Daily Archives: September 8, 2020

2020-09-08: News Headlines

Craig Murray (2020-09-08). Your Man in the Public Gallery: the Assange Hearing Day 6. globalresearch.ca I went to the Old Bailey today expecting to be awed by the majesty of the law, and left revolted by the sordid administration of injustice. | There is a romance which attaches to the Old Bailey. The name of course …

Newsclick (2020-09-08). If Julian Is Guilty So Am I: Roger Waters. peoplesdispatch.org Musician Roger Waters told NewsClick that , "In 2010 Julian Assange along with Chelsea Manning played a pivotal role in releasing classified documents on US military activity in Iraq and Iran. I displayed the video for three years. If Julian is guilty so am. I am ready to give my arrest and may be in the coming time they can arrest me too. "

Nauman Sadiq (2020-09-08). Will Trump Pardon Snowden and Assange if Re-elected? globalresearch.ca Speculations about a presidential pardon for the whistleblower Edward Snowden, who leaked National Security Agency's classified information to the press in 2013, have grown since last month after Donald Trump commented on the case in

Staff (2020-09-08). Headlines for September 8, 2020. democracynow.org Record-Breaking Wildfires and Heat Scorch California, Rochester Protests Continue as Mayor Promises Changes After Police Killing of Daniel Prude, Major Drug Companies Pledge to Not Rush COVID-19 Vaccine as U.S. Cases Top 6.3 Million, India Becomes Second Most Infected Country; Spain First European Country to Surpass 500,000 Cases, Belarusian Opposition Leader Resists Expulsion at Border with Ukraine After Reports of Abduction, Alexei Navalny Out of Induced Coma as He Continues Recovery from Poisoning, Extradition Hearing Resumes for Julian Assange in U.K., Hundreds of Rohingya Refugees Arrive on Dry Land After Mo…

yenisafak (2020-09-08). Assange warned he will be removed from London court if outbursts continue. yenisafak.com Julian Assange, the Wikileaks founder who is fighting to avoid extradition to the United States from Britain, was warned by a judge on Tuesday he will be removed from the courtroom and tried in his absence if he continues to interrupt proceedings.The U.S. authorities accuse Australian-born Assange, 49, of conspiring to hack government computers and of violating an espionage law in connection with the release of confidential cables by WikiLeaks in 2010-2011.Assange shouted "nonsense" as James Lewis, a lawyer acting for the U.S. government told a witness that the Wikileaks founder was facing extradition proceedings…

Global Research News (2020-09-08). Selected Articles: Nord Stream 2 vs. Poisoning of Alexei Navalny. globalresearch.ca By If you asked me to sum up today in a word, that word would undoubtedly be "railroaded". it was all about pushing …

Dr. Binoy Kampmark (2020-09-08). Sinking Transparency at the Old Bailey: The Assange Extradition Hearing Resumes. globalresearch.ca The fine circus that is British justice resumed at London's Central Criminal Court on September 7, with the continued extradition proceedings against Julian Assange. Judge Vanessa Baraitser

yenisafak (2020-09-08). Tension mounts at Israeli prison after detainee's death. yenisafak.com Tension escalated inside Israel's Ofer prison on Tuesday following the death of a Palestinian detainee a few months before his release.According to the Palestinian Prisoner Society (PPC), prison guards stormed two sections inside the prison and transferred many detainees to solitary confinement.It said that detainees were tortured by prison guards and their belongings were damaged."The situation is difficult and complicated inside the prison," PPC head Qadora Fares told Anadolu Agency.Last week, Palestinian detainee Daoud al-Khatib, 45, died inside the prison's section 20, a few months before he completes his 18-…

Anya Parampil (2020-09-07). As Assange extradition hearing resumes, the future of a free press is on trial. thegrayzone.com Red Lines host Anya Parampil speaks with journalist Juan Passarelli, director of the film "The War on Journalism: the Case of Julian Assange," about the trial of Julian Assange and his experience working with Wikileaks. Passarelli explains how the UK court has not made the proceedings accessible to the media, and how Assange has been …

Peoples Dispatch (2020-09-07). The trials of Julian Assange. peoplesdispatch.org Julian Assange's extradition hearing has resumed on September 7 at the Central Criminal Court in London, even as protests in support of Assange took place in different cities. We take a look at a brief timeline of events that resulted in the situation Assange faces today.

Peoples Dispatch (2020-09-07). Trial for Assange's extradition resumes in London. peoplesdispatch.org The trial portion for Julian Assange's extradition hearings began today, September 7, at the Central Criminal Court or the Old Bailey in London. The trial will take place over the next three to four weeks and picks up from where it was left off in the previous round in February. The current phase of trial that was earlier scheduled in April, was delayed over the COVID-19 pandemic. Shortly before the trial began, the previous extradition request was withdrawn and Assange was arrested under a fresh indictment issued by the US in August. | The presiding judge Vanessa Baraitser confirmed that Assange now stands trial…

Peoples Dispatch (2020-09-07). Julian Assange and the heavy price of exposing US imperialist crimes. peoplesdispatch.org As the extradition hearings of Julian Assange resume, we take a long at the continuous persecution he and Chelsea Manning have had to face for standing up to US imperialism and exposing its war crimes…

Peter Oborne (2020-09-07). Julian Assange: Future Generations of Journalists Will Not Forgive Us if We Do Not Fight Extradition. globalresearch.ca Let's imagine a foreign dissident was being held in London's Belmarsh Prison charged with supposed espionage offences by the Chinese authorities. | And that his real offence was revealing crimes committed by the Chinese Communist Party — including publishing video footage …

_____ (2020-09-07). Rest In Power, Kevin Zeese. popularresistance.org It is with a sad heart that I report the sudden and unexpected death of Kevin Zeese early Sunday morning. Kevin was working up until the end and died in his sleep of a possible heart attack. | Kevin was going to write a newsletter this weekend about the extradition trial of Julian Assange, which begins today. Kevin understood the great importance of the prosecution of Julian Assange as a battle that will define journalism in the 21st century and our right to know. | He was helping to organize an online event featuring Daniel Ellsberg, James Goodale and Chris Hedges, moderated by Sue Udry.

_____ (2020-09-07). WikiLeaks, Still Revealing Truths About Power. popularresistance.org WikiLeaks is among the most important organizations of the twenty-first century. It has profoundly affected the world by disrupting countless geopolitical, economic, journalistic, and technological norms, reminding us that digital technology is an indispensable tool in the global fight for justice. | Yet WikiLeaks remains highly misunderstood, especially in the United States. One major cause of this misunderstanding is the decade-long disinformation campaign waged by those in the U.S. government and corporate media who view Julian Assange and WikiLeaks as political enemies.

Prof. Vijay Prashad (2020-09-07). The U.S. Is Determined to Make Julian Assange Pay for Exposing the Cruelty of Its War on Iraq. globalresearch.ca On

John Pilger (2020-09-07). The "Stalinist" Trial of Julian Assange. globalresearch.ca Having reported the long, epic ordeal of Julian Assange, John Pilger gave this address outside the Central Criminal Court in London on September 7 as the WikiLeaks Editor's extradition hearing entered its final stage. | When I first met Julian …

The Canary (2020-09-07). Assange supporters gather outside Old Bailey ahead of extradition hearing. thecanary.co Dozens of Julian Assange supporters have gathered outside the Old Bailey, where the WikiLeaks founder is set to continue his fight against extradition to the US.The 49-year-old, who has been in high-security Belmarsh Prison for 16 months, is wanted over the publication of hundreds of thousands of classified documents in 2010 and 2011.He is expected to appear in court in person on Monday for the first time in months, facing 18 charges — including plotting to hack computers and conspiring to obtain and disclose national defence information.Wikileaks founder Julian Assange's father, John Shipton, arrives at the…

_____ (2020-09-07). Heavyweights Weigh In On Assange "Show Trial" popularresistance.org An online Zoom call will take place for members of the press this Wednesday, September 9 at 1: 00 pm EST to address the United States attempt to extradite WikiLeaks' publisher, Julian Assange. The call will feature Dan Ellsberg, the whistleblower whose release of the Pentagon Papers helped to bring the Viet Nam War to an end, Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Chris Hedges, and James Goodale, former Vice President of the New York Times. | "If Julian Assange–the first journalist to be indicted in the US for doing journalism–is extradited and prosecuted, the First Amendment will be in a terminal state as protection…

RT (2020-09-07). If Berlin can bring Russia's Navalny to Charite hospital, why can't it help Assange? German MP asks. rt.com A German MP is calling on her government to provide medical assistance to the "seriously ill" WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange, saying that Berlin spared no effort when it came to Russian opposition figure, Alexey Navalny. | Berlin should not be supporting the US-orchestrated attack "on journalists, on press freedom and on democracy," said Heike Haensel, the deputy head of the Left Party's parliamentary group in the German Bundestag, as she addressed a crowd of Assange supporters outside of the Central Criminal Court of England and Wales. | Dozens of people, including fashion designer Vivienne Westwood as well…

teleSUR (2020-09-07). UK Judge Refuses to Dismiss New US Charges Against Assange. telesurenglish.net The British Judge Vanessa Baraitser Monday allowed new U.S. charges to be included in the case against WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange, who was already facing 18 criminal accusations. | RELATED: | In June, the U.S. Justice Department filed the new charges that linked the Australian journalist to an alleged conspiracy with former intelligence analyst Chelsea Manning to access a Pentagon computer. | The alleged espionage's purpose was to st…

_____ (2020-09-07). War On Journalism Resumes On Monday. popularresistance.org WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange's extradition hearing is set to start on Monday, Sept. 7 at the Old Bailey, the Central Criminal Court of London, and could last three or four weeks. | Assange has been indicted on 17 charges of espionage and one charge of conspiring with a source to violate the Computer Fraud and Abuse Act for his reporting on the U.S. wars in Iraq and Afghanistan and the torture at Guantanamo Bay. | These charges against Assange are a part of a war on journalism. This is the first time that the Espionage Act of 1917 has been used to prosecute a journalist, in this case an Australian citizen publ…

teleSUR (2020-09-07). UK: Trial Against Julian Assange Resumes In London. telesurenglish.net The extradition trial of WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange will resume in London on Monday after the hearing was postponed for several months due to the COVID-19 pandemic. | RELATED: | U.S. authorities hope Assange to be extradited to its territory to stand trial on 18 espionage and computer misuse charges, over the activities of his WikiLeaks website. | If the court finds him guilty of the charges, the 49-year-old Australian could face a se…

WSWS (2020-09-07). As British show-trial resumes: The working class must defend Julian Assange! wsws.org The persecution of Assange is an attempt to intimidate mass opposition to imperialist war, social inequality and a turn to authoritarianism, amid a breakdown of global capitalism and an eruption of the class struggle.

Matt Kennard (2020-09-07). As British Judge Made Rulings Against Julian Assange, Her Husband Was Involved with Right-wing Lobby Group Briefing Against WikiLeaks Founder. globalresearch.ca The husband of the chief magistrate overseeing Julian Assange's extradition case was closely associated with a lobby group publicly criticising the WikiLeaks founder around the time his wife was ruling against Assange, it can be revealed. | *** | Westminster chief magistrate…

Lisa Newcomb, staff writer (2020-09-07). 'This is Not Normal': Human Rights, Press Freedom Advocates Denied Remote Access to Assange Hearing. commondreams.org The WikiLeaks founder, who exposed U.S. war crimes, faces up to 175 years in prison if the U.K. agrees to extradite Assange. | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files/styles/cd_special_coverage/public/headline/thumbs/getty-assange_protestors.jpg

_____ (2020-09-07). Julian Assange — The week that journalism and the rule of law in Britain drowns. truepublica.org.uk By Jonathan Cook — For years, journalists cheered Assange's abuse. Now they've paved his path to a US gulag. 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 appal anyone who cares about our increasingly fragile …

William Hogan (2020-09-07). The Ongoing Torture and Medical Neglect of Julian Assange. globalresearch.ca Initially 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 …

Global Research News (2020-09-07). Selected Articles: COVID-19 Tests and Assange's Extradition Hearing. globalresearch.ca We hope that by publishing diverse view points, submitted by journalists and experts dotted all over the world, the website can serve as a reminder that no matter what narrative we are presented with, things are rarely as cut and …

Staff (2020-09-07). Freedom Struggle: Angela Davis on Calls to Defund Police, Racism & Capitalism, and the 2020 Election. democracynow.org In a Democracy Now! special, we revisit our June 2020 interview with the legendary activist and scholar Angela Davis about the uprising against police brutality and racism launched in May after the police killing of George Floyd in Minneapolis. The protests have helped dramatically shift public opinion on policing and systemic racism, as "defund the police" becomes a rallying cry of the movement. Davis is professor emerita at the University of California, Santa Cruz. For half a century, she has been one of the most influential activists and intellectuals in the United States and an icon of the Black liberation mo…

DCKJSK (2020-09-07). Albuquerque Police Engaged in Secret Intelligence Gathering Operation, Leaked Documents Show. counterpunch.org Leaked documents reveal that the Albuquerque Police Department (APD) has engaged in a large-scale data and intelligence gathering operation since 2006 carried out entirely by private citizens and corporate partners.

Binoy Kampmark (2020-09-07). Fruits of Illegality: The NSA, Bulk Collection and Warrantless Surveillance. counterpunch.org 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 been doing his bit to reveal and chip away at the foundations of the national

WSWS (2020-09-07). The Silence of Others: The victims of Spanish fascism then and now. wsws.org Timely and moving, the Spanish documentary details the efforts of activists and torture survivors to prosecute Francoite officials for crimes against humanity.

Support the Strikers! (2020-09-07). Antioch Hunger Strikers Demand Justice and Accountability. indybay.org Hunger strikers in Antioch demand an end racial injustice and police brutality.

teleSUR (2020-09-06). US Activist and Friend to Venezuela Kevin Zeese Passes Away. telesurenglish.net U.S. lawyer, advocate, writer, activist-organizer and comrade, Kevin Zeese, passed away on Sunday morning. | RELATED: | Zeese, alongside his partner Margaret Flowers, was the Co-director of Popular Resistance, an online resource providing news and information, which brings together movements for peace and economic, racial and environmental justice. | He sat on the advisory board of Courage Foundation defending Julian Assange, Edward Snow…

_____ (2020-09-06). Activist Kevin Zeese Passes Away. popularresistance.org U.S. lawyer, advocate, writer, activist-organizer and comrade, Kevin Zeese, passed away on Sunday morning. | Zeese, alongside his partner Margaret Flowers, was the Co-director of Popular Resistance, an online resource providing news and information, which brings together movements for peace and economic, racial and environmental justice. | He sat on the advisory board of Courage Foundation defending Julian Assange, Edward Snowden, Jeremy Hammond, Chelsea Manning and other whistleblowers, where he stood up for dissidents and journalists.

Stephen Lendman (2020-09-06). The Struggle for Belarus on Russia's Geopolitical Doorstep. globalresearch.ca Protests in Belarus since longtime President Lukashenko was legitimately reelected on August 9 were made in the USA. | Despite his authoritarian rule, most Belarusians support him over an unacceptable alternative — transformation of the country into a neo-Nazi US vassal …

Fight Back (2020-09-06). Video: 50th anniversary of the Chicano Moratorium. fightbacknews.org Los Angeles, CA – August 29, 2020 marked the 50th anniversary of the Chicano Moratorium against war, racism and police brutality. Here is a short video of highlights of the march and rally. The chant of "Chicano power! Chicana power!" rang out in East Los Angeles. | Carlos Montes, who helped organize the event stated, "In the future we will produce a longer version with speakers and interviews of youth, mothers and organizers of this historic event. We thank all the groups that helped with the march and rally – too many to list here. Gracias a Brown Berets La Mesa, La Raza Unida Party, Centro CSO and Centro CSO Y…

_____ (2020-09-06). The Anarchist Assassination of U.S. President William McKinley and Its Links to the Murder of Tsar Alexander II. strategic-culture.org In 1901, there was a political coup d'etat in the United States that transformed the world and nobody noticed. | A beloved and twice-elected nationalist president was assassinated and replaced by a passionate supporter of the British Empire and America was on its disastrous path to empire in Asia and war in Europe. | The strategic context of the murder of William McKinley is seldom discussed. The extraordinary and deeply disturbing parallels between his murder and the sadistic slaughter 20 years before of Russia's heroic Tsar Alexander II, friend of Abraham Lincoln and liberator of 24 million slaves has, to my kn…

Mehr News Agency (2020-09-06). VIDEO: Situation in Portland, similar to war zones. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, Sep. 06 (MNA) — Civil unrest in US's Portland is similar to the war zones. Floyd's death ignited the most widespread civil unrest in the US in decades and unleashed protests against police brutality and for racial justice in America.

Steve Topple (2020-09-06). While XR disrupts the 'free press', the Tories are attacking independent media. thecanary.co As Extinction Rebellion (XR) shut down the print versions of major UK newspapers, an actual attack on the free press was taking place. It's one which shows that the Tory government's creeping authoritarianism is still alive and kicking — and growing more concerning by the day. | XR: shutting down the corporate press: | The Canary

_____ (2020-09-05). Assange's U.S. Extradition Hearing Resumes Monday; Public Needs to Step Up to Fight This War on Journalism. strategic-culture.org Only through our courage to truly confront injustice and act in solidarity with truthtellers, can we end this illegal prosecution of free press and reclaim our own democracy. | Nozomi HAYASE | WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange's extradition hearing is set to start on Monday, September 7 at the Old Bailey, the Central Criminal Court of London and could last three or four weeks. Assange

The Canary (2020-09-05). Refugee rights activists gather in Dover amid fears of disruption from far-right. thecanary.co Protesters have gathered at the port of Dover to show their support for refugees reaching the UK in small boats.There were fears of violence ahead of Saturday 5 September with right-wing anti-immigrant groups also announcing their intention to assemble in the Kent town.It comes despite pleas from local MP Natalie Elphicke to "stay away" to prevent a second wave of coronavirus (Covid-19)."Refugees welcome": On Friday 4 September, the words "Rise above fear. Refugees welcome" were beamed onto the White Cliffs of Dover by humanitarian charity Freedom From Torture.A heavy police presence is in place in the tow…

_____ (2020-09-05). Venezuelan Businessman Arrested And Tortured At US Direction. popularresistance.org The businessman àÅlex Saab has said through a letter that he is being tortured daily by agents paid by the United States to make false statements against the Venezuelan president, Nicolás Maduro, and to sign his "voluntary" extradition to the North American country. | The Spanish newspaper El Mundo reported this Wednesday, September 2, that he had "exclusive" access to a letter written by Saab from the cell where he is being held irregularly on the African island of Cape Verde, a country that detained him at the request of the United States without respecting his diplomatic immunity and legal international…

teleSUR (2020-09-05). US: People Call for Racial Justice On 100th Day of Protest. telesurenglish.net Police brutality protests are taking place in Louisville, Kentucky, this Saturday where the famous Kentucky Derby horse race is set to take place. | RELATED: | Protesters have gathered in the city's Jefferson Square Park, where Breonna Taylor's memorial site is located, chanting "No justice, no Derby." | In the morning, police brutality protesters clashed with armed counter protesters who identified as "patriots" who also t…

WSWS (2020-09-05). Rochester, New York police tortured and murdered a man in March, video shows. wsws.org Footage from body-cameras shows police tormenting Daniel Prude for several minutes while he lay naked, handcuffed and hooded on a freezing street.

WSWS (2020-09-05). NSA surveillance program exposed by Edward Snowden ruled illegal by US Ninth Circuit. wsws.org The US Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals ruled that the bulk phone record collection program of the NSA—exposed by former intelligence contractor Edward Snowden in 2013—violated the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act.

WSWS (2020-09-05). Washington DC's mayor and Trump trade authoritarian demands in crackdown on peaceful protesters. wsws.org The office of Washington, DC's Democratic mayor has been upbraided by the federal prosecutor's office for trying to "skirt constitutional protections and due process."

Revolutionary United Front (2020-09-05). Tuesday 9/15: Bi-Weekly Community Meeting On Police Brutality and the George Floyd Protests. indybay.org Willow Park | Oakland, CA 94607…

Gordon Duff (2020-09-05). Intel Drop:The Biggest Intelligence Leak in US History, and VT Has done it Silently. thealtworld.com VT has, over the past 72 hours, leaked more classified information, up to real 'Q' level, not fake 'Qanon' crap, than in US history. However, all material has been reviewed and redacted for real national security reasons. | What is here? Real UFO information, real nuclear weapons facts, the ones you are never supposed to see, and physics that have been classified. Do governments, collectively, have the right or ability to alter natural laws and basic equations? | They think so, we don't. | The articles are now processing through VT and will reside under the tag "VT Nuclear Education" which is linked to every arti…