2019-01-30: News Headlines

Democracy Now! (2019-01-30). Allan Nairn: Trump's Venezuela Envoy Elliott Abrams Is a War Criminal Who Has Abetted Genocide. democracynow.org In an ongoing effort to topple Venezuelan President Nicolás Maduro, Vice President Mike Pence met with members of the Venezuelan opposition at the White House Tuesday alongside Trump's new special envoy to Venezuela, Elliott Abrams. Elliott Abrams is a right-wing hawk who was convicted in 1991 for lying to Congress during the Iran-Contra scandal, but he was later pardoned by President George H.W. Bush. Abrams defended Guatemalan dictator General Efraín Ríos Montt as he oversaw a campaign of mass murder and torture of indigenous people in Guatemala in the 1980s. Ríos Montt was later convicted of genocide. Abrams w…

teleSUR (2019-01-30). Zimbabwe: Lawyers March to Demand Respect for Human Rights. telesurenglish.net Over 150 lawyers participated in the "March for Justice" to the Constitutional Court in Harare, Zimbabwe Tuesday to call for the restoration of the Rule of Law, compliance with the Constitution and respect for human rights. | RELATED: | Rights Defenders Accuse Zimbabwe Security Forces of Torture | According to Africa Metro, a local media, Zimbabwe's lawyers submitted a petition to the secretary of the Judicial Service Commission, Walter Chikwanha, to denounce the abusive procedure…

Shared by Cherise (2019-01-30). Trump's Venezuela Envoy Is a War Criminal Who Has Abetted Genocide. truthout.org In an ongoing effort to topple Venezuelan President Nicolás Maduro, Vice President Mike Pence met with members of the Venezuelan opposition at the White House Tuesday alongside Trump's new special envoy to Venezuela, Elliott Abrams. Elliott Abrams is a right-wing hawk who was convicted in 1991 for lying to Congress during the Iran-Contra scandal, but he was later pardoned by President George H.W. Bush. Abrams defended Guatemalan dictator General Efraín Ríos Montt as he oversaw a campaign of mass murder and torture of Indigenous people in Guatemala in the 1980s. Ríos Montt was later…

amnesty (2019-01-29). Kazakhstan: Unprecedented attacks on a human rights defender. amnesty.org Elena Semionova, a human rights defender in Pavlodar, in Northern Kazakhstan, is being targeted by the Kazakhstani authorities because of her work on behalf of victims of torture. Since 2015 she has been subjected to ongoing harassment ranging from verbal threats to physical violence by police officers and even an arson attack on her house.

Human Rights Watch (2019-01-28). Syria: Arrests, Torture by Armed Group. hrw.org | | New fighters of the al-Qaeda-linked Hayat Tahrir al-Sham attend a mock battle in anticipation of an attack by Syrian government forces on northern Idlib province and the surrounding countryside, August 14, 2018. | © 2018 Omar Haj Kadour/Getty Images | (Beirut) — An armed group with links to al-Qaeda has in recent months arbitrarily arrested scores of residents in areas under their control in Idlib, Hama, and Aleppo governorates, Human Rights Watch said today. | Human Rights Watch documented 11 cases in which…

Human Rights Watch (2019-01-24). Iran: Prominent Labor Activist Rearrested. hrw.org (Beirut) — Iranian authorities on January 20, 2019 arrested two activists who had alleged that authorities tortured them in detention, Human Rights Watch said today. The arrests of Ismael Bakhshi, a prominent labor rights activist, and Sepideh Gholian, a journalist and labor rights activist, came the day after Iranian state television broadcast confessions that they said they were forced to make in detention. | | | Screen shot from Islamic Republic of Iran Broad…

Human Rights Watch (2019-01-24). Saudi Arabia: Let Outside Monitors See Detainees. hrw.org | (Beirut) — Saudi authorities should immediately allow independent international monitors to enter Saudi Arabia and meet with detainees, including those who have alleged torture, Human Rights Watch said today. The detainees should include the prominent princes and business leaders held as part of a so-called corruption probe, and the prominent women's rights advocates detained since May 2018. | Media outlets have reported that Saudi authorities opened two investigations into the torture allegati…

PEDRO (2018-12-06). Palestinians and Brazilians Call For Joint Struggle Against Israel-Bolsonaro Alliance. bdsmovement.net Palestinians and Brazilians Call For Joint Struggle Against Israel-Bolsonaro Alliance: BNC StatementWhile Brazil's new president wants to follow in the footsteps of Donald Trump moving the Brazilian embassy to Jerusalem, and Rio de Janeiro's new governor wants to buy Israeli weaponized drones, Palestinian and Rio de Janeiro's favelas' social movements call for a joint and global struggle agains…

Yanis Varoufakis (2018-11-29). On Julian Assange and the Political Economy & future of Europe. zcomm.org Interview on the socio-economic transformations taking place within the core of the European Union and how much time is left until it disintegrates…

Chris Hedges (2018-11-26). Crucifying Julian Assange. zcomm.org Chris Hedges and Joe Lauria, journalist and editor-in-chief, Consortium, discuss efforts to force #WikiLeaks publisher, #JulianAssange, out of the Ecuador Embassy in London and extradite him to the USA to stand trial.

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