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Paying the Price for Defeating Chevron: an Interview with Steven Donziger
Joe Emersberger | counterpunch.org | 2020-05-05
U.S. attorney Steven Donziger has been in house arrest in Manhattan for almost eight months. His pre-trial detention stems from a judgement he and a team of Ecuadorian lawyers won over Chevron that could cost the company billions of dollars
Media ignores explosive report that 'destroys credibility' of antisemitism claims against Corbyn's Labour
Tracy Keeling | thecanary.co | 2020-05-05
A leaked report by anti-Corbyn group the Jewish Labour Movement (JLM) hit the headlines in December 2019. The report
Solitary Confinement Used For Children As Young As 11 After COVID-19 Exposure
Staff | therealnews.com | 2020-05-05
Lawyers say Maryland's Department of Juvenile Services and the Department of Correctional Services aren't being transparent about conditions in juvenile detention centers.
May Day Protests at SF City Hall. Anti Shutdowners Also Demonstrate
Leon Kunstenaar | indybay.org | 2020-05-05
Labor and human rights groups demand rent and mortgage strike. Others want country "reopened".
COVID-19 and the Left: an Ignored Civil Rights Crisis; a Missed Opportunity
Michael Lesher | zcomm.org | 2020-05-05
The very last thing we should be doing is sitting back and watching while business elites manipulate working class protesters with appeals to their civil-rights concerns, steadily corralling all forms of pro-democracy resistance into the politics of the Republican right…
Spain bans May Day protests on "public health" grounds while sending millions back to work
wsws.org | 2020-05-05
Spanish courts ruled that the COVID-19 danger outweighs basic democratic rights, but Madrid does not believe it outweighs workers' duty to produce profits for the capitalists.
Economic Cataclysm: Politicians Have Destroyed Markets and Ignored Human Rights with Alarming Enthusiasm
Finn Andreen | globalresearch.ca | 2020-05-05
An economic cataclysm has been unleashed upon the world by Western politicians and bureaucrats. Unbelievably, economic activity in the West has slowed to a creep, as entire populations have been confined to their homes for weeks, if not months. As …
Trump, Pence, G W Bush, Hannity and Sen. Rick Scott's best sheriff fried under DOJ investi
scott huminski | indybay.org | 2020-05-05
The Justice Department and Florida Department of Health are investigating Sheriff Carmine Marceno for civil rights abuses, human rights abuses, ADA violations and felony abuse of a disabled adult.
Iran hands over prisoners to China, Indonesia
en.mehrnews.com | 2020-05-05
TEHRAN, May 05 (MNA)
When fear reigns
Anna Jikhareva and Anne Jung | indybay.org | 2020-05-05
What was thought to be temporary has remained until today. Temporary rules became law. Snowden warns of a similar process in the context of a real crisis.Surveillance is accepted on an unprecedented scale.The virus is dangerous.But the destruction of our rights is fatal because it is permanent. Snowden believers.
100 Years After San Remo and the Denial of Arab Rights Continues
James J. Zogby | globalresearch.ca | 2020-05-05
It was appropriate that during the week in which we commemorated the 100th anniversary of the San Remo Conference, Israelis and Americans were discussing the Israeli government's declared intention to annex large portions of occupied Palestinian lands. As was the …
Under US pressure, Mexican government vows to impose return to work and "herd immunity" policy
wsws.org | 2020-05-05
Hundreds of non-essential maquiladora plants across Mexico have remained open during the pandemic and those that were closed after a wave of wildcat strikes are reopening with the sanctioning of the López Obrador government.
Detainees put at high risk for COVID-19 at Madison, Wi., jail
Annika Lee | liberationnews.org | 2020-05-05
To protect them from COVID-19, incarcerated people must be freed.
Russia-China entente deepens in the shadow of the pandemic
M.K. Bhadrakumar | mronline.org | 2020-05-04
The Russian-Chinese entente emerged as one of the most significant templates of international politics in the recent period since the hugely consequential developments in Ukraine in 2014 that led to western sanctions against Moscow, which in turn galvanised the latter's 'pivot to Asia'.
National Rights Groups Call for Pause in Judicial Confirmations Process
commondreams.org | 2020-05-04
Mashpee Wampanoag tribe's trust status threatened by Department of Interior
Dylan Gamez Citron and Kimberly Barzola | liberationnews.org | 2020-05-04
"This is a violation of our rights…"
Cuomo wants to fine people not wearing Covid-19 masks because they could 'literally kill someone'
rt.com | 2020-05-04
New York Governor Andrew Cuomo has called people who don't wear masks to help stop the spread of the coronavirus "cruel and irresponsible," adding that he supports authorities fining them over it. | Wearing masks in public has been mandatory in New York since mid-April, but enforcement of the measure falls to local governments
Greek refugee camps 'beyond breaking point' as UK government continues its racist policies
Eliza Egret | thecanary.co | 2020-05-03
Human rights campaigners on the Greek island of Samos have told The Canary that the situation for refugees is "beyond breaking point". Since the early 2000s, people have been seeking refuge on the Aegean islands, fleeing the West's neo-colonial policies in the Middle East. Around 7,000 people are currently stuck in Samos' Vathy camp, which has capacity for under 700 people. | Europe Must A…
Venezuela thwarts invasion attempt by mercenaries
Peoples Dispatch | peoplesdispatch.org | 2020-05-03
The National Bolivarian Armed Forces (FANB) and the National Bolivarian Police repelled an attempted invasion by a group of mercenaries early on May 3, Sunday. The group of mercenaries attempted to enter Venezuela on the coast of the La Guaira State. They arrived in speed boats from Colombia, according to the GPS system of the boats. | In the confrontation, eight mercenaries were killed and two were detained, one of whom has confessed to being an agent of the Drug Enforcement Agency of the United States. Venezuelan security forces also seized large amounts of weaponry, including assault rifles and ammunition, as…
PA prisoners tortured for protesting racist policies
Ted Kelly | workers.org | 2020-05-02
Eric McGill was locked up in Lebanon County Correctional Facility in Lebanon, Pa., on Jan. 19, 2019. For 15 months now he has been held there, not because he has been convicted of a crime, but because he cannot afford the preposterous $1 million bail the judge set. And during . . . | Continue reading PA prisoners tortured for protesting racist policies at Workers.org…
[Editorial] COVID-19: remaking the social contract
The Lancet | thelancet.com | 2020-05-02
"Allegiance, after all, has to work two ways; and one can grow weary of an allegiance which is not reciprocal." The British playwright David Hare quoted this line by the American writer James Baldwin in his recent reflections on the UK Government's response to the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic. Baldwin's reminder and warning in the context of civil rights in the mid-20th century USA speak now in the pandemic to communities the world over who are unsure of their governments' allegiances to them.
A County Jail Battles COVID-19 and the Opioid Crisis–At the Same Time
Marcia Brown | progressive.org | 2020-05-01
The pandemic and an increase in immigration detainees create a double whammy for the rural Ohio jail.
'Rights and dignity' of older people must be respected during COVID-19 and beyond
news.un.org | 2020-05-01
The COVID-19 fatality rate for people over 80-years-old, is five times the global average, the UN Secretary-General said on Friday, launching a new policy initiative to address this and many other challenges faced by the elderly, during and after the biggest public health crisis to hit the world in a century.
Tamil detainee speaks out from Christmas Island
pip.hinman | greenleft.org.au | 2020-05-04
Refugees & migrants Chris SleeIssue 1264 Australia Chrismas islandMay 4, 2020Priya, a Tamil refugee detained on Christmas Island, was the featured speaker at a Zoom "digital rally" organised by the Tamil Refugee Council on May 2. | Until 26 months ago, Priya live…
Iran Bashing, a US Media Specialty
Stephen Lendman | iranian.com | 2020-05-03
Operating as imperial mouthpieces, US establishment media are hostile toward all sovereign independent nations on its target list for regime change. They're countries unwilling to sacrifice their sovereign rights to US interests. Iran tops the list of Middle East nations Washington wants transformed into a vassal state
Iran Under Siege from Humanitarian Imperialism amid Pandemic
Daniel Haiphong | iranian.com | 2020-05-03
Iran is once again under siege from humanitarian imperialism. The United Nations (UN) has released multiple reports in recent weeks criticizing the Iranian government for supposed human rights violations in relation to the treatment of prisoners and its lockdown procedures during the COVID-19 pandemic. Nazanin Boniadi, a board of director at the Center for Human …
The Hate That Is Among Us
Futher Column, By Abby Zimet, Staff Writer | commondreams.org | 2020-05-04
'Dangerous and Irresponsible': 40 Rights Groups Demand McConnell Stop Ramming Through Lifetime Judges During Covid-19 Crisis
Julia Conley, staff writer | commondreams.org | 2020-05-04
"Trump and McConnell are prioritizing their morally bankrupt agenda instead of addressing the impact of this public health crisis." | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files… …
Citing 'Vein of Toxicity' and Firing of Whistleblowers, Amazon VP Resigns in Disgust
Julia Conley, staff writer | commondreams.org | 2020-05-04
Now-former Amazon engineer Tim Bray won praise from labor rights advocates on Monday after resigning from his high-ranking position over the company's treatment of whistleblowers during the Covid-19 pandemic, publishing a "scathing" letter on his personal blog. | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files… …
Condition of refugee camps in Greece 'disgraceful'
yenisafak.com | 2020-05-05
"It is disgraceful that such conditions are accepted in the middle of Europe," Gerd Muller, minister for economic cooperation and development, said in an interview with German daily Rheinische Post."I have seen how 20,000 people were crammed in a camp planned for 3,000 people," Muller added.He said authorities should ensure rights and dignity of refugees in these camps."Evacuating children from these camps do not solve the problem," Muller said, referring to evacuation of unaccompanied refugee children from camps in Greece to Germany.Germany brought 47 refugee children to the country last month as part of an agre…
Podcast: Dan Kovalik on How Sanctions and Humanitarian Interventions are Used to Plunder Nations
Mnar Muhawesh | mintpressnews.com | 2020-05-01
Dan Kovalik discusses the history of Washington's policy of sanctions and humanitarian intervention, a policy that provides the framework for the mass pillaging of foreign nations on behalf of the U.S. establishment.
May Day 2020: Build a better future for people in times of multiple crises
Susan Price | greenleft.org.au | 2020-05-01
Asia & the Pacific International solidarityIssue 1263 Asia-Pacific COVID-19. May Day workers rightsMay 1, 2020Joint Statement for May Day 2020: | Build a better future for w…
Greta Thunberg launches campaign to support UNICEF protection efforts against COVID-19
news.un.org | 2020-04-30
Climate activist Greta Thunberg along with Danish NGO Human Act, on Thursday launched a child rights-driven campaign to support the UN Children's Fund (UNICEF) in protecting young lives during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Coronavirus and human rights: New guidance highlights support for persons with disabilities
news.un.org | 2020-04-30
New guidance issued on Thursday sets out key actions, to counter what the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights has called the "double risk" faced by persons with disabilities in the COVID-19 pandemic.
Lift Cuba embargo or risk many lives lost to COVID-19, UN rights experts warn US
news.un.org | 2020-04-30
The United States must urgently lift its blockade on Cuba to save lives amid the expanding COVID-19 crisis, UN human rights experts stressed on Thursday, emphasizing that the more than six-decades-old sanctions are impeding the supply of medicine, medical equipment, food and other goods essential to surviving the pandemic.
How the ACLU is Responding to the Pandemic, Visualized
aclu.org | 2020-04-30
The COVID-19 pandemic has closed down many businesses, but the ACLU's work of defending and expanding civil liberties and civil rights continues, essential as ever. At the ACLU, our most immediate focus has been on issues arising from the government's response
Cuba is Ready to Aid the U.S. in its Fight Against COVID-19
Pablo Vivanco | progressive.org | 2020-04-30
Despite Trump's sanctions, Cuba advocates international solidarity as the only way to overcome this pandemic.
Four Myths About Trans Athletes, Debunked
Chase Strangio | aclu.org | 2020-04-30
For years state lawmakers have pushed legislation attempting to shut trans people out of public spaces. In 2020, lawmakers zeroed in on sports and introduced 20 bills seeking to ban trans people from participating in athletics. These statewide efforts have been supported through a coordinated campaign led by anti-LGBTQ groups that have long worked to attack our communities. , , Before the COVID-19 pandemic shut down most state legislatures, Idaho became the first state to pass a sweeping ban on trans people's participation in a…
Chomsky: COVID-19 strikes, solidarity can help defeat Trump and the neoliberal assault
Aaron Maté | thegrayzone.com | 2020-04-29
Noam Chomsky on COVID-19 workers' strikes; Trump's attacks on China and the WHO; "lesser evil" voting; bipartisan war-mongering/sanctions; & what…
Federal Bill Would Release Vulnerable People from Prisons to Help Stop Spread of COVID-19
Kanya Bennett | aclu.org | 2020-04-29
A month ago, Congress gave the Department of Justice (DOJ) and Federal Bureau of Prisons (BOP) increased authority to reduce the federal prison population. On March 29th, Congress passed the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act ( CARES Act), providing DOJ and BOP with the ability to expand home confinement eligibility. Then, Attorney General William Barr "applaud[ed] the substantial steps ta…
"Unconscionable": Planned Parenthood Pres. Condemns States Using Pandemic to Limit Abortion Access
Staff | democracynow.org | 2020-04-27
As much of the U.S. remains on lockdown, abortion rights are under attack nationwide. We get an update on the fight for abortion access with Alexis McGill Johnson, acting president and CEO of the Planned Parenthood Federation of America. "Our bodies have literally been deemed essential," she says, "and yet the control of our bodies and the right to control our own bodies has not."
Headlines for April 27, 2020
Staff | democracynow.org | 2020-04-27
Global Coronavirus Deaths Top 207,000 as Hard-Hit European Nations Start Relaxing Lockdowns, States Prepare to Reopen Economies as Cases Continue to Mount, Doctors See Rise in Strokes Caused by Coronavirus; CDC Expands List of Possible Symptoms, Oakland Police Tackle and Detain Unhoused Outreach Workers, Poison Control Center Calls Spike After President Trump Suggests Injections of Disinfectant, WHO Warns Against Issuing "Immunity Passports", Activists Hold "Cancel the Rent" Protests Around the Country, Coronavirus Outbreak Reported at Tyson Foods Meat Processing Plant, "Larry King Live" Tape from 1993 Supports T…
"We Don't Have the Capacity to Treat": Palestinian-Canadian Doctor Says Israel Must Lift Gaza Siege
Staff | democracynow.org | 2020-04-24
As fears continue to grow about what a rampant outbreak of the coronavirus might do to the occupied Palestinian territory, already crippled by years of Israeli sanctions, we get an update from Dr. Tarek Loubani, Palestinian-Canadian doctor and emergency physician who volunteers in the Gaza Strip and returned from a trip there last month. "Testing is severely limited," he says. "There have been fewer tests in Gaza so far throughout the entire pandemic than there were in South Korea yesterday."
Florida voting rights trial to be argued online
splcenter.org | 2020-04-24
Human Rights Watch cabildea por sanciones letales contra Nicaragua y Venezuela, mientras arrecia la crisis de Covid-19
Ben Norton | thegrayzone.com | 2020-04-20
Human Rights Watch está orgullosamente asumiendo el crédito por sanciones devastadoras contra Nicaragua, mientras busca escalar la guerra económica en…