Both Tortuous and Torturous

6 January 2021 — Craig Murray

Magistrate Vanessa Bararitser walked into Westminster Magistrates Court No.1 at 10.12am this morning with the sunniest smile and most carefree disposition I have ever seen her adopt. Her shoulders appeared visibly lifted. She positively beamed at Clair Dobbin, counsel for the US government, as she invited her to put the case for the prosecution as to why Julian Assange should not be released on bail.

US govt-sponsored website Bellingcat disrupts MH17 trial in Netherlands

2 January 2021 — The Grayzone

Bellingcat has attacked defense attorneys and smeared witnesses in the trial over the downing of Malaysia Airlines Flight 17. Is it being used by Western intelligence services to steer the case in a particular direction?

(This report was originally published at Eric van de Beek’s personal website.)

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British Judge Keeps Julian Assange In Prison, Despite Denying Extradition Two Days Ago

6 January 2021 — The Dissenter

“As far as Mr. Assange is concerned, this case has not been won,” Judge Vanessa Baraitser declared. She said the United States government “must be allowed to challenge [her] decision.”

Kevin Gosztola    

 Photo: Ministry of Justice

A British district judge denied bail for WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange after a hearing in which the prosecution argued he had helped NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden “flee justice” and would abscond if released from the Belmarsh high-security prison.

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German Government Uses Lockdown to Sneak Deadly Pesticide

4 January 2021 — New Eastern Outlook

F. William Engdahl


Using the conditions of the most recent coronavirus lockdown, the German government’s agriculture minister has made a stealth decision, without open debate, to re-instate a banned class of systemic insecticides known as neonicotinoids. The German move follows a similar move by the French Macron government and puts the entire food security of the EU in serious danger. Ironically, or maybe not, the move comes at a time when food security worldwide is in grave stress owing to consequences of the global COVID lockdowns that have disrupted huge parts of the global food chains.

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UK: Will they misuse these powers?

4 January 2021 — Good Law Project

Under cover of Christmas, with less than a day for scrutiny, and with No Deal as the only alternative, Parliament passed the European Union (Future Relationship) Act 2020. The process was described by the venerable Hansard Society as “an abdication of Parliament’s constitutional responsibilities to deliver proper scrutiny of the executive and the law” and a “farce”.

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Power Grab: COVID-19 reinfection risk is virtually nonexistent, but ‘experts’ pretend otherwise

5 January 2021 — The Dossier

The ruling class is leveraging a massively overstated reinfection risk to continue sweeping up rights.

You’re not supposed to know that the chances of being infected with COVID-19 twice are so astronomically low that it’s only worth discussing if you also believe it’s important to warn the world about the dangers of falling into a sinkhole the moment you step outside your front door.

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