Daily Archives: September 22, 2020

2020-09-22: News Headlines

_____ (2020-09-22). Report, Monday, September 21: Julian Assange Hearing. popularresistance.org Monday was a frustrating day as the Assange Hearing drifted deep into a fantasy land where nobody knows or is allowed to say that people were tortured in Guantanamo Bay and under extraordinary rendition. The willingness of Judge Baraitser to accept American red lines on what witnesses can and cannot say has combined with a joint and openly stated desire by both judge and prosecution to close this case down quickly by limiting the number of witnesses, the length of their evidence, and the time allowed for closing arguments.

Binoy Kampmark (2020-09-22). Assange's Tenth Day at the Old Bailey: Bolting Horses, Death Penalties and Plots of Eviction. dissidentvoice.org September 21. Central Criminal Court, London. Today was one of reiteration and expansion. Computer scientist Christian Grothoff of the Bern University of Applied Sciences supplied the relevant chronology on what led to the publication of unredacted US State Department cables, the subject of such concern for the prosecution. This proved a mild taster of what …

Binoy Kampmark (2020-09-22). Assange on Trial: Bolting Horses, Death Penalties and Plots of Eviction. counterpunch.org September 21. Central Criminal Court, London. Today was one of reiteration and expansion. Computer scientist Christian Grothoff of the Bern University of Applied Sciences supplied the relevant chronology on what led to the publication of unredacted US State Department cables, the subject of such concern for the prosecution. This proved a mild taster of what

_____ (2020-09-22). Assange's Removal From Embassy Was Directed By US President. popularresistance.org Julian Assange's removal from the Ecuadorian Embassy was done so "on direct orders from the [US] president", according to information provided to American journalist Cassandra Fairbanks. | Ms Fairbanks' explosive testimony would appear to support to position that Mr Assange's prosecution has a political dimension and reflected a shift in the government's attitude with a change in administration from that of former president Barack Obama. | According to Ms Fairbanks' witness statement, which was read into the court by the defence in Mr Assange's extradition hearing on 21 September 2020…

Rep. Ron Paul (2020-09-22). The War on Assange Is a War on Truth. globalresearch.ca It is dangerous to reveal the truth about the illegal and immoral things our government does with our money and in our name, and the war on journalists who dare reveal such truths is very much a bipartisan affair. Just …

Noam Chomsky (2020-09-22). The train wreck of the 2020 US election. zcomm.org Interview on the 2020 US election, the state of humanity, the breakdown of democracy, the rise of conspiracy theories, the prosecution of Julian Assange, the role of satire — and what helps to keep him going amidst all this…

sputniknews (2020-09-22). Assange is at 'Very High Risk of Suicide' Should Extradition Occur, Neuropsychiatrist Tells Court. sputniknews.com The WikiLeaks publisher, who faces up to 175 years in prison for his role in obtaining and publishing classified US documents, has been kept at Belmarsh maximum-security prison since he was removed from the Ecuadorian Embassy on 11 April 2019.

_____ (2020-09-22). Chris Hedges: The Cost Of Resistance. popularresistance.org Two of the rebels I admire most, Julian Assange, the WikiLeaks publisher, and Roger Hallam, the co-founder of Extinction Rebellion, are in jail in Britain. That should not be surprising. You can measure the effectiveness of resistance by the fury of the response. Julian courageously exposed the lies, deceit, war crimes and corruption of the ruling imperial elites. Roger has helped organized the largest acts of mass civil disobedience in British history, shutting down parts of London for weeks, in a bid to wrest power from a ruling class that has done nothing, and will do nothing, to halt the climate emergency and…

Global Research News (2020-09-22). Selected Articles: US Sanctions and Assange's Extradition Trial. globalresearch.ca If you look to Global Research as a resource for information and understanding, to stay current on world events, or to experience honesty and transparency in your news coverage, please consider making a

Tanya Wadhwa (2020-09-22). Thousands take the streets in national strike in Colombia. peoplesdispatch.org On September 21, thousands of Colombians participated in a national strike and mobilized across the country against the right-wing government of president Iván Duque. Several massive demonstrations were carried out in different cities in rejection of police brutality, economic crisis facing the country due to the COVID-19 pandemic and ceaseless assassination of social leaders. | A large number of citizens and members of various human rights organizations, left-wing political parties, social movements, students, teachers, women, LGBTQI, Indigenous and Afro-descendent organizations took to the streets throughout th…

WSWS (2020-09-21). Corporate publications hostile to exposure of CIA spying on Assange and their own reporters. wsws.org Corporate publications rebuffed requests that they publish information on the spying, even when it targeted their own journalists.

Binoy Kampmark (2020-09-21). Assange on Trial: Torture Testimonies, Offers of Pardon and Truth Telling. counterpunch.org The extradition trial of Julian Assange at the Old Bailey has moved into a higher gear. Testimonies spanned the importance of classified information in war journalism, the teasing offer of a pardon for Assange by US President Donald Trump, torture inflicted by the US Central Intelligence Agency, the chilling effect of indictments under the Extradition Act and the legacy of the Collateral Murder video.

Project Censored (2020-09-21). Principles of Journalism on Trial/2020 Banned Books Week. projectcensored.org Mickey's guest for the first half of the program is Kevin Gosztola, managing editor of www.shadowproof.com who is covering the UK extradition trial of WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange. The Trump Administration…

WSWS (2020-09-21). Corporate publications hostile to revelations that CIA spied on Julian Assange and their own journalists. wsws.org Corporate publications rebuffed requests that they publish information on the spying, even when it targeted their own journalists.

Lawyers for Assange (2020-09-21). They Call for Assange's Immediate Release: Lula, Rousseff, Morales, Zapatero, Corbyn, Correa, Paul, Galloway, Gravel, Varoufakis… globalresearch.ca Check As Julian Assange fights U.S. extradition at the Old Bailey in London, over one hundred eminent political figures, including 13 past and present heads of state, numerous ministers, members of parliament …

_____ (2020-09-21). Call For Assange's Immediate Release. popularresistance.org As Julian Assange fights U.S. extradition at the Old Bailey in London, over one hundred eminent political figures, including 13 past and present heads of state, numerous ministers, members of parliament and diplomats, have today denounced the illegality of the proceedings and appealed for Assange's immediate release. | The politicians from 27 different countries and from across the political spectrum have joined 189 independent international lawyers, judges, legal academics and lawyers' associations by endorsing their open letter to the UK Government…

_____ (2020-09-21). Greenwashing The US military, Julian Assange, RIP Kevin Zeese. popularresistance.org The weather is getting more extreme by the year and conversations about climate change are growing along with it. So when Michael Moore made the movie 'Planet of the Humans', criticizing the corporate co-optation of the green movement, he came under attack from well-connected activists. Lee Camp reports on how Bill McKibben, one of the targets of Moore's movie, has adopted a role of helping some of the worst industries and institutions out there to greenwash their images. In an op-ed from a year ago, McKibben used his platform to rehabilitate the image of the US military.

Lawyers for Assange (2020-09-21). They Call for Assange's Immediate Release: Heads of state, prime ministers, parliamentarians, members of Congress, … demand Assange be set free. globalresearch.ca Check As Julian Assange fights U.S. extradition at the Old Bailey in London, over one hundred eminent political figures, including 13 past and present heads of state, numerous ministers, members of parliament …

Peoples Dispatch (2020-09-21). The trial of Julian Assange: Week 2. peoplesdispatch.org The second week of the trial portion of the extradition hearings of Julian Assange concluded on Friday. Witnesses highlighted the political nature of the US charges and the contributions of Assange and WikiLeaks…

Craig Murray (2020-09-21). Your Man in the Public Gallery: Assange Hearing Day 13. globalresearch.ca Friday gave us the most emotionally charged moments yet at the Assange hearing, showed that strange and sharp twists in the story are still arriving at the Old Bailey, and brought into sharp focus some questions about the handling and …

RT (2020-09-21). "What I've told you won't be reported on the BBC" dissidentvoice.org "It's impossible to sit through every day of the hearing and believe this is a fair and impartial process — because it isn't." Former diplomat Craig Murray discusses Assange's extradition hearing and new disputes over the publisher putting people in danger with his leaks.

Lawyers for Assange (2020-09-21). Open Letter to the UK Prime Minister, Mr Boris Johnson, the Lord Chancellor and Secretary of State for Justice, Robert Buckland QC, the Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs, Dominic Raab and UK Home Secretary Priti Patel. globalresearch.ca Dear Prime Minister, | Dear Lord Chancellor and Secretary of State for Justice, | Dear Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs, | Dear Home Secretary, | We write to you as legal practitioners and legal academics to express our collective concerns about the violations …

Joe Glenton (2020-09-21). Defence minister launches propaganda blitz ahead of Commons war crime debate. thecanary.co The Ministry of Defence (MOD) has launched a propaganda blitz ahead of a Commons debate on a controversial war crimes bill. Critics say the bill could decriminalise torture, damage human rights, and help authoritarian regimes. | Due to be The Tories have been trying to loosen the laws which govern war throughout their time in power, fram…

_____ (2020-09-20). Day 12: Julian Assange Hearing. popularresistance.org Yet another shocking example of abuse of court procedure unfolded on Wednesday. James Lewis QC for the prosecution had been permitted gratuitously to read to two previous witnesses with zero connection to this claim, an extract from a book by Luke Harding and David Leigh in which Harding claims that at a dinner at El Moro Restaurant Julian Assange had stated he did not care if US informants were killed, because they were traitors who deserved what was coming to them. | This morning giving evidence was John Goetz, now Chief Investigations Editor of NDR (German public TV), then of Der Spiegel.

Dr. Binoy Kampmark (2020-09-20). Assange's Ninth Day at the Old Bailey: Torture Testimonies, Offers of Pardon and Truth Telling. globalresearch.ca The extradition trial of Julian Assange at the Old Bailey moved into a higher gear today. Testimonies spanned the importance of classified information in war journalism, the teasing offer of a pardon for Assange by US President Donald Trump, …

_____ (2020-09-20). September 18: Julian Assange Hearing Report. popularresistance.org New Zealand investigative journalist Nicky Hager took to stand to testify about using WikiLeaks documents in his work. Hager published Other People's Wars, New Zealand in Afghanistan, Iraq and the war on terror, and said that WikiLeaks-released military and diplomatic files "greatly increased my understanding of the conduct of the war. It would have been impossible to write the book without these confidential and leaked sources." | In his written testimony, Hager explained, | "It is in general impossible to research and write about war to a useful standard without access to sources that the authorities concerned…

Tom Coburg (2020-09-20). Pentagon Papers whistleblower unequivocally defends WikiLeaks publications in court. thecanary.co The second week of hearings at the Old Bailey for WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange's extradition to the US saw riveting testimony by renowned whistleblower … | By | The second week of hearings at the Old Bailey for

Paul Larudee (2020-09-20). Time to Dismantle the Police. dissidentvoice.org Basketball star Jaylen Brown has said only a few words publicly about the problem of police brutality, abuse, repression and impunity, but they are important words that cut right to the core of both the problem and its solution. He has said that we should stop speaking and thinking in terms of "reform" and begin …

The Canary (2020-09-20). Police in Belarus arrest 200 women at opposition protest. thecanary.co poliPolice in the capital of Belarus have cracked down sharply on a women's protest march demanding the authoritarian president's resignation.Officers arrested more than 200 demonstrators, including an elderly woman. The woman has become a symbol of the six weeks of protest that have rocked the country. More than 2,000 women took part in the march in Minsk.Such anti-government marches have become a regular feature of the unprecedented wave of large protests. They began after the 9 August presidential election.Officials said president Alexander Lukashenko won a sixth term in office with 80% support in that vote. B…

Fight Back (2020-09-20). FRSO stands in solidarity with anti-racist activists arrested in Denver. fightbacknews.org The Freedom Road Socialist Organization condemns the repression of the people's movement that occurred in Denver, Colorado on September 17. Six organizers were arrested at their homes, in parking lots, and while driving. All six were active leaders in protests calling for justice for Elijah McClain and other victims of police brutality. Four of those arrested are members of the Party for Socialism and Liberation, and all are facing trumped-up charges including inciting a riot, kidnapping and theft. These charges are absolutely bogus and are obviously designed to try to crush dissent and silence the movement…

_____ (2020-09-20). Political Trials And Electoral Bans. popularresistance.org Ecuadorian President Lenín Moreno and his allies have gone to great lengths to prevent former president Rafael Correa and his political movement from returning to power. | In order to achieve this goal, the current government has persecuted opponents and barred candidates from running. Moreno's authoritarianism has, so far, gone largely unnoticed internationally. With elections scheduled for February 2021, it is crucial that the international community keeps a vigilant eye on the Ecuadorian government's persistent attempts at perverting the course of democracy.

sputniknews (2020-09-20). Federal Officials Detain Suspect for Sending Ricin Package to White House – Reports. sputniknews.com Intelligence officials said earlier that it suspected a Canadian woman of sending the poison to President Trump, after the initial data suggested the mailing could have originated in Canada.

_____ (2020-09-19). Mainstream US Reporters Silent About Being Spied On. popularresistance.org A Spanish security firm apparently contracted by US intelligence to carry out a campaign of black operations against Julian Assange and his associates spied on several US reporters including Ellen Nakashima, the top national security reporter of the Washington Post, and Lowell Bergman, a New York Times and PBS veteran. | To date, Nakashima and her employers at the Washington Post have said nothing about the flagrant assault on their constitutional rights by UC Global, the security company in charge of Ecuadorian embassy in London, which seemingly operated under the watch of the CIA's then-director, Mike Pompeo.

_____ (2020-09-19). Kafka On Acid: The Trial Of Julian Assange. popularresistance.org Julian Assange needs to wake before dawn to get from Belmarsh Prison to the Old Bailey courthouse, where his extradition hearing resumed on 7 September, for four weeks. He gets dressed for court only to be strip-searched before being placed in a ventilated coffin Serco van for a 90-minute trip across London in peak-hour traffic. After waiting handcuffed in the holding cells, he is placed in a glass box at the back of the courtroom. Then he is forced back into the Serco van to be strip-searched back at Belmarsh to face another night alone in his cell.

Max Blumenthal (2020-09-19). Mainstream US reporters silent about being spied on by apparent CIA contractor that targeted Assange. thegrayzone.com Despite being spied on and having their privacy invaded by the UC Global firm that targeted Assange, reporters from major US news outlets have said nothing in protest. Meanwhile, new evidence of that firm's CIA links has emerged. A Spanish security firm apparently contracted by US intelligence to carry out a campaign of black operations …

Pepe Escobar (2020-09-19). Empire's Mask Slips at Julian Assange Trial. dissidentvoice.org The concept of "History in the making" has been pushed to extremes when it comes to the extraordinary public service being performed by historian, former UK diplomat and human rights activist Craig Murray. Murray — literally, and on a global level — is now positioned as our man in the public gallery, as he painstakingly documents …

Peoples Dispatch (2020-09-19). Argentinians commemorate the 44th anniversary of the Night of the Pencils. peoplesdispatch.org The night of September 16, 1976, was one of the bloodiest night of the last civic-military dictatorship in Argentina, when a group of high school students were kidnapped and tortured by the state security forces…

Revolutionary United Front (2020-09-19). Tuesday 9/29: Bi-Weekly Community Meeting On Police Brutality and the George Floyd Protests. indybay.org Willow Park | Oakland, CA 94607…

yenisafak (2020-09-19). Attack foiled as explosives-laden car found in NW Syria. yenisafak.com A potential terrorist attack was thwarted as authorities seized a vehicle rigged with explosives in northwestern Syria on Saturday.A car found in Syria's Afrin region was fitted with 75 kilograms (165 pounds) of explosives connected to mobile phones for remote detonation, according to a statement by the governor's office of Turkey's southern Hatay province.Police in Afrin received intelligence reports that a bomb-laden vehicle prepared in the Tal Rifat region, under the control of the PYD/YPG/PKK terrorist organization, was sent to the Operation Olive Branch area in Afrin for an attack on security forces or civil…

Binoy Kampmark (2020-09-18). Assange on Trial: Diligent Redactions and Avoiding Harm. counterpunch.org Day Seven September 16. Central Criminal Court, London. Proceedings today at the Old Bailey regarding Julian Assange's extradition returned to journalistic practice, redaction of source names and that ongoing obsession with alleged harm arising from WikiLeaks releases. John Goetz of Der Spiegel added his bit for the defence, making an effort to set the record

MEE staff (2020-09-18). Islamic State's 'canary caliph' gave intelligence to US in 2008, documents claim. middleeasteye.net Islamic State's 'canary caliph' gave intelligence to US in 2008, documents claim | Muhammad Sa'id Abdal-Rahman al-Mawla identified dozens of fellow militants as well as the structure of al-Qaeda, US government documents allege | Fri, 09/18/2020 – 19: 26 | Mawla was arrested in 2008 by US forces and interrogated in Umm Qasr, southern Iraq, at Camp Bucca (AFP/File photo) | The current leader of the Islamic State…