2021-01-08: Social Media Postees

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60 High School Seniors Refuse To Serve In The Israeli Army
_____ | popularresistance.org | 2021-01-08
Sixty Israelis of eligible draft age have signed a letter declaring their refusal to serve in the military because of Israel's occupation of the Palestinian territories. | Departing from previous letters of this kind, the signatories call out the country's education system for various issues, such as encouraging enlistment in the Israel Defense Forces and emphasizing the Jewish narrative in Bible and history classes. | They also draw attention to issues they say the curriculum ignores, such as the expulsion of Arabs in 1948 and the current violation of human rights in the occupied territories. | In a letter sent…

Uganda: 'Deteriorating' human rights situation in run-up to elections next week
news.un.org | 2021-01-08
The UN human rights office, OHCHR, is urging authorities in Uganda to ensure elections next week are free and peaceful, noting that the arrest of opposition candidates and their supporters are among several "worrying" developments ahead of the vote.

Viet Nam: UN rights office denounces 'increasing clampdown' on freedom of expression
news.un.org | 2021-01-08
The UN human rights office (OHCHR), on Friday, voiced concerns over the use of "vaguely defined laws" in Viet Nam, to arbitrarily detain an increasing number of journalists, bloggers, commentators and rights defenders, amidst what appears to be part of an "increasing clampdown" on the freedom of expression in the country.

Hunger strikes at three New Jersey prisons
Sara Flounders | workers.org | 2021-01-08
The filthy conditions, indefinite incarceration and escalating COVID infections have touched off desperate hunger strikes at three New Jersey county jails. Each jail operates as a prison-for-profit, renting space at $120 a day for ICE to jail out-of-state migrant detainees. The N.J. counties use the contracts to generate tens of . . . | Continue reading Hunger strikes at three New Jersey prisons at Workers.org…

More War by Other Means: Sanctioning the Wife of Syria's President Makes No Sense to Anyone
Philip Giraldi | globalresearch.ca | 2021-01-08
I am a recipient of regular, usual weekly, emails from the Department of the Treasury providing an "Update to OFAC's list of Specially Designated Nationals (SDN) and Blocked Persons." OFAC is the Office of Foreign Assets Control, which is tasked …

Is Israel Practicing Vaccine Leadership or Medical Apartheid?
Ariel Gold | counterpunch.org | 2021-01-08
Israel has a population of around 9 million. About 20 percent of Israel's population are Palestinian citizens of Israel. These people can vote in elections, have representation in the Knesset, and are being vaccinated against COVID-19. But, there are another around 5 million Palestinians who live under Israeli rule, without rights, and like the rest of the world, are suffering from the pandemic.

Requiring Men but not Women to Register for the Draft is Sex Discrimination
Ria Tabacco Mar | aclu.org | 2021-01-08
The requirement that only men — but not women — register for the draft is one of the last examples of overt sex discrimination written into our federal law. Today, we joined two young men and the National Coalition For Men (NCFM) to urge the U.S. Supreme Court to put an end to it., , Under the 1948 Military Selective Service Act, men in this country are required to mark their 18th birthdays by registering for the Selective Service System, the list of people who could be called up for military service if the government au…

Venezuela Reaffirms Its Sovereign Rights Over the Essequibo
telesurenglish.net | 2021-01-08
Venezuela's President Nicolas Maduro Thursday signed a presidential decree setting the country's maritime and territorial borders in order to protect national jurisdiction rights, especially on the disputed Essequibo territory. | RELATED: | Venezuela's New Parliament Holds Its First Legislative Session | He informed that the United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres was notified about his government rejections over the recent International Court of Justice (ICJ) ruling…

Censorship in America: The New Abnormal. POTUS Censored by Twitter
Stephen Lendman | globalresearch.ca | 2021-01-08
Speech, media and academic freedoms are too precious to lose. | Without them, all other rights are threatened — totalitarian rule replacing them, enforced by police state harshness. | What happened on Capitol Hill Wednesday has clear earmarks of an orchestrated false …

Censorship in America: The New Abnormal. President Trump Censored by Twitter
Stephen Lendman | globalresearch.ca | 2021-01-08
Speech, media and academic freedoms are too precious to lose. | Without them, all other rights are threatened — totalitarian rule replacing them, enforced by police state harshness. | What happened on Capitol Hill Wednesday has clear earmarks of an orchestrated false …

'Horrifying beyond words': China embassy tweet on Uighur women rebuked online
Nadda Osman | middleeasteye.net | 2021-01-08
'Horrifying beyond words': China embassy tweet on Uighur women rebuked online | A tweet from Beijing's embassy in the US saying detained Uighur women were now 'emancipated' condemned as misrepresenting 'genocide' and 'forced sterilisation' | Nadda Osman | Fri, 01/08/2021 – 12: 26 | A demonstrator wears a mask painted with the colours of the East Turkestan flag and a hand bearing the colours of the Chinese flag in a pr…

Peruvian authorities confirm police responsibility in murder of agricultural worker amid strike
Peoples Dispatch | peoplesdispatch.org | 2021-01-08
Since the beginning of December, hundreds of agricultural workers have been carrying out a strike demanding labor rights and better working conditions. Since then, 3 agricultural workers have been killed in various incidents of police repression…

Battleground Baltimore, Jan. 8
Staff | therealnews.com | 2021-01-08
Local leaders react to the insurrection that happened just 45 minutes away in Washington. D.C.; why a move to end home detention fees might not go far enough; and a "spy plane" that has been flying in Baltimore (ostensibly to solve crime) is headed for St. Louis.

Chile intensifies its war against the Mapuche people
Tanya Wadhwa | peoplesdispatch.org | 2021-01-08
On the day the verdict was announced regarding the assassination of Mapuche leader Camilo Catrillanca, police carried out a violent raid of 6 Mapuche communites and violently detained members of Catrillanca's family to stop them from attending court…

Brutal Human Rights Abuses — Torture, Sanctions and Our Failure to Discuss Economic Rights
Rod Driver | zcomm.org | 2021-01-07
People in advanced nations assume that their governments do not torture prisoners, but it is practized by the US, and was used by Britain in its colonies and in Northern Ireland…

Libya urged to investigate fate of hundreds missing in Tarhuna
MEE staff | middleeasteye.net | 2021-01-07
Libya urged to investigate fate of hundreds missing in Tarhuna | Dozens of mass graves were found in Tarhuna last summer after withdrawal of forces aligned with eastern commander Khalifa Haftar | MEE staff | Thu, 01/07/2021 – 19: 12 | Since June, Libyan teams have been searching for graves and exhuming bodies in Tarhuna, southeast of Tripoli (AFP) | Human Rights Watch urged Libya's internationally recognised government to…

Hong Kong: UN human rights office urges immediate release of arrested activists
news.un.org | 2021-01-07
The UN human rights office (OHCHR) has voiced deep concerns over the arrests of over 50 individuals under the National Security Law in the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region, China, and called for their immediate release.

Saudi Arabia: UN rights expert welcomes 'positive first step' toward détente in Gulf
news.un.org | 2021-01-07
Saudi Arabia's action in lifting sanctions against Qatar is a "positive first step" towards normalized relations in the Gulf region, a UN independent human rights expert said on Thursday, urging the United Arab Emirates (UAE), Bahrain and Egypt to follow suit.

Hong Kong: UN human rights office urges immediate release of arrested activists
news.un.org | 2021-01-07
The UN human rights office (OHCHR) on Thursday voiced deep concerns over the arrests of over 50 individuals under the new National Security Law in the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region, China, and called for their immediate release.

Callamard calls for 'clear, explicit and unambiguous standards' to protect civilian planes during conflicts
news.un.org | 2021-01-07
Urgent measures are needed to protect civilian aircraft flying over conflict zones or other areas where military tensions are high, a UN independent human rights expert said on Thursday.

Police Arrest Several People Near Court After Assange's Bail Denied
_____ | popularresistance.org | 2021-01-07
London – The police arrested several supporters of Assange who did not have press IDs and refused to disperse as the city is currently under a lockdown and public gatherings prohibited. Among the detained are several women and an elderly man. | Journalists with proper identifications were allowed to continue their work. Earlier in the day, Westminster Magistrates Court refused to release Assange on bail, leaving him incarcerated while a US appeal against the decision not to extradite him to the United States is considered. | Assange was arrested in London in April 2019 and sentenced to 50 weeks in prison for jump…

Cuba: Infant Mortality Stayed Low in 2020
telesurenglish.net | 2021-01-07
Cuba's Health Ministry (MINSAP) reported an infant mortality rate of 4.9 per 1,000 live births in 2020 despite the pressures put by the COVID-19 pandemic and U.S. sanctions on the health system. | RELATED: | Implementation of New Monetary System Begins in Cuba | The Medical Records and Statistics Division informed that 105,030 children were born on the island, which represents 4,686 fewer births than in 2019. | Experiencing a reduction in the under-five years' mortality rate, the Carib…

The DWP is continuing with sanctions despite a national lockdown
Steve Topple | thecanary.co | 2021-01-07
The Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) has just announced that Jobcentres will remain open during the latest coronavirus (Covid-19) lockdown. While this is not new, the devil is in the detail. Because the DWP has not publicly said whether it is suspending sanctions or not, like it did in March 2020. But now, The Canary has received confirmation that the DWP will continue to impose sanctions on claimants in some circumstances. | DWP Jobcentres: remaining open: | On Wednesda…

PDF of January 7 issue
Workers World Party | workers.org | 2021-01-07
Download the 12-page PDF. Alabama prisons: ON STRIKE! 'Relief' bill offers little; Outrage at year's end; Workers as 'contractors'; Massive hack; Historic postal strike; Editorial: COVID unpreparedness. GLOBAL: Cuban and Haitian revolutions; Brexit crisis; Long live DPRK; Argentina: abortion rights victory. TEAR DOWN THE WALLS: Exonerate Mumia! Letter from Pennsylvania . . . | Continue reading PDF of January 7 issue at Workers.org…

Tunisian Forces Arrest High-Ranking Al-Qaeda Operative, Interior Ministry States
sputniknews.com | 2021-01-07
CAIRO (Sputnik) – Tunisia's security services have detained a terrorist from among the leaders of the Al-Qaeda* terror group (banned in Russia), the country's interior ministry said on Thursday.

Police Reform Advocates Press Minnesota Legislature For More
_____ | popularresistance.org | 2021-01-07
Civil rights organizers were back at Minnesota's Capitol as a new legislative session got underway Tuesday, ready to mount another push for changes to police accountability laws less than a week after another fatal police shooting in Minneapolis. | "We know that George Floyd is not an anomaly," said Jaylani Hussein, executive director of the Minnesota chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations. "George Floyd represents the history of state violence against people of color in this country and particularly against Black people." | Floyd's death last May in the custody of Minneapolis police officers made M…

China Urges UK to Forget Colonial Mentality in Hong Kong Issues
telesurenglish.net | 2021-01-07
China on Thursday urged the United Kingdom to abandon its illusion of colonial influence on Hong Kong and to cease interfering in China's internal affairs. | RELATED: | China to Take Countermeasures Against New US Sanctions | British Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab on Wednesday said that the arrests of activists in Hong Kong were "a grievous attack on Hong Kong's rights and freedoms" as protected under the Sino-British Joint Declaration. | In response, Foreign Affairs Ministry spok…

Consumers 'targets of technical bullying' by Chinese tech firms, watchdog warns
rt.com | 2021-01-07
The government-backed China Consumers Association (CCA) has accused tech firms in the country of violating consumer rights by misusing data, distorting algorithms and subjecting users to "technical bullying." | While the CCA did not single out any specific companies in its criticism, it raised concerns over firms that have developed rapidly into large-scale organizations in the consumer sector, particularly those dealing with accommodation, food delivery, online shopping, online gaming, transportation and travel. | The watchdog noted that the collection and handling of data have "aroused widespread concern in…

National Lawyers' Committee Board Co-Chairs Scheindlin, Sager and West on Kristen Clarke's Nomination as Assistant Attorney General for Civil Rights
commondreams.org | 2021-01-07

Trump Auction for Arctic Oil Rights Sees Little Interest: 'Era of Drilling for Oil at Any Cost Is Over'
commondreams.org | 2021-01-07

Nurses Join Calls for Trump to be Removed 'Sanctions, Accountability Needed for Failed Coup'
commondreams.org | 2021-01-07

Hirak activists on hunger strike against pre-trial detention hospitalized in Algeria
Peoples Dispatch | peoplesdispatch.org | 2021-01-07
The three Hirak activists – Mohamed Tadjadit (25), Noureddine Khimoud (25) and Abdelhak Ben Rahmani (38) – began a hunger strike on December 27 last year after they were denied bail and their pre-trial detention was extended by the authorities…

Pamela Winn Fights the Shackling of Pregnant People
Pamela Winn | aclu.org | 2021-01-07
Pamela Winn was sent to federal prison when she was six weeks pregnant. In prison, she fell down attempting to step into a van while shackled. She was not given prenatal care and she miscarried a little over three months later, shackled to a prison bed., , Winn, who was released from prison in 2013, is now an activist for the rights of incarcerated women. She helped enact a law to prevent the shackling of pregnant people in Georgia and is leading a mission to end prison birth altogether , But her story is not unique. There are currently thousands of pregnant people in prison. Many are not given proper medical…

Human Rights Watch Urges Biden to End Trump's 'Devastating' Remain In Mexico Policy
Julia Conley, staff writer | commondreams.org | 2021-01-06
The global organization Human Rights Watch urged President-elect Joe Biden to "quickly and decisively" end a two-year-old policy under which tens of thousands of asylum seekers have been forced to stay in squalid and often dangerous makeshift shelters in Mexico. | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…

Medical doctors respond to Assange extradition ruling: "He must be released without delay"
wsws.org | 2021-01-06
"We demand that all legal proceedings be dropped and that he be released from prison, and only then will his psychological torture finally end."

Trade union coalition in Sudan launches campaign to dissolve government-backed militia
Pavan Kulkarni | peoplesdispatch.org | 2021-01-06
The Sudanese Professionals Association launched the campaign following the torture and killing of a young activist, Bahaeldin Nouri, who was abducted by the intelligence wing of the government-backed Rapid Support Forces on December 21…

Journalists, Activists Condemn UK Decision to Keep Assange Locked Up without Charge
Alan Macleod | mintpressnews.com | 2021-01-06
"To us, that is nothing more than a pretext to keep him detained. This seems unnecessarily punitive and adding insult to injury after the 10 years of hell that he has endured" — Rebecca Vincent, Reporters Without Borders…

The COVID-19 RT-PCR Test: How to Mislead All Humanity. Using a "Test" To Lock Down Society
Dr. Pascal Sacré | globalresearch.ca | 2021-01-06
The misuse of the RT-PCR technique is used as an intentional strategy by some governments, supported by scientific safety councils and by the dominant media, to justify the violation of a large number of constitutional rights, the destruction of the economy with the bankruptcy of entire active sectors of society,…