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How Monsanto Lawyers Nixed a Felony Charge

[Justice]
How Monsanto Lawyers Nixed a Felony Charge
by Nick Schwellenbach
Posted February 24, 2020

Alice FisherJustice Department prosecutors were on the verge of charging biotech giant Monsanto with a felony for illegally spraying a banned, highly toxic pesticide and nerve agent in Hawaii, not far from beachside resorts on Maui.

“But then, according to an internal April 2019 government document viewed by the Project on Government Oversight (POGO), that decision was overruled.”

Monsanto had its Washington lawyers intervene at the highest levels of Department of Justice to stop the felony case.

A key attorney handling the matter for Monsanto was Latham & Watkins partner Alice S. Fisher. More…

The Facts:
A US corporation was successful in getting a regulatory agency that was supposed to watching this corporation, to drop a large pending legal case.

Reflect On:
Should corporations be allowed to corrupt our system? Would abolishing the Citizens United ruling and limiting donations to only individuals with small donation ceilings be a major step in addressing this corruption?

REVEALED: Chief magistrate in Assange case received financial benefits from secretive partner organisations of UK Foreign Office

[Justice]
REVEALED: Chief magistrate in Assange case received financial benefits from secretive partner organisations of UK Foreign Office
By Matt Kennard and Mark Curtis
Posted February 23, 2020

Lady and Lord Arbuthnot attend the Queen’s garden party at Buckingham Palace The senior judge overseeing the extradition proceedings of WikiLeaks publisher Julian Assange received financial benefits from two partner organisations of the British Foreign Office before her appointment, it can be revealed.

It can further be revealed that Lady Emma Arbuthnot was appointed Chief Magistrate in Westminster on the advice of a Conservative government minister with whom she had attended a secretive meeting organised by one of these Foreign Office partner organisations two years before.

Liz Truss, then Justice Secretary, “advised” the Queen to appoint Lady Arbuthnot in October 2016. Two years before, Truss — who is now Trade Secretary — and Lady Arbuthnot both attended an off-the-record two-day meeting in Bilbao, Spain.

The expenses were covered by an organisation called Tertulias, chaired by Lady Arbuthnot’s husband — Lord Arbuthnot of Edrom, a former Conservative defence minister with extensive links to the British military and intelligence community exposed by WikiLeaks. More…

The Facts:
The magistrate overseeing the Assange trial has proven conflicts of interest.

Reflect On:
Is there anyone who really believes that Assange will get a fair trial? When did reporting on criminal activity among the highest levels of government become a crime itself?

The Fight Against Government Face Surveillance: 2019 Year in Review

[Media]
The Fight Against Government Face Surveillance: 2019 Year in Review
By Nathan Sheard
Posted February 23, 2020

government surveillance of US citizensVendors woo law enforcement with a seemingly inexhaustible flow of new spy tech. This places concerned community members, civil society, and lawmakers in a seemingly Sisyphean struggle of trying to keep up with new technological threats to privacy, and to shepard the adoption of enforceable policy to protect essential civil liberties.

If 2018 was the year of communities standing together in the fight for democratic control over whether or not police may acquire surveillance technology, 2019 was the year that many of these same communities led the charge to ban government face surveillance.

The continued failure of federal elected officials to address the threat that face surveillance poses to rights promised in the First, Fourth, and Fourteenth Amendments only serves to underscore the importance of local and state-level bans and moratoria. More…

The Facts:
November saw Microsoft dispatch representatives to challenge Portland, ME’s proposed ban.

Reflect On:
Consider how corporations are now “partnering” with government to increase surveillance of citizens. Is this something that can be ignored?

 

Who Started It?: A (Reverse) Timeline of US/Iran Retaliations

[Politics]
Who Started It?: A (Reverse) Timeline of US/Iran Retaliations
by Maj. Danny Sjursen, USA (ret.)
Posted February 22, 2020

Neither party is questioning the Iran policiesWe, as Americans, are now living in different realities. The almost completely partisan response to Donald Trump’s decision to assassinate one of Iran’s top leaders proves that once and for all.

To listen to Mitch McConnell versus Nancy Pelosi – and just about all their underlings – argue about the execution, is to almost believe each are talking about a different event! It’s surreal. Trump hit Iran, he says, because Iran hit us. Trump calls Soleimani a “terrorist” mastermind; Iran calls the assassination an “act of terrorism.” Are both right? Who knows…but…who started this whole mess?!?

Truth is, few politicians or commentators on the mainstream left or right bother to ask who started the now open-shooting-conflict between Iran and America. More…

How the Syria War was Won

[Politics]
How the Syria War was Won
by Pepe Escobar
Posted February 21, 2020

destruction in SyriaSyria may be the biggest defeat for the CIA since Vietnam.

Yet that hardly begins to tell the whole story.

Allow me to briefly sketch in broad historical strokes how we got here.

It began with an intuition I felt last month at the tri-border point of Lebanon, Syria and Occupied Palestine; followed by a subsequent series of conversations in Beirut with first-class Lebanese, Syrian, Iranian, Russian, French and Italian analysts; all resting on my travels in Syria since the 1990s; with a mix of selected bibliography in French available at Antoine’s in Beirut thrown in. More…

Bloomberg’s Rising Polls Show The Power Of Billionaire Narrative Control

[Politics] [Media]
Bloomberg’s Rising Polls Show The Power Of Billionaire Narrative Control
by Caitlin Johnstone
Posted February 20, 2020

Bloomberg wants to buy himself the presidencyBack in November Mike Bloomberg was polling at four percent nationally and had the highest disapproval rating of any potential Democratic presidential candidate, and understandably so; the man has a uniquely horrible record and no redeeming traits to speak of.

Mike Bloomberg is not the first plutocrat to use his wealth to manipulate a US election, and he is not the first plutocrat to use his wealth to manipulate public perception. He’s just the first to do it so brazenly and ham-fistedly. The fact that it is both possible and easy for a billionaire to throw a vast fortune at an electoral race and drastically influence its direction tells us everything we need to know about the illusory nature of US democracy. And now it’s right out in the open.

As long as a small elite group are able to manipulate the way people think and vote, then you don’t have democracy, you have oligarchy. If that small elite group happens to be much wealthier than everyone else, then it’s a specific kind of oligarchy known as plutocracy. More…

City Tells Church it Will Lose Religious Designation Because it Shelters Homeless People

[Community]
City Tells Church it Will Lose Religious Designation Because it Shelters Homeless People
by John Vibes
Posted February 20, 2020

Church faces closing for feeding peopleEarlier this week, on Christmas Eve, an order from the city of Cleveland was posted on the door of the Denison Avenue United Church of Christ, demanding that they kick out the homeless people that they had been allowing to sleep on their property or face losing their status with the city as a religious organization.

The order came from the Cleveland Division of Fire, citing code violations that they claim are dangerous for the inhabitants. The city is following the letter of the law, in this case, suggesting that it is illegal to change the official use of the building without first filling out the required paperwork and making significant changes to the property. More…

Mistrial Is Another Blow To US Coup In Venezuela

[Justice] [Political]
Mistrial Is Another Blow To US Coup In Venezuela
By Kevin Zeese and Margaret Flowers
Posted February 19, 2020

Embassy protectors [left to right: David Paul, Margaret Flowers, Adrienne Pine, Kevin Zeese] outside of courtLast week, we along with Adrienne Pine and David Paul were unsuccessfully prosecuted by the Trump administration for our protection of the Venezuelan embassy in Washington, DC from April 10 to May 16, 2019. The jury was unable to reach a unanimous decision and so we remain innocent of the charge of interfering with the protective functions of the US Department of State. The judge declared a mistrial. It was a partial victory and we greatly appreciate the jurors who were able to see through the cloud of misinformation in the courtroom and vote to acquit us.

The day our trial started, Juan Guaido returned to Venezuela where he was harassed and physically assaulted by protesters. He is unable to muster support at home even from the opposition. Guaido’s presidential charade is fading but the United States has not given up on its regime change campaign in Venezuela. New sanctions are being imposed and there have been recent attacks of sabotage within the country that resemble ones backed by the US in other countries to cause disruption and discord. As Citizens of Empire, we must continue to oppose US intervention in other countries. More…

People Power in Romania Stopped a Mining Project. Now the Corporation Is Suing for Billions of Dollars

[Justice]
People Power in Romania Stopped a Mining Project. Now the Corporation Is Suing for Billions of Dollars.
by Stephanie Danielle Roth
Posted February 19, 2020

can we really expect a fair resolution from the World Bank?Nestled in Romania’s mountainous and resource-rich region of Transylvania, Rosia Montana is a pretty town with a history dating back 2000 years. This place, however, holds an ineffable importance that goes beyond its historical significance. Today, it is an inspiring example of how a group of stubborn local farmers fought for their homes, their community, their lands, and their cultural heritage in the face of an assault by a Canadian mining corporation, Gabriel Resources.

This corporation wanted to destroy Rosia Montana by turning it into Europe’s largest open-pit gold mine, posing a severe environmental threat due to the use of toxic cyanide. It was David against Goliath. Gabriel had the money, it had connections to the highest echelons of power, and it controlled Romania’s media via million-dollar publicity contracts. In Rosia Montana, they waged nothing short of a war — buying up vital communal infrastructure, such as shops, the local dispensary, etc. to close them down. They also offered money for homes and so divided the community, setting family members against each other. More…

The Facts:
The TPP agreement called for similar Investor State Dispute Settlements, except that they would have bypassed the traditional legal system in favor of arbitration held in private tribunals, adjudicated by corporate lawyers.

Reflect On:
How we need to remain vigilant of “trade agreements” that place corporate interests above national interests. Can we really expect a “fair” resolution from the World Bank arbitrators?

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