Daily Archives: October 9, 2020

2020-10-09: News Headlines

CounterSpin (2020-10-09). Mary McCord on Unlawful Militias, Chip Gibbons on Assange Extradition. fair.org Media…

pip.hinman (2020-10-09). Greg Barnes: 'The government must act to help Julian Assange'. greenleft.org.au

Jonathan Cook (2020-10-09). George Monbiot's Excuses for Not Speaking Out Loudly in Defense of Assange Simply Won't Wash. counterpunch.org Faced with a barrage of criticism from some of his followers, George Monbiot, the Guardian's supposedly fearless, leftwing columnist, offered up two extraordinarily feeble excuses this week for failing to provide more than cursory support for Julian Assange over the past month, as the Wikileaks founder has endured extradition hearings in a London courtroom. The

Jeffrey St. Clair (2020-10-09). Roaming Charges: A Fly in the Anointment. counterpunch.org A return to normalcy, you say? Normalcy brought us the Iraq War, torture, assassination by drone, 607 billionaires & 600k homeless, the gutting of welfare, warrantless wiretaps, militarized police, the war on drugs, globalized fracking, the destruction of the Gulf of Mexico & an atmospheric C02 level of 411.08 ppm and rising. Screw normalcy.

Media Lens (2020-10-08). 'None of It Reported': How Corporate Media Buried the Assange Trial. globalresearch.ca One of the most imposing features of state-corporate propaganda is its incessant, repetitive nature. Over and over again, the 'mainstream' media have to convince the public that 'our' government prioritises the health, welfare and livelihoods of the general population, rather …

WSWS (2020-10-08). "We need to take away the children": Top Justice Department officials drove Trump's anti-immigrant family separation policy. wsws.org While the specific officials mentioned in the report are no longer leading the department, the Trump administration's cruel and inhumane treatment of immigrants has continued unabated.

Abayomi Azikiwe (2020-10-08). Racism and the Death Penalty. globalresearch.ca Christopher Vialva, 40, was executed by the United States government on September 24 in Terra Haute, Indiana. | Vialva was the first Black person put to death by the federal criminal justice system since the resumption of executions by Washington earlier …

Badri Raina (2020-10-08). Déjà vu: Does History Set to Repeat Itself in the Ongoing Public Resistance Movement? zcomm.org The protests against Hathras brutality and anti-farmer agriculture laws passed by the Centre have been similar to the kind of resistance that had been built against CAA and NRC. But questions remain if this public resistance can be sustained…

Daniel Ellsberg (2020-10-07). On the Assange Extradition and Growing Fascism. zcomm.org If Assange is found guilty of the charges the U.S. government has laid against him, it means that whistleblowing and the publishing of whistleblowers revelations is dead…

Jonathan Cook (2020-10-07). George Monbiot's Excuses for Not Speaking out Loudly in Defence of Assange Simply Won't Wash. dissidentvoice.org Faced with a barrage of criticism from some of his followers, George Monbiot, the Guardian's supposedly fearless, left-wing columnist, offered up two extraordinarily feeble excuses this week for failing to provide more than cursory support for Julian Assange over the past month, as the Wikileaks founder has endured extradition hearings in a London courtroom. The …

MEE staff (2020-10-07). Alleged Islamic State 'Beatles' executioners set to face trial in US, says report. middleeasteye.net Alleged Islamic State 'Beatles' executioners set to face trial in US, says report | El Shafee Elsheikh and Alexanda Kotey face charges in the US over the alleged beheading of a number of journalists and aid workers | Wed, 10/07/2020 – 09: 34 | Pictures of El Shafee Elsheikh and Alexanda Kotey released shortly after their capture by Syrian Kurdish-led forces (AFP) | Two alleged members of an Islamic State (IS)…

Peoples Dispatch (2020-10-07). Protests against police brutality continue in Chile. peoplesdispatch.org The protests against the Chilean national police force, the Carabineros of Chile, continued on October 5. Since October 3, citizens have been demonstrating across the country against police brutality and are demanding the resignation of Mario Rozas, the director general of the Carabineros, after the violent incident of October 2. | On October 2, a 16-year-old minor was pushed from the Pío Nono bridge into the Mapocho river in the capital city Santiago by a Carabineros official, when the police were repressing a social demonstration. The young protester, Antony Araya, who suffered head injuries and limb fractures…

RT (2020-10-07). 'A huge oversight': Rihanna forced to apologize after lingerie fashion show featuring sacred Islamic verse sparks ire. rt.com Pop megastar and fashion entrepreneur Rihanna has apologized after a fashion show for her lingerie brand Savage X Fenty featured music that included an Islamic verse, drawing a huge backlash online. | The 32-year-old singer used the song 'Doom' by London producer and vocalist Coucou Chloe, which incorporates a rendition of a Muslim text known as a Hadith. | Also on rt.com | | In a statement posted on her Instagram stories on Tuesday, Rihanna said the choice of music f…

RT (2020-10-07). 'You will never live in peace': DoJ announces terrorism indictments of 2 Islamic State 'Beatles' over US hostage killings. rt.com The US Justice Department has indicted two British Islamic State terrorists on charges related to the killing of several hostages, warning others in the group will be "pursued to the ends of the earth" if they harm any Americans. | Alexanda Kotey and El Shafee Elsheikh, two members of a "notoriously brutal" Islamic State (IS, formerly ISIS/ISIL) cell nicknamed 'the Beatles' for their British accents, have been charged with eight terror-related counts stemming from the murder of four American hostages, Attorney General for National Security John Demers told reporters during a press conference on Wednesday. The…

RT (2020-10-07). Russian monastery run by excommunicated criminal cop-turned-monk under investigation for torture & systematic beating of children. rt.com Russian authorities have opened a child torture criminal case against the Sredneuralsk Convent, an Orthodox Christian community run by the controversial excommunicated monk Sergius. The clergyman already has a murder conviction. |

Raven Hodges (2020-10-07). Equity Through Accuracy: Changes to Our Hate Map. splcenter.org In pursuit of a more accurate and more just hate map, the Intelligence Project (IP) has committed to collapsing the Black Separatist listing. We will still monitor these groups, but we will be transferring them to hate ideologies, including antisemitism, that better describe the harm their rhetoric inflicts.

Jeff Abbott (2020-10-07). The Other Americans: Police Violence Isn't Just on the Rise in the United States. progressive.org Decades of police brutality in Guatemala have led to an all-time high in human rights violations and other forms of police violence amid the COVID-19 pandemic.

WSWS (2020-10-07). Inquiry hears that Manchester Arena bomber was on radar of UK intelligence for seven years. wsws.org The inquiry heard from MI5 that bomber Abedi came to their attention 18 times before he perpetrated his horrific crime.

Peoples Dispatch (2020-10-07). Bangladesh erupts against repeated incidents of sexual abuse against women. peoplesdispatch.org On October 5, Monday, hundreds of people protested in Shahbag area of Bangladeshi capital Dhaka after a video of a woman being gangraped and tortured by at least nine men went viral on social media. The incident reportedly took place in Noakhali district's Begumganj upazila on September 2. The victim's 65-year-old father was also assaulted by some of the alleged rapists at his house in Jagannathpur upazila of Sumangunj, as per reports. | Protesters on Monday carried banners demanding the resignation of home minister Asadduzzam Khan for the government's failure to stop sexual violence against women in the country.

Peoples Alliance (2020-10-07). Tuesday 10/13: Authoritarianism: U.S. vs Peoples Republic of China. indybay.org Online. Please use this registration link to get your login information: | us02web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZcrde-gpzwiE9SU4RKKHdydTu22VpG-z5TW

Patrick Cockburn (2020-10-06). The Assange Extradition Case is an Unprecedented Attack on Press Freedom, So Why's the Media Largely Ignoring It? counterpunch.org The Assange case creates a precedent that mortally threatens freedom of the press in Britain. If Assange is extradited then any journalist who publishes information that the American authorities deem to be classified, however well-known or harmless it may be, will risk being extradited to face trial in America. The US secretary of state, Mike Pompeo, says that non-Americans like Assange do not enjoy First Amendment rights to free expression.

Charles Glass (2020-10-06). The Unprecedented and Illegal Campaign to Eliminate Julian Assange. zcomm.org Assange would never receive a fair trial in the U.S., but he's not receiving one in Britain either.

WSWS (2020-10-06). Australian government silent on calls to intervene in defence of Julian Assange. wsws.org The silence of the government and Labor has been a green light for the abuses that Assange has been subjected to over the past month, and the entire US-led campaign to destroy him.

Margaret Flowers (2020-10-06). Julian Assange's Extradition Hearing: The Only Just Outcome Is His Freedom. dissidentvoice.org The testimony portion of the extradition hearing of Julian Assange, taking place in the United Kingdom, concluded after four weeks. Judge Vanessa Baraitser, who presided over the hearing, will not announce her decision until January. Until then, Assange will remain in detention in Belmarsh Prison. Under conditions that violated Assange's rights and his ability to …

WSWS (2020-10-06). Grayzone questions US intelligence claim of "Russian influence campaign" run by PeaceData. wsws.org An article published by Grayzone shows that the website PeaceData—which US intelligence claims was part of a Russian misinformation campaign—was likely a false flag operation aimed at linking left-wing websites with the Moscow government.