2020-01-25: News Headlines

RT (2020-01-25). Disaster for Europe: Iran blasts EU for buckling to Trump & acting like 'strong man' against Tehran. rt.com Acquiescing to Washington's hardline stance on Tehran spells catastrophe for Europe, Iran's Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif has argued, warning that there will be consequences for their u-turn on the 2015 Iran nuclear deal. | The decision by European signatories of the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) to trigger a mechanism that could lead to UN sanctions against Iran is a "disaster" for Europe, Zarif said during an interview with Germany's Der Spiegel magazine. He claimed that, behind closed doors, European leaders have admitted that they dare not defy US President Donald Trump's unilateral de…

WSWS (2020-01-25). Trump steps up attacks on immigrants, democratic rights in midst of impeachment trial. wsws.org Trump railed against the "far left" in the first speech by a president at the annual anti-abortion March for Life rally in Washington DC.

Max Blumenthal (2020-01-25). US citizen detained and interrogated by DHS agents about anti-war movement solidarity with Venezuela. thegrayzone.com A US citizen who participated in the Venezuelan Embassy Protection Collective was detained, searched and interrogated for the second time…

Curt Wechsler (2020-01-25). Trump/Pence #OutNOW: No War on Iran! No War on Women! indybay.org Bring #OUTNOW into mass protests against U.S. war on Iran — join up with the Refuse Fascism contingent for Saturday's Global Day of Protest. | We will STAY in the streets into the afternoon, to protest this year's Christian fundamentalist "Walk for Life" attack on women's abortion rights.

Robert Koehler (2020-01-25). FBI, King and the tremors of history. zcomm.org That the FBI — the agency that saw King and the civil rights movement as a communist plot, subjected him to merciless surveillance and may have tried to get him to commit suicide — should, 50-plus years after his murder, purport to honor him was simply too much…

Staff (2020-01-24). I've Seen Firsthand the Heartbreak of ICE Detention. This Must End. truthout.org Five hours into the dark, rainy drive, Ana Hernandez and Edwin Loredo laugh about how they've never seen the sun in Georgia. It's their third trip in as many months, and every time, it storms the whole way — nearly nine hours — from their home in Rocky Mount, North Carolina. | Ana's younger brother, Carlos Hernandez, was transferred to Stewart Detention Center in Georgia shortly after being detained by Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) on August 13, 2019, and although this is Ana's an…

WSWS (2020-01-24). As extradition hearing dates are set, US Department of Justice argues Assange has no First Amendment rights. wsws.org The latest evidence submitted by the US government underscores the fundamental democratic issues at stake in the decade-long illegal persecution and witch-hunting of Julian Assange and WikiLeaks.

Stephen Lendman (2020-01-24). Trump's "No-Peace/Peace Plan" for Palestine. Netanyahu/Gantz Invited to White House to Discuss "Deal of the Century" globalresearch.ca Leaked information shows Trump's so-called deal of the century is a one-sided scam, favoring Israel at the expense of fundamental Palestinian rights. | The so-called peace process is the greatest hoax in modern times, along with the US war OF terror …

The Mind Unleashed (2020-01-24). Hundreds of Thousands of Iraqis Protest Against US Occupation. theantimedia.com (TMU) — Iraq's parliament voted last month to expel the U.S. troops who have been occupying the country for nearly twenty years. However, the United States government has refused to comply with the order and has threatened harsh sanctions if they are forced to leave. The presence of the United States military is unwelcome in Iraq and the rest of the …

Jess Franklin (2020-01-24). Globalizing the War on Indigenous People: Bolsonaro and Modi. counterpunch.org A man who has repeatedly romanticized dictatorship and advocated the use of torture seems like an odd choice for guest of honor at the annual celebration of the constitution in the biggest democracy in the world. However, it makes perfect sense that Brazil's notorious President, Jair Bolsonaro, has been invited to India's Republic Day parade

PCHR (2020-01-24). PCHR Weekly Report On Israeli Human Rights Violations in the Occupied Palestinian Territory (16 — 22 January 2020). imemc.org Summary This week, PCHR documented 183 violations of international human rights law and international humanitarian law (IHL) by Israeli occupation forces (IOF) and settlers in the occupied Palestinian territory. They were as follows: In terms of the IOF shooting and excessive use of force, IOF targeted 3 youngsters, …

commondreams (2020-01-24). Anniversary of the Implementation of So-called 'Remain in Mexico' Policy Marks Rampant Rights Abuses. commondreams.org ______________________________…

Alison Weir (2020-01-24). European Jewish Congress (EJC) Launches Campaign Against 'Antisemitism' (Aka Support for Palestinian Rights). globalresearch.ca The European Jewish Congress (EJC) has

Linn Washington Jr. (2020-01-24). Waiting for Justice in New Jersey. counterpunch.org Ask 100 New Jersey residents who is Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and more than 90 will quickly reply, a civil rights leader. Ask 100 New Jersey resident who is Peter McGuire and more than 90 will quickly reply, Peter who? King and McGuire both made historic accomplishments. Both the Atlanta born King and the

Jessica Corbett, staff writer (2020-01-24). In Open Letter to Brazilian Authorities, 40+ Rights Groups Condemn 'Attempt to Intimidate and Retaliate Against' Glenn Greenwald. commondreams.org A coalition of more than 40 press freedom and human rights groups from across the globe sent a letter Friday to Brazilian authorities condemning cybercrime charges brought against American investigative journalist Glenn Greenwald earlier this week as a clear intimidation effort for his reporting on key members of President Jair Bolsonaro's government. | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…

Jessica Corbett, staff writer (2020-01-24). 'Breathtaking Assault on Our Rights': Privacy Advocates Decry London Police Plan to Use Live Facial Recognition Cameras. commondreams.org Privacy advocates in the United Kingdom responded with alarm Friday to an announcement that the Metropolitan Police plans to use live facial recognition cameras at specific London locations "to try to locate and arrest wanted people." | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…

Julia Conley, staff writer (2020-01-24). #MarchForLies: Reproductive Justice Advocates Counter Trump's "Dangerous Rhetoric" at Anti-Choice March. commondreams.org As President Donald Trump became the first sitting U.S. president to attend the annual March for Life on Friday, reproductive rights advocates used social media to counter his anti-choice message with the hashtag #MarchForLies, sharing accurate information about reproductive health and slamming Trump for his attacks on women. | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…

news.un (2020-01-23). Myanmar: Departing UN rights expert still hopeful for democratic transition. news.un.org An independent human rights expert said she has not given up hope for a democratic transition in Myanmar even though the country has yet to address "grave allegations" of international crimes, including possible genocide.

Orion Danjuma (2020-01-23). Amendment 4 is Still on the Line. Here's What's New. aclu.org The right to vote cannot depend on how much money you have. That's what

news.un (2020-01-23). 75 years after Auschwitz liberation, antisemitism still threatens 'foundations of democratic societies'. news.un.org Commemorating 75 years since the liberation of the notorious Nazi death camp, Auschwitz-Birkenau, independent UN rights experts said on Thursday that "urgent action" is needed to combat mounting antisemitism.

Jason Ditz (2020-01-23). US Airstrike Kills 15 Civilians in Afghanistan, Including 3 Women and 3 Children. theantimedia.com (ANTIWAR.COM) — A US airstrike against a Taliban splinter group, which killed Mullah Raaz Mohammed Nangyalai, also killed 15 civilians, according to the Independent Human Rights Commission (IHRC) of Afghanistan. The IHRC went on to say this was a "clear violation of human rights" and issued a report calling on foreign forces to be more careful that civilians …

Eds. (2020-01-23). U.S. clearing anti-war voices off social media in vast censorship operation. mronline.org Instagram and its parent company Facebook are removing posts that appear to be in support of the late Iranian commander Qassem Soleimani in order to comply with U.S. sanctions, a company spokesperson recently told CNN. |

Staff (2020-01-22). "The Senate Voted for a Cover-Up": GOP Senators Tilt Impeachment Trial in Trump's Favor. democracynow.org After the first marathon day leading up to President Trump's impeachment trial, we speak with Vince Warren and Baher Azmy, executive director and legal director, respectively, of the Center for Constitutional Rights. In a 13-hour session, the Republican-controlled U.S. Senate approved rules for the impeachment trial that Vince Warren says are tantamount to a "cover-up." Under the rules, each side will be given 24 hours over a three-day period for opening arguments. Senators also agreed to automatically admit evidence from the House inquiry into the trial record. Republicans rejected 11 amendments from Democrats t…

Staff (2020-01-22). A Torturer Meets His Victims: CIA Psychologist Defends Brutal Methods at Guantánamo Military Hearing. democracynow.org On Tuesday, the psychologist identified as the "architect" of the CIA's torture program testified for the first time to the war court at Guantánamo Bay. James Mitchell was in the courtroom for a pretrial hearing for five 9/11 suspects who had been subject to torture, euphemistically called "enhanced interrogation techniques." Mitchell and his partner, Dr. Bruce Jessen, were paid $81 million to help design the CIA's torture methods, including some of the agency's most abusive tactics. The pair had no prior experience in interrogation. At the hearing, Mitchell reportedly told defense lawyers he only came to Guantán…

Fight Back (2020-01-22). Baltimore marchers brave sleet and snow to resist war and racism. fightbacknews.org Baltimore, MD – Several dozen Baltimore community activists and youth endured sleet, hail, snow and rain to stage a march January 18 from East to West Baltimore and to downtown to draw the connections to ongoing war and racism with food stamp cuts and workers' rights. | The group rallied at Penn North, the neighborhood of Freddie Gray, and ended at Lexington Market. Organizers reported that the response was deeply encouraging. The group then held a car caravan to a general assembly of the FMLN (Farabundo Martí National Liberation Front) of the Washington DC, Maryland and Virginia region. | The march was initiate…

Staff (2020-01-22). Headlines for January 22, 2020. democracynow.org Senate Approves Rules for Trump's Impeachment Trial, Spain Declares Climate Emergency & Readies Climate Legislation, Australian Wildfires Release Massive Amounts of Greenhouse Gas, Airstrikes in Syria Kill 40 People, Including Children, in Idlib, Protesters Denounce Lebanon's Newly Formed Government, U.S. Deports Honduran Children Seeking Asylum to Guatemala Despite Being Ill, Hillary Clinton Slams Bernie Sanders in New Documentary But Says She Will Support Democratic Nominee, Architect of CIA's Torture Program Testifies in War Court at Guantánamo Bay, The Guardian: Bezos's Cellphone Was Allegedly Hacked by Saudi…

Fight Back (2020-01-22). Denver students say: No war on Iran! fightbacknews.org Denver, CO – Students from Denver Students for a Democratic Society (SDS) met on campus
| January 21 to continue the rallying against U.S. aggression towards Iran and the U.S.
| occupation of Iraq. This action comes after the illegal act of war of the Trump
| regime in which Qassem Soleimani was assassinated in the Baghdad International Airport. | The U.S. has claimed that they are backing off from war at this time, but will continue to add
| sanctions against Iran which will harm the people of Iran. One SDS member noted
| in his speech, "Sanctions are an act of war; countless citizens died in…

news.un (2020-01-22). Independent UN rights experts call for 'immediate investigation' into alleged Bezos phone hack by Saudi Arabia. news.un.org Independent UN rights experts said on Wednesday they were "gravely concerned" over allegations that in 2018, a messaging app account belonging to the Crown Prince of Saudi Arabia was used to hack into The Washington Post owner's mobile phone, calling for an "immediate investigation" by authorities in the United States.

Staff (2020-01-21). Voting Rights Advocate: The Impeachment of Trump Is Needed to Protect Our Elections & Democracy. democracynow.org The impeachment trial begins its proceedings in the Senate today amid accusations of Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell attempting to rush the impeachment process. Senators will have 16 hours for questions and four hours for debate, after 24 hours for opening arguments on each side. We speak with Rick Perlstein, historian and author, and Kristen Clarke, president and executive director of the Lawyers' Committee for Civil Rights Under Law. Clarke says that thanks to the rules set by McConnell, Trump's impeachment trial could be over within a week, with much of the debate taking place in the evening. The proces…

Carol Rose (2020-01-21). CBP Deported an Iranian Student With Valid Visa, Defying Court Order. aclu.org Last night, U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) deported an Iranian student with a valid visa, despite a federal court order prohibiting his removal. | Shahab Dehghani arrived at Boston Logan Airport on Sunday, January 19 to study at Northeastern University, where he was enrolled. Customs officials detained him and questioned him for hours, abruptly revoking his student visa, which the State Department granted after a year of intense vetting. | As CBP tried to put Shahab on the next available flight, supporters and friends gathered at night in the arrivals hall at Logan to demand that CBP stop deporting…

news.un (2020-01-21). Lebanon: UN rights office calls for de-escalation of protest violence. news.un.org What had been largely peaceful demonstrations against Lebanon's Government in the capital Beirut grew increasingly violent over the weekend, sparking the concern of the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights.

news.un (2020-01-21). UN human rights ruling could boost climate change asylum claims. news.un.org The UN Human Rights Committee has determined that countries cannot deport people who have sought asylum due to climate-related threats.

Staff (2020-01-20). SPECIAL: Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. in His Own Words. democracynow.org Today is the federal holiday that honors Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. He was born January 15, 1929. He was assassinated April 4, 1968, at the Lorraine Motel in Memphis, Tennessee. He was just 39 years old. While Dr. King is primarily remembered as a civil rights leader, he also championed the cause of the poor and organized the Poor People's Campaign to address issues of economic justice. Dr. King was also a fierce critic of U.S. foreign policy and the Vietnam War. We play his "Beyond Vietnam" speech, which he delivered at New York City's Riverside Church on April 4, 1967, as well as his last speech, "I've Been to…

Staff (2020-01-17). Headlines for January 17, 2020. democracynow.org Senate Impeachment Trial Opens as Accountability Office Says Trump Broke Law by Withholding Aid, Pentagon Contradicts Trump and Says 11 U.S. Troops Injured in Iranian Strikes, Senate Votes to Approve USMCA, Report: Six Banks Reaped $18 Billion Last Year from Trump Tax Cuts, Guatemalan Protesters Demand Outgoing President Be Arrested for Corruption, Deported Immigrant Rights Leader Jean Montrevil Sues U.S. Government, FBI Arrests 3 Suspected Neo-Nazis Ahead of Pro-Gun Rally in Richmond, Virginia, Florida Supreme Court Upholds Law Limiting Voting Rights for People with Felony Convictions, Harvard Law Students Prote…

Abdullah Hasan (2020-01-17). 2019 Proved We Can Stop Face Recognition Surveillance. aclu.org This piece originally appeared on In 2019, we proved face recognition surveillance isn't | inevitable. Now, it's time for Congress to rein in the technology once and for | all. | Last year, communities banded together to prove that they | can — and will — defend their privacy rights. As part of ACLU-led campaigns, three | California cities — Francisco,…

splcenter (2020-01-16). Conspiracy Theories, Threats of Violence Loom Over Coming Gun Rally in Richmond. splcenter.org Gun-rights activists and antigovernment extremists are planning a protest in Richmond, Virginia, on Monday fueled by antigovernment conspiracy theories and accompanied by online calls for violence.

Michele Goodwin (2020-01-16). Arkansas Legislators' Attack on Abortion is Unconstitutional. aclu.org The U.S. Supreme Court has ruled time and again that | reproductive privacy is "central to personal dignity and autonomy, [which] are | central to the liberty protected by" the Constitution. The Court has made | eminently clear that under the Constitution, the right of a pregnant person to | terminate a pregnancy prior to viability is a right so essential to our freedom | that our government cannot ban or impose an undue burden on its exercise. But | despite the long-standing clarity of this principle, reproductive health and rights | continue to come under blistering, unrelenting attack. | Nowhere is this cl…

splcenter (2020-01-06). SPLC Statement on the Detainment of Iranians and Iranian Americans. splcenter.org The following statement is by Southern Poverty Law Center Interim President and CEO Karen Baynes-Dunning following reports that Iranians and Iranian Americans are being detained and questioned at U.S. ports of entry:…

Marjorie Cohn (2019-12-02). Civil Rights Are on the Chopping Block in New Supreme Court Term. zcomm.org Hello, A very small proportion of ZNet content is available only to Sustainers. You can become a sustainer for a small repeating donation – monthly or yearly via the links for Sustaining, or Donating, available on the top page of ZNet.

Ramzy Baroud (2019-12-02). The War on Truth: How Israel's Social Media Trolls Conquered Facebook. zcomm.org Israel may have found a way to circumvent the influence of Facebook on the discussions pertaining to Palestinian rights and the Israeli occupation…

Peace Action (2019-06-25). Peace Action Endorses Ilhan Omar for Congress. peaceaction.org Washington, DC — June 25, 2019 — Peace Action has announced its endorsement of Ilhan Omar for Congress in Minnesota's 5th Congressional District. Peace Action is a national grassroots organization working to advance nuclear disarmament, promote government spending priorities that support human needs, encourage real security through international cooperation and human rights, and support nonmilitary …

Peace Action (2019-06-24). Peace Action Endorses Kara Eastman for Congress. peaceaction.org Washington, DC — June 24, 2019 — Peace Action has announced its endorsement of Kara Eastman for Congress in Nebraska's 2nd Congressional District. Peace Action is a national grassroots organization working to advance nuclear disarmament, promote government spending priorities that support human needs, encourage real security through international cooperation and human rights, and support nonmilitary …

2020-01-25: Social Media Postees

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Trump steps up attacks on immigrants, democratic rights in midst of impeachment trial
wsws.org | 2020-01-25
Trump railed against the "far left" in the first speech by a president at the annual anti-abortion March for Life rally in Washington DC.
www.wsws.org/en/articles/2020/01/25/impe…

US citizen detained and interrogated by DHS agents about anti-war movement solidarity with Venezuela
Max Blumenthal | thegrayzone.com | 2020-01-25
A US citizen who participated in the Venezuelan Embassy Protection Collective was detained, searched and interrogated for the second time…
thegrayzone.com/2020/01/24/us-citizen-detained-interrogated-dhs-venezuela/

Trump/Pence #OutNOW: No War on Iran! No War on Women!
Curt Wechsler | indybay.org | 2020-01-25
Bring #OUTNOW into mass protests against U.S. war on Iran

Disaster for Europe: Iran blasts EU for buckling to Trump & acting like 'strong man' against Tehran
rt.com | 2020-01-25
Acquiescing to Washington's hardline stance on Tehran spells catastrophe for Europe, Iran's Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif has argued, warning that there will be consequences for their u-turn on the 2015 Iran nuclear deal. | The decision by European signatories of the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) to trigger a mechanism that could lead to UN sanctions against Iran is a "disaster" for Europe, Zarif said during an interview with Germany's Der Spiegel magazine. He claimed that, behind closed doors, European leaders have admitted that they dare not defy US President Donald Trump's unilateral de…
rt.com/news/479171-zarif-europe-disaster-us-iran/

FBI, King and the tremors of history
Robert Koehler | zcomm.org | 2020-01-25
That the FBI

As extradition hearing dates are set, US Department of Justice argues Assange has no First Amendment rights
wsws.org | 2020-01-24
The latest evidence submitted by the US government underscores the fundamental democratic issues at stake in the decade-long illegal persecution and witch-hunting of Julian Assange and WikiLeaks.
www.wsws.org/en/articles/2020/01/24/assa…

I've Seen Firsthand the Heartbreak of ICE Detention. This Must End
Staff | truthout.org | 2020-01-24
Five hours into the dark, rainy drive, Ana Hernandez and Edwin Loredo laugh about how they've never seen the sun in Georgia. It's their third trip in as many months, and every time, it storms the whole way

Trump's "No-Peace/Peace Plan" for Palestine. Netanyahu/Gantz Invited to White House to Discuss "Deal of the Century"
Stephen Lendman | globalresearch.ca | 2020-01-24
Leaked information shows Trump's so-called deal of the century is a one-sided scam, favoring Israel at the expense of fundamental Palestinian rights. | The so-called peace process is the greatest hoax in modern times, along with the US war OF terror …
globalresearch.ca/netanyahu-gantz-white-house-invitation-discuss-trump-regime-no-peace-peace-plan/5701629

Hundreds of Thousands of Iraqis Protest Against US Occupation
The Mind Unleashed | theantimedia.com | 2020-01-24
(TMU)

Globalizing the War on Indigenous People: Bolsonaro and Modi
Jess Franklin | counterpunch.org | 2020-01-24
A man who has repeatedly romanticized dictatorship and advocated the use of torture seems like an odd choice for guest of honor at the annual celebration of the constitution in the biggest democracy in the world. However, it makes perfect sense that Brazil's notorious President, Jair Bolsonaro, has been invited to India's Republic Day parade…
counterpunch.org/2020/01/24/globalizing-the-war-on-indigenous-people-bolsonaro-and-modi/

European Jewish Congress (EJC) Launches Campaign Against 'Antisemitism' (Aka Support for Palestinian Rights)
Alison Weir | globalresearch.ca | 2020-01-24
The European Jewish Congress (EJC) has announced the launch of a worldwide, star studded social media campaign against what it calls "antisemitism," but which is often advocacy for Palestinian human rights and opposition to Israeli apartheid. EJC is the …
globalresearch.ca/jewish-congress-launches-campaign-against-antisemitism-support-palestinian-rights/5701608

Anniversary of the Implementation of So-called 'Remain in Mexico' Policy Marks Rampant Rights Abuses
commondreams.org | 2020-01-24
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Waiting for Justice in New Jersey
Linn Washington Jr. | counterpunch.org | 2020-01-24
Ask 100 New Jersey residents who is Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and more than 90 will quickly reply, a civil rights leader. Ask 100 New Jersey resident who is Peter McGuire and more than 90 will quickly reply, Peter who? King and McGuire both made historic accomplishments. Both the Atlanta born King and the…
counterpunch.org/2020/01/24/waiting-for-justice-in-new-jersey/

In Open Letter to Brazilian Authorities, 40+ Rights Groups Condemn 'Attempt to Intimidate and Retaliate Against' Glenn Greenwald
Jessica Corbett, staff writer | commondreams.org | 2020-01-24
A coalition of more than 40 press freedom and human rights groups from across the globe sent a letter Friday to Brazilian authorities condemning cybercrime charges brought against American investigative journalist Glenn Greenwald earlier this week as a clear intimidation effort for his reporting on key members of President Jair Bolsonaro's government. | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…
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'Breathtaking Assault on Our Rights': Privacy Advocates Decry London Police Plan to Use Live Facial Recognition Cameras
Jessica Corbett, staff writer | commondreams.org | 2020-01-24
Privacy advocates in the United Kingdom responded with alarm Friday to an announcement that the Metropolitan Police plans to use live facial recognition cameras at specific London locations "to try to locate and arrest wanted people." | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…
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#MarchForLies: Reproductive Justice Advocates Counter Trump's "Dangerous Rhetoric" at Anti-Choice March
Julia Conley, staff writer | commondreams.org | 2020-01-24
As President Donald Trump became the first sitting U.S. president to attend the annual March for Life on Friday, reproductive rights advocates used social media to counter his anti-choice message with the hashtag #MarchForLies, sharing accurate information about reproductive health and slamming Trump for his attacks on women. | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…
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The Camp by the Lake
Jeffrey St. Clair | counterpunch.org | 2020-01-24
The Japanese-Americans, both citizens and immigrants, living in Hood River, Oregon were given seven days' notice that they were going to be "evacuated" from their homes. They were told to pack their belongings into one bag and assemble at the Union Pacific train station on the morning of May 13, 1942. They had no idea where they were going, how long they would be detained or what would happen to their property and businesses while they were imprisoned.
counterpunch.org/2020/01/24/the-camp-by-the-lake/

Maduro: Venezuelan Opposition Has Only Created Threats to Peace
telesurenglish.net | 2020-01-23
The president of Venezuela, Nicolás Maduro, said Thursday that the opposition in that South American nation, particularly that following the extremist sector, has only created threats to peace and sanctions against the people. | RELATED: | Guaido Has Links With Money Launderer Defended by Rudy Giuliani | During the anti-imperialist march to commemorate 62 years of the Popular Rebellion against the military dictatorship of Marcos…
telesurenglish.net/news/Maduro-Venezuelan-Opposition-Has-Only-Created-Threats-to-Peace-20200123-0015.html

U.S. clearing anti-war voices off social media in vast censorship operation
Eds. | mronline.org | 2020-01-23
Instagram and its parent company Facebook are removing posts that appear to be in support of the late Iranian commander Qassem Soleimani in order to comply with U.S. sanctions, a company spokesperson recently told CNN. | Source…
mronline.org/2020/01/23/u-s-clearing-anti-war-voices-off-social-media-in-vast-censorship-operation/

Myanmar: Departing UN rights expert still hopeful for democratic transition
news.un.org | 2020-01-23
An independent human rights expert said she has not given up hope for a democratic transition in Myanmar even though the country has yet to address "grave allegations" of international crimes, including possible genocide.
news.un.org/feed/view/en/story/2020/01/1055901

Amendment 4 is Still on the Line. Here's What's New
Orion Danjuma | aclu.org | 2020-01-23
The right to vote cannot depend on how much money you have. That's what a federal court ruled in October, when it blocked Florida's attempt to force returning citizens

75 years after Auschwitz liberation, antisemitism still threatens 'foundations of democratic societies'
news.un.org | 2020-01-23
Commemorating 75 years since the liberation of the notorious Nazi death camp, Auschwitz-Birkenau, independent UN rights experts said on Thursday that "urgent action" is needed to combat mounting antisemitism.
news.un.org/feed/view/en/story/2020/01/1055851

DP World escalates attacks on workers
Fred_F | greenleft.org.au | 2020-01-23
workers' rights & unions Sam WainwrightIssue 1250 Australia Maritime Union of Australia (MUA) FremantleJanuary 23, 2020Negotiations over a new enterprise agreement at ste…
greenleft.org.au/content/dp-world-escalates-attacks-workers

US Airstrike Kills 15 Civilians in Afghanistan, Including 3 Women and 3 Children
Jason Ditz | theantimedia.com | 2020-01-23
(ANTIWAR.COM)

Baltimore marchers brave sleet and snow to resist war and racism
Fight Back | fightbacknews.org | 2020-01-22
Baltimore, MD – Several dozen Baltimore community activists and youth endured sleet, hail, snow and rain to stage a march January 18 from East to West Baltimore and to downtown to draw the connections to ongoing war and racism with food stamp cuts and workers' rights. | The group rallied at Penn North, the neighborhood of Freddie Gray, and ended at Lexington Market. Organizers reported that the response was deeply encouraging. The group then held a car caravan to a general assembly of the FMLN (Farabundo Martí National Liberation Front) of the Washington DC, Maryland and Virginia region. | The march was initiate…
www.fightbacknews.org/2020/1/22/baltimor…

Denver students say: No war on Iran!
Fight Back | fightbacknews.org | 2020-01-22
Denver, CO – Students from Denver Students for a Democratic Society (SDS) met on campus | January 21 to continue the rallying against U.S. aggression towards Iran and the U.S. | occupation of Iraq. This action comes after the illegal act of war of the Trump | regime in which Qassem Soleimani was assassinated in the Baghdad International Airport. | The U.S. has claimed that they are backing off from war at this time, but will continue to add | sanctions against Iran which will harm the people of Iran. One SDS member noted | in his speech, "Sanctions are an act of war; countless citizens died in…
www.fightbacknews.org/2020/1/22/denver-s…

A Torturer Meets His Victims: CIA Psychologist Defends Brutal Methods at Guantánamo Military Hearing
Staff | democracynow.org | 2020-01-22
On Tuesday, the psychologist identified as the "architect" of the CIA's torture program testified for the first time to the war court at Guantánamo Bay. James Mitchell was in the courtroom for a pretrial hearing for five 9/11 suspects who had been subject to torture, euphemistically called "enhanced interrogation techniques." Mitchell and his partner, Dr. Bruce Jessen, were paid $81 million to help design the CIA's torture methods, including some of the agency's most abusive tactics. The pair had no prior experience in interrogation. At the hearing, Mitchell reportedly told defense lawyers he only came to Guantán…
www.democracynow.org/2020/1/22/cia_tortu…

"The Senate Voted for a Cover-Up": GOP Senators Tilt Impeachment Trial in Trump's Favor
Staff | democracynow.org | 2020-01-22
After the first marathon day leading up to President Trump's impeachment trial, we speak with Vince Warren and Baher Azmy, executive director and legal director, respectively, of the Center for Constitutional Rights. In a 13-hour session, the Republican-controlled U.S. Senate approved rules for the impeachment trial that Vince Warren says are tantamount to a "cover-up." Under the rules, each side will be given 24 hours over a three-day period for opening arguments. Senators also agreed to automatically admit evidence from the House inquiry into the trial record. Republicans rejected 11 amendments from Democrats t…
www.democracynow.org/2020/1/22/impeachme…

Independent UN rights experts call for 'immediate investigation' into alleged Bezos phone hack by Saudi Arabia
news.un.org | 2020-01-22
Independent UN rights experts said on Wednesday they were "gravely concerned" over allegations that in 2018, a messaging app account belonging to the Crown Prince of Saudi Arabia was used to hack into The Washington Post owner's mobile phone, calling for an "immediate investigation" by authorities in the United States.
news.un.org/feed/view/en/story/2020/01/1055771

CBP Deported an Iranian Student With Valid Visa, Defying Court Order
Carol Rose | aclu.org | 2020-01-21
Last night, U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) deported an Iranian student with a valid visa, despite a federal court order prohibiting his removal. | Shahab Dehghani arrived at Boston Logan Airport on Sunday, January 19 to study at Northeastern University, where he was enrolled. Customs officials detained him and questioned him for hours, abruptly revoking his student visa, which the State Department granted after a year of intense vetting. | As CBP tried to put Shahab on the next available flight, supporters and friends gathered at night in the arrivals hall at Logan to demand that CBP stop deporting…
aclu.org/news/immigrants-rights/cbp-deported-an-iranian-student-with-valid-visa-defying-court-order

Lebanon: UN rights office calls for de-escalation of protest violence
news.un.org | 2020-01-21
What had been largely peaceful demonstrations against Lebanon's Government in the capital Beirut grew increasingly violent over the weekend, sparking the concern of the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights.
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UN human rights ruling could boost climate change asylum claims
news.un.org | 2020-01-21
The UN Human Rights Committee has determined that countries cannot deport people who have sought asylum due to climate-related threats.
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Voting Rights Advocate: The Impeachment of Trump Is Needed to Protect Our Elections & Democracy
Staff | democracynow.org | 2020-01-21
The impeachment trial begins its proceedings in the Senate today amid accusations of Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell attempting to rush the impeachment process. Senators will have 16 hours for questions and four hours for debate, after 24 hours for opening arguments on each side. We speak with Rick Perlstein, historian and author, and Kristen Clarke, president and executive director of the Lawyers' Committee for Civil Rights Under Law. Clarke says that thanks to the rules set by McConnell, Trump's impeachment trial could be over within a week, with much of the debate taking place in the evening. The proces…
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SPECIAL: Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. in His Own Words
Staff | democracynow.org | 2020-01-20
Today is the federal holiday that honors Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. He was born January 15, 1929. He was assassinated April 4, 1968, at the Lorraine Motel in Memphis, Tennessee. He was just 39 years old. While Dr. King is primarily remembered as a civil rights leader, he also championed the cause of the poor and organized the Poor People's Campaign to address issues of economic justice. Dr. King was also a fierce critic of U.S. foreign policy and the Vietnam War. We play his "Beyond Vietnam" speech, which he delivered at New York City's Riverside Church on April 4, 1967, as well as his last speech, "I've Been to…
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2019 Proved We Can Stop Face Recognition Surveillance
Abdullah Hasan | aclu.org | 2020-01-17
This piece originally appeared on Fast Company. | In 2019, we proved face recognition surveillance isn't | inevitable. Now, it's time for Congress to rein in the technology once and for | all. | Last year, communities banded together to prove that they | can

Conspiracy Theories, Threats of Violence Loom Over Coming Gun Rally in Richmond
splcenter.org | 2020-01-16
Gun-rights activists and antigovernment extremists are planning a protest in Richmond, Virginia, on Monday fueled by antigovernment conspiracy theories and accompanied by online calls for violence.
splcenter.org/hatewatch/2020/01/16/conspiracy-theories-threats-violence-loom-over-coming-gun-rally-richmond

Arkansas Legislators' Attack on Abortion is Unconstitutional
Michele Goodwin | aclu.org | 2020-01-16
The U.S. Supreme Court has ruled time and again that | reproductive privacy is "central to personal dignity and autonomy, [which] are | central to the liberty protected by" the Constitution. The Court has made | eminently clear that under the Constitution, the right of a pregnant person to | terminate a pregnancy prior to viability is a right so essential to our freedom | that our government cannot ban or impose an undue burden on its exercise. But | despite the long-standing clarity of this principle, reproductive health and rights | continue to come under blistering, unrelenting attack. | Nowhere is this cl…
aclu.org/news/reproductive-freedom/arkansas-legislators-attack-on-abortion-is-unconstitutional

SPLC Statement on the Detainment of Iranians and Iranian Americans
splcenter.org | 2020-01-06
The following statement is by Southern Poverty Law Center Interim President and CEO Karen Baynes-Dunning following reports that Iranians and Iranian Americans are being detained and questioned at U.S. ports of entry:…
splcenter.org/news/2020/01/06/splc-statement-detainment-iranians-and-iranian-americans