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Lenin Moreno was desperate to ingratiate his government with Washington and distract the public from his mounting scandals, writes the Grayzone’s Denis Rogatyuk. Police ejecting Assange from embassy, April 11, 2019. (YouTube) By Denis Rogatyuk Grayzone The images of six Metropolitan police officers dragging Julian Assange out of the Ecuadorian embassy in London have enraged […]

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Poroshenko Reinvented: Apologies, New Promises, And Slick Moves May Be 'Too Little, Too Late'

April 17, 2019           |                                       

KYIV — There is one presidential candidate Ukrainians have become accustomed to watching sing and dance on stage. It is not incumbent President Petro Poroshenko. And yet there the 53-year-old was, gyrating and pumping his fist beside yellow-overall-clad rockers at a campaign rally at Kyiv’s Olimpiyskiy Stadium on April 14. Fighting for his political survival […]

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Today, The Intercept launches “A Message From the Future With Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez,” a seven-minute film narrated by the congresswoman and illustrated by Molly Crabapple. Set a couple of decades from now, it’s a flat-out rejection of the idea that a dystopian future is a forgone conclusion. Instead, it offers a thought experiment: What if we decided […]

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Photograph Source thierry ehrmann – CC BY 2.0 The arrest of Julian Assange has produced rapturous cheering from the American political elite. Hillary Clinton declared that Assange “must answer for what he has done.” Unfortunately, Assange’s arrest will do nothing to prevent the vast majority of conniving politicians and bureaucrats from paying no price for […]

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Afghanistan To Send 250 Delegates To Taliban Meeting In Qatar

April 16, 2019           |                                       

The Afghan government says it will send 250 delegates for talks with the Taliban in Qatar this week that are seen as a potential breakthrough in efforts to end the nearly 18-year war. The delegates that will attend the talks scheduled for April 19-21 include government officials, powerful former warlords, opposition politicians, tribal and religious […]

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Police crackdown on striking oilworkers in Zhanaozen, December 2012. Source: YouTube / 666crang. According to Eurasianet, the government’s departure betrayed “anxiety over growing public discontent” as the then-President “appears to have recognised the potential for sentiments to escalate and has sought to staunch the damage by firing the government en masse.” While the government was […]

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Afghan Opposition Politicians To Boycott Peace Loya Jirga

April 15, 2019           |                                       

Several Afghan opposition politicians say they will boycott a planned meeting of nearly 2,500 Afghan politicians and tribal, ethnic, and religious leaders aimed at reaching national consensus on future peace talks with the Taliban. Former national security adviser Hanif Atmar, ex-intelligence chief Rahmatullah Nabil, and Ahmad Wali Masud announced their decisions on April 15. The […]

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HRW Warns Against New Russian Move To Crack Down On Freedom Of Expression, Assembly

April 15, 2019           |                                       

The Russian government is developing a draft law that will “further jeopardize” freedom of expression and assembly in the country, Human Rights Watch (HRW) has warned. The bill, if adopted, would enable the authorities to “freeze the bank accounts of people who donate to or finance protests that are deemed unlawful,” the New York-based human […]

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Grim Britain

April 15, 2019           |                                       

If the whole ghastly debacle over Brexit has proven anything at all it’s how totally unfit for purpose the British parliament is. For those of us who have known that for a long time and campaigned vigorously for many years for its complete reformation this comes as no surprise. The whole shambolic system of Britain’s […]

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Assange and the Cowardice of Power

April 14, 2019           |                                       

Donald Trump has never heard of WikiLeaks, the publishing organization whose work he repeatedly and unequivocally touted during the 2016 election campaign. “I know nothing about WikiLeaks,” he told reporters after Julian Assange was illegally arrested, after being illegally detained for seven years, in London. “It’s not my thing and I know there is something […]

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Abdullah Says Won't Attend Afghanistan's Planned Peace Loya Jirga

April 14, 2019           |                                       

KABUL — Afghanistan’s Chief Executive Abdullah Abdullah says he will boycott a planned meeting of nearly 2,500 Afghan politicians and tribal, ethnic, and religious leaders aimed at discussing negotiations with the Taliban. Abdullah made the announcement on April 14, about two weeks before the gathering, known as a consultative Loya Jirga, is set to be […]

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Why Julian Assange Matters for the Freedom of the Press

April 13, 2019           |                                       

There is no one issue that unites those of us on the left so firmly with the right as the topic of freedom of the press. And the case of Julian Assange, Wikileaks co-founder, encapsulates perfectly this dilemma that seems to have many drinking the Kool-Aid of Russiagate which seems to have an endless season […]

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The Gray Lady now seems to be against to press freedom, writes James Howard Kunstler. By James Howard Kunstler Clusterfuck Nation And so now Julian Assange of Wikileaks has been dragged out of his “sanctuary” in the London embassy of Ecuador for failing to clean his cat’s litter box. Have you ever cleaned a litter […]

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DiEM25 was founded just a few months ahead of the Brexit referendum, a week before the signature of the shameful deal through which David Cameron tried to reform the EU in regressive terms. Since then DiEM25 has pioneered innovative and imaginative thinking on Brexit. At the referendum in 2016 DiEM25 fought against Brexit to stay […]

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Uzbek President's Daughter Given Deputy Job In State Media Agency

April 12, 2019           |                                       

TASHKENT — The eldest daughter of Uzbek President Shavkat Mirziyoev has been appointed deputy head of the newly established presidential Press and Information Agency that oversees communications and media regulation, the agency said on April 12. According to the statement, the chief of the presidential office, Zainilobiddin Nizomiddinov, said at an official gathering in Tashkent […]

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