2020-09-26: News Headlines

_____ (2020-09-26). Assange Hearing: Judge Grants Defense Four Weeks To Prepare Final Argument. popularresistance.org 5: 49 am EDT: Judge Vanessa Baraitser has granted the defense four weeks to prepare it closing argument, saying that her decision would come after the Nov. 4 U.S. election one way or the other. She had been previously reluctant to give more than a week to the defense. | Baraitser set the date of final arguments for Nov. 16. Fitzgerald had told the judge that: | "It seems unlikely for you to make a judgement before Nov. 3 and you would have to bear in mind that the future is uncertain. Much of what we say about Trump is because this proceeding was initiated by Trump,….and some elements of the case would be worse…

Progressive International (2020-09-26). "We demand the immediate release of Julian Assange" zcomm.org PI Council Members support the freedom of Julian Assange against the unlawful and dangerous extradition trial against him currently taking place in London.

John Pilger (2020-09-26). The Extradition Trial of Julian Assange. zcomm.org The whole principle of the right to be free journalists is at stake…

_____ (2020-09-26). Leaked Docs Expose Massive Syria Propaganda Operation Waged by Western Govt Contractors and Media. strategic-culture.org Western government-funded intelligence cutouts trained Syrian opposition leaders, planted stories in media outlets from BBC to Al Jazeera, and ran a cadre of journalists. A trove of leaked documents exposes the propaganda network. | Ben NORTON | Leaked documents show how UK government contractors developed an advanced infrastructure of propaganda to stimulate support in the West for Syria's political and armed opposition. | Virtually every aspect of the Syrian opposition was cultivated and marketed by Western government-backed public relations firms, from their political narratives to their branding, from what th…

Abdul Rahman (2020-09-26). Diplomatic cables published by WikiLeaks helped CIA torture victim get justice. peoplesdispatch.org Wikileaks strengthened the case of Khalid El-Masri in the European Human Rights Court which handed first ever punishment to CIA operatives involved in rendition in 2012.

Philip Ball (2020-09-26). [Perspectives] David Hare's fiery account of COVID-19. thelancet.com Going to the theatre is no longer normal, although it might be (in the already clichéd phrase) the new normal. It's not just the ubiquitous masks and hand gel, or the absence of mingling as everyone stays in their little social bubbles. The auditorium of the Bridge Theatre in London, UK, looked like it had been prepared for some other sort of performance art, at least half of the chairs having been physically removed. My solitary seat, set in isolation, made me feel simultaneously privileged, as if travelling first class, and vulnerable.

yenisafak (2020-09-26). Erdogan says Turkey's Teknofest will foster innovations. yenisafak.com Groundbreaking innovations, from artificial intelligence (AI) to blockchain and the Internet of Things (IoT), will take root and grow at Teknofest, Turkey's biggest aerospace and technology event, the nation's president said on Saturday.Teknofest is a place for young people who want to show their abilities in technological fields such as rockets, robotic, and aerospace, Recep Tayyip Erdogan stressed at the event, held in the southeastern metropolis of Gaziantep.Technology's most important capital is productive brains, and Turkey needs successful young people to reach its goals, he added.He also said that while in…

Craig Murray (2020-09-25). Your Man in the Public Gallery: Assange Hearing Day 16. globalresearch.ca On Wednesday the trap sprang shut, as Judge Baraitser insisted the witnesses must finish next week, and that no time would be permitted for preparation of closing arguments, which must be heard the immediate following Monday. This brought the closest …

Derek Royden (2020-09-25). The (flawed) case against Julian Assange. nationofchange.org The many mainstream journalists cheering on his extradition may come to regret in the future when the American government comes for them or their sources.

Binoy Kampmark (2020-09-25). Assange on Trial: Mental Health, Managed Risk and Publication Chronologies. counterpunch.org The lion's share of today's Old Bailey proceedings in Julian Assange's extradition trial was spent on battles over mental health and dire risk. The prosecution continued its attempt to minimise the dangers facing Assange were he to be extradited to the United States for 17 charges under the US Espionage Act and one under the

Binoy Kampmark (2020-09-25). Assange's Thirteenth Day at the Old Bailey: Mental Health, Managed Risk and Publication Chronologies. dissidentvoice.org September 24. Central Criminal Court, London. The lion's share of today's Old Bailey proceedings in Julian Assange's extradition trial was spent on battles over mental health and dire risk. The prosecution continued its attempt to minimise the dangers facing Assange were he to be extradited to the United States for 17 charges under the US …

Peoples Dispatch (2020-09-25). US computer forensics expert tear apart hacking conspiracy charge against Assange. peoplesdispatch.org Patrick Eller, who worked as a digital forensics expert for the US government, has pointed out Chelsea Manning's prosecution failed to find any proof of Assange's involvement…

_____ (2020-09-25). Report, Thursday, September 24: Julian Assange. popularresistance.org During the hearing of medical evidence the last three days, the British government has been caught twice directly telling important lies about events in Belmarsh prison, each lie proven by documentary evidence. The common factor has been the medical records kept by Dr Daly, head of the jail's medical services. There has also been, to put it at its very lightest, one apparent misrepresentation by Dr Daly. Personally, I am wary of the kind of person who impresses Ross Kemp. This is Mr Kemp's description of the medical wing at Belmarsh: "Security is on another level here with six times more staff per inmate than the…

Olujimi Alade (2020-09-25). Is Marxism still relevant? — a commentary. workers.org With the dire economic circumstances brought on by COVID-19 and the rise in police brutality provoking civil unrest unseen since the 1960s, the Millennial Generation as well as Generation Z are beginning to see the pitfalls of both neoliberalism and U.S. conservatism. The Republicans in office are taking notice and . . . |

_____ (2020-09-25). Scheer Intelligence: Justice Ginsburg's Life And Legacy. popularresistance.org The documentary filmmakers discuss their film "RBG" on the life and career of Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg. While Justice Ginsburg did not grant access to filmmakers Betsy West and Julie Cohen right away, eventually she allowed them an intimate look at her life and her career-long fight for equal rights. West and Cohen tell host Robert Scheer that Ginsburg has embraced her recent emergence as a pop culture icon because she believes it is an opportunity to reach a younger generation.

teleSUR (2020-09-25). US Protests: Police Repression Over Breonna Taylor Decision. telesurenglish.net Anti-police brutality protests in Lousiville, Kentucky, and throughout most major cities in the United States over the past three nights have been met with police Since the grand jury decision was announced Wednesday by Kentucky Attorney General Daniel Cameron not to arrest or charge three of the four police officers involved in the killing of 26-year-old Breonna Taylor on March 13, nonstop protests have riddled U.S. metropolitan areas, with dozens of arrests, signi…

_____ (2020-09-25). Pledge Of Resistance: Stop Austerity This Fall. popularresistance.org We are living in tumultuous times. The core capitalist countries are rapidly abandoning any pretense of democracy and advancing toward war. We, the oppressed peoples and working class people of the world, must take decisive action to stop the advance of authoritarianism and the potential restoration of the neo-liberal fragmentation and austerity which delivered us to this moment. | The United States is now a powder-keg. Right-wing forces are threatening and assaulting progressive forces with deadly intent and outcomes all over the country.

sputniknews (2020-09-25). Commentator Explains Why the Left 'Is Biggest Threat to America, Western Civilization'. sputniknews.com In the upcoming US presidential election, where incumbent President Donald Trump is set to face Democratic rival candidate Joe Biden, the United States is dealing with an ongoing global coronavirus pandemic and nation-wide mass protests against racism and police brutality.

teleSUR (2020-09-25). Brazil: Volkswagen Acknowledges Persecution, Torture of Workers. telesurenglish.net Volkswagen announced that it agreed with the State of Sà£o Paulo to compensate its former workers for the damages it caused them during the military dictatorship that ruled Brazil between 1964 and 1985. | RELATED: | The German company pledged to grant US$6.5 million to promote initiatives related to the defense of human rights and the investigation of crimes committed during the dictatorship. Just over US$3 mi…

Craig Murray (2020-09-24). Your Man in the Public Gallery: Assange Hearing Day 15. globalresearch.ca When Daniel Ellsberg released the Pentagon Papers, the US Government

_____ (2020-09-24). The US Is Using The Guardian To Justify Jailing Assange For Life. popularresistance.org Julian Assange is not on trial simply for his liberty and his life. He is fighting for the right of every journalist to do hard-hitting investigative journalism without fear of arrest and extradition to the United States. Assange faces 175 years in a US super-max prison on the basis of claims by Donald Trump's administration that his exposure of US war crimes in Iraq and Afghanistan amounts to "espionage". | The charges against Assange rewrite the meaning of "espionage" in unmistakably dangerous ways. Publishing evidence of state crimes, as Assange's Wikileaks organisation has done, is covered by both free speech…

_____ (2020-09-24). Report, Wednesday, September 23: Julian Assange. popularresistance.org On Wednesday the trap sprang shut, as Judge Baraitser insisted the witnesses must finish next week, and that no time would be permitted for preparation of closing arguments, which must be heard the immediate following Monday. This brought the closest the defence have come to a protest, with the defence pointing out they have still not addressed the new superseding indictment, and that the judge refused their request for an adjournment before witness hearings started, to give them time to do so.

Chris Hedges (2020-09-24). Chris Hedges: The Cost of Resistance. mintpressnews.com Princeton, New Jersey (

Binoy Kampmark (2020-09-24). Assange's Twelfth Day at the Old Bailey: Autism, Suicide and Prisons. dissidentvoice.org September 23. Central Criminal Court, London. Following the script sheet of the previous day, the non sequitur, pop medical view of the prosecution was again in sharp evidence at the Old Bailey. In an effort to make the road for Julian Assange's extradition to the United States for 17 charges under the US Espionage Act …

Binoy Kampmark (2020-09-24). Assange on Trial: Suicide, Hallucinations and Psychological Torture. counterpunch.org Day 11. Central Criminal Court, London. The prosecutors in the Julian Assange case did their show trial predecessors from other legal traditions proud. The ghosts of such figures as Soviet state prosecutor Andrey Vyshinsky, would have approved of the line of questioning taken by James Lewis QC: suggest that Assange, accused of 17 counts of

sputniknews (2020-09-24). #FreeAssange Campaign Targeted by Concerted Spambot Attack During Extradition Hearing. sputniknews.com WikiLeaks publisher Julian Assange, who faces up to 175 years in prison for his role in obtaining and publishing classified US diplomatic cables, is now at the centre of a series of extradition hearings at London's Central Criminal Court.

sputniknews (2020-09-24). Assange is a 'Resilient Man' Who Isn't at Risk of Suicide If Extradited, Government Expert Says. sputniknews.com A psychiatrist testifying for the government says that whilst the WikiLeaks publisher is suffering from mild clinical depression he does not think he is a suicide risk if he is extradited to the United States to face espionage charges.

_____ (2020-09-24). 'We Demand The Immediate Release Of Julian Assange'. popularresistance.org We, members of the Progressive International Council, support the freedom of Julian Assange against the unlawful and dangerous extradition trial currently setagainst him in London. Julian Assange has been a world-defining journalist, editor, and intellectual whose work has been crucial in promoting global justice. The prosecution by the United States of an Australian citizen for his journalistic activities done in sovereign countries in Europe is a gross violation of human rights and international law.

WSWS (2020-09-24). Assange's partner Stella Moris calls for Australian government to intervene in his defence. wsws.org "This is not something that the Australian government can just hide its head in the sand and say 'nothing to do with us.'"

Paul Craig Roberts (2020-09-24). The Murder of the First Amendment. thealtworld.com The illegal and unwarranted prosecution of Julian Assange by the US Government in a British court, if court it is and not a Star Chamber, is in fact the prosecution of the First Amendment. It will prevent journalists in the future from informing the public of criminal activity by government. This is already the case in a number of countries, and the US and UK are about to join them. Washington, working through a British judge and a British prosecutor, is murdering the First Amendment and, thereby, accountable government. | The US government's case for Assange's extradition to the US that is working its way throug…

Jonathan Cook (2020-09-24). The US is Using the Guardian to Justify Jailing Assange for Life. Why is the Paper So Silent? counterpunch.org Julian Assange is not on trial simply for his liberty and his life. He is fighting for the right of every journalist to do hard-hitting investigative journalism without fear of arrest and extradition to the United States. Assange faces 175 years in a US super-max prison on the basis of claims by Donald Trump's administration that his exposure of US war crimes in Iraq and Afghanistan amounts to "espionage".

Umar A Farooq (2020-09-24). US congressman calls for 'UAE 94' prisoner's release. middleeasteye.net US congressman calls for 'UAE 94' prisoner's release | Abdulsalam Mohamed Darwish al-Marzooqi was handed 10-year sentence in 2013 after being accused of planning to overthrow Emirati government | Thu, 09/24/2020 – 17: 16 | While in prison, Marzooqi has been reportedly been subject to abuse, including solitary confinement and beatings (AFP/File photo) | A US congressman has called for the release of…

MEE staff (2020-09-24). Three UK Labour MPs demoted over opposition to torture prosecution bill. middleeasteye.net Three UK Labour MPs demoted over opposition to torture prosecution bill | Nadia Whittome, Beth Winter and Olivia Blake defied a Labour Party whip to oppose Overseas Operations Bill against 'vexatious' lawsuits

| Thu, 09/24/2020 – 14: 31 | Kuwaiti and British soldiers take part in exercises about 40km north of Kuwait City (AFP) | Three Labour MPs have lost their roles in the United Kingdom shadow cabine…

Norman Solomon (2020-09-24). We've got our own reasons to elect Biden — and he isn't one of them. nationofchange.org With so much at stake Autumn 2020 is a time when people have the decisive opportunity to prevent the consolidation of illegitimate power by an authoritarian regime.

yenisafak (2020-09-24). US to announce more Iran sanctions on Thursday, top envoy says. yenisafak.com The United States will slap new sanctions on a number of Iranian officials and entities including a judge who sentenced Iranian wrestler Navid Afkari to death, U.S. Special Representative for Iran and Venezuela Elliott Abrams told a hearing at the Senate Foreign Relations Committee on Thursday.Navid Afkari was executed earlier this month after being convicted of stabbing a security guard to death during anti-government protests in 2018, Iranian state media reported, in a case that has sparked international outcry. Iran's Supreme Court rejected a review of the case in late August.

Thom Hartmann (2020-09-24). GOP Reshaped U.S. to Hold Onto Power—Can Dems Do the Same Thing to Save It? zcomm.org Mitch McConnell understands holding minority power requires ruthless brutality…

sputniknews (2020-09-24). Biden Blasts Violence While Siding With Angry Demonstrators Against Breonna Taylor Verdict. sputniknews.com Rallies against police brutality and racism have erupted across Kentucky and beyond after the state's grand jury ruled two of the three policemen were justified in fire their weapons to 'protect themselves' during a mistaken 'no knock' raid on Breonna Taylor's home.

Binoy Kampmark (2020-09-23). Assange's Eleventh Day at the Old Bailey: Suicide, Hallucinations and Psychological Torture. dissidentvoice.org September 22. Central Criminal Court, London. Today, the prosecutors in the Julian Assange case did their show trial predecessors from other legal traditions proud. The ghosts of such figures as Soviet state prosecutor Andrey Vyshinsky, would have approved of the line of questioning taken by James Lewis QC: suggest that Assange, accused of 17 counts …

WSWS (2020-09-23). Assange faces "very high risk of suicide," medical expert tells court. wsws.org Kopelman's evidence confirms the warnings made since November 2019 by Doctors for Assange that Assange is suffering "psychological torture" and "could die in prison."

Stefan Simanowitz (2020-09-23). Why Are Amnesty International Monitors Not Able to Observe the Assange Hearing? globalresearch.ca Earlier this month, the street outside the Old Bailey criminal court in London, where Julian Assange's extradition hearing has been taking place, was transformed into a carnival. | Inside the Old Bailey, the courtroom has turned into a circus. There have …

_____ (2020-09-23). Report, Tuesday, September 22: Julian Assange Hearing. popularresistance.org Julian is profoundly worried that his medical history will be used to discredit him and all that he has worked for, to paint the achievements of Wikileaks in promoting open government and citizen knowledge as the fantasy of a deranged mind. I have no doubt this will be tried, but fortunately there has been a real change in public understanding and acknowledgement of mental illness. I do not think Julian's periodic and infrequent episodes of very serious depression will be successfully portrayed in a bad light, despite the incredibly crass and insensitive attitude displayed today in court by the US Government, who…

_____ (2020-09-23). As Assange Faces Extradition, the State of U.S. Prisons Grows Worse. strategic-culture.org John KIRIAKOU | The Federal Bureau of Prisons (BOP) is in a state of chaos. Leadership changes, Covid-19, and criminal activity on the part of BOP officers and staff members has plunged the Justice Department's largest and best-funded bureau into a scandal that, while it has not made the mainstream media, has harmed thousands of prisoners. | [The issue was raised last week in the hearing of Julian Assange in London as the state of mental health care for prisoners, cited in a BOP report, came up in witness testimony in the defense's argument against sending Assange to the U.S. to face time in a U.S. prison.] Micha…

_____ (2020-09-23). The End Of The 'Rules Based International Order'. popularresistance.org The 'western' countries, i.e. the United States and its 'allies', love to speak of a 'rules based international order' which they say everyone should follow. That 'rules based order' is a way more vague concept than the actual rule of law: | The G7 is united by its shared values and commitment to a rules based international order. That order is being challenged by authoritarianism, serious violations of human rights, exclusion and discrimination, humanitarian and security crises, and the defiance of international law and standards. | As members of the G7, we are convinced that our societies and the world have rea…