2020-07-21: News Headlines

Kenn Orphan (2020-07-21). The Tactics of Terror in Portland. counterpunch.org "There are decades where nothing happens, and there are weeks where decades happen." — Vladimir Lenin Between 1973 and 1990 scores of people were disappeared by the US supported fascist regime of Augusto Pinochet in Chile. They were incarcerated, tortured and thousands were murdered. In fact, the official total of those killed by the regime

patrick maynard (2020-07-21). State Dept-funded Transparency International goes silent on jailed transparency activist Julian Assange. thegrayzone.com For over a year, the West's top anti-corruption NGO, Transparency International, has not said a word about the world's most…

Andrew Butler (2020-07-21). Vivienne Westwood is the canary in the coal mine for Julian Assange. thecanary.co This morning Vivienne Westwood took part in a bold demonstration as part of the campaign to prevent Julian Assange from being extradited to the United States. | To find out more about this issue, watch our film By

Jefferson Morley (2020-07-21). The Pro-Trump CIA Man: QAnon Madness and Upward Failure. counterpunch.org Michael Scheur is a pure product of the CIA. A career operations officer, he ran the first agency task force that hunted Osama bin Laden. Scheur authored the agency's rendition program, which kidnapped suspected terrorists (and sometimes innocent people) and tortured them. He combined a deep knowledge of Islamic jihadist movements with a willingness to use illegal methods to fight them. In that regard, he was in the mainstream of the CIA.

RT (2020-07-20). Italian police bust major 'psycho-sect' that practiced child sex abuse for over 30 YEARS. rt.com Police in Italy have raided what they called a "very powerful" sect, said to be entrenched in several cities across the country, which preyed on young women — many of whom were minors — subjecting them to sex abuse and torture.

Eoin Higgins, staff writer (2020-07-20). 'Moral and Intellectual Bankruptcy': Trump Seizes on Bush-Era Torture Memo Author John Yoo's Call for Extralegal Executive Authority. commondreams.org "There is a lot of continuity between the Bush and Trump administration, including an almost limitless view of executive power." | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files/styles/cd_special_coverage/public/headline/thumbs/yoo.jpg

WSWS (2020-07-18). UK MPs submit early day motion on Assange. wsws.org The signatories have all either hitherto kept a criminal silence over Assange's persecution, or, in the case of Corbyn, McDonnell, Abbott and Long-Bailey, found their voice only after losing leading positions in the Labour Party.

_____ (2020-07-18). Assange's Father Speaks Out. popularresistance.org Well we fight against the United Kingdom, Sweden, the United States, and to a certain extent Australia. They have marshaled all of their forces and broken every law in human rights and due process in order to send Julian to the United States and destroy him. | Before our eyes, we have watched the gradual murder of Julian through psychological torture, through ceaseless breaking of procedures and due process. So that is what we fight against. | During the latest hearing, the judge Barrett asked Julian to prove that he was unwell, that he didn't come onto the video. So again, we see a process that we witness over a…

_____ (2020-07-18). Trade Unionists Back Campaign To Free Assange. popularresistance.org In Birmingham, Plymouth, and Newcastle trades councils have voted to join the campaign to halt the extradition of WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange to the United States where he could face 175 years in jail. | In recent weeks the three metropolitan trades councils, which are attended by delegates from all the local unions, have voted overwhelmingly to support Assange. | Even in Plymouth where a similar motion was defeated last year the National Union of Journalists' inspired resolution sailed through last week. | Both Birmingham and Plymouth meetings invited a speaker from the Don't Extradite Assange campaign to a…