2020-10-06: News Headlines

Patrick Cockburn (2020-10-06). The Assange Extradition Case is an Unprecedented Attack on Press Freedom, So Why's the Media Largely Ignoring It? counterpunch.org The Assange case creates a precedent that mortally threatens freedom of the press in Britain. If Assange is extradited then any journalist who publishes information that the American authorities deem to be classified, however well-known or harmless it may be, will risk being extradited to face trial in America. The US secretary of state, Mike Pompeo, says that non-Americans like Assange do not enjoy First Amendment rights to free expression.

Caitlin Johnstone (2020-10-06). A Wrong Turn At Albuquerque: Notes From The Edge Of The Narrative Matrix. thealtworld.com ~ | Really sucks how the US intelligence cartel is going to claim a rival nation interfered in the election no matter who wins in order to advance pre-planned geostrategic agendas and everyone's just going to accept it on faith because they learned nothing these last four years. | Not looking forward to Trump supporters unquestioningly swallowing the narrative that China interfered for Biden and then spending years screaming about the need for more cold war aggressions against Beijing while Biden does exactly that and they still claim he's not doing enough. | ~ | The fact that politicians who not only supported t…

Margaret Flowers (2020-10-06). Julian Assange's Extradition Hearing: The Only Just Outcome Is His Freedom. dissidentvoice.org The testimony portion of the extradition hearing of Julian Assange, taking place in the United Kingdom, concluded after four weeks. Judge Vanessa Baraitser, who presided over the hearing, will not announce her decision until January. Until then, Assange will remain in detention in Belmarsh Prison. Under conditions that violated Assange's rights and his ability to …

WSWS (2020-10-06). Grayzone questions US intelligence claim of "Russian influence campaign" run by PeaceData. wsws.org An article published by Grayzone shows that the website PeaceData—which US intelligence claims was part of a Russian misinformation campaign—was likely a false flag operation aimed at linking left-wing websites with the Moscow government.

Alan MacLeod (2020-10-05). Reporters Claim Facebook is Censoring Information on Julian Assange Case. thealtworld.com "90% of my traffic has just been cut off by what seems to be a general algorithm command of some kind to downplay Assange." "I think it is as simple as that." | MPN— Craig Murray, the former British ambassador to Uzbekistan and longtime confidant of Julian Assange, has been fastidiously

Craig Murray (2020-10-05). How a Police State Starts. globalresearch.ca On Saturday a small, socially distanced vigil of 18 people for Julian Assange at Piccadilly Circus was broken up by twice that number of police and one elderly man arrested and taken into custody. | The little group of activists have …

Matt Kennard (2020-10-05). Revealed: Key Assange Prosecution Witness Is Part of Academic Cluster Which Has Received Millions of Pounds from UK and US Militaries. globalresearch.ca One of the US prosecution's key medical witnesses in the Julian Assange hearing, who claimed that Assange's risk of suicide is 'manageable' if extradited to the US, works for an academic institute that is funded by the UK Ministry of …

Global Research News (2020-10-05). Selected Articles: Does Trump Really Have COVID or Just a Nasty Cold? globalresearch.ca By

Staff (2020-10-05). This Is Not a Drill: Towards A New Majority. therealnews.com In the final sprint to election day, most organizers are laser-focused on the imperative of defeating the authoritarian threat represented by a second Trump term.

MEE correspondent (2020-10-05). Egypt executes 15 'political prisoners' in new crackdown. middleeasteye.net Egypt executes 15 'political prisoners' in new crackdown | Latest executions raise the total number of political prisoners killed under Sisi's rule to 79, says monitor
| Mon, 10/05/2020 – 16: 26 | Protesters hold a banner reading 'Sisi kills the youth' in front of the Egyptian consulate in Istanbul during a demonstration against executions in Egypt in March 2019 (AFP) | Egyptian aut…

Ian Schwartz (2020-10-05). CIA Director Haspel Personally Blocking Declassification of Documents that Will Reveal Truth About Russiagate. Federalist's Sean Davis. globalresearch.ca "Federalist" co-founder Sean Davis reports that CIA Director Gina Haspel is personally blocking the release of documents that will show "what actually happened" with Russiagate. | "This isn't just a scandal about Democrat projection, this is a scandal about what was …

WSWS (2020-10-05). Leaked FBI report warns of far-right "Boogaloo" violence in advance of election. wsws.org The leaked report follows earlier intelligence assessments that far-right militia violence remains the greatest domestic terrorist threat.

_____ (2020-10-05). Leaked FBI Report Warns Of Far-Right "Boogaloo" Violence Before Election. popularresistance.org A leaked September 29 Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) intelligence report prepared by the Dallas, Texas, field office warns that leading up to the November election, "boogaloo adherents" and "militia violent extremists" are increasing "violent and criminal activity" in the Dallas area. | The assessment was made the same day President Donald Trump, in the first presidential debate with his Democratic opponent, Joe Biden, refused to condemn white supremacists and militia groups, instead instructing the fascistic street gang the Proud Boys to "stand back and stand by."

Mehr News Agency (2020-10-05). Iranian Doctors in US, Canada. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, Oct. 05 (MNA) — Iranians are among the most talented nations in the world in medical sciences. They have proven that the best results can be achieved by relying on Iranian intelligence and round-the-clock efforts.

Peoples Dispatch (2020-10-04). The call to free Julian Assange echoes around the world. peoplesdispatch.org Ahead of and during the extradition hearings for Julian Assange, political leaders, activists, journalists and lawyers across the world have condemned the prosecution and demanded the dropping of charges…

_____ (2020-10-04). FBI Seized Legally Privileged Materials From Julian Assange. popularresistance.org The FBI in the United Kingdom enlisted the Ecuador government's help in seizing legally privileged materials from WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange after he was arrested and expelled from their embassy in London on April 11, 2019. | According to Gareth Peirce, one of Assange's attorneys, that day she "made immediate contact with the embassy in regard to legally privileged material, an issue of huge concern." Assange wanted the material—in addition to "confidential medical data"—"identified and released to his lawyers."

_____ (2020-10-04). On Contact: Assange Extradition Hearing. popularresistance.org Chris Hedges discusses with former British ambassador Craig Murray the hearing that just adjourned in London to extradite WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange to the United States. Murray's exhaustive reporting, which can be found at craigmurray.org.uk, has become one of the few sources of reliable information about the hearing, which has become notoriously difficult to cover due to court restrictions imposed on the press, and is being ignored by most mainstream news organizations.

Editor (2020-10-04). The 2020 Battle Lines Are Drawn—It's Time for Action. scheerpost.com risingthermals / CC BY-NC-ND 2.0] By Alan Minsky Sometimes, maybe, when a bout of writer's block arrives it's 'cause there's nothing left to say. This morning I woke, stared into the proverbial blank page and quickly came to the conclusion that it was a waste of time to torture myself with words not forthcoming. Here's why: We know the score. The time for words is over. It's time to get in the… |

Tareq Haddad (2020-10-03). Julian Assange's Extradition Trial and the War on Journalism. thealtworld.com WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange's legal team called their last witness in the extradition trial, which has unfolded over the past four weeks at the Old Bailey Courthouse in London. The defense and prosecution will file closing submissions to the magistrate court, and a decision on extradition is expected in January 4, 2021. | Throughout the extradition trial, independent media have led the way in defying a blackout by corporate media institutions around the world. They have worked to focus on the substance of testimony from witnesses instead of trivial moments that establishment reporters have turned into sensat…

Staff (2020-10-03). If We Don't Act Now, the Entire US Could Become a "Cancer Alley" truthout.org People across the country are waking up to structural racism and coping with police brutality and civil unrest while also living through the nightmare of the COVID-19 pandemic. They're mourning losses and longing for life to get back to normal. | But in St. James Parish, Louisiana, where I'm from — a predominantly Black and low-income community nicknamed "

Christopher Brauchli (2020-10-03). The Politician and the Pandemic. commondreams.org Former Trump campaign official Michael Caputo arrives at the Hart Senate Office building to be interviewed by Senate Intelligence Committee staffers on May 1, 2018 in Washington, D.C. (Photo: Mark Wilson/Getty Images) | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files/styles/cd_special_coverage/public/views-article/thumbs/michael_caputo.jpg

Dr. Binoy Kampmark (2020-10-02). Assange's Eighteenth Day at the Old Bailey: Abuse of Power, Breaching Attorney-Client Privilege and Adjournment. globalresearch.ca The Old Bailey has been the venue for a trial that should never have taken place. But during the course of these extradition proceedings against Julian Assange, the WikiLeaks founder accused by the US Department of Justice for violating the …

Binoy Kampmark (2020-10-02). Assange on Trial: Abuse of Power, Breaching Attorney-Client Privilege and Adjournment. counterpunch.org October 1, 2020. Central Criminal Court, London. The Old Bailey has been the venue for a trial that should never have taken place. But during the course of these extradition proceedings against Julian Assange, the WikiLeaks founder accused by the US Department of Justice for violating the US Espionage Act (17 charges) and one under

Craig Murray (2020-10-02). Your Man in the Public Gallery: Assange Hearing Day 21. globalresearch.ca I really do not know how to report Wednesday's events. Stunning evidence, of extreme quality and interest, was banged out in precis by the lawyers as unnoticed as bags of frozen chips coming off a production line. | The court that …

_____ (2020-10-02). Assange Trial: US And UK Militaries Back Key Prosecution Witness. popularresistance.org Dr Nigel Blackwood, a Reader in forensic psychiatry at King's College London (KCL), told the extradition hearing in London last week that Julian Assange was suffering only "moderate" depression. | Giving evidence as an expert witness for the US prosecution, Dr Blackwood rebutted other experts' findings on the seriousness of Assange's condition, adding his suicide risk was "manageable". He told the court: "Mr Assange has proved himself to be a very resilient and very resourceful man and he has underplayed that".

_____ (2020-10-02). Embassy Espionage, Contemplated Poisoning And Proposed Kidnapping. popularresistance.org Today will be remembered as a grand expose. It was a direct, pointed accusation at the intentions of the US imperium which long for the scalp of the WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange. For WikiLeaks, it was a smouldering triumph, showing that the entire mission against Assange, from the start, has been a political one. The Australian publisher faces the incalculably dangerous prospect of 17 charges under the US Espionage Act and one under the Computer Fraud and Abuse Act. Stripped to its elements, the indictment is merely violence kitted out in the vestment of sham legality. The rest is politics.

pip.hinman (2020-10-02). Andrew Wilkie on Julian Assange extradition trial: 'It should put all Australians on notice'. greenleft.org.au

Timothy Erik Strom — John Pilger (2020-10-02). Eyewitness to the Agony of Julian Assange. counterpunch.org John Pilger has watched Julian Assange's extradition trial from the public gallery at London's Old Bailey. He spoke with Timothy Erik Strà∂m of Arena, Australia: Q: Having watched Julian Assange's trial firsthand, can you describe the prevailing atmosphere in the court? The prevailing atmosphere has been shocking. I say that without hesitation; I have sat in many

Brett Wilkins, staff writer (2020-10-02). With Focus on Assange, Belmarsh Tribunal Puts 'US War Crimes on Trial'. commondreams.org "It is time to take action," Progressive International activists say, "and it is time to demand justice" | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files/styles/cd_special_coverage/public/headline/thumbs/mosul2_2.jpg

John McEvoy (2020-10-02). Noam Chomsky tells court that Julian Assange has 'exposed power to sunlight'. thecanary.co On 30 September, distinguished academic and public intellectual Extraterritorial reach: | Chomsky had previously appeared on Democracy Now! to denounce: the extraterritorial reach of the United States, which is shocking. Why should the United States… have the power to control what others are doing elsewhere in the world?… It's [an] outlandish situation. It goes on all the time. | "We have to silence this voice" — Chomsky on the obvious, prima…

Tanya Wadhwa (2020-10-02). Thousands take the streets in national strike in Colombia. zcomm.org The nationwide protest was carried out in rejection police brutality, economic crisis, massacres and the indifference of the national government towards them…

Gloria Rubac (2020-10-02). Federal executions paused, racism continues. workers.org Houston In the previous 56 years, the U.S. government had executed just three prisoners. But in 2020, seven federal executions have already taken place since July. The most recent was Christopher Vialva, put to death Sept. 24 at the federal prison in Terra Haute, Ind. He was the first Black . . . |

MEE and agencies (2020-10-02). Mossad chief holds talks with Bahrain as ties with Israel deepen. middleeasteye.net Mossad chief holds talks with Bahrain as ties with Israel deepen | Yossi Cohen reported to have discussed 'mutual interests' with his Bahraini counterparts during visit | Fri, 10/02/2020 – 11: 16 | Mossad chief Yossi Cohen pictured in 2017 (AFP) | Israel's top spy chief Yossi Cohen has held talks with Bahrain's intelligence services following the two countries recent normalisation of relat…

RT (2020-10-02). Parkland shooting victim's parents reanimate son's image via AI urging viewers to vote for gun control – 'because he can't'. rt.com The parents of Parkland school shooting victim Joaquin Oliver have reanimated their son on video using AI to urge people to vote for pro-gun-control politicians, but many viewers have disputed the ethics behind such move. | The 17-year-old Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School shooting victim was brought back to life digitally via artificial-intelligence software on Friday to promote voting for politicians who support gun control legislation, with the help of his parents – a reincarnation some felt was in questionable taste. | In 2018, Joaquin Oliver was shot and killed in the Parkland school shooting. | His pa…

Ali Harb (2020-10-02). What does justice for Jamal Khashoggi look like? middleeasteye.net What does justice for Jamal Khashoggi look like? | UN's Agnes Callamard talks to Middle East Eye about finding justice for murdered journalist | Fri, 10/02/2020 – 18: 34 | If elected, Joe Biden should release US intelligence community's findings on Khashoggi's murder, Callamard says (AFP) | Two years after the murder of Jamal Khashoggi, justice for the slain journalist remains elusive with geopolitical interests…

_____ (2020-10-02). Scheer Intelligence: In A Time Of Mortal Crisis. popularresistance.org There's no denying there's been a renewed wave of interest in socialism in the United States, thanks in large part to Bernie Sanders. While the Vermont senator gained support across the country for his rallying cry against inequality and for promoting equitable policies like Medicare for All, Rabbi Michael Lerner, a lifelong progressive and author of the new book Revolutionary Love: A Political Manifesto to Heal and Transform the World, believes there was something missing from Sanders' socialist message.

Shawgi Tell (2020-10-02). Billionaires Love Charter Schools. dissidentvoice.org From the very beginning, more than 35 years ago, the idea and practice of charter schools was conceived and gradually executed by those with abundant cultural, social, political, and economic capital. Charter schools are not the product of grass-roots forces, as the public has often been led to believe. They never have been. Charter schools …

Mehr News Agency (2020-10-02). Drug ring smashed in Khorasan Razavi by intelligence forces. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, Oct. 02 (MNA) — Iran's intelligence forces busted a drug ring in the northeastern province of Khorasan Razavi.

sputniknews (2020-10-02). Ottawa Taps Ex-Intelligence Official to Lead Forensic Team Investigating Downing of PS752. sputniknews.com TORONTO (Sputnik) – Ottawa is tapping former top intelligence official to lead the forensic team looking into the circumstances surrounding the downing of Ukraine International Airlines Flight PS752 in Tehran earlier this year, Global Affairs Canada said in a statement.

Staff (2020-10-02). Will COVID Knock Out Trump's Campaign? truthout.org F. Scott Fitzgerald said, "The test of a first-rate intelligence is the ability to hold two opposed ideas in mind at the same time and still retain the ability to function." The entirety of the Trump administration to date has been the unceasing experience of being simultaneously astonished and not at all surprised. | These two phenomena, like twirling planes in the air show of the mind, finally clipped wings in midair early this morning and went pinwheeling to the ground in a ball of fire and dus…

Dana Ward — Paul Messersmith-Glavin (2020-10-02). Why Anarchism is Dangerous. counterpunch.org Anarchists frighten privileged elites and their authoritarian followers not simply because the primary goals of the movement have been to abolish the sources of elite power — the state, patriarchy, and capitalism — but because anarchism offers a viable alternative form of social and political organization grounded in workplace collectives, neighborhood assemblies, bottom-up federations, child-centered