Daily Archives: August 13, 2020

2020-08-13: News Headlines

William Hogan (2020-08-13). The Ongoing Torture and Medical Neglect of Julian Assange. globalresearch.ca Published by The Lancet on June 25, 2020. | **** | On Feb 17, 2020, Doctors for Assange demanded an end to the torture and medical neglect of Julian Assange.1 Yet no responsible authority has acted. Nils Melzer, the UN …

Staff (2020-08-13). General Strike & Blockade in Bolivia Enter Day 11 as Protesters Condemn Delayed Vote by Coup Gov't. democracynow.org We go to Bolivia, where opponents of the coup government have entered day 11 of a general strike and nationwide highway blockade to protest the repeated postponement of Bolivia's first presidential election since last year's ouster of Evo Morales by the right-wing coup government of Jeanine àÅñez, which was followed by an economic collapse and oppression. "Almost all of the key highways have roadblocks … bringing the country to a standstill," says Ollie Vargas, Cochabamba-based reporter with Kawsachun News. "People feel impoverished. They feel persecuted. There's a climate of authoritarianism in the count…

Brett Wilkins (2020-08-13). Teaching Torture: The Death and Legacy of Dan Mitrione. counterpunch.org In the pre-dawn darkness of Monday, August 10, 1970, Dan Mitrione's bullet-ridden body was discovered in the back seat of a stolen Buick convertible in a quiet residential neighborhood of Montevideo, the Uruguayan capital. He had just turned 50, and he had recently started a new dream job, although it was thousands of miles from his home in Richmond, Indiana. Who was Dan Mitrione, and what work was he doing in Uruguay that led him to such an early and violent end? |

_____ (2020-08-13). CIA-Sponsored Propaganda Has Been Around for 75 Years. strategic-culture.org The release a report by the U.S. Department of State's Global Engagement Center (GEC), billed as the Donald Trump administration's "dedicated center for countering foreign disinformation and propaganda, cites the Strategic Culture Foundation in Russia, Canada's Global Research Center, and other on-line publications as "proxy sites" for Russian intelligence and the Russian Foreign Ministry. The State Department's report is titled, "Pillars of Russia's Disinformation and Propaganda Ecosystem" and it is not much different than the series of reports issued by the State Department's "International Information Progr…

WSWS (2020-08-12). Who is Democratic Senator Kamala Harris? wsws.org In this political profile of Harris, published in July 2019, the World Socialist Web Site summed up her career as a representative of the US criminal justice system and a reliable defender of corporate and intelligence state interests.

Brian Trautman (2020-08-12). The 'Wall of Vets' Continue Long Legacy of Veteran Activism. zcomm.org Veterans are mindful of the crimes that an authoritarian government and occupying military force are capable of. They know that we have a civic duty to stand up to these existential threats to democracy, freedom and liberty…

Dr. C. Stephen Frost (2020-08-11). End Torture and Medical Neglect of Julian Assange. globalresearch.ca Repost, first published on February 11, 2020 | On Nov 22, 2019, we, a group of more than 60 medical doctors, wrote to the UK Home Secretary to express our serious concerns about the physical and mental health of Julian Assange.1 …

John McEvoy (2020-08-11). No Extradition: New film documents Julian Assange's plight for freedom. thecanary.co On Thursday 13 August, the new documentary No Extradition: Julian Assange's Father & The Struggle for His Son's Freedom will

A Guest Author (2020-08-11). Cops out of unions! Solidarity with the righteous rebellion! workers.org On July 7 the Boston School Bus Drivers Union, United Steelworkers Local 8751, passed "Resolution in solidarity with the righteous rebellion against racism, police brutality and white supremacy." Included was a demand to "Expel all so-called 'police unions' from the AFL-CIO!" USW Local 8751 Trustee Fred Floreal speaking at Mass . . . |

Thomas Knapp (2020-08-11). The "Election Interference" Fearmongers Think You're Stupid. counterpunch.org Xi Jinping and Ali Khamenei prefer Joe Biden to Donald Trump. Vladimir Putin prefers Donald Trump to Joe Biden. That's according to William Evanina, Director of the US National Counterintelligence and Security Center. "Many foreign actors," he says, "have a preference for who wins the election, which they express through a range of overt and

McGreevey JD, III, Hanson C, III, Koppel R. (2020-08-11). AI-Assisted Conversational Agents in Health Care—Clinical, Legal, and Ethical Aspects. jamanetwork.com This Viewpoint discusses evidence supporting use of conversational agents in health care—artificial intelligence (AI) programs that interpret users' questions or concerns and respond with answers—and proposes 12 domains (eg, safety, transparency, security) that clinicians and health care organizations should evaluate before using them for patient care.

_____ (2020-08-11). Democracy — We've had the Russia Report, now where is the America Report? truepublica.org.uk By Rob Woodward — TruePublica: The long-awaited Russia report was published with a call for "immediate action" by the government and intelligence services to tackle the threat from just one country — Russia. The reality was that while Russia may have been meddling at the edges of Britain's democracy, America has been actively involved in …

Mehr News Agency (2020-08-11). Iran's Intelligence Min. arrests five spy teams. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, Aug. 11 (MNA) — Deputy Counterintelligence Ministry of Intelligence said that forces of the ministry nabbed five intelligence teams of foreign countries and thwarted their conspiracies waged against the Islamic Republic of Iran.

_____ (2020-08-11). If Trump Wins, Russia Did It, If Biden Wins, It Was China And Iran. popularresistance.org Mass media throughout the western world are uncritically passing along a press release from the US intelligence community because that's what passes for journalism in a world where God is dead and everything is stupid. | The press release, from the Office of the Director of National Intelligence and authored by National Counterintelligence and Security Center Director William Evanina, claims that Russia wants Donald Trump to win re-election in November and is pushing to advance than goal, while China and Iran are doing the same with Joe Biden. What this completely unsubstantiated narrative means, of course, is th…

WSWS (2020-08-11). Sri Lankan election exposes historic crisis of capitalist rule. wsws.org The election is not a "people's victory," but an electoral win by a party preparing for authoritarian rule under President Rajapakse who has already appointed a host of generals to his administration.

_____ (2020-08-10). The 'Wall of Vets' Continues Long Legacy Of Veteran Activism. popularresistance.org Military veterans have long been resisting war, promoting positive peace, and defending human and civil rights against state violence and other forms of oppression. They have made significant contributions to the antiwar and peace and justice movements over many decades. | Their participation in the Black Lives Matter (BLM) movement is no different. Veterans have been highly visible in supporting the racial justice demands of Black, Indigenous, and People of Color (BIPOC) communities. The disturbing truth, which a great number of veterans recognize, is that white supremacy, systemic racism and police brutality at…

RT (2020-08-10). Slovakia expels 3 staff at Russian embassy, Moscow 'will retaliate'. rt.com Slovakia has expelled three staff at the Russian embassy in Bratislava, the Slovak Foreign Ministry said on Monday. | "According to information from the Slovak intelligence services, their activities were in contradiction with the Vienna convention on diplomatic relations," Reuters quoted a ministry spokesman as saying in an emailed statement. | Russia's Foreign Ministry said on Monday it will respond in kind to Slovakia's expulsion of Russian diplomats, RIA Novosti reported. | The diplomatic workers were declared persona non grata on August 6, according to Slovak media.

Russell Pearce (2020-08-10). Not Just a Bad President, Trump is a "Holmesian Bad Man." Act Accordingly. aclu.org "If you want to know the law, you must look at it as a bad man does, who cares only for the material consequences," wrote legendary Supreme Court Justice Oliver Wendell Holmes, "Not as a good one, who finds his reasons for conduct, whether inside the law or outside of it, in the vaguer sanctions of conscience." , , Donald Trump is a Holmesian bad man, and an even worse president, pushing the bounds of corruption and authoritarianism, unbound by norms, the rule of law, a sense of shame, or even care for others. To deal with such a bad man and bad president — one who truckles to adversaries like Russian P…

Rev. William Alberts (2020-08-10). Cognitive Without Conscience. counterpunch.org President Trump took a cognitive test, and touted his performance as "amazing." The test: he repeated "Person, Woman, Man, Camera and TV" in that order. It is a dementia test that measures memory, not morality, the capacity to recall, not intelligence. Seventy-four-year-old Trump proposed that his 2020 presidential opponent, seventy-seven-year-old Joe Biden take the test

Caitlin Johnstone (2020-08-10). The Undoing Of Illusions: Notes From The Edge Of The Narrative Matrix. thealtworld.com Governments have obscenely well-funded intelligence agencies that are literally dedicated to orchestrating secret conspiracies around the world, but if you say they might be conspiring in some part of the world people call you a mentally ill conspiracy theorist. | ~ | The fact that ~ | A political establishment which thinks it's crazy and extremist to reduce a $740 billion military budget by 10 percent…

Revolutionary United Front (2020-08-10). Tuesday 8/18: Bi-Weekly Community On Police Brutality and the George Floyd Protests. indybay.org Willow Park | Oakland, CA 94607…