United States continue bombing everyone, especially in Iraq and Syria [US Department of Defense - 24/8/16]

 

 

A 20-year old Afghan migrant was shot dead in woods in Serbia near the border with Bulgaria overnight, the defence ministry said.

A member of a hunting party was detained at the scene on suspicion of shooting the man late on Tuesday, the ministry added, without saying whether authorities were investigating a murder or an accident. ... [Reuters - 24/8/16]

 

 

‏@zolinphoto  [24/8/16]: Apparently there has been an arson attack at #Notara #squat in #Athens, that host and help #refugees since months  

 

 

Refugee creates project ‘Drones for migrants’ to help save migrants Crossing the seas to Greece [Greek Reporter - 24/8/16]

 

 

Several coast guard vessels and privately owned craft on Wednesday were searching for a boat believed to be carrying some 60 refugees and migrants off the coast of Rhodes.

The search was launched after the boat issued an SOS signal over the European 112 help line earlier in the day indicating that it was adrift some 20 miles east of the southeastern Aegean island’s Faliraki Bay.

Reports suggested that efforts to locate the troubled vessel were ongoing. [Ekathimerini - 24/8/16]

 

 

EU signs deal to train Libyan coastguard to stop refugees fleeing on boats [EU Observer - 23/8/16]

 

 

Day 158 refugee protests, Nauru

 

 

Image: ‏@elahe_zivardar [24/8/16]

 

 

... Extensive use of mefloquine at Manus Island was "part of our overall dereliction of duty," to detainees, he [Paul Stevenson,  psychologist] said, adding that workers had also suffered ill-effects. ... [Sydney Morning Herald - 24/8/16]

 

 

Behrouz Boochani [24/8/16]:

 

I just recieved these photos from Port Moresby hospital.

The immigration is transferring about eight patient refugees from Port Moresby hospital to Manus prison by police force.

The immigration had kept them for about three months and all of the refugees claim that they did not receive any medical treatment but were kept imrisoned in a small room.

These guys had such bad experiences while they were in the Port Moresby. firstly the protest against the government was near their place and i remember that they had such scary days during that time.

Secondly a guard beat one of them very badly and during the third time an armed robber held two of them as a hostage for about half an hour.

Some of them self-harmed and several times they held a hunger strike.

Now they are transferring them like criminals.

I have a question? Why were they held in such a bad place for about three months and received no treatment?

Why do they torture some patient refugees and use their sickness as a tool to put pressure on them?

Finally - and this is an important question - why are they transferring them like they are criminals?

 

 

And will the men currently being subjected to Australia's anti-refugee torture policy be asked for their input?  What about UNHCR Australia's Thomas "send in the military" Albrecht?  Will he be there? ---> ‏@OzRefugeeCounc  [24/8/16]:  Book now for what will be an interesting,thought provoking discussion from @KaldorCentre and @rightsagenda ...  

 

 

No you aren't.  ---> We're a disparate group of Australians doing the work our government won't.

...

When I heard that a woman who attempted to seek asylum in Australia but had her boat returned to Vietnam was about to be sent to jail, leaving her kids with no parent and facing life in an orphanage, I started a crowd fund.

The four children of a Vietnamese woman, who will be sent to jail for trying to seek asylum in Australia, were set to be forced to leave school and live in an orphanage.

But the Australian people have done something the Australian government couldn’t – or wouldn’t – and have raised enough money to ensure the children can stay at school and be cared for by relatives. ... [Guardian - 24/8/16]

 

 

If you were "doing the work our government won't", you would find out if it was Bottrell who was lying, or the Vietnamese government [ABC - 26/5/16]:

 

... Tran told Radio Free Asia (RFA) before sentencing that both Australian and Vietnamese officials had given the group assurances they would not be punished, before they were returned.

...

Australian Border Force officials have previously said they were given assurances by Vietnam that asylum seekers returned to the country would not be punished.

In May 2015, Major General Andrew Bottrell told a Senate estimates hearing the Vietnamese Government had put the pledge in writing. ...

 

 

LNP and ALP reiterate unity ticket on Australia's torture, imprisonment and exile of refugees [Nine MSN - 24/8/16]

 

 

"The problem is with these laws, we weren't getting any convictions."

 

Queensland Attorney-General, Yvette D'Ath  [Nine MSN - 5/4/16]

 

 

Prodded by Murdoch Press, Palaszczuk restates her commitment to removing what remains of Queenslanders' rights [Yahoo - 24/8/16]

 

 

Queensland government announces expanded police powers on same day Attorney-General hopes for more convictions with toughened anti-rights [VLAD] laws [Premier and Police Minister Media Release - 5/4/16]

 

 

More police deployed to pacify Cape York community resisting apartheid and race-based policing [QPS Media - 24/8/16]:

 

Police investigating a disturbance which resulted in officers being threatened and a police vehicle damaged at Pormpuraaw on Monday night (August 22) have charged several people.

A 19-year-old local man was charged with two counts of serious assault and one count each of wilful damage of police property and committing a public nuisance offence.

He is scheduled to appear in the Cairns Magistrates Court this morning.

Three women aged 19, 41 and 48 and two men aged 27 and 36 were charged with wilful damage of police property and are expected to appear in the Pormpuraaw Magistrates Court on September 12.

A 15-year-old girl was also charged with wilful damage of police property and possession of a drug utensil and will be dealt with under the provisions of The Youth Justice Act 1992.

Additional police resources were dispatched to the community yesterday morning and investigations into the incidents is continuing. ...

 

 

A year ago a 10-year-old boy was charged with burning down the Pioneer Police Beat.

The crime was acknowledged by assistant commissioner Paul Taylor as “the straw that broke the camel’s back” as it happened in the aftermath of increased concerns of juvenile crime in the community. 

An additional 30 police officers were flown in from Townsville and Cairns as part of Operation Respect, and regular taskforce meetings in Mount Isa among department director-generals and cabinet ministers were held to target local youth crime.

The outcome and sentence for the 10-year-old boy in the closed Mount Isa Magistrates Court was never revealed to the public.  ...  [North West Star - 24/8/16]

 

 

Giggle and hoot as children are tortured in Queensland prisons [Brisbane Times - 23/8/16]

 

 

... "They [youths] are more disturbed when they come out then they were when they were in there." Former Queensland youth detention worker 'took abuse concerns to Government in April' [ABC - 20/8/16]

 

 

 

This Sunday, the Queensland Police Museum are hosting an "informative and educational" lecture about police dogs

 

 

PD Oakley spreads the woof about Dogs on Patrol – we are all ears PD Oakley! [QPS Media - 23/3/16]

 

 

... In 2014, a child on a roof threatened to self-harm or suicide by hanging.

A security guard and his dog were deployed to the scene, which was found to increase the young person’s anxiety.

In August 2015, a guard allowed an un-muzzled dog to approach an Indigenous girl in an “aggressive manner” while she was attempting to get out of a pool.

Amnesty International has documented the use of dogs to instil fear into prisoners as a torture method used around the world. ... [Amnesty - 18/8/16]:

 

 

Police officer stood down, Brisbane Region [QPS Media - 24/8/16]:

 

 A 25-year-old female Constable from Brisbane Region has been stood down from official duty with the Queensland Police Service.

The officer is subject of an investigation in relation to providing false information in respect of a declarable associations report and accessing information without authorisation.

 

 

Police officer stood down, South Eastern Region [QPS Media - 24/8/16]:

 

A 32-year-old male Senior Constable from the South Eastern Region has been stood down from official duty with the Queensland Police Service.

The officer is the subject of an investigation relating to causing a public nuisance at a licenced premises.

 


Queensland police officer investigated after allegedly helping mate find ex-wife despite domestic violence order [ABC - 20/8/16]

 

 

Hamdi Alqudsi breaks down in court, declares 'I'm not a terrorist' [ABC - 24/8/16]

 

 

Immigration agents and federal police round up 34 illegal unpeople for deportation [Nine MSN - 24/8/16]:

 

Dozens of suspected illegal Malaysian workers have been swept up in regional NSW raids by immigration agents and federal police.

Among those captured on Monday were 14 "unlawful non-citizens" and 20 "lawful non-citizens" allegedly working in breach of their visa restrictions in the agricultural sector at Woolgoolga, near Coffs Harbour.

A group of 32 adults has been taken to Villawood Immigration Detention Centre in Sydney ahead of their deportation to Malaysia, while two minors are being held elsewhere, Immigration Minister Peter Dutton said.



 

Homicide, Home Hill [QPS Media - 24/8/16]

 

 

... English victim, Mia Ayliffe-Chung, aged 21, was killed during the frenzied and brutal attack.

According to reports she had only been in Townsville for a short period of time doing various farm work in the region.

Ayliffe-Chung was a former waitress at The Bedroom, a nightclub on the Gold Coast for the past six months. ... [Yahoo - 24/8/16]

 

 

A man has died after being stabbed at a workshop in southern Queensland. Police say the victim, a 43-year-old man, was found with "apparent stab wounds" at a residence in Mundubbera, west of Maryborough, on Tuesday morning.

He was rushed to Mundubbera Hospital where he later died.

A crime scene has been established and investigations are continuing. ... [Yahoo - 23/8/16]

 

 

The 15-year search for murdered Queensland mum Patricia Anne Riggs ended when a home-owner started building a retaining wall in his backyard and discovered skeletal remains.

Ms Riggs, a mother of four, went missing on September 30, 2001 from her home in Janet Street, Margate.

On Sunday, her remains were found in the backyard of the home she had lived in with her husband Edmund Ian Riggs, who had since moved to Dickie Beach.

After a three day search by police, which ended Tuesday, Riggs was charged with murder and interfering with a corpse. ... [Yahoo - 24/8/16]

 

 

Man beaten unconscious in Tweed Heads home invasion [MYGC - 24/8/16]

 

 

Man on the run after violent altercation in Southport [MYGC - 24/8/16]

 

 

Police are investigating after three shots were fired outside a house in Redbank this morning.

The incident occurred around 10.00am at a house on Spencer Street at which time three shots were fired.

It is understood that two men approached the rear of the house at which time they were confronted by a 37-year-old male occupant of the house.

After a brief conversation, one of the two men discharged a firearm three times.

The men then fled through the back yard of a Law Street address to a vehicle parked at a nearby business before driving away, onto the Ipswich Motorway towards Ipswich.

Police are searching for a white Nissan Patrol (pictured below) seen leaving the area at the time of the incident. Nobody was injured in the incident. ... [QPS Media - 24/8/16]

 

 

A man’s threatened a service station worker with a knife during a failed robbery attempt at Greenbank north of the Gold Coast. ... [MYGC - 23/8/16]

 

 

Two people have been rushed to hospital, one in a serious condition, after a horror two-car smash on the Gold Coast this morning.

Emergency services raced to Edmund Rice Drive at Southport around 9.50am after receiving reports two cars had collided. ... [MYGC - 24/8/16]

 

 

A woman is fighting for life after she was involved in a serious car crash at Underwood north of the Gold Coast on Monday evening.

She is in the Royal Brisbane and Women’s Hospital after two cars collided at the intersection of Kingston and Compton Roads at 11:15pm.

Two other people were taken to hospital. 

A 26-year-old Raceview man to the RBWH with leg and ankle injuries.

A 53-year-old man was transported to the Princess Alexandra Hospital with non-life threatening injuries.

The Forensic Crash Unit is investigating. [MYGC - 23/8/16]

 

 

Dozens of airports across Australia being monitored for toxic foam contamination [ABC - 24/8/16]

 

 

Conservation groups are calling for federal intervention to clean up Darwin Harbour, five days after an oil spill.

The spill is believed to cover about 30 square kilometres across the harbour, down from about 53 square kilometres on Friday.

It is not yet known what caused the spill, although authorities said it appeared there had been an attempt to clean it up as the oil was mixed with dispersant. ... [Nine MSN - 24/8/16]

 

 

Multinational oil company Puma Energy may be responsible for a major oil spill over the weekend in the tourist destination Puerto Sandino, on Nicaragua's Pacific coast, contaminating nearly a mile of mangroves and now the coasts of Honduras and Costa Rica.

Costa Rica University oceanographer Omar Lizano reported Monday that the oil had reached the Gulf of Fonseca, shared by the three Central American countries, and was now affecting the beaches and mangroves' exceptional biodiversity. ... [teleSUR - 22/8/16]

 

 

A humpback whale calf that became stranded on a Queensland beach has been euthanised.

The mammal washed ashore on Woodgate Beach on Queensland's Burrum Coast on Thursday with what witnesses said appeared to be shark bites. ... [Yahoo - 23/8/16]

 

 

North Korea fires submarine-launched ballistic missile toward Japan [Reuters - 23/8/16]

 

 

It's pretty simple ---> "WE ARE ASKING THE WORLD TO TAKE US FROM THE HELL" - Day 157 refugee protests, Nauru - ‏@InsurrectNews [22/8/16]

 

 

... “We are making a personal appeal to Mr Turnbull and Mr (Bill) Shorten: please put human dignity above politics by agreeing to work together,” Sr Cavanagh said. ... Catholics plea for refugees in ‘soul-destroying limbo’ [Catholic Leader - 24/8/16]

 

 

It's a bit too newsy for Australia's pro-torture, pro-refugee concentration camp media [RNZI - 24/8/16]:

 

A Papua New Guinea lawyer Ben Lomai is expected to apply for the Supreme Court today to make a 'summary judgment' on the plight of the refugees sent by Australia on Manus. ...

 

 

 Lawyer to apply for a summary judgment with regard to the release, compensation and resettlement of Australia's political prisoners on Manus Island [PNG Loop - 23/8/16]:

 

The residents held at the Regional Processing Centre in Manus will now be seeking summary judgment before the Supreme Court.

Following the court’s decision on Monday to discharge the inquiry conducted by the Chief Justice, the transferees in Manus, who are now called residents, will proceed their case with the two separate enforcement applications they filed earlier.

The residents’ lawyer, Ben Lomai, will now continue their case in court with the two Supreme Court Enforcement Applications; SCAPP No. 04 of 2015 filed Behnam Satah & 301 others and SCAPP No. 03 of 2016, filed by Mohammad Nure Alam & 287 others against the state.

They will be seeking their release from the detention centres and compensation for breach of their constitutional rights.

They will also be asking the court to order that the PNG Government consult with the Australian Government to facilitate resettlement of all the asylum seekers and refugees back to Australia or to a third country. ...

 

 

‏@michelleaortiz1 [22/8/16]:  22 mothers detained at the Berks Detention Center are on a hunger strike demanding their freedom. ...

 

 

Another 16,000 unaccompanied minors from Guatemala, El Salvador and Honduras, never made it to the U.S. as they were stopped at the Mexican border.

More than 26,000 unaccompanied child refugees from Central America were arrested at the United States border in the first six months of 2016, UNICEF said Tuesday.

The United Nations' children's agency also said another 16,000 unaccompanied minors from Guatemala, El Salvador and Honduras, never made it to the U.S. as they were stopped at the Mexican border, which the U.S. government has paid to step up its immigration enforcement, effectively outsourcing its deportations. ... [teleSUR - 23/8/16]

 

 

It’s children against Federal lawyers in immigration court [New York Times - 20/8/16]:

 

... After a long, scary trek through three countries to escape the gang violence in El Salvador, a 15-year-old boy found himself scared again a few months back, this time in a federal immigration court here.

There was an immigration judge in front of him and a federal prosecutor to his right. But there was no one helping him understand the charges against him. ...

 

 

A rare glimpse of Abu Zubaydah 14 years after first CIA torture session [The Intercept - 24/8/16]:

 

... Abu Zubaydah, a Palestinian whose real name is Zayn al Abidin Muhammad, was captured in a raid of a Faisalabad, Pakistan, house on March 28, 2002, suffering severe bullet wounds.

The interrogation techniques used on him included stress positions, sleep deprivation, insects placed in a confinement box, and waterboarding, among others.

Most notably perhaps, he was waterboarded 83 times.

“He spent a total of 266 hours (11 days, 2 hours) in the large (coffin size) confinement box and 29 hours in a small confinement box, which had a width of 21 inches, a depth of 2.5 feet, and a height of 2.5 feet,” according to the Senate torture report.

 “The CIA interrogators told Abu Zubaydah that the only way he would leave the facility was in the coffin-shaped confinement box.” ...

 

 

Afghan refugee travels 400km to Italy strapped under truck [Khaleej Times - 23/8/16]

 

 

A US soldier lost his life in an Improvised Explosive Device (IED) explosion in the restive Helmand province in southern Afghanistan, the US Forces for Afghanistan (USFOR-A) said.

According to a statement by USFOR-A, the soldier succumbed to his injuries during the operationss near Lashkargah city, provincial capital of Helmand province. ... [Khaama - 23/8/16]

 

 

Afghan, US forces launch joint offensive in Helmand [Pajhwok - 23/8/16]

 

 

Israeli activist seeks asylum in Canada [Electronic Intifada - 22/8/16]:

 

... Earlier this month, Erdan and interior minister Aryeh Deri formed a task force to prevent the entry of foreign activists Israel claims are affiliated with organizations that support BDS and expel those who have already entered territories under Israeli control.

“This is a necessary step, given the evil intentions of the delegitimization activists working to spread lies and distortions about the reality in our region,” Erdan said.

Paz told The Electronic Intifada he had been thinking seriously about seeking asylum since a speech Erdan gave in June at the Herzliya conference, a high-profile annual gathering of Israel’s political and military elites.

“The message has to be that it’s not worth being a BDS activist,” Erdan said.

“Anybody who works to delegitimize Israel, to bring an end to the Zionist enterprise, they should know that there will be a price.”

“I made the decision after the speech of Gilad Erdan; I concluded that I am not going to have any choice,” Paz said.

“I am assuming that this speech and the [transparency law] was aimed to give a clue to people that we do not have any more place in Israel.” ...

 

 

Meanwhile, on Monday night, Hillary Clinton faced protests by Palestinian rights activists outside a fundraising event at the Beverly Hills estate of billionaire Haim Saban.

Saban has contributed millions to one of Clinton’s super PACs.

Many of the donations came after Clinton herself wrote a letter to Saban expressing her "alarm" over the growing Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions movement.

BDS is an international campaign to pressure Israel to comply with international law and respect Palestinian rights.

In the July 2, 2015, letter, Clinton wrote, "I know you agree we need to make countering BDS a priority. I am seeking your advice on how we can work together." [Democracy Now - 23/8/16]

 

 

Defiant Celtic fans’ game changer for Palestine [Middle East Monitor - 23/8/16]:

 

... MAP [Medical Aid for Palestinians] has thanked the Celtic fans publicly on its website here and confirms that all funds will go to mending broken limbs in Gaza and other vitally important projects in the Occupied Palestinian Territories and refugee camps.

Aida is one of 19 refugee camps in the occupied West Bank; it has for 66 years played temporary home to Palestinians expelled forcibly by Israel from their homes in Hebron and Jerusalem.

Aida’s residents live in the shadow of Israel’s apartheid wall, cut off from social and economic opportunities by the concrete monstrosity, neighbouring illegal Jewish settlements and military checkpoints.

For the young people of the camp, the Lajee Centre at its heart offers hope and an escape from the realities of life under Israeli occupation. Its programme of arts, culture and sporting activities are a lifeline for its impoverished and oppressed people. ...

 

 

The United Nations and Palestinian factions from across the political spectrum reacted with outrage after Palestinian security officers arrested  a Palestinian man and beat him to death in prison Tuesday morning, with the UN denouncing the killing as an “apparent extrajudicial execution.”

Meanwhile, Palestinian political parties issued statements condemning the act, with Hamas saying the killing marked a new height in the Palestinian Authority's (PA) security collaboration with Israel, and Fatah -- the PA's dominant party -- accusing Hamas of taking advantage of the incident to “mislead the Palestinian people.”  ... [Maan - 23/8/16]

 

 

Israeli naval forces open live fire at Palestinian fishing boats off Gaza coast [Maan - 23/8/16]

 

 

Israeli Occupation Forces (IOF) on Tuesday overnight have carried wide raids on homes and shops all over the West Bank, causing clashes, injuries and arrests.

According to the Israeli army, 15 Palestinians have been arrested over allegations of involvement in anti-occupation activism.

Raids and arrests included Qalqilya, Ramallah, Jerusalem, Bethlehem, Hebron, Tubas and Jenin. ... [PNN - 23/8/16]

 

 

US Army Mideast Commander Joseph Votel visits Lebanon [Naharnet - 23/8/16]

 

 

The Karachi offices of Pakistan’s ARY news channel were ransacked by alleged supporters of the Muttahida Qaumi Movement (MQM).

Police report shots were fired before political activists entered the building.

Senior Police Superintendent Saqib Ismail says the protesters are MQM supporters who, local media report, are angry about the lack of coverage of a hunger strike. [EURO News - 23/8/16]


 

The death machine never misses a beat ---->  U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry made "very strong commitments" on ways to ramp up military assistance to help Nigeria defeat the extremist group Boko Haram, a senior U.S. official said on Tuesday.

In talks with Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari, Kerry "made very, very strong commitments to the government that we are going to look at what we can do differently," the official said, adding that Kerry had told his staff to look at ways to boost military cooperation with Nigeria. ...  [Reuters - 23/8/16]

 

 

John Kerry meets northern Nigerian religious leaders in Sokoto [Nigeria Today - 23/8/16]

 

 

A Muslim mob in northern Nigeria has killed eight people after torching the house of a man who tried to save a Christian student accused of blasphemy, police said Tuesday. ... [Yahoo - 23/8/16]

 

 

Boko Haram leader Shekau fatally wounded in air raid - army [News 24 - 23/8/16]

 

 

Roanoke County stabbing suspect was hearing voices before attack [WDBJ7- 23/8/16]

 

 

In Oklahoma, funeral services were held Friday for Khalid Jabara, a Lebanese-American man police say was shot dead by his next-door neighbor in a possible hate crime.

Police say Stanley Majors will be charged with first-degree murder.

Majors has harassed the Jabara family for years.

The August 12 killing came less than a year after Majors was arrested and jailed for hitting Jabara’s mother with his car while she was jogging.

At the time, the mother, Haifa Jabara, already had a restraining order against Majors, after he had threatened and harassed her.

But eight months later, Majors was released on $60,000 bond even though Tulsa County prosecutors called him "a substantial risk to the public.” ... [Democracy Now - 23/8/16]

 

 

Provoking nuclear war by media, John Pilger [RT/ICH - 23/8/16]: 

 

The exoneration of a man accused of the worst of crimes, genocide, made no headlines. Neither the BBC nor CNN covered it.

The Guardian allowed a brief commentary.

 Such a rare official admission was buried or suppressed, understandably. It would explain too much about how the rulers of the world rule.

The International Criminal Tribunal for the Former Yugoslavia (ICTY) has quietly cleared the late Serbian president, Slobodan Milosevic, of war crimes committed during the 1992-95 Bosnian war, including the massacre at Srebrenica.

Far from conspiring with the convicted Bosnian-Serb leader Radovan Karadzic, Milosevic actually “condemned ethnic cleansing”, opposed Karadzic and tried to stop the war that dismembered Yugoslavia.

Buried near the end of a 2,590-page judgement on Karadzic last February, this truth further demolishes the propaganda that justified NATO’s illegal onslaught on Serbia in 1999.

Milosevic died of a heart attack in 2006, alone in his cell in The Hague, during what amounted to a bogus trial by an American-invented “international tribunal”.

Denied heart surgery that might have saved his life, his condition worsened and was monitored and kept secret by US officials, as WikiLeaks has since revealed.

Milosevic was the victim of war propaganda that today runs like a torrent across our screens and newspapers and beckons great danger for us all.

He was the prototype demon, vilified by the western media as the “butcher of the Balkans” who was responsible for “genocide”, especially in the secessionist Yugoslav province of Kosovo.

Prime Minister Tony Blair said so, invoked the Holocaust and demanded action against “this new Hitler”. ...

 

 

CIA whistleblower Jeffrey Sterling close to death in federal prison [Popular Resistance - 22/8/16]:

 

...Sterling’s wife shared with the [Colorado] Independent a complaint filed by the whistleblower on Aug. 11 about the “unresponsive and dismissive medical care” he’s received in prison.

 The Independent reported that, according to the complaint, Sterling “continually suffers chest pressure, shortness of breath, sweating and an uneven heartbeat, but isn’t receiving adequate care, and instead is being told to drink more water.” ...

 

 

one of the strangest developments this year has been seeing journalists attack WikiLeaks for doing what journalists are supposed to do: reveal the unvarnished truth to the public.  

 

 

Jill Stein op-ed: In praise of WikiLeaks [The Hill - 23/8/16]:

 

... WikiLeaks’ stunning revelations of how top Democratic National Committee officials conspired to sabotage Bernie Sanders presidential campaign, in collusion with the media, shattered the illusion of a fair electoral process and confirmed what millions Americans already knew in their gut: we live under a rigged political system.

What WikiLeaks actually does — to political parties, the military, and other powerful entities — is pull back the curtain of censorship, spin, and deception to show the public what’s really going on.

Unlike pundits in the mainstream media, WikiLeaks doesn’t tell us what to think.

They invite us to read the emails, watch the footage, and decide for ourselves.

The political and economic elite, used to controlling information, see this unprecedented transparency as a tremendous threat. They have mercilessly persecuted a series of heroic whistleblowers. Chelsea Manning, convicted of leaking the Collateral Murder video among other revealing materials, was sentenced to 35 years in federal prison. ...

one of the strangest developments this year has been seeing journalists attack WikiLeaks for doing what journalists are supposed to do: reveal the unvarnished truth to the public. 

WikiLeaks has done us an invaluable service by shining a light into the dark corners of power where corruption and wrongdoing fester. ...

 

 

 

@wikileaks [23/8/16]:  No, WikiLeaks did not disclose "gays" to the Saudi govt. Data is from govt & not leaked by us. Story from 2015. Re-run now due to election.

 

@wikileaks [23/8/16]:  WikiLeaks' #Saudi Cables reveal the Kingdom's foreign media manipulation strategies ...

 

 

@wikileaks [23/8/16]:  Clinton's State Dept advisors contacted NFL chief to ask for help over her "cracked head" ...

 

 

... We are going to do more, but, even when it feels like the world is burning, I am left feeling voiceless.

All I can do is write. It is the only voice you get to hear.

I am not writing. I am speaking. I am speaking for you and you alone to hear, and hearing my voice should be free. Chelsea Manning [22/8/16]

 

 

"Everything we are told by journalists and politicians is confusing and contradictory": Adam Curtis - 'Oh Dear'

 


Chinese Admiral visits Syria in show of support [ABC News – 18/8/16]

 

 

 

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