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UPDATE: One report by The Verge confirmed that all YouTube's main channel pages were down and not just a select few. The cause is still pending.

Following the viral video footage created by Deadspin about pro-Trump media organization, Sinclair Broadcast Group (SBG) forcing their owned affiliates to read scripted attacks on other news organizations, Deadspin's YouTube channel page was generating a '500 internal server error' page. 

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As of this writing, it is unknown whether YouTube was being targeted by hackers. Many who are familiar with media outlets that have reported on pro-Trump or right-wing propaganda, might also have gone to the Liberal Media Matters 4 America YouTube channel, only to encounter the same error. 

The Independent reported on a similar, though unrelated problem back in 2015 saying that the error was not affecting all users. But it's been reported that many users had taken to Twitter to report the problem with other channels as they also did on Monday, accessing other sites that were not seen as politically affiliated or critical of Sinclair's propagandistic endeavors. 

CNN's coverage of the SBG featured Deadspin's viral video which synced up many of the anchors from SBG affiliates who were required to read the pro-Trump network's script. Overall, YouTube confirmed the issue via Twitter:

Politico reported in December of 2016 that Donald Trump's son-in-law Jared Kushner had secured a deal with the Sinclair Broadcast Group for more favorable coverage of Trump as a candidate. They reported that Kushner had made the deal during the campaign giving SBG more access to the candidate which he told to business executives on that Friday. According to SBG and other networks, there is nothing nefarious in the deal and pointed out that candidates have approached similar networks for more direct access in the past. 

Fast forward to a Monday morning over a year later, President Trump took to his Twitter account to blast other media outlets for criticizing SBG saying in one of his seven tweets,

"So funny to watch Fake News Networks, among the most dishonest groups of people I have ever dealt with, criticize Sinclair Broadcasting for being biased. Sinclair is far superior to CNN and even more Fake NBC, which is a total joke."

SBG Seizes Control of Biased View Message

In the mentioned Politico piece, the vice president of the Sinclair Broadcast Group, Scott Livingston, said that their commitment to their viewers was to go beyond podium, beyond the rhetoric. He said that they were all about tracking the truth and telling the truth and claimed that was typically missing in most political coverage.

On March of 2017 only a month after Donald Trump's presidential inauguration, Livingston released the following statement to an NBC affiliate owned by the group in Las Vegas, Nevada. 

Fast forward to early March of 2018, CNN reported that a local news anchor for an SBG affiliate complained to CNN that the script they were required to read was inappropriate and sounded like pro-Trump propaganda. The anchor told CNN that they all felt uncomfortable reading the script. 

The reasons for why they felt it was pro-Trump is due to the fact that Donald Trump has viciously attacked the press for creating unfavorable coverage of him, being critical of his campaign and his presidency, calling them "fake news." Despite this, Trump has fired cabinet members, national security council officials, White House staff and other government officials for being critical of him and his decisions. Trump is also under investigation by a special prosecutor who has already filed charges against former members of his campaign staff and reportedly, being investigated for colluding with Russian officials during the campaign. 

The Seattle Post-Intelligencer reported in late March, that the SBG-created promos the local anchors were required to read had finally been broadcast, one of them through Seattle's KOMO-TV show. KOMO-TV was the last locally owned station before Sinclair bought it after the defunct Seattle-based Fisher Communications sold it in April 2013.

The claim that other news networks are fake news continues to propagate through the Trump administration, among conservatives in Congress and Trump supporters in the public, despite the fact that Trump and his own support system have been found to create most of that fiction on their own

Russian Threat Looms Over America

While there is no verification that hacking is in any way associated with the YouTube errors, similar error messages are generally seen by novice internet users as hacking attempts. Especially in light of reports of Russian hacking during the 2016 presidential election and ever since. It was reported during the 2016 election that Kremlin-sanctioned hackers stole thousands of emails from the Democratic National Committee in order to leak information about Hillary Clinton during her campaign. 

Since then, more reports show various connections with Trump campaign officials who have engaged with Russian officials during the campaign and into the Trump presidency. The YouTube errors also come in light of the extradition of a Russian hacker to the United States, for the theft of 117 million LinkedIn passwords in 2012. Other reports this year showed that Russian operatives had also used Facebook in order to manipulate public opinion on behalf of the Trump campaign.

While the error generated from YouTube is not even remotely similar to a leak, Denial of Service (or DoS) attacks are common, basic hacking efforts made to disrupt traffic. Government officials have predicted that more hacking attempts will be made to sway political differences.

Survival Journalism has listed Scott Livingston as a traitor and enemy of the people.

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Near Death on Dallas Transport Platform

Dying man on DART platform

On the Dallas Area Rapid Transit rail line this evening, right next to my window I saw this guy just lying there.

This isn't anything new as there are plenty of times when I've seen people sleeping on the DART rail platforms, even above ground.

But this was clearly different. 

The passengers leaving the train weren't too concerned and as pointed out, there are perfectly good reasons for that. 

But the train operator was concerned and after a bit, got off of the train to try to get a response from the man. 

From where I was sitting, there didn't appear to be any signs of life and the train operator couldn't get the man to response.

DART rail operator contacts officers

The train operator pulled out the left earbud from the man's ear and tried to get him to respond to his voice but there was nothing, not even a flinch. One of the passengers got off of the train and put his hand out before the man's mouth to see if he was breathing.

The operator was on his handheld radio trying to get DART officers until one finally appeared. 

I got off of the train to tell both the operator the officer that he appeared to be alive earlier as his eyes appeared more closed than before. He confirmed that the guy was still breathing.  

After the rail operator felt that everything would be handled, he got back on the train and we left.

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Trump associate, supporter and surrogate, Erik Prince reportedly become associated with the Trump-Russia scandal according to a report by the Washington Post. According to their report published on Wednesday, it was learned that the founder of the controversial Blackwater security company met with a Russian official prior to Donald Trump's inaguration in order to establish a back channel communication with the incoming administration.

The information came from what the report describes as "people familiar with the matter" and "who spoke on condition of anonymity," through the Mueller investigation, sourced from a witness cooperating with the Special Prosecutor.

 As seen in the video provided, the Washington Post reported on the secret meeting back in May of last year. The latest report confirms that the Mueller investigation has gathered evidence that the meeting was intended to establish that back channel. 

In mid-January, George Nader, a business man who was involved with organizing the secret meeting, was stopped at the Dulles airport, served a subpeona and questioned by the FBI. It's been reported that he has been cooperating with the FBI via the Muller investigation over the meeting. 

The report recalls that when Prince was questioned about the meeting in Seychelles by Congress and the press, he said that his meeting with the head of a Russian government-controlled wealth fund, Kirill Dmitriev, was unplanned and and unimportant. 

His denial is similar to the response that former Trump campaign team official, Carter Page, had given when he was asked about meeting with Russian officials, saying that his uninteresting encounter with Sergey Kislyak, the then Russian ambassador to the United States. But when questioned by Congress in November, Page was more forthcoming with the meeting, verifying much of the information in the infamous Steele Dossier.

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'Spider-Man: Homecoming' Sequel: New costume to include 'very big changes,' per designer

Marvel fans are anticipating what's next in terms of the Spider-Man character for the Marvel Cinematic Universe. His role toward the end of "Avengers: Infinity War" took a surprising turn, leaving fans to wonder if Peter Parker will return for future films. There's the 2019 "Avengers 4" movie which could potentially have Peter in it. There is also a planned "Spider-Man: Homecoming" sequel scheduled for after the fourth "Avengers" film. No matter who is in it, it sounds like the Spider-Man costume will be undergoing some changes.

Next Spider-Man movie costume

Peter Parker aka Spider-Man first popped up in the "Captain America: Civil War" film. In that film, he was the new superhero that Tony Stark/Iron Man had recruited for his battle against Captain America's side. He got his own solo film with 2017's "Homecoming," and also got a costume upgrade thanks to Tony Stark. The costume had intuitive "smart features" built right into it which Peter had to learn to master.

As Parker tagged along for the space chase in "Infinity War," Stark again gave him a brand new costume which allowed him to survive in space. It also featured those new "Iron Spider" legs that helped Spidey perform even better while in action.

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MLB Trade Rumors: Manny Machado deal to Diamondbacks 'very possible,' per Jon Morosi

Manny Machado trade rumors have been circulating ever since the beginning of the 2018 season, and with the July 31 trade deadline just over a month away, the Orioles are reportedly listening to any and all offers for the power-hitting infielder. While the Yankees and Dodgers have been thrown around the most in the Machado rumor mill, a new team has stepped up as the frontrunner to land the 25-year-old slugger.

Baltimore Orioles rumored to be in talks with Arizona

According to a CBS Sports report, the Baltimore Orioles are rumored to be in discussions with the Arizona Diamondbacks in hopes of trying to strike a blockbuster deal soon.

FOX Sports and Insider Jon Morosi tweeted that his sources have indicated that the Dbacks and Orioles have been in contact about a possible deal involving several key players, including Machado. Morosi said this deal looks to be "very possible" if the Orioles believe they are getting what they need in return. If a deal is struck, it would most likely cost Arizona a few good men, including Jake Lamb. Lamb has struggled a bit so far in 2018, but he has plenty of upside.

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Vader died on June 18 of heart failure while recovering from pneumonia at 63, via Twitter

Another wrestling legend is gone. It was announced that Vader, whose real name is Leon White, passed away on Monday, June 18. Best known for his appearances in WWE (then WWF), WCW, and NJPW, Vader was a popular wrestler during the 1990s, gaining popularity as one of the more versatile heavyweights in the business. Despite health problems in recent years, he continued wrestling well into the 2010s.

Vader's passing

On the morning of June 20, White's son announced his father's death on the wrestler's official Twitter account:

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2018 World Cup: Mexico, Japan surprise, while Brazil, Argentina, Germany struggle

2018 World Cup action, in Russia, enters the second week of competition as the first round of group stage matches is complete. Host Russia is in absolute control of Group A with six points in the standings and an insurmountable plus-seven goal differential. This has virtually assured that they will be advancing to the knockout stage for the first time since 1986 when Russia was part of the Soviet Union. Cristiano Ronaldo, the best player in the world, delighted with an opening game hat-trick in Portugal's highly anticipated first-round matchup against Spain. Surprises abound in the first-week standings, including Iran leading Group B, Croatia leading Group D, Serbia leading Group E, and Mexico leading Group F with Swede. El Tri's shocking 1-0 defeat over defending champion and No. 1 ranked team in the world Germany also shocked some fans.

The favorites struggle out of the gate

Brazil, the pre-tournament favorite, managed a 1-1 draw in Group E against Switzerland when they were caught playing lazily on a Swiss corner kick headed into the goal by Steven Zuber to even their match 50th-minute. Germany, second in the odds to win the tournament and ranked No. 1 in the world, lost to Mexico 1-0. Spain forced 2016 European champion Portugal to a 3-3 draw, while Argentina was tied 1-1 by Iceland, which was making their first ever World Cup appearance. England must feel fortunate for three points in the standings after they were bailed out by team captain Harry Kane's second goal of the game in the 91st-minute, securing a 2-1 victory over Tunisia. Only Belgium, defeating 2018 World Cup newcomer Panama 3-0, performed strongly among the top 10 pre-tournament favorites.

Mexico, Japan, Senegal headline surprise winners

Mexico's shocker 1-0 over Germany on Hirving Lozano's goal in the 35th-minute of its matchup is the top storyline of the tournament. El Tri showed they can play with the best in the world and can be considered a legitimate candidate to become the first CONCACAF team to reach the semifinals in World Cup history. Japan enjoyed a player advantage against Colombia thanks to the first red card of the tournament, given to Carlos Sanchez for a handball, scored on the ensuing penalty kick, and added the game-winning goal in the 73rd-minute as the Colombians unable to overcome the player disadvantage. Senegal defeated eighth-ranked Poland 2-1 on a controversial goal in the 60th-minute. The result has Group H upside down, with Senegal joining surprising Japan atop the group.

Intrigue for second round group stage play

Argentina needs a win against Group D leader Croatia. Serbia will face the sixth-ranked Swiss, who played brilliantly against favorite Brazil, in a game where the Swiss will be looking for three points. Germany will play Sweden in what amounts to a must-win for the defending champions. Poland against Colombia in Group H will go a long way in determining who advances, with Japan and Senegal settling things earlier in the day, June 24. Will Cristiano Ronaldo continue to delight, on his way to the Golden Boot, and a strong showing by Portugal? Each passing day of competition creates new questions, with the group stage clarity coming in the following days.

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INJUSTICE: Cop Shot Down White Teenage Girl Seeking Help In Police Station And Got Away With It

On January 22, 2015, 17-year old Kristiana Coignard walked into the Longview Police Department in Longview Texas and never walked out. Coignard was a troubled teen with a history of mental illness. According to her family, she had bipolar disorder. The tragic last few minutes of Coignard’s life was captured on a camera in the […]

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21 Unsettling Photos Of Male Sexual Assault Victims Holding Signs Quoting Their Rapists

Before the rise of the #meetoo movement, in 2012, photographer Grace Brown began Project Unbreakable featuring people she personally knew who were sexually assaulted. However, the project quickly became a movement that now includes well over 2000 sexual assault survivors from around the country holding signs inscribed with qoutes from their abusers. Brown describes her […]

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WATCH: MSNBC’s Joy Reid Dumbfounds NRA-Owned FL Lawmaker With Logic During Brutal Interview

MSNBC’s Joy Reid recently had a chaotic discussion about gun control with paid NRA stooge Rep. Matt Gaetz (R-FL), in which the host proceeded to frustrate the lawmaker with a logical question that he could not answer. During the segment, Gaetz pushed adding more “multipliers of force” on school campuses who could engage an active […]

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Democracy Now!

Seymour Hersh on Torture at Abu Ghraib & Secret U.S. Assassination Programs

In 2004, investigative reporter Sy Hersh exposed the Abu Ghraib prisoner abuse scandal in Iraq that shocked the world. Shocking photos of U.S. military personnel humiliating and torturing Iraqi prisoners at Abu Ghraib sparked global outcry, as well as national hearings, investigations and finger pointing. We speak with Sy Hersh about his investigation, nearly 15 years later.

Sy Hersh: Henry Kissinger Must "Count Burned and Maimed Cambodian & Vietnamese Babies" in His Sleep

While Sy Hersh was working at The New York Times Washington bureau, he would watch reporters call then-Secretary of State Henry Kissinger nearly every day, diligently writing down his comments and then reproducing them as front-page news. This is one of many stories Hersh tells in his new memoir, "Reporter." We speak with award-winning investigative journalist Sy Hersh about his many years reporting on Kissinger. He says, "What I always said about Kissinger, publicly, and again and again, is that when people ... can't sleep and they count sheep, I think Kissinger has to count burned and maimed Cambodian and Vietnamese babies the rest of his life. But, of course, he doesn't."

Sy Hersh: I Knew Richard Nixon Beat His Wife in 1974, But Did Not Report the Story

Soon after President Richard Nixon resigned in 1974, Seymour Hersh got a call from a source at a California hospital. He learned that Nixon had beaten his wife so severely in 1974 that she sought treatment at an emergency room. Hersh did not report the story. Years later, he received criticism for this choice. We speak with Sy Hersh in New York City. He says of his decision not to report on Nixon beating his wife, "I was obtuse to the notion that it was a crime. … I didn't get it."

Think Progress

The facilities where things go from bad to worse for children separated from their parents

The Trump administration has placed children who were separated from their families at the border in secure psychiatric facilities, according to organizations that work with migrant children. In the past, children have accused similar facilities of forcing them to take powerful psychiatric drugs, abusing and neglecting them, and detaining them for months on end. The […]

Feds send immigrant children to foster company with history of abuse

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) has spent billions since 2013 placing minors who cross the border into foster and shelter facilities throughout the country, many of which have a history of abuse and lax oversight, according to multiple reports. One organization, San Antonio-based BCFS, has received over $800 million from the federal […]

Kansas secretary of state defies court order, won’t register eligible voters

Two days after a federal judge overturned his documentary proof-of-citizenship law and ordered him to register eligible voters, Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach is openly defying the court’s order. According to the Topeka Capital Journal, Kobach’s elections director instructed county clerks to continue demanding proof-of-citizenship from anyone registering to vote until they receive written […]

Global Voices Online


'Bungling amateur' Trump has started a trade war without understanding trade or war or China

Foreign Policy reports that the trade war kicked off by Donald Trump is a fight that America is very, very likely to lose. The end result is likely to be a continued weakening of America’s position, and a boost to China’s rise.

Trump’s calculation appears to be that China has more to lose and so will back down. He is wrong.

Trump’s statements on trade have regularly revealed him as someone who understands nothing about either how international trade works or how how it should be regulated. But, as he does on every topic, Trump believes he knows everything. Which is what makes his gleeful entry into a fight he pre-declared “good” and “easy to win” so particularly frightening.

The idea that the United States’ trade deficit with China provides an edge in negotiation isn’t just wrong, it’s entirely backward. Most of China’s exports to the United States are assembled goods, many of them built for US companies. Replacing those goods doesn’t mean just throwing up a factory and putting items together. It means replicating the whole supply stream of components and materials that China has built up over decades. Many of which are not in China. If the United States could move those industries home it really might involve a large number of jobs—but as China vividly illustrates, there’s little reason to think they would be good jobs.

In the short term those items are going to keep coming exactly where they’ve always originated. US consumers will simply pay higher prices and US companies will see depressed sales. Additionally, more than a third of China’s exports to the United States are parts used in building things at factories already in the United States. Raising the price on those goods leaves companies little choice but to pass that additional cost on to customers.

On the other hand, what China takes in from the United States is often raw materials and agricultural goods. And, at what might seem to be the far end of the spectrum, China also uses a large number of US services, primarily technical services, where the US enjoys a large trade surplus. While these industries may appear worlds apart, they share one big feature: They are fungible. Corn and soybeans can come from somewhere else. So can software services.

The Trump administration is stealing children; private facilities are drugging and abusing them

As debate over the Trump administration’s so-called “zero-tolerance” policy and detention of thousands of children rages, parents, family members and treating physicians, among others, are publicly sharing accounts of how these children in U.S. custody are being mistreated. These stories are tragically unsurprising: The government’s directed $1.5 billion over four years to immigrant youth shelters with histories of neglect and/or abuse. With a spotlight on the conditions of detention, legal challenges could end mistreatment and even separation altogether. 

A letter from the National Center for Youth Law lists examples of how one private facility, Shiloh Treatment Center near Houston, Texas, uses psychotropic drugs never approved for pediatric or adolescent patients to control the children detained there, often on the basis of apparently deliberate misdiagnoses. One child, for example, was diagnosed psychotic, then prescribed six regular drugs and two for use “as needed.” His actual condition? Autoimmune encephalitis.

That letter, along with supporting documentation, has been submitted as part of a larger lawsuit alleging overarching mistreatment of immigrant children in U.S. custody. Reveal, in connection with the Center for Investigative Reporting, contacted a forensic psychiatrist, Mark J. Mills, to review the medical records and documentation related to the suit.

“You don’t have to be a rocket scientist here; it looks like they’re trying to control agitation and aggressive behavior with antipsychotic drugs,” said Mills, who practices in the Washington, D.C., area and was an expert witness for a lawsuit that in 2008 stopped the federal government from forcibly administering antipsychotic drugs to deportees.

“You don’t need to administer these kinds of drugs unless someone is plucking out their eyeball or some such. The facility should not use these drugs to control behavior. That’s not what antipsychotics should be used for. That’s like the old Soviet Union used to do.”

The drugs have serious consequences for detained children, from mental health to injuries to adult onset diabetes. And, by the way, courts already stopped the federal government from dosing detainees with anti-psychotic drugs once before.

Flight attendant describes 'little children whose faces were full of fear, confusion, sadness'

Flight attendants say they have been increasingly horrified by the appearance of ICE agents traveling far, far from the southern border with young children who’ve been separated from their parents. In an op-ed for the Houston Chronicle, veteran flight attendant Hunt Palmquist has been in the air for 29 years and says in the last few weeks, he has worked on two flights with ICE agents transporting migrant kids and his conscience and his religious values will not allow him to work another one of these flights. 

On board these particular flights were ICE agents and migrant children (approximately four to eleven years old) who had been separated from their families and were being flown to a "relocation" site.

Since working the two flights, the images of those helpless children have burned into my psyche. The little children whose faces were full of fear, confusion, sadness and exhaustion left me somewhat traumatized as it occurred to me a few weeks later that I might as well have been a collaborator in their transport.

Once Palmquist made the decision, he began talking with fellow crew members who pledged to walk off these flights as well. They have clearly made a difference because in only a few short hours today, American Airlines, United Airlines and Frontier Airlines have all publicly stated they will not be a part of transporting these children across the country, far away from their detained or deported parents. 

How in the hell is a 4 year old, a 6 year old or even a 10 year old in a foreign country supposed to find their parents after they’ve been flown hundreds or thousands of miles away to unknown “relocation camps” and foster care homes?

For what it’s worth, at least one of these ICE agents lied to the flight crew about who they were transporting.

Since sharing my story, I learned from a fellow flight attendant that he was lied to by an ICE agent who said the children on the flight were part of a soccer team. When pressed, the agent finally admitted that they were, indeed children who were being relocated to assigned camps.

Thank you, Hunt Palmquist, and all the flight attendants who stood up and are speaking out to their bosses. Y’all never get enough credit but we are grateful for all that you do.

House Democrats introduce 'Keep Families Together Act'—is your representative onboard yet?

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House Democrats, led by Congressman Jerry Nadler of New York, have introduced the House counterpart of U.S. Senator Dianne Feinstein’s “Keep Families Together Act,” which would block the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) from separating migrant families at the U.S./Mexico border. “We have a legal [and] moral obligation to act,” he wrote, “and the Trump admin family separation policy must stop.”

Since Jefferson Beauregard Sessions III announced the administration’s barbaric “zero tolerance” policy earlier this year, at least 2,000 migrant kids have been torn from the arms of parents, including a breastfeeding baby, according to one report. There are so many families being arrested, that the government has opened a “tent city” for kids—this is a concentration camp—while parents are being shipped off to federal prisons, with absolutely no plan set in motion on how families will be reunited.

It’s a crisis that Donald Trump could stop as quickly as he started it, and one aided by complicit congressional Republicans, who are instead proposing to jail families together indefinitely. This shouldn’t be hard. Families must be kept together, and not in jail. “The President could end this cruel family separation policy today,” Nadler said, “but instead he uses it as a political bargaining chip to push his agenda. That is why Congress must act.”

According to Nadler’s office, the legislation would permit separation only in “extraordinary circumstances,” including “trafficking indicators or other concerns of risk to the child.” Even then, that must be approved by the Port Director or the Chief Border Patrol agent of Customs and Border Protection (CBP). Currently, the administration is tearing apart migrant families simply because they can—and adding to this horror story is that we don’t know the full picture on how detained families are being treated.

IndyMedia Features

State Repression Against IMC Grenoble and IMC Nantes

Following the publication of a communiqué claiming responsibility for a fire in a garage at a Grenoble police depot (gendarmerie) during the night of September 20th/21st, Indymedia Grenoble and Indymedia Nantes have been threatened by the French police. The administrators of these sites received emails from the Central Office for the Fight Against Crime Linked to Information Technology and Communication (OCLCTIC) demanding that the concerned articles be removed from the sites in under 24 hours, otherwise rendering the sites liable to blocking and dereferencing.

The communiqué’s authors explained that the garage fire had been carried out as "part of a wave of attacks in solidarity with people currently under trial" such as the Quai de Valmy police car arson. In this Grenoble arson attack, several dozen police vehicles were burned (torched).

Solidarity with Linksunten Indymedia, the main independent media website in Germany, was banned by the German government's Ministry of Interior on August 25. Maintaining the website and using its logo are now considered criminal offenses in the country. Linksunten volunteers are being prosecuted as a "club," which means that administrators are considered responsible for everything that has been published. Administrators are also being accused of being members of a terrorist association.

Coordination des Groupes Anarchistes writes: This represents a new step in the repression of our activities and ideas in Europe. The last time something of this significance occurred was in 1995, when the German central power banned the newspaper "Radikal", which sparked many demonstrations all over the country, especially in Hamburg. In France, even though some music bands and anti-authoritarian information websites have been threatened for their lyrics or articles, we have never experienced such brutal repression against our means of expression and communication. This attack against a radical and anti-authoritarian information platform should remind us of the need to pay special attention to the defense of our means of communication in front of State repression.

Germany Indymedia is collecting donations in support of Linksunten Indymedia.

Not in Germany, Not Anywhere Else: Repression Can’t Silence Us! | Call for Donations and Demonstrations in Support of Linksunten Indymedia

Related Feature: German Government Shuts Down Linksunten Indymedia: What It Means and What to Do

Linksunten Indymedia Declares “We Will Be Back Soon”

On August 25, the German government raided and shut down Linksunten Indymedia, an integral part of the global Independent Media Center network, and the most widely used German-language platform for radical politics and organizing. In Freiburg, riot police seized computers and harassed those they accuse of maintaining the site, justifying their actions on the grounds that the alleged administrators constitute an illegal organization intent on destroying the German Constitution. This represents a massive escalation in state repression against what the authorities call “left-wing extremism,” disingenuously suggesting an equivalence between those who seek to build communities beyond the reach of state violence and Neo-Nazis organizing to carry out attacks and murders.

In the last couple of years, more and more attention has accumulated around Linksunten Indymedia, which offers a space for people to post anonymously. Before the 2017 G20 summit took place in Hamburg, the corporate media was already focusing on the site, declaring it to be the coordination page of militant anti-G20 protestors. The far-right nationalist party Alternative for Germany (Alternative für Deutschland, or AfD) started a campaign against the platform, pushing inquiries about Indymedia in Federal parliament and trying to force local governments to ban the platform and other forms of radical infrastructure.

The heavy-handed approach of shutting down the website and raiding alleged administrators shows how afraid the authorities are that radical ideas are spreading and becoming contagious following the successful demonstrations against the G20 summit in July. German Federal Minister of the Interior Thomas de Maizière made it clear enough in his press conference that the assault on Indymedia is a form of revenge for the embarrassment the state suffered during the summit. It also shows how dishonest far-right and statist rhetoric is about free speech — in fact, these hypocrites only use that discourse to position themselves to suppress others’ speech.

In response, Linksunten Indymedia released a statement the next day on their banned website declaring, “We will be back soon.” It shows that the media activists still have control over their website, and could be the beginning of a huge Streisand effect. Solidarity demonstrations are taking place across Germany.

(Note: Since Linksunten Indymedia is now banned by the German government, you may want to use Tor or a VPN connection before you visit the website:

Read More (Translations: Spanish | Portuguese) | Indymedia Linksunten Shut Down | Germany: Federal Interior Ministry Bans Linksunten Indymedia | Linksunten Indymedia Announces “We Will Be Back Soon”

See Also: Solidarity with Indymedia Linksunten | Prohibition is An Attack on the Entire Left | Alemania censura la web Indymedia

Related Features: DOJ Demands User Data from Anti-Trump Website (2017) | Indymedia Marks 15 Years of Making Media and Making Trouble (2014) | FBI Seizes European Counter Network Web Server from Riseup Colocation Facility (2012) | Authorities Attempt to Shut Down Indymedia for "Coordination of Rebellion" in Greece (2009) | Israeli Police to Start an Investigation of Indymedia Israel (2009) | Police Seize UK Indymedia Server (Again) (2009)

Indonesian police use Shootings, killings, beatings, arrests on West Papuan independence rallies

Indonesian police have opened fire on peaceful protesters in Jayapura, with at least four gunshot wounds and one death. West Papuan activists and families have been forced to flee to the jungle for safety. Indonesian security forces are conducting scores of raids, sweeps and offensives against West Papuan civilians. The attacks are happening during the visit of National Police Chief General Sutarman with over 200 people arrested across West Papua. Journalists have also been attacked by Indonesian police according to Amnesty International...Read more at San Fransisco Bay Area Indymedia. The Indonesian Police chief says any plans to free Papua from Indonesia won't be tolerated, including Flag raising ceremonies on the West Papuan national Day, December 1st.

Calls for Independence by West Papuans have been made since the sham "Act of Free Choice in 1969". They have suffered a neglected genocide at the hands of the Indonesian military (2004) with continued Repression (2007). Thousands of Papuans took to the streets in 2010 and in 2011 rejecting special autonomy, demanding a referendum on independence. Indonesia plans to build 1,500 km of new roads in the next two years to accelerate ‘development', increase military presence, and open up more illegal logging. Three Papuans highlighted the human rights abuses at the APEC meeting in Bali this year by scaling the Australian Consulate’s fence in the dead of night and hand-delivering a personal plea to open the Indonesian province to world scrutiny.

A new academic law and human rights report A slow-motion genocide: Indonesian rule in West Papua (PDF), details the extent of the genocide and abuse of human rights. (Review by Greenleft) Activists have called for Australia to End pragmatic complicity in West Papua in response to comments by new conservative Prime Minister Tony Abbott. Imprisoned Papuan leader Selpius Bobii also responded saying, "We Live In Terror, Mr Abbott".

Related: Waging Nonviolence: Flotilla unsettles Indonesia’s occupation of West Papua | West Papuan National Day Goes Global | West Papuans to join commemoration of Eureka Rebellion in Ballarat
More Information: West Papua media Alerts | Freedom Flotilla