2020-06-12: News Headlines

Leonard Rubenstein (2020-06-13). [Perspectives] Accountability for medical participation in torture. thelancet.com After revelations of the participation of US health professionals in torture of detainees in military or CIA custody in the wake of 9/11, citizens filed complaints to disciplinary and licensing boards in seven states against psychologists who had been publicly identified as having been part of the torture apparatus. All of the complaints were eventually dismissed, only one with an explanation. In light of the disciplinary bodies' resistance to investigate participation in torture, much less impose sanctions, colleagues and I, then representing Physicians for Human Rights, helped a New York legislator, Richard Got…

Eds. (2020-06-12). Media are slowly starting to be serious about police violence. mronline.org As the George Floyd protests against police violence erupted around the nation, a massive amount of evidence of police brutality was widely captured through social media. Unfortunately, very little of it made it to mainstream outlets until much later.

Vijay Prashad (2020-06-11). Tear Down Racist Statues, End Racist Debt, Pay for Equalizing Reparations. zcomm.org Bring down the statues, surely. But more than that: cancel the debt and provide reparations to the formerly colonized for the centuries of theft and brutality…

WSWS (2020-06-11). More cases of US police brutality emerge as protests continue against murder of George Floyd. wsws.org In recent days, Albuquerque police shot and critically injured a man in his mid-20s, New Jersey authorities released video of the fatal shooting last month of Maurice Gordon and Austin police released video of the 2019 murder of Javier Ambler.

Abayomi Azikiwe (2020-06-11). The Role of Police in a Racist-Capitalist Society. Defunding and Dismantling the US Police Being Fiercely Debated. globalresearch.ca Since the videotaped violent murder of African American George Floyd in Minneapolis on May 25, there has been an upsurge in antiracist and anti-police brutality demonstrations and rebellions spanning across the United States. | When Darnella Frazier, the 17-year-old woman …

VINS (2020-06-11). Alternatives to Policing—The Case for Public Health and Community Development Investments. projectcensored.org By Amber Yang As outrage sparks over police brutality, systemic racism, and socio-economic inequality, activists are calling to defund police. Despite other calls for anti-bias training, civilian review processes, and…

Vijay Prashad (2020-06-10). Tear down the racist statues, end racist debt and pay for reparations. mronline.org Bring down the statues, surely. But more than that: cancel the debt and provide reparations to the formerly colonized for the centuries of theft and brutality.

A Guest Author (2020-06-10). Prisoner Solidarity Committee of WWP: Ôªø'NYPD's racist brutality a death sentence for protesters'. workers.org New York city cops prepare to brutally attack and arrest protestors. DE BLASIO: RELEASE ALL PROTESTERS FROM JAIL NOW! A statement of the Prisoner Solidarity Committee of Workers World Party June 10 — Since this statement/petition was drafted, those arrested in the New York City George Floyd protests have been . . . |

Staff (2020-06-10). This is Not a Drill: Rebellions, Repression, and Elections. therealnews.com The explosion of the largest urban rebellions in the US since the 1960s has sharpened the political and economic crises that were already unfolding. In the backdrop of all of these overlapping crises, November's election looms large, as Trump's promised escalation of state violence and his drumming up of authoritarian sentiments puts the high stakes…

John W. Whitehead (2020-06-10). A Nation in Turmoil. Elections Looming. The Militarization of U.S. Police Forces. globalresearch.ca "Those who do not remember the past are condemned to repeat it."— George Santayana | Watch and see: this debate over police brutality and accountability is about to get

Robert Fantina (2020-06-10). Still Protesting After All These Years. globalresearch.ca On Wednesday, June 4, I joined thousands of marchers in Kitchener, Ontario, the town in which I live, to protest racism and police brutality. I have, in the last few years, participated in local events in support of Palestinian self-determination …

news.un (2020-06-10). Rights experts condemn use of force against journalists covering US protests. news.un.org Journalists covering ongoing protests denouncing systemic racism and police brutality in the United States must be able to do their job in peace, two experts on the right to freedom of expression said on Wednesday.

William Hawes (2020-06-10). Abolish the Police, Abolish the Military, Abolish ICE: Dismantle Systems of Oppression. globalresearch.ca In this crucial moment, all of us who desire change should begin to think very carefully about a unified message and a coherent, organizing principle in the fight against endemic racism and police brutality in this country. I believe the …

Peadar O'Cearnaigh (2020-06-10). It's time for a new approach to end police brutality. thecanary.co The killing of George Floyd in Minneapolis on 25 May has been followed by waves of protests and outrage across the US and the world. Unfortunately, there's little new in any of this, as we've been here before with US police assaulting and killing Black people. And these attacks and killings have also been followed by mass protests and unrest. | Dr Cornel West, who

Charlotte Dennett (2020-06-10). Another Brewing Scandal: Saudi Arms Sales, the Ghost of a Reporter, and America's Oil War in Yemen. globalresearch.ca George Floyd by police, followed by the president's calls for military intervention against protestors, are causing words like "dictatorship," "authoritarianism," and even "fascism" to become part of the national discourse. But the president has been dismantling …

LaLa B Holston-Zannell (2020-06-10). Sex Work is Real Work, and it's Time to Treat it That Way. aclu.org Sex workers aren't always a part of the conversation about police brutality, but they should be. Police regularly target, harass, and assault sex workers or

Staff (2020-06-12). Uprising & Abolition: Angela Davis on Movement Building, "Defund the Police" & Where We Go from Here. democracynow.org The uprising against police brutality and anti-Black racism continues to sweep across the United States and countries around the world, forcing a reckoning in the halls of power and on the streets. The mass protests following the police killing of George Floyd in Minneapolis on May 25 have dramatically shifted public opinion on policing and systemic racism, as "defund the police" becomes a rallying cry of the movement. We discuss the historic moment with legendary scholar and activist Angela Davis. "One never knows when conditions may give rise to a conjuncture such as the current one that rapidly shifts popular…

Staff (2020-06-11). Historian Robin D.G. Kelley: Years of Racial Justice Organizing Laid Groundwork for Today's Uprising. democracynow.org As protests against police brutality and racism continue across the country, we speak with historian and UCLA professor of African American studies Robin D.G. Kelley. "We're not here by accident," Kelley says, crediting racial justice organizers for laying the groundwork for this moment over the last decade. "The real question now is whether or not this can be sustained."

Staff (2020-06-10). Buffalo Police Assaulted a 75-Year-Old Longtime Peace Activist, Now Trump Is Attacking Him Too. democracynow.org We look at the story of peace activist Martin Gugino, who was hospitalized in critical condition after being pushed to the ground by a police officer in Buffalo last week — an attack captured on video that has been viewed millions of times. On Tuesday, President Trump attacked the 75-year-old activist on Twitter, suggesting he staged his fall and was "an ANTIFA provocateur," echoing baseless claims from a segment on the far-right channel One America News Network. We speak with Lu Aya, a member of the New York-based group The Peace Poets, who organized with Martin in the group Witness Against Torture. "Marti…

Staff (2020-06-10). "Justice Will Be Served": Family Pays Tribute to George Floyd and Demands Change at Houston Funeral. democracynow.org A private funeral was held in Houston Tuesday for George Floyd, two weeks after a Minneapolis police officer killed him by kneeling on his neck for nearly nine minutes. Floyd's death has sparked protests against police brutality and racism across the United States and around the world. We play excerpts from the funeral service and hear from Floyd's family and dignitaries.

Faith in Action, NAACP, UNIDOS US, others (2020-06-12). Thursday 6/11: #Equity For All Forum: Racial Equity in HEROES Act & End Anti-Black Police Brutality! indybay.org Online…

Staff (2020-06-10). Noam Chomsky: Amid Protests and Pandemic, Trump's Priority Is Protecting Profits. truthout.org Many years ago, social scientist Bertram Gross saw "friendly fascism" — an insidious authoritarianism that denies democratic rights for corporate ends without the overt appearance of dictatorship — as a possible political future of the United States. | Today, that future has arrived. Donald Trump has not only consolidated the integration between Big Business and government, but now, with the country in the grip of some of the biggest protests in more than half a century, he is ac…

The Canary (2020-06-10). Statue of 'Nazi collaborator' in Dublin park may have to be removed — Taoiseach. thecanary.co Ireland has a racism problem and some statues of racist figures may need to be removed, Taoiseach Leo Varadkar has said. | In recent days, statues of people linked to the slave trade have been taken down around the world. | Asked on RTE 2FM if Ireland has a racism problem, he said: "I think we do. Every country in the world has racism to some degree. | "Thankfully we do not have the kind of problems with police brutality that we see in the United States, we have a very professional police force and we're grateful for that. | "If you look at the Traveller community and how they are treated and spoke about —…

RT (2020-06-11). 'Weapons of oppression': Scottish Parliament votes for suspension of UK rubber bullets, tear gas and riot-shield exports to US. rt.com The Scottish Parliament has voted for the immediate suspension of UK rubber bullet, tear gas and riot-shield exports to the US, in a show of solidarity with the Black Lives Matter Movement following the death of George Floyd. | The motion, which was overwhelmingly backed by Members of the Scottish Parliament (MSPs) — 52 votes to 0, with 11 abstentions — was proposed by the Green Party's Patrick Harvie. | Addressing fellow MSPs on Thursday, Harvie said it was "important that we stand in solidarity with the Black Lives Matter Movement," in light of police brutality, calling for the UK government to hal…

sputniknews (2020-06-10). Amazon Puts One-Year Moratorium on Police Use of Facial Recognition Technology. sputniknews.com Tech giants question whether face detecting technologies should be used by law enforcement agencies, as protests against police brutality continue in the United States following the death of Minneapolis resident George Floyd.

_____ (2020-06-12). Scheer Intelligence: The Cynical Forces Behind America's Forever Wars. popularresistance.org American interventionism in the Middle East has resulted in two of the longest wars in U.S. history, and led to countless deaths in Iraq and Afghanistan as well as widespread instability in the region. Nearly two decades into the so-called "War on Terror," concerns continue to arise about the U.S. military presence in the Mideast and its seeming inability to extricate itself after all these years. Patrick Cockburn is especially well-positioned to both ask and answer many of the questions stemming from what have become America's "Forever Wars" as an award-winning, courageous journalist who has spent several decade…

_____ (2020-06-12). Martin Gugino — The "Buffalo Protestor" And Our Friend. popularresistance.org Martin Gugino worked together in Witness Against Torture for years, a close-knit group dedicated to closing the U.S. prison camp at Guantanamo and opposing torture. Our community is beside itself. | None of us is surprised that it was Martin meeting the police line in a posture of non-violence. Martin is gentle, principled, and undaunted. Allied with the Catholic Worker tradition, he is also deeply committed to a tapestry of causes, from fair housing to immigrant rights. Guiding his activism is belief in the sacred power of non-violent resistance to injustice. If that makes him an "agitator," as Buffalo's police…

_____ (2020-06-11). NYPD Accused Of Deliberately Targeting Legal Observers. popularresistance.org On Thursday evening before curfew, Rex Santus was standing alone on a quiet Mott Haven street corner when he caught the attention of NYPD officers passing in an unmarked minivan. As eight officers surrounded him, the 28-year-old CUNY law student identified himself as a legal observer with the National Lawyers Guild, and explained his intention to monitor a nearby protest against racist police brutality. | The officers accused him of "illegal counter-surveillance against police," Santus said. They seized his notebook, reading from it and mocking him for writing that some cops had obscured their badge numbers. As t…

_____ (2020-06-11). Health Workers March To Expose Racism As A Health Crisis. popularresistance.org Seattle, WA – Dr. Nkeirika Banda's phone was vibrating. "I'm scared to check it," said the HealthPoint family medicine resident. Her mom, who lives in Zambia, is a worrier — and Banda had just sent her family a photo from the intersection of James Street and Sixth Avenue, where she was supporting the Seattle's Doctors for Justice rally against racism and police brutality. "So I obviously didn't tell her that I was coming [to the protest]," Banda said. | Banda and thousands of other health care professionals gathered at 10 a.m. June 6 at Harborview Medical Center in solidarity with Seattle's Black community.

_____ (2020-06-10). The Network In Defense Of Humanity Demands Justice For George Floyd. popularresistance.org The Network in Defense of Humanity adds its voice to those of thousands in the United States and around the world who are demanding Justice for George Floyd. | The image of a man of African descent being killed by a racist policeman is very common in the United States. In fact, the police murder about a thousand people annually; a disproportionate number of them are Black. | George Floyd's murder was no different, but it has been on an exponential level since the scene of his death by torture was documented in detail as he told the white policeman "I can't breathe"—first he appealed to his torturer, then to…

Stephen Lendman (2020-06-09). Defund, Reform, or Disband US Police? What About the Pentagon, CIA, NSA, US Gulag, and Wall Street Owned Fed Etc! globalresearch.ca Indeed police killings, brutality, and its other unacceptable practices against America's most disadvantaged are a major societal problem needing correction. | Cutting its funding or even replacing it with an alternate societal control system won't fix things. | The problem isn't cops. …

Philip Giraldi (2020-06-09). Militarized Police a Gift from Israel? thealtworld.com Training of American police in brutal tactics revealed | The killing of black man George Floyd by white Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin has produced the highest level of national unrest seen in the United States since the 1960s. Tens of thousands of protesters are demonstrating against racism and perceived police brutality. As it also comes at a time of coronavirus pandemic and record unemployment, it has the potential to change the U.S. in fundamental ways. The core issue is that many on the left, as well as some on the right, see America's police as something like an "occupying force," increasingly sel…

The Canary (2020-06-09). George Floyd's body arrives at church for private funeral. thecanary.co George Floyd's body has arrived at a church in Houston, Texas, for a private funeral to be followed by his burial.The service caps off six days of mourning for the Black man whose killing inspired a global reckoning over police brutality and racial injustice.Floyd was to be laid to rest next to his mother in the suburb of Pearland. He cried out for his mother as a white Minneapolis police officer pressed a knee on his neck on 25 May.About 6,000 people attended a public memorial on Monday in Houston, where Floyd grew up.Mourners pay respects to George Floyd during a public visitation (AP/David J. Phillip, Pool)Und…

RT (2020-06-09). Obama's EU envoy says Trump is 'like Mussolini' for 'openly fomenting racial divisions' amid police brutality protests. rt.com The former US ambassador to the European Union has compared President Donald Trump to Benito Mussolini, Italy's fascist strongman, insisting he has only widened racial divisions among citizens as protests rage around the US. | The former envoy, Anthony Gardner — who served under President Barack Obama from 2014 to 2017 — told Politico on Monday that Trump's actions and rhetoric were reminiscent of Il Duce, the godfather of fascism and an ally of the Nazis during World War II. | "For a couple of years, I was troubled by many things that Donald Trump shares with Benito Mussolini, someone my Italian gra…

RT (2020-06-09). Driver plows through BLM protesters in Indianapolis, then makes a run for it (VIDEOS). rt.com Stomach-wrenching video has captured a woman driving her minivan through a group of protesters in Indianapolis on the city's 11th straight day of anti-racism and police brutality protests in the wake of George Floyd's death. | The group of about 50 protesters was in the downtown Monument Circle area when a municipal truck arrived to take down barricades but was blocked by the protesters for a time. The minivan driver went to drive around the truck, struck several protesters and accelerated away from the scene, as captured in eyewitness video from the incident. | www.facebook.com/chan.harris.1/posts/323

RT (2020-06-09). US Navy to ban Confederate flag on ships & bases to 'ensure unit cohesion,' following similar move by Marines. rt.com The US Navy has signaled that it will bar public displays of the Confederate flag on installations, warships and aircraft, mirroring a similar decision by the Marines as protests over police brutality and racism sweep the country. | Chief of Naval Operations Admiral Michael Gilday said on Tuesday that an order is being drawn up to prohibit the controversial flag "from all public spaces and work areas aboard Navy installations, ships, aircraft and submarines," adding that the move is meant to "ensure unit cohesion, preserve good order and discipline." | The order is meant to ensure unit cohesion, preserve good…

Anand Naidoo (2020-06-09). The Heat: U.S. protests fallout in U.S. america.cgtn.com Demands for racial justice and an end to police brutality continue in the United States. As the white police officer accused of killing African American George Floyd makes a court appearance.

Fight Back (2020-06-09). 1000 protesters brave Tropical Storm Cristobal to rally in Tally against police brutality. fightbacknews.org Tallahassee, FL — Tallahassee has been host to months of regular protest since the January 2020 swearing-in of killer cop Lawrence Revell as chief of police. Protests became more frequent after three murders in the last three months by the Tallahassee Police Department, and now daily protests have continued for the past ten days after the murder of George Floyd by Minneapolis police and Tony McDade by Tallahassee Police Department. | TPD's recent killings robbed Tallahassee of 31-year-old, Black, unarmed, father of four, Mychael Johnson on March 20; 69-year-old white man Wilbon Woodard on May 19; and 38-yea…

Peoples Dispatch (2020-06-09). Kenyans protest against police brutality and killing of innocent civilians. peoplesdispatch.org Police in Kenya are accused of using excessive force and violence in the name of imposing the lockdown to prevent COVID-19, especially against people in the slums of capital Nairobi. Protesters also expressed solidarity with the ongoing Black Lives Matter protests in the US…

Julia Conley, staff writer (2020-06-09). 'This Is the Problem' Say Critics as Police Union Recruits Fired Officers to New Jobs in Florida. commondreams.org A Florida police organization's promise to hire any officers who are fired or who leave their jobs amid the nationwide uprising over police brutality was indicative of a toxic law enforcement community that rewards severe misconduct, critics said Tuesday. | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files/styles/cd_special_coverage/public/headline/thumbs/gettyimages-1217797816_1.jpg

Sputnik News (2020-06-09). Iran to Execute Alleged CIA Spy Involved in Killing of Ex-Quds Commander Soleimani. iranian.com On 3 January, a US drone strike, authorised by President Donald Trump, killed Qasem Soleimani and Shia militia commander Abu Mahdi Muhandis who both were in a car at the Baghdad International Airport. Iran's judiciary spokesman has announced that a citizen of the Islamic Republic, who allegedly provided the US Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) with …

en.mehrnews (2020-06-09). MP calls on intelligence min. to pursue perpetrators of martyr Soleimani's assassination. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, Jun. 09 (MNA) — A member of Iranian Parliament in a letter penned to the intelligence minister called on him to submit a comprehensive report on the measures taken by the Ministry of Intelligence in connection with the assassination of martyr Lt. Gen. Qassem Soleimani by the US terrorist forces.

_____ (2020-06-09). From George Floyd To COVID-19, Two Pandemics Target Black Workers. popularresistance.org Compounding the devastation of coronavirus, Black people in the US continue to face threats, brutality, and death for going to and from work. For being out jogging. For being poor. For sleeping in their own bed. For watching birds in a park. For being Black. | The murders of Ahmaud Arbery, George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, and Tony McDade highlight this grim reality. Now millions of people all across the country are protesting. After experiencing two months of grief from COVID-19, there is now a righteous feeling of collective anger. | According to the statement from UE national officers, "It is not surprising that p…