Daily Archives: June 15, 2021

2021-06-15: News Headlines

W. T. Whitney (2021-06-15). Astounding Victory in Peru of Socialist Candidate for President. counterpunch.org In voting on June 6, Pedro Castillo, candidate of the Perú Libre (Free Peru) political party, defeated three-time presidential candidate Keiko Fujimori, daughter of imprisoned former president Alberto Fujimori. Five days later, with all votes counted, Castillo claimed a victory margin of 69,546 votes, or 50.2 % of the votes. Keiko Fujimori, who gained 49.8% of all votes, is charging fraud and demanding that 200,000 votes from rural areas be recounted.

Mark Gruenberg (2021-06-15). AFL-CIO leader: No coincidence unions and voting rights under attack simultaneously. peoplesworld.org WASHINGTON (PAI)—Labor's strong campaign to preserve and strengthen voting rights, joined by those of civil rights, religious, and civic allies, took center stage at a key session of the AFL-CIO's Northeast Regional meeting for union leaders and activists. But speakers, including federation Secretary-Treasurer Liz Shuler, the keynoter, didn't neglect other causes, especially the Protect the …

Fight Back (2021-06-15). Minneapolis march honors murdered protester Deona Marie Erickson. fightbacknews.org Minneapolis, MN – 1500 community members gathered at Girard Avenue and Lake Street in Minneapolis, June 14, for a "March in Honor of Deona Marie," organized by Black Lives Matter Minnesota. The night before, Deona Marie Erickson was killed by a driver who attacked protesters demanding justice for Winston Smith. | Just before midnight on Sunday, June 13, Nicholas Kraus plowed through parked cars barricading the street where community members were gathered. Witnesses report that he was going 100 miles per hour and accelerated as he approached the protest. They say that the barricade of cars saved many lives. One o…

The Socialist Program (2021-06-15). Biden Appeals for Imperialist United Front at G7. liberationnews.org The panel discusses the G7 summit and its leaders' hypocritical rhetoric about human rights and democracy, the fight against police brutality and the suppression of the movement against racism, the latest attacks on Ilhan Omar, and more.

Daniel Ellsberg (2021-06-15). Pentagon Papers at 50. zcomm.org Daniel Ellsberg on Risking Life in Jail to Expose U.S. Lies About Vietnam War…

Staff (2021-06-15). Headlines for June 15, 2021. democracynow.org China Blasts "Cold War Mentality" as Biden Pushes NATO to Declare China a Security Risk, WHO Says G7 Vaccine Pledge Falls Far Short of What's Needed to End Pandemic, COVID-19 Surges in Unvaccinated African Nations; Chile Locks Down Santiago Despite Vaccinations, Brazilian Indigenous Leaders March Against Copa América, Demanding Vaccines, Not Soccer Matches, U.S. COVID-19 Deaths Top 600,000, the Worst Toll in the World, NSA Whistleblower Reality Winner Released from Prison, Sen. Mitch McConnell Suggests Republicans Won't Confirm Biden SCOTUS Nominees After 2022 Election, Boeing to Resume Campaign Contributions to…

Staff (2021-06-15). NSA Whistleblower Reality Winner Released from Prison as Family Pushes Biden to Pardon Her. democracynow.org Former National Security Agency contractor Reality Leigh Winner was released from prison Monday to serve the rest of her sentence in a halfway house. We get an update from the lawyer handling her commutation and pardon process. Winner was arrested in 2017 under the Espionage Act for leaking classified government information about Russian interference in the 2016 election to reporters at The Intercept. Prosecutors told The New York Times she got the longest sentence ever given by a federal court for unauthorized disclosure of government information to the press. Winner's family and legal team say she should receiv…

Anonymous103 (2021-06-15). Putin: Humanitarian Aid In Syria Must Be Provided Without Discrimination. southfront.org Illustrative image | Written by Khaled Iskef. | Russian President Vladimir Putin has stated that the process of providing humanitarian aid in Syria must be carried out for all residents of the country without discrimination, and that it must be conducted through the country's central government. | Putin's statement came during an interview with the American channel "NBC", in which he said: "Unfortunately, too many tragedies have occurred in Syria, and all our measures in general must aim…

Mumia Abu-Jamal (2021-06-15). Mumia Abu-Jamal pays tribute to Ramsey Clark. workers.org Mumia Abu-Jama The following June 3 statement was read at the June 13 webinar honoring the life and legacy of the late Ramsey Clark, founder of the International Action Center. Prison Radio transcribed the audio message. The life of Ramsey Clark took turns and crossings that most people never see, . . . |

Staff (2021-06-15). Reality Winner's Release From Federal Prison Met With Calls for Full Pardon. truthout.org Press freedom advocates were among those celebrating the release of former National Security Agency contractor Reality Winner on Monday after her attorney announced Winner had been transferred from federal prison to a halfway house. | Alison Grinter Allen, Winner's lawyer, Winner's release was not part of a commutation but was the resul…

Alethea Redfern (2021-06-15). The Weekly Round-Up: "Freedom Day" delayed. ukhumanrightsblog.com In this week's round-up: legal commentators criticise the "Freedom Day" delays, a gender-critical belief employment discrimination case, and a decision on the Zambrano right to reside.

Vera Eidelman (2021-06-15). The Problem With Censoring Political Speech Online — Including Trump's. aclu.org In January, many online platforms decided they no longer wanted to host President Trump's speech. Google, Twitter, Facebook, Pinterest, and other social media services announced they would no longer distribute Trump's hateful, demeaning, outrageous speech or anything else he might have to say. Many people were pleased. Others, including the ACLU,

WSWS (2021-06-15). Maruti Suzuki worker jailed for life on frame-up charges dies due to authorities' negligence—a victim of ruling class justice. wsws.org Indian authorities are directly responsible for the death of the worker-militant Jiyalal at just 35 years of age, having callously refused to provide him with proper medical care even after his cancer diagnosis.

Tamara Nassar (2021-06-15). Israel kills Palestinian child as settlers steal land. electronicintifada.net Woman who was imprisoned by Israel fatally shot at checkpoint.

_____ (2021-06-15). US Abduction Of Venezuelan Diplomat, A Global Challenge. popularresistance.org With the possible extradition of a Venezuelan diplomat to the US on bogus charges, an emergency human rights delegation organized by the International Campaign to Free Alex Saab was quickly dispatched to Cabo Verde, where he is imprisoned. This island archipelago nation off the west coast of Africa is one of the smallest, poorest, and geographically isolated countries in the world. | The international human rights delegation did not gain Alex Saab's freedom. They were even denied a visit with him. But breakthroughs were made raising the visibility of the case, which involves enormous political, legal, and moral i…

B Batchelor (2021-06-15). DISCOURSE ON WHY INMATES EXIT PRISON WORSE THAN WHEN THEY WENT IN. thenation.com DISCOURSE ON WHY INMATES EXIT PRISON WORSE THAN WHEN THEY WENT IN…

Cindy Boskofsky (2021-06-15). Should A Mother Of 5 In Prison Since 1996 Die In Prison Over $260? indybay.org Grant CLEMENCY to TAMARA LLAMAS, mom of 5, serving sentences for crimes she DIDN'T commit.

Melody Fonseca (2021-06-15). Where is the State of Emergency? zcomm.org How do we manage that rage and indignation and re-channel them as something liberatory against systems of oppression, not in a way that reinforces those systems?

_____ (2021-06-14). Will Keiko Fujimori Burn The Country Down Before Accepting Defeat? popularresistance.org Lima, Peru — Keiko Fujimori, the political heiress to the jailed Peruvian former dictator Alberto Fujimori, appears to have lost her third election in a row. This time, she has been defeated by Pedro Castillo, a leftist teacher from the rural Andes who narrowly leads in a deliberately delayed poll. Facing a possible 30 years sentence for an array of corruption-related charges, Keiko is now challenging hundreds of thousands of ballots already deemed to be valid. | In a move that resembles former US President Donald Trump's recent defeat and subsequent rejection of election results, Fujimori is going for a ha…

Joris Leverink (2021-06-14). The Laura Flanders Show: What's next for trans liberation? roarmag.org Trans liberation is the latest front line in the struggle for civil rights. | In their new documentary, Disclosure, director Sam Feder and producer Amy Scholder use over a century's worth of film to show that trans identities have long been at the center of our collective cultural history. They join four-time Emmy-nominated actress and Emmy-winning producer Laverne Cox in a groundbreaking conversation with Laura on how trans people are reclaiming their stories and transforming the power structures in Hollywood. They describe the experience of assembling the first majority trans film crew and interviewing an incre…

Staff (2021-06-14). Pentagon Papers at 50: Daniel Ellsberg on Risking Life in Jail to Expose U.S. Lies About Vietnam War. democracynow.org Fifty years ago this week, The New York Times began publishing excerpts of the Pentagon Papers — 7,000 pages of top-secret documents outlining the Pentagon's secret history of U.S. involvement in Vietnam since the 1940s. The leak exposed years of government lies about the war, revealed that even top officials believed it was unwinnable, and would end up helping to end the Vietnam War and lead to a major victory for press freedom. The Times exposé was based on documents secretly photocopied by Daniel Ellsberg and Anthony Russo, who both worked as Pentagon consultants at the RAND Corporation. Ellsberg, who ha…

_____ (2021-06-14). Roger Waters: 'They're Trying To Kill Assange Because He Spoke The Truth'. popularresistance.org With the brother and father of the jailed WikiLeaks co-founder on a US tour to raise awareness of Julian Assange's plight, legendary Pink Floyd frontman Roger Waters challenged Joe Biden to end the journalist's prosecution. | Assange's father John Shipton and brother Gabriel are traveling across the US this month to press the Biden administration to drop its charges, and highlight the threat to worldwide press freedom this prosecution poses. Joining them in New York this week was Roger Waters, who told RT on Friday why he's fighting for Assange. | "He is being held up as an example: Keep your mouth shut or this w…

Jason Ditz (2021-06-14). Afghan Interior Ministry Arrests Tribal Elders Who Mediate With Taliban. news.antiwar.com In all but the largest cities, Afghanistan is organized around a strong sense of tribalism, with tribal elders holding a position of prominence almost everywhere. It is not an exaggeration to say that in small villages, the elders are more influential than the government. | After decades of war, and Afghanistan being what it is, many groups have come to rely on tribal elders to mediate local disputes with the Taliban, or to organize aid operations and prisoner exchanges that otherwise aren't possible. | And this being Afghanistan, someone's going to ruin a rare perk that has been discovered in the war-torn mes…

Jason Ditz (2021-06-14). Afghan Interior Ministry Arrests Tribal Elders Who Mediate With Taliban. news.antiwar.com In all but the largest cities, Afghanistan is organized around a strong sense of tribalism, with tribal elders holding a position of prominence almost everywhere. It is not an exaggeration to say that in small villages, the elders are more influential than the government. | After decades if war, and Afghanistan being what it is, many groups have come to rely on tribal elders to mediate local disputes with the Taliban, or to organize aid operations and prisoner exchanges that otherwise weren't possible. | And this being Afghanistan, someone's going to ruin a rare perk that has been discovered in the war-torn me…

Maureen Clare Murphy (2021-06-14). Stop punishing Palestinians for resisting oppression. electronicintifada.net Israel's siege and wars have many accomplices.

Staff (2021-06-14). Launching "Souli", a new Palestinian song. samidoun.net Samidoun thanks this group of dedicated and revolutionary Palestinian artists in occupied Palestine and the diaspora who cooperated together to complete the song ÿµŸàŸÑŸä — Souli (leaping advance), which we dedicate in turn to the Palestinian people and their supporters everywhere, and to the Palestinian prisoners' liberation movement imprisoned in Zionist and imperialist jails. This song is part of the Palestinian heritage and reality of cultural struggle and resistance until liberation and return, for all of Palestine, from the river to the sea. Lyrics: Khaled B…

Staff (2021-06-14). Over 3,100 Palestinians detained by Israeli occupation in May 2021: Prisoners' associations report. samidoun.net Palestinian prisoners' rights and human rights institutions, the Prisoners' Affairs Commission, Palestinian Prisoners' Society, Addameer Prisoner Support and Human Rights Association, and the Wadi Hilweh Information Center — Jerusalem, issued their monthly report on Sunday, 13 June, detailing the latest statistics and reports on Israeli repression targeting Palestinian detainees. The report covers key issues in the current uprising in Palestine, including ongoing violations and abuses by occupation forces, and documents specific cases followed by the institutions that prepared the report. The report is trans…

Internationalist 360 ∞ (2021-06-14). Where Infrastructure Means Prisons: A Drive into the Naqab and the Illusion of Israeli Democracy. libya360.wordpress.com Miko Peled THE NAQAB, PALESTINE — As I was preparing to leave Palestine, I found it harder to fall asleep. I spent the last few days in Jerusalem, mostly walking between the neighborhoods of Sheikh Jarrah in the north and Silwan in the south, crossing through the alleys of the Old City on the way….

Miko Peled (2021-06-14). Where Infrastructure Means Prisons: A Drive into the Naqab and the Illusion of Israeli Democracy. mintpressnews.com Out of close to 250,000 Palestinian Beduin in the Naqab, about half live in "unrecognized villages." This means they get no roads, no electricity or running water, no schools or medical facilities — no services at all.

Juni Hanna (2021-06-14). Medical neglect kills prisoners in Washington state. liberationnews.org Ignoring cancer symptoms in prisons works effectively as a death sentence for these inmates.

Staff (2021-06-14). The latest on the deadly effects of COVID-19 in prisons. therealnews.com Ever since COVID-19 came to the United States, its been ravaging prisons in this country. Lauren Brinkley-Rubinstein and Kathryn M. Nowotny tell Rattling the Bars' Eddie Conway that vaccines seem to be helping to slow infection rates, however it's hard to know for sure because of lingering issues with transparency inside of prisons.

The Canary (2021-06-14). Fears for migrant children facing 'detention' at Dover. thecanary.co There are fears that unaccompanied child migrants arriving in Dover will be "detained" at a controversial facility, after Kent County Council announced it cannot take in any more. | Large numbers of migrant children travelling to the UK on small boats has led to a repeat of the "unthinkable" situation, where the council says its resources are "significantly overwhelmed". | The announcement came as more people allegedly reached Dover on Monday morning. The high numbers of English Channel crossings in May and June look set continue. | No new resolution: | On Thursday, Kent County council leader Roger Gough…

Emily Dindial (2021-06-14). Taxation by Citation. aclu.org Last week, Nevada Gov. Steve Sisolak signed into law a bill to

Fight Back (2021-06-14). Chicago Palestinian community holds sit-in at U.S. Rep. Jan Schakowsky. fightbacknews.org Chicago, IL – About 25 Palestinian community organizers, members and allies, led by the U.S. Palestinian Community Network (USPCN), filled Congresswoman Jan Schakowsky's office, June 10 to demand she support HR 2590, the Palestinian Children and Families Act. If passed, the bill would end U.S. military aid to Israel used for the imprisonment of children, the demolition of homes or annexation of Palestinian land. | When the protesters asked to speak with Representative Schakowsky they were told she was too busy to answer the phone. The protesters began to sit and started to chant "Hey Jan, what do you say? Su…

Fight Back (2021-06-14). Chicago Palestinian community holds sit-in at U.S. Rep. Jan Schakowsky. fightbacknews.org Chicago, IL – About 25 Palestinian community organizers, members and allies, led by the U.S. Palestinian Community Network (USPCN), filled Congresswoman Jan Schakowsky's office, June 10 to demand she support HR 2590, the Palestinian Children and Families Act. If passed, the bill would end U.S. military aid to Israel used for the imprisonment of children, the demolition of homes or annexation of Palestinian land. | When the protesters asked to speak with Representative Schakowsky they were told she was too busy to answer the phone. The protesters began to sit and started to chant "Hey Jan, what do you say? Su…

Colin Todhunter (2021-06-14). Ivermectin: WHO's Chief Scientist Served with Legal Notice for Disinformation and Suppression of Evidence. dissidentvoice.org On 25 May 2021, the Indian Bar Association (IBA) served a 51-page legal notice on Dr Soumya Swaminathan, the Chief Scientist at the World Health Organisation (WHO), for "her act of spreading disinformation and misguiding the people of India, in order to fulfil her agenda." The Mumbai-based IBA is an association of lawyers who strive …

Kerry Eleveld (2021-06-14). Manchin's insistence on bipartisan voting protections is ludicrous. zcomm.org The center's examination of the 24 state-level voting restriction laws enacted as of early June proves the suppression efforts have been an almost exclusively Republican enterprise…

Andrew Emett (2021-06-14). Chicago cop arrested for storming Capitol building. nationofchange.org The charges against Officer Karol Chwiesiuk each carry up to a year in prison if convicted.

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