2019-02-20: News Headlines

teleSUR (2019-02-20). Sudanese Forces Tortured and Killed Dozens: Activists. telesurenglish.net Despite Sudanese security forces' violent crackdown on protests, and reports of rape threats and sexual harassment, protesters have been unrelenting — as has the President Omar al-Bashir who refuses to resign. | RELATED: | Sudanese Teacher Beaten to Death by Police During Interrogation: Gov't Investigator | About 60 people have been killed and many others tortured by security agents, activists and rights groups said. However, official numbers are marke…

amnesty (2019-02-20). ThaàØlande: Un bahreàØnite libéré retourne en Australie. amnesty.org Hakeem Ali al Araibi a été libéré du centre de détention provisoire de Bangkok le 11 février 2019, après que les autorités bahreàØnites eurent renoncé à leur demande d'extradition. Il est reparti en Australie le jour même. Hakeem Ali al Araibi a été arrêté le 27 novembre 2018 par les autorités thaàØlandaises à son arrivée à l'aéroport international de Bangkok, sur la base d'une notice rouge diffusée par Interpol demandant son extradition vers BahreàØn. Il devait y purger une peine injuste de 10 ans d'emprisonnement, et risquait d'être victime de torture et d'autres mauvais traitements en déte…

WSWS (2019-02-20). Australian youth defend WikiLeaks and support demonstrations to free Julian Assange. wsws.org "I'm going to come to the rally to defend freedom of speech and freedom of the press"—Adam, University of NSW.

amnesty (2019-02-20). Egypt: Execution of nine men after an unfair trial a monumental disgrace. amnesty.org Responding to the news that Egyptian authorities have today executed nine men convicted after a grossly unfair trial for the 2015 killing of the country's former Public Prosecutor, Najia Bounaim, Amnesty International's North Africa Campaigns Director said: | "By carrying out the executions of these nine men today Egypt has demonstrated an absolute disregard for the right to life. | "Those responsible for the attack that killed Egypt's former public prosecutor deserve to be punished but executing men who were convicted in trials marred by torture allegations is not justice but a testament to the magnitude of i…

amnesty (2019-02-20). Thailand: Further Information: Released Bahraini Returns To Australia: Hakeem Ali al-Araibi. amnesty.org On 11 February 2019, Hakeem Ali al-Araibi was released from Bangkok's remand prison after the Bahraini authorities dropped their extradition request. He flew back to Australia the same day. Hakeem was arrested on 27 November 2018, by the Thai authorities upon arrival at Bangkok's international airport, based on an Interpol red notice requesting his extradition to Bahrain. He was expected to serve an unfair 10-year prison sentence there, and would have been at risk of torture and other ill-treatment in detention. Upon his return to Australia, Hakeem thanked the human rights organizations that had acted on his beha…

DJ Mouse (2019-02-20). Cloaks and Daggers vs Pens and Ballots. indybay.org John Kiriakou, on weekly vigil for Julian Assange, outlines how frame up that greeted his truth telling on torture is waiting for any other spies who come in from cold, or any writers out there reporting on it who've escaped the cloaked daggers…(1hr.)…

Mark Curtis (2019-02-19). The Twitter Smearing of Corbyn and Assange. Britain's "Integrity Initiative" globalresearch.ca Historian and U.K. analyst Mark Curtis checks out the Twitter accounts of journalists whose names have been associated with the Integrity Initiative, a British "counter disinformation" program. | *** | The U.K.-financed Integrity Initiative, managed by the Institute for Statecraft, is ostensibly …

Richard Falk — Daniel Falcone (2019-02-19). Troublesome Possibilities: The Left and Tulsi Gabbard. counterpunch.org Tulsi Gabbard's candidacy for president has raised more problematic questions than answers for people on the Left. Many anti-war leftists call her a breath of fresh air in resisting the military industrial complex and the dangerous war duopoly. After she supported a diplomatic solution to Syria and supported Bernie Sanders for president in 2016, she made a name for herself in the left wing of the Democratic Party. More

Fred_F (2019-02-19). Former Pinochet secret police agent Adriana Rivas arrested in Sydney. greenleft.org.au The following statement was released by the Australian-based National Campaign for Truth & Justice in Chile on February 19. | *** | After years of eluding justice, notorious Chilean torturer Adriana Rivas has finally been arrested and her extradition request by the Chilean state accepted by Australian authoriti…

amnesty (2019-02-19). Egypt: Halt imminent execution of nine prisoners on death row. amnesty.org Egyptian authorities must immediately halt the execution of nine prisoners whom Amnesty International has learned could be put to death as soon as tomorrow morning. The men were convicted after an unfair trial over the 2015 killing of Egypt's former public prosecutor, and have been moved from their prison cells to the appeals prison in preparation for their executions. During the trial some of the defendants said they were forcibly disappeared and tortured to confessing to the crime.

RT (2019-02-19). Grand Canyon museum exposed tourists to radiation for YEARS, whistleblower says. rt.com Grand Canyon National Park covered up the discovery of a cache of highly radioactive uranium that may have exposed employees and visitors to radiation at up to 4,000 times safe levels, a Parks employee claims.

Consortiumnews (2019-02-17). The FBI Came Close to Staging a Coup. consortiumnews.com Andrew McCabe, a senior bureau official, provided the alarming evidence in a "60 Minutes" interview, writes John Kiriakou. By John Kiriakou Special to Consortium News Former FBI deputy director Andrew McCabe, in an explosive interview with CBS's "60 Minutes," said… Read more →

Consortiumnews (2019-02-15). Watch Webcast of 17th Assange Vigil. consortiumnews.com The 17th vigil for Julian Assange, now a weekly event every Friday, was aired today on Consortium News. Watch the replay here. The Unity4J vigils will continue until Assange is free. The guests were Garland Nixon, James Cogan, Elizabeth Vos,… Read more →

Yanis Varoufakis (2018-11-29). On Julian Assange and the Political Economy & future of Europe. zcomm.org Interview on the socio-economic transformations taking place within the core of the European Union and how much time is left until it disintegrates…

Chris Hedges (2018-11-26). Crucifying Julian Assange. zcomm.org Chris Hedges and Joe Lauria, journalist and editor-in-chief, Consortium, discuss efforts to force #WikiLeaks publisher, #JulianAssange, out of the Ecuador Embassy in London and extradite him to the USA to stand trial.

2019-02-20: Social Media Postees

Sudanese Forces Tortured and Killed Dozens: Activists
teleSUR | telesurenglish.net | 2019-02-20
Despite Sudanese security forces' violent crackdown on protests, and reports of rape threats and sexual harassment, protesters have been unrelenting — as has the President Omar al-Bashir who refuses to resign. | RELATED: | Sudanese Teacher Beaten to Death by Police During Interrogation: Gov't Investigator | About 60 people have been killed and many others tortured by security agents, activists and rights groups said. However, official numbers are marke…
telesurenglish.net/news/Sudanese-Forces-…

Cloaks and Daggers vs Pens and Ballots
DJ Mouse | indybay.org | 2019-02-20
John Kiriakou, on weekly vigil for Julian Assange, outlines how frame up that greeted his truth telling on torture is waiting for any other spies who come in from cold, or any writers out there reporting on it who've escaped the cloaked daggers…(1hr.)…
indybay.org/newsitems/2019/02/19/1882128…

Thailand: Further Information: Released Bahraini Returns To Australia: Hakeem Ali al-Araibi
amnesty | amnesty.org | 2019-02-20
On 11 February 2019, Hakeem Ali al-Araibi was released from Bangkok's remand prison after the Bahraini authorities dropped their extradition request. He flew back to Australia the same day. Hakeem was arrested on 27 November 2018, by the Thai authorities upon arrival at Bangkok's international airport, based on an Interpol red notice requesting his extradition to Bahrain. He was expected to serve an unfair 10-year prison sentence there, and would have been at risk of torture and other ill-treatment in detention. Upon his return to Australia, Hakeem thanked the human rights organizations that had acted on his beha…
amnesty.org/en/documents/asa39/9883/2019…

ThaàØlande: Un bahreàØnite libéré retourne en Australie
amnesty | amnesty.org | 2019-02-20
Hakeem Ali al Araibi a été libéré du centre de détention provisoire de Bangkok le 11 février 2019, après que les autorités bahreàØnites eurent renoncé à leur demande d'extradition. Il est reparti en Australie le jour même. Hakeem Ali al Araibi a été arrêté le 27 novembre 2018 par les autorités thaàØlandaises à son arrivée à l'aéroport international de Bangkok, sur la base d'une notice rouge diffusée par Interpol demandant son extradition vers BahreàØn. Il devait y purger une peine injuste de 10 ans d'emprisonnement, et risquait d'être victime de torture et d'autres mauvais traitements en déte…
amnesty.org/en/documents/asa39/9883/2019…

Australian youth defend WikiLeaks and support demonstrations to free Julian Assange
WSWS | wsws.org | 2019-02-20
"I'm going to come to the rally to defend freedom of speech and freedom of the press"–Adam, University of NSW.
www.wsws.org/en/articles/2019/02/20/assa…

Egypt: Execution of nine men after an unfair trial a monumental disgrace
amnesty | amnesty.org | 2019-02-20
Responding to the news that Egyptian authorities have today executed nine men convicted after a grossly unfair trial for the 2015 killing of the country's former Public Prosecutor, Najia Bounaim, Amnesty International's North Africa Campaigns Director said: | "By carrying out the executions of these nine men today Egypt has demonstrated an absolute disregard for the right to life. | "Those responsible for the attack that killed Egypt's former public prosecutor deserve to be punished but executing men who were convicted in trials marred by torture allegations is not justice but a testament to the magnitude of i…
amnesty.org/en/latest/news/2019/02/egypt…

The Twitter Smearing of Corbyn and Assange. Britain's "Integrity Initiative"
Mark Curtis | globalresearch.ca | 2019-02-19
Historian and U.K. analyst Mark Curtis checks out the Twitter accounts of journalists whose names have been associated with the Integrity Initiative, a British "counter disinformation" program. | *** | The U.K.-financed Integrity Initiative, managed by the Institute for Statecraft, is ostensibly …
globalresearch.ca/the-twitter-smearing-o…

Troublesome Possibilities: The Left and Tulsi Gabbard
Richard Falk — Daniel Falcone | counterpunch.org | 2019-02-19
Tulsi Gabbard's candidacy for president has raised more problematic questions than answers for people on the Left. Many anti-war leftists call her a breath of fresh air in resisting the military industrial complex and the dangerous war duopoly. After she supported a diplomatic solution to Syria and supported Bernie Sanders for president in 2016, she made a name for herself in the left wing of the Democratic Party.
counterpunch.org/2019/02/19/troublesome-…

Former Pinochet secret police agent Adriana Rivas arrested in Sydney
Fred_F | greenleft.org.au | 2019-02-19
The following statement was released by the Australian-based National Campaign for Truth & Justice in Chile on February 19. | *** | After years of eluding justice, notorious Chilean torturer Adriana Rivas has finally been arrested and her extradition request by the Chilean state accepted by Australian authoriti…
greenleft.org.au/content/former-pinochet-secret-police-agent-adriana-rivas-arrested-sydney

Egypt: Halt imminent execution of nine prisoners on death row
amnesty | amnesty.org | 2019-02-19
Egyptian authorities must immediately halt the execution of nine prisoners whom Amnesty International has learned could be put to death as soon as tomorrow morning. The men were convicted after an unfair trial over the 2015 killing of Egypt's former public prosecutor, and have been moved from their prison cells to the appeals prison in preparation for their executions. During the trial some of the defendants said they were forcibly disappeared and tortured to confessing to the crime.
amnesty.org/en/latest/news/2019/02/egypt…

Grand Canyon museum exposed tourists to radiation for YEARS, whistleblower says
RT | rt.com | 2019-02-19
Grand Canyon National Park covered up the discovery of a cache of highly radioactive uranium that may have exposed employees and visitors to radiation at up to 4,000 times safe levels, a Parks employee claims. | …
rt.com/usa/451785-grand-canyon-uranium-c…

The FBI Came Close to Staging a Coup
Consortiumnews | consortiumnews.com | 2019-02-17
Andrew McCabe, a senior bureau official, provided the alarming evidence in a "60 Minutes" interview, writes John Kiriakou. By John Kiriakou Special to Consortium News Former FBI deputy director Andrew McCabe, in an explosive interview with CBS's "60 Minutes," said… Read more ?…
consortiumnews.com/2019/02/16/the-fbi-ca…

Watch Webcast of 17th Assange Vigil
Consortiumnews | consortiumnews.com | 2019-02-15
The 17th vigil for Julian Assange, now a weekly event every Friday, was aired today on Consortium News. Watch the replay here. The Unity4J vigils will continue until Assange is free. The guests were Garland Nixon, James Cogan, Elizabeth Vos,… Read more ?…
consortiumnews.com/2019/02/15/live-webca…

Roberto Lovato: Elliott Abrams Is Bringing Violence of 1980s U.S. Latin America Policy to Venezuela
Democracy Now! | democracynow.org | 2019-02-14
President Trump met with Colombian President Iván Duque at the White House Wednesday to discuss ongoing efforts to topple the Venezuelan government, the same day that U.S. special envoy to Venezuela Elliott Abrams faced questioning from Congress about his role in atrocities carried out in Latin America in the 1980s. This includes defending Guatemalan dictator General Efraín Ríos Montt's campaign of mass murder and torture of indigenous people. We speak with Roberto Lovato, independent journalist working out of the San Francisco Writers' Grotto, about the violent history of Elliott Abrams and the U.S.-backed oppos…
www.democracynow.org/2019/2/14/roberto_l…