2020-02-22: News Headlines

WSWS (2020-02-22). Demonstration to free Julian Assange this Monday in Montreal. wsws.org "This case is tremendously important and holds serious implications for journalism, free speech and human rights around the world," demonstration organizer Elizabeth Leier told the WSWS.

Eds. (2020-02-22). Politicizing water in Chile. mronline.org Chile is today in the midst of an unprecedented constituent process 30 years after the return of democracy, where the possibility of a new constitution has opened a discussion about what sort of country we want, and which rights should be enshrined in the drafting of this fundamental document. |

Mohamed Elmaazi (2020-02-22). Eminent Monsters: British doctors, human experimentation and the origins of psychological torture. thecanary.co "For the last 60 years doctors working for the British and American governments have used psychological torture to destroy people". So begins The Canary attended the UK premier at the

sputniknews (2020-02-22). Auschwitz Memorial Slams Amazon for Selling 'Hateful, Anti-Semitic Nazi Propaganda'. sputniknews.com In December, the Washington-based Muslim non-profit rights group Council on American-Islamic Relations condemned Amazon for selling white supremacist material, including a notorious "neo-Nazi race war" book, thought to have inspired the 1995 Oklahoma City Bombing which killed at least 168 people.

Ava Caradonna (2020-02-22). Unionization + Decriminalization + Feminist Education = The Red Feminist Horizon. zcomm.org With the development of both an industrial and a political strategy, sex workers are now leading important discussions about sex, violence, and workers rights…

Chauncey K. Robinson (2020-02-21). 'Who Killed Malcolm X?' seeks justice while showing leader's continued relevance. peoplesworld.org "There's no statute of limitations on murder… There is still a chance to get justice for Malcolm." — Abdur-Rahman Muhammad Fifty-five years ago, the world lost an iconic leader. Muslim minister and human rights activist Malcolm X was gunned down during a public appearance in New York City on Feb. 21, 1965. In his 39-year …

Staff (2020-02-21). Malcolm X's Daughter Ilyasah Shabazz on Her Father's Legacy & the New Series "Who Killed Malcolm X?" democracynow.org Fifty-five years ago today, Malcolm X was assassinated. The civil rights leader was shot to death on February 21, 1965, at the Audubon Ballroom in New York City. He was only 39 years old. Details of his assassination remain disputed to this day. Earlier this month, Manhattan District Attorney Cyrus Vance said he was considering reopening the investigation, just days after a new documentary series about the assassination was released on Netflix called "Who Killed Malcolm X?" It makes the case that two of the three men who were convicted for Malcolm X's murder are actually innocent and that his uncaught killers wer…

Ilhan Omar (2020-02-21). 'Pathway to Peace' Would Revolutionize US Foreign Policy. zcomm.org The seven bills would steer US foreign policy towards international norms and remove support for human rights violators. While the chances are slim that these bills will pass, they outline a progressive foreign policy.

Staff (2020-02-21). Five Palestinian Detainees' Homes to be Demolished. imemc.org The Israeli Supreme Court today gave the go-ahead on Wednesday for the military to demolish the family homes of five Palestinian detainees allegedly involved in the killing of a settler in late August 2019. All five are from the Ramallah area, and are serving long terms in Israeli prison camps. …

teleSUR (2020-02-21). Femicide of Peruvian Activist Solsiret Rodriguez Still Unsolved. telesurenglish.net Three years and a half after the feminist activist Solsiret Rodriguez' femicide, the Prosecutor's Office of Peru asked for preventive detention against the confessed authors Andrea Aguirre and Kevin Villanueva, her friend and ex-brother-in-law, respectively. | RELATED: | Callao provincial prosecutor Jimmy Mansilla announced Thursday that he will request nine months of pretrial detention against Aguirre and Villanueva as alleged co-authors of the qualified…

IMEMC & Agencies (2020-02-21). 2 Palestinians Injured by Israeli Settlers North of Jericho. imemc.org At least two Palestinians were injured on Friday when a group of extremist Israeli settlers invaded the Bedouin village of Ein el-Auja, north of Jericho, in the central occupied West Bank, local sources said. Mahmoud Ghawanmeh, a local rights activist, told the Palestinian News and Info Agency (WAFA) that dozens …

Jonathan Cook (2020-02-21). UN List of Firms Aiding Israel's Settlements was Dead on Arrival. counterpunch.org Nazareth. After lengthy delays, the United Nations finally published a database last week of businesses that have been profiting from Israel's illegal settlement activity in the West Bank. The UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, Michelle Bachelet, announced that 112 major companies had been identified as operating in Israeli settlements in ways that violate human

The Canary (2020-02-21). Windrush draft 'branding Home Office institutionally racist was watered down'. thecanary.co A warning not to water down a review into the Windrush scandal has been issued after it was reported that a portion branding the Home Office "institutionally racist" was stripped out. | The delayed independent review was commissioned after people with a right to live in the UK were wrongfully detained or deported to the Caribbean. | The Times reported sources saying the phrase "institutionally racist" was included in an earlier draft of the Windrush review led by Inspector of Constabulary Wendy Williams, but had subsequently been removed. | Labour MP David Lammy, a vocal campaigner over the scandal caused by the…

Ashley Curtin (2020-02-21). The health and future of the world's children are at risk and no country is protecting them. nationofchange.org "This must be a wake up call for countries to invest in child health and development, ensure their voices are heard, protect their rights, and build a future that is fit for children."

Staff (2020-02-21). Malcolm X's Daughter Ilyasah Shabazz on Her Father's Legacy and New Docuseries. truthout.org Fifty-five years ago today, Malcolm X was assassinated. The civil rights leader was shot to death on February 21, 1965, at the Audubon Ballroom in New York City. He was only 39 years old. Details of his assassination remain disputed to this day. Earlier this month, Manhattan District Attorney Cyrus Vance said he was considering reopening the investigation, just days after a new documentary series about the assassination was released on Netflix called Who Killed Malcolm X? It makes the case that…

news.un (2020-02-21). Situation in central Mali 'deteriorating' as violence, impunity rise, UN rights expert warns. news.un.org The growing violence has contributed to a deteriorating security situation in central Mali, with impunity being one of the aggravating factors, an independent UN human rights expert warned on Friday.

news.un (2020-02-21). Cameroon: UN officials raise alarm over escalating violence, call for civilian protection. news.un.org Four senior UN officials issued a joint statement on Friday deploring the continued human rights abuses committed against civilians, including women and children, in the south-west and north-west regions of Cameroon.

Elijah J. Magnier (2020-02-21). Is Iran Ill-advised to Finance Its Regional Allies While Under Sanctions? globalresearch.ca Many Iranians question the benefits of arming and financing Iran's many allies in the Middle East while Iran is suffering the harshest ever US "maximum pressure". Iran's allies are spread over Afghanistan, Yemen, Iraq, Syria, Lebanon and Palestine. Is Iranian …

Staff (2020-02-21). Chicago's Lightfoot Administration to Defend Jon Burge's Torture Henchmen. truthout.org Mayor Lori Lightfoot's administration is poised to embark on defending two of the most notorious of Jon Burge's midnight crew — former Chicago Police Sergeant John Byrne and Detective Peter Dignan — in a federal lawsuit brought on behalf of 65-year-old Stanley Wrice, whom they are alleged to have tortured and sent to prison for more than three decades. | Barring an unexpected last minute settlement, the trial will open February 27 in U.S. District Court Judge Harry D. Leinenweber's cou…

Jonathan Latham (2020-02-21). Extensive Chemical Safety Fraud Uncovered at German Testing Laboratory. counterpunch.org The case of an animal rights activist who infiltrated an independent German chemical testing laboratory has triggered the discovery of an apparently extensive chemical testing fraud. LPT Hamburg, with around 175 employees, is one of the largest contract laboratories in Germany. It is a family owned private company. It prepares regulatory studies on behalf of

Fight Back (2020-02-20). Minnesota House subcommittee passes bill to end local jail contracts with ICE. fightbacknews.org St. Paul, MN – On February 19, the House Subcommittee on Local Government voted to pass House File 3060. HF 3060 is a bill that would end contracts that local jails in Minnesota have with Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) to detain people facing civil immigration charges. Currently several county jails in Minnesota have contracts with ICE to hold hundreds of immigrants facing deportation. | The bill, sponsored by democrat Representative Fue Lee, who represents part of north Minneapolis, will now advance to the Government Operations Committee. | Before voting on the bill, the committee heard testimony fr…

Nicky Vogt (2020-02-20). The Supreme Court Will Decide Whether Asylum Seekers Receive Their Day in Court. aclu.org In March, we will be in front of the U.S. Supreme Court to defend the right to a day in court for asylum seekers and other vulnerable noncitizens. That decision w…

Fight Back (2020-02-20). Immigrant rights activists rally at MN capitol for driver's licenses for all. fightbacknews.org St. Paul, MN – More than 40 immigrant rights activists from all over the state of Minnesota rallied at the capitol here, February 11, the opening day of the legislative session. People traveled from as far as Zimmerman and Rochester to participate in the action. The rally and lobbying action were organized by Minnesota Immigrant Movement (MIM) and Minnesota Immigrant Rights Action Committee (MIRAC). Activists asked the Minnesota legislature to support driver's licenses for all and to make Minnesota a sanctuary state. | Dressed in red, MIM and MIRAC members rallied in the rotunda of the capitol, calling on represe…

PCHR (2020-02-20). PCHR: Weekly Report On Israeli Human Rights Violations in the Occupied Palestinian Territory (13— 19 February 2020). imemc.org SUMMARY This week, PCHR documented 170 violations of international human rights law and international humanitarian law (IHL) by Israeli occupation forces (IOF) and settlers in the occupied Palestinian territory. This was reflected in dealing with the peaceful protests organized against Trump's Peace Plan for the Middle East known as the …

IMEMC & Agencies (2020-02-20). Report: Palestinian Prisoner Describes Torture Inside Israeli Jail. imemc.org In a report issued, on Thursday, the Prisoners and Ex-Prisoners' Affairs Authority released the testimony of the prisoner, Halima Khandakji, 45, from the town of Deir Sudan, Ramallah District, in which she tells details of her torture during interrogation inside the occupation detention cells. The report says "During her interrogation, …

Jonathan Hafetz (2020-02-20). U.S. Resident Indefinitely Detained Without Charge Secures His Day In Court. aclu.org Adham Hassoun will | finally have his day in court. A federal judge has rejected the government's sweeping | claim that it can, on its own say-so, indefinitely imprison him without charge | and without a fair trial. | Adham is a long-time U.S. resident and a father of three. As we previously his criminal sentence and was set to be released from prison almost three years | ago. But the government — claiming unprecedented and unconstitutional…

splcenter (2020-02-20). We won a major victory for voting rights. splcenter.org

teleSUR (2020-02-20). New Mexico Federal Judge Files Lawsuit Against Google. telesurenglish.net Once again giant tech company Google is under a legal suit, this time filed by New Mexico Attorney General Hector Balderas. The lawsuit allegates that Google acquired personal information from school children in the state violating their privacy rights. | RELATED: | The magistrate expressed that the company violated the Federal Children's Online Privacy Protection Act and New Mexico's Unfair Practices Act by collecting informa…

teleSUR (2020-02-20). Europe's Human Rights Watchdog Opposes Assange's Extradition. telesurenglish.net WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange should not be extradited to the United States because it would have a chilling effect on press freedom, a European human rights chief said on Thursday. | RELATED: | Dunja Mijatovic, the Council of Europe's Human Rights Commissioner, said Assange's case raised questions about the protection of people who publish classified information in the public interest, exposing human rights viol…

Susan Price (2020-02-20). Venezuela files ICC lawsuit over US sanctions. greenleft.org.au

RT (2020-02-19). CNN reporter triggered by Fox interviewing InfoWars' 'Gun Girl' quickly reminded of own network's history with racists & criminals. rt.com In a case of the pot calling the kettle black, Oliver Darcy fumed at Fox News describing Kaitlin Bennet as a "gun rights activist" after her tumultuous visit to a college campus. Twitter was quick to remind him of CNN's own sins.

pip.hinman (2020-02-19). Uphold rainbow rights and kill the religious privilege bill. greenleft.org.au

Kate Oh (2020-02-18). ICE's Destruction of Records Must Be Stopped. aclu.org Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) is | notorious for committing rampant unconstitutional and inhumane abuses in its | detention system — something advocates, communities, and years. Public oversight of ICE detention is about to become even harder, | further eroding accountability and endangering the health and safety of more than | 50,000 people in ICE custody every day. That's because the National Archives | and R…

Jonathan Cook (2020-02-18). Profiting from Loss: How Business in Illegal Israeli Settlements Continues Unchecked. dissidentvoice.org After lengthy delays, the United Nations finally published a database last week of businesses that have been profiting from Israel's illegal annexation and settlement activity in the West Bank. The UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, Michelle Bachelet, announced that 112 major companies had been identified as operating in Israeli settlements in ways that violate …

news.un (2020-02-18). UN rights experts 'gravely' concerned at spike in civilian casualties in north-west Myanmar following internet shutdown. news.un.org Independent UN human rights experts on Tuesday voiced grave concern over the killing and displacement of civilians in north-west Myanmar during the intensifying conflict between the military and an armed group, the Arakan Army, amid an information blackout in some parts of Rakhine and Chin states.

Fight Back (2020-02-18). Courtroom erupts in response to racist decision in Gerald Reed case. fightbacknews.org Chicago, IL – The courtroom was packed February 14. This was my fourth Gerald Reed court hearing. Usually, there is a crowd of folks who show up to support Gerald and his mother, Armanda Shackleford, who has been fighting for her son since he was arrested, tortured and framed in 1990. Shackleford sits in the front row, wearing her Free Gerald Reed t-shirt. Together we sit for an hour, two hours, three, and hear powerful men debate the innocence of a man whose sentence was vacated a year ago. | But today was different. Two alderpersons were there, Rossana Rodriguez-Sanchez and Jeanette Taylor, to show their suppor…

Rose Saxe (2020-02-18). There is a Coordinated Attack Against Trans Youth in State Legislatures. aclu.org Less than a | month and a half into 2020, this state legislative session has seen on bills that would harm trans youth. | Also | alarming: These bills, and the terminology used in them, use playbook. | Right now, | bills are pending in 10 states that | would criminalize l…

Brian Tashman (2020-02-13). Bill Barr Wants Sheriffs to Join His Attacks on State and Local Governments. aclu.org Attorney General Bill Barr, For | Barr's Department of Justice, that escalation includes new lawsuits against | states and municipalities with immigrant-protective policies.

Tyler Durden (2020-02-08). Iraq and Russia Prepare to Boost Military Ties as US Threatens Sanctions. theantimedia.com Iraq and Russia are preparing for deepening military coordination.

splcenter (2020-02-02). SPLC and the SPLC Action Fund Hire Internationally Renowned Human and Civil Rights Leader as New President and CEO. splcenter.org Margaret Huang brings 25 years of experience advocating against discrimination and oppression around the world.

splcenter (2020-01-28). SPLC sues Alabama school district for violating students' due process rights after cell phone is mistaken for gun. splcenter.org Andre and his friend were taking turns on a cell phone, playing a video game called Last Day on Earth: Survival — about staying alive on a zombie-infested planet — when a real-life gunshot rang out.

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 …

2020-02-22: Social Media Postees

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Demonstration to free Julian Assange this Monday in Montreal
wsws.org | 2020-02-22
"This case is tremendously important and holds serious implications for journalism, free speech and human rights around the world," demonstration organizer Elizabeth Leier told the WSWS.
www.wsws.org/en/articles/2020/02/22/mont…

Politicizing water in Chile
Eds. | mronline.org | 2020-02-22
Chile is today in the midst of an unprecedented constituent process 30 years after the return of democracy, where the possibility of a new constitution has opened a discussion about what sort of country we want, and which rights should be enshrined in the drafting of this fundamental document. | Source…
mronline.org/2020/02/22/politicizing-water-in-chile/

Eminent Monsters: British doctors, human experimentation and the origins of psychological torture
Mohamed Elmaazi | thecanary.co | 2020-02-22
"For the last 60 years doctors working for the British and American governments have used psychological torture to destroy people". So begins Eminent Monsters, a chilling new documentary about the development and application of "psychological torture" techniques which have been, and continue to be, used by the UK and US governments as well as others around the world. | The Canary attended the UK premier at the Bertha DocHouse, on the bottom floor of th…
thecanary.co/feature/2020/02/22/eminent-monsters-british-doctors-human-experimentation-and-the-origins-of-psychological-torture/

Auschwitz Memorial Slams Amazon for Selling 'Hateful, Anti-Semitic Nazi Propaganda'
sputniknews.com | 2020-02-22
In December, the Washington-based Muslim non-profit rights group Council on American-Islamic Relations condemned Amazon for selling white supremacist material, including a notorious "neo-Nazi race war" book, thought to have inspired the 1995 Oklahoma City Bombing which killed at least 168 people.
sputniknews.com/society/202002221078379407-auschwitz-memorial-slams-amazon-for-selling-hateful-anti-semitic-nazi-propaganda/

Unionization + Decriminalization + Feminist Education = The Red Feminist Horizon
Ava Caradonna | zcomm.org | 2020-02-22
With the development of both an industrial and a political strategy, sex workers are now leading important discussions about sex, violence, and workers rights…
zcomm.org/znetarticle/unionization-decriminalization-feminist-education-the-red-feminist-horizon/

'Pathway to Peace' Would Revolutionize US Foreign Policy
Ilhan Omar | zcomm.org | 2020-02-21
The seven bills would steer US foreign policy towards international norms and remove support for human rights violators. While the chances are slim that these bills will pass, they outline a progressive foreign policy.
zcomm.org/znetarticle/pathway-to-peace-would-revolutionize-us-foreign-policy/

Five Palestinian Detainees' Homes to be Demolished
Staff | imemc.org | 2020-02-21
The Israeli Supreme Court today gave the go-ahead on Wednesday for the military to demolish the family homes of five Palestinian detainees allegedly involved in the killing of a settler in late August 2019. All five are from the Ramallah area, and are serving long terms in Israeli prison camps. …
imemc.org/article/five-palestinian-detainees-homes-to-be-demolished/

Assange's US Extradition Hearing Opens Monday: Fight for the Free Press Is Now On
Nozomi Hayase | commondreams.org | 2020-02-21
Should Assange die in a UK prison, as the UN Special Rapporteur on Torture has warned, he will effectively have been tortured to death. (Photo: Jack Taylor/Getty Images) | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…
commondreams.org/views/2020/02/21/assanges-us-extradition-hearing-opens-monday-fight-free-press-now?cd-origin=rss

Femicide of Peruvian Activist Solsiret Rodriguez Still Unsolved
telesurenglish.net | 2020-02-21
Three years and a half after the feminist activist Solsiret Rodriguez' femicide, the Prosecutor's Office of Peru asked for preventive detention against the confessed authors Andrea Aguirre and Kevin Villanueva, her friend and ex-brother-in-law, respectively. | RELATED: | Suspects in Fatima Femicide Case Arrested in Mexico | Callao provincial prosecutor Jimmy Mansilla announced Thursday that he will request nine months of pretrial detention against Aguirre and Villanueva as alleged co-authors of the qualified…
telesurenglish.net/news/authors-of-solsiret-rodriguez-death-accused-of-homicide–20200220-0018.html

2 Palestinians Injured by Israeli Settlers North of Jericho
IMEMC & Agencies | imemc.org | 2020-02-21
At least two Palestinians were injured on Friday when a group of extremist Israeli settlers invaded the Bedouin village of Ein el-Auja, north of Jericho, in the central occupied West Bank, local sources said. Mahmoud Ghawanmeh, a local rights activist, told the Palestinian News and Info Agency (WAFA) that dozens …
imemc.org/article/2-palestinians-injured-by-israeli-settlers-north-of-jericho/

'Who Killed Malcolm X?' seeks justice while showing leader's continued relevance
Chauncey K. Robinson | peoplesworld.org | 2020-02-21
"There's no statute of limitations on murder… There is still a chance to get justice for Malcolm."

Extensive Chemical Safety Fraud Uncovered at German Testing Laboratory
Jonathan Latham | counterpunch.org | 2020-02-21
The case of an animal rights activist who infiltrated an independent German chemical testing laboratory has triggered the discovery of an apparently extensive chemical testing fraud. LPT Hamburg, with around 175 employees, is one of the largest contract laboratories in Germany. It is a family owned private company. It prepares regulatory studies on behalf of…
counterpunch.org/2020/02/21/extensive-chemical-safety-fraud-uncovered-at-german-testing-laboratory/

UN List of Firms Aiding Israel's Settlements was Dead on Arrival
Jonathan Cook | counterpunch.org | 2020-02-21
Nazareth. After lengthy delays, the United Nations finally published a database last week of businesses that have been profiting from Israel's illegal settlement activity in the West Bank. The UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, Michelle Bachelet, announced that 112 major companies had been identified as operating in Israeli settlements in ways that violate human…
counterpunch.org/2020/02/21/un-list-of-firms-aiding-israels-settlements-was-dead-on-arrival/

Windrush draft 'branding Home Office institutionally racist was watered down'
The Canary | thecanary.co | 2020-02-21
A warning not to water down a review into the Windrush scandal has been issued after it was reported that a portion branding the Home Office "institutionally racist" was stripped out. | The delayed independent review was commissioned after people with a right to live in the UK were wrongfully detained or deported to the Caribbean. | The Times reported sources saying the phrase "institutionally racist" was included in an earlier draft of the Windrush review led by Inspector of Constabulary Wendy Williams, but had subsequently been removed. | Labour MP David Lammy, a vocal campaigner over the scandal caused by the…
thecanary.co/uk/news/2020/02/21/windrush-draft-branding-home-office-institutionally-racist-was-watered-down/

Malcolm X's Daughter Ilyasah Shabazz on Her Father's Legacy and New Docuseries
Staff | truthout.org | 2020-02-21
Fifty-five years ago today, Malcolm X was assassinated. The civil rights leader was shot to death on February 21, 1965, at the Audubon Ballroom in New York City. He was only 39 years old. Details of his assassination remain disputed to this day. Earlier this month, Manhattan District Attorney Cyrus Vance said he was considering reopening the investigation, just days after a new documentary series about the assassination was released on Netflix called Who Killed Malcolm X? It makes the case that…
truthout.org/video/malcolm-xs-daughter-ilyasah-shabazz-on-her-fathers-legacy-and-new-docuseries/

Situation in central Mali 'deteriorating' as violence, impunity rise, UN rights expert warns
news.un.org | 2020-02-21
The growing violence has contributed to a deteriorating security situation in central Mali, with impunity being one of the aggravating factors, an independent UN human rights expert warned on Friday.
news.un.org/feed/view/en/story/2020/02/1057911

The health and future of the world's children are at risk and no country is protecting them
Ashley Curtin | nationofchange.org | 2020-02-21
"This must be a wake up call for countries to invest in child health and development, ensure their voices are heard, protect their rights, and build a future that is fit for children."
nationofchange.org/2020/02/21/the-health-and-future-of-the-worlds-children-are-at-risk-and-no-country-is-protecting-them/

Cameroon: UN officials raise alarm over escalating violence, call for civilian protection
news.un.org | 2020-02-21
Four senior UN officials issued a joint statement on Friday deploring the continued human rights abuses committed against civilians, including women and children, in the south-west and north-west regions of Cameroon.
news.un.org/feed/view/en/story/2020/02/1057881

Malcolm X's Daughter Ilyasah Shabazz on Her Father's Legacy & the New Series "Who Killed Malcolm X?"
Staff | democracynow.org | 2020-02-21
Fifty-five years ago today, Malcolm X was assassinated. The civil rights leader was shot to death on February 21, 1965, at the Audubon Ballroom in New York City. He was only 39 years old. Details of his assassination remain disputed to this day. Earlier this month, Manhattan District Attorney Cyrus Vance said he was considering reopening the investigation, just days after a new documentary series about the assassination was released on Netflix called "Who Killed Malcolm X?" It makes the case that two of the three men who were convicted for Malcolm X's murder are actually innocent and that his uncaught killers wer…
www.democracynow.org/2020/2/21/malcolm_x…

Is Iran Ill-advised to Finance Its Regional Allies While Under Sanctions?
Elijah J. Magnier | globalresearch.ca | 2020-02-21
Many Iranians question the benefits of arming and financing Iran's many allies in the Middle East while Iran is suffering the harshest ever US "maximum pressure". Iran's allies are spread over Afghanistan, Yemen, Iraq, Syria, Lebanon and Palestine. Is Iranian …
globalresearch.ca/iran-ill-advised-finance-regional-allies-while-under-sanctions/5704237

Chicago's Lightfoot Administration to Defend Jon Burge's Torture Henchmen
Staff | truthout.org | 2020-02-21
Mayor Lori Lightfoot's administration is poised to embark on defending two of the most notorious of Jon Burge's midnight crew

New push on cyber 'security' laws
pip.hinman | greenleft.org.au | 2020-02-21
civil liberties Viv MileyIssue 1254 Australia privacy Bill of RightsFebruary 21, 2020Worried about online privacy? You should be. Not only are social media corporations spying on you, thanks to Australia's dra…
greenleft.org.au/content/new-push-cyber-security-laws

Minnesota House subcommittee passes bill to end local jail contracts with ICE
Fight Back | fightbacknews.org | 2020-02-20
St. Paul, MN – On February 19, the House Subcommittee on Local Government voted to pass House File 3060. HF 3060 is a bill that would end contracts that local jails in Minnesota have with Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) to detain people facing civil immigration charges. Currently several county jails in Minnesota have contracts with ICE to hold hundreds of immigrants facing deportation. | The bill, sponsored by democrat Representative Fue Lee, who represents part of north Minneapolis, will now advance to the Government Operations Committee. | Before voting on the bill, the committee heard testimony fr…
www.fightbacknews.org/2020/2/20/minnesot…

The Supreme Court Will Decide Whether Asylum Seekers Receive Their Day in Court
Nicky Vogt | aclu.org | 2020-02-20
In March, we will be in front of the U.S. Supreme Court to defend the right to a day in court for asylum seekers and other vulnerable noncitizens. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) vs. Vijayakumar Thuraissigiam considers whether immigrants are entitled to seek judicial review of their expedited removal orders in federal court. The Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals agreed with our argument that the Constitution guarantees that individuals deprived of their liberty have their day in federal court. | That decision w…
aclu.org/news/immigrants-rights/the-supreme-court-will-decide-whether-asylum-seekers-receive-their-day-in-court

Immigrant rights activists rally at MN capitol for driver's licenses for all
Fight Back | fightbacknews.org | 2020-02-20
St. Paul, MN – More than 40 immigrant rights activists from all over the state of Minnesota rallied at the capitol here, February 11, the opening day of the legislative session. People traveled from as far as Zimmerman and Rochester to participate in the action. The rally and lobbying action were organized by Minnesota Immigrant Movement (MIM) and Minnesota Immigrant Rights Action Committee (MIRAC). Activists asked the Minnesota legislature to support driver's licenses for all and to make Minnesota a sanctuary state. | Dressed in red, MIM and MIRAC members rallied in the rotunda of the capitol, calling on represe…
www.fightbacknews.org/2020/2/19/immigran…

PCHR: Weekly Report On Israeli Human Rights Violations in the Occupied Palestinian Territory (13– 19 February 2020)
PCHR | imemc.org | 2020-02-20
SUMMARY This week, PCHR documented 170 violations of international human rights law and international humanitarian law (IHL) by Israeli occupation forces (IOF) and settlers in the occupied Palestinian territory. This was reflected in dealing with the peaceful protests organized against Trump's Peace Plan for the Middle East known as the …
imemc.org/article/pchr-weekly-report-on-israeli-human-rights-violations-in-the-occupied-palestinian-territory-13-19-february-2020/

Report: Palestinian Prisoner Describes Torture Inside Israeli Jail
IMEMC & Agencies | imemc.org | 2020-02-20
In a report issued, on Thursday, the Prisoners and Ex-Prisoners' Affairs Authority released the testimony of the prisoner, Halima Khandakji, 45, from the town of Deir Sudan, Ramallah District, in which she tells details of her torture during interrogation inside the occupation detention cells. The report says "During her interrogation, …
imemc.org/article/report-palestinian-prisoner-describes-torture-inside-israeli-jail/

U.S. Resident Indefinitely Detained Without Charge Secures His Day In Court
Jonathan Hafetz | aclu.org | 2020-02-20
Adham Hassoun will | finally have his day in court. A federal judge has rejected the government's sweeping | claim that it can, on its own say-so, indefinitely imprison him without charge | and without a fair trial. | Adham is a long-time U.S. resident and a father of three. As we previously explained, Adham completed | his criminal sentence and was set to be released from prison almost three years | ago. But the government

We won a major victory for voting rights
splcenter.org | 2020-02-20
splcenter.org/news/2020/02/20/we-won-major-victory-voting-rights

Europe's Human Rights Watchdog Opposes Assange's Extradition
telesurenglish.net | 2020-02-20
WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange should not be extradited to the United States because it would have a chilling effect on press freedom, a European human rights chief said on Thursday. | RELATED: | Jailed Wikileaks Founder Assange's Health Improving: Spokesman | Dunja Mijatovic, the Council of Europe's Human Rights Commissioner, said Assange's case raised questions about the protection of people who publish classified information in the public interest, exposing human rights viol…
telesurenglish.net/news/Europes-Human-Rights-Watchdog-Opposes-Assanges-Extradition-20200220-0016.html

New Mexico Federal Judge Files Lawsuit Against Google
telesurenglish.net | 2020-02-20
Once again giant tech company Google is under a legal suit, this time filed by New Mexico Attorney General Hector Balderas. The lawsuit allegates that Google acquired personal information from school children in the state violating their privacy rights. | RELATED: | UK Google Users to Lose EU Data Protection Due to Brexit | The magistrate expressed that the company violated the Federal Children's Online Privacy Protection Act and New Mexico's Unfair Practices Act by collecting informa…
telesurenglish.net/news/new-mexico-federal-jugde-files-lawsuit-against-google-20200220-0017.html

Reza Berati's struggle remembered
pip.hinman | greenleft.org.au | 2020-02-20
refugee rights Alex SalmonIssue 1254 Australia Nauru and Christmas Island detention centresFebruary 20, 2020The Refugee Rights Action Network WA (RRAN) organised a commemoration on February 17, the 6th anniversary of the death of Kurdish-…
greenleft.org.au/content/reza-beratis-struggle-remembered

May 1 Movement launched in Sydney
pip.hinman | greenleft.org.au | 2020-02-20
workers' rights and unions Jim McIlroyIssue 1254 Australia CFMEU MUA SydneyFebruary 20, 2020Up to 100 people attended the launch of the…
greenleft.org.au/content/may-1-movement-launched-sydney

Venezuela files ICC lawsuit over US sanctions
Susan Price | greenleft.org.au | 2020-02-20
international solidarity Paul DobsonIssue 1254 Venezuela ICC International Court of Justice US blockadeFebruary 20, 202…
greenleft.org.au/content/venezuela-files-icc-lawsuit-over-us-sanctions

CNN reporter triggered by Fox interviewing InfoWars' 'Gun Girl' quickly reminded of own network's history with racists & criminals
rt.com | 2020-02-19
In a case of the pot calling the kettle black, Oliver Darcy fumed at Fox News describing Kaitlin Bennet as a "gun rights activist" after her tumultuous visit to a college campus. Twitter was quick to remind him of CNN's own sins. | …
rt.com/usa/481244-cnn-fox-kaitlin-bennett-ohio/

No to religious discrimination
pip.hinman | greenleft.org.au | 2020-02-19
LGBTI rights Chris JenkinsIssue 1254 Australia anti-discrimination law LGBTI communityFebruary 19, 2020As people were fleeing their burning homes and volunteer firefighters were crowdfundi…
greenleft.org.au/content/no-religious-discrimination

Uphold rainbow rights and kill the religious privilege bill
pip.hinman | greenleft.org.au | 2020-02-19
LGBTI rights Paul GregoireIssue 1254 Australia homophobia Anti-Discrimination lawsFebruary 19, 2020Mardi Gras season is upon us, a good time to reflect on the government that is about to table…
greenleft.org.au/content/uphold-rainbow-rights-and-kill-religious-privilege-bill

ICE's Destruction of Records Must Be Stopped
Kate Oh | aclu.org | 2020-02-18
Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) is | notorious for committing rampant unconstitutional and inhumane abuses in its | detention system

Profiting from Loss: How Business in Illegal Israeli Settlements Continues Unchecked
Jonathan Cook | dissidentvoice.org | 2020-02-18
After lengthy delays, the United Nations finally published a database last week of businesses that have been profiting from Israel's illegal annexation and settlement activity in the West Bank. The UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, Michelle Bachelet, announced that 112 major companies had been identified as operating in Israeli settlements in ways that violate …
dissidentvoice.org/2020/02/profiting-from-loss-how-business-in-illegal-israeli-settlements-continues-unchecked/

UN rights experts 'gravely' concerned at spike in civilian casualties in north-west Myanmar following internet shutdown
news.un.org | 2020-02-18
Independent UN human rights experts on Tuesday voiced grave concern over the killing and displacement of civilians in north-west Myanmar during the intensifying conflict between the military and an armed group, the Arakan Army, amid an information blackout in some parts of Rakhine and Chin states.
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Free Gerald Reed Now!
Fight Back | fightbacknews.org | 2020-02-18
Fight Back! News Service is circulating the following statement from the Chicago Alliance Against Racist and Political Repression, the Chicago Torture Justice Center, and Mamas Activating Movements for Abolition and Solidarity. | Judge Thomas J. Hennelly has attempted to illegally reverse the order of another judge, Thomas V. Gainer, who vacated the conviction of Gerald Reed and ordered a new trial. Gainer vacated Reed's conviction after overwhelming evidence that his "confession" to a double murder in 1990 was the fruit of horrible torture by police working under Commander Jon Burge, torture so extreme that it b…
www.fightbacknews.org/2020/2/17/free-ger…

Courtroom erupts in response to racist decision in Gerald Reed case
Fight Back | fightbacknews.org | 2020-02-18
Chicago, IL – The courtroom was packed February 14. This was my fourth Gerald Reed court hearing. Usually, there is a crowd of folks who show up to support Gerald and his mother, Armanda Shackleford, who has been fighting for her son since he was arrested, tortured and framed in 1990. Shackleford sits in the front row, wearing her Free Gerald Reed t-shirt. Together we sit for an hour, two hours, three, and hear powerful men debate the innocence of a man whose sentence was vacated a year ago. | But today was different. Two alderpersons were there, Rossana Rodriguez-Sanchez and Jeanette Taylor, to show their suppor…
www.fightbacknews.org/2020/2/18/courtroo…

There is a Coordinated Attack Against Trans Youth in State Legislatures
Rose Saxe | aclu.org | 2020-02-18
Less than a | month and a half into 2020, this state legislative session has seen unprecedented attacks on LGBTQ people, and an alarming focus | on bills that would harm trans youth. | Also | alarming: These bills, and the terminology used in them, use similar language and clearly come from a common | playbook. | Right now, | bills are pending in 10 states that | would criminalize l…
aclu.org/news/lgbt-rights/there-is-a-coordinated-attack-against-trans-youth-in-state-legislatures

Bill Barr Wants Sheriffs to Join His Attacks on State and Local Governments
Brian Tashman | aclu.org | 2020-02-13
Attorney General Bill Barr, speaking at the National Sheriffs' Association conference in Washington, D.C., encouraged sheriffs to join the Trump administration as it launches a "significant escalation" in the federal government's efforts to retaliate against cities and states with policies designed to protect immigrant communities. | For | Barr's Department of Justice, that escalation includes new lawsuits against | states and municipalities with immigrant-protective policies.
aclu.org/news/immigrants-rights/the-attorney-general-wants-sheriffs-to-join-his-attacks-on-state-and-local-governments

Iraq and Russia Prepare to Boost Military Ties as US Threatens Sanctions
Tyler Durden | theantimedia.com | 2020-02-08
Iraq and Russia are preparing for deepening military coordination.

Iraq and Russia Prepare to Boost Military Ties as US Threatens Sanctions

SPLC and the SPLC Action Fund Hire Internationally Renowned Human and Civil Rights Leader as New President and CEO
splcenter.org | 2020-02-02
Margaret Huang brings 25 years of experience advocating against discrimination and oppression around the world.
splcenter.org/news/2020/02/03/splc-and-splc-action-fund-hire-internationally-renowned-human-and-civil-rights-leader-new

SPLC sues Alabama school district for violating students' due process rights after cell phone is mistaken for gun
splcenter.org | 2020-01-28
Andre and his friend were taking turns on a cell phone, playing a video game called Last Day on Earth: Survival