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Canada Supports Most Hardline, Anti-Democratic Elements of Venezuela’s Oppposition

May 30, 2019           |                                       

Not only has Canada financed and otherwise supported opposition parties in Venezuela, Ottawa has allied itself with some of its most anti-democratic, hardline elements. While the Liberal government has openly backed Voluntad Popular’s bid to seize power since January, Ottawa has supported the electorally marginal party for years. Juan Guaidó’s VP (Popular Will in English) […]

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Finding Space Between Despair and Validation

May 29, 2019           |                                       

There is nothing very remarkable about being immortal; with the exception of mankind, all creatures are immortal, for they know nothing of death. What is divine, terrible, and incomprehensible is to know oneself immortal. — Borges, “The Immortal”, IV, in The Aleph (1949) All that happens to us, including our humiliations, our misfortunes, our embarrassments, […]

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Indignation has no limits! Arresting Julian Assange is murdering the truth, murdering Human Rights – and eliminating freedom of speech, let alone freedom of the media. The latter has been a farce since a while, but what happened on 11 April and in preparation of 11 April – the storming by UK police of the […]

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An American doctor who conducted several medical and mental health evaluations of WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange inside Ecuador’s Embassy in London over the last two years says that she believes she was spied on and that the confidentiality of her doctor-patient relationship with Assange was violated. Dr. Sondra Crosby, an associate professor of medicine and […]

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Supporters of Julian Assange gather outside Westminster Court after Assange’s arrest (Photo by WIktor Szymanowicz for AFP-NurPhoto) Take action to protect Julian Assange. Click here to read about what you can do. Support the Embassy Protection Collective. The United States is recognizing its fake coup president, Juan Guaido, in Venezuela and we understand that his […]

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This article is part of a series by openDemocracy and the Bretton Woods Project on the crisis of multilateralism. The views expressed are those of the author’s only, and are not necessarily representative of either organisation. The upsurge of progressive economic proposals over the past few years in the face of austerity, stagnating living standards […]

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Contrary to Reports, the U.S. Gov. Can Add Charges After Assange Extradition

April 12, 2019           |                                       

In “Julian Assange Arrested in London as U.S. Unseals Hacking Conspiracy Indictment,” Charlie Savage, Adam Goldman and Eileen Sullivan of the New York Times state: “If Mr. [Julian] Assange is convicted on the conspiracy to hack offense alone, he could face up to five years in prison. The government could later seek to charge him with additional offenses, […]

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Terms of Asylum and Distraction: Moreno’s Assange Problem

April 3, 2019           |                                       

Political asylum is an accepted if often ignored right. It is also at the mercy of those interests that grant it. Ecuador’s repeated insistence on conditioning Julian Assange’s stay in its London abode is tantamount to corroding the idea of asylum to vacuity. You are granted asylum as a political dissident, but political dissident you […]

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Special unit of the Maltese army storms refugee ship By Martin Kreickenbaum 30 March 2019 Soldiers in military fatigues with machine guns, balaclavas and bulletproof vests stride across the deck of the tanker El Hiblu 1. They confront frightened, unarmed migrants, including women and children, whose only possessions are what they can carry. This description […]

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Syria Reports 21 Injured After Rebel Gas Attack on Village

March 24, 2019           |                                       

The Syrian state media reported Saturday that 21 people in the Hama Province were hospitalized with symptoms of poison gas exposure after their village of al-Rasif was shelled by rebels. The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights confirmed the details of the story, but said they were uncertain if the chemicals were launched by shells, or […]

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Mueller Report Must Be Made Public to Restore Confidence in Democracy

March 22, 2019           |                                       

WASHINGTON – Vanita Gupta, president and CEO of The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights, issued the following statement on Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s submission of his report to Attorney General William Barr: “No one, not even a president, is above the law. And the American public must have confidence that their elections are […]

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Legislators in El Salvador are considering granting amnesty to those accused of crimes committed during the country’s brutal civil war in the 1980s. The legislation would drop all ordinary criminal charges arising from the war, and it would shield anyone convicted of war crimes from imprisonment. The move by conservatives in El Salvador’s Parliament comes […]

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Belarus Orders Expulsion Of Christian Convert Facing Death Penalty In Iran

March 15, 2019           |                                       

Belarusian authorities have ordered the expulsion of an Iranian man who has converted to Christianity and is wanted by Tehran for apostasy and alleged murder, despite warnings by international human rights organizations that he would be at risk of torture and the death penalty if sent back. Mehrdad Jamshidian’s health is deteriorating after he suffered […]

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Once upon a time in America, we could all argue about whether or not U.S. global power was declining. Now, most observers have little doubt that the end is just a matter of timing and circumstance. Ten years ago, I predicted that, by 2025, it would be all over for American power, a then-controversial comment […]

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‘Kidnapped’ Tajik Activist Reappears In Europe

March 2, 2019           |                                       

A prominent Tajik opposition activist, who resurfaced in Dushanbe last month from self-imposed exile in the Netherlands, has returned to Europe. Sharofiddin Gadoev appeared on a video live-streamed on a Tajik opposition group’s Facebook account on March 2 and issued thanks “to all the organizations and countries” that voiced concern over his case. “It is […]

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