2019-08-14: News Headlines

Prof Michel Chossudovsky (2019-08-14). The Downing of Malaysian Airlines MH17: The Quest for Truth and Justice. Review of the Evidence. globalresearch.ca The MH17 Inquiry has been conducted in an insidious fashion. Important pieces of evidence including eye witness reports, audio & video material transmitted through Ukraine Intelligence (SBU) have been manipulated or excluded from the Dutch inquiry, which largely endorses Washington's accusations directed against Moscow.

Stephen Lendman (2019-08-14). Killing Julian Assange Slowly. globalresearch.ca Since April 11 when unlawfully dragged from Ecuador's London embassy to captivity, Assange has languished under draconian conditions in a UK dungeon at the behest of the Trump regime, wanting him tried in the US for the "crime" of truth-telling …

Bay Action 2 Free Assange (2019-08-14). Stand 4 Julian Assange & Chelsea Manning -Solidarity with London Action. indybay.org 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…

Ricardo Vaz (2019-08-14). Venezuela's Maduro Reshuffles Cabinet as Supreme Court Strips Three Opposition Lawmakers of Immunity. venezuelanalysis.com The National Constituent Assembly will also evaluate bringing forward legislative elections.

Editor (2019-08-14). Mueller e ilusiones. workers.org Cualquiera que se aferró a la ilusión de que el testimonio de Robert Mueller del 22 de julio ante los comités de la Cámara de Justicia e Inteligencia pondría a POTUS en apuros tenía que decepcionarse. Ahora debe quedar claro: no habrá atajos para hacer retroceder al presidente, y mucho . . . | Continue reading Mueller e ilusiones at Workers.org

Gary Leupp (2019-08-13). MSNBC and the Next Election: Racism is the Issue. dissidentvoice.org After Donald Trump unexpectedly won the 2016 election, the Democrats and the mainstream media they shape sought to explain the disaster as a result of Russian meddling. Such meddling, which had been alleged for months, was documented in an (unconvincing) intelligence report prepared by the lame-duck Obama administration, made public Jan. 6, 2017; Congress followed …

WSWS (2019-08-13). The German media and Julian Assange: Silence and slander. wsws.org 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.

Emily Apple (2019-08-13). The DWP is back in hot water after the UN slams its 'total surveillance'. thecanary.co 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…

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

Staff (2019-08-13). IQ Tests, SAT Scores and Other "Intelligence" Tests Propagate Racism. truthout.org | | 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…

Bill Blum (2019-08-13). John Roberts' Dark Legacy of Voter Suppression. truthdig.com 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…

splcenter (2019-08-13). SPLC joins brief opposing Kansas law targeting immigrants. splcenter.org 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.

Bill Blum (2019-08-13). Unequal Justice: John Roberts' Dark Legacy of Voter Suppression. progressive.org 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.

Staff (2019-08-13). Ibram X. Kendi: IQ Tests, SAT Scores and Other "Intelligence" Tests Propagate Racism. democracynow.org 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."

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

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

Frank Scott (2019-08-12). Bulletin For The Comfortable Class: Mass Murder Was Americana Before Trump Was Born! dissidentvoice.org 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 …

Sapphira Lurie (2019-08-08). Fordham U students win fight to have Palestine rights club. liberationnews.org 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.

Trevor Timm (2019-08-08). Brazil Supreme Court Minister Rules to Protect Press Freedom for Glenn Greenwald and The Intercept. theintercept.com 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…

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

splcenter (2019-08-03). Weekend Read: The SPLC fights an internal threat to our democracy. splcenter.org 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.

ACLU (2019-07-29). Supreme Court Order No 'Big Victory' For Trump's Border Wall. The Fight Continues. aclu.org 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…

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

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