2021-04-12: News Headlines

Alan MacLeod (2021-04-12). How Bellingcat launders National Security State talking points into the press. mronline.org For a self-proclaimed citizen journalism outfit, an alarming number of Bellingcat's staff and contributors come from highly suspect backgrounds, including high-level positions in military and intelligence agencies. | April 12, 2021 | Newswire…

_____ (2021-04-12). A History Of The Espionage Act And How it Ensnared Julian Assange. popularresistance.org From its earliest years the United States has found ways to deny the rights of a free press when it was politically expedient to do so. | One of the latest ways was to arrest WikiLeaks publisher Julian Assange two years ago today and to indict him — the first time a publisher and journalist has ever been charged under the 1917 Espionage Act for possessing and publishing state secrets. | Though several U.S. administrations had come close to punishing journalists for revealing defense information, they all pulled back, until Assange. They were restrained because of a conflict with the First Amendment, which p…

Kevin Gosztola (2021-04-12). Two Years After Assange's Arrest, Biden Can End Trump's Assault on Press Freedom. globalresearch.ca WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange has been detained at the high-security Belmarsh …

Fight Back (2021-04-12). Tampa rallies against repressive legislation. fightbacknews.org Tampa FL – On Saturday April 10, a crowd of 40 people gathered at Curtis Hixon Park to fight back against the Florida anti-protest bill (HB1/SB484). The bill bypassed one state senate sub-committee hearing and it passed the Appropriations Committee on Friday. | "What HB1 makes clear is that police are not protectors of the community but are, in fact, our enemies. They saw millions rise up against police brutality. They saw African Americans, who have endured years of oppression at the hands of the police and the prison industrial complex, push back against this oppression through organizing and they got scared. T…

Fight Back (2021-04-12). Tampa rallies against repressive legislation. fightbacknews.org Tampa FL – On Saturday April 10, a crowd of 40 people gathered at Curtis Hixon Park to fight back against the Florida anti-protest bill (HB1/SB484). The bill bypassed one state senate sub-committee hearing and it passed the Appropriations Committee on Friday. | "What HB1 makes clear is that police are not protectors of the community but are, in fact, our enemies. They saw millions rise up against police brutality. They saw African Americans, who have endured years of oppression at the hands of the police and the prison industrial complex, push back against this oppression through organizing and they got scared. T…

UCAN (2021-04-11). Pakistan: Christian Nurses Saved From Mob After Blasphemy Claim. eurasiareview.com By Kamran Chaudhry | Two Christian nurses were rescued by policemen from an enraged mob after being accused of blasphemy by their hospital's staff in Pakistan. | Staff nurse Mariam Lal and student nurse Newish Urooj were detained by police after a first information report (FIR) under section 295-B of the blasphemy law was made by Dr. Mirza Muhammad Ali of Civil Hospital, Faisalabad. | "Labbayk ya Rasool-Allah [Here I am at your service, O Messenger of Allah]" and "Beheading the only punishment for blasphemer"

Anish R M (2021-04-11). On second anniversary of Julian Assange's arrest, demand for his freedom echoes around the world. peoplesdispatch.org Demonstrations and vigils are being held across the world demanding freedom for Julian Assange who continues to be in jail as US authorities challenge the rejection of their extradition plea…

_____ (2021-04-11). How Bellingcat Launders National Security State Talking Points. popularresistance.org Investigative site Bellingcat is the toast of the popular press. In the past month alone, it has been described as "an intelligence agency for the people" (ABC Australia), a "transparent" and "innovative" (New Yorker) "independent news collective," "transforming investigative journalism" (Big Think), and an unequivocal "force for good" (South China Morning Post). Indeed, outside of a few alternative news sites, it is very hard to hear a negative word against Bellingcat, such is the gushing praise for the outlet founded in 2014. | This is troubling, because the evidence compiled in this investigation suggests Bell…

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