Julian Assange trapped & smeared. Wikileaks weakened. Mission accomplished for CIA?

Summary: Never say the US government can't accomplish anything! Julian Assange of Wikileaks has been smeared with dubious (at best) charges and trapped in Equador's embassy for the past 5 years by the Swedish and British governments. Coincidence or mission accomplished? Review the story and decide. "A just city should favor justice and the just, … Continue reading Julian Assange trapped & smeared. Wikileaks weakened. Mission accomplished for CIA?

The Affair Assange rips off the veil concealing the face of modern journalism

Summary:  The Affair Assange provides a mirror in which we can see ourselves and our institutions. It's not a pretty picture. Today we look at our journalists.  Their reaction to the opportunity provided by WikiLeaks, the competition provided by WikiLeaks, and the challenge to their triple loyalties (to us, to their guild, and to their … Continue reading The Affair Assange rips off the veil concealing the face of modern journalism

Freedom and justice, evicted from America, may have found a new home

Summary:  The America-that-once-was slowly evolves into the New America, a harsh truth cloaked in lies. We don't want to see; we don't want to know. Events like the affair Assange provide a magic mirror. Will we dare to look, and see what our news media and geopolitical experts will not say? Magic mirror on the … Continue reading Freedom and justice, evicted from America, may have found a new home

An example of national courage, even with no national interests at stake

Summary:  Relations between nations usually consist of boring dances combining crass self-interest with craven obsequiousness (by small nations) or brutal assertiveness (by largers). Today we have a refreshing break in the pattern, as Ecuador defies the United States (and its tame dogs, Sweden and Britain). From Reuters today: "Ecuador has decided to grant political asylum … Continue reading An example of national courage, even with no national interests at stake