2018-02-28: News Headlines

Democracy Now! (2018-02-27). Headlines for February 27, 2018. Democracy Now! Supreme Court Deals Major Blow to Trump's Efforts to Cancel DACA, Trump Claims He Would Run into a Building to Stop a School Shooting, Washington Gov. Jay Inslee Slams Trump's Idea to Arm Teachers, Georgia Lt. Gov. Threatens to Retaliate Against Delta for Stopping Discount to NRA, WH Aide Ivanka Trump: "Inappropriate" to Ask Her About Reports of Father's Sexual Assault, Trump Proposes Appointing His Private Pilot to Head Federal Aviation Authority, Syrian Gov't Continues Airstrikes & Shelling in Eastern Ghouta During 5-Hour Truce, China Drops Presidential Term Limits, Clearing Path for Xi to Serve Indefinitely, Congo: Soldiers Kill 4 People Protesting Delay of Elections & Kabila's Extended Rule, Israeli Soldiers Arrest 10 Members of Ahed Tamimi's Family, Including Cousin Shot by IDF, Haaretz: Israeli Prosecutor's Office Directly Links PM Netanyahu to Bezeq Bribery Case, ACLU: Jailed Mexican Immigrant Was Beaten and Put in Solitary for Joining a Hunger Strike, Court Rules Civil Rights Law Prohibits Employers from Sexual Orientation Discrimination, Georgia: Reality Leigh Winner to Appear in Court Tuesday, NBA Golden State Warriors Meet with D.C. Kids, Not President Trump, Indian Superstar Actress Sridevi Dies at 54, Health Advocate & Anti-TPP Activist Zahara Heckscher Dies at 53 of Breast Cancer…

Robert Mackey (2018-02-26). In Pre-Dawn Raid, Israel Arrests Badly Wounded Cousin of Ahed Tamimi, Jailed Protest Icon. The Intercept Early Monday morning, Israeli forces detained a teenage Palestinian boy who has been missing part of his skull since December, when he was shot in the head by an Israeli soldier during a protest against the occupation of his West Bank village. | The boy, Mohammed Tamimi, 15, was one of 10 Palestinian residents of the village of Nabi Saleh arrested in a pre-dawn raid. Tamimi's 17-year-old cousin, Ahed, has been in an Israeli military prison since December, when she was filmed slapping an Israeli soldier outside her family home about an hour after Mohammed was shot. | Mohammed was arrested in the middle of the night, and taken away for interrogation, despite the fact that his medical condition has been widely reported on in the Israeli press, and his head remains badly deformed.Breaking: This is Mohammad Tamimi, 15, who was…

Robert Mackey (2018-02-26). Israel Extracts "Confession" From Badly Wounded Cousin of Ahed Tamimi, Jailed Protest Icon. The Intercept Updated: Tuesday, Feb. 27, 5: 54 a.m. EST | Early Monday morning, Israeli forces detained a teenage Palestinian boy who has been missing part of his skull since December, when he was shot in the head by an Israeli soldier during a protest against the occupation of his West Bank village. | The boy, Mohammed Tamimi, 15, was one of 10 Palestinian residents of the village of Nabi Saleh arrested in a pre-dawn raid. Tamimi's 17-year-old cousin, Ahed, has been in an Israeli military prison since December, when she was filmed slapping an Israeli soldier outside her family home about an hour after Mohammed was shot. | Mohammed was arrested in the middle of the night, and taken away for interrogation, despite the fact that his medical condition has been widely reported on in the Israeli press, and his head remains badly…

Robert Mackey (2018-02-26). In Pre-Dawn Raid, Israel Arrests Badly Wounded Cousin of Ahed Tamimi, Jailed Protest Icon. The Intercept Early Monday morning, Israeli forces detained a teenage Palestinian boy who has been missing part of his skull since December, when he was shot in the head by an Israeli soldier during a protest against the occupation of his West Bank village. | The boy, Mohammed Tamimi, 15, was one of 10 Palestinian residents of the village of Nabi Saleh arrested in a pre-dawn raid. Tamimi's 17-year-old cousin, Ahed, has been in an Israeli military prison since December, when she was filmed slapping an Israeli soldier outside her family home about an hour after Mohammed was shot. | Mohammed was arrested in the middle of the night, and taken away for interrogation, despite the fact that his medical condition has been widely reported on in the Israeli press, and his head remains badly deformed.@OrenZiv1985 / @activestills pic.twitter.com/ZMGdYtBUx0 | —…

TRNN (2018-02-28). How Powerful is the NRA? The Real News Network The NRA's influence in Washington doesn't come from spending money directly on elections; it comes from the organization's ability to mobilize its vast and extremely engaged membership, says Benjamin McKean of Ohio State University…

Dave Lindorff (2018-02-27). Washington has Engaged in Information Warfare, Including Fake News and Trolling, for Years. counterpunch.org The howling in government and the corporate media and among many liberals about an alleged Russian information war, with bots, trolls and fake news being placed in social media to mislead and incite Americans against each other, might lead one think, like Sen John McCain, that we are practically at war with Russia. Yet it's More

TRNN (2018-02-27). Col. Wilkerson: Trump's N. Korea Diplomacy 'Absurd'. The Real News Network By refusing to engage in diplomacy with North Korea, the Trump administration could be leading South Korea to break away from its strategic alliance with the U.S., says Col. Lawrence Wilkerson…

RT (2018-02-26). 'I know my father': Ivanka Trump's TV riposte about sexual misconduct sets Twitter on fire. RT US News Ivanka Trump took offense to a question by a TV interviewer about accusations by several women that her father engaged in sexual misconduct. Her response has caused a flame war on Twitter.
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Justin Szilard (2018-02-26). Bank of America to SEC: Cryptocurrency Creating Pressure To Lower Prices. MintPress News The second largest bank by total assets, Bank of America, detailed in an annual report to the SEC that cryptocurrencies pose a threat to their business model. | The bank detailed credit, liquidity, market, geopolitical, and operational risk factors moving into the future, but the threat of cryptocurrencies was a surprising addition to the list. The report touched on the commonly accused threat that cryptocurrencies would "limit [BoA's] ability to track the movement of funds" and to comply with KYC and AML regulations. | However, the most surprising threat assessment was the realization that crypto could threaten the bank's overall service business model. BofA outlined that "clients may choose to conduct business with other market participants who engage in business or offer products in areas we deem speculative or risky, such as cryptocurrencies," which would "negatively affect [BoA's] earnings by creating…

TRNN (2018-02-26). Col. Wilkerson: Trump's N. Korea Diplomacy Absurd. The Real News Network By refusing to engage in diplomacy with North Korea, the Trump administration could be leading South Korea to break away from its strategic alliance with the US says Col. Lawrence Wilkerson…

Philip M. Giraldi (2018-02-26). Donald Trump's Foreign Policy: Made in Israel? MintPress News It was refreshing to hear then aspirant to the GOP nomination for president Donald Trump tell a gathering of Republican Jews in New York City that he didn't need their money. It was, of course, a lie, like so many other lies that came out of the electoral campaign, but it seemed to open the door on a new era for American foreign policy. Combined with Trump's pledge that he would not rush headlong into any new wars in the Middle East, linked to a robust condemnation of what had gone wrong in Iraq, it seemed to indicate that the Israel Lobby would no longer be defining the playing field for U.S. engagement in the region and that a Trump presidency just might take office with considerable wariness about Jewish power in the United States. Or so it seemed. | Two years later,…

Juan Cole, Informed Comment (2018-02-24). Top 10 Signs the U.S. Is the Most Corrupt Nation in the World (2018 Ed.). AlterNet.org American democracy is being corrupted out of existence. | Those ratings that castigate Afghanistan and some other poor countries as hopelessly "corrupt" always imply that the United States is not corrupt. This year's report from Transparency International puts the US on a par with Austria, which is ridiculous. All kinds of people from politicians to businessmen would go to jail in Austria today if they engaged in practices that are quite common in the US. While it is true that you don't typically have to bribe your postman to deliver the mail in the US, in many key ways America's political and financial practices make it in absolute terms far more corrupt than the usual global South suspects. After all, the US economy is worth over $18 trillion a year, so in our corruption a lot more money changes hands. 1. A sure. . .

Democracy Now! (2018-02-23). Headlines for February 23, 2018. Democracy Now! National Rifle Association Attacks Gun Control Advocates, Trump Repeats Call to Arm Teachers in Wake of Florida School Massacre, Deputy Who Failed to Engage Florida School Shooter Retires, Texas School District to Punish Students Protesting Gun Violence, Minneapolis Mayor Joins Student Protests as Orono Schools Lock Down, Russia Delays U.N. Security Council Resolution on Syria Bloodshed, UNICEF Executive Resigns Following Reports of Sexual Harassment, Haiti Suspends Oxfam over Sex Crimes and Cover-Up, Video Shows Dead Palestinian Was Beaten by Soldiers, Rebutting Israeli Claims, Florida: Prisoner Screams "Murderers!" as Lethal Drugs Administered, Alabama Halts Execution of Cancer Sufferer over Collapsed Veins, Texas Grants Clemency to Death Row Prisoner Amid Father's Plea, Special Counsel Mueller Files New Charges Against Manafort and Gates, Missouri Gov. Greitens Indicted on Felony Invasion of Privacy Charge…

Paul Street (2018-02-23). Where's the Beef Stroganoff? Eight Sacrilegious Reflections on Russiagate. counterpunch.org Neo-McCarthyite liberals and other dismal Democrats are clucking about how Robert Mueller's indictment of 13 untouchable Russians for "defrauding" the U.S. by buying some Facebook ads and employing some Internet trolls to "say horrible things" (imagine!) about Hillary Clinton (a horrifically bad politician who was accurately described as a "lying neoliberal warmonger" by a leading U.S. left intellectual trying to get leftists to hold their noses and vote "for" her as the lesser evil) "proves" that Russia engaged in relevant meddling to undermine U.S. "democracy" on Donald Trump's behalf during the 2016 U.S. presidential election. More

Lee Fang (2018-02-23). DCCC Goes Nuclear, Slams Democratic Candidate as Corrupt for Same Behavior It Engages in Regularly. The Intercept On Thursday evening, the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee took the extraordinary step of publicly attacking a prominent Democratic candidate in a contested Texas primary. The party committee's move was made all the more jarring given the background of the candidate, Laura Moser, who in 2017 became a hero of the Trump resistance movement as the creator of Daily Action, a text-messaging tool that channeled progressive anger into a single piece of activism per day. | "Voters in Houston have organized for over a year to hold Rep. [John] Culberson accountable and win this Clinton district," DCCC Communications Director Meredith Kelly told the Texas Tribune. "Unfortunately, Laura Moser's outright disgust for life in Texas disqualifies her as a general election candidate, and would rob voters of their opportunity to flip Texas' 7th in November." | The comment followed the release of an

WSWS (2018-02-28). Reject the sellout of West Virginia teachers' strike! World Socialist Web Site There is widespread anger among teachers over the sellout deal agreed to by the West Virginia Education Association and the American Federation of Teachers-West Virginia.

Jessica Corbett, Common Dreams (2018-02-28). The Reality of Forgiving All Student Debt the Trump Administration Will Never Acknowledge. AlterNet.org A new study suggests it could boost the economy and help revitalize higher education. | As the Trump administration works diligently to exacerbate the nation's student debt crisis—including efforts to insulate student loan debt collectors from regulations that aim to curtail abusive and predatory tactics—a new study out this month imagines a bold alternative that would wipe out all existing student debt in one fell swoop. This week, both Bloomberg and NPR have reported on an internal Education Department memo, drafted under Secretary Betsy DeVos, which argues that student loan servicers and debt collectors should be exempt from state regulations and oversight, a position which industry groups have been lobbying for since President Donald Trump appointed DeVos. The lobbying campaign has been rebuked by state officials, including 25 attorneys generals who last year sent a letter (pdf). . .

KELLI KENNEDY, TERRY SPENCER and JOSH REPLOGLE / The Associated Press (2018-02-28). Florida Students Return to 'Picture of Education in Fear'. Truthdig: Expert Reporting, Current News, Provocative Columnists PARKLAND, Fla. — Students and teachers passed through tight security cordons of dozens of officers as classes resumed Wednesday for the first time since a troubled teenager with an AR-15 killed 17 people, thrusting them into the center of the nation's gun debate. | The armed police, designed to make Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School feel secure, were accompanied by comfort animals including a donkey and horses. One of the horses had "eagle pride" painted on its side, while a woman held a sign saying "free kisses." | Seeing officers carrying military-style rifles had the opposite effect on some students. | "This is a picture of education in fear in this country. The NRA wants more people just like this, with that exact firearm to scare more people and sell more guns," said David Hogg, who has become a leading voice in the…

Robert Reich, RobertReich.org (2018-02-28). Robert Reich: The Trump Economy Is Doomed from the Start. AlterNet.org Corporate tax cuts have never trickled down to workers, and they won't start now. | How to build the economy? Not through trickle-down economics. Tax cuts to the rich and big corporations don't lead to more investment and jobs. The only real way to build the economy is through "rise-up" economics: Investments in our people — their education and skills, their health, and the roads and bridges and public transportation that connects them. Trickle-down doesn't work because money is global. Corporations and the rich whose taxes are cut invest the extra money wherever around the world they can get the highest return. Rise-up economics works because American workers are the only resources uniquely American. Their productivity is the key to our future standard of living. And that productivity depends on their education, health, and infrastructure. | Just look at the evidence. Research shows. . .

TRNN (2018-02-27). West Virginia Teachers Strike Redefines Teacher Unionism. The Real News Network Every public school in the state is closed for a fourth day as thousands of teachers demand better pay, pensions, and healthcare. TRNN speaks to Dale Lee, president of the West Virginia Education Association, and union activist Lois Weiner…

WSWS (2018-02-27). The advent of "pop-up" schools in Australia: Yet another assault on public education. World Socialist Web Site "Pop-up" schools are temporary replacements for the huge shortage of public schools capable of providing their students with the classrooms and other facilities they require.

Elliott Negin, AlterNet (2018-02-26). 8 Better Things in France for Trump to Emulate Than a Military Parade. AlterNet.org From the environment and health care to gun control and education, France is outdoing America. | President Trump was so impressed by the military parade he saw in Paris on Bastille Day last July that he ordered the Pentagon to plan a bigger one for Washington, D. C. "It was one of the greatest parades I've ever seen," Trump told reporters when he met with French President Emmanuel Macron in New York in September for the opening of the UN General Assembly. "It was two hours on the button, and it was military might, and I think a tremendous thing for France and for the spirit of France. We're going to have to try to top it. "Of course Trump wants to top it. All things Trump are always "huge," from his inauguration day crowd to his nuclear button to his tax cut. But. . .

Andrea Germanos, Common Dreams (2018-02-26). In West Virginia, Historic Statewide Teacher Walkouts to Head Into Fourth Day. AlterNet.org "People are fed up. " | Thousands of teachers and other school personnel rallied outside in the West Virginia Capitol on Monday, where union officials announced that the first-ever statewide walkout underway would continue for a fourth day. "Our teachers and our public employees are getting less in pay per year every year, and people are fed up and fired up about it," said Morgantown High School art teacher Sam Brunett at a candlelight vigil Sunday outside the Capitol. The strike, which began Thursday, is indeed historic. (A nearly statewide strike took place in 1990. )The current action is taking place throughout the state's 55 counties, which means roughly 20,000 teachers are taking part. All 55 #WV county school systems are closed again today, Feb. 26. It's the 3rd day of a strike from teachers & school service workers.

WSWS (2018-02-24). Tuition fees review will escalate marketisation of higher education in UK. World Socialist Web Site At the center of discussions is the introduction of market-based pricing for degree courses, based on likely graduate earnings.

WSWS (2018-02-23). Nova Scotia teachers vote massively in favour of "illegal" strike. World Socialist Web Site The province's Liberal government is seeking to ram through changes to the education system that will enhance its managerial power over teachers and facilitate further spending cuts.

Elliott Negin, AlterNet (2018-02-23). 8 Better Things in France for Trump to Emulate Than a Military Parade. AlterNet.org From the environment and health care to gun control and education, France is outdoing America. | President Trump was so impressed by the military parade he saw in Paris on Bastille Day last July that he ordered the Pentagon to plan a bigger one for Washington, D. C. "It was one of the greatest parades I've ever seen," Trump told reporters when he met with French President Emmanuel Macron in New York in September for the opening of the UN General Assembly. "It was two hours on the button, and it was military might, and I think a tremendous thing for France and for the spirit of France. We're going to have to try to top it. "Of course Trump wants to top it. All things Trump are always "huge," from his inauguration day crowd to his nuclear button to his tax cut. But. . .

TRNN (2018-02-23). The Nation's Strongest Charter School Regulations Are Under Attack. The Real News Network Loyola University's associate dean of education, Rob Helfenbein, says corporate-backed forces have long targeted troubled school systems for privatization…

WSWS (2018-02-22). Growing opposition to public education cuts in Oklahoma. World Socialist Web Site Teachers are calling for a statewide "sickout," while students at two schools have staged recent walkouts.

Democracy Now! (2018-02-22). "The Time to Act Is Now": Florida School Shooting Survivors Confront Trump, Rubio on Gun Control. Democracy Now! "The time to act is now." That's the message of survivors of last week's school shooting in Florida. On Wednesday, the nation witnessed grieving students, parents and teachers powerfully confront the president and lawmakers over gun control in pointed—and often tense—televised exchanges. The day began with students across the United States—from Minnesota to Colorado to Arizona—walking out of class to demand stricter gun laws. Meanwhile, survivors of the shooting descended on the Florida state Capitol in Tallahassee to demand lawmakers pass legislation addressing gun violence before the legislative session ends. In the afternoon, President Trump—along with Vice President Mike Pence and Education Secretary Betsy DeVos—hosted a listening session with survivors of recent shootings, including students at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School. Wednesday evening, survivors of the massacre at Stoneman Douglas High School sparred with politicians during a town hall hosted by CNN.

Rachel M. Cohen (2018-02-22). Betsy DeVos Is Helping Puerto Rico Re-Imagine Its Public School System. That Has People Deeply Worried.. The Intercept Many in Puerto Rico worry that the government is treating this more as an opportunity to disrupt education, rather than stabilize it. | The post Betsy DeVos Is Helping Puerto Rico Re-Imagine Its Public School System. That Has People Deeply Worried. appeared first on The Intercept.

WSWS (2018-02-20). Iowa state government preparing mid-year budget cuts. World Socialist Web Site For the second year in a row, Iowa's legislature is preparing to enact budget cuts slashing funding for public education and social services.

Democracy Now! (2018-02-14). Rep. Pramila Jayapal: Trump's Immoral Budget Punishes the Poor, Sick & Elderly. Democracy Now! President Trump's $4.4 trillion budget proposes deep cuts to education, healthcare and social safety net programs—while massively increasing the Pentagon's budget. Trump's plan would slash the Department of Education's budget by more than 10 percent. It would sharply reduce income-based student loan repayment plans, while ending the Public Service Loan Forgiveness Program. Trump's budget would cut more than $17 billion from the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program—or SNAP—barring food stamp recipients from buying fresh fruit and vegetables, and instead providing only a boxed food delivery program. The budget would also phase out federal funding for the Corporation for Public Broadcasting, which supports public and community radio and TV stations. This comes as McClatchy reports the Trump administration is considering a plan that would not only impose work requirements for Medicaid enrollees, but which would also put a lifetime limit on adults' access to Medicaid. Meanwhile, Trump's budget would see a 13 percent rise in spending on weapons and war, bringing the Pentagon's budget to $686 billion. We speak to Rep. Pramila Jayapal (D-WA), vice ranking member of the House Budget Committee and vice chair of the Congressional Progressive Caucus.

TRNN (2018-02-28). The Whole Bushel: Trying to Find Peace of Mind. The Real News Network In this episode, Eze Jackson sits down with beatboxer Shodekeh and emcee Mike Evenn to discuss racism in America, violence in hip-hop, and more…

Caitlin Johnstone (2018-02-28). "We've Got To DO Something About Syria!" Uh, No You Don't.. MintPress News Opinion — "We've got to do something about Syria!" goes the common Western refrain. Actually, no you don't. "What? You're saying we should just do nothing??" goes the common response. | Yes. Yeah that'd be great. Definitely please get as far away from Syria as possible, thanks. | Arguing that the Western war machine is a good way to bring about peace and justice is like arguing that a bulldozer is a useful tool for brain surgery. Arguing that the Western war machine is a good way to bring about peace and justice in Syria is like arguing that the gasoline which was used to start a house fire can also be used to extinguish it. | The cutesy fairy tale you will hear from empire loyalists is that what started out as peaceful protests slowly morphed into a battle between the Syrian…

Truthout Stories (2018-02-28). Afrofuturism, Liberation and Representation in "Black Panther": A Roundtable Discussion. Truthout Stories While Black Panther has broken box office records, it has also generated an intense debate. We host a roundtable with three guests: Christopher Lebron, a professor at Johns Hopkins University who recently wrote "Black Panther Is Not the Film We Deserve"; Robyn C. Spencer, a professor at Lehman College, who wrote "Black Feminist Meditations on the Women of Wakanda"; and Carvell Wallace, author of The New York Times Magazine story "Why Black Panther Is a Defining Moment for Black America." | TRANSCRIPT: | AMY GOODMAN: This is Democracy Now!, democracynow.org, The War and Peace Report. In addition to our guests Carvell Wallace and Robyn Spencer, we're joined by Christopher Lebron, professor at Johns Hopkins University, author of The Making of Black Lives Matter. His recent piece, "'Black Panther' Is Not the Film We Deserve." | Thanks so much for being with us,…

RT (2018-02-28). Jared Kushner's security clearance downgraded – reports. RT US News US President Donald Trump's son-in-law and senior adviser Jared Kushner has reportedly had his security clearance downgraded. This may complicate US peacemaking efforts in the Middle East, which he is in charge of. |
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Democracy Now! (2018-02-28). Headlines for February 28, 2018. Democracy Now! Syrian Gov't Continues Violating 5-Hour Daily "Truce" in Eastern Ghouta, U.N. Report Warns of Sexual Exploitation by Aid Workers in Syria, Supreme Court: U.S. Can Continue to Indefinitely Detain Immigrants & Asylum Seekers, ICE Arrests Over 150 People in Raids in Northern California, 40 Faith Leaders Arrested During Capitol Hill Protest to Demand Clean DREAM Act, WaPo: Officials in 4 Countries Tried to Manipulate Kushner Through Business Ties, NSA Head: Trump Has Not Directed Him to Counter Russian Election Meddling, Florida Lawmakers Vote to Create Statewide Program to Arm Teachers in Classrooms, Afghan President Offers to Begin Peace Talks with the Taliban, Yemen: U.S.-Backed, Saudi-Led Airstrikes Kill 5 Civilians Outside Saada, Somalia: Nearly 40 People Killed in 2 Bombings in Mogadishu, Fellow Nobel Peace Prize Winners Criticize Aung San Suu Kyi over Violence Against Rohingya, Committee to Protect Journalists Calls for Probe into Killing of Slovak Journalist, Climate News: Temps Surge at North Pole; Sea Rise Floods U.S. Bases; Shrinking Lake Chad Causes Hunger Crisis, Treasury Department Slashes Puerto Rico's Disaster Relief Loan Fund, U.S. Intelligence Contractor Reality Winner Appears in Court in Georgia, West Virginia Teachers Win Pay Raise After 4-Day Statewide Strike…

Human Rights Watch (2018-02-27). Thailand: Activist Held Incommunicado in South. Human Rights Watch News Aiman Hadeng, chair of the Justice for Peace Network, has been detained in a military camp in Thailand's Yala province since February 23, 2018. | © 2018 Justice for Peace Network | (New York) — The Thai government should immediately end the incommunicado military detention of a prominent ethnic Malay Muslim human rights activist, Human Rights Watch said today. Aiman Hadeng, chair of the Justice for Peace Network, has been detained in a military camp in Thailand's Yala province since February 23, 2018, without effective safeguards against mistreatment. | "The Thai military's incommunicado detention of a well-known rights activist should set off alarm bells given the army's long history of abuse in southern Thailand," said Brad Adams, Asia director. "The Thai government can address the growing concerns for Aiman's safety by immediately allowing…

Darius Shahtahmasebi (2018-02-27). Book Exposes New Zealand's Cover-up of Possible War Crime in Afghanistan. MintPress News New Zealand — recently ranked as the least corrupt country in the world by the Transparency Index's Corruptions Perception Index, as well as famously ranked as the world's second most peaceful country last year — has a dark and hidden secret of its own. | The post Book Exposes New Zealand's Cover-up of Possible War Crime in Afghanistan appeared first on MintPress News.

Amnesty International (2018-02-27). Maldives: Release peaceful protestors immediately and unconditionally. Amnesty International The Maldivian authorities must immediately and unconditionally release all people who have been arbitrarily detained under the state of emergency solely for exercising their human rights and halt attacks on peaceful protestors, Amnesty International said today. | The human rights organization has documented several arbitrary detentions on the island nation under state of emergency laws, mainly of peaceful protestors and journalists. Members of the judiciary and political opponents have also been held arbitrarily since the state of emergency was imposed on 5 February, and the organization has called for their immediate release unless promptly charged with a recognizable criminal offence. | "Those who were peacefully protesting against the state of emergency should never have been detained in the first place and must be released immediately and unconditionally. The Maldivian government is using the state of emergency as a licence for repression, targeting members…

Human Rights Watch (2018-02-26). Egypt: Arrests Escalate Ahead of Unfair Elections . Human Rights Watch News Chairman of Strong Egypt party, Abd al-Moneim Abu al-Fotouh, speaks during a news conference in Cairo, February 4, 2015. | © 2015 Reuters | (Beirut, February 26, 2018) — Egyptian authorities carried out a series of arbitrary arrests in late January and February, 2018, in an escalating crackdown against political opposition, Human Rights Watch said today. Among those arrested is Abd al-Moniem Abu al-Fotouh, a 2012 presidential candidate and the head of the Strong Egypt Party. | The intensifying repression and the use of terrorism-related charges against peaceful activists are emblematic of a government strategy to silence critical voices ahead of the planned presidential elections on March 26-28. Human Rights Watch and 13 other rights organizations have said that they lacked "the minimum requirements for free and fair elections." | "Abu al-Fotouh's arrest…

Human Rights Watch (2018-02-26). Egypt: Arrests Escalate Ahead of Unfair Elections . Human Rights Watch News Chairman of Strong Egypt party, Abd al-Moneim Abu al-Fotouh, speaks during a news conference in Cairo, February 4, 2015. | © 2015 Reuters | (Beirut, February 26, 2018) — Egyptian authorities carried out a series of arbitrary arrests in late January and February, 2018, in an escalating crackdown against political opposition, Human Rights Watch said today. Among those arrested is Abd al-Moniem Abu al-Fotouh, a 2012 presidential candidate and the head of the Strong Egypt Party. | The intensifying repression and the use of terrorism-related charges against peaceful activists are emblematic of a government strategy to silence critical voices ahead of the planned presidential elections on March 26-28. Human Rights Watch and 13 other rights organizations have said that they lacked "the minimum requirements for free and fair elections." | "Abu al-Fotouh's arrest…

Amnesty International (2018-02-26). Iran: Dozens of women ill-treated and at risk of long jail terms for peacefully protesting compulsory veiling. Amnesty International A warning by Iranian police that women could be jailed for up to a decade for joining protests against compulsory veiling has put dozens at immediate risk of unjust imprisonment and represents an alarming escalation of the authorities' violent crackdown on women's rights, said Amnesty International. | More than 35 women have been violently attacked and arrested in Tehran alone since December 2017 for taking part in ongoing peaceful protests against the discriminatory and abusive practice of compulsory veiling. In an official statement on 23 February, the police warned that women would now be charged with "inciting corruption and prostitution," which carries a maximum sentence of 10 years in prison. One of the protestors, Narges Hosseini, was today put on trial before an Ershad (Moral Guidance) court in Tehran on charges that include this new charge. |

Tony Cartalucci (2018-02-25). Sum of All American Fears in Korea: Peace. Global Research North Korea has been depicted by the Western media as a dangerous rogue state, plotting the nuclear holocaust of America and holding global peace and stability hostage with its irrational aggression. It is the supposed threat North Korea poses to …

Janine Jackson (2018-02-23). 'This Is a Uniquely American Crisis'. FAIR Janine Jackson interviewed Lee Fang about the opioid lobby for the June 10, 2016, episode of CounterSpin; an excerpt was re-aired on February 16, 2018. This is a lightly edited transcript of the re-aired version; a longer transcript is available here. | Media…

Amnesty International (2018-02-23). Iran: Young human rights defenders at risk of torture: Shima Babaee and Dariush Zand. Amnesty International Young Iranian human rights defenders Shima Babaee, who is campaigning against compulsory veiling, and her husband Dariush Zand are at risk of torture and other ill-treatment. Both have been detained in Tehran's Evin prison, without access to family and lawyer following their arrest by the Ministry of Intelligence on 1 February in connection with their peaceful human rights work. They are prisoners of conscience.

Janine Jackson (2018-02-23). 'The United States Is Driving a Wedge Between the Two Koreas'. FAIR Janine Jackson interviewed Christine Hong about United States/Korean history for the February 16, 2018, episode of CounterSpin. This is a lightly edited transcript. | Media…

Human Rights Watch (2018-02-23). Ethiopia: New State of Emergency Risks Renewed Abuses. Human Rights Watch News Police officers patrol along a road in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, February 21, 2018. | © 2018 Reuters | Ethiopia's newly proclaimed state of emergency risks further closing the space for peaceful political activity, Human Rights Watch said today. The action dashed hopes that the release of key political prisoners days earlier was a first step toward more widespread political reforms. The government should promptly repeal or revise restrictions that violate the rights to freedom of peaceful assembly, association, and expression protected under international human rights law. | On February 17, 2018, following Prime Minister Hailemariam Desalegn's resignation, Defense Minister Siraj Fegessa announced a countrywide six-month state of emergency. The Directive of the State of Emergency contains overly broad restrictions and vague language that will facilitate government abuses, Human Rights Watch said. During Ethiopia's

Human Rights Watch (2018-02-23). Ethiopia: New State of Emergency Risks Renewed Abuses. Human Rights Watch News Police officers patrol along a road in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, February 21, 2018. | © 2018 Reuters | Ethiopia's newly proclaimed state of emergency risks further closing the space for peaceful political activity, Human Rights Watch said today. The action dashed hopes that the release of key political prisoners days earlier was a first step toward more widespread political reforms. The government should promptly repeal or revise restrictions that violate the rights to freedom of peaceful assembly, association, and expression protected under international human rights law. | On February 17, 2018, following Prime Minister Hailemariam Desalegn's resignation, Defense Minister Siraj Fegessa announced a countrywide six-month state of emergency. The Directive of the State of Emergency contains overly broad restrictions and vague language that will facilitate government abuses, Human Rights Watch said. During Ethiopia's

Human Rights Watch (2018-02-22). Bahrain: 5 More Years for Jailed Activist. Human Rights Watch News Bahraini human rights activist Nabeel Rajab arrives for his appeal hearing at court in Manama, February 11, 2015. | © 2015 Reuters | (Beirut) — The Bahrain High Criminal Court on February 21, 2018, sentenced the prominent human rights defender Nabeel Rajab to five years in prison for criticizing torture in a Bahrain prison and Saudi airstrikes in Yemen, Human Rights Watch said today. The new sentence is in addition to the two-year sentence that Rajab is already serving on other charges related to peaceful expression. | "The new prison sentence for Nabeel Rajab is only the latest chapter in years of persecution and efforts to silence an activist solely for his efforts to sound the alarm on human rights abuses," said Sarah Leah Whitson, Middle East director at Human Rights Watch. "Rajab…

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