Daily Archives: June 6, 2020

2020-06-06: News Headlines

Peoples Dispatch (2020-06-06). Julián Gil: "Our triumph and our victory should be the hope and strength in being together" peoplesdispatch.org Two years have passed since social leader Julian Gil was detained in front of the office of Colombian social movement Congreso de los Pueblos. We share his reflections on his two years of incarceration…

WSWS (2020-06-06). Four Tacoma, Washington police officers put on administrative leave three months after killing Manuel Ellis. wsws.org Ellis, a father of two, could be heard on dispatcher radio calling out "I can't breathe" after being brutally detained and handcuffed by the police.

Paul Antonopoulos (2020-06-05). Two U.S. Senators Determined to Stop Nord Stream 2 by Imposing Extra Sanctions. globalresearch.ca The Nord Stream 2 project involves the construction of two gas pipelines with a total capacity of 55 billion cubic meters of gas per year from Russia to Germany via the Baltic Sea. The gas pipeline will run through the …

Alan Macleod (2020-06-05). Fake Taxis Among the Latest Tools in the NYPD's Rights-Busting Crackdown on Protesters. mintpressnews.com The NYPD is famous for violating civil rights so it comes as no surprise that protests over the police brutality in the city have elicited a violent crackdown from the city's finest.

Anthony D. Romero (2020-06-05). Reimagining the Role of Police. aclu.org Over the last week, ACLU staff across the country have worked as legal observers; educated protesters about their rights; been arrested, tear-gassed and hit with rubber bullets; challenged curfews; organized town halls; talked to victims of police abuse; donated money to Black Lives Matter, local bail funds and other groups; and strategized about transformational change. , , The ACLU is busier than ever — let's not forget this is happening amidst a pandemic and during the Trump administration — but we don't hesitate to prioritize this work at this time because we have witnessed this reality of poli…

Peoples Dispatch (2020-06-05). Black Lives Matter, rights groups sue US president for violence against protesters. peoplesdispatch.org Civil rights groups in the US have filed a lawsuit against the US president and others in his administration over violence perpetrated against protesters in Washington D.C. when federal troops cleared the way for a photo-op for Trump on June 1…

news.un (2020-06-05). Independent rights experts urge US to address systemic racism and racial bias. news.un.org Nearly 30 independent experts appointed by the UN Human Rights Council are calling for the United States to reform its criminal justice system in the wake of a recent spate of killings of African Americans, including at the hands of the police.

Ali Salam (2020-06-05). Israeli Settlers Chop Down Dozens of Olive Trees near Nablus. imemc.org Illegal Israeli settlers, on Thursday, destroyed dozens of several year old olive trees in the village of Burin, south of Nablus, northern occupied West Bank, according to a local official. Munir Qadous, with the human rights group, Yesh Din, told Palestinian WAFA News Agency that Israeli colonists snuck into Palestinian …

John Kendall Hawkins (2020-06-05). The Coming Purge of Doppelgà§ngers and the Palast Revolution. counterpunch.org "Hell, you can't get people to vote once, let alone twice." — Santiago Juarez, League of United Latin American Citizens "Your chance of having your vote spoiled is 900% higher if you're Black than if you're white." — US Civil Rights Commission We were warned about an imminent threat on Pearl Harbor before the attack.

news.un (2020-06-04). India must follow Supreme Court orders to protect 100 million migrant workers: UN rights experts. news.un.org The Indian Government must urgently comply with a Supreme Court order to ensure the wellbeing of more than 100 million migrant workers, after coronavirus measures left them jobless, forcing them to travel long distances home, UN independent human rights experts said on Thursday.

Luis Alberto Martinez-Juarez, Ana Cristina Sedas, Miriam Orcutt, Raj Bhopal (2020-06-04). [Commentary] Governments and international institutions should urgently attend to the unjust disparities that COVID-19 is exposing and causing. thelancet.com During the COVID-19 pandemic, world leaders should pay more attention to those populations living in the poorest conditions, such as the homeless, those in prisons, poor ethnic & racial minorities, and millions of distressed migrants and refugees in unsanitary camps, settlements, shelters or detention centres. These vulnerable groups are most likely to suffer the consequences of inadequate and equitable access to testing, treatment and medical care [1]. Socio-economic circumstances determine the distribution of health conditions in populations and the severity of outcomes.

PCHR (2020-06-04). PCHR: Weekly Report on Israeli Human Rights Violations in the Occupied Palestinian Territory (28 May — 03 Jun 2020). imemc.org Summary of Israeli Violations of Human Rights in the Occupied Palestinian Territory (28 May — 03 June 2020) Israeli occupation forces continued to commit crimes against Palestinian civilians and their properties, including raids into Palestinian cities that are characterized with excessive use of force, assault, abuse and attacks on civilians. …

Rev Dr Liz Theoharis (2020-06-04). America for the Rich or the Poor? commondreams.org Those of us in the welfare rights movement always saw our work as the kindling for a wildfire of organizing by the poor and dispossessed. (Photo: Poor People's Campaign/Twitter) | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…

RT (2020-06-04). 'FAKE WOKENESS': Video game firm Bethesda switches profile images to LGBT pride flag… but NOT on Middle East account. rt.com The Bethesda video game company has drawn the ire of netizens who noticed that it had changed its Twitter profile logos to a rainbow flag to celebrate LGBT Pride Month, but made an exception for its Middle East account. | The American firm has been flooded with comments accusing it of insincerity and meaningless virtue signaling in its quest to appear woke. Many angry gamers suggested that the only thing Bethesda cared about was money — and that if LGBT rights were truly high on its agenda, the Middle East account would also display the pride flag. | it's 100% real. | Been laughing for a good 3minutes st…

Staff (2020-06-05). Our System Is Corroded: Carol Anderson on Rampant Police Violence and Assault on Voting Rights. democracynow.org On Thursday, disturbing new details were revealed in the case of Ahmaud Arbery, the 25-year-old Black man who was chased, ambushed and shot dead by a group of white men in Georgia in what many have called a modern-day lynching. In a nearly seven-hour hearing, a state judge concluded all three men — Travis McMichael, Gregory McMichael and William "Roddie" Bryan — would stand trial for Arbery's murder, after special agent Richard Dial of the Georgia Bureau of Investigation testified Travis McMichael said "f—ing n—" after shooting and killing Arbery. We speak with professor Carol Anderson, au…

Staff (2020-06-04). The Protests Made a Huge Difference: All Four Minneapolis Cops Charged in Killing of George Floyd. democracynow.org After more than a week of nationwide protests, all four Minneapolis police officers involved in the killing of George Floyd have been charged with murder or aiding and abetting murder in a case that triggered historic protests across the country. "If you look at the video … the pressure from all three officers on Mr. Floyd's body contributed to his death," says activist and civil rights attorney Nekima Levy Armstrong, former president of the Minneapolis chapter of the NAACP. "They heard the man pleading, saying 'I can't breathe,' and they had a callous disregard for his life."

Robert Norse (2020-06-06). Demand Change: Homeless Civil Rights & the Santa Cruz Police. indybay.org The attached flyers were distributed at the protest last night (June 3) and are suitable for future distribution unless and until things radically change. Comments and additions are welcome.

RT (2020-06-06). Texas CHAINSAW counter-protester: Man arrested after confronting demonstrators with infamous 'massacre' weapon (VIDEO). rt.com A chainsaw-wielding Texan has been detained after threatening a group of demonstrators with his lumber-cutting mechanical tool. Thankfully, the altercation did not devolve into Hollywood-inspired violence. | A small group of seemingly peaceful protesters in McAllen, Texas briefly found themselves in a real-life slasher film, after a man with a chainsaw rushed at them while shouting profanities. | Footage of the bizarre incident shows a man pointing the deadly tool at protesters as he shouts at them. | "Move! Go home!" he yells above his roaring chainsaw. | He then uses a racial slur while warning against prote…

RT (2020-06-05). Minneapolis BANNING police from chokeholds as protests continue over George Floyd's death. rt.com Police in Minneapolis are being banned from using chokeholds when restraining suspects under new measures agreed between city officials and the Minnesota Department of Human Rights in the wake of George Floyd's death. | The new Also…

RT (2020-06-05). Patrol officer SET ON FIRE during police brutality protests over 'Mexican George Floyd' (VIDEO). rt.com A police officer was set on fire while confronting a group of demonstrators in Mexico. Protests and rioting in the country were triggered by the death of a local man shortly after his detention. | The incident occurred in the city of Guadalajara, the capital of Mexico's western state of Jalisco. The video circulating on social media shows a group of police officers on motorcycles in a standoff with protesters. At one point, a man wearing a mask and dark sunglasses pours flammable liquid on the back of one of the officers and sets him on fire. | The policeman runs and falls to the pavement as fellow officers an…

RT (2020-06-04). New York Times CANCELED by liberals over Senator Cotton's 'Send in the troops' op-ed. rt.com Opinion editors at the New York Times are facing calls to resign over publishing an op-ed by Arkansas Senator Tom Cotton making a case for deploying the military to quell the riots that have broken out across the US. | Published on Wednesday and titled "Send in the troops," Cotton's op-ed argued that the police and even the National Guard couldn't quite provide an "overwhelming show of force to disperse, detain and ultimately deter lawbreakers" and that the US military should be used for the purpose. | Times subscribers — current and former — condemned the op-ed and swore to boycott the paper going f…

en.mehrnews (2020-06-06). Michael White expelled due to disease exacerbation, human rights considerations: Iranian official. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, Jun. 06 (MNA) — Director General of Counterintelligence of the Iranian Ministry of Intelligence said on Saturday that the US citizen, Michael White, who had been imprisoned on security charges in Iran, has been deported to the US due to disease exacerbation, human rights reasons.

en.mehrnews (2020-06-05). Iran urges lifting of 'all inhumane sanctions' against Syria. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, Jun. 05 (MNA) — Tehran has reiterated its support to the Syrian government and nation, calling for the removal of all sanctions, which have hampered Damascus' efforts in the reconstruction of the country.

sputniknews (2020-06-06). American Oil Company Chevron's Crude Cargo Gets Embroiled In US Anti-Venezuela Sanctions. sputniknews.com The day before, Reuters reported, citing unnamed US officials that the US Department of the Treasury was considering sanctioning more than 40 foreign oil tankers over their alleged involvement in the oil trade with Venezuela, which has been sanctioned by the US in its efforts to oust President Nicolas Maduro.

sputniknews (2020-06-06). People in London Protest Against Police Brutality Following George Floyd's Death – Video. sputniknews.com Nationwide protests erupted in the United States and spread to other countries in late May following the death of African American man, George Floyd, during detention by police in Minneapolis.

sputniknews (2020-06-05). What Bill of Rights? Cop Violence, Economic Updates, Bad Medicine. sputniknews.com When electoral politics fails us, we will make our demands elsewhere. This is the moment in which we find ourselves.

yenisafak (2020-06-06). US: Minneapolis to ban chokehold after Floyd death. yenisafak.com The Minneapolis Police Department may soon no longer be able to perform chokeholds and use neck restraints on suspects following the death of an unarmed black man who was pinned to the ground for nearly nine minutes, according to an agreement approved by the City Council Friday.The agreement, struck between the city's negotiators and the Minnesota Department of Human Rights and subject to approval from a judge, would also require police to halt and report any instances where fellow officers violate the policy to their superiors."Regardless of tenure or rank, any member of the City's Police Department who observes…

Fight Back (2020-06-06). Italian communists to Freedom Road Socialist Organization: 'Fronte Popolare is at your side'. fightbacknews.org Fight Back News Service is circulating the following statement from Italian Marxist- Leninist organization Fronte Popolare. | Dear comrades of the Freedom Road Socialist Organization, | In these days of pain, pride and struggle, Fronte Popolare is at your side. Our organization is supportive of those who are fighting for the dignity and rights of all women and men. The results of the mass uprising that exploded with the murder of George Floyd by a racist policeman are of decisive importance not only for American society and for the redemption of the nationalities and oppressed communities that make it up, but for…

_____ (2020-06-06). Open Letter: African Writers In Solidarity With African Americans. popularresistance.org We support the protests in the United States and across the world as our people demand justice for any and all racial killings whether by police or civilians. We are aware that these are not quiet protests. We do not expect it and neither should the United States of America. The killings were not done quietly. The police brutality and state sanctioned murders were done loudly with no fear of consequences from those who perpetrated them. | We acknowledge the African Union's condemnation of the United States government's continual terrorism towards African-Americans. We believe that the African Union can and should…

_____ (2020-06-06). Police Unions: It's Time To Change The Law And End The Abuse. popularresistance.org Collective action is the source of working people's power. It is the source of the labor movement's power. It is the source of power that has enabled workers to secure — through unionization and collective bargaining — fairness and dignity at work, living wages, protection against discrimination and harassment, and safe and healthy working conditions. It is the source of power that has allowed working people to demand progressive legislation, to push the nation forward on questions of civil rights, political rights and economic rights. In recent years, it has enabled teachers to win funding for their…

Jim Hightower (2020-06-04). I Remember the Lynchings of the 60s. They're Still Happening. counterpunch.org I was naive until I wasn't. At just 18, the day after I graduated from high school, I drove from Boston to Atlanta to work with the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee (SNCC). Two weeks later, on June 21, 1964, we got word that three young civil rights workers — James Chaney, Mickey Schwerner, and Andrew

Rev Dr Liz Theoharis (2020-06-04). Organizing the Rich or the Poor? commondreams.org Those of us in the welfare rights movement always saw our work as the kindling for a wildfire of organizing by the poor and dispossessed. (Photo: Poor People's Campaign/Twitter) | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…

Abdel Bari Atwan (2020-06-04). Bringing Lebanon to its knees. thealtworld.com Syria and Iran can cope with another round of US sanctions. The Lebanese are the most vulnerable targets of the 'Caeser Act'. | The Trump administration is promising Syria and its allies in Iran and Lebanon a fresh package of 'suffocating' sanctions in two weeks' time with the coming into force of the so-called 'Caesar Act', whose provisions were passed by both houses of Congress last December. | The aim of this legislation is not only to suffocate Syria but also to inflict as much economic pain as possible on its backers, especially in Lebanon, Iran, and Russia. It targets all groups, companies, and individuals…

Futher Column, By Abby Zimet, Staff Writer (2020-06-04). A Fearsome Walk In the Park. commondreams.org www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…

Andrey Areshev (2020-06-04). We Are Watching the Story of America Crash Headlong Into the Reality of America. strategic-culture.org Caitlin JOHNSTONE | I have a bedtime story for you. | Once upon a time a brave nation liberated itself from the tyranny of the British empire and birthed freedom and democracy into the world. With the help of heroes like the abolitionists, Abraham Lincoln, Martin Luther King Jr and Malcolm X it overcame systemic racial inequality, and now it is a shining exemplar of human rights, the respected friend of free democracies around the world and the hated foe of all tyrannical regimes. It is not without its faults and its past mistakes, but it is the best leader and protector of the liberal world order that we could p…

sputniknews (2020-06-04). Measures Against Nord Stream 2 Show Neglect of Interest in EU Consumers, Company Says. sputniknews.com Earlier, US Senators introduced legislation expanding sanctions against Nord Stream 2 that apply to all companies that provide certification, insurance and port facilities for the project.

Staff (2020-06-03). Headlines for June 3, 2020. democracynow.org Minnesota Opens Human Rights Probe of Minneapolis Police Department, Minnesota AFL-CIO Calls on Police Union President to Resign over George Floyd's Killing, George Floyd's Family Members Join Protest March of 60,000 in Houston, Arrest Warrants Issued for Six Atlanta Cops Who Tased Black Students, Army's 82nd Airborne, Armed with Fixed Bayonets, Deploys to Washington, D.C., AG William Barr Personally Ordered Assault on Peaceful Protesters Outside White House, Australian Ambassador to Investigate Police Assault on Journalists Near White House, Mayor Warns Against Military Deployment in Streets of New York, Thousan…

Paul Street (2020-06-03). "Total Domination": Popular Rebellion in the Shadow of Trumpism-Fascism. counterpunch.org I joined a decent-sized civil and human rights march in Iowa City two nights ago. It started with mostly young and white people milling around, quietly chalking and talking at City Hall. When the numbers got big enough and two young Black sparkplug activists showed up, we took to (and took over) the downtown streets and had a rally at the Old Capital building on the University of Iowa's scenic, tree-filled Pentacrest. Then we headed over to the Johnson County Jail, the headquarters of racist mass incarceration in Johnson County (which is named after a former U.S. Vice President reputed to have killed the great Na…

Tanya Wadhwa (2020-06-03). Assassination of social activists continues in Colombia despite lockdown. peoplesdispatch.org According to the Institute of Development and Peace Studies (INDEPAZ), 115 environmentalists, human rights defenders, Indigenous, peasant and social leaders, and more than 20 former combatants of the FARC guerrilla group have been killed so far this year…

news.un (2020-06-03). US must address deep-seated grievances to move beyond history of racism and violence. news.un.org Voices calling for an end to "the endemic and structural racism that blights US society" must be heard and understood, for the country to move past its "tragic history of racism and violence", the UN Human Rights chief said on Wednesday.

Ali Salam (2020-06-03). Israeli Forces Arrest Eleven Palestinians Including Teens across West Bank. imemc.org The Palestinian Prisoners' Society (PPS) reported that Israeli forces detained 5 Palestinian youths from Ramallah and Al-Bireh District; | 1. Musa Ahmed Hamed, 22, from Silwad, | 2. Basil Mufeed Atta, | 3.