman…

Al Neal (2021-04-06). MLB pulls All-Star game from Georgia over new voter suppression law. peoplesworld.org &nbsp…

Ciara Torres-Spelliscy (2021-04-06). Georgia's New Voter Suppression Law and Corporate Support. globalresearch.ca Something's rotten in Georgia, and it's not the peaches: Gov. Brian …

MEE staff (2021-04-06). US denounces Saudi court sentencing of aid worker to 20 years in prison. middleeasteye.net US denounces Saudi court sentencing of aid worker to 20 years in prison | State Department warns 'freedom of expression should never be a punishable offense' after Red Crescent aid worker jailed for allegedly running anonymous social media account | Tue, 04/06/2021 – 15: 36 | Detained aid worker Abdulrahman al-Sadhan has been sentenced to 20 years in prison in addition to a subsequent two-decade travel ban (Co…

Umar A Farooq (2021-04-06). Biden administration asks US court to throw out case against ex-Egyptian PM. middleeasteye.net Biden administration asks US court to throw out case against ex-Egyptian PM | Justice Department says lawsuit against Hazem el-Beblawi, over his alleged involvement in torture, should be dismissed due to his diplomatic status | Tue, 04/06/2021 – 15: 48 | Mohamed Soltan filed a lawsuit against Hazem el-Beblawi (pictured) last June, accusing him of direct responsibility for his treatment, which inclu…

Staff (2021-04-06). New York's "Excluded Workers" Demand First U.S. Fund to Secure Pandemic Aid for Undocumented People. democracynow.org More than a year into the pandemic and the economic crisis it generated, many workers continue to be excluded from receiving any government relief. These excluded workers include undocumented people — many of them in essential services — and people recently released from prison. Hundreds of essential workers across New York are leading marches and hunger strikes to demand lawmakers support a $3.5 billion fund that would be the first of its kind in the United States to provide pandemic relief funding to those excluded from the current system. Governor Andrew Cuomo is now in final negotiations with legi…

Editor2 (2021-04-06). On Palestine Children's Day, 140 Minors Held in Israeli Prisons. orinocotribune.com Marking Palestine Children's Day, the Palestine Prisoners' Club revealed that there are 140 Palestinian children in Israeli prisons, including two under administrative detention. | According to the Defence for Children International-Palestine, every year between 500 and 700 Palestinian children are prosecuted by Israel in military courts. | Until the end of March 2021, human rights groups have counted 230 Palestinian children detained by the Israeli occupation, mostly from Jerusalem. | Dylan Williams, former US Senate staffer and senior vice president of the advocacy group J Street, tweeted last month: | "H…

Alison Bodine (2021-04-06). Women's Rights Are Human Rights. commondreams.org This fight against women's oppression is not just a struggle for women, but for all of humanity. | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files/styles/cd_special_coverage/public/views-article/thumbs/thefutureisfemale.jpg

RT (2021-04-06). Models from scandalous NAKED high-rise photoshoot in Dubai to be deported, authorities say. rt.com More than a dozen models and the organizer of the naked photoshoot that angered the Dubai authorities won't get six-month prison terms after all, as the Muslim emirate has decided to deport them instead. | The investigation into "the recently publicized photo shoot, which contravened UAE law" has been completed, the Dubai Media Office announced in a tweet on Tuesday. | "The individuals involved will be deported from the United Arab Emirates. No further comment shall be made on the matter," it said. | The individuals involved will be deported from the United Arab Emirates. No further comment shall be made on th…

A Guest Author (2021-04-06). A voice from the inside: District Attorney's office past and present. workers.org Jerome Coffey has been wrongly incarcerated for 28 years. He is an exceptional Pro-Se litigator, that is, representing himself in legal actions. He filed and won a lawsuit against the Department of Corrections and a civil suit. In both these cases, he successfully defended himself. His next Post-Conviction Relief Act . . . |

Michael Richardson, reposted by Jamal Journal (2021-04-06). 50 yrs ago: Confessed bomber names Raleigh House as provocateur at Ed Poindexter's trial. indybay.org Reprinted below with permission from the author is the second in a series of articles marking the 50th anniversary of Black Panther political prisoner Ed Poindexter's trial. Ed is currently in very poor health. We will continue to feature Michael Richardson's important series of articles this month. The Jamal Journal's April 1 interview with author Michael Richardson marked the first article in Richardson's critical series. The second article in the series is reprinted here in full.

Declaration for American Democracy (2021-04-06). Wednesday 4/7: Democracy on the Ropes: Fighting Voter Suppression Against BIPOC Communities. indybay.org Online event…

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…

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…

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.

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…

Eurasia Review (2021-04-05). For Some Black Students, Discrimination Outweighed Integration's Benefits. eurasiareview.com Integrating the American classroom has long been a goal of many who seek to eradicate racial discrimination. But a new paper from four economists, including Duke University's William A. "Sandy" Darity Jr., suggests that Black students do not always benefit from attending racially balanced schools. | Instead, Black adults who attended racially balanced high schools in the mid-20th century completed significantly less schooling than those who attended either predominantly black or predominantly white schools, the authors found. | "Standard wisdom has it that school desegregation paves the way to racial nirvana i…

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. …

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…

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 …

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…

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). 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…

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…

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…

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

RT (2021-04-05). Models face 6 months in Dubai jail after pics of NAKED photoshoot on high-rise balcony go viral — Russian organizer also arrested. rt.com A dozen women have been detained by Dubai police after posing for a nude photo shoot on a balcony in the center of the city on Sunday afternoon in broad daylight. According to local laws, they are facing six months behind bars.

_____ (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.

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…

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