“America is Back”: Make the Best of It

Photograph by Nathaniel St. Clair America is back; Joe Biden says so. Therefore, it must be true. He seems as pleased as can be about it too. So is the entire political class, except for the miscreants wedded to Donald Trump or to rightwing views, distinguished mainly by their vileness and stupidity. There are alarmingly many Americans who hold those views, but there
| articles 2015 |

Netanyahu’s cynical play for ‘Arab’ voters

The Arab public knows… that Likud is their home, said Miri Regev of Benjamin Netanyahu’s Likud party this week in an interview with the Israeli Ynet. Campaigning for the March 23 election in Israel, Regev elaborated: We go to Israeli Arabs who know that the only ones taking care of them in the last 10 years are Likud. Who brought
| News, Ayman Odeh, Benjamin Netanyahu |

A Spanish Company is Building an Apartheid Railway in Israel – Now It Wants in on HS2

Israel’s leading human rights organization B’Tselem made headlines last month after it issued a report saying what Palestinians have been saying for decades: that Israel maintains not just a regime of military occupation in Gaza and the West Bank, including East Jerusalem, but an apartheid regime over the entire Palestinian people. In East Jerusalem, where I live, we’ve experienced that apartheid
| Articles, Opinion, apartheid |

How the Barbizon Hotel Defined Women’s Ambition

On May 31, 1953, 20-year-old Sylvia Plath arrived in New York City. She was a rising senior at Smith College and already a published author, with three poems sold to Harper’s; she was also just a few months away from her first suicide attempt. Stepping off the train in Grand Central Terminal, she gained the attention of “two lovely muscular
| Magazine, Culture, March 2021 |

The Sordid Story of the Most Successful Political Party in the World

On December 13, 2019, Britain’s newly elected Prime Minister Boris Johnson welcomed “a new dawn.” The Conservative Party had secured its largest parliamentary majority since 1987. Almost 50 new seats had swung the Conservatives’ way, including many in the so-called “red wall”: working-class constituencies in north and middle England traditionally considered Labour strongholds. Johnson and his fellow Tories were jubilant. “Rejoice!” the front page of the conservative
| Politics, Britain, Boris Johnson |

Iran’s Foreign Minister Zarif and Vanunu: Israel’s Nuclear Whistleblower

On Saturday Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif tweeted at Western leaders of countries responsible for Israel’s nuclear program that, “Israel is expanding Dimona, the region’s only nuclear bomb factory… By Eileen Fleming Iranian Foreign Minister Zarif tweeted at President Biden and the heads of state of Britain, France and Germany regarding The Guardian’s, “Israel expands nuclear... The post Iran’s Foreign Minister Zarif
| Arab World, Bloggers, Commentary |

Texas’s Energy Crisis Is America’s Future

“The electricity would come on and then turn off immediately. Every 30 minutes or hour, you would get this moment of hope,” said Paris Moran, of San Antonio, Texas. “I think that was the worst part, mentally.” Moran and her parents, who both have chronic medical conditions requiring electronic devices, lost power on Sunday. Cell service quickly became spotty, too.
| Apocalypse Soon, Texas, Climate Change |

The Early Edition: February 18, 2021

OTHER DEVELOPMENTS Nearly 5,000 National Guard troops will remain in Washington through March 12 amid concerns over potential violence arising from online chatter among QAnon supporters who suggest former President Trump could still be inaugurated on March 4, according to the top Democrat on the House Armed Services Committee. Zachary Cohen and Ellie Kaufman report for CNN .
| Other, Daily News Roundup |

Ethiopia to welcome mediation of Turkey with Sudan

ADDIS ABABA (SONNA): If offered, Ethiopia would appreciate the Turkish government’s mediation on the recent border conflict with Sudan, said the Ethiopian Foreign Ministry spokesperson on Tuesday. In an exclusive interview with Anadolu Agency, Ambassador Dina Mufti underscored that the Ethio-Sudanese border conflict could be solved through diplomatic means. With a 1,600-km (994-mile) long shared border, Ethiopia and Sudan
| News, Somali, World |

The Comedy Industry Has a Big Alt-Right Problem

In the dark recesses of the internet lurks a man who goes by ToxicCisWhiteMaleFat. He makes his home on onaforums.net , a community named after the shock jock duo Opie & Anthony—a safe space to say what cannot be said offline. He’s posted in threads like “ N----r hate thread #1, ” “ The K-ke Hate Thread ,” “ Juno comes out as a tranny,
| critical mass, Culture, Racism |

US: RSF joins press freedom coalition calling on Biden's Department of Justice to drop case against Julian Assange

News Reporters Without Borders (RSF) has joined a coalition of two dozen press freedom, civil liberties, and international human rights organizations in urging the Biden Department of Justice to stop pursuing an appeal against the extradition decision and drop the charges against Wikileaks founder Julian Assange. The full text of the letter is below.
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Press freedom groups call on Biden DOJ to drop Assange charges

Press freedom groups call on Biden DOJ to drop Assange charges Two dozen major human rights and press freedom organizations are calling on the new Department of Justice to drop the charges against Julian Assange. The cosigners have written to Acting Attorney General Monty Wilkinson in a letter warning that “the proceedings against Mr. Assange jeopardize journalism that is crucial to democracy.” The letter was organized
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America: The Unreliable Superpower

Shutterstock The nightmare is over. The vanquished beast has crawled back to Mar-a-Lago to lick his wounds. The heroes are hard at work repairing the damage. As America returns to the international stage, the world heaves a collective sigh of relief. That, at least, is the story the incoming Biden administration is telling. “America is back, multilateralism is back, diplomacy is back,”
| Democracy & Governance, Redev, War & Peace |

Election Politics and Cybersecurity: What’s the Connection?

Malware Ransomware Distributed Denial of Service (DDoS) attacks Fraud Updating election infrastructure . Everything from machines to the databases we use for elections should be updated with the latest in cybersecurity innovation. Voting machines that provide paper back-up records of the vote are one necessary aspect of this upgrade. Digital systems can only be protected to a point; having a
| Cybersecurity, Elections, Electronic Voting |

Julian Assange Deserves a Nobel Peace Prize

Julian Assange has been nominated for the 2021 Nobel Peace Prize. We think he deserves to win. There is an incredibly long list of actions that Julian has taken toward a more peaceful world. As Julian has said, “If wars can be started by lies, peace can be started by truth.” More than one individual can nominate Assange; he’s already been nominated this
| News |

Video: I Talk to Kevin Gosztola About Guantánamo on the 19th Anniversary of Its Opening — and Julian Assange

A screenshot of Andy Worthington’s interview with Kevin Gosztola of Shadowproof on Jan. 11, 2021, the 19th anniversary of the opening of Guantánamo. Please support my work as a reader-funded journalist! I’m currently trying to raise $2500 (£2000) to support my writing and campaigning on Guantánamo and related issues over the next three months. If you can help,
| Andy Worthington's TV and radio appearances, Belmarsh, control orders, deportation and extradition, Closing Guantanamo |

What covering heavy metal taught me about spotting Nazis

A bare-chested, wild-eyed white man in bearskin furs and a horned helmet stood at the podium of the Senate chambers, his fists raised in triumph, as fellow Trump-supporting rioters laid waste to the Capitol. The man, a QAnon cultist from Phoenix named Jacob Anthony Chansley, who goes by the name Jake Angeli, has since been […]
| Analysis, Covering the Election, Criticism |

The Journey of Ashli Babbitt

The Awakening While Babbitt was described to San Diego news stations as a patriot by her husband and “ loyal and extremely passionate ” by her brother-in-law, her social media history details engagement with some of the darker sentiments circulating in online right-wing and pro-Trump circles in recent years. In terms of her views, Ashli Babbitt probably didn’t stand out
| Americas, News, America |

The Journey of Ashli Babbitt

The Awakening While Babbitt was described to San Diego news stations as a patriot by her husband and “ loyal and extremely passionate ” by her brother-in-law, her social media history details engagement with some of the darker sentiments circulating in online right-wing and pro-Trump circles in recent years. In terms of her views, Ashli Babbitt probably didn’t stand out
| Americas, News, Uncategorized |

As UK Judge Denies Julian Assange Bail, It’s Time for Joe Biden to Drop the US Extradition Request

A supporter of Julian Assange outside the Old Bailey in London on October 1, 2020, the last day of his extradition hearing. The balloons were part of an initiative celebrating the 14th anniversary of the founding of WikiLeaks, on October 4 (Photo: Andy Worthington). Please support my work as a reader-funded investigative journalist, commentator and activist. If you
| Belmarsh, control orders, deportation and extradition, UK politics, US prisons |

Yellow, yellow, yellow – Russian English Media – Case in point – Julian Assange

Islam Times- the Russian Ministry of Foreign affairs are better journalists than anything else in English coming out of Russia. Take a look at this. Mike Pompeo opened his mouth with Russia, Russia, Russia and how tough this US administration is on Russia. The Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Russia soon responded with Pompeo’s tweet superimposed on a gif of
| Europe |

Judge Refuses to Allow WikiLeaks Founder Julian Assange’s Extradition to the US, Citing Suicide Risk

Longtime Julian Assange supporter Elsa Collins near the Old Bailey today, January 4, 2021, after District Judge Vanessa Baraitser unexpectedly prevented WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange’s extradition to the US (Photo: Andy Worthington). Please support my work as a reader-funded investigative journalist, commentator and activist. If you can help, please click on the button below to donate via PayPal.
| Belmarsh, control orders, deportation and extradition, UK politics, US prisons |

Threat to Journalism Remains, Warn Critics, After Assange Extradition Rejected Solely Due to Brutal US Prison System

Jake Johnson, staff writer "That a British court has ruled that the U.S. prison system is too barbaric to guarantee the safety of Assange tells its own story. But this is about something much bigger than Assange: it's about journalism, the free press, and...  the ability to expose atrocities committed by the world's last remaining superpower."
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Liberian government’s practice towards media fuels infodemic

Misinformation and spread of COVID-19 Members of AFEX: ADISI-Cameroon Africa Freedom of Information Centre Association for Media Development in South Sudan Center for Media Studies and Peace Building Collaboration on International ICT Policy in Eastern and Southern Africa (CIPESA) Freedom of Expression Institute Gambia Press Union (GPU) Human Rights Network for Journalists – Uganda Institute for Media and Society International Press Centre Journaliste en danger Media Foundation for West Africa Media Institute
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New Statesman A-Z of 2020

A is for Ammonium nitrate B is for Barnard Castle C is for Caroline Flack D is for Debenhams E is for Eat Out to Help Out F is for Four Seasons Total Landscaping G is for George Floyd H is for Harry and Megxit I is for Imagine J is for Joe Wicks K is for Karen L is
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Biden to receive Covid vaccine as Trump remains on sidelines

Trump is now one of the only senior-most US officials who has not received the first of two vaccination shots. The leader of the Trump administration 's vaccination program says people who have been infected with the coronavirus – a group that includes President Donald Trump – should receive the vaccine. Moncef Slaoui, the chief adviser of Operation
| News |

Radio: I Discuss Hopes for Guantánamo’s Closure Under Joe Biden, and Julian Assange’s Extradition, with Chris Cook on Gorilla Radio

A composite image of the prison at Guantánamo Bay on the day it opened, January 11, 2002, and WikiLeaks’ founder Julian Assange. Please support my work as a reader-funded journalist! I’m currently trying to raise $2500 (£2000) to support my writing and campaigning on Guantánamo and related issues over the next three months. If you can help, please
| Andy Worthington's TV and radio appearances, Closing Guantanamo, Guantanamo |

No Work, Little Work, Too Much Work, UBI/DIY/Gig Economies

It’s an unprecedented coalition of business networks that have come together to raise our ambition. Not just to help our individual CEOs succeed, we’ll do that for sure. But to actually bring their voices together to help shift culture. So that the pushback on the BRT [Business Roundtable] from different business publications or other people within the business community lessens.
| Banks/Banking, COVID-19, Currency |

Radio: My One-Hour Interview With Peter B. Collins About Closing Guantánamo, and Julian Assange’s Extradition Hearing

Andy Worthington marking 6,900 days of the existence of the prison at Guantánamo Bay and calling on President Elect Joe Biden to close it, on December 1, 2020, and a campaigner calling for an end to the proposed extradition to the US of WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange, outside the Old Bailey in London on October 1, 2020. Please
| Andy Worthington's TV and radio appearances, Belmarsh, control orders, deportation and extradition, Closing Guantanamo |

Africa: Cyber Risk Is the New Threat to Financial Stability

[IMF] Many of us take for granted the ability to withdraw money from our bank account, wire it to family in another country, and pay bills online.Amid the global pandemic, we've seen how much digital connection matters to our everyday life. But what if a cyberattack takes the bank down and a remittance doesn't go through?
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Remarks by President Erdoğan During TRT World Forum 2020

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan made striking statements in his keynote speech during the virtual TRT World Forum 2020. Drawing attention to the role of Western media in the delivery of misinformation, he said, ‘It is disgraceful how media outlets continue to be the standard-bearers of anti-Islamism and xenophobia. The filth that has been exhibited under the guise of freedom
| Turkey |

Media Claims North Korea Launched a Cyberattack Against Covid Vaccine Developer AstraZeneca

Also on Friday, a UK regulator confirmed that it had received a formal request from the Government to assess the prospective Covid-19 vaccine being developed by Oxford University and AstraZeneca. Earlier, an executive from British-Swedish pharma giant said its vaccine could be approved even if its efficacy is no higher than 60 percent.
| Tech |

CTOs and CIOs list the most important tech trends of 2021

CTOs and CIOs had to deal with an unprecedented level of digital transformation in 2020 New IEEE study examines the challenges IT pros faced in the face of a major pandemic 31% of UK CIOs and CTOs foresee AI and machine learning as the most important technologies of 2021 READ NEXT Ransomware lessons from Emsisoft CTO Fabian Wosar
| Insights, Latest, Artificial Intelligence |

Could vaccine endeavors be undermined by ransomware?

Companies developing vaccines like Pfizer and BioNTech, among others elsewhere, are some of the hottest targets for cyberattacks right now North Korea and Russi’s State-backed hackers have been targeting organizations working on a coronavirus vaccine – some successfully, according to Microsoft An attack on Covid-19’s cure Ransomware takes mental toll on cybersecurity pros
| Latest, CIO, Security |

Are you driving your IT team towards burnout?

Digital transformation has gone wild in 2020, due to the sudden transition to remote work and increased dependence on information technology Business leaders are expecting a lot from their IT teams, but a new study suggests they aren’t providing more support or resources in return As IT becomes a ‘critical’ business function, there’s a danger IT teams could burn-out or
| Latest, CIO, Digital Transformation |

QAnon promoter wins seat in US Congress

Republican Marjorie Taylor Greene, who had never run for political office before, was well ahead and projected to win her race for US House District 14. A Georgia woman who has promoted the far-right QAnon conspiracy theory won a seat in the US House of Representatives on Tuesday, meaning the controversial and widely debunked movement will
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Video: I Discuss the Guantánamo Files Released by WikiLeaks and Julian Assange’s Extradition Hearing with Action4Assange and Juan Passarelli

A screenshot of the Action4Assange show on October 17, 2020, featuring guests Andy Worthington and Juan Passarelli. Please support my work as a reader-funded journalist! I’m currently trying to raise $2500 (£2000) to support my writing and campaigning on Guantánamo and related issues over the next three months of the Trump administration. If you can help, please click
| Andy Worthington's TV and radio appearances, Guantanamo, Guantanamo media |

(PG VERSION) Honest Government Ad | Q

(PG VERSION)  The US Government has made an ad about QAnon and it’s surprisingly honest and informative. You can find the uncensored version of this video here You can find more PG versions of our videos here For sources and further reading see the YouTube video description PODCAST PG VERSIONS SUPPORT US MERCH
| 2020, Teacher |

After Years in Secret Prisons, UAE Threatens Unsafe Repatriations to Yemen for Former Guantánamo Prisoners

Photos of 16 of the 18 Yemenis sent from Guantánamo to Yemen between 2015 and 2017, who were imprisoned instead of, as promised, being given new lives, and who are now being threatened with being sent back to Yemen, despite the dangers involved. The photos are taken from the classified military files from Guantánamo that were released by Wikileaks in
| Afghans in Guantanamo, Guantanamo, Guantanamo lawyers |

Honest Government Ad | QAnon

The US Government has made an ad about QAnon and it’s surprisingly honest and informative. For sources and further reading see the YouTube video description . CREDITS Produced by Patrons of The Juice Media Written and created by Giordano for The Juice Media Performed by Ellen Burbidge Script support by Dbot, Scott and Damian Research support by
| 2020, Honest Ad |

Africa: United Nations Secretary-General Calls for Individual Action to Combat Misinformation

[Africa Renewal] United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres will launch a groundbreaking global online action tomorrow (21 October), calling on people around the world to #PledgetoPause before they share content online. The activation is part of a wider behavior change campaign that aims to create a new social media norm to help combat the rising impact of viral misinformation.
| News |

True Q: Elements of Truth in the QAnon Conspiracy, by Thomas Dalton

What can be more fun than a conspiracy? Conspiracies are sneaky, salacious, cryptographic, lurid, and enticing. They promise secret knowledge of the inner workings of society—knowledge that only a relative few possess, thus empowering the knower. They claim to identify and expose evil wrongdoers, thus holding out hope for retribution, true justice, and a better...
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“The Guardian’s Silence has let the UK trample on Assange’s Rights in Effective Darkness”

It owes him a huge debt for allowing it to share in the journalistic glory of Wikileaks’ revelations. It owes him a duty of care as its partner in publishing the logs. It owes him its voice loudly denouncing the abuse of a fellow journalist for doing the essence of journalism – holding the powerful to account. It owes him
| Belmarsh Prison, District Judge Vanessa Baraitser, Extradiction |

Video: The War on Journalism – The Case of Julian Assange

The poster for ‘The War on Journalism: The Case of Julian Assange’, directed by Juan Passarelli, and released in August 2020, and a screenshot of Andy Worthington, one of the WikiLeaks experts interviewed for the film. Please support my work as a reader-funded journalist! I’m currently trying to raise $2500 (£2000) to support my writing and campaigning on
| Andy Worthington's TV and radio appearances, Belmarsh, control orders, deportation and extradition, FBI/CIA |

Radio: I Talk to Scott Horton About the Injustice of Julian Assange’s Extradition Case and the Importance of the Leaked Guantánamo Files

A supporter of Julian Assange outside the Old Bailey in London on October 1, 2020, the last day of his extradition hearing. The balloons were part of an initiative celebrating the 14th anniversary of the founding of WikiLeaks, on October 4. Please support my work as a reader-funded journalist! I’m currently trying to raise $2500 (£2000) to support
| American torture, Andy Worthington's TV and radio appearances, Belmarsh, control orders, deportation and extradition |

UN Chief calls for global ceasefire

United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres in his message on the International Day of Non-Violence, 2 October 2020, called for ceasefire to focus on COVID-19. According to the United Nations Information Center (UNIC) in Tehran, the UN Secretary-General in his message in marking the birthday of Mahatma Gandhi, this International Day highlights the remarkable power of non-violence and peaceful protest. It also
| News |

History, the Assange Happening: An Interview with Nozomi Hayase

In Western societies, where there is a notion of free press, governments don’t engage in outright violence. Instead they engage in secrecy and manipulation of public perception, as Noam Chomsky documents in his seminal book “The Engineering Consent”, which fits into this category. Assange through his work with WikiLeaks defended the public’s right to know. By publishing material that is verified
| articles 2015 |

An Assessment of the Importance of the Classified Guantánamo Military Files Released by WikiLeaks and My Role in Analyzing Them

A screenshot of the front page of WikiLeaks’ publication of the classified military files from Guantánamo that were released in 2011, and on which I worked as a media partner. Please support my work as a reader-funded journalist! I’m currently trying to raise $2500 (£2000) to support my writing and campaigning on Guantánamo and related issues over the
| American torture, Belmarsh, control orders, deportation and extradition, Bradley Manning |