Police surveilled George Floyd protests with help from Twitter-affiliated startup Dataminr

17 July 2020 — The Intercept by Sam Biddle

LEVERAGING CLOSE TIES to Twitter, controversial artificial intelligence startup Dataminr helped law enforcement digitally monitor the protests that swept the country following the killing of George Floyd, tipping off police to social media posts with the latest whereabouts and actions of demonstrators, according to documents reviewed by The Intercept and a source with direct knowledge of the matter.

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Anatomy of a counter-insurgency

4 July 2020 — MRonline

A policeman shoots rubber bullets at protesters throwing rocks and water bottles during a demonstration next to the city of Miami Police Department, Saturday, May 30, 2020, downtown in Miami. Protests were held throughout the country over the death of George Floyd, a black man who died after being restrained by Minneapolis police officers on May 25. (AP Photo/Wilfredo Lee)

Efforts to undermine the George Floyd uprising



On May 25, 2020, police in Minneapolis Minnesota murdered George Floyd in cold blood. Responding to allegations of counterfeit money, police arrested Floyd, with one officer kneeling on his neck for nearly nine minutes, ultimately suffocating him. The killing was captured on video and quickly spread across the internet.

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The storm of protest in the United States

3 July 2020 — MRonline

Interview by Ömür Şahin Keyif for BirGün (Istanbul) conducted on June 23, 2020

Originally published: BirGün (Istanbul) (July 2, 2020)   |

ÖŞK: The protests started after George Floyd’s death continue all over the United States. Do you think these protests will fuel the will to organize among the working-class people? Can the energy coming out of the protests be persistent? What are the obstacles?

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What Journalism Needs Is Not More Diversity, but Less White Supremacy

20 June 2020 — FAIR


AP: https://apnews.com/91b71329e6e76ea39c069034bfe590ea Click to copy RELATED TOPICS Race and ethnicity Pittsburgh Media General News Entertainment Death of George Floyd Business News media U.S. News Headline-making missteps put focus on newsroom diversity

If you saw Amazon putting out a statement on the company’s “missteps” on the path to “diversity,” you would recognize that for the institution-protecting gesture that it was (AP, 6/10/20).

As police violence against Black people and those who would rise in their defense forces a national engagement—of a sort—with the reality of white supremacy in our institutions, the widening recognition that the batons and tear gas are just one part of it, that there is more than one way to choke the life out of a people, meant that it was just a matter of time before news media would need to acknowledge the call coming from inside the house.

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From Occupation to ‘Occupy’: The Israelification of American domestic security

16 June 2020 — Grayzone

Israel police American training

One of the first comprehensive surveys of Israeli training of US local and federal law enforcement officials.

By Max Blumenthal

(Editor’s note: The eruption of national protests against police brutality following the murder of George Floyd have shed new light on Israel’s training of local police officers across the country.

100 members of the 800-strong Minneapolis police department were trained at a conference in Israel in 2012. That means at least one of every eight members the city’s force has been influenced by the methods of an occupying apartheid entity.

The Grayzone editor Max Blumenthal produced one of the first comprehensive surveys of Israeli training of US local and federal law enforcement officials in the following article published by Al Akhbar English in 2011.)

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“There Is a Transformation In The Content, Character, and Operation of the Capitalist State in the United States”

8 June 2020 — legalienate

Interview with Sociologist James Petras

Centennial Radio Uruguay

Hernán Salina: The ongoing protests have completely displaced the topic of coronavirus, which has not decreased in the United States, right?

Petras: Yes, the mobilizations and protests have changed their nature. The protests began against the repression of victims of racism, but now there are some social, political, and legal demands, among others, which could have an impact on the structure of power.

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Parallels between Minneapolis and Jerusalem are more than skin deep

11 June 2020 — Jonathan Cook

In a world of depleting resources and contracting economies, states are preparing for future uprisings by a growing underclass

Middle East Eye – 11 June 2020

It is hard to ignore the striking parallels between the recent scenes of police brutality in cities across the United States and decades of violence from Israel’s security forces against Palestinians.

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Israel lobby sees Black Lives Matter as major strategic threat

8 June 2020 — The Electronic Intifada

Ali Abunimah

People hold signs

Nicola Marfisi Avalon.red

Israel lobby groups have long seen the Black Lives Matter movement as a threat and have tried both to disrupt and co-opt it.

As protests sweep the world in the wake of the Minneapolis police killing of George Floyd, Israel lobby groups are struggling to appear on board with the Black Lives Matter movement while upholding their support for Israel’s racism.

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The Most Revealing Footage On Police Brutality Is These Cops Applauding Its Perpetrators

6 June 2020 — Caitlin Johnson

by Caitlin Johnstone

Among the constant deluge of police brutality footage flooding the internet as America’s armed goon patrol responds to the Black Lives Matter protests across the nation, there is one video which stands out above all the others in illustrating just how pervasively violent police culture is. Curiously enough, this video itself contains no police brutality.

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Speak out against systemic racism

6 June 2020 — Medact

George Floyd’s murder must prompt deep interrogation of the structural racisms that pervade our society.

The disproportionate impacts of COVID-19 on BAME communities are increasingly clear, compounding pre-existing truths about how minority groups are more likely to suffer from impoverishment, low pay, poor housing and ill health.

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Confronting Institutional Racism

3 June, 2020 — Jack Rasmus

A week ago in Minneapolis, for all the world to see, a black man, George Floyd, was murdered by a policeman, Derek Chauvin. Protests broke out in nearly 100 American cities, and even worldwide, and have continued now for more than a week.

Murders of black men by police in America are not new. They are endemic. So why the deep, widespread, and sustained protests this time?

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Rebellion and Repression: Capitalism’s Long Hot Summer Begins

3 June 2020 — Internationalist 360°

Ben Becker

https://www.liberationnews.org/wp-content/uploads/2020/06/Minneapolis-front-5-precinct.pngProtesters sit in front of Minneapolis 5th police precinct, Saturday, May 30, 15 minutes before 8 p.m. curfew. Both a split-off march and this sit-in were heavily tear-gassed by police minutes later. | Liberation photo: Kei Pritzker

Trump declared last night from the White House that he would “end the riots” with a national military mobilization to “dominate the streets” and that “if a city or state refuses to take the actions that are necessary,” he would “deploy the United States military and quickly solve the problem for them.”

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As US protests show, the challenge is how to rise above the violence inherent in state power

2 June 2020 — Jonathan Cook

Here is one thing I can write with an unusual degree of certainty and confidence: Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin would not have been charged with the (third-degree) murder of George Floyd had the United States not been teetering on a knife edge of open revolt.

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The UK is Not Innocent – Police Racism Has a Long and Violent History Here Too

1 June 2020 — Novara Media

John Sibley/Reuters

by Wail Qasim


“I can’t breathe, I can’t breathe, I can’t breathe.” This desperate refrain has once again become the dying words of yet another black man in the United States.

Memories of the New York City Police Department officer administering a lethal headlock on Eric Garner have barely faded since his death in 2014. In the years that followed, as protest and movement-building swept across North America, the words would come to take on their own life in solidarity with Garner and the countless other black men and women who have died following contact with the police.

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