The Slow Motion Execution of Julian Assange September 16, 2023: - Thanks entirely to the brilliance of Chris Hedges in leading me through the material, I think this is the most clear outline of the Assange case which I have ever given. I wish to address some social media attacks: Nobody is paying me to be here to campaign for Julian, other than the subscribers to this blog who fund in a wider sense all of my activity. Where there have been paid ticket events, the money is not for me. I have received some contributions towards expense, totaling about $850, which doesn't even meet my initial air ticket. I realise… Defend Assange US Tour September 11, 2023: - I am currently in Minnesota where I am speaking tonight and doing several media interviews. The primary purpose of the whole US visit is not the public appearances, but preparation for the campaign and defence in the USA should extradition go ahead. That does not mean at all that the focus has in any way shifted from preventing extradition from the UK, and the legal defence remain fully engaged and optimistic about both the High Court and the European Court of Human Rights. But I am also very buoyed by the extraordinary depth and quality of the support in the… Submission to the United Nations September 1, 2023: - The complaint to the United Nations against my imprisonment for contempt of court has now been submitted. This is the first time I have been able to state the case without the compulsory use of Scottish counsel, who were astonishingly timid of criticising Lady Dorrian or detailing Sturgeon's conspiracy, its personnel, and how it worked. Those who followed my earlier legal submissions will note a real change of tone and emphasis. At this stage my legal team advise I can only make public the first six pages of the forty four page complaint. These are below. The complaint also has… The Scottish Gestapo August 31, 2023: - On 28 July a gender critical woman demonstrator, Julie Marshall, was "punched in the face" by a political opponent in Aberdeen. The man who struck her was questioned and issued with a police caution not to punch people. He was neither arrested nor charged. A month later, Scottish Government minister Patrick Harvie was giving a TV interview at the scene of the forthcoming Rutherglen byelection when a man heckled him, calling him a "deviant". Harvie responded that the man was a "bigot". The heckler has now been arrested and charged, though when Stuart Campbell spoke with Police Scotland, they refused… Government By Uncontrolled Lunatic Racists August 29, 2023: - As long term readers know, I often assist with refugee and immigration cases, including representing at immigration courts, and we have occasionally over the years housed refugee families in our home for a while. I have nowadays to add for the avoidance of trolling, no I do not get paid for any of this, by anyone. Yesterday I was introduced to a case unlike any other I have seen. A student arrived in the UK, with a new, valid and genuine student multiple visa in his passport. His course fees are paid and he had money to support himself. On… Destitution Capitalism August 28, 2023: - I despair that there appears to be no discernible political debate over economic policy in the UK at all, outwith a few left websites and magazines with tiny readerships. The Labour Party has completely abandoned the mildly social democratic platform of Jeremy Corbyn, and now actively renounces public ownership of utilities, improved workers' rights giving greater job security, public spending to stimulate the economy and the use of taxation to redistribute wealth. Rachel Reeves, Labour's shadow chancellor, explicitly promotes the Thatcherite doctrine that taxation, public spending and all forms of regulation are detrimental to economic growth. She not only dismisses… Where Has all the War Porn Gone? August 23, 2023: - UPDATE I no longer have a source with access to Putin's inner circle. I did not pretend to understand the astonishing episode of the Wagner march on Moscow at the time, and plainly it was impossible, if the Russian and Belarussian official narrative were remotely true, that Prigozhin could be allowed to carry on living. Well, at least I got that right. But I still am no closer to understanding the entire dynamic. Unless Prigozhin has been effectively a prisoner these last few months, it seems incomprehensible that he did not flee. To move from something I do not understand… Alba Must Fight Rutherglen August 22, 2023: - This is one of those unusual occasions, where a little while ago I intended to write a post advocating the precise opposite, but events have changed my mind. After long and hard thought, I had come to the conclusion that pride had to be swallowed and personal animosity set aside. For the sake of Scottish independence we all had to reunite the movement and that could only be behind the SNP. I had a few attempts at starting an article on this. My mind was changed by Humza Yousaf stating that, unequivocally, Independence can only be achieved through a referendum… When a CIA Asset Becomes a CIA Liability August 10, 2023: - Fernando Villavicencio, who with the Guardian's Luke Harding and Dan Collyns fabricated the notorious Guardian front page lie that Paul Manafort and Julian Assange held pro-Trump meetings in the Ecuadorean Embassy, has been shot dead in Ecuador. The appalling lie, which the Guardian's $700,000 a year editor has refused to retract or remove, despite criticism even from the Washington Post which named Villavicencio as the fabricator, was aimed to give support to Clinton's flagging "Russiagate" invention, which was crumbling fast. Here is a photo of CIA assets Collyns, Harding and Villavicencio together in Quito. Villavicencio's claim to be an anti-corruption… Imran Khan August 7, 2023: - Given the large population in the UK of Pakistani origin, the lack of serious media coverage of the overthrow and incarceration of Imran Khan, and the mass imprisonment of his supporters, is truly extraordinary. Imran Khan was last week sentenced to three years in prison - and a five year ban from politics - for alleged embezzlement of official gifts. This follows his removal as Prime Minister in a CIA engineered coup, and a vicious campaign of violence and imprisonment against Khan and his supporters. It is currently illegal in Pakistan to publish or broadcast about Khan or the thousands… Live on the Fly August 6, 2023: - Here is Friday's New York WBAI broadcast hosted by Randy Credico with Roger Waters, John Shipton, Alicia Castro, Ray McGovern and myself. I was slightly worried in retrospect we sounded like friends and campaigners having an internal conversation about strategy. But it appears people found that interesting to hear. Your browser does not support the audio tag. Alternatively, listen on the Live On The Fly website: Live On The Fly - Fri, Aug 4, 2023 15:00 PM ------------------------------------------------ Forgive me for pointing out that my ability to provide this coverage is entirely dependent on your kind voluntary subscriptions… Common Sense and Heat Pumps August 3, 2023: - In discussing government proposals to effectively enforce a mass public switch to heat pumps for home heating rather than gas boilers, I venture into an area where I have no expertise. I therefore intend to set out a series of numbered propositions which appear to me incontrovertible. I follow this by a series a) b) c) of policy propositions. (I have been trying to think of a word for enumerate when you are marking by alphabet, but can't come up with one). This is very much an invitation to debate, not an attempt to impose my view. I am reliant… Modern Life August 1, 2023: - This is simply an anecdotal tale of my personal experience, but it seems to illustrate so much that is wrong with being an ordinary individual in modern late capitalist society, that I thought it was worth relating. I sit writing in my study. Water is dripping through the ceiling across the other side of the room. After a heavy storm about six weeks ago, there was a downpour from the ceiling. The water was very dark and smelly. I don't think I have any outflow pipes it could possibly come from, or I would have thought it was sewage. So… Beware the Righteous July 28, 2023: - All of the worst atrocities in human history have been perpetrated by people convinced they were in the right. People act according to the mores of their era and group. There is nothing more dangerous that the inability to see that it is reasonable for others to have a different view or interest. The Guardian has been publishing calls for NATO to declare war on Russia. Twitter is awash with fanatic "liberals" arguing there can be no negotiated settlement to the war in Ukraine, and the war must only end with Ukraine recovering all territory including Crimea. The most crazed… Has Western Democracy Now Failed? July 19, 2023: - Keir Starmer's determination to use his refusal to alleviate child poverty as the issue with which to demonstrate his macho Thatcherite credentials, has provided one of those moments when blurred perceptions crystallise. A Labour government in the UK under Starmer will bring no significant changes in economic or foreign policy and will make no difference whatsoever to the lives of working class people. If dividends were taxed at the same rate as wages, that alone would bring in very many times the cost of lifting the two-child benefit cap. But that would hurt the owners of capital and be redistributive,… How the Establishment Works Part 2 July 17, 2023: - This article will feature senior judges I have blogged about before, and explain how I expect the Assange case will be finally stitched up for extradition. You may recall that my article analysing the dismissal of Assange's High Court Appeal by Judge Lewis and Judge Swift - the former government lawyer who had said the intelligence services were his favourite clients - concentrated heavily on an analysis of the fact that Swift had also dismissed appeals against the government's policy of deporting asylum claimants to Rwanda. I am quite proud of that whole article, but the central point on Rwanda… Only Human July 7, 2023: - I apologise for the break in articles. There is only one of me and I have been taking a little time to recharge my batteries and give my wonderful family some of the attention they deserve. I shall be back to the mill in another week. Paradise Stolen June 28, 2023: - I think it is very important that I provide irrefutable proof of the systematic lies behind the boycott campaign with which BECTU, supported by the MSM, destroyed Doune the Rabbit Hole. The most devastating of these lies was the repeated, and entirely false, claim that the Festival was not just unable to meet its bills in 2022 due to carried debt from two late Covid cancellations in 2020 and 2021, but had not paid artists and suppliers over many festivals. This is from BECTU's statement of 23 May, which called for a customer, supplier and artist boycott: When the organisers… What Just Happened in Russia? June 25, 2023: - Well, 24 hours later I feel no closer to understanding what just happened. I do not buy the idea it was all a clever charade designed by Putin. The damage it has caused to his image of great strength, and to the notion of the state monopoly of violence within Russia, is greater damage than can be counterbalanced by any alleged tactical change inside Ukraine. I don't see that change anyway, and frankly Russia did not need any such drama. Ukraine's much trumpeted counter-offensive appears a damp squib. If looking for something below the surface, the idea that Prigozhin had… Russia and the Wagner Coup June 24, 2023: - Who would have thought that creating a large well-armed mercenary army including a large proportion of convicts would turn out to be a bad idea? I am not going to pretend to know what is going to happen - I did not predict Russia invading Ukraine. But here are a few thoughts: It is very hard to see how Prigozhin and Putin both come out of this alive. Prigozhin crossed a line yesterday when he started criticising not just the conduct of the Ukraine war, but its pretext. Today, Putin's speech made no overtures towards Prigozhin. He did not offer…
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