2019-06-13: Social Media Postees

Trump Has Alaska's Wildlife in His Crosshairs
Staff | truthdig.com | 2019-06-13
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 sancti…
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Chicago Police Tortured Victims With Electric Shocks, Burns and Beatings
Staff | truthout.org | 2019-06-13
Flint Taylor, a founding partner of the People's Law Office in Chicago, has spent almost 50 years defending some of the most vulnerable people within the criminal legal system. In his new book, The Torture Machine: Racism and Police Violence in Chicago, Taylor describes the history of systemic violence running rampant within the Chicago Police Department. It's a history he knows all too well from his work with the Fred Hampton assassination case, among many others. This excerpt recounts some of the torture unleashed by police in Chicago during the 1980s, under Police Commander Jon Burge. During this time, Burg…
truthout.org/articles/chicago-police-tor…

Israeli Intel Agents Key Part of Anti-BDS Activities: Documents
telesurenglish.net | 2019-06-13
Israeli government documents disclosed Wednesday have revealed that the national intelligence agency of Israel, Mossad, has collaborated over the past years with Israeli government through its Strategic Affairs Ministry, to sabotage the international pro-Palestinian Boycott Divestment and Sanctions movement on a global scale. | RELATED: | Ilhan Omar, Rashida Tlaib, AOC Sign Bill to Stop US Aid to Israel over Children Detention | The Strategic Affairs M…
telesurenglish.net/news/Intelligence-Age…

Democratic candidates demand the US prepare to fight the "wars of the future"
WSWS repost | indybay.org | 2019-06-13
Democratic Party presidential contenders former Vice President Joe Biden and South Bend, Indiana Mayor Pete Buttigieg vie to "out-hawk" President Donald Trump in their race to win support from Wall Street and the US Military-Intelligence communities.
indybay.org/newsitems/2019/06/12/1882389…

Bernie Sanders Makes Impassioned Case for Democratic Socialism
Staff | truthdig.com | 2019-06-12
In a speech at George Washington University on Wednesday, Sen. Bernie Sanders laid out his vision of a democratic socialist society and made the case for why an ambitious agenda centered on economic rights for all is the only way to confront America's deep inequities and defeat far-right authoritarianism. | "We must recognize that in the 21st century, in the wealthiest country in the history of the world, economic rights are human rights," said Sanders, a 2020 Democratic presidential candidate. "And that is what I mean by democratic socialism." | Decrying an economic system that has left millions of families one…
truthdig.com/articles/bernie-sanders-mak…

Watch Bernie Sanders Deliver Speech on Why Democratic Socialism 'Only Way to Defeat Oligarchy and Authoritarianism'
Jake Johnson, staff writer | commondreams.org | 2019-06-12
"We must recognize that in the 21st century, in the wealthiest country in the history of the world, economic rights are human rights. This is what I mean by democratic socialism." | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…
commondreams.org/news/2019/06/12/watch-b…

Australian Labor Party's hypocrisy on police media raids exposed
wsws.org | 2019-06-12
The opposition Labor Party has joined hands with the ruling Coalition to pass legislation handing unprecedented powers to the police and intelligence agencies.
www.wsws.org/en/articles/2019/06/12/raid…

The Caliphate Project, Made in America. Declassified U.S. Government Documents Confirm the US Supported the Creation of ISIS
Washington's Blog | globalresearch.ca | 2019-06-12
Global Research Editor's Note: | First published in May 2015, this article reveals not only that the ISIS is a creation of US intelligence, it also confirms that the Caliphate Project was designed in Washington. | See Screenshots Below from the title …
globalresearch.ca/newly-declassified-u-s…

Democrats bring back John Dean of Watergate fame for first hearing on Mueller report
wsws.org | 2019-06-11
Rather than seriously challenging Trump's authoritarian actions, the Democrats have decided to proceed with hearings that have the character of political theater.
www.wsws.org/en/articles/2019/06/11/dean…

"Mirthless Laugh": The Persecution And Torture Of Julian Assange
Media Lens | dissidentvoice.org | 2019-06-11
For anyone persuaded by the state-corporate campaign of sneers and smears depicting Julian Assange as a shit-smearing narcissist and rapist, the comments made by Nils Melzer, the UN's special rapporteur on torture, must be deeply shocking. The BBC headline: Julian Assange subjected to psychological torture, UN expert says Melzer is Professor of International Law at …
dissidentvoice.org/2019/06/mirthless-lau…

"Mirthless Laugh": The Persecution And Torture Of Julian Assange
Media Lens | dissidentvoice.org | 2019-06-11
For anyone persuaded by the state-corporate campaign of sneers and smears depicting Julian Assange as a shit-smearing narcissist and rapist, the comments made by Nils Melzer, the UN's special rapporteur on torture, must be deeply shocking. The BBC headline: Julian Assange subjected to psychological torture, UN expert says Melzer is Professor of International Law at …
dissidentvoice.org/2019/06/mirthless-lau…

How NeoCon Billionaire Paul Singer Is Driving the Outsourcing of US Tech Jobs to Israel
Whitney Webb | mintpressnews.com | 2019-06-11
Several U.S. tech giants including Google, Microsoft and Intel Corporation have filled top positions with former members of Israeli military intelligence and are heavily investing in their Israeli branches while laying off thousands of American employees, all while receiving millions of dollars in U.S. government subsidies funded by American taxpayers.
mintpressnews.com/neocon-billionaire-pau…

How NeoCon Billionaire Paul Singer Is Driving the Outsourcing of US Tech Jobs to Israel
Whitney Webb | mintpressnews.com | 2019-06-11
Several U.S. tech giants including Google, Microsoft and Intel Corporation have filled top positions with former members of Israeli military intelligence and are heavily investing in their Israeli branches while laying off thousands of American employees, all while receiving millions of dollars in U.S. government subsidies funded by American taxpayers.
mintpressnews.com/neocon-billionaire-pau…

Israeli Private Intelligence Company Black Cube Out of Control
Staff | therealnews.com | 2019-06-11
Shir Hever discusses the dangers of privatizing security and intelligence, as a private company called Black Cube that claims to use Israeli Mossad procedures hires out its services to the highest bidder and goes after international as well as Israeli activists, business people, and politicians…
therealnews.com/stories/israeli-private-…

G20 outcomes: High taxes and artificial intelligence
unitedEditor | uwidata.com | 2019-06-09
The Finance Ministers of the world's 20 leading economies came together before the annual G20 summit. The officials discussed global tax policy in the Japanese city Tsukuba before the conference began in Osaka on June 28. During the talks, representatives of the participating countries discussed the problems of artificial intelligence, social networks and the global …
uwidata.com/3812-g20-outcomes-high-taxes…

Trump Attempted to Suppress State Dept. Analyst's Testimony on Climate Crisis
Staff | truthout.org | 2019-06-09
The Trump administration issued one of its most blatant attacks on climate science this past week when it tried to stop a State Department employee from testifying on the climate crisis, reports showed on Saturday. | As the Washington Post reported, intelligence analyst Rod Schoonover's testimony was submitted to the White House for approval ahead of his planned appearance before the House P…
truthout.org/articles/trump-attempted-to…

G20 outcomes: High taxes and artificial intelligence
unitedEditor | uwidata.com | 2019-06-09
The Finance Ministers of the world's 20 leading economies came together before the annual G20 summit. The officials discussed global tax policy in the Japanese city Tsukuba before the conference began in Osaka on June 28. During the talks, representatives of the participating countries discussed the problems of artificial intelligence, social networks and the global …
uwidata.com/3812-g20-outcomes-high-taxes…

Trump wants to make Alaska's protected wilderness a hunting ground
Kitty Block | nationofchange.org | 2019-06-08
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…
nationofchange.org/2019/06/08/trump-want…

FROM THE FIELD: Murals help heal wounds of bloody conflict in Guatemala
United Nations | un.org | 2019-06-08
"The villagers knew that the military kidnapped [indigenous] people and brought them here and tortured them. While alive, they were forced to dig their own graves. Some would be buried in the ground, here, still half alive." The chilling words of Rosalina Tuyuc Velásquez, a member of an indigenous group in Guatemala.
news.un.org/feed/view/en/story/2019/06/1…

US-backed Saudi regime tortures dissidents on eve of threatened beheadings
wsws.org | 2019-06-08
Among those slated for execution is Murtaja Qureiris, arrested at age 13 for participating in a peaceful protest against the monarchy.
www.wsws.org/en/articles/2019/06/08/saud…

Bring Julian Assange home appeal
pip.hinman | greenleft.org.au | 2019-06-07
Below is an appeal, initiated by Michael Rubbo and signed by many journalists, to the Media, Entertainment and Arts Alliance (MEAA) to pull out all stops to do more to get Julian Assange released. | * * * | We are a diverse group of people, many of whom originally came together in 2018 to work for the release of James Ricketson from his Cambodian jail. We now reunite to push for the release of Julian Assange who is currently very ill in Britain's Belmarsh prison as he awaits extradition to either the United States or Sweden. | On May 9, he was visited by UN Special Rapporteur on torture Nils Melzer: "Our finding…
greenleft.org.au/content/bring-julian-assange-home-appeal

WSJ Says CIA Chief Wouldn't Do Anything 'Inappropriate'—Despite Record of Torture and Coverup
Joshua Cho | commondreams.org | 2019-06-07
The most egregious part of Strobel's report is its whitewashing of Haspel's disturbing record in the CIA by uncritically transmitting glowing endorsements by other CIA officials. (Photo: FAIR) | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…
commondreams.org/views/2019/06/07/wsj-sa…

The War Crimes Trump Can't Pardon
Rebecca Gordon | thenation.com | 2019-06-07
The War Crimes Trump Can't Pardon…
thenation.com/article/the-war-crimes-tru…

Bring Julian Assange home appeal
pip.hinman | greenleft.org.au | 2019-06-07
Below is an appeal, initiated by Michael Rubbo and signed by many journalists, to the Media, Entertainment and Arts Alliance (MEAA) to pull out all stops to do more to get Julian Assange released. | * * * | We are a diverse group of people, many of whom originally came together in 2018 to work for the release of James Ricketson from his Cambodian jail. We now reunite to push for the release of Julian Assange who is currently very ill in Britain's Belmarsh prison as he awaits extradition to either the United States or Sweden. | On May 9, he was visited by UN Special Rapporteur on torture Nils Melzer: "Our finding…
greenleft.org.au/content/bring-julian-assange-home-appeal

UN Special Rapporteur on Torture Warns Julian Assange Could Die in Prison
Kevin Reed | globalresearch.ca | 2019-06-07
In a June 1 interview with ABC Radio Adelaide, UN Special Rapporteur on Torture Nils Melzer warned that Julian Assange could die in prison if his persecution is not stopped immediately. | Last week, Melzer issued a scathing denunciation of Assange's …
globalresearch.ca/un-special-rapporteur-…

UN Torture Expert Says Assange Is Victim of Psychological Torture
Staff | therealnews.com | 2019-06-07
UN Special Rapporteur on Torture Nils Melzer investigated the situation of Julian Assange, despite initial reservations. He says if Assange is extradited he faces a "politicized trial," part of the unprecedented international effort to silence and imprison him…
therealnews.com/stories/un-torture-exper…

The Wall Street Journal's Disgraceful Defense of Gina Haspel
Staff | truthdig.com | 2019-06-07
A Wall Street Journal report ( 5/25/19) by Warren Strobel whitewashed CIA Director Gina Haspel's career and put a positive spin on the CIA's insulation from public accountability with its turn towards its greatest opacity "in decades." | While one might expect CIA officials to support greater secrecy around the organization, it's odd that ostensibly independent journalists–with a mission to hold official organizations accountable by informing the public–would treat less inf…
truthdig.com/articles/the-wall-street-jo…

Syria: Urgent, concrete actions needed, to protect children too young to 'make sense of this senseless war'
United Nations | un.org | 2019-06-06
New firsthand reporting by UN staff in Syria reveals "increasingly horrific brutality" by all parties in the de-escalation area of the country's northwest, causing "significant civilian causalities" and hundreds of thousands displaced, a senior humanitarian official said on Thursday.
news.un.org/feed/view/en/story/2019/06/1…

Technotyranny: The Iron-Fisted Authoritarianism of the Surveillance State
John W. Whitehead | counterpunch.org | 2019-06-06
"There will come a time when it isn't 'They're spying on me through my phone' anymore. Eventually, it will be 'My phone is spying on me.'" ‚Äï Philip K. Dick Red pill or blue pill? You decide. Twenty years after the Wachowskis' iconic 1999 film, The Matrix, introduced us to a futuristic world in which…
counterpunch.org/2019/06/06/technotyrann…

Activists Face Prison Time for Rescuing Ducks, Piglets From Factory Farms
Staff | truthout.org | 2019-06-06
Nearly 100 animal rights activists were freed today, after being arrested by police in riot gear for carrying out a rescue mission and protest at the Reichardt Duck Farm in Petaluma, California, which they accuse of engaging in animal torture. More than 600 activists with Direct Action Everywhere stormed the slaughterhouse Monday, fanning out in teams to chain themselves together at the entrance, freeing dozens of ducks and in some cases locking themselves by the neck to the slaughter line. Several of the activists made it inside the slaughterhouse, where they began trying to rescue ducks that were hanging ups…
truthout.org/video/activists-face-prison…

Clemency for the Lowly, Free Passes for the Mighty
Rebecca Gordon | commondreams.org | 2019-06-06
If the crime is big enough—like creating or countenancing a U.S. torture archipelago that stretched from Thailand to Poland to Guant√°namo Bay, or lying to the world to justify launching an aggressive war on Iraq—the risk of trial is nonexistent. No pardons required. (Photo by Oleg Nikishin/Getty Images) | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…
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Meet the Animal Rights Activists Facing Prison Time for Rescuing Ducks, Piglets from Factory Farms
MAIL | democracynow.org | 2019-06-06
Nearly 100 animal rights activists were freed today, after being arrested by police in riot gear for carrying out a rescue mission and protest at the Reichardt Duck Farm in Petaluma, California, which they accuse of engaging in animal torture. More than 600 activists with Direct Action Everywhere stormed the slaughterhouse Monday, fanning out in teams to chain themselves together at the entrance, freeing dozens of ducks and in some cases locking themselves by the neck to the slaughter line. Several of the activists made it inside the slaughterhouse, where they began trying to rescue ducks that were hanging upside…
www.democracynow.org/2019/6/6/direct_act…

Meet the Animal Rights Activists Facing Prison Time for Rescuing Ducks, Piglets from Factory Farms
MAIL | democracynow.org | 2019-06-06
Nearly 100 animal rights activists were freed today, after being arrested by police in riot gear for carrying out a rescue mission and protest at the Reichardt Duck Farm in Petaluma, California, which they accuse of engaging in animal torture. More than 600 activists with Direct Action Everywhere stormed the slaughterhouse Monday, fanning out in teams to chain themselves together at the entrance, freeing dozens of ducks and in some cases locking themselves by the neck to the slaughter line. Several of the activists made it inside the slaughterhouse, where they began trying to rescue ducks that were hanging upside…
www.democracynow.org/2019/6/6/direct_act…

WSJ Says CIA Chief Wouldn't Do Anything 'Inappropriate'–Despite Record of Torture and Coverup
Joshua Cho | fair.org | 2019-06-06
by Joshua Cho A Wall Street Journal report (5/25/19) by Warren Strobel whitewashed CIA Director Gina Haspel's career and put a positive spin on the CIA's insulation from public accountability with its turn towards its greatest opacity "in decades." While one might expect CIA officials to support greater secrecy around the organization, it's odd that …
fair.org/home/wsj-says-cia-chief-wouldnt…

UN Special Rapporteur on Torture warns Julian Assange could die in prison
wsws.org | 2019-06-06
The UN Special Rapporteur on Torture said in an Australian radio interview on June 1 that Julian Assange could die in jail if his persecution is not ended here and now.
www.wsws.org/en/articles/2019/06/06/assa…

WSJ Says CIA Chief Wouldn't Do Anything 'Inappropriate'–Despite Record of Torture and Coverup
Joshua Cho | fair.org | 2019-06-06
A Wall Street Journal report (5/25/19) by Warren Strobel whitewashed CIA Director Gina Haspel's career and put a positive spin on the CIA's insulation from public accountability with its turn towards its greatest opacity "in decades." While one might expect CIA officials to support greater secrecy around the organization, it's odd that ostensibly independent …
fair.org/home/wsj-says-cia-chief-wouldnt…

Islamic State says it has moved into Mozambique, police say no
CGTN Africa | cgtn.com | 2019-06-06
The Islamic State group claims it was involved in an insurgent clash in Mozambique for the first time, but analysts expressed doubt and Mozambican police dismissed the claim outright. | According to SITE Intelligence, a company that monitors extremist activity, Islamic State issued a statement late Tuesday claiming involvement in an apparent gunfight with the Mozambique military in Cabo Delgado. | "The soldiers of the Caliphate were able to repulse an attack by the Crusader Mozambican army in Metubi village, in the Mocimboa area," said the statement, according to a SITE translation. | "They clashed with them w…
africa.cgtn.com/2019/06/06/islamic-state…

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…

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…
commondreams.org/news/2019/06/05/calling…

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…

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…

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-…

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…
commondreams.org/news/2019/06/04/nearly-…

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…

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. | …
rt.com/usa/461055-spy-dossier-russiagate…

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…

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-…

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