Headlines for April 14, 2021

Biden Announces U.S. Will Withdraw Its Troops from Afghanistan by September 11Protests Continue After Police Killing of Daunte Wright as His Family Demands JusticeDerek Chauvin Murder Trial Continues with Defense Calling Its First WitnessesIran Ramps Up Uranium Enrichment Following Natanz Attack and Amid Talks on 2015 Nuclear DealWhite House Moves Forward with $23 Billion Weapons Sale to UAERussian Troops Amass on Eastern Border as U.S. and NATO Pledge Support for UkraineU.S. Sends Unofficial Delegation to Taiwan as China Warns Against Foreign InterventionBurkina Faso to Try Ex-President Blaise Compaoré for Murder of Iconic Leader Thomas SankaraFacebook Allowed Honduran Pres. Juan Orlando Hernández to Use Fake Accounts to Appear More…

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If you’re with British Gas, you need to read this right now

Thousands of British Gas staff are waking up today without a job simply for refusing to sign away their rights. The company told workers to accept new contracts or face unemployment. Despite months of negotiations, British Gas is firing them anyway. If you’re a customer, you can actually make a stand with these workers that matters. You can switch suppliers today and cite their hostile working conditions as the cause. If you’re not a customer, you can speak to your friends who are.   Fire and rehire British Gas is running a ‘fire and rehire’ heist. This is where a company fires employees to avoid meeting the terms…

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High Court told that Napier barracks is ‘unsafe and entirely unsuitable’ to house refugees

A former army barracks being used by the Home Office to house asylum seekers is “unsafe and entirely unsuitable”, the High Court has heard. The Napier Barracks in Kent has been used to accommodate hundreds of asylum seekers since last September, despite the Home Office being warned by Public Health England that it was unsuitable. Six refugees previously housed at the barracks, all of whom are said to be “victims of either torture or human trafficking or both”, say conditions are “appalling”, with no mental health support and just one nurse on site. Almost 200 people tested positive for coronavirus during an outbreak at the barracks in January…

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World leaders are using Facebook to manipulate their populations

Facebook has allowed politicians to use a loophole on the platform to “deceive and harass” their citizens, according to a Guardian investigation. Company internal documents and an account from a whistleblower show that world leaders have been able to get away with political manipulation on the site, particularly in poorer, non-western countries such as Afghanistan, Bolivia, and Mongolia. By contrast, Facebook was much quicker to address political manipulation of the platform in richer countries or cases that received substantial media attention, for example in the US and South Korea. Former Facebook employee Sophie Zhang came forward to reveal how Facebook was slow to take action on political manipulation she…

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GOP Smears DOJ Civil Rights Pick Kristen Clarke in Latest Attack on Voting Rights & Racial Justice

We look at President Biden’s nomination of Kristen Clarke to become the first Black woman to lead the Justice Department’s Civil Rights Division and the conservative smear campaign against the veteran civil rights lawyer. The far-right Fox News host Tucker Carlson has devoted at least five segments to attacking Clarke’s nomination, including baseless accusations of anti-Semitism. Ben Jealous, president of People for the American Way and former president of the NAACP, says “the right-wing attack machine” springs into action whenever Black nominees are up for confirmation. “They make sport, quite frankly, of trying to defame their character, destroy their reputation, and they see women of color as being…

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Derek Chauvin Trial Breaks Down “Blue Wall of Silence” as Police Officials Testify Against Ex-Cop

We get the latest on the murder trial of Derek Chauvin, the former Minneapolis police officer who killed George Floyd, with Minneapolis-based civil rights attorney Nekima Levy Armstrong. She says prosecutors in the case have successfully chipped away at the “blue wall of silence” by getting current police officials to testify against Chauvin. However, she says it’s likely that “the only reason that these officers have testified is because the world is watching.” Source link

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Killed over a Car Air Freshener: Outrage Grows over Police Shooting of Daunte Wright in Minnesota

This is a rush transcript. Copy may not be in its final form.AMY GOODMAN: We begin today’s show with a warning. A warning to our audience: This segment contains graphic footage and accounts of police violence. Protests are continuing in the Minneapolis area after a white police officer shot and killed a 20-year-old Black man, Daunte Wright, during a traffic stop Sunday afternoon in the Minneapolis suburb of Brooklyn Center. The deadly shooting took place about 10 miles from where former Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin is on trial for murdering George Floyd. On Monday, police fired tear gas, rubber-coated bullets, stun grenades, as protesters defied a curfew…

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Headlines for April 13, 2021

Brooklyn Center Police Chief Claims Officer Mistook Gun for Taser in Killing of Daunte WrightProsecution Rests Case in Murder Trial of Minneapolis Ex-Cop Derek ChauvinU.S. to Pause Use of Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 Vaccine Amid Reports of Rare Blood ClotsWHO Warns of Exponential Rise in COVID-19 CasesCOVID-19 Cases Surge in the Philippines as Duterte Appears in Public for First Time in Two WeeksEuropean Union Officials Consider Use of Russian COVID-19 VaccineBiden Admin Strikes Deals with Mexico, Honduras and Guatemala to Further Militarize BordersAs Volcano Erupts, Only Vaccinated Residents of St. Vincent Allowed to Evacuate on Cruise ShipsJapan to Release 1 Million Metric Tons of Radioactive Water into Pacific…

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The fight for justice in Minnesota intensifies after the police kill another Black man

Minnesota police shot and killed a Black man on Sunday, as the trial for the officer accused of killing George Floyd continues in Minneapolis. Brooklyn Center police shot Daunte Wright, 20, after they pulled him over for a traffic violation, according to his mother, Katie Wright. A medical examiner said yesterday the gunshot was the cause of Wright’s death, and ruled it a homicide. Katie Wright said her son called her after being told to get out of the car by police. She heard “scuffling” and then her son’s phone was hung up. She then spoke to Wright’s girlfriend, who told her he had been shot. Wright’s mother…

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Thousands still languish in UK prisons with no release date

In the UK, if you’re found guilty of something that is deemed an imprisonable crime, you’re sentenced to a period of time in prison, right? And when you’ve served your time, you’re released, yes? Well, no. Not if you’re one of thousands of people stuck in prison with no end date. Imprisonment for Public Protection (IPP) sentences were introduced in 2005. If you were given an IPP sentence, you were sentenced to a minimum time that you would have to spend prison, but not given a date when you would be released. It was up to a parole board to decide on your release date. It has been…

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