2021-04-08: News Headlines

Editor2 (2021-04-08). Court Upholds $10 Million Judgment Against Bolivian Leaders for 2003 Massacre. orinocotribune.com April 6, 2021, Miami — Yesterday, a federal judge rejected an attempt by Bolivia's former president, Gonzalo Sánchez de Lozada, and former defense minister, José Carlos Sánchez Berzaín, to vacate a $10 million damages award against them for the massacre of unarmed Indigenous people in 2003. A jury found the former officials liable under the Torture Victim Protection Act (TVPA) in April 2018, after a month-long trial that included six days of jury deliberations. The trial marked the first time in U.S. history that a former head of state sat before his accusers in a U.S. human rights trial. In an unusual move…

Inge Fryklund (2021-04-08). The US War on Drugs is Driving the Displacement Crisis. counterpunch.org We are torn by images of unaccompanied minors and overcrowded facilities at our southern border, but few in the United States are asking why so many Central American families are so desperate to escape their own countries that they are willing to risk everything — including family separation. These migrants are not fleeing some Act

The Conversation (2021-04-08). After the Chauvin Trial, Can Police Culture escape Toxic Masculinity and 'Warrior Cops'? juancole.com By Angela Workman-Stark | — The police officer charged with murder in the death of George Floyd is currently on trial in Minneapolis amid continued calls for defunding or abolishing police forces — not just in the United States, but in Canada and other places that have also grappled with police brutality. The problem with …

Anonymous765 (2021-04-08). Locations Of US Carrier Strike Groups — April 8, 2021. southfront.org This is the newest update of the 'U.S. Carrier Strike Groups Locations Map' exclusive series showing the approximate locations of U.S. Carrier Strike Groups. SouthFront: Analysis & Intelligence tracks locations of U.S. aircraft carriers using the available open-source information. No classified information was used in production of the map. | click to see the full-size image | Carrier strike group (CSG) is an operational formation of the United States Navy. It is centered on an aircraft carrier and a carrier ai…

Dave DeCamp (2021-04-08). Report: Biden May Expel Russian Diplomats and Impose More Sanctions. news.antiwar.com According to One unnamed source told Bloomberg the moves could involve sanctions on individuals close to Russian President Vladimir Putin and the expulsion of Russian diplomats the US will claim have ties to Russian intelligence. | The actions would be framed as "retaliation" for the hack of the software firm SolarWinds and alleged election interference. Both accusations are entirely unfounded, as the US has failed to pr…

Dave DeCamp (2021-04-08). Report: Israeli Spy Chief Headed to Washington to Work Against Iran Deal. news.antiwar.com According to a report from Israeli TV, Israel's Channel 13 reported on Wednesday that Cohen will be making the trip in the coming days and is expected to meet with senior White House and US intelligence officials. The report said Israel is trying to arrange a face-to-face meeting between Cohen and Biden. | Cohen is expected to claim that Iran is hiding deta…

Ramzy Baroud (2021-04-08). From His Solitary Confinement, Marwan Barghouti Holds the Key to Fatah's Future. zcomm.org As it stands, the key to the future of Fatah is now held by a Palestinian prisoner, Marwan Barghouti, who has been kept by Israel, largely in solitary confinement, since 2002…

_____ (2021-04-07). April 11: Global Day Of Action For Julian Assange. popularresistance.org Assange supporters Candles4Assange have put together an incredibly helpful list of actions planned for Julian Assange on April 11th around the world, to mark 2 years of his unjust imprisonment. The full Twitter thread is here but we've also listed each event by city below.

_____ (2021-04-07). Derek Chauvin And The Myth Of The Impartial Juror. popularresistance.org Did you, or someone close to you, participate in any of the demonstrations or marches against police brutality that took place in Minneapolis after George Floyd's death?. . . If you participated, did you carry a sign? What did it say? | These questions were part of the questionnaire given to those summoned to serve as jurors in the trial of Derek Chauvin, the Minneapolis police officer accused of killing George Floyd. Provided that judges and attorneys are willing to take these questions up, they could hold the key for beginning more nuanced conversations about race and the criminal legal system. | As is well kno…

_____ (2021-04-07). Veteran Intelligence Professionals For Sanity On Avoiding War In Ukraine. popularresistance.org We last communicated with you on December 20, 2020, when you were President-elect. | At that time, we alerted you to the dangers inherent in formulating a policy toward Russia built on a foundation of Russia-bashing. While we continue to support the analysis contained in that memorandum, this new memo serves a far more pressing purpose. We wish to draw your attention to the dangerous situation that exists in Ukraine today, where there is growing risk of war unless you take steps to forestall such a conflict. | At this juncture, we call to mind two basic realities that need particular emphasis amid growing tension…

Kit Klarenberg (2021-04-07). Questions about BBC producer's ties to UK intelligence follow 'Mayday' White Helmets whitewash. thegrayzone.com The BBC's Chloe Hadjimatheou produced a podcast serial designed to rehabilitate the White Helmets' late, scandal-stained founder, while blaming critics for his demise. Was she a channel for a wider British intelligence operation? White Helmets founder James Le Mesurier falling to his death from the top floor of his Istanbul home in uncertain circumstances in November 2019 created a myriad of extremely serious problems for a great many powerful people. At the time, the White Helmets' intimate ties to jihadist …

MEE staff (2021-04-07). UAE official not suited to be Interpol chief, says former UK prosecutor. middleeasteye.net UAE official not suited to be Interpol chief, says former UK prosecutor | Major General Ahmed Naser al-Raisi has been linked to human rights abuses, including the torture of two British citizens | Wed, 04/07/2021 – 16: 27 | A coalition of human rights groups warned last year that Raisi's appointment would 'damage' Interpol's reputation (AFP) | The United Arab Emirate's security chief is ill-suited to run Inter…

webdev (2021-04-07). Retired Black NYPD Detective: Derek Chauvin Trial Highlights "Race-Based" Police Brutality Problem. democracynow.org This week at the trial of former Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin, numerous members of the Minneapolis Police Department have taken the stand and testified that Chauvin violated policy by kneeling on Floyd's neck for nine-and-a-half minutes, and the emergency room doctor who tried to save Floyd's life said his chances of living would have been higher if CPR had been administered sooner. The trial is putting a spotlight on "the disproportionate killing of Black people by police" in the United States, says Marq Claxton, a retired New York Police Department detective who is now director of the Black Law Enfo…

Staff (2021-04-07). Retired Black NYPD Detective: Derek Chauvin Trial Highlights "Race-Based" Police Brutality Problem. democracynow.org This week at the trial of former Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin, numerous members of the Minneapolis Police Department have taken the stand and testified that Chauvin violated policy by kneeling on Floyd's neck for nine-and-a-half minutes, and the emergency room doctor who tried to save Floyd's life said his chances of living would have been higher if CPR had been administered sooner. The trial is putting a spotlight on "the disproportionate killing of Black people by police" in the United States, says Marq Claxton, a retired New York Police Department detective who is now director of the Black Law Enfo…

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