UN Torture Expert: “collective persecution” of Julian Assange must end now

31 May 2019 — Defend Wikileaks

The United Nations Special Rapporteur on Torture, Nils Melzner, has published a scathing condemnation of the “deliberate and concerted abuse inflicted for years” on Julian Assange, calling on the UK government not to extradite him to the United States, where Melzner fears Assange “would be exposed to a real risk of serious violations of his human rights.”
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Julian Assange Newslinks 31 May 2019

31 May 2019 • 20:15 — The New Dark Age

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The Noir Detective, Julian Assange and What Comes Next

The UN Torture Report On Assange Is An Indictment Of Our Entire Society

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Ukraine’s New President Volodymyr Zelensky: Wing-Clipped in Rare, Public “Diplomatic” Document By Joris De Draeck

31 May 2019 — Global Research

Joint statement by civil society representatives on the first political steps of the President of Ukraine Volodymyr Zelensky.

It’s not too often we get a behind-the-scenes look at “diplomacy” in all its ugliest of forms. Given the mess Ukraine is in – as witnessed by the election of a completely nonsensical presidential candidate – it may come as no surprise such a veil-uncovering look originated there.

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Venezuela Newslinks 31 May 2019

31 May 2019 — The New Dark Age

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US Hints at Sanctions Against Venezuela CLAP Food Programme. Bolivarian Militia to Protect CLAP

Communiqué: To Struggle with the People for Peace, Democracy, Sovereignty and Solidarity

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Death of South Africa’s Lonmin Mining House. “Murder by Money” By Prof. Patrick Bond

30 May 2019 — Global Research

Autopsy reveals the British-South African corpse’s poisoning by microfinance, ‘development finance’ and corporate finance

The death of the 110-year old mining house Lonmin at a London shareholders meeting on May 28 occurred not through bankruptcy or nationalisation, as would have been logical at various points in time. It was the result of a takeover – generally understood as a rip-off of investors and workers – by an extremely jejune (7 year-old) South African corporation, Sibanye-Stillwater. The latter’s chief executive, Neil Froneman, is known for extreme aggression in both corporate takeovers and workplace cost-cutting, with by far the highest fatality rate in the mining industry.

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The Unrelenting State By Craig Murray

31 May 2019 — Craig Murray

We are seriously worried about the condition of Julian Assange. He was too unwell to appear in court yesterday, and his Swedish lawyer, Per Samuelson, found him in a state where he was unable to conduct a conversation and give instructions. There are very definite physical symptoms, particularly rapid weight loss, and we are not satisfied that genuine and sufficient diagnostic efforts are being made to determine the underlying cause.

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Statewatch News Online, 30 May 2019 (13/19)

30 May 2019 — Statewatch

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1.    EU: Council of the EU wants data retention without cause – Germany joins in
2.    EU: European elections: results and commentary
3.    UK: Lessons from the past: the long history of political policing in the UK
4.    EU: Council discuss Member States the right to veto releasing trilogue discussions
5.    ITALY: UN special rapporteurs call for withdrawal of Salvini decree criminalising rescue activities
6.    FRANCE: We accuse! A statement against the criminalisation of protest in France
7.    EU: Frontex launches first formal operation outside of the EU and deploys to Albania
8.    FRANCE: Les Gilets Noirs: We are in the airport in France
9.    Refugee crisis: latest news from across Europe (14-20.5.19)
10.  ITALY: Ill-treatment and detention: investigation of the Lampedusa centre
11.  EU: Council discussing yet another small step towards full, open, democratic decision-making
12.  Refugee crisis: latest news from across Europe (30.4-13.5.19)

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Stripped of Their Rights: Understanding the Gaza Strip By Rima Najjar

30 May 2019 — Global Research
Many wonder why Israel continues to persecute the Palestinians in Gaza with such brutal repression.

The answer is simple; Palestinians in Gaza pose a demographic and, indeed, an existential threat to the Jewish state, which created the inferno that is Gaza today in order “to exist” as such.

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Palestinians to be sacrificed for Israel-Gulf marriage By Tamara Nasser

29 May 2019 — Electronic Intifada

King Hamad of Bahrain and the Trump administration are planning an economic summit with Israel in Manama that Palestinians see as part of an effort to liquidate their rights. (Wikimedia commons)

Ties between Gulf states, led by Saudi Arabia, and Israel are warmer than ever as the United States beats its war drums against Iran and prepares to reveal its so-called “Deal of the Century.”

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Life After a French Revolution: What Next for the Protest Camp That Won? by Greg Frey

30 May 2019 — Novara Media

Two things are clear when entering France’s infamous Zone to Defend, or Zad: this is a reclaimed space and a divided territory.

The handmade cabins, the welcome messages scribbled over road signs and the empty tear gas canisters littering the fields show how these 4,000 acres have been salvaged from the states’ plans to turn them into an airport. Under this central struggle another one lurks. The defaced map of the zone and the spray-painted message ‘Zad for Sale’ on the lighthouse, show how the end of the airport project has divided the Zad’s inhabitants. When I asked a long-term inhabitant, he described this as the latest feature of the zone’s ongoing “civil war”.

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Human Alchemy – Field Notes On Watching Emotions

30 May 2019 — Media Lens

Incident On The 17:11 From Victoria

‘Twas the night before Christmas. I’m heading back to the family home and enjoying a rare taste of my old life among the corporate sardines on the 17:11 from London Victoria. Appropriately enough, the tin can we’re in is packed and silent: a hundred opposable thumbs are twitching over a hundred touch screens. Not a word is spoken. I have a feeling that if I were to attempt to talk to any of the humanoids around me, it would be regarded as a situationist prank. You could hear an email drop.

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