2019-01-18: News Headlines

Andrea Germanos (2019-01-17). United States Doesn't Even Make Top 20 on Global Democracy Index. theantimedia.com (CD) — A new index released this week offers a sobering look at how democracy is faring in the United States. According to the 2018 edition of The Economist Intelligence Unit's Democracy Index, the U.S. doesn't even make the list of top 20—its demonstrably "flawed democracy" notching it the 25th spot. The ranking is based on 60 …

Alexander Rubinstein (2019-01-17). Amnesty International's Troubling Collaboration With US and UK Intelligence. theantimedia.com (MPN) — Amnesty International, the eminent human-rights non-governmental organization, is widely known for its advocacy in that realm. It produces reports critical of the Israeli occupation in Palestine and the Saudi-led war on Yemen. But it also publishes a steady flow of indictments against countries that don't play ball with Washington — countries like Iran, China, Venezuela, …

amnesty (2019-01-17). Putin has given Chechnya free rein to persecute LGBTI people. amnesty.org By Natalia Prilutskaya, Russia Researcher at Amnesty International | For the second time in less than two years, a violent homophobic crackdown has left LGBTI people in Chechnya fearing for their lives. Earlier this week the Russian LGBT Network confirmed reports that the Chechen authorities have resumed large-scale arrests of individuals believed to be gay or lesbian, imprisoning and torturing them. | According to the organization's protected sources, around 40 people have been arrested since De…

Andrea Germanos (2019-01-16). United States Doesn't Even Make Top 20 on Global Democracy Index. mintpressnews.com A new index released this week offers a sobering look at how democracy is faring in the United States. | According to the 2018 edition of The Economist Intelligence Unit's Democracy Index, the U.S. doesn't even make the list of top 20—its demonstrably "flawed democracy" notching it the 25th spot. | The ranking is based on 60 indicators spanning five interrelated categories: electoral process and pluralism; civil liberties; the functioning of government; political participation; and political culture. Each category gets a 0-10 score, with the final s…

pip.hinman (2019-01-16). #SaveHakeem: Stop the deportation of a Bahraini refugee. greenleft.org.au Bahraini refugee Hakeem Al-Araibi has been held in detention in Thailand since last November 27. He faces the terrifying prospect of being deported to the country where he was tortured. | Al-Araibi, a semi-professional footballer and former member of the Bahraini national football team, was on his honeymoon and had just landed in Thailand. Australian authorities alerted Thai authorities, whereupon he was arrested. Bahrain is demanding his extradition. | Yahya Alhadid, a spokesperson for the Gulf Institute for Democracy and Human Rights, said if Al-Araibi is extradited back to Bahrain he will face "continuous elec…

kathy_f (2019-01-16). Brazil shows how capitalism stamps out democracy. greenleft.org.au Brazil is going through a profound political crisis, probably more serious than the military coup in 1964 that ushered in 25 years of authoritarian rule, writes Sue Bradford. | After his election as president in October, the neo-fascist Jair Bolsonaro began selecting his ministers. His most important decision — and one that will probably change the destiny of Brazil for many decades — was to choose Paulo Guedes, an advocate of extreme free-market economics, as a super-minister, responsible for a hugely-expanded finance ministry. | As Bryan Pitts, from Indiana University, has pointed out, Guedes is per…

amnesty (2019-01-15). Russie: La répression homophobe reprend en Tchétchénie. amnesty.org Les autorités tchétchènes ont lancé une nouvelle vague d'attaques contre les personnes soupàßonnées d'être gays ou lesbiennes. Au moins 40 personnes ont été détenues arbitrairement et torturées en Tchétchénie, une république du sud de la Russie. Au moins deux personnes seraient mortes des suites d'actes de torture.

amnesty (2019-01-15). Russian Federation: Homophobic crackdown in Chechnya resumes. amnesty.org The Chechen authorities have unleashed a new wave of attacks on people believed to be gay or lesbian. At least 40 individuals have been arbitrarily detained and tortured in Chechnya, a republic in the south of Russia. At least two people are reported to have been tortured to death.

Democracy Now! (2019-01-10). Public Citizen: Frightening Prospect If an Authoritarian Like Trump Declares State of Emergency. democracynow.org President Trump says that he will likely declare a national emergency over the border wall if negotiations over the government shutdown continue. We speak with Robert Weissman, president of Public Citizen. "The Congress has given the president quite a bit of authority to declare emergencies with terms that are almost unbounded," Weissman says. "Congress has always expected, and society has always expected, that presidents wouldn't abuse that authority recklessly, declaring emergencies just because they want to. We obviously have a president now who has no such constraints."

Max Blumenthal (2019-01-09). New Documents Reveal a Covert British Military-Intelligence Smear Machine Meddling In American Politics. grayzoneproject.com The Integrity Initiative has mobilized an international disinformation campaign across Europe. Now, with government and right-wing foundation money, this massive…

2019-01-18: Social Media Postees

Amnesty International's Troubling Collaboration with UK & US Intelligence
Alexander Rubinstein | mintpressnews.com | 2019-01-17
Some troubling connections contradict Amnesty's image as a benevolent defender of human rights and reveal key figures at the organization during its early years to be less concerned with human dignity and more concerned with the dignity of the US and UK's image in the world. | The post Amnesty International's Troubling Collaboration with UK & US Intelligence appeared first on MintPress News.
mintpressnews.com/amnesty-international-…

Amnesty International's Troubling Collaboration With US and UK Intelligence
Alexander Rubinstein | theantimedia.com | 2019-01-17
(MPN) — Amnesty International, the eminent human-rights non-governmental organization, is widely known for its advocacy in that realm. It produces reports critical of the Israeli occupation in Palestine and the Saudi-led war on Yemen. But it also publishes a steady flow of indictments against countries that don't play ball with Washington — countries like Iran, China, Venezuela, …

Amnesty International’s Troubling Collaboration With US and UK Intelligence

United States Doesn't Even Make Top 20 on Global Democracy Index
Andrea Germanos | theantimedia.com | 2019-01-17
(CD) — A new index released this week offers a sobering look at how democracy is faring in the United States. According to the 2018 edition of The Economist Intelligence Unit's Democracy Index, the U.S. doesn't even make the list of top 20–its demonstrably "flawed democracy" notching it the 25th spot. The ranking is based on 60 …

United States Doesn't Even Make Top 20 on Global Democracy Index

United States Doesn't Even Make Top 20 on Global Democracy Index
Andrea Germanos | mintpressnews.com | 2019-01-16
A new index released this week offers a sobering look at how democracy is faring in the United States. | According to the 2018 edition of The Economist Intelligence Unit's Democracy Index, the U.S. doesn't even make the list of top 20–its demonstrably "flawed democracy" notching it the 25th spot. | The ranking is based on 60 indicators spanning five interrelated categories: electoral process and pluralism; civil liberties; the functioning of government; political participation; and political culture. Each category gets a 0-10 score, with the final s…
mintpressnews.com/united-states-democrac…

#SaveHakeem: Stop the deportation of a Bahraini refugee
pip.hinman | greenleft.org.au | 2019-01-16
Bahraini refugee Hakeem Al-Araibi has been held in detention in Thailand since last November 27. He faces the terrifying prospect of being deported to the country where he was tortured. | Al-Araibi, a semi-professional footballer and former member of the Bahraini national football team, was on his honeymoon and had just landed in Thailand. Australian authorities alerted Thai authorities, whereupon he was arrested. Bahrain is demanding his extradition. | Yahya Alhadid, a spokesperson for the Gulf Institute for Democracy and Human Rights, said if Al-Araibi is extradited back to Bahrain he will face "continuous elec…
greenleft.org.au/content/savehakeem-stop-deportation-bahraini-refugee-0

Brazil shows how capitalism stamps out democracy
kathy_f | greenleft.org.au | 2019-01-16
Brazil is going through a profound political crisis, probably more serious than the military coup in 1964 that ushered in 25 years of authoritarian rule, writes Sue Bradford. | After his election as president in October, the neo-fascist Jair Bolsonaro began selecting his ministers. His most important decision — and one that will probably change the destiny of Brazil for many decades — was to choose Paulo Guedes, an advocate of extreme free-market economics, as a super-minister, responsible for a hugely-expanded finance ministry. | As Bryan Pitts, from Indiana University, has pointed out, Guedes is per…
greenleft.org.au/content/brazil-shows-how-capitalism-stamps-out-democracy

Russian Federation: Homophobic crackdown in Chechnya resumes
amnesty | amnesty.org | 2019-01-15
The Chechen authorities have unleashed a new wave of attacks on people believed to be gay or lesbian. At least 40 individuals have been arbitrarily detained and tortured in Chechnya, a republic in the south of Russia. At least two people are reported to have been tortured to death.
amnesty.org/en/documents/eur46/9686/2019…

Russie: La répression homophobe reprend en Tchétchénie
amnesty | amnesty.org | 2019-01-15
Les autorités tchétchènes ont lancé une nouvelle vague d'attaques contre les personnes soupàßonnées d'être gays ou lesbiennes. Au moins 40 personnes ont été détenues arbitrairement et torturées en Tchétchénie, une république du sud de la Russie. Au moins deux personnes seraient mortes des suites d'actes de torture.
amnesty.org/en/documents/eur46/9686/2019…

Public Citizen: Frightening Prospect If an Authoritarian Like Trump Declares State of Emergency
Democracy Now! | democracynow.org | 2019-01-10
President Trump says that he will likely declare a national emergency over the border wall if negotiations over the government shutdown continue. We speak with Robert Weissman, president of Public Citizen. "The Congress has given the president quite a bit of authority to declare emergencies with terms that are almost unbounded," Weissman says. "Congress has always expected, and society has always expected, that presidents wouldn't abuse that authority recklessly, declaring emergencies just because they want to. We obviously have a president now who has no such constraints."
www.democracynow.org/2019/1/10/public_ci…

New Documents Reveal a Covert British Military-Intelligence Smear Machine Meddling In American Politics
Max Blumenthal | grayzoneproject.com | 2019-01-09
The Integrity Initiative has mobilized an international disinformation campaign across Europe. Now, with government and right-wing foundation money, this massive… | The post New Documents Reveal a Covert British Military-Intelligence Smear Machine Meddling In American Politics appeared first on Grayzone Project.
grayzoneproject.com/2019/01/08/new-docum…