02/23/24

Permalink US ‘Always Planned’ For Assange to Die in Prison

On Tuesday, the final appeal for WikiLeaks co-founder Julian Assange to avoid extradition to the United States began. Days earlier, his wife and lawyer, Stella Assange, warned that if the journalist is not released soon, the stress of the case and his confinement could kill him, adding that he “will die” if extradited to the US.

💬 “His health is in decline, mentally and physically. His life is at risk every single day he stays in prison, and if he’s extradited, he will die,” Stella Assange said at a media briefing in London.

Julian Assange, an Australian national, could face up to 175 years in prison if extradited to the United States on espionage charges.  But the US has no plans for Assange to stand trial in the United States, Dan Kovalik, a professor, human rights lawyer and peace activist told Sputnik’s The Critical Hour on Tuesday.

💬 “If [Julian Assange] is sent to the US, they’re just going to delay the trial as long as they can so that they can guarantee that he’ll die in jail,” Kovalik explained. “That’s always been the plan.”


02/22/24

Permalink Israeli minister says ‘necessary procedures' prepared to close Al Jazeera

Knesset discusses bill allowing closure of foreign media seen harming "Israel's national security" | Israeli Communications Minister Shlomo Karhi said Wednesday that the government has prepared the “necessary procedures” to close the Qatar-funded Al Jazeera television.  This came during a session held by the National Security Committee in the Knesset (Israel's parliament) to discuss a bill allowing Karhi “to order the closure of a media outlet if it is found as harming national security.” [...] Under the bill, the communications minister will be empowered to shut down foreign networks operating in Israel and confiscate their equipment if the defense minister identifies that their broadcast poses “an actual harm to the state's security.”


02/21/24

Permalink Ex-UN Expert: If Assange is Extradited to US No Journalist in World Will Be Safe

Ekaterina Blinova | WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange may be extradited to the US in the wake of the two-day hearing at London's High Court. What would that mean for freedom of speech? | A legal team of WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange is fighting to prevent his extradition to the US where he will face 17 counts of espionage and one charge of computer misuse.  Assange, who made classified data provided to him by Chelsea (born Bradley) Manning in 2010 public, shedding light on the US' alleged war crimes during its invasions and occupation of Afghanistan and Iraq, could receive a prison term of up to 175 years.

💬 "If Assange were to be extradited to the United States, no journalist in the world would be safe," Alfred de Zayas, professor of international law in Geneva, former UN independent expert on international order (2012-18), and a retired senior lawyer with the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights, told Sputnik.  "Essentially it would mean that any journalist who publishes information that the US government does not like would be subject to persecution and prosecution. His extradition would set a very toxic precedent that the core principle of refugee law and asylum law no longer protects persons who have a well-documented fear of persecution, as codified in article 1 of the Geneva Refugee Convention."


02/20/24

Permalink Julian Assange’s Final Appeal

Chris Hedges | Julian Assange will make his final appeal this week to the British courts to avoid extradition. If he is extradited it is the death of investigations into the inner workings of power by the press. | If Julian Assange is denied permission to appeal his extradition to the United States before a panel of two judges at the High Court in London this week, he will have no recourse left within the British legal system. His lawyers can ask the European Court of Human Rights (ECtHR) for a stay of execution under Rule 39, which is given in “exceptional circumstances” and “only where there is an imminent risk of irreparable harm.” But it is far from certain that the British court will agree. It may order Julian’s immediate extradition prior to a Rule 39 instruction or may decide to ignore a request from the ECtHR to allow Julian to have his case heard by the court. [...] Julian’s “crime” is that he published classified documents, internal messages, reports and videos from the U.S. government and U.S. military in 2010, which were provided by U.S. army whistleblower Chelsea Manning. This vast trove of material revealed massacres of civilians, torture, assassinations, the list of detainees held at Guantanamo Bay and the conditions they were subjected to, as well as the Rules of Engagement in Iraq. Those who perpetrated these crimes — including the U.S. helicopter pilots who gunned down two Reuters journalists and 10 other civilians and severely injured two children, all captured in the Collateral Murder video — have never been prosecuted.


Permalink UNESCO: Censoring free speech

When the WEF called 'misinformation' the single largest identified risk in early 2024, it was the latest call of many, with an express, not-so-carefully-hidden objective. | It seems strange that we, in the west, have to put up with even dealing with this question, given that our entire framework fundamentally rests upon a cornerstone of free speech. Yet, here we are. But where did this drive come from?  And in that regard - yes, a number of recent initiatives exist, including those outlined by Shellenberger. But they don't step back in time to identify the roots - which incidentally is where these issues will have to be addressed. Or else the issue will just come right back when you least expect it, in much the same way those dandelions on your neighbours lawn arrive on yours.


02/18/24

Permalink France to Start Jailing Anti-Vaxxers, Big Pharma Critics

Lawmakers in France are advocating for the implementation of new legislation that would enable the far-left globalist government to imprison individuals who criticize experimental vaccines like Covid mRNA shots. | On Wednesday, February 14th, a highly contentious bill was approved by the National Assembly in France. The proposed legislation could potentially criminalize those who oppose mRNA gene therapy treatments. This strict law was passed discreetly with minimal discussion. It has the potential to incarcerate individuals who speak against the use of therapeutic or preventive measures (including experimental mRNA gene therapy) for a maximum of 3 years. Those labeled as “anti-vaxxers” would also face a substantial fine of 45,000 Euros ($48,500).


02/14/24

Permalink Dictatorship In Russia: Putin signs law on seizing property of those who ‘discredit' Russian military

Russia’s State Duma unanimously adopted bill late January, which seeks to seize property of those who 'discredit' security forces | Russian President Dictator Vladimir Putin on Wednesday signed a law adopted by the parliament in late January to seize the property of those who “discredit” the security forces. The law, published on the government portal, amends Russia’s Criminal Code and expands the list of crimes for which the confiscation of one’s property may be provided, including knowingly disseminating "false information" about the country's security forces.  The law refers to crimes committed specifically "for selfish reasons", and calls for the confiscation of a convicted person’s money, valuables, or other property that they received because of committing a crime or used for activities directed against "Russia’s security". The Russian State Duma, the lower house of the country’s parliament, adopted the bill unanimously during a session on Jan. 31 in the second and third readings.

Putin signs law on confiscation of property for disseminating fake news about Russian army (TASS)

EDITOR: This is a Russia we can no longer support. Vague concepts like 'discredit', 'false information', and this one: 'for selfish reasons' (that's a good one) are unacceptable in a democracy. — Extraordinary! And of course the traditional one, 'Russia's security'. The group mind behind a parliament adopting something like this unanimously certainly is scary, and would indicate a final goodbye to democratic ideals.  Now there's a military dictatorship in Russia, one with a civilian façade. — A captive president and a totalitarian parliament. A war state.  This certainly doesn't bode well for the future. From here on, it is a race to the bottom. One is reminded of William Butler Yeats' remarkable poem "The Second Coming": "Things fall apart; the centre cannot hold." — Darkness is indeed falling on this world. (AWIP, 02/14/24)


02/11/24

02/10/24

Permalink Israeli lawmakers to 'deny' or 'play down' October 7 punishable by 5 years in prison

“The Israeli Knesset approves a bill that would make denying or 'downplaying' the Israeli October 7 story punishable by up to 5 years in prison,” the Palestinian Quds News Network reported. | “The approved bill is one of three bills that include the expulsion of families of Palestinians who resist, imprisonment for those who deny Israel's October 7 narrative, and compensation for the infamous ZAKA organization.” The ZAKA unit is known for pushing the most ridiculous horror propaganda about Hamas beheading babies and cutting the baby out of a pregnant woman's womb. [...] No doubt they want to use this law to jail journalists from Haaretz and other Israeli news organizations, who have debunked much of the atrocity propaganda Israel spread after October 7. The Times of Israel published an article last week arguing that questioning Israeli narratives about October 7 is a form of “Holocaust denial” and urging that Big Tech should do more to clamp down on such “unacceptable” statements censor.


02/07/24

Permalink The Netherlands considers banning Facebook for government workers

The Netherlands has concerns about data security on Meta’s social media platform | The Dutch government may ban public servants from using Facebook due to concerns over data security on the platform, De Telegraaf newspaper reported on Monday. Digitalization Minister Alexandra van Huffelen told the outlet that a formal report on the issue was pending.  She said the government had long-standing reservations about how Meta, the social network’s US parent company, handles sensitive user information. Last November, the Dutch Data Protection Authority (AP) was asked to advise whether government officials should be using Facebook. It is expected to issue a response soon, added van Huffelen.  Sources told De Telegraaf that a memo imposing a ban was already being prepared after Dutch officials considered Meta’s reaction to their concerns to be inadequate. Preparations are being made at government level to disengage the platform, the report claimed.


02/04/24

Permalink Once again about the non-system opposition

Dmitry Medvedev (Deputy Chairman of the Russian Security Council) (Дмитрий Медведев) | As you know, the Western world has long been patronizing and financially supporting our so-called non-systemic opposition in every possible way. For example, the bastard extremist Navalny and his comrades. And the whole colorful coterie of glamorous oppositionists, who have scattered over the past decades like plague rats to Western countries and shit on any occasion. Among them are outright freaks, like the schizoid ex-chess player Kasparov, who belongs in a psychiatric clinic. And Khodorkovsky's gang, which has matured over the years of criminal activity, consisting of born thieves and murderers, organizes meetings of oppositionists of all stripes for the money stolen in Russia. And a new, very young generation of various freaks, who put on the uniforms of Khokhlonazis to organize terrorist attacks and sabotage in Russia. And their intellectual servants from among the scoundrels from literature, for whom the ice axe of the new Ramon Mercader is crying. Why did I bring up our "non-systemists" for all their disgusting squalor? Here's why. There is a non-systemic opposition in the West as well. True, it is not wretched and venal, but much more reasonable and decent. It does not wish for the death of its Fatherland, like the fugitive Russian detractors, but sees a new way of developing. It is different: both left and right. Each with its own national program that opposes American globalism. It exists in every EU country and even across the ocean. There is already such opposition in national parliaments and in the European Parliament, where elections will be held soon. Undoubtedly, the new politicians are much more adequate and motivated than the fat cats from traditional Western parties. This, still irregular, opposition today clearly sees all the vices of the current liberal globalism and the Pindostanocentric world order. And our task is to support such politicians and their parties in the West in every possible way, helping them apertum et secretum to achieve decent results in the elections. Some of them will turn from non-systemic oppositionists into a new part of the political establishment. And their accession to state governance can radically improve the political landscape in the Western world. This is why they are so feared by the cunning intellectual castrati leading the old political forces in Europe and across the ocean, as well as by the sexless, rainbow-haired sleuths who are now at the helm of many Western countries. And not without reason. Lao Tzu said that "the flexible and weak overpower the hard and strong". (DeepL + LanguageTool)


02/02/24

Permalink How NATO brainwashes Western society with its anti-Russia wargames

Tarik Cyril Amar | Steadfast Defender 2024, the bloc’s largest exercise in decades, is not only about military cohesion – it’s about selling war to the people | NATO has launched its largest exercise since the Cold War ended. Steadfast Defender 2024 will last several months and involve about 90,000 troops, over 50 naval vessels, 1,100 ground vehicles (including at least 133 tanks and 533 armored troop carriers), and 80 aircraft of various kinds (planes, helicopters, and drones).  All 31 alliance members will participate, as will Sweden, which is in the process of joining. However, it’s not only a matter of numbers and duration. The massive event is also special for two more reasons, one fairly straightforward, the other more complicated and worthy of serious scrutiny.  The more complicated issue is that the exercise was preceded by a veritable onslaught of propaganda - or in up-to-date NATO-speak, cognitive warfare. One dead give-away that this has been deliberate is that the Western think tank/information-war platform the Institute for the Study of War (ISW) is already accusing Russia of engaging in “an information operation to misrepresent” the purely “defensive” Steadfast Defender.


01/23/24

Permalink Germans told to prepare for another war with Russia

Moscow has previously dismissed claims that it plans to strike NATO as “complete nonsense” | Germany should be ready to respond to a possible Russian attack, Defense Minister Boris Pistorius has warned. He said that to prepare for such a scenario, Germany and its NATO allies must commit to strengthening their military capabilities. [...] The German tabloid Bild reported earlier this month, citing a classified document, that Germany is preparing for a scenario in which Russia launches an “open attack” on NATO in mid-2025, following major victories in Ukraine. Moscow mocked the prediction as a “zodiac forecast.”  Russian President Vladimir Putin has dismissed claims that Russia could attack NATO as “complete nonsense,” arguing that Moscow has “no geopolitical, economic… or military interest” in doing so. Still, the Kremlin has for decades voiced concerns about the US-led military bloc’s expansion towards Russian borders, viewing it as an existential threat.


Permalink Western Leaders Disregard Zelensky's Murderous Attack on Donetsk

The death toll from Ukraine's January 21 shelling of a market in Donetsk has soared to 27. The attack – slammed by Moscow as a barbaric terrorist act against Russia's civilian population - left 25 more injured. | Western leaders have remained tight­-lipped on the Kiev regime’s deadly terrorist attack against Donetsk on Sunday, with many mainstream media headlines only mentioning the very fact of the event without singling out who was behind the tragedy.  On Sunday, Ukrainian troops shelled Donetsk’s Kirovsky district, a busy area with markets and shops, which are full of people, especially on weekends. It left 27 civilians killed and 25 more injured.  The BBC went so far as to cite a “Ukrainian army group operating in the region” as saying that they “did not carry out the attack” – despite the fact that Denis Pushilin, head of the Donetsk People’s Republic, confirmed that Ukrainian troops used 152mm and 155mm artillery systems during the shelling. UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres was the only official who decisively denounced Ukraine’s shelling attack on Donetsk.

‘Barbaric attack using Western arms’ – Moscow decries Ukrainian shelling of Donetsk (01/22/24)


01/22/24

Permalink Israelis opposing war receiving 'death threats,' says Knesset member Ofer Cassif

Firebrand Israeli parliamentarian says in Israel 'there is an assault on freedom of speech of those who raise voice against the war' | Member of Arab-majority Hadash-Ta’al party argues 'region will explode’ if Israel does not get rid of Netanyahu's 'terrible government. Says he supports ICJ genocide case for impartial investigation of Gaza bombardment; save lives. Terms efforts to expel him from parliament 'persecution and silencing' of those who support peace.  In a wide-ranging exclusive interview with Anadolu, Cassif said rejection of Israel's military response has led to "an assault on freedom of speech," including death threats. 💬 “People are arrested for tweets and posts, not in support of Hamas, of course, but in supporting ending the war, or before even cease-fire. Students are suspended from the universities and colleges. People are fired from their workplaces. The police are brutally violent towards the demonstrators,” Cassif said.  “There is an assault on freedom of speech of those who raise voice against the war ... there are death threats. Because it's not only violence from above, from the government from the prime minister, legitimization of the violence against the protesters, of course by [Itamar] Ben Gvir (national security minister) and the police, which unfortunately mostly became a kind of a private militia of Ben Gvir. But it also penetrates the society as a whole. And you can see that within the society, a growing a part of the public supports, literally and explicitly, violence against those who oppose the war, including death threats." Cassif said everyone will pay a "huge price" and the entire "region is going to explode" if Israel does not get rid of the "terrible government" headed by Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.


01/06/24

Permalink Washington Post erases Israeli minister’s farfetched October 7 rape claim at his request

A note explaining the retraction of the claim that Hamas militants had specific orders as to “which commander should rape which soldiers” indicates the publication censored itself at the behest of the Israeli government. | The Washington Post has quietly removed an outlandish claim by Israeli Defense Minister Yoav Gallant that Hamas battle plans included specific instructions on which Israeli troops should be raped during their October 7 incursion.  In the original article, which was published on November 12 and promoted as a Washington Post “exclusive,” Gallant is quoted as telling the outlet: “We know from interrogations that Hamas came in with detailed plans of their attack, including which commander should rape which soldiers in different places.” A day later, the allegation disappeared from the piece, which had been amended to include the following “correction”: 💬 “A previous version of this article included a quote from Israeli Defense Minister Yoav Gallant that was not authorized for publication. The quote has been removed.” The act of self-censorship was seemingly first spotted by a social media user who suggested that the embarrassing incident was the result of what they described as “the Israeli way” of propaganda: “Privately lying to a journalist to shape her coverage, then scrambling to correct the record when the journalist accidentally prints the lies you told her in confidence.”


01/04/24

Permalink Bill Introduced in House Calls for US to Drop Charges Against Julian Assange

Call your representative and tell them to support H.Res. 934 | A resolution introduced in the House last month calls for the US to drop the charges against WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange, who faces up to 175 years in prison if extradited to the US and convicted for journalism that exposed US war crimes.  The bill, introduced by Rep. Paul Gosar (R-AZ), expresses “the sense of the House of Representatives that regular journalistic activities, including the obtainment and publication of information, are protected under the First Amendment and that the federal government should drop all charges against and attempts to extradite Julian Assange.”


01/02/24

Permalink Tributes Pour in For John Pilger

From Jeremy Corbyn, WikiLeaks, Afshin Rattansi, Max Blumenthal, Jonathan Cook, Scott Ritter, Vijay Prashad, Glenn Greenwald, Tariq Ali, Matt Kennard and Roger Waters. | Meanwhile, the U.S. mainstream media is so far silent on Pilger’s passing. The New York Times on Monday ran an obit on the comedian Shecky Greene but not a word on Pilger, who wrote several opinion pieces for the Times.

Investigative journalist John Pilger dies aged 84. (12/31/23)


01/01/24

Permalink US And UK Military Contractors Created Sweeping Plan For Global Censorship In 2018, New Documents Show

Larry Johnson | CTIL Files #1: US And UK Military Contractors Created Sweeping Plan For Global Censorship In 2018, New Documents Show. Michael Shellenberger, Alex Gutentag and Matt Taibbi produced a blockbuster report on November 28 that I neglected to cover at the time. My bad. The report exposes a genuine conspiracy — i.e., the Censorship Industrial Complex aka CIC. It is not a theory. It is a fact. | There is an active partnership between the U.S. Government’s security and intelligence agencies and the private sector that is engaged in information warfare against the American people. Michael Shellenberger provided a succinct explanation of this conspiracy in his written testimony to the U.S. Congress. The CIC is the mechanism that this combination of private and public entities are using to fabricate lies about a whole host of issues, such as the war in Ukraine, Donald Trump inciting an insurrection and Israel fighting terrorists who behead babies.


12/31/23

Permalink Investigative journalist John Pilger dies aged 84

Investigative journalist John Pilger has died aged 84, his family has announced. | The Australia-born documentary maker was known for his work covering the aftermath of Pol Pot's regime in Cambodia and also looked into the Thalidomide scandal along with his war correspondent work. A statement to his X, formerly Twitter, page on Sunday said: "It is with great sadness the family of John Pilger announce he died yesterday 30 December 2023 in London aged 84.

Legendary journalist John Pilger dies aged 84 (EuroNews)
The World Has Lost John Pilger (Consortium News)
Crusading journalist John Pilger always backed the underdog (Sydney Morning Herald)
John Pilger, “Giant of Campaigning Journalism, has Died. (Patricia Harrity)


12/22/23

Permalink UK anti-terror police detain Grayzone journalist

Officers interrogated Kit Klarenberg for five hours about his political views and reporting | Journalist Kit Klarenberg, a UK citizen, was detained by British authorities and grilled on his political reporting and alleged ties with Russia, Grayzone reported on Wednesday.  Klarenberg, who has written for numerous outlets including RT, and is known for his exposes of dark British and US intelligence service secrets, often using leaked or unclassified documents, was reportedly approached by six plain-clothes counter-terror officers immediately after his plane touched down in London’s Luton airport earlier this month. He was traveling from Belgrade, Serbia, where he currently resides.  Grayzone reports that the journalist was then escorted to a room where police confiscated all his electronic devices, bank cards, camera memory cards and sims, took his fingerprints and DNA, took photographs and subjected him to a five-hour long interrogation, threatening arrest if he refused to cooperate.


12/17/23

Permalink Yet another flawed "fact check" on the NZ data

Steve Kirsch | They can't get their facts straight. They never bother to check the hand-waving arguments that they get if they match the narrative | Executive summary – Another day, another flawed fact check. This one comes with a bonus about Professor Jeffrey Morris. Morris told the reporter that it is OK to download and analyze the New Zealand data, but not OK to talk about it. I thought I had heard it all, but that’s a new one! OK, so if no honest scientist is allowed to talk about this data, then how the heck can the fact checker say my analysis is flawed?? A head scratcher for sure!!! So let’s refute the fact check first, then we’ll have some fun with Professor Morris for dessert.

FDA forced to release documents admitting they knew COVID vaccines caused heart inflammation (L. D. Johnson)


12/06/23

Permalink It's finally here: record-level data showing vaccine timing and death date. There is no confusion any longer

“Today you will get to see the data that nobody wants you to see. FINALLY. No State or country has ever released record-level public health data on any vaccine.” (Steve Kirsch) | Executive summary: Today you will get to see the data that nobody wants you to see. FINALLY. No State or country has ever released record-level public health data on any vaccine. Privacy is not the reason for this; the data can be easily obfuscated (which we did on this data) so that no record entry would match that of any person, living or dead. The reason the data is kept secret is simple: it would expose the fact that the COVID vaccines are unsafe, as well as all the vaccines that I have been able to get record-level data on. Today, thanks to a courageous whistleblower who works at the New Zealand Ministry of Health, we have record-level information from a large population of all ages and are making it public for the first time in history.

New Zealand ARRESTS Government Database Admin for Revealing 24% DEATH RATE for certain COVID Vaccine Batches (12/03/23)


12/05/23

Permalink This statistician and whistleblower, Barry Young, 56, has been arrested by New Zealand authorities for exposing this data


12/01/23

Permalink Israel killed more journalists in Gaza in 7 weeks than all 20 YEARS of the Vietnam war & all 6 years of World War II


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