BRAZIL: Favela Residents Fight Police to Resist Displacement

Photo: Residents of the Rio das Pedras favelas block the street leading into their neighborhood with burning barricades By Thomas Lambert On the morning of March 10 in west Rio de Janeiro, residents of the Rio das Pedras favela barricaded streets and fought police in defense of their homes and businesses. Just five days earlier, the city government instituted a “Zero Tolerance” program, which targets … Continue reading BRAZIL: Favela Residents Fight Police to Resist Displacement

WILKINSBURG: Protesters Demand Justice for Romir Talley at Police “Community Public Safety” Forum

PHOTO: Activists are pushed out of the ‘Community Public Safety” Forum by police and Chief Ophelia Coleman (Video Still) By Darius Firoozi On Tuesday evening, activists with Serve the People–Pittsburgh (STP-PGH) disrupted a “community public safety” forum hosted by the Wilkinsburg Police Department, Police Chief Ophelia ‘Cookie’ Coleman, and Mayor Marita Garrett, which was held to address gun violence in the predominantly Black, working-class borough … Continue reading WILKINSBURG: Protesters Demand Justice for Romir Talley at Police “Community Public Safety” Forum

CHILE: Mapuche Political Prisoners Release Statement Against Integrating into Old State

A flag with the Guñelve, a symbol flown by the Mapuche indigenous people of Chile By Nélida Tello Earlier this month, ten Mapuche political prisoners detained in Angol prison released a statement on their political position regarding the old Chilean state. Angol prison serves as one of the designated detention centers for indigenous Mapuche political prisoners. For generations, the Mapuche people have continuously faced abuse … Continue reading CHILE: Mapuche Political Prisoners Release Statement Against Integrating into Old State

SWAT-Style Border Patrol Agents to be Deployed in ‘Sanctuary Cities’

Photo: A Border Patrol Tactical Unit (BORTAC) team in a training exercise By Henry Perez President Donald Trump has announced that the Border Patrol Tactical Unit (BORTAC), a SWAT-style team reserved for special operations, will be patrolling and helping make arrests in so-called sanctuary cities across the US such as Houston, San Francisco, Chicago, and many others. This authorization is the Trump administration’s reaction to … Continue reading SWAT-Style Border Patrol Agents to be Deployed in ‘Sanctuary Cities’

Facial Recognition Service Faces Lawsuits for Selling Social Media User Information

Photo: Clearview CEO Hoan Ton-That (left) and the company’s logo (right) By Ben Robinson Over the past two months, major technology companies Google, Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, LinkedIn, and Venmo sent cease-and-desist letters to facial recognition technology company Clearview AI for violating their company policies after it was exposed that Clearview was scraping the sites for images of users’ faces for a facial recognition app sold … Continue reading Facial Recognition Service Faces Lawsuits for Selling Social Media User Information

AUSTIN: Judge Dismisses Lawsuit Against Police, City, and County Over Mishandling of Sexual Assault Cases

PHOTO: Defendants in the dismissed lawsuit – Chief of Police, Brian Manley; City of Austin (Council Chambers); County Attorney, Margaret Moore. By Sandra Harris On February 10, federal judge Lee Yeakel dismissed a lawsuit filed on behalf of eight women claiming the Travis County District Attorney’s Office, the Austin Police Department (APD), and City of Austin officials mishandled their sexual assault cases. The class action … Continue reading AUSTIN: Judge Dismisses Lawsuit Against Police, City, and County Over Mishandling of Sexual Assault Cases

LEBANON: Protests Rage On as Economic Collapse Looms

Photo: Protesters assembled outside the Parliament building last Tuesday to reject the new cabinet headed by Prime Minister Hassan Diab By Miriam Cordova On February 11, over 400 protesters were injured in a riot outside the parliament building in Beirut as the Lebanese parliament held a vote of confidence on the newly appointed cabinet.  The vote was held as Lebanon faces a deepening financial crisis … Continue reading LEBANON: Protests Rage On as Economic Collapse Looms