Several French journalists summoned by Macron’s security services, ‘warned’ about prison sentences A Le Monde journalist, the latest who was questioned by French security services, has refused to reveal her sources over stories she wrote exposing alleged corruption and cronyism in President Emmanuel Macron’s inner circle. rt.com/news/460603-journalist-protects-sources-benalla-dgsi/
The hangman of the Middle East: US-backed regime in Egypt hands down nearly 2,500 death sentences Egypt’s US-backed dictatorship of Gen. Abdel Fattah al-Sisi has sentenced 2,443 people to death since coming to power in a bloody coup in 2013, according to a report issued this week by the UK-based human rights group Reprieve. wsws.org/en/articles/2019/05/30/egyp-m30.html
Not angry, just ‘sad and disappointed’: Labour expels former spin doctor Alastair Campbell Tony Blair's former press secretary Alastair Campbell has been unceremoniously expelled from the Labour Party after he revealed that he voted for the Liberal Democrats in the European elections. rt.com/uk/460469-alastair-campbell-expelled-labour/
The US Government Botched Its Investigation Into The Mysterious “Sonic Attack” In Cuba, Emails Reveal According to interviews with public health officials and affected personnel, as well as documents obtained by BuzzFeed News via a Freedom of Information Act request that included hundreds of emails exchanged between researchers and the US Navy’s research office, much of the early research into the mystery may have been botched or biased. buzzfeednews.com/article/danvergano/havana-syndrome-research-cuba-sonic-attack archive.is/vIszO
US energy department rebrands gas exports 'molecules of freedom' US energy officials appeared to rebrand natural gas produced in the country as "freedom gas", in a statement announcing an increase in exports. bbc.com/news/world-us-canada-48454674
Imperial Joe: Biden Trades Bread and Circuses for War Bread and circuses pacified the Roman masses while the emperors with their legions patrolled far borders to pacify barbarians who resisted joining the empire. Joe Biden updated this governing method at his presidential campaign launch rally in Philadelphia.He offered a buffet of appetizing items to improve America’s education, infrastructure, health care and climate policies. He pledged to unite the nation and restore its soul and backbone. And he said not a word about the country’s ongoing and looming wars.He looked abroad only to lament that Trump’s antics and his affections for “dictators and tyrants” like Putin and Kim “undermine our standing around the world.”Silence about the wars allowed him to pretend their cost would never shrink or spoil the buffet selections he was dangling before the masses. But that’s a mirage.Conjuring money (debt and “quantitative easing”) might pay for these wars and the huge military apparatus that backs them, at the risk of turning inflation into an enemy more menacing than the restive natives out on the imperial frontier. But what would it cost to pay with real money?Machinery of EmpireIf Google is truthful, the US has nearly 800 military bases abroad (UK, France, Russia combined have 30, China has 2). These range from isolated radar stations to Little Americas with shopping centers, bowling alleys, fast fooderies, beauty parlors, basketball and tennis courts, golf courses etc, besides the attached military operations. counterpunch.org/2019/05/30/imperial-joe-biden-trades-bread-and-circuses-for-war/
Trump Is Attacking the First Amendment. Not Enough Progressives Are Pushing Back. month ago, when much of the political establishment was celebrating the arrest of Julian Assange and his indictment by the Trump administration, ostensibly for the crime of hacking, many prominent left-wing figures warned against this behavior. While Assange had seemingly been charged with committing a narrow crime, voices on the left warned that, given the nature of the Trump administration and the actual details of the indictment, there was a good chance it was simply a prelude to a more explicit assault on the First Amendment later on.To what should be no one’s surprise, that’s exactly what has happened, with the Trump Justice Department indicting Assange last week on seventeen counts of violating the Espionage Act, the antiquated World War I-era law originally enacted to prevent military secrets from being passed on to an enemy power, but used predominantly by Obama and Trump to shut down unflattering leaks about their administrations. jacobinmag.com/2019/05/julian-assange-press-freedom
Mike Pence declares war on the world at West Point The commencement address Trump's VP, Mike Pence, gave to West Point graduates recently goes down in history for all the wrong reasons.It was an address littered with war talk that was so extreme it was more compatible with a speech you would expect to hear from a character in a Hollywood spoof than from a leading politician and government official.This was no spoof, though, be assured, and as such the world needs to wake up to the fact that this administration is staffed with enough cranks and crackpots to fill an entire ward.Here, for your consideration, is one of the more tame sections of Pence’s West Point commencement address: “It is a virtual certainty that you will fight on a battlefield for America at some point in your life. You will lead soldiers in combat. It will happen. Some of you may even be called upon to serve in this hemisphere.”The country that instantly springs to mind upon reading the above passage is Venezuela, which for the past few months has existed in the crosshairs of US aggression, subjected to savage economic sanctions which according to Washington-based think tank, Center for Economic and Policy Research, have killed more than 40,000 people since they were introduced by the Trump administration in 2017. rt.com/op-ed/460543-pence-west-point-war/
TYBNA3.0! But please, don't give the bloody Guardian any views. Check this link: theguardian.fivefilters.org/how-to-share/ Especially after stuff like >Vicky Freeman, an actor and model Btw, moving to Australia expecting it to be cheaper than anywhere else is bollocks… I guess she hasn't got money to get further from Kiwiland than that.
Expect a song by Ted Nugent on that.
I hope you're using a safe and reliable VPN. Btw, ever heard about a certain Giulio Regeni?