2022-01-26: News Headlines

Judy Greenspan (2022-01-26). COVID-19 and the prison abolition movement: A WW commentary. workers.org The current spike in COVID-19 infections among the incarcerated in prisons, jails and detention centers is not only alarming and life-threatening to tens of thousands of people, it is an urgent challenge for the prison abolition and prisoners' advocacy movement. We must build a movement from California to New York . . . |

ecns.cn (2022-01-26). Gun violence in U.S. has grown into a tumor of society: FM Spokesperson. ecns.cn Gun violence in the U.S. has grown into a tumor of society, a Chinese FM Spokesperson said on Tuesday, adding that compounded with grave problems including the unchecked pandemic, drug proliferation and racial discrimination, gun violence has become a serious systemic human rights issue.

_____ (2022-01-26). For God's Sake Boys, STOP THIS WAR S**T!! popularresistance.org We've seen this before. The U.S. creates a situation, digs in its heels and makes ultimatums—and tens of thousands die. | I resigned from the U.S. government in 2003 in opposition to another war-President Bush's war on Iraq in which followed that war playbook. | We've seen it in Afghanistan and Iraq and now it may be over Ukraine or Taiwan, and oh yes, let's not forget multiple missile tests from North Korea, ISIS fighters rioting and escaping from prisons in Syria, the millions in Afghanistan who are starving and freezing after the U.S. chaotic withdrawal and refusal to unlock Afghanistan's frozen financia…

Staff (2022-01-26). Remembering Badran Jaber: A Life in Revolution. samidoun.net Samidoun Palestinian Prisoner Solidarity Network salutes the revolutionary life of Badran Jaber, veteran of the Palestinian liberation struggle, upon his passing on 25 January 2022. Jaber, a leader and co-founder of the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine, was a symbol of the Palestinian prisoners' movement. He was repeatedly arrested, interrogated and imprisoned in …

Robert Reich (2022-01-26). The Curse of Financial Entrepreneurship. indybay.org We are not prisoners of bad decisions made in the past. We can and should rein in Wall Street, break up its five giant "too-big-to-fail" banks, support local and state banks, resurrect the Glass-Steagall Act's divide between investment & commercial banking, tax all financial transactions — and rebuild jobs and wages on the product side of the American economy.

Staff (2022-01-25). We Support Somaya: Take action for justice for Palestinian student and researcher Somaya Falah. samidoun.net Stand with Somaya! The following call to action is supported by Samidoun Palestinian Prisoner Solidarity Network, the Palestinian Youth Movement and Within Our Lifetime — United for Palestine. Please join us to take action and stand with Somaya! Palestinian Ph.D. student, researcher and activist Somaya Falah is currently being held under house arrest, banned from …

Ann Brown (2022-01-25). Black America Takes On Radical Feminist Rutgers Professor Over Criticism Of Dr. Martin Luther King's Private Affairs. moguldom.com There have long been rumors that civil rights icon Martin Luther King Jr., who was married to Coretta Scott King, had extramarital affairs. These types of rumors were supposedly captured on secret FBI recordings of King. Biographer David Garrow, a Pulitzer prize-winning author and biographer, claimed in 2019 that he was privy to the content …

Don Gross (2022-01-25). Activists, civil rights leaders call for federal charges against killer cop Jason Van Dyke. liberationnews.org This is a clear and direct message to every awful law enforcement officer all across the country if Jason Van Dyke is released.

WSWS (2022-01-25). Jury hears opening statements in federal trial of three former cops involved in the murder of George Floyd. wsws.org The federal civil rights trial began on Monday of the three officers who assisted Derek Chauvin as he killed George Floyd in front of bystanders in Minneapolis on May 25, 2020.

Peoples Dispatch (2022-01-25). Palestinians continue boycott of Israeli military courts to protest their illegal administrative detention. peoplesdispatch.org Around 500 Palestinians currently incarcerated in Israel under the illegal policy of administrative detention have been boycotting Israeli military courts to protest their detention since January 1. The detainees have since refused to appear for court hearings and sessions regarding the approval or renewal of their administrative detention orders. They are also boycotting appeal hearings, including those in higher courts. According to Palestinian prisoners' rights groups, among those participating in the boycott are three minors and one woman. All of them are being detained without charge or trial by the Israeli…

_____ (2022-01-25). The International Community's Response to Israel's Administrative Detention Should Go Beyond Humanitarian Grounds. strategic-culture.org The absence of a persistent strategy to counter Israel's human rights violations and to hold the settler colonial state accountable is of detriment to the Palestinian people, who remain shackled to humanitarian agendas. | A seriously ill Palestinian teenage refugee boy, Amal Nakhleh, has brought Israel's administrative detention system to the news headlines. Nakhleh, who is 17 years old and who suffers from a serious medical condition and who underwent an operation to remove a tumour from his ribcage prior to his detention by Israeli forces, has been held without charges in administrative detention since January…

Staff (2022-01-25). Thich Nhat Hanh After 9/11: Ignorance, Discrimination, Fear & Violence Are Real Enemies of Humanity. democracynow.org In memory of Thich Nhat Hanh, the world-renowned Buddhist monk, antiwar activist, poet and teacher who died Saturday, we reair a speech Hanh gave at Riverside Church in New York in 2001. Shortly after the 9/11 attacks on the World Trade Center, Hanh urged the audience to embrace peace in the face of anger, citing his experience of witnessing suffering on both sides during the war in his native Vietnam. "The real enemy of man is not man," says Hanh. "It is ignorance, discrimination, fear, craving and violence." We also speak with Hanh's longtime friend and fellow peace activist, Father John Dear, former director o…

Oakland Abolition, Solidarity (2022-01-25). Prisoners at Santa Rita Jail Launch Hunger Strike in the Bay Area. itsgoingdown.org Report from Oakland Abolition and Solidarity about ongoing hunger strike at the Santa Rita jail in the bay area of California. Originally posted to Santa Rita Jail Solidarity. At least two dozen prisoners in the Alameda County Jail are continuing a hunger strike which began on January 8, 2022 to protest an increase in the…

WSWS (2022-01-25). Canada's state broadcaster CBC peddles lies and slanders about jailed journalist Julian Assange. wsws.org Following last month's calamitous British High Court ruling ordering Julian Assange extradited to face US espionage charges, the CBC aired deceitful and manipulative reports that lent support to Washington's efforts to persecute and silence the award-winning journalist.

Staff (2022-01-25). Israeli soldier jailed for Gaza TikTok video. rt.com The serviceman can be seen firing across the border into the Palestinian territory | On Tuesday, the Israel Defense Forces (IDF) said a serviceman who shared a video of himself firing rounds into Gaza had been sentenced to 10 days in military prison. | "The soldier's behavior in the video does not conform with the norms expected of soldiers and commanders," the IDF said in a statement cited by The Times of Israel. Officers concluded that the shooting did not comply with open-fire regulations. | The soldier had posted a video of himself on the TikTok social media app in which he can be seen shooting in the air…

Staff (2022-01-25). Video: Solidarity with Olivia Zémor, Free Georges Abdallah || Boycott TEVA, Support Struggles for Palestine in France. samidoun.net There are two important cases in France for the Palestine movement that will be heard on Thursday, 27 January. Samidoun Palestinian Prisoner Solidarity Network released this international video to support Georges Abdallah and Olivia Zémor, and to express our global solidarity with their ongoing struggles for justice and a liberated Palestine. TEVA and the case …

Staff (2022-01-25). Video: Solidarity with Olivia Zémor, Free Georges Abdallah || Boycott TEVA, Support Struggles for Palestine in France. samidoun.net There are two important cases in France for the Palestine movement that will be heard on Thursday, 27 January. Samidoun Palestinian Prisoner Solidarity Network released this international video to support Georges Abdallah and Olivia Zémor, and to express our global solidarity with their ongoing struggles for justice and a liberated Palestine. TEVA and the case …

WSWS (2022-01-25). Newt Gingrich threatens January 6 committee members with imprisonment. wsws.org Speaking like the representative of a right-wing dictatorship, the former House Speaker vowed retribution if the Republican Party regains control of the House in the 2022 elections.

Staff (2022-01-25). Russia may designate German murders as 'genocide'. rt.com Prosecutors point to the brutal occupation and war crimes committed by the Third Reich | Prosecutors in Russia's Rostov region have moved to officially designate the 1941-1943 Nazi occupation of the territory as a "genocide," citing the murders of more than 126,000 civilians and prisoners of war. | Officials have prepared a petition to the court at the direction of Russia's Prosecutor General Igor Krasnov, whose office posted the announcement on its website on Monday. The article lays out the suffering that Rostov, in southwestern Russia, endured during the years of occupation, when Nazi enforcers took control…

IGD Worldwide (2022-01-25). Repression and History: an Interview with Belarus Anarchist Black Cross. itsgoingdown.org | It is essential that our revolutionary solidarity extend beyond borders and transcend the artificial East/West divide. The Belarusian anarchist and anti-fascist milieu, with its dozens of political prisoners (and likely more unknown to local support efforts) is in dire need of international solidarity. | This new interview with an anonymous member of the

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2022-01-25: News Headlines

Staff (2022-01-25). Russia may designate German murders as 'genocide'. rt.com Prosecutors point to the brutal occupation and war crimes committed by the Third Reich | Prosecutors in Russia's Rostov region have moved to officially designate the 1941-1943 Nazi occupation of the territory as a "genocide," citing the murders of more than 126,000 civilians and prisoners of war. | Officials have prepared a petition to the court at the direction of Russia's Prosecutor General Igor Krasnov, whose office posted the announcement on its website on Monday. The article lays out the suffering that Rostov, in southwestern Russia, endured during the years of occupation, when Nazi enforcers took control…

WSWS (2022-01-25). Jury hears opening statements in federal trial of three former cops involved in the murder of George Floyd. wsws.org The federal civil rights trial began on Monday of the three officers who assisted Derek Chauvin as he killed George Floyd in front of bystanders in Minneapolis on May 25, 2020.

Staff (2022-01-25). Thich Nhat Hanh After 9/11: Ignorance, Discrimination, Fear & Violence Are Real Enemies of Humanity. democracynow.org In memory of Thich Nhat Hanh, the world-renowned Buddhist monk, antiwar activist, poet and teacher who died Saturday, we reair a speech Hanh gave at Riverside Church in New York in 2001. Shortly after the 9/11 attacks on the World Trade Center, Hanh urged the audience to embrace peace in the face of anger, citing his experience of witnessing suffering on both sides during the war in his native Vietnam. "The real enemy of man is not man," says Hanh. "It is ignorance, discrimination, fear, craving and violence." We also speak with Hanh's longtime friend and fellow peace activist, Father John Dear, former director o…

WSWS (2022-01-25). Canada's state broadcaster CBC peddles lies and slanders about jailed journalist Julian Assange. wsws.org Following last month's calamitous British High Court ruling ordering Julian Assange extradited to face US espionage charges, the CBC aired deceitful and manipulative reports that lent support to Washington's efforts to persecute and silence the award-winning journalist.

Staff (2022-01-25). Israeli soldier jailed for Gaza TikTok video. rt.com The serviceman can be seen firing across the border into the Palestinian territory | On Tuesday, the Israel Defense Forces (IDF) said a serviceman who shared a video of himself firing rounds into Gaza had been sentenced to 10 days in military prison. | "The soldier's behavior in the video does not conform with the norms expected of soldiers and commanders," the IDF said in a statement cited by The Times of Israel. Officers concluded that the shooting did not comply with open-fire regulations. | The soldier had posted a video of himself on the TikTok social media app in which he can be seen shooting in the air…

Staff (2022-01-25). Video: Solidarity with Olivia Zémor, Free Georges Abdallah || Boycott TEVA, Support Struggles for Palestine in France. samidoun.net There are two important cases in France for the Palestine movement that will be heard on Thursday, 27 January. Samidoun Palestinian Prisoner Solidarity Network released this international video to support Georges Abdallah and Olivia Zémor, and to express our global solidarity with their ongoing struggles for justice and a liberated Palestine. TEVA and the case …

WSWS (2022-01-25). Newt Gingrich threatens January 6 committee members with imprisonment. wsws.org Speaking like the representative of a right-wing dictatorship, the former House Speaker vowed retribution if the Republican Party regains control of the House in the 2022 elections.

Staff (2022-01-24). Headlines for January 24, 2022. democracynow.org U.K. High Court Rules Assange Can Request Appeal of Extradition to U.S., U.S. Judge Blocks Vaccine Mandate for Federal Workers, U.S. Reduces Kyiv Embassy Staff, Weighs Sending Troops to Region as Tensions Mount with Russia, Saudi-Led Airstrikes Kill at Least 82 People in Yemen, Including African Migrants, 150 People Killed in Attack on Syrian Prison, Bus Bomb Kills 7 People in Afghanistan; Taliban Officials Arrive in Oslo for International Talks, Reports: Burkina Faso's President Detained by Soldiers Amid Growing Unrest, Armed Men Detain Sudanese Women's Rights Activist Amira Osman, Palestinians Call for Probe in…

Staff (2022-01-24). One Year Later: How the Biden Administration is Doing on Civil Rights and Civil Liberties. aclu.org As President Joe Biden and Vice President Kamala Harris took office one year ago this month, the ACLU published a

Dave Welsh (2022-01-24). Broken promise on MLK holiday—Civil rights strike at Kaiser Hospital. workers.org Oakland Somehow, I thought they made Martin Luther King Day a paid holiday for all workers. Well, it seems Kaiser Medical Center didn't get the word. That's why psychologists, social workers and therapists from Kaiser's Oakland and Richmond, California, clinics hit the bricks in a one-day strike on Jan. 17. . . . |

Staff (2022-01-24). "The Janes": Meet the Women Who Formed a Collective to Provide Safe Abortions Before Roe v. Wade. democracynow.org As conservative justices on the Supreme Court threaten to overturn the landmark 1973 Roe v. Wade ruling that legalized abortions nationwide, we speak to the filmmakers and a subject of "The Janes" about life before Roe, when a collective of women in Chicago built an underground service for women seeking an abortion. Heather Booth, who founded the Jane Collective as a college student, speaks about adopting lessons from the civil rights movement and antiwar sentiments of the time. "You have to stand up to illegitimate authority," says Booth. The directors of the film, Emma Pildes and Tia Lessin, speak about their m…

WSWS (2022-01-24). Scores killed in Saudi-led airstrikes, highlighting US-Saudi war crimes. wsws.org On Friday, a Saudi airstrike on a detention center in Saada, northern Yemen, housing African migrant workers transiting through Yemen to Saudi Arabia, killed at least 82 people and wounded 266 more.

Jim McMahan (2022-01-24). Seattle MLK rally and march. workers.org Seattle Over 2,000 demonstrators participated in a multinational march Jan. 17 at the 40th Annual Martin Luther King Day March in Seattle. The marchers, including several families, protested at the new youth jail, which will be used to imprison youth in the community. Marching for support and respect for essential . . . |

Adri Nieuwhof (2022-01-24). Munich anti-BDS policy is illegal, German federal court rules. electronicintifada.net Meanwhile, Palestine solidarity supporters face lawsuit in Austria.

Staff (2022-01-24). FBI raids Covid testing company in fraud probe. rt.com The Center for Covid Control is accused of providing 'deceptive' test results | The Federal Bureau of Investigation conducted a search of a Covid-19 testing company which has been accused of providing "inaccurate and deceptive" results and enriching its owners. | The Illinois headquarters of the Center for Covid Control — which has received more than $124 million from the US government for its Doctors Clinical Lab — was searched by federal agents on Saturday just days after the Minnesota Attorney General's Office filed a lawsuit accusing the company of providing bogus test results. | FBI Chicago spok…

Staff (2022-01-24). Montreal rally calls for freedom for Ahmad Sa'adat, Nasser Abu Hmaid and all Palestinian prisoners. samidoun.net On Sunday, 23 January, campaigners in Montreal gathered on a snowy day outside the Israeli consulate to call for justice and freedom for Palestinian political prisoners. The demonstration, organized by Palestinian and Jewish Unity (PAJU), the Canadian Palestinian Federation of Quebec and Canada Sanctions Israel, came as part of the international Week of Action to …

Staff (2022-01-24). Brooklyn rally urges liberation of Ahmad Sa'adat and all Palestinian prisoners. samidoun.net Palestinians and supporters of Palestine rallied for freedom for Ahmad Sa'adat and all Palestinian prisoners in Bay Ridge, Brooklyn, the heart of New York's Palestinian and Arab community, on Saturday, 22 January. Part of the international week of action to free Ahmad Sa'adat and all Palestinian prisoners, the action drew the largest crowds in recent …

_____ (2022-01-24). Leonard Peltier Pleads For Help Amid Constant COVID Lockdowns. popularresistance.org Never mind that he shouldn't be in a federal prison at all. | Leonard Peltier, the Native American rights activist whom the FBI put behind bars decades ago without any evidence that he committed a crime, tells HuffPost that his facility's prolonged COVID-19 lockdowns and failure to provide at least some inmates with booster shots has left him ‚Äï and likely others ‚Äï unbearably isolated and preparing for death. | "I'm in hell," Peltier said in a Friday statement, "and there is no way to deal with it but to take it as long as you can." | Peltier, who is 77 and has serious health pr…

sputniknews (2022-01-24). Situation Near London High Court as Appeal Hearing in Assange Extradition to US Case Takes Place. sputniknews.com Assange faces up to 175 years in prison in the United States for publishing thousands of classified documents that exposed war crimes committed by American troops in Iraq and Afghanistan.

Staff (2022-01-24). Julian Assange Wins Right to Appeal Extradition; Stella Moris Blasts "Politically Motivated Prosecution" democracynow.org A British judge has ruled that political dissident and WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange can appeal his extradition to the United States. The ruling dealt a major blow to the Biden administration's efforts to put Assange on trial for espionage charges. Assange has spent over 1,000 days locked up in the Belmarsh high-security prison in London, where he recently suffered a mini-stroke. The "politically driven" prosecution of Assange is punishing "a publisher for doing his work, for having published evidence of U.S. crimes," says Stella Moris, Assange's fiancée. "For every win that we get, Julian's situation doesn't…

sputniknews (2022-01-24). Daddy's Favourite: Trump Would Let Don Jr. Go to Prison Before Ivanka, Ex-Fixer Michael Cohen Claims. sputniknews.com Earlier this month, NY Attorney General Letitia James issued subpoenas to former US President Donald Trump and his two eldest children, Donald Trump, Jr. and Ivanka Trump, as part of an ongoing civil tax fraud investigation into the Trump Organisation. The AG claims to have uncovered "significant evidence" of fraudulent dealings.

William Craig Cohen (2022-01-24). The Weekly Round-Up: Deprivations of citizenship, the state of the union and prison over Pride and Prejudice. ukhumanrightsblog.com In the news: On Friday, the Guardian reported on the earlier Freemovement.org quantitative analysis relating to deprivations of British citizenship. While it has been known and reported upon for some time, the analysis demonstrates a continued trend of increased deprivations, with a significant peak in 2017, when the number of people whose citizenship was removed …

WSWS (2022-01-24). Texas fascist indicted for calling for assassination of Georgia officials one day before Trump's coup attempt. wsws.org Trump supporter Chad Clark is facing up to five years in prison after his arrest for posting an online ad the day before the attack on the US Capitol calling for "patriots" to kill election officials and politicians.

Editor (2022-01-24). High Court Allows Assange to Appeal to Supreme Court. scheerpost.com The High Court at the Royal Courts of Justice in London. (David Castor/Wikimedia Commons) | By Joe Lauria / The High Court of England and Wales on Monday in essence allowed Julian Assange, the imprisoned WikiLeaks publisher, the right to appeal at the U.K. Supreme Court last month's High Court judgement permitting Assange's extradition to the United States. | The High Court technically refused to allow an appeal to the Supreme Court, but left it up to that court to determine for itself whether…

Editor (2022-01-24). It's Time for Biden to Fulfill His Pledge to End the Federal Death Penalty. scheerpost.com Wire fence surrounding the exercise yard for death row inmates at the Idaho State Penitentiary, Boise, Idaho, USA. From Stellamc on By Alice Kim / On January 17, 1977, Gary Gilmore was executed by firing squad, shot through the heart, at Utah State Prison. He was the first person to be executed after the death penalty had been reinstated in the United States in…

Barry Sheppard (2022-01-24). United States: The battle against Trumpism can't be left to the Democrats. greenleft.org.au Donald Trump is aiming to take back the majority in the Senate and the House in November, aided by voter suppression, as stage one of his 2024 presidential re-election campaign, write Barry Sheppard and Malik Miah.

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