2019-06-24: News Headlines

RT (2019-06-24). Insider exposes Google's efforts to influence 2020 election against Trump. rt.com Google interferes with search results, censors conservative views and even directly manipulates facts in the name of 'fairness', according to internal video and documents a whistleblower has turned over to Project Veritas.

WSWS (2019-06-24). Punitive fines threaten whistleblower Chelsea Manning with bankruptcy. wsws.org Manning is being held in contempt and fined $500 a day for her refusal to testify before a grand jury aimed at concocting charges against Julian Assange and WikiLeaks.

Veteran Intelligence Professionals for Sanity (2019-06-24). Memo to the President: Is Pompeo's Iran Agenda the Same as Yours? globalresearch.ca UPDATED: VIPS says its direct experience with Mike Pompeo leaves them with strong doubt regarding his trustworthiness on issues of consequence to the President and the nation. | DATE: June 21, 2019 | MEMORANDUM FOR: The President. | FROM: Veteran Intelligence Professionals for …

BACFJA (2019-06-24). #Candles for Assange Independence Action @ Mime Troupe Delores Park. indybay.org Delores Park, San Francisco | Dolores St. & 19th St. | San Francisco, CA 94114…

Staff (2019-06-24). Ola Bini, Privacy Activist and Julian Assange Friend, Speaks Out After Release from Ecuadorian Jail. democracynow.org Last week, an Ecuadorian judge ordered the release of Swedish programmer and data privacy activist Ola Bini, who spent more than two months in jail without charge. Bini is a friend of WikiLeaks editor Julian Assange. He was arrested in Quito on the same day that Assange was forcibly taken by British authorities from the Ecuadorian Embassy in London. We speak with Ola Bini in Quito, where he remains under investigation for allegedly hacking the Ecuadorian government. He says, "Through the whole process, 70 days in prison, and all of the days since, we've been asking the prosecution to tell us what it is I have don…

WSWS (2019-06-22). Facebook blocks ad for PES meeting in Paris to defend Assange. wsws.org The Parti de l'égalité socialiste calls on its supporters to share its material and support the freeing of journalist Julian Assange and whistleblower Chelsea Manning.

RT (2019-06-22). Amazon patents 'helpful' surveillance delivery drones that totally don't spy on your neighbors. rt.com Amazon has filed a patent for delivery drones that also surveil customers — for their own good, it claims, suggesting that a drone will inform people if there's a fire or damage on their property but won't snoop around.

WSWS (2019-06-22). The Guardian's direct collusion with media censorship by secret services exposed. wsws.org The facts provide damning proof of the Guardian's total integration into the propaganda wing of the Ministry of Defence following its involvement in the WikiLeaks and Snowden files releases.

CGTN Africa (2019-06-22). Amazon gets U.S. patent to use delivery drones for surveillance service. cgtn.com Amazon.com Inc is now exploring using drones not just to deliver packages but also to provide surveillance as a service to its customers, according to a patent granted by the United States Patent and Trademark Office. | The delivery drones can be used to record video of consented user's property to gather data that can be analyzed to look out, say for example, a broken window, or a fire or if a garage door was left open during the day, the patent described. | According to the patent, the surveillance function of the drone can be limited through geo-fencing, a technology used to draw a virtual boundary around t…

RT (2019-06-22). Drones for incels? US Air Force causes stir with 'THREAT briefing' on frustrated internet virgins. rt.com A leaked US Air Force briefing detailing the threat posed by bitter, sexually frustrated men hating on women online has been widely mocked on social media, with some wondering if they plan to drone the "involuntary celibates."

Media Lens (2019-06-21). The Shaving Kit: Manufacturing The Julian Assange Witch-Hunt. dissidentvoice.org Last week, UK Home Secretary Sajid Javid signed the US extradition request to hand over Julian Assange, who is charged with 18 counts of violating the US Espionage Act. Assange's immediate fate now lies in the hands of the British justice system. Javid 'consistently voted for use of UK military forces in combat operations overseas', …

Jimmysllama (2019-06-19). UN Rapporteur on Torture Nils Melzer Becomes One of Assange's Most Vocal Advocates. mintpressnews.com "Here [in Assange's case] we are not speaking of prosecution but of persecution. That means that judicial power, institutions and proceedings are being deliberately abused for ulterior motives." — Nils Melzer, UN Rapporteur on Torture…

Staff (2019-06-18). Julian Assange Indictment "Criminalizes the News Gathering Process," Says Pentagon Papers Lawyer. democracynow.org A London judge has ordered WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange to appear before a court in February 2020 to face a full extradition hearing. Prosecutors in the U.S. have indicted Assange on 18 counts, including 17 violations of the Espionage Act. This is the first-ever case of a journalist or publisher being indicted under the World War I-era law. Assange said that his life was "effectively at stake" if the U.K. honors a U.S. request for his extradition. Assange is currently serving a 50-week sentence in London's Belmarsh Prison for skipping bail in 2012. We speak with James Goodale, former general counsel of The Ne…

Staff (2019-06-14). "Advocate": Israeli Attorney Lea Tsemel Reflects on Defending Palestinians Who Resist Occupation. democracynow.org Attorney Lea Tsemel has defended Palestinian political prisoners in Israeli courts for nearly half a century, insisting on their humanity and their right to a fair trial. Her work has earned her the scorn and reprobation of many Israelis, as well as death threats. A staunch critic of the Israeli occupation of Palestine, Tsemel has long argued that Palestinians who carry out politically motivated violence are freedom fighters, not "terrorists." In 1999, Tsemel won a landmark case in the Israeli Supreme Court, making it illegal for Israeli officials to torture detained Palestinians during interrogations. The docume…

Staff (2019-06-14). Ola Bini Was Friends with Julian Assange. He Has Spent Two Months in Jail Without Charge in Ecuador. democracynow.org WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange appeared before a magistrates' court in London Friday, saying his life was "effectively at stake" if the U.K. honors an extradition request from the United States, where he faces 17 counts of violating the Espionage Act. Meanwhile, a friend of Assange's, Swedish programmer and data privacy activist Ola Bini, is still in prison in Ecuador, after being arrested April 11, the same day Assange was forcibly taken by British authorities from the Ecuadorian Embassy in London, and has been jailed ever since without charges. We speak with Vijay Prashad, director of Tricontinental: Institut…

Pamela Rafalow Grossman (2019-06-06). Chelsea Manning's Coming of Age. progressive.org In the new film "XY Chelsea," director Tim Travers Hawkins keeps the whistleblower's vulnerability front and center: "I hope she can flourish as a free woman."

2019-06-24: Social Media Postees

Insider exposes Google's efforts to influence 2020 election against Trump
rt.com | 2019-06-24
Google interferes with search results, censors conservative views and even directly manipulates facts in the name of 'fairness', according to internal video and documents a whistleblower has turned over to Project Veritas. | …
rt.com/usa/462597-veritas-google-trump-fairness/

Punitive fines threaten whistleblower Chelsea Manning with bankruptcy
wsws.org | 2019-06-24
Manning is being held in contempt and fined $500 a day for her refusal to testify before a grand jury aimed at concocting charges against Julian Assange and WikiLeaks.
www.wsws.org/en/articles/2019/06/24/chel-j24.html

Memo to the President: Is Pompeo's Iran Agenda the Same as Yours?
Veteran Intelligence Professionals for Sanity | globalresearch.ca | 2019-06-24
UPDATED: VIPS says its direct experience with Mike Pompeo leaves them with strong doubt regarding his trustworthiness on issues of consequence to the President and the nation. | DATE: June 21, 2019 | MEMORANDUM FOR: The President. | FROM: Veteran Intelligence Professionals for …
globalresearch.ca/vips-memo-president-pompeos-iran-agenda-same-yours/5681521

#Candles for Assange Independence Action @ Mime Troupe Delores Park
BACFJA | indybay.org | 2019-06-24
Delores Park, San Francisco | Dolores St. & 19th St. | San Francisco, CA 94114…
indybay.org/newsitems/2019/06/24/18824205.php

Ola Bini, Privacy Activist and Julian Assange Friend, Speaks Out After Release from Ecuadorian Jail
Staff | democracynow.org | 2019-06-24
Last week, an Ecuadorian judge ordered the release of Swedish programmer and data privacy activist Ola Bini, who spent more than two months in jail without charge. Bini is a friend of WikiLeaks editor Julian Assange. He was arrested in Quito on the same day that Assange was forcibly taken by British authorities from the Ecuadorian Embassy in London. We speak with Ola Bini in Quito, where he remains under investigation for allegedly hacking the Ecuadorian government. He says, "Through the whole process, 70 days in prison, and all of the days since, we've been asking the prosecution to tell us what it is I have don…
www.democracynow.org/2019/6/24/ola_bini_privacy_activist_and_julian

Facebook blocks ad for PES meeting in Paris to defend Assange
wsws.org | 2019-06-22
The Parti de l'égalité socialiste calls on its supporters to share its material and support the freeing of journalist Julian Assange and whistleblower Chelsea Manning.
www.wsws.org/en/articles/2019/06/22/pesf-j22.html

Amazon patents 'helpful' surveillance delivery drones that totally don't spy on your neighbors
rt.com | 2019-06-22
Amazon has filed a patent for delivery drones that also surveil customers — for their own good, it claims, suggesting that a drone will inform people if there's a fire or damage on their property but won't snoop around. | …
rt.com/usa/462437-amazon-patents-surveillance-delivery-drones/

Drones for incels? US Air Force causes stir with 'THREAT briefing' on frustrated internet virgins
rt.com | 2019-06-22
A leaked US Air Force briefing detailing the threat posed by bitter, sexually frustrated men hating on women online has been widely mocked on social media, with some wondering if they plan to drone the "involuntary celibates." | …
rt.com/usa/462475-incels-threat-air-force-briefing/

Amazon gets U.S. patent to use delivery drones for surveillance service
CGTN Africa | cgtn.com | 2019-06-22
Amazon.com Inc is now exploring using drones not just to deliver packages but also to provide surveillance as a service to its customers, according to a patent granted by the United States Patent and Trademark Office. | The delivery drones can be used to record video of consented user's property to gather data that can be analyzed to look out, say for example, a broken window, or a fire or if a garage door was left open during the day, the patent described. | According to the patent, the surveillance function of the drone can be limited through geo-fencing, a technology used to draw a virtual boundary around t…
africa.cgtn.com/2019/06/22/amazon-gets-u-s-patent-to-use-delivery-drones-for-surveillance-service/

The Guardian's direct collusion with media censorship by secret services exposed
wsws.org | 2019-06-22
The facts provide damning proof of the Guardian's total integration into the propaganda wing of the Ministry of Defence following its involvement in the WikiLeaks and Snowden files releases.
www.wsws.org/en/articles/2019/06/22/guar-j22.html

Laborfest: O.S.H.A. Whistleblowers, Workers & Public Safety
Laborfest | indybay.org | 2019-06-21
ILWU Local 34 Hall, 801 Second St., San Francisco. Across 2d St from baseball stadium. Diagonally across King St from MoMo's Restaurant. Walk the one mile from Market on Second or on the Embarcadero to 801 Second Street or take public transportation as follows: | T or N train from Embarcadero Station to Second and King Station, go to stadium side of King St, 801 2d St is to the left of the stadium; | 30 or 45 bus from Market and Fifth Streets (Powell Station) to end of line at Townsend between Fourth and Third, then walk one block to 2d Street, then 1 blocks south on 2d to King St, cross King St to stadium side…
indybay.org/newsitems/2019/06/20/18824126.php

The war on journalism is a war on the humanities
wsws.org | 2019-06-21
The World Socialist Web Site received this statement opposing the persecution of Julian Assange from Monika Eisenhauer, an independent historian and medievalist living in Germany.
www.wsws.org/en/articles/2019/06/21/huma-j21.html

Is Socialism Possible in America?
David Rosen | counterpunch.org | 2019-06-21
"I was, I am, I shall be!" — Rosa Luxemburg The U.S. government has charged WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange with violating the Espionage Act of 1917 (extended by the Sedition Act of 1918). The act targeted…
counterpunch.org/2019/06/21/is-socialism-possible-in-america/

Laborfest: Free Press, Julian Assange,Chelsea Manning, Bryan Carmody
Laborfest | indybay.org | 2019-06-21
518 Valencia, San Francisco. 16th St BART.
indybay.org/newsitems/2019/06/19/18824118.php

The Shaving Kit: Manufacturing The Julian Assange Witch-Hunt
Media Lens | dissidentvoice.org | 2019-06-21
Last week, UK Home Secretary Sajid Javid signed the US extradition request to hand over Julian Assange, who is charged with 18 counts of violating the US Espionage Act. Assange's immediate fate now lies in the hands of the British justice system. Javid 'consistently voted for use of UK military forces in combat operations overseas', …
dissidentvoice.org/2019/06/the-shaving-kit-manufacturing-the-julian-assange-witch-hunt/

London: Julian Assange Defence Committee lobbies Jeremy Corbyn's Constituency Labour Party
wsws.org | 2019-06-21
The Julian Assange Defence Committee urged rank-and-file Labour Party members in leader Jeremy Corbyn's constituency to oppose US extradition proceedings against WikiLeaks publisher Julian Assange.
www.wsws.org/en/articles/2019/06/21/jadc-j21.html

Australian workers and youth support SEP rallies defending Assange
wsws.org | 2019-06-21
The hostility of ordinary people to the US attempts to prosecute Assange stands in stark contrast to the complicity of the political and media establishment.
www.wsws.org/en/articles/2019/06/21/assa-j21.html

Greg Palast Wins Mexico's Top Journalism Award: The 2019 International Reporter Prize For Exposés On Election Thefts
Special To The Black Star News | blackstarnews.com | 2019-06-21
Greg Palast won Mexico's International Reporter Prize for reporting on election thefts–like the 2018 Georgia's Governor's race in U.S. | As 2015 Nobel Peace Prize nominee and multiple award winning journalist Daniel Estulin (who introduced Greg Palast at Mexico's prestigious award show) recently wrote about the event: " Surrounded by journalist celebrities from all over the world, Palast along with the absent Julian Assange was the star attraction. He is admired and respected by so many attendees for his fearless reporting against the deep state he so courageously exposes. " | The Association of M…
www.blackstarnews.com/global-politics/latin-america/greg-palast-wins-mexico%E2%80%99s-top-journalism-award-the-2019

Laborfest: O.S.H.A. Whistleblowers, Workers & Public Safety
Laborfest | indybay.org | 2019-06-20
ILWU Local 34 Hall, 801 Second St., San Francisco. Across 2d St from baseball stadium. Diagonally across King St from MoMo's Restaurant. Walk the one mile from Market on Second or on the Embarcadero to 801 Second Street or take public transportation as follows: | T or N train from Embarcadero Station to Second and King Station, go to stadium side of King St, 801 2d St is to the left of the stadium; | 30 or 45 bus from Market and Fifth Streets (Powell Station) to end of line at Townsend between Fourth and Third, then walk one block to 2d Street, then 1 blocks south on 2d to King St, cross King St to stadium side…
indybay.org/newsitems/2019/06/20/18824126.php

For a worldwide campaign to prevent Julian Assange's rendition to the US!
wsws.org | 2019-06-20
An international mass movement must be organized to stop the extradition of Julian Assange to the United States.
www.wsws.org/en/articles/2019/06/20/pers-j20.html

Basta !!! Free Chelsea Manning & Julien Assange Oakland Weekly Friday Vigil
Orion Edmonson | indybay.org | 2019-06-20
MacArthur & Fruitvale Oakland…
indybay.org/newsitems/2019/06/19/18824060.php

Drone Crash Database
Drone Wars UK | globalresearch.ca | 2019-06-20
Drone Wars UK began compiling details of military drone crashes in 2010. Our database cover crashes of large ( Class II and III) military drones since 01 Jan 2007. It has been compiled from USAF Accident Investigation Board (AIB) …
globalresearch.ca/drone-crash-database/5681247

UN Rapporteur on Torture Nils Melzer Becomes One of Assange's Most Vocal Advocates
Jimmysllama | mintpressnews.com | 2019-06-19
"Here [in Assange's case] we are not speaking of prosecution but of persecution. That means that judicial power, institutions and proceedings are being deliberately abused for ulterior motives." — Nils Melzer, UN Rapporteur on Torture…
mintpressnews.com/nils-melzer-confirms-what-many-suspected-julian-assange-tortured-and-persecuted-by-us/259334/

Julian Assange Indictment "Criminalizes the News Gathering Process," Says Pentagon Papers Lawyer
Staff | democracynow.org | 2019-06-18
A London judge has ordered WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange to appear before a court in February 2020 to face a full extradition hearing. Prosecutors in the U.S. have indicted Assange on 18 counts, including 17 violations of the Espionage Act. This is the first-ever case of a journalist or publisher being indicted under the World War I-era law. Assange said that his life was "effectively at stake" if the U.K. honors a U.S. request for his extradition. Assange is currently serving a 50-week sentence in London's Belmarsh Prison for skipping bail in 2012. We speak with James Goodale, former general counsel of The Ne…
www.democracynow.org/2019/6/18/pentagon_papers_lawyer_julian_assange_case

"Advocate": Israeli Attorney Lea Tsemel Reflects on Defending Palestinians Who Resist Occupation
Staff | democracynow.org | 2019-06-14
Attorney Lea Tsemel has defended Palestinian political prisoners in Israeli courts for nearly half a century, insisting on their humanity and their right to a fair trial. Her work has earned her the scorn and reprobation of many Israelis, as well as death threats. A staunch critic of the Israeli occupation of Palestine, Tsemel has long argued that Palestinians who carry out politically motivated violence are freedom fighters, not "terrorists." In 1999, Tsemel won a landmark case in the Israeli Supreme Court, making it illegal for Israeli officials to torture detained Palestinians during interrogations. The docume…
www.democracynow.org/2019/6/14/lea_tsemel_advocate_documentary_israel_palestine

Ola Bini Was Friends with Julian Assange. He Has Spent Two Months in Jail Without Charge in Ecuador
Staff | democracynow.org | 2019-06-14
WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange appeared before a magistrates' court in London Friday, saying his life was "effectively at stake" if the U.K. honors an extradition request from the United States, where he faces 17 counts of violating the Espionage Act. Meanwhile, a friend of Assange's, Swedish programmer and data privacy activist Ola Bini, is still in prison in Ecuador, after being arrested April 11, the same day Assange was forcibly taken by British authorities from the Ecuadorian Embassy in London, and has been jailed ever since without charges. We speak with Vijay Prashad, director of Tricontinental: Institut…
www.democracynow.org/2019/6/14/ola_bini_ecuador_arrest_wikileaks_assange

Chelsea Manning's Coming of Age
Pamela Rafalow Grossman | progressive.org | 2019-06-06
In the new film "XY Chelsea," director Tim Travers Hawkins keeps the whistleblower's vulnerability front and center: "I hope she can flourish as a free woman."
progressive.org/dispatches/chelsea-manning-xy-chelsea-documentary-grossman-190606/

2019-06-23: News Headlines

RT (2019-06-22). Amazon patents 'helpful' surveillance delivery drones that totally don't spy on your neighbors. rt.com Amazon has filed a patent for delivery drones that also surveil customers — for their own good, it claims, suggesting that a drone will inform people if there's a fire or damage on their property but won't snoop around.

WSWS (2019-06-22). Facebook blocks ad for PES meeting in Paris to defend Assange. wsws.org The Parti de l'égalité socialiste calls on its supporters to share its material and support the freeing of journalist Julian Assange and whistleblower Chelsea Manning.

WSWS (2019-06-22). The Guardian's direct collusion with media censorship by secret services exposed. wsws.org The facts provide damning proof of the Guardian's total integration into the propaganda wing of the Ministry of Defence following its involvement in the WikiLeaks and Snowden files releases.

RT (2019-06-22). Drones for incels? US Air Force causes stir with 'THREAT briefing' on frustrated internet virgins. rt.com A leaked US Air Force briefing detailing the threat posed by bitter, sexually frustrated men hating on women online has been widely mocked on social media, with some wondering if they plan to drone the "involuntary celibates."

CGTN Africa (2019-06-22). Amazon gets U.S. patent to use delivery drones for surveillance service. cgtn.com Amazon.com Inc is now exploring using drones not just to deliver packages but also to provide surveillance as a service to its customers, according to a patent granted by the United States Patent and Trademark Office. | The delivery drones can be used to record video of consented user's property to gather data that can be analyzed to look out, say for example, a broken window, or a fire or if a garage door was left open during the day, the patent described. | According to the patent, the surveillance function of the drone can be limited through geo-fencing, a technology used to draw a virtual boundary around t…

Laborfest (2019-06-21). Laborfest: O.S.H.A. Whistleblowers, Workers & Public Safety. indybay.org ILWU Local 34 Hall, 801 Second St., San Francisco. Across 2d St from baseball stadium. Diagonally across King St from MoMo's Restaurant. Walk the one mile from Market on Second or on the Embarcadero to 801 Second Street or take public transportation as follows: | T or N train from Embarcadero Station to Second and King Station, go to stadium side of King St, 801 2d St is to the left of the stadium; | 30 or 45 bus from Market and Fifth Streets (Powell Station) to end of line at Townsend between Fourth and Third, then walk one block to 2d Street, then 1 blocks south on 2d to King St, cross King St to stadium side…

WSWS (2019-06-21). The war on journalism is a war on the humanities. wsws.org The World Socialist Web Site received this statement opposing the persecution of Julian Assange from Monika Eisenhauer, an independent historian and medievalist living in Germany.

Special To The Black Star News (2019-06-21). Greg Palast Wins Mexico's Top Journalism Award: The 2019 International Reporter Prize For Exposés On Election Thefts. blackstarnews.com Greg Palast won Mexico's International Reporter Prize for reporting on election thefts–like the 2018 Georgia's Governor's race in U.S. | As 2015 Nobel Peace Prize nominee and multiple award winning journalist Daniel Estulin (who introduced Greg Palast at Mexico's prestigious award show) recently wrote about the event: " Surrounded by journalist celebrities from all over the world, Palast along with the absent Julian Assange was the star attraction. He is admired and respected by so many attendees for his fearless reporting against the deep state he so courageously exposes. " | The Association of M…

Laborfest (2019-06-21). Laborfest: Free Press, Julian Assange,Chelsea Manning, Bryan Carmody. indybay.org 518 Valencia, San Francisco. 16th St BART.

WSWS (2019-06-21). Australian workers and youth support SEP rallies defending Assange. wsws.org The hostility of ordinary people to the US attempts to prosecute Assange stands in stark contrast to the complicity of the political and media establishment.

WSWS (2019-06-21). London: Julian Assange Defence Committee lobbies Jeremy Corbyn's Constituency Labour Party. wsws.org The Julian Assange Defence Committee urged rank-and-file Labour Party members in leader Jeremy Corbyn's constituency to oppose US extradition proceedings against WikiLeaks publisher Julian Assange.

David Rosen (2019-06-21). Is Socialism Possible in America? counterpunch.org "I was, I am, I shall be!" — Rosa Luxemburg The U.S. government has charged WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange with violating the Espionage Act of 1917 (extended by the Sedition Act of 1918). The act targeted "whoever, for the purpose of obtaining information respecting the national defense with intent or reason to believe that the information to be obtained is More

Media Lens (2019-06-21). The Shaving Kit: Manufacturing The Julian Assange Witch-Hunt. dissidentvoice.org Last week, UK Home Secretary Sajid Javid signed the US extradition request to hand over Julian Assange, who is charged with 18 counts of violating the US Espionage Act. Assange's immediate fate now lies in the hands of the British justice system. Javid 'consistently voted for use of UK military forces in combat operations overseas', …

Drone Wars UK (2019-06-20). Drone Crash Database. globalresearch.ca Drone Wars UK began compiling details of military drone crashes in 2010. Our database cover crashes of large ( Class II and III) military drones since 01 Jan 2007. It has been compiled from USAF Accident Investigation Board (AIB) …

RT (2019-06-20). US claims Iran downed drone in 'unprovoked' act as Tehran warns against crossing 'red lines'. rt.com The US has confirmed that one of its reconnaissance drones was shot down by Iraniain air defenses, but has denied that it intruded into Tehran's airspace at the time. |

Laborfest (2019-06-20). Laborfest: O.S.H.A. Whistleblowers, Workers & Public Safety. indybay.org ILWU Local 34 Hall, 801 Second St., San Francisco. Across 2d St from baseball stadium. Diagonally across King St from MoMo's Restaurant. Walk the one mile from Market on Second or on the Embarcadero to 801 Second Street or take public transportation as follows: | T or N train from Embarcadero Station to Second and King Station, go to stadium side of King St, 801 2d St is to the left of the stadium; | 30 or 45 bus from Market and Fifth Streets (Powell Station) to end of line at Townsend between Fourth and Third, then walk one block to 2d Street, then 1 blocks south on 2d to King St, cross King St to stadium side…

plenglish (2019-06-20). Guyana Appreciates Role of Cuba in Training Physicians. plenglish.com Guantanamo, Cuba June 20 ( Prensa Latina) The Minister Counsellor of the Embassy of the Cooperative Republic of Guyana in Cuba, Heather Seelochan, expressed her gratitude in Guantanamo this Thursday for the island"s collaboration in training the future doctors of her nation.

WSWS (2019-06-20). For a worldwide campaign to prevent Julian Assange's rendition to the US! wsws.org An international mass movement must be organized to stop the extradition of Julian Assange to the United States.

Orion Edmonson (2019-06-20). Basta !!! Free Chelsea Manning & Julien Assange Oakland Weekly Friday Vigil. indybay.org MacArthur & Fruitvale Oakland…

WSWS (2019-06-20). Professor Stuart Rees to speak at SEP rally to defend Julian Assange. wsws.org "The rally must increase public awareness of the outrageous injustice if Julian is extradited to the US to face a possible 170 years in prison."

Laborfest (2019-06-20). Laborfest: Free Press, Julian Assange,Chelsea Manning, Bryan Carmody. indybay.org 518 Valencia, San Francisco. 16th St BART.

Jimmysllama (2019-06-19). UN Rapporteur on Torture Nils Melzer Becomes One of Assange's Most Vocal Advocates. mintpressnews.com "Here [in Assange's case] we are not speaking of prosecution but of persecution. That means that judicial power, institutions and proceedings are being deliberately abused for ulterior motives." — Nils Melzer, UN Rapporteur on Torture…

WSWS (2019-06-19). French workers, "yellow vest" protesters support fight to free Julian Assange. wsws.org For the last two weeks, the Parti de l'égalité socialiste has campaigned in Paris for this Sunday's public meeting in defense of Julian Assange and Chelsea Manning.

WSWS (2019-06-19). John Pilger urges participation in SEP (Australia) rallies to defend Assange. wsws.org "In my career, there has never been a more important case. If we lose Julian and Chelsea Manning to the dungeons of a rogue America, once-liberal societies will never be the same again; democracies will be in name only."

Orion Edmonson (2019-06-19). Basta !!! Free Chelsea Manning & Julien Assange Oakland Weekly Friday Vigil. indybay.org MacArthur & Fruitvale Oakland…

WSWS (2019-06-18). Australian whistleblower trials shrouded in secrecy. wsws.org The government's determination to block any public scrutiny of these crucial hearings constitutes wartime-like censorship.

Staff (2019-06-18). Julian Assange Indictment "Criminalizes the News Gathering Process" truthout.org A London judge has ordered WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange to appear before a court in February 2020 to face a full extradition hearing. Prosecutors in the U.S. have indicted Assange on 18 counts, including 17 violations of the Espionage Act. This is the first-ever case of a journalist or publisher being indicted under the World War I-era law. Assange said that his life was "effectively at stake" if the U.K. honors a U.S. request for his extradition. Assange is currently serving a 50-week sentence in London's Belmarsh Prison for skipping bail in 2012. We speak with James Goodale, former general counsel of The…

Kevin Zeese and Margaret Flowers (2019-06-18). US Foreign Policy Exposed. dissidentvoice.org Protest against US Foreign Policy in the Philippines (Source EPA) In the last week, the realities of US foreign policy have been exposed by a leaked audio tape, a leak about a US attack on the Russian electrical grid, and US attempts to extradite Julian Assange. All the information points to a foreign policy that …

Staff (2019-06-18). Julian Assange Indictment "Criminalizes the News Gathering Process," Says Pentagon Papers Lawyer. democracynow.org A London judge has ordered WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange to appear before a court in February 2020 to face a full extradition hearing. Prosecutors in the U.S. have indicted Assange on 18 counts, including 17 violations of the Espionage Act. This is the first-ever case of a journalist or publisher being indicted under the World War I-era law. Assange said that his life was "effectively at stake" if the U.K. honors a U.S. request for his extradition. Assange is currently serving a 50-week sentence in London's Belmarsh Prison for skipping bail in 2012. We speak with James Goodale, former general counsel of The Ne…

WSWS (2019-06-18). Prominent Australian journalist Mary Kostakidis calls for campaign to free Assange. wsws.org "We must not wait till it is too late to recognise the broader significance of the persecution of Julian Assange and fail to defend his human rights."

WSWS (2019-06-18). Ecuadorian government gives Pentagon a base in the Galapagos. wsws.org Inviting the Pentagon to use the world-renowned environmental site as a US aircraft carrier is of a piece with the Moreno government's betrayal of Julian Assange.

Kevin Zeese (2019-06-18). US Foreign Policy Exposed. globalresearch.ca In the last week, the realities of US foreign policy have been exposed by a leaked audio tape, a leak about a US attack on the Russian electrical grid, and US attempts to extradite Julian Assange. All the information points …

WSWS (2019-06-18). Shrewsbury 24 flying picket Terry Renshaw: "Only the power of the working class, not the official courts, is going to provide any perspective for freeing Julian Assange." wsws.org The former building worker explains, "To defend class war prisoners like Julian Assange, the perspective has got to be to raise the awareness and mobilise the masses."

Andrew Korybko (2019-06-17). Poland Just Became America's Most Important NATO Ally. globalresearch.ca The US' decision to dispatch 1,000 additional "rotational" troops and even a squadron of surveillance drones to Poland makes the Central European country its most important NATO ally because of the threat that this poses to Russian strategic interests in …

Chris Hedges (2019-06-17). The Coming Show Trial of Julian Assange. truthdig.com 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…

WSWS (2019-06-17). Two protesters arrested at Melbourne rally in defence of Assange. wsws.org The arrests were aimed at intimidating supporters of WikiLeaks and preventing broader layers from joining the campaign to defend Assange and all democratic rights.

Binoy Kampmark (2019-06-17). Julian Assange and the Scales of Justice: Exceptions, Extraditions and Politics. counterpunch.org 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. More

Staff (2019-06-17). John Pilger: Extradition Process a 'Very Long Uphill Road' for Assange. therealnews.com 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…

Consortium News (2019-06-17). Julian Assange to Face 5-Day Extradition Hearing in February 2020. theantimedia.com (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 …

WSWS (2019-06-17). Germany: Protest vigil in Dusseldorf demands release of Julian Assange. wsws.org "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."

kathy_f (2019-06-14). Secrets and lies in Afghanistan: Whistleblower helps the case to withdraw troops. greenleft.org.au The Afghanistan war may be largely forgotten, were it not for the Australian Federal Police raid on the ABC's Sydney offices on June 5 to collect evidence for the trial of army lawyer and whistleblower David McBride. | Afghanistan is the longest war Australia has ever been involved in. Yet it has largely been conducted in secret, with few media reports and even fewer politicians wanting to talk about it. | Afghanistan is now increasingly being seen to be another "bad" war. Following the 9/11 terror attacks, Iraq was touted as the only "bad" war, as politicians scrambled to justify their support for the "good" war…

Staff (2019-06-14). "Advocate": Israeli Attorney Lea Tsemel Reflects on Defending Palestinians Who Resist Occupation. democracynow.org Attorney Lea Tsemel has defended Palestinian political prisoners in Israeli courts for nearly half a century, insisting on their humanity and their right to a fair trial. Her work has earned her the scorn and reprobation of many Israelis, as well as death threats. A staunch critic of the Israeli occupation of Palestine, Tsemel has long argued that Palestinians who carry out politically motivated violence are freedom fighters, not "terrorists." In 1999, Tsemel won a landmark case in the Israeli Supreme Court, making it illegal for Israeli officials to torture detained Palestinians during interrogations. The docume…

Staff (2019-06-14). Ola Bini Was Friends with Julian Assange. He Has Spent Two Months in Jail Without Charge in Ecuador. democracynow.org WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange appeared before a magistrates' court in London Friday, saying his life was "effectively at stake" if the U.K. honors an extradition request from the United States, where he faces 17 counts of violating the Espionage Act. Meanwhile, a friend of Assange's, Swedish programmer and data privacy activist Ola Bini, is still in prison in Ecuador, after being arrested April 11, the same day Assange was forcibly taken by British authorities from the Ecuadorian Embassy in London, and has been jailed ever since without charges. We speak with Vijay Prashad, director of Tricontinental: Institut…

kathy_f (2019-06-13). Australia 'world's most secretive democracy' says New York Times. greenleft.org.au "Australia may be the world's most secretive democracy," the New York Times reported on June 5. | The US newspaper was commenting on the raids by the Australian Federal Police (AFP) on a NewsCorp journalist and then the head office of the ABC. They were looking for evidence of information provided by whistleblowers that was used in articles exposing possible crimes by the Australian military and other authorities. | NYT continued: "The aggressive approach — which Prime Minister Scott Morrison has defended — fit…

Pamela Rafalow Grossman (2019-06-06). Chelsea Manning's Coming of Age. progressive.org In the new film "XY Chelsea," director Tim Travers Hawkins keeps the whistleblower's vulnerability front and center: "I hope she can flourish as a free woman."

2019-06-23: Social Media Postees

Amazon patents 'helpful' surveillance delivery drones that totally don't spy on your neighbors
rt.com | 2019-06-22
Amazon has filed a patent for delivery drones that also surveil customers — for their own good, it claims, suggesting that a drone will inform people if there's a fire or damage on their property but won't snoop around. | …
rt.com/usa/462437-amazon-patents-surveillance-delivery-drones/

Drones for incels? US Air Force causes stir with 'THREAT briefing' on frustrated internet virgins
rt.com | 2019-06-22
A leaked US Air Force briefing detailing the threat posed by bitter, sexually frustrated men hating on women online has been widely mocked on social media, with some wondering if they plan to drone the "involuntary celibates." | …
rt.com/usa/462475-incels-threat-air-force-briefing/

Amazon gets U.S. patent to use delivery drones for surveillance service
CGTN Africa | cgtn.com | 2019-06-22
Amazon.com Inc is now exploring using drones not just to deliver packages but also to provide surveillance as a service to its customers, according to a patent granted by the United States Patent and Trademark Office. | The delivery drones can be used to record video of consented user's property to gather data that can be analyzed to look out, say for example, a broken window, or a fire or if a garage door was left open during the day, the patent described. | According to the patent, the surveillance function of the drone can be limited through geo-fencing, a technology used to draw a virtual boundary around t…
africa.cgtn.com/2019/06/22/amazon-gets-u-s-patent-to-use-delivery-drones-for-surveillance-service/

Facebook blocks ad for PES meeting in Paris to defend Assange
wsws.org | 2019-06-22
The Parti de l'égalité socialiste calls on its supporters to share its material and support the freeing of journalist Julian Assange and whistleblower Chelsea Manning.
www.wsws.org/en/articles/2019/06/22/pesf-j22.html

The Guardian's direct collusion with media censorship by secret services exposed
wsws.org | 2019-06-22
The facts provide damning proof of the Guardian's total integration into the propaganda wing of the Ministry of Defence following its involvement in the WikiLeaks and Snowden files releases.
www.wsws.org/en/articles/2019/06/22/guar-j22.html

Laborfest: O.S.H.A. Whistleblowers, Workers & Public Safety
Laborfest | indybay.org | 2019-06-21
ILWU Local 34 Hall, 801 Second St., San Francisco. Across 2d St from baseball stadium. Diagonally across King St from MoMo's Restaurant. Walk the one mile from Market on Second or on the Embarcadero to 801 Second Street or take public transportation as follows: | T or N train from Embarcadero Station to Second and King Station, go to stadium side of King St, 801 2d St is to the left of the stadium; | 30 or 45 bus from Market and Fifth Streets (Powell Station) to end of line at Townsend between Fourth and Third, then walk one block to 2d Street, then 1 blocks south on 2d to King St, cross King St to stadium side…
indybay.org/newsitems/2019/06/20/18824126.php

Is Socialism Possible in America?
David Rosen | counterpunch.org | 2019-06-21
"I was, I am, I shall be!" — Rosa Luxemburg The U.S. government has charged WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange with violating the Espionage Act of 1917 (extended by the Sedition Act of 1918). The act targeted…
counterpunch.org/2019/06/21/is-socialism-possible-in-america/

The Shaving Kit: Manufacturing The Julian Assange Witch-Hunt
Media Lens | dissidentvoice.org | 2019-06-21
Last week, UK Home Secretary Sajid Javid signed the US extradition request to hand over Julian Assange, who is charged with 18 counts of violating the US Espionage Act. Assange's immediate fate now lies in the hands of the British justice system. Javid 'consistently voted for use of UK military forces in combat operations overseas', …
dissidentvoice.org/2019/06/the-shaving-kit-manufacturing-the-julian-assange-witch-hunt/

London: Julian Assange Defence Committee lobbies Jeremy Corbyn's Constituency Labour Party
wsws.org | 2019-06-21
The Julian Assange Defence Committee urged rank-and-file Labour Party members in leader Jeremy Corbyn's constituency to oppose US extradition proceedings against WikiLeaks publisher Julian Assange.
www.wsws.org/en/articles/2019/06/21/jadc-j21.html

Laborfest: Free Press, Julian Assange,Chelsea Manning, Bryan Carmody
Laborfest | indybay.org | 2019-06-21
518 Valencia, San Francisco. 16th St BART.
indybay.org/newsitems/2019/06/19/18824118.php

The war on journalism is a war on the humanities
wsws.org | 2019-06-21
The World Socialist Web Site received this statement opposing the persecution of Julian Assange from Monika Eisenhauer, an independent historian and medievalist living in Germany.
www.wsws.org/en/articles/2019/06/21/huma-j21.html

Australian workers and youth support SEP rallies defending Assange
wsws.org | 2019-06-21
The hostility of ordinary people to the US attempts to prosecute Assange stands in stark contrast to the complicity of the political and media establishment.
www.wsws.org/en/articles/2019/06/21/assa-j21.html

Is Socialism Possible in America?
David Rosen | counterpunch.org | 2019-06-21
"I was, I am, I shall be!" — Rosa Luxemburg The U.S. government has charged WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange with violating the Espionage Act of 1917 (extended by the Sedition Act of 1918). The act targeted…
counterpunch.org/2019/06/21/is-socialism-possible-in-america/

Greg Palast Wins Mexico's Top Journalism Award: The 2019 International Reporter Prize For Exposés On Election Thefts
Special To The Black Star News | blackstarnews.com | 2019-06-21
Greg Palast won Mexico's International Reporter Prize for reporting on election thefts–like the 2018 Georgia's Governor's race in U.S. | As 2015 Nobel Peace Prize nominee and multiple award winning journalist Daniel Estulin (who introduced Greg Palast at Mexico's prestigious award show) recently wrote about the event: " Surrounded by journalist celebrities from all over the world, Palast along with the absent Julian Assange was the star attraction. He is admired and respected by so many attendees for his fearless reporting against the deep state he so courageously exposes. " | The Association of M…
www.blackstarnews.com/global-politics/latin-america/greg-palast-wins-mexico%E2%80%99s-top-journalism-award-the-2019

US claims Iran downed drone in 'unprovoked' act as Tehran warns against crossing 'red lines'
rt.com | 2019-06-20
The US has confirmed that one of its reconnaissance drones was shot down by Iraniain air defenses, but has denied that it intruded into Tehran's airspace at the time. | …
rt.com/usa/462298-us-confirms-drone-downed-iran/

Drone Crash Database
Drone Wars UK | globalresearch.ca | 2019-06-20
Drone Wars UK began compiling details of military drone crashes in 2010. Our database cover crashes of large ( Class II and III) military drones since 01 Jan 2007. It has been compiled from USAF Accident Investigation Board (AIB) …
globalresearch.ca/drone-crash-database/5681247

Laborfest: O.S.H.A. Whistleblowers, Workers & Public Safety
Laborfest | indybay.org | 2019-06-20
ILWU Local 34 Hall, 801 Second St., San Francisco. Across 2d St from baseball stadium. Diagonally across King St from MoMo's Restaurant. Walk the one mile from Market on Second or on the Embarcadero to 801 Second Street or take public transportation as follows: | T or N train from Embarcadero Station to Second and King Station, go to stadium side of King St, 801 2d St is to the left of the stadium; | 30 or 45 bus from Market and Fifth Streets (Powell Station) to end of line at Townsend between Fourth and Third, then walk one block to 2d Street, then 1 blocks south on 2d to King St, cross King St to stadium side…
indybay.org/newsitems/2019/06/20/18824126.php

Guyana Appreciates Role of Cuba in Training Physicians
plenglish.com | 2019-06-20
Guantanamo, Cuba June 20 ( Prensa Latina) The Minister Counsellor of the Embassy of the Cooperative Republic of Guyana in Cuba, Heather Seelochan, expressed her gratitude in Guantanamo this Thursday for the island"s collaboration in training the future doctors of her nation.
www.plenglish.com/index.php?o=rn&id=43548&SEO=guyana-appreciates-role-of-cuba-in-training-physicians

For a worldwide campaign to prevent Julian Assange's rendition to the US!
wsws.org | 2019-06-20
An international mass movement must be organized to stop the extradition of Julian Assange to the United States.
www.wsws.org/en/articles/2019/06/20/pers-j20.html

Basta !!! Free Chelsea Manning & Julien Assange Oakland Weekly Friday Vigil
Orion Edmonson | indybay.org | 2019-06-20
MacArthur & Fruitvale Oakland…
indybay.org/newsitems/2019/06/19/18824060.php

Professor Stuart Rees to speak at SEP rally to defend Julian Assange
wsws.org | 2019-06-20
"The rally must increase public awareness of the outrageous injustice if Julian is extradited to the US to face a possible 170 years in prison."
www.wsws.org/en/articles/2019/06/20/rees-j20.html

Laborfest: Free Press, Julian Assange,Chelsea Manning, Bryan Carmody
Laborfest | indybay.org | 2019-06-20
518 Valencia, San Francisco. 16th St BART.
indybay.org/newsitems/2019/06/19/18824118.php

UN Rapporteur on Torture Nils Melzer Becomes One of Assange's Most Vocal Advocates
Jimmysllama | mintpressnews.com | 2019-06-19
"Here [in Assange's case] we are not speaking of prosecution but of persecution. That means that judicial power, institutions and proceedings are being deliberately abused for ulterior motives." — Nils Melzer, UN Rapporteur on Torture…
mintpressnews.com/nils-melzer-confirms-what-many-suspected-julian-assange-tortured-and-persecuted-by-us/259334/

John Pilger urges participation in SEP (Australia) rallies to defend Assange
wsws.org | 2019-06-19
www.wsws.org/en/articles/2019/06/19/pilg-j19.html

French workers, "yellow vest" protesters support fight to free Julian Assange
wsws.org | 2019-06-19
For the last two weeks, the Parti de l'égalité socialiste has campaigned in Paris for this Sunday's public meeting in defense of Julian Assange and Chelsea Manning.
www.wsws.org/en/articles/2019/06/19/pari-j19.html

Basta !!! Free Chelsea Manning & Julien Assange Oakland Weekly Friday Vigil
Orion Edmonson | indybay.org | 2019-06-19
MacArthur & Fruitvale Oakland…
indybay.org/newsitems/2019/06/19/18824060.php

Australian whistleblower trials shrouded in secrecy
wsws.org | 2019-06-18
The government's determination to block any public scrutiny of these crucial hearings constitutes wartime-like censorship.
www.wsws.org/en/articles/2019/06/18/tria-j18.html

US Foreign Policy Exposed
Kevin Zeese | globalresearch.ca | 2019-06-18
In the last week, the realities of US foreign policy have been exposed by a leaked audio tape, a leak about a US attack on the Russian electrical grid, and US attempts to extradite Julian Assange. All the information points …
globalresearch.ca/us-foreign-policy-exposed/5680952

Julian Assange Indictment "Criminalizes the News Gathering Process," Says Pentagon Papers Lawyer
Staff | democracynow.org | 2019-06-18
A London judge has ordered WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange to appear before a court in February 2020 to face a full extradition hearing. Prosecutors in the U.S. have indicted Assange on 18 counts, including 17 violations of the Espionage Act. This is the first-ever case of a journalist or publisher being indicted under the World War I-era law. Assange said that his life was "effectively at stake" if the U.K. honors a U.S. request for his extradition. Assange is currently serving a 50-week sentence in London's Belmarsh Prison for skipping bail in 2012. We speak with James Goodale, former general counsel of The Ne…
www.democracynow.org/2019/6/18/pentagon_papers_lawyer_julian_assange_case

Ecuadorian government gives Pentagon a base in the Galapagos
wsws.org | 2019-06-18
Inviting the Pentagon to use the world-renowned environmental site as a US aircraft carrier is of a piece with the Moreno government's betrayal of Julian Assange.
www.wsws.org/en/articles/2019/06/18/ecua-j18.html

Shrewsbury 24 flying picket Terry Renshaw: "Only the power of the working class, not the official courts, is going to provide any perspective for freeing Julian Assange."
wsws.org | 2019-06-18
The former building worker explains, "To defend class war prisoners like Julian Assange, the perspective has got to be to raise the awareness and mobilise the masses."
www.wsws.org/en/articles/2019/06/18/inte-j18.html

US Foreign Policy Exposed
Kevin Zeese and Margaret Flowers | dissidentvoice.org | 2019-06-18
Protest against US Foreign Policy in the Philippines (Source EPA) In the last week, the realities of US foreign policy have been exposed by a leaked audio tape, a leak about a US attack on the Russian electrical grid, and US attempts to extradite Julian Assange. All the information points to a foreign policy that …
dissidentvoice.org/2019/06/us-foreign-policy-exposed/

Prominent Australian journalist Mary Kostakidis calls for campaign to free Assange
wsws.org | 2019-06-18
"We must not wait till it is too late to recognise the broader significance of the persecution of Julian Assange and fail to defend his human rights."
www.wsws.org/en/articles/2019/06/18/kost-j18.html

Julian Assange Indictment "Criminalizes the News Gathering Process"
Staff | truthout.org | 2019-06-18
A London judge has ordered WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange to appear before a court in February 2020 to face a full extradition hearing. Prosecutors in the U.S. have indicted Assange on 18 counts, including 17 violations of the Espionage Act. This is the first-ever case of a journalist or publisher being indicted under the World War I-era law. Assange said that his life was "effectively at stake" if the U.K. honors a U.S. request for his extradition. Assange is currently serving a 50-week sentence in London's Belmarsh Prison for skipping bail in 2012. We speak with James Goodale, former general counsel of The…
truthout.org/video/julian-assange-indictment-criminalizes-the-news-gathering-process/

Julian Assange Indictment "Criminalizes the News Gathering Process," Says Pentagon Papers Lawyer
Staff | democracynow.org | 2019-06-18
A London judge has ordered WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange to appear before a court in February 2020 to face a full extradition hearing. Prosecutors in the U.S. have indicted Assange on 18 counts, including 17 violations of the Espionage Act. This is the first-ever case of a journalist or publisher being indicted under the World War I-era law. Assange said that his life was "effectively at stake" if the U.K. honors a U.S. request for his extradition. Assange is currently serving a 50-week sentence in London's Belmarsh Prison for skipping bail in 2012. We speak with James Goodale, former general counsel of The Ne…
www.democracynow.org/2019/6/18/pentagon_papers_lawyer_julian_assange_case

Poland Just Became America's Most Important NATO Ally
Andrew Korybko | globalresearch.ca | 2019-06-17
The US' decision to dispatch 1,000 additional "rotational" troops and even a squadron of surveillance drones to Poland makes the Central European country its most important NATO ally because of the threat that this poses to Russian strategic interests in …
globalresearch.ca/poland-became-us-most-important-nato-ally/5680858

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.
counterpunch.org/2019/06/17/julian-assange-and-the-scales-of-justice-exceptions-extraditions-and-politics/

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…
therealnews.com/stories/john-pilger-extradition-process-a-very-long-uphill-road-for-assange

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
commondreams.org/views/2019/06/17/coming-show-trial-julian-assange?cd-origin=rss

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…
truthdig.com/articles/the-coming-show-trial-of-julian-assange/

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

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."
www.wsws.org/en/articles/2019/06/17/assa-j17.html

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.
www.wsws.org/en/articles/2019/06/17/melb-j17.html

Bringing Police Torture in Chicago to the Full Light of Day
Staff | truthout.org | 2019-06-16
Flint Taylor's new book, The Torture Machine: Racism and Police Violence in Chicago, is one of those remarkable works that won't fit under any one category. It's at once a history of civil and human rights battles in Chicago with national and global reach, a text of modern urban sociology, an example of critical legal theory, a long polemic against white and class privilege, a literature of political exposure, a manual of strategy and tactics, and last but not least, for Flint himself, an autobiography. In its pages, Chicago's top lawyer of the left also shares with us the intense and determined commitment, wi…
truthout.org/articles/bringing-police-torture-in-chicago-to-the-full-light-of-day/

Houthi Drone Attacks Continue to Target Airport in Saudi Arabia
telesurenglish.net | 2019-06-15
The Qasif K2 drones struck the control rooms in Jizan airport as well as the refueling station in Abha, according to a spokesperson of the Yemeni armed forces. The attacks were stated to be an act of retaliation against Saudi Arabia's war against the impoverished nation. | The Houthi milita has increased its attacks on airports in recent days and launched major attacks on oil-pipelines in Saudi Arabia. | The Western-backed, Saudi-led coalition that has been battling the Houthi movement in Yemen said earlier strikes on the Airport in Abha was proof of Iranian support for what it called cross-border terrorism.
telesurenglish.net/news/Houthi-Drone-Attacks-Continue-to-Target-Airport-in-Saudi-Arabia-20190615-0012.html

WikiLeaks publisher Assange faces US extradition trial next February
wsws.org | 2019-06-15
The UK government has made clear that it will do everything possible to expedite Washington's vindictive attempt to render the courageous journalist to face imprisonment, torture, and execution in the US.
www.wsws.org/en/articles/2019/06/15/assa-j15.html

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"
thecanary.co/trending/2019/06/15/assange-is-being-prosecuted-for-exposing-the-crimes-of-empire-says-award-winning-journalist/

Activist Lauri Love and others speak out in defence of Assange
wsws.org | 2019-06-15
Members of the Julian Assange Defence Committee and the SEP were joined by people from across London and further afield, including two "Yellow Vest" protestors from France.
www.wsws.org/en/articles/2019/06/15/inte-j15.html

Basta !!! Free Chelsea Manning & Julien Assange Oakland Weekly Friday Vigil
Orion Edmonson | indybay.org | 2019-06-15
Fruitvale and MacArthur Oakland…
indybay.org/newsitems/2019/06/13/18823921.php

Secrets and lies in Afghanistan: Whistleblower helps the case to withdraw troops
kathy_f | greenleft.org.au | 2019-06-14
The Afghanistan war may be largely forgotten, were it not for the Australian Federal Police raid on the ABC's Sydney offices on June 5 to collect evidence for the trial of army lawyer and whistleblower David McBride. | Afghanistan is the longest war Australia has ever been involved in. Yet it has largely been conducted in secret, with few media reports and even fewer politicians wanting to talk about it. | Afghanistan is now increasingly being seen to be another "bad" war. Following the 9/11 terror attacks, Iraq was touted as the only "bad" war, as politicians scrambled to justify their support for the "good" war…
greenleft.org.au/content/secrets-and-lies-afghanistan-whistleblower-helps-case-withdraw-troops

2019-06-22: News Headlines

RT (2019-06-22). Amazon patents 'helpful' surveillance delivery drones that totally don't spy on your neighbors. rt.com Amazon has filed a patent for delivery drones that also surveil customers — for their own good, it claims, suggesting that a drone will inform people if there's a fire or damage on their property but won't snoop around.

WSWS (2019-06-22). The Guardian's direct collusion with media censorship by secret services exposed. wsws.org The facts provide damning proof of the Guardian's total integration into the propaganda wing of the Ministry of Defence following its involvement in the WikiLeaks and Snowden files releases.

WSWS (2019-06-22). Facebook blocks ad for PES meeting in Paris to defend Assange. wsws.org The Parti de l'égalité socialiste calls on its supporters to share its material and support the freeing of journalist Julian Assange and whistleblower Chelsea Manning.

CGTN Africa (2019-06-22). Amazon gets U.S. patent to use delivery drones for surveillance service. cgtn.com Amazon.com Inc is now exploring using drones not just to deliver packages but also to provide surveillance as a service to its customers, according to a patent granted by the United States Patent and Trademark Office. | The delivery drones can be used to record video of consented user's property to gather data that can be analyzed to look out, say for example, a broken window, or a fire or if a garage door was left open during the day, the patent described. | According to the patent, the surveillance function of the drone can be limited through geo-fencing, a technology used to draw a virtual boundary around t…

RT (2019-06-22). Drones for incels? US Air Force causes stir with 'THREAT briefing' on frustrated internet virgins. rt.com A leaked US Air Force briefing detailing the threat posed by bitter, sexually frustrated men hating on women online has been widely mocked on social media, with some wondering if they plan to drone the "involuntary celibates."

WSWS (2019-06-21). London: Julian Assange Defence Committee lobbies Jeremy Corbyn's Constituency Labour Party. wsws.org The Julian Assange Defence Committee urged rank-and-file Labour Party members in leader Jeremy Corbyn's constituency to oppose US extradition proceedings against WikiLeaks publisher Julian Assange.

Media Lens (2019-06-21). The Shaving Kit: Manufacturing The Julian Assange Witch-Hunt. dissidentvoice.org Last week, UK Home Secretary Sajid Javid signed the US extradition request to hand over Julian Assange, who is charged with 18 counts of violating the US Espionage Act. Assange's immediate fate now lies in the hands of the British justice system. Javid 'consistently voted for use of UK military forces in combat operations overseas', …

WSWS (2019-06-21). The war on journalism is a war on the humanities. wsws.org The World Socialist Web Site received this statement opposing the persecution of Julian Assange from Monika Eisenhauer, an independent historian and medievalist living in Germany.

Laborfest (2019-06-21). Laborfest: Free Press, Julian Assange,Chelsea Manning, Bryan Carmody. indybay.org 518 Valencia, San Francisco. 16th St BART.

Special To The Black Star News (2019-06-21). Greg Palast Wins Mexico's Top Journalism Award: The 2019 International Reporter Prize For Exposés On Election Thefts. blackstarnews.com Greg Palast won Mexico's International Reporter Prize for reporting on election thefts–like the 2018 Georgia's Governor's race in U.S. | As 2015 Nobel Peace Prize nominee and multiple award winning journalist Daniel Estulin (who introduced Greg Palast at Mexico's prestigious award show) recently wrote about the event: " Surrounded by journalist celebrities from all over the world, Palast along with the absent Julian Assange was the star attraction. He is admired and respected by so many attendees for his fearless reporting against the deep state he so courageously exposes. " | The Association of M…

David Rosen (2019-06-21). Is Socialism Possible in America? counterpunch.org "I was, I am, I shall be!" — Rosa Luxemburg The U.S. government has charged WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange with violating the Espionage Act of 1917 (extended by the Sedition Act of 1918). The act targeted "whoever, for the purpose of obtaining information respecting the national defense with intent or reason to believe that the information to be obtained is More

WSWS (2019-06-21). Australian workers and youth support SEP rallies defending Assange. wsws.org The hostility of ordinary people to the US attempts to prosecute Assange stands in stark contrast to the complicity of the political and media establishment.

Laborfest (2019-06-21). Laborfest: O.S.H.A. Whistleblowers, Workers & Public Safety. indybay.org ILWU Local 34 Hall, 801 Second St., San Francisco. Across 2d St from baseball stadium. Diagonally across King St from MoMo's Restaurant. Walk the one mile from Market on Second or on the Embarcadero to 801 Second Street or take public transportation as follows: | T or N train from Embarcadero Station to Second and King Station, go to stadium side of King St, 801 2d St is to the left of the stadium; | 30 or 45 bus from Market and Fifth Streets (Powell Station) to end of line at Townsend between Fourth and Third, then walk one block to 2d Street, then 1 blocks south on 2d to King St, cross King St to stadium side…

RT (2019-06-20). US claims Iran downed drone in 'unprovoked' act as Tehran warns against crossing 'red lines'. rt.com The US has confirmed that one of its reconnaissance drones was shot down by Iraniain air defenses, but has denied that it intruded into Tehran's airspace at the time. |

Drone Wars UK (2019-06-20). Drone Crash Database. globalresearch.ca Drone Wars UK began compiling details of military drone crashes in 2010. Our database cover crashes of large ( Class II and III) military drones since 01 Jan 2007. It has been compiled from USAF Accident Investigation Board (AIB) …

WSWS (2019-06-20). Professor Stuart Rees to speak at SEP rally to defend Julian Assange. wsws.org "The rally must increase public awareness of the outrageous injustice if Julian is extradited to the US to face a possible 170 years in prison."

WSWS (2019-06-20). For a worldwide campaign to prevent Julian Assange's rendition to the US! wsws.org An international mass movement must be organized to stop the extradition of Julian Assange to the United States.

Laborfest (2019-06-20). Laborfest: Free Press, Julian Assange,Chelsea Manning, Bryan Carmody. indybay.org 518 Valencia, San Francisco. 16th St BART.

Orion Edmonson (2019-06-20). Basta !!! Free Chelsea Manning & Julien Assange Oakland Weekly Friday Vigil. indybay.org MacArthur & Fruitvale Oakland…

plenglish (2019-06-20). Guyana Appreciates Role of Cuba in Training Physicians. plenglish.com Guantanamo, Cuba June 20 ( Prensa Latina) The Minister Counsellor of the Embassy of the Cooperative Republic of Guyana in Cuba, Heather Seelochan, expressed her gratitude in Guantanamo this Thursday for the island"s collaboration in training the future doctors of her nation.

Laborfest (2019-06-20). Laborfest: O.S.H.A. Whistleblowers, Workers & Public Safety. indybay.org ILWU Local 34 Hall, 801 Second St., San Francisco. Across 2d St from baseball stadium. Diagonally across King St from MoMo's Restaurant. Walk the one mile from Market on Second or on the Embarcadero to 801 Second Street or take public transportation as follows: | T or N train from Embarcadero Station to Second and King Station, go to stadium side of King St, 801 2d St is to the left of the stadium; | 30 or 45 bus from Market and Fifth Streets (Powell Station) to end of line at Townsend between Fourth and Third, then walk one block to 2d Street, then 1 blocks south on 2d to King St, cross King St to stadium side…

Jimmysllama (2019-06-19). UN Rapporteur on Torture Nils Melzer Becomes One of Assange's Most Vocal Advocates. mintpressnews.com "Here [in Assange's case] we are not speaking of prosecution but of persecution. That means that judicial power, institutions and proceedings are being deliberately abused for ulterior motives." — Nils Melzer, UN Rapporteur on Torture…

Orion Edmonson (2019-06-19). Basta !!! Free Chelsea Manning & Julien Assange Oakland Weekly Friday Vigil. indybay.org MacArthur & Fruitvale Oakland…

WSWS (2019-06-19). French workers, "yellow vest" protesters support fight to free Julian Assange. wsws.org For the last two weeks, the Parti de l'égalité socialiste has campaigned in Paris for this Sunday's public meeting in defense of Julian Assange and Chelsea Manning.

WSWS (2019-06-19). John Pilger urges participation in SEP (Australia) rallies to defend Assange. wsws.org "In my career, there has never been a more important case. If we lose Julian and Chelsea Manning to the dungeons of a rogue America, once-liberal societies will never be the same again; democracies will be in name only."

Staff (2019-06-18). Julian Assange Indictment "Criminalizes the News Gathering Process" truthout.org A London judge has ordered WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange to appear before a court in February 2020 to face a full extradition hearing. Prosecutors in the U.S. have indicted Assange on 18 counts, including 17 violations of the Espionage Act. This is the first-ever case of a journalist or publisher being indicted under the World War I-era law. Assange said that his life was "effectively at stake" if the U.K. honors a U.S. request for his extradition. Assange is currently serving a 50-week sentence in London's Belmarsh Prison for skipping bail in 2012. We speak with James Goodale, former general counsel of The…

Staff (2019-06-18). Julian Assange Indictment "Criminalizes the News Gathering Process," Says Pentagon Papers Lawyer. democracynow.org A London judge has ordered WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange to appear before a court in February 2020 to face a full extradition hearing. Prosecutors in the U.S. have indicted Assange on 18 counts, including 17 violations of the Espionage Act. This is the first-ever case of a journalist or publisher being indicted under the World War I-era law. Assange said that his life was "effectively at stake" if the U.K. honors a U.S. request for his extradition. Assange is currently serving a 50-week sentence in London's Belmarsh Prison for skipping bail in 2012. We speak with James Goodale, former general counsel of The Ne…

Kevin Zeese (2019-06-18). US Foreign Policy Exposed. globalresearch.ca In the last week, the realities of US foreign policy have been exposed by a leaked audio tape, a leak about a US attack on the Russian electrical grid, and US attempts to extradite Julian Assange. All the information points …

WSWS (2019-06-18). Shrewsbury 24 flying picket Terry Renshaw: "Only the power of the working class, not the official courts, is going to provide any perspective for freeing Julian Assange." wsws.org The former building worker explains, "To defend class war prisoners like Julian Assange, the perspective has got to be to raise the awareness and mobilise the masses."

WSWS (2019-06-18). Prominent Australian journalist Mary Kostakidis calls for campaign to free Assange. wsws.org "We must not wait till it is too late to recognise the broader significance of the persecution of Julian Assange and fail to defend his human rights."

WSWS (2019-06-18). Ecuadorian government gives Pentagon a base in the Galapagos. wsws.org Inviting the Pentagon to use the world-renowned environmental site as a US aircraft carrier is of a piece with the Moreno government's betrayal of Julian Assange.

Kevin Zeese and Margaret Flowers (2019-06-18). US Foreign Policy Exposed. dissidentvoice.org Protest against US Foreign Policy in the Philippines (Source EPA) In the last week, the realities of US foreign policy have been exposed by a leaked audio tape, a leak about a US attack on the Russian electrical grid, and US attempts to extradite Julian Assange. All the information points to a foreign policy that …

WSWS (2019-06-18). Australian whistleblower trials shrouded in secrecy. wsws.org The government's determination to block any public scrutiny of these crucial hearings constitutes wartime-like censorship.

Andrew Korybko (2019-06-17). Poland Just Became America's Most Important NATO Ally. globalresearch.ca The US' decision to dispatch 1,000 additional "rotational" troops and even a squadron of surveillance drones to Poland makes the Central European country its most important NATO ally because of the threat that this poses to Russian strategic interests in …

WSWS (2019-06-17). Two protesters arrested at Melbourne rally in defence of Assange. wsws.org The arrests were aimed at intimidating supporters of WikiLeaks and preventing broader layers from joining the campaign to defend Assange and all democratic rights.

Chris Hedges (2019-06-17). The Coming Show Trial of Julian Assange. truthdig.com 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…

Binoy Kampmark (2019-06-17). Julian Assange and the Scales of Justice: Exceptions, Extraditions and Politics. counterpunch.org 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. More

Staff (2019-06-17). John Pilger: Extradition Process a 'Very Long Uphill Road' for Assange. therealnews.com 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…

Consortium News (2019-06-17). Julian Assange to Face 5-Day Extradition Hearing in February 2020. theantimedia.com (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 …

WSWS (2019-06-17). Germany: Protest vigil in Dusseldorf demands release of Julian Assange. wsws.org "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."

Staff (2019-06-14). Ola Bini Was Friends with Julian Assange. He Has Spent Two Months in Jail Without Charge in Ecuador. democracynow.org WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange appeared before a magistrates' court in London Friday, saying his life was "effectively at stake" if the U.K. honors an extradition request from the United States, where he faces 17 counts of violating the Espionage Act. Meanwhile, a friend of Assange's, Swedish programmer and data privacy activist Ola Bini, is still in prison in Ecuador, after being arrested April 11, the same day Assange was forcibly taken by British authorities from the Ecuadorian Embassy in London, and has been jailed ever since without charges. We speak with Vijay Prashad, director of Tricontinental: Institut…

Staff (2019-06-14). "Advocate": Israeli Attorney Lea Tsemel Reflects on Defending Palestinians Who Resist Occupation. democracynow.org Attorney Lea Tsemel has defended Palestinian political prisoners in Israeli courts for nearly half a century, insisting on their humanity and their right to a fair trial. Her work has earned her the scorn and reprobation of many Israelis, as well as death threats. A staunch critic of the Israeli occupation of Palestine, Tsemel has long argued that Palestinians who carry out politically motivated violence are freedom fighters, not "terrorists." In 1999, Tsemel won a landmark case in the Israeli Supreme Court, making it illegal for Israeli officials to torture detained Palestinians during interrogations. The docume…

kathy_f (2019-06-14). Secrets and lies in Afghanistan: Whistleblower helps the case to withdraw troops. greenleft.org.au The Afghanistan war may be largely forgotten, were it not for the Australian Federal Police raid on the ABC's Sydney offices on June 5 to collect evidence for the trial of army lawyer and whistleblower David McBride. | Afghanistan is the longest war Australia has ever been involved in. Yet it has largely been conducted in secret, with few media reports and even fewer politicians wanting to talk about it. | Afghanistan is now increasingly being seen to be another "bad" war. Following the 9/11 terror attacks, Iraq was touted as the only "bad" war, as politicians scrambled to justify their support for the "good" war…

kathy_f (2019-06-13). Australia 'world's most secretive democracy' says New York Times. greenleft.org.au "Australia may be the world's most secretive democracy," the New York Times reported on June 5. | The US newspaper was commenting on the raids by the Australian Federal Police (AFP) on a NewsCorp journalist and then the head office of the ABC. They were looking for evidence of information provided by whistleblowers that was used in articles exposing possible crimes by the Australian military and other authorities. | NYT continued: "The aggressive approach — which Prime Minister Scott Morrison has defended — fit…

Pamela Rafalow Grossman (2019-06-06). Chelsea Manning's Coming of Age. progressive.org In the new film "XY Chelsea," director Tim Travers Hawkins keeps the whistleblower's vulnerability front and center: "I hope she can flourish as a free woman."

2019-06-22: Social Media Postees

Drones for incels? US Air Force causes stir with 'THREAT briefing' on frustrated internet virgins
rt.com | 2019-06-22
A leaked US Air Force briefing detailing the threat posed by bitter, sexually frustrated men hating on women online has been widely mocked on social media, with some wondering if they plan to drone the "involuntary celibates." | …
rt.com/usa/462475-incels-threat-air-force-briefing/

Amazon patents 'helpful' surveillance delivery drones that totally don't spy on your neighbors
rt.com | 2019-06-22
Amazon has filed a patent for delivery drones that also surveil customers — for their own good, it claims, suggesting that a drone will inform people if there's a fire or damage on their property but won't snoop around. | …
rt.com/usa/462437-amazon-patents-surveillance-delivery-drones/

Amazon gets U.S. patent to use delivery drones for surveillance service
CGTN Africa | cgtn.com | 2019-06-22
Amazon.com Inc is now exploring using drones not just to deliver packages but also to provide surveillance as a service to its customers, according to a patent granted by the United States Patent and Trademark Office. | The delivery drones can be used to record video of consented user's property to gather data that can be analyzed to look out, say for example, a broken window, or a fire or if a garage door was left open during the day, the patent described. | According to the patent, the surveillance function of the drone can be limited through geo-fencing, a technology used to draw a virtual boundary around t…
africa.cgtn.com/2019/06/22/amazon-gets-u-s-patent-to-use-delivery-drones-for-surveillance-service/

The Guardian's direct collusion with media censorship by secret services exposed
wsws.org | 2019-06-22
The facts provide damning proof of the Guardian's total integration into the propaganda wing of the Ministry of Defence following its involvement in the WikiLeaks and Snowden files releases.
www.wsws.org/en/articles/2019/06/22/guar-j22.html

Facebook blocks ad for PES meeting in Paris to defend Assange
wsws.org | 2019-06-22
The Parti de l'égalité socialiste calls on its supporters to share its material and support the freeing of journalist Julian Assange and whistleblower Chelsea Manning.
www.wsws.org/en/articles/2019/06/22/pesf-j22.html

Is Socialism Possible in America?
David Rosen | counterpunch.org | 2019-06-21
"I was, I am, I shall be!" — Rosa Luxemburg The U.S. government has charged WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange with violating the Espionage Act of 1917 (extended by the Sedition Act of 1918). The act targeted…
counterpunch.org/2019/06/21/is-socialism-possible-in-america/

Greg Palast Wins Mexico's Top Journalism Award: The 2019 International Reporter Prize For Exposés On Election Thefts
Special To The Black Star News | blackstarnews.com | 2019-06-21
Greg Palast won Mexico's International Reporter Prize for reporting on election thefts–like the 2018 Georgia's Governor's race in U.S. | As 2015 Nobel Peace Prize nominee and multiple award winning journalist Daniel Estulin (who introduced Greg Palast at Mexico's prestigious award show) recently wrote about the event: " Surrounded by journalist celebrities from all over the world, Palast along with the absent Julian Assange was the star attraction. He is admired and respected by so many attendees for his fearless reporting against the deep state he so courageously exposes. " | The Association of M…
www.blackstarnews.com/global-politics/latin-america/greg-palast-wins-mexico%E2%80%99s-top-journalism-award-the-2019

Australian workers and youth support SEP rallies defending Assange
wsws.org | 2019-06-21
The hostility of ordinary people to the US attempts to prosecute Assange stands in stark contrast to the complicity of the political and media establishment.
www.wsws.org/en/articles/2019/06/21/assa-j21.html

Is Socialism Possible in America?
David Rosen | counterpunch.org | 2019-06-21
"I was, I am, I shall be!" — Rosa Luxemburg The U.S. government has charged WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange with violating the Espionage Act of 1917 (extended by the Sedition Act of 1918). The act targeted…
counterpunch.org/2019/06/21/is-socialism-possible-in-america/

The war on journalism is a war on the humanities
wsws.org | 2019-06-21
The World Socialist Web Site received this statement opposing the persecution of Julian Assange from Monika Eisenhauer, an independent historian and medievalist living in Germany.
www.wsws.org/en/articles/2019/06/21/huma-j21.html

The Shaving Kit: Manufacturing The Julian Assange Witch-Hunt
Media Lens | dissidentvoice.org | 2019-06-21
Last week, UK Home Secretary Sajid Javid signed the US extradition request to hand over Julian Assange, who is charged with 18 counts of violating the US Espionage Act. Assange's immediate fate now lies in the hands of the British justice system. Javid 'consistently voted for use of UK military forces in combat operations overseas', …
dissidentvoice.org/2019/06/the-shaving-kit-manufacturing-the-julian-assange-witch-hunt/

London: Julian Assange Defence Committee lobbies Jeremy Corbyn's Constituency Labour Party
wsws.org | 2019-06-21
The Julian Assange Defence Committee urged rank-and-file Labour Party members in leader Jeremy Corbyn's constituency to oppose US extradition proceedings against WikiLeaks publisher Julian Assange.
www.wsws.org/en/articles/2019/06/21/jadc-j21.html

Laborfest: Free Press, Julian Assange,Chelsea Manning, Bryan Carmody
Laborfest | indybay.org | 2019-06-21
518 Valencia, San Francisco. 16th St BART.
indybay.org/newsitems/2019/06/19/18824118.php

Laborfest: O.S.H.A. Whistleblowers, Workers & Public Safety
Laborfest | indybay.org | 2019-06-21
ILWU Local 34 Hall, 801 Second St., San Francisco. Across 2d St from baseball stadium. Diagonally across King St from MoMo's Restaurant. Walk the one mile from Market on Second or on the Embarcadero to 801 Second Street or take public transportation as follows: | T or N train from Embarcadero Station to Second and King Station, go to stadium side of King St, 801 2d St is to the left of the stadium; | 30 or 45 bus from Market and Fifth Streets (Powell Station) to end of line at Townsend between Fourth and Third, then walk one block to 2d Street, then 1 blocks south on 2d to King St, cross King St to stadium side…
indybay.org/newsitems/2019/06/20/18824126.php

Drone Crash Database
Drone Wars UK | globalresearch.ca | 2019-06-20
Drone Wars UK began compiling details of military drone crashes in 2010. Our database cover crashes of large ( Class II and III) military drones since 01 Jan 2007. It has been compiled from USAF Accident Investigation Board (AIB) …
globalresearch.ca/drone-crash-database/5681247

US claims Iran downed drone in 'unprovoked' act as Tehran warns against crossing 'red lines'
rt.com | 2019-06-20
The US has confirmed that one of its reconnaissance drones was shot down by Iraniain air defenses, but has denied that it intruded into Tehran's airspace at the time. | …
rt.com/usa/462298-us-confirms-drone-downed-iran/

For a worldwide campaign to prevent Julian Assange's rendition to the US!
wsws.org | 2019-06-20
An international mass movement must be organized to stop the extradition of Julian Assange to the United States.
www.wsws.org/en/articles/2019/06/20/pers-j20.html

Professor Stuart Rees to speak at SEP rally to defend Julian Assange
wsws.org | 2019-06-20
"The rally must increase public awareness of the outrageous injustice if Julian is extradited to the US to face a possible 170 years in prison."
www.wsws.org/en/articles/2019/06/20/rees-j20.html

Basta !!! Free Chelsea Manning & Julien Assange Oakland Weekly Friday Vigil
Orion Edmonson | indybay.org | 2019-06-20
MacArthur & Fruitvale Oakland…
indybay.org/newsitems/2019/06/19/18824060.php

Laborfest: Free Press, Julian Assange,Chelsea Manning, Bryan Carmody
Laborfest | indybay.org | 2019-06-20
518 Valencia, San Francisco. 16th St BART.
indybay.org/newsitems/2019/06/19/18824118.php

Guyana Appreciates Role of Cuba in Training Physicians
plenglish.com | 2019-06-20
Guantanamo, Cuba June 20 ( Prensa Latina) The Minister Counsellor of the Embassy of the Cooperative Republic of Guyana in Cuba, Heather Seelochan, expressed her gratitude in Guantanamo this Thursday for the island"s collaboration in training the future doctors of her nation.
www.plenglish.com/index.php?o=rn&id=43548&SEO=guyana-appreciates-role-of-cuba-in-training-physicians

Laborfest: O.S.H.A. Whistleblowers, Workers & Public Safety
Laborfest | indybay.org | 2019-06-20
ILWU Local 34 Hall, 801 Second St., San Francisco. Across 2d St from baseball stadium. Diagonally across King St from MoMo's Restaurant. Walk the one mile from Market on Second or on the Embarcadero to 801 Second Street or take public transportation as follows: | T or N train from Embarcadero Station to Second and King Station, go to stadium side of King St, 801 2d St is to the left of the stadium; | 30 or 45 bus from Market and Fifth Streets (Powell Station) to end of line at Townsend between Fourth and Third, then walk one block to 2d Street, then 1 blocks south on 2d to King St, cross King St to stadium side…
indybay.org/newsitems/2019/06/20/18824126.php

John Pilger urges participation in SEP (Australia) rallies to defend Assange
wsws.org | 2019-06-19
www.wsws.org/en/articles/2019/06/19/pilg-j19.html

French workers, "yellow vest" protesters support fight to free Julian Assange
wsws.org | 2019-06-19
For the last two weeks, the Parti de l'égalité socialiste has campaigned in Paris for this Sunday's public meeting in defense of Julian Assange and Chelsea Manning.
www.wsws.org/en/articles/2019/06/19/pari-j19.html

UN Rapporteur on Torture Nils Melzer Becomes One of Assange's Most Vocal Advocates
Jimmysllama | mintpressnews.com | 2019-06-19
"Here [in Assange's case] we are not speaking of prosecution but of persecution. That means that judicial power, institutions and proceedings are being deliberately abused for ulterior motives." — Nils Melzer, UN Rapporteur on Torture…
mintpressnews.com/nils-melzer-confirms-what-many-suspected-julian-assange-tortured-and-persecuted-by-us/259334/

Basta !!! Free Chelsea Manning & Julien Assange Oakland Weekly Friday Vigil
Orion Edmonson | indybay.org | 2019-06-19
MacArthur & Fruitvale Oakland…
indybay.org/newsitems/2019/06/19/18824060.php

US Foreign Policy Exposed
Kevin Zeese and Margaret Flowers | dissidentvoice.org | 2019-06-18
Protest against US Foreign Policy in the Philippines (Source EPA) In the last week, the realities of US foreign policy have been exposed by a leaked audio tape, a leak about a US attack on the Russian electrical grid, and US attempts to extradite Julian Assange. All the information points to a foreign policy that …
dissidentvoice.org/2019/06/us-foreign-policy-exposed/

Julian Assange Indictment "Criminalizes the News Gathering Process"
Staff | truthout.org | 2019-06-18
A London judge has ordered WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange to appear before a court in February 2020 to face a full extradition hearing. Prosecutors in the U.S. have indicted Assange on 18 counts, including 17 violations of the Espionage Act. This is the first-ever case of a journalist or publisher being indicted under the World War I-era law. Assange said that his life was "effectively at stake" if the U.K. honors a U.S. request for his extradition. Assange is currently serving a 50-week sentence in London's Belmarsh Prison for skipping bail in 2012. We speak with James Goodale, former general counsel of The…
truthout.org/video/julian-assange-indictment-criminalizes-the-news-gathering-process/

Prominent Australian journalist Mary Kostakidis calls for campaign to free Assange
wsws.org | 2019-06-18
"We must not wait till it is too late to recognise the broader significance of the persecution of Julian Assange and fail to defend his human rights."
www.wsws.org/en/articles/2019/06/18/kost-j18.html

US Foreign Policy Exposed
Kevin Zeese | globalresearch.ca | 2019-06-18
In the last week, the realities of US foreign policy have been exposed by a leaked audio tape, a leak about a US attack on the Russian electrical grid, and US attempts to extradite Julian Assange. All the information points …
globalresearch.ca/us-foreign-policy-exposed/5680952

Shrewsbury 24 flying picket Terry Renshaw: "Only the power of the working class, not the official courts, is going to provide any perspective for freeing Julian Assange."
wsws.org | 2019-06-18
The former building worker explains, "To defend class war prisoners like Julian Assange, the perspective has got to be to raise the awareness and mobilise the masses."
www.wsws.org/en/articles/2019/06/18/inte-j18.html

Ecuadorian government gives Pentagon a base in the Galapagos
wsws.org | 2019-06-18
Inviting the Pentagon to use the world-renowned environmental site as a US aircraft carrier is of a piece with the Moreno government's betrayal of Julian Assange.
www.wsws.org/en/articles/2019/06/18/ecua-j18.html

Julian Assange Indictment "Criminalizes the News Gathering Process," Says Pentagon Papers Lawyer
Staff | democracynow.org | 2019-06-18
A London judge has ordered WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange to appear before a court in February 2020 to face a full extradition hearing. Prosecutors in the U.S. have indicted Assange on 18 counts, including 17 violations of the Espionage Act. This is the first-ever case of a journalist or publisher being indicted under the World War I-era law. Assange said that his life was "effectively at stake" if the U.K. honors a U.S. request for his extradition. Assange is currently serving a 50-week sentence in London's Belmarsh Prison for skipping bail in 2012. We speak with James Goodale, former general counsel of The Ne…
www.democracynow.org/2019/6/18/pentagon_papers_lawyer_julian_assange_case

Australian whistleblower trials shrouded in secrecy
wsws.org | 2019-06-18
The government's determination to block any public scrutiny of these crucial hearings constitutes wartime-like censorship.
www.wsws.org/en/articles/2019/06/18/tria-j18.html

Poland Just Became America's Most Important NATO Ally
Andrew Korybko | globalresearch.ca | 2019-06-17
The US' decision to dispatch 1,000 additional "rotational" troops and even a squadron of surveillance drones to Poland makes the Central European country its most important NATO ally because of the threat that this poses to Russian strategic interests in …
globalresearch.ca/poland-became-us-most-important-nato-ally/5680858

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…
truthdig.com/articles/the-coming-show-trial-of-julian-assange/

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
commondreams.org/views/2019/06/17/coming-show-trial-julian-assange?cd-origin=rss

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.
www.wsws.org/en/articles/2019/06/17/melb-j17.html

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.
counterpunch.org/2019/06/17/julian-assange-and-the-scales-of-justice-exceptions-extraditions-and-politics/

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."
www.wsws.org/en/articles/2019/06/17/assa-j17.html

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…
therealnews.com/stories/john-pilger-extradition-process-a-very-long-uphill-road-for-assange

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

Bringing Police Torture in Chicago to the Full Light of Day
Staff | truthout.org | 2019-06-16
Flint Taylor's new book, The Torture Machine: Racism and Police Violence in Chicago, is one of those remarkable works that won't fit under any one category. It's at once a history of civil and human rights battles in Chicago with national and global reach, a text of modern urban sociology, an example of critical legal theory, a long polemic against white and class privilege, a literature of political exposure, a manual of strategy and tactics, and last but not least, for Flint himself, an autobiography. In its pages, Chicago's top lawyer of the left also shares with us the intense and determined commitment, wi…
truthout.org/articles/bringing-police-torture-in-chicago-to-the-full-light-of-day/

Houthi Drone Attacks Continue to Target Airport in Saudi Arabia
telesurenglish.net | 2019-06-15
The Qasif K2 drones struck the control rooms in Jizan airport as well as the refueling station in Abha, according to a spokesperson of the Yemeni armed forces. The attacks were stated to be an act of retaliation against Saudi Arabia's war against the impoverished nation. | The Houthi milita has increased its attacks on airports in recent days and launched major attacks on oil-pipelines in Saudi Arabia. | The Western-backed, Saudi-led coalition that has been battling the Houthi movement in Yemen said earlier strikes on the Airport in Abha was proof of Iranian support for what it called cross-border terrorism.
telesurenglish.net/news/Houthi-Drone-Attacks-Continue-to-Target-Airport-in-Saudi-Arabia-20190615-0012.html

WikiLeaks publisher Assange faces US extradition trial next February
wsws.org | 2019-06-15
The UK government has made clear that it will do everything possible to expedite Washington's vindictive attempt to render the courageous journalist to face imprisonment, torture, and execution in the US.
www.wsws.org/en/articles/2019/06/15/assa-j15.html

Basta !!! Free Chelsea Manning & Julien Assange Oakland Weekly Friday Vigil
Orion Edmonson | indybay.org | 2019-06-15
Fruitvale and MacArthur Oakland…
indybay.org/newsitems/2019/06/13/18823921.php

Activist Lauri Love and others speak out in defence of Assange
wsws.org | 2019-06-15
Members of the Julian Assange Defence Committee and the SEP were joined by people from across London and further afield, including two "Yellow Vest" protestors from France.
www.wsws.org/en/articles/2019/06/15/inte-j15.html

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"
thecanary.co/trending/2019/06/15/assange-is-being-prosecuted-for-exposing-the-crimes-of-empire-says-award-winning-journalist/

Attempt to extradite Assange represents 'an assault on journalistic rights', says his defence lawyer
Mohamed Elmaazi | thecanary.co | 2019-06-14
The author attended Julian Assange's extradition hearing at Westminster Magistrates' Court. | Julian Assange's arrest and potential extradition to the US represents an "assault on journalistic rights" and on "principles of free speech", his defence lawyer told Westminster Magistrates' Court (MC) on 14 June 2019. Mark Summers QC was explaining why it was not practical for judge Emma Arbuthnot to decide on Assange's extradition case this year. | A complex case involving a "multiplicity of profound issues": | Most attendees expected the substantive issues to start being discussed on 14 June. But unexpectedly…
thecanary.co/uk/news/2019/06/14/attempt-to-extradite-assange-represents-an-assault-on-journalistic-rights-says-his-defence-lawyer/

Facing Serious Charges, Judge Sets 'Long Timetable' For Assange To Prepare Defense Against Extradition
Kevin Gosztola | commondreams.org | 2019-06-14
Supporters of Julian Assange demonstrate outside court in London. (Photo: Screen shot from Ruptly livestream) | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files/styles/cd_special_coverage/public/views-article/thumbs/assange.png
commondreams.org/views/2019/06/14/facing-serious-charges-judge-sets-long-timetable-assange-prepare-defense-against?cd-origin=rss

2019-06-21: News Headlines

Laborfest (2019-06-21). Laborfest: O.S.H.A. Whistleblowers, Workers & Public Safety. indybay.org ILWU Local 34 Hall, 801 Second St., San Francisco. Across 2d St from baseball stadium. Diagonally across King St from MoMo's Restaurant. Walk the one mile from Market on Second or on the Embarcadero to 801 Second Street or take public transportation as follows: | T or N train from Embarcadero Station to Second and King Station, go to stadium side of King St, 801 2d St is to the left of the stadium; | 30 or 45 bus from Market and Fifth Streets (Powell Station) to end of line at Townsend between Fourth and Third, then walk one block to 2d Street, then 1 blocks south on 2d to King St, cross King St to stadium side…

Laborfest (2019-06-21). Laborfest: Free Press, Julian Assange,Chelsea Manning, Bryan Carmody. indybay.org 518 Valencia, San Francisco. 16th St BART.

WSWS (2019-06-21). Australian workers and youth support SEP rallies defending Assange. wsws.org The hostility of ordinary people to the US attempts to prosecute Assange stands in stark contrast to the complicity of the political and media establishment.

Media Lens (2019-06-21). The Shaving Kit: Manufacturing The Julian Assange Witch-Hunt. dissidentvoice.org Last week, UK Home Secretary Sajid Javid signed the US extradition request to hand over Julian Assange, who is charged with 18 counts of violating the US Espionage Act. Assange's immediate fate now lies in the hands of the British justice system. Javid 'consistently voted for use of UK military forces in combat operations overseas', …

WSWS (2019-06-21). London: Julian Assange Defence Committee lobbies Jeremy Corbyn's Constituency Labour Party. wsws.org The Julian Assange Defence Committee urged rank-and-file Labour Party members in leader Jeremy Corbyn's constituency to oppose US extradition proceedings against WikiLeaks publisher Julian Assange.

David Rosen (2019-06-21). Is Socialism Possible in America? counterpunch.org "I was, I am, I shall be!" — Rosa Luxemburg The U.S. government has charged WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange with violating the Espionage Act of 1917 (extended by the Sedition Act of 1918). The act targeted "whoever, for the purpose of obtaining information respecting the national defense with intent or reason to believe that the information to be obtained is More

WSWS (2019-06-21). The war on journalism is a war on the humanities. wsws.org The World Socialist Web Site received this statement opposing the persecution of Julian Assange from Monika Eisenhauer, an independent historian and medievalist living in Germany.

Laborfest (2019-06-20). Laborfest: O.S.H.A. Whistleblowers, Workers & Public Safety. indybay.org ILWU Local 34 Hall, 801 Second St., San Francisco. Across 2d St from baseball stadium. Diagonally across King St from MoMo's Restaurant. Walk the one mile from Market on Second or on the Embarcadero to 801 Second Street or take public transportation as follows: | T or N train from Embarcadero Station to Second and King Station, go to stadium side of King St, 801 2d St is to the left of the stadium; | 30 or 45 bus from Market and Fifth Streets (Powell Station) to end of line at Townsend between Fourth and Third, then walk one block to 2d Street, then 1 blocks south on 2d to King St, cross King St to stadium side…

Drone Wars UK (2019-06-20). Drone Crash Database. globalresearch.ca Drone Wars UK began compiling details of military drone crashes in 2010. Our database cover crashes of large ( Class II and III) military drones since 01 Jan 2007. It has been compiled from USAF Accident Investigation Board (AIB) …

RT (2019-06-20). US claims Iran downed drone in 'unprovoked' act as Tehran warns against crossing 'red lines'. rt.com The US has confirmed that one of its reconnaissance drones was shot down by Iraniain air defenses, but has denied that it intruded into Tehran's airspace at the time. |

plenglish (2019-06-20). Guyana Appreciates Role of Cuba in Training Physicians. plenglish.com Guantanamo, Cuba June 20 ( Prensa Latina) The Minister Counsellor of the Embassy of the Cooperative Republic of Guyana in Cuba, Heather Seelochan, expressed her gratitude in Guantanamo this Thursday for the island"s collaboration in training the future doctors of her nation.

Orion Edmonson (2019-06-20). Basta !!! Free Chelsea Manning & Julien Assange Oakland Weekly Friday Vigil. indybay.org MacArthur & Fruitvale Oakland…

WSWS (2019-06-20). Professor Stuart Rees to speak at SEP rally to defend Julian Assange. wsws.org "The rally must increase public awareness of the outrageous injustice if Julian is extradited to the US to face a possible 170 years in prison."

WSWS (2019-06-20). For a worldwide campaign to prevent Julian Assange's rendition to the US! wsws.org An international mass movement must be organized to stop the extradition of Julian Assange to the United States.

Laborfest (2019-06-20). Laborfest: Free Press, Julian Assange,Chelsea Manning, Bryan Carmody. indybay.org 518 Valencia, San Francisco. 16th St BART.

Jimmysllama (2019-06-19). UN Rapporteur on Torture Nils Melzer Becomes One of Assange's Most Vocal Advocates. mintpressnews.com "Here [in Assange's case] we are not speaking of prosecution but of persecution. That means that judicial power, institutions and proceedings are being deliberately abused for ulterior motives." — Nils Melzer, UN Rapporteur on Torture…

Orion Edmonson (2019-06-19). Basta !!! Free Chelsea Manning & Julien Assange Oakland Weekly Friday Vigil. indybay.org MacArthur & Fruitvale Oakland…

WSWS (2019-06-19). French workers, "yellow vest" protesters support fight to free Julian Assange. wsws.org For the last two weeks, the Parti de l'égalité socialiste has campaigned in Paris for this Sunday's public meeting in defense of Julian Assange and Chelsea Manning.

WSWS (2019-06-19). John Pilger urges participation in SEP (Australia) rallies to defend Assange. wsws.org "In my career, there has never been a more important case. If we lose Julian and Chelsea Manning to the dungeons of a rogue America, once-liberal societies will never be the same again; democracies will be in name only."

Kevin Zeese and Margaret Flowers (2019-06-18). US Foreign Policy Exposed. dissidentvoice.org Protest against US Foreign Policy in the Philippines (Source EPA) In the last week, the realities of US foreign policy have been exposed by a leaked audio tape, a leak about a US attack on the Russian electrical grid, and US attempts to extradite Julian Assange. All the information points to a foreign policy that …

WSWS (2019-06-18). Prominent Australian journalist Mary Kostakidis calls for campaign to free Assange. wsws.org "We must not wait till it is too late to recognise the broader significance of the persecution of Julian Assange and fail to defend his human rights."

Kevin Zeese (2019-06-18). US Foreign Policy Exposed. globalresearch.ca In the last week, the realities of US foreign policy have been exposed by a leaked audio tape, a leak about a US attack on the Russian electrical grid, and US attempts to extradite Julian Assange. All the information points …

WSWS (2019-06-18). Ecuadorian government gives Pentagon a base in the Galapagos. wsws.org Inviting the Pentagon to use the world-renowned environmental site as a US aircraft carrier is of a piece with the Moreno government's betrayal of Julian Assange.

Staff (2019-06-18). Julian Assange Indictment "Criminalizes the News Gathering Process" truthout.org A London judge has ordered WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange to appear before a court in February 2020 to face a full extradition hearing. Prosecutors in the U.S. have indicted Assange on 18 counts, including 17 violations of the Espionage Act. This is the first-ever case of a journalist or publisher being indicted under the World War I-era law. Assange said that his life was "effectively at stake" if the U.K. honors a U.S. request for his extradition. Assange is currently serving a 50-week sentence in London's Belmarsh Prison for skipping bail in 2012. We speak with James Goodale, former general counsel of The…

Staff (2019-06-18). Julian Assange Indictment "Criminalizes the News Gathering Process," Says Pentagon Papers Lawyer. democracynow.org A London judge has ordered WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange to appear before a court in February 2020 to face a full extradition hearing. Prosecutors in the U.S. have indicted Assange on 18 counts, including 17 violations of the Espionage Act. This is the first-ever case of a journalist or publisher being indicted under the World War I-era law. Assange said that his life was "effectively at stake" if the U.K. honors a U.S. request for his extradition. Assange is currently serving a 50-week sentence in London's Belmarsh Prison for skipping bail in 2012. We speak with James Goodale, former general counsel of The Ne…

WSWS (2019-06-18). Shrewsbury 24 flying picket Terry Renshaw: "Only the power of the working class, not the official courts, is going to provide any perspective for freeing Julian Assange." wsws.org The former building worker explains, "To defend class war prisoners like Julian Assange, the perspective has got to be to raise the awareness and mobilise the masses."

WSWS (2019-06-18). Australian whistleblower trials shrouded in secrecy. wsws.org The government's determination to block any public scrutiny of these crucial hearings constitutes wartime-like censorship.

Andrew Korybko (2019-06-17). Poland Just Became America's Most Important NATO Ally. globalresearch.ca The US' decision to dispatch 1,000 additional "rotational" troops and even a squadron of surveillance drones to Poland makes the Central European country its most important NATO ally because of the threat that this poses to Russian strategic interests in …

WSWS (2019-06-17). Germany: Protest vigil in Dusseldorf demands release of Julian Assange. wsws.org "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."

Consortium News (2019-06-17). Julian Assange to Face 5-Day Extradition Hearing in February 2020. theantimedia.com (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 …

Binoy Kampmark (2019-06-17). Julian Assange and the Scales of Justice: Exceptions, Extraditions and Politics. counterpunch.org 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. More

Staff (2019-06-17). John Pilger: Extradition Process a 'Very Long Uphill Road' for Assange. therealnews.com 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…

WSWS (2019-06-17). Two protesters arrested at Melbourne rally in defence of Assange. wsws.org The arrests were aimed at intimidating supporters of WikiLeaks and preventing broader layers from joining the campaign to defend Assange and all democratic rights.

Chris Hedges (2019-06-17). The Coming Show Trial of Julian Assange. truthdig.com 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…

Staff (2019-06-14). "Advocate": Israeli Attorney Lea Tsemel Reflects on Defending Palestinians Who Resist Occupation. democracynow.org Attorney Lea Tsemel has defended Palestinian political prisoners in Israeli courts for nearly half a century, insisting on their humanity and their right to a fair trial. Her work has earned her the scorn and reprobation of many Israelis, as well as death threats. A staunch critic of the Israeli occupation of Palestine, Tsemel has long argued that Palestinians who carry out politically motivated violence are freedom fighters, not "terrorists." In 1999, Tsemel won a landmark case in the Israeli Supreme Court, making it illegal for Israeli officials to torture detained Palestinians during interrogations. The docume…

Staff (2019-06-14). Ola Bini Was Friends with Julian Assange. He Has Spent Two Months in Jail Without Charge in Ecuador. democracynow.org WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange appeared before a magistrates' court in London Friday, saying his life was "effectively at stake" if the U.K. honors an extradition request from the United States, where he faces 17 counts of violating the Espionage Act. Meanwhile, a friend of Assange's, Swedish programmer and data privacy activist Ola Bini, is still in prison in Ecuador, after being arrested April 11, the same day Assange was forcibly taken by British authorities from the Ecuadorian Embassy in London, and has been jailed ever since without charges. We speak with Vijay Prashad, director of Tricontinental: Institut…

kathy_f (2019-06-14). Secrets and lies in Afghanistan: Whistleblower helps the case to withdraw troops. greenleft.org.au The Afghanistan war may be largely forgotten, were it not for the Australian Federal Police raid on the ABC's Sydney offices on June 5 to collect evidence for the trial of army lawyer and whistleblower David McBride. | Afghanistan is the longest war Australia has ever been involved in. Yet it has largely been conducted in secret, with few media reports and even fewer politicians wanting to talk about it. | Afghanistan is now increasingly being seen to be another "bad" war. Following the 9/11 terror attacks, Iraq was touted as the only "bad" war, as politicians scrambled to justify their support for the "good" war…

kathy_f (2019-06-13). Australia 'world's most secretive democracy' says New York Times. greenleft.org.au "Australia may be the world's most secretive democracy," the New York Times reported on June 5. | The US newspaper was commenting on the raids by the Australian Federal Police (AFP) on a NewsCorp journalist and then the head office of the ABC. They were looking for evidence of information provided by whistleblowers that was used in articles exposing possible crimes by the Australian military and other authorities. | NYT continued: "The aggressive approach — which Prime Minister Scott Morrison has defended — fit…

Pamela Rafalow Grossman (2019-06-06). Chelsea Manning's Coming of Age. progressive.org In the new film "XY Chelsea," director Tim Travers Hawkins keeps the whistleblower's vulnerability front and center: "I hope she can flourish as a free woman."

2019-06-21: Social Media Postees

Laborfest: O.S.H.A. Whistleblowers, Workers & Public Safety
Laborfest | indybay.org | 2019-06-21
ILWU Local 34 Hall, 801 Second St., San Francisco. Across 2d St from baseball stadium. Diagonally across King St from MoMo's Restaurant. Walk the one mile from Market on Second or on the Embarcadero to 801 Second Street or take public transportation as follows: | T or N train from Embarcadero Station to Second and King Station, go to stadium side of King St, 801 2d St is to the left of the stadium; | 30 or 45 bus from Market and Fifth Streets (Powell Station) to end of line at Townsend between Fourth and Third, then walk one block to 2d Street, then 1 blocks south on 2d to King St, cross King St to stadium side…
indybay.org/newsitems/2019/06/20/18824126.php

The war on journalism is a war on the humanities
wsws.org | 2019-06-21
The World Socialist Web Site received this statement opposing the persecution of Julian Assange from Monika Eisenhauer, an independent historian and medievalist living in Germany.
www.wsws.org/en/articles/2019/06/21/huma-j21.html

The Shaving Kit: Manufacturing The Julian Assange Witch-Hunt
Media Lens | dissidentvoice.org | 2019-06-21
Last week, UK Home Secretary Sajid Javid signed the US extradition request to hand over Julian Assange, who is charged with 18 counts of violating the US Espionage Act. Assange's immediate fate now lies in the hands of the British justice system. Javid 'consistently voted for use of UK military forces in combat operations overseas', …
dissidentvoice.org/2019/06/the-shaving-kit-manufacturing-the-julian-assange-witch-hunt/

London: Julian Assange Defence Committee lobbies Jeremy Corbyn's Constituency Labour Party
wsws.org | 2019-06-21
The Julian Assange Defence Committee urged rank-and-file Labour Party members in leader Jeremy Corbyn's constituency to oppose US extradition proceedings against WikiLeaks publisher Julian Assange.
www.wsws.org/en/articles/2019/06/21/jadc-j21.html

Is Socialism Possible in America?
David Rosen | counterpunch.org | 2019-06-21
"I was, I am, I shall be!" — Rosa Luxemburg The U.S. government has charged WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange with violating the Espionage Act of 1917 (extended by the Sedition Act of 1918). The act targeted…
counterpunch.org/2019/06/21/is-socialism-possible-in-america/

Australian workers and youth support SEP rallies defending Assange
wsws.org | 2019-06-21
The hostility of ordinary people to the US attempts to prosecute Assange stands in stark contrast to the complicity of the political and media establishment.
www.wsws.org/en/articles/2019/06/21/assa-j21.html

Laborfest: Free Press, Julian Assange,Chelsea Manning, Bryan Carmody
Laborfest | indybay.org | 2019-06-21
518 Valencia, San Francisco. 16th St BART.
indybay.org/newsitems/2019/06/19/18824118.php

Laborfest: O.S.H.A. Whistleblowers, Workers & Public Safety
Laborfest | indybay.org | 2019-06-20
ILWU Local 34 Hall, 801 Second St., San Francisco. Across 2d St from baseball stadium. Diagonally across King St from MoMo's Restaurant. Walk the one mile from Market on Second or on the Embarcadero to 801 Second Street or take public transportation as follows: | T or N train from Embarcadero Station to Second and King Station, go to stadium side of King St, 801 2d St is to the left of the stadium; | 30 or 45 bus from Market and Fifth Streets (Powell Station) to end of line at Townsend between Fourth and Third, then walk one block to 2d Street, then 1 blocks south on 2d to King St, cross King St to stadium side…
indybay.org/newsitems/2019/06/20/18824126.php

US claims Iran downed drone in 'unprovoked' act as Tehran warns against crossing 'red lines'
rt.com | 2019-06-20
The US has confirmed that one of its reconnaissance drones was shot down by Iraniain air defenses, but has denied that it intruded into Tehran's airspace at the time. | …
rt.com/usa/462298-us-confirms-drone-downed-iran/

Drone Crash Database
Drone Wars UK | globalresearch.ca | 2019-06-20
Drone Wars UK began compiling details of military drone crashes in 2010. Our database cover crashes of large ( Class II and III) military drones since 01 Jan 2007. It has been compiled from USAF Accident Investigation Board (AIB) …
globalresearch.ca/drone-crash-database/5681247

Guyana Appreciates Role of Cuba in Training Physicians
plenglish.com | 2019-06-20
Guantanamo, Cuba June 20 ( Prensa Latina) The Minister Counsellor of the Embassy of the Cooperative Republic of Guyana in Cuba, Heather Seelochan, expressed her gratitude in Guantanamo this Thursday for the island"s collaboration in training the future doctors of her nation.
www.plenglish.com/index.php?o=rn&id=43548&SEO=guyana-appreciates-role-of-cuba-in-training-physicians

Basta !!! Free Chelsea Manning & Julien Assange Oakland Weekly Friday Vigil
Orion Edmonson | indybay.org | 2019-06-20
MacArthur & Fruitvale Oakland…
indybay.org/newsitems/2019/06/19/18824060.php

Laborfest: Free Press, Julian Assange,Chelsea Manning, Bryan Carmody
Laborfest | indybay.org | 2019-06-20
518 Valencia, San Francisco. 16th St BART.
indybay.org/newsitems/2019/06/19/18824118.php

Professor Stuart Rees to speak at SEP rally to defend Julian Assange
wsws.org | 2019-06-20
"The rally must increase public awareness of the outrageous injustice if Julian is extradited to the US to face a possible 170 years in prison."
www.wsws.org/en/articles/2019/06/20/rees-j20.html

For a worldwide campaign to prevent Julian Assange's rendition to the US!
wsws.org | 2019-06-20
An international mass movement must be organized to stop the extradition of Julian Assange to the United States.
www.wsws.org/en/articles/2019/06/20/pers-j20.html

UN Rapporteur on Torture Nils Melzer Becomes One of Assange's Most Vocal Advocates
Jimmysllama | mintpressnews.com | 2019-06-19
"Here [in Assange's case] we are not speaking of prosecution but of persecution. That means that judicial power, institutions and proceedings are being deliberately abused for ulterior motives." — Nils Melzer, UN Rapporteur on Torture…
mintpressnews.com/nils-melzer-confirms-what-many-suspected-julian-assange-tortured-and-persecuted-by-us/259334/

John Pilger urges participation in SEP (Australia) rallies to defend Assange
wsws.org | 2019-06-19
www.wsws.org/en/articles/2019/06/19/pilg-j19.html

French workers, "yellow vest" protesters support fight to free Julian Assange
wsws.org | 2019-06-19
For the last two weeks, the Parti de l'égalité socialiste has campaigned in Paris for this Sunday's public meeting in defense of Julian Assange and Chelsea Manning.
www.wsws.org/en/articles/2019/06/19/pari-j19.html

Basta !!! Free Chelsea Manning & Julien Assange Oakland Weekly Friday Vigil
Orion Edmonson | indybay.org | 2019-06-19
MacArthur & Fruitvale Oakland…
indybay.org/newsitems/2019/06/19/18824060.php

Prominent Australian journalist Mary Kostakidis calls for campaign to free Assange
wsws.org | 2019-06-18
"We must not wait till it is too late to recognise the broader significance of the persecution of Julian Assange and fail to defend his human rights."
www.wsws.org/en/articles/2019/06/18/kost-j18.html

Shrewsbury 24 flying picket Terry Renshaw: "Only the power of the working class, not the official courts, is going to provide any perspective for freeing Julian Assange."
wsws.org | 2019-06-18
The former building worker explains, "To defend class war prisoners like Julian Assange, the perspective has got to be to raise the awareness and mobilise the masses."
www.wsws.org/en/articles/2019/06/18/inte-j18.html

US Foreign Policy Exposed
Kevin Zeese and Margaret Flowers | dissidentvoice.org | 2019-06-18
Protest against US Foreign Policy in the Philippines (Source EPA) In the last week, the realities of US foreign policy have been exposed by a leaked audio tape, a leak about a US attack on the Russian electrical grid, and US attempts to extradite Julian Assange. All the information points to a foreign policy that …
dissidentvoice.org/2019/06/us-foreign-policy-exposed/

Ecuadorian government gives Pentagon a base in the Galapagos
wsws.org | 2019-06-18
Inviting the Pentagon to use the world-renowned environmental site as a US aircraft carrier is of a piece with the Moreno government's betrayal of Julian Assange.
www.wsws.org/en/articles/2019/06/18/ecua-j18.html

Julian Assange Indictment "Criminalizes the News Gathering Process," Says Pentagon Papers Lawyer
Staff | democracynow.org | 2019-06-18
A London judge has ordered WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange to appear before a court in February 2020 to face a full extradition hearing. Prosecutors in the U.S. have indicted Assange on 18 counts, including 17 violations of the Espionage Act. This is the first-ever case of a journalist or publisher being indicted under the World War I-era law. Assange said that his life was "effectively at stake" if the U.K. honors a U.S. request for his extradition. Assange is currently serving a 50-week sentence in London's Belmarsh Prison for skipping bail in 2012. We speak with James Goodale, former general counsel of The Ne…
www.democracynow.org/2019/6/18/pentagon_papers_lawyer_julian_assange_case

Julian Assange Indictment "Criminalizes the News Gathering Process"
Staff | truthout.org | 2019-06-18
A London judge has ordered WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange to appear before a court in February 2020 to face a full extradition hearing. Prosecutors in the U.S. have indicted Assange on 18 counts, including 17 violations of the Espionage Act. This is the first-ever case of a journalist or publisher being indicted under the World War I-era law. Assange said that his life was "effectively at stake" if the U.K. honors a U.S. request for his extradition. Assange is currently serving a 50-week sentence in London's Belmarsh Prison for skipping bail in 2012. We speak with James Goodale, former general counsel of The…
truthout.org/video/julian-assange-indictment-criminalizes-the-news-gathering-process/

US Foreign Policy Exposed
Kevin Zeese | globalresearch.ca | 2019-06-18
In the last week, the realities of US foreign policy have been exposed by a leaked audio tape, a leak about a US attack on the Russian electrical grid, and US attempts to extradite Julian Assange. All the information points …
globalresearch.ca/us-foreign-policy-exposed/5680952

Australian whistleblower trials shrouded in secrecy
wsws.org | 2019-06-18
The government's determination to block any public scrutiny of these crucial hearings constitutes wartime-like censorship.
www.wsws.org/en/articles/2019/06/18/tria-j18.html

Poland Just Became America's Most Important NATO Ally
Andrew Korybko | globalresearch.ca | 2019-06-17
The US' decision to dispatch 1,000 additional "rotational" troops and even a squadron of surveillance drones to Poland makes the Central European country its most important NATO ally because of the threat that this poses to Russian strategic interests in …
globalresearch.ca/poland-became-us-most-important-nato-ally/5680858

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…
truthdig.com/articles/the-coming-show-trial-of-julian-assange/

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
commondreams.org/views/2019/06/17/coming-show-trial-julian-assange?cd-origin=rss

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

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.
www.wsws.org/en/articles/2019/06/17/melb-j17.html

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…
therealnews.com/stories/john-pilger-extradition-process-a-very-long-uphill-road-for-assange

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."
www.wsws.org/en/articles/2019/06/17/assa-j17.html

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.
counterpunch.org/2019/06/17/julian-assange-and-the-scales-of-justice-exceptions-extraditions-and-politics/

Bringing Police Torture in Chicago to the Full Light of Day
Staff | truthout.org | 2019-06-16
Flint Taylor's new book, The Torture Machine: Racism and Police Violence in Chicago, is one of those remarkable works that won't fit under any one category. It's at once a history of civil and human rights battles in Chicago with national and global reach, a text of modern urban sociology, an example of critical legal theory, a long polemic against white and class privilege, a literature of political exposure, a manual of strategy and tactics, and last but not least, for Flint himself, an autobiography. In its pages, Chicago's top lawyer of the left also shares with us the intense and determined commitment, wi…
truthout.org/articles/bringing-police-torture-in-chicago-to-the-full-light-of-day/

WikiLeaks publisher Assange faces US extradition trial next February
wsws.org | 2019-06-15
The UK government has made clear that it will do everything possible to expedite Washington's vindictive attempt to render the courageous journalist to face imprisonment, torture, and execution in the US.
www.wsws.org/en/articles/2019/06/15/assa-j15.html

Houthi Drone Attacks Continue to Target Airport in Saudi Arabia
telesurenglish.net | 2019-06-15
The Qasif K2 drones struck the control rooms in Jizan airport as well as the refueling station in Abha, according to a spokesperson of the Yemeni armed forces. The attacks were stated to be an act of retaliation against Saudi Arabia's war against the impoverished nation. | The Houthi milita has increased its attacks on airports in recent days and launched major attacks on oil-pipelines in Saudi Arabia. | The Western-backed, Saudi-led coalition that has been battling the Houthi movement in Yemen said earlier strikes on the Airport in Abha was proof of Iranian support for what it called cross-border terrorism.
telesurenglish.net/news/Houthi-Drone-Attacks-Continue-to-Target-Airport-in-Saudi-Arabia-20190615-0012.html

Basta !!! Free Chelsea Manning & Julien Assange Oakland Weekly Friday Vigil
Orion Edmonson | indybay.org | 2019-06-15
Fruitvale and MacArthur Oakland…
indybay.org/newsitems/2019/06/13/18823921.php

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"
thecanary.co/trending/2019/06/15/assange-is-being-prosecuted-for-exposing-the-crimes-of-empire-says-award-winning-journalist/

Activist Lauri Love and others speak out in defence of Assange
wsws.org | 2019-06-15
Members of the Julian Assange Defence Committee and the SEP were joined by people from across London and further afield, including two "Yellow Vest" protestors from France.
www.wsws.org/en/articles/2019/06/15/inte-j15.html

US Supreme Court refuses to hear Guantanamo detainee's habeas corpus appeal
wsws.org | 2019-06-14
The court's refusal to hear the case of a man who has been imprisoned and tortured for nearly two decades without ever being convicted of a crime corresponds to the inexorable lurch by the entire political establishment towards dictatorship and barbarism.
www.wsws.org/en/articles/2019/06/14/cour-j14.html

"Advocate": Israeli Attorney Lea Tsemel Reflects on Defending Palestinians Who Resist Occupation
Staff | democracynow.org | 2019-06-14
Attorney Lea Tsemel has defended Palestinian political prisoners in Israeli courts for nearly half a century, insisting on their humanity and their right to a fair trial. Her work has earned her the scorn and reprobation of many Israelis, as well as death threats. A staunch critic of the Israeli occupation of Palestine, Tsemel has long argued that Palestinians who carry out politically motivated violence are freedom fighters, not "terrorists." In 1999, Tsemel won a landmark case in the Israeli Supreme Court, making it illegal for Israeli officials to torture detained Palestinians during interrogations. The docume…
www.democracynow.org/2019/6/14/lea_tsemel_advocate_documentary_israel_palestine

Ola Bini Was Friends with Julian Assange. He Has Spent Two Months in Jail Without Charge in Ecuador
Staff | democracynow.org | 2019-06-14
WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange appeared before a magistrates' court in London Friday, saying his life was "effectively at stake" if the U.K. honors an extradition request from the United States, where he faces 17 counts of violating the Espionage Act. Meanwhile, a friend of Assange's, Swedish programmer and data privacy activist Ola Bini, is still in prison in Ecuador, after being arrested April 11, the same day Assange was forcibly taken by British authorities from the Ecuadorian Embassy in London, and has been jailed ever since without charges. We speak with Vijay Prashad, director of Tricontinental: Institut…
www.democracynow.org/2019/6/14/ola_bini_ecuador_arrest_wikileaks_assange

Facing Serious Charges, Judge Sets 'Long Timetable' For Assange To Prepare Defense Against Extradition
Kevin Gosztola | commondreams.org | 2019-06-14
Supporters of Julian Assange demonstrate outside court in London. (Photo: Screen shot from Ruptly livestream) | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files/styles/cd_special_coverage/public/views-article/thumbs/assange.png
commondreams.org/views/2019/06/14/facing-serious-charges-judge-sets-long-timetable-assange-prepare-defense-against?cd-origin=rss

Facing Serious Charges, Judge Sets 'Long Timetable' For Assange To Prepare Defense Against Extradition
Kevin Gosztola | shadowproof.com | 2019-06-14
In the United States government's extradition case against WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange, his attorneys agreed to a "long timetable" so he may prepare his defense against "incredibly serious charges, which impact upon typical newsgathering activities." | Judge Emma Arbuthnot set a five-day hearing over the extradition request that will take place in late February 2020. One of the first major filings in the case will come from the U.S. government in July. | Assange faces 17 counts of allegedly violating the Espionage Act for publishing classified information from Chelsea Manning and one conspiracy to commit com…
shadowproof.com/2019/06/14/facing-serious-charges-judge-sets-long-timetable-for-assange-to-prepare-defense-against-extradition/

Attempt to extradite Assange represents 'an assault on journalistic rights', says his defence lawyer
Mohamed Elmaazi | thecanary.co | 2019-06-14
The author attended Julian Assange's extradition hearing at Westminster Magistrates' Court. | Julian Assange's arrest and potential extradition to the US represents an "assault on journalistic rights" and on "principles of free speech", his defence lawyer told Westminster Magistrates' Court (MC) on 14 June 2019. Mark Summers QC was explaining why it was not practical for judge Emma Arbuthnot to decide on Assange's extradition case this year. | A complex case involving a "multiplicity of profound issues": | Most attendees expected the substantive issues to start being discussed on 14 June. But unexpectedly…
thecanary.co/uk/news/2019/06/14/attempt-to-extradite-assange-represents-an-assault-on-journalistic-rights-says-his-defence-lawyer/

Secrets and lies in Afghanistan: Whistleblower helps the case to withdraw troops
kathy_f | greenleft.org.au | 2019-06-14
The Afghanistan war may be largely forgotten, were it not for the Australian Federal Police raid on the ABC's Sydney offices on June 5 to collect evidence for the trial of army lawyer and whistleblower David McBride. | Afghanistan is the longest war Australia has ever been involved in. Yet it has largely been conducted in secret, with few media reports and even fewer politicians wanting to talk about it. | Afghanistan is now increasingly being seen to be another "bad" war. Following the 9/11 terror attacks, Iraq was touted as the only "bad" war, as politicians scrambled to justify their support for the "good" war…
greenleft.org.au/content/secrets-and-lies-afghanistan-whistleblower-helps-case-withdraw-troops

Australia 'world's most secretive democracy' says New York Times
kathy_f | greenleft.org.au | 2019-06-13
"Australia may be the world's most secretive democracy," the New York Times reported on June 5. | The US newspaper was commenting on the raids by the Australian Federal Police (AFP) on a NewsCorp journalist and then the head office of the ABC. They were looking for evidence of information provided by whistleblowers that was used in articles exposing possible crimes by the Australian military and other authorities. | NYT continued: "The aggressive approach — which Prime Minister Scott Morrison has defended — fit…
greenleft.org.au/content/australia-worlds-most-secretive-democracy-says-new-york-times

Chelsea Manning's Coming of Age
Pamela Rafalow Grossman | progressive.org | 2019-06-06
In the new film "XY Chelsea," director Tim Travers Hawkins keeps the whistleblower's vulnerability front and center: "I hope she can flourish as a free woman."
progressive.org/dispatches/chelsea-manning-xy-chelsea-documentary-grossman-190606/

2019-06-20: News Headlines

Orion Edmonson (2019-06-20). Basta !!! Free Chelsea Manning & Julien Assange Oakland Weekly Friday Vigil. indybay.org MacArthur & Fruitvale Oakland…

WSWS (2019-06-20). Professor Stuart Rees to speak at SEP rally to defend Julian Assange. wsws.org "The rally must increase public awareness of the outrageous injustice if Julian is extradited to the US to face a possible 170 years in prison."

Laborfest (2019-06-20). Laborfest: Free Press, Julian Assange,Chelsea Manning, Bryan Carmody. indybay.org 518 Valencia, San Francisco. 16th St BART.

WSWS (2019-06-20). For a worldwide campaign to prevent Julian Assange's rendition to the US! wsws.org An international mass movement must be organized to stop the extradition of Julian Assange to the United States.

Jimmysllama (2019-06-19). UN Rapporteur on Torture Nils Melzer Becomes One of Assange's Most Vocal Advocates. mintpressnews.com "Here [in Assange's case] we are not speaking of prosecution but of persecution. That means that judicial power, institutions and proceedings are being deliberately abused for ulterior motives." — Nils Melzer, UN Rapporteur on Torture…

Orion Edmonson (2019-06-19). Basta !!! Free Chelsea Manning & Julien Assange Oakland Weekly Friday Vigil. indybay.org MacArthur & Fruitvale Oakland…

WSWS (2019-06-19). John Pilger urges participation in SEP (Australia) rallies to defend Assange. wsws.org "In my career, there has never been a more important case. If we lose Julian and Chelsea Manning to the dungeons of a rogue America, once-liberal societies will never be the same again; democracies will be in name only."

WSWS (2019-06-19). French workers, "yellow vest" protesters support fight to free Julian Assange. wsws.org For the last two weeks, the Parti de l'égalité socialiste has campaigned in Paris for this Sunday's public meeting in defense of Julian Assange and Chelsea Manning.

WSWS (2019-06-18). Shrewsbury 24 flying picket Terry Renshaw: "Only the power of the working class, not the official courts, is going to provide any perspective for freeing Julian Assange." wsws.org The former building worker explains, "To defend class war prisoners like Julian Assange, the perspective has got to be to raise the awareness and mobilise the masses."

Kevin Zeese (2019-06-18). US Foreign Policy Exposed. globalresearch.ca In the last week, the realities of US foreign policy have been exposed by a leaked audio tape, a leak about a US attack on the Russian electrical grid, and US attempts to extradite Julian Assange. All the information points …

Staff (2019-06-18). Julian Assange Indictment "Criminalizes the News Gathering Process," Says Pentagon Papers Lawyer. democracynow.org A London judge has ordered WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange to appear before a court in February 2020 to face a full extradition hearing. Prosecutors in the U.S. have indicted Assange on 18 counts, including 17 violations of the Espionage Act. This is the first-ever case of a journalist or publisher being indicted under the World War I-era law. Assange said that his life was "effectively at stake" if the U.K. honors a U.S. request for his extradition. Assange is currently serving a 50-week sentence in London's Belmarsh Prison for skipping bail in 2012. We speak with James Goodale, former general counsel of The Ne…

WSWS (2019-06-18). Prominent Australian journalist Mary Kostakidis calls for campaign to free Assange. wsws.org "We must not wait till it is too late to recognise the broader significance of the persecution of Julian Assange and fail to defend his human rights."

WSWS (2019-06-18). Ecuadorian government gives Pentagon a base in the Galapagos. wsws.org Inviting the Pentagon to use the world-renowned environmental site as a US aircraft carrier is of a piece with the Moreno government's betrayal of Julian Assange.

Kevin Zeese and Margaret Flowers (2019-06-18). US Foreign Policy Exposed. dissidentvoice.org Protest against US Foreign Policy in the Philippines (Source EPA) In the last week, the realities of US foreign policy have been exposed by a leaked audio tape, a leak about a US attack on the Russian electrical grid, and US attempts to extradite Julian Assange. All the information points to a foreign policy that …

Staff (2019-06-18). Julian Assange Indictment "Criminalizes the News Gathering Process" truthout.org A London judge has ordered WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange to appear before a court in February 2020 to face a full extradition hearing. Prosecutors in the U.S. have indicted Assange on 18 counts, including 17 violations of the Espionage Act. This is the first-ever case of a journalist or publisher being indicted under the World War I-era law. Assange said that his life was "effectively at stake" if the U.K. honors a U.S. request for his extradition. Assange is currently serving a 50-week sentence in London's Belmarsh Prison for skipping bail in 2012. We speak with James Goodale, former general counsel of The…

WSWS (2019-06-18). Australian whistleblower trials shrouded in secrecy. wsws.org The government's determination to block any public scrutiny of these crucial hearings constitutes wartime-like censorship.

Staff (2019-06-17). John Pilger: Extradition Process a 'Very Long Uphill Road' for Assange. therealnews.com 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…

WSWS (2019-06-17). Two protesters arrested at Melbourne rally in defence of Assange. wsws.org The arrests were aimed at intimidating supporters of WikiLeaks and preventing broader layers from joining the campaign to defend Assange and all democratic rights.

Chris Hedges (2019-06-17). The Coming Show Trial of Julian Assange. truthdig.com 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…

Consortium News (2019-06-17). Julian Assange to Face 5-Day Extradition Hearing in February 2020. theantimedia.com (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 …

Binoy Kampmark (2019-06-17). Julian Assange and the Scales of Justice: Exceptions, Extraditions and Politics. counterpunch.org 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. More

WSWS (2019-06-17). Germany: Protest vigil in Dusseldorf demands release of Julian Assange. wsws.org "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."

Andrew Korybko (2019-06-17). Poland Just Became America's Most Important NATO Ally. globalresearch.ca The US' decision to dispatch 1,000 additional "rotational" troops and even a squadron of surveillance drones to Poland makes the Central European country its most important NATO ally because of the threat that this poses to Russian strategic interests in …

Staff (2019-06-14). Ola Bini Was Friends with Julian Assange. He Has Spent Two Months in Jail Without Charge in Ecuador. democracynow.org WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange appeared before a magistrates' court in London Friday, saying his life was "effectively at stake" if the U.K. honors an extradition request from the United States, where he faces 17 counts of violating the Espionage Act. Meanwhile, a friend of Assange's, Swedish programmer and data privacy activist Ola Bini, is still in prison in Ecuador, after being arrested April 11, the same day Assange was forcibly taken by British authorities from the Ecuadorian Embassy in London, and has been jailed ever since without charges. We speak with Vijay Prashad, director of Tricontinental: Institut…

kathy_f (2019-06-14). Secrets and lies in Afghanistan: Whistleblower helps the case to withdraw troops. greenleft.org.au The Afghanistan war may be largely forgotten, were it not for the Australian Federal Police raid on the ABC's Sydney offices on June 5 to collect evidence for the trial of army lawyer and whistleblower David McBride. | Afghanistan is the longest war Australia has ever been involved in. Yet it has largely been conducted in secret, with few media reports and even fewer politicians wanting to talk about it. | Afghanistan is now increasingly being seen to be another "bad" war. Following the 9/11 terror attacks, Iraq was touted as the only "bad" war, as politicians scrambled to justify their support for the "good" war…

Staff (2019-06-14). "Advocate": Israeli Attorney Lea Tsemel Reflects on Defending Palestinians Who Resist Occupation. democracynow.org Attorney Lea Tsemel has defended Palestinian political prisoners in Israeli courts for nearly half a century, insisting on their humanity and their right to a fair trial. Her work has earned her the scorn and reprobation of many Israelis, as well as death threats. A staunch critic of the Israeli occupation of Palestine, Tsemel has long argued that Palestinians who carry out politically motivated violence are freedom fighters, not "terrorists." In 1999, Tsemel won a landmark case in the Israeli Supreme Court, making it illegal for Israeli officials to torture detained Palestinians during interrogations. The docume…

kathy_f (2019-06-13). Australia 'world's most secretive democracy' says New York Times. greenleft.org.au "Australia may be the world's most secretive democracy," the New York Times reported on June 5. | The US newspaper was commenting on the raids by the Australian Federal Police (AFP) on a NewsCorp journalist and then the head office of the ABC. They were looking for evidence of information provided by whistleblowers that was used in articles exposing possible crimes by the Australian military and other authorities. | NYT continued: "The aggressive approach — which Prime Minister Scott Morrison has defended — fit…

Pamela Rafalow Grossman (2019-06-06). Chelsea Manning's Coming of Age. progressive.org In the new film "XY Chelsea," director Tim Travers Hawkins keeps the whistleblower's vulnerability front and center: "I hope she can flourish as a free woman."

2019-06-20: Social Media Postees

Laborfest: Free Press, Julian Assange,Chelsea Manning, Bryan Carmody
Laborfest | indybay.org | 2019-06-20
518 Valencia, San Francisco. 16th St BART.
indybay.org/newsitems/2019/06/19/18824118.php

Professor Stuart Rees to speak at SEP rally to defend Julian Assange
wsws.org | 2019-06-20
"The rally must increase public awareness of the outrageous injustice if Julian is extradited to the US to face a possible 170 years in prison."
www.wsws.org/en/articles/2019/06/20/rees-j20.html

Basta !!! Free Chelsea Manning & Julien Assange Oakland Weekly Friday Vigil
Orion Edmonson | indybay.org | 2019-06-20
MacArthur & Fruitvale Oakland…
indybay.org/newsitems/2019/06/19/18824060.php

For a worldwide campaign to prevent Julian Assange's rendition to the US!
wsws.org | 2019-06-20
An international mass movement must be organized to stop the extradition of Julian Assange to the United States.
www.wsws.org/en/articles/2019/06/20/pers-j20.html

Basta !!! Free Chelsea Manning & Julien Assange Oakland Weekly Friday Vigil
Orion Edmonson | indybay.org | 2019-06-19
MacArthur & Fruitvale Oakland…
indybay.org/newsitems/2019/06/19/18824060.php

French workers, "yellow vest" protesters support fight to free Julian Assange
wsws.org | 2019-06-19
For the last two weeks, the Parti de l'égalité socialiste has campaigned in Paris for this Sunday's public meeting in defense of Julian Assange and Chelsea Manning.
www.wsws.org/en/articles/2019/06/19/pari-j19.html

UN Rapporteur on Torture Nils Melzer Becomes One of Assange's Most Vocal Advocates
Jimmysllama | mintpressnews.com | 2019-06-19
"Here [in Assange's case] we are not speaking of prosecution but of persecution. That means that judicial power, institutions and proceedings are being deliberately abused for ulterior motives." — Nils Melzer, UN Rapporteur on Torture…
mintpressnews.com/nils-melzer-confirms-what-many-suspected-julian-assange-tortured-and-persecuted-by-us/259334/

John Pilger urges participation in SEP (Australia) rallies to defend Assange
wsws.org | 2019-06-19
www.wsws.org/en/articles/2019/06/19/pilg-j19.html

Julian Assange Indictment "Criminalizes the News Gathering Process"
Staff | truthout.org | 2019-06-18
A London judge has ordered WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange to appear before a court in February 2020 to face a full extradition hearing. Prosecutors in the U.S. have indicted Assange on 18 counts, including 17 violations of the Espionage Act. This is the first-ever case of a journalist or publisher being indicted under the World War I-era law. Assange said that his life was "effectively at stake" if the U.K. honors a U.S. request for his extradition. Assange is currently serving a 50-week sentence in London's Belmarsh Prison for skipping bail in 2012. We speak with James Goodale, former general counsel of The…
truthout.org/video/julian-assange-indictment-criminalizes-the-news-gathering-process/

US Foreign Policy Exposed
Kevin Zeese and Margaret Flowers | dissidentvoice.org | 2019-06-18
Protest against US Foreign Policy in the Philippines (Source EPA) In the last week, the realities of US foreign policy have been exposed by a leaked audio tape, a leak about a US attack on the Russian electrical grid, and US attempts to extradite Julian Assange. All the information points to a foreign policy that …
dissidentvoice.org/2019/06/us-foreign-policy-exposed/

Shrewsbury 24 flying picket Terry Renshaw: "Only the power of the working class, not the official courts, is going to provide any perspective for freeing Julian Assange."
wsws.org | 2019-06-18
The former building worker explains, "To defend class war prisoners like Julian Assange, the perspective has got to be to raise the awareness and mobilise the masses."
www.wsws.org/en/articles/2019/06/18/inte-j18.html

Ecuadorian government gives Pentagon a base in the Galapagos
wsws.org | 2019-06-18
Inviting the Pentagon to use the world-renowned environmental site as a US aircraft carrier is of a piece with the Moreno government's betrayal of Julian Assange.
www.wsws.org/en/articles/2019/06/18/ecua-j18.html

Prominent Australian journalist Mary Kostakidis calls for campaign to free Assange
wsws.org | 2019-06-18
"We must not wait till it is too late to recognise the broader significance of the persecution of Julian Assange and fail to defend his human rights."
www.wsws.org/en/articles/2019/06/18/kost-j18.html

US Foreign Policy Exposed
Kevin Zeese and Margaret Flowers | dissidentvoice.org | 2019-06-18
Protest against US Foreign Policy in the Philippines (Source EPA) In the last week, the realities of US foreign policy have been exposed by a leaked audio tape, a leak about a US attack on the Russian electrical grid, and US attempts to extradite Julian Assange. All the information points to a foreign policy that …
dissidentvoice.org/2019/06/us-foreign-policy-exposed/

Julian Assange Indictment "Criminalizes the News Gathering Process," Says Pentagon Papers Lawyer
Staff | democracynow.org | 2019-06-18
A London judge has ordered WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange to appear before a court in February 2020 to face a full extradition hearing. Prosecutors in the U.S. have indicted Assange on 18 counts, including 17 violations of the Espionage Act. This is the first-ever case of a journalist or publisher being indicted under the World War I-era law. Assange said that his life was "effectively at stake" if the U.K. honors a U.S. request for his extradition. Assange is currently serving a 50-week sentence in London's Belmarsh Prison for skipping bail in 2012. We speak with James Goodale, former general counsel of The Ne…
www.democracynow.org/2019/6/18/pentagon_papers_lawyer_julian_assange_case

US Foreign Policy Exposed
Kevin Zeese | globalresearch.ca | 2019-06-18
In the last week, the realities of US foreign policy have been exposed by a leaked audio tape, a leak about a US attack on the Russian electrical grid, and US attempts to extradite Julian Assange. All the information points …
globalresearch.ca/us-foreign-policy-exposed/5680952

Australian whistleblower trials shrouded in secrecy
wsws.org | 2019-06-18
The government's determination to block any public scrutiny of these crucial hearings constitutes wartime-like censorship.
www.wsws.org/en/articles/2019/06/18/tria-j18.html

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

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…
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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.
www.wsws.org/en/articles/2019/06/17/melb-j17.html

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…
therealnews.com/stories/john-pilger-extradition-process-a-very-long-uphill-road-for-assange

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
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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."
www.wsws.org/en/articles/2019/06/17/assa-j17.html

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.
counterpunch.org/2019/06/17/julian-assange-and-the-scales-of-justice-exceptions-extraditions-and-politics/

Poland Just Became America's Most Important NATO Ally
Andrew Korybko | globalresearch.ca | 2019-06-17
The US' decision to dispatch 1,000 additional "rotational" troops and even a squadron of surveillance drones to Poland makes the Central European country its most important NATO ally because of the threat that this poses to Russian strategic interests in …
globalresearch.ca/poland-became-us-most-important-nato-ally/5680858

Bringing Police Torture in Chicago to the Full Light of Day
Staff | truthout.org | 2019-06-16
Flint Taylor's new book, The Torture Machine: Racism and Police Violence in Chicago, is one of those remarkable works that won't fit under any one category. It's at once a history of civil and human rights battles in Chicago with national and global reach, a text of modern urban sociology, an example of critical legal theory, a long polemic against white and class privilege, a literature of political exposure, a manual of strategy and tactics, and last but not least, for Flint himself, an autobiography. In its pages, Chicago's top lawyer of the left also shares with us the intense and determined commitment, wi…
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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"
thecanary.co/trending/2019/06/15/assange-is-being-prosecuted-for-exposing-the-crimes-of-empire-says-award-winning-journalist/

Activist Lauri Love and others speak out in defence of Assange
wsws.org | 2019-06-15
Members of the Julian Assange Defence Committee and the SEP were joined by people from across London and further afield, including two "Yellow Vest" protestors from France.
www.wsws.org/en/articles/2019/06/15/inte-j15.html

Basta !!! Free Chelsea Manning & Julien Assange Oakland Weekly Friday Vigil
Orion Edmonson | indybay.org | 2019-06-15
Fruitvale and MacArthur Oakland…
indybay.org/newsitems/2019/06/13/18823921.php

WikiLeaks publisher Assange faces US extradition trial next February
wsws.org | 2019-06-15
The UK government has made clear that it will do everything possible to expedite Washington's vindictive attempt to render the courageous journalist to face imprisonment, torture, and execution in the US.
www.wsws.org/en/articles/2019/06/15/assa-j15.html

Houthi Drone Attacks Continue to Target Airport in Saudi Arabia
telesurenglish.net | 2019-06-15
The Qasif K2 drones struck the control rooms in Jizan airport as well as the refueling station in Abha, according to a spokesperson of the Yemeni armed forces. The attacks were stated to be an act of retaliation against Saudi Arabia's war against the impoverished nation. | The Houthi milita has increased its attacks on airports in recent days and launched major attacks on oil-pipelines in Saudi Arabia. | The Western-backed, Saudi-led coalition that has been battling the Houthi movement in Yemen said earlier strikes on the Airport in Abha was proof of Iranian support for what it called cross-border terrorism.
telesurenglish.net/news/Houthi-Drone-Attacks-Continue-to-Target-Airport-in-Saudi-Arabia-20190615-0012.html

Ola Bini Was Friends with Julian Assange. He Has Spent Two Months in Jail Without Charge in Ecuador
Staff | democracynow.org | 2019-06-14
WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange appeared before a magistrates' court in London Friday, saying his life was "effectively at stake" if the U.K. honors an extradition request from the United States, where he faces 17 counts of violating the Espionage Act. Meanwhile, a friend of Assange's, Swedish programmer and data privacy activist Ola Bini, is still in prison in Ecuador, after being arrested April 11, the same day Assange was forcibly taken by British authorities from the Ecuadorian Embassy in London, and has been jailed ever since without charges. We speak with Vijay Prashad, director of Tricontinental: Institut…
www.democracynow.org/2019/6/14/ola_bini_ecuador_arrest_wikileaks_assange

Facing Serious Charges, Judge Sets 'Long Timetable' For Assange To Prepare Defense Against Extradition
Kevin Gosztola | commondreams.org | 2019-06-14
Supporters of Julian Assange demonstrate outside court in London. (Photo: Screen shot from Ruptly livestream) | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files/styles/cd_special_coverage/public/views-article/thumbs/assange.png
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Attempt to extradite Assange represents 'an assault on journalistic rights', says his defence lawyer
Mohamed Elmaazi | thecanary.co | 2019-06-14
The author attended Julian Assange's extradition hearing at Westminster Magistrates' Court. | Julian Assange's arrest and potential extradition to the US represents an "assault on journalistic rights" and on "principles of free speech", his defence lawyer told Westminster Magistrates' Court (MC) on 14 June 2019. Mark Summers QC was explaining why it was not practical for judge Emma Arbuthnot to decide on Assange's extradition case this year. | A complex case involving a "multiplicity of profound issues": | Most attendees expected the substantive issues to start being discussed on 14 June. But unexpectedly…
thecanary.co/uk/news/2019/06/14/attempt-to-extradite-assange-represents-an-assault-on-journalistic-rights-says-his-defence-lawyer/

Facing Serious Charges, Judge Sets 'Long Timetable' For Assange To Prepare Defense Against Extradition
Kevin Gosztola | shadowproof.com | 2019-06-14
In the United States government's extradition case against WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange, his attorneys agreed to a "long timetable" so he may prepare his defense against "incredibly serious charges, which impact upon typical newsgathering activities." | Judge Emma Arbuthnot set a five-day hearing over the extradition request that will take place in late February 2020. One of the first major filings in the case will come from the U.S. government in July. | Assange faces 17 counts of allegedly violating the Espionage Act for publishing classified information from Chelsea Manning and one conspiracy to commit com…
shadowproof.com/2019/06/14/facing-serious-charges-judge-sets-long-timetable-for-assange-to-prepare-defense-against-extradition/

Secrets and lies in Afghanistan: Whistleblower helps the case to withdraw troops
kathy_f | greenleft.org.au | 2019-06-14
The Afghanistan war may be largely forgotten, were it not for the Australian Federal Police raid on the ABC's Sydney offices on June 5 to collect evidence for the trial of army lawyer and whistleblower David McBride. | Afghanistan is the longest war Australia has ever been involved in. Yet it has largely been conducted in secret, with few media reports and even fewer politicians wanting to talk about it. | Afghanistan is now increasingly being seen to be another "bad" war. Following the 9/11 terror attacks, Iraq was touted as the only "bad" war, as politicians scrambled to justify their support for the "good" war…
greenleft.org.au/content/secrets-and-lies-afghanistan-whistleblower-helps-case-withdraw-troops

Secrets and lies in Afghanistan: Whistleblower helps the case to withdraw troops
kathy_f | greenleft.org.au | 2019-06-14
The Afghanistan war may be largely forgotten, were it not for the Australian Federal Police raid on the ABC's Sydney offices on June 5 to collect evidence for the trial of army lawyer and whistleblower David McBride. | Afghanistan is the longest war Australia has ever been involved in. Yet it has largely been conducted in secret, with few media reports and even fewer politicians wanting to talk about it. | Afghanistan is now increasingly being seen to be another "bad" war. Following the 9/11 terror attacks, Iraq was touted as the only "bad" war, as politicians scrambled to justify their support for the "good" war…
greenleft.org.au/content/secrets-and-lies-afghanistan-whistleblower-helps-case-withdraw-troops

US Supreme Court refuses to hear Guantanamo detainee's habeas corpus appeal
wsws.org | 2019-06-14
The court's refusal to hear the case of a man who has been imprisoned and tortured for nearly two decades without ever being convicted of a crime corresponds to the inexorable lurch by the entire political establishment towards dictatorship and barbarism.
www.wsws.org/en/articles/2019/06/14/cour-j14.html

"Advocate": Israeli Attorney Lea Tsemel Reflects on Defending Palestinians Who Resist Occupation
Staff | democracynow.org | 2019-06-14
Attorney Lea Tsemel has defended Palestinian political prisoners in Israeli courts for nearly half a century, insisting on their humanity and their right to a fair trial. Her work has earned her the scorn and reprobation of many Israelis, as well as death threats. A staunch critic of the Israeli occupation of Palestine, Tsemel has long argued that Palestinians who carry out politically motivated violence are freedom fighters, not "terrorists." In 1999, Tsemel won a landmark case in the Israeli Supreme Court, making it illegal for Israeli officials to torture detained Palestinians during interrogations. The docume…
www.democracynow.org/2019/6/14/lea_tsemel_advocate_documentary_israel_palestine

Australia 'world's most secretive democracy' says New York Times
kathy_f | greenleft.org.au | 2019-06-13
"Australia may be the world's most secretive democracy," the New York Times reported on June 5. | The US newspaper was commenting on the raids by the Australian Federal Police (AFP) on a NewsCorp journalist and then the head office of the ABC. They were looking for evidence of information provided by whistleblowers that was used in articles exposing possible crimes by the Australian military and other authorities. | NYT continued: "The aggressive approach — which Prime Minister Scott Morrison has defended — fit…
greenleft.org.au/content/australia-worlds-most-secretive-democracy-says-new-york-times

Australia 'world's most secretive democracy' says New York Times
kathy_f | greenleft.org.au | 2019-06-13
"Australia may be the world's most secretive democracy," the New York Times reported on June 5. | The US newspaper was commenting on the raids by the Australian Federal Police (AFP) on a NewsCorp journalist and then the head office of the ABC. They were looking for evidence of information provided by whistleblowers that was used in articles exposing possible crimes by the Australian military and other authorities. | NYT continued: "The aggressive approach — which Prime Minister Scott Morrison has defended — fit…
greenleft.org.au/content/australia-worlds-most-secretive-democracy-says-new-york-times

Chelsea Manning's Coming of Age
Pamela Rafalow Grossman | progressive.org | 2019-06-06
In the new film "XY Chelsea," director Tim Travers Hawkins keeps the whistleblower's vulnerability front and center: "I hope she can flourish as a free woman."
progressive.org/dispatches/chelsea-manning-xy-chelsea-documentary-grossman-190606/