By Phelim Kine and Ranit Mishori, MD, MHS // “Branded”: Myanmar Military Mutilations of Rohingya Civilians – Physicians for Human Rights – Of 114 Rohingya survivors interviewed by PHR during four separate field investigations to Cox’s Bazar in 2017 and 2018, 11 (9.6 percent) said that they had been the subject of some kind of […]

Anti-Islamist, anti-immigration campaigner Stephen Yaxley-Lennon (aka ‘Tommy Robinson’) has appealed to Donald Trump to let him flee the UK before …Continue reading → via ‘Tommy Robinson’ appeals for political asylum in the US after contempt of court conviction — Vox Political

Tonight the BBC is broadcasting a special edition of their flagship news documentary programme, Panorama, asking ‘Is Labour Anti-Semitic?’ I blogged about this last week when I read about it in the Radio Times. It looks like another establishment hatchet job designed to keep up the smears against Jeremy Corbyn, his followers and the wider […] […]

Police have made the first arrests in connection with the physical assault on activist Sirawith “Ja New” Seritiwat – but it wasn’t the attackers who were detained. Instead, the arrested were eight Facebookers accused of spreading false reports on social media that the police were behind the attack on June 28 that left pro-democracy campaigner […] […]

Interesting–I went looking for this article link, but it no longer exists. It was up for about 5 years! Are ideas about organizing politically instead of camping in parks too radical? 2013 UNOCCUPIED by Joe Giambrone “Fight not unless the position is critical.” –Sun Tzu, The Art of War The ”Occupy” movement has […] via Censored […]

In Italy, 24 people were sentenced to life in prison for their roles in Operation Condor, in which six South American countries conspired to kill tens of thousands of political opponents in the 1970s and ’80s. Twenty-three Italians were among those killed as part of the campaign of coordinated terror and assassinations carried out by […]

Sen. Kamala Harris Clarifies Her Stance on School Busing | Time – But Harris muddied the waters Wednesday when she told reporters she too did not support federally mandated busing and supported it only as an option for local governments. On Thursday, Biden told reporters after seeing her latest comments that he believed the two […]

German neo-Nazis are hosting Waffen-SS and Hitler youth veterans as inspirational speakers in an attempt to radicalize young people, Germany’s domestic security agency warned in a recent report. ///// Jamie Tarabay // The attack on a mosque in Christchurch, New Zealand in March was streamed live on Facebook ( AFP/Getty Images ) A video […]

Saturday marked three years since the world witnessed the infamous video of Philando Castile bleeding and taking his last breaths after he was shot by a police officer in Minnesota. The 32-year-old was shot by St. Anthony police officer Jeronimo Yanez less than two minutes after being pulled over for a broken tail light on July… […]

Gordon Nardell has quit as Labour’s top lawyer. To whom should I address my lawsuit over the party’s false anti-Semitism …Continue reading → via Labour’s top lawyer quits – over Panorama ‘anti-Semitism’ documentary? — Vox Political

Chatham County Commission in Georgia proclaimed “Gullah/Geechee Nation Appreciation Week 2019.” They presented Queen Quet, Chieftess of the Gullah/Geechee Nation ( with a proclamation during their commission meeting. via Chatham County Proclaims Gullah/Geechee Nation Appreciation Week 2019! — Gullah/Geechee Nation

If you’re looking for a story that hilariously spotlights the insanity into which UK politics has fallen, here it is: …Continue reading → via Who do you admire more – fake ‘Kate Adie’ or the traffic warden who ticketed ‘Tommy Robinson’? — Vox Political

One of the ladies at our church gave a talk on Wednesday about the growing persecution of Christians in India by Hindu extremists, aided and abetted by President Narendra Modi and his squalid Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) government. This is an important issue for a number of reasons, and needs to be discussed. It’s naturally […] […]

Here’s a turn-up for the books. Katie Hopkins, the racist motormouth with a particular hatred of Islam, has found herself and her film, Homelands, panned by the Jewish Chronicle. Which was also shocked and disturbed by the growth of Fascism in the Jewish community, as shown by the far right sympathies of the mostly, but […] […]

To clear up the matter, the former Smiths frontman used his new interview to explain those political beliefs. According to Morrissey, the EU “won’t allow” Brexit to happen; “Ukip is dead”; Theresa May “is incapable of leadership”; and “even Tesco wouldn’t employ Diane Abbott.” The pop star said he now affiliates himself with For Britain, a far-right party created by failed Ukip […]

// taz: Herr Kramer, am Mittwoch zeichnen Sie den Grünen-Politiker Cem Özdemir für die „Rede des Jahres 2018“ aus. Was macht seine Rede so besonders? Olaf Kramer: Was in Erinnerung bleibt, ist einmal der Satz, in dem er versucht, deutsche Identität zu beschreiben. Er sagt, dazu gehört der Verfassungspatriotismus, dazu gehört die deutsche Erinnerungskultur, dazu gehört auch die Diversität, die Deutschland inzwischen auszeichnet. Außerdem sagt er: Wenn er in seine Heimat fahren will, muss er nur mit der S-Bahn nach Stuttgart fahren. Was meint er damit? Dieses tolle Zitat macht die Absurdität rechtspopulistischer Positionen deutlich. Die versuchen, Identität über biologische Tradi­tions­linien zu erklären. Das geht gnadenlos vorbei an der globalisierten Welt, in der wir leben. ///// ///// KATE IRBY //Far-right extremists kill more police officers than black extremists, report says | McClatchy Washington Bureau // Experts worry that the broad labeling of black groups, and not white ones, is an indication that federal law enforcement’s targeting of certain groups is based less on evidence than on politics. That targeting can significantly affect how law enforcement chooses to police protests or events organized by specific groups. Many worry the report on black identity extremists specifically could be used to home in on members of Black Lives Matter – possibly infringing on their right to speak freely and protest peacefully. The Congressional Black Caucus asked FBI Director Christopher Wray in a private meeting in November, as well as during public testimony in December, to rescind the report. Wray did not commit to doing so, but in his December testimony noted that “we continue to evaluate the data as it rolls in” and anything from a retraction to a reaffirmance to a clarification of the August report was possible. FBI spokesman Andrew Ames said Tuesday there was “no update” since then. The FBI report, titled “Black Identity Extremists Likely Motivated to Target Law Enforcement Officers,” defines black identity extremists as people who seek to commit acts of violence motivated by “perceived racism and injustice in American society.” The report said the increase in violence against law enforcement “likely” began after the August 2014 shooting of Michael Brown in Ferguson, Mo., and subsequent grand jury decision not to indict the police officers involved. It lists six attacks since 2014, including Micah Johnson, the Dallas shooter who killed five police officers in July 2016, and Gavin Eugene Long, the Baton Rogue shooter who killed three officers 10 days later, as examples of black identity extremists. “This document essentially says we don’t care about your ideology, we care about your black identity,” said Michael German, a former FBI agent who worked in the counterterrorism division. “It’s an enormous classification that could encompass any violence by a black person.” Nusrat Choudhury, senior staff attorney for the American Civil Liberties Union Racial Justice Program, referred to the term black identity extremist as a “manufactured threat.” The FBI’s Ames noted that the bureau’s domestic terrorism program identifies nine extremist movements: white supremacy, black identity, militia, sovereign citizens, anarchists, abortion, animal rights, environmental rights, and Puerto Rican Nationalist. But critics point out that the “white supremacy” category applies to specific organizations and groups with a specific message, while “black identity extremists” are defined far more broadly; the two are not equivalent, they maintain. The six attacks named in the ADL report span 2014 to 2016 and resulted in eight deaths to police officers and several injuries. The last time black nationalist groups fatally assaulted police officers before 2016 was in the 1970s, according to German. ///// ///// BETHANIA PALMA // However, Portland city officials admitted in a July 1, 2019, phone call with reporters that the evidence for the statement made in the tweet was based […]

Con la presencia ancestral de Margarita Murillo, María Enriqueta Matute, Berta Cáceres, Magdalena Morales y tía Macucu, que en un sólo espíritu, pensamiento y fuerza nos acompañan en todas las acciones. Se hicieron sentir las energías del pueblo Tolupán, Lenca, Misquito, Garífuna, Pech, Maya Chortí, y de los pueblos en lucha nos juntamos a diez […]

After the Civil War, African Americans in the South transformed Independence Day into a celebration of their newly won freedom. Source: When the Fourth of July Was a Black Holiday

I had no intention of telling this story here. Independence Day is Thursday, and I thought I might talk about the meaning of freedom in the age of Trump. Refugees are imprisoned in squalor on our southern border, the government balking at providing them toothpaste and soap, and I thought I might talk about the […]

“Terrific” Book. From the latest – July/August – Chartist Magazine (For Democratic Socialism). “The Frankfurt School combined Marxist thought with psychoanalytical theory as believed people were socially and economically as well as sexually repressed. Religion, the family, marriage, heterosexuality and gender hierarchies, were all viewed as part of the problem,” explains the Stop RSE campaign. […] […]

“Terrific” Book. From the latest – July/August – Chartist Magazine (For Democratic Socialism). “The Frankfurt School combined Marxist thought with psychoanalytical theory as believed people were socially and economically as well as sexually repressed. Religion, the family, marriage, heterosexuality and gender hierarchies, were all viewed as part of the problem,” explains the Stop RSE campaign. […] […]

THE SHAPE OF the Trump administration’s approach to policing immigration is at this point familiar. Since January 2017, federal agents and officers have been under orders to enforce a harsh interpretation of immigration laws without restraint. The result has most infamously manifested in the forced separation of immigrant parents from their children and, more recently, […]

On Saturday, during a break in the White Sox-Twins game, the park’s big screen honored people from Chicago with three individuals on the screen that included “Wheel of Fortune” host Pat Sajak, legendary actor and director Orson Welles, and Emmett Till , the 14-year-old who was lynched on August 28, 1955. One Chicago White Sox… via […]

In June and July 2019, social media users shared reports that claimed one of the ancestors of 2020 presidential Democratic primary candidate and U.S. Sen. Kamala Harris (D-Calif.) was a slave owner on the Caribbean island of Jamaica. Such claims were shared widely in the aftermath of the first round of Democratic primary debates, during […] West Papua rebel groups join forces in bid for independence from Indonesia Pacific Beat By Jordan Fennell and Tracey Shelton Updated about an hour ago Three armed separatist groups in the Indonesian region of West Papua have announced they have united to form the West Papuan Army, as activists lobbying for independence declare they […] […]

A carta, assinada por diversos movimentos, entidades representativas e organizações da sociedade civil, frisa que a efetivação do Acordo implicará em uma expansão da área do CLA dos atuais 8 mil hectares para 20 mil hectares, com o consequente deslocamento de 2 mil quilombolas, sem que houvesse qualquer consulta às comunidades atingidas. “Nenhum/a destes integrantes das 21 comunidades quilombolas, que vivem no território de Alcântara há mais de 200 anos, ou suas entidades representativas, foram consultadas sobre a assinatura do referido acordo, cujo efeito impacta diretamente a vida destas comunidades. A assinatura do AST sem consulta às comunidades quilombolas viola frontalmente o direito à consulta prévia, livre e informada, assegurada na Convenção 169 (C169) da Organização Internacional do Trabalho (OIT), ratificada pelo Estado Brasileiro em 22 de julho de 2002 e incorporada ao ordenamento jurídico pelo Decreto n. 5.051 de 09 de abril de 2004”, afirmam. //

Cuba had exerted a hold on the American imagination for many years, at least since Thomas Jefferson wrote of his hope that it would one day become part of the United States. The Philippine Islands were quite another matter. Few Americans had the faintest idea of where they were. Nonetheless, as a result of Commodore […]

FBI claims to have lost most of its files on Stormfront • MuckRock – The Bureau took two and half years to release 104 pre-processed pages regarding the white nationalist forum Written by JPat Brown Edited by Michael Morisy Back in 2016, Emma Best filed a FOIA request for the Federal Bureau of Investigation’s files […]

As Senator Kamala Harris rises in the early presidential polls, she is facing increasing scrutiny over her record as a prosecutor in California. In 2004, Harris became district attorney of San Francisco. She held the post until 2011, when she became the attorney general of California. We speak with Lara Bazelon, a professor at the […]

The brutal deaths of two young Black men in Oklahoma at the hands of a group of white men have received little national news coverage. After the men had been missing for several days, both of the men’s bodies were found dismembered in water not far from where they were killed. The Black 21-year-old victims, Alize Ramon Smith and Jarron Keonte Moreland, were last seen alive April 14. The two arranged to meet to sell a firearm Moreland posted on Craigslist to their attackers in Moore, Okl. The two met the white buyers at a grocery store parking lot. The three white suspects told police that when they met Smith and Moreland, the two went into the backseat of their van and the white suspects heard the click of a gun, believing the two were about to shoot them. Witnesses said that they saw the white men open fire on Smith and Moreland. The white suspects, Kevin Garcia-Boettler, 22, Johnny Shane Barker, 43, and Garcia-Boettler’s 16-year-old brother, then took the bodies, allegedly dismembered them and threw them in a pond near their home. // Killing of two Black men by group of whites sparks outrage but little media coverage | New York Amsterdam News: The new Black view // When people talk about modern lynchings, R. Kelly and Bill Cosby are not legitimate examples. Ramon Smith and Jarron Moreland, both 21, are two men who were […]