February 20, 2017

Former Philippine policeman says he was part of a Duterte death squad. “Arturo Lascanas, a retired Davao policeman, said on Monday he had previously killed a radio host critical of Duterte at the behest of a driver and close aide of the mayor, and that Duterte had paid money to police for carrying out assassinations.”   http://www.reuters.com/article/us-philippines-drugs-idUSKBN15Z0C8

Former Uber employee claims multiple female employees were told it was a manager’s “first offense” when they complained about sexual harassment.   http://www.usatoday.com/story/tech/2017/02/19/uber-ceo-investigation-sexual-harassment/98142146/

Pence mentions Jews in tweet after visit to Dachau labor camp. “Moving and emotional tour of Dachau today. We can never forget atrocities against Jews and others in the Holocaust.”   http://www.dw.com/en/pence-visits-dachau-concentration-camp-amid-fears-of-rising-anti-semitism-in-us/a-37626315

More than 100 employees reportedly fired after participating in protest against Trump immigration policies. “Employees working at restaurants and day cares in New York, Florida, Tennessee and Oklahoma, among other states, were fired after they did not show up to work to participate in the demonstration.”   http://thehill.com/blogs/blog-briefing-room/news/320328-more-than-100-employees-fired-for-participating-in-day-without

Thousands turn out for “Today, I Am a Muslim Too” rally. “New Yorkers by the thousand, representing myriad backgrounds and faiths, converged on Times Square on Sunday, heeding a music mogul’s calls to let Muslims know their fellow Americans stood by them.”   http://edition.cnn.com/2017/02/19/us/today-i-am-muslim-too-rally-new-york/

Michigan Civil Rights Commission: Flint water crisis result of “systemic racism”, a “complete failure of government”.   http://patch.com/michigan/detroit/systemic-racism-played-role-flint-water-crisis-report

Oliver Stone tells audience at Writers Guild awards: “In the 13 wars we’ve started over the last 30 years and the $14 trillion we’ve spent, and the hundreds of thousands of lives that have perished from this earth, remember that it wasn’t one leader, but a system, both Republican and Democrat.”   https://variety.com/2017/film/news/oliver-stone-wga-awards-donald-trump-1201992317/

Homeland Security reportedly wants to hire 15,000 more employees and deputize local law enforcement for crackdown on illegal immigration. “Under the draft guidelines, Kelly seeks to “expeditiously hire” 10,000 more enforcement agents and 5,000 Border Patrol officers.”   http://time.com/4676187/trump-immigrants-deportation-memo-mexico-migrants/

White House press office: Trump comment on Sweden not about a terror incident. “He was talking about rising crime and recent incidents in general, and not referring to a specific incident.”   https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2017/feb/19/trumps-sweden-comment-referred-to-rising-white-house-says

U.S. sub reportedly launches four missiles from submarine off west coast in test, world does not freak out, U.N. Security Council is not convened, no threats of sanctions. “When armed, the three-stage Trident missiles carry eight independently targeted nuclear warheads.”   http://timesofsandiego.com/military/2017/02/19/navy-submarine-launches-4-ballistic-missiles-off-california-coast/

Increase in searches of electronic devices at U.S. borders raises concerns. “Border agents have long had the right to search travelers’ physical luggage without a warrant, and that interpretation has been expanded to include digital devices, ACLU staff attorney Nathan Freed Wessler said.”   http://abcnews.go.com/International/wireStory/electronic-media-searches-border-crossings-raise-worry-45577070

Indigenous leader assassinated in Honduras. “The murder of Jose de los Santos is added to (those of other) Tolupan ethnic leaders in (recent) years, such as… Maria Enriqueta Matute, Armando Funez Medina and Ricardo Soto Funez, who (where shot) while participating in a peaceful protest against… mining… and logging by their territory.”   http://www.plenglish.com/index.php?o=rn&id=9454&SEO=honduras-indigenous-leader-assassinated

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February 20, 2017

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