2019-01-09: News Headlines

Mark Ames (2019-01-09). New Documents Reveal Covert UK Military-Intelligence Smear Machine Meddling In US Politics. mintpressnews.com The Integrity Initiative has mobilized an international disinformation campaign across Europe. Now, with government and right-wing foundation money, this massive "political smear unit" is infiltrating the US.

aljazeera (2019-01-09). Military personnel, relatives tortured in Venezuela: HRW. aljazeera.com New report says detainees were strangled, deprived of food and had the soles of their feet cut with razor blades.

teleSUR (2019-01-09). Iraq: Children Tortured in Kurdish Jails, Activist Group Says. telesurenglish.net Human Rights Watch (HRW) report stated that security forces in Kurdish regions of Iraq have been and continue to torture children in order to gain confessions regarding links to ISIS. | RELATED: | Iraqi Lawmakers Demand Vote to Expel US Military | The report is based on interviews conducted with 20 boys between the ages of 14 and 17 who have either been charged or conv…

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…

Cynthia Papermaster (2019-01-09). Rally: Shut Guantanamo and Prosecute John "Torturer" Yoo. indybay.org UC Berkeley Law School…

WSWS (2019-01-09). Trump delivers fascistic White House rant to demand border wall. wsws.org The government shutdown marks a significant step in the direction of authoritarian rule, directed squarely against the working class.

Human Rights Watch (2019-01-09). Venezuela: Suspected Plotters Tortured. hrw.org

Kathy Manley (2019-01-08). For the First Time Since 9/11, There are a Few Hopeful Signs in the Preemptive Prosecutions of Muslims. counterpunch.org I have been studying the prosecution of Muslims in the "war on terror" since 2006, and the courts have been consistently and resoundingly unfair. Constitutional protections under the First Amendment; Fourth Amendment (illegal wiretapping); Fifth Amendment (tortured confessions); Sixth Amendment (secret evidencegiven to the judge but not the defense, anonymous witnesses), and Eighth Amendment (long More

John W. Whitehead (2019-01-08). Break the Cycle: Say No to the Government's Cruelty, Brutality and Abuse. counterpunch.org "The greater the power, the more dangerous the abuse." —Edmund Burke Folks, it's time to break the cycle. Let's make 2019 the year we say no to the laundry list of abuses—cruel, brutal, immoral, unconstitutional and unacceptable—that have been heaped upon us by the government for way too long. Let's make 2019 the year we More

Fight Back (2019-01-08). Freedom now for PFLP leader Ahmad Sa'adat. fightbacknews.org It's time to step up the struggle to free Ahmad Sa'adat, a noted Palestinian political prisoner and General Secretary of the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine (PFLP). Sa'adat, who has been imprisoned for nearly 20 years, first by the corrupt and occupation-complicit Palestinian Authority, and now by the Israelis, has come to symbolize the resistance of the Palestinian people. He is a brilliant Marxist and advocate for socialism, who stands for liberation of every inch of Palestine. Sa'adat's courage in the face of the Israel's brutality shines as an example to everyone who yearns for a just world.

Human Rights Watch (2019-01-08). Kurdistan Region of Iraq: Detained Children Tortured. hrw.org | | Exterior of the Women and Children's Reformatory in Erbil, where several dozen children are held in pre-trial detention or are serving sentences for alleged ISIS affiliation. | © 2018 Jo Becker/Human Rights Watch | (Beirut) — The Kurdistan Regional Government in northern Iraq is torturing children to confess to involvement with the Islamic State (ISIS), Human Rights Watch said today. | Children told Human Rights Watch tha…

Alex Emmons (2019-01-07). See No Evil: Pentagon Issues Blanket Denial That It Knows Anything About Detainee Abuse in Yemen. theintercept.com A U.N. panel found that detainees in prisons controlled by U.S. allies were beaten, electrocuted, hung upside down, and raped.

Shared by Jocelyn Dombroski (2019-01-04). AI Should Improve Quality of Life, Not Make Capitalists Rich — Lester Earnest on RAI (5/5). therealnews.com Artificial Intelligence can make the world better or be a tool for war — says Lester Earnest, founder of the Artificial Intelligence Lab at Stanford, on Reality Asserts Itself with Paul Jay

Human Rights Watch (2018-12-31). Bahrain: Rights Defender's Conviction Upheld. hrw.org | | Bahraini human rights activist Nabeel Rajab arrives for his appeal hearing at court in Manama, February 11, 2015. | © 2015 Hamad I Mohammed/Reuters | (Beirut) — The Bahrain Court of Cassation, the country's court of last resort, on December 31, 2018 upheld a five-year sentence for Nabeel Rajab, a prominent human rights defender, Human Rights Watch said today. | The sentence arose from comments criticizing torture in a Bahrain prison and the Saudi-…

Human Rights Watch (2018-12-23). Iraq/Kurdistan Region: Risk of Double Trials for ISIS Ties. hrw.org | | Cigarette burns cover the hands and arms of 18-year-old "Karim." Kurdish authorities held him for 13 months. He then returned home and was rearrested by authorities under Baghdad's control, who tortured and held him for months. | © 2018 San Saravan | (Beirut) — Sunni Arab boys who serve prison time in Iraq's Kurdistan region for Islamic State (also known as ISIS) connections risk rearrest after their release if they try to reunite with their families…

kathy_f (2018-12-21). #SaveHakeem — Stop deportation of Bahraini refugee. greenleft.org.au Bahraini refugee Hakeem Al-Araibi has been held in detention in Thailand since November 27, facing the terrifying prospect of deportation to the country where he was tortured. | Al-Araibi fled to Australia in 2014 and was accepted as a refugee. In November, he travelled on UN travel documents to Thailand for a short holiday with his wife. When he arrived at Bangkok airport, Al-Araibi was arrested under an Interpoll "Red Notice" (an international arrest warrant) issued by the Bahrain government. | Interpol is not meant to issue red notices for refugees, so this red notice should never have been issued for Al-Araib…

stuart_m (2018-12-13). Occupied Western Sahara: A rare look inside Africa's last colony. greenleft.org.au In an exclusive broadcast, US-based independent news outlet Democracy Now! broke the media blockade and visited the occupied Western Sahara in the northwest of Africa to document the decades-long Sahrawi struggle for freedom and occupying power Morocco's violent crackdown. | Morocco has occupied the territory since 1975 in defiance of the United Nations and the international community. Thousands of Sahrawi people have been tortured, imprisoned, killed and disappeared while resisting the Moroccan occupation. A 1700-mile wall…

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