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21.09.2020

13 presidents past and present urge UK government to halt Julian Assange’s extradition proceedings and grant his immediate freedom

13 presidents past and present urge UK government to halt Julian Assange’s extradition proceedings and grant his immediate freedom

As Julian Assange fights US extradition at the Old Bailey in London, over one hundred eminent political figures, including 13 past and present heads of state, numerous ministers, members of parliament and diplomats, have today denounced the illegality of the proceedings and appealed for Assange’s immediate release. The 165 politicians… »

21.09.2020

Assange’s Ninth Day at the Old Bailey: Torture Testimonies, Offers of Pardon and Truth Telling

Assange’s Ninth Day at the Old Bailey: Torture Testimonies, Offers of Pardon and Truth Telling

By Dr Binoy Kampmark September 18.  Central Criminal Court, London. The extradition trial of Julian Assange at the Old Bailey moved into a higher gear today.  Testimonies spanned the importance of classified information in war journalism, the teasing offer of a pardon for Assange by US President Donald Trump, torture… »

20.09.2020

2020 Basic Income March for Change

2020 Basic Income March for Change

By Jhon Sánchez Ruth Bader Ginsburg wrote, “Time is on the side of change.” Yesterday, still without knowing of RBG’s death, I logged in to the online event to celebrate the progress of the UBI campaign in the USA and the world. When the host rendered tribute to RBG, it… »

19.09.2020

Six Reasons Julian Assange Should Be Thanked, Not Punished

Six Reasons Julian Assange Should Be Thanked, Not Punished

1. The effort to extradite and prosecute Julian Assange for journalism is a threat to future journalism that challenges power and violence, but a defense of the media practice of propagandizing for war. While the New York Times benefited from Assange’s work, its only reporting on his current hearing is an… »

18.09.2020

Iran’s #MeToo Movement Challenges Patriarchy and Western Stereotypes

Iran’s #MeToo Movement Challenges Patriarchy and Western Stereotypes

Viewpoint by Sara Tafakori* t has been called an Iranian #MeToo movement, and it is. Thousands of women in Iran – and some men – are going online to speak about the sexual assault and harassment they experienced. What is crucially important, at what promises to be a historic turning… »

18.09.2020

We can achieve peace and rights if we compromise

We can achieve peace and rights if we compromise

By Zenaida Espinosa “If we made a minute of silence for each social leader in Colombia who has been murdered, we would be silent for 15 years”. This painfully truthful phrase was said by the President of the Truth Commission, Father Francisco de Roux, last August 14, at a webinar… »

17.09.2020

Pentagon Papers leaker Daniel Ellsberg testifies in Assange’s defense, says WikiLeaks exposed ‘war crimes’ in ‘public interest’

Pentagon Papers leaker Daniel Ellsberg testifies in Assange’s defense, says WikiLeaks exposed ‘war crimes’ in ‘public interest’

Whistleblower Daniel Ellsberg – whose ‘Pentagon Papers’ leak exposed illegal US bombing during the Vietnam War – said Julian Assange would not see a fair trial if extradited to the US, comparing the publisher’s case to his own. Testifying at Assange’s extradition hearing on Wednesday, Ellsberg said the WikiLeaks co-founder… »

17.09.2020

Switzerland: Draft anti-terrorism law sets ‘dangerous precedent’, rights experts warn

Switzerland: Draft anti-terrorism law sets ‘dangerous precedent’, rights experts warn

A proposed new anti-terrorism law in Switzerland could set a dangerous precedent for the suppression of political dissent worldwide, a group of five independent UN human rights experts warned on Friday. The draft legislation, currently before the Swiss Parliament, expands the definition of terrorism and no longer requires the prospect… »

16.09.2020

GBV – the shadow pandemic

GBV – the shadow pandemic

Gender-based violence is a world-wide problem – and one that has been worsened by the COVID-19 pandemic as victims are locked down with their abusers and frustration and uncertainty feed aggression. This ‘shadow pandemic’ is the focus of the third call-out in our #MyStoryForAStory (#MijnStoryVoorEenStory) campaign as we focus on… »

16.09.2020

Millions of Indian students sit university entrance exams after government disregards protests to postpone them

Millions of Indian students sit university entrance exams after government disregards protests to postpone them

Some of the country’s schools are also set to reopen later this month Around 2.8 million Indian students sat university examinations from the end of the August to September 13 as the country approaches the grim milestone of 5-million total COVID-19 cases. Despite pleas from civil society to defer… »

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