2019-07-14: Social Media Postees

Main Twitter Account Defending Julian Assange Removed for No Reason
Caitlin Johnstone | theantimedia.com | 2019-07-14
The operators of the account report that they have been given no reason for its removal by Twitter staff, and no response to their appeals.

Main Twitter Account Defending Julian Assange Removed for No Reason

Pompeo's New "Human Rights" Commission is Up To No Good
Jamil Dakwar, Sonia Gill | commondreams.org | 2019-07-14
Secretary Pompeo speaks of longstanding international human rights norms as if he's demonstrated a single iota of respect for them, and as if those norms are incongruent with defending human dignity and democratic values. (Photo: Mark Wilson/Getty Images) | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files/styles/cd_special_coverage/public/views-article/thumbs/pomp_0.jpeg

The SF Mime Troupe, SF Chronicle & The Treasure Island Cover-up
WorkWeek Radio | indybay.org | 2019-07-14
WorkWeek radio on KPFA looks at the recent SF Mime Troupe play which was panned by the SF Chronicle reviewer. WorkWeek then hears from the SF Chron editor Audrey Cooper who talks about the powerful figures who are threatening their. reporters because of their stories on Hunters Point and Treasure Island. WorkWeek then hears from Treasure Island residents and Tetra Tech whistleblowers and former Cal-OSHA medical director Dr. Larry Rose about the failure to inspect sites and defend whistleblowers.

Twitter removes account of Assange defence organisation
WSWS Repost | indybay.org | 2019-07-14
Supporters of Julian Assange protest the unexplained suspension of a Twitter account dedicated to circulating information and advocacy on his behalf.

Top Assange Defense Account Deleted by Twitter
Caitlin Johnstone | dissidentvoice.org | 2019-07-13
One of the biggest Twitter accounts dedicated to circulating information and advocacy for WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange, @Unity4J, has been completely removed from the site. The operators of the account report that they have been given no reason for its removal by Twitter staff, and have received no response to their appeals. Any Assange supporter …

Join the CIA: travel the world passing out nuclear blueprints
Eds. | mronline.org | 2019-07-13
In the year 2000, the CIA gave Iran (slightly and obviously flawed) blueprints for a key component of a nuclear weapon. In 2006 James Risen wrote about this "operation" in his book State of War. | Source…

Current investigation of ExxonMobil could spur broader climate action
Patti Lynn | nationofchange.org | 2019-07-13
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 cha…

Twitter removes account of Assange defence organisation
wsws.org | 2019-07-13
Unity4J, which campaigns against the persecution of the WikiLeaks founder, was given no reason for the suspension.

UK government holds "media freedom" conference while imprisoning Assange
wsws.org | 2019-07-13
The "media freedom" conference was held seven miles from Belmarsh Prison, where the world's most famous persecuted journalist is jailed.

Venezuela: 'Progress' Reported in Gov't-Opposition Talks as US Sanctions Counter-Intelligence Agency
Lucas Koerner and Ricardo Vaz | venezuelanalysis.com | 2019-07-12
The agenda of the talks has not been disclosed but the topic of elections is reportedly being left for last.

Donald Trump, The Manchurian Candidate and The Russia Probe. The Rosenstein Comey Mueller Intrigue
Prof Michel Chossudovsky | globalresearch.ca | 2019-07-12
Trump's Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein was to organize the so-called Russia Probe pertaining to alleged Kremlin interference in the November 2016 elections. Rosenstein's first step consisted in the firing of FBI Director James Comey & appointing former FBI Director Robert Mueller to lead the Russia Probe.

Can Pompeo Redefine Human Rights for the Trump Era?
Samuel Moyn | commondreams.org | 2019-07-12
Secretary of State Mike Pompeo speaks at the State Department in Washington. (Photo: Michael Brochstein/Sipa via AP Images) | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files/styles/cd_special_coverage/public/views-article/thumbs/pompeo_4.jpeg

Pompeo's New "Human Rights" Commission is Up To No Good
aclu.org | 2019-07-12
The Trump administration appears to be trying to find new moral footing for the president's discriminatory policies. | This week, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo formally announced the creation of a "Commission on Unalienable Rights." Its stated purpose, according to a notice published in the Federal Register in May, is to provide "fresh thinking about human rights discourse where such discourse has departed from our nation's founding principles of natural law and natural rights." | Th…

Then CIA is Invoking Wikileaks to Push for the Expansion of a Cold War Era Secrecy Law
Kevin Gosztola | mintpressnews.com | 2019-07-12
Three decades ago, the CIA mobilized to protect itself from radical acts of transparency, and now, with the internet and organizations like WikiLeaks, it hopes to be able to further isolate and criminalize those who challenge it.

Protecting rights requires confronting privilege
pip.hinman | greenleft.org.au | 2019-07-12
No sooner had the government won re-election its own actions once again showed politics is, after all, fundamental to how you live. | Shortly after home affairs minister Peter Dutton was re-elected, the Australian Federal Police (AFP), which falls within his ministry, executed search warrants against journalists who have investigated allegations of soldiers unlawfully killing Afghan civilians and government plans to spy on us. | The police claimed their target was the journalist's sources. But the raids were also a public show of force against whistleblowers in general, much like the prosecution of Witness K and…

'This Is Designed to Shape the Electorate to Retain Political Power' – CounterSpin interview with Steven Rosenfeld on gerrymandering
Janine Jackson | fair.org | 2019-07-12
Janine Jackson interviewed Steven Rosenfeld on the Supreme Court's gerrymandering decision for the July 5, 2019, episode of CounterSpin. This is a lightly edited transcript. | Media…

Amy McGrath Is Challenging Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell. She's Everything Wrong With the Democratic Party
Ryan Grim | theintercept.com | 2019-07-11
Amy McGrath is everything wrong with the Democratic Party. She launched her high-profile campaign Tuesday with a multimillion-dollar burst of fundraising, with Democrats across the country eager to see her upend Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell. By Wednesday, she was apologizing for a bizarre flip-flop-flip on a question — Brett Kavanaugh's fitness for the Supreme Court — that seemed like a layup. In between, she told MSNBC's "Morning Joe" that she was running on the mind-bending rationale that McConnell needs to go because he has been obstructing the agenda of Donald Trump. | Perhaps the strang…

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.

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.

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: 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…

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.

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.

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…

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

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 …

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 …

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. …

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.

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."

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 …

'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

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.

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…

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 …

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

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"

Bolton and Pompeo Are Trying to Start Another Forever War
Staff | truthout.org | 2019-06-15
It is becoming increasingly evident that National Security Advisor John Bolton and Secretary of State Mike Pompeo–President Trump's top two foreign policy appointees–are manufacturing a crisis in order to catapult the United States into an explosive conflict with Iran. | This shouldn't be remotely surprising, given their track records of supporting regime change across the Middle East, opposing the Ira…

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 …

US-India Strategic Partnership: Pompeo Hinted at a Big "Surprise". Contain both Russia and China
Andrew Korybko | asia-pacificresearch.com | 2019-06-15

Will the Real Bombers Please Stand Up
Eric Margolis | commondreams.org | 2019-06-15
U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo speaks from the State Department briefing room on June 13, 2019 in Washington, DC. Pompeo said, "It is the assessment of the U.S. government that Iran is responsible for today's attacks in the Gulf of Oman. (Photo by Win McNamee/Getty Images) | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files/styles/cd_special_coverage/public/views-article/thumbs/pompeo-false-flag-06132019-955px.jpg

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…

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…

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