Janine Milburn still has nightmares about seeing her unconscious daughter Georgia Jones being put into the back of an ambulance on a stretcher last May. Just four hours earlier, she’d waved the excited 18-year-old off to Mutiny Festival in Portsmouth with her sister Danielle, 21. Then at around 4.20pm, Janine received a panicked call from Danielle to say Georgia was having a fit. Frantic, the 41-year-old mum of three from Havant rushed to the festival site to find a wall of party-goers and ambulances. “I arrived just in time to see Georgia’s feet as the doors closed and instantly felt the anguish of not getting to see her. They had desperately tried to stop my little girl’s body convulsing on the grass for 50 minutes after she’d taken two ecstasy tablets,” Janine says. “The tubes in her mouth were the only thing keeping her breathing. I comforted Danielle, who was distraught, and tried to stay calm as I jumped into the front of the ambulance to … [Read more...] about Why are teenagers dying from drug overdoses when they should be having the time of their lives?
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Brazilian activists have taken to the streets in five major cities after the death of a young black man who was restrained by a supermarket security guard. Campaigners said the protests are feeding a nascent Black Lives Matter movement in Brazil, where nearly three-quarters of all homicide victims are black. Outside the Extra supermarket in the upscale Barra da Tijuca neighbourhood of Rio de Janeiro, demonstrators chanted the name of Pedro Gonzaga, who died of a heart attack in hospital on Thursday after being immobilised with a “sleep hold” by a security guard. Protests were also reported in São Paulo, Belo Horizonte and Fortaleza. Another took place on Saturday in Recife. Lyz Ramos, 19, a student painting placards in Rio, said: “We have to take a position against this to stay alive. It’s a basic issue.” Gonzaga, 19, was immobilised by Davi Amâncio. Video footage showing the prone Gonzaga underneath Amâncio while onlookers pleaded for him … [Read more...] about Protests erupt in Brazil after death of black teenager who was restrained
The Specials - Encore (UMC/Island) **** A decade after their return as a touring act, The Specials are a depleted force for their first album in 38 years to feature original vocalist Terry Hall. Death, illness and internal arguments have left them with only three original members — Hall, Lynval Golding and Horace Panter. Founder Jerry Dammers has steered clear of the reunion. The Specials are in the invidious position of having to measure up to the superlatives associated with their peak of Ghost Town. They burned brightly in their youth, combining the fervency of punk with ska during a few years at the top. Inevitably, Encore is a more considered effort from seasoned musicians who can conjure up an elegant groove on Vote For Me or minor-key majesty on We Sell Hope. But there’s no mistaking the lingering anger on tunes that tackle racism, big tech and the rise of populism. Golding’s song BLM (Black Lives Matter) is a compelling spoken-word account of … [Read more...] about Albums of the week: The Specials, Ian Brown and Beirut
Overnight, Facebook deleted hundreds of pages that it said were run by employees at Sputnik. 75 Sputnik employees have been blacklisted for posting on these pages. The reason that Facebook gave is that they promoted anti-NATO views. Is Facebook continuing its war on independent and alternative media? Thursday's weekly series "Criminal Injustice" is about the most egregious conduct of our courts and prosecutors and how justice is denied to so many people in this country. Paul Wright, the founder and executive director of the Human Rights Defense Center and editor of Prison Legal News (PLN), and Kevin Gosztola, a writer for Shadowproof.com and co-host of the podcast Unauthorized Disclosure, join the show. President Trump announced his Missile Defense Review today at the Pentagon. This includes 20 new ground-based interceptors but also a space-based missile defense layer as the Trump administration pushes … [Read more...] about Facebook Bans Sputnik Pages on Advice of NATO-funded Atlantic Council
On this episode of "By Any Means Necessary" hosts Eugene Puryear and guest host Bob Schlehuber are joined by Anoa Changa, lawyer and host of "The Way With Anoa" to talk about Cyntoia Brown being granted clemency in Tennessee, Nancy Pelosi's "All Lives Matter" moment on MSNBC, Rashida Tlaib calling Donald Trump a motherf-er, and the Birmingham Civil Rights Institute cancelling its gala which would have awarded activist Angela Davis. In a special third segment "By Any Means Necessary" is joined by Andre Vasquez, community organizer and 40th Ward Aldermanic candidate in Chicago to talk about the indictment charges against long-time alderman Ed Burke, the disconnect between establishment politics and grassroot movements, and the need for public financing of elections in Chicago to hold elected officials accountable. Later in the show, Eugene Puryear and guest host Bob Schlehuber are joined by Ra Shad Frazier Gaines, … [Read more...] about Speaker of House Nancy Pelosi’s Inability to Support Black Lives