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Workers and youth in UK speak out against continued persecution of Julian Assange

August 16 will mark six years to the day since WikiLeaks editor Julian Assange was granted political asylum by the Ecuadorian government, after seeking refuge in Ecuador’s London Embassy on June 19, 2012.
In recent months, Ecuadorian President Lenín Moreno, who is seeking closer relations with Washington and US investment, has stepped up moves to remove Assange from Ecuador’s Embassy in London. In a tweet and television interview August 6, Moreno declared he will “take measures” against Assange unless he stops “intervening” in the politics and affairs of countries.
Were Assange to be forced out, he faces immediate arrest by the British police and imprisonment on minor bail infringement charges relating to a case dropped by the Swedish authorities over a year ago. Assange fears that if detained by the British authorities, he will be extradited to the US by the Trump administration.
These moves are aimed at denying free speech to Assange and WikiLeaks, who over the last decade have exposed…

US provided “intelligence” and bomb used in massacre of Yemeni schoolchildren

The involvement of U.S. military intelligence in “fine-tuning” the targets of coalition airstrikes is likely the main factor explaining why the U.S. government has refused to condemn the strike and has refused to support an independent investigation into the atrocity.
by Whitney Webb
Last Thursday’s horrific bombing of a bus full of school children in northern Yemen was carried out using a weapon sold to the Saudi Arabia-led coalition by the United States, photo evidence of the bomb site has revealed.
The photos taken at the scene by Ahmed AbdulKareem for MintPress News and by other local journalists indicate that a Mark 82 (MK-82) bomb, jointly manufactured by U.S. weapons companies Lockheed Martin and General Dynamics, had been used in the attack.
The attack killed at least 50 and wounded over 60 others, the vast majority of whom were young children. Despite the fact that those targeted were civilians and mostly children, the Saudi-led coalition defended the strike, calling it a “legit…

Google records your location even when you tell it not to

Some services on Android and iPhone automatically stores your movements even after you pause the ‘location history’ setting
Google wants to know where you go so badly that it records your movements even when you explicitly tell it not to.
An Associated Press investigation found that many Google services on Android devices and iPhones store your location data even if you've used a privacy setting that says it will prevent Google from doing so.
Computer science researchers at Princeton confirmed these findings at the AP's request.
For the most part, Google is upfront about asking permission to use your location information. An app like Google Maps will remind you to allow access to location if you use it for navigating. If you agree to let it record your location over time, Google Maps will display that history for you in a “timeline” that maps out your daily movements.
Storing your minute-by-minute travels carries privacy risks and has been used by police to determine the location o…

Η Google καταγράφει την τοποθεσία μας ακόμη και όταν το απαγορεύουμε

Έρευνα του Associated Press αποκάλυψε ότι υπηρεσίες της Google για Android και iPhone συνεχίζουν να καταγράφουν τις κινήσεις μας ακόμη και αν έχουμε ζητήσει ρητά να μην το κάνουν, μέσω των σχετικών ρυθμίσεων.
Ερευνητές στο πανεπιστήμιο του Πρίνστον επιβεβαίωσαν το συμπέρασμα για λογαριασμό του AP.
Παρά το γεγονός ότι οι εφαρμογές της Google ζητούν άδεια για να καταγράψουν τη θέση μας και θεωρητικά μας επιτρέπουν να σβήσουμε τα ίχνη μας, κλείνοντας την επιλογή Location History, στην πραγματικότητα συνεχίζουν να καταγράφουν ορισμένα στοιχεία για τη θέση μας.
Παραδείγματός χάριν η Google αποθηκεύει το που βρισκόμαστε κάθε φορά που ανοίγουμε την εφαρμογή για τους χάρτες στο κινητό μας. Το ίδιο συμβαίνει και με τις αυτόματες ανανεώσεις για τον Καιρό που προσφέρει στα Android αλλά και με πολλές ακόμη εφαρμογές που αποθηκεύουν την τοποθεσία μας στο λογαριασμό μας της Google.
Απαντώντας στην αποκάλυψη του AP η Google ανέφερε ότι «υπάρχουν πολλοί τρόποι με τους οποίους η εταιρεία μπορεί να χρησιμο…

UPS pays out $700 million to stockholders: An object lesson in the operation of capitalism

On Thursday, the US-based logistics and delivery company UPS announced a quarterly dividend payout to shareholders of more than $700 million for the three months to August 2018. The announcement came the very same day as the Teamsters union met in Chicago, Illinois to endorse new contracts for UPS workers that enforce poverty-level wages and introduce major new concessions.
UPS’s dividend payout is an object lesson in the basic functioning of capitalism. Where does this $700 million come from? It did not, after all, arise out of thin air. It is extracted from the labor of hundreds of thousands of workers, in the US and internationally. It is part of the surplus value produced by these workers—the difference between the wages they earn by selling their labor power, barely enough to survive, and the value they add in the process of production and distribution.
The beneficiaries of this process of exploitation are not only the corporate executives that run UPS, but the major institutional …

Meet the mystery fixer who negotiated Syria out of seven years of war

How a nearly unknown businessman named Khaled al Ahmad became Damascus’ secret liaison to the West and quietly dealt Syria’s grinding war to a close
by Rania Khalek
Part 5 - Life returns to normal
I caught a glimpse of the consequences of al Ahmad’s efforts last summer when I visited several areas in Syria that have reconciled with the government.
One of the most genuine reconciliations to take place was in Hammeh, a Sunni suburb of Damascus formerly under rebel control. Then there was Qudsaya, also an outlying area Damascus that had been controlled by the armed opposition. These suburban areas were the first to be fully normalized, meaning the siege was totally removed and a free flow of goods and people were allowed. They were also freed from unregulated militias and their weapons. In a deal organized by the then-head of the National Defense Forces in Damascus, Fadi Saqr, the opposition was given a choice to stay and receive an amnesty that guaranteed that none of the security agencie…

While you've been occupied with that Infowars-banning story, the establishment machine already started a covert censorship operation against leftist independent media

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Developments are coming like storm. Just when the prediction that Infowars banning will actually strengthen Alex Jones' popularity became true, it seems that our second 'prophecy' (and prediction by many progressives), also becomes true. According to this, Infowars banning will be used as a blueprint by the establishment machine to shutdown progressive independent media and voices, based on that 'fake news' narrative.
We wrote that a corporate branch of the liberal establishment gave real value to Alex Jones' awful performance, pretending to be the 'anti-establishment' hero - just like Donald Trump - and made him a real hero in the eyes of the ultra-conservative audience that has been brainwashed by his absurd conspiracy theories.
Max Blumenthal speaks with Aaron Mate and gives details about Alex Jones' dark role in the whole story:
Alex Jones has always served establishment priorities. First, by taking the 9/11 truth movement, whi…

US can’t force trade rules on others, Germany must invest more in Iran

Washington cannot dictate trade rules to others, Germany’s economy minister said, adding that his country should be more assertive and defy American sanctions – particularly by investing more in Iran.
We don’t let Washington dictate [their will] on trade relations with other countries,” German Economy Minister Peter Altmaier told Bild newspaper on Saturday. He said the US sanctions on Iran are one instance in which America’s neglect of its partners are clearly shown.
Therefore, Germany and other European countries should feel free to pursue improved relations with Tehran. “German businesses can continue to invest as much as they want in Iran,” Altmaier said, adding, however, that “many companies depend on loans from banks, most of which refinance themselves in the US – and it creates problems.
Altmaier’s words come after the Trump administration imposed a second round of sanctions targeting Iran’s purchase of US dollars, despite pleas from some world powers. Earlier this year, Washingt…

Back US on Iran sanctions or face 'serious consequences' for business – ambassador to UK

In the latest threat to the US-UK special relationship, the US' top diplomat in Britain has called on London to back its pressure on Iran, warning of "serious consequences" for businesses who flaunt Washington's sanctions.
Accusing Iran of "squandering its money on proxy wars and malign activities abroad," US Ambassador Woody Johnson's op-ed in the Sunday Telegraph asked the UK to "use its considerable diplomatic power and influence" to join the US "as a united front" in its effort to secure "a genuinely comprehensive agreement" on Iran ending its nuclear program.
Reiterating a threat made by his boss, US President Donald Trump, on Tuesday, Johnson added that: "The President has been explicit: any businesses that put their commercial interests in Iran ahead of the global good will risk serious consequences for their trade with the US."
Full report:
https://www.rt.com/news/435784-woody-johnson-iran-deal-uk/

Slavoj Žižek: Saudi-Canada spat reveals the real new world order

For years, experts believed liberal democracy would gradually spread around the world but the system has eaten itself and the result is a new global populism.
The most obvious factor in the ongoing conflict between Canada and Saudi Arabia is the grotesque disproportion between cause and effect. In that a minor diplomatic protest has triggered a set of measures which almost announce a military conflict.
Here’s what happened. Saudi Arabia finally allowed women to drive, but at the same time arrested women who campaigned for the right to drive. Among the arrested peaceful activists was Samar Badawi, who has family in Canada, and Ottawa demanded her release.
In return, the Saudi government proclaimed this protest a reprehensible interference in its internal affairs and immediately launched into sanctions. They included expelling the Canadian ambassador, canceling the state airline’s flights to and from Canada, freezing new trade and investment, the sale of assets in Canada, the withdrawal …

White supremacists and their opponents descend on Washington

Heavy police presence is seen in the center of the US capital as crowds of anti-nationalists protesters have gathered to protest Unite the Right Rally one year after Charlottesville clashes.
Counter-protesters have gathered across from the White House in Lafayette Park in Washington DC to oppose a white nationalist rally that has been approved to take place in the US capital on Sunday afternoon. Many demonstrators were seen carrying signs stating “shut down white supremacy” and chanting “No KKK, no fascist USA!” “We will be here until these fascist forces are gone, however long that takes,” a protester told AP.
The authorities had promised an enormous police presence to keep white supremacists and counter-protesters apart, and to avoid brawls. Buses carrying the Unite the Right protesters are being escorted by double lines of police cars and a line of motorcycle police. The demonstrators were reportedly told they have to surrender flagpoles.
Full report:
https://www.rt.com/usa/435789-prot…

The Western financial mafia rewards the bankrupt Greece at the same time it sinks the Turkish economy - guess why

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As we mentioned recently, credit ratings agency Standard and Poor's has upgraded its outlook on Greece to positive, citing improved policy predictability and economic prospects. The agency said that this reflects a possible upgrade if the authorities unlock Greece's growth potential by boosting competition in product markets, bolstering property rights, simplifying bankruptcy procedures and improving the enforcement of contracts.
We are talking about the country that was excluded from the markets and entered the disastrous IMF program supervised by its creditors (ECB, European Commission, IMF), with a debt at 120% of GDP. Guess what: now the euroclowns decided that the country no longer needs to be in the program with a debt at 180% of GDP! And the rating agencies of the global financial mafia decided to upgrade Greece!
Just when the ruined Greek economy was left alone to swim with the sharks of the “free markets”, the mechanisms of the Western imperialism ru…

Confirmed: Alex Jones' popularity rises after Infowars banning from social media

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We wouldn't expect to be confirmed so fast on this.
A few days ago in the article IT and social media supergiants have just made Alex Jones a hero in the eyes of the ultra-conservative audience, we wrote that Alex Jones' wet dream has just become reality thanks to the combined move by Facebook, Apple, YouTube and Spotify to ban Infowars. These private IT and social media companies couldn't give a better gift to him right now. At a time where Infowars was going through a saturated period according to the best scenario, the corporate giants actually saved it with that stupid(?) strategy.
Suddenly, a corporate branch of the liberal establishment gave real value to Alex Jones' awful performance, pretending to be the 'anti-establishment' hero - just like Donald Trump - and made him a real hero in the eyes of the ultra-conservative audience that has been brainwashed by his absurd conspiracy theories.
Only a couple of days later, Kyle Kulinski of the…

Haaretz reports Israel targeting civilians in Gaza as “collective punishment”

A newspaper article published in the Hebrew-language version of Israeli newspaper Haaretz has stated that the Israeli military (IDF) is intentionally targeting civilians in Gaza as a form of collective punishment aimed at placing Hamas — which Israel continues to regard as a resistance group, though it has governed Gaza since winning elections there in 2007 — “in a problematic situation.
The article states that, after a rocket launched by Hamas’ armed wing landed in Beersheva, “the IDF began to attack civilian targets, including population centers, with the goal of causing the residents to understand the price of escalation and placing Hamas in a problematic situation.” In other words, the article acknowledges that the IDF is deliberately targeting civilians in Gaza to collectively punish all those living in Gaza for the primitive rockets allegedly launched by Hamas into Israeli territory.
The article goes on to claim that the IDF’s deliberate targeting of civilian sites is a “change i…

Meet the mystery fixer who negotiated Syria out of seven years of war

How a nearly unknown businessman named Khaled al Ahmad became Damascus’ secret liaison to the West and quietly dealt Syria’s grinding war to a close
by Rania Khalek
Part 4 - Obscure origins
It remains unclear clear how al Ahmad rose from relative obscurity to become the devil’s advocate. I was told by multiple sources that his ascent was a symptom of Assad’s frustration with the inefficiency of his own system and with the dishonesty of his own advisors. The Syrian leader began to circumvent the official chain of command and appoint informal advisors who reported directly to him. While it was unusual for Assad to select a 30-year-old man who was not part of the security apparatus to be his secret representative abroad, it appears that al Ahmad was elevated into the system by an influential father. There is much confusion about his sect, but his name and the fact that he is described as originally from Homs suggest he is a Sunni Muslim, which surely helped him build bridges with the opposi…

Jo Cox, her assassination, the White Helmets, “humanitarianism,” and regime change

It is no coincidence that some of the world’s most ardent imperialists are behind the cynical exploitation of one heinous murder — of British MP Jo Cox — to enable global mass-murder as well as human trafficking under the pretext of “ethical” and “humanitarian” intervention.
by Vanessa Beeley and Whitney Webb
Part 6 - Nick Grono and the Clintons
Van Oranje is hardly the only Jo Cox Fund co-founder with a well-heeled foothold in the elite camp. Nick Grono, another co-founder of the fund, had worked with Jo Cox at an anti-slavery NGO, the Freedom Fund. Grono, who was appointed the group’s CEO in January of 2014, had also previously served in key posts at the NGO Walk Free, also aimed at ending modern-day slavery. Grono had also been Deputy President and Chief Operating Officer at the cutting edge “conflict resolution and prevention” cartel commonly known as the International Crisis Group (ICG).
The ICG board is comprised of a cadre of well-known elites such as Frank Giustra, longtime phila…