AJ+ is a unique digital news and storytelling project promoting human rights and equality, holding power to account, and amplifying the voices of the powerless.
11 added to My Authors
May 15 • 8 tweets • 9 min read
Palestinians are commemorating the #Nakba, a program of ethnic cleansing that saw 750,000 Palestinians forcibly displaced from their homes during Israel's creation.
Between 1947-49, Zionist forces killed 15,000 Palestinians and destroyed 500+ Palestinian villages and cities.
No Palestinians displaced by the #Nakba were allowed to return home.
Today, there are over 5 million Palestinian refugees.
1/3 live in camps, some in the occupied West Bank and Gaza, in what groups call "abysmal" conditions without regular access to water, food or electricity.
May 11 • 12 tweets • 9 min read
Israeli forces killed a Palestinian American Al Jazeera journalist who was wearing a press vest in the occupied West Bank.
Shireen Abu Akleh was 51.
Israeli soldiers shot her in the head during raids in Jenin, say other journalists: "They killed her in cold blood."
Israel says it is investigating the killing of Al Jazeera journalist Shireen Abu Akleh, who was shot by Israeli troops in the occupied West Bank.
Israel claims journalists were "armed with cameras."
Other journalists say soldiers "did not stop firing even after she collapsed."
Mar 22 • 4 tweets • 2 min read
Jamaican leaders demanded reparations from the UK ahead of a trip by Prince William and Kate Middleton.
Colonizers enslaved 300,000+ people in Jamaica, thousands starving to death. Revolts by enslaved people there are credited with forcing the British to abolish its slave trade.
The British enslaved over 3 million African people at the height of its slave trade — 400,000 died in transit.
Jamaica was a major slave 'market,' the British profiting off slave labor for sugar while 15,000 enslaved people starved to death.
Hundreds were killed for revolting.
Mar 4 • 5 tweets • 4 min read
The EU gave protected status to people fleeing Ukraine — but that does not apply to thousands of foreign students.
They may enter but must leave immediately.
Many from mostly India or African countries report racism at borders, being blocked from trains or being forced to pay.
Hundreds of foreign students were evacuated home after fleeing Ukraine to neighboring countries. Many refused to leave without their pets.
Some from India said they were forced to walk miles after being blocked from trains.
"The Indian embassy told us to walk, so we walked."
Mar 3 • 4 tweets • 3 min read
The International Criminal Court launched an investigation into war crimes, genocide and crimes against humanity over Russia's invasion of Ukraine.
The UN confirms at least 227 civilians killed in Ukraine, with reports of Russian cluster bomb attacks on schools and hospitals.
Over 1 million people have now been forced to flee Ukraine due to Russia's deadly invasion, says the UN.
Numbers may eventually reach 4 million — almost 10% of the population. The UN confirmed "instances" of racism against the almost half a million non-Ukrainians fleeing.
Feb 24 • 19 tweets • 14 min read
Russia launched a major military assault on Ukraine by land, sea and air, with strikes reported near cities and bases.
President Putin claims it is to "demilitarize" but not occupy Ukraine:
▪️ Airstrikes reported in residential areas
▪️ At least 24 people killed, authorities say
Russia's "special military operation" in Ukraine is believed to be the biggest by one state against another in Europe since WWII.
▪️ At least 68 killed including civilians and soldiers, say Ukrainian officials
▪️ Kyiv's main airport reportedly bombed
▪️ Thousands fleeing Kyiv
Feb 22 • 5 tweets • 4 min read
BREAKING: The 3 white men who murdered #AhmaudArbery were found guilty of federal hate crimes.
Travis McMichael, Greg McMichael and William Bryan, already serving life in prison for murder, face additional life sentences.
Wednesday marks 2 years since #AhmaudArbery was chased and murdered by 3 white men.
Travis McMichael, Greg McMichael and William Bryan avoided charges for almost 2 months after local DAs allegedly told police not to arrest them. They are now serving life in prison for murder.
Dec 28, 2021 • 6 tweets • 3 min read
From a $20 minimum wage to ending cigarette smoking for good, here are the 5 things #NewZealand did right in 2021:
Prime Minister @jacindaardern gradually increased New Zealand's minimum wage over four years, reaching $20/hour in 2021.
Despite years of widespread calls for an increase in the U.S., the federal minimum wage is still $7.25/hr.
Dec 27, 2021 • 6 tweets • 3 min read
Palestinian resistance to occupation felt different in 2021, starting from an uprising to stop land theft by Israeli settlers in Sheikh Jarrah to activists and celebrities speaking out in unprecedented ways.
Here are 5 extraordinary acts of resistance by Palestinians in 2021.
Siblings @m7mdkurd and Muna el-Kurd rallied people around the world to speak up against Israel's forced evictions in Sheikh Jarrah.
Palestinian residents formed a wave of resistance that spread globally.
Nov 22, 2021 • 5 tweets • 5 min read
The jury in the #AhmaudArbery murder trial never heard evidence of alleged racist motives for the killing. During testimony, prosecutors never mentioned:
▪️ Confederate flag on killers' truck
▪️ 1 killer using racist slur as Arbery lay dying
Closing arguments are set for Monday.
Legal experts say prosecutors in the #AhmaudArbery trial may not have mentioned racial animus in testimony because of the jury's racial makeup.
▪️ 11/12 jurors are white (county is 27% Black)
▪️ Judge admitted defense may have used "intentional discrimination" in jury selection
Nov 16, 2021 • 5 tweets • 3 min read
The jury begins deliberations in the Kyle Rittenhouse trial on Tuesday:
▪️ Up to life in prison for killing 2 with AR-style weapon
▪️ Judge dropped charge for possessing weapon as minor
▪️ Jury may consider lesser versions of top charge
▪️ 500 National Guard deployed for verdict
Kyle Rittenhouse faces 5 felony charges:
▪️ 1st-deg reckless homicide (<60 years): must prove "disregard for human life"
▪️ 1st-deg intentional homicide (life): jury can choose lesser charges
▪️ 1st-deg attempted homicide (<60 years)
▪️ 2x endangering safety (<17.5 years each)
Oct 25, 2021 • 5 tweets • 4 min read
Soldiers in Sudan fired live rounds at pro-democracy protesters after the military dissolved the government and took over in an apparent coup.
The military arrested civilian leaders, ending a joint civilian-military council that has ruled since Pres. al-Bashir's ouster in 2019.
Thousands in Sudan protested after the military took power in an apparent coup. At least 12 were injured after soldiers fired at crowds.
▪️ Arrested PM, civilian leaders
▪️ Blocked the internet
▪️ Says will appoint new govt but stay in charge until 2023 elections
Oct 18, 2021 • 4 tweets • 4 min read
The murder trial of 3 white men who killed #AhmaudArbery begins today with jury selection.
The men chased and killed Arbery while he was jogging and allegedly used a racial slur. They do not face state hate crime charges — only federal — as GA had no hate crimes law at the time.
Travis McMichael, Greg McMichael and William Bryan were not arrested for 2+ months after killing #AhmaudArbery — after video leaked.
▪️ Ex-DA allegedly blocked their arrest
▪️ Other DA claimed they were protected by "citizen's arrest" law used to justify lynchings, slave patrols
Sep 27, 2021 • 4 tweets • 2 min read
BREAKING: The jury found R. Kelly guilty of racketeering in a sex trafficking case involving a scheme to recruit and sexually abuse women, girls and boys.
He faces up to 20 years in prison under the racketeering charge.
UPDATE: The jury has found R. Kelly guilty on all counts in his New York sex trafficking case.
▪️ Racketeering: incl. kidnapping, forced labor, bribery
▪️ 8 violations of Mann Act, a sex trafficking statute
He faces up to a max. total 100 years in prison.
Sep 21, 2021 • 6 tweets • 6 min read
The U.S. removed over 6,000 Haitian asylum seekers from the border at Del Rio. It is planning 6 deportation flights on Tuesday, denying many their legal right to asylum — using Trump-era policy.
A man at the border with 2 children said the U.S. government "has no conscience."
DHS says it is investigating images of Border Patrol attacking asylum seekers with whips.
Some were attacked while bringing food/water to Haitians trapped at the border in 104°F heat. One man said: "This treatment they are giving is racism, because of the color of our skin."
Sep 20, 2021 • 7 tweets • 6 min read
The U.S. deported 300+ asylum seekers to Haiti and is planning 7 daily deportation flights starting Wednesday.
At least 3,000 people held at a bridge at Del Rio were moved to planes or detention facilities. One woman who was deported said: "We are on the streets with nothing!"
15,000 people from Haiti have been trapped at a bridge on the U.S.-Mexico border in recent days.
Many slept on the ground, with little access to food, water or toilets. Border Patrol blocked people bringing supplies from Mexico. People say they were treated "worse than animals."
Sep 11, 2021 • 5 tweets • 5 min read
Today marks 20 years since the #September11 attacks killed 2,977 people and sparked the so-called war on terror.
▪️ Over 63,000 people developed 9/11-related illnesses
▪️ Over 3,000 first responders died from them
▪️ Over 1,000 victims' remains not yet identified
The #September11 attacks were used to justify the U.S. invasion and occupation of Afghanistan.
20 years later:
▪️ Over 42,100 civilians have been killed
▪️ Taliban has retaken control
▪️ Civilian causalities up almost 50% this year
▪️ Over 3 million Afghans internally displaced
May 31, 2021 • 4 tweets • 3 min read
Today is 100 years since the #TulsaMassacre, when a white mob ravaged the Black community of Greenwood, killing hundreds of Black people.
Authorities forcibly interned survivors and destroyed evidence of mass graves. True deaths are unknown.
No one was charged for the killings.
A #TulsaMassacre memorial event was canceled after the city rejected a $1 million reparations request for 3 of the last-known survivors
The city commission offered only $100,000 each.
The 1921 white mob attack left 10,000 Black residents homeless. No compensation was paid.
May 24, 2021 • 4 tweets • 3 min read
Belarus forced a Ryanair plane to land to arrest an opposition journalist. Belarus is Europe's most dangerous place for journalists, says RSF.
Roman Protasevich mobilized protests against the president's 5th reelection. He reportedly said:
"I'll get the death penalty here."
Lithuania and some airlines say they will avoid Belarus' airspace, after it forced a Ryanair plane to land to arrest an opposition journalist.
Belarus' president, who won a 6th term in an election opposition says was rigged, ordered the flight's grounding, says state media.
May 20, 2021 • 5 tweets • 5 min read
Israel launched new airstrikes in occupied Gaza on Thursday, killing at least 1 person and hospitalizing entire families.
Airstrikes have killed at least 230 Palestinians, including 65 children. On Wednesday, a strike killed a man, his pregnant wife and their 3-year-old child.
The WHO appealed for Israel to allow humanitarian aid into Gaza, including #COVID19 vaccines, as hospitals face medical shortages.
Israeli airstrikes have hit at least 6 hospitals and destroyed roads leading to them. Israel has only allowed 5 trucks of aid to enter this week.
May 18, 2021 • 5 tweets • 5 min read
Palestinians are on strike in the occupied West Bank, East Jerusalem and in Israeli towns to protest Israel's attacks on Gaza and "against the apartheid regime."
Israel's airstrikes have killed over 200 Palestinians, including at least 61 children.
Israeli police fired tear gas at Palestinians protesting in occupied East Jerusalem, arresting several.
Palestinians are on strike to protest Israeli occupation and attacks in Gaza. One said: "Any day they choose not to work, it almost disables the country."