Julian Assange waves from a window at Ecuador’s embassy in central London (Reuters/Chris Helgren)
John Pilger – February 04, 2016 “Information Clearing House” – Assange is now closer to justice and vindication, and perhaps freedom, than at any time since he was arrested.
One of the epic miscarriages of justice of our time is unravelling. The United Nations Working Group on Arbitrary Detention – an international tribunal that adjudicates and decides whether governments comply with their human rights obligations – has ruled that Julian Assange has been detained unlawfully by Britain and Sweden.
After five years of fighting to clear his name – having been smeared relentlessly yet charged with no crime – Assange is closer to justice and vindication, and perhaps freedom, than at any time since he was arrested and held in London under a European Extradition Warrant, itself now discredited by Parliament.
The U.N. Working Group bases its judgements on the European Convention on Human Rights and three other treaties that are binding on all its signatories. Both Britain and Sweden participated in the 16-month long U.N. investigation and submitted evidence and defended their position before the tribunal. It would fly contemptuously in the face of international law if they did not comply with the judgement and allow Assange to leave the refuge granted him by the Ecuadorean government in its London embassy.
Previous celebrated cases ruled upon by the Working Group include: Aung Sang Suu Kyi in Burma, imprisoned opposition leader Anwar Ibrahim in Malaysia, detained Washington Post journalist Jason Rezaian in Iran, for which both Britain and Sweden have given support to the tribunal. The difference now is that Assange’s persecution and confinement endures in the heart of London. Continue reading
Henry Kissinger was in Russia visiting President Putin, a week after a very interesting press conference from Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov:
SF Source Joseph P Farrell Feb 2016
Stephen Lendman – Democracy in America is pure fantasy. None exists. Money-controlled duopoly power runs things. Voters have no say whatever.
America is a one-party state with two wings, in lockstep on major issues mattering most.
Elections mock legitimacy, farcical by any standard. Candidates are bought like toothpaste, cardboard cookie cut-outs of each, distinguishable by their rhetoric alone, promising one thing, delivering another.
Each electoral cycle has the same outcome. Dirty business as usual wins every time. Police state tyranny substitutes for constitutionally guaranteed rights.
Fascist governance runs things, wrapped in the American flag. Voting Republican or Democrat is like choosing between death by hanging or firing squad.
Americans are the most out-of-touch, uninformed people anywhere, easy marks to be manipulated, deceived and betrayed.
All exclusively support wealth, power and privilege, the public interest be damned. The evidence speaks for itself. Continue reading
Gillian Grannum – Hillary’s problem is actually much bigger than I thought, and I always thought it was very, very big.
What’s wrong with this big picture?
How is Hillary Clinton running for President of the United States of America when she has violated state secrets to extremes that make the “crimes” committed by Julian Assange (recently freed from physical incarceration in the Ecuadorian Embassy) and Bradley (Chelsea) Manning (35-year prison term) look like petty misdemeanors not worth a traffic fine?
She’s running for POTUS, folks! She should be indicted, given a criminal trial, found guilty as she OBVIOUSLY is, and placed in prison for a term not less than that given Manning.
But no! That simply won’t do. She is above the law and that qualifies her perfectly for the White House. How sick is this?
Here’s a quote and the article from the NY Post. Continue reading
Ellen Brown – The world is undergoing a populist revival. From the revolt against austerity led by the Syriza Party in Greece and the Podemos Party in Spain, to Jeremy Corbyn’s surprise victory as Labour leader in the UK, to Donald Trump’s ascendancy in the Republican polls, to Bernie Sanders’ surprisingly strong challenge to Hillary Clinton – contenders with their fingers on the popular pulse are surging ahead of their establishment rivals.
Today’s populist revolt mimics an earlier one that reached its peak in the US in the 1890s. Then it was all about challenging Wall Street, reclaiming the government’s power to create money, curing rampant deflation with US Notes (Greenbacks) or silver coins (then considered the money of the people), nationalizing the banks, and establishing a central bank that actually responded to the will of the people.
Over a century later, Occupy Wall Street revived the populist challenge, armed this time with the Internet and mass media to spread the word. The Occupy movement shined a spotlight on the corrupt culture of greed unleashed by deregulating Wall Street, widening the yawning gap between the 1% and the 99% and destroying jobs, households and the economy. Continue reading
Paul Rosenberg – I’ve been working on collections of quotes lately, and I have one more that I’d like to present… this one on the thoughts of rulers.
For a number of years I’ve been telling people that the incentives faced by productive people and the incentives facing rulers (of whatever stripe) are very, very different. This list, I believe, will make that point.
You’ll find quotes from ‘bad’ rulers on this list, of course, but also some from the ‘good’ rulers. And please note that the ‘bad’ ones are very often held in high regard in their times. Joseph Stalin, for example – the #2 most prolific killer in all of human history – was the ‘great ally’ of the US in World War II and was routinely presented to the American public as “Uncle Joe.”
So, beginning with Uncle Joe, here are the things that rulers believe:
- Education is a weapon whose effects depend on who holds it in his hands and at whom it is aimed.
- Ideas are more powerful than guns. We would not let our enemies have guns, why should we let them have ideas?
- Gratitude is a sickness suffered by dogs.
- The cult of xenophobia is the cheapest and surest method of obtaining from the masses the ignorant and savage patriotism, which puts the blame for every political folly or social misfortune upon the foreigner. Continue reading