By Mike Head - 20 August 2012
WikiLeaks editor Julian Assange spoke from a balcony of the Ecuadorean embassy in London yesterday, denouncing the US persecution of himself and WikiLeaks, and exposing moves by the British government to storm the embassy last week as Ecuador had prepared to grant him diplomatic asylum...In another display of intimidation by the British government, an estimated 200 police lined the streets around the embassy, and occupied the front steps of the building, as Assange addressed hundreds of supporters and media representatives.
By Richard Phillips - 18 August 2012
By steadfastly refusing to lift a finger in his defence, the Australian Labor government is maintaining its support for the US-led vendetta against WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange, an Australian citizen, who was granted diplomatic sanctuary on Thursday by the Ecuadorian government.
For now, Assange remains in limbo. Determined Ecuadorean ingenuity and commitment are needed to save him.
By Ali Abunimah - Electronic Intifada
In a sad sign of its deterioration, The Guardian has hired a new contributor who openly called on the Israeli army to kill Americans sailing to Gaza, including Pulitzer prize-winning author Alice Walker and Kindertransport refugee Hedy Epstein.
By Robert Stevens - 17 August 2012
The threat by the UK’s Conservative-Liberal Democrat government to storm the Ecuadorean embassy to arrest WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange shows contempt for international law and a colonial-style disregard for Ecuadorean sovereignty...It marks a new stage in the British ruling class’ descent into criminality, aiming to silence a man who has helped expose many of its innumerable crimes and those of the United States and other imperialist powers.
For around two months, Julian Assange has been holed up in Ecuador's London embassy after requesting political asylum.
The New York Times is a long-time imperial apologist. It's no different on Israel.
By Media Lens - July 23rd, 2012
When is an act of terrorism not terrorism? When the victims are officially sanctioned state enemies. This was clear from the political and media response to the assassinations of senior ministers of the Syrian ‘regime’...[F]rom a propaganda viewpoint that accords with Western state ideology...[v]iolence perpetrated by enemy actors is “terrorism”; what ‘we’ or ‘our’ allies do is “counter-terrorism” or “peace-keeping”.
By Mairead Maguire - Dissident Voice
Mr. Assange’s only crime is he cared enough about people to respect their right to truth, had the courage and bravery to print the truth and in the process embarrassed powerful Governments.
By JEFFREY ST. CLAIR - Counterpunch Weekend Edition
Our friend and comrade Alexander Cockburn died last night in Germany, after a fierce two-year long battle against cancer. Alex kept his illness a tightly guarded secret. Only a handful of us knew how terribly sick he truly was. He didn’t want the disease to define him. He didn’t want his friends and readers to shower him with sympathy. He didn’t want to blog his own death as Christopher Hitchens had done.
By Richard Phillips - 27 June 2012
While the Obama administration and its allies continue to deny the existence of a sealed US grand jury indictment against Julian Assange, further information has come to light about the extent of Washington’s operation against the founder of the WikiLeaks web site...According to WikiLeaks, special task forces have been established by US intelligence agencies, and subpoenas have been issued compelling WikiLeaks associates to appear before a grand jury.
By Thierry Meyssan - 11 June 2012
Nowadays the media do not only support a war, they produce it themselves...This procedure violates the principles of International Law...Above all, the procedure violates the United Nations General Assembly resolution, adopted after the end of World War II, to prevent further wars [that]...forbid "to set obstacles to free exchange of information and ideas"...and "all propaganda provoking or encouraging threats to peace, breaking peace, and all acts of aggression".
By DAVE LINDORFF - June 21, 2012
I...envied Australia over the years for having something totally lacking in the US: a major labor-based party advocating democratic-socialist policies...But of late, that party...has been a shameless and uncritical apologist for US policies, including the so-called “Global War on Terror”...Most recently, Australia and its Prime Minister Gillard have been strangely passive in allowing the US to attack Wikileaks and its founder Julian Assange, an Australian citizen.
By John Pilger - June 21, 2012
How much longer must we subject ourselves to...an “invisible government”? This term for insidious propaganda...has never been more apt. “False reality” requires historical amnesia, lying by omission and the transfer of significance to the insignificant. In this way, political systems promising security and social justice have been replaced by piracy, “austerity” and “perpetual war”: an extremism dedicated to the overthrow of democracy. Applied to an individual, this would identify a psychopath. Why do we accept it?
Editors ignore Obama's imperial lawlessness. They support a man they should denounce. Their blind idolatry and contempt for truth betrays readers.