2019-12-05: News Headlines

Brett Wilkins (2019-12-05). ICC Holds Hearing on Afghanistan War Crimes, Including US Torture. commondreams.org By 2006, at least 100 prisoners had died in US custody in Afghanistan and Iraq, most of them violently, according to government data. (Photo: US torture Image by Witness Against Torture) | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files/styles/cd_special_coverage/public/views-article/thumbs/torture_0.jpeg

WSWS (2019-12-05). Honduran court sentences seven men for killing of Berta Cáceres. wsws.org The court ruling provides window-dressing for the authoritarian forms of rule introduced with the 2009 coup backed by the Obama administration.

Ryan Cristián (2019-12-05). CNN Says US Has "Fresh Intelligence" Of Iran Prepping Attack But Can't Show It & More NYT Propaganda. thelastamericanvagabond.com Welcome to The Daily Wrap Up, a concise show dedicated to bringing you the most relevant independent news, as we see it, from the last 24 hours (12/4/19). As always, take the information discussed in the video below and research it for yourself, and come to your own conclusions. Anyone telling you what the truth …

Staff (2019-12-05). Today's Republican Party Preserves US Legacy of Slavery and Imperialism. truthout.org On the Thursday of the second week of the House Intelligence Committee's impeachment hearings, former U.S. Attorney Preet Bharara had a special guest on his weekly podcast, Carl Bernstein. It was Bernstein, with fellow Washington Post journalist Bob Woodward, whose reporting broke open the story of how the…

Staff (2019-12-05). Pelosi Asks House Democrats to Draft Articles of Impeachment. truthdig.com House Speaker Nancy Pelosi compared President Donald Trump to a despotic tyrant in a press conference Thursday and announced she has asked House Judiciary Chairman Jerry Nadler to prepare articles of impeachment. | "The facts are uncontested," said Pelosi, a California Democrat. "The president abused his power for his own personal political benefit at the expense of our national security." | Watch Pelosi's announcement: | The House Intelligence Committee released its 300-page report on the president's abuse of power on Tuesday. The document details how Trump used the release of Congressionally-approved militar…

RT (2019-12-05). 'Cruel coward' Trump versus 'nervous wreck' Pelosi: Impeachment drama heats up (VIDEO). rt.com House Speaker Nancy Pelosi had barely announced the impeachment of President Donald Trump, before the California Democrat and the embattled president were verbally clubbing each other — and in Pelosi's case, the media. | After the House Intelligence Committee's impeachment inquiry against Trump wrapped up, and a report was sent to the Judiciary Committee, Pelosi announced on Thursday that she would instruct the Democrat-led committee to draft articles of impeachment against the president, bringing Trump one step closer to a Senate trial. | With the issue of whether or not Trump actually committed the "hi…

RT (2019-12-05). Pelosi says Trump to be impeached, Trump says 'do it fast, but I'll win'. rt.com House Speaker Nancy Pelosi has instructed the House Judiciary Committee to draft articles of impeachment against President Donald Trump, following a Democrat-led impeachment inquiry. | Pelosi — who has until recently been cautious about the political ramifications of impeaching the president — announced the decision on Thursday. Two days earlier, the House Intelligence Committee voted to send a report to the Judiciary Committee. The document alleges that the evidence of Trump's misconduct is "overwhelming." | Today, Pelosi echoed this sentiment, telling reporters that "the president's actions have se…

Staff (2019-12-05). Aminatou Haidar Honored For Decades of Peaceful Resistance in Western Sahara, Africa's Last Colony. democracynow.org In Stockholm, Democracy Now! sat down with one of the winners of this year's Right Livelihood Award: Sahrawi human rights leader Aminatou Haidar. For over three decades, Haidar has led a peaceful campaign to resist the Moroccan occupation of Western Sahara, which is often called Africa's last colony. Morocco has occupied Western Sahara — a small region just south of Morocco in northwest Africa — since 1975. Thousands have been tortured, imprisoned, killed and disappeared while resisting the occupation. Peaceful protesters, led by women, are routinely beaten in the streets. Despite this violent repress…

WSWS (2019-12-04). WikiLeaks editor Kristinn Hrafnsson addresses the Australian press club. wsws.org Hrafnsson said Assange's "rendition" was not taking place "with a sack over the head and an orange jumpsuit, but with the enabling of the UK legal system and with the apparent support of the Australian government."

Alex Emmons (2019-12-04). Seventeen Years After His Arrest, Alleged USS Cole Plotter Is Still Fighting to See Records of His CIA Torture. theintercept.com Abd al Rahim al Nashiri's lawyers say that details of his torture are essential to defending him against death penalty charges.

Staff (2019-12-04). Headlines for December 4, 2019. democracynow.org House Impeachment Report Accuses Trump of Soliciting Foreign Interference in 2020 Election, Report: Europe Could Face Annual Extreme Heat Waves Due to Climate Change, Kamala Harris Ends Her 2020 Presidential Campaign, ProPublica: McKinsey Helped Trump Speed Up Mass Deportation Program, Detained Asylum Seekers Protest in Winnfield, Louisiana, House Votes for Bill to Punish China over Mass Imprisonment of Muslims, ICC Begins Hearing over Alleged U.S. Military Torture in Afghanistan, Rikers Island Officers Stood By as Teenager Attempted to Hang Himself, Today Marks 50th Anniversary of Assassination of Fred Hampton…

Eds. (2019-12-03). Members of Argentine Delegation in Bolivia tell the horror they recorded (Coup Repression). mronline.org Disappearances, murders, arbitrary detentions, rapes, torture and hospitals that refuse to take care of those wounded by the repression were some of the events recorded during the first day of work. They were held and kicked at the airport by a pro-coup mob. Then the Minister of Government of Añez, Arturo Murillo, came out to […] | Source

RT (2019-12-03). Dueling impeachment reports: Democrats claim 'evidence' of Trump misconduct, Republicans say there isn't any (READ HERE). rt.com Impeachment hearings have shown evidence that US President Donald Trump solicited election interference from Ukraine for personal gain, says a new report by the House Democrats. Republicans say that no such evidence was given. | House Intelligence Committee chair Adam Schiff (D-California) published a 300-page report on Tuesday, as part of the official impeachment inquiry authorized in October despite bipartisan opposition. The report claims that both the secret depositions and the public hearings held over the past month have shown ev…

Fight Back (2019-11-28). Read Friedrich Engels on Engels's birthday. fightbacknews.org To mark the Nov. 28, 1820 birthday of the revolutionary Frederick Engels, Fight Back News Service is circulating the one of his writings — On Authority. | On Authority | A number of Socialists have latterly launched a regular crusade against what they call the principle of authority. It suffices to tell them that this or that act is authoritarian for it to be condemned. This summary mode of procedure is being abused to such an extent that it has become necessary to look into the matter somewhat more closely. | Authority, in the sense in which the word is used here, means: the imposition of the will of anoth…

Staff (2019-11-28). Arundhati Roy: It's Hard to Communicate the Scale and the Shape of This Shadow Taking India Over. democracynow.org Human rights groups are condemning the Indian government for carrying out widespread torture, extrajudicial killings, arbitrary arrests and other crimes in Kashmir after the region's special status was revoked in August. We speak to the acclaimed Indian author Arundhati Roy about the crackdown in Kashmir, rising authoritarianism in India and other issues.

Fred_F (2019-11-28). Westpac scandal underlines Coalition's hypocrisy on banks, unions. greenleft.org.au economy Jim McIlroyIssue 1247 AustraliaNovember 28, 2019Financial intelligence agency AUSTRAC is pursuing Westpac over 23 million alleged breaches of money laundering laws in the biggest such case in Australian history. According to AUSTRAC, Westpac allowed transfers of about $11 billion without proper scrutiny, including funds destined for ch…

Christine Harrison (2019-11-16). Weekend Read: The importance of documenting racism in the White House. splcenter.org Earlier this week, the SPLC's Intelligence Project released the first two installments of an explosive four-part series examining more than 900 leaked emails between White House senior adviser Stephen Miller and an editor at the Breitbart News Network, a far-right website that its co-founder once dubbed the "platform for the alt-right."