Julian Assange News Links 20 July 2019

20 July 2019 — The New Dark Age

The US Police-State Is Now Undeniable: The Assange Case

‘Anti-Trump’ CNN Presstitute Defends Trump’s Persecution Of Assange

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Britain Pirates Iranian Ship ‘Grace 1’ – Iran Responds – Takes British Tanker Hostage – (Updated 3x)

20 July 2018 • 18:08 UTC — Moon of Alabama

Updated 3 x  below

On July 4 the Brits used their colonial outlet Gibraltar to steal the Iranian tanker ‘Grace 1’ and its load of 2 million barrel of oil. The Iranian Revolutionary Guard Corps then threatened to take similar measures against British ships. Today Gibraltar announce that it will hold the ‘Grace 1’ for another month. We can guess that those plans will soon change.

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Revolutions Are Not the Train Ride, but the Human Race Grabbing for the Emergency Brake: The Twenty-Ninth Newsletter (2019)

July 18 2019 — Tri-Continental

There is a geography to human suffering; one that subordinates the well-being of the majority of the world’s people to the interests of a small handful of billionaires. In this world, the powerful not only control social wealth; they also control the public policy discussion — and what counts as intellectually correct. In this world, solutions to prevent human death and suffering are forgone in order to invest in developments that further the wealth and comfort of the few. Over the past few decades, pressure from institutions such as the International Monetary Fund and the World Bank as well as from commercial banks has narrowed the scope for State intervention against poverty. The general theory is to hope that poverty can be made history through philanthropy and charity. All eyes turn to the billionaires, hoping that they will donate their wealth to eradicate the imbalances in the world. But these donations are meagre, their impact inconsequential. Above all, this theory fails to ask why people are poor, precisely because it is the poverty of the masses that generates the wealth of a handful of billionaires.

Netpol condemns calls for expanding surveillance on “far left, anarchist and environmentalist” groups

17 July 2019 — Netpol

Extinction Rebellion protesters in London in November 2018PHOTO: Julia Hawkins on Flickr

The report published today by conservative think-tank Policy Exchange, attacking campaigners from Extinction Rebellion, is a direct call for expanding surveillance on “far left, anarchist and environmentalist extremism”.

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The UK’s dubious role in the new tanker war with Iran by Prabir Purkayastha

20 July 2019 — MROnline

USS STARK (FFG-31) listing to port after being hit by two Iraqi Exocet missiles

Credit Line: This article was produced in partnership by Newsclick and Globetrotter, a project of the Independent Media Institute.

The standoff between the U.S.and Iran is now developing into a reenactment of the tanker wars in the Persian Gulf during the 1980–88 Iran-Iraq War. The United Kingdom seems to have become a part of the U.S.scheme of baiting Iran into military action, triggering a war. How else do we make sense of its seizure of an Iranian supertanker with 2 million barrels of crude in the Gibraltar waters? Has Britain added its name to the B-team (named after the alliterative names of its members: John Bolton, Benjamin “Bibi” Netanyahu, and Mohammad bin Salman) against Iran? Or is the UK, with Brexit looming over it, buttering the U.S.’s bread?

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