2019-06-05: Social Media Postees

Australian government forces refugees back to face repression in Sri Lanka
wsws.org | 2019-06-05
At least 20 more asylum seekers have been detained by the Australian navy and deported to Sri Lanka to face possible torture and imprisonment.
www.wsws.org/en/articles/2019/06/05/refu…

Calling Solitary Confinement 'Government Torture,' Ocasio-Cortez Says 'Release Everyone'
Andrea Germanos, staff writer | commondreams.org | 2019-06-05
In tweet commenting on upcoming "protective custody" of Paul Manafort, Rep. Ocasio-Cortez says prison sentences don't provide license to commit "human rights violations" | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…
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Trump Wants to Make Alaska's Protected Wilderness a Hunting Ground
Staff | truthout.org | 2019-06-05
A video featuring a father and son slaughtering a mother black bear and then her two screaming newborn cubs in their den has ricocheted around the world, drawing obvious comparisons to the killing of Cecil, the African lion, by a Minnesota dentist several years ago. | Sadly, the shocking brutality the two men displayed for the world to see could soon be sanct…
truthout.org/articles/trump-wants-to-mak…

Beware of Authoritarian Christians
Rev. William Alberts | counterpunch.org | 2019-06-05
Christianity and authoritarianism are commonly believed to be at opposite ends of the democratic-autocratic continuum. A commonly held belief is that Christians, guided by The Bible, are accepting and caring of each other and others, and are thus democratic. Yes, many Christians do good with-and-for others, inspired by Jesus' Sermon on the Mount's emphasis on mercy and forgiveness and peacemaking (Matthew 5: 1-10), his teaching that doing to others as you would have then do to you is the bottom line of religion (Matthew 7L 12), and his saying that the greatest commandments are to love God and one's neighbor as on…
counterpunch.org/2019/06/05/beware-of-au…

Nearly 100 Animal Rights Activists Arrested for Protesting 'Torturous Practices' at Duck Slaughterhouse
Jake Johnson, staff writer | commondreams.org | 2019-06-04
"The real criminality is the systemic torture and slaughter of billions of animals in the cruelest, filthiest, most sadistic conditions. But the police protect the corporate criminals." | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…
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Force-Feeding Is Cruel, Painful, and Degrading–and American Prisons Won't Stop
Aviva Stahl | thenation.com | 2019-06-04
Force-Feeding Is Cruel, Painful, and Degrading–and American Prisons Won't Stop…
thenation.com/article/force-feeding-pris…

Controversial new US abortion laws akin to 'torture' — UN Commissioner
rt.com | 2019-06-04
Recently passed abortion legislation in several US states equates to violence against women, according to UN human rights commissioner Kate Gilmore, who also called out what she termed the "extremist hate" behind the measures. | …
rt.com/usa/461043-us-abortion-laws-tortu…

Controversial new US abortion laws akin to 'torture' — UN Commissioner
rt.com | 2019-06-04
Recently passed abortion legislation in several US states equates to violence against women, according to UN human rights commissioner Kate Gilmore, who also called out what she termed the "extremist hate" behind the measures. | …
rt.com/usa/461043-us-abortion-laws-tortu…

Force-Feeding Is Cruel, Painful, and Degrading–and American Prisons Won't Stop
Aviva Stahl | thenation.com | 2019-06-04
Force-Feeding Is Cruel, Painful, and Degrading–and American Prisons Won't Stop…
thenation.com/article/force-feeding-pris…

Findings of Torture: The UN Rapporteur and Julian Assange
Binoy Kampmark | counterpunch.org | 2019-06-04
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…
counterpunch.org/2019/06/04/findings-of-…

Video: Israeli Military Intensifies Attacks on Syria
South Front | globalresearch.ca | 2019-06-04
Overnight on June 2, the Israeli Defense Forces (IDF) carried out a missile strike on Syrian Arab Army (SAA) targets in the southern part of the country. According to the IDF, the missiles hit 2 artillery batteries, observation and intelligence …
globalresearch.ca/israeli-military-inten…

Pompeo says US intel only OCCASIONALLY 'gets things wrong', after bragging about 'lying' CIA
rt.com | 2019-06-04
US intelligence agencies occasionally make mistakes but should still be trusted and taken at their word, according to Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, who once famously boasted that the CIA "lies, cheats and steals." | …
rt.com/usa/461017-mike-pompeo-wrong-cia/

Huawei, AU deepen relationship with new 3-year deal
CGTN Africa | cgtn.com | 2019-06-04
Chinese technology giant, Huawei, and the African Union (AU) have signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) to consolidate ICT cooperation. The MoU aims at strengthening the partnership between the two sides on broadband, internet of things (IoT), cloud computing, 5G and artificial intelligence, according to a statement issued by Huawei. | The initiative will also train young people in tech skills, and offer AU departments support in dealing with cybersecurity, as well as digital health and education. | The deal follows a 2015 MOU which focused on improving the union's technological capabilities, including by or…
africa.cgtn.com/2019/06/04/huawei-au-dee…

Pompeo says US intel only OCCASIONALLY 'gets things wrong', after bragging about 'lying' CIA
rt.com | 2019-06-04
US intelligence agencies occasionally make mistakes but should still be trusted and taken at their word, according to Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, who once famously boasted that the CIA "lies, cheats and steals." | …
rt.com/usa/461017-mike-pompeo-wrong-cia/

Former UK spy and author of dossier that sparked Russiagate to give US testimony — report
rt.com | 2019-06-04
The former British intelligence agent who authored the infamous dossier on President Trumpler's alleged Russia ties has agreed to speak to American authorities, according to a UK media report. | …
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U.S. artificial intelligence strategy: Tech monopoly with a dash of job creation rhetoric
Julianne Tveten | peoplesworld.org | 2019-06-04
On May 21, Senators Rob Portman, R-Ohio, and Martin Heinrich, D-N.M., introduced the Artificial Intelligence Initiative Act (AI-IA). The "bipartisan" bill, according to a press release, would organize a national strategy for developing artificial intelligence (AI)–computer systems that can perform functions associated with humans, such as learning, decision-making, and problem solving. The bill would also …
peoplesworld.org/article/u-s-artificial-…

Britain and Australia dismiss UN report that Assange has been tortured
wsws.org | 2019-06-03
The brazen responses demonstrate the criminality of the US-led vendetta against Assange, which is proceeding in violation of due process and the fundamental tenets of international law.
www.wsws.org/en/articles/2019/06/03/tort…

Russia Demands Tinder Give User Data to Secret Services
Staff | truthdig.com | 2019-06-03
MOSCOW — Russia is requiring dating app Tinder to hand over data on its users — including messages — to the national intelligence agencies, part of the country's widening crackdown on internet freedoms. | The communications regulator said Monday that Tinder was included on a list of online services operating in Russia that are required to provide user data on demand to Russian authorities, including the FSB security agency. | Tinder, an app where people looking for dates swipe left or right on…
truthdig.com/articles/russia-demands-tin…

US History Is Defined by the Use of Torture
Staff | truthout.org | 2019-06-02
Soon after 9/11, the US began holding people in secret prisons around the world in places called "black sites." Black sites were secret and what happened within them was unknown. When we did learn about the techniques our government was using to extract information, we were told it was not torture but something called "enhanced interrogation." It sounded new and not so brutal. But it was torture. An updated version of it, but torture nonetheless, which forced us to think about what we were willing to do to other human beings in a state of war. In this episode, Rebecca Gordon argues that enhanced interrogation…
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Desperate MH17 "Intelligence" Spin. Ukraine Secret Service Contends that "Pro-Russian Rebels had Targeted a Russian Passenger Plane". "But Shot Down Flight MH17 by Mistake"
Prof Michel Chossudovsky | globalresearch.ca | 2019-06-02
According to Ukraine's Secret Service, the alleged design of the pro-Russian rebels was to shoot down a Russian passenger plane, with a view to blaming the Ukrainian government and justifying a Russian invasion.
globalresearch.ca/desperate-mh-17-intell…

Findings of Torture: The UN Rapporteur and Julian Assange
Binoy Kampmark | dissidentvoice.org | 2019-06-01
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 …
dissidentvoice.org/2019/06/findings-of-t…

UN Condemns the Psychological Torture Inflicted Upon Julian Assange. "Coordinated" by UK, US, Sweden and Ecuador
Dr. Leon Tressell | globalresearch.ca | 2019-06-01
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 …
globalresearch.ca/un-condemns-psychologi…

Findings of Torture: The UN Rapporteur and Julian Assange
Dr. Binoy Kampmark | globalresearch.ca | 2019-06-01
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 …
globalresearch.ca/findings-torture-un-ra…

U.N. Special Rapporteur Calls for Julian Assange to Be Freed, Citing "Psychological Torture"
MAIL | democracynow.org | 2019-05-31
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…
www.democracynow.org/2019/5/31/seg_1_jul…

UN Torture Report: "Demonized" Assange Has Faced "Psychological Torture"
Consortium News | theantimedia.com | 2019-05-31
(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 …

UN Torture Report: "Demonized" Assange Has Faced "Psychological Torture"

UN Says Assange Tortured: Watch the Webcast
consortiumnews.com | 2019-05-31
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 ?…
consortiumnews.com/2019/05/31/un-says-as…

Cleveland's Cuyahoga County Jail Guards Pepper-Spray Black Woman Strapped to Torture Chamber Restraint Chair
Colin Benjamin | blackstarnews.com | 2019-05-31
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…
www.blackstarnews.com/us-politics/justic…

UN Special Rapporteur On Torture: 'The Collective Persecution Of Julian Assange Must End Here And Now'
Kevin Gosztola | shadowproof.com | 2019-05-31
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…
shadowproof.com/2019/05/31/un-special-ra…

U.N. Special Rapporteur Calls for Julian Assange to Be Freed, Citing "Psychological Torture"
MAIL | democracynow.org | 2019-05-31
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…
www.democracynow.org/2019/5/31/seg_1_jul…

UN Torture Report: 'Demonized' Assange Has Faced 'Psychological Torture'
consortiumnews.com | 2019-05-31
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 ?…
consortiumnews.com/2019/05/31/un-torture…

The UN Torture Report on Assange Is an Indictment of Our Entire Society
Caitlin Johnstone | dissidentvoice.org | 2019-05-31
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 …
dissidentvoice.org/2019/05/the-un-tortur…

Sri Lankan Refugee Family That Hid Snowden in Hong Kong Now Trapped in Limbo
Dave Lindorff | counterpunch.org | 2019-05-31
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…
counterpunch.org/2019/05/31/sri-lankan-r…

Modi's Escalating War Against India's Forests and Tribal People
Jonathan Mazower | counterpunch.org | 2019-05-31
The result of the biggest election in history, India 2019, is terrible news for tribal peoples in the world's biggest democracy. Politicians with authoritarian nationalist inclinations like India's newly invigorated Narendra Modi are in vogue around the world, and while many minority groups are feeling the impact of this surge to the right, the past…
counterpunch.org/2019/05/31/modis-escala…

Five ridiculous reasons why the police label campaigners as 'domestic extremists'
Kevin Blowe | thecanary.co | 2019-05-30
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…
thecanary.co/feature/2019/05/30/five-ridiculous-reasons-why-the-police-label-campaigners-as-domestic-extremists/

Meltdown Showed Extent of NSA Surveillance — and Other Tales From Hundreds of Intelligence Documents
Margot Williams | theintercept.com | 2019-05-29
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.
theintercept.com/2019/05/29/nsa-sidtoday…

Unraveling The Justice Department's Conspiracy Theory Against Julian Assange
shadowproof.com | 2019-05-29
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…
shadowproof.com/2019/05/29/unravel-justi…

Artificial intelligence summit focuses on fighting hunger, climate crisis and transition to 'smart sustainable cities'
United Nations | un.org | 2019-05-28
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.
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The New Authoritarians
Staff | therealnews.com | 2019-05-28
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…
therealnews.com/stories/the-new-authorit…

NYT Parrots US Propaganda on Hezbollah in Venezuela
Lucas Koerner | fair.org | 2019-05-24
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…
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