Bail reform sets homeless teen free despite cop assault, car theft charges


A homeless teen who was charged with an attack on a plainclothes NYPD captain in Midtown last October has been released under New York’s controversial new bail reform guidelines after his latest in a long line of arrests — for allegedly joyriding in a stolen car in Brooklyn. Elijah Hodge, 19, a suspected Crips gang…


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Caravan in Miami defends right to travel to Cuba

Washington, Feb 8 (Prensa Latina) Cuban immigrant organizations in Miami, United States, joined a caravan of cars on Saturday organized by the Marti’s Alliance to demand the right of freely traveling to the island, which had been suppressed by Trump administration.

The Cuban American Defense League, CAFE (Cuban Americans for Engagement), Cuban Bridges, and the Foundation for the Normalization of Relations between the United States and Cuba are part of the mobilization.

The initiative is supported by members of the Cuban diaspora who on previous occasions have similarly rejected the economic, commercial and financial blockade imposed by Washington almost 60 years ago.

On January 11, the Marti’s Alliance condemned the suspension of public charter flights to destinations on the island, except for Havana, effective March 10, after U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo announced it on January 10.


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Cuban President met with relatives of kidnapped doctor


Santa Clara, Cuba, Feb 8 (Prensa Latina) Cuban President Miguel Diaz-Canel met here today with relatives of doctors Landy Rodriguez who was kidnapped in Kenya last April.

The Head of State expressed the government’s will to keep working for his safe return to the country.

‘The Cuban Revolution never abandons its children,’ the President tweeted.

Landy Rodríguez was kidnapped together with his colleague Assel Herrera Correa last April 12, while they were going in a vehicle to the Mandera hospital, close to the border with Somalia, when armed men stopped the land rover killed their guard a took them to a Somalian town.


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Indigenous peoples of Brazil reject Bolsonaro’s project

Brasilia, Feb 7 (Prensa Latina) The Articulation of the Indigenous Poples of Brazil (APIB) rejected the bill signed by far right president Jair Bolsonaro to regulate mining and generation of electricity in the native reservations.

The dream of Bolsonaro’s government is, in fact, to satisfy the economical interests that propelled his candidacy and hold his administration, even if it means a total contempt for the national and international legislation guaranteeing our fundamental rights, indicates a statement from the APIB.

The initiative, presented on Wednesday to the Chamber of Deputies, pretends to regulate the economic exploitation of the indigenous lands, that is, mining, hydroelectricity and agro-industry.

These activities will serve the interests of the great entrepreneurs and land owners.

During his speech, Bolsonaro said his dream was to free the indigenous reservations for mining, an old promise of his governemnt.

After 4 days of meetings under the leadership of chieftain Raoni Metuktire, over 600 natives signed in January a letter-manifesto denouncing the genocidal policy promoted by Bolsonaro’s government against the native peoples.

Named as the Piaraçu Manifesto, the writing describes the bill as ‘genocide, ethnocide and ecocide.’

Hillary Clinton refusing to be served $50m defamation lawsuit, Tulsi Gabbard lawyer claims


Hillary Clinton’s representatives have refused to accept legal papers relating to the $50 million defamation lawsuit filed against her by Tulsi Gabbard, according to the Hawaii congresswoman’s lawyer.Ms Gabbard, who is currently seeking the Democratic party’s 2020 presidential nomination, filed the suit against Ms Clinton after the former secretary of state and 2016 presidential candidate insinuated that she was “the favourite of Russians”.


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Colombia’s violence claims the life of another social leader

Bogota, Jan 19 (Prensa Latina) Colombia’s violence claimed yesterday evening the life of another social leader Luis Dario Rodriguez in the Cordoba department.

Rodriguez, who was a member of the Association of Displaced and Vulnerable Families of Tierralta municipality, was murdered on his way back home, local press reported.

According to the Cordoberxia Foundation, the activist had denounced death threats in the Prosecutor’s Office after undertaking a process of land restitution to people who were displaced.

The International Institute of Peace and Development Studies (IIPDS)reveals that since January, 20 social leaders and human rights defenders, and three former combatants from the former FARC-EP guerrilla have been killed so far in this country.

In this environment, Carlos Ruiz Massieu, head of the UN Verification Mission in Colombia, recently stressed that security is one of the main challenges for the implementation of the Peace Agreement signed in 2016 by the State and the FARC-EP.


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How secrecy in U.S. courts hobbles the regulators meant to protect the public

When judges seal evidence about defective cars, drugs and other products, consumers aren’t the only ones left in the dark. Regulators who are supposed to take life-saving action are left guessing, too

Reports started trickling in to the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) in 2005 of people being killed or injured in the Yamaha Motor Co off-road vehicles when they tipped over. But no clear pattern emerged, and in the rough and tumble off-road world, accidents are common. The agency took no action.

Then, in 2007, ten-year-old Ellie Sand was killed in a Rhino when it flipped in a cornfield in Warren County, Ohio. Her father, house painter John Sand, started reading up on other Rhino crashes. He spoke to other parents whose children had died or been seriously injured in similar incidents. He became convinced that Rhinos were the problem.

Using a computer in a Cincinnati law library, Sand found more than a dozen lawsuits alleging that the vehicles were dangerously unstable. Some of the lawsuits – like the one he filed against the company in 2008 – claimed that design flaws caused the Rhinos to roll over even at slow speeds on flat ground. Sand sent the results of his research to CPSC, highlighting details from the lawsuits of the tip-overs that led to deaths and injuries.

Soon after, CPSC sent a subpoena to Yamaha, forcing it to hand over a trove of information, much of which had lain hidden under judges’ protective orders in the lawsuits against the company. By then, more than 40 people, including more than a dozen children, had been killed in Rhino crashes.

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Special Report: Iran’s leader ordered crackdown on unrest – ‘Do whatever it takes to end it’

(Reuters) – After days of protests across Iran last month, Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei appeared impatient. Gathering his top security and government officials together, he issued an order: Do whatever it takes to stop them.

That order, confirmed by three sources close to the supreme leader’s inner circle and a fourth official, set in motion the bloodiest crackdown on protesters since the Islamic Revolution in 1979.

About 1,500 people were killed during less than two weeks of unrest that started on Nov. 15. The toll, provided to Reuters by three Iranian interior ministry officials, included at least 17 teenagers and about 400 women as well as some members of the security forces and police.

The toll of 1,500 is significantly higher than figures from international human rights groups and the United States. A Dec. 16 report by Amnesty International said the death toll was at least 304. The U.S. State Department, in a statement to Reuters, said it estimates that many hundreds of Iranians were killed, and has seen reports that number could be over 1,000.

The figures provided to Reuters, said two of the Iranian officials who provided them, are based on information gathered from security forces, morgues, hospitals and coroner’s offices.

The government spokesman’s office declined to comment on whether the orders came from Khamenei and on the Nov. 17 meeting. Iran’s mission to the United Nations did not respond to a request for comment for this story.

In a statement Monday following publication of this article, a spokesman for Iran’s Supreme National Security Council described the death toll figure as “fake news,” according to semi-official Tasnim news agency.

What began as scattered protests over a surprise increase in gasoline prices quickly spread into one of the biggest challenges to Iran’s clerical rulers since the 1979 Islamic Revolution.

By Nov. 17, the second day, the unrest had reached the capital Tehran, with people calling for an end to the Islamic Republic and the downfall of its leaders. Protesters burned pictures of Khamenei and called for the return of Reza Pahlavi, the exiled son of the toppled Shah of Iran, according to videos posted on social media and eye witnesses.


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Chile to host Latin American Forum on Human Rights

Santiago de Chile, Jan 8 (Prensa Latina) Chile will host the First Latin American Forum on Human Rights, scheduled to take place between January 23 and 25, attended by important personalities.

The event, which will be held at the former National Congress in the capital, is sponsored by the Senate Committee on Human Rights, chaired by Alejandro Navarro, senator of the Progressive Party, and by the Latin American Forum on Human Rights.

Former president of Bolivia Evo Morales, Spanish judge Baltasar Garzon, Colombian politician Piedad Cordoba, Oscar Laborde of Argentina, Ecuadorian Adoration Guaman, Alexis Corbiere of France, and Juan Carlos Monedero of Spain will be among some 50 speakers attending the event.

The organizers intend the forum to be a space for discussion, design and promotion of human rights practices at the national and international levels.

They also hope that this event will operate as a body calling for reparation and justice on behalf of those who have been victims of crimes against humanity in the world, prosecuting, denouncing and condemning all those who violate human rights.


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UN warns against actions by illegal armed groups in Colombia

Bogota, Jan 6 (Prensa Latina) The United Nations warned against the actions by illegal armed groups, criminal organizations and drug cartels in Colombia, where several communities are the targets of violence and intimidation.

UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres’ statements are contained in a press release to the Security Council regarding the Verification Mission in Colombia trimestral report (from September 27 to December 26).

The report reiterates that communities, human rights defenders, social leaders and people involved in the implementation of the Peace Agreement (signed in 2016 by the Colombian State and the former FARC-EP guerrilla) are permanent victims of violence and intimidation by illegal armed groups, criminal organizations and drug cartels.

The secretary-general also expressed that he is ‘alarmed by the consequences, particularly for ethnic communities of the fighting between illegal armed groups in the illicit trafficking corridor that extends from the Bajo Cauca region in Antioquia department to Chocó department, as well as the incessant violence in Cauca department.’

Despite overall improvements in security after the signing of the Peace Agreement, several cases in some regions confirm the challenge still pending to stabilize territories, he noted.

Since then, the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights has verified 303 assassinations of human rights defenders and social leaders, 86 of which occurred in 2019 (including 12 women).


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