Anthony Huber Was a Hero

In Kenosha, Wisconsin, on Sunday people took to the streets to protest the acquittal of Kyle Rittenhouse Friday and to remember his victims, chanting “Anthony and Jojo” as they walked the same route Rittenhouse took when he shot and killed Joseph Rosenbaum and Anthony Huber and wounded Gaige Grosskreutz during protests in August 2020 that followed the police shooting of Jacob Blake. Joseph Rosenbaum was the first person Rittenhouse shot with his AR-15-style rifle. Joseph Rosenbaum was 36 years old. He had been released that same day from a Milwaukee hospital where he had been treated for a suicide attempt. He was unarmed when he was shot by Rittenhouse. Rosenbaum was shot four times, first in the groin, then in the hand and thigh as he faced Rittenhouse and then was shot in the head and in the back.

After Rittenhouse killed Rosenbaum, several protesters who believed Rittenhouse was an active shooter begin chasing him. 26-year-old Anthony Huber tried to disarm him by hitting him with what he had in his hand, his skateboard. Rittenhouse shot and killed him within seconds. Gaige Grosskreutz was the only person who survived being shot by Rittenhouse. Anthony Huber’s parents, Karen Bloom and John Huber, said they were heartbroken and angry over the verdict which they said did not deliver justice for any of Rittenhouse’s victims. This is Anthony Huber’s father John Huber responding to the verdict on CNN.

— source democracynow.org | Nov 22, 2021

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White terrorist is free even after killing people

Protests have taken place across the country after a jury in Kenosha, Wisconsin, found Kyle Rittenhouse not guilty on all five charges including intentional homicide. Rittenhouse was on trial for fatally shooting two people and wounding a third last year during racial justice protests that began after police in Kenosha shot and paralyzed Jacob Blake. Kyle Rittenhouse, who was 17 at the time, claimed he acted in self-defense when he fatally shot Anthony Huber and Joseph Rosenbaum with an AR-15-style rifle. Rittenhouse took to the streets after a right-wing group had called for armed vigilantes to patrol Kenosha. The jury’s decision was announced Friday afternoon after about 26 hours of deliberation.

In a statement, the parents of Anthony Huber, one of the protesters killed by Rittenhouse, said they were heartbroken and angry and that the verdict “sends the unacceptable message that armed civilians can show up in any town, incite violence, and then use the danger they have created to justify shooting people in the street.” The jury’s decision in the Kyle Rittenhouse case was widely decried by racial justice activists and many politicians. NAACP President Derrick Johnson tweeted, “The verdict in the #KyleRittenhouseTrial is a reminder of the treacherous role that white supremacy and privilege play within our justice system.” California Governor Gavin Newsom tweeted, “America today: you can break the law, carry around weapons built for a military, shoot and kill people, and get away with it. That’s the message we’ve just sent to armed vigilantes across the nation.” Many right-wing politicians have hailed Kyle Rittenhouse as a hero. Republican Congressmember Madison Cawthorn of North Carolina has offered Rittenhouse an internship. In a video message, Cawthorn urged his Instagram followers to be “armed and dangerous.”

— source democracynow.org | Nov 22, 2021

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Racism in the Ahmaud Arbery Murder Trial

Georgia, where the trial of the three white men who hunted down and shot dead Ahmaud Arbery took an unexpected twist last Thursday when a defense attorney claimed the courtroom presence of high-profile Black pastors sitting with the Arbery family could be “intimidating” for the jury, which is almost all white.

In a statement, the Reverend Al Sharpton said the attorney’s comments, “underscore the disregard for the value of the human life lost and the grieving of a family in need of spiritual and community support,”.

On Friday, attorney Gough made a brief apology in court, calling his comments overly broad, said he would follow up today with a, quote, “more specific motion.”

— source democracynow.org | Nov 15, 2021

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For miscarriage Oklahoma woman is sent to prison

The National Advocates for Pregnant Women (NAPW) has denounced the prosecution of Brittney Poolaw. On Tuesday, October 5, Brittney Poolaw, a 20-year-old Oklahoma woman, was convicted of manslaughter in the first degree for experiencing a miscarriage at 17 weeks and sentenced to 4 years in state prison. Last year, Ms. Poolaw experienced a miscarriage and went to Comanche County Hospital for medical help. On March 17, 2020, she was charged with Manslaughter in the First Degree, arrested and incarcerated. The court set a $20,000 bond, an amount she could not afford. Ms. Poolaw has been incarcerated since her arrest over 18 months ago.

— source nationaladvocatesforpregnantwomen.org | 26 Oct 2021

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Corporate prosecution in U.S.

The environmental human rights lawyer Steven Donziger is reporting to jail today, after a federal appellate court rejected his request for bail pending his appeal. Earlier this month, Steve Donziger was sentenced to six months in prison for contempt of court — a misdemeanor. Donziger has already spent over two years under house arrest after being targeted by the oil giant Chevron.

The case stems from Steve’s role in suing Chevron on behalf of 30,000 Amazonian Indigenous people for dumping 16 billion gallons of oil into their ancestral land in the Ecuadorian Amazon. Ten years ago, Ecuador’s Supreme Court ordered Chevron to pay $18 billion. The landmark ruling was seen as a major victory for the environment and corporate accountability. But Chevron refused to pay or clean up the land. Instead, it launched a legal attack targeting Donziger.

In July, a federal judge found him guilty of six counts of criminal contempt of court, after he refused to turn over his computer and cellphone. In an unusual legal twist, the judge appointed a private law firm with ties to Chevron to prosecute Donziger after federal prosecutors declined to bring charges.

— source democracynow.org | Oct 27, 2021

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Bolivia Requests Arrest of Añez Regime’s Economy Minister

Bolivia’s Special Anti-Crime Force (FELCC) requested the arrest of former Economy Minister Jose Luis Parada for the irregular contracting of a US$346 million loan with the International Monetary Fund (IMF) during the coup-born regime led by Jeanine Añez (2019-2020). On Aug. 28, Parada should have appeared before the Public Prosecutor’s Office to testify. Given that he never showed up, the FELCC sent a request for his arrest to Prosecutor Mauricio Jara, who is handling the matter. This case also implicates the former “Interim” president Añez and Guillermo Aponte, the former president of the Bolivian Central Bank (BCB). Previously, Carlos Schlink, the former Vice Minister of Finance, was detained. Bolivian Justice also announced that it will try Parada for unconstitutional offenses, anti-economic behavior, and breach of duty.

— source telesurenglish.net | 30 Sep 2021

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S.Korea fines Google $177 mln for blocking Android customisation

South Korea’s antitrust regulator has fined Alphabet Inc’s Google $176.64 million for blocking customised versions of its Android operating system (OS), in the U.S. technology giant’s second setback in the country in less than a month. The Korea Fair Trade Commission (KFTC) said on Tuesday Google’s contract terms with device makers amounted to an abuse of its dominant market position that restricted competition in the mobile OS market. The bill was passed in late August and it bans app store operators such as Google from requiring software developers to use their payment systems. The requirement had effectively stopped developers from charging commission on in-app purchases.

— source reuters.com | Sep 15, 2021

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DOJ Charges 3 Ex-Military and Intelligence Officers over UAE Hacking Activities

The Justice Department charged three former U.S. intelligence and military officials after they admitted to helping the United Arab Emirates build a hacking program. The hackers, who provided the services without an export license, are also accused of stealing personal identifying information and developing a hacking tool that is able to infect a mobile device without the user having to click on anything.

— source democracynow.org | Sep 15, 2021

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The New Republican Supreme Court

The U.S. Supreme Court won’t block a Texas law that allows private individuals to sue to enforce a ban on abortion after about six weeks of pregnancy – before many women are even aware they’re pregnant. The law went into effect Wednesday, September 1.

It’s the most restrictive abortion law in the country, imposing a huge burden on women without the means or money to travel to another state where later abortions are legal.

It’s also a sign that the Republican-appointed justices, who now hold six of nine seats on the Court, are ready to overturn the Court’s 1973 decision in Roe v. Wade, striking down anti-abortion laws across the nation as violating a woman’s right to privacy under the fourteenth amendment to the Constitution.

Last week the Court held that Biden’s moratorium on evictions was illegal. A few days before, it refused to stay a lower court decision that people seeking asylum at the southern border must remain in Mexico until their cases are heard – often subjecting them to great hardship or violence.

— source robertreich.org | robert reich. | Sep 1, 2021

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