2019-11-04: News Headlines

Ian Goodrum (2019-11-04). Congressional bill on Hong Kong lays bare U.S.' colonial ambitions. peoplesworld.org Well, here we are again. The United States continues to run its mouth about the Hong Kong protests, this time in the form of legislation. Last month, the U.S. House of Representatives passed H.R. 3289, deemed the "Hong Kong Human Rights and Democracy Act." It was approved by voice vote so an exact tally can't …

RT (2019-11-04). US Treasury sanctions Khamenei's son & Iran's General Staff on 40th anniversary of American embassy takeover in Tehran. rt.com Nine people, including the son of Iranian Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei and the General Staff of Iran's Armed Forces, were blacklisted by the US on the 40th anniversary of the seizure of the US embassy in Tehran in 1979. | The new round of sanctions against Tehran were announced on the US Treasury Department's website. | Khamenei's son, Mojtaba Khamenei, is an influential religious and political figure in the country, with European sources previously mentioning his name among the possible successors of his father as Iranian supreme leader. | Iran's head of judiciary and Ayatollah Ali Khamenei's chief o…

Nils Melzer (2019-11-04). Julian Assange's Life May be at Risk. UN Expert on Torture Sounds Alarm. globalresearch.ca The UN Special Rapporteur on torture, Nils Melzer, has expressed alarm at the continued deterioration of Julian Assange's health since his arrest and detention earlier this year, saying his life was now at risk. | Mr. Assange was sent …

Stephen Lendman (2019-11-04). US Blames Palestinians for Israeli State Terror Against Them. globalresearch.ca Israel is a police state, masquerading as democratic, State terror is the favored strategy against millions of Palestinians. They endure mass arrests, abductions, imprisonments for political reasons, torture, and other forms of persecution. | In its latest quarterly report through September, …

Nauman Sadiq (2019-11-04). Islamic State (ISIS-Daesh) Exacts Revenge on Turkey for Selling Al-Baghdadi Out. globalresearch.ca A carbomb exploded [1] in northern Syria killing 13 and wounding 20. The blast on Saturday ripped through a crowded market in Tal Abyad, a town recently occupied by Turkish-backed militant proxies. The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said the …

Ajit Singh (2019-11-04). The NBA-China outrage reveals how free speech is being crushed by Washington's new Cold War. thegrayzone.com Contrary to its claim to universally protect free expression, the NBA has repeatedly demonstrated its willingness to sanction its players'…

Andrea Germanos, staff writer (2019-11-04). Rights Groups in Canadian Court Because 'The US Cannot Be Considered a Safe Country for Refugees'. commondreams.org The advocacy groups want the Canadian government to uphold its human rights obligations and ditch the Safe Third Country Agreement. | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…

RT (2019-11-03). FBI only cares about 'protecting the ruling class': Lee Camp roasts feds for targeting left-wing groups that threaten status quo. rt.com A new report has accused the FBI of disproportionately targeting left-wing activists, even though right-wing extremism poses a far greater threat to national security. Par for the course, according to Lee Camp. | Defending Rights & Dissent, a civil liberties group, cataloged known instances of First Amendment abuses and political surveillance by the FBI since 2010. The organization found that the feds devoted disproportionate resources to spy on peaceful left-leaning civil society groups, including Occupy Wall Street, Abolish ICE, and various anti-war movements. | The bureau seemed less interested in right-win…

teleSUR (2019-11-03). At Least 120 Injured in Iraq's Main Port As Unrest Continues. telesurenglish.net At least 120 people were wounded Saturday during clashes between protesters and Iraqi security forces in the country's main port of Um Qasr, which is located near the oil-rich city of Basra. | RELATED: | Iraqi Protesters Block Roads, Demand End to Foreign Meddling | According to the public and independent Iraqi Human Rights Commission, people were injured after security forces dispersed the crowds of protesters with tear gas but also with live ammunition fire. The port has been c…

IMEMC News & Agencies (2019-11-03). Four Palestinian Detainees Still on Hunger Strike. imemc.org Asra Media Office, on Sunday, stated that four Palestinian detainees, including a female prisoner, are maintaining their open-ended hunger strike in protest of their illegal imprisonment without charge or trial. The office added that the hunger strikers are identified as: 30-year-old prisoner Ismael Ali, a resident of Abu Dis village, …

teleSUR (2019-11-03). Iran's Khamenei Restates Ban on Talks With US. telesurenglish.net On the eve of the 40th anniversary of the seizure of the United States Embassy in Tehran, Iran's Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei reiterated Sunday a ban on any negotiation with the U.S. | RELATED: | US Sanctions Threaten Iranians' Healthcare: Human Rights Report | "One way to block America's political infiltration is to ban any talks with America. It means Iran will not yield to America's pressure," the Leader said in a meeting with university students in Tehran a day before the anniversary of the Nov. 4, 1979, embassy seizure.

teleSUR (2019-11-03). Colombia: 6th Indigenous Person Killed in Cauca in a Week. telesurenglish.net The Regional Indigenous Council of Cauca (CRIC) denounced Saturday the murder of another member of the community in the municipality of Toribío, the sixth murder that occurs in a week in the department of southwest Colombia which has been plagued with violence. | "Indigenous authorities confirm a new murder in the village of Loma Linda, municipality of Toribío. The victim was identified as 18-year-old Alexander Vitonas Casamachin," the CRIC said in its Twitter account. | The human rights coordinator of the Association of Indigenous Cabildos of North Cauca (ACIN), Eduin Mauricio Capaza, condemned the murder of…

IMEMC News & Agencies (2019-11-03). Balfour 102: Erekat Calls on UK to Realize Palestinian Rights. imemc.org Marking the 102nd Anniversary of the Balfour Declaration on Saturday, Senior Palestinian Official, Dr. Saeb Erekat said Britain has the responsibility to make a qualitative shift towards realizing the political rights of the people of Palestine and recognizing their State. Erekat, in an official statement, said that this date …

IMEMC & Agencies (2019-11-03). Of 39 Women Detained In Israeli Jails, 16 are Mothers. imemc.org The Israeli occupation has 39 women detained in Israeli prisons, held at Damoun prison, with the exception of Jordanian citizen, Heba Al-Labadi, who began a hunger strike 41 days ago, held at Al-Ramlah prison clinic. In addition, wounded Palestinian detainee, Suhair Islamya, is currently held at Shaare Tzedek Hospital, the …

teleSUR (2019-11-03). Bangladesh Seeks Return From Saudi Arabia of Abused Worker. telesurenglish.net Bangladesh demanded Sunday the repatriation of a woman who has been working in Saudi Arabia after a video was published in which she claims to have been a victim of sexual abuse and torture from her employers. | RELATED: | Kafala System to Be Abolished in Qatar: UN | Sumi Akter said she suffered "brutal" and "repeated sexual assault" in the video posted on Facebook and watched by thousands of users. | "I will probably not live longer. Please save me," Akter said imploring for help. | The 25-year…

Stephanie Hedgecoke (2019-11-02). End sanctions — act of war — on Zimbabwe. workers.org October 25 was declared "A Day of Action" by the South African Development Community to end the economic sanctions on Zimbabwe. SADC is comprised of 16 countries in the Southern African region. These sanctions — an act of war imposed by the U.S. and other Western imperialist countries 20 years . . . | Continue reading End sanctions — act of war — on Zimbabwe at Workers.org

Fight Back (2019-11-02). Condemn mass arrest and Duterte regime's heightened fascist drive. fightbacknews.org Fight Back News Service is circulating the following Nov. 2 statement from the Communist Party of the Philippines. | The Communist Party of the Philippines (CPP) condemns in the strongest terms the mass arrest of activist workers, peasants, women, and media practitioners over the past few days in Bacolod, Escalante and Manila. Police arrested and detained more than 60 people belonging to various sectoral organizations. More than five children were also accosted. | The CPP condemns the statement issued by Malacañang which makes the patently false claim that the arrested activists in Bacolod City were members of th…

Ryan Cristián (2019-11-02). Baghdadi Deception Exposed, Israel Bombs Gaza After Phantom Rocket & US Violates Own Syria Sanctions. thelastamericanvagabond.com Welcome to The Daily Wrap Up, a concise show dedicated to bringing you the most relevant independent news, as we see it, from the last 24 hours (11/1/19). As always, take the information discussed in the video below and research it for yourself, and come to your own conclusions. Anyone telling you what the truth …

WSWS (2019-11-02). UAW sanctions plant closing, expansion of temps in deal with Ford. wsws.org The tentative agreement announced with Ford will further advance the restructuring of the auto industry into a low wage sector employing large numbers of contingent workers.

WSWS (2019-11-02). CIA death squads responsible for spike in Afghan civilian casualties. wsws.org A Human Rights Watch report documents extrajudicial executions, forced disappearances and attacks on medical facilities by militias trained, funded and directed by the CIA.

Ricardo Vaz (2019-11-01). Venezuelan Leftist Parties and Unions Stage Protest, Demand Gov't Answers. venezuelanalysis.com Dozens of activists demanded better wages and respect for collective bargaining rights.

United Nations (2019-11-01). Education and inclusion should be human rights priorities, UN Assembly hears. un.org UN Member States agreed seven decades ago to a set of inalienable rights to ensure the dignity of everyone. On Friday, the newly-installed General Assembly President recalled their collective responsibility through the Human Rights Council to "actualize that shared vision for a better world."

United Nations (2019-11-01). 'All actors' must lend support as humanitarian crisis continues in Haiti, UN rights chief urges. un.org Expressing deep concern for the impact on human rights of ongoing political unrest in Haiti, the UN rights chief on Friday called on all actors to acknowledge the grievances of Haitians, many of whom have been demanding the president step down amidst violent demonstrations which ignited a sprawling emergency in recent weeks.

splcenter (2019-11-01). Civil Rights Memorial commemorates 30 years. splcenter.org Carolyn Wells Gee was in bed watching TV with her younger sister when she heard the shot that killed Medgar Evers.

Peter Kornbluh (2019-11-01). Trump Escalates His Assault on the Right to Travel. thenation.com Trump Escalates His Assault on the Right to Travel…

pip.hinman (2019-11-01). Behind Lebanon's historic uprising. greenleft.org.au civil and political rights Nizar HassanIssue 1243 Lebanon neoliberalismNovember 1, 2019Since October 17, Lebanon has been witnessing an unprecedented uprising — both in scale and intensity — against the country's ruling class. | What started as a…

Fred_F (2019-11-01). Union-busting bill an attack on us all. greenleft.org.au Workers rights Susan PriceIssue 1243 Australia Ensuring Integrity BillNovember 1, 2019The Coalition's Ensuring Integrity Bill will be voted on sometime over the next two weeks following the conclusion of a Senate inquiry into the proposed union-busting le…

Staff (2019-11-01). Headlines for November 1, 2019. democracynow.org House Votes to Formalize Impeachment Inquiry Into President Trump , Trump Will Avoid State Income Taxes After Declaring Florida Residency, CIA-Backed Afghan Forces Commit Atrocities, Says Human Rights Watch, Iraqi Prime Minister Offers to Resign Amid Anti-Government Protests, Thousands March in Argentina Against IMF-Imposed Austerity, Spain to Replace Chile as Host of COP25 U.N. Climate Conference, Rex Tillerson Denies Exxon Misled Investors Over Climate Risks, Greta Thunberg Turns Down Environment Prize for Her Climate Activism, New California Wildfire Burns Homes in San Bernardino, Keystone Pipeline Spill in No…

Ryan Devereaux (2019-11-01). FBI and San Francisco Police Have Been Lying About Scope of Joint Counterterrorism Investigations, Document Suggests. theintercept.com San Francisco police officers working on an FBI counterterrorism task force were routinely given low-level assignments that would invite violations of local San Francisco law and policy, according to an internal FBI legal analysis obtained by The Intercept. | The FBI's San Francisco office has long assured the public that its relationship to the city's police officers could be trusted, especially when it came to officers assigned to the bureau's secretive counterterrorism teams. In January, for example, John F. Bennett, the special…

Staff (2019-10-31). Lebanon's Prime Minister Resigns, but Protests Continue. therealnews.com Human rights campaigner Samah Hadid discusses Hezbollah's decision to switch from supporting the protests to opposing them, why the prime minister resigned, and why this is not enough to end the protests.

United Nations (2019-10-31). Thursday's Daily Brief: The power of mediation, Southern Africa food crisis, urban deaths, climate meeting update and Iraq protest latest. un.org A recap of Thursday's top stories: Guterres in Turkey underscores successes of mediation; 45 million lack food across Southern Africa; rights experts push to release Palestinian hunger striker; new UN health report targets causes of urban deaths; Climate change conference finds a new home; Iraq protests put country at 'a crossroads'

pip.hinman (2019-10-31). US House passes sanctions bill against Turkey. greenleft.org.au Turkey's war on RojavaIssue 1243 United States sanctions against TurkeyNovember 1, 2019The United States House of Representatives approved a bill to impose sanctions on Turkey over its military operation in Northern and Eastern Syria on October 30. | The bill was passed by the Democrat-controlled house with 403 votes…

Miko Peled (2019-10-30). At This Year's J Street Conference, "Progressive" Pols Bow to Israel While Preaching Peace. mintpressnews.com Progressive politicians like Bernie Sanders should be credited for finally offering solutions to decades-old Israeli Human rights violations, but those solutions are often little more than talking points designed to placate their base and appease Israel.

Joe Emersberger (2019-10-30). Max Blumenthal Arrest Exposes Hypocrisy of Western Media and 'Human Rights' NGOs. fair.org by Joe Emersberger Grayzone ( 10/28/19) reported that its editor, Max Blumenthal, had been arrested on "fabricated charge related to the siege of the Venezuelan embassy in Washington, DC." | Grayzone editor Max Blumenthal, a prominent journalistic critic of US policy toward Venezuela, was arrested by DC police on Friday, October 25, in connection with a protest at the Venezuelan embassy, and held incommunicado. But if you rely o…

Staff (2019-10-29). Tribute To A Persistent Progressive — Rep. John Conyers. therealnews.com Jacqueline Luqman pays tribute to John Conyers, the longest-serving Black Democrat in Congress and co-founder of the Congressional Black Caucus, died over the weekend at age 90. His political career spanned more than 50 years, and included a remarkable legacy of civil rights activism, challenging the expanding US military global footprint, and consistent support for…

Janine Jackson (2019-10-29). 'The Law Is Only Ever a Part of What Creates a Just and Free Society' – CounterSpin interview with Dorothee Benz on LGBTQ rights. fair.org Janine Jackson interviewed writer/activist Dorothee Benz about LGBT rights for the October 25, 2019, episode of CounterSpin. This is a lightly edited transcript. | Media…

CounterSpin (2019-10-25). Dorothee Benz on LGBTQ Rights, Joe Emersberger on Ecuador Protests. fair.org Media…

Ashoka Mukpo (2019-10-24). I Went to Mexico to Meet Asylum-Seekers Trapped at the Border. This Is What I Saw. aclu.org Two weeks ago, I traveled to northern Mexico along with Mexican photographer Guillermo Arias to meet with asylum-seekers who've been trapped at the southern U.S. border by Trump Administration policies. Neither of us was prepared for what we saw there. | We visited two cities — Ciudad Juarez and Matamoros — to track down people who had been placed into the deceptively misnamed "Migrant Protection Protocols" that have slammed America's door shut to people fleeing persecution and violence in their home countries. Before we arrived, we wondered whether the stories we'd read of kidnappings, assaults,…

Lucas Koerner (2019-10-23). US Renews Chevron License as European Refiner Cuts Venezuela Ties over Sanctions. venezuelanalysis.com Finnish-Venezuelan refiner Nynas is one of PDVSA's few remaining cash buyers.

Ryan Cristián (2019-10-21). Turkey Breaks Ceasefire, US "Secures Syria's Oil" & Assange's Torture & Violation Of Rights Exposed. thelastamericanvagabond.com Welcome to The Daily Wrap Up, a concise show dedicated to bringing you the most relevant independent news, as we see it, from the last 24 hours (10/19/19). As always, take the information discussed in the video below and research it for yourself, and come to your own conclusions. Anyone telling you what the truth …

Venezuela Analysis (2019-10-20). Venezuela Elected to UN Human Rights Council Despite US Opposition. theantimedia.com The Maduro government was elected to a three-year term with backing of 105 out of 195 UN member-states.

Lindsey Kaley (2019-10-18). Patients' Needs, Not Personal Beliefs, Come First in Health Care. aclu.org From the | start, the Trump administration has issued one regulation after another that uses | religion to deny people — particularly pregnant people, people with low-incomes, | and LGBTQ people — health care access and coverage. Today, we are asking | a federal district court in New York to strike down one of the most pernicious | of these regulations: the refusal of care rule. | The refusal | of care rule, issued by the Department of Health | and Human Services (…

Ricardo Vaz (2019-10-17). Venezuela Elected to UN Human Rights Council. venezuelanalysis.com The Maduro government was elected to a three-year term with backing of 105 out of 195 UN member-states.

Esteban Guevara (2019-10-16). Newark protesters: Democratic Party machine an accomplice in Trump's war on immigrants. liberationnews.org Protesters gathered in Newark, New Jersey for a rally and 3-mile march up to the detention center organized by the Resist the Deportation Machine Network on Oct. 12 to demand the closure of the ICE concentration camp in Essex county.

Ryan Cristián (2019-10-09). US 'Walks Back' Syria "Withdrawal," Kurd's '10,000 ISIS' Warning & The FBI 'Violated Privacy Rights'. thelastamericanvagabond.com Welcome to The Daily Wrap Up, a concise show dedicated to bringing you the most relevant independent news, as we see it, from the last 24 hours (10/8/19). As always, take the information discussed in the video below and research it for yourself, and come to your own conclusions. Anyone telling you what the truth …

Ricardo Vaz (2019-10-02). Venezuela's CITGO in Danger as Maduro Seeks Debt Renegotiation. venezuelanalysis.com US financial sanctions have stopped Venezuela from renegotiating foreign debt since 2017.

Ricardo Vaz (2019-09-26). Venezuela: Trump Imposes Travel Ban, Putin Backs Dialogue. venezuelanalysis.com US officials and the Venezuelan opposition have also lobbied the EU to impose harsher sanctions against Caracas.

Lucas Koerner and Ricardo Vaz (2019-09-25). Washington Gives Guaido $52M in Funding, Slaps Venezuela with New Sanctions. venezuelanalysis.com The new aid package dovetailed with fresh sanctions targeting Venezuela-Cuba oil shipping.

Lucas Koerner (2019-09-18). US imposes New Sanctions Targeting Venezuela's Food Program. venezuelanalysis.com The Treasury Department has targeted people and companies involved in imports for Venezuela's CLAP program.

Ricardo Vaz (2019-09-12). Venezuela Oil Production Continues Decline as China Cancels More Shipments. venezuelanalysis.com Russian oil giant Rosneft blasted threats of US sanctions as "unfair competition."