2020-07-07: News Headlines

RT (2020-07-07). CNN's Don Lemon clashes with actor Terry Crews: Is BLM about police brutality, or problems in the black community? rt.com Actor Terry Crews faced an angry backlash after voicing concerns about the radicalization of the BLM movement. His clash with CNN's Don Lemon on why black-on-black crime is not part of the agenda split society even further. | Last Saturday, Crews, who is also a human rights activist, tweeted that he saw good people as allies regardless of the color of their skin, adding that he was "prepared to die on this hill." He previously expressed concern that the Black Lives Matter movement might slide into black supremacy. | July 4, 2020 | On Monday, Crews Fight Back (2020-07-07). Roll 4 Justice – Protest on wheels demands justice for all on July 4 in Minneapolis. fightbacknews.org Minneapolis, MN – On July 4, more than 200 protesters took the streets on wheels for a new type of march calling for an end to a fundamentally racist criminal justice system and "#Justice4All." Protesters were on bikes, rollerblades, roller skates, skateboards, as well as in a car caravan as they rolled through various neighborhoods in Minneapolis. The protest was organized by Minnesota Immigrant Rights Action Committee (MIRAC) along with co-hosts Native Lives Matter, CAIR-Minnesota, LatinoAltRock, and Asamblea de Derechos Civiles. Messaging included slogans such as: "Abolish ICE," "Prosecute the police," and lin…

WSWS (2020-07-07). Canada's migrant workers protest lack of COVID-19 protections. wsws.org Hundreds of migrant workers and their supporters joined protests Saturday against atrocious working and living conditions—conditions long sanctioned by government and made still worse by the pandemic.

en.mehrnews (2020-07-07). VIDEO: Belgians protest for headscarf rights. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, Jul. 07 — Some 1,000 people took the streets in the Belgian capital to advocate for the right to wear headscarves at universities.

Andrew Korybko (2020-07-07). Britain Is Following Its Big Brother By Imposing So-Called Humanitarian Sanctions. thealtworld.com The UK's imposition of so-called "humanitarian sanctions" against 49 individuals from Myanmar, North Korea, Russia, and Saudi Arabia that it claims are supposedly involved in "human rights abuses" is nothing more than London following its "big brother's" lead from "across the pond" in…

Saed Bannoura (2020-07-07). Statement: "Death Of Palestinian Detainee Not Confirmed" imemc.org The Israeli Prison Service has not yet officially informed the Palestinians or the Red Cross of the death of a Palestinian detainee in prison, while the current information reveals that the detainee is likely clinically dead, but so far, there has been no official confirmation, despite various conflicting reports. Former …

yenisafak (2020-07-07). Demolition of Palestinian homes rises despite pandemic. yenisafak.com An Israeli human rights center reported a sharp increase in the number of Palestinian homes demolished by Israel in the occupied West Bank in June, despite the outbreak of coronavirus. | "During the past month, Israel escalated the pace of house demolitions in the West Bank," the Jerusalem-based B'Tselem NGO said in a Tuesday report. | The NGO said 63 Palestinian homes were demolished across the West Bank (not including occupied East Jerusalem) since the beginning of the year, 33 of which were destroyed in June only. | The report stated that a total of 151 Palestinians, including 84 minors, lost their homes and o…

_____ (2020-07-06). Protesters Attacked By Police Are Suing To Vindicate Their Constitutional Rights. popularresistance.org Victims of police abuse are filing litigation, and at least one judge has put a halt to some of the most egregious misconduct. Plaintiffs allege that police misconduct resulted in the violation of their First, Fourth and Fourteenth Amendment rights. They charge that the LAPD used "indiscriminate and unreasonable force against thousands of protesters" and used unreasonable and excessive force by hitting "at least close to a thousand protesters with batons and/or 'rubbers bullets.'" Plaintiffs attest to being restrained with tight handcuffs, denied bathroom access and access to food or water, and provided insuffici…

RT (2020-07-06). 'You can't blame it on police', Atlanta mayor says after 8yo black girl shot dead during protest. rt.com The mayor of Atlanta, Georgia gave an impassioned plea to disclose any information on the gunmen who shot up a car, killing an eight-year-old black girl inside, during a BLM protest. | The shooters need to be brought to justice, because as long as they are roaming free, they pose a threat to everyone, Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms said during an emotional press conference on Sunday. Staying silent regarding people like them will not keep people safe, and violence undermines the cause that has gained momentum in the past weeks, she said. | "In the civil rights movement there was a defined common enemy. We are figh…

Peoples Dispatch (2020-07-06). Venezuela denounces 'absurd decision' of UK to retain its gold reserves. mronline.org A British high court ruled on July 2 that because the UK recognizes opposition leader Juan Guaidó as president, it does not have to give the government of Nicolás Maduro access to the reserves.

Mark Gruenberg (2020-07-06). Mexican labor lawyer Susana Prieto Terrazas arrested, raising USMCA enforcement doubts. peoplesworld.org WASHINGTON—The arrest and detention in Mexico of prominent and outspoken pro-worker labor lawyer Susana Prieto Terrazas is raising questions about whether Mexico can implement its commitments under the new "free trade" pact with the U.S. and Canada, which took effect July 1. Susana Prieto Terrazas was arrested in May on charges of inciting a riot …

Michael Berkowitz (2020-07-06). 'John Lewis: Good Trouble': A fine new documentary about a courageous life. peoplesworld.org When Congressman and civil rights icon John Lewis was a kid, his parents brought him up to be religious and mindful of society's rules. But his grandfather also told him to engage in "good trouble, necessary trouble." Elder Lewis told his young grandson that sometimes good trouble would be needed to do what is right. …

RT (2020-07-06). UK sanctions head of Russian investigative committee, following US lead. rt.com As part of rolling out the UK's own sanctions agenda for alleged human rights abuses around the world, London has blacklisted 25 Russian nationals, including the head of the Investigative Committee, Alexander Bastrykin. | Bastrykin has led the law enforcement agency — the Russian equivalent of the FBI in the US — since January 2011. In that capacity, he was sanctioned by the US in 2017, ostensibly over the death of accountant Sergey Magnitsky in a Russian prison in 2009. | While the sanctions, announced Monday by Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab, are supposed to be the first autonomous foreign policy i…

RT (2020-07-06). 'Sanction yourself then?' Top UK diplomat derided after warning 'global Britain' will sanction human rights violators. rt.com UK Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab has been roundly ridiculed after announcing a new sanctions regime that will target human rights abusers and boasting that "Global Britain will be a force for good in the world." | The new "autonomous" global sanctions regime, which was officially unveiled by Raab in the House of Commons on Monday, will initially target individuals or organizations with asset freezes and visa bans, and eventually expand to states and governments. | "Today I will introduce a sanctions regime that will target people who have committed the gravest human rights violations. Global Britain will be a…

RT (2020-07-06). Statue for black abolitionist Frederick Douglass in NY state beyond repair after ripped down by vandals (PHOTOS). rt.com A statue for Frederick Douglass, a former slave who became a prominent civil rights advocate, has been torn down from its pedestal in Rochester, New York state. The damage to the monument is reportedly too significant to fix it. | The statue was vandalized over the July 4th weekend, Rochester police told local media on Sunday. | Photos from the scene show an empty spot where the statue used to stand in Maplewood Park, as well as its debris scattered in the vicinity. The statue was lying some 50 feet from its pedestal, when officers found it. | The base of a Frederick Douglass statue torn down overnight here in…

RT (2020-07-06). Statue for black abolitionist Frederick Douglass in NY state beyond repair after it was ripped down by vandals (PHOTOS). rt.com A statue for Frederick Douglass, a former slave who became a prominent civil rights advocate, has been torn down from its pedestal in Rochester, New York. The damage to the monument is reportedly too significant to repair. | The statue was vandalized over the July 4th weekend, Rochester police told local media on Sunday. | Photos from the scene show an empty spot where the statue used to stand in Maplewood Park, as well as its debris scattered in the vicinity. The statue was lying 50 feet from its pedestal when officers found it. | The base of a Frederick Douglass statue torn down overnight here in Maplewood P…

The Canary (2020-07-06). Harry and Meghan say past wrongs of Commonwealth need to be acknowledged. thecanary.co The duke and duchess of Sussex warned that the Commonwealth's past wrongs need to be acknowledged in order to move forward, as they joined a discussion on justice and equal rights.Harry and Meghan both took part in the video call with young leaders in one of the Queen's Commonwealth Trust's (QCT) weekly sessions set up in response to the growing Black Lives Matter movement.The Commonwealth's past mistakes: The duke, whose grandmother the Queen is head of the Commonwealth, last week outlined his personal commitment to tackling institutional racism. Harry said: When you look across the Commonwealth, there is…

Stephen Sefton (2020-07-06). Nicaragua — Virtual Reality and Human Rights. globalresearch.ca Ever since January 2007, the Western human rights industry has attacked Nicaragua's Sandinista government for being undemocratic and repressive. For over a decade, Nicaragua's social and economic development and successive democratic elections repeatedly contradicted that mendacious narrative. Frustrated by Nicaragua's …

Fight Back (2020-07-06). Carnage and important historical lessons abound in book 'The Jakarta Method'. fightbacknews.org Beachgoers stumbling on human femur bones in the sand – just a few feet from world-class resorts. Families sifting through corpses, decayed beyond recognition and piled up on the beach, in search of missing loved ones. Roadways littered with human heads impaled on bamboo spears. Ordinary homes and buildings converted into charnel houses of unspeakable torture. Parents ripped from their beds in the middle of the night and led deep into the jungle by their captors, for all-night, around-the-clock execution sessions. | These are not scenes from some horror movie. They really happened in Indonesia. | Beginning with a…

news.un (2020-07-06). Move away from outdated 'mad or bad' approach to mental illness, urges independent UN expert. news.un.org States, civil society, psychiatric organizations and the World Health Organization (WHO) itself must change the way they address mental health challenges, a UN independent rights expert said, calling for a shift towards understanding the context behind mental distress.

WSWS (2020-07-06). British government reimposes welfare benefits sanctions as pandemic continues and unemployment rockets. wsws.org By June, the number of job center claimants had risen by 126 percent since the start of the pandemic, to 2.8 million.

_____ (2020-07-06). Washington Threatens Military Action Against Iran After UN Meeting. popularresistance.org "The international community in general – and the UN Security Council in particular – are facing an important decision: do we maintain respect for the rule of law, or do we return to the law of the jungle by surrendering to the whims of an outlaw bully?" Iran's Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif said of Washington's recent moves. Several delegates at the Security Council meeting criticized US President Donald Trump for pulling out of the Obama-era nuclear accord, challenging its ability to legally trigger the deal's sanctions "snapback". Russia's UN ambassador, Vassily Nebenzia, called the US campaign "a maxim…

yenisafak (2020-07-06). Palestinian detainee dies in Israeli prison. yenisafak.com A Palestinian detainee held in Israel has died in custody, a local NGO said on Monday. | Sa'di al-Gharabli, 75, died at Assaf Harofeh medical center after his health deteriorated, the Handala Center for Detainees and Ex-detainees said in a statement. | Al-Gharabli, from the Gaza strip, was arrested by Israeli forces in 1994 and sentenced to a lifetime in prison. | According to the NGO, the Palestinian detainee had suffered prostate cancer, diabetes and blood pressure, accusing Israeli prison authorities of refusing to provide medical attention to him. | There was no comment from Israeli prison authorities on the…

Julia Conley, staff writer (2020-07-06). As Colleges Resort to Online Learning, ICE Issues 'Needlessly Cruel' Rule Pushing International Students Out of US. commondreams.org Immigrant rights advocates expressed shock on Monday after Immigration and Customs Enforcement announced international students whose U.S. schools are moving to an online-only model for the Fall 2020 semester will no longer be welcome in the United States. | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…

RT (2020-07-05). Iran to sue US in top UN court for imposing sanctions during Covid-19 outbreak. rt.com Iran intends to sue the US at the International Court of Justice (ICJ), saying Washington's sanctions have damaged Tehran's ability to fight the Covid-19 pandemic. | The intention to initiate litigation was announced by the country's Vice-President for Legal Affairs Laya Joneydi during a visit to the Pasteur Institute of Iran, which plays a leading role in dealing with the deadly coronavirus. | The ICJ is one of the principle bodies in the United Nations' system for handling disputes between UN members. Washington refuses to acknowledge its jurisdiction in full since The Hague-based body ordered the US to pay…

RT (2020-07-05). Russian citizen arrested in Austria over shooting of 'Chechen refugee', sparking media speculation of 'contract killing'. rt.com A Russian citizen and a possible accomplice have been detained in Austria as part of a probe into the killing of their countryman, who was an asylum seeker. The case has sparked media speculation of a politically motivated murder. | The incident took place on Saturday evening in the parking lot in the small town of Gerasdorf, north of Vienna. | A 43-year-old male asylum seeker, believed to be originally from Russia's southern republic of Chechnya, was shot in the head. He died on site, according to police. | The suspected attacker fled the scene, sparking a massive manhunt involving dozens of police cars an…

en.mehrnews (2020-07-05). What high-tech military equipment can Iran offer world? en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, Jul. 05 (MNA) — Despite sanctions, Iran has been able to develop advanced military equipment and is ready to offer it for purchase in the world market.

_____ (2020-07-04). Seattle Activists Share Their Vision For Black Trans Pride. popularresistance.org In recent years, trans issues have broken into the mainstream. It didn't happen overnight; it's been a long time coming. Trans activists have been at the center of the fight for LGBTQ rights since before Stonewall, decrying discrimination and violence against their peers for decades. | Now, between Pride Month and protests centering on Black lives, these issues are in the spotlight again. Black trans activists have taken to social media and the streets, bringing attention in particular to the growing number of murdered Black trans women within their community. | For many who've criticized the commodification of P…

WSWS (2020-07-04). Zimbabwe nurses strike as economic crisis brings threat of second coup and military dictatorship. wsws.org Emmerson Mnangagwa's government is preparing to confront mounting opposition in the working class through dictatorial forms of rule and the abrogation of democratic rights—even as it is threatened by the possibility of a coup.

_____ (2020-07-04). Release The Prisoners: Ohio Jail 100 Percent Positive For Covid. popularresistance.org In a recent report, the Ohio Immigrant Alliance stated that the Morrow County Correctional Facility in Mt. Gilead is the first county jail in the state to be 100 percent COVID-positive. The jail, holding local prisoners as well as Immigration and Customs Enforcement detainees, is also the first 100 percent COVID-positive ICE detention center in the U.S. | The Alliance accuses jail authorities of failing to follow their own protocols as well as ICE standards. | According to the Alliance report, "None of the inmates and detainees at Morrow County have been seen by a doctor in the facility, despite their COVID diagn…

sputniknews (2020-07-04). Iran Files Lawsuit Against US Over Sanctions With ICJ – State Media. sputniknews.com MOSCOW (Sputnik) – Tehran has filed a complaint with the International Court of Justice (ICJ) over effect of US sanctions during the coronavirus pandemic, as announced by Iranian Vice-President for Legal Affairs Laya Joneydi on Saturday, the Mehr news agency reported.

en.mehrnews (2020-07-04). Iran sues US for effect of sanction on spread of COVID-19. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, Jul. 04 (MNA) — Iranian Vice-President for Legal Affairs Laya Joneydi said on Saturday that Iran has filed a complaint regarding the effect of sanctions on the fight against COVID-19.

commondreams (2020-07-03). Civil Rights Groups Take on City of Graham's Protest Limitations. commondreams.org ______________________________…

_____ (2020-07-03). Lawyers Get No Bail In Property Damage Case, Face 45 Years In Prison. popularresistance.org The Center for Constitutional Rights and a coalition of other civil rights organizations are calling on federal prosecutors to release on bail two New York attorneys who are accused of throwing Molotov cocktails into an empty New York police car during protests in Brooklyn on May 30. The lawyers — Colinford Mattis and Urooj Rahman — are facing a minimum of 45 years in prison if convicted on the federal charges. The two were initially released on bail, but then the federal government challenged the bail conditions, sending them back to pretrial detention — a move that shocked many in the legal co…

RT (2020-07-03). Civil rights groups sue N.Carolina town over protest ban — but where were they when 3 other states banned pipeline protests? rt.com The ACLU and other groups have sued Graham, North Carolina, calling the city's ban on "demonstrations of two or more people" while under a declared emergency unconstitutional. They've remained silent on similar laws, though. | Graham violated protesters' First Amendment rights to freedom of assembly and speech with the law, which bars two or more people (or even a single person carrying a sign) from assembling without a protest permit during a declared state of emergency, according to the suit, which was filed on Thursday. The Alamance County Sheriff's Office announced last Friday that no further protest permi…

RT (2020-07-03). Civil rights groups sue N.Carolina town over protest ban – but where were they when 3 other states banned pipeline protests? rt.com The ACLU and other groups have sued Graham, North Carolina, calling the city's ban on "demonstrations of two or more people" while under a declared emergency unconstitutional. They've remained silent on similar laws, though. | Graham violated protesters' First Amendment rights to freedom of assembly and speech with the law, which bars two or more people (or even a single person carrying a sign) from assembling without a protest permit during a declared state of emergency, the suit, filed on Thursday, states. The Alamance County Sheriff's Office announced last Friday that no further protest permits would be iss…

Julia Conley, staff writer (2020-07-03). Civil Rights Groups Sue NC City Over Law That 'Effectively Bans Any Protest'. commondreams.org Civil rights groups on Friday filed a lawsuit against Alamance County and the city of Graham, North Carolina, after officials issued a new ordinance last week announcing the police department would not be issuing protest permits during the city's current state of emergency. | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…

Paul Antonopoulos (2020-07-03). US Imposes Additional Economic Sanctions Against Venezuela and Iran. globalresearch.ca The US government is seeking to economically drown Venezuela and Iran by wanting to seize fuel that Tehran is sending to Caracas. This is part of a sustained aggressive and illegal policy against both countries. The US Attorney's Office requested …

a guest author (2020-07-03). On the Road to Justice with im/migrant TPS holders. workers.org By G. Lechat Inspired by the great Civil Rights Movement and in solidarity with Black Lives Matter, immigrant Temporary Protected Status recipients organizing with Alianza TPS Nacional are forging a "Road to Justice." This is the name they gave their 200+ car caravan that converged on Washington, D.C., June 23-24 . . . |

Richard Falk (2020-07-03). When Rogue States Sanction the International Criminal Court. counterpunch.org Even Orwell would be at a loss to make sense of some of the recent antics of leading governments. We would expect Orwell to be out-satirized by the American actions to impose penalties and sanctions on officials of the International Criminal Court, not because they are accused of acting improperly or seem guilty of some

RT (2020-07-03). British MoD taught Saudi troops how to 'stay popular with the press,' as 100s trained in UK last year — report. rt.com Amid the Saudi-led military campaign in Yemen, some of its soldiers were taught in the UK how to look good in front of the world's media in case of any "potential wrongdoing," a new report says. | Ministry of Defence data published by Declassified UK reveals that hundreds of Saudis entered the country for training at six Royal Air Force (RAF) sites in 2019. As the Saudis arrived, their country's campaign against Yemen's Houthi rebels entered its fourth year, and a ban on UK-made weapons exports to the desert kingdom came into effect, in response to growing human-rights concerns. | Although the UK's training of…

news.un (2020-07-03). UN rights office expresses alarm at Hong Kong arrests under new security law. news.un.org The UN human rights office, OHCHR, has expressed alarm at the arrest of demonstrators in Hong Kong, following China's adoption of a national security law for the Special Administrative Region (SAR).

teleSUR (2020-07-03). Burundi: President Ndayishimiye Renews Cabinet Amid Pandemic. telesurenglish.net Burundi's new president Evariste Ndayishimiye Thursday renewed cabinet after he assumed power in June. The mandatary also announced a new pandemic management strategy. | RELATED: | Ndayishimiye instituted five female-led ministries, as Justice; Civil Service, Labor, and Employment; Trade, Transport, Industry, and Tourism; and Communication, as well as Information Technology and the Media office. | Human rights defender Imelde Sabushimike assumed Solidarity, Social Affa…

J.B. Gerald (2020-07-03). Cameroon and Nigeria: the Risk of Breathing. dissidentvoice.org There is a long history of human rights violations by Cameroon's government against its Anglophone people. Brutalized by war with Boko Haram, the Cameroon military is now engaged in low intensity warfare against militant Anglophone separatists. On May 15, 2019 for instance, Cameroon's military attacked Anglophone Separatist Bamenda, burning 70 dwellings and stores in retaliation …

news.un (2020-07-03). Protecting migrant workers in Kuwait: a Resident Coordinator's blog. news.un.org In Kuwait, the UN has played an important role in countering xenophobic rhetoric, falsely blaming the spread of COVID-19 on migrant workers. In this opinion piece, Tarek El Sheikh, the United Nations Resident Coordinator in the country, highlights the efforts being made to safeguard the rights of foreign residents.

Scott Ritter (2020-07-03). If US attempts to seize Iranian tankers carrying oil to Venezuela now, de-escalation will be more difficult than ever. thealtworld.com To expand its "maximum pressure" sanctions campaign targeting Iranian oil and the Iranian Revolutionary Guard Command, the …

yenisafak (2020-07-03). Turkey accuses France of committing crimes in Libya. yenisafak.com Turkey's ruling party spokesman on Friday accused France of committing crimes in civil war-torn Libya."France has committed crimes in Libya," said Omer Celik, spokesman for the Justice and Development (AK) Party.Celik said as France's crimes have surfaced with mass graves, it is posing as a human rights defender to get away with the crimes by blaming Turkey.Recalling France's colonial history, he said: "France is guilty.""[France] cannot cover those mass graves by excessive attacks on Turkey or on our president."Libya has been torn by civil war since the ouster of late ruler Muammar Gaddafi in 2011. The country's…

yenisafak (2020-07-03). Erdogan dispels accusations about Hagia Sophia. yenisafak.com Turkey's president said Friday that accusations against the country about Hagia Sophia directly target its sovereignty.Speaking at the groundbreaking ceremony of a mosque in Istanbul, Recep Tayyip Erdogan said that Turkey will always protect the rights of Muslims and the minorities living in the country.A Turkish court is about to announce its verdict on converting the 6th-century structure to a mosque.The Hagia Sophia was used as a church for 916 years. In 1453, it was converted into a mosque by Ottoman Sultan Mehmet II when the empire conquered Istanbul.Following the restoration work during the Ottoman era and…

en.mehrnews (2020-07-03). Iran enduring 40yrs of sanctions on human principles: envoy. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, Jul. 03 (MNA) — Iranian Ambassador to Paris Bahram Ghasemi said that Islamic Republic of Iran has endured sanctions against human standards for more than forty years.

2020-07-06: News Headlines

_____ (2020-07-06). Protesters Attacked By Police Are Suing To Vindicate Their Constitutional Rights. popularresistance.org Victims of police abuse are filing litigation, and at least one judge has put a halt to some of the most egregious misconduct. Plaintiffs allege that police misconduct resulted in the violation of their First, Fourth and Fourteenth Amendment rights. They charge that the LAPD used "indiscriminate and unreasonable force against thousands of protesters" and used unreasonable and excessive force by hitting "at least close to a thousand protesters with batons and/or 'rubbers bullets.'" Plaintiffs attest to being restrained with tight handcuffs, denied bathroom access and access to food or water, and provided insuffici…

RT (2020-07-06). 'You can't blame it on police', Atlanta mayor says after 8yo black girl shot dead during protest. rt.com The mayor of Atlanta, Georgia gave an impassioned plea to disclose any information on the gunmen who shot up a car, killing an eight-year-old black girl inside, during a BLM protest. | The shooters need to be brought to justice, because as long as they are roaming free, they pose a threat to everyone, Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms said during an emotional press conference on Sunday. Staying silent regarding people like them will not keep people safe, and violence undermines the cause that has gained momentum in the past weeks, she said. | "In the civil rights movement there was a defined common enemy. We are figh…

Peoples Dispatch (2020-07-06). Venezuela denounces 'absurd decision' of UK to retain its gold reserves. mronline.org A British high court ruled on July 2 that because the UK recognizes opposition leader Juan Guaidó as president, it does not have to give the government of Nicolás Maduro access to the reserves.

Mark Gruenberg (2020-07-06). Mexican labor lawyer Susana Prieto Terrazas arrested, raising USMCA enforcement doubts. peoplesworld.org WASHINGTON—The arrest and detention in Mexico of prominent and outspoken pro-worker labor lawyer Susana Prieto Terrazas is raising questions about whether Mexico can implement its commitments under the new "free trade" pact with the U.S. and Canada, which took effect July 1. Susana Prieto Terrazas was arrested in May on charges of inciting a riot …

Michael Berkowitz (2020-07-06). 'John Lewis: Good Trouble': A fine new documentary about a courageous life. peoplesworld.org When Congressman and civil rights icon John Lewis was a kid, his parents brought him up to be religious and mindful of society's rules. But his grandfather also told him to engage in "good trouble, necessary trouble." Elder Lewis told his young grandson that sometimes good trouble would be needed to do what is right. …

RT (2020-07-06). Statue for black abolitionist Frederick Douglass in NY state beyond repair after ripped down by vandals (PHOTOS). rt.com A statue for Frederick Douglass, a former slave who became a prominent civil rights advocate, has been torn down from its pedestal in Rochester, New York state. The damage to the monument is reportedly too significant to fix it. | The statue was vandalized over the July 4th weekend, Rochester police told local media on Sunday. | Photos from the scene show an empty spot where the statue used to stand in Maplewood Park, as well as its debris scattered in the vicinity. The statue was lying some 50 feet from its pedestal, when officers found it. | The base of a Frederick Douglass statue torn down overnight here in…

RT (2020-07-06). Statue for black abolitionist Frederick Douglass in NY state beyond repair after it was ripped down by vandals (PHOTOS). rt.com A statue for Frederick Douglass, a former slave who became a prominent civil rights advocate, has been torn down from its pedestal in Rochester, New York. The damage to the monument is reportedly too significant to repair. | The statue was vandalized over the July 4th weekend, Rochester police told local media on Sunday. | Photos from the scene show an empty spot where the statue used to stand in Maplewood Park, as well as its debris scattered in the vicinity. The statue was lying 50 feet from its pedestal when officers found it. | The base of a Frederick Douglass statue torn down overnight here in Maplewood P…

The Canary (2020-07-06). Harry and Meghan say past wrongs of Commonwealth need to be acknowledged. thecanary.co The duke and duchess of Sussex warned that the Commonwealth's past wrongs need to be acknowledged in order to move forward, as they joined a discussion on justice and equal rights.Harry and Meghan both took part in the video call with young leaders in one of the Queen's Commonwealth Trust's (QCT) weekly sessions set up in response to the growing Black Lives Matter movement.The Commonwealth's past mistakes: The duke, whose grandmother the Queen is head of the Commonwealth, last week outlined his personal commitment to tackling institutional racism. Harry said: When you look across the Commonwealth, there is…

Stephen Sefton (2020-07-06). Nicaragua — Virtual Reality and Human Rights. globalresearch.ca Ever since January 2007, the Western human rights industry has attacked Nicaragua's Sandinista government for being undemocratic and repressive. For over a decade, Nicaragua's social and economic development and successive democratic elections repeatedly contradicted that mendacious narrative. Frustrated by Nicaragua's …

Fight Back (2020-07-06). Carnage and important historical lessons abound in book 'The Jakarta Method'. fightbacknews.org Beachgoers stumbling on human femur bones in the sand – just a few feet from world-class resorts. Families sifting through corpses, decayed beyond recognition and piled up on the beach, in search of missing loved ones. Roadways littered with human heads impaled on bamboo spears. Ordinary homes and buildings converted into charnel houses of unspeakable torture. Parents ripped from their beds in the middle of the night and led deep into the jungle by their captors, for all-night, around-the-clock execution sessions. | These are not scenes from some horror movie. They really happened in Indonesia. | Beginning with a…

WSWS (2020-07-06). British government reimposes welfare benefits sanctions as pandemic continues and unemployment rockets. wsws.org By June, the number of job center claimants had risen by 126 percent since the start of the pandemic, to 2.8 million.

_____ (2020-07-06). Washington Threatens Military Action Against Iran After UN Meeting. popularresistance.org "The international community in general – and the UN Security Council in particular – are facing an important decision: do we maintain respect for the rule of law, or do we return to the law of the jungle by surrendering to the whims of an outlaw bully?" Iran's Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif said of Washington's recent moves. Several delegates at the Security Council meeting criticized US President Donald Trump for pulling out of the Obama-era nuclear accord, challenging its ability to legally trigger the deal's sanctions "snapback". Russia's UN ambassador, Vassily Nebenzia, called the US campaign "a maxim…

yenisafak (2020-07-06). Palestinian detainee dies in Israeli prison. yenisafak.com A Palestinian detainee held in Israel has died in custody, a local NGO said on Monday. | Sa'di al-Gharabli, 75, died at Assaf Harofeh medical center after his health deteriorated, the Handala Center for Detainees and Ex-detainees said in a statement. | Al-Gharabli, from the Gaza strip, was arrested by Israeli forces in 1994 and sentenced to a lifetime in prison. | According to the NGO, the Palestinian detainee had suffered prostate cancer, diabetes and blood pressure, accusing Israeli prison authorities of refusing to provide medical attention to him. | There was no comment from Israeli prison authorities on the…

RT (2020-07-05). Iran to sue US in top UN court for imposing sanctions during Covid-19 outbreak. rt.com Iran intends to sue the US at the International Court of Justice (ICJ), saying Washington's sanctions have damaged Tehran's ability to fight the Covid-19 pandemic. | The intention to initiate litigation was announced by the country's Vice-President for Legal Affairs Laya Joneydi during a visit to the Pasteur Institute of Iran, which plays a leading role in dealing with the deadly coronavirus. | The ICJ is one of the principle bodies in the United Nations' system for handling disputes between UN members. Washington refuses to acknowledge its jurisdiction in full since The Hague-based body ordered the US to pay…

RT (2020-07-05). Russian citizen arrested in Austria over shooting of 'Chechen refugee', sparking media speculation of 'contract killing'. rt.com A Russian citizen and a possible accomplice have been detained in Austria as part of a probe into the killing of their countryman, who was an asylum seeker. The case has sparked media speculation of a politically motivated murder. | The incident took place on Saturday evening in the parking lot in the small town of Gerasdorf, north of Vienna. | A 43-year-old male asylum seeker, believed to be originally from Russia's southern republic of Chechnya, was shot in the head. He died on site, according to police. | The suspected attacker fled the scene, sparking a massive manhunt involving dozens of police cars an…

en.mehrnews (2020-07-05). What high-tech military equipment can Iran offer world? en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, Jul. 05 (MNA) — Despite sanctions, Iran has been able to develop advanced military equipment and is ready to offer it for purchase in the world market.

_____ (2020-07-04). Seattle Activists Share Their Vision For Black Trans Pride. popularresistance.org In recent years, trans issues have broken into the mainstream. It didn't happen overnight; it's been a long time coming. Trans activists have been at the center of the fight for LGBTQ rights since before Stonewall, decrying discrimination and violence against their peers for decades. | Now, between Pride Month and protests centering on Black lives, these issues are in the spotlight again. Black trans activists have taken to social media and the streets, bringing attention in particular to the growing number of murdered Black trans women within their community. | For many who've criticized the commodification of P…

WSWS (2020-07-04). Zimbabwe nurses strike as economic crisis brings threat of second coup and military dictatorship. wsws.org Emmerson Mnangagwa's government is preparing to confront mounting opposition in the working class through dictatorial forms of rule and the abrogation of democratic rights—even as it is threatened by the possibility of a coup.

_____ (2020-07-04). Release The Prisoners: Ohio Jail 100 Percent Positive For Covid. popularresistance.org In a recent report, the Ohio Immigrant Alliance stated that the Morrow County Correctional Facility in Mt. Gilead is the first county jail in the state to be 100 percent COVID-positive. The jail, holding local prisoners as well as Immigration and Customs Enforcement detainees, is also the first 100 percent COVID-positive ICE detention center in the U.S. | The Alliance accuses jail authorities of failing to follow their own protocols as well as ICE standards. | According to the Alliance report, "None of the inmates and detainees at Morrow County have been seen by a doctor in the facility, despite their COVID diagn…

sputniknews (2020-07-04). Iran Files Lawsuit Against US Over Sanctions With ICJ – State Media. sputniknews.com MOSCOW (Sputnik) – Tehran has filed a complaint with the International Court of Justice (ICJ) over effect of US sanctions during the coronavirus pandemic, as announced by Iranian Vice-President for Legal Affairs Laya Joneydi on Saturday, the Mehr news agency reported.

en.mehrnews (2020-07-04). Iran sues US for effect of sanction on spread of COVID-19. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, Jul. 04 (MNA) — Iranian Vice-President for Legal Affairs Laya Joneydi said on Saturday that Iran has filed a complaint regarding the effect of sanctions on the fight against COVID-19.

commondreams (2020-07-03). Civil Rights Groups Take on City of Graham's Protest Limitations. commondreams.org ______________________________…

_____ (2020-07-03). Lawyers Get No Bail In Property Damage Case, Face 45 Years In Prison. popularresistance.org The Center for Constitutional Rights and a coalition of other civil rights organizations are calling on federal prosecutors to release on bail two New York attorneys who are accused of throwing Molotov cocktails into an empty New York police car during protests in Brooklyn on May 30. The lawyers — Colinford Mattis and Urooj Rahman — are facing a minimum of 45 years in prison if convicted on the federal charges. The two were initially released on bail, but then the federal government challenged the bail conditions, sending them back to pretrial detention — a move that shocked many in the legal co…

RT (2020-07-03). Civil rights groups sue N.Carolina town over protest ban – but where were they when 3 other states banned pipeline protests? rt.com The ACLU and other groups have sued Graham, North Carolina, calling the city's ban on "demonstrations of two or more people" while under a declared emergency unconstitutional. They've remained silent on similar laws, though. | Graham violated protesters' First Amendment rights to freedom of assembly and speech with the law, which bars two or more people (or even a single person carrying a sign) from assembling without a protest permit during a declared state of emergency, the suit, filed on Thursday, states. The Alamance County Sheriff's Office announced last Friday that no further protest permits would be iss…

RT (2020-07-03). Civil rights groups sue N.Carolina town over protest ban — but where were they when 3 other states banned pipeline protests? rt.com The ACLU and other groups have sued Graham, North Carolina, calling the city's ban on "demonstrations of two or more people" while under a declared emergency unconstitutional. They've remained silent on similar laws, though. | Graham violated protesters' First Amendment rights to freedom of assembly and speech with the law, which bars two or more people (or even a single person carrying a sign) from assembling without a protest permit during a declared state of emergency, according to the suit, which was filed on Thursday. The Alamance County Sheriff's Office announced last Friday that no further protest permi…

Julia Conley, staff writer (2020-07-03). Civil Rights Groups Sue NC City Over Law That 'Effectively Bans Any Protest'. commondreams.org Civil rights groups on Friday filed a lawsuit against Alamance County and the city of Graham, North Carolina, after officials issued a new ordinance last week announcing the police department would not be issuing protest permits during the city's current state of emergency. | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…

Paul Antonopoulos (2020-07-03). US Imposes Additional Economic Sanctions Against Venezuela and Iran. globalresearch.ca The US government is seeking to economically drown Venezuela and Iran by wanting to seize fuel that Tehran is sending to Caracas. This is part of a sustained aggressive and illegal policy against both countries. The US Attorney's Office requested …

a guest author (2020-07-03). On the Road to Justice with im/migrant TPS holders. workers.org By G. Lechat Inspired by the great Civil Rights Movement and in solidarity with Black Lives Matter, immigrant Temporary Protected Status recipients organizing with Alianza TPS Nacional are forging a "Road to Justice." This is the name they gave their 200+ car caravan that converged on Washington, D.C., June 23-24 . . . |

Richard Falk (2020-07-03). When Rogue States Sanction the International Criminal Court. counterpunch.org Even Orwell would be at a loss to make sense of some of the recent antics of leading governments. We would expect Orwell to be out-satirized by the American actions to impose penalties and sanctions on officials of the International Criminal Court, not because they are accused of acting improperly or seem guilty of some

RT (2020-07-03). British MoD taught Saudi troops how to 'stay popular with the press,' as 100s trained in UK last year — report. rt.com Amid the Saudi-led military campaign in Yemen, some of its soldiers were taught in the UK how to look good in front of the world's media in case of any "potential wrongdoing," a new report says. | Ministry of Defence data published by Declassified UK reveals that hundreds of Saudis entered the country for training at six Royal Air Force (RAF) sites in 2019. As the Saudis arrived, their country's campaign against Yemen's Houthi rebels entered its fourth year, and a ban on UK-made weapons exports to the desert kingdom came into effect, in response to growing human-rights concerns. | Although the UK's training of…

teleSUR (2020-07-03). Burundi: President Ndayishimiye Renews Cabinet Amid Pandemic. telesurenglish.net Burundi's new president Evariste Ndayishimiye Thursday renewed cabinet after he assumed power in June. The mandatary also announced a new pandemic management strategy. | RELATED: | Ndayishimiye instituted five female-led ministries, as Justice; Civil Service, Labor, and Employment; Trade, Transport, Industry, and Tourism; and Communication, as well as Information Technology and the Media office. | Human rights defender Imelde Sabushimike assumed Solidarity, Social Affa…

news.un (2020-07-03). UN rights office expresses alarm at Hong Kong arrests under new security law. news.un.org The UN human rights office, OHCHR, has expressed alarm at the arrest of demonstrators in Hong Kong, following China's adoption of a national security law for the Special Administrative Region (SAR).

J.B. Gerald (2020-07-03). Cameroon and Nigeria: the Risk of Breathing. dissidentvoice.org There is a long history of human rights violations by Cameroon's government against its Anglophone people. Brutalized by war with Boko Haram, the Cameroon military is now engaged in low intensity warfare against militant Anglophone separatists. On May 15, 2019 for instance, Cameroon's military attacked Anglophone Separatist Bamenda, burning 70 dwellings and stores in retaliation …

news.un (2020-07-03). Protecting migrant workers in Kuwait: a Resident Coordinator's blog. news.un.org In Kuwait, the UN has played an important role in countering xenophobic rhetoric, falsely blaming the spread of COVID-19 on migrant workers. In this opinion piece, Tarek El Sheikh, the United Nations Resident Coordinator in the country, highlights the efforts being made to safeguard the rights of foreign residents.

Scott Ritter (2020-07-03). If US attempts to seize Iranian tankers carrying oil to Venezuela now, de-escalation will be more difficult than ever. thealtworld.com To expand its "maximum pressure" sanctions campaign targeting Iranian oil and the Iranian Revolutionary Guard Command, the …

yenisafak (2020-07-03). Turkey accuses France of committing crimes in Libya. yenisafak.com Turkey's ruling party spokesman on Friday accused France of committing crimes in civil war-torn Libya."France has committed crimes in Libya," said Omer Celik, spokesman for the Justice and Development (AK) Party.Celik said as France's crimes have surfaced with mass graves, it is posing as a human rights defender to get away with the crimes by blaming Turkey.Recalling France's colonial history, he said: "France is guilty.""[France] cannot cover those mass graves by excessive attacks on Turkey or on our president."Libya has been torn by civil war since the ouster of late ruler Muammar Gaddafi in 2011. The country's…

yenisafak (2020-07-03). Erdogan dispels accusations about Hagia Sophia. yenisafak.com Turkey's president said Friday that accusations against the country about Hagia Sophia directly target its sovereignty.Speaking at the groundbreaking ceremony of a mosque in Istanbul, Recep Tayyip Erdogan said that Turkey will always protect the rights of Muslims and the minorities living in the country.A Turkish court is about to announce its verdict on converting the 6th-century structure to a mosque.The Hagia Sophia was used as a church for 916 years. In 1453, it was converted into a mosque by Ottoman Sultan Mehmet II when the empire conquered Istanbul.Following the restoration work during the Ottoman era and…

en.mehrnews (2020-07-03). Iran enduring 40yrs of sanctions on human principles: envoy. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, Jul. 03 (MNA) — Iranian Ambassador to Paris Bahram Ghasemi said that Islamic Republic of Iran has endured sanctions against human standards for more than forty years.

Equipe Media (2020-07-02). Saharawi activist Mahfouda Bamba Lefkir, "I left the small prison just to enter the big one" peoplesdispatch.org After six months in jail on a politically-motivated charge, Saharawi Human rights activist Mahfouda Bamba Lefkir has been released but enjoys only partial freedom…

IMEMC Staff (2020-07-02). Two Palestinian Prisoners Embark on Hunger Strike. imemc.org Two Palestinian prisoners declared, on Thursday, that they would embark on an open hunger strike, in protest of their imprisonment under administrative detention by the Israeli occupation authorities. The Palestinian Prisoners' Society issued a statement, explaining that the two prisoners, identified as Fadi Ghonaimat and Oday Shehada, have begun hunger …

_____ (2020-07-02). History Provides Clues Into Israel's West Bank Annexation. popularresistance.org Palestine has been annexed, occupied, stolen, and Palestinians have been dispossessed, exiled, caged, detained, subjected to an apartheid regime, and killed by the state of Israel for over seven decades. Every few years the world wakes up to protest some aspect of Israeli apartheid, occupation, or a massacre, and then it returns safely to its deep slumber. | Every so often, Israel manages to awaken the angst of the European Union and other international organizations with some announcement or another, a murderous attack on Palestinians, a declaration of annexation or "sovereignty," and then, as if under the influ…

_____ (2020-07-02). What Price Will Israel Pay For Annexing The Last Of Palestine? popularresistance.org The systematic and collective appropriation of Palestinian land by the State of Israel is not an accident of British colonial history. Palestinians are not the Chagos Islanders of the Eastern Mediterranean, a people considered by the UK government to be too weak and scattered to bother about. | The dispossession of Palestinian land was a product of British foreign policy. Lord Balfour may not have intended a Jewish state when he issued his declaration in 1917 recognising the rights of Jews to set up a "homeland", a deliberately ambiguous phrase. At that point, two percent of Palestine was owned by Jews. | In an e…

Al-Mezan Center For Human Rights (2020-07-02). Mezan: "Marking the International Day in Support of Victims of Torture, Al Mezan Highlights Abuse of 92 Children Crossing Gaza's Buffer Zone" imemc.org Al-Mezan Center For Human Rights: Press Release: To mark the International Day in Support of Victims of Torture, Al Mezan highlights its recent monitoring and documentation concerning the torture and abuse of Palestinian children attempting to cross the Israeli-imposed buffer zone, or access-restricted area, in Gaza.

PCHR (2020-07-02). PCHR: Weekly Report on Israeli Human Rights Violations in the Occupied Palestinian Territory (25 Jun — 01 July 2020). imemc.org Summary Israeli forces continued to commit crimes and multi-faceted violations against Palestinian civilians and their properties, including invasions into Palestinian cities that are characterized with excessive use of force, assault, abuse and attacks on civilians. This week, Israeli Forces' excessive use of force rendered 9 injuries among Palestinian civilians, including …

Andrew Emett (2020-07-02). Former correctional officers charged with assaulting inmate and falsifying reports. nationofchange.org "Our communities entrust correctional officers to protect detention facilities and the inmates housed within them, and when such officers commit crimes within a detention facility, they will be held accountable to the fullest extent of the law."

Matt Sedlar (2020-07-02). América Latina necesita acceder a recursos sin generar deuda: Emisión de Derechos Especiales de Giro. cepr.net Latindadd Ver artículo en sitio original América Latina atraviesa por una crisis múltiple, se gesta la tormenta perfecta en la región, con grandes limitaciones sanitarias para afrontar el Covid-19 y ante la recesión más profunda desde la Gran Depresión (1872-1896), la proyección de contracción para la región, según CEPAL[1] es del 5.3% el 2020, con un mayor impacto …

Roger Stoll (2020-07-02). Cuban Spies Disguised as Doctors. dissidentvoice.org The European Union now excludes travelers from the COVID-ridden U.S., but welcomes those from the virtually COVID-free Cuba. Cuba, the country that sends doctors and infectious disease specialists around the world to fight the pandemic, the country the U.S. has held in contempt for 60 years, villified with every epithet and sanctioned and embargoed and …

KQED (2020-07-02). Tuesday 7/7: It's Not Working! The Erosion of Labor Rights in America (webinar). indybay.org Livestream: www.youtube.com/KQED

Julia Conley, staff writer (2020-07-02). 300+ Law Professors Agree: Congress Should 'Pass a Bill Tomorrow' to End Qualified Immunity for Police. commondreams.org More than 300 law professors from universities across the U.S. on Thursday signed a letter imploring Congress to pass legislation to fully abolish qualified immunity for law enforcement officers and hold local governments accountable when their officers violate a person's constitutional rights. | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…