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How the U.S. Derailed an Effort to Prosecute Its Crimes in Afghanistan
Alice Speri | The Intercept - TRANSCEND Media Service, 11 Oct 2021

5 Oct 2021 – The new chief prosecutor of the ICC, Karim Khan, sought to reopen a suspended investigation in Afghanistan but it would not include conduct by the USA and its allies. He wrote in a statement that his office would focus exclusively on crimes committed by the Taliban and by the Islamic State Khorasan Province, or IS-K. His decision came after years of U.S. obstruction.

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ShadowDragon: Inside the Social Media Surveillance Software That Can Watch Your Every Move
Michael Kwet | The Intercept - TRANSCEND Media Service, 27 Sep 2021

21 Sep 2021 – A Michigan State Police contract obtained by The Intercept sheds new light on the use of a little-known surveillance software that helps law enforcement and corporations watch people’s social media and other activities—the product of a growing industry.

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I Reported on the War in Afghanistan. Was I Complicit in the Harm the USA Caused?
Vanessa Gezari | The Intercept - TRANSCEND Media Service, 13 Sep 2021

2 Sep 2021 – Moral injury describes the inner collapse we feel, as civilians on the margins of endless war, when our leaders betray the people who helped us.

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Over Two Decades, U.S.’s Global War on Terror Has Taken Nearly 1 Million Lives and Cost $8 Trillion
Murtaza Hussain | The Intercept - TRANSCEND Media Service, 6 Sep 2021

1 Sep 2021 – The U.S.-led global war on terror has killed nearly 1 million people globally and cost more than $8 trillion since it began two decades ago. These staggering figures come from a landmark report issued today by Brown University’s Costs of War Project, an ongoing research effort to document the economic and human impact of post-9/11 military operations.

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Brazil’s Indigenous Groups Mount Unprecedented Protest against Destruction of the Amazon
Andrew Fishman | The Intercept - TRANSCEND Media Service, 30 Aug 2021

28 Aug 2021 – Brazil’s largest-ever Indigenous protest came amid efforts by Pres. Jair Bolsonaro and his allies to pave the way for industry in the Amazon.

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$10,000 Invested in Defense Stocks When Afghanistan War Began Now Worth almost $100,000
Jon Schwarz | The Intercept - TRANSCEND Media Service, 23 Aug 2021

16 Aug 2021 – Was the Afghanistan War a failure? Not for the top five defense contractors and their shareholders.

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The Fall of Kabul
Nick Turse | The Intercept - TRANSCEND Media Service, 16 Aug 2021

15 Aug 2021 – Today, the Taliban entered the Afghan capital of Kabul, and several countries, including the USA, began to evacuate their embassies. As the Taliban seized the presidential palace, Afghan president Ashraf Ghani fled the country. “We, of course, are saddened indeed by the events. … But these events, tragic as they are, portend neither the end of the world nor of America’s leadership in the world,” said the U.S. president. But that president wasn’t Biden. It was Gerald Ford on April 23, 1975, as North Vietnamese forces rolled toward Saigon, the capital of South Vietnam.

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Afghanistan: No Exit
Andrew Quilty | The Intercept - TRANSCEND Media Service, 16 Aug 2021

12 Aug 2021 – As the Taliban Seize Cities, Desperate Afghans Are Trapped in an American-Made Fiasco

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Drone Whistleblower Daniel Hale Is a Truth-Teller in a Time of Systemic Deceit and Lethal Secrecy
Jeremy Scahill | The Intercept - TRANSCEND Media Service, 2 Aug 2021

30 Jul 2021 – Hale should be pardoned and released, and the government should pay him restitution.

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Stuck in the Smoke as Billionaires Blast Off
Naomi Klein | The Intercept - TRANSCEND Media Service, 26 Jul 2021

23 Jul 2021 – Climate inaction was never really about denial. Rich countries just thought poorer countries would bear the brunt of the crisis.

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The Controversial Prosecutor at the Heart of the Julian Assange Case
Murtaza Hussain | The Intercept - TRANSCEND Media Service, 19 Jul 2021

17 Jul 2021 – The battle to extradite Assange from the UK to the US is of paramount importance to the future of national security reporting. Prosecutor Gordon Kromberg has been dogged by allegations of bias and politicized prosecutions. Now he could shape the future of journalism.

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Scientific American Retracted Pro-Palestine Article without Any Factual Errors
Murtaza Hussain | The Intercept - TRANSCEND Media Service, 5 Jul 2021

1 Jul 2021 – After right-wing outrage, the esteemed journal removed an opinion piece expressing solidarity with Palestinians under Israeli bombardment.

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Meet NATO, the Dangerous “Defensive” Alliance Trying to Run the World
Jon Schwarz | The Intercept - TRANSCEND Media Service, 21 Jun 2021

15 Jun 2021 – Yesterday’s summit showed how the “North Atlantic” Treaty Organization has decided it has an extremely expansive global mission.

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Tools for Repression in Myanmar Expose Gap between EU Tech Investment and Regulation
Zach Campbell and Caitlin L. Chandle | The Intercept – TRANSCEND Media Service, 21 Jun 2021

14 Jun 2021 – Inside the interrogation room of a Myanmar detention center, what Myat remembers most clearly is looking up from the floor and everything being green. “When they first caught me, about 30 police just beat me up quite badly. They also dragged me on the road for about 100 meters and I think I lost consciousness,” Myat said. “But somehow I wasn’t bleeding, so they kept beating me until I bled.” Europe is developing phone-cracking technology with a company that has exported to violent, authoritarian regimes.

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Why Daniel Ellsberg Wants the U.S. to Prosecute Him under the Espionage Act
Jon Schwarz | The Intercept - TRANSCEND Media Service, 14 Jun 2021

In an exclusive interview, Ellsberg explains why he hopes the courts take on the law used to crack down on whistleblowers.

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Israel Destroyed Offices of More Than 20 Palestinian Media Outlets in Gaza
Shrouq Aila and Anna Therese Day | The Intercept - TRANSCEND Media Service, 24 May 2021

18 May 2021 – The bombing of global media offices in Gaza caused a stir, while few noted the Palestinian journalists left to work with targets on their backs.

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Canadian Journalists Fear Retaliation for Criticizing Coverage of Israeli Attacks on Gaza
Akela Lacy | The Intercept - TRANSCEND Media Service, 24 May 2021

20 May 2021 – An open letter on media standards in Canada, where some style guides ban the word “Palestine,” garnered over 2,000 signatures.

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Pharmaceutical Industry Dispatches Army of Lobbyists to Block Generic Covid-19 Vaccines
Lee Fang | The Intercept - TRANSCEND Media Service, 26 Apr 2021

23 Apr 2021 – The pharmaceutical industry is pouring resources into the growing political fight over generic coronavirus vaccines. New lobbying disclosures show over 100 drug lobbyists working to defeat the IP waiver request at the WTO.

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Wall Street’s Cooked Books Fueled the Financial Crisis in 2008–It’s Happening Again
Jon Schwarz and Ryan Grim | The Intercept - TRANSCEND Media Service, 26 Apr 2021

20 Apr 2021 – This time, the issue is not a bubble in the housing market but rather apparent widespread inflation of the value of commercial businesses, on which loans are based.

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The Journalist and the Whistleblower
James Risen | The Intercept - TRANSCEND Media Service, 19 Apr 2021

13 Apr 2021 – As the government attacks press freedom, reporters must consider their responsibility to sources — and each other.

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Drugmakers Promise Investors They’ll Soon Hike Covid-19 Vaccine Prices
Lee Fang | The Intercept - TRANSCEND Media Service, 22 Mar 2021

18 Mar 2021 – The U.S. pharmaceutical firms behind the approved coronavirus vaccines — Johnson & Johnson, Moderna, and Pfizer — have quietly touted plans to raise prices on coronavirus vaccines in the near future and to capitalize on the virus’s lasting presence. They pledged affordable vaccines — but only as long as there’s a “pandemic.”

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Brazil’s Lula Launches Comeback — as the Judge Who Locked Him Up Falls from Grace
Alexandre de Santi and Rafael Moro Martins | The Intercept - TRANSCEND Media Service, 22 Mar 2021

15 Mar 2021 – By ending Lula’s political ban and trying the ex-judge Sergio Moro for bias, the Supreme Court shook up Brazilian politics.

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India Targets Climate Activists with the Help of Big Tech
Naomi Klein | The Intercept - TRANSCEND Media Service, 1 Mar 2021

27 Feb 2021 – Tech giants like Google and Facebook are aiding and abetting a vicious government campaign against Indian climate activists. The real threat that the toolkit represented to Modi and the ruling Bharatiya Janata Party was always, at root, about the power of the farmers’ movement.

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Fossil Fuel Apologists Crafted Lies Now Heard on Fox, Blaming Wind Power for Texas Blackouts
Robert Mackey | The Intercept - TRANSCEND Media Service, 22 Feb 2021

17 Feb 2021 – Republicans failed to ensure that the Texas power grid could withstand a cold snap, so the party’s broadcast arm recycled lies about wind energy to deflect blame on to Democrats.

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How to Understand the [Postjournalism] Rage Economy
Murtaza Hussain | The Intercept - TRANSCEND Media Service, 22 Feb 2021

13 Feb 2021 – In “Postjournalism,” media ecologist Andrey Mir analyzes the way the ‘News Economy’ shapes our perceptions of reality.

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After Pork Giant Was Exposed for Cruel Killings, the FBI Pursued Its Critics
Lee Fang | The Intercept - TRANSCEND Media Service, 22 Feb 2021

17 Feb 2021 – The agency, seeking information on an animal rights group, attempted to recruit a former truck driver as an informant, the truck driver says. The FBI asked a series of questions about DxE: How are they funded? Do they run drugs or sell guns to finance their animal welfare activism?

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In Furor over Poet with Child Porn Conviction, Prison Abolitionists Debate the Limits of Mercy
Judith Levine | The Intercept - TRANSCEND Media Service, 22 Feb 2021

14 Feb 2021 – Is Poetry magazine “platforming toxicity” or promoting the “practice of freedom”? A bedrock principle of the prison abolitionist movement is that you don’t ask an incarcerated person what they’re in for. It’s more than etiquette.

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The Biden Administration’s Continued Push for Julian Assange’s Extradition Is Bad News for Journalism
James Risen | The Intercept - TRANSCEND Media Service, 15 Feb 2021

11 Feb 2021 – During the course of his career as the founder of WikiLeaks, Julian Assange has managed to anger both of America’s major political parties. A successful prosecution of Assange could empower governments to go after journalists for publishing classified information.

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Robinhood Is a Perfect Example of Fintech’s Insidious Power
Timi Iwayemi and Max Moran | The Intercept - TRANSCEND Media Service, 8 Feb 2021

31 Jan 2021 – This past week we saw a perfect illustration of financial technology’s power. To spite “hedge fund bros,” retail investors led a surge in GameStop’s stock price. “The recent rise of ‘fintech’ is just the latest saga in a centuries-old struggle between democratic accountability and unaccountable private power, with the latter hiding behind promises of technological innovation.”

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The Meaning of the Mittens: Five Possibilities
Naomi Klein | The Intercept - TRANSCEND Media Service, 25 Jan 2021

21 Jan 2021 – The symbolic power of Bernie’s old pair of mittens was the work of the “us” in “not me, us.”

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The CIA’s Afghan Death Squads for Children
Andrew Quilty | The Intercept - TRANSCEND Media Service, 21 Dec 2020

18 Dec 2020 – A U.S.-Backed Militia That Kills Children May Be USA’s Exit Strategy from Its Longest War

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The Great Reset Conspiracy Smoothie
Naomi Klein | The Intercept - TRANSCEND Media Service, 14 Dec 2020

8 Dec 2020 – Writing about “The Great Reset” is not easy. It has turned into a viral conspiracy theory purporting to expose something no one ever attempted to hide, most of which is not really happening anyway, some of which actually should. A viral conspiracy theory blends together legitimate critiques with truly dangerous anti-vaccination fantasies and outright coronavirus denialism.

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Now We Have to Fight Trump’s Tin-Pot Coup — and Biden’s Worst Instincts
Naomi Klein | The Intercept - TRANSCEND Media Service, 16 Nov 2020

13 Nov 2020 – Republicans keep finding new ways to tell us that they don’t believe in democracy, and we should believe them. The chorus of Republican voices echoing manufactured claims of mass election fraud hasn’t petered out yet.

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(Português) Bispos de Angola engrossam denúncia sobre retirada ilegal de dólares da Igreja Universal do país
Gilberto Nascimento | The Intercept - TRANSCEND Media Service, 26 Oct 2020

21 out 2020 – Religiosos revelam como funcionava operação da igreja de Edir Macedo para transportar dinheiro em sigilo para África do Sul e Brasil. O dinheiro, fruto de dízimos e ofertas, seguiria de carro, por estradas, e seriam transportados, geralmente, entre 4 milhões e 6 milhões de dólares por viagem. Cédulas seriam escondidas em malas, no forro de veículos e até em pneus.

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(Português) Uma Mensagem do Futuro II: Os Anos de Reparação [Vídeo]
Naomi Klein | The Intercept - TRANSCEND Media Service, 12 Oct 2020

1 Out 2020 – Dá para imaginar um futuro melhor? Pararmos de falar sobre o que significa vencer a pandemia não é o mesmo que desistir?

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Louise Glück Should Refuse the Nobel Prize for Literature. Here’s Why.
Peter Maass | The Intercept - TRANSCEND Media Service, 12 Oct 2020

7 Oct 2020 – I don’t know what poet Louise Glück said when the Swedish Academy informed her that she won this year’s Nobel Prize for Literature, but I know what she should have said: “Thanks, but no thanks.” The Swedish Academy is a corrupt institution that has tolerated genocide denial and sexual assault.

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The Unprecedented and Illegal Campaign to Eliminate Julian Assange
Charles Glass | The Intercept - TRANSCEND Media Service, 12 Oct 2020

6 Oct 2020 – Over the 17 days of Julian Assange’s extradition hearing in London, courtroom evidence exposed illegality on an unprecedented scale by America’s and Britain’s intelligence, military, police, and judicial agencies to eliminate Assange. The governments had the edge, like the white man of whom Malcolm X wrote, “He’s a professional gambler; he has all the cards and the odds stacked on his side, and he has always dealt to our people from the bottom of the deck.” The deck was clearly stacked.

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Crumbling Case against Assange Shows Weakness of “Hacking” Charges Related to Whistleblowing
Micah Lee | The Intercept - TRANSCEND Media Service, 5 Oct 2020

30 Sep 2020 – The entire computer crime case against Assange is based on a brief discussion, between a publisher and source, about cracking a password — but the cracking never actually happened.

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A Message from the Future II: The Years of Repair
Naomi Klein | The Intercept - TRANSCEND Media Service, 5 Oct 2020

1 Oct 2020 – With political and ecological fires raging all around, is it irresponsible to imagine a future world radically better than our own? A world without prisons? Of beautiful, green public housing? Of buried border walls? Of healed ecosystems? A world where governments fear the people instead of the other way around? If we stop talking about what winning actually looks like, isn’t that the same as giving up?

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Fires Turn Brazil’s Tropical Wetlands into Wildlife Death Traps
The Intercept - TRANSCEND Media Service, 28 Sep 2020

23 Sep 2020 – A group of veterinarians attempts to rescue animals injured by fires in Brazil’s Pantanal wetlands, one of the most biodiverse regions in the world.

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Evicting Lote Ocho: How a Canadian Mining Company Infiltrated the Guatemalan State
Max Binks-Collier | The Intercept - TRANSCEND Media Service, 28 Sep 2020

26 Sep 2020 – The 11 women’s accounts of the trauma that the gang-rapes caused them are unfathomable. Five were pregnant at the time; four miscarried, and one, three days from her due date when she was gang-raped, said in a deposition that she gave birth to a stillborn that “was all blue or green.” The women claim to live with chronic pain and ongoing emotional suffering. “Something has entered inside me, and it is a fear. It’s a terror, and it is a physical pain that I live with all the time.”

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Chechnya Is Trying to Exterminate Gay People–Our Silence only Emboldens Vladimir Putin and Ramzan Kadyrov
Mehdi Hasan | The Intercept - TRANSCEND Media Service, 27 Jul 2020

Chechnya is a small Muslim-majority republic in southwestern Russia. It is also a place where gay people live in terror. Since 2017, there have been a series of state-sponsored anti-gay purges across Chechnya, in which hundreds of gay men have been arrested and detained in secret prisons.

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The Microsoft Police State: Mass Surveillance, Facial Recognition, and the Azure Cloud
Michael Kwet | The Intercept - TRANSCEND Media Service, 20 Jul 2020

14 Jul 2020 – Microsoft is knee-deep in services for law enforcement, fostering an ecosystem of companies that provide police with software using Microsoft’s cloud and other platforms. The full story of these ties highlights how the tech sector is increasingly entangled in intimate, ongoing relationships with police departments. Microsoft declined to comment.

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How “Cancel Culture” Repeatedly Emerged in My Attempt to Make a Film About Tennis Legend Martina Navratilova
Glenn Greenwald | The Intercept - TRANSCEND Media Service, 20 Jul 2020

14 Jul 2020 – Growing up as a gay child in South Florida in the late 1970s and into the dark 1980s era of Reagan and AIDS, my childhood hero was the tennis star Martina Navratilova. In 1975, at the age of 18, Navratilova fled Communist Czechoslovakia, leaving her entire family behind in a daring escape, to emigrate to the U.S. In the 1980s, she became one of the only openly gay celebrities in the world, an LGBT and feminist pioneer, and an outspoken political dissident.

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How the House Armed Services Committee, in the Middle of a Pandemic, Approved a Huge Military Budget and More War in Afghanistan
Glenn Greenwald | The Intercept - TRANSCEND Media Service, 13 Jul 2020

9 Jul 2020 – The least-discussed Congressional proceedings are often the most consequential — and almost always bipartisan.

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With the World Focused on the Pandemic, Israel Prepares to Annex Large Swaths of the West Bank
Glenn Greenwald | The Intercept - TRANSCEND Media Service, 22 Jun 2020

18 Jun 2020 – Israel is planning a move on July 1 that the international community regards as one of the gravest assaults on the international law: annexation of not only the decades-old settlements in the West Bank, which the U.N. Security Council in 2016 declared illegal to be permanent Israeli land, but also the Jordan Valley, that is central to Palestinian agriculture.

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Not Just “Cops”: It’s Time to End the Entertainment Industry’s Anti-Black, Pro-Police Programming
Rich Benjamin | The Intercept - TRANSCEND Media Service, 22 Jun 2020

20 Jun 2020 – “Cops,” the longest-running reality TV show in U.S. history, was recently canceled after more than 30 years on air. The Paramount Network announced its decision to pull the plug on the seminal reality show after protests over George Floyd’s death and police brutality. The cancellation is barely a first step, however.

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Philippines: Maria Ressa’s Libel Conviction Is a Blow to Press Freedom
James Risen | The Intercept - TRANSCEND Media Service, 22 Jun 2020

15 Jun 2020 – Journalist Maria Ressa, who has long resisted efforts by Filipino President Rodrigo Duterte to throw her in jail and shut down her Manila-based news organization, was found guilty on criminal libel charges in a Filipino court today. The editor who has come to symbolize the global fight for press freedom now faces the prospect of up to six years in prison, even as she continues to fend off other legal assaults from the Duterte regime.

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Animal Rights Activists Uncover the Locations of Thousands of Factory Farms
Alleen Brown | The Intercept - TRANSCEND Media Service, 1 Jun 2020

31 May 2020 – Animal rights activists published an interactive map today revealing the locations of more than 27,500 farms and animal agriculture facilities, including 5,812 identified using satellite imagery, many of which do not appear in public records. Users will be able to pin new locations to the map and attach photos and videos documenting animal cruelty and health violations. The animal agriculture industry has spent decades fighting to avoid the disclosure of such information.

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Naomi Klein: How Big Tech Plans to Profit from the Pandemic
Naomi Klein | The Intercept/The Guardian - TRANSCEND Media Service, 18 May 2020

For a few moments during NY governor Andrew Cuomo’s coronavirus briefing on Wed 6 May, the grimace was replaced by a smile. The inspiration: a video visit from the former Google CEO Eric Schmidt, who announced that he will be heading up a panel to reimagine New York state’s post-Covid reality, with an emphasis on permanently integrating technology into every aspect of civic life.

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With a Distracted Public, the Pentagon Tries to Get Away with Killing Innocent Civilians
Murtaza Hussain | The Intercept - TRANSCEND Media Service, 11 May 2020

8 May 2020 – The United States’ wars continue to rage in the Middle East and Africa against the backdrop of the COVID-19 pandemic. The Trump administration has shown itself to be not just indifferent, but positively encouraging of the killing of civilians in foreign wars. If there is a time to get away with killing people with no fear of accountability, it’s now.

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Why the Stock Market Is Healthy as Americans Die from Coronavirus
Jon Schwarz | The Intercept - TRANSCEND Media Service, 20 Apr 2020

12 Apr 2020 – This past week the S&P 500 went up 301 points, or 12 percent, its best performance in 46 years. During the same week, the reported number of Americans killed by Covid-19 went up 11,499, or 161 percent, the coronavirus’s best performance ever. So this seems like a good time to reevaluate our treasured belief that a rising stock market reflects general human flourishing. Consider a few more events that happened this week around the same time as this excited tweet from Donald Trump, who somehow is the president of the United States:

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Coronavirus Capitalism and How to Beat It
Naomi Klein | The Intercept - TRANSCEND Media Service, 13 Apr 2020

16 Mar 2020 – Governments around the world are busily exploiting the coronavirus crisis to push for no-strings-attached corporate bailouts and regulatory rollbacks. “I’ve spent two decades studying the transformations that take place under the cover of disaster,” writes Naomi Klein. “I’ve learned that one thing we can count on is this: During moments of cataclysmic change, the previously unthinkable suddenly becomes reality.”

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Banks Pressure Health Care Firms to Raise Prices on Critical Drugs, Medical Supplies for Coronavirus
Lee Fang - The Intercept, 23 Mar 2020

19 Mar 2020 – Investment bankers have been candid about the opportunity to raise drug prices on critical drugs and medical supplies.

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Coronavirus Capitalism — and How to Beat It
Naomi Klein - The Intercept, 23 Mar 2020

16 Mar 2020 – I’ve spent two decades studying the transformations that take place under the cover of disaster. I’ve learned that one thing we can count on is this: During moments of cataclysmic change, the previously unthinkable suddenly becomes reality. In recent decades, that change has mainly been for the worst — but this has not always been the case. And it need not continue to be in the future.

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“Keep It Confidential:” The Secret History of U.S. Involvement in Brazil’s Scandal-Wracked Operation Car Wash
Andrew Fishman, Natalia Viana and Maryam Saleh - The Intercept, 16 Mar 2020

12 Mar 2020 – Leaked conversations between Brazilian officials reveal the inner workings of a secretive collaboration with the U.S. Department of Justice on a sprawling anti-corruption effort known as Operation Car Wash. The chats, analyzed in partnership with the Brazilian investigative news outlet Agência Pública, show that the Brazilians were extremely accommodating to their U.S. partners, going out of their way to facilitate their involvement in ways that may have violated international legal treaties and Brazilian law.

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Pentagon’s Own Map of U.S. Bases in Africa Contradicts Its Claim of “Light” Footprint
Nick Turse - The Intercept, 2 Mar 2020

27 Feb 2020 – Since 9/11, the U.S. military has built a sprawling network of outposts in more than a dozen African countries. The Intercept has obtained U.S. military documents and a set of accompanying maps that provide the locations of these African bases in 2019. These formerly secret documents, created by the Pentagon’s Africa Command and obtained via the Freedom of Information Act, offer an exclusive window into the footprint of American military operations in Africa.

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(Português) Manual para Envenenar a Terra
Lee Fang – The Intercept, 17 Feb 2020

15 fev 2020 – Embora neonicotinoides, um dos inseticidas mais comuns do mundo, sejam proibidos na UE, uma sofisticada guerra de informações os manteve no mercado americano.

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Trump and Netanyahu Dictate Terms of Palestinian Surrender to Israel and Call It Peace
Robert Mackey – The Intercept, 10 Feb 2020

29 Jan 2020 – Donald Trump unveiled “a vision for peace,” which permits Israel to annex much of the occupied West Bank, offering the Palestinians only limited autonomy.

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How the Environmental Lawyer Who Won a Massive Judgment against Chevron Lost Everything
Sharon Lerner – The Intercept, 3 Feb 2020

29 Jan 2020 – Steven Donziger won a multibillion-dollar judgment against Chevron in Ecuador. The company sued him in New York, and now he’s under house arrest. “I’m like a corporate political prisoner, they are trying to totally destroy me,” he said.

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At Guantánamo Bay, Torture Apologists Take Refuge in Empty Code Words and Euphemisms
Margot Williams – The Intercept, 3 Feb 2020

29 Jan 2020 – These phrases are used: “intelligence requirements,” “abusive drift,” “countermeasures to resistance,” “Pavlovian response,” “learned helplessness,” “negative reinforcement,” “conditioning strategy,” a chart of “moral disengagement.” Torturers used a technique known as “walling,” in which a detainee is thrown against a wall that is described as “safe” because it is made of plywood and constructed to have “bounce.” When walling was used, a beach towel was protectively wrapped around the prisoner’s neck and later became a “Pavlovian” tool that the detainee could be shown to remind him of the suffering he’d endured. This is how torturers speak, cloaking their actions in anodyne language.

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Architect of CIA’s Torture Program Testifies Just Yards from Accused 9/11 Plotter He Waterboarded
Margot Williams – The Intercept, 27 Jan 2020

21 Jan 2020 – “I suspected from the beginning that I would end up here,” psychologist James Mitchell told a Guantánamo Bay courtroom.

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Bolsonaro, under Fire, Dismisses His Culture Minister for Giving a Nazi Speech, but It Is Still Representative of Brazil’s Governing Ethos
Glenn Greenwald and Victor Pougy – The Intercept, 20 Jan 2020

18 Jan 2020 – Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro, under severe pressure from multiple corners, yesterday fired his Culture Minister, Roberto Alvim, for recording and publishing what can only be described — with no hyperbole — as a Nazi speech about Brazilian art. WATCH: the literal Nazi speech with English subtitles that has shone a light on the true ideology of the Bolsonaro movement.

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(Português) Brasil: Documento confidencial mostra que Cultura vai continuar pregando ideais nazistas mesmo sem o Secretário Roberto Alvim
Amanda Audi – The Intercept, 20 Jan 2020

17 Jan 2020 – Roberto Alvim foi demitido da Secretaria Especial da Cultura após copiar um discurso do chefe da propaganda nazista, Joseph Goebbels. Mas isso não quer dizer que os colegas do dramaturgo, que continuam trabalhando e orientando a política cultural do país, pensem diferente dele.

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TV Pundits Praising Suleimani Assassination Neglect to Disclose Ties to Arms Industry
Lee Fang – The Intercept, 13 Jan 2020

6 Jan 2020 – David Petraeus, Jack Keane, Van Hipp, John Negroponte, and Jeh Johnson all celebrate President Donald Trump’s decision to assassinate Qassim Suleimani.

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Everybody’s Watching You: The Intercept’s 2019 Big Brother/Surveillance Technology Coverage
The Intercept – TRANSCEND Media Service, 6 Jan 2020

27 Dec 2019 – A look back at The Intercept’s must-read technology stories from 2019.

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With Suleimani Assassination, Trump Is Doing the Bidding of Washington’s Most Vile Cabal
Jeremy Scahill – The Intercept, 6 Jan 2020

3 Jan 2020 – While the media focus for three years of the Trump presidency has centered around “Russia collusion” and impeachment, the most dangerous collusion of all was happening right out in the open — the Trump/Saudi/Israel/UAE drive to war with Iran.

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The Trump Administration Just Killed Iran’s Most Famous Military Commander. We’re Not Ready for What’s Next.
Murtaza Hussain – The Intercept, 6 Jan 2020

3 Jan 2020 – The assassination of Maj. Gen. Qassim Suleimani may be President Donald Trump’s most reckless foreign policy move to date.

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The Invention of “Ethical Artificial Intelligence”: How Big Tech Manipulates Academia to Avoid Regulation
Rodrigo Ochigame – The Intercept, 23 Dec 2019

20 Dec 2019 – A Silicon Valley lobby enrolled elite academia to avoid legal restrictions on AI.

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Inside the Archive of an LSD Researcher with Ties to the CIA’s MKUltra Mind Control Project
Tom O’Neill and Dan Piepenbring – The Intercept, 2 Dec 2019

24 Nov 2019 – On the night of July 4, 1954, San Antonio, Texas, was shaken by the rape and murder of a 3-year-old girl. The man accused of these crimes was Jimmy Shaver, an airman at the nearby Lackland Air Force Base with no criminal record. Shaver claimed to have lost his memory of the incident… Despite the outrage of congressional leaders and more than three years of headlines about the brutalities of the program, no one — not the “Black Sorcerer” Sidney Gottlieb, nor senior CIA official Richard Helms, nor Jolly West — suffered any legal consequences.

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Iraqi Children Born Near U.S. Military Base Show Elevated Rates of “Serious Congenital Deformities,” Study Finds
Murtaza Hussain – The Intercept, 2 Dec 2019

25 Nov 2019 – More than a decade and a half after the 2003 U.S. invasion of Iraq, a new study found that babies are being born today with gruesome birth defects connected to the ongoing American military presence there. “The war has spread so much radiation here that, unless it is cleaned up, generations of Iraqis will continue to be affected.”

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Politicians Protect Meat Industry by Making Activists Criminals
Leighton Akio Woodhouse and David Zlutnick -The Intercept, 4 Nov 2019

12 Oct 2019 – This video includes graphic images some readers may find disturbing. The meat industry depends, more than anything else, on walls. The walls of farms and slaughterhouses prevent consumers from seeing what the production of their food really looks like. They prevent journalists and activists from exposing unethical, even criminal acts within. They enable corporations to paint happy, bucolic pictures of their operations that bear no resemblance to the reality of modern-day factory farming.

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Coca-Cola Named Most Polluting Brand in Global Audit of Plastic Waste
Sharon Lerner – The Intercept, 4 Nov 2019

23 Oct 2019 – Coca-Cola was found for the second year in a row to be the most polluting brand in a global audit of plastic trash conducted by the Break Free From Plastic global movement. The giant soda company was responsible for more plastic litter than the next top three polluters combined.

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(Português) Coca-Cola É a Maior Produtora de Lixo Plástico do Mundo, Aponta Auditoria Internacional
Sharon Lerner – The Intercept, 28 Oct 2019

24 out 2019 – Pelo segundo ano consecutivo, a Coca-Cola foi responsável pela produção de mais lixo plástico do que o total dos três poluidores que aparecem logo abaixo dela no ranking.

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The Silencing of Kashmir: Arundhati Roy on India, Modi, and Fascism
Mehdi Hasan | Deconstructed - The Intercept, 7 Oct 2019

3 Oct 2019 – Modi appears set on ending Jammu and Kashmir’s special semi-autonomous status and bringing it fully under the control of New Delhi, a move that residents of the Muslim-majority region strongly reject. Arundhati Roy, India’s most famous novelist and a passionate voice for Kashmiri self-determination, joins Mehdi Hasan to discuss the Kashmir crisis and India’s troubling rightward tilt.

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Fearful of Lula’s Exoneration, His Once-Fanatical Prosecutors Request His Release from Prison. But Lula Refuses.
Glenn Greenwald – The Intercept, 7 Oct 2019

4 Oct 2019 – Lula’s accusers are desperately trying to get him out of prison, while he insists on staying there until he’s fully exonerated.

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More U.S. Commandos Are Fighting Invisible Wars in the Middle East
Nick Turse – The Intercept, 30 Sep 2019

25 Sep 2019 – The percentage of commandos deployed to the Middle East is on the rise (Navy SEALs, Army Green Berets and Marine Corps Raiders among them) at a time when the USA is planning a troop drawdown in Afghanistan, with Trump’s announcements that the Islamic State has been defeated, and that the U.S. is “rapidly pulling out of Syria.” Gone are the military surges and the faddish fixation with counterinsurgency, rehabilitated from the Vietnam War dustbin.

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The Right to a Future, with Naomi Klein and Greta Thunberg
The Intercept – TRANSCEND Media Service, 30 Sep 2019

10 Sep 2019 – Watch a special event in New York City hosted by Intercept senior correspondent Naomi Klein and headlined by trailblazing climate activist Greta Thunberg.

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“Never Be Ashamed:” Why I Decided Not to Delete My Old Internet Posts
Edward Snowden – The Intercept, 23 Sep 2019

21 Sep 2019 – While working for the National Security Agency, Edward Snowden helped build a system to enable the United States government to capture all phone calls, text messages, and emails. Six years ago, he provided documents about this electronic panopticon to journalists, and the shocking revelations that ensued set off massive changes — changes in attitudes and behaviors, in policies and technologies, across private industry and the public sector, in the U.S. and around the world.

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The Best Movie Ever Made about the Truth behind the Iraq War Is “Official Secrets”
Jon Schwarz – The Intercept, 9 Sep 2019

“Official Secrets,” which opened Friday [30 Aug] in New York and Los Angeles, is the best movie ever made about how the Iraq War happened. It’s startlingly accurate, and because of that, it’s equally inspiring, demoralizing, hopeful, and enraging. Please go see it.

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Emails Show Monsanto Orchestrated GOP Effort to Intimidate Cancer Researchers
Lee Fang – The Intercept, 9 Sep 2019

23 Aug 2019 – In 2015, the World Health Organization’s cancer research arm, the International Agency for Research on Cancer, classified glyphosate, an active ingredient in the herbicide Roundup, as a “probable carcinogen,” setting off a global debate about the world’s most popular weedkiller.

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The Secret Government Rulebook for Labeling You a Terrorist (Reprint)
Jeremy Scahill and Ryan Devereaux – The Intercept, 9 Sep 2019

23 Jul 2014 – The Obama administration has quietly approved a substantial expansion of the terrorist watchlist system, authorizing a secret process that requires neither “concrete facts” nor “irrefutable evidence” to designate an American or foreigner as a terrorist, according to a key government document obtained by The Intercept.

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(Português) Steve Schwarzman, Apoiador de Donald Trump, Impulsiona o Desmatamento na Amazônia
Ryan Grim – The Intercept, 2 Sep 2019

29 Aug 2019 – Steve Schwarzman é o CEO do Grupo Blackstone, controlador de uma empresa brasileira que está ajudando a transformar a Amazônia em área de cultivo.

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A Top Financier of Trump and McConnell Is a Driving Force behind Amazon Deforestation
Ryan Grim – The Intercept, 2 Sep 2019

27 Aug 2019 – Steve Schwarzman is the CEO of the Blackstone Group, which partially owns a Brazilian firm that is helping transform the Amazon from jungle to farmland.

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GOP Lobbyists Help Brazil Recruit U.S. Companies to Exploit the Amazon
Lee Fang – The Intercept, 2 Sep 2019

23 Aug 2019 – The disaster is widely blamed on interests seeking to clear the world’s largest rainforest for cattle ranching, mining, and export-focused agribusiness. Documents reveal that those interests are being pushed in the U.S. by Republican lobbyists, friendly with President Donald Trump’s administration, who entered into talks with the Brazilian government to promote corporate investment in the Amazon.

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It’s Time to Indict [Nobel Peace Laureate] Aung San Suu Kyi for Genocide against the Rohingya in Myanmar
Mehdi Hasan – The Intercept, 26 Aug 2019

24 Aug 2019 – Unspeakable crimes were committed by Burmese troops and vigilantes: Rohingya men hacked to death; children burned alive; women and girls raped and sexually assaulted in their hundreds and thousands. Scores of villages were pillaged and razed to the ground as more than 700,000 Rohingya were driven from their homes. One cautious estimate put the death toll at more than 10,000. Two years on, as Rohingya refugees languish in squalid camps across the border in Bangladesh, it is difficult to overstate the sheer barbarism they have had to endure.

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Here Are Five Lies about Iran That We Need to Refute to Stop another Illegal War
Mehdi Hasan – The Intercept, 19 Aug 2019

14 Aug 2019 – The Trump administration is lying about Iran and its nuclear program. The media has to debunk this false drumbeat for war.

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India Moves to Strip Kashmir of Autonomy, Potentially Setting Up Conflict in Disputed Territory
Murtaza Hussain – The Intercept, 12 Aug 2019

5 Aug 2018 – Early morning today, the Indian government announced a change to its constitution, revoking the autonomy of the disputed northern state of Jammu and Kashmir and potentially setting the stage for a major new conflict. The change opens the door to a situation similar to Chinese policy in Tibet and Xinjiang and Israeli policy in the West Bank, allowing the Indian government to move huge numbers of settlers into Kashmir, the country’s only Muslim-majority region, thereby forcibly transforming its demographics.

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Brazil Supreme Court Minister Rules to Protect Press Freedom for Glenn Greenwald and The Intercept
Trevor Timm – The Intercept, 12 Aug 2019

8 Aug 2019 – In a crucial victory for press freedom in Brazil, the Supreme Court has barred the Bolsonaro administration and Justice Minister Sergio Moro from investigating The Intercept Brasil and journalist Glenn Greenwald for its reporting on unethical and potentially illegal conduct involving Moro.

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Violence Has Spiked in Africa since the Military Founded AFRICOM, Pentagon Study Finds
Nick Turse – The Intercept, 5 Aug 2019

29 Jul 2019 – AFRICOM “disrupts and neutralizes transnational threats” in order to “promote regional security, stability and prosperity,” according to its mission statement. But since AFRICOM began, security and stability in Africa have plummeted according to a Pentagon research institution. “Overall, militant Islamist group activity in Africa has doubled since 2012.”

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Activists Camped at Hawaii’s Mauna Kea Face Government Opposition as They Attempt to Block Telescope Construction on Sacred Land
Aída Chávez – The Intercept, 29 Jul 2019

24 Jul 2019 – On July 17, police in riot gear arrested at least 33 Native Hawaiian elders, or kupuna, for peacefully blocking construction of a massive telescope on sacred land on the dormant volcano of Mauna Kea. The arrests came after the kupuna — some of whom use canes or wheelchairs — were blocking the road to the summit. Shortly after the arrests, Hawaii Gov. David Ige signed an emergency order to give law enforcement more authority to remove activists on Mauna Kea, close roads, and ensure delivery of materials to the construction site.

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Waste Only: How the Plastics Industry Is Fighting to Keep Polluting the World
Sharon Lerner – The Intercept, 29 Jul 2019

20 Jul 2019 – Once regarded mostly as an eyesore or a nuisance, plastic waste is now widely understood to be a cause of species extinction, ecological devastation, and human health problems. The industry is gearing up for the fight of its life, which may explain why an expert in actual warfare gave the keynote at the plastics conference. Much of the “recycled” plastic scrap that the U.S. sent to China [931 million kilograms in 2017] was burned or buried instead of being refashioned into new products.

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Border Patrol Agents Tried to Delete Racist and Obscene Facebook Posts. We Archived Them.
Ryan Devereaux – The Intercept, 8 Jul 2019

5 Jul 2019 – Border Patrol agents quickly began deleting racist and violent posts after the existence of their private Facebook group was reported. Here are some of those posts.

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The World’s Leaders Are Terrible – Declaration of Independence from All of Them
Jon Schwarz and Michael Gerber – The Intercept, 8 Jul 2019

4 Jul 2019 – We, therefore, the Sane People of this Planet, who don’t think that anybody will (or should) remember any of us in 500 years, do solemnly publish and declare that all the world’s Leaders are hereby relieved of their positions; that our feeling is, enough already with the Jihads and Crusades and Glorious Struggles and Finest Hours; that we believe we will be much better off without Leaders,…

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Amazon Rainforest on Fire in Brazil
Alexander Zaitchik – The Intercept, 8 Jul 2019

6 Jul 2019 – On the Front Lines of Bolsonaro’s War on the Amazon, Brazil’s Forest Communities Fight against Climate Catastrophe – Without action, the loss of another fifth of Brazil’s rainforest will trigger a cascading system collapse called ”dieback“ and release a carbon bomb.

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The US Environmental Protection Agency Move to Phase Out Animal Experiments Could Mean the End of Toxics Regulations
Sharon Lerner – The Intercept, 8 Jul 2019

3 Jul 2019 – The EPA is moving forward with a plan to sharply reduce and ultimately phase out experimental testing on lab animals. In an undated internal memo sent in late June, EPA chief Andrew Wheeler explained that the agency will cut its funding for experiments on mammals in half by 2025.

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In Court, Facebook Blames Users for Destroying Their Own Right to Privacy
Sam Biddle – The Intercept, 1 Jul 2019

Judge Chhabria asked, seemingly unable to believe [Facebook’s] Snyder’s argument: “If Facebook promises not to disseminate anything that you send to your hundred friends, and Facebook breaks that promise and disseminates your photographs to a thousand corporations, that would not be a serious privacy invasion?”Snyder didn’t blink: “Facebook does not consider that to be actionable, as a matter of law under California law.”

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(Português) A Lava Jato usou o Judiciário brasileiro para fins políticos
João Filho – The Intercept Brasil, 24 Jun 2019

16 Jun 2019 – Suspeitava-se que a Lava Jato era um grupo político articulado entre membros do Ministério Público e o judiciário. Os indícios apontavam um conluio entre procuradores e um juiz que atuava para influenciar o jogo político-partidário e manipular a opinião pública. Faltava o batom na cueca. Não falta mais.

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“Their Little Show”: Brazilian Judge in Corruption Case Mocked Lula’s Defense and Secretly Directed Prosecutors’ Media Strategy During Trial
Andrew Fishman, Rafael Moro Martins, Leandro Demori, Glenn Greenwald and Amanda Audi – the Intercept, 24 Jun 2019

17 Jun 2019 – Brazil’s Justice Minister Sergio Moro, while serving as a judge in a corruption case that upended Brazilian politics, took to private chats to mock the defense of former Brazilian President Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva and direct prosecutors’ media strategy, according to newly unearthed chats from an archive obtained by The Intercept Brasil.

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(Português) Como e por que o Intercept está publicando chats privados sobre a Lava Jato e Sergio Moro (Partes 1 a 6)
Glenn Greenwald, Betsy Reed e Leandro Demori – The Intercept Brasil, 17 Jun 2019

Série de reportagens mostra comportamentos antiéticos e transgressões que o Brasil e o mundo têm o direito de conhecer. Uma enorme coleção de materiais nunca revelados fornece o olhar sem precedentes sobre as operações da força-tarefa anticorrupção que transformou a política brasileira e conquistou a atenção mundial. As Mensagens Secretas da Lava Jato:

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