‘Modern fascism is breaking cover’: Journalists react to Assange Espionage Act charges

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24-05-19 07:26:00,

The US government’s indictment of Wikileaks publisher Julian Assange on 17 additional charges under the Espionage Act has shocked and horrified journalists who are calling it an unprecedented attack on press freedom.

The new indictment claims Assange endangered the lives of individuals working for the US government when Wikileaks published leaked documents received from intelligence analyst Chelsea Manning in 2010. Under the draconian Espionage Act, which has never before been used against a journalist publishing classified information, Assange faces up to 10 years in prison for each charge.

Assange was complicit with Chelsea Manning…in unlawfully obtaining and disclosing classified documents related to the national defense,” the Department of Justice said in a statement, while National Security Division head John Demers insisted “Julian Assange is no journalist.”

Actual journalists, however, were horrified by the “unprecedented assault on the First Amendment.”

This is the first time in history that anyone operating in a journalistic capacity has been charged under the Espionage Act. If you claim to be an advocate for “press freedom” yet cheer this outrageous, unprecedented assault on the First Amendment, you’re just a complete idiot

— Michael Tracey (@mtracey) May 23, 2019

This is the first time in history that anyone operating in a journalistic capacity has been charged under the Espionage Act,” Michael Tracey tweeted, adding in another tweet that the charges represented “the gravest attack on the First Amendment in years — possibly ever.” Even the Obama administration, which prosecuted more whistleblowers under the Espionage Act than all previous administrations combined, ultimately opted not to pursue charges against Assange, concerned such prosecution would violate the First Amendment.

John Pilger didn’t mince words, declaring “Modern fascism is breaking cover” and warning mainstream media that they were next.

The war on Julian #Assange is now a war on all. Eighteen absurd charges including espionage send a burning message to every journalist, every publisher. The target today is #Assange. Tomorrow it will be you on the New York Times, you on the BBC. Modern fascism is breaking cover.

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Brazil: Fascism on the Verge of Power? – Global Research

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17-12-18 04:55:00,

The extreme right-wing candidate Jair Bolsonaro won the Brazilian presidential elections on 28 October in the second round with a margin of 11 million votes (all in all about 58 million or 55 per cent) against the candidate of the Workers’ Party (PT) Fernando Haddad with 47 million votes, representing 45 per cent of the vote. Another 40 million Brazilians did not vote or cast empty ballots instead. What is to be expected from the incoming presidency that starts on January 1, 2019? And why did voters turn to the radical right after 13 years of governments led by presidents from the PT plus two years of an interim neoliberal government that came to power via a parliamentary coup?

The spectacular fact is not what is visible at first sight – that the PT candidate Haddad lost – but that the traditional right-wing parties, the Brazilian Democratic Movement (PMDB) and the Brazilian Social Democratic Party (PSDB), sank into meaninglessness. Their candidates, Meirelles of the PMDB, the traditional party of rural elites and the incumbent president Michel Temer, got 1.2 per cent in the first round of the elections, and Geraldo Alckmin of the PSDB, the party of urban elites and the middle-classes, got 4.8 per cent of the votes.

The PMDB and the PSDB have never been mass parties with a fixed ideology, but rather, elite formations that moulded their ideology from left to right and back again, and all the while exercising a staunch right-wing agenda in practice. Thus, Bolsonaro was able to replace the traditional right by being a member of a nano-sized party, the Partido Social Liberal (PSL), that he had joined only on January 5, 2018.

The PT defended its position as the main opposition party, and as the biggest party bloc in parliament, despite fierce anti-PT propaganda from Bolsonaro and from all other opposition parties. The strongholds of the PT are the regional states in the poor Northeast, where Haddad obtained victories in both rounds and where regional governors from left-wing parties were elected.

Corruption, Crime, Family Values

One basis for the success of Bolsonaro was the anti-corruption movement that had swept the country with massive demonstrations in 2015 and 2016 and which formed the popular basis for the impeachment of president Dilma Rousseff in 2016.

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Is the US “Flirting With Fascism”?

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02-12-18 07:51:00,

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The United States is moving closer to fascism, says Henry A. Giroux, author of American Nightmare: Facing the Challenge of Fascism.

“We’re not talking about whether fascism can only be defined in terms of whether it mimics precisely the elements of fascism we saw in the past,” Giroux told Mary O’Connell during an interview on CBC’s “Ideas” radio program. “I think that America is at war with itself and I think that the elections proved that.”

Giroux also described how the US is changing “from a culture of shared responsibilities and shared values” to one dominated by “fear and bigotry.”

“We don’t talk about democracy anymore in the United States,” said Giroux.

Listen to the full interview with Henry A. Giroux on CBC Radio.

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The BJP and the Rise of Fascism in India. The Suspicious Death of Judge Loya – Global Research

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23-09-18 07:19:00,

The Fascist State organizes the nation, but it leaves the individual adequate elbow room. It has curtailed useless or harmful liberties while preserving those which are essential. In such matters the individual cannot be the judge, but the State only. The Fascist” 

– Benito Mussolini [1]

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With a population of over 1.2 billion people, the Republic of India is considered the world’s most populous democracy. Yet, civil liberties and the power of the masses to direct their affairs in their own interest are being undermined if developments in recent years are any indication.

Beyond the increasing incidence of lynchings and mob violence targeting minorities, and the severe crack-downs on dissent, there is significant doubts being raised about the sanctity of the rule of law. A story surfacing in the fall of 2017 has cast suspicion on the ability of the courts to rule independently of political influence.

On December 1, 2014, a judge with the country’s Central Bureau of Investigation was reported to have died of natural causes. Judge Brijgopal Loya had been presiding over one of the nation’s most high profile cases, that of a murder implicating the president of the governing BJP party.

Two investigative reports published in November of 2017, brought to the fore doubts expressed by Loya’s family about the account of his death. These doubts were corroborated by documents accessed by the author highlighting irregularities in the overall depiction of events around Loya’s death. The family also detailed attempts at bribery and intimidation of the judge in the weeks leading up to his untimely death at the age of 48.

To date, the response of officialdom has been to try to discredit the report and downplay the revelations therein.

India is a significant power. One of the world’s largest economies and a member of the powerful BRICS alliance of nations with strategic links with both the U.S. and Russia. What does a significant deterioration of the India’s democratic rights mean within a larger geopolitical context.

These are the questions we will be exploring in a special recently broadcast live to air edition of the Global Research News Hour.

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Zionist Fascism

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29-04-18 07:22:00,



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Het hoofd van Artsen zonder grenzen die gestationeerd zijn in Gaza heeft in onderstaande Video verklaard dat Israël niet alleen live ammunitie gebruikt maar dat het ook niet om normale kogels gaat.
Ze vertelt dat ze al meer als 600 gewonden hebben behandelt die neergeschoten waren en dat getal is al hoger als dat ze in heel 2014 (!!) hebben behandelt.
Ook vertelt ze dat de wonden buitengewoon ernstig zijn en dat velen van de gewonden nooit meer normaal …

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Het hoofd van Artsen zonder grenzen die gestationeerd zijn in Gaza heeft in onderstaande Video verklaard dat Israël niet alleen live ammunitie gebruikt maar dat het ook niet om normale kogels gaat.
Ze vertelt dat ze al meer als 600 gewonden hebben behandelt die neergeschoten waren en dat getal is al hoger als dat ze in heel 2014 (!!) hebben behandelt.
Ook vertelt ze dat de wonden buitengewoon ernstig zijn en dat velen van de gewonden nooit meer normaal zullen kunnen lopen en lichamelijk gehandicapt zullen blijven.
Dit door het gebruik van buitengewone kogels die als het ware exploderen in het lichaam waardoor de botten compleet vernietigd worden en gepaard gaan met heel veel bloedverlies.

Ze verklaarde ook dat veel van de gewonden kampen met zware infecties aan de wonden die heel moeilijk te behandelen zijn in Gaza en roept Israël op toestemming te geven deze gewonden buiten Gaza te laten behandelen.
Maar zoals we hebben gezien bij de pas overleden Journalist, Ahmed Abu Hussein (24) is dat niet iets waar Israël snel toestemming voor zal geven.
Hij overleed aan zijn verwondingen oa omdat Israël geen toestemming gaf om hem naar Ramallah over te plaatsen pas na 2 dagen lieten ze hem gaan met alle gevolgen van dien.
Israël is niet bezig met het helpen van gewonden maar met het maken van zoveel mogelijk gewonden.
Ernstige gewonden.
Israël is bezig met zoveel mogelijk,voornamelijk jeugdige, Palestijnen lichamelijk gehandicapt te maken.
Dat bewijst deze verklaring van het hoofd van de Artsen zonder grenzen Marie-Elisabeth Ingres uit Frankrijk zonder meer.  » Lees verder