Headlines for October 14, 2019

Syrian Troops Mass at Turkish Border After Striking Deal with Kurds, Pentagon Deploying Additional 1,800 Troops to Saudi Arabia, NYT: Russian Warplanes Bomb 4 Hospitals in Syria over 12 Hours, Appeals Court Rules Trump Must Turn Over Financial Records, Video Shows Fake Trump Shooting Journalists, Political Rivals, Fox News' Shepard Smith Has Quit Network, Hunter Biden to Step Down from Chinese Company Board, White Cop Kills Black Woman by Shooting Through Her Bedroom Window, Japan: 40 Have Died in Typhoon
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A Coalition of Support: Parliamentarians for Julian Assange

Australian politicians, and the consular staff of the country, are rarely that engaged on the subject of protecting their citizens. In a couple of notorious cases, Australian authorities demonstrated not only an indifference, but a consciously venal approach to its citizens in overseas theatres. Mamdouh Ahmed Habib, a dual Australian-Egyptian national, was detained in Pakistan […]
| Australia, Guantanamo, Julian Assange |

Assange: Enema of the State

Crikey, he gives them the shits. Hillary once said — even before the 2016 election — “Can’t we just drone him?” Maybe you’re thinking she was just joking, like Obama that time at the White House Correspondents Dinner in 2010, when he cracked that he’d take out the Jonas Brothers with a Predator drone strike, More The post Assange: Enema of the State appeared first on CounterPunch.org .
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Journalists Who Visited Julian Assange Targeted By Company Spying On CIA’s Behalf

Spanish security company took apart phones of journalists visiting WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange at the Ecuadorian embassy, shared reports with CIA. The post Journalists Who Visited Julian Assange Targeted By Company Spying On CIA’s Behalf appeared first on Shadowproof .
| Dissenter Featured, Latest News, The Dissenter |

Permanent Record: Edward Snowden spies on the spies

The whistle-blower’s memoir is insightful, with a nice line in tech-inflected imagery. Don’t underestimate the IT guy. Edward Snowden – who in 2013 told the world about the United States’s illegal mass-surveillance of its citizens’ communications – was not a computer genius exfiltrating secrets from the bowels of the National Security Agency (NSA) and CIA through brilliant technical subterfuge. Although he enjoys
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CIA Spying Against Julian Assange Is Latest Revelation In Years-Long Campaign

Kevin Gosztola looked back at the history between the CIA and WikiLeaks, and the agency's long-held view of the dissident media organization as a "non-state hostile intelligence service." The post CIA Spying Against Julian Assange Is Latest Revelation In Years-Long Campaign appeared first on Shadowproof .
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Lost Voice Guy Lee Ridley: “Comedy is the perfect way to express myself”

The disabled comic and  Britain’s Got Talent  winner on how he is transforming perceptions.  The irony that Lee Ridley has become something of a spokesperson for the disabled community is not lost on him. The comedian, born in Consett, County Durham, was diagnosed with a neurological form of cerebral palsy when he was just six months old, affecting his movement and
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Dangerous Detention: Julian Assange in Belmarsh Prison

Much ink has been spilt in textbooks describing situations where autocratic states can behave badly. They abuse rights; they ignore international law and they ride roughshod over conventions. Liberal democracies may boast that they follow matters to the letter of the law, and make sure that citizens are given their fair and just cause in More The post Dangerous Detention: Julian Assange in Belmarsh Prison appeared first on CounterPunch.org .
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Hollywood, Journalism stories and Vanunu Mordechai WhistleBlower update

The Washington Post Global opinion piece announced “Hollywood loves triumphant journalism stories. This isn’t one” vis-a-vis Jamal Khashoggi. That oped inspired this update regarding Israel’s nuclear whistle blower Mordechai Vanunu vis-a-vis Hollywood. By Eileen Fleming David Von Drehle began The Washington Post Global Opinion piece stating “Hollywood loves heroic journalists” then contended, “The case of Khashoggi should...
| Arab World, Bloggers, Commentary |

The fall of Netanyahu is not meaningless

Asaf Calderon writes, "Netanyahu’s carefully cultivated stagnation can only be disrupted by his removal. The change will not come from a Gantz administration, but by the end of the Netanyahu administration."
| Opinion, 2019 Israeli Elections, Ayman Odeh |

MoveOn’s Phony New Campaign for ‘Protecting Whistleblowers’

All of a sudden, MoveOn wants to help “national security” whistleblowers. Well, some of them, anyway. After many years of carefully refusing to launch a single campaign in support of brave whistleblowers who faced vicious prosecution during the Obama administration — including Army whistleblower Chelsea Manning, NSA whistleblowers Thomas Drake and Edward Snowden, and CIA whistleblowers John More The post MoveOn’s Phony New Campaign for ‘Protecting Whistleblowers’  appeared first on CounterPunch.org .
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Dangerous Detentions: Julian Assange And Remaining In Belmarsh – OpEd

Much ink has been spilt in textbooks describing situations where autocratic states can behave badly. They abuse rights; they ignore The post Dangerous Detentions: Julian Assange And Remaining In Belmarsh – OpEd appeared first on Eurasia Review .
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MoveOn’s Phony New Campaign for ‘Protecting Whistleblowers’

All of a sudden, MoveOn wants to help “national security” whistleblowers. Well, some of them, anyway. After many years of carefully refusing to launch a single campaign in support of brave whistleblowers who faced vicious prosecution during the Obama administration – including Army whistleblower Chelsea Manning, NSA whistleblowers Thomas Drake and Edward Snowden, and CIA … Continue reading "MoveOn’s Phony New Campaign for ‘Protecting Whistleblowers’" The post MoveOn’s Phony New Campaign for ‘Protecting Whistleblowers’
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Dangerous Detentions: Julian Assange and Remaining in Belmarsh

Much ink has been spilled in textbooks describing situations where autocratic states can behave badly. They abuse rights; they ignore international law and they ride roughshod over conventions. Liberal democracies may boast that they follow matters to the letter of the law, and make sure that citizens are given their fair and just cause in […]
| Incarceration, Julian Assange, Justice |

We endorsed Gantz to block Trump’s deal — Ayman Odeh of Joint List

Benny Gantz is "bad," but Netanyahu is "the worst," says Ayman Odeh of the Palestinian Joint List in Israel. But Odeh told Time magazine that 10 Palestinian legislators endorsed Gantz because they want to stop Trump's deal of the century and the annexation by Israel of West Bank lands.
| Media Analysis, 2019 Israeli Elections, Ayman Odeh |

Pro-Assad Lobby Group Rewards Bloggers On Both The Left And The Right

A shadowy group that supports Syrian dictator Bashar-al Assad is giving thousands of dollars to far-right activists, conspiracy websites, YouTube personalities, and WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange — all under the guise of an award for “uncompromised integrity in journalism.” The Association for Investment in Popular Action Committees, an umbrella nonprofit based in the San Francisco Bay... The post Pro-Assad Lobby Group Rewards Bloggers On Both The Left And The Right appeared first on bellingcat .
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Snowden Reveals How He Secretly Exposed NSA Criminal Wrongdoing Without Getting Arrested

Edward Snowden talks about his decision to leak documents to journalists Glenn Greenwald and Laura Poitras rather than WikiLeaks, and the issues with the U.S. government's response to whistleblower disclosures. His recently published memoir, "Permanent Record," tells the story of his decision to expose the system of mass surveillance. "I think it's so obvious that no harm to national security has resulted from this process of disclosure. And yet, the same criticisms, the same allegations are made to me as
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Headlines for September 30, 2019

Facing Threats from Trump, Anonymous Whistleblower to Testify on Capitol Hill, Trump Warns Impeachment Could Lead to Civil War, Calls Critics "Savages", Pompeo Subpoenaed over Ukraine; Trump Envoy for Ukraine Resigns, More Than 2 Million Take Part in Global Climate Strike, Nearly 70 Arrested at New Hampshire Coal Plant Protest, Federal Judge Blocks Trump Administration Effort to Indefinitely Detain Migrant Children, Low Turnout Reported on Election Day in Afghanistan, Egyptian Dissident Alaa Abd El-Fattah Arrested Amid Growing Crackdown, Houthis Claim
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‘No heavenly angel’ — Gazans take a dim view of Gantz, and Odeh’s endorsement

Gazans do not approve of Joint List leader Ayman Odeh's endorsement of Benny Gantz in the Israeli election because Gantz led attacks on Gaza. No one here, says Ayman Moin, "can easily forget a beloved who has been killed, or jailed for years, nor a house demolished by the same perpetrator.”
| News, 2019 Israeli Elections, Ayman Odeh |

Liberal Zionists envision a sea change in Israel with success of the Joint List

The success of the Palestinian Joint List in the Israeli election has given hope to liberal Zionist groups for a post-Netanyahu era of non-discrimination and a better international image. Though there is little in Israeli Jewish politicians' conduct to support the hope, Ayman Odeh of the Joint List will be speaking to J Street next month.
| Media Analysis, Avi Gabbay, Ayman Odeh |

Bail sentence ends: UK now holding Assange solely on US’ behalf

On 22 September 2019, Julian Assange’s sentence for a bail violation conviction ended, but he was not released from HMP Belmarsh. Beginning today, 23 September, the United Kingdom is detaining Julian solely on behalf of the United States, which requests his extradition and has charged him with 18 counts carrying 175 years in prison for publishing information in the public interest.
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Julian Assange wins Compassion in Care’s 2019 Gavin MacFadyen Award for Whistleblowers

"We are giving this year’s award to a man who has the courage to publish the truth and has sacrificed so much as a result." The award will be presented on September 28th in front of Belmarsh prison in London where Julian Assange is incarcerated.
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The myth of green cars

Cars have long dominated our cities and polluted our air. But would electric versions be anything more than environmental window-dressing?  The car, wrote the French thinker André Gorz, “supports in everyone the illusion that each individual can seek his or her own benefit at the expense of everyone else”.  Writing in 1973 , Gorz was frustrated by a paradox: cars had
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The biggest loser in this election: Liberal Zionism

Israelis consistently vote against the idea of a Jewish and democratic Israel alongside a Palestinian state. It is now impossible to see how that could ever be realized. On Sunday Ayman Odeh, the chairman of the Joint List, met with President Reuven Rivlin to announce his party’s noteworthy decision to endorse Benny Gantz, chairman of […] The post The biggest loser in this election: Liberal Zionism appeared first on +972 Magazine .
| Analysis, Ayman Odeh, Benjamin Netanyahu |

Why Boris Johnson has learnt the wrong lessons about leadership from his predecessors

No method, no guru, no teacher.  Amid the wildly unpredictable storms of British politics there is clarity on one issue. The leadership of Boris Johnson is without precedent. In the space of a few weeks he has prorogued parliament and insisted that the UK would leave the EU on 31 October irrespective of the law passed by parliament aimed at blocking
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The only hope for Israel politically is… Palestinians

Palestinians in Israel are far more liberal than Jews. Nearly 90 percent say they would support a Palestinian party being part of the government, while Israeli Jews reject that idea overwhelmingly. So the one group that doesn't buy into Zionism is the only hope to save Israel from its rightwing intolerance; and it is time that American Jews understand that reality.
| Media Analysis, Ayman Odeh, Benny Gantz |

The Joint List MKs have endorsed one form of colonisation over another

The Joint List members of the Israeli parliament, the Knesset, have endorsed Benny Gantz to lead the next Israeli government following last week’s General Election. This is another betrayal of the Palestinian cause. Out of the four factions in the bloc, Balad was the only party to repudiate the endorsement, stating emphatically that it would not back Gantz due to his Zionist ideology and his involvement in military aggression as the former Chief of Staff of the Israel Defence Forces.
| Blog, Blogs - Politics, Israel |

President Carter’s Cover-up: Vanunu Mordechai’s Status Quo

A Google Alert for “Vanunu” announced “Report: Carter Administration Covered Up Clandestine Israeli Nuclear Test.” The link led to The Jewish Press article that repeated the lie that Mordechai Vanunu was an “Israeli scientist” By Eileen Fleming Mordechai Vanunu holds BA’s in geography and philosophy. Vanunu was never a scientist but a mid-level nuclear technician...
| Arab World, Bloggers, Commentary |

ADC hosts Alex Odeh conference Oct. 11-12, 2019

ADC hosts Alex Odeh conference Oct. 11-12, 2019 ADC is proud to announce its 2019 Alex Odeh Conference! This year’s conference will take place at the Sheraton Cerritos Hotel in California on October 11th-12th. The Alex Odeh Conference is one of the largest annual gatherings of Arab Americans on the west coast. The agenda will...
| Events, Alex Odeh, FBI |

The ugly joy of the Israeli election

Watching the election results on Israeli TV this week was to see Zionism in all its racist glory. The Palestinian parties were big winners Tuesday, finishing third with 13 seats, and the experts all declare, No governing coalition can include Arabs!
| Media Analysis, Avigdor Lieberman, Ayman Odeh |

The results of Israel’s election hinder the formation of a government

With the emergence of most of the results of the Israeli elections, a series of potential scenarios for the formation of a new government have emerged. It is important to know the final results of the elections, after counting over 90 per cent of the votes before talking about how the new government will look, as the Blue and White (Kahol Lavan) alliance, led by the three generals Benny Gantz, Moshe Ya’alon and Gabi Ashkenazi, along with Yair Lapid, won
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‘NYT’ gives Netanyahu platform to race-bait Palestinian parties as ‘terrorists’ — without letting them respond

When Donald Trump race-baits minorities, the New York Times offers his targets space to respond. But the Times published Netanyahu's smears of Palestinian political parties as terrorists without giving them space to respond and repeatedly diminished their achievement in the election, in which they finished behind the two leading Jewish parties.
| Media Analysis, 2019 Israeli Elections, Ayman Odeh |

Stockholm Syndrome: Julian Assange And The Limits Of Guardian Dissent

Nothing happened on September 2 in central London. Roger Waters, co-founder of Pink Floyd, did not initiate a protest outside the Home Office. He did not sing and play the Floyd classic ‘Wish You Were Here’, or say: Julian Assange, we are with you. Free Julian Assange! The renowned journalist and film-maker John Pilger did […]
| Brexit, Freedom of Expression/Speech, Gaza |

Susan Sontag and the age of celebrity

Was the most recognisable writer of her generation little more than a high-class intellectual con-artist? Susan Sontag’s position as the most respected and name-checked English-language critic of her time was accomplished in the face of some hefty obstacles. In an age of virtuoso performers (Joan Didion, Norman Mailer, Pauline Kael), her style could feel dreary – prone to
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Israel election: Joint List alliance celebrates high turnout, threatening to topple Netanyahu

The Joint List, an alliance of parties consisting of prominent Palestinian citizens, has celebrated a high turnout of voters in yesterday’s General Election in Israel. The leader of the bloc, Ayman Odeh, also hailed the fact that the incumbent Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has just a small chance of retaining his position, and pointed out that he is unlikely to be able to form a government. “We feel good that [Netanyahu] cannot form a government,” Odeh told a crowd of
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What does Tom Watson want?

Labour's deputy leader is a Brownite embraced by Blairites, a heavyweight-turned-lightweight and one of the last remaining obstacles to Corbynite hegemony. Now, as he campaigns for Remain, friends say he could yet join the Liberal Democrats. On the afternoon of 19 March 2019, as Labour’s ruling National Executive Committee assembled, members were ordered to hand over their mobile phones. A
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Israel’s election showed Binyamin Netanyahu’s magic has finally worn off

The unscrupulous campaigner resorted to every trick he could think of but fell short of the majority needed for a right-wing coalition.  The smiling taxi driver outside Tel Aviv’s University rail station this morning was in no doubt, telling me happily: “Bibi-Zehu” — Hebrew for “that’s it.” A supporter of Benny Gantz’s centrist Kahol Lavan party, he may have been a little
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Five things you need to know: Netanyahu set to lose grip on power

Plus, 60-hour week for teachers, court hears proroguing case, US blames Iraq for and Snowden sued over memoir. */ Netanyahu set to lose power Israeli leader Benjamin Netanyahu is on course to lose his majority in the Knesset, prompting a scramble to form a government. With the majority of votes counted early
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Five things you need to know today: Israel's elections and Snowden's memoirs

Plus, 60-hour weeks for teachers, court hears proroguing case and US blames Iran for oil attack. */ Netanyahu set to lose power Israeli leader Benjamin Netanyahu is on course to lose his majority in the Knesset, prompting a scramble to form a government. With the majority of votes counted early on Wedneday,
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The final push – can the Arab vote swing Israel’s election?

With only two days to go, the Joint List was campaigning for a last push to unseat Netanyahu is Israel's snap election. “It's simple,” Ayman Odeh, head of the Joint List told Mondoweiss. If 65 percent of Palestinian citizens of Israel vote on Tuesday, "we will bring down Netanyahu.”
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Headlines for September 16, 2019

U.S. Threatens Military Action Against Iran After Oil Attacks in Saudi Arabia, United Auto Workers Strike to Demand Fair Wages, Healthcare & Job Security from GM, Purdue Pharma Files for Bankruptcy, Calls Mount to Impeach Justice Kavanaugh After NYT Report on Sexual Misconduct, Hong Kong Protesters Appeal to U.S., U.K. as Uprising Shows No Sign of Slowing Down, Outsiders Lead Tunisia's Presidential Exit Polls, Algeria Announces Elections Amid Ongoing Protests Against Ruling Elite, U.K. Judge Says Julian Assange a Flight
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Democrats Are Trapped in Trump’s “Deep State” War

The ongoing contretemps between President Donald Trump and the intelligence community forces a dismal and daunting question: Whose side must be taken in a power struggle between a legion of professional liars and a consummate bullshit artist?  Both the president and the spy agencies have mastered the arts of misrepresentation, self-righteousness, and Twitter (but perhaps I repeat myself). Both have extensive records of public statements that are demonstrably false, thoroughly misleading, or artfully deceptive. Both have the power to inflict
| Politics, National Security, Donald Trump |

Netanyahu refuses to apologise to Palestinians of Israel

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu claimed yesterday that he did not practice incitement against Arabs in Israel, Arab48 reported. During an interview published by the Israeli news website Walla, Netanyahu denied any wrongdoing, claiming he had no need to apologise. “Am I inciting?” he asked. “Against [MK] Ayman Odeh?” he continued. This came just days after he wrote on Facebook: “Arabs want to annihilate us all – women, children and men.” READ: Israeli PM reiterates pledge to annex Jordan valley He said
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Israel’s repeat elections and the Arab vote

Suheir Abu Oksa Daoud says Israel's repeat national elections grants the Palestinian leadership a golden opportunity to seek lessons from last April’s results where they dropped four seats and lost their standing as the third-largest party in the legislature.
| Opinion, 2019 Israeli Elections, Ayman Odeh |

Facebook suspends Netanyahu’s page after incitement against Arabs

Facebook has prevented Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu from sending private messages, after his open incitement against Arab citizens and the elected Arab leadership in Israel. In a message he sent to his followers via Facebook, Netanyahu incited against Arab citizens and MP Ayman Odeh in particular. In the message, Netanyahu said: “The formation of a dangerous leftist government should be prevented next week, with Lapid and Odeh, Gantz and Lieberman, a secular, weak leftist government formed by Arabs who
| Iran, Israel, Middle East |

The Prosecution Against Julian Assange: Where Presidential Candidates Stand

The New York Times asks each 2020 presidential candidate whether they support the charges against Julian Assange and if they believed they were constitutional. The post The Prosecution Against Julian Assange: Where Presidential Candidates Stand appeared first on Shadowproof .
| Dissenter Featured, Latest News, The Dissenter |

LA Feedback Festival and This American and Israel’s Nuclear Whistle Blower Vanunu Mordechai

On the 18thanniversary of 9/11, I learned my long forgotten FREE Logline submission entered into the Los Angeles FEEDBACK Film and Screenplay Festival is a Semi-Finalist, and that gives me hope that by next September 11, multitudes will have heard about “This American and Israel’s Nuclear Whistle Blower Vanunu Mordechai.” By Eileen Fleming This morning’s...
| Arab World, Bloggers, Commentary |

David Cameron yearned to modernise the Tory party but his legacy is one of chaos

The ex-prime minister was brought down by his gambler’s instinct and an elevated sense of superiority and entitlement.  I was told a revealing story about David Cameron, which is worth retelling again in the week he publishes his long-delayed book about his premiership. One day after a cabinet meeting – this was in the run-up to Cameron’s speech on 23 January 2013 at
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