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Julian Assange and the degraded spectacle of Britain’s Guardian By Robert Stevens 30 May 2019 The levelling of 17 charges against Julian Assange by the United States under the Espionage Act stands as a condemnation of the near decade-long witch-hunt led by Britain’s Guardian against the WikiLeaks founder. For years the Guardian portrayed Assange as […]

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US court orders Chelsea Manning to remain in prison By Niles Niemuth 23 April 2019 Whistleblower Chelsea Manning remains in jail after a federal appeals court Monday rejected her request to be released on bail and upheld a contempt order against her for refusing to testify before a grand jury impaneled to bring fabricated charges […]

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The Coalition of the US Justice Department and GE against Alstom

April 20, 2019           |                                       

France doesn’t know it, but we are at war with the US. … Yes, the Americans are hard-nosed, they are voracious, they want unilateral global dominance. It is an unknown war, an ongoing war, with no apparent deaths and yet a war to the death. — François Mitterand A Frenchman called Frédéric Pierucci, with co-author […]

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Sen. Bernie Sanders on Saturday became the first 2020 presidential candidate to speak out in support of allowing Americans to vote from behind bars. During a campaign stop in Iowa, the Independent senator from Vermont was asked about his position on imprisoned people participating in political elections. “I think that is absolutely the direction we […]

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Hundreds Starve Themselves for Peace in Turkey

April 4, 2019           |                                       

In the early months of 2019, hundreds of Kurds around the world implemented a hunger strike to protest the ongoing assaults they face at the hands of the Turkish government. An article by Dougie Gerrard for RedPepper explains how Leyla Güven, a member of the Turkish Parliament, started this strike. Güven began starving herself after […]

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Paul Manafort, former campaign manager for Donald Trump, exits the E. Barrett Prettyman Federal Courthouse in Washington D.C., on Feb. 28, 2018. Photo: Drew Angerer/Getty Images Paul Manafort didn’t get off easy. He is going to prison, and anyone who has stared down that prospect knows that there is nothing easy about it. Prison is so […]

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Former American soldier and whistleblower Chelsea Manning poses outside the Institute Of Contemporary Arts in London, England, ahead of an event on Oct. 1, 2018. Photo: Jack Taylor/Getty Images Chelsea Manning was subpoenaed to appear before a federal grand jury and give testimony on March 5. The whistleblower filed a motion to quash the subpoena. […]

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Russian Black Sea Fleet Officer, Partner Jailed As Spies For Ukraine

February 28, 2019           |                                       

An officer of Russia’s Black Sea fleet and his partner have been imprisoned on charges of spying for Ukraine, Russia’s Federal Security Service (FSB) said on February 28. Russia’s North Caucasus Regional Military Court sentenced Major Dmitry Dolgopolov to 10 years in prison and Anna Sukhonosova to 9 years after convicting the couple of selling […]

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The high-security federal jail known as the Metropolitan Correctional Center, near Foley Square in New York, on Jan. 21, 2017. The facility has housed some of New York’s highest-risk federal defendants. Joaquin Guzman Loera, the Mexican drug kingpin known as El Chapo, has been held there since January. Photo: Karsten Moran/The New York Times via […]

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CPJ Denounces Iranian Journalist’s 'Sham Trial, Harsh Sentence'

January 15, 2019           |                                       

The Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ) has condemned the prison sentence recently imposed on Iranian journalist Hamed Aynehvand and urged the country’s authorities to “stop persecuting the media for doing their job.” Aynehvand’s “sham trial and harsh sentence demonstrate the flawed nature of the Iranian justice system,” Sherif Mansour, Middle East and North Africa program […]

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Anatoly Lukyanov Dies At Age 88, Was Imprisoned After Failed August 1991 Soviet Coup

January 9, 2019           |                                       

Anatoly Lukyanov, a former Communist Party official who was imprisoned after the failed 1991 coup against Soviet leader Mikhail Gorbachev, has died at age 88. Russian state television said Lukyanov, the last chairman of the Supreme Soviet, died on January 9, but it did not specify the cause of death. Lukyanov was a senior Communist […]

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Kazakh Court Upholds Denial Of Early Release To Jailed Former Uranium Tycoon

January 4, 2019           |                                       

SEMEI, Kazakhstan – A regional court in Kazakhstan has upheld a lower court’s decision to deny bail to the former boss of the country’s uranium giant, Kazatomprom, Mukhtar Dzahakishev, who activists at home and abroad say has been imprisoned on political grounds. The decision on January 4 by the East Kazakhstan Regional Court was criticized […]

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Pakistan Ex-PM Sharif Sentenced To Seven Years In Prison

December 24, 2018           |                                       

An anticorruption court in Pakistan has sentenced former Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif to seven years in prison on a charge of possessing assets beyond his known sources of income. The court in Islamabad announced its ruling on December 24 on two corruption charges against Sharif, acquitting him in the second case. Sharif has denied any […]

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‘Cold War,’ ‘Stalin’ Films Honored; Tributes Paid To Sentsov, Serebrennikov

December 15, 2018           |                                       

A black-and-white Polish-made film, Cold War, won five awards, including best picture, while The Death of Stalin took the prize for the best European comedy at the European Film Awards. Tributes were also paid on December 15 in Seville, Spain, in honor of Ukrainian filmmaker Oleh Sentsov and Russia director Kirill Serebrennikov, both of whom […]

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European Parliament To Award Sakharov Prize To Ukrainian Director Sentsov

December 12, 2018           |                                       

The European Parliament is scheduled to award imprisoned Ukrainian film director Oleh Sentsov with its 2018 Sakharov Prize for Freedom of Thought. The ceremony, set for December 12, aims to honor Sentsov, who has been imprisoned in Russia since opposing Moscow’s takeover of his native Crimea in 2014. European officials have called on Russian authorities […]

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