2019-04-18: News Headlines

Andre Vltchek (2019-04-17). Julian Assange's Victory. dissidentvoice.org Throughout history, dark and reactionary forces have always attempted to control the world; by violence, by deceit, by kidnapping and perverting the mainstream narrative, or by spreading fear among the masses. Consistently, brave and honest individuals have been standing up, exposing lies, confronting the brutality and depravity. Some have fought against insane and corrupt rulers …

Consortiumnews (2019-04-17). VIPS Fault Mueller Probe, Criticize Refusal to Interview Assange. consortiumnews.com The bug in Mueller's report released on Thursday is that he accepts that the Russian government interfered in the election. Trump should challenge that, says VIPS. MEMORANDUM FOR: The President FROM: Veteran Intelligence Professionals for Sanity (VIPS) SUBJECT: The Fly in the… Read more →

Democracy Now! (2019-04-17). ICC Makes "Dangerous Decision" to Drop Probe into U.S. War Crimes in Afghanistan After U.S. Pressure. democracynow.org The International Criminal Court has announced it will not investigate possible war crimes and crimes against humanity committed by the United States and other actors in Afghanistan. The court suggested the U.S.'s lack of cooperation with the investigation was behind the decision. Earlier this month, the U.S. revoked the visa of the ICC's chief prosecutor, Fatou Bensouda. A 2016 report by the ICC accused the U.S. military of torturing at least 61 prisoners in Afghanistan during the ongoing war. The report also accused the CIA of subjecting at least 27 prisoners to torture, including rape, at CIA prison sites in A…

United Nations (2019-04-17). Progress against torture in Afghan detention centres, but Government needs to do more, says UN report. un.org Torture is likely still widespread in Afghanistan's State-run prisons for detainees linked to ongoing conflict there, the UN said on Wednesday, while also noting an "encouraging reduction" in the level of abuse since 2016.

WSWS (2019-04-17). Unsealed affidavit demonstrates US seeking to prosecute Assange for his journalism. wsws.org The extradition request is a pseudo-legal figleaf for an extraordinary rendition operation.

Alex Emmons (2019-04-15). Secret Report Reveals Saudi Incompetence and Widespread Use of U.S. Weapons in Yemen. theintercept.com Donald Trump says Saudi Arabia could turn to Russia or China for arms, but the French intelligence report emphasizes its dependence on the West.

Democracy Now! (2019-04-11). Sudanese Military Topples Omar al-Bashir as Anti-Government Protesters Vow to Stay in Streets. democracynow.org After months of protest, the Sudanese military ousted President Omar al-Bashir on Thursday, ending his nearly 30 years of authoritarian rule. Tens of thousands of protesters marched in celebration on the streets of Sudan. The military has set up a transitional military council to rule the country for two years, according to a televised statement by Sudan's minister of defense. The news comes after months of protests demanding al-Bashir's resignation. Protesters have been staging a massive sit-in in the capital, Khartoum, since Saturday. Rights groups say at least 50 people have been killed in Sudanese protests si…

Michael Edison Hayden, Intelligence Project (2019-04-05). Twitter locked me out of my account for reporting on extremists. splcenter.org Twitter temporarily suspended my account this week after I posted a tweet that opposed far-right extremism.

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