‘Explosive evidence from Trump insider, Assange dragged from embassy “on the orders of the president”, Laura Tiernan and Thomas Scripps, 22 September 2020, wsws.org (with permission & my bolds)
Assange arrested by the British police on April 11, 2019
“Alt-right media personality Cassandra Fairbanks’ witness testimony was read out in court yesterday, providing evidence that Julian Assange’s April 2019 arrest at the Ecuadorian Embassy in London was politically motivated and directed by United States President Donald Trump.
Fairbanks testified that Arthur Schwartz, a wealthy Republican Party donor and key Trump ally, had told her that Assange was taken from the Ecuadorian Embassy “on orders from the president.” The conversation between Schwartz and Fairbanks occurred in September 2019 and was recorded by Fairbanks.
Who will stop it? Those who must…and can. Stay tuned.
‘Colorado police conduct militarized arrests of Party for Socialism and Liberation members’, Jacob Crosse, 19 September 2020, wsws.org (with permission)
“In an alarming escalation of state retaliation against opponents of unending police violence and murder, at least six protesters, four of whom are members of the Party for Socialism and Liberation (PSL), were arrested by police and SWAT officers with the Aurora, Colorado police department on Thursday.
Now that Judge Baraiter has told the defense to STFU about Julian’s extradition being ‘political’, in the second superceding indictment is his (WikiLeaks) having ‘put people in harm’s way‘. Now his Aussie attorney Jen Robinson said that i) if he had, there would have been reports of it, and ii), even if anyone had been harmed, the issue was still moot under his (their) First Amendment rights to have done so. As per Kevin Gostola yeterday, it was unclear whether or not Baraitser would allow Jen to testify for the defense.
Noteworthy is the fact that of all the media organizations who’d profited from publishing WikiLeaks work, Goetz is the only one willing to testify for the defense and tell the Truth.
‘Former Der Spiegel journalist exposes US government lies that Assange “failed to redact” and “put lives at risk”, Laura Tiernan, 17 September 2020, wsws.org (Given permission, I’ll use it all, as he’s da bomb!)
It’s really just more bellicose threats of war and war by other means for fun and profit, as Tehran and the Palestinians know all too well.
‘Trump stages sham Mideast “peace” ceremony on White House lawn’, Bill Van Auken, 16 September 2020, wsws.org (given permission, I’ll quote liberally, leaving out some of the earlier history Van Auken cites; my bolds.)
“The signing of agreements between Israel and the Sunni Persian Gulf monarchies of the United Arab Emirates (UAE) and Bahrain on the White House South Lawn Tuesday was proclaimed by US President Donald Trump as the advent of “peace in the Middle East without blood all over the sand,” and universally hailed by the media as “historic.”
Much of Day 3 of Julian’s Final Extradition hearing was spent on the assertions of US Prosecutor QC Lewis that Barack Obama’s administration, having opened a secret grand jury with investigations afoot, it proved that Donald Trump’s Administrations 17 charges under the Espionage Act were clearly ‘not politically motivated’, thus valid.
A few bits from Andy Worthington’s Sept. 10, 2020: ‘The Ongoing And Unjustifiable Persecution Of Julian Assange’, worldbeyondwar.com via Popular Resistance (CC) (although given that he’d worked with WikiiLeaks on their Guantanamo releases, and will be a witness for the defense in coming weeks, you might like to read it all):
Linden Cameron, 13, recovering in the hospital after being shot multiple times by an unidentified Salt Lake City Police officer
‘Salt Lake City police engage in a cover-up after shooting autistic 13-year-old boy multiple times, Jacob Crosse, 10 September 2020, wsws.org (with permission)
“Sparking international outrage, 13-year-old Linden Cameron remains in serious condition at the Primary Children’s Hospital in Salt Lake City, Utah, after a still unidentified police officer with the Salt Lake City Police Department shot him multiple times Friday while he was suffering a mental health crisis in his home.
‘Julian Assange receives first visitors in six months: “He is in a lot of pain”, Oscar Grenfell, 28 August 2020 (with permission)
“Julian Assange received his first visitors in six months, less than a fortnight out from British court hearings for the extradition of the persecuted WikiLeaks publisher to the US, where he faces life imprisonment for exposing American war crimes.
Stella Morris, Assange’s partner and an internationally-respected human rights attorney, was allowed to meet with the WikiLeaks founder earlier this week, after authorities at London’s Belmarsh Prison eased restrictions introduced in response to the coronavirus pandemic. It was the first time that Morris and their two young children Gabriel and Max had seen Assange since March 22.
The pressures of lockdowns seem to have been building over time, and while protestors seem to be attending for many different reasons and issues, what’s astonishing to me is the veritable seas of humanity in attendance, especially in Berlin and London. Somehow I’ve lost some of my links to Paris (going on for months) and an aerial view of Trafalgar Square, but the smaller one will give you the gist.
Are their governments failing to provide financial support for their joblessness, businesses shuttered, unable to feed their families while their Plutocrats make obscene amounts of filthy lucre as in the US? Do they fear forced fast tracked Covid-19 vaccinations, as well as in Australia, forced seasonal flu vaccinations? ‘No jab; No UBI!’ Do some believe that it’s all a techno-tyrannical Plandemic, as one sign I’d seen? Or that so many tests are showing both false negatives and positives for both Covid and its antibodies?
Or that King of the World Bill Gates essentially own the WHO (World Health organization and its New Head Tedros __ __, (not a doctor either) as well as stock in all the BigPharma vaccine developers?
…a column written by Jacob Crosse and Andre Damon, 28 August 2020, wsws.org
My apologies for featuring such electoral low-hanging fruit, but the authors do make their cases, but the surreal nature of it given the current police state background, including the ‘Opposition’s similar candidates… (with permission from their site to repost their content at will, I’ll paste in the key passages.)
“In a scene that looked like a theatrical rendition of Sinclair Lewis’s It Can’t Happen Here, US President Donald Trump delivered a fascistic tirade from the White House lawn Thursday night, painting his reelection as the last bastion against “agitators” and “socialists.”
Google suppresses ‘suspect websites, Twitter deletes accounts, Shadow Bans others, as does Instagram, but for now, mainly the following three (and all three links seem to be Creative Commons). My thanks go out to all of the following authors and organizations, as this information needs to be known far and wide. It’s a bit of a tome, but I’ve edited out all I can and still keep the key elements alive and burning.
‘Gates Foundation funds Facebook fact-checkers that defend it from allegations; It also provides funding to dozens of media organizations that regularly give Gates and the foundation favorable coverage’, August 21, 2020, Tom Parker, reclaimtheinternet.org
(joe and jill nite 4; they put on their masks when joined by kopmala)
Patrick Martin watched so we wouldn’t have to, and reported what he saw on August 21, 2020, bless his pea-pickin’ heart. (w/ the site’s permission) He likens it to a cliché-driven religious revival featuring ‘the Moral Superiority of Biden compared to Trump’, Biden’s ‘deep empathy for children and the downtrodden’ (add identity ___ at will). Hell, Bill Clinton was the master of fake empathy: biting one thumb with ‘sorrow’ in his eyes, and intoning: “I feel your pain.”
“The sheer contempt for the intelligence of the population and the viewing audience was summed up in Biden’s acceptance speech. His speechwriters appeared to have been trying to cram every possible trite phrase into a single 20-minute address.
A property near Queenstown, New Zealand, designed by Mason & Wales Architects.
‘How New Zealand became an apocalypse escape destination for Americans’, July 16, 2020, cnn.com
“In Queenstown — a picturesque ski spot that often attracts comparisons to Aspen, Colorado — rumors about foreigners investing in apocalypse-proof bunkers have been swirling for years.
Prop or Not? You decide. The story is everywhere, mainly reporting it like this:
‘DOJ confirms ‘largest-ever US seizure of Iranian fuel’ on 4 ships bound for Venezuela’, 14 Aug, 2020
“The US has seized some 1.116 mn barrels of Iranian fuel aboard 4 ships headed for Venezuela, the Justice Department has confirmed, hinting at “assistance” from “foreign partners” and declining to reveal where the grab took place.
The agency hailed what it called the largest-ever US seizure of Iranian fuel in a statement on Friday, revealing Washington had nabbed the sanctions-skirting cargo en route to Venezuela with the assistance of unspecified “foreign partners.”
(and hates the Post Office Bigly and wants it privatized) Let’s call this by it’s name: Catch-22
‘Trump holds up coronavirus aid to block Democrats’ bid for election funding’, msn.com, Aug 13, 2020
“WASHINGTON (Reuters) – President Donald Trump on Thursday said his team was rejecting Democrats’ bid to include funds for the U.S. Postal Service and to shore up election infrastructure in a new coronavirus relief bill, as he vowed to block money to facilitate mail-in voting.
iranian safavid art
Note: The announcement comes on the day marking 75 years since the atomic bombing of Hiroshima and Nagasaki.
From Iranian FM Javad Zarif, August 6: @JZarif
‘75 years ago today, the US gained the infamy of becoming the 1st and ONLY user of nuclear weapons. And against innocents. Today, US & Israeli nukes threaten our region. It’s long overdue to end nuclear nightmare & the #MAD doctrine of Mutually Assured Destruction.’
Keep in mind that he and President Rouhani have stated unequivocally and repeatedly: ‘Nuclear Weapons are forbidden by our religion’. But Western Powers and media refuse to believe it, and have for a long time. Apparently at Bibi’s urging, the Pentagon under Shrub Bush had stocked up on bunker-busting bombs to use on various ‘underground’ nuclear facilities in Iran.
(a companion piece is this July 25, 2020 ‘Grim News’ that contains a lot of the history of privatization attempts, mass numbers of PO closures, suggestions by Save the Post Office, etc.)
First up: ‘Who decides the fate of the US Postal Service?’ Kayla Costa and Shuvu Batta, 4 August 2020, wsws.org (with permission)
“Workers have responded with outrage to the recent leaked memos detailing efforts to privatize the United States Postal Service (USPS) by implementing major cost-cutting measures, slowing down the mail delivery speed, and making the federal agency seem unreliable in the middle of an election year that will see an increase of mail-in voting due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The internal memo, released July 10, stated that mail deliveries would be delayed due to cost-cutting and prohibitions on overtime, with “more to come.”
‘Inhumane at Any Time,’ But During a Pandemic? House Approval of $740 Billion Pentagon Budget Condemned; “Once again, the House has voted to put the interests of weapons manufacturers and war hawks over the wellbeing of people here and abroad;; commondreamsorg, Eowin Higgins, July 31,2020 (Creative Commons)
“Win Without War was among the anti-war voices on Friday issuing blistering condemnations of the passage in the U.S. House of a $740 billion defense bill as part of the 2021 Appropriations Minibus.
for your consideration….
Excerpts from Robert Hunziker’s July 17, 2020 ‘The Sky Is Falling – Yes – No’, counterpunch.org
“The sky is falling is one of the more disturbing thoughts in society today, as to whether climate change is on a fast track collision course with doomsday amidst a collapsing society.
In that regard, according to the details of a scathing review by ScientistsWarning.org (“SW”) of Jem Bendell’s wildly popular “Deep Adaptation” the answer is no, not yet. Society is not ready to keel over, as postulated in Bendell’s paper.