Category Archives: human rights

bellingcat – Migrants From Another World: Introduction To The Project – bellingcat

Migrants have Facebook and WhatsApp on their phones, and they can report what happens to them along the way. They span networks by nationality, like the one Malians and Senegalese have been building in Brazil and Argentina since the late 1990s. In chat groups, those who have already made it through put them in contact with some migrant protectors — like Luis Guerrero Araya, whom I met in La Cruz, Costa Rica — and they can let others know if there are problems ahead.

Once some find soil to put down roots, they call the others, and those call others. This is what humanity has always done: migrate in clusters.

This long journey is also possible because, although migrants are unwelcome almost everywhere, their money is always welcomed. It flows easily from accounts in Karachi, Pakistan and Douala, Cameroon to Cruzeiro Oeste and Sao Paulo, Brasil or to Apartadó, Colombia, it crosses all borders with very little paperwork, through multiple international instant money transfer services like Western Union or MoneyGram, which are often mentioned.

 

Source: bellingcat – Migrants From Another World: Introduction To The Project – bellingcat

‘Wildly inappropriate’: VOA purge continues as foreign journalists’ visas not renewed | Media | The Guardian

Pack fired all the station directors who had not already resigned, and dissolved the bipartisan managing boards of the broadcasting organisations, replacing them with himself and five other Trump loyalists.

Source: ‘Wildly inappropriate’: VOA purge continues as foreign journalists’ visas not renewed | Media | The Guardian

Why Trump’s White Grievance Message Strikes a Sour Note in the Suburbs – The New York Times

From North Carolina to Pennsylvania to Arizona, interviews this week with more than two dozen suburban voters in critical swing states revealed abhorrence for Mr. Trump’s growing efforts to fuel white resentment with inflammatory rhetoric on race and cultural heritage. The discomfort was palpable even among voters who also dislike the recent toppling of Confederate statues or who say they agree with some of Mr. Trump’s policies.

As the president increasingly stakes his candidacy on a message of “law and order,” casting himself as a bulwark against “angry mobs” and “thugs,’’ there are signs that he is alienating voters in bedroom communities who approach the debate over racial justice with a far more nuanced perspective than the president does.

The case for British slavery reparations can no longer be brushed aside | Afua Hirsch | Opinion | The Guardian

The African American intellectual WEB Du Bois was right when he described the enslavement of at least 12 million Africans as “the sum of all villainies, the cause of all sorrow, the root of all prejudice”. In the Caribbean, Britain received, in the words of Nobel prize-winning economist Arthur Lewis, 200 years of free labour – from over 15 million black people, and those who were indentured from India.

A common complaint about reparations is the alleged unfairness of burdening today’s generation with debt arising from their ancestors’ wrongs. Yet where is the outrage that my generation contributed towards the more than £300bn in today’s money notoriously paid to Britain’s slave owners for the loss of their human “property”? Their compensation under the Slavery Abolition Act – comprising an astounding 40% of the national budget at the time – was so large that it wasn’t paid off until 2015.

The pattern is clear. Reparations have been paid to those who profited from African enslavement, rather than those who were enslaved.

Source: The case for British slavery reparations can no longer be brushed aside | Afua Hirsch | Opinion | The Guardian

VICE – People Keep Attacking Black Lives Matter Protesters With Their Cars

According to data collected by Ari Weil, the deputy research director at the Chicago Project on Security and Threats of the University of Chicago, Tuesday night’s incident marks at least the 68th car attack nationwide since George Floyd was killed on May 25, sparking a wave of anti-racism protests across the country.

Source: VICE – People Keep Attacking Black Lives Matter Protesters With Their Cars

Harvard, MIT Sue ICE, Homeland Security Over Rules Barring International Students – NBC Boston

The suit, filed in U.S. District Court in Boston, asks for a temporary restraining order to keep Homeland Security and ICE from enforcing the federal guidelines which state that removal proceedings could be initiated for international students who refuse to transfer to a school offering in-person classes.

Source: Harvard, MIT Sue ICE, Homeland Security Over Rules Barring International Students – NBC Boston

Man ‘pulls gun’ on Black Lives Matter protester after Trump supporters deface mural

Speaking to local media, one protester described how he saw the man drive past the demonstration yelling “all lives matter” and “flipping us off”; he followed the man’s car on his skateboard, at which point the man allegedly made a u-turn and and pointed a gun in the protester’s face.

Police, who were at the scene, pulled the man over to arrest him. He has not yet been identified; pictures from the scene show him wearing a cap bearing the American flag, but with the stripes apparently replaced by bullets.

The incident comes a day after the vandalisation of the mural, a large yellow rendering of the words Black Lives Matter painted on a main road with the city authorities’ permission.

On Saturday, a white man and woman both clad in red Trump campaign attire arrived with cans of black paint and a roller and began blacking out the words, all the while exchanging barbs with appalled onlookers.

 

Source: Man ‘pulls gun’ on Black Lives Matter protester after Trump supporters deface mural

Opinion | Soledad O’Brien on the Racism Faced by Journalists of Color – The New York Times

We refuse to be benched or tainted as activists or deemed incapable of objectivity, while white reporters are hailed for their “perspective” on stories.

It’s been 52 years since the Kerner Commission declared: “The press has too long basked in a white world, looking out of it, if at all, with white men’s eyes and a white perspective. That is no longer good enough.” You don’t get another 52 years. Time’s up on hiring and promoting and giving us voice. We can’t stand it anymore. I’m optimistic that the public will agree.

Steve Hotze asked Texas Gov. Greg Abbott to order “rioters” be killed | The Texas Tribune (Dumb and dumber – don’t these hateful racists know that everything is recorded and filmed?)

“I want you to give a message to the governor,” Hotze told Abbott’s chief of staff, Luis Saenz, in a voicemail. “I want to make sure that he has National Guard down here and they have the order to shoot to kill if any of these son-of-a-bitch people start rioting like they have in Dallas, start tearing down businesses — shoot to kill the son of a bitches. That’s the only way you restore order. Kill ‘em. Thank you.”

Source: Steve Hotze asked Texas Gov. Greg Abbott to order “rioters” be killed | The Texas Tribune