FSRN Weekly Edition – August 12, 2016
- Justice Dept. finds Baltimore police violate civil rights
- Green Party officially nominates Jill Stein as candidate for U.S. president
- Overnight bombings in Thailand trigger renewed concerns of political turbulence
- State Dept. OKs arms sale to Saudi Arabia; bombing of Yemen resumes
- Canadian visa woes cast pall over World Social Forum
- Human Rights Commission of The Philippines probes corporate culpability for climate change
- Indian activist ends 16 year hunger strike to run for political office
- 71 years since Nagasaki atomic bomb attack, anti-nuclear activists call for ban
The Department of Justice has released a report on its civil rights investigation of the Baltimore Police Department – finding officers routinely engage in unconstitutional and illegal practices, most often against people of color. FSRN’s Nell Abram has more.
The Greens held their party convention over the weekend in Houston where they picked Jill Stein as the party’s nominee to run for president. She spoke with FSRN’s Seán Kinane about the November election.
Bombings and arson attacks in Thailand’s southern provinces this week left scores dead and injured, triggering renewed concerns of political turbulence. FSRN’s Ron Corben reports from Bangkok.
Human rights groups are reacting with alarm to a proposed $1.15 billion dollar transfer of U.S. battle tanks and other weapons to Saudi Arabia – a day after the Gulf country resumed bombing Yemen’s capital city. FSRN’s Jacob Resneck has more.
The World Social Forum has been held regularly around the world since 2001 bringing together tens of thousands of activists committed to social justice and resistance to vulture capitalism. Originally conceived as an alternative to the annual World Economic Forum, this year it’s in Canada with about 15,000 attendees registered from a myriad of movements from anti-militarism to environmental causes and resistance to rising income inequality. Greg Macdougall is there.
The Philippines’ Human Rights Commission has called for an investigation of 47 corporate carbon-producers plaintiffs say contribute to climate change. The unprecedented case will hear testimony from the victims of destructive weather and environmental degradation. FSRN’s Madonna Virola reports.
India’s human rights activist Irom Sharmila remains hospitalized for observation, after ending her 16-year hunger strike this week. As FSRN’s Bismillah Geelani reports, the 44-year-old activist known as the “Iron Lady of Manipur” was protesting a law that gives India’s security forces sweeping powers.
Wednesday marks 71 years since the U.S. dropped atomic bombs on Hiroshima and Nagasaki. By the end of 1945 widely accepted estimates say about 214,000 people – mostly civilians – had died; an unknown number perished from longer-term effects in the years to follow. FSRN’s Linda Perry Barr attended a recent event in New York marking the anniversary.