2019-01-11: News Headlines

Human Rights Watch (2019-01-11). Syria: Deadly School Attack Was Unlawful. hrw.org | | A photograph taken by a local anti-government media outlet of a remnant of a 240mm mortar projectile used in a deadly attack by Syrian government forces on Jarjanaz on November 24, 2018. | © 2016 Syria Now | (Beirut) — A November 24, 2018 attack by Syrian government forces near an elementary school that killed six children, a teacher, and a student's mother, appears to have been unlawful and indiscriminate. All parties to the conflict, including th…

teleSUR (2019-01-11). PLO's Saeb Erekat Rejects Pompeo's 'Peace Plan' for Palestine. telesurenglish.net Secretary-General of the Palestine Liberation Organization (PLO) Saeb Erekat has reaffirmed the organization's position against the "peace plan" promoted by the United States in the Middle East. | RELATED: | Israel Opens Apartheid Road Cutting Palestinians From Jerusalem | Erekat's declarations came in response to U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo's speech in Cairo, Egypt, where he reiterated a strategy to internationally recognize Jerusalem as the capital of Israel. Pompeo al…

Consortiumnews (2019-01-11). Liberté, Égalité, Impérialisme! Vive la France in Black Africa! consortiumnews.com "Hotel Rwanda" is a touchstone of interventionist ideology, writes Ann Garrison. Debunking that script helps show why the closure of the assassination case against Rwanda's President Paul Kagame serves Western interests. By Ann Garrison Black Agenda Report Most Westerners believe… Read more →

Joseph Majerle III — Matthew Stevenson (2019-01-11). Who or What Brought Down Dag Hammarskjà∂ld? counterpunch.org If you believe that Dag Hammarskjà∂ld was the victim of a plot, it can be concluded that the truth about his death has been covered up to shift the blame away from the usual suspects, including the CIA and various mercenary organizations that were then arming themselves across southern Africa. Hammarskjà∂ld and his liberal internationalism were getting in the way of corporate profits, if not Cold War politics, and it was decided—somewhere, somehow—to cut him down to size. Maybe the plotters did not intend to kill him? Maybe they simply wanted to scare him away? But the facts about the Hammar…

Tamara Pearson (2019-01-11). Everything the Western Mainstream Media Outlets Get Wrong When Covering Poor Countries. counterpunch.org If you want to find out what's happening in a poor country, be sure to add tourists to your Google News search. "Canadian and Italian tourists feared kidnapped in Burkina Faso," was the recent headline in the BBC, a day after clashes there claimed 46 lives. The BBC didn't cover the clashes online, nor did they More

aljazeera (2019-01-11). Florida pardons wrongly accused 'Groveland Four' after 70 years. aljazeera.com Florida's new governor and cabinet pardon four deceased African Americans accused of raping a white woman.

aljazeera (2019-01-11). Sudan: Police fire tear gas as hundreds protest against al-Bashir. aljazeera.com Protesters calling for 'freedom, peace, justice' march through Khartoum as police respond with volleys of tear gas.

aljazeera (2019-01-11). Sudan protests: Amnesty decries government attack on hospital. aljazeera.com Rights groups accuse the Sudanese government of using excessive force against demonstrators.

Nelly Rita Makena (2019-01-11). French Colonialism is not dead – CFA Franc in the African Union. indybay.org In the words of the French president Jacquies Chirac, "Without Africa, France will slide down into the rank of a third world power". San Francisco Abidjan Sister City Committee could take a look… and offer mutually beneficial solutions.

Khubaka, Michael Harris (2019-01-11). 2019 California Black History Month ~ Celebrating Pan African Migration. indybay.org From Sutter's Fort to Historic Coloma we must preserve and interpret the resilience of our African American family, showcase the salient contributions that impacted the establishment of the Great State of California, and most of all the Pan African perseverance opportunity at Negro Bar, California, established in 1849, today part of our California State Parks System.

WSWS (2019-01-11). After attempted coup in Gabon, government imposes internet and media broadcast blackout. wsws.org The imposition of a complete blackout of internet and broadcast services has long been utilized as a tool of repression by the Bongo government.

WSWS (2019-01-11). Workers Struggles: Europe, Middle East & Africa. wsws.org Strikes by rail workers in Britain against driver-only operated trains are continuing while stoppages and protests are expanding in Tunisia and Zimbabwe.

Democracy Now! (2019-01-10). Headlines for January 10, 2019. democracynow.org Trump Walks Out of Shutdown Negotiations After "Temper Tantrum", Unions for Federal Workers to Protest as Shutdown Enters 20th Day, Donald Trump Jr. Compares Immigrants to Zoo Animals, Trump Nominates Ex-Coal Lobbyist Andrew Wheeler as Permanent EPA Head, Congo: Felix Tshisekedi Declared Provisional President-Elect, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo Meets Egyptian Leader el-Sisi, Campaigners Mark 100 Days Since Jamal Khashoggi's Assassination, After Weeks Stranded at Sea, Asylum Seekers Granted Access to Malta, Lebanon: Winter Storms Bring Death and Misery to Syrian Refugees, Police Issue Arrest Warrant for Ex-Manag…

Human Rights Watch (2019-01-10). A Bloody Day of Protest in Sudan. hrw.org | | This picture taken on January 9, 2019 shows tear gas fumes erupting during a protest in the Sudanese capital Khartoum's twin city of Omdurman. | © 2019 AFP/Getty Images | Yesterday's protest in the Sudanese city of Omdurman was particularly bloody. Government security forces responded to peaceful demonstrations with live ammunition, rubber bullets, and tear gas, killing at least three protesters and injuring several others, in broad daylight. As in pr…

Shared by Jocelyn Dombroski (2019-01-10). Egyptian President's Regrettable "60 Minutes" therealnews.com Egyptian President Abdel Fatah al-Sissi was hoping to demonstrate that he was a reliable ally of United States and Israel in the Middle East and worthy of international recognition, but the 60 minutes interview took another turn says Professor Seif Da'na

Democracy Now! (2019-01-09). Headlines for January 9, 2019. democracynow.org Trump Delivers Error-Filled Border Security Address to Nation, Senate Blocks Anti-BDS Bill Amid Ongoing Gov't Shutdown, Carbon Emissions Spiked in 2018 Despite Coal Plant Closures, Deputy AG Rosenstein to Depart After Confirmation of New AG, Court Filings Show Manafort Shared Trump Campaign Info with Russian Operative, Documents Reveal Russian Lawyer at 2016 Trump Tower Mtg Had Ties to Kremlin, Turkey: Pres. Erdogan Blasts U.S. Changes in Syria Withdrawal Plan, Sudan: Anti-Gov't Protests Result in Mass Arrests, Press Censorship, Los Angeles: Dead Man Found in Home of Top Democratic Donor, Texas: Second Man Arrest…

Human Rights Watch (2019-01-08). Kurdistan Region of Iraq: Detained Children Tortured. hrw.org | | Exterior of the Women and Children's Reformatory in Erbil, where several dozen children are held in pre-trial detention or are serving sentences for alleged ISIS affiliation. | © 2018 Jo Becker/Human Rights Watch | (Beirut) — The Kurdistan Regional Government in northern Iraq is torturing children to confess to involvement with the Islamic State (ISIS), Human Rights Watch said today. | Children told Human Rights Watch tha…

pip.hinman (2019-01-08). How we can defeat the neo-Nazis. greenleft.org.au On January 5, convicted neo-Nazi criminals Blair Cottrell, Neil Erikson and their followers, gathered on the foreshore of St Kilda Beach to vilify Sudanese Australians and once again scapegoat that community as "African gangs". | The group of 100 to 150 predominantly white males from various neo-Nazi gangs — The Lads, Soldiers of Odin and the Proud Boys — were racist and hostile towards the gathering counter protesters. | Erikson, a convicted stalker and former head of the neo-Nazi group the United Patriot Front, knows how to do hate speech and play the game on social media. The rally to "reclaim St K…

SAM_W (2019-01-07). Can the Sudanese people bring down the dictator? greenleft.org.au In late December Green Left Weekly spoke to Younis Hamad Birama and Khalid Hassan from the Democratic Consciousness Forum, a Perth-based democratic and secular organisation founded by Sudanese refugees, about the wave of protests sweeping Sudan following the dramatic increase in the price of bread. Despite a brutal crackdown by security forces, including the killing of at least 40 people, the protests have spread and intensified, growing…

Democracy Now! (2019-01-04). As Most Diverse Congress in History Takes Office, Dems Push to End Shutdown Without Funding for Wall. democracynow.org The 116th Congress made history Thursday, swearing in the most diverse group of lawmakers ever and more than 100 women in the House, including the first two Native American women, the first two Latina women from Texas and the first two Muslim women. The first-ever African-American women congressmembers from Connecticut and Massachusetts were sworn in, as was Colorado's first-ever African-American member of Congress. The first-ever and now second female House speaker, Nancy Pelosi, and House Democrats sought to end the government shutdown as their first order of business, passing a package of spending bills that w…

stuart_m (2018-12-13). Occupied Western Sahara: A rare look inside Africa's last colony. greenleft.org.au In an exclusive broadcast, US-based independent news outlet Democracy Now! broke the media blockade and visited the occupied Western Sahara in the northwest of Africa to document the decades-long Sahrawi struggle for freedom and occupying power Morocco's violent crackdown. | Morocco has occupied the territory since 1975 in defiance of the United Nations and the international community. Thousands of Sahrawi people have been tortured, imprisoned, killed and disappeared while resisting the Moroccan occupation. A 1700-mile wall…

Paul Kawika Martin (2018-12-04). With INF Ultimatum, Trump's Maximalist Approach Strikes Again. peaceaction.org Washington, D.C. — December 4, 2018 — In response to Secretary of State Mike Pompeo's announcement that the U.S. will formally announce its intention to withdraw from the Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces (INF) Treaty in 60 days if Russia does not come into compliance with the treaty by then, Paul Kawika Martin, Senior Director for Policy […]

kathy_f (2018-12-04). Sorry To Bother You offers rich lessons in seeking radical social change. greenleft.org.au Sorry to Bother You
| Written & directed by Boots Riley
| In cinemas now | This review includes mild spoilers. | As an Australian living abroad, incidents of Australians being racist and/or misogynistisic that attract attention from international media outlets are frequently forwarded to me in anticipation of a seething refrain. | My response is typically motivated by a mix of rage and embarrassment, as well as a deep concern for how racial capitalism has been almost completely normalised. I am deeply concerned by the fact that not only is our social and political climate ill-equipped to address racism, i…

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