Daily Archives: April 15, 2019

2019-04-15: News Headlines

John Pilger (2019-04-15). The Assange Arrest is a Warning from History. dissidentvoice.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 …

teleSUR (2019-04-15). Ecuador's Moreno Says Assange Tried to Use Its Embassy to Spy. telesurenglish.net WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange repeatedly violated his asylum conditions and tried to use the Ecuadorian embassy in London as a center for spying, Ecuador's President Lenin Moreno told Britain's Guardian newspaper. | RELATED: | Chomsky: Assange and Lula the Same Case to Silence Their Voices | London police dragged Assange out of the embassy on Thursday after his seven-year asylum was revoked, paving the way for his extradition to the United States for one of the biggest ever…

Federico Pieraccini (2019-04-15). Julian Assange Is Guilty Only of Revealing the Evil Soul of US Imperialism. globalresearch.ca Julian Assange was bundled away by British police after Lenin Moreno, the president of Ecuador, gave the green light for the expulsion of the Wikileaks publisher from the Ecuadorian embassy in London. Assange's arrest represents an abuse of power, …

Al-Thawra (2019-04-15). Basra struggles to tackle drug abuse problem filling prisons. indybay.org The southern Iraqi city of Basra is struggling to cope with a growing drug problem that has overcrowded prisons and strained police resources, only months after violent protests over poor municipal services. Basra's prison system is clogged up.

Caitlin Johnstone (2019-04-15). 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.

Giorgio Agamben (2019-04-15). Punishing the Past, Impeding the Future: the Arrest of Assange. counterpunch.org I met Assange two years ago at the Embassy of Ecuador in London, and remembering what he had told me during our encounter I think one can understand why he was arrested today. Assange mentioned to me that he was investigating how Google was planning to make use of the immense quantity of information at More

amnesty (2019-04-15). China: Further information: Disappeared activist at risk of torture: Gao Zhisheng. amnesty.org Gao Zhisheng, a former prisoner of conscience and human rights lawyer, is subject to enforced disappearance and may be at high risk of torture and death. No information about his whereabouts are known since he was taken away from his home in Yulin City, Shaanxi, northwest China, on 13 August 2017. Gao Zhisheng previously shared his experience of repeated torture in detention as a result of his work, raising fears that he is at high risk of torture and other ill-treatment or even death.

(2019-04-15). ICC Refuses to Investigate Crimes in Afghanistan, U.S. Torture. globalresearch.ca In what human rights groups call an appalling decision, the ICC Pre-Trial Chamber II decided not to grant the Prosecutor's request to open an investigation into alleged crimes committed in Afghanistan and on the territory of other States Parties implicated …

Human Rights Watch (2019-04-15). South Africa: Attacks on Foreign Nationals. hrw.org | | Hundreds of foreign nationals displaced by xenophobic attacks in Durban on March 27, 2019 take refuge near the Sydenham Police Station. | © 2019 RAJESH JANTILAL/AFP/Getty Images. | (Johannesburg) — Authorities in South Africa should urgently investigate, and arrest and prosecute those responsible for a spate of violence against foreign nationals in Durban from March 25 to April 2, 2019, the South Africa-based African Diaspora Forum and Human Rights Watch…

Anne Janks (2019-04-15). 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).

Michael Howard (2019-04-14). Assange and the Cowardice of Power. dissidentvoice.org Donald Trump has never heard of WikiLeaks, the publishing organization whose work he repeatedly and unequivocally touted during the 2016 election campaign. "I know nothing about WikiLeaks," he told reporters after Julian Assange was illegally arrested, after being illegally detained for seven years, in London. "It's not my thing and I know there is something …

Kim Petersen (2019-04-14). What Now Should People of Conscience Do to Protect Julian Assange? dissidentvoice.org Several headlines have blared "Julian Assange Arrested." This is misleading because Assange has been under de facto arrest ever since the Swedish authorities sought his extradition regarding sex-related allegations. Assange always stated that he was amenable to going to Sweden with a guarantee of no-further extradition to the United States. Sweden refused to accede to …

Dr. Nozomi Hayase (2019-04-14). WikiLeaks' Publication of the Collateral Murder Video, Afghanistan and Iraq Docs, US Diplomatic Cables: Why Assange's Extradition Must be Opposed at All Cost. globalresearch.ca 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 came a week …

teleSUR (2019-04-14). Two Arrested with 167 Rhino Horns in Huge South Africa Haul. telesurenglish.net South African police said on Sunday they had found 167 rhino horns believed to be destined for Asia and nabbed two suspects in a sting operation in the North West province. | RELATED: | Smuggling Shuts Down Komodo Island, Will Impact Locals' Income | The two were arrested on Saturday following a tip-off that there was a car transporting rhino horns. | "We arrested them on Saturday in the Hartbeespoort dam area. They were driving in a vehicle and they were intercepted," Hawks spo…

teleSUR (2019-04-14). Venezuelan Govt Reveals Plans of Far-Right 'Terrorist' Cell. telesurenglish.net Vice President of Communication, Tourism, and Culture of Venezuela, Jorge Rodriguez, revealed Thursday the members and plans of a far-right "terrorist" group called Cocoon 2.0, based off of information provided by Roberto Marrero Borgas and other found in his cellphone after his March 21 capture. | RELATED: | Guaido's 'Terrorist' Collaborator Arrested in Venezuela: Govt | Marrero Borgas alleged "chief of staff" for lawmaker Juan Guaido, was arrested after the Venezuelan intelligence…

Democracy Now! (2019-04-13). Chomsky: Arrest of Assange Is "Scandalous" and Highlights Shocking Extraterritorial Reach of U.S. dissidentvoice.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, …

unitedEditor (2019-04-13). What Wikileaks and Assange have revealed to the world. uwidata.com UWI reviews Wikileaks most important revelations On April 11, 2019, Wikileaks co-founder and editor Julian Assange was imprisoned. After his Ecuadorian citizenship being annulled, he was arrested inside the South American country's embassy in London where he had lived for 7 years. His next court date is set to take place on May 2. While …

susan_p (2019-04-13). John Pilger: Assange arrest is a warning from history. greenleft.org.au 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 cle…

Middle East Monitor (2019-04-13). The Arrest of Julian Assange is an Existential Threat to Journalism. theantimedia.com (MEMO) —Julian Assange, the publisher of WikiLeaks, was hauled by force out the Ecuadorian embassy in London on Thursday. British secret police snatched him at the invitation of the embassy, which had revoked Assange's asylum, first granted in 2012. Despite pretence that the arrest pertains to a minor bail-jumping charge — which would normally result in …

Fight Back (2019-04-13). NYC rallies for the Negros 14, farmers killed by Duterte regime. fightbacknews.org New York, NY – Forty people gathered in front of the Consulate General of the Philippines, April 10, in New York City to demand justice for the Negros 14, and to stop the killings in the Philippines, as part of a global day of action. | The Negros 14 were a group of farmers murdered on March 30, with 12 others being illegally arrested. These murders are part of a continuous campaign by the Duterte government to target peasants and workers in the country. | The action was organized by the International Coalition for Human Rights in the Philippines Northeast and the Malaya Movement Northeast. The crowd chanted and…

amnesty (2019-04-13). Sudan: Investigate role of intelligence chief in protest killings. amnesty.org Responding to the news that Salah Gosh, head of Sudan's National Intelligence and Security Service (NISS), which spearheaded the deadly crackdown against protesters in recent months, has stepped down, Amnesty International's Deputy Regional Director for East Africa, the Horn and the Great Lakes, Sarah Jackson said: | "It is crucial that Sudan's new authorities investigate Salah Gosh's role in the killings of scores of Sudanese protesters over the past four months as well as allegations of torture, arbitrary detention and other human rights violations under his supervision of Sudan's NISS. Resignation from power m…

RT (2019-04-13). 3 NAKED teens attack trooper and lead police on wild car chase (VIDEO). rt.com In a tale that gets more bizarre as more details are revealed, three teenage women who were spotted sunbathing nude are in custody in Florida after assaulting a police officer and leading cops on a high speed pursuit.

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.

STAFF (2019-04-12). Assange Arrest Sparks Interest in Gore Vidal Book. therealnews.com As police pulled Julian Assange out of the the Ecuadorian Embassy in London, the Wikileaks founder held on to a copy of "Gore Vidal: History of the National Security State," a collection of interviews the late author and critic of the security state did with Paul Jay, CEO and editor-in-chief of The Real News Network….

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.

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.

John McEvoy (2019-04-12). Former president slams Ecuador's betrayal of Assange as 'a crime that humanity will never forget'. thecanary.co On 11 April, the Ecuadorian government withdrew WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange's political asylum. According to WikiLeaks, the Ecuadorian ambassador then "invited British police into … | Read more Former president slams Ecuador's betrayal of Assange as 'a crime that humanity will never forget' | By John McEvoy

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.

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…

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 …

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…

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 →

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.

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…

Robert Mackey (2019-04-12). Sweden Could Reopen Rape Investigation of Julian Assange; U.K. Urged to Prioritize Swedish Case Over Extradition to U.S. theintercept.com A woman who says Julian Assange forced himself on her in 2010 while she was sleeping has asked Swedish prosecutors to reopen a rape investigation.

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…

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…

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.

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…

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…

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

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…

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.

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…

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…

Democracy Now! (2019-04-11). "Bring It On": Julian Assange's 2015 Message to the U.S. Justice Department About Possible Charges. democracynow.org 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_…

Consortiumnews (2019-04-11). Emergency Meeting for Assange. consortiumnews.com Kim Dotcom led an emergency meeting on the day Julian Assange was arrested. Read more →

John McEvoy (2019-04-11). As Brazil descends into fascism, UK MPs call for the 'world's most prominent political prisoner' to be freed. thecanary.co 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

unitedEditor (2019-04-11). Julian Assange arrested in London… who is still safe? uwidata.com 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 …

2019-04-15: Social Media Postees

The Assange Arrest is a Warning from History
John Pilger | dissidentvoice.org | 2019-04-15
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 …
dissidentvoice.org/2019/04/the-assange-arrest-is-a-warning-from-history/

Ecuador's Moreno Says Assange Tried to Use Its Embassy to Spy
teleSUR | telesurenglish.net | 2019-04-15
WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange repeatedly violated his asylum conditions and tried to use the Ecuadorian embassy in London as a center for spying, Ecuador's President Lenin Moreno told Britain's Guardian newspaper. | RELATED: | Chomsky: Assange and Lula the Same Case to Silence Their Voices | London police dragged Assange out of the embassy on Thursday after his seven-year asylum was revoked, paving the way for his extradition to the United States for one of the biggest ever…
telesurenglish.net/news/Ecuadors-Moreno-Says-Assange-Tried-to-Use-Its-Embassy-to-Spy-20190415-0004.html

Julian Assange Is Guilty Only of Revealing the Evil Soul of US Imperialism
Federico Pieraccini | globalresearch.ca | 2019-04-15
Julian Assange was bundled away by British police after Lenin Moreno, the president of Ecuador, gave the green light for the expulsion of the Wikileaks publisher from the Ecuadorian embassy in London. Assange's arrest represents an abuse of power, …
globalresearch.ca/julian-assange-guilty-revealing-us-imperialism/5674433

China: Further information: Disappeared activist at risk of torture: Gao Zhisheng
amnesty | amnesty.org | 2019-04-15
Gao Zhisheng, a former prisoner of conscience and human rights lawyer, is subject to enforced disappearance and may be at high risk of torture and death. No information about his whereabouts are known since he was taken away from his home in Yulin City, Shaanxi, northwest China, on 13 August 2017. Gao Zhisheng previously shared his experience of repeated torture in detention as a result of his work, raising fears that he is at high risk of torture and other ill-treatment or even death.
amnesty.org/en/documents/asa17/0199/2019/en/

Groundbreaking Oakland Policy on Probation/Parole Police Stops
Anne Janks | indybay.org | 2019-04-15
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

Punishing the Past, Impeding the Future: the Arrest of Assange
Giorgio Agamben | counterpunch.org | 2019-04-15
I met Assange two years ago at the Embassy of Ecuador in London, and remembering what he had told me during our encounter I think one can understand why he was arrested today. Assange mentioned to me that he was investigating how Google was planning to make use of the immense quantity of information at…
counterpunch.org/2019/04/15/punishing-the-past-impeding-the-future-the-arrest-of-assange/

Basra struggles to tackle drug abuse problem filling prisons
Al-Thawra | indybay.org | 2019-04-15
The southern Iraqi city of Basra is struggling to cope with a growing drug problem that has overcrowded prisons and strained police resources, only months after violent protests over poor municipal services. Basra's prison system is clogged up.
indybay.org/newsitems/2019/04/13/18822740.php

Assange Has Been Arrested for US Extradition
Caitlin Johnstone | indybay.org | 2019-04-15
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

ICC Refuses to Investigate Crimes in Afghanistan, U.S. Torture

| globalresearch.ca | 2019-04-15
In what human rights groups call an appalling decision, the ICC Pre-Trial Chamber II decided not to grant the Prosecutor's request to open an investigation into alleged crimes committed in Afghanistan and on the territory of other States Parties implicated …
globalresearch.ca/icc-refuses-investigate-crimes-afghanistan-u-s-torture/5674431

South Africa: Attacks on Foreign Nationals
Human Rights Watch | hrw.org | 2019-04-15
Hundreds of foreign nationals displaced by xenophobic attacks in Durban on March 27, 2019 take refuge near the Sydenham Police Station. | © 2019 RAJESH JANTILAL/AFP/Getty Images. | (Johannesburg) — Authorities in South Africa should urgently investigate, and arrest and prosecute those responsible for a spate of violence against foreign nationals in Durban from March 25 to April 2, 2019, the South Africa-based African Diaspora Forum and Human Rights Watch…
hrw.org/news/2019/04/15/south-africa-attacks-foreign-nationals

What Now Should People of Conscience Do to Protect Julian Assange?
Kim Petersen | dissidentvoice.org | 2019-04-14
Several headlines have blared "Julian Assange Arrested." This is misleading because Assange has been under de facto arrest ever since the Swedish authorities sought his extradition regarding sex-related allegations. Assange always stated that he was amenable to going to Sweden with a guarantee of no-further extradition to the United States. Sweden refused to accede to …
dissidentvoice.org/2019/04/what-now-should-people-of-conscience-do-to-protect-julian-assange/

WikiLeaks' Publication of the Collateral Murder Video, Afghanistan and Iraq Docs, US Diplomatic Cables: Why Assange's Extradition Must be Opposed at All Cost
Dr. Nozomi Hayase | globalresearch.ca | 2019-04-14
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 came a week …
globalresearch.ca/julian-assanges-extradition-opposed-all-costs/5674347

Venezuelan Govt Reveals Plans of Far-Right 'Terrorist' Cell
teleSUR | telesurenglish.net | 2019-04-14
Vice President of Communication, Tourism, and Culture of Venezuela, Jorge Rodriguez, revealed Thursday the members and plans of a far-right "terrorist" group called Cocoon 2.0, based off of information provided by Roberto Marrero Borgas and other found in his cellphone after his March 21 capture. | RELATED: | Guaido's 'Terrorist' Collaborator Arrested in Venezuela: Govt | Marrero Borgas alleged "chief of staff" for lawmaker Juan Guaido, was arrested after the Venezuelan intelligence…
telesurenglish.net/news/Venezuelan-Govt-Reveals-Plans-of-Far-Right-Terrorist-Cell-20190414-0021.html

Two Arrested with 167 Rhino Horns in Huge South Africa Haul
teleSUR | telesurenglish.net | 2019-04-14
South African police said on Sunday they had found 167 rhino horns believed to be destined for Asia and nabbed two suspects in a sting operation in the North West province. | RELATED: | Smuggling Shuts Down Komodo Island, Will Impact Locals' Income | The two were arrested on Saturday following a tip-off that there was a car transporting rhino horns. | "We arrested them on Saturday in the Hartbeespoort dam area. They were driving in a vehicle and they were intercepted," Hawks spo…
telesurenglish.net/news/Two-Arrested-with-167-Rhino-Horns-in-Huge-South-Africa-Haul-20190414-0024.html

Assange and the Cowardice of Power
Michael Howard | dissidentvoice.org | 2019-04-14
Donald Trump has never heard of WikiLeaks, the publishing organization whose work he repeatedly and unequivocally touted during the 2016 election campaign. "I know nothing about WikiLeaks," he told reporters after Julian Assange was illegally arrested, after being illegally detained for seven years, in London. "It's not my thing and I know there is something …
dissidentvoice.org/2019/04/assange-and-the-cowardice-of-power/

Chomsky: Arrest of Assange Is "Scandalous" and Highlights Shocking Extraterritorial Reach of U.S
Democracy Now! | dissidentvoice.org | 2019-04-13
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, …
dissidentvoice.org/2019/04/chomsky-arrest-of-assange-is-scandalous-and-highlights-shocking-extraterritorial-reach-of-u-s/

NYC rallies for the Negros 14, farmers killed by Duterte regime
Fight Back | fightbacknews.org | 2019-04-13
New York, NY – Forty people gathered in front of the Consulate General of the Philippines, April 10, in New York City to demand justice for the Negros 14, and to stop the killings in the Philippines, as part of a global day of action. | The Negros 14 were a group of farmers murdered on March 30, with 12 others being illegally arrested. These murders are part of a continuous campaign by the Duterte government to target peasants and workers in the country. | The action was organized by the International Coalition for Human Rights in the Philippines Northeast and the Malaya Movement Northeast. The crowd chanted and…
fightbacknews.org/2019/4/13/nyc-rallies-negros-14-farmers-killed-duterte-regime

The Arrest of Julian Assange is an Existential Threat to Journalism
Middle East Monitor | theantimedia.com | 2019-04-13
(MEMO) –Julian Assange, the publisher of WikiLeaks, was hauled by force out the Ecuadorian embassy in London on Thursday. British secret police snatched him at the invitation of the embassy, which had revoked Assange's asylum, first granted in 2012. Despite pretence that the arrest pertains to a minor bail-jumping charge — which would normally result in …

The Arrest of Julian Assange is an Existential Threat to Journalism

3 NAKED teens attack trooper and lead police on wild car chase (VIDEO)
RT | rt.com | 2019-04-13
In a tale that gets more bizarre as more details are revealed, three teenage women who were spotted sunbathing nude are in custody in Florida after assaulting a police officer and leading cops on a high speed pursuit. | …
rt.com/usa/456400-naked-teens-police-chase-florida/

What Wikileaks and Assange have revealed to the world
unitedEditor | uwidata.com | 2019-04-13
UWI reviews Wikileaks most important revelations On April 11, 2019, Wikileaks co-founder and editor Julian Assange was imprisoned. After his Ecuadorian citizenship being annulled, he was arrested inside the South American country's embassy in London where he had lived for 7 years. His next court date is set to take place on May 2. While …
uwidata.com/3068-what-wikileaks-and-assange-have-revealed-to-the-world/

Sudan: Investigate role of intelligence chief in protest killings
amnesty | amnesty.org | 2019-04-13
Responding to the news that Salah Gosh, head of Sudan's National Intelligence and Security Service (NISS), which spearheaded the deadly crackdown against protesters in recent months, has stepped down, Amnesty International's Deputy Regional Director for East Africa, the Horn and the Great Lakes, Sarah Jackson said: | "It is crucial that Sudan's new authorities investigate Salah Gosh's role in the killings of scores of Sudanese protesters over the past four months as well as allegations of torture, arbitrary detention and other human rights violations under his supervision of Sudan's NISS. Resignation from power m…
amnesty.org/en/latest/news/2019/04/sudan-investigate-role-of-intelligence-chief-in-protest-killings/

John Pilger: Assange arrest is a warning from history
susan_p | greenleft.org.au | 2019-04-13
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 cle…
greenleft.org.au/content/john-pilger-assange-arrest-warning-history

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

Assange Arrest Sparks Interest in Gore Vidal Book
STAFF | therealnews.com | 2019-04-12
As police pulled Julian Assange out of the the Ecuadorian Embassy in London, the Wikileaks founder held on to a copy of "Gore Vidal: History of the National Security State," a collection of interviews the late author and critic of the security state did with Paul Jay, CEO and editor-in-chief of The Real News Network….
therealnews.com/columns/assange-arrest-sparks-interest-in-gore-vidal-book

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 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/

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/

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

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

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/

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/

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/

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/

Sweden Could Reopen Rape Investigation of Julian Assange; U.K. Urged to Prioritize Swedish Case Over Extradition to U.S
Robert Mackey | theintercept.com | 2019-04-12
A woman who says Julian Assange forced himself on her in 2010 while she was sleeping has asked Swedish prosecutors to reopen a rape investigation.
theintercept.com/2019/04/12/julian-assange-rape-sweden/

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/

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/

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

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/

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/

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

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.
news.un.org/feed/view/en/story/2019/04/1036491

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…

Greece in Denial About Police Detention of Lone Kids
Human Rights Watch | hrw.org | 2019-04-11
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…
hrw.org/news/2019/04/11/european-court-slams-greeces-police-detention-lone-kids

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 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/

"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_…