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2019-02-21: News Headlines

amnesty (2019-02-21). Creative disruption: How Sudanese protesters have used art to sustain demos. amnesty.org The protests in Sudan are in their third month now. The government's response has been brutal with many protesters killed, and many others arrested, tortured or ill-treated in detention. People's homes have been raided, patients in hospitals attacked with tear gas and live ammunition, among them children and the elderly. But the people have remained resolute in exercising their right to freedom of assembly. | Thousands of people have turned out to protest in different cities and villages every day. While the protests which began on 19 December 2018 were sparked by the deterioration of the living conditions due t…

Fred_F (2019-02-21). Ex-Pinochet secret police agent Adriana Rivas' extradition case deferred. greenleft.org.au Former secret police agent under dictator General Augusto Pinochet Adriana Rivas will face court again on March 1 to see if she is extradited back to Chile, where she is facing charges relating to alleged torture and kidnapping offences. | While visiting Chile in 2007, Rivas was arrested for the aggravated kidnapping of seven victims in 1976. At the time she was the principal assistant to Manuel Contreras, the former head of Pinochet's National Intelligence Directorate (DINA). | All of the victims subsequently disappeared after undergoing vicious torture sessions. | However, shortly after being charged, Rivas bre…

teleSUR (2019-02-20). Victims of Clergy Abuse Call for 'Zero Tolerance' Ahead of Talk. telesurenglish.net Abuse survivors of Catholic clergy members are encouraging the Vatican impose a "no tolerance" policy ahead of the international meeting being held Thursday. | RELATED: | Argentine Novice Speaks Out Against Torture, Abuse in Convent | Despite their requests, the Pope did not meet with the dozen victims, sending instead five vatican officials to hear their concerns, complaints, and suggestions during a two-hour session. | Catholic bishops, Vatican officials, experts and heads of…

amnesty (2019-02-20). ThaàØlande: Un bahreàØnite libéré retourne en Australie. amnesty.org Hakeem Ali al Araibi a été libéré du centre de détention provisoire de Bangkok le 11 février 2019, après que les autorités bahreàØnites eurent renoncé à leur demande d'extradition. Il est reparti en Australie le jour même. Hakeem Ali al Araibi a été arrêté le 27 novembre 2018 par les autorités thaàØlandaises à son arrivée à l'aéroport international de Bangkok, sur la base d'une notice rouge diffusée par Interpol demandant son extradition vers BahreàØn. Il devait y purger une peine injuste de 10 ans d'emprisonnement, et risquait d'être victime de torture et d'autres mauvais traitements en déte…

amnesty (2019-02-20). Thailand: Further Information: Released Bahraini Returns To Australia: Hakeem Ali al-Araibi. amnesty.org On 11 February 2019, Hakeem Ali al-Araibi was released from Bangkok's remand prison after the Bahraini authorities dropped their extradition request. He flew back to Australia the same day. Hakeem was arrested on 27 November 2018, by the Thai authorities upon arrival at Bangkok's international airport, based on an Interpol red notice requesting his extradition to Bahrain. He was expected to serve an unfair 10-year prison sentence there, and would have been at risk of torture and other ill-treatment in detention. Upon his return to Australia, Hakeem thanked the human rights organizations that had acted on his beha…

amnesty (2019-02-20). Egypt: Execution of nine men after an unfair trial a monumental disgrace. amnesty.org Responding to the news that Egyptian authorities have today executed nine men convicted after a grossly unfair trial for the 2015 killing of the country's former Public Prosecutor, Najia Bounaim, Amnesty International's North Africa Campaigns Director said: | "By carrying out the executions of these nine men today Egypt has demonstrated an absolute disregard for the right to life. | "Those responsible for the attack that killed Egypt's former public prosecutor deserve to be punished but executing men who were convicted in trials marred by torture allegations is not justice but a testament to the magnitude of i…

amnesty (2019-02-19). Egypt: Halt imminent execution of nine prisoners on death row. amnesty.org Egyptian authorities must immediately halt the execution of nine prisoners whom Amnesty International has learned could be put to death as soon as tomorrow morning. The men were convicted after an unfair trial over the 2015 killing of Egypt's former public prosecutor, and have been moved from their prison cells to the appeals prison in preparation for their executions. During the trial some of the defendants said they were forcibly disappeared and tortured to confessing to the crime.

Fred_F (2019-02-19). Former Pinochet secret police agent Adriana Rivas arrested in Sydney. greenleft.org.au The following statement was released by the Australian-based National Campaign for Truth & Justice in Chile on February 19. | *** | After years of eluding justice, notorious Chilean torturer Adriana Rivas has finally been arrested and her extradition request by the Chilean state accepted by Australian authoriti…

Consortiumnews (2019-02-17). The FBI Came Close to Staging a Coup. consortiumnews.com Andrew McCabe, a senior bureau official, provided the alarming evidence in a "60 Minutes" interview, writes John Kiriakou. By John Kiriakou Special to Consortium News Former FBI deputy director Andrew McCabe, in an explosive interview with CBS's "60 Minutes," said… Read more →

Consortiumnews (2019-02-15). Watch Webcast of 17th Assange Vigil. consortiumnews.com The 17th vigil for Julian Assange, now a weekly event every Friday, was aired today on Consortium News. Watch the replay here. The Unity4J vigils will continue until Assange is free. The guests were Garland Nixon, James Cogan, Elizabeth Vos,… Read more →

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.

2019-02-21: Social Media Postees

Creative disruption: How Sudanese protesters have used art to sustain demos
amnesty | amnesty.org | 2019-02-21
The protests in Sudan are in their third month now. The government's response has been brutal with many protesters killed, and many others arrested, tortured or ill-treated in detention. People's homes have been raided, patients in hospitals attacked with tear gas and live ammunition, among them children and the elderly. But the people have remained resolute in exercising their right to freedom of assembly. | Thousands of people have turned out to protest in different cities and villages every day. While the protests which began on 19 December 2018 were sparked by the deterioration of the living conditions due t…
amnesty.org/en/latest/campaigns/2019/02/…

Ex-Pinochet secret police agent Adriana Rivas' extradition case deferred
Fred_F | greenleft.org.au | 2019-02-21
Former secret police agent under dictator General Augusto Pinochet Adriana Rivas will face court again on March 1 to see if she is extradited back to Chile, where she is facing charges relating to alleged torture and kidnapping offences. | While visiting Chile in 2007, Rivas was arrested for the aggravated kidnapping of seven victims in 1976. At the time she was the principal assistant to Manuel Contreras, the former head of Pinochet's National Intelligence Directorate (DINA). | All of the victims subsequently disappeared after undergoing vicious torture sessions. | However, shortly after being charged, Rivas bre…
greenleft.org.au/content/ex-pinochet-secret-police-agent-adriana-rivas-extradition-case-deferred

Victims of Clergy Abuse Call for 'Zero Tolerance' Ahead of Talk
teleSUR | telesurenglish.net | 2019-02-20
Abuse survivors of Catholic clergy members are encouraging the Vatican impose a "no tolerance" policy ahead of the international meeting being held Thursday. | RELATED: | Argentine Novice Speaks Out Against Torture, Abuse in Convent | Despite their requests, the Pope did not meet with the dozen victims, sending instead five vatican officials to hear their concerns, complaints, and suggestions during a two-hour session. | Catholic bishops, Vatican officials, experts and heads of…
telesurenglish.net/news/Victims-of-Clerg…

Egypt: Execution of nine men after an unfair trial a monumental disgrace
amnesty | amnesty.org | 2019-02-20
Responding to the news that Egyptian authorities have today executed nine men convicted after a grossly unfair trial for the 2015 killing of the country's former Public Prosecutor, Najia Bounaim, Amnesty International's North Africa Campaigns Director said: | "By carrying out the executions of these nine men today Egypt has demonstrated an absolute disregard for the right to life. | "Those responsible for the attack that killed Egypt's former public prosecutor deserve to be punished but executing men who were convicted in trials marred by torture allegations is not justice but a testament to the magnitude of i…
amnesty.org/en/latest/news/2019/02/egypt…

ThaàØlande: Un bahreàØnite libéré retourne en Australie
amnesty | amnesty.org | 2019-02-20
Hakeem Ali al Araibi a été libéré du centre de détention provisoire de Bangkok le 11 février 2019, après que les autorités bahreàØnites eurent renoncé à leur demande d'extradition. Il est reparti en Australie le jour même. Hakeem Ali al Araibi a été arrêté le 27 novembre 2018 par les autorités thaàØlandaises à son arrivée à l'aéroport international de Bangkok, sur la base d'une notice rouge diffusée par Interpol demandant son extradition vers BahreàØn. Il devait y purger une peine injuste de 10 ans d'emprisonnement, et risquait d'être victime de torture et d'autres mauvais traitements en déte…
amnesty.org/en/documents/asa39/9883/2019…

Thailand: Further Information: Released Bahraini Returns To Australia: Hakeem Ali al-Araibi
amnesty | amnesty.org | 2019-02-20
On 11 February 2019, Hakeem Ali al-Araibi was released from Bangkok's remand prison after the Bahraini authorities dropped their extradition request. He flew back to Australia the same day. Hakeem was arrested on 27 November 2018, by the Thai authorities upon arrival at Bangkok's international airport, based on an Interpol red notice requesting his extradition to Bahrain. He was expected to serve an unfair 10-year prison sentence there, and would have been at risk of torture and other ill-treatment in detention. Upon his return to Australia, Hakeem thanked the human rights organizations that had acted on his beha…
amnesty.org/en/documents/asa39/9883/2019…

Former Pinochet secret police agent Adriana Rivas arrested in Sydney
Fred_F | greenleft.org.au | 2019-02-19
The following statement was released by the Australian-based National Campaign for Truth & Justice in Chile on February 19. | *** | After years of eluding justice, notorious Chilean torturer Adriana Rivas has finally been arrested and her extradition request by the Chilean state accepted by Australian authoriti…
greenleft.org.au/content/former-pinochet-secret-police-agent-adriana-rivas-arrested-sydney

Egypt: Halt imminent execution of nine prisoners on death row
amnesty | amnesty.org | 2019-02-19
Egyptian authorities must immediately halt the execution of nine prisoners whom Amnesty International has learned could be put to death as soon as tomorrow morning. The men were convicted after an unfair trial over the 2015 killing of Egypt's former public prosecutor, and have been moved from their prison cells to the appeals prison in preparation for their executions. During the trial some of the defendants said they were forcibly disappeared and tortured to confessing to the crime.
amnesty.org/en/latest/news/2019/02/egypt…

The FBI Came Close to Staging a Coup
Consortiumnews | consortiumnews.com | 2019-02-17
Andrew McCabe, a senior bureau official, provided the alarming evidence in a "60 Minutes" interview, writes John Kiriakou. By John Kiriakou Special to Consortium News Former FBI deputy director Andrew McCabe, in an explosive interview with CBS's "60 Minutes," said… Read more ?…
consortiumnews.com/2019/02/16/the-fbi-ca…

Watch Webcast of 17th Assange Vigil
Consortiumnews | consortiumnews.com | 2019-02-15
The 17th vigil for Julian Assange, now a weekly event every Friday, was aired today on Consortium News. Watch the replay here. The Unity4J vigils will continue until Assange is free. The guests were Garland Nixon, James Cogan, Elizabeth Vos,… Read more ?…
consortiumnews.com/2019/02/15/live-webca…

Roberto Lovato: Elliott Abrams Is Bringing Violence of 1980s U.S. Latin America Policy to Venezuela
Democracy Now! | democracynow.org | 2019-02-14
President Trump met with Colombian President Iván Duque at the White House Wednesday to discuss ongoing efforts to topple the Venezuelan government, the same day that U.S. special envoy to Venezuela Elliott Abrams faced questioning from Congress about his role in atrocities carried out in Latin America in the 1980s. This includes defending Guatemalan dictator General Efraín Ríos Montt's campaign of mass murder and torture of indigenous people. We speak with Roberto Lovato, independent journalist working out of the San Francisco Writers' Grotto, about the violent history of Elliott Abrams and the U.S.-backed oppos…
www.democracynow.org/2019/2/14/roberto_l…