2020-09-03: News Headlines

_____ (2020-09-03). Amazon Posted Job To Monitor Employee's Efforts To Unionize. popularresistance.org In a now-deleted job listing posted this week, Amazon advertised that it's looking to hire an "intelligence analyst" tasked with duties including snooping on workers' unionization efforts and reporting back to executives about their findings. | It's a sign of Amazon's escalating fight to stop its workers from organizing. The company has previously turned to unorthodox methods to quash unionization — its subsidiary Whole Foods built a heat map tool specifically for tracking unionization threats, Business Insider reported in April.

Julian Assange (2020-09-03). For years, journalists cheered Assange's abuse. Now they've paved his path to a US gulag. zcomm.org The decade-long saga that brought us to this point should appall anyone who cares about our increasingly fragile freedoms…

BayAction2FreeAssange (2020-09-03). Monday 9/7: Global Stand 4 Assange- Save His Life & Journalism. indybay.org Please join us live or virtually in vital actions as the farce trial of Assange and journalism starts in the UK: | Sept 7 Noon -2pm Outside: | British Consolute San Francisco | 1 Sansome St. | San Francisco 94104…

Anonymouse (2020-09-03). Monday 9/7: Stand Up for Julian Assange & All Journalists, Sept. 7, 2020, 12 noon. indybay.org Santa Cruz Clock Tower, top of Pacific Avenue, at Front St., Santa Cruz…

_____ (2020-09-03). US Determined To Make Assange Pay For Exposing The Cruelty Of Its War. popularresistance.org The hearing that Assange will face has nothing to do with the reasons for his arrest from the embassy of Ecuador in London on April 11, 2019. He was arrested that day for his failure to surrender in 2012 to the British authorities, who would have extradited him to Sweden; in Sweden, at that time, there were accusations of sexual offenses against Assange that were dropped in November 2019. Indeed, after the Swedish authorities decided not to pursue Assange, he should have been released by the UK government. But he was not. | The true reason for the arrest was never the charge in Sweden; it was the desire of the U.

Staff (2020-09-03). Putin "Can't Afford to See Belarus Fall" as Protests Calling for Lukashenko's Ouster Enter 4th Week. democracynow.org Mass protests entered their fourth week in Belarus to demand the ouster of authoritarian President Alexander Lukashenko, who claimed victory in the country's August 9 election that critics say was rigged. But Lukashenko shows no sign of backing down, and authorities have responded to protests with violence and arrests. Sadakat Kadri, a human rights lawyer and writer, says Russian President Vladimir Putin is invested in keeping Lukashenko in power. "He can't afford to see Belarus fall," Kadri notes.

_____ (2020-09-03). US Punishes ICC For Investigating Potential War Crimes. popularresistance.org The Trump administration has sought to weaken or abandon various international agencies since 2016. Now it's taking aim at the International Criminal Court, a global tribunal that investigates and prosecutes war crimes, torture and genocide. | Claiming the ICC's investigation into alleged war crimes by U.S. forces in Afghanistan poses a national security threat, President Donald Trump issued an executive order on June 11 effectively criminalizing anyone who works at the ICC. Its lawyers, judges, human rights researchers and staff could now have their U.S. bank accounts frozen, U.S. visas revoked and travel to the…

Dr. Binoy Kampmark (2020-09-03). Fruits of Illegality: The NSA, Bulk Collection and Warrantless Surveillance. globalresearch.ca He has become part of the furniture when it comes to discussions about privacy rights and personal liberties, arguably an odd sort of thing for a man who also dealt in the shadows of intelligence secrets. But Edward Snowden has …

Fight Back (2020-09-03). SDS chapters from across the Midwest meet in Kenosha to protest Trump, police brutality. fightbacknews.org Kenosha, WI – In a gesture of solidarity, several Students for a Democratic Society (SDS) chapters, including Milwaukee and Minneapolis, met with Parkside SDS students to rally in protest of President Trump's visit to Kenosha on September 1. Trump, in a controversial decision, decided to assess the damage to various areas of the city in relation to civil unrest over several days. | The Kenosha uprising began August 23 in response to the near killing of Jacob Blake, 29, at the hands of Kenosha police officer Rusten Sheskey. Despite officials, including Governor Tony Evers, asking the president to postpone his…

Staff (2020-09-03). Putin Wants Belarus Dictator to Retain Power — But the Masses Are Still Rising. truthout.org Mass protests entered their fourth week in Belarus to demand the ouster of authoritarian President Alexander Lukashenko, who claimed victory in the country's August 9 election that critics say was rigged. But Lukashenko shows no sign of backing down, and authorities have responded to protests with violence and arrests. Sadakat Kadri, a human rights lawyer and writer, says Russian President Vladimir Putin is invested in keeping Lukashenko in power. "He can't afford to see Belarus fall," Kadri not…

BayAction2FreeAssange (2020-09-02). Global Stand 4 Assange- Save His Life & Journalism. indybay.org Please join us live or virtually in vital actions as the farce trial of Assange and journalism starts in the UK: | Sept 7 Noon -2pm Outside: | British Consolute San Francisco | 1 Sansome St. | San Francisco 94104…

BayAction2FreeAssange (2020-09-02). A Call 4 Artists to Bring Your Art to Action. indybay.org Please bring your art to the event: | Global Stand 4 Assange- Save His Life & Journalism | Sept 7 Noon -2pm Outside: | British Consolute San Francisco | 1 Sansome St. | San Francisco 94104…

Vijay Prashad (2020-09-02). The U.S. is Determined to Make Julian Assange Pay for Exposing the Cruelty of Its War on Iraq. counterpunch.org On September 7, 2020, Julian Assange will leave his cell in Belmarsh Prison in London and attend a hearing that will determine his fate. After a long period of isolation, he was finally able to meet his partner—Stella Moris—and see their two sons—Gabriel (age three) and Max (age one)—on August 25. After the visit, Moris said that he

_____ (2020-09-02). Documentary — The War On Journalism: The Case Of Julian Assange. popularresistance.org Journalists are under attack globally for doing their jobs. Julian Assange is facing a 175 year sentence for publishing if extradited to the United States. The Trump administration has gone from denigrating journalists as 'enemies of the people' to now criminalizing common practices in journalism that have long served the public interest. | Imprisoned WikiLeaks founder and editor Assange's extradition is being sought by the Trump administration, in a hearing to begin Sept. 7, for publishing U.S. government documents, which exposed war crimes and human rights abuses.

Jonathan Cook (2020-09-02). For Years, Journalists cheered Assange's Abuse: Now They've Paved his Path to a US Gulag. dissidentvoice.org Court hearings in Britain over the US administration's extradition case against Julian Assange begin in earnest next week. The decade-long saga that brought us to this point should appall anyone who cares about our increasingly fragile freedoms. A journalist and publisher has been deprived of his liberty for 10 years. According to UN experts, he …

Melvin Goodman (2020-09-02). The Twilight of the North Atlantic Treaty Organization. counterpunch.org It is time for the United States to debate the downsizing, if not the dissolution, of the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO). U.S. national security would be strengthened by the demise of NATO because Washington would no longer have to guarantee the security of 14 Central and East European nations, including the Baltic states of Estonia, Latvia, and Lithuania. European defense coordination and integration would be more manageable without the participation of authoritarian governments in Poland and Hungary. Key West European nations presumably would favor getting out from under the use of U.S. military powe…

RT (2020-09-02). Snowden did nothing wrong? Court rules NSA spying on Americans' phones was illegal all along. rt.com A federal appeals court has ruled that the telephone metadata collection program used by the National Security Agency to spy on Americans was illegal, just as NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden said seven years ago. | The metadata "bulk collection" program violated the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act, a three-judge panel of the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals ruled on Wednesday. The

RT (2020-09-02). Media offers new weapon to protect Biden: Suggesting his mental health is failing means you're part of a Russian conspiracy. rt.com The US Department of Homeland Security reportedly blocked the distribution of a July intelligence bulletin warning of a Russian plot to promote "misinformation" that the Democratic presidential candidate is in poor mental health. | The

WSWS (2020-09-02). Trump visits Kenosha to defend killer police and vigilantes. wsws.org Trump's efforts to project an image of authoritarian strength during his visit were belied by the extraordinary security measures taken to wall him off from the population.

WSWS (2020-09-02). Waiting for the Barbarians: "You are an obscene torturer. You deserve to be hanged!" wsws.org Based on the 1980 novel by South Africa-born writer J.M. Coetzee, with also—importantly—a screenplay by Coetzee, the film is set on the remote outskirts of a fictional (or composite) "Empire" sometime apparently in the 19th century.

John O'Kane (2020-09-02). Authoritarian Anarchism Meets Autocratic Soul Searching. counterpunch.org "A Letter on Justice and Open Debate," published by Harper's Magazine (7/7/20), lauds the recent climate of protest for spurring calls for police reform as well as greater inclusion and equality, but laments what came with it: a new set of "moral attitudes and political commitments that tend to weaken our social norms of open

Vijay Prashad (2020-09-01). The US is determined to make Julian Assange pay for exposing the cruelty of its war on Iraq. peoplesdispatch.org With Julian Assange's extradition trial set to begin on September 7, Vijay Prashad discusses Assange's heroic work in exposing US war crimes and the heavy price he has paid for it…

Ralph Nader (2020-09-01). Democrats Must Demolish Trump's Delusional Law-Breaking Dystopia. zcomm.org Donald Trump continually breaks multiple laws. Yet the serial lawbreaking, lying Trump is playing the "law and order" card against street protestors reacting to fatal cases of police brutality…

WSWS (2020-09-01). New Jersey teen billed $2,500 for organizing a protest. wsws.org Emily Gil, a recent high school graduate, was charged $2,500 for "police overtime" after she organized a protest in the town of Englewood Cliffs calling for affordable housing and an end to police brutality.

Fight Back (2020-09-01). Denver commemorates 50th Anniversary of Chicano Moratorium. fightbacknews.org Denver, CO – On August 29, over 100 people gathered in La Raza Park in Denver to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the Chicano Moratorium and to express solidarity with current movements against police brutality and for social justice. | The Chicano Moratorium was a march held on August 29, 1970 in East Los Angeles to protest against the high casualty rate of Chicanos in the Vietnam War. The protest also denounced the racist military draft and police brutality and oppression of Chicanos. Over 30,000 Chicanos and supporters from all over the U.S. turned out for the historic march. The LAPD and sheriffs brutally…

WSWS (2020-09-01). Human rights lawsuits used by Chilean "left" to mask preparations for authoritarian rule. wsws.org Amid a growing threat of police-state dictatorship, it once again falls on the Chilean parliamentary "left" and its satellite organisations to conceal the class nature of the capitalist state.

Miles Mogulescu (2020-09-01). A United Front Is the Right Strategy to Defeat Authoritarianism. commondreams.org "I believe those on the activist and antiracist left must unite with all who are willing to fight Trump—whether they're liberals, moderates, or even anti-Trump conservatives—to defeat Trump in November," writes Mogulescu. (Photo: Ira L. Black/Corbis via Getty Images) | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files/styles/cd_special_coverage/public/views-article/thumbs/votehimout.jpg

Emile Schepers (2020-08-31). Fears of a 'police coup' against Black elected officials in Portsmouth, Virginia. peoplesworld.org PORTSMOUTH, Va.—Strange things have been going on in the city of Portsmouth, population 95,000, in southeastern Virginia. There is even talk of a "police coup d'état" to remove Black elected officials from office, and thus to thwart efforts at criminal justice reform in the state legislature. In March, the well-regarded police chief, Toya Chapman, who …

Ed Rampell (2020-08-31). 'Our Battle for Truth': An Interview with Maria Ressa. progressive.org The Filipina journalist discusses "digital authoritarians" and freedom of the press as showcased in new documentary "A Thousand Cuts."

teleSUR (2020-08-31). Tiktok Deal Entails China's Approval Under Revised Catalogue. telesurenglish.net Regarding the selling of TikTok's operation in the United States, its parent company ByteDance will need to comply with approval procedures under China's latest revision to the catalogue of technologies that are subject to export bans or restrictions | RELATED: | "As a fast-growing innovative enterprise, ByteDance has many cutting-edge technologies in artificial intelligence and other fields, and some technologies may have been covered by…

_____ (2020-08-31). Know Your Rights — Don't Talk To Cops At The Airport. popularresistance.org "Have you ever been arrested for a crime?" I wasn't surprised that was the first question. I've said consistently over the past eight years that I wear my conviction for blowing the whistle on the CIA's torture program like a badge of honor. I said so on CNN, MSNBC, Fox News and NBC's Today Show. It's no secret. "I'm going to tell you guys exactly the same thing that I tell your friends at Dulles Airport when they harass me. I'm represented by counsel. I don't talk to cops. You have no right to detain me. I'm a journalist and I'm going to write about this incident using your true names. And you have no legal righ…

Mehr News Agency (2020-08-31). Iraqi forces capture 12 ISIL terrorists in Al Anbar Province. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, Sep.01 (MNA) — Intelligence forces of the Iraqi Ministry of Interior have arrested 12 ISIL terrorist elements in Al Anbar Province.

sputniknews (2020-08-31). Iran's Zarif Blasts Washington's 'All Options on the Table' Approach to Own Citizens in Portland. sputniknews.com Portland became an epicenter of protests against police brutality and racism in the wake of the killing of an unarmed black man in Minneapolis in late May. The West Coast city has also been a major flashpoint for violence between rioting demonstrators, local police, federal law enforcement, and more recently, pro-Trump and anti-Trump protesters.

sputniknews (2020-08-31). Video Shows Moment Before Deadly Portland Shooting Amid Rival BLM, Pro-Trump Protests. sputniknews.com A man was shot dead in downtown Portland, Oregon, on Saturday night as violence erupted between supporters of President Donald Trump and Black Lives Matter protesters. The city has become a flashpoint for demonstrations against police brutality and racism since the death of African-American George Floyd in Minneapolis on 25 May.