2021-01-19: News Headlines

Juan Cole (2021-01-19). Respected Israeli Rights Group B’Tselem declares Israel an Apartheid State. zcomm.org Apartheid is one of the listed “crimes against humanity” along with enslavement, torture, war rape, and forcible deportation. A crime against humanity is the systematic and continuous commission of war crimes…

The Babylon Bee (2021-01-19). ‘Skynet Is a Private Company, They Can Do What They Want,’ Says Man Getting Curb-Stomped by Terminator. anti-empire.com Cyberdyne Systems has recently launched its artificial intelligence program called Skynet. Soon after activation, Skynet became self-aware and immediately launched a nuclear attack on all humans and sent legions of lethal cybernetic machines to exterminate all remaining humans. This has sparked an intense backlash with many calling for Skynet to be shut down, while others have been quick to defend the genocidal program. | “Skynet was created by a private company, and private companies can do whatever they want,” said social media influencer Kathryn Schroder. “If you don’t want cold, heartless, killer robots de…

Gloria Rubac (2021-01-19). Legal lynchings soar under Trump. workers.org In an unprecedented spree of executions, Donald Trump has executed 13 people in the last six months of his presidency. As if in a frenzy to kill, Trump had three people put to death at the federal penitentiary in Terre Haute, Ind., just days before he exits the White House. . . . |

Al Neal (2021-01-19). Fixing family separation policy will be a tough job. peoplesworld.org “I have put in place a “zero tolerance” policy for illegal entry on our Southwest border. If you cross this border unlawfully, then we will prosecute you. It’s that simple. If you smuggle illegal aliens across our border, then we will prosecute you. If you are smuggling a child, then we will prosecute you and …

Christian Kliver and Nils Melzer (2021-01-18). Mr. Assange never published false information. indybay.org Mr. Assange did not hack or steal any of the information he released. Whether we may agree or disagree with his publications, they can in no way be considered a crime. Prosecuting Mr. Assange would amount to “shooting the ambassador” rather than correcting the problem he exposed.

WSWS (2021-01-18). Australian workers and youth demand freedom for Julian Assange. wsws.org “It has to be a grassroots movement from below to save Assange. A mass movement or mass support for him, rather than trying to appeal to the goodness of Australian politicians’ hearts.”

_____ (2021-01-18). Homeless Encampment Evictions Highlight The Cruelty Of Capitalism. popularresistance.org In Canada’s homeless encampments, two faces of state brutality are on display. One is the “organized abandonment” that has relegated hundreds of thousands across Canada to homelessness (at twice the rate as in the United States). The other is the “organized violence” that evicts homeless people from encampments erected in the shadow of the state’s malign neglect. | In Toronto, Canada’s largest and most unequal city, frontline workers estimate there are currently 1,000 to 2,000 people sleeping in dozens of encampments outdoors — several times more than the 400 acknowledged by city officials. Against the advi…

Mary Louise Wells (2021-01-18). My grandfather was a Nazi. Our family’s story of complicity shows where the road to extremism leads. salon.com Those who downplay a combination of hatred and authoritarianism don’t understand its full destructive powers…

Peoples Dispatch (2021-01-18). Tunisians protest over growing economic crisis and oppressive state actions. peoplesdispatch.org The protesters were opposing increasing police brutality and the announcement of fresh lockdown measures on Thursday. Protests took place in at least 10 cities across the country…

teleSUR (2021-01-17). Evo Morales Remembers Congolese Revolutionary Patrice Lumumba. telesurenglish.net Bolivia’s former President Evo Morales (2006-2019) Sunday reminisced on the 60th anniversary of the assassination of Congolese leader Patrice Lumumba who was murdered by Katanga region’s separatists and Belgian mercenaries on 17 January 1961. | RELATED: | “On a day like today in 1961, Congolese leader Patricio Lumumba, who fought for the liberation and independence of his people, was tortured and killed. Our homage…

MEE and agencies (2021-01-17). Australian father and son released by Qatar after months jailed without charge. middleeasteye.net Australian father and son released by Qatar after months jailed without charge | Advocacy group says the two men, one a professor who had been on Doha’s Covid-19 task force, were secretly detained and tortured | Sun, 01/17/2021 – 09: 59 | Professor Lukman Thalib (right) received a teaching award at Qatar University in 2018. He is a public health expert and helped Qatar with its Covid-19 re…

WSWS (2021-01-16). US government executes intellectually disabled death row prisoner Corey Johnson. wsws.org Johnson’s execution was the second time in less than five weeks that the federal government executed a likely intellectually disabled death row prisoner. The US Supreme Court denied his emergency application for a stay to permit him to present evidence of his disability.

The Conversation (2021-01-16). White Supremacist Trump Backers to Storm state capitols on Jan. 20: How Defenseless are We? juancole.com By Jennifer Earl | — Americans witnessed an alarming and deadly failure in planning and policing at the U.S. Capitol on Jan. 6. The FBI failed to sound intelligence alarms, including about dozens of targets on the terrorist watch list traveling to Washington, D.C. U.S. Park Police, D.C. police and the National Guard, who collectively …

Derek Royden (2021-01-15). Assange extradition: Justice denied or just delayed? nationofchange.org “The American public needed urgently to know what was being done routinely in their name, and there was no other way for them to learn it than by unauthorized disclosure.”

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