2020-07-16: News Headlines

Claudia Drdul (2020-07-16). Thousands gather in Martinez to condemn white supremacy and police brutality. liberationnews.org A July 12 action in Martinez, California, by Together We Stand, Southern Alameda County Resistance Network, and Martizians for Black Lives protested against white-nationalist fliers distributed within the small Bay Area community. Nakenya Allen, a resident of Martinez who lives a few blocks from where the fliers were found, said: "There was absolutely no way …

Fred Weir (2020-07-15). For Russian Experts, Taliban Bounty Report Just Doesn't Make Sense. anti-empire.com From the very start of the American-led invasion of Afghanistan almost 19 years ago, Russian experts were shaking their heads and However, the Kremlin warmly welcomed the occupation. It provided intelligence and

RT (2020-07-15). Russia to blame for landmines found in Libya, says US Africa Command in another self-serving 'bombshell'. rt.com As warring Libyan factions seek aid from Turkey and Egypt, AFRICOM is blaming Russia for landmines that were found near Tripoli in yet another alarmist 'intelligence assessment' aimed at getting US troops sent back to Africa. | On Wednesday, AFRICOM posted four photos of booby-trapped debris found between Tripoli and Sirte last month, as the Libyan National Army (LNA) retreated before the Turkish-backed Government of National Accord (GNA). The landmines used to rig the explosives were "assessed to have been introduced into Libya by the Wagner Group," a mercenary outfit AFRICOM insists is acting on behalf of th…

Jeffrey C. Isaac (2020-07-15). The 'Letter on Justice and Open Debate' Should Be Seen as a Stance Against Trumpian Authoritarianism. commondreams.org Protesters marched in Manhattan in May of 2017 to protest a presidential visit. (Photo: Getty Images) | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files/styles/cd_special_coverage/public/views-article/thumbs/sad_0.jpg

Teddy Duncan (2020-07-15). The terms of the protests: Systemic and institutional reform. nationofchange.org People may even want different things, such as more radical change like abolishing the police entirely, but these ten proposed changes are a crucial contribution to the conversation of what to do about police brutality in America.

WSWS (2020-07-15). German state intelligence agency deletes data of right-wing extremists. wsws.org There are close links between Germany's secret services, its government and the right-wing extremist milieu not only in Saxony, but throughout the country.

WSWS (2020-07-15). The blinding of Gustavo Gatica and the return to unrestrained police state violence in Chile. wsws.org The Chilean security forces enjoy a level of immunity not seen since the 17-year military dictatorship, when thousands were arrested, tortured, killed and disappeared.

_____ (2020-07-15). NYT Acknowledges Coup In Bolivia While Shirking Blame For Its Supporting Role. popularresistance.org The New York Times (6/7/20) declared that an Organization of American States (OAS) report alleging fraud in the 2019 Bolivian presidential elections—which was used as justification for a bloody, authoritarian coup d'etat in November 2019—was fundamentally flawed. | The Times reported the findings of a new study by independent researchers; the Times brags of contributing to it by sharing data it "obtained from Bolivian electoral authorities," though this data has been publicly available since before the 2019 coup. | The article never uses the word "coup"—it says that President Evo Morales was "pu…

sputniknews (2020-07-15). George Floyd's Family Files Lawsuit Against Minneapolis, Ex-Police Officers Over Fatal Arrest. sputniknews.com The killing of George Floyd in police custody in Minneapolis in May triggered nationwide anti-police-brutality protests in the US and in many major cities around the world. The four officers involved in the killing were fired and later charged with criminal counts, with the officer filmed kneeling on Floyd's neck charged with second-degree murder.

sputniknews (2020-07-15). Trump Says Cities Run by Dems Are 'Out of Control', Like 'War Zones', Vows to Take Action Next Week. sputniknews.com On Monday, US President Donald Trump said that federal forces could be sent to major cities to quell a wave of criminal violence, which, he said, is "worse than Afghanistan, worse than any war zone", accusing Democratic lawmakers of exploiting resentment caused by nationwide anti-racism and anti-police-brutality protests for political gain.

RT (2020-07-14). The future is here? Lifelike robot said to resemble 'average Russian woman' takes up civil service role in Urals. rt.com A humanoid robot, apparently modeled on a typical Russian woman, has begun providing services to the public at a government office in Perm, a large city approximately 1,100 kilometers east of Moscow. | The 'bionic person' was designed with bureaucracy in mind. Adopting the appearance of a low-grade bank clerk, it could signal yet another example of what humanity faces in a post-Covid world. | According to its creators from Russian robotics startup Promobot, the robot's appearance was generated by artificial intelligence analysis of thousands of females. | The robot, with long blond hair and brown eyes, is capa…

Fight Back (2020-07-14). Cop tells man he's about to kill, 'You're about to die, my friend'. fightbacknews.org Salt Lake City, UT – Protesters gathered in front of Salt Lake County District Attorney Sim Gill's office, July 8, to demand justice for Bryan Valencia and Chad Breinholt and all victims of police violence. Protesters chanted, "Justice for Chad Breinholt!" and "Justice for Bryan Valencia," as posters with the same demands were hung on the DA's office building. | Utah Against Police Brutality (UAPB) called the rally to bring attention to these two local cases that have not had the same spotlight as some other local and national police killings. | Breinholt was killed by West Valley City police inside of West Valle…

Staff (2020-07-13). Disability Rights Activists Take On Twin Pandemics of Racist Police Brutality & COVID-19. democracynow.org Two months after the police killing of George Floyd in Minneapolis sparked an international uprising, we look at the underreported but devastating impact police violence has on people with disabilities, especially Black disabled people. According to at least one study, up to one-half of people killed by law enforcement in the U.S. have a disability. "People with disabilities have always been attacked by police. And people with disabilities and poor people have our own answers," says Leroy Moore, a Black disabled activist and artist, POOR Magazine co-founder and founder of the Krip-Hop Nation. "Our own answer is t…

Collette Flanagan (2020-07-13). Dallas Police Killed My Unarmed Son. Their Brutality is a Global Problem. aclu.org In 2013, I founded Mothers Against Police Brutality (MAPB) after my only son Clinton Allen was extra-judicially murdered by a Dallas police officer. Clinton was unarmed. He was just 25-years-old, and had grown from being a delightful and curious child into an avid reader who dreamed of becoming the fifth generation of our family to be a rancher. His dreams were extinguished with his life. He should be alive today. , , The officer shot my son seven times, once at close range in the back. Clinton's death at the hands of police is far from uncommon. Rather, it is something almost commonplace in communities of col…

Paul Larudee (2020-07-13). The Military, What is It Good for? dissidentvoice.org In Part IV, we noted that the U.S. is ruled by a few hundred oligarchs and corporations, and that as long as power resides among this tiny elite, the chances of making headway against racism, police brutality, poverty and exploitation are exceedingly slim. The societal changes proposed in Parts I — IV can do much …

The Revolutionary United Front (2020-07-13). Tuesday 7/21: Community Meeting on Police Brutality and the George Floyd Protests Pt. 4. indybay.org Willow Park | Oakland, CA 94607…

_____ (2020-07-13). The Police Defunding Con Game. popularresistance.org Cutting police budgets without establishing public control over their behavior doesn't solve the problem, and invites politicians to shuffle budget numbers around like a three-card monte swindle. Unfortunately, a key demand of the new movement has led to confusion and to political defeats at a crucial moment. At first glance, the idea of defunding the police seems to have merit. Everyone who wants to end police brutality welcomes the idea that they might lose some of the resources they use in their terrorism spree. The police are the modern-day slave patrol and any effort to diminish their capabilities seems like…

_____ (2020-07-13). How The Pentagon Failed To Sell Afghan Government's Bunk 'Bountygate' Story. popularresistance.org The New York Times dropped another Russiagate bombshell on June 26 with a sensational front-page story headlined, "Russia Secretly Offered Afghan Militants Bounties to Kill U.S. Troops, Intelligence Says." A predictable media and political frenzy followed, reviving the anti-Russian hysteria that has excited the Beltway establishment for the past four years. | But a closer look at the reporting by the Times and other mainstream outlets vying to confirm its coverage reveals another scandal, not unlike Russiagate itself: the core elements of the story appear to have been fabricated by Afghan government intelligence…

Staff (2020-07-13). Disability Rights Activists Take on Twin Pandemics of Police Brutality and COVID. truthout.org Two months after the police killing of George Floyd in Minneapolis sparked an international uprising, we look at the underreported but devastating impact police violence has on people with disabilities, especially Black disabled people. According to at least one study, up to one half of people killed by law enforcement in the U.S. have a disability. "People with disabilities have always been attacked by police. And people with disabilities and poor people have our own answers," says Leroy Mo…