Keith Olbermann: the Amy Coney Barrett’s of the World Should Be Prosecuted

Former ESPN anchor Keith Olbermann had a normal one Thursday on his political YouTube show, embarking on a 14-minute vituperative journey which called for the (figurative?) prosecution and conviction of each and every archetype of authoritarian evil in his mind—the Amy Coney Barretts of the world included.

Olbermann said that this segment of the Worst Person in the World was a response to news of an alleged foiled plot by right-wing extremists to kidnap Democratic Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer and put her on trial for “treason.” He said this plot was part of a larger scheme enabled and encouraged by President Donald Trump himself. While many—Whitmer included—assigned blame to the president and his rhetoric, Olbermann took things a step further: calling for the prosecution of every single person who has enabled to Trump to do that.

For Olbermann, the Whitmer story “fits into Donald Trump’s desperate attempts to retain the

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Article: US Is the Top Human Rights Violator in the World, and It’s Not Even Close

Republished from The American Herald Tribune

Few things are more politicized and distorted in the United States than the subject of human rights. Over the last two generations, the U.S. political class and its conduits in the corporate media have weaponized human rights to serve an imperialist agenda. NGOs such as Human Rights Watch (HRW) and Amnesty International tend to focus much of their time crafting human rights narratives on matters of critical importance to the U.S. Department of State. Syria, Nicaragua, Venezuela, and a host of countries have been condemned by these organizations for alleged human rights violations. Since 2018, China has been targeted for the same treatment.

China is accused of detaining millions of Xinjiang-based Uyghurs in “concentration camps.” Thanks to Ajit Singh and The Grayzone, we know that the sources for these allegations are far from reliable. We know that the principle

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Supreme Court confirmation hearings will be ‘World War III of political battles’

Fox News legal analyst Andrew Napolitano said the Senate confirmation hearings for President Trump’s eventual Supreme Court pick will be a bloody political fight amid an already tight presidential race.

Andrew Napolitano wearing a suit and tie: Fox's Napolitano: Supreme Court confirmation hearings will be 'World War III of political battles'

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Fox’s Napolitano: Supreme Court confirmation hearings will be ‘World War III of political battles’

“This will be a World War III of political battles,” Napolitano told Fox News Radio host Jimmy Failla on Monday. “And it will be right in the middle of a presidential election.”

His comments came three days after the death of Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg. Trump told “Fox & Friends” on Monday that he will announce his Supreme Court pick on Friday or Saturday, with the president indicating he has a shortlist of five female contenders.

Napolitano said the Senate Judiciary Committee hearings will prove particularly combative given the presence of Chairman Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.), who is facing a tightening reelection bid, and

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A Shift in the World Situation: The Capitalist Counter-Offensive

The period between 1968 and 1975 witnessed an immense upsurge of the working class. Left-wing and socialist movements grew significantly throughout the world. In the midst of a powerful strike movement of British workers in the summer of 1972, the Daily Telegraph published an editorial headlined, “Who Shall Rule?,” raising openly the specter of a revolutionary overturn of the capitalist state by the working class. In the United States, the attempt by the Nixon administration—with the support of the AFL-CIO bureaucracy—to impose wage controls failed in the face of widespread defiance by an increasingly militant working class. In country after country, the workers demonstrated a determination to fight in defense of their class interests. But the central historical problem identified by Leon Trotsky in 1938—the “historical crisis of the leadership of the proletariat”—remained unsolved. The old Stalinist and Social-Democratic labor and trade union bureaucracies utilized their positions of influence, with

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Political world and civil society reacts to Pranab Mukherjee’s death | Latest updates

Former President Pranab Mukherjee has passed away, his son Abhijit Mukherjee has said.

In pictures | Pranab Mukherjee (1935-2020)

“With a Heavy Heart , this is to inform you that my father Shri #PranabMukherjee has just passed away inspite of the best efforts of Doctors of RR Hospital & prayers ,duas & prarthanas from people throughout India ! I thank all of You,” Mr. Abhijit Mukherjee tweeted.

In a statement Ministry of Home Affairs said “As a mark of respect to the departed dignitary, seven days State Mourning will be observed throughout India from 31.08.2020 to 06.09.2020, both days inclusive. During the period of State Mourning the National Flag will fly at half mast on all buildings throughout India, where it is flown regularly and there will be no official entertainment.”

The date, time and venue of the State Funeral will be intimated later, the MHA added.

Obituary | The

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Eyes of political world focused on historic Massachusetts Senate race

The eyes of the political world are focused on Massachusetts Tuesday, watching the Democratic primary for Senate between incumbent Sen. Ed Markey and challenger Rep. Joe Kennedy.Kennedy handed out fist bumps to supporters and took photos with voters in Dorchester. He’s hoping voters will agree with him that Massachusetts needs a change.“I think we can be better. I think we can be bigger. I think we can be bolder, but I don’t think you’re going to do that with the same folks that have gotten us to this point — the same leadership for the past 50 years,” Kennedy said.“In my perspective, voters don’t have to choose. They can have experience and change in one candidate,” Markey said.Markey is hoping to ride a recent surge in the polls to victory and is not taking pre-election day momentum for granted.“This race is not over. This Game 7. It’s tied 3-3. We … Read More

Political interference singled out as major obstacle in anti-corruption reform efforts during previous BN administration, World Bank reports

a tall building in a city: A World Bank report says political interference is one of the major impediments of past governance and anti-corruption reform efforts in Malaysia during the previous BN administration. — Picture by Hari Anggara

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A World Bank report says political interference is one of the major impediments of past governance and anti-corruption reform efforts in Malaysia during the previous BN administration. — Picture by Hari Anggara

KUALA LUMPUR, Sept 24 — Political interference has been singled out as one of the major impediments of past governance and anti-corruption reform efforts in the country during the previous Barisan Nasional (BN) administration, a World Bank report has said.

The “Enhancing Government Effectiveness and Transparency: The Fight Against Corruption” report said the National Integrity Plan (NIP) — introduced in 2004 — had limited impact as the focus was on advocacy rather than on bringing about structural changes.

“The anti-corruption institutions were focused on mid-level corruption rather than grand corruption involving the highest echelon of government leadership.

“The National Anti-Corruption Plan (NACP) for that reason has singled out political interference as one of

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Global coronavirus cases see record daily rise as world leaders slammed for sparking Covid ‘world disorder’

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A collective failure by world leaders to heed warnings and prepare for the coronavirus pandemic has transformed “a world at risk” to a “world in disorder”, a damning new report claims.

The review by the Global Preparedness Monitoring Board (GPMB) was published just hours after the World Health Organisation reported a record one-day increase in global Covid-19 cases.

The total number of infections rose by 307,930 in just 24 hours on Sunday. Deaths rose by 5,537 to a total of 917,417.

The GPMB said “we are all paying the price” for a lack of financial and political investment in preparedness by heads of state.

“It is not as if the world has lacked the opportunity to take these steps,” it said.

“There have been numerous calls for action over the last decade, yet none has generated the changes needed.”

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Beijing’s mass surveillance of Australia and the world for secrets and scandal

A Chinese company with links to Beijing’s military and intelligence networks has been amassing a vast database of detailed personal information on thousands of Australians, including prominent and influential figures.

A database of 2.4 million people, including more than 35,000 Australians, has been leaked from the Shenzhen company Zhenhua Data which is believed to be used by China’s intelligence service, the Ministry of State Security.

Zhenhua has the People’s Liberation Army and the Chinese Communist Party among its main clients.

Information collected includes dates of birth, addresses, marital status, along with photographs, political associations, relatives and social media IDs.

It collates Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn, Instagram and even TikTok accounts, as well as news stories, criminal records and corporate misdemeanours.

While much of the information has been “scraped” from open-source material, some profiles have information which appears to have been sourced from confidential bank records, job applications and psychological profiles.


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