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UK worsens Julian Assange's persecution as US seeks extradition

The Grayzone
Wikileaks founder Julian Assange has been ordered to remain behind bars until hearings over a US extradition effort begin next year. Kristinn Hrafnsson, editor-in-chief of Wikileaks, says that UK authorities are holding Assange in worse conditions than accused terrorists and 'making it impossible' for him to prepare his case.

Will Americans let Trump start World War III for Saudi Arabia and Israel?

If the U.S. military, or Israel or Saudi Arabia, had a viable plan to attack Iran without triggering a wider war, they would have done so long ago.
by Medea Benjamin and Nicolas Davies 
On Saturday, September 14th, two oil refineries and other oil infrastructure in Saudi Arabia were hit and set ablaze by 18 drones and 7 cruise missiles, dramatically slashing Saudi Arabia’s oil production by half, from about ten million to five million barrels per day. On September 18, the Trump administration, blaming Iran, announced it was imposing more sanctions on Iran and voices close to Donald Trump are calling for military action. But this attack should lead to just the opposite response: urgent calls for an immediate end to the war in Yemen and an end to US economic warfare against Iran.

The question of the origin of the attack is still under dispute. The Houthi government in Yemen immediately took responsibility. This is not the first time the Houthis have brought the conflict directly onto Sau…

EVERYONE is on the list: Snowden says no ‘innocents’ in mass surveillance world

Asked if buying his memoir would get one on a spy list, NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden chillingly replied that everyone in the world is on the “list” and there are no innocents in the age of mass surveillance.

Responding to a reader who joked that buying Snowden’s book ‘Permanent Record’ might have put him on a list of people to be spied on, the exiled former intelligence contractor said in all seriousness that everyone is being spied on regardless.

Systems of mass surveillance strive to record all people, in all places, at all times. The question is no longer ‘Am I on the list?’ it is ‘What's my rank on the list?’,” Snowden tweeted on Wednesday.
The former NSA and CIA contractor became a household name in 2013, when he revealed the extent of surveillance by the ‘Five Eyes’ network of US and its allies. He fled to Hong Kong ahead of being charged with espionage and eventually found asylum in Russia.

The US government reacted to the publication of his memoir by filing a civil l…

American Exceptionalism and American Innocence: the propaganda that upholds the status quo

The Real News Network
In the book American Exceptionalism and American Innocence: A People's History of Fake News From the Revolutionary War to The War On Terror, authors Roberto Sirvent and Danny Haiphong assert that “The mainstream corporate media is one of the chief propagators of American exceptionalism and innocence...the narratives of American exceptionalism and American innocence work together to serve white supremacy, empire, capitalism, and the US war machine.” 
Jacqueline Luqman talks to author Danny Haiphong about what this means in relation to real life issues and policy today.

Did the banks just tell us a massive crash is coming?

Thom Hartmann Program
The Fed just dumped $75 Billion into the economy.... and possibly to avert a massive financial crash. Monday morning, large short term loans became unavailable and rates for these gigantic loans shot up.

High interest rates caused financial crashes in the past.

The Fed panicked and flooded the market with lots of money!

The question is why were short term loans unavailable, where did that money go and what shot up the interest rates? 

Τζεφ Μπέζος: Βγάζει 3.182$ το δευτερόλεπτο και κόβει τις παροχές υγείας σε εργαζομένους του

Είναι ο καπιταλισμός ηλίθιε!
Όταν ο Τζεφ Μπέζος, ο πλουσιότερος άνθρωπος στον πλανήτη, έκοψε στις 13 Σεπτεμβρίου τις παροχές υγείας για τους ημι-απασχολούμενους εργαζόμενους της αλυσίδας καταστημάτων τροφίμων Whole Foods, ουσιαστικά γλύτωσε όσα χρήματα βγάζει σε μερικές ώρες.
Αυτό σύμφωνα με τον οργανισμό Decision Data, που υπολόγισε πως τα περίπου 19 εκατ. δολάρια ανά έτος που απαιτούνται για την κάλυψη υγείας των εργαζομένων που δουλεύουν λιγότερες από 30 ώρες την εβδομάδα, καλύπτονται με τα κέρδη 4,5 ωρών από τις μετοχές και τις επενδύσεις του Μπέζος.
Η Decision Data χρησιμοποίησε παλαιότερη έρευνα που είχε υπολογίσει πως ο Μπέζος βγάζει περίπου 4,5 εκατ. δολάρια την ώρα, ενώ η πιο πρόσφατη αντίστοιχη ανάλυση του Business Insider έχει καταλήξει στα 9 εκατ. δολάρια ανά ώρα.

Όλα αυτά, ενώ το κύριο «όχημα» κέρδους του Μπέζος, η εταιρεία Amazon, ουσιαστικά δεν πληρώνει φόρους στο αμερικανικό κράτος.…

How the CIA, Mossad and “the Epstein Network” are exploiting mass shootings to create an Orwellian nightmare

Following another catastrophic mass shooting or crisis event, Orwellian “solutions” are set to be foisted on a frightened American public by the very network connected, not only to Jeffrey Epstein, but to a litany of crimes and a frightening history of plans to crush internal dissent in the United States.
by Whitney Webb
Part 4 - Carbyne’s ties to U.S. intelligence
While Epstein and Barak are the two financiers of Carbyne whose ties to intelligence are clearest, another funder of Carbyne, Peter Thiel, has ties to U.S. intelligence and a history of investing in other companies founded by former members of Unit 8200. Thiel co-founded and still owns a controlling stake in the company Palantir, which was initially funded with a $2 million investment from the CIA’s venture capital fund In-Q-Tel and quickly thereafter became a contractor for the CIA.

After the success of its contract with the CIA, Palantir became a contractor for a variety of federal agencies, including the FBI, the Defense…

The Citgo conspiracy: Opposition figures accuse Guaidó officials of ‘scam’ to liquidate Venezuela’s most prized international asset

Venezuela’s opposition has long accused the Bolivarian government of corruption and mismanagement. But with Citgo on the verge of liquidation, Guaidó’s officials are too incompetent — or too devious — to save it.

by Anya Parampil
Part 6 - Vecchio covers for Hernández amid more accusations of “fraud”

In his own attempt at damage control, Hernández turned to TV Venezuela, a Miami-based news network.

 “I recused myself from this case in March of 2019,” Hernández told the network on July 31.

While Hernández produced no public evidence to support that claim, he circulated a letter supposedly proving the recusal to allies among Venezuela’s opposition.

This letter was signed by Hernández and obtained by The Grayzone.
The letter states the lawyer had “decided to recuse [himself] from conversations which could begin with Crystallex” due to “an independent expert testimony” he provided the company “in one of the lawsuits [it] maintained against the State.

Dated March 13, the document inspired a…

Another false flag operation? The neocon cabal wants to make sure that Trump will stay on the track for war with Iran in his second term

globinfo freexchange
Right after Donald Trump decided again to exercise one of his - as it seems - favorite habits, we had a major event towards a new circle of destabilization in the flaming middle east.
Just when Trump fired the most bloodthirsty, anti-Iran neocon, John Bolton, who was seeking to drag the US into a war with Iran at least since 2003, these "spectacular" drone attacks on two major oil facilities in Saudi Arabia "coincidentally" happened.
Well, it smells a lot like another CIA-type false flag operation, and Mike Pompeo made sure to give an extra credit to this scenario through his completely amateurish reaction to rush to blame Iran for the attacks.
Tehran is behind nearly 100 attacks on Saudi Arabia while Rouhani and Zarif pretend to engage in diplomacy. Amid all the calls for de-escalation, Iran has now launched an unprecedented attack on the world’s energy supply. There is no evidence the attacks came from Yemen. — Secretary Pompeo (@SecPompe…

George Galloway: the ruling elite in Britain in a state of panic

globinfo freexchange
                    The ruling elite in Britain are absolutely in a state of panic. There are only a few weeks to go before Britain leaves the European Union, and they've tried everything that they can.

As we already pointed out:
It appears that, for now, the globalized capital has lost all the battles. As the - once powerful - neoliberal center has essentially collapsed in the political field, the international capitalists attempted to create their own political vehicle, using the remaining centrist material from both major UK parties. The result of the latest euroelections showed that this attempt too has failed miserably.

Then, Boris Johnson came to make things worse. He purged all the Remainers from the conservative party and now, the pro-Brexit capital is ready for a merciless counterattack against the globalist faction of the City/CBI capitalists who seem to be running out of time and options.

Nearly 50,000 General Motors auto workers go on strike in US

Workers from 31 plants opted to walk out after talks between the company and the United Auto Workers Union (UAW) hit an impasse as they tried to negotiate a replacement agreement when the manufacturer's four-year contract with workers expired.

How long the labor action might last was uncertain.

"The strike can take a little while longer," Brian Rothenberg, a spokesman for the powerful union, told AFP. He said that only two percent of issues under negotiation had been agreed upon.

"We have to find common ground on 98 percent of the remaining issues," he said, after the strike began at midnight Sunday, with placard-waving strikers forming picket lines outside assembly plants.

Talks were due to resume later in the morning, UAW officials said.
Car production at the Detroit giant, which was saved by a multi-billion dollar bailout from the Obama administration after the 2008 economic crash, was brought to a complete standstill on Monday, Rothenberg said.

On Wall Street, …

Russia & Iran to switch to SWIFT-free banking system

Russia and Iran will transfer payments using an alternative system to the internationally recognized SWIFT money transfer network, the governor of the Iranian central bank, Abdolnaser Hemmati, announced.

Instead of SWIFT, a system that facilitates cross-border payments between 11,000 financial institutions in more than 200 countries worldwide, the two countries will use their own domestically developed financial messaging systems – Iran’s SEPAM and Russia’s SPFS.
Using this system for trade and business exchanges between EAEU [Eurasian Economic Union] member states can help develop and expand trade exchanges between the member states as well,” Abdolnaser Hemmati said, as cited by Mehr News Agency on Tuesday.

Tehran is set to officially join the Russia-led free-trade zone, the EAEU, next month. The document on Iran’s participation was ratified in June by the nation’s parliament (Majlis) and President Hassan Rouhani has already ordered that the free trade zone agreement be implemented…

Jeremy Corbyn: in the next few weeks, the establishment will come after us with all they’ve got

 globinfo freexchange

Real politics for me is about giving power to people who don't have a lot of money. And don't have friends in high places.
We're ready to unleash the biggest people-powered campaign we've ever seen in this country and in this movement.
In the next few weeks, the establishment will come after us with all they've got because they know we are not afraid to take them on. We're going after the tax avoiders. We are going after the bad employers. We are going after the dodgy landlords. We are going after the big polluters destroying our climate and natural world.

In the next few weeks, the establishment will come after us with all they’ve got - because they know we're not afraid to take them on. — Jeremy Corbyn (@jeremycorbyn) September 16, 2019

Julian Assange to remain jailed after serving sentence

WikiLeaks publisher Julian Assange was ordered to remain in prison once his 50-week prison sentence ends on September 22, over concerns that he will evade a US extradition request due to his "history of absconding," according to the BBC. 
The 48-year-old Assange was arrested on April 11th and found guilty of violating the terms of his bail conditions nearly seven years earlier, after he claimed asylum at Ecuador's London embassy to avoid extradition to Sweden where he was wanted for questining over an alleged sexual assault. 
On May 1, he was sentenced to 50 weeks in London's Belmarsh Prison - however the reason for Assange's September release date (just 23 weeks later including time served) is unclear.

"In my view, I have substantial ground for believing if I release you, you will abscond again," said Westminster Magistrates' Court District Judge Vanessa Baraitser.
Over the summer his lawyer and supporters have reported the 48-year old's hea…

John Bolton is out, but neocon agenda stays

The Grayzone
Lawrence Wilkerson, who served alongside John Bolton in the Bush administration, discusses the reasons for Bolton’s firing; Bolton's legacy as a war hawk who promoted regime change and undermined global arms control; the anti-interventionist views of a potential successor, Douglas Macgregor; and the lasting influence of neocons inside the national security state.

NPR names US propaganda chief as new CEO

How the CIA, Mossad and “the Epstein Network” are exploiting mass shootings to create an Orwellian nightmare

Following another catastrophic mass shooting or crisis event, Orwellian “solutions” are set to be foisted on a frightened American public by the very network connected, not only to Jeffrey Epstein, but to a litany of crimes and a frightening history of plans to crush internal dissent in the United States.
by Whitney Webb
Part 3 - Israeli intelligence, Blackmail and Silicon Valley
Though many of the individuals involved in funding or managing Carbyne have proven ties to intelligence, a closer look into several of these players reveals even deeper connections to both Israeli and U.S. intelligence.

One of Carbyne’s clearest connections to Israeli intelligence is through its chairman and one of its funders, Ehud Barak. Though Barak is best known for being a former prime minister of Israel, he is also a former minister of defense and the former head of Israeli military intelligence. He oversaw Unit 8200’s operations, as well as other units of Israeli military intelligence, in all three of t…

The Citgo conspiracy: Opposition figures accuse Guaidó officials of ‘scam’ to liquidate Venezuela’s most prized international asset

Venezuela’s opposition has long accused the Bolivarian government of corruption and mismanagement. But with Citgo on the verge of liquidation, Guaidó’s officials are too incompetent — or too devious — to save it.

by Anya Parampil
Part 5 - A growth lab for Venezuela’s US-backed opposition

Hours after Venezuela’s Attorney General opened a criminal investigation into Hernández’s relationship with Crystallex, Guaidó’s US-based officials launched into a chorus of praise for their embattled colleague.

In my professional career I have never worked with someone more capable, more hardworking, more dedicated, more knowledgeable about legislation, and more honest than Attorney General Hernández,” vowed Ricardo Hausmann, Guaidó’s ambassador to the Inter-American Development Bank.

Hausmann is the neoliberal Harvard economist previously exposed in The Grayzone for raking in fees from big banks and repressive and theocratic governments while attacking banks that work with Venezuela’s elected governm…

Bernie disappoints again due to his neocon/Trump position on Venezuela

globinfo freexchange
Bernie Sanders needs to review some of his positions, especially on foreign policy matters. In some cases he adopts many of the most hawkish neocon, pro-intervention positions, also fully adopted by Trump administration.
Latest disappointment, his answer during the recent democratic debate concerning Venezuela. Bernie disorderly retreated against the attack of the anchor who made the question quite aggressively and actually demanded from Bernie to admit that Nicolás Maduro is a dictator. 
Bernie did something even worse. He called the legitimate president of the country a "vicious tyrant". Here is Bernie's answer:
                    First of all, let me be very clear. Anybody who does what Maduro does, is a vicious tyrant. What we need now is international and regional cooperation for free elections in Venezuela, so that the people of that country can create their own future.

It's completely unacceptable for a progressive like Bernie to adopt th…

Taliban delegation travels to Russia after talks with US collapse

Taliban’s Qatar-based spokesman Suhail Shaheen told Russia's TASS news agency on Friday that the group's delegation had met with Zamir Kabulov, President Vladimir Putin’s envoy for Afghanistan, in Moscow to discuss recent developments regarding the peace process in Afghanistan.

A spokesman for the Russian Foreign Ministry said that during the meeting, the Russian side had underlined "the necessity of the resumption" of US-Taliban talks and that the militant outfit had, in turn, reiterated its "readiness to continue dialogue with Washington."
Meanwhile, a senior Taliban leader in Qatar said, “The purpose of these visits is to inform leaders of these countries about the peace talks and [US] President [Donald] Trump’s decision to call off the peace process at a time when both sides had resolved all outstanding issues and were about to sign a peace agreement."

Moscow has already hosted two rounds of talks between Taliban negotiators and prominent Afghan f…

John Kiriakou accurately predicted on June that Bolton’s days as national security adviser were numbered

Donald Trump fired his national security adviser, John Bolton, on Tuesday just as John Kiriakou predicted in an article published June 12 on Consortium News
The activist group Code Pink held a rally in front of the White House to celebrate. It’s not as though Trump deserves the Nobel Peace Prize for running the most hawkish American official out of power (though when Barack Obama won his, he had arguably done even less), but Trump has taken an important step toward fulfilling campaign promises to not get the U.S. into even deeper military involvement in the world. 
So far Trump has not started a major conflict though he’s continued and intensified Obama’s drone wars. In the face of Bolton’s almost pathological lust for war, Trump seems instead to be seeking diplomatic solutions in North Korea, despite his earlier bluster, and in Iran, showing interest in meeting the Iranian president, after ditching the Iranian nuclear deal shortly after Bolton took office. 
Bolton had been pushing…

New revelations confirm Moro illegalities against Lula

The defense of Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva denounced here that new leaks on the Lava Jato scandal confirm the rude illegalities practiced by Sergio Moro and the prosecutors of that operation against the former President.

For lawyers, the revelations published Sunday by Folha de Sao Paulo newspaper, in association with the Intercept site, also show Moro's improper performance against representatives of the former labor leader and the Federal Supreme Court (STF).
The messages reveal that Lava Jato had 22 dialogues from the founder of the Workers Party in their hands, but, with political action, Moro only used one of them to manipulate public opinion.

In March 2016, the then magistrate Moro released illegal telephone interventions in which former president Dilma Rousseff spoke with Lula about his possible inauguration as Minister of the Civil House.

For that performance, the current Minister of Justice apologized to the STF, but not to Rousseff or the former unionist.

All other conver…

With Israel spying on US president, America needs no enemies

Amid reports about Israel's spying on the White House, Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif has mocked Washington’s friendly ties with Tel Aviv, saying the US needs no enemies with a spy in his allies.

"The #B_Team Strikes again," Zarif said in a sarcastic tweet on Friday, referring to a term coined by himself to describe an international group of warmongers, including Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.
Zarif incorporated a report by the American political journalism company Politico in his tweet and said, "@realDonaldTrump: With a BFF in the #B_Team — who empties US coffers and takes US foreign policy hostage — SPYING on the US PRESIDENT, America doesn't need enemies."
Full report:

Why China grows faster than US

RT America
Economist and founder of Democracy at Work Prof. Richard Wolff joins RT America’s Michele Greenstein (in for Rick Sanchez) to discuss the US-China trade war, peculiarities of the Chinese economic system and what an economic slowdown in China would mean for the global economy. He argues that China is “the model for what most Americans want” and that this is embarrassing to Washington. He also weighs in on the Hong Kong protests. 

Mike Gravel: Bernie Sanders and Tulsi Gabbard are the only hope to stop imperial foreign policy

Former 2020 Democratic presidential candidate Mike Gravel says Bolton was close to start a war with Iran. He is the reason for the current hostility between the US, Russia, and China. Gravel also says that the only hope for a peaceful US foreign policy is Bernie Sanders and Tulsi Gabbard. 

Edward Snowden: ‘you have to be ready to stand for something’

The Guardian
Edward Snowden has spent the last six years living in exile in Russia and has now decided to publish his memoirs, Permanent Record. In the book he reflects on his life leading up to the biggest leak of top secret documents in history, and the impact this had on his relationship with his partner, Lindsay Mills. The Guardian's Ewen MacAskill, who helped break Snowden's story in 2013, has been given exclusive access to meet him.

How the CIA, Mossad and “the Epstein Network” are exploiting mass shootings to create an Orwellian nightmare

Following another catastrophic mass shooting or crisis event, Orwellian “solutions” are set to be foisted on a frightened American public by the very network connected, not only to Jeffrey Epstein, but to a litany of crimes and a frightening history of plans to crush internal dissent in the United States.
by Whitney Webb
Part 2 - Demystifying Carbyne
Carbyne911, which will be referred to simply as Carbyne in this report, is an Israeli tech-startup that promises to revolutionize how calls are handled by emergency service providers, as well as by governments, corporations and educational institutions. Not long after it was founded in 2014 by veterans of Israeli military intelligence, Carbyne began to be specifically marketed as a solution to mass shootings in the United States that goes “beyond the gun debate” and improves the “intelligence that armed emergency responders receive before entering an armed shooter situation” by providing video-streaming and acoustic input from civilian sma…