Daily Archives: May 5, 2021

2021-05-05: News Headlines

sputniknews (2021-05-05). 12 Members of US Congress Call on Biden Not to Support India's IP Waiver Request. sputniknews.com In October 2020, India and South Africa submitted a proposal to the World Trade Organisation to allow member countries to waive intellectual property rights, including patents related to COVID-19 vaccines and other technologies during the pandemic.

Anonymous007 (2021-05-05). Violent Crackdown On Colombia Protests Leaves At Least 19 Dead (18+, Videos). southfront.org Click to see full-size image | The UN Human Rights office (OHCR) expressed its concern over the violent crackdown on protests against tax changes in the Colombian city of Cali. | In comments made on May 4th, during a press briefing in Geneva, spokeswoman Maria Hurtado said the body was working to verify the exact number of casualties but reports suggested a number of people had been killed and wounded overnight in Cali."We express our profound shock at the events there and stress our solidarity with those…

Editor2 (2021-05-05). 'I'm an Intersectional Cisgender Millennial Woman of Color': CIA Goes Full Woke in Widely Mocked Promo Video. orinocotribune.com A recruitment ad for the Central Intelligence Agency featuring a smorgasbord of woke buzzwords has been ruthlessly mocked on social media, with many accusing the spy agency of using 'diversity' to airbrush its shady dealings. | The CIA apparently wants Americans to know that despite its history of toppling democratically elected governments and operating torture 'black sites', it is still very much an equal opportunity employer. | In a promotional video for the agency, an employee explains how she "used to struggle with imposter syndrome," but later rejected the "patriarchal ideas" holding her back, realizing…

Staff (2021-05-05). Pressure Grows on Biden to Back WTO Waiver on Vaccine Technology. truthout.org Pressure is growing on the Biden administration to support a temporary waiver on intellectual property rights for COVID-related medicines and vaccines at the World Trade Organization. India and South Africa first proposed the waiver in October, but it was blocked by the United States and other wealthy members of the WTO. Big Pharma has also come out against the proposal and has lobbied Washington to preserve its monopoly control. More than 100 countries have supported the waiver, which they say is critical…

Staff (2021-05-05). Jailers Tortured and Murdered Marvin Scott III, Family Says After Viewing Video. truthout.org In their first one-on-one interview since viewing horrific footage of their son's in-custody homicide at the hands of eight Collin County, Texas, jailers on March 14, the parents of Marvin Scott III told Truthout that their son experienced a "whole day of torture" instead of receiving the help he needed during a mental health crisis. | The five-hour video, which lacked audio, was so horrible, LaSandra Scott tells Truthout, that, "They might as well have just shot him so it could be over qui…

Staff (2021-05-05). Biden's U-Turn on Refugees Aligns With Voter Support for Pro-Immigrant Policies. truthout.org Earlier this week, President Biden, under pressure from his own voter base, executed what might end up being the most consequential political U-turn of his presidency. | Having disappointed refugee rights advocates and the progressive wing of the Democratic Party a few weeks ago by

Phyllis Bennis (2021-05-05). Why Human Rights Watch Designating Israel's Crimes as Apartheid Is a Very Big Deal. commondreams.org "It's a huge victory for our movement," writes Phyllis Bennis, a fellow with the Institute for Policy Studies."When Human Rights Watch, by far the human rights organization with the most direct access to power in Washington, says that Israel is guilty of the crime of apartheid, that action not only reflects the discourse shift fought for and won by so many who have gone before, it also pushes that shift even farther." | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…

teleSUR (2021-05-05). Colombians Keep Protesting Despite Curfew. telesurenglish.net Human rights advocate Andres Maiz confirmed that Colombians remained in the streets protesting on Tuesday night despite the curfew imposed by President Ivan Duque. | RELATED: | "Duque believed the curfew would prevent students, Indigenous people, farmers, and Afro-descendants from continue protesting against the systematic violations of their rights," Maiz said. | Colombians also rejected the statements made by former Presid…

Peoples Dispatch (2021-05-05). Algerian journalists protest state persecution on World Press Freedom Day. peoplesdispatch.org A sustained and systematic campaign by the Algerian government has targeted journalists and news portals critical of its policies. Several journalists have been arbitrarily detained or face judicial persecution…

Staff (2021-05-05). American or Iranian detainees not part of Vienna talks. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, May 05 (MNA) — In reaction to some reports about the release of American prisoners, Russia's Permanent Representative to the International Organizations said that American or Iranian detainees are not a part of the Vienna talks.

The Associated Press (2021-05-05). UN Alarmed Over Police Violence in Colombia Protests. latinorebels.com BOGOTàÅ, Colombia (AP) — The United Nations human rights office said it was "deeply alarmed" over violence against protesters in the Colombian city of Cali, where "police opened fire on demonstrators" and allegedly killed and injured several people Monday night.

Staff (2021-05-05). Cast An Informed Vote for Philadelphia District Attorney on May 18. aclu.org In the election for Philadelphia District Attorney, make sure you're informed about a name that isn't on the ballot —- the Philadelphia Fraternal Order of Police. | The Philadelphia FOP supports policies that increase mass incarceration and violate civil rights, and they oppose policies that would increase transparency and accountability. | Transparency and fairness in the criminal legal system matter, even if the FOP thinks they don't. | Whoever you vote for in the District Attorney election, be sure to cast an informed vote. Vote on May 18. |