“To Hell and Back”: At Jan. 6 Hearing, Officers Describe Facing Brutal Attacks & Racial Slurs

This is a rush transcript. Copy may not be in its final form.AMY GOODMAN: The House of Representatives select committee investigating the January 6 insurrection at the Capitol held its first hearing Tuesday and heard testimony from four police officers who were attacked by Trump supporters while defending the Capitol. The committee is made up of seven Democrats and two Republicans — Liz Cheney and Adam Kinzinger — both of whom voted to impeach Trump for his role in instigating the assault on the Capitol. Last week, House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy pulled all his recommended committee members — five of them — after House Speaker Nancy Pelosi…

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Tory politicians’ shocking attacks on disabled colleagues aren’t all that shocking

An independent news site has revealed shocking comments Tory peers made about their disabled colleagues. They laced their views with offensive comments and discrimination – not that that’s shocking from the Tories. But at the heart of the story is also a staggering irony. Debating democracy John Pring, editor of Disability News Service (DNS), tweeted: The Conservative party has refused to act after four of its peers delivered an “extremely alarming” and disablist “barrage of attack” on disabled members of the House of Lords.https://t.co/WJ6lNoqd7P — Disability News DNS (@johnpringdns) May 28, 2021 As Pring reported, the House of Lords was debating: the use of remote participation and so-called…

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Israeli Bombs Killed 66 Kids in Gaza Including 12 Who Were Getting Help for Trauma from Past Attacks

This is a rush transcript. Copy may not be in its final form.AMY GOODMAN: The United Nations human rights chief, Michelle Bachelet, the former president of Chile, says Israel may have committed war crimes during its 11-day bombardment of Gaza, which killed at least 253 Palestinians, including 66 children. Bachelet spoke before the United Nations Human Rights Council. MICHELLE BACHELET: Such strikes raise serious concerns of Israel’s compliance with the principles of distinction and proportionality under international humanitarian law. If found to be indiscriminate and disproportionate in their impact on civilians and civilian objects, such attacks may constitute war crimes. AMY GOODMAN: The U.N. Human Rights Council approved…

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Israeli historian Ilan Pappé accuses Netanyahu of ‘calculated and cynical provocation’ in Gaza attacks

15 May was al-Nakba Day, an annual commemoration of the ethnic cleansing of the Palestinians in the late 1940s. On that symbolic day, The Canary spoke to historian Ilan Pappé in an exclusive interview. Professor Pappé is himself an Israeli Jew whose parents settled in Israel after fleeing persecution in Nazi-occupied Europe. However, he’s a staunch critic of both the events that led to Israel’s founding in 1948 and Israeli policy towards Palestinians since then. Pappé shared his expertise about what happened during al-Nakba, how it has been distorted by Israeli propaganda, and how this ethnic cleansing has a lasting relevance to this very day. He also discussed…

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Thousands join the protest against Israeli attacks on Palestine

Thousands of people have gathered in central London to march in solidarity with the people of Palestine following the Israeli bombardment of Gaza and attacks in the West Bank. Organisers say “immediate action” is needed by the UK Government to help end the “brutal” violence against the Palestinian people. At midday on Saturday, demonstrators arrived at Hyde Park near Marble Arch to march to the Israeli embassy, holding banners and chanting. People gather at Marble Arch in central London (Dominic Lipinski/PA) “Free free Palestine” Thousands of people marched through the park chanting “free, free Palestine”, and holding banners calling for an end to the bombing of the territory…

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"Lynch Mobs": Palestinians Face Brutal Attacks Inside Israel as Assault on Gaza Escalates

Televised images of Israeli mobs attacking Palestinians have been widely denounced by Israeli media and public figures, but Palestinian writer Budour Hassan says the selective outrage ignores decades of occupation that have led to this point. “There is some mention of these lynch mobs that are attacking Palestinians in mixed cities. What is not mentioned is who emboldened these lynch mobs. We’re talking about state-sponsored, decades-long discrimination, isolation and erasure that emboldened these groups,” says Hassan, legal researcher for the Jerusalem Center for Legal Aid and Human Rights, who joins us from Nazareth. Source link

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Philly DA Larry Krasner Fights for Reelection Amid Police Union Attacks on His Reform Agenda

As Philadelphia District Attorney Larry Krasner attempts to overhaul the city’s criminal justice system, he faces a Democratic primary election next week against Carlos Vega, a former homicide prosecutor who is one of three dozen veteran prosecutors fired by Krasner when he took office in 2018. We speak with Linn Washington, a journalist who has covered Philadelphia’s criminal justice system for decades, who says powerful forces, including the Philadelphia Fraternal Order of Police, have unfairly “tarred” Krasner for his reforms. “The FOP represents the very worst of the regressive approach to the criminal justice system, the very elements that Mr. Krasner is trying to reform,” Washington says. He…

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Stop Asian Hate: Connie Wun on Atlanta Spa Killings, Gender Violence & Spike in Anti-Asian Attacks

This is a rush transcript. Copy may not be in its final form.AMY GOODMAN: The suspected gunman in three attacks on Atlanta-area spas Tuesday has been charged with eight counts of murder and one count of aggravated assault. Seven of the eight victims were women, six of them Asian. The suspect is a 21-year-old white man. Four of the victims’ names have been released: Delaina Ashley Yaun, Paul Andre Michels, Xiaojie Tan and Daoyou Feng. The attacks began around 5 p.m. Tuesday, when five people were shot at Young’s Asian Massage Parlor in a strip mall north of Atlanta. In a news conference Wednesday, Captain Jay Baker of…

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Politicians and religious groups are fuelling homophobic attacks on Ghana’s LGBTQI+ community

On 24 February, National Security raided the offices of LGBT+ Rights Ghana. It came not long after the organisation opened a new LGBTQI+ safe space to provide members support and a place to socialise. Sharing the incident in a Twitter thread, the gay rights organisation said: This morning, our office was raided by National Security. A few days ago, traditional leaders threatened to burn down our office but the police did not help. At this moment, we no longer have access to our safe space and our safety is being threatened. We call on all human rights organizations, and allies to speak out against these attacks and hate crimes…

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The extent of the attacks on the left is now horrifying

It looks like if you’re left-wing, you’d best prepare yourself for a dunk or a burning at the stake. Because the witch hunt against us all has stepped up a gear.  Tribune Magazine is “fighting a legal case” which ‘threatens its future’. The Labour Party has banned socialist candidates from the Liverpool Mayor election. And Twitter has suspended left-wing accounts left, right, and centre. But all this is the thin end of the wedge. Because we’re under the greatest attack since the days of McCarthyism.  The Tories recently appointed former Labour MP John Woodcock to head up a review into “countering violent extremism”. A preserve of the far…

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