Saturday, January 02, 2021
Learning from the Assange Extradition Hearing Process: Debunked Claims and Procedural Irregularities
What We Learned in Julian Assange's Extradition Hearing
Experts debunked the U.S. government’s case, argument by argument. Here’s a recap ahead of the judge’s verdict on January 4th.
Dozens of journalists newly identified as NSO Group spyware targets
December 21, 2020
Most targets were affiliated with the Qatar-headquartered Al-Jazeera media network, according to Al-Jazeera English; Citizen Lab said a journalist at London-based Al-Araby TV was also targeted.
Upcoming Ruling in Assange Trial Threatens More Than Just Freedom of the Press
by Steve Brown - CovertAction Magazine
One such issue is Assange’s health, which has progressively worsened under what seems to be cruel and even sadistic maltreatment by the British government, including the refusal of appropriate medical care and confining him in his cell for 23 hours a day, seven days a week.
Friday, January 01, 2021
Inviting Nuclear Disaster
by Karl Grossman - CounterPunch
“It is crazy,” declares Robert Alvarez, a former senior policy advisor at the U.S. Department of Energy and a U.S. Senate senior investigator and now senior scholar at the Institute for Policy Studies and is an author of the book Killing Our Own: The Disaster of America’s Experience with Atomic Radiation.
Biden & CIA Death Squads
by Finian Cunningham - Sputnik
In just one six-month period during 2019, it was found that over 50 civilians, including women and children, were murdered in 10 separate massacres studied, according to author Andrew Quilty. That was merely a sample of killings in one province, Wardak.
Thursday, December 31, 2020
RUSSIAN CODE SUPREMACY MEANS THERE’S ONLY ONE SECRET THE US GOVERNMENT HAS LEFT – THAT THE GOVERNMENT HAS NO SECRETS FROM RUSSIA
To believe what the US State Department is saying officially, and the Department is doing, the US is now at war with Russia; withdrawing from Russia as many of its personnel as possible; keeping this quiet.
Secretary of State Michael Pompeo made the announcement on Friday evening: “I can’t say much more as we’re still unpacking precisely what it is, and I’m sure some of it will remain classified. This was a very significant effort, and I think it’s the case that now we can say pretty clearly that it was the Russians that engaged in this activity.”
New frigates to project Canadian ‘power’ with cruise missiles
by Yves Engler
December 27, 2020
Naval News recently reported on the likely arsenal of Canada’s new surface combatant vessels, which are expected to cost over $70 billion ($213-219 billion over their lifecycle). The largest single taxpayer expense in Canadian history,the 15 vessels “will be fitted with a wide range of weapons, both offensive and defense, in a mix never seen before in any surface combatant.”
When the Landlords Say, “Fuck You”
by David Rovics - CounterPunch
December 28, 2020
I know it is often hard to see, but significant elements of the folks in power at various levels of government are keenly aware that we’re in a crisis, and they want to avoid a total meltdown of the social order. They often like to act blasé and in control of the situation, they like to pretend that we all believe we live in a society governed by law, where we all play by certain rules that are more or less sacred.
It Could Always Be Worse
by Stephen F. Eisenman - CounterPunch
I’ve probably received a dozen New Year’s greeting like the following:
“Good riddance 2020. Here’s to better days.”
“Happy 2021. It’s got to be better than last year!”
“2020 – a Year to forget. Let’s make 2021 a year to remember!”
So naturally, I’m reminded of the joke:
Two old Jews are sitting on a park bench.
One says: “Nu, how are things?”
The other says: “Better than next year!”
Wednesday, December 30, 2020
Huge Military Budgets, Covert Operations, Drones and Assassinations—but hey, at least he didn’t start another major war
by Jeremy Kuzmarov - CovertAction Magazine
On foreign policy, Trump’s legacy is just as bad as in every other area.
Immediate Impeachment and Removal of President Donald Trump
RE: Immediate Impeachment and Removal of President Donald Trump
Dear Speaker Pelosi and Majority Leader McConnell:
As during the Watergate crisis, the Constitution summons both Republicans and Democrats to transcend partisanship to defend our constitutional Republic from Mr. Trump’s escalating aggressions. In this landmark instance, the nation is deeply indebted to Republican Senator Barry Goldwater, Senate Minority Leader Hugh Scott, and House Minority Leader John Rhodes for speaking unvarnished truths about impeachment to President Richard Nixon in the White House. Resignation soon followed.
The International Criminal Court: Now Simply Indefensible
by Craig Murray
Unfortunately, the decision of the ICC to close down its investigation into War Crimes committed by the British in Iraq is the last straw for me in continuing to harbour any hope that the ICC will ever be anything more than an instrument of victors’ justice.
This Week on GR
by C. L. Cook - Gorilla-Radio.com
And; it’s been almost two months since the unelected government of Abiy Ahmed of Ethiopia mobilized full military attacks against the country’s northernmost province of Tigray. Press coverage of the humanitarian crisis in the making has been scant in the West, while contextual analysis is almost entirely absent.
Finian Cunningham is a long-time and prolific journalist who worked as an editor and writer for major U.K. media outlets The Mirror, Irish Times, and Independent. The two-time Serena Shim Award for Uncompromising Integrity in Journalism recipient’s articles on international affairs appear at numerous online outlets, including at Sputnik, where I found his new article, ‘BBC Glosses Ethiopia Horror’.
Finian Cunningham and loosing a CIA Frankenstein on Ethiopia in the second half.
And; CFUV Radio broadcaster and host of Plant Powered Radio, Janine Bandcroft is off this week. So first, Dave Lindorff and leave takings at long last of Donald Trump and the end of the beginning of the Covid-19 Pandemic.
Washington state judge blocks release of public records in the police killing of Michael Reinoehl
by Kevin Reed - WSWS
The ruling by Thurston County Court Judge Carol Murphy granted a motion from the Thurston County Sheriff’s Office to stop the planned release to reporter CJ Ciaramella of the records in the brutal shooting death of Reinoehl. The judge agreed with the sheriff’s office that the public disclosure of the records would “undermine the integrity of Thurston County’s criminal investigation and irreparably damage vital governmental functions.”
The US Money Tree: The Untold Story of American Aid to Israel
by Ramzy Baroud - The Palestine Chronicle
While unemployment, thus poverty, in the US is skyrocketing as a result of repeated lockdowns, the US found it essential to provide Israel with $3.3 billion in ‘security assistance’ and $500 million for US-Israel missile defense cooperation.
Monday, December 28, 2020
BBC Glosses Ethiopia Horror
by Finian Cunningham - Sputnik
The feature article opens with: “In a sign of the changing political fortunes of a man who was once a pariah, Eritrea’s President Isaias Afwerki has proven to be a staunch ally of Ethiopia's Nobel Peace Prize winner and Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed, giving his troops much-needed support to fight the Tigray People’s Liberation Front (TPLF) in Tigray.”
Sunday, December 27, 2020
Go for it Republicans! A Red State Secession Movement from the US of A is a Great Idea!
by Dave Lindorff - This Can't Be Happening
December 16, 2020
Where underneath their border the devil draws no line
If you drag their muddy rivers nameless bodies you will find
The calendar is lying when it reads the present time.
Oh, here’s to the land
you tore out the heart of
Mississippi find yourself
another country to be part of.’ — Phil Ochs
Texas Republican Party Chair Allen West has joined blow-hard right-wing radio whackjob Rush Limbaugh in suggesting that Republican-governed states (like Texas, Wyoming, Nebraska, Utah, Montana, Alabama, Mississippi and others) should “band together” and secede from the Union.