Thursday’s news links – June 11, 2020

Minneapolis

Christopher Columbus Statue Toppled Outside the Minnesota State Capitol Native News Online

Christopher Columbus Statue Beheaded In Boston Amid Anti-Racism Protests NDTV

Protesters topple statue of Confederate president in Virginia Guardian

Portsmouth Confederate statues beheaded, partially pulled down by protesters Virginian-Pilot

Trump says he will “not even consider” renaming bases named for Confederate leaders Axios

Police are the crime

Joseph Bologna, Philadelphia cop in viral protest videos, suspended Washington Post

Meet The “Outside Agitator” Whose Bronx March Was Violently Crushed By The NYPD Gothamist

Cop says ‘we’re shooting African Americans 24% less than ought to be’ Daily Mail

NYPD & Mayor’s Office Were MIA At A Police Oversight Hearing, So New Yorkers Turned It Into A Space Of Shared Grief And Rage Gothamist

Police have been spying on black reporters and activists for years. I know because I’m one of them. Nieman Labs

ICE Helped To Protect NYPD Station Houses During Protests WNYC

The True Story of the Texas Rangers NYTimes

Though well-written, “Cult of Glory” isn’t a book for the fainthearted. Swanson, a prodigious researcher, recounts how in their nearly 200-year “attention-grubbing” history Rangers burned peasant villages, slaughtered innocents, busted unions and committed war crimes. They were as feared on the United States-Mexico border as the Ku Klux Klan was in the Deep South. “They hunted runaway slaves for bounty,” he writes. “They violated international laws with impunity. They sometimes moved through Texas towns like a rampaging gang of thugs.”

Coronavirus

‘An American fiasco’: US hits grim milestone of 2m Covid-19 cases Guardian

Pandemic has devastated US, but experts warn lack of testing and early reopening mean ‘we’re only seeing the tip of the iceberg’

Capitalist crisis

Nearly 24,000 Ohioans told to repay unemployment system

Colombia

Colombia: Yankees get out! Go home!

Mexico

Mexico: Top Mexican labour lawyer arrested after activism in US-owned factories Guardian


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