Oath Keepers, Anti-Democracy Activists, and Others on the Far Right Are Funding Canada's "Freedom Convoy"

Most of the Money Came From Canadians Hundreds of Oath Keepers Donated to the “Freedom Convoy” Thousands of “Freedom Convoy” Donors Gave to Other Anti-Vaccine and Far-Right Causes 1,693 “Freedom Convoy” donors also donated $63,000 to Morgan Kahmann, an anti-vaccine former Facebook employee and self-styled “whistleblower” who leaked an internal document about the social network’s Covid-19 misinformation moderation policy to Project Veritas. Kahmann’s
| Politics

At 86, is this Gaza's oldest barber?

Eighty-six-year-old Palestinian barber Ismail Al-Khatib refuses to retire. He continues to open up his barber shop in Firas Market, one of the oldest and most popular markets in Gaza City every morning. Al-Khatib and his son work until sunset every day in a profession that the octogenarian began practicing nearly 73 years ago, and which he learned from his father
| Israel, Middle East, News

Photos and Report: The Wet But Spirited Close Guantánamo Protest in London, Jan. 8, 2022, and an Online Gathering of Former Prisoners

Campaigners across the road from 10 Downing Street during the Guantánamo Network’s march and rally against the continued existence of Guantánamo on Jan. 8, 2022 (Photo: Andy Worthington). 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
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Radio: I Discuss 20 Years of Guantánamo and the Proposed Extradition of Julian Assange with Chris Cook on Gorilla Radio

Andy Worthington calling for the closure of prison at Guantánamo Bay outside the White House on Jan. 11, 2020, and the logo for Chris Cook’s ‘Gorilla Radio’ show in Victoria, British Columbia. 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
| Abu Zubaydah, Andy Worthington's TV and radio appearances, Belmarsh, control orders, deportation and extradition

Challenges remain for healthcare cybersecurity

Cybersecurity is a growing issue across all industries, with no signs of slowing down Two-thirds of health delivery organizations have been victims of ransomware attacks, while 33% have been hit twice or more Governments must enforce existing laws and norms of behavior to crack down on cybersecurity threat actors READ NEXTBlackMatter attack on Olympus shows troubling rise of ransomware-as-a-service Cybersecurity attacks increase mortality rates The
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UK Judges Rule That WikiLeaks Founder Julian Assange Can Be Extradited to the US, Accepting Risible US Assurances Regarding His Mental Health and Suicide Risk

A protestor opposing WikiLeaks’ founder Julian Assange’s proposed extradition to the US outside the Old Bailey in London on October 1, 2020 (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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A Christmas Tale: The Downing Street Party, Laughter And Bigger State Crimes

Anne Cadwallader on the UK government’s attempt to rewrite the history of British policy in Northern Ireland. Meanwhile, the UK government is actually ‘censoring numerous files showing British army complicity in the deaths of civilians, depriving bereaved families of access to the truth.’ See also Michael Oswald’s documentary film, ‘The Man Who Knew Too Much’, about Colin Wallace, an intelligence
| 26th UN Climate Change Conference of the Parties (COP26), Boris Johnson, Climate Change

US and Israel partner on fintech and cybersecurity innovations

READ NEXTMicrosoft has been on a cybersecurity splurge to fight mounting threats Aim of the joint task force High profile ransomware attacks YOU MIGHT LIKE Has the costs of cybersecurity breaches exploded since the pandemic? Financial sector information sharing on regulations and guidance, and on threat intelligence; Staff training, study visits, and cross-border competency-building activities; Technical exchanges on policy, regulation, and outreach; Improved public sector analytics and enforcement. Economic
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Artificial Intelligence in the Intelligence Community: Oversight Must Not Be an Oversight

Adaptive Oversight Trust, Transparency, and Partnership IC Actions Committee Actions Conclusion IMAGE: Chairman Sen. Mark Warner (D-VA) gives an opening statement at a Senate Intelligence Committee hearing on February 23, 2021, in Washington, DC, regarding the 2020 cyberattack that resulted in a series of major data breaches within several U.S. corporations and agencies and departments in the U.S. federal government. (Photo by Demetrius Freeman-Pool/Getty Images)
| Oversight, Technology, AI in the IC

I Discuss the Significance of WikiLeaks’ Release of ‘The Guantánamo Files’ in a Primary Sources Podcast with Clive Stafford Smith

“WikiLeaks and ‘The Guantánamo Files'”: a screenshot of the ‘Primary Sources’ podcast featuring Andy Worthington and Clive Stafford Smith in conversation with Chip Gibbons of Defending Rights and Dissent. 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.
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Former Guantánamo Prisoner Kidnapped in Yemen, Held at an Unknown Location

Abdulqadir al-Madhfari (identified by the US as Abdel Qadir Hussein al-Mudhaffari, and given the prisoner number ISN 40), in a photo taken at Guantánamo and included in his classified military file, 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
| Guantanamo, Guantanamo media, Life after Guantanamo

A Beginner’s Guide to Social Media Verification

How can we tell whether the posts, articles and claims we see on the internet and social media sites are true? Online conspiracies and deliberately misleading, partisan content are serious issues, after all. “What Advice Can You Give?” As this guide looks at some of the first steps for uncovering misinformation and disinformation, it is not fully comprehensive. Other good guides can
| Guides, Resources, Social Media

Like a Wheedling Abuser, the US Makes Groundless Promises in Julian Assange’s Extradition Appeal

Campaigners in support of WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange outside the High Court in London on October 28, 2021, the second day of the US government’s appeal against a ruling by a judge in January, preventing Assange’s extradition on mental health grounds (Photo: Andy Worthington). Please support my work as a reader-funded investigative journalist, commentator and activist. If you can
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Never-Ending Injustice: State Secrets and the Torture of Abu Zubaydah

An illustration featuring Abu Zubaydah 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
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Haugen: Facebook has become the Terminator

“I don’t think Facebook ever set out to intentionally promote divisive, extreme, polarizing content. I do think though that they are aware of the side effects of the choices they have made around amplification, and they know that algorithmic-based rankings, so engagement-based ranking, keeps you on their sites longer. You have long — you have longer sessions, you show up
| Corporate Surveillance, Displaced and Refugees, Featured

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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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
| National Security, Politics

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
| Activism, Advocacy, Censorship

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
| Justice, National Security

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”
| National Security, Politics, Special Investigations

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.
| Tech

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
| World

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,
| Activism, Julian Assange, Justice

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
| Latest, data, privacy

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
| Abu Zubaydah, American torture, European complicity in torture

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
| Belmarsh, control orders, deportation and extradition, Guantanamo, Guantanamo media

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
| Disinformation, Joe Biden, Russia

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,
| Politics, Technology

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

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

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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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.” You can make a difference by then encouraging someone
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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 […]
| 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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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
| 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