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18:11 [ Glenn Greenwald / Twitter ]

Part 2 of Lula’s video on why the attempted extradition and prosecution of Assange is so dangerous, and why the relative silence of western media outlets — including those that partnered with WikiLeaks to publish these documents — is so shameful:

18:02 [ Nils Melzer / Twitter ]

Having investigated this case in my capacity as the #UN #SRTorture, I am absolutely convinced that, if extradited to the USA, #Assange will be exposed to an unfair trial & conditions of detention amounting to #Torture or other cruel, inhuman or degrading treatment or punishment.

17:38 [ Joe Lauria / Consortium News ]

LIVE UPDATES: ASSANGE HEARING DAY TWELVE—Lewis Challenges Diagnosis of Assange’s Autism

Court is in session. Today’s defense witnesses are to be Dr. Quinton Deeley, an honorary consultant psychiatrist in the National Autism Unit, Adult ADHD Service, and Behavioural Genetics and Autism Assessment Clinic & Paul Mullen, Professor Emeritus of Psychiatry at Monash University, Melbourne.

17:27 [ Craig Murray / Consortium News ]

ASSANGE EXTRADITION: Craig Murray: Your Man in the Public Gallery: Assange Hearing—Day 11

The only possible conclusion from yesterday’s testimony is that the performance of the representative of the United States Government was, in and of itself, full and sufficient evidence that there is no possibility that Julian Assange will receive fair consideration and treatment of his mental health issues within the United States system. The US government has just demonstrated that to us, in open court, to perfection.

12:14 [ Rebecca Vincent / Twitter ]

Kopelman said Assange’s auditory hallucinations tell him things like “you’re worthless”, “you’re nothing”, “you’re dust”, “you’re dead”, and to kill himself.

The prosecution argued these were self-reported. Kopelman pointed out hallucinations are always self-reported. 13/

11:55 [ Rebecca Vincent / Twitter ]

Prosecutor James Lewis also attempted to discredit UN Special Rapporteur on Torture @NilsMelzer , dismissing his report after visiting Assange at Belmarsh prison as “palpable nonsense”. Melzer’s report detailed the effects of psychological torture on Assange. 19/

03:40 [ Spiked ]

We need to take back control from the government

Covid authoritarianism is out of control. It’s time the people pushed back.

22.09.2020 - 09:41 [ UN.org ]

LIVE: UN ‚only as strong as its members‘ Guterres tells UN75 event, looking to the future

On Monday the UN marks the 75 years of the Organization with a High-level meeting featuring many world leaders. The theme is, “The future we want, the United Nations we need”, and there is a strong focus on the role of youth, and ensuring the UN remains relevant for future generations.

Highlights:
• Live broadcast of High-level meeting

• UNcomplicated podcast: the UN turns 75
• UN75 photo story

• Richard Curtis video, Nations United

• Lid Is On podcast, narrated by Julia Roberts

• W.H. Auden’s „Hymn to the United Nations“

19.09.2020 - 11:58 [ theHill.com ]

Ginsburg, trailblazing leader on Supreme Court, dies at 87

Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, the liberal leader of the Supreme Court and a trailblazing champion of women’s rights, died Friday. She was 87 years old.

The Supreme Court said in a statement that Ginsburg died „surrounded by her family at her home in Washington, D.C., due to complications of metastatic pancreas cancer.“

31.08.2020 - 19:32 [ John Kiriakou / Ron Paul Institute for Peace and Prosperity ]

Know Your Rights. Don’t Talk to Cops at the Airport

“I’m represented by counsel. I don’t talk to cops. You have no right to detain me.”

Cops are tough when they can hide behind each other, behind their guns, behind their badges, or behind qualified immunity. But they’re powerless when faced with the power of the Constitution. Know your rights.

29.08.2020 - 05:41 [ Washington Post / Youtube ]

The 2020 March on Washington – 8/28 (FULL LIVE STREAM)

A civil rights rally timed to the 57th anniversary of the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr.’s seminal “I Have a Dream” speech is expected to bring thousands to the Lincoln Memorial on Aug. 28. Speakers include:

18.08.2020 - 07:58 [ United Steelworkers ]

What A Day: Rev. Dr. William Barber II adresses the USW (FULL)

(August 11, 2014)

Rev. Dr. William Barber II delivers a down right, electrifying, knockout and empowering speech to the delegates of the 2014 United Steelworkers Constitutional Convention.

18.08.2020 - 07:53 [ Repairers of the Breach / Youtube ]

Extremists Stole the Playbook of the Civil and Union Rights Movements

Rev. Dr. William J. Barber II speaking at the United Steelworkers union convention, August 13, 2014.

17.08.2020 - 09:42 [ TheBipocProject.org ]

The BIPOC Project

Our Thinking

This nation is firmly entrenched in maintaining white supremacy, patriarchy and capitalism. This reality has been resisted in multiple ways, including organizing led by and among various communities of color for survival. However, many efforts still focus only on combating white supremacy, with limited attention to the way communities of color adopt and reinforce these harms amongst ourselves and against other marginalized groups in a “race towards the bottom” for naming our pain. As a result, many multiracial BIPOC communities continue to be challenged to develop authentic and accountable inter-group relationships despite a shared struggle under white supremacy. These challenges often undermine anti-racist organizing among people of color because each community is differently shaped and situated depending on intersectional issues and identities.

16.08.2020 - 07:09 [ Cory Doctorow / Wired ]

The Age of Mass Surveillance Will Not Last Forever – The power to end it is in your hands.

(28.07.2020)

What I showed those journalists was proof, in the form of the government’s own classified documents, that the self-described “Five Eyes”—the state security organs of the United States, United Kingdom, Australia, New Zealand, and Canada—had together conspired to weaken their laws. They had forced clandestine access to the networks of their largest telecommunications and internet titans (some of whom hadn’t needed much in the way of arm-twisting) in pursuit of a single goal: the transformation of the free and fragmented internet into history’s first centralized means of global mass surveillance.

16.08.2020 - 06:49 [ Glenn Greenwald / Twitter ]

National Security apparatchiks like @AmbassadorRice (no longer an Ambassador) have wanted Snowden in prison for years because he exposed how they secretly and illegally converted the internet into their spying playground. As for her claim that pardoning Snowden is a GOP view:

16.08.2020 - 06:15 [ Thomas Massie, Abgeordneter im US Repräsentantenhaus / Twitter ]

Employees of the US government violated the Constitution and lied to Congress and the American people about it. @Snowden exposed them. This is bigger than him. If he’s punished for his service to the Constitution, there will be more violations of the Constitution, and more lies.

26.07.2020 - 17:55 [ CBS News ]

Watch live: John Lewis crosses Edmund Pettus Bridge in Selma a final time

Civil rights icon John Lewis‘ body is being carried across the Edmund Pettus Bridge in Selma, Alabama, on Sunday. It’s the bridge that he crossed in the march to Montgomery on March 7, 1965, a day that would become known as „Bloody Sunday.“

26.07.2020 - 12:41 [ teleSUR ]

UN Condemns Discriminatory Use of Force Against US Protesters

The United Nations (UN) denounced police brutality at anti-racism protests in Portland and other U.S. cities against protesters and journalists.

18.07.2020 - 14:04 [ New York Times ]

The Radical Resistance of John Lewis

Representative John Lewis, who died Friday at age 80, will be remembered as a principal hero of the blood-drenched era not so long ago when Black people in the South were being shot, blown up or driven from their homes for seeking basic human rights. The moral authority Mr. Lewis exercised in the House of Representatives — while representing Georgia’s Fifth Congressional District for more than 30 years — found its headwaters in the aggressive yet self-sacrificial style of protests that he and his compatriots in the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee deployed in the early 1960s as part of the campaign that overthrew Southern apartheid.

13.07.2020 - 15:58 [ Foreigner.fi ]

German police respond to criticism over reported genealogy research

Following a Stuttgarter Zeitung report on Saturday that a local police chief had announced research into the family trees of suspects with German passports, police in the southern city of Stuttgart responded on Sunday that this was a routine procedure.

13.07.2020 - 15:03 [ Onet News / Youtube ]

Kinga Duda apeluje do Polaków. „Wszyscy jesteśmy równi“ | Wybory Prezydenckie 2020

inga Duda zaapelowała do Polaków po wczorajszym wiecu wyborczym Andrzeja Dudy: – Chciałabym zaapelować, by nikt w naszym kraju nie bał się wyjść z domu. Niezależnie od tego, jaki mamy kolor skóry, kogo popieramy i kogo kochamy. Wszyscy jesteśmy równi. Wszyscy jesteśmy równi, nikt nie zasługuje na to, by być obiektem nienawiści – powiedziała.

13.07.2020 - 14:54 [ thefirstnews.com ]

Poland’s ‘deeply private First Daughter’ stuns crowd with election speech

“However, regardless of who wins the election, I would like to appeal to you that nobody in our country should be afraid to leave the home.

“Because regardless of what we believe, what colour we have, what views we have, what candidate we support and who we love – we are all equal and we all deserve respect.

“Nobody deserves to be hated. Absolutely no one. Let’s respect each other.”

10.07.2020 - 01:13 [ Keep Talking Greece ]

Police fires tear-gas at protesters against bill to curtail public gatherings rights

With 187 votes, Greek MPs put the nails on the coffin of Democracy in the country.

PS How many protesters were injured by police and suffered from tear-gas, we will probably never learn.

22.06.2020 - 15:05 [ nltimes.nl ]

The Hague forbids weekend protest festival against Covid restrictions

(19.06.2020)

‚Virus Waanzin‘, the movement behind this protest, want social distancing and other measures in place against the spread of Covid-19 to be lifted. They planned to issue their demands in a demonstration in the form of a festival, including performances by DJs, on the Malieveld on Sunday. The organization expected at least 10 thousand attendees.

22.06.2020 - 15:04 [ iamexpat.nl ]

Black Lives Matter: Thousands of protesters gather on Dam Square in Amsterdam

(02.06.2020)

The mayor of Amsterdam, Femke Halsema, was criticised for not doing anything to stop such large crowds gathering amid the coronavirus pandemic. The event is thought to be a potential super-spreader, which the Outbreak Management Team’s virologists and epidemiologists find concerning.

19.06.2020 - 10:25 [ ReclaimTheNet.org ]

Victory for free speech as France’s supreme court crushes authoritarian “hate speech” laws

France’s Supreme Court equivalent rejected most parts of a bill that would obligate social media companies to remove so-called hate speech within 24 hours.

The ruling by the Constitutional Council on Thursday, June 18, 2020, is a win for free speech and even for big social media companies such as Twitter and Facebook.

16.06.2020 - 13:32 [ NationalPost.com ]

U.N. rights experts condemn Israel’s annexation plan and U.S. support

The joint statement, signed by nearly 50 independent experts, voiced dismay at U.S. support for Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s “unlawful” plan to extend sovereignty, de facto annexation of land that the Palestinians seek for a state.

16.06.2020 - 11:19 [ DemocracyNow.org ]

Angela Davis on Not Endorsing Any Presidential Candidate: “I Think We Need a New Party”

(28.03.2016)

For more than four decades, Davis has been one of most influential activists and intellectuals in the United States. An icon of the 1970s black liberation movement, Davis’ work around issues of gender, race, class and prisons has influenced critical thought and social movements across several generations. She is a leading advocate for prison abolition, a position informed by her own experience as a fugitive on the FBI’s top 10 most wanted list more than 40 years ago. Davis talks about the “fascist appeal” of Donald Trump and explains why she is not officially endorsing any candidate in this election. “I believe in independent politics,” she says. “I still think that we need a new party, a party that is grounded in labor, a party that can speak to all of the issues around racism, sexism, homophobia, transphobia, what is happening in the world. We don’t yet have that party.”

16.06.2020 - 08:34 [ the Daily Pennsylvanian ]

‘A fundamentally broken system’: Why protesters are calling to ‚defund the police‘

Defunding the police is largely understood to mean reallocating funds from police departments to other community resources. Some activists, however, are calling for police departments to be completely dismantled. Regardless, these calls to ‚defund the police‘ — which are supported by about one-third of Americans — involve reimagining the current policing system in the United States.

16.06.2020 - 05:48 [ theHill,com ]

Workers can’t be fired for being gay or transgender, Supreme Court rules

The Supreme Court on Monday ruled 6-3 in a landmark decision that gay and transgender employees are protected by civil rights laws against employer discrimination.

A set of cases that came before the court had asked the justices to decide whether Title VII of the 1964 Civil Rights Act, which forbids discrimination on the basis of „sex,“ applies to gay and transgender people.

12.06.2020 - 04:18 [ NBC News / Youtube ]

Nationwide Protests Prompt Changes In Movies, TV And Sports | NBC Nightly News

As nationwide protests condemn racial injustice, shows like Live PD and Cops have been canceled. Disney is under pressure to rename a theme park ride and NASCAR is banning the Confederate flag.

11.06.2020 - 12:41 [ theHill.com ]

Amazon puts one-year moratorium on police use of its facial recognition technology

Amazon on Wednesday announced that it is placing a one-year moratorium on police use of its facial recognition technology, Rekognition.

„We’ve advocated that governments should put in place stronger regulations to govern the ethical use of facial recognition technology, and in recent days, Congress appears ready to take on this challenge,“ the company wrote in a blog post.

11.06.2020 - 09:53 [ gesetze-im-internet.de ]

Basic Law for the Federal Republic of Germany

Article 3 [Equality before the law]

(1) All persons shall be equal before the law.

(2) Men and women shall have equal rights. The state shall promote the actual implementation of equal rights for women and men and take steps to eliminate disadvantages that now exist.

(3) No person shall be favoured or disfavoured because of sex, parentage, race, language, homeland and origin, faith or religious or political opinions. No person shall be disfavoured because of disability.

11.06.2020 - 09:51 [ @parkerpottr / Twitter ]

germany wanna take race out of the constitution as if that‘s gonna stop racist people from being racists performative activism is what it is

09.06.2020 - 06:59 [ DeAnna Lorraine, Fmr Congressional Candidate vs Nancy Pelosi / Twitter ]

Someone show Dr. Fauci this now!

09.06.2020 - 06:28 [ the Rolling Stone ]

They Are Who We Thought They Were

The demonstrations, in which millions have flooded the streets of cities across the nation to protest police brutality, represent a display of civil unrest unlike anything most Americans have ever seen, and though their long-term effect is unclear, one thing has been made clear: The police very much are who the demonstrators who turned up to protest their brutality thought they were.

08.06.2020 - 02:54 [ Reuters ]

In violent Rio, U.S. protests stoke backlash against deadly cops

“It’s sad in a way that part of Brazilian society has to look at the U.S. to realize that the problem exists at home,” said Cano, a professor at Rio de Janeiro State University.

“And the media is giving a lot more coverage now after the George Floyd case than they would otherwise give to the recurrent cases of executions in favelas.”

08.06.2020 - 00:09 [ Haaretz ]

How Bernie Sanders Came to Address an Anti-annexation Rally in Tel Aviv

Odeh and Sanders first met in February 2017, when the Odeh visited Washington to attend that year’s J Street conference.

08.06.2020 - 00:06 [ Haaretz ]

Israeli Left’s Show of Strength Highlights Weakness of Anti-annexation Protest

One can argue about whether the disparate 100-year history of confrontation and occupation between Israelis and Palestinians totally negates parallels to white America’s 400 years of African American subjugation and discrimination. But one glaring gap is undeniable: The majority of U.S. public opinion now acknowledges the legitimacy of black grievances, while the majority of Israelis ‒ including most of the Jewish center-left ‒ continues to view Palestinians, at least those beyond the former Green Line, as a mortal enemy bent on their country’s destruction

06.06.2020 - 22:57 [ Ryan Knight, Democratic Socialist / Twitter ]

This is Philadelphia. This is not a moment. This is a movement to end the era of police brutality and white supremacist capitalism and begin the era of racial and economic justice in America. #BlackLivesMattters

05.06.2020 - 20:00 [ Vice.com ]

Bernie Sanders Changed America

(Apr 8 2020)

Today, Sanders suspended his second presidential campaign after a primary season that always favored Joe Biden, but saw, for a brief moment, a socialist Jewish candidate as the frontrunner. “Few would deny that over the past five years, our movement has won the ideological struggle,” Sanders said during a farewell address to his supporters, made via a livestream from his home in Burlington, Vermont. He explained that he was dropping out because his campaign didn’t have a clear path to victory.

05.06.2020 - 19:33 [ New York Times ]

Why Most Americans Support the Protests

Beyond the scenes of protest and resistance playing out in cities across the country, a movement of a different sort has taken hold.

The American public’s views on the pervasiveness of racism have taken a hard leftward turn over the past few years. Never before in the history of modern polling have Americans expressed such widespread agreement that racial discrimination plays a role in policing — and in society at large.

05.06.2020 - 19:25 [ Monmouth University ]

NATIONAL: PROTESTORS’ ANGER JUSTIFIED EVEN IF ACTIONS MAY NOT BE

Only 17% of the public says that the actions of protestors, including the burning of a police precinct, sparked by the death of George Floyd at the hands of Minneapolis police are fully justified, but another 37% say they are partially justified. On the other hand, 38% say these actions are not at all justified. At the same time, a majority of the American public (57%) says that the anger that led to these protests is fully justified. Another 21% say it is partially justified and only 18% say it is not at all justified.Majorities of black (69%), other minority (58%) and white (55%) Americans say that the protestors’ anger is fully justified, but there is some disagreement on the actual actions taken.

05.06.2020 - 19:24 [ Trust.org ]

EXCLUSIVE-Most Americans sympathize with protests, disapprove of Trump’s response -Reuters/Ipsos

(02.06.2020)

The survey conducted on Monday and Tuesday found 64% of American adults were „sympathetic to people who are out protesting right now,“ while 27% said they were not and 9% were unsure.

The poll underscored the political risks for Trump, who has adopted a hardline approach to the protests and threatened to deploy the U.S. military to quell violent dissent. The Republican president faces Democrat Joe Biden in November’s election.

01.06.2020 - 19:46 [ Gareth Porter, investigative historian and journalist on the national security state / Twitter ]

The Democratic Party elite — especially those in the „national security“ elite — must be called to account for continuing their long-running endeavor of distracting Americans from the realities of this country by repeating this pathetically lame #Russia conspiracy claim.

27.05.2020 - 21:07 [ CNN ]

Trump tweet throws House vote on government surveillance powers into doubt

The request to shelve the vote was the latest hurdle for legislation reauthorizing authorities from the 2001 Patriot Act that’s been squeezed both by FISA opponents who have pushed for more civil liberties protections and by the President and his allies furious over the role of the FISA court in the Russia investigation and the misconduct with warrants obtained on former Trump adviser Carter Page.

„I hope all Republican House Members vote NO on FISA until such time as our Country is able to determine how and why the greatest political, criminal, and subversive scandal in USA history took place!“ Trump tweeted on Tuesday evening.

27.05.2020 - 20:27 [ Warren Davidson, U.S. Congressman serving Ohio's 8th District. Constitutionalist and former Army Ranger / Twitter ]

Intel & war hawks fight to keep mass surveillance of American citizens in place, and keep America in more wars in more places. Now they want to stop reforms from becoming law so they can preserve the broken status quo. We need @realDonaldTrump to support these reforms & more.

18.05.2020 - 20:58 [ Al Jazeera ]

S Africa court issues orders to end police abuse during lockdown

Human rights groups and experts have welcomed a series of orders issued by a South African court that compel authorities to prevent police and army brutality during the enforcement of a lockdown meant to curb the spread of coronavirus.

10.05.2020 - 07:14 [ VeritasLiberabitVos.info ]

APPEAL FOR THE CHURCH AND THE WORLD to Catholics and all people of good will

In this time of great crisis, we Pastors of the Catholic Church, by virtue of our mandate, consider it our sacred duty to make an Appeal to our Brothers in the Episcopate, to the Clergy, to Religious, to the holy People of God and to all men and women of good will. This Appeal has also been undersigned by intellectuals, doctors, lawyers, journalists and professionals who agree with its content, and may be undersigned by those who wish to make it their own.

The facts have shown that, under the pretext of the Covid-19 epidemic, the inalienable rights of citizens have in many cases been violated and their fundamental freedoms, including the exercise of freedom of worship, expression and movement, have been disproportionately and unjustifiably restricted. Public health must not, and cannot, become an alibi for infringing on the rights of millions of people around the world, let alone for depriving the civil authority of its duty to act wisely for the common good. This is particularly true as growing doubts emerge from several quarters about the actual contagiousness, danger and resistance of the virus. Many authoritative voices in the world of science and medicine confirm that the media’s alarmism about Covid-19 appears to be absolutely unjustified.

We have reason to believe, on the basis of official data on the incidence of the epidemic as related to the number of deaths, that there are powers interested in creating panic among the world’s population with the sole aim of permanently imposing unacceptable forms of restriction on freedoms, of controlling people and of tracking their movements. The imposition of these illiberal measures is a disturbing prelude to the realization of a world government beyond all control.

We also believe that in some situations the containment measures that were adopted, including the closure of shops and businesses, have precipitated a crisis that has brought down entire sectors of the economy. This encourages interference by foreign powers and has serious social and political repercussions. Those with governmental responsibility must stop these forms of social engineering, by taking measures to protect their citizens whom they represent, and in whose interests they have a serious obligation to act. Likewise, let them help the family, the cell of society, by not unreasonably penalizing the weak and elderly, forcing them into a painful separation from their loved ones. The criminalization of personal and social relationships must likewise be judged as an unacceptable part of the plan of those who advocate isolating individuals in order to better manipulate and control them.

We ask the scientific community to be vigilant, so that cures for Covid-19 are offered in honesty for the common good. Every effort must be made to ensure that shady business interests do not influence the choices made by government leaders and international bodies. It is unreasonable to penalize those remedies that have proved to be effective, and are often inexpensive, just because one wishes to give priority to treatments or vaccines that are not as good, but which guarantee pharmaceutical companies far greater profits, and exacerbate public health expenditures. Let us also remember, as Pastors, that for Catholics it is morally unacceptable to develop or use vaccines derived from material from aborted fetuses.

We also ask government leaders to ensure that forms of control over people, whether through tracking systems or any other form of location-finding, are rigorously avoided. The fight against Covid-19, however serious, must not be the pretext for supporting the hidden intentions of supranational bodies that have very strong commercial and political interests in this plan. In particular, citizens must be given the opportunity to refuse these restrictions on personal freedom, without any penalty whatsoever being imposed on those who do not wish to use vaccines, contact tracking or any other similar tool. Let us also consider the blatant contradiction of those who pursue policies of drastic population control and at the same time present themselves as the savior of humanity, without any political or social legitimacy. Finally, the political responsibility of those who represent the people can in no way be left to “experts” who can indeed claim a kind of immunity from prosecution, which is disturbing to say the least.

We strongly urge those in the media to commit themselves to providing accurate information and not penalizing dissent by resorting to forms of censorship, as is happening widely on social media, in the press and on television. Providing accurate information requires that room be given to voices that are not aligned with a single way of thinking. This allows citizens to consciously assess the facts, without being heavily influenced by partisan interventions. A democratic and honest debate is the best antidote to the risk of imposing subtle forms of dictatorship, presumably worse than those our society has seen rise and fall in the recent past.

Finally, as Pastors responsible for the flock of Christ, let us remember that the Church firmly asserts her autonomy to govern, worship, and teach. This autonomy and freedom are an innate right that Our Lord Jesus Christ has given her for the pursuit of her proper ends. For this reason, as Pastors we firmly assert the right to decide autonomously on the celebration of Mass and the Sacraments, just as we claim absolute autonomy in matters falling within our immediate jurisdiction, such as liturgical norms and ways of administering Communion and the Sacraments. The State has no right to interfere, for any reason whatsoever, in the sovereignty of the Church. Ecclesiastical authorities have never refused to collaborate with the State, but such collaboration does not authorize civil authorities to impose any sort of ban or restriction on public worship or the exercise of priestly ministry. The rights of God and of the faithful are the supreme law of the Church, which she neither intends to, nor can, abdicate. We ask that restrictions on the celebration of public ceremonies be removed.

We should like to invite all people of good will not to shirk their duty to cooperate for the common good, each according to his or her own state and possibilities and in a spirit of fraternal charity. The Church desires such cooperation, but this cannot disregard either a respect for natural law or a guarantee of individual freedoms. The civil duties to which citizens are bound imply the State’s recognition of their rights.

We are all called to assess the current situation in a way consistent with the teaching of the Gospel. This means taking a stand: either with Christ or against Christ. Let us not be intimidated or frightened by those who would have us believe that we are a minority: Good is much more widespread and powerful than the world would have us believe. We are fighting against an invisible enemy that seeks to divide citizens, to separate children from their parents, grandchildren from their grandparents, the faithful from their pastors, students from teachers, and customers from vendors. Let us not allow centuries of Christian civilization to be erased under the pretext of a virus, and an odious technological tyranny to be established, in which nameless and faceless people can decide the fate of the world by confining us to a virtual reality. If this is the plan to which the powers of this earth intend to make us yield, know that Jesus Christ, King and Lord of History, has promised that “the gates of Hell shall not prevail” (Mt 16:18).

Let us entrust government leaders and all those who rule over the fate of nations to Almighty God, that He may enlighten and guide them in this time of great crisis. May they remember that, just as the Lord will judge us Pastors for the flock which he has entrusted to us, so will He also judge government leaders for the peoples whom they have the duty to defend and govern.

With faith, let us beseech the Lord to protect the Church and the world. May the Blessed Virgin, Help of Christians, crush the head of the ancient Serpent and defeat the plans of the children of darkness.

30.04.2020 - 07:23 [ Business Insider ]

‚GIVE PEOPLE BACK THEIR GODDAMN FREEDOM‘: Elon Musk bashes US shelter-in-place orders as ‚fascist,‘ says they’re ‚forcibly imprisoning‘ people in their homes

„If somebody wants to stay in their house, that’s great and they should be able to,“ he said. „But to say they cannot leave their house and that they will be arrested if they do: that’s fascist. That is not democratic; this is not freedom. Give people back their goddamn freedom.“

30.04.2020 - 07:20 [ @elwalvador / Twitter ]

Elon Musk’s „What the fuck“ rant on shelter in place from the Tesla conference call:

30.04.2020 - 06:51 [ the Verge ]

Elon Musk says shelter-in-place orders during COVID-19 are ‘fascist’

“The expansion of shelter-in-place, or as we call it, forcibly imprisoning people in their homes, against all their constitutional rights, is, in my opinion, breaking people’s freedoms in ways that are horrible and wrong, and not why people came to America and built this country,” Musk said. “What the fuck!”

28.04.2020 - 17:36 [ Telegraph.co.uk ]

Police warn lockdown rules becoming unenforceable as people start returning to work

The Police Federation, which represents frontline officers, said it was „absolute nonsense“ for them to be telling sunbathers to move on when shoppers were queuing with „not a fag packet between them“ to buy „non-essential“ products at newly-reopened DIY stores.

27.04.2020 - 22:50 [ the Hill ]

Barr tells prosecutors to watch for pandemic restrictions that violate Constitution

In a two-page memorandum to the country’s 93 U.S. attorneys, Barr cautioned that some state and local directives could be infringing on protected religious, speech and economic rights.

“If a state or local ordinance crosses the line from an appropriate exercise of authority to stop the spread of COVID-19 into an overbearing infringement of constitutional and statutory protections, the Department of Justice may have an obligation to address that overreach in federal court,” Barr wrote.

27.04.2020 - 22:49 [ NPR.org ]

Court Rules Detroit Students Have Constitutional Right To An Education

For decades, civil rights lawyers have tried to help students and families in underfunded schools by arguing that the U.S. Constitution guarantees children at least a basic education. Federal courts have consistently disagreed. Until now.

The ability to read and write is „essential“ for a citizen to participate in American democracy, the 6th Circuit Court of Appeals ruled on Thursday.

27.04.2020 - 00:18 [ i24NEWS ]

Israel: Supreme Court freezes coronavirus surveillance program

Israel Supreme Court on Sunday unanimously approved a petition by a rights group to suspend a controversial surveillance program aimed at tracking the movements of citizens suspected of carrying the coronavirus.

Concerns over civil liberties and privacy rights have been raised after caretaker Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu announced the course of action last month in an effort to track down coronavirus carriers.

26.04.2020 - 21:55 [ Foreigner.fi ]

The legal reason why Sweden did not impose lockdown

Even if the country wants to do so, it has legal limitations that need to be overcome.

In other words, the legal framework within which the government of Sweden operates does not directly allow it to impose draconian measures, such as a widespread or nationwide shutdown.

This is because there is no provision in the Swedish constitution that allows the imposition of a state of emergency during peacetime crisis.

26.04.2020 - 12:28 [ i24news.tv ]

Berlin: German police arrest dozens protesting against lockdown restrictions

Approximately 1,000 demonstrators showed up to Saturday’s rally near Berlin’s Rosa Luxemburg square

25.04.2020 - 18:50 [ WABI5 ]

Continued protests call for an end to stay-at-home order

The protestors emphasized the government is taking away their rights, jobs, and freedom.

18.04.2020 - 05:22 [ Al Jazeera ]

Malawi high court blocks coronavirus lockdown

A Malawi high court has temporarily barred the government from implementing a 21-day lockdown to curb coronavirus following a petition by a human rights group.

14.04.2020 - 15:44 [ International Center for Not-for-Profit Law - ICNL.org ]

COVID-19 Civic Freedom Tracker

This tracker monitors government responses to the pandemic that affect civic freedoms and human rights, focusing on emergency laws.
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11.04.2020 - 21:45 [ John Pilger and T.J. Coles / Information Clearing House ]

Freedom From Fear

In 2012, a landmark study on the “disease of isolation” was published in Britain and the US. Researchers from University College, London, revealed that isolation was killing the elderly — not loneliness, but isolation forced on people by circumstances beyond their control. More than “pre-existing” health conditions, isolation was the silent killer.

08.04.2020 - 16:41 [ Communist Party of Irrael ]

Hadash MK Ofer Cassif Denounces Racist Attacks on Ultra-Orthodox

A leading member of the Communist Party of Israel, Joint List MK Ofer Cassif (Hadash) has denounced the growing number of attacks voiced in recent days against Israel’s ultra-Orthodox (Haredi) population, which has been hit hardest by the coronavirus, partially due to a small minority in the sector’s refusal to comply with the Health Ministry guidelines. “The guidelines must be followed. The hatred for the ultra-Orthodox must be denounced and extracted from within us, like all racism,” said Cassif.

02.04.2020 - 20:30 [ theHill.com ]

Glenn Greenwald warns government is expanding power amid coronavirus

Greenwald also noted that proponents of the Patriot Act in the wake of 9/11 had assured civil libertarians the law had a sunset provision. Yet, the law remains in effect nearly two decades later as a “permanent part of our political framework.”

“That is the great concern, how do you temporarily vest power in the hands of the state that might be necessary to preserve these liberties in the long term without simultaneously giving them those powers realistically even if you intend for it to be temporary in a way that becomes permanent?” he added.

02.04.2020 - 15:31 [ The Intercept / Youtube ]

System Update With Glenn Greenwald – Liz Franczak and Kyle Kulinski

In the debut episode of The Intercept’s new weekly show, host Glenn Greenwald does an in-depth examination of the Bernie Sanders 2020 primary campaign and the reasons why Sanders is, once again, unlikely to become the Democratic Party’s presidential nominee. Glenn interviews journalist and podcaster Liz Franczac, and Kyle Kulinski, host of the Kyle Kulinski show, about mistakes made by the Sanders 2020 campaign and larger structural issues in the Democratic Party that make it virtually impossible for insurgent campaigns to succeed.

02.04.2020 - 15:01 [ The Hill / Youtube ]

Glenn Greenwald announces show ft Kyle Kulinski, how to balance authoritarian instinct in crisis

Co-founding editor of The Intercept Glenn Greenwald, shares why he and other staunch advocates for civil liberties are more open to government surveillance during the coronavirus pandemic.

02.04.2020 - 11:55 [ ABC News ]

In coronavirus pandemic, authoritarians around the world see opportunity to crack down

Leaders with authoritarian instincts may not cede their emergency powers.

01.04.2020 - 14:47 [ theHill.com ]

Bill Gates calls for nationwide shutdown: ‚Shutdown anywhere means shutdown everywhere‘

“This is a recipe for disaster. Because people can travel freely across state lines, so can the virus. The country’s leaders need to be clear: Shutdown anywhere means shutdown everywhere,” he added. “Until the case numbers start to go down across America — which could take 10 weeks or more — no one can continue business as usual or relax the shutdown.

01.04.2020 - 13:46 [ Stephen Lendman / GlobalResearch.ca ]

COVID-19 and Economic Duress: A Pretext to Enhance Police State Powers? Suspension of Constitutional Rights During COVID-19?

Crises are times when ruling authorities convince people to sacrifice personal freedoms for greater security — not realizing that both will be lost.

Ruling authorities take advantage of times like now by instituting draconian policies they’re unable to introduce during normal times without risking mass rebellion.

01.04.2020 - 13:34 [ RFI.fr ]

Dismantling democracy? Covid-19 used as excuse to quell dissent in Hungary

Hungary’s parliament endorsed a bill on Monday giving nationalist premier Viktor Orban the sweeping new powers he says he needs to fight the new coronavirus pandemic.

01.04.2020 - 10:19 [ Ansa.it ]

Coronavirus: Salvini defends Orban taking new powers

Nationalist opposition League leader Matteo Salvini said, amid criticism of Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban getting full powers Monday, that it had been a democratic choice by the Hungarian parliament.

28.03.2020 - 11:36 [ Jennifer Rubin, @WashingtonPost , MSNBC / Twitter ]

@JoeBiden agrees with @BillGates on need for nationwide shutdown

25.03.2020 - 08:34 [ Ansa.it ]

Coronavirus: Govt ups sanctions for breaking lockdown

The measures are expected to include 4,000 euro fines and the confiscation of motor vehicles, sources said.

25.03.2020 - 03:45 [ CNN ]

Trump doubles down on Easter timeline to re-open US

CNN’s Kaitlin Collins pressed President Donald Trump on his comments about hoping to re-open the US by Easter, a date that few health experts believe will be sufficient in containing the spread of coronavirus.

24.03.2020 - 00:17 [ Jeremy Diamond, @CNN White House Correspondent / Twitter ]

Trump explains the below tweet: “It seems that there could be a little bit of nasty language toward the Asian Americans in our country.” “I don’t like that at all,” Trump says

23.03.2020 - 23:12 [ CNN ]

Trump itching to scale back social distancing after 15 day-period, aides say

„The President is right, the cure can’t be worse than the disease, and we’re going to have to make some difficult tradeoffs,“ Trump’s top economic adviser Larry Kudlow said Monday on Fox News. „I spoke with the President about this very subject late last evening, so we’ll be looking at a number of different things. Let’s give it another week.“

23.03.2020 - 10:29 [ Donald J. Trump, President of the United States / Twitter ]

WE CANNOT LET THE CURE BE WORSE THAN THE PROBLEM ITSELF. AT THE END OF THE 15 DAY PERIOD, WE WILL MAKE A DECISION AS TO WHICH WAY WE WANT TO GO!

23.03.2020 - 10:27 [ Fox News ]

Trump hints possibility of less-restrictive approach in coronavirus fight

President Trump tweeted Sunday that his administration will reassess its response to the coronavirus outbreak at the end of the 15-day period that calls on Americans to limit their normal behaviors in an effort to slow the spread of the virus.

23.03.2020 - 07:58 [ Washington Post ]

Don’t let constitutional rights be a victim of this virus

But the Justice Department’s request doesn’t stop there. Instead, the department has also included an idea that should be immediately rejected: letting federal court chief judges halt all court proceedings during an emergency. This provision would apply to “any statutes or rules of procedure otherwise affecting pre-arrest, post-arrest, pre-trial, trial, and post-trial procedures in criminal and juvenile proceedings and all civil process and proceedings.”

23.03.2020 - 07:52 [ CNN ]

In the battle against coronavirus, personal privacy is at risk

When Declan Chan arrived in Hong Kong from Zurich on March 17 after six weeks overseas, city officials made him put on a plain-looking white wristband and download an app called StayHomeSafe before he exited the airport.
He was told to register on the app once he got home, which would start a 14-day countdown, and walk to all four corners of his apartment so it could capture the location and confines of his home.

22.03.2020 - 12:56 [ Politico ]

DOJ seeks new emergency powers amid coronavirus pandemic

“Not only would it be a violation of that, but it says ‘affecting pre-arrest,’” said Norman L. Reimer, the executive director of the National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers. “So that means you could be arrested and never brought before a judge until they decide that the emergency or the civil disobedience is over. I find it absolutely terrifying. Especially in a time of emergency, we should be very careful about granting new powers to the government.”

09.03.2020 - 17:06 [ Haaretz ]

Israel Election: Gantz Speaks to Joint List, Says Will Form Gov’t to Serve Jews and Arabs

Earlier the Kahol Lavan leader met with Lieberman, agreeing that the main goal is to avoid a fourth round of elections ■ Gantz to hold meeting with all four leaders of Joint List faction Tuesday

06.03.2020 - 07:45 [ Haaretz ]

Refugees From the Zionist Left: How the Jewish Vote for Arab Party Spiked in Israel’s Election

Meital, 31, also from Tel Aviv, had been a lifelong Likud voter. But this week, she voted for the Joint List. “I voted Likud thinking that [Prime Minister Benjamin] Netanyahu is a leader with experience who can be relied on. I didn’t see anyone who could replace him,” she says. “But recently I started thinking about it differently – not to vote according to the question of who would be prime minister, but who would best reflect my values and my desire for a more tolerant society.”

06.03.2020 - 07:20 [ theGuardian.com ]

Palestinian voters are the new power brokers in Israel, much to Netanyahu’s chagrin

Will the Blue and White opposition abandon this racist logic of a “Jewish majority”, and form an alliance with the Joint List in order to oust Netanyahu? This remains to be seen. The stakes could not be higher, not only for Netanyahu personally, but for Israel’s future: whether it will continue its slide towards a “democracy” for Jews only, or instead choose a path that could lead to meaningful equal citizenship and democracy.

03.03.2020 - 15:55 [ GoodNightProductions / Youtube ]

POWERFUL Bernie Sanders AD (Killer Mike Speech) – THE TIME IS NOW!

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29.02.2020 - 15:06 [ JURIST ]

UN report finds killings of women rights activists in Colombia increased by 50%

The citizens in municipalities most affected by violent groups and illicit economies continued to defend the rights of their communities and ethnic groups, including areas such as Antioquia, Arauca, Cauca and Caquetá. These killings amounted to 65 percent of all the killings, a trend documented by the UN since 2016.

27.02.2020 - 21:51 [ GoodNightProductions / Youtube ]

POWERFUL Bernie Sanders AD (Killer Mike Speech) – THE TIME IS NOW!

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27.02.2020 - 21:48 [ Chicago Sun Times ]

The important word in ‘democratic socialism’ is ‘democratic’

And on this, Dr. Martin Luther King — often smeared as a “red” or a communist — was very clear. In 1966, he confided to his staff:

“You can’t talk about solving the economic problem of the Negro without talking about billions of dollars. You can’t talk about ending the slums without first saying profit must be taken out of the slums. You’re really tampering and getting on dangerous ground because you are messing with folk then. You are messing with captains of industry. Now this means that we are treading in difficult water, because it really means that we are saying that something is wrong with capitalism. There must be a better distribution of wealth, and maybe America must move toward a democratic socialism.”

27.02.2020 - 14:11 [ InTheseTimes.com ]

Bernie Sanders Is the Only Leading Presidential Candidate Publicly Opposing the Patriot Act

“I voted against the Patriot Act in 2001, 2006, 2011 and 2015. I strongly oppose its reauthorization next month,” he tweeted on February 11. “I believe that in a democratic and constitutional form of government, we cannot sacrifice the civil liberties that make us a free country.”

23.02.2020 - 16:57 [ solidus / Twitter ]

Germany prepares for reprisal attacks after Muslim massacre in Hanau. Security being stepped up, authorities monitoring far-left and Islamic groups

23.02.2020 - 15:32 [ Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, Abgeordnete im US Repräsentantenhaus / Twitter ]

For those upset about critique of establishment politics: There are D reps in SAFE blue seats who side w/ the NRA, are anti-LGBT+, and yet are protected because they advance the interests of big donors, Wall St, fossil fuels, etc. It’s not “wrong” to take that on and do better.

This isn’t about swing seats or pushing communities “too far left.”

It’s about accountability. Working families deserve so much better. And if we aren’t willing to admit where we can do better, then what is the point?

Our job is to serve the people, not the powerful.

19.02.2020 - 21:41 [ France24 ]

Woman lawyer who exposed secret Yemen prisons wins rights prize

Al-Sarari received the award, which is often referred to as the Nobel Prize for human rights, for her work exposing „the enforced disappearances that occurred as a result of secret prisons run by foreign governments in Yemen,“ the award organisers said in a statement.

09.02.2020 - 17:56 [ Global Research ]

Bankers Shape Canadian Policy in Latin America. Juan Guaidó Fêted in Ottawa

What’s more likely to shape Canadian policy in the Hemisphere: human rights and democracy or bankers’ bottom-line?

03.02.2020 - 05:11 [ Truthout ]

Canada’s Battle Against First Nations Shows Slide Toward Authoritarianism

The Canadian state has always, if only tacitly, understood this relationship between authoritarianism, resource extraction, colonialism and what Karl Marx called “primitive accumulation” — the looting and pillaging of wealth. Like the U.S., Canada has a long, ignominious record of abusing, locking up and betraying promises to Indigenous peoples.