Monthly Archives: August 2018

2018-08-31: News Headlines

Nick Pemberton (2018-08-30). Reality Winner, Russiagate and the Left. counterpunch.org Reality hit hard for the left when whistleblower Reality Winner was sentenced to five years, three months in prison with three years of supervision after release and 100 hours of community service. Surely it was another pussy-hat-liberal-Russiagate-Deep-State-hoax that is descending on the honorable leftist blogosphere? Actually, it was just the opposite. Winner heroically revealed an attempt by Russian military intelligence to interfere with U.S. elections. And guess who slapped her with the longest sentence for a federal defendant who disclosed information to the media? It couldn't be the very same man who is c…

AAP (2018-08-30). Iran Intelligence Chief Acknowledges Having Israeli Spy. iranian.com Iran's intelligence minister has boasted on state television about his country's successful recruitment of a former Cabinet-level official from a "hostile" country, signaling Tehran's first acknowledgment of compromising an arrested Israeli official. Speaking on state TV late Tuesday, Mahmoud Alavi claimed his agency had a "member of the Cabinet of a hostile country" in hand. […]

Whitney Webb (2018-08-30). Seeing Behind "Reform" Facade, UK Media Regulator Bans Saudi Ad. mintpressnews.com Since rising to power in mid-2017, MBS has shown that, despite his best efforts to lay on the PR charm, he is hardly the reformer he has promoted himself to be. Indeed, he has strewn repression and brutality in his wake, domestically and outside Saudi borders.

wsws.org (2018-08-30). Who is Unsubmissive France's "Comrade Policeman" Alexandre Langlois? wsws.org An intelligence agent who read some Marx while in an agency that set up provocations against strikers, Langlois was ideally placed to join the populist pseudo-left.

Hezvo Mpunga (2018-08-28). Facebook & Google Play the Censor: Are our Civil Liberties Endangered? therealnews.com Rolling Stone's Matt Taibbi joins us to examine the dangerous juncture our freedom finds itself in when Facebook, Twitter, and Google work with the government and its intelligence services to control what we see and hear

Eric Ortiz (2018-08-28). How the Department of Homeland Security Created a Deceptive Tale of Russia Hacking US Voter Sites. consortiumnews.com The narrative about Russian cyberattacks on American election infrastructure is a self-interested abuse of power by DHS based on distortion of evidence, writes Gareth Porter. By Gareth Porter Special to Consortium News The narrative of Russian intelligence attacking state and… Read more →

Democracy Now! (2018-08-28). Headlines for August 28, 2018. democracynow.org U.N. Accuses U.S.-Backed, Saudi-led Coalition of Possible War Crimes in Yemen, North Korea Warns Denuclearization Talks in Jeopardy, Federal Court Strikes Down North Carolina's Gerrymandered Voting Map, U.S. Student Loan Watchdog Accuses Trump Administration of Siding with Predatory Lenders, Facebook Bans Burmese Army Commander-in-Chief After U.N. Genocide Report, U.S. and Mexico Reach Agreement to Revise Portions of NAFTA | , Trump Breaks Near-Silence on Death of Sen. John McCain, Study Links Air Pollution to Reduction in Intelligence, Bloomberg Reassigns Journalist Who Exposed Wells Fargo's Ties to Gun Industry…

Briahna Gray (2018-08-26). Beware the Race Reductionist. theintercept.com A hostage situation has emerged on the left. And progressive policies like "Medicare for All," a $15 minimum wage, free public education, a "Green New Deal," and even net neutrality, are the captives. | The captors? Bad-faith claims of bigotry. | According to an increasingly popular narrative among the center-left, a dispiriting plurality of progressives are "class reductionists" — people who believe that economic equality is a cure-all for societal ills, and who, as a result, would neglect policy prescriptions which seek to remedy identity-based disparities. | Of course, race and class are so interwoven that any political project that aims to resolve one while ignoring the other does a disservice to both. As Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., presumptive leader of the progressive movement, put it this spring when I asked him about the never-ending race versus class debates: "It's not…

RT (2018-08-25). Did CIA's Kremlin sources 'go quiet' or is NYT seeking excuses for lack of fresh 'meddling' rumors? rt.com US intelligence is 'in the dark' about Russian intentions towards the November midterm elections, the New York Times reports, offering some explanations as to why this might be the case, while ignoring the most obvious one.

Democracy Now! (2018-08-24). James Risen: Reality Winner's Sentence Is One of the Worst Miscarriages of Justice in Recent History. democracynow.org NSA whistleblower Reality Winner was handed the longest sentence ever imposed in federal court for leaking government information to the media Thursday. She is the first person to be sentenced under the Espionage Act since President Trump took office. Winner was arrested by FBI agents at her home in Augusta, Georgia, on June 3, 2017, two days before The Intercept published an exposé revealing Russian military intelligence conducted a cyberattack on at least one U.S. voting software company just days before the U.S. presidential election. The exposé was based on a classified NSA report from May 5, 2017, that shows…

Reese Erlich (2018-08-06). The American Psychological Association Struggles with its Policy on Torture. progressive.org Should psychologists be allowed to counsel detainees at Guantanamo and other sites where torture has taken place?

2018-08-31: Social Media Postees

Reality Winner, Russiagate and the Left
Nick Pemberton | counterpunch.org | 2018-08-30
Reality hit hard for the left when whistleblower Reality Winner was sentenced to five years, three months in prison with three years of supervision after release and 100 hours of community service. Surely it was another pussy-hat-liberal-Russiagate-Deep-State-hoax that is descending on the honorable leftist blogosphere? Actually, it was just the opposite. Winner heroically revealed an attempt by Russian military intelligence to interfere with U.S. elections. And guess who slapped her with the longest sentence for a federal defendant who disclosed information to the media? It couldn't be the very same man who is c…
counterpunch.org/2018/08/30/reality-winn…

Seeing Behind "Reform" Facade, UK Media Regulator Bans Saudi Ad
Whitney Webb | mintpressnews.com | 2018-08-30
Since rising to power in mid-2017, MBS has shown that, despite his best efforts to lay on the PR charm, he is hardly the reformer he has promoted himself to be. Indeed, he has strewn repression and brutality in his wake, domestically and outside Saudi borders. | The post Seeing Behind "Reform" Facade, UK Media Regulator Bans Saudi Ad appeared first on MintPress News.
mintpressnews.com/seeing-behind-reform-f…

Who is Unsubmissive France's "Comrade Policeman" Alexandre Langlois?
wsws.org | wsws.org | 2018-08-30
An intelligence agent who read some Marx while in an agency that set up provocations against strikers, Langlois was ideally placed to join the populist pseudo-left.
www.wsws.org/en/articles/2018/08/30/lang…

How the Department of Homeland Security Created a Deceptive Tale of Russia Hacking US Voter Sites
Eric Ortiz | consortiumnews.com | 2018-08-28
The narrative about Russian cyberattacks on American election infrastructure is a self-interested abuse of power by DHS based on distortion of evidence, writes Gareth Porter. By Gareth Porter Special to Consortium News The narrative of Russian intelligence attacking state and… Read more ?…
consortiumnews.com/2018/08/28/how-the-de…

Did CIA's Kremlin sources 'go quiet' or is NYT seeking excuses for lack of fresh 'meddling' rumors?
RT | rt.com | 2018-08-25
US intelligence is 'in the dark' about Russian intentions towards the November midterm elections, the New York Times reports, offering some explanations as to why this might be the case, while ignoring the most obvious one.
rt.com/usa/436804-cia-kremlin-sources-qu…

James Risen: Reality Winner's Sentence Is One of the Worst Miscarriages of Justice in Recent History
Democracy Now! | democracynow.org | 2018-08-24
NSA whistleblower Reality Winner was handed the longest sentence ever imposed in federal court for leaking government information to the media Thursday. She is the first person to be sentenced under the Espionage Act since President Trump took office. Winner was arrested by FBI agents at her home in Augusta, Georgia, on June 3, 2017, two days before The Intercept published an exposé revealing Russian military intelligence conducted a cyberattack on at least one U.S. voting software company just days before the U.S. presidential election. The exposé was based on a classified NSA report from May 5, 2017, that shows…
www.democracynow.org/2018/8/24/james_ris…

The American Psychological Association Struggles with its Policy on Torture
Reese Erlich | progressive.org | 2018-08-06
Should psychologists be allowed to counsel detainees at Guantanamo and other sites where torture has taken place?
progressive.org/dispatches/the-american-…