2019-08-13: Social Media Postees

The German media and Julian Assange: Silence and slander
wsws.org | 2019-08-13
Over a week after a US federal court threw out a civil case brought by the Democratic National Committee (DNC) against Julian Assange, the German media has been dominated by an embarrassed silence.

Stand 4 Julian Assange & Chelsea Manning -Solidarity with London Action
Bay Action 2 Free Assange | indybay.org | 2019-08-13
Join our protest against Julian Assange's US Extradition and Chelsea Manning's imprisonment. We'll chant for their freedom, distribute flyers and engage with the public over a two hour call to action, at the Powell & Market Cable Car turnaround. | "The days when I could read and speak and organize to defend myself, my ideals, and my people are over until I am free! Everyone else must take my place." — Julian Assange, from Belmarsh Prison…

The DWP is back in hot water after the UN slams its 'total surveillance'
Emily Apple | thecanary.co | 2019-08-13
The Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) has been slammed by the UN over its surveillance of benefit claimants. Philip Alston, the UN's special rapporteur warned that the department is not just spying on those it suspects of fraudulent claims: It's not. It will soon affect everyone and leave the society much worse off. Everyone needs to pay attention and insist on decent li…

IQ Tests, SAT Scores and Other "Intelligence" Tests Propagate Racism
Staff | truthout.org | 2019-08-13
| Author and professor Ibram X. Kendi joins us to discuss his new book, How to Be an Antiracist. He talks about the racist development of intelligence tests that blatantly discriminate against people of color under a veneer of scientific objectivity. "Even when we talk about antiracism, when most people think of who needs to be an antiracist, they think of Southerners. They think of people who voted for Trump," says Kendi. "They don't think of people who are advocating for the maintenance of these tes…

John Ratcliffe as a Director of National Intelligence Nominee
Calvin Trillin | thenation.com | 2019-08-13
John Ratcliffe as a Director of National Intelligence Nominee…

SPLC joins brief opposing Kansas law targeting immigrants
splcenter.org | 2019-08-13
The SPLC and 29 worker and immigrant rights organizations filed an amicus brief today urging the U.S. Supreme Court to uphold a court decision stating that a Kansas identity theft law cannot be used to turn local law enforcement into immigration agents.

Unequal Justice: John Roberts' Dark Legacy of Voter Suppression
Bill Blum | progressive.org | 2019-08-13
Plaintiffs are litigating voting rights cases in Alabama, Georgia, Texas, North Carolina, and several other states. Some will succeed, some will fail, but all will be more uncertain and expensive thanks to the Chief Justice of the Supreme Court.

John Roberts' Dark Legacy of Voter Suppression
Bill Blum | truthdig.com | 2019-08-13
This piece originally appeared on The Progressive. | When Chief Justice John Roberts steps down from the Supreme Court years from now, how will he be remembered? | Many of his current admirers think (or at least hope) that it will be for defending judicial independence against the Tru…

Ibram X. Kendi: IQ Tests, SAT Scores and Other "Intelligence" Tests Propagate Racism
Staff | democracynow.org | 2019-08-13
Author and professor Ibram X. Kendi joins us to discuss his new book, "How to Be an Antiracist." He talks about the racist development of intelligence tests that blatantly discriminate against people of color under a veneer of scientific objectivity. "Even when we talk about antiracism, when most people think of who needs to be an antiracist, they think of Southerners. They think of people who voted for Trump," says Kendi. "They don't think of people who are advocating for the maintenance of these tests, which are denying access to some of the best schools in New York City to black and Latino kids."

Bulletin For The Comfortable Class: Mass Murder Was Americana Before Trump Was Born!
Frank Scott | dissidentvoice.org | 2019-08-12
The U.S. air war in Japan was one of the most ruthless and barbaric killings of non-combatants in all history. — General Bonner Fellers, MacArthur's Intelligence Chief, from Cultures Of War: Pearl Harbour/Hiroshima/9-11/Iraq by John W. Dower, 2011, pp. 195-96. The recent anniversary of the mass murder that took place in Hiroshima, followed three days …

What do we know about Russia's alleged influence campaign?
Aaron Maté | thegrayzone.com | 2019-08-12
What have US intelligence officials proven to date about their claims of a sweeping Russian interference effort and Russian government…

Trump's intel shake-up reveals lingering tensions
Aaron Maté | thegrayzone.com | 2019-08-12
With the resignation of Director of National Intelligence Dan Coats and the withdrawal of President Trump's chosen replacement, Rep. John…

Venezuela: Court Charges 3 Assembly Members with Treason
telesurenglish.net | 2019-08-12
The Supreme Court of Justice of Venezuela ordered on Monday to commit the responsibility of three lawmakers belonging to the National Assembly in contempt for committing crimes that threaten the peace and sovereignty of the country. | RELATED: | Venezuelans Continue to Sign Petition Against US Blockade | The sentence issued by the highest court imputed the parliamentarians Juan Pablo García Canales, José àÅngel Guerra Brito and Tomás Guanipa Villalobos, after the request prese…

Did Indian Intelligence Invent a Russian Diplomatic Statement to Pressure Moscow on Kashmir?
Andrew Korybko | globalresearch.ca | 2019-08-11
It remains unclear at the time of writing whether the Russian Ministry of Foreign Affairs really did back India's unilateral actions in Kashmir or not, with the mysterious circumstances surrounding its now-viral alleged statement of support suggesting that it might …

Government denies large power outages part of no-deal planning
John Shafthauer | thecanary.co | 2019-08-10
Power outages hit England and Wales on 9 August. Coincidentally, the government has recently been planning for a no-deal Brexit. | But is it a coincidence? | Or is it part of what the government is expecting after they open the Brexit hell mouth? | Lights out: | According to a leaked memo, the government is planning the following tests: | Closing the Irn Bru factory for a week to see how long it takes before Scotland starts rioting. | Replacing people's medicine with tic tacs to see if the placebo effect kicks in. | Redirecting all outward-bound British tourists to Skegness. | A whistleblower came forward…

Wanda Vásquez, Puerto Rico's third governor in a week, facing criticism
Michelle Zacarias | peoplesworld.org | 2019-08-09
After public outcry and protests brought on the resignation of Governor Ricardo Rosselló, Puerto Rico received its third governor in less than a week. Rosselló's initial successor, Pedro Pierluisi, was forced to step down after Puerto Rico Supreme Court unanimously decided that an appointment as governor without Senate confirmation was unconstitutional. Now, the former secretary …

Brazil Supreme Court Minister Rules to Protect Press Freedom for Glenn Greenwald and The Intercept
Trevor Timm | theintercept.com | 2019-08-08
In a crucial victory for press freedom in Brazil, Minister Gilmar Mendes, a member of Brazil's Supreme Court, has barred the Bolsonaro administration and Justice Minister Sergio Moro from investigating The Intercept Brasil and journalist Glenn Greenwald for its reporting on unethical and potentially illegal conduct involving Moro. | Mendes, in a sweeping decision, wrote that any attempt to investigate journalists…

Fordham U students win fight to have Palestine rights club
Sapphira Lurie | liberationnews.org | 2019-08-08
On Aug. 5, Justice Nancy Bannon of the Supreme Court of the State of New York annulled Fordham University's decision to ban Students for Justice in Palestine from its campus.

Mueller time is over, Russia-hate is here to stay
Aaron Maté | thegrayzone.com | 2019-08-04
Stephen F. Cohen says that while Robert Mueller has closed up shop, dangerous U.S. fear-mongering about Russia remains. Guest: Stephen…

Weekend Read: The SPLC fights an internal threat to our democracy
splcenter.org | 2019-08-03
In his recent testimony before Congress, Special Counsel Robert Mueller pointedly warned the nation about Russia's ongoing attempts to meddle in our nation's elections.

Supreme Court Order No 'Big Victory' For Trump's Border Wall. The Fight Continues
aclu.org | 2019-07-29
The Supreme Court has not yet decided the case, or given Trump's abuse of emergency powers the stamp of approval. | Late Friday evening, the Supreme Court gave the Trump administration a temporary green light to begin construction of the border wall using military funds Congress denied. The order, while temporary and limited to specific wall projects where fencing already exists, threatens to permanently damage border communities, the environment, and our Constitution's separation of powers. | But it's not the "big victory" President Trump q…

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