Wednesday, October 06, 2021

Common Dreams:
"Environmental justice advocates and other progressives on Friday condemned a federal judge's decision Friday to sentence human rights lawyer Steven Donziger to six months in prison—following more than two years of house arrest related to a lawsuit he filed decades ago against oil giant Chevron. ...

Donziger represented a group of farmers and Indigenous people in the Lago Agrio region of Ecuador in the 1990s in a lawsuit against Texaco—since acquired by Chevron—in which the company was accused of contaminating soil and water with its 'deliberate dumping of billions of gallons of cancer-causing waste into the Amazon.'

An Ecuadorian court awarded the plaintiffs a $9.5 billion judgment in 2011—a decision upheld by multiple courts in Ecuador—only to have a U.S. judge reject the ruling, accusing Donziger of bribery and evidence tampering. Chevron also countersued Donziger in 2011. ... [The] conviction of Steven Donziger, said one critic, 'perfectly encapsulates how corporate power has twisted the U.S. justice system to protect corporate interests and punish their enemies.' "

-->Corporate power twisting the justice system? The NYT wasn't interested in printing this story. Perhaps corporate power is twisting the NYT.


Yahoo News:

"Kidnapping, assassination and a London shoot-out: Inside the CIA's secret war plans against WikiLeaks. ... In 2017, as Julian Assange began his fifth year holed up in Ecuador’s embassy in London, the CIA plotted to kidnap the WikiLeaks founder, spurring heated debate among Trump administration officials over the legality and practicality of such an operation.

Some senior officials inside the CIA and the Trump administration even discussed killing Assange, going so far as to request 'sketches' or 'options' for how to assassinate him. Discussions over kidnapping or killing Assange occurred 'at the highest levels' of the Trump administration, said a former senior counterintelligence official. 'There seemed to be no boundaries.'

The conversations were part of an unprecedented CIA campaign directed against WikiLeaks and its founder. The agency’s multi-pronged plans also included extensive spying on WikiLeaks associates, sowing discord among the group’s members, and stealing their electronic devices."

-->The NYT didn't cover this CIA plot to assassinate Assange. Amazing really, since this story exposes the CIA for the lawless and ruthless agency that it is. Perhaps this story of murdering Assange was too much truth for our supposed "newspaper of record."


Common Dreams:

"Top Bernie Sanders Aide Details Just How Popular the $3.5 Trillion Package Truly Is. Warren Gunnels, the longtime staff director and policy advisor for Sanders ... argues in the video that corporate Democrats like Sens. Joe Manchin of West Virginia and Kyrsten Sinema of Arizona are blocking an agenda that is widely supported by the American public. ...

He then runs through a list of surveys—including an August 12 Fox News poll that found a majority of likely voters favor spending $3.5 trillion on priorities including combating the climate crisis, health care, and childcare—to underscore the package's popularity.

Noting the overwhelming support for some of the bill's individual components, Gunnels says: 'When 84% want to expand Medicare to cover dental, vision and hearing, and 81% want Medicare to negotiate lower prescription drug prices, opposing these policies doesn't make you a moderate. It doesn't make you a centrist. It makes you an extremist.' "

-->Maybe we should be looking at extremist newspapers, like the NYT, that didn't print these dramatic poll numbers. To the NYT, this infighting is all about "divisions within the Democratic Party." No mention that the public is wildly supportive of the $3.5 Trillion package.