Daily Archives: 2021-08-05

2021-08-05: News Headlines

Staff (2021-08-05). Hunger strike update: Struggle continues against administrative detention. samidoun.net As of 5 August 2021, 15 Palestinians continued their hunger strikes in Israeli occupation, 14 of them protesting their administrative detention — imprisonment without charge or trial — and one, Mohammed Nuwarra, protesting his ongoing solitary confinement. On 5 August, two detainees joined the hunger strike: Akram al-Fasfous, joining his brother, Kayed al-Fasfous, who has been on hunger strike for 22 days. Sign the grassroots international petition: change.org/NoChargeNoTrialNoJail Their other brother, Mahmoud al-Fasfous, also jailed without charge or trial, suspended his hunger strike earlier on Thur…

Editor (2021-08-05). International Red Aid 1922—1937: Uniting to defend class war prisoners. mronline.org The initiative came from Polish Communists seeking to aid compatriots jailed or forced into exile in the Soviet republic.

Daniela Jimenez (2021-08-05). Judicial Decision on Alex Saab's Extradition Expected Next Week. orinocotribune.com The Constitutional Court (TC) of Cape Verde scheduled a hearing on the constitutional appeal of the special envoy of Venezuela, Alex Saab Morán, for next August 13 at 9: 00 a.m. Saab has been held in Cape Verdean prison for 410 days under an arbitrary measure emanating from the United States, victim of a flawed process denounced by the diplomat, his defense, and activists and legal experts worldwide. | "We inform you that by order of the Venerable Presiding Counselor Judge in the file of the Concrete Inspection of Constitutionality No. 2/2021, in which Alex Nain Saab Moran is appellant and the Supreme Court of Jus…

Patrick McWilliams (2021-08-05). Illinois rallies to support women in prison. liberationnews.org On July 30, more than two dozen activists from the Chicago area travelled by bus to the Logan Correctional Center to show support and solidarity for those inside the walls. Logan Correctional, located outside the small town of Lincoln, Illinois, is the state's largest women's prison. It recently gained notoriety when three inmates staged a hunger …

Lowkey (2021-08-05). A laboratory of empire with Lowkey & Aamer Rahman. mronline.org In this segment of 'The Watchdog' video podcast, Lowkey is joined by comedian Aamer Rahman to explain how Australia maintains close political ties to the United Kingdom, with British Home Secretary Pritti Patel seeing the country's offshore migrant detention centers, referred to by some as "concentration camps" as a model for the U.K. to follow.

Jonathan Cook (2021-08-05). Craig Murray's Jailing is the Latest Move in a Battle to Snuff out Independent Journalism. orinocotribune.com By Jonathan Cook — Jul 30, 2021 | Craig Murray, a former ambassador to Uzbekistan, the father of a newborn child, a man in very poor health and one who has no prior convictions, will have to hand himself over to the Scottish police on Sunday morning. He becomes the first person ever to be imprisoned on the obscure and vaguely defined charge of "jigsaw identification". | Murray is also the first person to be jailed in Britain for contempt of court for their journalism in half a century — a period when such different legal and moral values prevailed that the British establishment had only just ended the…

ecns.cn (2021-08-05). Why investigating U.S. EVALI outbreak important in COVID-19 origin-tracing?>. ecns.cn Amid global efforts in tracing the COVID-19 origins, the connection between the coronavirus and an outbreak of e-cigarette or vaping use-associated lung injury (EVALI) cases in the U.S. in August, 2019 has raised many concerns.

ecns.cn (2021-08-05). Comicomment: In origin tracing, U.S. leads a 'blaming chorus'. ecns.cn The COVID-19 origin tracing is a serious scientific issue that must be studied by scientists and medical experts around the world through cooperation. However, some U.S. politicians placed their hope on the intelligence community, trying to answer a science question with political means.

ecns.cn (2021-08-05). French biosecurity expert dismisses Wuhan "lab leak" theory. ecns.cn "The theory that the virus escaped from the Wuhan lab is not credible," a French biosecurity expert who had monitored the construction of the Biosafety level 4 (BSL-4) laboratory of the Wuhan Institute of Virology has said recently in reference to COVID-19.

ecns.cn (2021-08-05). U.S. closure of Fort Detrick lab not coincidental: expert. ecns.cn The sudden shutdown of the Fort Detrick lab in the United States and the pneumonia outbreak that followed are far from coincidental and should be studied in the scope of the ongoing investigation into the pandemic's origins, a Russian political observer has said.

ecns.cn (2021-08-05). Meng extradition case concluding. ecns.cn Huawei Technologies Chief Financial Officer Meng Wanzhou was back in British Columbia Supreme Court in Vancouver on Wednesday for the final stretch of extradition proceedings that could send her to the U.S.

ecns.cn (2021-08-05). Xinjiang residents refute accusations of human rights violations. ecns.cn Residents of northwest China's Xinjiang Uygur Autonomous Region have hit back at accusations of human rights violations, saying some Western countries' claims of "genocide" or "forced labor" are fabricated.

ecns.cn (2021-08-05). Shifting blame reflects selfishness of U.S. ecns.cn Recently, the U.S. has led several countries and media outlets in hyping up the claim that the novel coronavirus was the result of a "lab leak".

Kamal Iranidoost (2021-08-05). Iran lodges protest to IMO over rising rhetoric. en.mehrnews.com Iranian Ambassador to the UK Mohsen Baharvand has penned a letter to the International Maritime Organization (IMO) to protest the rhetoric recently raised against Tehran after suspicious incidents with tankers in Persian Gulf.

Mohammad Ali Haqshenas (2021-08-05). Embassy urges caution against false flag operations in region. en.mehrnews.com Iran's Embassy in London reviewed the recent days' propaganda against Iran, urging vigilance against false flag operations in the Persian Gulf region.

ecns.cn (2021-08-05). Secret deal between U.S. Fort Detrick, Japanese germ warfare unit revealed. ecns.cn The United States pardoned members of a notorious Japanese germ warfare unit after World War II in exchange for their data on biological weapons, research by a Chinese historian has revealed.

Staff (2021-08-04). Israeli warplanes pound southern Lebanon, as IDF vows to 'continue & intensify' retaliation to rocket fire (VIDEO). rt.com The Israeli Defense Forces (IDF) launched a series of airstrikes on Lebanese territory, calling them retaliation for cross-border rocket attacks after earlier firing scores of artillery rounds in response. | The IDF Video footage has circulated online purporting to show the IDF strikes in progress. | BREAKING…

Staff (2021-08-04). Video: Palestine Solidarity and the Boycott Movement: An Inter-Generational Dialogue. samidoun.net Watch the full video (above) of "Palestine Solidarity and the Boycott Movement: An Inter-Generational Dialogue," organized by the Canada Palestine Association and BDS Vancouver — Coast Salish Territories on Tuesday, 3 August 2021. The online event was also supported by the Canadian BDS Coalition, Just Peace Advocates and Samidoun Palestinian Prisoner Solidarity Network. The full event video is also available on Facebook: www.facebook.com/cpavancouver.org/videos/1008597779913447/ The event aimed to provide a moderated, dynamic and inter-generational discussion of the history, current challenges and pr…

Peoples Dispatch (2021-08-04). Daniel Hale sentenced to prison for exposing war crimes. peoplesdispatch.org Drone warfare whistleblower and former National Security Agency (NSA) official Daniel Hale was sentenced to 45 months in prison by a federal judge. Hale released a total of 17 documents, of which 11 were marked secret and top-secret. One exposed that during one five-month period of the operation, civilian casualties constituted over 90% of the victims of drone strikes.

_____ (2021-08-04). 'Truly Disturbing': Facebook Blasted for Blocking NYU Researchers Examining Ad Model and Misinformation. commondreams.org "This letter, signed by four House committee chairs, should send a clear message to President Biden: He has the political support to swiftly close the detention center at Guant√°namo."

Daniel Warner (2021-08-04). Robert Moses: An Equal Rights Militant in a Land of Unfulfilled Promises. counterpunch.org Robert Parris Moses died last week. He was a champion of civil rights through voter registration in the American South in the 1960s and later through his Algebra Project. He was also my teacher. A brief summary of his life and achievements is a reminder of how the United States has changed in the past

Hasan Kwame Jeffries (2021-08-04). How Civil Rights Leader Bob Moses used math literacy to push for racial equality. nationofchange.org The Algebra Project is a nonprofit dedicated to helping students from historically marginalized communities develop math literacy.

Staff (2021-08-04). Shot with Rubber Bullets, Hospitalized, Jailed: Line 3 Protester Tara Houska Decries Police Attack. democracynow.org At least 20 water protectors were brutally arrested in Minnesota as resistance to the Enbridge Line 3 pipeline continues, and they say state and local police have escalated their use of excessive force, using tear gas, rubber and pepper bullets to repress opposition to Line 3, which, if completed, would carry Canadian tar sands oil across Indigenous land and fragile ecosystems. "The level of brutality that was unleashed on us was very extreme," says Indigenous lawyer and activist Tara Houska, who suffered bloody welts after she was shot with rubber bullets, then arrested and held in Pennington County Jail over th…

Editor (2021-08-04). Prisoners use drugs. Stop trying to stop them. mronline.org In 1985, Canada began drug testing the urine of federal prisoners. Prison officials had tried to stop people from smuggling drugs into prisons by banning Christmas presents and even deploying teams of gerbils to sniff out anxious visitors.

Staff (2021-08-04). "Caught in Hell": Complaint Shows Horrors Inflicted on African Asylum Seekers. truthout.org In 2018, a crisis year in Cameroon marked by violent oppression inflicted by forces of the Francophone majority upon the English-speaking minority, Divine Tikum Kem, a shopkeeper in the country's English-speaking northwest region, was beaten unconscious by members of the military. Kem says his shop had been targeted as a site of resistance in the continuing struggle for increased autonomy in the Anglophone region following the questionably democratic election of President Paul Biya to a seventh…

RobertAlvarez (2021-08-04). Rural Towns Deserve Better Than Prison Jobs. ips-dc.org The California Correctional Center, a prison in the small Northern California town of Susanville, is closing. | I was pleased when I heard that the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation would be shutting down one of its 35 state prisons, and rushed to tell my wife the news. | We both believe prisons do more harm than good and are a waste of taxpayer money. | She cheered, but then reminded me of something important. As in many small towns across the country, the prison industry is the bedrock of the local economy in Susanville, currently home to both California Correctional Center and High Desert…

_____ (2021-08-04). Mexico Files Historic Lawsuit Against US Gun Companies Fueling Cartel Carnage. commondreams.org Rep. Barbara Lee, the only member of the U.S. House to vote against the AUMF in 2001, called the vote "a major victory in our fight to end forever wars."

Giniw Collective (2021-08-04). Water Protectors Shot with Rubber Bullets and Tear Gas now Denied Medications in Jail. indybay.org Water Protectors at Stop Line 3 were brutally arrested by Sheriffs' deputies using excessive force, tear gas, rubber bullets and pepper bullets. Water Protectors now in Pennington County jail in northern Minnesota are being denied medications and being fed moldy food, Giniw Collective said.

Center for Biological Diversity (2021-08-04). Sierra Nevada Red Fox Population Gains Endangered Species Act Protection. indybay.org SACRAMENTO, August 2, 2021 — In response to a petition and lawsuits from the Center for Biological Diversity, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service today granted endangered status to a population of one of North America's rarest mammals, the Sierra Nevada red fox.

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