It is commonly assumed that “peace agreements” between pro-US rightwing regimes and leftwing insurgents lead to peace, justice and greater security. A number of peace agreements which were signed and implemented in the 1990’s in Central America, South Africa, Philippines and elsewhere provide us with ample data over two decades to confirm or reject this commonplace assumption.
|By: GREYDOG Friday July 26, 2013 6:19 pm|
|By: yellowsnapdragon Saturday July 6, 2013 8:30 am|
Here’s a timeline of a few events leading up to yesterday’s UNASUR meeting that *may* indicate a campaign was carried out to protect Snowden from detection while traveling to safety. Of course, no one knows where Snowden is now or whether he is, in fact, safe.
|By: DSWright Monday July 1, 2013 6:30 pm|
In a response to statements by some TV personalities that Glenn Greenwald should be imprisoned for doing journalism Margaret Sullivan, Public Editor of the New York Times, wrote a post discussing the virtue of Greenwald’s work and offered a definition of what a journalist is. In Sullivan’s view a real journalist is “one who understands, at a cellular level, and doesn’t shy away from, the adversarial relationship between government and press – the very tension that America’s founders had in mind with the First Amendment.”
|By: DSWright Friday June 28, 2013 12:43 pm|
So whats up with the Ecuador-U.S. relationship?
|By: Kevin Gosztola Monday June 24, 2013 1:35 pm|
The foreign minister of Ecuador, Ricardo Patino, held a press conference in Hanoi, Vietnam, where he made some remarks about NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden’s request for asylum and read an excerpt from the application.
Patino, according to a post by New York Times blogger Robert Mackey, said, “The word treason has been batted around in recent days. We need to ask who has betrayed who?”
|By: EdwardTeller Sunday June 23, 2013 3:46 am|
Whether it is the government of Hong Kong, a back-bencher in the Dáil Éireann, an Ecuadorean government resentful of past travesties we have inflicted upon their sovereignty, a Russian government upset about brazen American espionage, or an entire world community disturbed about implications of what Snowden and others have recently revealed about how fully we break treaties and conventions with them by the way we surveil and target their citizens, corporations, leaders and people, we may be about to witness a tsunami rise against our empire.
|By: Kevin Gosztola Thursday December 20, 2012 1:05 pm|
Though Assange is still embattled and although there is no sign that he will be able to leave the embassy and go to Ecuador any time soon, it was much more triumphal in spirit. In reminding the world of what WikiLeaks had accomplished in 2012, in noting how the organization appeared to be on the cusp of overcoming a financial blockade, one was left with the thought that WikiLeaks may thrive yet again in the new year.
|By: Kevin Gosztola Thursday October 11, 2012 2:22 pm|
Lawyers for WikiLeaks and its founder, Julian Assange, have sent a letter to Attorney General Eric Holder requesting further information on the Justice Department’s criminal investigation into Assange and WikiLeaks.
Former Spanish judge Baltasar Garzón, counsel to Julian Assange and WikiLeaks, and the Center for Constitutional Rights (CCR) write, “In light of recent reports suggesting the possibility of an ongoing criminal investigation of Mr. Assange and/or WikiLeaks—and the existence of secret grand jury proceedings in the Eastern District of Virginia—we write to assess whether Mr. Assange in fact faces any criminal jeopardy in the United States and to protect his interests in the face of an investigation and/or trial.”
|By: Kevin Gosztola Thursday September 27, 2012 5:59 am|
WikiLeaks editor-in-chief Julian Assange addressed members of the United Nations at an event with Ecuador Foreign Minister Ricardo Patino and Center for Constitutional Rights legal director Baher Azmy. He spoke to members on the current status of his asylum case and how the United States currently is engaged in a wide investigation into members of WikiLeaks and others, who the US believes to be connected.
|By: Kevin Gosztola Friday August 31, 2012 3:41 pm|
n an interview by Jorge Gestoso for Telesur, a pan-Latin American news station based in Venezuela, Julian Assange addresses the political persecution he faces from the United States, why Ecuador was right to grant asylum, the Swedish case against him and the efforts to marginalize the WikiLeaks organization by refusing to consider it a journalistic organization or by accusing it of having “blood on its hands” for releasing documents.