Ro Khanna Vows to Put Big Oil, PR Firms in Hot Seat 'Like the Big Tobacco Hearings'

Ro Khanna Vows to Put Big Oil, PR Firms in Hot Seat 'Like the Big Tobacco Hearings' Brett Wilkins brett Sep 9, 2021 "You can't address the climate crisis without addressing climate misinformation," said the California Democrat, who plans to call fossil fuel, ad, and PR executives to testify before Congress.
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UK: High Court begins consideration of Assange extradition appeal

NewsOn 11 August, the UK High Court began consideration of the US government’s appeal in the extradition case against Wikileaks publisher Julian Assange. In the preliminary hearing, the presiding judges granted permission for the US to pursue its appeal on two additional grounds, widening the scope to five grounds in total. The full appellate hearing will take place from 27
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CIA Drove Spike in Media Leak Investigation Requests Under Trump

Chart: Soohee Cho/The Intercept The WikiLeaks publication of an archive of hacking tools used by the CIA in 2017 may have comprised a portion of the referrals. Several of the publication dates appear to align with referral dates from the CIA. Political Prosecutions Chart: Soohee Cho/The Intercept Pompeo’s Surge Photo: Andrew Harrer/Bloomberg via Getty Images A Constitutional Collision “The drumbeat of complaints about leaks from the president and other
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Sonia Kennebeck’s Grim Documentaries About Whistleblowers Expose the Excesses of the National Security State

“United States v. Reality Winner” is a principled, soulful documentary about the National Security Agency contractor who sent a document outlining Russian election hacking and influence efforts to The Intercept, only to be imprisoned for her efforts. Directed by Sonia Kennebeck, who previously made a film about drone-program whistleblowers, the 2021 movie provides a welcome introduction to the case, as well as an investigation
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Government announces new media regulations that could further constrain freedom of expression in Turkey

Misinformation regulations A step towards more control Each time you watch journalists being attacked, intimidated, tear gassed in Turkey, remember that it’s YOUR right to information which is attacked, violated and tear gassed no matter where you are. Protect your source to information!#JournalismIsNotACrime pic.twitter.com/97ybc7O9mb Direct message to Germany from Erdoğan: “I have a long arm. We can attack a dissident journalist even in Berlin.”#ErkAcarer@HeikoMaas @amnesty_de
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The Controversial Prosecutor at the Heart of the Julian Assange Case

“If Julian Assange is extradited to the U.S. it would be by far the most important and dangerous trial for press freedom in the 21st century.” Unbowed by outside pressure and criticism that using the Espionage Act against Assange would endanger press freedoms, the Biden Justice Department continues to use one of its most incendiary prosecutors to help bring Assange to
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The People vs. Agent Orange Exposes a Mass Poisoning in Plain Sight

In 1975, shortly after moving to Oregon’s Siuslaw National Forest, Carol Van Strum began seeing tank trucks and helicopters spraying something pungent. “No one knew what they were spraying, or what it was for,” she recalled. “A lot of people just assumed, ‘It’s the government doing it, it must be OK.’” It wasn’t. Van Strum’s garden wilted. Her children became sick. Then her dog died. Around the region, women
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How Trump Ally Michael Flynn Nurtured — and Profited From — the QAnon Conspiracy Theory

Graphic: Soohee Cho/The Intercept Graphic: Shawn Walker/Arizona State University Raising an Army of “Digital Soldiers” The trademark documents Flynn’s financial connection to the QAnon movement; wherever his logo with the words “Digital Soldiers” is used, he wants to benefit. Right-Wing “Citizen Journalism” From Dark to Light Rallying the Digital Troops Battling the “Deep State” Virtually Photo: Drew Angerer/Getty Images, Al Drago/Bloomberg via Getty Images Taking Over “the Idea of Information”
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Israel forces raid, close healthcare centre in West Bank

Israeli occupation forces yesterday raided the headquarters of a leading healthcare organisation in the occupied West Bank city of Al-Bireh and ordered it to close for six months, a statement issued by the organisation said. General Manager of the Health Work Committees (HWC), Shatha Odeh, said in the statement that heavily-armed Israeli occupation troops smashed the main door of the
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Not All Hackers From DarkSide Group Located in Russia, Cybersecurity Firm Says

WASHINGTON (Sputnik) - The fact that members of the DarkSide hacking group speak Russian does not mean they all operate from within Russia and the majority of the cybercriminals are coming from Eastern Europe, cybersecurity firm FireEye Senior VP Charles Carmakal said during a congressional hearing on the Colonial Pipeline ransomware attack.
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Have Democrats Reached a Turning Point on Israel?

On Thursday, Israel and Hamas reached a ceasefire, putting a tentative end to 11 days of fighting that began with protests over the eviction of Palestinian families in the Sheikh Jarrah neighborhood of East Jerusalem and a subsequent Israeli raid at the Al Aqsa mosque on the last Friday of Ramadan. In a statement praising the agreement Thursday night, President Joe Biden described talks between the
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Settlement Push in East Jerusalem Neighborhood Shows Israeli "Apartheid"

“There is a settler organization registered in the U.S. that is working tirelessly to dispossess me and my family and other people from the neighborhood.” “It’s remarkable that a term like Nakba, that discussion of issues like settler colonialism and what Zionism really means are finally entering global, and especially American Western, public discourse.” “It’s remarkable that a term like Nakba, that
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Jen Psaki Grilled on Assange

White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki was grilled yesterday on press freedom and Julian’s case. Psaki deflected New York Post reporter Steven Nelson’s question by stressing the “independence” of the Justice Department. Activists are joining together to fund a series of #FreeAssange billboards! Led by Misty Winston, they’ve raised thousands in grassroots donations to put up the first billboard in Columbus,
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Ransomware attack shuts down major US oil pipeline

A Russian criminal group may be responsible for a ransomware attack that shut down a major US fuel pipeline The operator, Colonial Pipeline, said it had halted systems for its 5,500 miles of the pipeline after the attack Unclear when the pipeline will resume operations Who’s responsible for the ransomware attack? SolarWinds hack required massive, sophisticated effort – Microsoft president
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Abu Zubaydah Files Complaint About Torture and Ongoing Imprisonment at Guantánamo with UN Arbitrary Detention Experts

Abu Zubaydah: illustration by Brigid Barrett from an article in Wired in July 2013. The photo used is from the classified military files from Guantánamo that were released by WikiLeaks in 2011. 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
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A Call to Free Julian Assange on the 10th Anniversary of WikiLeaks’ Release of the Guantánamo Files

A composite image of Wikileaks founder Julian Assange, in British custody, and the logo for “The Guantánamo Files,” released ten years ago today. 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 click
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Video: I Discuss the Right to Protest, Guantánamo and the Plight of Julian Assange with Team Assange

A screenshot of Andy Worthington being interviewed by Alison Mason of Team Assange on March 20, 2021, discussing the UK government’s attempts to suppress peaceful protest, Guantánamo and the case of Julian Assange. 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.
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The Latest Lies About Russia

Russia impacted the U.S. election results in 2016 or 2020. Russia hacked into U.S. election machines. The recent U.S. government report alleging election interference contained any evidence of anything. The report so much as alleged Russian involvement in the Biden-Ukraine-corruption story. Russia changed the GOP platform. Russia worked with WikiLeaks. Russia met with Michael Cohen in Prague. 17 U.S. agencies claimed Putin launched cyber-attacks in 2016. Russia hacked
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Inside Gab, the Online Safe Space for Far-Right Extremists

Database Dumps and Chat Logs Screenshot: The Intercept Gab by the Numbers Screenshot: The Intercept Screenshot: The Intercept Screenshot: The Intercept Most Popular Content on Gab /g/The_Donald (299,156 members) Trump 2020 (225,711 members) News (210,733 members) QAnon and the Great Awakening (210,201 members) WeLoveTrump (185,007 members) Conservative News (178,843 members) Stop The Steal (165,184 members) QAnon (156,739 members) QAnon Patriots (147,193 members) Guns of Gab (146,938 members) Joe Biden Is Not My President (141,452 members) Christianity (135,789 members) Memes,
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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
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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
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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
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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
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The PA and UN are wilfully complicit in Israel's settler-colonialism

While Guterres and Mansour relied upon ambiguity to put forth a redundant message, Israeli human rights group B'Tselem made it clear in a position paper last month that the apartheid designation applies to all of the territories that Israel controls, the state "proper" and the occupied Palestinian territories, thus branding it as an apartheid state from its creation in 1948.
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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,”
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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
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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
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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,
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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 […]
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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.
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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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In memoriam: UN Resolution 194

51 per cent of Palestinians live outside Palestine, and are prevented from returning. 49 per cent of the Palestinians live in occupied Palestine. 43 per cent of the total Palestinian population inside historic Palestine are refugees. 2 million Palestinian refugees are registered with the UN Relief and Works Agency (UNRWA); thousands remain unregistered with the agency. 7 per cent of
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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
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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
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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.
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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
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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
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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.
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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
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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
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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
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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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