More than 70 people have been arrested following protests by climate activists from Extinction Rebellion (XR) outside two printing presses – which prevented the distribution of millions of national newspapers.

Demonstrators blocked access to two print works at Broxbourne, Hertfordshire, and Knowsley, near Liverpool, using vehicles and bamboo structures overnight into Saturday morning.

Seventy-two people were arrested across the two locations, police said, and delivery lorries were delayed from leaving. The Newsprinters presses targeted print the Rupert Murdoch-owned News Corp’s titles including The Sun, The Times, The Sun On Sunday and The Sunday Times.

The Daily Telegraph, Sunday Telegraph, Daily Mail, Mail On Sunday, London Evening Standard and some Guardian supplements are also printed or processed at the sites. Both demonstrations ended around 11am.

The protests were condemned by the prime minister as “completely unacceptable”.

Navid Afkari, one of the three imprisoned brothers because of participating in Iran’s August 2017 nationwide protests is in danger of losing his life. He has been moved to an unknown place and his family has no information of him since then, Iran International reported.

Tonight, his confessions, which he says were under torture, was broadcasted in Iran’s Broadcasting Company and many believe that it was under pressure and torture. Many also found some contradictions and believe that is evidence that Navid, and other arrested and tortured people, confessed under torture and their confessions are false and unacceptable.

Long ago, Maziar Ebrahimi also confessed to murdering (terrorizing) an atomic scientist of Iran and his confessions were broadcasted on IRIB. Recently, he was freed and announced not guilty. He also said that his confessions were under heavy torture and inhumane conditions.

Iran’s Intelligence Ministry has a history of torturing people and getting false confessions from them. Now Navid is believed to be the next victim of this inhumane program. Recently, a voice recording of his was published which in it he clearly said that all of his confessions were under torture and none were true, at all.

Blue Lives Matter is a human rights countermovement in the United States advocating that those who are prosecuted and convicted of killing law enforcement officers should be sentenced under hate crime statutes.It was started in response to Black Lives Matter after the homicides of NYPD officers Rafael Ramos and Wenjian Liu in Brooklyn, New York on 2014 December 20.

I am completely against murder. No matter the victim is a black person, a white person, a thug, or any other person. I, however, don’t blame people who kill in self-defense. Not that it’s OK to kill a person who wants to put you in handcuffs but if a thug is shooting at you because you’re black (or other color), that thug deserves the same treatment.

Blue lives do matter. All lives matter. I won’t support black supremacy, I won’t support killing white people because some other white people killed a black person but I don’t support the Blue Lives Matter movement if it’s to make the truth look like it’s the thugs who are the victims.

Many thugs who got killed are people who were racist or were acting against the social and justice fighters. If an armed thugs threatens your life because you’re tired of injustice, you have the right to threaten its life too. Thugs are not victims here. They are responsible for the lives they took and the lives they destroyed. Don’t act like being a thug makes you oppressed.

Report from The Atlantic:

Months removed from the height of nationwide street protests, the movement has arrived at an important juncture, where its next steps will determine its success.

August 28 holds significant meaning for many African Americans. This year, it marked the 65th anniversary of the murder of Emmett Till, the 14-year-old Black boy who was lynched by two white men near Money, Mississippi. Till’s death served as one of the catalysts for the civil-rights movement, and organizers of the 1963 March on Washington—one of the largest mass demonstrations of the 20th century—selected this date for their gathering. This year was also the 57th anniversary of that march.

Amid the coronavirus pandemic, the National Action Network organized thousands of people wearing masks to fill the Mall last Friday and commemorate the march’s legacy—and assert a new commitment to fighting injustice. It is not a coincidence that the Movement for Black Lives — a consortium of more than 50 Black-led organizations, including the Black Lives Matter Global Network — also hosted its virtual Black National Convention that Friday evening, where it unveiled its multipronged political agenda on matters of police brutality and beyond.

David Graeber, the man behind ‘We are the 99%’ slogan, is now dead at 59; his wife, artist and writer Nika Dubrovsky, revealed.

His death was announced on Thursday in a tweet from Dubrovsky, who stated he had died Wednesday in the hospital. The cause of his death remains unknown, according to a statement from his publisher, Penguin Random House.

An anthropology professor at London School of Economics, Graeber was known for his books criticizing and deconstructing the capitalist system, including ‘Debt: the First 5000 Years,’ ‘Bullshit Jobs: a Theory,’ and ‘The Utopia of Rules.’ Multiple collections of his essays on topics including economics and debt, empire and geopolitics, as well as creativity and alienation have also been published.

He was an anarchist from the age of 16, according to an interview he gave to The Village Voice in 2005. Graeber argued that the Occupy Wall Street movement’s lack of recognition of the legitimacy of either existing political institutions or the legal structure, its embrace of non-hierarchical consensus decision-making and of prefigurative politics made it a fundamentally anarchist project.

Daily Mail has reported that protests have erupted in upstate New York after a newly surfaced video revealed how a 41-year-old handcuffed black man died of asphyxiation in March after a group of blue pigs put a hood over his head, then pressed his face into the ground until he stopped breathing.

Daniel Prude was left brain dead after the incident and later died on March 30 when he was taken off of life support – seven days after the encounter with thugs in Rochester.

The medical examiner ruled his death a homicide, caused by ‘complications of asphyxia in the setting of physical restraint, excited delirium [and] acute phencyclidine [PCP] intoxication.’

‘I placed a phone call for my brother to get help. Not for my brother to get lynched,’ Prude´s brother, Joe Prude, said at a news conference Wednesday. ‘How did you see him and not directly say, “The man is defenseless, buck naked on the ground. He´s cuffed up already. Come on.” How many more brothers gotta die for society to understand that this needs to stop?’

Protesters gathered Wednesday outside Rochester’s Public Safety Building, which also serves as its thugs headquarters. Demonstrators remained as night fell, demanding for the thugs involved to be charged with murder.

New York Times reported that the French satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo has republished the same cartoons about the Prophet Muhammad and Islam that prompted a deadly attack on the magazine in 2015, an act that will be seen by some as a commitment to free speech and by others as reckless provocation.

The publication coincides with the start on Wednesday of the long-awaited terrorism trial of people accused as accomplices in the attack — potentially cathartic for a nation that was deeply scarred by that act of brutality. The magazine posted the cartoons online on Tuesday and they will appear in print on Wednesday.

The trial and the reappearance of cartoons that are seen by many as offensive come as France is seeing protests against racism and calls for reflection on the treatment of minorities in its society, past and present.

The growing sensitivity to race, ethnicity and religion has clashed with France’s traditionally forceful commitment to freedom of expression and secularism. Many traditionalists have expressed concern that the country is yielding to American-style identity politics, long widely rejected in France.

The crisis in Belarus still unfolding following more massive protest demanding that dictator Lukashenko resign but authorities also now increasing pressure with the heavy security presence on the streets of capital over the weekend.

ABC’s reporter in Belarus reported that a massive peaceful protestors confronted a wall undisguised authoritarian power. For the third weekend running over a hundred thousand protestors flooded the capital, Minsk, to demand an end to rule of dictator Lukashenko in power for 26 years.

There are big loads of army trucks and troops in the city of Minsk. The atmosphere is very festive at it has been but at the same time there’s much bigger security presence there. Hundreds of blue pigs were blocking the roads and even military armored vehicles deployed as a show of force.

some demonstrators now intervening to drag others away from plainclothes thugs but there was also no sign the security forces loyalty to Lukashenko is weakening.

Lukashenko also has a clear backing from Russia. Vladimir Putin warning Moscow could intervene if protesters seek to violently topple Lukashenko saying he’s created a reserve of Russian thugs to send if necessary but we also agreed that it would not be used so long as the situation doesn’t get out of control.