2019-01-13: News Headlines

aljazeera (2019-01-13). Sudan police fire tear gas at protesters: Witnesses. aljazeera.com Protest organisers vow to stage new demonstrations, including for the first time in the region of war-torn Darfur.

aljazeera (2019-01-13). Israeli minister visits Egypt following invitation from Cairo. aljazeera.com Energy Minister is set to attend a regional forum on natural gas, a major issue of cooperation between the two nations.

teleSUR (2019-01-13). Southern Africa Bloc Urges DR Congo Election Vote Recount. telesurenglish.net The Democratic Republic of Congo should recount the votes of its contested presidential election that the runner-up says was rigged, the Southern African Development Community (SADC) said Sunday. | RELATED: | DR Congo Opposition Leader Felix Tshisekedi Wins Election | The Dec. 30 poll was supposed to mark Congo's first uncontested democratic transfer of power in 59 years of restive independence and the beginning of a new era following 18 years of chaotic rule by President Joseph Kabil…

STAFF (2019-01-13). Spring's Early Arrival Poses Deadly Threat to Migrant Birds. truthdig.com Biologists have identified another tale of conflict and bloodshed as African migrant birds compete with European natives for resources in a fast-warming world. | Death rates among male pied flycatchers — African carnivores that migrate each spring to the Netherlands to breed — have risen in the 10 years between 2007 and 2016, as winters have warmed and springs have arrived earlier. | And in some years, almost one in 10 of the male migrant flycat…

teleSUR (2019-01-13). Egypt University Expels Woman Student for Hugging Male Friend. telesurenglish.net Egypt's Al-Azhar university on Sunday said it had expelled a female student after she appeared in a video hugging a male colleague, accusing her of undermining the school's reputation. | RELATED: | Saudi Woman Arrives in Canada After Being Granted Asylum | The video, which went viral earlier this month, showed a young man carrying a bouquet of flowers kneeling before a young woman and then hugging her in what appeared to be a marriage proposal.

Shared by Samantha Borek (2019-01-13). The Biggest Issues for Wildlife and Endangered Species in 2019. truthout.org Wildlife didn't have an easy go of it in 2018. We lost the last male northern white rhino, the vaquita porpoise continued its slide toward extinction, poachers kept targeting pangolins and other rare creatures, and through it all the Trump administration kept trying to whittle away at key protections for endangered species. | So with that rough bit of recent history, what does 2019 hold? | Well, in most cases it won't be pretty. There will be more blood, more habitat loss, more legislative attacks and more extinctions —…

Juan Cole (2019-01-12). Pompeo's US Jingoism and Anti-Iran Warmongering Rejected by Mideast Public. commondreams.org U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and Mrs. Susan Pompeo speak to staff and family members of U.S. Embassy Cairo in Egypt, on Jan. 10, 2019. (Photo: U.S. State Department) | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…

Shared by Cherise (2019-01-12). Africa's Place in the Radical Imagination. truthout.org How does a geographic area occupy both a physical existence and a figment of our imagination, now even further tangled in Wakanda fantasies? What is the cultural, political, affective, discursive space in which impression or illusion (or desire) takes primacy over materiality? | Our leftist politics are as much an act of generating new futurities as they are destroying and remaking new structures and/or repurposing existing ones. But often, in the process of dreaming that constitutes our radicalisms, we retreat into ahistorical and erasing revisionisms as opposed to situating our political visions within some…

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

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…

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 →

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…

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…

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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