2021-02-09: News Headlines

Alan Macleod (2021-02-09). Facebook Hires NATO Press Officer Ben Nimmo as Intelligence Chief. mintpressnews.com It is now difficult to distinguish where the deep state ends and the fourth estate begins and Ben Nimmo's move from NATO to NATO-aligned think tank to Facebook is just another example of this phenomenon.

_____ (2021-02-09). Press Freedom Groups Call On DOJ To Drop Assange Charges. popularresistance.org The letter comes just days before the United States' deadline to appeal the ruling in Julian Assange's extradition hearing. On January 4, British Judge Vanessa Baraitser blocked Assange's extradition last month on medical grounds, and the U.S. announced its intent to appeal that decision. It has until February 12 to file its appeal. | The New York Times' Charlie Savage writes, "The litigation deadline may force the new administration to confront a decision: whether to press on with the Trump-era approach to Mr. Assange, or to instead drop the matter."

Alan MacLeod (2021-02-09). Facebook hires ex-NATO press officer and social media censor Ben Nimmo as intel strategist. thegrayzone.com Nimmo has previously worked for NATO and the Integrity Initiative, a covert UK govt troll farm. His move to Facebook suggests more censorship on the way for anti-establishment voices. This report was originally published by Mint Press News. Ben Nimmo, a former NATO press officer and current senior fellow at the Atlantic Council, has announced Facebook has hired him to "lead global threat intelligence strategy against influence operations" and "emerging threats." Nimmo specifically named Russia, Iran and China as potential dangers to the …

MEE staff (2021-02-09). UN experts call on Israel to stop torture, inhuman treatment of Palestinians. middleeasteye.net UN experts call on Israel to stop torture, inhuman treatment of Palestinians | Panel of rights experts said Israel was using a 'grave loophole within the Israeli judicial system' to defend its use of torture | Tue, 02/09/2021 – 18: 13 | Arbeed was detained in 2019, and after being subjected to interrogation by Israel's Shin Bet domestic intelligence service, he suffered from kidney failure and broken ribs (AFP…

Misión Verdad (2021-02-09). "Bolivar Act" to tighten U.S. sanctions against elected Venezuelan government. peoplesworld.org On January 28, a group of U.S. Congressmen, led by former Green Beret and now Republican Party legislator, Michael Waltz, introduced into the Congress a new bill dedicated to smashing democracy in Venezuela, cumbersomely entitled the "Bipartisan Banning Operations and Leases with Illegitimate Authoritarian Regime (BOLIVAR) Act." The creators of the law tendentiously established the …

Misión Verdad (2021-02-09). 'Bolivar Act' to tighten U.S. sanctions against elected Venezuelan government. peoplesworld.org On January 28, a group of U.S. Congressmen, led by former Green Beret and now Republican Party legislator, Michael Waltz, introduced into the Congress a new bill dedicated to smashing democracy in Venezuela, cumbersomely entitled the "Bipartisan Banning Operations and Leases with Illegitimate Authoritarian Regime (BOLIVAR) Act." The creators of the law tendentiously established the …

Ralph Nader (2021-02-09). Democrats Disarm Themselves Before Trump's Senate Impeachment Trial. zcomm.org If the Democrats do not go full throttle in this trial — this last clear chance to exercise the Constitution against Tyrant Trump — they will be remembered as profiles of infamy…

yenisafak (2021-02-09). Third round of Libya constitutional talks starts in Egypt. yenisafak.com A third round of Libya's dialogue on the constitutional track kicked off in Egypt's Red Sea resort of Hurghada on Tuesday, days after the election of a new interim authority in the war-torn country. | Egypt's intelligence chief Abbas Kamel and the recently-appointed UN Special Envoy on Libya and Head of the United Nations Support Mission (UNSMIL), Jan Kubis, addressed the opening session. | "The Libyan Constitutional Committee will discuss arrangements for holding a popular referendum on a new constitution," committee member Naema Elhammi told Anadolu Agency. | She said the committee meetings will continue for th…

_____ (2021-02-09). Chile: Political Parties Urge Dissolution Of Carabineros. popularresistance.org Chile's political parties and social leaders on Monday demanded the dissolution of the Military police (Carabineros) three days after an agent shot dead juggler Francisco Martinez, 27, during an identity check. | "We demand the Senate to debate on the re-foundation of Carabineros," Progressive Party (PRO) Senator Alejandro Navarro tweeted, recalling that police brutality is part of the "nefarious legacy" of Augusto Pinochet's dictatorship (1973-1990). | Chile's Communist Party (PC) Secretary Eduardo Artes also demanded the resignation of President Sebastian Piñera, "who has defended the Carabineros despite the br…

Zoophile (2021-02-09). Lab Animal Torturers Ridicule Antivivisectionists as 'Sentimentalists'. indybay.org Patent holding drugpushing vivisectors ridicule those who oppose lab animal torture as 'sentimentalists'

Yanis Iqbal (2021-02-09). Neoliberal Authoritarianism in Egypt. dissidentvoice.org The whiplash of authoritarianism is being ruthlessly used in Egypt. On January 6, 2021, Ahmed Khalifa, social news editor of Egypt 360 website, was arrested after publishing a series of reports on workers' legitimate protests. He was falsely charged with joining a terrorist group and spreading fake news, and remains in detention to date. Before his arrest, Khalifa …

Scott Ritter (2021-02-09). In Confronting Russian 'Aggression', Biden Forgets He Is the Problem, Not the Solution. globalresearch.ca All Global Research articles can be read in 27 languages by activating the "Translate Website" drop down menu on the top banner of our home page (Desktop version). | *** | Joe Biden calls on American leadership to confront Russian authoritarianism that …

Ali Harb (2021-02-08). Jailed Saudi activist Loujain al-Hathloul set to be released, sister says. middleeasteye.net Jailed Saudi activist Loujain al-Hathloul set to be released, sister says | Hathloul has been in prison for more than 1,000 days, where her family says she endured torture | Mon, 02/08/2021 – 22: 20 | Saudi activist Loujain al-Hathloul had been sentenced to almost six years in jail (AFP/File photo) | After more than 1,000 days in detention where she endured torture and hunger strikes, Saudi women's rights activis…

Ali Harb (2021-02-08). Loujain al-Hathloul to be freed on Thursday, sister says. middleeasteye.net Loujain al-Hathloul to be freed on Thursday, sister says | Saudi women's rights activist has been in jail, where her family says she endured torture, for more than 1,000 days | Mon, 02/08/2021 – 22: 20 | Saudi activist Loujain al-Hathloul had been sentenced to almost six years in jail (AFP/File photo) | After more than 1,000 days in detention where she endured torture and hunger strikes, Saudi women's rights acti…

Jameel Jaffer (2021-02-08). Why the Biden DOJ Should Drop All Charges Against Julian Assange. commondreams.org A successful prosecution of the Wikileaks' founder and publisher would have far-reaching implications both for national security journalists and for the news organizations that publish their work. This isn't an accident. | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files/styles/cd_special_coverage/public/views-article/thumbs/assange_attack_on_journalism_greenwald_0_0.jpg

Brett Wilkins, staff writer (2021-02-08). Press Freedom Groups Urge Biden DOJ to Drop 'Disastrous' Charges Against Assange. commondreams.org "Now more than ever, it is crucial that we protect a robust and adversarial press," the letter states. | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files/styles/cd_special_coverage/public/headline/thumbs/assange_2.jpeg

Thomas Buonomo (2021-02-08). How Evangelical Leaders worshiped the Golden Calf of Trump's Authoritarianism. juancole.com Washington, D.C. (Special to Informed Comment) — In the last four years, disinformation propagated by Republican political elites including, most outrageously, Donald Trump, has threatened our democratic republic no less than the pandemic has threatened our lives and devastated our economy. Evangelical leaders including Franklin Graham, Tony Perkins, Jerry Falwell Jr., Robert Jeffress, and Paula …

MEE staff (2021-02-08). Khaled al-Asaad: Possible remains of Syrian archaeologist found at Palmyra. middleeasteye.net Khaled al-Asaad: Possible remains of Syrian archaeologist found at Palmyra | Asaad was beheaded by militants at the ancient site after refusing to reveal the location of priceless artefacts | Mon, 02/08/2021 – 12: 27 | Khaled al-Assad had been in charge of the site at ancient Palmyra for decades (social media) | Remains thought to belong to Khaled al-Asaad, the distinguished archaeologist who was killed by Isl…

RT (2021-02-08). Biden is 'absolutely right' that Trump cannot be trusted with classified briefings, says Obama's spymaster Clapper. rt.com Former Director of National Intelligence James Clapper is throwing his weight behind an argument President Joe Biden made last week, saying Donald Trump cannot be trusted with classified information now that he's out of office. | Asked what his "fear" is if Trump continues to receive intelligence briefings, which are typically given to former leaders, Clapper told CNN's New Day Trump has "demonstrated a disdain for both the substance of intelligence as well as its protection." | The former intelligence official then accused the former president of "weaponizing" classified material in the past, as well as shar…

Eliza Egret (2021-02-08). Armed raids, strip searches and torture: this is life for Turkey's students. thecanary.co Turkey's disgusting human rights record has come under the spotlight yet again as students continue to protest in Istanbul and other major Turkish cities. Since early January,

oneworld.press (2021-02-08). The Climate Dictatorship & The Ecoauthoritarian World. oneworld.press The climate dictatorship or Great Reset is trying to hook the Western world to an imaginary world where everything is 'green', meaning no coal, no fossil fuels, and no nuclear power for energy, food control, which will leave the Western world with no industry, no jobs, and most of all, loss of property and income.

Paul Street (2021-02-07). The Anatomy of Fascism Denial. counterpunch.org All hesitation to acknowledge that the United States had a serious brush with fascism under Donald Trump should have disappeared with the Trump-instigated Attack on the U.S. Capital last January 6th. "Donald Trump…is indeed a fascist — an authoritarian willing to use violence to achieve his racial nationalist goals. So are many of his supporters.

Mehr News Agency (2021-02-07). Iraqi forces arrest 13 ISIL terrorists in Baghdad. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, Feb. 07 (MNA) — The Iraqi intelligence agency announced on Sunday that 13 ISIL terrorist elements have been arrested in Baghdad.

yenisafak (2021-02-07). Bomb blast kills at least 12 in central Somalia. yenisafak.com The attack, which wounded several others, targeted the vehicle of Abdirashid Abdi Qooje as it passed through the village of Eldhere 30 kilometers (18 miles) west of Dhusamareb, the administrative capital of Galmudug State. Qooje was the head of the National Intelligence and Security Agency in Dhusamareb.Speaking to Anadolu Agency, security officials in the region confirmed the attack and number of casualties on condition of anonymity."A military vehicle carrying Dhusamareb intelligence chief Abdirashid Abdi Qooje, was attacked while traveling between Eldhere and Guriel town, killing him and 11 of his bodyguards,"

_____ (2021-02-07). Why Israel Is Joining The Pentagon's 'Arab NATO'. popularresistance.org With none of the usual fanfare associated with such a momentous decision, the Pentagon announced last month a major reorganisation to bring Israel – for the first time – inside its military command in the Middle East alongside the Arab states. | Until now, Israel has belonged to the US military's European command, or Eucom, rather than the Middle Eastern one, known as Central Command, or Centcom. The decision effectively jettisoned the traditional wisdom that Israel's inclusion in Centcom would increase friction between the US and Arab states, and would make the latter more reluctant to share intelligence or coop…

Gordon Duff (2021-02-07). Intel Drop: The Truth Behind Red Don and his Duck Dynasty Warlords. thealtworld.com VT, the Senior Editor in consultation with intelligence operatives | Let me tell you a story: | What if Russia was helping Israel fight that war against Iran, but fight it inside Syria? | What if Russia were feeding attack information, tactical intelligence on Iran and Syria and even Hezbollah to Israel and even the US? | What if Russia, now that Biden is in, stands to make billions arming Iran with planes and other military technology, to stand against an Israel fully supported by Russia…against Iran? | With up to 200,000 Duck Dynasty warriors armed to the teeth in America, many active duty military and servin…

Steve Poikonen (2021-02-06). [83.2] Free Assange Vigil w/ Lucas Waggoner. slownewsdayshow.com [83.2] Free Assange Vigil w/ Lucas Waggoner |

RT (2021-02-06). 'He might slip and say something': Biden thinks Trump should be denied traditional intel briefings for former presidents. rt.com US President Joe Biden has said that his predecessor Donald Trump is too "erratic" to be entrusted with classified information that is being traditionally provided to former presidents. | Biden was asked by Norah O'Donnell on CBS News whether Trump should get classified intelligence briefings. The president replied: "I think not." | Providing Trump with classified intelligence would be a bad idea "because of his erratic behavior, unrelated to the insurrection," Biden added, referring to the storming of the US Capitol building in Washington by a group of Trump supporters on January 6. | I just think that there…

Dana McMahan (2021-02-06). Treat your inner kid at heart to homemade versions of Bagel Bites, Combos and more nostalgic treats. salon.com You don't need an occasion like the Super Bowl to comfort yourself with from-scratch renditions of beloved foods…

Mehr News Agency (2021-02-06). Iraqi forces could seize ISIL ammunition, explosives. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, Feb. 06 (MNA) — Iraqi intelligence service said in a statement that Iraqi forces were able to identify and confiscate the main warehouse of ammunition and explosives belonging to ISIL terrorist groups in west part of Iraq.

sputniknews (2021-02-06). Officials to Determine Trump's Access to Intel Briefings, White House Says. sputniknews.com President Joe Biden said that the former commander-in-chief should not be provided access to US intelligence briefings because of his "erratic behavior". Former American leaders have been granted access to classified information on major policy issues.