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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 - 14:47 [ Secular Talk ( Kyle Kulinski) / Twitter ]

Corporatists and the media treat leftists like enemies. But prominent leftists don’t respond in kind. Seems like a giant blindspot to me.

02.04.2020 - 14:22 [ The Jimmy Dore Show / Youtube ]

Why Are Progressives Voting For Ultimate Screwing Of America?

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02.04.2020 - 14:17 [ Jimmy Dore / Twitter ]

What will be remembered is how our progressive leaders did worse than absolutely nothing during the ultimate screwing of America, you voted for it! and still have ZERO ideas for what to do right now. Progressive leadership is co-opted & worthless.

RentStrike/MortgageStrike

12.03.2020 - 15:09 [ Fiorella Isabel / Twitter ]

In case we didn’t see this look at these numbers. And the time stamp. This is reminiscent of 2016. If they can do this without any sort of accountability, guess what? They’ll keep doing it. It’s long been time to call for recounts and investigations. #ElectionIntegrity

Note also how at the bottom they go from 1,344,469 vote totals to 1,072,844. Which is obviously not possible. @MichiganDems you’ve been exposed.

12.03.2020 - 13:09 [ SparrowMedia.net ]

Statement From Chelsea Manning’s Legal Team: Ms. Manning is Recovering in Hospital, Scheduled to Appear in Court Friday

Writing in a 2019 letter to Judge Trenga, Ms. Manning said: “I object to this grand jury … as an effort to frighten journalists and publishers, who serve a crucial public good. I have had these values since I was a child, and I’ve had years of confinement to reflect on them. For much of that time, I depended for survival on my values, my decisions, and my conscience. I will not abandon them now.”

10.03.2020 - 15:52 [ PasteMagazine.com ]

Krystal Ball and Saagar Enjeti Dunk on Corporate Media and Politicians for a Living—And It’s Glorious

Ball and Enjeti are two of today’s most insightful voices—on the left and right, respectively—in American political media, and they are proudly out of step with the CNNs and Washington Posts of the world. When the corporate media giants fail to inform and the corporate political parties start to shake, it requires brave truth tellers to represent the actual sentiments of the American people, and both attempt to do just that in a new book titled The Populist’s Guide to 2020, available now via Strong Arm Press.

07.03.2020 - 22:13 [ Nicolas J.S. Davies / Mintpress.com ]

Libya, Syria, Somalia and Yemen: Calculating the Millions-High Death Toll of America’s Post-9/11 Wars

(26.4.2018)

As Barbara Lee presciently warned her colleagues before she cast her lone dissenting vote in 2001, we have “become the evil we deplore.” But these wars have not been accompanied by fearsome military parades (not yet) or speeches about conquering the world. Instead they have been politically justified by “information warfare” to demonize enemies and fabricate crises, and then waged in a “disguised, quiet, media free” way, to hide their cost in human blood from the American public and the world.

After 16 years of war, about 6 million violent deaths, 6 countries utterly destroyed and many more destabilized, it is urgent that the American public come to terms with the true human cost of our country’s wars and how we have been manipulated and misled into turning a blind eye to them – before they go on even longer, destroy more countries, further undermine the rule of international law and kill millions more of our fellow human beings.

06.03.2020 - 06:55 [ Taniel / Twitter ]

update: LA County says about 800,000 ballots remain in Los Angeles alone—of which about 250,000 were mail ballots dropped in on Election Day—and keep in mind more could still arrive via mail until tomorrow (if postmarked by yesterday). So… a while to go.

05.03.2020 - 18:23 [ Glenn Greenwald / Twitter ]

Not sure if I mentioned this recently — I think I did, but just in case: the Democratic establishment is shit, and the only way meaningful progress is possible in the US is if it’s uprooted and destroyed:

05.03.2020 - 18:20 [ Jeremy Scahill / Twitter ]

If the Democratic Party bosses, major Wall Street firms, credit card companies, weapons manufacturers, health care lobbyists wanted to implement a plan to keep Donald Trump in the White House, I cannot imagine a better move than making Joe Biden the nominee.

03.03.2020 - 09:42 [ Glenn Greenwald / Twitter ]

The Democratic establishment is shit and the only way meaningful, fundamental progress is possible in US politics is if it’s uprooted and destroyed.

03.03.2020 - 08:43 [ Caitlin Johnstone ]

Dems Converge Around Dementia-Addled Warmonger Ahead Of Super Tuesday

Sanders has not been pulling in anywhere near the numbers he’d need to pull to prevent a contested convention. This means that even if he gets more votes than any of his primary opponents, party leaders can still overrule those votes and appoint Biden as their nominee to run against Trump. Establishment spinmeisters as well as all Sanders’ primary opponents have been working to normalize this ahead of time.

The only problem? Biden’s brain is turning into sauerkraut.

03.03.2020 - 08:23 [ Grayzone ]

Krystal Ball: panicked DNC elites try to stop Bernie’s big Super Tuesday

With Bernie Sanders poised for a big Super Tuesday, Krystal Ball discusses the Democratic establishment’s panic, Elizabeth Warren’s attacks on Sanders, and whether DNC elites are once again alienating the working class voters they lost in 2016.

03.03.2020 - 07:29 [ Jimmy Dore / Twitter ]

Maybe the people supporting Biden arent out of touch morons, seems more likely they are just sick sadistic maniacs who get a kick out of watching his mental decline in Public like this. Shame on you.

03.03.2020 - 07:02 [ Saagar Enjeti / Twitter ]

Huge. The Democratic party is doing what the Republican party couldn’t do. Consolidating around 1 person to stop the anti-establishment candidate

03.03.2020 - 06:58 [ Matt Taibbi / Twitter ]

Here we go. Democrats pushing all in on crazy-ass Joe Biden. Amazing

28.02.2020 - 23:33 [ Andrew P. Napolitano / Antiwar.com ]

Punishing the Free Speech of Julian Assange

WikiLeaks revealed – in partnership with major international publications, including the two involved in the Pentagon Papers Case – videos of American troops murdering civilians and celebrating the murders (a war crime) as well as documentary proof of American complicity in torture (also a war crime).

28.02.2020 - 14:28 [ JRE Clips / Youtube ]

Jimmy Dore: Bernie Has to Over-Win Or They’ll Cheat Him

(16.01.2020)

Taken from JRE #1412 w/Jimmy Dore: https://youtu.be/amx14K9N5CY

27.02.2020 - 15:40 [ vanessa beeley / Twitter ]

#maaratalnuman #Idlib yet again #WhiteHelmets Centres next to #Nusra_front military/weapons HQ (Photo not shown) and in midst of terrorist-occupied buildings. Full article to follow.

How much more evidence needed? #IndependentEnquiry.

27.02.2020 - 04:10 [ New York Post ]

ABC News suspends reporter who trashed network’s coverage

“Oh yeah. More than that I would consider myself a socialist; like I think there should be national health insurance. I’m totally fine with reining in corporations, I think there are too many billionaires, and I think there’s a wealth gap — that’s a problem,” Wright said on the video.

25.02.2020 - 19:57 [ Caitlin Johnstone ]

Intelligence Sources: All Candidates Are Russian Agents But Pete Buttigieg

Today’s Caitlin Johnstone essay has been replaced by this breaking report by the National News Conglomerate. NNC: Obey.

25.02.2020 - 18:11 [ Daily Mail ]

US ‚plotted to kill Julian Assange and make it look like an accident‘: Spies discussed kidnapping or poisoning WikiLeaks founder in Ecuadorean embassy, extradition trial hears

Referring to witness two’s evidence, Mr Fitzgerald said: ‚There were conversations about whether there should be more extreme measures contemplated, such as kidnapping or poisoning Julian Assange in the embassy.‘

Reading from a witness statement, Mr Fitzgerald continued: ‚David (Morales) said the Americans were desperate and had even suggested more extreme measures could be applied against the guest to put an end to the situation.‘

25.02.2020 - 18:06 [ theGuardian.com ]

Julian Assange was ‚handcuffed 11 times and stripped naked‘

Julian Assange was handcuffed 11 times, stripped naked twice and had his case files confiscated after the first day of his extradition hearing, according to his lawyers, who complained of interference in his ability to take part.

Their appeal to the judge overseeing the trial at Woolwich crown court in south-east London was also supported by legal counsel for the US government, who said it was essential the WikiLeaks founder be given a fair trial.

25.02.2020 - 14:08 [ The Jimmy Dore Show / Youtube ]

CIA Says Russia Is Boosting Bernie As Predicted

About The Jimmy Dore Show:
#TheJimmyDoreShow is a hilarious and irreverent take on news, politics and culture featuring Jimmy Dore, a professional stand up comedian, author and podcaster.

24.02.2020 - 20:27 [ Anand Giridharadas, MSNBC political analyst / Twitter ]

This is a wake-up moment for the American power establishment. Many in this elite are behaving like aristocrats in a dying regime — including in media. It’s time for many to step up, rethink, and understand the dawn of what may be a new era in America.

I needed to speak truth about my colleague @HardballChris
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You simply cannot compare the victory of Bernie Sanders, whose kin was murdered in the Holocaust, to the Nazi defeat of France.

This is a moment in media to grow and become curious or irrelevant.

23.02.2020 - 15:43 [ Glenn Greenwald / Twitter ]

Don’t forget how the CIA, the day before the vote, leaked that PUTIN was supporting Bernie & a cable network spent all of its time hysterically spreading that. That didn’t seem to matter much either. It appears Americans aren’t thinking much about the Kremlin as they vote:

22.02.2020 - 17:54 [ Jimmy Dore / Twitter ]

As predicted, they are now using Russiagate to sink Bernie, which is why it was always horrible strategy for Bernie to validate it instead of debunking it. Even in this clip he props up bogus CIA talking points WHILE ACKNOWLEDGING that they are weaponizing it against him. WTF?!?

22.02.2020 - 17:50 [ Max Blumenthal / Twitter ]

As I said in 2017 when few would listen, Russiagate would ultimately be used as a weapon against the left. This phony story spun out by the intelligence services proves my point. The tragedy is that Bernie has echoed Russia hysteria in a futile bid to mollify malign IC forces.

22.02.2020 - 11:24 [ Glenn Greenwald / Twitter ]

The people who are actually Interfering In Our Elections is the US intelligence community – the CIA and friends – strategically leaking bullshit on the eve of critical elections to sway the vote against the candidates they hate. That’s illegal. And dangerously anti-democratic:

21.02.2020 - 02:44 [ Marjorie Cohn / Truthout ]

Extradition of Assange Would Set a Dangerous Precedent

Assange’s extradition hearing will begin on February 24 in Judge Vanessa Baraitser’s London courtroom. More than 70 lawyers and legal academics, as well as at least 12 former heads of state, have signed a letter that will be sent to the U.K. Home Secretary, stating, “The fact that the charges are brought under the Espionage Act further reveals that this is a matter of a pure political offence [citation omitted].

20.02.2020 - 15:36 [ Courage Foundation / Twitter ]

Former general counsel for the New York Times, James Goodale, says the cases against #Assange and @ggreenwald are „examples of governments using hacking laws to stifle political speech—and we should expect more of the same“

19.02.2020 - 17:26 [ theIntercept.com ]

Mike Bloomberg Ran Stasi-Style Police and Surveillance Operations Against Muslim Americans

New York University professor Nikhil Pal Singh, author of “Race and America’s Long War,” dissects Bloomberg’s record, his “racial terror” tactics in New York City, and what his candidacy says about the state of electoral politics in the U.S. Attorney Diala Shamas of the Center for Constitutional Rights, who fought Bloomberg over his Muslim surveillance program, describes the New York Police Department’s “Demographics Unit” that targeted Muslim Americans and their businesses, houses of worship, and restaurants. Shamas compares the surveillance program to some of the activities of the East German Stasi secret police and says Bloomberg’s use of the program should be seen as an ominous sign of what he might do as president.

18.02.2020 - 17:22 [ Doctors for Assange ]

Ahead of Julian Assange’s US Extradition Hearing, Doctors’ Letter Published in The Lancet

Ahead of Julian Assange’s upcoming extradition hearing on February 24, a letter by a group of doctors representing 117 physicians and psychologists from 18 nations calls for an end to the psychological torture and medical neglect of Julian Assange. Published in the pre-eminent medical journal The Lancet, the letter expresses concern over Julian Assange’s fitness for his legal proceedings while suffering the effects of ongoing psychological torture.

A copy of the letter has been sent to the Australian Minister for Foreign Affairs, Marise Payne. This follows the doctors’ earlier letter of December 16 2019, calling on Minister Payne to bring Julian Assange home to Australia for urgent medical care. A copy has also been sent to the UK Government, which the doctors accuse of violating Julian Assange’s human right to health. In a covering note to Marise Payne the doctors urged the Minister to “act decisively now” to remove Mr Assange from Belmarsh prison, before it is too late.

18.02.2020 - 17:15 [ CommonDreams.org ]

Assange’s Extradition Case: Critical Moment for the Anti-War Movement

The US government’s extradition and prosecution of Julian Assange is a critical moment for press freedom, but also for the anti-war movement

18.02.2020 - 16:51 [ The Grayzone / Youtube ]

Max Blumenthal on the imperial NGOs that ignore Julian Assange – and the billionaires behind them

The Grayzone editor Max Blumenthal speaks about the witch hunt against WikiLeaks publisher and political prisoner Julian Assange, and how billionaire-funded „human rights“ and „press freedom“ non-profit organizations have refused to support him.

This talk was hosted by the Courage Foundation in New York City on February 15, 2020.

18.02.2020 - 16:05 [ John Pilger ]

JULIAN ASSANGE MUST BE FREED, NOT BETRAYED

On Saturday, there will be a march from Australia House in London to Parliament Square, the centre of British democracy. People will carry pictures of the Australian publisher and journalist Julian Assange who, on 24 February, faces a court that will decide whether or not he is to be extradited to the United States and a living death.

18.02.2020 - 15:56 [ Glenn Greenwald / Twitter ]

It’s extremely important to understand what the establishment wing of the Democratic Party is and who they are. Lying and cheating aren’t occasional ethical flaws they use in careless moments against their enemies. It’s the crux, the soul, of who they are. Expect it.

18.02.2020 - 13:58 [ Caitlin Johnstone ]

Op-Ed: Dems Should Do The Sensible Thing And Nominate A Moderate Rapacious Psychopath

If you can’t take it from me, take it from the cold, hard numbers: if Democrats want to beat Trump, they need to nominate a centrist. Someone who rejects the extremes of Bernie’s far left and Trump’s far right and instead espouses sensible, middle-of-the-road values like endless war and military expansionism, rapacious ecocide, corrupt plutocracy, crushing domestic austerity measures, new cold war nuclear escalations, continued deregulation of sociopathic financial and commercial institutions, police militarization, unprecedented levels of imprisonment, Orwellian surveillance programs, internet censorship, and ever-mounting authoritarianism.

You know, the moderate position.

13.02.2020 - 20:00 [ Krystal Ball, Saagar Enjeti / Amazon ]

The Populist’s Guide to 2020: A New Right and New Left are Rising

People are often confused by our politics and how much we end up in agreement. Ultimately, we have largely different policy prescriptions and beliefs. However, we do share a central diagnosis of the rot in this country, of how we got to this place, and a deep skepticism of power. It’s amazing how far you can get when you start in the same place with a shared understanding of reality. It’s a hell of a lot further than the shallow, fake civility politics that the forces of the status-quo say you must embrace-‚Keep quiet and hold still while they rip you to shreds.‘ We take the opposite view. Speak up. Make people uncomfortable. Don’t let the „experts“ convince you that better isn’t possible.

11.02.2020 - 11:19 [ Fox News ]

Krystal Ball: Democratic establishment would rather have four more years of Trump than see Bernie elected

„These are all people whose power comes from their access to the establishment world — consultants whose grift is based on a certain deal flow from the DNC, et cetera — and they know what you said about they prefer Trump to Bernie — that’s exactly right because they know under a Sanders administration, all of that access and all of that deal flow, all of that is gone and it truly is over for them,“ she said.

10.02.2020 - 16:22 [ Consortium News ]

Three Extraordinary Australian Journalists: Burchett, Pilger & Assange

Australia has produced extraordinary journalists across three generations: Wilfred Burchett (deceased in 1983), John Pilger (80 years old but still active) and Julian Assange (48 years old, currently in London’s Belmarsh prison).

Each of these journalists made unique contributions to our understanding of the world. Although Australia is part of the Western world, each of these journalists exposed and criticized Western foreign policy.

07.02.2020 - 16:51 [ Standard.co.uk ]

More than 100 prominent Germans appeal for WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange’s release from prison

The German appeal, which is supported by Reporters Without Borders Germany, as well as members of Amnesty International, Transparency International, the German Journalists’ Union (dju), the Whistleblower Network and the writers’ association PEN-Germany, calls on the British Government to “release Julian Assange from prison immediately so that he can recover under specialist medical supervision and exercise his basic rights without hindrance”.

07.02.2020 - 16:31 [ Glenn Greenwald / Twitter ]

About the judicial decision today in Brazil rejecting the criminal charges brought against me. In sum: this ruling, while good, is insufficient as a protection of core press freedom. We will continue reporting and will also go to the Supreme Court for an even stronger ruling:

07.02.2020 - 16:24 [ theIntercept.com ]

Brazilian Judge Declines to Move Forward With Charges Against Glenn Greenwald “for Now”

In the absence of the injunction issued by a Supreme Court minister that prohibited investigations into Greenwald related to this case, Leite said he would have let the charges against Greenwald move forward. The judge also said that, if the Supreme Court injunction were to be overturned, he would be open to charging Greenwald.

06.02.2020 - 12:08 [ Glenn Greenwald / Twitter ]

I’ve been resisting the idea that the Iowa debacle was driven by malice, result-manipulation and corruption rather than ineptitude and stupidity — I just hadn’t seen convincing evidence of deliberate fraud — but I’m starting to change my mind:

https://twitter.com/bagniewski/status/1224884476213387265

05.02.2020 - 23:37 [ Mrs Christine Assange / Twitter ]

Please help save the life of my journalist son If extradited for multi-award winning journalism revealing US war crimes, he faces torture & 175 yrs in prison Media support is critical Please send my tweet below to as many journalists as you can Many thanks #NoUSExtradition

03.02.2020 - 18:34 [ Glenn Greenwald / Twitter ]

I do genuinely think it’s an under-discussed story – one that’s quite beautiful – that the only two US Muslim Congresswomen are both vocal and enthusiastic supporters of the candidate who would make history by becoming the first Jewish President in US history.

25.01.2020 - 13:18 [ theIntercept.com ]

Stand With Glenn Greenwald

In an obvious attempt to retaliate against The Intercept’s critical reporting on abuses committed by Brazilian judicial officials, prosecutors have filed a criminal complaint against our co-founder Glenn Greenwald.

There is no democracy without a free press. We ask advocates for press freedom everywhere to join in condemning the Bolsonaro government’s transparent effort to intimidate and criminalize journalists.

25.01.2020 - 12:53 [ Craig Murray ‏/ Twitter ]

A truly inspiring story. Julian is finally released from solitary in Belmarsh because the other prisoners in the prison were appalled by his treatment and took up action on his behalf. A small victory for basic humanity – and it took criminals to teach it to the British state.

25.01.2020 - 12:52 [ Caitlin Johnstone ]

Belmarsh Prison Inmates Prove More Ethical Than Entire Western Empire

As it turns out, Assange was in fact rescued from the cruelty of this globe-sprawling empire by the concerted protests of high-security prison inmates.

24.01.2020 - 14:38 [ teleSUR ]

Glenn Greenwald: Intimidation of the Press Won’t Stop Me

„Bolsonaro is attacking and threatening journalists all the time. So this is obviously a plan, a goal of this government, to bring repression back to Brazil,“ the U.S. journalist said.

23.01.2020 - 23:53 [ Electronic Frontier Foundation ]

EFF Statement on Glenn Greenwald Charges

21.1.2020

In free societies, journalists play an important role in challenging and criticizing governmental officials and scrutinizing their actions and policies. It is a threat to democracy when authorities use cybercrime laws to punish their critics, as the Brazilian government has done here with Glenn Greenwald, and it discourages journalists from using technology to best serve the public.

23.01.2020 - 09:08 [ Caitlin Johnstone ]

The Empire’s War On Oppositional Journalism Continues To Escalate

Journalist Glenn Greenwald has been charged by the Bolsonaro government in Brazil with the same prosecutorial angle used by the US to target WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange.

23.01.2020 - 07:59 [ Caitlin Johnstone ]

How To Be A Mentally Sovereign Human

Being a mentally sovereign human means constructing your own understanding of this weird reality based on your own investigations and your own reasoning, which means constructing it from the ground up. Even your most basic assumptions about reality itself must be rigorously cross-examined with complete skepticism. Nothing must be taken on faith.

23.01.2020 - 00:52 [ theIntercept.com ]

The Intercept Condemns Brazilian Criminal Complaint Against Glenn Greenwald as an Attack on Free Press

On Tuesday, a federal prosecutor in Brazil announced a denunciation of American journalist and Intercept co-founder Glenn Greenwald related to his work on a series of stories published on The Intercept and The Intercept Brasil. The denunciation is a criminal complaint that would open the door to further judicial proceedings. It alleges that Greenwald “directly assisted, encouraged and guided” individuals who reportedly obtained access to online chats used by prosecutors and others involved in Operation Car Wash, a yearslong, sprawling anti-corruption investigation that roiled Brazilian politics.

The denunciation will now go before a judge who can approve or deny the request for charges.

23.01.2020 - 00:42 [ Tulsi Gabbard, candidate for President / Twitter ]

For years, @ggreenwald has exposed abuses at the highest levels of government and his investigative journalism deserves our support. If we allow the powerful to silence such journalists, our democracy and freedom is in peril. #StandWithGreenwald

20.01.2020 - 20:58 [ Reuters ]

Malta minister quits in latest fallout from journalist murder

Another Maltese minister has quit after a paper reported links between her policeman husband and the man suspected of masterminding a journalist’s murder, the government said on Monday.

17.01.2020 - 22:20 [ teleSUR ]

Brazil: Bolsonaro Leads 2019 Record for Attacks on the Press

The latest example of the Brazilian presidency’s style occurred on Friday when citizens criticized the Culture Minister Roberto Alvim, who had previously published a video with clear Nazi connotations.

17.01.2020 - 15:40 [ ORF ]

Maltas Polizeichef erklärt Rücktritt

Die Bloggerin Daphne Caruana Galizia war im Oktober 2017 mit einer Autobombe ermordet worden. Sie hatte zu Korruption in Regierung und Geschäftswelt recherchiert.

16.01.2020 - 02:03 [ The Hill / Youtube ]

Cenk Uygur: Mark my words, Bernie will go up after Warren spat

Young Turks‘ Cenk Uygur shares his reactions to the Iowa debate.

16.01.2020 - 01:55 [ The Hill / theHill.com ]

Saagar Enjeti calls out CNN’s outrageous conduct during debate

Saagar Enjeti describes why CNN’s moderation of debate night 7 was so bad.

16.01.2020 - 00:59 [ Caitlin Johnstone ]

#CNNIsTrash Trends As Pushback Grows Against Oligarchic Election Meddling

The joint smear job against Sanders had many arms, including wildly biased questions like Wolf Blitzer deliberately associating Bernie with “Iran’s Ayatollah Khamenei” by pointing out that they both want US troops out of the Middle East and demanding to know how he was going to avoid “bankrupting the country” with a healthcare plan used in nations all over the world.

But by far the most glaringly egregious assault on the Vermont Senator’s image was when CNN moderator Abby Phillip took a completely evidence-free sexism smear which defies all logic and presented it to the debate audience as an established and undeniable fact.

15.01.2020 - 16:42 [ Anadolu News Agency ]

‚Egypt should immediately release Anadolu Agency employees‘

Turkey’s ruling party on Wednesday called on Egypt to immediately release Anadolu Agency employees who were detained in a police raid Tuesday evening on the agency’s Cairo office.

12.01.2020 - 19:15 [ Nicolas J.S. Davies / Mintpress.com ]

Libya, Syria, Somalia and Yemen: Calculating the Millions-High Death Toll of America’s Post-9/11 Wars

(26.4.2018)

As Barbara Lee presciently warned her colleagues before she cast her lone dissenting vote in 2001, we have “become the evil we deplore.” But these wars have not been accompanied by fearsome military parades (not yet) or speeches about conquering the world. Instead they have been politically justified by “information warfare” to demonize enemies and fabricate crises, and then waged in a “disguised, quiet, media free” way, to hide their cost in human blood from the American public and the world.

After 16 years of war, about 6 million violent deaths, 6 countries utterly destroyed and many more destabilized, it is urgent that the American public come to terms with the true human cost of our country’s wars and how we have been manipulated and misled into turning a blind eye to them – before they go on even longer, destroy more countries, further undermine the rule of international law and kill millions more of our fellow human beings.

12.01.2020 - 19:10 [ Nicolas J.S. Davies / Consortium News ]

How Many People Has the U.S. Killed in its Post-9/11 Wars? Part 2: Afghanistan and Pakistan

(03.04.2018)

Combining my estimates for Afghanistan and Pakistan, I estimate that about 1.2 million Afghans and Pakistanis have been killed as a result of the U.S. invasion of Afghanistan in 2001.

Nicolas J.S. Davies is the author of Blood On Our Hands: the American Invasion and Destruction of Iraq. He also wrote the chapter on “Obama at War” in Grading the 44th President: a Report Card on Barack Obama’s First Term as a Progressive Leader.

12.01.2020 - 18:58 [ Medea Benjamin, Nicolas J.S. Davies / CommonDreams.org ]

The Iraq Death Toll 15 Years After the US Invasion

(15.03.2018)

Taking ORB’s estimate of 1.033 million killed by June 2007, then applying a variation of Just Foreign Policy’s methodology from July 2007 to the present using revised figures from Iraq Body Count, we estimate that 2.4 million Iraqis have been killed since 2003 as a result of our country’s illegal invasion, with a minimum of 1.5 million and a maximum of 3.4 million.

08.01.2020 - 15:41 [ MSNBC ]

Chris Hayes: A war with Iran is madness, and don’t believe anyone who tells you otherwise

Chris Hayes ends the show with this message: „A war with Iran is madness, and it is strategically and morally a disaster in the making. And don’t believe anyone who tells you otherwise.“

07.01.2020 - 16:29 [ theGrayzone.com ]

Iraqi PM reveals Soleimani was on peace mission when assassinated, exploding Trump’s lie of ‘imminent attacks’

According to Abdul-Mahdi, he had planned to meet Soleimani on the morning the general was killed to discuss a diplomatic rapproachment that Iraq was brokering between Iran and Saudi Arabia.

Abdul-Mahdi said that Trump personally thanked him for the efforts, even as he was planning the hit on Soleimani – thus creating the impression that the Iranian general was safe to travel to Baghdad.

07.01.2020 - 15:13 [ Washington Post ]

The president didn’t threaten just Iran’s culture sites. He threatened culture.

Will my country lay waste to the great mosques and bridges of Isfahan and the remains of Persepolis? Will we destroy the last stones of the Achaemenid and Sasanian empires? If we are to be a barbarian nation, what are our new limits? Do we have any?

05.01.2020 - 13:09 [ Fred Pleitgen, Schams Elwazer / CNN ]

Exclusive: Supreme Leader’s military adviser says Iran’s response will be ‚against military sites‘

„Let me tell you one thing: Our leadership has officially announced that we have never been seeking war and we will not be seeking war,“ Dehghan said.

„It was America that has started the war. Therefore, they should accept appropriate reactions to their actions. The only thing that can end this period of war is for the Americans to receive a blow that is equal to the blow they have inflicted. Afterward they should not seek a new cycle.“

29.12.2019 - 18:51 [ DailyMail.co.uk ]

PETER HITCHENS reveals fresh evidence that UN watchdog suppressed report casting doubt on Assad gas attack

he global chemical weapons watchdog is facing renewed questions after fresh details emerged about how it suppressed the findings of its own inspectors who raised serious doubts about an alleged poison gas attack in Syria.

The Mail on Sunday can reveal that a senior official at the Organisation for Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) demanded the ‘removal of all traces’ of a document which undermined claims that gas cylinders had been dropped from the air – a key element of the ‘evidence’ that the Syrian regime was responsible.

29.12.2019 - 18:50 [ Tim Hayward ‏/ Twitter ]

Once again, Peter Hitchens is the one journalist to break ranks within mainstream media and report on further damning leaks revealing political capture of chemical weapons watchdog OPCW.

29.12.2019 - 15:17 [ Caitlin Johnstone ]

Why Everything Is Fucked

The most powerful early humans were the cleverest humans, the ones who understood how to use this new capacity for language and abstract thought to their own advantage. They realized that by simply saying something is true in a sufficiently confident way, they could persuade the less clever humans to treat it as true.

Those clever humans used this newfound ability to place themselves in charge, and to make a bunch of rules to be passed down from generation to generation proclaiming that the less powerful humans must submit to the more powerful humans. Over the generations these rules became more and more numerous and complex, weaving in moralism, codes of filial piety, and insane, power-serving religions glorifying meekness, obedience and poverty.

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But then, I believe in miracles.

25.12.2019 - 16:47 [ Cenk Uygur, Democratic Congressional candidate / Twitter ]

Opinion | How ‘Centrist Bias’ Hurts Sanders and Warren – The New York Times. Sorry, but I’ve been saying this for about two decades. After calling us crazy for all that time they finally treat it like they had an epiphany.

Still, I’m thrilled to see it!

25.12.2019 - 16:46 [ New York Times ]

How ‘Centrist Bias’ Hurts Sanders and Warren

Over the years, many press critics have pointed out one weakness of this approach: false equivalence, the refusal to consider the possibility that one side of an argument is simply (or mostly) right.

But that’s not the only problem. There’s also the possibility that both political parties have been wrong about something and that the solution, rather than being roughly halfway between their answers, is different from what either has been proposing.

25.12.2019 - 15:31 [ The Hill / Youtube ]

Is impeachment a 2020 disaster in the making?

Team Rising takes a look at how impeachment will play out in 2020.

25.12.2019 - 15:11 [ The Hill / Youtube ]

Panel: Dems embrace of neocon ‚Never Trumpers‘ is a disaster

Team Rising ponders why the ‚Never Trumpers‘ still think they matter in the Republican party

24.12.2019 - 14:39 [ New York Times ]

It Seemed Like a Popular Chat App. It’s Secretly a Spy Tool.

A technical analysis and interviews with computer security experts showed that the firm behind ToTok, Breej Holding, is most likely a front company affiliated with DarkMatter, an Abu Dhabi-based cyberintelligence and hacking firm where Emirati intelligence officials, former National Security Agency employees and former Israeli military intelligence operatives work. DarkMatter is under F.B.I. investigation, according to former employees and law enforcement officials, for possible cybercrimes. The American intelligence assessment and the technical analysis also linked ToTok to Pax AI, an Abu Dhabi-based data mining firm that appears to be tied to DarkMatter.

24.12.2019 - 14:35 [ New York Times ]

Where Even the Children Are Being Tracked

As they go about their daily lives, many Pasadena residents we spoke with, like the rest of us, frequent locations whose populations for one reason or another could be vulnerable — because they attend mosques or synagogues or work at secure facilities, like NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory. We plucked one scientist at the lab out of the data, and when we tracked him down in real life and explained how we did it, he was alarmed. “Somebody who might want to get some information from [the lab] for instance, they might target me,” the scientist told us. “This will be a treasure trove for any spying agency, I would presume.” He asked that we preserve his anonymity in this story.

23.12.2019 - 09:44 [ New York Times ]

Total Surveillance Is Not What America Signed Up For

The largest such file known to have been examined by journalists, it reveals more than 50 billion location pings from the phones of more than 12 million Americans across several major cities.

By analyzing these pings, our journalists were able to track the movements of President Trump’s Secret Service guards and of senior Pentagon officials. They could follow protesters to their homes and stalk high-school students across Los Angeles. In most cases, it was child’s play for them to connect a supposedly anonymous data trail to a name and an address — to a real live human being.

18.12.2019 - 14:40 [ Caitlin Johnstone ]

Attacking The Source: The Establishment Loyalist’s Favorite Online Tactic

If you’re skeptical of western power structures and you’ve ever engaged in online political debate for any length of time, the following has definitely happened to you.

You find yourself going back and forth with one of those high-confidence, low-information establishment types who’s promulgating a dubious mainstream narrative, whether that be about politics, war, Julian Assange, or whatever. At some point they make an assertion which you know to be false–publicly available information invalidates the claim they’re making.

17.12.2019 - 03:34 [ Doctors for Assange / Global Research ]

Medical Doctors Issue Urgent Australian Appeal to Save Julian Assange

More than 100 medical doctors have issued an urgent appeal to the Australian government to protect the life of its citizen, imprisoned WikiLeaks journalist and publisher Julian Assange.

17.12.2019 - 03:20 [ Consortium News ]

Doctors Issue Urgent Australian Appeal to Save Julian Assange

In an open letter to the Australian minister for foreign affairs (dated Dec. 16), the doctors urge Marise Payne to negotiate Julian Assange’s safe passage from Belmarsh Prison to an appropriate hospital setting in Australia, “before it is too late.”

11.12.2019 - 21:24 [ Glenn Greenwald / Twitter‏ ]

One of the tragedies of the Trump era is that liberal outlets – on TV & the internet – have convinced a whole generation of people paying attention to politics for the first time that CIA & FBI are the Good Guys who should be believed, and that questioning them is unpatriotic.

11.12.2019 - 09:52 [ Matt Taibbi, Author / Twitter ]

If I were a cynic I’d be writing Russia-Collusion-themed books with scary hammers and sickles and faux-Cyrillic fonts on the cover. For assloads of money.

09.12.2019 - 20:31 [ speak-up-for-assange.org ]

Journalists Speak Up for Julian Assange

Julian Assange, founder and publisher of WikiLeaks, is currently detained in Belmarsh high-security prison in the United Kingdom and faces extradition to the United States and criminal prosecution under the Espionage Act. He risks up to 175 years imprisonment for his part in making public the leak of US military documents from Afghanistan and Iraq, and a trove of US State Department cables. The ‘War Diaries’ provided evidence that the US Government misled the public about activities in Afghanistan and Iraq and committed war crimes. WikiLeaks partnered with a wide range of media organizations worldwide that republished the War Diaries and embassy cables. The legal action underway against Mr Assange sets an extremely dangerous precedent for journalists, media organizations and the freedom of the press.

We, journalists and journalistic organizations around the globe, express our grave concern for Mr Assange’s wellbeing, for his continued detention and for the draconian espionage charges.

08.12.2019 - 16:07 [ theGrayzone.com ]

US government drops case against Max Blumenthal after jailing journalist on false charges

The Grayzone has learned that Secret Service call logs recorded during the alleged incident were either not kept or destroyed. The mysteriously missing evidence included print documents and radio recordings that may have exposed collusion between Secret Service officers operating under the auspices of the US State Department and violent right-wing hooligans in an operation to besiege peace activists stationed inside Venezuela’s embassy in Washington, DC.

Blumenthal, who is the editor of The Grayzone, was arrested at his home on October 25 by a team of DC cops who had threatened to break down his door. He later learned that he was listed in his arrest warrant as “armed and dangerous,” a rare and completely unfounded designation that placed Blumenthal at risk of severe harm by the police.

03.12.2019 - 16:32 [ New York Times ]

114,000 Students in N.Y.C. Are Homeless. These Two Let Us Into Their Lives.

Sherine’s heartbreak reflects that of parents who cared for the 34,000 students sleeping in New York’s homeless shelters last year — enough children to fill a small city.

Sandy stands on her tiptoes and squints across the East River as the N train pulls onto the Manhattan Bridge. She watches the skyline until the train dips underground.

02.12.2019 - 19:42 [ CryingWolf57 / Youtube ]

Jeremy Scahill on Democracy Now! – Dirty Wars: The World Is a Battlefield [Both parts in one]

23/04/2013 & 24/04/2013 | http://dirtywars.org/ | Jeremy Scahill, author of the new book, „Dirty Wars: The World Is a Battlefield,“ charts the expanding covert wars operated by the CIA and JSOC, the Joint Special Operations Command. The book is based on years of reporting on U.S. secret operations in Yemen, Somalia, Pakistan and Afghanistan. The Obama administration’s assassination of two U.S. citizens in 2011, Anwar al-Awlaki and his 16-year-old Denver-born son Abdulrahman, is a central part of Scahill’s book. While the Obama administration has defended the killing of Anwar, it has never publicly explained why Abdulrahman was targeted in a separate drone strike two weeks later.

01.12.2019 - 17:09 [ Reuters ]

Malta’s ruling party lawmakers back embattled prime minister

The Labour Party statement after its meeting on Sunday also said Chris Cardona, the economy minister who suspended himself from his duties on Tuesday after having been mentioned by a suspect in the investigation, has now been reinstated in his position.

30.11.2019 - 20:32 [ Consortium News ]

JOHN PILGER: Visiting Britain’s Political Prisoner

“I think I’m going out of my mind,” Julian Assange told John Pilger at Belmarsh Prison. “No you’re not,” Pilger responded. “Look how you frighten them, how powerful you are.”

29.11.2019 - 14:46 [ Haaretz ]

Netanyahu’s End: A Frightful Spectacle

Like an obstinate commander who refuses to internalize his terminal condition, he manufactures in his feverish mind divisions and squadrons and sends them to the front. The force commanders surrounding him, whether for fear of his wrath or out of empathy and pity, play along with him. They come and go, pretending to be doing things, pretending that as long as he’s there, there’s hope. He looks at their faces and wonders what’s going through their heads. Who will defect, who will betray. Who will rise against him. …

27.11.2019 - 14:25 [ Consortium News ]

The Prosecution of Julian Assange Calls for Public Defense of Free Speech

The established media with their allegiance to the state has been failing to inform the public about the threat to civil liberties emanating from this country. The U.S. government has been waging a war against the First Amendment. Assange has become a political prisoner of this war. In the era of “hope and change,” he and his organization became a target of Obama’s crackdown on whistleblowers, which now has escalated into Trump administration’s assaults on the press freedom.

27.11.2019 - 14:08 [ theGrayzone.com ]

White Helmets Whitewash: founder’s death, OPCW scandal lift mask on al-Qaeda’s ally in Syria

We speak to The Grayzone’s Max Blumenthal, whose reporting has exposed the White Helmets’ ties to jihadists groups and its use as a PR tool for Western military intervention in Syria.

“We don’t know if there’s a cover-up around his [Le Mesurier’s] death — I can’t go that far,” Blumenthal says. “The real cover-up is around his life, as he’s being celebrated everywhere from the Guardian to the New York Times as this heroic figure, this kind of Gandhi of conflict stabilization; when his legacy is actually very dark and stained with blood.”