2019-07-10: Social Media Postees

New Common Cause Site Tracks Which Members of Congress Have Actually Read the Mueller Report
commondreams.org | 2019-07-10

Joe Biden: Protector of the Deep State
Jeremy Kuzmarov | counterpunch.org | 2019-07-10
Kamala Harris surged in the polls after attacking frontrunner Joe Biden during the first Democratic Party debate for opposing federal busing programs in the 1970s that were designed to desegregate public schools. Bernie Sanders in the debate also criticized Biden's support for the Iraq War. Left overlooked, however, were some other skeleton's in "lunch bucket"

Trump's threat to override Supreme Court on census: The march toward rule by decree
wsws.org | 2019-07-10
Trump's greatest asset is the fecklessness of the Democratic Party, whose record is one of complete acquiescence to Trump's escalating attack on basic democratic principles.

Australian police monitoring journalists' travel and Internet data
wsws.org | 2019-07-10
New reports demonstrate an escalating effort to criminalise exposures about key military and intelligence operations.

FBI and ICE scanning driver's license photos with facial recognition technology
wsws.org | 2019-07-10
Behind the backs of the public, integrated networks, databases and artificial intelligence technologies are being used to build up information in the form of digital profiles on every citizen.

7-6-19 Julian Assange and Press Freedom forum
DJ Mouse | indybay.org | 2019-07-10
Wikileaks: the Global Fourth Estate author Nozomi Hayase and award winning reporter Ann Garrison defended Julian Assange at last Saturday's 'Suds, Snacks and Socialism' at the Starry Plough…(142 min.)…

Current Investigation of ExxonMobil Could Spur Broader Climate Action
Staff | truthout.org | 2019-07-10
On January 7, 2019, after two years of struggle in the lower courts, Massachusetts Attorney General Maura Healey received some good news: The U.S. Supreme Court had cleared the way for her to investigate one of the largest fossil fuel corporations in the world — ExxonMobil — regarding what it knew, and when, about climate change. | The rapid heating of our planet poses an existential threat to all of us. Over the next decade, we must make significant…

SF Protest Against Twitter Blocking of Tweets To Free Julian Assange and Chelsea Manning
Bay Action To Free Julian Assange | indybay.org | 2019-07-10
Twitter World HQ 1355 Market St #900, San Francisco, CA 94103…

Defend Media Freedom NO U.S.Extradition of Julian Assange
BAACFJA | indybay.org | 2019-07-10
British Consulate General San Francisco, 1 Sansome Street, San Francisco, CA…

Colombia FARC: Committed to Peace, Santrich No-Show at Court
teleSUR -EF | telesurenglish.net | 2019-07-09
The People's Alternative Revolutionary Force (FARC) political party of Colombia released a statement Tuesday saying it is committed to the nation's 2015-signed peace accords after its Congressman Jesus Santrich did not show up at a Supreme Court of Justice hearing. | RELATED: | Colombia: FARC Party Denounces 128 Killings of Ex-militants | The FARC party makes clear in its statement it will comply with all the points of the agreement signed by the former government under Manuel San…

On First Anniversary of Kavanaugh Nomination, Groups Demand Democrats Follow Through on Promise to Probe Perjury and Assault Accusations
Julia Conley, staff writer | commondreams.org | 2019-07-09
Progressive and women's rights groups on Tuesday marked the one-year anniversary of Justice Brett Kavanaugh's nomination to the Supreme Court by demanding Congress open an investigation into the judge's conduct during his confirmation hearings—as Democrats promised they would last fall. | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files/styles/cd_special_coverage/public/headline/thumbs/women_will_not_be_silenced_0.jpg

Strong support for Julian Assange at Sri Lanka's Jaffna University
wsws.org | 2019-07-09
SEP and IYSSE campaigners campaigned for a July 10 picket that will be held in defence of the WikiLeaks founder in the war-ravaged city.

The International Spy Museum in DC: Lies, Spies, and Paranoia
Melvin Goodman | counterpunch.org | 2019-07-08
The mainstream media have given rave notices to the new International Spy Museum, a striking edifice that is close by the National Mall in Washington, D.C. The New York Times finds the museum "remarkable," and the Washington Post credits the museum with taking an objective look at both intelligence analysis and clandestine operations. However, there are serious shortcomings in a curation that has given the entire intelligence community a remarkable and stunning recruitment tool.

The CIA is Global Capitalism's Secret Gangster Army
Jeff J. Brown | dissidentvoice.org | 2019-07-08
Douglas Valentine is the author of the five works of non-fiction: The CIA as Organized Crime (2017), The Strength of the Pack (2009), The Strength of the Wolf (2004), The Phoenix Program (1990), and The Hotel Tacloban (1984); the novel TDY (2000); and a book of poems, A Crow's Dream (2011). Also editor of the …

An Hour with Noam Chomsky on Fascism, Nuclear Weapons, Climate Change, Julian Assange & More
Staff | democracynow.org | 2019-07-05
In April, hundreds of people packed into the Old South Church in Boston to hear the world-renowned dissident and linguist Noam Chomsky speak. In this hour-long special, we air an excerpt of Chomsky's speech and his on-stage interview with Amy Goodman.

SPLC: Hate groups have long adopted symbols of U.S. history to promote white supremacy
Keegan Hankes, Intelligence Project | splcenter.org | 2019-07-03
As America prepares to celebrate the Fourth of July this week, the display of some of the nation's earliest regalia has rekindled a debate about racist symbolism.

Thousands of Voices Are Telling the Supreme Court: Don't Roll Back LGBTQ Rights
aclu.org | 2019-07-03
Businesses, women CEOs, civil rights organizations, Republicans tell the Supreme Court to protect LGBTQ employees like Aimee Stephens and Don Zarda. | President Trump has told the Supreme Court it should be legal to fire someone just because they're LGBTQ. The President may be a bully, but he's just one voice. Today, more than 2,000 voices from across the country joined together to tell the Supreme Court: Don't roll back our rights. | The message came in the form of friend-of-the-court briefs–nearly 50 in all–filed in a…

SPLC urges Supreme Court to preserve workplace protections for LGBTQ people
splcenter.org | 2019-07-03
Soon after Y.B. took the night shift as a forklift operator, her boss started harassing her because she is a lesbian.

If war breaks out with Iran, it won't be an accident
susan_p | greenleft.org.au | 2019-07-02
Some things are still unclear about US President Donald Trump's recent decision to bomb Iran — and his rapid-fire follow-up decision not to. | We still do not know what he or his bomb-Iran cheerleaders — National Security Adviser John Bolton and Secretary of State Mike Pompeo — thought the bombing would actually accomplish. | We also do not know why Trump decided to recall the bombers. (Trump claimed it was because a general told him 150 people would die in the attack. But given Trump's indifference to civilian c…

SPLC: Sentencing of James Alex Fields Jr., who killed Heather Heyer at 'Unite the Right,' will not heal victims or their families
Keegan Hankes, Intelligence Project | splcenter.org | 2019-06-28
James Alex Fields Jr., who was sentenced to life in prison today for murdering a woman who was protesting a white supremacist rally two years ago, is a remorseless killer and a domestic terrorist.

Georgia Tried to Ban Abortion, So We Sued
aclu.org | 2019-06-28
Abortion bans place people in danger, and Georgia's is no exception. | Alabama. Arkansas. Kentucky. Ohio. And today, Georgia. That's the list of states where the ACLU has had to go to court over the last few months to challenge laws banning abortion. | The Georgia law bans abortion at six weeks of pregnancy and is in clear violation of the Supreme Court's decision in Roe v. Wade. In fact, that is the whole point of the law. Georgia politicians, including Governor Brian Kemp, emboldened by President Trump's appointment of two new justices to the Supreme Court, think this is their chance to get the court to take aw…

Supreme Court Finds that Wilbur Ross Lied To Put Citizenship Question on the 2020 Census
aclu.org | 2019-06-27
The ruling affirms that the Trump administration cannot offer pretextual reasons to cover up its anti-immigrant attacks. | This morning, the Supreme Court told the country what we and our clients have long known: that Secretary of Commerce Wilbur Ross provided a false reason for his decision to add a citizenship question to the Decennial Census. The court explained that the Trump administration's stated reason for adding a citizenship question–enf…

SPLC: Supreme Court decision not to stop politicians from rigging voting maps hurts our democracy
splcenter.org | 2019-06-27
The Supreme Court decided today that federal courts have no role in regulating state legislatures' gross abuses of power when drawing political lines.

Abrams Welcomes Venezuela's Former Intelligence Chief to the US, Reaffirms Trump's Commitment to Ousting Maduro
Paul Dobson | venezuelanalysis.com | 2019-06-26
The press conference came as the Venezuelan military called for respect from those looking to fracture it.

Julian Assange to Face 5-Day Extradition Hearing in February 2020
Consortium News | theantimedia.com | 2019-06-17
(CN) — A decision on whether Julian Assange will be extradited to the United States to face charges under the Espionage Act will not come until the end of February 2020 at the earliest, the Westminster Magistrate's Court ruled on Friday. Tristan Kirk, the London Evening Standard's courts reporter, tweeted: Julian Assange will not face a full extradition …

Julian Assange to Face 5-Day Extradition Hearing in February 2020

The Coming Show Trial of Julian Assange
Chris Hedges | commondreams.org | 2019-06-17
The publication of classified documents is not a crime in the United States, but if Assange is extradited and convicted it will become one. (Photo: Mr.Fish/Truthdig) | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files/styles/cd_special_coverage/public/views-article/thumbs/screen_shot_2019-06-17_at_10.43.18_am.png

The Coming Show Trial of Julian Assange
Chris Hedges | truthdig.com | 2019-06-17
LONDON–On Friday morning I was in a small courtroom at Westminster Magistrates' Court in London. Julian Assange, held in Belmarsh Prison and dressed in a pale-blue prison shirt, appeared on a video screen directly in front of me. Assange, his gray hair and beard neatly trimmed, slipped on heavy, dark-frame glasses at the start of the proceedings. He listened intently as Ben Brandon, the prosecutor, seated at a narrow wooden table, listed the crimes he allegedly had committed and called for his extradition to the United States to face charges that could result in a sentence of 175 years. The charges include…

US Cyber Attack on Russia's Power Grid Is an 'Act of War'
Dave Lindorff | globalresearch.ca | 2019-06-17
Russia and the US are engaging in tit-for-tat hacking of each others' power grid, the New York Times is reporting, in what is really a kind of cyber "cold war" where the hackers from each country's military and intelligence services …

US Cyber Attack on Russia's Power Grid is an 'Act of War' (According to the US)
Dave Lindorff | dissidentvoice.org | 2019-06-17
Russia and the US are engaging in tit-for-tat hacking of each others' power grid, the New York Times is reporting, in what is really a kind of cyber "cold war" where the hackers from each country's military and intelligence services load electronic "explosives" in the computer systems of critical infrastructure of the other, that in …

Julian Assange and the Scales of Justice: Exceptions, Extraditions and Politics
Binoy Kampmark | counterpunch.org | 2019-06-17
The Home Secretary of the United Kingdom did his thing, which was little in the way of disagreement. The superpower has issued a request; the retainer would comply. This week, the US Department Justice Department formally sought the extradition of Julian Assange. The process was certified by Sajid Javid, a man rather distracted of late.

Exposed: The Pentagon's cyberwar against Russia
Brian Becker | liberationnews.org | 2019-06-17
Five years before Robert Mueller was appointed Special Counsel to investigate the allegation that Russia interfered in the 2016 election and had conspired with the Trump campaign, the Pentagon had been waging secret cyberattacks against Russia's electrical grid.

Our Reality Can Beat Up Your Reality. Spreading False News Stories on Iran
Helen Buyniski | globalresearch.ca | 2019-06-17
Twitter has declared victory over disinformation, deplatforming thousands of pro-Iranian Twitter accounts this week to coincide with US Secretary of State " Rapture Mike" Pompeo's evidence-free declaration that Iran had attacked two oil tankers in the Gulf of Oman. …

Pompeo's False Flag Refuted By Japanese Media: Tanker Hit by Flying Object, Not Mine — Confirms Onsite Worker
Joaquin Flores | globalresearch.ca | 2019-06-17
The Japanese state news agency NHK has revealed that workers on the tanker saw a plane flying toward the tanker before the explosion. United States is pinning the blame for the tanker attacks on Iran. Tehran denies the accusation. | The …

'Virginia Voters Are Finally Getting Fair Maps': Rights Advocates Celebrate US Supreme Court Ruling on Racial Gerrymandering
Jessica Corbett, staff writer | commondreams.org | 2019-06-17
Voting rights advocates celebrated the U.S. Supreme Court's Monday ruling on a racial gerrymandering case that, as Common Cause put it, "means Virginia voters are finally getting #fairmaps!" | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files/styles/cd_special_coverage/public/headline/thumbs/gettyimages-8570765781.jpg

Germany: Protest vigil in Dusseldorf demands release of Julian Assange
wsws.org | 2019-06-17
"Assange's surrender to the US would mean that war crimes, spying on the population, or government intrigues and conspiracies would no longer be reported."

Two protesters arrested at Melbourne rally in defence of Assange
wsws.org | 2019-06-17
The arrests were aimed at intimidating supporters of WikiLeaks and preventing broader layers from joining the campaign to defend Assange and all democratic rights.

Citizenship and Partisan Gerrymandering: US Supreme Court Ruling on Census Could Deal Grave Blow to Democracy
Prof. Marjorie Cohn | globalresearch.ca | 2019-06-17
The Supreme Court is poised to decide two cases that could prove devastating to the right to vote — the very foundation of a democracy. One case will review the Trump administration's attempt to add a citizenship question to the …

Spain's Supreme Court endorses 1936 fascist coup
wsws.org | 2019-06-17
If Franco is rehabilitated, it is because powerful factions of the ruling class are considering another break with legality and democratic forms of rule, in order to defend their wealth.

John Pilger: Extradition Process a 'Very Long Uphill Road' for Assange
Staff | therealnews.com | 2019-06-17
Britain's Home Secretary signed off on the U.S. request to extradite Julian Assange, and now UK courts will decide his fate. But if the process until now is any indication, he will not receive a fair hearing, says journalist and filmmaker John Pilger…

We Need Evidence-Based Decision Making
Wim Laven | commondreams.org | 2019-06-16
Copies of the "Mueller Report" printed by the US Government Publishing Office are seen at the US Capitol in Washington, DC on April 24, 2019. (MANDEL NGAN/AFP/Getty Images) | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files/styles/cd_special_coverage/public/views-article/thumbs/mueller-report-955px.jpg

Is Pompeo Angling to Interfere in British Politics?
Richard Silverstein | globalresearch.ca | 2019-06-16
Apparently, US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo had quite a lively, candid conversation in a recent closed-door meeting with Jewish leaders. Among the invited guests, someone recorded Pompeo's comments, and they were quite revealing. | The Washington Post, which was given …

Selected Articles: Gulf of Oman Attack: False Flag Towards Iran War?
Global Research News | globalresearch.ca | 2019-06-16
"It appears that Mike Pompeo has a hard time kicking his old habits. He appears to be as smug about lying as a CIA operative as he is as Secretary of State. Categorically blaming the Iranians for the recent oil …

Assange is being prosecuted for 'exposing the crimes of empire', says award winning journalist
Mohamed Elmaazi | thecanary.co | 2019-06-15
Award-winning journalist Christopher Hedges accused the UK and US authorities of 'judicially lynching' Julian Assange. Speaking outside Westminster Magistrates' Court, Hedges said he came to London from the US "to speak out against"

Think US media won't help lead nation into war with Iran based on flimsy or false intelligence? Looks like they already are
Jake Johnson | nationofchange.org | 2019-06-15

Whatever Pompeo says, there is no certainty Iran mined the Tankers
Juan Cole | nationofchange.org | 2019-06-15
The mysterious mines that blew up two tankers, one of them Japanese-owned and operated, on Wednesday, sent a frisson of fear through the Gulf, since it was clear that Trump warmongers would blame Iran and then use the incident as a springboard to war. | Despite the confident pronouncements of "Benghazi Mike" Pompeo at his brief news conference, the fact is that US intelligence hasn't had time or access to come to a firm conclusion about the author of the mine attack. | Pompeo's people put out grainy video of some sort of small ship coming alongside one of the tankers and then leaving peacefully. Since this doe…

Message To The Youth: Pan-African Unity Is The Path To Africa's Economic Empowerment
Milton G. Allimadi | blackstarnews.com | 2019-06-15
Nkrumah enjoys a light moment with Kennedy during U.S. visit. The CIA under President Johnson- backed the 1966 coup. Photo: Wikimedia Commons | | [Message To Africa's Youth] | | Most of Africa's socio-political and economic woes could be solved if most African countries were able to determine their own destiny–that is currently not the case. | | How is it that Congo can have mineral and natural resource wealth estimated at anywhere from $24 – to $30 trillion and remain impoverished? How is it that it can have the world's major sup…

Pompeo's "Tanker Narrative" against Iran."Thank God my Enemy is so Stupid"!
Soraya Sepahpour-Ulrich | globalresearch.ca | 2019-06-15
"I was the CIA director. We lied, We Cheated, We Stole". — Mike Pompeo | It appears that Mike Pompeo has a hard time kicking his old habits. He appears to be as smug about lying as a CIA operative as …

Don't Accept the "New Normal" — Keep Outrage Alive
Staff | truthout.org | 2019-06-15
All you have to do is say something nobody understands and they'll do practically anything you want them to. — Holden Caulfield, The Catcher in the RyeOn Tuesday, after Donald Trump blew kisses at North Korea when it was revealed the regime had assassinated a CIA "asset" by spraying VX nerve agent in his face in the middle of a crowded airport, a friend asked me: "Is your capacity for shock as burned out as mine?" | The asset, by the bye, was Kim Jong Nam, half-bro…

Mike Pompeo Has a Hard Time Kicking Old Habits
Soraya Sepahpour-Ulrich | mintpressnews.com | 2019-06-15
"I was the CIA director. We lied, We Cheated, We Stole". — Mike Pompeo | It appears that Mike Pompeo has a hard time kicking his old habits. He appears to be as smug about lying as a CIA operative as he is as Secretary of State. Categorically blaming the Iranians for the recent oil attack tankers has left allies scratching their heads; and perhaps leaving foes thinking: "Thank God my enemy is so stupid"! | On June 13, 2019, as Ayatollah Khamenei was holding talks in Tehran with Japanese prime minister, Shinzo Abe, two oil tankers carrying oil to Jap…

Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe begins new hunger strike in Iran jail
The Canary | thecanary.co | 2019-06-15
Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe — the British-Iranian mother jailed in Iran on spying charges — has begun a new hunger strike, her husband has said.Richard Ratcliffe said he had received a phone call from his wife to tell him she had informed the Iranian judiciary she had stopped taking food in protest at her "unfair imprisonment".Mr Ratcliffe said he would also not eat for the duration of her protest.He said his wife's decision followed the fifth birthday of their daughter, Gabriella, who has not been allowed to leave Iran following her mother's arrest in 2016 and is living with her grandparents.Richard Ratc…

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