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Special Report | The U.S. Government’s Indictment of Julian Assange Treats Journalism As A Crime and Poses Great Threats to Press Freedom

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Story 1: The U.S. Government’s Indictment of Julian Assange Poses Grave Threats to Press Freedom * Story 2: Why the Assange Arrest Should Scare Reporters ~ Matt Taibbi * Story 3: How You Can Be Certain That The US Charge Against Assange Is Fraudulent ~ Caitlin Johnstone * Story 4: Assange's Indictment Treats Journalism as a Crime * Story 5: The Assange arrest is a warning from history.
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Week Ending April 27, 2019 |

Story 1: The U.S. Government’s Indictment of Julian Assange Poses Grave Threats to Press Freedom, Glenn Greenwald, Micah Lee, the Intercept / PortsideRise Up Times

April 13, 2019 | Opposition to Trump's menacing goal to criminalize journalism that involves reporting on classified information does not require admiration or affection for Assange. It simply requires a belief in the critical importance of a free press in a democracy.
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Story 2: Why the Assange Arrest Should Scare Reporters ~ Matt Taibbi, Robert Gore, Rolling Stone / Straight Line Logic

April 14,  2019 | The Assange arrest is a direct assault on the freedom of the press.
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Story 3: How You Can Be Certain That The US Charge Against Assange Is Fraudulent ~ Caitlin Johnstone.  Robert Gore, Straight Line Logic / Caity Johnstone

April 13, 2019 | Donald Trump is willing to do something Obama wouldn't, and it isn't repealing Obamacare. Trump is using an indictment the Obama crew wouldn't touch against Julian Assange.

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Story 4: Assange's Indictment Treats Journalism as a Crime, Marjorie Kohn, Truthout

Friday, April 12, 2019 | The criminal charges the U.S. filed against WikiLeaks co-founder Julian Assange threaten to punish him for practicing journalism. In this way, his prosecution is unprecedented. The Trump administration is trying to send a message to press organizations: Publish material critical of U.S. policy at your peril.


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April 14, 2019 | The glimpse of Julian Assange being dragged from the Ecuadorean embassy in London is an emblem of the times. Mightagainstright. Muscle against the law. Indecency against courage.
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Julian Assange Arrested in London After Ecuador Withdraws Asylum; U.S. Requests Extradition.

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  • WikiLeaks publisher Julian Assange was arrested by British police inside the Ecuadorian embassy in London today. In addition to a U.K. criminal charge for avoiding a court appearance, police confirmed that Assange has “been further arrested on behalf of the United States authorities” for allegedly encouraging whistleblower Chelsea Manning to expose more information.
  • Related: A Titanic Menace: the Malicious Censorship of Independent Media and Non-Corporate Journalists

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From the Archives | Why Easter Is Called Easter, and Other Little-Known Facts About the Holiday

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Easter is quite similar to other major holidays like Christmas and Halloween, which have evolved over the last 200 years or so. In all of these holidays, Christian and non-Christian (pagan) elements have continued to blend together.

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April 19, 2019 | This April 1, Christians will be celebrating Easter, the day on which the resurrection of Jesus is said to have taken place. The date of celebration changes from year to year.

The reason for this variation is that Easter always falls on the first Sunday after the first full moon following the spring equinox. So, in 2019, Easter will be celebrated on April 21, and on April 12 in 2020.

I am a religious studies scholar specializing in early Christianity, and my research shows that this dating of Easter goes back to the complicated origins of this holiday and how it has evolved over the centuries.

Brent Landau is a religious studies scholar specializing in early Christianity.

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Scholar Jonathan Metzl: White supremacy is literally killing white people.

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Working-class whites are suffering but still willing to defend racism, says author of "Dying of Whiteness."

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2019 | In 1935, W.E.B. Du Bois, one of America's greatest thinkers and historians, wrote about the distinctive situation of poor white people in his landmark book "Black Reconstruction in America":

It must be remembered that the white group of laborers, while they received a low wage, were compensated in part by a sort of public and psychological wage. They were given public deference and titles of courtesy because they were white. They were admitted freely with all classes of white people to public functions, public parks, and the best schools. The police were drawn from their ranks, and the courts, dependent on their votes, treated them with such leniency as to encourage lawlessness. Their vote selected public officials, and while this had small effect upon the economic situation, it had great effect upon their personal treatment and the deference shown them. White schoolhouses were the best in the community, and conspicuously placed, and they cost anywhere from twice to ten times as much per capita as the colored schools. The newspapers specialized on news that flattered the poor whites and almost utterly ignored the Negro except in crime and ridicule.

Chauncey DeVega is a politics staff writer for Salon.

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Welcome to Evergreene Digest This Week, April 13, 2019.

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Feature Article | Books, Literature, & Ideas

Chris Hedges: America, the Land of the Desperate and Doomed, interviewed by Greg Palast. Greg Palast, Dandelion Salad

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Neither political party, now captured by corporate power, addresses the systemic problem.
 

Publisher's Choice | Critical Thinking

The Age of the Imbecile, ‪umair haque‬, Eudaimonia and Co / Medium
The World is Turning Catastrophically Stupid. Here’s How Not to Join It.

Of Special Interest | Race & Ethnicity

Our Approach to Zionism: How did the Jewish state become an oppressive state? Compiled by David Culver, Ed., Evergreene Digest

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  • Part 1: Racism and Israel's election: How did the Jewish state become an oppressive state?
  • Israel’s descent into an apartheid state seems inevitable.
  • Part 2: Our Approach to Zionism
  • Jewish Voice for Peace is guided by a vision of justice,equalityand freedom for all people.

Bloggers & Columnists | Greg Palast, Chris Hedges, Glenn Greenwald, Michael Lerner

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In Race & Ethnicity | Jewish Voice for Peace opposes anti-Jewish, anti-Muslim, and anti-Arab bigotry and oppression.

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  • A look at retail pharmaceutical spending from 2012 to 2016
  • Where Do Prescription Drug Dollars Go?

Media & Technology

Trump and Social Media- It's the End of News As We Know It. Compiled by David Culver, Ed., Evergreene Digest

  • Part 1: Trump and Social Media Could Be An Even More Dangerous Combination in 2019.
  • Facebook and Twitter won’t solve the problems theyhelpedcreate. So who will?
  • Part 2: It’s the End of News as We Know It (and Facebook Is Feeling Fine).
  • People are getting less news.

Julian Assange Arrested in London After Ecuador Withdraws Asylum; U.S. Requests Extradition. Robert Mackey, the Intercept

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  • WikiLeaks publisher Julian Assange was arrested by British police inside the Ecuadorian embassy in London today. In addition to a U.K. criminal charge for avoiding a court appearance, police confirmed that Assange has “been further arrested on behalf of the United States authorities” for allegedly encouraging whistleblower Chelsea Manning to expose more information.
  • Related: A Titanic Menace: the Malicious Censorship of Independent Media and Non-Corporate Journalists

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Breaking Our Biggest Taboo, Obscuring Vital Debate on Israel/Palestine

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  • Part 1: Breaking Our Biggest Taboo ~ Eric S. Margolis
  • You simply don’t talk about the influence of the Israel lobby unless you want to get labeled an anti-Semite.
  • Part 2: Debate Over Labeling Omar Obscures Vital Debate on Israel/Palestine.
  • Though it was not their intention, Ilhan Omar’s critics did her a favor.
  • Related: Our Approach to Zionism: How did the Jewish state become an oppressive state?

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Part 1: Breaking Our Biggest Taboo ~ Eric S. Margolis

 

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  • In  Washington polite society you simply don’t talk about the influence of the Israel lobby and its money unless you want to get labelled an anti-Semite.
  • “Tell me who you cannot criticize and I will tell you who is your master”.
  • From Eric S. Margolis at lewrockwell.com:

Robert Gore, Straight Line Logic

March 9, 2019 | Saying anything negative about Israel has long been the third rail of US politics and media.  Israel is our nation’s most sacred cow.  Any questioning of its behavior brings furious charges of anti-Semitism and professional oblivion.

I keep in my bookcase a cautionary book, ‘They Dared Speak Out’ written by US senators and congressmen who all lost their positions after rebuking Israel for its mistreatment of Palestinians or daring to suggest that Israel had far too much influence in the US.

Eric S. Margolis is an American-born journalist and writer. For 27 years, ending in 2010, he was a contributing editor to the Toronto Sun chain of newspapers, writing mainly about the Middle East, South Asia and Islam.

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Part 2: Debate Over Labeling Omar Obscures Vital Debate on Israel/Palestine


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March 8,2019 Though it was not their intention, Ilhan Omar’s critics did her a favor: They proved the very point she made at the Progressive Issues Town Hall at Busboys and Poets bookstore in Washington, DC, last week.
Referring to herself and fellow Democratic Rep. Rashid Tlaib, who was also on the panel, Omar said:


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Our Approach to Zionism: How did the Jewish state become an oppressive state? Compiled by David Culver, Ed., Evergreene Digest

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  • Part 1: Racism and Israel's election: How did the Jewish state become an oppressive state?
  • Israel’s descent into an apartheid state seems inevitable.
  • Part 2: Our Approach to Zionism
  • Jewish Voice for Peace is guided by a vision of justice,equalityand freedom for all people.

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The CIA Takeover of America in the 1960s is the Story of Our Times ~ Edward Curtin

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  • None of the big assassination stories of the 1960s—JFK, RFK, Martin Luther King, Malcolm X—really add up.
  • A Quasi-Review of A Lie Too Big To Fail: The Real History of the Assassination of Robert F. Kennedy by Lisa Pease
  • The killing of the Kennedys and today’s new Cold War and war against terror are two ends of a linked intelligence operation.
  • From Edward Curtin <https://www.opednews.com/author/author94064.html>at lewrockwell.com <https://www.lewrockwell.com/>:

Robert Gore, Straight Line Logic

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April 3, 2019 | When Senator Robert Kennedy was assassinated on June 5,1968, the American public fell into an hypnotic trance in which they have remained ever since. The overwhelming majority accepted what was presented by government authorities as an open and shut case that a young Palestinian American, Sirhan Sirhan, had murdered RFK because of his support for Israel, a false accusation whose ramifications echo down the years. That this was patently untrue and was contradicted by overwhelming evidence made no difference.

Sirhan did not kill Robert Kennedy, yet he remains in jail to this very day. 
 



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Robert Kennedy, Jr., who was 14 years old at the time of his father’s death, has visited Sirhan in prison, claims he is innocent, and believes there was another gunman.  Paul Schrade, an aide to the senator and the first person shot that night, also says Sirhan didn’t do it. Both have plenty of evidence.  And they are not alone.

Edward Curtin is a writer whose work has appeared widely. He teaches sociology at Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts.

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Series, Universal Empire | Part 3: How the CIA Created a Fake Western Reality for 'Unconventional Warfare', Paul Fitzgerald and Elizabeth Gould, Truthdig

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  • Some suggest it will take a war to create an antiwar movement that demands change. But the wars are already ongoing. Our attempt to police the world has already proved too costly. Where is the Bernie Sanders or Elizabeth Warren of foreign policy? Many Democrats are positioning themselves to take on Trump four years from now. They’d be wise to seek leadership by demonstrating it.
  • Series, Universal Empire | Part 2: How Neocons Push for War by Cooking the Books
  • Related: Series, Universal Empire | Part 1: American Imperialism Leads the World Into Dante's Vision of Hell
  • Related: The Price of Empire ~ umber haque
     

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Julian Assange Arrested in London After Ecuador Withdraws Asylum; U.S. Requests Extradition

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WikiLeaks publisher Julian Assange was arrested by British police inside the Ecuadorian embassy in London today. In addition to a U.K. criminal charge for avoiding a court appearance, police confirmed that Assange has “been further arrested on behalf of the United States authorities” for allegedly encouraging whistleblower Chelsea Manning to expose more information.


http://evergreenedigest.org/sites/default/files/Editor%20Comment%20icon_0.jpg The Intercept’s Robert Mackey is updating news about Assange’s arrest throughout the day. Glenn Greenwald discussed Assange’s arrest on NPR this morning and is posting updates on Twitter.

Robert Mackey, the Intercept


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April 11 2019 | Julian Assange, the WikiLeaks founder, was arrested on Thursday inside Ecuador’s Embassy in London, where he had lived since 2012 under diplomatic protection. London’s Metropolitan Police Service said in a statement its officers were “invited into the embassy by the Ambassador, following the Ecuadorian government’s withdrawal of asylum.”

Video of Assange being dragged from the embassy was captured on a livestream set up by Ruptly, a Russian government news agency.

https://theintercept.imgix.net/wp-uploads/sites/1/2018/04/r_3eMQ-M_400x400-1523651274.jpg?auto=compress%2Cformat&q=90 / Robert Mackey's work is focused on making sense of events through the close reading of firsthand accounts, photographs, and video posted on social networks by witnesses and participants. His writing has appeared in the New York Times Magazine, GQ, Slate, and The Guardian.


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  • It’s like observing the book Animal Farm in real life; social media companies like Facebook, Twitter and Google (are) the pigs telling the rest of the livestock that “all animals are equal … except the ones who walk on two legs are more equal than others”.
  • Related: It's Time for Journalism to Stand Up to Trump.
     

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Welcome to Evergreene Digest This Week, April 6, 2019.

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Feature Article | Arts, Culture, & Entertainment

The Measure of the State of the Nation and Our Happiness, Compiled by David Culver, Ed., Evergreene Digest
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  • Part 1: A People’s State of the Nation
  • We now face a daunting, festering array of challenges that were decades in the making.
  • Part 2: The Measure of Our Happiness
  • The highest-ranking countries in the World Happiness Report are those that have “strong social welfare systems and an emphasis on equality.”
  • Related: UN Report SaysUS is a “Shithole Country.”
     

Publisher's Choice | Government & Politics

Lots of Fs for These Ds: Report Card Shows Majority of Senate Ds Supporting Trump and War, Compiled by David Culver, Ed., Evergreene Digest

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  • Part 1: Lots of F's for These D's: Report Card Shows Majority of Senate Democrats Aiding Trump's Right-Wing Court Takeover
  • Progressives will hold Democrats accountable if they don't take the fate of our courts seriously.
  • Part 2: Here’s How the 2020 Candidates Stack Up on War and Peace
  • What hope is there that one of the Democrats seeking the presidency in 2020 could be a real peace candidate?

Of Special Interest | Media & Technology

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Teodrose Fikre, Ghion Journal

  • It’s like observing the book Animal Farm in real life; social media companies like Facebook, Twitter and Google (are) the pigs telling the rest of the livestock that “all animals are equal … except the ones who walk on two legs are more equal than others”.
  • Related: It's Time for Journalism to Stand Up to Trump.

Bloggers & Columnists | Madea Benjamin, Ilhan Omar

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In Government & Politics and Religion & Spirituality | Church and State highlights the importance of secular government. We cover church-state separation, Christian Right, population, futurism, atheism, free speech and other issues.



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Business

How corporate America invented ‘Christian America’ to fight the New Deal, Ron Briley, History News Network / Church and State

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Ministers cooperated with big business to formulate an ideology that the New Deal was a threat to traditional American Christian values of free enterprise and individualism while promoting the false pagan deity of statism.

Foreign Affairs

Ilhan Omar: We must apply our universal values to all nations. Only then will we achieve peace. Ilhan Omar, Washington (DC) Post

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Let us apply these universal values to all nations. Only then will our world achieve peace.
 

Government & Politics

John Pavlovitz | Liberals Don't Understand Why Trump Won
 

Series, Universal Empire | Part 2: How Neocons Push for War by Cooking the Books, Paul Fitzgerald and Elizabeth Gould, Truthdig

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  • From the outset of the Cold War in the late 1940s, an odd coalition of ex-Trotskyist radicals and right-wing business associations had lobbied heavily for big military budgets, advanced weapons systems and aggressive action to confront Soviet Communism.
  • Related: Series, Universal Empire | Part 1: American Imperialism Leads the World Into Dante's Vision of Hell
  • Related: The Price of Empire ~ umber haque

Peace & Non-violence

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Switching from all-volunteer to mandatory military service could force Americans to reconsider their ever-expanding empire.
 

Religion & Spirituality


Misogyny Is the Catholic Church’s Original Sin, Sady Doyle, Medium


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Allowing female leadership could be the only way to save the ailing church
 

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