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RIP Fred Hampton, Black Panther Assassinated by the FBI

RIP Fred Hampton, Black Panther Assassinated by the FBI

[This piece was first published in Counterpunch, Dec. 4, 2019] Fifty one years ago, a squad of Chicago police officers killed Black Panther leaders Fred Hampton and Mark Clark in a pre-dawn raid on the apartment where they were sleeping. In the decades since, a revealing body of evidence has emerged showing that Hampton, a...

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The Five Eyes: The Global Spy Network You Never Heard Of

The Five Eyes: The Global Spy Network You Never Heard Of

[First of a Five-Part Series.] The Netflix thriller series, “Pine Gap” takes place on a sprawling, top-secret signals intelligence facility in the Australian Outback. On the screen, Pine Gap is depicted as a cockpit of drone strikes, romance, cybersleuthing, basketball, blackmail, office politics, and paranoia. The cribbed-from-the-chyrons first season culminated with a belligerent American president...

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Dan Jones: How ODNI Nominee Avril Haines Whitewashed Torture

Dan Jones: How ODNI Nominee Avril Haines Whitewashed Torture

Spencer Ackerman of Daily Beast calls it “a proxy war.” The nomination of Avril Haines to serve as director of the Office of National Intelligence (ODNI) has set off a power struggle between the center-left and center-right factions of the Democratic policy world. This is a consequential fight, the ODNI overseees–but does not actually run–17...

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Coronavirus Did Not Originate in Wuhan, Scientists Say

Coronavirus Did Not Originate in Wuhan, Scientists Say

Wuhan, China where the coronavirus was first detected. (Credit: South China Morning Post) From the South China Morning Post “Wuhan was where the coronavirus was first detected but it was not where it originated,” Zeng Guang, former chief epidemiologist of the Chinese Centre for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), told an online academic conference on...

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Trump’s ‘Incendiary’ Words Light No Fires–So Far

Trump’s ‘Incendiary’ Words Light No Fires–So Far

After a summer in which Attorney General Bill Barr dispatched unidentified federal agents to confront racial justiice protesters in Portland and an armed gang descended on the capital of Michigan to protest the tyranny of face masks, the threat of violence around the November 3 election could not be discounted. So, far it hasn’t materialized....