Court orders Julian Assange to stay in prison while awaiting US extradition

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14-09-19 04:51:00,

A judge has ordered Julian Assange to remain in prison indefinitely while awaiting extradition to the US because of his “history of absconding.”

The WikiLeaks founder was due to be released on September 22 after serving his sentence for breaching bail conditions when he sought refuge in the Ecuadorian Embassy in London. Assange spent almost seven years inside the embassy. 

On Friday the Westminster Magistrates’ Court claimed there were “substantial grounds” for believing he would flee if released from prison. District Judge Vanessa Baraitser said Assange’s lawyer had not made an application for bail on his behalf, adding “perhaps not surprisingly in light of your history of absconding in these proceedings.”

WikiLeaks and Assange’s mother Christine criticized the court proceedings, saying the judge had refused bail before the defense team had a chance to even request it.

This morning’s hearing was not a bail hearing, it was a technical hearing. Despite this, The magistrate preemptively refused bail before the defence requested it.

— WikiLeaks (@wikileaks) September 13, 2019

TODAY a corrupt British judge ordered he CONTINUE to be detained indefinitely in harsh Belmarsh maximum security prison

DESPITE serving his sentence for a minor bail violation,

for seeking/being granted political asylum 7 YEARS ago!

AND refused bail WITHOUT a bail hearing! https://t.co/CrxY7gKfvL

— Mrs Christine Assange (@AssangeMrs) September 14, 2019

The extradition hearing will start on February 25, 2020, after British Home Secretary Sajid Javid signed off on the extradition request in June. The Australian citizen is fighting extradition to the US where he faces prosecution for allegedly leaking government secrets. 

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New Oregon Law Orders Review of Research on Health Effects from Cell Phone and WiFi Radiation Exposure

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06-09-19 08:14:00,

By B.N. Frank

Decades ago research determined that exposure to cell phone and wireless WiFi radiation is harmful (see 1, 2).  Since then more research has confirmed the same thing.  This is being taken seriously outside of the U.S. already.

Unfortunately, current American guidelines, legislation, limits, and testing are VERY outdated and don’t apply to how most people use or are exposed to current wireless radiation emitting technology.  Even though “Microwave Sickness” also referred to as “Electromagnetic Sensitivity” has a long history as a recognized medical condition, it is often misdiagnosed because there are so many symptoms.

American Academy of Pediatrics and other experts say that children are more vulnerable to illness from exposure.  That’s why so many are trying to get WiFi in schools replaced with wired internet. 

Medications may mask symptoms but not necessarily forever.  Reducing exposure is the key.

Thanks to Oregon for taking a step in the right direction and setting a good example for other states.

Oregon Senate Bill 283 was signed into law on August 9, 2019 by the Governor. It orders the review of the independent peer-reviewed literature on the health effects from microwave radiation. It was effective beginning August 9.

Relating to exposure to radiation in schools in this state; and declaring an emergency.

Bill Summary

Directs Oregon Health Authority to review peer-reviewed, independently funded scientific studies of health effects of exposure to microwave radiation, particularly exposure that results from use of wireless network technologies in schools and to report results of review to interim committee of Legislative Assembly related to education not later than January 2, 2021.

Final Bill text:

AN ACT

Relating to exposure to radiation in schools in this state; and declaring an emergency.

Be It Enacted by the People of the State of Oregon:

SECTION 1.

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Bolivia Orders World’s Largest Air Tanker to Combat Amazon Fires – Global Research

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23-08-19 08:06:00,

Bolivia’s President Evo Morales announced on Wednesday that Bolivia had contracted a Boeing 747 ‘Supertanker’ to help extinguish huge forest fires in the Amazon that have that spilled over from Brazil. By Wednesday evening, the government confirmed that the tanker is arriving in the country and will be operational on Friday. 

The ‘Supertanker’ can carry more water than any other aircraft in the world, capable of flying with 115, 000 liters, equivalent to a 100 regular air tankers. Prior to the tanker’s arrival, the military will fly planes over the region to assess where exactly the tanker should focus.

There will also be three new helicopters, working with the three already in operation, working to extinguish the fires. Other measures include the creation of an ‘emergency cabinet’ and the dispatch of an extra 500 troops on Thursday morning, as reinforcement for the firefighters on the ground. There will also be around 10 light aircraft, putting out fires by fumigation.

On the first day of the fires spreading to Bolivia, President Evo Morales visited the areas and brought two helicopters to evacuate affected communities, along with large shipments of emergency food aid.

The new measures by the government come amid calls by right-wing opposition candidate Carlos Mesa to allow foreign aid to help put out the fires.

Nevertheless, Bolivia’s government has long rejected calls for outside intervention for natural disasters, arguing that Bolivia’s economy has developed enough to provide sufficient resources to cope, and must deal with issues internally to protect sovereignty. Speaking earlier in the year when flash floods hit the Department of Beni, Vice president Alvaro Garcia Linera said

“Bolivia has the resources…the era of begging [to outsiders] has passed, leave that to Carlos Mesa”.

Some have pointed to how international ‘emergency aid’ from the US often leads to militarization and occupation, such as that which took place in Haiti, following devastating earthquakes. There, relief operations were led by the US military’s Southern Command, and scholars have illustrated the subsequent role of USAID in working with US corporations in creating patterns of dependency in the country. One academic has described it saying,

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DoD Orders $250 Million Of Gas Masks – What Do They Know?

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30-03-19 10:04:00,

The U.S. Department of Defense (DoD) has awarded Avon Protection Systems Inc., Cadillac, Michigan, a $245,961,250 firm-fixed-price contract for production of M53A1 Chemical Biological Protective Mask systems, according to the DoD contract website.

The Army estimates M53A1 gas masks will start delivery in the second half of this financial year ending September. U.S. Army Contracting Command, Aberdeen Proving Ground, Maryland, will oversee the purchase order.

Avon Protection Systems is a world leader and major supplier to the military, law enforcement, first responders, and industrial sectors globally.

The M53A1 was developed to counter multiple threats encountered on the modern battlefield. “It provides excellent protection against traditional chemical and biological warfare agents, select Toxic Industrial Materials (TIMs) and particulate matter including radioactive dust,” read the M53 brochure.

According to the company, the M53A1 protects soldiers from chemical, biological, radiological and nuclear attacks. Specifically, the mask protects against mustard, sarin, soman, and VX nerve agents.

The order comes one month after the U.S. government introduced science-based guidelines for how first responders decontaminate large numbers of Americans after a chemical-weapons attack.

The guidelines, published last month, are the first in the U.S. to be based on extensive research and testing.

“Terrorist threats and the use of chemical weapons in Syria have heightened awareness of the need for improved preparedness against chemical attacks,” said Gary Disbrow, deputy director of the US Biomedical Advanced Research and Development Authority, which prepared the guidelines.

“First responders are supportive of the fact that it is evidence-based guidance, and not just, ‘We used this last time, and it seemed to work,’” he added.

With lightning speed, the Army and U.S. government have been actively preparing for a biological incident on the homeland. With threats harder to anticipate today, the act of preparation suggests some fears that an attack of some sort could be imminent.

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Xi orders PLA to step up war-preparation efforts – Global Times

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05-01-19 04:33:00,

Source:Global Times Published: 2019/1/4 23:28:40

The Guard of Honor of the Chinese People’s Liberation Army marches in Tiananmen Square. The flag-raising ceremony on the morning of the first day of 2019 at the square in downtown Beijing attracted more than 100,000 people from across the country. Photo: IC

Chinese President Xi Jinping on Friday demands the People’s Liberation Army (PLA) to strengthen its crisis awareness and enhance battle-related activity as the country faces increasing challenges.

“The world is facing a period of major changes never seen in a century, and China is still in an important period of strategic opportunity for development,” Xi said at a meeting of Central Military Commission (CMC) on Friday, warning that various risks and challenges were on the rise.

Xi, also general secretary of the Communist Party of China (CPC) Central Committee and chairman of the CMC, said the entire armed forces should have a correct understanding of China’s security and development trends, enhance their awareness of danger, crisis and war, and make solid efforts on combat preparations in order to accomplish the tasks assigned by the Party and the people, the Xinhua News Agency reported.

Xi also signed a mobilization order for the training of the armed forces, the CMC’s first order in 2019.

The order demands all PLA units to welcome the 70th anniversary of the founding of the People’s Republic of China with “excellent performance.”

The military parade to be held in the Tiananmen Square to honor the 70th anniversary will be the most important event in 2019, said Song Zhongping, a Beijing-based military expert and TV commentator.

The parade will be a demonstration of PLA’s real combat capability and its training results since 2018, added Song.

A military that can fight and win a war will be presented then, he said.

“Excellent performance means the capability to always effectively safeguard national security when the military is summoned at any time,” Song noted.

A mobilization meeting was also held on Friday by the CMC. 

This is the second time the CMC is holding a public activity among all PLA units.

The first such activity was held on January 3,

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Tanzania Orders Destruction of Monsanto / Gates’ GM Trials Due to Illegal Use for Pro-GM Propaganda – Global Research

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02-12-18 07:57:00,

Tanzanian civil society organisations (CSOs) welcome the decision of the Permanent Secretary of the Ministry of Agriculture, Livestock and Fisheries, Mathew Mtigumwe, to bring an immediate stop to all ongoing GM field trials taking place in the country. These are under the auspices of the Water Efficient Maize for Africa (WEMA) project which includes Monsanto, the Gates Foundation and national research centres. This decision has since been verified by the newly appointed Minister of Agriculture, Japheth Hasunga in latest media reports.

In a report issued by the Ministry, the Permanent Secretary ordered, with immediate effect, the cessation of all field trial operations and the destruction of all “the remnants” of the trials at the Makutupora Centre in Dodoma, where trials were taking place. This decision has come after the Tanzania Agriculture Research Institute (TARI) released the results of the trials without the necessary authorisation, when it invited certain members of the public, including the well-known pro GM lobbyist, Mark Lynas, to witness how ‘well’ the GM crops were performing. TARI also hosted a recent excursion to the trial site by the Parliamentary Committee on Food and Agriculture.

Unauthorised access to trial sites indicates collusion between biotech lobbyists and GM researchers paid by the Gates Foundation and others. Mark Lynas’s unethical social media hype uses Tanzania’s smallholder farmers in an instrumentalist way as a means to justify the introduction of GMO crops in the country, claiming that Tanzanians are poor and hungry. The statements of the pro-GM scientists have not yet been corroborated by the Ministry of Agriculture or related institutions such as the Tanzania Official Seed Certification Institute (TOSCI).

The biotech machinery both in Tanzania and elsewhere has supported a well-funded media campaign to spread pro GM propaganda and to push for the adoption of GM maize in the country, despite the questionable benefits for smallholder farmers. They have consistently made unsubstantiated claims about the GM varieties, including superior drought tolerance and resistance to fall army worm. In a media report ‘New push in pipeline for acceptance of GMO seed’, GMO trials were hailed as a “success” with the Director General of TARI claiming that ‘GMO seeds are a solution to the longstanding problems of pest invasions in farms across Tanzania’.

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Trump Orders Pay-Freeze For All Non-Military Federal Employees In 2019

Trump Orders Pay-Freeze For All Non-Military Federal Employees In 2019

30-08-18 05:24:00,

Are you suggesting that federal workers should pay into a pension fund without getting it? Are you suggesting that that would put them on a level playing field with the dual-earner, family-friendly / absenteeism-friendly crony parents who inhabit most of the decent-paying jobs in the corporate world—the only ones with extra money to sock away in 401ks?  

The dual-earner parents are the only ones who do not have to use their 401k money to cover rent between churn jobs since they have spousal income. 

I don’t see the difference between the highly paid federal employees and the highly paid, womb-privileged corporate employees.

It is as easy to maintain a 401k over time if you are an above-firing crony parent in a corporate job, with ample spousal income, as it is to hold a job in a situation where you can take off frequent mornings, days, afternoons and weeks beyond PTO and preggie leave without meeting quotas.

Do those corporate employees pay into 401ks without getting anything out of it?

I don’t think so. I see them covering posh zip-code houses, mortgages on second homes, private schools for the kiddos, fine dining out every week and 9 two-week vavations for busy-working parents per year, plus PTO and pregnancy leave, while contributing to their 401ks without missing a small or large luxury. 

Or, are you comparing apples and oranges?

Are you comparing dual-earner crony parents, who will have dual SS streams and other dual retirement income streams after they turn 65, to the MAJORITY, including the womb-productive citizens and noncitizens at the low end of the wage scale.

At the back end of life, they do not have the extra pension money from .gov, but their major household bills are paid by .gov all through their childbearing years. This is noncontributory, other than the sex and birthing that they give .gov. 

They get free groceries, subsidized rent, monthly cash assistance, free electricity, nearly free daycare so that the single-breadwinner mommas can work part time to stay under the income limits for welfare program—plus yearly, sex-and-reproduction, tax-cash rewards from the US Treasury Department called refundable child tax credits up to $6,431. 

Those mommas with .gov-financed monthly bills often spend their child-tax-credit cash,

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“Orders to Kill” Dr. Martin Luther King: The Government that Honors MLK with a National Holiday Killed Him | Global Research – Centre for Research on Globalization

“Orders to Kill” Dr. Martin Luther King: The Government that Honors MLK with a National Holiday Killed Him | Global Research – Centre for Research on Globalization

05-04-18 12:25:00,

In commemoration of Martin Luther King’s assassination, fifty years ago  on April 4, 1967, we bring to you this article by Edward Curtin first published on GR in January 2017.

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Very few Americans are aware of the truth behind the assassination of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Few books have been written about it, unlike other significant assassinations, especially JFK’s. For almost fifty years there has been a media blackout supported by government deception to hide the truth. 

And few people, in a massive act of self-deception, have chosen to question the absurd official explanation, choosing, rather, to embrace a mythic fabrication intended to sugarcoat the bitter fruit that has resulted from the murder of the one man capable of leading a mass movement for revolutionary change in the United States.  Today we are eating the fruit of our denial.

In order to comprehend the significance of this extraordinary book, it is first necessary to dispel a widely accepted falsehood about Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. William Pepper does that on the first page.

To understand his death, it is essential to realize that although he is popularly depicted and perceived as a civil rights leader, he was much more than that.  A non-violent revolutionary, he personified the most powerful force for the long-overdue social, political, and economic reconstruction of the nation.

In other words, Martin Luther King was a transmitter of a non-violent spiritual and political energy so plenipotent that his very existence was a threat to an established order based on violence, racism, and economic exploitation.  He was a very dangerous man.

Revolutionaries are, of course, anathema to the power elites who, with all their might, resist such rebels’ efforts to transform society.  If they can’t buy them off, they knock them off.  Forty-eight years after King’s assassination, the causes he fought for – civil rights, the end to U.S. wars of aggression , and economic justice for all – remain not only unfulfilled, but have worsened in so many respects.  And King’s message has been enervated by the sly trick of giving him a national holiday and urging Americans to make it “a day of service.”  Needless to say,

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