Daily Archives: September 14, 2020

2020-09-14: News Headlines

WSWS (2020-09-14). Australian government, Labor opposition silent on sadistic British show-trial of Julian Assange. wsws.org The Australian political and media establishment has largely responded to the vicious attacks on Assange's legal and democratic rights by pretending that they are not occurring.

Gareth Porter (2020-09-14). Dark web voter database report casts new doubts on Russian election hack narrative. thegrayzone.com A new report showing that US state-level voter databases were publicly available calls into question the narrative that Russian intelligence "targeted" US state election-related websites in 2016. A September 1 report in the Moscow daily Kommersant on a "dark web" site offering a database of personal information on millions of registered American voters undermines one of …

WSWS (2020-09-14). COVID-19 outbreak at Virginia migrant detention center caused by repression of anti-police brutality protesters. wsws.org The outbreak at the Farmville detention center demonstrates the capitalist class's disdain for democratic rights and the lives of the entire population.

Laura Flanders (2020-09-14). Resisting Authoritarianism One Co-Op at a Time. counterpunch.org A popularly-elected republic overturned by a reactionary armed revolt—there are myriad reasons why the painful history of the Spanish Civil War might pop into one's head at this particular moment. For one thing, that conflict reminds us just how fast dictatorship can kill democracy. Backed by Hitler and Mussolini, General Francisco Franco seized power in

sputniknews (2020-09-13). Edward Snowden Criticizes Amazon For Hiring Former Director of US National Security Agency. sputniknews.com In 2013, the former NSA contractor leaked a cache of top secret US intelligence documents revealing a massive surveillance campaign of Americans. Among other things, the documents revealed that the intelligence agency illegally accessed information on millions of people in the US and across the world, even snooping on world leaders.

Peoples Dispatch (2020-09-13). Trial Week 1: Witnesses state Assange did nothing illegal. peoplesdispatch.org In the first week of Julian Assange's extradition trial in London, witnesses sought to bring out the political nature of the prosecution against Assange, despite the prosecution's attempt to make it appear otherwise. They also pointed out the opaque nature of the Wikileaks indictment in the United States, with evidence against Assange yet to be shared to the public, and the threat the case poses to press freedoms.

Kevin Gosztola (2020-09-13). Trump's 'War on Journalism' Takes Center Stage at Julian Assange's Extradition Hearing. globalresearch.ca In the last half-century, journalists James Bamford, Ben Bradlee, Seymour Hersh, and Neil Sheehan were each threatened with prosecution under the Espionage Act. But the U.S. government never followed through with Espionage Act charges against a journalist until 2019, when …

_____ (2020-09-13). US Demands Hinder Spanish Probe Into Security Firm That Spied On Assange. popularresistance.org There will be no judicial cooperation forthcoming from the United States unless a Spanish judge reveals his information sources in an investigation into alleged espionage against WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange while he was living in the Ecuadorean embassy in London. | Judge José de la Mata of Spain's High Court (Audiencia Nacional) has sent a request for judicial cooperation to US authorities as part of his probe into a Spanish private security company named UC Global S.L. and its owner David Morales, on allegations that this firm secretly recorded Assange's private meetings with lawyers, politicians, relatives…

David Price (2020-09-13). The CIA Book Publishing Operations. counterpunch.org If America is the world's living myth, then the CIA is America's myth. —Don DeLillo One of the alternative press's most significant scoops of the 1960s was Sol Stern's February 1967 Ramparts magazine's exposé revealing that the Central Intelligence Agency had long secretly funded and controlled the National Student Association (NSA). The story was significant

Zoe PC (2020-09-13). "The number one demand on the streets of Colombia is for justice" peoplesdispatch.org Massive protests have broken out in Colombia following the torture and murder of Javier Ordóñez by the police. Nicolás Arias of Colombia Informa talks about what led to this outburst, the demands being raised and the structural violence of the state…

teleSUR, ce (2020-09-13). Thirteen Killed in Colombia's Protests: Their Names. telesurenglish.net While Bogotá continues to be the scene of protests, 13 families mourn the killings of their youth and there are many reports of people who have been missing for more than 24 hours. | RELATED: | Demonstrations in and around Colombia's capital continue to leave victims, most by bulletwound. | For three consecutive nights, citizens have taken to the streets to express outrage at police brutality and the systemic viola…

teleSUR (2020-09-13). Social Leaders Honor Victims of Police Brutality in Colombia. telesurenglish.net Colombia's social leaders and activists Saturday paid tribute to the people who were killed in the latest demonstrations in Colombia against police brutality. | RELATED: | The protests arose last week to reject the murder of lawyer Javier Ordoñez by police officers in Bogota. In the demonstrations, at least 13 people were killed, over 400 people were injured, and dozens were detained. | Saturday afternoon, dozens of people gathered at th…

Sasha Abramsky (2020-09-13). Is Trump Planning a Coup d'État? zcomm.org Many observers—including Republicans—worry that he is. They're organizing now to stop him. Given the administration's record of embracing "numerous corrupt and authoritarian practices," huge numbers of Americans must be ready to take to the streets…

Mehr News Agency (2020-09-13). Iran has largest artificial intelligence companies in region. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, Sep. 13 (MNA) — Iran's Vice President for Science and Technology Sorena Sattari said that Iran has the largest knowledge-based companies in the field of artificial intelligence in the region.

yenisafak (2020-09-13). Afghans see hope on horizon as peace talks commence. yenisafak.com The launch of the direct talks for peace in Afghanistan has left many in this conflict-riddled nation caught between curiosity and cautious optimism.Extraordinarily vigilant security was what many Afghans in the bustling capital of Kabul noticed as they began their work week Saturday. Thursdays and Fridays are weekends in Afghanistan.The day talks began, Afghan President Mohammad Ashraf Ghani chaired a meeting of the Security High Command with the army and intelligence chiefs and other key officials. "Serious attention should be paid for the security of highways," he said, according to a statement by his office.

yenisafak (2020-09-13). Australia defends intelligence raids as spat with China escalates. yenisafak.com Australia's Home Affairs Minister Peter Dutton on Sunday defended the government's right to intelligence raids to prevent foreign interference, after China condemned searches on the homes of its journalists working in Australia.Dutton declined to directly confirm that the Chinese journalists were questioned by Australia's intelligence agency in June, saying an investigation was still underway, but said there was some "activity" by the country's intelligence agency."Where (the Australian Security Intelligence Organisation) has sufficient grounds for the execution of a search warrant, or for activities otherwise, t…

yenisafak (2020-09-13). UAE's Bin Zayed AI university, Israel's Weizmann Institute of Science sign MOU. yenisafak.com The United Arab Emirates' Mohamed Bin Zayed University of Artificial Intelligence and Israel's Weizmann Institute of Science have signed a memorandum of understanding "to work together across a range of fields," the UAE's WAM news agency reported on Sunday.The accord is the first of its kind to be signed between two higher education institutes from the UAE and Israel, it added. "The aim is to advance the development and use of artificial intelligence as a tool for progress," it said.

Caitlin Johnstone (2020-09-12). The Assange Trial, And Other Notes From The Edge Of The Narrative Matrix. thealtworld.com ~ | "Assange isn't a journalist! He has an agenda!" | Every journalist in the world has an agenda. It just happens that most journalists have fame, wealth and esteem as their agenda while Assange's agenda is, in his own words, "crushing bastards". | It's crazy how there are still people who try to claim Assange isn't a journalist. He is, and it's not even debatable. Publishing information that informs the public about what's going on in the world is exactly the thing that journalism is. | ~ | The mainstream press have been far, far less critical of immensely powerful world-dominating government agencies than they…

WSWS (2020-09-12). Amazon uses former government agents to spy on workers. wsws.org A number of recent exposures confirm that Amazon has established its own secret internal intelligence agency to spy on its workforce.

RT (2020-09-12). Julian Assange: The Trial of the Century. dissidentvoice.org George Galloway makes cystal clear what is a no-brainer: Julian Assange revealing war crimes is the real reason for extradition. Unable to be convicted for journalism, he stands accused of trumped-up charges in what is the trial of the century.

_____ (2020-09-12). Rubberhose Cryptography and the Idea Behind Wikileaks: Julian Assange as a Physics Student. strategic-culture.org Niraj LAL | The last dinner that Julian Assange had in relative freedom, 18 June 2012, was takeaway pizza and cheap red wine with a couple of the Wikileaks team and myself in a small flat in London, discussing possible trajectories of American politics for the coming decade. The next morning he walked into the Ecuadorian Embassy to claim political asylum; he hasn't seen sunlight unguarded since. | I first met Julian in the Redmond Barry Physics Lecture Theatre ten years earlier, in 2002, on our first day at the University of Melbourne. The lecturer, the affable Professor Geoff Opat with curly hair and thick-rimme…

Tom Coburg (2020-09-12). Assange extradition hearings see the defence expose the real reasons for his prosecution. thecanary.co Formal hearings for the extradition of WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange commenced on Monday 7 September 2020. Over three days, the defence fielded witnesses and … | By | Formal hearings for the extradition of

Mario Carbonell (2020-09-12). Top cop resigns, Seattle mayor vetoes SPD budget cuts; cops continue brutality. liberationnews.org Regardless of who is holding the reigns at SPD, the police as an institution exist to protect and serve the interests of the capitalist class.

_____ (2020-09-12). Scheer Intelligence: Trump Is The Sweaty Armpit Of Monopoly Capitalism. popularresistance.org Over the past several decades, the largest corporations have absorbed and destroyed all opposition—big and small—and slowly come to play a role in every aspect of Americans' lives. That's the central argument of journalist David Dayen's latest book, Monopolized: Life in the Age of Corporate Power. On this week's installment of Scheer Intelligence, the American Prospect editor joins host Robert Scheer to discuss how corporations peddle the idea that consumers have the "freedom" to buy whatever they want in order to distract the public as their rights are increasingly eroded.

Sarah Cords (2020-09-12). How a U.S. Army Whistleblower Revealed 'the Apparatus of a Police State'. progressive.org In the 1960s, the military had been illegally spying on protesters until Christopher Pyle, a former Army intelligence officer, spoke out.

_____ (2020-09-12). Navalny False-Flag Authors Invent New Twist To Cover Lies. popularresistance.org So now the Navalny poison episode takes on a new twist with German military intelligence subsequently claiming they found traces of Novichok on a bottle of water the Russian dissident had purportedly been drinking from. Rather, it sounds more like the authors of this false-flag operation have "bottled" — meaning became unnerved by the absurdities inherent in their own narrative. | Last week the German government announced that a Bundeswehr military laboratory had detected Novichok in the body fluids of Sergei Navalny.

Evan D Muse, Eric J Topol (2020-09-12). [Perspectives] Guiding ultrasound image capture with artificial intelligence. thelancet.com Ultrasound is one of the most widely used methods of diagnostic imaging in a broad range of subspecialties. High-quality ultrasound images provide crucial information as the foundation for expert interpretation. Artificial intelligence (AI) is starting to provide a path for automatically capturing images, even for the uninitiated.

sputniknews (2020-09-12). As People Mourn 9/11 Victims, #AllBuildingsMatter Trend Divides Twitter. sputniknews.com This year's commemoration of the tragic events of 2001 in the US overlapped with ongoing anti-racism and anti-police-brutality protests, which have at times resulted in casualties and destruction of buildings and other property.

WSWS (2020-09-12). Australian raids on Chinese journalists mark escalation of US-led witch hunt. wsws.org The timeline of this affair points to an intensifying anti-China propaganda campaign, instigated by Washington and the intelligence apparatus.

Anya Parampil (2020-09-11). Challenging pro-war Pelosi: candidate Shahid Buttar on Assange, Latin America, & Palestine. thegrayzone.com Red Lines host Anya Parampil speaks with House candidate Shahid Buttar, who is Nancy Pelosion issues of war and whistleblowers. They discuss Buttar's position on Julian Assange, Latin America, Israel, and more.

Peoples Dispatch (2020-09-11). Brazilian leaders Lula and Dilma express solidarity with Julian Assange, reject extradition. peoplesdispatch.org Ex-president of Brazil Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva defended the innocence of Australian journalist Lula said that the activist should have transformed into a global hero due to the work that he did to expose the war crimes committed by the US army. | "Assange should have been treated like a hero for having denounced to the world the lies of the US State Department, investigating the world, investigating the government. All of the democratic countries should cry for his freedom," declare…

Binoy Kampmark (2020-09-11). Assange's Fourth Day at the Old Bailey: COVID in the Courtroom. counterpunch.org As James Lewis QC for the prosecution, representing the US government, revealed, "I'm just saying about my charger. It's in court and I'm going to run out of battery." It was one of those moments that said much about the fourth day of proceedings at the Old Bailey regarding one Julian Assange, publisher, Australian national

Kevin Gosztola, Shadowproof (2020-09-11). Trump's 'War On Journalism' Takes Centerstage At Julian Assange's Extradition Hearing. commondreams.org Demonstrators protest outside of the Old Bailey court in central London on September 7, 2020, as the extradition hearing for WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange resumes again. (Photo: Tolga Akmen / AFP via Getty Images) | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files/styles/cd_special_coverage/public/views-article/thumbs/journalismisnotacrime.jpg

CP Editor (2020-09-11). 175 Years in a U.S. Prison? Extradition Trial of WikiLeaks Founder Julian Assange Begins in London. counterpunch.org

Staff (2020-09-11). Barbara Smith: The U.S. "Functions with White Supremacy as Its Engine." Here's How We Dismantle It. democracynow.org Since the police killing of George Floyd in May sparked a nationwide uprising against police brutality, armed white supremacists have taken to the streets of U.S. cities in response to Black Lives Matter protests. Organizing against systemic racism has been met with apparent attempts by the Trump administration to cover up white supremacist violence. We speak to legendary Black feminist scholar Barbara Smith, founder of the Combahee River Collective, about her proposal for an antiracist program called the Hamer-Baker Plan — named for Fannie Lou Hamer and Ella Baker — to eradicate white supremacy in th…

WSWS (2020-09-11). Colombian security forces massacre 10 youth protesting police murder. wsws.org The massacre in Bogotá signals the willingness of the Colombian ruling elite to turn to authoritarian rule to crush social opposition in the midst of the uncontrolled pandemic.

T.J. Coles (2020-09-11). The War on You: How the Pentagon is Militarizing Social Control. counterpunch.org Neoliberalism benefits the few and makes life for the many increasingly impossible. Big data and blanket surveillance give state and corporate intelligence confidence that they can pre-empt and manage mass, social reactions to neoliberalism. This article is an excerpt from my new book, The War on You. TARGET: "EVERYONE" In 1997, the U.S. Space Command

yenisafak (2020-09-11). Qatar set to host Afghan government-Taliban talks again. yenisafak.com Qatar is set to host another round of talks between the Afghan government and the Taliban on Saturday to end the ongoing war in the country.In a statement, the Afghan Presidency said negotiations with the Taliban would begin in Qatar's capital Doha.The Afghan delegation, headed by former chief of the intelligence service Masoom Stanikzai, includes 21 members from various political parties and groups.President of the Supreme Council for National Reconciliation Abdullah Abdullah, acting Foreign Minister Hanif Atmar, Minister of State for Peace Affairs Sayed Sadat Mansoor Naderi and the president's Special Represent…

Kenn Orphan (2020-09-11). Fascism and the Quickening of History. counterpunch.org Over the last few months I have been revisiting research I did a long time ago on fascism. Pinochet's Chile, Sukarno's Indonesia, Montt's Guatemala, Hitler's Germany and beyond. I've spent time poring over the accounts of the survivors, the details of the crimes, the descriptions of the torture, of the camps, the ghettos, the dehumanization,

T.J. Coles (2020-09-11). The War on Your Mind: A Brief History of the U.S. Surveillance-Intelligence Complex. globalresearch.ca The recent U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit vindicated the contractor-turned-whistleblower, Edward Snowden, by ruling that the National Security Agency's blanket data collection was unlawful and likely After Snowden alerted the world, t…

teleSUR (2020-09-11). Colombia: Defense Minister Apologizes for Police Brutality. telesurenglish.net Colombia's Minister of Defense apologized on Friday for the police abuses that unleashed a wave of protests for the second day, the capital Bogotá as hundreds have been injured, and the death toll rises to 13. | RELATED: | "The National Police apologizes for any violation of the law or ignorance of the regulations incurred by any of the members of the institution," Defense Minister Carlos Holmes Trujillo said in a…

teleSUR (2020-09-11). Colombia: Death Toll Rises to 13 in Protests Over Police Abuse. telesurenglish.net At least 13 people have been killed by the police during the demonstrations against police brutality that have been shaking Colombia since Wednesday. | RELATED: | "The 13 victims were killed by Public Force's exclusive weapons during the protests. Eight of them were young people between 17 and 27 years old. Three are women between 18 and 36 years old," Bogota's Mayor Claudia Lopez explained. | The assassinations "were reported…

news.un (2020-09-11). Guterres condemns killing of journalists, following beheading of Mexican crime reporter. news.un.org Following the gruesome death of a Mexican journalist specializing in crime reporting, who was found beheaded on Wednesday, UN chief António Guterres has issued a statement condemning the increasing number of attacks made on media workers worldwide.

teleSUR (2020-09-11). Chile To Remember Allende and Victims of Pinochet Dictatorship. telesurenglish.net Human rights defenders Friday will hold a procession in Santiago to honor late President Salvador Allende and all those killed during the coup that happened on September 11, 1973. | RELATED: | The pilgrimage will be held amidst strong health measures. However, relatives and friends of those arrested, executed, and disappeared will march to demand justice as many of the victim's whereabouts are still unknown. | Presiden…

sputniknews (2020-09-11). US Senate Intelligence Committee Requests DHS Data After Whistleblower Complaint. sputniknews.com WASHINGTON (Sputnik) – The US Senate Intelligence Committee on Friday sent a letter to the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) requesting that it submits all intelligence assessments related to a whistleblower's complaint that the Trump administration allegedly mishandled data.

Staff (2020-09-11). Beyond White Supremacist Groups, We Must Eradicate Systemic White Supremacy. truthout.org Image Credit: E. Mackey | Since the police killing of George Floyd in May sparked a nationwide uprising against police brutality, armed white supremacists have taken to the streets of U.S. cities in response to Black Lives Matter protests. Organizing against systemic racism has been met with apparent attempts by the Trump administration to cover up white supremacist violence. We speak to legendary Black feminist scholar Barbara Smith, founder of the Combahee River Collective, about her proposal fo…

Brett Wilkins, staff writer (2020-09-11). NYT's Krugman Pilloried on 9/11 Anniversary for Claiming No 'Mass Outbreak of Anti-Muslim Sentiment' in US After 2001 Attacks. commondreams.org Anti-Muslim hate crimes soared after 9/11, and thousands of Muslims in the U.S. were detained—and some tortured—in George W. Bush's futile anti-terror dragnet. | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files/styles/cd_special_coverage/public/headline/thumbs/hate_0.jpg

Kat DesCamp-Renner (2020-09-11). The Direct Line From Portland To Authoritarian Crackdowns Around the World. commondreams.org Federal officers walk through tear gas during a dispersal of about 300 protesters in front of the Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) detention building on August 26, 2020 in Portland, Oregon. Protests continued for the 91st night in Portland as activist called for solidarity with rallies in Kenosha, Wisconsin. (Photo: Nathan Howard/Getty Images) | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files/styles/cd_special_coverage/public/views-article/thumbs/protestpolice.jpg

Caitlin Johnstone (2020-09-10). Assange Trial Exposes False Partisan Narratives With Focus On Trump's War On Journalism. thealtworld.com scandalously opaque and A new article about the proceedings in The Evening Standard titled "

Binoy Kampmark (2020-09-10). Assange's Third Day at the Old Bailey: Bias, Politics and Wars on Journalism. counterpunch.org The third day of extradition proceedings against Julian Assange at the Old Bailey resumed on the point of politics. Assange as a figure of political beliefs; Assange as a target of the Trump administration precisely for having them. The man sketching the portrait was Paul Rogers, Emeritus Professor of Peace Studies at Bradford University. It