Screaming in Bradley Manning’s Trial By David Swanson

15 August 2013 — WashingtonsBlog

I sat in the courtroom all day on Wednesday as Bradley Manning’s trial wound its way to a tragic and demoralizing conclusion.  I wanted to hear Eugene Debs, and instead I was trapped there, watching Socrates reach for the hemlock and gulp it down.  Just a few minutes in and I wanted to scream or shout.

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Bradley Manning Newslinks 1 July 2013

1 July 2013 —


Bradley Manning sympathetic star of WikiLeaks doc

Reading Eagle

“And after all, this is a story about a leaking machine that’s supposed to keep everyone anonymous, but it turns out it’s not that simple. It turns out that leaking ends up being a human relationship, and so in that context you have to know about …


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A Roster of Bigotry: UKIP, the Tories and the Far Right By Tim Holmes

9 May 2013 — New Left Project

When the racism and bigotry fuelling the EDL-backed UK Independence Party were finally revealed to public view, the results were never going to be pretty. So it proved last week, as the threat to the Tories prompted a huge dirt-digging operation, exposing a party bringing far-right extremism into the mainstream. Continue reading

Wikileaks / Bradley Manning Newslinks 1 May 2013

1 May 2013 —


Pirate Party gains three seats in Iceland’s parliament

CBS News

Physically isolated near the Arctic Circle, it is one of the world’s most wired countries and has been a hub for the online secret-spilling group WikiLeaks. Jonsdottir has worked with WikiLeaks in the past. In 2011 the country announced it would crowd …


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Bradley Manning / Wikileaks Newslinks 30 April 2013

30 April 2013 —


Protesters slam Bradley Manning parade decision

San Francisco Chronicle (blog)

Parade-goers at the San Francisco Pride celebrations won’t see Bradley Manning, the U.S. Army private accused of leaking classified documents to the website WikiLeaks, marching down Market Street in June. But if they passed by SF Pride headquarters on …


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Wikileaks / Bradley Manning Newslinks 29 April 2013

29 April 2013 —


WikiLeaks to release more records – The Frontier Post

Frontier Post

LONDON: Whistleblowing website WikiLeaks was on Monday to publish more than 1.7 million US diplomatic and intelligence documents from the 1970s, founder Julian Assange revealed. The website has collated a variety of records including cables, …


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There Is No American Left By Salvatore Babones

27 December 2012 — Australian Options

Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel. (Photo: Iowa Democrats / Flickr)

[Nor British for that matter. WB]

In September 2012 Chicago mayor Rahm Emanuel attempted to break the Chicago Teachers Union (CTU) with a bid to privatize Chicago’s public schools. The mayor’s proposal was based on a plan to subject teachers (and schools) to performance measurement based on students‘ standardized test scores.

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Bradley Manning Newslinks 19 December 2011

19 December 2011 —

Cables on Bradley Manning’s computer ‘exactly matched’ WikiLeaks documents
The Guardian
A forensic investigator who examined Bradley Manning’s army computers following his arrest discovered thousands of US embassy cables and Guantánamo detainee reports that matched exactly the documents published by WikiLeaks, the soldier’s pretrial …

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Bradley Manning Newslinks 17 December 2011

17 December 2011 —

Bradley Manning hearing: defence lawyer turns fire on military accusers
The Guardian
Eighteen months after his arrest in Iraq for allegedly orchestrating the largest leak of state secrets in American history, Bradley Manning has faced his military accusers for the first time, immediately turning the guns against them. …

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Bradley Manning Newslinks 8 July 2011: Conversations with Bradley Manning

8 July 2011 —

Bradley Manning Chats About His Political Ambitions and His Boyfriend
Adrian Chen —Months before he was accused of leaking thousands of classified documents to Wikileaks, Bradley Manning had a series of instant message conversations with transgendered videoblogger Zinnia Jones. In newly-published logs of their …

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Haneen Maikey and Jason Ritchie, “Israel, Palestine, and Queers”

28 April, 2009 – MRZine – Monthly Review

On January 28, little more than a week after Israel concluded its brutal military campaign against the Gaza Strip, James Kirchick published the latest installment in his growing corpus of articles about tolerant, gay-friendly Israel and homophobic, ‘Islamofascist’ Palestine. Although Kirchick has published essentially the same article under different titles — ‘Palestine and Gay Rights’ and ‘Palestinian Anti-Gay Atrocities Need Attention’ — and although he regurgitates the same flimsy, unsupported arguments in all of these articles, we do not write to question his intellectual prowess or journalistic qualifications. In fact, Kirchick’s diatribe against Palestinians and the ‘radical’ gay activists who support them would not warrant a response if it did not, in our view, represent something much bigger and more dangerous.

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Middle East Report Online – Another Struggle: Sexual Identity Politics in Unsettled Turkey by Kerem Öktem

Middle East Report Online

Kerem Öktem

September 2008

(Kerem Öktem is a fellow at the European Studies Centre of St. Antony’s College at the University of Oxford.)

For background on the court case against the AKP, see Hilal Elver, ‘Lawfare and Wearfare in Turkey,’ Middle East Report Online (April 2008).

For background on Hrant Dink, see Ay?e Kad?o?lu, ‘The Pigeon on the Bridge is Shot,’ Middle East Report Online, February 16, 2007.

What happens when almost 3,000 men, women and transgender people march down the main street of a major Muslim metropolis, chanting against patriarchy, the military and restrictive public morals, waving the rainbow flag and hoisting banners decrying homophobia and demanding an end to discrimination? Or when a veiled transvestite carries a placard calling for freedom of education for women wearing the headscarf and, for transsexuals, the right to work?

If the city is Istanbul, it seems, nothing much. Apart from the anxious glances of a few young male bystanders caught up in the demonstration and the occasional cheers of onlookers, only the presence of riot police at the Istanbul gay pride parade on June 29, 2008 would have reminded the observer that this was a politically sensitive event in a deeply troubled setting. Yet, in contrast to their aggressive tactics against peaceful demonstrators on May Day, the police were remarkably restrained as well.

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