In the criminal case against Assange, US prosecutors allege that he conspired with Chelsea Manning to commit “computer intrusion.” Who knew it was a crime for spying government agents & businesses who want to sell us something to track our every movement on the internet? So how do we get in on litigating this?

The family of Palestinian refugee Ismail Mohamed Falaha continues to appeal for information about their son’s whereabouts. Born in a Syrian refugee camp in 1987, he was arrested & forcibly disappeared by Syrian security forces in September 2011

Action Group For Palestinians of Syria (AGPS) has documentation that over 540 Palestinian refugees, including 34 women & many minors, died under torture in Assad’s gulag. Palestinians have been kidnapped at government checkpoints or during assaults carried out by government troops on Palestinian refugee camps & shelters. In most of these cases, the families received their relatives’ bodies from a military or government hospital wrapped in a plastic bag or a blood-stained piece of cloth.

(Photo of Ismail Mohamed Falaha from AGPS)

Kevork Almassian, a Syrian of Armenian ancestry, is one of Assad’s leading propagandists who runs the blog Syriana Analysis. In 2015, he immigrated to Germany & soon associated with Alternative for Germany (AfD), an extremist right nationalist, Islamophobic, & rabidly anti-immigration party with connections to the European fascist movement. He was recently hired as the social media expert for AfD MP Markus Frohnmaier. Almassian is a colleague of Eva Bartlett & Vanessa Beeley & one of Bartlett’s most cited sources. She recently honored him for winning a rightwing journalist award also given to herself, Beeley, & the entire rogue’s gallery of Assad apologists: Rania Khaled, Max Blumenthal, Whitney Webb, Mint Press, Moon of Alabama, The Jimmy Dore Show, Gareth Porter, & Finian Cunningham.

This blog has an important analysis of Almassian’s politics & of the AfD that is important for understanding the place of Assadism within the fascist movement. The association will become more politically compelling since Assad’s defeat of the Syrian Arab Spring has destroyed the progressive movement which aligned with fascism to support him, discredited éminences grises like Tariq Ali, John Pilger, Noam Chomsky who support him, & will embolden the most Islamophobic, anti-Semitic, xenophobic & nationalist forces in world politics.

(Photo is of AfD political poster saying “Stop Islamization.”)

A legal victory in Texas against attempts to outlaw BDS & require oaths of allegiance to Israel: yesterday, a federal court ruled that a Texas law requiring government contractors to certify they are not engaged in boycotts of Israel or companies that do business with Israel is unconstitutional.