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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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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Assange freed on bail

16 December, 2010

A U.K. judge has rejected an appeal and granted bail to WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange, who will be freed from a British jail.

High Court justice Duncan Ouseley rejected prosecutors’ argument that Assange should stay in prison and granted him conditional bail.

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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