Daily Archives: April 15, 2021

2021-04-15: News Headlines

Mark Gruenberg (2021-04-15). Civil rights tsunami in D.C. over statehood, reparations and Justice Dept. peoplesworld.org WASHINGTON — Civil rights issues hit Capitol Hill in a big way on April 14. As might be expected, congressional Republicans were on the wrong side of all of them. One House panel approved statehood for D.C. Another considered statehood for Puerto Rico. A third voted late at night for a bill to study reparations …

samidoun (2021-04-15). Boycott Israeli Dates — Stand with Palestine, Boycott Apartheid! samidoun.net Boycott Israeli Dates!: | Thousands of Palestinian prisoners are marking Ramadan inside Israeli prisons, deprived of their families and loved ones, while their communities and loved ones are kept from these strugglers for freedom by iron bars and prison walls of the occupation. Millions more Palestinians mark the holiday facing home demolitions, land confiscation, systematic racism and apartheid, a killer siege, extrajudicial executions, military occupation, and settler colonialisn. For 72 years, Palestinian refugees have been denied their right to return to their homes, lands and properties by the Zionis…

David Gilbert (2021-04-15). In prison, today's pandemic and shades of yesterday's: What the fight against COVID can learn from the one against AIDS. mronline.org The infamous Tuskegee syphilis study on Black men is but the best known of the plethora of medical experiments on Black and Brown people in and out of prisons, and other vulnerable populations. | April 15, 2021 | Newswire…

Committee on Academic Freedom (2021-04-15). Protesting Ongoing Israeli Army Arrests, Detention of University Students in Occupied Palestine. juancole.com By Committee on Academic Freedom of the Middle East Studies Association. To: Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu, Minister of Education Yoav Galant, Minister of Higher Education Ze'ev Elkin, Minister of Justice Avi Nissenkorn, Brigadier General Rasan Alian, Head of Civil Administration in the West Bank, Coordination of Government Activities in the Territories (COGAT), Chief Clerk Init …

Pip Hinman (2021-04-15). Black Lives matter protests draw wide support. greenleft.org.au Protests in several cities across the country to mark 30 years since the Royal Commission into Aboriginal Deaths in Custody handed down its report were large and angry, reports Isaac Nellist.

Fight Back (2021-04-15). In honor of William Ramsey Clark. fightbacknews.org I wish to convey my sincerest condolences to the family, friends and colleagues of my friend and legal counsel William Ramsey Clark who passed away last April 9, 2021. I have the highest regard for him as a champion of human rights, a staunch defender of the people's right to national and social liberation, a fierce advocate of just peace and a resolute opponent to the imperialist policies and wars of aggression of the US. | While he was US Attorney General under the Johnson administration, he was well known for standing up for civil liberties and civil rights, fighting against racial segregation and discriminati…

No More Silence (2021-04-15). Mountain View–Rising Up Against Anti-Asian Discrimination. indybay.org Chanting "Stop the Violence–No More Silence," more than 500 demonstrators marched from the vicinity of the historic Caltrain Station at the end of Castro Street to rally in the Mountain View City Hall Plaza on April 11.

Andrew Emett (2021-04-15). Fourth officer charged in excessive force case. nationofchange.org The maximum penalty for the deprivation-of-rights offenses is 10 years of imprisonment and the maximum penalty for false report offenses is 20 years of imprisonment.

Markela Panegyres (2021-04-15). United States: Major League Baseball moves All-Star game to protest voter suppression. greenleft.org.au Major League Baseball takes a stand against racism, and moves All-Star game to protest voter suppression, reports David Zirin.

Markela Panegyres (2021-04-15). United States: Major League Baseball moves All-Star game to protest voter suppression. greenleft.org.au Major League Baseball has taken a stand against racism and moved its All-Star game to protest voter suppression, reports David Zirin.

Mark Gruenberg (2021-04-14). Female union leaders note that labor law reform is a civil rights issue. peoplesworld.org WASHINGTON—From better pay to paid sick leave, from due process on the job to wider opportunities, working women, union or not, stand to reap huge benefits if Congress passes the Protect The Right To Organize (Pro) Act, a panel of woman union leaders says. And that prompted AFL-CIO Secretary-Treasurer Liz Shuler, an Electrical Worker and …

Mirinda Crissman (2021-04-14). Breaking the prison chains. workers.org Rebellion at St. Louis City Jail A continuous assault on imprisoned inhabitants at the "Justice Center" in downtown St. Louis, Missouri, precipitated the fourth prison rebellion in recent months April 4. (tinyurl.com/yk44uu4g) Onlookers watch as incarcerated workers chant from broken windows at the city jail in St. Louis, April 4. . . . |

Ted Kelly (2021-04-14). After 'Great March of Return,' Gaza still under threat. workers.org Philadelphia Gaza is located on the western side of occupied Palestine and has been under Israeli military control since 1967. With a population of 2 million, it is one of the most densely populated places on the planet. It is frequently referred to as an "open-air prison," as the Israeli . . . |

Nur Ayoubi (2021-04-14). Jordan: Woman given prison sentence for saying 'my father is better than the king'. middleeasteye.net Jordan: Woman given prison sentence for saying 'my father is better than the king' | Jordanian social media has erupted in support of 34-year-old Athar al-Dabbas, who has been accused of 'prolonging her tongue' by insulting King Abdullah II | Wed, 04/14/2021 – 13: 15 | Dabbas' sentence comes at a rocky time for Jordan, as economic difficulties, the Covid-19 pandemic and internal rifts within the royal famil…

MEE staff (2021-04-14). Italy's senate votes to give citizenship to jailed Egyptian activist Patrick Zaki. middleeasteye.net Italy's senate votes to give citizenship to jailed Egyptian activist Patrick Zaki | Zaki is a human rights advocate who has campaigned for the truth about the 2016 Cairo murder of Italian student Giulio Regeni | Wed, 04/14/2021 – 15: 41 | Egyptian authorities arrested Zaki on 7 February 2020 upon his return from Italy, where he had been living and studying (Twitter) | The Italian senate on Wednesday voted to a…

MEE correspondent (2021-04-14). Egypt releases two journalists after international outcry. middleeasteye.net Egypt releases two journalists after international outcry | Solafa Magdy and her husband Hossam el-Sayyad had been held in pre-trial detention for 16 months over their journalism work | Wed, 04/14/2021 – 10: 59 | Solafa Magdy (L) and Hossam el-Sayyad (R) were released on Wednesday (Facebook) | Egyptian authorities released journalists Solafa Magdy and her husband Hossam el-Sayyad on Wed…

RT (2021-04-14). They 'shook us down' & fed us gravy 'like s**t': Ukrainian model arrested in naked photo scandal bemoans conditions in Dubai jail. rt.com One of the women who took part in a now-infamous naked photoshoot on a Dubai skyscraper has claimed that other inmates threatened to kill the 12 Ukrainian girls involved while they were locked up in custody and kept in one cell.

Anonymous669 (2021-04-14). Gunmen Attacked SDF Prison In Al-Hasakah While US Was Redeploying ISIS Members. southfront.org Illustrative image | Late on April 13, unidentified gunmen attacked a prison run by the US-backed Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) in the southern countryside of al-Hasakah. | According to the Syrian Arab News Agency (SANA), the prison, which is located in Kubibah oil field near the town of al-Shaddadi, was targeted with machine guns and mortar shells. Two SDF fighters were injured in the attack. Two of the attackers were also killed."The attack coincided with the transfer of 40 prisoners of the terrorist organization [ISIS] fr…

UCAN (2021-04-14). India: Controversial Mosque Can Open For Ramadan. eurasiareview.com By Bijay Kumar Minj | Delhi High Court has ruled that the controversial Nizamuddin Markaz mosque in India's capital can open for Ramadan prayers by following standard Covid-19 guidelines. | On April 2, the court rejected a plea from the federal government and Delhi police that only 20 people be allowed to enter the premises at a time out of a police-verified list of 200. | The mosque was closed 13 months ago after a conference at Nizamuddin Markaz was blamed for spreading Covid-19. | Mohammad Salim Engineer, secretary general of Jamaat-e-Islami Hind, told UCA News that it would be discrimination to close the m…

Steven Rosenfeld (2021-04-14). Why disability rights advocates are pressing the Senate to allow an internet voting option. nationofchange.org The push for voters with disabilities, and for overseas and military voters, pits civil rights activists against cybersecurity advocates.

Peoples Dispatch (2021-04-14). Egyptian journalist-politician Khaled Dawoud freed after over 18 months in pre-trial detention. peoplesdispatch.org Dawoud was released pending investigations although the prosecution has not presented any evidence in court to support the charges against him. He faces charges of "collaborating with a terrorist organization", "publishing false information" and "misusing social media…

teleSUR (2021-04-14). Bolivia: Former Coup Leader Añez Reaches One Month In Jail. telesurenglish.net Bolivia's coup-born regime leader Jeanine Añez on Tuesday completed one month in prison amid new legal proceedings against her over irregularities committed during her administration (2019-2020). | RELATED: | On Wednesday, Añez will testify before the Attorney General's Office on charges of authorizing a loan with the International Monetary Fund (IMF) without Congress' approval. | Former Economy Minister Jose Parada and former Cent…

teleSUR (2021-04-14). Criminal, Fraudulent Banker Bernie Madoff Dies in Prison at 82. telesurenglish.net Madoff had been serving a 150-year sentence after he pleaded guilty in 2009 to running a Ponzi scheme, which benefitted investors with money from new clients rather than actual profits. | His scheme collapsed during the 2008 financial crisis. | RELATED: | His lawyer Brandon Sample said in a statement. "Bernie, up until his death, lived with guilt and remorse for his crimes. Although the crimes Bernie was convi…

commondreams (2021-04-14). Statement to CEOs: If You Really Want to Stop Voter Suppression, Support the For the People Act. commondreams.org ______________________________…

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