2019-06-01: News Headlines

Dr. Binoy Kampmark (2019-06-01). Findings of Torture: The UN Rapporteur and Julian Assange. globalresearch.ca Another crude and sad chapter, yet more evidence of a system's vengeance against its challengers. Julian Assange, like they dying Roman emperor Vespasian, may be transforming into a god of sorts, but the suffering of his mortal physical is …

Binoy Kampmark (2019-06-01). Findings of Torture: The UN Rapporteur and Julian Assange. dissidentvoice.org Another crude and sad chapter, yet more evidence of a system's vengeance against its challengers. Julian Assange, like they dying Roman emperor Vespasian, may be transforming into a god of sorts, but the suffering of his mortal physical is finding its mark. While some in the cynical, narcissistic press corps still find little to commend …

Dr. Leon Tressell (2019-06-01). UN Condemns the Psychological Torture Inflicted Upon Julian Assange. "Coordinated" by UK, US, Sweden and Ecuador. globalresearch.ca The UN Torture Expert, Nils Melzer, has strongly condemned the psychological torture inflicted upon WikiLeaks publisher Julian Assange by a coalition of countries led by the United States and United Kingdom. | The WikiLeaks publisher has spent over 7 weeks …

WSWS (2019-06-01). France illegally arming Libyan coastguards to stop refugees from Africa. wsws.org The policy has been condemned by multiple human rights organizations because of the prevalence of torture, rape, slavery and murder in the camps.

WSWS (2019-06-01). United Nations Special Rapporteur: Julian Assange is being tortured. wsws.org Yesterday's statement by Nils Melzer, UN Special Rapporteur on Torture, stands as an indictment of all those who have persecuted Assange and sought to poison public opinion against him.

Consortium News (2019-05-31). UN Torture Report: "Demonized" Assange Has Faced "Psychological Torture" theantimedia.com (CN) — The UN special rapporteur on torture has issued a stinging rebuke to the United States, Great Britain, Sweden and Ecuador for "deliberately" exposing WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange to years of "cruel, inhuman or degrading treatment or punishment," which can only be described as "psychological torture." "In 20 years of work with victims of war, violence and political …

Kevin Gosztola (2019-05-31). UN Special Rapporteur On Torture: 'The Collective Persecution Of Julian Assange Must End Here And Now'. shadowproof.com In a blistering statement against democratic countries collaborating to prosecute and enable the extradition of WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange, the United Nations Special Rapporteur on Torture condemned the "collective persecution" against him. "In 20 years of work with victims of war, violence, and political persecution, I have never seen a…

MAIL (2019-05-31). U.N. Special Rapporteur Calls for Julian Assange to Be Freed, Citing "Psychological Torture" democracynow.org The United Nations special rapporteur on torture is warning that WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange is suffering from the effects of "psychological torture" due to his ongoing detention and threats of possible extradition to the United States. The U.N. expert, Nils Melzer, also warned that Assange would likely face a "politicized show trial" if he were to be extradited to the United States. Melzer writes, "In 20 years of work with victims of war, violence and political persecution, I have never seen a group of democratic states ganging up to deliberately isolate, demonize and abuse a single individual for such a lo…

Consortiumnews (2019-05-31). UN Says Assange Tortured: Watch the Webcast. consortiumnews.com Julian Assange was "psychologically tortured" by four nations ganging up on him, said the UN special rapporteur on torture. Watch the replay with Pentagon Papers whistle blower Dan Ellsberg, and other guests. The 32nd webcast vigil for Julian Assange was… Read more →

Caitlin Johnstone (2019-05-31). The UN Torture Report on Assange Is an Indictment of Our Entire Society. dissidentvoice.org On the eighth of April, shortly before London police forcibly carried WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange out of the Ecuadorian embassy, a doctor named Sondra S Crosby wrote a letter to the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights requesting that the office look into Assange's case. Today, following a scorching rebuke of multiple …

Consortiumnews (2019-05-31). UN Torture Report: 'Demonized' Assange Has Faced 'Psychological Torture'. consortiumnews.com The UN special rapporteur on torture has blasted four nations for imposing psychological torture on Julian Assange. 'A Relentless and Unrestrained Campaign of Public Mobbing, Intimidation and Defamation' Warns of 'Criminalization of Journalism' By Joe Lauria Special to Consortium News… Read more →

Colin Benjamin (2019-05-31). Cleveland's Cuyahoga County Jail Guards Pepper-Spray Black Woman Strapped to Torture Chamber Restraint Chair. blackstarnews.com Chantelle Glass is being victimized above by guards inside Cuyahoga County Jail torture chamber… | A newly released video shows a Black Ohio woman being pepper-sprayed and assaulted by corrections officers inside Cleveland's Cuyahoga County Jail—while she was strapped to a restraint chair, in July 2018. | The Cuyahoga County Jail has been in the news recently because of the suspicious deaths of nine inmates over the past year. Two corrections officers have been arrested and charged in connection with one of those deaths–that of inmate Joseph Arquillo. Several others have also been arrested and charged wi…

Dave Lindorff (2019-05-31). Sri Lankan Refugee Family That Hid Snowden in Hong Kong Now Trapped in Limbo. counterpunch.org Hong Kong. The bipartisan vengeance of the US government and it's pervasive intelligence apparatus, on display currently in its rabid hounding of Wikileaks founder Julian Assange, appears to know no bounds. But as ugly as the full-court effort to bag Assange, already trapped by US the combined efforts of complicity government in Britain and Sweden More

Kevin Blowe (2019-05-30). Five ridiculous reasons why the police label campaigners as 'domestic extremists'. thecanary.co As the Network for Police Monitoring (Netpol) launches its campaign to end the labelling of campaigners as domestic extremists, The Canary is hosting this guest post from Netpol coordinator Kevin Blowe. | It's unclear exactly how many people have their personal details included on the police's secretive "domestic extremist database" — or to give it its full name, the National Special Branch Intelligence System. This database holds records identifying campaigners as either 'nominals' (with their…

Edward Curtin (2019-05-30). Speeding into the Void of Cyberspace as Designed. dissidentvoice.org The internet was hardwired to be a surveillance tool from the start. No matter what we use the network for today — dating, directions, encrypted chat, email, or just reading the news — it always had a dual-use nature rooted in intelligence gathering and war….[Surveillance Valley shows] the ongoing overlap between the Internet and the …

Margot Williams (2019-05-29). Meltdown Showed Extent of NSA Surveillance — and Other Tales From Hundreds of Intelligence Documents. theintercept.com Internal NSA reports reveal the exploits of a secret commando unit, new details of a joint venture with the CIA, and spying against Middle Eastern satellite internet.

Shadowproof (2019-05-29). Unraveling The Justice Department's Conspiracy Theory Against Julian Assange. shadowproof.com Espionage Act charges against WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange revealed the Justice Department is relying on a theory of the case, which was concocted and partly tested during Chelsea Manning's military trial. The theory adopts the CIA's viewpoint, which is that WikiLeaks is a "non-state hostile intelligence service," and suggests Assange…

Staff (2019-05-28). The New Authoritarians. therealnews.com David Renton discusses his new book The New Authoritarians: Convergence on the Right. Although the new wave of right-wing politicians is not fascist, it is dangerous and must be studied closely in order for the left to have a chance to fight back. The book focuses on the U.S, UK and France, and shows the…

United Nations (2019-05-28). Artificial intelligence summit focuses on fighting hunger, climate crisis and transition to 'smart sustainable cities'. un.org Artificial intelligence, or AI, is at the forefront of fighting hunger, mitigating the climate crisis and facilitating "the transition to smart sustainable cities", said the chief of the UN agency which specializes in information and communication technologies, Houlin Zhao, kicking off the third AI for Good Global Summit in Geneva.

Lucas Koerner (2019-05-24). NYT Parrots US Propaganda on Hezbollah in Venezuela. fair.org by Lucas Koerner and Ricardo Vaz The New York Times ( 5/2/19) publishes sensational charges about an official enemy, based on documents only the Times has seen, vouched for by unnamed intelligence agents. What could go wrong? | Judith Miller and Michael Gordon published their now infamous New York Times article o…

Jim Naureckas (2019-05-21). Why Jon Chait Can't Read. fair.org Just as an aside, Jonathan Chait's critique (New York, 5/17/19) of Matt Taibbi is directed almost entirely at the headline of Taibbi's piece (Rolling Stone, 5/16/19), which as I'm sure Chait is well aware was most likely not written by Taibbi. | New York's Jonathan Chait ( 5/17/19)…