Daily Archives: June 25, 2021

2021-06-25: News Headlines

Ted Kelly (2021-06-25). Anti-apartheid guerrilla fighter: 'We made the system ungovernable'. workers.org Philadelphia Mpho Masemola is Secretary General of the Ex-Political Prisoners Veterans Association of South Africa (EPPA) and was an underground guerrilla fighter as a member of Umkhonto we Sizwe (MK), the military wing of the African National Congress. He was a political prisoner, incarcerated along with Nelson Mandela at Pollsmoor . . . |

WSWS (2021-06-25). A Crime on the Bayou: Taking a principled stand during the civil rights era. wsws.org The movie concerns a young black fisherman from Louisiana, Gary Duncan, falsely charged with assault, whose case went to the US Supreme Court. He was defended by Richard Sobol, a white civil rights attorney from New York.

Yazmine Nichols (2021-06-25). Jailed For a Faulty Battery and Left to Catch COVID-19. aclu.org Kevin Jones* is sitting in a jail cell because of a faulty battery. Jones, a Black man, was released on a pending criminal charge and probation supervision and ordered by officials in Oakland County, Michigan to wear an electronic location monitoring device while he awaited further hearings in his cases. Yet, through no fault of his own, the device (called a "tether" in Michigan) failed to keep a charge due to an inexplicable malfunction. In November 2020, Jones was sleeping in his home when police officers broke in, woke him up, and arrested him for violating the conditions of his release. The violation? A de…

WSWS (2021-06-25). ACLU report highlights ICE brutality against hunger striking migrants under Obama and Trump. wsws.org Immigrants who went on hunger strikes to protest against the poor conditions in various detention centers were subjected to involuntary and invasive medical procedures including forced feeding and hydration.

Martha Grevatt (2021-06-25). SCOTUS ruling: Bigotry behind the fig leaf of religion. workers.org The June 17 ruling by the Supreme Court of the United States, in Fulton v. Philadelphia, represents a bigoted attack on the rights of LGBTQ2S+ people. Outside Supreme Court, Oct. 8, 2019, demanding legal protection from anti-LGBTQ2S+ discrimination. In Philadelphia, discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation is illegal; the . . . |

Anonymous669 (2021-06-25). Pentagon Linguist Who Spied For Lebanon's Hezbollah Sentenced To 23 Years In Prison. southfront.org File image. | On June 23, Lebanese-American Mariam Taha Thompson was sentenced to 23 years in prison for leaking classified national defense information to Hezbollah. | Thompson, 62, from Rochester, Minnesota, was a contracted linguist for a US Special Operations task force in Iraq and had top secret clearance. | In a statement, the US Department of Justice said that Thompson admitted that she knew that the classified national defense information that she was passing to a Lebanese national would be provided the Lebanese gr…

Staff (2021-06-25). "Better Than Trump" Isn't Good Enough. End Deportation Now. truthout.org On the campaign trail, Joe Biden went to great lengths to establish the dramatic differences between himself and Donald Trump on immigration. Biden was very clear: He would reunite separated families, resettle 125,000 refugees and put privately run immigration detention centers firmly in the past. | Six months into his administration, immigration organizers are feeling whiplash. | The White House followed through on its promise of a 100-day deportation moratorium, but quickly abandoned the goals of its own executi…

Staff (2021-06-25). Snowden hails 'significant victory' for privacy as court rules Baltimore air surveillance unconstitutional. rt.com In a decision hailed by the ACLU and NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden, an US appeals court has sided with black activists and ruled that Baltimore's AIR spying program violated the Fourth Amendment ban on unreasonable searches. | The full bench of the Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals in Richmond, Virginia The ruling is the "m…

Zoe Brennan-Krohn (2021-06-25). Britney Spears' Reproductive Freedom is a Disability Rights Issue. aclu.org There were many shocking moments in Britney Spears'

Ramona Wadi (2021-06-25). Pinochet-Style Detentions, Torture, Killings: Chile's President Sebastian Piñera Denounced at the ICC. globalresearch.ca The 2019 protests have ignited change in Chile, which the people are determined to bring to fruition, Ramona Wadi writes. | . | Chilean President Sebastian Piñera would not have imagined, upon his electoral victory in 2017, that he would have mangled …

Fight Back (2021-06-25). Nurses begin one-day strike at Cook County health facilities. Social workers to begin picketing Friday. fightbacknews.org Chicago, IL – At 7 a.m. on Thursday, June 24 nurses represented by National Nurses United (NNU) In Chicago, Illinois began a 24-hour strike against Cook County's health facilities' management. The nurses are striking to end chronic staff shortages which they say have been undermining care for patients and the communities. | In addition to the NNU nurses, social workers represented by the Service Employees International Union, Local 73 (SEIU 73) will begin open-ended picketing of the same facilities, including John H. Stroger Hospital, Cermak Health Services, the Cook County jail, and Provident Hospital. The…

WSWS (2021-06-25). Spain's PSOE-Podemos government pardons Catalan-nationalist political prisoners. wsws.org The Catalan nationalists were imprisoned based on a show trial, but their pardon is also a cynical manoeuvre dictated by the need to shower the banks with billions in EU funds.

Daniel Borgstrà∂m (2021-06-25). Between the minutes at KPFA's board mtg. of May 15th. indybay.org A look at the New Day supporters who are the majority faction at KPFA, their GM who gives a report but takes no questions, the treasurer's story regarding the unpaid property taxes, the LSB vote on the proposed New Day bylaws, and an update on the ongoing lawsuit which began last December with an attempt to put Pacifica into receivership..

Chloe DS (2021-06-25). How temporary protection visas punish refugees. greenleft.org.au If the Murugappan refugee family is released from Perth community detention, they are likely to join 18,000 others on insecure temporary visas. Chloe DS reports on the cruel visa system.

Chris Peterson (2021-06-25). Medivac refugees on hunger strike have been hospitalised. greenleft.org.au Chris Petersen and Chloe DS report that 14 refugees have been on hunger strike for more than a week in protest at their imprisonment.

Chris Peterson (2021-06-25). Medivac refugees on hunger strike have been hospitalised. greenleft.org.au Fourteen refugees have been on hunger strike for more than a week in protest at their imprisonment. Some have been detained for eight years. Chris Petersen and Chloe DS report.

John Nichols (2021-06-25). Susan Collins Sums Up Her Scorching Cynicism With a States' Rights Defense of Voter Suppression. thenation.com Susan Collins Sums Up Her Scorching Cynicism With a States' Rights Defense of Voter Suppression…

David L. Kirp (2021-06-25). Building the Prison-to-College Pipeline. thenation.com Building the Prison-to-College Pipeline…

James O'Neill (2021-06-24). The United States Continues to Play its Geopolitical Games but the Rest of the World Moves On. dissidentvoice.org One has to seriously wonder what game Joe Biden thinks he is playing. Fresh from what appears to have been an amiable meeting with Vladimir Putin in Geneva, the United States promptly announced a new range of sanctions upon Russia. The ostensible reason for the latest sanctions was the imprisonment of minor Russian dissident Alexei …

Staff (2021-06-24). Report: "Free Georges Abdallah!" heard worldwide during Week of Action. samidoun.net From Austin to Paris, Toulouse to Gaza, Vancouver to Tunis, organizations and activists protested, marched and organized to free Georges Abdallah between 12 and 19 June. The International Week of Action to Free Georges Abdallah, called for by the Unitary Campaign for the Liberation of Georges Abdallah, included film screenings, demonstrations and other events to free the imprisoned Lebanese Communist revolutionary and struggler for Palestinian liberation. Imprisoned in France since 1984, he is today Europe's longest-held political prisoner. Georges Abdallah himself delivered a statement for the Week of Action, sa…

Staff (2021-06-24). Venezuela's Attorney General Labels Alex Saab's Illegal Detention as an Abduction. orinocotribune.com The Attorney General of the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela, Tarek William Saab, described the illegal detention of the Venezuelan special envoy and Alternate Ambassador to the African Union, Alex Saab, as an "abduction." The case constitutes an example of a flagrant disregard of the right to a legal defense and to due process, and a clear violation of Alex Saab's human rights. | When inaugurating his new Twitter Space, #twitterspacesdelfiscaltarek, on the popular social media platform, the highest representative of the Venezuelan Public Ministry stressed that this illegal process against Alex Saab "has been use…

Editor (2021-06-24). Assange is still in jail. mronline.org Julian Assange remains in a maximum security jail, despite never being sentenced for anything but a long ago served spell for bail-jumping, and despite the U.S. Government's request for extradition having been refused. | June 24, 2021…

Anthony Hall (2021-06-24). Suppression of Evidence: CBC Censorship of Top Scientists in COVID-19 Research: Prof. Anthony Hall. globalresearch.ca

Staff (2021-06-24). Headlines for June 24, 2021. democracynow.org White House to Crack Down on Illegal Gun Dealers and Increase Police Funding, Revs. Jesse Jackson and William Barber Arrested at Nonviolent Protest Against Senate Filibuster, CDC Links COVID-19 Vaccines to Rare Cases of Myocarditis But Says Benefits Far Outweigh Risks, Supreme Court Rules Cheerleader's Profane Social Media Post Was Protected Speech, SCOTUS Cuts Off Union Organizers' Access to Farm Workers in Major Defeat for Organized Labor, ICE Force-Fed Immigrant Prisoners Who Went on Hunger Strike Against Poor Conditions, U.N. General Assembly Votes Overwhelmingly to Condemn U.S. Embargo on Cuba for 29th Time,…

Shaw Drake (2021-06-24). Unaccompanied Children's Well-Being Must Come First at Fort Bliss and Across Texas. aclu.org "A Border Patrol facility is no place for a child," We could not agree more. | Border Patrol facilities hav…

Staff (2021-06-24). End Trans Detention: Biden Admin Urged to Release Trans & HIV+ Asylum Seekers After Deaths, Neglect. democracynow.org Ahead of Vice President Kamala Harris's visit to the U.S.-Mexico border, immigrant rights activists marched on the White House to call on the Biden administration to stop detaining trans asylum seekers, who often face severe abuse, discrimination and medical neglect in custody. Their actions included a service honoring and mourning the deaths of several trans people who died due to ICE negligence. Eight immigrant rights groups also sent a letter to the White House demanding the release of all transgender people and people with HIV/AIDS from immigrant detention centers. Jennicet Gutiérrez, a community organizer an…

Staff (2021-06-24). Biden Admin Urged to Release Trans and HIV+ Asylum Seekers Following Deaths. truthout.org Image Credit: Familia: Trans Queer Liberation Movement | Ahead of Vice President Kamala Harris's visit to the U.S.-Mexico border, immigrant rights activists marched on the White House to call on the Biden administration to stop detaining trans asylum seekers, who often face severe abuse, discrimination and medical neglect in custody. Their actions included a service honoring and mourning the deaths of several trans people who died due to ICE negligence. Eight immigrant rights groups also sent a le…

WSWS (2021-06-24). Migrant children speak of horrifying conditions in detention centers set up by the Biden administration. wsws.org Children detained in federal custody face horrifying conditions including being deprived of edible food, clean drinking water, access to health care, education and legal support.

_____ (2021-06-24). Class action alleging RCMP abuse of Indigenous people in Northern Canada certified. popularresistance.org A lawsuit alleging RCMP systematically brutalized Indigenous people in Northern Canada can proceed as a class action despite objections from the government, Federal Court ruled on Wednesday. In her decision, Judge Glennys McVeigh rejected the government's arguments that the proposed suit failed to meet the legal grounds for certification although individuals could sue on their own, and that the claim had no prospect of success.

_____ (2021-06-24). Class Action Alleging RCMP Abuse Of Indigenous People In Northern Canada. popularresistance.org A lawsuit alleging RCMP systematically brutalized Indigenous people in Northern Canada can proceed as a class action despite objections from the government, Federal Court ruled on Wednesday. | In her decision, Judge Glennys McVeigh rejected the government's arguments that the proposed suit failed to meet the legal grounds for certification although individuals could sue on their own, and that the claim had no prospect of success. | "I disagree with Canada's characterization of these claims as individual," McVeigh wrote. "The claims do not ask if an RCMP officer illegally assaulted a class member, but rather wheth…

Staff (2021-06-24). Demand Justice for assassinated Palestinian Nizar Banat: Down with Oslo! samidoun.net Samidoun Palestinian Prisoner Solidarity Network condemns in the strongest terms the assassination of Palestinian organizer Nizar Banat, a stalwart fighter against corruption who worked tirelessly to end "security coordination" between Palestinian Authority security forces and the Israeli occupation regime, the framework underlying the Oslo Accords. Before his assassination early this morning, 24 June, by Palestinian Authority security forces, coming once again to detain him as a political prisoner, Banat has been repeatedly jailed, interrogated and tried by the Palestinian Authority. We urge Palestinians, Arabs…

Staff (2021-06-24). Demand Justice for assassinated Palestinian Nizar Banat: Down with Oslo! samidoun.net Samidoun Palestinian Prisoner Solidarity Network condemns in the strongest terms the assassination of Palestinian organizer Nizar Banat, a stalwart fighter against corruption who worked tirelessly to end "security coordination" between Palestinian Authority security forces and the Israeli occupation regime, the framework underlying the Oslo Accords. Before his assassination early this morning, 24 June, by Palestinian Authority security forces, coming once again to detain him as a political prisoner, Banat has been repeatedly jailed, interrogated and tried by the Palestinian Authority. We urge Palestinians, Arabs…

Daniel Borgstrà∂m (2021-06-24). Between the minutes at KPFA's board mtg. of May 15th. indybay.org A look at the New Day supporters who are the majority faction at KPFA, their GM who gives a report but takes no questions, the treasurer's story regarding the unpaid property taxes, the LSB vote on the proposed New Day bylaws, and an update on the ongoing lawsuit which began last December with an attempt to put Pacifica into receivership..

Dick Nichols (2021-06-24). Spain: Behind the 'pardons' of Catalan political prisoners. greenleft.org.au By releasing the Catalans leaders, the Spanish government is hoping to rebuild bridges with those alienated by their imprisonment, even as it insists on the impossibility of having a indepedence referendum, writes Dick Nichols.

teleSUR (2021-06-24). Over 15 EU Leaders Defend Equal Rights in Open Letter. telesurenglish.net Leaders of 17 European Union leaders signed on Thursday a letter to defend the LGTBQI+ movement amid a law adopted in Hungary to ban LGTBQI+ education in schools. | RELATED: | "We must continue to fight against discrimination towards the LGBTI community, reaffirming our defense of their fundamental rights," the leaders remarked, although the letter does not explicitly mentions the law in Hungary. | Stunning news is *not*…

Thomas Meyer (2021-06-24). Alternatives to capitalism: Buen Vivir. indybay.org Capitalism is seen primarily as a system of institutional and racist oppression, and it implies a way of life that sees nature only as a raw material to be exploited. The claim is thus to break with the capitalist mode of production and life in order to create "other forms of life that are not determined by capital accumulation" (ibid., 37). The aim is a "return to use values" (ibid., 39).

Miles Mogulescu (2021-06-24). Democrats Urgently Need a Plan B for Voting Rights and Filibuster Reform. commondreams.org If they can't figure this out, the GOP will continue to pass partisan voter suppression laws in states nationwide and activists pushing to save democracy will become disillusioned and demobilized.

Moderator (2021-06-24). It's Long Past Time to End the 50-Year 'War on Drugs'. scheerpost.com Office of Public Affairs / CC BY 2.0] By Ellen Glover / OtherWords Fifty years ago this month, on June 17, 1971, President Richard Nixon declared a "full scale attack" on drug use. It was the beginning of the War on Drugs. Nixon — and many presidents since — promised the War on Drugs would save lives. Trillions of dollars later, incarceration and preventable overdose deaths have skyrocketed and… |

Peoples Dispatch (2021-06-24). US conservatives block voting rights bill. peoplesdispatch.org A bill debate on a bill called the For The People Act, which aims to combat voter suppression, reduce the role of money in politics and limit gerrymandering by state governments has been blocked in the US Senate by the Republican opposition. If passed, the For The People Act would have instituted standardized federal election rules, and reformed the Federal Election Commission.

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