2021-10-24: News Headlines

Chloe DS (2021-10-24). As COVID-19 spreads, protesters ramp up calls for refugees to be released from hotel detention. greenleft.org.au Protesters gathered outside the Park Hotel in Carlton to demand that the refugees be immediately released. Chloe DS reports.

Akio Tanaka (2021-10-24). Misstatements Regarding the "Pacifica Lawsuit" indybay.org Pacifica did file a complaint against New Day; however there has not been any court judgment on the complaint.

Victoria Torres (2021-10-24). Chile: Carabineros Repress Peaceful Demonstration Two Years After Popular Uprising. orinocotribune.com On Friday, October 22, Chile's special forces, known as Carabineros, were deployed to suppress a peaceful demonstration held at Plaza Dignidad in capital Santiago. The demonstration celebrated the second anniversary of the start of the social uprising that shook Chile back in 2019. | On Friday, protesters gathered in the main square of Santiago to demand freedom for the political prisoners detained during the social unrest in late 2019. | The Carabineros arrived at around 8: 00 p.m. in the downtown area of Santiago to disperse the protest. According to police, two were arrested, including a minor, for public disor…

Joseph Dole (2021-10-24). The Right to Vote Should Be Available to Everyone — Including Prisoners Like Me. truthout.org People in prison often begin their life in marginalized communities where their families' right to vote has historically been suppressed. Today, voter suppression of those communities is again on the rise. The fact that people are actively trying to legislate additional hindrances to already marginalized communities' right to vote highlights the need to ensure the right to vote for all of these communities' members — even if they are in prison. | This is especially true because, once c…

Marjorie Cohn (2021-10-24). UK High Court Should Deny Extradition Because CIA Planned to Assassinate Assange. truthout.org Why is Joe Biden's Department of Justice continuing Donald Trump's persecution of WikiLeaks founder, publisher and journalist Julian Assange? | Barack Obama, concerned about threats to the First Amendment freedom of the press, decided against indicting Assange for exposing U.S. war crimes. Trump did indict Assange, under Espionage Act charges that could garner him 175 years in prison. A district judge denied Trump's request for Assange's extradition from the U.K. to the United States beca…

_____ (2021-10-23). International Tribunal Seeks To Charge US Government With Crimes Against Humanity. popularresistance.org In this era of police violence, pandemic worries, and economic crisis, it is no surprise that U.S. (and local) government agencies have a poor track record of sharing information honestly and directly—especially information about their own complicity in actions and policies that are undemocratic, militaristic, racist, sexist or otherwise oppressive. | Basic truths about the society we live in are actively suppressed and denied—including truths about the imprisonment of those whose political views and actions challenge the powers that be. | Though the growth of the prison industry has been well documen…

Free Sean Swain (2021-10-23). Call-In Campaign to Keep Sean Swain in Ohio. itsgoingdown.org Call-in campaign for anarchist prisoner Sean Swain. In early 2019, intrepid anarchist author and prisoner was swept away by the ODRC without legal process (requiring a hearing) to the hands of Virginia. His time in VADOC was basically without incident, but due to circumstances beyond Sean's case (the interstate transfer agreement between VA & OH)…

Staff (2021-10-23). Snowden tells The Belmarsh Tribunal: If you love truth, you're as much of a criminal as Assange and risk sharing his fate. rt.com WikiLeaks publisher Julian Assange is a political prisoner and the process against him is a crime against journalism, said a group of academics, politicians, journalists and advocates convened ahead of his extradition hearing. | "What we're witnessing is a murder," NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden told the 'Belmarsh Tribunal' in London on Friday, appearing via video link. | "Everywhere we look, from Afghanistan to economics, from pandemic to pervasive surveillance, the obvious has been made unspeakable," he added, because speaking up would put one in the same category as Assange, a "political criminal" charged…

WSWS (2021-10-23). Alabama executes Willie B. Smith III, an intellectually disabled prisoner, after US Supreme Court fails to intervene. wsws.org Smith died by lethal injection in the execution chamber of the Holman Correctional Facility in Atmore, Alabama.

Editor (2021-10-23). Mumia Abu-Jamal: Militant journalism from behind enemy lines. mronline.org Mumia Abu-Jamal has spent nearly 40 years unjustly imprisoned after he was framed and convicted of killing a white police officer in Philadelphia.

Ella Fassler (2021-10-23). When Prison Guards Refuse Vaccines, Incarcerated People Pay the Price. truthout.org Tensions are reaching a boiling point as large swaths of prison guards continue to refuse COVID-19 vaccines despite mandates in some states for public sector employees. Vaccination rates for prison staff members The disputes are coming to a head during a raging pandemic where,…

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2021-10-23: News Headlines

Staff (2021-10-23). Snowden tells The Belmarsh Tribunal: If you love truth, you're as much of a criminal as Assange and risk sharing his fate. rt.com WikiLeaks publisher Julian Assange is a political prisoner and the process against him is a crime against journalism, said a group of academics, politicians, journalists and advocates convened ahead of his extradition hearing. | "What we're witnessing is a murder," NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden told the 'Belmarsh Tribunal' in London on Friday, appearing via video link. | "Everywhere we look, from Afghanistan to economics, from pandemic to pervasive surveillance, the obvious has been made unspeakable," he added, because speaking up would put one in the same category as Assange, a "political criminal" charged…

Akio Tanaka (2021-10-23). Misstatements Regarding the "Pacifica Lawsuit" indybay.org Pacifica did file a complaint against New Day; however there has not been any court judgment on the complaint.

Free Sean Swain (2021-10-23). Call-In Campaign to Keep Sean Swain in Ohio. itsgoingdown.org Call-in campaign for anarchist prisoner Sean Swain. In early 2019, intrepid anarchist author and prisoner was swept away by the ODRC without legal process (requiring a hearing) to the hands of Virginia. His time in VADOC was basically without incident, but due to circumstances beyond Sean's case (the interstate transfer agreement between VA & OH)…

WSWS (2021-10-23). Alabama executes Willie B. Smith III, an intellectually disabled prisoner, after US Supreme Court fails to intervene. wsws.org Smith died by lethal injection in the execution chamber of the Holman Correctional Facility in Atmore, Alabama.

Jeff Cohen (2021-10-22). The big lie in Rahm Emanuel's Senate testimony. nationofchange.org Now all eyes will be on Merkley — and other Democratic senators who profess that "Black lives mater" and that police need to be held accountable — to see whether they vote to confirm this tainted mayor and elevate him to a prestigious ambassadorship.

Moderator (2021-10-22). Chris Hedges: God "Caged" in Jersey. scheerpost.com Chris Hedges (in a tie) with the East Jersey State Prison inmates who collaborated to write "Caged," world premiered at Passage Theatre in Trenton, N.J. [Photo courtesy of Chris Hedges] | Click to subscribe on: Journalist and author

Editor2 (2021-10-22). Biden kidnaps Venezuelan Diplomat: #FreeAlexSaab now! orinocotribune.com By Greg Butterfield — Oct 19, 2021 | The Biden administration on Oct. 16 kidnapped Venezuelan diplomat Alex Saab from the West African country of Cape Verde, in blatant violation of international law. Under U.S. pressure, Saab had already been imprisoned and tortured in Cape Verde for 16 months. | "On a flight chartered by the [U.S.] Department of Justice, in which the Cape Verdean authorities had no control that could guarantee the safety of the Venezuelan diplomat, because they do not have a bilateral extradition treaty with the North American nation, Alex Saab arrived Saturday night and was transferred to…

_____ (2021-10-22). Palestinians Protest In Support Of Prisoners On Hunger Strike. popularresistance.org On Wednesday, October 20, Palestinians staged a protest at the al-Manara square in Ramallah in the occupied West Bank in solidarity with six prisoners who are on hunger strike against their illegal administrative detention in Israeli jails, reported Al Jazeera. Several Palestinian civil society groups and prisoner rights groups participated in the protest, along with the families of those who are on hunger strike. They called for immediate and unconditional release of the six prisoners and expressed fear about their health. | The six prisoners are Kayed Fasfous, on hunger strike for the last 100 days, Miqdad al-Q…

_____ (2021-10-22). Palestinians Protest In Support Of Prisoners On Hunger Strike, Demand Their Immediate Release. popularresistance.org On Wednesday, October 20, Palestinians staged a protest at the al-Manara square in Ramallah in the occupied West Bank in solidarity with six prisoners who are on hunger strike against their illegal administrative detention in Israeli jails, reported Al Jazeera. Several Palestinian civil society groups and prisoner rights groups participated in the protest, along with the families of those who are on hunger strike. They called for immediate and unconditional release of the six prisoners and expressed fear about their health.

Editor (2021-10-22). A different sort of truth. mronline.org In the novel released this year, Mohamedou Ould Slahi offers a glimpse of the world he created to escape Guantanamo Bay Detention Camp, writes Alexander Hartwiger.

Peoples Dispatch (2021-10-22). US detention of Afghan man at Guantanamo is illegal, says court. peoplesdispatch.org Assadullah Gul has spent 14 years at the Guantanamo detention center without being formally charged and tried. He is one of the 39 remaining detainees and underwent physical and psychological torture…

Peoples Dispatch (2021-10-22). New Israeli bill proposes to let police enter homes of Arab citizens without warrant. peoplesdispatch.org Critics argue that in the name of fighting rising crime rates within the Arab community, Israel is legalizing discrimination against Arab citizens. Recently, the policy of indefinite detention. so far followed only in the occupied territories, was extended to Arab citizens of Israel…

Staff (2021-10-22). Former CITGO Executives to Remain in Prison, House Arrest Measure Revoked. orinocotribune.com On Saturday, October 16, six former Venezuelan executives of the state-owned oil company CITGO, a subsidiary of PDVSA, were taken to jail again, according to sources in the judiciary. They had been under house arrest since April this year after being convicted for crimes of embezzlement. Relatives and lawyers confirmed this information. The criminal court that is handling their case revoked their house arrest measure. | One of those executives is José àÅngel Pereira, former president of CITGO. Pereira was sentenced to 13 years and seven months in prison for embezzlement, entering into an agreement with a co…

_____ (2021-10-22). Assange To Get Same Judge Who Sided With US On Appeal Over Medical Issues. popularresistance.org Lord Justice Timothy Holroyde, the High Court judge who reversed an earlier court order to bar the U.S. from appealing Julian Assange's medical issues, will preside over the substantive U.S. appeal hearing at the High Court next week. | In January, lower court Judge Vanessa Baraitser refused the U.S. request to extradite the WikiLeaks publisher because of his high risk of suicide and the conditions of U.S. prisons. The U.S. applied to appeal that decision, which was granted by the High Court in July. The court allowed three of five grounds of appeal, excluding the matter of Assange's health. | The U.S. challenged…

Jacqueline Luqman (2021-10-22). Film Review: Radical Alternatives Left Out of 'The Prison Within'. towardfreedom.org Although "The Prison Within" makes a few fleeting mentions of expanding treatment and mitigation programs to keep traumatized people from going to prison in the first place, restorative justice is presented inside the narrow construct of reforming prisons to make them "better." That all makes sense when the discussion is not intended to be about replacing prisons with humane and truly restorative systems.

Sara Flounders (2021-10-22). Free U.S. political prisoner Dr. Aafia Siddiqui! workers.org The case of Dr. Aafia Siddiqui is another great miscarriage of justice in the long history of the U.S. legal-carceral system, which reinforces xenophobia, anti-Muslim prejudice and white supremacy. New York City protest, Oct. 20. Credit: WW PHOTO: Toni Arenstein. Arrested and brought to the United States for a "crime" . . . |

teleSUR (2021-10-22). Belmarsh Tribunal Judges the US For the Assange Case. telesurenglish.net On Friday, the Belmarsh Tribunal held its first face-to-face session at the London Convocation Hall to judge the U.S. government for its crimes against humanity in the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq and for the imprisonment of Julian Assange, who revealed such information. | RELATED: | With this process, the Belmarsh Court emulates the Russell-Sartre people's court, which sat in Stockholm and Copenhagen in 1967 to try the White House fo…

Molly Davis (2021-10-22). Illinois Bans Cops From Lying to Kids; Your State Should be Next. counterpunch.org Cateresa Matthews was only 14 when she was brutally raped and murdered in Illinois in 1991 — and police botched her investigation. They sent five innocent boys to prison scapegoating justice for her family. In 2012, after spending a cumulative 78 years in prison for a crime they didn't commit, all five were exonerated by

teleSUR (2021-10-22). Chile: Supreme Court Condemns 19 Agents Of The Dictatorship. telesurenglish.net On Thursday, Chile's Supreme Court sentenced 19 agents of the defunct National Intelligence Directorate (DINA) to prison for the kidnapping of the brothers Carlos and Aldo Perez during the Augusto Pinochet dictatorship (1973-1990). | RELATED: | In September 1974, these Revolutionary Left Movement (MIR) militants were arrested, tortured, and killed. Judge Hernan Crisosto Greisse determined that Carlos Perez was detained in his office by agents of the Milita…

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