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Russian Missiles Fall on Odessa as Troops Cross Strategic River in Eastern Ukraine

May 10, 2022

Russian missiles fell on the Ukrainian port city of Odessa overnight, destroying a shopping mall and two hotels and leaving at least one person dead. The assault came as Russian forces reportedly crossed a key river in eastern Ukraine’s Luhansk region as they seek to cut Ukrainian supply lines. In Mariupol, Russian troops commemorated “Victory Day” Monday with a march through the streets of the occupied city, joined by pro-Russia separatists. The parade came as Russian jets continued to bomb the massive Azovstal steel plant in Mariupol, where hundreds of Ukrainian soldiers remain holed up. Ukrainian officials say 100 civilians are continuing to shelter in tunnels under the plant — contradicting earlier reports that the last civilians had managed to evacuate.

Russia’s Ambassador to Poland Doused with Red Paint at Victory Day Memorial in Warsaw

May 10, 2022

In Warsaw, protesters surrounded Russia’s ambassador to Poland Monday and doused him in red paint as he prepared to lay flowers at a monument to Soviet soldiers who died defeating Nazi Germany in World War II.

Olga: “I think that they did not have to come today and put flowers at the monument, because they are aggressors in Ukraine. They can’t do this. Ukrainians are with me today. A man from Belarus is with us. We all want there to be no more war.”

The Russian Embassy filed a formal protest and blasted the Polish demonstrators as “admirers of neo-Nazism.”

“The TV and the Authorities Are Lying”: Hackers Bring Antiwar Message to Russian TV

May 10, 2022

In Russia, unknown hackers altered satellite and cable television menus to display antiwar messages Monday before Russian censors were able to take them down. The messages read in Russian, “You have the blood of thousands of Ukrainians and hundreds of dead children on your hands. The TV and the authorities are lying. No to war.”

Biden Speeds Flow of U.S. Arms to Ukraine as Congress Prepares $40 Billion Aid Package

May 10, 2022

President Biden has signed a bill to speed up U.S. shipments of weapons and ammunition to Ukraine. The bill revives the 1941 Lend-Lease Act, which the U.S. used to arm Britain and other allies against Nazi Germany during World War II.

President Joe Biden: “The cost of the fight is not cheap, but caving to aggression is even more costly. That’s why we’re staying in this.”

Biden’s signature came as Democratic lawmakers reportedly agreed on a proposal to provide nearly $40 billion in additional funding to Ukraine — even more than the $33 billion Biden requested in April. The House could vote on the plan as early as today.

Ferdinand Marcos Jr., Son of Ousted Dictator, Poised to Win Philippines Presidency

May 10, 2022

In the Philippines, protests broke out Tuesday in response to the landslide victory of Ferdinand Marcos Jr., the son of the late Filipino dictator, in Monday’s presidential election. His running mate is Sara Duterte, the daughter of current President Rodrigo Duterte. The election was plagued with violent attacks at polling sites and delays triggered by glitches in vote-counting machines. Marcos’s chief rival was Leni Robredo, the country’s current vice president. She spoke as election results were announced Monday.

Vice President Leni Robredo: “Even if a lot of votes have not been read, even if there are still questions in this election that need to be answered, it is clear that the thoughts of the people are becoming known. For the sake of the Philippines, which I know you really love, we need to listen to this voice, because, in the end, we share one country.”

The Marcos dynasty returns to power some 36 years after the family fled a mass uprising in 1986 that ended Marcos’s brutal two-decade dictatorship. Marcos’s government committed serious human rights violations, including forced disappearances and extrajudicial killings. He was also accused of corruption and of looting the Philippines’ treasury. Ferdinand Marcos Sr. died in 1989 while in exile in Hawaii.

Two More Journalists Murdered in Mexico, the 10th and 11th Such Killings in 2022

May 10, 2022

In Mexico, two more journalists have been killed in the Gulf Coast state of Veracruz. Yessenia Mollinedo Falconi was the director of the online news site El Veraz. Sheila Johana García Olivera was a reporter at the same outlet. News of their deaths came as journalists across Mexico took to the streets protesting the murder of another journalist in the northern state of Sinaloa, Luis Enrique Ramírez. At least 11 journalists have been killed in Mexico this year alone.

Rodolfo Montes: “The wave of murders against the journalistic profession has become uncontrollable. Today, just as we are protesting here in Mexico City, in Tijuana and in Sinaloa, we learned the sad news that two of our colleagues were taken from their lives in Veracruz. It is carnage against journalists in our country. There are no guarantees. The Mexican state is not providing the guarantees so that we can freely exercise our journalistic exercise in Mexican territory.”

At Least 44 Killed in Ecuador Prison Riot

May 10, 2022

In Ecuador, at least 44 people were killed during a prison riot near the capital Quito Monday. Over 100 others escaped after violence broke out. Relatives gathered outside the prison waiting for news of their loved ones. Human rights groups have denounced the horrid conditions of Ecuadorian prisons, which are dangerously overcrowded and rarely provide programs that help people rehabilitate. Hundreds have been killed in at least five separate prison riots in Ecuador since February of last year.

Melting Glacier Triggers Flash Floods in Northern Pakistan After Record Heat Wave

May 10, 2022

In northern Pakistan, a massive lake of melt water from a Himalayan glacier burst its banks Saturday, sparking a flash flood that swept away a major bridge and damaged homes and businesses. Pakistan’s climate change minister warns dozens of other glacial lakes are threatening to inundate cities and towns downstream. Pakistan and India just experienced their hottest month of April in over a century of record-keeping, with temperatures soaring to more than 120 degrees Fahrenheit in parts of South Asia.

Brazil’s Amazon Suffered Record Rate of Deforestation in April

May 10, 2022

In Brazil, deforestation in the Amazon rainforest surged to a new record high for the month of April. Last month’s forest loss nearly doubled the amount reported last April which itself set a record. Deforestation has surged under the right-wing presidency of Jair Bolsonaro.

South Korean President Yoon Suk-yeol Takes Hard Line on North Korea in Inaugural Address

May 10, 2022

South Korea has sworn in a new president. Yoon Suk-yeol took the oath of office earlier today at a ceremony in the capital Seoul, promising in his inaugural address he would work to denuclearize North Korea, which he called the South’s “main enemy.”

President Yoon Suk-yeol: “If North Korea genuinely embarks on a process to complete denuclearization, we are prepared to work with the international community to present an audacious plan that will vastly strengthen North Korea’s economy and improve the quality of life for its people.”

Yoon is a hawkish conservative former prosecutor and political newcomer who holds anti-labor and anti-feminist views. As a candidate for president, Yoon threatened a preemptive strike against North Korea. He also promised to abolish South Korea’s Ministry of Gender Equality, though he has since backed off that pledge.

Protesters Rally at Home of Justice Samuel Alito, Who Drafted Opinion Overturning Roe v. Wade

May 10, 2022

About 150 protesters marched to the Washington, D.C.-area home of Supreme Court Justice Samuel Alito Monday evening, after a leaked draft opinion showed Alito and the court’s conservative majority are poised to strike down Roe v. Wade, which legalized abortion nationwide. Monday’s protest followed weekend demonstrations outside the homes of Justice Brett Kavanaugh and Chief Justice John Roberts.

In Texas, Republican lawmakers say they’re preparing to focus on preventing women from leaving the state to seek abortions elsewhere, if the Supreme Court strikes down Roe v. Wade. Republican state Representative Briscoe Cain said, “We’ll continue to do our best to make abortion not just outlawed, but unthinkable.”

On Capitol Hill, Massachusetts Democratic Senator Elizabeth Warren is calling on her colleagues to pass the Women’s Health Protection Act, which aims to codify Roe v. Wade. Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer has scheduled a roll call vote on the bill for Wednesday, but the measure appears doomed since it lacks the 60 votes needed to overcome a Republican-led filibuster.

3 Texas Cops Indicted for Violent Crackdown on 2020 Black Lives Matter Protests

May 10, 2022

A Texas grand jury has indicted three Dallas-area police officers on felony charges they physically assaulted Black Lives Matter protesters in 2020. The indictments were announced Friday, nearly two years after the murder of George Floyd by a Minneapolis police officer sparked protests across Texas and around the world. Dallas SWAT officers Ryan Mabry and Melvin Williams face multiple charges of aggravated assault by a public servant and deadly conduct. Williams was fired from the Dallas Police Department earlier this year over an unrelated excessive force charge. A third officer with the Garland Police Department faces a single assault charge. Among those injured at the protests was Brandon Saenz, who was shot in the face in May of 2020 with a so-called less lethal round fired by a Dallas police officer. Saenz spoke to Democracy Now! less than a month after the assault.

Brandon Saenz: “When I woke up out of surgery, that’s when they told me I lost my eye. My jaw was twisted. My nose was broken. And I got metal plates right here, metal screws in my nose and a plate right here on my cheek.”

Amnesty International documented at least 125 instances of police violence against protesters in 40 states and in the District of Columbia in the weeks following George Floyd’s killing, where officers responded to peaceful protests with unlawful beatings, tear gas and rubber bullets.

2022 Pulitzer Prizes Honor Coverage of Ukraine Invasion, U.S. Air Wars, and Prisoner Rehabilitation

May 10, 2022

The Pulitzer Prize Board has honored Ukrainian journalists for their “courage, endurance and commitment to truthful reporting” following Russia’s invasion of Ukraine.

The New York Times also won a 2022 Pulitzer Prize for their “courageous and relentless reporting that exposed the vast civilian toll of U.S.-led airstrikes, challenging official accounts of American military engagements in Iraq, Syria and Afghanistan.”

Maria Hinojosa and the staff of Futuro Media won for audio reporting for their podcast “Suave” that profiled David Luis “Suave” Gonzalez as he reentered society after serving over 30 years in prison. Maria Hinojosa posted this video on Twitter as she shared the news with Suave on Monday.

Maria Hinojosa: “Guys, we won a Pulitzer! We won a Pulitzer Prize! We won a Pulitzer for 'Suave'! What? I didn’t even — I mean, it’s like I never even thought of winning a Pulitzer!”

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