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Stone indictment presents no evidence of links between WikiLeaks and Trump campaign

Stone indictment presents no evidence of links between WikiLeaks and Trump campaign

The indictment of right-wing political operative Roger Stone by special counsel and former FBI director Robert Mueller presented no evidence of “collusion” by WikiLeaks and its publisher Julian Assange with either the Trump campaign or Russian intelligence, after more than 17 months of investigation. The indictment of Stone, dated January 24, 2019, is at the same time a damning indictment[Read More…]

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Ecuadorian president hints again at moves to renege on Julian Assange’s asylum

Ecuadorian president hints again at moves to renege on Julian Assange’s asylum

In a radio interview on December 6, President Lenín Moreno effectively demanded that WikiLeaks’ publisher Julian Assange leave the Ecuadorian embassy in London. Assange was granted political asylum by Ecuador in its embassy in 2012 because he faces the danger of prosecution in the US in retaliation for WikiLeaks’ publication of leaked information exposing US war crimes, diplomatic conspiracies, intelligence[Read More…]

Ecuador to partially restore Julian Assange’s access to communications and visitors

Ecuador to partially restore Julian Assange’s access to communications and visitors

In a statement issued Sunday, WikiLeaks announced that the Ecuadorian embassy in London has informed its publisher Julian Assange that it intends to partially restore his ability to use the Internet and phone services, and receive personal visitors. Ecuador, on the dictates of the Trump administration and US military-intelligence apparatus, stripped Assange of these basic rights on March 28 this[Read More…]

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Ecuadorian president arrives in Britain as Julian Assange’s fate hangs in the balance

Ecuadorian president arrives in Britain as Julian Assange’s fate hangs in the balance

Ecuador’s President Lenín Moreno arrives in London today, with his administration seeking to force WikiLeaks editor and Australian citizen Julian Assange out of the Ecuadorian embassy there, where he sought and was granted political asylum in 2012. If Assange leaves the embassy he will be imprisoned by Britain for breaching bail and almost certainly face an application to extradite him[Read More…]

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Australia’s foreign interference laws threaten whistleblowers and media freedom

Australia’s foreign interference laws threaten whistleblowers and media freedom

An exchange on June 28 in the parliament, prompted by questions from Green senator Andrew Bartlett, underscored the fact that Australia’s sweeping new “foreign interference” laws have immense implications, not only for whistleblowers, but for the right of media organisations to publish leaked information. Aspects of the legislation, relating to espionage and secrecy, appear to call into question what millions[Read More…]

Ecuador hints it may hand over Julian Assange to Britain and the US

Ecuador hints it may hand over Julian Assange to Britain and the US

Julian Assange is in immense danger. Remarks made this week by Ecuador’s foreign minister suggest that her government may be preparing to renege on the political asylum it granted to the WikiLeaks editor in 2012 and hand him over to British and then American authorities. On March 28, under immense pressure from the governments in the US, Britain and other[Read More…]

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PHILIPPINE SEA (Nov. 16, 2007)  American and Japan Maritime Self-Defense Forces (JMSDF) ships transit in formation at the end of ANNUALEX 19G, the maritime component of the U.S.-Japan exercise Keen Sword 08. The exercise is designed to increase interoperability between the United States and JMSDF and increase their ability to effectively and mutually respond to a regional crisis situation. Kitty Hawk operates from Fleet Activities Yokosuka, Japan. U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist Seaman Stephen W. Rowe (Released)

Momentum Builds Toward US-Led Strike On Syria

The momentum toward a US-led attack on the Assad government in Syria continued to build over the past 24 hours, with American, French and British warships deploying in the eastern Mediterranean and aircraft being primed for operations at various bases in Europe and the Middle East. The military preparations are being accompanied by diplomatic efforts by the Trump administration to[Read More…]

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Opposing Forces Mobilise For War In Syria

Opposing Forces Mobilise For War In Syria

The US, France, Britain, Saudi Arabia and other American allies internationally continue to threaten military action against the Assad government in Syria over the unsubstantiated and dubious allegations that its armed forces used chemical weapons last weekend in the now re-captured city of Douma. In response, the Syrian military, backed by Russian and Iranian forces, along with Shiite-based militias from[Read More…]

Trump’s Racist Comments Trigger International Condemnation

Trump’s Racist Comments Trigger International Condemnation

The already battered international standing of the US government has been dealt a further blow by the revelation that President Trump labeled some of the most oppressed and impoverished nations as “shithole countries.” Disgust and anger over the openly racist comments the US president made at a meeting with congressional leaders on Thursday have only been intensified by Trump’s belated[Read More…]

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US Forces Accused Of Firing White Phosphorus Into Mosul And Raqqa

US Forces Accused Of Firing White Phosphorus Into Mosul And Raqqa

Videos published by the Amaq news agency show artillery exploding over Mosul in Iraq and Raqqa in Syria that analysts believe could be white phosphorus rounds. Amaq, which often publishes information provided by Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) sources, claims that the areas which are shown being bombarded are ISIS-held sectors of the cities still populated by large[Read More…]

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America’s Longest War Drags On In Afghanistan

America’s Longest War Drags On In Afghanistan

The US national security advisor, Lieutenant General H.R. McMaster, was in Afghanistan over the weekend, speaking with President Ashraf Ghani and General John Nicholson, the US military commander in the country. The aim of the talks, the Military Times reported prior to McMaster’s arrival in Kabul, was to “assess whether more military personnel are needed to break the stalemate there.”[Read More…]

US Launches Cruise Missile Attack Against Syrian Government

US Launches Cruise Missile Attack Against Syrian Government

  Between 8 and 9 p.m., US Eastern Time Thursday, two US warships in the Mediterranean fired a barrage of 59 Tomahawk cruise missiles at a Syrian air base at Shayrat, near the city of Homs. The attack is the first direct assault by the United States on the Russian- and Iranian-backed government of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad and has[Read More…]

Castle Romeo (yield 11 Mt) - an atmospheric nuclear test carried out by the U.S. on 1 March 1954 at Bikini Atoll, Marshal Islands. (Photo: The Comprehensive Nuclear-Test-Ban Treaty Organization/cc/flickr)

Trump’s Tweet And The Danger Of Nuclear War

A tweet sent Thursday by President-elect Donald Trump advocating the expansion of the US nuclear weapons arsenal has become the top news story around the world. Trump wrote: “The United States must greatly strengthen and expand its nuclear capability until such time as the world comes to its senses regarding nukes.” The United States must greatly strengthen and expand its[Read More…]

Fighting Intensifies In Mosul And Northern Iraq

Fighting Intensifies In Mosul And Northern Iraq

The US-directed offensive to recapture the northern Iraqi city of Mosul and surrounding towns and villages from the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) has entered its fifth week. The assault involves an increasingly antagonistic collection of armed forces, including some 30,000 Iraqi Army troops, 15,000 peshmerga soldiers of the Kurdish Regional Government (KRG), thousands of anti-ISIS Sunni Arab[Read More…]

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US-Backed Kurdish Militia Announces Assault On ISIS Capital In Syria

US-Backed Kurdish Militia Announces Assault On ISIS Capital In Syria

On Sunday, just two days before the US presidential election, the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF), a US-armed faction comprised largely of ethnic Kurdish militia, called a press conference to announce that it had begun “a major battle” to retake Raqqa from the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS). Raqqa, a city of some 200,000 in central Syria, is often[Read More…]

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Mosul Offensive Stirs A Cauldron Of Conflicts

Mosul Offensive Stirs A Cauldron Of Conflicts

Iraqi Army units and troops of the autonomous Kurdish Regional Government (KRG), backed by US and allied air power, special forces and “advisors,” continue to push toward the Islamic State (ISIS)-held northern city of Mosul and the estimated 1.5 million civilians trapped within its confines. In the past 24 hours, Kurdish forces claimed to have captured villages and towns to[Read More…]

US-Backed Iraqi Forces Tighten Noose Around Mosul

US-Backed Iraqi Forces Tighten Noose Around Mosul

The first 24 hours of the US-directed assault on the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS)-held city of Mosul in Iraq has shed further light on the calculated and murderous character of the operation. Tens of thousands of Kurdish and Iraqi Army forces have begun a slow advance on the city, tightening a noose around the estimated 5,000 ISIS[Read More…]

The US-Directed Assault On Mosul Underway

The US-Directed Assault On Mosul Underway

The long-planned, US-directed offensive to recapture the northern city of Mosul from Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) has begun. On Monday morning, Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi declared on national television: “Today, I declare the start of these victorious operations.” The assault on Mosul starkly raises the boundless hypocrisy of the US and European resolutions in the United[Read More…]