Here Are 13 Killings by Police Captured on Video in the Past Year | Mother Jones: Mother Jones has contacted law enforcement officials about the status of these 13 cases: Investigations are ongoing in eight of them. In one case, now six months old, the two officers involved still haven't been questioned by investigators. Officers in the five other cases have been absolved of wrongdoing via local or state proceedings. (One of those five cases is currently under review by the US Department of Justice.) Three of the 24 officers total who were involved in the 13 cases are currently facing criminal charges.
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Let's Celebrate Real Australian Heroes Like The One We've Just Lost | newmatilda.com: When I interviewed Kwementyaye for my film, Utopia, in 2012, in Mutitjulu in the shadow of Uluru, he was white haired and a distinguished elder, but he still had the twinkle of the rebel in his eyes. His ballad "My Brown Skin Baby, They Take 'Im Away," is one of the most moving political songs of our time. He sang it for me when we first met and I can still feel my thrilling response. Yes, it was a sad song; it was also angry and it said there would be a fight until there was justice.
Sitting in the shade outside his house more than 30 years later, he spoke eloquently about the love and respect for this land that he and Indigenous people felt. He was an educator and natural leader who taught people to reclaim the cultural identity that is Australia's singular uniqueness.
Courthouse News Service: When the Democrats still controlled the Senate in December 2014, committee chairwoman Diane Feinstein sent a copy of the full report to President Barack Obama, with a letter encouraging the president to use the full report in future development of CIA programs.
Feinstein chose not to seek declassification of the full committee study at that time, however, and the committee's new chairman, Sen. Richard Burr, R-N.C., has since demanded that Obama to return all copies of the Final Full Report immediately.
PressTV-Myanmar to deport migrants to Bangladesh: According to reports, as many as 2,000 migrants, often referred to as 'boat people,’ are believed to be stranded in the Bay of Bengal, the South Asia region, with many of them at the mercy of human traffickers.
Most of the boat people are reportedly from the Rohingya Muslim community in Myanmar’s western state of Rakhine, where they are not recognized by the Myanmar government as citizens and referred to as “Bengalis” or illegal immigrants from Bangladesh, whose own citizens are seeking to flee widespread poverty in the country.
RadioShack puts customer personal data up for sale in bankruptcy auction | PCWorld: Why this matters: As if RadioShack wasn’t obnoxious enough when you had to turn over a phone number just to buy a cable splitter. Now, the store’s trying to go back on its promise to keep that data to itself. It’s one more reason to treat these contact information requests with caution, since you can never be sure where the data will end up.
Islamic State asserts responsibility for Shiite mosque blast in Saudi Arabia - The Washington Post: Saudi Arabia’s eastern region, which is the heartland of the kingdom’s Shiite minority, has been the scene of sporadic unrest and violence for years. Shiites, who account for an estimated 12�percent of the Saudi population, say they face widespread discrimination from the kingdom’s Sunni leaders. And Shiite protesters have clashed with Saudi security forces during demonstrations for greater rights in the past.
Texas Soldier Killed In Police Custody [Graphic Video] - YouTube: "Newly released video has revealed the dying moments of an African-American active-duty soldier who checked himself into the El Paso, Texas, county jail and died while in custody nearly three years ago.
Sgt. James Brown reported to jail for a two-day sentence for driving while intoxicated. His family said Brown informed the jail he had a history of post-traumatic stress disorder after two combat tours in Iraq.
Local news station KFOX14 said they fought all the way to the Texas attorney general to obtain video of the 2012 incident. The video shows something happened which caused Brown to bleed in his cell. When he refuses to speak with guards, a team in riot gear storms in and swarms on top of him, while he repeatedly says he can’t breathe and appears not to resist. His condition deteriorates, as he is carried to an infirmary, and has a mask placed over his face.” *
Germany’s Asylum Seekers – You Can’t Evict a Movement | Inter Press Service: “That was a very sad moment for us,” said Napuli. “Such brutal attacks hit us where it hurts most, in our sense of vulnerability, precariousness, and invisibility,” she continued, vowing that the Info Point, registered as an art installation in Berlin’s Kreuzberg district, will be rebuilt.
One of the most vocal and resilient personalities of the German refugee movement, Napuli was born in Sudan and studied at the universities of Ahfad and Cavendish in Kampala. A human rights activist, she suffered torture and persecution for running an NGO and fled to Germany, where she has been with the refugee movement ever since.
Israeli court approves Bedouin land confiscation | World War 4 Report: Some 1,000 Palestinian citizens of Israel who live in Umm al-Hiran, a village in the southern Negev desert, face removal. Israel relocated the villagers there under a 1956 agreement permitting them to live there in exchange for them dropping claims to land from which they assert Israeli forces expelled them in 1948. Israeli authorities have refused to recognize the village, to supply basic services like water or electricity, or allow residents to obtain building permits. In 2009, authorities approved plans to use the land to build a Jewish community.
The high court ruled that the land belongs to the state, which is therefore entitled to deny permission for Umm al-Hiran inhabitants to live there, although the court rejected the government's claim that the residents are squatters. It also ruled that Umm al-Hiran being replaced by a new development "with institutions intended to serve the religious Jewish community" would not be discriminatory since, in principle, the Bedouin ex-residents could purchase homes there.
The Angry Arab News Service/وكالة أنباء العربي الغاضب: "Nobel laureate's silence on the genocide of Rohingyas is tantamount to complicity"
The Angry Arab News Service/وكالة أنباء العربي الغاضب: "Nobel laureate's silence on the genocide of Rohingyas is tantamount to complicity": "She once held enormous moral and political capital and had the chance to challenge the vile racism and Islamophobia which characterises Burmese political and social discourse. Many Burmese human rights activists and their followers would have listened, may have learned, and may have begun to question the institutionalised racism which impacts negatively on all Burmese. This was never to be on Aung San Suu Kyi’s political agenda."
Failed Ukip candidate reveals he is a ‘National Socialist’ after anti-Semitic tweets – UK Politics – UK – The Independent | Vox Political
Failed Ukip candidate reveals he is a ‘National Socialist’ after anti-Semitic tweets – UK Politics – UK – The Independent | Vox Political: A failed Ukip candidate has revealed that he is a “National Socialist” and spoken of his respect for British fascist leader Oswald Mosley.
Jack Sen, who won 6,058 votes for the party at the 2015 election in Lancashire West, said in a speech to a think-tank this month that Ukip had been “taken over by Jewish special interest groups”.
Nakba protests face massive repression | Stop the Wall: At least 22 people have been seriously injured during the Nakba protests that have been organized all over the West Bank by the Higher Committee to Commemorate the Nakba, which includes various political forces and grassroots forces, including Stop the Wall. 67 years after the start of the Nakba when 700 thousand Palestinians where ethnically cleansed from their land, the catastrophe for the Palestinian people is ongoing.
After violence a year ago, Waco, SC prepares for bike rally - Yahoo News: The state National Association for the Advancement of Colored People says it will, for a ninth year, monitor to make sure blacks are not discriminated against by security measures.
"The NAACP supports reasonable law enforcement tactics designed to promote public safety and peace," state NAACP President Dr. Lonnie Randolph said in a statement. "The Association will vehemently oppose any tactics that unfairly target African Americans."
Myrtle Beach, working with other local governments, has spent months developing a $1.6 million safety plan that required a property tax increase to pay for.
Woman Who Agreed Native Americans Should 'Go Back to the Reservation' Elected to School Board - ICTMN.com
Woman Who Agreed Native Americans Should 'Go Back to the Reservation' Elected to School Board - ICTMN.com: In early March, Depczynski responded to a Facebook rant where the writer, going only as "Lin," said Native American students who find the Lancaster ‘Redskins’ mascot offensive should, instead, get their education on the reservation rather than Lancaster.
“If this American Indian at Lancaster and his family are so ‘offended’ … maybe the school board can gently refer him to go back to the reservation for his education,” Lin wrote.
Estudiantes universitarios de EE.UU. convocan a una huelga contra la deuda y se reh�san a devolver pr�stamos usurarios | Democracy Now!
Estudiantes universitarios de EE.UU. convocan a una huelga contra la deuda y se rehúsan a devolver préstamos usurarios | Democracy Now! - Estudiantes y activistas están tomando medidas concretas contra lo que algunos denominan la próxima crisis financiera de Estados Unidos: la deuda en concepto de préstamo a estudiantes universitarios por un monto superior a 1,2 billones de dólares. El enorme costo de los aranceles universitarios estadounidenses constituye una deuda acuciante para millones de personas y dejó a muchos otros fuera de las aulas. Ahora, quince ex estudiantes de instituciones que pertenecen a la red Corinthian con fines de lucro lanzaron lo que denominan la primera huelga del país contra la deuda estudiantil. Los estudiantes se rehúsan a devolver el dinero de los préstamos que recibieron para asistir a Corinthian, la que fue demandada por el gobierno federal por sus préstamos usurarios. Mientras tanto, otro grupo de activistas anunció que borró más de trece millones de dólares en concepto de deuda de estudiantes a Everest College, filial de Corinthian. El grupo Rolling Jubilee compra —con dinero de donaciones— deudas por un monto muy inferior a su valor y luego las cancela. Nos acompañan dos invitados: Laura Hanna, cineasta y activista que colaboró con el lanzamiento de la iniciativa de huelga del grupo Rolling Jubilee, y Latonya Suggs, una huelguista de la deuda estudiantil del grupo Corinthian 15 que debe $63,000 dólares tras haber terminado un programa de dos años en el área de justicia penal en Everest College.
A Partial Map of Black-led Black Liberation Organizing: [mendozao.github.io] This is a part of Resource Generation's It Starts Today! campaign, moving $1,000,000 to Black-Led, Black Liberation Organizing between the day Michael Brown was killed and what would have been his 19th birthday - May 20th, 2015. We aim to support organizing that confronts and dismantles anti-Black violence, whether committed by private citizens or by law enforcement, throughout the US. Resource Generation is a national membership organization organizing young people with wealth toward the equitable distribution of land, wealth and power. Learn more about Resource Generation and learn how to become a member by visitingwww.resourcegeneration.org.
Let's Celebrate Real Australian Heroes Like The One We've Just Lost | newmatilda.com: Kwementyaye Randall was, like so many others, stolen from his mother. He was seven when he was taken, and he never saw his mother again. Indeed, he felt the full force of Australian colonial brutality and duplicity most of his life; but he fought it and rose above it, and he never faltered in confronting the injustice imposed on Indigenous people. I mourn the passing of this old friend, a real hero in a nation that has yet to find the moral sense to honour those who courageously stand against oppression within Australia.
Stifling Egyptian civil society: Sexual violence by security (...): [fidh.org] Such violence is perpetrated on a massive scale by state security forces, making a mockery of government commitments to make combating sexual violence in Egyptian society a priority. Piecemeal and token measures, including partial legislative reforms and the establishment of a unit within the Ministry of Interior dedicated to fighting violence against women, have had little impact on the spread of this epidemic.
The FIDH report shows that such violence is widely tolerated, with perpetrators, whether state actors or civilians, rarely having to answer for their crimes. Since the July 2014 trial of seven men accused of participating in mob-sexual assaults in Tahrir Square during the inauguration of President el-Sisi in June 2014, there have been no further trials for mob sexual violence. As for the security forces, despite complaints, no officers have been tried for crimes of sexual violence.