July 15, 2019

President Trump tells second generation immigrants in Congress to ‘go back and help fix the totally broken and crime infested places from which they came’. “The attack was aimed at four first-term House Democrats… Representatives Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez of New York, Ilhan Omar of Minnesota, Rashida Tlaib of Michigan and Ayanna S. Pressley of Massachusetts. But only one of them, Ms. Omar, was born outside the United States…”   https://www.nytimes.com/2019/07/14/reader-center/trump-democrats-go-back.html

Detained migrants claim they have not be able to shower or brush their teeth in 40 days. “(Rep. Annie) Kuster said at the first facility they visited, adult male detainees ‘were jammed into cells so that they couldn’t even lay down’ and Border agents told the lawmakers that detainees had been there for one to 60 days.”   https://edition.cnn.com/2019/07/13/politics/congressional-democrats-visit-texas-border-facilities-migrants/index.html

Some Latino citizens say they are carrying their passports at all times to avoid accidental deportation. “I was born in Seattle, Washington. I now carry my passport and official birth certificate with me at all times.”   https://www.nbcnews.com/news/us-news/fear-ice-raids-leads-some-u-s-citizens-carry-their-n1029621

No charges for mental hospital staff who suffocated patient to death. “Video of the incident showed the employees on top of (William) Avant at a Columbia (South Carolina) mental hospital for four minutes.”   https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-7246625/S-Carolina-mental-hospital-patient-died-bottom-dogpile.html

Workers at Amazon fulfillment center in Minnesota go on strike. “When Hibaq Mohamed started working at a new Amazon fulfillment center in Shakopee, Minnesota, in 2016, she was required to pack a minimum of about 160 boxes an hour…. (Amazon) has raised that standard to more than 250, she said.”   https://www.washingtonexaminer.com/news/a-prime-day-for-an-amazon-workers-strike   That works out to about 4 boxes per minute.

Hong Kong pro-democracy protesters clash with police again. “The demonstration began peacefully, with people marching for a few hours shouting slogans and weaving through heavily residential neighborhoods alongside a river. However, the atmosphere quickly became tense after police deployed pepper spray…”   https://qz.com/1665776/hong-kong-police-clash-with-protesters-in-shopping-mall/

School district in Germany bans Microsoft Office 365 over security concerns. “Besides the details that German users provide when they’re working with the platform, Microsoft Office 365 also transmits telemetry data back to the US…. that data could include anything from standard software diagnostics to user content from inside applications, such as sentences from documents and email subject lines.”   https://www.zdnet.com/article/microsoft-office-365-banned-in-german-schools-over-privacy-fears/

Facial recognition researchers are collecting photos using cameras installed in public places. “(A Stanford facial image database) was called Brainwash, after a San Francisco cafe of the same name, where the researchers tapped into a camera. Over three days, the camera took more than 10,000 images, which went into the database… The paper did not address whether cafe patrons knew their images were being taken and used for research.”   https://www.nytimes.com/2019/07/13/technology/databases-faces-facial-recognition-technology.html

Twitter suspends Julian Assange support group’s account. “I’ve never once seen it post anything other than highly professional-looking advocacy for Julian Assange. I’ve certainly never seen it post anything that could be construed as abusive, misleading, or otherwise in violation of any of Twitter’s posted rules.”   https://medium.com/@caityjohnstone/top-assange-defense-account-deleted-by-twitter-ba5e4c3b3213

UN special rapporteur on torture Nils Melzer says media smears and government persecution of Julian Assange amount to torture. “What may look like mere mudslinging in public debate, quickly becomes ‘mobbing’ when used against the defenseless, and even ‘persecution’ once the State is involved. Now just add purposefulness and severe suffering, and what you get is full-fledged psychological torture.”   https://medium.com/@njmelzer/demasking-the-torture-of-julian-assange-b252ffdcb768

Yellow vest protesters clash with police after Paris Bastille Day parade. “Police fired tear gas to clear protesters from the iconic Champs-Elysees, as spectators who had witnessed the parade and startled foreign tourists took cover.”   https://sg.news.yahoo.com/macron-show-off-euro-defence-cooperation-paris-parade-071647258.html

Police arrest protesters upset about opposition candidates being barred from Moscow city government election. “Opposition leaders cried foul after Moscow’s election commission said most of their sponsored candidates failed to secure the required number of signatures to participate in the election.”   https://uk.reuters.com/article/uk-russia-election-rally/dozens-detained-in-moscow-as-opposition-demands-to-be-included-in-vote-idUKKCN1U90KS   Thank goodness this ‘not enough signatures’ ploy is never used against minor party candidates in the U.S.! (sarcasm)

Asylum seekers sent back to Mexico to await their hearing were kidnapped by gang. “In July, I learned from an immigration lawyer in California that a distraught client had called to report that her sister, a Salvadoran woman, with a 14-year-old, 10-year-old, and 3-year-old, were kidnapped in Juárez. The California family scraped together $4,000 for a ransom payment, and after several days, the family was freed near a church in downtown Juárez.”   https://theintercept.com/2019/07/14/trump-remain-in-mexico-policy/

Beto O’Rourke admits his family, and his wife’s family, owned slaves. “In an interview, O’Rourke said that he and his wife knew nothing about their ancestral ties to the Confederacy and slave holding until he was contacted by the Guardian.”   https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2019/jul/14/beto-o-rourke-slavery-ancestors-interview-family-tree

New rule would block asylum seekers from Central America from applying at the border. “According to a new rule published in the Federal Register, asylum seekers who pass through another country first will be ineligible for asylum at the U.S. southern border.”   https://ktla.com/2019/07/15/trump-moves-to-end-asylum-protections-for-central-americans/

Climate forum for Democratic presidential hopefuls in turmoil after sponsors drop out. “The presidential climate summit, which is a direct response to the DNC’s refusal to allow a debate focused on the climate crisis for the party’s two dozen primary candidates, is scheduled for September 23 in New York City.”   https://www.commondreams.org/news/2019/07/14/september-candidates-climate-forum-go-despite-dropping-sponsor

 

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July 15, 2019

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