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A Defiant Ecuador Seeks Solutions in Assange Case

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The Assange case goes beyond just simple political asylum and issues of sovereignty. It is matter of principle in a time in which information and secrecy have become ever more the tools of the most powerful. Justice must be done for those who have sacrificed their liberties to warn us of these dangers.

Eva Golinger, CounterPunch

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9781566566476_p0_v1_s260x420.jpgAugust 25, 2014 | Two years ago, one of the most controversial figures of the age of cyberspace appeared on the doorstep of the Ecuadorian Embassy in London. On the verge of losing an appeal in the British courts that could open the door to his extradition to Sweden and then later, the United States, where a secret Grand Jury had convened to indict him, Julian Assange sought refuge in Ecuador’s modest Embassy flat. During the following two months, the Ecuadorian government studiously reviewed his case, calling in experts to discuss and debate the duties and risks Ecuador faced in granting the asylum petition.

On August 16, 2012, Ecuador’s Foreign Minister, Ricardo Patiño, announced that his country would grant Assange diplomatic asylum, a concept enshrined in the Convention on Diplomatic Asylum of 1954, also known as the Convention of Caracas.  The British government refused to recognize this status and initially threatened to violate Ecuador’s sovereignty by entering into the Embassy and arresting Assange. After strong protest from the Ecuadorian government and outcry from Latin American nations, England refrained from causing an international uproar by forcing entry into the Embassy, and instead chose to maintain a prominent police presence surrounding the building, impeding Assange’s escape.

Eva Golinger is the author of The Chavez Code. She can be reached through her blog.

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Pete Seegar vs. The Un-Americans: A Tale of the Blacklist ~ Edward Renehan, Reviewed in NationofChange.org

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“Subtleties don’t travel well in a ‘sound bite’ culture”—this book will bring this and many other of Seeger’s lyrics to a new level leaving you educated on this dark and tangled era in our nation’s history.

Aviva Chomsky | What's at Stake in the Border Debate

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Aviva Chomsky, Tom Dispatch

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1379330375l/18339763.jpgAugust 24, 2014 | The militarization of the police has been underway since 9/11, but only in the aftermath of the six-shot killing of an unarmed teenager in Ferguson, Missouri, with photos of streets in a St. Louis suburb that looked like occupied Iraq or Afghanistan, has the fact of it, the shock of it, seemed to hit home widely.  Congressional representatives are now proposing bills to stop the Pentagon from giving the latest in war equipment to local police forces.  The president even interrupted his golfing vacation on Martha’s Vineyard to return to Washington, in part for “briefings” on the ongoing crisis in Ferguson.  So militarization is finally a major story.

And that’s no small thing.  On the other hand, the news from Ferguson can’t begin to catch the full process of militarization this society has been undergoing or the way America’s distant wars are coming home. We have, at least, a fine book by Radley Balko on how the police have been militarized.  Unfortunately, on the subject of the militarization of the country, there is none.  And yet from armed soldiers in railway stations to the mass surveillance of Americans, from the endless celebration of our “warriors” to the domestic use of drones, this country has been undergoing a significant process of militarization (and, if there were such a word, national securitization).

Aviva Chomsky’s most recent book is Undocumented: How Immigration Became Illegal (Beacon Press, 2014). She is professor of history and coordinator of Latin American studies at Salem State University in Massachusetts. She is the daughter of Noam and Carol Chomsky.

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Washington’s persecution of immigrant children, Bill Van Auken, World Socialist Web Site

  • The defense of the rights of immigrant workers to live and work in whatever country they choose, without discrimination or persecution, is an inseparable component of the struggle to defend the living standards, jobs and basic rights of the working class as a whole. 
  • Americans Need to Face the Horror That Undocumented Children Have Experienced

 

Pete Seegar vs. The Un-Americans: A Tale of the Blacklist ~ Edward Renehan

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“Subtleties don’t travel well in a ‘sound bite’ culture”—this book will bring this and many other of Seeger’s lyrics to a new level leaving you educated on this dark and tangled era in our nation’s history.

Reviewed in NationofChange.org

seeger_0.jpgAugust 22, 2014 | Shining a light on the McCarthy era, “Pete Seeger vs. The Un-Americans: A Tale of the Blacklist” is an inspiring, yet surprising story of how this brave man’s commitment to freedom of speech and freedom of association was put before the risk of imprisonment and professional ruin. During an “ugly chapter” in U.S. history, this book is a well-researched and well-written story that shows the real importance of the First Amendment.

“Pete Seeger vs. The Un-Americans: A Tale of the Blacklist” sets the record straight as the author, Ed Renehan, reveals some secrets about Seeger’s struggle for social justice through the late 1950s and early 1960s. After he was subpoenaed in 1955 to testify before the House Un-American Activities Committee yet refused to comply, Seeger was convicted of contempt of Congress and sentence to jail, which was later overturned. Renehan not only tells the story of Seeger’s struggle to preserve freedom and integrity, it is a look at how the American government has victimized artists, “shutting down dialogue on important social issues.”

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Special Project | The War on Children: Week Ending August 24, 2014

 

  • Kiddies%20image.jpgThe United States is one of the few countries in the world that puts children in supermax prisons, tries them as adults, incarcerates them for exceptionally long periods of time, defines them as super predators, pepper sprays them for engaging in peaceful protests, and, in an echo of the discourse of the war on terror, describes them as 'teenage time bombs.' 
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  • Death and Abuse at the Southwest Border
  • Nearly one quarter of US children in poverty
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  • Jorge Ramos's Powerful Defense Of Immigrant Children In Border Crisis

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Washington’s persecution of immigrant children, Bill Van Auken, World Socialist Web Site 

  • The defense of the rights of immigrant workers to live and work in whatever country they choose, without discrimination or persecution, is an inseparable component of the struggle to defend the living standards, jobs and basic rights of the working class as a whole. 
  • Americans Need to Face the Horror That Undocumented Children Have Experienced

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I Was Traumatized by Christian Dogma: I Won't Do the Same to My Child, Bill Moeller, AlterNet

  • A new father reexamines the destructive Christian dogmas he experienced as a child.
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Americans Need to Face the Horror That Undocumented Children Have Experienced, Sonali Kolhatkar, Truthdig

  • Confronting the trauma that the immigrant children have gone through is imperative in any discussion of what to do with them.
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Death and Abuse at the Southwest Border, Lia G. Melikian, ACLU.org / Rise Up Times

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Nearly one quarter of US children in poverty, Andre Damon, World Socialist Web Site

  • The Kids Count survey follows the publication in April of Feeding America’s annual report, which showed that one in five children live in households that do not regularly get enough to eat. 
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NCLR President: GOP Will Lose White House If Attitude On Child Refugees Continues, Carolina Moreno, Huffington Post 

  • The President of the National Council of La Raza (NCLR), the largest Latino civil rights and advocacy organization in the United States, has choice words for the GOP.
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Jorge Ramos's Powerful Defense Of Immigrant Children In Border Crisis, Catherine TaibiHuffington Post

  • "No government should be in the business of deporting children." --Jorge Ramos
  • How Conservative Media Killed A Charity's Plan To Help Migrant Children In Crisis

 

Washington’s persecution of immigrant children

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  • The defense of the rights of immigrant workers to live and work in whatever country they choose, without discrimination or persecution, is an inseparable component of the struggle to defend the living standards, jobs and basic rights of the working class as a whole. 
  • Americans Need to Face the Horror That Undocumented Children Have Experienced

Bill Van Auken, World Socialist Web Site

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24 June 2014 | From 1903, ships carrying a generation of immigrants entered New York City harbor, passing the iconic Statue of Liberty. At its base, a sonnet written by the poet Emma Lazarus was inscribed, reflecting the hopes and aspirations of those many millions to find in the New World a refuge from the oppression of the Old. It states, in part:

“Give me your tired, your poor,/Your huddled masses yearning to breathe free,/The wretched refuse of your teeming shore.”

Today, Lazarus’s lines read like a stinging indictment of the brutal and inhuman immigration policy the Obama administration is enforcing against immigrant workers attempting to enter the United States—in particular, tens of thousands of children arriving from the impoverished and strife-torn countries of Central America.

Bill Van Auken is a politician and activist for the Socialist Equality Party and was a presidential candidate in the U.S. election of 2004.

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Americans Need to Face the Horror That Undocumented Children Have Experienced, Sonali Kolhatkar, Truthdig

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  • Confronting the trauma that the immigrant children have gone through is imperative in any discussion of what to do with them.
  • Death and Abuse at the Southwest Border

 

Close the SOA! Resist Empire & Militarization

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Katherine Henao, SOA Watch 

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/images/522.jpgAugust 1, 2014 | As SOA Watch's 25th anniversary Vigil approaches, our legal and organizing teams are hard at work to push back on the latest attack on our 1st Amendment rights to peacefully assemble. We remain committed to converging at the gates of Fort Benning once again to remember the martyrs, and to denounce the continued SOA violence against our brothers and sisters in countries like Honduras and Colombia.

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Already, we have received thousands of signatures of support, and we continue to be humbled by the countless expressions of solidarity.

Join thousands for a rally at Fort Benning, music and street theater, an immigrant prison protest, nonviolent direct action, concerts, films, workshops & more.

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SOA Watch, founded by Fr. Roy Bourgeois in 1990,  is an independent organization that seeks to close the U.S. Army School of the Americas, under whatever name it is called, through vigils and fasts, demonstrations and nonviolent protest, as well as media and legislative work.

 

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Americans Need to Face the Horror That Undocumented Children Have Experienced

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  • Confronting the trauma that the immigrant children have gone through is imperative in any discussion of what to do with them.
  • Death and Abuse at the Southwest Border

Sonali Kolhatkar, Truthdig

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AP6166940087-train-through-mexico-590.jpgA young boy is helped down from the top of a freight car, as Central Americans board a northbound freight train in Ixtepec, Mexico. AP/Eduardo Verdugo

Jul 18, 2014 | American flags and “Return to Sender” posters festooned the recent anti-immigrant demonstrations in the small Southern California town of Murrieta. The mostly white protesters practically frothed at the mouth at the idea of bus loads of brown children and women being processed at a facility in their midst.

The numbers of unaccompanied children coming to the U.S. primarily from Central American countries such as Honduras, El Salvador and Guatemala have increased significantly, with 50,000 having crossed into the States since October, some as young as 6 years old.

Sonali Kolhatkar is the host and producer of KPFK Pacifica’s popular morning drive time program Uprising, based in Los Angeles, California. She is a Truthdig contributor.

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Death and Abuse at the Southwest Border, Lia G. Melikian, ACLU.org / Rise Up Times

  • sign-btn.png To sign a petition calling for President Obama to provide legal counsel to all children facing deportation, click here.
  • When will this insanity end?

 

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