July 17, 2019

The situation in Venezuela is bad, but not bad enough for refugees to be granted ‘temporary protected status’ in the U.S., says Trump administration. “The Trump administration has taken the lead in imposing sanctions on Venezuelan President Nicolás Maduro and in January was the first country to recognize National Assembly head Juan Guaidó’s claim to the country’s presidency.”   https://thehill.com/policy/international/453392-trump-administration-denies-temporary-immigrant-status-to-venezuelans-in

ACLU to challenge Kansas plea deal that permanently banished man from the state. “Two weeks after he was sentenced, Montgomery County issued an arrest warrant for (Bo) Rupert stating he had violated the terms of his probation because he did not attend his probation meetings in Kansas.”   https://www.kshb.com/news/local-news/man-banished-from-kansas-in-plea-deal-seeks-to-return

Instagram reportedly told users who reported murder photos that the images did not violate its community guidelines. “When social media users reported the images, Instagram, which is owned by Facebook, sent a reply saying that the images had been reviewed, and they did not violate its community guidelines.”   https://abcnews.go.com/US/instagram-faces-criticism-leaving-gruesome-images-teens-corpse/story?id=64363785

Department of Justice announces results of its investigation into death of cigarette-selling suspect Eric Garner, says it will not prosecute the police officers involved. “Five years ago, my son said, ‘I can’t breathe’ 11 times, and today, we can’t breathe because they have let us down.”   https://www.usatoday.com/story/news/politics/2019/07/16/justice-department-not-bring-charges-death-eric-garner/1741169001/   They can kill a man on video and still not be charged. Like 007, they are licensed to kill, even people accused of petty crimes.

Protesters block entrance to Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s D.C. headquarters. “Hundreds of protesters, including Jewish people, migrants and other supporters, joined Never Again Action in marching from the National Mall to the agency’s headquarters…. The group is protesting the conditions at migrant detention centers on the southern border and the separation of migrant families…”   https://thehill.com/blogs/blog-briefing-room/news/453359-jewish-group-blocks-entrances-to-ice-headquarters-during

CNN and former president of Ecuador call publishing hacked (or leaked) Democratic Party emails ‘election meddling’. “WikiLeaks’ justification was that they were providing truthful information,” Correa told CNN. “Sure, but (it) was just about Hillary Clinton. Not about (Donald) Trump.”   https://edition.cnn.com/2019/07/16/politics/ecuador-response-assange-wikileaks/index.html   Does that mean CNN’s Russia-gate coverage is ‘election meddling’ too?

England to put persecuted, gay war hero on its 50 pound banknotes. “(Alan Turing’s gross indecency) conviction meant he lost his security clearance and had to stop the code-cracking work that had proved vital to the Allies in World War Two.”   https://www.bbc.com/news/uk-england-manchester-48994393   Turing helped break Germany’s Enigma code. “…on at least one occasion an intercepted Enigma message’s English translation was being read at the British Admiralty less than 15 minutes after the Germans had transmitted it.”   https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/technology-18419691

Healthy, 31 year-old Palestinian prisoner dies in Israeli prison while in solitary confinement, authorities say he died of a stroke. “The Palestinian Prisoners Center for Studies said (Nassar) Taqatqa’s death meant that the number of Palestinian prisoners who have died in Israeli prisons since 1967 has risen to 220.”   https://www.aljazeera.com/news/2019/07/palestinian-prisoner-dies-solitary-confinement-israeli-jail-190716074433939.html

Amazon software engineers and pilots stand in solidarity with striking Shakopee warehouse workers. “As we know firsthand, Amazon’s business model too often neglects the well-being of the workers who make the e-commerce giant so incredibly successful.”   https://www.cbsnews.com/news/amazon-prime-day-2019-protests-by-warehouse-workers-pilots-and-software-engineers/

Disney heiress goes undercover to investigate employee complaints. “(Abigail Disney), who is also a filmmaker and activist, said Disney CEO Bob Iger needs to fix the huge wage gap between his pay and that of an average worker at the company.”   https://edition.cnn.com/2019/07/16/media/abigail-disney-disneyland-undercover/index.html

Federal court’s protective order is blocking release of San Diego police shooting evidence. “The city has stated that it will not disclose records relating to the shooting of Mr. (Fridoon) Nehad while litigation regarding that shooting is ongoing because, it says, the court has issued a protective order prohibiting disclosure of those records.”   https://www.kpbs.org/news/2019/jul/15/san-diego-wont-release-police-shooting-records-des/

42 Maryland police departments failed to comply with state law requiring them to track excessive force statistics. “That’s resulted in extreme under-counting of such encounters in annual reports mandated by the law and collated by the Maryland Police Training and Standards Commission.”   https://www.governing.com/topics/public-justice-safety/Police-Not-Complying-With-Marylands-Excessive-Force-Law.html

Video of  police take-down released in case of Burlington, Vermont man who died in March after his skull was fractured. “…(Douglas) Kilburn was trying to visit his wife at (the University of Vermont) Medical Center.”   https://www.vpr.org/post/burlington-police-union-releases-body-camera-footage-douglas-kilburn-altercation

LA County settles body cavity search lawsuit, agrees to pay $53 million to former prisoners. “The class-action lawsuit was filed in 2010 on behalf of former inmates who said they were placed in groups of up to 50 and ordered to expose their genitals while deputies shouted degrading comments…. The agreement applies to more than 93,000 women…”   https://apnews.com/30404d5585e843b487c73d40762bbe56

FBI informant convinces brothers to make rifles to sell to ISIS, then FBI agents posing as arms dealers arrest them for making rifles to sell to ISIS. “Court documents say in June 2018, Mahde (Dannon) came up with a ‘scheme’ to deliver guns to a convicted felon who was actually cooperating with the FBI. He then got his brother involved and introduced him to the informant.”   https://fox59.com/2019/07/11/fishers-brothers-charged-with-manufacturing-automatic-rifles-for-isis/   At least that’s what it sounds like happened. It’s not like they were making rifles and selling them to ISIS, and then the FBI caught wind of their already up-and-running arms dealing business. I wonder if the informant had to train them how to make the rifles?

More governments imposing restrictions on religious activity. “…the latest data shows that 52 governments – including some in very populous countries like China, Indonesia and Russia – impose either ‘high’ or ‘very high’ levels of restrictions on religion, up from 40 in 2007.”   https://www.pewforum.org/2019/07/15/a-closer-look-at-how-religious-restrictions-have-risen-around-the-world/

Kashmir residents accuse Indian authorities of torture. “According to the report, 326 people have been subjected to beating as a form of torture, followed by electrocution (231), stripping prisoners naked (190), rolling a heavy log on detainees legs (169), electrocution in genitals (127), hanging upside down (121), stress position/tying hands (105), head dunking in water mixed with chili (101) and so on.”   https://www.alaraby.co.uk/english/indepth/2019/7/16/gory-tales-of-torture-in-indian-administered-kashmir

Trump administration accused of deporting Iraqi Christians back to Iraq. “Much of Iraq is now lawless and Christian minorities are still persecuted – about 1.5 million Chaldeans lived in Iraq before the 2003 US invasion destabilized the country, and only about 250,000 remain.”   https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2019/jul/17/iraqi-christians-face-deportation-conned-trump

Data privacy group sues AT&T over alleged sales of customer location data. “AT&T granted direct access to this data to the aggregator defendants, who in turn sold such access to hundreds of third parties – including bounty hunters, bail bondsmen, landlords, and law enforcement – with AT&T’s consent.”   https://www.courthousenews.com/class-claims-att-sold-their-real-time-locations-to-bounty-hunters/


July 17, 2019

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