2020-10-25: News Headlines

_____ (2020-10-25). Blaming Moscow for Hunter Biden's Laptop Is Russiagate Disinformation. strategic-culture.org Aaron MATÉ | Former intelligence officials, Democratic leaders, and media outlets dismissing the Hunter Biden story as "Russian disinformation" are spreading more Russiagate disinformation, ex-CIA officer Ray McGovern says. | Media outlets are amplifying the claims of former intelligence officials, including John Brennan and James Clapper, as well as of top Democrats, including Joe Biden and Adam Schiff, that the Hunter Biden laptop revelations are "Russian disinformation." | They have done so even though no one from the Biden camp has disputed the authenticity of a single leaked email or document, or denied that…

yenisafak (2020-10-25). Kabul claims killing key al-Qaeda leader. yenisafak.com Afghanistan on Sunday claimed killing the deputy head of Al-Qaeda for the Indian Subcontinent (AQIS) in a security operation. | The 'No. 2 of al-Qaeda' in the Indian Sub-Continent, Abu Mohsin Al-Misri, was killed in the central Ghazni province, some 150km south of the capital Kabul, the National Directorate of Security, Afghanistan's intelligence service, said in a statement. | Al Masri alias Husam Abd-al-Ra'uf was on the FBI's list of most-wanted terrorists "for committing acts of terrorism…"Afghan president Ashraf Ghani hailed the killing, accusing the Taliban of still maintaining close ties with al-Qaeda.

Cory Morningstar (2020-10-25). COVID-19 as a Weapon. The Crushing of the Disposable Working Class — by Design. globalresearch.ca This article was originally crossposted in April 2020. | The arrogance and brutality of the ruling class — is nothing less than breathtaking. | Let's begin. |

_____ (2020-10-25). How A Police Killing In Nigeria Sparked A Nationwide Movement. popularresistance.org Nigerian security forces opened fire this week on protesters in Lagos, killing at least 12 demonstrators and marking a deadly escalation in the weekslong protests against police brutality. | Since early October, tens of thousands of Nigerians have been marching in cities throughout the country, demanding the disbandment of a notorious police unit known as SARS—the Special Anti-Robbery Squad. An Amnesty International report published in June documented dozens of cases of torture and extrajudicial killing by the unit. But the incident that sparked the movement was a video of what appeared to be an unprovoked…

_____ (2020-10-25). The Government's Case Against Michael Flynn Is Falling Apart. strategic-culture.org On October 17th, a document in the case of USA v. Michael T. Flynn was docketed (placed onto the court's calendar for consideration), which could free Mr. Flynn, and which might even lead to a transformation of the American criminal-justice system. | The legal case against Flynn cannot be truthfully understood unless and until the political battle that motivated it is adequately described: | Flynn had been the head of the Defense Intelligence Agency (DIA) under U.S. President Barack Obama until 2014, when Obama acrimoniously forced him out. Flynn then served for only the first 22 days of Donald Trump's Presidency…

_____ (2020-10-25). Macron's Gamble Will Backfire as Brexit Will Make Both Him and France Big Losers of a No-Deal With Brussels. strategic-culture.org He couldn't save Lebanon, despite all the rhetoric. Libya too was a disaster, as was his more recent battle with the firebrand Turkish president over a row in the Eastern Med about energy exploration. And now, France's cursed President, Emmanuel Macron, is going to lead his nation in a campaign which will take him and the entire French economy over the abyss on Brexit. | Remarkably, as the EU stands and watches, Macron, a man tortured and cursed by defeat wherever he goes around the world, is about to throw the lever on the French economy as he prepares to go into battle against Boris Johnson over UK's rights to…

Caitlin Johnstone (2020-10-24). Trump Supporters Are Hurting Assange With Their 4-D Chess Talk. thealtworld.com At a time when everyone should be out in the streets shaking the earth and protesting the Trump administration's prosecution of Julian Assange for exposing US war crimes, those who continue to support this president have one message and one message only when it comes to the WikiLeaks founder: Don't do anything. Relax, wait and see, trust Trump, and don't do anything. Trump is about to save Assange, and save us all. Do nothing. | Who do you guys think this strategy benefits, exactly? | These are all people who say they support Assange and WikiLeaks, who say they support free speech and oppose the deep state, and y…

_____ (2020-10-24). Hmm… America Keeps Getting Attacked by Nations It Hates in Ways Only the CIA Can See. strategic-culture.org Caitlin JOHNSTONE | Once upon a time there was an Emperor who loved war and military expansionism. He was always searching for new ways to instigate military conflicts without losing the support of the international community or waking up the populace to the fact that they're just propagandized cogs in the machine of a globe-spanning Empire which uses endless military and economic violence to maintain its unipolar hegemony. | One day two men calling themselves Intelligence Experts came into town claiming that they had devised a wondrous new type of enemy threat that is invisible to the common folk. | "Is it as go…

WSWS (2020-10-24). As US election approaches, New York Times intensifies its anti-Russia disinformation campaign. wsws.org The propaganda campaign by the Times and US intelligence agencies is aimed at fighting out conflicts within the ruling class over foreign policy while distracting attention from Trump's ongoing conspiracies.

MR (2020-10-24). Michael Reinhold was executed. indybay.org Michael Reinoehl likely shot Aaron 'Jay' Danielson, and police shot Reinoehl – but the men at the heart of the bloody conflict were more alike than different.

sputniknews (2020-10-24). New Book Tells Story of Berlin Brothel Madam Who Let Nazis Spy on Guests. sputniknews.com Katharina Zammit, better known Kitty Schmidt, ran the famous Salon Kitty brothel in Berlin during the Nazi era. Senior officers in Hitler's counter-intelligence service blackmailed her into letting them spy on clients by using hidden microphones placed in the bedrooms.

sputniknews (2020-10-24). France Recalls Its Ambassador to Turkey as Erdogan Claims Macron Needs 'Mental Checks'. sputniknews.com The development follows Turkish President Erdogan's harsh reaction towards new measures that his French counterpart announced in response to the beheading of a school teacher by a Muslim refugee for showing Prophet Muhammad cartoons to pupils in a Paris suburb.

Caitlin Johnstone (2020-10-23). No Matter Who Wins, The War Machine Wins. thealtworld.com The US government is pushing This is exhausting. Do I really need to type this bullshit out? | Fine. Okay. Here we go again: | At a press conference with Director of National Intelligence John Ratcliffe and FBI Director Christopher Wray it was announced that Iran and Russia have separately obtained some voter registration information, and that Iran has been using its information to send bizarr…

WSWS (2020-10-23). Ten years since WikiLeaks and Julian Assange published the Iraq War Logs. wsws.org The publication was an imperishable contribution to the fight against imperialist militarism, for which the war criminals and their political representatives have never forgiven Assange.

Staff (2020-10-23). "It's Criminal": Biden Slams Trump as Gov't Can't Find Parents of 545 Children Separated at Border. democracynow.org During the second and final presidential debate in Nashville, Tennessee, moderator Kristen Welker asked Trump and Biden about immigration and family separation. Trump deflected questions during the debate, repeatedly stating that the Obama-Biden administration "built the cages" and falsely claiming that kids seeking asylum in the U.S. are "well taken care of." However, the Trump administration's "zero tolerance" policy "took children away from their families at the border," says Erika Andiola, advocacy chief at RAICES Action, the Refugee and Immigrant Center for Education and Legal Services. "He's not owning up t…

Staff (2020-10-23). Trump Smears Victims of Mass Family Separations as "Bad People" truthout.org Pressed during Thursday night's final 2020 presidential debate to account for his administration's record of separating immigrant families at the U.S.-Mexico border, President Donald Trump repeatedly attempted to evade responsibility by lying about the origins of the inhumane practice, smearing those harmed by it, and attempting to shift blame onto Democratic opponent Joe Biden. | In response to a question about the more than 500 parents who have yet to be found after they were separated from their children…

Mirinda Crissman (2020-10-23). From Texas to Nigeria, end police brutality! workers.org Houston Hundreds of people gathered near Wazobia African Market on the southwest side of Houston on Oct. 14 to protest police brutality in Nigeria. They came together to draw attention to the Special Anti-Robbery Squad, known in Nigeria for its extrajudicial killings, torture, extortion, frame-ups and blackmail. "End SARS" protests . . . |

RT (2020-10-23). Israel will not oppose US-UAE deal on 'specific weapons systems,' says Netanyahu, despite previous worry over F-35 jets. rt.com The Israeli government says it will not oppose the US selling "specific weapons systems" to the United Arab Emirates, in an apparent reference to F-35 fighter jets, despite Tel Aviv opposing such a deal less than a fortnight ago. | Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Defence Minister Benny Gantz This is despite Israeli Intelligence Minister Eli Cohen saying less than two weeks ago that the country would oppose the sale of the fifth-generat…

Editor (2020-10-23). Ronald Goldfarb: America's Prized Legal System Only Works for the Rich. scheerpost.com The United States legal system, it turns out, is nothing more than an enabler of greed that has turned American society into a depraved playground for the decrepit rich. That's the devastating lesson found in the pages of attorney and literary agent Ronald Goldfarb's latest book, The Price of Justice: Money, Morals and Ethical Reform in the Law. In the latest installment of Scheer Intelligence… |

_____ (2020-10-23). How Russophobia Wrought Death of the United States. strategic-culture.org The irrational obsession among the American political class with allegations of Russia being portrayed as a threat to its national security has been around for a long time. The mentality extends to other designated foreign "enemies" of the U.S. Typically it is a ruling class obsession, not shared innately by most ordinary Americans. | This week saw yet more U.S. intelligence

sputniknews (2020-10-23). 'Out of Government Reach': Nigerians Turn to Bitcoin to Fund Anti-Police Brutality Protests. sputniknews.com As protests sweep across Nigeria in response to police brutality, some protesters have turned to Bitcoin to provide medical care, legal aid and funeral funds to demonstrators, Dr. Linwood Tauheed, associate professor of economics at the University of Missouri-Kansas City, told Political Misfits on Friday.

sputniknews (2020-10-23). House Intelligence Committee Chair Urges US to Recognize Independence of Nagorno-Karabakh. sputniknews.com WASHINGTON (Sputnik) – US House Intelligence Committee Chair Adam Schiff on Friday called on the United States to recognize the independence of Nagorno-Karabakh, also known as the Republic of Artsakh.

Kit Klarenberg (2020-10-23). Leaked emails suggest shocking US mercenary plot in Bolivia. thecanary.co Bombshell leaked communications indicate scores of US military and intelligence veterans have been secretly recruited for wide-ranging covert action of an indeterminate nature in Bolivia. | The private correspondence, which has already been

Stefania Maurizi (2020-10-22). Stefania Maurizi: "This is an Unbelievable Failure of Journalism." globalresearch.ca Italian journalist Stefania Maurizi has worked for some of the country's top publications including la Repubblica, l'Espresso and, now, Il Fatto Quotidiano. In 2009, she started working with Julian Assange and WikiLeaks on secret files concerning the war in Afghanistan, …

Brett Wilkins, staff writer (2020-10-22). 10 Years After Iraq War Logs, It's Impunity for War Criminals, War on Whistleblowers. commondreams.org WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange and whistleblower Chelsea Manning have both paid a tremendous price for revealing U.S. and allied war crimes while the planners and perpetrators face no consequences. | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files/styles/cd_special_coverage/public/headline/thumbs/iwl.jpg

Henry Giroux (2020-10-22). Fascist Culture, Critical Pedagogy, and Resistance in Dark Times. counterpunch.org Something sinister and horrifying is happening to liberal democracies all over the globe. The global thrust towards democratization that emerged after World War II is giving way once again to authoritarian tyrannies. As alarming as the signs may be, the public cannot look away and allow the terrors of the unforeseen to be given free rein. For those who believe in democratic socialism we cannot allow the power of dreams and militant hopes to turn into ashes.

Eds. (2020-10-22). Indonesia's return to an authoritarian developmental state. mronline.org With the passing of the anti-worker Omnibus Law, President Jokowi's administration follows the path of Indonesia's dark past.

Nadda Osman (2020-10-22). Egypt: 49 executions carried out over 10 days in October. middleeasteye.net Egypt: 49 executions carried out over 10 days in October | Human Rights Watch report labels executions on the back of unfair trials a 'violation of the right to life'
| Thu, 10/22/2020 – 12: 31 | The report stated that 15 people had been executed on 3 October alone (AFP) | Egyptian authorities executed 49 people between 3 and 13 October, according to a report released by Human Rights Watch. | Accordi…

RT (2020-10-22). ISIS-linked stabbing suspect monitored on day of Dresden attack right after he left prison, police chief reveals. rt.com A man suspected of killing one person and seriously injuring another in Dresden this month was under observation by German intelligence at the time of the attack, says the region's head of police. | Law enforcement agents arrested a 20-year-old Syrian man on Tuesday in connection with the double stabbing on October 4, with prosecutors saying he has an Islamist background. | Read more | | The suspect was being monitored by Germany's domestic inte…

Carl Takei (2020-10-22). When Black Mourners are Threatened with Official Violence. aclu.org In early June, as people around the globe joined in massive protests against the police brutality and racism that killed him, George Floyd was laid to rest at the same Pearland, Texas cemetery where his mother is buried. Led by a horse-drawn carriage containing his body, George Floyd's grieving family and hundreds of supporters walked slowly from the church to the burial ceremony. , , What they did not know is that on the rooftops above them, six teams of snipers were positioned to fire on the crowd of mourners. Manned surveillance aircraft and drones circled in the sky above. And hundreds of local and state…

Scott Ritter (2020-10-22). In politicizing intelligence, America is blaming everyone but itself for its self-inflicted woes. thealtworld.com In the latest episode in the US' single-minded crusade toward self-destruction, Russia and Iran are being fingered for election interference based on intelligence that doesn't pass the smell test. | You would be justified in thinking that the various news conferences put on by US law enforcement and intelligence officials in which foreign actors — Russia, China and Iran are the usual suspects — are accused of meddling in all things American are little more than a giant practical joke, a parody of how a government should behave, instead of the damning indictment of reality that they are. | The most rec…

WSWS (2020-10-22). No to police-state rule after the terrorist killing of French teacher Samuel Paty! wsws.org The bankruptcy of communal terrorism is once more exposed. The state uses such atrocities as opportunities to whip up support for authoritarianism and nationalism.

Thomas Klikauer (2020-10-22). Trump and the Rise of Artificial News. zcomm.org For years, journalism has been increasingly replaced by the Internet, IT, algorithms, and even AI or artificial intelligence…

sputniknews (2020-10-22). DNI Ratcliffe Claims Iran is Attempting to Interfere in US Election. sputniknews.com Director of National Intelligence John Ratcliffe on Wednesday accused Iran of being behind emails intended to intimidate and deceive US voters.

Staff (2020-10-22). Nigerian Forces Kill 12 as Anti-Police Brutality Protests Grow. truthout.org Mass protests against police brutality continue in Nigeria after security forces shot and killed 12 peaceful protesters in Lagos this week. Video widely shared on social media shows security forces firing directly into a crowd of demonstrators in Lagos singing the country's national anthem. Authorities have imposed a curfew to clamp down on the growing demonstrations, which started as a demand to disband the notorious police unit known as the Special Anti-Robbery Squad, or SARS, but which have since grown int…

Joe Glenton (2020-10-22). Britain's role in training the army behind the Nigerian protestor killings. thecanary.co Britain's relationship with former colony Nigeria is under the spotlight after the alleged Protests against police brutality have been underway across the country. The Nigerian Army responded to reports of violence against p…

news.un (2020-10-21). UN chief calls for end to reported police brutality in Nigeria. news.un.org The UN Secretary-General on Wednesday said he was closely following recent developments across Nigeria, in the wake of reports that protesters had been shot dead and wounded, and called for "an end to reported police brutality and abuses."

sputniknews (2020-10-21). US Intelligence Claims Russia, Iran Acting to Influence 2020 Election. sputniknews.com Director of National Intelligence (DNI) John Ratcliffe has announced that US intelligence reflects that "two foreign actors, Iran and Russia, have taken specific actions to influence public opinion relating to [US] elections."

Staff (2020-10-21). Planning for Disaster: A Writing Exercise. truthout.org What does it take to survive a crisis? Have you ever written a personal safety plan? Kelly Hayes offers some guidance on building solutions for the situation you're in. | TRANSCRIPT: | Note: This a rush transcript and has been lightly edited for clarity. Copy may not be in its final form. | Last week we talked about community safety and navigating our fears as Trump continues his lawless pursuit of authoritarian rule. I got a lot of follow up questions about the episode. So much so that I thought we should return to the su…