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Call for students to film 'biased' teachers brings Brazil's culture wars to classroom

Source: The Guardian

Call for students to film 'biased' teachers brings Brazil's culture wars to classroom

President Bolsonaro has accused schoolteachers of indoctrination but educators say his aim is to stifle critical thinking

Anna Jean Kaiser in São Paulo
Fri 3 May 2019 10.00 BST Last modified on Fri 3 May 2019 14.49 BST

Jair Bolsonaro has encouraged school students to film teachers during class if they suspect them of pushing leftist ideas, reigniting a battle in one of the most contested arenas of Brazil’s raging culture wars.

“Teachers need to teach and not indoctrinate,” Bolsonaro tweeted this week as he shared a video shot in class by a student who accused her teacher of criticizing the far-right president.

Bolsonaro’s son Carlos also retweeted a student-made video with the comment: “Filming/recording in schools is an act of legitimate defense against ideological predators who are disguised as teachers.”

The call to film teachers originated with a movement called Schools without Party (known by its Portuguese acronym ESP) – a fringe rightwing movement founded in 2004 which gained influence as Bolsonaro rose to power.


Read more: https://www.theguardian.com/world/2019/may/03/brazil-schools-teachers-indoctrination-jair-bolsonaro

Trump's new ambassador to Colombia was once expelled from Bolivia

Source: The Guardian

Trump's new ambassador to Colombia was once expelled from Bolivia

• Philip Goldberg was accused of fomenting dissent in 2008
• Conservative will oversee vast military aid budget

Joe Parkin Daniels in Bogotá
Thu 2 May 2019 17.15 BST Last modified on Thu 2 May 2019 18.45 BST

Donald Trump has nominated a controversial career diplomat who was once expelled from Bolivia as the new US ambassador to Colombia, in a move that is likely to raise eyebrows across Latin America.

Philip Goldberg served as the US ambassador to Bolivia for two years before its leftwing president, Evo Morales, accused him of fomenting dissent in 2008 and ordered him to leave the country.

Goldberg had provoked the Bolivian president’s fury by meeting with members of the rightwing opposition; the US denied Morales’s accusations and expelled Bolivia’s envoy to Washington in response.

Unlike Bolivia, which has been governed by Morales since 2006, Colombia has long been a staunch ally of the US, which views it as a bulwark against leftwing governments across the region.


Read more: https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2019/may/02/trump-philip-goldberg-colombia-ambassador-bolivia

Drug company founder, executives convicted of bribe scheme that fueled U.S. opioid crisis

Source: Reuters

BOSTON (Reuters) - The founder of Insys Therapeutics Inc and four colleagues were found guilty on Thursday of bribing doctors to prescribe the drugmaker’s addictive painkiller, helping to drive the U.S. opioid drug abuse crisis.

A federal jury in Boston found John Kapoor, who served as the Chandler, Arizona-based drugmaker’s chairman, and his co-defendants guilty of racketeering conspiracy for a scheme that also misled insurers into paying for the drug.

Kapoor, 75, is the highest-ranking pharmaceutical executive convicted in a case tied to a drug crisis that has led to tens of thousands of overdose deaths annually. His 2017 arrest came the same day U.S. President Donald Trump declared the epidemic a public health emergency.

Prosecutors charged that Kapoor oversaw a wide-ranging scheme to bribe doctors nationwide by retaining them to act as speakers at sham events at restaurants ostensibly meant to educate clinicians about its fentanyl spray, Subsys.


Nate Raymond

Read more: https://www.reuters.com/article/us-insys-opioids/drug-company-founder-executives-convicted-of-bribe-scheme-that-fueled-u-s-opioid-crisis-idUSKCN1S81VB

Pepsi withdraws lawsuits against Indian potato farmers

Source: Reuters


Pepsi withdraws lawsuits against Indian potato farmers

Mayank Bhardwaj

NEW DELHI (Reuters) - PepsiCo Inc said on Thursday it will withdraw its lawsuits against a number of Indian potato farmers accused of infringing its patent.

After suing four farmers for cultivating the FC5 potato variety, grown exclusively for PepsiCo’s popular Lay’s potato chips, the snack food and drinks maker said last week it wanted to “amicably settle” the issue.

Other than filing the lawsuit against the four farmers in April, PepsiCo had also sued five other potato growers.

“After discussions with the government, the company has agreed to withdraw the cases against the farmers,” a PepsiCo India spokesman said, adding that applied to all nine of them.

The decision comes after an influential Hindu nationalist group with close ties to Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s ruling Bharatiya Janata Party accused PepsiCo of coercing the farmers.


Read more: https://www.reuters.com/article/us-india-pepsi-farmers/pepsi-withdraws-lawsuits-against-indian-potato-farmers-idUSKCN1S817I

'I'm F*cked!': Amber Guyger's Frantic 911 Call Leaks Ahead Of Her Murder Trial

Source: NewsOne

‘I’m F*cked!’: Amber Guyger’s Frantic 911 Call Leaks Ahead Of Her Murder Trial

The fired police officer can be heard panicking after shooting Botham Jean.

NewsOne Staff
Written By NewsOne Staff
Posted 7 hours ago

The 911 call made by an off duty Dallas police officer who shot and killed a man in his own home last year has been made public by a local news station. WFAA on Monday night published the audio of Amber Guyger‘s frantic phone conversation with an emergency services operator in moments after she shot and killed Botham Shem Jean in his own home back in September.

The call provided a glimpse into what Guyger may have been thinking after she purportedly mistook Jean for a burglar in her apartment, which was actually located one floor below.

WFAA said that it “obtained the recording after months of reporting,” but it could have been leaked by Guyger’s defense attorneys, or even her former colleagues at the Dallas Police Department, looking to curry favor with potential jurors in her murder trial, which was slated to begin in late September, more than a year after Botham was killed. The 911 call has not been officially released by any law enforcement agency.

On the call, Guyger can be heard breathing heavily and cursing in between telling the operator what she had done. Guyger openly says several times that she’s probably going to lose her job over this, apparently showing more concern for her career than the innocent Black man she is accused of executing.

“I’m f*cked,” she said at one point during the call before later adding, “I’m going to lose my job.”


Read more: https://newsone.com/3851920/amber-guyger-911-call/


Source: Loop News

Jean Family Lawyer: Guyger supporters leaked audio to gain sympathy


Jean family attorney Lee Merritt reacted in a Facebook post to the release of the 911 call that Amber Guyger made following her fatally shooting Botham Jean in his own apartment:

Merritt wrote: "Supporters of Amber Guyger, the former Dallas Police officer that murdered Botham Jean in his apartment, have leaked a recording of her 911 call to the media in hopes of drumming up sympathy ahead of the looming murder trial.

On the recording, Guyger repeatedly claims that she thought she was in her apartment. She callously despairs over the idea that she would probably lose her job— not that she had murdered a man in his own home. There is nothing new that can be gleaned from this recording that helps justify Guyger’s actions.

Completely absent from the 911 recording is any actual justification for the use of deadly force. Guyger will almost certainly argue at trial that she “feared for her life”. She failed to make any such claim moments after shooting Botham in the chest. If he presented a threat to her at all— this would be the first thing she said as she explained away her actions on the call.


Read more: http://www.loopslu.com/content/jean-family-lawyer-guyger-supporters-leaked-audio-gain-sympathy

A symbol of slavery -- and survival

Source: Washington Post

A symbol of slavery — and survival

Angela’s arrival in Jamestown in 1619 marked the beginning of a subjugation that left millions in chains.

By DeNeen L. Brown
APRIL 29, 2019

By the time Angela was brought to Jamestown’s muddy shores in 1619, she had survived war and capture in West Africa, a forced march of more than 100 miles to the sea, a miserable Portuguese slave ship packed with 350 other Africans and an attack by pirates during the journey to the Americas.

“All of that,” marveled historian James Horn, president of the Jamestown Rediscovery Foundation, “before she is put aboard the Treasurer,” one of two British privateers that delivered the first Africans to the English colony of Virginia.

Now, as the country marks the 400th anniversary of the arrival of those first slaves, historians are trying to find out as much as possible about Angela, the first African woman documented in Virginia. They see her as a seminal figure in American history — a symbol of 246 years of brutal subjugation that left millions of men, women and children enslaved at the start of the Civil War.

Two years ago, researchers launched an archaeological investigation in Jamestown at the site of the first permanent English settlement in North America to find any surviving evidence of Angela.

She is listed in the 1624 and 1625 census as living in the household of Capt. William Pierce, first as “Angelo a Negar” and then as “Angela Negro woman in by Treasurer.” By then, she had survived two other harrowing events: a Powhatan Indian attack in 1622 that left 347 colonists dead and the famine that followed.


Read more: https://www.washingtonpost.com/history/2019/04/29/she-was-captured-enslaved-years-ago-now-angela-symbolizes-brutal-history/

Mozambique situation 'worse than thought': UN agency

Source: BBC

Mozambique situation 'worse than thought': UN agency

28 April 2019

The situation in northern Mozambique is worse than thought, a UN spokesman says, days after Cyclone Kenneth ravaged the country.

The system struck the Africa nation on Thursday with winds of 220km/h (140mph) which flattened whole villages.

Around 700,000 people are now thought to be at risk in the area as torrential rains continue.

Pemba, regional capital of Cabo Delgado state, has experienced more than 2m (6.5ft) of rain and flooding.

Office for the Co-ordination of Humanitarian Affairs (Ocha) spokesman Saviano Abreu said the situation in the towns of Macomia and Quissanga was critical, adding that there were also worries for the cut-off island of Ibo.


Read more: https://www.bbc.com/news/world-africa-48087906


NYT Editorial Board: ICE Tried to Deport an Immigration Activist. That May Have Been Unconstitutiona

Source: New York Times

ICE Tried to Deport an Immigration Activist. That May Have Been Unconstitutional.

An appeals court has ruled that the Constitution bars the government from targeting immigrants like Ravi Ragbir for their advocacy.

By The Editorial Board
The editorial board represents the opinions of the board, its editor and the publisher. It is separate from the newsroom and the Op-Ed section.

April 27, 2019

Ravi Ragbir became an immigrant rights activist from his own experience. After coming to the United States from Trinidad and Tobago and becoming a legal resident, he was convicted of wire fraud in 2000 and, after completing his prison sentence, was ordered deported. Since then, he had been allowed to remain in the country only at the discretion of immigration officials. Last year, it seems, their patience ran out.

Mr. Ragbir, during a routine check-in with Immigration and Customs Enforcement agents in Lower Manhattan, was told that he was being detained and would be deported. Under the Trump administration, this experience is alarmingly common, even for those like Mr. Ragbir with strong family ties in the United States and with an American spouse. One thing stood out in this case: Mr. Ragbir was the executive director of the New Sanctuary Coalition — a group dedicated to assisting immigrants — and he was one of a number of immigration activists ordered detained or deported within a matter of weeks.

On Thursday, a federal appeals court ruled that in seeking to deport Mr. Ragbir, ICE may have exceeded its authority and violated his constitutional rights as a critic of the government’s immigration policies.

The court ruled that Mr. Ragbir had made a “plausible” case that the “public expression of his criticism, and its prominence, played a significant role in the recent attempts to remove him” — a type of retaliation forbidden by the First Amendment.


Read more: https://www.nytimes.com/2019/04/27/opinion/sunday/ice-deportation-activists.html


Related: 18‐1597 Ragbir v. Homan (U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit)

Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey called Rep. Ilhan Omar after Trump's tweet sparked a flood of death threats

Source: Washington Post

Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey called Rep. Ilhan Omar after Trump’s tweet sparked a flood of death threats

Twitter did not take down the tweet, despite Omar’s request, a source said.

By Tony Romm April 25 at 5:34 PM

Twitter chief executive Jack Dorsey phoned Democratic Rep. Ilhan Omar on Tuesday and stood by the company’s decision to permit a tweet from President Trump that later resulted in a flood of death threats targeting the congresswoman.

The previously unreported call focused on an incendiary video that Trump shared on April 12, which depicts Omar discussing the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks interspersed with footage of the Twin Towers burning. The clip did not include the full context of Omar’s remarks, which were taken from a public event on the broader issue of Islamophobia.

Omar pressed Dorsey to explain why Twitter didn’t remove Trump’s tweet outright, according to a person familiar with the conversation who spoke on condition of anonymity because the call was private. Dorsey said that the president’s tweet didn’t violate the company’s rules, a second person from Twitter confirmed.

Dorsey also pointed to the fact that the tweet and video already had been viewed and shared far beyond the site, one of the sources said. But the Twitter executive did tell Omar that the tech giant needed to do a better job generally in removing hate and harassment from the site, according to the two people familiar with the call.


Read more: https://www.washingtonpost.com/technology/2019/04/25/twitter-ceo-jack-dorsey-called-rep-ilhan-omar-after-trumps-tweet-sparked-flood-death-threats/

Austria broadcaster defends journalist who compared far-right poster to Nazis

Source: Reuters


Austria broadcaster defends journalist who compared far-right poster to Nazis

VIENNA (Reuters) - Austria’s public broadcaster ORF defended its top news anchor on Friday after a far right politician threatened the journalist with “consequences” for comparing an anti-immigrant poster to Nazi propaganda.

The far-right Freedom Party (FPO) is the junior partner in a coalition government with the conservatives. It says it wants to restructure the ORF which it accuses of left-wing bias.

During an interview with Harald Vilimsky, the FPO’s top candidate for the European Parliament, the host of flagship news program ZiB 2, Armin Wolf, asked Vilimsky to explain a poster created by a branch of the far-right party’s youth wing.

The poster depicted a blonde couple in traditional Austrian dress, surrounded by sneering gray figures with oversized noses accompanied by the slogan “tradition beats migration”. Wolf asked how this depiction of migrants differed from the anti-Semitic depiction of Jews in a Nazi newspaper.

“To draw this parallel, Mr Wolf, is the last straw,” Vilimsky responded. “That is something that cannot go without consequences.”


Read more: https://www.reuters.com/article/us-austria-politics-media/austria-broadcaster-defends-journalist-who-compared-far-right-poster-to-nazis-idUSKCN1S21AX
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