2020-07-12: News Headlines

RT (2020-07-12). 'KKK number behind white power gesture' spotted by Portland er was actually poster celebrating basketball star. rt.com A sharp-eyed er in Portland claimed she spotted a white supremacist hate symbol taunting her from a window of the BLM-besieged federal court. Further investigation, though, showed it was actually a basketball fan's poster. | The picture showing a hand gesturing "OK" was spotted inside the Hatfield Courthouse by one of the people ing against racism and police brutality in downtown Portland, Oregon. It may seem innocent enough, but the gesture stands for "White Power,"

RT (2020-07-12). Burning barricades, 'sound weapon': at Oregon courthouse continues as arrests, injuries mount. rt.com The now-nightly standoff between BLM ers and officers guarding the courthouse in downtown Portland remains intense. On Saturday, s attempted to block the area, and accused their opponents of using a 'sound weapon.' | The Hatfield Federal Courthouse in Portland, Oregon has been in the focus of s against racism and police brutality for more than 40 days, with tension escalating into violence on numerous occasions. On Saturday night, the demonstrators used benches to block streets around the courthouse and lit several small fires. | #BlackLivesMatter The Revolutionary United Front (2020-07-12). Tuesday 7/21: Community Meeting on Police Brutality and the George Floyd s Pt. 4. indybay.org Willow Park | Oakland, CA 94607…

Staff (2020-07-12). Man Killed by Mexican Police for Not Wearing Mask Sparks Movement. truthout.org In Mexico the police will kill you for not wearing a mask and the state will disappear you for demanding justice. This is the conclusion drawn by Alejandro Puerto, a young grassroots political in the state of Jalisco, who spoke with Truthout about the violence and repression doled out by the state government of Gov. Enrique Alfaro. | Inspired by the uprising against police brutality happening in the United States and tired of the regular abuses committed by state security forces at home…

Gareth Porter (2020-07-11). How the Pentagon failed to sell Afghan government's bunk 'Bountygate'. zcomm.org Another New York Times Russiagate bombshell turns out to be a dud, as dodgy stories spun out by Afghan intelligence and exploited by the Pentagon ultimately failed to convince US intelligence agencies…

RT (2020-07-11). 'Another phony hit job': Trump slams NYT for 'made up' story about alleged Russian bounties in Afghanistan. rt.com A sensational New York Times report which alleged that Russia paid the Taliban to target US forces in Afghanistan was pure fabrication, Donald Trump has claimed after the Pentagon and intel agencies dismissed the story. | The claim that Moscow had placed bounties on US and coalition troops operating in Afghanistan, first reported by the Times last month, has been widely discredited by senior military and intelligence officials. Defense Secretary Mark Esper testified earlier this week that "all the defense intelligence agencies have been unable to corroborate that report." | Joint Chiefs of Staff Chairman Gener…

Bill Fletcher (2020-07-11). Trump Must be Defeated, but Unions Shouldn't be Democratic Party Cheerleaders. zcomm.org If Trump wins, he will be convinced that he has a mandate for authoritarianism and further irrationalism; trade unions must become organizations of the class…

WSWS (2020-07-11). s erupt after Detroit, Michigan police shoot and kill 21-year-old man. wsws.org Tensions are high in the city after weeks of s against police brutality in which hundreds have been arrested and police have rammed into ers with their vehicles.

Staff (2020-07-11). Racism of Policing Resulted in the Torture and 18-Year Incarceration of My Son. truthout.org When I first started sharing the story of my son's unjust 18-year incarceration, I felt confident that many people — particularly white people and people with political power — would not care at all about the situation of a Black woman and her son. | I still fear this will be the case over the long term. | But in this moment, following the horrific police killings of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, Tony McDade and others, people across the country seem to be listening as never bef…

Staff (2020-07-10). BLM s Captured In Black And White. therealnews.com TRNN's Aman Azhar captured these photos June 7-8 shortly after thousands took to the streets of Washington, D.C. demanding an end to racial discrimination and police brutality.

RT (2020-07-10). Twitter data-mining tool Dataminr fed police real-time info on Black Lives Matter ers, despite promises not to spy. rt.com An analytics firm parsing Twitter data in real time for law enforcement and media has been caught funneling detailed info on anti-police-brutality marches to the very agencies users are ing, despite promises not to. | Dataminr, a CIA-funded artificial intelligence startup that mines Twitter's real-time content stream for behavioral patterns and other analytics, has been caught feeding info on police brutality ers from that "firehose" stream back to law enforcement. While the developers had promised they wouldn't enable domestic surveillance after a series of scandals in 2016, Dataminr is once aga…

WSWS (2020-07-10). The collapse of the New York Times' "Russian bounties" campaign. wsws.org Less than two weeks after it kicked off a media frenzy, the Times published an editorial effectively conceding that there was no factual basis for its reporting that Russian military intelligence had paid bounties to Taliban fighters to kill American soldiers.

WSWS (2020-07-10). Mexican labor lawyer released under punitive deal after arbitrary imprisonment. wsws.org The imprisonment of Susana Prieto Terrazas exposed all factions of the ruling elite, from the ostensibly "left" López Obrador administration to the National Action Party (PAN) state governments, and their lurch toward authoritarian forms of rule.

Brett Heinz (2020-07-10). US Foreign Police Training Has Spawned Brutality Both At Home and Abroad. cepr.net CEPR Research Assistant Brett Heinz published the following article at Current Affairs: The nationwide s against police brutality sparked by the killing of George Floyd have reignited debates over US policing. But the state response to the s has also raised the question of where exactly "domestic" law enforcement stops and starts. Customs and Border …

commondreams (2020-07-10). Survivors of U.S. Torture and Rendition to be Heard Before International Tribunal. commondreams.org ______________________________…

_____ (2020-07-10). Scheer Intelligence: The Price Of Ignoring The Ferguson Uprising. popularresistance.org August 9 will mark six years since 18-year-old Michael Brown was murdered by policeman Darren Wilson in Ferguson, Miss. Since then, Wilson has walked free and the systemic issues that have plagued this nation throughout its history have gone unaddressed. That changed with the police killing of George Floyd in Minneapolis in May, which so thoroughly shocked Americans and established that the lessons from Ferguson and the Black Lives Matter movement that rose from it never had been absorbed. | Now, at a moment of heightened awareness about racism, Black Lives Matter leaders and Black s and artists such as t…

Aaron Morrison (2020-07-09). 'Strike for Black Lives': Planned July 20 walkout unites BLM and unions. peoplesworld.org NEW YORK (AP)—A national coalition of labor unions, along with racial and social justice organizations, will stage a mass walkout from work this month, as part of an ongoing reckoning on systemic racism and police brutality in the U.S. Dubbed the "Strike for Black Lives," tens of thousands of fast food, ride-share, nursing home, and airport workers …

Peoples Dispatch (2020-07-09). Movements in the US continue on the streets in demand of structural changes. peoplesdispatch.org ers across the US have remained on the streets for over a month to demand justice for victims of police brutality and immediate structural changes to the capitalist racist system…

Staff (2020-07-09). Hate Groups Rake In PPP Loans as Racial Justice Movement Expands. truthout.org As millions took to the streets in all 50 states last month to against systemic racism and police brutality, several organizations that are considered hate groups by the Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC) were enjoying new six- or seven-figure Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) loans from the federal government. | On Monday, the Small Business Administration released the names of over 650,000 PPP beneficiaries that received $150,000 or more in forgivable loans from the agency. That list included a…

Peoples Dispatch (2020-07-08). Macri is further implicated in the case investigating an illegal spying network. peoplesdispatch.org Former Argentine president Mauricio Macri is eagerly watching the progress of a lawsuit in which 22 people were arrested on June 30, including former officials of his government, which links intelligence agents to political power…