2019-01-02: News Headlines

Joe Lauria (2019-01-02). Rudy Giuliani: Julian Assange Should Not Be Prosecuted. mintpressnews.com Rudy Giuliani, a lawyer for President Donald Trump, said Monday that WikiLeaks publisher Julian Assange had not done "anything wrong" and should not go to jail for disseminating stolen information just as major media does. | "Let's take the Pentagon Papers," Giuliani told Fox News. "The Pentagon Papers were stolen property, weren't they? It was in The New York Times and The Washington Post. Nobody went to jail at The New York Times and The Washington Post." | Giuliani said there were "revelations during the Bush administration" such…

Naomi LaChance (2019-01-02). Netflix Removed Clip That Criticized Saudi Arabia's Human Rights Record. commondreams.org The November episode of "Patriot Act with Hasan Minhaj" addressed the killing of journalist Jamal Khashoggi. (Photo: YouTube screen grab) | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…

RT (2019-01-02). Google's futuristic radar-based hand sensors get US approval, despite interference concerns. rt.com Google has been granted permission to roll out wearable hand motion sensors that allow users to swipe, scroll and click their devices through thin air. Concern remains that the devices could interfere with other electronics. |

RT (2019-01-02). 'Trump all day': Kanye West reaffirms love of Donald Trump in first 2019 tweets. rt.com Kanye West's on-again, off-again love affair with US President Donald Trump seems to be on again for 2019, as the controversial rapper redeclared his support for the president in a New Year's Day tweetstorm.

RT (2019-01-02). Actress Jane Curtin resolves to 'make sure the Republican party dies' in 2019; cue the Twitter drama. rt.com Actress and comedian Jane Curtin has sparked some fresh 2019 Twitter drama by announcing that her resolution for the year ahead is to "make sure that the Republican party dies."

Glenn Greenwald (2019-01-02). Five Weeks After the Guardian's Viral Blockbuster Assange/Manafort Scoop, No Evidence Has Emerged — Just Stonewalling. theintercept.com The U.S. media is very adept at being outraged when they're denounced as "Fake News." They should think more about why that attack resonates for so many.

Consortiumnews (2019-01-01). STRATCOM Wishes You a Very Scary New Year. consortiumnews.com The U.S. Strategic Command has deleted a New Year's tweet that revealed its true values, as Caitlin Johnstone explains. By Caitlin Johnstone CaitlinJohnstone.com U.S. Strategic Command (or "Stratcom" if you're trying to make a nuclear-capable arm of the U.S. Defense… Read more →

The Global Research Team (2019-01-01). Turning the Page on 2018: Our Hopes for the New Year. globalresearch.ca Dear Readers, | 2018 has been one of the toughest years GlobalResearch.ca has seen since its inception in 2001. "Telling the truth" is the object of outright censorship. Search engines and social media categorization highlight the corporate media narrative at the …

RT (2019-01-01). 'Fired like a dog': Trump blasts 'dumb' Gen. McChrystal on Twitter after Syria criticism. rt.com US President Donald Trump has hit back at retired General Stanley McChrystal, who he said was known for his "big, dumb mouth" after the former army commander criticized his Syria policy and called him immoral.

RT (2019-01-01). 'The USA is with you!': Trump tweets congratulations as Bolsonaro sworn in as Brazilian president. rt.com Letters and official cables are so last year. Twitter is where world leaders of today go for some mutual back-slapping, as shown this week by US President Donald Trump and newly-sworn in Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro.

RT (2019-01-01). Police arrest 4 men trying to snatch over $500,000-worth of tequila on NYE. rt.com Police in Hillsborough County, Florida, have crashed what might have become an especially boozy New Year's Eve bash when they caught four men emptying a stolen truck of some 996 cases of tequila, worth over half-a-million dollars.

Shared by Cherise (2019-01-01). Pentagon Rings in New Year With Joke About Dropping Massive Bombs on People. truthout.org While people across the world celebrated the dawning of the New Year overnight, the US military thought it would be funny to celebrate and make light of one of the things they do best: dropping massive bombs on people and places. | In a since-deleted tweet, US Strategic Command (StratCom), which controls the nation's strategic missile systems and coordinates offensive nuclear capabilities worldwide, joked that while people in New York City enjoyed the dropping of "the big ball" during the countdown to midnight, "we are ready to drop something much, much bigger." | Beneath the message was a video (see below), a…

Julia Conley, staff writer (2019-01-01). 'You Are Courting a Fascist': Pompeo Gives Inauguration US Blessing as Brazilians Brace for 'Repugnant' Bolsonaro. commondreams.org While progressives, women's rights advocates, journalists, and the LGBTQ community were among the many mourning Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro's inauguration on Tuesday, U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo angered critics Tuesday with a celebratory tweet congratulating the proud misogynist, who has defended Brazil's former military dictatorship. | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…

RT (2018-12-31). Skepticism & Pocahontas jokes: Twitter reacts to news Elizabeth Warren running for president in 2020. rt.com With a mere 673 days until the 2020 US presidential election, Massachusetts senator Elizabeth Warren has announced the formation of an "exploratory committee" to consider a run for the highest office in the land.

Mnar Muhawesh (2018-12-28). Help MintPress News Fight for Truth in the Face of Social Media Censorship. mintpressnews.com Our future depends on your support. We need your financial help to not only sustain MintPress operation costs but to help us make a comeback against the powers that be who are trying to silence us — before these social media giants wipe us off the map.

Vanessa Mbonu@naacpnet (2018-12-27). #LogOutFacebook: Because of You, We Did. Thank You! naacp.org Thank you. During the week-long #LogOutFacebook protest, you were joined by thousands of advocates, celebrities, elected officials and partners to take a stand, to let Facebook know that they need to do better. You made it known that you will no longer tolerate privacy breaches, hate speech, bias, and misinformation. This logout cycle is done, but our […]

Hatewatch Staff (2018-12-20). Hatewatch Headlines 12/20/2018. splcenter.org Facebook's moment of reckoning arrives; Advertisers abandon Tucker Carlson; ADF seeks expansion of Jim Crow-era exemption; and more.

Hatewatch Staff (2018-12-20). Longtime antigovernment militia organizer calls for 'lone wolf' action against antifa. splcenter.org An antigovernment extremist who has called Islam a mental disorder and urged his followers to shoot black women and children has issued another call to violence, posting a video on his Facebook page urging members of the Patriot movement to engage in "lone wolf" action against antifa.

Human Rights Watch (2018-12-20). Ten Good News Stories for Kids in 2018. hrw.org | | Girls in India during a hygiene training as part of the Great WASH Yatra. Himanshu Khagta, WASH United, 2012 | A couple of years ago, a friend following me on Twitter said he found my feed really depressing. "Doesn't anything good ever happen for children?" he asked. | Spreading doom and gloom sometimes seems an occupational hazard of human rights work. But I've taken my friend's words to heart and now, as we approach the end of the year, here are 10 good news stories for kids: | A number of armed forces and armed grou…

Reed Richardson (2018-12-19). 'Trump Says…': The Journalistic Scourge of Echo-Chamber Headlines – Deferential social media framing spreads White House propaganda and betrays public trust. fair.org "First, do no harm." (cc photo: Jim Naureckas) | The most basic tenet of professional physicians is the Hippocratic Oath: "First, do no harm." Its intent is clear, simple: When practicing medicine, the fundamental ethical consideration should be to not make things worse. All decisions on treatment—including whether to treat a patient in the first place—flow from that starting point. | Journalists, while they take no such professional oath, should be duty-bound to follow a similar principle when reporting the news: "First, do no harm to the truth." While our internet-era news ecosystem, like modern me…

Hatewatch Staff (2018-12-17). Hatewatch Headlines 12/18/2018. splcenter.org YouTube has become an online radicalization machine; Fake news travels faster on Twitter; Banner desecrates Fields victim's church; and more.

pip.hinman (2018-12-06). Gender violence awareness and murders are both on the rise. greenleft.org.au As part of #16daysofactivism, a global campaign to highlight gender-based violence, Domestic Violence NSW (DV NSW) hosted a panel of journalists and rights advocates to address the difficulties in reporting sexual assault and domestic and family violence on November 29. | Jenna Price from the University of Technology in Sydney and co-creator of Destroy the Joint's "Counting Dead Women" project spoke alongside artist, advocate and survivor of family violence Amani Haydar, author and journalist Jess Hill, journalist and advocate against gender-based violence N…

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