2019-07-12: News Headlines

Robert Scheer (2019-07-12). The Media Is Complicit in Julian Assange's Torture. truthdig.com While it is rare that publishers themselves make headlines, reports about WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange now probably outnumber articles based on the information he published. This is the extent to which the man behind some of the most shocking revelations about U.S. war crimes has come under public scrutiny. Despite the profound journalistic importance of the work Assange and whistleblower Chelsea Manning have done, the two hav…

Tim Riley (2019-07-12). Evolution of a Medium. truthdig.com "I Like to Watch: Arguing My Way Through the TV Revolution" | A book by Emily Nussbaum | Emily Nussbaum began writing her New Yorker TV column in 2011, surfing the medium's Great Transformation. Ten years ago, nobody streamed; today, fewer and fewer watch "live" television. In 2007, Netflix shipped its billionth DVD mailer, propping up the U.S. Postal Service; today its streaming proves harder to resist than even Amazon Prime. Like Netflix, Prime's brand now routinely pumps out original shows and movies. Oscar sweeps appear imminent. | By 2014, Ferguson's street protests, police brutality, and sexual harassment s…

Lucas Koerner and Ricardo Vaz (2019-07-12). Venezuela: 'Progress' Reported in Gov't-Opposition Talks as US Sanctions Counter-Intelligence Agency. venezuelanalysis.com The agenda of the talks has not been disclosed but the topic of elections is reportedly being left for last.

Kevin Gosztola (2019-07-12). Then CIA is Invoking Wikileaks to Push for the Expansion of a Cold War Era Secrecy Law. mintpressnews.com Three decades ago, the CIA mobilized to protect itself from radical acts of transparency, and now, with the internet and organizations like WikiLeaks, it hopes to be able to further isolate and criminalize those who challenge it.

Russell Rickford (2019-07-12). Lights of Liberty Vigal Remarks. counterpunch.org Many folks have said "this is not who we are." This is precisely who we are. American concentration camps are not new. Look at our criminal justice system, a leviathan devoted to criminalizing, degrading and discarding masses of black and brown people. American torture is not new. Rape. Ripping families apart. This country was founded More

Russell Rickford (2019-07-12). Lights of Liberty Vigil Remarks. counterpunch.org Many folks have said "this is not who we are." This is precisely who we are. American concentration camps are not new. Look at our criminal justice system, a leviathan devoted to criminalizing, degrading and discarding masses of black and brown people. American torture is not new. Rape. Ripping families apart. This country was founded More

WSWS (2019-07-11). The phony war between Pelosi and Ocasio-Cortez. wsws.org The policy of the House Democrats is being set, not by the "lefts," but by the most right-wing faction with close ties to the military-intelligence apparatus.

Eoin Higgins, staff writer (2019-07-11). Accusing Adam Schiff of 'Criminalizing Routine Reporting,' Groups Call for Stripping CIA-Backed Provision From Intelligence Legislation. commondreams.org "Schiff is clearly the resistance to the resistance, and he should drop this provision from his bill." | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files/styles/cd_special_coverage/public/headline/thumbs/schiff_1.jpg

Staff (2019-07-10). Amazon, Microsoft Battle Over Pentagon's 'War Cloud'. truthdig.com Amazon and Microsoft are battling it out over a $10 billion opportunity to build the U.S. military its first "war cloud" computing system. But Amazon's early hopes of a shock-and-awe victory may be slipping away. | Formally called the Joint Enterprise Defense Infrastructure plan, or JEDI, the military's computing project would store and process vast amounts of classified data, allowing the Pentagon to use artificial intelligence to speed up its war planning and fighting capabilities. The Defense Department hopes to award the winner-take-all con…

The Canary (2019-07-10). Man 'suffers seizure' while restrained by police after parking dispute. thecanary.co Footage of a man who appeared to suffer a seizure while being restrained by police during a scuffle over parking his car has provoked accusations of brutality. | Video of the arrest in Abbott Road, Tower Hamlets, east London, on Tuesday was shared on social media and provoked anger among some users. | Watchdog the Independent Office for Police Conduct (IOPC) said it had discussed the incident, which was caught on body-worn video, with the Metropolitan Police. | It said: "Following discussions earlier today, we can confirm we've received a referral from the Met Police relating to yesterday's incident in Abbott Roa…

Walden Bello (2019-07-10). Elections in the Era of Charismatic Politics. counterpunch.org Elections are often regarded as the quintessential expression of democracy. Yet elections can have undemocratic outcomes. The carefully choreographed election designed to give a fig leaf to an authoritarian regime is something everyone is familiar with. But there is also the paradoxical case where a relatively free and fair election ends up bringing the winner More

WSWS (2019-07-10). FBI and ICE scanning driver's license photos with facial recognition technology. wsws.org Behind the backs of the public, integrated networks, databases and artificial intelligence technologies are being used to build up information in the form of digital profiles on every citizen.

WSWS (2019-07-10). Australian police monitoring journalists' travel and Internet data. wsws.org New reports demonstrate an escalating effort to criminalise exposures about key military and intelligence operations.

Jasper Craven (2019-07-08). Veterans Affairs Police Are Supposed to "Protect Those Who Served." They Have a Shocking Record of Brutality and Impunity. theintercept.com The VA is unable to conduct adequate oversight of its 4,200 police officers. Veterans across the country pay the price — sometimes with their lives.

Keegan Hankes, Intelligence Project (2019-07-03). SPLC: Hate groups have long adopted symbols of U.S. history to promote white supremacy. splcenter.org As America prepares to celebrate the Fourth of July this week, the display of some of the nation's earliest regalia has rekindled a debate about racist symbolism.

susan_p (2019-07-03). Joint solidarity statement: Stop police brutality in Hong Kong! No extradition to China! greenleft.org.au The following joint statement in solidarity with protesters in Hong Kong initiated by the Socialist Party of Malaysia (PSM) has been supported by nearly 60 international organisations and parties. | We, the undersigned organisations, are deeply concerned about the high-handed approach by the Hong Kong government in dealing with the recent mass protests against the proposed extradition bill. | We condemn the use of unprecedented excessive force by the Hong Kong police in dispersing and arresting protesters. The use of tear gas, pepper spray, rubber bullets and bean bag rounds, as well as beating up unarmed protest…

Keegan Hankes, Intelligence Project (2019-06-28). SPLC: Sentencing of James Alex Fields Jr., who killed Heather Heyer at 'Unite the Right,' will not heal victims or their families. splcenter.org James Alex Fields Jr., who was sentenced to life in prison today for murdering a woman who was protesting a white supremacist rally two years ago, is a remorseless killer and a domestic terrorist.

ACLU (2019-06-28). Working in Prison, I Witnessed the Inhumane Conditions of Solitary for Incarcerated Women. aclu.org Solitary confinement can amount to torture. One practitioner witnessed this first hand, and shares her story and her journey to action. | At the first checkpoint at Tennessee Prison for Women, there was a large, scrolling television screen behind the desk displaying the image of two pairs of hands — one pair with a key and one pair in handcuffs. The message read, "You can either be one of us or one of them." I had been working in the facility for less than a year, but this message exemplified an uneasiness I had long felt without articulating: The prison's faàßade of "rehabilitation" masked a system s…

Paul Dobson (2019-06-26). Abrams Welcomes Venezuela's Former Intelligence Chief to the US, Reaffirms Trump's Commitment to Ousting Maduro. venezuelanalysis.com The press conference came as the Venezuelan military called for respect from those looking to fracture it.

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