Congo Rebels Kill 15, Threaten Ebola Containment Efforts Again

The rebels also abducted a dozen children, Congo's military said. The attack comes after two medical workers were killed Saturday while manning a port of entry to try to control the spread of Ebola.
| News |

Julian Assange sues Ecuador for better asylum terms

Wikileaks founder Julian Assange has filed a lawsuit against the new asylum terms imposed by the government of Ecuador. His lawyer said that Assange has been "held in inhuman conditions for more than six years."
| News |

Julian Assange is fighting the Ecuadorian government over a cat

Worst. Houseguest. Ever. WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange may be one of the world’s most feared activists after helping Russia interfere in elections and exposing military secrets of the United States. But he’s also one of the world’s worst houseguests. Assange has lived inside Ecuador’s embassy in London for about six years after he fled there to escape extradition to Sweden in 2012. But now he’s overstayed his welcome — mostly because he won’t
| News |

This is exactly how a nuclear war would kill you

This is how the world ends — not with a bang, but with a lot of really big bombs. Matthew Kroenig has witnessed firsthand the growing fear that nuclear war is imminent. A professor at Georgetown University, he’s taught an undergraduate course on nuclear weapons and world politics for the past decade. He always asks the same question on the last day: How many of his students think they’ll see nuclear weapons used in their lifetime?
| News |

Facebook’s data breach shows us how the internet is broken - and we’re making it worse

Online data security is fundamentally broken, and the more we link accounts the worse it will get. Online security is completely broken, and we are engineering the world to make that – possibly unfixable – problem even worse, day by day. We have a tendency to compare the online world to the offline one, so when we think of security we
| News |

John Grant’s fourth album, Love is Magic, is a work of musical mood swings

Grant represents a very human set of contradictions. In his songs, horrific experiences are set alongside transcendent ones; cynicism alongside childlike wonder Like James Gandolfini, or Lucille Ball, John Grant got famous later in life, after 40. He’d spent the latter part of his thirties trying to kick alcohol, crack, coke and syphilis. When things weren’t working out with his band, the Czars, he’d
| News |

Citi’s Middle East banking business is no joking matter

Sat, 2018-10-06 23:45 DUBAI: At around 6 p.m. last Tuesday, Atiq Rehman was racking his brains for a joke. The CEO of the Middle East and Africa for Citigroup, the giant American banking business, was delivering closing remarks after a one-day summit of media and non-governmental organizations (NGOs) in Dubai. The summit had encompassed virtually every aspect of the business of a global financial business, from trade wars to fintech, but humor
| News |

Open Letter to Mordechai Vanunu, Fans, and Detractors

On the 32ndanniversary of his kidnapping, Israel’s nuclear whistle blower Mordechai Vanunu tweeted the image of his inked palm, which led to exposing the Mossad agent who facilitated Vanunu’s kidnapping.   The Center for Israel Education’s “This week in Israeli history” spun Vanunu’s kidnapping as a “return.” By Eileen Fleming On the way to his closed door trial in 1986, Mordechai Vanunu pressed his inked palm to the window of the transport van which read: “ I,
| News |

STATEMENT

STATEMENT BY HIS EXCELLENCY MR. OSMAN SALEH MOHAMMED MINISTER OF FOREIGN AFFAIRS OF THE STATE OF ERITREA AT THE GENERAL DEBATE OF THE 73rd SESSION OF THE UNITED NATIONS GENERAL ASSEMBLY STATEMENT BY HIS EXCELLENCY MR. OSMAN SALEH MOHAMMED MINISTER OF FOREIGN AFFAIRS OF THE STATE OF ERITREA AT THE GENERAL DEBATE OF THE 73rd SESSION OF THE UNITED NATIONS GENERAL ASSEMBLY NEW YORK 29 SEPTEMBER 2018
| News |

Tortured Solutions: Ecuador, the UK and Julian Assange’s Fate

The pulse of negotiations, a flurry of communications, and the person central to this is one who threatens to go nowhere – for the moment. But go somewhere these parties would wish Julian Assange to do.  For six years, cramped within a space in London a stone’s throw away from Harrods, one he has made […]
| News |

Brett Kavanaugh’s friend Mark Judge advocated for bigotry and extremism -- and even wrote about being a peeping Tom

Melissa Joskow / Media Matters After Dr. Christine Blasey Ford reported that Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh sexually assaulted her when they were in high school in the presence of Kavanaugh’s classmate Mark Judge, Senate Republicans want to rush a Senate Judiciary Committee hearing on the matter allowing only Kavanaugh and Ford to testify. Despite calls from Ford and committee Democrats to allow more time for a non-partisan investigation to take place , committee Chairman
| News |

Seven companies named for the Palestinian Exporter award for 2017

RAMALLAH/PNN/ September 20, 2018 – The Palestine Trade Center (PalTrade) announced on Wednesday the names of the winning companies of the 2017 Palestinian Exporter Award during a ceremony held in Ramallah in the presence of Prime Minister Rami Hamdallah and Minister of National Economy Abeer Odeh, Minister of Agriculture Sufian Sultan, and Tourism Minister Rola …
| News |

Trump ordered the unprecedented release of classified material after a push from Sean Hannity and Lou Dobbs

Trump orders declassification of a number of documents and text messages relating to the origin of the Russia investigation WSJ : Trump “ordered the declassification of sensitive documents related to the investigation into Russian election interference.” In an “unprecedented” move, Trump ordered the declassification of various documents and text messages relating to the beginning of the investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election. From the Wall Street Journal ’s September 17 article:
| News |

Europol warns on Daesh cyber threat

Author:  REBECCA SPONG ID:  1537286397274875900 Tue, 2018-09-18 18:44 LONDON: Daesh followers could be seeking cyber-attack tools from the so-called ‘digital underground,’ according to a new report from Europol. With Daesh forces having lost most of their territorial strongholds in the Middle East since 2016, the terror organization has increasingly retreated to the web to continue its campaign. The annual
| News |

Free Press Advocates Alarmed by US Government's "Terrifying" Secret Rules for Spying on Journalists

Jessica Corbett, staff writer Journalists and free press advocates are responding with alarm to newly released documents revealing the U.S. government's secret rules for using Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA) court orders to spy on reporters, calling the revelations "important" and "terrifying."
| News |

Government Can Spy on Journalists in the U.S. Using Invasive Foreign Intelligence Process

Newly released documents illuminate the little-known use of Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court orders against journalists. The post Government Can Spy on Journalists in the U.S. Using Invasive Foreign Intelligence Process appeared first on The Intercept .
| News |

10 communities that are particularly vulnerable to Sinclair’s right-wing propaganda ahead of the midterms

Melissa Joskow / Media Matters Sinclair Broadcast Group, the largest owner and operator of local TV stations in the country, has the potential to wield enormous influence over the midterm elections this fall by distributing frequent GOP-friendly segments to local news stations on the ground in key races. A number of Sinclair’s 192 local TV stations -- many of which broadcast Sinclair's original news programming -- are located in battleground states for the 2018 and
| News |

Trump Declassifying Page, Ohr Records Will Have Broader Effects

President Donald Trump plans to declassify documents as early as this week about the FBI’s surveillance of campaign advisor Carter Page pursuant to the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA), as well as “the investigative activities of senior Justice Department lawyer Bruce Ohr,” according to a report in Axios.…   continue »
| News |

‘All the Roads Leading to Agadez and Italy are Dangerous’

El Adama Diallo left his home in Senegal on Oct. 28, 2016, with dreams of reaching Europe in his heart and a steely determination that made him take an alternative, dangerous route to get there despite the absence of regular migration papers in his pocket. It was a journey that took him from West Africa—through […] The post ‘All the Roads Leading to Agadez and Italy are Dangerous’ appeared first on Inter Press Service .
| News |

BA apologizes after 380,000 customers hit in cyberattack

Author:  Reuters ID:  1536339131831278800 Fri, 2018-09-07 15:32 LONDON: British Airways apologized on Friday after the credit card details of hundreds of thousands of its customers were stolen over a two-week period in the most serious attack on its website and app. The airline discovered on Wednesday that bookings made between Aug. 21 and Sept. 5 had been infiltrated in
| News |

The Intersectional Jewish-American

In 1967, the Student Non-Violent Coordinating Committee (SNCC) published a two-page spread in its Newsletter on “The Palestine Problem.” The group was in the midst of transitioning from being an American civil rights group to a “human rights” organization with an international outlook. SNCC wanted to show the connection between injustices everywhere—but their soon-to-be estranged American-Jewish allies had no such inclination, at least with regards to the newly occupied Palestinian territories. A Diaspora Divided
| News |

The Perils of the Ultra-Orthodox Alliance

The weeks before the Knesset, the Israeli parliament, breaks for summer recess are often a telling time. It’s when the government tries to cram through as many contentious yet politically expedient laws as possible to increase its chances of survivability come fall. A case in point is the passage, in July, of the so-called Nation-State bill. The law, which is akin to a constitutional amendment, entrenches national self-determination in Israel as a right “unique to the Jewish people.” It spells out, for the first time since Israel’s
| News |

Banning Chelsea Manning: The Dubious Tests of Character

National security advocates have been crotchety ever since the release of Chelsea Manning for a sentence they hoped would go the full, crushing 35 years. Her sins were intimately tied up with making WikiLeaks the publisher of fame, less than fortune: the disclosure of 750,000 classified diplomatic and military documents which revealed, to various degrees, […]
| News |

Robotel: Japan hotel staffed by robot dinosaurs

Author:  Raito ONO | AFP ID:  1535748211411044900 Fri, 2018-08-31 08:55 URAYASU, Japan: The reception at the Henn na Hotel east of Tokyo is eerily quiet until customers approach the robot dinosaurs manning the front desk. Their sensors detect the motion and they bellow “Welcome.” It might be about the weirdest check-in experience possible, but that’s exactly the point at
| News |

Global Outcry After Australia Moves to Ban Entry of Whistleblower Chelsea Manning

Jon Queally, staff writer Human rights groups and free speech defenders around the world are speaking out on Thursday after the Australian government moved aggressively to block Chelsea Manning—the U.S. Army whistleblower who was imprisoned by her own government after leaking hundreds of thousands of military and diplomatic document, including evidence of war crimes—from entering the country as part of a global speaking tour.
| News |

What Happened at the Court: The Hasbajrami Oral Argument on Section 702 of FISA and the Fourth Amendment

On August 27, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit heard argument in United States v. Hasbajrami , a case that raises several challenges to the constitutionality of surveillance under  Section 702 of the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA) .…   continue »
| News |

James Risen: Reality Winner's Sentence Is One of the Worst Miscarriages of Justice in Recent History

NSA whistleblower Reality Winner was handed the longest sentence ever imposed in federal court for leaking government information to the media Thursday. She is the first person to be sentenced under the Espionage Act since President Trump took office. Winner was arrested by FBI agents at her home in Augusta, Georgia, on June 3, 2017, two days before The Intercept published an exposé revealing Russian military intelligence conducted a cyberattack on at least one U.S. voting software company just days
| News |

'Complete Joke': Democrats Ripped for Totally Failing to Grill FCC Chair Ajit Pai Over Net Neutrality Cyberattack Lies

Jake Johnson, staff writer Anyone who was expecting Democrats to aggressively and intelligently grill FCC chair Ajit Pai over his egregious lies about his agency's fabricated "cyberattack" story or his deeply unpopular net neutrality repeal was disappointed after the Senate Commerce Committee's much-anticipated oversight hearing on Thursday, which ultimately ended up being a "complete joke" that produced little of substance and few answers to important questions.
| News |

Denouncing 'Wanton Disregard for Congress and the American People,' Dems Call on Ajit Pai to Come Clean About False FCC Cyberattack

Jessica Corbett, staff writer "Lawmakers are rightly demanding answers. But they should also act immediately to overrule Ajit Pai's corrupt gutting of net neutrality."
| News |

Intel Professionals Plead for Humanitarian Asylum for Julian Assange

Memorandum for: The US Embassies of Ecuador and the United Kingdom, and the U.S. State Department From: Veteran Intelligence Professionals for Sanity Subject: Humanitarian Asylum for Julian Assange For six years, WikiLeaks editor Julian Assange has been effectively imprisoned without charges at Ecuador’s London embassy. In that time, two international courts and dozens of respected … Continue reading "Intel Professionals Plead for Humanitarian Asylum for Julian Assange" The post Intel Professionals Plead for Humanitarian Asylum
| Uncategorized |

Jewish Nation-State Law: Why Israel Was Never a Democracy

The head of the Arab Joint List Alliance at the Israeli Knesset (Parliament), Aymen Odeh, described the passing of the racist Jewish Nation-state Law as “the death of our democracy.” Did Odeh truly believe that, prior to this law, he had lived in a true democracy? 70 years of Israeli Jewish supremacy, genocide, ethnic cleansing, … Continue reading "Jewish Nation-State Law: Why Israel Was Never a Democracy" The post Jewish Nation-State Law: Why Israel Was
| Uncategorized |

Assange’s Freedom, Democracy’s Last Line of Defense

Over 50 years ago, in his letter from the Birmingham Jail, addressing a struggle of the civil right era, Martin Luther King Jr. wrote, "We will have to repent in this generation not merely for the hateful words and actions of the bad people but for the appalling silence of the good people." His message … Continue reading "Assange’s Freedom, Democracy’s Last Line of Defense" The post Assange’s Freedom, Democracy’s Last Line of Defense
| Uncategorized |

The effort to impeach Rod Rosenstein, brought to you by Sean Hannity, Jeanine Pirro, and Lou Dobbs

House Freedom Caucus begins impeachment proceedings against Rosenstein House Freedom Caucus introduces articles of impeachment to remove Rosenstein. From the July 26 edition of The New York Times : A group of House Republicans escalated their feud with the deputy attorney general, Rod J. Rosenstein, on Wednesday, introducing articles of impeachment in a long-shot bid to oust the official overseeing the special counsel inquiry into Russian election interference. The move was seen as much as
| News |

21st Century Witchcraft: The Real Election Meddlers

The most chilling thing about the just released Carter Page FISA application is right at the top. It essentially says that if you talk to any foreign government not approved by Washington about any civilian topic such as energy policy, you can be accused of being a foreign agent, wiretapped and charged with a crime: … Continue reading "21st Century Witchcraft: The Real Election Meddlers" The post 21st Century Witchcraft: The Real Election Meddlers
| Uncategorized |

Senegal looks to expand cooperation with China after Xi visit

Senegal’s Minister of Infrastructure, Land Transport and Opening-Up Abdoulaye Daouda Diallo looks to expanding cooperation with China, especially in the area of infrastructure after Chinese President Xi Jinping’s state visit to the West African country. In 2014, Senegal proposed a plan to achieve an average economic growth rate of 7 percent by 2035. The plan consists of 27 projects with six prioritizing the development of a transport infrastructure, which will help build a broader stage for cooperation with China. China’s
| News |

Martyrs to the Cause: Carter Page and Julian Assange

In an unprecedented move, the Justice Department has released the FISA application submitted by the FBI to spy on Carter Page, the rather hapless would-be advisor to the Trump campaign who has been smeared as a “Russian agent” – but has not been charged after almost two years. We’ve never before even seen a FISA … Continue reading "Martyrs to the Cause: Carter Page and Julian Assange" The post Martyrs to the Cause: Carter Page
| Uncategorized |

Justice Department Releases FISA Applications That Accused Trump Adviser Carter Page of 'Conspiring With the Russian Government'

Jake Johnson, staff writer "That the FISA materials hurt the GOP narrative is not surprising since Rep. Devin Nunes admitted he never read the source documents on Carter Page. In fact, the first Nunes memo was such a disaster that I can't wait for the second one."
| News |

'Profound' Threats to Press Freedoms Loom as Ecuador Prepares to Hand Assange Over to UK

Jake Johnson, staff writer Amid new reports that Ecuador is preparing to withdraw aslyum protections from WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange and hand him over to British authorities within the next few weeks, journalists are raising alarm at the serious threats to press freedom such a move could spawn, given that the U.K. may decide to extradite Assange to the United States—where he could face "prosecution for the act of publishing documents."
| News |

'Profound' Threat to Press Freedom Looms as Ecuador Prepares to Hand Assange Over to UK

Jake Johnson, staff writer Amid new reports that Ecuador is preparing to withdraw aslyum protections from WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange and hand him over to British authorities within the next few weeks, journalists are raising alarm at the serious threats to press freedom such a move could spawn, given that the U.K. may decide to extradite Assange to the United States—where he could face "prosecution for the act of publishing documents."
| News |

Assange Is a Journalist, Should Not Be Persecuted for Publishing the Truth

Last week, rallies in support of Julian Assange were held around the world. We participated in two #AssangeUnity events seeking to #FreeAssange in Washington, DC. This is the beginning of a new phase of the campaign to stop the persecution of Julian Assange and allow him to leave the Ecuadorian Embassy in London without the … Continue reading "Assange Is a Journalist, Should Not Be Persecuted for Publishing the Truth" The post Assange Is a
| Uncategorized |

Did Sen. Warner and Comey ‘Collude’ on Russia-gate?

An explosive report by investigative journalist John Solomon on the opinion page of Monday’s edition of The Hill sheds a bright light on how Sen. Mark Warner (D-VA) and then-FBI Director James Comey collaborated to prevent WikiLeaks editor Julian Assange from discussing “technical evidence ruling out certain parties [read Russia]” in the controversial leak of … Continue reading "Did Sen. Warner and Comey ‘Collude’ on Russia-gate?" The post Did Sen. Warner and Comey ‘Collude’ on
| Uncategorized |

Julian Assange and the Mindszenty Case

During World War II Cardinal Jozsef Mindszenty was a huge critic of fascism and wound up in prison. In Oct. 1945 he became head of the Church in Hungary and spoke out just as strongly against Communist oppression. He wound up back in prison for eight more years, including long periods of solitary confinement and … Continue reading "Julian Assange and the Mindszenty Case" The post Julian Assange and the Mindszenty Case appeared first
| Uncategorized |

Assange’s Ecuadorian Cave

For over two months Julian Assange had no internet access and no contact with anyone besides his lawyer. Fifteen days is prohibited by the UN as prolonged solitary confinement under the Mandela Rules. His situation now appears unchanged except that he was visited last Thursday by two officials from Australia’s High Commission. It has not … Continue reading "Assange’s Ecuadorian Cave" The post Assange’s Ecuadorian Cave appeared first on Antiwar.com Original .
| Uncategorized |

In Typical 'Police State' Response, Cops Show Up With Guns Drawn After Friends Worried Chelsea Manning Was Near Suicide

Julia Conley, staff writer Security footage filmed in U.S. military whistleblower Chelsea Manning's apartment last week shows that police responded to calls about Manning's well-being after she posted two tweets that alluded to a planned suicide attempt, by breaking into her home with their guns drawn.
| News |

In 'Blistering' Report, Journalism Watchdog Condemns DNC Lawsuit Against WikiLeaks as Severe Threat to Free Press

Jake Johnson, staff writer As President Donald Trump continues to wage war on journalism with "violent anti-press rhetoric," the Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ) published a scathing analysis on Tuesday arguing that the Democratic National Committee's recent lawsuit against WikiLeaks could set the stage for even more alarming attacks on press freedom by empowering the U.S. government to penalize media outlets that publish leaked information.
| News |

Chelsea Manning: Big Brother Getting Worse, 'Especially in US'

Andrea Germanos, staff writer Army whistleblower Chelsea Manning said that government surveillance is "getting worse, especially in the United States," stressed the need for "community building," and underscored to a crowd, "You have power."
| News |

Convoy of Israeli Arabs drives to Netanyahu's office to protest violence in Arab society

Among the demonstrators are Israeli Arab leaders such as MK Ayman Odeh, who blamed the police of grave oversight: 'Violence in our society is spreading like a plague'
| Israel police |

Careem hit by cyber attack affecting 14 million users

Careem, one of the most popular ride-hailing apps in the Middle East, was hit by a cyberattack that compromised the data of 14 million users, it announced Monday.
| News |