2021-01-12: News Headlines

Staff (2021-01-12). Will Lisa Montgomery Die Tonight? Sister Helen Prejean Calls for Trump to Halt Execution Spree. democracynow.org A federal judge has granted a stay of execution for Lisa Montgomery, who was set to become the first woman executed by the federal government in 67 years, but the Trump administration is appealing the decision. Two men are also scheduled to die this week. Since July, when the Trump administration revived the federal death penalty, the U.S. government has executed 10 people — more than in any presidency since 1896. “Time is running out for the Trump administration to go through with these three executions, and they know that, which is why they’re very insistent that they happen this week and not after Januar…

Project Censored (2021-01-12). Kevin Gosztola and Michael D. Knox. projectcensored.org This week’s program begins with Kevin Gosztola’s analysis of the recent UK court rulings about Julian Assange; although the judge refused to allow Assange’s extradition to the U.S., Gosztola says…

Steven Singh (2021-01-12). Protesters take to the streets of Modesto to demand justice for Trevor Seever. liberationnews.org Protesters marched alongside the family of Trevor Seever to demand justice and an end to police brutality.

Steve Sweeney (2021-01-12). German communists hit out at police brutality on Rosa Luxemburg march. peoplesworld.org Police have been condemned for brutality after attacking a peaceful demonstration in the capital Berlin with pepper spray after communist groups gathered for the annual commemoration of Rosa Luxemburg and Karl Liebknecht who were murdered the same day. Some 3,000 people attended Sunday’s annual march despite coronavirus restrictions; the official ceremony has been delayed until …

Cynthia Chung (2021-01-12). The Origins of America’s Secret Police. dissidentvoice.org Nothing to Excess, Surety Brings Ruin — inscribed at the Temple of Apollo at Delphi Many are aware of the Apollo at Delphi inscription and associate it as words of wisdom; after all, the Temple at Delphi was at the center of global intelligence. Kings, emperors, statesmen, generals from all quarters of the ancient world …

Jay Solomon (2021-01-11). REMINDER: Houthis Were a US Intelligence-Sharing Partner Right Up Until Saudi Invasion. anti-empire.com Originally ran in January 2015. | The U.S. has formed ties with Houthi rebels who seized control of Yemen’s capital, White House officials and rebel commanders said, in the clearest indication of a shift in the U.S. approach there as it seeks to maintain its fight against a key branch of al Qaeda. | American officials are communicating with Houthi fighters, largely through intermediaries, the officials and commanders have disclosed, to promote a stable political transition as the Houthis gain more power and to ensure Washington can continue its campaign of drone strikes against leaders of the group al Qaeda in th…

The Canary (2021-01-10). Letter: The demonisation of Assange paves the way for more rape and murder by the State. thecanary.co We are relieved the court ruled not to extradite Julian Assange to the US. His immediate release from Belmarsh, classified as torture by the UN Special Rapporteur, especially under coronavirus, must follow. The refusal of bail must be reversed immediately. | As an anti-rape organisation, we resent the original use of alleged sex offences to facilitate Assange’s extradition to the US via Sweden. Knowing the evidence, that case was never viable, but it initiated and fuelled a witch-hunt against Assange and diverted from the real target: his Wikileaks reporting. | Assange and Chelsea Manning exposed rape, torture, a…

Aaron Maté (2021-01-10). UN torture expert on Julian Assange’s persecution and the lies behind it. thegrayzone.com As a UK judge rejects Julian Assange’s extradition but keeps him caged in Belmarsh prison, UN Special Rapporteur on torture Nils Melzer discusses Assange’s persecution and the lies used to wage it. A UK judge has rejected a US attempt to extradite Julian Assange, citing the Wikileaks founder’s risk of suicide and the poor conditions of US prisons. But Judge Vanessa Baraitser accepted the basis for the US government’s espionage case against Assange and ruled against releasing him on bail. …

_____ (2021-01-10). Assange Ruling Is A Blow Against A Free Press — A Closer Look. popularresistance.org Judge Vanessa Baraitser’s decision to prevent Julian Assange’s extradition to the United States to face trial on espionage-related criminal charges is a partial victory for Assange, his family, and his supporters. Baraitser was not satisfied that US prison authorities would be able to prevent the award-winning journalist from taking his life, given the conditions of solitary confinement and isolation that he would likely face during pre-trial detention and in the event of his conviction. | However, in her ruling, the judge made clear that Assange would have been extradited, if it weren’t for his “substantial risk…

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