Daily Archives: June 28, 2021

2021-06-28: News Headlines

Staff (2021-06-28). Key Witness in US Case Against Julian Assange Admits to Lying to Get Immunity. truthout.org One of the main witnesses in Julian Assange's extradition case has admitted he made false claims against Assange in exchange for immunity from prosecution, a bombshell revelation that could have a major impact on the WikiLeaks founder's fate. Assange faces up to 175 years in prison if brought to the U.S., where he was indicted for violations of the Espionage Act related to the publication of classified documents exposing U.S. war crimes. According to a new article in the Icelandic newspaper Stu…

Staff (2021-06-28). Attorney: U.S. Case Against Julian Assange Falls Apart, as Key Witness Says He Lied to Get Immunity. democracynow.org One of the main witnesses in Julian Assange's extradition case has admitted he made false claims against Assange in exchange for immunity from prosecution, a bombshell revelation that could have a major impact on the WikiLeaks founder's fate. Assange faces up to 175 years in prison if brought to the U.S., where he was indicted for violations of the Espionage Act related to the publication of classified documents exposing U.S. war crimes. According to a new article in the Icelandic newspaper Stundin, the convicted hacker Sigurdur "Siggi" Thordarson falsely claimed he was a prominent WikiLeaks representative instru…

Peoples Dispatch (2021-06-28). Killings of social leaders and ex-combatants continue in Colombia and other stories. peoplesdispatch.org Today we look at 2 months of Colombia's National Strike, the release of activists Samar Badawi and Nassima al-Sadah from prison in Saudi Arabia, and more…

Moderator (2021-06-28). 'Incredible Victory' for Trans Rights: Supreme Court Rejects School Bathroom Case. scheerpost.com Wikimedia Commons) By Brett Wilkins / Common Dreams In what civil rights advocates hailed as "an incredible victory," the United States Supreme Court on Monday declined to hear the case of Gavin Grimm, a former Virginia high school student who in 2015 sued his county board of education over its policy of denying transgender pupils use of restrooms corresponding with their gender identity. |

Editor2 (2021-06-28). India's Undeclared Emergency: Often More Chilling Than in 1975. orinocotribune.com By Anil Jain — Jun 25, 2021 | The last seven years show that democracy, rules and regulations can be the perfect cover to suspend democratic values and civil rights. | The Emergency was a dark and shameful chapter in Indian democracy—a nightmare, a wretched period! It is 46 years since the then prime minister Indira Gandhi imposed the Emergency to protect her power, turning the entire country into

John G. Russell (2021-06-28). Hue and Cry: Racial Erasure and the Unbearable "Tonnage" of Color. counterpunch.org Black lives matter, especially, it seems, when they are transmogrified into white ones — or light ones. This has meant that the opportunity to tell stories, both historical and fictional, focused on black lives has been squandered in a quest, as Quixotic as it is contradictory, to convince ourselves that color doesn't matter, and that issues of race and racism can be engaged without confronting them honestly and directly.

Staff (2021-06-28). Headlines for June 28, 2021. democracynow.org Iraq Condemns Violation of Sovereignty After U.S. Launches Airstrikes in Iraq and Syria, Judge Sentences Ex-Cop Derek Chauvin to 22.5 Years in Prison for Murdering George Floyd, WHO Urges Vaccinated People to Keep Taking COVID Precautions as Delta Variant Spreads Across Globe, Bangladesh, Australia, South Africa Among Nations Ordering New Restrictions Amid Surge in Cases, Biden Says U.S. Will Continue to Support Afghan Gov't After Withdrawal as Taliban Takes New Territory, 9 Dead, 150+ Missing in Miami Condo Collapse as 2018 Report Shows Building Was Vulnerable, VP Kamala Harris Visits El Paso on U.S.-Mexico Bord…

Fight Back (2021-06-28). Minneapolis takes back Pride. fightbacknews.org Minneapolis, MN – Hundreds marched in the streets of downtown Minneapolis for Taking Back Pride, on June 27. Protesters demanded the conviction of all four officers involved in George Floyd's murder, justice for all victims of police crimes, the prevention of bathroom bills or medical gatekeeping, community control of the police, a stop to Line 3, freedom for all political prisoners and the wrongfully incarcerated, and freedom for Palestine. | These demands were made in keeping with the history of LGBTQI struggle for liberation and its often co-opted legacy of the heroic Stonewall Riot, a fight against the racist…

Peoples Dispatch (2021-06-28). Saudi activists Samar Badawi and Nassima al-Sadah released from jail. peoplesdispatch.org The activists who worked for the rights of women and of the Shia minority were in prison for nearly three years and were released following the completion of their sentences…

Unicorn Riot (2021-06-28). Hubbard County Barricades Private Property, Imprisons Water Protectors. unicornriot.ninja &nbsp…

Andrew Emett (2021-06-28). Derek Chauvin sentenced to 22 years in prison for murder. nationofchange.org "Now, as Derek Chauvin faces years behind bars, we must come together around our common humanity and continue on towards justice for all."

Pubdatemon, 28 Jun 2021 11:09:02 -0400 (2021-06-28). Netanyahu Is Out But Nothing Has Changed for Palestinians. commondreams.org "Our work is not yet done," said one ACLU attorney, who noted that the organization is "continuing to fight against anti-trans laws targeting trans youth in states around the country."

Pubdatemon, 28 Jun 2021 10:38:47 -0400 (2021-06-28). In Blow to GOP Narrative, Missouri Cut to Jobless Benefits Not Boosting Hiring. commondreams.org Creeping annexation and oppression continue.

_____ (2021-06-27). On Contact: Judicial Lynching. popularresistance.org On the show this week, Chris Hedges talks to Craig Murray, the former British ambassador to Uzbekistan, who was removed from his post after he made public the widespread use of torture by the Uzbek government and the CIA. | Murray has since become one of Britain's most important human rights campaigners, a fierce advocate for Julian Assange and a supporter of Scottish independence. His coverage of the trial of former Scottish First Minister Alex Salmond, who was acquitted of sexual assault charges, saw him charged with contempt of court and sentenced to eight months in prison. The very dubious sentence, which upe…

_____ (2021-06-27). Democrats And Banks Won't Steal Juneteenth Or Pride. popularresistance.org Every year, Pride Month ushers in the summer. For some, this is a celebration of the Stonewall uprising. For corporations and the Democratic Party, it's a time to co-opt what was once a radical quer movement. Pride month marks a riot led by a Black trans woman, who threw bricks at the cops and alongside other people of color, queer folks and leftists fought the police in the streets for days. But today, it has become not only a profit scheme for corporations, but a means to portray themselves as allies while covering up their complicity in LGBTQ+ oppression. Bank of America, for example, has presented itself as a…

Staff (2021-06-27). GOP Isn't Holding Back on Voter Suppression. Democrats Must Go on Offensive. truthout.org On Tuesday, Senate Republicans

Roger Harris (2021-06-27). The Case of Alex Saab: US Abduction of Venezuelan Diplomat, a Global Challenge. orinocotribune.com By Sara Flounders and Roger D. Harris — Jun 24, 2021 | With the possible extradition of a Venezuelan diplomat to the US on bogus charges, an emergency human rights delegation organized by the International Campaign to Free Alex Saab was quickly dispatched to Cabo Verde, where he is imprisoned. This island archipelago nation off the west coast of Africa is one of the smallest, poorest, and geographically isolated countries in the world. | The international human rights delegation did not gain Alex Saab's freedom. They were even denied a visit with him. But breakthroughs were made raising the visibility of the…

teleSUR (2021-06-27). LGTBIQ+ Community Celebrates Gay Pride in Panama. telesurenglish.net Demanding several social reforms, human rights organizations and activists marched on Saturday in Panama to hold the 2021 Gay Pride parade. | RELATED: | Carrying banners and chanting, activists marched from the "5 de Mayo" Square to the Cinta Costera viewpoint to fight for their rights and condemn stigma, discrimination, and violence. | The activists pointed out that the Panamanian State has a historical debt with the LGBTIQ+ community while also warning over a…

Pat Elder (2021-06-27). Accident at Naval Air Station on the Chesapeake Bay Sends 2,500 Gallons of Toxic Foam into Local Sewer System. covertactionmagazine.com Materials are being temporarily held in a MetCom holding tank; ultimate fate is unknown The Patuxent River Naval Air Station, on the Chesapeake Bay in St. Mary's County, Maryland, announced in the last week of May that toxic aqueous film-forming foam (AFFF), was released on base after an accidental discharge from a hangar's fire suppression …

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