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In 2011, Everest Pipkin and Zoë Sparks, two artists living in Austin, Texas, started collecting unremarkable, seldom-viewed videos off YouTube: a man in a green cardigan imitating bird whistles. Kermit the Frog at a shopping mall meet and greet. A Swedish woman drinking beer in the bath. Pipkin and Sparks arranged the videos into a […]

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The UN special rapporteur on torture has blasted four nations for imposing psychological torture on Julian Assange. ‘A Relentless and Unrestrained Campaign of Public Mobbing, Intimidation and Defamation’ Warns of ‘Criminalization of Journalism’ By Joe Lauria Special to Consortium News The UN special rapporteur on torture has issued a stinging rebuke to the United States, […]

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WikiLeaks on Wednesday said it was gravely concerned for the health of its publisher, Julian Assange, and questioned Britain’s “standing as a human-rights abiding nation.” WikiLeaks has condemned Britain for its treatment of Julian Assange, expressing “grave concerns” for the health of its publisher who has been transferred to the health ward of Belmarsh prison […]

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Lies in Politics: Boris Johnson, the Law and the European Union

May 29, 2019           |                                       

An enduring memory of the 2016 Brexit campaign, so marked by the foppish-haired blusterer, Boris Johnson, was the claim that the European Union was hungrily drawing out from British coffers £350 million a week. It was insufferable, unqualified and dishonest. It was a claim reared in the atmosphere of outrageous deception marking the effort on […]

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It appears that I owe Nathaniel Rich an apology. No, really, I mean this (brace yourselves) sincerely. I’ve never met or exchanged so much as a word with the novelist and New York Times contributor, author of the slim yet important new volume Losing Earth: A Recent History, but I have wronged him nonetheless. The […]

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Let it burn

April 21, 2019           |                                       

I admit to feeling a slight sense of sadness watching the images of flames soaring from the roof of Notre Dame Cathedral, but once it was reported that no one had been seriously hurt, my slight sense of sadness quickly gave way to a feeling of pleasure. My slight sadness was because part of me […]

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Driving along the 10, from the high desert to the low, I stared down at the Desert X app on my phone. The topography of the Coachella Valley was bulleted with a dozen or so black pins on the satellite map, the mountains reduced to a few erratic lines. Desert X, an art biennial, had […]

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The European Parliament Tuesday held a fiery debate on Julian Assange’s fate. Some MEPs argued the matter had no place in their body, others said human rights & press freedom were fundamental European issues. Video by Cathy Vogan. Watch the 27-minute debate on Assange here, captured from the plenary session by Cathy Vogan for Consortium […]

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On April 4 2019 the UK Charity Commission opened a formal inquiry into allegations that the UK branch of the World-Wide Fund for Nature (WWF) may have been complicit in violence perpetrated against indigenous people overseas. WWF, famous for its panda logo, is one of the biggest International NGOs operating in the field of nature […]

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Photograph Source Elekhh – CC BY-SA 3.0 Will someone please explain to me why Martin Luther King, Jr. is considered a hero for violating laws sustaining the system of racial discrimination, while Julian Assange is considered a villain for violating laws sustaining the system of imperial war? Democratic Party bigwigs are celebrating the arrest of […]

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Mystery Killer Spans the Globe

April 13, 2019           |                                       

Public health experts have been warning for decades that overuse of antibiotics reduces the effectiveness of drugs that cure bacterial infections. At least 2,000,000 Americans get antibiotic-resistant infections per year. Notably, gluttonous overuse of antimicrobial drugs to combat bacteria and fungi via hospitals, clinics, and farms is backfiring and producing superbugs or “Nightmare Bacteria,” which […]

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On Thursday, WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange was arrested by the UK police inside the Ecuadorian embassy in London, where he was granted political asylum in 2012. This termination of asylum by Ecuador in violation of international law comes a week after WikiLeaks warned the public it had received information from two high level Ecuadorian government […]

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