2019-01-12: News Headlines

STAFF (2019-01-12). FBI Investigated Whether Trump Secretly Worked for Russia: Report. truthdig.com WASHINGTON—Law enforcement officials became so concerned by President Donald Trump's behavior in the days after he fired FBI Director James Comey that they began investigating whether he had been working for Russia against U.S. interests, The New York Times reported Friday. | The report cites unnamed former law enforcement officials and others familiar with the investigation. | The inquiry forced counterintelligence investigators to evaluate whether Trump was a potenti…

Greg Grandin (2019-01-12). The Border Patrol Has Been a Cult of Brutality Since 1924. theintercept.com Since its founding in the early 20th century, the U.S. Border Patrol has operated with near-complete impunity, arguably serving as the most politicized and abusive branch of federal law enforcement — even more so than the FBI during J. Edgar Hoover's directorship. | The 1924 Immigration Act tapped into a xenophobia with deep roots in the U.S. history. The law effectively eliminated immigration from Asia and sharply reduced arrivals from southern and eastern Europe. Most countries were now subject to a set quota system, with the highest numbers assigned to western Europe. As a result, new arrivals to the Uni…

Nina Khrushcheva (2019-01-11). Trump's Wall With Mexico Follows in the Footsteps of Authoritarian Leaders Throughout History. commondreams.org Celebrations on the Berlin Wall after the government announced people could cross the border freely in Germany on Nov. 12, 1989. (Photo: Chute Du Mur Berlin / Gamma-Rapho via Getty Images) | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…

RT (2019-01-11). CIA Director Gina Haspel may have run 'black site' at Guantánamo Bay, court docs reveal. rt.com CIA Director Gina Haspel, confirmed by the Senate last year amid accusations of involvement in torture, may have run a so-called 'black site' at Guantánamo Bay, Cuba. Haspel did not mention this role in her confirmation hearing. |

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…

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

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.

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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