Julian Assange News Links 13 March 2020

13 March 2020 — The New Dark Age

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UPDATE: The Dutch Government’s Show-Trial About MH17

Judge Releases Manning After Suicide Attempt, Effectively Fines Her Supporters $256,000

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This Is How America And Britain Are Maximising Coronavirus Deaths

13 March 2020 — Oriental Review

By Nafeez Ahmed

If you search on the web for the term ‘coronavirus bloodbath’, you’ll notice that the headlines are not about the mass deaths of vulnerable people that are inevitable on the sort of bungling business-as-usual trajectory adopted by the likes of President Donald Trump and Prime Minister Boris Johnson.

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BigPharma’s Role: U.S. Sanctions Lead To Global Rise In Coronavirus

10 March 2020 — Workers.org

By Sara Flounders

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Marchers on International Working Women’s Day in New York City on March 8 demand an end to sanctions and comprehensive support for workers during the COVID-19 epidemic. Credit – Sarah Flounders

March 10 – As COVID-19 (coronavirus) spreads, it is a clear reminder that germs and viruses don’t respect national boundaries in an interconnected world. But the mainstream press has certainly not publicized how corporate capitalism and imperialism cross national boundaries to destroy people’s health.

Mike Davis on COVID-19: The monster is finally at the door

12 March 2020 — Links International Journal of Socialist Renewal

By Mike Davis 

COVID-19 is finally the monster at the door. Researchers are working night and day to characterize the outbreak but they are faced with three huge challenges.

First the continuing shortage or unavailability of test kits has vanquished all hope of containment. Moreover it is preventing accurate estimates of key parameters such as reproduction rate, size of infected population and number of benign infections. The result is a chaos of numbers.

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Dent Coad: The Grenfell inquiry is revealing jaw-dropping examples of poor practice

12 March, 2020 — Architects Journal

By Emma Dent Coad

The proceedings of the public inquiry into the Grenfell Tower disaster are compelling and shocking in equal measure, says Emma Dent Coad


I was elected as the first Labour MP for Kensington, after three recounts, on 9 June 2017. Four days later I woke to the sound of helicopters, put on the radio, leapt out of bed, dressed in seconds, and ran down the road to a scene of unspeakable horror that changed all our lives forever.

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Chelsea Manning Ordered Free From Prison — but Will Still Have to Pay Massive Fines

12 March 2020 — The Intercept

Chelsea Manning, a former United States Army soldier who was convicted by court-martial in July 2013 of violations of the Espionage Act and other offenses, after disclosing to WikiLeaks nearly 750,000 classified, or unclassified but sensitive, military and diplomatic documents. Photographed in Washington DC.

Chelsea Manning, photographed in Washington, D.C., in January 2018. Photo: Jesse Dittmar/Redux

On Thursday afternoon, a District Court judge in Virginia orderedthat Chelsea Manning be released from jail, where she has been held since last May for refusing to testify before a grand jury.

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Unpicking the ‘People’s Parliament’: Here’s how many votes went ignored in your region

13 March 2020 — True Publica

Unpicking the ‘People’s Parliament’: Here’s how many votes went ignored in your region

By Megan Collins: Last week the Electoral Reform Society revealed how many votes went ignored in December’s general election: an astonishing 22.6m ballots did not count towards electing an MP. But behind the headline figures are people’s voices across the country being systematically silenced by Westminster’s winner-takes-all voting system. That system affects people’s representation in different ways across the UK.

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‘Where was your patient zero?’ Chinese official speculates AMERICANS may have infected Wuhan at army games & calls to ‘come clean’

12 March 2020 — RT

‘Where was your patient zero?’ Chinese official speculates AMERICANS may have infected Wuhan at army games & calls to ‘come clean’

FILE PHOTOS: (L) Members of the US team during the opening ceremony of the 7th Military World Games in Wuhan, China; (R) A medical worker in protective suit prepares for an RNA test at Jinyintan hospital in Wuhan. ©  Reuters / Stringer;  Reuters / China Daily

Chinese foreign ministry spokesperson Lijian Zhao has demanded US authorities reveal what they’re hiding about the origins of Covid-19, going as far as to suggest the coronavirus may have been brought to China by the US military.

Pointing to a video of Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) director Robert Redfield apparently admitting the US had several deaths from Covid-19 before they were able to test for it, Zhao called on the American watchdog to come clean in a tweet posted on Thursday.

IRR News (26 February – 11 March 2020)

12 March 2020 — Institute of Race Relations weekly digest

Against Racism, for Social Justice

Another dark chapter in Europe’s history is being written on the Aegean islands of Chios and Lesvos, and at the Evros delta, the natural border between Greece, Turkey and Bulgaria. In our regular calendar on racism and resistance, we document a series of racist acts, including the burning down of centres storing essential supplies for refugees, as well as an international school for refugee children. The scale and organised nature of the violence is reminiscent of the racist mob attacks in Germany, at Rostock and Hoyerswerdain 1991 and in Spain in 2000, at El Ejido, where Moroccan workers were driven out of town.  And just as those events cannot be dismissed as simple spontaneous outpourings of local xenophobia, the escalation in violence over the last few weeks against refugees and NGO workers in Greece has been aggravated by the EU’s disastrous handling of (the apparently collapsing)  EU-Turkey deal amid the flight of refugees from war in Syria.

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