Daily Archives: September 26, 2019

2019-09-26: News Headlines

Michael Là∂wy (2019-09-26). The far right: a global phenomenon. mronline.org In recent years, the reactionary, authoritarian and/or fascist extreme right wing has been in the ascendant all over the world: it already governs half of the world's countries. Among the best-known examples are: Trump (United States), Modi (India), Orbán (Hungary), Erdoƒüan (Turkey), Daesh (Islamic State), Salvini (Italy), Duterte (Philippines), and now Bolsonaro (Brazil). | Source

RT (2019-09-26). House Intelligence Committee releases whistleblower report on Trump-Zelensky call. rt.com The whistleblower complaint that led to the impeachment inquiry against US President Donald Trump has been released. In it, the leaker admits he did not actually hear the phone call at the center of the scandal. | Released by the House Intelligence Committee on Thursday, the complaint details the circumstances surrounding Trump's July phone call with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky. Democrats argue that Trump attempted to pressure Zelensky into reopening a corruption inve…

Staff (2019-09-26). Whistleblower Complaint Alleges Trump Abused Power. truthdig.com WASHINGTON — A secret whistleblower complaint at the center of an impeachment inquiry alleges that President Donald Trump abused the power of his office to "solicit interference from a foreign country" in next year's U.S. election. The White House then tried to "lock down" the information to cover it up, the complaint says. | The 9-page document was released Thursday ahead of testimony to House investigators from Joseph Maguire, the acting director of national intelligence. | The whistleblower complaint is at least in part related to the July phone call between Trump and Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelens…

WSWS (2019-09-26). Impeachment drive against Trump deepens US political crisis. wsws.org The working class must break free of both reactionary political factions—the Democratic Party, aligned with the military-intelligence apparatus and Wall Street, and the Trump administration.

Staff (2019-09-26). Edward Snowden Condemns Trump's Mistreatment of Whistleblower Who Exposed Ukraine Scandal. democracynow.org Responding to news of a whistleblower's complaint at the center of an impeachment inquiry filed against President Trump this week, famed whistleblower Edward Snowden speaks about his own decision to leak classified documents in 2013. The House Intelligence Committee has released the declassified whistleblower complaint, which details a July phone call between President Trump and the Ukrainian president. The White House is trying "to make the conversation not about the allegations," Snowden told Democracy Now! "They want to talk about the whistleblower rather than the government's own wrongdoing."

Andre Vltchek (2019-09-25). Hong Kong is Scared of the Rioters. dissidentvoice.org It was once a British police station, as well as the Victoria Prison Compound. Hong Kong inhabitants used to tremble just from hearing its name mentioned. This is where people were detained, interrogated, humiliated, tortured and disappeared. Now, after Hong Kong 'returned to China', it was converted into the Tai Kwun Center — one of …

RT (2019-09-25). DNI did not threaten to resign over Trump-Zelensky call 'whistleblower' – but don't tell the WaPo that. rt.com Acting Director of National Intelligence Joseph Maguire says he did not threaten to resign over concerns the White House would try to silence his testimony regarding the Trump-Zelensky "whistleblower" as the WaPo reported it. | "At no time have I considered resigning my position since assuming this role on August 16, 2019," Maguire said in a statement released on Wednesday after the Washington Post claimed he had threatened to do just that. | "I have never quit anything in my life and I am not about to start now." | According to "current and former US officials familiar with the matter" cited by…

RT (2019-09-25). As Democrats begin Trump impeachment, key 'Russiagate' case may be imploding. rt.com President Donald Trump's security adviser Michael Flynn was the first casualty of 'Russiagate' impeachment push, but the case against him seems weaker than ever, after a federal judge voided the conviction of his business partner. | Flynn, a retired general and former head of the Defense Intelligence Agency, was forced to resign in February 2017, after less than two weeks of serving as national security adviser. He was snared in an FBI perjury trap as part of surveillance of the Trump campaign — which was predicated on claims it was "colluding" with Russia during the 2016 presidential election. | Though t…

Andre Vltchek (2019-09-25). Hong Kong is Scared — of the Rioters. globalresearch.ca It was once a British police station, as well as the Victoria Prison Compound. Hong Kong inhabitants used to tremble just from hearing its name mentioned. This is where people were detained, interrogated, humiliated, tortured and disappeared. | Now, after Hong …

WSWS (2019-09-25). UK Supreme Court rules Johnson's prorogation of Parliament illegal. wsws.org British politics entered uncharted waters yesterday as the Supreme Court—the UK's highest judicial body—declared illegal Prime Minister Boris Johnson's authoritarian prorogation of parliament.

Staff (2019-09-25). Rep. Al Green: "We've Reached Critical Mass" to Impeach Trump. truthout.org | | Democratic House Speaker Nancy Pelosi has launched a formal impeachment inquiry into President Trump following allegations from an intelligence community whistleblower that Trump sought help from Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky in a July 25 phone call to investigate Democratic presidential front-runner Joe Biden and his son Hunter. On Tuesday, the Republican-controlled Senate unanimously passed a nonbinding resolution calling for the Trump administration to release the whistleblower complaint to the H…

United Nations (2019-09-25). UK's Johnson warns of dystopian digital future, calls on UN to set global standards for emerging technologies. un.org United Kingdom Prime Minister Boris Johnson on Tuesday evening focused his address at the UN mainly on the looming threat of artificial intelligence run amok, but also made a brief reference to Brexit — comparing the process of the UK's delayed departure from the European Union to classical Greek mythology.

Staff (2019-09-25). "We've Reached Critical Mass": Rep. Al Green on Pelosi Vow to Impeach Trump for "Dastardly Deeds" democracynow.org Democratic House Speaker Nancy Pelosi has launched a formal impeachment inquiry into President Trump following allegations from an intelligence community whistleblower that Trump sought help from Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky in a July 25 phone call to investigate Democratic presidential front-runner Joe Biden and his son Hunter. On Tuesday, the Republican-controlled Senate unanimously passed a nonbinding resolution calling for the Trump administration to release the whistleblower complaint to the House and Senate Intelligence Committees. We get response and look at next steps with Congressmember Al Gree…

susan_p (2019-09-25). Sri Lanka: Torture continues, perpetrators promoted. greenleft.org.au human rights Chris SleeIssue 1239 Sri Lanka Tamil TortureSeptember 25, 2019″The indifference to repeated allegations of police torture is shocking and makes a mockery of Sri Lanka's stated commitment to security secto…

Fight Back (2019-09-21). New York activists demand: Never again to martial law in the Philippines. fightbacknews.org New York, NY – 25 people gathered September 20 at noon in front of the Consulate General of the Philippines in New York City to commemorate the 47th anniversary of martial law in the Philippines under the regime of late dictator Ferdinand Marcos. The action was called by BAYAN USA NorthEast, to say, "Never again to martial law," and to call attention to the continuation of state repression in the Philippines under the current, U.S.-backed Duterte regime. | Rodrigo Duterte's so called "war on drugs" has led to the killings, torture and imprisonment of many Filipino activists and human rights defenders, just like…

ACLU (2019-09-11). Being Black is Not a Crime: Yunek's Story of Police Brutality. aclu.org A personal story of police brutality at the hands of the police in Peoria, Illinois. | My name is Yunek Moore. I am a Black woman, a college graduate, and a survivor of police brutality. I'm choosing to tell my story because, sadly, this wasn't the last time something like this happened to a person of color in Peoria, Illinois, and that must change. | On June 4, 2013, I was a happy 17-year-old looking forward to attending college at Millikin University. I had just graduated high school, where I was ranked 11th in my entire class and spoke at graduation as one of my final duties as Senior Class President. | That n…

Brett Barrouquere (2019-09-04). Rift Exposed: A Desertion Robbed League of the South of Its Longtime Headquarters and Hints that a Member Chose His Real Estate Holdings over Southern Culture. splcenter.org League of the South (LOS), a neo-Confederate organization that advocates for Southern secession, has been roiled by a key defection that resulted in the group losing its headquarters in Wetumpka, Alabama, about 20 miles north of Montgomery.

splcenter (2019-09-03). Hatewatch: Brave in the Dark. splcenter.org Using fake names and fictional avatars, wannabe killers and hatemongers exude courage and commitment to their hateful causes.

2019-09-26: Social Media Postees

The far right: a global phenomenon
Michael Là∂wy | mronline.org | 2019-09-26
In recent years, the reactionary, authoritarian and/or fascist extreme right wing has been in the ascendant all over the world: it already governs half of the world's countries. Among the best-known examples are: Trump (United States), Modi (India), Orbán (Hungary), Erdoƒüan (Turkey), Daesh (Islamic State), Salvini (Italy), Duterte (Philippines), and now Bolsonaro (Brazil). | Source…
mronline.org/2019/09/25/the-far-right-a-global-phenomenon/

House Intelligence Committee releases whistleblower report on Trump-Zelensky call
rt.com | 2019-09-26
The whistleblower complaint that led to the impeachment inquiry against US President Donald Trump has been released. In it, the leaker admits he did not actually hear the phone call at the center of the scandal. | Released by the House Intelligence Committee on Thursday, the complaint details the circumstances surrounding Trump's July phone call with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky. Democrats argue that Trump attempted to pressure Zelensky into reopening a corruption inve…
rt.com/usa/469679-trump-zelensky-whistleblower-complaint-released/

Whistleblower Complaint Alleges Trump Abused Power
Staff | truthdig.com | 2019-09-26
WASHINGTON — A secret whistleblower complaint at the center of an impeachment inquiry alleges that President Donald Trump abused the power of his office to "solicit interference from a foreign country" in next year's U.S. election. The White House then tried to "lock down" the information to cover it up, the complaint says. | The 9-page document was released Thursday ahead of testimony to House investigators from Joseph Maguire, the acting director of national intelligence. | The whistleblower complaint is at least in part related to the July phone call between Trump and Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelens…
truthdig.com/articles/whistleblower-complaint-alleges-trump-abused-power/

Impeachment drive against Trump deepens US political crisis
wsws.org | 2019-09-26
The working class must break free of both reactionary political factions–the Democratic Party, aligned with the military-intelligence apparatus and Wall Street, and the Trump administration.
www.wsws.org/en/articles/2019/09/26/pers-s26.html

Edward Snowden Condemns Trump's Mistreatment of Whistleblower Who Exposed Ukraine Scandal
Staff | democracynow.org | 2019-09-26
Responding to news of a whistleblower's complaint at the center of an impeachment inquiry filed against President Trump this week, famed whistleblower Edward Snowden speaks about his own decision to leak classified documents in 2013. The House Intelligence Committee has released the declassified whistleblower complaint, which details a July phone call between President Trump and the Ukrainian president. The White House is trying "to make the conversation not about the allegations," Snowden told Democracy Now! "They want to talk about the whistleblower rather than the government's own wrongdoing."
www.democracynow.org/2019/9/26/edward_snowden_on_writing_his_memoir

Hong Kong is Scared of the Rioters
Andre Vltchek | dissidentvoice.org | 2019-09-25
It was once a British police station, as well as the Victoria Prison Compound. Hong Kong inhabitants used to tremble just from hearing its name mentioned. This is where people were detained, interrogated, humiliated, tortured and disappeared. Now, after Hong Kong 'returned to China', it was converted into the Tai Kwun Center — one of …
dissidentvoice.org/2019/09/hong-kong-is-scared-of-the-rioters/

Hong Kong is Scared — of the Rioters
Andre Vltchek | globalresearch.ca | 2019-09-25
It was once a British police station, as well as the Victoria Prison Compound. Hong Kong inhabitants used to tremble just from hearing its name mentioned. This is where people were detained, interrogated, humiliated, tortured and disappeared. | Now, after Hong …
globalresearch.ca/hong-kong-is-scared-of-the-rioters/5690145

UK Supreme Court rules Johnson's prorogation of Parliament illegal
wsws.org | 2019-09-25
British politics entered uncharted waters yesterday as the Supreme Court–the UK's highest judicial body–declared illegal Prime Minister Boris Johnson's authoritarian prorogation of parliament.
www.wsws.org/en/articles/2019/09/25/supr-s25.html

As Democrats begin Trump impeachment, key 'Russiagate' case may be imploding
rt.com | 2019-09-25
President Donald Trump's security adviser Michael Flynn was the first casualty of 'Russiagate' impeachment push, but the case against him seems weaker than ever, after a federal judge voided the conviction of his business partner. | Flynn, a retired general and former head of the Defense Intelligence Agency, was forced to resign in February 2017, after less than two weeks of serving as national security adviser. He was snared in an FBI perjury trap as part of surveillance of the Trump campaign — which was predicated on claims it was "colluding" with Russia during the 2016 presidential election. | Though t…
rt.com/usa/469544-flynn-russiagate-rafiekian-impeachment/

Rep. Al Green: "We've Reached Critical Mass" to Impeach Trump
Staff | truthout.org | 2019-09-25
| Democratic House Speaker Nancy Pelosi has launched a formal impeachment inquiry into President Trump following allegations from an intelligence community whistleblower that Trump sought help from Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky in a July 25 phone call to investigate Democratic presidential front-runner Joe Biden and his son Hunter. On Tuesday, the Republican-controlled Senate unanimously passed a nonbinding resolution calling for the Trump administration to release the whistleblower complaint to the H…
truthout.org/video/rep-al-green-weve-reached-critical-mass-to-impeach-trump/

DNI did not threaten to resign over Trump-Zelensky call 'whistleblower' – but don't tell the WaPo that
rt.com | 2019-09-25
Acting Director of National Intelligence Joseph Maguire says he did not threaten to resign over concerns the White House would try to silence his testimony regarding the Trump-Zelensky "whistleblower" as the WaPo reported it. | "At no time have I considered resigning my position since assuming this role on August 16, 2019," Maguire said in a statement released on Wednesday after the Washington Post claimed he had threatened to do just that. | "I have never quit anything in my life and I am not about to start now." | According to "current and former US officials familiar with the matter" cited by…
rt.com/usa/469625-dni-denies-threatening-resign-ukraine/

UK's Johnson warns of dystopian digital future, calls on UN to set global standards for emerging technologies
United Nations | un.org | 2019-09-25
United Kingdom Prime Minister Boris Johnson on Tuesday evening focused his address at the UN mainly on the looming threat of artificial intelligence run amok, but also made a brief reference to Brexit — comparing the process of the UK's delayed departure from the European Union to classical Greek mythology.
news.un.org/feed/view/en/story/2019/09/1047422

"We've Reached Critical Mass": Rep. Al Green on Pelosi Vow to Impeach Trump for "Dastardly Deeds"
Staff | democracynow.org | 2019-09-25
Democratic House Speaker Nancy Pelosi has launched a formal impeachment inquiry into President Trump following allegations from an intelligence community whistleblower that Trump sought help from Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky in a July 25 phone call to investigate Democratic presidential front-runner Joe Biden and his son Hunter. On Tuesday, the Republican-controlled Senate unanimously passed a nonbinding resolution calling for the Trump administration to release the whistleblower complaint to the House and Senate Intelligence Committees. We get response and look at next steps with Congressmember Al Gree…
www.democracynow.org/2019/9/25/formal_impeachment_inquiry_trump

Sri Lanka: Torture continues, perpetrators promoted
susan_p | greenleft.org.au | 2019-09-25
human rights Chris SleeIssue 1239 Sri Lanka Tamil TortureSeptember 25, 2019″The indifference to repeated allegations of police torture is shocking and makes a mockery of Sri Lanka's stated commitment to security secto…
greenleft.org.au/content/sri-lanka-torture-continues-perpetrators-promoted

New York activists demand: Never again to martial law in the Philippines
Fight Back | fightbacknews.org | 2019-09-21
New York, NY – 25 people gathered September 20 at noon in front of the Consulate General of the Philippines in New York City to commemorate the 47th anniversary of martial law in the Philippines under the regime of late dictator Ferdinand Marcos. The action was called by BAYAN USA NorthEast, to say, "Never again to martial law," and to call attention to the continuation of state repression in the Philippines under the current, U.S.-backed Duterte regime. | Rodrigo Duterte's so called "war on drugs" has led to the killings, torture and imprisonment of many Filipino activists and human rights defenders, just like…
www.fightbacknews.org/2019/9/21/new-york-activists-demand-never-again-martial-law-philippines

Being Black is Not a Crime: Yunek's Story of Police Brutality
aclu.org | 2019-09-11
A personal story of police brutality at the hands of the police in Peoria, Illinois. | My name is Yunek Moore. I am a Black woman, a college graduate, and a survivor of police brutality. I'm choosing to tell my story because, sadly, this wasn't the last time something like this happened to a person of color in Peoria, Illinois, and that must change. | On June 4, 2013, I was a happy 17-year-old looking forward to attending college at Millikin University. I had just graduated high school, where I was ranked 11th in my entire class and spoke at graduation as one of my final duties as Senior Class President. | That n…
aclu.org/blog/criminal-law-reform/reforming-police-practices/being-black-not-crime-yuneks-story-police

Rift Exposed: A Desertion Robbed League of the South of Its Longtime Headquarters and Hints that a Member Chose His Real Estate Holdings over Southern Culture
Brett Barrouquere | splcenter.org | 2019-09-04
League of the South (LOS), a neo-Confederate organization that advocates for Southern secession, has been roiled by a key defection that resulted in the group losing its headquarters in Wetumpka, Alabama, about 20 miles north of Montgomery.
splcenter.org/fighting-hate/intelligence-report/2019/rift-exposed-desertion-robbed-league-south-its-longtime-headquarters-and-hints-member-chose

Hatewatch: Brave in the Dark
splcenter.org | 2019-09-03
Using fake names and fictional avatars, wannabe killers and hatemongers exude courage and commitment to their hateful causes.
splcenter.org/fighting-hate/intelligence-report/2019/hatewatch-brave-dark