As WikiLeaks’ Assange Freed on Bail, Alleged Military Leaker Bradley Manning Imprisoned under Inhumane Conditions

16 December, 2010 — Democracy Now!

A high court in London has upheld a decision to grant bail to WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange. But what about U.S. Army Private Bradley Manning? The Army intelligence analyst has been held for the last seven months on suspicion of leaking the massive trove of government documents to WikiLeaks. blogger Glenn Greenwald says Manning is being held under conditions that constitute cruel and inhumane treatment—and even torture. [includes rush transcript]

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Wikileaks News Roundup 16 December, 2010

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Wikileaks News Roundup 16 December, 2010

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Fidel Castro on Wikileaks: The empire stands accused

14 December, 2010 — Links International Journal of Socialist Renewal

Julian Assange, a man known only to a very few in the world some months ago, is demonstrating that the most powerful empire to have existed in history can be challenged.

The daring challenge did not come from a rival superpower; from a state with more than 100 nuclear weapons; from a country with millions of inhabitants; from a group of nations with vast natural resources which the United States could not do without; or from a revolutionary doctrine capable of shaking to its foundations the empire based on plunder and exploitation of the world.

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Evo Morales’ speech at COP-16 by Ricardo Sequeiros Coelho

14 December, 2010 — Cool the EarthBolivia Rising

For me Copenhagen was not a failure. It may have been for the powers of the world, but not for the peoples of the world who became conscious …. Hope for the peoples of the world is cooling the world, lowering the temperature. — Evo Morales

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Prosecuting Wall Street Fraud: The US Economy is A Giant Ponzi Scheme By Washington’s Blog

14 December, 2010 — Global ResearchWashington’s Blog

Bill Gross, Nouriel Roubini, Laurence Kotlikoff, Steve Keen, Michel Chossudovsky and the Wall Street Journal all say that the U.S. economy is a giant Ponzi scheme.

Virtually all independent economists and financial experts say that rampant fraud was largely responsible for the financial crisis. See this and this.

But many on Wall Street and in D.C. – and many investors – believe that we should just “go with the flow”. They hope that we can restart our economy and make some more money if we just let things continue the way they are.

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‘Ask Afghans what would help them, don’t ask Karzai’ By John Riddell

16 December, 2010 — The Bullet Socialist Project • E-Bulletin No. 440

Mike Skinner, co-founder of the Afghanistan-Canadian Research Group and a researcher at the York Centre for International and Security Studies in Toronto, believes a simple question is being left out of the debate about Canada’s continued military involvement in Afghanistan: ”Why are we there?” It is a no-brainer to ask this but there are no easy answers it appears.

To understand the goals of Canada’s role, he said, we need to examine the forms of intervention under current consideration as alternatives to Ottawa’s combat mission in Kandahar. During extensive travels in Afghanistan in 2007, Skinner studied firsthand Canada’s intervention, assisted by Afghan-Canadian reporter Hamayon Rastgar, and has written widely on this question. The two men formed, along with fellow-researcher Angela Joya, the Afghanistan-Canadian Research Group.

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Why Government is More Afraid of Debt than Depression

16 December, 2010 — The Real News Network

Michael Hudson: Deficit Hawks Want a One Two Punch Against the Economy

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16 December, 2010 — New Left Project

demo-london.jpgImagine it was North Korea, says China. Imagine it was Iran or Zimbabwe or Burma. Among scenes of ‘violence’, with police lashing out at protesters landing one in hospital with a serious brain injury, there is some shocking footage:

The scene: a mass demonstration in Tehran/Harare/Rangoon/Pyongyang/&c. The police are filmed shoving a 20-yr-old demonstrator with cerebral palsy from her/his wheelchair & dragging her/him across the pavement, to the horror of onlookers. Footage of this event is sneaked out & publicised. Accordingly, Iranian/Zimbabwean/Burmese/North Korean/&c state broadcasters cannot ignore it. Forced to report it, they stress, however, that there ‘is a suggestion’ that said demonstrator was ‘rolling towards the police’.

Oh yes, imagine. Hold your breath. Make a wish. Count to three. And enter a world of pure imagination. And now imagine if the chief of police in the capital city of any of those countries, having claimed that the protesters were fortunate not to have been shot dead, announced that it was planning to ban all marches against the government on the spurious pretext of ‘violence’ by protesters. Imagine this isn’t the normal response of capitalist states to dissent outside of anomalously stable periods of class compromise. Imagine that the already impoverished political democracy is about to take a nasty turn to the methods of the police state. Imagine… imagine… imagine…

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Media Lens: What Happened To Academia? Part 2

16 December, 2010 — Media Lens

In our reply to Piers Robinson, below, we try to show how ‘objective scholarship’, like ‘objective journalism‘, all too often filters out what really matters. Moreover, as in journalism, the scholar’s obsession with objectivity tends to promote the interests of power. Why? Because mainstream academics and journalists are deeply and unconsciously biased. They notice subjective opinion that hurts power because power is on hand to make them aware, in no uncertain terms, with high-level complaints, legal threats, political flak and other attacks. When subjective opinion promotes power no-one notices because peace reigns supreme.

A superb example was provided in John Pilger’s new film, The War You Don’t See. The BBC’s Head of Newsgathering, Fran Unsworth, told Pilger: “it’s the BBC’s duty to scrutinise what it is that people [leaders] say; we’re not there to accuse them of lying, though, because that’s a judgement…”

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Free access to two unique resources on civil liberties in Europe

Press Release, 16 December 2010

Statewatch is pleased to announce free access to its specialist civil liberties websites

Full access to these resources was previously only available to paid subscribers

1. The Statewatch database with 27,000 articles on civil liberties in Europe dating back 20 years

2. The SEMDOC website: Statewatch European Monitoring Centre on EU Justice and Home Affairs policy

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Statewatch: Monitoring the state and civil liberties in Europe
PO Box 1516, London, N16 0EW. UK
tel: +44(0)20-8802-1882; fax: +44(0)20-8880-1727

Exclusive: The world’s most wanted house guest

15 December, 2010 — The Independent

For the past fortnight, Julian Assange, founder of WikiLeaks, has been at the centre of a global firestorm. Wanted by Interpol, by the Swedish police, even, briefly, by Scotland Yard, he has been called a terrorist and a revolutionary. Several leading American politicians and commentators have called for him to be killed, while Russia and China have also been loud in their condemnation. Yesterday, Assange appeared at City of Westminster magistrates’ court to fight extradition to Sweden on sex charges that he says are politically motivated. He was granted bail – subject to an appeal by Swedish prosecutors that could see him spend a further 48 hours in custody – on condition that he provides a security of £200,000 to the court, with a further £40,000 guaranteed in two sureties of £20,000 each – and that he spends between now and 11 January as the house guest of Captain Vaughan Smith, a former Grenadier Guard and founder of the journalists’ Frontline Club.

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John Pilger’s: ‘The War You Don’t See’ Available to view in it’s entirety on the ITVPlayer

16 December, 2010 — ITV

(Unfortunately only those living in the UK or with a UK, IP address can view it) John Pilger investigates the media’s role in war. He traces the history of ’embedded’ and independent reporting from the carnage of WWI to the current wars in Afghanistan and Iraq.

Information Clearing House Newsletter 15 December, 2010: Join The “Rebellion” Against U.S. Militarism & Secrecy

15 December, 2010 — Information Clearing House

The Inhumane Conditions of Bradley Manning’s Detention
By Glenn Greenwald
Bradley Manning, the 22-year-old U.S. Army Private accused of leaking classified documents to WikiLeaks, has been detained at the U.S. Marine brig in Quantico, Virginia for five months — and for two months before that in a military jail in Kuwait — under conditions that constitute cruel and inhumane treatment and, by the standards of many nations, even torture.

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John Pilger’s: ‘The War You Don’t See’ Available to view in it’s entirety on the ITVPlayer

16 December, 2010 — ITV

(Unfortunately only those living in the UK or with a UK, IP address can view it) John Pilger investigates the media’s role in war. He traces the history of ’embedded’ and independent reporting from the carnage of WWI to the current wars in Afghanistan and Iraq.

VTJP Palestine/Israel Newslinks 15 December, 2010: ‘Lod home demolitions a crime against humanity’

15 December, 2010 — VTJP


International Middle East Media Center

Mubarak Separately Meets Abbas, Mitchell
IMEMC – 15 Dec 2010 – Wednesday December 15, 2010 – 23:10, On Wednesday, Egypt’s President, Hosni Mubarak, held separate talks in Cairo with Palestinian President, Mahmoud Abbas, and U.S Middle East Envoy, George Mitchell, and discussed the means to resolve the current deadlock in peace talks.

In A Letter Send To Turkish PM; Likud MK Says Israel Should Have Killed All Marmara Passengers
IMEMC – 15 Dec 2010 – Wednesday December 15, 2010 – 22:17, Israeli sources reported Wednesday that Israeli Member of Knesset of the Likud Party, Dani Dannon, sent a sarcastic letter to Turkish Prime Minister, Recep Tayyip Erdogan, telling him that Israeli soldiers should have killed all of the passengers of the Marmara Ship that was heading to Gaza to deliver humanitarian supplies.

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Order Reigns on the Internet by Vijay Prashad

15 December, 2010 — MRZine

Scarcely a day after the WikiLeaks disclosures of U.S. State Department cables the U.S. political establishment went ballistic.  Some called for the assassination of WikiLeaks’ spokesperson, Julian Assange, whereas others wanted to amend the 1917 Espionage Act to target the website.  Targeted “denial of service” attacks shut down the web site, and then the political pressure on the web servers built up.  Senator Joe Lieberman led the armies of Internet Un-Freedom.

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Black Agenda Report 15 December, 2010: Latest GA Prison Strike / Evil Twins: Clinton, Obama / FBI Entraps YOU

15 December, 2010 — BAR

GA Prison Inmate Strike Enters New Phase, Prisoners Demand Human Rights, Education, Wages For Work
Story by Bruce A. Dixon, audio interview by Glen Ford

Georgia prisoners who began a courageous, peaceful and nonviolent protest strike for educational opportunities, wages for their work, medical care and human rights have captured the attention of the world. Black Agenda Report intends to closely cover their continuing story. Glen Ford recorded a conversation with activist Elaine Brown and one of the striking inmates in Georgia on Wednesday, December 15.
Update story on the strike and support efforts of the newly formed Concerned Coalition to Protect Prisoner Rights below the fold. Click the flash player below to listen.
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Elaine Brown on GA Prison Strike, December 14 Democracy Now Interview

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