Daily Archives: April 12, 2019

2019-04-12: News Headlines

Michael Edison Hayden (2019-04-12). Suspect in Church Burnings Influenced by 'Black Metal' Music, Police Say, But Not All Black Metal is the Same. splcenter.org Holden Matthews, the 21-year-old man accused of burning three historically black churches in Louisiana, was influenced by "black metal," police say — a music genre sometimes tied to organized hate.

Democracy Now! (2019-04-12). Chomsky: Arrest of Assange Is "Scandalous" and Highlights Shocking Extraterritorial Reach of U.S. democracynow.org Attorneys for WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange are vowing to fight his possible extradition to the United States following his arrest in London, when British police forcibly removed Assange from the Ecuadorean Embassy, where he had taken asylum for almost seven years. On Thursday night, Democracy Now!'s Amy Goodman spoke to Noam Chomsky about Assange's arrest, WikiLeaks and American power.

Dave Lindorff (2019-04-12). Free Julian Assange! Stand Up for Press Freedom! counterpunch.org The arrest by British Metropolitan Police of Wikileaks founder Julian Assange, dragged unceremonially out of the Ecuadoran Embassy in London on a charge of failure to appear for a court hearing on an expired (and trumped-up) accusation in Sweden of sexual assault, is a grave and terrible threat to independent journalism and to the US Constitution's First More

John Pilger (2019-04-12). The Assange Arrest Is a Warning from History. globalresearch.ca The glimpse of Julian Assange being dragged from the Ecuadorean embassy in London is an emblem of the times. Might against right. Muscle against the law. Indecency against courage. Six policemen manhandled a sick journalist, his eyes wincing against his …

John Pilger (2019-04-12). The Assange Arrest is a Warning From History. telesurenglish.net The glimpse of Julian Assange being dragged from the Ecuadorean embassy in London is an emblem of the times. Might against right. Muscle against the law. Indecency against courage. Six policemen manhandled a sick journalist, his eyes wincing against his first natural light in almost seven years. | RELATED: | Ecuador Failed to Notify Assange's Defense of Asylum Withdrawal: Lawyer | That this outrage happened in the heart of London, in the land of Magna Carta, ought to sh…

Stephen Lendman (2019-04-12). USA v. Julian Assange: DOJ Indictment on Phony Charge Revealed. globalresearch.ca Following Assange's Thursday arrest by UK police in Ecuador's London embassy after his asylum status was illegally rescinded by President Lenin Moreno, acting in cahoots with the US and Britain, the DOJ confirmed what's widely known. | Its spokeswoman Nicole …

Kenn Orphan (2019-04-12). Madonna Plays Apartheid. counterpunch.org It may be difficult for some to understand the impact that a pop icon has on social and political events, but these cultural figures possess enormous psychological sway in the minds of millions. Their actions make a difference. So it can be quite jarring when one of those icons goes against the justified demands of More

teleSUR (2019-04-12). Colombia: Human Rights Groups Condemn Campesino Leader Murder. telesurenglish.net On Thursday, the Human Rights Network of the Colombian Southwest denounced the murder of social leader Policarpo Guzman in a rural area of the municipality of Argelia, in the department of Cauca, Colombia. | RELATED: | Colombia: Indigenous Minga Scores Initial Deal with Duque Gov't | The Coordinator of Guarantees and Human Rights of the Patriotic March…

teleSUR (2019-04-12). Indonesia Probes Possible Overseas Electoral Fraud in Malaysia. telesurenglish.net Several suspicious videos suggesting that ballots for Indonesia's April 17 elections have been tampered with has resulted in an investigation by the Election Commission, according to an announcement by the body's officials Thursday. | RELATED: | Indonesia Threatens to Withdraw From Paris Agreement Over Palm Oil | One video shows footage of police officers at a Malaysian warehouse in the Selangor state with people holding ballots that have been marked in favor of members of…

Lisa Beringer (2019-04-12). 'The Promise and Hope' of 'The Chi'. progressive.org I braced for the stock situations common in inner city dramas: crooked cops, infighting amongst gangs, murders, and revenge. I found something else.

ANSWER Coalition (2019-04-12). Julian Assange arrested: The warmakers' assault on free press. liberationnews.org Wikileaks founder Julian Assange's arrest by UK authorities on behalf of the United States is a craven attempt by the Pentagon war machine and the rest of the imperial establishment to silence one of their most prominent critics.

Saree Makdisi (2019-04-12). Benjamin Netanyahu's Reelection Underlines Israel's Apartheid Reality. commondreams.org Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, accompanied by his wife Sara, greets supporters at the Likud Party headquarters in Tel Aviv on election night early on April 10. (Photo: Thomas Coex / AFP / Getty Images) | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…

Thomas Knapp (2019-04-12). Pardoning Assange Would be the First Step Back Toward Rule of Law. counterpunch.org On April 11, the ongoing saga of journalist and transparency activist Julian Assange took a dangerous turn. Ecuador's president, Lenin Moreno, revoked his asylum in that country's London embassy. British police immediately arrested him — supposedly pursuant to his "crime" of jumping bail on an invalid arrest warrant in an investigation since dropped without charges More

Santa Cruz Police News (2019-04-12). Chief Mills to 'Present' BearCat to Public. indybay.org In an email to the Santa Cruz Police Chief's Advisory Committee, it was announced that Police Chief Andrew Mills is planning to host a community presentation of the Santa Cruz Police Department's BearCat (Ballistic Engineered Armored Response Counter Attack Truck) on May 4. The vehicle was purchased by SCPD with the approval of the Santa Cruz City Council in 2015, despite large protests from the community over the militarization of police.

Lynda Carson (2019-04-12). Julian Assange of Wikileaks was arrested by cops in London. indybay.org Double crossed by the Ecuadorian Ambassador and the Ecuadorian government's withdrawal of asylum, in an urgent tweet from WikiLeaks it said, "Ecuador has illegally terminated Julian Assange's political asylum in violation of international law. He was arrested by the British police inside the Ecuadorian embassy on April 11, 2019!

Kevin Gosztola (2019-04-12). Espionage? Computer Crimes? The DOJ's Cast Against Wikileaks Founder Julian Assange. mintpressnews.com The United States Justice Department dramatically escalated its political prosecution of WikiLeaks editor-in-chief Julian Assange. Their efforts are aimed at criminalizing a journalist—and more broadly, a media organization—for allegedly aiding and abetting the disclosure of classified information and publishing that information on the internet. | Assange was expelled from the Ecuador embassy in the United Kingdom and arrested by British police on April 11. The expulsion and arrest was linked to an indictment and extradition request that was filed many months ago by the United States government. | He…

Bryan Wall (2019-04-12). Glenn Greenwald lays into fellow journalists for celebrating Assange's arrest. thecanary.co Julian Assange has been arrested by the Met Police. Police entered the Ecuadorian embassy after its government withdrew his asylum. Journalists filmed Assange being … | Read more Glenn Greenwald lays into fellow journalists for celebrating Assange's arrest | By Bryan Wall

Caitlin Johnstone (2019-04-12). Assange Has Been Arrested for US Extradition. indybay.org Extradited for journalism. In a blur, everything that Assange and WikiLeaks have been warning about for years has been proven correct, contrary to mountains of claims to the contrary by establishment loyalists everywhere. The same government which tortured Chelsea Manning is in the process of extraditing her publisher so that they can silence him forever.

Jessica Corbett, staff writer (2019-04-12). Citing Assange's Work Exposing US 'Atrocities,' UK Labour Leaders Speak Out Against Extradition Effort. commondreams.org Key figures in the United Kingdom's Labour Party are speaking out against the possible extradition of Julian Assange to the United States after British police arrested the WikiLeaks founder and forcibly dragged him out of the Ecuadorian Embassy in London Thursday. | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…

Derrick Broze (2019-04-12). The US Government is Still Fighting to Keep the Truth About CIA Torture Secret. theantimedia.com The U.S. government is still afraid to reveal the full extent of torture used on terror suspects in the years following the 9/11 attacks, but do the American people even care anymore? (TMU) — A recent report by The New York Times explores the case of Majid Khan, a prisoner of the United States who plead …

commondreams (2019-04-12). ICC Refuses to Investigate Crimes in Afghanistan, Including U.S. Torture. commondreams.org ______________________________…

RT (2019-04-12). Berniecrats feeling burned as Sanders keeps mum on Assange's arrest. rt.com A day after Julian Assange was arrested, Democratic presidential hopeful Bernie Sanders took the time to post a video… about himself. Fans quickly flooded the comments, demanding that Sanders take a stand for Assange.

Consortiumnews (2019-04-12). THE ANGRY ARAB: How Arabs Watch Israeli Elections. consortiumnews.com The view is no different from how South African blacks regarded elections of whites in apartheid South Africa, writes As'ad AbuKhalil. By As`ad AbuKhalil Special to Consortium News Israeli elections are treated by U.S. media as an American affair. It… Read more →

Human Rights Watch (2019-04-12). Burundi: Expelled for Doodles. hrw.org The release of six schoolgirls and one boy, arrested last month for doodling on the Burundian president's photo and charged with "insulting the head of state", is not the end of their woes. | In a letter dated March 20, the director at the Akamuri school accused five of the seven children arrested on March 12 — aged 13 to 17 years old —, of "falsifying their schoolbooks," a violation of school regulations, and expelled them permanently from the school. | People are showing support for a group of Burundian schoo…

RT (2019-04-12). Chaos at college talk as protester squirts unknown liquid at conservative speaker (VIDEOS). rt.com A protestor was arrested Thursday night for spraying conservative political commentator Michael Knowles with an unknown substance at an event at the University of Missouri, Kansas City.

Kurt Nimmo (2019-04-12). Open Letter to President Trump on the Arrest of Julian Assange. globalresearch.ca Mr. President, | Your Deep State handlers have finally managed to have WikiLeaks publisher and editor Julian Assange dragged out of the Ecuadorian embassy in London and arrested. He faces extradition to the United States where more than a few people …

Anne Janks (2019-04-12). Groundbreaking Oakland Policy on Probation/Parole Police Stops. indybay.org Oakland's Police Commission unanimously passed a new policy which requires that police officers have an actual reason to search a person on probation or parole for a non-violent offence. OPD statistics show that random searches based solely on the person being on probation or parole do not promote public safety and little evidence of criminal activity is found. The new policy covers Oakland residents and visitors on probation, parole, mandatory supervision, or post-release community supervision (PRCS).

John Pilger (2019-04-12). The Assange Arrest is a Warning From History. counterpunch.org The glimpse of Julian Assange being dragged from the Ecuadorean embassy in London is an emblem of the times. Might against right. Muscle against the law. Indecency against courage. Six policemen manhandled a sick journalist, his eyes wincing against his first natural light in almost seven years. That this outrage happened in the heart of London, in the land of Magna Carta, ought to shame and anger all who fear for "democratic" societies. Assange is a political refugee protected by international law, the recipient of asylum under a strict covenant to which Britain is a signatory. The United Nations made this clear…

STAFF (2019-04-12). Assange Arrested for Exposing U.S. War Crimes — Paul Jay. therealnews.com Wikileaks released Manning's leaked documents and exposed multiple crimes committed by the U.S. government and armed forces — Jay says this is getting lost in the corporate media coverage of Assange's arrest; when he was arrested, Assange carried a copy of TRNN's book "Gore Vidal on the History of the National Security State" which was…

Human Rights Watch (2019-04-12). Lebanon: Refer Torture Case to Civilian Court. hrw.org (Beirut) — Lebanese judicial authorities should move the Ziad Itani torture case to the regular criminal courts, The Legal Agenda, Amnesty International, and Human Rights Watch said today. The Military Prosecution summoned Itani for a hearing on April 12, 2019, in violation of Lebanese law, which states that torture cases against security officials should be heard in civilian, not military, courts. | | | Ziad Itani | © Private | Itani, a well-known actor…

WSWS (2019-04-12). Australian police dismissed death threat by Christchurch terrorist. wsws.org The revelation demolishes claims by Australian and New Zealand authorities that the fascist Brenton Tarrant was not "on the radar" of any state agencies.

Democracy Now! (2019-04-12). Headlines for April 12, 2019. democracynow.org Julian Assange's Lawyers Vow to Fight His Extradition to the United States, Ecuadorean Ex-President Criticizes Successor for Allowing Assange to Be Arrested, Trump Claims "I Know Nothing About WikiLeaks" Despite Praising Site Repeatedly in 2016, Sudanese Protesters Denounce Military Rule, Call for Civilian Government, Report: White House Pushed Plan to Send Migrants to Sanctuary Cities to Punish Dems, Official Who Compared Family Detention Centers to Summer Camps Set to Become Head of ICE, More Offshore Drilling Feared as Senate Confirms Ex-Oil Lobbyist to Head Interior, Report: Amazon, Netflix, IBM, Chevron Paid…

Nozomi Hayase (2019-04-12). Why Julian Assange's Extradition Must Be Opposed at All Costs. counterpunch.org On Thursday, WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange was arrested by the UK police inside the Ecuadorian embassy in London, where he was granted political asylum in 2012. This termination of asylum by Ecuador in violation of international law comes a week after WikiLeaks warned the public it had received information from two high-level Ecuadorian government sources More

Glenn Greenwald (2019-04-12). The U.S. Government's Indictment of Julian Assange Poses Grave Threats to Press Freedom. theintercept.com The indictment of Julian Assange unsealed today by the Trump Justice Department poses grave threats to press freedoms, not only in the U.S. but around the world. The charging document and accompanying extradition request from the U.S. government, used by the U.K. police to arrest Assange once Ecuador officially withdrew its asylum protection, seeks to crim…

Andrea Germanos, staff writer (2019-04-12). Threatening 'Swift' Retaliation if US, Israel, or Allies Probed, Trump Celebrates ICC's Rejected War Crimes Probe as 'Major International Victory'. commondreams.org Victims' advocates called the court's decision "a grave disappointment for survivors of war-on-terror era torture who have waited nearly two decades for justice" | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…

Vanessa Mbonu@naacpnet (2019-04-11). NAACP'S RESPONSE TO THE ARREST OF SUSPECT IN THE LOUISIANA CHURCH BURNINGS. naacp.org BALTIMORE — The NAACP issued the following statement regarding the arrest of Holden Matthews in connection to fires at three historically Black churches in Louisiana: "The arrest of Holden Matthews for the horrific burnings of Black churches in Louisiana is just another example of the hate-fueled times that we live in. In African-American communities in …

STAFF (2019-04-11). Students, Residents Protest Johns Hopkins ICE Contracts and Private Police. therealnews.com As student occupation continues, professors join in calls for the university to abandon plan for armed police…

Tom Coburg (2019-04-11). The attempted extradition of Julian Assange risks 'criminalising journalism'. thecanary.co The Met Police has confirmed that the UK has received an extradition request from the US relating to WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange. This follows … | Read more The attempted extradition of Julian Assange risks 'criminalising journalism' | By Tom Coburg

United Nations (2019-04-11). UN experts warn Assange arrest exposes him to risk of serious human rights violations. un.org Independent UN rights experts on Thursday said the arrest of Wikileaks co-founder Julian Assange by police in the United Kingdom, after the Ecuadorian Government decided to stop granting him asylum in their London embassy, exposed him to "the risk of serious human rights violations", if extradited to the United States.

teleSUR (2019-04-11). Chileans Join Nationwide Protests Against Piñera's Government. telesurenglish.net "No more abuses, no more layoffs, no more neoliberalism" was shouted by the thousands of Chileans who joined a nation-wide protest against President Sebastian Piñera's right-wing government, organized by the Chilean communist Central Workers Union (CUT). | RELATED: | Chile: Mapuche Community Call for Marches Against Police Militarization | In 33 cities across the country, including Santiago, the CUT, Teachers' Union, National Association of Public Employees (ANEF), Nati…

Fréa Lockley (2019-04-11). Assange's arrest shows us very clearly who supports freedom of speech, and who doesn't. thecanary.co On 11 April, police arrested WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange at the Ecuadorian embassy in London. It's since emerged that the US government is trying … | Read more Assange's arrest shows us very clearly who supports freedom of speech, and who doesn't | By Fréa Lockley

Human Rights Watch (2019-04-11). Greece in Denial About Police Detention of Lone Kids. hrw.org | | Unaccompanied children line up for an evening meal at a detention facility run by the Greek police.
| © 2015 Kelly Lynn Lunde | The European Court of Human Rights recently confirmed what many have long known: that Greece's practice of locking up unaccompanied migrant and asylum-seeking children in police cells and detention centers leads to serious rights abuses. | But despite that ruling, as of March 30, 82 unaccompanied children were still detained in so-called "protective custody," held in police station cel…

Human Rights Watch (2019-04-11). Connecticut poised to provide free calls to prisoners. hrw.org | | An inmate makes a phone call from his cell at the Orange County jail in Santa Ana, California, May 24, 2011. | © 2011 Reuters | Connecticut's House Judiciary Committee voted this week to advance a bill that would provide free phone, video calls, and email, for the 14,000 people held in state custody. The high cost of these services discourages…

Fréa Lockley (2019-04-11). Julian Assange arrested by the Met police after Ecuador withdraws his asylum. thecanary.co WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange has been arrested by the Metropolitan Police Service. Assange had been living at the Ecuadorian embassy for seven years as … | Read more Julian Assange arrested by the Met police after Ecuador withdraws his asylum | By Fréa Lockley

Chris Hedges (2019-04-11). The Martyrdom of Julian Assange. truthdig.com The arrest Thursday of Julian Assange eviscerates all pretense of the rule of law and the rights of a free press. The illegalities, embraced by the Ecuadorian, British and U.S. governments, in the seizure of Assange are ominous. They presage a world where the internal workings, abuses, corruption, lies and crimes, especially war crimes, carried out by corporate states and the global ruling elite will be masked from the public. They presage a world where those with the courage and integrity to expose the misuse of power will be hunted down, tortured, subjected to sham trials and given lifetime prison terms in soli…

Democracy Now! (2019-04-11). Julian Assange of WikiLeaks Arrested in London; Faces U.S. Charge Related to Chelsea Manning Leaks. democracynow.org WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange has been arrested in London. Earlier today, British police forcibly removed Assange from the Ecuadorean Embassy in London, where he has been living since 2012. London's Metropolitan Police said in a statement that Assange was arrested on behalf of the United States authorities. The U.S. has charged Assange with helping Army whistleblower Chelsea Manning hack a government computer. The indictment was unsealed shortly after his arrest. We speak to Renata àÅvila, a member of Assange's legal team, as well as British human rights attorney Geoffrey Robertson, Pulitzer Prize-winnin…

Robert Mackey (2019-04-11). Julian Assange Arrested in London After Ecuador Withdraws Asylum; U.S. Requests Extradition. theintercept.com This breaking news report was last updated at 5: 27 p.m. EDT. | Julian Assange, the WikiLeaks founder, was arrested on Thursday inside Ecuador's Embassy in London, where he had lived since 2012 under diplomatic protection. London's Metropolitan Police Service said in a statement its officers were "invited into the embassy by the Ambassador, following the Ecuadorian government's withdrawal of asylum." | Video of Assange being dragged from the embassy was captured on a livestream set up by Ruptly, a Russian government news agency. | Assange's l…

Democracy Now! (2019-04-11). Headlines for April 11, 2019. democracynow.org British Police Arrest WikiLeaks Founder Julian Assange, Sudan: Military Overthrows Pres. al-Bashir After Months of Protests, Dems Demand Evidence After AG Barr Tells Senators FBI Spied on Trump Campaign, ICE Acting Dir. Leaves Post in Ongoing Purge of Immigration Officials, Politico: Trump Considering Ex-Head of Hate Group for DHS Role, Dems Introduce Bill to Reverse Trump's Muslim & Anti-Refugee Bans, Israel: Netanyahu Declares Victory as Gov't Moves Further to Right, India: Elections Kick Off as Hindu Nationalist PM Modi Seeks 2nd Term, EU Leaders Extend Brexit Deadline to Oct. 31, Louisiana: Suspect Arrested o…

WSWS (2019-04-11). British police arrest Julian Assange in Ecuadorian embassy. wsws.org "Assange's expulsion from the embassy and his arrest are unprecedented crimes," said James Cogan, the national secretary of the SEP (Australia). "A journalist and publisher, who has committed no crime, has had his asylum terminated and has been dragged off to prison in violation of repeated UN rulings upholding his status as a political refugee."

Kevin Gosztola (2019-04-11). Justice Department Charges Julian Assange With Computer Crime But Alleges Conspiracy To Abet Espionage. shadowproof.com April 11, 2019 (3: 02 PM): This article has been updated to include a statement from Chelsea Manning's attorneys. |
| The United States Justice Department dramatically escalated its political prosecution of WikiLeaks editor-in-chief Julian Assange. Their efforts are aimed at criminalizing a journalist—and more broadly, a media organization—for allegedly aiding and abetting the disclosure of classified information and publishing that information on the internet. | Assange was expelled from the Ecuador embassy in the United Kingdom and arrested by British police on April 11. The expulsion and arrest…

2019-04-12: Social Media Postees

Suspect in Church Burnings Influenced by 'Black Metal' Music, Police Say, But Not All Black Metal is the Same
Michael Edison Hayden | splcenter.org | 2019-04-12
Holden Matthews, the 21-year-old man accused of burning three historically black churches in Louisiana, was influenced by "black metal," police say — a music genre sometimes tied to organized hate.
splcenter.org/hatewatch/2019/04/12/suspect-church-burnings-influenced-black-metal-music-police-say-not-all-black-metal-same

Chomsky: Arrest of Assange Is "Scandalous" and Highlights Shocking Extraterritorial Reach of U.S
Democracy Now! | democracynow.org | 2019-04-12
Attorneys for WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange are vowing to fight his possible extradition to the United States following his arrest in London, when British police forcibly removed Assange from the Ecuadorean Embassy, where he had taken asylum for almost seven years. On Thursday night, Democracy Now!'s Amy Goodman spoke to Noam Chomsky about Assange's arrest, WikiLeaks and American power.
www.democracynow.org/2019/4/12/chomsky_a…

The Assange Arrest Is a Warning from History
John Pilger | globalresearch.ca | 2019-04-12
The glimpse of Julian Assange being dragged from the Ecuadorean embassy in London is an emblem of the times. Might against right. Muscle against the law. Indecency against courage. Six policemen manhandled a sick journalist, his eyes wincing against his …
globalresearch.ca/assange-arrest-warning-history/5674239

The Assange Arrest is a Warning From History
John Pilger | telesurenglish.net | 2019-04-12
The glimpse of Julian Assange being dragged from the Ecuadorean embassy in London is an emblem of the times. Might against right. Muscle against the law. Indecency against courage. Six policemen manhandled a sick journalist, his eyes wincing against his first natural light in almost seven years. | RELATED: | Ecuador Failed to Notify Assange's Defense of Asylum Withdrawal: Lawyer | That this outrage happened in the heart of London, in the land of Magna Carta, ought to sh…
telesurenglish.net/news/The-Assange-Arrest-is-a-Warning-From-History-20190412-0017.html

USA v. Julian Assange: DOJ Indictment on Phony Charge Revealed
Stephen Lendman | globalresearch.ca | 2019-04-12
Following Assange's Thursday arrest by UK police in Ecuador's London embassy after his asylum status was illegally rescinded by President Lenin Moreno, acting in cahoots with the US and Britain, the DOJ confirmed what's widely known. | Its spokeswoman Nicole …
globalresearch.ca/usa-julian-assange-doj-indictment-phony-charge-revealed/5674255

Free Julian Assange! Stand Up for Press Freedom!
Dave Lindorff | counterpunch.org | 2019-04-12
The arrest by British Metropolitan Police of Wikileaks founder Julian Assange, dragged unceremonially out of the Ecuadoran Embassy in London on a charge of failure to appear for a court hearing on an expired (and trumped-up) accusation in Sweden of sexual assault, is a grave and terrible threat to independent journalism and to the US Constitution's First…
counterpunch.org/2019/04/12/free-julian-assange-stand-up-for-press-freedom/

Madonna Plays Apartheid
Kenn Orphan | counterpunch.org | 2019-04-12
It may be difficult for some to understand the impact that a pop icon has on social and political events, but these cultural figures possess enormous psychological sway in the minds of millions. Their actions make a difference. So it can be quite jarring when one of those icons goes against the justified demands of…
counterpunch.org/2019/04/12/madonna-plays-apartheid/

Indonesia Probes Possible Overseas Electoral Fraud in Malaysia
teleSUR | telesurenglish.net | 2019-04-12
Several suspicious videos suggesting that ballots for Indonesia's April 17 elections have been tampered with has resulted in an investigation by the Election Commission, according to an announcement by the body's officials Thursday. | RELATED: | Indonesia Threatens to Withdraw From Paris Agreement Over Palm Oil | One video shows footage of police officers at a Malaysian warehouse in the Selangor state with people holding ballots that have been marked in favor of members of…
telesurenglish.net/news/Indonesia-Probes-Possible-Overseas-Electoral-Fraud-in-Malaysia-20190412-0006.html

'The Promise and Hope' of 'The Chi'
Lisa Beringer | progressive.org | 2019-04-12
I braced for the stock situations common in inner city dramas: crooked cops, infighting amongst gangs, murders, and revenge. I found something else.
progressive.org/dispatches/the-promise-and-hope-of-the-chi-beringer-190412/

Lebanon: Refer Torture Case to Civilian Court
Human Rights Watch | hrw.org | 2019-04-12
(Beirut) — Lebanese judicial authorities should move the Ziad Itani torture case to the regular criminal courts, The Legal Agenda, Amnesty International, and Human Rights Watch said today. The Military Prosecution summoned Itani for a hearing on April 12, 2019, in violation of Lebanese law, which states that torture cases against security officials should be heard in civilian, not military, courts. | Ziad Itani | © Private | Itani, a well-known actor…
hrw.org/news/2019/04/12/lebanon-refer-torture-case-civilian-court

Pardoning Assange Would be the First Step Back Toward Rule of Law
Thomas Knapp | counterpunch.org | 2019-04-12
On April 11, the ongoing saga of journalist and transparency activist Julian Assange took a dangerous turn. Ecuador's president, Lenin Moreno, revoked his asylum in that country's London embassy. British police immediately arrested him — supposedly pursuant to his "crime" of jumping bail on an invalid arrest warrant in an investigation since dropped without charges…
counterpunch.org/2019/04/12/pardoning-assange-would-be-the-first-step-back-toward-rule-of-law-2/

Espionage? Computer Crimes? The DOJ's Cast Against Wikileaks Founder Julian Assange
Kevin Gosztola | mintpressnews.com | 2019-04-12
The United States Justice Department dramatically escalated its political prosecution of WikiLeaks editor-in-chief Julian Assange. Their efforts are aimed at criminalizing a journalist–and more broadly, a media organization–for allegedly aiding and abetting the disclosure of classified information and publishing that information on the internet. | Assange was expelled from the Ecuador embassy in the United Kingdom and arrested by British police on April 11. The expulsion and arrest was linked to an indictment and extradition request that was filed many months ago by the United States government. | He…
mintpressnews.com/espionage-computer-crimes-the-dojs-cast-against-wikileaks-founder-julian-assange/257353/

Groundbreaking Oakland Policy on Probation/Parole Police Stops
Anne Janks | indybay.org | 2019-04-12
Oakland's Police Commission unanimously passed a new policy which requires that police officers have an actual reason to search a person on probation or parole for a non-violent offence. OPD statistics show that random searches based solely on the person being on probation or parole do not promote public safety and little evidence of criminal activity is found. The new policy covers Oakland residents and visitors on probation, parole, mandatory supervision, or post-release community supervision (PRCS).
indybay.org/newsitems/2019/04/12/18822714.php

Assange Arrested for Exposing U.S. War Crimes — Paul Jay
STAFF | therealnews.com | 2019-04-12
Wikileaks released Manning's leaked documents and exposed multiple crimes committed by the U.S. government and armed forces — Jay says this is getting lost in the corporate media coverage of Assange's arrest; when he was arrested, Assange carried a copy of TRNN's book "Gore Vidal on the History of the National Security State" which was…
therealnews.com/stories/assange-arrested-for-exposing-u-s-war-crimes-paul-jay

Julian Assange of Wikileaks was arrested by cops in London
Lynda Carson | indybay.org | 2019-04-12
Double crossed by the Ecuadorian Ambassador and the Ecuadorian government's withdrawal of asylum, in an urgent tweet from WikiLeaks it said, "Ecuador has illegally terminated Julian Assange's political asylum in violation of international law. He was arrested by the British police inside the Ecuadorian embassy on April 11, 2019!
indybay.org/newsitems/2019/04/11/18822687.php

The U.S. Government's Indictment of Julian Assange Poses Grave Threats to Press Freedom
Glenn Greenwald | theintercept.com | 2019-04-12
The indictment of Julian Assange unsealed today by the Trump Justice Department poses grave threats to press freedoms, not only in the U.S. but around the world. The charging document and accompanying extradition request from the U.S. government, used by the U.K. police to arrest Assange once Ecuador officially withdrew its asylum protection, seeks to crim…
theintercept.com/2019/04/11/the-u-s-governments-indictment-of-julian-assange-poses-grave-threats-to-press-freedoms/

Citing Assange's Work Exposing US 'Atrocities,' UK Labour Leaders Speak Out Against Extradition Effort
Jessica Corbett, staff writer | commondreams.org | 2019-04-12
Key figures in the United Kingdom's Labour Party are speaking out against the possible extradition of Julian Assange to the United States after British police arrested the WikiLeaks founder and forcibly dragged him out of the Ecuadorian Embassy in London Thursday. | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…
commondreams.org/news/2019/04/12/citing-assanges-work-exposing-us-atrocities-uk-labour-leaders-speak-out-against?cd-origin=rss

Open Letter to President Trump on the Arrest of Julian Assange
Kurt Nimmo | globalresearch.ca | 2019-04-12
Mr. President, | Your Deep State handlers have finally managed to have WikiLeaks publisher and editor Julian Assange dragged out of the Ecuadorian embassy in London and arrested. He faces extradition to the United States where more than a few people …
globalresearch.ca/open-letter-president-trump-arrest-julian-assange/5674203

THE ANGRY ARAB: How Arabs Watch Israeli Elections
Consortiumnews | consortiumnews.com | 2019-04-12
The view is no different from how South African blacks regarded elections of whites in apartheid South Africa, writes As'ad AbuKhalil. By As`ad AbuKhalil Special to Consortium News Israeli elections are treated by U.S. media as an American affair. It… Read more ?…
consortiumnews.com/2019/04/11/how-arabs-watch-israeli-elections/

Why Julian Assange's Extradition Must Be Opposed at All Costs
Nozomi Hayase | counterpunch.org | 2019-04-12
On Thursday, WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange was arrested by the UK police inside the Ecuadorian embassy in London, where he was granted political asylum in 2012. This termination of asylum by Ecuador in violation of international law comes a week after WikiLeaks warned the public it had received information from two high-level Ecuadorian government sources…
counterpunch.org/2019/04/12/why-julian-assanges-extradition-must-be-opposed-at-all-costs/

Glenn Greenwald lays into fellow journalists for celebrating Assange's arrest
Bryan Wall | thecanary.co | 2019-04-12
Julian Assange has been arrested by the Met Police. Police entered the Ecuadorian embassy after its government withdrew his asylum. Journalists filmed Assange being … | Read more Glenn Greenwald lays into fellow journalists for celebrating Assange's arrest | By Bryan Wall…
thecanary.co/trending/2019/04/12/glenn-greenwald-lays-into-fellow-journalists-for-celebrating-assanges-arrest/

Chaos at college talk as protester squirts unknown liquid at conservative speaker (VIDEOS)
RT | rt.com | 2019-04-12
A protestor was arrested Thursday night for spraying conservative political commentator Michael Knowles with an unknown substance at an event at the University of Missouri, Kansas City. | …
rt.com/usa/456356-protester-michael-knowles-liquid/

Burundi: Expelled for Doodles
Human Rights Watch | hrw.org | 2019-04-12
The release of six schoolgirls and one boy, arrested last month for doodling on the Burundian president's photo and charged with "insulting the head of state", is not the end of their woes. | In a letter dated March 20, the director at the Akamuri school accused five of the seven children arrested on March 12 — aged 13 to 17 years old –, of "falsifying their schoolbooks," a violation of school regulations, and expelled them permanently from the school. | People are showing support for a group of Burundian schoo…
hrw.org/news/2019/04/12/burundi-expelled-doodles

The US Government is Still Fighting to Keep the Truth About CIA Torture Secret
Derrick Broze | theantimedia.com | 2019-04-12
The U.S. government is still afraid to reveal the full extent of torture used on terror suspects in the years following the 9/11 attacks, but do the American people even care anymore? (TMU) — A recent report by The New York Times explores the case of Majid Khan, a prisoner of the United States who plead …

The US Government is Still Fighting to Keep the Truth About CIA Torture Secret

Berniecrats feeling burned as Sanders keeps mum on Assange's arrest
RT | rt.com | 2019-04-12
A day after Julian Assange was arrested, Democratic presidential hopeful Bernie Sanders took the time to post a video… about himself. Fans quickly flooded the comments, demanding that Sanders take a stand for Assange. | …
rt.com/usa/456328-sanders-ignores-assange-arrest/

Threatening 'Swift' Retaliation if US, Israel, or Allies Probed, Trump Celebrates ICC's Rejected War Crimes Probe as 'Major International Victory'
Andrea Germanos, staff writer | commondreams.org | 2019-04-12
Victims' advocates called the court's decision "a grave disappointment for survivors of war-on-terror era torture who have waited nearly two decades for justice" | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…
commondreams.org/news/2019/04/12/threatening-swift-retaliation-if-us-israel-or-allies-probed-trump-celebrates-iccs?cd-origin=rss

The Assange Arrest is a Warning From History
John Pilger | counterpunch.org | 2019-04-12
The glimpse of Julian Assange being dragged from the Ecuadorean embassy in London is an emblem of the times. Might against right. Muscle against the law. Indecency against courage. Six policemen manhandled a sick journalist, his eyes wincing against his first natural light in almost seven years. That this outrage happened in the heart of London, in the land of Magna Carta, ought to shame and anger all who fear for "democratic" societies. Assange is a political refugee protected by international law, the recipient of asylum under a strict covenant to which Britain is a signatory. The United Nations made this clear…
counterpunch.org/2019/04/12/the-assange-arrest-is-a-warning-from-history/

Benjamin Netanyahu's Reelection Underlines Israel's Apartheid Reality
Saree Makdisi | commondreams.org | 2019-04-12
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, accompanied by his wife Sara, greets supporters at the Likud Party headquarters in Tel Aviv on election night early on April 10. (Photo: Thomas Coex / AFP / Getty Images) | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…
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Julian Assange arrested: The warmakers' assault on free press
ANSWER Coalition | liberationnews.org | 2019-04-12
Wikileaks founder Julian Assange's arrest by UK authorities on behalf of the United States is a craven attempt by the Pentagon war machine and the rest of the imperial establishment to silence one of their most prominent critics.
liberationnews.org/julian-assange-arrested-the-warmakers-assault-on-free-press/

Assange Has Been Arrested for US Extradition
Caitlin Johnstone | indybay.org | 2019-04-12
Extradited for journalism. In a blur, everything that Assange and WikiLeaks have been warning about for years has been proven correct, contrary to mountains of claims to the contrary by establishment loyalists everywhere. The same government which tortured Chelsea Manning is in the process of extraditing her publisher so that they can silence him forever.
indybay.org/newsitems/2019/04/12/18822709.php

Chief Mills to 'Present' BearCat to Public
Santa Cruz Police News | indybay.org | 2019-04-12
In an email to the Santa Cruz Police Chief's Advisory Committee, it was announced that Police Chief Andrew Mills is planning to host a community presentation of the Santa Cruz Police Department's BearCat (Ballistic Engineered Armored Response Counter Attack Truck) on May 4. The vehicle was purchased by SCPD with the approval of the Santa Cruz City Council in 2015, despite large protests from the community over the militarization of police.
indybay.org/newsitems/2019/04/10/18822677.php

Australian police dismissed death threat by Christchurch terrorist
WSWS | wsws.org | 2019-04-12
The revelation demolishes claims by Australian and New Zealand authorities that the fascist Brenton Tarrant was not "on the radar" of any state agencies.
www.wsws.org/en/articles/2019/04/12/tarr…

ICC Refuses to Investigate Crimes in Afghanistan, Including U.S. Torture
commondreams | commondreams.org | 2019-04-12
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commondreams.org/newswire/2019/04/12/icc-refuses-investigate-crimes-afghanistan-including-us-torture?cd-origin=rss

NAACP'S RESPONSE TO THE ARREST OF SUSPECT IN THE LOUISIANA CHURCH BURNINGS
Vanessa Mbonu@naacpnet | naacp.org | 2019-04-11
BALTIMORE — The NAACP issued the following statement regarding the arrest of Holden Matthews in connection to fires at three historically Black churches in Louisiana: "The arrest of Holden Matthews for the horrific burnings of Black churches in Louisiana is just another example of the hate-fueled times that we live in. In African-American communities in …
naacp.org/latest/naacps-response-arrest-suspect-louisiana-church-burnings/

The attempted extradition of Julian Assange risks 'criminalising journalism'
Tom Coburg | thecanary.co | 2019-04-11
The Met Police has confirmed that the UK has received an extradition request from the US relating to WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange. This follows … | Read more The attempted extradition of Julian Assange risks 'criminalising journalism' | By Tom Coburg…
thecanary.co/global/2019/04/11/the-attempted-extradition-of-julian-assange-risks-criminalising-journalism/

Chileans Join Nationwide Protests Against Piñera's Government
teleSUR | telesurenglish.net | 2019-04-11
"No more abuses, no more layoffs, no more neoliberalism" was shouted by the thousands of Chileans who joined a nation-wide protest against President Sebastian Piñera's right-wing government, organized by the Chilean communist Central Workers Union (CUT). | RELATED: | Chile: Mapuche Community Call for Marches Against Police Militarization | In 33 cities across the country, including Santiago, the CUT, Teachers' Union, National Association of Public Employees (ANEF), Nati…
telesurenglish.net/news/Chileans-Join-Nationwide-Protests-Against-Pineras-Government-20190411-0038.html

UN experts warn Assange arrest exposes him to risk of serious human rights violations
United Nations | un.org | 2019-04-11
Independent UN rights experts on Thursday said the arrest of Wikileaks co-founder Julian Assange by police in the United Kingdom, after the Ecuadorian Government decided to stop granting him asylum in their London embassy, exposed him to "the risk of serious human rights violations", if extradited to the United States.
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Students, Residents Protest Johns Hopkins ICE Contracts and Private Police
STAFF | therealnews.com | 2019-04-11
As student occupation continues, professors join in calls for the university to abandon plan for armed police…
therealnews.com/stories/students-residents-protest-johns-hopkins-ice-contracts-and-private-police

Emergency Meeting for Assange
Consortiumnews | consortiumnews.com | 2019-04-11
Kim Dotcom led an emergency meeting on the day Julian Assange was arrested. Read more ?…
consortiumnews.com/2019/04/11/emergency-meeting-for-assange-live/

Julian Assange of WikiLeaks Arrested in London; Faces U.S. Charge Related to Chelsea Manning Leaks
Democracy Now! | democracynow.org | 2019-04-11
WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange has been arrested in London. Earlier today, British police forcibly removed Assange from the Ecuadorean Embassy in London, where he has been living since 2012. London's Metropolitan Police said in a statement that Assange was arrested on behalf of the United States authorities. The U.S. has charged Assange with helping Army whistleblower Chelsea Manning hack a government computer. The indictment was unsealed shortly after his arrest. We speak to Renata àÅvila, a member of Assange's legal team, as well as British human rights attorney Geoffrey Robertson, Pulitzer Prize-winnin…
www.democracynow.org/2019/4/11/julian_as…

Moreno Withdraws Asylum as Assange is Arrested
Consortiumnews | consortiumnews.com | 2019-04-11
The WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange has been arrested after the Ecuadorian president, Lenin Moreno, withdrew Assange's asylum, in a move that runs counter to international asylum law. Charged With Conspiracy to Hack Government Computer; Not Espionage WikiLeaks tweeted that Ecuador… Read more ?…
consortiumnews.com/2019/04/11/breaking-moreno-withdraws-asylum-as-assange-is-arrested/

The Martyrdom of Julian Assange
Chris Hedges | truthdig.com | 2019-04-11
The arrest Thursday of Julian Assange eviscerates all pretense of the rule of law and the rights of a free press. The illegalities, embraced by the Ecuadorian, British and U.S. governments, in the seizure of Assange are ominous. They presage a world where the internal workings, abuses, corruption, lies and crimes, especially war crimes, carried out by corporate states and the global ruling elite will be masked from the public. They presage a world where those with the courage and integrity to expose the misuse of power will be hunted down, tortured, subjected to sham trials and given lifetime prison terms in soli…
truthdig.com/articles/the-martyrdom-of-julian-assange/

"Bring It On": Julian Assange's 2015 Message to the U.S. Justice Department About Possible Charges
Democracy Now! | democracynow.org | 2019-04-11
Earlier today, WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange was arrested in London and is now facing charges in the U.S. for helping Army whistleblower Chelsea Manning hack a government computer. We reair part of our 2015 interview with Assange from inside the Ecuadorean Embassy, where he had sought asylum. | "See full archive of Democracy Now's interviews with Julian Assange": www.democracynow.org/appearances/julian_…
www.democracynow.org/2019/4/11/bring_it_…

British police arrest Julian Assange in Ecuadorian embassy
WSWS | wsws.org | 2019-04-11
"Assange's expulsion from the embassy and his arrest are unprecedented crimes," said James Cogan, the national secretary of the SEP (Australia). "A journalist and publisher, who has committed no crime, has had his asylum terminated and has been dragged off to prison in violation of repeated UN rulings upholding his status as a political refugee."
www.wsws.org/en/articles/2019/04/11/arre…

Assange's arrest shows us very clearly who supports freedom of speech, and who doesn't
Fréa Lockley | thecanary.co | 2019-04-11
On 11 April, police arrested WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange at the Ecuadorian embassy in London. It's since emerged that the US government is trying … | Read more Assange's arrest shows us very clearly who supports freedom of speech, and who doesn't | By Fréa Lockley…
thecanary.co/trending/2019/04/11/assanges-arrest-shows-us-very-clearly-who-supports-freedom-of-speech-and-who-doesnt/

Julian Assange arrested in London… who is still safe?
unitedEditor | uwidata.com | 2019-04-11
Ecuadorian authorities revoked Julian Assange's asylum and then allowed police to arrest him inside the country's London embassy. The founder of WikiLeaks was detained inside the embassy on Thursday, with seven men dragging him out of the building and into police custody. The former president of Ecuador Rafael Correa has already condemned current president Lenin …
uwidata.com/3057-julian-assange-arrested-in-london-who-is-still-safe/

As Brazil descends into fascism, UK MPs call for the 'world's most prominent political prisoner' to be freed
John McEvoy | thecanary.co | 2019-04-11
Former presidential frontrunner Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva — known as Lula — was jailed in April 2018. One year later, his prosecutors are … | Read more As Brazil descends into fascism, UK MPs call for the 'world's most prominent political prisoner' to be freed | By John McEvoy…
thecanary.co/discovery/analysis-discovery/2019/04/11/as-brazil-descends-into-fascism-uk-mps-call-for-the-worlds-most-prominent-political-prisoner-to-be-freed/

Justice Department Charges Julian Assange With Computer Crime But Alleges Conspiracy To Abet Espionage
Kevin Gosztola | shadowproof.com | 2019-04-11
April 11, 2019 (3: 02 PM): This article has been updated to include a statement from Chelsea Manning's attorneys. | | The United States Justice Department dramatically escalated its political prosecution of WikiLeaks editor-in-chief Julian Assange. Their efforts are aimed at criminalizing a journalist–and more broadly, a media organization–for allegedly aiding and abetting the disclosure of classified information and publishing that information on the internet. | Assange was expelled from the Ecuador embassy in the United Kingdom and arrested by British police on April 11. The expulsion and arrest…
shadowproof.com/2019/04/11/justice-department-charges-julian-assange-with-computer-crime-but-alleges-conspiracy-to-abet-espionage/

Julian Assange Arrested in London After Ecuador Withdraws Asylum; U.S. Requests Extradition
Robert Mackey | theintercept.com | 2019-04-11
This breaking news report was last updated at 5: 27 p.m. EDT. | Julian Assange, the WikiLeaks founder, was arrested on Thursday inside Ecuador's Embassy in London, where he had lived since 2012 under diplomatic protection. London's Metropolitan Police Service said in a statement its officers were "invited into the embassy by the Ambassador, following the Ecuadorian government's withdrawal of asylum." | Video of Assange being dragged from the embassy was captured on a livestream set up by Ruptly, a Russian government news agency. | Assange's l…
theintercept.com/2019/04/11/julian-assange-arrested-london-ecuador-withdraws-asylum/

Julian Assange arrested by the Met police after Ecuador withdraws his asylum
Fréa Lockley | thecanary.co | 2019-04-11
WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange has been arrested by the Metropolitan Police Service. Assange had been living at the Ecuadorian embassy for seven years as … | Read more Julian Assange arrested by the Met police after Ecuador withdraws his asylum | By Fréa Lockley…
thecanary.co/discovery/news-discovery/2019/04/11/julian-assange-arrested-by-the-met-police-after-ecuador-withdraws-his-asylum/