2019-02-14: News Headlines

teleSUR (2019-02-14). Cameroon Opposition Leader Accused of Inciting Rebellion. telesurenglish.net Cameroon's main opposition leader, Maurice Kamto, has been transferred to a maximum security prison after being accused, by a military tribunal, of insurrection, rebellion and hostility to the country. | RELATED: | Cameroonian Opposition Leader Kamto Arrested After Protest | "Maurice Kamto, president of the Movement for the Renaissance of Cameroon (MRC), was transferred the night of Feb. 12 to Kondengui prison," Emmanuel Simh, Kamto's lawyer, said and added that he faces charges su…

teleSUR (2019-02-14). Tanzania: Dinosaur Fossils With Heart-Shaped Vertebrae Found. telesurenglish.net A group of scientists announced, Wednesday, the discovery of a nearly complete skeleton of a dinosaur which was unearthed from a cliff near the Mtuka River bed in southwestern Tanzania. | RELATED: | Scientists: World's Oldest Large-Predator Dinosaur Was Italian | The dinosaur, Mnyamawamtuka moyowamkia, which had four pillar-like legs, a long neck, a long tai…

Yves Engler (2019-02-14). Mainstream Media Boosts Trudeau's Popularity over Venezuela. globalresearch.ca US presidents have bombed or invaded places like Grenada, Panama, Iraq and Sudan to distract from domestic scandals or to gain a quick boost in popularity. But, do Canadian politicians also pursue regime change abroad to be cheered on by …

Human Rights Watch (2019-02-14). Egypt: Set Independent Torture Inquiry. hrw.org | | Egyptian policemen secure Egypt's national police academy. | © 2015 AP Photo/Amr Nabil | (Beirut) — The Egyptian authorities' failure to end or impartially investigate torture and mistreatment in detention facilities reinforces an urgent need for an independent international inquiry, Human Rights Watch said today. As a party to the United Nations Convention Against Torture, Egypt should also allow the United Nations special rapporteur on torture an…

WSWS (2019-02-14). Union federation stages national strike in South Africa. wsws.org Tens of thousands of workers participated in the walkout, bringing economic activity to a near standstill across the country.

amnesty (2019-02-13). Egypt steps up executions as six people put to death within two weeks. amnesty.org Egyptian authorities today hanged three prisoners convicted of killing a police officer during clashes that erupted in the weeks following the deadly Rabaa massacre. The executions brought the total number of executions in Egypt to six within a span of two weeks. | Responding to the news, Amnesty International's North Africa Campaigns Director Najia Bounaim said: | "These executions, which come just days after three other people were put to death in separate cases, mark an alarming escalation in executions so far this year. | "The death pe…

teleSUR (2019-02-13). EU Adds Saudi Arabia to Dirty-money Blacklist, Upsets UK. telesurenglish.net The European Commission added Saudi Arabia, Panama, Nigeria and other jurisdictions to a blacklist of nations seen as posing a threat because of lax controls on terrorism financing and money laundering, the EU executive said on Wednesday. | RELATED: | Trump Skips Deadline For Report on Khashoggi Murder, Will Not Impose Sanctions on Saudis | The move is part of a crackdown on money laundering after several scandals at EU banks but has been criticized by…

amnesty (2019-02-13). Nigeria: Authorities must uphold human rights during and after elections. amnesty.org The Nigerian authorities must protect people from violence and ensure full respect for freedom of expression, peaceful assembly and association before, during and after the country's upcoming general election, Amnesty International said ahead of the votes scheduled for 16 February and 2 March 2019. | There have been several instances of violence at election campaign rallies in some states in recent months, including the deaths of four people in Kano state in clashes between rival political supporters in December 2018. | "The election-related violence in states such as Kano, Kwara, Kogi, Rivers, Taraba and Bayelsa…

teleSUR (2019-02-13). Sex Abuse Crusaders Graduate from Vatican University. telesurenglish.net "So many children have been abused," sighs Vincent Moba, a Zambian Catholic priest who has just graduated from Rome's Pontifical Gregorian University with a diploma in safeguarding children. | RELATED: | Mexican Bishop Admits Sexual Abuse is Rampant Amid Revelation | Moba, 47, has completed the five-month curriculum at the Center for the Protection of Minors to join a worldwide network of experts fighting sexual abuse at all levels of society. | Jesuit priest Hans Zollner, a Ge…

Human Rights Watch (2019-02-12). Remembering Alison Des Forges, 10 Years Later. hrw.org | | Alison Des Forges | Ten years ago today, our beloved colleague Alison Des Forges died in the crash of Flight 3407 traveling from Newark to her home in Buffalo. Alison had recently been in Uganda to meet with her research team that, to my great fortune, included me. A colleague and I had just finished documenting a series of massacres by the Lord's Resistance Army, headed by Ugandan rebel leader Joseph Kony. While in Kampal…

Human Rights Watch (2019-02-12). Egypt: A Move to Enhance Authoritarian Rule. hrw.org | | Egyptian policemen standing guard outside a polling station with an electoral banner depicting incumbent President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi seen with a caption reading in Arabic 'for the sake of Egypt we will continue the story of a nation', in the capital Cairo's central neighborhood of Zamalek, March 26, 2018. | © 2018 Khaled Desouki/AFP/Getty Images | (Beirut) — Proposed amendments to Egypt's constitution, including granting the armed…

Democracy Now! (2019-02-12). Headlines for February 12, 2019. democracynow.org Negotiators Reach Tentative Border Funding Deal as Shutdown Looms, Trump and Beto O'Rourke Hold Rival Rallies in El Paso, Rep. Ilhan Omar Apologizes for Critical AIPAC Tweet, Report: 40% of Insects May Go Extinct in Near Future, Yemen: Grain Supplies at Risk of Rotting as Millions Face Famine Risk, Syria: Airstrikes in ISIS Stronghold Kill Scores of Civilians, Mexico: Veteran Radio Reporter Jesús Ramos Rodríguez Murdered, Mexico: LGBT Activist àìscar Cazorla Found Dead, Cameroon: Hospital Arson Kills At Least 4 Amid Mounting Violence, Honduran and Nepali TPS Holders Sue Trump Administration, WSJ: Nat'l Enq…

Human Rights Watch (2019-02-12). Tunisia: Scant Help to Bring Home ISIS Members' Children. hrw.org

Rachel Johnson (2019-02-11). Meet Kris Stith: The Man Behind the Graphics. naacp.org As we continue to uplift the work of African American entrepreneurs during Black History Month we would like to highlight Kristopher Stith or as he prefers, Krisa multidisciplinary artist with a predilection for design. He began his journey as an artist in Anacostia, an underserved area in Southeast Washington, D.C. using the books and materials his grandmother gave he […]

Human Rights Watch (2019-02-11). Lebanon: No Justification for LGBT Crackdown. hrw.org | | Activists take part in a protest outside the Hbeish police station in Beirut on May 15, 2016, demanding the release of four transgender women and calling for the abolishment of article 534 of the Lebanese Penal code, which prohibits having sexual relations that 'contradict the laws of nature'. | © 2016 ANWAR AMRO/AFP/Getty Images | (Beirut) — Lebanese security forces have repeatedly interfered with human rights events related to gender a…

Human Rights Watch (2019-02-10). Sudan: Video Footage Shows Extreme Violence, Abuse. hrw.org

Democracy Now! (2019-02-06). "Liar-in-Chief": Rep. Ilhan Omar Slams Trump's SOTU Remarks on Border, Venezuela, Israel & More. democracynow.org In his State of the Union address on Tuesday night, President Trump called for bipartisan unity while he attacked Democrats and the Robert Mueller investigation, denounced efforts to expand abortion rights in Virginia and New York, attacked immigrants and reiterated his demand for a border wall—with no mention of the longest government shutdown in U.S. history, which delayed his address by a week. Women in Congress wore all white to the speech in a nod to the movement for women's suffrage. After the address, former Georgia gubernatorial candidate Stacey Abrams made history, becoming the first African-Americ…

Patrick Bond (2019-02-01). South Africa Searches for a ‚Ä®Financial Parachute. zcomm.org An open, frank public discussion about the IMF's regrettable history and current agenda is sorely needed…

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