Barbaric Decisions: Coronavirus, Refusing Bail and Julian Assange

To expose another human being to serious illness, and to the threat of losing their life, is grotesque and quite unnecessary. This is not justice, it is a barbaric decision. — Kristinn Hrafnsson, editor-in-chief of WikiLeaks, March 26, 2020 Social distancing is not a word that seems to have reached certain parts of the British legal system. Granted, it is an odd one, best refashioned as an anti-social act for the sake of preservation. Marooned in some
| Belmarsh Prison UK, COVID-19 (coronavirus), District Judge Vanessa Baraitser |

Gantz will block annexation, Palestinians are at last a ‘player’ — J Street sees upside in Israeli politics

The Israel lobby group J Street had a webinar today in which its leaders declared two silver linings from the stunning elevation of Netanyahu yesterday that ends a year of political stalemate: 1, Benny Gantz may have betrayed the Israeli center that wanted to dethrone Netanyahu, but as Netanyahu’s partner he will prevent the Israeli government from annexing the West Bank over the next 10 months. 2... Source
| Media Analysis, Aida Touma-Sliman, Ayman Odeh |

Guinea’s deep decline into repression sealed by contested referendum

This statement was originally published on mfwa.org on 24 March 2020. About ten people are reported killed, several arrested, including one journalist, and the internet was disrupted as Guinean authorities went ahead with legislative elections and a referendum on removing term limits, amidst fierce protests by the main opposition parties. Ahead of the polls, there were several red flags about possible violence, as months of bloody crackdowns against opponents of President Alpha Conde’s single-minded third term ambitions
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‘I am navigating the Titanic’ — Netanyahu’s coronavirus powergrab

The Israeli political system is in chaos today. Netanyahu’s year-long caretaker government is trying to use the coronavirus pandemic to further stalemate the political process, evidently with the hope of forcing a fourth election in which Netanyahu will campaign as indispensable in the eyes of a worried public. Netanyahu’s chief means of prolonging the stalemate is closing the parliament out of... Source
| News, Ayman Odeh, Benjamin Netanyahu |

Assange’s Extradition, Escalation of the US War on Terror

Last week the US District Judge Anthony Trenga released Chelsea Manning from detainment after concluding that the grand jury that she had been subpoenaed to testify before no longer needed her, since it was being disbanded. Manning was incarcerated because of her principled stance against the secrecy of the grand jury and her refusal to … Continue reading "Assange’s Extradition, Escalation of the US War on Terror" The post Assange’s Extradition, Escalation of the US
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Remembering a Panther

The last time I saw former Black Panther, incarcerated activist and poet, Wopashitwe Mondo Eyen we Langa, he asked me a question I didn’t fully understand. “Here’s a riddle for you,” he began, gap-toothed and grinning from his hospice bed. “If the speed of light is 186,000 miles per second and there are 5,180 feet in a mile and if the speed of sound is 1,100 feet per second, how long would it take you to see that you’ve heard
| articles 2015 |

I Reject Using My Unjust Conviction Against Julian Assange

Drawing by Nathaniel St. Clair In 2015 I was wrongfully convicted of, and imprisoned for, violating the U.S. Espionage Act. Now, while there is no question that I stand in solidarity with WikiLeaks publisher Julian Assange in a British court as he fights extradition, little did I know that my presence is also there as fodder to support extradition. If I am going to be used in such a way, there should at least be a modicum of
| articles 2015 |

After Chelsea Manning Released From Jail, Supporters Fundraise to Pay Off Her $256,000 in Legal Fines

Jessica Corbett, staff writer Thousands of people have contributed to a fundraiser launched by a friend of U.S. Army whistleblower Chelsea Manning, who was released from jail Thursday and faces over a quarter million dollars in legal fines for her refusal to testify to a grand jury about WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange.
| News |

Roaming Charges: Going Viral

The Black Death by Hieronymus Bosch. + From Albert Camus’s The Plague , which is once again on my nightstand: “There have been as many plagues as wars in history; yet always plagues and wars take people equally by surprise.” + We are witnessing what happens to a country (this one) that faces a pandemic after it has privatized almost every aspect of its public social welfare and health systems & gutted the teaching of science in
| articles 2015, Leading Article, Roaming Charges |

A Machine to Beat President Trump

Democratic National Committee Secretary Alice Travis Germond opens the roll call of the states during the third day of the 2008 convention. Photograph Source: Qqqqqq – CC BY-SA 3.0 As different as night from day yet there’s one way that Bernie Sanders and President Trump are alike, and Joe Biden is different from both. President Trump runs a one man show with a supporting cast. As we know from very recent history of this presidency,
| articles 2015 |

Chelsea Manning Is Free From Jail, Faces Exorbitant Fines

Manning speaking outside of the grand jury in Alexandria VA before being incarcerated Alexandria – Today, March 12, prosecutors in the Eastern District of Virginia ended the grand jury of Julian Assange and Wikileaks in which Chelsea Manning refused to testify. As a result, US District Court Judge Anthony Trenga ordered the  immediate release of Chelsea Manning . HUGE NEWS: Chelsea Manning @xychelsea has been ordered FREE after a year jailed for refusing to testify
| Chelsea Manning, Courts and Judges, Political Prisoners |

Chelsea Manning Is Free From Jail, Faces Exorbitant Fines

Alexandria – Yesterday, March 12, prosecutors in the Eastern District of Virginia ended the grand jury of Julian Assange and Wikileaks in which Chelsea Manning refused to testify. As a result, US District Court Judge Anthony Trenga ordered the immediate release of Chelsea Manning. HUGE NEWS: Chelsea Manning @xychelsea has been ordered FREE after a … Continue reading "Chelsea Manning Is Free From Jail, Faces Exorbitant Fines" The post Chelsea Manning Is Free From Jail,
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I am not a Journalist

I did not complete a journalism degree at university. I do not work for a professional news outlet, whether electronic, acoustic or print in format. I have always understood myself as a curious person, interested in public affairs or what ought to be public, and with a desire and some ability to write both to my friends and to the public at large. However, I have written and edited periodical publications. I attended workshops and seminars designated as journalism courses.
| Censorship, Courts and Judges, Freedom of Expression/Speech |

'Finally': Judge Orders Chelsea Manning's Immediate Release After a Year in Jail and Suicide Attempt

Jessica Corbett, staff writer Federal Judge Anthony Trenga on Thursday ordered the immediate release of U.S. Army whistleblower Chelsea Manning less than 24 hours after Manning's legal team disclosed that she was recovering in the hospital after attempting suicide in jail.
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What is Being Done to Chelsea Manning is “Revolting” – Lee Camp

US Army whistleblower Chelsea Manning is recovering in a Virginia hospital after a suicide attempt, according to her lawyers. Manning was found in contempt of court in recent months for refusing to testify against WikiLeaks co-founder Julian Assange, in the government’s case to extradite him from London. Penalty fees have been mounting over her months of imprisonment and yet she is still expected to appear in court tomorrow. Redacted Tonight host Lee Camp weighs in.
| Chelsea Manning, Incarceration, Political Prisoners |

Chelsea Manning Recovering After Attempting Suicide While Jailed in 'Coercive Measure Amounting to Torture'

Jessica Corbett, staff writer American whistleblower Chelsea Manning's legal team revealed late Wednesday that she is recovering in the hospital after attempting to take her own life while jailed for the vast majority of the past year in what one United Nations expert has denounced as "an open-ended, progressively severe coercive measure amounting to torture."
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A Case Study of Corporate Media Disinformation

Some alternative media have exposed the US government and its corporate media fake news reporting on Russian “election interference,” on Venezuela, the war on Syria, China’s Xinjiang and Hong Kong, Nicaragua, Palestine, among others. One of the longest running media disinformation campaigns has been directed at Cuba, well covered in Keith Bolender’s Manufacturing the Enemy: The Media War Against Cuba . 1 This thoroughly documented work is a good antidote to the constant anti-Cuba
| Book Review, Cuba, Disinformation |

Blowing in the Whirlwind: As Ye Sow, Joe Shall Ye Reap

Artwork by Nick Roney Joe Biden’s manifold and manifest vulnerabilities in a contest with the obviously addled but still media-savvy Donald Trump are often offered by supporters of Bernie Sanders as a reason to back their man as the more likely winner. “Biden will lose,” they say; “if you really want to defeat Trump, then Sanders is the only one who can do it.” There are strong arguments for that case – not least the fact that
| articles 2015, Leading Article |

Truthdig Employees Stop Work to Protest Labor Conditions

Senior editors and contributors at Truthdig, including Executive Editor Kasia Anderson, Managing Editor, Jacob Sugarman, Foreign Editor Natasha Hakimi Zapata and Book Editor Eunice Wong, along with columnists Chris Hedges, Lee Camp and Paul Street and the cartoonist Dwayne Booth, aka Mr. Fish, as well as blogger Ilana Novick, announced in a joint letter today they were beginning a work stoppage today to protest what they describe as unfair labor conditions and the effort by the publisher, Zuade Kaufman, to remove
| articles 2015 |

Rainbow Coalition Comes Full Circle as Jesse Jackson Endorses Bernie Sanders

Michigan holds a special place in the memory of Jesse Jackson and the supporters of his insurgent 1988 presidential campaign. It was Jackson’s Nevada , the moment that the party establishment realized this campaign it had long written off might just seize the nomination .  At a rally in Michigan on Sunday, Jackson will endorse Sanders ahead of a do-or-die primary for the Vermont senator.  Jackson’s Michigan contest in 1988 fell on
| Politics |

Elizabeth Warren Should Endorse Bernie Sanders — Not for Him, but for Herself and Her Mission

Sen. Elizabeth Warren speaks to media in the spin room following the ninth Democratic primary debate in Las Vegas, Nev., on Feb. 19, 2020. Photo: Bridget Benett/AFP via Getty Images Ahead of the 2016 election, Elizabeth Warren made a calculation. She had spent the last several years in the U.S. Senate building a base of power and wielding that influence to shape White House personnel and policy decisions, particularly in the Treasury Department.
| Politics, Voices |

Netanyahu may yet prove himself the Houdini of Israeli Politics

It may have taken him a year and three elections to achieve it, but on Tuesday, Benjamin Netanyahu started to look like the Great Houdini of Israeli politics – escape artist extraordinaire. With almost all of the ballots counted, Netanyahu’s bloc of settler and extreme religious parties was set to win 58 seats in the 120-member parliament – three shy of an absolute majority. But more importantly, his Likud party is expected to secure three more seats than his
| Benjamin Netanyahu, Elections, Israel/Palestine |

‘NYT’ publishes Netanyahu’s ‘terror’ smear against Palestinian pols and doesn’t seek their response

Two articles in today’s New York Times show that the paper is belatedly waking up about Palestinian citizens of Israel and their growing role in Israeli elections, but the Times still has a long ways to go before it tells the full truth. Patrick Kingsley’s report does focus on the Joint List, the coalition of “Arab-led” political parties that increased their strength to 15 seats in the next... Source
| Media Analysis, Ayman Odeh, Israel elections |

New Bill Would Protect Journalists From Being Prosecuted for Publishing Classified Information

Almost a year after the Trump administration unsealed an indictment against WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange, two progressive members of Congress are trying to prevent a World War I-era secrecy law from being used to investigate and prosecute journalists for publishing classified information. The legislation to amend the 1917 Espionage Act was introduced by Oregon Democratic Sen. Ron Wyden in the Senate and California Democratic Rep. Ro Khanna in the House of Representatives. Wyden and Khanna told The Intercept
| National Security, Politics |

Assange Extradition: The Armored Glass Box Is an Instrument of Torture

In last Thursday’s separate hearing on allowing Assange out of the armored box to sit with his legal team, I witnessed directly that Baraitser’s ruling against Assange was brought by her into court BEFORE she heard defense counsel put the arguments, and delivered by her entirely unchanged. I might start by explaining to you my … Continue reading "Assange Extradition: The Armored Glass Box Is an Instrument of Torture" The post Assange Extradition: The Armored
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Government Accountability Project and Mordechai Vanunu Google Alerts

A Super Tuesday “Mordechai Vanunu Google Alert” led to the Government Accountability Project’s “Arab Daily News: Protecting The Legend of Israel’s Nuclear Whistle Blower Vanunu Mordechai, JC” By Eileen Fleming On Super Tuesday morning a Mordechai Vanunu Google Alert led to a long forgotten article of mine that was published at the Government Accountability Project... The post Government Accountability Project and Mordechai Vanunu Google Alerts appeared first on The Arab Daily News .
| Arab World, Bloggers, Commentary |

Keep It Simple and Question: Propaganda, Technology, and Coronavirus (COVID-19)

My father, a well-educated lawyer with a very sophisticated mind, used to advise me to “keep it simple.” By simple he didn’t mean simplistic. He meant fundamentally logical and to the point. So I will do that here and stick to some simple realities, now that understanding what is going on in the world has become an idiot’s game played by the corporate mass media to confuse people. I have been writing about the dangers of technology for many years.
| Media, Militarism, Propaganda |

Assange Hearing Descends from Tragedy to Farce – George Galloway

Attorneys for WikiLeaks co-founder Julian Assange are citing a 20-year-old extradition treaty between the US and UK at day four of the embattled journalist’s extradition hearing. The treaty prohibits extradition for political offenses. Former UK MP and friend of Julian Assange George Galloway discusses the implications.
| Julian Assange, Justice, Legal/Constitutional |

A Call for the Mainstream Media to Defend Press Freedom and to Oppose the Proposed Extradition of Julian Assange to the US

A screenshot from a video of WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange in a prison van, as he was returned to Belmarsh maximum security prison from Westminster Magistrates Court after a hearing regarding his proposed extradition to the US. His full extradition hearing begins on February 24, 2020 at Belmarsh. 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
| Belmarsh, control orders, deportation and extradition, Guantanamo, UK politics |

Why does Blue-White run away from Palestinians in government? Israeli-Jewish xenophobia

Blue-White, the largest Jewish party in Israel, announced last week it renounces the idea of creating a stable government: It declared there is no scenario in which it will accept the Joint List, which represents Israeli Palestinians. Blue White’s leader, Benny Gantz, made it clear (Hebrew) that the Joint List won’t be part of his coalition. Spokespersons for Blue White said they will... Source
| Opinion, Avigdor Liberman, Ayman Odeh |

NSA Whistleblower Reality Winner Submits Clemency Petition Alongside More Than 4,000 Letters of Support

On Monday, a Texas civil rights attorney launched a clemency petition for National Security Agency whistleblower Reality Winner in Dallas. The attorney, Alison Grinter, encountered Winner through Crystal Mason, a Texas mother who served time alongside Winner in a Fort Worth federal prison after receiving a five-year sentence for “illegal voting” in the 2016 presidential election. Mason and Winner became friends in the facility’s newsroom, where they spent long hours watching TV news and debating current events. After
| Justice, National Security |

Hamas accused of 'catfishing' Israeli soldiers with fake woman profile hack

Israel has claimed that Hamas used pictures of attractive women to trick its soldiers into downloading malware, following air strikes in central Gaza Israel's  military accused Hamas of launching a malware attack that sought to gain access to soldiers' mobile phones by using seductive pictures of young women, known as "catfishing". The phones of a few dozen soldiers were affected, but the military "does not assess that there has been a substantial breach of information", said
| News |

Assange’s Extradition Case: Critical Moment for the Antiwar Movement

Last week, Leader of the UK opposition Jeremy Corbyn challenged Prime Minister Boris Johnson in the House of Commons on the US extradition request for WikiLeaks publisher Julian Assange. Corbyn stated that Assange had been charged by the US "for exposing war crimes, the murder of civilians and large-scale corruption". Backing the Council of Europe, … Continue reading "Assange’s Extradition Case: Critical Moment for the Antiwar Movement" The post Assange’s Extradition Case: Critical Moment for
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Israel’s Gantz Vows to Form Government Without Netanyahu

JERUSALEM — Israeli opposition leader Benny Gantz is vowing to form a government that will include neither the indicted Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu nor the predominantly Arab parties in Parliament. In a series of TV interviews two weeks before national elections, Gantz looked to project confidence that the March 2 vote will provide the decisive outcome that eluded the two previous elections last year. Gantz’s Blue and White party is currently polling ahead of Netanyahu’s Likud, although neither appears
| avigdor lieberman, benjamin netanyahu, benny gantz |

Trump Conscripts the DOJ Into His Re-Election Campaign

Four federal prosecutors quit the case against President Donald Trump’s dirty-trickster ally Roger Stone on Tuesday afternoon after the Justice Department intervened in Stone’s favor by recommending a reduced sentence per the president’s wishes. The seismic blow to the department’s tradition of independence was somewhat overshadowed that night by the results of the Democratic primary in New Hampshire. In the end, though, the Stone case might be a greater portent for this year’s presidential election than any caucus or primary
| The Soapbox, Politics, Donald Trump |

‘Burned at the Stake’ – The UN Special Rapporteur on Torture Demolishes the Fake Claims Targeting Julian Assange

On the face of it, the task seems almost hopeless. As Tolstoy wrote: ‘The power of the government is maintained by public opinion, and with this power the government, by means of its organs – its officials, law courts, schools, … The post ‘Burned at the Stake’ – The UN Special Rapporteur on Torture Demolishes the Fake Claims Targeting Julian Assange appeared first on Global Research .
| English, Julian Assange, Nils Melzer |

Roaming Charges: Leader of the Pack

Arctic Wolf. Photo: Jeffrey St. Clair. +It’s amusing as hell to see Nate Silver forced to eat his numbers and grudgingly declare Bernie the frontrunner . But if you’re a Sandernista you have to wrestle with the fact that it’s February and Nate Silver, one of the few people on the planet who has been wrong about more things than Bill Kristol, just said your guy’s the frontrunner. + The former Supremo of Goldman Sachs was
| articles 2015, Leading Article, Roaming Charges |

Timeline: How the DNC Manipulated 2016 Presidential Race

Photograph Source: Nathania Johnson – CC BY 2.0 December 16, 2014:  President Obama signs into law omnibus spending bill that increases maximum possible individual political contributions from $129,600 annually to $777,600, substantially increasing the amount of money flowing through party committees. ( Congressional Research Services ) April 7, 2015:  A  Clinton campaign memo  to the DNC articulates “Pied Piper” strategy to elevate the most extreme Republican candidates: “Our hope is that the goal
| articles 2015 |

Can the World’s Second Superpower Rise From the Ashes of Twenty Years of War?

February 15 marks the day, 17 years ago, when global demonstrations against the pending Iraq invasion were so massive that the New York Times called world public opinion “the second superpower.” But the U.S. ignored it and invaded Iraq anyway. So what has become of the momentous hopes of that day? The U.S. military has not won a war since 1945, unless you count recovering the tiny colonial outposts of Grenada, Panama and Kuwait, but there is one threat it
| articles 2015 |

A Short History of Humanity’s Future

Salt flats, eastern Nevada. Photo: Jeffrey St. Clair. Our variety of the human species, homo sapiens sapiens , emerged from out of bands of more primitive yet contemporaneous older variants of humanity well over 200,000 years ago and rapidly expanded in both their numbers and the range of their occupancy on our planet. The competitive pressure by this efflorescence of homo sapiens sapiens against the older variants of humanity reduced the numbers of the latter
| articles 2015 |

UN Special Rapporteur on Torture Demolishes Fake Claims Targeting Julian Assange

On the face of it, the task seems almost hopeless. As Tolstoy wrote: ‘The power of the government is maintained by public opinion, and with this power the government, by means of its organs – its officials, law courts, schools, churches, even the press – can always maintain the public opinion which they need.’ (Leo Tolstoy, Writings on Non-Violence and Civil Disobedience , New Society Publishers, 1987, p.111) Last December, we witnessed the awesome capacity of state-corporate
| Julian Assange, Media, WikiLeaks |

Can the “World’s Second Superpower” Rise From the Ashes of Twenty Years of War?

UK protest against iraq war February 15, 2003. (Credit: Stop the War Coalition) February 15 marks the day, 17 years ago, when global demonstrations against the pending Iraq invasion were so massive that the New York Times called world public opinion “the second superpower.” But the U.S. ignored it and invaded Iraq anyway. So what has become of the momentous hopes of that day? The U.S. military has not won a war since 1945, unless you
| Afghanistan, Barack Obama, Bernie Sanders |

‘Parasite’ Is a Class-Conscious Climate Parable

What follows is a conversation between Dr. Min Song and Kim Brown of The Real News Network. Read a transcript of their conversation below or watch the video at the bottom of the post. KIM BROWN:  Welcome to The Real News. I’m Kim Brown. At the 92nd annual Academy Awards show that aired Sunday, the film Parasite became the first foreign language film ever to win the Oscar for best picture. The film simply cleaned up;
| academy awards, Bong Joon Ho, chicago review of books |

Netanyahu calls Zuckerberg to complain about Facebook's treatment of Likud

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu asked Facebook CEO Zuckerberg to ensure that all parties will receive equal treatment in Israel's March election. Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu called Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg on Wednesday to complain about the treatment his party received in previous elections. The prime minister reportedly asked Zuckerberg to ensure that all parties will receive equal treatment in the run up to Israel's March election - the country's
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US student declares plans to ‘eliminate Palestinians from the world’

US student declares plans to ‘eliminate Palestinians from the world’ A student from the University of California-Berkeley announced his plan to join the Israeli army after he graduates to “eliminate Palestinian nationalism and Palestinians from the world.” Identified as Harel Fishbein, the speaker expressed his desire to “kill every last Palestinian until they no longer exist” during a student government committee vote on a resolution titled “Condemning Bears for Palestine for Their Display in
| Asia & Americas, Israel, Middle East |

Chinese Military Officers Charged for 2017 Equifax Hacking

The U.S. Department of Justice announced this week that four members of the People’s Liberation Army have been charged for the 2017 hacking of consumer credit reporting agency Equifax , making the 2017 attack the latest major data breach believed to be linked to China . None of the four alleged members of the PLA are in U.S. custody, and all are believed to be living in China. The hacked data included names, birth dates, and Social
| China & the World, Law, Level 2 Article |

Letter of the week: Listen and learn

A selection of the best letters received from our readers this week. Email letters@newstatesman.co.uk to have your thoughts voiced in the New Statesman magazine. “Dr Beeching’s public relations campaign… presented the cuts as a harmless exercise in pruning underused railway lines,” writes Patrick Maguire (Observations, 7 February). “Pop culture offered an unwitting echo: Flanders and Swann’s 1963 song ‘Slow Train’ spoke of ponderous pointless journeys through
| News |

“It’s Armageddon Time for the Democratic Party”

Subscribe to the Intercepted podcast on  Apple Podcasts ,  Google Play ,  Stitcher ,  Radio Public , and other platforms . New to podcasting? Click  here .   As President Donald Trump basks in his “acquittal” in the Senate, the Democratic National Committee is acting shady in managing the Democratic primaries. This week on Intercepted: Consumer advocate and former presidential candidate Ralph Nader talks about the state of
| Intercepted, Intercepted Podcast |