2019-07-20: Social Media Postees

Publico reports Spanish intelligence facilitated 2017 Barcelona terror attack
wsws.org | 2019-07-20
The report is prima facie evidence of criminal behavior by the Spanish state, abetted by other NATO powers, to create the climate to build a fascistic police-state regime.

Scottish National Party supports the witch-hunting of Julian Assange
wsws.org | 2019-07-20
The statements of Scottish National Party representatives on the hounding and torture of WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange make clear the party supports his jailing and extradition.

Cuba, Russia, China, Iran — Pompeo lists every nation that 'must leave' Venezuela, except one
rt.com | 2019-07-20
US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo says foreign nations (Russia, China, Iran, and Cuba) must stay clear of Venezuela, so that the one foreign nation not on the list "can begin to do the work to rebuild that country." | …

UK intelligence agencies exonerated of responsibility in London Bridge terror attack
wsws.org | 2019-07-20
The families of the victims presented evidence before the inquest showing that the attacks could and should have been prevented.

Basta !!! Free Chelsea Manning & Julien Assange Oakland Weekly Friday tabling
Orion Edmonson | indybay.org | 2019-07-20
MacArthur and Fruitvale oakland…

Consortium News website taken down by a malware attack after streaming program defending Julian Assange
wsws.org | 2019-07-20
The independent investigative journalism website Consortium News was brought down on Monday by a malware attack following the inaugural episode of CN Live!

The Nationwide Scandal Hiding in Plain Sight
Robert Scheer | truthdig.com | 2019-07-19
Some investigative reports reveal such extreme levels of greed, immorality and abuse that they can seem inconceivable. Such is the case of the bombshell series by the Center for Investigative Reporting on the egregious exploitation of residential care home workers. Jennifer Gollan, the Emmy Award-winning journalist in this investigation published by Reveal, joins Truthdig Editor in Chief Robert Scheer to discuss her work on this week's episode of his podcast "Scheer Intelligence." | Below is an excerpt from the multimedia report by Gollan: [The] burgeoning multibillion-dollar elder care industry … is enabling op…

Spying on Julian Assange
Binoy Kampmark | counterpunch.org | 2019-07-19
History's scope for the absurd and tragic is infinite. Like Sisyphus engaged in permanent labours pushing a boulder up a slope, the effort of making sense of such scope is likewise, absurdly infinite. To see images of an exhausted and world-weary Julian Assange attempting to dodge the all-eye surveillance operation that he would complain about…

In a Crisis of Democracy, We Must All Become Julian Assange
Nozomi Hayase | dissidentvoice.org | 2019-07-19
The US government's indictment against WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange marked the worst attack on press freedom in modern history. Assange has been charged with 18 counts, including 17 violations of the Espionage Act. James Goodale, former general counsel of the New York Times, who urged the paper to publish the Pentagon Papers during the Nixon …

Twitter Restores Assange Activism Account In Response To Backlash
Caitlin Johnstone | dissidentvoice.org | 2019-07-19
After a week of vocal protests from online supporters of Julian Assange, Twitter has reversed its unjust removal of the prominent pro-Assange activism account @Unity4J. After the account was suspended without any explanation being presented to its operators, Assange supporters drew a clear line in the sand against internet censorship and began making a big …

In 2003, This U.K. Whistleblower Almost Stopped the Iraq Invasion. A New Film Tells Her Story
Staff | democracynow.org | 2019-07-19
In 2003, Katharine Gun, a young specialist working for Britain's Government Communications Headquarters, exposed a highly confidential memo that revealed the United States' collaboration with Britain in collecting sensitive information on United Nations Security Council members in order to pressure them into supporting the Iraq invasion. Gun leaked the memo to the press, setting off a chain of events that jeopardized her freedom and safety, but also opened the door to putting the entire legality of the Iraq invasion on trial. ‚Ä®‚Ä®Acclaimed Pentagon Papers whistleblower Daniel Ellsb…

New Film Shows How UK Whistleblower Almost Stopped the Iraq Invasion in 2003
Staff | truthout.org | 2019-07-19
| In 2003, Katharine Gun, a young specialist working for Britain's Government Communications Headquarters, exposed a highly confidential memo that revealed the United States' collaboration with Britain in collecting sensitive information on United Nations Security Council members in order to pressure them into supporting the Iraq invasion. Gun leaked the memo to the press, setting off a chain of events that jeopardized her freedom and safety, but also opened the door to putting the entire l…

CNN: Propaganda and Disinformation
Paul Craig Roberts | dissidentvoice.org | 2019-07-19
CNN abandoned journalism and became a propaganda ministry for the Democratic National Committee and the corrupt upper echelons of the CIA and FBI. After three years of telling the most outrageous lies ever associated with an alleged news organization in an alleged democracy, CNN's viewership collapsed. CNN turned propaganda ministry saw its prime time viewers …

US Blames Hezbollah Leader for 1994 Buenos Aires Attack
telesurenglish.net | 2019-07-19
The United States on Friday imposed sanctions on a senior Hezbollah operative it claimed coordinated the 1994 bombing of a Jewish community center in Argentina's capital Buenos Aires, in which 85 people died. | RELATED: | Pompeo Begins Trip to Argentina, Ecuador, Mexico, El Salvador | In a statement, the State Department also offered a US$7 million reward for information on the whereabouts of Salman Raouf Salman, also known as Samuel Salman El Reda, who it said helped plan and carr…

Pompeo Begins Trip to Argentina, Ecuador, Mexico, El Salvador
telesurenglish.net | 2019-07-19
T U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo began on Friday a three-day tour across Argentina, Ecuador, Mexico and El Salvador, which is aimed at "strengthening alliances in the Western Hemisphere on regional and global challenges." | RELATED: | Pompeo Launches Commission to Study Human Rights Role | During his trip, Pompeo will seek to "reinforce" support for the…

"As bad as dad": Trump nominates Antonin Scalia's son as Labor Secretary
PAI | peoplesworld.org | 2019-07-19
WASHINGTON (PAI)– President Donald Trump has nominated right-wing lawyer Antonin–whoops, Eugene–Scalia to be Secretary of Labor. If confirmed, he would succeed Alexander Acosta, who was forced to resign. Eugene Scalia is best-identified as a son of the late conservative U.S. Supreme Court Justice, Antonin Scalia. But Eugene Scalia's spent his career advocating big business causes …

Trump Provokes Outrage With Plan to Nominate Ex-Walmart Attorney Eugene Scalia as Next Labor Secretary
Jessica Corbett, staff writer | commondreams.org | 2019-07-19
Workers and labor rights advocates expressed outrage after President Donald Trump announced on Twitter late Thursday that he intends to nominate former Walmart attorney Eugene Scalia—son of the late U.S. Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia—to replace outgoing Labor Secretary Alex Acosta. | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files/styles/cd_special_coverage/public/headline/thumbs/eugene-scalia.png

Gibraltar to Detain Iranian Oil Tanker for Another Month
telesurenglish.net | 2019-07-19
Gibraltar has been granted the power to detain Iran's Grace 1 oil tanker for another month after a private Supreme Court meeting was held on Friday. | RELATED: | Trump: U.S. Navy Destroys Iranian Drone in Strait of Hormuz | Gibraltar said the Iranian vessel, seized by marines in a daring landing in darkness off the coast of the British territory on July 4, was suspected of smuggling oil to Syria in breach of European Union sanctions. | Iran has repeatedly called for the ship's re…

French intelligence strategy document warns of "insurrectional violence"
wsws.org | 2019-07-19
The "road map" establishes the target of France's counterterrorism agencies as "subversive movements" and potential "insurrectional violence" in the population.

Indian Trotskyists to hold "Free Julian Assange" rallies in Chennai and Kolkata
wsws.org | 2019-07-19
Rallies in two of India's biggest cities will take forward the call issued by the World Socialist Web Site international editorial board for the formation of a Global Defence Committee.

Spying on Julian Assange: UC Global, CNN and Russian Couriers
Binoy Kampmark | dissidentvoice.org | 2019-07-18
History's scope for the absurd and tragic is infinite. Like Sisyphus engaged in permanent labours pushing a boulder up a slope, the effort of making sense of such scope is likewise, absurdly infinite. To see images of an exhausted and world-weary Julian Assange attempting to dodge the all-eye surveillance operation that he would complain about …

International Court of Justice orders Pakistan to review death penalty for Indian accused of spying
United Nations | un.org | 2019-07-17
In a ruling delivered on Wednesday, the International Court of Justice (ICJ) ordered Pakistan to review a death sentence handed down in the case of a former Indian Navy officer accused by Pakistan of spying, finding that the country's authorities acted in breach of the Vienna Convention, which lays out rules for diplomatic relations between countries.

Reformist District Attorney Larry Krasner Argues Pennsylvania Death Penalty Is Unconstitutional
Akela Lacy | theintercept.com | 2019-07-16
Philadelphia District Attorney Larry Krasner, who campaigned in 2017 as an unequivocal opponent of the death penalty, asked the Pennsylvania Supreme Court in a legal filing Monday night to declare the state's death penalty system unconstitutional. | The death penalty as it stands "cannot survive the state Constitution's ban on cruel punishments," Krasner wrote in a brief he submitted to th…

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.

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.

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…

'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…

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.

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…

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.

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