Refugee deported to his death in Iraq


This 9 August 2019 video from the USA says about itself:

Trump Gets Man Killed

Trump is costing people their lives. Cenk Uygur, Mark Thompson, and John Iadarola, hosts of The Young Turks, break it down.

“A 41-year-old Detroit man deported to Iraq in June died Tuesday, according to the American Civil Liberties Union and two people close the man’s family.

The man, Jimmy Aldaoud, spent most of his life in the U.S., but was swept up in President Donald Trump’s intensified immigration enforcement efforts. Edward Bajoka, an immigration attorney who described himself as close to Aldaoud’s family, wrote on Facebook that the death appeared to be linked to the man’s inability to obtain insulin in Baghdad to treat his diabetes.”

Read more here.

DIABETIC MAN DIES AFTER BEING TRANSPORTED TO IRAQ A diabetic man from Detroit died Tuesday after being recently deported to Iraq, a country he had never lived in before, the American Civil Liberties Union said. Jimmy Aldaoud’s death was likely caused by his inability to access insulin, sources close to his family told Politico. [HuffPost]

On August 6, Jimmy Aldaoud of Detroit was found dead on the floor of an apartment over 6,000 miles away in Baghdad, apparently after a diabetic shock. He had arrived in Iraq for the first time in his life just two months ago with almost nothing but a small amount of insulin and 50 US dollars. He spoke no Arabic, knew literally no one in Iraq, and had begged ICE officers not to send him there: here.

Iraq war whistleblower Katharine Gun, interview


This 19 July 2019 video from the USA says about itself:

This U.K. Whistleblower Almost Stopped the Iraq Invasion. A New Film Tells Her Story

In 2003, Katharine Gun, a young specialist working for Britain’s Government Communications Headquarters, exposed a highly confidential memo that revealed the United States’ collaboration with Britain in collecting sensitive information on United Nations Security Council members in order to pressure them into supporting the Iraq invasion.

Gun leaked the memo to the press, setting off a chain of events that jeopardized her freedom and safety, but also opened the door to putting the entire legality of the Iraq invasion on trial.

Acclaimed Pentagon Papers whistleblower Daniel Ellsberg described Gun’s action as “the most important and courageous leak I have ever seen.”

Gun’s incredible story is depicted in the new film “Official Secrets”. which premieres in the U.S. August 30. We speak with Katharine Gun; the British journalists who reported on Gun’s revelations in The Observer newspaper, Martin Bright and Ed Vulliamy; and Gavin Hood, director of “Official Secrets.”

This 19 July 2019 video from the USA says about itself:

15 Years Later: How U.K. Whistleblower Katharine Gun Risked Everything to Leak Damning Iraq War Memo

We speak with a British whistleblower whose attempts to expose lies about the Iraq invasion was called “the most important and courageous leak” in history by acclaimed Pentagon Papers whistleblower Daniel Ellsberg. Her name is Katharine Gun.

Bezos’ Washington Post attacks unjustly convicted teenagers


This 20 May 2019 CBS TV from the USA says about itself:

In 1989, five black and Latino teenagers were wrongly accused of the brutal rape of a jogger in New York City’s Central Park. Antron McCray, Kevin Richardson, Yusef Salaam, Raymond Santana and Korey Wise became known as the Central Park Five. The boys were charged and convicted with no physical evidence implicating them. But in 2002, their convictions were overturned after DNA evidence and a confession exonerated them. Director Ava DuVernay joins “CBS This Morning” to discuss her Netflix four-part series on the Central Park Five, “When They See Us.”

This 14 May 2019 video from the USA says about itself:

Ava DuVernay Talks Central Park Five Based Series, Criminal Injustice + More

This 6 August 2013 video from the USA says about itself:

Amazon‘s Jeff Bezos buys Washington Post

One of the biggest publications in journalism will soon be owned by one of the richest men in the world. Jeff Bezos, the billionaire and founder of Amazon is buying the Washington Post. Al Jazeera’s Patty Culhane reports on what the multimillion dollar sale will mean for a struggling industry.

By Kate Randall in the USA:

Washington Post’s Richard Cohen comes to the defense of Linda Fairstein, overseer of the Central Park Five prosecution

3 July 2019

Ava DuVernay’s When They See Us, a … series now streaming on Netflix, has focused renewed attention on the case of the Central Park Five, five young black and Latino men who were framed for the assault, rape and attempted murder of Trisha Meili, a 28-year-old white investment banker, in Manhattan on April 19, 1989. The five men were eventually exonerated of their crimes after another man came forward.

The series has cast light not only on this gross miscarriage of justice, but on the actions of Linda Fairstein, who as head of the NYPD’s Sex Crimes Unit at the time took the lead in the prosecution. Washington Post columnist Richard Cohen has chosen to take up Fairstein’s cause, penning an opinion piece in the newspaper’s July 1 edition headlined, “A mob is on the loose and it’s after Linda Fairstein.”

DuVernay’s series has reached an audience of more than 23 million. It has struck a nerve among broad layers of the population, who rightly see in it not only the railroading of the Central Park Five, but the abuses meted out by police, prosecutors, judges and prison authorities on a daily basis against those caught up in the clutches of the American criminal justice system.

Cohen’s outrage over Fairstein’s victimization relates to the former prosecutor’s fall from grace over her role in the interrogation and prosecution of the Central Park Five, whose convictions led to prison terms of from six to 14 years. After When They See Us aired on May 31, Fairstein, a successful crime novelist after her stint as a prosecutor, was dropped by Dutton, her publisher. She was also obliged to resign from a number of prominent boards. According to Cohen, before these misfortunes Fairstein “had plenty of reasons to feel good about herself.”

Before we take as good coin Cohen’s declaration that Fairstein is the victim of a “mob on the loose” we need to examine what actually happened some three decades ago, as well whether a columnist with Cohen’s record is in any way qualified to make such a claim.

In must be recalled that Cohen, along with other “liberal” commentators and Democratic Party operatives, gushed over US Secretary of State Colin Powell’s infamous February 4, 2003 presentation of lies at the United Nations

Powell himself later regretted these lies.

that formed the justification for the Iraq War, which have subsequently been thoroughly repudiated. Cohen wrote at the time:

“The evidence he presented to the United Nations—some of it circumstantial, some of it absolutely bone-chilling in its detail—had to prove to anyone that Iraq not only hasn’t accounted for its weapons of mass destruction but without a doubt still retains them. …

“It was the totality of the material and the fact that Powell himself had presented it. In this case, the messenger may have been more important than the message. This time, the finger-pointer was the man who, heretofore, had been accused of what in the Bush administration is a virtual slander: prudence. Here was a reasonable man making a reasonable case.”

This expert at sniffing out the “truth”, and slavish worshipper of a military figure like Powell, would now have us believe that the “reasonable woman” Linda Fairstein is making a strong case in objecting to her depiction in the Netflix series as an “overzealous prosecutor and a bigot” (Wall Street Journal).

For the record, DuVernay says that she tried to speak with Fairstein about the case, but that Fairstein placed unreasonable demands on any dialogue with her, including control over the script, and DuVernay didn’t pursue it further. But, as Cohen purports in his column to provide “some facts” about the Central Park, let us provide some of our own.

When They See Us shows in graphic detail how the five youth were interviewed for a minimum of seven hours before their confessions were videotaped April 21. Some were held longer—without breaks, food or drink. They were screamed at and bashed against walls. Chairs were thrown and the teenagers were promised that if they cooperated they would go home. Some of them were kept awake as long as two days. Fairstein says she did not initially take the lead in the interrogations and only became involved on the second day.

But it was specifically after Meili was found battered in the park that pressure increased on police and prosecutors to find the attackers, and Fairstein seized the lead. Sarah Burns, who unlike Mr. Cohen has studied the case meticulously, writes in her 2011 book, The Central Park Five: A Chronicle of a City Wilding, that Fairstein “learned of the horrific rape at 9:00 a.m. and immediately sprang into action.” A rabid press would demand “justice” for Meili and for the NYPD to find the perpetrators at all costs and punish them.

Another of Cohen’s arguments is that “others feel it is not the Central Park Five who got railroaded, but Fairstein.” His chief exhibit is the “panel of experts” commissioned by Raymond Kelly, the New York police commissioner in 2002 when Matias Reyes, who was serving time as a convicted serial rapist, came forward saying that he had raped a woman in Central Park on the night of April 19, 1989, and that he had acted alone.

In 2002, New York District Attorney Robert M. Morgenthau appointed a different team to investigate Reyes’ claims and the DNA evidence linking him to the crime. Based in large part on “troubling discrepancies” in the boys’ confessions, Morgenthau recommended vacating the convictions of the Central Park Five on all charges, not only for the rape and assault of Meili, but for other crimes committed that night, including robbery and assault, to which the youth had confessed.

But Cohen chooses to side with the NYPD-commissioned panel that attempted to whitewash the role of the detectives and prosecutors in the Central Park Five case in the wake of the vacated sentences. …

When They See Us director Ava DuVernay said in an interview that the story she brought to the screen was “not all about [Fairstein]. She is part of a system that’s not broken, it was built to be this way. It was built to oppress; it was built to control.” It is this exposure of the corrupt police and prosecutorial system that has Cohen up in arms, not the supposed scapegoating of Fairstein.

Cohen has not chosen to defend Fairstein out of ignorance. Liberals in the orbit of the Democratic Party, like Cohen, are fearful that the series’ renewed focus on the NYPD’s brutal mistreatment of the Central Park Five will cause workers and young people to question not just the authorities’ conduct in this case, but the entire class system that punishes the working class at the hands of the ruling elite.

Vietnam, Iraq wars based on lies, Sanders says


This 18 June 2019 CNN video from the USA is called Bernie Sanders: “The American People Were Lied To About The Gulf Of Tonkin [the pretext for Vietnam war escalation] And WMDs In Iraq!”

Remember that now that the Trump administration prepares to wage war on Iran on a dodgy pretext.

Donald Trump, Iran, and the Gulf of Tonkin Redux: here.

Labour expels Blair’s Iraq war liar Campbell


This 2007 video from Britain says about itself:

IRAQ: The sexed-up case for war

The infamous dodgy dossier, WMD claims in Iraq, sexing up allegations by the BBC and the whitewash of the Hutton report.

When left winger Jeremy Corbyn campaigned to become British Labour party leader, and also after his victory, right-wing Blairites still had strong positions in the party bureaucracy.

Bureaucrats often banned left-wing Labour party members for ridiculous reasons. Like for calling a Blairite a Blairite. For singing a rock song. For having voted years ago for the Green party, or a socialist party.

Certainly as long as Iain McNicol was party General Secretary, Blairite bureaucrats practiced Blairite dictatorial dirty tricks; eg,with musical preference as a pretext. Witchfinder General Iain McNicol banned a woman because she would probably vote for leftist Jeremy Corbyn in the party leader election (with as McNicol’s pretext that this woman, Ms Catherine Starr, liked United States rock band the Foo Fighters). At the same time, McNicol banned the leader of the baker’s trade union for supporting Corbyn. A poet was banned for writing a satiric poem on Tony Blair. And McNicol banned a retired miner who had been a Labour party member for 45 years for criticizing Owen Smith, the Blairite candidate in the party leadership election

Eventually, some right-wing politicians were also expelled. Not for calling Corbyn Corbyn or for singing. But for sexual harassment.

And now, Tony Blair’s Iraq war liar Alastair Campbell.

From daily News Line in Britain:

Blairite Campbell Expelled From The Labour Party

29th May 2019

FORMER Blair spin doctor Alastair Campbell has been expelled from the Labour Party after he revealed that he voted for the Liberal Democrats in the European elections. …

He received a message of support from his former master, Blair, who organised the war on Iraq in 2003 based on lies.

Trump persecuting Assange, pardoning war criminals?


This 25 May 2019 video says about itself:

Assange Is Indicted for Exposing War Crimes While Trump Considers Pardons for War Criminals

Web-only discussion with Pentagon Papers whistleblower Daniel Ellsberg and Jeremy Scahill of The Intercept. They discuss the Justice Department’s decision to indict WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange on 17 charges of violating the Espionage Act for publishing U.S. military and diplomatic documents exposing U.S. war crimes.

This comes as President Trump is considering Memorial Day pardons for American military members accused or convicted of war crimes, including former Blackwater contractor Nicholas Slatten, who was twice found guilty of first-degree murder in the deadly 2007 Nisoor Square massacre in Baghdad which killed 14 unarmed Iraqi civilians. He was sentenced to life in prison last December.

As Assange faces 170-year sentence, Trump proposes pardoning US war criminals: here.

Amid grave concerns for his health, Assange transferred to Belmarsh Prison medical wing: here.

Istanbul public meeting calls for the defence of Julian Assange and Chelsea Manning: here.

United Nations Special Rapporteur: Julian Assange is being tortured: here.

The British and Australian governments have blithely dismissed a May 31 report by United Nations Special Rapporteur on Torture Nils Melzer, which established that WikiLeaks founder and publisher Julian Assange has been the victim of a protracted campaign of “psychological torture.” The brazen responses demonstrate the criminality of the US-led vendetta against Assange, which is proceeding in violation of due process and the fundamental tenets of international law: here.

In legal victory for Assange, Swedish court rules against extradition: here.

In a June 1 interview with ABC Radio Adelaide, UN Special Rapporteur on Torture Nils Melzer warned that Julian Assange could die in prison if his persecution is not stopped immediately. Last week, Melzer issued a scathing denunciation of Assange’s persecution, calling it “psychological torture”: here.

The Washington Post reported today that officials from the US Justice Department issued a formal request to British authorities last Thursday for the extradition of WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange. The document has not been made public: here.

British Home Secretary Sajid Javid boasted on Thursday that he certified a US extradition request for Julian Assange on Wednesday, just a day after the Trump administration formally asked the British government to extradite the WikiLeaks founder and journalist. In a radio interview, Javid paid lip service to the need for the British courts to first approve the extradition, while still making plain the British establishment’s determination to hand Assange over to his persecutors in Washington: here.

American injustice: Trump and cronies protect a murderous US Navy SEAL: here.